Review: African Party, the single album released by 'Ginger' Foloruso Johnson and his African Messengers band, has long been considered something of a hard-to-find classic. Originally released in 1967, the energetic and effervescent set here gets a deserved re-issue on Freestyle. Musically, it's something of a melting pot, sitting somewhere between Afro-Cuban fusion, Afrobeat, funk and jazz-dance - all dense, intense rhythms, spiraling horns, fluttering flute lines and high-octane thrills. Certainly, it's a thoroughly entertaining set, packed full of highlights. These include the sharp sax lines, Afrobeat bass and rolling grooves of "A You Momma", and "Hi Life", whose wild trumpets and saxophones offer the perfect foil for the cacophonous drums.
Review: With a backbone of African rhythms interwoven with hi-life and jazz, Ginger Johnson's music is considered by many a geek to be the main forerunner of Afrobeat (it's certainly true that he directly influenced the great Fela Kuti himself). Arriving in London from Nigeria during the 1940s, Johnson became a 'go to' percussionist in the UK, playing everywhere from Ronnie Scott's to the Stones's 1969 Hyde Park show and was instrumental in the initial organizing of the Notting Hill Carnival. Here, we have two examples of the style he pioneered and are essential listening for music lovers everywhere.
Review: This London DJ didn't leave his club roots behind when he left the capital for a new life Indonesia, oh no. He just took the party with him and to prove it, he presents us with his latest commercial banger, "Blow The Snow". It's got urban-tinged basslines, electro-house beats and also features an un-ironic 2 Unlimited-style rap by Jonjo, what's not to love?