The Sound of Club Secousse, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - K. Ross Hoffman
London-based DJ/production duo Radioclit, best known for their work with Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya as the Very Best, compiled this top-notch collection of street-level African dance anthems, all of which have become favorites in their DJ sets worldwide and specifically at their monthly Secousse parties in London and Paris. Though note that the selections here are presented in complete, unmixed form. The word "secousse" is French for "shake," aptly enough, and it's also the source of the term soukous, the Congolese dance music that's just one of the myriad musical styles surveyed here. Pulling together tracks with roots all over sub-Saharan Africa, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - K. Ross Hoffman
London-based DJ/production duo Radioclit, best known for their work with Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya as the Very Best, compiled this top-notch collection of street-level African dance anthems, all of which have become favorites in their DJ sets worldwide and specifically at their monthly Secousse parties in London and Paris. Though note that the selections here are presented in complete, unmixed form. The word "secousse" is French for "shake," aptly enough, and it's also the source of the term soukous, the Congolese dance music that's just one of the myriad musical styles surveyed here. Pulling together tracks with roots all over sub-Saharan Africa, the compilation offers glimpses of contemporary urban club sounds and scenes from across the continent -- most notably Angolan kuduru, Côte d'Ivoirian coupé decalé, South African shangaan disco/electro, and Cabo Verdean funaná -- but despite a well-informed curatorial approach there's clearly no emphasis on cultural anthropology or painstaking genre delineation: to the contrary, it's all about cross-pollination and infectious, spirited engagement. Reflecting the restlessly recombinant spirit of global post-colonial "ghetto pop" culture, this music is a colorful tangle of cheap-sounding electronic beats, tinny synths, warmly fluid guitars, polychromatic tropical percussion, and all manner of fiery, fluttery, sung, shouted, and semi-spoken vocals, borrowing from hip-hop, Caribbean music, house, and techno as well as any number of more traditional African cultural forms. The whole affair is frantic, immediate, joyous, and, of course, relentlessly danceable, right from the drop of Bab Lee's urgent, pounding instrumental banger "Sous les Cocotiers," but there's a rough progression from more overtly musical, comparatively relaxed fare to increasingly frenzied, preposterously high-bpm selections, peaking with the chintzy organs and manic, soca-inflected pace of Naty Kid's "Sereia" and Tshetsha Boys' "Mosemana Wa Dikgomo," two cuts whose merciless intensity is liable to induce fatigue among home listeners not to mention dancers, but which nevertheless fit right into the energetic flow. A few more particular highlights include Magic System's cheerful "Petit Pompier," a mildly blippy Afro-pop charmer with irresistible chanted harmony vocals, Jusa Dementor's gleefully demented "African Airhorn Dance," which introduces vuvuzelas to Auto-Tune over a thumping UK Funky beat, and Kaysha's anthemic, "Axel F"-paraphrasing "On Est Ensemble." Tremendous fun throughout, and highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • Label: Crammed Disc Us
  • UPC: 876623006213
  • Catalog Number: 171
  • Sales rank: 332,277

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sous Les Cocotiers - Bab Lee (4:03)
  2. 2 Nufeko Disole - Brãs Firmino (3:26)
  3. 3 Angonde - Mo Laudi (3:25)
  4. 4 To Ma Ya - Janka Nabay (4:57)
  5. 5 Eki Bis - Lutchiana (4:57)
  6. 6 Zézé E Toto - Luky Gomes (3:25)
  7. 7 Petit Pompier - Magic System (4:38)
  8. 8 La Go Attoto - DJ Serpent Noir (4:40)
  9. 9 Zuata Zuata - Puto Prata (3:12)
  10. 10 African Air Horn Dance - Jusa Dementor (4:19)
  11. 11 Décalé Mon Afrique - DJ Anielson (3:15)
  12. 12 Sereia - Naty Kid (6:33)
  13. 13 Tronku Di Mundo - Ize (3:27)
  14. 14 Mosemana Wa Dikgomo - Tshetsha Boys (4:57)
  15. 15 On Est Ensemble - Top One Frisson (6:16)
  16. 16 Xipereta - Thomas Chauke (6:12)
  17. 17 Dumelang - Skeat (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Radioclit Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Batida Producer
Lutchiana Composer, Producer
Jacky Toto Composer, Producer
Kaysha Composer, Engineer
Olivier Ble Arranger
Top One Frisson Composer
Etienne Tron Liner Notes
Esau Mwamwaya Composer
Puto Prata Composer, Producer
DJ Vielo Composer, Producer
Janka Nabay Composer
Thomas Chauke Composer, Producer
Nozinja Composer, Producer
Bab Lee Producer
Patcho Debenq Composer, Producer
Naty Kid Composer, Producer
DJ Anielson Composer, Producer
Moemedi Ramogapi Composer, Producer
Lukeni Gomes Dos Santos Composer
Kaurouma Mory Composer, Producer
Kagiso Thabano Composer
Johan Hugo Composer, Producer
Florah Maluleke Producer
Eurico Saraiva De Carvalho Composer
Bruno Lobato Composer
Tony Kamara Producer
Tawanda Sibotshiwe Composer
Pedro Coquenão Composer
Paulo Cardoso Vieira Dias Composer
Ntshepe Bopape Composer
Nika Sicile Composer
Nelcelino Dos Santos Semedo Composer
Monde Claudio Innocent Composer
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