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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

    Junior Parker

    Love Ain't Nothing But A Business Goin' On - 2024 Reissue

      Next up in Mr Bongo's Groove Merchant Records reissue series, sees an outing for a much-loved and heavily sampled funk/soul/blues album by Junior Parker

      Originally issued under the title The Outside Man on Capitol Records in 1970 with an alternative cover, this reissue replicates the Groove Merchant release titled Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On featuring the car cover released in 1971. The Mississippi- born, Memphis- based blues singer, harmonica player and songwriter Junior Parker (aka Little Junior Parker) had a stellar career in music. Since the early 1950s he released records on labels such as Duke, Mercury, United Artists Records and more. Sadly though, Parker died at the young age of 39 during surgery on November 18, 1971. Originally released under the alternate title a year before his untimely death, Love Ain't Nothin' But a Business Goin' On is drenched in Parker's trademark buttery vocals and soulful grooves, swaggering between smokey blues, raw funk outings and orchestrated soul ballads (with sublime arrangements by Horace Ott).

      The album also features three Beatles cover versions in the form of 'Taxman', 'Lady Madonna' and 'Tomorrow Never Knows'. For 'Taxman', Parker completely reinterprets the song taking into a New Orleans funk realm, a sample of which was used as the main hook line on Cypress Hill's classic 'I Wanna Get High'. Elsewhere, 'Tomorrow Never Knows' is flipped into a tripped- out, psychedelic soul-swamp blues ballad, whilst 'Lady Madonna' is given a funky blues makeover.

      As shown with Cypress Hill's use of 'Taxman', since the '70s Parker's legacy has been immortalised for future generations through the deep well of samples that his music has become a source of. Tracks from Love Ain't Nothin' But a Business Goin' On have been sampled by some of the biggest names out there, such as A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Shadow and De La Soul.

      A seriously smooth album oozing with soul and emotion from a Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Junior Parker's Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On is a superb example of the early '70s crossover funk/soul sound.

      TRACK LISTING

      Love Ain't Nothing But A Business Goin' On
      The Outside Man
      Darling Depend On Me
      Taxman
      Rivers Invitation
      I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone
      Just To Hold My Hand
      You Know I Love You
      Lady Madonna
      Tomorrow Never Knows

      New Regency Orchestra

      New Regency Orchestra

        Announcing the debut album from one of London's most electrifying acts

        An 18-piece Afro-Cuban big band, inspired by the musical melting pot of NYC in the 1950s, but with the punch and power of a whole host of London's best Latin and jazz musicians . Blowing new life into these compositions, the album is a reimagining of some of the finest music from that golden era. From early 1950s Rene Hernandez and Tito Puente, through to the 1970s salsa of Rafael Labasta and Orlando Marin, produced and performed with fresh fire.

        NRO is the brainchild of its artistic director, and the man behind Total Refreshment Centre and Church of Sound , Lex Blondin . Through a long- held passion for jazz, Lex discovered the explosive Afro-Cuban rhythms of mid-1940s NYC via the godfather of Afro-Cuban jazz, Mario Bauza. A time when two musical worlds collided in a fusion of creativity and energy, jazz luminaries like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker joining forces with Cuban greats like Machito and Chano Pozo. This vibrant sound was music to dance to and found a home at The New York Palladium, a formative space of freedom and expression that was key to the scene's development.

        Although dance- focussed in their makeup, those early recordings are not often heard in modern club environments and Lex dreamt of retelling their story with a contemporary dynamism . A slice of serendipity followed, as a slot at a new festival opened up and Lex jumped at the chance to make this idea a reality, an 18-piece big band breathing new life into these beloved songs.

        Enlisting the expertise of some of the capital's finest talent, Lex and co-captain Andy Wood , of Como No fame, put together a world- class line- up of talent. Bringing in Eliane Correa as musical director and bandleader, a fluid and interchanging 18-piece band was formed.

        This pure collective joy, shared experience and music you can't help but move to.

        TRACK LISTING

        Pregon
        Sambaroco
        Mambo Herd
        Fiesta Time
        Para Los Papines
        Sahib & Tito
        Scarlet Mambo Hour
        Papa Boco
        Labasta Llego
        Mambo Rama (Lex Blondin Rework)
        Mango Walk
        Harlem Jamboree

        Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nuevo

        Super Son - 2024 Reissue

          Wonderful record of tripped- out rumbas, psych- Afro- Latin funk and quirky orchestrated tracks with a big band horn section courtesy of Torres' band, Algo Nuevo.

          As well as being the director of Algo Nuevo and Cuban all-star ensemble Estrellas De Areito , the trombonist, bandleader, arranger and producer also released a wealth of albums under his own name predominately on the state-owned imprint Areito/EGREM.

          Post- revolution, there was a contrast in Cuba's musical world. State censorship was at play, but professional musicians were on the government payroll which gave them an artistic freedom. Experimentation emanated in the '70s and '80s and Super Son is a prime example of that. 'Y Que Bien' kicks off the album taking you down a tripped- out, cosmic rabbithole , psych guitars and skat vocals opening up into a joyful funk groove laced with jazzy Afro- Cuban horns stabs. Tracks such as 'Pastel En Descarga' seem to come out of nowhere and are completely unique . Fuzzed- up guitar lines and percussion lay the groundwork, with those jubilant horns adding to the energy of this forever building track.

          Elsewhere, there's the '70s TV theme-tune feeling of 'Con Aji Guaguao', a playful funk number that boils and bubbles with blistering trombone playing by Torres. Or 'Son A Propulsion' and 'Son Riendo', two more brilliant examples of psychedelic funk, wrapped up in a blanket of Afro-Cuban rhythms. The former sweeping you up in rushes of wind as trumpets, trombones and distorted guitars trade off, the latter, an intergalactic fiesta of tradition and exploration.

          Super Son is up there as one of the funkiest Cuban records around , a playful fusion of ideas from a producer, player and group on fine form and, for us, one of our favourite gems to come out of Cuba in this period. A sheer masterpiece.

          TRACK LISTING

          Y Que Bien
          Rico Melao
          Pastel En Descarga
          A Luna Llena
          Con Aji Guaguao
          Son A Propulsion
          Si No Fuera Por Emiliana
          Ey!...Op.1
          Son Riendo
          Super Son

          Juan Pablo Torres

          Algo Nuevo - 2024 Reissue

            Released on Cuba's state- owned Areito imprint , Algo Nuevo showcases trombonist, bandleader, arranger and producer Juan Pablo Torres' unique scope of sound. A melting pot of an album that weaves together jazz- funk and traditional Afro- Cuban genres with tripped- out synth touches and dancefloor grooves.

            The opener 'Pan Caliente' is a fiery celebration, combining a driving groove with Latin percussion, feverish horns and infectious "la- la- la" vocals. The wild, squelching cosmic synthlines give an otherworldly touch to proceedings that sit nicely on a modern dancefloor. 'Guajira 2001' is perhaps Juan's future-focussed take on the vibrant style of Cuban dance- led music called guajira . Blistering bongos, congas and claves moving together with trumpets, trombones and twanging acoustic guitars that you can't help but bounce to.

            Other highlights include, 'Cacao', a Cuban cosmic funk strutter that places the claves upfront, with a scatting vocal line and percussive climax reminiscent of George Kranz electronic disco anthem 'Din Daa Daa' from 1983. Elsewhere, 'Elvira' further showcases the psychedelic essence of many of the album's tracks. A deep Latin workout where tasty percussive breaks and scorching keys blend with trippy vocals and rumbling synths.

            A varied album encompassing a variety of Afro- Cuban genres and rhythms entwined with flashes of mind-bending cosmic influence. Algo Nuevo is a further jewel in Cuba's musical crown of riches, with plenty of dancefloor treats and downtempo numbers held within.

            TRACK LISTING

            Pan Caliente
            Son De Caramelo Para Ti
            Guajira 2001
            Cacao
            Tatagua
            Rumba De Cajon Op 1
            Mangle
            Elvira
            Mayajigua
            Asi Son Con El Son

            Raul Gomez

            Raul Gomez - 2024 Reissue

              For the next reissue in Mr Bongo's Cuban Classics series, we look to Raul Gomez's entrancing 1977 Instrumental album.

              Presenting a unique blend of orchestral disco and jazz- funk , with Afro- Cuban flavours and soundtrack influences , it's rich with drum breaks, energy and evolving compositions. A record that forever keeps you guessing, powered by an exemplary orchestra at the top of their game.

              Cuban composer and singer Raul Gomez is most known for featuring in the groups Mirtha Y Raul and Los Bucaneros alongside producing the Cuban classic Los Reyes 73 album, amongst a whole host of other incredible productions over the years. Released on Cuba's state-owned label Areito, Instrumental sees Gomez not only as an instrumentalist and author, but also as a producer and arranger.

              It's an album that deftly evades pigeonholing. Floating between instrumental mood music and library/soundtrack mastery, followed by explosions of cosmic- Latin funk, psych guitar workouts and compositions that reflect the orchestrated disco coming out of the US at the time, from greats such as Love Unlimited or MFSB. Lace that together with a healthy serving of Afro-Cuban magic to underpin the tracks and it's a recipe for a record that captivates from start to finish.

              Predominantly an instrumental album as the title suggests, the record showcases the Orquesta EGREM in full flow, soaring strings and vibrant horns at every turn. Highlights include 'Mi Samba Carnaval' with its breathtaking drum break, bubbling synths and sublime arrangements and the romantic film music impressions of 'Tema De La Sierra', that have been a sampling source for many a producer. Elsewhere, '6 Son' is a mind- melding psych guitar powerhouse, with 'Dacapo', written by Gilberto Peralta, offering up a slice of atmospheric and energetic Latin shuffle. One of only a handful of tracks where scat vocals compliment the orchestral tones, a Brazilian percussion theme marries with dancefloor sensibilities for a dose of feel-good, brilliance.

