Nov 27, 2014
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Posts tagged: Strut records

AUDIO: Les Loups Noirs’ “Pile Ou Face”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Out next week via Strut Records from the U.K., Haiti Direct is one of the first internationally available in-depth explorations of Haitian music from the early ‘60s through the late ‘70s, tracking the transition from the big band era to the compas explosion. In addition to early material from giants like Tabou Combo, Haiti Direct also sheds light on forgotten and lesser known footnotes like Les Loups Noirs, whose “Pile Ou Face,” from 1972 and the album Les Loups Noirs à New York, Strut have given us to “premiere.”

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Cadence Weapon: Download Rare Cadence-Lypso From the Midnight Groovers of Dominica

Words by Jesse Serwer—

You might recall a couple months ago we told you about Sofrito: International Soundclash, Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis of London-based “tropical” DJ collective Sofrito’s compilation connecting the dots between African, Caribbean and South America rhythms with rediscovered rarities from Trinidad’s Lord Shorty, Haiti’s Les Difficiles de Petion-Ville, Guadeloupe’s Mas Ka Klé and more. To celebrate the release of the comp today, Strut Records has given us an exclusive download of one of the most brilliant tracks on the set, “O Ti Yo,” from the kings of cadence-lypso, the Midnight Groovers.

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Throwback Thursdays x Sofrito: Lord Shorty, “Vibrations Groove”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

“I want to introduce you to a brand new musical sound called soca…it starts with di bass drum.” That’s the late Lord Shorty (later known as Ras Shorty I), father of soca music, getting his James Brown on, with an instrument-by-instrument breakdown of his then-new creation.

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Musique Libre: Tropical Francophone Disco from the Fair-Nick Stars

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


Things seem to come in surges and right now we are riding the francophone wave. The latest example comes in the form of this Antillean disco banger from Guadeloupean supergroup the Fair-Nick Stars. The Latin-inflected track is called “Arrete Mal Parle” and Strut records (DJs and collectors: you know them from their excellent Nigeria 70 Afrofunk reissue comps) is giving it away to promote their new Sofritos: Tropical Discotheque collection, curated by UK selector Hugo Mendez (socialites: you know him from his Tropical Warehouse parties). Listen below, download it here or if you must have the original, throw 50 euros plus shipping and trainspotting to this cat.

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