on 13 March 2012
Just a quick review to say I totally agree with the four star reviews. This album's solid throughout. Nicely produced. Some lovely arrangements. If you're into you afrobeat or funk or whatever you'll be down with this one for sure. Great record label too, always doing good stuff but unfortunately still not doing mp3 downloads for their vinyl customers which is annoying because i cant take my record player on the tube with me... First and last tracks win it for me
on 29 December 2011
Maceo, Gimme Some Didgeridoo!
Well, not quite, but for fans of smooth grooves and afrobeat this comes
as a welcome surprise. The Shaolin Afronauts are a 12-piece Australian
Afrobeat ensemble, and by the sound of it their influences are equally
split between funk, afrobeat and Ethio-jazz.
A five piece rhythm section and three percussionists lays down a solid
groove for the horn section to play over. As a whole the album is an even
affair with a few standouts. "Shira" is the funkiest thing on it, driven by a
great rolling rhythm section and some smoking solos. The sweetest groove is
saved for the last song. "The Scarab" is a beautiful ethio-jazz tinted number
and is just as good as the Budos Bands best offerings into similar ground.
Place somewhere between El Michels Affair, Daktaris, Mulatu Astatke,
Antibalas and the Budos Band. 3.5 stars.