Friday, October 29, 2010

Ruben Gonzalez - Momentos (2005)


1.Date una Vueltecita
4.Como Siento Yo
5.Nuetra Cancion
6.Prestame la Bicicleta
9.Mi Congojas
11.Yo Te Enseno Lola
12.Que Infelicidad
14.Tu Corazon Otra Vez
15.Todo Aquel Ayer

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Gonzalez was the pianist who helped to pioneer two of the most popular dances of the 20th century, the mambo and the cha-cha-cha. Ry Cooder described his style as a "Cuban cross between Thelonious Monk and Felix the Cat."

Cuban pianist Rubén González has lived through this century's greatest musical windstorms, from the emergence of son to salsa to Latin Jazz and more. Born in 1919, González also retired from playing professionally years before this, his debut CD, was even recorded. He reemerged in 1996 when World Circuit stopped in Cuba to record for several days. He ended up making a thrilling debut. This impromptu CD was cut in a day, and its limber vibe shines for all its uptempo looseness. González plays a rainbow of Cuban rhythms and prods his percussionists and lone trumpeter to great depths of conversation and great heights of flash. --Andrew Bartlett

Vaughan Mason - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (1980)

Artist: Vaughan Mason
Title Of Album: Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
Year Of Release: 1980
Label: Brunswick
Genre: Funk, Disco
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: CBR 320kbps
Total Time: 52:07
Total Size: 122MB (Covers)


01. Rollerskate (8:54)
02. Cravin' Your Body (5:20)
03. Thinking About You Baby (6:16)
04. We're Gonna Funk You Up (7:49)
05. Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (I & II) (9:02)
06. Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (12'' Ver. - Pt. 1) (7:32)
07. Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (12'' Ver. - Pt. 2) (7:14)

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Mtume - In Search Of The Rainbow Seekers (1980)

Artist: Mtume
Title Of Album: In Search Of The Rainbow Seekers
Year Of Release: 1980
Label: Epic
Genre: Funk, Soul, Disco
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: CBR 320kbps
Total Time: 44:47
Total Size: 107MB (Covers)


01. Give It On Up (If You Want To) (6:38)
02. You Can't Wait For Love (4:50)
03. She's A Rainbow Dancer (4:55)
04. We're Gonna Make It This Time (4:52)
05. Dance Around My Navel (1:57)
06. So You Wanna Be A Star (5:14)
07. Spirit Of The Dance (4:17)
08. Anticipatin' (4:19)
09. Everything Good To Me (4:05)
10. Mrs. Sippi (3:40)

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Osaka Monaurail - Reality For The People (2007)

"Reality For The People", the 5th album from Osaka Monaurail, was the first release under the new SHOUT! Productions. The opening track Quicksand features a fast-driving but very cool rhythm section. Ceora is a Lee Morgan bossa-nova original with a novel bogaloo arrangement. Pretty good approximation of early 70's James Brown Funk sung in heavily accented English.

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Track list:

1. Quick Sand (4:34)
2. I'm Coming Back To The Coming Back (6:14)
3. Reality For The People (5:09)
4. Pick Up The Pieces One By One (5:04)
5. Opportunity (7:41)
6. Ceora (3:10)
7. We Got One (A Show) (4:52)
8. Alternative Reality (5:20)

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Rhythm Funk Masters - Afro-American-Arctic (2007)

Strangely enough, an afro-beat band from Finland!! Why not? Rhythm Funk Masters’ music isn’t actually pure afro-beat, but it also combines elements from different music styles like jazz, funk and rock to it. Each band member brings in his own character. To say it in a simple way, we play instrumental afro-beat, funk and jazz music with a strong Scandinavian flavour. Rhythm Funk Masters was formed in 2003 in Helsinki. We’ve had some gigs every now and then, but now we’re going to get more active that we got our first album out! Afro-American-Arctic is recently released in Finland and Japan.

