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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

    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

      Various Artists

      The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso

        ‘The Original Sound of Burkina Faso’ follows the hugely successful ‘The Original Sound of Mali’ compilation, also released on Mr Bongo. Here we have a collection of songs that pay tribute to a truly golden age of music; touching on folk, funk, blues, highlife, disco, psyche, latin, rock and soul.

        Burkina Faso may be one of the least well-known parts of West Africa but it has a deep history and musical pedigree. A few years before President Thomas Sankara changed his country’s name from Upper Volta to its current one, a new sound emerged to soundtrack a cultural revolution.

        Featuring music by Abdoulaye Cissé, Amadou Balaké, Pierre Sandwidi & Super Volta, Tidiani Coulibaly & Dafra Star, Bozambo, Youssouf Diarra and more. Available as deluxe 2-LP gatefold vinyl, CD and digital. Including a booklet with extensive liner notes and photography. Compiled by David ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle and Florent Mazzoleni.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Abdoulaye Cisse- Jeunesse Wilila.
        A2. Abdoulaye Cisse - Tieba Lou Tounouna
        A3. Bozambo - Kombisse
        B1. Amadou Balake - Whisky Et Coca-Cola
        B2. John Oumar Nabolle_ - M’ba Lale
        B3. Pierre Sandwidi - Boy Cuisinier
        B4. Tidiani Coulibaly & Dafra Star - Sie Koumgolo
        C1. Amadou Balake - Super Bar Konon Mousso
        C2. Mangue Konde Et Les 5 Consuls - Pop Konde
        C3. Youssouf Diarra (dit El Grand Ballake) - Djanfa Magni
        D1. Amadou Balake - Wayisjelequeyele
        D2. Amadou Balake - Aminata Du The
        D3. Abdoulaye Cisse & Super Volta - A Son Magni

        Toni Tornado / Zeca Do Trombone & Roberto Sax

        Sou Negro / Coluna Do Meio

          For volume 86 in the Brazil45 series, we return with 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

          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

            Lemos & Debetio

            Morro Do Barraco Sem Agua

            A first-time replica re-issue of a highly sought-after, rare Brazilian MPB / funk nugget from 1974.

            Brazilian 7” singles or compacts sometimes get a bit overlooked outside of the world of avid Brazilian collectors and DJs, but here are where some of the most exquisite jewels of Brazil’s rich musical tapestry lie. This release has been a long time in the works, a replica version of one of our favourite Brazilian 7”s - the outstanding ‘Morro Do Barraco Sem gua’ by Lemos E Deb tio (aka Toninho Lemos & Paulo Deb tio). Discovering tracks like ‘Morro Do Barraco Sem gua’ makes you want to go the extra mile.

            You spend that little bit more time than is rational examining and dusting off a stack of 7”s hunting for an elusive gem, or end up disappearing down an Internet wormhole eating into time you don’t have before you need to be up for work again in the morning. This is a calculated effort, as the reward of the revitalising musical vitamins that you’ve stumbled upon are the big pay off. ‘Morro Do Barraco Sem gua’ was originally released on Odeon Records in 1974, and even though this was a major record label it remains extremely hard to find.

            From the first moment the needle hits the groove with its guitar and drum break intro you know the song is special. A feel-good addictive melody with fantastic swooping arrangements and a pulsating funk backbeat, which is over all too soon. We hope you enjoy this audio treasure as much as we do!!!


            TRACK LISTING

            Morro Do Barraco Sem Gua
            Retrato Da Vida

            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

              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)

              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

                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)

                Di Melo

                Kilari / Pernalonga

                For number 83 in the Brazil 45 series we have a real treat. Di Melo’s self-titled debut album has long been collectible for its irresistible Brazilian-funk sound, pleasing the Brazilian, B-Boy breaks, funk collectors, and sample hunters alike.

                With original copies for the album now fetching crazy sums, we felt these tracks needed another moment in the sun for all to enjoy. For this release we have selected two of our favorite cuts from this cult album, ‘Kilari ‘ & ‘Pernalonga’. Coincidentally these two gems were released on Odeon Records in 1975 as a rare promo campacto (a Brazilian 7”, which plays at 33rpm).

                ‘Kilari ‘ is a pure Brazilian-soul classic. All the right elements gel together, whilst Di Melo works his relaxed vocal magic over the top. ‘Pernalonga’, with its catchy guitar and horns intro, loose break-beat drum, has the feel-good factor which some may recognize as one of the samples behind N.A.S.A featuring David Byrne, & Chali 2na’s ‘The People Tree’ from 2009.

                Di Melo is still recording to this day, releasing an album with Cotonete on Favorite Recordings in 2019 - a true don!!!

                TRACK LISTING

                Kilari
                Pernalonga

                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

                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

                  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

                  Main Source

                  Just Hangin' Out / Live At The BBQ

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

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

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

                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                    TRACK LISTING

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

                    Al "Man" Muntzie And The Embraceables

                    Die Happy

                    "We stumbled onto Al Muntzie’s under the radar soul beauty ‘Die Happy’ after conducting an interview with Joe Quarterman for a feature on our website.

                    It got us salivating about the prospect of further productions, which Joe had recorded, but had perhaps been overlooked. ‘Die Happy’ was originally released in 1976 and was the only release on S.B. Moon Records. The record has a crossover vibe as it sits beautifully between modern soul, funk, and protodisco. Initial research didn’t shed much light onto the background of the song.

                    The trail was sparse, other than the record appearing on the sales list of raresoul collectors and record dealers. So we decided to go back to the source and find out about the record directly from Joe himself.

                    “I met Al Muntzie through my bass guitar player, Elliot Adams. Elliot informed me that Al was looking for a song that was funky and suitable for a group. At that time, 1976 - 79, I had written the words and melody to ‘Die Happy” and Elliot cranked out a mean bass part that gave the song life. He should be credited as co-writer for his outstanding bass part. At this time my band, FreeSoul, had dis-banded and worked as sideman musicians. Elliot and I made a demo of the song on a cassette and we let Al Muntzie hear it: he liked it.

                    We set a recording date at the Omega Recording Studio in northern Virginia. We used a combination of two bands; FreeSoul and Experience Unlimited (EU). Al sang lead vocal and me and the Embracebles did the background vocals. Al was very cooperative and did not say much during the session. He followed my direction and got the job done. The session took all day into the late evening hours where we mixed and mastered the tune to perfection. We had a good time creating this work of art.”

                    We are forever thankful to Joe for giving us the opportunity to present this fantastic production by Al, Elliot, and Joe, and to give it the new lease of life, which it rightfully deserves."
                    Mr Bongo Records

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    says: Sheeeeeit! Mr Bongo blow the dust off a STONE GROOVE here, hitting us with maximum bass wriggle, disco-funk power and Curtis-style soul in vocal and instrumental form. Killer!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Die Happy
                    Die Happy (Instrumental)

                    Arthur Verocai

                    Arthur Verocai - Definitive Reissue

                      For a very long time, we have been trying to re-issue this record; a true and complete album masterpiece in every sense of the word, considered by many people to be one of the greatest ever made, regardless of genre.

                      Recorded at Studio Somil, Rio De Janeiro in 1972, the album was produced, arranged, directed by the self-taught, Arthur Verocai. Previously he had worked on many records in various capacities, with artists including Jorge Ben, Ivan Lins and Celia, this album gave him the chance to do his thing in its most pure form.

                      The 29 minute masterpiece, perfect in its arrangement and fusion of sonics, epitomises the sound of Brazil at the time; strings, guitars, pianos, break beats, basslines, synthesizers, vocals from the wonderful Célia and percussion from Pedro Santos. Bossa nova, samba, jazz, MPB, psychedelics and funk sit side by side effortlessly.

                      The album transcends the genre of Brazilian music, and infact all genres. Highlighted in part by the number of artists that have sampled from it; MF Doom, Ludacris & Common, Little Brother, Jneiro Jarel aka Dr Who Dat?, Dibiase and Action Bronson amongst others.

                      The original Continental versions of the album now fetch around $2000. Our definitive re-issue is an exact replica of the gatefold original LP and the source master is taken from the Continental tapes, re-mastered in 2012 under Arthur’s supervision.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Caboclo
                      2. Pelas
                      3. Sombras
                      4. Sylvia
                      5. Presente Grego
                      6. Dedicada
                      7. A Ela
                      8. Seriado
                      9. Na Boca Do Sol
                      10. Velho
                      11. Parente
                      12. O Mapa Karina (Domingo No Grajaú)

                      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

                      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

                      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

                      Orlandivo

                      Onde Anda O Meu Amor / Gueri-Gueri

                      Orlandivo’s ‘Onde Anda O Meu Amor’ is one of those special tracks that have long been high up on the request lists of many Mr Bongo customers who wanted them to add it to their growing Brazil 45 catalogue. Mr Bongo are super happy to finally make that become a reality. It is taken from Brazilian composer, singer and percussionist Orlandivo’s (real name Orlandivo Hon rio de Souza) sought-after self-titled album from 1977. Originally released on Copacabana Records, the album features greats such as Sivuca on accordion and arrangements, and piano and organ by the maestro, Jo o Donato. ‘Onde Anda O Meu Amor’ is a beautiful, tripped out mellow groove with amazing spacey keys and flute lines - a true Brazilian underground classic. For the flip side, they have opted to include the song ‘Gueri - Gueri’, which is taken from the same album. This catchy samba rock number brings back great memories of listening to it whilst exploring Chico & Zico’s vinyl emporium in Sao Paulo. The chorus almost sounds like the vocalists are singing “Gary Gary”, which is not only a ridiculously catchy hook, but also a fitting tribute / name check to Gary Johnson from Bongo HQ.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Onde Anda O Meu Amor
                      Gueri-Gueri

                      Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty

                      12th January

                        THIS IS A BLACK FRIDAY RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27TH FROM 6PM.
                        LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


                        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

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Think
                        Atom

                        Kit Sebastian

                        Ennui / Abandoned

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

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

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Ennui
                          Abandoned

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

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

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


                          TRACK LISTING

                          Beat Bop (Vocal)
                          Beat Bop (Instrumental)

                          Jorge Ben

                          Curumin Chama Cuh T Que Eu Vou Contar (Todo Dia Era Dia De Ndio)

                          Mr Bongo's much in-demand series of classic Brazilian 45’s are back! Featuring a vibrant new design, they’ve curated yet more wants-list regulars and unearthed fresh finds from Brazil that are destined to become collector’s items in their own right.

                          Number 80 in the Brazil.45 series, aptly sees a double-sider focusing on the awesome 80’s recordings by one of the giants of Brazilian music, Jorge Ben. First up is the addictive, building groove of ‘Curumin Chama Cunh t Que Eu Vou Contar (Todo Dia Era Dia De ndio)’.

                          Taken from the ‘D diva’ album from 1981, and originally released on Som Livre Records. A homage to the indigenous people and tribes of Brazil. The flip features one of Jorge’s most beloved Brazilian-Boogie joints, ‘Rio Babil nia’, which celebrates life in Rio, partying, the beach, and the city’s iconic monuments.

                          The song was originally released on a compacto and taken from the ‘D diva’ album from 1983, it features arrangements by the late-great, Lincoln Olivetti.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Curumin Chama Cuh T Que Eu Vou Contar (Todo Dia Era Dia De Ndio)
                          Rio Babalonia

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

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

                          TRACK LISTING

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

                          Official Mr Bongo Hip Hop Reissue. Nas has had a career of generally consistent excellence, punctuated with a few lulls.

                          He’s an incredibly skilled rapper sometimes accused of having a tin ear when it comes to choosing beats - especially on albums (and the entirety of ‘Illmatic’ aside, obviously). ‘Made You Look’ was a shot in the arm for Nas at a time when he’d shed some of his core, street fanbase. After the unfocussed ‘Nastradamus’ and ‘I Am...’ albums he’d had a return to some kind of form with ‘Stillmatic’, but many felt he came off second best in the ensuing battle with Jay-Z.

                          This single, a club and street classic almost from the moment it dropped, is exactly what he needed to reconnect with his fans and to show he could still throw down. Lyrically, it’s hardcore bragging 101, delivered with panache and numerous quotables that themselves would go on to be sampled. Key to it all, however, is that beat. Salaam Remi was no stranger to resurrections, having almost single-handedly turned The Fugees from forgettable also-rans to major-players. The beat here is deceptively simple, one of hundreds of records to chop up Incredible Bongo Band’s ‘Apache’ but doing so in a way that felt instantly fresh. Nearly 20 years later it still has the power to get a stationary crowd moving, an empty dancefloor to fill, a still head to nod.

                          This original version has never been on 7” before. It’s presented with full artwork

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Made You Look 
                          Made You Look (Instrumental Without Guns)

                          MATTY

                          Dejavu

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

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

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

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

                            TRACK LISTING

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

                            Idrissa Soumaora Et L'Eclipse

                            Nissodia (Mike D Edit)

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

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

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

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            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.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Nissodia (Mike D Edit)
                            Nissodia (Original)

                            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.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            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.

                              Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul

                              Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul (RSD20 EDITION)

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


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

                                Various Artists

                                Brazil 45s Boxset / Curated By DJ Format

                                  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.


                                  Limited Edition Clamshell Box which doubles up as a DJ box for your Brazil 45s collection.We've been toying with the idea of collaborating with a guest selector for the Brazil 45 series since its inception in 2014, but up until now the timing has never been quite right.That all changed following a recent digging trip to Brazil, where upon our return DJ Format was first into the office, full of excitement and enthusiasm (portable record player in hand), ready to bust open the boxes and see what treats we had unearthed.Straight away we knew that alongside being one of the UK's premier record collectors, producers and DJs, he had the passion and knowledge that would result in a totally unique take on a Brazil 45 collection.†Brazil has such a rich multi-genre musical heritage that sometimes it can be hard for curators to decide on where to focus.DJ Format has a very distinct stamp to his own productions and mixtapes, and that can be clearly seen in the coherent theme he has applied to his selections for this release.He has chosen 10 funk-psyche-break-beat Brazilian nuggets from the '60s and early '70s, and included wonderful artists such as The Modern Tropical Quintet, Manito, Free-son, and Marisa Rossi, to name a few.It is a body of work that fits together perfectly and shines a light on some perhaps forgotten artists that deserve attention and praise.This collection will appeal to fans of DJ Format, those with a knowledge of Brazilian music, and even the first time buyer just wanting to discover something new.†This special limited Record Store Day 5 x 45s collection comes in a box designed by Owen Tozer.

                                  Ultra Magnetic MC's

                                  Give The Drummer Some

                                    The late engineer and producer Paul C's fingerprints are all over this single from Ultramagnetic MC's, perhaps the defining release of their career. While earlier records gave notice of their strange and unique talents, they were loveably messy affairs. This, however, is the real deal, as polished as their early sound would ever be.

                                    'Give the Drummer Some' grabs a fistful of different elements – from James Brown, Dee Felice Trio and James Brown – but bends them to its own purpose. This is a song with a momentum of its own and endlessly quotable lyrics. One of which, of course, was sampled by The Prodigy – huge hip-hop fans – for 'Smack My Bitch Up' in 1997. The now hugely rare 7" of 'Give the Drummer Some' edits this out to make it more radio-friendly, but this reissue reverses that cut, giving you the original lyrics. If anyone knows why Kool Keith also changes the word 'rappers' to 'monkeys' for that edit, answers on a postcard…

                                    The brilliant B-side harks back to the time when every group had a song dedicated to their DJ. 'Moe Luv's Theme' sees Kool Keith at his most straightforward, singing the praises of the turntable skills of Moe Luv. It would be throwaway were it not for the effortless repurposing of Jackie Robinson's oft-sampled 'Pussyfooter'. That – and the presence of one of the world's great MC's at the height of his powers – elevates it far above a footnote.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Give The Drummer Some
                                    Moe Luv’s Theme

                                    Ultra Magnetic MC's

                                    Ego Tripping

                                      Melvin Bliss' iconic 'Synthetic Substitution' (1973) has been sampled hundreds of times. Gracing records from Naughty by Nature's 'O.P.P' to Public Enemy's 'Don't Believe the Hype', it's one of the foundations of hip-hop. However, there's a school of thought that says the sample could have been retired forever after Ced Gee used it for 'Ego Tripping'. It was the first song to use those wonderful Bernard Purdie drums, and arguably the best.

                                      Their first release on Next Plateau Records, this instant 1986 classic slams from the first bar, that hard-as-hell beat underpinned by stabs and the breathy 'ultra-magnetic-magnetic' chant beneath. Meanwhile, Ced and future legend Kool Keith go to town with pseudo-science and a thinly veiled diss of Run DMC – 'Say what, Peter Piper, to hell with childish rhymes'. It's a song shot through with promise they'd more than fulfil on their debut album, 1988's landmark 'Critical Beatdown'.

                                      The flip, 'Funky Potion', doesn't coalesce with quite the same genius but is still more than a curio, with the MC's doubling down on their futuristic nonsense approach to lyricism. Rufus Thomas' 'Do the Funky Penguin' is the base for yet more stabs, discordant scratches and a kitchen-sink approach that shows just innovative the group were prepared to be.

                                      Never before released before on 7", this undeniable hip-hop classic comes complete with bespoke hype stickers incorporating one of the great rap logos of all time.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Ego Tripping
                                      Funky Potion

                                      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.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        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

                                        Surprise Chef

                                        All News Is Good News

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

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

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

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

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

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                          TRACK LISTING

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

                                          Dee Dee Bridgewater

                                          Afro Blue

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

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

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

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

                                            Gang Starr

                                            Jazz Thing

                                              With the original UK 7” of this release now as rare as hen’s teeth, and with the group having recently ‘reformed’ for one last album together, the Mr Bongo replica re-release of this 1990 masterpiece by Gang Starr couldn’t be more timely

                                              The now-legendary duo of DJ Premier and Guru dropped this at the height of hip-hop’s sampling of jazz, which had led to a creative leap forward for the genre. Yet while others plundered in the dark, this instant classic wore its influences on its sleeve and paid verbal homage to the musicians they were sampling. The “melodious funk” of “Thelonious Monk” gets namechecked, while the track samples two of his records, including 1958’s Bop gem ‘Light Blue’.

