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
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.
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1864083227148794/
Last Monday, I was kindly asked by Aaron L to join him for the second half of his Worldwide FM show to have a mix and talk about our upcoming release on the label, NST Cophie’s’ ‘Bian Kou’ (http://www.juno.co.uk/products/nst-cophies-bian-kou/642119-01/). I played a solid hour of West African Continue reading
In celebration of Kalita Records’ first release (the three choice tracks from NST Cophie’s 1980 private press Ivorian disco record ‘Mon’Da Center’), we’ve delved deep into the Kalita vinyl vaults Continue reading