Friday, May 15, 2009

Samba soul time
Coming soon, download this for a taster, thanks to the nice folks at Strut. Album out June 23.

Guimaraes E O Grupo Som Sagrado- "Our Sound" [mediafire] [zshare]
From: Black Rio 2
More info at

"Here's a propulsive bit of Brazilian funk from the upcoming Black Rio 2 compilation. DJ Cliffy dug extra deep on this new volume, making sure to include some choice obscurities alongside essential classics. Guimaraes E O Grupo Som Sagrado's "Our Sound" definitely falls into the former category. It's a slice of heavy south of the equator funk that you're unlikely to hear anywhere else."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Can do
Can's Holger Czukay interviewed here.

snip.... “I was teaching French in a private girl’s school. You smiled and said ‘bonjour’ and you got 17 Swiss francs for 45 minutes work: the best money you could get anywhere. But it was all a bit too strange for me. I went to the ‘sister’ school – the boy’s school, where the Mountbattens and the Prince of Prussia were pupils – and they made me teach a lesson.

The principal asked the boys, ‘What do you think about him? Should we employ him?’ and there was this one talented boy in the class - Michael Karoli – and he said [puts on a child’s voice] ‘I want to have him as my teacher!’ [laughs] And I was engaged immediately! Later - when he had left school – Michael came and lived with me and we founded Can.”
Just been following this exchange on Twitter...

Real Groove posted a link to a new demo from PMoney and Scribe, with a brief review. Scribe responds via Twitter... full story at Real Groove's blog here.
Music madness
Former Flying Nun Records boss Roger Shepherd is the guest blogger on Simon Sweetman's Blog On The Tracks, well worth a read. A look back to the musical climate when he started the label in the early 1980s. Read it here.

I think its a huge shame that almost NONE of the FNun back catalogue is available, either on CD or in digital format. Its buried in the vaults at Warners, and they simply don't have the time or the inclination to do anything with it. All that great music has simply vanished, and, while FNun are not the only NZ music story from the 80s, it is a very important one. It's NZ Music Month and we celebrate the new, but it's hard to celebrate what has come before when it's locked away. If I was a former FNun artist trying to get my old tunes back in circulation, I'd be thinking seriously about bootlegging myself. The odds of Warners being able to find the original artist's contracts is pretty slim, I'm guessing.

DOWNLOAD THIS: off the brand new album from Lee Fields and the Expressions, out June 2 on Truth and Soul, a killer new tune (via Stonesthrow) get it here.

Stonesthrow also are issuing a wicked slice of modern soul straight outta Finland from the Soul Investigators. I tracked this down on 7"a few months back, and its a fantastic tune, features two vocalists from the Bay Area, Myron and E. Listen to it here. “Cold Game / I Can't Let You Get Away” is an exercise in gritty, Impressions-influenced soul music..."