                                              While both versions presented here have common elements, the ‘Movie Mix’ - so-named for the song’s appearance on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s mythic jazz biopic ‘Mo’ Better Blues’ - goes in a few different directions to the ‘Video Mix’. Rather than just drop in an instrumental for the B-side, DJ Premier instead shows his versatility by switching up the base track (Kool & The Gang’s 1971 ‘Dujii’) and layering in other samples. In more ways than one, his virtuosity here echoes the improvisation of a jazz musician, akin to Denzel Washington’s Bleak in the movie.

                                              Of course, he’s not the only show in town. The late Guru’s voice is as mellifluous as an instrument itself here, his potted history of the genre and the artists of jazz delivered with his own unmistakable cadence. Without this record, would he have gone on to make his ‘Jazzmatazz’ projects.

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                                              Jazz Thing (Video Mix) 
                                              Jazz Thing (Movie Mix)

                                              Marumo

                                              Modiehi

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

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

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

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

                                                TRACK LISTING

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

                                                The Star Beams

                                                Play Disco Specials

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

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

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

                                                  TRACK LISTING

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

                                                  Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty (BADBADNOTGOOD)

                                                  Visions

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

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

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

                                                    TRACK LISTING

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

                                                    Sonia Santos / Marcia Maria

                                                    Marraio / Oh! Man

                                                      The third appearance in the Brazil 45 series for the mighty Sonia Santos, here with a relatively under-the-radar gem. ‘Marraio’ is a quirky sambafunk bomb with tripped out synths, wah-wah guitar, horn stabs and is one aimed straight for the dance-floor. Written by Hélio Matheus, it was released on a 7” and four track EP on Som Livre records in 1974 and 1975 respectively. Brazilian record digger and DJ hero DJ Nuts included ‘Marraio’ in his epic mixtape ‘Cultura Cópia’ back in 2004.

                                                      On the flip we keep the funk-vibes going but drop the tempo. The late-great Marcia Maria’s AOR/Rio-funk slow-jam ‘Oh! Man’ was only released on a 7” single on Odeon Records in 1979. It features the distinctive sounds of Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti in the production team.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Sonia Santos - Marraio
                                                      Marcia Maria - Oh! Man

                                                      Jorge Ben / Baby Consuelo

                                                      Waimea 55.000 / Curto De Veu E Grinalda

                                                        Jorge Ben can do it all - vocalist, songwriter, musician, producer and to many their ‘all-round’ favourite Brazilian artist. Jorge has had an amazing career, involved in music from the early 60s through to the current day, writing countless classic songs for him and other artists. This awesome samba-disco-funk joint ‘Waimea 55.000’’ is a lesser-known production, taken off a 7” B-side released on Som Livre in 1978. This is a gem which needed to be dusted off and given the wider audience it deserves.

                                                        Baby Consuelo with her distinctive voice is one of Mr Bongo’s favourite Brazilian singers. The only female founding member of the mythical group Os Novos Baianos, Baby is a real innovator and pioneer, changing her persona and musical styles over the years, but still staying unique. Here we have Baby at the start in raw psychedelic hippy mode, giving a powerful vocal delivery where she manages to sound simultaneously badass and lovable. This early song was released in 1970 on RGE records on a compacto 7” credited to Baby Consuelo and additionally featured on Os Novos Bahianos’s debut album ‘ Ferro Na Boneca!’ in the same year (re-issued on Mr Bongo in 2019).

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Jorge Ben - Waimea 55.000
                                                        Baby Consuelo - Curto De Veu E Grinalda

                                                        Neno Exporta Som

                                                        Deixa A Tristeza

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

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Neno Exporta Som - Deixa A Tristeza
                                                          Agnaldo Rayol - Sumauma

                                                          Marcia Maria

                                                          Amigo Branco

                                                            Marcia Maria’s slow to mid tempo disco gem ‘Amigo Branco’ has become a club favourite in recent times. Released in 1978 on Capitol Records, despite being better known these days, is actually from the hard-to-find and expensive album/7” EP & promo-only 12” single which features the greats Lincoln Olivetti & Robson Jorge in the production team. Not many tracks sitting around 96 BPM work so well on the dancefloor! It could be argued that the talents of Simone have been somewhat over-looked of late. A key performer of Musica Popular Brasileira (MPB), who has had a remarkable career recording over 30 albums. Simone’s adaptation of ‘Tudo Que Voce Podia’ is a real treat and takes things back to the start of her career. Taken off the self-titled album from 1973 on Odeon Records, this brilliant anthemic song was penned by L Borges & Marcio Borges and has also been recorded by the brilliant Milton Nascimento, Quarteto Em Cy (see BRZ45.09) & Azymuth. This stripped-down version has a beautiful build, with amazing strings riding the percussion & jazz-funk bass line, ending in melodic whistling.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Marcia Maria - Amigo Branco
                                                            Simone - Tudo Que Voce Odia Ser

                                                            Kit Sebastian

                                                            Remix 12"

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

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                              TRACK LISTING

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

                                                              Peter King

                                                              Omo Lewa - Reissue

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

                                                              TRACK LISTING

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

                                                              Renata Lu

                                                              Faz Tanto Tempo

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

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Faz Tanto Tempo
                                                                Sambaloo

                                                                Shina Williams & His African Percussionists

                                                                Shina Williams

                                                                Shina Williams ‘Agboju Logun’ was a ground-breaking fusion of afrobeat, electronics, boogie and disco. First released on Phonodisk in 1979 as part of the ‘African Dances’ album, then in 1984 as an alternative version on Rough Trade’s Earthwork off-shoot, it has gone on to attain cult-like status. So it remains a bit of a mystery how so little has been documented about the followup. Shina’s self-titled album was originally released on Help Records in 1980. It differs from the upfront afro-disco-funk of ‘African Dances’ as it diverts into deeper, hypnotic, afro-beat territory. Though listed as a six-track album, each side (composing of 3 tracks) is builtupon one continuous groove with call and response female & male vocals and instrumental solos coming and going as each side progresses. The results are raw, hypnotic, locked-in grooves, which sit perfectly on forward-thinking contemporary dancefloors.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Ise Aje Male
                                                                Egbe Kegbe
                                                                Emi Koni Koja Ayemi
                                                                Osupa Lomode Nsere Ale
                                                                Ere La O Je Labo Oko
                                                                Alapa Ma Sise

                                                                Hozan Yamamoto With Sharps & Flats

                                                                Beautiful Bamboo-Flute

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

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


                                                                  TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                  Gyedu Blay Ambolley And Zantoda Mark III

                                                                  Control

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

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                  Jungle Brown

                                                                  Full Circle

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

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                    Ebo Taylor Jr With Wuta Wazutu

                                                                    Gotta Take It Cool

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

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                    Power Of Zeus

                                                                    The Gospel According To Zeus

                                                                      Formed in Detroit in 1968, Power of Zeus became the first rock band to be signed by Motown subsidiary label, Rare Earth. The group drew inspiration from British hard rock and heavy metal giants like Cream, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin when they created this well-produced, seminal post-hard rock album. After ‘The Gospel According to Zeus’, the group never made another album and the band slipped into obscurity, until it was discovered by the hip hop diggers. The drum beat from “Sorcerer of Isis” has been one of the most sampled in hiphop music, including KRS-One, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Cyprus Hill, Tribe Called Quest and Eminem to name a few.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      It Couldn’t Be Me
                                                                      In The Night
                                                                      Green Grass & Clover
                                                                      I Lost My Love
                                                                      The Death Trip
                                                                      No Time
                                                                      Uncertain Destination
                                                                      Realization
                                                                      Hard Working Man
                                                                      The Sorceror Of Isis (The Ritual Of The Mole)

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

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

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

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                      A Tribe Called Quest

                                                                      Scenario

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

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Scenario (Album Version)
                                                                        Scenario (Young Nation Mix)

                                                                        Archie Shepp

                                                                        Attica Blues

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

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                                                                        Attica Blues
                                                                        Quiet Dawn

                                                                        Ze Roberto

                                                                        Lotus 72 D

                                                                          Ze Roberto aka Joaquim Roberto Braga is a composer, singer and instrumentalist from Brazilian folk music roots. ‘Lotus 72 D’ is a tribute to the Brazilian Formula 1 world champion driver of 1972, Emerson Fittipaldi. In Roberto’s own words: “Lotus 72 D is a tribute to the sensational talent of Formula 1 driver, Emerson Fittipaldi, was was crowned world champion in 1972. I can’t remember the names of the musicians who participated in the recording because they were hired by the original record label, RCA/Victor. The production team consisted of artistic co-ordinator, Henrique Gastaldello, and arranger, Severino Filho. The year of recording was 1973. I’m not aware of another fast version of the song ‘Lotus 72 D’... My contract with the RCA/Victor was for 2 years. All my musical works belongs to me.” The mystery surrounding the ‘fast version’ stems from the Via Brazil compilation from 2001 - the version featured was pitched up. Hence, a lot of people know it at that tempo, because it is otherwise impossible to obtain!

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                                                                          Lotus 72 D (Original)
                                                                          Lotus 72 D (Fast)

                                                                          Os Novos Bahianos

                                                                          E Ferro Na Boneca

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                            Kit Sebastian

                                                                            Mantra Moderne / Kyutu

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

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

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

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

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

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

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                                                                            Mantra Moderne
                                                                            Kyutu

                                                                            Azymuth

                                                                            Aguia Nao Come Mosca

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

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

                                                                              Minoru Muraoka

                                                                              Bamboo

                                                                                Mr Bongo do all the diggers a favour here and give us a welcome reissue of the Japanese jazz/breakbeat, folkloric mega-rarity as hallowed the likes of DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Egon and co. Rumour has it the last time someone saw an original copy in the wild City were in the second division and Lenny Henry was funny. "Bamboo" uniquely combines traditional Japanese instrumentation with Western jazz influences for a seriously esoteric sound.
                                                                                Minoru Muraoka plays ‘shakuhachi’ - a traditional bamboo Japanese flute - joined by his band members accompanying him on the ‘koto’ (strings) and ‘tsu-tsumi’ (drum) amongst others, to create their ‘Shakuhachi Jazz’ sound.
                                                                                Alongside covers of well known jazz and pop classics we also get two ace original songs and SO many killer breaks!

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                                                                                Take Five
                                                                                Nogamigawa Funauta
                                                                                The Positive And The Negative 
                                                                                And I Love Her
                                                                                The House Of The Rising Sun
                                                                                Do You Know The Way To San Jose
                                                                                Soul Bamboo
                                                                                Call Me
                                                                                Scarborough Fair

                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                Mr Bongo Record Club Vol. 3

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

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

                                                                                  Power Of Zeus

                                                                                  The Gospel According To Zeus (RSD19 EDITION)

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

                                                                                    Akira Ishikawa

                                                                                    Back To Rhythm

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

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

                                                                                      Celia

                                                                                      Celia (1970)

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

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

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

                                                                                        Ronald Mesquita

                                                                                        Bresil 72

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

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

                                                                                          Tom Zé

                                                                                          Estudando O Samba

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

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

                                                                                            Spaceark

                                                                                            Spaceark Is

                                                                                              ‘SpaceArk Is’ came out on Color World records in 1976, on a limited run of about 5,000 copies. It followed their self-titled debut on the same original label, the year before. For a handful of years in the Seventies, SpaceArk was one of the most promising and electrifying bands in Southern California. Although their music was far greater than the sum of its parts, those parts made for a very original style. R&B, soul, rock, pop, jazz, classical ... it all came together in blissful stream of intricate compositions that swept up crowds from US military bases to Northern Soul clubs around the UK. SpaceArk wrote and performed more than 100 songs during their time together. Most of them were not recorded and are now either lost or forgotten.

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                                                                                              Sweet Hitch Hiker
                                                                                              Take Her Out Dancing
                                                                                              Sexy Lady
                                                                                              Ja More Mon Amore (I Love My Love)
                                                                                              Phantom Lover
                                                                                              Each Song

                                                                                              Rob

                                                                                              Rob

                                                                                                The Accra-born pianist and frontman only released a few albums in small quantities, yet two of them are among the most sought-after records from 70’s Africa. This was the first.

                                                                                                So what do we know? After learning his craft in Benin and playing with the likes of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, ROB returned to Accra to write his own material and find a sound. Hooked on the driving funk and raw soul of stars such as James Brown and Otis Redding, he would often imitate his heroes on his father’s piano during school holidays.
                                                                                                The title track sets the pace with a JBs-like rhythm, ROB almost shamanic with his sparse yet commanding vocal. The organ and wah-wah guitar spin us out before those imperious horns bring us back in.
                                                                                                And what better way to close this set than with ‘More’, swept up in a call and response between Rob and his backing singers as a ‘Blow Your Head’ synth flares and the brass blasts. Good times guaranteed. As the man himself says, “Funky music is in my blood. What you hear is the coming out of my mind.” No one sounds like Rob, because there is no one like Rob.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                says: Mr Bongo come through with an official reissue of one of the finest Afro-funk records ever - Rob's 1977 self titled winner. Arguable the hottest Ghanaian record of all time!

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                                                                                                Funky Rob Way
                                                                                                Forgive Us All
                                                                                                Boogie On
                                                                                                Just One More Time 
                                                                                                Your Kiss Stole Me Away
                                                                                                More

                                                                                                Toquinho

                                                                                                Toquinho

                                                                                                  All-time classic Brazilian album, featuring Jorge Ben on ‘Que Maravilha’, ‘Zana’ and ‘Carolina Carol Bela’ as sampled by DJ Marky on ‘LK’. Brazilian guitarist and singer Toquinho (real name Antonio Pecci Filho) was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in the 1940’s. His first major hit single was ‘Que Maravilha’, as featured here, that he wrote with Jorge Ben. This album also features ‘Zana’ and the ultra-famous ‘Carolina Carol Bela’, also written with Ben. Toquinho had a prolific career releasing a huge number of albums and writing on even more. He released many records with Vinicius De Moraes during the 70’s. ‘Carolina Carol Bela’ was sampled by DJ Marky on his drum n bass hit ‘LK’ - the track that launched the sound of Brazilian drum n bass outside of Brazil.

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                                                                                                  Na Agua Negra Da Lagoa
                                                                                                  La Barca
                                                                                                  Tocando Pra Silvinha
                                                                                                  Chuva Na
                                                                                                  Praia De Juqui
                                                                                                  Que Maravilha
                                                                                                  Zana
                                                                                                  Bachianinha
                                                                                                  De Ontem Pra Hoje
                                                                                                  Dobrando A Esquina
                                                                                                  Carolina Carol Bela
                                                                                                  Evocacao A Jacob

                                                                                                  Tim Maia

                                                                                                  What You Want To Bet ? / These Are The Songs

                                                                                                  Debut single from the mighty Tim Maia, released upon his return from the USA in the late 60’s. Maia sings in English here - influenced by his time spend travelling and working in the USA. Both songs are very soulful, reminiscent of the great soul singers of 1960’s USA, who were clearly a powerful inspiration to him.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  What You Want To Bet?
                                                                                                  These Are The Songs

                                                                                                  Cesar Mariano & CIA

                                                                                                  Sao Paulo Brasil

                                                                                                    'Sao Paulo Brasil' is one of the finest Brazilian jazz funk fusion albums ever recorded and thoroughly deserving of its cult status. This is its first official reissue outside of Brazil. Cesar Camargo Mariano is a celebrated Brazilian jazz pianist, composer and producer, born in Sao Paulo in the 1940’s. He has played and worked with the likes of Elis Regina (to whom he was married at one point), Som Tres and Sambalanco Trio and still plays very regularly today. ‘Sao Paulo Brasil’ saw Mariano and co. step deep into jazz funk/fusion territory - and nail it. Tight, tough drum grooves, intricate arrangements, layers of synthesisers, percussion and FX transport and tell a story from the first beat.

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                                                                                                    Metropole
                                                                                                    Estacao Do Norte
                                                                                                    Fabrica
                                                                                                    Poluicao
                                                                                                    Imigrantes
                                                                                                    Metro
                                                                                                    Litoral
                                                                                                    Futebol De Bar

                                                                                                    Carlos Sodre

                                                                                                    Ciumeira / Rasga Teu Verso

                                                                                                    Dismayed at the prospect of a harsh British winter, Mr Bongo fly south to Rio for the foreseeable, bringing us a gorgeous double sider of uptempo vintage MPB samba jazz from Carlos Sodre, originally released as a 33rpm ‘compacto’ 7” single on Copacabana in 1965. On the A-side, "Ciumeira" shuffles and sizzles with snake hipped rhythms, heavy guiro and Technicolour orchestral arrangements. On the B-side, "Rasga Teu Verso" drops the intensity for a more sultry swing through the smoke and sweat of the jazz bar. 

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                                                                                                    Ciumeira
                                                                                                    Rasga Teu Verso

                                                                                                    Tim Maia

                                                                                                    Tim Maia - Reissue

                                                                                                      Brilliant tracks like 'É Necessário', 'Verão Carioca', 'Venha Dormir Em Casa' or 'Musica para Betinha' make it one of the strongest albums to come out of Brazil in the 1970s. Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180g vinyl.

                                                                                                      Tim Maia was born in 1942 in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and started his musical career at an early age, along with close friends such as Roberto Carlos or Jorge Ben. Carlos would eventually help him to get a deal for his first single at CBS. During the 70s Maia started to incorporate soul and funk elements into his style. After a two-year period involvement in the Racional cult in Brazil, Maia's funky style was still at its best when he released this album in 1977. It was his first and only recording for Som Livre, the legendary label that became extremely popular due to the many soap operas soundtracks in its extensive catalogue.

