29 December 2010

Obscure and killer 70s Latin Disco cover of Joe Bataan song, apparently arranged by the French Disco project formed around Pezin (teledisco), here for Fania records

Johnny's no good (Fania records, 1975)

19 December 2010

Monster edit by RAY MANG from the superb Mangled Again Compilation.. Can anyone recognize the original sampled here? It is a hit, but I cannot locate it...

Ray Mang
Can't keep running

18 December 2010

I love this latin funk cover of Tighten Up by Archie Bell and the Drells... enjoy

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Orchestra Harlow presents Ismael Miranda
Horsin' Up (1968)

11 December 2010

I am breaking many rules recently, posting not strictly 70s music but also music rooted in the 70s directly or not.

Of all the contemporary brazilian bands Democustico ranks very very high. This band is just stunning, a mix of electro sounds created by Roc Hunt from FarOut Records and one of the deeper voices of the contemporary scene, Gabriela Geluda. The band fuses a huge amount of influences here, from Brasil to India.


"Far Out release the self-titled debut album from Democustico this October the 16th. Fusing Brazilian samba and folk with Indian vibes, London beats and the phattest global breaks and noises ‘Democustico’ is a contemporary world musical odyssey - imagine Milton Nascimento jamming with the Thievery Corporation and you’re on the right track. Whilst individual tracks combine many different styles - the bhangra and bossa of ‘Grito’, folk and trip-hop of ‘Nunca Never’ and 60s sitar-funk & samba of ‘Vaga-Lume’, ‘Democustico’ is much more than the sum of its parts. The different styles combine symbiotically to produce a coherent world musical fusion with Gabriela Geluda’s mellifluous vocals joining the dots from Brazil to London via India. With fans as diverse as world music guru Andy Kershaw (Radio 3), leftfield jazz cat Gilles Peterson and electronic-ambassador Laurent Garnier (Radio Nova) ‘Democustico’ follows on from a series of critically acclaimed single releases: ‘Brazil’, ‘A Sereia’, and ‘Vaga-Lume’ (as featured on Gilles Peterson’s recent ‘Back to Brazil’ Compilation) and will appeal to fans of downbeat/lounge as well as nu-jazz and nu-Brazil. With it’s eclectic sound ‘Democustico’ looks set to follow in the steps of other recent contemporary Far Out crossover CDs such as Sabrina Malheiros’ ‘Equilibria’ and Troubleman’s ‘Time Out Of Mind’. Democustico are Mauro Berman (bassist for famous Brazilian Rap star Marcelo D2) and Gabriela Geluda (Azymuth/ Mamond) as well as Far Out uber-producer Roc Hunter. Mauro and Gabi are a carioca couple who met at college in Rio in 1987. They moved to London in 1996 where Mauro and Gabi met Joe @ Far Out through a mutual friend Marcos Valle. Having heard Gabi sing Joe knew just the person to feature on vocals on some tracks Roc Hunter had been working on. The results were ‘Brazil’ – a hypnotic percussive vocal groove that featured keyboards from Mauro - turning Democustico into a trio. A follow up single ‘A Sereia’ was recorded – keeping the Brazilian vibes strong the track also had a heavy Indian influence coming from the time Gabi had spent meditating in India. In 2001 Gabi and Mauro returned to Brazil and for the next four years a trans-national musical exchange began. Roc Hunter would send beats and loops from London to Mauro and Gabi to work on in Brazil - Mauro working on ‘noises, synths, mpcs, street vibes and bass’ and Gabi working on melodies and harmony both in Rio and India which she visited again in 2002 for more inspiration. The album was finished when Roc Hunter spent three months with Mauro and Gabi in Rio in 2005. Gabi explains what each member of the band brought to the mix: “Mauro brought the wild side through wicked bass lines, keyboard sounds and unconventional arrangements of the songs, I brought the Indian/ Brazilian flavour from my trips to India and love of classic Brazilian singers such as a Tom Jobim and Milton Nascimento whilst Roc Hunter brought an amazing collection of sounds from where we got a lot of inspiration. She adds: “Far Out has a great roster of wonderful Brazilian artists who have made history such as Marcos Valle, Joyce, Azymuth and Os Ipanemas yet we are from a new generation. Those people showed Brazilian music to the world yet we are taking the world to Brazilian music”. “I love the Democustico album so much. Another stunning release on the label” Laurent Garnier “Fantastic idea and perfect music for me. Will be championing this throughout” Pathaan (BBC ASIA)

Democustico - A sereia (2006)

10 December 2010

Hip hop is not really coming from the 70s but it owes a lot to the period given the extensive use of samples in most tracks. Although lousy samples are quickly boring, subtle samples can really give any 70s track the best refresh it could hope.

DJ Seiji from Japan does an amazing job in the "Crate diggaz" mix series, by mixing in sequence pairs made of an original 70s track and a hip hop track incorporating a loop of the previous one.

