Sunday, September 24, 2017

Takeshi Inomata & Sound Limited "Sounds of Sound L.T.D" 1970

One of the most groovy soul-jazz-funk recordings ever came out of Japan in this era. Musically Sounds of Sound L.T.D has elements and vibes of both "rock" and experimantal music as well, typical of time. This 1970 effort was the drummer Takeshi Inomata's first own release, he did several of groovy albums during the 70s, all of them is worth checking out. Support the dummer man here. Groovy!


Coflo "O Berimbau" 2017

I don't know much at all about this groovy project - sadly I can't find no info either. Coflo mixture folk/world (both african and south american?) music in a pretty minimalistic way with modern deep house, tribal and electronic, the result is very moody, groovy and hypnotic in parts - very good! I believe Coflo are from Belgium (but with african heritage), the record label (or what it is) Offering Recordings are from Belgium, maybe they only release FLAC files? Support them here and here. Groovy!


Saturday, September 23, 2017

VA - Sweethearts 3! The World's Greatest Tracks Got Covered 1998-2016

Well - here is another mixtape I made with covers, recorded 1998 - 2016. The original versions is some of my all time favorite tracks through the years (well, I guess it's some of yours as well, it's no obscure choices). This mixtape may be a bit dark and meloncholly in places - but hey, it's just life. I tried to do the tape as moody as possible (definitely a late night feel) and most choices are in the acoustic vein. I think every version on the tape is amazingly good (there may be better covers of some of the songs, but I wanted to include versions from the 2000s or late 90s only on those mixtapes, to keep some kinda feel) - and in some places I find the covers actually better than the original. I hope you find some of those sweethearts just as beautiful as I do.

01. Rosemary Standley - I'd Rather Go Blind (feat. Sylvain Griotto) (2016)
02. Kathryn Williams - How Can We Hang On To A Dream (2002)
03. 16 Horsepower - Alone and Forsaken (2001)
04. Brian Eno - I'm Set Free (2016)
05. Beachwood Sparks - By Your Side (2001)
06. Melora Creager - American Girl (2006)
07. Mark Kozelek - I Got You Babe (2013)
08. Neko Case - Afraid (2013)
09. Pete Yorn Scarlett Johansson - I Am The Cosmos (2009)
10. Fever Ray - Stranger Than Kindness (2009)
11. Hussey-Regan - Ashes To Ashes (2011)
12. Jimmy Scott - Holding Back The Years (1998)
13. Beck - True Love Will Find You In The End (2004)
14. North Downs - Nothin' (2016)
15. London Grammar - Wicked Game (2014)
16. Stina Nordenstam - People Are Strange (1998)
17. Jazmine Sullivan - Baltimore (2016)
18. Emm Gryner - Straight To Hell (2001)
19. Norah Jones - Strangers (2009)
20. Comelade Pascal - Under My Thumb (2008)


The Souljazz Orchestra "Under Burning Skies" 2017

Canada's finest, grooviest and fastest moving collective The Souljazz Orhestra are back with a new amazing and hard swinging album. Their competent mixture of soul, funk, latin-jazz and afrobeat are worldwide known today, and they are working really hard. On Under Burning Sky they also bring elements of modern vibes and elements, with both spacey electronics and dub, with a small hint of psychedelia as well. Great horns, vocal and rhythms. Support the band here, and their groovy hip label Strut here. Groovy!


Friday, September 22, 2017

VA - 2017, The 3rd Quarterly Report

Well, it's very simple: here is 2 mixtapes I made with my favourite songs from the 3rd quartal of 2017's music scene. 2017 seems to be one of the greatest year of music ever (as usual), but don't we say that every year? Despite the worlds condition -  fill your head with good music. Hope you like it and have a nice weekend...

