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Grant Phabao and Djouls - 21st Century Afro Spectacular Vol.3

Grant Phabao and Djouls - 21st Century Afro Spectacular Vol.3
(MP3 Podcast on 2012-05-25

When I was younger you couldn't find funky, soulful or psychedelic Afro music at all in France. Then I stumbled upon a used Fela CD and with the arrival of the 21st century I discovered Antibalas. Both rocked my musical world and changed my life forever. Flash forward to 2012 and I now run the Paris DJs music agency, producing with label partner Grant Phabao the same kind of Afro music I fell in love with years ago. Thanks to the site's network of musical friends, we've managed to gather in our studios and productions musicians from Fela's Afrika 70 and Egypt 80, Antibalas, Brownout/Grupo Fantasma, Massak, Souljazz Orchestra, Tarace Boulba, Les Frères Smith, Psyco, Ebo Taylor's Afrobeat Academy, etc. Those tracks will form the core of a Paris DJs Soundsystem Afrofunk/Tropical/Reggae/Funk/Soul compilation album to be released in september and we are looking out for this project for other artists who represent what Paris DJs has been about for nearly 7 years. So if you have some unreleased tropical grooves to submit to us don't wait any longer! Meanwhile, here's the 3rd volume of our Spectacular selections of new cool afro grooves from the scene, with a brand new exclusive track from Franck Biyong's new project with The Diamane Bantu Messengers produced at Paris DJs' studios, the first extract from the upcoming new Antibalas album, friendly vibes from Akalé Wubé, The Liberators, Chico Mann, Shogun Orchestra, Beta Hector, Ebo Taylor (one of the two tracks from the new album on which Grant Phabao did a bit of his magic), Jungle By Night, Amayo (adding vocals on a Melvin Gibbs track featuring John Medeski!) or Seun Kuti… and more friendly vibes sent to us by our label collegues from Electric Cowbell, Agogo, Record Kicks, Ubiquity, Truth and Soul, Honest Jon's or Jazz and Milk… plus some digging finds such as Dereb The Ambassador, The Macrotones, Bixiga 70, Topaz or Papa Chango… and with a surprising closing track from the Classica Orchestra Afrobeat, some crazy Italian guys re-arranging Fela for classical music! As usual this new 21st Century Afro 25-tracks selection gathers modern Afrobeat, Afrofunk, Afrolatin and Ethio grooves from all over the world, selected by myself (Djouls), mixed and fully mastered by Grant Phabao. [Check also the Extravaganza monster mix, and the Spectacular Vol.1 and Vol.2]

