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Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - 55

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - 55 (CD/LP, Big Crown, 2016)


The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band have bluffed everyone with their false reissues of tropical vintage funk, small pressings of 45s which prices have gone through the roof quite fast. The mask half drops with this album sounding like a goldmine of unreleased recordings from 1970's Trinidad & Tobago, while truth is a modern band from Hamburg recorded this gem! There's plenty, marvelous covers...

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The Peace - Black Power

The Peace - Black Power (CD/LP, Now-Again, 2016)


Originally released in 1975, bootlegged on a very small pressing in 2008, 'Black Power' is one of the rarest and most sought-after psychedelic albums of 1970s African music. Recorded by The Peace, a band from the rock scene in Zambia (Central Africa), the record is one of those strange afro/rock/psych marvels — in the same way as those from bands such as The Witch, Amanaz ou Question Mark —...

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Mop Mop - Lunar Love

Mop Mop - Lunar Love (CD/2LP, Agogo Records, 2016)


Andrea Benini is a brilliant Italian musician based in Berlin. His band Mop Mop is a 10-year old afro/jazz project that varies in size for concerts, recording, and touring. Every 2/3 years they come back to freshens up our ears with a new album rather different from the previous one, while keeping up with a kind of conceptual continuity. Trinidanian singer/poet Anthony Joseph is invited once...

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Space Echo - The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed

Various - Space Echo - The Mystery Behind the “Cosmic Sound” of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed (CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2016)


The German label specialized in reissues of African and Afro-Latin music releases every year a new and totally essential themed record. After a splendid 'Senegal 70' compilation at the end of last year, Analog Africa is back with some Cabo Verde cosmic grooves, selected with taste by Samy Ben Rejdeb, who runs the label, and Celeste/Mariposa, a duet of Lisbon trailblazing DJs. Expect a tasty...

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Nikhil P Yerawadekar and Low Mentality - Everything Lasts Forever

Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality - Everything Lasts Forever (CD/LP, 3rd Generation Recordings, 2016)


Low Mentality is the band from Nikhil P. Yerawadekar, bass player in Antibalas (if you're following Paris DJs, you've already heard about this famous afrobeat orchestra from Brooklyn), The Sway Machinery and Akoya Afrobeat. We had introduced them to the world in the october 2013 compilation 'Have You Ever Been To Electric Afroland', now here comes finally the full length album, a cosmopolitan...

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Movements Vol 8 - Compiled by Tobias Kirmayer Tramp Records

Various - Movements Vol.8 - Compiled by Tobias Kirmayer (2LP/CD, Tramp, 2016)


Last month we published a digest of all the superb releases from German label Tramp Records between may 2015 and february 2016. Hours of great listening are ahead of you if you haven't checked those out yet. Or you could directly go and check their latest compilation in the 'Movements' series — already the 8th volume! — with a focus on the rare, privately produced, vintage American soul, jazz,...

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Space Captain - In Memory EP

Space Captain - In Memory EP (Digital EP, Tru Thoughts , 2016)


Jazzy psychedelic soul drenched in hip hop-infused electronica and dreamy indie rock, from Brooklyn, NY. This combo might seem hard to pigeonhole today but a few years back we would have called it trip-hop, a catch-all "genre" that's been making a big comeback recently. The main piece here is the languid closing track 'Two', very reminiscent of NY's vibes today....

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Calibro 35  - S.P.A.C.E.

Calibro 35 - S.P.A.C.E. (CD/LP, Record Kicks, 2015)


5 years after the memorable interview we made with Tommaso Colliva, Italy's funkiest act Calibro 35 is back for a not-to-be-missed show in Paris at Petit Bain next thursday (if you're not going to Paris DJs' weekly rendez-vous at Le Pigalle of course). The Milan-based funksters will play tracks from their impressive latest album, 'S.P.A.C.E.', out on Record Kicks. And it's maybe their more...

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Jorge Duran y su Jalea de Mambo

Jorge Durán y su Jalea de Mambo - Jalea de Mambo (7", Enlace Funk, 2015)


Based in Madrid, Spain and led by vibraphonist Jorge Durán, Jalea de Mambo gathers musicians from Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia and Spain. they're quite unique on today's scene, with their sound bringing back the latin-American jazz spirit of the golden 1950's mambo. Fresh & swinging, this 45 is all about sunshine retro vibes. Another great find from Spanish collective, label & magazine Enlace...

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Bio Ritmo - Oriza

Bio Ritmo - Oriza (7", Peace & Rhythm, 2015)


Far from a latin music experts, we can easily claim being surrounded by a few of them. That's how Paris DJs got in touch with salsa band from Richmond, Virginia Bio Ritmo a few years back, leading to the release of their digital single 'Picaresca' in july 2013, soon followed by an exclusive mix, and a year later by a masterful album released on Vampisoul, 'Puerta Del Sur'. An exclusive tune from...

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