Antibalas: Security

Security is the first ever Afrobeat soundtrack. Irreverent, hip, rough, political, moody and soulful, it's like an afro-funkier Curtis Mayfield score for a Blacksploitation film that only exists in the mind of the listener. As told by Brooklyn’s twelve-member Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, the story unfolds like a hypnotic trance. With a new record label (the coincidentally named ANTI-Records) and new producer John McEntire (Tortoise, Stereolab), …

The Lions

Without a commercial recording or even a live gig—at last count their newest song on Myspace has only logged seven plays, at least three of which I can personally take responsibility for—The Lions are newly signed to Ubiquity Records, have an album scheduled for release this year, and are packing Afro-Caribbean soul heat. The Lions is the latest project of Los Angeles-based trumpeter/arranger Todd Simon, …

Ammoncontact: With Voices

Somewhere in between extraterrestrial innovators Sa-Ra, in the outer regions of the musical galaxy, lies Organized Konfusion emcee Prince Po and jazz great Lil’ Sci delivers some of the more memorable moments, with his Ghostface Killah flow. Ex-Cut Chemist juggles vinyl soundbites in the background over one of the cd’s bouncier tracks. As a whole, the release has an even broader sweep, from avant-tronic soundscape …