In its first month 2020 has already seen many quality 7″ releases. Here comes another from a label we love – Matsuana Records.
The label generally focuses on re-releasing lost treasures. But more recently they have been putting out more contemporary tracks. This time around they feature two contemporary tracks by Paris based Afrobeat band Batunga & The Subprimes.
The band were founded in 2009 by musicians from different backgrounds. They were brought together by a will to mix African music Latin, Jazz, and even Rock. They have brought this explosive mix to many shows across Europe and beyond.
2017 saw them self-release their first album ‘Man in the Field’ (2017), followed by their EP ‘Let dem In’ in late 2019. Matasuna has chosen two cuts from these to release on vinyl for the first time.
Gates Of Ouantou, from the EP, has the ingredients for a timeless Afrobeat classic. The arrangement, instrumentation and interplay of the musicians immediately draw you into its spell.
Man in the Field on the flip is from the album. It unusually features banjo in an Afrobeat song but this fits in very well. It also shows that classical structures can be broken up and developed in a new approach/context.
All Matsuana’s releases sell out quickly so pick up a copy or two now.