Atewo-Lara Ka Tepa Mo'se (Ben Gomori Juish edit) (8:32)
Ojo Je (SMBD '85 Raw Disco mix) (6:37)
Ojo Je (SMBD Rascal dub) (3:54)
Review: On this fine EP from the Sterns Edits camp, Ben Gomori and SMBD (AKA Gilles Peterson favourite Simbad) take it in turns to rework cuts from 1980s Nigerian star Segun Adewale. On the A-side, Gomori gets to work on "Atewo-Lara Ka Tepa Mo'se", wrapping Adewale's original vocals and glistening juju guitar solos over a rolling, Ron Trent style Afro-deep house groove. It's super-sweet and wonderfully summery, suggesting we'll be hearing it in more than a few DJ sets over the next few months. Simbad, meanwhile, serves up two versions of "Ojo Je": a hustling, polyrhythmic disco excursion (the "SMBD '85 Raw Disco Mix") and a far deeper and more trippy excursion rich in warm sub-bass, reverb and delay-laden vocal snippets and ricocheting synthesizer motifs (the superior "Rascal Dub").
Review: Three time's the charm: Legendary African music house Sterns project with long-standing London DJ Ben Gomori has been buy on sight so far. These Balla et ses Balladins edits are likely to go the same way as Gomori takes two of the Guinean orchestra's releases on the state-run Syliphone label and once again turns in two exceptional and respectful revisions; "Nyo" is a slow-and-low chugger with cosmic ripples and cleverly echoed vocal layers while "Wilikabo" is an instant party call to arms with a bell-bottomed bassline and a raw street kicking carnival feel. Already big with the likes of Skream and Horse Meat Disco, this won't hang around.
Hwe Hwe Mu Na Yi Wompena (Ben Gomori Message Of Love edit) (7:15)
Hwe Hwe Mu Na Yi Wompena (Ben Gomori Message Of Love live dub) (5:56)
Review: Afrobeat revivalists Yaaba Funk are getting a welcome new lease of life here, as the Sterns Edits crew turns in a trio of fresh reworks from their largely overlooked 2010 album "Afrobeast". Contemporary broken beat hero Danvers handles side A, turning in a swinging, hot-stepping revision of sun-kissed juju number "Oman Foa" that adds just the right amount of modern dancefloor clout to an otherwise perfect Afro-soul workout. Over on side B, Ben Gomori offers up two versions of "Hwe Hwe Mu Na Yi Wompena": a spacey Afrobeat/Afro-disco style peak-time "Message of Love Edit" and the arguably superior - and certainly impressively bass-heavy - "Message of Love Live Dub".