Today we’d like to introduce you to Ostinato Records, a New York reissue label expelling the finest afrophone sounds that traverse from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. Their latest offering compiles the eclectic sounds coming out of Haiti between 1960 and 1981, dancing from meringue to voodoo jazz and electric folklore. Selected from an array of private collections and radio archives in Brooklyn, New York, and multiple digging trips in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Gonaives, and St. Marc, Haiti, are twenty tracks that encompass the vast diversity of styles during the seminal years of musical innovation and percussive potency in Haiti.
Our favourite track off the release is today’s premiere, encompassing a colourful creole sound with warm guitar tones and rich vocals courtesy of local legend Rodrigue Millien. ‘Rapadou’ brings a chorus of earthy voices, bright guitar-led melodies and a gentle jazz ride shuffle throughout. Groove is spread across every instrument – such is the nature of creole music – that tuning in and out of each element is a hypnotising delight. Wah Wah pedals and cross poly-rhythms galore, a hot tip for any fruity summer soirees.
Tanbou Toujou Lou – Meringue, Kompa Kreyol, Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti 1960-1981 is out July 8th. Pre-order it over on Bandcamp now.