REVIEW ::: Belaphonic’s “Adventure In Lagos” EP

We had some new music come through from Moodymanc’s brand new label Well Cut Records and from where I was I couldn’t wait to give it a write-up and just recently, a lil spin on my radio show. Belaphonic’s offering is a beautiful fusion of high energy groove and seductive rhythms of lush and rather “unusual to the ear” sounds.

To open up the wax ‘Adventures in Lagos’ and ‘Three Strikes and Out’ features the real natural essence of what we’ve come to know as the latter edition of afro house, not being afraid to try out something new, that element that transports the heads to an unbelievable trance. A2 in particular has the brilliance of soft, organic percussiveness that works its way through the underlying phases into an explosion of raw bangs of the drum, up and down and back again, what a journey that was!

On the flipside, ‘Disorganics’ turns the heat all the way up with a mesmerizing double bass backing some harmonic intelligence from the strings and cello alike, not to mention the samba percussion which controls your unwilling body to move along with it. How more theatrical can the B side be? ‘Silver lining’ dramatically closes off the release, paying homage to the late great Horace Silver and doing it in American Jazz fashion! This one definitely takes you back to the days of his hard bop compositions, riff after riff with rushing rides within the dark atmosphere created by that grand piano make you feel the tension and growing energy. Well Cut Records have some serious wax going on here, a wonderful pleasure indeed!

Lunga M