5 albums you need to hear this week

 

In this week’s selection: a tribute to Guadeloupean producer Henri Debs, the comeback of the Ghanaian king of rap, an alté concept-EP about sexual fantasies and more…


V/A : Atangana Records
Mizik Soley Sa Bon

Mizik Soley Sa Bon, is the first issue of a series of tributes to profilic Guadeloupean producer Henri Debs. These four tracks are the result of thousands of hours of listening to his impressive collection inside the studio of the visionary producer, and highlight the life stories behind each one.

Order the EP here.


Bantoue Mental
No Romance

Congolese-parisian quatuor is formed by Cubain Kabeya, Chicco Katembo, du chanteursinger Apocalypse and producer Liam Farrel, who has worked with heavyweights among which Assassin and Tony Allen Their sound is a blend of distorted sounds, striking electronics and catchy rhythms. This unique blend is what makes their style a “new global sound”, to quote Cubain.

Order the EP here.


Hackney Colliery Band
Collaborations: Volume 1

Three years after the success of their critically-acclaimed third album Sharpener, London’s brass juggernauts Hackney Colliery Band blaze back onto the scene with their first collaborative album. They are a nine-piece and they play everything from jazz to electronica thanks to their inclusion of drum machines and fantastic musical stylings. Collaborations Vol.1 features collaborations with a host of key names in jazz and world music including amongst others the father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke, and Beninese singer-songwriter and Grammy Award-winner Angélique Kidjo.

Order Collaborations: Volume 1 here.


Sarkodie
Alpha

The Ghanain king of rap is back with his highly anticipated EP, Alpha. He delivers six powerful tracks, relying on a precise flow and heavy trap beats produced by Fortune Dane, AtownTSB, Nova and Console Chronikx. The EP features two collaborations, one with his fellow countryman Joey B, as well as one posthumous featuring with the late dancehall diva Ebony Reigns.

Stream the EP on Apple MusicSpotify or Deezer.


Remy Baggins
Hentai 

Young Lagos-based producer Remy Baggins is a rising star in the Nigerian alte and afrobeat scene. Praised for his versatility, he excels as much in beatmaking as in songwriting and singing, as shown with his critically acclaimed joint EP YLLW with Eri Ife. Hentai, is a concept EP, formed by a selection of sexual-oriented tracks, where sharp beats make catchy vocals flow. Swaying between dancehall, hip hop, rnb and afro beats, he nonetheless keeps a very unique sound and identity.

Order the EP here.

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