Dancefloor-certified tracks from pivotal Guadeloupean figure Erick Cosaque and his group Voltage 8, blending Gwo Ka rhythms and electronics.
These tracks were recorded between 1988 and 1994, here fully remastered, and a first outing on vinyl for tracks Flam’n Cho and Bazouka.
“Erick Cosaque‘s musical career spans 5 decades, numerous albums and a host of vital productions on his own Pawo’ka label. At the tail end of the 80s the sound of the 808, 909 and a host of other drum machines, synths and sequencers informed sounds and productions worldwide. from the pulsing house sound of Chicago and jagged Detroit rhythms to the dancehalls of Kingston and the shebeens of Kinshasa, every place and every scene reacted to the technology in a different way.
The French Caribbean was no exception. Long the bedrock of the classic Zouk sound and the innumerable hits of Kassav, the use of drum machines gradually spread into different musical areas.
These tracks celebrate the work of seminal Guadeloupean singer and percussionist Erick Cosaque and the sound of Gwo Ka – the traditional folkloric music of Guadeloupe – meeting the drum machine technology that was sweeping the studios of the world.” – words from the label
At the end of the day, these tracks are dancefloor heaters made for the discerning DJ and audience – complex hand-drum polyrhythms collide with 808 and 909 drum machines for rhythm sections that will bang hard on your hi fi and even harder on a system – test ’em out.