Tuesday, February 28, 2017

VA - Modern Grooves 4! 18 Explosive Nu Sounds 2005-2017

Here is another mixtape I made with some modern grooves; nu-soul, neo-funk, indie-folk-rap, disco, r&b, bossa, northern soul, etc from 2005-2017. Hope you like it. Don't forget to shake your hips.

01. Amp Fiddler - Slippin On Ya Pimpin (2016)
02. Immigrant's Bossa Band - Golden Town (2016)
03. Anderson .Paak - Celebrate (2016)
04. DJ Agent 86 - Saturday Vibrations (2013)
05. Kylie Auldist - Changes (2012)
06. BJ the Chicago Kid - Turnin Me Up (2016)
07. Thes One & J-Live - Give It Up (2005)
08. Big Boss Man - Black Eye (I Believed in Love) (2009)
09. Diazpora - Moon (2017)
10. Lady Wray - Do It Again (2016)
11. Soul Scratch  - Fireside Lounge (2017)
12. Nicola Conte Presents Stefania Dipierro - A Gira (2016)
13. Jazztronik - Aquelas Coisas Todas (2014)
14. Calibro 35 - The Butcher's Bride (2013)
15. Smoove & Turrell - You Don't Know (2009)
16. The Soul Snatchers - Good To Me (2011)
17. Durand Jones & The Indications - Smile (2016)
18. Albino - Puppet Boy (2007)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Omar Khorshid "Rhythms From The Orient" 1974

Don't get fooled by the cheezy cover. This LP from 1974 by the egyptian guitar virtuos Omar Khorshid is a middle eastern knockout, and the music has a lovely psychedelic vibe with great guitars, percussion, moog/synth and groovy rhythms!


Hannah Williams & The Affirmations ‎"Late Nights & Heartbreak" 2016

Amazing retro soul by Bristol's Hannah Williams & The Affirmations, Late Nights & Heartbreak is their 2nd effort. The sound is just as groovy and funky as their american colleagues, very well vintage sounded produced with great horns (and lovely vocal by Hannah of course). One of the best 60s/70s soul albums from the 2000s so far. Interesting and groovy cover of Led Zeppelin's Dazed & Confused as well. Support the band here.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Durand Jones & The Indications "Same" 2016

This is a gem from last year. Durand Jones & The Indications from Indiana gives you a well produced deep soul and funky vintage knockout, released on Colemine Records (support them here). The sound is very similar to Daptone, but that's a winner for sure. This is classic and hooky funk as it's best. Groovy!


Hard Proof ‎"Stinger" 2017

Hard Proof is a very groovy combo based in Austin, they made a sharp and edgy afro funk with vibes of both pychedelia and jazzy ethiopiques. Lovely rhtythms, horns and guitars. Support the band here. Groovy!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Horace Andy ‎"In The Light" 1977

In The Light must be one of the strongest jamaican albums from the 70s. This 1977 gem by Horace Andy is such a lovely album, in my opinion he's the greatest reggae singer of them all. Groovy!


Alton Ellis ‎"Mr Soul Of Jamaica" 1974

Lovely album from the mighty Alton Ellis, released in 1974 by Treasure Isle. Mr Soul Of Jamaica includes some very soulful reggae and rocksteady recorded between 1967-1970, backed by Tommy McCook & The Supersonics. Groovy!

The Techniques ‎"Little Did You Know" 1967

Classic LP from 1967 with The Techiques on the legendary Treasure Isle label. Four of the twelve tracks is actually performed by Baba Brooks Band (Gun Fever included). Groovy ska and rock steady at it's best. Groovy!


Friday, February 24, 2017

Rob "Same" 1977

Amazing afrofunk from Ghana's own James Brown, this is Rob's debut album from 1976. Groovy!


Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat ‎"Country Of Guns" 2007

Guitar players and singer Kaleta (aka Leon Ligan-Majek) hails from Benin, but grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, he has worked with legends like Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade. The ZoZo Afrobeat is his own 13-piece orchestra stationed in Brooklyn, New York. The music is groovy and funky afrobeat, with a nice touch of jazz. Country Of Guns from 2007 has four long tracks. Groovy!


The Lijadu Sisters ‎"Danger" 1976

Lovely album from 1976 by the nigerian twins Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu. Groovy afrobeat with arrangements from Biddy Wright.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Anibal Velásquez "Nuevos Exitos De Anibal Velasquez" 1967

Amazing album by the colombian accordian maestro Anibal Velasquez. A very groovy and swingin' LP from 1967 that includes a lot of rhythms and emotions, you will get cuban, latin, cumbia, merengue and other south american stomps. Groovy!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

VA - The Bristol Syndrome 4 (Trip Hop & Beyond 1994-2014)

Well, here is the 4th mixtape I made with trip hop (and beyond) from the years 1994-2014.

01. The Black Dog ‎- Raxmus (1994)
02. Mono ‎- Life In Mono (1996)
03. Boards of Canada - Aquarius (1998)
04. Karmacoda - Where You Sleep (2003)
05. Virgin Souls - Snakes And Ladders (2003)
06. UNKLE - Invasion (2004)
07. The Chemical Brothers - Chico's Groove (1995)
08. GusGus ‎– Polydistortion (1997)
09. Skylab - Seashell (1994)
10. Squarepusher - Iambic 9 Poetry (2003)
11. Gorillaz - Tomorrow Comes Today (2000)
12. Tricky - Aftermath (1994)
13. Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground (1996)
14. DJ Cam - Dieu Reconnaitra Les Siens (1995)
15. Void Pedal - Let It Fall (2011)
16. Airlock - Alpha (2004)

VA - The Bristol Syndrome 3 (Trip Hop & Beyond 1994-2016)

Well, here is the 3rd mixtape I made with trip hop (and beyond) from 1994-2016.

01. RJD2 - Smoke and Mirrors (2002)
02. Rae & Christian ‎- Swansong (1999)
03. Tosca - Annanas (2000)
04. Bin-Jip - Enter (2010)
05. Dirty Art Club - Native's Blood (2014)
06. Soul Patrol - Slow Groove (1996)
07. The Golden Palominos - Anything (1994)
08. Bang Gang - Liar (1999)
09. The Blue Square - Nightkisser (feat. Melentini) (2016)
10. DJ Krush - Paradise Bird Theory (feat. Sunja Lee) (2001)
11. Smith & Mighty - Same (1995)
12. Mononome ‎– You Shall Rise (2014)
13. Handsome Boy Modeling School - I've Been Thinking (Ft. Cat Power) (2004)
14. Morcheeba - Trigger Hippie (1995)
15. Smoke City - Underwater Love (1997)
16. AIM - Cold Water Music (1999)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Earl Carter And The Fantastic 6 ‎"I Want To Make It With You" 1974

Not much is known about this LP from 1974, but it's incredible rare and very groovy. The music is pure soul, with vibes of r&b and lightfeather funk, sometimes it sounds like it were recorded in 1967-1969, sometimes from the early 70s. Very joyful and groovy!


Rotary Connection ‎"Songs" 1969

On most of their albums Rotary Connection were way too pretentious, flirting and experimenting too much with the bombastic and epic psychedelia (strings, baroque, pre-prog concept crap), so much they forgot to groove, sadly. Songs from 1969 is a rather straight story, just funky and groovy, of course with the typical Cadet Records hippie vibe. Groovy!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

VA - We Got A Feeling 2! More Groovy Sounds Of The Beatles (1967-1971)

Well, here is another mixtape I made with groovy cover versions of songs by a group called The Beatles (I think were from Liverpool?). I ain't the biggest fan of the fab four, but, of course I like them (is there anybody who doesn't?). Personally I think they most often were rather rigid, didn't swing that much. However, here you have a mixtape full of swingin' acts doin' groovy versions of Beatles songs, God bless Yoko Ono. Shake!

01. Bill Cosby - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1968)
02. Volker Kriegel ‎- With A Little Help From My Friends (1968)
03. Davy Graham - Getting Better (1969)
04. Honest Men - Help! (1970)
05. Okko Bekker - If I Needed Someone (1971)
06. The Deirdre Wilson Tabac - Get Back (1970)
07. Tee Cara - A Hard Day's Night (1968)
08. Charlotte Dada - Don't Let Me Down (1971)
09. Gabor Szabo & The California Dreamers - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (1967)
10. Tubby Hayes - Hey Jude (1970)
11. Rene & Rene - Day Tripper (1968)
12. Bobbie Gentry - Fool On The Hill (1968)
13. The Four King Cousins - Good Day Sunshine (1968)
14. Freddie Mccoy - I Am The Walrus (1967)
15. Ray Stevens - She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (1970)
16. John Fred And His Playboy Band - Back In The U.S.S.R. (1969)
17. Noel Harrison - Strawberry Fields Forever (1967)
18. P.P.Arnold - Eleanor Rigby (1968)
19. Herbie Mann - Come Together (1970)
20. Perry Como - Something (1970)


Friday, February 17, 2017

The Lions "Jungle Struttin" 2008

The Lions are a very groovy combo/collective from Los Angeles, and Jungle Struttin is their first album from 2008. Their combination of roots reggae, dub and vintage sounding soul-funk is fantastic. Most of the members and musicians are involved in other projects and works with other big artists. Please support them, and Stones Throw Records here. Groovy!


