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posted a review of Various - Malinga. over 10 years ago
More from Moton, this time following Citizen Kane are Diesel & Jarvis, amazingly it isn't house, house and more effin' house. "Malinga" is a well ace Afrobeat number, which shuffles along sweetly with tons of lead guitar, squelchy synth line and ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Montparnasse 2000 Classics. over 10 years ago
A treasure trove of rare grooves you've probably never heard before -- all pulled from the tiny, but excellent, catalog of Montparnasse 2000, a super-hip French sound library label! Most of these tracks were never issued formally to the public -- only ... See full review
posted a review of Synthesis (6) - Synthesis. over 10 years ago
Sweet funky fusion from France -- a classic set played by an all-star group of players! The groove here is a blend of choppy euro fusion, funky big band grooving, and some soulful touches that remind us of some of the funky jazz coming out of the west ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Afrika Underground. over 10 years ago
Really wonderful stuff -- a collection of totally unique grooves that won't cross over with any of your other African funk compilations! The focus here is on jazz, not funk or soul -- and the set features a wealth of great tracks pulled from obscure ... See full review
posted a review of Various - P&P Funk - A Collection Of Classic Funk From The Vaults Of P&P Records. over 10 years ago
Incredible funk from an almost-unlikely source -- the legendary P&P family of record labels, mostly known for their groundbreaking disco work -- but also home to some excellent funky tracks in the late 70s! Given that most of the focus on P&P reissues ... See full review
posted a review of Alan Parker / John Cameron (2) - Afro Rock. over 10 years ago
African rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, rock inspiration, and a motherlode of funky sound library grooves from two of the best British maestros working in the business! The album's an early 70s gem from the KPM catalog -- one of the most sought-after ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Sitar Beat Vol. 3. over 10 years ago
The onslaught of Sitar Funk continues -- with 5 exellent bits of funky Indian, all served up in one totally smashing vinyl EP! The grooves here are very much in the best brownsploitation mode -- mixing together sitar-heavy instrumentation with some ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Sitar Beat Vol. 2. over 10 years ago
The Sitar Beat crew have done it again -- and come up with a great selection of classic funky Indian tunes! The package is lean on notes -- and doesn't even have a proper cover -- but it more than makes up for that loss with a great batch of tracks ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Sitar Beat Vol. 1. over 10 years ago
India gets funky -- in this great set of rare tunes from the 70s -- a motherlode of cuts that make the most out of Indian music! Half the cuts are of European origin, the other half from India -- and they've got a great blend of beats, sitar, and other ... See full review
posted a review of Milton Nascimento / Lô Borges* - Clube Da Esquina. over 10 years ago
A landmark album -- and one that Milton cut with his "corner club", an elite group of musicians and songwriters from the early days of his career -- including greats like Lo Borges and Wagner Tiso. Borges is particularly fantastic, and shines on the ... See full review
posted a review of João Donato - Quem É Quem. over 10 years ago
A gem of a record -- one we wouldn't part with for anything! Joao Donato's best known as one of the founding fathers of bossa nova -- better known for his 60s work over the years, than he was for 70s electric work like this. Fortunately, international ... See full review
posted a review of Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66* - Look Around. over 10 years ago
Dreamy bossa pop from the A&M studios of the 60s -- the Brasil 66 sound at its best! The style here is a perfect blend of real Brazilian influences and some of the hipper styles bubbling in the LA studio scene of the time -- all locked together perfectly ... See full review
posted a review of Eddie Drennon & B.B.S. Unlimited* - Collage. over 10 years ago
A 70s New York classic -- the first and best album by Eddie Drennon! Eddie's got a unique sound that's part soul and part Latin -- grooving here in a Latin Hustle mode that brings together gliding strings, floating chorus vocals, and a heavier funk-based ... See full review
posted a review of Os Novos Baianos - Acabou Chorare. over 10 years ago
Certainly one of the greatest albums by this excellent (and oft-overlooked!) group from the 70s! The band of young Bahians deliver a great mix of tracks tinged with bits of rock, funky samba, and even a few psychedelic influences -- with alternating male ... See full review
posted a review of Piero Umiliani - To-Day's Sound. over 10 years ago
More fantastic wild stuff by this Italian genius! 2 LPs worth of cool groovy little cuts featuring the maestro himself on moog, Fender Rhodes, and marimba -- plus instrumentation that includes vibes, flute, and Lowry and Hammond organs. Even more wild ... See full review
posted a review of Piero Umiliani - Il Corpo (Original Complete Motion Picture Soundtrack). over 10 years ago
Sweetly funky and very slinky -- this is one of the best early 70s scores by the great Italian composer Piero Umiliani! The record has lots of bubbling electric piano, rumbling electric basslines, warm acoustic percussion, and moody wordless vocals. At ... See full review
posted a review of Caetano Veloso - Caetano Veloso. over 10 years ago
One of the greatest albums ever from Caetano Veloso -- a rare all-English language set, recorded in London during the years of his exile! The post-Tropicalia set is a fair bit different than any other Veloso album we can think of -- not just because of ... See full review
posted a review of Dom Um Romao - Spirit Of The Times (Espirito Du Tempo). over 10 years ago
An incredible set of Brazilian jazz -- one of the few albums that percussionist Dom Um Romao recorded as a leader, and sublime all the way through! The record's got a wonderful blend of funky fusion and Brazilian percussion -- and features a group from ... See full review
posted a review of Dom Um Romao - Dom Um Romao. over 10 years ago
An unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever did! Dom recorded this one in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York musicians -- creating an incredible sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! We'd ... See full review
posted a review of Tamba Trio - Tempo. over 10 years ago
One of the two best-ever album by the Tamba Trio -- with "Avanco"! The records is a fantastic mix of vocal harmonies and bossa piano grooves, with a sound that's unlike anything else you've ever heard -- unless you've heard some of the Tamba Trio's other ... See full review
posted a review of Alan Moorhouse - The Big Beat - Volume 2. over 10 years ago
The big beat here is plenty darn funky -- but in some really weird and wonderful ways too -- thanks to the genius talents of the mighty Alan Moorehouse, the legendary British maestro featured on this rare sound library album for KPM! Moorehouse is even ... See full review
posted a review of Keith Mansfield / Alan Hawkshaw - The Big Beat. over 10 years ago
One of the grooviest sound library records ever made -- a whopping batch of funky Hammond heavies from British legends Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw! The rare set was recorded right at the tail end of the 60s -- and it's got a mod sort of style that ... See full review
posted a review of Stringtronics - Mindbender. over 10 years ago
An incredible album that's as evocative as its title -- one that blends together strings and electronics into a sublime suite of sound library grooves! The album was masterminded by the lesser-known Barry Forgie -- and also features work by other sound ... See full review
posted a review of Eddie Palmieri - Superimposition. over 10 years ago
A real scorcher from Eddie Palmieri -- as much a transition as a superimposition -- and the kind of record that would have a huge impact on Latin jazz in the 70s! Eddie's got one foot in the small group styles of his 60s work, but he's also reaching ... See full review
posted a review of Harlem River Drive - Harlem River Drive. over 10 years ago
A legendary Latin funk album -- spearheaded by Eddie Palmieri! The record is a landmark crossover album from the early 70s -- cut at the end of the Latin soul era, but featuring that genre's wonderful mix of Puerto Rican soul, Spanish Harlem Latin, and ... See full review