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Boomkat Product Review:
**First new album in five years from the world's premier Afro-beat band. Comes housed in foil-blocked digicase with lyric sheet insert** "Simply titled Antibalas, the album is both a blazing reaffirmation of the NYC band’s collective musical strengths, and a hard-hitting continuation of their funkified excursions into what Antibalas founder and baritone saxophonist Martín Perna calls “our vault of esoteric sounds and knowledge. Recorded over a two-week period at Daptone’s House of Soul Studios in Brooklyn with Gabriel Roth at the helm, Antibalas is the first Antibalas full-length to be released on Daptone, which - given Antibalas’ deep- and long-running ties to the label - brings things kind of full-circle for the band. Antibalas has shared past and present members with several outfits in the Daptone stable (such as Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Menahan Street Band and The Budos Band), while Roth was an original member of the band, and produced the first three Antibalas albums. “Making this record was like going back and playing basketball with all your high school buddies, or something,” says Roth. Tracks like “The Rat Catcher,” “Him Belly No Go Sweet,” “Ari Degbe” and “Ibeji” capture the band’s fiery telepathy and unrelenting sense of groove, while also showcasing their most concisely focused attack yet. From the deft rumble of the new rhythm section (drummer Miles Arntzen and bassist Nikhil Yerawadekar) to the leonine growl of longtime frontman Amayo, the band — which also includes Victor Axelrod (organ, electric piano, sticks), Marcos García (guitar, background vocals) and Marcus Farrar (shekere, sticks, background vocals) — sounds more locked in and self-assured than ever."