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Batunga & The Subprimes – Gates of Ouantou 7″

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. 

https://matasunarecords.bandcamp.com/album/gates-of-ouantou

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OG45ers live at Printworks 19.08.17

We had an absolutely brilliant night at the Printworks. The place was buzzing all night and by the end the whole place was up and dancing on the tables. Something that has never happened at the venue before.

Thanks to our special guest Alex Novak for a couple of great sets and the 45s he gave us. Make sure to check out his record shop http://www.facebook.com/SpiralArchiveRecords