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Burnier & Cartier

Burnier & Cartier

    Mr Bongo keep the hits coming with a welcome reissue of Burnier & Cartier's self-titled LP, which has soared to the top of many a wantlist after appearing in many a setlist and sample-jam. A gorgeous set which touches on MPB, soul, jazz, disco and boogie, the LP has been championed by the likes of Jazzanova, Floating Points and Hunnee while Andres and KDJ and Kaytranada have all slammed it into the MPC and made good use of these exquisiste grooves. The perfect marriage of breezy South American rhythms, sunkissed melodies and smooth vocals, the album is a testament to the songwriting talents of the duo and the production and arrangement expertise of Arthur Verocai and Luis Bonfa.
    Remastered for 2018 and presented in replica artwork, this Brazilian fusion gem is finally available without securing a second mortgage.

    TRACK LISTING

    So Tem Lugar Pra Voce
    Aldeia Global
    Lejos De Mi
    Lembrando Ed Kleiger
    Deixa Mudar
    Parte Capital
    Mirandolina
    Ai E Que Ta
    Aventura Espacial
    Barranco
    Europanema
    Marcante

    Seu Jorge

    Carolina - 2023 Reissue

      Originally released under the title 'Samba Esporte Fino', its release and
      subsequent international acclaim dovetailed with Seu Jorge's ascent into movie stardom. He is probably best known outside of Brazil for his work on Wes Anderson's 2004 flm 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou', in which he played a starring role and his Portuguese covers of David Bowie records were a highlight of the soundtrack. Having initially found fame thanks to his standout performance as Knockout Ned in the revered movie 'City of God'. 'Carolina' would cement his global fame and launch an illustrious musical career that has earnt him a Grammy nomination. Co-produced by Mario Caldatto of Beastie Boys and Planet Hemp fame, the album presented a vibrant, contemporary combination of samba and funk, backed by guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and horns. It kicks off with one of Seu's most loved tracks 'Carolina', an anthemic feel-good classic with timeless energy, ending in a sing-along crescendo. Other highlights included the Brazilian- Funk of 'Mangueira' reminiscent in places of Tim Maia with its 80s inspired vibe, and the catchy jazzy-samba of 'Tu Queria' which always ignites the dance foor.


      As Meninas / Jorginho Telles

      Redondo Sambao / Brasileiro

        The enticing and exotic samba 'Redondo Sambao' is pure Brazilian fre. With
        beautiful female vocal-group arrangements, foating futes and vibrating rhythms,
        this song oozes charm. Its only downside being that it is over far too soon.
        Originally released in 1967 on a compact 7" on the Som Maior imprint, to our
        knowledge, the group sadly only had a couple of releases. 'Brasileiro' is taken
        from Jorginho Telles' self- titled 1971 album and also featured on a 7", both
        released on Copacabana Records. The track switches between a hoarse male
        vocal crooner and a rough and raw psych-guitar, RnB dancer: totally magic!


        TRACK LISTING

        1. As Meninas - Redondo Sambao
        2. Jorginho Telles - Brasileiro

        Rubinho E Mauro Assumpcao

        Perfeitamente Justamente Quando Cheguei

          Rubinho E Mauro Assumpção's 'Perfeitamente, Justamente Quando
          Cheguei' has to be up there as one of the fnest Brazilian-psych-folk-MPB
          records we know. Unfortunately, it's very hard to fnd in the wild; even on digging trips to Brazil, an original copy rarely shows up, and when it does, it comes with a hefty price tag.

          This highly sought- after rarity was released on the Brazilian label Tapecar
          Records in 1972 and is the one and only album by the sensational pairing of
          Rubinho and Mauro Assumpção. Effortlessly blending folk, MPB, funky- psych, rock, and relaxed, swaggering samba, this record ought to be heralded as a true Brazilian classic. However, maybe due to its scarcity and the previous reissue predominantly being only available to the Brazilian market, it has not had a chance to fully shine and fnd the wider audience it deserves.

          Through our reissuewe hope to put things right. Fans of records by Milton Nascimento and Lô Borges are sure to enjoy the same magic and allure in 'Perfeitamente, Justamente Quando Cheguei'.

          In addition to being the album's songwriters, Mauro Assumpção took on the role of producer and Rubinho was co- producer as well as playing piano, organ, acoustic guitar and performing vocals. The record features the drummer Gegê who worked with Milton Nascimento, Edu Lobo, Nana Caymmi, Dom Um Romão and more. It also features guitarist Rick Ferreira, who played with Erasmo Carlos, Gal Costa and other greats. Rounding off the players on the album are Darcy Da Cruz and Formiga who have graced many a fne recording on horns. 'Perfeitamente, Justamente Quando Cheguei' is a truly stunning work that washes over you with beauty. Delve in and savour.
          Brazilian-psych-folk-MPB at its finest - this highly sought-after rarity from 1972 is the one and only album by the sensational pairing of Rubinho and Mauro
          Assumpção. A true Brazilian classic.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. A Montanha
          2. Bloco Da Visao
          3. Os Olhos
          4. Sozinho Nao Estou
          5. Dobra A Esquina Para Ver O Sol
          6. Debandada Geral
          7. Quero Companheira
          8. Voce Falou
          9. Quale A Sua
          10. Pe Na Estrada
          11. Ta Tudo Ai
          12. No Mundo Da Lua
          13. Quando Cheguei

          Os Novos Crioulous / Supersom T.a

          Mar Afunda / Brasileira Roxa

            Number 95 in the Brazil45 series sees things take an excursion into samba.

            'Mar Afunda', what a track! Instantly addictive with its relaxed guitar and Cuica samba- rock beauty and mighty- fine vocal arrangements by Os Novos Crioulos. Taken from their collectible self-titled album that was released on Pirata Records in 1976. Its a track that always works its magic on the dancefloor.

            Supersom T.A. keeps things uplifting with its female/ male paired vocal arrangements, key stabs and Cuica. 'Brasileira Roxa' is rich in breezy sunshine vibes. A beautiful slice of feel-good samba that was originally released in 1972 on a compacto 7" via Fermata Records.

            TRACK LISTING

            Os Novos Crioulos – Mar Afunda
            Supersom T.A. - Brasileira Roxa

            Os Carbonos / Sandra De Sa

            Passaro Selvagem / Palco Azul

              Number 94 in the Brazil45 series is one for the Brazilian boogie lovers out there.The vocal and instrumental group Os Carbonos from Sao Paulo had a long career that straddled the 60s, 70s and 80s

              'Pássaro Selvagem' is taken from the latter years of their career. Its a bass driven, boogie- funk groove (with a bassline not too dissimilar to Queen 'Another One Bites The Dust') that is Brazilian boogie at its finest. Taken from the B-side to a 7" campacto released in 1981 on Copacabana records, its proven to be a favourite of Luke Una and we foresee it becoming a staple in your DJ box for years to come too.The B-side comes from one of our all-time favourite artists, the mighty Sandra Sa. Sandra is a wonderful vocalist, her intense and recognisable style is one of THE voices of the Brazilian boogie golden era. Check out her classic album 'Vale Tudo' (MRBLP230) on Mr Bongo for further proof of her credentials here. 'Palco Azul' is also taken off a 7" single from 1981 and is a feel-good dancefloor groover with punchy brass stabs, warm keys and uplifting chord changes. It contains all the right elements that we have come to associate with that knockout late 70s / early 80s Brazilian sound.

              TRACK LISTING

              Os Carbonos - Passaro Selvagem
              Sandra De Sa - Palco Azul

              Walter Branco

              Meu Balanco

                This one takes us back! We originally reissued Waltel Branco's 'Meu
                Balanço' in 1995, it was one of the frst releases to come out on Mr Bongo
                It is a much-requested title with original copies becoming ever more-scarce and the price tag increasingly rising, so it feels ftting to present this stunning record once again for all to enjoy. Waltel Branco was born in Paranaguá, Brazil in 1929 and died in Rio de Janeiro in 2018. During his triumphant career he accumulated an impressive musical portfolio. A true maestro who from the 1950s onwards appeared on productions as a guitarist, writer, conductor, composer, and arranger. He worked with some of the greats of Brazilian music including Elis Regina, Dom Um Romao, Bossa Três, Marcos Valle and Tony Bizarro to name just a few. 'Meu Balanço' was originally released on CBS Records Brazil in 1975. It is Brazilian big band, orchestrated jazz-funk at its fnest. Echoing the library and film productions created in Europe and the USA at the time, it also displays the hallmarks of Waltel?s heritage with distinct threads of Brazilian favour running throughout. The musicians on the record include under- the- radar players that were the backbone of the Brazilian music industry in the 1970s including Luizão Maia on bass, Edmundo Maciel on trombone and Paulinho Braga on drums. The album firts between jazz- funk, cinematic library excursions, breaks and beats, easy- listening, and 70s cop show instrumentals. It is a breezy ride into Waltel's world, wonderfully nostalgic and of another time and place, yet snippets of the production echo the beats of contemporary hip-hop iconic artists such as Madlib, knxwledge and The Alchemist. Brazilian jazz-funk at its finest from an iconic composer.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Luar Do Sertão
                2. Sonho No Céu
                3. Meu Balanco
                4. Lady Samba
                5. Apenas Um Coração Solitário
                6. Jael
                7. Walking
                8. Satiricon
                9. Carmen
                10. Meiguice
                11. Petit Fils
                12. Zoraia

                Sadar Bahar & Marc Davis

                Disco Gospel

                  Featuring two under-the-radar disco / gospel fusion tracks that have been given a new lease of life courtesy of these masters of their craft. You might know about Marc through his always on-point Black Pegasus record label, which he's been running since 2006. As a renowned international DJ, record collector, and an integral part of Chicago's underground music scene, we knew any new material was going to be serious and he didn't disappoint. Joining forces with Sadar Bahar (Soul in the Hole), who is himself a gospel and disco legend and a DJ's DJ favourite across the globe, they dug deep and put us onto two absolute gems from their beloved collections. As DJs who play a wide range of genres, their ability to spot the real heat within any sound has placed them at the top of their game. As Sadar puts it, 'We are always digging for records and these feature the criteria of disco and happen to be gospel'. First up is the feel-good joint "I'm So Happy" by Fountain of Life Joy Choir under the direction of Kevin Yancy. Originally released in 1978 on a subsidiary label of T.K. Productions entitled Gospel Roots, the clue is in the title with this one. It's an unadulterated, uplifting, joyous dancer. Marc and Sadar's fizzing edit brings out the best elements of the song and extends them. Working the addictive vocal hooks and building the funky instrumental grooves produces a spirit-lifting mood that is bursting with enough energy to light a fire under any dancefloor.

                  "Optical Illusion" on the flip, takes the tempo down, but doesn't let up on the vigour. It's a driving, stomping anthem that features another lung-busting vocal performance. Working with a live recording of Rev. Charles H. Nicks and The Baptist Assembly Of Free Spirit Churches Mass Choir, this one proves to be the perfect accompaniment to the ecstatic vibe of the A-side. The duo has condensed and heightened the drama of the song and added some light-touch production elements to clean up and enhance the sound. We guarantee this will be filtering its way into the sets of discerning DJs worldwide. Marc described the selections best when he succinctly put it like this, 'We both knew these were two heaters on our first listen'. We completely agree, and with recording and engineering contributions from Tone B. Nimble (Soul Is My Salvation) and Rahaan, here we have Chicago royalty creating an unmissable release that celebrates the crossover of dance music with the musical traditions of the church.


                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Fountain Of Life Joy Choir Under The Direction Of Kevin Yancy - I'm So Happy (Marc Davis & Sadar Bahar Edit)
                  B1. Rev Charles H Nicks Presents The Baptist Assembly Of Free Spirit Mass Choir - Optical Illusion (Marc Davis & Sadar Bahar Edit)

                  Os Rouixinois / Wal Sant'Ana

                  Um Blanco Pra Voce / O Viajante

                    Hailing from 1964 and originally released on the iconic Copacabana
                    Records, 'Um Balanco Pra Voce' by Os Rouxin is is one of the oldest releases featured in the Brazil45 series. This quirky, shufing bossa nova / exotic number was penned by the fabulous Arnaud Rodrigues and is taken from a fve-track 7" Compacto that features tracks that the group performed on television shows.The funky, soulful MPB 'O Viajante' by Wal Sant'ana is a long-time favourite here at Mr Bongo. Originally released on 7" by RGE Records in 1974, this male lead with female backing vocals groover is a sure- fre hit on the dancefoor and is equally enjoyable on headphones or at home. Uplifting, good vibes by the amazing Wal Sant'ana, whose vinyl output may have been small, but was certainly mighty.


                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Os Rouixinois - Um Blanco Pra Voce
                    2. Wal Sant'Ana - O Viajante

                    Guto / Tony Nunes

                    Transito Livre / Por Favor

                      We have to be honest, we don't know much about the mysterious Brazilian artist, Guto, we stumbled upon his 'Para Viver' album on Arlequi Records from 1979, by chance, during a digging trip to Sao Paulo. Once the needle dropped, we were hooked by 'Transito Livre', a charming MPB number with cool chorus changes and all-round soothing vibes. Light and breezy, and all the better for it. Tony Nunes' 'Por Favor' shifts things up a few gears. It's a racing Hammond organ and wah-wah guitar-led funky groover. At just over two minutes long, 'Por Favor' doesn't mess about. It's pure energy fring on all cylinders. It was originally released in 1973 on Odeon Records, but the track has more of a 60s psyche ModRnB feel and sensibility to it.


                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Guto - Transito Livre
                      2. Tony Nunes - Por Favor

                      Various Artists

                      Luke Una Presents É Soul Cultura - Special Piccadilly Edition

                        With some of the best DJs and selectors there is a certain mysterious sound or underlying feeling which unites the music they play, regardless of genre, year or tempo. Luke Una is a master of telling a story through music and this compilation is a perfect example of his musical alchemy in action. Featuring tracks from Yusef Lateef, Airto Moreira, Crooked Man, Henri Texier and many more, it is a collection of new, old, rare and under-discovered music from around the world, all united by Luke under the banner of "E-Soul Cultura".

                        It's best described by Luke himself, who writes: "As the 5AM city sleeps and the strobe lights are slowly turned off, we gather on the wrong side of town in a transcendental journey alone together. We are the late night disenfranchised holding on in various after parties, flats, lofts, random kitchens and basements into the outer cosmos with É Soul Cultura. Music from exotic tear jerkers, Afro-spiritual jazz, cosmic Brazilian celestial grooves, machine street soul, dark horses, lost B-sides, £1 bargain-bin bombs, hidden gems, late night Italo dubbing, deep velvet N.Y.C garage, bass buggin sonic futurism, wrong speed 33BPM pitched up +8 new beat, majestic sunset strings, sweet vocals from heaven, no half steppin jazz dancing in outer-space and odd numbers. Yes… magical moments, together, holding on in witness protection suburban cul-de-sacs and Castle Court flats. Cosmic É high, 3000ft above the city getting evangelical to murky, wonky timeless beautiful music. This thing of ours dreaming of better days. Fail we may, sail we must, the sun will come up again." For anyone who has enjoyed his epic 5 hour shows on Worldwide FM, you know what to expect from the man who is Luke Una. Variety and quality all the way. 

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti – Eva
                        2. Chene Noir - Le Train
                        3. Metropolis - Every Time I See Him
                        4. The Brand New Heavies Featuring N'Dea Davenport – Stay This Way (The Lunar Dub)
                        5. Typesun - The P.L. (Extended Edit)
                        6. King Errisson - Space Queen
                        7. Yusef Lateef - Robot Man
                        8. Daniel Humair, Francois Jeanneau, Henri Texier - Le Cyclope
                        9. Airto Moreira - O Galho Da Roseira (The Branches Of The Rose Tree)
                        10. Francisco – Wache
                        11. Nar'Chiveol - Apocalypse Now Ho
                        12. On - Southern Freeez
                        13. Soylent Green - After All

                        Modulo 1000

                        Nao Fale Com Paredes - 2022 Reissue

                          Modulo 1000 were not messing around when they made 'Nao Fale Com Paredes'

                          It holds its own, not just as a raw, heavy, experimental Brazilian psychedelic rock album, but as a raw, heavy, experimental psychedelic rock album, full- stop! Formed in Rio de Janeiro in 1969, Modulo 1000 honed their craft as the house band in clubs and resorts in Sao Paulo where they predominantly covered American artists such as Jimmy Hendrix as well as British giants, Led Zeppelin. After acquiring a taste for fame following the performance of one of their tracks at the Rio International Song Festival, the band focussed their attention on composing original material. Their manager, Marinaldo Guimares, encouraged the band to explore their experimental and creative sides. This, in parallel with the explosion of experimental music in Brazil, resulted in the band performing alongside heavyweights such as O Terco; there was a happening in the air.

                          Modulo 1000 recorded just one album. Released on Top Tape records in 1972, it featured Eduardo Leal on bass, Candido Faria on drums, Daniel Cardone on guitar, violin and vocals, and Luiz Paulo Simas on organ, piano, and vocals. 'Nao Fale Com Paredes' was produced by the popular DJ, Ademir Lemos, and came housed in a fold- out cover featuring tripped- out artwork and design by Wander Borges. However, due the uncompromising nature of its wild, heavy psychedelic rock sound, the album was destined not to be played on the radio in Brazil. Rumours suggest that the label didn't understand the album, and as a result, it wasn't promoted or marketed. Thus, like many other underground cult classics, it was lost in the ether, only later to be rediscovered by a new audience at a different time. One thing is certain, you definitely know when you've heard Modulo 1000. The sound is raw, heavy and at points quite aggressive, more Black Sabbath than Os Mutantes. It floats between psychedelic rock, prog rock, early metal, and dare we say, displays elements of proto-math-rock.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          LP Tracks
                          Turpe Est Sine Crine Caput
                          Nao Fale Com Paredes
                          Espelho
                          Lem - Ed - Ecalg
                          Olho Por Olho, Dente Por Dente
                          Metro Mental
                          Teclados
                          Salve-Se Quem Puder
                          Animalia

                          CD Tracks
                          Turpe Est Sine Crine Caput
                          Nao Fale Com Paredes
                          Espelho
                          Lem - Ed - Ecalg
                          Olho Por Olho, Dente Por Dente
                          Metro Mental
                          Teclados
                          Salve-Se Quem Puder
                          Animalia
                          Ferrugem E Fuligem
                          Curtissima
                          The Cancer Stick
                          Waiting For Tomorrow
                          Big Mama
                          Isto Nao Quer Dizer Nada
                          Gloriosa
                          Cafusa

                          Lester Robertson

                          Akirfa / Untitled Ballad

                            On this 7" Mr Bongo presents two lost jazz tracks by the trombonist and Horace Tapscott-collaborator, Lester Robertson

                            Lester has worked with some of the greats of jazz including Gerald Wilson, Anita O'Day, Lionel Hampton and Roy Porter Sound Machine on the classic 'Jessica' album. Lester was a member of Horace Tapscott's The Pan- Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and features on the iconic underground jazz albums 'The Call' and 'Live At I.U.C.C.'. The Arkestra was set up in 1961 in Los Angeles and over the years has included wonderful, inspirational musicians such as Adele Sebastian, Kamasi Washington, Dwight Trible, Phil Ranelin, Arthur Blythe, Jesse Sharps and Nate Morgan.

