March 22, 2006


Just got back from Spain, where I missed a great opportunity to see Gerald, main man of the Jazzman/Funk 45 label, in action at the decks. My excuse is valid though, as I was still recovering from a great "funk" night at El Planta Baja the night before. A heavily dreadlocked dj was playing some nice afrobeat and funk stompers when he suddenly decided, after a quick flinch at me for some reason I don't know and don't wanna speculate about, to pull out his reggae 45's and pop dem big riddims for the rest of the night. And it turned out to be a GOOOOD night!

Unfortunately the hangover afterwards was so big that I had to miss hearing these little babies on big speakers the night after. New tunes on the big label are:

Pow-wow /Chicken & Booze

This scorching boogaloo monster has been in high demand ever since it’s first release in 1967. A tribal intro drops into a miles deep latin funk workout that has never failed to rock a dancefloor. Backed with the Jazz club classic ‘Chicken & Booze’, this 45 will no doubt find a home in record boxes the world over.

listen Pow wow here
Listen Chicken & Booze here

Just take your time / Thoughts

North Carolina natives the Innersouls would never have recorded anything were it not for ex-racing driver Dick Plemmons, who booked the band to play at his son’s birthday party and was so impressed he bankrolled the recording of their only single! Locally famous for their multi-coloured afro’s, the band nonetheless failed to hit first time round so changed their name to ‘bite, chew & spit’ and promptly embarked on a long and direct road to obscurity..

listen to Just take your time here

March 21, 2006


The Jamaican Observer newspaper conducted a nice interview with Mikey Dread: legendary soundman, radiohost and producer. The interview is accompanied by a nice overview of the man's career. Read all about the Dread at the Controls here

More info on Mikey as singer can also be found on his own website.

Although as prolific a singer he might be, Mikey will always be best remembered for his graveshift radioshows and especially for the, self produced, jingles he used on them (which were sampled to death over the years). Get a taste of those funny little gems here

March 17, 2006

Clement Coxsone Dodd is still the Ruler!

Studio One and its producer Clement Dodd are essential in understanding reggae and music in general. The Heartbeat label released many essential Studio One compilations and albums and their website now features a 12:49 movie about the history of Jamaica & Studio one. Absolutely recommended!

click here to see the movie clip!

March 16, 2006

Re-issues Fania: Essential Funky Latin Grooves

A whole bunch of real nice albums (late sixties/early seventies) on the famous Fania label are re-issued & remastered on cd. If you're into latin or funky exotic music in general you should check 'm!

check them here:;;13

March 09, 2006


For those of you living in Holland: be sure to come and check out 100% DYNAMITE in Tivoli de Helling this friday. The previous three editions were a smash as the SOULJAZZ SOUNDSYTEM lived up to their reputation already set with comps like the DYNAMITE and STUDIO ONE series. Expect a lot of reggae, dancehall, roots, ska and funk. Inna DYNAMITE STYLE!


March 02, 2006

New Release Soundway-label: Panama!

Panama! Latin, Calypso & Funk on the Isthmus 1965-1975 (Soundway, 2006)
The people from Soundway are bringing us a new compilation of funky grooves. This time, not Mama Africa, but the overlooked Panama is the focus of the release. Check soundsamples and enjoy the quality groove of these tracks!
Los Exagerados-Panama Esta Bueno Y Ma-5:17 sample
The Exciters-Exciters Theme-3:46 sample
Bush Y Sus Magnificos-Nana Nina-2:59
Victor Boa Y Su Musica-Soy Solo Para Ti-4:10 sample
Freddy Y Su Afro Latinos-Maltrato-5:59
Papi Brandao Y Su Ejecutivos-Viva Panama-3:09 sample
Los Silvertones-Old Buzzard-3:05 sample
Los Fabulosos Festivals-El Mensaje-3:30 sample
(yep, it's Cymande's The Message)
The Exciters-New Bag-6:26
Bolita y Su Tentacion Latina-Descarga Tentacion-8:31 sample
Los Caballeros de Colon-Con Los Caballeros-3:07
Los Dinamicos Exciters -Let me do my Thing-3:24
Los Mozambiques-Viva Tirado-4:33 (hitversion by El Chicano)
Maximo Rodriguez Y Sus Estrella Panamenas-Mambologia-4:00
Lord Cobra and Pana Afro Sounds-Rocombey-3:41

Release date: March 24th 2006
Label link:

Update: The second volume of Panama is released! check here for more info!