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Afrolicious - Dub For Mali EP - out on ESL Music

Afrolicious Dub For Mali
Afrolicious - Dub For Mali EP
(Digital Single) Eighteen Street Lounge Music ESL187, 2011-08-16

Afrolicious are pleased to announce their debut release on ESL Music. This release is truly a long time in the making even though they only recently decided to put out original music under the name 'Afrolicious'. This 3 song EP features some of the amazingly talented folks who have helped make Afrolicious the eclectic and off the hook weekly party it has become. On Thursday Night Kinda Swing they have guests Baba Duru on percussion and scat vocals and Aaron Lebowitz on Saxophone and horn arrangements. A Dub For Mali features the fabulous Ngoni work and vocals of Yacouba Diara from Burinka Faso and Mali, and flute by Izzy * Wise and Foolin features the talented vocals and lyrics of Fresh is Life from Trinidad and the horn playing of Will Magid and Aaron Lebowitz. All guitars, bass and keys were layed down by Pleasuremaker and the arrangements were split with Pleasure and Rob Garza who completed the circle with holding down the production end. Señor Oz was up in the mix during the sessions bringing the vibes together and documenting some of the sessions. Dub for Mali and Foolin' remind me of the vibe of that afro/reggae track that Grant Phabao did with Amayo a few years back. This reggae/afro mixture is hard to pin down and Afrolicious really got it, really tasty and spiritual at the same time. Recommended!

Afrolicious Dub For Mali
Afrolicious - Dub For Mali EP
(Digital Single) Eighteen Street Lounge Music ESL187, 2011-08-16

Afrolicious - 'A DUB FOR MALI' by afrolicious

Tracklisting :
01. Thursday Night Kinda Swing 5:24 | Free MP3 Download
02. A Dub For Mali 5:57
03. Foolin' 4:23

Links :
Afrolicious : blogspot | discogs | facebook | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
ESL Music : official | facebook | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Press Release :
Imagine stepping into a bumping dance party at the peak of the night and feeling the movement of the dancers around you; take a psychedelic walk through the Malian desert with a boom box, or meditate on some modern dub as the night winds down. Afrolicious brings musical treats for you to feed your mind, body and soul which mixes a love of dj and dance culture along with a passion for organic soulful live music from around the world.

With their first official release “A Dub for Mali” *(out 8/16 on ESL Music)*they have created a recipe that will satisfy diverse musical palettes, with elements of Afro-Beat and Disco brought together for ‘Thursday Night Kinda Swing’, Electro-Dub, reggae and down-tempo on the title track ‘Foolin’ and a funky mix of Malian blues, psychedelia and beats on ‘A Dub for Mali’ the ep is a reflection and a taste of the wide spectrum of sounds that have been cultivated weekly at the San Francisco based Afrolicious party, hosted by real life brothers Pleasuremaker and Señor Oz. Afrolicious’ debut features some outstanding vocal performances from Burkina Faso’s Yacouba Diara and Trinidad’s Fresh is Life; locked in percussion and scatting vocals of Baba Duru, tight horn work of Billy Magic and Aaron Lebowitz and the wicked slide guitar, funky bass and arrangements of Joey “Pleasuremaker” McGuire.

Produced by Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation the tracks were recorded in an improvisational atmosphere that helped capture the magic of the Afrolicious party environment, a place where magic might happen if you give it a chance. The vibe of the Afrolicious party and the years of working with outstanding musicians, vocalists and djs in clubs all over are captured on this release.

More Info :
Afrolicious is Pleasuremaker aka Joe McGuire’s foray into African music. Formerly a radio dj at University of Kansas, he relocated to SF where he created and cultivated with his brother Oz McGuire San Francisco’s legendary weekly party at the Elbo Room called Afrolicious. Working with musicians from all over Africa and the diaspora, this project explores his deep admiration and respect for the rhythms, sounds and musicians from Africa. During one of his gigs he passed a demo to Thievery Corporation’s SF transplant Rob Garza, Garza who really vibed the music and thought the project had potential soon decided to produce the project, the 1st EP entitled a “Dub for Mali” will be released this summer on ESL music.

Recently, Pleasuremaker opened up for Thievery Corporation at Red Rocks to an amazing response. Afrolicious has also been featured on Nickodemus recent Turntables on the Hudson compilation, remixed Thievery Corporation’s ‘Vampires’ and are regularly touring and djing around the country. Currently Afrolicious is putting together a dj mix of the ESL Music catalog as well.

DJ/Tastemaker Quotes :
“This is a timeless Instant Classic! Beautiful.” – Nappy G (Turntables on the Hudson)
“Smooth dubby grooves from San Francisco’s finest” – DJ DRM (Bastard Jazz)
“From the funky Bay Area comes a wicked EP of dub and afro rhythms that place me directly on the sweaty dance floor of their weekly parties” - DJ Sabo (Sol Selectas)


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