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World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Cat: RT 54/8089900791. Rel: 21 Oct 13
Body & Soul (10:07)
Atomic Bomb (7:59)
Good Name (10:04)
Something You Will Never Forget (10:03)
Why Go To War (9:00)
Love Is Blind (7:50)
Heaven & Hell (4:03)
Let's Fall In Love (7:18)
Fantastic Man (6:28)
When The Going Is Smooth & Good (7:26)
The Way To Win Your Love (7:01)
Jungle Gods (4:05)
Love Me Now (13:40)
Review: Following 2012's fourth volume that celebrated the existential work of Tim Maia, here we find Luaka Bop exploring the legacy of William Onyeabor. A high chief and Kenyan diplomat who allegedly refuses to discuss his music, he self-released eight albums in the 70s and 80s and these are some of the many highlights. Stretching from the New York-influenced post-punk synth funk of "Good Name" to the most authentic Afro fusion of "Why Go To War", Onyeabor's range not only reflects his clear creative skill, but also the ever-developing international language of music during the fruitful period he was active. Who is William Onyeabor? Press play and find out yourselves...
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Doing It In Lagos: Boogie Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria
Doing It In Lagos: Boogie Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria (gatefold 3xLP + 7" + 8 page booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: SNDWLP 087. Rel: 15 Nov 22
Hotline - "Fellas Doing It In Lagos" (5:38)
Peter Abdul - "Don't You Know" (3:47)
Steve Monite - "Only You" (6:19)
Oby Onyioha - "Enjoy Your Life" (6:15)
Kio Amachree - "Ivory" (5:11)
Livy Ekemezie - "Holiday Action" (5:13)
Willy Roy - "Don't Give Up" (6:40)
Danny Offia & The Friks - "Funk With Me" (5:20)
Rick Asikpo & Afro Fusion - "Too Hot" (5:18)
Toby Foyeh - "Ore Mi" (5:44)
Gboyega Adelaja - "Colourful Environment" (5:19)
Mike Umoh - "Shake Your Body" (6:01)
Burnis Moleme - "Where Is The Answer" (7:00)
Sony Enang - "Don't Stop That Music" (5:10)
Nkono Teles - "Be My Lady" (mix) (4:28)
Veno - "Groove I Like" (3:34)
Godfrey Odili - "Let's Do More Music" (7:40)
Terry Mackson - "Distant Lover" (5:33)
Ofege - "Burning Jungle" (bonus 7") (3:21)
Lexy Mella - "On The Air" (Rap mix - Frankie Francis edit - bonus 7") (3:47)
Review: Soundway offer us a new compilation featuring 20 rare tracks from the currently much talked about world of Nigerian pop music; a zeitgeist of their early 1980s club culture. The country's economy was booming at the time and so was its recording industry. Strongly influenced by '70s disco and funk, this new generation were, as the liner notes explain "Eager to sound as American as possible with no hint of the fervour for afro-beat, afro-rock and afrocentric thinking that the 1970s had thrown up". The original albums that many of these singles came from go for exorbitant prices online, so here's a chance to snap up some of the periods finest music, remastered across three 12"s.
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Only You
Only You (12")
Cat: SNDW 12025. Rel: 28 May 19
Steve Monite - "Only You" (Frankie Francis Disco Jam edit) (7:55)
Tabu Ley Rochereau - "Hafi Deo" (Nick The Record & Dan Tyler re-edit dub) (10:15)
Review: Edits in the hole! Two Afrofunk gems enjoy floor-primed refocuses: Steve Monite's Doing It In Lagos-featured "Only You" gets a little juice from Sofrito's Frankie Francis who really brings the bass out in proceedings. Meanwhile on the B Nick The Record and Idjut Boy Dan Tyler tweak the energy and sheen of Tabu Ley Rochereau's "Hafi Disco" as the drums are given a little more momentum and the chorus and horns are really brought to the centre of the action. Stunning.
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Spies Are Watching Me
Cat: FVR 106. Rel: 09 Dec 22
Spies Are Watching Me (7:15)
Le Disco Des Capitales (6:45)
Review: Sounds like it came out of Lagos in 1971, actually written and recorded in Lyon in 2015: Voilaaa is the brainchild of Bruno Hovart whose long relationship with Favorite goes way back to his days as Patchworks, Mr President and The Dynamics. Recording on a whole host of vintage machines and calling upon local African singers both cuts have a real authentic sense of realness; "Spies Are Watching Me" drives with big horns and swooning strings which isn't dissimilar to the work of The Movers, while the TY Boys-esque "Le Disco Des Capitales" is a heavier, more concentrated slab of floor-minded disco where the groove takes more of a forefront role. Apparently there's a whole album of this cooking... We can't wait to hear it.
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In The Music The Village Never Ends
Cat: BEWITH 006LP. Rel: 27 Sep 17
Sweet Juju (4:45)
Nomalizo (5:09)
Nkedama (4:44)
Hamba Nam We (4:37)
Vumani Makhosi (4:58)
Down By The River (5:08)
The Village (4:25)
Review: South Africa's Letta Mbulu has put out a vast amount of quality material in her lifetime, and although the singer was based far away from Europe, her music was picked up by the London massive during the mid '80s at clubs like Dingwalls and featured heavily in the rare groove digs. The opener "Sweet Julu" is now a London two-step classic, while other tracks like "Nomalizo" or "The Village" are more on the disco side, all of them filtered with a distinctly tropical edge! A top reissue!
