The first volume of Now-Again’s “Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977” was released on Record Store Day about two weeks ago, with a second volume set for a release in May.
Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s.
Each volume is accompanied by a book by Nigerian writer, musicologist, researcher and disc-jockey Uchenna Ikonne, the man who put the name William Onyeabor on the musical map for a larger audience, and who also put together Luaka Bop’s compilation “Who Is William Onyeabor?”
Vinyl heads take note that the first volume was a Record Store Day exclusive, so chances of getting remaining copies are highest at your local record store. The CD-version can be ordered from Rappcats, Boomkat, Sounds of the Universe or HHV.
Volume 2 is expected to be released on May 20th, 2016.
We’ve been embracing all news about Dimlite‘s music since the very start of this blog. Such news are scarce, sometimes mysterious or even misleading (at least there’s a lot to speculate about!) Well, here’s official news in the form of an upload to SoundCloud, where the Swiss producer shared his remix of Chop’s Feedback, the original being taken from the all new album on Now-Again (no word about a release of the remix though.)
In other news, Ripl Music sent out the word today that Dimlite is also working on a new album under the name of Dim Grimm. You participate in the making of that record, more info about that here and there.
Eothen Alapatt, better known as Egon and founder of Now-Again, is certainly one of the most interesting figures to be featured in the Crate Diggers series by now. Watch as he shows some of his most precious items, and more importantly, listen to some amazing stories about how he got them and the people that made them.
Taken from their latest album 13 Degrees of Reality, watch a new Plastic Horse-directed video by The Heliocentrics. Will do anything to avoid the word “trippy”, but sometimes certain words are stuck in your head. Now that I spoiled it, let me give you the iTunes link for the record and sneak out quietly…
Oh Dimlite, you know you’re my hero. Your music is in a league of its own and I love how the humour in your track titles is always trying to play it down. Or take this video, utterly brilliant and responsible for the smile on my face.
This one is taken from the Grimm Reality released late last year on Egon’s Now-Again label. Needless to say I recommend it!
When I posted the video a bit more than a week ago, the new album by Dimlite still seemed so far away. Maybe I was expecting more teasing, maybe the Prismic Valuta Rising situation was still too present – I didn’t see this coming so soon.
As of today, you can order Grimm Reality on CD, triple 10-inch or get the digital download exclusively from Stones Throw. Both physical releases were wrapped up into a beautiful packaging by Swiss designer Anneka Beatty, some pictures are available on the Now-Again website. The vinyl also comes with a download code and a special 7-inch record exclusive to the format.01. You Very Rich Believer.
02. Pour Some Blood, We Got This.
03. Blur, Blur, Blur, Blur.
04. Healing A Random Tyrant.
05. New, Better Pain
06. Yes, Welcome
08. Through The Grimms/Stars Down
09. Than Them
10. Fridge Note
11. One Of Uh Infinity’s Uh Countless Uh Tiny Cycles
12. Heroine Roof
Lastly, you can download the track New, Better Pain as a free teaser. Most Dimlite fans, like myself, will not need this but order the record immediately.
February 4, 2012 Digital buyers get get their copies directly from Dimlite’s Bandcamp page
If you followed Dimlite‘s releases so far, you know the man never repeats himself. Today, he’s given another outlook to his forthcoming album Grimm Reality and it’s quite a shift from his previous sounds.
The album will be out on November 2nd, 2011 and it’s Stones Throw sidekick Now-Again releasing it. Some excerpts are available on Dimlite’s website.
Stones Throw’s little sister Now-Again has some good news for friends of Dimlite. The Swiss producer will finally release a new album on the label later this year in fall, a first track has leaked in form of a new video.
The album will be called “Grimm Reality” and we got our fingers crossed things will go better than last time. Follow Now-Again’s blog as they might give away “a song or two” prior to the release.
Update Just wondering, perhaps the whole album will be released under the name of Grimm Reality?
Our very favourite Dimlite has put together a guestmix for the folks at Stones Throw. To get this gem, you need to subscribe to their podcast via iTunes. A tracklist is supposed to follow (seeing is believing!)
01. The Residents vs. Misel Quitno’s drums – Six Things To A Cycle, Part 5
02. Dimlite – 8 bars of Once Burned’ (Todd Rundgren cover)
03. Frank Zappa – Oh No
04. Raimundo Fagner – Cinza
05. Neu! – Negativland
06. Sonic Youth – The World Looks Red
07. The Boredoms – (Omega)
08. Bruce Haack – Snow Job
09. Dimlite – Sun-sized Twinkles
10. Hatfield and The North – The Other Stubbs Effect
11. Hatfield and The North – Fol De Rol
12. This Heat – Paper Hats
13. Phonophani – blaflat
14. The Residents – You yes yes yes
15. Sun Ra – Moonship Journey
16. Dimlite – Higher
17. Flash & The Pan – California
18. Arnaldo Baptista – “I wanna to take off every morning”
19. TV On The Radio – Bicycles Are Red Hot
20. Agigation Free – Rücksturz
21. Touch – Down At Circe’s Place
22. Egberto Gismonti – Maracatu
23. Daedelus – Stampede Me
Director Kahlil Joseph, who already shot the video for Aloe Blacc’s I Need a Dollar, and cameraman Bradford Young are responsible for this nicely photographed images for Seu Jorge & Almaz.
In this video, you can hear three cover-versions taken from their self-titled album: Roy Ayers’ “Everybody Loves The Sunshine,” Martinho da Vila and João de Aquino’s “Cirandar” and Kraftwerk’s “The Model”.
The album is out on Stones Throw sidekick Now-Again.
We wouldn’t want to miss out on a new mix by Paul White, so here’s news about his latest podcast for the cats at Stones Throw.
A New Way.
Ancient Treasure (Paul White’s Day Off Remix) ft. Guilty Simpson.
The Magic Window.
Electronic Logos Inc.
Mogwai’s Singing Lessons.
Tranqill – Payroll (Paul White’s Nasty Business Remix)
MED ‘Classic’ ft. Talib Kweli (Paul White Remix)
So Far Away.
The Pointless Forest.
London Town Interlude.
Guitar Riff Part IIII.
Loopy Tunes Interlude.
Run Shit ft. Marv Won.
League Under The Sea.
We’ll Never End.
I believe most of these are actually Paul’s tunes, go for the download!