Dorthy Ashby's Afro-Harping is not only a Rough Trade essential but also a Hafi essential! Miss Dorothy Ashby is an amazing jazz harpist who mystifies listeners with her whimsy inducing electric harp playing. It's not just my appraisal for her insane talent, in 1952 she was given the Downbeat International Jazz Critic Award as a harpist. For film buffs in the house Dorothy Ashby is also known for the theme song for the 1967 cult classic 'Valley of the Dolls'. Hafi hot tip: This album is great for when you're cooking :)
Out of Oakland, California, Tanukichan's Sundays serves up 90s girl shoegaze for the millennial generation. If you like Swirlies, Saint Etienne, The Breeders, or Mazzy Star this one might be for you. Also, for Toro y Moi fans this one might interest you because Chaz produced it!
Who is down for some sunshine-drenched kinda-grunge, kinda-punk, kinda-hardcore, definitely-a-good-time music? Culture Abuse's Bay Dream comes from Bay Area based band who starts parties on the dance floor with their fuzzy guitars, pulsing drum beats, and swooning melodic lyrics. Hafi hot tip: Play S'Why for your summer lover. You're welcome.
Any Chicago footwork fans in the house? RP Boo's I'll Tell You What is by footwork pioneer Kavain Wayne Space whose been at it for 30 years! Notorious in Chicago for his self-released mix tapes and LPs, his newest release is well worth a listen. I love this one for the way he mixes genres and holds down pleasingly overwhelming beats.