Ayesama - (7:04) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Abonsam - (5:30) 104 BPM
   
Nsu Na Kwan - (4:47) 104 BPM
   
Yaa Amponsah - (4:27) 110 BPM
   
Assomdwee - (5:55) 107 BPM
   
Kruman Dey - (4:39) 108 BPM
   
Appia Kwa Bridge - (5:30) 109 BPM
   
Barrima - (3:24) 91 BPM
Review: Following last year's long overdue 'best of' collection, Ghanaian highlife guitar legend Ebo Taylor returns to Strut with a brand new full-length. Named after a landmark in his hometown, Appia Kwa Bridge features both Tony Allen and Berlin-based band Afrobeat Academy. With Taylor's sweet guitar solos and emotive vocals to the fore, it's a thoroughly enjoyable set. The songs and grooves are traditional enough to impress authentic highlife fans, but suitably new enough to breathe new life into the genre. There are, for example, a couple of great acoustic moments (check, in particular, "Yaa Amponsaah") amongst the celebratory dancefloor jams and high-on-life anthems.
STRUT 089CD
16 Apr 12
Funk
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Palaver - (6:12) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Make You No Mind - (3:53) 114 BPM
   
Abebrese - (5:29) 119 BPM
   
Help Africa - (6:17) 109 BPM
   
Nyame Dadaw - (6:55) 116 BPM
BBE 511
13 Sep 19
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Mumudey Mumudey (Natureboy Flako remix) - (4:38) 85 BPM
361593 0852147
20 Apr 18
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Krumandey (Ron Trent remix) - (6:55) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mumudey Mumudey (Natureboy Flako remix) - (4:38) 86 BPM
   
Mumudey Mumudey (Nick The Record remix) - (7:47) 129 BPM
   
Mind Your Own Business (Black Fan remix) - (7:08) 84 BPM
Played by: Flash Atkins, LEGO EDIT
Review: Now aged 82 and still recording, Ebo Taylor is a true giant of the Ghanaian music scene whose career goes all the way back to the 1950s. Along the way he's worked with Fela Kuti and been widely sampled by hip-hop producers, and here Mr Bongo bring us four new mixes of three cuts from his 'Yen Ara' album, which was released earlier this year. Ron Trent's take on 'Krumandey' and Nick The Record's rub of 'Mumudey Mumudey' will go down well on house floors, while the Nature Flako remix of the latter and the Black Fan mix of 'Mind Your Own Business' are more geared towards specialist Afro jocks.
MRB 12050
30 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Eye Nyam Nam 'A' Mensuro (Henrik Schwarz Blend) - (9:23) 62 BPM
Review: 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!
STRUT 126S 3
24 Jul 15
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Broadway Dance Band - "Go Modern" - (2:59) 109 BPM
   
Ogyatanaa Show Band With Pat Thomas - "Yaa Amponsah" - (5:03) 116 BPM
   
Pat Thomas & The Black Berets - "Obra E Yebo Yi" - (3:21) 108 BPM
   
Pat Thomas & The Big '7' - "Eye Colo" - (3:12) 109 BPM
   
Pat Thomas - "Awurade Mpaebo" - (3:26) 113 BPM
   
Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - "Merebre" - (3:18) 113 BPM
   
Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - "Revolution" - (4:18) 124 BPM
   
Pat Thomas & Marijata - "We Are Coming Home" - (5:53) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Pat Thomas & Marijata - "Let's Think It Over" - (3:56) 126 BPM
   
Pat Thomas & Marijata - "Brain Washing" - (3:45) 143 BPM
   
Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - "Set Me Free" - (2:51) 113 BPM
   
Pat Thomas & Marijata - "I Can Say" - (5:30) 129 BPM
   
Ebo Taylor - "No Money No Love" (feat Pat Thomas) - (6:23) 125 BPM
   
Ebo Taylor - "Sack The Devils" (feat Pat Thomas) - (7:00) 112 BPM
   
Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor - "Ma Huno" - (5:43) 119 BPM
   
Pat Thomas - "Gyae Su" (Wo Nyim Nnti Na Woye LP version) - (4:28) 118 BPM
   
Pat Thomas - "Yamona" - (10:02) 131 BPM
   
Pat Thomas - "Mewo Akoma" - (14:27) 129 BPM
   
Pat Thomas - "Gyae Su" (Mpaebo LP version) - (5:22) 120 BPM
   
Pat Thomas & Marijata - "I Need More" - (7:42) 133 BPM
   
Super Sounds Namba - "Who's Free" - (5:33) 63 BPM
   
Pat Thomas - "Mpaebo" - (15:00) 122 BPM
   
Pat Thomas - "Can't You See" - (5:54) 85 BPM
STRUT 147D
30 Sep 16
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Heaven - (6:05) 101 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Atwer Abroba - (8:12) 110 BPM
   