01. Fashawn - Proud
02. Mr. Lif & Akrobatik - Grab Hold
03. Ariel Pink - Bubblegum Dreams
04. Kelley Stoltz - Empty Kicks
05. Kim Tibbs - Drifting
06. Z-Ro - They Don't Understand
07. Marko Penn - Favors
08. Dizzy Wright - Make Moves Wit Me (feat. Demrick)
09. Angharad Drake - Baby
10. Human Drama - The Liar Inside
11. Poolside - We Can Work It Out
12. Zervas & Pepper - Class Of '96
13. Sarah Jaffe - This  That
14. Night Drive - Easy to Lie
15. Shuko & F. Of Audiotreats - Eighties Babies
16. Jarren Benton - Tears (feat. Big Cheeko)
17. Leaf - Gimme Some
18. EMA - Down and Out
19. Mosquitos - Island in the Bathtub
20. LCD Soundsystem - I Used To

01. Dday One - Arrangement
02. Milo - Ornette's Swan Song
03. Decosta Boyce - I Can Already Tell
04. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Falling Apart so Slow
05. The Ocean Party - If I Blink
06. Kitty - Affectionate
07. K. Sparks - L.O.V.E.
08. Felly - Wide Angle (feat. Konshens)
09. Ms. Irene Renee - Better Days
10. Pama International - Gasoline
11. Polished Chrome - Circle
12. MC Eiht - Sittin' Around Smokin'
13. Meek Mill - Young Black America (feat. The-Dream)
14. Michael Nau - Good Thing
15. Red Axes - What Is In Your Head
16. Chimney - Walk Don't Run
17. Kommode - Shoes
18. Moon Boots - First Landing
19. Kodak Black - Change My Ways
20. Lando Chill - People Are Evil


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Somi "The Lagos Music Salon" 2014

Laura Kabasomi Kakoma (aka Somi) is a american jazz, soul and pop chanteuse (with Uganda and Ruwanda heritage) from New York City. Her music is somewhere between contemporary late night jazz-ballads and Sade-soul-elegance with a touch of Lagos, Nigeria and a small  vibe of modern r&b. Her voice is stunning and in another era she would have been much bigger than she is. It's also very cool that the album was released by the old label Okeh. Guests on the album is Angelique Kidjo and Common. Support Somi here.


Phew (with Holger Czukay, Jaki Libezeit & Conny Plank) 1981

The legendary funkster and kraut professor Holger Czukay left the building recently (god bless him), and his story has been told  several times already. After Can broke up Czukay and their influental drummer Jaki Liebezeit (died in january this year - god bless him too) teamed up with the Japanese avant-garde vocalist Hiromi Moritani (aka Phew) and the mighty Conny Plank (died in 1987 - god bless him as well) at the legendary Conny's Studio in Cologne, Germany 1981. This part kraut-disco electronic art-post-punk project was way far ahead of it's time. Not for everybody - but definitely an important (and essential) piece of modern art. Groovy!


Baobab "It's Entertainment" 1984

Baobab released one album only (and a bunch of singles) back in the mid 80s, I don't know much about the group at all, but I find It's Eintertainment from 1984 pretty enjoyable - great and funky electro/electronic disco mixtured with hip-hop. In 2015 a deluxe edition was released by Deluxe CD Music, support them here. Groovy!


Asiko ‎"Take A Trip With Asiko" 1977

Asiko was a Nigerian group who travelled to europe and recorded this album in Germany 1977, this was their only known recording, and it was a self released record I guess. Musically it's very influenced by the early 70s american funk and James Brown, mixtured with groovy afrobeat and wah wah's. Nice horns and vocals!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Everyday People "Same" 1972

The Everyday People were a american funk group who released this one only album in 1972, wich were produced by Gene Redd (once a doo woop artist, then producer and manager of Kool & The Gang). Musically it sounds very similar to the gangs early work, but also to Fatback Band's early grooves for example. This is a gem!


The Jones Girls "At Peace With Woman" 1980

The Jones Girls were a trio from Michigan, Detroit, they were active between 1970-1993. The three sisters Brenda, Shirley & Valorie Jones released their first single in 1970 already, and through the 70s they released sevreal singels on different labels, but it wasn't until 1979 when they were signed to Philadelphia International Records by Gamble & Huff their first album show up. Musically it's groovy philly soul, and of course the significant boogie/disco sound wich made the label famous during these years. At Peace With Woman was the groups second album, arranged and written by the legendary John Faith and Dexter Wansel along with Cynthia Briggs. Groovy!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Poison Clan "Poisonous Mentality" 1992

