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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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The Sound Defects "The Iron Horse" 2008




The Sound Detfects are a one man project (what I knew), a record collector from Indianapolis, Indiana named Brian Witzig. The Iron Horse from 2008 is his 2nd effort, and it's a groovy and funky album full with a nice vintage-and-cinematic atmosphere, you will get instrumental hip hop, breaks and joyfull electronics. This is a fantastic album, support The Sound Defects here. Groovy!

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Marlena Shaw "The Spice Of Life" 1969



New York's finest Marlena Shaw made her album debut in 1967 already, but The Spice Of Life from 1969 is the gem of her career, a hell of a groovy soul/funk album, released by then groovy Cadet Records. Her version of Woman Of The Ghetto may also be the ultimate. A couple of reissues were made in the early 2000s (mostly on cd, but long out of print), otherwise there's only expensive Japanese reissues of this one. Groovy!

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Tony Grey & Ozimba ‎"My Message" 1981



My Message from 1981 is a pretty nice nigerian afro disco fusion album. Tony Grey was huge in Nigeria at the time, and was part of the high life scene back then. A proper reissue were made some years ago by Voodoo Funk, support them here. Groovy!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

VA - Sweethearts! The World's Greatest Tracks Got Covered 2003-2016




Well - here is a mixtape I made with covers, recorded 2003 - 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 - in some places actually better than the original. I hope you find some of those sweethearts just as beautiful as I do.

01. Mark Lanegan - Red Balloon (2013)
02. Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan - I Wanna Be Your Dog (2016)
03. Hologram - Pale Blue Eyes (2013)
04. Firewater - Some Velvet Morning (2004)
05. The Raveonettes - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (2005)
06. Marie Fisker - Mother Of Earth (2012)
07. Julie B Bonnie - Famous Blue Raincoat (2016)
08. David Lynch - The Ballad Of Hollis Brown (2013)
09. Anna Calvi - Ghost Rider (2013)
10. The Submarines - Boys Don't Cry (2009)
11. Camera Obscura - Tougher Than The Rest (2009)
12. Lissie - Go Your Own Way (2011)
13. The Books Feat Jose Gonzalez - Cello Song (Jesper Rummenigge Edit) (2009)
14. Jay Jay Johanson - Suicide Is Painless (2011)
15. Elk City - Play with Fire (2014)
16. Seu Jorge And Almaz - The Model (2010)
17. Deadmau5 - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (2009)
18. Todd Terje Feat Bryan Ferry - Johnny And Mary (2014)
19. Honeyroot - Love Will Tear Us Apart (2003)
20. Ed Kupper - No Regrets (2014)

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New Kingdom "Paradise Don't Come Cheap" 1996



New Kingdom were a rap rock group from New York City, they released two albums in the 90s and Paradise Don't Come Cheap from 1996 was their last effort. The group was centered around Jason Furlow, Sebastian Laws and Scott Harding. Musically it sounded like Captain Beefheart himself went to do a hip hop album with help from Tom Waits and Jon Spencer. The "rap rock" scene may not have been the biggest of successess but this album is a true funky gem. Groovy!

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Goldfinger Doe & BMS "Let's Dance Together" 1979



Here is a very strong and groovy nigerian album from 1979 with Goldfinger Doe and his B.M.S. Musically it's a funky boogie/disco love affair with the typical nigerian afro touch of it's time. The enthusiasts at PMG Audio made a reissue of the album earlier this year, support them here. Groovy!

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument "Shemonmuanaye" 1985




Shemonmuanaye from 1985 was long a underground cult classic cassette from 1985 that barely was known outside the Addis Ababa. Hailu Mergia was a well known accordian and synth player in Etiopia, he made a stunning ethio-jazz album in 1977, and aftwards he mostly played in hotel lobbys in the city. The music on this album is traditional ethio folk/jazz with a modern twist, on every song there is a hypnotic and groovy drum-machine, with melodic and futuristic synthesized landscapes along with his accordian. The feel is sometimes dark and spooky. The enthusiasts at Awesome Tapes From Africa reissued this album back in 2013, support them here. Groovy!

