Every 6th of the month is now officially Kologbo day !

Kologbo was Fela's tenor guitar player in Afrika 70. He's been teaching Afrobeat all around the world those last years: Berlin with Afrobeat Academy, Brazil with Abayomy Afrobeat Orquestra Iconili or Amplexos, Chile with Newen Afrobeat, Belgium with World Squad, France with Les Frères Smith or...

Various - Pop Makossa - The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984 (CD/LP, Analog Africa, 2017)

2017 might be Cameroon's year after its victory at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, but German label Analog Africa prove once again they're hands-down the world champions of 1970s African music reissues with this funky and irresistible "Pop Makossa" compilation, focusing on the vintage...

Vincent Ahehehinnou - Best Woman (LP, Analog Africa, 2017)

The latest Analog Africa reissue is up for pre-order on Bandcamp! The album, originally a 1978 release by Orchestre Poly Rythmo's singer Vincent Ahehehinnou, is rare-as-shit, worth nearly 4 figures if you can find a decent copy. There's only 4 tunes, two afrofunk monsters and two ballads, but...

Shadow - Sweet Sweet Dreams (CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2016)

The 22nd Analog Africa release is a beauty people couldn't begin to imagine how the feeling would be to actually be playing it - until now. As rare as it's insanely great, this long-awaited reissue is the holy grail of Shadow albums. The one featuring the monster cosmic soca disco track 'Let’s Get...

Papa Chango - The Lost Moon of Bellaris (Limited LP, self-released, 2016) - Exclusive album stream

Mebourne-based Papa Chango put out in 2012 the band a massive cinematic Ethio-funk album, 'The Matador'. After being featured in four episodes of our podcast and one of our afro compilations, they released in 2014 an epic 4-tracks EP , 'Enter The Dragonfly'. They're now back with a new great...

Premiere : Brownout - Iron Leg (Mickey & The Soul Generation cover)

Austin-based Level One Sound run by our esteemed collegue Adrian Quesada has been the home to many great recordings, from The Funk Ark, Brownout, David Garza, Deer Tick, Natalia Clavier, The Echocentrics, The Electric Peanut Butter Co., Third Root, Money Chicha, etc. - A full fledged...

Bitori - Legend Of Funaná (The Forbidden Music of The Cape Verde Islands) (CD/LP, Analog Africa, 2016)

Until 1975 and the independence of Cape Verde, the Portuguese colonial leaders had prohibited Funaná, the local, rural, very rhythmic music containing accordion. It then could develop with many variations, but it's only in the middle of the Nineties that Victor Tavares, better known as Bitori,...

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,...

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