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Cat: PH 45008. Rel: 08 Sep 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. The World (4:23)
  2. Invisible Joy (2:42)
Review: Back Pluwatsch, or simply Bajka, is an Indian-born, South-African raised singer with diverse catalogue of music, and an equally compelling set of vocal chords. Her voice was first picked up by London's Jazzman circa 2005, and has travelled across other like like Ubiquity, Raw Tapes, and even on NYC house-techno conglomerate, Ibadan. Philophon feels like a much more natural place for her music to prosper on, a label that's been on our radar since day one, and always comes heavily recommended. "The World" is a true pearl of a song, charged and catapulted into the ether by a deep, raw percussive sway and, of course, Bajka's singular voice. "Invisible Joy" is a similarly deep and tropical, but here the tone is much more jazzy, reminding us of Sun Ra in places. All in all, this is some pretty killer material.
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 in stock $7.80
Cat: PH 45022. Rel: 06 Jun 19
Dub
  1. Zota Yinne (version) (4:13)
  2. Starlet Road Filling Station Romance (version) (4:11)
 in stock $9.10
Basa Basa (7")
Cat: PH 45014. Rel: 22 Mar 18
International
  1. Basa Basa (4:08)
  2. Sahara Akwantuo (3:46)
Review: Those with a deep knowledge of Berlin's Ghanaian ex-pat "burger-highlife" scene may already be familiar with Lee Dodou, a singer who recorded a number of classic singles and albums during the 1980s as part of bands Georg Darko and Kantata. He retired from music in 1991, but has been persuaded to return to action by the Philophon team. This comeback single is pretty impressive all told, with A-side "Basa Basa" - a triumphantly celebratory chunk of 1960s "concert party" highlife rich in punchy horn lines and Dodou's full-throated vocals - being joined on the flipside by the slower, synth-laden "Sahara Akwantou". Brilliantly, the label describes this as "kraut-life" due to its unique (and rather good) fusion of highlife and German kosmiche.
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Cat: PH 45013. Rel: 07 Dec 17
International
  1. Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself (4:27)
  2. Estre (feat Florence Adooni) (5:02)
Review: Philophon is a Berlin-based label run by Max Weissenfeldt. Part of Philophon is the Tonstudio Bluetenring in Kreuzberg, operated by Benjamin 'Stibbo' Spitzmueller. The label's essential motivation is to support any form of local culture with reason, freedom and ludic drive. North-Ghanaian singer Guy One presents his first international release here. He promises what his name is saying: he is the number one artist of Frafra music, named after his people. "Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself" is a driving Highlife rhythm and his only song having a phrase in English. "Estre" features one of the leading voices of Frafra-Gospel named Florence Adooni. She interweaves perfectly with the horn arrangements by Weissenfeldt and the drummer. Washington's Hailu Mergia, San Francisco's Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids and the legendary Scandinavian producer Jimi Tenor have also released on the label over the last year too.
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 in stock $8.06
#1 (CD)
Cat: PH 33002CD. Rel: 25 Jan 18
International
  1. Po'ore Ye La Be De Geta Gurego (instrumental)
  2. Bangere Tomme?
  3. Ete Songo
  4. N'yella Be Bobere?
  5. Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself
  6. Yelmengere De La Gu'usi
  7. Nongre, Nongre - Sugre Sugre
  8. Sella N'de Hu Dene
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Cat: PH 45010. Rel: 19 Jan 17
Jazz
  1. Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba (part 1) (3:27)
  2. Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba (part 2) (2:45)
Review: Following their surprise reunion and Strut-release album We Be All Africans last year, Idris and The Pyramids return... This time on Max Weissenfeldt's Philophon imprint. Laying down a spiritual arrangement so frenetic and full of its own life it takes up two parts, Idris's sax plays duet with Philophon's own vocalist Guy One. Gutsy, raw and full of surprises, it's another out-of-body experience from the longstanding jazz troupe.
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Cat: PH 45023. Rel: 19 Sep 19
International
  1. Siakwaa/Nana Agyei (Medley) (4:23)
  2. Odo Agye Gye Me (3:41)
Review: The Polyversal Souls are renowned for the strength of their collaborative singles, which to date have featured all manner of legends and rising stars from the underground African music scene. This time around, the German-Ghanaian band provides high-grade backing for guest vocalist Frank Karikari, son of legendary Highlife musician Ralph Karikari. The A-side medley of "Siakwaa/Nana Agyei" is particularly good, with Karikari's confident lead vocal rising above shuffling, soft-focus drums and ear-catching juju guitars. Flipside cut "Odo Agye Gye Me" is great, too, offering a slightly more upbeat and undeniably percussive fusion of highlife/Afrobeat fusion.