              A wide- ranging, multi- dimensional release, Instrumental exhibits musicianship, composition and creativity at its finest and demonstrates another key example of the rich output of music that flowed from the island of Cuba post revolution.

              TRACK LISTING

              Preludio De Un Amor
              Tema De La Sierra
              Dacapo
              Marinero Quiero Ser
              Anatomia De Un Problema
              Mi Samba Carnaval
              Poema En La Playa
              6 Son
              El Sonido De La Montan\u0303a
              Un Paseo A La Playa

              Finn Rees

              Dawn Is A Melody

                Mr Bongo proudly presents the debut album from Tasmania-born, Melbourne-based, Finn Rees.

                Gliding across a swirling palette of saturated hues, Dawn Is A Melody feels vintage yet vibrant, new but familiar at the same time. A spiritual, deep and textured jazz record, tipping its hat to greats from the past, capturing memories and reformulating them into new ideas with the help of some of Melbourne's finest talent.

                Expert keys player for the likes of 30/70 and Elle Shimada, alongside one-half of Close Counters, this debut LP was Finn's conscious departure from the realm of groove-based jazz. Instead, Dawn Is A Melody places the piano and arrangements centre stage, giving Finn and his fellow Melbourne crew freedom to explore the spaces in between, new emotions and alternate soundscapes.

                The album arcs between opening, middle and end. Beginning with the optimism of 'Looking Up' and 'Lagoon', the former a celestial, string and harp marbled slice of positivity, the latter a spiritual journey of exuberance and hope, Finn's fingers dancing across the '70s Yamaha grand piano . From there the songs blossom outwards with the cinematic soulful journey of 'It's Behind Me Now' and Brazilianinspired 'Expansion', as the divine 'Crossing' signals a transition to a new realm. The energy is transformed from the rich cosmic textures to a more intimate and personal feeling with 'Ablaze', 'Between Spaces' and 'As It Passes' which blissfully fades down to simply piano and strings to close out the record.

                Recorded at Rolling Stock in Collingwood, Melbourne, Henry Jenkins was drafted in as recording and mix engineer, his minimal vintage mic setups giving a live aesthetic and warmth to the arrangements. Lucky Pereira and Blakely McLean Davies form the rock- solid rhythm section, with a hand- picked line- up of other Melbourne talent on display, including Cheryl Durongpitikul on tenor sax, Siwei Wong on harp, Audrey Powne on trumpet and Allysha Joy on vocals to name only a few.

                Plotting a course from Alice Coltrane, through Herbie Hancock, to Arthur Verocai, this is a debut nourished by the past but firmly made in the present. A record unable to be age-stamped, casting ambiguity as to when, what era and by whom it has been crafted. Like a vintage lens capturing a current scene, Dawn Is A Melody is warm and familiar yet focused on the here now.

                For fans of Alice Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Arthur Verocai.

                TRACK LISTING

                Looking Up
                Lagoon
                Horizons
                It's Behind Me Now
                Expansion
                End Of The Line
                Crossing
                Ablaze
                Between Spaces
                As It Passes

                Lonnie Smith

                Funk Reaction - 2024 Reissue

                  Dripping with groove and swagger, this album skates between jazz-funk, cosmic disco radiance, beat-laden slow-jams and conscious psychedelic soul. Having played with the likes of George Benson and Lou Donaldson in the '60s, alongside releasing a string of albums on Columbia and Blue Note, 'Funk Reaction' sees Smith move into late '70s disco-funk-tinged territory.

                  Originally released on Sonny Lester's Groove Merchant Records successor, Lester Radio Corporation, the album feels more like a collaborative band orientated project as opposed to a solo artist outing. Featuring some elite session players of the time, including Steve Gadd on drums, guitarist Lance Quinn and bassist Bob Babbitt , the album is tied together expertly by songwriter, arranger and conductor Brad Baker.

                  It's worth the price tag alone for the superb disco-funk nugget 'Funk Reaction'. Other highlights include the only Lonnie Smith penned track on the album 'All In My Mind', that shines with a beautiful Stevie Wonder-esque quality and the slick guitar- led floater 'When The Night Is Right', written by and featuring guitarist Richie Hohenburger. Elsewhere, 'For The Love Of It' and the Brad Babbitt written 'Babbitt's Other Song' serve up classic jazz funk favours, both featuring stellar tenor saxophone from Eddie Daniels.

                  As a whole, the album is a superb example of Lonnie Smith's ability to merge jazz with elements of funk, soul, disco and beyond, experimenting with ideas whilst broadening the scope of both his audience and appeal. Fans of The Blackbyrds, the CTI / Kudu stable and '70s George Benson will dig this!

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Funk Reaction
                  2. For The Love Of It
                  3. Babbitt's Other Song
                  4. It's Changed
                  5. When The Night Is Right
                  6. All In My Mind

                  Bill Withers & Studio Rio

                  Lovely Day

                    Last year whilst DJing with miche at Shapes festival in the snow- capped mountains of Switzerland, a breathtaking yet ominous Alpine sky suddenly became a picture postcard moment. The clouds parted and a double rainbow formed, as miche dropped Studio Rio's bossa nova remake of Bill Withers' all-time classic 'Lovely Day'. From there, the dancefloor shifted gears and morphed into full- swing feel- good vibes, in a beautiful, spontaneous moment nobody could have planned for.

                    Mr Bongo now proudly presents a reissue of this brilliant, bossa-channelling Bill Withers reinterpretation from Studio Rio's 2014 release 'The Brazil Connection'. Masterminded by the German Grammy award- winning Berman Brothers , the project was born out of their deep love of Brazilian music. "Our goal was to bring the Brazilian joie de vivre to iconic performances by well- known artists. What would these classic songs sound like had they been recorded in the studios of Rio de Janeiro in the first place, with the best Brazilian musicians and arrangers?" the brothers reflect.

                    Capturing the life force of Brazil, the beating heart that is its music, they set out to find the musicians who would fit best with their concept. Landing in Rio in 2013 a series of coincidences led to them being introduced to their idols Marcos Valle and Roberto Menescal, who both agreed to come on board. The Berman Brothers also wanted to find some of the musicians who recorded with one of Brazil's most influential composers Tom Jobim. "Fifty years after Jobim made the music that really defines bossa nova, we found that many of his sidemen were still active, including Paulo Braga of Jobim's famed rhythm section. It was magic; everything just fell into place."

                    There's no question that the original of 'Lovely Day' is up there as one of the most feel-good, spirit-lifting anthems of all time. Here the brothers, with the help of a whole host of Brazil's finest musicians, rework Bill's soul- fuelled groove into a bossa nova slice of sunshine. With the blessing of Bill and Sony, they were given access to the original multitracks so they could incorporate Bill's vocals perfectly into the new arrangement.

                    Joy-injected horns and bouncing double bass blend with the smile- inducing samba flavour of Pretinho da Serrinha's cavaquinho playing. Tying it all together Torcuato Marinao who worked with the likes of Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, completes the line-up as arranger of the songs. The perfect end-of-the-night track, mood lifter or soul warmer, remakes don't get much better than this.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Bill Withers & Studio Rio - Lovely Day (Studio Rio Version)
                    Bill Withers & Studio Rio - Lovely Day (Studio Rio Instrumental Version)

                    Various Artists

                    DJ Koco Presents: Brazil 45 Boxset Vol. 5 (RSD24 EDITION)

                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2024 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY APRIL 20TH 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 8PM ON MONDAY APRIL 22ND.


                      Project Gemini

                      Colours & Light

                        If 2022's The Children Of Scorpio was the debut album that turned people onto the world of Project Gemini aka Paul Osborne, Colours & Light is the body of work that will be buried deep into their hearts.

                        It is a majestic album, bringing together the worlds of folk rock, psych soundtracks and hazy cinematic funk.

                        A growing confidence and ease emanate from the writing and production of this sophomore LP, bolstered by the reception to his standout debut. "It's a more layered and diverse record" Paul mentions, "with a more outward-looking, global sound, born out of the records I was listening to and the musicians I was lucky enough to collaborate with". It feels relaxed yet self-assured, with a kaleidoscope of sounds that twist together in a mesmerising fashion.

                        The theme of the album developed naturally through the lyrics Paul began writing. A creative process both plagued and fed by insomnia, nourished by relationships, entwined in emotions, nights out, nights in and the after-effects on the human condition. Relatable themes yet seen through the prism of a soundscape that takes in many a different culture and scene. From acid folk to psych-funk, Francophile elements to Anatolian and Eastern inspirations, all interlocking and rotating as one.

                        Drawing inspiration from those he admires, Colours & Light radiates with collaborations. The title track, which tips its hat to a live 1973 TV version of Pentangle's 'Wedding Dress', features the folk rock, guitar brilliance of Jack Sharp from Wolf People/Large Plants.

                        Elsewhere, two tracks are blessed by the sultry, smokey French vocals of Gloria's Wendy Martinez, 'Extra Nuit' and 'Entre chien et loup'. The former echoes Paul's love of classic French psych-pop from the late '60s and early '70s and artists such as Laurance Vanay, Calcium, Leonie, and Serge Gainsbourg. Martinez's sublime vocal work nestles perfectly within Paul's psych-folk-funk productions, as her Gloria partner, Alexis Morel (aka Kid Victrola) sprinkles a dose of entrancing guitar line magic on proceedings.

                        The list of collaborations extends further with Raz and Markey Funk, drummer Tony Coote and percussionist Paul Elliott all featuring. Regular collaborator and underground icon Barrie Cadogan (Little Barrie) returns along with Bert Page from The Cromagnon Band, who between them provide a hit of whacked-out, fuzzed-up country guitar and Moog madness respectively on 'Lost In The Woods (Bacchanal)'.