Poison Clan was a southern hip hop group from Miami, Florida, they were active 1990-1995, they began as a duo with JT Money and Debonaire (Jeffrey Thompkins and Patrick Walter), other members came by through their popularity. They were involved by and supported The 2 Live Crew, and signed by Luke Records (support them here). Their old scool hip hop and rap are both funky and uptempo with smart sampling. Groovy!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Balla Et Ses Balladins ‎"Objectif Perfection" 1980

Balla Et Ses Balladins were a dance-music group from Conarky, Guinea, they were formed in 1962. The music can be described as traditional guinean folk mixed with modern and groovy sounds and rhythms, part very soulful and groovy. All songs have vocals, and the last track Keme Bourema has a both funky and haunting vibe. What I knew there is no reissue of the album to this date. Groovy!


Jon Lucien "Mind's Eye" 1974

Jon Lucien was born on the island of Tortola, the main island of the British Virgin Islands in 1942 (died 2007). Lucien had his own unique take on soul music in the 70s, with one foot in Stevie Wonderland, and the other foot in the brazilian groove. Mind's Eye from 1974 includes musicians like Jon Tropea, Dave Gruisin and Steve Thornton among others. This is a groovy gem.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Keni Burke "Same" 1977

Keni Burke was earlier a member of Chicago's "First Family Of Soul" The Five Stairsteps, where he also played bass. This self titled album from 1977 was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by himself, and released on George Harrisons Dark Horse label. This solo debut is full of groovy deep soul with typical of time boogie/disco/funk elements. Groovy!


Abbey Lincoln "People In Me" 1973

Anna Marie Woolridge (aka Abbey Lincoln) was a jazz singer (also an actress) and civil rights activist born in 1930, she was also married to legendary jazz drummer Max Roach for several years. People In Me was recorded in a studio in Tokyo 1973, with saxophone player David Liebman, Al Foster on drums and congas player James Mtumbe among others. The album had a nice late night feel, but a couple of tunes has a more groovy feel. To me her voice was one of the best, a bit overlooked today.


Rufus Harley "A Tribute To Courage" 1968

Rufus Harley may be the first (or just the most famous) dude who use bagpipe in jazz, it may sound scary on the paper, but it works out just fine (Harley plays flute on one track as well). A Tribute To Courage is a VERY groovy soul-jazz album from 1968, with nice congas from Robert Gossett and Robert Kenyatta. Most often is straight late and moody 60s bop jazz, but with a nice spiritual vibe (very influenced by Rahsaan Roland Kirk I guess), and there is a political message as well, with titles such as Ali, X, A Tribute to JFK and John Coltrane. Groovy!


Jah Woosh "Religious Dread" 1978

This is the sadly overlooked Jamaican deejay and producer Jah Woosh's 1978 album for Trojan Records. Most of this dudes material is poor reissued, I don't know why, cause to me he was one the biggest. Great roots reggae with vibes of dub. nice produced by Neville Beckford, the backing band are the might The Revolutionaries. Groovy!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Gary McFarland & Co. "Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon" 1968

Gary McFarland was one of the grooviest cats in jazz during the 60s, he was definitely one of the best vibraphone players of his time, sadly he died way to early in 1971. Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon? was released in 1968, and McFarland with his crew played the sunshine pop/jazz hits of the day (Beach Boys, 5th Dimension, Glen Campbell, Beatles, etc), in a soulful and groovy way. A true gem if you like sunshine pop and soft soul-jazz. Do the cocktail. Groovy!


Friday, September 15, 2017

VA - Blues Groove 7 (1967-1976)

Well - here is another mixtape I made with a more groovy and funky take on the blues, from the years 1967-1976. I find it interesting that there are so many blues albums from this era that inclues an almost hidden track with such a groovy/funky vibe - very cool I think. I hope some if you find it groovy as well.