The whole mix flows very well and also works as a great blind test of all these superb 70s tracks geniously sampled. Terrific!

Dj Seiji - Crate Diggazz vol.1
320 kbps mp3 from original cd

01. John Dankworth & His Orchestra / Two piece flower
02. Gangstarr feat. Inspectah Deck / Above the clouds
03. Brenda Russell / You’re free
04. Lateef & The Chief / Best of me
05. The Ebonys / You’re the reason why
06. Ali Vegas / I feel like a king
07. Eugene Record / Here comes the sun
08. De La Soul feat. Gfk / He comes
09. Klymaxx / Offer I can’t refuse
10. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony / Get up & get it
11. Geroge Benson / Livin’ inside your love
12. Time Machine / On the moon
13. Ceasar Frazier / Sweet children
14. Common / Real people
15. Ahmad Jamal / Ghetto child
16. Common / They say
17. George Duke Ooo / You & me
18. Time Machine / Personal ads
19. Marc Hannibal / Forever is a long long time
20. Royce Da 5?9 / Boom
21. Bob James / Tappan zee
22. Lightheaded / Outro
23. David Shire / Books & basketball
24. Rasco / Take it back home
25. Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfa / Saudade vem correndo
26. Mya Feat. Fat Lip & Tre / Fallen(Remix)
27. Love Unlimited / I can’t let him down
28. Nodesha / That’s crazy
29. Curtis Mayfield / Short eyes
30. Ashanti feat. Ja Rule / Turn it up
31. Benny Golson / I’m always dancin’ to the music
32. Para Beats feat. Carmen Reece / U got me
33. LTD / Love ballad
34. De La Soul / Much more
35. Billy Paul / I think I’ll stay home today
36. Memphis Bleek feat. Denim / Smoke the pain away away
37. John Barry / Diamonds are forever
38. Kanye West / Diamonds
39. Mfsb / Old san juan
40. Kanye West / Diamonds (Remix)
41. Bdk / Long live the kane
42. Urbie Green / Lumps
43. SAC / Motibate
44. Public Enemy / Son of public enemy
45. DMX / Pump ya fist
46. Labelle / Goin’ on a holiday
47. Nick Cannon feat. Ying Yang Twins & Fatman Scoop
48. The Main Ingredient / Everybody plays the fool
49. Memphis Bleek / Like that
50. And more…

06 December 2010

Thanks to TJ Gorton, the Dj being the great 70s blog Americanathlete.blogspot I discovered this incredible mix of super cool 70s soft-rock, done by Matthew Hamilton aka Dj AOR DISCO from London.

As the title suggests, this is perfect music for driving on a beautiful Californian road, or just dreaming of it.. Just great!

01. Intro
02. BILL HOUSE – you’re no better than a common thief
>>>Brooke Shield’s radio i.d.
03. ERIC JUSTIN KAZ – come with me
04. JOHNNY RIVERS – outside help
>>>superfast jellyfish commercial
05. DENNY CORRELL – your love
06. ROBBIE DUPREE – steal away (into the night)
07. PETER GALLWAY – sunday basketball
>>>40-year old virgin on Michael McDonald
08. RICHARD TORRANCE – circle of confusion
09. ROGER VOUDOURIS – get used to it
10. LAUREN WOOD – never been so in love
>>>30 rock: Tracy Jordan comeback
11. SANFORD & TOWNSEND BAND – shake it to the right
>>>30 rock: Tracy Jordan vs. The Black Crusaders
12. CRACKIN’ – don’t cha love me
13. VAPOUR TRAILS – don’t worry baby
14. CLOVER – take another look
>>>stoned airlines with spliff
15. LEBLANC & CARR – stronger love
16. LENNY LEBLANC – midnight mourning
>>>Starsky & Hutch: snoop dog on kay bay
17. CHICAGO – old days
18. STEVE MARRS – how was i to know
19. BRUCE HIBBARD – calling
20. JIM PHOTOGLO – steal away
21. Outro: gilbert o’ sullivan

05 December 2010

Splendid track from the 1980 LP arranged by Ashford & Simpson (again!..) Groove flows as usual with this magic combination of talents

Gladys Knoght and the Pips
Get the love (1980)
Vinyl Rip with 1979 Accuphase HiFi system

Nice Disco Boogie track mixed by tony Humphries, not litteraly 70s (1982) but feeling like it... and feeling good

Stargaze - You can't have it (1982)
mixed by Tony Humphries

04 December 2010

SOUNDSOFTHE70S has been covering a wide spectrum of 70s beats and sounds from worldwide, but Bollywood was missing as India produced a few 70s gemms too.

Enjoy this super funky 70s bollywood track extract from a rare Bollywood compilation.

O.P. Nayyar - Title music
(India, bollywood 70s)