                                                                                                      This self titled LP deserves to be shortlisted among Maia's top records. It features killer tunes like the anthemic 'É Necessário', undoubtedly one of the best songs in his career, and also boogie gems such as 'Verão Carioca' or 'Venha dormir em casa' that show obvious influences by some of the biggest American soul artists of the time. It also contains intimate vocal delights as in the lovely smooth tune 'Musica para Betinha' or even straight funky instrumentals like 'Flores belas'. The string arrangements, wah wah guitars, horns, deep vocals make this recording a milestone in the so-called "Black Movement" in Rio, where artists like Toni Tornado, Banda Black Rio and Maia himself were bringing in the funky sounds of America and mixing them with local rhythms like samba. 

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                                                                                                      Pense Menos
                                                                                                      Sem Voce
                                                                                                      Verao Carioca
                                                                                                      Feito Para Dancar
                                                                                                      E Necessario
                                                                                                      Leva O Meu Blue
                                                                                                      Venha Dormir Em Casa
                                                                                                      Musica Para Betinha
                                                                                                      Nao Esquente A Cabeca
                                                                                                      Ride Twist & Roll
                                                                                                      Flores Bellas
                                                                                                      Let It All Hang Out

                                                                                                      Spaceark

                                                                                                      Spaceark

                                                                                                        Brilliant self-released, private-press jazz/soul LP from 1975, recorded at Sunset Sound studios in LA. This is the super-rare debut album from SpaceArk, a band of brothers on an interstellar voyage to discover “electrifying new sounds”. It’s another one of those private press treasures - a dynamic group of talents seizing the moment and making magic in an astounding 12-hour turnaround.

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                                                                                                        Welcome To My Door
                                                                                                        Our Love Will Last
                                                                                                        I’m Walking
                                                                                                        Do What You Can Do
                                                                                                        This World
                                                                                                        Everybody’s Trying
                                                                                                        Understand
                                                                                                        Fever Pitch
                                                                                                        I’m Only Me
                                                                                                        Jr. Blaster

                                                                                                        Atmosfear

                                                                                                        Dancing In Outer Space / Outer Space (Reissue)

                                                                                                          Originally released in 1979, ‘Dancing In Outer Space’ is a certified jazz-funk classic from a legendary band! It sits at the pinnacle of the underground UK dance scene that went on to have a global influence. Stateside, the track had big support in clubs such as the mythic ‘Paradise Garage’ and ‘The Loft’ by the likes of Larry Levan and David Mancuso. The A-side swells into being, building from the flanged hi-hats into a full on cosmic freakout complete with wild bass, cool brass and jazzy guitar licks. So far, so far out, but when the bat pitch organ riff comes in, you're transported to a place you never knew existed. Meanwhile on the flip, "Outer Space" twists those same ingredients into a more laid back and loungey variation. It's an instantly recognisable anthem that is just as fresh today as it was when it was first released.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          says: Jazz-funk / disco hybrid which became a staple on the sacred floors of the Paradise Garage and the Loft. Deep, groovy and galactic tackle folks.

                                                                                                          Skull Snaps

                                                                                                          Skull Snaps

                                                                                                            Widely available for the first time in forty-five years, featuring ‘It’s A New Day’, one of the most sample breaks in history.

                                                                                                            Record collectors, producers and crate diggers like a good creation myth, and Skull Snaps’ self-titled ‘debut’ had it all. A mysterious funk trio, who recorded one album under a curious name, housed it in a sleeve that looked more like a proto-metal album, and released it through a label (GSF Records) that folded shortly afterwards? Everything pointed towards the Skull Snaps album as a single totemic object, packaged in a way that predicted its own disinterment almost twenty-five years later.

                                                                                                            For those who sampled it, myth maintenance was advantageous, both for their reputations and for their consciences. Likewise, an unsanctioned 1995 reissue on Charley Records removed the credits from the inner sleeve to further sever the record from its context - or perhaps because the label couldn’t quite face using the names of artists they had no intention of paying. Either way, owning the record was a right of passage, as Amir Abdullah once wrote: “If you don’t have Skull Snaps in your collection, your collection is weak.”

                                                                                                            Featuring sleeve notes by Anton Spice. Licensed from Sam Culley.

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            says: One of the most legendary funk oddities of all time makes it's way as a fully licensed reissue, full of soulful grooves, heart-warming harmonies and smooth, funk power. An absolutely essential pick-up this one. Get it while you still can.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            My Hang Up Is You
                                                                                                            Having You Around
                                                                                                            Didn’t I Do It To You
                                                                                                            All Of A Sudden
                                                                                                            It’s A New Day
                                                                                                            I’m Your Pimp
                                                                                                            I Turn My Back On Love
                                                                                                            Trespassing
                                                                                                            I’m Falling Out Of Love

                                                                                                            Atmosfear

                                                                                                            En Trance

                                                                                                              Love for Atmosfear was born out of the underground UK dance scene of the early 1980s; from nightclubs, pirate radio shows and soul weekenders. A localised scene that went on to have a global influence.

                                                                                                              The band’s most notable track ‘Dancing in Outer Space’ - included here on the CD version as a bonus - is a certified classic. It was a chart hit in the UK and was also championed Stateside in clubs such as the mythic ‘Paradise Garage’ and ‘The Loft’ by the likes of Larry Levan and David Mancuso. An instantly recognisable anthem that is just as fresh today as it was when it was first released.

                                                                                                              Originally released in 1981 via Elite / MCA records, ‘En Trance’ is a joyous album that arguably represents the pinnacle of the Brit-funk sound. The band consisted of bassist, and keyboardist Lester J. Batchelor, drummer Ray Johnson, guitarist Andy Sojka, saxophonist Stewart Cawthorne, singer and guitarist Tony Antonio and producer Jerry Pike. The album captures the excitement of these exceptional players demonstrating utmost originality in the studio.

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                                                                                                              CD:
                                                                                                              Free Tonight
                                                                                                              Duende
                                                                                                              Creator’s Dream
                                                                                                              Interplay
                                                                                                              Funk The Rock
                                                                                                              Invasion / Return Of LB
                                                                                                              Dancing In Outer Space
                                                                                                              Motivation
                                                                                                              Extract
                                                                                                              Alternative II

                                                                                                              LP:
                                                                                                              Free Tonight
                                                                                                              Duende
                                                                                                              Creator’s Dream
                                                                                                              Interplay
                                                                                                              Funk The Rock
                                                                                                              Invasion / Return Of LB

                                                                                                              Written and produced with Ebo Taylor and originally released in 1975,  "Simigwa" is Ambolley's debut solo album. It's a legendary Ghanain album - with one of the music iconic covers ever! - that fuses Highlife, afrobeat, folk and funk.
                                                                                                              Ambolley grew up during the peak of Highlife in Ghana and was a key figure in its fusion with soul and funk influences from the USA. He played in many bands including Houghas Extraordinaires, Meridians Of Tema, Ghana Broadcasting Band and the Uhuru Dance Band, for which he was recruited by his friend, Ebo Taylor. The group went to Nigeria in 1973 to play with Fela at his legendary Shrine spot.
                                                                                                              ‘Simigwa’ was a chance for Ambolley to release his own productions and to experiment to a certain extent. A main inspiration for this album was the work of the mighty Mr. James Brown, something that is evident from the rhythm section, horns, vocal stabs and percussion breaks throughout the record.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              Kwaakwaa
                                                                                                              Akoko Ba
                                                                                                              This Hustling World
                                                                                                              Toffie
                                                                                                              Adwoa
                                                                                                              Fa No Dem Ara

                                                                                                              The Sylvers

                                                                                                              I Know Myself / Wish That I Could Talk To You

                                                                                                                Two more of our favourite cuts from The Sylvers first album, produced by Jerry Butler, Keg Johnson and Michael Viner, written by the hugely talented Leon Sylvers III. ‘I Know Myself’ was sampled by 9th Wonder for his ‘Easy’ track.

                                                                                                                Tunde Mabadu

                                                                                                                Viva Disco

                                                                                                                  Official Mr Bongo reissue of the ultra-rare Nigerian disco-boogie, ‘Viva Disco’, album from 1980. Originally released on the Afrodisia label, this one is unknown to even the most knowledgable collectors out there.

                                                                                                                  Tunde Mabadu recorded two albums in the 70’s - ‘Viva Disco’ and ‘Bisu’ as Tunde Mabadu & His Sunrise. Perfect examples of golden-era Nigerian disco & boogie that still hold their own today.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  Alabosi
                                                                                                                  Disco Press Funk
                                                                                                                  Amupara Ko Ma Dara
                                                                                                                  African Parowo
                                                                                                                  Angelina - Sugar Daddy
                                                                                                                  Viva Disco (Instrumental)

                                                                                                                  Protoje

                                                                                                                  A Matter Of Time

                                                                                                                    JA poster boy Protoge returns with a fresh new album "A Matter Of Time". As always his positive, politically conscious and wry commentary doesn't fail to raise the spirit and the sufferer in us all. Backed with an incredibly strong rhythm section and produced by Winta James, there's two guest appearances from Chronixx (on vocals) and one King Jammy (!!!) on production. Hit singles “Blood Money”, “Truth & Rights” and “Bout Noon” hit hard with some fantastic lyrics, and the whole album is assembled beautifully, playing through like the modern day reggae masterpiece that it truly is.

