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ORLANDO JULIUS with THE HELIOCENTRICS
+ DJ Nik Weston ( Mukatsuku )
Nigerian saxophone legend Orlando Julius’ collaboration with UK psychedelic jazz outfit The Heliocentrics on "Jaiyede Afro" ( Strut Records ) is one of the most satisfying and progressive Afrobeat projects to come along in a while.
On "Jaiyede Afro", Julius takes us back to his roots, revisiting several compositions from his early years which have never previously been recorded. The album was recorded at the Heliocentrics’ fully analogue studio in North London. Like their their memorable collaborations with Mulatu Astatke and Lloyd Miller, the band takes Orlando’s sound into new, progressive directions, retaining the raw grit of his early work and adding psychedelic touches and adventurous new arrangements.
"Classic Afrobeat with a psychedelic twist. Excellent.’ **** The List
“A monstrously great groove!” Mondomix
“Fantastic work” Gilles Peterson
“Takes Julius’ Sound into new and exciting directions” Echoes
“Like an imaginary Norman Whitfield production made in Lagos in 1975.” The Wire
“A great big Afro funk party with psychedelic edges.” Froots
“Fans of Fela Kuti will welcome this fine reminder of a past master’s abilities.” Songlines
“A tough and raw Afrobeat album that takes Julius’ sound into new and exciting directions.” Echoes
"Julius is still in rousing form on this new set. I look forward to the live shows.” The Guardian
“One of the great veterans of Nigerian music… gutsy, powerful and varied.” Evening Standard
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