Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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!


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!


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.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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!


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!


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!


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)


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!


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!


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!


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.


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!


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!


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!


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!


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)


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!


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!


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!


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


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!


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!


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!


The Descendants Of Mike And Phoebe "A Spirit Speaks" 1974

This is a great and spiritual jazz album released by the lovely Strata-East Records in 1974, very modal and full of soul, part groovy, much thanks to the percussion players Billy Higgins and Sonny Brown. A couple of tracks has some charming vocals by A. Grace Lee Mimms. Support and follow Strata-East here (even if the site seems to be a bit under construction). Groovy!


Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Lebron Brothers Orchestra ‎"Psychedelic Goes Latin" 1967

Don't let the album title fool you, this has nothing to do with "psychedelic". The Lebron Brothers were a legendary salsa band raised in Brooklyn, New York but were born in Aguadilla, Purto  Rico. This album from 1967 was their debut. Groovy!


Misty In Roots "Wise And Foolish" 1982

Misty In Roots were a british reggae group formed in London in the mid 70s,  and they were a major force in the Rock Against Racism movement in the country. Musically they focused on roots reggae, often with a deeper vibe, often with african cultural lyrics. The group seems to reunite now and then, support them here. Groovy!


The Light Of Saba "In Reggae" 1976

This is the classic jamaican group The Light Of Sabas 2nd album, and In Reggae was released in 1976, with the jamaican musicians Cedric "Im" Brooks and Calvin "Bubbles" Cameron. This is a really great and moody roots reggae and (or more a) nyabinghi album, with nice percussions and flute. Groovy!


Friday, August 4, 2017

Dignitary Stylish ‎"Jah Send Me Come" 1986

Don't get fooled by the album cover, Jah Send Me Come from 1986 is a hell of a great jamaican dancehall album by Horace Samules (aka Dignitary Stylish), produced by Conrod Green.


Just-Ice "Back To The Old School" 1986

Joseph Williams, Jr (aka Just-Ice) was a Brooklyn rapper, and one of the true innovators in the genre, he was the first dude who called himself gangsta MC, and his rhyming is amazing, he was also one of the first americans to use the jamaican raggamuffin MC style. Musically it's classic old school rap from the era, but the album is very timeless and joyful. He definitely made some new directions in the genre and deserves more attention.


Duce Duce "A Sip Of The Duce" 1994

Duce Duce (Papa Duke & Dank The Riddler) was a gansta rap group from Long Beach, California, they were active 1994-1996, A Sip Of The Duce was their only full length album. Musically it's groovy and funky hip hop, with nice and old school sampling of 70s soul, and the album is both moody, a bit laid back and groovy.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tyrone Davis "It's All In The Game" 1973

Legendary soul singer Tyrone Davis was born in Greenville, Mississippi in 1938, he may be most known for his hit Can I Change My Mind from 1968. It's All In The Game from 1973 was his fifth album, released by Dakar Records. Davis was activ till his death in 2005.


Wayne Davis "A View From Another Place" 1973

Not much is known about the american singer Wayne Davis, he released two abums in the 70s, that's all. A View From Another Place from 1973 is his first album, released by Atlantic (strange never reissued). The album is deep soul, some of the tracks has a funky vibe, even a gospel vibe, it's very groovy.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Francis The Great "Ravissante Baby" 1977

Rare funk and avante garde soul from then seven year old kid singer Francis Mbarga, recorded in Paris with Cameroonian and france musicians. THe album contains two long, hypnotic and dramatic tracks. Nice and weird synth sound and bubbling bass and edgy guitars. Groovy!


Gato Barbieri "Last Tango in Paris" 1973

Lovely soundtrack by Gato Barbieri to Alberto Grimaldi's Last Tango in Paris from 1972. Very moody and part groovy latin/soul jazz, sometimes a bit melancholy (as the movie itself). Groovy!


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Susan Cadogan "Hurts So Good" 1975

This is a true classic, the legendary jamaican singer Susan Cadogans first album from 1975, then released by Trojan Records. Lee Perry produced the album, and his typical mid 70s sound is half of the album of course, the production is very similar to his 1976 classic and dopey Super Ape. Groovy!


Sam Taylor Jr. "Tunnels Of My Mind" 1969

Sam Taylor Jr. was true legend in soul/r&b music in the 60s and 70s. Taylor was guitarplayer and bandleader to the Isley Brothers, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Big Joe Turner (to name a few) for many years, and he also was a a big songwriter for many of the biggest stars in the 70s. Tunnels Of My Mind was his first own album, released in 1969,  musically it's late 60s r&b/soul with a groovy touch of rock and blues - but the main sound is soul. He do great versions of Dark End Of The Street and I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Groovy!