• Hi Guest: Welcome to TRIBE, the online home of TRIBE MAGAZINE. If you'd like to post here, or reply to existing posts on TRIBE, you first have to register. Join us!

What the hell are you listening to?

Alex D. from TRIBE on Utility Room

alexd

Administrator
Staff member
If anybody is ever trying to get in your shit and tell you what to do, listen to this, it's is the antidote:

 

praktik

TRIBE Member
Longtime fan of Kollektiv Turmstrasse, who turned out an impressive oeuvre in the late 2000s and early 2010s putting out seriously thoughtful and musical minimal house/techno type stuff, with usually a few melodic/structural wonders and a series of sick EPs across heavy hitting minimal labels of the time.

As they aged their output grew more unpredictable, for better and worse (unless some weird Kraut-pop-minimal explorations are your bag) - but this made them fun to check out as you never quite new what was around the corner. After a period releasing less music this showed up on bandcamp - quite cool and fun tunes, a lil different than what you'd expect from them:

 
tribe cannabis accessories silver grinders
tribe cannabis accessories silver grinders

praktik

TRIBE Member
Loved this track by the Owl and was wondering on it's source:


Then listening through some Soundway compilations - heard it! Looking at discogs comments for this Nigerian release from 84 it seems available copies were shit quality and the original artist, Steve Monite, was not paid any royalties after a very short period. Soundway is rectifying everything with a remastered, excellent sounding reissue paying the artist what he deserves!

The write up of steve's musical life is interesting, and shows how politics in Nigeria fucked over his burdgeoning career as a very talented musician and artist:


"Following on from 2016’s Doing It In Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria, Soundway Records return to that blistering set for the first and only officially licensed re-issue of the highly coveted debut album from Steve Monite, featuring the single 'Only You' that recently seeped its way into popular culture. Lovingly restored and remastered for digital and vinyl.

Shooting, space-synth sounds ripple and vibrate, incessant grooves keep the tracks in motion and Nkono Teles production, a producer often overlooked for his hand in the Nigerian boogie sound, sets the LP into orbit. An album that was largely overlooked on release in 1984, the track list includes the latter day hit Only You and Things Fall Apart, the melody of which was lifted for Young Franco’s 2020 single Fallin’ Apart.

Now living in South London, Steve Monite (pronounced mon-ah-tay) was born in 1961 and grew up in Benin City, the capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria. A middle class kid, the boarding school he went to was owned by his uncle and had some famous alumni. Monite remembers the legendary Nigerian guitarist Victor Uwaifo, driving his sports car into the school yard and donating a trophy and cash prize for students to compete in musical performance.

He had learned to sing in the Anglican school choir, which is where he realised that he wanted to pursue a music career. But the cultural backdrop was changing, and fast. In the late 70s and early 80s, where the end of a military dictatorship was coupled with an oil boom, Nigeria was flooded with money – and western records.

“After the Civil War in Nigeria, everybody wanted something exciting,” says Monite. Highlife, the dominant music genre, was seen as outmoded. “The educated elite were listening to American and English music,” he continues. “My role models were people like Barry White and Michael Jackson – they were young men like me. I liked the [American] funk band Brass Construction; some English pop.”

After his self-funded recording sessions in London failed in finding Monite a label home in the UK, he returned home to immediately be picked up by EMI Records in Nigeria instead. “They signed me straight away,” he says, and found himself in the EMI Studios with Nkono Teles, in the same studios where Paul McCartney and Wings recorded Band on the Run in 1973.

Monite says that Teles had lived for a time in New York, where disco music was driven by the whirr of the synth, and he’d wanted to bring that into Nigerian music. There was a Moog synthesiser in the studio and it’s what took Only You in a spacey new direction. “I was the first African artist to play electro-funk,” says Monite. “Teles was the visionary behind that song.”

Monite wrote a further three tracks, 'Welcome My Love', 'I Had A Dream’ and 'Things Fall Apart', which formed the basis of his one and only album. Monite wrote ‘Things Fall Apart’ after the military coup in 1983, when the country was yet again plunged into upheaval. “There was unemployment everywhere, food shortages, people scrambling for survival,” he says. “So many people, especially professional people like doctors, lawyers, businessmen, left Nigeria.”

In a way, the song documented the end of the golden age. With the middle classes dispersed, Nigeria’s halcyon boogie period was over. Steve Monite released his debut album in 1984 but it fell on deaf ears, including that of the label, who didn’t seem to want to promote it. “When my record came out, everything went cold.”

So much to his surprise, years later and having relocated to South London, did he find out that his music had finally found an audience he thought it always deserved. “‘Only You’ has woken up from the graveyard,” he chuckles. He found out he was famous thanks to his family in nearby Berkshire. “I went to visit my brother and my seven-year-old nephew told me, ‘Uncle, I didn't know you were a star.’ I said, ‘what are you on about?’ He said, ‘you’re an internet sensation now’. So I went on the internet, and I say, ‘Wow'. I saw Steve Monite everywhere.”

released April 22, 2022 (vinyl ships October)
 

praktik

TRIBE Member
Loved this track by the Owl and was wondering on it's source:


Then listening through some Soundway compilations - heard it! Looking at discogs comments for this Nigerian release from 84 it seems available copies were shit quality and the original artist, Steve Monite, was not paid any royalties after a very short period. Soundway is rectifying everything with a remastered, excellent sounding reissue paying the artist what he deserves!

The write up of steve's musical life is interesting, and shows how politics in Nigeria fucked over his burdgeoning career as a very talented musician and artist:


oops messed up on the Owl edit of Steve Monite track, this was it:

 
tribe cannabis accessories silver grinders

praktik

TRIBE Member


This EP is going to be something so exciting for the Mr Disc and real italo-disco purist.
Digging the huge label’s warehouse it happened that old tapes were found. Songs written and recorded in the early ‘80s and never produced or released before. Until today.

It comes that the tunes included in this EP are some of those and the Maxero project finally sees the light.
“Silenced By You” and “Melancholy Cowboy” reveal their pure italo-disco roots and are re-arranged to spin on clubs and have a privileged place on collector’s shelves.

“Silenced By You” is a massive neon-lit stomping synth-filled jam remixed by “nu italo-disco” sensation Mind Enterprises .
Brothers in Lows instead provide a mystical rendition of the tune.

On the flipside, “Melancholy Cowboy” is the perfect cosmic seductive retro-future lick ready for an inspiring car trip in the middle of nowhere, crafted by Brother In Lows and Flavia Lazzarini who deliver two different sides of such a romantic vision.
 

kennyboy

TRIBE Member
Found an old cd (probably 20+ years old) of a live Satoshi Tomiie set from Berlin. Still have a cd player in my car so popped it in, turned on the ac, and went about my Saturday errands.

Bliss.
The end of the earth is upon us, pretty soon we’ll all turn to dust.

So get up, forget the past. Go outside and have a blast.
 

praktik

TRIBE Member
What a mood brightener - poppin this bad boy in again cause its a weird day and now i feel instantly better since this soothed my ears again - one of my fave new (to me!) old tunes i found this summer:

 
tribe cannabis accessories silver grinders
Top