Album: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, The Vodoun Effect, (Analogue Africa)

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If these 14 tracks are representative of the 500 or so that had to be sifted through from this West African band's prolific output between 1970 and 1983, then let's have the boxed set pronto!

This is angular, punchy funk run through with vicious blasts of organ, and some of the finest oblique guitar riffs since Television. It's scary to consider that without the obsessive focus of label owner, Samy Ben Redjeb, this Benin band's music may never have seen the light of day again.

Pick of the album: Art rock meets James Brown: 'Mi Ni Non Kpo'