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Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Homenage (Freestyle 2008)

Named one of Austin, Texas' 'Best Live Acts' by the Austin Chronicle, Brownout perform the nastiest Latin funk music around today. This band of "party rocking legends" was resurrected from the same tequila soaked border town explosion that originated the highly acclaimed Latin powerhouse Grupo Fantasma. Fresh from the worldwide release of their first 7" single on the UK's prestigious Freestyle Records, the band has made waves internationally amongst DJ's, tastemakers and good music fans alike. Brownout is an 8 piece ensemble complete with 2 guitars, bass, no nonsense Latin percussion and the "Best Horn Section" 2 years in a row at the Austin Music Awards. Throwback but not copycat retro, their music is timeless and honest, keeping the spirit of 70s afro-latin and funk music alive while honoring their South Texas roots. "Homenaje," Spanish for homage, is the debut album release from the Grupo Fantasma side-project (who recently supported none other than Prince on his recent UK tour) and gives more than a mere nod to late '70s Latin-funk acts like Joe Bataan and Santana. From the Fela Kuti style Afro-beat of "Con El Brownout" and "Chema's Contraband" to the smoldering neo-soul of "You Already Are" and the incendiary cover of Manu Dibango’s “African Battle”, the nearly all-instrumental album avoids stagnation by switching gears rapidly between tracks. "Homenaje" vacillates between the languid groove of songs such as "They Should Know," which sounds like a forgotten track from the Beastie Boys' "Check Your Head" and powerful crowd-movers like the CD's title track. Built upon a familiar piano montuno and the deft percussion of drummer Johnny Lopez and conga player Sweet Lou, "Homenaje" echoes the funkiest material of the output of the Fania label in the 70s and the gorgeous "You Already Are" channels Carlos Santana into a brooding funk masterpeice. Melding these influences into an original diasporic sound is the album's triumph.


01.) Brown Wind And Fire
02.) Homenage
03.) Laredo 77
04.) African Battle
05.) Con El Brownout No Se Juega
06.) Latin Asscape
07.) Barretta
08.) Chema's Contraband
09.) They Don't Know
10.) The Sexican
11.) El Narco
12.) You Already Are
13.) Chafa Khan


The Grits

The Grits (Freestyle 2008)

Hailing from Brighton, The Grits emerge with their own take on raw, rare and grimy instrumental funk. Their journey began in 2005 with guitarist Stuart “Countryboy” Carter and Nick “The Organiser” Harris. Bassist James and drummer Johnny were recruited soon after, marking the birth of one seriously slick funk four piece. Their self titled debut includes a superb cover of The Soul Drifters “Funky Soul Brother”, as well as “Boom Boom”, the sold out 45 released on Freestyle and its B side ‘Jan Jan’ - an instant raw funk classic championed by Radio 2’s Mark Lamarr and Radio 6 funkster Craig Charles. With their roots firmly steeped in classic funk, The Grits add their own slant with trashy guitars, crunchy drums and deep bass. Add to this super-modulated Moog, a bag of percussion and their trademark guttural vocal grunts and you have a live show that never fails to work their live audiences into a funk frenzy. On record, The Grits manage to keep the rawness alive, whilst upping the stakes sonically with modular analogue synths, piano, harmonica and even a huge metal cabinet played with a stick!

Pure funk gold! Enjoy!


01.) Ug Ug Aah
02.) Tramp
03.) Boom Boom
04.) Chickin Pi
05.) It Aint Easy Being Greasy
06.) Jan Jan
07.) Hamhock
08.) Crazy Legs
09.) Funky Soul Brother
10.) No Mans Land

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Menahan Street Band

Make The Road By Walking (Dunham 2008)

The Menahan Street Band is a collaboration of musicians from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Dave Guy, Homer Steinweiss, Fernando Velez, Bosco Mann), El Michels Affair (Leon Michels, Toby Pazner), Antibalas (Nick Movshon, Aaron Johnson) and The Budos Band (Mike Deller, Daniel Fodder), brought together by musician/producer Thomas Brenneck (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Budos Band, Amy Winehouse) to record hits in the bedroom of his Menahan St. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With influences reaching beyond the funk/soul/afrobeat architecture of their other projects into the more ethereal realms of Curtis Mayfield and Mulatu Astatke, the Menahan Street Band creates a unique new instrumental soul sound that is as raw as it is lush. Their debut album, Make the Road by Walking will be released on Dunham Records, Brenneck’s new imprint of Daptone Records, a joint venture devoted to bringing the Menahan Street sound from Brenneck’s bedroom out into the world. The album is marked by eerily quirky arrangements, featuring vibes, horns, piano, organ, percussion and even a strange bling sound that Brenneck creates by tuning and plucking the strings of his guitar on the wrong side of the bridge. However, it is not the textures themselves that make the new sound of Menahan Street so exciting, but rather the way the sounds are incorporated into the heavy rhythms and bold melodies of the compositions.


