Mbilia Bel — Phénomene
This 1988 recording by Mbilia Bel—the seminal, trailblazing Congolese singer—is a great if left-field example of why she is special. As her voice lilts atop the slightly arty and progressive soukous arrangements, can’t not feel like dancing/blissing. Voice like warm butter, guitars like sweet birds, super-dry minimal percussion, slap-bass accents. A less obvious Mbilia Bel tape that is just doing it for me at the moment.