WES: Welenga (Sony Music) Much is made in Welenga's publicity material that its two creative talents met in a music shop, and this is in some way 'strange'. Of course it is not. But the sense of the involvement of a divine force is very much the way this album by a French pianist and an African storyteller is being marketed. Both, we are told, are sorcerers of a kind, with Wes (the latter) singing of the spirits, and Michel Sanchez wielding magic synthesisers to create a hymn for the dance floor. Despite its protestations, this is a deliberately fashionable album: Wes is on the cover looking windswept; the African-inspired music could be, and no doubt has been, perfectly in place in trendy Parisian clubs. And Welenga? It means universal consciousness, a big claim for a dance album. But keep the implied mysticism out of it: except for some self-indulgent weeping on degue wegue, this is good music on its own. Deep Forest makes way for heavy metal nostalgia, guitar soukos and a quick splash of Johnny Clegg. This is dance and trance stuff.