lock yourself into the beat, but don’t become prisoner to it. the techno pioneer jeff mills understands that only too well. in his quest to liberate himself from the tyranny of the sequencer, mills couldn’t wish for a better partner than the father of afrobeat.
completing the recent lp reissue of black voices by tony allen, comet presents a 2 tracks remix ep by folamour and nit. the two rising french producers provide great new versions of “get together” and “the same blood”.
following afrobeat makers vol.1 (sold out), comet is pleased to announce the second volume of the afrobeat makers collection, due for release in june this year: the tony allen’ original afrobeat patterns revisited by few of the best international dj/producers, with among them: doctor l (paris), thiago franca (sao paulo), mps pilot (amsterdam), or gnowee (paris) tony allen has spread afrobeat to the corners of the globe, a perfect synthesis of tradition and sophistication – his various collaborations with great artists from all genres and styles are a truly proof of his openness. doctor l, paris based music producer, is a sound activist going through the musical galaxies, fusioning from 80’s punk rock, to hip-hop, electronica and afrobeat ... in 2000, already on comet records, he brought lagos afrobeat towards the third millennium with the album black voices by tony allen, and even send it to the moon, with his other project, psyco on da bus. since 2002, dj/producer mps pilot (nl) has immersed himself in the cutting-edge tropical bass scene. in every possible direction and slippage between all different genres, mps pilot maps the crosspollination and divergence of contemporary music. he performed on 3 continents, both in remote desert or major festivals. thiago franca is a producer, musician and saxophonist from são paulo arts scene, this year with his power afro-punk trio meta meta, they released for the first time in europe (mais um discos -uk), their debut album metal metal. thiago is meanwhile developping his african rooted solo outfit, sambanzo, and was also in criolo’s touring band for two years, where he met tony allen, which led to two collaborations on the the afrobeat makers and meta meta’ albums.
DEKMANTEL 10 YEARS 10.2 (MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE REMIX/ORIGINAL)
12" Vinyl NL03.05.18
part two of the ep features the motor city drum ensemble remix, and the original “in a silent mix” version from 1999, a track out of its time when released on allen’s sole record “black voices”. a long serving dekmantel veteran, danilo plessow was there from the start. after compiling the first selector’s compilation last year, mcde turns tony allen’s masterpiece in a jam, with added house beats, giving the funk number the edit treatment. the final mix sounds like the kind of track you would hear mcde play in one of his sets as he’s firing up the heat. the organ sounds and trumpets are left high in the mix, to create an unforgettable hook that resonates throughout, in complete motor city style.
as part of the ten-year anniversary dekmantel presents the final record in a ten-part-ep series. split into two parts due to its immensity, the final instalment is a re-issue of tony allens asiko (in a silent mix) originally released in 1999 and remixes by motor city drum ensemble and ricardo villalobos. the first part features a grandiose 29-minute ricardo villalobos version of the afrobeat masters cut. a true collaboration of giants.having been a regular at the festival for several years now, villalobos delivers a remix, one of his longest to date, that only he can produce. allowing the percussion to breathe into a monumental rhythm, villalobos warps the vocals, restructuring the bass and drums into a rolling dub-fusion of techno that is characteristic of his remixes to date, yet still breathtaking in its execution. afrobeat-minimalism, with dub-infused fire, and near psychedelic ambience that perfectly synchs the worlds of tony allen, and ricardo villalobos, two legends who’ve helped re-shape the face of music. highlighting the diversity of sounds that have come to represent the dutch label and festival series, the eps to date have encompassed a range of artists and genres, featuring label favourites, as well as whole bunch of debuting artists. the ep series kicked off in march 2018, and over the course of a year featured the likes of gigi masin, lena willikens, burnt friedman, donato dozzy, the egyptian lover, palms trax, and more.
the man who put the beat into afrobeat is back! part of the tony allen reissue series on kindred spirits, featuring remastered versions and original restored artwork. a must for afro-beat fans around the globe. 2018 repress
2018 repress of this album by the drummer of fela kuti. produced by doctor l. incl asiko as sampled by jaydee for commons hot shit! featuring remastered versions and ariya (psyche juju mix) as bonus track, which was not part of the original release. tony allen completely rewrote the books on what was possible within the afrobeat genre with his stunning 1999 album, black voices. when one considers exactly what is going on throughout black voices, it is quite mind boggling, as it is almost impossible to associate a minimalist, electronic feel with the massive walls of sound which allen was known to create.
