Sunday, March 26, 2017

Klaus Doldinger "The Ambassador" 1969

The Ambassador is a wonderful double-album by berliner Klaus Doldinger from 1969, the last in his own name before forming the legendary group Passport the year after. This groovy jazz set includes elements of brazil, middle east, africa and has a cool typical of time hippie-vibe over it. Sadly this LP never got reissued. Groovy!


Allen Kwela "Black Beauty" 1975

Black Beauty is a groovy and funky soul-jazz and cape-jazz LP from South Africa released in 1975. Allen Kwela was one the most famous jazz guitarists from South Africa, he died in Johannesburg in 2003. It's very strange that this album never got a reissue. Groovy!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

VA - 2017, The First Quarterly Report

Well, it's very simple: here is 2 mixtapes with my favourite songs from the 2017 so far (the first quartal). Like every year it's a fantastic year for new music of every kinds. There is so much great and groovy tunes "out there", I just had to grab them, feel the groove and spread the words in those 2 mixtapes. Hope you like it and have a nice weekend...

01. Ill Camille - Black Gold
02. Chinese Man - Liar (feat. Kendra Morris, Dillon Cooper)
03. Geoffroy - Pusherman
04. Middle Kids - Your Love
05. Horse Thief - Evil's Rising
06. Devin the Dude - Tonight
07. Wiki & Your Old Droog - What Happened To Fire
08. Kelissa - Topsy Turvy
09. Westside Gunn - Brains Flew By
10. Swifty McVay - Over Protective
11. Zooey - Time to Get Alone
12. Oh No & Tri-State - Tears on My Nautica (feat. Washeyi Choir)
13. Damaged Bug - Bunker Funk
14. Substantial - Follow the Master
15. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Melodys Actual Echo Chamber
16. deadmau5 - Support
17. Daye Jack - Finish Line
18. GoldLink - Summatime
19. The Moonlandingz - The Strangle of Anna
20. Kiefer - Tubesocks

01. Horja - All Time Open (feat.Charra Love)
02. Formation - Buy And Sell
03. Onry Ozzborn - Birfday
04. Your Old Droog - Bangladesh (feat. Heems)
05. Eric Lau - Amerie
06. Lowly - Mornings
07. Loyle Carner - Mean It In The Morning
08. M-Dot - Gleamin' (feat. B.A.M)
09. Murs - G Is for Gentrify 1000 Suns
10. Louis La Roche - All I Had
11. HalfNoise - French Class
12. Popcaan - Addicted
13. Oddisee - NNGE (feat. Toine)
14. Anna Wise - Some Mistakes
15. Nadia Reid - Right On Time
16. Juveniles - Under One Name
17. David Bazan - Make Music
18. Lazerhawk - Dream Within a Dream
19. Page Kennedy - W.C.W (feat. Kuniva)
20. The Alchemist - Amen

Friday, March 24, 2017

VA - I'm There (The Groovy Sounds Of Bob Dylan 1968-1971)

Here is a mixtape I made with cover versions of Bob Dylan songs recorded 1968-1971. This was not a try to do a "best of" zimmerman-covers, not even from the those specific years, and many artists and versions/songs are missing from the period. We all love Roger McGuinn and The Byrds don't we? This was just meant to be a groovy mixtape to fill your head with, and it was pretty fun to put this together. Hope some of you dig it.

01. Terry Boylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues (1969)
02. Sam Lay's Bluesband - Maggie's Farm (1969)
03. Robert E. Lee Brigade - Ballad Of A Thin Man (1970)
04. Lonnie Mack - The Man In Me (1971)
05. Joan Baez - Drifter's Escape (1968)
06. José Feliciano - I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (1968)
07. Bold - It's All Over Now Baby Blue (1969)
08. Ramblin' Jack Elliott ‎- Girl From The North Country (1971)
09. Jack Downing - Queen Jane Approximately (1970)
10. The Rainbow Press - As I Went Out One Morning (1969)
11. Melanie - Lay Lady Lay (1971)
12. Cher - Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You (1969)
13. Johnny Rivers - Positively 4th Street (1968)
14. The Flying Circus - You Ain't Goin Nowhere (1969)
15. John Davidson - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (1969)
16. Flatt & Scruggs - Wanted Man (1970)
17. Arlo Guthrie - Percy's Song (1970)
18. Rick Nelson - Just Like a Woman (1971)
19. Olivia Newton-John - If Not For You (1971)
20. Ronnie Hawkins - One Too Many Mornings (1970)


Guelewars Band Of Banjul ‎"Tasito" 1980

Guelewars Band Of Banjul were a group from Ghambia, Tasito is their first LP from 1980. The music is some kind of afrobeat/afrofunk with vibes of folk, electronic and psychedelia. Sadly (and strange) this LP never got a reissue, so this is a bit cracky vinyl rip (but still very enjoyable). Groovy!


