Sunday, July 23, 2017

SHREM'S WORLDLY DELIGHTS: "Tokoliana" - KOKOKO! /// "Bofou Safou" - Amadou & Mariam + Henrik Schwarz Remix

I'm spicing things up today with two captivating African dancefloor gems.

Débruit protégés KOKOKO! are an alternative collective from Kinshasa, Congo offering an explosion of disco, post punk, electronica and afro-beats with their instantly anthemic "Tokoliana". It's an aural jungle filled with rhythms, sound effects, cowbells and irresistible beats. ESG meets LCD Soundsystem in an underground club somewhere in Central Africa. TUNE!

"Tokoliana" is taken from a double A-side single available now on iTunes and Bandcamp

The Malian duo Amadou & Mariam are an institution at this stage on the global scene of so-called world music, enjoying a devoted following among musos, critics and world music connoisseurs all around the globe. Their latest single, the elevating "Bofou Safou" is available now with a myriad of remixes, one of which particularly stands out. Henrik Schwarz's 8 minute long house mix of the song may well be the greatest remix we've heard so far in 2017. An impossibly seductive invitation to dance.