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Nü Revolution

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For those attracted to Les Nubians' brand of Afropean soul, Nü Revolution will represent a welcome return after 2003's spotty One Step Forward, and 2008's various-artists spoken word album Les Nubians Presents Echoes, Chapter One. Their seamless meld of African percussion wed to European lyricism, bilingual vocals (French and English), and modern production techniques is underscored by nu-soul , hip-hop, and lithe African funk grooves. French-Cameroonian sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart's fourth album since 1999 is a typically upbeat affair, but it is adventurous; beginning with the hypnotic "Nü Queens Intro," an instrumental of African percussion. Both advance singles, the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For those attracted to Les Nubians' brand of Afropean soul, Nü Revolution will represent a welcome return after 2003's spotty One Step Forward, and 2008's various-artists spoken word album Les Nubians Presents Echoes, Chapter One. Their seamless meld of African percussion wed to European lyricism, bilingual vocals (French and English), and modern production techniques is underscored by nu-soul , hip-hop, and lithe African funk grooves. French-Cameroonian sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart's fourth album since 1999 is a typically upbeat affair, but it is adventurous; beginning with the hypnotic "Nü Queens Intro," an instrumental of African percussion. Both advance singles, the slippery funky "Afrodance," and the J. Period remix of "Yveuillez Veiller Sur Vos Reves" -- which also features John Banzaï -- are included on this bubbling 14-song set. The legendary African saxophonist, vibraphonist, and vocalist Manu Dibango appears on the finger-popping "Nü Soul Makossa." Sung entirely in French, the criss-crossing polyrhythms meet the funk backbeat head on, and the sisters move between singing and rapping, with Dibango's voice adding accents as well as a brief but gritty sax solo. The shimmering club soul of "Les Urbans" includes a rap by Blitz the Ambassador near the tune's end. While the title track seems overly long at six minutes, it does include some nice mbira, keyboard, and guitar work. The nocturnal Afropean trip-hop of "Femme Polyandre" is a welcome surprise; and in a much slicker way nods to Erykah Badu's latter day projects. "Deja Vous," a dance track with skittering contrapuntal synthetic loops and vocal interplay between the sisters and Eric Roberson, is a serious candidate for a third single. "Mbengue (A Letter From...)" contains some fine a cappella vocals as well as a seamless meld of nu-soul and hip-hop. Album-closer "Africa for the Future" is a real stepper with the sisters backed by South African supergroup Freshlyground, who offer excellent Township jive guitar lines, and a taut, beautifully arranged horn chart. Nü Revolution is easily the slickest album in Les Nubians catalog; it may also be the most musically accomplished.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351578822
  • Catalog Number: 5788
  • Sales rank: 83,757

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nü Queens Intro (2:44)
  2. 2 Liberté (4:40)
  3. 3 Nü Revolution (6:04)
  4. 4 Fraicheur Souhaitee (3:24)
  5. 5 Nü Soul Makossa (4:16)
  6. 6 Les Gens - Blitz the Ambassador (4:44)
  7. 7 Afrodance (3:50)
  8. 8 Deja Vous - Eric Roberson (4:03)
  9. 9 Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Rêves - John Banzaï (4:43)
  10. 10 Vogue Navire (6:22)
  11. 11 Femme Polyandre (2:57)
  12. 12 Je M'en Occupe (1:48)
  13. 13 Mbengue (a Letter From...) (5:09)
  14. 14 Africa For the Future - Freshlyground (5:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les Nubians Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Ambience
Manu Dibango Saxophone
Graham Hawthorne Drums
Andres Levin Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Andre Manga Bass
Nino Gioia Percussion
Clark Gable Horn
Jean-Michel Rotin Wurlitzer
Andrew Daniels Percussion
Pedro Martinez Percussion
Eric Roberson Vocals, Background Vocals
Greg Clarke Vocals, Background Vocals
Fabulous Fab Synthesizer, Keyboards
Marie Martin Vocals, Background Vocals
Helene Faussart Background Vocals, Sanza
Celia Faussart Background Vocals
Adam Deitch Drums
Brian Jackson Flute, Keyboards
John Roggie Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Ron Blake Horn
Diviniti Background Vocals
Pirahnahead Vocals, Background Vocals, Beat Box, Ambience
Freshlyground Background Vocals
Tim Kvasnosky Synthesizer, Keyboards
Jean MBa Guitar
Caroline Riddick Vocals, Background Vocals
Nicolas Liesnard Piano, Keyboards
Laurent Coatelen Shaker
Joon Switon Guitar
Guy Nwogang Percussion, Balafon, Sanza
Gaston Seraphin Amougou Percussion, Balafon, Chant
François Nnang Percussion, Balafon, Chant
Christian Almiron Wurlitzer
Bikutsi Jazz Band Percussion, Balafon, Chant
Andre Anyabena AKA Pharaon Percussion, Balafon, Chant
Alexis Juliard Vocals, Background Vocals
Adeline Petricien Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Andres Levin Composer, Programming, Producer
Nino Gioia Composer
Les Nubians Composer, Producer
Jean-Michel Rotin Composer, Producer
David Kutch Mastering
Eric Roberson Composer
Manuel Wandji Percussion Engineer
Fabulous Fab Programming, Producer, Additional Production
Helene Faussart Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation, Artistic Director
Celia Faussart Composer, Producer
Diviniti Composer, Producer
Pirahnahead Composer, Guitar Arrangements
John Banzaï Composer
Tim Kvasnosky Programming, Producer, Additional Production
Jean MBa Additional Production
Blitz the Ambassador Composer
Randy Lynch Engineer
Meredith McCandless Engineer
Ray Aldaco Engineer
Mike Comparetto Engineer
Daniel Sanint Engineer
Ben Lindell Engineer
Terence Nance Artwork, Collage
Maurice "Pirahnahead" Herd Composer, Producer
Delphine Diallo Cover Collage
Brigitte Moumy Composer
Antoine Chardayre Composer
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