Monday, October 9, 2017

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The blog will from now on take a break. Thank you for your support. I hope we will meet again soon. Cheers.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

VA - Sweethearts 5! THe World's greatest Tracks Got Covered 1999-2017



Well - here is another mixtape I made with covers, recorded 1999 - 2017. 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). I think every version on the tape is amazingly good (there may be better covers of some of the songs, but I wanted to include versions from the 2000s or late 90s only on those mixtapes, to keep some kinda feel) - and in some places I find the covers actually better than the original. I hope you find some of those sweethearts just as beautiful as I do.

01. Señor Coconut Y Su Conjunto - The Robots Cha Cha Cha (1999)
02. The Jolly Boys - Blue Monday (2010)
03. The Dynamics - Miss You (2007)
04. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Midnight Rider (2017)
05. Blitzen Trapper - I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (2016)
06. JJ Grey Mofro - Tupelo Honey (2009)
07. Vetiver - Swimming Song (2008)
08. Alice Jayne - I Want You (Memphis Mix) (2017)
09. The Coal Porters - Another Girl, Another Planet (2016)
10. Hot Chip - Sexual Healing (2006)
11. Ian Brown - Thriller (2000)
12. Charles Bradley - Changes (2017)
13. Alela Diane - Bowling Green (Feat Alina Hardin) (2009)
14. Elizabeth Mitchell - What Goes On (2006)
15. Headless Heroes - Just Like Honey (2008)
16. Mark Kozelek - Something Stupid (2016)
17. Robert Plant - Darkness, Darkness (2002)
18 The Swell Season - I Don't Want To Know (2011)
19. Greg Laswell - Half A Person (2011)
20. Oranger - Casey's Last Ride (2003)

Enjoy!

VA - Street Justice 4! Early Hip-Hop, Rap & Beyond 1979-1982



Well, here is another mixtape I made with early hip hop, rap and beyond from the years 1979-1982. I hope you all havin' a groovy weekend. Cheers.

01. Count Coolout - Rhythm Rap Rock (1980)
02. The Evasions - Wikka Wrap (1981)
03. Vaughan Mason And Crew - Bounce Rock Skate Roll (1979)
04. Lady B - To The Beat Y'all (1979)
05. Rappermatical 5 - Party People (1980) (Remix)
06. Ronnie Hudson - West Coast Poplock (1982)
07. Crash Crew - High Power Rap (1980)
08. Tanya Winley - Vicious Rap (1980)
09. Pookey Blow - Get Up And Go To School (1981)
10. Community People - Education Wrap (1980)
11. Spoonie Gee & The Treacherous Three - Love Rap (1979)
12. Nairobi - Funky Soul Makossa (1982)

Enjoy!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Alan Skidmore "Once Upon A Time" 1969




The London jazz tenor saxophonist Alan Skidmore was active in the mid to late 60s, working with folks like John Mayall, Alexis Korner and Ronnie Scott. In the early 70s he was part of different groups and worked with the likes of Keith Tippett, Soft Machine, Mike Westbrock, Chick Corea and Van Marrison. He had a very strong influence of John Coltrane, and Once Upon A Time from 1969 was his first own album, a very nice mixture of hard bop tunes and more spiritual and free jazz adventures. Skidmore is still alive and kickin', support him here. Very groovy!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Nana Ampadu & African Brothers Band ‎"Emaa Bekum Mmarima" 1977



African Brothers Band were one of the most popular groups in Ghana back in the 70s, and they actually toured in America in the late 70s. Musically they often been described as "afrohili" - a very groovy mixture of afrobeat, highlife and afrofunk. I have to confess that I'm not the biggest fan on earth of pure (and sometimes hysterical) joyful african highlife music - but I find those dudes, and this album from 1977 very groovy.

Enjoy!
 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Prince Buster "I Feel The Spirit" 1963



This seems to be the legendary Jamaican singer Prince Buster's debut album from 1963, released on the classic Blue Beat label. Mosly it's pure early ska, but there are some jamaican takes on rhythm & blues here as well. Rico Rodriguez band, Drumbago All Stars and Lee Dawson Blues Unit are backing groups. I don't know if there are any official reissues of this one spinning around, but I don't think so. A very charmig and groovy record after all!

Enjoy!

