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Coming Up Next Week:
Don Ray-The Garden Of Love (BEC5161937) (12'' Vinyl - LP, 2014 Remastered, Bonus CD Included, France) (Disco)

Times Are Ruff-Got Five On It EP (TAR007) (12'' Vinyl, EP, 2014, Germany) (House)

As long as vinyl lives...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Daniel Grau-The Magic Sound Of Daniel Grau (Compiled By Jazzanova & Trujillo) (SK281LP)



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Tracks:
A1 Delirio En Fa Menor (Original From Mas Alla de Las Estrellas 1976)
A2 Disco Fantasy (Disco Fantasy, 1979)
A3 Combination (Por Que No Podemos Hacerlo?, 1981)
A4 Nunca Conoci Amor Igual (Fallen) (440 Torker, 1983)
B1 Atlantis (Disco Fantasy, 1979)
B2 Tren Del Espacio (Original From El Sonido Magico De Daniel Grau 1978)
B3 Dejando Volar El Pensamiento (Dejando Volar El Pensamiento, 1974)
B4 Con El Cielo En Tus Ojos (El Leon Bailarin, 1980)
C1 El Leon Bailarin (El Leon Bailarin, 1980)
C2 Apartate (El Leon Bailarin, 1980)
C3 Volando Libre (Kryptonita Liquida, 1979)
D1 Funky Bip-Bot (440 Torker, 1983)
D2 Robot Magico (El Sonido Magico De Daniel Grau, 1978)
D3 Skylab (Kryptonita Liquida, 1979)
D4 To Night (New Inedit Track, 2014)

Genre: Disco/Rare-Grooves
Release Year: 2014
Label: Sonar Kollektiv
Country: Germany
More: 2 x 12'' Vinyl - LP, Compilation, 33rpm
"Daniel Grau" recorded eight albums between 1974 and 1983; none of them available outside of Venezuela. Born 1948 in Caracas, regarded as one of the most sought-after studio engineers in his country. Almost all respectable artists in Venezuela could be found in the "El Palacio De La Musica-Studios" taking advantage of Daniel Grau's mastery. 
Just for fun Grau asked some of the musicians who frequented the studio on a regular basis to use the free studio time to record his own compositions, which were then compiled and released on LP. The first two albums from 1974 and 1976, released under the "La Orquestra De Daniel Grau" moniker, already displayed what an adept composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass and keyboards) Grau was and still is. The influences and references, which characterize his entire, short and Venezuelan-only career, are unmistakable: North-American fusion jazz, orchestral bossa nova and Latin American funk in the style of "Eumir Deodato" and "Sérgio Mendes". At the end of the 1970's Grau moved more towards disco and incorporated with his tracks becoming big on the cosmic scene. 
"Sonar Kollektiv" member "Class Brieler" was aware of Grau's work when he visited Caracas in 2012 as part of the cultural exchange programme by the prestigious "Goethe Institute". Together with Venezuelan Dj "Trujillo" all the stops were pulled out to bring Daniel Grau's music to a wider audience. The vinyl edition confines itself over two LPs to the 15 tracks that are the most danceable. You will find also a new composition called "To Night", closing this magnificent album. Dive into the sounds of cosmic disco, vintage grooves, bossa-nova, Latin and funk. Euphoria! Probably the best LP for 2014 with disco and rare-grooves! Vamos hermanos Venezolanos!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Myron & E-Do It Do It Disco (STH2339)



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Tracks:
A1 Do It Do It Disco (Tom Noble Remix)
A2 Do It Do It Disco (J Rocc Re-Edit)
B1 Do It Do It Disco (Extended Unreleased Version)

Genre: Disco
Release Year: 2014
Label: Stones Throw Records
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, Limited Copies, 33rpm
"Myron & E" is a California-based soul duo, singers from differing musical backgrounds. The two met working in the tour outfit of Bay Area indie-hip hop legends "Blackalicious". The senior member of the duo, "Myron Glasper", got his start in music in the early 90s working as a back-up singer in Los Angeles. The mysterious “E” is actually the DJ known as "E Da Boss", whose music has been released on labels including San Fran’s "Om Records".
Myron & E's 2013 debut album for "Stones Throw", "Broadway", was something of a surprise hit. Here, one of the LP's genuine highlights, the authentic 70s disco-soul gem "Do It Do It Disco", gets the remix treatment. The standout mix comes from "Tom Noble", who delivers a synth-heavy disco-boogie version that nudges the duo's original further towards roller-disco territory, while "J-Rocc" drops a delay-laden, filter-heavy re-edit that makes more of the original's brilliant disco drums. 
On the flip "Myron & E" deliver an extended, more than 12-minutes take on the four-minute album version, with a little help from the Finnish band "The Soul Investigators". Original version produced by "Didier Selin". Vocals recorded in Helsinki by "Didier" and in San Francisco by "E". Autumn's disco delight and highlight!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

VA-Paid Dues / Pretty Cool Groove (SCR-013)



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Tracks:
A1 Falcon Punch-Paid Dues
B1 Osmose-Pretty Cool Groove

