MAGIC MIX

latin . african . world

WEEK STARTING 22 Dec

Genre pick of the week Cover of Bombay Disco Volume 2 by Various Artists.
Welcome to Cultures Of Soul's second celebration of the sounds of 'Bombay Disco', which digs deeper into the recordwallah shops in the bazaars of India. As fans of the label's first collection will recall, disco arrived in India in 1979, shortly after its mainstream popularity had peaked in the West. Disco songs remained in vogue throughout the subcontinent for a dozen years, in many ways because of the "cabaret scene" or "item number," a mainstay in South Asian cinema that dates back to the 1920s. Back then, these scenes depicted traditional courtesans or nautch (dancing) girls, but by the early 1960s dance sequences became much more surreal, with visuals inspired by Busby Berkley and music infused with jazz, Latin, and rock & roll. This tradition continued with an East-meets-West fusion of funk, disco and electro, to the hip-hop and EDM influences popular in South Asian films today. Disco songs continued to flourish after its early 80s ubiquity, often in the more tawdry films such as the horror movies that were immensely popular as the decade wore on. As the 90s continued, the cabaret sequences began to bear a closer resemblance to MTV videos. The music in these scenes changed to a similar style while the perennial love songs continued to entrance listeners. COS haven't delved into the more massive film hits here, since the majority of those songs have been anthologised elsewhere. The label prefers to dig deeper into the thousands of dusty, mold-encrusted records found in the back alley shops in India's teeming cities. For your dancing pleasure, they've cleaned off and polished up these vintage disco delights for your manoranjan (entertainment). Enjoy a cocktail and get on the dancefloor! From the extensive liner notes, which by the way includes incredible cocktail recipes to enhance the 'Bombay Disco 2' listening experience.

Crosley

Record Player CR6020A Revolution - Orange

    Taking the record player "out of the box", Crosley's Revolution turntable truly fits the word in every way. It is a turntable of firsts.

    The first battery powered Crosley turntable and the first with a platter smaller than a teacup saucer. Where other record players must be kept in their designated place, the Revolution practially begs to join you on every journey. Users can tote this two speed turntable with them to vinyl swaps, to a friend's house, or record digging trips to charity shops and flea markets.

    Featuring a USB hookup for easy analogue to digital transfer, the Crosley Revolution will allow users to free their favorites from the grooves for digital enjoyment across a variety of devices.

    This small but mighty turntable also features a headphone jack, and a pair of earbud headphones.

    - NP4 Diamond Stylus Needle
    - Portable Turntable
    - Hi Tech ABS Construction
    - USB Enabled For Connection to Windows Equipped PC
    - Belt Driven Turntable Mechanism
    - Manual Tonearm
    - Software Suite For Ripping And Editing Audio Content
    - Plays 2 Speeds - 33 1/3 And 45 RPM Records
    - Headphone Jack
    - Earbud Headphones
    - Battery Powered (6 AA) (BATTERY ONLY, NO AC FACILITY)
    - Inputs - None
    - Output - USB

    Crosley

    Record Player CR6020A Revolution - Turquoise

      Taking the record player "out of the box", Crosley's Revolution turntable truly fits the word in every way. It is a turntable of firsts.

      The first battery powered Crosley turntable and the first with a platter smaller than a teacup saucer. Where other record players must be kept in their designated place, the Revolution practially begs to join you on every journey. Users can tote this two speed turntable with them to vinyl swaps, to a friend's house, or record digging trips to charity shops and flea markets.

      Featuring a USB hookup for easy analogue to digital transfer, the Crosley Revolution will allow users to free their favorites from the grooves for digital enjoyment across a variety of devices.

      This small but mighty turntable also features a headphone jack, and a pair of earbud headphones.

