Review: Mr Bongo's Brazil 45s series rarely misses a beat, with each successive seven-inch showcasing two more hard-to-find treats from the dim and distant past. The latest instalment opens with "Vou Morar No Teu Sorriso", a sought-after cut from Trio Tenura's eponymous 1971 MPB/soul fusion album. It's a genuinely summery treat, with ear-catching, reverb-heavy vocals and rising horn lines rising above a life-affirming backing track. On the flip you'll find "Quem Vai Querer", the title track from a superb 1977 album by Eliana Pittman. A breezy chunk of sizzling samba-soul, the cut features an impeccable lead vocal from Pittman and some sing-along group chorus vocals
Review: Ever since he first made an impact earlier in the decade, Bosq has proved adept at joining the dots between contemporary club culture and the heady heaviness of vintage African and South American dancefloor styles. He's also rather good at crafting authentic Latin dancefloor workouts, too, as this tidy seven-inch single proves. Check first "Rumbero", featuring the confident vocals of Nidia Gongora, a horn-happy affair that effortlessly joins the dots between rhumba, cumbia and psychedelic punk. His electronic influences come to the fore on flipside "Corazon (Camilo Tumbao)", a contemporary take on the Cumbia sound rich in fuzzy analogue bass, jaunty organs, dub-wise noises and Colombian style male vocals.
Frenk Dublin - "Good Vibes We Bring" (feat Clinton Sly)
Frenk Dublin - "Good Vibes We Bring" (feat Clinton Sly - dub version)
Review: The Dub Communication label has already made it into our Juno Recommends Dub chart this year, and now the Dutch outfit mints a new compilation series with a tasty triple 7" pack that delivers an equally impressive punch. Once again there is a decidedly electronic bent to the dub served up here, so fans of Basic Channel and Maurizio are sure to snap it up. Label boss Frenk Dublin takes care of four of the cuts, which are underpinned by a halftime swagger, digital synths and sci-fi effects, while Blind Prophet's more sparse rollers come laden with oodles of reverb and flabby bass.