Tracklisting :
01. [00:00] Va Fan Fahre - Nighttrain To Beirut
(from 'Al Wa Debt' album, 2010 / Zephyrus) info | buy
02. [04:29] Antibalas - Sare Kon Kon (radio edit)
(from 'Antibalas' album, 2012 / Daptone) info | buy
03. [09:16] Akalé Wubé - Mata
(from 'Mata' album, 2012 / Nabligam) info | buy
04. [12:53] Polythythmics - Pink Wasabi
(from 'We Will Begin Again' 7 inch, 2012 / Electric Cowbell) info | buy
05. [16:56] Bukky Leo and Black Egypt - Skeleton
(from 'Skeleton' 12 inch, 2012 / Agogo) info | buy
06. [22:50] Dr. John - Eleggua
(from 'Locked Down' album, 2012 / Nonesuch) info | buy
07. [25:28] Dereb the Ambassador - Gedawo (Traditional)
(from 'Dereb the Ambassador' album, 2011 / Other Tongues) info
08. [29:43] The Liberators - Let It Go (instrumental)
(from 'Let It Go feat. Roxie Ray' single, 2012 / Record Kicks) info | buy
09. [33:29] Professor Wouassa - La Cadena (feat. Chico Mann)
(from 'Dangerous Koko!' album, 2011 / Vendetta Digital) info | buy
10. [38:40] Monophonics - Thinking Black
(from 'In Your Brain' album, 2012 / Ubiquity) info | buy
11. [41:54] Shogun Orchestra - Bamako
(from 'Shogun Orchestra' album, 2012 / Jakarta) info | buy
12. [46:26] Beta Hector - Boi Peixe Theme feat. Boi Peixe
(from 'Beta Hector/Quantic' limited 7 inch, 2012 / info | buy
13. [50:45] The Macrotones - Praying Mantis
(from 'First Signs of Danger' album, 2011 / Young Cub) info
14. [54:48] Ebo Taylor - Assom
(from 'Appia Kwa Bridge' album, 2012 / Strut) info | buy
15. [60:38] Jungle By Night - Ethiopino
(from 'Hidden' album, 2012 / Kindred Spirits) info | buy
16. [01:03:50] El Michels Affair - Run Fay Run
(from 'Run Fay Run' 7 inch, 2011 / Truth and Soul) info | buy
17. [01:07:22] Rocket Juice and The Moon - Follow-Fashion feat. Fatoumata Diawara and M.anifest
(from 'Rocket Juice and The Moon' album, 2012 / Honest Jon's) info | buy
18. [01:11:17] Papa Chango - A Challenger Appears
(from 'The Matador' album, 2012 / General Film Music) info | buy
19. [01:15:55] Topaz - Paleo (alt. version)
(from 'Pure Hemp presents One Love' compilation, 2006 / Pure Hemp) info
20. [01:21:51] Bixiga 70 - Grito de Paz
(from 'Bixiga 70' album, 2011 / ) info | download
21. [01:26:04] Franck Biyong and The Diamane Bantu Messengers - Fe Bain
(from 'Fe Bain' upcoming single, 2012 / Paris DJs) info
22. [01:31:01] Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Seconds
(from 'In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2' compilation, 2008 / Shout Factory) info
23. [01:34:35] Sam Irl - Oh Mother feat. Smizuler and The Helmets
(from 'Slower Bavarian' EP, 2012 / Jazz&Milk) info | buy
24. [01:39:05] Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity - Mojuba feat. Amayo and John Medeski
(from 'Ancients Speak' album, 2009 / Livewired Music) info | buy
25. [01:43:33] Classica Orchestra Afrobeat - Zombie feat. Seun Kuti
(from 'Shrine On You - Fela Goes Classical' album, 2012 / Brutture Moderne) info
Total time : 1h51mn

All the original cover artworks are available on the Paris DJs blog

Credits :
Selected by Grant Phabao and Djouls from the Paris DJs Soundsystem (
Mix and audio mastering by Grant Phabao (
Artwork layout by Djouls (

Links :
Paris DJs : official | facebook | myspace | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Direct download: Paris_DJs_Soundsystem-21st_Century_Afro_Spectacular_Vol_3.mp3
Category:T.I.M.E.C. DJs -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

Andrew Jervis - California Dreaming

Andrew Jervis - California Dreaming - A Sport of Selection Mix for The Paris DJs
(MP3 Podcast on 2012-05-18

Andrew Jervis invited us to do a mix for his brand new website The Sport of Selection (info here), we couldn't pass on inviting him back on Paris DJs...
'I wanted to do a mix of folksy soul music that felt Californian, and captured a sunny Springtime vibe. Not all the artists featured come from California. But as I discovered when I moved here, few people are truly from California. We just move here, soak it all in, and help turn the place into something truly eclectic. So here's a selection of sounds featuring what you might think of when some says California - acoustic guitars, hippy love songs, and some soulful protesting. There are also some newer innovative left coast beats and tracks with a tropical folk vibe. Hope you like!' (Andrew Jervis)

Tracklisting :
01. The Fourth Way - Skiffling
(from 'The Sun And Moon Have Come Together' album, 1969 / Harvest)
02. Charles Murphy - The Foot That's Holding Me Down
(from 'Freeing the Spirit' compilation, 1971 / National Office for Black Catholics)
03. Joe Cruz and The Cruzettes - Love Song
(from 'Album 2' album, 1973 / Villar)
04. Bobby Gentry - Sweete Peony
(from 'Local Gentry' album, 1968 / Capitol)
05. Bong Peñera - Samba Madrugada
(from 'A Samba Song' album, 1976 / Penny Rose)
06. Larry Tee and the Family - I'm Movin' On
(from 'I'm Movin' On', 1979 / Let Music And Recording)
07. The Amazing - Flashlight
(from 'Gentle Stream' album, 2011 / Subliminal)
08. Gold Panda - 4
(exclusive track from Gold Panda's soundcloud page)
09. Jed and Lucia - It's a Wonder
(from 'It’s A Wonder' EP, 2012 / Ubiquity Records)
10. Pazes - Rogue States (featuring Bibio)
(free download, 2012/ Red Bull Music Academy)
11. S. Maharba - Afternoon
(from 'S. Maharba' album, 2008 / BTS)
12. Attitudes - Drink My Water
(from 'Good News' album, 1977 / Dark Horse)
13. Bobby Womack - California Dreaming
(from 'Fly Me to the Moon' album, 1968 / Capitol)
Total time : 42mn24s