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Obaa Sima
Obaa Sima (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 014LP. Rel: 23 Feb 15
Obaa Sima
Moma Yendodo
Daa Nyinaa
Yemmpa Aba
Bome Nnwom
Review: This latest reissue from Awesome Tapes From Africa is the whole reason for founder Brian Shimkovitz starting the blog and the label that grew out of it. Some 13 years ago, Shimkovitz stumbled across a cassette copy of Obaa Sima whilst travelling Ghana and his love for Ata Kak's music lead to the foundation of the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog and the commencement of a long running effort to track down the Ghanaian musician. Some four years after ATFA became a label, Shimkovitz finally tracked down the musician, real name Yaw Atta-Owusu, and was granted permission to reissue Obaa Sima, using the second hand tape purchased in Ghana as the source. The seven tracks on this LP are a winning tinny combination of highlife, rap, pop, and more with "Daa Nyinaa" sounding like a cover version of William De Vaughn's "Be Thankful For What You've Got".
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On Te L'Avait Dit
On Te L'Avait Dit (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: FVR 107LP. Rel: 10 Jun 20
Spies Are Watching Me (feat Sir Jean) (7:13)
On Te L'avait Dit (feat Pat Kalla) (6:25)
Le Disco Des Capitales (feat Pat Kalla) (6:43)
Bark (6:24)
Vampires (feat Hawa & Fouley Badiaga) (5:02)
Enlevez-Moi Ca (feat Pat Kalla) (5:16)
Jungle Fire (6:19)
Pas Bon (feat Fouley Badiaga) (6:09)
Tomowa (feat Renaud Bilombo) (5:31)
Niarela (3:58)
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We Can Move
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Cat: CLMN 119. Rel: 06 May 13
Firewalker (3:52)
Chalupa (4:45)
Review: Few bands live up to their name in the way Jungle Fire do; fusing Cumbia, Afrobeat and trad funk, each JF jam blazes the floor with real power. "Firewalker" is the buzz-cut here, swaggering with Afro-disco confidence; it's all about the epic horn Q&A and cutlass-sharp guitar lick. "Chalupa" takes a deeper route into the dancefloor by way of a classic soul riff that sways to-and-fro before breaking down into a more staccato rhythm. Watch out for the pay-off... Those jazz horns are a delight to behold!
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Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa
Cat: SNDWLP 124. Rel: 07 Mar 18
The Survivals - "My Brother" (4:46)
Stimela - "Mind Games" (5:33)
Hot Soul Singers - "Hlala Nami" (4:12)
Zoom - "Wayawaya" (5:26)
Ashiko - "Gumba Fire (Madlakadlaka)" (5:39)
Monwa & Sun - "Heartbeat" (4:48)
Ntombi Ndaba - "Do You Trust Amajita?" (3:49)
The Black Five - "Selallane" (3:30)
Starlight - "Picnicing" (3:56)
Zasha - "Hayi Ngodlame" (4:41)
Joshiba - "Gloria" (5:00)
Sabela - "Africa" (4:56)
Condry Ziqubu - "She's Impossible" (5:55)
General Peter Maringa - "Listen To Me" (7:49)
Zasha - "Arrow Dub" (4:50)
Ozila - "Wola Wola" (9:05)
Review: Soundway's latest essential collection successfully shines a light on synth-heavy South African music of the 1980s, chronicling local musicians and producers' attempts to create their own hybrid forms of boogie, synth-soul and bubblegum pop. Naturally, compilers Miles Cleret and DJ Okapi have done a brilliant job bringing together killer cuts that showcase the best of South Africa's '80s synth sounds, while at the same time ensuring a high ratio of rare and hard-to-treats. While some of the tracks genuinely sound like they could have been made in New York, London or L.A, there are plenty of others that include multiple instrumental nods to a diverse range of contemporaneous South African sounds. Crucially, the music is superb throughout.
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Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed
Cat: AALP 080. Rel: 12 Sep 23
Antonio Sanches - "Pinta Manta" (4:18)
Dionisio Maio - "Dia Ja Manche" (4:32)
Jose Casimiro - "Morti Sta Bidjacu" (5:20)
Bana - "Pontin Pontin" (4:13)
Fany Havest - "That Day" (4:59)
Pedrinho - "Odio Sem Valor" (6:04)
Quirino Do Canto - "Mino Di Mama" (5:48)
Tchiss Lopes - "Mundo D'Margura" (3:04)
Joao Cirilo - "Po D'Terra" (5:37)
Abel Lima - "Corre Riba, Corre Baxo" (3:07)
Os Apolos - "Ilyne" (3:49)
Americo Brito - "Sintado Na Pracinha" (2:51)
Elisio Vieira - "Capchona" (3:13)
Antonio Dos Santos - "Djal Bai Si Camin" (7:19)
Abel Lima - "Stebo Cu Anabela" (4:28)
Review: Analog Africa belongs alongside the likes of Awesome Tapes From Africa and Light In The Attic in the annals of great modern day afro rock/beat reissue labels. The imprint has consistently delivered some monumental releases, all of them giving the listener a detailed insight into a particular scene or cultural corner of time. We're pretty sure that many people out there had no idea that there was a 'cosmic' sound in Cabo Verde in the 1977-1985 period, but there you go, you've learned something new. This is all dancefloor fire, and along with a gorgeous fanzine booklet, you have fifteen ridiculously forward-thinking and rare-as-hell electronic funk bombs from Africa. Fill your mind with the underrated genius of people like Antonio Sanches, Jose Casimiro, Bana, and the rest of this amazing crew or like-minded futurists. Release of the week!
