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Nü Revolution
     

Nü Revolution

by Les Nubians
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2011
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351578822
catalogNumber:
5788
Rank:
92228

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Nubians   Composer,Producer
Jean-Michel Rotin   Composer,Producer
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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