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Paris DJs Soundsystem - The Highlife Express - Deep and Funky Africa 80s
Paris DJs Soundsystem - The Highlife Express - Deep & Funky Africa 80's
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2017-06-30

Hot on the heels of the first season of 15 episodes of Paris DJs & Le T-shirt Français "Wearplay" series, combining clothing, music and graphic design, we're already back with the first episode of the second season! While we won't be able to release a new episode every day of the week this time, we've tried our best to add a new wow factor to our concept. Paris DJs co-founder Loik cooked a hypnotic mix of deep & funky tunes from 1980s Africa, a perfect summer selection, destined to grow on you after repeated listening. Paris DJs' in-house sound engineer Grant Phabao then carefully mastered the mix, while poster artist Ben Hito draw an illustration inspired by the theme and music. Then Clément, the main man behind Le T-shirt Français, printed it on a cotton-brushed, made in France T-shirt of his own production. This mix is available as a free download in compressed MP3 format on Paris DJs' podcast, or as a high-quality audio file on Bandcamp, through a unique download code printed on the back of the Wearplay T-shirt.

Last week's heat wave had us think : when it's that hot, it's high time to get on the groovy train and catch the "Highlife Express"! Whether people call it simply Highlife or Frimpong style, with a pinch of Afrosynth, funky, digital and cosmic vibes (check the second part of the last song!), this is a highly addictive sound. Acting like a soul massage for the heart, it's purely designed to make you feel good. We're proud to share with you these good vibes, through a selection of 80's vinyl mainly from Ghana, supposed to take you on a deep and groovy ride...

Tracklisting :
01. The Diamond 3 - Downfall Of A Man
(from 'Pocket No Good' album, 1982 / EMI Nigeria)
02. Kyerematen Stars Band Of Ghana - Maye Opi Den
(from 'Odo Bra' album, 1987 / Jimaco Nigeria)
03. Ashanti Brothers International Band Of Ghana - Emere Nyiinna Nse
(from 'Osei Vasco' album, 1982 / Sounds Linacco Nigeria)
04. Captain Newman & Super 7 Band Of Ghana - After You Na Me
(from 'After You Na Me' album, 1988 / Ugoh And Company Nigeria)
05. Apollo International Band of Ghana - Taxi Driver
(from 'Taxi Driver ' album, 1984 / Cy Nigeria)
06. Nana Tuffour - Ye Wo Asaase
(from 'Ye Wo Asaase' album, 1985 / EMI Germany)
07. Ozzobia - Ndi Oma
(from 'Man No Good' album, 1986 / Nigerphone)
08. Atakora Manu - Bebo Me Nkomo
(from 'Afro Highlife' album, 1981 / Society Ivoirienne du Disque)
Total time : 60mn 13s

All the original cover artworks from records played in this mix are available on parisdjs.com

Credits :
Selected and mixed by Loik (parisdjs.com)
Mastered by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/benhito)

Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | juno | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Le T-shirt Français : official | bandcamp | facebook | instagram | issuu | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | bandcamp | discogs | facebook

Direct download: Paris_DJs_Soundsystem-The_Highlife_Express-Deep_and_Funky_Africa_80s.mp3
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Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1985 1986 1987 Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol 26
Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1985, 1986 and 1987 - Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol.26
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2017-06-13

We've reached 1985 and most of music is in a really bad shape. Music marketing is starting to morph thanks to the Grateful Dead who re-invented the direct-to-fan business the previous year, but music production is still hitting an unsurpassed low, almost everywhere. It might come as a surprise to everyone following this series of mixes of cover songs all recorded or released the same year, but there's no much sense in keeping on digging for many more months through mid-1980s music, while there's so much quality music from other periods… Which is why we've decided to hurry things up a little bit, with a mix gathering covers released between 1985 and 1987. Hope you'll like it!