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Cat: PH 45020. Rel: 18 Apr 19
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Allema Timba (4:43)
  2. Allema Timba (instrumental) (4:44)
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Cat: PH 33005. Rel: 07 Nov 19
International
  1. Mam Yinne Wa (3:57)
  2. Allema Timba (4:42)
  3. Sandana Fom (4:36)
  4. Zota Yinne (4:20)
  5. Fom Se Mam (3:51)
  6. Yu Ya Yumma (3:22)
  7. Ma'algo (3:52)
  8. La Ta'aba (4:45)
  9. Sala An Songa (3:22)
Review: It's taken a while, but Philophon chief (and in-house producer) Max Weissenfeldt has finally managed to finish the album he started working on with Ghanaian Frafra-gospel singers Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy. It's a set that has been promised for the best part of five years, so it's fantastic to see it finally materialize. Musically, it explores similar sonic territory to Oho's previous singles on Philophon (all of which featured music from Weissenfeldt), effortlessly joining the dots between traditional Ghanaian styles, local interpretations of funk and soul, dub-wise reggae rhythms and occasional nods towards contemporary electronic beats. The results are superb, making this a must have for those who love a bit of West African musical positivity.
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FORTHCOMING
Sugar & Spice
Cat: PH 45024. Rel: 17 Jul 20
Jazz
  1. Sugar & Spice
  2. Lover's Bridge (instrumental)
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Cat: PH 45017. Rel: 24 Jan 19
International
  1. Vocalize My Luv (3:35)
  2. Ki'igba (3:46)
Review: Over the course of his lengthy career, Jimi Tenor has proved to be something of a musical chameleon, variously portraying himself as a lo-fi lounge music lothario, flute-sporting jazzman, Moog-loving electronic adventurer, dub-wise explorer and, most recently, Afrobeat eccentric. On "Vocalize My Luv", he fuses a number of his musical obsessions, by serving up a jaunty and righteous chunk of Ghanaian highlife futurism rich in dancehall-influenced drum machine beats, jammed-out Korg riffs and amiable female vocals. It's ace, and comes with a similarly sterling B-side, "Ki'igba". This shuffling affair sees Tenor reach for his trusty flute and get all jazzy over a dusty and laidback Afrobeat groove.
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VARIOUS
Cat: PH 33004. Rel: 06 Dec 18
International
  1. Guy One - "Estre" (5:00)
  2. Alemayehu Eshete - "Alteleyeshegnem" (4:54)
  3. Jimi Tenor - "My Mind Will Travel" (Teen party edit) (4:22)
  4. Y-Bayani & Baby Naa & Their Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love - "Rehwe Mi Enyim" (3:51)
  5. Bajka - "Invisible Joy" (2:40)
  6. Lee Dodou & The Polyversal Souls - "Basa Basa" (4:09)
  7. Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy - "Mam Yinne Wa" (3:56)
  8. Hailu Mergia - "Yegle Nesh" (3:17)
  9. Y-Bayani & His Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love - "Asembi Ara Amba" (4:32)
  10. The Polyversal Souls - "Portrait Of Alemayehu (Daytime)" (4:03)
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Cat: PH 45012. Rel: 11 Jan 18
Classics/Ska
  1. Y Bayani & Baby Naa & Their Band Of Enlightenment, Reason & Love - "Rehwe Mie Enyim" (3:50)
  2. Band Of Enlightenment, Reason & Love - "Mi Sumolo" (3:06)
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Nsie Nsie (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: PH 33006. Rel: 30 Apr 20
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Nsie Nsie (3:58)
  2. Asafo Weyasi (4:37)
  3. Rehwe Mi Enyim (3:51)
  4. Get Away (3:02)
  5. Mi Sumolo (instrumental) (3:10)
  6. Zooba Maka (4:01)
  7. Asembi Ara Amba (4:32)
  8. Kame Hu (4:51)
  9. We Are The Band Of Enlightenment, Reason & Love (instrumental) (4:08)
Review: A few years ago, West African music obsessive and Philophon label boss Max Weissenfeldt decided to make some roots reggae with his friend and fellow drummer Josie Coppola. Yet this would be no regular reggae, as they'd be working on songs by Ghanaian artist Y-Bayani (real name Yusef Hussain). Since then, the project has developed further with the addition of a second lead singer, Baby Naa (Naomi Addy), a clutch of talented musicians and a Ghanaian choir. The result is this debut album, a wonderfully hazy, sun-kissed shuffle that does a brilliant job in putting a new, Afro-centric spin on Jamaican roots reggae. The riddims are strong, the multi-lingual vocals superb, the musicianship spot on and the production authentically warm and weighty. In other words, it's an unlikely gem.
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Gespielt von: AfroBase (Radio Chart)
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Cat: PH 45016. Rel: 10 Jan 19
Classics/Ska
  1. Y-Bayani & The Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love - "Asembi Ara Amba" (4:30)
  2. The Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love - "We Are The Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love" (4:06)
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