2015 release. Granadilla Music present a reissue of Demon Fuzz’s Afreaka!, originally released in 1970. Demon Fuzz were an English band but originated from quite a few former Commonwealth countries which have African roots. Back in 1968, before they became Demon Fuzz, the musicians started as a typical soul music group. But following a trip to Morocco, they opened their minds and broadened their musical vision towards a conglomerate of jazz, African roots music, psychedelic sounds, blues, powerful rock, and tinges of funk and soul music. The multi-ethnic band felt like playing multi-ethnic influenced rock for the club and UK festival audiences. And despite their sensational musical vision and captivating compositions, Demon Fuzz never made it further than a cult band. Anyway, what they deliver here is progressive even for its time and still groovy and hypnotizing enough to fill the dancefloors of the most hip underground clubs. Great saxophone lines (are these melodies created by a sax?) over polyrhythmic groove patterns will drive fans of bands like Soft Machine and Colosseum nuts. There is the mandatory cover version included here, “Another Country”, originally played by The Electric Flag. Demon Fuzz get the most psychedelia out of their open jazz saxophone improvisations over a smooth, repetitive rhythm pattern in the long middle section. The essence of soul music, with many extraordinary and exotic elements, makes it one of these ever flourishing youthful anthems of progressive rock and pop from the late ’60s, the pioneer days of progressive music. Fans of the jazz and rock amalgam of the Canterbury scene should be excited about Afreaka! RIYL: Pacific Gas & Electric, Sly & The Family Stone, Colosseum, War, Ginger Baker’s Airforce, Miles Davis, Osibisa, Black Widow, If, and Nucleus. Includes three tracks not featured on the original.