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Abidjan (12")
Cat: HC 55. Rel: 25 Apr 18
Nan Ye Li Kan (Afro Beat) (4:49)
Abidjan (Biguine) (5:48)
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Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984
Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984 (gatefold 2xLP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: AALP 083. Rel: 18 May 22
Dream Stars - "Pop Makossa Invasion" (4:46)
Mystic Djim & The Spirits - "Yaounde Girls" (5:51)
Bill Loko - "Nen Lambo" (6:23)
Bernard Ntone - "Mussoloki" (4:21)
Pasteur Lappe - "Sanaga Calypso"
Eko - "M'ongele M'am"
Olinga Gaston - "Ngon Engap"
Emmanuel Kahe & Jeanette Kemogne - "Ye Medjuie"
Nkodo Si-Tony - "Mininga Meyong Mese"
Pasteur Lappe - "Sekele Movement"
Pat' Ndoye - "More Love"
Clement Djimogne - "Africa"
Review: Just when you think that the well of obscure music from around the world has run dry, Analog Africa returns to put the record straight. Pop-Makossa shines a light on a glorious but largely overlooked period in the story of Cameroonian makossa, when local musicians began to replace funk and highlife influences with the rubbery bass of classic disco and the sparkling synth flourishes and drum machines of electrofunk. The resultant compilation, which apparently took eight years to produce, is packed full of brilliant cuts, from the heavily-electronic jauntiness of Pasteur Lappe's "Sanaga Calypso" and horn-totin' Highlife-disco of Emmaniel Kahe and Jeanette Kemogne's "Ye Medjuie", to the dense, organ-laden wig out that is Clement Djimogne's "Africa".
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Elado Edits
Elado Edits (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: RNT 053. Rel: 26 Jan 21
Big Baba (4:56)
Gulab Jamun (4:10)
Blame (4:54)
Halloumi (4:42)
Review: Antal has already been dropping the worldly beats on this EP which is a fine stamp of approval for Israeli DJ and collector Elado. This marks his debut on the label having won plenty of fans for his offering on Eddie C's cult Red Motorbike. The music take its cues from all over the planet - Africa, India and the Middle East - and brims with disco joy, funk richness and plenty of earthly soul. 'Big Baba' is a classy party starter with good time feels, 'Gulab Jamun' is a foreign language acid laced love song and 'Blame' is synth heavy disco funk.
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Too Tough
Too Tough (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: BBE 340ALP. Rel: 06 Mar 20
Rim & Kasa - "Shine The Ladies" (8:50)
Rim & Kasa - "Love Me For Real" (8:21)
Rim & Kasa - "I'm A Song Writer" (3:58)
Rim & The Believers - "I'm Not Going To Let You Go" (3:11)
Rim & The Believers - "Peace Of Mind" (3:52)
Review: Having re-released Rim Kwaku's long lost Rim Arrives album, BBE follow it up with more dusty disco treasures from the Ghanaian hit maker's repertoire. From the blistering horns and thundering drum rolls of the near-nine-minute romp "Shine The Ladies" right the way through the looser, more Afrobeat-focussed "Peace Of Mind" by way of the emphatic Stevie Wonder-style showmanship of "I'm A Songwriter" it's a collection that still sparkles with soul 30 years after they were recorded. If you're unaware of Rim's story, you'd be wise to check it; from Quincy Jones endorsements to homelessness in the space of 24 hours, Rim's tales are as serious as his music is funky.
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African Music
Cat: FVR 131. Rel: 23 Feb 17
African Music (feat Lass) (7:03)
Decalement (instrumental) (3:43)
Problems (feat Sir Jean) (6:01)
Decalement (feat Pat Kalla) (4:52)
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Mogadisco: Dancing Mogadishu: Somalia 1972-1991
Mogadisco: Dancing Mogadishu: Somalia 1972-1991 (gatefold 2xLP + 16 page booklet)
Cat: AALP 089. Rel: 13 Feb 23
Dur Dur Band - "Daraadaa Muxibo" (5:21)
Omar Shoolil - "Hab Isii" (5:36)
Mukhtar Ramadan Idii - "Check Up My Head" (5:51)
Bakaka Band - "Geesiyada Halgamayow" (5:45)
Fadumo Qassim & Waaberi Band - "Waa Kaa Helaa" (6:21)
Iftin Band - "Sirmaqabe" (6:28)
Mukhtar Ramadan Idii - "Baayo" (5:36)
Ahmed Shimaali & Ahmed Sharif "Killer" - "Hoobeya" (5:10)
Dur Dur Band - "Shaleedayaa" (3:47)
Dur Dur Band - "Ladaney" (5:06)
Bakaka Band - "Gobonimada Jira" (8:33)
Iftin Band - "Ii Ooy Aniga" (3:37)
Review: The result of three years of digging through tapes of "strange music" in the Radio Mogadishu archives and restless research to find the musicians involved, Analog Africa's latest compilation shines a light on Somalia's previously undocumented dance music scene. It features tracks recorded between 1972 and '91 by a variety of unknown artists, with the assembled music touching on disco, psych-funk, Moog-laden club-focused instrumentals and heavyweight, Bob Marley-inspired reggae rhythms. It's a hugely vibrant and entertaining set of off-kilter and unusual Somalian translations of American and Caribbean music styles, with the bumper accompanying booklet offering up a wealth of little-known information.
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Rim Arrives
Rim Arrives (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: BBE 328ALP. Rel: 04 Sep 15
Gas Line (4:13)
Believe In Yourself (4:54)
Sunkwa (Life First) (2:44)
Funk Drummer (5:00)
Brushing Means Making Love (5:13)
Nothing Is Free (3:45)
Spend Your Money (6:07)
International Funk (5:29)
International Funk (instrumental) (5:32)
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African Funk Experimentals: 1979-1981
Cat: ASVN 028. Rel: 21 Jun 23
More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama) (3:57)
Na Real Sekele Fo'Ya (6:20)
Sanaga Calypso (3:30)
Hiembi Nin (Hymne A La Vie) (3:45)
Back To Funky (3:29)
Mbale (Face To Face With The Truth) (3:49)
Na Man Pass Man (Na Iron De Cut Iron) (2:54)
Hommage A Eraste Nkom (5:32)
Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) (3:46)
ABC (3:08)
Review: In terms of being an afrobeat legend, Pasteur Lappe is Cameroon's Fela Kuti, an unsung hero who was ahead of the game back in the 1970s and 1980s, and one whose been famous for burning the pockets of many diggers nowadays. Luckily, Africa Seven have compiled some of his best work onto a ten-track LP, ranging from the funky oddities of "More Sekele Movement" or "Na Real Seke Fo'ya", to the future-zouk sound of "Sanaga Calypso", and plenty of jazzy, popped-out, disgruntled soulfulness to satisfy anyone from Gilles Peterson to Cherrystones. Heavy and warmly recommended.
