Venezuela 70 - Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth - Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970s (CD/2LP, Soul Jazz, 2016)

English label Soul Jazz Records released this summer a collection of experimental rock recorded in Venezuela in the 1970s, at a time when oil was flowing in abundance and consequently culture rather well subsidized. However, this music had never really got out of the country until now, it's really...

Jorge Durán y su Jalea de Mambo - Jalea de Mambo (7", Enlace Funk, 2015)

Based in Madrid, Spain and led by vibraphonist Jorge Durán, Jalea de Mambo gathers musicians from Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia and Spain. they're quite unique on today's scene, with their sound bringing back the latin-American jazz spirit of the golden 1950's mambo. Fresh & swinging, this 45 is...

Bio Ritmo - Oriza (7", Peace & Rhythm, 2015)

Far from a latin music experts, we can easily claim being surrounded by a few of them. That's how Paris DJs got in touch with salsa band from Richmond, Virginia Bio Ritmo a few years back, leading to the release of their digital single 'Picaresca' in july 2013, soon followed by an exclusive mix,...

Tito Chicoma Y Su Orquesta - Guaguancó Con Tito Chicoma (LP+7"/CD, Abanico, 2015)

Italian reissue label Abanico first appeared on this website last september with a great unreleased 1970s salsa album from Peruvian band Los Kintos. Here's the follow-up, another reissue licensed from the Mag label, a 1972 album from Don Roberto "Tito" Chicoma, also known as "La...

Los Kintos - Vol.III (CD/LP, Abanico Records, 2015)

A package landed at the door coming from an Italian label… and inside a big surprise: an unissued 1970 album/LP from Peruvian band Los Kintos! The band was spotted recently only in the 'Bugalu Tropical Gozalo! Vol.4' compilation from Vampisoul in 2011, but they're one of the best from 70's Peru...

Amara Touré - 1973-1980 (CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2015)

The 18th Analog Africa release (out june 22nd) is a compilation of Amara Touré, the enigmatic Afro-Cuban percussionist and singer from Guinea-Conakry, showcasing all of the 10 songs he ever released between 1973 and 1980. The compilation will be pressed as a Double gatefold LP & a 8-Tray CD....

Jungle Fire - Firewalker/Tokuta (Grant Phabao Remixes) (2nd pressing, 7", Paris DJs, 2015)

For the second pressing of the Jungle Fire 45 with the Grant Phabao afro/ska remixes of 'Firewalker' and 'Tokuta', we've opted for a different sleeve look, with some red hand-stamped 'Vinyl Is Good For You' design by Ben Hito on a thick 180g white discobag! The repress is strictly limited to 300...

Jungle Fire - Firewalker - The Movie

'Firewalker - The Movie' is a short movie inspired by Jungle Fire's debut LP 'Tropicoso'. With vintage colors and an irresistible soundtrack, the video transpires the love of funky B-movies. A great treat from our favorite afro-latin-funksters from L.A.! Jungle Fire - Firewalker - The Movie Written...

DJ Bongohead presents The Afrosound of Colombia Vol.2 (2LP/CD, Vampisoul, 2014)

We've introduced you to DJ Bongohead on our recent review of a 45 released on his own label, Peace & Rhythm Records. Here's his latest compilation released on Vampisoul, a beautifully designed CD or double LP digging once again in the vaults of the Discos Fuentes label. It's the second volume...

Peliroja - Situaciones (7", Peace & Rhythm Records, 2014)

Pablo Yglesias a.k.a. DJ Bongohead came to our attention in 2011 with his fantastic compilation 'Afrosound Of Colombia Vol.1' (can't wait to get the vol.2 that's just been released!). He's also been doing tight selections for the 'Rough Guide' series, including 'Latin Rare Groove', 'Latin...

Criolo - Convoque Seu Buda (CD, Sterns Music, 2014)

In France, subsidized music is one hell of a pain in the ass. You can't get any cultural grant if you don't have a physical distributor. But I haven't found any distro worth working with if you don't want to either lose money or get stolen from. For example (and even if I said it before many times)...

Bixiga 70 - 100% 13 (7"/Digital Single, self-released, 2014 - mastered by Grant Phabao)

Brazilian afrobeat band Bixiga 70 have just self-released a new single, available on 45 or digital, mixed by Victor Rice in São Paulo and mastered by Grant Phabao at Paris DJs' studio. The group liked the mastering Phabao had done for their track in the 'We Are The Fire Inside Your Mind'...

Bando - Bando (CD, self-released, 2014)

Bando come from San Juan, and bring to the game a unique fusion of afrobeat, classic funk, folkloric afropuertorican rythms, boogalo, jazz and progressive rock, penning their own style as afrogressive. The Puerto Rican band collects on this self-titled first CD album all its singles released since...

Henri-Pierre Noel - One More Step (CD/LP, Wah Wah 45s, 2014)

‪Haitian-born pianist, composer & arranger‬ Henri Pierre Noël privately released two album recorded in Montreal, 'Piano' from 1979 and this 'One More Step' from 1980. The originals cost an arm on the second hand market, but the English label Wah Wah 45s reissued them both recently. Thankfully,...

Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych in Peru's Radical Decade (CD/2LP, Tiger's Milk Records, 2014)

After the bloodless military coup in 1968 in Peru by the armed forces of General Velasco, his Revolutionay Government enforced left-leaning policies. But the nationalization and reforms were not that successfull in the end. The crackdown on the press in 1974 soon led to Velasco's downfall....

Jungle Fire - Tropicoso (CD/LP, Nacional, 2014)

After two 45s on Colemine Records and one of remixes on Paris DJs, our friendly afro-latin-funksters from L.A. Jungle Fire are finally putting out their first album, 'Tropicoso', to be released on Nacional Records on september 30th. Starting with 3 of their killer singles sides, Comencemos (Let's...

Paris DJs Soundsystem - Vinyl Is Good For You (Limited 6x45 Boxset, Paris DJs, 2014)

This 6x45s boxset is heavily limited, a true collector's item. Featuring Afrodyete (The Breakestra), Alice Russell (courtesy of Tru Thoughts Recordings), Brownout, Grant Phabao, Jungle Fire, The Lone Ranger with Carlton Livingston, The Jays, this selection gathers the best DJ tunes from Paris DJs'...

Brownout - Grant Phabao & Renegades Of Jazz Remixes (Limited 45, Paris DJs, 2014)

Brownout is the band. Grant Phabao is the reggae/dub remixer. Renegades Of Jazz are the Bboy Editors. Ben Hito is the illustrator. Paris DJs and Kept Records are the label. You're SO gonna love this one on vinyl! Brownout - Grant Phabao & Renegades Of Jazz Remixes (Limited Edition 45 - 300...

Jungle Fire - Firewalker / Tokuta (Grant Phabao Remixes) (Limited 45, Paris DJs, 2014)

Jungle Fire and Grant Phabao's musical universes collide with style & fashion on those remixes. The resulting combination is a unique 'Afrobeat meets Ska' concept, a blend of styles from L.A. to Paris creating a bridge between South America, Nigeria and Jamaica! Two explosive dancefloor fillers...

Grant Phabao & The Jays - African Man b/w Adrian Quesada Remix (Limited 45, Paris DJs, 2014)

The Jays, a Jamaican vocal harmony trio composed of Lloyd Forrest, Errol Wilson and Leroy Hall, with Paris-based 70s roots music expert Grant Phabao at the helm of production, deliver some brothers greatness that gets into your soul. On the flip, a remix by Adrian Quesada, full of psychedelic...

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