Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Poison Clan "Poisonous Mentality" 1992

Poison Clan was a southern hip hop group from Miami, Florida, they were active 1990-1995, they began as a duo with JT Money and Debonaire (Jeffrey Thompkins and Patrick Walter), other members came by through their popularity. They were involved by and supported The 2 Live Crew, and signed by Luke Records (support them here). Their old scool hip hop and rap are both funky and uptempo with smart sampling. Groovy!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Balla Et Ses Balladins ‎"Objectif Perfection" 1980

Balla Et Ses Balladins were a dance-music group from Conarky, Guinea, they were formed in 1962. The music can be described as traditional guinean folk mixed with modern and groovy sounds and rhythms, part very soulful and groovy. All songs have vocals, and the last track Keme Bourema has a both funky and haunting vibe. What I knew there is no reissue of the album to this date. Groovy!


Jon Lucien "Mind's Eye" 1974

Jon Lucien was born on the island of Tortola, the main island of the British Virgin Islands in 1942 (died 2007). Lucien had his own unique take on soul music in the 70s, with one foot in Stevie Wonderland, and the other foot in the brazilian groove. Mind's Eye from 1974 includes musicians like Jon Tropea, Dave Gruisin and Steve Thornton among others. This is a groovy gem.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Keni Burke "Same" 1977

Keni Burke was earlier a member of Chicago's "First Family Of Soul" The Five Stairsteps, where he also played bass. This self titled album from 1977 was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by himself, and released on George Harrisons Dark Horse label. This solo debut is full of groovy deep soul with typical of time boogie/disco/funk elements. Groovy!


Abbey Lincoln "People In Me" 1973

Anna Marie Woolridge (aka Abbey Lincoln) was a jazz singer (also an actress) and civil rights activist born in 1930, she was also married to legendary jazz drummer Max Roach for several years. People In Me was recorded in a studio in Tokyo 1973, with saxophone player David Liebman, Al Foster on drums and congas player James Mtumbe among others. The album had a nice late night feel, but a couple of tunes has a more groovy feel. To me her voice was one of the best, a bit overlooked today.


Rufus Harley "A Tribute To Courage" 1968

Rufus Harley may be the first (or just the most famous) dude who use bagpipe in jazz, it may sound scary on the paper, but it works out just fine (Harley plays flute on one track as well). A Tribute To Courage is a VERY groovy soul-jazz album from 1968, with nice congas from Robert Gossett and Robert Kenyatta. Most often is straight late and moody 60s bop jazz, but with a nice spiritual vibe (very influenced by Rahsaan Roland Kirk I guess), and there is a political message as well, with titles such as Ali, X, A Tribute to JFK and John Coltrane. Groovy!


Jah Woosh "Religious Dread" 1978

This is the sadly overlooked Jamaican deejay and producer Jah Woosh's 1978 album for Trojan Records. Most of this dudes material is poor reissued, I don't know why, cause to me he was one the biggest. Great roots reggae with vibes of dub. nice produced by Neville Beckford, the backing band are the might The Revolutionaries. Groovy!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Gary McFarland & Co. "Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon" 1968

Gary McFarland was one of the grooviest cats in jazz during the 60s, he was definitely one of the best vibraphone players of his time, sadly he died way to early in 1971. Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon? was released in 1968, and McFarland with his crew played the sunshine pop/jazz hits of the day (Beach Boys, 5th Dimension, Glen Campbell, Beatles, etc), in a soulful and groovy way. A true gem if you like sunshine pop and soft soul-jazz. Do the cocktail. Groovy!


Friday, September 15, 2017

VA - Blues Groove 7 (1967-1976)

Well - here is another mixtape I made with a more groovy and funky take on the blues, from the years 1967-1976. I find it interesting that there are so many blues albums from this era that inclues an almost hidden track with such a groovy/funky vibe - very cool I think. I hope some if you find it groovy as well.

01. Lowell Fulsom ‎- Fed Up (1973)
02. Big Maybelle - Big Sweet Daddy (1968)
03. Freddie King -  I Got The Same Old Blues (1974)
04. Linkin' Louisiana Peps - Dimples (1968)
05. Johnny Guitar Watson - Coke (1967)
06. Bobby Rush - Chicken Heads (1971)
07. Junior Parker - Stranger In My Own Home Town (1972)
08. Jimmy McCracklin - Stay Away From That Monkey (1971)
09. Little Sonny - You Can Be Replaced (1972)
10. Otis Rush - Baby, I Love You (1969)
11. Muddy Waters ‎- Herbert Harper's Free Press News (1968)
12. Albert Washington - Crazy Legs (Part 2) (1971)
13. John Mayall - Sitting On The Outside (1975)
14. Son Seals - No, No Baby (1976)
15. Mighty Joe Young - Move On Higher (1974)
16. Ted Taylor - Something Strange Is Goin' on in My House (1970)
17. Johnny Otis - Don't Stretch This Good Thing Too Far (1970)
18. Johnny Copeland - You Must Believe In Yourself (1971)
19. Earl Hooker - Hold On I'm Coming (1973)
20. John Lee Hooker - Homework (1974)


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Colomach "Same" 1974

Colomach is an rare/obscure Nigerian album from 1974, led by the Northen Togo musician Gneni Mamadou. The music could easy been described as afro-rock, to me it's sounds like groovy afro rhythms meeting raw psychedelic haunting electric guitar work (very edgy, experimental and fuzzy), flute and vocal. There is also some groovy acoustic stuff on this one. The album is definitely one of a kind, and it's a true gem. One of the best of it's genre. Soundway Records (support them here), made a 500 limited vinyl only release a couple of years ago, this one definitely deserves a bigger audience. Groovy!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Abdou el Omari "Nuits D´Été" 1976

Abdou El Omari (1945-2010) was an Maroccan artist and performer. His spooky and/or weird keyboard melodies and figures (wich dominate) over the driven groove of bas and drums/percussion are fantastic. Most tracks have some vocal by himself or Naima Samih. The music is folk/world with vibes of both jazz and middle eastern "pop". The album has recently been reissued by the enthusiasts at Radio Martinko, support them here. Very groovy!


