Montreal’s Moonshine Collective proudly announce their latest mixtape, SMS For Location Vol. 4, out June 18th.

Under flashing club lights in the world’s biggest cities or under the Congo sun, the Moonshine collective pushes past borders and boundaries to radiate its Afrocentric, bass-heavy, electro-funk sound in all directions. The label’s latest SMS for Location mixtape fuses levity and acumen, inventive electronic production with traditional instrumentation, in a collaborative harmony between artists from around the globe.

In 19 tracks featuring the talents of over 20 artists, SMS for Location, Vol. 4 crosses genres and continents to follow producers, DJs and MCs from the legendary Moonshine parties to underground UK clubs, Parisian Afro-electronic soirées to Kinshasa’s booming electronic scene.

This new opus was completed in Kinshasa, DRC and also serves as a soundtrack to : Zaire Space Program, a hybrid short film/documentary following Moonshine’s first pilgrimage to Congo, exploring the collective’s roots and documenting collaborations between artists from Montreal and Kinshasa. The result is a true-to-life perspective on the significance of that collaboration, intertwined with conversations around the shaping of an African Utopia and the relationship between technology and culture on the continent.

True to producer Sango’s style, Onward unifies cultures and musical styles with its soulful circular melodies, Brazilian funk samples and exhilarating, profound vocals. Known on the dance floor for his remixes of Aaliyah, Drake, Little Dragon, Nas and The Weeknd plus his own Baile Funk EP series Da Rocinha and recent full-length In the Comfort Of, Seattle-based Sango has produced music for Bryson Tiller, Tinashe, Mick Jenkins, GoldLink, Wale, Smino, Xavier Omar and more and is part of Los Angeles collective Soulection. It’s L.A.’s avant-garde soul, jazz and hip-hop scene that Sango overlapped with ingenious electronic producer, vocalist and songwriter Georgia Anne Muldrow, who co-founded label SomeOthaShip Connect, has guested on tracks by Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Robert Glasper and other artists, and is signed to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder imprint. A paean to strength and resilience, “Onward” juxtaposes Georgia’s smooth contralto against Sango’s clangorous, rumbling production. It’s as if her voice is the human spirit, and his beats are life itself, with all its roughness, obstacles, and beauty. Rather than resist it, Georgia weaves through it, building momentum until the point where she lifts herself higher: “There’s no price on me, Finally. “Onward”’s artwork features a lukasa – a tablet/memory board from the Luba empire used to recount history in their rituals by diviners.

On Lelo Brooklyn-based Moonshine favourite and Que Bajo party co-founder Uproot Andy layers Congolese artist Sarah Kalume’s Swahili and French vocals into the sound of his Global Bass movement signature, replete with uplifting melodic synths and balmy steel drum rhythms. Written in partnership with Moonshine co-founder Pierre Kwenders, Lelo weaves its laid-back party beat with a lyrical thread of perseverance and dedication to creative work. Kalume, who launched into the public eye on musical reality show Vodacom Superstar in 2011 and joined its jury just a few years later, shows a depth of style and emotional expression in vocals originally recorded in Kinshasa in December 2020.

Pics & Art

Highlights

  • Press Support Vol. 4 : FACT, Complex, Le Monde, Les Inrocks, Brooklyn Vegan, OkayPlayer, The Voice, Trax Magazine, NWE Worldwide, Pan African Music, Le Canal Auditif, Fusicology, Broadway World, Youtrace, Talents2Kin, and print features in Vice Belgique, DJ Magazine, Songlines and Future Music.
  • Press History : Boiler Room Kinshasa, Vogue, Fader, Nova, FIP, Mixmag France, The Guardian (Win Butler’s cultural highlights), Resident Advisor, Complex, Fader, Pitchfork, CBC, Redbull, Vice Québec, TRAX, Thump (VICE), Nataal, Office, Noisey (VICE), Exclaim!, Okay Africa, Montreal Times, La Presse, Le Devoir, Exclaim!, Huffington Post
  • Radio US&CA : CBC/Radio Canada (CA), #1 of NACC Top 200 Electronic for 2 weeks and going, #12 NACC Top World and #77 NACC Top 200 (added to CFUV, CHYZ, CISM, CJSW, KCSB, KFAI, KGLT, KMUD, KRSC, KTCU, KUCI, KUCR, KUOM, KVCU, KVMR, KVRX, KXCI, WCNI, WDBM, WEFT, WERU, WFHB, WKDU, WMCX, WMSE, WMUC, WNMC, WOOC, WORT, WPTS, WRCT, WRIR, WRSU, WSUM, WUTK, WVUM, WWUH, WXAV, WXCI, KUOM, KXCI, WCOM, WFHB, WRUW, WSFM, KEXP, WFHB),
  • Radio ROW: BBC (UK), Reprezent Radio (UK), Boiler Radio Nova (FR),  KEXP (US), WFHB (US), FIP (FR), Grünt (FR), Rinse France (FR), Nique la Radio (FR), Couleur 3 (CH), B-One FM (DRC), Oyo RTG (DRC), Wana Kin 24 (DRC), etc.
  • Spotify Editorial Playlists : Pollen, Fresh Finds, Radar US, Radar Canada, Outliers, Global Club Music, Choice Edit, 5 à 7, New Music Friday Canada, Nouveautés de la Semaine (QC), La Hit Liste, Montreal Chill, Outliers, Mad Decent Weekly, PAM afro+club, etc.
  • Apple Editorial Playlists : Best New Tracks (electro), Tendances (électro), Nouveautés francophones
  • Amazon Editorial Playlists : The New Black (cover), New Music
  • Tidal : “Flagship Futureproof’” (cover), Electronic: Best of 2021 so far
  • Notable performances : 100+ self/co-produced Moonshine in Montreal and special editions in Los Angeles, NYC, Lisbon, Toronto, Santiago, London, Kinshasa, and Paris since 2014, as well as performances at major festivals such as MURAL (2022, 2021, 2019), Primavera Barcelona (2022), Eurockéennes de Belfort (2021), Dour Festival (2019), SXSW 2018 & 2019 (Austin, TX), 3LF (France, 2019), Nancy Jazz Pulsations (2019), MAMA (Paris, 2019), Toronto Pride 2019 (main stage, opening event), Red Bull Music Festival Montreal (2019), CMW 2018 (Toronto), Papi Juice (BK, Aug 2019 and 2020), Rail Up (Los Angeles, CA), Igloofest (2017), AIM Festival (QC, July 2017), C2MTL (May 2017 and 2018) and many more.




Contacts

Press - USA

Ben Friedlander - Motormouth Media
ben@motormouthmedia.com

Radio - USA

Jessica Weber - Co-Sign
jessica@co-sign.com

Press - UK

Duncan Clark - 9PR
duncan@9pr.co.uk

Press - Canada

Ola Mazzuca - Indoor Recess
ola@indoorrecess.com

Press & Radio - France, Benelux, CH

Clara Dhilly - KuratedBy
clara@kuratedby.be

Press - DRC

Nzi Rwakabuba - ICE
tmolex@yahoo.com

Management - EU

Olivier Leidgens - KuratedBy
oli@moonshine.mu

Booking - France

Benoît Haran - Allo Floride
benoit@allofloridegroup.com

Management

Hervé Kalongo - Moonshine
herve@moonshine.mu

Label & Publishing

Jay Devonish - Foreseen Entertainment
jaydevonish@gmail.com

Label & Publishing

Félix Brochier - Moonshine
felix@moonshine.mu