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Cadence Revolution: Disques Debs International Vol. 2
Disques Debs International
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February 14, 2020

Strut present the second volume in a series of compilations taken from the archives of Disques Debs International, the longest-running and most prolific label of the French Caribbean. Set up by the late Henri Debs in the late ‘50s, the label has continued for over 50 years, releasing hundreds of records and playing a pivotal role in bringing the creole music of Guadeloupe and Martinique to a wider international audience.

Volume 2 of the series focuses on the label’s ‘70s output and the development of the unique Cadence sound, pulling disparate influences into a Pan-Caribbean blend of rhythms, styles and languages that dominated the dancehalls, clubs and concerts of the decade. Based in a small but state-of-the-art studio on the first floor of Henri Debs’ Club 97-1, just outside Pointe-à-Pitre in the town of Gosier, the label hosted sessions from the cream of local and regional talent, hothousing ideas into over 100 LP and 45 releases over the decade that reflected an increasingly confident creole identity.

Groups like Les Vikings, Super Combo and Typical Combo along with a host of lesser-known bands were in fierce but friendly competition in the bals, dances and concerts in Guadeloupe, across the region and into Metropolitan France. Haitian Compas, Congolese influences from le Ry-Co Jazz, cadence-lypso and reggae from Dominica and a heavy dose of jazz and Puerto Rican salsa were thrown into the mix alongside local biguine, quadrille and gwo ka to power an unrivalled recorded output.

Compiled by Hugo Mendez (Sofrito) and Emile Omar (Roseaux), ‘Cadence Revolution’ is released in conjunction with Henri Debs et Fils and Air Caraibes. The package features previously unseen photos from the Debs archive with both formats featuring extensive liner notes and an interview with singer and trombonist Christian Zora (Les Maxel’s, Energy).

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Moin Domi Dérhô Super Combo 7:25 Buy

    Moin Domi Dérhô

  2. 2 Ambiance (Guhe Huiamo) Les vikings de la Guadeloupe 2:24 Buy

    Ambiance (Guhe Huiamo)

  3. 3 Piensalo Bien Typical Combo 3:39 Buy

    Piensalo Bien

  4. 4 Moin Ce Roi Roi Guadafrica Combo 5:35 Buy

    Moin Ce Roi Roi

  5. 5 Disco Funk Galaxy 4:55 Buy

    Disco Funk

  6. 6 Lagé Yo Koumbit 3:40 Buy

    Lagé Yo

  7. 7 Lina Femm' Foll Smoke 3:45 Buy

    Lina Femm' Foll

  8. 8 Music Passe Partout Les Rapaces 5:13 Buy

    Music Passe Partout

  9. 9 Good Trip H.W.T. Band 6:04 Buy

    Good Trip

  10. 10 Stranger (Disques Debs Version) Midnight Groovers 4:54 Buy

    Stranger (Disques Debs Version)

Show All Tracks 16

Disques Debs International

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