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There Is No End

Tony Allen

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Tony Allen arguably had the most eclectic CV out of anyone in the world of contemporary music. The tireless explorer Tony Allen started his career with Fela Kuti, and has collaborated with artists as diverse as Jean-Louis Aubert, Jeff Mills, Ray Lema, Sébastien Tellier, Manu Dibango, Damon Albarn and Charlotte Gainsbourg. His final foray, before his death on 30 April 2020 was into the world of hip-hop. With producer Vincent Taeger aka Tiger Tigre, he began improvising on drums while listening to American rap classics. Soon, he felt compelled to make beats for rappers. And as Tony Allen was never one to cling to past glories, he went in for freshness and inspiration, and gathered together a cast of new voices who had something to say.

Tony Allen was never able to complete this project. But he was able to record all his drum parts, and Vincent Taeger finished the work off brilliantly: the result was that this record saw the light of day exactly one year after the Nigerian musician passed away. This record has the feel of a real producer's album, with a very laid-back 90s vibe on the opening tracks featuring Sampa the Great and Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon. Tony Allen works musical wonders, creating a hypermodern, avant-garde sound. On Mau Mau, almost all the melody comes from the drums, while Kenyan rapper Nah Eeto lets fly with a cool, soul-tinged flow. From soul, we move on to funk, with Zelooperz and Koreatown Oddity, a Los Angeles rapper signed to Stones Throw, performing on Rich Black. After that, Hurt Your Soul (feat Nate Bone) takes us back to New York and the Def Jux label. The album ends with two masterpieces: My Own, with a jazzy beat, funky guitar and unstinting flow from the American duo Marlowe; and Cosmosis, a great track that mixes afro, pop and cosmic sounds, with Ben Okri and Skepta on the microphone, Damon Albarn on bass and keyboard and Remi Kabaka, his colleague from Gorillaz, handling percussion. This was the only track on the album which was recorded as an ensemble piece: it was one of Tony Allen's final jams. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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1
Tony’s Praeludium
00:00:29

Vincent Taurelle, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Author, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

2
Stumbling Down
00:02:31

Vincent Taurelle, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Synth Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sampa the Great, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sampa Tembo, Author

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

3
Crushed Grapes
00:03:17

Vincent Taurelle, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Bass Guitar, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Synth Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Laetitia Bourgeois, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon, Author, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

4
Très magnifique
00:03:22

Vincent Taurelle, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Synth Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Recording Engineer, Synth Bass, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tsunami, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Antonio Coleman Jr, Author

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

5
Mau Mau
00:03:09

Vincent Taurelle, Composer, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Synth Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nah Eeto, Author, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

6
Coonta Kinte
00:03:08

Vincent Taurelle, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Synth Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Williams, Author - Ludovic Bruni, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Laetitia Bourgeois, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ZelooperZ, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

7
Rich Black
00:04:19

Vincent Taurelle, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Synth Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Laetitia Bourgeois, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Koreatown Oddity, Author, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

8
One Inna Million
00:03:20

Vincent Taurelle, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Synth Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mathias Allamane, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lava La Rue, Author, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

9
Gang On Holiday (Em I Go We?)
00:03:04

Vincent Taurelle, Composer, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Synth Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremiah Jae, Author, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

10
Deer In Headlights
00:04:03

Danny Brown, Author, FeaturedArtist - Vincent Taurelle, Composer, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Synth Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul White, Author, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

11
Hurt Your Soul
00:02:59

Vincent Taurelle, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Synth Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nate Bone, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Bivins, Author

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

12
My Own
00:03:45

Vincent Taurelle, Mixer, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Drums, Percussion, Synth Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Recording Engineer, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Marlowe, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - L'Orange, Author, Producer - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Solemn Brigham, Author, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

13
Cosmosis
00:04:44

Skepta, Author, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Remi Kabaka, Producer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Damon Albarn, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taurelle, Producer, Mixer, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Producer, Drums, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Okri, Author, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Conga, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Laetitia Bourgeois, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

14
There’s No End
00:00:28

Vincent Taurelle, Composer, Mixer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Allen, Composer, Author, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Taeger, Composer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Etienne Meunier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

Album Description

Tony Allen arguably had the most eclectic CV out of anyone in the world of contemporary music. The tireless explorer Tony Allen started his career with Fela Kuti, and has collaborated with artists as diverse as Jean-Louis Aubert, Jeff Mills, Ray Lema, Sébastien Tellier, Manu Dibango, Damon Albarn and Charlotte Gainsbourg. His final foray, before his death on 30 April 2020 was into the world of hip-hop. With producer Vincent Taeger aka Tiger Tigre, he began improvising on drums while listening to American rap classics. Soon, he felt compelled to make beats for rappers. And as Tony Allen was never one to cling to past glories, he went in for freshness and inspiration, and gathered together a cast of new voices who had something to say.

Tony Allen was never able to complete this project. But he was able to record all his drum parts, and Vincent Taeger finished the work off brilliantly: the result was that this record saw the light of day exactly one year after the Nigerian musician passed away. This record has the feel of a real producer's album, with a very laid-back 90s vibe on the opening tracks featuring Sampa the Great and Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon. Tony Allen works musical wonders, creating a hypermodern, avant-garde sound. On Mau Mau, almost all the melody comes from the drums, while Kenyan rapper Nah Eeto lets fly with a cool, soul-tinged flow. From soul, we move on to funk, with Zelooperz and Koreatown Oddity, a Los Angeles rapper signed to Stones Throw, performing on Rich Black. After that, Hurt Your Soul (feat Nate Bone) takes us back to New York and the Def Jux label. The album ends with two masterpieces: My Own, with a jazzy beat, funky guitar and unstinting flow from the American duo Marlowe; and Cosmosis, a great track that mixes afro, pop and cosmic sounds, with Ben Okri and Skepta on the microphone, Damon Albarn on bass and keyboard and Remi Kabaka, his colleague from Gorillaz, handling percussion. This was the only track on the album which was recorded as an ensemble piece: it was one of Tony Allen's final jams. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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