Karl Hector And The Malcouns Sahara Swing on 2LP + Bonus 7" + Download
Sahara Swing is Afrodelic kraut funk from the minds behind the Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers. Now-Again Records followed up The Heliocentrics' percussive excursions into the astral realms of psychedelia with a 2008 album of Afro-tinged funk music originating from the Southern Sahara and recorded in Germany.
At this point Karl Hector had only appeared on one 7-inch, from 1996, as the leader of the Funk Pilots. For this album, he teamed up with Jay Whitefield (producer and guitarist for the Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers, and founder of the now defunct Hotpie & Candy Records) and Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija, founders of The Malcouns. Alongside Bo Baral, other members of the Poets of Rhythm and crack Munich-based session musicians, Whitefield, Myland and Curlija crafted nearly twenty tracks that follow the musical roads that Hector had previously traveled.
The underlying groove that ties these ideas together, of course, is as rooted in James Brown as it is Fela Kuti. As informed by Mulatu Astatke of Ethiopia as it is by Jean-Claude Vannier and Can, Sahara Swing is an album of the world, music that will appeal to any culture ever transfixed by rhythm on "the one."