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The Poet
Cat: MRBLP 116/LRLP 168. Rel: 09 Oct 14
 
Jazz
The Poet
Sunday's Stuff
Aura
Sambatown (Rock Ridge)
A Day At The Zoo
Grandma's Rocking Chair
 in stock $16.87
Akofa Akoussah (reissue)
Cat: MRB 174. Rel: 28 Jan 19
 
International
Tango (3:02)
Ramer Sans Rame (4:02)
La Lem (3:23)
Mitso Aseye (3:07)
Dandou Kodjo (3:13)
Kimumbu (3:43)
G Blem Di (2:52)
I Tcho Tchass (3:55)
Review: For their latest deep dive into forgotten and sought-after African music, Mr Bongo has secured the rights to reissue Togolese singer Akofa Akoussah's eponymous 1976 debut album. Akoussah was already something of a scene veteran when she recorded the set for Paris-based Sonafric, having made her vinyl debut in Togo 11 years earlier. The set remains something of a classic, with Akoussah variously delivering sweet vocals over local rhythms and guitars, bass, horns and Moog synth parts that showcase her Western funk and soul influences. There are some suitably heavy dancefloor workouts throughout (not least superb opener "Tango") as well as more laidback and stripped-back cuts. Curiously, the echo-laden production makes it sound like it was recorded in the mid '60s rather than the 1970s, but that's no criticism; it just adds an extra edge of intoxicating fuzziness.
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Tags: Afro Funk
 in stock $22.13
Control
Control (LP)
Cat: MRBLP 199. Rel: 17 Sep 19
 
International
Control (7:10)
Woye De Adolfo (7:36)
Don't Go (5:57)
Mercy Kae Dabi (3:56)
Take Am So (5:48)
The Message (God Is Love) (7:49)
 in stock $20.56
Me Chama De Gato Que Eu Sou Sua
Cat: MRBCD 273. Rel: 20 Oct 23
 
Indie/Alternative
Electric Fish
Dela
Nuvem Vermelha
Coisa Maluca
Boy Of Stranger Things
Camelo Azul
Insista Em Mim
Let's Go To Before Again
Debaixo Do Pano
Dr Sabe Tudo
 in stock $12.12
FORTHCOMING
Me Chama De Gato Que Eu Sou Sua (repress)
Cat: MRBLP 273B. Rel: 29 Mar 24
 
International
Electric Fish (4:11)
Dela (3:36)
Nuvem Vermelha (3:09)
Coisa Maluca (1:32)
Boy Of Stranger Things (3:00)
Camelo Azul (3:45)
Insista Em Mim (3:33)
Let's Go To Before Again (2:31)
Debaixo Do Pano (2:43)
Dr Sabe Tudo (3:04)
Tags: Brazilian Disco | MPB
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Redondo Sambao
Cat: BRZ 45100. Rel: 02 Mar 23
 
International
As Meninas - "Redondo Sambao" (2:24)
Jorginho Telles - "Brasileiro" (3:02)
Review: You always know what you are going to get from Mr Bongo's Brazil 45 series and that is pure fire in musical form. This 100th release suggests the label has no intention of slowing down nor is it running low on top source material. This one from As Meninas on the A-side has beautiful female vocal-group arrangements with flutes that soar up top and plenty of ass-shaking samba shuffles down low. It's a tune that oozes soul and charm and was first released back in 1967. It's a super sweet but short song that is backed with 'Brasileiro' on the flip. It's taken from Jorginho Telles' self-titled 1971 album on Copacabana Records and mixes up raw guitar sounds with r&b vibes into something unusual and alluring.
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 in stock $9.48
Dancing In Outer Space
Dancing In Outer Space (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: MRB 12044. Rel: 05 Nov 18
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Dancing In Outer Space (9:38)
Outer Space (6:05)
 in stock $11.07
Motivation (reissue)
Cat: MRB 12052. Rel: 28 Mar 19
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Motivation (8:50)
Extract (5:23)
 in stock $11.07
Aguia Nao Come Mosca (30th Anniversary Edition)
Cat: MRBLP 209. Rel: 20 May 19
 
