Francis Bebey Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 Vinyl 2LP

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More psychedelic sounds from Francis Bebey! The polyrhythms of his native Cameroon lay the groundwork while his later French eclecticism shines through on this collection of later work from Mr. Bebey. We were immediately enamored with an earlier collection from 75-82 also released by France's Born Bad Records, but the latest takes the best parts from that comp and gives us 2 LPs worth of it and leaves us wanting more. Focusing on 82-84, the later work of Bebey was swimming in beautiful washes of Kalimba and his vocal stylings still touches on the intoxicating, slightly seductive Serge Gainsbourg-esque talk singing all the while patterns upon patterns sway underneath. Housed in a BEAUTIFUL jacket featuring Brussels based artist Elzo Durt's incredible illustrations that are equal parts collage, woodblock, and National Geographic. Recommended.

  • music label: Born Bad Records 2014
reviewed by Clockwork Brown