Δευτέρα 8 Ιουλίου 2024

The Frightnrs - Nothing More To Say 2016 (Daptone)

Label : Daptone

Value :

The Frightnrs have plenty more to say here – and they say it in a really sharp-edged approximation of older rocksteady modes! The group are contemporary, but like the best acts on Daptone, they've got an instantly classic feel – thanks to instrumentation and production that take us right back to late 60s Kingston, but with some of the sharper funky currents we've come to expect from the label! And while The Frightnrs may pitch themselves as an old school reggae act, they're also one that have a heavy dose of soul – almost a late night New Jersey current to their music at times – as if the All Platinum/Stang label put out their own version of Jamaican soul.

Taste :

The Frightnrs - What Have I Done

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 29 Ιουνίου 2024

Gloria Barnes – Uptown 1971 (Maple Records)


Label : Maple Records 

Value :

One of the few rare albums on the Maple label – a 70s imprint that's known for some incredible funk and soul! Despite the title, the set's a record that sounds a lot more down-home than uptown – thanks to hard-wailing vocals from Gloria Barnes herself, and a nicely rough-edged quality to the instrumentation overall – supposedly handled by Lee Moses and The Ohio Players – the latter of whom wrote a few of the songs too! The album's one of the few on Maple – and in a way, it's almost a female soul counterpart to the Lee Moses record on the same label – done in a similar mix of rootsy modes and east coast indie soul – occasionally sweet at points, but mostly deep soul overall.

Taste :

Gloria Barnes - I Gotta Get Away

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 22 Ιουνίου 2024

Bob Andy And Marcia Griffiths – Young Gifted And Black 1970 (Trojan Records)

Label : Trojan Records

Value :

In 1970, international recognition came when Bob and Marcia recorded Nina Simone’s ‘Young, Gifted and Black’, which sold 1/2 million in the UK and Europe, and still receives frequent airplay today. BOB & MARCIA became household names, appearing on Top of the Pops and touring extensively. They had another UK Top Ten single and two albums for Trojan Records. These two albums are now reissued on one cd. The cd offers an interesting bonus track: the Jamaican mix of ‘Young, Gifted and Black’, the hit song without the annoying strings that were added in London.

Taste :

Bob & Marcia - Young, Gifted and Black

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By Electric Looser

Παρασκευή 14 Ιουνίου 2024

Peter Thomas Sound Orchester - Raumpatrouille 1966 (Philips)

Label : Philips

Value : 

Wonderful -- and one of our favorite soundtracks ever! The score was written by German jazzman Peter Thomas -- and has a mad mad mad style that blends together jazz, early electronics, bossa nova, Hammond organ -- and a dozen other musical touches you'd never really expect to encounter up in space! But it's the future, circa 1966 -- and what better way to explore that territory than by taking the mod grooves of the 60s, and "space-ifying" them a bit? The whole thing's tremendous -- funky, groovy, magical -- and one of those albums we've treasured for years!

Taste :

Peter Thomas Sound Orchester - Raumpatrouille 

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By Electric Looser

Δευτέρα 10 Ιουνίου 2024

Terry Callier - Occasional Rain 1972 (Cadet)

Label : Cadet 

Value :

Terry Callier's first album for Cadet -- and the kickoff of one of the greatest three album runs that any soul artist ever recorded! This one's got a different feel than the later two, as it takes songs by Terry, and structures them with these little musical "seque" tracks in between every song, done in a sparer folksy style that recalls Terry's roots in the Old Town scene in Chicago. At the time, Terry was making the transition from folk artist to soul singer -- and he'd been picked up by Jerry Butler and The Dells as a promising young songwriter, one of the best talents of the second generation of Chicago soul stars. The record's a stripped-down affair that features a small group with Charles Stepney on harpsichord and organ, Callier on guitar, and backing vocals by Minnie Riperton, Shirley Wahls, and Kitty Haywood.

Taste :

Terry Callier - Ordinary Joe

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 1 Ιουνίου 2024

Love Unlimited - In Heat 1974 (20th Century Records)

Label : 20th Century Records

Value :

Classic 70s female soul – and one of the best albums ever recorded by Love Unlimited – a trio of ladies recording with Barry White during his glory years! The album's got a really incredible approach – partly in the mode of older female group soul, but also done with a hipper, more righteous style – one that pushes the sound past older standards for the music, yet which falls into none of the disco cliches of the time.