01.) Make the Road by Walking
02.) Tired of Fighting
03.) Home Again!
04.) Montego Sunset
05.) Karina
06.) The Traitor
07.) The Contender
08.) Birds
09.) Esma
10.) Going the Distance


Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Bamboos

Side-Stepper (Tru Thoughts 2008)

The Bamboos are Australia's masters of raw, old school Funk breaks and super-heavy Soul. Led by Guitarist Lance Ferguson (AKA Lanu), other members include Kylie Auldist (Vocals), Dustin Mclean/Ben Grayson (Hammond Organ), Danny Farrugia (Drums), Yuri Pavlinov (Bass), Anton Delecca (Sax/Flute) and Ross Irwin (Trumpet). The Bamboos formed in 2001 and released the 7" single 'Eel Oil/Blackfoot', earning them international acclaim from the likes of Snowboy, Mr Scruff, Jazzanova, Patrick Forge and Russ Dewbury. Their next release 'Tighten Up/Voodoo Doll' was picked up by Kenny Dope (Masters At Work) and Keb Darge (Legendary Deep Funk) for their U.S-based imprint Kay-Dee Records. Making their home at Tru Thoughts records (home to Quantic and Alice Russell) in 2005, The Bamboos debut album ‘Step it Up’ was released jointly by Tru Thoughts and Ubiquity Records (US). In 2004 and 2005 The Bamboos toured Australia and New Zealand alongside Quantic and Alice Russell to universal acclaim. In 2006 and 2007 The Bamboos toured Europe and the U.K, bringing their unmistakable sound to venues including The Jazz Café in London and countries including Germany, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Belgium. The Bamboos live shows have evolved into non-stop mixtape-style throw-downs that draw the links between Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and old-school Breaks. The Bamboos have performed at events including Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival, The West Coast Blues & Roots Festival, Golden Plains, The Adelaide Festival, The St Kilda Festival, The Sydney Festival, Trop Fest and have appeared on the ABC TV Show ‘Sunday Arts’ The Bamboos music has been featured in high rating TV Shows such as ‘Greys Anatomy’ (US) and ‘Ugly Betty’ (US) The last Bamboos album ‘Rawville’ was described by IDJ magazine (UK) as ‘Arguably the best Funk album of the modern era…” Out through U.K’s Tru Thoughts, it was JBHiFi, Radio National and 3PBS FM’s ‘album of the week’ upon release in May 2007. It was in ABC Australia’s Top 5 Albums for 2007


01.) Nightsport
02.) Tears Cried feat. Kylie Auldist
03.) Now That You Are Mine feat. Kylie Auldist
04.) King Of The Rodeo feat. Megan Washington
05.) Funky Buttercup
06.) Can't Help Myself feat. TY
07.) One Man Entourage
08.) Make It Real feat. Kylie Auldist
09.) Move On feat. Paul MacInnes
10.) The Side Stepper
11.) Amen Brother


Mr. Confuse

Feel The Fire (Légère Recordings 2008)

Mr Confuse is a producer & DJ from Hannover/Germany. He is a record collector since 1993 and started DJing in 1999. After years of DJing and party promoting he started also producing music in 2004. In early 2005 he founded a producer team called Breakout. He came up with the idea of reworking the 80s classic “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa transforming it into a heavy funk tune. The tune was released on 7” and shortly after on 12” including also a jazzy version of “Planet Rock” regarding to the massive international attention in 2006/2007. In early 2007 the Breakout project split. In summer 2007 Breakout’s final 7” The Funky Goofball/Lyve Wire was released. 2007 remained a busy year. Mr. Confuse released three MixCDs (Catch The Beat, Confunktion and Brazilian Cuts) with different musical focus, followed by several compilation releases of his productions. In September 2008 Mr. Confuse full length solo album "Feel The Fire" was released on DLP, CD and digital. The album includes 14 songs. Two of the album songs are Cover versions of Debbie Deb’s Freestyle Classics “Lookout Weekend” and “When I Hear Music” in a heavy seventies Funk style. Lookout Weekend was also released as 12” Vinyl including Vocal, Instrumental, Accapella, Lack of Afro Remix and a Remix of the album song Groovin’ On The Spot by Mash & Munkee.

You got to check this incredible sound, i love this sound so much!


01.) Hurricane Jane (Introduction)
02.) Lookout Weekend
03.) Going Somewhere
04.) Balkan Funk
05.) It's Just A Blues
06.) Do It Right Now
07.) Lay It Down
08.) Feel The Fire
09.) En Movimiento
10.) Groovin' On The Spot
11.) The Groove Merchant
12.) When I Hear Music
13.) Imovel
14.) The Arrrgh Theme (Outroduction)

Monday, October 6, 2008

MFSB Muthafunkinsonofabitch

The Truth Behind The Philli Legend (Funkadelphia 2008)

