Review: Here's something to savour: a first collaborative EP from long-serving French house producer Manoo and Hamburg-based Ivorian (Mr) Raoul K. Given both producers' heritage and track record, it's little surprise to hear impassioned, West African vocals and layered, tribal-influenced percussion amongst the spiraling synth lines and restless, ever-building grooves. Innervisions boss man provides two typically epic, stretched-out reworks - Vocal and Dub interpretations - that both sound like peak-time anthems in the waiting. While the acclaimed DJ/producer wisely includes some notable breakdowns, it's the driving feel of the groove and gradual increase in intensity that really impresses. Arguably best of all, though, is the Trikk Dub Mix, a deeper concoction that boasts looser tribal drum programming, traditional instrumentation and hypnotic tech-house electronics.
Kele Bila (Stop Fighting) (feat Ahmed Sosso - dub) - (8:45) 118 BPM
African Paradigm (All Chapters) - (28:27) 72 BPM
Review: With three previous long-players under his belt in a production career that dates back over 10 years, Mr Raoul K should need little introduction to Afro-house lovers by now. That said, though, for this latest album the emphasis is very much on the 'Afro' side of that equation, as he explores an assortment of tribal rhythms and vocal chants. As a result, you're unlikely to hear many of the tracks here cropping up in house sets; you can, on the other hand, expect the likes of Gilles Peterson, Rob Da Bank or Mr Scruff to be in raptures.