Washington based Sol Power Sound are building up a healthy roster of releases. Having previously featured music from Aroop-Roy, Tom of Brooklyn and Obas Nenor, they now release an E.P. of drum-centric dance floor workouts, this time licensed directly from the legendary Martiniquan label, Hibiscus Record. The Tambours De Martinique EP features cuts by Eugène Mona and Max Ransay, two of Martinique’s most storied musicians.
I am particularly impressed with 'Lizo' which opens with a flute and then drops into a call and response drums with Eugene Mona using his vocal range. Answering back to the vocal is an echoed afro centric war cry which chants, influencing listeners to watch out for the untrustworthy crew of followers in the local community. Kiko Navarro provides a house remix but the original is where the treasure is.
On the flip is Max Ranno - Ti Kanno featuring jungle animal noises, running water and again, more drums. Ti Kanno was previously recorded by Ti Émile, Ransay and Mona’s legendary forebear. Max Ransay provides his own version including a chord sequence which is almost FK and Jamie Principle 'Your Love'. The Sol Power All Stars provide a more beefed up remix and teases out the groove further.
I can imagine this going down very well with the likes of Harvey, Cedric Woo and the Brilliant Corners DJ's. Tracks that depend on drums, bamboo flutes, vocals and belle percussion cut the mustard this time of year as they sound heady in the heat and deep as you like into a late night session. One for the heads for sure.