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Grant Phabao and The Silvertones Keep On Rolling

Grant Phabao & The Silvertones - Keep On Rolling

'Keep On Rolling', released early 2013 on the Paris DJs label, is only The Silvertones' third album, and a celebration of a nearly 50 years-long career, with re-recordings of classic Silvertones hits such as 'Smile', 'Old Man River', or Sufferer's Child. There's also a Delroy Wilson cover, 'Better Must Come', a few new songs including 'Only Me' recorded on the 'Message To You Rudie' riddim… and some long-awaited Grant Phabao dub versions, finally! After albums for rubadub deejay The Lone Ranger, or sweet & soulful reggae singer Carlton Livingston, French multi-instrumentalist/sound engineer Grant Phabao keeps on bringing back legends of Jamaican music into the spotlight, and this 15th release on the Paris DJs label is one not to be missed! Listen/buy on Paris DJs' bandcamp page.

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Grant Phabao and The Jays Stepping Up In Time EP

Grant Phabao & The Jays - Stepping Up In Time EP

Being in the business for almost 40 years, The Jays are now back, as fresh as ever, ready to hit the charts with their new single, Stepping Up In Time, available in two versions, a roots one drop reggae tearing up the dancehalls, or a funk/rock rework for the less dready - both produced & engineered by Grant Phabao. The full-length album Stepping Up In Time is now ready to be released, arriving in March 2013 through the Paris DJs label, and to be followed by a remix collection scheduled right on time for the summer. Listen/buy on Paris DJs' bandcamp page.

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Grant Phabao and The Lone Ranger The Mobsta

Grant Phabao & The Lone Ranger - The Mobsta

For this new single, The Lone Ranger came to us saying 'I want to do something different, something more closer to a hip hop vibe, with more acting in my singing… and lots of sound effects'. After the massive gun battle with armed gangs fighting police and soldiers that took place in Kingston in may 2010, he tried to explain that he wanted to raise some awareness on today's Jamaica, where between 70-80% of fatal shootings have been linked to criminal gangs, whose firepower equals that of the police.

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Franck Biyong and The Diamane Bantu Messengers CFA Music

Franck Biyong & The Diamane Bantu Messengers - C.F.A. Music

'C.F.A. Music' is the second single extracted from Franck Biyong & The Diamane Bantu Messengers' album, 'Ki I Ye Yi', featuring the beautiful voice of Swala Emati, singer for ©© Les Frères Smith, who balances with class the deep growls of Franck Biyong on a classic Afrolectric beat, fusing Afrobeat with Blaxploitation Funk.

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Grant Phabao Carlton Livingston Jackie Statement

Grant Phabao presents Carlton Livingston - Jackie Statement

After an astonishing Jazz rework of his reggae tune 'Could Be Bitter', Carlton Livingson gets the heavy funk/blues rocking treatment from The Silverstrokes, a new band led by producer Grant Phabao with French keyboards maestro Guillaume Méténier (Soul Sugar), and featuring essential French DJ/producer Erik Rug on additional guitars. 'Jackie Statement' is the fourth single extracted from Carlton Livingson's 'Bridge of Life' album.

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Grant Phabao Echo Minott Too Much Blood A Run

Grant Phabao & Echo Minott - Too Much Blood A Run

Celebrated over twenty years as a successful reggae artist, Echo Minott is now back with amazing new recordings for the Paris DJs label with producer Grant Phabao, starting with this smashing one drop monster tune, 'Too Much Blood A Run', putting the 'ragga' and the 'muffin' back into 'Raggamuffin' like none other!!

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Grant Phabao The Lone Ranger Music Weh Dem Wan Blend Mishkin Remix

Grant Phabao & The Lone Ranger - Music Weh Dem Wan (Blend Mishkin Remix)

Get The Lone Ranger in Paris DJs studios with Grant Phabao to cook an original Raggamuffin killer tune. Bring into the fold Athens born and raised DJ/producer Blend Mishkin for some Braaaap Braaaap wicked dancehall rework. Have the whole thing mastered by Paris DJs' sound engineer and illustrated by visual artist Ben Hito. Play it loud while jumpin' around to the rhymes & rhythms.