Precise details as to the origins of these 16 instrumental tracks are thin on the ground. None of them are actually credited to MFSB (although the CD as a whole is), and while a few are noted as having been recorded in 1968, 1969, or 1973, over half the cuts are undated. The liner notes -- which actually only consist of five extended quotes from figures involved with MFSB -- aren't much help, although they do scatter hints that these cuts represent MFSB recording under pseudonyms. So an educated guess would presume that these tracks -- credited to no less than twelve separate artists, including such colorful names as Electric Indian (whose "Keem-O-Sabe," a Top Twenty hit in 1969, is the only well known item here), French Connection, Race Street Chinatown Band, and Brothers of Hope, and such mundane handles as Sam Reed Band -- are in fact MFSB recording under different names in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Some celebrated figures are involved in the production and songwriting, including Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Len Barry, but the specifics of their involvement aren't fully spelled out. But while the lack of background information is frustrating, the music itself is pretty cool. This is indeed the sound of Philadelphia soul turning into funk, but rawer and closer to the bone than most of the famous recordings on which MFSB were the backing players (and certainly rawer than MFSB's own hit recordings). All of the instrumental elements of the Philly soul sound are here: tight grooves, funky guitars, neat riffs, and overlays of jazzy vibraphones. It sounds earthier than much famous Philly soul of the era, though, in part because most of the tracks aren't decorated with horns or soothing strings, putting the most cutting ingredients in relief. That's particularly true of some of the guitar work, which sometimes goes into nifty wah-wah, and at others (especially on Hidden Cost's "Bo Did It") even verges on what sounds like Cream/Yardbirds-influenced hard rock lines. It's true that much of this does sound like promising backing tracks waiting for vocal overdubs, and that none of them (except "Keem-O-Sabe") particularly sound like they're instrumental-only hits waiting to happen. Yet this incompleteness is also part of what makes this obscure release interesting, allowing us to dig the root of the Philly sound without the sweeteners in a pretty unadulterated state. Much of it's indeed funky as a, well, mutha, and no doubt it will eventually be plundered by twenty-first century samplers looking for something that few competitors are even aware exist.


01.) Interpretations - Trippin'
02.) Brothers Of Hope - Nickol Nickol
03.) Interpretations - Jason Pew Mosso (Part Two)
04.) Hidden Cost - Bo Did It (Long Version)
05.) Hidden Cost - Vibrations (Long Version)
06.) Daley Diggers - I Can Dig It
07.) Sam Reed Band - Ambassador'S Theme
08.) Sam Reed Band - Jimmy Bishop Theme
09.) Alliance - Cupid'S Holding
10.) Cupit - Squeeze Your Knees
11.) Race Street Chinatown Band - Egg Foo Wa Wa
12.) Electric Indian - Keem O Sabe
13.) French Connection - Monte Carlo
14.) Electric Indian - My Cherie Amour
15.) Pat & The Blenders - Just Because (Instrumental)
16.) Ando Orchestra - Ando'S Theme


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Daptone Records

7-Inch Singles Collection Vol.1

How many times have you been at a swinging soul party and overheard someone say, "I'd really love to taste some of those soulful and delicious Daptone cuts that are only available on 45's, but I don't have a record player"? I know what you're thinking: if only I had a dime for every time! Well now a dime (or two) is all it will cost your phonographically impaired friends to download one of these exclusive cuts to play on their own MP5-BOX. You heard right, the considerate folks at Daptone have compiled the entirety of their infamous 45' catalog onto a series of download only albums. Finally, you too can own tracks that have previously only been available to DJ's and vinyl junkies.


1.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Got A Thing On My Mind, Pt. 1
2.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Got A Thing On My Mind, Pt. 2
3.) Lee Fields & the Dap-Kings - Give Me A Chance, Pt. 1
4.) Lee Fields & the Dap-Kings - Give Me A Chance, Pt. 2
5.) The Sugarman 3 - Funky So-and-So, Pt.1
6.) The Sugarman 3 - Funky So-and-So, Pt. 2
7.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Make It Good To Me
8.) The Dap-Kings - Casella Walk
9.) Charles Bradley and Sugarman & Co. - Take It As It Come Pt. 1
10.) Charles Bradley and Sugarman & Co. - Take it… Pt. 2
11.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Got To Be The Way It Is, Pt.2
12.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Got To Be The Way It Is, Pt.2
13.) Naomi Davis - Promised Land, Pt. 1
14.) The Sugarman 3 - Promised Land (Instrumental)
15.) The Company - La Culebra, Pt. 1
16.) The Company - La Culebra, Pt. 2
17.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - What Have You Done For Me Lately? Pt. 1
18.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - What Have You Done For Me Lately? Pt. 2

7-Inch Singles Collection Vol.2

You’ve been licking ‘round the bottom of the Soul bowl lately, scrounging for every bit and morsel you can find. And now this! Our second volume of Daptone cuts that have never been digitized before. All the 45 only jams that your hipper friends with record players have been so smarmy about for so long. I’m sure you would have bought them on vinyl if your apartment wasn’t so small, right? Or maybe you already did, but want these handy digital ones so you can listen to them on your telephone when you’re not near enough to your dear old turntable. Either way, I’m sure you’ll enjoy Volume two of Daptone’s 7” Singles Collection. And don’t forget, singles are for couples too!


1.) The Matador - The Mighty Imperials
2.) Now That I’m Gone - Charles Bradley & The Bullets
3.) Can’t Stop Thinking About You - Charles Bradley
4.) Could Have Been - Lee Fields
5.) You Don’t Know What You Mean (To a Lover Like Me) - Lee Fields & The Sugarman 3
6.) How Long Do I Have To Wait For You (Instrumental) - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
7.) This Love Ain’t Big Enough for the Two of Us - Charles Bradley & The Bullets
8.) (She’s Got) Twilight Eyes - Charles Bradley & The Bullets
9.) I Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Is In - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
10.) Stand Up - Lee Fields and The Sugarman 3
11.) Stand Up Pt. II - Lee Fields and Sugarman 3
12.) Nervous Like Me - The Dap-Kings
13.) Che Che Cole - Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra


Rage! (Velour Recordings 2008)

