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STERNS EDITS

After blowing our coiffeued lids with a pair of primo edits to kick off Sterns' new club-oriented concern, Ben Gomori takes another blast at the catalogue, turning his attention to Burkina Faso's much-loved taxi-driver-turned-singer, Amadou Balaké. Balaké ('porcupine' in Mandinka) is Burkina Faso's proudest musical export, and in 2013 he recorded his final album before passing away: 'In Conclusion'. The record saw him revisit some of his most popular tracks from his remarkable 50-year career, backed by an eight-piece Burkinabé band who took the country's traditional sounds and brought them into a contemporary light. Gomori retains the essence of the original recordings - which were mostly captured in one take - and marries them to vigorous afro-house stylings. 'Bar Konon Mousso (Musicien C'est Pas Quelqu'un)', in which Balaké tells of a bar lady being unimpressed by his profession, gets a gentle push towards the modern dancefloor, its wonderful sax lines resplendent in this fresh arrangement. "Massa Kamba" is taken for a drive down the more traditional route, with commanding drums bolstering the original grooves and a marvelous triple harmony brass section at its core. Balaké's freewheeling style suits the hypnotic feel of the edits to a tee. 

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Patrick says: There's always a risk of facepalm and failure when a producer tries to house up and African OG, but Ben Gomori goes 2 for 2 with his second instalment of Sterns Edits, keeping it classy on a pair of seriously groovy sunkissed winners.


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