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Paris DJs Soundsystem Dis Is Good For You Tropical Grooves and Afrofunk International

Paris DJs Soundsystem - Dis Is Good For You - Tropical Grooves and Afrofunk International

"Dis Is Good For You - Tropical Grooves and Afrofunk International" is the first compilation coming out on the newly-launched Paris DJs label, gathering old cats and newcomers from the worldwide Afro/Tropical scene. Dwelving into the minds and hard drives of their international network of artists and producers for a whole month, Paris DJs have carefully selected 13 tracks of current, modern, 21st century Afrofunk, Afrobeat, Ethio-Jazz, Reggae and Soul, and even mixed most of those from separate parts themselves, raising the production level to their high quality standards of warm, spatialized, heavy sound…

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Grant Phabao presents Pompidoo Come Ya Fi Talk

Grant Phabao & Pompidoo - Come Ya Fi Talk

Pompidoo (not to be confused with similarly named deejay Prince Pompidou who recorded in the early 70's) is the original rock stone voiced Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay who worked King Jammy's sound system and was able to make his voice sound like a synthesizer. He was most popular in Jamaica in the late 1980s, with a series of singles including "Governor General", "The DJ With The Rockstone Voice" or "Synthesizer Voice". After no new release during the last 5 years, Pompidoo is now back on the airwaves with this stunning new version of his 2004 single "Come Ya Fi Talk", originally recorded for the French Bam Salute label, remastered and dressed with a brand new riddim by roots reggae master Grant Phabao! An original raggamuffin monster tune, strictly rub-a-dub, that's sure to rock the modern dancehalls anytime!!

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Franck and The Diamane Bantu Messengers Ki I Ye Yi

Franck Biyong & The Diamane Bantu Messengers - Ki I Ye Yi

Franck Biyong's 9th album "Ki I Ye Yi" ("The one who doesn't know knows" in Basaa language), co-produced by Grant Phabao, is a rare treat in the current Afro revival, blending the lost big band Central Africa tradition of the church choirs, national orchestras or military bands, with the urban 70s funk & afrobeat sound of the Paris Djs production powerhouse.

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Grant Phabao and Carlton Livingston Could Be Bitter Jazz Rework

Grant Phabao & Carlton Livingston - Could Be Bitter (Jazz Rework)

After so many reggae remixes of hip hop, soul, funk, pop, rock, etc., we thought 'what if we tried he other way round? Let's take some of our reggae songs, put out the riddim, and build something else than reggae on the a cappella!' This is one of the resulting tracks. Carlton Livingston in a Jazz tuxedo.

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Elvis Martinez Smith Music Is The Weapon Of The Future

Elvis Martinez Smith - Music Is The Weapon Of The Future

France's finest Afrobeat and Ehio-flavored grooves band ©© Les Frères Smith are celebrating their mini UK tour with an exclusive free single from Elvis Martinez Smith, Music Is The Weapon Of The Future, featuring Nico Sake Smith on saxes, Grant Phabao on clavinet and vocal samples from Black Thought from The Roots among ohers… Don't miss this deep afrobeat piece with tasty hip hop chunks, and if you're in London or southern-east England we sincerily advise you to check ©© Les Frères Smith on stage!! The first album from the Paris-based collective, Contreband Mentality, released in 2011, should be followed by a new long-player in 2013…

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Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra Ogun

Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra - Ogun feat. Franck Biyong, Nicolas Baudino & Zakari Frantz

With heavy heavy Afrofunk breaks and horns slabs, the dancefloor stormer Ogun by the Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra has already been ravaging the clubbers heads & feets every time it's been tested on the floor. Its funkin' Afro hotness is unmissable and announces amazing new releases from Franck Biyong and Grant Phabao. the duo have been working together for a year now on Franck's upcoming album with his new band the Diamane Bantu Messengers, on the upcoming Paris DJs Soundsystem Afro/Tropical compilation to be released next month, and on the Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra album scheduled for early 2013…

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Franck Biyong and The Diamane Bantu Messengers Fe Bain

Franck Biyong & The Diamane Bantu Messengers - Fe Bain - out on Paris DJs

Playlisted all summer long on Radio Nova, Fe Bain, the first single extracted from Franck Biyong's forthcoming 8th album Ki I Ye Yi ("The one who doesn't know knows" in Basaa language), is a rare treat in the current Afro revival, swirling Jazz chops on a unique and mesmerizing Central African groove, with deep vocals from Désiré Nkouandou Njopam. Fe Bain, also know as "Fai Mbu", is a frantic cover of a track produced by Manu Dibango for great Cameroon singer & trombonist Francis Ndom, for the 1982 Fleurs Musicales du Cameroon compilation.

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Grant Phabao and The Lone Ranger The Iphone Connection Jahno Remix

Grant Phabao presents The Lone Ranger - The Iphone Connection (Jahno Remix)

A few days after the release of the iPhone 5, we're back into the Iphone Zone with the winner of our Remix Competition, Jahno, a reggae and dub producer from Clermont-Ferrand in France. The man already got props from Jarring Effects for his remix of Dennis Brown's Tribulations and will soon appear on the b-side of the upcoming Iphone Connection 7 inch from Grant Phabao and The Lone Ranger.