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Larry Saunders "Stranger" 1976




The New Yorker Larry Saunders (aka The Prophet Of Soul) was a phenomenal singer och great composer, sadly a bit overlooked today. He was also a political activist in the 60s and 70s, and one of he's mission was to free the black panther Angela Davis. Strangers from 1976 was recorded in the famous Muscle Shoals in Memphis to get the groovy sound, but sometimes (esp when Saunders sings in falsetto) the groove reminds me of he's own hero Curtis Mayfield and the Chicago style. This is a true gem for lovers of deep soul and groovesness.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

J.V.C. F.O.R.C.E. ‎"Doin' Damage" 1988



The rap group J.V.C. F.O.R.C.E. ‎were a short lived trio (AJ Rok, B-Luv & DJ Curt Cazal) from Long Island, New York. Doin' Damage from 1988 was their debut album. Very rootsy and joyful uptempo hip hop with a whole lot of scratchin', well done rappin' and nice sampling, one of the era's most memorable albums. Groovy!

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Jah Lloyd "The Humble One" 1978



Patrick Lloyd Frances (aka Jah Lloyd/The Black Lion Of Judah) was born in Jamaica in 1947 (shot in Kingston 1999) and was a well respected DJ, producer and singer. The Humble One from 1978 was his first of two releases for the classic Frontline label. One this one backed by Sly Dunbar, Lloyd Parks and Tommy McCock (among others). Lovely roots reggae all over the place. Groovy!

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Itadi ‎"Watch Your Life" 1977




Well, you can't go wrong with a cover like this? Itadi was a singer from west african Togo. Musically it's a very groovy afro soul love affair with funky vibes, very moody (and groovy)! In 2003 the folks at Hot Casa Records made a reissue of the album, support them here. Groovy!

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Friday, August 25, 2017

VA - Funk Of '69 (Mono Edition)




Well - here is a mixtape I made with funk from the magic year of 1969, this tape only includes mono recordings, there will be another mix from the year with stereo recordings in a week or two. This tape was not a try to do a serious overview or an anthology over the 1969 funk scene, It's just a mixtape with some of my favorites - that's all. Hope you dig it!

01. The U-F-O's - Too Hot to Hold
02. The Interpertations - Soul Affection
03. Juggy - Oily
04. Jim Gamble - When You Move You Lose
05. A. C. Reed - Boogalo-Tramp
06. Joe 'Groundhog' Richardson - Take It Off
07. Vicki Anderson - Answer To Mother Popcorn I Got A Mother For You
08. Sam Moultrie - Funky Jerk
09. Len Woods - Do It Funky
10. Señor Soul - The Mouse
11. Ruby Andrews - You Made A Believer Out Of Me
12. Ronnie Mitchell - Soul Touch
13. Pic And Bill - It's Not You
14. Chris Bernard - Good Hearted Woman
15. James Polk & The Brothers  - Just Plain Funk
16. Kool & The Gang - Raw Hamburger
17. Marva Whitney - Unwind Yourself
18. Soul East - Funky Lady (Part 1)
19. Soul Shouting Tommy - I'm The Man
20. Cash McCall - More Power To You

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

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




The legendary saxophonist Gary Bartz from Baltimore, Maryland (born in 1940) has worked with many of true legends in jazz and soul through his long career, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Roy Ayers, Rance Allen Group for example. With his group NTU Troop he combined groovy african music, soul, hard bop and typical of time spiritual sounds och rhythms. Harlem Bush Music - Uhuru is a true ace and totally spellbinding, nice and hypnotic percussion by Nat Bettis and drums by Harold White, the legendary coolness of bass player Ron Carter is all over the place - Bartz dedicated the album to John Coltrane and Malcolm X. Groovy!

