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The members have at different times collaborated with Amy Winehouse, TV On The Radio, and also helped provide the backing for the musical Fela! Comprising 6 tracks which surprisingly manage to stay under 15 minutes each (as Fela's songs were wont to do), the album opens with a trio of songs performed in English by Nigerian vocalist Amayo; "Dirty Money", "The Ratcatcher", and taking the tempo down "Him Belly No Go Sweet" which could almost transport you to Fela's "shrine".
The other half of the album is sung in Yoruba; the upbeat "Ari Degbe" (The metalsmith spirit), the slow shuffle "Ibeji" (twins), and Sáré Kon Kon (Run Fast), the latter with some interesting hand tapped rolling percussion juxtaposed with thumping beats, akin to Drum & Bass rhythms, and ending literally on a (drum) roll.
Antibalas first album on Daptone is a brilliant one and the
purest afrobeat package they have dropped. The latin funk
imprint is not as significant and the rhythm section is even
tighter than before. And that's tight! It's so tight they need
to hire The Incredible Hulk to loosen the screw.
"Dirty Money", "Him Belly No Go Sweet" and "Ibeji" are all
great songs, but the closing song "Sare Kon Kon" is the real
standout. A 8 minute superphat celebration of the groove, with
great solos over an amazing rhythm section. FAAANTASTIC!
As recommended as a cold beer in the shade, after a hard days
work polishing sand in the dunes at Death Valley. Goddamnit!!
Antibalas have been around for some time. But this is their Daptone debut. And as with much the label seems to put out? Inspired heavily by the Afro-funk of Fela Kuti,it emphasizes funk from the root as I call it. For sure it's heavily Afrobeat all the way. But when you listen to numbers like the opening "Dirty Money","His Belly No Go Sweet" and "Ari Degbe" the funk is firmly in place. The guitar/bass interaction is so tightly wound with the drums it's hard to know where one stops and the other begins,the organ solos are very jazzy in the sense of being very improvised and propulsive and the horns? Well again everything has something to do with rhythm. On "The Rat Catcher" and "Ibeji" the tempo is slowed down just slight and,of course when one does that,the funk makes itself all the more obvious as you now have to deal with the instrumentation being more sussinct.Read more ›
The group is definitely a worthy successor to Fela Kuti and his Afro-Beat sound but,
they have also carved their own niche. Hats off to the Africans(Fela Kuti) to lead us back
to where Jazz and Rock originated, by way of Antibalas.
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Good music, so I am told from my brother-in-law. It was part of his Christmas 2013 gift. It is worth a shot as he has good taste in music.Published on January 14, 2014 by A. Kotula
These guys rock. I like everything by them so far. They remind me of Fela and Tony Allen. Great Afro Beat!Published on August 3, 2013 by Dennis Schafer
What can I say that they can't say by themselves. The music is amazing, you can sample it anywhere, but it really shines on vinyl. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Rafa
From the first to the last minute you can't sit still when this funky music breakes lose. The songs are long but it doesn't feel that way. And you can keep on playing it...Published on September 15, 2012 by Kees Wessels
Certainly worth the money! While the first couple of songs are catchy/interesting, the jamming in the last couple is really worth the listen. Try it. It's Brooklyn, man! Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by FJI