A great little live album from Gal Costa – recorded as part of a concert performance for her Hoje (Today) album, but featuring a fair bit of other work as well! The style here is similar to Hoje – small group instrumentation, relatively spontaneous, with a good undercurrent of jazz – all of which really helps Gal break from some of the stiffer modes of her later years, and hit a warmly wonderful style that's filled with life and joy! The group on stage is relatively small, and the nature of the recording keeps things somewhat intimate – and Gal's vocals are very firmly in the lead throughout. Titles include "Antonico", "Jurei", "Hoje", "Luto", "Juventude Transvida", "Meu Nome E Gal", "Coisa Mais Linda/As Time Goes By", "Mar E Sol/Aguas De Marco", and "Santana". CD
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Dois ... CD Soundway (UK), 2014. New Copy ...
The second album from Batida, and even more crackling than the first – bristling beats, bubbling electronics, and a strongly Brazilian undercurrent – all blended together in the best contemporary styles we've been hearing from the Soundway label of late! Vocals are by a shifting lineup of singers, but there's a core sound that always holds fast – thanks to creative production from Pedro Coquenao, who mixes favela-styled elements with a more thoughtful, intellectual approach that almost reminds us of the late Trama Records at their best. Things are nicely skittish overall – and titles include "Luxo", "Bantu", "Cooking Ugali", "Fica Atento", "La Vai Maria", "Chat With Mr Ochieng", and "Ceu". CD
The second album from Batida, and even more crackling than the first – bristling beats, bubbling electronics, and a strongly Brazilian undercurrent – all blended together in the best contemporary styles we've been hearing from the Soundway label of late! Vocals are by a shifting lineup of singers, but there's a core sound that always holds fast – thanks to creative production from Pedro Coquenao, who mixes favela-styled elements with a more thoughtful, intellectual approach that almost reminds us of the late Trama Records at their best. Things are nicely skittish overall – and titles include "Luxo", "Bantu", "Cooking Ugali", "Fica Atento", "La Vai Maria", "Chat With Mr Ochieng", and "Ceu". LP, Vinyl record album
A very unique album from Hank Mobley – one that has him working alongside Milt Jackson, in an unusual format that mixes the soulful Mobley tenor with some well-crafted work on vibes! The "all star" title is certainly appropriate here – as Mobley and Jackson are joined in a quintet by Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – almost bringing in an early Jazz Messengers sensibility to the record, but also hitting more of a looser, laidback blowing session approach. There's less of the tightness of other Mobley sessions from the time, and the record has the players really feeling each other out in the studio – with the sort of spontaneity you might hear in a Prestige or Savoy album from the time. Tracks are long, and titles include "Ultramarine", "Don't Walk", "Lower Stratosphere", and "Mobley's Musings". CD
A classic from the mid 80s from T La Rock! T is still best known for his dynamite Rick Rubin-produced single "It's Yours", but he brought some a lot great stuff to this full length form a couple years later – in a style that clearly influenced cats from the Ultramags, to Kool G Rap and many more! He sports the brainy lyricism that still rocks a party and that incredible period production aesthetic. Co-produced by Mantronik, with scratches by Louie Lou, beat box by Greg Nice, and appearances by Special K and MC Serch. 10 tracks in all, including "Lyrical King", "Back To Burn", "Three Minutes Of Beat Box", "Bust These Lyrics", "This Beat kicks", "Big Beat In London" and "It's Time To Chill". LP, Vinyl record album
Follow up to Critical Beatdown with solid, funky production by Ced Gee and Moe Love, and Kool Keith just being Kool Keith – giving it some crazy charm that a lot people just weren't ready for at the time! Their first major label record, which seemed to take forever to come out, we recall a lot of folks being disappointed with this at the time – but there's ultimately a lot of quality cuts here! "Poppa Large", "Chorus Line Pt. 2", "Make It Happen" were favorite cuts from the outset, and with the benefit of hindsight and without burden of expections, other great ones include "Funk Radio", "Stop Jockin Me", "Bust The Facts" and "I Like Your Style" with many other standout moments. It's got a whopping 23 in all, and other tracks include "MC Champion", "Go For Yourz", "Message From The Boss", "Pluckin Cards", "You Ain't Real", "Moe Love On The ! & 2" and "Porno Star". CD
Some old school favorites (like Cold Crush Brothers "Fresh Fly Wild and Bold" and Grandwizard Theodore and the Fantastic Five "Can I Get A Soul Clap", Spoonie G "Spoonie's Rap") along with some of the best 80's tracks off the Tuff City label, including The 45 King "900 Number", Lakim Shabazz "Black is Back", YZ "In Control of Things" and "Thinking of a Master Plan", Spoonie G "The Godfather" and "Take It Off", The Flavor Unit Assasination Squad (featuring Queen Latifah, Lakim Shabazz, Lord Alibaski, Apache, and Double J). Plus a demo quality track, "Make You Shake", form Ultramagnetics. LP, Vinyl record album
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Tramaine ... LP Light, 1979. Near Mint- ...
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Produced by Walter Hawkins. LP, Vinyl record album
The roots of Kool Keith's abstract poetical style with amazing production by Ced Gee. Still one of our all-time favorites. With "Watch Me Now", "Ego Trippin", "Ease Back", "Funky", "Kool Keith Housing Things", "Feelin It", "Ced Gee (Delta Force One)", "Traveling At The Speed Of Thought" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Two tracks off the "Four Horsemen", plus remixes. "The Saga of Dandy, The Devil & Day" is Ultramagnetics ode to the stars of Negro League Baseball. On "Raise It Up" Kool Keith and Ced Gee return to the abstract vocal style of "Critical Beatdown", with nice uptempo production and guest vocals from Godfather Don. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Genius from the mind of Kool Keith aka Big Willie Smith aka Poppa Large aka Dr. Octagon. Since his days with Ultramagnetics, no one has mastered the abstract lyrical style like Kool Keith, self-proclaimed inventor of all rhyme styles. 20 tracks, with dope atmospheric features by the Automator and scratches by the legendary Q-Bert, including "Earth People", "I Got To Tell You", "Wild And Crazy", ""Waiting List (DK Snadow/Automator Mix)", "No Awareness", "Biology 101", "Technical Difficulties", "Blue Flowers", "A Visit To The Gynecologist", "Bear Witness" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
From the man who got his start with Ultramagnetic in the mid 80s (a.k.a. Black Elvis, Dr. Octagon, Dr. Doom, and more) comes this full-length of wacky and unpredictable rhymes supported by window rattling beats perfect for bumpin' it in your ride. Contains 11 previously recorded, rare, and slammin' tracks. Kool Keith is to hip-hop what Jack Nicholson was to "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest": crazily brilliant. Includes "Tess Sh!t", "Baby Baby", "New York City", "Gina Called", "Robert Perry", "Freaks", "Girls Want You", "Same Sound", and "Trying To Talk To You". LP, Vinyl record album
Reissue of the very first Ultramagnetics single, before their classic material for Next Plateau. "Make You Shake" is not as great as their later tracks, but it does give some glimpse of what was to come. "To Give You Love" is more for Ultra completists, with the mid 80s big beat production style like some of the artists on Profile were using at that time. 12-inch, Vinyl record