FOLLOWING last year's The Vodoun Effect - a collection of rare recordings made by Benin's Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - comes Echos Hypnotiques, a compilation of their major label efforts. And the the collection continues to deliver more of the same from the prolific yet practically unheard-of group, who were one of the African nation's hottest acts back in the 1970s. Each track is full-on funky and energetic - this is music as borne out of voodoo rituals as James Brown funk after all - and is as likely to make you shake and sweat as a malarial fever. Thank god - or gods, voodoo worshippers - that Analog Africa continue to push this awesome act that fans of funk really should check out.
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