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...

Paris DJs Magazine #3 - Sept/Oct 2016

Au sommaire de ce numéro #3, une interview de Julien Lebrun, digger, voyageur, producteur de disques et désormais de films avec son label Hot Casa, le chanteur ghanéen Pat Thomas à l'occasion de la sortie de son anthologie 'Coming Home'… Sommaire : Pages 02-03 : Edito Pages 04-06 : Interview Julien...

Paris DJs Soundsystem - Jazz For Tiziano

Tiziano was one of the top backers of Paris DJs' third crowdfunding campaign during the summer of 2015. He choose the reward with the 15 CDs and the exclusive mix, saying: "I like the music you offer and the idea of getting an exclusive cooked just for me got me interested. I like jazz and...

Grant Phabao & RacecaR "A Healthy Obsession With Pétanque" LP - Support Paris DJs' 5th crowdfunding campaign

Help Paris DJs press a limited edition vinyl LP and CD of Grant Phabao & RacecaR's album 'A Healthy Obsession With Pétanque', along with some new t-shirts & sweatshirts, all illustrated by poster artist Ben Hito. Support Paris DJs' Crowdfunding campaign on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank For two years...

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...

Grant Phabao presents RacecaR - The Wheelie Champion Sound (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2016)

Reggae comes from Mento, Ska and Rocksteady. When Reggae invented dub and toasting, it gave America the technology and ideas which led to Hip Hop's emceeing (later known as rapping) and scratching. Thus Hip Hop was born. Even Gangsta rap came from Dancehall — both speaking about the violence from...

Paris DJs Soul System - Festival Couvre Feu - Lundi 15 Août 2016 à 21h30 (Saint Brevin Les Pins)

Le Paris DJs Soul System est un concept innovant qui mélange deejaying et session dub à l'ancienne, le tout sur des morceaux et remixes originaux issus de presque deux décennies de production musicale. Ne manquez pas ce set unique de Grant Phabao et Erik Rug si vous êtes du côté du Pays de la Loire...

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1979 - Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol.20

20 years already! This series of mixes, of cover songs recorded or released during the same year, started with 1960, and we've now reached 1979! The 1960s and the 1970s have been fully covered — pun intended. For this closing chapter on the seventies, we've been diggin' heavily into Jamaican music...

Alex Puddu - Hot Love - A Selection of Rare Grooves, Funk and Latin-Soul

Italy-born but Denmark-based Alex Puddu is an outstanding composer of soundtracks and a new millennium Funk revivalist with a variety of styles and moods under his belt. He's released 3 albums with Puddu Varano between 1998 and 2001, 5 albums between 2004 and 2010 as Alex Puddu And The Butterfly...

Grant Phabao presents RacecaR - Think It All (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2016)

Chicago-born but now Paris-based MC RacecaR and French producer/multi-instrumentalist Grant Phabao are hard at work this summer, finishing the last details to their upcoming album 'A Healthy Obsession with Pétanque', and trying to find support to fund its pressing. Already the 6th digital single...

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...

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1978 - Standards, Versions & Revamps Vol.19

Damn things are not getting easier as I'm approaching the 1980s. In 1978 there's just SO MUCH of disco in the groovy records. There's also a vast amount of punk and pop/rock released of course, but that's not really what we're about in this series of mixes here. 1978 was not that bad a year, I...

Anthony Joseph - The Heritage Mix

Earlier this month British/Trinidadian poet, novelist & musician Anthony Joseph released his 6th album, 'Caribbean Roots', the 4th one for French jazz label Heavenly Sweetness, exploring his Caribbean musical heritage and featuring guests percussionist Roger Raspail (Cesaria Evora, Papa Wemba,...

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...

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band - Thursday, June 2nd at New Morning (Paris)

It was one of the highlights of 2015, both on record (full review and album stream here) or live (october 8th at New Morning in Paris). This thursday Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band will be back with their funky & soulful Ghanean vibes on the New Morning stage and we can't advise you enough...

Etienne de la Sayette - Maputo Queens (CD/LP, Paris DJs, 2016)

Composer/arranger/producer Etienne de la Sayette is a frenetic globe-trotter and a relentless collector of musical instruments. Founder and headhunter of, among others, the Frix and Baeshi Bang groups, co-founder/saxophonist for Parisian Ethio-Jazz band Akalé Wubé, Etienne might mostly be a live...

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