Taste :

Love Unlimited - Share A Little Love In Your Heart

Love Unlimited - I Needed Love - You Were There

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 25 Μαΐου 2024

João Gilberto - O Amor, O Sorriso E A Flor 1960 (Odeon)

Label : Odeon

Value :

A wonderful album of Joao Gilberto's early bossa tracks from Brazil! The album's one of the first few that he ever recorded, and it's a masterpiece of understatement, recorded with arrangements by a young Antonio Carlos Jobim, and a soaring bossa sound that would soon make history. 

Taste :

João Gilberto - O Amor, O Sorriso E A Flor 

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By Electric Looser


Σάββατο 18 Μαΐου 2024

Azimüth - Azimüth 1975 (Som Livre)

Label : Som Livre

Value :

One of the sweetest electric records to come from 70s Brazil – the fabulous first effort from the Azymuth trio, and work that's hardly been matched again! Although the group here have plenty of the warm keyboard touches of their more famous later work, they're also moving in territory that's a bit more abstract as well – using some noisier electronics amidst the smoother ones, to create a style that's somewhere between fusion, electric funk, and some of the more soaring Brazilian rhythms of the post-bossa years! The keyboards of Jose Roberto Bertrami are worth the price of admission alone – and include Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – plus bits of Hammond organ too!

Taste :

Azimüth - Azimüth (full album)

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Δευτέρα 13 Μαΐου 2024

Μοντέλο '63 - Μοντέλο '63 1988 (Cosmic Records)


Label : Cosmic Records

Value :

Οι Μοντέλο '63 με τον ομότιτλο δίσκο τους ηταν δημιούργημα του κιθαρίστα Τάκη Μπαρμπέρη γνωστού από jazz projects όπως οι Iskra και οι Jazz Fusion Quintet. Οι Μοντέλο '63 ενίοτε ακροβατούν μεταξύ μελαγχολίας και σοβαρότητας, χαλαρότητας και ελαφρότητας, με μουσική την οποία δεν μπορείς να χαρακτηρίσεις απλά pop, αλλά νεοκυματική pop με αρκετές πειραματικές rock φόρμες. Τα κομμάτια είναι ντυμένα με έξυπνο στίχο κοινωνικο-ερωτικού περιεχομένου. Όπου δεν υπάρχουν στίχοι, υπάρχουν πανέμορφα instrumental όπως το "Της Σελήνης". Βέβαια δεν πρόσθεσαν πολλά στην πολύπαθη ελληνική rock σκηνή, παρά μόνο αυτή την κυκλοφορία. Παρ' όλ' αυτά, είναι ένα ευχάριστο άκουσμα καθώς θα σας έρθουν στο μυαλό συγκροτήματα του ελληνόφωνου rock από τον Παύλο Σιδηρόπουλο ώς την Λευκή Συμφωνία.

Taste :

Μοντέλο 63 - Της Σελήνης


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By Electric Looser

Τετάρτη 8 Μαΐου 2024

Guem Et Zaka Percussion - Guem Et Zaka Percussion 1978 (Le Chant Du Monde)

Label : Le Chant Du Monde

Value :

One of the best albums ever recorded by percussionist Guem -- an enhanced session that has him working with the Zaka Percussion group, an ensemble of 6 percussionists that can handle a wide variety of instruments. The tracks are all driving and heavy -- with plenty of conga work from Guem, mixed in with assorted other touches that bring out weird melodies and other percussive twists!

Taste :

 Guem Et Zaka Percussion (full album)

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By Electric Looser


Σάββατο 27 Απριλίου 2024

Alain Bellaïche - Sea Fluorescent 1976 (Αsylum Records)

Label : Asylum Records

Value :

Rare funky fusion by this overlooked French guitarist -- recorded in New York with a really unusual group, and in a setting that has Alain Bellaiche providing a bit of vocals too! The sound is great -- different than some of the more jamming rock fusion of the European scene at mid 70s -- maybe in part because the keyboardist on the set is John Hicks, an artist who doesn't usually do records like this -- and who brings in some wonderful elements on acoustic and electric piano, and a bit of organ too! There's also all sorts of great percussion touches from the enigmatic Fabiano -- vibes, celeste, bells, and more -- in addition to drums -- plus bass from Worrell Jones, who keeps things nice and tight throughout. Alain sings on most tracks, in this flowing style that's more soulful than slick -- never overdone, and almost just another warm musical element in the mix.