2017 reissue -- tony allen is the co-creator of afrobeat, and one of the most distinctive and in-demand drummers on the planet. no one swings like this nigerian rhythm man ? with that amazing, loose-limbed, poly-rhythmic technique that has powered some of the funkiest and most challenging dance music ever created. and lagos no shaking is his most powerful and personal album to date: a return to core values, a testament to the fact that afrobeat is best served straight ? hot, hard and percussion-heavy.
>lagos no shaking< is a spectacular homecoming for tony allen, an acerbic, unflinching love letter to the city that gave him life in rhythm.
ony allen meldet sich 2017 mit einem neuen album zur³ck:the source hei?t die platte, an der der nigerianische schlagzeuger und songschreiber zusammen mit saxofonist yann jankielewicz arbeitete.insgesamt elf allen-originale schrieben und nahmen sie gemeinsam f³r the source auf. unterst³tzt wurden die beiden im studio von ein paar der besten jazzer der pariser szene, darunter die saxofonisten rÚmi sciuto und jean-jacques elangue, der trompeter nicolas giraud, der posaunist daniel zimmermann, bassist mathias allamane, pianist jean-philippe dary und keyboarder vincent taurelle, der das album gemeinsam mit bertrand fresel produzierte.au?erdem wirkten der kameruner gitarrist indy dibongue und als special guest der blur-frontmann damon albarn mit am neuen album. letzterer ³bernahm den pianopart im song cool cats.
in 1975, tony allen recorded his debut album, jealousy, the first of three made with afrika 70 and produced by fela kuti. jealousy is according to many still the highlight of his 4 solo-albums, featuring 2 afro-beat gems jealousy and hustler. recorded at decca s 16 track abule-oja studio in lagos, nigeria. originally released on soundworkshop records in 1975
A TRIBUTE TO ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS (10 INCH)
10" Vinyl UK02.06.17
blue note is pleased to announce the release of legendary nigerian drummer tony allens new ep, a tribute to art blakey and the jazz messengers. the 4 titles featured in the ep moanin, the drum thunder suite, night in tunisia, politely provide a preview of his forthcoming first album for blue note (currently scheduled for release in autumn 2017) on which tony allen pays tribute to his longstanding idol, american jazz drummer art blakey.the ep s four titles and the other tracks that make up the album were recorded over three days in paris at the midilive studios, the former facility of the vogue label. the sessions were done in live conditions that saw tony allen and his 8-piece band together in the same room, with the sound channelled through 12 separate mikes onto 2-tape via a sony mci-jh24 analogue multi-track recorder.
in 1976, fela anikulapo kuti & afrika 70 released a total of 8 albums including the hit zombie. at the time of their height, tony allen, fela s drummer, decided to release a follow-up album to jealousy. progress was the result of a series of studio sessions, featuring fela himself with a tenor solo on the title-track. the b-side contains the dancefloor filler “afro disco beat”. . today, comet proudly presents the 2nd release of the tony allen & africa 70 (disco afro series): featuring remastered original versions of “afro disco beat” and remixes by africaine 808 & mexican institute of sound. africaine 808, the berlin-based duo of dirk leyers and dj nomad (hans reuschl), have been challenging the norm with their distinctive flavor of west african bass, rhythms and samples mixed into moreish disco and house tracks. camilo lara, known as the mexican institute of sound is a musician, remixer, producer, dj and label manager for casete records in mexico, which has distributed albums from artists such as radiohead, bjork, jamie xx and nick cave
tony allen & africa 70 disco afro reedits series featuring remastered original versions and super disco afro reedits tracks by mad rey and monsieur scott. in 1975, tony allen recorded his debut album, jealousy, the first of three made with africa 70 and produced by fela kuti. jealousy is according to many still the highlight of his 4 solo-albums, featuring 2 afro-beat gems jealousy and hustler
originally released in 2002, here reissued as a remastered version tony allen talks about the album: after black voices and psyco on da bus albums, i came back with homecooking which was an album filled with guests. i brought in ty, who had remixed some of my work previously, to rap on the record, and damon albarn, who had already sung about me on music is my radar. since the early days ive been trying to find things that everybody will want to listen to. ive always been pushing afrobeat in different directions. heres another one again, another style, almost clean but still rough, raggedy and radical.
