Brazilian vocal sensation Dila reportedly died in a car crash shortly after her first and only album’s release in 1971 and there is very little known about the woman behind the voice of this self-titled diamond. The joyous music Dila left behind, gives us a picture as good as any, of a powerful feminine soul at the top of her game.
Marcos Valle is one of the very greatest and most important composers, arrangers, writers and performers in Brazilian history. His new album on Far Out Recordings, Sempre, marks a stylish return, with a new record of feel-good Brazilian party music.
At 86, legendary guitarist Ernest Ranglin is a defining artist in the development of Jamaican music. With a career of over 50 years, he needs little introduction. Based in the UK, Emotional Rescue is the label in charge of this invaluable reissue, going back 36 years in time.
Originally released in 1979, Harry Mosco’s Peace & Harmony LP is a hidden gem that touches upon Disco, Funk, Boogie, Soul and Dub. After his death in 2012, the Adelaide-based label Isle of Jura worked closely with his son on the reissue, digging back 40 years for the official release.
The anticipated debut album from Bobby Oroza dropped last week. This Love is appropriately named after the tune that started it all, back in 2016 when Oroza and the Cold Diamond & Mink production duo first got together in the studio.
Announcing their forthcoming debut album - due to come out this spring - The Pendletons introduction couldn’t taste better. The funky soulful duo from San Francisco unveiled a 7’’ with a couple of tracks tapping into the classic soul/boogie sound that rides a wave of ‘70s and early ‘80s funk with ease.
Rolling from the 70’s, with a sweet samba soul, Ronie & Central do Brasil is a brilliant reissue - for the first time in vinyl - by Lisbon-based Mad About Records. The album grooves smoothly with Ronie’s (a.k.a. Ronaldo Mesquita) drums and percussion intertwined with a luxurious use of Fender Rhodes and delicious fingerprints of brazilian samba arrangements.
Strongly influenced by jazz, funk and boogie themes, the producer and multi-instrumentalist from Porto SaiR drops Becoming through Neon Finger Records. Nine tracks, in which the fusion between electric instruments and synthesizers takes us back to a 80’s disco.
The single from Everyday People, “World Full Of People / I’d Like To Stay”, is well known on the modern soul and funk scene and it’s relatively easy to find a copy selling for more than 500 euros. What was always less well known was that there was also an LP by the same band but labeled as People Pleasure With Alive and Well.
Brazil is rhythm disguised as a country. During the 70's and 80’s arranger, producer, composer, instrumentalist Robson Jorge, together with his partner Lincoln Olivetti, sets the foundations of Brazilian soul music. The rare Robson Jorge’s 1977 is a testimony of his genius.
Will Sessions have established themselves as one of Detroit’s must-see live bands, with an extremely varied musical output reflecting their city’s roots. This soulful collective just released a new album called The One, their most cohesive and fully realized original work to date.
The first recap coming during sunny August begins and ends with the sweet portuguese accent coming from Brazil. Marcos Valle extensive carreer is honored and followed by the usual summary of artists we've showcased here during this month.
More than just a rare record and definitely more than just a vinyl share for insatiable collectors, Feeling So Good by Kiki Gyan is a prime example of overflowing talent coupled with a passion for music and the hunger for life right at the moment.
Far Out Recordings is preparing a very special release for September. Marking sixty years of Bossa Nova, and twenty years since Marcos Valle’s first release on the label, it is the time to repress Nova Bossa Nova, an era-defining classic from the Brazilian master composer.
The Brazil Edition of Too Slow to Disco is escorted by one of the very best, a certain Mr. Ed Motta. TSTD takes a dive into an often overlooked side of Brazilian music with a 19-track selection of some of the best soul & disco, coming from that dreamy-tropical setting.
Prophet is an underground funk musician from San Francisco, who, until this year, had only put his name to one record: an obscure private-press LP called Right On Time (1984). Now he has a new album, his first in 34 years, still sounding like '84: Wanna Be Your Man, produced primarily with one of o sótão's favorite producers, Mndsgn.
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