Once again it’s been a while since we posted a guest mix here, but rest assured we like to seek out quality over quantity, and that’s certainly the case here as Barcelona’s chief exponent of Rhythm & Blues picks out just over an hour of lesser known diamonds. By way of introduction, here’s some words from the man himself:
Hi, I’m Alfonso from Barcelona, though many people know me as fonsoul. I’ve been collecting records for almost my entire life, focusing in the last two decades on afro american music mostly – from the early 50s until the late 70s. I dig many styles, r&b, r’n’r, soul, funk, latin, jamaican, etc., always try to look for new stuff (to me). I host a small club in my hometown with my mate Tof, the Double Cookin’, where our musical policy is mainly showing each other our monthly new (for us) discoveries.
Over the years I ve been fortunate enough to be called to spin my records in many clubs and rallies in my country and abroad. In general I try to mix known classics with the little known and many times weird sounds. The feedback is positive so far. I also had a youtube channel for the last five years, where I posted some of my records. It was recently closed due to copyright issues, but I don’t give up – I already opened a new one. Hopefully soon it will look as the old one was.
In the mix I focused mostly in r&b from late 50s till late 60s, almost entirely little known or overlooked tunes. Which is not always easy – I mean, an unknown tune may easily be a shitty unknown tune. I hope the ones here are not and you enjoy listening!
I’ll be teaming up with legendary pie-eating Sheffield-based record man Mik Parry of the Pow Wow club this Saturday at the Bayou in Camden Town, for a guest spot at a new monthly R&B session organized by our friend Bald Mark. Come on down and enjoy the fun.
Just landed – an essential for any R&B fanatic, the first 45rpm vinyl outing for two originally unissued Modern recordings circa 1957 from one of our true and living heroes – Young Jessie. Backed with Mickey Baker et al, there isn’t much left to say but what are you waiting for? Available to order now, £5.50 each, email email@example.com
After a couple of years in development and production, topped up by a long month of manufacturing delays, Jukebox Mambo Vol II is finally in the building and available to order.
Following on from our first installment, Vol II widens the scope and delves further into the mid-century musical canon to uncover 22 more R&B firecrackers which blur the rhythmic lines of North, South, Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond.
Available on deluxe, old style paste-on gatefold double LP, which comes with copious and biographical notes and photographs and a poster insert, CD, and also on the super-super deluxe and limited to less than 500 copies worldwide, 6 x 10″ vinyl old-old album style version which also features an additional 4 exclusive tracks. All three formats are available to order now, email us now at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your enjoys.
2 LP is £15
CD is £8
6 x 10″ album set is £45 while stocks last.
Our man in Japan, James of Nite Beat Records and Osaka Twist & Shout, kindly put together his own set of Latin beat Rhythm & Blues in anticipation of our upcoming album launch party for the hotly anticipated Jukebox Mambo Volume II. If you like what you hear, and I can’t for one moment fathom why you may not, then head right on over to wegottickets to book your spot at the fiesta, and look out for Jukebox Mambo Vol II hitting your stores on 2LP, CD and special limited 6 x 10″ album set on the 1st December 2014.
James’ Jukebox Mambo Vol II Album Launch Party Warm Up by Jukeboxjam on Mixcloud
The follow up to our original set of Afro Latin tinged Blues, Rhythm & Jazz, Jukebox Mambo Volume II, will be released Monday November 10th. To launch the album, we’re throwing a big party at The New Empowering Church, the venue for the launch party to Volume 1 and also last year’s momentous Young Jessie show. More details here.
And to get people in an appropriately exotic mood, here’s a little set I put together of the kind of sultry, heady sounds that will fill the night. Includes 3 tracks from Jukebox Mambo II.
Jukebox Mambo II Album Launch Party Warm-up by Jukeboxjam on Mixcloud