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Count Ossie & Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari "Tales Of Mozambique" 1975




This is the legendary drummer Count Ossie's last album with Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari from 1975 Tales Of Mozambique. The music on this album is very moody, calm and hypnotic, and is very warmth and laid back. Nice roots rastafarian rhythms with chill reggae vibes behind the lovely vocals. Soul Jazz Records released a expanded reissue last year, support them here. Groovy!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Artistics ‎"I'm Gonna Miss You" 1967



Chicago's finest The Artistics were formed in 1958 already while the members still were in high school. The legendary singer Major Lance discovered them in 1963 and signed them to Okeh Records. In 1967 they were signed to Brunswick Records and recorded their first album, Musically it's one of the finest chicago soul ever made, just as good as The Impressions in my ears. Groovy!

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Kashmere Stage Band ‎"Bumper To Bumper Soul" 1970



Kashmere Stage Band was a instrumental student band led by it's founder and teacher Conrad O. Johnson in Houston, Texas from the late 1960s to 1978. Today their music and records are cult, back in the days they were only sold locally and pressed between 500-1000 copys each (KSB released eight LP's). Musically it's a mixture of groovy big band (both pop and jazzz) and funk, all with a charming gentle, harmless and innocent vibe, they have been sampled a lot through the years by many different artists, maybe DJ Shadow is one of the most well known? Bumper To Bumper Soul was their nd effort, released in 1970. You can read a longer interview with Conrad o. Johnson here. Groovy!

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Ali Birra "Ammalele" 1976



This album from 1976 is true ethio groove by Daire Dawa, Ethiopia born singer Ali Birra. The sound is of course familar with the ethiopiques at the time - the hypnotic and dark mood with spooky organs etc. But this album is not as "jazzy" but focus more on anglo-pop rhythms. I fint it very interesting that much of the great guitar work and their repetetive melodies is very similar to the "sahara" rock scene (with likes of Tamikrest, Tinariwen, etc) that's very popular today (and over the last 20 years). The sound quality may not be for audiophiles and hi-fi puritanes, but who cares, it swings a lot! This lovely album got a reissue (sadly out of print) back in 2012 by the enthusiasts of Domino Sound, support them here. Groovy!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pedro Santos "Krishnanda" 1968



The percussionist Pedros Dos Santos was born in Rio De Janeiro in 1919, and worked with all the stars in Brazil back in the days (Clara Nunes, Baden Powell, Elis Regina, Elsa Soarez, etc). Krishnanda from 1968 has a gentle mix of folk, samba, afro-brazil with a unique mixture of psychedelic effects. The folks at Mr. Bongo (support them here) released a reissue last year. Groovy!

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Larry Young ‎"Lawrence Of Newark" 1973



Lawrence Of Newark from 1973 by New Jersey's finest organ player Larry Young may be his masterpiece. Musically it's an extraordinary adventure in land of the restrained spiritual, groovy, dopey and part free jazz. With congas player Umar Abdul Muizz, guitar player James Blood Ulmer and saxophonist Dennis Mourouse (among others) this freedom jazz is a true gem.

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Novos Baianos F.C. "Same" 1973



Novos Baianos were a brazilian group who were active 1969-1979. Thei mix of tropicalia, bossa nova and MPB with female/male vocals is very on of the best in the genre. Groovy!

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Dynamic Twins "No Room 2 Breathe" 1993




The Dynamic Twins were a christian rap group of indentical twins Noel and Robbie Arthurton from Bronx. Typical of time funky uptempo hip hop and beats with great flow and lyrical. No Room To Breathe was their 2nd album and it's was released in 1993. They worked together through the decade, Groovy!

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Clancy Eccles "Freedom" 1969



Clancy Eccles were a famous and succesful singer from jamaica, and was early discovered by Coxsone Dodd who released his early ska singles in 1961 already. Freedom (released by Trojan) from 1967 is groovy reggae soul album, still with vibes of rocksteady of course. A very joyful album with Eccles unique voice.

