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Boomkat Product Review:
Blinding early ‘80s Nigerian funk album, dug out and dusted down by Soundway Records for the good of the dance and humankind in general. Seriously, we’ve nary heard such a mad take on early ‘80s disco; a hugely imaginative sound; stone-cold funky and whacked out with fruitiest spacecake synths. No doubts this is going to set heads and ‘floors on fire upon impact.
Odion Iruoje was Nigeria’s number-one producer of the 1970s and early ‘80s, credited as being the man who signed Fela Kuti to EMI Nigeria and the guy who produced all of Fela’s revolutionary early material from 1970-73. Odion also signed and produced most of the great body of Nigerian material on the EMI label including BLO, Mono-Mono, Tunji Oyelana (who adds vocals on this LP), Ofege, Geraldo Pino, Sonny Okosuns and many many more.
The album was produced on his own label Odion Ltd and released in 1983, an over-looked and obscure LP that was originally only ever distributed in small numbers. Part disco, part Nigerian rap, Afro-funk & Juju, Down To Earth is a unique and at times eccentric blend of Nigerian music that deserves another look after all these years. Clock it now or when all your mates come raving about it!