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Track list:

1. Enormous Introduction (9:50)
2. Gogo (6:29)
3. Nudinuff (3:46)
4. Non Compos Mentis (7:06)
5. Radio Bembe (1:50)
6. Latin Bantu Lounge (6:00)
7. Bushman (5:31)
8. Frantic Activity (6:01)
9. Highway (5:32)
10. Arctic Rainforest (5:39)

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

VA - Dj Spinna & BBE Soundsystem : Strange Games & Funky Things 5

Dubbed by Gilles Peterson as the best rare grooves compilation series of all time, Strange Games and Funky Things returns with the fifth volume (it's been 14 years since BBE's Peter Adarkwah conceived and launched the series), which offers classic dancefloor-ready tracks ("War Is Coming! War Is Coming!") alongside lesser-known world music gems ("Asafo Beesuon/ Obaa Yaa Aye Me Bone" by C.K. Mann & His Carousel 7). Definitely one of the strongest comps in the series. Recommended.


1. Sylvia – Sweet Stuff (04:22)
2. The Ambassadors – Ain’t Got The Love (Of One Girl On My Mind) (02:28)
3. Richard Evans feat. Linda Williams – Capricorn Rising (04:40)
4. Starvue – Body Fusion (05:39)
5. The Soul Searchers – Ashley’s Roachclip (05:35)
6. Willie ‘Beaver’ Hale – Groove On (05:59)
7. Eddy Senay – Cameo (06:11)
8. Cal Tjader – Morning (03:28)
9. Francisco Aguabella – Ramon’s Desire (04:09)
10. The Philly Armada Orchestra – For The Love Of Money (06:29)
11. Family Tree feat. Sharon Brown – Family Tree (04:40)
12. Perfect Circle – The Hands of Time (06:17)
13. War – War Is Coming! War Is Coming! (07:05)
14. Hiroshi Fukumura – Hunt Up Wind (06:04)
15. Wood Brass & Steel – Always There (05:25)
16. C.K. Mann & His Carousel 7 – Asafo Beesuon – Obaa Yaa Aye Me Bone (Medley) Edit
17. C.K. Mann & His Carousel 7 – Asafo Beesuon – Obaa Yaa Aye Me Bone (Medley) Full Length (13:33)
18. Merry Clayton – Gimme Shelter (03:28)
19. Bill Summers – Brazilian Skies (04:29)
20. Various Artists – Strange Games & Funky Things 5 Mix (Mixed by DJ Spinna)

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It joins the dots between 70s soul, 80s rare groove and 90s mass market hip hop. This compilation contains a wide variety of styles of tracks, from classic dance-floor fillers as well as lesser known delights. A more accessible diggers delight if you wish with an emphasis on quality track and not just songs worth having for a 2 second sample.
Featuring a much more worldly selection than its predecessors - tracks by the multi platinum selling War to Sylvia ( Founder of Sugarhill Records) sit side by side with world music underground icons like C.K. Mann and Francisco Aguabella. This volume is the 5th in a series of compilations that appears to have the widest appeal of all BBEs compilations and proves to be even better by the fact that there is a bonus mixed CD by the one and only Dj Spinna!

VA - True Funk (3CD) (2007)

2007 three CD compilation that sets it's sights on the funky side of R&B and Soul, past and present. 51 tracks from the vast Universal archives including cuts from Rick James The Commodores, Ohio Players, James Brown, Con Funk Shun, Parliament, Eddie Kendricks, Rufus, Yarbrough & Peoples, Kool & The Gang, Cameo, The Gap Band, Dazz Band and many others.

01 Commodores - Machine Gun 2:36
02 Ohio Players - Who'd She Coo? 3:16
03 Leon Haywood - I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You 3:40
04 Mandrill - Fencewalk 5:30
05 Rufus And Chaka Khan - Tell Me Something Good 3:27
06 The Bar-Kays - Move Your Boogie Body 6:15
07 Yarbrough And Peoples - Don't Stop The Music 4:04
08 Cameo - Back And Forth 3:45
09 Eddie Kendricks - Keep On Truckin' 3:26
10 Con Funk Shun - Ms. Got-The-Body 3:48
11 Parliament - Bop Gun (Endangered Species) 8:29
12 The Gap Band - Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) 3:59
13 Rick James - Bustin' Out (On Funk) 3:52
14 Bobby Byrd - I Know You Got Soul 3:05
15 James Brown - Ain't It Funky Now 3:10
16 Fred Wesley And The J.B.'s - If You Don't Get It The First Time, Back Up And Try It Again, Party 3:33
17 Kool And The Gang - Funky Stuff 3:03

