Friday, June 30, 2017

VA - Freestyle! UK Hip Hop & Early Britcore 1988-1991

Well, here is a mixtape I made over the first proper era of UK hip hop (britcore), the UK scene from those years doesn't have the best of reputations, but I find it enjoyable in parts. Britcore was a genre with it's own unique sound - faster than american rap and littered with british slang and jamaican patois etc. Remember this is no serious overview over the genre/scene, it's just a mixtape.

01. Richie Rich - Make It Funky (1988)
02. Powercut Crew - Powercut II (1989)
03. Prime Rhyme Masters - You Need Discipline (1991)
04. B.O.O.M. - Boom (Extended Organised Mix) (1991)
05. MSD - Like A Soldier (1989)
06. Hijack - Doomsday of Rap (1988)
07. Caveman - Fry You Like Fish (Original Mix) (1991)
08. The Fugitive Force - Rhyme College (1990)
09. B.C. Of Bass Inc. ‎- Rock The Boat (1988)
10. Cut 2 Kill - Talkin Facts (1990)
11. 2 The Top - The Rhythm I Give Em (Instrumental) (1989)
12. Juss Bad - Freestyle (1988)
13. Hardnoise - Untitled (1990)
14. N.S.O. Force Organisation - Give It Up (1989)
15. Outlaw Posse - The Original Dope (1989)
16. Severe Carnage - The Struggle Continues (1990)


Soul Children "Finders Keepers" 1976

The  legendary group Memphis The Soul Children were brought together by Isaac Hayes and David Porter back in 1968, and after eight years recording for Stax Records they moved on to Epic Records in 1976. Finders Keepers is the first of two albums the recorded for the label. Great mid 70s southern soul with both ballads and uptempo, produced by Don Davis. Groovy!


Roy Ayers Ubiquity ‎"Lifeline" 1977

A true mastierpiece by californian vibraphonist, singer and composer Roy Ayers from 1977. Moody soul-jazz/jazz-funk and late night disco with the godfather of neo-soul, guest vocals by Edwin Birdsong, Ethel West and Sylvia Cox. Support Ayers here. Groovy!


Barbara Mason "Transition" 1974

Transition from 1974 is a very groovy philly soul album by Barbara Mason. Norman Harris, Richard Rome and Bobby Eli made the arrangements. Groovy!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tony Allen "A Tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers" 2017

The legendary nigerian drummer/musician Tony Allen pays his tribute to Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers with this 4 song EP recently released by Blue Note Records. And, as usual Allen set his own personal touch (ans strictly personal groove) to those jazz compositions. Totaly amazing. Support him here, and support Blue Note here. Groovy!


The Nirvana Sitar & String Group "Sitar & Strings" 1968

Well, the summer of love was 1967 right? I guess 1968 was a year full of love too? The Nirvana Sitar & Strings gives you a groovy sitar pop album with some laid back strings, and 8 of 11 tracks on the album are typical groovy hippie dippie anthems/songs of the (sunny) day. Some dudes compare this album with the Lord Sitar album, but I think this album really sounds more "american", and Lord Sitar far more "british". Groovy!


Doldinger ‎"Goes On" 1967

Goes On from 1967 by Berliner Doldinger captures him (Klaus Doldinger) in a lovely flux of groovy soul-jazz och modern. The nice pairing of hammond and alto saxophone will definitely cheer up your cocktail and mod party. Groovy!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Novos Baianos ‎"Acabou Chorare" 1972

This is the 2nd effort by Novos Baianos, a group from Salvador, Bahia in Brazil. Their music can describes as joyful brazilian rock with rhythms of samba, both acoustic and electric, with some fuzzy killer guitar work. Nice female/male vocals too. Acabou Chorare was released in 1972, and in 2015 the enthusiasts behind Mr. Bongo made a nice reissue, support them here. Groovy!


Azymuth "Fênix" 2016

Azymuth is a group from Brazil, and they formed in the early 70s and are still active, this is their latest effort Fenix from 2016. Their soft and laid back mix of latin jazz, brazil, funk, samba and fusion is very groovy. Support the band here, and their record company Far Out Recordings here. Groovy!