for his 10th lp, the human metronome of afrobeat has pulled out all the stops. at his side are the jazzbastards, a trio of producers at the cutting edge of contemporary sound, and fellow world-class musicians, including damon albarn. tony allen has given us the ring of a true self-portrait, an overview of his rich career that brings together bebop, afrobeat jazz and psychedelic pop. film of life marks the pinnacle of his achievement. comes as 180 gram double vinyl in gatefold sleeve and includes code for download of uncompressed audio files in wav-format.
after releasing his new album, film of life, late 2014, tony allen makes a bridge with modern club music through 2 remixes. house guru ricardo villalobos and partner max loderbauer present a rework of * african man* , in which they slowly drags it in a minimalist groovy mutation. on b-side, rising londoner fort romeau reveals a new facet of tonys piece * go back*, bringing deep graceful and elegant modern discoid rhythm mixed with damon albarns silky vocals.
ltd 013 repress
after mark ernestus mix of moyege in this series, now his basic channel / rhythm and sound partner comes to the control tower. moritz s deep berlin steppers discloses dubwise traces of our original lagos recording — the percussion of yinka ogunye, the singing of fifties palmwine legend rolling dollar, oscar olimbi s guitar lick — in with his own oberheim voicings, additional drumming, and cool-and-deadly rhythm track. its a tough, masterly dance record in fine rhythm and sound style — which during its ten-and-a-half minutes seems to ponder time elapsed and journeys undertaken. like a stepping razor, but t-u-m-p-i-n. this reggae land version is the take-no-prisoners, pared-down dub of wareika hill sounds rootical rework of ise nla. magnificent trombone and percussion. expert, classical ja mixing. brings to mind those great dubs of glen brown s black man stand up pan foot
wildheart recordings is theo parrishs new london-based label. sound signature releases for the body, wildheart is for everything else, is theos pithy summary of his two labels aims and compatibility. day like this and feel loved are the first fruits of parrishs work with the legendary lagosian, tony allen.
struts inspiration information series moves on from the critically acclaimed mulatu astatke / the heliocentrics collaboration with the fourth album in the series, a mouthwatering head to head between finnish maverick jimi tenor and afrobeat drumming legend, tony allen.
1978 was without a doubt one of the most disturbing years in the history of fela and the afrika 70. just a year before the army had raided felas compound destroying his house, his club, his brothers free medical clinic and fatally injuring his mother. with their houses destroyed they had to squat the former decca offices. somewhere in between the madness they managed to record felas suffering and schmiling album and tony allens third solo-project: >no accomodation for lagos<. without a doubt his most political orientated record of all. after the record came out tony allen dropped from the afrika 70 band as he felt that too many people were sapping fela of his creative mind. part of the tony allen reissue series on kindred spirits, featuring remastered versions and original restored artwork. a must for afro-beat fans around the globe.
like a dream, but authoritatively, this remix from jamaica magnificently crosses the afrobeat of fela kuti with the grounation reggae tradition of count ossie. the flip, uhuru pujama is a new recording, another warrior charge down wareika hill by this veteran of light of saba and the mystic revelation of rastafari.
son palenque presenting the legendary afro colombian band from san basilio de palenque, a village established in 1706 by runaway slaves near cartagena, and the caribbean coast of colombia.another version of the folk song awa na re (from tony allens lagos no shaking album), samba is a homage to nigerian musical heroes, in particular the great drummer himself. sizzling horns arranged by the all time maestro ramon benitez. el lobo tells the story of a wolf lost in the palenque bush, aguata a tambora rhythm - is about rain.
