Post Funkadelic and Parliament work from George Clinton – an assortment of tracks from a variety of Columbia and Sony-related albums by artists who include Sweat Band, Mutiny, Junie, Bootsy Collins, Mico Wave, Philippe Wynne, and the P-Funk All-Stars! Most of the material here has an early 80s sort of feel – that second wave of P-Funk inspiration after so many other groups were grabbing the Clinton groove – and bass is especially upfront in the mix on most of these numbers, topped with vocals that are definitely in the style first encouraged by George back in the day. Titles include "Funky Kind" and "If Anybody Gets Funked Up" by George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, "Leakin" and "Party On Plastic" by Bootsy Collins, "Lump" and "Funk N Bop" by Mutiny, "Rappin About Rappin" and "Love Has Taken Me Over" by Junie Morrison, "Instant Replay" by Mico Wave, "Freak To Freak" by Sweat Band, "Breakout" and "Never Gonna Tell It" by Philippe Wynne, and "One Of Those Summers" and "Pumpin It Up" by P-Funk All Stars. CD
In a world of supposed crossover Brazilian projects that have mostly lost their roots, the music of Bebel Gilberto is surprisingly refreshing! This daughter of Joao Gilberto (not Astrud) sings in a manner that's in keeping with the classic bossa divas of years past – but she works here in adventurous collaborations with the likes of Thievery Corporation, Amon Tobin, Suba, and Smoke City, which makes for a mixture of styles that freshens up the bossa considerably. Titles include a remake of "So Nice (Summer Samba)", plus "Samba Da Bencao", "Lonely", "Tanto Tempo", "Bananeira", and "Sem Contencao". CD
Ceu seems to be an even stronger singer here than before – still able to drift in and out of an easygoing rhythm when she wants, but also more suited to take on tunes with a more soulful vibe – which includes a number of standout tunes that really make the record shine! There's still some of the nods towards older Brazilian styles that graced Ceu's earlier albums, but many of the numbers here sparkle with a more contemporary vibe – never overdone, but a nice blend of subtle rhythms and guitar lines from Pedro Sa – mostly moving at a midtempo pace that's just right for the vocals. Marc Ribot plays guitar on a few tracks, Seu Jorge guests on another, and titles include "Nada Irreal", "Coreto", "Forcar O Verao", "Corpocontinente", "Off", "Fenix Do Amor", and "Ocitocina". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unusual projects we've heard in the recent wave of genre-crossing work from the Crammed label – a beautifully fragile album of vocals and light instrumentation from the lovely Cibelle! The sound here has some of its roots in bossa, and maybe borrows a bit from traditions of France – but the overall presentation is very unique – and often just features a key instrumental element supporting the vocals, plus bits of sounds that filter into the record and give it a really textural quality. Production is by Cibelle, Apollo Nove, and Mike Lindsay – and they beautifully blend the vocals with bits of harp, glockenspiel, off-tune piano, cello, and other elements used sparely and effectively. Titles include "Green Grass", "Mad Man Song", "Lembra", "Train Station", "Por Toda A Minha Vida", "London London", "City People", and "Cajuna". CD
A funkier sound than before from Curumin – and in a really great way that completely transforms his sound! There's still some of the best Brazilian roots we've always loved in his music – particularly some of the mixed up MPB modes from the 70s, and that instantly charming way of delivering vocals you might hear from Caetano Veloso. Yet this time around, there's a lot more bass down at the bottom – sometimes used quite strongly, as in contemporary Brazilian funk – other times in just the right way to bump the tracks along at a gentle pace – but always in modes that really help flesh out Curumin's music in all the right ways! The set's likely to turn as many heads as it gets nodding – and titles include "Afoxoque", "Selvage", "Sapo Cururu", "Bambora", "Passarinho", "Treme Terra", and "Vestido De Prata". CD
Bebel Gilberto —
Momento ... CD Ziriguiboom/SixDegrees, 2007. Used ...