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Atomico EP
Atomico EP (red vinyl 12")
Cat: RNTR 039. Rel: 01 Sep 21
Atomico (Felipe Gordon remix) (6:59)
La Kossa (JKriv Elektrikossa dub) (6:42)
Atomico (DJ Nu-Mark remix) (3:58)
La Kossa (Snake In Da Bronx dub) (4:18)
Biri Biri (Samual Miles remix) (4:48)
Review: It has now been three years since Jungle Fire first graced the Razor N Tape Catalogue, and now the Los Angeles latin/Afro/funk/soul 12-piece are back with a five track remix EP. Colombia's Felipe Gordon takes 'Atomico' into evocative, late-night mood music territory, label co-head Jkriv lends some low slung boogie-down feels to "La Kossa", while revered turntablist Nu-Mark delivers a punchy breakbeat take on another remix of "Atomico" and over on the flip band member Patrick Bailey (guitar) gets all spaced-out and echno-laden on his Snake In Da Bronx Dub.
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Disco (reissue)
Cat: KALITA 12017. Rel: 04 Jun 21
Disco (3:04)
Freak Out (with Botsotso) (3:08)
Disco (Jamie 3:26 extended edit) (7:18)
A-grade diggers Kalita have a few top class releases on their hands this month and this is one of them: a first ever official vinyl reissue of Mpharanyana & The Peddler tunes 'Disco' and 'Freak Out With Botsotso.' This is worldly South African disco and funk from 1979 that comes with a super remix from Rotterdam-based DJ, producer and funk specialist Jamie 3:26. is version of 'Disco' is primed for modern dance floor with murky drums and the big vocal chants sure to get huge reactions. Meanwhile, opener 'Disco' keeps it deep and tropical with tumbling drums and a powerful bass riff, then 'Freak Out' ups the ante with more clipped disco funk o,
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Jibiti (7")
Cat: FUR 7391. Rel: 06 Jul 20
Jibiti (Bosq remix) (4:34)
Jibiti (Bosq remix instrumental) (4:33)
Review: Kaleta's first full-length collaboration with the Super Yamba Band, 2019's "Medaho", was something of a slept-on treat: a fiendishly psychedelic Afrobeat affair that was every bit as heavy, colourful and vibrant as you'd expect. Here, one of the album's standout tunes gets the remix treatment courtesy of long-serving, party-starting musical fusionist Bosq. The Ubiquity and Soul Clap stalwart delivers vocal and instrumental passes of "Jibiti", both of which make great use of Kaleta's vocals and Super Yamba Band's fuzzy, Fela Kuti-style horn lines. Bosq's groove is closer in feel to Afro-disco than the original album version, though the bassline, organ stabs and vocals are pure Afrobeat gold.
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Only You (remastered)
Only You (remastered) (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: SNDWLP 146. Rel: 24 Nov 22
Only You (6:23)
I Had A Dream (5:49)
Things Fall Apart (Disco Jam) (5:50)
Welcome My Love (6:12)
Only You (Disco Jam) (6:33)
Things Fall Apart (5:29)
Review: Since it was first reissued a few years ago, Steve Monite's Only You album has gone from being a stupidly rare Nigerian boogie "holy grail", to an easy-to-access "must have" for anyone with even a passing interest in African disco and electrofunk. If you've yet to acquire a copy, we'd recommend picking up a copy of this officially licensed Soundway repress. It contains two different takes on the now anthemic 'Only You' - an infectious Lagos boogie delight - plus the pleasingly dubbed-out, piano-heavy electrofunk gem 'Things Fall Apart (Disco Jam)' (the original mix is also included at the end of side B), the slick and sweet 'Welcome My Love' and the more downtempo 'I Had a Dream'.
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Mizik Bel
Mizik Bel (12")
Cat: FVR 156. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Mizik Bel (5:13)
Mizik Bel (Africaine 808 remix) (8:17)
Review: A while back, Africaine 808's DJ Nomad contacted Favorite Recordings' chief Pascal Rioux about a killer track he'd been given some years back - an obscure, previously CD-R only fusion of modern Gwo-ka and Zouk by Esnard Boisdur entitled "Mizik Bel". Rioux was excited by what he heard and agreed that the track should come out on vinyl, accompanied by a fresh rework by Nomad and Dirk Leyers as Africaine 808. Boisdur's original version (side A) is rhythmically dense but also cheery and life affirming, with celebratory chorus vocals and 80s zouk style synth lines subtly rising above a busy, all-action groove. Arguably even better is the sub-heavy Africaine 808 mix, which brilliantly re-imagines the track as a tasty chunk of tropical house/disco-zouk fusion.
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Yawumna (12")
Cat: LD 03. Rel: 17 May 17
Yawumna (feat Soma Iddrissu) (7:03)
Yawumna (Art Of Tones remix) (7:22)
Ifa (feat Azizaa) (6:35)
Ifa (Jacques Renault dub) (5:52)
Review: Since 2015, Tel Aviv twosome Rabo & Snob has been delivering annual releases on re-edit stable Whiskey Disco. Here they make the transfer to one of Sleazy McQueen's other imprints, Lovedancing, with some tasty original productions. "Yawumna", featuring Somma Idrisu, effortlessly underpins jangly acoustic guitars and African vocals with a metronomic nu-disco groove, while "Afia", featuring vocalist Azizaa, sounds like an unlikely fusion of Afrobeat and Adonis's "No Way Back". Art of Tones provides an organ-laden, sunshine-soaked Afro-house revision of "Yawumna", while Jacques Renault provides a suitably chunky dub of "Ifa" for those late night moments.