01 Rick James - Super Freak (Part 1) 3:21
02 Rufus Feat. Chaka Khan - Dance Wit Me 3:57
03 Ohio Players - Fire 3:16
04 Bobby Byrd - I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone) 3:05
05 The Temptations And Rick James - Standing On The Top 4:21
06 Cameo - Word Up! 4:14
07 The Gap Band - I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head) 3:26
08 Lipps Inc. - Funkytown 3:56
09 James Brown - (Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine 2:51
10 Lyn Collins - Think (About It) 3:21
11 The J.B.'s - Gimme Some More 3:04
12 The Bar-Kays - Shake Your Rump To The Funk 3:31
13 Con Funk Shun - Ffun 3:09
14 Parliament - Tear The Roof Off The Sucker Medley: Give Up The Funk Off The Sucker 3:41
15 Eddie Kendricks - Boogie Down 3:45
16 Roy Ayers - Freaky Deaky 3:05
17 Kool And The Gang - Jungle Boogie 3:05

01 Commodores - Brick House 3:35
02 James Brown - Cold Sweat 2:50
03 Lyn Collins And The J.B.'s - Mama Feelgood 4:22
04 Maceo - Soul Power '74 4:06
05 Con Funk Shun - Chase Me 3:41
06 Dazz Band - Let It All Blow 3:57
07 Creative Source - Who Is He And What Is He To You 3:30
08 The Gap Band - You Dropped A Bomb On Me 4:00
09 The Temptations - Shakey Ground 4:00
10 The Bar-Kays - Too Hot To Stop (Pt. 1) 3:53
11 Roy Ayers - Don't Stop The Feeling 4:03
12 Kool And The Gang - Get Down On It 3:25
13 Ohio Players - Fopp 3:47
14 Parliament - Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop) 4:27
15 Cameo - Funk Funk 3:36
16 Edwin Starr - You've Got My Soul On Fire 3:20
17 Rick James - Give It To Me Baby 3:50 : part1 part2

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mandrill - Fencewalk: The Anthology (1997)

Artist: Mandrill
Title Of Album: Fencewalk
Year Of Release: 1997
Label: Polygram Records
Genre: Funk. Soul, Latin
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps
Total Time: 02:34:58
Total Size: 364MB (Covers)


Mandrill (1970)
1-01 Mandrill (4:19)
1-02 Rollin' On (7:38)
1-03 Symphonic Revolution (5:16)
1-04 Peace & Love (8:09)

Mandrill Is (1972)

1-05 Lord Of The Golden Baboon (3:34)
1-06 Ape Is High (5:34)
1-07 Cohelo (1:44)
1-08 Git It All (4:30)
1-09 Children Of The Sun (4:56)
1-10 I Refuse To Smile (4:05)
1-11 Kofijahm (3:38)

Composite Truth (1973)
1-12 Hang Loose (4:45)
1-13 Fencewalk (5:28)
1-14 Hagalo (2:44)
1-15 Don't Mess With People (4:52)
1-16 Moraccan Nights (6:39)

Just Outside Of Town (1973)
2-01 Mango Meat (4:42)
2-02 Fat City Strut (3:16)
2-03 Love Song (5:39)

Mandrilland (1974)
2-04 Positive Thing (3:14)
2-05 Road To Love (5:15)
2-06 Armadillo (1:48)
2-07 Khidja (4:55)
2-08 House Of Wood (7:59)
2-09 Folks On A Hill (6:23)

We Are One (1977)
2-10 Gilly Hines (6:35)
2-11 Can You Get It (Suzie Caesar) (7:05)
2-12 Funky Monkey (6:30)
2-13 Love One Another (3:59)
New Worlds (1978)
2-14 Too Late (3:38)