Tipsy "Trip Tease" 1996



Tipsy is, or was a San Francisco based duo formed in the mid 1990s. Trip Tease from 1996 was their debut album, and musically it's some kind of electronic lounge with a 60s jazzy cocktail vibe, space-age, future-jazz, dowbeat and trip hop. It's a very moody and chill album, sometimes their sound collage gives you a weird/spooky "circus" sound that is significant with Tom Waits (and Twin Peaks maybe?). I don't know much about the band, but I think it's a overlooked gem from the mid 90s. I have not heard their other albums. Maybe someone have it? Groovy!

Enjoy!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cal Tjader "Sounds Out Burt Bacharach" 1968




An incredible groovy set by the vibraphone maestro and always loveable Cal Tjader, it have a marvelous late night feel, but with a "cool" vibe. As the title says, it's all about Burt Bacharach here.  Released back in 1968 on the overlooked Skye Records. In 2003 a nice reissue were made by Vampi Soul, support them here. Groovy!

Enjoy!

Harold Johnson sextet "House On Elm Street" 1967



This eight musician sextett definitely knew how to make some groovy sounds back in 1967, and House On Elm Street it's a  marvelous "uptempo" soul-jazz album, wich was released later the same year on Revue Records, but with a totally different album cover, but definitely typical of time "groovy" with a girl on the front  cover. Many hip hop dudes have sampled this Harold Johnson record over the years, and the flautist David Crawford did a great and groovy work for sure.

Enjoy!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Rico "Wareika Dub" 1976



Man From Wareika by Rico Rodriguez from 1976 was a huge rootsreggae seller back then, notable for it was released by Blue Note of some reason. There were made a dub mix of the album at the same time, wich was very hard to get at the time, a believe it was some kind of self released. Warika Dub was released in 1976, and just as the original album it were mixed, recorded and produced at Joe Gibbs and at Randy's, Sly & Robbie, Skully, Dirty Harri and many more musicians were involved. Groovy!

Enjoy!

Bass Patrol "The Kings Of Bass" 1992



Bass Patrol were Brian Vincentr Graham (DJ Fury) and Robert Lewis (RX Lord), and they released several albums together 1988-1999, also some solo albums. The Kings Of Bass from 1992 is a lovley and groovy mix of throbbing bass music, hip hop and electroics. A strong and joyful album, with smart sampling and great lyrics.

Enjoy!

The Phil Musra Group ‎"Creator Spaces" 1974




Creator Spaces by The Phil Musra Group from 1974 is one of many self released spiritual free jazz recordings that deserves a bigger audience. The Boston twin brothers Phil Musra and Michael Cosmic doing great work on flute, some weird organ, zurna, chimes and diverse saxophones, etc, with Hüseyin Ertunc on drums. It's a very pulsive and exciting recording, not for everyone, but for friends of experimental music and creative jazz, it's a beauty. This trio recorded and released a couple of other albums (on Intex Sound) the same period under different group names, they are all worth seeking out. Now-Again Records released limited reissues of the albums recently, support them here. Groovy!

Enjoy!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

VA - Sweethearts 4! The World's Greatest Tracks Got Covered 2004-2017



Well - here is another mixtape I made with covers, recorded 1998 - 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 (there may be better covers of some of the songs, but I wanted to include versions from the 2000s or late 90s only on those mixtapes, to keep some kinda feel) - and in some places I find the covers actually better than the original. I hope you find some of those sweethearts just as beautiful as I do.

01. Catherine Feeny & Daniel Dixon - St Louis Blues (2014)
02. Cœur De Pirate - Summer Wine (2014)
03. Buick 6 - So Much Trouble In The World (Feat Lucinda Williams) (2015)
04. Jose Gonzalez - Teardrop (2007)
05. Carla Bruni - Enjoy The Silence (2017)
06. Kyte - Solsbury Hill (2009)
07. Mumford & Sons - Friend Of The Devil (2016)
08. Nouvelle Vague - Guns Of Brixton (2004)
09.  Willy Deville - Slave To Love (2004)
10. Anna Ternheim - When Tomorrow Comes (2005)
11. Dawn Landes - Atlantic City (2014)
12. Camera Obscura - Super Trouper (2007)
13. The Last Names - Strange Powers (2012)
14. Rod Ladgrove - Be My Baby (2016)
15. Marble Sounds - Bette Davis Eyes (2012)
16. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Down In A Hole (2007)
17. Beth Orton - Ooh Child (2009)
18. Lisa Bresnan - Sunday Bloody Sunday (2005)

Friday, September 29, 2017

VA - Modern Grooves 7! 18 Explosive Nu-Sounds 2007-2017




Well, here is another mixtape I made with modern grooves from 2003-2017, some afro grooves, funk, disco, boogie, downbeat, reggae and much more. Hope you find something that cheer you up. Remember supporting the artists (and their record labels) if they turn you on. Have a great weekend. Groovy!

