THREE THAI-MES DOPE


Pranee Thanasri: Chown Tur Ten Rum (Ask You For a Dance)
Kana TNT: Kod Hang Kam (The Circle of Karma)
From Thai Funk: ZudRangMaa Vol. 1 (Zudrangma, 2010)

Sangthong Seesai: Kam Kao (Old Karma)
Soonthorn Sujaridchan / Krongthong Tussanaphan: OudTaLud Bump (Hustle Bump)
From Thai Funk: ZudRangMaa Vol. 2 (Zudrangma, 2010)

Kangwanprai Lukpetch: Chan Yak Kah Mia
Praiwan Lukpetch: Mai Eam Ruk
From Luk Thung! The Roots Of Thai Funk (Zudranama, 2010)

Ethnocentrist as I am, I’m always fascinated by how soul, funk and other American […]

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THE TRINIDAD STEEL-BAND: ISLAND SURPRISES


The Trinidad Steel-Band: Summertime
L’homme a la grosse tete
Improvisation
From S/T (Arion, 1960s/70s?)

The Caribbean steel drum tradition is well-known yet poorly understood. It’s co-optation by the tourism industry created a caricature of steel bands, standing a beach, playing “Yellow Bird” while piña colada-sipping tourists sunburn in the background. To be sure, most of the recorded steel drum albums don’t do much to dispel this idea but occasionally, you’ll get a glance at how much more interesting the scene likely was.

This Trinidad Steel Drum LP likely wouldn’t merit […]

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LOS AMAYA: ROCKIN' RUMBA


Los Amaya y su Combo Gitano: Caramelos (Caramelo A Kilo)
From 7″ (EMI Regal, 1971)

Los Amaya y su Combo Gitano: Zapatero Remendon
From 7″ (EMI Regal, 1971)

Los Amaya: Malakatra
From 7″ (EMI/Odeon, 1973)

Los Amaya: Mi Son Gitano
From 7″ (B-side of “Tequila”) (EMI/Odeon, 1975)

The thing I like best about the music of Barcelona’s Los Amaya is that, on their best songs, you can’t easily place where in the world their sound is coming from. I was first introduced to them through their single, “Caramelo a […]

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FALL CLEANING


Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Raven: How Long Before I’m Gone
Stay With Me
From Brief Replies (Polydor, 1970)

The Highlighters: You’re Time Is Gonna Come
From 7″ (Chess, 1970)

I save a slew of songs with the intention of “eventually posting them up” and what inevitably happens is that they just end up “hanging around” and go nowhere fast. Right now, I have at least 1.5 years worth of stuff and decided to get off the proverbial pot by finally posting some up.

The Ten Wheel Drive’s “How Long” came to my attention after hearing […]

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MULATU ASTATKE: YOU NEED THIS


Mulatu Astatke: Mulatu
I Frama Gami I Faram (w/ the Ethiopian Quartet)
From New York – Addis – London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-76 (Strut, 2009)

Once you hear Mulatu’s music, you don’t readily forget it. And while I don’t want to credit him with singlehandedly inventing Ethiojazz, he has been its main ambassador and along the way, become its most heralded apostle. Technically, most of the albums that introduced Mulatu to the rest of the world were “best ofs” – including the venerable Ethiopiques Vol. 4 and more recent Ethio Jazz Vol. 1 but this […]

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THE IMPOSSIBLES: HOTTER THAN ROOSTER SAUCE


The Impossibles: Easy to Be Hard b/w
California
From Hot Pepper (Phillips, 1975)

The Impossibles: Satin Soul
From Stage Show (SSP, 197?)

It’s been over two years since I last posted about the Impossibles but that’s partially because it’s taken over two years for me to finally add another album of theirs to the collection. The Impossibles are pretty much the only Thai funk band that anyone outside of Thailand is familiar with and that’s in large part due to the fact that they toured Europe and the U.S. and released an album on Phillips, recorded […]

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THE SOUL SIDES’ "UNDER COVERS" MIX FOR DUBLAB.COM


I recorded this mix for Dublab.com back in June and is now available on their website archive. I originally created it as a promo mix for Deep Covers 2 (though the timing was off since Dublab was back-logged over the summer). Still, I put in a nice selection of different cover songs here – some you’ve heard, some you haven’t. Here’s the tracklisting:

Simply Red – I Know You Got Soul – You’ve Got It – WEA

 

James Brown: Your Cheatin’ Heart – Soul On Top – King

 

Jimmy McGriff – Ain’t […]

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DEEP COVERS 2: MAS PROFUNDO!

Description: Deep Covers 2: Mas Profundo follows up on two previous covers-related projects: Deep Covers and Soul Sides Vol. 2: The Covers. This time though, I take it international, with 20 songs, all recorded overseas. I tried to balance things by region (otherwise, hell, I could have done an entire CD of reggae covers) but still kept the vibe oriented around soul and funk covers. It’s really astounding what one can find out there – this merely scratches the surface! Overall, I was pleased with how this mix turned out, both in terms of […]

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POLY RHYTMO REALNESS

This is too good for a mere Soul Sights inclusion:

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Dahomey: Gbeti Madjro
Edited together by Mario Stahn

First seen at Analog Africa.

LEFT FIELD FUNK: ANANDA SHANKAR + MANTECA

Ananda Shankar: Streets of Calcutta + Dancing Drums

From Ananda Shankar and His Music (EMI India, 1975)

Manteca: Afro-Funky + Gozando Tropical

From Ritmo + Sabor (GRC/Sound Triangle, 197?)

The thing about funk’s entry in pop music in the late 1960s and forward was how artists would find ways to work in its rhythmic signature when you least expected it. (See this for a great example). Hearing the Ananda Shankar for the first time just blew my mind, probably because I assume Ananda’s sound would be more like his […]

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