Barcelona's fab Vampi Soul label, which recently issued Movin' On With... Andre Williams, a stellar single-disc (double LP) retrospective of the R&B great's hard-to-find greasy 7-inch groovers from 1956 through 1970, is following it up with a hot new soul scorcher from Andre Williams called Aphrodisiac, recorded old-school R&B-style in Iowa City with the hard-hustlin' Diplomats of Solid Sound, featuring Jim Viner on drums and cowbell. And just in time for the holidays, Vampi Soul has pressed up a limited-edition Yuletide single called Andre Williams and Nathaniel Mayer in Black Christmas, boasting two obscure seasonal blasts from their Detroit past. On top is a previously unreleased gem Williams waxed back in 67 called Christmas Wish, while on the flip, Mayer's at his pleading best with Mr. Santa Claus (Bring Me My Baby) originally issued by Fortune in 1962. www.vampisoul.com.
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Finding musical ways to rebel against your parents can be a challenge if your father happens to be über-hip free jazzer Mats Gustaffsson. Evidently, his 13-year-old bass-bashing daughter Alva Melin was up for it and enlisted best pal Gabbi Evrén to smack drums in a band they've called Dräp en Hund, which means, um, Kill the Dog. So don't be fooled by the coy smiles and frills on the sleeve of their Be Yourself debut for Dad's Slottet label. These teen terrors kick much ass and have a great time doing it. After hearing their recklessly rockin' cover of Seven Nation Army, Jack White might want to reconsider that White Stripes reunion tour and plan another Raconteurs album instead. www.drapenhund.com.
The release of the head-turning Bosporus Bridges comp signalled the arrival of the Turkish funk onslaught, and the ever opportunistic Andy Votel and his UK-based Finders Keepers crew, always quick to capitalize on a growing trend, have just reissued two super-dope classics of the genre in their newly christened Anatolian Invasion series. Along with Mustafa Ozkent Orchestra's absolutely bananas jazz-psych stormer Gençlik Ile Elele (Finders Keepers/B-Music) - the magnetic-tape-covered chimp on the cover is a good indication of the booty-bumpin' chaos in store - they've also put out Selda Bagcan's raging folk-funk masterwork Selda (Finders Keepers/B-Music) from 1975, which comes with five awesome bonus tracks backed by Kardaslar and the forward-looking Mogollar. The sound of crazy-cool hiphop tracks to come. www.b-music.us.