Album: Yaaba Funk, Afrobeast (Yaabaphone)

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This London 10-piece get the whole Afrobeat/hi-life mix just about right with a loose, natural sound driven by a fluid yet intense rhythm section, bursts of on-the-nail brass, and plenty of light and shade in the vocals, which are shared by Richmond Kessie and Helen McDonald.

Refreshingly there are few concessions to contemporary dance-music trends, as it's all about the natural push and pull of a dynamic live band. But there's also a couple of digital-only remixes available for the hard of dancing.