THE FIFTY BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2014-PART 2.

THE FIFTY BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2014-PART 2.

DISCO: A FINE SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT DISCO, MODERN SOUL AND BOOGIE 1978-82.

After the death of disco in 1979, boogie and Modern Soul provided the soundtrack to dance-floors. This includes the music on Soul Jazz Records’ compilation Disco: A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1978-82. 

It features private pressings from Superfunk, Jessie G, The Sunburst Band, Sparkle, Sympho State, Fantastic Alleems, Chemistry, Retta Young and Cordial. These tracks are incredibly rare. They’re also soulful, funky and dance-floor friendly. That’s no surprise. After all, Disco: A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1978-82 is a lovingly compiled compilation, that’s all killer, no filler.

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ELECTRI CITY-ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK AUS DUSSELDORF.

Dusseldorf in the seventies and eighties was synonymous for electronic pop music. Some of the best electronic pop music came out of Dusseldorf. This includes La Dusseldorf, Harmonia and Eno, Der Plan, Daf, Neu!, Teja, Die Krups, Rheingold and Makrosoft. These are just a few of the artists that feature on Electri City-Electronische Musik Aus Dusseldorf. It’ll be released in October 2014 by Berlin based, Groenland Records. For anyone interested in electronic pop music, then  Electri City-Electronische Musik Aus Dusseldorf will be a music have.

The music on Electri City-Electronische Musik Aus Dusseldorf is best described as important, innovative, influential and inspiring. It resulted in artists and producers rethinking how they approached music. This is still the case. Still, new generations of musicians are influenced by the music on Electri City-Electronische Musik Aus Dusseldorf. No wonder. Electri City-Electronische Musik Aus Dusseldorf, features some of the most important, innovative and influential music in German musical history.

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FOLLOW ME DOWN-VANGUARD’S LOST PSYCHEDELIC ERA 1966-70.

Very few people are aware that between 1966 and 1970, A&R men Sam Charters and Maynard Solomon decided that Vanguard Records should climb onboard the psychedelic bandwagon. This being Vanguard Records, Sam Charters and Maynard Solomon ensured that the psychedelia being released was innovative and groundbreaking. It was far removed from much of the psychedelia being released during this period. That’s apparent from listening to Ace Records’ Follow Me Down-Vanguard’s Lost Psychedelic Era 1966-70. It’s a reminder that Vanguard Records’ psychedelia was guaranteed to open the doors of perception.

This includes the psychedelic delights within of The Third Power, Erik Heller, The 31st Of February, Circus Maximus, The Vagrants, The Serpent Power, The Family Of Apostolic and Far Cry. They all feature on Follow Me Down-Vanguard’s Lost Psychedelic Era 1966-70. It features some of the most innovative and groundbreaking psychedelia released during the psychedelic era.

HAITI DIRECT.

Mention Haitian music, and most people will think of either voodoo or Rara. That’s the stereotypical examples of Haitian music most people think of. There is, however, more to Haitian music than that. Much more. Especially during the sixties and seventies. Back then, Haiti was enjoying one of the most rich, vibrant and eclectic periods in its history. This is documented on Strut Records compilation of Haitian music, Haiti Direct. It’s a a double album featuring twenty-seven tracks. Haiti Direct documents the musical revolution that was happening in Haiti during the sixties and seventies. Out of merengue, compas direct was born. It begat cadence rampa which begat mini-jazz and cadence-lypso as Haitian music reinvented itself yet again. Another vibrant period in Haitian music began and was documented on Haiti Direct.

Compiled by Hugo Mendez, co-founder of the Sofrito record label and sound system, Haiti Direct, which will be released on 27th January 2014, shows that there’s more to Haitian music than voodoo and rara. Haiti Direct is proof of this. For anyone who thinks that Haitian music begins and ends with voodoo and rara, then Haiti Direct shows how wrong they are. There’s much more to Haitian music than that. Much more. Indeed, Haitian music is a treasure trove awaiting discovery. For anyone yet to discover the many and varied delights of Haitian music, then Haiti Direct is the perfect starting point. Haiti Direct will be your first compilation of Haitian music, but not your last.

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HALL OF FAME VOLUME 3.

Over the last few years, Ace Records have released a series of compilations from Fame Records’ vaults. Earlier this year, Kent Soul, an Ace Records imprint released Hall Of Fame Volume 3. It features another twenty-four tracks from Fame Records illustrious back-catalogue. This includes twenty-two previously unreleased tracks. They’re a fascinating insight into the music being made in Muscle Shoals between 1965 and 1970. 

Just like the previous instalments in the Hall Of Fame series, Hall Of Fame Volume 3 features a whole host of hidden gems, emotive epics and tear jerkers. No wonder. With contributions from Clarence Carter, George Jackson, Joe Simon, Otis Clay, Dan Greer, Billy Young, Big Ben Atkins and Prince Phillip Mitchell. Some artists feature more than once. That’s no bad thing. These artists as each of these artist played a huge part in rise and rise of Fame Records, resulting in it becoming one of Southern Soul’s legendary labels.

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HARD TO EXPLAIN-MORE SHATTERED BLUES-FUNKY BLUES 1968-1984.

More Shattered Blues-Funky Blues 1968-1984 might have been three years in the making, but it’s been well worth the wait. It’s the perfect followup to Funky Blues and Shattered Dreams 1967-1978. No wonder.