The Warriors Soundtrack (1979)
2-15 Echoes In My Mind (6:09)

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Friday, October 08, 2010

Cadillac Jones - The Big Takedown OST (2006)

Artist: Cadillac Jones
Title Of Album: The Big Takedown (OST)
Label: Arcthefinger Records
Year Of Release: August 28, 2006
Genre: Jazz / Funk / Blaxploitation
Format: mp3, VBR
Tracks: 14
Total Time: 61:42 min
Total Size: 75.2 Mb

1. Narq (0:27)
2. Hottub (5:26)
3. Tarzan (5:31)
4. 14Th Street Hustle (4:56)
5. Speakeasy (4:56)
6. East Coast Eddie (2:14)
7. Blackbyrds' Theme (6:09)
8. The Mac (3:59)
9. Casin' the Joint (7:55)
10. Ike's Regret (5:16)
11. Barbados (0:49)
12. Power (5:51)
13. Return of the Narq (5:16)
14. Untitled (2:57)

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Crate-diggers and vintage record fanatics of the 21st century, listen up - a never released soundtrack album from an ill-fated 1970's action flick, rediscovered earlier this year, will hit stores this summer.A spokesperson for media-shy jazz-funk outfit Cadillac Jones announced at a weekend press conference that the non- malicious mislabeling of the original tapes led to the soundtrack's estimated twenty-seven year disappearance. Feature film "The Big Takedown" was reportedly shelved by an unnamed major studio when producers exceeded their budget by twice the originally allotted amount and were, by all reports, nowhere near done with the picture. Attempts to raise additional capital failed and the plug was pulled on the project once and for all."It was tough on the guys in Cadillac Jones as they'd put months into that record," said the spokesperson for the band, going on to say jokingly that "it was the '70s, you know, so it's all a bit blurry, but there was no shortage of parties and heaven knows what else, so we, you know, got on to other projects." Details on how the tapes resurfaced are vague, and the band's representative commented only that an old friend at the now-defunct studio found them in a box he carried out when the Hollywood powerhouse declared bankruptcy in 1982. (Although it gathered dust for close to three decades, it appears as though the soundtrack album was the only piece of "The Big Takedown" that was submitted on time).This same associate was able to guide Cadillac Jones through the process of buying back the rights to the album, which has finally, after some thirty years, been mixed and mastered. The only other trace of "The Big Takedown" to resurface is conceptual artwork by J. Schiavone, which will appear on the cover of the soundtrack release. Several of Schiavone's "Big Takedown"-related pieces were returned with the original recordings.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Jorge Ben - Ben E Samba Bom (1964/2009)


01. Descalço No Parque (3:04)
02. Onde Anda O Meu Amor (3:04)
03. Bicho Do Mato (3:19)
04. Samba Legal (2:24)
05. Ôba Lá Lá (2:36)
06. Gabriela (2:53)
07. Zope Zope (2:45)
08. Saída Do Porto (3:16)
09. Dandara, Hei (2:35)
10. Samba, Menina (3:19)
11. Guerreiro Do Rei (2:50)

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Jorge Ben (now known as Jorge Ben Jor) represented the Rio wing of Brazil's Tropicalia movement. Born to an African mother, Ben embraced African and African-American music - especially funk and soul - far more successfully than other Tropicalia stars. This, along with the insistent presence of his melodic guitar lines, make his music readily accessible to U.S. listeners. In the early 1960s, Ben recorded as a samba artist, gaining international reknown as a songwriter when Sérgio Mendes covered his song, "Mas Que Nada." Later, along with contemporaries such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa, he pioneered the revolutionary "Tropicalia" movement, which blended American blues, rock and roll and pop kitsch into the already potent musical stew of Brazilian pop. Later still, Ben became known as the driving force behind Brazil's homegrown funk/soul scene, and was an inspiration for the Black Rio soul scene. Ben's intimate, playful vocals and alluring acoustic guitar give him a unique, seductive sound. Like many other Brazilian MPB artists, his best recordings were made before the late 1970s, although his later commercial pop-rock recordings have more integrity than similar efforts by contemporaries such as Gilberto Gil.

