Disco is still loved and alive in 2012 deeply by many of us, you just have to find the right group of people who play it! Thankfully the good folks at Liquid Beat Records know that and keeps it soulfully bumping and thumpin, they have released The Love Lounge: Last Night Changed It All EP using the iconic track by Esther Williams that we all know and groove to remade into different sounds by different artists. The EP is a classy one that will have you shuffling as if in Studio 54 in its heyday with the multitude of lights and people swaying in the night. Whatever you want to call this Nu-Disco, Soul Disco, Boom Bapsco, it's just too good to pass up and you my brothers and sisters need to get up on this cause.... Last Night.
New Antibalas video... Afro-Beat and puppets. Need I say more? Ok, Ok I will. One of the few great bands that keep the beautiful rhythms of Afro-Beat alive in the digital age, they have been doing an excellent job of it as well. Their new album comes out on August 7th 2012 so be sure to get yours and keep the sounds alive.
Our Electro Funk homies Navegante recently got together with new Division 1 talent Young Chris to film a video for their "All In Your Head" Remix track and had Jay-Z do a surprise drop by to check them out. Check out the snippet to the track below and the vid to see a low hat nodding Hova digging the sounds. Peace to Navegante, yall doing it baby! All in Ur Head ft Young Chris(Clip) by Navegante
All photos by XXL Mag.
Stephen Chai of Laserfang fame has returned with a few friends and a new band called No-Nation Orchestra to take us on a soulful uplifting travel through the funky fields of horns and drums. This EP brings sounds familiar to those that listen to afrobeat, funk, with jazzy undertones that prove highly enjoyable and even danceable. Stephens voice billows out reminiscent of the Bee Gees yet smoother with a hint of THC and visions of purple fields fading in, it carries over each track beautifully as the captain in this ever-flowing romp thru the soul and inner beat. I would love to hear this whole EP live, I loved the rhythm of The No-Nations start and made me miss outdoor summer night concerts already! This 5 track EP is well worth it's 5 dollar price tag, as it will have you shaking, grooving and take you to a place where Kuti would've been proud and jamming right along with em.
"A modern Afro-Fusion Ensemble" you say? It already sounded like something I would enjoy and for the most part I did, there was just one song that kept it from transcending me to that "place". This 10 man band called Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra presents a smooth mix of Nigerian Jazz, Afro-Beat, Funk and a sprinkle of French (The band is from France) to what could probably be a good soundtrack to an older spy movie. Overall it sounds great and tracks like 'Orient Express', 'Mamadou', 'Presentations' encapsulate the sounds of the past perfectly, but there was one I didn't care too much for and it was 'Fusion' because it came off as a slightly amateur sound in bass and guitar and couldn't fully get in to. Having only one track I don't really prefer over 10 is a winner for me, and having these vibrant sounds still being faithfully re-created in modern times is what I look forward to and keep searching for. I would recommend this album in the end to those in the endless search of Afro sounds and connect to rhythms from a different past, I for one can't get enough and only have a handful of artists that play this good using similar genres. Praise is always in order when in 2011 there are these groups or people that keep an old sound alive, it also can't an easy task to recreate the ambiance and emotion to which Fela Kuti and a few others spread in their time. Worth the purchase is the definite final call so head over to iTunes, Amazon or Discogs for vinyl and get funkin' to the beat.
Below you will find a teaser audio track and the band performing 'Mamdou' live under it, hope you all enjoy.
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