01. Lowell Fulsom ‎- Fed Up (1973)
02. Big Maybelle - Big Sweet Daddy (1968)
03. Freddie King -  I Got The Same Old Blues (1974)
04. Linkin' Louisiana Peps - Dimples (1968)
05. Johnny Guitar Watson - Coke (1967)
06. Bobby Rush - Chicken Heads (1971)
07. Junior Parker - Stranger In My Own Home Town (1972)
08. Jimmy McCracklin - Stay Away From That Monkey (1971)
09. Little Sonny - You Can Be Replaced (1972)
10. Otis Rush - Baby, I Love You (1969)
11. Muddy Waters ‎- Herbert Harper's Free Press News (1968)
12. Albert Washington - Crazy Legs (Part 2) (1971)
13. John Mayall - Sitting On The Outside (1975)
14. Son Seals - No, No Baby (1976)
15. Mighty Joe Young - Move On Higher (1974)
16. Ted Taylor - Something Strange Is Goin' on in My House (1970)
17. Johnny Otis - Don't Stretch This Good Thing Too Far (1970)
18. Johnny Copeland - You Must Believe In Yourself (1971)
19. Earl Hooker - Hold On I'm Coming (1973)
20. John Lee Hooker - Homework (1974)


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Colomach "Same" 1974

Colomach is an rare/obscure Nigerian album from 1974, led by the Northen Togo musician Gneni Mamadou. The music could easy been described as afro-rock, to me it's sounds like groovy afro rhythms meeting raw psychedelic haunting electric guitar work (very edgy, experimental and fuzzy), flute and vocal. There is also some groovy acoustic stuff on this one. The album is definitely one of a kind, and it's a true gem. One of the best of it's genre. Soundway Records (support them here), made a 500 limited vinyl only release a couple of years ago, this one definitely deserves a bigger audience. Groovy!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Abdou el Omari "Nuits D´Été" 1976

Abdou El Omari (1945-2010) was an Maroccan artist and performer. His spooky and/or weird keyboard melodies and figures (wich dominate) over the driven groove of bas and drums/percussion are fantastic. Most tracks have some vocal by himself or Naima Samih. The music is folk/world with vibes of both jazz and middle eastern "pop". The album has recently been reissued by the enthusiasts at Radio Martinko, support them here. Very groovy!


The Black Seeds "Fabric" 2017

The Black Seeds is a 7-piece orchestra from Wellington, New Zealand, and next year they celebrate their 20th anniversary. Their music is great classic roots reggae, very well played and nice produced. Fabric is their latest release. Support them here. Groovy!


Freddie Mckay "Picture On The Wall" 1971

Picture On The Wall is a classic and groovy rock steady LP, a Studio One release from 1971 with the jamaican singer Freddie McKay. The album recently got a nice extended reissue by Studio One, check them out and their distributors here. Groovy!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DJ T-Rock & Squashy Nice "Back To The Essence" 2017

Back To The Essence by DJ T-Rock & Squashy Nice is an incredible groovy and arty hip-hop/r&b album from earlier this year. Musically they smart mixed funk, jazz, electronic and r&b in a very joyful and groovy way, the vintage (60s/70s) sounded production will make your day. Support those Los Angeles guys here, the album is very limited (available on cassette, cd and vinyl). Groovy!


The Jolly Boys (feat Albert Minott) "Great Expectations" 2010

The Jolly Boys may be one of the oldest groups that still hangin' around these days (they formed in 1945)? Those jamaican dudes still playin the mento, calypso/jamaican folk music I believe. Great Expectations from 2010 is full of laid back grooves, up-strokings banjo and acoustic guitars, full of nice cover versions (New Order, Iggy Pop, The Doors, Steely Dan, Amy Winehouse, etc), and it sounds unbelievable fresh/modern, the production is raw and loose. Sure, the album may sound (and sure the intention was as well) commercial studied in parts, but who cares? This album is a true gem. Sadly Albert Minott died this summer. Support those jolly boys here. Groovy!


Monday, September 11, 2017

Tommie Young ‎"Do You Still Feel The Same Way" 1973

Tommie Young was a soul singer (and since the 80s a gospel singer only) from Dallas, Texas born in 1949. The legendary producer, songwriter and arranger Bobby Patterson discovered her at a night club, and signed her to his own label Soul Power in 1972, the following year Do You Still Feel The Same Way was released, and it's a fantastic and groovy soul album. Legendary gospel singer Dorothy Moore doing some backing vocal on the album (among others). Bobby Patterson himself wrote most of the material, arranged and produced this overlooked gem. Groovy!


