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Venezuela 70 - Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth - Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970s

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 a beautiful discovery. As for example the piece from Angel Rada, 'Panico A Las 5AM' : on a first...

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Tanbou Toujou Lou - Merengue Kompa Kreyou Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti 1960-1981

Various - Tanbou Toujou Lou: Merengue, Kompa Kreyou, Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti 1960-1981 (CD/2LP, Ostinato Records, 2016)

The fantastic archeological work of labels such as Analog Africa, Soundway, Strut and a few others surely must have inspired this compilation of Haitian grooves. The selection is sharp, but in the end built from a majority of unstoppable tunes on any kind of sunshiny dancefloor. The booklet is generous, with lots of photos, et the musical consistency is without blinkers. English DJ Hugo Mendez...

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DJ Format Psych Out - A Collection Of Funky Fuzz Laiden Gems

DJ Format's Psych Out - A Collection Of Funky Fuzz Laiden Gems (CD/2LP, BBE, 2016)

DJ Format is one of the coolest DJs in the United Kingdom. We've already invited him twice for an exclusive Paris DJs mix. He's also a relentless vinyl hunter, especially for the very very rare stuff, as proven once again in this compilation of highly psychedelic tracks, mostly groovy-rock, with fuzz guitars, really heavy drums and warm bass. We can't recommend this selection enough. Even for the...

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Peace Chant - Raw - Deep and Spiritual Jazz Vol 1 and 2

Various - Peace Chant - Raw, Deep and Spiritual Jazz Vol.1&2 (CD/2xLP, Tramp Records, 2016-06-03)

The Tramp Records compilations are quite close to the Paris DJs mixes: rares or relatively unknown tracks (from the 1960s to today), unique themes (transversal ones), but always in tune with the label's musical identity: funk - soul - jazz - blues - latin and afrobeat. The latest series Peace Chant is an overview of spiritual jazz productions from all times, heavily groovy and saturated with soul....

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Movements Vol 7 - Compiled by Tobias Kirmayer

Movements Vol.7 - Compiled by Tobias Kirmayer (CD/2LP, Tramp Records, 2015)

Exactly one year after Volume 6, Tramp Records releases the next instalment in their 'Movements' series of unheard soul & jazz diggin' picks from the 60s & the 70s. The promotional CD doesn't really does the record justice, since it' doesn't include the 16-page CD-booklet (or the deluxe double-gatefold LP's detailed liner notes with label scans and unseen photographs), and since all songs...

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Praise Poems - A Journey Into Deep, Soulful Jazz and Funk From The 1970s

Praise Poems - A Journey Into Deep, Soulful Jazz & Funk From The 1970s (CD/2LP, Tramp Records, 2015)

Tramp Records in Germany is a label we've learned to trust over the years, for the quality of their releases, the diversity of the themes they choose to explore, and the hard work they put into digging for stuff that hasn't been reissued yet. Their new, deeply groovy & soulful compilation 'Praise Poems' is a fantastic weapon of seduction, a record for a silky evening, with a different vibe...

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The Afrosound of Colombia Vol 2

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 in the 'Afrosound of Colombia' series, following up on the first one released during the summer of...

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Tramp Records The Funky Side Of Goldband ANLA Records

The Funky Side Of Goldband/ANLA Records (CD/2LP, Tramp Records, 2014)

We've been listening to HUNDREDS of albums and singles from the 60s and the 70s recently, while cooking our series of cover mixes, and we can safely say that Tramp Records are today among the kings of soulful diggin' of that era's Rhythm'N'Blues, Soul, Blues & Funk. After pinpointing the German label's amazing output of artists anthologies in 'The Story Of' series those last years, we're glad...

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Tru Thoughts 15th Anniversary

Various - Tru Thoughts 15th Anniversary (2CD/3LP boxset, Tru Thoughts, 2014)

Brighton's finest Tru Thoughts Recordings is already 15 years old, and still one of the leading labels in the UK after all these years. Paris DJs has been having a long and lasting relationship with this imprint for most of those 15 years… Our most faithful readers might remember the 'fansite' that we used to run for a few years (now closed but the content of which has been fully...

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The Sophisticated Boogie Funk of Sheridan House Records

Catch Action: The Sophisticated Boogie Funk of Sheridan House Records (2CD/6LP, Luv'N'Haight, 2014)

Between the late 70s and the mid-80s, a Los-Angeles based label named Sheridan House was releasing slabs of modern soul, boogie & funk on (now rare) wax. DJ Shane "Sureshot" Hunt has compiled his favourite 27 tunes from that catalog for a 2-CD or 6x12" boxset anthology on Ubiquity/Luv N' Haight Records. Most of the songs were recorded at Ray Charles's home studio in L.A. with...

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