As a serious vinyl hound himself, Toronto's Jeremy "Beatdawg" Weisfeld understands the fundamental role that second-hand records have played in hiphop history.
What makes his Deep Crates 2 documentary essential viewing is that he's the first filmmaker to point a camera at crucial producers such as Pete Rock , Marley Marl , Mark the 45 King , Ced Gee and others and have them candidly discuss the evolution of their craft, from hitting their first record stores to using those grooved raw materials to create a new form of music.
There are no eye-catching gimmicks, millionaire celebrity cameos or flashy editing techniques, but Weisfeld understands that his primary target audience is deep-digging headz like himself, so spinning the traditional documentary format into an informative talking-head mix DVD is a simple and very effective way of presenting the story of how hiphop was built on vinyl.
Pete Rock's tear on Prince Be in the bonus clips is worth the price alone. www.beatdawg.com .
After striking Tropicália gold with the debut Os Mutantes record some years ago, I began searching out everything else Rogério Duprat produced in Brazil during the late 60s and early 70s, and a pattern began to emerge.
All of Duprat's best work, whether he was working with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa or even Alceu Valença and Geraldo Azevedo - was released on eponymously titled LPs.
Naturally, when I first encountered the self-titled Polydor album by São Paulo supergroup O Bando (just reissued by Argentina's Discos Mariposa ), the demented Duprat-orchestrated fuzz-freaked opening stormer ...É Assim Falava Mefistófeles was enough to sell me on the record.
Regrettably, that acid-tweaked lead track, which could've been used to accompany a hearse chase scene in some demonic splatter flick, turned out to be a one-off. Damn! But there's enough California-style hippie harmonizing to go with the tracks that Maestro Duprat didn't arrange to keep both sunshine psych nuts and trippy Tropicália lovers dazzled for days.
Get it online at www.dustygroove.com .
For ages now, San Francisco's Ubiquity operation has been uncovering lost local funk and soul gems cut back in the day for release on their Luv n' Haight sub-label. Super Cool: California Soul 2 - hard-grooving joints that will mostly be well known to deep diggers, with a few genuine obscurities thrown in - is another solid addition to its already fat catalogue of swank comps.
Serious collectors won't be impressed by the inclusion of overly familiar numbers like Pat Hunt 's Super Cool, Johnny Morisette 's I'm Hungry and Spanky Wilson 's cover of Bobbie Gentry's Fancy, and the folks at Beat Gone Public feel their pain.
So they've done a little California digging of their own through the vaults of Golden State Recorders and come up with the fantastic Golden State Funk: Impossibly Rare Funk From The Bay Area (BGP).
It's an amazing disc of unreleased and largely unknown party jams from the San Francisco TKOs , Snooky & the Cosmic Flowers , 87th Off Broadway , Ruby Delicious , Ramona King , Alonzo Smith and others you won't have heard in a beer commercial or a Fatboy Slim mix.
Master-tape sound quality, well-researched notes and snazzy photo documentation make this a textbook lesson in classy compiling that others will hopefully follow. www.acerecords.co.uk .