South American invasion
The boogaloo craze that blasted out of the barrios of New York during the mid-60s went global soon after, and evidently Peru was not untouched. Rafael Hurtado de Mendoza has sifted through the Mag label archives for Vampisoul and come up with the cookin' 26-track comp ¡Gózalo! Bugal&Euacute; Tropical , presenting the raw and ripping joints cut by the bands of Alfredo Linares , Coco Lagos , Al Valdez , Silvestre Montez and others who should all be household names.
Not to be out-trawled for tropical treats, Soundway's Miles Cleret has been sneaking over to Colombia lately for a similar vault excavation, resulting in the stomping Colombia! The Golden Age Of Discos Fuentes , due out April 3. Fortunately departing from his typical "Fela clones" aesthetic of Soundway's African collections, Colombia! focuses on the pounding cumbia, porro and gaita grooves - think garage salsa - that are rougher and more reckless than anything coming out of New York or Miami from the same 60s-70s era.
This one's definitely for the dancers. www.soundwayrecords.com.
Whenever the Seattle scene and the Sub Pop label are discussed, the one band that tends to be overlooked is the Walkabouts - probably because they had a more obvious connection to the music of Scott Walker, John Cale and Leonard Cohen than to grunge, but that's also why they're still making relevant music 23 years on.
And while It's true that core members Chris Eckman and Carla Torgerson lost the plot briefly during the Walkabouts' short engagement with Virgin, they're back on track since returning to Germany's Glitterhouse label, as can be heard on the darkly engrossing new Chris & Carla disc Fly High Brave Dreamers , on which Mellotron strings and flute with glockenspiel and water- drop accents accompany the gorgeous duet singing of the soulful twosome.
The good thing about the Walkabouts' Virgin stint was that they had the budget to tour Europe with a 12-piece string ensemble. And, thankfully, one magical show at the Ancienne Belgique in 1997 was recorded for Belgian radio, now released as the super-limited mail-order-only Bruxelles disc. Get it while you can at www.glitterhouse.com.
There have been a number of half-assed attempts at compiling the R&B riches recorded by Chicago's Twinight label, but most haven't ventured beyond the Syl Johnson regional hits and Northern soul dancers that would appeal to narrow-minded collector dweebs who probably already own the original 7s.
It took the Numero Group to finally set things right with the fantastic Eccentric Soul: Twinight's Lunar Rotation - a swankily annotated double-disc pack covering the amazing but rarely heard deep, sweet and funky bumpers from the Dynamic Tints , Chuck & Mac , Sidney Pinchback , Velma Perkins , Renaldo Domino and many more forgotten greats. The sound is exceptionally good, there are some fab unseen photos and three unreleased tracks to boot. You need it. www.numerogroup.com.