Having invented ‘northern jazz’ and essayed his hand at a Lucifer-themed breakbeat album, David Hanke – a.k.a. Renegades Of Jazz has of late turned from the dark side to the dark continent (inspired by an early childhood spent in Tanzania) and cooked up a whole afro-funk LP Moyo Wangu. The first course from the new ROJ kitchen is Afro Cookie which offers Fela-esque rhythms and
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KING PORTER STOMP: This Way (2015) Free download
Brighton’s King Porter Stomp issue a bid to encourage social change via the medium of music with new afro-hip-hop single This Way. It’s a worthy – not to mention timely – release given the election in two days’ time though I suspect largely forlorn since that sizeable proportion of the eligible voting populace who might actually be able to precipitate significant change for the better are
THE SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS: Quest Under Capricorn (2012)
Quest Under Capricorn is the second LP from Oz-crew The Shaolin Afronauts who, despite the afrobeat foundations of their sound offer something here that is liable to appeal beyond the afrobeat-freak circle of interest in much the same way as debut LP Flight Of The Ancients. The album has a sixties/ seventies vibe that’s part Lalo Schifrin film/cop-show soundtrack-esque
THE SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS: Brooklyn (2012)
The band with the best name in Afro-influenced funky music return with what is presumably a tribute to one of the five Boros’ although with a name like theirs you might have expected them to pick Staten Island and with the sort of names David Beckham picks for his kids (like, say, Brooklyn) Shaolin Afronuats might wish they had done. Don’t expect afrobeat though (if that’s
JARIBU AFROBEAT ARKESTRA: Mediacracy (2012) + video + tracklist
Japan’s hard-gigging Jaribu Afrobeat Arkestra (not to be confused with Leeds, UK-based Ariya Afrobeat Arkestra) have got a new album out and it’s called Mediacracy. It’s a slightly unfortunate name because with a Yank accent that could end up sounding like ‘mediocrity’ rather than a neologism presumably intended to be a comment on our media-obsessed culture. And that’s unfortunate because those in the know
THE LIBERATORS: ‘The Liberators’ LP + Rags To Riches video – 2011
Record Kicks come through with a big release here in the shape of The Liberators who bring some serious afro-funk heat on their debut album The Liberators. I’m not quite sure who did the production on this but they’ve got down a pretty heavyweight sound. Consequently there’s a lot of rumble in the Liberators’ jungle – less ‘Shaft In Africa’ than ‘Shaft-right-here-in the-room-with-you.
SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS: Journey Through Time – 2011
Is it Afrobeat season or something? First Tramp Records recent Contemporary Afrobeat, now this and there’s also new drops from Mo’ Horizons and Los Chicarrons about which more to be posted later – if I haven’t suffered afrobeat overload. Which is quite likely. Oz-crew the Shaolin Afronauts have certainly cornered the market for coolest afrobeat outfit name but then regular readers will know the monkey’s a sucker for kung-fu references.