Boomkat Product Review:
On his debut album for World Circuit, the legendary Tony Allen re-establishes his Afrobeat roots. The key elements of the sound he forged together with Fela Kuti during the 1960s and 1970s - the anthemic horns, bristling funk and above all, incredibly intricate drumming - are very much present and correct, and with songs like 'Elewen Po', the political agenda of the genre's original incarnation is very much present and correct. Much is made of Allen's contributions to popular music, having in recent years formed The Good, The Bad & The Queen alongside Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon and Simon Tong, but further to that he's contribute to records like Sebastien Tellier's 'La Ritournelle', Charlotte Gainsbourg's 5:55 and Air's 'Once Upon A Time'. Nevertheless, it's within the parameters of this more personal, more familiar big band context that the full might of Allen's commanding percussive and polyrhythmic dexterity become apparent.