                        Rounding off the record Paul's daughter, Olivia Osborne, supplies the keyboard intro on the penultimate track 'Twilight'. Dorian Conway from The Soundcarriers (whose bandmate Paul Isherwood returns on mixing duties) then layers echoing heavy flute parts to magically capture the psychedelic sunrise images brought to mind. Balancing light and shade on this record, there is beauty and tension all wrapped up in Paul's vivid and visceral, storytelling gift. A majestic album, bringing together the worlds of folk rock, psych soundtracks and hazy cinematic funk. The follow up to 2022's critically acclaimed debut album, The Children Of Scorpio.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. The Sun Devil Prelude
                        2. Colours & Light
                        3. Extra Nuit
                        4. The Last Midnight
                        5. Lost In The Woods (Paranoia)
                        6. The Sun Devil
                        7. Entre Chien Et Loup
                        8. Lost In The Woods (Bacchanal)
                        9. Seven Seconds To Sunrise
                        10. After The Dawn
                        11. Twilight
                        12. The Sun Devil Coda

                        Lonnie Smith

                        Afro-Desia - 2024 Reissue

                          The second in the Mr Bongo series opening the vault on classic recordings from the fabled Groove Merchant Records catalogue This time the spotlight turns to the Hammond B3 organ maestro Lonnie Smith, as Mr Bongo proudly present a reissue of his cosmic jazz-funk journey, 'Afro-Desia'.

                          Originally released in 1975, this much- loved album was produced by Groove Merchant label owner Sonny Lester and features the mysterious 'Compliments Of A Friend' on guitar. Considering Smith was part of George Benson's quartet in the '60s, that not so discreet veil appears to have been lifted on who this 'friend' might be. However, presumably due to contractual reasons, Benson had to remain covert for this recording. The lineup doesn't stop there though, with the likes of legendary bassist Ron Carter and Grammy award winning saxophonist Joe Lavano joining the outft.

                          An album of two parts, the frst side sees Lonnie Smith in a spaced-out, cosmic jazz funk setting. The opener 'Afrodesia' is a funk fexing, steamy groover. Greg Hopkins and Lavano trading off on trumpet and sax respectively, as that bassline walks its way over futtering jazz percussion and off- kilter electronics. 'Spirits Free' is an epic 15-minute free-wheeling jazz-funk workout. A mind melting trip that rises and falls, in parts spacey and serene, with Smith's organ playing complimented by stretched out horns. Before long it opens out into unconstrained fuid sections that do its title proud. Pure '70s jazz-funk at its most stellar.

                          Side B takes a more classic soul-jazz favour, with touches of Latin spice. 'Straight To The Point' kicks off with a carnival zing, full- frontal horn and organ lines providing a fery party punch. It's a swinging jazz cut that used to receive spins by DJs at Russ Dewbury's Jazz Room's sessions in Brighton in the '90s.

                          Finally, 'Favors' and 'The Awakening' close out the release. Two sure shot, quintessential Lonnie Smith fring Hammond grooves. Each conjuring up images of packed out, smokey jazz bar jams, every player letting loose with masterful improv sections to whip the crowd up into a frenzy. A truly wonderful album, and an archetypal release showcasing the height of jazz musician excellence from this era.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Afro- Desia
                          Spirits Free
                          Straight To The Point
                          Favors
                          The Awakening

                          Lonnie Smith

                          Afro-desia - 2024 Reissue

                            Originally released in 1975, this much- loved album was produced by Groove Merchant label owner Sonny Lester and features the mysterious 'Compliments Of A Friend' on guitar. Considering Smith was part of George Benson's quartet in the '60s, that not so discreet veil appears to have been lifted on who this 'friend' might be. However, presumably due to contractual reasons, Benson had to remain covert for this recording. The lineup doesn't stop there though, with the likes of legendary bassist Ron Carter and Grammy award winning saxophonist Joe Lavano joining the outfit.

                            An album of two parts, the first side sees Lonnie Smith in a spaced-out, cosmic jazz funk setting. The opener 'Afrodesia' is a funk flexing, steamy groover. Greg Hopkins and Lavano trading off on trumpet and sax respectively, as that bassline walks its way over futtering jazz percussion and off- kilter electronics. 'Spirits Free' is an epic 15-minute free-wheeling jazz-funk workout. A mind melting trip that rises and falls, in parts spacey and serene, with Smith's organ playing complimented by stretched out horns. Before long it opens out into unconstrained fluid sections that do its title proud. Pure '70s jazz-funk at its most stellar.

                            Side B takes a more classic soul-jazz favour, with touches of Latin spice. 'Straight To The Point' kicks off with a carnival zing, full- frontal horn and organ lines providing a fiery party punch. It's a swinging jazz cut that used to receive spins by DJs at Russ Dewbury's Jazz Room's sessions in Brighton in the '90s.

                            Finally, 'Favors' and 'The Awakening' close out the release. Two sure shot, quintessential Lonnie Smith firing Hammond grooves. Each conjuring up images of packed out, smokey jazz bar jams, every player letting loose with masterful improv sections to whip the crowd up into a frenzy.

                            A truly wonderful album, and an archetypal release showcasing the height of Jazz musician excellence from this era.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Afro-Desia
                            2. Spirits Free
                            3. Straight To The Point
                            4. Favors
                            5. The Awakening

                            Grupo Irakere

                            Teatro Amadeo Roldan - 2024 Reissue

                              For the third release in our Mr Bongo Cuban Classics series, we reissue the iconic 1974 debut album by the mighty Grupo Irakere. Led by Chucho Valdes, son of Cuban pianist and bandleader Bebo Valdes, the band would go on to become of the most influential and successful groups emanating from Cuba in this period. Their debut 'Teatro Amadeo Roldan Recital' is an in-demand and incredible Afro-Cuban, jazz-funk masterpiece originally landing on Cuba's state-owned imprint, Areito.

                              One of the jewels of the album is the beast of an opener, 'Bacalao Con Pan'. A heavy dancefloor Latin-funk burner, with ripping Wah-Wah guitar, a blistering mix of Latin percussive elements and horns firing on all cylinders. It's a song which builds and breaks with an energy and power that still lights up the dance to this very day.

                              The album is a varied bag of tricks, traversing moods, styles and genres whilst melding traditional rhythms with more contemporary mindsets. Take the delectable downtempo ballad 'Danza Naniga' or 'Valle Picadura' that starts on a similar tip, before erupting into a horn heavy heater. Move through to find 'Taka Taka Ta' where Afro-Cuban jazz, call and response vocals and brain-busting organs marry in steamy unison.

                              Elsewhere, continuing this melting pot of musical influences, the prog/psychedelic rock leaning 'Quindiambo', expertly combines traditional Latin music with psych rock in a similar way to Santana. 'Misaluba' is another highlight, a cover version of a song by the British-Italian based group Cyan, written by Mario & Giosy Capuano, making it their own with this tripped-out, percussion-rich makeover.

                              As debuts go, Grupo Irakere's 'Teatro Amadeo Roldan Recital' is about as good as it gets and gives a snapshot of Cuba in the mid '70s, with a band that were destined for big things.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Side 1
                              1. Bacalao Con Pan
                              2. Danza Naniga
                              3. Valle Picadura
                              4. Taka Taka Ta

                              Side 2
                              1. La Verdad
                              2. Luisa
                              3. Quindiambo
                              4. Misaluba

                              O'Donel Levy

                              Simba - 2024 Reissue

                                Mr Bongo reissue series exploring the incredible back catalogue of Sonny Lester's iconic Groove Merchant record label. First up, the spellbinding funk-fuelled, soul jazz album 'Simba', by guitar maestro O'Donel Levy.

                                Baltimore-born, Levy was already well regarded as one of the best up-and-coming jazz guitarists at the time of Simba's release. Having toured with George Benson and Jimmy McGriff, as well as featuring on McGriff's Black Pearl album on Blue Note, he went on to sign with Sonny Lester's Groove Merchant. Produced by Lester himself and recorded over two back-to-back days of sessions in 1973, Simba features a who's who of '70s session players. The album features the legendary studio drummer Steve Gadd, Cecil Bridgewater on Flugelhorn, bass by Tony Levin and arrangements by Manny Albam.

                                A masterclass in tight yet effortlessly funk-driven rhythms, the tracks showcase these musicians at their zenith. Album opener 'Bad, Bad, Simba' wouldn't have been out of place on a Lalo Schifrin '70s car chase soundtrack. Levy's playing is brilliant, bright and slick, with an infectiously exuberant energy that is complimented perfectly by Gadd's supreme drumming. 'Playhouse' serves up another vibrant offering, Wah Wah guitars, horns and flutes duelling it out in a fast-paced fashion.

                                The cinematic thread continues throughout, yet with the tempo taken down a notch. 'Sierra Lonely' and 'Sad, Sad, Simba' head into lush ballad territory, with superb arrangements by Albam and beautiful playing by Collins and Bridgewater on Flugelhorn. Here Levy shines without taking any limelight, as the players synergize to a relaxed perfection. 'Nigerian Knights' closes the album flawlessly, showcasing once more Levy's understated yet magnetic flow on the guitar.

                                Every track on 'Simba' is a winner. As with CTI Recordings of the same era, the feel and textures of Sonny Lester's productions have that pre-emptive, hip-hop aesthetic, which later producers would rework and reimagine. This album is expertly balanced, deftly arranged and magically executed, ebbing and flowing with a cool buoyancy that just grooves and grooves.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Bad, Bad, Simba
                                2. Kilimanjaro Cookout
                                3. Playhouse
                                4. Sierra Lonely
                                5. Sad, Sad, Simba
                                6. Joni
                                7. Nigerian Knights

                                Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffaloes

                                Uganda (Dawn Of African Rock) - 2024 Reissue

                                  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.

