The Best of 2014

It's already february 2015 and this article comes late - which always better than never! Digital sales have now become a thing of the past for many, since a bit of notoriety gets your music available for free in just a few hours after release, and since the taxation has now changed in Europe for...

DJ Bongohead presents The Afrosound of Colombia Vol.2 (2LP/CD, Vampisoul, 2014)

We've introduced you to DJ Bongohead on our recent review of a 45 released on his own label, Peace & Rhythm Records. Here's his latest compilation released on Vampisoul, a beautifully designed CD or double LP digging once again in the vaults of the Discos Fuentes label. It's the second volume...

Paris DJs Playlist - May/June/July/August 2014

This playlist has been a few months in the making... We were kinda busy with our crowdfunding campaign this summer, but managed to get back on our feet and finally publish this mega-post filled with 49 short or not-that-short reviews of new singles, albums and compilations we received at Paris DJs...

Paris DJs Soundsystem - Some Of The Best Things In Life Are Free Vol.2

The gifts we've promised our crowdfunders are coming… soon… We already got the 45 boxsets (empty), the t-shirts, the posters, the test-pressings for the vinyl… only the final 45s & 2LPs are still to arrive. And then we'll ship to everyone who pre-ordered. Only a few more days… To soothe your...

Paris DJs presents The 50 Best Albums of 2013

This year's best albums selection was the hardest one to make since we started being active on the musical web in 1996. There's a simple reason for that: we had never been that prolific as a label before. With 52 releases on Paris DJs (singles, albums, compilations or mixes) during the 52 weeks of...

16 Reissues Of Old Stuff That's Been So Cool To (Re)Discover in 2013

While the mainstream has become more and more insipid, nostalgia of the past has been quite a big thing once again this year. Alas many labels have ducked out of our pages in 2013. Now-Again, Numero Group, Daptone, Luaka Bop, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Light In The Attic and many many others have...

Various - Saoco Now! (Vampisoul limited 45, 2013)

The Vampisoul label in Spain are launching a new 45 series called 'Saoco Now!', which will offer current covers of classic songs from Puerto Rico's rich history of dance music. And they do in style first the first release, which sees two of today's most exciting salsa bands, Orquesta el Macabeo,...

Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection Vol.9

It's time for our bi-monthly Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection, nearly 3 hours of grooves in many styles, Chicha, Soul, Reggae, Mashups, Hip Hop, Funk, Latin, Afro… Don't hesitate to pick your favorites, like 'em, share 'm and playlist 'em again!! Check our playlist column for some more extravaganza...

Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection Vol.8

This heighth Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection is another extravaganza spectacular batch of 50 tracks, with a heavy dose of soul, some Afro funkyness, Reggae grooves, Hip Hop head-nodders and latin vibes… Don't hesitate to pick your favorites, like 'em, share 'm and playlist 'em again!! The 'Paris DJs...

Paris DJs Playlist - July 2013

Paris DJs' second playlist of the summer is all about some recent Afro & Latin releases and reissues from Brazil, Puerto Rico, Nigeria, USA, France and many other countries, with some detours through 70s Jazz from Germany, Parisian Pop & Soul from the Jî Dru & Sandra Nkaké...

Bio Ritmo - Verano Rústico Mix

Salsa heavyweights from Brooklyn Bio Ritmo are celebrating their 2013 European Summer Tour, along with the release of their new single 'Picaresca' - a high voltage descarga combining the best spirit of tradition between Salsa and Latin jazz - with this one hour exclusive mix of sunshiny, roots...

Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection Vol.3

Well indeed this is becoming a bi-monthly series! After a first Soundcloud set (published late june) of cool selections of Reggae, Ethio-Jazz, Soul, Funk, Breaks, Afrofunk, Afropop, Bollywood Psych, Latin, Ska and more, we posted a second one, to go along with the june playlist (published early...

Paris DJs Playlist - March 2013

March 2013 was an exceptional month, with MANY independant labels and artists keeping on hitting us with download links and promotional records. Here's our selection of the best vinyl and CDs we received, a large one for a change (25 releases reviewed!), including of course the fantastic four Paris...

10 Reissues Of Old Stuff That's Been So Cool To (Re)Discover in 2012

The reissue market has become really big and labels such as Analog Africa, Luv'N'Haight, Now-Again, Numero Group, Soundway, Tramp or Vampisoul have been reigning supreme in 2012. Discover Paris DJs' selection of 10 gems from the past in Afro, Funk, Jazz and Latin... Paris DJs - Best Of 2012 - The...

Paris DJs Playlist - October 2012

Woah October was heavy on the release side! As a label Paris DJs delivered new singles from Carlton Livingston and Pompidoo, a new album from Franck Biyong and the first compilation of Afro/Tropical grooves gathered by the Paris DJs Soundsystem… while as a media we received no less than 150 albums...

Citizen Dale - Platters That Matters Vol.4 - A'fro Down

"Hey Julien, I hope that this message finds you well and as busy as ever. The mega African mix you just put up is shit hot! Anyway, I must have been on the same wavelength as you as the new mix I've been working on is afro-centric: Platters that Matters - Vol. 4 - A'fro Down! This fresh mix of...

Various - R&B Hipshakers Vol 1. Teach Me To Monkey - out now on Vampisoul - Cool selection of dancefloor R&B and Soul

Various - R&B Hipshakers Vol 1. Teach Me To Monkey (promo CD/2xCD/10x7" boxset) Vampisoul VAMPI123, 2010-05-17 Uptempo and danceable collection of R&B and early soul from the Federal and King vaults, compiled by renowned DJ Mr Fine Wine (Downtown Soulville, WFMU). First volume of our...

Segun Bucknor - Who Say I Tire - out now on Vampisoul - Early 70s Nigerian Afro Soul & Funk!

Segun Bucknor - Who Say I Tire (2xCD/2xLP) Vampisoul VAMPI123, 2010-06-14 The most complete compilation to date of this key figure in the history of Nigerian music! In the early 70s, Segun Bucknor and his bands The Assembly and The Revolution developed their own African expression of soul and funk...

Various - Cumbia Beat Vol.1 - out now on Vampisoul - Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical Sounds From Peru 1966-1978

Various - Cumbia Beat Vol.1 Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical Sounds From Peru 1966-1978 (2xCD/2xLP) Vampisoul VAMPI116, 2010-05-17 CUMBIA BEAT Vol 1 out now! In 1960s Peru, a thrilling and unstoppable style of music is born: Peruvian cumbia, also known as "chicha". Tropical genres such...

Various - Afrosound Of Colombia Vol.1 - out now on Vampisoul - Great stock of Afro-influenced 60s and 70s tracks from Colombia

Various - Afrosound Of Colombia Vol.1 (2xCD/3xLP) Vampisoul VAMPI116, 2010-03-15 THE AFROSOUND OF COLOMBIA out now! Over two and a half hours of funky, hot Afro-influenced tracks from the 60s and 70s golden period of the seminal Discos Fuentes label in Colombia. Includes in-depth liner notes with...

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