If you wander into Camden's Lock Tavern on a Saturday night (a night such as, oh I don't know, Saturday the 14th of July), you may be lucky enough to find yourself swirled up in an exotic pool of worldly beats. Village Cuts, the DJ-duo whose 'UK focused international rhythm refinery' regularly treat dancers and 199Radio listeners to a wicked range of afro stuff, uk funky & psychedelic oddities, have stepped up to provide Loose Lips with a tasty slurp of their sonic cocktail. Drink up!
Usatambe Nenyoka – Thomas Mapfumo & The Black Unlimited (Mabasa, 1984)
A favourite from the Zimbabwean legend, who recently played his first gig in the country after moving to the US in exile 14 years ago. It means ‘don’t play with a snake’ in Shona.. wicked set warmer!
Simba – Qwasa Qwasa (C’est Quoi Ca?, 2018)
This one is bouncy - fresh and fun sounds from newcomer on the scene, Qwasa Qwasa.
Music For Gong Gong – Louie Vega presents Luisito Quintero (Music For Gong Gong, 2007)
Louie Vega’s take on a classic. Love the vocals on this one, so much energy!
Beni Lane - iZem (Beni Lane, 2018)
Fresh from iZem who’s been a favourite of ours for a while. Looking forward to seeing him play at Nova Batida Festival in Lisbon in September.
King Kong – Boa Kusasa (King Kong, 2018)
One to watch for the future, these boys bring the heat!
Vicky – L’Orchestre Special Liwanza (Vicky, 1976)
Explosive African dance band from the 70s, bridging the gap between Congo and Kenya. Love the tight hi-hat patterns!
Avocado Dance – Sefi Zisling ft. Nomok (Beyond The Things I Know, 2017)
Epic afro horns on this beauty by Israeli trumpeter, Sefi Zisling. The rest of the Time Grove stuff is insane too.
Adowa – Afro Dub System (Selected Works ‘12 - ‘14, 2015)
West African tinged side project from Egoless. One of the best in new dubstep, and this one’s a killer!
Afra Kakraba - Gyedu Blay Ambolley (Sekunde, 2012)
A legend of Ghanaian highlife bringing the funk!
Connecta – Swindle ft. Ricardo China (Connecta, 2016)
Certified banger from the genius that is Swindle - We absolutely hammer this tune!
Make sure to check out Village Cuts' event this Saturday - https://www.facebook.com/events/176392056384697/