I’m absolutely loving “Numa Nice Numa Boa” by DJ LK out on Royal Soul Records. The whole album is filled with brazilian style rhythms made with modern feeling and danceable beats. This is a great spring vibe!
Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’77 “After Sunrise” gives the impression of a warm summer day slowly and gently beginning, with chiming string instruments and a wordless female “la-la-la” chorus. Perfect reminder on a dreary late-winter day like today that warmer weather is around the corner.
It’s Carnival week in Brazil so I thought I’d pick out a samba to get everyone in the mood. This one comes from the “Queen of Samba” Clara Nunes.
Available on the massive Icons Vol. 3: Ghetto Funk Remixes album, this is Slynk’s great drum & bass take on Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66′s classic version of “Mas Que Nada,” originally recorded by Jorge Ben.
“Super groovy mix by DJ Neville C., the owner of one of D.C.’s finest record shops, Som Records. Mix was [originally] recorded for the Mellow Madness show on WRIR 97.3 in Richmond, VA.”
Cheick Hamala Diabate is not just an artist but he’s a descendant of Mali’s ancient griot tradition. Washington is fortunate to have him based here and performing regularly. You can get into his sound this Friday along with Los Empresarios and The Sol Power All-Stars!
Classic bossa nova on Discos Elenco, my favorite Sea and Cake album, and one jazz-funk raer courtesy Som Records.
Yeah, its been a while. Here are a few recent purchases I’ve been feeling good about. 1. Mr. Scruff – Music Takes Me Up (feat. Alice Russell) [Ninja Tuna] Nicely chugging hip-hop soul–complete with grooving organ–featuring Ms. Russell on lead vocals. 2. Quantic & His Combo Barbaro – Linda Morena [Tru Thoughts] Lead single off the absolutely […]
Middle of August and folks are saying summer is winding down. I disagree. Summer holds on in the nation’s capitol ’til October sometimes… 1. Phantom Slasher – Nicoteen [Noid] The Idjut Boys throw on another pseudonym and turn out another stellar re-edit. This time its the Italo-disco of Five Sinners’ Magic. Nice boogie groove here. 2. Aldo […]
Another nice stack of wax courtesy Som Records. 1. Jazzy Jay – Cold Chillin’ in the Spot [Def Jam Recordings] An early Def Jam hip-hop classic, the label’s third release. 2. UMC’s – One to Grow On [Wild Pitch Records] A golden-era dancefloor burner. Soulful & uptempo, the way I like it. 3. Main Source – Fakin’ the […]