Taste :

Alain Bellaiche - Sea Fluorescent

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 13 Απριλίου 2024

William S. Fischer - Circles 1970 (Embryo Records)

Label : Embryo Records

Value :

Super-righteous work from William S Fischer -- the ultra-hip arranger who was one of the most important forces in the late 60s underground soul jazz scene! Fischer is best known for his work with Eugene McDaniels, Eddie Harris, and Les McCann -- almost akin to the sorts of collaborative influence that David Axelrod had with Cannonball Adderley or Lou Rawls, but with a style that was decidedly darker, and trippier. This album's one of the few ever recorded under his own name -- originally done for the tripped-out jazz imprint Embryo, and featuring a unique blend of moog, strings, funk, and soul! Billy Cobham plays drums and percussion on the set, Bill Robinson sings on a few numbers, and Walter Sear adds in some extra moog next to Fischer's own work -- but the real brilliance comes from the overall concept -- funky one minute, laidback and trippy the next, very much in the spirit of some of the righteous crossover funk, soul, and rock recordings coming from McDaniels and Axelrod at the time! 

Taste :

William S. Fischer - Chains 

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By Electric Looser

Κυριακή 7 Απριλίου 2024

Rupa Biswas - Disco Jazz 1982 (Megaphone)

Label :  Megaphone

Value :

A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s -- as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on the instrumental tip, and which allow for plenty of room in the tracks to let the players stretch out and solo -- in a blend of keyboards and guitar with more traditional sarod and tablas! Rhythms are mostly upbeat, but in ways that are more interesting than the "disco" title implies -- especially in 1982 -- and the whole thing's maybe first a funky fusion record, which then borrows a bit from Indian percussion, then adds in Rupa's vocals in the lead.

Taste :

Rupa Biswas - Disco Jazz (full album)

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 30 Μαρτίου 2024

Tee Mac Featuring: Majorie Barnes - Night Illusion 1980 (S.K.J. Records)


Label : S.K.J. Records

Value :

The distinguished UK label has dug up yet another tasty soul nugget, this from Nigeria's disco boogie scene. Originally released in 1980, Tee Mac's Night Illusion is one of the foreign private press joints that even the most knowledgable diggers might not be aware of. Produced in tiny numbers on the enigmatic artists' own S.K.J. imprint, the record is still unknown outside its native country. Thankfully Soul Jazz comes to the rescue (again!) and gives this lost masterpiece a long overdue reissue. From Soul Jazz: "The timelessness of this soulful, ground-breaking funk jazz lost masterpiece Night Illusion leads to comparisons with James Mason’s legendary lost classic album Rhythm of Life, with his unique individualism and intensity hinting at the boogie funk of groups such as Mass Production and Slave so loved by artists such as Moodyman and Theo Parrish. While Fela Kuti is now a cultural icon of Nigerian music throughout the world, the recent crossover success of William Onyeabor shows just how much undiscovered Nigerian music remains waiting to be explored outside of the country. Tee Mac was born in Lagos, the son of a Nigerian princess and a Swiss diplomat. He picked up the flute at age 7 and ten years later was studying classical musical in Switzerland under his uncle the composer J.J. Direndirger. Returning to Lagos, Nigeria in 1970 he formed the heavyweight afro rock group Tee Mac and Afro Collection (which included Johnny Haastrup on keyboards and The Lijadu Sisters on vocals). This band was famously joined by the legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker who came to Nigeria to play with them in 1971 (captured in the film Ginger Baker in Africa). At age 24, Tee Mac moved to Germany where he co-wrote and recorded the European disco group Silver Convention (whose ‘Fly Robin Fly’ became number one in the USA charts). This enabled him to return to Nigeria where he formed his own label SKJ Records to release his self-financed album Night Illusion...

Taste :

Tee Mac - A Certain Way To Go

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 23 Μαρτίου 2024

The Blackbyrds – Better Days 1980 (Fantasy)

Label : Echoes

Value :

Sweet warm grooves from the mighty Blackbyrds - a set that has George Duke working with the group, giving them some of the electric vibe of his own great work! The sound is less sharply funky than the early days of the group, but still mighty nice.