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Vivian Weathers "Bad Weather" 1978



Vivian Weathers was a UK musician and producer, and were active in London mostly the late 70s and 80s, he was a member of Linton Kwesi Johnson and Denis Bovell's Poet & The Roots and worked on their Dreat Beat & Blood from 1978 relaesd by Frontline Records. Bad Weathers is a very moody and charming roots reggae album from 1978, very soulful and groovy!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Marion Gaines Singers "This Too Is Gospel" 1972



Great and part groovy/funky soul-gospel album from 1972 (but mostly straight swingin gospel, with full band) by The Marion Gaines Singers (this was their 3rd album), released by the Stax label The Gospel Truth. Some "standards" are mixed with some nice versions of Bill Withers and The Staple Singers, for example. This is not my rip, and the vinyl is a bit cracky unfortunately. Sadly this is one of many gospel-soul albums from the era that never has been reissued - strange and annoying isn't it? Groovy!

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Weldon Irvine ‎"In Harmony" 1974



In Harmony from 1974 was the piano player, organist, poet and composer Weldon Irvine's 3rd album, released by Strata-East Records. He was born in Hampton, Virgina 1943 (and sadly passed away 2002) but lived his life in New York City. This album is one of the finest exampels of how great the jazz-funk scene were in america at the time, and how influental Strata-East were. Sadly this album (as most of the Strata-East catalogue) is very hard to get today (and over the years), and annoying this is one of many quality titles that only has been reissued in Japan (and very limited as well - those bastards) - very sickening, cause this is groovy! Read more about Weldon Irvine here.

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José Mangual ‎"Buyú" 1977



José Mangual ‎was a famous and highly regarded puerto rican percussionist livin in New York City from the 1940s till his death in 1998. He worked with many of the biggest stars through his career, like Dizzy Gillespie, Gato Barbieri, Herbie Mann, Count Basie, Tito Puente among others. Buyú from 1977 is a very groovy album full of latin jazz, salsa, cha-cha and other joyful rhythms. Groovy!

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

People Under The Stairs "The Next Step" 1998



The Next Step is the classic debut album from Los Angeles finest The People Under The Stairs released back in 1998. Classy, funky and smart hip hop with joyful samplings from old cracky jazz and soul. The duo is still active, support them here, and here. Groovy!

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Lloyd Parks "What More Can I Do" 1983



Lloyd Parks is one of the true jamaican legends, his work and membership with groups/artists like Skin, Flesh & Bones, Joe Gibbs, The Techniques, The Termites, The Revolutionaries, etc is well known and highly acclaimed. What More Can I Do from 1983 is a moody roots reggae album with both lovely vibes of soul and lover's rock. Groovy!

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Love Peace & Happiness "Love Is Stronger" 1971



Love Peace & Happiness were a creation by the soul mastermind Vernon Bullock, Love Is Stronger from 1971 was their debut album, Anne Bogan's legacy also incude membership in the Marvelettes and the Challengers, and Melvin & Leslie Wilson both came from New Birth. Great soul album with the typical of time hippie vibe - sadly overlooked. Groovy!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

VA - Krautfunk 2: More Funky & Groovy Krautrock Sounds From Germany 1972-1981



Well, here is a 2nd mixtape I made with a more groovy and funky take on the german krautrock scene from the 1970s to early 1980s. You will get some serious jazz-funk breaks, cosmische slow disco, typical new waveish kraut funk, folky grooves and some samba as well! Germany definitely knew how to swing in the 70s. Hope some of you dig it.

01. Jane - Auroville (1978)
02. Ralf Nowy - Tschad (1973)
03. Birdy - Snap Snack (1980)
04. Carsten Bohn's Bandstand - Today In The City (1977)
05. Rousseau - Glockenrock (1980)
06. Cyklus - Nito (1979)
07. Klaus Krüger - You Have To Pay (1981)
08. Achterbahn Band - Cold (1979)
09. Cluster - Caramel (1974)
10. Lutz Ulbrich - Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen (1981)
11. Toto Blanke - Arabab (1976)
12. Volker Kriegel - Definitely Suspicious (1972)
13. Real Ax Band - Samba Mortale (1972)
14. Andy Goldner - Club Of Rome (1979)
15. Ashra - Shuttle Cock (1977)
16. Lutz Rahn - Dracula's Kuss (1978)

