Monday, July 31, 2017

VA - PoP #2

Well, here is another mixtape I made with some "pop" favorites from the 60s to the 2000s. The term and genre pop (and rock as well) is sometimes pretty hard to sort out what it is I think, the nerve of pop could be find in punk, soul, rock, synth, folk, disco, etc, and sometimes they just float around? But, to me the songs on this mixtape is POP (in some way). I hope some of you dig it.

01. Denise James - What Happened To The Love We Knew (2006)
02. The Feelies - Nobody Knows (2011)
03. Dana Gillespie - No, No, No (1968)
04. Dusty Springfield - Here She Comes (1965)
05. Terry Jacks - Since You Broke My Heart (1974)
06. Fanny - All Mine (1973)
07. The Honeys - It's Like Heaven (1986)
08. Necessaries - More Real (1982)
09. The Truth - What You Want Me to Say (1983)
10. The Gosdin Brothers - Love At First Sight (1966)
11. Wylde Mammoths - Have You For My Own (1988)
12. Young Modern - Red Dress On (1978)
13. Goodees - Angry Eyes (1968)
14. Robyn Hitchcock 'N' The Egyptians - Madonna Of The Wasps (1989)
15. The Twins - Modern Lifestyle (1982)
16. The Chords - Now It's Gone (1979)
17. The Spongetones - Tell Me Too! (1982)
18. The Magnetic Fields - Strange Powers (1993)
19. The School - Every Day (2015)
20. The Fabulettes - Screamin' And Shoutin' (1966)


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hugh Mundell "Time & Place" 1980

Hugh Mundell was one of the greatest voices that came out of Jamaica during the late 70s and early 80s - sadly he was shot in the head at the age of 21 during a car ride with his friend Junior Reed. He was discovered at the age of 13 by Boris Gardiner, and the melodica professor Augustus Pablo produced and suported his albums. Time & Place from 1980 was his 2nd album, recorded at Harry J's and Channel One, mixed at King Tubby's, produced together with Pablo, this is a true ace. Groovy!


New Swing Sextet "The Explosive" 1967

New Swing Sextet were formed in New York in 1965, The Explosive from 1967 is their debut album. They are famous for their groovy mix of latin jazz and salsa. George Rodriguez doin' the vibes and wrote all material on this one. What I knew this group is still active in some way. Groovy!


Saturday, July 29, 2017

I Kong "The Way It Is" 1979

Singer Errol King (aka I Kong) were a member of the famous rocksteady group The Jamaicans during the 60s and 70s, in 1979 he released his first solo album The Way It Is on Top Ranking Records. This is a great and overlooked roots 70s reggae album. Groovy!


The Allergies "Push On" 2017

The Allergiers are a british duo (DJ Moneyshot & Rackabeat), they build their groove on diverse sampling and beats (with some "real" instruments as well, I guess). Their sound are very 60s retro/vintage with a bunch soul/funk/easy listening mixed with modern beats from hip hop and nu-funk. To me they sounds like cousins to the early records of Noonday Underground, wich Paul Weller where involved in and suppoprted. Very groovy, uptempo and joyful. Please support the dudes here. Shake your hips! Groovy!


B.O.X. ‎"Beyond Ordinary X-Istence" 1991

This self titled debut album by rapper B.O.X from Los Angeles 1991 is some kind of a hidden treasure, a true gem for friends of thug rap and roots hip hop, the joyful sampling, the funk, and uptempo groove reminds me a lot of the early recordings of De La Soul. I don't know what this dude are doing today, but I think it's kinda sad he didn't release any more records at the time (1999-2001 he was part of the group 3re Da Hardaway) But hey, he's on the "book" here. Groovy!


Friday, July 28, 2017

Les Bantous De La Capitale "Same" 1976

Les Bantous De La Capitale were formed in Congo 1959 already, then under the name Orchestre T.P.O.K. Jazz and later renamed as Orchstre Rock And Mambo. The group were one of the most famous congolese rhumba acts during the 60s. This self titled album from 1976 is a incredible groovy african rhumba album.