01. Ziggy Phunk - Think About It (Ultimate Moog Mix) (2017)
02. The Souljazz Orchestra - People People (2008)
03. Bo Saris - She's On Fire (2012)
04. Curtis Harding - Keep On Shining (2013)
05. Har Mar Superstar - Prisoner (2013)
06. Galaxian - House Of Wax (2003)
07. Marina P - I Wish I Were That Girl (2014)
08. Nu Vintage - The World (2012)
09. Kim Tibbs - Drifting (2017)
10. Slim Moore & The Mar Keys - Is It Because I'm Black (2012)
11. The Bamboos - I Got Burned (Featuring Tim Rogers) (2012)
12. Little Jackie - 28 Butts (2008)
13. The Shaolin Afronauts - Kilimanjaro (2011)
14. Kinny Horne - Us On Fire (2005)
15. Iba Mahr - Travelling Home (2015)
16. Busty and The Bass - Up Top (2017)
17. Xl Middleton Eddy Funkster - Press Play (Feat Zackey Force Funk) (2013)
18. The Family S Jam - Funkapapa (2017)

Enjoy!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

John Taylor "Pause and Think Again" 1971




John Taylor was a self thought jazz piano player from Manchester, during the late 60s he got attention and get himself a name in the UK scene along with his friends Alan Skidmore and John Surman. Pause, And Think Again from 1971 was his first own album, and musically it's strictly hard bop on the A-side, floating and spiritual free jazz on the B-side. Alto saxophonist Stan Sulzmann do a impressive work on this one. Kenny Wheeler and Tony Levin is part of this session as well. Groovy!

Enjoy!

Lakeside "Fantastic Voyage" 1980




Fantastic Voyage is a true funk/boogie gem from 1980 by Lakeside, they were formed in Dayton, Ohio 1969 already. The title track on this self produced album went to #1 the same year and this was a huge seller. To me this album is outstanding, every track is a groovy winner. The band is still active, support them here.


The Heptones "Good Life" 1979




Wonderful roots reggae by The Heptones from 1979, the band needs no introduction. Good Life from 1979 was recorded at Channel One and were produced by Joseph Hoo Kim himself - The Revolutionaries was the backing group. This album is very moody, and if there was a genre called deep reggae, this is the one. Support VP Records here. Groovy!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wayne Smith "Sleng Teng" 1986



At the age of 14 in 1980 the Jamaican singer and musician Wayne Smith started to perform at different sound systems, and started record his music as well. Sleng Teng from 1986 was his fourth album, produced by Prince Jammy. and recorded at his famous Jammy's in 1985. Great and joyful mixture of dancehall, raggamuffin and reggae. Sadly Smith passed away in 2014. This album was released by Greensleeves, support them here, and VP Records here. Groovy!

Enjoy!

London Afrobeat Collective "Food Chain" 2015



Food Chain is a release by the amazing ten piece orchestra London Afrobeat Collective from 2015. Their take on afrobeat and afrofunk is heavenly, and the producer Leon Brichard made a nice work to catch the energy and sound. The album cover was made by Ben Hito (Parliament/Funkadelic/George Clinton). Support this groovy act here.

Enjoy!

The 107th Street Stickball Team ‎"Saboreando - Pot Full Of Soul" 1969



Amazing latin-boogaloo-salsa album from 1969 by The 107th Street Stickball Team, with the legendary Bobby Martin. With help from the groovy drummer Bernard Purdie  this album mixture latin-soul-funk in a very hip and groovy way. Saboreando - Pot Full Of Soul got a expanded reissue back in 2009 by BGP (Ace Records), support them here. Groovy!

Enjoy!