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ibliss "Same" 1972



Supernova from 1972 by the german group Ibliss is a timeless masterpiece in the groovy part of krautrock. This four track album includes a lot of groovy rhythms, flutes, hypnotic bass lines, funky vibes and of course the well known typical german kraut mood, a kind of spooky feel. This instrumental gem was produced by the genius Conny Plank. One of the best albums that ever came of the scene - sadly a bit overlooked. Groovy!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Ragnar Grippe "Lost Secrets" 1981




Few swedish records stands the test of time like Lost Secrets, from 1981 by the electronic artist and classic composer (and musch more) Ragnar Grippe. Musically the album is full of mid tempo electronic-new wave-balearic and disco-synth-pop, partly deep and hypnotic, but always with a groove, and mostly instrumental. And, this record really sounds fresh 2017, like it was made today, impressing and of course, amazing. Read more, and support Roland Grippe here. A very overlooked swedish artist. Sadly most of his music never been reissued. Groovy!

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Nil's Jazz Ensemble "Same" 1976



Amazing and incredible groovy latin-jazz-funk recorded Nil's Jazz Ensemble in Lima, Peru in 1976 by a group called Nil's Jazz Ensemble. The original vinyla is rare as hell, but the small label Lazarus Audio Products made a reissue of the album from the original master tapes recently, support them here. Groovy!

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Errol Brown "Everlasting Dub" 1977



Everlasting Dub is a groovy dub album (and the original release is rare as hell) from 1977 by the legendary jamaican engineer and producer Errol Brown. This album may not change your life in any way, but it's a nice document of the era.

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Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77 "País Tropical" 1971



Well, you can tell by the album cover that this is a groovy record right? Sergio Mendes and his crew did almost everything right through the 60s and 70s with their typical A&M Records sounded soft pop-jazz chill out, Pais Tropical may not be Mendes best effort, but this "tropical" cocktail will definitely let your sunshine in. Groovy!

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

D of Trinity Garden Cartel "Game Done Changed" 1995



D Of Trinity Garden Cartel was an american hip hop group from Houston, Texas, their style were southern hip hop (g-funk/gangsta) and they were active through the 90s and released a handful of albums, they made a short reunion in the late 2000s. Game Done Charged was their second album, released in 1995. Support the group here. Groovy!

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Dday One "Journal Extended" 2017



Dday One is the american and Los Angeles producer, dj and songwriter Udeze Ukwuoma. Journal Extended is an amazing instrumental album with a lot of groovy braeaks, hip hop and electronic. The sound is a cross between minimal hip hop and downbeat, sometimes it has a late night feel, and overall it's a very moody, atmospheric and "dark". One of the best albums of the year so far. Support the Dday One here, and here. Groovy!

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The Dynamites "Fire Corner" 1969



Here is a joyful and part groovy album by jamaican The Dynamites from 1969, this is a instrumental rocksteady and early reggae album, released by Trojan Records. Three of the tracks are credited as recordings by King Stitt. Groovy!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

VA - Dancehall Dayz 3! Jamaican Sounds 1982- 1985




Well - here is a 3rd mixtape I made with som groovy and moody dancehall and similiar sounds from jamaica 1982-1985. Hope some of you like it.

01. Delroy Williams - Learn (1984)
02. Michael Palmer - String Up The Sound System (1985)
03. Lone Ranger - Style And Fashion (1982)
04. Jah Batta - Youtman Time (1983)
05. Simple Simon - Hypocrite (1985)
06. King Everald - It's True (1983)
07. Johnny Ringo - Gun Shot (1982)
08. Jackie Statement - Born Struggler (1985)
09. Eek-A-Mouse - Neutron Bomb (1983)
10. Sugar Minott - Dancehall Business (1984)
11. Tenor Saw - Just Love My Woman (1985)
12. Clarence Parks - Gunman (1983)
13. Delroy Cat - Warmonger (1984)
14. Freddie McGregor - Let Me Be The One (1982)
15. King kong - Pink Eye (1982)
16. Horace Martin - King Fe Them (1985)
17. Johnny Osbourne - Check For You (1984)
18. Trevor Castell - Cool And Deadly (1983)
19. Lee Van Cliff - Wiser Than Solomon (1982)
20. Triston Palma - Good Bye Baby (1982)

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Joe Pugliese "Jazz In Focus" 1974



This album is some kind of mystery, not much information, and the strangest of all - no reissue till today. No info about Joe Pugliese either, if he's not the same guy who photographed Lana Del Ray? Jazz In Focus was released in 1974 on Hoctor Records. Musically it's an instrumental soul/funk happening (very blaxploitation infuenced) with a lot of nasty breaks and killer wah wah guitars. This album deserves a reissue immediately! Groovy!

