Reviewed this week
Stone cold classic from 1977. Zebra's self-released (and only) single has had an interesting trip in the last 15 years. First chanced upon by Ian Wright, then a hot target on the collector's merry-go-round, then a big hit for Jazzman and now, 10 years later, a potential smasher for Jazzman alumni Fryer and his consistently ace AOTN imprint. In case you don't know it, "Simple Song" is a slapping, frenzied funk groove while "I Forgot To Say" plays consummate counterpoint with a blissful honeyed ballad. It's worth jumping on this while you can...
1971's Nande has been a digger's pearl for about three decades and it's no surprise given the original's near mythical status. It's important to rely that independent African recordings really are the stuff of legends, so this reissue from the ASB label is a fine touch, indeed! Previously out on the African Airways compilation, which has also become rarer by the year, we now have the single to play with, and the title track itself is one of those instantly danceable jewels with that hummable Afro bass. "Air Africa" is much funkier sort of affair, with sweet flutes circling high above sweet drum breaks and tropical guitar riffs. What a beauty, as always.