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...

Golden Dawn Arkestra - s/t (LP, self-released, 2014)

Funded summer 2014 through a Kickstarter campaign, the first (mini-)album from The Golden Dawn Arkestra is a stellar cinematic/afro/psych/surf record that has litterally been playing on repeat at Paris DJs for days. Produced in Austin, Texas, by Adrian Quesada, which means a lot, and already played...

STEPAK-TAKRAW - Socotra (LP, Soul Garden Records Japan, 2015)

Remember that killer 45 from Japanese Afrofunk band STEPAK-TAKRAW which we wrote about, something like a year ago? 'Phat Fat Jackson' was one of the highlights of the year singles-wise. with its blend of afrofunk, latin & surf music… In december 2013 the group had released their third album...

The Polyversal Souls - Invisible Joy (CD/2LP, Philophon, 2015)

We had the chance to have German drummer Max Weissenfeldt visiting us at Paris DJs recently. Max is one of those legendary musicians that aren't talked about a lot in the music history books yet. But he's been more than heavily featured in what should be your favorite of those history books: the...

The Soul Jazzmen - Inhlupeko (Distress) (LP, Matsuli Music, 2015)

English reissue label Matsuli Music is back with a new treat of rare South African music: The Soul Jazzmen led by Port Elizabeth pianist Tete Mbambisa with Duku Makasi (Tenor Sax), Psch "Big T" Ntsele (Bass) and Mafufu Jama (Drums). Their 'Inhlupeko' studio album, recorded at the...

Q.A.S.B. - III (CD/LP, Soul Garden Records Japan, 2015)

Q.A.S.B. is a Japanese funk/soul band celebrating their 10 years of existence with the release of their third album of groovy JB funk and early's 70s soul-jazz offerings. We often say that a band starts to become really good after 10 years of playing together, and this new LP tends to confirm this...

Blind Bud & The Loire Valley Calypsos - s/t (7", Maaula Records, 2014)

Today let's shine a bit of light on the band of one of regular crowdfunders from Angers, France. Blind Bud & The Loire Valley Calypsos is a trio playing banjo, drums and double bass, occasionaly joined by a guitar player. They've sent our way a joyful, unpretentious and colorful 4-track calypso...

Nik Weston presents Lost Soul & Funk Gems Volume Four (7", Mukatsuku, 2015)

Extracted from the 1976 album 'Don't You Think It's Time', Courtial's 'Losing You', with bay area vocalist Errol Knowles (perhaps better known for his work on the Azteca albums or Coke Ecovedo's 'I Would Not Change A Thing'), marks the start of the jazz-funk era. A soulful shuffler for warm jazz...

Los Kintos - Vol.III (CD/LP, Abanico Records, 2015)

A package landed at the door coming from an Italian label… and inside a big surprise: an unissued 1970 album/LP from Peruvian band Los Kintos! The band was spotted recently only in the 'Bugalu Tropical Gozalo! Vol.4' compilation from Vampisoul in 2011, but they're one of the best from 70's Peru...

Super Hi-Fi / Big Mean Sound Machine (split 7", Peace & Rhythm, 2015)

There's something epic about Super Hi-Fi's music. It's dub at the core, but with jazz solos, and a NYC rock spirit. The double trombone combination kills it every time. We can't enough of these unique cats at Paris DJs! 'Q Street' is taken from their latest digital EP of the same name that you can...

The Mighty Mocambos (feat. Afrika Bambaataa, Charlie Funk, Hektek & Deejay Snoop) - It's The Music (7", Mocambo, 2014)

Esteemed collegue Ben Greenslade-Stanton (The Beta Club, The Mighty Mocambos, The Snitch, The Spike Orchestra, etc.) gave us a visit this summer and brought some funky 45s with him to share with us. One of those stands out from the lot:...

Ulrich Troyer - Deadlock Versions (12", 4Bit Productions, 2015)

It's nice to listen to some deep, hypnotic dub from Vienna, Austria, reminding us of those mind-blowing ~scape compilations from way back, and the whole dub techno scene unvoluntarily launched by the likes of Stefan Betke (a.k.a. Pole), Burnt Friedman or Maurizio. This is not reggae, more something...

Nik Weston presents Lost Funk, Soul (& Disco Gems) Volume Three (7", Mukatsuku, 2015)

These days, synth-heavy funk, disco, boogie & modern soul is trending like crazay. You're gonna say that it's been going on for 30 years already… and you'd be right. But the dancefloors don't care. Well, the more discerning ones, of course, those educated to the sound of George Clinton and a...

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (CD/2LP, Strut Records, 2015)

Ben Abarbanel-Wolff is an American saxophonist and composer who lives in Berlin. He has played and recorded with The Poets Of Rhythm, Karl Hector & The Malcouns, The Whitefield Brothers, Franck Biyong, Tony Allen or the Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra. In 2007 he released with his band Afrobeat...

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