Pura Vida Presents: Beach Diggin’ Volume 1 GUTS/MAMBO


Nothing more painful than hunting that album you’ve wanted in your collection for years and realising there’s just no chance. Surely a repress is on the cards soon?

Hope so.

In the meantime, check the album on Spotify.



De La Soul. Anonymous Nobody

The wait is finally over. For De La Soul fans, especially those that have been there since the trio’s seminal album, 1989’s 3 Feet High and Rising, the news of De La Soul’s ninth studio album coming to fruition was like a dream come true. After raising over $600,000 through a Kickstarter campaign, they had more money to make an album than they’ve ever had before. The question is: Did it help or hinder?
In many ways, De La Soul’s long-awaited and the Anonymous Nobody is not really a De La Soul album. The classic trio take centerstage on their own on only five of the album’s 18 tracks. Granted, it was produced by the New Yorkers, but with over 10 features crowding the booth, the voices of Dave Jolicoeur, Kelvin “Posdnous” Mercer, and Vincent “Maseo” Mason often drown in the deluge. On “Drawn”, for example, Swedish dream pop groupLittle Dragon overpower, the vocal contributions from De La Soul confined to a 30-second window.

Amp Fiddler Presents. Motor City Booty

Amp Fiddler Presents ‘Motor City Booty’ Midnight Riot Records
1. Return Of the Ghetto Fly Feat Neco Redd 2. Superficial 3. Slippin On Ya Pimpin Feat Dames Brown 4. 1960 What? Feat London House Cats Choir 5. Soul Fly (Part 1) Feat Dames Brown 6. Soul Fly (Part 2) Feat Dames Brown 7. Steppin Feat Dames Brown 8. Your Love Is All I Need 9. I Got It Feat Alena 10. Funk Is Here To Stay 11. Send A Message
The Sound of Detroit by one of it’s unsung heroes, Amp Fiddlers new album Motor City Booty comes straight off the D Funk assembly line, a full on dance floor affair from Motown to P-Funk, Techno and Neo Soul.
This 11 track album produced by Yam Who? & includes the massive ‘Soul Fly’ sounding like a Mark Ronson production had he been hanging out with George Clinton’s Parlet followed by the bonafide P-Funk anthem‘Steppin’ both featuring the stunning vocals by the Dames Brown girls.
Amp Fiddler is credited for taking both a young J Dilla and also Q-Tip under his wing teaching them Akai MPC techniques, setting the path for some of Hip Hops finest recordings which have defined the shape of things to come.
His musical collaborations include: Moodyman‘s musical maestro ,keyboard wizard for Theo Parrish’s live band, a longstanding Funkadelic member & co-writer for Prince, Maxwell, Seal & Jamiroquai to name a few.


The Avalanches. Wildflower

To listen to the Avalanches is to wrestle with time. The sample-rich music made by this group of Australian DJs makes you think about where its pieces come from, what those fragments meant to you then, and what they mean to you embedded into the group’s finished songs. There’s nostalgia and loss ingrained in every bar, and you can sense the erratic movement of past, present, and future from the first listen.
Speaking of time, there’s also the fact that the Avalanches waited 16 years to follow up their debut album, 2000’s landmark Since I Left You. To be a fan of the Avalanches, you had to be patient. Some of the delay was to be expected. Their first record was said to have thousands of samples, but you never can tell with a figure like that—let’s just agree that it contained a lot. And working with samples means submitting yourself to a longer timetable. Because whileJarvis Cocker might pick up a guitar and write eight songs in two days, building music from other music means you have to do a lot of listening. Which means sampling artists spend a great deal of time engaged in the same activity as their audience—driving around with the radio on, poised by the turntable, dropping a needle, clicking around on YouTube, walking around with headphones. And there are no shortcuts. Throw in the usual long-delayed-album mix of bad equipment, poor health, perfectionism, and clearance issues, and who knows, maybe we’re lucky to get Wildflower, the first new Avalanches record in 16 years.


Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Miss Sharon Jones! OST

The Sharon Jones survivor story is well-known to her loving fans: Jones beat pancreatic cancer in 2013 and circumvented the music industry more than a dozen years earlier. She’s never been short on insight or frankness when confronting those matters, as seen at the 2014 EMP Pop Conference keynote panel and her recent appearance on Billboard’s Soul Sisters podcast. The documentary Miss Sharon Jones!, directed by two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA; American Dream), is an unflinching verite account of both those fights. It’s a must-see for fans, but also an insightful intro for neophytes who’ve only heard the Dap-Kings on Amy Winehouse records.


Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers Cover)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Ain’t No Sunshine
From “ Blacknuss ”
Label: Atlantic – SD 1601
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1972
“Ain’t No Sunshine” is a song by Bill Withers from his 1971 album Just as I Am, produced by Booker T. Jones.
The record featured musicians Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass guitar and Al Jackson, Jr. on drums, as well as Withers on lead vocals and guitar.
String arrangements were done by Booker T. Jones, and recorded in Memphis by Engineer Terry Manning.
The song was released as a single in September 1971, becoming a breakthrough hit for Withers, reaching number six on the U.S. R&B chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The song is in natural minor.
Withers was inspired to write this song after watching the 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses.
He explained, in reference to the characters played by Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon, “They were both alcoholics who were alternately weak and strong. It’s like going back for seconds on rat poison. Sometimes you miss things that weren’t particularly good for you. It’s just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I’m not aware of.”

Allen Toussaint. Sweet Touch of Love

When a cold chill begins to burn at your very soul
That’s the sweet touch of Love
When just the drop of a name begins to sting your very toe
That’s the sweet touch of Love
Just the thought about seeing you would blow my mind
That’s the sweet touch of Love
I was about to give up but you came just in time
With your sweet touch of Love

You brought out the best in me,
Made me leave the rest of me behind
Oh yes you did
You delivered me from lonelyness
And onlyness ooh yes
And Oh little girl I want…

One little kiss to let me know girl
That I couldn’t live without your love, you know it’s true
I’ve found the joy that I had been missing for so long
It was the sweet touch of Love
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/a/al… ]
When a cold chill begins to thrill your very soul
That’s the sweet touch of Love
When just the drop of a name begins to sting your very toe
That’s the sweet touch of Love

You know that there’s nothing that’s sweeter than you
I got to have you early in the morning
And when the icy wind a-blow from the north
I don’t need no clothes I don’t need no coat

I got you early in the morning
I got you late in the afternoon
I got you late in the evening too
I got you

When ever my love come’s tumbling down
And you know you got to be there
You can use the rest of this world of mine
And you know you got to be there
When my love come’s tumbling down
And you know you got to be there
When my love come’s tumbling down
And you know you got to be there