10 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lagos Shake collects 10 tracks that pay homage to the great Nigerian drummer Tony Allen. These remixes and covers honor the former Fela drummer in a variety of ways. The album kicks off with the funky melancholia of “Sankofa” by the excellent Chicago-rooted Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Techno legend Carl Craig remixes “Kilode,” which combines sounds of Detroit and West Africa. The Brazilian group Bonde de Role keeps it short and sweet on the percussion-heavy “Awa Na,” while Wareika Hill Sounds’ “Reggae Land Dub” features echoing electric guitar, ghostly horns, and Nyabinghi drumming. Son Palenque de Colombia’s “Samba” speeds along as exuberant vocals and horns shout it out. The album wraps with two very different versions of “Ole.” First comes the uplifting and jazzy sounds of Salah Ragab & The Afro-Egyptian Ensemble; this track is one of the best things here. It's followed by German minimal techno pioneer Moritz Von Oswald, whose track starts with chattering drums before an insistent pulse appears and artful fragments are laid in to create a dreamy sendoff.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lagos Shake collects 10 tracks that pay homage to the great Nigerian drummer Tony Allen. These remixes and covers honor the former Fela drummer in a variety of ways. The album kicks off with the funky melancholia of “Sankofa” by the excellent Chicago-rooted Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Techno legend Carl Craig remixes “Kilode,” which combines sounds of Detroit and West Africa. The Brazilian group Bonde de Role keeps it short and sweet on the percussion-heavy “Awa Na,” while Wareika Hill Sounds’ “Reggae Land Dub” features echoing electric guitar, ghostly horns, and Nyabinghi drumming. Son Palenque de Colombia’s “Samba” speeds along as exuberant vocals and horns shout it out. The album wraps with two very different versions of “Ole.” First comes the uplifting and jazzy sounds of Salah Ragab & The Afro-Egyptian Ensemble; this track is one of the best things here. It's followed by German minimal techno pioneer Moritz Von Oswald, whose track starts with chattering drums before an insistent pulse appears and artful fragments are laid in to create a dreamy sendoff.

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