                            These two recordings have recently been discovered on an archived master tape that little information on it other than Lester's name and the track titles. Sadly, the other players on the tracks aren't credited on the tape, so a line-up can't be 100% confirmed. Still, the magic of what they laid down in the session pays testament to their artistry. First up is the lively popping track 'Akirfa' in which Lester gets space to let rip and exercise his talents. On the flip is the euphonious 'Untitled Ballad', a mellifluent lullaby for an end-of-the-day wind-down.

                            Lost for a while, but thankfully not forgotten, these beautiful recordings finally get their chance to shine.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Akirfa
                            Untitled Ballad

                            Homero Franca / Silvinha

                            Quero Ver Voce Sambar / Mas Nao Deixe De Ir

                              A floaty, smouldering underground bubbler, 'Quero Ver Voc Sambar' is, to our knowledge, the only record by Homero Frana

                              Released on a 7" compacto on Chantecler Records in 1976; the song was cowritten by Aloisio Silvinha, who was the composer behind the tripped- out, instrumental monster track 'Tema, R'. Hidden on the B-side of an obscure lost 7", 'Quero Ver Voce Sambar' is soulful samba at its finest, with a beautiful call-andresponse chorus, it brings the heat to the dancefloor.Vocalist Silvinha Aranjo graced us with a number of wonderful recordings in the 60s and 70s, including collaborations with her husband Eduardo Araujo. 'Mas Nao Deixe De Ir' is taken from Silvinha's 1969 album 'Caminho Sobre Nuvens' on Odeon Recordings. The backing track loosely resembles Archie Bell & The Drells classic 'Tighten Up', and here Silvinha's take gives the track a new twist, blessing it with her uniquely powerful, gravelly vocals that effortlessly ride the breakbeat. At just over two minutes long, it's short but powerful.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Homero Franca - Quero Ver Voce Sambar
                              Silvinha - Mas Nao Deixe De Ir

                              SOYUZ

                              Force Of The Wind

                                Some records just stop you in your tracks, they resonate with you and feel instantly familiar like an old friend, even on the frst listen SOYUZ's third album 'Force of the Wind' is one of those records.

                                It holds all the trademarks, beauty, and eccentricities of classic Brazilian recordings, from the 60s and 70s, that we have come to love. Think artists such as Milton Nascimento, Lô Borges, Burnier e Cartier, Arthur Verocai et al. But this record wasn't made in Brazil and is in fact a brand-new release.

                                SOYUZ (which translates as 'union') is a creative collective from Minsk, Belarus, led by composer, arranger, and singer, Alex Chumak, multi-instrumentalist, Mikita Arlou, and drummer, Anton Nemahai. SOYUZ's previous albums explored and reimagined the legacy of jazz-oriented, non-English-language pop music of the 20th century.

                                For their third album, there is a stronger focus, and it is infuenced by 70s Música popular Brasileira and building bridges from it to present-day Belarus. Alex notes that from the moment he frst encountered Brazilian music, he found in it a kind of concentrated emotion that felt as if it were familiar to him from his childhood. This non- verbal emotion and connection between the listener and musician echoes in the music, regardless of understanding of the language the album is recorded in.


                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Song With No Words
                                2. Offscreen
                                3. I Knew It (feat Kate NV)
                                4. Glance
                                5. How Are You (Como E Que Vai Voce) (feat Sessa)
                                6. Beige Days
                                7. Morning Moon
                                8. Force Of The Wind
                                9. Weather Report

                                Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffaloes

                                Uganda (Dawn Of Rock)

                                  The respected Japanese jazz drummer Akira Ishikawa was not messing around when he recorded the 'Uganda (Dawn of Rock)' album with his band the Count Buffaloes

                                  For this offering, originally released in 1972 on Toshiba Records, Akira Ishikawa takes us on a deep tripped- out journey. 'Uganda (Dawn of Rock)' is a fusion of progressive and psych rock with African percussion workouts, dergy- wah wah blues-funk, and jazzy sensibilities; with different genres morphing and uniting as they progress.A long way from his funk and afrobeat album 'Back To Rhythm', reissued on Mr Bongo in 2019, this record has a darker, deeper, abstract and experimental stoned tone with the listener being pulled into its vortex for the ride. This record doesn't pull any punches.

                                  For this album, Akira is joined by Hideaki Chihara on bass, guitarist Kimio Mizutani, sounding at times like an early 70s Peter Green, percussionist Larry Sunaga and composer Takeru Muraoka.

                                  The album has become highly sought- after amongst psych, prog and acid rock collectors and due to the rare nature of original copies they come at a hefty price tag.


                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Wanyamana Mapambazuko
                                  Na Tu Penda Sana
                                  Vita
                                  Pygmy

                                  A new compilation series kicks off with an absolutely belting double LP that features a selection of hard-to-find records (some impossible to find) and some that have been hiding in plain sight all along.

                                  They all share common qualities, being that they are beautiful, soul quenched songs that sing of love, peace and unity."With Love: Volume 1" has been compiled by Miche and presents a curated selection of rare Brazilian, gospel, modern soul and jazz-fusion fire. We have Brazilian rarities by Alcione and Quientaessencia, UFO gospel by Keith Chism & Light, the jazz-funk / AOR sounds of City Lites taken from a Radio Station album, and the anthemic feel-good emotional soul of Belita Woods to name but a few.

                                  Tracking down artists and musicians from the past is an art form. Like a seagull swooping for treats, sometimes the prizes are easily found, and at other times, it's the result of very late nights trolling through Facebook profiles, message boards, hitting dead ends and following red herrings, and yet still the search goes on. This compilation is a true labour of love with all the artists tracked down and licensed by Miche. It has long been an ambition of the London based musical connoisseur to compile an album, and like anything that requires craft, care, and knowledge - it takes time. There are many twists and turns in the hunt for those records that make your jaw drop.

                                  A sublime selection of glorious modern soul, Brazilian rare gems and groovefuelled gospel. Featuring hard-to-find records, some impossible to find, and some that have been hiding in plain sight all along.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  South Funk Blvd. - Skying High (Getting Off On Your Lovin')
                                  Ad Libs - Don't Need No Fortune Teller
                                  Atlantis - Hung Up About You
                                  Smoke Inc. - Waitin' For Love
                                  Mandisa - Summer Love
                                  City Lites - Now You've Gone Away
                                  Papaya - Favela
                                  Alcione - Este Mundo Tem
                                  Quintaessencia - Serrado
                                  Superior Elevation - It Was September
                                  Keith Chism & Light - My Life And Song
                                  Belita Woods - Magic Corner
                                  Spare Hare - Ain't No Doubt About It
                                  Sammy Acuna - Never Found A Girl
                                  Sweet Mixture - House Of Fun And Love

                                  Marxist Love Disco Ensemble

                                  MLDE

                                    Sounding simultaneously from the past, the present, and the future, the debut album 'MLDE' by Marxist Love Disco Ensemble seeks to eradicate both the trite from disco and the sobriety from political music.

                                    Half poetic, half tongue-in-cheek, this stunning compact eight-track album is infuenced by Eastern European and Mediterranean 70s disco records.

                                    In the words of band member Paolo, ''it was written in response to hearing 'I love America' by Patrick Juvet. The song prompted the question: why does disco, a genre originally created by oppressed minorities, eventually become synonymous with American capitalist excess?" MLDE seeks to break this connection.

                                    Merging disco, post-disco 80s pop, and boogie into the fold, 'MLDE' was recorded using only analogue instruments, giving it warmth and space. Recorded on cassette, ¼ and ½ inch tape, this gives moments of lo-fi abstraction between the beats of an aggressive, tight drum kit. Instruments used for this recording range from saxophone, trumpet, harpsichord, guitar, and rare analogue synthesisers. The bass sound is shaped by early 80s boogie records, whilst the influence of artists such as Hamlet Minassian can be heard in some of MLDE's more driving disco outings, such as 'Hues of Red'. In the tradition of Soviet vocal group records, which the band has studied, some songs are sung by a vocal quartet in homage to this tradition.

                                    The format and message of pop and disco are commonly viewed just to entertain and move bodies around a dancefloor; however, lyrically, the subjects range from dialectical and historical materialism, class struggle, Marxist theory and praxis, as well as the concept of Marxist disco music.

                                    Adding the icing to the cake, mastering don Joker aka Liam McLean dusted the album with his magic, giving the songs space where the room is needed, as well as the kick and punch demanded by the modern dancefloor.

                                    Recorded using only analogue instruments and mastered by Joker

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. Dust
                                    2. Brumaire
                                    3. Material
                                    4. Manifesto
                                    5. 1905
                                    6. Hues Of Red
                                    7. Hide And Seek
                                    8. Engineers

                                    Horace Tapscott Quartet

                                    The Quintet

                                      This previously unreleased album by the Horace Tapscott Quintet was unearthed from master tapes in the Flying Dutchman archives. Recorded in 1969 it was intended to be a follow-up album to the classic 'The Giant Is Awakened' which was released that year.

                                      The iconic pianist and composer Horace Tapscott was one of the most unique and important figures in LA's jazz world. This lost recording was produced by one of the pivotal figures in jazz, Bob Thiele, a leading behind-the- scenes star who worked with many of the greats in jazz, such as Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Della Reese, Shirley Scott, Gil Scott-Heron, the list goes on. His name can be seen gracing, arguably the best, Impulse! releases and those released on his own Flying Dutchman imprint set up in 1969.

                                      Joining Horace for this three-track, deep, heavy, avant-garde session is the same stellar cast featured on 'The Giant Is Awakened'; Arthur Blythe on Alto Sax, Everett Brown Jr on Drums, with David Bryant and Walter Savage Jr. on Bass. Kicking things off we have 'World Peace', which starts with an almost baroque- esque melody, leading to an eruption in sound, it then ends in the same manner it began. The beautiful 'Your Child' is the jewel in the crown, skirting modal, deep jazz and introducing elements of free jazz. 'For Fats' with its bow bass and piano intro takes you on a journey, dropping into, at times dark, stormy melodies and developing a driving energy as the composition progresses.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. World Peace
                                      2. Your Child
                                      3. For Fats

                                      Brazilian Boys / Rubinho E Mauro Assumpcao

                                      Super Herois / Tudo Ai

                                        Sometimes the best things take time to come into fruition, and here we are, ready to finally unleash Brazil45 number 88 - the missing 7"! Featuring two Mr Bongo favourites that we have been longing to share with the world

                                        First up is a lesser-known Brazilian Boys track titled 'Super Herois'. This slightly trippy and quirky funk-rock groove is taken off an obscure 7" on CID records and was originally released in 1975. 'Super Herois' is super catchy, addictive and a guaranteed complete earworm. It's a muti genre, crossover nugget that will branch scenes and tick all sorts of boxes.

                                        On the flip is the driving, jazz-rock-samba dancefloor joint 'Tudo Ai', a cut taken from Rubinho E Mauro Assumpcao's highly sought after 1972 album 'Perfeitamente, Justamente Quando Cheguei'. Originally released on Tapecar Records, this short in stature track packs a real punch!

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Brazilian Boys - Super Herois
                                        Rubinho E Mauro Assumpcao -Tudo Ai

                                        Ryo Kawasaki

                                        Juice

                                          Born in Japan in 1947, Ryo had a long and stellar career recording and releasing music up until his passing on 13 April 2020, in Tallinn, Estonia. Ryo is one of the pioneers of the jazz fusion genre, with the Japanese jazz fusion / funk sound becoming extremely influential within the 80s UK club scene and amongst its DJs. His track 'Trinkets & Things' became a bonafide underground classic. In the US he worked with some of the greats of jazz, such as Elvin Jones, Chico Hamilton and Bobbi Humphrey, to name but a few. A forward-thinking and ever-evolving musician,

                                          Ryo collaborated with the Roland Corporation and Korg on the 'guitar synthesizer' and later wrote music software for computers. Later in life he relocated to Estonia and worked there, as well as Finland, Sweden, and the Baltic states.

                                          'Juice' has become a much-loved album for crate diggers and jazz-funk enthusiasts, with its tracks frequently being sampled and re-imagined in hip-hop. The smoky, beat- down, spiritual funk jam 'Bamboo Child' has been flipped by Diamond D, Puff Daddy, and Kool G Rap. The album was released in 1976 on RCA Records and features the musicians' drummer Jimmy Young, rhythm guitarist Hugh McCracken, and bassist Stu

                                          Woods amongst other luminaries. A solid album throughout that incorporates a heavy dose of tripped-out synths alongside the emerging disco sound of the time. Tracks such as the opener 'Raisins', with its drum beat intro and bubbling bass-line, rivals The Headhunters at their finest. A superb album from an underground legend.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Raisins
                                          2. Sometime
                                          3. The Breeze And I
                                          4. East Side Boogie
                                          5. El Toro
                                          6. Bamboo Child
                                          7. Andes

                                          Main Source

                                          Breaking Atoms

                                            Thirty years after its original release, Main Source's debut album Breaking Atoms has lost none of its capacity to surprise or delight

                                            It remains a prime example of a classically styled hip-hop LP - two DJs, one MC, 11 tracks, no flab or filler. It wasn't a slow burner - it was adored on release and hasn't left the top ten of any serious rap fan ever since.What makes it so special? Perhaps it's in the group's ear for a hook and sample, with Large Professor mounting a whole, celebrated career off the back of this gem. Perhaps it's in the way he manages to balance bragging with more political, thematic tracks such as 'Just a Friendly Game of Baseball' and 'Peace is not the Word to Play' without ever coming across as preachy.

                                            Few albums of this length are able to spawn four singles - all of them must-haves - while still having material galore on the album that could have been pressed as a 12". 'Snake Eyes' 'Vamos a Rapiar' and 'He Got So Much Soul (He Don't Need No Music) could have been singles in their own rights, an embarrassment of riches.

                                            Sample-wise, it's all about the skillfully woven mixture of the obvious and the obscure, with a tapestry of samples approach that's just not legally possible anymore. So while you might recognise a snatch of Donald Byrd's 'Think Twice' on the timeless 'Looking at the Front Door', it's layered with elements from Ken Lazarus, Detroit Emeralds, The Third Guitar and more. It's an approach that pays constant dividends and rewards repeated listens. Presented in its original format, this is the essence of Breaking Atoms, one of the best albums in the long history of this genre.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Snake Eyes
                                            Just Hangin' Out
                                            Lookin' At The Front Door
                                            Large Professor
                                            Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball
                                            Scratch & Kut
                                            Peace Is Not The Word To Play
                                            Vamos A Rapiar
                                            He Got So Much Soul (He Don't Need No Music)
                                            Live At The Barbeque
                                            Watch Roger Do His Thing

                                            It comes as no surprise to discover we are massive fans of Marcos Valle here at Piccadilly Records but this forgotten and obscure gem from the Brazilian maestro has proven to remain elusive to us until very recently

                                            'Girassol' is a lost Brazilian-boogie stunner from 1983. It was originally released as an ultra-rare promo only 7". Composed by Marcos Valle, Paulo Sergio Valle and Ribeiro José Francisco, this all-too-short nugget (under 2 minutes) was recorded and pressed on the Valle, Ribeiro & Associados Ltda. imprint for Rede CB De Supermercados. It was a promotional item to be distributed to customers of a supermarket chain as a gift. Due to not having any conventional distribution channels this resulted in the 7" becoming a slippery customer to find.

                                            It's a smooth AOR / Brazilian boogie joint with an uplifting chorus. The vibe is reminiscent of the much loved 'Estrelar' era of Marcos Valle's glorious recording career, and certainly one for fans of the Lincoln Olivetti, Robson Jorge production sound.

                                            Ultra-rare Brazilian boogie from Marcos Valle.

                                            Reminiscent of 'Estrelar' era Valle.

                                            For fans of Lincoln Olivetti productions.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Matt says: Thought you had dug all the Marcos Valle from the seams? Mr. Bongo have unearthed a supremely rare offering from a free supermarket promo! The stuff of Balearic legend until now and thankfully matching its unquestionable rarity with high musicality.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Girassol
                                            Girassol (playback)

                                            Various Artists

                                            Wild Style

                                              Wild Style remains the most seminal soundtrack in hip-hop history, a snapshot of the scene as it evolved from the streets to the recording studio. But it's not just a vital document, it's also a damn good listen. The line-up is a who's who of those who stood out from hip- hop's nascent block party days. The Double Trouble pairing of Rodney Cee and KK Rockwell, The Chief Rocker himself, Busy Bee, the mighty line-ups of both The Cold Crush Brothers and The Fantastic Freaks. The music captures the free-form, roaming nature of the film – it's rough at the edges, it's occasionally amateurish, but it's completely, utterly glorious. The original Animal tracklisting, of which this is a reissue, is full of recurring sounds and motifs, all of them co-produced by Chris Stein and Fab Five Freddy, stepping away from breakbeats to produce a sound that reminds you of them, while being totally unique. The epic drums are courtesy of Lenny 'Ferrari' Ferraro, a Vietnam vet and punk drummer whose career spanned stints backing Aretha Franklin and Lou Reed. Over time, those sounds – the Charlie Chase and Grand Wizard Theodore scratches, the indelible lyrics - have become hip- hop touchstones, endlessly sampled and referenced, the bedrock of so much music to follow. That's because the soundtrack perfectly encapsulated the essence of the film, the scene and hiphop's emergence from The Bronx to the attention of the wider world. Presented in this reissue with the original artwork, it remains the blueprint.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Wild Style Theme
                                              A2. MC Battle
                                              A3. Basketball Throwdown
                                              A4. Fantastic Freaks At The Dixie
                                              A5. Military Cut (Scratch Mix)
                                              A6. Cold Crush Bros At The Dixie
                                              B1. Stoop Rap
                                              B2. Double Trouble At The Amphitheatre
                                              B3. Wild Style Subway Rap
                                              B4. The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, DJ AJ At The Amphitheatre
                                              B5. Gangbusters (Scratch Mix)
                                              B6. Rammellzee & Shock Dell At The Amphitheatre

                                              The Mankunku Quartet's 1968 album 'Yakhal' Inkomo' clocks in at just over 30 minutes of jazz perfection. This compact, and to-the-point, album would sit comfortably in amongst some of the best works in the catalogues of any of the quintessential jazz labels such as Blue Note, Prestige and Impulse.

                                              Originally released on the South African record label World Record Co., which resulted in it becoming an elusive and sought-after piece for jazz collectors. First press copies sometimes fetch as much as £1,000 on the collectors' market. It has been long regarded as one of the finest South African jazz albums and DJ / broadcaster Gilles Peterson cemented this when he included it in his 'best of genre' focussed radio show, 'The 20 - South African Jazz'. On the sleeve notes, Ray Nkwe the producer and the President of the Jazz Appreciation Society of South Africa writes 'This is the LP that every jazz fan has been waiting for' and Ray was not wrong, it's a stone-cold timeless jazz classic.

                                              Half-speed mastering at Abbey Road Studios.



                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Yakhal Inkomo
                                              2. Dedication (To Daddy Trane And Brother Silver)
                                              3. Doodlin'
                                              4. Bessie's Blues

                                              Various Artists

                                              Mr Bongo Record Club Vol. 5

                                                Curating these compilations, where Mr Bongo share their latest musical discoveries and old favourites from the global stage, is always a labour of love. This selection is less dancefloor driven than their previous volumes, as fewer opportunities for live events drove them to explore other paths and styles in the musical spectrum. But, whether you're DJing for a kitchen or a club, there is still a generous serving of spicy dancefloor magic.

                                                For Volume 5, Mr Bongo looked to a broad church - from Brazil to Cuba, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, Mauritania, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, the UK, and the US. They pulled songs from the 70s up to the present day and feature a stellar cast of artists. There's an exclusive track from Sven Wunder which was recorded solely for this compilation. There's also a track from Admin which was released as a private press 7" at the start of 2021 and one they felt was far too good to only be available for the lucky few. You'll also discover one of their most treasured Gyedu Blay Ambolley productions, a full-force African disco colossus!

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. John Barry-Moore - Abertura De "Os Inocentes”
                                                2. Willy Chirino - Sing A Song (Canten Mi Canción)
                                                3. Malouma – Nebine
                                                4. Yasuaki Shimizu - Karachi
                                                5. Mariah - Shinzo No Tobira
                                                6. Mave & Dave - You Are Delicious
                                                7. Mark Capanni - I Believe In Miracles
                                                8. Admin - Step Into Light
                                                9. Phillip Malela – Tiba Kamo
                                                10. Gyedu Blay Ambolley - Let's Be Happy (Disco Mix)
                                                11. Tyrone Evans - Rise Up (Discomix)
                                                12. Stimela – I Hate Telling A Lie
                                                13. Eamon - Ready For War
                                                14. Sven Wunder – Mosaic
                                                15. Hiroshi Suzuki – Romance
                                                16. Tetê Da Bahia – Duplo Sentido
                                                17. Malouma – Yarab

                                                Glenn Fallows & Mark Treffel

                                                Fear Me Now

                                                  2021 saw the release of 'The Globefower Masters Vol.1' An album released on Mr Bongo and born from the fruitful collaboration between Glenn Fallows (The Impellers / Andres y Xavi) and Mark Treffel (Blue States / The Soul Steppers).Taking inspiration from classic 60s and 70s soundtrack and cinematic composers such as Axelrod, Morricone, Gainsbourg, Jean- Claude Vannier and Piero Umiliani, the album was very well received upon its release and struck a chord with the scene's connoisseurs.

                                                  The next logical step was to make their music available on 45 too. The release features an album track 'Fear Me Now' on the A-side and is paired on the B-side with two new tracks that channel the sound of library music giants such as Hawkshaw and Bennett. Three lush, warm and timeless productions.Inspired by classic 60s and 70s soundtrack composers such as Axelrod and Morricone, and library music giants including Hawkshaw and Bennett.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Fear Me Now
                                                  All So Simple
                                                  Slurred And Blurred

                                                  Project Gemini

                                                  The Children Of Scorpio

                                                    A cinematic musical journey that plays out like a long-lost soundtrack (think cult B-movies of the 60s and 70s); 'The Children of Scorpio' was formed from Paul's love of a myriad of genres; from European library music, acid folk, psych-funk, vintage soundtracks and the contemporary breaks scene. The album draws on iconic classics such as the masterful cinematic funk of Lalo Schifrin's 'Dirty Harry', Ennio Morricone's 'Vergogna Schifosi' and Luis Bacalov's 'The Summertime Killer', to name but a few.

                                                    You can also hear the folk sounds of Mark Fry's iconic 'Dreaming With Alice', the Britsh folk-jazz of The Pentangle and the David Axelrod-produced 'Release Of An Oath' by The Electric Prunes, woven into the cultural tapestry of this gem. The influence of these vintage productions of the 60s and 70s is evident; however, it could be argued that there's also echoes of the funkier psychedelic moments of bands such as The Stones Roses and The Charlatans, alongside contemporaries such as The Heliocentrics and Little Barrie, thus giving the album a broader crossover potential beyond the world of crate digging and vintage soundtracks. We are delighted to be releasing this slowly- brewed timeless classic that manages to achieve that rare feat of keeping one foot firmly in the past whilst still sounding totally contemporary.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. The Children Of Scorpio
                                                    2. The Road Through The Hills
                                                    3. Path Through The Forest
                                                    4. Searching For June (Interlude)
                                                    5. June
                                                    6. Scorpio's Waltz
                                                    7. The Invitation (interlude)
                                                    8. The Ritual '70
                                                    9. Scorpio's Garden
                                                    10. The Turning
                                                    11. Plan Your Escape
                                                    12. The Deserted Compound (interlude)
                                                    13. Buried In The Woods
                                                    14. Closing Theme

                                                    Idrissa Soumaoro, L'Eclipse De L.I.J.A

                                                    Le TiokoTioko

                                                      Two tracks from the album were featured on our 2017 compilation 'The Original Sound Of Mali' (MRBLP135, still available), and we subsequently released the track 'Nissodia' on its own 12" (MRB12053 & MRB12053NO, both still available) in 2020, complete with a blistering dancefloor re-edit by Mike D of The Beastie Boys. 'Le Tioko-Tioko' is one of the rarest vinyl albums from the already scarce Malian vinyl discography, partly as the album was never released commercially, only independently distributed via the Malian Association for the Blind in Bamako. Though recorded at Radio Mali under the aegis of master engineer Boubacar Traoré; the album was originally released in East Germany.

                                                      The tapes had been taken by some Malian students to East Berlin as part of a student exchange program. It was then manufactured and released on the East German state owned label Eterna with only a few boxes of records being shipped back to Bamako. A true masterpiece, this legendary LP offers some devastating songs such as 'Djama' (society), 'Nissodia' (joy of optimism), and 'Fama Allah' (an ode to god). Hypnotic organ riffs and breakbeats convey an unknown funk quality in Malian music, it now stands as a loving tribute to an unsung Malian golden age. Sadly, like many of the other now desired and prized vinyl rarities, at the time of release, it almost immediately disappeared without a trace due to a lack of promotion, and distribution. So, it feels fitting to share this gem of a record again, and hopefully it with reach the wider audience it deserved over 45 years ago. A funky masterpiece packed with organ-driven riffs and incredible drum breakbeats. A sought-after rarity from the Malian golden age.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Fama Allah
                                                      2. Djama
                                                      3. Beni Inikanko
                                                      4. Nissodia
                                                      5. Ben
                                                      6. Bimoko

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Luke Una Presents É Soul Cultura

                                                        With some of the best DJs and selectors there is a certain mysterious sound or underlying feeling which unites the music they play, regardless of genre, year or tempo. Luke Una is a master of telling a story through music and this compilation is a perfect example of his musical alchemy in action. Featuring tracks from Yusef Lateef, Airto Moreira, Crooked Man, Henri Texier and many more, it is a collection of new, old, rare and under-discovered music from around the world, all united by Luke under the banner of "E-Soul Cultura".

                                                        It's best described by Luke himself, who writes: "As the 5AM city sleeps and the strobe lights are slowly turned off, we gather on the wrong side of town in a transcendental journey alone together. We are the late night disenfranchised holding on in various after parties, flats, lofts, random kitchens and basements into the outer cosmos with É Soul Cultura. Music from exotic tear jerkers, Afro-spiritual jazz, cosmic Brazilian celestial grooves, machine street soul, dark horses, lost B-sides, £1 bargain-bin bombs, hidden gems, late night Italo dubbing, deep velvet N.Y.C garage, bass buggin sonic futurism, wrong speed 33BPM pitched up +8 new beat, majestic sunset strings, sweet vocals from heaven, no half steppin jazz dancing in outer-space and odd numbers. Yes… magical moments, together, holding on in witness protection suburban cul-de-sacs and Castle Court flats. Cosmic É high, 3000ft above the city getting evangelical to murky, wonky timeless beautiful music. This thing of ours dreaming of better days. Fail we may, sail we must, the sun will come up again." For anyone who has enjoyed his epic 5 hour shows on Worldwide FM, you know what to expect from the man who is Luke Una. Variety and quality all the way. 

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Barry says: One of Manchester's most well known DJ's and personalities brings his impeccable music taste and curation skills to stalwart label, Mr Bongo for a silky-smooth collection of crepuscular serenades, hazy dancefloor grooves and tropical bliss. A seamless, nuanced musical journey.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti – Eva
                                                        2. Chene Noir - Le Train
                                                        3. Metropolis - Every Time I See Him
                                                        4. The Brand New Heavies Featuring N'Dea Davenport – Stay This Way (The Lunar Dub)
                                                        5. Typesun - The P.L. (Extended Edit)
                                                        6. King Errisson - Space Queen
                                                        7. Yusef Lateef - Robot Man
                                                        8. Daniel Humair, Francois Jeanneau, Henri Texier - Le Cyclope
                                                        9. Airto Moreira - O Galho Da Roseira (The Branches Of The Rose Tree)
                                                        10. Francisco – Wache
                                                        11. Nar'Chiveol - Apocalypse Now Ho
                                                        12. On - Southern Freeez
                                                        13. Soylent Green - After All

                                                        Rob

                                                        Rob (Funky Way) (RSD22 EDITION)

                                                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                          The Accra-born pianist and frontman, ROB, only released a few albums in small quantities, yet two of them are among the most sought-after records from 70's Africa. This was the first. Driving funk and raw soul, good times guaranteed. As the man himself says, "Funky music is in my blood. What you hear is the coming out of my mind."

                                                          No one sounds like Rob, because there is no one like Rob. The RSD edition features replica original artwork, obi strip and red vinyl.

                                                          Vinyl Red PLUS Tip On sleeve.

                                                          Various Artists

                                                          Brazil 45 Vol.3 Curated By Kenny Dope (RSD22 EDITION)

                                                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                            The third volume in our "Brazil 45 Boxset Curated by" series comes courtesy of Master At Work and legendary producer / DJ, Kenny Dope. It features 10 knockout tracks and exclusive edits from Kenny, and is a selection of some of his favourites from the golden era of Brazilian music. A 5 x 45 set, it comes packaged in a limited edition and highly collectible BRZ45 box.




                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Luli Luchinha E O Bando - Flor Lilas (kenny Dope Remix)
                                                            Jayme Marques - Berimbao
                                                            Di Melo - Perlonga (kenny Dope Remix)
                                                            Toni Tornado - Sou Negro
                                                            Milton Banana Trio - Primitivo
                                                            Milton Banana Trio - Cidade Vazia
                                                            Papete - Procissao Dos Mortos
                                                            Papete - Domingo No Parque
                                                            Antonio Carlos & Jocafi - Quem Vem La (kenny Dope Remix)
                                                            Miguel De Deus - Black Soul Brothers (kenny Dope Edit)

                                                            Wild Style

                                                            Down By Law / Subway Beat (Kenny Dope Edits)

                                                              As pieces of musical curation go, Kenny Dope's reimagining and reediting of the Wild Style breakbeats is outstanding.

                                                              While the music from the 'Wild Style' OST is truly seminal, the story behind it is even more fascinating.Underneath the voices of important rappers from hip-hop's first wave – Cold Crush Brothers, Double Trouble, Rammellzee, Busy Bee and more – were a selection of backing beats that have underpinned and influenced a whole lot of hip- hop ever since. It would be easy to mistake them for genuine breakbeats dug out of crates, but they're not. Overseen by hip- hop impresario Freddie Braithwaite – better known as Fab 5 Freddy – in collaboration with Blondie's Chris Stein – the songs from the Wild Style soundtrack are all unique creations intended as a homage to the early breakbeats.Drummer Lenny Ferrari – who had played for Aretha Franklin before emerging on the punk scene – and bassist David Harper played many of the iconic grooves, two somewhat forgotten participants in shaping a legendary sound. They – and Chris Stein – weren't even in the same studio at the same time.Kenny Dope, a long-time fan of the music, later acquired the original reel- to- reel tapes from Charlie Ahearn, the film's director. Using the Wild Style breakbeats – many just a minute or so long – he transformed them into longer edits that give them more room to breathe. 'Down by Law' and 'Subway Beat' are two of the most famous, breakdance classics that summon up visions of graffiti'd trains speeding through the South Bronx.

                                                              From the legendary hip hop movie 'Wild Style'.

                                                              Kenny Dope edits using the original reel-to-reel tapes from Charlie Ahern, the film's director.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Down By Law (Kenny Dope Edit)
                                                              Subway Beat (Kenny Dope Edit)

                                                              Zito Righi E Seu Conjunto

                                                              Alucinolandia

                                                                Some things take time to happen, some things perhaps take a bit longer than they should but, finally, we are delighted to present an issue of the iconic, and sought-after, Brazilian album 'Alucinolândia' by Zito Righi e Seu Conjunto from 1969.

                                                                The trippy, surrealist 60s cover design with hands holding eyeballs is somewhat confusing. Rather than the stoner acid rock record that the art may suggest, 'Alucinolândia' is actually a quintessential 60s gem, mixing samba, MPB, bossa nova, quirky organ-led mod-jazz groovers and easy-listening crooners with a relaxed cool swagger.

                                                                Zito Righi aka Isidoro Righi, the Brazilian saxophonist, instrumentalist, conductor and composer brought together an illustrious cast for this masterpiece, including the much-loved vocalist Sônia Santos. Sônia delivers a masterclass on the album's opener, and maybe its crown-jewel 'Poema Ritmico Do Malandro'. The song is fierce and driving with an enticing funk intro that bursts into a Samba / Batucada workout. A real monster that works magic on the dancefloor. Sônia would later re-visit this track in 1971 on a recording for Copacabana Records, which Mr Bongo released as part of the Brazil45 series. The Brazilian songwriter Roberval penned three tracks on the record, including another highlight and the far too short 'Birimbau'; a catchy Brazilian jazzy-samba dancer at its finest. Other musicians include the drummer Fernando who also recorded with the greats Dila & Guilherme Coutinho.

                                                                The fact the record was released in 1969 meant it was probably a bit out of step with its contemporaries in comparison to the works of artists such as Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil et al. The core of 'Alucinolândia' is that of a more optimistic early to mid-sixties party feelgood vibe rather than the angsty, psychedelia, and rebellion of the Tropicália movement. Over 50 years since its release, the work can finally be judged on its own merit; and what a beauty it is.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Poema Ritmico Do Malandro
                                                                Somos Todos Irmãos
                                                                Once In A While
                                                                Birimbau
                                                                Primeira Conjugacao
                                                                Bye Bye
                                                                Love Is Here To Stay
                                                                Isnt' A Dream
                                                                Sou Feliz Aqui
                                                                Adeus Amor
                                                                Alvorada
                                                                Hert

                                                                Grandmaster Caz & Chris Stein

                                                                Wild Style Theme Rap 1+2

                                                                  When it comes to the pantheon of hip-hop movies, ‘Wild Style’ is number one.

                                                                  While the actual plot carries about as much weight as ‘Beat Street’ or even the Fat Boys vehicle ‘Disorderlies’ – and the acting is also nothing to write home about – the soundtrack is an indelible classic.What the film and its soundtrack caught was a moment in time and some key performances from genuine pioneers instrumental in the nascent hip- hop scene. And the influence has passed down through the ages, with rhyming couplets from the ‘Wild Style’ album still cited today, and Nas drawing on a snippet of the film for the opening track of his one true classic album, ‘Illmatic’.What’s unusual about the soundtrack – and evidenced on the tracks showcased here, available for the time on 7” since a 1983 Japanese release – is that it didn’t draw on the tried-and-tested breakbeats that many of the artists featured on it would have cut their chops on. Charlie Chase, whose slithery scratches adorn both sides of this record, would have been used to going back to back on the records captured later on the ‘Ultimate Breaks & Beats’ compilations. Instead, the music is produced by Chris Stein of Blondie in collaboration with Fab 5 Freddy, drawing inspiration from those earlier breakbeats, with drums provided by one Lenny Ferrari. Here, Grandmaster Caz of the legendary Cold Crush Brothers is at ease over both sides, the music evoking the sound he would have rhymed over at the block parties where he built his reputation. It’s a moment trapped in amber – you can’t listen to this 7” without imagining a graffiti strewn subway car in New York.

                                                                  From the legendary hip hop movie ‘Wild Style’.

                                                                  Produced by Chris Stein of Blondie in collaboration with Fab 5 Freddy.

                                                                  Available for the time on 7” since a 1983 Japanese release.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Wild Style Theme Rap 1
                                                                  Wild Style Theme Rap 2

                                                                  Wild Style

                                                                  Lesson Part 1+2

                                                                    The original Wild Style soundtrack is such a landmark that it has spread its DNA throughout hip-hop ever since.

                                                                    So many artists found inspiration in it, so many producers fished for samples among its choppy waves. If you haven’t played it for a while, it still has the power to surprise – hook after hook that fed into hip-hop history. That countdown from Public Enemy’s ‘Louder than a Bomb’? The chorus from Cypress Hill’s ‘A to the K’, vocal samples that underpin MF Doom classics and A Tribe Called Quest gems? All here.Phat Kev – aka Kev Luckhurst – teases out some of those notable moments in his superb cut- up from the 2007 reissue. The Brighton- born DJ subjects the Wild Style OST to a classic ‘Lesson-style’ cut and paste, teasing out some of the most classic moments, taking you on a whirlwind tour of the finest beats and most indelible rhymes. Here you’ll find ‘Stoop Rap’ interwoven with ‘Basketball Throwdown’ and ‘Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie’.The temptation to overcomplicate matters is wisely resisted – Phat Kev lets the guitar of Chris Stein, the drums of Lenny Ferrari and the lyrics of legends such as Grand Master Caz, Busy Bee and Rammellzee shine in their own right. Available for the first time on 7”, this is an outstanding tribute to one of the key records in hip-hop history.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Lesson Part 1
                                                                    Lesson Part 2

                                                                    Ian Carr

                                                                    Belladonna

                                                                      Originally released on the Vertigo label, complete with collectable 'swirl' record centre design, this sought-after jazz-rock-fusion rarity features some of the cream of the UK jazz musicians of the 70's. Comprised from groups such as Nucleus, Brian Auger's band, Soft Machine, Stan Tracy group, the players included Brian Smith (tenor and soprano s axophones, alto and bamboo flutes), legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth, Dave MacRae (Fender electric piano), and bassist Roy Babbington, to name but a few. Seen as a benchmark point in Ian Carr's career, 'Belladonna' is awash with atmospheric excursions and ethereal qualities, as well as a darker fusion aesthetic and prog-rock sensibility from Holdsworth's exceptional guitar playing. The moody, yet funky, vibe of the album has echoes of Miles Davis' electronic era à la 'In A Silent Way'.

