El Mahdy Jr. is a composer and beatmaker originally from Alergia, but who is now hailing from Turkey. His work is informed by VERY heavy dub (his dad, apparently, had quite an awesome collection) and sampling. Very creative.
Ethiopian music is doing rather well in Israel, if this new single by the Hoodna Orchestra is any indication of what’s going on there. The first track is a warm paean to old 60s and 70s music out of Addis Ababa, and the next is pure dub meatiness.
Byzantine Time Machine are a new discovery, thanks to a darling friend in Italy who hipped me to their mix of ethno-dub music a few months ago.
Gang Of Four never got enough credit as one of England’s finest post-punk bands. Even when they went through a pop phase, they pulled it off with panache. Thankfully, this is prime era GoF.