Main Source "Breaking Atoms" 1991

Main Source was a rap group from Toronto/Queens, Canada/America with Shawn  "Sir Scratch" & Kevin "K-Cut" McKenzie and William Paul Mitchell (best known as the Large Professor), the overlooked Breaking Atoms from 1991 was their debut effort, and they released a 2nd album in 1994 as well. Musically it sounded like both funky and sharp edged old school hip hop in the same vein as Black Sheep and A Tribe Called Quest. The enthusiasts at Vinyl Me, Please recently made a nice reissue of the album, support them here. Very groovy!


Lynn Taitt & The Jets "Sounds.... Rock Steady" 1967

Lyn Taitt was born in Trinidad, Tobago in 1934, he formed the legendary The Jets in Jamaica in the mid 1960s, they have been a backing band to many of the biggest artists on the island. This album was released on Merritone in 1967, in 2015 the album been reissued on both cd and vinyl by the enthusiasts at Dub Store Sound Inc. in Japan (it's not often japanese titles are available outside the island and at human and reasonable prices - but here we go), support them here. As the title says, it sounds like rock steady. Groovy!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Airto ‎"Natural Feelings" 1970

The brazilian jazz drummer and percussionist Airto Moreira needs no introduction - he is one of the biggest, and he has worked with with nearly everybody since the mid to late 50s till today. Natural Feelings from 1970 was his first own album, produced by Garry McFarland for Skye Records. On this stunning album he was grooving along with the legendary Ron Carter on bas, Hermeto on piano and flute (he also wrote most of the material on the album) and Sivuca on guitar. His wife Flora Purim done some amazing vocals on this one. Airto is still active, support him here. Groovy!


Lincoln Chase ' n You (1973)

Lincoln Chase were born in New York City (his parents were West Indian imigrants) 1926 (sadly died in Atlanta in 1980), he was an african-american songwriter and artist, most notable for Such A Night, wich Dr. John had a huge hit with. Musically Lincoln Chase 'n You from 1973 is a trippy, odd and funky album, like a cross between Dr. John and Frank Zappa or Captain Beefheart, but with the groove that both those artists (mostly) missed. Even Chase voice is very similar to Don Van Vliet and Mac Rebennack (or a cross between them), sometimes a even think of chase like a blunt Gil Scott-Heron. This is a very overlooked album wich needs some kind of reissue. Groovy!


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tony Allen "The Source" 2017

Tony Allen needs no presentation. He invent a new groove back in the 70s Nigeria with Fela Kuti - but over the last forty years his own production built his own musical monument, and, to me Allen is far more bigger than his once bandleader. Ever since he's membership with Afro'70 he's been a young and curious man, always open minded, and with a big heart he has spread the love of afro beat and afro jazz, and his own vision and take on it. The Source is an amazing effort (framed in a more standard jazz sound than earlier maybe, but of course with the typical nigerian grooves, and with a Blue Noteish presence and live feel that really fits Allen), and the production is top notch, one of the best albums he ever released, the world should be blessed for still receiveing music from this big artist. Support Tony Allen here. Groovy!


Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber "Dig The Luminosity" 2017

Burnt Sugar, The Arkestra Chamber is a group from New York. Their unique, intensive and sensational mixture of vintage sounded funk, miles davis free jazz/avant garde-era (Live Evil, On The Corner, etc), p-funk, soul, psychedelia, sampling and beats seems a bit chaotic, and it also sounded a bit chaotic in parts (esp at the first listen). But after all this albums seems liks a big salute to the 60s and 70s afro america we knew (and love). You can also se the part chaotic like a mirror of what are happening in america today (or how the situation been in america over the last 50 years, not that much have happen since Malcolm X, Martin Luther King or John Coltrane left the building, has it?). Anyways, this album is a hell of a ride. Support the group here. Groovy!


Friday, September 8, 2017

VA - L.A. (Light Album) 2! 40 More Soft Rock Nuggets 1975-1982

Well, here is another two mixtapes I made with some of my "soft rock" favorites from the years 1975-1982 (love it or leave it), some may call the genre yacht rock, FM rock, adult oriented rock, soft pop, blue eyed soul and so on, there are also a lot of ramifications. Please remember this was not a try to do a fair overview of the genre, lots of influental bands from those years are missing here (and the biggest hits), this was just meant to be two groovy mixtapes to fill your head with. Cheers.