Cachao e su Ritmo Caliente "Cuban Jam Sessions In Miniature: Descargas" 1957

This is a true classic from Cuba by Cachao e su Ritmo, released back in 1957. You will get afro-cuban jazz and descarga of the finest quality - incredible groovy. This rare LP was reissued in 2004 by the enhusiasts at Vampi Soul Records, support them here. Groovy!


The Lat-Teens "Same" 1968

More or less typical of time classic latin soul, this self titled album from 1968 byThe Lat-Teens was their first effort, Hector Castro (piano), Rey Davila (vocals) and Carlos Pabon (writings/arrangements) was their most famous members through the mid/late 60s. Groovy!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nara Leão "Same" 1968

Great late 60s tropicalia from the brazilian singer Nara Leão. Very groovy, and part experimental with psychedelic vibes, arranged by Rogerio Duprat - but, mostly it's pure modern brazilian pop with a "twist" we are talking about. Groovy!


Jorge Ben ‎"Ben" 1972

This is the classic album Ben by Rio De Janeiro and Brazil's own groove maestro Jorge Ben from 1972, this one includes his world wide hit Taj Mahal. Groovy!


Oku Onuora & AK7 ‎"Pressure Drop" 1984

Oku Onuora was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1952, he is known as the "father of jamaican dub poetry". Onuora started writing poetry in the early 70s, and Pressure Drop from 1984 is his first album. Musically its deep roots reggae, with elements of dub, and Onurous voice is very strong and deep. This is one of the jamaican 80s best records. Please read more about this fascinating man here. Groovy!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz ‎"Sweet Mother" 1976

Sweet Mother from 1976 with Prince Nico Mbarga is nigerian highlife music of the best kind. 4 long uptempo and joyful tunes. Groovy!


Baden Powell "Tristeza on Guitar" 1966

This is a true masterpiece from 1966 by the brazilian guitarist Baden Powell (1937-2000), released on the german MPS label. 60s groovy instrumental brazil with melancholy melodies, more uptempo than usual from Powell, and great flute work by Copinha and percussion by Mr. Banana! Groovy!


Arabian Prince "Brother Arab" 1989

Mike Lezan (aka The Arabian Prince) was a true innovator at the hip hop scene in the mid 80s while forming the now legendary N.W.A., he also worked at the RapSur Records with Russ Parr. Brother Arab from 1989 was his first solo album after breaking up N.W.A. Groovy!


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

VA - Groover's Paradise 9! 18 Global Grooves 1971-1990

Well, here is a mixtape I made with world wide groovy stuff from 1971-1990. You will get 80s african disco, brasil, american jazz-funk, french dreamy electronic, a jamaican poet, danish valium grooves and much more.

01. Suzanne Menzel - I Feel It Starts Again (1981)
02. The Cannibals - Hey Tonight (1981)
03. Jivaro - Your Way Is My Way (1989)
04. Oku Onuora & AK7 - Change Yes Change (1984)
05. United 8 - Getting Uptown (To Get Down) (1972)
06. Melvin Sparks - I've Got to Have You (feat. Jimmy Scott) (1975)
07. Zohra - Badala Zamana (1978)
08. Gladstone Anderson - Rocking The Drifter (1977)
09. The Bees - Hlabalaza (1988)
10. VO - Mashisa (Dub Mix) (1990)
11. Claude Rodap - Tempête (1982)
12. Royden Foster - Shine Your Love (1989)
13. Nigger Kojak - Edge Up To The Rub (1982)
14. Sarah Webster Fabio - Sweet Songs (1976)
15. Otto de Rojas & Los Ultra 76 - Choca Las Caderas (1976)
16. Los Chorbos - Sones Del Chicharro (1975)
17. Maryann Farra & Satin Soul - Never Gonna Leave You (1975)
18. Yellow Sunshine - Yellow Sunshine (1973)


Monday, July 24, 2017

Leon Lowman "Syntheseas" 1980

The Rhode Island keyboardist and ocean lover Leon Lowman released two albums in 1980 and 1982 (and some cassettes afterwards) by himself, none of them went comercial successful. Sytheseas is a very melodic and electronic album, groovy and funky (downtempo and chillout), and it sounds amazing modern today. in 2012 Music From Memory Records released a compilation of his works (vinyl only), support them here. Groovy!


