Phonica Premiere: International Soleil Band – Ta Lassa (Hide & Smile Edit) [SOUNDWAY]

Up next on Phonica Premieres is a seriously groovy cut from International Soleil Band off the new Soundway 12″. ‘Ta Lassa’ is an ’80s West African Disco crossover from the International Soleil band straight outta Guinea.

Composed by Gnamakoron Sidi Diabaté it was originally featured on an album released in 1983 by French Warners offshoot WAM (West African Music) – a short lived label that recorded about 20 releases of West African music released in France. Also Featuring Mory Djely Kouyate this track was a staple of the 22 band’s repertoire in the 1970s (in which many of the ISB played) – famous for their recordings on the legendary state-run Editions Syliphone label. We’ve decided to premiere the extended (DJ friendly) Hide & Smile edit on the A side.

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There’s throbbing bass and keyboard interplay punctuated by classic Guinee guitar lines, metronomic drumming and 80s synth sweeps eventually drops into a more recognisable Guinean vocal outing. This beautiful 12″ will be out on the 20th of May and you can reserve a copy on our website now.


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