Christmas List #2

We continue to give you some ideas to a christmas list filled up with groove. Now, the wishlist by another guy from our crew:

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1.  Black Artists and Activism: Harlem on My Mind 

Released in 2007, it’s centere on the exhibition “My Mind: Cultural Capital of Black America, 1900–1968”, that took place in 1969, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “An exhibition that sought to explore the cultural history of the predominantly Black community of Harlem”.

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2.  Hip Hop Family Tree 1975-1983 Box Set

“Ed Piskor is the sh#t!!” – De La Soul – I think this is enough to say about these great books made by Ed Piskor that travel through the early history of Hip Hop.

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3. Brazillian Disco Boogie Sounds

“A compilation that brings together nine of the most important and obscure hits of the Brazilian Funk-Boogie-Disco scene during the years of 1978 to 1982. Júnior Santos is a Carioca drummer since his 15 years old, and is today a respected vinyl collector and music researcher.”

jbs-front-side4.  JB’s – These are the JB’s
Previously unreleased 1970 album by James Brown’s backing band the JB’s, led by Bootsy Collins. Released on “Black Friday”, November, 2014, it is 
limited to 3000 pieces. “This album is the epitome of funk music, Brown’s innovation that influenced everything that came after it, from Afro-beat to disco to hip-hop.”

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5. The Sandman’s Garden, a Film by Arthur Crenshaw

“Captivating 66-minute documentary following autodidactic African-American outsider artist, Lonnie Holley – whose ‘Just Before Music’ album was one of our faves of 2012” – SoundOHM

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6. Harry Whitaker – Black Renaissance 

“Harry Whitaker is a piano player, producer and arranger who at the age of 26 recorded Black Renaissance “Body, Mind, and Spirit,” a holy grail amongst collectors of soul-jazz and rare groove, and an album so rare it’s virtually a myth to many.”

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7. Fela Kuti Box Set curated by Brian Eno

“Knitting Factory have released two vinyl box sets reissuing Fela Kuti’s albums—the first was curated by ?uestlove, the second by Ginger Baker and the third was put together by Brian Eno.  The box includes a 12 page book that includes a foreword from Brian Eno, album notes from Chris May, translated lyrics, and photos from Bernard Matussiere”.

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8. The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas, Black Panther

“Emory Douglas was an integral part of the Black Panther Party, joining as minister of culture in 1967 and designing artwork that became potent symbols of the movement. The collection of newspaper illustrations, posters and pamphlets, of which this is just a selection, all bear his trademark imagery, and hard-hitting slogans, which inspired many to act” – The Guardian

Christmas List #1

Because we know how hard it is to chose something for your fellow groove lover, we decided to give some ideas. So here’s the Christmas’-Want-List by one of our crew members (the links, in the title, are only references to help you know more):

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1.  The Autobiography of Malcolm X

“Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister (…) A brilliant, painful, important book.” Still extraordinary, still important, this electrifying story has transformed Malcom X’s life into his legacy. The strength of his words, the power of his ideas continue to resonate more than a generation after they first appeared.”

Miles Davis2.  Miles – The Autobiography

“Miles: The Autobiography, like the man himself, holds nothing back. He talks about his battles against drugs and racism, and discusses the many women in his life. But above all, Miles talks about music and musicians, including the legends he has played with over the years: Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Trane, Mingus and many others.(…)”

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3. Saturnia Perfume

“Saturnia Pefume is created from the highest quality Neroli distillate of bitter orange blossoms. (…) Saturnia arrives in limited, numbered red puff presentation package with an iconic brass Sphinx or pyramid keepsake amulet as shown and was bottled during the Capricornus July full hay moon. This is the constellation that provides passage for the soul at death. Saturnia is truly…out of this world!”