Gary Burton "Tennessee Firebird" 1967

Gary Burton is unarguably one of the best jazz vibraphonists ever, he made a bunch of cool and groovy jazz albums in the 60s and 70s. Burton actually loved the country music as well, so much he went to Nashville at the end of september in 1966 to record (the first? the only?) an jazz-country LP with top country musicians. The result is unique and very groovy in parts. The two Bob Dylan covers may be the highlights (esp. I Want You wich is the definitive version except Dylans own) and an extraordinary version of Hank Williams Alone And Forsaken (it really sounds as modern-jazz, actually like it could have been recorded 2017). Sadly this album were ahead of it's time and sold poorly. And, of course it (sadly) only got a (very limited) reissue in Japan. Groovy!


Marcos Valle "Previsao do Tempo" 1973

One of Marcos Valle's coolest LP's, Previsao do Tempo was released in 1973 and put the man in a kind of new direction in his career. The music is more groovy brazilian funky than his earlier work, a true gem. Groovy!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Southern Avenue "Same" 2017

Well, Stax Records is alive again. The group Southern Avenue made a great album for the label in february this year, and their mix of retro southern soul with vibes of blues and some kind of "southern" sounded "country/rock" is pleasant. Support the group here. Groovy!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jonny Teupen ‎"Harpadelic" 1969

The german harpist Jonny Teupen released Harpadelic in 1969, a groovy pop-jazz-cocktail in the MPS way. Not as funky and "psychedelic" as Dorothy Ashby's LP's from the same time, but definitely groovy! 


Wolfgang Dauner Quintet ‎"The Oimels" 1969

Highly acclaimed organist Wolfgang Dauner made this groovy and psychedelic LP called The Oimels in 1969 for the hip MPS Records, one of the best and finest examples of crossovers where jazz meets pop/rock/psychedelia from the late 60s era. Siegrid Schwab made a incredible work on guitar and sitar. Sadly this LP never been reissued  except from a limited japan-only release over ten years ago. Groovy!


Bulgarian Jazz Quartet "Jazz Focus '65" 1969

This little masterpiece from MPS Records was recorded in Villingen, Germany in the summer of 1968 by Bulgarian Jazz Quartet, and released in 1969 with the title Jazz Focus '65, confusing? Maybe. But, this is a hell of a great modern jazz LP, standard and moody, but also groovy and spiritual. Amazing flute work by Simeon Shterev.  Groovy!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bobby Byrd ‎"I Need Help (Live On Stage)" 1970

The singer Bobby Howard Byrd worked with James Brown from the mid 50s to the mid 70s (he actually asked Brown to join The Famous Flames in the early 50s), and was married to Vicki Anderson (who also sang with Brown), he also made some releases of his own. I Need Help is part recorded live (and some may be fake live) and part studio from 1969. The sound is of course very similar to the recordings James Brown did at the same time. Funky and groovy!


The Mirettes "Whirlpool" 1969

The Ikettes were formed in 1960 already, and their work with Ike & Tina Turner through the decade is highly acclaimed, in 1968 they changed their name to The Mirettes. This groovy and funky gem from 1969 is very underrated. Groovy!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Galaxy "Hot, Wet & Sticky" 1978

Hot, Wet & Sticky is a great and overlocked funk disco LP from 1978 by Galaxy. Recorded at Fame studios and produced by Wayne Douglas Jr. Groovy!


Newcleus "Jam On Revenge" 1984

Origin from Brooklyn this old school hip hop and electro group Newcleus released Jam On Revenge in 1984, this was their debut LP and is nowadays a classic. Groovy!


The Pepper Pots "Now!" 2009

The Pepper Pots are a very groovy orchestra from Girona, Catalonia. Their music are inspired from the sixties girl group sound, the early Motown era and the early soul Chicago sound. Support the band here. Groovy!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Latinaires "Camel Walk" 1968

Rare and groovy latin boogaloo LP from 1968 with Joe Rivera and friends recorded in Bronx, released by Fania Records and produced by maestro Harvey Averne! Groovy!


The Dells ‎"No Way Back" 1976

The Dells were formed in Harvey, Illinois in 1952 already, No Way Back was their first album for Mercury after more than twenty years of recordings for the Argo/Cadet/Chess label. This groovy and funky soundtrack LP is one of their more vital albums ever. Groovy!


Peter Broggs "Rise and Shine" 1985

Peter Droggs great mid 80s album Rise And Shine. Straight roots reggae in the vein of Gregory Isaacs, Barrington Levy and Errol Holt, released by RAS in 1985. Groovy!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tami Neilson "Don't Be Afraid" 2015

Incredible great album from 2015 by Tami Neilson, canadaian-raised and now based in New Zealand singer (and songwriter). Her music is a late 50s and 60s retro/vintage sounded gospel, soul, blues, country and rockabilly in a very groovy sounded production. Support her here. Groovy!