Dédé St. Prix

Leve/Arréte Ton Delire

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DeDe St. Prix artfully combines chouval bwa with contemporary touches of brass and synthesizers in this album. From the outset, the percussion shows the way and St. Prix's masterly skills on the Martiniquan drums are up front and aimed at you hips. The two title cuts "Leve" ("Get Up"), and "Arrete Ton Delire" ("Stop Your Delirium"), are worth the price of admission themselves. The energy level put out on the whole album is extraordinarily high and relentless. The arrangements are deft and everything broils in tropical heat. The expert backup singers add another layer of texture and color to the palette of sounds, rhythms, and percussive variations. The album sold very well in the Antilles and in Paris and with good reason. It has held up well and continued listening reveal nuances in this music that is truly satisfying, not only for the groove quotient but also for the musicianship. "Bao Bao" is another standout track that bounces underpinned by solid drumming, bright horns, and fine flute riffs. There isn't a lame track on the album. If you don't own any of DeDe St. Prix's albums, this one would be an excellent introduction. Highly recommended.