The Island of Guadeloupe and Gwo Ka (the folkloric rhythm of Guadeloupe) provide the musical inspiration for this latest Sofrito version excursion. In particular Gwo Ka vocalist Esnard Boisdur, who is musically re-housed amidst the Detroit skyline, courtesy of a deep and hypnotic, slow burning 4/4-based rework at the hands of label regular Frankie Francis and Gilles Peterson cohort Simbad. Nice stuff!
Another album from Lana means yet another deluge of remixes to accompany? Possibly, but at least this opening selection starts with a good footing. Under the production guidance of Prins Thomas, PBR Streetgang and The Penelopes, the EP unfolds into a savvy-yet-varied platter of quality, deep/vintage house styles and classic disco/disco dub touches from the reliable Scandinavian disco champ, Prins Thomas.
This is a summer smasher, warm with a soulful vocal to hook onto, with barely a snip of an intro to ease you in. There’s an earthy sense of natural experience pouring from this track which adds to its appeal, any bets on the old alias?
It’s certainly got some weight to it. As it stomps over the dancefloor you can pick up an air of cinematic sci-fi. The bass swoops low, cutting through the dark atmosphere like a decorated scimitar. Track of the EP, though, has got to be 'Hell Rose (Villem & Mcleod Remix)'.