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I first released this album on my own back in June 2015. The album was really well received by DJ's and radio stations. It was the album of the week on WDR Funkhaus Europa (Germany) and got some airplay on Radio Nova (France) and BBC Radio 6. Both Mount Kimbie and Bonobo played the opening tune "Sadeo" on their NTS radio show.  After a few months, Soundway Records got in touch to release the album. They printed it on vinyl (a few copies left here!) and re-released it in October 2016. Around the same period I put together a band to perform a live launch tour. The band was composed of Binisa Bonner (bass + vocals), Benoit Crauste (saxophone), Kino Sousa (ableton controls) and myself on guitar. You can read more about the content of this album here in the "Hafa track by track" section.

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I met the guys of the London Afrobeat Collective back in 2010 when we (as part of Groovalizacion Radio) were commissioned by an Irish music festival to produce a radio documentary on afrobeat. We then did a series of interviews in London to feature some of the current afrobeat activists. Over the years I stayed in touch with these guys and went to see them perform whenever I was in London. So when I was offered to remix their music I thought I'd give it a shot. I brought the syncopated drums and my vocal chopping style in the mix to put together this dancefloor banger. Tested and approved by many crowd movers around the world!

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I lived in Dublin for a good few years and I used to run a night called Dublin Tropical in which guys like Mick T-Woc and Jeremy Murphy would bring their latest tropical crate-digging finds. One of the tunes that Jeremy Murphy would rinse at our party was this "Mistura de Carimbó Com Ciranda" by Pinduca. Once, Mick stayed at my place in Lisbon and he had found another copy of the record in the suburbs at an old lady's place. I thought I would try and extend it and add a bit of extra percussion. Technically I didn't "warp" it, meaning that I didn't try and make it fit on a beatgrid. I just played the extra kick and percussion along the record instead of forcing the record into a given bpm. It was released to promote my DJ set at Emile Omar's "Tropical Discoteq" party and has since been rinsed in many other parties!

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I got the stems for this one through a remix competition José James was running. I tried to stick his vocals on a beat of mine but parts of the vocal melody weren't fitting harmonically with my instrumental. So I just removed the parts of his vocals where the notes wouldn't fit in. That's where this weird chopped effect comes from. I'm not sure José liked it, I never had any feedback from him but Gilles Peterson did and played it on his BBC radio show. Later I tried to record some other vocalist on this instrumental but it didn't really work so it's still up for grabs... Just drop me a line!

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I was completely hooked on Michael Kiwanuka's debut EP (back in 2011) when I went to see him do a solo gig in a pub in Islington, in London (found some footage here). His songwriting and performing skills were already super tight and everyone in the room could feel he was going to make it big. His one song that got stuck in my head at the time was "I'll get along". I found a live recording of the song somewhere in which the acoustic guitar was quite low in the mix. I used bits of that recording to recreate my own version of the song. This remix got premiered on OkayAfrica.

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Ondatrópica and Soundway Records had launched a remix competition and I thought I’d give it a try. I started by chopping Nidia Góngora's voice and trying to find rhythmic tricks to lower the song's BPM. I also added a couple of sounds taken from some Ondatrópica live recordings I had found on youtube. The remix ended up winning the competition and that's when I started a fruitful relationship with Soundway Records, that led to the release of my debut album. Not long after this episode, I got a text from a friend who was at a party in Cali (Colombia) telling me that Quantic had opened his set with a 7" dubplate of my remix!

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