review: house

Lekan Babalola - Kabioye - 51Lex

If you are following regularly the reviews on the bogaloo website - especially in the broken beat / house genre - you can already hear and see a small “Lekan babalola series”. And here is the fourth release from the african nerd on 51lex...

The label went the right way and always releases originals from Lekan himself combined with remixes by some wellknown (west london) allstars. On earlier releases you can find i.e. remixes by IG Culture or Afronaught. now let’s concentrate on this upcoming 4th release called “Kabioye”: Lekan did a tribute to 70s afrofunk pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Femi Kutis father. Lekan continues Felas work in an excellent way, starting with sax and trumpet funk - you think it’s from the late 70s! And he gets well support by New Zealand’s Mark de Clive-Lowe. He delivers two versions (one inst.), absolutely danceable, funky, jazzy and with an up to date beat but in the right afrofunk style. The second remixer ist nobody other than Mr. “Restless Soul” Phil Asher (!) - try his new record on the fresh restless soul label - he fires your dancing gens with a bad kickin’ 128bpm house beat amalgamized with bassguitar melodies, handclaps and Lekan’s fresh vocals. If you like (funky) african music in the Fela style - this record was just made for you. Big one, you will get more of this @ bogaloo’s Beats’n’Frames eves and upcoming bogaloo radio shows!

29.10.2005 / matthiasdesch / mail

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