Boomkat Product Review:
2nd volume of suave, party-starting digs from the Disques debs International catalogue out of Guadaloupe.
“Disques Debs is the longest-running and most prolific label to have come out of the Francophone Caribbean. Based in Guadeloupe and helmed by producer and musician Henri Debs, the label ran from the late 1950s to the early 2000s and released over 200 LPs and 300 45s, playing a pivotal role in bringing the creole music of Guadeloupe and Martinique to a wider international audience. Volume 2 celebrates the ‘70s recordings of the label that drew local, regional and international musicians and influences together to create a signature sound and style from its base in Pointe-à-Pitre.
At the beginning of the ‘70s, the Disques Debs label was already more than a decade into its existence and had begun to dominate the local record market in Guadeloupe and Martinique, anchored around some of the best studio equipment in the region and staff with a keen ear for a hit record. By the end of the decade, the label and studio had pulled far ahead of the pack, pushing groups like Super Combo, Typical Combo and Les Vikings into Europe and across the Caribbean and stamping its own sound and aesthetic on the musical output of the region, paving the way for the global success of acts like Zouk Machine in the ‘80s.
The increasingly sophisticated sound coming out of the Debs studio found a home across the Caribbean diaspora in Europe and the Caribbean, bringing a new vision of Caribbean music. Compiled by Hugo Mendez (Sofrito) and Emile Omar (Roseaux), ‘Cadence Revolution’ is released in conjunction with Henri Debs et Fils and Air Caraibes. The package features previously unseen photos from the Debs archive with both formats featuring extensive liner notes and an interview with singer and trombonist Christian Zora (Les Maxel’s, Energy).”