Akin Fatunmbi has been on this musical journey with me from my early days (circa 1986). I’ve put together a compilation of summery Good Voodoo tunes he appears on. It’s called Good Voodoo Sunrise and it will be released soon.
Here is Lost Property.
Another compilation from the archives.
These are alternative versions of tunes found on the Playing With Fire LP, Dance Break + Shake LP, Speaking in Tongues LP as well as the Nomads LP.
The Lost Property versions hold a special place in my heart. A style all of their own distinct from my Good Voodoo Afro House music.
Way back in 2002, I made an album called Invisible Headphones. So called because when people saw me walking in the street they thought I was listening to music but it was just my music rattling around in my brain. The album got lost. Hard drives, DATs and CDs got misplaced whilst studios got disassembled, life, kids – the usual story.
Good news – The tracks have been found, so 20 years after it was supposed to be unleashed to the masses, it’s coming out.
The cover design features my original logo (pre-African face paint).
There are a lot of Domineeky albums (48 LPs at the last count), but which are my favourites?
Here are my top 5 LPs*.
5 – Turquoise Dreams – It’s got a live Afro-Cuban feel. It’s got a unique energy. Also, it reminds me of Cuba.
4 – Beats Without Borders – The first Tru Roots Project LP
3 – Electric Juju – The fastest one I’ve made. 5 days of writing and recording. The lyrics cover a wide range of subjects from the impact of global warming to the refugee crisis.
2 – Broken Systems – I’ve been doing the broken beat / sample cut up style for years, ever since I got my first Emu sampler in 1995 but this was the first time I had done a whole album of it. Sonically, it’s one of my favourites. The bass is so heavy that a deaf woman loved it because she could feel the vibrations.
1 – Rapture and Lightning – This is the one. It’s got a bit of everything I do. Afro-House, slow jams, club-orientated tunes and guitars. Also, the cover art is phenomenal (in my biased opinion), so good that a nightclub has put a version of it on one of their doors.
*My top 5 always changes from week to week.
The Turquoise Dreams LP is the jazz anomaly in my repertoire.
I went to Havana with my family, had one of the best holidays of my life. I wrote some tunes whilst I was there. Came back home, set up a music for film company, brought in some of my favourite musicians like Otis whose mesmerising guitar work features on Nomads LP and 24900 Miles From Home LP and Kev Howard on didg (who also takes most of my portraits).
The recording sessions produced well known tracks like Moneda Funk in the Green Room and The Beholder Live. The rest of the tracks remained on my hard drive for years whilst Good Voodoo Music took off and the love I received for my Domineeky Afro House tunes was amazing.
But what about the Havana inspired jazz sessions? It didn’t sound like my Afro music or the Tru Roots Project. I couldn’t come up with a name for the LP or face editing 27 Afro-Cuban jams to a coherent LP. In the end I called the album Turquoise Dreams because all the music was recorded in the Green Room Studio and whilst in Cuba, my 11-year-old son had all the holiday kids partying and drinking Blue Lemonades by the swimming pool – the blue colour was due to the shots of blue Curaçao liqueur. He only discovered it was alcoholic on the last day when a new barman arrived.
I am on a limited edition vinyl anthology. That’s all I can say at the moment.
It’s a long and complicated story but I’m going back to more lyrics in my tunes. Back to how I started. Songs written on an old acoustic then fleshed out with other instruments.
I wanted to make an album that I could still perform if all the technology failed and all I had was my voice and a guitar.
There are things I want to say and sometimes a lyric is the only way.
I have made another LP. this one is called Hard Wired.
It’s been described as Fela Kuti from a Future Variant and as Electric Afrobeat.
After the disruptor influences that led to the Impaired Vision and Broken Systems LPs, I felt it was necessary to re-boot myself. There are just somethings that I am hardwired to do – Make music that has a distinct Afro feel. It always seeps through, regardless of the technology – drum machines or guitars. It always sounds like me and my heritage. It is easy to spot in the grooves.
I am back with another LP. this one is called Broken Systems. In many ways it is a companion piece to the Impaired Vision LP, which also features my broken beat, sampler cut up style.
Whilst the Impaired Vision LP was inspired by the world’s reaction to the George Floyd murder, this one was inspired by 2 things –
(1) the notes I made in the 1980s about how the future would look, feel and sound.
(2) My visceral response to the outpouring of racism that occurred in the aftermath of England losing on penalties in the European Championship Finals.
The future we imagined didn’t turn out the way it was meant to be.
A Greatest Hits compilation with a difference.
As always, I wanted to try something different. Give people something they are not used to from me.
With the World Through Another Window LPs, I serve up World Fusion versions of some of my most well known songs. Opting for organic tones instead of the cone-rattling electronically-fuelled AfroHouse club sound I made my name with.
Here I put a fresh spin on my voice and songs with the live musicians of the Tru Roots Project.
Afrobeat, Zouk, Afro-Cuban beats and a multitude of diverse flavours – perfect for late night chillout and open air live music festivals.
My favourites are I’m Ready and We Can All Be Funky.
Bluesman’s Blues, Fantasy (original versions on Dance, Break & Shake LP)
Moneda Funk (original version on Good Voodoo Afro House Vol 1 LP)
Chance, The Beholder (original versions on Speaking in Tongues LP)
We Can Be Lovers, War (original versions on Nomads LP)
We Can All Be Funky (original version on Time Off for Good Behaviour LP)
Kinetic Funk (original version on Nu Voodoo Sound LP)
Live a Little Lie, Do What You Like, One Love, Stop The World,
Fire and Ice, Nobody Can Hold Me Down,
Say My Name, I’m Ready (original versions on 24900 Miles From Home LP)
Revival (original version on Playing With Fire LP)
Houdini Overtone Dub (original version on Rapture & Lightning Deluxe Edition)
Say My Name Afrobeat Instrumental (original version on 24900 Miles From Home Late Night Chill LP)