Tracklisting :
01. John Zorn - The Sicilian Clan
(from 'The Big Gundown' album, 1986 / Nonesuch)
ENNIO MORRICONE cover, more info on wikipedia
02. Big Daddy - Billie Jean
(from 'Meanwhile… Back In The States' album, 1985 / Rhino)
MICHAEL JACKSON cover, more info on wikipedia
03. Admiral Bailey & Chaka Demus - One Scotch
(from 'Prince Jammy Presents Vol.1' compilation, 1986 / Live and Love)
AMOS MILBURN cover, more info on wikipedia
04. White Mice - It's A Shame
(from 'It's A Shame' 12 inch, 1987 / Intelitec Muzik)
Deadly digital reggae, more info on basicchannel
05. Kamille - Days of Pearly Spencer
(from 'Days Of Pearly Spencer' 12 inch, 1987 / Ariola)
DAVID MCWILLIAMS cover, more info on wikipedia
06. Afrika Bambaataa & Family - Bambaataa's Theme
(from 'Bambaataa's Theme' 12 inch, 1986 / WEA)
JOHN CARPENTER "Assault on Precinct 13" cover, more info on wikipedia
07. Sylvester - Living for the City
(from 'Mutual Attraction' 1986 / Warner Bros.)
STEVIE WONDER cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Roger - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
(from 'Unlimited!' album, 1988 / Reprise)
JAMES BROWN cover, more info on wikipedia
09. Juan Luis Guerra Y 4.40 - Dame
(from 'Mudanza Y Acarreo' LP, 1985 / Karen)
MICHAEL JACKSON cover, more info on wikipedia
10. Art Ensemble of Chicago - Zombie
(from 'Ancient To The Future: Dreaming Of The Masters Series Vol.1' album, 1987 / DIW)
FELA cover, more info on wikipedia
11. Doc Watson & Taj Mahal - Johnny Too Bad
(from 'A Prairie Home Companion' album, 1986 / bootleg)
THE SLICKERS cover, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 40mn 10s

All the original cover artworks from records played in this mix are available on parisdjs.com

Credits :
Selected by Djouls (parisdjs.com)
Mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/benhito)

Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | discogs | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook


Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1984 Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol 25
Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1984 - Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol.25
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2017-01-30

1984 is the tipping point, the limit before things start to go really sideways for a few years in music… Out of the 12 tracks we picked here, two were already released in 1982 on small labels or pressings, and one was recorded live in Japan in 1983, so we're cheating a little bit. But the point is to make this mix of covers from 1984 enjoyable to the ears, right? It doesn't really matter, we found our way with some colorful doo-wop, reggae, blues, gospel, new-wave, p-funk, jazz and hip hop cover songs all from records released in 1984! Next week-end we should host a new Afrotropik mix from Loik and the next one we'll put up the follow-up to this yearly series, while every day of the week we'll release a new musical T-shirt in our "Wearplay" series, so stay connected!

Tracklisting :
01. The Persuasions - You Can Have Her
(from 'No Frills' album, 1984 / Rounder)
BILL COOK cover, charted by Roy Hamilton in 1961, Sam Neely in 1974, it has also been recorded by Elvis Presley, more info on wikipedia
02. Winston Curtis - Be Thankful ( For What You've Got )
(from 'Be Thankful' 12 inch, 1984 / World International)
WILLIAM DEVAUGHN cover, more info on wikipedia
03. Sister Carol - Jah Is Mine
(from 'Black Cinderella' album, 1984 / Jah Life)
MICHAEL JACKSON & PAUL MCCARTNEY cover, more info on wikipedia
04. Delroy Wilson - Is It Because I'm Black
(from 'Worth Your Weight In Gold' album, 1984 / Burning Sounds)
SYL JOHNSON cover, more info on wikipedia
05. Johnny Adams - I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home
(from 'From The Heart' album, 1984 / Rounder)
ANN PEEBLES cover, written by Al Jackson Jr. & Timothy Matthews, more info on wikipedia
06. The Staple Singers - Slippery People
(from 'Turning Point' album, 1984 / Private I)
TALKING HEADS cover, more info on wikipedia
07. The Flying Lizards - Sex Machine
(from 'Top Ten' album, 1984 / Statik)
JAMES BROWN cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Roger - Midnight Hour
(from 'The Saga Continues…' album, 1984 / Warner Bros.)
WILSON PICKETT cover, more info on wikipedia
09. Screamin' Tony Baxter - Get Up Offa That Thing (Godfather II)
(from 'Get Up Offa That Thing (Godfather II)' 12 inch, 1984 / 4th & Broadway)
JAMES BROWN tribute, more info on wikipedia
10. The Rock Steady Crew - It's Just Begun
(from 'Ready For Battle' album, 1984 / Charisma)
JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH cover, more info on wikipedia
11. Saâda Bonaire - Funky Way
(from 'You Could Be More As You Are' 12 inch, 1984 / EMI)
J.J. CALE "Ride Me High" cover, more info on wikipedia
12. Mal Waldron - Suicide Is Painless
(from 'Breaking New Ground' album, 1984 / Eastwind)
JOHNNY MANDEL & MIKE ALTMAN cover, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 48mn 50s

All the original cover artworks from records played in this mix are available on parisdjs.com


Credits :
Selected by Djouls (parisdjs.com)
Mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/benhito)

Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | discogs | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook