Released on Polydor’s Nigerian division in 1978, Ofege’s fourth and final LP ‘How Do You Feel’ proved a massive hit. And with tracks such as ‘Burning Jungle’ included on the wax, its easy to see why. The track appears today to be so forward-focused, so ‘modern’ for its time, foreshadowing Continue reading
Appearing on the Japanese outfit Colored Music’s 1981 self-titled LP on the label Better Days, ‘Heartbeat’ is a fantastic proto-type electronic new wave synth workout. Now highly sought-after, this masterpiece by Atsuo Fujimoto and Ichiko Hashimoto was recently reissued as an 7 inch single edited by Chee Shimizu, and has Continue reading
Released in Lebanon in 1978, Ziad Rahbani’s ‘Abu Ali’ is a perfect example of how the American ‘disco’ sound was a true global phenomenon. A mixture of Lebanese and Middle Eastern elements with the more recent disco movement, this 13 minute track deserves greater recognition in the West, although Continue reading
Enlightment’s gospel disco album ‘Faith is the Key’ is a holy grail in the truest sense. Full of dance floor-friendly spiritual groove, the record was released on New Release Records in 1984 (although no one would be blamed for guessing its release as a few years earlier, lacking the more ‘electronic’ synth sounds emerging from 1983 onwards). Based in the Washington Continue reading
Here we have the killer Island/US disco single ‘Skank’, by Crashers. A well-known rare island 12″, the track is a pretty hard pull today. Released on the Capo Disco label in 1981, Continue reading
My Spiritland mix from earlier this week is now online for your Saturday afternoon listening pleasure. Having the opportunity Continue reading
Rory from Oxford’s Soul Sessions kindly invited me to play a B2B with Wiggle Baron last month. Had a chance to play the music I love with others who I admire. Such a fun night! I hope everyone who came had such a great time as us. Here is the 12-2 slot that we played. A mixture of tropical, US and West African disco, with a future Kalita release
A couple of weeks ago I was kindly invited to play on the Spiritland sound-system for a four hour set on a sunny Saturday afternoon. It was great to hear such good music on such a nice set-up. I started off slow with some spiritual jazz and gospel, then moved onto a more afro-centric focus, as well as including the odd US and Caribbean disco and soul track. I finished the set with ‘Bian Kou’ by NST Cophie’s, the title track
An hour long vinyl mix recorded on a sunny Sunday afternoon in London. Perfect for chilling out to, whether you’re at the park soaking up the rays or stuck inside doing less entertaining things. Starting off with some beautiful Japanese spiritual jazz and US instrumental gospel, we quickly Continue reading
Join us for a (hopefully!) summery afternoon session at the infamous Spiritland, the bar with THAT soundsystem. We’ll be digging deeper than ever into the Kalita vaults to bring you the best in soul, disco, funk and jazz from across the world, focussing in particular on West Africa, the US and the Caribbean. Expect summer anthems and unknown rarities, plus premiers of upcoming releases on Kalita Records.
Easy access to Spiritland via Kings Cross/St. Pancras station.
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