The Revolutionaries "Dawn Of Creation" 1979

Dawn Of Creation was released in 1979 on Sagittarius Records. As usual when it comes to The Revolutionaries you will get deep and fantastic dub. This album was recorded at Channel One Studios with the genius of Sly & Robbie. Groovy!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Uwandile ‎"The Tie Breaker" 1979

Unwandile were a group of South African exiles in Nigeria, they released the this album in 1979. Most of the songs are sung in english, and the music is groovy south african pop with elements of funk, soul and even reggae. The album was re-released in Netherlands in 1983, the with a totaly new cover, and also under the name Piliso and with the titel Thumela - strange.  When I hear this album I often come thinking of Sting/Police early sunny afro-pop-reggae, but this is far more groovy.


Tee Mac Feat. Majorie Barnes ‎"Night Illusion" 1980

Night Illusions is a very moody nigerian boogie funk album from 1980 by Tee Mac & Majorie Barnes. The sound is soulful and get allusions to both slow disco and cosmic soft rock, with elements av afro soul. This is a very groovy album. Soul Jazz Records made a reissue of the album last year, support them here.


Demon Boyz "Original Guidance: The Second Chapter" 1992

Demon Boyz were a hip hop group from London formed by Demon D, Mike J and DJ Devastate. This is their 2nd and last effort, they mix their hip hop with both ragga and jungle wich makes their sound unique in a way. Most british rappers at the time adopting fake American accents to emulate the music they were grooving to, but Demon Boyz created a stir,  and laid the fountains for the creation of a truly original UK style.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Nate Lepine "Quartet - Vortices" 2016

Nate Lepine is a jazz tenor saxophonist from Chicago, and Vortices from 2016 is his first album as a leader. Musically they works in a soulful contemporary hard bop jazz with elements of spiritual free jazz, the pairing of horns is just amazing. The album is well structured and have a nice modern sound, and you can hear how Lepine and alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella, bass player Clark Sommers and drummer Quinn Kirschner burns for their musicianship. They really love the jazz they playin, and I love the way the play. Support them here.


Ein Jahr Garantie "Hoch/tief" 1982

Well, this album is an adventure, the one and only album by german Ein Jahr Garantie from 1982, they serves you a homemade cocktail of experimental post-punk album with both jazz and arty new wave influences. While I listening to this I hear echoes of Talking Heads, Pop Group and Devo, but they definitely stands in a unique weirdo tinged art rock/no wave style- lovely! They sing in german as well.


Lô Borges "Same" 1972

Lô Borges was a big 70s songwriter, singer and guitarist in Brazil, and this seems to be his dubt album from 1972. The sound is very sublime, and has groovy jazz vibes in parts. Borges really do his own kind of (mostly gentle or acoustic) "rock" here, and the production breathes a bit of the Beatles 1969 Abbey Road, and the fab four's psychedelia of that 1968/69 period, great fuzzy guitar work by Borges. This is a soulful brazilian rock gem for sure.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dreadzone "Dread Times" 2017

Dreadzone is a british dub group from London with former Big Audio Dynamite drummer Greg Roberts, and they were formed in the eary 90s, Dread Times is their latest effort (with contributions from Don Letts), and it's a very moody dub/electronic/breaks album for late nights. Support the band here. Groovy!


The Orchestra Soledad "Vamonos/Let's go" 1970

Vamonos/Let's Go from 1970 is the first and only album by The Orchestra Soledad, a salsa band from New York City, Brooklyn led by trombonist and singer Hector Ramaros. The fusion of salsa, descarga and soul is lovely. This rare LP was reissued by the enthusiasts at BBE Records 2016, support them here. Groovy!


Bloodstone "Unreal" 1973

Bloodstone was formed in in Kansas 1962 as some kind of Doo Wop group, but they moced to Los Angeles in 1971 and made their album debut a year later. The toured with Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Elton John. And their music can actually describes a mix between those acts, early 70s philly soul, deep soul and a vibe of pop. Groovy!


The Abyssinians "Arise" 1978

Classic roots reggae from 1978 by the legendary Abyssinians. Mixed by Boris Gardiner & Errol Thompson, produced by Bernard Collins & Donald Manning, with horns by Bobby Ellis, Tommy McCook and Cedric "Im" Brooks, and percussion by Bongo Herman you realize this is a winner. One of the grooviest album covers ever too! Groovy!


Saturday, June 24, 2017

L'Orchestre National "A" de la République du Mali "Same" 1970

In 1970 the Malian goverment initiated av series of LP with Malian music with a bunch of their orchestras and artists, it went produced in Germany. L'Orchestre National "A" De La République Du Mali was one of the groups who released an album. Groovy!


