Electronic musicians and labels seem to have a real sense of appreciation for the roots of their music. It's not uncommon to hear acts like Jazzanova, Rainer Trüby, Luke Vibert, Mr. Scruff, and Alex Attias drop tracks from as early as 1960 in their sets. Some even go as far as to reissue impossible-to-find rarities, or they'll be hired by labels to compile their favorite tracks from their own crates. That said, here are a few cool beats and dusty treats that span the old and the new.
Hi Top Records from Spain has recently released two records of note, the first is a one-sided remix 12" of Cesar Mariano's wonderful 1977 Brazilian piano cut "Futebol de Bar," reworked by Heavy Usker. This is one of those rare cuts that would fit nicely into a drum & bass, house, or broken-beat set, even though it's none of the above. The second Hi Top release is a Latin compilation, Atitetoca, featuring many rare Latin tracks from 1960s Havana to 1977 New York.
Raw Fusion Records from Sweden has become a label to look for. With five 12"s under its belt, it has quickly gained the respect of fans of jazzy house and broken beat. Its most notable 12" is Povo's &"Shihab's Habit," which perfectly blends house, broken beat, and straight-ahead jazz with touches of Latin percussion. One track even features legendary jazz drummer Ed Thigpen (look for his rare and brilliant Action/Reaction album).
Ubiquity Records has released new full-lengths from Cuica and John Beltran. Part two of their fantastic "Rewind" series is coming soon, in which underground electronic acts cover songs made famous by others. Also, be sure and hit them up for the Damn Sam the Miracle Man and the Soul Congregation reissue, a super-obscure funk gem that has been re-pressed in a very limited batch of 1,000 copies (sorry, no CD for this one). This is a distributed title and is not on their own Luv N' Haight label. Don't sleep on this one!
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