Label
Luakabop

Ingredients:

  1 tablespoon - exclamations worthy of James Brown 

  1 teaspoon - African sounds not entirely unlike King Sunny Ade 

  2 cups - Funky drums

  1 cup - Congas

  1/2 cup -  Super soul saxophone

  A pinch of - Father Yod-style  psychedelic madness

  A dash of greasy funky organs that will blow your mind

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  Blend well. 

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  Oh christ, I'm making myself hungry with this writing gimmick.

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  David Byrne continues to dig up awesome and rare musical gems, from the early Brazilian and Cuban releases that got so many of us excited about world music in the first place through Chinese pop (Peppermint Tea House), and Indian film music (Dance Raja Dance). This album of West African sounds is no exception and will be well-loved by fans of Sunny Ade, or the Ethiopiques series. 

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  Apart from current marketing cache I don't entirely understand this being called a Psychedelic classic – there's not too much psychedelia at work here that I can detect. But it's a great album nonetheless. It reminds me of Sunny Ade but with tons of James Brown sounds going on – saxophones and drums, grunts and whoops that recall the Godfather of Soul with an almost eerie similarity.

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  There's some great marimba work on a cut by Manu Dibango and some silky smooth loungey vocals from William Onyeabor. There are also some psychedelic guitars sprinkled around, most notably on a song from Ofo The Black Company.  Now, my knowledge of African music is not that strong but doesn't Guajira Van by No. 1 de No. 1 sound very Cuban?

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  The quality varies from track to track from there's some great stuff here, especially if you like Ethiopiques, or any of the world psyche that's been coming out in droves as of late.