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01. Criola (3:31)
02. Domingas (3:29)
03. Cade Tereza (3:22)
04. Barbarella (3:14)
05. Pais Tropical (4:10)
06. Take It Easy My Brother Charles (2:35)
07. Descobri Que Sou Um Anjo (4:03)
08. Bebete Vaobora (2:34)
09. Quem Foi Que Roubou A Sopeira (3:07)
10. Que Pena (3:00)
11. Charles Anjo 45 (4:47)

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“ A samba soul classic from Jorge Ben quite possibly his greatest album ever, and a true treasure through and through! The tunes explode with an amazing sense of energy driven by Jorge's great guitar and vocals, plus key percussive efforts from Trio Mocoto whose sounds here are simply amazing, and create a unique undercurrent of funk. This is the album that set a whole generation on fire, and it's probably still one of the most-copied moments of Ben's long career. In contrast to the cerebral output of the Tropicalia camp in 1969, this album's much more visceral and personal yet no less revolutionary! First time on CD in the US and first time on CD in the world in over 15 years.

Trio Mocoto - Samba Rock

01. Voltei Amor
02. Tudo Bem
03. Pensando Nela
04. Adelita
05. Os Orixás
06. Águas de Março
07. Não Sei Porque
08. Kriola
09. A Tonga Da Mironga Do Kabulete
10. Kibe Cru
11. Nereu Nereu
12. Cyrano De Beijorac
13. Mocotó Beat
14. Fui

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Trio Mocoto back in style, check it out
Twenty-six years between albums is no small gap, but Brazil's Trio Mocoto is no regular band. Since their split in 1975, all three have remained active in music, often at the contemporary end, and their experiences show on Samba Rock, whose first track, Voltei Amor, is almost a manifesto for the album, mixing some very swinging samba with electronica touches and even a bit of funky vocoder singing. But, as all things old are new again, their original sound from the '60s and '70s comes across as fresh as it did originally, with plenty of Fender Rhodes piano in the mix. As well as exploring Brazilian music, old and new, there's also a nod to North America on Kibe Cru, with its boogie-woogie piano bass, that makes you think it's about to break into a Leon Russell song, and its semi-spoken vocals a tip of the hat to rap. Still, the heart is the subtle delicacy of the samba with all three members (João Parahyba, Nereu Gargalo, and Luiz Carlos Fritz) contributing vocals, either alone or in unison. While most of the material is original, a cover of Jorge Ben's Adelita is driven by Fritz's jazzy guitar, with some kicking horns punctuating the percussion. Não Sei Porque brings in miniMoogs for a infectious '70s Brazil feel, while the instrumental Mocotó Beat has a smoky, blues-y groove. After so long away, most bands would be working hard to recapture a fraction of what they once had; Trio Mocoto move ahead with grace, funk, and style, as if there'd never been a break at all.

VA - Si Para Usted Vol. 2: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba


1. Los Brito - El 4-5-6
2. Los Caneyes - Suspirando por el Chikichaka
3. Los Rápidos - Safari Salvaje
4. Orquesta Cubana De Música Moderna - Vehicle
5. Grupo Monumental - Tremendo Tremendo
6. Juan Pablo Torres - Y Aparecío el Trombón
7. Los Brito - Cuando Llego a mi Casa
8. Combo Los Caribe - Andalucía
9. Sonopop - Vanguardia y Juventud
10. Grupo Fas - El Siglo de Libertad
11. Los Llamas - Siboney
12. Los Barba - El Cristal
13. Los Barba - Al Sonar la Hora
14. Mirtha Y Raúl - El Sueño de Andria
15. Hilario Durá - El Son de Victoria
16. Los Papines - Para Qué Niegas