      - NP4 Diamond Stylus Needle
      - Portable Turntable
      - Hi Tech ABS Construction
      - USB Enabled For Connection to Windows Equipped PC
      - Belt Driven Turntable Mechanism
      - Manual Tonearm
      - Software Suite For Ripping And Editing Audio Content
      - Plays 2 Speeds - 33 1/3 And 45 RPM Records
      - Headphone Jack
      - Earbud Headphones
      - Battery Powered (6 AA) (BATTERY ONLY, NO AC FACILITY)
      - Inputs - None
      - Output - USB


      John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra

      Steel Funk

      Following the appetizer of the two 12" singles "Trinidad (Disco Mix)" and "J'Ouvert," EM Records now serves up the main dish, the fine 1977 album 'Steel Funk' by John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra, a new addition to the "EM Steel Pan Series". Trinidadian steel-pan player John A. Gibbs studied science at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees and formed The Jamaica All Stars Steel Band. This was the start of a dual career in science and music that eventually took him to the United States. He moved to Philadelphia in the mid-70s and met Philly arranger / producer Louis A. deLise, with whom he collaborated to create a new steel pan music, welding Trinidadian steel music to Philly soul. He researched and advocated a new style of steel pan music, describing the steel pan as an "omnivibraphone" in his 1978 book The Unit Steel Band, in which he combined his scientific and musical backgrounds to illuminate the physics of the steel pan. Gibbs' innate musicality comes to the fore on 'Steel Funk', where he compiles several years of experience with deLise into an appealing Trini-Philly groove union, with the five steel pan players of the Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra working in sync with a 30-piece studio orchestra of brass, strings and rhythm. The songs range from Calypso to film theme to pop standard, covers and originals, but Steel Funk is not a chintzy pastiche, it's a glorious unity. EM Records offers this re-release as "the 2014 version," newly remastered, with improved sound quality, a different track order, and new cover art drawn by Yoshihiro Tsuyama / 2Yang.

      Jose Prates / Miecio Askanasy

      Tam...Tam...Tam...

      In August of 2014 a request was sent out by Gilles Peterson for someone to issue the incredibly rare Brazilian LP 'Tam…Tam…Tam…!'

      This is because it’s an extraordinary album, only issued once in 1958 as part of Mieco Askanasy’s 1950s touring “Braziliana” show. It’s so rare not even Gilles Peterson has a copy (and let's face it, he doesn't just have a Record Room, he has a whole Record House...).

      The original music was written and produced with José Prates and as an album it stands out as a keystone in the development of the Brazilian sound that was to explode around the world in the decade to follow. This is the first time this landmark LP has been issued since 1958. An original, if you ever found one, would cost you in excess of £1000.

      The reason Gilles Peterson wanted this album reissued is because it is so extraordinary. Musically it works on a number of levels – firstly that the solid blueprint of 1960s Brazilian music runs throughout it. For example, if you listen to Track Three Side One “Nānā Imborô” you will hear “Mas-Que-Nada”.

      Secondly, the infectious rhythms, melodies and exotic sounds that emanate from this album are deep, raw and totally engaging. And the more you listen to 'Tam…Tam…Tam…!' the more you hear its importance and influence.

      This rare reissue comes at a crucial time, when in our connected and information saturated world few important things have escaped attention and reappraisal. Finding anything new and genuinely incredible is a rare feat.



      Technics

      Tec-Deck Heavy Duty Despatch Bag

        - Striking, black print of the World’s favourite turntable.
        - Unique Hi-Viz reflective strip
        - Sturdy, multi-purpose DJ despatch bag.
        - Made from heavy-duty, water proof tarpaulin
        - Dimensions - 37cm x 37cm x 14cm (holds 50+ x 12" Vinyl).
        - Adjustable, webbed shoulder strap
        - Mono buckle clasp-closure
        - Large zipped pouch compartment & extra document pocket
        - Made in the UK.
        - Official Technics merchandise

        Technics

        Tec-Deck Messenger Bag

          - Striking, silver print of the World’s favourite turntable.
          - Sturdy, multi-purpose messenger bag.
          - Dimensions - 37cm x 37cm x 14cm (holds 50+ x 12" Vinyl).
          - Shower Proof 210/Denier PVC
          - Adjustable, Webbed Shoulder Strap
          - Mono Buckle Clasp-Closure
          - Large zipped pouch compartment & extra document pocket
          - Made In The UK.
          - Official Technics Merchandise

          Technics

          Glow In The Dark Slipmats

            Classic Technics logo with two layers of phosphorescent ink on superior quality felt to really make the slipmats and your turntables stand out in the dark.


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