Review: Between 1971 and '73, Brazilian singer and composer Tim Maia released a quartet of eponymously titled album, all of which are now considered classics by those in the know. This is the third in the sequence, originally released in 1972 and now available on CD for the first time in the UK. The tracks largely lean heavily on American soul and funk tropes of the time - rich grooves, luscious orchestration, and so on - with Maia adding vocals in both English and Portuguese. There are occasional nods to jazz-funk, samba and rumba, but by and large Maia stuck to his funk and soul script. The results are uniformly excellent, with "Idade" and "Razao De Samba" being particularly memorable.
Review: When it came to recording his sixth full-length excursion, Mocky had a simple plan. The Toronto-raised musician decided to book out legendary Los Angeles recording studio United for a day, invite along a swathe of talented musician friends - Lucky Paul, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Nia Andrews and Joey Dosik included - and record the improvised results straight to tape. Staggeringly, those results are superb, with the assembled cast serving up musically rich and complex soundscapes that variously doff a cap to classic jazz, boogie, swing, neo-classical, Reich and Riley style minimalism, pastoral folk, broken beat, Jon Hassell style "Fourth World" music, and much more besides.
Review: When popular 1950s singer Jaye P Morgan first released this eponymous album in 1976, she would undoubtedly have hoped it would reignite her career. Sadly it didn't, but the album - a curious but hugely enjoyable mix of saccharine, synth-laden slow jams, disco-fired dancefloor workouts, Broadway style torch songs and fuzzy funk - went on to become a cult classic amongst Balearic-minded diggers. As this essential reissue proves, much of the material has aged rather well. Check, for example, the laidback AOR disco chug of "Can't Hide Love", the Barry White style seductiveness of "Here Is Where Your Love Belong" and the spine-tingling rush of Morgan's killer disco cover of Detroit soul staple "You're All I Need To Get By". Don't sleep!