QUANTIC GIVEAWAY

Apologies for the absence of new posts; I’m in the middle of an intensive summer institute so my time is very short right now. However, given that I – and I assume many readers are – fans of Quantic, wanted to let you know there’s a current giveaway to win Quantic’s entire back catalog.

CULTURES OF SOUL 7″ GIVEAWAY

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Barbara Lynn: I’m a Good Woman (snippet)
From 7″ (Cultures of Soul, 2011)

The Fabulous Fugitives and Their Review: What the World Needs (snippet)
From 7″ (Cultures of Soul, 2011)

Cultures of Soul is a relatively new label (both reissues and new releases) put together by DJ Jeff Swallom aka Deano Sounds. The label is part of a mini-content empire that includes a sales site for original vinyl plus interviews with different soul/funk personalities.

Anyways, they’ve been kind enough to offer up a 7″ giveaway for a few […]

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SOFRITO GIVEAWAY

Sofrito is one of the premier Latin-themed parties in London and the good folks at Strut decided to bless ’em with their own curated compilation.

Peep the tracklist (along with sound clips of some tunes):

1. BANDA LOS HIJOS DE LA NINA LUZ – QUIERO AMANACER
2. LES YA TOUPAS DU ZAIRE – JE NE BOIS PAS BEAUCOUP
3. FRENTE CUMBIERO – PITCHITO
4. FAIR NICK STARS – ARRETE MAL PARLE
5. KYEREMATEN STARS – MAYE OBI DEN
6. VICTOR UWAIFO – OHUE (FRANKIE FRANCIS & SIMBAD EDIT)
7. ADOLFO […]

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BLOGERATI: CALLING OUT TO YOU


That is the new package of goodies connected with the release of the Groove Merchant Turns 20 compilation put together by my good friend “Cool” Chris Veltri (with intro essay by yours truly). It’s in celebration of the Groove Merchant’s 20th anniversary as the best damn record store on the planet (at least for me) and I want your help in getting the word out about it.

If you run a site and write a short post about the new comp (link back to this page) and then send me an email confirming you’ve done […]

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JOE BATAAN + PETE RODRIGUEZ: MIS NOTAS (PLUS ANOTHER GIVEAWAY)

Some time in 2009, I was contacted by Wax Poetics, who are helping to manage the Fania catalog, about writing liner notes for a few releases and whether there were any titles I thought would be worthy of reissuing. High on my list was this LP:


Joe Bataan: Under the Street Lamp
Unwed Mother
Both from Singin’ Some Soul (Fania, 1972). Also available as a digital download.

I’ve briefly touched on this album in previous posts but never in a dedicated way and that’s an oversight on my part. This is, […]

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SALSA + SOUL GIVEAWAYS


Louie Ramirez- Ahora Es El Tiempo by Strut

The folks at Strut Records have teamed with Fania to release Salsa Explosion: The New York Salsa Revolution 1969-1979. It’s a solid primer for the salsa novice.


For the vinyl hounds, we have the new 7″ by Jersey’s The One & Nines:
Just Your Fool by Cotter Records

Apparently, Cotter Records discovered the band via…well…us so it’s exciting to see this single come to […]

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KAKO: LIVE IT UP


Kako: Shingaling Shingaling
From Live It Up (Musicor, 1968)

I was privileged enough to work on the liner notes for this album and even though Kako is no longer with us, I did get to speak to many of the folks who worked on the album, most notably Bobby Marin (for whom this album was his first time recording lead vocals), Mike Amadeo, and singer Azuquita. It’s not only one of the better boogaloo albums of the era in terms of the arrangements and production but it was also unusual for being one of the […]

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JOE CUBA SEXTET GIVEAWAY

Fania is about putting out a reissue of one of the Joe Cuba Sextet’s most successful and important albums, We Must Be Doing Something Right with liner notes written by yours truly. We have a few copies to give away, just enter in below.

CONTEST OVER, thanks everyone!

TIMELESS GIVEAWAY

The folks behind the incredible Timeless series of concerts last year – Mulatu Astatke, Arthur Verocai, Suite for Ma Dukes – were generous enough to provide us with a copy of their new 3-DVD boxset of the shows to give away. Each includes footage (and more) from each show and I’e watched through these and believe me – they’re awesome, especially the Verocai disc.

To qualify for the giveaway, you have to correctly answer the following questions and then email in your answers. Winner will be selected at random by those with the correct answers.

1) […]

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BETTY DAVIS CONTEST OVER

Congrats to:

Jeffreylmann16
Jeffreylincoln
wmccool79

for winning copies of Betty Davis’ Is It Love Or Desire?