Carlos Sodre Ciumeira / Rasga Teu Verso Double sider of uptempo vintage MPB samba jazz from Carlos Sodre, originally released as a 33rpm ‘compacto’ 7” single on Copacabana in 1965. Mr Bongo 7"
atmosfear Dancing In Outer Space / Outer Space Dancing In Outer Space is a certified jazz-funk classic from a legendary band! It sits at the pinnacle of the underground UK dance scene that went on to have a global influence. Stateside, the track had big support in clubs such as the mythic ‘Paradise Garage’ and 'The Loft' by the likes of Larry Levan and David Mancuso. An instantly recognisable anthem that is just as fresh today as it was when it was first released. MR BONGO 12"
Spaceark Don't Stop ‘Don’t Stop’ is another one of those private press treasures from a dynamic group of musicians seizing the moment and making magic at Sunset Sound studios in LA. This 45 features soaring lead vocals of Dolly Way and was also released as ‘Dolly Way & Space Ship Earth - Don’t Stop’ on Color World - using the same catalogue number - in 1976, but this ‘Spaceark’ version is harder to find now. Mr Bongo 7"
Skull Snaps Skull Snaps Record collectors, producers and crate diggers like a good creation myth, and Skull Snaps’ self-titled ‘debut’ had it all. A mysterious funk trio, who recorded one album under a curious name, housed it in a sleeve that looked more like a proto-metal album, and released it through a label (GSF Records) that folded shortly afterwards? Everything pointed towards the Skull Snaps album as a single totemic object, packaged in a way that predicted its own disinterment almost twenty-five years later. For those who sampled it, myth maintenance was advantageous, both for their reputations and for their consciences. Likewise, an unsanctioned 1995 reissueon Charley Records removed the credits from the inner sleeve to further sever the record from its context - or perhaps because the label couldn’t quite face using the names of artists they had no intention of paying. Either way, owning the record was a rite of passage, as Amir Abdullah once wrote: “If you don’t have Skull Snaps in your collection, your collection is weak." Mr Bongo CD
Foster Sylvers / The Sylvers Misdemeanour / When I'm Near You 'Misdemeanour' is a truly classic break and has been utilised by Madlib, Big Daddy Kane, Rodney P, The D.O.C, Pete Rock and many more. Danny Krivit edited the track in 2007, adding an acappella version on the front - still a big record with DJ’s. 'When I’m Near You’ is a brilliant, deeper cut taken from the Sylvers II LP. Beautiful, golden-era soul written by Leon Sylvers III, produced by Jerry Butler and Keg Johnson. Mr Bongo 7"
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley Simigwa Ambolley grew up during the peak of Highlife in Ghana and was a key figure in its fusion with soul and funk influences from the USA. He played in many bands including Houghas Extraordinaires, Meridians Of Tema, Ghana Broadcasting Band and the Uhuru Dance Band, for which he was recruited by his friend, Ebo Taylor. The group went to Nigeria in 1973 to play with Fela at his legendary Shrine spot. 'Simigwa' was a chance for Ambolley to release his own productions and to experiment to a certain extent. A main inspiration for this album was the work of the mighty Mr. James Brown, something that is evident from the rhythm section, horns, vocal stabs and percussion breaks throughout the record. Mr Bongo CD | LP