Spasibo Records. Russian funk vinyl

The Russian label Spasibo (Thank You in their language) have only released 3 singles in their 14month existence. Their second release was previously unreleased material from the Armenian TV & Radio Orchestra Prelude/In the Sunlight/The Sea (SP45-002). The other 2 releases were both from the Nizhny Novgorod based outfit the Soul Surfers, who in just…

THE TRAFFIC – White Lines/Smack My Pitch Up (7″ vinyl)

Well this is absolutely bonkers. Melbourne outfit THE TRAFFIC return with even stronger heat for Choi Records. Their previous release included covers of Jimi Hendrix‘s Fire as well as an analogue interpretation of American electronic producer Skrillex‘s Bangarang. This time around they cover the music for Grandmaster Flash‘s White Lines. Which in itself was a…

MODULAR – Fuga Al Paraíso LP

Fronted by the Argentinian based Mariana Badaracco and Pablo Dahy. They hooked up in 2000 and named themselves after Moog’s famed synthesizer. After several years releasing demo CDs such as 2004’s Viaje por el Planeta del Pasto, 2005’s El Triangulo de las Bermudas and 2008’s Micro Film as well as contributing songs to various compilations, they finally…

ORBCO – First Born Son (7″ vinyl)

I can find absolutely nothing about Orbco. The publicity blurb goes like this. ‘San Francisco native Orbco has been an underground DJ for over 25 years, although you probably have never heard of him. After Searching for Animal Chin with the Bones Brigade, he redirected his search for breaks and beats, traded unheard of 45s…

MATO – Enter the Dragon (7″ vinyl)

STIX is the spin-off label from French label Favorite and they have a penchant for releasing dubbed out versions of classic hip hop tracks, mostly by Taggy Matcher, otherwise known as Bruno Hovart, the man behind Patchworks and Mr President. Coming a close second on the dubbed out antics is fellow Frenchman, [ercussioist and drummer…

CROSS BRONX EXPRESSWAY – Cross Bronx Expressway. 7″

Originally released in 1974 on the label Zell’s, but with those rare copies reaching unaffordable prices, such as the $668AUD it managed to sell for in 2012 on eBay, it’s a relief to see the label Rocafort reissue it with proper licensing. Both tracks were apparently just some spare tunes that the inhouse band recorded…

MAYA – Synthezoid Heartbreak (7″ vinyl)

Amazing psychedelic space rock from 1975 recently reissued on limited vinyl. Though the preference from the more rock inclined might be for the b-side Distant Visions, it’s all about the funky drums from jazz dude Joe Vassil, bubbling bass from Greg Whalen, emphatic 70s era vocals by Chris Clow and Burk’s impressively emotional guitars on…

MAGDY EL HOSSAINY – Music De Carnaval. 7″

This is madness. Insanely amazing. Blew my mind. Incredible. The music from the Arabic/middle eastern world has always been hard to investigate. Not just because of region and politics, but because unlike European languages in which we can vaguely work out an identity, Arabic script is impossible to analyse without being versed in the language….

THE MAGNIFICENT TAPE BAND – Patterns In My Mind (7″ vinyl)

I’d call this one Eerie Soul. That’s my genre definition if ever there was to be one. It’s incredibly soulful, but haunting. Sheffield born gospel singer Rachel Modest, formerly of the jazzy hip-hop soul The Bluefoot Project, has been around the traps for awhile, but this is something quite distinctive, penetrating and oh so memorable….

ALEX PUDDU – The Bull/Sequenza Erotica (7″)

Italian born musician Alex Puddo moved to Denmark at the age of 20. Though he’d been making music for a long time, it was his involvement with a particular project that spread his name worldwide. In 2011 he scored the soundtracks for a series of short films that were originally filmed in the 70s. The…