The seven-person all-star collective known as Lettuce has been around since 1992, with its members branching off into successful standalone projects (Soulive, Rustic Overtones, et al), but never straying far from the project that started it all. "Rage", the band's third album, sees the collective reaching back to pay homage to the funk gods (EWF, James Brown, Tower of Power, the Meters, P-Funk, etc), while retaining the band's meticulous hip-hop tinged phrasing, melody and progressions. The compositions all follow a similar formula: riffs and breakbeats setting up the solos, bridges and/or hooks, and though there are times when the songs traverse the borders of funk-by-numbers monotony, the band's chemistry shines through time and again as a saving grace. One can tell the boys are having fun and this is proved true every time a glimmer of their monstrous theory knowledge and improv talent surfaces. But, this project is not meant to clone those aspects so strongly established in Lettuce's first two albums. "Rage" was made to groove in the pocket, and it does. Fiercely.

Check their sound on MySpace!


01.) Blast Off
02.) Sam Huffs Flying Raging Machine
03.) Move On Up feat. Dwele
04.) King Of The Burgs
05.) Need To Understand
06.) The Last Suppit
07.) Dizzer
08.) Makin My Way Back Home
09.) Salute
10.) Speake E.Z.
11.) Express Yourself
12.) Relax
13.) By Any Shmeeans Necessary
14.) Mr. Yance


Saturday, September 20, 2008

TM Juke And The Jack Baker Trio

Boto And The Second Liners (Tru Thoughts 2008)

This is a fantastic new project from production Yoda TM Juke. His partner this time is Alice Russell and Bonobo band drummer Jack Baker. Featuring on percussion on horns this killer new album also features vocals from Ms Alice Russell, Belleruche front lady Kathrin deBoer and hot new talent Andreya Triana. A veritable bevvy of lady talent. Tracks that have been causing a huge stir both in the clubs and their festival dates have been their awesome cover of Heads High and the astounding Spread It On with one of the fiercest Alice vocals recorded to date! Enjoy.


01.) Portion Of A Recording
02.) That Gut Feeling feat. Andreya Triana
03.) Echoes From The Surface
04.) Spread It On feat. Alice Russell
05.) Heads High(er)
06.) The Train
07.) Omak Besar (Big Waves)
08.) Rolling Stone To Landslide feat. Kathrin DeBoer
09.) Fortune Favours The Bold
10.) Party Favours feat. Gecko Turner
11.) Swamp's Ska
12.) Yeah The Crab!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Andy Smith

Digging In The BGP Vaults (BGP 2008)

A masterful set of old school funk & soul put together by DJ Andy Smith, who also worked some magic a few years back for the BGP label on the Northern Soul tip, this time out doing his thing with prime funk from the late 60s & early 70s! Smith does a excellent job of mixing sample classics that helped build golden age hip hop, many deeper tracks, funk nuggets from The Blackbyrds, Billy Garner, Funk Inc, Spanky Wilson and many more! Titles include "Cracklin' Bread" by Dave Hamilton, "It's My Thing"by Betty Moorer, "I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky" by Ripple, "I Got Some" by Billy Garner", "Can't Get Enough" by 87th Of Broadway, "Skunk Juice" by Pazant Brothers, "I'm A Good Woman" by The Generation", "Tighten Up" by Roosevelt Matthews and more. This is only one .mp3-file for the whole mixtape, if someone has another version please post the link into the comments.


01.) Wilford's Gone - The Blackbyrds
02.) Cracklin' Bread - Dave Hamilton
03.) It's My Thing - Betty Moorer
04.) I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky - Ripple
05.) Gotta Get Me A Job - Ann Alford
06.) I Got Some - Billy Garner
07.) Sing A Simple Song - Booker T & The MG's
08.) Live It Up - James K-Nine
09.) Can't Get Enough - 87th Off Broadway
10.) Smokin At Tiffany's - Funk Inc
11.) I Want You Back - Harold Mabern
12.) Just A Groove In G - Wilbur Bascomb
13.) Let A Woman Be A Woman Let A Man Be A Man - Dyke & The Blazers
14.) Brand New Girl - Billy Garner
15.) Soul Brothers' Testify - Chester Randle's Soul Senders
16.) Itch & Scratch Pt 2 - Rufus Thomas
17.) Skunk Juice - Pazant Brothers
18.) Sunshine Of Your Love - Spanky Wilson
19.) I'm A Good Woman - The Generation
20.) Chicken Tracks - Ron Burford
21.) Out Of Sight - The Soulsetters
22.) Just Another Smile - Mel Davis
23.) Tighten Up - Rosevelt Matthews
24.) (Oh Baby) I Believe I'm Losing You - Billy Hawks

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Haggis Horns

The Haggis Horns - Hot Damn (2007)

The nucleus of the group, Jason Rae (husband of Corinne Bailey Rae), Atholl Ransome and Malcolm Strachan have become the horn section of choice for the world's top artists. Currently on tour as part of Mark Ronson's band, the horns can name Amy Winehouse, The New Mastersounds, Lou Donaldson, Corinne Bailey Rae & Nightmares On Wax among the selection of the artists that have called on them to lend their lungs to shows or recordings.