International
Voo Sobre O Horizonte (3:41)
Aguia Nao Come Mosca (3:30)
Despertar (4:57)
Tarde (5:26)
Circo Marimbondo (2:28)
Tamborim, Cuica, Ganza, Berimbau (5:02)
A Presa (3:44)
A Caca (3:03)
Falcon Love Call (Armazen No 2) (3:53)
Aguia Negra X Dragao Negro (2:29)
 in stock $22.13
Disco Gospel
Disco Gospel (12" (indie exclusive))
Cat: MRB 12056. Rel: 20 Jan 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Fountain Of Life Joy Choir Under The Direction Of Kevin Yancy - "I'm So Happy" (Marc Davis & Sadar Bahar edit) (6:17)
Rev Charles H Nicks Presents The Baptist Assembly Of Free Spirit Mass Choir - "Optical Illusion" (Marc Davis & Sadar Bahar edit) (7:20)
Review: If you go to the sort of quality dances where you might hear old sound disco then there is a good chance you will have lost your shit to this one at some point the past. It is a disco gospel 12" curated and edited by Chicago pair Sadar Bahar and Marc Davis. First, they up the energy levels on the joyous Fountain Of Life Joy Choir Under The Direction Of Kevin Yancy tune 'I'm So Happy' which is high speed, high spirit and life-affirming goodness. Then they tweak Rev Charles H Nicks Presents The Baptist Assembly Of Free Spirit Mass Choir's 'Optical Illusion' with swirling big band energy and magnificent organ chords.
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock $16.35
Sim Sim Sim (reissue)
Sim Sim Sim (reissue) (LP + insert)
Cat: MRBLP 269. Rel: 09 Jun 23
 
Jazz
Embala Pra Viagem (6:23)
Baile De Mascaras (Recarnaval) (3:32)
Lua Comanche (5:37)
Clama Floresta (3:40)
Dourado Dourado (1:48)
Nana Del Caballo Grande (2:16)
Nesse Sofa (5:16)
Lambe Lambe (5:10)
Passarinha (3:51)
Sim Sim Sim (0:26)
Muito So (5:25)
Cronografia (O Peixe) (2:57)
Review: It's no mean feat to win awards with your debut album, but Bala Desejo did just that when they scored big at the Latin Grammys. As soon as you hit play on Sim Sim Sim you'll understand why, as the Rio de Janeiro band demonstrate their canny blend of 60s tropicalia, 70s psychedelia and MPB. It's pure pleasure music, full of wistful escapism and aching beauty, and in drawing so naturally on the best of Brazilian music culture through the ages, they've made something truly woven into the fabric of their home country. Spearheading a new wave of music and art from Rio de Janeiro, Bala Desejo have everything you could possibly want from a new Brazilian project, and more besides.
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Tags: MPB | Brazilian
 in stock $22.94
Sim Sim Sim (reissue)
Cat: MRBCD 269. Rel: 14 Aug 23
 
International
Embala Pra Viagem
Baile De Mascaras (Recarnaval)
Lua Comanche
Clama Floresta
Dourado Dourado
Nesse Sofa
Nana Del Caballo Grande
Chupeta
Lambe Lambe
Passarinha
Sim Sim Sim
Muito So
Cronografia (O Peixe)
Faixa Tecnica
Tags: MPB | Brazilian
 in stock $14.24
Baile De Mascaras
Cat: MRB 12060. Rel: 25 Jan 24
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Baile De Mascaras (Jamz Supernova & Sam Interface edit) (5:35)
Baile De Mascaras (Jamz Supernova & Sam Interface remix) (6:12)
Review: This release is a story of serendipitous stars aligning. Having released Bala Desejo's anthemic single, 'Baile De Mascaras', back in May 2023, Mr. Bongo could sense that they had a summer classic on their hands. The label always thought that it had the potential to find fans in a dance music audience; and in a further twist of fate, the sensational DJ, producer, and radio presenter Jamz Supernova recently graced their Great Escape in-store event with a phenomenal DJ set. After some feverish digging and emailing to her team, Bongo discovered that she was a fan of the original song and had made a personal edit to play in her DJ sets. Gilles had heard Jamz spinning the edit and asked for a copy, and by sheer coincidence and good fortune, it all fell into place. The track is a beast of an edit that gets heavier and deeper as it progresses.
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Tags: MPB | Latin House
 in stock $15.55
Warm (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7208. Rel: 28 Oct 22
 
Soul
Warm (5:42)
If The Feeling Is Right (5:08)
Review: Mr Bongo take a trip back into the golden era of boogie with this choice reissue from the mighty Elite label. There were countless classics on there back in the day, but they were rarely pressed in mammoth quantities and so some have become highly prized items in the ever-ravenous second hand scene. Beverley Skeete laid down some killer singles in the early stretch of her career, and 'Warm' is one of them. Originally out in 1985 and sounding as funky as ever, it's a great opportunity to cop this jam, which comes backed with the lilting finery of 'If The Feeling Is Right', an evergreen downtempo soul jam originally put out in 1983.
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 in stock $14.76
Flavor Of The Month (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7179. Rel: 25 Sep 20
 