On More Shattered Blues-Funky Blues 1968-1984, contributions from Lowell Fulsom, Albert King, Icewater Slim and The Forth Floor, Earl Wright, Tommy Youngblood and Jimmy Robbins. That’s not all. Freddie Robinson, Artie “Blues Boy” White, Obrey Wilson, Big Daddy Rucker and Adolp Jacobs all feature on Hard To Explain-More Shattered Blues-Funky Blues 1968-1984. Familiar faces, cult classics and hidden gems sit side-by-side. The result is More Shattered Blues-Funky Blues 1968-1984, a captivating collection of funky blues. 

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HORSE MEAT DISCO VOLUME IV.

Three years after the release of Horse Meat Disco III, Jim Stanton, James Hillard, Luke Howard and Severino joined forces for Horse Meat Disco Volume IV, which was released in June 2014 on Strut Records. They’d picked sixteen tracks for their mix on disc one of Horse Meat Disco Volume IV. The result was a seamless and flawless mix. It features everyone from OPAL, K.S.B, The Sunburst Band, King Sporty and The Root Rockers, Phreek Plus One, Winners, Rena, Laura Taylor, Joey Negro Vs. Horse Meat Disco and Camouflage. Then there’s  disc two to come. 

On disc two of Horse Meat Disco Volume IV was full of tracks guaranteed to fill dance-floors. During discHorse Meat Disco take chances. They eschew the predictable for hidden gems, rarities and even one of the best B-sides I’ve heard in a long time, Laura Taylor’s Some Love. It’s one of the highlights of Horse Meat Disco IV. So is Rena’s Love Your Beat (Play It Again Sam). It’ll ensure that even the most reticent dancer will be heading for the dance-floor. Other tracks are funky, hook-laden, hypnotic,  joyous, sassy and soulful. Most importantly, all the tracks on Horse Meat Disco IV are dance-floor friendly. This is regardless of whether it’s  boogie, disco, electro and house. Hidden gems, rarities and classics sit side-by-side on Horse Meat Disco IV, which is the best instalment in the Horse Meat Disco series. So much so, that Horse Meat Disco IV is guaranteed to get any party started and fill dance-floors everywhere.

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INNER CITY BEAT-DETECTIVE THEMES, SPY MUSIC AND IMAGINARY THRILLERS 1967-1975. 

KPM, De Woife, Amphonic and Conroy. These names may not mean much to many people. However, for sample-hungry hip hop producers and crate-digging DJs alike, this means musical gold. One of music’s best kept secrets is library music. This has been the case for many years. However, for the past fifteen years library music has been growing in popularity. So much so, that several compilations have been released, including Inner City Beat-Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers 1967-1975 which was released by Soul Jazz Records. The mainly anonymous, young composers, musicians and producers responsible for library music could never have known the music they recorded would have. This includes the music on Soul Jazz Records’ recently released compilation Inner City Beat-Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers 1967-1975. 

The tracks on Inner City Beat-Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers 1967-1975, come from the vaults of KPM, De Woife, Amphonic and Conroy. Much of the music was written, played and produced by anonymous writers, musicians and producers. Belatedly, their music is finding a wider audience. That’s no bad thing. After all, library music is still one of music’s best kept secrets. That’s despite it providing the musical backdrop for much of the music of the seventies. Much of that music is musical gold. It’s funky, soulful, cinematic and jazz-tinged. There’s something for everything. However, a perfect introduction to library music is Inner City Beat-Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers 1967-1975.

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JOHN MORALES PRESENTS CLUB MOTOWN. 

DJ and remixer John Morales, spent much of the last seven years working what he describes as his “labor or love,” John Morales Presents Club Motown. It’s a lovingly compiled double album which was recently released by UMC. John Morales Presents Club Motown  features a total of twenty tracks from Motown’s eighties’ roster. These twenty tracks are a combination of stonewall classic and hidden gems.  Among these hidden gems are five previously unreleased M+M mixes. This includes Tata Vega’s Get It Up For Love, Diana Ross’ The Boss, Teena Marie’s I Need your Lovin,’ Thelma Houston’s Saturday Night Sunday Morning and Val Young’s If You Should Ever Be Lonely. These five tracks alone should make John Morales Presents Club Motown a must have.

John Morales Presents Club Motown is best described as a lovingly compiled double album. It features a total of twenty tracks from Motown’s eighties’ roster. These twenty tracks are a combination of stonewall classic and hidden gems. Some of the biggest names in Motown’s history make an appearance. Others played just a walk on part in Motown’s history. However, each of the twenty tracks on John Morales Presents Club Motown are a reminder of Motown as it tried to reinvent itself during the post-disco eighties. 

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KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS 4. 

A lot has happened to Keb Darge and Little Edith since the release of Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers 3 in June 2013. The village in the Philippines where Keb Darge and Little Edith live was destroyed by a typhoon. Nothing was heard of  Keb Darge and Little Edith for several days. Some people feared the worst. Then came the news,  Keb Darge and Little Edith were safe. They’d survived one of the most devastating typhoons to hit the Philippines. It had been a harrowing period for Keb Darge and Little Edith. Despite this, they were determined to compile Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers 4 which will be released by BBE Music in June 2014.

Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers 4 features twenty slices of rare rockabilly and surf. These tracks were released between 1956 and 1964. They’re a mixture of rarities, cult classics and hidden gems. That’s what we’ve come to expect from the Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers compilation series. Somehow, despite the most traumatic year of their life, Keb and Little Edith have managed to surpass the quality of the previous instalment in the Legendary Wild Rockers’ compilation series. This year, they’ve dug deeper than they dug before to find the rare rockabilly and surf that features on Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers 4. The result, Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers 4, is without doubt, the finest instalments in the Legendary Wild Rockers’ series.

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