Tony Allen – N.E.P.A.

Tony Allen with Afrobeat 2000 N.E.P.A (Never Expect Power Always) Mercury: 1984 In the course of writing last week's tribute to Tony Allen, I was purposefully brief when discussing this record because I knew I'd have to return to it for a full-length feature in its own right. After all, it comes in at a … Continue reading Tony Allen – N.E.P.A.

Tony Allen

Tony Allen: Backbeat of the Revolution Only three months on from the passing of Manu Dibango, and the great Tony Allen has gone on to join him in that in that great gig in the sky. He'd been on a roll ever since the turn of the century, making his mark anew on the current … Continue reading Tony Allen

Garden Grooves 007

Cresting into the dawning days of springtime, the last frost retreats into the shadows and the culling of the winter weeds. A towering stack of records nestled under the marquee, waiting in the cool of the morning shade, ready to accompany the landscape/ing as the lingering cold slowly recedes beneath the warm rays of the … Continue reading Garden Grooves 007

Yellow Sunshine

Groove, groove, groove, groove with the colour... Down on the boulevard, caught between the heatwave and the afternoon haze, Hotwax Whiskey River on the pavement, the dusted stomp of New Kingdom's Paradise Don't Come Cheap, The 45 King, and traces of Link Wray's Fat Back pulsing through the bone dry breeze. Lost beneath the dull … Continue reading Yellow Sunshine