Hip Hop/R&B
Flavor Of The Month (4:18)
Butt In The Meantime (4:15)
Review: Having previously re-issued the hard-to-find 45 of Black Sheep's 1991 anthem 'Strobelite Honey', Mr Bongo has now decided to issue the first ever seven-inch pressing of one of the duo's earlier singles, 'Flavor of the Month'. It's a breezy, boom-bap affair in which the duo exchange verses over a beat crafted from choice samples of records by Joe Farrell, Bubble Gum Machine and, most famously, Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass. It comes backed with original flipside 'Butt in the Meantime', a slacker, jazzier and more laid-back affair notable for a superb piano hook, hazy bass and a tight electric piano riff.
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 in stock $14.24
Try Counting Sheep (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7171. Rel: 23 Oct 20
 
Hip Hop/R&B
Try Counting Sheep (Caveman Funky Organ/short mix) (3:47)
Try Counting Sheep (original Sheep LP mix) (4:24)
Review: Mr Bongo is back with more stone cold hip-hop. This one comes from 1991 and is a reissue of a UK only 7" from Black Sheep. The single was always a curio and remained in the shadows of the more catchy and commercially successful 'The Choice is Yours' but it does have a great hook and tumble-down charm to the production. Dres is the MC bringing the character and plenty of carefully dug out samples make this one standout above many of its peers. An original copy of this will set you back a fancy few quid so when you also add in the break fuelled remix on the flip you have an essential little pick up.
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 in stock $14.24
Say You'll Be Mine
Say You'll Be Mine (7" + insert)
Cat: MRB 7211. Rel: 14 Jul 23
 
Soul
Say You'll Be Mine (5:21)
Your Love Makes Me Crazy (6:27)
Review: A vault of formerly unreleased Don Blackman material recently surfaced via the Chicago DJ/producer/digger Marc Davis, who in recent years struck up a relationship with the children of the mysterious New York pianist and songwriter. Now this wealth of jams finally gets released: 40 years' worth of unheard Blackman - cassettes, CDs, discs, reel-to-reels, paperwork, even VHS tapes - inevitably once more reignites the obsessive fan interest in his music, which sprang from its already-mystical cult status in the rare funk and soul-digging world.
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 in stock $14.76
Super Herois
Cat: BRZ 45088. Rel: 19 Aug 22
 
International
Brazilian Boys - "Super Herois" (3:09)
Rubinho E Mauro Assumpcao - "Ta Tudo Ai" (2:28)
Review: We'll never tire of the incredible Brazil45 series on Mr Bongo, which has provided an authoritative window into the rich history of 60s and 70s grooves from South America. Here's a missing joint from the series which took some time to come to fruition - a split release featuring Brazilian Boys on the A side and Rubinho E Mauro Assumpcao on the B. 'Super Herois' is an obscure slice of off-kilter, psych tinged funk from 1975 that has the kind of individual sound which could find favour with a lot of different DJs. 'Tudo Ai' has a more recognisable samba shuffle, but much like the A side there's a subtle twist in the sound which leans towards blues rock and jazz, locking down on the rhythm and creating a low-key party starter in its own unique way.
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 in stock $11.59
Afro Blue (reissue)
Afro Blue (reissue) (LP + insert)
Cat: MRBLP 216. Rel: 19 Jun 20
 
Jazz
Afro Blue (8:19)
Love Vibrations (5:53)
Everyday I Have The Blues/Stormy Monday Blues (Blues Medley) (8:01)
Little B's Poem (3:07)
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (4:38)
Love From The Sun (5:30)
People Make The World Go Around (4:47)
Review: Before she made a name for herself with a string of killer disco, jazz-funk and fusion records in the late '70s and early '80s, Dee Dee Bridgewater was a rising star on the global jazz underground. This period of her career is best exemplified by 1974 debut album "Afro Blue", a fine vocal jazz album recorded in Tokyo with a backing band made up of husband Cecil (a top trumpeter) and high-quality Japanese session musicians. As this reissue proves, the album has lost none of its allure. There's much to set the pulse racing throughout, from the breezy soul-jazz shuffle of opener "Afro Blue" and the emotive "Blues Medley", to the superb slowed-down jazz cover of "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" and blissful "People Make The World Go Round".
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 in stock $22.13
Burnier & Cartier (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 153. Rel: 05 Apr 18
 
