The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band: Darkest Light, The Best of (Strut)

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The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band: Darkest Light, The Best of (Strut)

As I understand it (and I've never heard of these guys before) this band was a loose affiliation of ex-pat US musicians who got together in France in the Seventies and delivered such primo funky soul-rock that they have been heavily sampled by the likes of Public Enemy, De La Soul and Jay-Z.

They wrote their own stuff but also covered period classics such as Manu Dibango's Soul Makossa . . . and this collection, originally released in 1999 and here with extra tracks, pulls together their best stuff.

This is funky, percussive, feels very southern (the terrific New Orleans-styled track Congo is a standout) and probably a must-have for those in search of rare soul from the Seventies.

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