Olli Ahvenlahti —
Poet ... LP Love/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Around September 8, 2014 (delayed)
Olli Ahvenlahti's a poet on the keys – one of the most soulful players in the 70s Finland scene, heard here on one of his greatest albums ever! The record's got a glowing grace that's really wonderful – part CTI-inspired electric fusion, without as much jamming as other European work ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Altered Slates ... LP Disorient/Mr Bongo (UK), 1999. Used 2LP Gatefold ...
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Of all the lost club classic groups we've stocked over the years, Atmosfear has probably been the most in-demand, and has garnered a huge amount of interest for their early mix of electronics and club grooves, in a brilliantly spacey way that prefigures lots of today's techno and happy hardcore ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear, a "featuring" sticker, and some splitting on the bottom seam and spine.)
Mindblowing sounds from Blo – easily one of the most compelling groups of the African scene of the 70s – summed up perfectly here in this really essential set! Blo began as an Afro-rock combo, but grew to have plenty of funky touches too – which means that the set's got amazing ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Chapter One ... LP EMI/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
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Mindblowing sounds from Blo – easily one of the most compelling groups of the African scene of the 70s – summed up perfectly here in this really essential set! Blo began as an Afro-rock combo, but grew to have plenty of funky touches too – which means that the set's got amazing ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Claudia turns in a wonderful groove here – a Brazilian jazz track with this cool compressed piano at the beginning, which sets a melodic tune, then makes room for fuller orchestrations to slide in with the rhythms and the vocals! Cizinha steps up strongly with "Pra Fazer Um Samba" ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Beat-heavy Brazilian work from Karol Conka – a set that's got some of the same urban vibe of the baile beat work of a few years back, but which also focuses the energy into a tighter, more compact R&B groove! Karol rhymes her way along the groove, but at a pace that's a bit more laidback ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A gem of a record from the same Pernambuco early 70s scene that gave us Lula Cortes, Ze Ramalho, Geraldo Azevedo, and Alceu Valenca! This obscure little set has lots of the earthier tones that showed up in work by the above artists – a style that mixes folksy touches with bits of psychedelia ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion Inc —
Ritual ... CD Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy ...
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions ... (Latin) read moreCD
Hareton & Meta —
KM110 EP ... LP Mr Bongo (UK), New Copy (reissue)...
Early September, 2014 (delayed)
A landmark album that is perhaps the single most influential beat source in hip hop! The record was the brainchild of bongo player Michael Viner – who also happened to be running the Pride subsidiary of MGM at the time. Viner's got a meeeeeean touch on the bongo, hitting it hard and funky ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy 40th anniversary reissue – on the same mirror-style cover as the original, with heavy tip-on cover!)
The Incredible Bongo Band returns – with a second super-tasty batch of funky instrumentals! As before, the group seek to rework older echoes of music with some tight 70s funk percussion – played by a lineup that includes lots of drums from Jim Gordon, and loads of sweet percussion from ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy 40th anniversary pressing – with great tip-on cover!)
A HUGE batch of samba-soul grooves from Seu Jorge! Jorge previously knocked around Brazil as a member of the late 90s pop group Farofa Carioca, but his first solo outing is a massive step forward into the upper echelon of the Brazilian scene! Like the best of his contemporaries, Jorge uses the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
CK Mann & His Carousel 7 —
Funky Highlife ... LP Qua Msa/Mr Bongo (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
A non-stop funky party from CK Mann – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The album's got an unusual approach – in that the first side is presented as a single long track – billed as a "medley" number, but wrapped together in a way that still seems to ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
London's greatest Brazilian combo is back with a stunning follow-up to their O Globo debut! The Mr Hermano team mix together classic riffs lifted from 70s Brazilian jazz with all the soulful house production of the current London scene – and the result is some of the best new Brazilian-inspir ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The landmark first album from Os Ipanemas – a runaway set of smoking bossa jazz – and a record that really helped set a whole new tone for the genre! The group here is a cooking quintet of Brazilian all-stars – including Astor Silva on trombone, Wilson Das Neves on percussion, ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Two great Jorge Ben cover tunes – both of them funky! Daniel Salinas does a great job with "Tenha Fe Pois Amanha Um Lindo Dia Vai" – serving up a groove that's got all the snapping samba funk we love from Jorge's original, but also giving the tune that sort of special polish ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Wicked jazzy bossa from 60s Brazil – a crackling early classic from pianist Dom Salvador! The group here is super-tight – a tremendous triangle of piano, bass, and drums – all grooving at equal pace, with a great deal of energy – and given a heck of a lot of soul from Dom's ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Classic trio material from one of Brazil's greatest pianists ever! Dom Salvador was a heck of a player back in the 60s – working in a tight trio format that was certainly part of the bossa combo sound of his day, yet also heavily influenced by American soul jazz artists of the same era. ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Easily the best-remembered album by Labi Siffre – thanks to some well-used sample tracks over the years! But over and above the fame of the funky tunes "The Vulture" and "I Got The", the record's a key part of Siffre's 70s catalog – a record that's as great for its ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two great ones from Wilson Simonal – both done in a mix of funky jazz and samba! "Silva Lenheira" has these soaring orchestrations, backing vocals, and a jazzy flair that's totally great – just enough to push the tune over the top, even before Wilson comes in with his ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Ebo Taylor at his finest – stepping out here in a wicked set of work from the 70s – filled with upbeat rhythms, sweet instrumental touches, and a heck of a lot of soul! There's a bubbling undercurrent in the rhythms that's almost Caribbean at times, yet the overall groove is a lot ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brazilian Beats have come a long way in just seven volumes – from an initial series approach that focused on older bossa and samba grooves, to this crackling set that's filled with great contemporary moments too! The package may well be the most exciting in the collection so far – as ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
Contempoary Brazilian grooves compiled by the folks at Funk Globo – blistering batch of beats and basslines – all served up with a very intense sound! The music here isn't the trendy, intellectual style coming from Brazil in recent years – but instead the sort that plays big at ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
70s psychedelia from the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Brazil – incredible stuff that combines rawly percussive tropical sounds with a world of psychedelic creativity and possibilities – one of the best compilations ever put together by Mr Bongo! Lula Cortes was a pivotal figure ... (Brazil) read moreCD
70s psychedelia from the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Brazil – incredible stuff that combines rawly percussive tropical sounds with a world of psychedelic creativity and possibilities – one of the best compilations ever put together by Mr Bongo! Lula Cortes was a pivotal figure ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not really a funk compilation, but a sparkling batch of rare tracks from Japan – most of which were never issued in the west! The folks at Mr. Bongo put this set together with the aid of their operatives in Tokyo, and its one of the freshest we've heard in a long time. Most of the tracks ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD