Fresh Touch is the product of XL Recordings‘ Richard Russell and Rodaidh McDonald, who traveled to Ethiopia in late 2010 and assembled many of the country’s greatest musicians to record an album in the capital Addis Ababa and the medieval walled city of Harar, which were also the places of inspiration to record their collaborations. Both Russell and McDonald were responsible for production of the EP while Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs shares a production role on lead track ‘Harar Rhythm’.

Fusing the traditional sounds of Africa with experimental electronic sounds, loops and samples, the four tracks on The Fresh Touch EP represent the fruits of an enlightening experience and a truly unique sounding record.

The Ethiopian EP will be out on Angular Recordings February 27.


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