To celebrate the World Cup's return to Germany, the Berlin-based Jazzanova crew put together the fabulous Paz E Futebol (Sonar Kollektiv) compilation of rare Brazilian gems - sorry, no polkas allowed. The easy, breezy selection of uptempo bossa jazz, sweet samba swingers and old-school favela funk by Brazilian maestros like Marcos Valle (who contributes the uplifting title track), Edu Lobo , João Bosco , Orlann Divo , Tenório Jr ., Conjunto 3D , Leici Brandão , Arthur Verocai , Emilio Santiago , Copa 7 , Burnier & Catier and Djavan makes for the perfect summer party soundtrack for footy fanatics everywhere, particularly those rooting for Brazil.
Singles going steady
It's been over a decade now since vinyl singles were supposed to go the way of the 8-track, but apparently the memo didn't make it overseas; I picked up three smashing new reissue 7s last week. The first is the latest in the 2Siders series of mysterious Spanish origin, which pairs the pleasant but unexciting modern soul groover The Lady & The Dude by Hawaiian smoothies Lemuria with a real jazz dance stormer in Black Samba by the Parisian ensemble Equinox Jazz Quintet on the flip. Very nice. Meanwhile in the UK, Licorice Soul steps up with two crankin' rocksteady funk numbers courtesy of blue beat bad boys Brother Lloyd and Jumbo Sterling . Not wanting to be left out, Jazzman adds to the catalogue of its Funk 45 offshoot with two bluesy, Hammond-heavy bashers, Deal With It b/w What Kind Of Man, recorded in New York back in 69 by Jimmy Lane and the Incredible 5 , who clearly loved the Meters. And really, who doesn't?
Truckin' with Big Mack
While we're on the subject of obscure soul singles, Detroit's Big Mack label, run by Ed McCoy , was responsible for a handful of geniunely odd classics that rarely found their way onto regional radio back in the mid-60s, let alone the charts. Ken Shipley and the rest of the Numero Group have done some great detective work in tracking down the best of McCoy's output for Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label - the first comp in the series that really deserves the appelation. Just check the nutty steel-pan-enhanced drumming on the Soul President 's Got To Have it, the Sleepwalkers ' ambitious surf-R&B crossover bid Mini Skirt and the sultry scorch of Mae Young 's The Man Puts Sugar In My Soul and Let's Give Our Love A Try. Nice one.