Πέμπτη, 26 Μαΐου 2016

Zdenka Kovacicek - Zdenka Kovacicek 1978 (PGP RTB)


Label : PGP RTB

Value :

Funky sounds from Croatia – presented here with a sweet 70s groove, and some very offbeat vocals throughout! Zdenka Kovacicek has a completely different way of phrasing than most other European singers we've heard – all these weird twists, turns, and sharp little angles that are a perfect fit for the quirky styles of the backings – which begin in a mode that's clearly trying to emulate American soul of the time, but which also moves into some weirder, more unusual territory too! There's a few mellower cuts that have some nice Fender Rhodes – and some other icy keyboards, too – and titles include "Necu Da Znam", "Dragi Mi Je Lijep K'O Slika", "Mali Crnit Brat", "Kobra", "Elektra", "Muzika", and "Hello Mr Elton John".

Taste :

Zdenka Kovacicek - Kobra


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Caribbean Disco Boogie Sounds – Rare & Obscure Gems From The Caribbean Territories 1977 to 1982 2015 (Favorite Recordings)


Label : Favorite Recordings

Value :

A killer collection of funky soul from the Caribbean – not tracks that have a typical island sort of sound, with roots in calypso, soca, or reggae – and instead just he kind of key cuts that match the best underground work on the New York scene! Keep in mind that lots of American disco came from musicians who'd moved up north from the Caribbean – bringing a sunny spirit and driving rhythms in the process, as well as a post-colonial, diaspora approach to the music – which was then fused with American soul and funk for the clubs! This set has a very similar vibe, but just reverses the process – with grooves that borrow plenty from the hipper club styles of the late 70s and early 80s, and come across with a freshly non-commercial vibe, given their Caribbean roots. We'd never heard most tracks here before – hats off to Waxist for compiling the collection. By Dusty

Taste :

Musicism - Bermuda Triangle


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Πέμπτη, 19 Μαΐου 2016

Doc Severinsen ‎- DJ Harvey Edits 2015 (Pacific Beach Recording Company)


Label : Pacific Beach Recording Company

Value :

Back in 2009, DJ Harvey came knockin' at PBRC HQ to deliver a special project he had in mind. Having a long and healthy relationship with the dudes at Pacific Beach, Harv essentially produced a couple of edits that could've well been next in line on his revered Black Cock label. Eventually released in 2010, the 12" cuts caused a stir as some will recall. Doc Severinsen is an accomplished American jazz/pop trumpet player, and as a band leader gained considerable notoriety on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Like most musicians in the 70's, Doc took his shot at the disco and funk sounds of the time, gathered stellar musicians, and released impeccably sounding works.
Two of these cuts, 'Be With You' and 'Shine On Me' are featured on this release. Harvey's unfailing magic touch has yielded two DJ-friendly edits with a lot of punch and galactic energy, yet with a velvet undertone. Staying true to the mission, the label took great care throughout the production process in order to preserve the quality of the original recordings.Proprietary equipment was created to transfer the original cuts from the source.
The mastering was conducted at Bernie Grundman in Hollywood, CA, known for its work on the greatest albums of all time, such as Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' and Steely Dan's 'Aja'.
The 2015 edition is noticeably different on the exterior. The cover art, having been designed by Harvey back in 2009 for the original release, commands attention.
At the time, however, the prevailing design had been already put into play leaving these amazing creative elements put aside for a later time - and so here we are.By deejay.de

Taste :

Doc Severinsen ‎- Be with you (dj harvey edit)


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By Electric Looser

Invisible Man's Band / Roy Ayers ‎– All Night Thing / Running Away (Rock Bottom Records)


Label : Rock Bottom Records

Value :

One of the catchiest Roy Ayers dancefloor tracks ever – a bassy bumping thumper that wonderfully skirts the line between clubby and funky! The track's got female vocals singing along with the hook – all in a mode that's quite similar to the most uptempo work by Ramp – and the tune may well be best known for it's famous sample use by Tribe Called Quest on their classic "Description Of A Fool"!

Taste :

Roy Ayers ‎- Running Away


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By Electric Looser

Πέμπτη, 12 Μαΐου 2016

Aloha Got Soul (Soul, AOR & Disco in Hawaii 1979-1985) 2016 (Strut)

Label : Strut

Value :

Sweet soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – a surprisingly strong source of well-crafted, warmly-produced grooves – all with a special sort of sparkle that reminds us a lot of the best Bay Area or LA sounds of the time! There's a sunny vibe to the music that really belies its roots – a blend of jazz, soul, funk, and more – all handled with production that's few notches down from the slicker AOR material of the period, which still lets all the more soulful currents shine through nicely – and which keeps all this stuff from ever sounding too commercial. Given the cultural cross-currents taking place on the islands at the time, there's a surprising mix of backgrounds to some of these groups – which results in a unique sound that's nicely colorblind, and which stands as a bit of a contrast to some of the more defined scenes on the mainland.

Taste:

Roy & Roe - Just Don't Come Back



Hal Bradbury - Call Me



Marvin Franklin - Kona Winds (With Kimo And The Guys)



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By Electric Looser

Πέμπτη, 5 Μαΐου 2016

Speedball Experience - Obscure Pop Jazz From Early 70's Italian Music Library 1985 (Éditions Giaguaro)


Label : Éditions Giaguaro

Value :

Speedball Experience: Obscure Pop Jazz From Early 70’s Italian Music Library, an unofficial LP produced in Europe sometime in the mid-1980s that is available online and also includes “Sweet-Beat” and a number of outstanding tracks from Gianni Mazza, Stelio Subelli, and Amedeo Tommasi among others.

Taste:

Subelli - Gospel 71

Bixio - Diamonds



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By Electric Looser