Review: Originally presented to Nigerian dancefloors in 1981 by Phonodisk, Cameroonian crooner Bayo Damazio's emphatic vocals are carried with class as the Mighty Flames provide the slick, spaced out disco grooves. The title track wriggles and shakes with Chic style tightness while Bayo's vocal command isn't dissimilar to that of Roy Ayers. "Dizzy With Love", meanwhile, is much more traditional 70s disco in its make-up with a bigger, more obvious groove, perky horn blasts and infectious falsetto vocals. Do as the title says and listen... Music like this speaks for itself.
Review: The Voodoo Funk label returns with a 12" maxi single of sublime spaced out disco funk from Nigerian group First Planet which concludes their excellent Lagos Disco Inferno series. Lead by the inimitable bass playing and vocals of Willy Nfor, First Planet released just the one self titled album together back in 1980 for the Zanidisco label and two of it's highlights have been licensed for this Voodoo Funk platter. If you known Nfor for his previous band the Mighty Flames, you'll notice the decidedly more disco edge to First Planet (whose whole aesthetic was a subtle nod to Parliament) and both "Top Of The World" and "I Want To Thank You Baby" are high grade slabs of harmony heavy afro funk with neat little p funk undertones.
Review: A bona fide Afro funk legend, Tony Grey cut his teeth in Nigeria as a James Brown impersonator before establishing pacts with his backing band The Black 7 who later morphed into the Ozimba Messengers. Their album The Message was released in 1981 and gave us both of these outrageously funky jams. "Time Factor" is undiluted disco complete with cool pops and whistles that Dave Lee has been championing for 30 years. "You Are The One" shows more of its Nigerian heartbeat amidst the tight horns and Tony's emphatic vocal delivery. Complete with a poster, this is a really special reissue.
Review: A beautiful repress that celebrates Nigeria and America's contributions to funk music, "Move!" is taken from Eno's 1982 album Living In The USA. Taking the rudiments of his African schooling, the drummer/guitarist/singer turns his hand to early rap on "Move!" over a sleazy funk beat that shimmers with minute echoes of highlife deep in the background. "Hot Love" follows up this fine fusion with a more upbeat 80s pop boogie focus. Big bass and reverbed vocals, it's going to sound great on your next dancefloor.
Review: Few albums are steeped in as much worldly music heritage as this Afrofunk masterpiece. Recorded in Ginger Baker's ARC studio in Lagos, mixed down in Tin Pan Alley Studios and, just recently, remastered at Abbey Road: everything about this previously rare-as-hens-teeth album screams class. Everything about it screams funk, too. Deep, bluesy, psychedelic and textured in rich intricate percussion, there's a strong sense of spirituality throughout. For once, it really is all about the Money!