In the world of vinyl, when it rains it pours. An insane number of quality releases, old and new, have hit the shelves as of late. Here are just a few.
You have to give it up for Italian label Schema Records, whose quality is pretty consistent, and whose latest releases count as some of its best. It's finally delivered the full-length album by vocalist Rosalia De Souza, Garota Moderna (Modern Girl), which walks the line between jazz, downtempo, and even some drum & bass. She is Italy's answer to Bebel Gilberto, and her album is easily as good as the Brazilian chanteuse's. It's produced by Nicola Conte (who released his debut album in the States on Thievery Corporation's ESL label). Speaking of Conte, look out for his wicked remix of the Xavier Fisher Trio's "I Sing This Song Just for You" on Germany's Unique Records.
The second Schema release of note is the monstrous new 12-inch by Gerardo Frisina, "Cubana," a killer dance-floor filler that starts with a huge bass line that gives way to heavy Latin percussion, piano, and horns. This one rocks the party every time.
Fans of Boards of Canada and Cinematic Orchestra will enjoy the new Pickled Think EP by SofaLofa on UK's Deep-Water Recordings. It's dreamy, atmospheric downtempo that will have the headz in stoned-out bliss. Also worth noting is ESC's "Secrets of the Soul" 12-inch on the Seminal Emissions label. Think broken beat meets downtempo at a swank jazz club.
DJ Format chimes in with his latest 12-inch "B-Boy Code" on the Genuine label, with wicked midtempo beats that always turn heads. The B-side remix is by Psycho Pab of the Psychonauts and is just as good as the original. There are three presses to this release so far; the first is white, the second blue, and the third is dark purple. Portishead's DJ Andy Smith makes up half of Dynamo Productions, whose "Showtime Vol. 3" 12-inch on Illicit Recordings is a must-have for fans of the Wiseguys and similar big-beat acts. It's well worth it for the stomper "Get It Together."
On the reissue tip, New Jersey-based Scorpio Records keeps rereleasing tons of super-rare titles on vinyl with original packaging. New this month are Willie Bobo's funkiest and rarest album Do What You Wanna Do, originally issued on Sussex, as well as Bobby Paunetto's The Modern Sound, a Latin-jazz masterpiece originally on Mardi Gras. Original copies have sold for more than $900 on eBay. DJ Shadow has reissued the complete works of the legendary Mickey & the Soul Generation, or MSG, on his CaliTex label. MSG has attained cult status among funk 45 collectors as one of the best outfits from 1970s San Antonio, Texas. The UK's Jazzman Records also delves into the archives of the Lone Star State with the aptly titled Texas Funk, a collection of super-obscure, raw funk 45s.
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