Joe's All Stars "Brixton Cat" 1969

Classic UK 1969 reggae LP with Joe's All Stars, Joe Mansano was behind the production, who then was the owner of the classic record shop in Brixton were Trojan Records distributed their music. Joe wanted to produce and make music on his own, so with a little help from vocalist Dice The Boss and Rico Rodriguez doin the trombone, this went a very groovy and cool reggae album.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Erasmo Carlos ‎"Carlos, Erasmo..." 1971

This is one of the famous brazilian singer-songwriter Erasmo Carlos early albums, the music is a nice of mix brazilian pop and bossa, with heavy influences and vibes of the early american 70s rock scene, some tracks has some nice and evil psychedelic fuzz guitars as well. A very groovy and part funky album! Groovy!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass "Waitaminute" 1973

This is a very groovy LP from 1973 with german trombonist Peter Herbolzimer and Rhythm Combination & Brass. The music is some kind of spiritual jazz-funk/jazz-rock, a very typical MPS record in my opinion, they got a very special sound and groove in the german black forest back in the early 70s. And, as most of the grooviest and funky albums from the MPS lable, this album has never been reissued, such a shame. Groovy!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Staff Carpenborg And The Electric Corona ‎"Fantastic Party (Die Tanzplatte Für Heiße Stunden)" 1970

The misleading album cover (and title) may not have catched the big hip german audience in 1970, cause most of the buyer's thought it was something in the vein of James Last or a cozy and cheezy hammond party for adults. I don't know much about Staff Carpenborg, but this LP is one of the funkiest psychedelic trips recorded in europe in 1970 (and is today a very rare and expensive vinyl) - early krautrock if you like. The music is very typical of time groovy and funky, but with a lot of weird effects, psychedelic vibes, fuzzy and acid guitars, etc. The album got an unofficial reissue on cd and vinyl in 2008 (sadly with a new/wrong cover). Groovy!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Soul Scratch "Pushing Fire" 2017

Soul Scratch is a Los Angeles combo, Pushing Fire is their latest album, released on the groovy Colemine Records lable (check them out here). The music is very groovy and passionate, their vintage raw and funky soul might sound similar to some of the artists and groups on the Daptone lable, but maybe Soul Scratch is not as polished? Support the group here. Groovy!

Methusalem "Journey Into The Unknown" 1980

Well, some people (greedy sellers?) has tried to promote this rare german LP from 1980 by Methusalem as krautrock - it isn't. Journey Into The Unknown is a pretty groovy (and sometimes silly of course) german electronic spacedisco album, sometimes with a vibe of rock. But, you can't go wrong with titles as Zombie, Alien, Robotism and The Black Hole? Groovy!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Harry Mosco ‎"Funkees (For You Specially)" 1978

This is a really groovy gem by the singer Harry Mosco. Mosco was the leader of the combo The Funkees from Nigeria, he also released two albums of his own in 1978 (recorded in London?), Funkees (For You Specially) is the 2nd. The music is some kind of enjoyable afro-styled funk/disco (not as deep funky/psychedelic as the previous Funkees recordings). His first two solo albums are now reissued by PMG Audio. Very groovy!


Friday, February 10, 2017

VA - Hot Shots Of Reggae 1975

This is a mixtape I made with jamaican reggae (and/or ska, rocksteady) from the year of 1975. This was not a try to do a complete or fair overview of the 1968 Jamaican music scene, it was just a try to do a swinging mixtape you can groove to - no more remarkable than that. Do the reggae!

01. Upsetters - Lizard Stick 
02. The Starlights (ft. Stanley Beckford) - Soldering 
03. Iron & The Tritters - Dread A Dread 
04. Errol Alphonso - Chant Jah Victory 
05. Bobby Kalphat - Counter Punch
06. Alton Ellis - Son Of Man
07. Susan Cadogan - Congratulations 
08. Morvin Brooks - Wire Waist Gal 
09. The Abbysinians - Love Comes And Goes
10. Soul  Foundation - Play Girl 
11. Bonnie Gayle - I Can't Change My Skin
12. Marcie Sampson - Everyday You Give
13. Milton Bull - My Baby Is Gone
14. Lloyd Clarke Sparrow - Hell & Heaven
15. Michael Anthony - Jah Jah Dread 
16. Lyn Moore & Lyn - You Don't Know 
17. Lloyd Young - Stand Up Ethiopians
18. Monty & The Shocking Heights - Love I 
19. The Admirals  - Natty Should Be Free
20. King Burnett - I Man Free 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tilahun Gessesse ‎"Sima!" 2016

Great collection with recordings from 1969-1975 with the ethiopique singer Tilahun Gessesse, who back in the days was heavy influenced by the american soul and jazz, wich you will definitely hear, but the typical ethiopian mystical mood and sound shining through, of course. Some of the tracks has already appeared on the highly acclaimed ethiopiques series from a couple of years back. Nice compilation made by Mississippi Records. Groovy!


