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The Best of 2014

It's already february 2015 and this article comes late - which always better than never! Digital sales have now become a thing of the past for many, since a bit of notoriety gets your music available for free in just a few hours after release, and since the taxation has now changed in Europe for exporting digital products (that's a 20% downfall for us in France on digital exports). Most have...

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Nicolas Ragonneau Paris DJs Best Of 2014 Albums

The best of 2014 according to Nicolas Ragonneau

Nicolas Ragonneau used to write amazing pieces for Paris DJs: interviews, portraits, record reviews… Until one day he couldn't do it anymore. Day job, kids, etc., you know the deal! But the man has a lot of taste, he doesn't produce music, hence still finds time to listen to some new stuff. So we asked him to send us his "best of 2014" selection and the records he picked are quite...

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Paris DJs Soundsystem Some Of The Best Things In Life Are Free Vol 3

Paris DJs Soundsystem - Some Of The Best Things In Life Are Free Vol.3

Already the third volume in our series of eclectic selections of free tunes found on the web, this mix is as eclectic as ever. Things start on a rather relaxed mood, with an electro-pop Serge Gainsbourg cover produced by Professor Oz for his wife Nélo, before some surprising deep funk dressing of Australian pop band Animaux by our regular collaborators The Cactus Channel, and an inspired...

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Paris DJs Playlist May June July August 2014

Paris DJs Playlist - May/June/July/August 2014

This playlist has been a few months in the making... We were kinda busy with our crowdfunding campaign this summer, but managed to get back on our feet and finally publish this mega-post filled with 49 short or not-that-short reviews of new singles, albums and compilations we received at Paris DJs those last months! As usual, this playlist focuses on the physical records sent to us, promo CD of...

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Nik Weston presents Orlando Julius and His Afro Sounders

Nik Weston presents Orlando Julius & His Afro Sounders (10", Mukatsuku Records, 2014)

After his album reissues on Academy LPs and Hot Casa Records, and before his new collaboration with The Heliocentrics, to be released in september on Strut Records, Nigerian saxophone master Orlando Julius is back in the record racks with a limited reissue on the Mukatsuku label. This is a 1970 single, two irresistible Afrofunk and Afrobeat tune you could find on the 2003 compilation 'Orlando's...

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Banlieues Bleues 2013

Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics + Rikki Ililonga, Jagari Chanda & Karl Hector and The Malcouns Live in Paris!!

The Banlieues Bleues festival has outdone itself with this amazing double-bill on april 6th in Aubervilliers, near Paris. First there will be the Nigerian afro-soul pionner Orlando Julius backed by psychedelic groove masters The Heliocentrics, followed by Zambian rock legends Rikkim Ililonga and Jagari Chanda, backed by German afro-funk kings Karl Hector & The Malcouns!! If you've never heard...

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Soundway Records

The influence of Soundway Records on the Afro revival & diggin' scene

At the end of the summer of 1997, the most essential African musician, Fela Kuti, died, he was 58 and left a big hole in African music. In 1998, jazz DJ Russ Dewbury released on Harmless Records the first Africafunk compilation, as a "tribute to the towering influence of Fela Ransome Kuti", with a second volume released in 2000 selected by John Stapleton. 1998 was also the year Desco...

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Karl Hector Soul Sauvage d Afrique

Karl Hector - Soul Sauvage d'Afrique

The collective that includes the Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers and Karl Hector & The Malcouns have just put out a series of rare funk, jazz, soul and world-psych singles compiled as an album (info and free MP3 on We're celebrating this new Original Raw Soul III album release with an exclusive Afrofunk mix from the great Karl Hector himself! If, like us, you...

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Orlando Julius And The Afro Sounders - Voodoo Funk Reissue

Orlando Julius And The Afro Sounders - Orlando Julius And The Afro Sounders (Re-Issue) (CD/LP) Voodoo Funk/Traffic Entertainment, 2011-02-14 "Orlando Julius has been a well known name on the West African music scene all through the 1960s and 70s. His early work was recorded in the Philips studios under the strict supervision of their house producers who were putting an emphasis on a pleasant...

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Afro Releases from the archives of Strut Records 1999-2002

Afro Releases from the archives of Strut Records 1999-2002 "Strut has been one of the UK's leading record labels dedicated to unearthing the lost gems of dance music past, covering music from hard funk, underground disco, original breaks and Nigerian Afrobeat to old skool hip hop and forgotten music library classics. Set up in 1999 to document important areas of dance music's history,...

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