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Grant Phabao and The Lone Ranger Usain Bolt The Puma

Grant Phabao & The Lone Ranger - Usain Bolt The Puma

After Usain Bolt's heart breaking false start, which left him disqualified from the 2011 World Athletics Championships, Jamaican deejay The Lone Ranger and French producer Grant Phabao decided to record Usain Bolt The Puma, an homage song to Jamaica's greatest sprinter (and, obviously, his sponsor). The song starts on a killer chorus hook before slipping into an unstoppable flow of no less surprising verses, filled with wiki-accuracy, wicked rhymes and dynamic rub-a-dub gimmicks. The reggae groove itself is relentless, tight and bumpy, like 70s Jamaica sounding heavy.

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Ebo Taylor Appia Kwa Bridge

Ebo Taylor - Appia Kwa Bridge

After his first studio album in so many years, 'Love And Death', with the Afrobeat Academy (which includes some legendary Poets of Rhythm members!), and an absolute must-have of a double compilation, 'Life Stories' (if you haven't heard this one yet, stop what you are doing right now and correct this asap!), our favorite Ghanean musician and producer, Ebo Taylor is back with a second original album, to be released april 17th on Strut Records. This time there's no trying to appeal to the afrobeat scene, this is a highlife affair, and a marvelous one with a heavy but delicate sound. Grant Phabao added his magical production skills on two tracks of the album, 'Abonsam' and 'Assom Dwee'.

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Grant Phabao The Lone Ranger The Iphone Connection

Grant Phabao presents The Lone Ranger - The Iphone Connection

The iPhone Connection song is a tribute to the co-founder and CEO of Apple who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer this summer. It was recorded at Paris DJs studios just a few days before Steve Jobs passed away. Jamaican DJ The Lone Ranger is on vocal duties with French dubmeister Grant Phabao at the controls & playing all instruments. The Lone Ranger is one of Jamaica's most influential early dancehall DJs. He was twice voted N°1 deejay on the island, in 1979 and 1980. He helped pioneer a newly rhythmic, on-the-beat rhyming style that led DJ toasting into the modern age, and punctuated his lyrics with bizarre exclamations and sound effects ("bim" and "ribbit" were his favorites) that made him perhaps the most imaginative stylist of his time. He had originally recorded The Walkman Connection way back in 1984 (on "DJ Daddy" / Techniques), now fully updated to 2011 as The Iphone Connection !

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Black Magic Hard 2 Find Vol 3

Black Magic - Hard 2 Find Vol.5

An artistic revolution has been ongoing these recent years in Paris, with some unique producers breathing new life into the idea of jazz music, upping the standards of sound and production to those of the masters - Miles Davis, Lee Perry, Fela Kuti, Sun Ra, Traffic and the such... From the message-intense material, impressionistic soundscapes and folk musings of Doctor L to the dancefloor-filling cosmic afro and soulful roots reggae vibes of Grant Phabao, the Colored-Inc. collective has managed to create a solid universe, showcasing the many facets of the jazz spectrum in the shape of a free-minded label, undoubtly this year's most ambitious one. Black Magic is their fifth experience in cooperative expression, a voodoo-themed concept album of music suitable for the dancefloor or the living room, a fresh wave of Jazz, Soul, Afro & Reggae production, untangling the scribble of the wicked world with clarity and maturity, and bringing Paris back to its rightful place, the cultural center of the world. Production duties by Doctor L and Grant Phabao

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The Drug Store Hard 2 Find Vol 3

The Drug Store - Hard 2 Find Vol.4

The Drug Store is the first venture for the Colored-Inc. label into Psychedelic Folk & Rock vibes. Blending Nigerian harmonies with American Folk and Jazz, Reggae chants with Stoner Rock and Hip Hop beats or Nyabinghi percussions, freaky electronics with Afrobeat or deep poetry, James Bond-like arrangements with 21st century Chicago Soul, and inviting some famous Zulu Nation King & MC to a deep garage-blues session, this is indeed a kind of a Multi-Colored Thing, a nearly hallucinatory record pushing the Colored-Inc. label's identity towards more edgy forms of African, Carribean and Afro-American music. Production duties by Erik Rug, Doctor L and Grant Phabao, with star guesting Amayo from the Fu-Arkist-Ra and Allonymous (USA), Kiala Nzavotunga and Tony Allen (from Nigeria), The Jays (from Jamaica), Le Damn Dog, Kactus Hunters, The Joslyns and The Farell Girls (from Paris)

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