Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Milton Nascimento "Courage" 1969

Milton Nascimento is an highly acclaimed brazilian singer, guitar player and songwriter, he's famous for his falsetto and tonal range. Courage from 1969 is his 2nd LP, and it's a lovely album full of folky, groovy and part jazzy laid back bossanova. One of his true classics Travessia aopears on this record. Groovy!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Ricardo Ray ‎"Jala Jala Y Boogaloo" 1966

This LP includes a groovy blend of latin rhythms, puerto rican jala jala and some kind of amercin pop beat. The album were rather successful in 1966 (some says it was released in 1967). Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz wrote most of the tunes on this album, and it's a quite unique one. Groovy!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Antônio Carlos & Jocafi "Mudei De Ideia" 1971

This is a truly gem. The LP has a unique blend of funky samba, psychedelic rock and groovy MPB. Antônio Carlos & Jocafi became a famous and succesful writing duo in Brazil during the 70s. 
Mudei De Ideia from 1971 has now been wonderful reissued (both vinyl and cd) thanks to Mr. Bongo, support them here. Groovy!


Bobbi Humphrey "Flute-In" 1971

This the incredible groovy Bobbi Humphrey's debut LP from 1971. If you love groovy and funky soul-jazz with flute - this is your bag. Groovy!


Friday, January 13, 2017

Arpeggio "Breakout" 1980

The american group Arpeggio was led by singer Jessica Williams, they were founded in 1978 and this was their 3rd and last album. This is a slice of first class groovy american disco how it sounded in 1980, and You Killed The Magic should have been a bigger hit than it actually was, and what a lovely hand clapping! Breakout was produced by the legendary Simon Soussan, who recently has worked and made hits with Patti Brooks, Shalamar and Santa Esmeralda, he also had his own orchestra at the time. Groovy!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kurtis Blow "Same" 1980

The Harlem born rapper Kurtis Blow (Kurtis Walker) needs no introduction, this is his classic debut from 1980. This is old school rap as it best. Groovy!


Yellowman "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng" 1983

Winston Foster/Yellowman released numberous of albums in 1982-83, the guy needs introduction, but this masterpiece is one of the true classics in thedancehall/the new generation of jamaican music at the time. It was recorded at both Joe Gibbs & Channel One, and produced by the genius Henry Junjo Lawes. Put on your sound system, be groovy and shake your hips.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

VA - Partaj 4! Funk Jazz & Fusion From Sweden 1970-1978

Well, here is a 4th mixtape I made with groovy funk, jazz and fusion (some tracks has a psychedelic or world music vibe as well) from the swedish 70s. The lovely swedish actress Lena Nyman is on the cover. A couple of tracks are with foreign musicians who recorded, worked and lived in Sweden at the time, but were produced by swedes, etc. I was fortunate to have coffe (and a long conversation) with Urban Hansson (The Gimmicks) and Thorsten Eckerman (Arbete & Fritid) a couple of years ago, very nice and pleasant people. Groovy!

01. Modern Sound Quintet - Memphis Underground (1971)
02. Hawkey Franzén ‎- Hur Kan Vuxna Veta (1971)
03. Archimedes Badkar - Mister X (1975)
04. Lotus - Zero (1974)
05. Made In Sweden - Little Cloud (1970)
06. Mount Everest Trio - Ramblin' (1975)
07. Spjärnsvallet - Desireless (1975)
08. Alice Babs - Been To Canaan (1973)
09. Janne Schaffer - Bromma Struttin' (1976)
10. Don Cherry - Moving Pictures for the Ear (1974)
11. Arbete & Fritid - Pam-Pam (1971)
12. Modern Music Band - Make Me Smile (1972)
13. The Gimmicks - California Soul (1971)
14. Meta Roos & Nippe Sylwens Band - Here We Are Falling In Love Again (1978)
15. Monica Zetterlund with The Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra - Happy Again (1978)


Monday, January 9, 2017

Jeremy Steig ‎"Fusion" 1972

This 1972 LP by Jeremy Steig is a groovy knockout. Fusion was an album wich only were released in japan for some reason. The flautist may be most famous for Howling For Judy, but this funky jazz-rock fusion is extraordinary, It's a typical of time early 70s hippie groove festivus, much more groovy than his earlier stuff. And, it's a shame that this gem never has been reissued. Groovy!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Byron Lee And The Dragonaires ‎"Reggay Hot Cool & Easy" 1972

This is a very charming LP from 1972. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires may not be the heavy weights in reggae, but Reggay Hot Cool & Easy includes some real cool funk and soul-reggae knockouts. Groovy for sure!

