Leon Michels and Danny Akalepse only set up Big Crown Records this year, but it's been off to a veritable flyer with a slew of cross-format releases that canvas the constellations of soul, funk and international flavours. The latest act to be anointed with the Big Crown are Okonkolo, a band led by Abraham Rodriguez whose soulful voice is the perfect foil for the bata drums and voices soaring through the horns and guitars of Jacob Plasses's production. The musical prayers that make up Okonkolo's debut EP Rezos (Prayers) are some of the most complex and beautiful that any classical tradition has produced. They are also some of the oldest, addressing Obatala, the creator of the world, Ochun, the goddess of love and beauty, and Chango, God of the drum. The beauty and otherworldliness of these prayers endures, the rhythms and chants reimagined in a way that is somehow both ancient and new.