Tony Allen : Ole, an impressive mix of afro beat and dub
Tony Allen was the drummer and Fela Kuti’s band Africa 70 and one of the primary co-founders of the genre of Afrobeat music. Brian Eno dubbed Tony Allen as one of the most influential drummer of our time. Moritz von Oswald, on the other hand, founder of Basic Channel was one of the most influential producers of techno music in the 1990s. In the 1980s he was percussionist for Palais Schaumburg, but would settle into electronic music by the late 80s and early 90s. Von Oswald’s records are characterized by a 4×4 beats with dubby basslines infused with syncopated synth pads slowly modulated over time, almost like a heartbeat slowly pulsating. His work was highly influential for Richie Hawtin and Pole most notably. On this record, Moritz Von Oswald has has remixed Tony Allen languidly in a building organic house, very much in line with his Rhythm & Sound productions, but more uplifting in mood with rolling percussion, lovingly phased guitar and unintrusive vocals. Even German can make dub sound funky and bring bongos for one of the most refreshing tracks the dub scene has offered up in recent years.
Tony Allen : Ole [A Remix By Moritz von Oswald : 2007]