On the heels of breakthroughs by Tony Allen and Femi Kuti, the next generation of Fela addicts rolls on with 14-piece, self-proclaimed afrobeat orchestra Antibalas.
Fronted by former members of apocryphal NYC soul crews Daktaris and Soul Providers, Antibalas play lazy, languid afrobeat circa 1976. That's not as dodgy as it sounds. These guys clearly know their record collections, building lengthy tracks around repeated guitar riffs, churning percussion and a constant bass throb, and lacing the cuts with jazzy, angular horn lines. It's dead funky, and while the roots of Antibalas's music are strikingly obvious, there is the occasional surprise. How many other groups would think of covering a tune by Ethiopian funk giant Mulatu Astatqé? www.antibalas.com.