With guitarist Ben Barker taking on production duties and the addition of some of the UKs finest jazz and funk musicians including Cinematic Orchestra drummer Luke Flowers, the Haggis sound is at the forefront of the burgeoning new funk scene. This album sums up everything about the band: at it's core, hard-hitting dance
floor funk, (Hot Damn! / The Bump), but also taking in reggae (Eskimo), loose-limbed instrumental hip hop (Huffalump) and slamming afrobeat (The Traveller / Tribe Vibes). Add in a couple of cover versions that have been popular additions to the band's legendary live shows (Enter The Haggis / Who's Gonna Take The Weight?), and you have the funkiest sound this side of The JBs.


01 enter the haggis
02 pipe bag
03 hot damn !
04 the traveler pt.1
05 the traveler pt.2
06 eskimo
07 huffalump
08 the bump
09 got to lose your way
10 tribe vibes
11 naughty buddha
12 who's gonna take the weight

Well, what i can say ? i really love their tunes ! The best f***ing horn section in the world !!!
If you don't have this album, DON'T even think about to skip this one !!!
Absolutely a groovy must have

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Sound Stylistics

Play Deep Funk
(Freestyle 2007)

Recorded in 2002 as a Bruton library album, The Sound Stylistics "Deep Funk" album has weaved its way into funk folklore for collectors the world over, becoming a word of mouth phenomena and a collectors wet-dream due to its failure to ever get a proper release. Despite file-sharers, bootleggers and back-street dealers pushing illegitimate copies of the tracks, the legendary status of this lost album has not waned one bit.
Performed by some of the best musicians on the planet, and a veritable whos who on the London funk scene, the list is simply too amazing not to acknowledge fully here: James Taylor (JTQ), Jim Watson (Incognito), Mark Van der Gucht (Galliano), Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds), Neil Robinson (JTQ), Simon Lee (Dr. Seuss), Andy Ross (The Herbaliser), Mike Smith (Jamiroquai), Nichol Thompson (Brand New Heavies), and Snowboy. Collectively they make up The Sound Stylistics, a virtual group and jam band of the highest order.

Check their Sound on Myspace!


1.) Shake And Hip Drop
2.) Soul Dynamite
3.) Players Theme
4.) Down Home Style
5.) Heavy Soul
6.) Polariser
7.) Fast Eddie
8.) Party People
9.) Night Theme
10.) Back On The Streets
11.) Keeping On
12.) Get Ya Some
13.) Move It Up
14.) Homebrew
15.) Message
16.) Put It In The Pocket
17.) Freedom Sound


Monday, September 1, 2008

Osaka Monaurail

Reality For The People (Unique Rec 2007)

The greatest work so far from the amazing Osaka Monaurail, one of the best modern funk combos around, and one of the few to rival the greatness of the JBs in the early 70s! Osaka Monaurail have a way of hitting a groove that's simply breathtaking , an approach that has all of the instruments in the group coming down hard hard hard on the rhythm , vamping in a way that only the legendary Fred Wesley could hope to match, even though he hasn't even been sounding this good for many many years! But the album's way more than a simple copycat effort too , because in reaching for the greatness of the JBs, the group have also include plenty of their own touches too , including vocals that are a welcome change from the usual deep funk mode, and which sound better here than they have on any of the group's previous recordings! Titles are a mix of live performances, unreleased studio sides, and one rare single , all monstrously jamming, and totally funky throughout.

Check their sound on Myspace!


01.) Quick Sand
02.) (I'm Coming Back To) The Coming Back
03.) Reality For The People
04.) Pick Up The Pieces One By One (Parts 1 & 2)
05.) Opportunity
06.) Ceora
07.) We Got One (A Show)
08.) Alternative Reality


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Dj Format

Fania DJ Series (Fania 2007)

Fania kicked off the DJ Series with the Gilles Peterson set, now the second release in the series features rising pioneer and vinyl fanatic Matt Ford, aka DJ Format, who has a rock-solid name as dj and remixer – from hip-hop to non-stop he is a firm favourite with b-boys, breakbeaters and hip dancefloor fans from Glastonbury to Fabric to Big Chill. Now his Fania DJ Series mix takes things deep into Latin New York, heavy on the Latin soul and boogaloo tip, hooky melodies, and 70s groove, all stamped with Format's singular style. His remix of Dave Cortez' Happy Soul With a Hook for Fania is already a hit with the vinyl junkies lucky enough to get hold of the limited edition 12" released earlier this year. This album is a full-on party set featuring rare tracks and deep classics which will appeal to fans of Format, Fania and anyone with a pulse - they know that the sound of Latin New York is what this summer is all about. Come and get it.


1.) Ali Baba-Louie Ramirez
2.) Right On-Ray Barretto
3.) Jive Samba-Jack Constanzo & Gerry Woo
4.) Deep-Quetcy Alma
5.) Black And Blue (Negros Y Azules)-Cholo Rivera And The Latin Soul Drivers
6.) Creation-The Latinaires
7.) Lebron Brothers-Lebron Brothers
8.) Kool It-Jimmy Sabater
9.) Society-The Latinaires
10.) New York Soul-Ray Barretto
11.) Johnny On The Warpath-Johnny Rivera And The Tequila Brass
12.) Be's That Way-Willie Bobo
13.) Freak Off-Orquestra Harlow
14.) Peter Peter-Pete Bonet
15.) Come And Get It-Eddie Palmieri & Cal Tjader
16.) You Need Help-Ronnie Marks
17.) Don't Squeeze The Peaches-Jack Constanzo & Gerry Woo
18.) Come And Get It-Ralph Robles
19.) Monkey See Monkey Do-New Swing Sextet
20.) Lazy Boogaloo-George Guzman
21.) Happy Soul With A Hook-Dave Cortez
22.) Safari-Tito Puente
23.) Electric-Latin Soul Flash And The Dynamics
24.) Harlem River Drive Theme-Harlem River Drive


