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Asha Puthli

The Essential

    We can't think of many other performers like the singer/songwriter/ dancer/actress Asha Puthli who have excelled in such a broad range of genres.

    From 60s psych, Classical Indian music, Free Jazz, Pop, Soul, Disco, to Rock, the list goes on. A 'best- of' or an 'essential collection' is always going to be a subjective thing, but for what is unbelievably the frst ofcial compilation covering the full breadth of Asha's illustrious career, we aimed to provide a snapshot into her ever- evolving musical journey and a tribute to the vast richness of her catalogue. Some singers want to be famous, others are pop star icons, and some are artists; Asha is the latter. Asha is a true force of nature, regardless of the genre she explores, she fully commits, moves on, and reinvents herself, always progressing.

    Looking back on Asha's career, it is evident what a trail-blazer she was, opening doors for her contemporaries and those who came later to step through. Whether it was conscious or not, you can recognise Asha’s infuence in aspects of Kate Bush's ethereal image and performance, in Donna Summer’s high-smooth vocal sound and disco stylings, and in the gumption and power of Grace Jones. Kick-starting the compilation is ‘Pain’, the Indian psychedelic garage rock sounds of The Savages featuring Asha. We have to admit, we had to strongarm Asha into letting us include this track at frst; also due to its rare nature (and lack of any master tapes) the recording we present here is raw and low-f. However, we felt its inclusion was important to fully represent the journey of Asha's career, the same consideration was also applied to two of the Asha & The Surfers’ songs that we have included in this collection.

    Asha saw a link between jazz and classical Indian music "the improvisation, the minor chords, the free form, the liberalness of the art" we showcase her love of jazz here with seminal works with the legendary Ornette Coleman, taken from the revered 'Science Fiction’ album. Asha's 'CBS years' are represented here, how could we not include 'Space Talk' on this collection, and how these years progressed into her amazing disco offerings such as 'I'm Gonna Dance' & 'Music Machine'. The bizarre 'We're Gonna Bury The Rock With The Roll Tonight' from 1980 has also won us over. A pseudo-50s throw- back song that sounds not un- similar to the post-modern, leftfeld, pop of an MIA production to come years later. Rounding off the compilation we have Asha's interpretation of a Michael Jackson classic that sat lost on a cassette-only released in India.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Mr Bongo bring us another top release, this time from all-round legend, Asha Puthli. With her influence stretching so far, and there being so many releases to cover, the best way to do this is definitely a career-spanning best of, and Mr. Bongo are ALWAYS to be trusted with a good comp. Win / win.

    TRACK LISTING

    W/ The Savages – Pain
    W/ The Surfers – Sound Of Silence
    W/ The Surfers – Sunny
    W/ The Surfers – Fever
    W/ Ornette Coleman – What Reason Could I Give
    W/ Ornette Coleman – All My Life
    W/ Charlie Mariano – Mirror
    Right Down Here
    Lies
    Devil Is Loose
    Space Talk
    One Night Affair
    I’m Gonna Dance
    Music Machine (dedication To Studio 54)
    Peek A Boo Boogie
    Mister Moonlight
    Prism Of The Sun (song For Dieter)
    1001 Nights Of Love (reprise)
    We’re Gonna Bury The Rock With The Roll Tonight
    Asha Puthli - Chipko Chipko

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    Brazilian Beats Brooklyn - 2022 Reissue

      Compiled by Sean Marquand and Greg Caz, 2 DJs well-known for their epic parties at Williamsburg’s legendary Black Betty club, that sadly closed in 2009.

      The duo played a deep variety of strictly vintage samba, samba-rock, Tropicalia, and Brazilian funk under the banner of ‘Brazilian Beats Brooklyn’.Sean is known as half of Embassy Sound Productions. He took his team to Brazil to help resurrect Black Rio legends Uniao Black for a new release. Greg has DJ'd at some of the hottest Brazilian parties around the globe and presents a monthly radio show ‘Warm Wave’ on Soho Radio NYC.Featuring Noriel Vilela’s singular “16 Toneladas,” a sublime cover of the Tennessee Ernie Ford smash “16 Tons” with a spare samba groove and unbelievable baritone vocals and hot jams from Tim Maia, Erasmo Carlos, Joao Bosco, Toni Tornado.

