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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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Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno - A Life Worth Living feat U-Roy and Alice Russell

Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno - A Life Worth Living (feat. U-Roy & Alice Russell) (12", Tru Thoughts, 2016)


As a preview for '1000 Watts', the third album from his cumbia-reggae-dub project Flowering Infernow (out of a total of 17th full-lengths!) scheduled for mid-june, Quantic releases a month before on 12 inch vinyl a superb first single, with guests Jamaican deejay and godfather of the style U-Roy, and for the chorus, soul singer and long-time collaborator Alice Russell. A first, very successful...

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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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