Afous D'Afous ‎"Tenere" 2017

Afous D'Afous is a new group from Algeria, they are included in the Tuareg rock (or Sahara rock). While many groups (or most of them) in this genre seems to be heavy influenced by the US and UK 60s & 70s rock scene, like Tinariwen, Toumast, Bombino, this group seems be influenced by both reggae and latin, their music actually a bit more tight and sounds a bit fresh (but it's still some kind of sahara-rock) like new blood in the genre. Support the group and their record label Sahel Sounds here. Very groovy!


Katch22 "Dark Tales From Two Citie" 1993

Fantastic album by the UK hip hop crew Katch 22, this is their second effort from 1993. The UK hip hop scene may have a bad reputation, but I love it, very overlooked (both now and then), the UK groups from back then did their own kind of hip hop, a bit faster than the US scene, and coloured it with different danceable grooves from the period, sometimes with a jamaican flavour. But Katch 22 sounded very american, and mixed joyful melodies/beats/sampling in the more traditional american way. To me one of the best UK acts, sadly they broke up in 1994.


Friday, June 23, 2017

VA - Maravilloso! Funky & Groovy Sounds From Spain 1973-1977!

Well, here is a mixtape I made with groovy sounds from Spain 1973-1977, and it's full of lovely rhythms - funk, grooves, psychedelic/gipsy rumba, library music, etc. None of the tracks on this mixtape (I believe) appears on the handfull of famous compilations that's been released the last ten years by different reissue labels. Hope you dig it. Groovy!

01. Los Brandis Con Maria Nevada - Life's Song (1974)
02. Ivan Trilha - Tauro (1975)
03. Los Percheleros - Con Aires De Romeria (1976)
04. Vade Retro - Riuo De Janeiro (1977)
05. Larry Wald - Wou Wou Wou (1974)
06. The Ten Tops - Margarina (1973)
07. Orquesta Internacional Osca - Melenio (1977)
08. A. Santisteban ‎- Zorongo (1975).mp3
09. Union Pacific - Loretta´s Inn II (1977)
10. Roberto Serrano - Retorno (1976)
11. Ray L. Falcón - Papá Fue Un Bala Perdida (1974)
12. Lin Barto - Sax Pop (1975)
13. Los Angeles - Avisame (1973)
14. Sirarcusa - Streap-Tease in the Stars (The Way I Do) (1977)
15. Adolfo Waitzman Y Su Orquestra - Noches En Harlem (1976)
16. Pituso M. Pliego - A Su Aire (1976)
17. Orquesta Miramar - Miramar Sound (1975)
18. Orquestra Antonio Latorre - Bajamar (1976)
19. Rafael Ferro y su Orquesta - Ferro y Gato (1973)
20. Manolo Gas & The Tinto Band Bang - Amore (1977)


Thursday, June 22, 2017

VA - 2017, The 2nd Quarterly Report

Well, it's very simple: here is 2 mixtapes with my favourite songs from the 2nd quartal of 2017's music scene. 2017 seems to be one of the greatest year of music ever, 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. Beth Ditto - Savoir Faire
02. Alexandra Savior - Frankie
03. Kool G Rap - Mack Lean
04. Leela James - Did It for Love
05. Spose - Buy Now
06. Rat Columns - Time's No Vessel
07. Ulrika Spacek - Everything, All the Time
08. Anoyd - Cardboard Box (feat. Chris Michaud)
09. Reverie - Problematic Liberation
10. Furniteur - Swimming
11. Hoops - Rules
12. Isaac Delusion - How Much (You Want Her)
13. Mali Music - Gonna Be Alright
14. Pimps of Joytime - This Funk (Give Me A Hand)
15. Saint Etienne - Take It All In
16. Oren Lavie - Look At Her Go
17. Bryan J - Chachi's Ride
18. Burning Hearts - Folie a Deux
19. Nym - Flipped
20. Ephemerals - And If We Could, Wed Say

01. Locksmith - Helpless (feat. Olamide Faison)
02. Abstract Rude & DJ Vadim - The Owl's Cry
03. Nattali Rize - Ever Rizing Dub
04. Fujiya & Miyagi - Serotonin Rushes
05. Bei Bei & Shawn Lee - Year of the Funky
06. Corey Finesse - Waste My Time
07. J Hus - Fisherman (feat. MoStack & MIST)
08. Populous - Azul Oro
09. Lord Echo - Low to the Street (feat. Lisa Tomlins)
10. New Street Adventure - Why Should We Do Anything
11. James Vincent McMorrow - Glad It's Raining
12. Dappled Cities - Driving Home at Night Alone
13. Big Thief - Objects
14. Y'akoto - Take Him Back
15. Coldcut & On-U Sound - Vitals (feat. Roots Manuva & Adrian Sherwood)
16. Quantic & Nidia Gongora - Dub del Pacifico
17. Smizzy - Who I Owe My Rhymes To
18. Hugo Kant - The Meeting
19. Current Swell - Marsha
20. Dougie Poole - Tripping with the One You Love