X-Raided "Psycho Active" 1992

Anarae Brown (aka X-Raided) is a american rapper from Sacramento, California. Psycho Active from 1992 was his debut album, and it's a great and groovy "gansta" hip hop, lovely sampling and with a whole lot of nice funky vibes. The dude is still active, so support him here. Groovy!


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tommy McCook "Reggay At It's Best" 1969

Amazing LP from 1969 by jamaican saxophonist Tommy McCook (The Skatalites), recorded at Treausure Isle studios. You will get groovy rocksteady and early reggae that cheers you up. A killer album for sure. Groovy!


The Missing Brazilians "Warzone" 1984

The Missing Brazillians from 1984 was one of maestro Adrian Sherwood many projects through the 80s, on Warzone he colloborated with vocalist Annie Anxiety and members from African Head Charge and Dub Syndicate. The result is an experimental british sounded dub and electronic album that challenge the listener. On-U Sound recently reissued the album (and other releases by Sherwood's different projects from the same period), suppport them here.


Songhoy Blues "Resistance" 2017

Songhoy Blues is a groovy desert/afro "punk-blues" group from Bamako, Mali. Resistence is their 2nd album, and it was released earlier this year, musically they have a very enthusiasm and attack, Iggy Pop are supporting on a couple of tracks. They have toured in america with Alabama Shakes, and in england with Julian Casablanca and Damon Albarn. Support the band here. Groovy!


Friday, July 21, 2017

VA - Country Groove 15 (1968-1974)

Well, here was the last mixtape I made inspired by the lovely compilations "Country Got Soul 1 & 2" (Casual Records), "Country Funk 1 & 2" (Light In The Attic) and "Delta Swamp Rock 1 & 2" (Soul Jazz Records). None of the songs appears on the titles I mentioned above. Well, here is the "final destination" of this long series (maybe too long). Thanks for the kind words about the tapes. Keep on truckin', drinkin', smokin' out there in the swamp.

01. Happy & Artie Traum - Scavengers (1971)
02. Pat Boone - Bad News (1969)
03. The Hardy Boys - Old Man Moses' Front Porch Rhythm Band (1970)
04. Ohio Knox - Calamity Jane (1971)
05. Redeye - Mississippi Stateline (1970)
06. Henson Cargill - Wonder Where They'll Sleep Tonight (1970)
07. Toni Brown - The Devil And Willie Mahoney (1974)
08. Spider John Koerner & Willie Murphy - Some Sweet Nancy (1969)
09. Odetta - Hit or Miss (1970)
10. Orphan - I've Been Working (1974)
11. Sherman Hayes - Catman (1973)
12. John Randolph Marr - Sarah (1970)
13. Anna Black - Billy Goat Run (1968)
14. Jeannie C. Riley - Fine Feathered Friend (1970)
15. Paul Siebel - Nashville Again (1970)
16. Lonnie Mack - Why (1969)
17. Roger Morris - Let The Four Winds Blow (1972)
18. P.F. Sloan - One of a Kind (1968)
19. Ron Davies - Lay Down Your Burden (1973)
20. Randy Newman - Let's Burn Down the Cornfield (1970)


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Livy Ekemezie ‎"Friday Night" 1983

Friday Night by Livy Ekemezie is one of the most sought after (and best) nigerian boogie/disco albums ever, recorded at Nigerias finest studio at the time in Enugu in 1983. The masterpiece has reccently been reissued by the a new label called Odion Livingstone, support them and their work here. Groovy!