K. Frimpong And His Cubano Fiestas "Same" 1977

Alhaji Kwabena Frimpong was a singer from Ghana, through the 70s he worked with two different groups, Vis-A-Vis Band and Cubano Fiestas (on this LP). This self titled album was released in 1977, and it's full of typical of time groovy and funky ghana music. Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Wo Mpena appears on Soundway's (support them here) lovely Ghana Soundz compilation, but the other three songs on this LP has sadly never been reissued. This vinyl rip may not be the best audio experience in your life, but until someone re-release the LP, this one is groovy!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Louie Ramirez And His Conjunto Chango ‎"Vibes Galore" 1965

Louie Ramirez was an legendary vibraphonist and bandleader from New York City (1938-1993). Vibes Galore is an classic LP from 1965. The music you get is an wonderful blend of latin jazz, boogaloo and salsa, actually one of the best in the genre. Groovy!

VA - Groover's Paradise 7! 20 Global Grooves From 1966-1973

Well here is another mixtape I made with grooves from all around the world 1966-1973. You get soul-jazz, mod, funk, library music, folk, groovy soul, psychedelic vibes etc from brazil, finland, america, germany, jamaica, england, sweden and many other places. Dig it!

01. Norma Tanega - You're Dead (1966)
02. Gal Costa - Vou Recomeçar (1969)
03. Lennie Hibbert - Lights (1969)
04. Chicken Curry And His Pop Percussion Orchestra - Librium (1973)
05. Pete Jacques - Hard Work (1972)
06. Trama - Paciência (1973)
07. Harry Stoneham & Johnny Eyden - Coming Home Baby (1967)
08. Marlena Shaw - Where Can I Go (1969)
09. Don Harper - Chamber Pop (1971)
10. Ghetto Brothers - There Is Something In My Heart (1971)
11. Don Fardon - The Dreaming Room (1968)
12. The Silhouettes - Fonky First (1969)
13. Wess & The Airedales - Black Out (1971)
14. Ray Christophs New Sound - Wordless Blues (1969)
15. Billy Butler - The Twang Thang (1969)
16. Roger Simard - Mary Mary (1966)
17. Ray & His Court - Soul Freedom (1973)
18. Claude Vasori - Fantomaniac (1971)
19. Harry Stoneham - Move In (1971)
20. Don Sebesky - Water Brother (1968)


Friday, January 6, 2017

El Gran Pacheco ‎"Mi Nuevo Tumbao..... Cañonazo" 1964

A classic latin LP from 1964 by the legendary Dominican republic musician (percussion and flute) and producer Johnny PachecoMi Nuevo Tumbao..... Cañonazo may also be one of the absolute first releases by Fania Records (founded in 1963). This is groovy!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sugarman Three "Sugar's Boogaloo" 1998

The Sugarman Three was started by saxophonist Neal Sugarman in New York 1996, he also formed the now legendary The Dap-King's and Daptone Records a couple of years later on. But this is his first album in the retro-funk vein, a couple of years before he helped miss Sharon Jones to change the scene forever. With Adam Scone on Hammond B-3 and Rudy Albin on drums (and some sessions musicians) he recorded this groovy and all instrumental (mostly covers) LP Sugar's Boogaloo in 1998. Support The Daptone Records here.

Ocote Soul Sounds And Adrian Quesada ‎"Coconut Rock" 2009

Ocote Soul Sounds is a combo  based in New York with the founder Martin Perna (also known as the genius of Antibalas) and has released severeal albums and singels from 2004 till today. Coconut Rock from 2009 is like a heavenly mixtape of´groovy nu-funk and afrobeat with elements of both ethiopique jazz and soul, with delightful vibes of western psychedelia. Support the band here. Groovy!