two years ago, honest jons travelled to lagoswith the great drummer tony allen, to make his first recordings there since his time with fela kuti an album entitled lagos no shaking, a classic of contemporary afrobeat. since then, the label has widely commissioned numerous responses to those new sides. from legends of dance music culture like basic channel in berlin, for example, and founding father of detroit techno, carl craig, and young tigers like dizzee rascals newham generals, mia producer diplo in baltimore, and carioca sensations bonde do role from rio de janeiro. and newrecordings from cairo, saturn, bogota and kingston, jamaica fresh interpretations or complete reworkings by the space jazz pioneersalah ragab, a street brass band descended from sun ras arkestra, highlife inspired afro colombian drummers from the maroon village of san palenque de basilio, and a veteranof count ossies mystic revelation of rastafari.
fanga the new french afrobeat crew returns with the fantastic >noble tree< feat. segun damisa & mike ladd and on the flip >crache la doulour< together with tony allen. >crache la douleur< was amongst other things playlisted by gilles peterson, dj spinna, osunlade
terrence parker is an underground detroit original. unlike, say, carl craig or claude young, though — both of whom are preparing mixes for this honest jons series — his music falls outside the citys techno traditions!!these remixes are romping, stomping, tearaway house, the old school way
mark ernestus, one half of the basic channel, maurizio and rhythm & sound teams, inaugurates our series of reworkings of tracks from tony allens lagos no shaking album. marks mix is not a nowadays style remix, more an extended mix in the classical tradition headed by tom moulton, back in the days when francois kevorkian was his teaboy, and there was a cupboard in his office stuffed with studio one master tapes. marks disco dub is its dub
after 14 years of close collaboration tony allen stopped working with fela anikulapo kuti. after breaking from the band during the gigs at berlins festival in 1978, tony allen returned to lagos to start working on new compositions. his independence inspired him to break-away from his regular routine of putting 2 tracks on every single album
compost präsentiert das 13. kapitel dieser bahnbrechenden, hoch geschätzten compilation serie. das gesamtpaket auf einer doppel-cd und 4-lp mit zwei gelben, zwei schwarzen scheiben. wie immer hat compost masterind michael reinboth diese compilation mit geschmack und sensibilität für ausgefallene tracks zusammengestellt. von schlagkräftigen floorfillern, über geisterhaften tunes oder latin , funk monstern, cinematischen epen, balearic, zerfransten tools, bis bitter-süßen hybriden ist alles dabei was future jazz ausmacht. selbst die geklampfte version von maze twilight überrascht mit einem vibe, den fsoj immer ausgemacht hat. diverse magazine haben die fsoj serie als eine der besten compilation serien aller zeiten gefeiert oder gelistet. mit dem start der serie 1995 wurde das genre future jazz quasi aus der taufe gehoben.
das new yorker dj/produzenten-duo soul clap vermag es, hip hop, funk, soul und disco-elemente in einen modernen house-sound einzubetten und entsprechend futuristisch und visionär, aber gleichzeitig funky as hell, klingt ihr neuer fabric-mix. der spirit des house wird transportiert durch soul-sounds von ancient deep, ken gill und daev martian über afro-styles von den sol power all-stars und maajo bis zu klassischen vertretern wie barbara tucker, indian ocean und storm & herman.
mit der gleichnamigen single -soy como soy-, die im sommer bereits auf dj hells label gigolo erschien, landeten makossa + megablast bereits einen weltweit gefeierten club hit. die beiden wiener veroeffentlichten bisher alben auf stereo deluxe und g-stone, diverse remixe und singles auf great stuff und man recordings. auf dem album sind gaeste wie tony allen, hubert tubbs, cleydys villalon, og spiritual godess und sugar b vertreten! makossa & megablast verbinden spannungsgeladene analoge sounds, markante drums und percussions mit dynamischen basslines und schließen den kreis zwischen den urspruenglichen, primitiven rhythmen der talking drums und der aktuellen musikgeschichte mit den neuesten standards elektronischer musikproduktion. schoen, dass die jungs wieder da sind! fuer ihr 2007 auf g-stone recordings veroeffentlichtes debut -kunuaka- erntete das duo fuer seine praezisen und ausgetueftelten produktionen wohlverdiente credits von musikalischen wegbereitern wie gilles peterson, carl craig und laurent garnier. nach ausgedehnten reisen rund um die welt, wo sie vor bis zu 30.000 begeisterten party people aufgetreten sind, tun sich die beiden mit den besten und kreativsten musikern und saengern fuer dieses album zusammen.