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Woody Herman ‎"Light My Fire" 1969



Woody Herman was one of the biggest and most famous jazz clarinetists (and also alto and soprano saxophone) and band leaders of jazz music from the last century. He started to play jazz in the 1930s already, the rest is history. In the late 60s and early 70s he was flirting (as many other jazz musicians) with the "pop" audience. In my opinion Light My Fire from 1969, released by then very hip Cadet Records, is his grooviest and most funky album (almost every track is an pop original with a groovy twist), lovely soul-jazz all over, a couple of ehe tracks has some kind of "big band" feel that I'm not that delighted with. This album has over the years been pretty tricky to come by, and what I know the album never been released on cd, not even in Japan, wich is a mystery to me. Groovy!

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Nice & Smooth "Same" 1989



Nice & Smooth were a rap duo (Darryl Barnes & Greg Mays) from New York City, this is their self titled debut album from 1989. Classic old school hip hop/rap, very joyful and funky, one of the best albums in the genre from this period - unfairly, their competitors got more attention. Groovy!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

VA - Get Easy 1966! 20 Popular Hits Of The Day Performed By Non-Original Artists!



Well - here is a mixtape I made with easy listening covers of then famous pop/jazz  hits, all recordings are from 1966. This tape not only incudes cheezy string versions, actually there are mostly groovy instrumental soul-jazz, funky beat and some lovely tijuana as well. I really love this genre, and remember this was not a try to do a serious ovrview of this overlooked genre - It's just a mixtape. Hope some of you dig it and feel the cocktail vibe - do the tanzparty!

01. Roger Simard - Mary Mary
02. Tony Hatch - Working In A Coal Mine
03. Willie Bobo - Sunshine Superman
04. Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra - Michelle
05. Jimmy Mcgriff - I Left My Heart In San Francisco
06. Walter Wanderley - The Girl From Ipanema
07. Paul Mauriat - Noir C Est Noir
08. The John Schroeder Orchestra - Sunny
09. Karin Krog & Public Enemies - Watermelon Man
10. Bud Shank - California Dreamin'
11. Percy Faith & His Orch. - The Hammer Song
12. The Capitols - Wild Thing
13. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Day Tripper
14. Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass - Don't Go Breaking My Heart
15. Les McCann - River Deep Mountain High
16. Kai Warner & His Orchestra - God Only Knows
17. Mel Tormé - Walk On By
18. The Soulful Strings - Take Five
19. Mongo Santamaria - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
20. James Last - La Bamba

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Atlantic Starr "Yours Forever" 1983




Great soul/disco/boogie album from 1983 by the New York group Atlantic Starr, Yours Forever was produced by the legendary James Anthony Carmichael. Groovy!

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Nolen & Crossley "Same" 1981



The duo Nolen & Crossley (Curtis Nolen and Raymond Crossley) released two album on Motown in the early 80s, this was their debut from 1981, the album was arranged and half of the tracks were written by Hal Davis. Musically it's typical of time soul and boogie. The duo worked as musicians on many of Motown classic releases about the same period (Debarge, Marvin Gaye, Passage, Rockwell and Charlene). Groovy!

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Johnny 'Hammond' Smith "Nasty!" 1968



This is a very groovy instrumental hammond-jazz album by Johnny "Hammond" Smith (born in Louisville, Kentucky 1933) from 1968. This Prestige Records release is a true soul-jazz gem, very joyful and sometimes a bit cheezy as well! Groovy!

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