Nyege Nyege Tapes

ALPHA, OTIM - Gulu City Anthems

None-more-vital East African label Nyege Nyege Tapes present Otim Alphas melodic electro Acholi bangers on vinyl for the first time, following suit with their blazing, acclaimed Sounds Of Sisso compilation (NNT 005LP). Alphas debut international release Gulu City Anthems features 11 songs written and recorded between 2004 and 2015 in Northern Uganda and ranges from hi-velocity bangers to more romantic mid-tempo swagger, all serving a totally infectious showcase of his plugged-in take on traditional Larakaraka wedding music thats bound to get a lot of listeners itching for a +1 invite to one of his ceremonial sessions (crashing is always an option, too!). Working with producer Leo Palayeng, Otim essentially computerized Acholi wedding music, weaving its traditional, see-sawing folk fiddles and call-and-response vocals with stripped, pounding drum machine polyrhythms in a sort of hypnotic, minimalist delirium. For the most part, its properly up-tempo, with some searing highlights in the likes of his wickedly off-kilter jig Kodi Pa Barikiya (Kwan)", the jabbing clash of almost cajun-style rapid-fire riffs and turbo-charged toms in "Toni G", or the Detroit/Chicago ghetto-compatible bang of "Too Wiye Ming-Alphazo". But theres also one super-charming piece called "Agiki Ne Tye" which works at a relatively leisurely 120bpm with strolling bass and bright, joyful chord cadence, presumably intended to allow the party a sweet breather. Following Alphas recent, stellar introductory live show at Unsound 17, this collection is set to impress eager ears beyond Uganda and the East African scene, and is surely destined to be lodged in record collections somewhere between your Shangaan Electro, Konono No.1 and Caribbean soca faves -- in other words: your party-starting section. Remastered and cut to vinyl by Matt Colton at Alchemy." - Nyege Nyege Tapes.

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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