                                                                      The album is best enjoyed played in its entirety. There are ebbs and flows with certain tracks shining along the way. Standouts include the beautiful down-tempo track 'Summer Rain', which has a soundtrack / library style brilliance and emotional electric piano soloing. Though recorded in the 70's, the track has a timeless sound, a melancholic funk so often used in hip-hop and beat tape productions to this day. 'Mayday's Shaft-like long extended intro builds the drama until the percussive release when the drums drop at over three minutes in. To give a record of such quality the treatment it deserves, we have once again been lucky to enlist the service of mastering and lacquer cutting engineering don Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, to cut a brand-new half-speed master and let the music speak for itself.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Belladonna
                                                                      2. Summer Rain
                                                                      3. Remadione
                                                                      4. Mayday
                                                                      5. Suspension
                                                                      6. Hector’s House

                                                                      Nico Gomez

                                                                      Gomez, Nico

                                                                        Nico Gomez, a Belgian orchestra leader of Dutch roots, has long been a favourite with Latin fans, record diggers, DJs, and collectors alike

                                                                        His blend of bossanova, latin jazz, and easy listening always turns up a few choice nuggets and surprises; what is perhaps most remarkable is that it was recorded in Europe. Back in 2013, Mr Bongo re-issued Nico Gomez's sought-after 'Ritual' album from 1971, and now we follow it up with another jewel from his catalogue his 1972 album 'Soul Of Samba'. For this re- issue, we have opted to present it with the cover art originally used on the Trio Records version released in Japan. In the Netherlands and Belgium, the album was released with different cover art under the title 'Bossa Nova’, on Omega International and International Bestseller Company records, respectively. We loved the beautiful psychedelic design of the Japanese version and wanted to use it for this re- issue. 'Soul Of Samba' features several euro-bossa-jazz favourites such as the catchy 'Rio'; which was a firm DJ choice cut at jazz dance nights, including Brighton's 'Jazz Rooms' in the 90s. It also featured in Rainer Trüby's classic ‘Glücklich' compilation series which explored European-Brazilian-inspired music. The beguiling ‘Aquarela', with its engaging latin shuffle, entices feet to the dancefloor and is not one to miss. 'Agua’ has a lazy-quirky latin-funk feel with breathy-stoned vocals floating in the background. The album additionally features numerous breezy latin, Brazilian, and easy listening joints, some of which are ripe for sampling.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Aquarela
                                                                        Tristeza
                                                                        Desafinado
                                                                        Agua
                                                                        Orpheu Negro
                                                                        The Girl From Ipanema
                                                                        One

                                                                        Os Devaneios

                                                                        A Beleza E Voce Menina / Embalo Diferente

                                                                          This sublime funky Samba joint has always ignited the dancefloor for us. It featured on the band’s 1978 album, ‘O Conjunto Que Faz Voce Vibrar’, which originally saw release on EMI. No crazy hype needed for this one, just a fantastic straight-up, no messing Samba Funk made for dancing. We only know of four albums by Os Devaneios and for the A-side of this 45, we have selected one of our more recent discoveries with a track entitled ‘A Beleza e Voce Menina’.

                                                                          Taken from their 1979 album ‘Ra a Suor E Suingue’ (also originally released on EMI), it was recorded only a couple of years after ‘Embalo Diferente’. Whilst it remains in that Samba mold, it has also taken on some of the vibe and characteristics of Soul, Brazilian Boogie and AOR from that late 70s and early 80s period.

                                                                          A feel-good and uplifting record, yet one which simultaneously has a hint of melancholy and is all the more beautiful for it. It’s always good to discover a new song by an old favourite, and we hope you grow to love it too.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A Beleza E Voce Menina
                                                                          Embalo Diferente

                                                                          EPMD

                                                                          I'm Housin'

                                                                          When discussing the landmark artists of that era - Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B & Rakim - the duo of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith are certainly in the conversation. And when it comes to all-time duos, they might be at the head of the table.The original release of 'I'm Housin' came in 1989, and the only previous 7" release was confined to the UK - it now fetches sky-high prices. Hence this reissue couldn't be more timely, showcasing just how fresh E Double E and PMD sound over even the most rudimentary but feverishly catchy of beats.

                                                                          That was their genius - trading 'slow flow' punchlines over deceptively simple backings - and that's exactly what you get here. The loop of Aretha Franklin's indelible 1971 gem 'Rock Steady' does all the heavy lifting musically, the only adornment a brief vocal snippet taken from their own 'It's My thing' - EPMD is a world premiere.

                                                                          At a time when sampling was still in its infancy, and before producers started to pride themselves on obscurity, and on chopping up samples creatively, this was the approach of many a hip-hop song, and rap was none the poorer for it. When you have voices as distinctive and strong as EPMD, less is more.




                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          I’m Housin’ (LP Vocal)
                                                                          I’m Housin’ (Instrumental)

                                                                          EPMD

                                                                          It's My Thing

                                                                            EPMD's initial success in 1987 seemed to take a lot of people by surprise. Without build-up or fanfare, they launched this stunning debut record and, so illprepared were people for it, that the label was still misspelling their name! The early 12" copies of 'It's My Thing' - and the hard to find UK 7" that followed shortly after - have them billed as EPEE MD. Before they were signed, they were going by EEPMD, but they decided to drop an E due to the success of the west coast's Eazy E. The one person not surprised by their success, however, was hip-hop pioneer and producer Kurtis Mantronik, who actually signed them to Fresh Records. It's fitting that he's the man that saw their promise, as he himself was one to go against the grain. His electro-influenced productions for Mantronix and Just Ice were ahead of their time, and perhaps in EPMD he saw kindred spirits. Because, at the time this dropped, hip-hop was going up tempo, taking its cue from James Brown samples and picking up the pace.

                                                                            On both 'It's My Thing' - underpinned by the languorous 'Seven Minutes of Funk' by The Whole Darn Family - and 'You're a Customer', with its combination of ZZ Top and Steve Miller Band - Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith slow things right down. It gives their vocals time to breathe and allows us to enjoy the interplay of their metaphor and simile-heavy lyrics. As calling cards go, they don't come any better than this.

                                                                            Stunning debut that has become a bona fide classic. The  originakl 7" release very hard to find so props to Mr. Bongo for dishing us out a legit reissue. 

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            It's My Thing
                                                                            You're A Customer

                                                                            The Brkn Record

                                                                            The Architecture Of Oppression Part 1

                                                                            "The Architecture of Oppression Part 1" represents Ferguson's debut as a bandleader and orchestrator, and manifests as a committed and soulful response to ongoing and systemic anti-black racism, social oppression and state violence both at home in London and across the globe. Combining poetry, testimony and song with rich and cinematic backdrops, Ferguson has produced a sui generis sound that conjures flavours of Arthur Verocai, Ennio Morricone, classic library productions, Madlib-style deep-jazz beat science, and psychedelic soul.

                                                                            With bandmate Malcolm Catto on drums, Ferguson draws on their long years of collaborative experience in the Heliocentrics to build an album of striking texture and depth. But the album does not only reflect Ferguson's full-spectrum musical prowess, experience and vision. It is equally a manifestation of his longstanding and high-profile work as a frontline activist for racial justice and social equity in London and beyond.

                                                                            Alongside Malcom Catto, contributors to the album are drawn from the intersecting worlds of community activism, cultural education, politics and music, and include singer and political activist Jermain Jackman, Zara MacFarlane; Chicagoan activist, poet and singer Ugochi Nwaogwugwu; Lee Jasper, longstanding worker for racial justice and former advisor on equalities to the Mayor of London; acclaimed performance poet Dylema; Hackney community leader Janette Collins MBE and Leroy Logan MBE, founder and former chair of the Black Police Association, and the subject of Steve McQueen's Small Axe episode 'Red, White and Blue'.

                                                                            The Architecture of Oppression Part 1 is a singular and urgent chronicle of the black British experience, an upful expression of Pan-African creative unity and community solidarity, and a militant and unbending missive from the frontline in the great tradition of The Impressions' This Is My Country, Irreversible Entanglements Who Sent You?, Max Roach's We Insist - Freedom Now Suite, or Linton Kwesi Johnson's Bass Culture. A broken record repeats itself, and never plays through – the music is interrupted or trapped in a cycle by damage to the grooves. But The Brkn Record is a work of healing and protection, and a chance to let the full story be heard – all the way to the end, no skips.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Matt says: Political and personal, this LP narrates the Black experience with a sound palette somewhere between Axelrod, Madlib, MPB and soul.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Assimilation (Ft. Dylema)
                                                                            2. His Mother’s Eyes (Ft. Jermain Jackman)
                                                                            3. Brother Andrew – The Investigator (Ft. Brother Andrew Muhammad)
                                                                            4. Break The Chains
                                                                            5. A Police Service, Not A Police Force (Ft. Lee Jasper)
                                                                            6. Hackney Ain’t Innocent (Ft. Yolanda Lear)
                                                                            7. On The Daily (Ft Ugochi Nwaogwugwu)
                                                                            8. Say Black (Ft. Dylema)
                                                                            9. The Babylon Encounter (Ft. Janette Collins & Leroy Logan)
                                                                            10. Witness The Whiteness (Ft. Adam Elliot Cooper)
                                                                            11. Lifeline (Ft. Zara McFarlane)

                                                                            Surprise Chef

                                                                            Maw & Harvey Sutherland Remixes

                                                                              Another act to emerge out of Melbourne's explosive underground music scene is Surprise Chef who Piccadilly regulars will know we've been supporting since their very first releases. Now working out of the College of Knowledge stable (their home / studio / record label namesake), the band's take on instrumental cinematic soul and funk has connected with listeners across multiple scenes and genres. Their intoxicatingly laidback sound, which pairs expertly crafted hooks with a seriously funky, watertight rhythm section, has earned them a wide appeal and made their tracks ripe for interpretation.

                                                                              When floating ideas for potential remixers, two names came to the fore, Masters At Work and Harvey Sutherland. MAW have a long history with Mr Bongo having remixed the Brit- funk classic 'Dancing In Outer Space' by Atmosfear for the label in 1997, and releasing the original track, 'Brazilian Beat' in 2000. With their studio collaboration now back in full swing, it was the perfect time to inject the MAW magic back into the label. They picked 'Crayfish Caper' from the band's first album 'All News Is Good News' as their choice of track to remix. The 'Nuyorican Broken Remix' sees MAW stepping into their Nuyorican Soul guise. A Latin shuffle meets an afro-beat rhythm and some very chunky broken beats, which all underpins an infectious melody constructed around the original track's bassline. They pair this with horns and synths that add a flourish and reveal new layers as the track develops. It's a sound that is uniquely Nuyorican Soul and a welcome return for fans of this aspect of their phenomenal output. The 'Masters At Work Remix' is straight up vintage MAW in House mode. It takes many of the same elements found in the 'Nuyorican Broken Remix' and points things in a House direction. It's 4/4, but the beats have that Kenny Dope trademark swing. Tough, but oozing soul. Add to that heavy bass, vocal cuts, fierce horns and saxophone, layered synths, and that undeniable MAW bounce.

                                                                              Rounding off the package is the remix from Harvey Sutherland. Having made international waves since 2013 with his unique take on dance music, Harvey has long been on Mr Bongo's remix radar, but until now we hadn't managed to get that ambition over the line. This time around the stars aligned perfectly. Surprise Chef and Harvey Sutherland are both Melbourne residents and they had already been working on projects together. The band set things up and Harvey chose to remix 'New Ferrari' from their latest album, 'Daylight Savings'. His take on the track sees things venturing into dubby-disco territory. A dreamy, cosmic, bass-heavy, sweeping synth-led workout, that retains yet reinterprets the catchy-as-hell hooks from the original track. A roller with serious muscle!

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Crayfish Caper (Nuyorican Broken Mix)
                                                                              2. Crayfish Caper (Masters At Work Mix)
                                                                              3. New Ferrari (Harvey Sutherland's Weird Flex - 12” Mix)

                                                                              Toni Tornado / Zeca Do Trombone & Roberto Sax

                                                                              Sou Negro / Coluna Do Meio

                                                                              Volume 86 in the Brazil45 series featuring a pair of stellar 1970s Brazilian-Funk / Black Rio nuggets by two of the greats of the genre, Toni Tornado & Zeca Do Trombone.

                                                                              ‘Sou Negro’ (I’m Black) is taken from Toni Tornado’s (aka Ant nio Viana Gomes) sought after 1970 four-track compacto EP on Odeon Records. Already having had some experience in show business as a dancer in the 1960s, Toni started his musical career in 1970 and adopted the stage name Toni Tornado.

                                                                              The influence of James Brown flowed through his music, with Toni becoming one of the first Brazilian artists (alongside Tim Maia) to introduce the soul and funk sound into Brazilian music. Together with other contemporary musicians and bands such as Banda Black Rio, Gerson King Combo and Cassiano, this new sound led to DJ’s throwing soul parties. This unique Brazilian take on soul and funk (and later on disco) became coined as ‘Black Rio’. A movement that celebrated pride in its Black identity and consciousness.

                                                                              Zeca Do Trombone has an impressive repertoire which has seen him releasing a handful of solo albums and working with some of the greats of Brazilian music, such as Tim Maia, Ivan Lins, Joyce, and Luis Vagner. The track ‘Coluna Do Meio’ is taken from his 1976 collaboration project ‘Z Do Trombone E Roberto Sax’ with saxophonist Roberto Sax, which additionally features the heavyweight Wilson das Neves on percussion.

                                                                              This catchy wah-wah guitar-led dancer has become a favourite with DJ’s over the years and will continue to be championed for years to come.


                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              Toni Tornado - Sou Negro
                                                                              Zeca Do Trombone & Roberto Sax - Coluna Do Meio

                                                                              Second album from Kit Sebastian, the captivating duo of Kit Martin and Merve Erdem. Those familiar with the band's cult classic 2019 debut,”Mantra Moderne” will instantly recognize their unique sound that blurs the boundaries of world music, jazz and psychedelia. However, “Melodi” sees the band evolve with even more diversity, effortlessly strolling between moods and influences.

                                                                              “Melodi” is imbued with Kit Sebastian's love of vintage records and world cinema, but it is not a retro homage. It celebrates its influences but is very much a modern record, being simultaneously brand new and retro. This is a credit to the duo's craft as musicians and songwriters, presenting their influences as a circular interaction between the present and the past rather than a linear one.

                                                                              The album’s range of instrumentation has expanded from the previous record to include zithers, harpsichords, congas, bongos, bulbul tarang, and a mock-up choir on top of the synthesizers, balalaikas, organs, and saxophones. Session musicians and friends were also booked to introduce trumpet and string sections giving the album an added depth and orchestral texture. Despite the added complexity, the album was recorded using the same techniques employed for the previous album with various tape machines, bouncing back between cassette and ¼” tape for practicality and sonic abstraction. To pierce through this abstraction, the vocals are intentionally more expressive. Merve took cues from the Turkish singers of her youth, adding a slightly more melancholic, darker and more reflective style than “Mantra Moderne”. Rooted in observations from everyday life, they speak often about the worlds and thoughts that arise from the end of the night.

                                                                              Like with many of the best albums, the record seems over all too soon and has you instantly wanting to play it again. On each listen you decide on a track that you think is your favourite from the album only for it to be replaced with a different one on the next listen. The songs and production have hidden depths that seem to evolve and morph the more you devour them. Moments of pure pop, moments to fall in love, moments to contemplate. This journey is rich in musical vitamins and nourishment, but like all the best things still leaves you wanting more.


                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Barry says: Melodi is a wonderfully evocative mash-up of European pop, classic psychedelia and shimmering easy-listening, brought together with beautifully sung vocal lines, rich production values and hazy, lounge-jazz saturation. A warm and intoxicating listen, bringing to mind any number of cinematic accompaniments.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              Side 1
                                                                              1. Yalvarma (Don't Beg) (5:11)
                                                                              2. Agitate (4:37)
                                                                              3. Yeter (Enough) (3:42)
                                                                              4. Melodi (Melody) (part 1) (4:11)
                                                                              5. Melodi (Melody) (part 2) (1:26)
                                                                              Side 2
                                                                              1. Elegy For Love (3:40)
                                                                              2. Affet Beni (Forgive Me) (3:38)
                                                                              3. Inertia (3:40)
                                                                              4. Ahenk (Harmony) (3:30)
                                                                              5. Please, Don't Take This Badly (4:13)

                                                                              Glenn Fallows & Mark Treffel

                                                                              The Globeflower Masters Vol. 1

                                                                              Created during Summer 2020, this album is the product of a fruitful collaboration between Brighton-based musicians Glenn Fallows (The Impellers/Andres y Xavi) and Mark Treffel (Blue States/The Soul Steppers). These seasoned performing and recording artists have put their abundance of experience and skilful musicianship into effect with aplomb on this album. This is as accomplished a debut release as you will ever hear, and dare we say, a future classic in the making. The Globeflower Masters project was borne from an idea Glenn had to create an album that leant on the influence of soundtrack and library composers - particularly of the late 60s and early 70s. This rich sonic palette had previously been innate in his writing and composition but, for this album, the direct inspiration was placed front and centre. After penning several sketches, Glenn contacted Mark to fulfil the vision he had for a complete sound. Mark had an arsenal of vintage synths, pianos and other fun toys which could supplement the drums, guitars and bass that Glenn had been working on.

                                                                              As the album progressed, the pair worked increasingly collaboratively, with each of them starting and sharing ideas to curate the final eight finished tracks. The results are an album of lush, warm, timeless productions that are drenched in strings and classical instrumentation. Awash with atmospheric excursions, it is a listening experience that moves you through moods whilst transporting you to a world of deeply evocative settings and imagined scenarios. The Globeflower Masters Vol. 1 resonates equally as well on a dark melancholic Winter's day as it does sound-tracking a halcyon Summer day. Though influenced by 60s and 70s productions the record is not a simple pastiche, feeling both simultaneously brand new as well as authentically retro.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Barry says: The Globeflower Masters mix the perfect ratio of slo-mo funk and lounge jazz with wonderful organic percussion and library synth business. It's woozy and hazy, while being both immediate and intoxicatingly atmospheric.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Faith In Time
                                                                              2. Scene In Roma
                                                                              3. Who Knows When
                                                                              4. Hidden In The Pampas
                                                                              5. Fear Me Now
                                                                              6. How It Shimmers
                                                                              7. El Ejido
                                                                              8. Arise

                                                                              Harmony Cats

                                                                              Harmony Cat's Theme / Seja Como Nos (De Pe No Chao)

                                                                              For number 93 in the Brazil45 series, Mr Bongo present two favourites from the Harmony Cats. A female vocal quintet (who later became a trio) from Sao Paulo. They formed in 1976 and were most prolific in the disco period. ‘Harmony Cats’ Theme’ from 1976 is probably the group best known track outside of Brazil. Owing a lot to Rhythm Heritage’s version of ‘Barretta’s Theme (Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow)’ it’s wonderfully spacey breakbeat and percussive production with lush, floaty vocals makes it a real crossover classic record. ‘Seja Como Nos (De Pe No Chao)’ is instantly recognisable. Tucked away on the b-side of their 1979 single ‘Tem Dinheiro Nisso’ on Young Records, it is a beast of a cover version of The Jacksons’ classic ‘ Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’. Nothing subtle or sophisticated here. Just a song of pure disco joy, enhanced with awesome Brazilian production and the Cats’ trademark vocal arrangements. A get-of-jail-free card for any DJ that finds themselves stuck with an empty dancefloor, but also one that will put smiles on the faces of the more discerning leftfield club crowds.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: Nice, late 70s Tropicalia-styled moments which are much more appropriate to play than their original incarnations. I've heard The Jacksons-penned, "Seja Como N S" out and about in town, so some upfront DJs out there know what's right.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Harmony Cats’ Theme
                                                                              2. Seja Como N S (De P No Ch O)

                                                                              Hailing from south-east London, Joel Culpepper is an artist who’s been on Mr Bongo's radar for some time now. With a unique soulful voice and explosive showmanship, Joel’s star is rising. His sonic palette blends an array of genres and influences, that looks back to the greats whilst simultaneously absorbing London’s contemporary musical landscape.

