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Cat: PH 45008. Rel: 08 Sep 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  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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Cat: PH 45021. Rel: 16 May 19
International
  1. This Is Bolga! (part 1) (3:35)
  2. This Is Bolga! (part 2) (3:53)
Review: German-Ghanaian group the Polyversal Souls have previously collaborated with a number of bands and solo artists from West Africa, so this hook-up with Northern Ghanaian outfit the Bolga All Stars - a collective made up of leading local kologo and frafra-gospel singers and musicians - should not come as much of a surprise. Separated into two parts for the seven-inch release, the track blends the Polyversal Souls' lolloping, late '60s style Afro-funk grooves - complete with fuzzy, period style production - and sharp horn section with glistening guitars, snaking solos and fine vocals from the Bolga All Stars. It's one of the Polyversal Souls' finest releases yet, and that's saying something.
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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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#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 45023. Rel: 19 Sep 19
International
  1. Siakwaa/Nana Agyei (Medley) (4:23)
  2. Odo Agye Gye Me (3:41)
Review: The Polyversal Souls are renowned for the strength of their collaborative singles, which to date have featured all manner of legends and rising stars from the underground African music scene. This time around, the German-Ghanaian band provides high-grade backing for guest vocalist Frank Karikari, son of legendary Highlife musician Ralph Karikari. The A-side medley of "Siakwaa/Nana Agyei" is particularly good, with Karikari's confident lead vocal rising above shuffling, soft-focus drums and ear-catching juju guitars. Flipside cut "Odo Agye Gye Me" is great, too, offering a slightly more upbeat and undeniably percussive fusion of highlife/Afrobeat fusion.
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Mam Yinne Wa (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: PH 33005. Rel: 07 Nov 19
International
  1. Mam Yinne Wa (3:57)
  2. Allema Timba (4:42)
  3. Sandana Fom (4:36)
  4. Zota Yinne (4:20)
  5. Fom Se Mam (3:51)
  6. Yu Ya Yumma (3:22)
  7. Ma'algo (3:52)
  8. La Ta'aba (4:45)
  9. Sala An Songa (3:22)
Review: It's taken a while, but Philophon chief (and in-house producer) Max Weissenfeldt has finally managed to finish the album he started working on with Ghanaian Frafra-gospel singers Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy. It's a set that has been promised for the best part of five years, so it's fantastic to see it finally materialize. Musically, it explores similar sonic territory to Oho's previous singles on Philophon (all of which featured music from Weissenfeldt), effortlessly joining the dots between traditional Ghanaian styles, local interpretations of funk and soul, dub-wise reggae rhythms and occasional nods towards contemporary electronic beats. The results are superb, making this a must have for those who love a bit of West African musical positivity.
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Cat: PH 45020. Rel: 18 Apr 19
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Allema Timba (4:43)
  2. Allema Timba (instrumental) (4:44)
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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 45019. Rel: 14 Mar 19
International
  1. Alemayehu Eshete & The Polyversal Souls - "Addis Abeba Bete" (live) (4:12)
  2. The Polyversal Souls - "Portrait Of Alemayehu (Night-Time)" (3:33)
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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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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 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)
 in stock $9.03
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