We are happy to announce that DJ Raphs debut album "Sacred Groves" released by NOLAND.

Listen and read more here: 

TITLE: Sacred Groves
RELEASE DATE: 04.05.2018
FORMAT:  Vinyl, CD, download, stream
LABEL: Noland
DISTRIBUTION: Morr Music / Indigo

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a3ZuemwukA&pbjreload=10

DJ Raph builds rich, textured electronic music from pan-African ethnographic field recordings. Sacred Groves opens up a
timeless musical universe, that is both ancient and futuristic; a deep melange of modern electronic bass music, african
chants and traditional rhythms. This is essential dance music. It is fundamentally not kitsch or cliched. The respect that
DJ Raph, a Nairobi-based producer, has for a broad African cultural heritage is deeply visceral and palpable in this music.

Sacred Groves live
21.04. Nairobi - Kuona Artists Collective: 
       DJ Raph live, Gebrüder Teichmann
09.05. Bayreuth - Iwalewahaus:
       DJ Raph & nita. (AV live), Gebrüder Teichmann
11.05. Berlin - Kometen Melodien at Berghain Kantine:
       DJ Raph & nita. (AV live), Gebrüder Teichmann
12.05. Hamburg - Golden Pudel Club:
       DJ Raph, Gebrüder Teichmann
19.05 Brussels - Africa is in the Future! Festival:
       DJ Raph & nita. (AV live)

Andi Thoma (Mouse on Mars):
Gerade in den usa 5:00 morgens mit berlin jetlag wach geworden, draussen rumoren die klimaanlagen und dann euer kenya soundtrack, was für ein moment!

Deadbeat (~scape, Echocord):
DJ Raph is amazing!!!

Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis (Rush Hour, Honest Jon´s, Morph, Morphine Records):
this album is amazing, has a great balance between the original material and the electronic side, playful, fun and well produced.

Electric Indigo (Imbalance Computer Music):
Sacred Groves is truly captivating. The combination of very electronic sounding bass and traditional, world-heritage samples comes across so self-evident and meaningful. I’m thankful that NOLAND, again, broadens our horizon.

Losoul (Playhouse, Another Picture, Hypercolour):
Always interesting to see what people of other cultures do and at the same time what is still similar among us. Trippy atmospheres, heavy grooves, open spaces.. A touching mixture of old and new energies.

Batida (Soundway Records):
Just by meeting him in downtown Nairobi for a really deep crate digging and after spending a few hours at a home studio playing around with samples, I felt I found a soulmate.
I relate with the way Raph approaches older Kenyan music. He is very serious about what he does but you can trust such a serious guy when you see him dancing and enjoying so much from others music on the dancefloor, with such a glow and generous smile. Will always keep an hear to what he does. Love, Raph!”

Sasha Perera aka Perera Elsewhere (FoF, BPitch):
Always nice to hear new stuff from producers from Kenya while S.Africa takes so much limelight! liking the some of these psychedelic 3 legged rhythms on tracks like Reeds from Chad....percussive trancey shizzle for the zombie sunrise/ after-hour. oh yeah and The Boy from Digenenthi is the hit.... !

Jay Ahern (Cheap & Deep, Domino): 
DJ Raph's Sacred Grooves is modern, sonically massive and haunting. The album is not a container of remixes, it's a real time electronic dialogue with ghosts. The spirits inhabit these recordings, connecting to us in the moment and touching us with their humanity. DJ Ralph is a gifted producer who coaxes amazing sounds and performances from his instruments and musicians, even when they are a band of ghosts.

Jean-Christophe Mercier aka Readymade FC (Peacefrog, F-Com):
As big amateur of different African musics & what we strangely call "ethnic music" i usually am not a big fan of remixed sacred music coming from far cultures because it invariably turns into some cultural disaster. But here is completely different. The guy obviously knows what it's all about & the result sounds beautiful to me. It's very clever, respectful of the grooves even it modifies the context. It's a great project. I just love the album.

Daniel Meteo (Shitkatapult):
Eine weitere Veröffentlichung auf Noland, die da schürfen wo es interessant wird: Raph aus Nairobi vergrößert ein tolle Sammlung von Musik aus einer Welt ausserhalb der Weltmusikschublade. Cool.






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