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Dino Soccio Edits
Dino Soccio Edits (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: RNT 052. Rel: 28 Jul 20
Star Beaming (6:49)
Fred's Groove (6:06)
Laid Back (5:48)
Forgot (6:16)
Review: Since he last appeared on Razor 'N' Tape six years ago via a digital-only debut single, Dino Soccio has built up quite a catalogue of re-edits, not to mention a reputation as one of the scene's more interesting editors. It's for this reason that we're not surprised that his return to Aaron Dae and J Kriv's rework imprint is so good. It sees him offer up a quartet of killer cut-jobs that bounce between sumptuous, string-laden, French language Afro-disco (the superb "Fred's Groove"), sparkling up-tempo disco-boogie brilliance (the awesome "Star Beaming"), languid deep disco warmth (the dubby, spaced-out goodness of "Laid Back") and ultra-sweet, reggae-influenced Afro-boogie heat (sublime closing cut "Forgot").
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Nigeria Soul Fever: Afro Funk Disco & Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem!
Cat: SJRLP 344. Rel: 09 Sep 16
Joni Haastrup - "Free My People" (4:52)
Christy Essien - "You Can't Change A Man" (3:59)
Akin Richards & The Executives - "Afrikana Disco" (6:25)
Tee Mac - "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" (5:40)
Joni Haastrup - "Greetings" (6:14)
Don Bruce & The Angels - "Ocheche (Happy Song)" (5:51)
Benis Cletin - "Get Up & Dance" (5:37)
Colomach - "Enoviyin" (5:02)
Joni Haastrup - "Do The Funkro" (4:04)
Tee Mac - "Living Everyday" (feat Marjorie Barnes) (5:19)
Arakatula - "Mr Been To" (4:01)
Angela Starr - "Disco Dancing" (5:30)
Joni Haastrup - "Wake Up Your Mind" (5:58)
Jimmy Sherry & The Musik Agents - "Nwaeze" (7:00)
Benis Cletin - "Soul Fever" (5:02)
Arakatula - "Wake Up Africa" (3:19)
Review: Another work of Soul Jazz curatorial gold: Nigeria Soul Fever is a detailed gatefold trip into one of Nigeria's richest chapters in music. Heavy trade restrictions allowed them to develop their own style without too much US or European influence and the result is an array of national talent who largely remained legends within their own borders. The range is mesmerizing; the sinewy synth and playground vocal Q&A of Benis Cletin's "Get Up & Dance", the ballroom disco soul of Tee Mac's "Living Everyday", the soulful afrofunk folk of Jimmy Sherry's "Nwaeze", the gut-punching power of Arakatula's album finale "Wake Up Africa". This is a treasure trove of unreleased gems that capture a truly unique time.
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Maswera (12")
Cat: FAR 051. Rel: 05 Dec 22
Maswera (6:10)
Rugare (Faze Action dub mix) (4:50)
Rugare (5:38)
Maswera (instrumental mix) (6:10)
Review: Faze Action's Afro series hits a fourth and final volume with Zeke Manyika and Faze Action themselves at the helm of two new singles. The vibes on this one take their cues from Afro Latin and Balearic worlds with opener 'Maswera' bringing nice open-air festival sounds, rich horn work and expressive drum funk. Manyika's chants are the icing on the cake for this one. Then comes a nice dubbed-out remix of 'Rugare' by Faze Action with lively disco drums and loose-limbed percussion. The original on the flip is a more straight-up and dazzling disco cut while a paired back instrumental of 'Maswera' closes things down in style. Timeless Afro bombs for sure.
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Voiciii (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: FVR 170. Rel: 09 Feb 21
Assia (feat Pat Kalla) (3:54)
Ben Bene La (feat Lass) (4:51)
Women Can Do (feat Ayuune Sule) (5:39)
Mbaal Mu Teer (feat Lass) (3:18)
Water Get No Enemy (feat Pat Kalla) (5:05)
Tu Mens Devant Moi (feat Rama Traore) (4:10)
Faut Pas (dub 2000) (3:32)
Fighting Slowly (feat Ayuune Sule) (5:26)
Faut Pas Dire Des Choses Comme Ca (feat Pat Kalla) (4:38)
LYMYE-A (feat David Walters, Pat Kalla & Lass) (5:25)
Manu Ecoute Ca (feat Pat Kalla) (4:33)
Ku La Foon (feat Lass) (4:15)
Francois, Va Te Laver (feat Pat Kalla) (3:59)
Tenor Jam For Manu (feat Boris Pokora) (3:37)
Review: Favorite Recordings presents Voiciii, the third album by Voilaaa - the nom de plume of Bruno 'Patchworks' Hovart. It features guest vocalists such as Pat Kalla and Lass who he has worked with previously, but also new ones such as David Walters, Rama Traore and Ayuune Suule. There's also the addition of saxophonist Boris Pokora. The LP is a tribute to major artists of influential African sounds, such as Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango: from the empowering groove of 'Women Can Do', the late night boogie-down antics with a message on 'Water Get No Enemy' to the spiritual life music of LYMYE-A' - a delightful album from start to finish.
