Auntie Flo – Theory of Flo

Auntie FloThe long-term Huntleys & Palmers stalwart Auntie Flo (guy on the right) is getting some serious heat right now. And rightly so. He – Brian d’Souza to his nearest and dearest – released his new album ‘Theory of Flo’ just last week and we’re writing this to say it’s good. Really good.

Recorded in London, Glasgow and Havana, it features collaborations with The Noisettes’ lead singer Shingai Showina, Ghanaian singer Anbuley and Esa Williams. The latter (guy on the left) plays a vital role in the Auntie Flo live set and has regularly DJ’d alongside him at their Highlife nights, a party that was spawned by Huntleys & Palmers’ domination of the Glaswegian club scene.

H&P’s penchant for combining world music with electronic sounds seems to finally be getting the recognition it deserves. The Guardian waxed lyrical over their ability to take world music into the future, their regular Rinse FM slot is thriving and Auntie Flo himself’s got an exciting London schedule of late, taking down Rough Trade, Corsica Studios and the Bussey Building. Lead single from his new album ‘So In Love’ premièred recently on Boiler Room and just this week Annie Mac featured it on her Free Music Monday service:

There’s a lot more where that came from too. ‘Theory of Flo’ is full of hypnotic looped samples that are destined to stick in your head. There are slow-paced, contemplative moments in ‘Dreamer’ and album-closer ‘For Mihaly’, but ultimately the whole album keeps your toes tapping. ‘Dance Ritual I & II’ pack a punch with the back-to-back steel drums and euphoric piano combo, and the tribal calls on ‘Hewal3’ and ‘Waiting For A (Woman)’ are totally infectious. The latter’s been an HD fave since Gilles Peterson featured it a while back:

For the Londoners amongst you, the good news is you don’t have long to wait to see him play. Most notably, he’s doing an album launch party at the whopping Free Rotation x Gottwood x Field Maneuvers party this Saturday at the Bussey Building. Not only are all profits going to the Red Cross Refugee Crisis Fund, there’s an excellent line-up to boot – including Blawan, Christian S and Medlar’s Tony & The Waves. It looks real juicy; you can see all the details here. But be hasty as we hear tickets are running low.

Oh yeah, and go buy ‘Theory of Flo‘ as soon as.

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