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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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Paris DJs Soundsystem presents The Authentic Funk Hip Hop Jazz and Soul Experience

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents The Authentic Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz & Soul Experience (5CDs boxset, Paris DJs, 2016)


5 funky & soulful compilations digging into today's international scene. Expect psychedelic hip hop, jazzy rhymes, dancefloor funk, cinematic soul, heavy heavy heavy tunes all along from various atmospheres, vibes & moods. All new & exclusive tracks hand-picked by Paris DJs' crew....

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Paris DJs Soundsystem Heavyweight Gambit No Holds Barred Foot Stompers and Freaky Soul Vol 2

Paris DJs Soundsystem - Heavyweight Gambit, No Holds Barred! - Foot Stompers & Freaky Soul Vol.2 (Digital compilation, Paris DJs , 2015)


Heavyweight Gambit, Nol Holds Barred' is the 11th compilation coming out on the Paris DJs label, and the second one digging into Funk & Soul music for the Paris DJs Soundsystem crew. A lot of tracks landed in the label's mailbox (thanks to everyone who participated!), choices had to be made, and until the last minute it was tough decisions. After many delays in adjusments and fine-tuning of...

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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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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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