International
So Tem Lugar Pra Voce (2:48)
Aldeia Global (2:27)
Lejos De Mi (4:10)
Lembrando Ed Kleiger (2:37)
Deixa Mudar (2:32)
Parte Capital (3:03)
Mirandolina (2:42)
Ai E Que Ta (2:21)
Aventura Espacial (3:50)
Barranco (2:29)
Europanema (2:04)
Marcante (2:25)
 in stock $17.92
Whatever's Fair
Cat: MRB 7140. Rel: 21 Sep 18
 
International
Billy Butler & Infinity - "Whatever's Fair" (3:38)
Lady Lee - "Simple Things" (2:51)
 in stock $9.23
Hidden Conversations (Record Store Day RSD 2023)
Cat: MRBLP 264. Rel: 05 May 23
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Wings (5:36)
Sunset Boulevard (4:49)
Hidden Conversations (3:54)
Live With Me (6:05)
John Lee Hooker (5:04)
Once I Dreamed Of Heaven (5:22)
 in stock $36.90
Mudei De Ideia (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 140. Rel: 09 Dec 16
 
International
Voce Abusou (3:41)
Se Quiser Valer (2:30)
Kabaluere (2:23)
Conceicao Da Praia (2:50)
Hipnose (3:08)
Mudei De Ideia (2:32)
Quem Vem La (2:48)
Nord West (3:52)
Morte Do Amor (2:41)
Deus O Salve (2:19)
Dalena (2:25)
Bonita (2:22)
 in stock $22.13
Funky Highlife
Cat: MRBLP 099. Rel: 15 Nov 12
 
Funk
Asafo Beesuon (medley)
Beebi A Odo Wo (medley)
Yebeyi Wo Aye (Ebibrim Blues)
Do Me Ma Mondo Wo Bi
 in stock $20.03
India (50th Anniversary Edition) (half speed remastered)
India (50th Anniversary Edition) (half speed remastered) (gatefold LP + fold-out poster + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: MRBLP 282. Rel: 07 Jul 23
 
International
India (6:56)
Milho Verde (4:25)
Presente Cotidiano (2:54)
Volta (3:19)
Relance (5:04)
Da Maior Importancia (5:13)
Passarinho (5:22)
Pontos De Luz (2:43)
Desafinado (2:39)
Review: Gal Costa is rightly considered one of the leading lights of Brazil's tropicalia scene, not least from her golden period in the late 60s, and the legacy of the late singer lives on with this reissue of one of her finest albums by Mr Bongo. India was Costa's fourth album, originally released in 1973 and instantly courting controversy after the Brazilian military censored the cover due to the shot of Costa's bikini and little else. Of course such imagery is comparatively tame these days, and instead we can focus on the music which is some of the finest MPB and tropicalia you could ever wish to hear, all led by Costa's mesmerising voice and backed by true Brazilian greats including Gilberto Gil.
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 in stock $27.69
India (reissue)
India (reissue) (gatefold LP + insert)
Cat: MRBLP 149. Rel: 31 Jul 17
 
International
India (6:54)
Milho Verde (4:25)
Presente Cotidiano (2:54)
Volta (3:19)
Relance (4:55)
Da Maior Importancia (5:08)
Passarinho (5:27)
Pontos De Luz (2:43)
Desafinado (2:39)
Review: Last reissued in Brazil over 10 years ago and last reissued on vinyl over 20 years ago, legendary Brazilian singer Gal Costa's sixth album is a tropicalian odyssey. Reflective, soulful, touching and dynamic, Gal guides us through a sunset story of ballads ("Volta"), bossas ("Milho Verde") blues ("De Maior Importance") and beyond with an all-star troupe of musicians including Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai and Dominguinhos. Remastered to a touch and complete with the original cover that was banned by the Brazilian dictatorship at the time, this is the first time India has been reissued with care in decades.
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 in stock $20.03
Sgt Culpepper
Sgt Culpepper (gatefold LP)
Cat: MRBLP 235. Rel: 23 Jul 21
 