All the original cover artworks are available on the Paris DJs blog

Credits :
Selected and mixed by Andrew Jervis (The Sport of Selection)
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (
Artwork layout by Djouls and photo by Waqas Mustafeez under a creative commons licence

The Sport of Selection is a site maintained by Andrew Jervis and features archives of the weekly Friday Night Session radio show along with reviews, videos, and other musical adventures.

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Direct download: Andrew_Jervis-California_Dreamin.mp3
Category:Guests DJs -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

Hazmat Modine - Blues & Brass Songbook

Hazmat Modine - Blues and Brass songbook
(MP3 Podcast on 2012-05-13

We are a kind of post-modern-ethno-Jugband says Hazmat Modine's frontman Wade Schuman in the long interview we've just published (read it here). A man of many passions, Wade composes his unique and rich sound like a golden age painter would choose different colours, textures, frames and materials. It's a variegated world full of strange or mundane animals, filled with tiny sounds from nature. Even if the core of what Hazmat Modine does is blues, the musical influences spectrum and tastes of the band, revealed in this exclusive mix, are almost infinite. You'll meet some longtime Hazmat friends and collaborators (Natalie Merchant, Gangbe Brass band, The Wiyos...)  as well as living or dead harmonica blues legends... Don't miss the band as it is back in Europe this Spring (Gigs details here), beginning its tour in Paris May 24th at Le Studio de L'Ermitage!

Tracklisting :
01. Natalie Merchant feat. Hazmat Modine - The Peppery Man
(From 'Leave Your Sleep' album, 2010, Nonesuch)
02. Son Of Dave - I'm Not Your Friend No More
(From '03' album, 2008, Kartel)
03. Hazmat Modine and Gangbe Brass Band - Man Trouble (live)
(unreleased track, 2010, JARO Medien)
04. The Wiyos - Green Bottle #6
(From 'Broken Land Bell' album, 2009, Wiyos)
05. Hazmat Modine Feat. Kronos Quartet - Dead Crow
(From 'Cicada' album, 2011, JARO Medien / Barbes Records)
06. Trombone Shorty - Hurricane Season
(From 'Backatown' album, 2010, Verve Records)
07. Red Baraat - Chaal Baby
(From 'Chaal Baby' album, 2012, JARO Medien)
08. Alvin Robinson - Down Home Girl
(From 'Shine On' album, 1988, Charly Records)
09. Midnight Eleven - Mine All Mine
(From 'Midnight Eleven' album, 2005, Midnight Eleven)
10. Papa Lightfoot and Sammy Myers - When The Saints Go Marchin' In
(From 'Blues Harmonica Wizards' compilation, 2001, Official Records)
11. Gangbe Brass Band - Gbedji
(From 'Whendo' album, 2004, Contre-Jour)
12. Taraf De Haïdouks - Hora Din Caval
(From 'Honourable Brigands, Magic Horses and Evil Eye' album, 1995, Cramworld)
13. Junior Wells - Snatch It Back And Hold It
(From 'Hoodoo Man Blues' album, 1965, Delmark Records)
Total time : 49mn12s

All the original cover artworks are available on the Paris DJs blog

Credits :
Selected and mixed by Wade Schuman (Hazmat Modine) and Nicolas Ragonneau
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (

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Direct download: Hazmat_Modine-Blues_And_Brass_Songbook.mp3
Category:Guests DJs -- posted at: 5:45am EDT

Cultures Of Soul - Jungle Funk

Cultures of Soul Jungle Funk
(MP3 Podcast on 2012-05-09

Cultures of Soul are proud to bring you an exclusive mix featuring unreleased material from the Afro Kelenkye Band. The mix is full of classic and rare african funk. The unreleased material by the Afro Kelenkye Band is being released by Cultures of Soul Records in a two x 45 set housed in a collectible jacket coming out on May 8th. You can pick it up at your favorite independent retailer or directly from Cultures of Soul.