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Marquee And Ninjustice "Femme Fatale" 2017

Brand new album by the fantastic female rapper Marquee (aka Markita Ferguson) with the team/collective Ninjustice. Amazing vocals by Marquee meets amazing and joyable sampling and grooves by Ninjustice, colloborations with the likes of Nature, Crystal Johnson and Prince Po & MS Kennedy. One of the absolute best hip-hop/rap albums of the year (and albums overall). Support Marvel Records and Marwuee here and here. Groovy!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bankie Banks & His Roots & Herbs "Same" 1978

Bankie Banx is a famous singer from the carribean Anguilla. This is his first album from 1978, including the local hit Prince Of Darkness. Musically the album it's some kinda carribean reggae mixed with Banx's own take on the british acoustic folk/pop - some prefer to called him "the anguillan Bob Dylan". This is a very pleasant and groovy album. Banx is still active - support him here. Groovy!


Gepy & Gepy "Body To Body" 1979

The famous italian singer, composer and producer Giampieri Scalamogna had a disco-project going on in the late 70s with some girls - Gepy & Gepy, and I think this was their only full length album. The title track and African Love Song were pretty huge hits at the time, and was played a lot at Studio 54. Body To Body is more or less late european 70s disco - but, nothing wrong with that. Groovy!


Kokomo "Rise And Shine" 1977

Kokomo is a British blue-eyed soul band who made their debut in 1975 - and also worked with Bob Dylan on his Desire sessions on a couple of tracks at the same time. Rise And Shine is their second album, and upon it's release in 1977 NME wrote "The best British funk album of the sventies". And, the album is full of funky soul for sure. Kokomo is still active - support them here. Groovy!


Dereb Desaleng "Dereb The Ambassador" 2010

Dereb Desalegn (aka Dereb The Ambassador) is a well known and respected singer on the streets Addis Abebba in Ethiopia. He released his first album back in 2003. He is well known for mixing the traditional groovy ethiopique style of afrobeat with a more modern and progressive take on the music. On this album from 2010 he mix his own material with traditionals and even a cover of Mulatu Astatke. Support the artist here. Groovy!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Ethioda "Tezet Reset" 2016

Ethioda is lovely seven piece orchestra from Montepellier in the south of France, their music are in incredible moody ethiopiques vintage style, including afrobeat, jazz and funk. Support the band here. Groovy!


Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band "Tche Belew" 1977

Fantastic album from 1977 by the ethiopian organ player Hailu Mergia and The Walias Band. The ethiopian groove is in focus, and the melancholy vibe is there, this instrumental album is a keeper. A nice and welcome reissue were made in 2014 by Awesome Tapes From Africa, support them here. Groovy!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Prince Hammer "Roots Me Roots" 1978

Amazing album from 1978 by Prince Hammer (aka Berris Simpson). Classics jamaican roots sounds - this one mix deep reggae, dancehall and dub, great vocals by Hammer (wich produced the album himself) and smashing work by (as usual) Sly & Robbie. Groovy!


Steve Kuhn Trio "Three Waves" 1966

Lovely early work by the composer, pianist and leader Steve Kuhn from Brooklyn, New York City. Three Waves from 1966 shows Kuhn with Steve Swallow and Pete La Roca in great and moody shape, straight modal post bop jazz in Kuhn own unique way. Groovy!


Friday, June 16, 2017

VA - Krautfunk: Groovy & Funky Krautrock Sounds From Germany 1972-1978

Well, here is a mixtape I made with groovy and funky krautrock and beyond, most of the bands on this tape where originally "rock" or progressive acts (some in the jazz-funk-fusion genre for sure), but many german acts threw the rock out of the window in the mid to late 70s and got a more synth-new wave-dreamy/kosmische-tinged kind of sound. This is not a fair overwiev of the 70s krautrock scene at all - it's just a mixtape - and there was no scene (what I know) called krautfunk either, I just collect the more funkier tracks into a tape. And I think the german funk was pretty groovy!

