International Soleil Band – Ta Lassa (Hide & Smile Edit)

Phonica Records have just premiered a brand new track from a new 12″ on Soundway Records. Known for digging the depths of countries as wide ranging as Colombia, Kenya and Thailand for forgotten and previously unknown musical gems, the label has turned it’s attention to Guinee, West Africa, for this slab of 1980s Afro-disco from the International Soleil Band.

Composed by Gnamakoron Sidi Diabaté, the track was originally featured on an album released in 1983 by French Warners offshoot WAM (West African Music) – a short lived label that recorded about 20 releases of West African music released in France. Soundway label boss Miles Cleret and Sofrito’s Frankie Francis turn in an edit of the original track, under their Hide & Smile moniker, which sees them tease out a thumping, rolling bass-line intro interspersed with machine-gun drumming and 80s synth before the track drops into a more recognisable West African groove. This one is in the shops now and we guarantee you’ll be hearing it out and about over the summer.

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