It's the return of the Paris DJs playlist!! The first week of the year was quite eventful records and releases-wise in our studio. New CDs from Batida de Colónia, East African Krautjazz Alliance or Marabout Orkestra; new vinyl from Brian Ellis, Dexter Story, The Lions, Tito Chicoma Y Su Orquesta; new jam bands amazing live recordings... On the Paris DJs front there's a new digital single from Akalé Wubé, the 466th mix from our podcast… and the Paris DJs Soundsystem 15 CDs anthology finally landing!

Paris DJs Playlist January 2015

The January 2015 Paris DJs Playlist - Part 1 :

Batida de Colónia - Happy Hour EP (promo CD, Büro.9 Music, 2016)

A fresh, acoustic latin cover of The Housemartins by a band we remember from their great 2013 album (listed here). Check absolutely the Büro.9 bandcamp page for more of Shareholder Tom's improbable music!

Brian Ellis - Peg (7", Austin Boogie Crew, 2015)

A modern funk all-synthesizer cover of the classic Steely Dan tune by California-based producer Brian Ellis. Thanks to Peace & Rhythm Records for the tip, that's indeed one for the bag!

Dexter Story - Wondem (LP, Soundway, 2015)

L.A.based multi-instrumentalist and producer Dexter Story's music is very unique. He integrated the Paris DJs musical universe through Todd Simon's Ethio-Cali Ensemble (on the 'Rise of the Troubadour Warriors' compilation), and offered an exclusive tune from his new project Wondem, for our 5th Afro/tropical compilation 'A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand'. The album was released last october on Soundway Records, presented as "an East African-influenced mix of Ethio-Pop, Sudanese Soul & Californian Jazz". Finally we got out hands on the vinyl, this is one of he great records of 2015, and we're glad to say Dexter will be playing Ethiopian 45s at the Paris DJs 'Tour Operator' party on thursday, february 11th at Le Pigalle in Paris. Save the date.

East African Krautjazz Alliance - Tezeta (promo CD, Büro.9 Music, 2016)

Nostalgic Ethiopian jazz recorded in Köln, Germany. Yet another fassinating project from Shareholder Tom (aka Thomas Berghaus), who seems to be never short of ideas these days.

Marabout Orkestra - Seven Lives (CD, Vlad, 2015)

The Marabout Orkestra is a truly original and inspired new French band with three saxophones, guitar, drums and sousaphone. They play a blend of Ethio-jazz, afrobeat, soca, spiritual jazz and psychedelic rock, and will be on stage in Paris next saturday at the Pan Piper, along with our friends and collaborators ©© Les Frères Smith. Again, save the date. Facebook event here.

The Lions - Soul Riot (2LP, Stones Throw, 2014)

Bought this one on Juno recently — along with the Dexter Story one, thanks to a voucher offered late november by our friend and heavy supporter Laurent. Fantastic reggae from California produced by Steve Kaye (who also worked with Orgone among others) and Dan Ubick (from Connie Price & The Keystones, opening the latest Paris DJs compilation). This double LP is going to stay close to the turntable for a long time…

Tito Chicoma Y Su Orquesta - Guaguancó Con Tito Chicoma (LP+7"/CD, Abanico, 2015)

Took us quite a while to write a piece about this salsa reissue from the early 1970s, the Abanico label had sent the vinyl weeks ago already, but it was definitively worth the wait! Played the bonus 45 at the latest 'Tour Operator' gig and everyone started dancing in the lobby. Read our review on

Various - 2015/2016 New Year's Run Shows

During the last 25 years, some American jazz bands have been killing it on stage, It's now a tradition, many of the best live bands from our time have been playing spectacular, extended shows for the new year's run, in most cases available as live webcasts for those far away or unable to get out, with 256k & FLAC audio recordings available for those who only need the music. Among those bands this year we counted The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Disco Biscuits, Galactic, Gov't Mule, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Lotus, Moe., Phish, Primus, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Umphrey's McGee and Widespread Panic, among others. Dozens of hours of fantastic improvisational music, some of the best live music of the past and the new year. If you still haven't heard of those bands while we've been writing about them for 20 years, then get off the mainstream wagon asap, braindead is not a way to live.

Akalé Wubé - Mèmona (Etienne de la Sayette Remix) (Digital Single, 2015, Paris DJs)

A traditional Ethiopian piece covered by Parisian band Akalé Wubé, reworked by their saxophone and flute player Etienne de la Sayette, trying to bring the tune into a gritty psychedelic afro-rock trip, with lots of sanza...

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1973 - Standards, Versions & Revamps Vol.14

The latest mix from the Paris DJs podcast, focusing on cover songs released or recorded during the year 1973, the last year of the the golden age of psychedelic music 1967-1973.

Paris DJs Soundsystem - 15 CDs Anthology

15 CDs full of new Dancehall, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Ska, Afrofunk, Afrobeat, Ethio-Jazz, Tropical, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz and Soul productions. All the CDs have been remastered by Grant Phabao, it's an extravanganza of grooves — and colors thanks to the massive work of illustrator Ben Hito. Released just in time for christmas, this triple boxset anthology of all Paris DJs albums and compilations, well, that's our work, so if you ask us... it's heavily recommended for sure.

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