                                  We are delighted to present an officially licensed re- issue of this underground Japanese rock rarity.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Wanyamana Mapambazuko
                                  2. Na Tu Penda Sana
                                  3. Vita
                                  4. Pygmy

                                  Grupo Irakere

                                  Grupo Irakere

                                    For the second instalment in our Cuban Classics series, we proudly present this sought-after slice of sublime Afro-Cuban jazz from 1976. It comes courtesy of one of Cuba's most influential acts, Grupo Irakere. Foundedin 1973 by Chucho Valdes (son of the Cuban pianist and bandleader Bebo Valdes) the group was home to many of Cuba's finest musicians over the years. With an electrifying style and sound, they mixed traditional Cuban music with jazz, funk, and rock.

                                    This self-titled album includes the much-loved, dancefloor heavy-hitter 'Chequere-Son', a Latin- jazzfunk masterpiece with Cubanized bebop- flavoured horn lines, lush keys, and '70s hip swagger.

                                    Though 'Chequere- Son' is the keystone of the record, the album is laced with brilliance at every turn, from the Carlos Santanaesque channelling 'Iya' with its percussive Latin power, to the sultry, slick and passionate '38 1/2'. Elsewhere, the absorbing, ever- building energy of 'Juana 1600' and steamy vocal dancer 'Xiomara' are also highlights of this incredible album.

                                    Pressed on Cuba's state led Areito Records, the album was well received internationally, garnering distribution in Finland on Love Records, in Italy on Phase 6 Super Stereo, and also in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela. A cherished Afro-Cuban triumph, this album has been crying out for a reissue and we're delighted to make that happen.


                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. Chequere- Son
                                    2. 38 1/2
                                    3. En Nosotros
                                    4. Juana 1600
                                    5. Moja El Pan
                                    6. Este Camino Largo
                                    7. Xiomara
                                    8. Iya

                                    Ze Rodrix E A Agencia De Magicos

                                    O Esquadrao Da Morte

                                      This Brazilian library funk beauty is the soundtrack to Carlos Imperial's 1975 film of the same title. Echoing European soundtrack maestros such as Roy Budd and Ennio Morricone, but with a Brazilian swagger, Ze Rodrix's score is a sublime gem that needs rediscovery.

                                      Rich in 70's soundtrack cool, the score is packed with orchestrated jazz, chase scene- funk, breaks, psychedelic freakouts and plenty of drama. The loose and quirky break- beat jazz- funk of 'Assalto' feels almost tailor- made for today's hiphop production aesthetic. The opening drum break of 'Esconderijo' is a sampler's dream and has already been reinterpreted by the Turkish Rapper Anil Piyanci, as well as Brazil's DJ Caique.

                                      Carlos Imperial wrote liner notes and was an actor, filmmaker, television presenter, and media figure. His film 'O Esquadrao da Morte' is a violent heist movie starring Beto Bandeira, Claire Chevalier, and Baby Conceicao; in the vein of exploitation films and gritty, raw B- Movie cinema of the day. Both the film and album share striking, macabre artwork by artist Benicio. The instrumentalist, arranger, and singer- songwriter Ze Rodrix has worked with the cream of Brazilian music, having written songs covered by the greats, including Quarteto Em Cy, Ronald Mesquita, Elis Regina, Karma, and Celia, to name just a few. His written arrangements have graced the music of Luli Lucinha E O Bando and Helio Matheus. He was a member of the iconic group Som Imaginario and played piano and synthesizer on Secos & Molhado's classic 1973 album.

                                      Mr. Bongo are super pleased to make this dusty treasure available again. It is a wonderful soundtrack score that more than holds its own with its European and American counterparts of the era.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Esquadrao Da Morte
                                      2. Um Homem E Um Homem E Um Homem 
                                      3. Chorinho Pro Tio
                                      4. Tema De Amor
                                      5. Bolero De Mangaratiba
                                      6. Motoqueiros 
                                      7. Mundo!
                                      8. Assalto
                                      9. Esconderijo
                                      10. Rhumba

                                      Grupo Los Yoyi

                                      Yoyi

                                        A fusion of traditional Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms meets disco, jazz, and funk, with hints of 70s soundtrack productions, this much- loved cult album featuring nine predominantly instrumental tracks is a real treasure that deserves a much wider appreciation. One look at the trippy artwork and you know it is going to be special.

                                        Originally released in 1977 on Areito Records, a sub-label of the state-owned label Egrem, it has become one of the rarest (even in Cuba) and most in- demand albums to come from the label. It is the sole album from Grupo Los Yoyi and was composed, orchestrated, and produced by the mysterious, Jorge Soler Leo.

                                        After Castro ring-fenced Cuba with an embargo on, among other things, Western music, the 'Yoyi' album had a sound more left of centre than what was normally allowed to be recorded there at the time. It subtly and covertly flirts with disco, jazz-funk, and electronic sounds coming from the US and Europe. It is probably best known for the space funk, bubbly club cut 'Paco La Calle'. A track that was edited in 2008 by the fantastic DJ / producer, Nick the Record, and one that is guaranteed to set a discerning dancefloor alight. However, 'Yoyi' is far from a onetrack album. Other highlights include, 'Banana', with its call and response trombone and horn section, squelchy keys, pulsating breaks and percussion, and a loose, floating vocal arrangement. 'Tu No Me Puedes Conquistar' is a beautiful, bouncing plodder with a variety of instruments interchanging as the track progresses. 'Ruta 30' takes things in a straighter Latin direction, which we are accustomed to from Cuba at that time, yet it is still full of personality, treats and vigour. Take our word for it, this album is strong throughout.

                                        This is one of our favourites and most beloved albums to come out of Cuba and is the perfect flagship for our Cuban Classics Series. Look out for plenty more to come real soon.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Banana
                                        2. Del Copacabana A 34
                                        3. Mi Pequeno Gran Paolo
                                        4. Paco La Calle
                                        5. Tu No Me Puedes Conquistar
                                        6. Yo, Mejor Te Doy
                                        7. Ruta 30
                                        8. Abuela Tula
                                        9. El Fino

                                        Minas

                                        Num Dia Azul

                                          Minas 'Num Dia Azul' is a sublime slice of private press bossa nova meets jazzy MPB perfection.

                                          Warm and bubbling with youthful spirit, the music is simultaneously loose in swagger, yet slick and tight. The album was originally released in 1983 and reflects the great music coming out of Rio at the time, yet 'Num Dia Azul' wasn't recorded in Rio, but actually in the USA.

                                          Recorded in North Carolina just after Patricia and Orlando Haddad had graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts, the record was only released for the Brazilian market on their own Blueazul Records imprint. As with most private press labels, they could only afford to have it pressed in small quantities. To add to its later obscurity, hundreds of copies were also destroyed in a house fire. They say cream always rises to the top, and fast forward to the 2010s, the word amongst collectors and DJs was spreading about this mythical under-the-radar recording. People from across the globe were contacting Patricia and Orlando for more information, hoping to secure themselves a copy. Luckily the original tapes had remained with the artists and were in great condition, so in 2016 the pair ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to have it remastered and repressed.

                                          For this Mr Bongo 2023 re-issue, we have tried to keep it as close to the original 1983 version as possible, both in the packaging and audio presentation. The CD version comes with bonus tracks. We are super proud to keep Patricia and Orlando's serene recordings in the circulation that they deserve to be. One for fans of Brazilian artists such as Burnier & Cartier, Edu Lobo and Joyce. We are sure those fans will lose themselves in the alluring textures of 'Num Dia Azul'.

                                          Lush, private press bossa nova & jazzy MPB from 1983.

                                          For fans of Burnier & Cartier and Joyce. Audio.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Num Dia Azul
                                          Sinal Verde
                                          So Danco Samba
                                          Calma Mulher
                                          Cancao Da Chuva
                                          Samba Walk
                                          Choro Sambaiao
                                          Ipanema (1981)
                                          Samba Walk (1981)

                                          Ana Frango Eletrico

                                          Me Chama De Gato Que Eu Sou Sua

                                            With two critically acclaimed albums and a swathe of award-winning production turns under their belt, Ana Frango Eletrico present their most confident and accomplished work to date: "Me Chama De Gato Que Eu Sou Sua / Call Me They That I'm Yours"

                                            Gesturing to a tradition of Brazilian boogie music, but bouncing with modern pop ebullience, the album sees the Rio artist evolve from a captivating upstart into a surefooted scene leader in full stride.

                                            At just 25, the prolific artist and producer has already garnered worldwide admirers. Ana's sophomore "Little Electric Chicken Heart" was nominated at the 2020 Latin Grammys. Since then, standalone singles have received the WME Best Music Producer Award, recognising Ana's deep passion for music production - a passion which has led to collaborations with nascent Brazilian stars Dora Morelenbaum, Illy and Sophia Chablau. Most recently, Ana was hailed for their co-production of Bala Desejo's 2022 Latin Grammy-winning album "Sim Sim Sim".

                                            The new album finds Ana at their most assured and full voiced. Album opener "Electric Fish", with funky bass and shimmering backing vocals, sets a buoyant tone. "Boy of Stranger Things" is its bombastic counterpart. It's the grooviest Ana has ever sounded. And the most brazen. Lyrically, where Ana was once oblique on personal matters, they are now forthright - lucidly exploring their gender identity, citing accessible cultural references, and often singing in English.