Genre: Disco/Edits
Release Year: 2014
Label: Smokecloud Records
Country: US
More: 7'' Vinyl, Limited Hand-Stamped Copies, 45rpm
From the Athens of Greece to the Athens of U.S, where "Smokecloud" vinyl-only label has been bombing awesome disco, beatdown and boogie releases with great success for the past three years. On this latest 7'' double-header, A' Side (the white with the logo), hosts "Falcon Punch" who drops "Paid Dues", a sultry and heavy cut accompanied by nice pads and guitar licks. On side B' (the sexy and wild one), the label CEO "Osmose" submits a "Pretty Cool Groove", which is very pretty indeed, bringing the tempo down a few notches with its melancholic riffs and dubby flourishes. Beautiful bassline, discrete percussion and turnovers, with a sweet guitar tickling your ears. 

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RaBo & SnoB-Here We Come EP (WD32)



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Tracks:
A1 Here We Come
B1 Baci
B2 Everybody Knows It

Genre: Nu-Disco
Release Year: 2014
Label: Whiskey Disco
Country: France
More: 12'' Vinyl, EP, 45rpm (A'Side), 33rpm (B'Side)
For the 32nd release of "Whiskey Disco", Tel Aviv based duo "Rabo & Snob" blend the middle-eastern rhythm mixed with western influence. Equal parts studio musician and disco academia, these guys know their history and can see the future. 
Logo side hosts "Here We Come", which is built upon a funked up loop into a luxurious groove that'll rock any casbah. This low slung shoulder-roller wears the hint of cosmic disco deep under the fug of shisha smoke as middle eastern percussion and trippy clavs take us to another place. On the flip, "Baci" is a sizzling piece of uptempo disco layed out expertly over a deep and dirty bassline, which twists and turns this way and that until that huge vocal gets released towards the end of the track. Closing the EP with "Everybody Knows It", which is a dancefloor sure-shot with beautiful vocal samples. Eyes and ears on "RaBo & SnoB"!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ames Henry-Just A Communal Vibe (DECAB007)



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Tracks:
A1 What You See Is What We Started
B1 Ms. Beverly
B2 Just Maintain For A Bit

Genre: Deep-House
Release Year: 2014
Label: Decabaret Records
Country: France
More: 12'' Vinyl, EP, 45rpm (A'Side), 33rpm (B'Side)
"Decabaret Records" is a label focusing on releasing music by infamous international artists that can be played in Detroit cabaret parties (that's the explanation for the label title Decabaret). Its styles range from Detroit techno to electro, tech, minimal and house. The distribution is handled exclusively by "Clone Records" in Rotterdam, though France is referred to be the country of the label origin. "Just A Communal Vibe" is the sixth release of  the label and the first for "Ames Henry".
Hailing from US (Seattle probably), the newcomer "Henry Ames" drops three wonderful deep-house tracks on this EP with elegant vibes and nice, mellow piano riffs which turn to be the "heart" of this record. All tracks are built upon raw beats and a muffled tone and recording, while the bottom groove and the soft vocal loops play their own game and result in a colorful deep-house scenery. Recommended! 

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Those Guys-Love, Love, Love (BBR006)



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Tracks:
A1 Love, Love, Love (Main 12'' Mix)
A2 Love, Love, Love (Bonus Beats)
B1 Love, Love, Love (Balto. Doo Doo Mix)
B2 Love, Love, Love (Hump Mix W/ Chant)

Genre: House
Release Year: 2014 (Reissue)
Label: Basement Boys Records
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, Remastered, 33rpm
Since 1991 "Maurice Fulton" and "DJ Spen" have hooked up every few blue moons to deliver Baltimore label "Basement Boys" a "Those Guys" record. The duo's first release was for "MCA Records", called "Tonite" (MCA 12-54069), but their usual and most fitting home is in Baltimore. It's the third time this end-of-the-night classic has been reissued, with the 2014 version coming with the juicy bracket: remastered!
Just like the 90s' release, the "Main  12'' Mix" of "Love, Love, Love" is given pole-position on A' side, paired with an ubiquitous "Bonus Beats" mix. Side B' hosts a jungly, garage-tipped remix of dynamite rhythms while the "Hump Mix W/ Chant" lets the melodies roll unaided by gospel vocals. The beautiful additional keyboards belong to "Fruity", but what carves this record to memory is the beautiful violin playing from the French jazz violinist, "Jean-Luc Ponty". A sample from his track "Computer Incantations For World Peace", taken from the album "Individual Choice" back in 1983. 

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Boogaloo Assassins-No, No, No / Evil Ways (BAS-1006)



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Tracks:
A1 No, No, No
B1 Evil Ways (Instrumental)

Genre: Latin
Release Year: 2014
Label: Sicario Records
Country: US
More: 7'' Vinyl, Limited Copies, 45rpm
Taken from their debut EP "Old Love Dies Hard", the salsa troupe "Boogaloo Assassins" step up with two crucial cover versions. Taking inspiration from groundbreaking artists of NYC's latin music explosion of the 1960's, their target is to reinterpret and create classic Latin dance music perfect for today's dancefloor.
"No No No" (a classic reimagining of the reggae classic) is a true explosive. It flips Dawn Penn's reggae standard with warmth and lavish instrumentation, seemingly getting more Latin flavoured with every bar. "Evil Ways", an equally creative twist on Santana's 1969 classic "Evil Ways". Fully instrumental, allowing their orchestral breadth to shine, it's an instant dancefloor charmer. Like all good assassins, they've hit the target spot on here. Vintage sounding NYC-inspired latin-boogaloo, baked in the sunshine of modern Los Angeles. Served con sabor!

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VA-Nicky Siano Presents Love Is The Message: A Night At The Gallery 1977 - Soundtrack Part 1 (INS1972)



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Tracks:
A1 Brad Craig-Love Is The Message
A2 Brad Craig-Turn The Beat Around
B1 Dinosaur-Kiss Me Again (A Pablo And Shoey Rejig)

Genre: Disco
Release Year: 2014
Label: Inspira Records
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, Limited Silk-Screened Cover, 33rpm
The "Gallery" was one of the first and hottest clubs back in 70s (1972-77). In 1976, a documentary was filmed there and never released. Today, a collectable and very limited DVD has ben released including full uncut interviews from "Frankie Knuckles" (2006), "David Mancuso" (2006), "Nicky Siano" (1977), who narrate their experience and memories from the club. A set with two DVDs and more than 80 minutes' runtime. A big chance for a flashback, as you can have a good taste of how a night at the "Gallery" club looked and sounded like.
This 12'' vinyl is a three-tracker coming as a first part of a tributing series. On info-side (A') the selection of "Brad Craig" includes "Love Is The Message" by the "M.F.S.B" and the evergreen "Turn The Beat Around" by "Vicky Sue Robinson". The flipside hosts a proper "Pablo And Shoey Rejig" on the hearty version of "Kiss Me Again" by "Dinosaur", since 1978. Exceptional!!!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Paul Hardcastle-Moovin & Groovin (TNR73)



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Tracks:
A1 Groove To The Music
A2 Do It Again
A3 Funk It Out
A4 Boogie Down
B1 Unlimited Love
B2 Hardcastle Hustle
B3 On The Run
B4 Summer Love

Genre: Disco/Funk/Soul
Release Year: 2014
Label: Trippin N Rhythm
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl - LP, Limited Edtion, 33rpm
"Paul Hardcastle", producer and keyboardist from London, debuted as a solo artist in 1984 and scored the following year with "19," an electro-oriented record featuring news reports and other sources on Vietnam. It became a major hit in his native country; in the U.S, it topped Billboard's club chart. Later, he produced and did remixes for artists such as "Ian Dury" and "Phil Lynott". He continued to sell well in the specialty dance market and occasionally released records as part of the duo "Kiss The Sky" (with "Jaki Graham"), while also operating under names like the "Def Boys", "Beeps International" and "Jazzmasters".
This LP on "Trippin N Rhythm" comes for "Paul Hardcastle" at an age of physical but also musical maturity. Amazed to listen the quality of sound when ripping the record and how nicely are the disco styles blended together. Disco, philly, funk, soul, even cosmic sounds are treated so carefully with great success and experience by Paul. His talent in production and the deep knowledge of the scene is obvious in every second of each track.
Mostly uptempo and instrumental, with only few vocal loops, the whole package is a good disco production lesson for every amateur. Synths, pianos, guitars, rhodes, sexy vocals and amazing baselines make this LP so complete. "Groove To The Music", "Do It Again" or "Boogie Down" can lift you up, while "Funk It Out" and "Hardcastle Hustle" will take you on a funky, Philly tour. Even the soul-disco ballad "Unlimited Love" is so smooth and warm that will bring you memories of "Barry White" and his "Love Unlimited Orchestra". If you are a disco / funk disco-jockey, then there's no excuse of missing this LP!

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DJ Nick Bike-Chosen Spokes Vol 1 (CS001)



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Tracks:
A1 Take The Weight
A2 Sexy Coffee Pot Funk
A3 Bonus Spokes
B1 The Beat

Genre: Funk/Edits/Mash-Up
Release Year: 2014
Label: Chosen Spokes
Country: Unknown (Canada?)
More: 7'' Vinyl, Limited Copies, 45rpm
Canadian "Nick Bike" recycles three classic funk cuts on this 7''. Basically by pumping up the respective beats and adorning the results with glittering funk heritage spokie dokies in the form of "James Brown" shout-outs and the like. "Who's Gonna Take The Weight" by "Kool & The Gang" is given a breakbeat run round the block (party), while "Sexy Coffee Pot" by "Tony Alvon & The Belairs" does a wheelie all the way from the grinder to the percolator. For extra jollies there’s a freebie, the "Bonus Spokes" closing side A'. On the flip, the "Beat" of "Lou Johnson" gets a full service. A massive tool for the funketeers! All spokes fully tightened, beefed-up and super dj-friendly. Take the control, pressed down to 300 copies only.

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