Never-issued work from this obscure Portland group – a combo who definitely deliver the disco fantasy of the title, but in ways that are more funk-based overall! Transport has ties to the Gangsters and Nu Shooz, and the vibe here is more that of a local funk group picking up the pace a bit for the late 70s generation – but still keeping things lean with tight combo instrumentation that's heavy on basslines and keyboards – topped with playful vocals that give things a clubby vibe, but which also have a much deeper execution than the usual disco chorus mode! Maybe it's the lack of strings or commercial production, but the whole thing feels much hipper than you'd expect – nicely righteous currents running through tunes that include "Move Your Body To The Music", "Disco Fantasy Land", "Stay With Me", and a nice remake of "Always There". LP, Vinyl record album
(Previously unreleased! Includes bonus poster and postcard.)
Beautiful solo electronics from Moebius – an album recorded in the early 80s, but with a really timeless feel that takes it far from so many other electric sets of this vintage! There's still very much a spacious sound going on here – similar to the Cluster projects with Roedelius – warmly melodic, and very understated – every bit that picture perfect approach to analogue electronics that Kraftwerk first brought into the scene, and which guys like Moebius perfected even more with records like this! Titles include "Nervos", "B 36", "Immerhin", "Sinister", "Furbo", "Etwas", and "Transport". CD
A reliable ride all the way from Brooklyn's Your Old Droog – carrying on the tradition of classic 90s-hip hop inspired rhymecraft without leaning too hard on any particular influence that's on par with his best work to date! It's the second YOD to be released in just a couple of months and it's good thing he's delivering in such rapid succession, as he's really riding high on the lyricism – sans guests appearances (not including bonus tracks), so it's all him! Mono En Stereo handles the majority of the production and titles include "Stillwell Baby", "Monthly", "Loosey Spot On Wheels", "The Cheese", "My Plane", "SS YOD", "Train Love", "Bikes, Bleeps, Busses", "207" and more – plus the bonus tracks "Taxi" with Quelle Chris and "Vigilantes (Remix)" feat Wiki. LP, Vinyl record album
Bebel Gilberto —
Agora ... CD Pias, 2020. New Copy ...
It's been awhile since we've last heard from Bebel Gilberto – and honestly, that time has made all the difference – as this album's a corker, and may well be her greatest record to date! We've always liked Bebel, but maybe have never loved her – maybe always had a softer spot for Astrud, and her ability to sing with a heartbreaking sensibility that Bebel never had. Yet here, the younger Gilberto really seems to have found her voice – maybe matured past the easier moments of her youth, or just found the right set of songs and producer (Thomas Bartlett, thank you) – which makes the whole thing come off beautifully, maybe announcing a rich second chapter in the singer's career. Titles include "Bolero", "Deixa", "Raio", "Yet Another Love Song", "Teletransportador", "Cliche", "Agora", and "Tao Bom". CD