      Included in this compilation of original 60's and 70's Brazilian gems are some of Greg and Sean's favourite tracks that have been flling dancefoors for years.

      Long-awaited repress of a classic Mr Bongo compilation.
      A selection of the fnest Brazilian music (via Brooklyn).
      Featuring Rita Lee, Erasmo Carlos, Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti, Toni Tornado and many more.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Martin says: Some of the hottest Brazilian jams here from Sean Marquand and Greg Caz, with both originals and recent productions featuring in the lineup. A veritable Smörgåsbord of hip-unlocking grooves.

      TRACK LISTING

      Nonato Y Su Conjunto - Cafua
      Os Novos Crioulos - Mar Afunda
      Jose Roberto - Crioula Multicolorida
      Rita Lee & Tutti Frutti - Agora E Moda
      Trio Esperanca - Nao Aguento Voce
      Noriel Vilela - 16 Toneladas
      Chocolate Da Bahia - Ele Guenta
      Tim Maia - E Necessario
      Joao Bosco - Cobra Criada
      Som Tres - Tanga
      Os Incriveis - Uma Rosa Pra Dita
      Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti -aleluia
      Erasmo Carlos - Jeep
      Chalo Eduardo - Beija-flor Suite
      Ely Camargo -taieiras
      Silvio Cesar - A Festa
      Edson Frederico - Tava Mas Nao Tava
      Helio Matheus - Mais Kriola
      Toni Tornado - O Jornaleiro
      Miguel De Deus - Black Soul Brother
      Ana Rosely - Skim Dum Dum Dum
      Quarteto Uai - Marcas

      Being the humble guys that they are, Surprise Chef aren't going to admit they have something very special going down. However, there must be some magic in their studio, or maybe in the fact they all share a house and have formed close bonds, or perhaps from absorbing the DIY ethos of running their own record label that has culminated in such a unique and enchanting sound.

      'Daylight Savings' is the follow-up to the group's debut album 'All News Is Good News’. That album earned the band a much-deserved following across the world and triumphantly marked their arrival onto the international stage. Their new album was recorded in Spring 2019, almost exactly a year after they recorded ‘All News Is Good News’. It was the weekend that daylight savings time started in Australia, and the studio was filled with the smell of the towering Jasmine bush on the exterior back wall of the house. The record is subsequently filled with the optimism that comes with the impending warmer months and longer days in Australia.

      Recorded in their own home studio in Melbourne, the production approach for 'Daylight Savings' is a big step up from their debut. Engineer, Henry Jenkins, created enormous-sounding space within this record, using a great deal of creative analogue recording techniques and working in an expansive recording environment. The results are a sound that emulates the massiveness of the late-60s Capitol Records.

      ‘Daylight Savings' was written collaboratively by the whole band and features the core Surprise Chef rhythm section. It expands upon where their debut left off with a leaning more towards 70's jazzfunk than soul and a stronger focus on the rhythm section. There’s the epic drama, ebbs and flows of a vintage David Axelrod or Alain Goraguer cinematic production, plus the influence of El Michels Affair and Melbourne bands Karate Boogaloo and The Putbacks, yet it still sounds uniquely Surprise Chef. You get a sense of that rare attribute of being both a contemporary band and a band you expect it won't be too long before other producers start sampling them.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Sunny Melbourne soulsters Surprise Chef return for another LP of sunshine groove and jazzed out instrumentals. Toeing the line expertly between frenetic, percussive mayhem and Khruangbin-esque downbeat business, they have crafted a uniquely innovative and sun-dappled sound. Another perfect pick-me-up.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. College Welcome
      2. Deadlines 
      3. New Ferrari
      4. Washing Day
      5. College Welcomes Carl
      6. Sick Day
      7. Daylight Savings
      8. Dinner Time
      9. Leave It, Don Take It
      10. The Limp


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