Soul
Tears Of A Crown (3:19)
Return (3:21)
WAR (4:12)
Dead Bodies (3:31)
Poetic Justice (4:38)
Thought About You (3:51)
Kisses (3:44)
It's In Your Sex (4:15)
Remember (4:21)
Break (3:42)
Black Boy (4:00)
Review: Mr Bingo finally sign up South-East London Joel Culpepper having kept their eye on him for a while. He has a soulful sound and is a real showman, with expressive deliveries and plenty of personality elevating his music. He draws on all manner of genres and influences to cook up this debt album following on from a performance of his last singe 'Woman' picking up over 13 million views on YouTube. It has been two years in the making and has executive production from Swindle and some co-productions from legends like Guy Chambers, Raf Rundell of The 2 Bears)and Tom Misch. On top of the lively fusion of funk, soul and hip hip are lyrics that serve up fine social commentary to make for one of the albums of the year.
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 in stock $22.13
Promised Heights (Record Store Day 2018)
Promised Heights (Record Store Day 2018) (gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: MRBLP 160. Rel: 01 May 18
 
International
Pon De Dungle (3:42)
Equatorial Forest (3:35)
Brothers On The Slide (4:09)
Changes (6:04)
Breezeman (2:58)
Promised Heights (6:11)
Losing Ground (4:17)
Leavert (3:21)
The Recluse (5:47)
Sheshamani (3:54)
 in stock $21.08
Insane In The Brain (reissue)
Cat: MRB7 182. Rel: 05 Feb 21
 
Hip Hop/R&B
Insane In The Brain (3:31)
Insane In The Brain (instrumental) (3:27)
 in stock $14.24
Chi Talo EP Vol 2
Cat: MRB 1259. Rel: 01 Mar 24
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
New Sound Quartet - "Bass Construction" (Marc Davis edit) (5:47)
The Saucer Planes - "Straight To The Point" (Marc Davis edit) (8:13)
Review: Producer, DJ, and revered collector Marc Davis returns to his Chi-Talo series with a much-anticipated second volume. The Chi-Talo series deals in split EPs; each entry draws on an ultra-rare Chicago house gem and an Italian disco record respectively (one for the A and one for the B), re-working both into an enduring dialectal retelling of each city's contemporaneous come-ups in the 1980s and 90s. This time around, we're met with a reconstruction of 'Bass Construction', first heard on the Italo disco album Crazy Colours by New Sound Quartet (1979). Then comes a wonky, handclapping rendition of The Saucer Planes' 'Straight To The Point', the original of which can hardly be found on the net at all, even now. Both are huge but humble versions, marking out the guidelines for yet more editors to come.
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Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock $15.55
For The Love Of Money
Cat: MRB 7133. Rel: 31 Jan 18
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
For The Love Of Money (4:05)
For The Love Of Money (disco dub) (4:14)
Review: Disco Dub Band's "For The Love of Money", a one-off collaboration between producer Davitt Sigerson and reggae musician Mike Dorane, has long been considered something of a classic by those who like their disco to come with a big dose of dub-wise flavour. Here the instrumental O'Jays cover, which originally appeared on the Movers label in 1976, is given the remix treatment by long-time fans Mr Bongo. The superb A-side, in which Dorane's instrumental talents take centre stage, naturally comes accompanied by the frequently played Dub interpretation, a typically wild and bass-heavy affair that sounds like it was mixed "live" in one take in true Lee Perry/King Tubby style. If it's not already in your collection, it should be.
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Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock $9.23
Computer Love
Computer Love (limited neon green vinyl 7")
Cat: MRB 7185NG. Rel: 11 Dec 20
 
Electro
Computer Love (Sweet Dreams) (3:11)
Computer Power (4:45)
 in stock $14.24
Computer Love
Computer Love (gold vinyl 7")
Cat: FMRB 7185GOLD. Rel: 03 Sep 21
 
Electro
The Egyptian Lover & Hanky Panky - "Computer Love (Sweet Dreams)" (3:16)
Jamie Jupitor - "Computer Power" (previously unreleased version) (4:49)
Review: Mr Bongo take this next one back to 1984 and 1985 with a tasty little split release from The Egyptian Lover and Jamie Jupitor. Both tunes offer unique takes on the famous electro funk sound and cult Los Angeles-based producer, vocalist and DJ The Egyptian Lover goes first with seminal track 'Computer Love (Sweet Dreams). It's a deep space exploration with melodic bass and slake drum work. The Lovers's disciple Jamie Jupitor heads up the reverse with the more high speed and edgy style and angular beats of 'Computer Power.' Both tunes make for irresistible body music.
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 in stock $20.03
Os Orixas
Cat: MRBLP 138. Rel: 15 Aug 16
 
