Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 inaugurate new direct-to-disc label, Night Dreamer

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Single-take recordings cut live at Artone Studios in Holland.

New label Night Dreamer has announced the launch of its direct-to-disc recording sessions with a new four-track EP by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80.

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The youngest son of afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, and his father’s former band leader, Seun brought his band to Artone Studios in Haarlem, to record direct-to-disc, without post-production or overdubs.

Once cut to acetate on the studio’s vintage Neumann VMS70 lathe, the single-take recordings were taken downstairs to Record Industry pressing plant to be galvansied and pressed.

Featuring four improvised interpretations of tracks taken from Kuti’s 2018 album Black Times, the EP marks the first in a series of sessions at the studio, which will see recordings by Seu Jorge & Rogê, Sarathy Korwar and BaBa ZuLa readied for release in 2020.

Named after Wayne Shorter’s 1964 album, Night Dreamer channels the spirit of those classic Blue Note releases, using a wide range of vintage mastering and recording equipment, including one of just four remaining RCA 76D mixing desks – the same model as used at Sun Studios.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80’s Night Dreamer Sessions will be released on 4th November. Head here to find out more and check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Struggle Sounds (Night Dreamer D2D Version)
2. Black Times (Night Dreamer D2D Version)
3. Bad Man Light BML (Night Dreamer D2D Version)
4. Theory of Goat and Yam (Night Dreamer D2D Version)

Photos by Elaine Groenestein