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Tanbou Toujou Lou - Merengue Kompa Kreyou Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti 1960-1981

Various - Tanbou Toujou Lou: Merengue, Kompa Kreyou, Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti 1960-1981 (CD/2LP, Ostinato Records, 2016)


The fantastic archeological work of labels such as Analog Africa, Soundway, Strut and a few others surely must have inspired this compilation of Haitian grooves. The selection is sharp, but in the end built from a majority of unstoppable tunes on any kind of sunshiny dancefloor. The booklet is generous, with lots of photos, et the musical consistency is without blinkers. English DJ Hugo Mendez...

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Ocote Soul Sounds - A Pesar La Vida feat. Quantic and Chico Mann

Ocote Soul Sounds - A Pesar La Vida feat. Quantic & Chico Mann (7", Wonderwheel Recordings, 2016)


The last time Antibalas was in Paris, we had the chance to listen to a few new tracks from the Ocote Soul Sounds project - extracted from recent recording sessions gathering Martin Perna (Antibalas), Adrian Quesada (Brownout/Echocentrics) and Quantic (Tru Thoughts) — three of the most talented producers of their generations working together! After many months' wait, here's finally some vinyl news...

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Sunburst - Ave Africa - The Kitoto Sound Of East Africa 1973-1976

Sunburst - Ave Africa - The Kitoto Sound Of East Africa: 1973-1976 (2CD/2LP, Strut Records, 2016)


English label Strut Records — known for its quality, rather luxurious reissues — puts out a retrospective fo the complete 1970s works from brilliant Tanzanian Afrosoul band Sunburst : their unique 1976 'Ave Africa' album, a few singles and some unreleased radio sessions dating from the group's early days in 1973. Close to Zambian rock, their music called "Kiktoto Sound" comes from a...

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Fanfare Ciocarlia - 20

Fanfare Ciocarlia - 20 (2LP, Asphalt Tango Records, 2016)


If you should own only one record from the fastest brass band in the world, it's this one! Romanian Fanfare Ciocarlia celebrate their 20 years anniversary with a gargantuan double vinyl LP collecting 26 of their best tunes, served with a 20 pages photo booklet. You'll rediscover the delirious and overpowerful covers of the 'James Bond Theme', of 'I Put A Spell On You', or of one of the best ever...

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Hard Proof Public Hi-Fi Sessions 03

Hard Proof - Public Hi-Fi Sessions 03 (12", Public Hi-Fi, 2016)


Worthy heirs to Fela and Antibalas, the ten musicians from Hard Proof deliver a storming blend of afrobeat and funk. Six years after their first album, the band is back with some new vertiginous compositions, including powerful horns answering to vintage keyboards and frantic percussion. The six pieces were recorded live in only one take, without reworkings or overdubs, in Jim Eno's studio (Spoon)...

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DJ Format Psych Out - A Collection Of Funky Fuzz Laiden Gems

DJ Format's Psych Out - A Collection Of Funky Fuzz Laiden Gems (CD/2LP, BBE, 2016)


DJ Format is one of the coolest DJs in the United Kingdom. We've already invited him twice for an exclusive Paris DJs mix. He's also a relentless vinyl hunter, especially for the very very rare stuff, as proven once again in this compilation of highly psychedelic tracks, mostly groovy-rock, with fuzz guitars, really heavy drums and warm bass. We can't recommend this selection enough. Even for the...

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Peace Chant - Raw - Deep and Spiritual Jazz Vol 1 and 2

Various - Peace Chant - Raw, Deep and Spiritual Jazz Vol.1&2 (CD/2xLP, Tramp Records, 2016-06-03)


The Tramp Records compilations are quite close to the Paris DJs mixes: rares or relatively unknown tracks (from the 1960s to today), unique themes (transversal ones), but always in tune with the label's musical identity: funk - soul - jazz - blues - latin and afrobeat. The latest series Peace Chant is an overview of spiritual jazz productions from all times, heavily groovy and saturated with soul....

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Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe - Enko on Ti Tou

Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe - Enko on Ti Tou (CD/2LP, Heavenly Sweetness, 2016)


The famous band from the French Antilles in the 60s/70s is back with a new compilation, to be followed by a tour all over Europe. Selected by leader and saxophonist Camille Sopran'n, guitarist Guy Jacquet and bassist Pierre-Edouard Décimus (with some help from tropical DJ Hugo Mendez, among a discography of roughly 20 albums published since 1967, this best-of of what would next become Kassav and...

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Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids - We Be All Africans

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - We Be All Africans (CD/LP, Strut Records, 2016)


The San Francisco ensemble The Pyramids is back after the reissues of its 1970s cult albums, a tour all over Europe in 2015, and an unstoppable 45 released right afterwards, last summer, on the German label Philophon: 'Rhapsody In Berlin'. A little gem of spiritual, funky afro-jazz produced by Max Weissenfeld (Poets Of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers), to be found also on this cosmic jazz album, an...

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Ahmed Malek - Musique Original De Films

Ahmed Malek - Musique Original De Films (CD/LP, Habibi Funk, 2016)


A true discovery for the uninitiated, Ahmed Malek is the one who's called the Algerian Ennio Morricone. His groovy movie soundtracks from the 1970s, a delightful blend of arab jazz, funk and psychedelic pop, were collected by the Ministry of Information & Culture into a double LP released in 1978, whose best pieces are gathered here along with a few unreleased tracks, some photos coming from...

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