"Dis Is Good For You - Tropical Grooves and Afrofunk International" is the first compilation coming out on the newly-launched Paris DJs label, gathering old cats and newcomers from the worldwide Afro/Tropical scene.
Paris DJs started 7 years ago as a new online media for all things 'black music', from Afro to Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Soul, Latin to Hip Hop. The mixes section quickly became legendary, with nearly 400 episodes of thematic podcasts of old and new school grooves, all properly annoted, illustrated and mastered, covering the whole African Diaspora and gathering a worldwide audience with millions of downloads.
The collective revolves around the duo of Djouls and Grant Phabao, an artistic director/webmaster/music archeology expert partnering with the best sound engineer and roots music producer in Paris, with the help of movie soundtracks producer Loik Dury, journalist and publisher Nicolas Ragonneau and graphic designer Ben Hito. They decided in June 2012 to launch the Paris DJs label, starting with an Afro/Tropical/Reggae compilation assembling the most interesting players from the worldwide scene.
Dwelving into the minds and hard drives of their international network of artists and producers for a whole month, Paris DJs have carefully selected 13 tracks of current, modern, 21st century Afrofunk, Afrobeat, Ethio-Jazz, Reggae and Soul, and even mixed most of those from separate parts themselves, raising the production level to their high quality standards of warm, spatialized, heavy sound.
In the same way as archeological labels such as Soundway, Sofrito or Analog Africa, all heavily featured on Paris DJs' blog with exclusive mixes and record reviews, Paris DJs are also heavy diggers, searching relentlessly through record racks, p2p and blog downloads to excavate gems from the past and bring back forgotten legends. But not stopping at vinyl treasures and tracking down artists and producers from back in the day, Paris DJs have one feet deeply rooted in the past, and the other actively in the present. A few hundreds might remember their "Atomic" party in 2009 with the first-ever European show from Ghanean guitarist/producer Ebo Taylor, with the Poets of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers as their backing band…
Three years later Paris DJs' experience through the digital age has been one of discoveries and enthousiasm, meeting a lot of musicians and people, exploring many music trends through numerous collaborative recordings. Labels such as Truth & Soul, Ubiquity or Tru Thoughts have already released some productions coming from the Paris DJs studios and many seeds have been planted, with albums from Franck Biyong & The Diamane Bantu Messengers, the Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra, The Jays, The Silvertones or Oghene Kologbo scheduled for the coming months.
As members of the last generations of consumers of physical objects linked to music, Paris DJs wanted to exist in that story, to anchor some of their groovy vibes in the real world. And if Grant Phabao's heavy 70s sound is all over this compilation (he mixed 10 out the 13 tracks before mastering the whole piece), the idea is not only to bring vintage warmth to people's earphones and speakers with a retro-futuristic musical experience through the African diaspora, but also to stores, offices and bedrooms' walls with a poster worthy of the psychedelic 70s thanks to the talent of illustrator Ben Hito!
"Dis Is Good For You - Tropical Grooves and Afrofunk International" will be available as a digital release, with a limited edition, hand-numbered/signed poster and CD combo coming out in november 2012.
released 24 October 2012
A&R : Djouls
Artwork : Ben Hito
Audio mastering : Grant Phabao
Paris-based production team (Djouls, Grant Phabao, Loik Dury & Ben Hito) featuring worldwide guest vocalists, musicians, deejays, graphic/web designers and writers. Reggae, Afro, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Latin, Hip Hop and more audio goodness.