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JUPITER & OKWESS INTERNATIONAL - Kin Sonic

180-gram vinyl. Includes download code. "With their second album, Kin Sonic, Jean-Pierre Bokondji aka Jupiter and his band Okwess transcend the Congos unexplored musical heritage and dive into a pool of modernity. Its a work of perfect alchemy, enriched by contributions from Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, violinist Warren Ellis of Dirty Three and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Robert del Naja aka 3D of Massive Attack. Del Najas input comes in the form of a unique and powerful album cover, the fee for which he decided to donate to an NGO called La Fondation Etoile du Congo de Madame Princesse Kibinda Mariam Rita, based in Lemba, the neighborhood in Kinshasa where Jupiter lives. At the beginning of the 1980s, Jupiter joined the band Famous Black, which later became Bongo Folk before finally settling on the name Okwess. Since then, Okwess has had many line-up changes but always kept the same captain at the helm. In 2006, a documentary called Jupiters Dance, directed by Florent de la Tullaye and Renaud Barret, revealed this extraordinary personality to the world -- this Don Quixote who, in a dilapidated and abandoned environment, has fought stubbornly against the odds to keep his band alive. In 2013, the release of the album Hotel Univers gave Jupiter a certain international legitimacy as well as the opportunity to tour the world several times over. Its follow-up, Kin Sonic, features a reading by French actress and film director Sandrine Bonnaire (a Jupiter fan) of an extract from the book Bandoki (The Sorcerers) by Zamenga Batukezanga, an African philosopher and author with a vivid writing style who, though little known outside the Congo, was a familiar face in his neighborhood of Lemba, where he died in 2000. Thanks to the Congos immense natural resources, half a century of independence resulted in the enrichment of a small handful of people and the impoverishment of everyone else, following a colonial era in which the seizure of natural wealth was the only rule. Just like Batukezangas writing, Jupiters lyrics focus on this painful past, and how to overcome it. Gathered around Jupiter are the Okwess faithful: Montana (of Staff Benda Bilili) on drums, Yendé on bass, guitarists Eric and Richard, and the singer Blaise. Produced by Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, Songhoy Blues) and François Gouverneur, Kin Sonic finds its voice in the exploration of a heritage that has remained totally hidden until now, and comes to take its place in a contemporary landscape where walls and borders are exploding in the face of a yearning to share moments of beauty and pure madness, all mixed up together." - Glitterbeat.

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

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