Review: It was way back in 1984 when Jeannine Sifflet released her sole, self-titled album as Meliza. Amongst collectors of zouk records, it has long been regarded as something as a slept-on classic, and as a result original copies have been hard to come by. The good news is that we've been treated to a much-needed reissue, which presents the re-mastered album in a facsimile sleeve. It's in many ways typical of the Guadeloupe style of zouk from the period, with colourful synth sounds and Sifflet's sweet vocals riding typically tropical backing tracks rich in Juju style guitars, calypso-influenced rhythms and warm, toasty basslines. It's the kind of album that will make even the stoniest of hearts sing.
Review: Labels Hot Mule and Secousse have teamed up to deliver something special: a killer EP of "lost gems from the golden era of Zouk and Gwo-Ka" in Guadeloupe (that's 1985 to '92, fact fans). The four tracks showcased here were performed and produced by an artist whose fame in Guadeloupe sadly never spread any further, Max Rambhojan. The A-side boasts two versions of the rather brilliant and suitably cheery "Tou't Jou Pa Min'm": the jaunty, sun-kissed, whistle-sporting 1986 original mix, and Rambhojan's heavily electronic, synthesizer-heavy, calypso-tinged 1992 re-make of his biggest local hit. Over on side B you'll find the bubby dub bass, sparse synths and flute solos of the decidedly tropical "Cecilia" and a suitably breezy, sunset-ready gem entitled "On Jou Matin".