Friday, August 15, 2008

Barry White

BARRY, freakin' WHITE!
you are either on his side, or or Isaac Hayes' side. Either way - you win :D
*R.I.P. Jhon Shaft

Born in Galveston, TX, Barry White grew up singing gospel songs with his mother and taught himself to play piano. White made his recording debut at the tender age of 11, playing piano on Jesse Belvin's "Goodnight My Love."
starting slowly, for a meager 40$ a week, White started releasing music, while focousing on other tasks (he did A&R at the time). slowly his fame, and fortune grew.
His first album, was almost never released, white thought it was not worth it, but he was convinced otherwise.
it made the number one pop charts.
Over the next 5 years, he released many albums (Stone Gone and Let The Music Play are a few of those).

the next 20+ years were pent releasing some music, and preforming a lot.

White, who suffered from hypertension and chronic high blood pressure, was hospitalized for kidney failure in September of 2002. He was undergoing dialysis treatment, but the combination of illnesses proved too much and he died July 4, 2003 at a West Hollywood hospital. By the time of his death, Barry White had achieved a near-universal acclaim and popularity that few artists achieve and even fewer within their own lifetime.

more can be found on his AMG page, HERE

I've Got So Much to Give (1973)
01. Standing in the Shadows of Love
02. Bring Back My Yesterday

03. I've Found Someone
04. I've Got So Much to Give

05. I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby

Stone Gon' (1973)
1. Girl It's True, Yes I'll Always Love You
2. Honey Please, Can't You See

3. You're My Baby
4. Hard To Believe That I Found You

5. Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up
Cant Get Enough (1974)
1. Mellow Mood (Pt. I)
2. You're The First, The Last, My Everthing
3. I Can't Believe You Love Me
4. Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
5. Oh Love, Well We Finally Made It

6. I Love You More Than Anything (In This World Girl)

7. Mellow Mood (Pt. II)

Together Brothers (1974)
1. Somebody's Gonna Off The Man
2. So Nice To Hear

3. Alive And Well

4. Find The Man Bros.

5. You Gotta Case

6. Killer's Lullaby

7. Theme From Together Brothers

8. Getaway

9. People Of Tomorrow Are The Children Of Today - (TRUE instrumental)
10. Somebody's Gonna Off The Man - (TRUE instrumental)
11. Rip, The
12. Stick Up
13. Dreamin'
14. Killer's Back

15. Do Drop In

16. Killer Don't Do It
17. Here Comes The Man
18. Dream On
19. Honey, Please Can't Ya See
20. Can't Seem To Find Him

21. People Of Tomorrow Are The Children Of Today

White Gold (1974)
01. Berry's Love I.
02. Satin Soul

03. Always Thinking of You
04. Power of Love

05. Spanish Lei

06. You Make Me Feel Like This

07. Only You Can Make Me Blue
08. Dreaming
09. Just Living It Up
10. Just Like a Baby

11. Berry's Love II.

White Rhapsody (1974)
01 - Barry's Theme
02 - Rhapsody in White

03 - Midnight and You
04 - I Feel Love Coming On
05 - Baby Blues

06 - Don't Take It Away from Me

07 - What a Groove

08 - Love's Theme

Just Another Way To Say I Love You (1974)
01. Heavenly, That's What You Are To Me
02. I'll Do For You Anything You Want Me To

03. All Because Of You

04. Love Serenade I.

05. What Am I Gonna Do With You

06. Let Me Live My Life Lovin' You Babe

07. Love Serenade II.

Let The Music Play (1976)
01. I Don't Know Where Love Has Gone
02. If You Know, Won't You Tell Me

03. I'm So Blue And You Are Too

04. Baby, We Better Try To Get It Together

05. You See The Trouble With Me
06. Let The Music Play

Whatcha Won't (1976)
01. Don't Make Me Wait Too Long
02. Your Love-So Good I Can Taste It

03. I'm Qualified To Satisfy You
04. I Wanna Lay Down With You Baby

05. Now I'm Gonna Make Love To You

Sings For Someone You Love (1976)
01. Playing Your Game, Baby
02. It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me

03. You're So Good You're Bad

04. Never Thought I'd Fall in Love With You

05. You Turned My Whole World Around

06. Oh What a Night for Dancing
07. Of All The Guys In The World

The Man (1978)
01. Look At Her
02. Your Sweetness Is My Weakness

03. Sha la la Means I Love You

04. September When I First Met You

05. It's Only Love Doing Its Thing

06. Just the Way You Are

07. Early Years

I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing
01. I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing
02. Girl, What's Your Name

