Review: Vive La Musique burst onto the scene last year with the hugely successful "Tabala Mouv". For the follow-up, they present two songs from prolific Congolese talent, Sammy Massamba, taken from his cult self-released album "1990 - Beni Soit Ton Nom". Title track "Azali" immediately hooks you in with its mysterious intro, laden with early 90s keyboards and drum machine. Sammy's funk guitar and anthemic vocal lines turn this unique composition into an infectious afro-pop masterpiece. Label founder Aroop Roy steps up with a customary edit, extending the arrangement and giving the drums and mix a modern-club touch. Sammy describes the second track, "Birika", as a mix of Congolese Rumba, Afrobeat. and Reggae. A mid-tempo bass and guitar groove form the backdrop for Sammy's powerful vocals. An exquisite rumba guitar line completes another high class composition.
Review: Calypso enters a new adventure that will embark in a world journey showcasing the sounds of the cities that inspire the label the most. This adventure beggins in Tel Aviv, home of artists such as Red Axes or Autarkic. The first edition includes 4 tracks of new and old producers from this amazing city. Niv Ast, one of our favorites new comers delivers "Rainey Heart" a strong percussive track that is a dance floor garanty. Next we have Rina, another new talent that is making his way throught this amazing scene, delivering the peak time burner "Peppermint Bouquet". Opening the B side heavy weight Naduve gives us "Hex Mex" a track that was done during his special journey in Mexico. Finally, our good friend Middleskyboom closes the EP with a fantastic and mind bending track called "Marbel Arch" with a psychadelic flute that will take you to the jungle.
Review: Mr Bongo's Brazil 45s series rarely misses a beat, with each successive seven-inch showcasing two more hard-to-find treats from the dim and distant past. The latest instalment opens with "Vou Morar No Teu Sorriso", a sought-after cut from Trio Tenura's eponymous 1971 MPB/soul fusion album. It's a genuinely summery treat, with ear-catching, reverb-heavy vocals and rising horn lines rising above a life-affirming backing track. On the flip you'll find "Quem Vai Querer", the title track from a superb 1977 album by Eliana Pittman. A breezy chunk of sizzling samba-soul, the cut features an impeccable lead vocal from Pittman and some sing-along group chorus vocals
Review: Uzuri is happy to welcome the talents of the berlin based ,Sardinian Venetian to the fold with a 4 track stunner of an ep taking quality deep house , broken beat and some esoteric meanderings .