The wonderful Nommos and Visiting albums (again).
Sparkling sixties New York Latin Jazz — a collectors’ legend — led by Osvaldo Martinez on guiro and timbale, and featuring the great trumpeter Alfredo Chocolate Armentero. Tremendous stuff.
Skulking in behind Cousin Cockroach… a millennial Benny Ill — his seminal hybrid of breakbeat and UK garage, rampin’ junglist vibes to the max, swimming with lickshot, bass terror and ragga swagger… Dark funk from PAN’s Beneath, mixing up soca and grime… And a poster by Max D!
On the rebound from Trilogy and LIES, the San Franciscan trades up the the sci-fi in Jeff Mills for bonus energy and grit: Flesh And Blood is the bare essentials, squared. On the flip, Low Jack chips into the Industrial madness, putting some Muslimgauze to the funk; BJ is dirty stinking noise.
Nuts! is for the dance floor, with hard-nosed, clattering beats and streetsoul synths. Murder A Burger is for driving fast to. Celestian Ditton is warm, rolling and spelt wrong, with a nice Falty DL remix. Dego’s back from Brooklyn, baby… in prodigal mood. Watch this space.
Hot Detroit techno from the Omar S spar, launching his own imprint.
A magnificent survey of his productions. Leroy Sibbles, Tommy McCook, Leroy Smart, Augustus Pablo, Horace Andy, Gregory Isaacs, I-Roy, Dennis Brown… Forty tracks on the CD.
With the almightily beloved jazz standard. Stevie nicked the horn riff for Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing (and Steely Dan helped themselves of course… and Madlib). The great pianist in between bands in 1963-4, with Joe Henderson and Carmell Jones. Monumental hard bop; a key Blue Note.
Three unmissable Shorters: Speak No Evil, Schizophrenia (for Tom Thumb)... and this, Adam’s Apple, with Herbie Hancock, Reggie Workman and Joe Chambers in 1966. A rocking title track, a hard blues, some tasty bossa, and the first time out for Footprints.
Utterly stupendous music from JG’s long wilderness years — radio recordings freshly dug out from 1965, three years after the austerely avant-garde brilliance of Free Fall kissed goodbye to any chance of a record deal, for the best part of a decade. Hotly recommended.
Excellent southern soul from 1972, with Willie Mitchell and the Hi team in Memphis: a mix of gospel (Ain’t Enough Hate, a terrific Jimmy Lewis song), country (an ace version of Harper Valley PTA), funk and blues. I’m Over You tells it straight… proper soul music.
Recorded one long hot night in July 1978. Sun Ra at the Rhodes, Disco Kid on guitar… deadly funk riffs, heady and tight. A classic.