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The 4th edition in the acclaimed Sterns Edits series sees curator Ben Gomori open up the Sterns Music catalogue to other keen re-editors — with Brownswood / Worldwide genius SMBD (aka Simbad) the first to step up to the plate.
Nigeria's Segun Adewale is sometimes referred to as the 'crown prince' of jùjú music, but in the 1980s he developed a sound all of his own, which he called yo-pop. A mixture of jùjú, funk, reggae, Afrobeat and jazz, its vibrant melange can be heard on his 1986 record 'Ojo Je', where both these originals are taken from. SMBD delivers too superb flips of the title track — a gritty funk-fuelled 'Disco' version with live bass, and a deliciously deep dub-house version. Gomori, meanwhile, takes the haunting 'Atewo-Lara Ka Tepa Mo'se' for an extended hypnotic, tribal trip.
The stunning artwork comes from Kofi Ankobra, the son of radical white South Africans who grew up in Ghana and studied art at Oshogbo, Nigeria — the place Adewale himself was born.
Patrick says: Ben Gomori continues his flawless curation of the Sterns Edits series with another gorgeous reheat of an African original, this time from Nigeria's Segun Adewale. Alongside the unquestionably sunny A-side, which manages to marry easy going instrumentation and an irresistible rhythm, come two tonking B-side mixes from SMBD on a deep disco tip. Don't sleep!
A1 Atewo-Lara Ka Tepa Mo'se (Ben Gomori's Juish Edit)
B1 Ojo Je (SMBD '85 Raw Disco Mix)
B2 Ojo Je (SMBD Rascal Dub)