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Cat: PH 45008. Rel: 08 Sep 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. The World (4:23)
  2. Invisible Joy (2:42)
Review: Back Pluwatsch, or simply Bajka, is an Indian-born, South-African raised singer with diverse catalogue of music, and an equally compelling set of vocal chords. Her voice was first picked up by London's Jazzman circa 2005, and has travelled across other like like Ubiquity, Raw Tapes, and even on NYC house-techno conglomerate, Ibadan. Philophon feels like a much more natural place for her music to prosper on, a label that's been on our radar since day one, and always comes heavily recommended. "The World" is a true pearl of a song, charged and catapulted into the ether by a deep, raw percussive sway and, of course, Bajka's singular voice. "Invisible Joy" is a similarly deep and tropical, but here the tone is much more jazzy, reminding us of Sun Ra in places. All in all, this is some pretty killer material.
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Basa Basa (7")
Cat: PH 45014. Rel: 22 Mar 18
International
  1. Basa Basa (4:08)
  2. Sahara Akwantuo (3:46)
Review: Those with a deep knowledge of Berlin's Ghanaian ex-pat "burger-highlife" scene may already be familiar with Lee Dodou, a singer who recorded a number of classic singles and albums during the 1980s as part of bands Georg Darko and Kantata. He retired from music in 1991, but has been persuaded to return to action by the Philophon team. This comeback single is pretty impressive all told, with A-side "Basa Basa" - a triumphantly celebratory chunk of 1960s "concert party" highlife rich in punchy horn lines and Dodou's full-throated vocals - being joined on the flipside by the slower, synth-laden "Sahara Akwantou". Brilliantly, the label describes this as "kraut-life" due to its unique (and rather good) fusion of highlife and German kosmiche.
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Cat: PH 45013. Rel: 07 Dec 17
International
  1. Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself (4:27)
  2. Estre (feat Florence Adooni) (5:02)
Review: Philophon is a Berlin-based label run by Max Weissenfeldt. Part of Philophon is the Tonstudio Bluetenring in Kreuzberg, operated by Benjamin 'Stibbo' Spitzmueller. The label's essential motivation is to support any form of local culture with reason, freedom and ludic drive. North-Ghanaian singer Guy One presents his first international release here. He promises what his name is saying: he is the number one artist of Frafra music, named after his people. "Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself" is a driving Highlife rhythm and his only song having a phrase in English. "Estre" features one of the leading voices of Frafra-Gospel named Florence Adooni. She interweaves perfectly with the horn arrangements by Weissenfeldt and the drummer. Washington's Hailu Mergia, San Francisco's Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids and the legendary Scandinavian producer Jimi Tenor have also released on the label over the last year too.
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#1 (CD)
Cat: PH 33002CD. Rel: 25 Jan 18
International
  1. Po'ore Ye La Be De Geta Gurego (instrumental)
  2. Bangere Tomme?
  3. Ete Songo
  4. N'yella Be Bobere?
  5. Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself
  6. Yelmengere De La Gu'usi
  7. Nongre, Nongre - Sugre Sugre
  8. Sella N'de Hu Dene
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Cat: PH 45010. Rel: 19 Jan 17
Jazz
  1. Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba (part 1) (3:27)
  2. Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba (part 2) (2:45)
Review: Following their surprise reunion and Strut-release album We Be All Africans last year, Idris and The Pyramids return... This time on Max Weissenfeldt's Philophon imprint. Laying down a spiritual arrangement so frenetic and full of its own life it takes up two parts, Idris's sax plays duet with Philophon's own vocalist Guy One. Gutsy, raw and full of surprises, it's another out-of-body experience from the longstanding jazz troupe.
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Cat: PH 45018. Rel: 14 Feb 19
International
  1. Feqer Feqer New (feat Alemayehu Eshete) (3:45)
  2. Portrait Of Alemayehu (Daytime) (4:05)
Review: Last year, heavyweight Ghanaian-German band the Polyversal Souls returned to action with their first new material in three years - a killer Highlife single called "Basa Basa" featuring guest vocalist Lee Dodou. This speedy follow-up boasts a guest vocalist, too: near legendary Ethiopian soul and jazz singer Alemayehu Eshete. He makes his presence felt on "Feqer Feqer New", delivering a hazy and exotic vocal over the band's cheery, '60s style Gamelan backing track. The resultant cut is nothing less than spectacular. Over on side B, the band goes solo on the laidback and breezy "Portrait of Alemayehu (Daytime)", where chiming melodies and punchy horns rise above glistening guitars, rich bass and shuffling drums.
