legends of benin
For their fifth release, the incredible Analog Africa label has compiled 14 "super rare and highly danceable masterpieces recorded between 1969 -1981 by four legendary composers from Benin" on the aptly titled Legends of Benin. I'm really digging the whole thing at the moment, especially Gnonnas Pedro's stirring "agbadja modern" and the blazing "afro-funk-soul" of El Rego et sus Commandos. On par with last year's badass African Scream Contest comp, and the cover art (above) looks really nice too. Worth tracking down on 2xLP if you can; should be more widely available later this month.
gnonnas pedro & his dadjes band :: la musica en vérité
el rego et sus commandos :: feeling you got
One of our favorite photographers is set to release a collaborative project with model Joni Harbeck later this year. The book, entitled Pulp, will feature more than 200 of Neil Krug's dreamlike images; here's the new "commercial" for the project:
[if you're into it, you can purchase limited prints here]