                                            'I started this album in 2021 with the intention of showing, in means of sound, understandings and feelings about queer love, subjectively exposing myself,' the non- binary artist states - before qualifying that though 'feeling was its driving force, the album is really about musical production.'

                                            'There's so many references to different decades,' Ana explains. 'Seventies drums with eighties processing ... Going back, getting beyond ... Testing the limits of organic sounds'. Characteristically playful, on Me Chama, Ana takes vivid and rewarding detours through funk-inflected R&B ("Dela") and art pop ("Dr. Sabe Tudo"). "Nuvem Vermelha" is a cinematic chanson with lush strings that recalls Arthur Verocai. Then, "Coisa Maluca" loafs with the indie insouciance of Canadian slacker Mac Demarco. Later, "Let's Go Before Again", is a full-on drum machine workout evocative of Stereolab.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Electric Fish
                                            Dela
                                            Nuvem Vermelha
                                            Coisa Maluca
                                            Boy Of Stranger Things
                                            Camleo Azul
                                            Insista Em Mim
                                            Let's Go To Before Again
                                            Debaixo Do Pano
                                            Dr. Sabe Tudo

                                            Mario Castro & Samba S.A

                                            Mario Castro & Samba S.A

                                              The Brazilian composer, pianist and producer, Mario Castro Neves and his group, Samba S A's self-titled album from 1967 is oozing with class.

                                              It possesses that archetypal 60's bossa nova, jazz, samba sound. We'd place it up there with Sergio Mendes at his finest, Tambo Trio or Milton Banana. It's a breezy ride that touches on easy listening at times, but it holds it together with a cool swagger. Biba and Thais Do Amaral's vocals are on point, with a relaxed delivery that compliments the tracks with the sublime beauty a la vocal groups such as Quarteto Em Cy, who Biba also sang with, as well as with Antonio Adolfo's e A Brazuca. Also appearing on the record is bassist extraordinaire, Novelli who worked with Milton Nascimento, Nelson Angelo E Joyce, Airto, and many of the greats of Brazilian music of the time.

                                              The album has long been a favourite with DJs and collectors over the years, with songs selected for compilations by Gilles Peterson and Nicola Conte. One of the centrepieces of the album, 'Candomble', has been sampled by Cut Chemist on his track 'Povo De Santo'. The song 'Nana' is punchy and light with dancefloor- jazz appeal. The gloriously catchy 'Vem Balancar' is a brilliant bossa shuffler. A superb listen throughout, the album sticks to a framework but delivers in spades.

                                              Though released on the major- label RCA Victor, original copies are elusive, sought-after items with a price tag to match. For this reissue, we have opted for the Mono master, mirroring the original 1967 Brazilian pressing. Instantly familiar, the album has a welcoming feeling of nostalgia and is something that stays with you from the first listen.

                                              A sublime bossa nova and samba rarity from 1967.

                                              Includes 'Candomble', as sampled by Cut Chemist.

                                              For fans of early Sergio Mendes and Quarteto em Cy.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Candomble
                                              Yearning Lovers
                                              Nana
                                              De Brincadeira
                                              Bye Bye Blackbird
                                              E Nada Mais
                                              Keep Talking
                                              Vem Balancar
                                              Once More
                                              Morte De Um Deus De Sal
                                              Ta Por Fora
                                              Corcovado

                                              Various Artists

                                              With Love Volume 2 Compiled By Miche

                                                Compiling the follow-up to a very successful first album is always a tricky task, but just 12 months since the release of volume one in the 'With Love' series, miche has excelled himself once again with another glorious, deep dive into the world of rare soul0

                                                15 tracks of independently released music, created by magnificent artists with stories to tell and primed for rediscovery.

                                                The ambition to celebrate under-the-radar artists has remained, but instead of a facsimile of volume one, what we have here is a selection shaped by life changes. Volume two is for the dancers; still soulful, still ultra- rare and slept- on records from the USA, Chile, Brazil and beyond, but the dynamics of the collection have shifted slightly. It represents a move from being immersed in a week in week out environment of beautiful, soulful music in a cosy, dimly lit hi- fi bar to playing livelier, more energetic, dancefloor-focused music in nightclubs. This volume will get you on your feet, make you move and unleash whatever it is that makes you get down.

                                                One of the jewels in the crown of this compilation is a joyous, anthemic gospel version of Stevie Wonder's 'As' by The Family Tree (a project produced by the fantastic Julius Brockington). We are also treated to a rare and sought- after Pennsylvanian funk / AOR bomb by Maxwell, a stunning modern soul tune 'High On You' by Freedom, and self-released Brazilian 45s by Banda 22 and Ze Da Lata. P.J. City's 'Straight Forward (Non- Stop)' is gospel- disco perfection, and we also have 'Dame Solamente Amor', a sublime, soul beauty from Chile by Rogers Mitchell. Many of these artists featured in this compilation aren't household names, but they deserve their moment to shine, to be heard, loved and appreciated for their artistry.

                                                As miche says it, "I hope this compilation helps in some way to keep this glorious music alive and play a part in connecting generations of music lovers from the worldwide soul family. As always, it has been made 'With Love'."

                                                A connoisseur's selection of lost and rare modern soul, disco gospel, boogie, jazzy AOR, and Brazilian gems.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Billy Boomer - I Like What She's Doing
                                                P.J. City - Straight Forward (Non-Stop)
                                                Maxwell - Realize
                                                Cecil Lyde - I'll Make It On My Own
                                                Mixed Generation Enterprize - Take To The Sky
                                                Mark Meadows - You And Me
                                                Alice Cohen & Fun City - Save The Best 'Til Last
                                                Banda 22 - A Luz Que Brilha Meu Viver
                                                Ze Da Lata - Misterio Brilhante
                                                Rogers Mitchell - Dame Solamente Amor
                                                The Eleventh Commandment - Then I Reach Satisfaction
                                                Billy Boomer - You Can't Hide
                                                Freedom - High On You
                                                The Lost Family - Blow My Mind
                                                The Family Tree - As 

                                                Dora Morelenbaum

                                                Vento De Beraida

                                                  Singer-songwriter Dora Morelenbaum is one of the stunning voices at the forefront of Brazil's exciting new musical wave Her sublime 'Vento De Beirada' EP takes you on a trip into the sensuous sounds of Dora's world. On first hearing her music, we were reminded of the transformational moment when we first discovered the Brazilian singersongwriter, Joyce. The music is completely new to you, yet instantly familiar, like rediscovering a past love.

                                                  Dora is a member of the Brazilian Latin-Grammy-winning superstar quartet Bala Desejo; a trailblazing light opening up Brazilian music to a whole new audience outside of the country. 'Vento De Beirada' EP showcases a different sound to the riotous, joyful, avant-garde Tropicalia sound of Bala Desejo. This solo set takes a more dream- like, downbeat, MPB stance. It is firmly contemporary, yet you can also trace the lines of influence back to idols such as Gal Costa and Maria Bethania.

                                                  The EP is comprised of four tracks that have already garnered critical acclaim following their digital release. It starts with the tender and gentle 'Japao', which was inspired by the melodies of the legendary Japanese composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto. Sakamoto once collaborated with Dora's musician parents, Paula and Jaques Morelenbaum, when she was young. 'Do a Do' is drenched in lush, sweeping strings that were arranged by her father himself, and is co- written by Dora and Tom Veloso of the band, Donica. There's further collaboration on the EP, including production from one of the lynchpins and stars of the current Rio scene, Ana Frango Eletrico. Fellow Bala Desejo band member, Lucas Nunes, contributes towards the production, writing, and guitar with Guilherme Lirio also on production, guitar, and bass. Whilst Bala Desejo's Ze Ibarra penned the song 'Vento De Beirada' with Lucasand Victor Vasconcellos. The four- track EP has been cut to 12" and mastered for vinyl by Joker (Liam McLean). With crystalline beauty and a breezy sense of ease and serenity, sounding classic yet contemporary. This release serves as the perfect introduction to an extraordinary talent.

                                                  The sublime solo EP from a member of the Latin-Grammy award winning superstar quartet, Bala Desejo.

                                                  Taking us on a sensuous ride into the world of one Brazil's most exciting new voices.

                                                  For fans of Gal Costa, Joyce, Maria Bethania.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Japao
                                                  Vento De Beirada
                                                  Avermelhar
                                                  Do A Do

                                                  Daniel Ogren

                                                  Fastingen - 92

                                                    Daniel Ogren is one of the key artists in Sweden's contemporary, underground music scene. He has already accrued quite the back catalogue, both as a member of the sensational quartet Dina Ogon and also as a solo artist with eight albums already under his belt.

                                                    'Fastingen-92' was originally released as a limited-edition vinyl pressing in 2020 on the independent label Sing A Song Fighter Records (the same label that first introduced us to Dina Ogon's music). The album came to our attention after hearing Daniels' solo band performing live at the Stockholm Jazz Club, Fasching. The band featured Love Orsan and Christopher Cantillo of Dina Ogon fame (who also records with the incredible Sven Wunder), and their sensational genrebusting set blew us away. It convinced us that this now out-of-print album needed to reach a wider audience.

                                                    'Fastingen-92' doesn't sit in one genre, it draws from Daniels's love of South American folk music, soul, Nordic folk music and film soundtracks, resulting in something unique, dreamlike and transformational.

                                                    It features 'Idag', an epic, beautiful, cinematic song that introduces the ethereal vocalist Anna Ahnlund. 'Idag' has gained a cult following and Daniel has stated that it was the spark that started the Dina Ogon project. Tracks like 'Annalena' and 'Kristinehamn by Night (for Christopher)' sound like a new club sound that hasn't yet been invented (which Nicola Cruz would spin in his DJ sets), mysterious, hypnotic, and engaging. Other songs like 'Maj (for Tintin)' and 'Picasso' venture into blissed- out Scando- Balearic realms. Daniel's love of nature and the inspiration he draws from the geographic environment of the Swedish countryside can be felt in these tracks, they take you to other places and times and are simultaneously familiar, ancient and alien.