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Cat: PH 45006. Rel: 03 Mar 16
Funk
  1. Order Of Nothingness (3:36)
  2. Tropical Eel (4:22)
Review: Apart from having been a pinnacle of both Sahko's and Warp's success over the years, Finland's Jimi Tenor is simply a great musician, a true visionary when it comes to dance - and non-dance - experimentalism, and one of the few truly imaginative minds left; yes, we know that's a bold statement, but it's what we truly believe. Here he is on Philophon with a deeply explorative 7", starting with the psychedelic hymns of "Order Of Nothingness", a song that seems to be drenched in 70's mysticism, but that somehow also sounds utterly contemporary. "Tropical Eel" is more left of field, where digitised Eastern melodies bleep to a steady, jazzy rhythm that simply calls for a head-nod. Recommended.
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Cat: PH 45015. Rel: 26 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Quantum Connection (4:32)
  2. My Mind Will Travel (Teen party edit) (4:25)
Review: Finnish vibe artisan Jimi Tenor returns to Max Weissenfeldt's Philophon with two more contemporary dreamboat affairs... "Quantum Connection" springs with a bruk-like energy but chats in fluent jazz via the eastern horns and spiralling hook narrative. "My Mind Will Travel" maintains the spring but with much more of a loungey feel and a molten vocal that flops over the tightly plucked strings with humour and syrupy ease. One of a kind.
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Cat: PH 33003. Rel: 07 Jun 18
Jazz
  1. Mysteria (4:00)
  2. Naomi Min Sumo Bo (4:05)
  3. Quantum Connection (4:29)
  4. Tropical Eel (4:24)
  5. My Mind Will Travel (8:14)
  6. Chupa Chups (3:16)
  7. Max Out (2:16)
  8. Order Of Nothingness (3:37)
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Cat: PH 33003CD. Rel: 07 Jun 18
Jazz
  1. Mysteria
  2. Naomi Min Sumo Bo
  3. Quantum Connection
  4. Tropical Eel
  5. My Mind Will Travel
  6. Chupa Chups
  7. Max Out
  8. Order Of Nothingness
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Cat: PH 45017. Rel: 24 Jan 19
International
  1. Vocalize My Luv (3:35)
  2. Ki'igba (3:46)
Review: Over the course of his lengthy career, Jimi Tenor has proved to be something of a musical chameleon, variously portraying himself as a lo-fi lounge music lothario, flute-sporting jazzman, Moog-loving electronic adventurer, dub-wise explorer and, most recently, Afrobeat eccentric. On "Vocalize My Luv", he fuses a number of his musical obsessions, by serving up a jaunty and righteous chunk of Ghanaian highlife futurism rich in dancehall-influenced drum machine beats, jammed-out Korg riffs and amiable female vocals. It's ace, and comes with a similarly sterling B-side, "Ki'igba". This shuffling affair sees Tenor reach for his trusty flute and get all jazzy over a dusty and laidback Afrobeat groove.
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VARIOUS
Cat: PH 33004CD. Rel: 06 Dec 18
International
  1. Guy One - "Estre"
  2. Alemayehu Eshete - "Alteleyeshegnem"
  3. Jimi Tenor - "My Mind Will Travel" (Teen party edit)
  4. Y-Bayani & Baby Naa & Their Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love - "Rhewe Mie Enyim"
  5. Bajka - "Invisible Joy"
  6. Lee Dodou & The Polyversal Souls - "Basa Basa"
  7. Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy - "Mam Yinne Wa"
  8. Hailu Mergia - "Yegle Nesh"
  9. Y-Bayani & His Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love - "Asembi Ara Amba"
  10. The Polyversal Souls - "Portrait Of Alemayehu (Daytime)"
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VARIOUS
Cat: PH 33004. Rel: 06 Dec 18
International
  1. Guy One - "Estre" (5:00)
  2. Alemayehu Eshete - "Alteleyeshegnem" (4:54)
  3. Jimi Tenor - "My Mind Will Travel" (Teen party edit) (4:22)
  4. Y-Bayani & Baby Naa & Their Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love - "Rehwe Mi Enyim" (3:51)
  5. Bajka - "Invisible Joy" (2:40)
  6. Lee Dodou & The Polyversal Souls - "Basa Basa" (4:09)
  7. Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy - "Mam Yinne Wa" (3:56)
  8. Hailu Mergia - "Yegle Nesh" (3:17)
  9. Y-Bayani & His Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love - "Asembi Ara Amba" (4:32)
  10. The Polyversal Souls - "Portrait Of Alemayehu (Daytime)" (4:03)
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Cat: PH 45012. Rel: 11 Jan 18
Classics/Ska
  1. Y Bayani & Baby Naa & Their Band Of Enlightenment, Reason & Love - "Rehwe Mie Enyim" (3:50)
  2. Band Of Enlightenment, Reason & Love - "Mi Sumolo" (3:06)
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Cat: PH 45016. Rel: 10 Jan 19
Classics/Ska
  1. Y-Bayani & The Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love - "Asembi Ara Amba" (4:30)
  2. The Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love - "We Are The Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love" (4:06)
 in stock $9.16
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