Monday, January 2, 2017

Lucky Dube & Super Soul "Kudala Ngikuncenga" 1982

Lucky Dube (from Johannesburg) is probably the biggest and most selling artist in South Africa of all time. He recorded between 1982-2007, he was murdered in the suburb of Rosettenvile 2007. In 1984 he started to record reggae in big quantities, but he also released music in Zulu and africaans. Kudala Ngikuncenga is his 2nd LP, and he was only 18 when he recorded it. The music you get here is some kind of groovy Zulu pop music (mbaqanga), and it's easy to get why Paul Simon got bananas over it when he first heard it. I think Graceland never would exist without this LP. Groovy!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Anthony Johnson "Reggae Feelings" 1983

This a roots reggae gem from 1983 by the lovely singer Anthony Johnson. Very overlooked in my opinion. Reggae Feelings is a groovy, but also a melacholy LP produced by the genius Jah Thomas. We get fantastic percussion, distinct dub effects and a edgy guitar work here, a very heavy sounded roots reggae/dub album for sure. Strangely, there is only one reissue of the album out there, from 2002 (cd only), but I think this one needs a legal vinyl reissue at once!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

The 2016 Mixtapes Vol.1 & Vol.2

Well, here is 2 mixtapes I made with my favourite tunes from 2016, actually very simple, not a big thing either. I have never been a big fan of David Bowie (he sure was a big personality, but there's plenty of them out there) he sure made a bunch of good songs, and some LP's as well (Station To Station, Young Americans, Low). But, I have never been a big anglophile, and his glam rock thing  is rather boring, and too theatrical in my ears, I prefer the american, african and carribean music. I loved Leonard Cohen as a pondering teenager, but the albums after Various Positions is not my cup of tea at all, sad for his family that he passed away (but don't we all have to go away in the end?). But, on the other side, how many people have lived such a great and rich life as Cohen (or Bowie or Prince)?

Something is very wrong in this world today, and it has been wrong for so long now, I don't understand people's needs of gods and worship in our time (I mean "gods" like Dylan, Springsteen, McCartney, Madonna, Prince, etc). I think it's awful. Maybe I'm just boring. So what. I think we all need real heroes instead of cartoon characters like those Bono's, Bowie's, Dylan's, Sting's and Springsteen's. The world is on fire out there, don't ever forget.

I want to thank you all who suported the blog so far, this will be the final post for this year. See you all in january (I hope). Cheers!

The 2016 Mixtape Vol.1
01. Teen Suicide - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
02. NAO - Get to Know Ya
03. Giggs - The Best (feat. Aystar & Youngs Teflon)
04. MD - Rat Bucks (Original Mix)
05. Fashawn - Cisco's Theme
06. Rich The Kid - Liar Liar (Prod. By Maaly Raw)
07. Ezzy - Never Been Told (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
08. Frank Ocean - Pink + White
09. Beth Hart - Let's Get Together
10. Kaytranada - Together (Feat. Alunageorge & Goldlink)
11. Anderson .Paak - The Bird
12. Parekh & Singh - Me & You
13. Pavo Pavo - Ran Ran Run
14. Solange - Cranes in the Sky
15. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Rings of Saturn
16. Bob Weir - Ghost Towns
17. The Weeknd - Sidewalks (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
18. Blu - Don't Trip
19. Electrocute - Uh-Oh
20. STRFKR - Satellite

01. Steve Gunn - Ancient Jules
02. J Churcher - Borderland State
03. Kid Cudi - Baptized In Fire (feat. Travis Scott)
04. Apollo Brown feat. Patty Crash - One in the Same
05. Parquet Courts - Dust
06. Dustin Tebbutt - I Only Have Good Memories (Of You)
07. ANOHNI - Marrow
08. Little Simz - LMPD (feat. Chronixx)
09. Massive Attack & Azekel - Ritual Spirit (feat. Azekel)
10. Jamila Woods - HEAVN
11. Whitney - Follow
12. M. Ward - Girl From Conejo Valley
13. Angel Olsen - Never Be Mine
14. Basia Bulat - La La Lie
15. Twin River - Antony
16. Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited - 808.7
17. STAY - Always Here
18. Wax Tailor - For the Worst (feat. Idil)
19. Smoke DZA feat. Big K.R.I.T., Dom Kennedy & theMIND - Dusk 2 Dusk
20. 6LACK - Gettin' Old

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Rob Galbraith "Nashville Dirt" 1970

Nashville Dirt from 1970 is one of the coolest, grooviest and most funky country LP's ever made. There is hard to find any information about this dude on the net, but Rob Galbraith made a couple of album through the seventies, and produced some Ronnie Milsap and Sylvester  albums (the disco Sylvester?). This album is full of groovy country funk, some soulful tunes, and some with a jazzy hippie-vibe as well. Sadly this album is poor reissued, only available a short while on CD six years ago in Japan (surprise!). This is one of the strongest and most groovy albums in this genre. Dig it!