Bebel Gilberto's certainly one to keep her public waiting in the space between each new record – but she always makes the wait worthwhile by coming up with something new! The sound here is again something different than her previous two albums – somewhat electric, but also fairly acoustic as well – even more mature than before, and not as easily given to simple tricks or flourishes – which is a very good thing in our book! One track was done in collaboration with Kassin, with backings by Orquestra Imperial – and other titles feature contributions from Sabina Sciubba, Didi Gutman, Masa Shimizu, and Guy Sigsworth. Titles include "Tranquilo", "Night & Day", "Um Segundo", "Cade Voce", "Words", "Azul", and "Os Novos Yorkinos". CD
New work from Sam Zaman, hip UK producer and part of the same New Asia movement as Talvin Singh. Sam recorded an album with Ananada Shankar called Walking On awhile back, and this release has a very similar feel – mixing together older elements of Indian music into a swirling blend of modern grooves, some oriented towards the dancefloor, others in more of a kick-back chillout mode. Titles include "Flight 1C", "Hectic City", "Music Is", "Red Earth (instrumental)", "Chittagong Chill", "Elephant Ride", and "EK Bullet". CD
Remixes of Joe Williams' "Jingle Bells", Rosemary Clooney's "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", Patti Page singing "Frosty The Snowman", and Jimmy McGriff's "Christmas Song" – 12 tracks total. CD
(Out of print, mark through barcode.)
Batidos (Jay Rodriguez & Ron Trent) —
Olajope ... CD SixDegrees, 2001. Used ...
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One of the coolest projects to bear the imprint of New York DJ Ron Trent – a shimmering blend of house music, jazzy fusion, and Latin influences! The core group features Trent on percussion and keyboards – with additional keyboards, vocals, and woodwinds from Jay Rodriguez – and the album sports a host of great guest players, including Chucho Valdes, who plays Fender Rhodes on a few tracks! There's a strident approach to the album's tracks – almost taking off of seminal 70s Latin fusion projects, like the work of Bobby Vince Paunetto, and giving the grooves a more current New York twist. The set's great overall – and titles include "Just A Dream", "Agua", "Dear Neven", "Cumbe", "Oya", "Olajope", "Buscame", and "Myths & Realities". CD
(Out of print.)
Warren Cuccurullo & Ustad Sultan Khan —
Master ... CD SixDegrees, 2014. Used ...
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Funky soul from the great Alice Russell – the first effort on her own label, and a killer set that's right up there with the greatness of previous albums! TM Juke produced, but the record has an even more stripped-down and soulful feel than before – a blend of funk and soul backings that allow a strong focus on Russell's amazing vocals – easily some of the best we've heard from the UK shores in years, and not nearly as overplayed as some of the more famous Bit soul divas of late! Most instrumentation is live, and in a classic funk mode – heavy on guitar, keyboards, and horns – but also featuring a bit of strings at points too, which sweeten up the sound nicely on a few of the more soul-based tracks. Titles include "Turn & Run", "Two Steps", "Living The Life Of A Dreamer", "Let Us Be Loving", "Got The Hunger", "All Alone", "Hurry On Now", "Lights Went Out", and "Hesitate". CD
A very cool double 7" package – one that's filled with six cuts from the great crime film Diamonds! Heist films always provided some of the best soundtracks of the 70's, and this one (starring Robert Shaw and Richard Roundtree, and issued in the US as Diamond Shaft) is no exception! Roy Budd rises to the groovy occasion and scores some excellent moments that match a light orchestral sound with a throbbing electric bass and percussion underground – in a style that's like Lalo Schifrin's best work from the time. The Three Degrees sing lead vocals on "Diamonds Theme" – and other titles include "The Thief", "Diamond Fortress", Thief On The Prowl", "I Think I'm Being Followed", and "A Handful Of Games (edit)". 7-inch, Vinyl record