DJs on vacation
The latest fad in the world of jet-setting DJs is the travelog CD, through which celebrity spinners subsidize their personal listening purchases made on trips to exotic locales by culling tracks from them to produce mix discs. Noting how Quantic 's trips through Latin America resulted in the somewhat scratchy selection of salsa, boogaloo and bomba bangers called Mofongo Para El Alma (Discos Mula-to), UK hiphop hero DJ Format gathered some of the funky jazz and prog rock joints from the 70s discovered on his jouneys through Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and beyond for the heavy-thumping Euröpean Vacatiön CD. Neither of the mix discs has a track list, and you may have difficulty finding them, but they're well worth scrounging for, particularly Format's boffo selection.
Southern-style D 'n' B
Although Bonnie Bramlett may be most fondly remembered today for answering Elvis Costello's racially insensitive remark about Ray Charles with a knuckle sandwich back in 1979, 10 years earlier the sweet-shouting Bramlett hit a career peak recording the hippie soul classic Home album for Stax with her then-husband and duet partner Delaney Bramlett (the guy who convinced Eric Clapton to try singing), superbly accompanied by Booker T & the MG's along with help from the Memphis Horns , William Bell , Isaac Hayes and Leon Russell . The engagingly re-sequenced new version of this overlooked gem adds six stellar bonus tracks, including the funky stormer Dirty Old Man, which Irene Reid later let rip for Old Town, a brilliant reworking of Eddie Floyd's I've Just Been Feeling Bad and the hipshakin' Get Ourselves Together. Sure to leave Southern soul fans wondering how they ever missed it.
The latest in the Shkö label's excellent Jazzpuu reissue series documenting the uncommonly brilliant jazz-rock and funky prog recordings made in Finland during the 60s and 70s is the enjoyably synth-tweaked workout Ufology EP by Finnish Big Band Jazz , an all-star ensemble conducted by Kaj Backlund featuring Olli Ahvenlahti , Juhani Aaltonen , Pentti Lasanen , Markku Johansson , Nono Söderberg and Pentti Lahti , who may have been listening to some of Marc Moulin's Placebo recordings. Those who like their jazz on the spiritual tip may prefer label boss/architect Tommi Grönlund 's nine-minute edit of No Comments on the flip of firstname.lastname@example.org