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Month: July 2011

Michael Leonhart and The Avramina 7 – Seahorse and The Storyteller

Born into a musical family, Michael Leonhart has developed into one of the most imaginative musicians of his time, sought throughout the music and entertainment world as a trumpet player, producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and singer-songwriter. The roster of artists he has worked with is plentiful, however, here, after recording over 40 albums as Truth…

The Meters

Funky, filthy, tight, dirty, dope, sick, gritty, earthy,wicked, nasty…it’s the sound of the one-and-only Meters. Clockwise from top left are The Meters, the self-titled debut album from 1969, Look-Ka Py Py, the sophomore effort from 1970, Struttin’, their third release also from 1970 and Zony Mash, a collection of rarities and B-sides that came out…

Sweet Talks – The Kusum Beat

Sweet Talks were amongst the top five most popular bands in Ghana during the 1970s having recorded a string of hit albums. The Kusum Beat was originally released in 1976 and became a household favourite with heavy emphasis on the ‘Afro’ through its traditional rhythms and motifs, blended together into a modern mix that combined…

Sound Dimension

First they were The Skatalites, who essentially invented the Jamaican sound and Ska music in the early-’60s. After that group disbanded, they became the Soul Brothers and, then shortly after, the Soul Vendors; both of whom ruled supreme during the Rocksteady era of the mid-’60s. Following their demise, the Sound Dimension, sometimes credited as the…

Love’s a Real Thing: The Funky, Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa

A hip-shaking, foot-tapping compilation of psychedelic West African rock music that delves into West Africa’s funky poly-rhythmic take on the psychedelic movement coming out of America in the 70s. On a not-relevant-to-the-reader-but-I-don’t-care note, I remember hearing this for the first time in Professor EK’s car in the summer of 2005. Parked behind The Local on…

Arise Rootsman

I guess you could gather that the Roots sound of JA, spanning from 1965 to 1983, couldn’t possibly be covered in its entirety by a two-disc set, so consider this a sampler of sorts. While these tracks have been littered around a variety of releases, this is another fine of example of the delicate craft…

Jolyman – Some Tropical Dubs

Dubwise vibrations from the man called Arthur Joly aka Jolyman, hailing from São Paulo, Brasil. Just discovered this artist recently and I’ll most definitely be keepin’ an eye out for future releases. Can’t get enough of the chilled-out grooves! Jolyman – Some Tropical Dubs; Reco-Head, 2010 [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/22955059[/vimeo] [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/22956486[/vimeo] [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/22958756[/vimeo]