Review: Following the success of the first volume which sold out in 2017, Heavenly Sweetness decided with Francis Falceto to give a follow up - in the form of this box set of Ethiopian singles. It's a tribute of sorts to the music producer Ali Tango, who produced most of these EPs across 6 X 7". Falceto plunged into his impressive collection of records and there are great names of the golden age of Ethiopian music such as Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete, Ali Mohamed Birra, alongside less known artists to be rediscovered such as Muluquen Melesse, Alayew Mesfin and Seyoum Gebreyes. Including original artwork and labels, plus a poster and six stickers of all the covers. Limited edition, 2000 copies.
Florian Pellissier Quintet - "Valse Pour Helene" (3:58)
Robert Aaron - "Flow Like A River" (4:10)
Patchworks - "RIP With John Coltrane" (4:05)
DopeGems - "Journey To The Shore" (4:52)
Jacaranda Muse - "September Sun" (3:16)
The Rongetz Foundation - "Sam's Intro" (5:21)
Blundetto - "Voices" (feat Hindi Zahra) (3:14)
Baron Retif & Concepcion Perez - "Where's My Soul?" (4:28)
Anthony Joseph - "Our History" (6:01)
Guts - "Want It Back" (feat Patrice) (3:30)
Sly Johnson - "Womenarium" (4:43)
Tagi - "NT" (feat Geogia Anne Muldrow) (4:34)
Leron Thomas - "Don't You Know" (6:38)
Review: A decade of free-spirited jazz, soul, funk and all things in between, Parisian selectors Heavenly Sweetness bring together some of their favourite friends and most talented individuals for an all-out fusion session. Highlights include Anne Wirz's octave bending dulcets on "Mother Of The Future", the roaming trumpet and loose shuffle of Florian Pellissier Quintet's "Valse Pour Helene", Jacaranda Muse's barbed lament "September Sun" and the schoolyard sing-along hip-hop "Want It Back" from the hot-to-trot Guts. Here's to another 10 years...
Nuit Douce (feat Jacob Desvarieux & Patrice Caratini) (3:56)
Bossa De La Plage (feat Alain Jean-Marie & Vincent Segal) (3:25)
Ballade A Ilet Perou (feat Alain Jean-Marie & Vincent Segal) (3:51)
Papa Yaya (4:21)
Kalypso Ka (feat Anthony Joseph) (3:39)
Oui Ce Vous (4:16)
Anty Kaz La (feat Alain Jean-Marie & Vincent Segal) (4:55)
Dalva (interlude) (1:33)
Missier Woje La (5:10)
Baye La Vwa (feat Dao) (4:37)
Kalypso Ka (feat Anthony Jonseph - version Carnanale - bonus track) (3:39)
Review: French percussionist Roger Raspail has been active on the Parisian scene for decades, releasing his debut album - the CD-only Fanny's Dream - way back in 1997. This belated second set is a deliciously vibrant and internationally minded affair, with the 13 tracks variously touching on Afro-cuban grooves, jazz-funk, zouk, calypso, tango, samba and hard-to-pigeonhole musical fusions. A range of guest vocalists swing by to lend a hand, while Rapsail's brilliant drum work - which encompasses all manner of different percussion instruments - providing the glue that holds everything together. While there are a few deeper moments, for the most part Dalva is a joyous celebration of global rhythms.
Review: Paris' Heavenly Sweetness label is rightly proud of this 30th volume in the Ethiopiques series. It's a cross-generational collaboration between legendary Ethiopian singer and keyboardist Girma Beyene - best known for his jazz work in the late 1960s - and contemporary Parisian band Akala Wube. Given that the latter is dedicated to creating music inspired by Ethiopian music of the '60s and '70s, it's little surprise to find that Mistakes On Purpose is a hugely enjoyable and authentic-sounding set (think funk, soul and jazz with an East African twist). To add an extra level of authenticity, Ethiopiques founder and East African music specialist Francis Falceto acted as producer.
Review: It was France's l'Arome Productions that had first reissued this spectacular selection of Ethiopian soul and funk back in 2009 but, since then, this particular compilation has turned into something of a cult-classic within the digging world, and it has been repressed by Heavenly Sweetness on three different occasions. None of this is in the least bit surprising given just how special the sounds on here truly are, and if you're a fan of Mulatu then this will hit the spot big time! Moreover, tunes by the likes of Samuel Belay, Mahmoud Ahmed - who has appeared on Mississippi's reissue schedule - and Girma Beyene go much further than the usual dosage of far-out funk, leading us to a tense, dimly lit scenario that is both hypnotic and totally different from anything else. Highly recommended, a timeless slice of history.