                                                                                                                    Protoje is going from strength to strength, and on "A Matter Of Time" it really feels like he's found a natural stride - effortless songwriting and precise instrumentals making for a wonderfully rewarding listen. Recommended!


                                                                                                                    Super Elcados

                                                                                                                    Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture (Tambourine Party V2)

                                                                                                                      Official Mr Bongo reissue of this ultra-rare LP from the funk stars deluxe, ‘Super Elcados’. "Togetherness Is Always a Good Venture" is a fusion of heavyweight Nigerian funk, soul & disco, originally released by EMI Nigeria in 1976.  The ‘Super Elcados’ (and ‘Elcados’ on other recordings) recorded three albums in the mid and late-70’s, this is their first. It was followed by ‘This World Is Full Of Injustice’ and ‘What Ever You Need’. Dipping into the sunkissed grooves here you'll find hot guitar licks, fuzzy organs and bright brass, all taking turns over an irresistible Afro-funk rhythm section.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      Tambourine Party
                                                                                                                      Afro Funk
                                                                                                                      Xray Gun
                                                                                                                      How Much I Love You
                                                                                                                      Ejole
                                                                                                                      TributeTo Murtala Mohammed
                                                                                                                      Get Up And Do It Good
                                                                                                                      Price Of Fame

                                                                                                                      Shina Williams & His African Percussionists

                                                                                                                      African Dances

                                                                                                                        First official reissue of the extremely rare full-length album by Lagos-based bandleader Shina Williams. Clean copies of the original currently sell for up to £500.

                                                                                                                        The record was born in 1979 when Shina put Biddy Wright, Fred Fisher, Saliu Alabi, Prince Bola, Tutu Shoronmu, Tunde Willimas and several other decorated Nigerian musicians - who played with the likes of Fela Kuti, SJOB Movement, Sonny Okoson, King Bucknor amongst others - together to record. The result is ‘African Dances’, a timeless fusion of afrobeat, electronics, boogie and disco.

                                                                                                                        Includes his most well-known song, ‘Agboju Logun’ that Williams knew was ground breaking - “I want to show the whole wide world that Africa is alive with modern musicians to reckon with anywhere,”. This album version is a different mix to the two-track 12” that came out under on Earthworks, Rough Trade in 1984.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        Cunny Jam Wayo
                                                                                                                        Agboju Logun
                                                                                                                        Gboro Mi Ro

                                                                                                                        Luis Perez

                                                                                                                        Ipan In Xiktli Metztli

                                                                                                                          Official Mr Bongo reissue. Replica original artwork, including the insert with listening instructions, in Spanish and English.

                                                                                                                          Luis Perez was born in Mexico City on July 11, 1951. From 1971 onwards he dedicated much of his time to the research of pre-Columbian instrumentation. This research that allowed him to travel the Mexican territory and study musical traditions of the native peoples of Mexico.

                                                                                                                          He learned directly from the living sources of the music and collected samples of musical instruments and the songs of different native speakers including Maya, Nahuatl, Mazateco, Yoemem, Comcaac, Raramuri, Wixarika and more. His personal collection of native Mexican instruments includes ethnographic instruments still in use by ethnic groups, along with archaeological artifacts some of which are more than 2,000 years old.

                                                                                                                          He continuously utilises these instruments in performances, concerts, lectures, exhibitions and recordings, in a sense, keeping them alive. Following a decade playing in Mexico City’s psychedelic rock scene, his early solo work was a mixture of sounds derived from his vast array of pre-Hispanic and ethnographic wind and percussions which he managed to blend with electronic devices including tape delay units, electric guitars and synthesisers. During this time, he was given the name ‘Ixoneztli’ (or “one who makes music”) by the legendary ‘curandera’ Pachita and her son Enrique, to whom, like Alejandro Jodorowsky before him, Luis served as assistant. In 1981, the Mexican government became very interested Perez work and sponsored the production of what became the first recording of the fusion of native mexican instruments with electronics - entitled ‘Ipan In Xiktli Metztli,’ in the Nahuatl language, or ‘En el Ombligo de la Luna’ in Spanish... ‘In the Navel of the Moon.’

                                                                                                                          The impact of this recording and subsequent performances among media, ethnomusicologists and audiences alike established Luis Perez ‘Ixoneztli’ as a precursor to a new musical genre followed by a generation of young Mexican musicians - Ethno-Rock, Ethno-Jazz, Ethno-Experimental and the like. ‘El Ombligo de la Luna’ reaches us from deep in the past but it also exists entirely outside of time, as Luis Perez ‘Ixoneztli’’s offering to the world - the soul of Mexico channeled through the hands of a master musician.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          Culto Solar - In Altepetl Tonal
                                                                                                                          Suite Al Culto Solar - Xochiyaoyoloh
                                                                                                                          Suite Al Culto Solar - Ketzalkoatl Yauh Miktlan
                                                                                                                          Ipan In Xiktli Metztli

                                                                                                                          Pat Thomas

                                                                                                                          Pat Thomas Introduces Marajita

                                                                                                                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                                                             Replica original artwork, official Mr Bongo reissue.

                                                                                                                            Ebo Taylor

                                                                                                                            Yen Ara

                                                                                                                              Ghanaian music legend Ebo Taylor returns with perhaps his finest album to date. But don’t take our word for it. That’s coming straight from the man himself, and he should know after more than 60 years in the business!
                                                                                                                              The 81-year-old composer, arranger, guitarist and vocalist has been a key figure in the evolving afro-funk sound since the Seventies, working with the likes of Apagya Show Band, CK Mann and Pat Thomas. Famously, he rubbed shoulders with Fela Kuti while studying in London in the Sixties, before going on to lead the Ghana Black Star Band (featuring Osei and Sol Amarfio from Osibisa) and later the Uhuru Dance Band back in Ghana.
                                                                                                                              Like Fela, he is always pushing forward, constantly reconceptualising his sound and attuning it for a new generation. Part teacher, part messenger, listen to "Yen Ara" and you will not only hear the high-energy afrobeat, sweet highlife, jazz and konkoma influences that he’s famous for, but also a disco pulse and hard-hitting percussive edge to the tracks, which were produced by Justin Adams (Tinariwen, Rachid Taha, Robert Plant) and recorded in the live room at Electric Monkey Studio in Amsterdam.
                                                                                                                              His group, the Saltpond City Band, are all handpicked local musicians featuring two of his sons. An appropriate line-up on an album whose titles means “we”. And they are on fine form, ripping through tracks such as ‘Krumandey’ (a surefire party starter) and ‘Mind Your Own Business’ (a simple message delivered over a frenetic drum rhythm).
                                                                                                                              Elsewhere, ‘Aboa Kyirbin’ will please fans of tough afrobeat grooves, while Taylor could well be inciting a riot at his next gig with ‘Mumudey Mumudey’, We hear him calling for ‘preshaaah’ and leading us into a call and response as the trumpet takes us higher. And the lift of those horns on ‘Ankoma’m’ evokes some of his finest work such as ‘Love & Death’ and ‘Come Along’, the latter recorded with the Pelikans and featured on a recent Mr Bongo reissue.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              Poverty No Good
                                                                                                                              Mumudey Mumudey
                                                                                                                              Krumandey
                                                                                                                              Aboa Kyirbin 
                                                                                                                              Mind Your Own Business
                                                                                                                              Ankoma’m
                                                                                                                              Abenkwan Puchaa
                                                                                                                              Yen Ara 
                                                                                                                              Aba Yaa

                                                                                                                              Disco Dub Band

                                                                                                                              For The Love Of Money / Disco Dub

                                                                                                                                A Danny Krivit and Harvey favourite, as sampled by J Dilla and Glenn Underground - a dubby disco cover of the Gamble & Huff penned O’Jays classic. Also featuring on Kenny Dope's amazing "Disco Heat" compilation and receiving plenty plays at Mancusso's legendary Loft parties.

                                                                                                                                This sound was later pioneered by the likes of Arthur Russell and Larry Levan, and is especially present throughout the Sleeping Bag records catalogue. Replica original 7” artwork, official Mr Bongo reissue, mastered from our original DAT copy.