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Taste :

The Blackbyrds - Do It Girl

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 16 Μαρτίου 2024

Masabumi Kikuchi Quintet - End For The Beginning 1975 (Philips)

Label : Philips

Value :

One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi -- a brilliant quintet outing that features some really great work on tenor and soprano sax! Kikuchi's piano is usually enough to grab our attention, but the album's got a great added bonus in the presence of Kosuke Mine on soprano sax and Hideo Miyata on tenor -- both players whose horns bring in some added sharpness to the date, and further underscore the spiritual elements in Kikuchi's music -- almost with the same mix of reeds and driving rhythms you'd find in the post-Coltrane work of Elvin Jones.

Taste :

Masabumi Kikuchi Quintet - Drizzling Rain

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 9 Μαρτίου 2024

Juan Pablo Torres - Cuba Disco 1984 (On The Rocks)

Label : On The Rocks

Value :

One of the most unusual albums ever cut by the legendary Latin jazz trombonist Juan Pablo Torres – and one of the grooviest, too – a special set that was recorded in Milan in the mid 80s, with backings by a sweet group who do a great job of blending Latin rhythms, clubby grooves, and just the right touch of jazz! Juan's on trombone in the lead – working with the Algo Nuevo group, which features the mighty Gonzalo Rubalcaba on piano, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards – plus trumpet work from Adalberto Lore, who balances out Torres' sound in a really great way! There's both a mix of electric and acoustic percussion on the set, and the groove is more 80s club than 70s disco – and also comes across with the style of some of the more unusual hybrids that you'd be likely to find on the Areito label during Juan's generation in Cuba.

Taste :

Juan Pablo Torres - Bermuda Triangle

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 2 Μαρτίου 2024

Ike Reiko - You, Baby 1971 (Teichiku Records)

Label : Teichiku Records

Value :

A really unusual record from early 70s Japan -- one that features vocals from erotic actress Reiko Ike -- done in a mode that's very similar to her sexy appearances on screen! And in fact, when we say "vocals", maybe "vocalizations" should be more the case -- as many of these tracks are sexy grunts, groans, and exclamations -- mixed with a bit of more conventional singing -- set to instrumentation that's groovy and jazzy, and which has some nice soundtrack modes in the styles -- all almost like an audio equivalent of softcore porn, with a quality that's enough to make Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin blush! 

Taste :

Ike Reiko - Giddiness

Ike Reiko - Love Slave

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 24 Φεβρουαρίου 2024

Akira Ishikawa - Back To Rhythm 1975 (Columpia)

Label : Columpia

Value :

Heavy funk from a hip Japanese combo -- one that features lots of drums and percussion from leader Akira Ishikawa, plus plenty of guitar, keyboards, and hard-riffing horns! Akira's taking most of his cues here from American funk of the early 70s -- work by Incredible Bongo Band, BT Express, and others -- but he often serves up the music with a fair bit of conga work at the front of the arrangements, in a way that takes familiar tunes and gives them a much rootsier, earthier kind of groove! The approach is unique, but totally great -- and the album's a funk album unlike anything else we can think of -- quite unusual even for the experimental Japanese scene of the time. 

Taste :

Akira Ishikawa - Love Is The Answer

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 17 Φεβρουαρίου 2024

Tony Joe White – Black And White 1969 (Monument)

Label :  Monument

Value :

Damn soulful work from Tony Joe White – exactly the kind of set that shows why he was so great at skirting both the borders of rock and soul music at the end of the 60s! There's a really fresh, new groove going on here – a vibe that shows an artist who's spent a decade drawing in all the best elements of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, with a slight touch of Nashville country at times too (no surprise, given the Monuments Records release of the set) – but also a more biting singer/songwriter ethos that really pushes the whole thing out to a much bigger rockish vibe! Drums are amazing – played by Jerry Carrigan with an especially funky quality on side one – and the tunes are a mix of great originals by White – many of which would be covered by others in years to come – plus some well-chosen covers, too. Tracks include "Soul Francisco", "Willie & Laura Mae Jones", "Polk Salad Annie", "Aspen Colorado", "Who's Makin Love", and "Scratch My Back".

