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L’ALBUM DE DEM JUJU POETS EN EXCLUSIF STREAMING

L’ALBUM DE DEM JUJU POETS EN EXCLUSIF STREAMING

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Star Wax présente en exclusivité mondiale « Liberated Thoughts », à paraître le 10 avril 2017 sur Matasuna Records. Douze titres remarquables lorsqu’on sait que « Liberated Thoughts » est uniquement composé de samples. Les musiques d’Afrique australe et de l’Est sont à l’honneur. Il y a surtout des bombes sonores pour le dancefloor comme « Barabara » ou « Stonetown Shakedown ». Et également des titres plus planants tels que « Bagamoyo » ou « Flowers for Lions ». La fusion entre machines et musiques jazzy roots africaines fonctionne à merveille. Certains sons font penser au trompettiste Dick Khoza ou encore à l’excellent groupe Assagai, d’Afrique du Sud. Pour ce huitième album, David Hanke signe Dem Juju Poets, un nouvel alias pour ses créations orientées afro. De parents allemands, le monsieur a grandi à Arusha en Tanzanie. Il est surtout connu des diggers pour mêler des sons jazzy-funk à des breakbeats old school sous le nom de Renegades of Jazz. Il a sorti notamment deux excellents Lps sur Agogo Records. Même si « Liberated Thoughts » est plébiscité par le Dj de la BBC Craig Charles, Alex SoulBrigada (le boss du label Matusana) a préféré offrir l’intégralité de « Liberated Thoughts » à Star Wax. Un disque à se procurer sans hésitation, La preuve : le 7 inch paru en décembre dernier est déjà sold out ! Pré commande du Lp ici.

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Star Wax presents the exclusive Stream of Dem Juju Poets debut album « Liberated Thoughts ». The album will be released on April 10th 2017 by critically-acclaimed label Matasuna Records on Lp, Cd & amp; Digital. The label was etablished in summer 2016 by Zurich-based Dj & Producer Alex SoulBrigada. Dem Juju Poets is the new production outlet for German producer David Hanke who is well known for his Renegades Of Jazz-alias. After starting to fully embrace the Afrofunk vibe with his 2016- released Renegades Of Jazz album ‘Moyo Wangu’ as well as two Dem Juju Poets singles in the same year it’s now about time to release ‘Liberated Thoughts’ – the longplay debut for Dem Juju Poets. Having spent an influential part of his childhood in Arusha, Tanzania and engrained the music of East Africa, his sound combines these influences with modern, more club-orientated electronic Afrofunk productions which defines the core sound of Dem Juju Poets.

The opening title ‘At The Jubilee Gardens’ serves a sweet equatorial coast sound combined with heavy drums and a seductive bassline followed by ‘Stonetown Shakedown’ with a positive and energetic theme, chants and a busy brass section to set the dancefloor in motion. ‘Bagamoyo’ has a distinctive sound with it’s electronics and a laid back character followed by ‘Juju Chant #1′ which samples ‘Mantis Revolver’ by Seattle based trio ‘Afrocop’ whilst the title track ‘Liberated Thoughts’ with it’s raw but floor friendly combination of drums and vocals leads back to the center of the dancefloor. The title ‘Mala Mali’ describes the curse of money, whether you have much of it or even nothing. Fusing a cinematic, widescreen trumpet arrangement with vintage synths and rolling drums – a digression into slightly more psychedelic Afrofunk territories. Furthermore, ‘People’s Republic’ is built on a more Soul based idea with Jazz flutes and a vibrant horn section. ‘Fubica’, a peculiar theme for bumpy streets, provides broken beats, a mellow Jazz guitar and leaping sax followed by the second interlude ‘Juju Chant #2′. The following ‘Barabara’ was released as a prequel single to ‘Liberated Thoughts’ and perfectly complements the albums flow.. With ‘Poacher’s Lookout’ the psychedelic touch is revisited again, this time creating a tense overall atmosphere, with additional hypnotic scats and some darker electronics. The album closes with the Dub-inspired slow groove of ‘Flowers For Lions’, a beautiful ending for ‘Liberated Thoughts’.

Par Dj Ness