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Homecooking (reissue)
Cat: COMET 075LP. Rel: 07 Oct 16
Funk
  1. Woman To Man (feat Ty) (4:48)
  2. Kindness (5:21)
  3. Every Season (feat Damon Albarn & Ty) (4:07)
  4. Don't Fight (9:07)
  5. Calling (feat Mary & Norman) (4:32)
  6. Home Cooking (4:44)
  7. Jakelewah (4:56)
  8. Crazy Afrobeat (4:54)
  9. What's Your Fashion (5:00)
  10. Eparapo (7:13)
Review: On its' original release in 2002, Tony Allen's HomeCookin album was arguably a little overlooked. Like its' predecessor, 1999's Black Voices, the set updated the legendary drummer's Afrobeat sound for a new millennium. As this timely reissue proves, it was a particularly successful exercise. The album's genius lies in the Nigerian sticks-man's combination of traditional elements - most notably his loose, skittish polyrhythms, guitars and punchy horns - with elements of future-jazz, modern soul (see the brilliant Eska collaboration, "What's Your Fashion") and hip-hop. British rapper Ty excels himself on a number of killer cuts, though it's a more traditional Allen style dancefloor workout - the sublime "Crazy Afrobeat" - that really stands out.
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Black Voices (reissue)
Cat: COMET 082LP. Rel: 10 Jan 18
International
  1. Asiko (7:55)
  2. Get Together (5:55)
  3. Black Voices (7:34)
  4. The Same Blood (8:12)
  5. Asiko (In A Silent mix) (9:29)
  6. Black Voices (We Are We Play mix) (5:51)
  7. ARIYA (Psychedelic Juju mix) (7:02)
Review: Since its release in 1999, Tony Allen's Black Voices album has earned a reputation as an overlooked modern classic. While a scaled-down reissue appeared on Kindred Spirits in 2014, this edition marks the first "full repress" of the original double-album version. The Doctor L-produced set remains hugely alluring, thanks largely to the warm and attractive mixture of Allen's loose and languid Afrobeat rhythms, fluid jazz and jazz-funk instrumentation and vocals that recall the legendary drummer's work with Fela Kuti. Like the original set, you'll find a number of tasty dancefloor reworks nestled on the second disc, with the fuzzy and disco-fied PsychojujuMix of "Ariya" - complete with rubbery bass and sweaty drum solos - standing out.
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The Source
The Source (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: 576833 6. Rel: 15 Sep 17
Jazz
  1. Moody Boy (6:31)
  2. Bad Roads (5:48)
  3. Cruising (5:58)
  4. On Fire (6:14)
  5. Woro Dance (6:40)
  6. Tony's Blues (5:02)
  7. Wolf Eats Wolf (5:38)
  8. Cool Cats (4:23)
  9. Push & Pull (5:49)
  10. Ewajo (5:33)
  11. Life Is Beautiful (6:23)
Review: Tony Allen is on record as saying that The Source, his first album on iconic jazz label Blue Note, is the best recording he's made. Given his length of service and vast discography, that's a bold claim. Certainly, it's a fine album, with the legendary drummer and his selected musicians - mostly jazz players from Paris, plus a Cameroonian guitarist and previous Allen collaborator Damon Albarn on one cut - effortlessly blur the boundaries between Afrobeat and the kind of jazz pioneered by Allen's percussion heroes Art Blakey and Max Roach. It's a brilliant hybrid that fits Allen's unique style of drumming like a glove, and there's no doubt that the former Fela Kuti sticks-man is the real star of the show.
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Rejoice
Rejoice (180 gram vinyl LP with obi-strip)
Cat: 405053 855749. Rel: 20 Mar 20
International
  1. Robbers Thugs & Muggers (O'Galajani) (4:36)
  2. Agbada Bougou (5:23)
  3. Coconut Jam (3:22)
  4. Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be The Same) (3:49)
  5. Slow Bones (5:48)
  6. Jabulani (Rejoice, Here Comes Tony) (5:36)
  7. Obama Shuffle Strut Blues (4:39)
  8. We've Landed (4:39)
Review: Two titans of African music come together for a collaboration that will sadly never be repeated after the passing of the late Hugh Masekela. Allen's instantly recognisable drumming and Masekela's iconic trumpet are a match made in heaven - after all their paths first crossed back in the 70s thanks to Fela Kuti's galvanizing energy. Forget the throwback stuff trying to capture the spirit of the originators, this IS the originators sounding cool and deadly in every way. Funk lovers, Afrobeat heads, curious ears and dancing souls take heed - this right here is an unmissable transmission from two grandmasters in their field.
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