Review: Italian duo Nu Guinea has previously proved adept at creating humid, sultry deep house and tropical-infused electronics. Here, they focus a little more on the latter with a concept album based around the distinctive Afrobeat rhythms of legendary drummer Tony Allen. With his blessing, and that of the Comet label on which he's been releasing since the 1980s, the Early Sounds Recordings pair has cut-up and re-constructed Allen's drums, combining them with their own steamy electronics, vintage synthesizer lines and classic drum machines. It's an intoxicating and hugely entertaining blend that sits somewhere between their previous outings, Danny Wolfers' material under the Nacho Patrol guise, and the dreamy late '80s/early '90s work of forgotten Italian producer Mr Marvin.
Review: The legendary Tony Allen released the Black Voices LP almost two decades ago and it is timeless enough in its original format. But with these two stellar remixes keeping its spirit alive: it gets a fresh and more modern perspective. French deep house hero Folamour steps up first to give "Get Together" a funked-up, sunkissed and soulful rendition that is just perfect for this time of year. Next up NIT which is the alias of the French musician Corentin Kerdraon serves up a great remix. A keyboard player and producer, he has just recorded an EP for the American singer Cola Boy. "The Same Blood" gets his smooth nu-jazz broken beat perspective that's in the vein of greats like Atjazz or Mark De Clive Lowe.