01. Embryo - New Ridin (1974)
02. Joy Unlimited - Soul Gravy Soul Beat (1972)
03. Atlantis - It's Getting Better (1973)
04. Sincerely P.T. - Rolling Machine (1973)
05. Niagara - S.U.B. (1972)
06. Messengers - Actions (1975)
07. Amon Duul 2 - Don't Turn Too Stone (1978)
08. Ex Ovo Pro - Don't Forget The Master (1976)
09. Randy Pie - Super Sid (1975)
10. Guru Guru & Kraan - Das Leopardenkästchen (1977)
11. 18 Karat Gold - Cool (1973)
12. Jonathan - Li Song (1978)
13. Missus Beastly - Geisha (1974)
14. Curt Cress Clan - ''451 271'' (1975)
15. Alcatraz - Piss Off (1972)


Groundation "Upon The Bridge" 2006

Groundation is a roots regggae group from Sonoma County, North California, and Upon The Bridge is their sixth album. Their music is well produced Bob Marley mid 70s era-reggae with both jazz and dub influences as well. Support the band here. Groovy!


Gilberto Sextet ‎"The Groovy Sounds Of The Gilberto Sextet" 1968

I don't know much about this LP or orchestra at all, excpet that the leader is Gilberto Cruz. The Gilberto Sextet gives you a wonderful latin/boogaloo album, they do a couple of groovy pop-covers besides their own compositions. Groovy!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

El Gran Combo ‎"Mejor Que Nunca (Better Than Ever)" 1976

Mejor Que Nunca (Better Than Ever) is a very groovy album recorded in 1976 by the legendary Puerto Rican group El Gran Combo, who were formed in 1962 already, and they still exists. A very joyful latin/salsa album. Groovy!


The Boogie Boys ‎"City Life" 1985

The Boogie Boys were a hip hop group from Harlem, New York and they existed between 1985-1988. They got a huge hit from this album called A Fly Girl. The member Joseph Malloy is still active and are today a famous producer. City Life was their debut album. Groovy!


The Eliminators "Loving Explosion" 1972

The Eliminators were formed in the early 60s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina when the dudes were at high school, after ten years in diverse projects the reunited in 1972 and made this badass album. Musically it's incredible groovy, and Loving Explosion is a typical of time statement of how the afro-american soul/funk scene sounded this year. Thankfully this rare album got a nice reissue back in 1999 by Soul Brother Records, support them here. Groovy!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Shamek Farrah ‎"First Impressions" 1974

This is the american alto saxophonist Shamek Farrah's first LP as a leader, released on Strata East Record in 1974. A pretty straight (more spiritual in parts) modern jazz/soul-jazz album, some middle eastern vibes. The albums title track is though a groovy hip hoppy gem.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

William Onyeabor "Anything You Sow" 1985

The legendary nigerian funk singer and songwriter William Onyeabor passed away earlier this year at the age of 70. Since 2013 the world music enthusiasts Luaka Bop have been reissued his entire catalog between 1977-1985, support them here. Anything You Sow is an amazing record with a danceble mix of 80s synthwave, electronic, funk with vibes of the nigerian folk-tradition, very joyful. This album is one of those timeless records that easyily could have been made in 2017 by some indie-lo fi-dudes. And, It's not hard to realize how much Onyeabor 80s stuff has been influenced David Byrne through his own career. Groovy!


Clint Eastwood "Jah Lights Shining" 1979

Classic album from 1979 by the jamaican deejay Clint Eastwood. Musically it's a roots reggae/dancehall album with nice elements of dub. Sly & Robbie does a great job with the rhythms (as usual), so does the guitar player Chinna. Groovy!


Monday, June 12, 2017

Big Mean Sound Machine "Runnin' For The Ghost" 2017

Big Mean Sound Machine is a nine piece orchestra from Ithaca, New York. Musically they stand steady on a platform of funk/soul-jazz, but their influences are many and they have spiced their music with heavy with rich afrofunk, dub, latin and even a vibe of psychedelia is in there. The result is marvelous. And, they actually sound big, sometimes even mean. This groovy machine deserves everybody's attention, especially if you're in it for the groove. Support the band here and here.


Jim & Jean ‎"Changes" 1966

Jim & Jean were a short lived duo (husband & wife) that released this sadly overlooked album (and a couple of more) in 1966 for Verve Records. This acoustic/electric some kinda folk-rock-pop album is far better than many other acclaimed titles in the genre from the same period (think Ian & Sylvia, Richard & Mimi Farina, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, etc). It's a mystery (and a shame) to me that this LP never got a cd or digital reissue.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

VA - Nuggets '66 - The Covers Project!

