Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Honest Jon's Records - Lagos Shake: A Tony Allen Chop Up (2008)

Alright, I'll be honest: part of me just wanted to post an album with sick cover art. Truth be told, some of the songs on here aren't really my style, but other tracks on here are really great so I'm sure it all comes down to personal taste, but I'm calling a dull reception for "Kilode" right now (it grows on you). Anyway, for those of you that haven't been brushing up on your African music, Tony Allen is best known as the poly rhythmic mastermind backing Fela Kuti's bands. More currently he's been working with Damon Albarn as part of the Good, The Bad & The Queen project. This album has little to do with either and instead brings together African, American and European artists from all sorts of different backgrounds, from smooth jazz to four-on-the-floor techno, to remix Tony Allen's solo LP Lagos No Shaking. Hope you enjoy. Perhaps most interesting is "Reggae Land Dub", a dub interpretation of an afrobeat song and something you don't get to hear very often. I've also read that most of these tracks don't sound much like the originals, so if that interests you be sure to follow up with the proper LP.

1Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Sankofa

2Carl Craig - Kilode Remix

3Bonde do Rolê - Awa Na Re Remix

4Mark Ernestus - Mark's Disco Dub

5Wareika Hill Sounds - Reggae Land Dub

6Newham Generals - Testuya's Theme

7Son Palenque De Colombia - Samba

8Diplo - Fuji Ouija

9Salah Ragab - Ole (Cairo Version)

10Moritz von Oswald - Ole (Remix)

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Bushdoctor420 said...

This album was pretty crazy, it made me want to hear the original

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