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©© Les Frères Smith - Opposite People (Live At Roskilde Festival 2012)

©© Les Freres Smith - Opposite People (Live at Roskilde Festival 2012)
(Free MP3 download on 2013-01-29

2013 should be a busy year for the Smith family. Before releasing some long-awaited new material later this year, Les Freres Smith and Paris DJs offer you a cover of Fela Kuti's 'Opposite People' captured last summer at the amazing Roskilde Festival in Denmark.

Recorded in binaural so that you may hear the music just as if you were there, the whole Smith family hopes you'll enjoy this live take at one of the biggest European festivals. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and get ready to dance! PS check this little video out if you miss a dance step or two.

'Opposite People' is a 1977 Fela classic regularly played and appreciated by Les Freres Smith. Long trance rhythms, powerful horn themes and solos, heavy vintage keyboards and a strong, barely abstract, political message about the colonial mentality, upper class corruption, and more particularly its ability to abuse and impose its vision even if it's opposite to the one of the people.

The artwork, by band member Elvis Martinez Smith, is a hijack (or tribute, or both!) of a 1982 poster by Thami Mnyele for the 'Culture and Resistance' festival organised by the Medu Art Ensemble, in Gaborone, Botswana (read more about this movement here). Their story, ideology and actions in South Africa at the time are similar to Fela's crusade and more particularly to the social meaning of the song 'Opposite People', focusing on the disparities, growing gaps and walls between social classes.

Links :
©© Les Freres Smith : discogs | bandcamp | facebook | flickr | myspace | parisdjs | youtube
Grant Phabao : official | bandcamp | facebook | myspace | parisdjs | soundcloud
Paris DJs : | bandcamp | facebook | juno | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Artwork by Elvis Martinez Smith

Direct download: Les_Freres_Smith-Opposite_People_Live_At_Roskilde_2012.mp3
Category:Afro -- posted at: 2:50am EDT

Paris Djs Soundsystem presents The Silvertones 1965-1979

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents The Silvertones 1965-1979
(MP3 Podcast on 2013-01-24

Paris DJs is celebrating the imminent release of The Silvertones' new album 'Keep On Rolling', with a 27mn mix of their hits and past recordings, from the Ska years in the 60s (with Duke Reid at Treasure Isle), to the Roots Reggae tunes from the 70s (with Lee Perry at Black Art, or Coxsone Dodd at Studio One). After albums for rubadub deejay The Lone Ranger, or sweet and soulful reggae singer Carlton Livingston, French multi-instrumentalist/sound engineer Grant Phabao keeps on bringing back legends of Jamaican music into the spotlight, so stay connected for this upcoming 15th release on the Paris DJs label! Meanwhile, enjoy this half hour history class of classic Jamaican vibes, extracted from old vinyl 45s, mixed and mastered for your optimized audio pleasure.
PS Note that the podcast of mixes has ended with mix #400, but we're still publishing some new stuff on the "virtual releases" podcast, including free singles, remixes or sometimes even some mixes such as this one. Subscribe here.

Tracklisting :
01. The Silvertones with Lynn Tait and The Boys - It's Real
(from 'Storm Warning' 7 inch, 1966 / Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird) produced by Duke Reid
02. The Silvertones - Rejoice Jah Jah Children
(from 'Rejoice Jah Jah Children' 7 inch, 1976 / Black Ark) produced by Lee Perry
03. Duke Reid and The Silvertones - True Confession
(from 'True Confession' 7 inch, 1965 / Treasure Isle) produced by Duke Reid
04. Muskyteers - Kiddyo
(from 'Kiddy-O' 7 inch, 1969 / Upsetter) produced by Lee Perry
05. The Silvertones - What a Situation
(from 'What A Situation' 7 inch, 1977 / Trojan) produced by Jerry Maytals
06. Muskyteers - Endlessly
(from 'Kiddy-O' 7 inch, 1969 / Upsetter) produced by Lee Perry
07. The Silvertones with Tommy McCook - In The Midnight Hour
(from 'In The Midnight Hour' 7 inch, 1968 / Treasure Isle) produced by Duke Reid
08. The Silvertones - Smile
(from 'Smile' 7 inch, 1979 / Studio One) produced by Coxsone S. Dodd
09. The Silvertones - Financial Crisis
(from 'Financial Crisis' 7 inch, 1974 / Orchid) produced by Lee Perry
10. The Silvertones - He Don't Love You
(from 'He Don't Love You' 7 inch, 1968 / Upset) produced by Lee Perry
Total time : 27mn 05s

All the original cover artworks are available on the Paris DJs blog

Credits :
Selection by Djouls from the Paris DJs Soundsystem (
Mix and audio mastering by Grant Phabao (
Artwork inspired from The Silvertones' album 'Silver Bullet' (Trojan, 1973)

Links :
The Silvertones : discogs | facebook | juno | myspace | wikipedia
Paris DJs : | bandcamp | facebook | juno | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Direct download: Paris_DJs_Soundsystem_presents_The_Silvertones_1965-1979.mp3
Category:Reggae -- posted at: 10:46am EDT