** REPRESSED, 180gram vinyl. The Ethio Jazz album by Mulatu Astatatke is a jewel of the modern Ethiopian music. Essential. An incredibly groovy Ethiopian record, originally from 1969-1972. Amazing orchestral ‘Ethio-groove’ filled with US soul, jazz, sometimes Latin and the deepest Eastern rhythms, even including some great nasty and dirty fuzz guitars. A true gem of Ethiopian modern instrumental music, which illustrates perfectly this symbiosis of strong rhythms and quality arrangements of subtle yet deep Ethiopian melodies. A must for all ’60s/’70s collectors! In the Ethiopian musical landscape, Mulatu Astatke is a unique musician, composer, arranger. His real contribution consists in his action for instrumental music, in a country where orchestral traditions doesn’t exist. For the last 30 years, he is the leading head of the Ethiopian musical scene. First vinyl reissue and definitely one of the most important Ethiopian music albums.” 84024;"Italian duo of deepness pop up on DKMNTL… dope EP! After appearing on Aroy Dee’s MOS label in 2012, Italians Ksoul & Muteoscillator are back with some more dusty and degraded sounding tracks, this time for Holland’s irrepressible Dekmantel imprint. There are three new cuts in total from the pair, each exploring a slightly different yet always knackered house groove. ‘Soul Hell’ goes first and is built on heavy rubber kick drums. Shakers rustle along next to the drums and a bulbous, molten synth line freewheels up and down the face of it all as distant, soulful key stylings bring a human, jazzy touch to proceedings. ‘Stinger’ is even more crushed and crumpled sounding as the kicks scrap along, and here the colours from the keys and synths are just as muted and fuzzy edged. Like all three tracks there is a rough, frayed texture to everything hear – nothing is crisp or clean. Finally, ‘Detrance’ is slow and purposeful with underwater sounding melodies echoing out into a humid night sky. Sharp, laborious hi-hats dangle in mid air as rippling synths offer a more liquid surface and overall the murky sound design really draws you in.