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folk . americana . blues . r&b . rock&roll

WEEK STARTING 27 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey by Leyla McCalla.

Leyla McCalla

A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey

A Haitian-American who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, Leyla McCalla plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty — it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.

A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey is a vibrant and beguiling album by an artist adept in many musical fields, one able to coalesce multifarious strands into a unique identity.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Includes MP3 Download Code.

Ltd CD Info: Indies exclusive deluxe CD featuring 2 bonus tracks.

Hiram And Direct

Love Flight / Turn It Around

Favorite Recordings presents the first single on new sub-label SOL Discos, a partnership between Pascal Rioux and DJ Waxist. Following their recent collaboration on projects like the Lamar Thomas single and 'Caribbean Disco Boogie Sounds’ compilation reissues, Favorite Recordings asked the French DJ to become the coordinator and A&R of a new imprint aiming to reissue rare and forgotten music with a tropical, jazz-funk and boogie-disco flavour - sunsshine sounds! The label's first offering is this official 7" reissue of Hiram & Direct's "Love Flight". Initially recorded and released in Detroit on the Hirome Records imprint, it's been a hard to find record ever since, with only a little number of known copies floating around and changing hands for top dollar (Discogs currently has four for sale from £90+). “Love Flight” is a killer jazz-funk / boogie soul dancer that'll have the floor rocking - a must for rare groovers, soul weekenders and jazz-dancers. On the B-side, you will find a different vibe with “Turn It Around”, a smooching soul ballad with beautiful vocals and harmonies. 


Little Caesar And The Romans / Sandra Meade

Fever / Fever

Two cracking covers of the evergreen popcorn standard 'Fever'. On the top side, from 1961 we have a seductive, swaggering turn from Little Caesar with doo wop style / group backing vocals from the Romans. Meanwhile, on the flip is Sandra Meade's sexy and sassy 1956 rendition with wild, wailing horn accompaniment.


Daniel Romano refuses to be confined to narrow classification - in fact, out of necessity he created his own genre: Mosey Music.

With the release of Daniel’s fifth solo record ‘Mosey’ on New West Records, we get a fresh new vista into the mind of the prolific singer songwriter, the masterful lyricist and the multiinstrumentalist.

His most ambitious affair to date, Mosey will undoubtedly catch many by surprise. New sonic territories are mapped, genres are splintered, conventional rules discarded.

Imagine ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’-era Bob Dylan conspiring with Lee Hazlewood, Tom Waits and Peter Green. You’ll hear heavy swells of fuzzed out electric guitar, horns and keys delivered with a fury that demands your close attention. There are even some surprise guest cameos to boot.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLtd LP Info: Heavyweight double LP in gatefold sleeve playing
at 45rpm in mono with digital download card.

Most fans of the blues believe it was born in the Mississippi delta shortly before 1900. They are definitively wrong. The blues had its roots in other forms of older black music that are traced to the music of West Africa. In that sense, Mali music constitutes the DNA of the blues and the griots can be identified as the direct ancestors of the rural bluesmen.

Baba Sissoko is from Mali and he is the last undisputed griot alive. His voice evokes the lost vibe of the deepest and wildest side of West Africa; a magic land that he has largely crossed since his childhood singing and playing with his legendary grandfather, Djeli Baba Sissoko.

With the help of the soulful voices of Djeli Mah Damba Koroba and Djana Sissoko, respectively his mother and his young daughter, he recorded “Three Gees”. They are the voices of the past, the present and the future living in the twilight zone where the Malian roots blooms into a new sound of hope and happiness.

Also involved are Fernando “Bugaloo” Velez (The Dap- kings, Antibalas) on percussion, and the legendary Corey Harris on slide guitar. Somebody has coined the sound Bambara Mystic Soul, we dig it and really hope you enjoy listening to this album as much as we have enjoyed making it.

Recorded and mixed by Luca Sapio and mastered by the Grammy winner Brian Lucey.


Various Artists

Give 'Em Soul Vol. 3

    Outta Sight presents the third platter in the 'Give 'Em Soul' series showcasing some of the rarest and hottest R&B sounds of the 21st Soul Century. The 'Blue Edition' brings together 14 more killer cuts that are on every DJ's hit list. These major label milestones, dating from 1955 to the dawn of the sixties, feature key artists in the world of R&B and soul including Texan Soul Brother, Joseph Arrington Jr 'Tex', Pittsburgh's finest jazz songstress Dakota Staton, Ohio's own Top Ten R&B singer Lulu Reed, Little Rock's Bobby King and Chicago blues giant Howlin' Wolf, to name but a few. Featuring over $5,000 worth of singles in one affordable package, everyone's a winner!


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