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A. Mislayene - El Fen
Earlier in the year, reissue label Spaziale roared into life via a three-track EP featuring cuts from John Ozila's sought-after 1979 album "Boogie Salsa". Here they offer up more buried treasure in the shape of a tweaked reissue of Kabyle artist A. Mislayene's 1976 debut double A-side "Yemma/El Fen". This time round they've flipped the script, devoting the first side to a superb extended re-edit of hypnotic dub disco number "El Fen" by Stefano Ritteri. He emphasizes the groove, adding additional emphasis to Mislayene's chanted vocals and spacey synthesizer lines. It's an altogether more dancefloor-centric spin on the original mix, which opens side B. The EP concludes with "Yemma", which sounds like a deeper, dreamier and more obviously Arabic-sounding take on the now famous William Onyeabor sound.