                                                    Alongside the collaborations with Anna and Christoper, the album features Josefin Runsteen playing the drums on 'Idag' and Swedish musicians Edvin Nahlin and Ulrik Ordin. The majority of the album was played, recorded and mixed by Daniel. For the Mr Bongo edition, we have added the bonus track 'April' which was previously only available digitally. 'Fastingen - 92' is a truly remarkable record that gets into your soul, so please delve in!

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Annalena
                                                    Hjalmarsfjorden
                                                    Idag
                                                    Kristinehamn By Night (for Christopher)
                                                    Maj (For Tintin)
                                                    Picasso
                                                    Levi
                                                    Oktober (For Lo)
                                                    April

                                                    Smoke Inc

                                                    Waitin' For Love / It's The Same Old Song

                                                      In partnership with London-based DJ and digger, Miche, the series will feature his latest discoveries, as well as choice cuts, taken from his 'With Love' compilations. For the inaugural offering, we take a trip to hazy San Francisco, California, in 1977. Smoke, Inc. were an emerging band in the Greater San Francisco Bay area and a regular fixture in the buzzing live music scene. They had a strong following and were in rotation in most of the Bay area clubs, as well as opening for numerous prestigious acts such as Sly & The Family Stone, Taj Mahal, The Pointer Sisters and Toots and The Maytals. Members of the group worked with Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, and many others considered the cream of the crop of the music world.

                                                      Smoke, Inc. featured Roy Schmall on keyboards and vocals, Stan Terry on lead vocals and harmonica, Michael 'Ollie' Schotka, on bass and vocals, Keith Stafford on drums and vocals, and Archie Williams Jr on guitar. They went on to release one 12" EP and two 7" singles. One of those 7's included 'Waitin' For Love'. It was first released in 1977 and came out on the band's own self-titled imprint. It has gone on to become their rarest and most sought-after recording, now fetching up to an astonishing GBP2,500 on Discogs. It is a breezy, feel- good, modern/ crossover soul beauty, with an infectious sing-along chorus, floaty flute solo, and packed with pure, uplifting dancefloor energy. The B-side features a cover version of the Holland Dozier & Holland- penned classic 'It's the Same Old Song', made famous by the Four Tops.

                                                      Miche enthuses, "I included this gem on my first 'With Love' compilation and knew that it deserved its own dedicated reissue complete with original artwork. I'm delighted to get the chance to make that happen for this incredible, soulful AOR glide from a band that is well due another round of appreciation. It's very rare, and consequently very expensive, so here it is for you all to spin and add to your record collections."

                                                      46 years since its original release, it is our privilege to help Roy and the gang's light shine once again and let a whole new audience relish the beautiful sounds of 'Waitin' For Love'.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Waitin' For Love
                                                      It's The Same Old Song

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Six

                                                        "Curating and ordering the tracks for a Mr Bongo Record Club is always special You're reminded of the feelings you had when sitting at home with a cassette player on pause trying to compile the perfect mixtape to impress the latest object of your affection, or that friend with whom you share a musical kinship and spark off each other's latest discoveries. Hearing old tracks for the first time or diving into the most upfront selections keeps the fires burning and passions alight.

                                                        Here, for volume six, we present recent finds and treasured classics from Brazil, Sweden, the USA, South Africa, Portugal, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago, and Canada. We have included selections by the Brazilian rising star Dora Morelenbaum as well as from heritage-Brazilian musicians and vocalists Hareton Salvanini, Copa 7, and Mirna. There's also the wonderful Brazilian- not- Brazilian take of 'Ye Me Le' by Hazel Scott And The Braza Brasil, plus sublime gospel from the New York Community Choir. We've picked disco and soul rarities by General Lee and Ash Soul, Inc., and for the first time on vinyl, an incredible psych- pop song by the illustrious Matthew Tavares. There are cuts from some of our favourite contemporary Swedish musicians, Sven Wunder and Dina Ogon too."

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Dora Morelenbaum - Japao
                                                        New York Community Choir - I'll Keep My Light In My Window (12" Mix)
                                                        General Lee - Pleasure
                                                        The Drive - Africa Bossa
                                                        Chiemi Eri - Okosa-Bushi
                                                        Manny Corchado And His Orchestra - Pow-Wow
                                                        Sven Wunder - Easy Going
                                                        Dina Ogon - Bakom Glaset
                                                        Vee Gees - Talkin
                                                        Mave & Dave - Do You Really Want My Love
                                                        Hazel Scott And The Braza Brasil - Ye-Me-Le
                                                        Ines Soares - Um Amor Para Toda A Vida
                                                        Hareton Salvanini - Estrada
                                                        Copa 7 - Copa Sete No Samba
                                                        Mirna - A Volta
                                                        Dina Ogon - Tombola 94
                                                        Unknown Artists - I Do You Love
                                                        Ash Soul, Inc. - I Do Love You
                                                        Ponderosa Twins Plus One - Bound
                                                        Matty - Blood
                                                        Shira Small - Eternal Life

                                                        Don Blackman

                                                        Say You'll Be Mine / Your Love Makes Me Crazy

                                                          A pianist, songwriter, producer, and vocalist from New York he is a mystical figure for record collectors, one of those artists where if you found an old dusty record with Don's name on it, you'd buy it on sight. He is best known for his 1982 magnum-opus, the eponymous album that featured the all-time classics 'Heart's Desire' and 'Holding You, Loving You'. He also collaborated with other greats such as Bernard Wright, Weldon Irvine, Roy Ayers, and Lenny White.

                                                          We couldn't believe it when Chicago DJ/ digger/ producer, Marc Davis, told us there was a vault of unreleased Don Blackman material. Marc had reached out to Don's children, Irene and Kyle, in 2019, building a relationship with Kyle with whom he shared a musical affinity. To Marc's delight, Kyle confirmed that there was indeed a treasure trove. As Kyle described it, "In 2013, shortly after my dad's passing, my sister and I collected all of his possessions and put them in a storage unit. I came across forty years' worth of music history. Hundreds of cassettes, CDs, Disks, reel- to- reels, paperwork, photos and VHS tapes. It took about ten years to organise and digitise everything. All of this magic was almost thrown away in the trash, never to be seen, never to be heard forever."

                                                          Two tracks were selected, 'Your Love Makes Me Crazy' and 'Say You'll Be Mine'. 'Your Love Makes Me Crazy' is as funky as it gets, with infectiously catchy vocal hooks, and a serious jam, whereas 'Say You'll Be Mine' is a classy, soulful boogie, instrumental number, that shows off Don's masterful piano playing. Both tracks warrant full attention and capture a master at work. He was also a one-man show when it came to production, playing all of the instruments when recording these tunes in his home studio in South Jamaica, Queens.

                                                          On first hearing the tracks, Marc knew he wanted to extend the songs and enlisted fellow Chicago legend, Tone B. Nimble, to work on the project with him. Their extension/ edit of the songs was conducted in a way that was respectful and true to how the tracks were originally recorded by Don. They extended and resequenced the groovy parts of the songs organically for the DJs and dancers.

                                                          The final words on this release are best coming from Kyle, "We are very excited and thrilled to continue to share all of this unreleased magic with the world. We hope that this music will help, heal, and inspire a new generation of artists to never give up, and to strive for what their hearts desire."

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Say You'll Be Mine
                                                          Your Love Makes Me Crazy

                                                          Gal Costa

                                                          India - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                            Without question, Gal Gosta is one of the all-time greats

                                                            An inspirational, iconic figurehead in Brazilian music, her outstanding career ran from 1967 up until 2022 when we sadly lost her. Making her mark initially as one of the principal figures in the Tropicalia movement of the 60s, she remained a trailblazing beacon that lit the way for decades to come. Gal continued to record and play live throughout her life, influencing and collaborating with the current cream of the Brazilian music world, such as Ze Ibarra, Rubel and Tim Bernardes.

                                                            'India' is a post-Tropicalia masterpiece that was originally released in 1973 on the Philips record label. It features a stellar line-up of musicians including Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Dominguinhos, Rogerio Duprat and Tenorio Jr. amongst others.

                                                            The album's iconic, controversial cover art was banned by the Brazilian military dictatorship upon its release, which resulted in it being covered up and wrapped in a blue plastic bag when sold in record shops. It is one of Gal's strongest albums, consistently exceptional throughout and the perfect starting point for those unfamiliar with her rich catalogue. It includes the incredible 'Pontos De Luz', one of our favourite Brazilian songs of all time, and famously sampled by Kaytranada on 'Lite Spots'. There's also the accordion- led scorcher 'Relance', which still rocks discerning dancefloors to this day. A wonderful album from start to finish, touching on MPB, folk, jazz, funk and rock with strong Tropicalia and Nordestino influences throughout.

                                                            For its 50th anniversary, we knew we had to do something special, so we enlisted the sensational mastering and lacquer- cutting engineer Miles Showell from Abbey Road to cut a half-speed master for a beautiful spacious sound. The album is housed in its original replica gatefold cover with an OBI. There is also an insert with an interview, and an A2 poster exclusive to this release.

                                                            RIP Gal Maria da Graca Penna Burgos Costa, your light shines on.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            India
                                                            Milho Verde
                                                            Presente Cotidiano
                                                            Volta
                                                            Relance
                                                            Da Maior Importancia
                                                            Passarinho
                                                            Pontos De Luz
                                                            Desafinado

                                                            Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo

                                                            Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo

                                                              We are proud to present the Mr Bongo pressing of Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo's self-titled mythical album.