Dadawah ‎"Peace And Love (Wadadasow)" 1974

Peace & Love by the short lived project Dadawah by Ras Michael (his monik, and was released between the work of his own group The Sons Of Negus) is not a traditional reggae album, it's called nyahbingi, named after the drums and the hypnotic spiritual rhythms. With help from the studio musicians Lloyd Parks, Paul Williams, Willie Lindo and Lloyd Charmers the album was released by Michaels own Zion label in 1974 (between. The album contains four long spacey and hypnotic tracks, with lovely harmony vocals, trippy and "psychedelic" guitar work, and monotonous bass and drums. The music presents the deep of the jamaican heart. Very moody, hypnotic, laid back and also a bit scary at the same time. This is one of a kind. Groovy!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Shabaka And The Ancestors ‎"Wisdom Of Elders" 2016

Sax player Shabaka Hutchings was born in London 1984, his parents were natives from Barbados. Wisdon Of Elders was recorded in South Africa in one day, and started as a tribute to the former Cape Town jazz scene back in the late 70s - with the classic Nguni rhtythms. Musically it's some kind of hymn, or even a psalm to the era when jazz was part of the freedom fight. It's a very spiritual and moody album, a very structural but also full om improvisation. The eight piece group has a lot of horns and diverse percussion. This is a true adventure.


Winston Francis "California Dreaming" 1971

Singer Winston Francis were born in Kingston, Jamaica back in 1948. In the late 60s he made some singles for the legendary Coxsone/Studio One, his first full length album came out in 1970. California Dreaming is his 2nd album - great soulful reggae/rocksteady with a lot of covers from the american pop and soul scene. Groovy!


Brother To Brother "Let Your Mind Be Free" 1976

Brother To Brother were a group from St. Louis, they were active 1974-80 and led by native america Michael Burton. 70s groovy soul with hints of mid 70s chill funk. The track Visions should have been a minor hit. Groovy!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jack (Bongo) Burger ‎"The End On Bongos" 1957

The End Of Bongo is a very nice and sweet, moody and loveable album from 1957, a typical of time cross between latin and mid 50s hip jazz by the west coast percussionist Jack (Bongo) Burger. Great work by Buddy Collette on flute and sax, and off course great bongo work by Mr. Burger. Groovy!


Paul Horn "Vision" 1974

The canadian jazz flautist, saxophonist and composer Paul Horn was born in Vancaouver 1930. Visions from 1974 is full of groovy soul-jazz-funk with marvellous flute, with a strong hippie vibe, four songs on the album are well known songs by David Crosby, and three by Stevie Wonder, and so on. Tom Scott is the producer. Groovy!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Showbiz & A.G. "Runaway Slave" 1992

Showbiz & A.G. is a american hip hop/rap duo from Bronx, New York, and they started back in 1990. Rodney LeMay (showbiz) is the producer and Ander "The Giant" Barnes (A.G.) is the rapper. Runaway Slave from 1992 was their full lenght debut - and it's full of funky and groovy sampling. Both dudes are still active in the business, sometimes they reunite as well. Groovy!


Binker And Moses "Dem Ones" 2015

Binker And Moses is tenor saxophonist Binker Golding (Nu Civilisation Orchestra) and Moses Boyd (The Exodus) on drums and percussion - both the youngsters are highly regarded at the British nu-jazz scene. The duo recorded Dem Ones in 2015, and the music is contemporary and modern ecstatic jazz with a hip and spiritual vibe, some tunes have a african and middle eastern twist. Support Binker here, and Moses here, and the enthusiasts of Gearbox Records here. Groovy!


Marvin Peterson And The Soulmasters "In Concert" 1969

The american trumpet player and composer Hannibal Marvin Peterson was born in Smithville, Texas in 1948. This is his debut album from 1969 (recorded live in Texas at the end of 1968). In Concert (sounds more like studio to me) includes the tribute Groovin For Otis and a cover of James Brown's I Can't Stand It. Musically it's a funky and instrumental soul-jazz album. Groovy!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Singers & Players "War Of Words" 1981

Singers & Players were a loose collective of musicians, DJ's and vocalists of Adrian Sherwood's On U-Sound Label. On this album Prince Far I, Jah Woosh, Keith Levine and Bim Sherman is the bildning. Musically it's a cross between deep dub and reggae with vibes of chill and cosmic post-punk, produced by Sherwood himself - with his british and typical of time production. Highly recommended.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Kondi Band ‎"Salone" 2017

This is a very inspired new afro-electronic project by the Sierra Leone blind thumb piano player Sorie Kondi and the US DJ and producer Chief Boima. The result is a lovely cross between West African folk music and modern minimal house and electronic, Salone is a very groovy, atmospheric and fresh album, and deserve everybodys attention. Support Strut Records here. Groovy


