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Jorge Duran y su Jalea de Mambo

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 all about sunshine retro vibes. Another great find from Spanish collective, label & magazine Enlace...

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Bio Ritmo - Oriza

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, and a year later by a masterful album released on Vampisoul, 'Puerta Del Sur'. An exclusive tune from...

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Jimi Tenor - Order Of Nothingness

Jimi Tenor - Order Of Nothingness (7", Philophon, 2016)


After a series of hard to pigeonhole fantastic Ethio/Afro/jazz/reggae or hip hop 45s (with Hailu Mergia, Idris Ackamoor, Roy X and Guy One…), and the marvelous Polyversal Souls album, Max Whitefield's Philophon label will put out next month a seven inch from Finnish producer/multi-intrumentalist Jimi Tenor. Lyrics on the A-side feature some "mushrooms of devious" which seem very...

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Praise Poems Volume 3 - A journey into deep soulful jazz and funk from the 1970s

Praise Poems Volume 3 and more great releases from Tramp Records


Regularly, German label Tramp Records has been sending us promo CDs of their upcoming full-length releases during the past months, and it's just ALWAYS been a great new release or compilation. Keep it up with the excellence guys! Here's the low-down on the ones we haven't talked about yet......

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Todd Simon - Jazz on 45 Vol 2

Todd Simon - Jazz On 45 Vol.2


You can't even begin to imagine how much we DON'T endorse Mixcloud. The site just doesn't fit with the publishing of mixes standard we've developped for more than 10 years at Paris DJs. Which is why it's very nice to see our collegue Todd Simon uploading his 'Jazz on 45' mixes on Soundcloud, with a full write-up, including all the art covers and a track-by-track commentary, available on Wax...

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Orgone - Beyond The Sun

Orgone - Beyond The Sun (2LP, Colemine, 2016)


Los Angeles-based funk, R&B and soul collective Orgone released a new album, 'Beyond The Sun', which dropped on April 28th, 2015 via Shanachie Entertainment. The album is now available on vinyl through Colemine Records, in a deluxe version, including random colored vinyl (2LP) and a "Beyond The Sun" slipmat. Each individual record is different. Some are simply stunning. Gotta Groove...

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Anchorsong - Ceremonial

Anchorsong - Ceremonial (CD, Tru Thoughts, 2016)


After a first record released late 2011, 'Chapters', Tokyo-born, London-based musician Masaaki Yoshida a.k.a. Anchorsong is back on Tru Thoughts with a new album, 'Ceremonial', showcasing some newly found 1960s/70s afrobeat/highlife and South East Asian music influences. Blending crisp tribal percussion, burbling electronica, bass-heavy tropical workouts, soulful strings, Anchorsong's music should...

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Tito Chicoma Y Su Orquesta - Guaguanco Con Tito Chicoma

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 trompeta de oro" in Peru. Our first encounter with Tito Chicoma's music happened 3 years ago, thanks...

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Nik Weston presents The Shuya Okino EP

Nik Weston presents Shuya Okino - The Shuya Okino EP (12", Mukatsuku, 2015)


Shuya Okino is one of the two brothers who founded the famous Kyoto Jazz Massive project in the early 1990s. Early 2014 he put out a funk/soul/disco album called 'Destiny replayed by Root Soul', mainly late 70s disco/boogie-inclined, with full real instrumentation. 'Take A Look At Yourself', one of the best tunes from this album is to be found in its glorious 8 minutes full version on vinyl thanks...

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Nik Weston presents Afro Funk and Disco Gems Volume Six Ghana vs Nigeria

Nik Weston presents Afro Funk (& Disco Gems) Volume Six: Ghana vs Nigeria (7", Mukatsuku, 2015)


If you've heard Ghanaian keyboardist Kiki Gyan's '24 Hours In A Disco 1978-82' compilation released in 2012 by Soundway Records, you already know the man is a former Osibisa band member, who became a genius of dancefloor disco and smooth African soul in the late 70s and early 80s. But you probably didn't get the chance to hear 'Love To Love You', the best tune from his 1983 album 'Feelin'...

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