STRUT109LP_productshot4.  In The Orbit Of Ra
“Sun Ra is one of the most respected, and perhaps most misunderstood creative minds in jazz music. To commemorate what would have been Ra’s 100th birthday, we’ve teamed up with Art Yard for a very special release. In The Orbit Of Ra is a new collection presented by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Allen. (…)”

NA4118LP5. Heliocentrics with Melvin Van Peebles – The Last Transmission

“Melvin Van Peebles, the filmmaker, musician, author behind the landmark movie Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song and the trilogy of Brer Soul albums he released in the 70s has teamed with the UK ensemble Heliocentrics to create an interplanetary space/love odyssey told in twelve chapters.(…)”

Cheapearls #3 | Trevor Walters 7″ | B-side

Nascido em Londres, em 1961, Trevor Walters fez a maior parte da sua carreira pelo reggae, através da sua ligação ao Ital group .
Fevereiro de 2014. Feira de antiguidades. Demos de caras com este 7″. Trouxemos para casa, limpámos com muito cuidado e apaixonámo-nos pelo lado B. O lado A, Love Me Tonight, atingiu os tops do reino unido, mas o lado B… o lado B, meus caros, é outra coisa… E como não se encontrava no youtube, decidimos pôr mãos à obra.

 

Born in London, 1961. Trevor Walters embarked on a musical career in reggae by adding his distinct soprano voice to the Ital group. He was also recruited to sing on releases by Santic, and contributed to the hit ‘Bloody Eyes’. He later recorded as part of Youth And Youth, with whom he released ‘Try Love Again’. Prior to embarking on a solo career, Walters recorded the ‘Back Together Again’ duet with Jean Adebambo, which gave an early indication of the potential of these two fine vocalists. This release was followed by the protest song, ‘They’ll Never Get Away’, which proved popular in the reggae charts.

In 1981 Walters wrote and recorded ‘Give Love A Try’, which surpassed its predecessor by topping the reggae chart. In October 1981 he reached number 27 in the UK pop charts with ‘Love Me Tonight’. It appeared that Walters was destined to be a one-hit-wonder in the annals of pop music, but he still attracted some derision from reggae aficionados because of his crossover success. Nevertheless, he continued releasing material that maintained a respectable profile in the reggae chart, including ‘Handyman’, ‘Comma Comma’ and, in combination with Jah Bunny, ‘Lovers Medley’. The singer returned to the UK pop charts in July 1984, reaching number 9 with his rendition of Lionel Richie’s ‘Stuck On You’. He also covered Richie’s ‘Penny Lover’, which, although an exemplary effort riding on a gentle lovers rock rhythm, did not chart.

His crossover success inspired Polydor Records to sign him for a cover version of Andrew Gold’s ‘Never Let Her Slip Away’. This release remained at the lower end of the pop charts, while the follow-up, ‘Love’s A Lie’, made no impression on any chart. The poor response, alleged to be through lack of promotion, was deemed inadequate by the company. In 1986 he enjoyed a hit with the sublime ‘Love Will Find A Way’, produced by Leonard Chin. In 1991, he regained his street credibility by recording with Anthony Brightly, who produced ‘Can You Feel The Love’ with Pure Silk. He continued to record and enjoy further hits throughout the 90s, including ‘Hold’ in 1998.

(taken from allmusic.com)

Rock It, Don’t Stop It – Another BBE delicacy

Podemos afirmar, sem dúvidas, que o Funk é o pai do Hip-Hop. E que apesar de o Disco ser visto como algo externo a este movimento, é necessário lembrar que por vezes foi também o veículo que deu boleia ao Rap, tirando-o de Nova Iorque e levando-o a dar voltas ao globo – sendo que ainda hoje o resultado desses (aparentemente) divergentes estilos ecoa um pouco por todo o mundo.

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‘Rock It… Don’t Stop It!’ apresenta uma seleção de singles Rap esquecidos ou relativamente obscuros provenientes desse tão prolífico período – entre 79 e 83 – universalmente conhecido como old-school.

O Hip-Hop e o Rap são forças dominantes na cena contemporânea e têm-se tentado adaptar constantetemente, de modo a manterem a sua pertinência, mas nesta colectânea viajamos para trás no tempo mais de 30 anos – celebrando o nascimento deste movimento.

A seleção é feita por Sean P e a edição é da BBE. 2 x LPs + CD. Imaculada. Só faltava trazer um cartão para pôr no chão antes de tentar esgalhar o esqueleto nuns moves de Break Dance.

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