RIYL: proto-house

Label: Major Problems

It seems like I’ve written about a ton of electronica that emulates the aesthetic of the 1980s, and only occasionally have I written up singles/albums actually from the time period. Today, it’s the former and comes out of Ethiopia. Call me ignorant, but I wasn’t aware of Admas until… well, now. I assumed this came from today, what with all the 80s revivalism present in some of our music/fashion tastes today and especially since Andras Fox remixed it… however, a cursory reading of the synopsis proved me incorrect in my assumption. The original “Kalatashew Waga” is reminiscent of the iced out, melancholic electro of International Music System and Andras Fox’s remix, if anything, makes the thirty+ year old track even more ready for a club floor near you. If you’d like to take a trip back to house’s formative days with it being “cheesy in juuust the right way,” look no further. Listen to both tracks below via the YouTube videos and see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

Amazing proto-house / otherwordly G funk vibes from 1984, by the one-and-only ‘Admas’ out of Ethiopia, backed with a fresh Andras Fox re-lick.

As the summer, slooowly, creeps in through those thick clouds and days get longer, it’s time to listen to some niceness again, and this reissue of the killer Kalatashew Waga from around 1984 serves that purpose in just the right way.
As we’ve come to learn from Admas, it’s all about those floaty chords, fluid rhythms and heart-melting harmonies. It’s very honest music that pays homage to the funk & soul lords and the and perhaps inevitable influences from Ethio-Jazz such as Mulatu Astatke.

The outcome is highly uplifting and somewhat mesmerising – their tracks are cheesy in juuust the right way, we love it.
Also check out their track ‘Astawesalehu’ – it’s so good.

Anyway, the ‘Major Problems’ label have done all crate diggers and lovers of sweet & soulful music a real favour here, reissuing this absolute gem that original came out on the illusive Africa Heritage records, and getting long-time fan (You can definitely hear influences there!) Andras Fox to rework the track, which he does with finesse.

Absolutely lovely stuff, do yourself a favour!

hand-stamped, limited edition of 200.
Served in embossed disco sleeve.

Price $14.17

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