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Following up the hugely cherished 'Si, Para Usted' compilation of rare socialist funk from the communist enclave of Cuba, Vol.2 presents sixteen further cuts of awesome revolutionary revelations picked from the government archives by Waxing Deep's Dan Zacks. Remarkably, for a period during Castro's reign, the state subsidised widespread musical education, even going as far as paying musicians a living wage, unconnected to their commercial success. Just imagine the implications if this happened in the capitalist western world! The fascinating sleevenotes present a wealth of eye-opening information, but it's the music that will leave you even more gobsmacked. Los Rápidos 'Safari Salvaje' initially sounds uncannily like Vic Reeves in club singer mode before tearing into a devastating funksoul groove and building to an intensely brilliant drum solo in the closing stages, while the cheeky organ, blazing brass and stupendous percussion of Grupo Monumental's 'Tremendo Tremendo' will have you booking your next holiday to whatever warehouse this solid gold came from! Plus, there's super slick disco from Juan Pablo Torres on 'Y Aparecio El Trombon', charming exotica from Sonopop on 'Vanguardia Y Juventud', fuzzy psyche funk from Los Llamas on 'Siboney' and legendary hip-grippin son on Hilario Durán's El Son De Victoria'. Due to the fact that this music was never treated with the care it deserved by the Cuban government, the quality of the recordings is astonishingly good, and regardless of time or location this music simply begs for a space in your collections.

1619 Bad Ass Band - 1619 Bad Ass Band (1976)

Artist: 1619 Bad Ass Band
Title Of Album: 1619 Bad Ass Band
Year Of Release: 1976
Label: TSG Records
Genre: Funk, Soul
Quality: 320kbs
Total Time: 00:35:56
Total Size: 82mb

Badass funk from this obscure 70s band – one who play here with a really wicked edge to their groove!
At some level, the sound is right up there with some of the bigger ensemble funk acts of the time – particularly that Mercury Records generation who were tightening things up from the indie years of the earlier part of the decade. Yet there's also some rougher edges that really make the record great – some offbeat production touches, and weird raspy sounds from some of the instruments – not to mention some hard and heavy breaks on some of the album's best tracks! Bits of moog round things out with some especially nice touches on a few tunes – and titles include "Just For You", "Step Out", "I Am Mine", "Where Did I Go From Here", "Nothing Can Stop My Loving You", "Nobody", "Love To Love", and "For A Taste Of Your Love".


1 Love To Love
2 I Am Mine
3 Step Out
4 Nothing Can Stop My Loving You
5 Where Do I Go From Here
6 Just For You
7 Rain (Always Finds Me Crying)
8 For A Taste Of Your Love
9 Nobody

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Hot Chocolate - Hot Chocolate (1975)

Artist: Hot Chocolate
Title Of Album: Hot Chocolate
Year Of Release: 1975
Label: EMI/Cherry Red Records
Genre: Funk, Disco
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: CBR 320kbps
Total Time: 01:01:34
Total Size: 161MB (Covers)


01. Hello America (4:05)
02. The Street (3:26)
03. Call The Police (5:09)
04. Dollar Sign (3:58)
05. You Sexy Thing (2:58)
06. A Child's Prayer (3:52)
07. A Warm Smile (3:56)
08. Amazing Skin Song (5:25)
09. Love's Coming On Strong (4:06)
10. Lay Me Down (3:45)
Bonus Tracks
11. Cheri Babe (3:28)
12. Sexy Lady (2:53)
13. Blue Night (3:22)
14. You Sexy Thing (B-Side Version) (4:01)
15. Everything Should Be Funky (4:06)
16. You Sexy Thing (Single Version) (3:04)

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Midnight Star - Midnight Star (1988)

Artist: Midnight Star
Title Of Album: Midnight Star
Year Of Release: 1988
Genre: Electro, Funk, Disco
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: CBR 320kbps
Total Time: 41:18
Total Size: 100MB


01. Don't Rock The Boat (6:24)
02. 90 Days (Same As Cash) (4:51)
03. Heartbeat (5:07)
04. I Don't Wanna Be Lonely (4:37)
05. Snake In The Grass (4:22)
06. Request Line (5:36)
07. Love Song (5:38)
08. Pamper Me (4:43)