                                                              Blending lo- fi, Brazilian tropicalia, jazz, funk and MPB with a unique aroma, this record is pure perfection.It was originally released in 1978 on Erla - Estudio Rauland, an obscure record label from Belém in Brazil, that only released 7" singles, with this album being one of two exceptions. During the 1970s, Belém had a thriving nightclub scene, but it is thousands of miles away from the music industry hubs of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, making this record insanely difficult to find, even in Brazil. Added to the scarcity factor is the magical nature of the recording, which has naturally resulted in a hefty price tag to match. Original copies have become a prized, collector's item.

                                                              The elusive Brazilian band leader and keyboard player, Guilherme Coutinho is a true cult artist. He passed away in 1983, at the age of just 41, and during his career he only seems to have appeared on a handful of marvellous records, which makes them all the more special. This album feels individualistic and distinctive from other albums of the day. Listening back to vocalist Elinho's (aka Hélio Rubens de Oliveira) delivery, it sounds not too dissimilar to some of Belle & Sebastian's songs. 'Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo' is rich in charm, quirky and playful. It feels cinematic, soothing and benefits from being heard in its entirety. A proper album experience.

                                                              A mythical album from 1978, blending Lo-Fi Brazilian tropicalia, jazz, funk and MPB to unique perfection.

                                                              A prized, collector's item.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Atalaia
                                                              As Feras
                                                              Foicera
                                                              Rio Corrente
                                                              Macareu
                                                              Fuga
                                                              Flauta de Bambu
                                                              Tema Pro Alvarito

                                                              É Soul Cultura Vol. 1 seemed to land at exactly the right moment. Post-lockdown, optimism was back on the rise and the dance floors swelled again. For many listeners, Manchester based DJ Luke Una's intriguingly woven pattern of new, old, rare and under-discovered music from around the world became the soundtrack to rejuvenated positivity. Piccadilly Records (that's us!) made the release their top compilation of the year, with Rough Trade placing it as their number two. The enthusiasm from the industry was mirrored by record buyers and demonstrated that in the right hands, moving through genres, tempos and decades can make perfect musical sense.

                                                              This second volume gives another opportunity for Luke to share his journey of the past four decades of staying up late and getting transcendental whilst listening to holy grail music as the city slept. It at times ventures into the deeper, spiritual, soulful, downtempo, experimental aspects of his tastes. From the conscious, street soul fusion gospel of Veronica Mickie's 'Lost Children', to an excursion into Swiss, psych, progressive rock in the form of Pyranha, then onto the classic Indian music-inspired electronic workout of Andi Otto's 'Bangalore Whispers'. Luke hints at his softer side in Avis; a sweet, obscure cover version of Minnie Riperton's 'Baby, This Love I Have', as well as championing local heroes in the shape of Manchester's Yargo and their driving, obscure, proto-house belter, 'Marimba'. There's also Japanese, electronic, slo-mo heaviness from 1979, courtesy of Bach Revolution. House music is integral to the É Soul sound and is represented by Nav Aktah's deep remix of Mr Scruff, and then there's Isis 'In Essense'; a track of such majestic brilliance that it has never left Luke's record bag.

                                                              The selection is eclectic, global, and plucked from different times and spaces. In theory, perhaps they shouldn't work together, but there is a mysterious link that makes them gel as a whole. That's what Luke does best. He creates a sort of musical alchemy, unifying the diverse.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Barry says: There's a reason Luke's first compilation was such a massive hit in the shop, and Volume 2 takes all of the afterparty energy of the first and stretches the outer limits of the sound field into more spiritual, off-piste excursions. Perfectly collated, researched and presented.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Real Thing - Children Of The Ghetto
                                                              Avis - Baby, This Love I Have 
                                                              Veronica Mickie - Lost Children
                                                              Rare Silk - Storm (Arp Duppy Chip Mix)
                                                              LFO - Shove Piggy Shove
                                                              Bach Revolution - D.E 108
                                                              Andi Otto - Bangalore Whispers (feat. MD Pallavi)
                                                              Unnayanaa & Irfan Rainy Feat Ibtisam - Taht Min Aini (Alberghina Remx)*
                                                              Michael De Albuquerque - We May Be Cattle But We All Got Names
                                                              Pyranha - Clepsydre
                                                              Yargo - Marimba
                                                              Okyerema Asante & Black Fire - Play A Sweet Rhythm On Them Drums (feat. Plunky)
                                                              Mr. Scruff Feat. Nke - Giffin (Taken Re-edit Speechless Dub Mix)
                                                              Isis - In Essense
                                                              Frank Hatchett - Malibu Nites

                                                              Vinyl Only Track.

                                                              Various Artists

                                                              Tudo Ben (Jorge Ben Covered)

                                                                Jorge Ben is surely one of the world's greatest all-round musical artists He is internationally renowned and vastly influential as a vocalist, musician, performer and phenomenal songwriter. Famed for penning 'Taj Mahal', which was the source for Rod Stewart's 'Do You Think I'm Sexy?', and also 'Mas Que Nada', one of Brazil's most iconic anthems, Jorge Ben is a powerful musical force. A simple glance at his impressive back catalogue reveals a master of his craft, with a depth and quality that is seldom paralleled. For 'Tudo Ben' we take a side-step, focusing on Jorge Ben's songs that have been performed by other artists. Complied by Mr Bongo, Greg Caz and Sean Marquand, this collection features the Brazilian legends Elza Soares, Claudette Soares, and Wilson Simonal, alongside prodigious artists such as Marijô, Os Brazoes, and Doris Monteiro to name but a few. The selection covers a wide range of genres including samba, bossa nova, MPB and batacuda workouts. Many of the songs featured have become staples in Mr Bongo DJ sets over the years and are some of our most loved classics. As with many of history's great songwriters, Jorge Ben's songs transcend genres and styles, they can be covered and reinterpreted, yet the quality of the writing holds up to the standard of the original. In the dark days of the mid to late 2000s when the end of vinyl seemed inevitable, Mr Bongo released 'Tudo Ben' on CD only. Years later, they finally get to put this right and present it for the first time on vinyl with alternative artwork by Mr Krum.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Tracks: Salinas - Tenha Fé, Pois Amanhã Um Lindo Dia Vai Nascer
                                                                Elza Soares - Pulo, Pulo
                                                                Sonia Santos - Speed
                                                                Osmar Milito - Rita Jeep
                                                                Wilson Simonal - Zazueira
                                                                Osmar Milito - Quem Mandou
                                                                Doris Monteiro - Se Você
                                                                Quiser Mas Sem Bronquear
                                                                Wilson Simonal - Que Pena
                                                                Osmar Milito - Morre O Burro, Fica O Homem
                                                                Os Originais Do Samba - Lá Vem Salgueiro
                                                                Os Brazões - Carolina, Carol Bela
                                                                Wilson Simonal - Crioula
                                                                Claudette Soares - Eles Querem É Amar
                                                                Os Incríveis - Vendedor De Bananas
                                                                Wilson Simonal - Brasil, Eu Fico
                                                                Cyro Aguiar - Rei Do Maracatu
                                                                Wilson Simonal - Resposta
                                                                Elza Soares - Mas Que Nada
                                                                Wilson Simonal - País Tropical
                                                                Os Originais Do Samba - Cadê Tereza
                                                                Marijô - Fio Maravilha
                                                                Os Originais Do Samba - Tenha Fé, Pois Amanhã Um Lindo Dia Vai Nascer
                                                                Os Brazões - Que Maravilha
                                                                Os Mutreteiros Grilados - Cosa Nostra
                                                                Os Originais Do Samba - Falador Passa Mal

                                                                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 fire. With beautiful female vocal-group arrangements, floating flutes 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

                                                                      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 finest. 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

                                                                        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

                                                                            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

                                                                                  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

                                                                                    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)

                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                          Aquarela
                                                                                                                          Tristeza
                                                                                                                          Desafinado
                                                                                                                          Agua
                                                                                                                          Orpheu Negro
                                                                                                                          The Girl From Ipanema
                                                                                                                          One

                                                                                                                          Surprise Chef / Minoru Muraoka

                                                                                                                          The Positive And The Negative

                                                                                                                            Minoru Muraoka's 'The Positive and the Negative' is a frm favourite at Mr Bongo. It sees a master of the shakuhachi, a traditional bamboo Japanese fute, fex his prodigious skill resulting in a unique mix of breakbeat jazz and Japanese folkloric music. 'The Positive and the Negative' featured on the 1970 'Bamboo' album, which Mr Bongo reissued in 2019. Heralded by DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Egon, and many others. The record's cult status had us thinking how could we pay further homage to a sublime track such as this. The opportunity came to us in an email from Melbourne's Surprise Chef with a link to the fabulous reinterpretation of the track which they had just recorded.Forged in their signature sound, "The Chef" have made 'The Positive and the Negative' their own whilst simultaneously treating the original with utmost respect.

                                                                                                                            The shakuhachi and koto have been replaced by synths and guitars, but the breakbeat psychedelic vein fows richly through both instruments. The 7" vinyl format was the right ft for this release, so the original Minoru Muraoka recording which clocks in over nine minutes has been edited into a 7" version to accompany Surprise Chef's new take. "Minoru Muraoka's 'Bamboo' LP has long been a fxture in our record bags, mostly for the killer shakuhachi funk cut The Positive and The Negative. The record is possibly our favourite from Mr Bongo's extensive catalogue of reissues, and certainly the most infuential to Surprise Chef; The Positive and the Negative's cinematic atmosphere paired with the wonky drum feels and dramatic performance makes it a near-perfect amalgamation of what we try to capture on Surprise Chef records.