01. Bobby Caldwell - Coming Down From Love (1980)
02. Gary Wright - Lost In My Emotions (1977)
03. Randy Vanwarmer - All We Have Is Tonight (1980)
04. Jimmy Messina - Love Is Here (1979)
05. The Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the Sky (1982)
06. Graham Nash - It's All Right (1980)
07. Kenny Rankin - Groovin' (1977)
08. Pages - If I Saw You Again (1978)
09. John Tropea - Cisco Disco (1975)
10. Mac Gayden - Sunfall (1976)
11. Firefall ‎- Sweet And Sour (1978)
12. Kenny Vance - In Havana (1979)
13. Peter Frampton - The Crying Clown (1975)
14. Niteflyte - I Wonder (1979)
15. Paul Davis - One More Time For The Lonely (1981)
16. Robbie Dupree - Lonely Runner (1980)
17. Ray Parker, Jr. - Until The Morning Comes (1980)
18. Harvey Mason ‎- Till You Take My Love (1977)
19. John Fischer - Nothin' In This World (1979)
20. Kenny Loggins - Whenever I Call You Friend (1978)

01. Sneaker - Don't Let Me In (1981)
02. Robert Kraft - Just Another Notch On The Bedpost (1982)
03. Bob Weir - Hypnotize (1976)
04. Stephen Bishop - Everybody Needs Love (1978)
05. Walter Egan - Won't You Say You Will (1977)
06. Bee Gees - Love You Inside Out (1979)
07. Ambrosia - Biggest Part Of Me (1980)
08. Les Dudek - Old Judge Jones (1977)
09. Eddie Money - Maybe I'm A Fool (1978)
10. Michael Mcdonald - No Such Luck (1982)
11. Crosby, Stills & Nash - Shadow Captain (1977)
12. Orleans - Dance With Me (1975)
13. John Stewart - Hollywood Dreams (1980)
14. Billy Frazier & Friends - Billy Who (1980)
15. Gino Vannelli - Gettin' High (1975)
16. Hanry Paul Band - Crossfire (1979)
17. Peter Green - Slabo Day (1979)
18. David Pomeranz - Ask Me To Say, I Do And I Will (1980)
19. Far Cry - The Hits Just Keep On Comin (1980)
20. Glen Campbell - Houston (I'm Comin' To See You) (1976)


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sandy Bull "Demolition Derby" 1972

Sandy Bull was a american folk musician (an amazing guitar, banjo, mandolin and oud player, sadly overlooked) and he released four albums on Vanguard Records 1963-1972, Demolition Derby was his last album before he disappear from the stage for a couple of years ( he was in rehab for different addictions). Demolition Darby is pretty different from his early albums, wich were more folky and acoustic (but in an experimental way as always). On this album he mixture the "new" electric and acoustic "swampy" style wich were popular at the time, with middle eastern/turkish/greek folklore and ragas, this album definitely has a classic folk-rock vibe as well. To me Sandy Bull is very similar to David Lindley - and just as great. Very groovy!


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

VA - Sweethearts 2! The World's Greatest Tracks Got Covered 2002-2017

Well - here is another mixtape I made with covers, recorded 2002 - 2016. The original versions is some of my all time favorite tracks through the years (well, I guess it's some of yours as well, it's no obscure choices). This mixtape may be a bit dark and meloncholly in places - but hey, it's just life. I tried to do the tape as moody as possible (definitely a late night feel) and most choices are in the acoustic vein. I think every version on the tape is amazingly good (there may be better covers of some of the songs, but I wanted to include versions from the 2000s or late 90s only on those mixtapes, to keep some kinda feel) - and in some places I find the covers actually better than the original. I hope you find some of those sweethearts just as beautiful as I do.

