After the success of 2009's Speakin' Nuyorican EP, remixes for Alice Russell and Vieux Farke Toure, top-ranking in Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Remix contest, Captain Planet returns to form with a dancefloor-destroying 12". Steeped in the tough international breakbeat sound that he's become known for, it leads up to his first full length album dropping later this year.
On the title track Ningane, the Captain enlists the vocal talents of Congolese singer Fredy Massamba over a rugged, horn driven slice of Afrobreaks. Fredy's words (sung in his native Kikongo language) perfectly ride the riddim before moving into a deeper, late night house vibe with soaring vocals.
Up next, Boston's Whiskey Barons give Ningane a signature reflip, moving the track into classic Afro-disco territory with a four on the floor beat, live keys and guitar, chopped horns and vocals, a bassline that's funky as all hell with killer percussion breaks.
Moving to the flip, Dame Agua is a fire-breathing latin scorcher with massive percussion and drums, stabbing salsa horns, bubbling organs, and vintage-sounding vocals put on the chopping block.
Up next, we're headed to Brazil with Macumba, a down and dirty samba influenced 108BPM breakbeat joint with all the elements firmly intact, including beautiful Portuguese vocals sliced and diced properly, as the Captain proves time and time again that he can deftly flip an array of global genres into a sound that is undeniably his own.
Also included on the B-Side is an instrumental of Ningane. A1. Ningane A2. Ningane (Whiskey Barons Remix) B1. Dame Agua B2. Macumba B3. Ningane (Instrumental)
Label: Bastard Jazz