Matasuna Records' dusty-fingered owners always have one eye on the world of self-released music, scrolling through untold Bandcamp pages to find buried treasure. They've struck gold with Batunga and the Subprimes, a Parisian Afrobeat band who have toured extensively but never before appeared on vinyl - hence this two-track seven-inch single. Both sides are sizzling hot. A-side "Gates of Oauntou" is marked out by some superb, Tony Allen style polyrhythmic drumming, hazy horns and clipped guitars, with the talented ensemble delivering a detailed floor-shaker that should appeal to all those that love Fela Kuti. The spirit of the Nigerian great can also be heard in flipside "Man In The Field", an altogether heavier and punchier affair that's as infectious as tropical fever and twice as sweaty.
JimmyTheTwin, AfroBase (Radio Chart), Craig Charles Funk And Soul, Adam Isbell -Racubah Sound System, Voodoocuts, JKriv (Razor-N-Tape), I Love 45's!, Calamity Jade (Willwork4funk), Originals, AFRO DUB, Dynamite Cuts
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