Hiphop wake-up call
CKLN FM 88.1's Real Frequency crew are sneaking out another dope compilation of choice Canuck hiphop. The aptly titled Stop Sleeping disc - masterfully mixed by DJ Musiklee Inzane - focuses on unreleased material from T.O. top guns Marvel , Mathematik and Real Freq co-host Arcee , which includes a blunted Jake One -produced Marvel and Arcee collabo, The Bentness, and Arcee's debut getdown with the UK's Beyond There production team, called Theme, due soon on 72 Records . Pick up a copy of Stop Sleeping at the Rivoli when Marvel, Mathematik and Arcee join forces for the release party Friday (July 2).
Just in time to coincide with the Downtown Jazz Fest, Verve has gone on a vault-raiding binge and come up with another load of lost classics from the late 50s and early 60s post-bop era for its commendable LPM reissue series. Along with Johnny Griffin 's JG disc, an early Argo quartet thriller from the Windy City tenor titan, Illinois Jacquet shows up for the gently swinging Desert Winds session flanked by Kenny Burrell and bongo boss Willie Rodriguez . Sonny Stitt blows with intensity through Personal Appearance, Roland Kirk kicks out the Danish jams live on Kirk in Copenhagen, while Arkestra -ace John Gilmore gets busy with Lee Morgan and Curtis Fuller on Art Blakey 's 'S Make It. The prime movers, however, are the four Latin jazz titles, namely Machito 's overlooked burner Vacation At The Concord, Candido Camero 's Candido - with a stormin' take on Mambo Inn - along with the Cachao -backed Manhattan Latin album from Dave Pike and the searing self-titled Patato & Totico Afro-Cuban set sure to be a winner with Buena Vista fans.
Punk's glammy secret
While Malcom McLaren was still looking for a Bay City Rollers of his own to manipulate, the embittered also-rans of the early 70s British glam fad were developing a nastier sound that would soon splinter into punk and new wave. The insightfully compiled Glitterbest - 20 Pre Punk And Glam Terrace Stompers (RPM) disc dredges up the forgotten classics from that transitional five years between 71 and 76, before the shags got cropped short and platforms were swapped for Doc Martens. Before they changed their name to Ultravox , Tiger Lily came up with a delightful spin on Fats Waller 's Ain't Misbehavin' for a skin flick, while the fabulously coiffed pre- Only Ones Peter Perret cruised through the boisterous City Of Fun with England's Glory . Streak stomped through the rousing Bang Bang Bullet before Ben Brierley turned up in the Vibrators . But nothing tops the original version of Sick On You by the Hollywood Brats , from West Hempstead, naturally.