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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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STEPAK-TAKRAW - Socotra

STEPAK-TAKRAW - Socotra (LP, Soul Garden Records Japan, 2015)


Remember that killer 45 from Japanese Afrofunk band STEPAK-TAKRAW which we wrote about, something like a year ago? 'Phat Fat Jackson' was one of the highlights of the year singles-wise. with its blend of afrofunk, latin & surf music… In december 2013 the group had released their third album 'Socotra', but on CD only. That same album is now finally released on vinyl, through Soul Garden...

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Q.A.S.B. - III

Q.A.S.B. - III (CD/LP, Soul Garden Records Japan, 2015)


Q.A.S.B. is a Japanese funk/soul band celebrating their 10 years of existence with the release of their third album of groovy JB funk and early's 70s soul-jazz offerings. We often say that a band starts to become really good after 10 years of playing together, and this new LP tends to confirm this point. Q.A.S.B. seemed to have grown really mature musically, and when their label Soul Garden...

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Amy A Tal Vez Tu Amor

Amy A - Tal Vez Tu Amor (7", Soul Garden Records, 2015)


Amy A (Amy Akaoka), lead singer (and co-founder) in Japanese funk.soul band Q.A.S.B. for 10 years, is a huge Larry Harlow enthousiast and wanted to record a salsa album for years. This first 45 proves her idea was great since day one: sunshine rays hit instantly, as much as an irrepressible desire for getting up and begin to let go with furious latin dance steps!...

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PARIS DJS BEST OF 2014

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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Stepak Takrow Phat Fat Jackson

Stepak-Takraw - Phat Fat Jackson (7", Soul Garden Records Japan, 2014)


The first listen I give to this new Afrofunk band from Japan is misleading. The group seems very downtempo-ish, which doesn't fit with what I previously heard from Japanese groovy bands so far… My mistake! I'm playing the record at the wrong speed. Hitting the "45" button I start again… Ooh yeah that's better!! A mixture of Afrofunk (without horns), bits of The Chakachas' "Jungle...

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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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Paris DJs Playlist September 2013

Paris DJs Playlist - September 2013


Reissues from Daptone, Analog Africa, Mukatsuku and Tramp Records, new releases from Record Kicks, Audio Montage, Ninja Tune, Tru-Thoughts, Soul Garden, Paris DJs, Brainfeeder… it's the monthly playlist composed of selections from the records (CDs and vinyl) labels and artists sent to us during the past month!...

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Paris DJs Playlist May 2013

Paris DJs Playlist - May 2013


Spring is finally upon us in Paris and with it an avalanche of new records reached our decks. From Japan, France, Germany, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal… as if every artist in the U.S. had gone digital, or maybe as if the recent rise in international postage costs overseas was ending the American vinyl and CD business here in Europe. Anyway lots of new music to talk...

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Paris DJs Soundsystem Incredible and Out-There Covers

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents Incredible & Out-There Covers


This is the 5th is a series of 10 mixes of thematic covers hosted on 10 different blogs/websites, announcing or celebrating the Paris DJs mix #400 to be aired at right after christmas… and maybe the funnier one! Our friends hosting the mix this time come from Italy, check Martini & Jopparelli's Music Selections for some hip hop, reggae, jazz & soul mixtapes and news. This mix, on an...

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