Taste :

Tony Joe White - Whompt Out On You

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By Electric Looser

Κυριακή 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2024

Johnny Bristol - Hang On In There Baby 1974 (MGM)

Label : MGM

Value :

The first solo album from Johnny Bristol - a genius soul talent who did a bunch of great work for Motown as a writer and arranger, breaking out here on his own! Like so many other behind the scenes talents from the late 60s, Johnny turned out to be an excellent soul artist in his own right -- even though he only got to cut a rare few albums during the 70s -- and this debut album already has him emerging straight away as a fully-formed talent! The vibe is a great mix of Detroit and California Motown -- arranged by HB Barnum, and produced with a style that's tight, but still open and fluid too. Backings mix soulful strings with sweet harmonies -- and lots of the tunes have a great 70s mellow soul groove.

Taste :

Johnny Bristol - Woman Woman

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By Electric Looser

Δευτέρα 5 Φεβρουαρίου 2024

Cal Tjader - Demasiado Caliente 1960 (Fantasy)

Label : Fantasy

Value :

One of Cal Tjader's lesser-known Latin sessions from his Fantasy Records years -- a nice little cooker with some great arrangements from Eddie Cano, who also plays piano on the set! The album features two different groups -- one a more familiar Tjader quartet with Lonnie Hewitt on piano and Jose Lozano on flute -- the other a slightly larger group led by Cano, featuring Eddie on pian, Modesto Briseno on flute and alto, and Tony Terran on trumpet. Tracks are shortish, but plenty darn great -- and Cal's vibes get some great company from the piano and horn players on the date.

Taste :

Cal Tjader - Demasiado Caliente (full album)

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By Electric Looser

Κυριακή 28 Ιανουαρίου 2024

Chick Corea - Return To Forever 1972 (ECM)

Label : ECM

Value :

One of Chick Corea's greatest moments on record – the self-titled album by the legendary Return To Forever group – a combo that included Joe Farrell on saxes, Flora Purim on vocals, Airto on percussion, and Stanley Clarke on bass! The sound is archetypal 70s fusion at its best – filled with soaring electric keyboard work from Chick, and plenty of great Brazilian touches by Airto and Flora. Farrell's reeds help the tunes get a really sharp edge, especially once they get going – and the whole album is an electric piano classic through and through, filled with great titles that include "Sometime Ago/La Fiesta", "Return To Forever", "Crystal Silence", and "What Game Shall We Play Today".

Taste :

Chick Corea - Return To Forever  (full album)

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 20 Ιανουαρίου 2024

Don Ellis - Soaring 1973 (MPS)

 

Label : MPS

Value :

A well-titled album from trumpeter Don Ellis – as the set soars to the skies from the very first note! The album's got a dynamic energy that almost beats Don's American work of the time – lots of funky rhythms, and a cool MPS groove that shows the label's strong 70s legacy of larger group jazz recordings! Like other MPS dates of the time, there's a nice mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation in the lineup – bass and guitar that kick the rhythms up strongly, plus keyboards and electrified strings that bring in their own unique sounds.

Taste :

Don Ellis - Go Back Home

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By Electric Looser

Κυριακή 14 Ιανουαρίου 2024

Payfone & Kyd Nereida – I Feel You 2023 (Leng)

If slo-mo electronic disco with a Balearic twist is your bag, then this team-up between London-based duo Payfone (AKA James Day and Phil Passera) and vocalist Kyd Nereida is one to check for sure. Nereida's wistful vox are the star of the show here, and sit atop a warm and velvety musical backdrop that's definitely more suited to poolside chillin' or post-club sofa-surfing than it is to peaktime dancefloor abandon - though that's not to say its bass-y, keys-flecked groove isn't infectious. Things take a turn for the spacier on a brace of rerubs from label boss Mudd, while a radio edit completes the package.

Taste :

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 6 Ιανουαρίου 2024

Coyote - Magic Wand Special Editions Vol 7 2022 (Magic Wand)

Label : Magic Wand

Value :

The Coyote lads take a moment to chill from their ever-steady output on their Is It Balearic? label to drop this pearler for the Magic Wand edit series. It won't take a private gumshoe to work out the source material for 'Kate's Bush (Nocturnal Edit)', but you won't have heard the original simmering quite like this brooding version before. 'Kool Kats' is dripping in yacht rock delight with Mercurial vocal trysts over the top, while 'Lee Sure (Black Hashish Dub)' takes things far out into pure sundown wind-down territory. 'El Verano' completes the set with a beautiful, dusty lick of 70s funk, complete with sultry trumpet and the lightest of FX touches.

Taste :

Coyote - Lee Sure (Black Hashish Dub)

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By Electric Looser