September 2019 Top Vinyl Picks
From Barcelona, we give you some of our top picks on vinyl for this September.
Here is our selection of the best new releases on vinyl, we want to share them with all of you for an end of summer full of rhythm and flavour.
Find it on our blog at Tropikon, the online record store with the most groove on the Spanish peninsula.
Rupa – Disco Jazz (LP, RE)
Numero Group 2019
Barely disco and hardly jazz, Rupa Biswas’ 1982 LP is the halfway point between Bollywood and Balearic. Tracked in Calgary’s Living Room Studios with a crack team of Indian and Canadian studio rats alike, Disco Jazz is a perfect fusion of East and West. Sarod and synthesizer intricately weaving around one another for 37 transcendent minutes, culminating in the viral hit “Aaj Shanibar.” Remastered from original analogue source material and with he permission and blessing of the producers and performers.
Marcia Griffiths – Sweet & Nice (2xLP, Album, RE)
Be With Records 2019
Roots Reggae, Lovers Rock…
Sweet And Nice is the vital debut album from Jamaica’s undisputed first lady of song Marcia Griffiths. It’s reggae at its most soulful. Slinking through a tight ten tracks of R&B and pop-sourced material, it became an instant best seller. 45 years after its initial release the LP is available again on vinyl, now as a double LP, with an extra record collecting 14 rare tracks.
Everything’s been remastered of course, including the original LP, so Sweet And Nice now sounds even sweeter, and even nicer.
Grupo Pilon – Leite Quente Funaná De Cabo Verde (LP, Comp)
Ostinato Records 2019
Cape Verde, Funana….
Synthesize the Soul, Ostinato Records’ second compilation, revealed chapter one of the Cabo Verde cultural story in Europe, zooming in on visionaries like Paulino Vieira who made Lisbon the headquarters spearheading the musical revolution taking place within Cape Verdean emigre communities across Europe in the 1980s. Musicians from across the diaspora would eagerly travel to the Portuguese capital to record.
Grupo Pilon represents the second chapter of the Krioulu diaspora story. In smaller pockets, second generation musicians were independently contributing to one of the most lush periods of cultural innovation by immigrants in Europe. In Luxembourg, in 1986, a group of teenagers formed the largely unknown (outside of Cape Verdean circles) but consistently brilliant band named after the blunt instrument used in the islands to pound corn for Cabo Verde’s national dish, cachupa.
Various – Return To The Mothers’ Garden (More Funky Sounds Of Female Africa 1971 – 1982) (LP, Comp)
Africa Seven 2019
Afro, Boogie, etc….
In 2018 we introduced our first Mothers’ Garden compilation on International Womens’ Day. This compilation looked to shine a light on the often under-acknowledged musical contribution from female African artists. In 2019 we are back with Volume 2 presenting yet again some of Africa’s most recognised female artists alongside some lesser known artists. Whilst the roster might have changed slightly, the quality of music is as funky as before and the message stays the same.
Zé Roberto – Lotus 72 D (7″, Single, RE)
Mr Bongo 2019
“Lotus 72 D” is a tribute to the sensational talent of Formula 1 driver, Emerson Fittipaldi, who was crowned world champion in 1972.
A certified Holy Grail of Brazilian music and our most requested reissue! Fast or ‘normal’? You decide, we have cut both ‘versions’ here.
Kokoro Disco-San – Isla Fantasia (12″)
Rocafort Records 2019
If, like us, you secretly labour under the assumption that it’ll never be as good as that bit of the late 70s when the big bang between jazz, funk and disco gave us shooting stars like Dexter Wansel’s ‘Life On Mars’ and Atmosfear’s ‘Dancing in outer space’, this latest Rocafort 12” is the potential soundtrack to your sunny season.