                                                                              Joel's debut album, 'Sgt Culpepper’, is an incredible modern soul album and the product of a two-year undertaking which saw him attract an array of respected producers and musicians from the UK and beyond, a testament to the reputation he had already built as a dynamic songwriter and performer among his contemporaries. With executive production from Swindle (Ezra Collective, Mahalia), mastering from Joker (Stormzy, Kojey Radical) and with co-productions that include the likes of legendary pop producer Guy Chambers, Raf Rundell (The 2 Bears), Shawn Lee (Saint Etienne, Kelis), and Tom Misch, Sgt Culpepper is a demonstration of the power of community, mingling self-reflection with wider social commentary. The record is split into four chapters: The Battle, which includes previous singles ‘W.A.R’ and ‘Return’, The Surrender, embodied by recent single ‘Poetic Justice’; The Love and The Lesson.

                                                                              Joel’s desire to forge a sense of collectivism was the lifeblood for 'Sgt Culpepper', resulting in the diverse roster of talent attached to the project. As well as the aforementioned names, the record includes production from the likes of British multi-instrumentalist Redinho, South London rapper and Roc Nation signee Kay Young, Linden Jay (Poppy Ajudha, Rejjie Snow), and Grammy-award winning songwriter Jimmy Hogarth. "I've been inspired by how the UK jazz and grime scene supports each other, it’s similar to what happens in the states. Collectives like Odd Future, Aftermath and the earliest being Motown. It’s soul’s turn to band together here, likeminded independent musicians working to support the scene and each other as a whole.”

                                                                              Through charismatic storytelling, personal epiphanies, and the formation of a new creative collective that underpins his craft, 'Sgt Culpepper' ushers in a new era for Joel as an artist.


                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Barry says: Though it's clear where Culpepper's myriad influences lie (the athletic vocals could be favourably compared to Prince pretty easily for example), 'Sgt Culpper' never comes across as anything but a brilliantly unique and wonderfully written whole. From psychedelic funk, hip-hop and the groove of the burgeoning UK jazz scene, this has it all, and brought together with style.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Tears Of A Crown
                                                                              2. Return
                                                                              3. W.A.R
                                                                              4. Bodies
                                                                              5. Poetic Justice
                                                                              6. Thought About U
                                                                              7. Kisses
                                                                              8. In Your Sex
                                                                              9. Remember
                                                                              10. Break
                                                                              11. Black Boy

                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                              Brazil 45 Vol 2 (RSD21 EDITION)

                                                                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


                                                                                The second volume in a series of Brazilian 45 boxsets, curated with beats & love by DJ Marky. Brighton's very own DJ Format icurated Volume 1 for RSD 2020.

                                                                                Lafayette / Marisa Rossi

                                                                                Sol De Verao / Quem Vem La

                                                                                Rio-born pianist and organist Lafayette’s career started in the mid-60s and saw him become a prominent member of the Brazilian musical movement entitled ‘Jovem Guarda’. For his inclusion on this selection in the Brazil45 series the Bongoteam move things along a few years to 1982 and the Brazilian boogie gem ‘Sol De Ver o’.

                                                                                Taken from his album ‘Edi o Especial’ and originally released on Copacabana Records, ‘Sol De Verao’ was written by Jorginho Gomes from one of Brazil’s greatest bands Os Novos Baianos. It’s a superb slice of 80s boogie/funk brilliance with a super catchy ear-worm of a vocal - definitely one for the dancers!

                                                                                For the flip, there's an absolute monster from the fantastic Marisa Rossi, who we featured previously on number 38 in the Brazil45 series. ‘Quem Vem L ‘ is a heavy driving Samba Rock / MPB groove track with female and male call and response vocals. Originally released on a very rare and exclusive 7” also on Copacabana Records, but this time in 1971. Marisa would go on to work with the legendary Arthur Verocai in the 1980s. Two very different slices and styles of Brazilian music, but both absolute gems.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                Lafayette - Sol De Verao
                                                                                Marissa Rossi - Quem Vem La

                                                                                A pure vintage that features the ultimate Brazilian-boogie cult-classic ‘Estrelar’ and iconic 80s cover art that sees a gloriously sun-drenched Marcos dressed in a pink v-neck t-shirt surrounded by a generous selection of deadly-looking neon cocktails.

                                                                                The album was produced by the legendary Lincoln Olivetti and Marcos’ brother Paulo S rgio Valle. It showcases a real who’s who of Brazilian music at the time, with stellar performances from vocalists and musicians such as Rosana, Serginho Do Trombone, Robson Jorge and Oberdan Magalh es to name but a few.

                                                                                This was Marcos’ second album, after having moved back to Brazil from his time living in Los Angeles, and that US influence is evident through its prominent boogie, soul and funk sounds. It also features collaborations with the US singer-songwriter, composer, pianist, keyboardist, and record producer, Leon Ware, who co-penned three tracks including ‘Estrelar’.

                                                                                To complete the album there are tracks such as ‘Fogo Do Sol’, which is pure AOR / Balearic vibes, and tracks that are more MPB and pop-inspired, making a well-balanced track list for both home-listening pleasure and dancefloor business.

                                                                                To celebrate the release we have pressed up several vinyl versions; both standard master, and half-speed mastering editions on Black vinyl, alongside special limited edition Rose and Mint-Green coloured vinyl variants that were inspired by the audacious-looking cocktails on the cover - sheer 80s excess! 

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Estrelar
                                                                                2. Fogo Do Sol
                                                                                3. Samba De Verao
                                                                                4. Para Os Filhos Abraao
                                                                                5. Naturalmente
                                                                                6. Tapa No Real
                                                                                7. Tapetes, Guardanapos, Cetins
                                                                                8. Dia D
                                                                                9. Mais
                                                                                10. Que Amor
                                                                                11. Viola Enluarada

                                                                                It is drenched in the essence of the Brazilian 80s boogie and funk sound. A driving force behind this is the writing, arrangement, and musicianship of Lincoln Olivetti, who was instrumental in forging this unique sound within Brazilian production at the time. It is heightened even further by the astonishing team that feature on the record. Brazilian icon and heavyweight Tim Maia, Robson Jorge, Serginho Trombone, Oberdan Magalh es, Claudio Stevenson and Jamil Joanes (of Banda Black Rio fame), Junior Mendes, the list goes on. This crew of musicians synergised perfectly with Sandra’s vocal style, all complementing each other to create a classic. One of our favourites from the album is the opening track ‘Trem Da Central’, an infectious groove that when paired with Sandra’s cool and relaxed swaggering vocal resulted in an essential dancefloor jam! Equally delightful and dancefloor summoners are the catchy boogie funk of ‘Candura’, and the Earth, Wind & Fire sounding ‘Pela Cidade’. Tim Maia features on the fast-paced duet ‘Vale Tudo’, which was written especially for Sandra to sing with Tim, who at the time was one of the biggest stars in Brazilian music. These boogie and funk compositions are balanced by fine slow jams giving the album a satisfyingly well-rounded feel. Sandra had been working in music since the 70s and continues to do so to this day, but this period of the early 80s was a rich and prolific time for her. If you are a fan of Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti’s self-titled album from 1982 or Marcos Valle’s 1983 album featuring the song ‘Estrelar’, then this one is definitely for you. ‘Vale Tudo’ is a must-have record from a talent

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Patrick says: Not that I want to play favourites between my Brazilian boogie crew, but in my most humble opinion, this total groove-a-thon from Sandra Sa wipes the floor with that Marcos Valle reissue. Sunkissed, light and totally joyful, 'Vale Tudo' deserves a place in every good collection.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Trem Da Central
                                                                                2. Candura
                                                                                3. Pela Cidade
                                                                                4. Onda Negra
                                                                                5. Gama O
                                                                                6. Vale Tudo
                                                                                7. Guarde Minha Voz
                                                                                8. Terra Azul / Musa
                                                                                9. S As Estrelas

                                                                                Ian Carr

                                                                                Belladonna

                                                                                  Official half-speed mastered re-issue of British trumpeter and bandleader Ian Carr's iconic jazz-fusion-rock hybrid ‘Belladonna’ from 1972.

                                                                                  Originally released on the Vertigo label, complete with collectable ‘swirl' record centre design, this sought-after jazz-rock-fusion rarity features some of the cream of the UK jazz musicians of the 70’s. Comprised from groups such as Nucleus, Brian Auger's band, Soft Machine, Stan Tracy group, the players included Brian Smith (tenor and soprano saxophones, alto and bamboo flutes), legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth, Dave MacRae (Fender electric piano), and bassist Roy Babbington, to name but a few.

                                                                                  Seen as a benchmark point in Ian Carr's career, 'Belladonna’ is awash with atmospheric excursions and ethereal qualities, as well as a darker fusion aesthetic and prog-rock sensibility from Holdsworth's exceptional guitar playing. The moody, yet funky, vibe of the album has echoes of Miles Davis' electronic era à la 'In A Silent Way'.

                                                                                  The album is best enjoyed played in its entirety. There are ebbs and flows with certain tracks shining along the way. Standouts include the beautiful down-tempo track 'Summer Rain’, which has a soundtrack / library style brilliance and emotional electric piano soloing. Though recorded in the 70’s, the track has a timeless sound, a melancholic funk so often used in hip-hop and beat tape productions to this day. ‘Mayday's Shaft-like long extended intro builds the drama until the percussive release when the drums drop at over three minutes in.

                                                                                  To give a record of such quality the treatment it deserves, we have once again been lucky to enlist the service of mastering and lacquer cutting engineering don Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, to cut a brand-new half-speed master and let the music speak for itself.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  A1. Belladonna
                                                                                  A2. Summer Rain
                                                                                  B1. Remadione
                                                                                  B2. Mayday
                                                                                  B3. Suspension
                                                                                  B4. Hector’s House

                                                                                  Luli Lucinha E O Bando

                                                                                  Flor Lilas

                                                                                    As long-time fans of this sublime four-track compacto 7” by the illustrious Brazilian duo Luli Lucinha e O Bando, we have floated the idea of re-issuing this beauty for several years now. So finally, the time feels right to release this beloved gem back into the world.

                                                                                    Originally issued on Som Livre Records in Brazil in 1972, this rarity has long been lost to only but the most hardened Brazilian record collectors and those lucky few who own an original copy.

                                                                                    The four genre-defying compositions blend elements of psychedelic rock, MPB and folk, and are glued together by the synergy of Luli and Lucinha’s vocals and the outstanding arrangements by Z Rodrix. Whether it be the lost Brazilianpsych anthem of ‘Flor Lil s’, or the tripped out folk-funk of ‘Dourado Da Manh ‘, the EP oozes magic and brilliance. The record also features the Brazilian percussionist, Alyrio Lima, who later became a member of the iconic Weather Report.

                                                                                    Luli (Heloisa Orosco Borges da Fonseca) and Lucinha’s (Lucia Helena Carvalho e Silva) records have become extremely sought-after in recent years. Their inclusion on John G mez’s superb 2017 ‘Outro Tempo’ compilation helped spread the gospel about their beautiful folky, MPB, private press albums from the late ‘70s and ‘80s.

                                                                                    Prior to their musical partnership back in 1965, Luli released a heavenly Bossa Nova 7” nugget entailed ‘Baleiro’ and a self-titled solo album on Philips Records, which are now also highly-prized by collectors. Here at Mr Bongo we feel Luli and Lucinha’s names should be more widely recognised and break out of their cult artist status.

                                                                                    They should be rated up there amongst some of the progressive, left-field greats of Brazilian music of their era. Sadly Luli passed away in 2018, but left behind an inspiring musical legacy for us all to savour.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    Flor Lil S
                                                                                    O Rato Roeu
                                                                                    Floresta Encantada
                                                                                    Dourado Da Manh

                                                                                    When the film ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ was released in 1992, an EP of music from the film was dropped almost simultaneously.

                                                                                    That EP, cheekily titled ‘White Men Can’t Rap’, featured a couple of exclusive gems, notably Gang Starr’s ‘Now You’re Mine’ and a cut from Main Source called ‘Fakin’ the Funk’. The only single borne of that six-track EP was the Main Source track, released in remixed form on Wild Pitch records the same year.

                                                                                    No surprise, it was head and shoulders above the rest. Opening with those unmistakable harmonies from Main Ingredient’s ‘Magic Shoes’, the intro segues into a crisp beat borrowed from Grady Tate’s frequently sampled ‘Be Black Baby’ from 1969.

                                                                                    Throw in a sprinkle of Kool & The Gang and you’ve got a track that would fit seamlessly onto Main Source’s masterpiece of an album, ‘Breaking Atoms’. Instead, it’s the group’s last hurrah, the final collaboration between K-Cut, Sir Scratch and Large Professor before the latter departed the trio.

                                                                                    It’s fitting that he saves one of his best vocal performances for last, railing at sell-outs with the assistance of his long-term collaborator Neek the Exotic.

                                                                                    Never released before on an official 7”, it’s a track that has lost none of its appeal, and the remix is the definitive version of this classic.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    Fakin’ The Funk (Remix)
                                                                                    Fakin’ The Funk (Instrumental)

                                                                                    Teaspoon And The Waves

                                                                                    Teaspoon And The Waves

                                                                                      Official replica re-issue of a South African jazz-funk rarity from Teaspoon & The Waves.

                                                                                      Released in 1977 on Soul Jazz Pop, a subsidiary label of Mavuthela Music Company / Gallo, Teaspoon & The Waves’ self-titled album is an absolute masterpiece.

                                                                                      Best known for the song ‘Oh Yeh Soweto’, which is an astonishing adaptation of Lamont Dozier’s anthem ‘Going Back to My Roots’, this track has become a contemporary underground club classic in recent times and has been featured in sets from a cross-section of DJs.

                                                                                      With such a massive calling card song, it could be easy to write off the album as a typical one-tracker (like so many records often are), but that is a long way from the truth. Each of the remaining four tracks are super strong and, for us here at Mr Bongo, this has to be our favourite South African record of this era. ‘Saturday Express’ is a jazz-funk/disco stomper which will soon be lighting up dancefloors again.

                                                                                      ‘Wind and Fire’ is true afro-jazz-funk excellence, with great spacey synths and reggae-inspired guitar grooves riding throughout. The opener, ‘Friday Night’, also has a slightly reggae-tinged tropical groove, whilst ‘Got Me Tight’ finishes off the session with a feel-good jazz-funk workout that features cool, quirky, Patrick Adams-esque synths.

                                                                                      Saxophonist Teaspoon Ndlela has had an amazing and rich musical career. Releasing albums on records labels Soul Jazz Pop, Hit Special, Gallo GRC, alongside working with and writing for South African artists such as Mpharanyana, Stimela, Sipho Gumede and Sgu. He also features on the Paul Simon track ‘Gumboots’ taken from the iconic ‘Graceland’ project.

                                                                                      Though best known for ‘Oh Yeh Soweto’ we hope this re-issue helps demonstrate that there is much more magic in this wonderful musician’s repertoire to discover.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Friday Night
                                                                                      Wind And Fire
                                                                                      Saturday Express
                                                                                      Oh Yeh Soweto
                                                                                      Got Me Tight

                                                                                      Asha Puthli

                                                                                      The Devil Is Loose

                                                                                        "We can’t think of many artists that have had as diverse a career and who have been involved in as many different genres of music as Asha Puthli. A musical pioneer who forged a path through 60’s psych, free-jazz, pop, rock, disco, and more.

                                                                                        Asha’s 1976 album ‘The Devil Is Loose’ is maybe her most well-known record. Featuring the beautiful disco-funk-classic ‘Space Talk’, Asha’s ethereal soaring vocals take us on a journey that almost mirrors Asha’s eclectic career. The track was championed by a wide-range of musical scenes and movements, and over space and time it has been commandeered as their own.

                                                                                        Y ou would hear it played by David Mancuso at the now ‘mythical’ underground New York party ‘The Loft’, in the most discerning disco nightclubs across the globe, in the Rare Groove scene, and also being sampled by hip-hop heavyweights such as The Notorious B.I.G / P Diddy, and The Pharcyde. The appeal and lifespan of ‘Space Talk’ keeps on extending and morphing as new audiences gleefully discover it for the first time - it still sounds as relevant and fresh on the dancefloor today - a sign of a true classic.

                                                                                        Here at Mr Bongo we are thrilled to be releasing records by such an iconic musical maverick as Asha, from her roots in India to becoming a globe-trotting artist with a celebrated career in music and acting, whilst always staying true to her art. She has blazed a trail so that others could follow. Whether you are buying this album as a replacement for your worn-out original copy or it’s the first time you’ve heard of Asha Puthli and you’re just intrigued and drawn in by the cover, we hope you enjoy this quintessential slice of Asha’s world."

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Flying Fish
                                                                                        The Devil Is Loose
                                                                                        Hello Everyone
                                                                                        Wonder Why
                                                                                        My Buddy And Me
                                                                                        Say Yes
                                                                                        Space Talk
                                                                                        Our Love Is Making Me Sing
                                                                                        Good Night

                                                                                        Main Source

                                                                                        Just Hangin' Out / Live At The BBQ

                                                                                          The dreamy, swoony sounds of Vanessa Kendrick’s timeless ‘90% of Me is You’ is ever-present during this stone-cold classic, while Sister Nancy’s unmistakeable ‘Bam Bam’ lends several elements to the mix. Throw in some Skull Snaps and Sweet Charles and you’ve got the perfect soundtrack for a roll call of Large Professor’s nearest and dearest.

                                                                                          There are plenty of reasons why so many regard ‘Breaking Atoms’ as an alltime classic album, and the sheer variety of singles lifted from it is chief among them. Large Professor was happy to roam over varied topics at a time when many rappers had a manic focus on one thing. And where better to hang out with friends than at a barbecue? ‘Live at the Barbecue’ is rightly regarded as one of the best posse cuts of all time, and famous for showcasing the debut of one Nasty Nas.

                                                                                          While he delivers a dope verse full of quotables over drums from Bob James’ oft-plundered ‘Nautilus’, credit is also due to the other guests. Fatal and Akinyele aren’t disgraced in this company, and Large Professor tops it off with a rare verse of pure brag-rap. An undisputed entry in the pantheon of head-nod hip-hop, this is its first official UK release, and another debut on 7”.

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Patrick says: A pair of prime time bumpers from Main Source's mega 'Breakin Atoms', essential in part for 'Live At The BBQ', a sick cypher featuring the first recorded appearance of Nas. Hype.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Just Hanging’out (Vocal)
                                                                                          Live At The Barbecue (Vocal)

                                                                                          Magalhaes E Sua Guitarra / Os Panteras

                                                                                          Xango / Lambada Pauleira

                                                                                            For number 84 in the Brazil 45 Series, we head to the North of Brazil with this dancefloor monster, double-sider by Magalhaes & Os Panteras. ‘Xang ‘ by Magalhaes is taken from his ‘E Sua Guitarra’ album, from 1986, and originally released on Gravasom Records.

                                                                                            A stunning, driving Lambada track with haunting vocals and a compelling gusto energy. It has been gaining popularity over recent years with DJs and is a surefire get-out-of-jail dancefloor saver.

                                                                                            On the flip, we find another biggy from Os Panteras, ‘Lambada Pauleira’. Also released on Gravasom Records, but a year later in 1987. It is best known for Joutro Mundo’s fine re-edit of the track, but here we have it in its original form, in all its quirky brilliance.

                                                                                            It is easy to see why, over the years, it has been a staple of some of Brazil’s finest DJs’ sets, such as Augusto Olivani (aka Trepanado). We are super happy to present these two red-hot tracks back-to-back. Now let the dancefloors return so we can heat things up!