Tracklisting :
01. Afro Kelenkye Band - Munchin' Session
(from 'Jungle Funk' double 7 inch, 2012 / Cultures of Soul) info | buy
02. Wrinklar Experience - I Am A Natural Man
(from 'I Am A Natural Man' 7 inch, 197? / EMI Nigeria) info
03. Stoneface and Life Everlasting -  Agawalam Mba
(from 'Love Is Free' 7 inch, 2011 / Academy LPs) info | buy
04. Afro Kelenkye Band - Mother Africa
(from 'Jungle Funk' double 7 inch, 2012 / Cultures of Soul) info | buy
05. Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Darkness Light
(from 'Darkness Light' compilation, 1999 / Strut) info | buy
06. Afro Kelenkye Band - Jungle Funk
(from 'Jungle Funk' double 7 inch, 2012 / Cultures of Soul) info | buy
07. Joni Haastrup - Greetings
(from 'Wake Up Your Mind' album, 2011 / Soundway) info | buy
08. William Onyeabor - Better Change Your Mind
(from 'Love's A Real ThingThe Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa' compilation, 2005 / Luaka Bop) info | buy
09. Afro Kelenkye Band - Too Bad Girl
(from 'Jungle Funk' double 7 inch, 2012 / Cultures of Soul) info | buy
Total time : 41mn56s

All the original cover artworks are available on the Paris DJs blog

Credits :
Selected and mixed by Deano Sounds / Cultures of Soul
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (
Artwork layout by Djouls

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Direct download: Cultures_Of_Soul-Jungle_Funk.mp3
Category:Guests DJs -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

Paris DJs Soundsystem - Bag of Goodies Vol.7

Paris DJs Soundsystem - Bag Of Goodies Vol.7
(MP3 Podcast on 2012-05-07

This past month was quite heavy on the Afro side of music, we've published and prepared many mixes, with more than 3 hours to be aired soon. We've also reviewed 12 records (check our monthly playlist), two of those got played in this short mix (half an hour) that Loik and Djouls recorded this weekend one day before the 2nd round of the election. As usual this is a live thing, a spontaneous recording plunging into a month's worth of vinyl/CD records and downloads from the Parisian duo, just a few tracks from their bags… but a few tracks with a lot of Funk groove, of Blues sweat, of Swinging vibes and Go Go beats!

Tracklisting :
01. The Sway Machinery and Khaira Arby - Youba
(from 'For Whom The Cowbell Tolls' compilation, 2012 / Electric Cowbell) info | buy
02. Orchestra Baobab - Kelen Ati Len
(from 'Nik Weston presents Afro Funk Gems' 7 inch, 2012 / Mukatsuku) info | buy
03. The Impellers - Politik Kills People
(from 'This Is Not A Drill' album, 2012 / Legere Recordings) info | buy
04. Hidden Jazz Quartett feat. Omar - High Heels (Lack Of Afro Remix)
(from 'High Heels' 7 inch, 2012 / Agogo Records) info | buy
05. All Good Funk Alliance - Rhythm And FX
(from 'Rhythm And FX' EP, 2012 / Fort Knox) info | buy
06. Earth People - Dance (Beats)
(from 'Dance' 12 inch, 1990 / Underworld) info | buy
07. Juan Soto - Dance and Claps
(from 'Dance and Claps' single, 2011 / Nurvous) info | buy
08. Tom Jones - Evil
(from 'Evil' 7 inch, 2012 / Third Man) info | buy
Total time : 31:23

All the original cover artworks are available on the Paris DJs blog

Credits :
Selected by Djouls and Loik (
Live mix by Loik (
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (
Artwork layout by Djouls ( using a photo taken at the A1 Record Store in NYC by Cecile Dury (

Links :
Paris DJs : | facebook | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Direct download: Paris_DJs_Soundsystem-Bag_Of_Goodies_Vol_7.mp3
Category:Kraked DJs -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT