Review: She may be best known as a TV and radio presenter, but Nigerian star Julie Coker also enjoyed a short but successful music career. She released two albums of note - highlife-focused 1976 debut "Ere Yon (Sweet Songs)" and 1981's more disco-centric "Tomorrow" - both of which now fetch eye-watering sums online. This fine retrospective showcases cuts from both of those sets, with the many highlights including the spacey, delay-laden highlife cheeriness of "Re Hese", the Clavinet-sporting disco-funk-goes-pop bounce of "It's All For You", the low-slung but rising, gospel influenced brilliance of "Gossiper Scandal Monger" and the heavily percussive, off-kilter goodness of album closer "Iyo-Re". You might also notice the intro of 'Ere Yon', which was recently sampled to great effect in Anderson .Paak's "Saviers Road"!
Review: Cult Afro-rock/Afro-funk band Demon Fuzz didn't release much material during its brief existence in the 1970s, but the impact of that material has been immeasurable. Take "Afreaka!", their debut album: largely ignored upon its release, its five lengthy workouts have since been sampled hundreds of times. As this latest CD reissue proves, it remains an excellent album. Check, for example, the meandering psychedelic guitar solos and jazz-rock grooves of "Past Present And Future", the Rare Earth style funk-rock pressure of "Disillusioned Man" and the intoxicating, organ-heavy environmentalist anthem that is "Hymn To Mother Earth". This edition also includes a handful of tasty bonus cuts plucked from the band's equally rare single releases.