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The Eleventh Hour's - Hollywood Hot (1975)

Artist: The Eleventh Hour's
Title Of Album: Hollywood Hot
Year Of Release: 1975
Genre: Funk, Disco
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: CBR 320kbps
Total Time: 35:22
Total Size: 78MB


01. Medley (5:43)
Sock It To Me
It's Your Thing
02. Hollywood Hot (7:03)
03. Bumper To Bumper (4:36)
04. Get On Or Get Off (6:05)
05. Lady Marmalade (5:01)
06. You'll Never Know Until You Try (6:54)

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Invisible Man's Band - Really Wanna See You (1981)

Artist: Invisible Man's Band
Title Of Album: Really Wanna See You
Year Of Release: 1981
Genre: Funk, Disco
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: CBR 320kbps
Total Time: 35:18
Total Size: 83MB


01. Really Wanna See You (5:32)
02. Rated X (5:28)
03. Circles (5:18)
04. Party Time (4:15)
05. Along The Way (3:50)
06. Same Thang (7:15)
07. Rated X (Edit Version) (3:40)

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Friday, October 01, 2010

VA - Rhythmo De Cotonou 1: Vodoun Effect - Funk & Sato (2008)

“ If these 14 tracks are representative of the 500 or so that had to be sifted through from this West African band's prolific output between 1970 and 1983, then let's have the boxed set pronto! This is angular, punchy funk run through with vicious blasts of organ, and some of the finest oblique guitar riffs since Television. It's scary to consider that without the obsessive focus of label owner, Samy Ben Redjeb, this Benin band's music may never have seen the light of day again. Pick of the album: Art rock meets James Brown: 'Mi Ni Non Kpo'


1. Mi Homlan Dadalé (5:58)
2. Assibavi (4:43)
3. Se We Non Nan (5:04)
4. Ako Ba Ho (3:34)
5. Mi Ni Non Kpo (4:35)
6. Se Tche We Djo Mon (4:11)
7. Dis Moi La Verité (6:01)
8. Nouessename (3:23)
9. Iya Me Dji Ki Bi Ni (4:12)
10. Akoue Tche We Gni Medjome (3:58)
11. Nou De Ma Do Vo (3:33)
12. Koutoulie (5:03)
13. Kourougninda Wende (4:36)
14. Mawa Mon Nou Mio (16:29)

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“ Formed in 1966 and still sort-of existent today (at least they got together for a scene in Raymond Dumas’s forthcoming The Legends Of Afrobeat movie), the Orchestra Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou enjoyed a long run as Benin’s top band. Analog Africa boss Samy Ben Redjeb, who curated this compilation from hundreds of records he secured during years of crate digging in West Africa, overstates things a bit when he calls them the best-kept secret from that neck of the woods. After all, they have already been the subject of two (currently out-of-print) collections on Soundway and Popular African Music; they’re the backbone of the recent African Scream Contest collection, also on Analog Africa; and their convulsive yet intricate “Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome” proved hard to top a few years back as the opener to Luaka Bop’s World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love’s A Real Thing. But if they’re not total unknowns, their reputation outside their homeland falls far short of the quality of their music, a fantastic synthesis of funk (known locally as jerk), Latin, rock, and various African styles with homegrown Sato and Sakpata rhythms derived from Vodoun ceremonies. Despite focusing on a single band, this set is as satisfying as any of the fantastic multi-band collections of ‘70s groove music from Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Togo that have come out in recent years. And the circumstances under which The Vodoun Effect‘s contents were made and marketed could speak right to the heart of the rare groove shoppers and indie-rock nerds that comprise the record’s target audience here.

