Latin Grooves From Mr. Bongo

Check out our list of new Latin arrivals. From Brazilian psychedelia to bossa nova, garage rock, pop & tropicalia (& a few Reggae/Ska & Hip Hip titles in there too).

We’ve left some samples for you to check out – enjoy!

Os Mutantes – E Seus Cometas

‘Innovative pop trio from Brazil. Formed in the late 60’s by Arnaldo Baptista, Sergio Dias and Rita Lee. They were heavily influenced by British rock bands like the Beatles, and were the first to introduce the psychedelic rock sound to Brazil.’

Os Canibais – Os Canibais
‘An incredibly original album of ‘Brazilian Nuggets’ from the Mocambo/Rozenblit catalogue.
Os Canibais had a meteoric rise to fame starting in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro. The group was originally made up of Aramis (guitar/vocals), Serginho and Max (vocals) and later they brought in Denise Baker (vocals) and Horacio (piano).’

Lula e Lailson – Satwa
‘Written, recorded and released just as Brazil’s military dictatorship reached the climax of its long black arc, the one and only album by Satwa is a divinely subtle protest, often cited as Brazil’s first independent record.’

Mulato Astatke – Mulato Of Ethiopia

Dom Salvador Trio – Tristeza
‘A rare 1966 trio recording by Brazilian piano legend Dom Salvador. Features Edison Machado (drums) and Sergio Barroso (bass). Tracks include an uptempo version of Donato’s ‘Lugar Comum’ (‘Índio Perdido’) plus ‘Fred’s Ahead’, & ‘Sambório’.
This album is not pure jazz however, but instrumental bossa. It does not have the same regularity of most jazz patterns, with more bossa swing than standard jazz.’

Os Ipanemas – Os Impanemas
‘This record is the result of a 1964 jam session organised by Astor Silva and Wilson Das Neves and was originally released in 1975 on the Brazilian label Discos CBS.
The idea behind the record was to break the traditional Bossa trio mould and create instead a harder edged Jazz and bossa sound that allowed for more soloing and improvisation.
The result is a stone-cold classic bossa title and an essential album for all Brazilian music fans.’

Marconi Notaro – No Sub Reino
‘This joyous masterpiece stands musically somewhere between the Lula Cortes ‘Satwa’ and the ‘Paêbirú’ album with Ze Ramhalo. A poet’s vision in mellow song, mixed with tropicalia tinged-folk, Latin and bossa nova rhythms, uplifted by joyful experimentations with electric sounds and trance-inducing effects. Tribal-esque percussion complements the ragas, created by the beautiful sitar-like instrument ‘tricórdio’, made by Lula himself.’

Seu Jorge – Carolina
‘Debut album from the City Of God and Life Aquatic star Seu Jorge, co-produced by Mario Caldatto of Beastie Boys and Planet Hemp fame who recently performed at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.’

Michael Viner – Incredible Bongo Band
‘Formed by MGM A&R Michael Viner in 1972 to supplement the soundtrack to the virtually anonymous B-Movie film The Thing With Two Heads, the Incredible Bongo Band went from a loose studio collective to an instrumental pop covers consortium, interpreting classics of the day in their own inimitable percussion-heavy fashion.’

Various – Psychedelic Pernambugo
‘Far to the north-east of Brazil’s twin musical capitals of Rio and São Paulo, lies the city of Recife, in the state of Pernambuco. During the country’s lengthy and oppressive military dictatorship (1964-1985), a cadre of like-minded and socially conscientious musicians were quietly building their own music scene, away from the glare of the censors…
Psychedelic Pernambuco finds crazed ethno-punk giving way to tweaked Americana; mystical jungle-folk stands alongside cocaine-fuelled fuzz-rock, and acid-raga trance segues into mutated proto-disco.’

Cravo & Canela – Preco De Cada Um
‘One of the most mysterious albums in Brazilian collectors circles and one of the best examples of MPB from the mid-to-late 70s.
Cravo & Canela have possess the harmonies of Sergio Mendes in the 60s, with soulful piano and beautiful voices over the top. More samba than bossa, this record has sophisticated phrasing that you would not expect in the much of the EMI/Odeon work from the 70s.’

Johnny Alf – Self Titled
‘This wonderful self-titled album by pianist, singer and composer, Johnny Alf, was first released on vinyl in 1966 by Rozenblit. Here the bossa nova pioneer sings beautiful songs, accompanied by the legendary musicians Hermeto Paschoal (flute) and Airto Moreira (drums).’

Various – The Gentlemen
‘Formed by Hugo Leao (real name Hugo Filho) in 1966, The Gentlemen were a Garage-Rock band from Pernambuco (north-east Brazil) that came together via inspirations from the ‘Jovem Guarda’ movement and the 60?s psyche-rock sound from the UK. The group consisted of Hugo Leao (bass and vocal), Célio (rhythm guitar), Valmir (lead vocal), <strong>Saulo (drums), Enilton (guitar) and Carlito (keyboards).’