                                                                                                                            We've borrowed an element or two from the tune over the last few albums (such as the percussion on 'The Limp'), so it felt right to go head frst into reinterpreting the entire track for ourselves. We recorded the tune in Karate Boogaloo's attic studio with our man Henry Jenkins at the controls and Hudson Whitlock on percussion. We spent an entire day trying to get the take; we felt such a deep responsibility to capture the intensity of the original, we must have done 20 or 30 takes before we were fnally happy. We stuck a fork in it late into the night, satisfed that we'd had our best crack at paying homage to a masterpiece by the great Minoru Muraoka." - Surprise Chef

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            Surprise Chef - The Positive And The Negative /
                                                                                                                            Minoru Muraoka - The Positive And The Negative (Mr Bongo 7” Edit)

                                                                                                                            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.




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                                                                                                                              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)

                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                        Peace Is Not The Word To Play (Remix) / Peace Is Not The Word To Play (Album Version)

                                                                                                                                          Large Professor being a prodigy on the SP-1200 is well established, but the way he flips parts of MFSB’s ‘TLC’ and Milly and Silly’s obscure ‘Gettin’ Down for Xmas’ with a sprinkling of Lyn Collins here establishes his credentials in the top tier.

                                                                                                                                          Lyrically, it’s a tour de force, with Main Source taking exception with the misuse of the word ‘peace’ by the hip-hop fraternity. With even the most homicidal of gangster rappers dropping it at the end of tracks at the time, time was overdue for some regulation.

                                                                                                                                          The album version makes its point pithily in a single verse, while the remix, included on the flip of this first ever 7” release, expands on the topic with new verses and some new samples too. It’s a welcome reminder of the time when remixes were remixes - not just the identical track with the latest hot rappers joining in.

                                                                                                                                          Most of all, Main Source once again walk the fine line between lyrical lecture and head-nodding banger - the rare example of a track with a point to make that can still fill a dancefloor and get necks snapping.

                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                          Patrick says: Glorious golden age hip hop from Large Pro, Sir Scratch and K-Cut. Though the lyrical message is pointed and on point, it's the sampler sophistry which makes this a classic.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          Peace Is Not The Word To Play (Remix)
                                                                                                                                          Peace Is Not The Word To Play (Album Version)

                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                              The Choice is Yours is one of the most celebrated 12” releases of the early 1990s. The story of why is told on this 7” - the first official release on this format (and, technically, the first UK release in any format except as a B-side). The original version, here on the flip, is a fine track in its own right, and is the version you’ll find on the seminal ‘A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ album. Built around elements from Johnny Hammond’s oft-sampled ‘Big Sur Suite’ from 1974 and incorporating snatches from Iron Butterfly and the Bar-Kays, it’s a truly original, witty track that showcases Dres’ deft wordplay and the group’s way with a hummable hook.

                                                                                                                                              However, what made the song legendary was the reworked version called ‘The Choice is Yours (Revisited)’, here on the A-side. It more or less rebuilds the track from the foundations and, accompanied by an iconic and acclaimed video, is for many the definitive version. It’s the soundtrack to many a hyped club night, a track that could ignite the audience in the same way that Onyx’s ‘Slam’ would a couple of years later. It weaves together vocal stabs from Sweet Linda Divine with a propulsive bassline from McCoy Tyner that seems like a significant step forward in the jazz-sampling era of hip-hop. Widely quoted, referenced and even covered in music ever since, this is a classic that punches well above its weight.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)
                                                                                                                                              The Choice Is Yours

                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                              Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty

                                                                                                                                              12th January

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                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                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

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                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                  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.


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                                                                                                                                                  Beat Bop (Vocal)
                                                                                                                                                  Beat Bop (Instrumental)

                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                    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)

                                                                                                                                                    Cypress Hill

                                                                                                                                                    Insane In The Brain

                                                                                                                                                      So much legendary hip-hop begins with a misunderstanding. You might not realise it on first or even hundredth listen, but 'Insane in the Brain' is a diss track. What has become one of the hip-hop's most iconic party anthems, and one of Cypress Hill's biggest hits, started out with them taking offence at Chubb Rock.

                                                                                                                                                      He'd flipped some of their lyrics on his own 'Yabba Dabba Doo' song in 1992 and the group didn't like it. While B-Real's lyrical attack on Chubb is subtle and almost subliminal, Sen Dog spends most of his verse making fat jokes at Chubb's expense.

                                                                                                                                                      It's a little known beef, hidden beneath the vast success of this single in 1993, with it reaching number one in the US rap charts and proving a pop hit worldwide too. At this stage, the group's producer DJ Muggs had perfected an idiosyncratic sound all of his own, lending it to tracks for the likes of House of Pain and Funkdoobiest.

                                                                                                                                                      Here he melds samples from Sly and the Family Stone and The Youngbloods with a beat lifted from George Semper's instrumental cover of 'Get out my life, woman'. Those subtle songs are alchemised into a boot-stomping head-nodder that transcended hip-hop to become a festival favourite, a rise that ended in Ned Flanders delivering the line, "this may sound just a teensy bit insane in the old membrane, Homer," in The Simpsons.

                                                                                                                                                      The only official 7" of this was released in the Philippines, and fetches prices in the hundreds of pounds – this reissue puts a hip-hop classic in crate-friendly form.

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                                                                                                                                                      Insane In The Brain
                                                                                                                                                      Insane In The Brain (Instrumental)

                                                                                                                                                      Asha Puthli

                                                                                                                                                      Asha Puthli (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 coloured vinyl re-issue for Record Store Day 2020.Asha's debut self-titled album is a wonderful fusion of jazz, soul, blues, and disco.It includes an outstanding cover version of J.J.Cale's 'Right Down Here'; a track which Asha has made very much her own by flipping it into a deep-funk groove with sultry ethereal vocals and a drumbeat almost ready-made for samplers of the future.The record was produced in the UK by Del Newman, who had worked with Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, and Elton John to name a few.It was released on London CBS records in 1973.Shortly after the release of the record, Asha (who was born in Mumbai), was banned by the Home Office from working in the UK for a period of time due to visa issues.These obstacles along with problems with her recording contract did not hold her back.Asha moved on and continued her musical journey elsewhere.This resulted in further astounding creative works that Mr Bongo will also be presenting soon.For this special RSD special edition we have pressed on sky blue vinyl to bring out the colours of Asha's stunning dress that she wears for the cover portrait.

                                                                                                                                                        Ultra Magnetic MC's

                                                                                                                                                        Travelling At The Speed Of Thought

                                                                                                                                                          Let's be honest – the first time many of us heard the otherworldly talents of the Ultramagnetic MC's was on a compilation. A smattering of singles in 1986 had barely registered beyond a small circle in New York, but the inclusion of the 1987 single 'Travelling at the Speed of Thought' on Street Sounds' 'Hip Hop Electro 16' set, sandwiched between classics from MC Shy D and Just-Ice, was a watershed moment.


                                                                                                                                                          In a way, it's their most atypical release. The deceptively simple combination of drums 'borrowed' from The Rolling Stones and a scratched hook from The Kingsmen's definitive version of Richard Berry's 'Louie Louie' is one thing. The simple by their standards vocals, however, render it into a loveable pastiche of rock-rap, a more esoteric equivalent of Run DMC's 'Walk This Way'.

                                                                                                                                                          The flip is more in keeping with their style both on their earlier 'Ego Tripping' single and the soon-to-arrive landmark classic album 'Critical Beatdown'.

                                                                                                                                                          Over some heavily chopped drums from erstwhile breakbeat classic 'Apache' by the Incredible Bongo Band, Ced Gee and Kool Keith showcase flows that were different from anything out there at the time.

                                                                                                                                                          'M.C.'s Ultra (Part II Edit)' is part brag-rap, part baffling science lecture. Leaning heavily on the thesaurus, it's a slang heavy manifesto that elevated the boast rap to the next level. While Kool Keith would go on to be the group's breakout star, this is a showcase for the whole collective, right down to DJ Moe Love's slithery scratching sliding from one channel to the next.

                                                                                                                                                          Only previously released in the UK as a 7" that's now very hard to source, this is a chance to re-embrace this breakthrough from a legendary group.



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                                                                                                                                                          Travelling At The Speed Of Thought
                                                                                                                                                          M.C.’s Ultra (Part II Edit)

                                                                                                                                                          Black Sheep

                                                                                                                                                          Strobelite Honey

                                                                                                                                                            Black Sheep – and their 1991 'A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing' album - were definitely an outlier in the Native Tongues fold. They were raunchier and more playful than their peers which, given that those peers were A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Jungle Brothers, is really saying something.

                                                                                                                                                            'Strobelite Honey' catches that difference perfectly, leaning heavily on a pair of 1980 disco samples rather than the jazz of their brethren, and taking a somewhat less chivalrous approach to women. 'Strobelite's slender but fun narrative sees rapper Dres up in the club and fooled by the lights – approaching a girl he likes the look off but backing off when they reveal she's not what he expected. Charmed, we're sure.

                                                                                                                                                            Dres and his partner Mr. Lawnge were always willing to push boundaries, and that extends to the often confusing labelling of the various remixes of this choice single. 12"s dropped with the 'No We Didn't Mix', 'Yes We Did Mix' and 'Maybe We Did Mix' (not to mention a separate 12" of House mixes).

                                                                                                                                                            The last and best of these accompanied the original version on the now-rare 1991 7", as it does here. The 'Maybe We Did Mix' adds urgent horns - almost like the buzzing of a bee - and a new beat to completely reconfigure the sound into something much more of its era. It's a reminder of when remixes were about much more than the same beat with different rappers.

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                                                                                                                                                            Strobelite Honey (Maybe We Did Mix)
                                                                                                                                                            Strobelite Honey (The Original)

                                                                                                                                                            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


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