Ebo Taylor & Uhuru-Yenzu - "Victory" - (4:18) 108 BPM
   
Asaase Ase - "Ohiani Sua Efir" - (4:02) 119 BPM
   
The Apagya Showband - "Kwaku Ananse" - (3:12) 133 BPM
   
Peace On Earth - (7:43) 123 BPM
   
Aba Yaa - (14:57) 98 BPM
   
Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor - "Ene Nyame 'A' Mensuro" - (6:16) 118 BPM
   
The Apagya Showband - "Tamfo Nyi Ekyir" - (3:56) 128 BPM
   
Ebo Taylor & Uhuru-Yenzu - "Love & Death" - (8:17) 109 BPM
   
Ohye Atar Gyan - (6:05) 100 BPM
   
Super Sounds Namba - "Yes Indeed" - (4:54) 119 BPM
   
The Apagya Showband - "Mumude" - (3:02) 133 BPM
   
Ebo Taylor & Uhuru-Yenzu - "What Is Life?" - (4:37) 111 BPM
   
CK Mann Big Band - "Etuei" - (6:26) 88 BPM
   
Ebo Taylor & The Pelikans - "Egya Edu" - (6:51) 108 BPM
Played by: Barrio Jazz Gang
Review: In afrobeat circles, Ghanaian highlife guitarist Ebo Taylor has long been regarded as one of the scene's most undervalued talents. During his golden period during the 1970s, Taylor was responsible for some landmark recordings - not just as an artist, but composer, arranger and producer. This comprehensive set from serial crate-diggers Strut revisits that fertile period, gathering together the best of Taylor's solo, collaborative and production work. For those with a passing interest in afrobeat and highlife, it's near-essential. Highlights come thick and fast, from the strangely spaced-out grooves of "Peace On Earth" and lazy afro jazz-funk of "Ohiana Sua Efir" to the deep fried highlife disco-funk of "Yes Indeed" and epic American R&B stylings of "Aba Yaa".
STRUT 072CD
05 Apr 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Nga Nga - (5:24) 106 BPM
   
African Woman - (7:10) 110 BPM
   
Love & Death - (6:55) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Victory (instrumental) - (3:24) 101 BPM
   
Mizin - (5:12) 107 BPM
   
Kwame (instrumental) - (3:42) 94 BPM
   
Aborekyair - (7:25) 118 BPM
   
Obra - (5:36) 92 BPM
STRUT 073CD
26 Oct 10
Funk
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Eye Nyam Nam 'A' Mensuro (Henrik Schwarz Blend) - (9:23) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Eye Nyam Nam 'A' Mensuro (Henrik Schwarz dub) - (7:28) 124 BPM
Review: Henrik Schwarz's surprise remix of "Ene Nyame Nam 'A' Mensuro' - a suitably obscure collaboration between Ghanian highlife legends Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas, originally released somewhere round the turn of the '80s on a ridiculously rare LP - has arguably been one of the underground dancefloor hits of the summer. A ten-minute chunk of loose and languid, Highlife-deep house fusion, Schwarz has cleverly combined sections of the sweet-as-you-like original with his own atmospheric electronics and tech-house influenced beats. The veteran German producer also provides a dub, which strips out the vocal and allows his electronics, Taylor's delicious guitars and the original's punchy horns a little more room to breathe.
STRUT 126S
18 Sep 15
Funky/Club House
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Various
   
Ebo Taylor - "Ayesama" (taken from Appia Kwa Bridge) - (7:04) 112 BPM
   
Jabula - "Jabula Happiness" (taken from Spirit Of Malombo) - (3:02) 140 BPM
   
Mulatu Astatke - "Green Africa" (taken from Mulatu Steps Ahead) - (5:13) 87 BPM
   
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - "Koumi Dede" (taken from Cotonou Club) - (3:58) 120 BPM
   
Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics - "Aseni" (taken from Jaiyede Afro) - (5:18) 123 BPM
   
Jingo - "Fever" (taken from Afro Rock Vol 1) - (6:43) 57 BPM
   
Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - "Phantom Of The Panther" (taken from Inspiration Information) - (2:21) 152 BPM
   
Fanga & Maalem Abdallah Guinea - "Kelen" (taken from Fangnawa Experience) - (9:39) 118 BPM
   
The Souljazz Orchestra - "One Life To Live" (taken from Inner Fire) - (4:03) 68 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cornell Campbell meets Soothsayers - "We Want To Be Free" (taken from Nothing Can Stop Us) - (4:08) 76 BPM
   
Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen - "Against The Wall" (taken from Inspiration Information) - (4:39) 110 BPM
   
Julian Bahula's Jazz Afrika - "Woza Cindi" (taken from Spirit Of Malombo) - (7:55) 85 BPM
   
Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics - "Jaiyede Afro" (taken from Jaiyede Afro) - (6:06) 102 BPM
   
The Souljazz Orchestra - "As The Crow Flies" (taken from Inner Fire) - (5:12) 78 BPM
   
Fanga & Maalem Abdallah Guinea - "Kononi" (taken from Fangnawa Experience) - (9:28) 91 BPM
   
Orlando Julius & His Modern Aces - "Efoye So" (taken from Super Afro Soul) - (3:17) 117 BPM
   
Ebo Taylor - "Abonsam" (taken from Appia Kwa Bridge) - (5:30) 104 BPM
   
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - "Holonon" (taken from Cotonou Club) - (3:21) 132 BPM
   
Mercury Dance Band - "Envy No Good" (taken from Afro Rock Vol 1) - (4:52) 98 BPM
   
Malombo Jazz Makers - "Hleziphi" (taken from Spirit Of Malombo) - (4:21) 140 BPM
   
Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - "Esketa Dance" (taken from Inspiration Information) - (4:09) 129 BPM
   
Mulatu Astatke - "I Faram Gami I Faram" (taken from Mulatu Steps Ahead) - (5:33) 87 BPM
   
Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen - "Cella's Walk" (taken from Inspiration Information) - (5:17) 101 BPM
   
Ebo Taylor - "Nga Nga" (taken from Love & Death) - (5:24) 106 BPM
STRUT 131CD
18 Dec 14
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Youandewan - "Our Odyssey" - (7:50) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Michael Mayer & Joe Goddard - "For You" (Solomun Morning version) - (8:59) 124 BPM
   
Tiga - "Eye Luv U" - (7:41) 130 BPM
   
Matthew Dear - "Wrong With Us" (DJ-Kicks) - (5:12) 116 BPM
   
Soul Clap - "Funk Bomb" (feat Billy "Bass" Nelson - Doc Martin & Blakkat Sublevel live remix) - (6:14) 124 BPM
   
Keita Sano - "Life Has Changed" - (9:43) 120 BPM
   
Paul Woolford - "Holy Ghost" - (7:36) 123 BPM
   
Mathew Jonson & Sebastian Mullaert - "Pollen 4 Life" (Main mix) - (11:52) 124 BPM
   
Dusky - "Careless" - (6:31) 121 BPM
   
David Douglas - "Pay No Mind" - (3:20) 120 BPM
   
Alex Falk - "Love" - (3:50) 125 BPM
   
Jordan - "####1" - (6:55) 126 BPM
   
Kiwi - "Orca" - (7:23) 124 BPM
   
Lorca - "Creta Kano" - (6:26) 120 BPM
   
Front De Cadeaux - "Ouvre Ta Bouche" (Gabe Gurnsey Factory Floor remix) - (6:39) 127 BPM
   
Tapesh & Mr J - "Egunon" - (5:46) 120 BPM
   
Feels - "Expedition" - (6:44) 121 BPM
   
Deltawerk - "Sample" - (9:37) 122 BPM
   
Anja Schneider - "Vintage" - (6:45) 124 BPM
   
Edu Imbernon - "Bitter Fate" - (7:33) 122 BPM
   
Xinobi - "Far Away Place" - (4:19) 119 BPM
   
Olaf Stuut - "Evolve Tutor" - (7:06) 122 BPM
   
Seth Troxler & Tom Trago Present T&T Music Factory - "De Natte Cel" (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - (11:29) 120 BPM
   
Ebo Taylor & Pat Thomas & Henrik Schwarz - "Eye Nyam Nam 'A' Mensuro" (Henrik Schwarz Blend) - (9:23) 124 BPM
K 7356D
05 May 17
Deep House
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Various
   
Ebo Taylor - "Make You No Mind" - (3:53) 114 BPM
   
Zeal Onyia - "Zeal Anata" - (4:47) 119 BPM
   
Nkono Teles - "Love Vibration" - (5:04) 114 BPM
   
Ojo Balingo - "Oba Mimo Olorun Ayo" - (3:29) 129 BPM
   
The Mandators - "Looking Out For You" - (6:07) 124 BPM
   
Lumingu Puat - "Tshina Dekula" - (8:40) 136 BPM
   
Dytomite Starlite Band Of Ghana - "Amanfoo" - (5:59) 110 BPM
   
Eric Kol - "You're My Solution" - (4:50) 61 BPM
   
Zack/Geebah - "For The Love Of Money" - (5:55) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tony Sarfo & His Funki Afrosibi - "Super Star" - (5:36) 112 BPM
   
Ben Jagga - "Hold On Pretty Woman" - (4:01) 126 BPM
   
Ondigui And Bota Tabansi International - "Wonderful For Ashawo" - (6:43) 132 BPM
   
Victor Chukwu - "Akalaka" - (8:05) 94 BPM
BBE 592
30 Aug 19
International
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