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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 $16.88
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 $22.14
Ambolley (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 205. Rel: 18 Jun 19
 
International
It's High Life (5:00)
Walking Down The Street (5:30)
'Cos I Love You (4:54)
Cut Your Coat (5:18)
Adwoa (4:08)
Simigwa (2:02)
Franfranta (5:00)
Review: Initially released in South Africa in 1982, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley's sophomore set is now regarded as a boogie-era Highlife classic. Here issued on CD for the very first time via Mr Bongo, the album features the Ghanaian star brilliantly joining the dots between driving disco-funk, jazz-funk, intoxicating slow jams, calypso, dub reggae and his beloved highlife. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, with standouts including heavy percussion jam "Simigwa", the boogie-dub skank of "Adwoa", the down-low grooves of "Walking Down The Street" and the killer disco highlife anthem "It's High Life". Simply essential.
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 in stock $22.14
Simigwa (remastered)
Cat: MRBLP 175. Rel: 31 Oct 18
 
International
Kwaakwaa (5:19)
Akoko Ba (5:27)
This Hustling World (4:17)
Toffie (6:52)
Adwoa (4:09)
Fa No Dem Ara (4:39)
Review: 1975's "Simigwa" album not only launched the career of Afro-funk fusionist and eventual Highlife great Gyedu Blay Ambolley, but also inspired a Ghanaian dance craze. The album was co-produced by another Highlife great, Ebo Taylor, and has long been exceptionally hard to find on vinyl. For this official vinyl reissue on Mr Bongo, Ambolley's landmark set has been fully re-mastered for the very first time. It sounds spectacular, with great clarity on the ear-catching brass solos, serious weight to the bass and superb stereo separation. Highlights include - but certainly aren't limited to - the Afro-blues brilliance of "Toffie", the jaunty dancefloor fuzziness of "This Hustling World" and the heavyweight swing of ear-catching opener "Kwaakwaa".
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Tags: African | Afrobeat | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $22.14
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 $22.14
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)
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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 $12.13
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
Motivation (reissue)
Cat: MRB 12052. Rel: 28 Mar 19
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Motivation (8:50)
Extract (5:23)
 in stock $11.08
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 $11.08
En Trance (remastered)
Cat: MRBLP 180. Rel: 31 Oct 18
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Free Tonight (7:26)
Duende (5:53)
Creator's Dream (8:43)
Interplay (5:32)
Funk The Rock (5:25)
Invasion (8:07)
Return Of LB (6:14)
Review: When Atmosfear released "En Trance" in 1981, jazz-funk ruled UK dancefloors. The British outfit's lauded debut album reflected this fact, brilliantly joining the dots between jazz-funk, soul, disco, jazz-dance and the soundsystem dub influences that were becoming increasingly prevalent in British music at the time. As this re-mastered Mr Bongo reissue proves, it remains a potent and hugely enjoyable album all these years on. Check, for example, the dub effects, sweet vocals and punchy sax riffs of "Free Tonight", the rubbery dub disco/jazz funk fusion of "Creator's Dream", the Azymuth-esque antics of "Interplay" and the synth-laden former single "Invasion".
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 in stock $17.93
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 $22.14
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 $16.36
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 $22.95
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 $15.56
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
Maria Fumaca
Cat: MRBLP 134. Rel: 01 Aug 16
 
Funk
Maria Fumaca (2:22)
Na Baixa Do Sapateiro (3:23)
Mr Funky Samba (3:39)
Caminho Da Roca (3:02)
Metalurgica (3:01)
Baiao (2:53)
Casa Forte (2:22)
Leblon Via Vaz Lobo (2:29)
Urubu Malandro (2:25)
Junia (3:39)
Review: Banda Black Rio were and still are an incredibly influential jazz-dance band from Brazil. Their three albums have been in any serious digger's back since then and, more recently, they've seen a renewed interest thanks to iconic British collectors and DJs such as Gilles Peterson and the rest of the London fusion crew. Maria Fumaca's tracks are the perfect balance between funk, jazz and disco, blending all three in one perfect shape for both the dancers and the armchair listeners. Tunes like "Na Baixa Do Sepateiro" focus on drums and hypnotic guitar solos, while others like "Caminho Da Roca" go deeper into the jazz end of the spectrum but still retain enough Brazilian tropical flare to make them an absolute pleasure on the dancefloors. A much recommended reissue, and one that would have cost you a fortune up until now. Mr Bongo in the place.
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 in stock $22.95
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
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 $13.19
The Choice Is Yours
Cat: MRB 7193. Rel: 08 Dec 20
 
Hip Hop/R&B
The Choice Is Yours (Revisited) (4:03)
The Choice Is Yours (3:27)
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 $13.19
Strobelite Honey (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7169. Rel: 07 Aug 20
 