                                                                                                                                Tim Maia

                                                                                                                                Disco Club

                                                                                                                                  Latin LSD maverick and champion, Tim Maia returns to our shelves as Mr. Bongo dig deep into this funky tripper's arsenal to reveal an album of wide-eyed disco and riotous soul from later on in his career. That original batch of sunshine still resting in the recesses and pineal glands as the Maia clan deliver this excessive hit of Brazian disco funk from 1978,

                                                                                                                                  The album kicks off with a trio of floor fillers: the exuberant party starter "A Fim De Voltar", a sing-a-long anthem in "Acenda O Farol" and the undeniably funky hit "Sossego" (file that one next to Fatback). But then Maia drops it down and gets existential on "All I Want", questioning the meaning of happiness. He also shows his tender side on slow burners such as "Murm Rio" (written by the great Cassiano) and "Pais E Filhos"; the latter featuring a supersoft bed of harmonies you can’t help but lay down on. But the party ain’t over and mid-tempo groover "Juras" gets the feet moving again before "Jhony" sends us swaying off into the night.

                                                                                                                                  Maia’s appetite for excess would eventually get the better of him. But "Disco Club" is the sound of an unpredictable genius on top form. Get ready for the time of your life.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  A Fim De Voltar
                                                                                                                                  Acenda O Farol
                                                                                                                                  Sossego
                                                                                                                                  Vitoria Regia Estou Contigo
                                                                                                                                  E Nao Abro
                                                                                                                                  All I Want
                                                                                                                                  Murmurio
                                                                                                                                  Pais E Filhos
                                                                                                                                  Se Me Lembro Faz Doer
                                                                                                                                  Juras
                                                                                                                                  Jhony

                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                  The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso

                                                                                                                                    ‘The Original Sound of Burkina Faso’ follows the hugely successful ‘The Original Sound of Mali’ compilation released in March this year, also on Mr Bongo. Here we have a collection of songs that pay tribute to a truly golden age of music; touching on folk, funk, blues, highlife, disco, psyche, latin, rock and soul.

                                                                                                                                    Burkina Faso may be one of the least well-known parts of West Africa but it has a deep history and musical pedigree. A few years before President Thomas Sankara changed his country’s name from Upper Volta to its current one, a new sound emerged to soundtrack a cultural revolution. Featuring music by Abdoulaye Cisse, Amadou Balake, Pierre Sandwidi & Super Volta, Tidiani Coulibaly & Dafra Star, Bozambo, Youssouf Diarra and more.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    CD:
                                                                                                                                    Abdoulaye Cisse - Jeunesse Wilila _
                                                                                                                                    Bozambo - Kombisse _
                                                                                                                                    Pierre Sandwidi - Boy Cuisinier _
                                                                                                                                    Abdoulaye Cisse - Aw Ye Douba Ke _
                                                                                                                                    Tidiani Coulibaly& Dafra Star - De Nwolo _
                                                                                                                                    Mangue Konde & Le Super Mande - Touba _
                                                                                                                                    Amadou Balake - Whisky Et Coca-Cola _
                                                                                                                                    John Oumar Nabolle - M’ba Lale _
                                                                                                                                    Amadou Balake - Super Bar Konon Mousso _
                                                                                                                                    Mangue Konde Et Les 5 Consuls - Pop Konde _
                                                                                                                                    Tidiani Coulibaly & Dafra Star - Sie Koumgolo _
                                                                                                                                    Youssouf Diarra (dit El Grand Ballake) - Djanfa Magni _
                                                                                                                                    Abdoulaye Cisse & Super Volta - A Son Magni _
                                                                                                                                    Amadou Balake - Wayisjelequeyele _
                                                                                                                                    Amadou Balake - Aminata Du The _
                                                                                                                                    Pierre Sandwidi & Super Volta - Yamb Ney Capitale _

                                                                                                                                    LP 1:
                                                                                                                                    Abdoulaye Cisse- Jeunesse Wilila
                                                                                                                                    Abdoulaye Cisse - Tieba Lou Tounouna
                                                                                                                                    Bozambo - Kombisse
                                                                                                                                    Amadou Balake - Whisky Et Coca-Cola
                                                                                                                                    John Oumar Nabolle_ - M’ba Lale
                                                                                                                                    Pierre Sandwidi - Boy Cuisinier
                                                                                                                                    Tidiani Coulibaly & Dafra Star - Sie Koumgolo

                                                                                                                                    LP 2:
                                                                                                                                    Amadou Balake - Super Bar Konon Mousso
                                                                                                                                    Mangue Konde Et Les 5 Consuls - Pop Konde
                                                                                                                                    Youssouf Diarra (dit El Grand Ballake) - Djanfa Magni
                                                                                                                                    Amadou Balake - Wayisjelequeyele
                                                                                                                                    Amadou Balake - Aminata Du The
                                                                                                                                    Abdoulaye Cisse & Super Volta - A Son Magni

                                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                                    Mr Bongo Record Club - Vol 2

                                                                                                                                      Mr Bongo follow up their well received "Record Club - Volume One" with another exceptional collection of global grooves, perfectly placed for DJ use or home listening. Picking up some of the finest reissues of recent memory alongside a slew of their own discoveries, this collection is packed to the brim with soulful, jazzy and funky jams from all across the globe. The gospel stomp of Twinkie Clark's "Awake O Zion" blasts off after an Athens Of The North appearance earlier in the year, while the voodoo disco of Guy Cuevas' "Ebony Game" (yet to be reissued) makes a welcome vinyl appearance. The Afro-funk of the Kiru Stars is back on wax after a blink and you missed it issue on Afro7, while perenial Nigerian faves Effi Duke and Oby Onyioha groove away after PMG and Soundway presses respectively. Sofrito fave "Oh Yeh Soweto" keeps the party powering along before Rahbani's "Liza...Liza" blows us all away. Elsewhere, about a dozen dope Latin cuts send us dancing into the night with a sympathetic blend of sunkissed rhythms and smiling melody. Great stuff.

                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      says: Arguably even better than Volume One, this latest collection from Mr Bongo brings the global grooving to your living room/DJ Set. Ranging from Gospel disco to Nigerian funk, via South African party jams and Latin love affairs, this is a truly all killer affair.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      Luiz Henrique - Mas Que Nada
                                                                                                                                      Elbernita ‘Twinkie’ Clark - Awake O Zion
                                                                                                                                      Guy Cuevas - Ebony Game
                                                                                                                                      Kiru Stars (Julius Kang’ethe) - Family Planning
                                                                                                                                      Kelenkye Band - Jungle Music
                                                                                                                                      Effi Duke & The Love Family - The Time Is Come
                                                                                                                                      Anubis - Ecology
                                                                                                                                      Dee Edwards - Put Your Love On The Line
                                                                                                                                      Teaspoon & The Waves - Oh Yeh Soweto
                                                                                                                                      Oby Onyioha - Enjoy Your Life
                                                                                                                                      Leny Andrade - Na_o Adianta
                                                                                                                                      Rosa Maria - Samba Maneiro
                                                                                                                                      Tom & Dito - Obrigado Corcovado
                                                                                                                                      Inezita Barroso - Maracatu Elegante
                                                                                                                                      Joao Diaz - Capoeira / Elias
                                                                                                                                      Rahbani And His Orchestra - Liza... Liza
                                                                                                                                      The Beaters - Harari
                                                                                                                                      The Equatics - Merry Go Round

                                                                                                                                      Gal Costa

                                                                                                                                      India

                                                                                                                                        A post-Tropicalia masterpiece from one of the movements key figures and true legends of Brazilian music, Gal Costa. Features a stellar line up of musicians including Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Dominguinhos, Rogerio Duprat and Tenorio Jr. amongst others.

                                                                                                                                        Replica original gatefold including the cover that was banned by the Brazil ian military government in 1973 during the brutal dictatorship. ‘

                                                                                                                                        India’ includes the incredible ’Pontos De Luz’ as sampled by Kaytranada on ’Lite Spots’ – one of Mr Bongo’s favourite Brazilian songs of all time. A wonderful album from start to finish, touching on MPB, folk, jazz, funk and rock with strong Tropicalia and Nordestino influences throughout.

                                                                                                                                        A record that Mr Bongo have long been wanting to reissue! Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Group Limited.

                                                                                                                                        ‘Spirit Reflection’ is the third album LP from Los Angeles singer-songwriter Gaby Hernandez. Blissful layers of instrumentation, electronics, vocal harmonies and folkloric percussion intertwine with west coast feel to create a unique, beautiful and multi-layered album.

                                                                                                                                        The album features a stellar line-up of LA talent; jazz star Kamasi Washington, Stuart Howard (AKA Lapalux), Kelis and Gaslamp killer collaborator Dexter Story, plus Ninja Tune, Plug Research and Soul Jazz artist Carlos Nin 771;o, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker all accompany Gaby, with stunning results.

                                                                                                                                        Even before Spirit Reflection had been finished, the demo mixes caught the ear and gained support from Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Toshio Matsuura (U.F.O.) and J- Rocc (Beat Junkies). Born, raised and based in Los Angeles and of Chilean descent, Gaby Hernandez has been writing and recording since 2001. She was a founding member of the ‘creative music ensemble’ Build An Ark alongside others including Carlos Nin 771;o, Dexter Story and Dwight Trible.

