Olefonken // Ubuntu Tutu [Falk]
The world of Olefonken is one of deeply spiritual sounds. The type of grooves that sounded so good on the likes of Joe Claussell’s Spiritual Life around a decade ago.
Although not perhaps the de rigeur sound of choice these days, there is undoubtedly a space for music of this calibre. Raised in Africa before moving to Norway, Olefonken has experienced a juxtaposition of cultures that few will have traversed. And as a result, the music does take the listener into another world – one of rhythmic warmth and blissed out musicality.
Across the three main tracks, we are treated to the kind of grooves that Blaze were exploring in their afro-house heyday. Surging forth in their own time, peppered with gorgeous sounds – one part mystical, another more familiar and they are all worth checking either for warm up play or home listening.
Joystick Jay turns in a remix of the title track, crisping up the beats, emphasising the groove element, adding a nocturnal feel and bringing breaks in, albeit in the same languid manner of the orignator’s material. Olefonken’s is a journey well worth checking in on.
Release Date: Out Now
Words: Colin Cook