International
Exu (3:36)
Ogun (2:00)
Omulu (2:50)
Oxossi (2:51)
Logun Ede (3:15)
Nanan (3:20)
Oxun (2:17)
Yansan (2:22)
Yemanja - berimbau (2:56)
Xango (2:43)
Oxala (2:50)
Axe Opo Afonja Aluja (2:42)
Review: Beautiful Brazilian soul from 1978, timely reissued by Mr Bongo: Eloah comprises something of an all-star cast of musicians and poets who have worked with the likes of Perfume Azul Do Sol, Vinicius de Moraes, Alcyone and Nelson Goncalves. Their work is soft-focused, folky and charming with a timeless spirit that, if anything, has matured to sound even better almost 40 years later. From the soul-stirring percussion and flute ballad of "Nanan" to the much more upbeat dusky post carnival sound of "Xango" or the ballroom swoons of "Logun Ede", the album offers something fresh on every listen as layers of percussion and instrumentation are weaved delicately with soul and dreamy detail.
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 in stock $17.92
It's My Thing (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7196. Rel: 03 Dec 21
 
Hip Hop/R&B
It's My Thing (5:43)
You're A Customer (5:22)
Review: Mr Bongo has already reissued a swathe of classic albums and singles from legendary hip-hop duo EPMD, whose place in the pantheon of rap greats has long been assured. Here they continue to mine the duo's catalogue, delivering a new edition of the pair's 1987 debut single (which, it should be noted, has long been hard to find on "45"). 'It's My Thing' remains a classic hip-hop club cut, with flowing rhymes rising above a backing track rich in raw drum machine hits, aquatic p-funk bass and sampled snatches of a smooth, disco-era soul number. Flipside 'You're a Customer' is a more sparse and stripped back affair, with slightly faster-paced raps riding stuttering beats and a squelchy synth bassline.
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 in stock $12.64
I'm Housin' (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7195. Rel: 03 Dec 21
 
Hip Hop/R&B
I'm Housin (4:00)
I'm Housin (instrumental) (4:17)
Review: Although it was originally released at the height of hip-house mania (1988 to be exact), EPMD's 'I'm Housin' is not a rap-sporting house record. It is, though, a bona-fide club classic, with E Double E and PMD trading verses atop a rolling, dancefloor-friendly groove built from elements of Aretha Franklin's 1971 soul classic 'Rock Steady'. All these years on, it still sounds fresh - as this Mr Bongo reissue of the rare 1989 UK seven-inch version proves. In a word: essential.
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 in stock $14.24
You Gots To Chill
Cat: MRB 7198. Rel: 14 Jan 22
 
Hip Hop/R&B
You Gots To Chill (4:14)
Let The Funk Flow (4:19)
Review: Mr Bongo's EPMD reissue series continues with a fresh pressing of one of the NYC duo's most significant and best-loved singles, 1988's 'You Gots To Chill'. Predating much of the West Coast G-funk material that later covered similar sonic ground, it sees the duo delivering some of their rap verses over a beat crafted from samples of Zapp's P-funk classic 'More Bounce To The Ounce' and Kool & The Gang party classic 'Jungle Boogie'. This time round, it comes backed by another EPMD classic from the same period: the mid-tempo, JB's-sampling head-nodder that is 'Let The Funk Flow'. That's never appeared on a single before, making this "45" even more desirable.
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The Big Payback
The Big Payback (limited transparent orange vinyl 7")
Cat: MRB 7197TO. Rel: 14 Jan 22
 
Hip Hop/R&B
The Big Payback (4:49)
So Wat Cha Sayin' (4:57)
Review: A 7" is all about having a perfect nugget of music on the most compact of wax, and here Mr Bongo pick out two of the best cuts from one of the greatest crews to touch the mic. EPMD were on their finest form when they dropped Unfinished Business in 1989, doubling down on the runaway success of their debut Strictly Business, and here we get two of the album's hottest joints for your instant gratification. 'The Big Payback' piles the funk on heavy, keeping it moody in the low end for EPMD to do their thing over the top, while original opening track 'So Wat Cha Sayin' nestles on the B side with one of the wildest rub downs Erick and Parrish ever committed to record. Truly essential hip hop from the golden era.
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I Know You Got Soul
Cat: MRB 7162. Rel: 01 May 20
 
Hip Hop/R&B
I Know You Got Soul (4:46)
I Know You Got Soul (dub) (4:41)
Review: There can be few hip-hop heads who don't know Eric B & Rakim's "I Know You Got Soul", a Bobby Byrd and Funkadelic-sampling beast from 1987 that remains one of rap's most recognizable moments. The rap from Rakim is iconic, but it's the Eric B beat behind - all loose-but-heavy, snare-heavy beats, recognizable guitar licks and chorus-style blasts of Bobby Byrd vocals- that makes the track such a club-ready hip-hop classic. Here it gets the reissue treatment on "45" courtesy of Mr Bongo, with the duo's brilliant vocal version being joined on the flip by the overlooked, delay-laden "Dub Mix". For those who covet alternate versions of classic cuts, this instrumental revision is a must.
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The Globeflower Masters Vol 2
The Globeflower Masters Vol 2 (limited translucent orange vinyl LP (indie exclusive))
Cat: MRBLP 261O. Rel: 26 Oct 22
 
Funk
Vibe Sharp (3:49)
Echo The Oread (3:30)
Remember Empathy (2:55)
Calico Suite (3:56)
Ely To Chi (4:32)
Orquesta Es Vedra (4:17)
A Voyage North (4:27)
Moogs Over Jupiter (4:42)
Convention IV (5:06)
Darkness Beneath (4:49)
Walked For Days (2:01)
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The Globeflower Masters Vol 1
Cat: MRBLP 233. Rel: 06 Sep 21
 
Funk
Faith In Time (4:10)
Scene In Roma (4:34)
Who Knows When (3:34)
Hidden In The Pampas (3:14)
Fear Me Now (3:47)
How It Shimmers (4:34)
El Ejido (3:27)
Arise (4:20)
Review: The Globeflower Masters Vol 1 is a new Mr Bongo release that has been put together with classic soundtracks, 70s library music and cinematic compositions in mind. It was assembled in summer 2020 by Brightonian musicians Glenn Fallows and Mark Treffel who drew on their arsenal of vintage synths, pianos, 'other fun toys' and all manner of drums, guitars and bass. The result is a soothing album that will work in the dead of winter as well as the light of the summer thanks to its warm sounds, lush productions and luxuriant arrangements. A worth CD for any collection.
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The Globeflower Masters Vol 1
Cat: MRBCD 233. Rel: 06 Sep 21
 
Funk
Faith In Time
Scene In Roma
Who Knows When
Hidden In The Pampas
Fear Me Now
How It Shimmers
El Ejido
Arise
Review: The Globeflower Masters Vol 1 is a new Mr Bongo release that has been put together with classic soundtracks, 70s library music and cinematic compositions in mind. It was assembled in summer 2020 by Brightonian musicians Glenn Fallows and Mark Treffel who drew on their arsenal of vintage synths, pianos, 'other fun toys' and all manner of drums, guitars and bass. The result is a soothing album that will work in the dead of winter as well as the light of the summer thanks to its warm sounds, lush productions and luxuriant arrangements. A fine piece of wax, for sure.
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Jazz Thing (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7161. Rel: 27 Mar 20
 
Hip Hop/R&B
Jazz Thing (video mix) (4:45)
Jazz Thing (Movie mix) (5:03)
Review: Given that Gang Starr recently reformed and jazz is now all the rage, it seems fitting that Mr Bongo has decided to reissue the rare 7" version of the group's 1990 masterpiece "Jazz Thing". It's a wholehearted tribute to the greats of jazz - and the role jazz records have in hip-hop's sample culture - that comes in two distinctively different mixes. On the A-side you'll find the "Video Mix", a bouncy and suitably jazzy DJ Premier production that layers Guru's fine rap flows above loose-limbed drums, smoky horn samples and his own super-tight scratches. Turn to side B for the "Movie Mix" - so-called because it was created for a Spike Lee flick - where Guru's vocal rides improvised horns and an entirely different beat crafted from Kool & The Gang samples.
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Segura Na Cintura Dela (O Gaviao)
Cat: BRZ 45089. Rel: 20 Jul 21
 
Funk
Golden Boys - "Segura Na Cintura Dela (O Gaviao)" (2:38)
Silvio Cesar - "Beco Sem Saida" (2:21)
Review: Mr Bongo's essential Brazil 45s series notches up release number 89 via a blast of heavy dancefloor pressure that touches on both Brazilian funk and samba-rock. On the A-side you'll find Golden Boys' 1975 gem 'Segura Na Cintura Dela (O Gaviao)', an irresistible slab of full-throttle, orchestra-sporting, Hammond-heavy samba-funk marked out by strong group vocals and some superb musical arrangements. Over on the flip you'll find another classic from the same producer (Milton Miranda), Silvio Cesar's 1971 carnival masterpiece 'Beco Sem Saida' - an infectious excursion that found fame in the 2000s when Drumagick sampled it on 'Sambarock'.

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Tags: MPB | Brazilian | Samba | Brazilian Funk
 in stock $9.23
Soul Of Samba
Cat: MRBLP 238. Rel: 28 Jan 22
 
Jazz
Aquarela (3:37)
Tristeza (3:50)
Desafinado (3:39)
Agua (3:14)
Orpheu Negro (3:21)
The Girl From Ipanema (2:59)
One Note Samba (2:52)
Saudade Do Rio (3:14)
Rio (3:48)
Little Boat (3:07)
Voce E Eu (3:46)
Din! Din! Din! (3:30)
Review: Nico Gomez is a Belgian orchestra leader with Dutch roots.He is a firm favourite amongst lovers of Latin sounds and so, by extension, by the good folk at Mr Bongo Records. He mixes up bossa, jazz and easy listening into his own unique sounds and his 1972 gem 'Soul Of Samba' is one of his most well regarded works. It is full of lovely musical surprises and several euro-bossa-jazz favourites. Check out the shuffling rhythms of 'Aquarela' or the lazy Latin funk of 'Agua' for two real highlights.
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Soul Of Samba
Cat: MRBCD 238. Rel: 28 Jan 22
 
International
Aquarela
Tristeza
Desafinado
Agua
Orpheu Negro
The Girl From Ipanema
One Note Samba
Saudade Do Rio
Rio
Little Boat
Voce E Eu
Din! Din! Din!
Tags: Latin | Brazilian | Samba | Bossa Nova
 in stock $11.07
Wild Style Theme Rap 1 & 2 (Soundtrack)
Cat: MRB 7203. Rel: 18 Mar 22
 
Hip Hop/R&B
Wild Style Theme (Rap 1) (3:42)
Wild Style Theme (Rap 2) (3:43)
Review: Wild Style may well be the most iconic hip-hop movie of all time, while its soundtrack - created by Blondie's Chris Stein with the assistance of Fab 5 Freddy and turntablist Charlie Chase - remains a touchstone in the development of the style. That soundtrack's focal point was 'Wild Style Theme', a full vocal excursion featuring on-point raps from Grabndmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers. This seven-inch presents both vocal versions of the track: an A-side mix full of cuts, 8-bit videogame bleeps, Blondie style drums, gnarled guitar riffs and weighty bass, and a flipside rework that sits somewhere between early drum machine hip-hop and the more organic end of the style, with a few nods towards the kind of organ-sporting funk and rock classics that partly inspired the sound's creation.
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FORTHCOMING
Teatro Amadeo Roldan Recita
Cat: MRBLP 289. Rel: 15 Mar 24
 
International
Bacalao Con Pan
Danza Naniga
Valle Picadura
Taka Taka Ta
La Verdad
Luisa
Quindiambo
Misaluba
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FORTHCOMING
Teatro Amadeo Roldan Recita
Cat: MRBCD 289. Rel: 15 Mar 24
 
International
Bacalao Con Pan
Danza Naniga
Valle Picadura
Taka Taka Ta
La Verdad
Luisa
Quindiambo
Misaluba
Tags: Cuban | Cuban Jazz | Latin Funk
Pre-orders at Juno

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est. release 15 Mar 24 $12.12
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Grupo Irakere
Grupo Irakere (LP with obi-strip)
Cat: MRBLP 287. Rel: 26 Jan 24
 
International
Chequere-Son (6:44)
38 1/2 (5:10)
En Nosotros (4:19)
Juana 1600 (5:48)
Moja El Pan (3:49)
Este Camino Largo (6:34)
Xiomara (5:26)
Iya (5:30)
Review: For the second instalment in their Cuban Classics series, Mr Bongo present this sought-after slice of sublime Afro-Cuban jazz from 1976. It comes courtesy of one of Cuba's most influential acts, Grupo Irakere. Founded in 1973 by Chucho Valdes (son of the Cuban pianist and bandleader Bebo Valdes) the group was home to many of Cuba's finest musicians over the years. With an electrifying style and sound, they mixed traditional Cuban music with jazz, funk, and rock. This self-titled album includes the much-loved, dancefloor heavy-hitter 'Chequere-Son', a Latin-jazz funk masterpiece with Cubanized bebop-flavoured horn lines, lush keys, and 70s hip swagger. Though 'Chequere-Son' is the keystone of the record, the album is laced with brilliance at every turn, from the Carlos Santana-esque channelling 'Iya' with its percussive Latin power, to the sultry, slick and passionate '38 1/2'.
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