Pax Nicholas And The Nettey Family ‎"Na Teef Know De Road Of Teef" 1973

The Ghana born Pax Nicholas was a member of Fela Kuti's band 1971-1978, and as many of the members he had his own "career". Na Teef Know De Road Of Teef was released in 1973, and musically it's just as groovy as any of Fela Kuti's records from the same period, great and funky afrobeat. Daptone Records made a reissue of the album in 2009 (support them here), and Nicholas himself is still active, support him here. Groovy!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Black Moon "Enta Da Stage" 1993

Black Moon is an hip hop group started back in 1992, and they were formed in Brooklyn, New York by members Buckshot, 5ft and Dj Evil Dee. Enta Da Stage was their debut album, and is highly acclaimed among fans of early rap/hip hop today - very groovy and funky. This album was released by the lovely New York underground label Wreck Records. Groovy!


Bloque 53 "Tumba Puchunga" 2012

Bloque 53 is a groovy and smokin' hot latin/salsa group from Barcelona in Spain, with both male/female vocals - lovely rhtm section and powerful horns. This is their debut album from 2012. Support the band here and here. Groovy!


Angel Hoytt "Wanna Be Your Lover Tonight" 1983

I don't know much about this record. It seems like Angel Hoytt was  an jamaican reggae singer, released this only album in 1983 on the Subsidiary Records label (US release only). The classic Roots Radics is backing her. Musically it's roots reggae with dancehall/lover's rock elements, and some really nice dub effects. Groovy!


Music Inc. "Same" 1971

Music Inc. from 1971 (recorded in 1970) was the first album Strata Easte Record ever released. This "big band" plays hard bop and modal jazz, some of the tunes have a spiritual vibe, also some kind of funky/groovy vibe in parts. Stanley Cowell and Charles Tolliver has composed and arranged the all of the songs, nice trumpet work by Virgil Jones, trombone work by Curtis Fuller and Clifford Brown on flute (among others). Lovely album - and a great historical landmark. Groovy!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Joakim Åhlund & Jockum Nordström "Hunden & Paddan" 2012

Hunden & Paddan is a instrumental studio project by the Swedish duo Joakim Åhlund & Jockum Nordström - both dudes are very famous in Sweden (musicians, producers and artists ). This album from 2012 was self released on vinyl only (very limited). Musically it sounds like the Jon Spencer & The Blues Explosion made a vintage sounded and psychedelic album with middle eastern influences crossed with blues, rock, folk/jazz and funk, produced by Tom Waits. It's a very groovy (and part trippy) album, in my opinion a sadly overlooked album.


Boss Capone "'69 Reggae Bonanza" 2015

Boss Capone is a Dutch reggae/rockseady (and some ska as well) band, and a sideproject by The Upsessions vocalist and composer Boss Van Tright (vocalist and comper). '69 Bonanza Reggae are recorded in glorious mono, and the music sounds like it was recorded in 1969 by Lee Perry himself. This is pure jamaican dynamite, every song would easily place on Soul Jazz Records early dynamite-series. Support the band here. Groovy!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Keith Mansfield Orchestra And Chorus ‎"Face On The Wind" 1969

We all need cheezy groovy easy listening from 1969 sometimes. Face On The Wind by the british composer, arranger and producer Keith Mansfield is a true gem in the genre. Groovy jazz-pop as it best.


VA - Modern Grooves 6! 18 Explosive Nu-Sounds 2007-2017

Well, here is another mixtape I made with "modern grooves" and nu-sounds from 2007-2017. Funk, soul, r&b, afrofunk, reggae, latin, downbeat, etc. Hope you find a song or two that turns you on. Groovy!

