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    Diabate, Cheick Hamala – “Prudence” – [Electric Cowbell]

    EP on the Electric Cowbell label, remixing a Mali music master.
    True to form, the first remix on here, I’m pretty sure rocks the
    actual electric cowbell with abandon. If you want to hear Cheick
    Hamala’s original that awaits you on track 5, the ngoni/harp is
    ripping zither-like riffs, and Cheick’s strong voice is backed
    with an emphatic chorus, kinda griot acoustic bluesy work, and
    a sort of slow arcing horn. The remixes typically grab and
    loop the chorus vocals to foster a form of Afrobeat urgency.
    You want your head in a bass drum dream, try #3, it also pan
    fries some spicy tabla too. Bong Bhangra? Even that cleans up
    by the end, and all of the remixes on here prolly would work
    (too?) nicely in a $10 per cocktail bar. Daytoner’s take plays
    up the Congotronic power at the start, I checked out his
    other stuff online and he’s definitely into the sunshine vibe.
    So he adds pretty flute flowers and smooth wooshes. Whiskey
    Barons work in some hand jive just shy of three minutes in
    and that synth line tunneling. The closer is completely different
    with power female (Sengalese??) vocals roaring, over a dance
    descencing an eternal staircase.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm
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