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Mouna Power
Cat: BAC 006. Rel: 25 May 21
Mouna Power (4:28)
Mouna Power (dance dub) (5:52)
Review: Ever-reliable funk fusionist Bosq has scored another hit here, this time with the help of Favourite Recordings regular Pat Kalla, a talented French poet and singer. 'Mouna Power' is another great example of Bosq's ability to successfully meld together elements of Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban music and tropical grooves, adding layers of colourful instrumentation (bass, keys, horns, guitars and so on). The excellent original version comes backed with a longer, slightly tougher but no less warming and kaleidoscopic 'Dancefloor Dub'. It contains most of the vocals, more percussion and a greater role for the killer bassline and is probably our pick of the mixes
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African Dances (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 168. Rel: 05 Jun 18
Cunny Jam Wayo (16:25)
Agboju Logun (11:42)
Gboro Mi Ro (7:43)
Review: Shina Williams' first album from 1979, African Dances, marked the moment where the Nigerian afrobeat artist would team up with 'His African Percussionists', to form one of the most sought-after sounds of the next decade. Taking inspiration from the Master Of Ceremonies, Fela Kuti, this album is just as loose and evocative as the legend's, and perhaps even a little more oriented towards the disco end of the spectrum. "Cunny Jam Wayo" is a classic afrobeat march, with its rolling drums popping off left, right and centre, while "Agboju Logun" offers a softer funk ride, and "Gboro Mi Ro" lifts the soul at the final moments with a truly memorable string of brass instruments and vocals. Cop this, not the L300+ original..!
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Sugar My Love
Cat: JAMWAXMAXI 20. Rel: 14 Dec 18
Sugar My Love (6:55)
Are You Ready For Love (6:55)
Review: Original copies of T.Z Junior's bubblegum-boogie cut "Sugar My Love" are hard to come by outside of the artist's home country of South Africa. It's been that way since the single was first released on Roy B Records in 1985, hence this tidy reissue from the on-point Jamwax label. The title track remains a breezy, melodious, cheery and soul-flecked treat, with T.Z Junior delivering a brilliantly evocative lead vocal over bustling bubblegum synths, delay-laden machine drums and an inspired electrofunk bassline. "Are You Ready For Love", meanwhile, may not be quite as celebrated but is equally as impressive. It's the kind of sun-kissed "bubblegum" treat that would sound perfect blasting out of a soundsystem on a hot summer's day.
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Funky Disco Music
Cat: ASVN 052. Rel: 15 Feb 18
Funky Disco Music (4:12)
Ndolo Embe Mulema (6:07)
Une Chanson Sans Paroles (4:41)
Bowa'a Mba Ngebe (3:31)
Doi Da Manga (3:16)
Me To A De Try My Own (7:52)
Esele Mba Musango Na Ndol'am (3:43)
Emen Ango (6:17)
Review: A veritable French fusion institution; classically trained Cameroon musician Eko Roosevelt Louis was responsible for a catalogue of exciting jazz funk, disco and afrofunk records throughout the 70s and remained active touring Europe until the 90s when he returned to Cameroon to inherit the role as tribal chieftain from his grandfather. Released in 1979, Funky Disco Music was his third album and packs some of his most powerful compositions. The triumphant title track says it all; laidback, charming and full of positivity it sets the scene for the whole trip. Highlights include the rock-tinged soul chugger "Une Chanson Sans Paroles", the highlife uplift of "Doi Da Manga" and the smouldering showstopper finale "Emen Ango". Dig deep and enjoy... Africa Seven promise more Eko reissues in the near future.
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A7 Edits Volume 6
Cat: A7E 006. Rel: 06 Jun 23
Ekambi Brillant - "Afrika Afrika" (John Talabot & Pional Lost Script Rerub) (6:29)
Gyedu Blay Ambolley - "Highlife" (Alan Dixon edit) (5:59)
Michael Amara - "New Bell" (Jacques Renault edit) (5:53)
Pasteur Lappe - "Na Real Sekele Fo' Ya" (Escapade edit) (5:59)
Review: Africa Seven's A7 Edits offshoot has already proved to be one of the better re-edit series around, primarily because they consistently employ some of the best re-editors in the business, offering them the opportunity to select tracks they want to rework from the parent label's vast catalogue of licensed cuts. This edition - the seventh EP to date - is another action-packed winner. Rising star Alan Dixon delivers a lightly tooled-up, all-action revision of Gyedu Bley Amadou's tropical disco classic 'Highlife', before Barcelona-based John Talabot and Pional re-frame Ekambi Brilliant's 'Afrika Afrika' as a kind of Afro-post-punk/dub disco mash-up. Over on side B, Escapade dances through a bouncy disco-house take on Pasteur Lappe's 'Na Real Sekele Fo Ya', while Jacques Renault expertly rearranges Michael Amara's Afro-disco-funk staple 'New Bell'.
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Em Vee Edits
Em Vee Edits (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: RNT 045. Rel: 06 Mar 19
You Move Me (6:30)
Spreading Energy (5:51)
Don't Be Sabi Say (5:32)
I Wish I Knew The Words (5:30)
Review: Last year, Marcel Vogel dusted down his Em Vee edit alias for the first time in three years, serving up a tasty four-pack of reworks for OYE's ongoing Edits series. It clearly inspired him to make more reworks, because now he's popped up on Razor-N-Tape with another fine selection of scalpel revisions. He begins by reworking a tongue-in-cheek chunk of disco silliness rich in spacey Moog lines and wonky vocals ("You Move Me"), before tweaking and rearranging a superb chunk of Latin-tinged tropical disco ("Spreading Energy"). "Don't Be Sabi Say" is a high-tempo chunk of Afrobeat/Afro-disco fusion full of ear-catching Nigerian vocals and bustling electric piano riffs, while "I Wish I Knew The Words" is a cheeky revision of an obscure Japanese synth-boogie number.
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Yagana (12")
Cat: SNDW 12044. Rel: 25 Mar 22
Yagana (5:53)
Nothing Grows (5:02)
It's You (5:48)
War (Jam) (7:08)
Review: Recorded in a single weekend, 'Yagana' is a choice afro-disco and synth collab from Margate 5-piece Pigeon. With the band drunkenly forming after a pub session, it's got Guinean singer Falle Nioke heading up frontman duties, while Graham Godfrey on drums, Steve Pringle on keys, Tom Dream on guitar and Josh Ludlow on bass take up phat instrumental space. The result is a cosmic space jam and call into a cold universe, facing eternity with a friendly, synthy, and even grungy sonic greeting: "it's been a while".
