The Frightnrs - Nothing More To Say (CD/LP, Daptone, 2016)

An instant classic, this fantastic reggae-rocksteady album strives directly for legendary status. It's the first album from The Frightnrs, a Brooklyn band signed on the Daptone label, but it'll also be the last one, alas. Dan Klein, the singer with the magical tone, died from ALS last june....

Venezuela 70 - Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth - Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970s (CD/2LP, Soul Jazz, 2016)

English label Soul Jazz Records released this summer a collection of experimental rock recorded in Venezuela in the 1970s, at a time when oil was flowing in abundance and consequently culture rather well subsidized. However, this music had never really got out of the country until now, it's really...

The Avalanches - Essential Mix BBC Radio 1

The Avalanches have waited for more than a decade and a half to release a follow-up to their marvelous sample-heavy 'Since I Left You' album. Alas the new album isn't really our thing. Good news though is they still are cooking some very interesting, eclectic mixes, such as their latest one for the...

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...

Atlantis Jazz Ensemble - Oceanic Suite (CD/LP, Marlow Records, 2016)

Two musicians from the Souljazz Orchestra escape from their main act, into a parallel project, a quintet called the Atlantis Jazz Ensemble — and it's a complete success. No afro-funk grooves and other dancing tunes here, but night-timed, melancholic instrumentals, in the finest tradition of modal...

Hard Proof - Public Hi-Fi Sessions 03 (12", Public Hi-Fi, 2016)

Worthy heirs to Fela and Antibalas, the ten musicians from Hard Proof deliver a storming blend of afrobeat and funk. Six years after their first album, the band is back with some new vertiginous compositions, including powerful horns answering to vintage keyboards and frantic percussion. The six...

DJ Format's Psych Out - A Collection Of Funky Fuzz Laiden Gems (CD/2LP, BBE, 2016)

DJ Format is one of the coolest DJs in the United Kingdom. We've already invited him twice for an exclusive Paris DJs mix. He's also a relentless vinyl hunter, especially for the very very rare stuff, as proven once again in this compilation of highly psychedelic tracks, mostly groovy-rock, with...

Various - Space Echo - The Mystery Behind the “Cosmic Sound” of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed (CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2016)

The German label specialized in reissues of African and Afro-Latin music releases every year a new and totally essential themed record. After a splendid 'Senegal 70' compilation at the end of last year, Analog Africa is back with some Cabo Verde cosmic grooves, selected with taste by Samy Ben...

Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality - Everything Lasts Forever (CD/LP, 3rd Generation Recordings, 2016)

Low Mentality is the band from Nikhil P. Yerawadekar, bass player in Antibalas (if you're following Paris DJs, you've already heard about this famous afrobeat orchestra from Brooklyn), The Sway Machinery and Akoya Afrobeat. We had introduced them to the world in the october 2013 compilation 'Have...

Various - Movements Vol.8 - Compiled by Tobias Kirmayer (2LP/CD, Tramp, 2016)

Last month we published a digest of all the superb releases from German label Tramp Records between may 2015 and february 2016. Hours of great listening are ahead of you if you haven't checked those out yet. Or you could directly go and check their latest compilation in the 'Movements' series —...

Calibro 35 - S.P.A.C.E. (CD/LP, Record Kicks, 2015)

5 years after the memorable interview we made with Tommaso Colliva, Italy's funkiest act Calibro 35 is back for a not-to-be-missed show in Paris at Petit Bain next thursday (if you're not going to Paris DJs' weekly rendez-vous at Le Pigalle of course). The Milan-based funksters will play tracks...

Jorge Durán y su Jalea de Mambo - Jalea de Mambo (7", Enlace Funk, 2015)

Based in Madrid, Spain and led by vibraphonist Jorge Durán, Jalea de Mambo gathers musicians from Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia and Spain. they're quite unique on today's scene, with their sound bringing back the latin-American jazz spirit of the golden 1950's mambo. Fresh & swinging, this 45 is...

Bio Ritmo - Oriza (7", Peace & Rhythm, 2015)

Far from a latin music experts, we can easily claim being surrounded by a few of them. That's how Paris DJs got in touch with salsa band from Richmond, Virginia Bio Ritmo a few years back, leading to the release of their digital single 'Picaresca' in july 2013, soon followed by an exclusive mix,...

Jimi Tenor - Order Of Nothingness (7", Philophon, 2016)

After a series of hard to pigeonhole fantastic Ethio/Afro/jazz/reggae or hip hop 45s (with Hailu Mergia, Idris Ackamoor, Roy X and Guy One…), and the marvelous Polyversal Souls album, Max Whitefield's Philophon label will put out next month a seven inch from Finnish producer/multi-intrumentalist...

Praise Poems Volume 3 and more great releases from Tramp Records

Regularly, German label Tramp Records has been sending us promo CDs of their upcoming full-length releases during the past months, and it's just ALWAYS been a great new release or compilation. Keep it up with the excellence guys! Here's the low-down on the ones we haven't talked about yet... Praise...

Todd Simon - Jazz On 45 Vol.2

You can't even begin to imagine how much we DON'T endorse Mixcloud. The site just doesn't fit with the publishing of mixes standard we've developped for more than 10 years at Paris DJs. Which is why it's very nice to see our collegue Todd Simon uploading his 'Jazz on 45' mixes on Soundcloud, with a...

Orgone - Beyond The Sun (2LP, Colemine, 2016)

Los Angeles-based funk, R&B and soul collective Orgone released a new album, 'Beyond The Sun', which dropped on April 28th, 2015 via Shanachie Entertainment. The album is now available on vinyl through Colemine Records, in a deluxe version, including random colored vinyl (2LP) and a...

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

Italian reissue label Abanico first appeared on this website last september with a great unreleased 1970s salsa album from Peruvian band Los Kintos. Here's the follow-up, another reissue licensed from the Mag label, a 1972 album from Don Roberto "Tito" Chicoma, also known as "La...

Nik Weston presents Shuya Okino - The Shuya Okino EP (12", Mukatsuku, 2015)

Shuya Okino is one of the two brothers who founded the famous Kyoto Jazz Massive project in the early 1990s. Early 2014 he put out a funk/soul/disco album called 'Destiny replayed by Root Soul', mainly late 70s disco/boogie-inclined, with full real instrumentation. 'Take A Look At Yourself', one of...

Nik Weston presents Afro Funk (& Disco Gems) Volume Six: Ghana vs Nigeria (7", Mukatsuku, 2015)

If you've heard Ghanaian keyboardist Kiki Gyan's '24 Hours In A Disco 1978-82' compilation released in 2012 by Soundway Records, you already know the man is a former Osibisa band member, who became a genius of dancefloor disco and smooth African soul in the late 70s and early 80s. But you probably...

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