April 19, 2011 marks the release of Nü Revolution, the highly anticipated third album from the Grammy-nominated, Afropean soul-singing sisters—Les Nubians. We, BamaLoveSoul, have been blessed with an advance copy of the French-Cameroonian sister duo’s upcoming project and want to let all that plan to pick up the album know that you won’t be disappointed. To those that aren’t anticipating—Hélène and Célia Faussart’s upcoming release comprises music your ears shouldn’t miss. Let’s journey through the soon-to-be released, enchanting 14-track collection.
Les Nubians’ “Nü Queens Intro” sets the stage with a rhythmic African drum ensemble. The dry, punchy vibe of the collective makes for a contrasting transition into the melodic “Liberté.”
“Liberté,” “Nü Revolution,” and “Fraîcheur Souhaité” each employ a driving and soothing melody, with an uplifting quality that will empower you. The themes of these selections—sought-after freedom, necessary revolution, and desired freshness—are expressed in a quaint, intrusive way that surely gets each message across.
Then, “Nü Soul Makossa” picks up the pace. With the help of legendary Caribbean saxophonist-vibraphonist Manu Dibango—most notably known for his 1972 afrobeat hit “Soul Makossa,” which many consider to be the very first disco record—the sisters fill the musical space with vibrant vocals and precise spoken word that will have you bobbing, if not dancing.
For “Les Gens,” the duo softens the vibe. Though evident throughout the LP, their tactful intertwining of French and English are most distinct on this track. Ghanaian MC Blitz the Ambassador, tacks on several heartfelt bars at the end of the selection, amid their lovely voices.
If “Nü Soul Makossa” didn’t pull you to the dance floor, the edgy “Afrodance” surely will. Or rather, compel you to create your own makeshift dance floor in the kitchen, living room, wherever. There’s no French on this track; nothing romantic about this dance. The steady beat, horns, and subtle variety of background sounds will make you shake your afro, whether you have hair or not.
The next song, “Déjà vu,” is the low point on an album with mostly highs. The duo and feature, Eric Roberson, attempt to serenade over an offbeat, sporadic melody. But, what one might expect to be an ear-pleasing mix of sounds, is heard as jumbled and unorganized.
The worst on the album is likely followed by the best. “Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Reves,” remixed by DJ-producer J.Period, is superb. Hélène and Célia’s soulful vocals, John Banzaï’s French-hop, and the smooth backbeat and bassline, are a delight.
The next two tracks, “Vogue Navire” and the provocative “Femme Polylandre,” both evoke a meditative, sensual aura through their slow conversation or song, and steady, submerged beats. Think bedroom, with the lights off.
“Je M’en Occupe,” “M’Bengue,” and “Africa For The Future” conclude the album perfectly. Les Nubians’ Cameroonian flavor comes to the forefront in each. The songs bring full circle the ethnic honesty, and zeal for understanding, the duo embraces to breathe life into Nü Revolution.
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See below for the full track listing:
1. Nü Queens Intro
3. Nü Revolution
4. Fraîcheur Souhaité (Freshness Desired)
5. Nü Soul Makossa feat. Manu Dibango
6. Les Gens feat. Blitz the Ambassador
8. Déjà vu (Already You) feat. Eric Roberson
9. Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Rêves (J.Period Remix) feat. John Banzaï
10. Vogue Navire (Sail On)
11. Femme Polyandre (Polylandrous Woman)
12. Je M’en Occupe (I’m Taking Care Of It)
13. M’Bengue (A Letter From…)
14. Africa For The Future feat. Freshly Ground