Hollie Cook – Hollie Cook
‘Hollie’s self-coined ‘Tropical pop’ sound stems from her passion for reggae singers Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon combined with classic 60s girl groups. The album is produced by friend and collaborator Mike Pelanconi, better known as Prince Fatty. ‘

Prince Fatty/Mutant Hifi – Return Of The Gringo
‘The fevered and frontal lobe-damaged brainchild of Nick Coplowe (The Mutant Hifi) and Mike Pelanconi (Prince Fatty), the result of years of plotting, planning, laughing and procrastinating. Put simply, it is a surf/ska/spaghetti western soundtrack album for a film that is yet to be made. Think Dick Dale jamming with the Skatalites with Morricone at the helm.’

Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook
‘Prince Fatty dubs her self-titled album tracks adding extra bass, delays and reverbs to Hollie’s captivating vocals. Featuring tracks such as ‘For Me You Are Dub’; a ska version of an old Andrews Sisters’ classic, ‘And The Beat Goes On’; a brand new dub cover of the The Whispers’ disco classic, ‘Walking in the Sand’; a delicious adaptation of the Shangri La’s legendary record, and ‘Baby’; a new revamp of this heavily requested anthem, in collaboration with French synth-pop outfit, ‘The Shoes’.’

Flaviola – E O Bando Do Sol
‘Flavio Lira (aka Flaviola) only recorded one album, which was released on Lula Côrtes’ ‘Solar’ (Rozenblit) imprint. Even now the album sounds astonishingly fresh; full of native acoustic Brazilian instruments, folk guitars… he even crinkled cellophane into the microphone to get a uniquely trippy effect. It is a contemporary sounding album that features the likes of Zé De Flauta, Lula Côrtes and Robertinho de Recife.’

Salvador Trio – Salvador Trio
‘A Brazilian Jazz trio led by by piano legend Dom Salvador. Featuring Edison Machado (drums) and Sergio Barroso (bass).
Dom Salvador, born 1938 as Salvador da Silva Filho, worked in a series of bossa jazz combos and professionally backed top-name artists such as Elis Regina, Jorge Ben and Edu Lobo. Almost all his songs were original compositions, showing Salvadorʼs stately position in the Brazilian jazz brethren.’

Wildstyle – Instrumental Beats
‘Originally released in 1983, Wild Style is a cult movie and its OST is the first and one of the best hip hop movie soundtracks.
Tracks from Wild Style have been sampled by artists such as The Wiseguys, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Beck, Cyprus Hill, DJ Shadow, Nas and Public Enemy among others. This 12″ contains the main instrumentals.’

Bazeado – Requebra Nega
‘Bazeado was formed by Brazilian soap opera star Pedro Martins in 1999. Residing in Brighton, UK, the five-piece ensemble take traditional Brazilian rhythms like Baiao, Samba and Batucada to create a dynamic vision of the future of Brazilian music. All Bazeado songs are original compositions and the bands musicians have been garnered from such reputable outfits as Cubana Bop, Bah Samba and Carnival Collective.’

Various – Funk Carioca
‘This album is the first European compilation entirely dedicated to Funk Carioca, or Baille Funk.
Slum Dunk is a musical collective made up of Brazilian artists residing in London. At the core of Slum Dunk is the electronic duo Tetine, itself made up of Eliete Mejorado and Bruno Verner.
The album features the godfather of ‘Funk’ DJ Marlboro, who runs the Funk scene in Rio with his daily radio show that broadcasts to hundreds of thousands. Other amazing artists included in this compilation are Tati Quebra Barraco, MC Vanessinha, Bonde do Tigro and XXX-rated tunes from Proibido.’

Fania – I Like It Like That

Marva Whitney – It’s My Thing

Lula Cortes – Rosa De Sangue
‘Re-issue of this monster rarity. Originally custom pressed in 1980, ‘Rosa de Sangue’ is the closing chapter of the amazing Recife psychedelic movement that flourished and centred around the work of Lula Côrtes, beginning in 1973 with the release of Satwa, and the creation of ‘abracadabra’, Lula’s loose art/music/design collective. “I want to close all of this with a golden key”… and a golden key it is.’

Mr Hermano – Free As The Morning Sun

Lula Cortes e Ze Ramalho – Paebiru

Tom Ze – Grande Liquidaco
‘His first, and arguably best album from the great Rozenblit catalogue lovingly restored in its original format on limited LP and CD, re-mastered from the original Rozenblit master tapes.
Tom Zé’s material on this album includes traditional Brazilian Tropicalia laced with crazy vocal melodies and samples a multitude of genres from funk to psychedelic rock and bossa nova creating in the process a sort of unheard pop exotica.’

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