Well, here is two mixtapes I made with garage rock recordings (mosty 7inches) from the magic year of 1966 (the best year of garage rock I believe), some combos may be more associated with pop - but in my ears those versions fits in here. The groups are mostly americans, but there are a few acts from canada, europe and two from south america as well (and one from south africa). As the title reveals those mixtapes is about cover versions. The groups here do their own versions of famous (of it's time) big hits/or popular tracks (mostly r&b, soul, rock'n'roll/rock/mod, blues, etc), and some of thoose hot rockin' acts actually covered each other. Do the caveman!

01. Mae West - Shakin' All Over
02. The Kingsmen - Little Latin Lupe Lu
03. Ambertones - I Can Only Give You Everything
04. The Gants - Dirty Water
05. The Tracers - She Said Yeah
06. The Standells - My Little Red Book
07. The Stone Cutters - Better Man Than I
08. The Phantoms - Road Runner
09. The Wailers - Little Sister
10. The In Crowd - In The Midnight Hour
11. Les Zeniths - Louie Louie
12. The Rogues - Train Kept A Rollin'
13. The Beau Brummels - These Boots Are Made For Walking
14. The Music Machine - See See Rider
15. The Ventures - Lies
16. Q65 - Down In The Bottom
17. The Breakaways - Milk Cow Blues
18. Chancellors - Route 66
19. The Sonics - Skinny Minnie
20. The Swamp Rats - Psycho

01. The Boots - She's About A Mover
02. The Village Outcast - Under My Thumb
03. The Farmen - Crackin' Up
04. The Flies - I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
05. The Human Beingz - Evil Hearted You
06. The A Cads - Nadine
07. The Shadows Of Knight - I Just Want To Make Love To You
08. The Dagenites - Poison Ivy
09. Los Shains - Fever
10. The Rooks - Empty Heart
11. The Rovin' Kind - My Generation
12. The Undertakers - Unchain My Heart
13. The Vanguards - Gloria
14. The Truth - Hey Gyp
15. Heywoods - Hey Joe
16. The Tidal Waves - Farmer John
17. The Montells - Daddy Rolling Stone
18. The Groupies - Hog (I'm A Hog For You Baby)
19. Sooner Or Later - Night Time
20. The Tories - Walkin' The Dog

East New York Ensemble De Music ‎"At The Helm" 1974

Heavenly allbum from 1974 by East New York Ensemble De Music. The founders and leaders Bilal Abduraham (soprano saxophone) and Ameen Nuraldeen (vibraphone) were long etablished musicians since the 50s when this piece of art were released, and on At The Helm they give us a convincing fusion of spiritual jazz, african and middle east. Groovy!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Asher D & Daddy Freddy "Ragamuffin Hip Hop" 1988

Ragamuffin Hip-Hop from 1989 was the english/jamaican duo Asher D & Daddy Freddy's only full-length release. The album title actually tells you what you get, a nice uptempo winner with great rappin' and diverse jamaican beats. Asher D leaved the spotlight soon after the duo break up in 1990, Daddy Freddy is still active, more or less. This groovy and overlooked album definitely deserves a reissue. Groovy!


Ravi Harris And The Prophets ‎"Funky Sitar Man" 1997

First of all, this record has the worst (or ugliest maybe) album cover ever made. But the music on this album is so fabulous. Half of the tracks are cover versions of James Brown and The Meters, but performed in a more laid back funky way, and with a nice groovy late 60s cocktail vibe. This instrumental album includes drums, bass and sitar mostly, and it swings a lot - very nice production. Ravi Harris was actually a pseudonym by maestro Gabriel Roth (mostly known for his work with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Antibalas, and as a producer under the alias Bosco Mann, and of course as the founder of The Daptone Records), support him and the Daptone Records here. Have a sitar! Groovy!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Barbara Dane "On My Way" 1962

The jazz critic Leonard Feather called her "Bessie Smith in Stereo", and on this LP from 1962 the big voice of  Detroits Barbara Dane really come true. On My Way includes the entire register of her - folk, jazz, groovy soul-jazz/r&b, blues, etc. She also was a true politic activist back in the 60s, and made a phenomenal album in 1966 with the groovy boys of The Chambers Brothers. A matsterpiece for sure. Groovy!