03. Once upon a Time (You Were A Friend Of Mine)

04. Oh Me, Oh My, (I'm Such a Lucky Guy)

05. I Can't Leave You Alone
06. Call Me, Baby
07. How Did You Know It Was Me

Sheet Music (1980)
01. Sheet Music
02. Lady, Sweet Lady

03. I Believe In Love
04. Ghetto Letto

05. Rum And Coke

06. She's Everything To Me

07. Love Makin' Music

Barry & Glodean (1981)
01. Our Theme I
02. I Want You

03. You're The Only One For Me

04. This Love

05. The Better Love Is (The Worse It Is When It's Over)

06. You

07. We Can't Let Go Of Love

08. You Make My Life Easy Livin'

09. Didn't We Make It Happen Baby
10. Our Theme II

2 links here, same file

Beware! (1981)
01. Beware
02. Relax to the Max

03. Let Me in and Let's Begin With Love

04. Your Love, Your Love

05. Tell Me Who Do You Love

06. Rio De Janeiro
07. You're My High
08. Oooo....Ahhh....
09. I Won't Settle For Less Than The Best (For You Baby)

10. Louie Louie

Change (1982)
01. Change
02. Turnin' On, Tunin' In (To Your Love)
03. Let's Make Tonight (An Evening To Remember)
04. Don't Tell Me About Heartaches

05. Passion
06. I've Got That Love Fever

07. I Like You, You Like Me
08. It's All About Love

Dedicated (1983)
01. America
02. Free

03. Don't Forget...Remember

04. Life

05. Love Song

06. All in the Run of a Day

07. Don't Let 'Em Blow Your Mind
08. Dreams

The Right Night (1987)
01. Good Dancin' Music
02. As Time Goes By

03. Sho You Right.

04. For Your Love (I'll Do Most Anything)
05. There's A Place (Where Love Never Ends)

06. I'm Ready For Love

07. Love Is In Your Eyes

08. Share

09. Who's The Fool

10. The Right Night

The Man Is Back! (1989)
01. Responsible
02. Super Lover
03. L.A. My Kinda Place
04. Follow That and See (Where It Leads Y'all)

05. When Will I See You Again

06. I Wanna Do It Good to Ya

07. It's Getting Harder All the Time

08. Don't Let Go
09. Loves Interluda-Goodnight My Love

Put Me In Your Mix (1991)
01. Let's Get Busy.
02. Love Is Good With You

03. For Real Chill.
04. Break It Down With You
05. Volare

06. Put Me in Your Mix

07. Who You Giving Your Love To
08. Love Will Find Us

09. We're Gonna Have It All

10. Dark and Lovely (You over There)

Under The Influence Of Love (1995)
01. I've Got the Whole World to Hold Me Up.
02. Your Heart and Soul

03. Under the Influence of Love
04. All in the Run of Love

05. Out of the Shadows of Love .

06. Long Black Veil .m

07. Come on in Love

08. Where Can I Turn To

09. I Owe It All to You
10. Fragile, Handle with Care

11. My Buddy

12. I've Got the Whole World to Hold Me Up (Big Man Remix)

The Icon Is Love (1994)
01. Practice What You Preach
02. There It Is

03. I Only Want to Be With You
04. The Time Is Right

05. Baby's Home

06. Come On

07. Love Is the Icon

08. Sexy Undercover

09. Don't You Want to Know

10. Whatever We Had, We Had

The Ultimate Collection
1. You're My First, My Last, My Everything
2. Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Babe

3. Let The Music Play
4. Don't Make Me Wait Too Long
5. I'll Do For You Anything You Want Me To

6. Sho'be Right

7. What Am I Gonna Do With You

8. Come On

9. I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Baby
10. Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up
11. Baby, We Better Try To Get It Together

12. Just The Way You Are

13. Dark & Lovely (You Over There) (Radio Edit)

14. You See The Trouble With Me

15. It's Esctasy When You Lay Down Next To Me

16. Right Night

17. Love's Theme

18. Let The Music Play (Funkstar's Club Deluxe Mix)

4 part download :)

Barry White And Friends - White Collection (2008)
Disc 1/2
1. Barry White - Out Of The Shadows Of Love 2:46

2. Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is 3:06

3. Barry White - Under The Influence Of Love 3:04

4. Barry White - Come On In Love 3:25

5. Curtis Mayfield - Do Be Down 3:38

6. Barry White - Your Heart And Soul 3:27

7. Barry White - All In The Run Of One Day 2:46

8. Lou Rawls - Lady Love 4:07
9. Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street 3:50

10.Bobby Womack - Nobody Wants You When You're 2:54 Down And Out
11.Wilson Pickett - If You Need Me 2:33
12.Percy Sledge - Try A Little Tenderness 3:50

Disc 2/2

1. Barry White - Long Black Veil 3:40

2. Percy Sledge - I've Been Loving You Too Long 2:56

3. Barry White - I Owe It All To You 2:16

4. Barry White - I've Got The World To Hold Me Up 2:59

5. Bobby Womack - Woman's Gotta Have It 3:22

6. Barry White - Where Can I Turn To 2:37

7. Barry White - Fragile, Handle With Care 2:53
8. Al Jarreau - Lean On Me 3:53

9. Wilson Pickett - It's Too Late 3:06

10.Lou Rawls - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
11.Percy Sledge - (Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay

12.Al Jarreau - Ain't No Sunshine 1:57
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The New Mastersounds New Album !!!