Redjeb’s projected two-volume excavation of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo’s ’70s legacy splits into two parts, a forthcoming album that covers their more popular recordings for the Albarika Store label and this one, which cherry-picks their recordings for various fan-run independent labels that the band made for extra cash while Albarika Store’s boss was out of town. Most of The Vodoun Effect’s tracks were pressed in editions of a few hundred at the dawn of Benin’s vinyl age, and they were generally recorded live with one or two microphones and a Nagra reel-to-reel tape machine in someone’s living room or backyard, often in between jet flyovers in the neighborhood near Cotonou’s airport. Such rough conditions didn’t result in unlistenable recordings; the set-up is perfect for capturing the essential tightness and incendiary chemistry of a well-drilled working band quite capable of balancing its own sound in front of the mic. Guitar, percussion, voices and horns weave in and out of the mix as they might have at a gig, with lead singers Lohento Eskill, Vincent Ahehehinnou and Amenoudji Vicky right up front delivering the insistent and quite indelible tunes, and Bernard “Papillon” Zoundegnon’s echo-drenched guitar and organ solos bequeathing the proceedings a marvelously trippy aura. The horns suffer most, often overloading the mics, but if you can deal with the distorted horn charts on you average Ethiopiques release, you’ll be fine with the in-the-red sax and trumpet punctuation on The Vodoun Effect.

Ironically, another hook that might reel in Western listeners is the whiff of failure that swirls around these tracks. They weren’t hits, and Redjeb admits in the liner notes that Eskill and band founder Melome Clement not only couldn’t remember some of these tunes when he played them back, they believed his compilations would flop in the contemporary Beninese marketplace. Despite the rare quality of these grooves and the band’s popularity, they’re hopelessly obscure – and undeserved underdog status is fool-poof discaholic bait. Consider this listener hooked.

The aforementioned notes help. The CD comes with a 44-page booklet full off photos and colorful tales of a Redjeb’s triumphs and travails in a country where a lot of label heads burned the stock that wouldn’t sell, leaving what’s left in the scorpion-infested backrooms of embittered business men and eccentric music lovers. As swell as the booklet is, it’s that music – rough, accomplished, passionate, catchy, and indomitably funky – that tells the story you’ll want to hear over and over again.

Los Po-Boy-Citos - New Orleans Latin Soul (2008)

tist: Los Po-Boy-Citos
Title Of Album: New Orleans Latin Soul
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Superultramega
Genre: Latin / Soul / Funk
Format: MP3
Bitrate: VBR ~250 Kbps
Tracks: 10
Total Time: 37:40 min
Total Size: 67 MB


01. Cool Man 03:08
02. Big Chief 04:08
03. Wobble Cha 05:41
04. Danzon Boogaloo 04:23
05. Fat Mama/Mother-in-Law 03:47
06. Barrio Blue 05:17
07. Sweet 'Tater Pie 03:51
08. Fried Neck Bones and Some Homefries 04:50
09. Ay Cosita Linda 02:30

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About Los Po-Boy-Citos
• 2009 Gambit Weekly Best of the Big Easy WINNERS (Best Latin Band)
• 2008 OffBeat Best of the Beat Winners (Best Emerging Band)
• 2008 Gambit Weekly Best of the Big Easy Nominees (Best Emerging Band)
Los Po-Boy-Citos formed in the fall of 2006 in a Garden District living room in New Orleans, Louisiana. Armed with crates of boogaloo records and surrounded by New Orleans music in the streets and in the clubs, in a city whose very makeup is mixed up like gumbo, it seemed natural to cook up Spanish Harlem Latin funk and New Orleans soul. The result was Los Po-Boy-Citos, New Orleans Latin Soul. After the band went through several incarnations and cut its teeth in bars and clubs, on outdoor stages, and once on the sidewalk on Frenchmen Street, it went into the studio to work with veteran NOLA music producer Mark Bingham on its debut cd. New Orleans Latin Soul was released in October of 2008. Named OffBeat Magazine's Best Emerging Band of 2008, Los Po-Boy-Citos followed their debut's success with a year at clubs and festivals, then switched to analog! Their new single is a 45 rpm record, on slick black vinyl.
In April 2010, Los Po-Boy-Citos were recognized by the Gambit Weekly as the Best Latin Band in New Orleans. Los Po-Boy-Citos plan to boogaloo in New Orleans for some time.