There is clearly no shortage of funky African breaks waiting to be unearthed for beat-friendly western audiences. Just as the stellar Ethiopiques series uncovered the secret underground sound of Ethiopia, Syllart's Discotheque editions are unlocking the funky beat of Guinea.
The series' just-released 1974 and 75 editions bring Guinea up to speed with the rest of the planet's psychedelic and hard groove experiments. This is funky stuff, but not strictly in a James Brown sense. Kaloum Star, Camayenne Sofa and Syli Authentique slowly work up a bluster with blaring horns and heavy percussion and then suddenly break tracks down to droning organs, fuzzy bass and wah-wah guitar, while the Super Boiro Band's blistering three-minute stomper Maliba hits like a triple-time Fela jam. Frantic stuff. MG