Glasgow-raised musician Auntie Flo is new to the Brownswood roster, releasing his third studio album titled Radio Highlife. It is clear how much he wears his influences on his sleeve with this exhilarating new project. The marriage between world music and electronic rhythms is meticulously crafted to sound raw, organic and authentic. It’s a beautiful project that is diverse in sound and really captures the attention of the listener with its slick grooves, tribal rhythms and diverse sounds.
Collaborations are plenty throughout this album, including including Laurie Pitt, of Glasgow’s Golden Teacher, Senegalese multi-instrumentalist Mame Ndiack, UK producer and singer Andrew Ashong and Cuban percussionist Yissy Garcia. Bringing their own styles and auras to the project, their depth and musical excellence is exemplary, as seen quite a few tracks throughout, for example on “Havana Rhythm Dance.” With bongo drumming and bossa-nova influences, the subtle guitar leads on the track is accompanied by Andrew Ashong’s smooth vocals. “Mame’s Story” features the mesmeric prescence of Mame Ndiack, who completely steals the show with a heavy tribal groove that is so incredibly infectious it you can’t help but want to dance away. The electronic beats throughout bring a whole new energy.
As a result, this album is just a fantastic listen. Auntie Flo really exceeded all my expectations with this new release, it is definitely his most well-defined and focused project to date. A talent all of you should pay attention to. You can listen to Radio Highlife below via Bandcamp. Make sure you support!