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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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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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