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We The People
Cat: ASVN 027. Rel: 11 Jan 18
More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama) (4:05)
Dora (7:53)
Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams (6:14)
Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) (3:46)
The Sekele Movement (6:28)
As Far I Can Remember (6:23)
Review: Having previously reissued Pasteur Lappe's sought-after 1979 sophomore set, No Man Pass Man, the crew behind the Africa Seven label has turned its attention to the Cameroonian artist's similarly impressive debut, We The People. It's a vibrant and hugely entertaining six-track set, with Lappe offering up a range of dancefloor-ready cuts that variously touch on heavy Afro-disco ("More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama)"), horn-heavy tropical funk ("Dora"), saccharine English language ballads ("Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams"), thrusting disco-funk righteousness (Clav-happy smasher "Sekelimania (Nku Bilam)" and "The Sekele Movement") and laidback, Steely Dan style West Coast jazz-rock ("As Far As I Can Remember").
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Africa Airways Five: Brace Brace Boogie 1976-1982
Cat: ASVN 050. Rel: 14 Feb 19
Black Bells Group - "Sweet Sidney" (edit) (4:12)
Charly Kingson - "Nanga 'Boko" (4:17)
Gyedu Blay Ambolley - "Highlife" (4:59)
Dikalo - "Fine Biscuits" (2:45)
Mekongo President - "Angona Mana" (4:04)
Fotso - "French Girl" (3:27)
Tala AM - "Sugar Lump" (edit) (5:01)
JK Mandengue - "Chibidaba, Chibidaba" (2:55)
Jide Obe - "Too Young" (5:13)
Mulamba - "Dashiki" (version instrumentale) (3:07)
Review: There's a slightly different feel to the latest instalment of the fantastic "Africa Airways" compilation series. While previous instalments have largely focused on heavy Afro-funk and Afro-soul, this fifth edition showcases material recorded during the disco and boogie era (1976-82). The ten included tracks are superb, with highlights including the fuzzy, Clavinet-driven thrills of "Sweet Sidney (Edit)" by Black Bells Group, the heavy grooves and dancing synth lines of Gyedu Blay Ambolley's "Highlife", the spacey Afro-boogie badness of Fotso's "French Girl" and the flash-fried disco-funk celebration that is Jide Obe's spacey, Moog-sporting "Too Young". As the old cliche goes, this is all killer and no filler.
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You Are Mine (reissue)
You Are Mine (reissue) (180 gram vinyl LP + insert with tip on sleeve)
Cat: SNDWLP 114. Rel: 29 Jun 17
Can You Dig It? (6:13)
Stay Close (4:55)
Let's Merge (4:51)
Fella's Doing It In Lagos (5:38)
Desire (5:26)
You Are Mine (5:35)
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Nos Magia
Nos Magia (12")
Cat: RHSTOREJAMS 011. Rel: 27 Dec 17
Deep House
Nos Magia (feat Americo Brito) (3:33)
Kamajo (feat Orlando Julius) (3:58)
Ijo Ya (feat Orlando Julius) (3:12)
Review: Niels Nieuborg has long been a player on Holland's live music scene, largely working with ex-pat musicians from Carpe Verde and Surinam. This superb three-track EP marks his first recorded output and includes collaborations with vocalists Americo Brito and Orlando Julius. The latter stars on two up-tempo chunks of boogie-era Afrobeat that sit somewhere between the Moog-driven brilliance of William Onyeabor and the up-tempo urgency of vintage Afro-disco. It's arguably A-side "Nos Magia", featuring Brito's distinctive vocals, that really stands out, though. Spacey and incessantly funky with fizzing electronics, urgent Clavinet lines and crispy Afro-funk guitars, it's not only a killer club cut but also a thing of rare beauty.
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Disco Hi Life
Cat: HC 027. Rel: 04 Mar 14
Disco Hi Life
Children Of The World
Love Peace & Happiness
 in stock $23.30
Borga Revolution! Ghanaian Dance Music In The Digital Age 1983-1992 Volume 1
Cat: KALITALP 009. Rel: 17 Jun 22
Uncle Joe's Afri-Beat - "Eshe Wo Kon Ho" (4:21)
Thomas Frempong - "Mada Meho So" (6:28)
Native Spirit - "Odo San Bra Fie" (5:49)
George Darko - "Medo Menuanom" (12" version) (6:21)
Wilson Boateng - "Mabre Agu" (3:35)
Paa Jude - "Odo Refre Wo" (8:58)
Aban - "Efie Nny" (8:11)
Wilson Boateng - "Asew Watchman" (4:38)
Uncle Joe's Afri-Beat - "Mr DJ" (5:24)
George Darko - "Obi Abayewa" (5:44)
Dr K Gyasi's Noble Kings - "Damfo Agoo/David Akofo/ Obegyaa Nowa/Okwantuni Moboro" (Medley) (13:53)
Review: Were you aware of the burger highlife phenomenon that swept through Ghana in the 1980s? Taking the West African sound of highlife and infusing it with the synths and drum machines of disco and boogie, a vibrant fusion culture emerged with hit upon hit of infectious, funky-as-hell party gear undeniably rooted in African culture. This diligent compilation from Kalita looks to some of the most important artists from this wave of electrified highlifers, including Thomas Frempong and George Darko, and of course looking between the cracks for the more obscure gems that should get even the well-schooled excited to check this one out.
