Review: The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band was founded in 1963 by brothers Cyril and Lionel Bishop. During the 60s and 70s they played the hotel and holiday resort circuit in Trinidad and Tobago and recorded a couple of albums for local labels with the usual staple of Calypso and lounge classics. "Look A Py Py", out on Melting Pot, features some great Meters classics.
Review: New label Mocambo bring their own brand of contemporary funk into the mix. The Mocambo sound is very similar to that of the label Daptone or even the band Breakestra. These are some hot instrumental funk bombs and all three 7"s come in a very limited press!!
Review: Not content with laying down one of the summer's finest contemporary funk albums - Showdown - Hamburg septet The Mighty Mocambos deliver two more fresh originals on this furiously funky 45". "Where Do We Go From Here" is a Lee Fields style soul jam with big gutsy vocals while "B-Boy Suite In B-Flat Minor" is a powerful instrumental trouser swinger with hypnotic block-bashing percussive action. Both are exceptional.
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Review: Having spent much of the last few years offering up tropical grooves under their alternative Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band alias, the Mighty Mocambos have finally got around to recording another funk-focused album. Of course, this is not straight-up revivalist funk or soul in the strict sense, but rather a collection of inventive cuts rooted in bustling breakbeats, fuzzy basslines, razor-sharp guitar riffs and hazy horns. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the sweet soul shuffle of Lee Fields collaboration "Where Do We Go From Here" and the rasping dancefloor soul-funk goodness of Gizelle Smith hook-up "Take On The World", to the 1950s sci-fi soundtrack cheeriness of "Return To Space" (featuring legendary composer Peter Thomas), and the synth-fired intergalactic dancefloor goodness of "Golden Shadow".
Review: If heavy and fuzzy funk is your bag, we'd heartily recommend checking out this straight-to-tape live session from Bjorn Wagner's long-serving Mighty Mocambos outfit. It was recorded at an in-store live performance at German store Groove City live December and comes complete with atmospheric crowd noise and a raw, heavyweight sound that only enhances the band's live credentials. Vocalist Nicola Richards makes her soulful presence felt on loose-limbed, breakbeat-driven deep funk opener "Something's Missing", before returning to lead the party on the wonderfully fiery and funky flipside "Keep It Movin". Sandwiched in between you'll find the slower, crunchier and more bass-heavy instrumental jam "St Pauli Second Line".
Review: Timewarp's a new label, "Mocambo", bring their own brand of contemporary funk into the mix. The Mocambo sound is very similar to that of the label Daptone or even the band Breakestra. These are some hot instrumental funk bombs and all three 7"s come in a very limited press!!
Review: You better believe it: Hamburg's Mocambo imprint has been going string since 1996, and the label has always been a reliable source of steely, slap-bass funk, boogie-leaning disco, and soul-induced pop. It's a new artist this time, France's Pigalle Connection, who drops "Paris Breakdown", a solid, 70's-driven instrumental missile with awesome horns, followed swiftly by the naughtier and sexier guitar fuzz of "Milano Drive". Last and certainly not least is the sublime rhythmic incantation that is "Pigalle Theme", a groovy, messy little jam that woke us the hell up this morn'. Sick business.
Review: Exclusive vinyl 45" from album The Break Down, this version from Hamburg retroverts Mocambo. The Rhythm Snipers recreate the old school funk sound that gave birth to hip-hop by using analogue 8-track tape machines and authentic vintage equipment. "Standing Rock" is bongo-heavy, block party/breakbeat anthem with a western chorus, "B-Boy Champions Medley" on the other hand is a breakdance funk mash-up with four different breaks all played live. Limited quantities as always.
Review: Superb dinked 7" from Laura Seija & The Hawkmen, a new rockabilly outfit from the UK led by the silky voice of Ms Seija and the refined instrument playing of Scott Milsom (The Hawk, Coffin Nails, Big Boss Man). You know those 45s that you hear which make instantly want to check out the band live? Well Keep On Working is definitely one of them! Vintage 50s R&B vibes abound on the classy lead cut, with Laura's vocals leading a backing accompaniment over a sublime piano groove. B Side "Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover" is just as good, showing Laura Seija & The Hawkmen to be just as adept at more soulful manoeuvres. Look out for the forthcoming LP!