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jerry Lee Lewis ‎"Soul My Way" 1967

It is difficult to get an idea of how many albums Jerry Lee Lewis recorded in the mid to late 60s. His best recordings are no doubt for the Smash lable in my opinion. He made a lot of groovy country rockin stuff those days, but on Soul My Way he is groovier than ever, and I guess he never recorded such a funky tune like Shotgun Man either before or after. His version of First Edition's Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) is a true killer!


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Bobbi Humphrey "Blacks And Blues" 1973

Blacks And Blues is flutist Bobbi Humphrey's 3rd LP, and this groovy soul-jazz-funk album is one of the true american classics. Humphrey is still active, so suport her here. Groovy!

George Benson ‎"Giblet Gravy" 1968

Giblet Gravy from 1968 is a groovy jazz-pop gem, and it was guitar player George Benson's 2nd effort (but his first for Verve Records). Benson are really flirting with the pop/rock-audience on this LP, and serve's a groovy and funky jazz-cocktail with cool vibes from the sunshine-pop genre. This is groovy!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mel Brown ‎"Eighteen Pounds Of Unclean Chitlins And Other Greasy Blues Specialities" 1973

After released a numberous of rather straight but groovy jazz-funk albums for Impulse Records in the 60s and early 70s Mel Brown made this unpolished, raw and dirty LP for Bluesway Records in 1973. It's a pretty weird album full of fuzzy and psychedelic guitars with a funky groove with blues in the bottom. Many tunes are very far out, with vibes of psychedelia and improvisation. It's a kind of more spiritual instrumental variation of Muddy Waters album Electric Mud - but with a more edgy and dirty sound. Groovy!


Saturday, February 4, 2017

VA - Late Night Grooves 4

Here is another mixtape I made with groovy stuff from all over the world 1975-2015.  The tape was a try to do a groovy mix, but with a more laid back feel (a "late night" atmosphere). And, it was inspired by the great series of "Late Night Tales", wich now have been releasing "mixtapes" for at least 15 years. This mix includes soft funky gospel, library music, slowdisco, nu-jazz, dreamy french erotic disco, hawaiian folk, and MUCH more. Groovy!

01. Douglas Wood - Moon Nightclub (1976)
02. RYSY - Brat (2015)
03. Izit - Stories (Jackanory Mix) (1989)
04. Jerzy Milian - Gacek (1975)
05. Keith Rowe - Groovy Situation (1977)
06. Kazy Lambist - Doing Yoga (2015)
07. Debbie Malone - Rescue Me (Richie Rich Remix Dub) (1990)
08. The Supreme Jubilees - Do You Believe (1979)
09. Mary Komasa - Come (2015)
10. Ikebe Shakedown - No Answer (2010)
11. Howard Wales - Karnaval (1976)
12. Country Joe Mcdonald - Breakfast For Two (1975)
13. Jeanette Dimech - L'Amour Joue Au Violon (1977)
14. Sunny Place - Won (X-Mix) (2006)
15. The Sand Dollars - Get Thy Bearings (2003)
16. Topanga Canyon - Seeing (2013)
17. Bobby Brown - Hawaii Nei I'll Miss You (1982)
18. Yoruba Singers - Basa Bongo (1975)


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bobby Bland "Ain't Nothing You Can Do" 1964

Ain't Nothing You Can Do is a lovely LP from 1964 by Bobby Bland on Duke Records. He deliever's groovy r&b and deep soul ballads of the finest sort, like no one else. Groovy!


Louis Armstrong And His Friends (1970)

Louis Armstrong ended his career and recorded this LP for the hip Flying Dutchman label in 1970, the result is unevenly but in parts very funky and groovy. Leon Thomas appears on the version of The Creator Has A Master Plan. Groovy!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Maxayn "Same" 1972

This is Maxayn's first out of three LP's recorded in the early 70s for Capricorn Records. The group took their name after the singer Maxayn Lewis (Paulette Parker), isn't Paulette Parker a groovier name? The music is some kind of deep soul and funk, with some typical of times hippie vibes. Their version of Gimme Shelter definitely rocks the socks of Merry Clayton's own version, and Ruth Copelands as well. They also recorded one more groovy Rolling Stones cover for this 1972 album. Groovy!