The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination

“Ire”

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“Ire,” a track by The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination, appears on Strut’s Nigeria 70: Sweet Times Afro-Funk Highlife & Juju From 1970s Lagos compilation, the third in a series of ‘rare grooves’ from Nigeria’s label archives. From the liner notes:

Often going by the unlikely acronym of ‘D.I.E’, this trio constructed their confusing moniker from each member’s surname. Don Kemoah, Isaac Olasugba and Ezekiel Hart were all graduates of Koola Lobitas, the infamous highlife/jazz fusion outfit founded in the late 1950s in London by Fela Kuti. By the time he had hit upon the formula for Afrobeat, D.I.E. had released the first of three Nigerian singles during the early 1970s before emigrating to Italy. ‘Ire’ is a highlife-inspired track with a juju feel and the title means ‘blessing’ in Yoruba. The lyrics concern friendship and the need to do good: “We shouldn’t fight or we’ll end up in prison.”

Sweet Times is out next Tuesday. Don’t fight the groove or you’ll end up in prison.

• Nigeria 70: http://www.nigeria70-sweettimes.com
• Strut: http://www.strut-records.com

EMA

“Milkman”

EMA, the new project from Erika M. Anderson (ex-Gowns), has premiered a new track from her debut release, Past Life Martyred Saints, on Refinery29. The album is out next Tuesday. It’s an epic one, readers.

• EMA: http://www.emaemaema.net
• Souterrain Transmissions: http://souterraintransmissions.com

Crystal Antlers

“Summer Solstice”

Last year, we posted a live video of Crystal Antlers performing a new track, “Summer Solstice,” at Room 205. Half a year later, we have a studio recording of it. The track will be released on Crystal Antlers’ new album, Two-Way Mirror, out July 12 on Recreation Ltd.

• Crystal Antlers: http://www.crystalantlers.com
• Recreation Ltd.: http://recreationltd.com

Matt "MV" Valentine

“PK Dick”

According to Byron Coley, “PK Dick” is “a paean to nth dimensional logic in the form of a Swedish psych-folk readymade.” But it probably just means Pitchfork Dick. Check out the track streaming above. It’s from What I Became, Matt “MV” Valentine’s forthcoming Woodsist release due June 14. (via AZ)

• Woodsist: http://www.woodsist.com

LANTVRN

“Prologue: The Swan Is Ecstasy (Subtitle RMX)”

TRDMRK is releasing Not Enough Light II, a digital-only EP by LANTVRN. Wonder if they’ll release a “newspaper” version.

• LANTVRN: http://lantvrn.com
• TRDMRK: http://www.trdmrk.org

  

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