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Patrick says: Heavy double header of Lambada bangers on Mr Bongo's Brazil 45 series here. On the A-side 'Xang' is dance floor dynamite in the same vein as Massara's Margarita, while the B-side brings the infectious groove, frazzled synths and staccato guitar of Lambada Pauleri, which you may have heard via the Joutro Mundo edit.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Magalh Es E Sua Guitarra - Xang
                                                                                            Os Panteras - Lambada Pauleira

                                                                                            Waldir Calmon

                                                                                            Airport Love Theme / Afro Som

                                                                                              You know it’s going to be a heavy record when DJ / collector Mr Thing asks you to keep a look out for a copy on your next digging trip to Brazil. Add on top of that, being sampled by Madlib on the track ‘Curls’ on his Madvillain album!

                                                                                              Taken from Waldir Calmon’s ‘Waldir Calmon E Seus Multisons’ album on Copacabana (1970), from looking at this unassuming record cover featuring a middle-aged man sporting an impressive pair of glasses you wouldn’t expect it to become the fabric to one of the songs from the iconic ‘Madvillain’ album.

                                                                                              But... like many things in life, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. ‘Airport Love Theme’, like its name suggests, falls into full-on lounge territory. It’s feelgood music made to be the soundtrack for a utopian world that never really was. Yet behind the silky-smooth groove is an addictive earworm waiting to be heard. ‘Afro Son’ taken from the same album, pushes things in a different direction towards a sound that is more firmly rooted in the Brazilian tradition.

                                                                                              This quirky 60’s-breakbeat-funk groove is reminiscent of French artist Jean Jacques Perrey’s ‘E.V.A.’, also from 1970, in its melody and backbeat, where the Moog synthesizer of Perrey is replaced with a more orchestrated sound by Calmon. This track is magical, cinematic and breakbeat-laden with a hidden unknown exoticism. Waldir Calmon had an active career in music working from the ‘50s right up until his passing in 1982.

                                                                                              His career started early, forming his first ensemble at the age of fourteen, originally working in bands in nightclubs and writing jingles. He progressed in the early ‘50s to a long-running career working in television. In addition to his television work, he had success with his recording vocation, mixing in the same musical circles as greats such as Tom Jobi, Jo o Gilberto and Doris Monteiro.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Patrick says: Breakbeat exotica and lounge grooves abound on the Madlib sampled 'Airport Love Theme', while it's all about psychedelic soul on the far out flip "Afro Som".

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Airport Love Theme
                                                                                              Afro Som

                                                                                              The genre, electro (or electro-funk), is sometimes perceived to have a separate identity to hip-hop; however, this electronic cousin was integral to the early development of the hip-hop sound. Drawing on drum machines, such as the Roland TR-808, and influenced by funk, these two genres were intertwined and rode a parallel axis for a while, with rap, breakdance, and graffiti as pillars of the culture and community. The mechanical sound of electro would later go on to inspire a different set of producers and played its part in influencing contemporary electronic dance music. For this 7” release we are taking things back to 1984 and 1985 with a split single from The Egyptian Lover and Jamie Jupitor.

                                                                                              First up is a track from The Egyptian Lover, AKA Greg J. Broussard, the cult Los Angeles-based producer, vocalist and DJ, who is a true hip-hop / electrofusion pioneer. ‘Computer Love (Sweet Dreams)’ is a seminal electro-fusion / machine-funk classic that saw a release on the iconic label Freak Beat Records (owned by Greg himself). The original 7” release is now very sought-after by collectors. On the flip we have another electro jam from The Egyptian Lover disciple, Jamie Jupitor. ‘Computer Power’ was additionally produced and arranged by The Egyptian Lover, and was released on Egyptian Empire Records (the label that evolved from Freak Beat Records). For this release we have opted for a special 7” unreleased radio edit, that has Greg kindly provided us with, which differs slightly in composition from the previously released versions. One for fans of D m Funk, electro and 80s funk

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Matt says: No it's not a cover of Kraftwerk! But LA's veteran electro-funk / freestyle legend Egyptian Lover reissuing some highly treasured HEAT from his early catalogue.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Computer Love (Sweet Dreams) - The Egyptian Lover
                                                                                              Computer Power - Jamie Jupitor

                                                                                              One thing hip-hop has never been great at - and certainly something for which it has zero reputation - is nuanced emotion. Enter Large Professor and ‘Looking at the Front Door’, the group’s first single on Wild Pitch Records and the lead out for their stunning ‘Breaking Atoms’ album. Wrapped around a loop from Donald Byrd’s Blue Note classic ‘Think Twice’, bolstered by the infectious chorus of ‘Chick A Boom’ by The Pazant Brothers and Beaufort Express, it’s a melancholy tale of love gone wrong. It was a brave choice of lead single in the 1990 hip-hop landscape, plucked from an album full of genuine head-nodders and standout tracks. It was also the right choice - a piece of production perfection laced with romantic honesty.

                                                                                              The B-side also strikes a different tack, a tale of a brother who “doesn’t fight, his brain is his left and right.” Using a solid foundation of drums from Funkadelic’s ‘You’ll Like It Too’ (most famously used on Eric B & Rakim’s ‘I Know You Got Soul’), Large Pro weaves his tale of an ambitious, studious man over an original organ line (by JD Drumsticks) that wouldn’t sound out of place at a hockey rink. The theme is sledgehammer subtle - don’t sell drugs, stay in school - but delivered with the lightness of touch that would be Main Source’s signature. This is the first official UK release, and the first time both sides have been together on a 7”.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Looking At The Front Door (Vocal)
                                                                                              Watching Roger Do His Thing (Vocal)

                                                                                              Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty

                                                                                              January 12th

                                                                                              January 12th, 2020, a Sunday night in Toronto - Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty (of BADBADNOTGOOD fame) are reunited at Burdock for a live improvised Jazz session. The pair are joined on stage by bassist Julian Anderson-Bowes and drummer Matt Chalmers as part of Burdock’s Piano Fest, an annual event at the city’s brewery and music hall. Two days later an email from Matthew hits Mr Bongo’s inbox... “I think it turned out amazing, brought some really nice recording gear and it sounds almost like a studio record, thought I’d share. Moments definitely get to the jazzier side but there is some spiritual moments that are so far out”.

                                                                                              The Bongo office were all blown away by this free-flowing session, one which sounded like a well-rehearsed set at the end of a long tour, rather than a onetake improvised assembly. The chemistry between the musicians is magical. The tight friendship and musical connection between Tavares and Whitty are self-evident, however, Chalmers and Anderson-Bowes have a great contribution to make too. They act as the solid foundation that leaves Tavares and Whitty free to roam and explore moments of darkness and light, intensity and beauty. From the first time of hearing this intimate session, we knew this had to be shared. The same quartet feature on Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty’s 2020 album ‘Visions’. The plan to promote ‘Visions’ was to tour, with each night comprising a uniquely improvised set. Sadly due to world events, this couldn’t happen, but for now ‘January 12th’ is a snapshot of the wizardry that would have been from four amazing musicians at the top of their game.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Barry says: Unbelievably smooth-flowing, intricate jazz improvisations from the master duo of Tavares & Whitty. Expect moments of BADBADNOTGOOD-like smooth jazz and more esoteric, freeform freakouts. A superb recording of superb musicians at full flow. Amazing.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              10,000 Roses
                                                                                              Chandelier
                                                                                              Cloud Dance
                                                                                              Forever

                                                                                              Main Source

                                                                                              Think / Atom

                                                                                              A year before Wild Pitch Records properly introduced us to the trio of Queens native Large Professor and Toronto’s Sir Scratch and K-Cut, the soon-to-be-legendary group self-released their own debut single. Dropping on Actual Records, the 12” of ‘Think’ and ‘Atom’ was soon a sought after rarity, with scarce originals still fetching upwards of three figures. On it, they only hint at the greatness to come, while simultaneously showing that they’d already mastered the three-minute rap single - this is concise brilliance with no flab whatsoever. Engineered by the late, esteemed Paul C, ‘Think’ is a study in how to turn wellworn samples into something new. The combination of several James Brown snatches, along with bits lifted from Lyn Collins and Jimmy Castor Bunch, could have been tired and almost parodic by 1989, but instead the group weave something interesting from old fabric.

                                                                                              ‘Atom’ is arguably even better, built around a brace of elements from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s 1967 duet ‘Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl’. On it, Large Pro gives the first real hints that he’ll not just be a super-producer, but a committed MC to watch. Mixing threats with humour, positivity with braggadocio, it’s a calling card performance on a track that could have still sat comfortably on 1991’s ‘Breaking Atoms’ album. Heavily bootlegged, this is the first official double-sided 7” release bringing together both these foundational cuts

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Think
                                                                                              Atom

                                                                                              Kit Sebastian

                                                                                              Ennui / Abandoned

                                                                                                Kit Sebastian are back with a special stand-alone alone 7” release that presents an appetising taster of what is to follow from their much-anticipated second album. After losing themselves in the magic of the French countryside to record, the band have delivered two gems that we initially thought were a soup on of the said new album. In fact, though recorded during the same sessions, they felt these tracks were best served up as an aperitif to the album.

                                                                                                Francis Lai, Vladimir Cosma, Fikret K z lok, Jane Birkin, and Selda Bacan all served as inspirations during the recording sessions. Though their idols can be heard in ‘Ennui’ & ‘Abandoned’, the fusion of Anatolian Psychedelia, Brazilian Tropicalia, 60’s European pop and psych-folk vibes results in a sound that is drenched in their unique signature style and can only come from Kit Sebastian. The beautiful, heartfelt, longing vocals on both ‘Ennui’ & ‘Abandoned’’, makes it hard for the listener to resist falling in love with the world of Kit Sebastian, and they leave the heart longing even more for their next long player to drop.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Ennui
                                                                                                Abandoned

                                                                                                Much about “Beat Bop” is shrouded in mystery. Who really produced it? Why was Jean-Michel Basquiat relegated from rapper on the track to drawing the cover and labels? What are they actually rapping about for most of the ten-minute length? These questions, however, are all part of the enigma and rich legend surrounding a song that is an undisputed piece of true hip-hop genius. The combination of graffiti artist Rammellzee and rapper K-Rob is a potent one, with each MC adopting a persona - hustler and B-Boy respectively - that they maintain against an unusual swirling backdrop that must be one of the best instrumentals ever committed to wax.

                                                                                                The original Tartown Record pressing was limited to 500 copies, a mere test pressing in the eyes of the assembled artists, with scarcity further driven by Basquiat’s rising rep in the art world. Those few hundred copies - and a subsequent re-release on Profile Records (the same label where K-Rob played out the rest of his brief career) - punched well above their weight in terms of lasting influence.

                                                                                                Consider the early vocal tones of the Beastie Boys (who also sampled the track), or the huge part it played in the sound of Cypress Hill and B-Real. His voice is almost homage to Rammellzee’s on “Beat Bop”, while they also lifted the chorus of “Shoot ‘Em Up” and even a sample of ‘Cypress Hill’ from the track too. It’s unsurprising - this is a multi-layered, complex song that reveals a little more of itself each time you play it but remains damn funky. This reissue boasts the vocal and instrumental versions in full, as well as both the full cover and label artwork from the original Tartown Release.


                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Beat Bop (Vocal)
                                                                                                Beat Bop (Instrumental)

                                                                                                Jorge Ben

                                                                                                Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma

                                                                                                  Number 81 in the Brazil.45 series sees further digging into the magical world of Jorge Ben’s lesser-explored 1980’s productions. ‘Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma (A Lingua Dos Anjos)’ is taken from his ‘Al Al , Como Vai?’ album from 1980, which is arranged, produced, and features keys by the don, Lincoln Olivetti. The song contains trippy lyrics singing about flying saucers and angels.

                                                                                                  ‘Dona Culpa’ finds Jorge featuring on a cool mid-tempo groove track taken from Cauby Peixoto’s ‘Cauby! Cauby!’ album (also from 1980). Singer Cauby Peixoto had a long and stellar career, recording and releasing music from the mid-1950’s all the way up until his passing in 2016.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma
                                                                                                  Dona Culpa (featuring Cauby Peixoto)

                                                                                                  MATTY

                                                                                                  Dejavu

                                                                                                    As with many of the most fertile creative minds, continual reinvention leads to exploration of new sounds and styles. ‘ D j vu’ sees a departure from the jazz of BADBADNOTGOOD and a move into a more song-based storybook, with Matthew stepping up to the plate as lead-vocalist. As Matthew explains “I’ve always worked on my own stuff outside of BADBAD, and I’ve made music that sounds like this since I was 16. But when BADBAD started taking off, it was like “Ok, I can’t really make rock-y songwriter music anymore”.

                                                                                                    The inspiration for the album came after revisiting old favourites and classics such as The Zombies, The Beatles, shoegaze, and Krautrock records. It was also made in a difficult and reflective period in Matthew’s life, with each song being a vignette to an individual. “I wrote each song about someone specifically, but then I realised very quickly afterwards that every song is about myself”.

                                                                                                    Even though on the surface the record could be loosely categorized in the rock / indie camp, its dreamy psych-pop vibe evokes much richer musical inspirations. Elements of jazz, AOR, and the compositions of ‘golden-era’ Brazilian arrangers such as Arthur Verocai enrich the songs. For the Mr Bongo release of ‘Dejavu’ we have included the beautiful bonus track ‘Verocai Pt. II’ which was a product of the same recording sessions and rounds off the record.

                                                                                                    Though a ‘solo’ release, with its songwriting, content, and themes being very personal to Matthew, the record is backed by a cast of friends, family, including BADBADNOTGOOD members. Mr Bongo are proud to present yet another sublime record from a unique, gifted, and necessary voice in contemporary music.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Embarrassed
                                                                                                    Verocai
                                                                                                    How Can He Be
                                                                                                    I’ll Gladly Place Myself Below
                                                                                                    You
                                                                                                    Clear
                                                                                                    Polished
                                                                                                    Nothing Yet
                                                                                                    Butter
                                                                                                    Dejavu
                                                                                                    Verocai Part II (Extra Track)

                                                                                                    Idrissa Soumaora Et L'Eclipse

                                                                                                    Nissodia (Mike D Edit)

                                                                                                    Legend’ is lofty praise that is often used lightly, however, Mike D from the Beastie Boys certainly is one in the truest of spirits. We are delighted after over 30 years of being involved in music to finally release a project involving such a hip-hop pioneer and icon as Mike.

                                                                                                    In keeping with the maverick attitude of the Beastie Boys, you don’t always get what you expect. For this release there isn’t a hip-hop beat, instrumental-funk or hardcore-punk joint in sight, rather an electronic-African club banger. Mike took it upon himself to rework Malian artists Idrissa Soumaoro and L’Eclipse De L’I.J.A. and their track ‘Nissodia’, which is taken from the ‘Le Tioko-Tioko’ album originally released in 1978 on the German Democratic Republic (GDR) label ETERNA. The song was also featured on ‘The Original Sound Of Mali’ compilation released on Mr Bongo back in 2017.

                                                                                                    It was November 2019 and the day before a Mr Bongo 30 years celebration event in Paris at the Pedro party in the ‘New Morning’ club, when out of the blue the remix landed in Dave Mr Bongo’s inbox. We loved it straight away and decided to road test it the next night in the club. Whether it be a remix/re-edit/ rework, it doesn’t matter, what does matter is that it works spectacularly in the club and had people jumping on the stage to dance at the party. A sensational track and one which leaves a beautiful memory of good-times from a night out in Paris (and one which is in retrospect is even more poignant as the late-great maestro Tony Allen was in the club that night), and we are sure it will light up many more dancefloors to come.

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Patrick says: Check-ch-check-check - check-ch-check it out! Beastie Boy Mike D takes his scalpel to this Malian jam-a-thon from Idrissa Soumaora and twists it into a stomping Afro-electronic banger which has me begging for the clubs to re-open. Chuck in the OG on the flip and you got some must have wax on yo hands.

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                                                                                                    Nissodia (Mike D Edit)
                                                                                                    Nissodia (Original)

                                                                                                    Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul

                                                                                                    Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul (RSD20 EDITION)

                                                                                                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE AUGUST 29TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
                                                                                                      LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


                                                                                                      Official Mr Bongo re-issue for Record Store Day 2020 with a gatefold cover.The self-tiled Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul album from 1973 was the only album recorded by the group.The success of the hit song and album enabled the band to share the stage with big-name acts such as James Brown and Earth Wind & Fire.The album track '(I've Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind' even became a regular feature on the legendary TV show, Soul Train.These triumphs also drew the attention of record company executives who wanted to sign Joe as a solo artist; an offer he refused as he was not willing to abandon the band.The group members for the recording were neighborhood musicians and school friends from the Washington D.C area - George "Jackie" Lee (Guitar), Gregory Hammonds (Bass), Charles Steptoe (Drums), Karrissa Freeman (Keyboards), Johnny Freeman (Trombone), Leon Rogers (Sax/Vocals) and Joe (Trumpet/Vocals).The simple cartoon-like almost pre-Basquiat style record cover artwork has become iconic in its own right, but this was not the original intention.Joe had prepared a quick illustration for a photographer to depict in a collage for the album art, however, the label ended up using his original sketches for the final cover.Whatever was in the water, things all came together and aligned at the right time, and a true soul-funk classic record was born.

                                                                                                      Tadao Sawai & Kazue Sawai & Hozan Yamamoto & Sadanori Nakamu

                                                                                                      Jazz Rock

                                                                                                        They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and going by ‘Jazz Rock’, nor a record by its title.

                                                                                                        Though entering into jazz territory and featuring some distorted guitar, ‘Jazz Rock’ is more a beautiful marriage of funky breakbeat drumming and spiritual jazz instrumentation, combined with traditional Min’y 333; music performed on the koto and shakuhachi.

                                                                                                        Originally released in 1973, the record sounds simultaneously vintage and contemporary. It is akin to something Madlib might dream up whilst lost in Japan collaborating with Min’y 333; players at a recording session. The record features some amazing shakuhachi (bamboo flute) playing by Hozan Yamamoto, which gives the music a haunting, dreamlike atmosphere. You can almost visualise the long grass blowing in the wind, and hear the bamboo rustling in the distance on a long hot summer’s day. Takeshi Inomata, Tadao Sawai and Kazue Sawai anchor the session.

                                                                                                        Takeshi’s exceptionally funky-drum work will almost certainly get some producers dusting off and firing up their MPC’s. Whilst Kazue and Tadao work their magic on the koto (a traditional string instrument).

                                                                                                        Though certainly not an ambient record, ‘Jazz-Rock’ has the same meditative, other-worldly quality that invites you to sit back, listen and be transported somewhere else. Unfortunately, until now the ‘Jazz Rock’ album is a scarcity that commanded a high price-tag only for the most hardened of record collectors. So it is pleasure to make it accessible to all, and we hope you dig this lost, obscure future classic as much as we do.

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                                                                                                        Kuroda Bushi
                                                                                                        Hanagasa Odori
                                                                                                        Soran Bushi
                                                                                                        Sansa Shigure
                                                                                                        Hietsuki Bushi
                                                                                                        Sado Okesa
                                                                                                        Itsuki No Komoriuta
                                                                                                        Hokkaibonuta
                                                                                                        Kiso Bushi
                                                                                                        Kaigara Bushi
                                                                                                        Iso Bushi
                                                                                                        Nanbu Ushioi Uta

                                                                                                        There is something simultaneously both brand-new and retro about ‘All News Is Good News’ - the debut album from Melbourne’s instrumental soul group Surprise Chef.

