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STEPAK-TAKRAW - Slugfest

STEPAK-TAKRAW - Slugfest & Gazelle (2x7", Soul Garden, 2016)


Two new singles of Japanese afrobeat band STEPAK-TAKRAW have been released on Soul Garden Records, who kindly sent us a copy of each! The first one, 'Slugfest' is afrofunk at a seamingly exaggerated uptempo pace — but the tune quickly drops into a darker vibe, a more psych rock setting, with the guitar then playing only half the notes, before a spaghetti western comes in — a mad transition the...

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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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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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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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Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band New Morning

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band - Thursday, June 2nd at New Morning (Paris)


It was one of the highlights of 2015, both on record (full review and album stream here) or live (october 8th at New Morning in Paris). This thursday Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band will be back with their funky & soulful Ghanean vibes on the New Morning stage and we can't advise you enough not to miss this show!...

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Etienne de la Sayette - Maputo Queens

Etienne de la Sayette - Maputo Queens (CD/LP, Paris DJs, 2016)


Composer/arranger/producer Etienne de la Sayette is a frenetic globe-trotter and a relentless collector of musical instruments. Founder and headhunter of, among others, the Frix and Baeshi Bang groups, co-founder/saxophonist for Parisian Ethio-Jazz band Akalé Wubé, Etienne might mostly be a live musician, he manages nonetheless to find the time for audio production, remixes and synch music....

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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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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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