William Onyeabor – Shame

William Onyeabor was a Nigerian musician and businessman. He was known as “The Chief” in southeast Nigeria, where he built “the greatest record manufacturing business in all of West Africa.” He released nine funky electronic albums in total, all pressed at his own studio.

A legend, he passed away last month. His music survives him.

Botany – Wednesday Night October 28 2015

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Continuing in the realm of 2017 beat tapes comes Austin producer Botany AKA Spencer Stephenson with his album Raw Light II.

The drum looper ‘Wednesday Night October 28 2015’ is one of the standout tracks, sampling together a frosty choir before spinning off until into cinematic vibrations powered by a flute. The Madlib and Four Tet influence is evident.

Notable tracks:

  • Crowd Nothings
  • Wednesday Night October 28 2015
  • The Strangeways

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Throwing Snow – Prism (Part 1)

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Throwing Snow is London-based electronic musician Ross Tones. ‘Prism (1)’ is the lead single from his forthcoming album Embers. The track ebbs and flows in kaleidoscopic arpeggios, crunching in a rolling piano to techno synth sensations.

“Our complex world arises from fundamental laws. These laws constantly sculpt and shape our surroundings through repeating cycles, forever moving forward. Cycles interact with each other, endlessly morphing an interconnected landscape. Viewed over longer periods of time seemingly static objects like mountains ebb and flow like water, and yet over the same time frame countless lives appear like waves oscillating in a blink of an eye.” ~ Throwing Snow