Adelphoi Music's Jonathan Watts takes us on an eclectic journey of old, new, overlooked and perhaps lesser known tracks that have musical roots in Africa
Some of the music on this playlist is indicative of the labels whose output consists of re-issuing forgotten, often undiscovered or should-have-been classics. Labels such as Light In The Attic, Numero Uno and Luv N’ Haight, Analog Africa, Music From Memory to name a few are just some of the labels dedicated to re-issuing quality overlooked material.
There are many reasons why a lot of music has been overlooked. The award-winning film 'Searching for Sugar Man' certainly illustrates how an artist can be overlooked, even when the talent is up there with such greats as Bob Dylan.
The playlist captures a snapshot of the vibes and music on the fringes, from clubs and bars in London, such as Total Refreshment Centre, Canavan Club, Spiritland and Brilliant Corners.
As this playlist is not only retrospective there is a sprinkling of new tracks, such as Abstract Orchestra's cover of the late J Dilla’s 'Two Can Win', and Shabazz Palaces, 'Shine A Light'.
As leftfield as the playlist is, with the coverage of diversity from countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey, Nigeria, Madagascar, Thailand and beyond…hopefully there is something for everyone.
There does seem to be a limit with Spotify’s algorithms using the "Recommended Songs" feature, but with the diversity of the selection it should give the listener a chance to explore a journey of an almost seemingly endless seam of songs beyond this playlist.