The unstoppable Strut label, usually associated to outstanding reissue anthologies, welcome a surprise package to their catalogue, and boy is this special. Ebo Taylor, one of Ghana's most prolific musicians over the last thirty years, is remixed by none other than Henrik Schwarz, German deep house king and electronic deviant. The track in question is "Ene Nyame Nam A Mensuro", which is transformed by Schwarz into a lively house number complete with Taylor's vocals and plenty of electronic tweaking and processing. The end result is just a straight-up summer jacker. Check!
In a noble effort to stay 'down with the kids', Far Out Recordings have endeavored to capture the chaotic new wave of music sweeping the whole of Brazil over the years. The result is "Amplificador", an epic 17-track compilation that covers a wide range of 'Novissima Musica Brasileira' (brand new Brazilian music) ranging from afro-grooves to rock, modern samba and MPB. Highlights include the hazy, brassy grooves of "Obatala" by Abayomy, the Afro-beat influenced "Summertime" by Luziluzia and the sassy '70s rock stylings of "Esturra LeAoo" by The Baggios.
Proudly committed to exploring and channeling the roots sounds of African music, Italian producer Cristiano Crisci is back on Black Acre following last year's triumphant Tayi Bebba album. His handling of authentic African culture grows ever more adept, most notably in the way he fuses percussive and vocal sounds with modern Western electronics, resulting in two essential jams that should ease themselves onto many an eclectic dancefloor. "Camo" certainly has the distinctive hook in its punchy chord line, but "Fever" manages a more flamboyant end result with its powerful low end and ever-rising drum pressure built for all manner of dancefloor shock outs.