Where The Gods Are In Peace is an epic Afro-Western Trilogy and is Antibalas’ first studio album since 2012. The LP on Daptone Records is a search for solace from American political opportunism, greed and vengeance.
The album is far more psychedelic in style than previous incantations of the band’s sound. While paying respect to the forefathers of Afrobeat, some tracks sound more like Goat and the evolution gives their music fresh impetus.
Through its battle cry of resistance against exploitation and displacement, Antibalas’ long-form compositions investigate oppression in 1800s America that eerily mirror the current state of the country. The title refers to the possibilities of living as one unified people, where all gods are equal and together we prevail.
Compositions on Where The Gods Are In Peace maintain their Afrobeat sensibilities, spanning 9 to 15 minutes in length. With a blessing from the Fela Kuti legacy early in the band’s career, Antibalas has long been revered for re-popularising the classic Afrobeat sound while adding their distinct New York City grit to the mix. The aforementioned influences of punk rock, free jazz, and hip-hop define a truly 21st century translation of the Afrobeat genre.
Opening track Gold Rush is a tribute to forgotten indigenous people. Lead singer Duke Amayo, a kung-fu master by day and Afrobeat superstar by night, initiates a striking narrative from the devastation of the Gold Rush era.
“I don’t see what’s happening in our country and around the globe as a problem, it’s an opportunity,” says Amayo. “We fight the hardest when things are about to change. Our generation has the incredible ability to make things better for generations to come. We’re at a critical tipping point, it’s time for change.”
Check the latest WTM radio shows for tracks from the latest LP. The album is released on September 15.
Here’s the tracklist, link and a superb video from Palmbomen II. A track by the electronic wizard opens the show from August 17th. Palmbomen II produces amazing ambient dance music and his videos have a retro, Twin Peaks-esque vibe. His material from 2017 can be difficult to get hold of on vinyl, so buy on sight if you can. Check below for the tracklist and link to the show after this beautiful weirdness.
There’s another track from the forthcoming Antibalas album, previewed last show, one from the Sorry Bamba reissue, plus lots of great stuff from the Invisible Inc. label following our interview with the label (click here if you missed it).
Palmbomen II – Cindy Savalas ; Zerox Dreamflesh – Squids Can Fly ; Stranger Cole and Jah Levy – I’m Living ; Lifetones – Decide ; Lifetones – Good Side ; Sceptre – Ina Dif’rent Styley ; Jon Keliehor – The Beginning Of Time ; Higamos Hogamos – Elkamonious Split ; Peter Power – Sacral Bells ; Jose Leonidas Jancidakis Arce, Mauricio Sprovieri & Renato Tupy – Da Gota Ao Oceano (Peter Power Remix) ; Higamos Hogamos – Fuzzy Majesty ; Antibalas – Hook & Crook ; Sorry Bamba – Yayoroba ; Verckys et l´Orchestre Vévé – Bassala Hot ; Mac & Party – Harambe ; Makadam & Behr – Nyako ; Louis De Meester – Incantations ; Komodo Kolektif – Djakarta 3001 (Short Version) ; Larry T and The Family – Where Does The Answer Lie ; Shoody – Tokyo Melody
Here’s the tracklist to the latest radio show. New material from Antibalas, Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet, Harmonious Thelonious, K Lone, plus Pugilist & Mystik – the latest on Jack Sparrow’s Navy Cut label. Recent reissues include Billy Cole on Japanese label Rock A Shacka and Apples on Odion Livingstone. There’s also exciting edits from Cervo.
Aleke Kanou – Sweet Mother; Aigbe Lebarty – Unity; Majid Bekkas – Soudani Manayou (Cervo Edit); DJ Nigga Fox -15 Barras; Harmonious Thelonious – Ayranman; Pedro – Amor; K Lone – Woniso; Groove City – Jhazee; Nummer – Meditation In Baltimore; Ti Fock – Sokouye; F.O.E – In the Jungle; Apples – Lay On The Ground; Billy Cole – Here and Now; Pugilist & Mystik – Zulu Blues; Antibalas – Tombstown Pt 2; Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet – Kanimba; Chacalon – Mi Dollar; Tatsuro Yamashita – Love Space; Yumi Matsutoya – 78; Yasuaki Shimizu – Kono Yo Ni Yomeri #2; Chacalon – Chana; Cervo – Dancing Dream
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