                                                                                                                                        Gaby was the only vocalist on Teebs' debut Brainfeeder release Ardour. She made major contributions to AmmonContact's Ninja Tune releases New Birth and With Voices, plus The Life Force Trio's Plug Research album Living Room. She was also the vocalist on Dimlite's Outernational Duet - released as part of his highly acclaimed Sonar Kollektiv longplayer This Is Embracing.

                                                                                                                                        David and Graham from Mr Bongo met Gaby and Carlos Nino at the end of their hugely successful Arthur Verocai album launch and rare record sale at the RAPPCATS venue in LA. “Gaby and Carlos passed us a copy of ‘Spirit Reflection’. and we put it on the deck. It immediately grabbed us and we couldn’t stop listening to it. When we got back to the UK we got in contact straight away and signed the album. We’re very proud to be releasing it”... “...this is a future classic, an 'album' in the truest sense of the word. Brilliant.” says Graham.

                                                                                                                                        “The music itself envelopes its listener in a warmth reminiscent of decades past, presenting both a nostalgic soulful sound and a sensual experience” Culture Collide

                                                                                                                                        “A romantic summer cocktail that should be imbibed half-nude on a beach or while scattering rose petals on a bed. The songs flow between seductive, relaxing and spiritually nurturing, with earthy rhythms and warm production that make the listener feel comforted” Buzz Bands LA

                                                                                                                                        “Jaw-droppingly tasty” LA Weekly

                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                        says: Shades of Mia Doi Todd abound on this delicate and drifting journey through hook heavy, hazy soul. This is the soundtrack to the summer everyone.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        Messy Love
                                                                                                                                        Baobab Tree
                                                                                                                                        I Will Keep You
                                                                                                                                        Spirit Reflection
                                                                                                                                        Entranced
                                                                                                                                        Super Nova Lovers
                                                                                                                                        Stay A While
                                                                                                                                        Lo Mas Dulce
                                                                                                                                        Into Oya!
                                                                                                                                        Windwaves

                                                                                                                                        Various

                                                                                                                                        The Original Sound Of Mali

                                                                                                                                          Malian music is arguably the most sophisticated form of African music. Now Mr Bongo, who have long been entranced by Malian culture, and, in particular, the immense hypnotic beauty of Malian music, have put together a selection of songs from across the country. Compiled by Vik Sohonie & Dave ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle, the story of this release began in 2015 when Dave happened upon the Soul Bonanza blog. One mix in particular stood out and totally enthralled Dave - le monde a change: a tribute to mali 1970 - 1991. He already knew of Malian legends such as the Rail Band, Salif Keita, & Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako, but this mix was something else. On this album you will find well-known artists sing next to rarer discoveries. The Rail Band, who are one of the best known of all the big bands in Mali, gave us the stars Mory Kante and Salif Keita. Les Amabassedeurs du Motel de Bamako were another big act that had Idrissa Soumaoro, Kante, Man la, and for a while Salif Keita in their ranks. Sometimes Salif would play in both bands in one night, quite a feat considering the bands were fierce rivals. Asan albino Salif has had to face considerable prejudice from society, focusing on his musical career to help overcome this. A major discovery on the album has been Idrissa Soumaoro et L’Eclipse de L’Ija. L’Eclipse de l’Institut des Jeunes Aveugles was a Blind teenagers institute and their record was produced by the German association that took care of blind Malian teenagers in Bamako. It was never properly released commercially and was the first recordings by the legends of Malian music Idrissa Soumaoro, Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia. Amadou & Mariam later got married and became household names. This album is a concerted global effort to showcase the most vital cornerstone of Malian culture in an attempt to preserve its reputation in the face of its current, grim reality. We hope our highlights of Mali’s rich history of musical innovation will serve as a starting point for reclaiming an image tainted by unnecessary conflict. May peace and music return to Mali soon.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          Idrissa Soumaoro Et L’Eclipse De L’Ija - Nissodia (Joie De L’op Misme)
                                                                                                                                          Les
                                                                                                                                          Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako - Tiecolom-Ba
                                                                                                                                          Super Tentemba Jazz - Mangan 
                                                                                                                                          Rail Band - Mouodilo
                                                                                                                                          Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako - M’Bouram-Mousso 
                                                                                                                                          Sorry Bamba - Yayoroba
                                                                                                                                          Super Djata Band - Worodara
                                                                                                                                          Zani Diabate Et Le Super Djata
                                                                                                                                          Band - Fadingna Kouma
                                                                                                                                          Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako - Fatema
                                                                                                                                          Super Djata Band De Bamako - Mali Ni Woula
                                                                                                                                          Salif Keita - Mandjou
                                                                                                                                          Alou Fane & Daouda
                                                                                                                                          Sangare - Komagni Bela
                                                                                                                                          Idrissa Soumaoro Et L’Eclipse De L’Ija - Fama Allah

                                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                                          Mr Bongo Record Club - Vol 1

                                                                                                                                            "The first instalment in our new 'Mr Bongo Record Club' compilation series – a selection of favourites, recent discoveries and sought after obscurities, which form the basis of our DJ sets and our radio show of the same name. Including cuts by Claudia, Cortex, Dave Pike Set, Fruko, Neno Exporta Som, Connie Laverne, Barbosa and more.

                                                                                                                                            The original concept for 'Mr Bongo Record Club' was a radio show that allowed us to air our treasured record collections, recorded and broadcast once a month. We wanted to create an outlet free from any genre or BPM restrictions, not constrained by the need to beat-mix every record, a space where we could play latest finds alongside favourites. The only self-imposed rule being that it had to be played from vinyl.

                                                                                                                                            We have always DJ'd across-the-board, but playing in an eclectic way hasn't always been easy. Recently DJ's such as MCDE, Floating Points, Nick The Record, Leon Vynehall, Four Tet, Jeremy Underground, Antal (Rush Hour), Sassy J and Young Marco – to name a few – have opened things up with very diverse sets to younger audiences; Brazilian samba-rock, next to modern soul, highlife, disco, boogie, jazz, house, techno and beyond.
                                                                                                                                            We're seeing a rare groove like sensibility. A shift towards the attitude of legendary club nights hosted by the likes of Mr Scruff and Gilles Peterson, where you could hear house, hip hop, Turkish funk, boogie, jazz, dub and Latin back to back. At the same time it isn't a nostalgic or retro movement, people have a progressive attitude and a thirst for new-old music. It is a vibrant and exciting time – we are proud to be a part of it." - Mr Bongo

                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                            says: Even the most cursory glance over this stunning setlist should have you reaching for your wallet. Bringing together classics, rare digs and pound shop finds from their long running radio show and DJ sets, those cats from Mr Bongo career through jazz rock, library funk, highlife, disco and latin without ever missing a trick. Essential!

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            CD:
                                                                                                                                            Hareton + Meta - KM110 (edit)
                                                                                                                                            Amazones De Guinee - Samba
                                                                                                                                            Evinha - Esperar Pra Ver
                                                                                                                                            Neno Exporta Som - Deixa A Tristeza
                                                                                                                                            Alipio Martins - Piranha
                                                                                                                                            Lemos E Debetio - Morro Do Barraco Sem Agua
                                                                                                                                            Barbosa - Seara De Oxala
                                                                                                                                            Fruko Y Sus Tesos - Salsa Na Ma
                                                                                                                                            Lantei Lamptey - Fish & Funjee (Komi Ke Kenam)
                                                                                                                                            Buari - Karam Bani
                                                                                                                                            The Rwenzori’s - Handsome Boy (E Wara) Pt. 1 & 2
                                                                                                                                            Dave Pike Set - Mathar
                                                                                                                                            Connie Laverne – Can’t Live Without You
                                                                                                                                            Mavis John - Use My Body
                                                                                                                                            Big Youth - Mammy Hot Daddy Cool
                                                                                                                                            Tappa Zukie - Freak
                                                                                                                                            Alex Rodriguez - El Mercado
                                                                                                                                            Claudia - Jesus Christo
                                                                                                                                            Cortex - Chanson D’un Jour D’hiver
                                                                                                                                            King James Version - He’s Forever (Amen)

                                                                                                                                            LP 1:
                                                                                                                                            Neno Exporta Som - Deixa A Tristeza
                                                                                                                                            Alipio Martins - Piranha
                                                                                                                                            Lemos & Debetio - Morro Do Barraco Sem Água
                                                                                                                                            Barbosa - Seara De Ocala
                                                                                                                                            Dave Pike Set - Mathar
                                                                                                                                            Lantei Lamprey – Fish & Funjee (Komi Ke Kenam)
                                                                                                                                            Buari - Karam Bani
                                                                                                                                            The Rwenzori’s - Handsome Boy (E Wara) Pt. 1 & 2

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                                                                                                                                            Big Youth - Mammy Hot Daddy Cool
                                                                                                                                            Tappa Zukie - Freak
                                                                                                                                            Connie Laverne - Can’t Live Without You
                                                                                                                                            Alex Rodrigues - El Mercado
                                                                                                                                            Cortex - Chanson D’Un Jour D’Hiver
                                                                                                                                            King James Version - He’s Forever (Amen)


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