• 12inch
  • Digital

Dakar Disco Ep (feat. Kuniyuki Remix)

  • Cat No: HEIST048
  • Release: 2020-08-28
  • 2022-11-16


Digital 900 JPY

【再プレス】アフリカンミュージックやマダガスカル、マヨーラ等の東インド洋の音楽に、インスパイアされ活動してきたスイス、バーゼルのアーチスト集団ALMA NEGRAのニューリリース。KUNIYUKI氏のリミックスを収録しています。

セネガルの首都ダカールをタイトルに冠した「Dakar Disco Ep」。パーカッションやE2E4をモデリングしたようなギター、シンセサイザー、ホーンセクション等、でじっくりゆったりめにグルーヴしながら展開していきます。次第にシンセにリードされながらバンド的なジャム、アフロ・コズミックな世界感を繰り広げる「Dakar Disco」筆頭に、ハウスに、アフリカンミュージックの影響をフィードバックしたオリジナル3曲。KUNIYUKI氏によるオリジナルを受けつつ、アフリカン、ディスコの歓楽が脳裏で溶解していくようなディープ・ディスコ傑作リミックス。レーベル側もVERY PROUDとクニユキ氏のリミックスに称賛を送っています。 (サイトウ)

When your roots have a broad geographical diversity, it’s very likely this will resonate in the music you make. This is certainly the case with Alma Negra and their new release on Heist. It seems they have embraced all their cultural influences more than ever in their new ‘Dakar Disco EP’. The whole record oozes class and musicality and feels like a carefree collage of the rich musical lives they live. The three originals on this EP vary in tempo and energy, giving you something for each moment of the day or night. They are accompanied by a remix from none other than the Japanese master of cosmic funk: Kuniyuki.

The EP kicks off with the title track ‘Dakar Disco’; an island style mid-tempo burner, rich with filtered guitars, bells and bleeps. Soothing chords and synth melodies are introduced for a lovely build up, but it’s the live horn section that takes centre stage. Here, the track really comes to full fruition, with a squeaky lead accompanying the horns for an electronic twist to what is above all a lovely summer jam.

‘Contra’ ups the pace and moves more into dance floor territory with loose claps, spacey pads and faraway chants. This track really gets to you with the live percussion and extremely catchy lead running throughout the track. This is afro house just the way we like it.

We’re very proud to have Kuniyuki remixing ‘Dakar disco’. This master of his craft has done an outstanding job with his cosmic take on ‘Dakar disco’. He lays down a great riff on bass guitar, while playing around with all the live elements and adds a serious bit of reverb for a stunning effect. This track is a perfect example of Kuniyuki’s musical skills and we can almost see him jamming this out, eyes closed and directed towards a distant point in space only he can see.

The EP’s closing track ‘Back in town’, is perhaps the clubbiest track of the set. A friendly acid line squeaks over tribal drums & chants and you immediately get pulled in by a great balafon hook. You can really hear how the guys feel at ease combining these worldly elements with modern electronics and ‘Back in town’ is a great example on how to blend these sonic worlds.

So there we are. A taste of the Alma Negra summer with a healthy dose of Japanese funk. Enjoy!

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