Hip Hop/R&B
Strobelite Honey (Maybe We Did mix) (3:50)
Strobelite Honey (3:08)
Review: There's been plenty of great "golden era" hip-hop reissued on wax lately, mostly via tidy and on-point seven-inch singles. Here's another, as Mr Bongo offers up a replica edition of the increasingly scarce "45" of Black Sheep's 1991 scene anthem "Strobelite Honey" - a playful and fun-packed affair that still gets feet moving 29 years after it first hit clubs. On the A-side you'll find the superior "Maybe We Did Remix", in which Dres's entertaining lyrics about courting a woman at a club ride crunchy drums, scratches, squally high pitched horn sounds and a wealth of killer samples. Turn to the flip for the far funkier original version, which lifts warm, squelchy and groovy elements from early '80s disco cuts by Change and Luther Vandross.
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 in stock $12.65
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
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 $11.60
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 $22.14
I Love You More & More (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 224. Rel: 26 Mar 21
 
Soul
Have A Nice Weekend Baby (4:27)
The Love We Share Is The Greatest Of Them All (3:55)
There's Nothing In This World That Can Stop Me From Loving You (4:45)
I Love You More & More (4:09)
Naked As The Day I Was Born (4:31)
That's The Reason Why (I'll Love You Until The Day I Die) (3:59)
Shame Me, Wake Me (2:25)
If We Don't Make It Nobody Can (4:09)
Intérprete: Juno Recommends Soul
 in stock $21.09
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 $21.09
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 $36.92
FORTHCOMING
Speak Your Peace (reissue) (Record Store Day RSD Black Friday 2023)
Speak Your Peace (reissue) (Record Store Day RSD Black Friday 2023) (limited transparent green vinyl LP with obi strip) (1 per customer)
Cat: MRBLP 284.
 
Soul
Monuments Of Mars
Running Around
Darker Than A Shadow
Brother To Brother
Speak Your Peace
Imagine A Nation
coming soon $29.54
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 $22.14
Belladonna (remastered)
Cat: MRBLP 229. Rel: 29 Apr 21
 
Jazz
Belladonna (11:42)
Summer Rain (8:14)
Remadione (3:46)
Mayday (5:40)
Suspension (6:10)
Hector's House (4:34)
Review: British trumpeter and bandleader Ian Carr put out his most revered album in 1972. Its iconic fusion of jazz and rock has become a sought after rarity. Featured musicians include members of bands like Nucleus, Brian Auger's band, Soft Machine and Stan Tracy Group, and they all help lend the record a psychedelic, proggy aesthetic, with swirling melodies making for moody but funky tunes. Tracks like 'Mayday' put expressive solos and complex arrangements front and centre, while 'Suspension' is a more laidback joint for sinking into. The gorgeous meandering lilt of 'Summer Rain' is our personal favourite.
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Intérprete: Juno Recommends Jazz
 in stock $22.14
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 $20.04
Twice
Twice (LP)
Cat: MRBLP 112. Rel: 08 May 14
 
Dub
Ari Up
99
Desdemona
Tiger Balm
Postman
Looking For Real Love
Superfast
Twice
Win Or Loose
 in stock $17.41
Hollie Cook
Cat: MRBLP 079. Rel: 10 Jun 11
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Milk & Honey
That Very Night
Walking In The Sand
Cry (disco mix)
It's So Different Here
Sugar Water (Look At My Face) (feat Horseman)
Shadow Kissing
Used To Be
Body Beat (feat Horseman)
 in stock $15.56
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 $20.04
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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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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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)
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FORTHCOMING
Chi Talo EP Vol 2
Cat: MRB 1259. Rel: 01 Mar 24
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
New Sound Quartet - "Bass Construction" (Marc Davis edit)
The Saucer Planes - "Straight To The Point" (Marc Davis edit)
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
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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)
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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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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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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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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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The Big Payback
Cat: MRB 7197. Rel: 14 Jan 22
 
Hip Hop/R&B
The Big Payback (4:50)
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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Strictly Business
Cat: MRB 7199. Rel: 14 Jan 22
 
Hip Hop/R&B
Strictly Business (radio mix) (3:30)
Strictly Business (instrumental mix) (5:25)
Review: EPMD arrived as an almost unbelievably well-formed hip hop group in the 1980s. Right from the moment they dropped their 1989 debut - 'Strictly Business' - they soared, immediately backed it up with 'Unfinished Business' in 1989 then came more big hitters like 'The Big Payback.' But 'Strictly Business' remains one of the NYC duo's most significant and best-loved singles and it is pressed up here to its own 7" courtesy of hardcore fans Mr Bongo. It's a track with tons of samples, scratching, smooth bars and churning beats. Flip it over for an instrumental.
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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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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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 in stock $12.65
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