Late March already and I haven’t posted a chart in three months…! Here are a few recent purchases I’ve been grooving to lately. Some you’re going to hear at Marvin, some stay at home. But all are worth checking out.
1. Blossom Dearie – Sunday Afternoon [Daffodil Records]
Breezy jazzy pop number (from 1973’s Blossom Dearie Sings LP) about a Sunday drive from the always delightful Blossom Dearie. Her recent passing adds a certain bittersweetness.
2. Al Jarreau – Kissing My Love [Allegiance Records]
Al Jarreau (!) comes correct with this breaks-heavy Bill Withers cut from the Jarreau Does Withers LP from 1984.
3. Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr. – The Riot [Bell Records]
Breaks for days on this bongos ‘n’ tension filled instrumental track from the 1970 R.P.M. soundtrack.
4. Bill Conti – Packing Up [20th Century Fox Records]
Another dramatic bass-heavy groove from the 1978 soundtrack to An Unmarried Woman.
5. Assembly Line – Falling Back [Cardboard City Records]
Nice drama-fueled instrumental hip-hop from this Australian production duo. Brand new and worth checking out! Bonus points for the vintage feel of the sleeve design.
6. Quincy Jones – Money Runner [Reprise Records]
Classic chase theme from the $ (money) soundtrack from 1972.
7. Midnight Lab Band – The Forgotten Chant [Names You Can Trust]
Hard-hitting instrumental disco flavor from Brooklyn’s own Oneman and E’s E.
8. GRC (Greenwood Rhythm Coalition) – Hollywood Thing [NYC Trust]
Stunning instrumental disco from NYC Trust’s first White Label release. Pure dancefloor fire!
9. Paper Plane Project – Let It Bang ft. Raashan Ahmad [Cardboard City Records]
Jazzy underground hip-hop from Down Under. I’m also feeling the Rio-flavored cut, Welcome to Brazil.
10. Barkitecture – Boomyouth [J Street Records (DC)]
Heavy homegrown jazzy psychedelia from the Nation’s Capital. From the Quarry LP, pressed on white marbled vinyl and wrapped in a handsome silkscreened cardboard sleeve. Excellent!