The Black Seeds "Fabric" 2017

The Black Seeds is a 7-piece orchestra from Wellington, New Zealand, and next year they celebrate their 20th anniversary. Their music is great classic roots reggae, very well played and nice produced. Fabric is their latest release. Support them here. Groovy!


Freddie Mckay "Picture On The Wall" 1971

Picture On The Wall is a classic and groovy rock steady LP, a Studio One release from 1971 with the jamaican singer Freddie McKay. The album recently got a nice extended reissue by Studio One, check them out and their distributors here. Groovy!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DJ T-Rock & Squashy Nice "Back To The Essence" 2017

Back To The Essence by DJ T-Rock & Squashy Nice is an incredible groovy and arty hip-hop/r&b album from earlier this year. Musically they smart mixed funk, jazz, electronic and r&b in a very joyful and groovy way, the vintage (60s/70s) sounded production will make your day. Support those Los Angeles guys here, the album is very limited (available on cassette, cd and vinyl). Groovy!


The Jolly Boys (feat Albert Minott) "Great Expectations" 2010

The Jolly Boys may be one of the oldest groups that still hangin' around these days (they formed in 1945)? Those jamaican dudes still playin the mento, calypso/jamaican folk music I believe. Great Expectations from 2010 is full of laid back grooves, up-strokings banjo and acoustic guitars, full of nice cover versions (New Order, Iggy Pop, The Doors, Steely Dan, Amy Winehouse, etc), and it sounds unbelievable fresh/modern, the production is raw and loose. Sure, the album may sound (and sure the intention was as well) commercial studied in parts, but who cares? This album is a true gem. Sadly Albert Minott died this summer. Support those jolly boys here. Groovy!


Monday, September 11, 2017

Tommie Young ‎"Do You Still Feel The Same Way" 1973

Tommie Young was a soul singer (and since the 80s a gospel singer only) from Dallas, Texas born in 1949. The legendary producer, songwriter and arranger Bobby Patterson discovered her at a night club, and signed her to his own label Soul Power in 1972, the following year Do You Still Feel The Same Way was released, and it's a fantastic and groovy soul album. Legendary gospel singer Dorothy Moore doing some backing vocal on the album (among others). Bobby Patterson himself wrote most of the material, arranged and produced this overlooked gem. Groovy!


Main Source "Breaking Atoms" 1991

Main Source was a rap group from Toronto/Queens, Canada/America with Shawn  "Sir Scratch" & Kevin "K-Cut" McKenzie and William Paul Mitchell (best known as the Large Professor), the overlooked Breaking Atoms from 1991 was their debut effort, and they released a 2nd album in 1994 as well. Musically it sounded like both funky and sharp edged old school hip hop in the same vein as Black Sheep and A Tribe Called Quest. The enthusiasts at Vinyl Me, Please recently made a nice reissue of the album, support them here. Very groovy!


Lynn Taitt & The Jets "Sounds.... Rock Steady" 1967

Lyn Taitt was born in Trinidad, Tobago in 1934, he formed the legendary The Jets in Jamaica in the mid 1960s, they have been a backing band to many of the biggest artists on the island. This album was released on Merritone in 1967, in 2015 the album been reissued on both cd and vinyl by the enthusiasts at Dub Store Sound Inc. in Japan (it's not often japanese titles are available outside the island and at human and reasonable prices - but here we go), support them here. As the title says, it sounds like rock steady. Groovy!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Airto ‎"Natural Feelings" 1970

The brazilian jazz drummer and percussionist Airto Moreira needs no introduction - he is one of the biggest, and he has worked with with nearly everybody since the mid to late 50s till today. Natural Feelings from 1970 was his first own album, produced by Garry McFarland for Skye Records. On this stunning album he was grooving along with the legendary Ron Carter on bas, Hermeto on piano and flute (he also wrote most of the material on the album) and Sivuca on guitar. His wife Flora Purim done some amazing vocals on this one. Airto is still active, support him here. Groovy!


Lincoln Chase ' n You (1973)

Lincoln Chase were born in New York City (his parents were West Indian imigrants) 1926 (sadly died in Atlanta in 1980), he was an african-american songwriter and artist, most notable for Such A Night, wich Dr. John had a huge hit with. Musically Lincoln Chase 'n You from 1973 is a trippy, odd and funky album, like a cross between Dr. John and Frank Zappa or Captain Beefheart, but with the groove that both those artists (mostly) missed. Even Chase voice is very similar to Don Van Vliet and Mac Rebennack (or a cross between them), sometimes a even think of chase like a blunt Gil Scott-Heron. This is a very overlooked album wich needs some kind of reissue. Groovy!