Here's a marriage made in heaven:
The New Mastersounds with Dionne Charles (from Baby Charles)

Here is an older post for bio and discography about The New Mastersounds
Here is an older post for bio and discography about Baby Charles

The New Mastersounds feat. Dionne Charles - Plug & Play (2008)

This is the new album from The New Mastersounds
Sexy Groovy Funky

You can't go wrong with that guys.Well, are you still here ?
Grab it now !!!

here is a small photo gallery about this album

Monday, July 28, 2008

Gil Scott Heron

Gil Scott-Heron is an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1960s and early 1970s work as a spoken word performer. He is associated with African American militant activism, and is best known for his poem and song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised".

Born in Chicago in 1949, Scott-Heron had a difficult, itinerant childhood. After his parents divorced he was sent to live with his grandmother in Lincoln, Tennessee. A civil rights campaigner, she introduced him to both music and literature. But the young Scott-Heron endured constant racial abuse as one of only three black children picked to integrate an elementary school in nearby Jackson. Returning to New York to live with his mother, he got a different perspective on oppression in the housing projects of the Bronx.

But he was too bright to settle for less. After publishing an acclaimed novel, The Vulture, at the age of 19, he won a place at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, the alma mater of his hero, black poet Langston Hughes. He dropped out after a year to pursue a career in poetry. In 1970 producer Bob Thiele convinced him to set his first collection, Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, to music; the album's conversational style and funky percussion earned Scott-Heron the tag of "the godfather of rap". He once joked, with typical insouciance: "I ain't saying I didn't invent rapping. I just cannot recall the circumstances."

Classic protest songs such as The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and Whitey On the Moon were fuelled by a keen, angry intelligence. His back catalogue also boasts several articulate dissections of an addict's mindset, including The Bottle and Angel Dust. On 1971's Home Is Where the Hatred Is, he sang, "You keep saying kick it, quit it, kick it, quit it, God but did you ever try to turn your sick soul inside out so that the world can watch you die?" It has never been clearly established when Scott-Heron became addicted to cocaine; looking back on his works about drugs, it seems the line between empathy and autobiography was blurred throughout his career. Even in recent years, he has used his ready wit to fudge the issue of his drug use.

in my opinion, Gil Scott Heron is THE MOST important political musician of the last 40 years.
he made it happen.
he invented it.


1- Intro
2- Omen
3- Brother
4- Comment #1
5- Sm
6- The Revolution will not be televised
7- all Talk At 125th And Lenox
8- The Subject Was Faggots
9- Evolution (And Flashback)
10- Plastic Pattern People
11- Whitey On The Moon
12- The Vulture
13- Enough
14- Paint it black
15- Everyday

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01 Peace Go With You, Brother (As-Salaam-Alaikum)

02 Rivers of My Fathers
03 A Very Precious Time
04 Back Home
05 The Bottle
06 Song for Bobby Smith
07 Your Daddy Loves You
08 H2O Gate Blues
09 Peace Go With You, Brother (As-Salaam-Alaikum)
10 Winter in America [Live][_]
11 Song for Bobby Smith [Alternate Take][_]
12 Your Daddy Loves You [Live][_]
13 The Bottle_Guan Guanco [Live][_]

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The First Minute of a New Day (1975)

01 Offering
02 The Liberation Song (Red, Black and Green)
03 Must Be Something
04 Ain't No Such Thing as Superman
05 Pardon Our Analysis (We Beg Your Pardon)
06 Guerilla
07 Winter in America
08 Western Sunrise
09 Alluswe

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From South Africa to South Carolina (1975)

A1 Johannesburg

A2 A Toast To The People

A3 The Summer Of '42

A4 Beginnings (The First Minute Of A New Day)

B1 South Carolina (Barnwell)

B2 Essex

B3 Fell Together

B4 A Lovely Day

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BRIDGES (1977)

1. Hello Sunday! Hello Road!

2. Song Of The Wind

3. Racetrack In France

4. Vildgolia (Deaf, Dumb & Blind)

5. Under The Hammer

6. We Almost Lost Detroit

7. Tuskegee #626

8. Delta Man (Where I'm Coming From)

9. 95 South (All Of The Places We've Been)

downlaod link:

SECRETS (1978)

01 Angel Dust
02 Madison Avenue
03 Cane
04 Third World Revolution
05 Better Days Ahead
06 Three Miles Down
07 Angola, Louisiana
08 Show Bizness
09 Prayer for Everybody_To Be Free

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01 Storm Music

02 Grandma's Hands

03 Is That Jazz

04 Morning Thoughts

05 Inner City Blues

06 Gun

07 B Movie

download link:

ghetto style (a compilation)

01 - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

02 - Or Down You Fall

03 - The Needle's Eye

04 - I Think I'll Call It Morning

05 - When You Are Who You Are

06 - Save The Children

07 - Did You Hear What They Said

08 - Free Will

09 - Speed Kills

10 - Middle Of Your Day

11 - Pieces Of A Man

12 - A Sign Of The Ages

13 - The Get Out Of The Ghetto Blues

14 - Lady Day & John Coltrane

15 - Home Is Where The Hatred Is

16 - No Knock

17 - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Eary Version)

18 - Sex Education- Ghetto Style

19 - Small Talk At 125th & Lenox

20 - King Alfred Plan

21 - Billy Green Is Dead

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finally, here is a documentary about GIL SCOTT HERON (six 10 minute parts on blessed YouTube)

part 1

part 2

part 3

part 4

part 5

part 6

if you'd like to learn more about this most accmplished artist visit his AMG page:

and his WIKI page offers many more links:

i have found these albums on many blogs.
here they are: