A new year, a new label. Philophon. Based in Berlin, Philophon are set to contribute to the corner of the market basing its output on international re-issues and fresh sounds from across the globe.
Their first ‘release’ sees a collection of 3 45’s, each showcasing a different artist, and each of those being a Ghanaian vocalist. The artist perhaps likely to draw the most attention – by association to his father – is ‘Roy X’, AKA Jimmy Taylor, son of Ebo. That is not to say however that his material is any stronger than either of the two acts contained within the releases. ‘Alogte Oho Jonas’ (and His Sounds of Joy) underpins what is more than a slight nod to a reggae feel throughout the whole range, but it is the contributions by ‘Guy One’ where the real magic lies.
It seems the 3 7″ records were released back in September, but to little fanfare. Let’s hope the collection and artists go on to get the recognition they deserve in the new year.