01. Lana Del Rey - Blue Velvet (2012)
02. Giant Sand - Jumpin Jack Flash (2011)
03. Haroula Rose - Wichita Lineman (2012)
04. Taken By Trees - Sweet Child O Mine (2008)
05. The Beautiful South - Don't Fear The Reaper (2004)
06. Mercury Rev - Observatory Crest (2002)
07. Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer - Lungs (2017)
08. KT Tunstall - You Make Loving Fun (2017)
09. Madeleine Peyroux - Dance Me To The End Of Love (2004)
10. M. Hederos & M. Hellberg - Concrete Jungle (2001)
11. Green Like July - September Gurls (2011)
12. Mount Analog featuring Karl Blau ‎- That's How I Got To Memphis (2008)
13. Fiach Moriarty - Golden Brown (2010)
14. Natalie Merchant - Crazy Man Michael (2003)
15. Johnny Cash - Pocahontas (2003)
16. Rare Monk - Ain't No Sunshine (2014)
17. Kurt Vile - Downbound Train (2011)
18. Steve Adey - Everyday Is Like Sunday (2017)
19. John Vanderslice - Big Brother (2015)
20. The Ghost In You - Oh Yoko! (2015)


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ron Franklin "City Lights" 2006

This album had a small hype when it was released back in 2006 - but I still think it deserved attention. Musically it's a very nice mixture of american old school (both alcoustic end electric) folk/rock/soul/blues, and with Franlkins sensetive and a part skew voice he definitely sounded like an more independent Bob Dylan at som points - if Dylan would have recorded Highway 61 Revisited in mid 70s I think it would have sounded something like City Lights. The legendary keayboard player Jim Dickinson appears on the album. Ron Franklin from Memphis definitely had the future, but I don't know what happened to this kind of wonderkid? What I knew he worked with Arthur Lee on his Forever Changes tour before Lee's death. I didn't find any homepage of his. This is a very earthy, moody and charming album. I hope Franklin still is active in some way?


Gary Bartz NTU Troop "Harlem Bush Music - Tafia" 1971

Harlem Bush Music - Taifa
from 1971 is Gary Bartz NTU Troop's follow up to Uhuru from the same year, both sessions were recorded in late november in New York 1970. The mixture of spiritual soul and funk-jazz and "avant garde" is mind blowing. Gary Bartz dedicated this album (as the previous one) to Malcolm X and John Coltrane - important music in the modern afro american history. Groovy!


Monday, September 4, 2017

Oumou Sangare "Mogoya" 2017

Oumou Sangare is a highly acclaimed artist and singer from Mali. Mogoya is her latest album, and musically it's a groovy folk (both acoustic and electric) album with west african rhythms and beats, part framed with modern attitude, sometimes you will get a "sahara rock" vibe, but with much more soul and groove. Sangare is engaged in women's rights and opposing child marriage. Support this important artist here, and here. Groovy!


MC Shy D "Comin' Correct In 88" 1988

Peter T. Jones (aka MC Shy D) is (or was) a rapper from Bronx, New York. Comin' Correct In 88 was his 2nd effort, released by Luke Skywalker Records (support them here). Musically it's old school rap, the sparse production are focused on Jones rappin' over a hip hop beat or a funky rhythm (some tracks has more instrumentation). In my opinion It's a great and overlook album. What I knew the guy was active till 1999, support him here. Groovy!


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mongo Santamaria ‎"All Strung Out" 1970

The legendary cuban maestro Mongo Santamaria gives you his groovy latin-jazz take on the hits of the day in 1970, the mixture of soul, afro-cuban, latin, jazz and funky vibes is amazing as always. Groovy!


Navasha Daya "Lom Nava Love" 2017

Navasha Daya is a fantastic singer from Cleveland, Ohio. She deliver deep and contemporary soul with vibes of funk, gospel and afro american roots tradition. Lom Nava Love is a soundtrack, and the songs are recordings from 2014-2015 (if i'm right). The music are framed with a classic 70s touch, but also with a modern sounded r&b vibe. Fanon Hill stands for the groovy arrangement and production - but in focus are Daya's lovely and deep voice, a very imortant voice today. Support her here. Groovy!


Saturday, September 2, 2017

I.G. "Bomp" 1980

Bomp from 1980 is a ultra rare and groovy disco-boogie-afro album by the nigerian percussionist I.G., the album was reissued last year by the enthusiasts at the austrian PMG Audio, support them here. Groovy!