                                                                                                        It sounds like something dreamt up by lo-fi cousins of David Axelrod and Janko Nilovic, with dramatic Library-music-eqsue cinematic arrangements echoing both light and dark, delving into moments of dissonance and positivity. There is a meticulous education of 1970’s soul on display that touches on the legacies of the great composer / producers, yet at the same time this is a truly contemporary record that could have only been made now. The first limited pressing of ‘All News Is Good News’ was released on the band’s own College Of Knowledge imprint in November 2019.

                                                                                                        It slipped rapidly into the collective consciousness of underground music lovers around the world, with all copies selling out within a week and becoming a firm favourite at Mr Bongo HQ in the process. We felt Surprise Chef had made something very special, a future-classic, and that needed to be heard well beyond those lucky enough to have bagged those limited first copies. Formed at the end of 2017, Surprise Chef have grown within the fertile, creative, and supportive Melbourne music scene. Whilst the band is comprised of four core members, the album features friends and family as guest instrumentalists on flute, saxophone, vibraphone, congas, and assorted percussion; all adeptly recorded by engineer Henry Jenkins from the band Karate Boogaloo.

                                                                                                        The warm-raw-authenticity of the album was captured in the recordings live to tape over a handful of sessions in the band’s home studio in Melbourne’s inner-northern suburb of Coburg. As band member Lachlan Stuckey explains “All of the music we record is tracked live to tape, simply because so many of the records we love most were made that way”.

                                                                                                        The results are a captivating journey of instrumental cinematic-soul that will connect with the hardened Axelrod, Truth & Soul, El Michels Affair, and Daptone’s fans, as well as the open-minded first-time listener. We are very excited to share this first slice of Surprise Chef’s world, with plenty more magic from these guys coming around the corner very soon.


                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Barry says: Wow! Surprise chef have all the groove you'd expect from good old 1960's soul, mixed with the sort of plunderphonic hiss of modern soundtracks and sleazy lounge. An intoxicating mix indeed.

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                                                                                                        All News Is Good News
                                                                                                        Herbie Hemphill
                                                                                                        Blyth Street Nocturne
                                                                                                        Have You Fed Baby Huey Today
                                                                                                        Yung Boi Suite
                                                                                                        Crayfish Caper
                                                                                                        Flip Shelton
                                                                                                        Drinking From The Cup Of Bob Knob
                                                                                                        Mario’s Lament

                                                                                                        Dee Dee Bridgewater

                                                                                                        Afro Blue

                                                                                                          If you collect vintage 70’s soul-jazz vinyl, there is a good chance that you already own a record that features the amazing vocal talents of Dee Dee Bridgewater. Whether it be Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, Billy Parker or Carlos Garnett - Dee Dee is the glue that fuses these artists together.

                                                                                                          Although best known for her jazz work, Dee Dee has had a wonderfully rich and varied career encompassing soul, musicals, gospel, and underground disco from the 70’s to the present day. She is still active as a vocalist, composer, and producer and remains one of our favourite vocalists at Mr Bongo HQ. We take things back to the early years of Dee Dee’s career with her debut album ‘Afro Blue’. Recorded in Tokyo in 1974, the album was released exclusively in Japan via two different Japanese labels (Trio Records in 1974 and All Art in 1985 respectively). Each release had unique cover art and we have opted to present the album in its original 1974 form.

                                                                                                          ‘Afro Blue’ features an exquisite collaboration of American and Japanese musicians, such as Cecil & Ron Bridgewater, Motohiko Hino and producer Takao Ishizuka. The result is a sublime deep soul-jazz masterpiece with timeless versions of ‘People Make The World Go Round’, ‘Love From The Sun’, and ‘Afro Blue’. It is arguably one of the finest albums in its genre. This record has long been a sought-after item for DJs and collectors alike, so we are delighted to finally make this wonderful music from an understated great available to all.

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                                                                                                          Afro Blue
                                                                                                          Love Vibrations
                                                                                                          Blues Medley (Everyday I Have The Blues / Stormy Monday Blues)
                                                                                                          Little B’s Poem 
                                                                                                          Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
                                                                                                          Love From The Sun
                                                                                                          People Make The World Go Round

                                                                                                          Marumo

                                                                                                          Modiehi

                                                                                                            We were first introduced to Marumo’s ‘Modiehi’ album via DJ Okapi’s amazing resource the ‘Afrosynth’ blog, which archives South African bubblegum/ disco from the 80s & early 90s. Aside from this blog, this music would otherwise remained unknown outside of South Africa, apart from the most hardcore of digger and record collector.

                                                                                                            ‘Modiehi’ was originally released on Spades Record in 1982 and was recorded by producer West Nkosi, who was a member of supergroup ‘Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens’. He worked with the big hitters in South African music such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Teaspoon & The Waves, Patience Africa and many more. Marumo were made up of a group of musicians from the Athlone School for the blind in Bellville, close to Cape Town. The band members, John Mothopeng, Munich Sibiya, Simon Falatsi and Marks Mbuthuma, had previously played in the groups Batsumi, All Rounders and The Orations and came together to record this versatile album. It covers a wide number of genres from Sotho soul, Mbaqanga, disco-funk, gospel & spacey-synth slow jams.

                                                                                                            Flash forward 30 or so years later and lost dead-stock copies of the album start to appear and Marumo’s music begins to be heard across the world in the DJ sets of Motor City Drum Ensemble, Invisible City Editions, Floating Points, DJ Okapi and others.

                                                                                                            We included the afro-disco-funk beauty of ‘Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?’ on our Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Three compilation, but felt ‘Modiehi’ needed to be available and heard in it’s entirety. We hope you enjoy!

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                                                                                                            Modiehi
                                                                                                            Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?
                                                                                                            Molato Ke Eng
                                                                                                            Re A Hlopheha
                                                                                                            Toitoi
                                                                                                            A Mohau
                                                                                                            Bosiu Bona
                                                                                                            Lenyalo
                                                                                                            Ke Eo Terene
                                                                                                            Ha Se Nna Fela
                                                                                                            Siyahlupheka
                                                                                                            Ungioambela Amanga

                                                                                                            Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty (BADBADNOTGOOD)

                                                                                                            Visions

                                                                                                              ‘Visions’ is a new collaborative album from BADBADNOTGOOD co-founders, Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty. The Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum producers have been performing and writing music together for 10 years. They have achieved international acclaim with BADBADNOTGOOD and Tavares’ recent solo single ’Self-Portrait’ has been championed by tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson and Benji B. ‘Visions’ is the latest upshot of their incredibly fruitful partnership.

                                                                                                              Recorded in Toronto, it was produced by Tavares and Whitty - with Tavares also mixing the album and arranging strings. After a three-week writing period it was played in its entirety in one continuous studio session; almost all the tracks on the album are the first take. Tavares is on piano and guitar, Whitty on saxophone and flute. The rhythm section of Julian Anderson-Bowes on bass and Matthew Chalmers on drums completes the players. They make an impressive collective and are performing at the peak of their powers.

                                                                                                              Conceptually the album is a canvas for a combination of composition and group free-form improvisation. Tavares and Whitty are the sole composers, but with some tracks collectively improvised, there is also a group dynamic running through the album. The outcome is a sublime melting pot of modern jazz, impressionist classical music and Arthur Verocai-esque arrangements. It is a sound that is hard to date; it is certainly of the now but is also reminiscent of a lost classic. Similar to the process of its creation, the optimal listening experience for ‘Visions’ is in its entirety. As a coherent body of work it draws the listener in with waves of intensity and crescendos that release back into tranquility - there is both darkness and light in the album’s narrative arc. There is also rawness and honesty to the music, which makes it feel like an intensely personal and intimate offering.

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                                                                                                              Through The Looking Glass
                                                                                                              Woah
                                                                                                              Blue
                                                                                                              Symbols Of Transformation
                                                                                                              Visions Of You
                                                                                                              Eyes
                                                                                                              Awakenings
                                                                                                              Heat Of The Moon
                                                                                                              Black Magic
                                                                                                              Symbols Of Transformation II
                                                                                                              Living Water Assembly 

                                                                                                              The Star Beams

                                                                                                              Play Disco Specials

                                                                                                                Play Disco Specials’ was produced by Ray Nkwe who also worked with Mankunku Quartet and The Soul Jazzmen, with all writing credits on the album going to Ray, the recording credited to engineer Robin Ritchie and the artwork to Carol Knowles.

                                                                                                                The Star Beams album is a bit of an enigma. When we first came across their epic dance-floor monster ‘Disco Stomp’ it was on a Disco Calypso compilation, so we assumed it originated from the Caribbean. Years later we worked out how wrong we were and that this nugget was actually from South Africa and taken off an ultra scarce album on JAS Pride records from 1976. The next problem was tracking down an original copy and we don’t think we’ve ever seen our Bongo team member Gary Johnson as happy as the day he turned up clutching a copy under his arm.

                                                                                                                Aside from the disco-jazz-funk of ‘Disco Stomp’, which has found it’s way into the DJ sets of Theo Parrish, ‘Play Disco Specials’ will appeal to fans of The Star Beams South African contemporaries The Drive, Batsumi and Pacific Express.

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                                                                                                                We Did It
                                                                                                                Disco Stomp
                                                                                                                Barney’s Moaning
                                                                                                                G.G. Is Talking

                                                                                                                Neno Exporta Som

                                                                                                                Deixa A Tristeza

                                                                                                                  Neno Exporta Som’s super-rare compacto 8206; ‘Deixa A Tristeza’ from 1971, has been high on the want-lists of Brazilian record collectors and DJs for years. This was intensified, along with a wider cult-following, following Floating Points dropping the gem on his amazing ‘BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix’ back in 2015. Mr Bongo included ‘Deixa A Tristeza’ on our Record Club Vol 1 compilation. Following that came many requests to release it back on its original ‘compacto’ 7” format. So finally, here it is for all to enjoy. By sheer coincidence, also released in 1971 on Copacabana Records is Agnaldo Rayo’s ‘Suma ma’. A fairly un-known record which has the potential to become an underground classic. This epic track has a psyche break-beat drum and bass groove intro - just asking to be sampled! Along with lush string and horn arrangements and a soaring female/male vocal duet.

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                                                                                                                  Neno Exporta Som - Deixa A Tristeza
                                                                                                                  Agnaldo Rayol - Sumauma

                                                                                                                  Kit Sebastian

                                                                                                                  Remix 12"

                                                                                                                    This remix 12" features three unique reworks of Kit Sebastian tracks. Each of the producers featured in this package created their own interpretation of the ‘lo-fi-hi-fi’ originals and have taken the duo’s sound into bold new directions. When it came to choosing who should remix Kit Sebastian, Natureboy Flako (Flako / Dario Rojo Guerra) was a producer at the top of the list. Keeping true to the original, whilst leaving his own stamp on the track, his mix adds breakbeat drums and middle-Eastern guitar riffs that transform the track into a more cinematic piece. It sounds like the music from an exotica dive-bar scene in a David Lynch film - which of course, is a very good thing. Producer and DJ Baris K, who was behind the awesome ‘Istanbul 70’ series (re-edits of classic Turkish gems), takes ‘Durma’ in a very different direction. Totally reconstructing the track, his remix has flipped the original and totally run wild. The results are an epic left-field electronic workout. By bringing the spoken-word vocals to the forefront and giving the track a darker industrial vibe, it wouldn’t sound out of place bouncing around the walls of a Berlin basement club at 5am on a Sunday morning. The pairing of Kit Sebastian and Halal Cool J grew after DJing together at the alternative Great Escape party at the Mr Bongo HQ in May 2019. They share a love for dusty old psychedelic Turkish records. Halal Cool J (aka Aly Jamal / Don Leisure) has released records on First World and is a co-member of Darkhouse Family with Earl Jeffers. For his interpretation he has delivered a mix-tape-collage with a hip-hop aesthetic, and rather than focusing on remixing a specific song, he has cut and paste his favourite elements of tracks taken off the band’s ‘Mantra Moderne’ album.

                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                    Mine says: Featuring a dreamy stomper courtesy of Natureboy Flako, a 10-minute dub beast by the one and only Baris K and, my personal fave, an uber groovy medley by Halal Cool J. More of that please!

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                                                                                                                    Durma (Baris K Dub)
                                                                                                                    Senden Baska (Natureboy Flako Remix)
                                                                                                                    Kit Sebastian Vs Halal Cool J

                                                                                                                    Renata Lu

                                                                                                                    Faz Tanto Tempo

                                                                                                                      These amazing Brazilian soul-funk nuggets from Renata Lu, originally appeared on a 7” compacto and on her self-titled debut album for Copacabana Records in 1971. The up tempo break-beat funk of ‘Faz Tanto Tempo’ has a real dance-floor cross-over appeal and should please Brazilian, funk, hip-hop breaks heads and mod-soul DJ’s & collectors alike. Renata Lu had a long career releasing records on labels such as Compacaban / CID & Continental through out the 70’s and 80’s and worked as backing vocalist on recordings by Tim Maia and Nonato Buzar.

                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      Sil says: Two rare Brazilian dancefloor diamonds in one small 7" via Mr Bongo. Nothing can go wrong here. Essential!

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                                                                                                                      Faz Tanto Tempo
                                                                                                                      Sambaloo

                                                                                                                      Nonato & Seu Conjunto / Jose Roberto

                                                                                                                      Cafua / Crioula Multicolorida

                                                                                                                        The late composer, arranger, musician and record producer Nonato Buzar is a lesser known great (outside of Brazil). His legacy leaves behind a rich body of recordings, working with some of the cream of the Brazilian 60s and 70s music scene, such as Evinha, Elis Regina, Wilson Das Neves to name a few as well as Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. The awesome organ driven dancer of ‘Cafua’ is taken from Nonato & Seu Conjunto’s ‘O Som E O Balanco De Nonato’ album from 1975 on Som records. Mr Bongo re-issued Jose 769; Roberto’s (aka Ze Roberto) ultra rare ‘Lotus 72 D’ 7” earlier in 2019. ‘Crioula Multicolorida’ though not as scarce as ‘Lotus’ is still a hard record to find and is equally as great. This anthemic ‘samba rock’ gem, with its amazing breakdown, originally appeared as the B-side of a 7” in 1974 on RCA Victor. It has since been a favourite amongst Brazilian DJs and collectors, featuring on the influential ‘Via Brazil’ compilation series and ‘Brazilian Beats Brooklyn’ collection on Mr Bongo.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        Nonato & Seu Conjunto - Cafua
                                                                                                                        Jose Roberto - Crioula Multicolorida

                                                                                                                        Peter King

                                                                                                                        Omo Lewa - Reissue

                                                                                                                        Super-funky business from Nigerian-born multi-instrumentalist, Peter King; fuses funk, jazz and highlife vibrations. ‘Omo Lewa’ follows his ‘Miliki Sound’ album, also available on Mr Bongo. Recorded in London, originally released in 1976 by Orbitone, this is one of his finest records.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        Omo Lewa
                                                                                                                        Yere Africa
                                                                                                                        Afro-Funk
                                                                                                                        Eda
                                                                                                                        Ajo
                                                                                                                        Congo
                                                                                                                        Ko Dara

                                                                                                                        Nearly a decade since their last record, Jay Malinowski and Eon Sinclair better known as duo Bedouin Soundclash, return with their fifth studio album "Mass". While pulling from their old catalogue of eclectic post-punk world-beat tendencies, the band journeys further into New Orleans jazz, afro-pop, electronic and gospel on their latest offering, reflecting a creative rebirth influenced by the cities and musicians that surrounded them. Co-produced by Bedouin Soundclash and legendary Philadelphia House DJ King Britt, along with musical direction from Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall, "Mass" spans two communities, recorded at Marigny Studio’s in New Orleans with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and in Vancouver at St. James Church with the children of the St. James Music Academy. Mirroring the magnetic energy of New Orleans, "MASS" is a dense sonic journey that incorporates an impressive array of musical influences including Big Band swing to New Orleans jazz, pop, electronica, and more. From the post-punksoca of album opener "Salt Water", the jangling Big Band swing-pop of recent single "Clockwork", to the Talking Heads-channeling "When We’re Gone", and the dubbing afro-pop gospel of "Holy" that features Mike Dillon distorting his marimbas into another sonic dimension, "Mass" is jam-packed with infectious melodies and summery feel-good vibes.

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Matt says: Pulling your heartstrings in all manner of directions, this bouquet of soulful flavours and varied styles has one coherant theme running throughout - a total grasp of what modern, tastefull pop music should entail and incite. Flawless.

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                                                                                                                        Salt Water
                                                                                                                        Born Into Bad Times
                                                                                                                        Clock Work
                                                                                                                        When We’re Gone
                                                                                                                        Holy
                                                                                                                        They Gutted This City
                                                                                                                        Drive
                                                                                                                        St Jude Of The Floors
                                                                                                                        All Tomorrows
                                                                                                                        Inversion Weather
                                                                                                                        Full Bloom
                                                                                                                        Better Days
                                                                                                                        Edges Of The Night
                                                                                                                        Just Like You

                                                                                                                        Hozan Yamamoto With Sharps & Flats

                                                                                                                        Beautiful Bamboo-Flute

                                                                                                                          Seminal Japanese jazz album from 1971. Journeys through jazz fusion, soul and big band moods. Impossible to obtain in its original format these days, it rests on a spiritual and serene plane, conjuring up expansive and exotic landscapes from far flung places. Obviously, some of the instrumentation and playing is nothing short of breath-taking, but with sleeve notes mainly in Japanese you're gonna have to do some serious research to find out who's responsible!

                                                                                                                          Official Mr Bongo reissue with original artwork and super fresh, clean vinyl pressing. Recommended!


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                                                                                                                          Kokiriko Bushi
                                                                                                                          Sado Okesa
                                                                                                                          Tairyo Utaikomi
                                                                                                                          Soma Bon-Uta
                                                                                                                          Komoro Mago-Uta
                                                                                                                          Nanbu Ushioi-Uta
                                                                                                                          Itsuki No Komori-Uta
                                                                                                                          Hietsuki-Bushi
                                                                                                                          Yasuki-Bushi
                                                                                                                          Yosakoi-Bushi
                                                                                                                          Kuroda-Bushi

                                                                                                                          Gyedu Blay Ambolley And Zantoda Mark III

                                                                                                                          Control

                                                                                                                          Extremely hard-to-find Ghanaian LP from legendary musician Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, originally released in 1980. Tough Highlife, funk and boogie moods with added synthesizer! Ambolley is still actively touring today, keeping these vibes alive - he will be touring Europe throughout 2019. This is the third Gyedu Blay Ambolley LP that we have reissued on Mr Bongo, following on from his seminal ‘Ambolley’ and ‘Simigwa’ recordings. Official Mr Bongo reissue licensed from Gyedu-Blay Ambolley.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          Control
                                                                                                                          Woye De Adolfo
                                                                                                                          Don’t Go
                                                                                                                          Mercy Kae Dabi
                                                                                                                          Take Am So
                                                                                                                          The Message (God Is Love)

                                                                                                                          Jungle Brown

                                                                                                                          Full Circle

                                                                                                                            The second full-length LP from Jungle Brown, ‘Full Circle’, drops on Mr Bongo and features collaborations with Sampa The Great, Fliptrix (High Focus) and Terri Walker amongst other super-talents. The trio - Ric Flo, MAEAR & Tony Bones - have spent the last two years redefining soulful hip-hop - the sound is bigger, more thought-provoking, and it has matured with a rich soulful underpinning. They have also entered territories fans are yet to hear as they glide effortlessly over Tony Bones’ productions that introduce trap and house into their repertoire. The project is an eclectic array of their influences, twisted and blended together to create a ground-breaking release for UK music.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            Keep It Movin
                                                                                                                            Wicked Ft Fliptrix
                                                                                                                            Ikoja Ft Elde
                                                                                                                            Huami Ft Terri Walker
                                                                                                                            Sometimes Ft Ruby
                                                                                                                            Wayside
                                                                                                                            Time Ticks
                                                                                                                            U&I
                                                                                                                            We On Ft Sampa The Great
                                                                                                                            Situationships Ft K. Waltz
                                                                                                                            Custom Made Ft Ayo The Yung African Pioneer

                                                                                                                            Ebo Taylor Jr With Wuta Wazutu

                                                                                                                            Gotta Take It Cool

                                                                                                                            Tough, mid-tempo Ghanaian funk & Highlife grooves from Ebo Taylor Junior, son of the mighty Ebo Taylor. Originally released in 1978, this sunkissed set with Wuta Wazutu is now extremely difficult and expensive to find in its original form. Soulful and skanking with the classic Accra sound, the nine track set is infectious from head to toe, though never better than the mighty back-beat attack of the killer “Mondo Soul Funky”.

