Have You Ever Been To Electric Afroland? - Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International Vol​.​4

by Paris DJs Soundsystem

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Paris DJs with some insight from Zakari Frantz (The Souljazz Orchestra) have prepared for this 4th volume in the 'Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International' series a special treat, since they opted from day one to go into an Afro Rock direction with the title 'Have You Ever Been To Electric Afroland'. With only that title in hand, illustrator Ben Hito prepared a psychedelic cover artwork, which we then sent all over the place asking for submissions.

So once again this fully-licensed compilation of Afrofunk, Afrorock, Afrojazz, Afrobeat, Latin or Brazilian Funk & Ethio-Jazz from the 21st century has been prepared the other way round, starting from the end and the packaging, ending with music and the mastering of the final selection. And the spirit of Jimi Hendrix floating in the studio...

Exclusive tracks are numerous, starting with a surprising Ethio-Twist number from Dereb The Ambassador (Australia), and going on with more unclassifiable stuff from Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality, Hard Proof (both USA), Onom Agemo and the Disco Jumpers (Germany), the Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra or The Afrorockerz (both from France).

The series has already received fantastic critical praise, with The Afrobeat Blog calling Volume 1 'pure unadulterated afrobeat heaven', WRUV's Music Reviews noticing the 'Gorgeous vintage sound on many tracks', The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show on the BBC claiming that 'the amount of high-quality Afro, Soul, Ska & Reggae that the Paris DJs are throwing out just now is breathtaking. 'Dis Is Good For You', their actual compilation, it's good for ya!', and its programmer telling us about Paris DJs that 'you have been responsible for some the very best releases to have come out over the past couple of years and it is always a delight and exciting to hear what you have put out next'.

All of the tracks were re-mastered by Grant Phabao at Paris DJs studios, giving the music on 'Have You Ever Been To Electric Afroland' a sound quality sometimes previously unavailable. Quite simply, the music has never sounded this good. With an intemporal Ben Hito artwork as a source of inspiration to submit tracks, this is truly epic music and is perhaps even more relevant to the rockier and psychedelic influences within the contemporary Afro musical spectrum.


released October 25, 2013

Selected by Julien 'Djouls' Lakshmanan with the help of Zakari Franz, Loik Dury and Grant Phabao
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao
Artwork by Ben Hito
© 2013 T.I.M.E.C./Paris DJs



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