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Mogoya (heavyweight white vinyl LP)
Cat: NF 36LP. Rel: 17 May 17
Bena Bena (4:53)
Yere Faga (feat Tony Allen) (5:09)
Fadjamou (4:36)
Mali Niale (5:14)
Kamelemba (4:13)
Djoukourou (4:05)
Kounkoun (4:44)
Minata Waraba (4:57)
Mogoya (3:29)
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Rewind (12")
Cat: MRB 12055. Rel: 08 Jul 22
I Hate Telling A Lie (7:38)
Where Did We Go Wrong (4:38)
I Love You (6:39)
Shaka Doo Ba (4:34)
Review: South African funk outfit Stimela, named after the Zulu word for locomotive, formed out of the ashes of bandleader Ray Phri's previous band, The Cannibals, and soon became an institution in their homeland. Five albums deep in 1986, they also released the astounding Rewind EP, which now gets faithfully reissued by Mr Bongo for a fresh audience. Every track on here is a winner, from the epic, proggy groove of 'I Love You' to the low slung, synth-rich funky angles of 'Shaka Doo Ba'. You won't regret copping this slab of wax, trust us.
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Nina EP
Nina EP (12")
Cat: RNTR 060. Rel: 20 Jun 23
Nina (feat Farafi) (6:33)
Sisters (feat Les Amazones D'Afrique) (4:59)
Nina (Elado remix) (6:59)
Nina (Voilaaa remix) (4:54)
Review: London's Rose Robinson aka Tigerbalm delivers a stunning debut EP on New York's Razor-N-Tape, showcasing her versatile and soulful sound. 'Nina' arrives in three different mixes, all infused with her smooth vocals and lush keys.The original is a low slung affair (feat Farafi) that provides ample mood music, while the thumping Elado mix sets its eyes on the main room, and finally the Voilaaa remix is definitely our favourite - which infuses Afro boogie elements for one seriously infectious version.
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Asew Watchman
Cat: KALITA 12019. Rel: 19 Nov 21
Asew Watchman (4:42)
Mabre Agu (3:39)
Asew Watchman (Mendel extended mix) (6:35)
Mabre Agu (Mendel Midnight mix) (5:15)
Review: Kalita Records have secured rights to a first ever reissue of Wilson Boateng's 'Asew Watchman' and 'Mabre Agu' tunes as well as serving up two new extended mixes from Amsterdam-based producer and DJ Mendel for more useful dance floor deployment. Originally privately released in a small run by Wilson himself, these sought after highlife tunes were recorded in London and put out in 1988 and have been pretty much impossible to find ever since. They are phenomenally upbeat and feel good sounds with plenty of highlife melodies, lush synthesizers, disco and boogie beats finished in a truly authentic Ghanian style.
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Tomorrow (remastered)
Cat: LB 5034LP. Rel: 27 Nov 15
Tomorrow (6:04)
Why Go To War (9:03)
Love Me Now (6:50)
Fantastic Man (6:23)
Try & Try (3:32)
Review: A lesson in how to follow up an incredible album: Tomorrow followed Onyeabor's incendiary Atomic Bomb immaculately. The title track instantly set the scene with more emphasis on electronic elements and studio techniques as William sermonises without pomp. "Why Go To War" is as insistent as its message thanks to a dense lolloping groove of highlife guitars and spiralling keys. "Fantastic Man", meanwhile, takes a leaf out of Parliament's playbook, rolls it up and smokes its own and "Try & Try" closes the show with country subtlety thanks to its slide guitars and blushing keys.
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Intérprete: Afro Beat Foundation
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DB12 012
DB12 012 (12")
Cat: DB12 012. Rel: 27 Mar 23
Other World (7:42)
Dolce Julia (7:13)
Voice Of Omicron (6:35)
Monkey Key (6:00)
Review: A strong, strong showing from Duca Bianco after a period of relative dormancy, teaming up with Manchester's Talking Drums for a musical culture clash with maximum impact. The four tracks see a wide palate of influences being mixed up, from the cheeky Afrobeat shuffle of 'Monkey Key' to the 80s electropop of 'Voice Of Omicron' and the Nico-esque vocal delivery on Balearic groover 'Dolce Julia'. This is an EP with lots of surprises, tons of originality and musical confidence brimming over its edges.
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Meji Meji (Folamour remix)
Cat: BAC 011. Rel: 19 Dec 23
Meji Meji (Folamour remix) (4:27)
Sonayon (Disco dub) (5:11)
Review: Bosq and Kaleta's most recent single, an inspired Afro-disco two-tracker featuring 'Meji Meji' and 'Sonayon', has been given the remix treatment. On side A, Folamour successfully re-imagines 'Meji Meji' as a joyous, sun-bright slab of cheery deep house/colourful nu-disco fusion, wisely making the most of Kaleta's infectious vocals, the original disco bassline, and the pair's chirpy horns. Over on side B, Bosq takes over and delivers a delicious 'disco dub' of 'Sonayon'. A little more stripped-back and groove-based than the original nix with breakdowns and special effects aplenty, Bosq makes merry with horns, highlife guitars and more Afrobeat style bass guitar pressure.
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Meji Meji
Meji Meji (12")
Cat: BAC 010. Rel: 25 Jul 23
Meji Meji (5:42)
Meji Meji (instrumental) (5:42)
Sonayon (5:53)
Sonayon (instrumental) (5:54)
Review: Former Whiskey Barons man Bosq has enjoyed a long working relationship with Nigeria-based, Benin-born guitarist and vocalist Kaleta. We make this the pair's eleventh collaborative single in the last decade and, as with their previous outings, it trumphantly blurs the boundaries between Afro-disco, Afro-beat and Afro-funk. On side A you'll find vocal and instrumental takes on 'Meji Meji, a pleasingly live-sounding affair full of rubbery bass guitar, righteous horns, infectious drums and Kaleta's evocative guitar licks. Over on the flip, they opt for even heavier, life-affirming horn motifs, Afro-disco grooves and more sun-splashed Afro-funk guitars on vocal and instrumental versions of the similarly inspired 'Sonayon'.
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