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Patrick says: Autumn might have hit hard this year, but this groove heavy LP from Ebo Taylor Jnr and Wuta Wazutu is simply sunshine in vinyl from. Funky, soulful and skanking, this has had everyone smiling in the shop this afternoon.

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                                                                                                                            Lord We’ve Missed You
                                                                                                                            System To Love
                                                                                                                            Begging On Knees
                                                                                                                            You’ve Got Yours Greedy Man
                                                                                                                            Gotta Take It Cool
                                                                                                                            Mondo Soul Funky
                                                                                                                            Swinging Soul For Love
                                                                                                                            Every Woman Needs A Helper
                                                                                                                            Love Is What I Need

                                                                                                                            ‘Mantra Moderne’ is a stunning, contemporary masterpiece that fuses Anatolian Psychedelia, Brazilian Tropicalia, 60’s European pop and American jazz. A must for fans of Khruangbin, Portishead, Arthur Verocai, Goat, Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze, Os Mutantes, Cortex and co. The duo is formed of Kit Martin, who lives between London and France and plays all instruments on the album, and Merve Erdem, vocalist and multi-disciplinary artist from Istanbul, now based in London. This is their debut album.

                                                                                                                            The album explores universal themes such as love, loss, decay, language and ideology, mixing three different languages: English, Turkish and French. Written and recorded by the duo - Kit composed all the songs and Merve wrote the lyrics - in rural France during 2018, each song was completed within a 12- hour window, pawning contemplation for spontaneity.

                                                                                                                            Dubbed by Kit and Merve as ‘lo-fi-hi-fi’ in reference to the high-end tube equipment that helped it find its way to 8-track cassette tape. The style owes its sound to narrow tape width, valve distortion, spring reverb, the mixture of high end gear with lo-fi equipment as well as a disregard to the norms of hi-fi studio techniques. All instruments were analogue and no samples were used. The instruments that are used range from tablas to darbukas, balalaikas to ouds, MS20 synths to Farfisa organs and a lot of cuica. The mixing techniques were done on-the-fly, tracking immediately to tape: compression, EQ, delay and reverb;meaning mixing could not be revisited!

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Barry says: Kit Sebastian's 'Mantra Moderne' is a brilliantly oddball juxtaposition of exotica, international psychedelia and tropical beach vibes, brought together into a swinging haze of lysergic guitar strums and staggering percussion.

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                                                                                                                            Senden Baska
                                                                                                                            Mantra Moderne
                                                                                                                            Tyranny 20
                                                                                                                            Pangea 
                                                                                                                            Kuytu
                                                                                                                            Yanimda Kal
                                                                                                                            Y R D M B Y D M R D M
                                                                                                                            With A Sense Of Grace
                                                                                                                            Durma

                                                                                                                            A Tribe Called Quest

                                                                                                                            Scenario

                                                                                                                              All-time classic hip-hop of the highest possible grade from A Tribe Called Quest, featuring that verse from Busta Rhymes. Replica reissue of the prized, Germany-only 7” from 1992, cut loud.

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                                                                                                                              Scenario (Album Version)
                                                                                                                              Scenario (Young Nation Mix)

                                                                                                                              Archie Shepp

                                                                                                                              Attica Blues

                                                                                                                              This is a previously Japan-only 7” featuring two tracks originally released on Shepp’s 1972 classic soul-jazz LP, ‘Attica Blues’. A powerful mix of psychedelic soul & jazz that retains Shepp’s political sentiment of his earlier works. ‘Attic Blues’ is a huge funk-soul composition, referring to a mass shooting of inmates at Attica Prison. Henry Hull’s vocal sits on top of bass, layered percussion, wah-wah guitars, plus large horn and string sections to create a massive sound. The big band, almost soundtrack-esque, ‘Quiet Dawn’, is sung by the composer’s 7-year old daughter. She floats on top of piano, strings, drums and rich layers of percussion

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                                                                                                                              Attica Blues
                                                                                                                              Quiet Dawn

                                                                                                                              Os Novos Bahianos

                                                                                                                              E Ferro Na Boneca

                                                                                                                                The debut album from the legendary Brazilian group, Os Novos Bahianos officially reissued by our good friends at Mr Bongo.

                                                                                                                                Originally released by RGE in 1970 in Brazil, "E Ferro Na Boneca!" features 13- songs composed by Luiz Galvao and Moraes Moreira. This record shows the roots of the group, moving through psychedelics, edgey pop, rock and Tropicalia.

                                                                                                                                After writing "E Ferro Na Boneca!" their music began to move towards MPB due to the influence of Joao Gilberto, who began working with the group. In 1972 they released their incredible "Acabou Chorare" LP, which came top of Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Brazilian Records (published in 2007).

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                                                                                                                                Ferro Na Boneca
                                                                                                                                Eu De Adjetivos
                                                                                                                                Outro Mambo, Outro Mundo
                                                                                                                                Colegio De Aplicacao
                                                                                                                                A Casca De Banana Que Eu Pisei
                                                                                                                                Dona Nita E Dona Helena
                                                                                                                                Se Eu Quiser Eu Compro Flores
                                                                                                                                E O Samba Me Traiu
                                                                                                                                Baby Consuelo
                                                                                                                                Tangolete
                                                                                                                                Curto De Veu E Grinalda
                                                                                                                                Juventude Sexta E Sabado
                                                                                                                                De Vera

                                                                                                                                Extremely hard-to-obtain album from the Ghanaian master composer, producer and musician. Originally released in 1982 by the WEA International label and then again in Germany in 1985 by Ambolley himself; this is one of his finest albums in our opinion.
                                                                                                                                Ambolley fuses Highlife, disco and boogie sonics perfectly and features the anthemic club cut, Highlife, that we have spinning for a while - always does the job!  Official Mr Bongo reissue. Licensed from Gyedu-Blay Ambolley.

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                                                                                                                                A1. It's High Life
                                                                                                                                A2. Walking Don The Street
                                                                                                                                A3. 'Cos I Love You
                                                                                                                                B1. Cut Your Coat
                                                                                                                                B2. Adwoa
                                                                                                                                B3. Simigwa
                                                                                                                                B4. Franfranta

                                                                                                                                Kit Sebastian

                                                                                                                                Mantra Moderne / Kyutu

                                                                                                                                ‘Mantra Moderne’ is a stunning, contemporary masterpiece that fuses Anatolian Psychedelia, Brazilian Tropicalia, 60’s European pop and American jazz. A must for fans of Khruangbin, Portishead, Arthur Verocai, Goat, Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze, Os Mutantes, Cortex and co. The duo is formed of Kit Martin, who lives between London and France and plays all instruments on the album, and Merve Erdem, vocalist and multi-disciplinary artist from Istanbul, now based in London. This is the debut single from their debut album.

                                                                                                                                Dubbed by Kit and Merve as ‘lo-fi-hi-fi’ in reference to the high-end tube equipment that helped it find its way to 8-track cassette tape. The style owes its sound to narrow tape width, valve distortion, spring reverb, the mixture of high end gear with lo-fi equipment as well as a disregard to the norms of hi-fi studio techniques. All instruments were analogue and no samples were used. The instruments that are used range from tablas to darbukas, balalaikas to ouds, MS20 synths to Farfisa organs and a lot of cuica. The mixing techniques were done on-the-fly, tracking immediately to tape: compression, EQ, delay and reverb; meaning mixing could not be revisited!

                                                                                                                                Mantra Moderne was hugely influenced by Italian library soundtracks. The first backwards sound that occurs at 0.26 was an earlier recording of the track that was meant to have been recorded completely over, an example of the amount of mistakes that were present in the recording process that became desirable!

                                                                                                                                Kuytu is strongly influenced by Turkish Anatolian Rock and Azeri Mugham folk but also the works of someone very important to Kit and Merv, Vagif Mustafazadeh. The lyrics, written in Turkish are about a mysterious figure whose presence brings a heavenly love and joy into the poet’s life. However, his unexpected disappearance leaves a black sorrow in her heart.

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Mine says: A very unique and somewhat irresistible blend of sounds, combining slow grooving bass lines, charming vocals and a good portion of jazz into a psychedelic haze. Delightful!

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                                                                                                                                Mantra Moderne
                                                                                                                                Kyutu

                                                                                                                                Azymuth

                                                                                                                                Aguia Nao Come Mosca

                                                                                                                                  Golden-era, 1977, Brazilian jazz-funk-fusion album from the legendary Azymuth. Lush Rhodes, soaring synths and fusion guitars from Malheiros and Bertrami combine with the inimitable drum grooves from Ivan “Mamao” Conti that create the signature Azymuth sound. The album moves from mellow soulful moods, into screaming disco-jazz-fusion, samba funk, synth boogie and ends with a tough 160bpm Batucada workout.

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                                                                                                                                  Voo Sobre O Horizonte
                                                                                                                                  Aguia Nao Come Mosca
                                                                                                                                  Despertar
                                                                                                                                  Tarde
                                                                                                                                  Circo Marimbondo
                                                                                                                                  Tamborim, Cuica, Ganza, Berimbau
                                                                                                                                  A Presa
                                                                                                                                  A Caca
                                                                                                                                  Falcon Love Call (Armazem No 2)
                                                                                                                                  Aguia Negra X Dragao Negro

                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                  Mr Bongo Record Club Vol. 3

                                                                                                                                    Volume three in the Mr Bongo Record club series is another showcase of recent vinyl finds and favourites from their DJ sets and radio shows. This is an extra special one however, as it lands in 2019, 30 years since it all began way back in 1989. Compiled by David Buttle and Gareth Stephens, assisted by Graham Luckhurst and Gary Johnson. As ever expect the hottest jazz, funk, African, Latin, soul, disco and MPB delights from this crack team of digging experts. 

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                                                                                                                                    J.B. De Carvalho E Seu Terreiro - Fui A Umbanda
                                                                                                                                    Trio Ternura - A Gira
                                                                                                                                    Alcione - Figa De Guine
                                                                                                                                    Impacto 5 - Longe Daqui Aqui Mesmo
                                                                                                                                    Abaete - Pisa No Taboado
                                                                                                                                    Tobias - Coisa Sentimental
                                                                                                                                    Os Flippers - Estrelar
                                                                                                                                    SpaceArk - Don’t Stop (Unreleased Long Version)
                                                                                                                                    Pure Release - I’ll Know It’s Love For Sure
                                                                                                                                    Luther Davis Group - You Can Be A Star
                                                                                                                                    Marumo - Khomo
                                                                                                                                    Tsaka Deile Kae? Splash - Peacock
                                                                                                                                    Gyedu Blay Ambolley - Highlife
                                                                                                                                    Harari - Senyamo
                                                                                                                                    Kaleidoscope - Let Me Try
                                                                                                                                    Elias Rahbani - I Want To Be
                                                                                                                                    Tokyo Academy Philharmonic Chorus Group - Taharazaka
                                                                                                                                    Cesar Roldão Vieira – Zé Do Trem
                                                                                                                                    Elias Rahbani - Dance Of Maria
                                                                                                                                    Galt MacDermot - Coffee Cold

                                                                                                                                    Power Of Zeus

                                                                                                                                    The Gospel According To Zeus (RSD19 EDITION)

                                                                                                                                      Seminal funk-rock album originally released on Rare Earth in 1970. Transferred from 2 x 1/4" analog reels at 192kHz/24-bit and released specially for Record Store 2019. Featuring the monster breakbeat on 'The Sorcerer Of Isis’. The drum beat from "Sorcerer of Isis" has been one of the most sampled in hip-hop music, including KRS-One, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Cyprus Hill, Tribe Called Quest and Eminem to name a few. Half-speed mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, London.

                                                                                                                                      Akira Ishikawa

                                                                                                                                      Back To Rhythm

                                                                                                                                        Ultra-rare jazz-funk/fusion album by Japanese drummer, Akira Ishikawa, featuring percussion-heavy versions of ‘Let’s Start’, ‘Bongo Rock’ and ‘Pick Up The Pieces’. ‘Back To Rhythm’ was the final recording in Ishikawa’s Africaninfluenced period. He cut this record with his band ‘Count Buffalos’, featuring Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Takeru Muraoka, Larry Sunaga and arranger Hiromasa Suzuki. It includes excellent cover versions of The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, BT Express, Stevie Wonder, Average White Band, Incredible Bongo Band and Fela Kuti. Originally released in Japan in 1975 by Columbia, this is now extremely difficult to find in its original format, and very pricey indeed!

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                                                                                                                                        I’ve Got To Use My Imagination
                                                                                                                                        Bongo Rock
                                                                                                                                        Do It Til You’re Satisfied
                                                                                                                                        Hey Jude
                                                                                                                                        El Condor Pasa
                                                                                                                                        Pick Up The Pieces
                                                                                                                                        Love Is The Answer
                                                                                                                                        I Shot The Sheriff
                                                                                                                                        Let’s Start
                                                                                                                                        Boogie On Reggae Woman

                                                                                                                                        Celia

                                                                                                                                        Celia (1970)

                                                                                                                                          Beautiful debut album from the incredible Celia, conducted & arranged by Arthur Verocai and Rogerio Duprat and featuring songs by Lo Borges, Antonio Adolfo and Joyce amongst others. Celia recorded four self-titled albums for Continental between 1971 and 1977, ‘Amor’ in 1982 plus several more before she sadly passed away late in 2017, aged 70.

                                                                                                                                          Celia was a Brazilian vocalist who worked frequently with master arranger-composer Arthur Verocai in her early years and many other heavyweights over the course of her extensive career. Joyce was particularly supportive in the making of this album, writing the beautiful “Abrace Paul McCartney” and her husband at the time, Nelson Angelo, recorded some of the songs.

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                                                                                                                                          Blues
                                                                                                                                          No Clarao Da Lua Cheia
                                                                                                                                          Durango Kid
                                                                                                                                          David
                                                                                                                                          To Be
                                                                                                                                          Abrace Paul McCartney
                                                                                                                                          Pelo Teletipo
                                                                                                                                          Adeus Batucada
                                                                                                                                          Lennon - McCartney
                                                                                                                                          Zozoio - Como E Que E Fotograma

                                                                                                                                          Ronald Mesquita

                                                                                                                                          Bresil 72

                                                                                                                                            This classic Brazilian album from master drummer Ronald Mesquita was originally released in 1972 and features songs by Jorge Ben, Antonio Carlos-Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Edu Lobo and others. Mesquita is probably most well-known for playing with Luis Carlos Vinhas and his ‘Bossa Tres’ outfit, along with his own group, ‘Ronie E A Central Do Brasil’, that he formed after his return from the US in the early 1970s. He also played on several songs on Tenorio Jr.’s ‘Embalo’ album that Mr Bongo recently reissued. The killer track ‘Balanca Pema’ was very big in the Jazz Dance scene in the 90s and also featured on the Mojo compilation ‘Dancefloor Jazz Volume Four’. Madlib sampled ‘Balanca Pema’ on his Medicine Show Number 2 ‘Flight to Brazil’.

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                                                                                                                                            Balanca Pema
                                                                                                                                            Dabadeia
                                                                                                                                            Aguas De Marco
                                                                                                                                            Cancao Do Sal-Tema De
                                                                                                                                            Tostao
                                                                                                                                            Fechado Pra Balanco
                                                                                                                                            O Gato
                                                                                                                                            Tarde Em Itapoa
                                                                                                                                            Casa De Campo
                                                                                                                                            Quatro De Dezembro
                                                                                                                                            Papagayo
                                                                                                                                            Zanzibar

                                                                                                                                            Tom Zé

                                                                                                                                            Estudando O Samba

                                                                                                                                              'Estudando O Samba' is an incredibly unique concept album from the one and only Tom Ze, originally released by Continental Brazil in 1976 - a tough one to find at a good price in its original form now. ‘Estudando do Samba’ (or ‘Studying The Samba’) is a post-Tropicalia studio experimentation laiden with layers of hypnotic percussion, effects & samples that deconstructs the ‘samba’ form. Recorded during what was arguably his most creative period. David Byrne found the record in Rio in the late 90’s and included several songs on his Tom Ze collection for Luaka Bop a few years later. At that time Tom was not recording or touring much; playing low-key shows in Sao Paulo and contemplating a move back to Irara to work at a service station owned by one of his cousins. Byrne’s project helped to reignite his career and he hasn’t looked back since.

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                                                                                                                                              Ma
                                                                                                                                              A Felicidade
                                                                                                                                              Toc
                                                                                                                                              To
                                                                                                                                              Vai (Menina Amenha De Manha)
                                                                                                                                              Ui!
                                                                                                                                              (Voce Inventa)
                                                                                                                                              Doi
                                                                                                                                              Mae (Mae Solteira)
                                                                                                                                              Hein?
                                                                                                                                              So (Solidao)
                                                                                                                                              Se
                                                                                                                                              Indice

                                                                                                                                              Powerline

                                                                                                                                              Journey / Double Journey

                                                                                                                                                Classic jazz/funk/disco cut that became an instant anthem on all discerning dance floors when it was originally released, and for decades to follow. Includes the previously commercially unreleased Sax Mix of ‘Journey’, cut loud at 45rpm. Championed by DJs including Francois Kevorkian, David Mancuso, Larry Levan and more, it’s a record that, alongside tracks like Atmosfear’s ‘Dancing In Outer Space’, become synonymous with the UK influence on US club music at the time. A sound that many forward thinking DJs in New York, Chicago etc. embraced to stand out from the crowd and bring depth to the dance floor. Driving jazz/funk, legato bass, grooving beats, subtle keys, dubbed out percussion and guitar licks that bring you to a simple but infectious piano melody.

                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                Patrick says: Quite simply one of the finest dancefloor records of all time. Armed with precise percussion, an irresistible bassline and sublime melodies, this baby slays, and that's without mentioning the wild fx abuse or searing synths.

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                                                                                                                                                Journey
                                                                                                                                                Journey To.(Sax Mix)
                                                                                                                                                Double Journey


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