Album: Jupiter & Okwess International, Hotel Univer (Out Here Records)

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Less approachable than Staff Benda Bilili, not as sonically challenging as Konono No1, this new contender for best Congolese band on the planet is fronted by one-time Damon Albarn collaborator Jupiter Bokondji.

Their turbo-charged funk rock is a cross between "Ball of Confusion"-era Temptations and the rawest Congolese soukous, with some searing blues guitar riffs thrown in for good measure. Sure to end up a favourite of the year, and no mistake.