Tuesday, May 15, 2012

VA - DOME Twenty Years (2012)

To celebrate 20 years of Dome Records, a stunning 3-CD collection has just been released featuring the label's many highlights, a lavish 40-page booklet containing notes by founder Peter Robinson and many previously unpublished photos.
From Beverley Knight, Lulu and Hil St Soul in the '90s to Incognito, Eric Roberson, Avery Sunshine and Drizabone Soul Family in the label’s second decade, Dome has always had its finger on the soul music pulse.
CDs 1 and 2 of the box set contain highlights from Dome’s first 20 years, while CD3 includes new songs, previously unreleased remixes, radio performances and exclusive live recordings.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ithamara Koorax - Got To Be Real (2012)

 Maybe the greatest album so far from Ithamara Koorax – and quite a change from some of her previous records, too! A number of the songs are 70s soul classics – music that's clearly inspired Ithamara over the years, and which really drives her to deliver a strongly soulful vocal approach throughout! Another great aspect of the album is the presence of Jose Roberto Bertrami – who brings in these amazing Fender Rhodes lines that really fit the sound – the kind of warm, soulful lines that always made his work in Azymuth so great. There's still a nice dose of Brazilian jazz in the mix, but the overall approach is a lot more soul-based than usual – and the jazzy keyboards really deepen the sound, too – and give the record a feel that's way deeper than just a collection of covers. Titles include "Got To Be Real", "Butterfly", "Goin Out Of My Head", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Negue", "My Favorite Things", "Vesti Azul", and "Pigmalio 70". 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Lack Of Afro - One Day: Remixes and Rarities (2012)

Lack Of Afro brings forth his solid body of remix work from his highly prolific career to date, including the likes of Hot 8 Brass Band, Kraak & Smaak, and The New Mastersounds.
In a remarkably short amount of time, Adam Gibbons (Lack Of Afro) has amassed an extensive and varied body of work. From his own recordings, featuring his multi instrumental skills, to producing, DJ-ing and of course, remixing tracks by a huge range of different artists. This 27 track, 2 disc collection One Way - Remixes & Rarities brings together the cream of Adams reworkings, some remixes of his own tracks by like minded artists, and excitingly some previously unreleased material that sees the light of day for the very first time on this killer collection of funk fuelled, dance floor fodder.

The Album is available now on freestyle records and/or download on juno or i tunes

To celebrate his upcoming One Way: Remixes & Rarities compilation, Lack Of Afro put together this mix containing some of his favourite remixes, as well as some of his own remixes.