Sloth Baby & the Land Pirates are an ensemble of fertile minds from Morristown NJ who make music for the masses. Here is their latest video, for your dancing and viewing pleasure:
Graig and Larry Nybo are lifelong fans of Space Age Pop-maestro Esquivel. They discovered his music as kids when their mom brought home a box of Lps from a garage sale. They spun his records until the grooves wore off, choreographing dances, acting out scenarios with action figures.
Putting together a show playing Esquivel’s music was a dream which recently came true at the Gangrene Film Festival. Here’s a video from the very first performance by Sparkling Planet, playing the music of Juan Garcia Esquivel:
Chicago based Lowdown Brass Band will release a new album, “Lowdown Sounds”, on September 19.
Featuring a line-up of sousaphone, trumpets, trombones, saxophones and percussion, Lowdown Brass Band utilizes the classic instrumentation of traditional southern brass bands. By adding modern influences of soul, funk, R&B, reggae and hip hop, Lowdown Brass Band creates an exciting synthesis of the old and the new- even recruiting R&B legend Roy Ayers to sing on their version of ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine.’
More info at lowdownbrassband.com.
Twink is the toy piano band of Mike Langlie, an artist and musical mad scientist living near Boston (USA). One day Mike found an old toy piano in a thrift store and fell in love with its charming, off-kilter tones. Soon more little pianos followed him home and a fun new project was born.
On September 30 Twink will release a new album: “Critter Club”. We already got our hands on a copy of the CD and it’s even more fun than the previous release, “Happy Houses“. Highly recommended if you like your toy pianos mixed with electronica, whistles, violins, tubas and English horns.
Cherry Red Records recently released “Exotica Classics”, a two CD set comprising of five original masterpieces of the exotica genre. Amongst connoisseurs (hey, that’s us!) the albums by Miriam Burton, Bob Romeo, Buddy Collette and Frank Hunter have acquired great mystique both because of their rarity and their sheer class.
The included albums are:
Miriam Burton – African Lament
Bob Romeo – Aphrodisia
The Buddy Collette Septet with Marni Nixon – Polynesia
Frank Hunter – White Goddess
Ahmad Jamal – Macanudo
Full track listing and ordering info here.
Fourteen artists from all around the world collaborated with each other to make some music. The twist is they did it without knowing who they where collaborating with. They just sent AFA their unfinished songs, and they assigned those songs to other artists to finish it. The resulting album is now available as a free download. It’s fun!
Soul Jazz Records have announced the release of a new compilation: “Studio One Dancehall – Sir Coxsone in the Dance: The Foundation Sound”.
This new collection spans Studio One’s dancehall period – singers and deejays on classic Studio One rhythms, studio and electronic wizadry from the Brentford Road headquarters, lots of rare 12” singles, all effortlessly brought together to nice up the dance.
When Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first ruled the dancehalls of Kingston in the 1950s, fighting off the soundsystem competition of Duke Reid, King Edwards and others, few could imagine how far the reign of Studio One would last. But the emergence of ‘Dancehall’ as a distinct style of reggae at the end of the 1970s, as upstart competing producers began recording vocalists and deejays performing over replayed classic Studio One rhythms, in many ways made the influence of Clement Dodd’s vision more omnipotent than ever before (and lasting to this day).
Not surprisingly, Clement Dodd’s creativity and business acumen made him quick to respond to this musical phenomenon and he soon began voicing the new stable of Studio One singers and deejays, such as Sugar Minott and Lone Ranger, over original classic Studio One rhythms recorded in the late 1960s, to produce some of the most innovative, time-bending and creative music of his career.
Busto Power Trio is a London based noir-spy-experimental band. They have just released their first EP “The Deal”.
In their own words: “Music for a surreal, twisted, perverted spy movie that will -hopefully- never be shot. It tells a short detective story gone completely wrong by using surfish, noir, jazzy sounds. It’s music for villains. “The Deal” is a love letter to all those all those smoky, dark movies we love.”