01. DJ Vadim - Black Is The Night (2015)
02. Yellow Umbrella - King Dubby (2016)
03. Paul Johnson - Better Than This (Soul Talk Remix) (2014)
04. Dele Sosimi - E Go Betta (2015)
05. Big Brooklyn Red - Taking It Too Far (2012)
06. Cookin' On 3 Burners - This Girl (feat. Kylie Auldist) (2009)
07. La 33 - Porque Yo (2007)
08. Tony Momrelle - Fly (2013)
09. Voilaaa - Pour La Vie (Feat. Pat Kalla) (2017)
10. London Afrobeat Collective - Prime Minister (Captain Planet Remix) (2015)
11. Ozomatli - Bésame Mucho (Feat. Herb Alpert) (2017)
12. Nosizwe - So Gone (2016)
13. Hairy Dudini - Dear Linda (2017)
14. Orgone - Who Knows Who (2007)
15. Monophonics - Hanging On (2015)
16. Soopasoul - My Place (2009)
17. Terri Walker - Testify (2015)
18. San2 & His Soul Patrol - So Beautiful (2017)


Monday, July 10, 2017

VA - Funk Of '75 (20 Groovy Funksters From 1975)

Well - here is a mixtape I made with some groovy and soulful funk from 1975. This was not a try to do a serious overview of the funk scene from 1975 - it's just a simple mixtape with some favourite tracks, that's all, nothing more or less. But, I think the tape went pretty groovy!

01. Black Blood - Avenue Louise
02. The 9th Creation - Bubble Gum
03. Roy Porter Sound Machine - Party Time
04. Hudson County - Bim Sala Bim
05. Debbie Hines - Get Off Your Butt
06. The Dutch Rhythm Steel & Showband - Funky Stuff
07. Peoples Choice - Nursery Rhymes
08. Lillian Hale - Don't Boom Boom
09. The Funky Boys - Solid Funk
10. Ronnie Laws - Nothing To Lose
11. Funkhouse Express - Disco Kid
12. Exit 9 - Fly
13. Johnny Hammond - Shifting Gears
14. Gonzalez - Rissoled
15. Freedom Express - Get Down
16. Carol Grimes - Uphill Peace Of Mind
17. Sugar Billy - Keep Movin On
18. Jim Gilstrap - One More Heartache
19. Thom Janusz - Crystals
20. Mandrill - Livin It Up


Tipica 73 ‎"Into The 80's" 1981

Late great latin album from Tipca 73, a classic New York  Cuban group who were popular in the 70s, this is actually their last effort from 1981. Into The 80s is a very groovy latin/salsa album nice percussion and great vocal and maracas by José Alberto. Groovy!


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Vivian Jones "Bank Robbery" 1983

Amazing deep roots reggae from jamaican born british singer Vivian Jones, Bank Robbery from 1983 is his debut album. He started in the mid 70s as a member of many different bands like The Spartans, Doctor Birds and The Mighty Vibes. Jones is still active and he recently worked with Sly & Robbie. Groovy!


Stratosferic Band ‎"Splash..." 1977

Splash from 1977 were Stratosferic Band's only release, a electronic space-disco project led by Svengile (aka Luigi Venegoni) a guitar player who seems to work all over the place and in many genres. This record may not change your life, but it's pretty enjoyable if you like late 70s euro disco. This mostly instrumental album includes a weird version of Them's Gloria. Groovy!


J.R. Funk & The Love Machine "Good Lovin'" 1981

J.R. Funk & The Love Machine released this album in 1981, they were a short lived group from Canada and this seems to be their only full length album. Hard to find information about this album. Typical of time great and well produced funk, with both soul and disco vibes (off course). Groovy!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Triston Palmer "Fancyness" 1982

Jamaican singer Triston Palmer released Fancyness in 1982, the album was recorded at the legendary Aquarius Studios and Channel One, produced by himself along with Oswald  Thomas and Philip Morgan. The backing group were The Roots Radics. Palmers voice can easy been described as a cross between Hugh Mundell and Horacy Andy (the sound is similar as well), and the music is pure roots reggae and dub. Groovy!


Trinity "Rock In The Ghetto" 1979

Rock In The Ghetto was released by Trojan Records in 1979. Trinity (aka Wade Brammer) is a jamaican deejay/singer who's been active since the mid 70s, and he is brother of Clint Eastwood (not to be confused with the american macho man). This album was recorded at Channel One, produced by legendary Linval Thompson, and it's a roots reggae heaven, with pleasant and deep elements of dub. Groovy!