Adrian Miller "Empty Promises" 1985

Adrian Miller was a reggae singer who lived in Canada, I believe he was born in Jamaica but moved to Toronto or Vancouver in the early 1980s under the social and political turbulence in his homeland. What I knew he only released the album Empty Promises in 1985, very sad I think, cause he had a really sweet voice. Musically it's a moody mixture of roots reggae and lover's rock. On a couple of tracks the legend Jackie Mitto appears.


Cannonball Adderley "The Black Messiah" 1971

From Tampa, Florida, the (already) legendary jazz saxophonist and bandleader Cannonball Adderley was huge in 1971, he and his groovy ensamble had recorded and toured extremely for a couple of years. The 2LP set The Black Messiah was recorded live at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, and the album itself was produced by the mighty David Axelrod. Incredible groovy soul-jazz with typical of  time spiritual vibes. Great percussion och congas by Airto and Buck Clark, his brother Nat Adderley is on cornet and maestro George Duke handled the electric piano (among other musicians). This is true gem from the groovy and funky part of the jazz scene at the time.


Friday, September 1, 2017

VA - Funk Of '69 (Stereo Edition)

Well - here is another mixtape I made with funk from 1969, this one is in full STEREO. I hope some of you dig it. Cheers.

01. Warm Excursion - Funk-I-Tus
02. Dyke & The Blazers - We Got More Soul 
03. Dillard Crume And The Soul Rockers - Mother Popcorn
04. James Brown - I'm Shook
05. Bill Coombs - You Wine Me Up
06. The Pazant Brothers - Juicy Lucy
07. Ike & Tina Turner - Bold Soul Sister
08. Big Ella - It Takes A Lot Of Loving
09. Larry Birdsong - I'll Pick My Own Chicken
10. The Fabulous Counts - Simple Song
11. Soul Entertainer - Respect
12. Arthur Prysock - (I Wanna Go) Where The Soul Trees Grow
13. Hank Ballard - Butter Your Popcorn
14. Johnny Jones And The King Casuals - It's Gonna Be Good
15. Fugi - Mary Don't Take Me On No Bad Trip
16. Marie Queenie Lyons - Fever
17. The Chili Peppers - Chicken Scratch
18. South Shore Commission - Right On Brother (Part 1)
19. The Isley Brothers - Was It Good To You
20. Aretha Franklin - Eleanor Rigby


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Davy D "Davy's Ride" 1987

Davy D was a DJ from Queens, New York. In the ealy 80s he formed Orange Krush with Larry Smith and Trevor Gale, they went to back up the legendary Run DMC for a couple of years, afterwards he worked with Kurtis Blow as a DJ and guitarist. David's Ride from 1987 (released by Def Jam Records, support them here), together with Hurricane, was his first and only solo effort. Nice and funky old school hip hop of the best quality. Groovy!


The Atomic Bomb Band "Plays The Music Of William Onyeabor" 2017

Atomic Bomb! Band is some kind of groovy touring only 20 piece supergroup (with members from LCD Soundsystem, Beastie Boys, Rapture, Antibalas, Sinkane, etc) who play the music of the nigerian funk legend William Onyeabor. This effort was released as a limited edition vinyl on the  Record Store Day earlier this year. Musically it's a hell of ride, uptempo afrofunk (and afrobeat) all over the place, a bit tougher than the originals. The vinyl was released by Luaka Pop, support them here. Groovy


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tommy Olivencia Y Su Orquesta ‎"Fire-Fire (Fuego) (Fuego)" 1967

Tommy Olivencia
was a famous bandleader and musician (trumpet player) from Puerto Rico. On the  Fire-Fire album from 1967 the vocalists Chamaco Ramirez and Paquito Guzman did a great job. This is a lovely latin and guanguanco record with a great orchestra, then released by Inca Records, wich today owns by Fania Records, support them here. Groovy!


Alborosie "Freedom & Fyah" 2016

Alberto D'Ascola (aka Alborosie) is a well known italian (from Marsala, Sicily) reggae singer and producer who's been active since 1993 (in the group Reggae National Tickets and solo), Freedom & Fyah from 2016 is a great and well produced and melodic roots reggae album (released by the 40th anniversary celebrating Greensleeves Records, support them here), with vibes of both dancehall and ragga, with nice dub effects in some of the songs. Support Alborosie here.  Groovy!