- SPIN Rating:6 of 10
Label: Awesome Tapes from Africa
Awesome Tapes From Africa is a hip blog with a semi-touristy name that belies its high quality. This -- from Mali, circa 1982 -- is its first release as a label. Guitars and keyboards argue about key; drums have a fridge-box vibe. Together, they play solemn and hypnotic -- proper accompaniment for a frontwoman who chatters like she's having a conversation with someone offstage. Like everything on ATFA, it's a suggestive footnote: If this got lost, what else?