This first project by Shock Records subsidiary Filter Music combines internationally famous artists like Angelique Kidjo and Grace Jones with others yet to break into the big time. Some are subversive like six-piece Oi Va Voi who are defining the sound of Jewish London, and British conga king Snowboy. Others define themselves geographically, like Dimitri from Paris (whose A Night At The Playboy Mansion sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide) and Clotaire K, a Lebanese/ Egyptian/ French rapper who mashes Middle Eastern rhythms with US-style rhymes. His first album in 2003 was called Lebanese, and aimed to represent all of the good (and the bad) things about Lebanon. Generally, it’s a hugely interesting mix of artists whose very different contributions mesh, somehow. The cover lines call it Emerging International Sounds and, for once, they’re actually telling the truth. This is a great introduction to some artists who haven’t been heard from much around these parts. Review: Stacy Farrar
Thanks to Filter Music, SBS and Shock Records, the Star has 10 copies of Coup D’?at to pass on to SSO readers. To grab one from our Oxford St office, be one of the first people to email email@example.com with a personal translation of the album’s title.