Monday, August 20, 2012

Lord Shorty - Vibrations Groove

Soundway have been killing it recently.  Everything, and I mean everything, they have put out in the last little while has been 100% on point - from the afro 12's to the Ondatroipica and Konkoma LP's  Now they have decided to give us all a little taste of the new Sofrito compilation that will be dropping real soon - a deep funky soca groove from Lord Shorty.  I love the way he builds this one like Memphis Soul Stew - bringing in percussion and bass all one by one until it's bubbling along like a ready-to-burst volcano.  Dig on  the free download!! Thanks Soundway

New afro heeeet!!

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra - How long it go take (Mr. Moonshine Dub) 

 Oooh yeah!  You know when Mr Moonshine from the Woo-ha blog gets his mitts on the audio stems from 'How Long' by The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, he is going to be producing the goods.  And he certainy did come through for the dancefloor, hitting us with a killer little beat heavy, afro-dub flip.  We decided to give it up as a free download too so everyone's a winner!!

Kelenyke Band - Jungle Funk

Afro gems uncovered by Miles Cleret and released with the help Of Frank Gossner.  4 previously unheard tracks from Ghana's Afro Kelynke Band that have been blowing my mind.  But how did such amazing music remin unheard for so long?  Well sadly their amazing 'Moving World' LP didn't garner the attention that the band deserved and soon after recording, these tunes had to be shelved after the band ran out of money.  Now some 40 years later I'm loving this new double 7" pack.  This track, Jungle Funk is my current favourite; a mid-tempo afro burner that sounds exactly like it's name.  Have road tested it at a couple of Scatter Scatter Tropical Discotheque gigs and it has caused some serious mayhem.  Get yourself one from Northside Records today!!

Antibalas - new album!!

Antibalas are back after a few years and in better form than ever!!  Returning to producer Gabe Roth and the Daptone studio had yielded some fine results.  I don't wanna go so far as to say it's my favorite record they've done but it's gotta be a near thing.

You can dig on an edit of the title track here

And better yet here is them playing it live and in-full on KCRW

Go out and get it on vinyl people - it's the only real way to hear it.  You could come buy it from me on a Thursday down at Northside Records even!

The Cumbia Cosmonauts

 The new EP from The Cumbia Cosmonauts is killer!  Heavy beats meet Mexican tribal cumbia madness via a couple of Melbourne's best producers Moses Iten aka Saca La Mois DJ!! and Soup aka Sopa Loca.  Check out the title track...

And check the rest of the EP at The Cumbia Cosmonauts bandcamp page

And don't forget they are playing at this soon!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kelenkye Band - Highlife.wmv

Our good friends at "Superflyrecords" in Paris have re-issued this incredible holy grail ghana funk record. "Kelenkye Band".

available for the first time in 30 years this high quality re-issue is one of the best attempts to adapt american funk and disco to the african market. Includes the african rare groove anthem "Jungle Music". limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Don't sleep.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Disco Blaze!

Rare as hell afro-disco-funk from outta Nigeria in the late 1970's. This is only taken from a reissue 'cos this one never shows up and when it does, it inevitably goes for some insane amount of money. I don't know anything about it, except that it is serious fire on the dancefloor. Check it out!

Disco Blaze - Jump Back (Comm' Of The Fireballs) (African Sun LP 'Jump Back' 2010 reissue)

Melbourne TPOAO 45 launch!

Holy crap.

We just toured Cairns, Sydney and Katoomba and we are feeling pretty damn good. 45 has been out for a week and the people are digging it! We are so excited about this one.
Also launching are the amazing Bombay Royale with their insane Bollydisco 45 'Sote Sote Adhi Raat'. Backed by the incredible Cactus Channel and with myself manning the decks this is shaping as my Gig Of The Year TM. If you live in Melbourne and you don't come... well I'm sorry buddy, I just can't help you.

Check out The Bombay Royale 45 here

Check out the recent 45 from Cactus Channel here

To buy yourself some tickets call 03
9427 9198 or click here