Oumou Sangare's most recent album, 2017's Mogoya, was a fine collection of heartfelt songs in the traditional Malian wassoulou style. Here, it's given the remix treatment, with an impressive cast list of producers taking it in turns to provide their own distinctive interpretations. We were naturally drawn to some of the contributions from high profile producers, with the Tony Allen style Afrobeat rub of "Yere Faga" by Natureboy (AKA DJ Nature) and Auntie Flo's sublime version of "Djoukourou" - all gentle West African beats, sparkling synthesizers and life-affirming vocals - hitting home particularly hard. St Germain's warming Afro-house take on "Fadjamou" and Sampha's bass-heavy, 8-bit interpretation of "Minata Waraba" are also superb.
Germany's Barely Breaking Even label are hard nosed veterans in the game of sourcing intriguing music from the most obscure global locations. Here we have the latest from African producer Boddhi Satva,"Ngnari Konon", which appears in its original melodic groove-based guise, as well in remixed form (15 in total!). Satva's main patron, house legend Louie Vega, provides four mixes, the best of which is his moody and evocative "Ritual II mix". Further highlights include the baile beats-laden Boddhi Ancestral Poetry mix and John Milan's understated honeycomb mix.
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