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ALOHA GOT SOUL

The Japanese singer Aiko Sekiguchi teaming up with Dale Senaga in 1979. The pair flew from Hawaii to California to record the backing tracks at A&M Studios, returning with the reels to Commercial Recording Studio in Honolulu, where they added Aiko’s voice and Dale’s synthesizer overdubs (and Aiko resumed her residency at the Oasis nightclub).

Fly With Me is a sexy, exotic floater, crossing Love Unlimited-style two-step and West Coast AOR. On the flip, Time Machine is jazzy disco steppers, with a cosmic fizz and a light case of the Gloria Gaynors.

Phase 7

So Good To Be In Love / Could It Be Love

Ensconced at the Infinity nightclub in the Sheraton Waikiki, Phase 7 was Hawaiian disco royalty during the mid-1970s. Originally founded by Van de Guzman and Hemingway Jasmin, the group featured the island’s top brass players and a whole load of groove heavy soul. We just stuck A-side cut "So Good To Be In Love" on the Piccadilly player and got a masterclass in Brazilian dancing from the one and only Martin Evans. Alive with bossa rhythms, monkey drums, twinkling Rhodes and breezy guitar licks, this is just the right cut for anyone who's had their hips unlocked... Over on the flip, "Could It Be Love" gets superbly slushy on a mellow soul tip, taking the loved up falsetto of Curtis or the Delfonics into warming AOR territories.

The ever reliable Aloha Got Soul mine another gem from the paradise of the Pacific, treating us to a superb 7" reissue of this Balearic beauty from Rob Mehl. A standout track on Psychemagik's "Magik Sunrise" compilation a few years back, "House On The Rock" seduced one and all with its allegorical lyricism, blue-eyed soul and West Coast groove. Sitting somewhere between the relaxed jazz-funk of Steely Dan and the sophisticated ballads of Ned Doheny, this shimmering piece of sunshine pop soon rose to the top of many people's wantlist. Luckily for us, Aloha Got Soul were here to oblige, backing that classic with the equally groovy "Taste And See" and sticking it in a lovely picture sleeve sporting a photo of Mehl himself catching a wave. #megaBalearic

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Who could resist a picture sleeve reissue of Rob Mehl's straight west coastin', blue eyed soul masterpiece "House On The Rock" (as featured on Psychemagik's mighty "Magik Sunrise" comp)? Smooth, groovy and as Balearic as humanly possible, this is a must have!

The latest lavish reissue on Aloha Got Soul brings to light the music of Robert Æolus Myers, featuring recordings from 1982 to 2006 that were previously available only on cassette or CD. "A Retrospective" tells the story of a man whose music elevates its listeners to a place of inspiration and enlightenment. Often ethereal, Æolus’ music is driven by synthesizers, melodic flutes, sweeping patterns, and subtle rhythms to seed inspiration from deep within the listener. One might assume that Æolus carved a new path for electronic music in Hawai‘i, but the islands never quite fully embraced the burgeoning New Age scene that Æolus found himself a part of during the 1980s and the early 1990s. Few artists in Hawaii have produced a body of work, let alone embarked on a musical journey, such as the one that Æolus has created. For Aloha Got Soul, this release marks a new chapter of bringing rare and relatively unknown music of Hawai‘i to the surface. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Aloha Got Soul shine up the orgonite and light the incense for a sublime retrospective of Hawaiian new age hero ÆOLUS. High grade healing frequencies found within!

Al Nobriga

My Last Disco Song

    A rare look into the discotheque era of Waikiki, brought to us by the best Hawaiian label going. "I wrote it about a girl I was dating, she was from New York. She loved discos. All she wanted to do was go to the disco and dance." Super limited.

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    7" Info: 1 copy only!


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