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...

Derek Gripper - One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali (LP, Matsuli Music, 2015)

Cape Town guitarist Derek Gripper is a solo performer playing with an experimental 8-string guitar. The album 'One Night On Earth' was recorded in a single all night session, and consists of guitar interpretations of Toumani Diabaté compositions on the Malian kora. Yes you read right. The kora is a...

The Cheebacabra - Retouched (CD/2LP, Mackrosoft Records, 2015)

For more than a decade now and the first albums from synth-voodoo masters The Mackrosoft (alias Aja West and his brother The Cheebacabra), we've been pointing out a unique amalgam of organic jazz playing, hip hop beats with the cherished 70s P-Funk of George Clinton and the jazzy synth-funk from...

Amara Touré - 1973-1980 (CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2015)

The 18th Analog Africa release (out june 22nd) is a compilation of Amara Touré, the enigmatic Afro-Cuban percussionist and singer from Guinea-Conakry, showcasing all of the 10 songs he ever released between 1973 and 1980. The compilation will be pressed as a Double gatefold LP & a 8-Tray CD....

Nik Weston presents Soulful Funk & Gospel Soul (7", Mukatsuku, 2015)

Got a very nice surprise today as the latest 45 from Mukatsuku Records dropped at the door… and it's a scorcher once again, that'll go right away with the others 45s in my DJ bag for the vinyl set I'll be playing on june 4th with Betino's (info here)! Who doesn't like a deep disco groove with a fat...

Africa Airways One - Funk Connection 1973-1980 (CD/LP, Africa Seven, 2015)

I would love to know more about this new Afro label, based in London and Paris. Who are the guys behind this? A collective of crate diggers, afro music-heads, label spotters and vinyl buying obsessives says the press release. Well those cats sure are right on point sending this slab of wax focusing...

Ndikho Xaba and The Natives (CD/LP, Matsuli Music, 2015)

Matsuli Music is all about very high standards with their reissues. If you follow our writings then you've discovered some killer South African Jazz albums by Dick Khoza, Batsumi or Sathima Bea Benjamin - check here to read the reviews and listen to the music if you haven't already. The label's...

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - Rise Of The East (7", self-released, 2015)

After a killer first, self-released 45 (licensed in Paris DJs' funk/soul compilation 'Killas, Thrillas & Chillas'), and a couple months before their first full-length album release on Colemine Records, San Diego-based instrumental soul band The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble are dropping another...

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