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Sunday, March 8, 2015

061° SPIRITUAL JAZZ - THE LOST TRACKS - selected by Gerald "Jazzman" Short

Those of you that has been following the blog for a while knows that we have a very special interest and respect for the English record label Jazzman Records. So it is with very great pleasure that we are pleased to present to you exclusively 9 Spiritual Tracks selected by Gerald Short, owner and creator of Jazzman Records.
When we asked him to tell us what has led his choice, he answered us "This is a selection of European modal & spiritual jazz tracks that for one reason or another did not make it onto our series of Spiritual Jazz albums on Jazzman. The quality is there for all to hear; these are not rejects."
We wish you a nice travel into Northern and Eastern European Jazz!

Monday, February 23, 2015


Freshly re-issued by São Paulo based record label Goma Gringa, Tribo Massáhi is considered as the Brazilian Holy Grail by records collectors around the globe.
But besides his hard to define sound - "Afro-Brasilian psych-funk fusion" to quote Now Again - a quite singular point about that LP is that until today, almost nothing was known about it or about the leader of the band, Embaixador. That was before one guy, Itamar Dantas, Brazilian journalist, decides to make the job and unscramble the story behind Embaixador and his band.
Along with the full remastered B side of the record, we are pleased to offer you, exclusively, the complete English version of the liner notes that came with the reissue! Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

060° DIRTY BRAZILIAN JAZZ - Vol° 02 - 78rpm Special - selected by LesMainsNoires

Something like 1 year ago, my good friend Edson Carvalho, who knew my interest in 78rpm, gave me a call telling me that a friend of him has just grab a radio stock of 78rpm, something like 3000 records! He also added that if I'm interested, we should be fast since there are some guys in São Paulo that are buying everything they can find in 78rpm, not matter what it is, they just buy! The answer I gave him was the only one conceivable: "I need to check that batch asap!" Half an hour and a few phone calls later and It was scheduled, we were going to get our hands dirty a couple of days later!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Since a year, Les Mains Noires is also a record label named Goma Gringa Discos, based in São Paulo and runned by Frederic Thiphagne & Matthieu Hebrard. The good news is that has just been released the 3rd Lp, “Malagueta, Perus e Bacanaço” by São Paulo’s saxophonist Thiago França.
Inspired by the cult homonymous short story by writer João Antonio, the record was born as a tribute to the 50 years of publication. Between stories, codes and characters we are introduced to the three rogues (Malagueta, Perus and Bacanaço) that roam in São Paulo's night from a pool hall to another in search of games. A typical portrait of São Paulo, raw, gray and not quite hopeful, where the city is both background and character of the plot where are involved the protagonists.

Thursday, July 4, 2013


Searching in my pictures archives, I realised that I still didn't share with you those crazy pictures from that quite singular place. Unfortunately, I will not be able to tell you so much about this place as everyone has been quiet. One thing is sure, it do not exist anymore. I was there at the end of September 2009 and I've been quite lucky as I remember the owner of the place telling me that that was it! he has just sold the warehouse and he was going to be destroyed within two weeks! And that is what actually happen.

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Alfredo Bello aka Dj Tudo is someone I already posted about.
Pillar of the new musical scene in Brazil, the musician, producer, dj, ethnomusicologist and tenacious researcher is just back from a month spent in Europe with his luggage packed with 2 new releases!
Perfect to wait until his new Lp expected around January 2014! Be sure that I'll be here to let know about this as soon as It will be available.
And so, It is not one but two tracks that I'm posting! Check them!

Monday, April 22, 2013


While 2010 and 2011, I've been lucky enough to have Manu and Paulo as my bosses, at Superfly Records! One year and a half where I've learned so much. I'll never be able to thank them enough for the trust they put in me and for the inestimable knowledge they shared with me!
In between, I also have to admit that those years has been extremely valuable to my humble record collection ('Basement vol.1 & vol.2 among other).

The pictures and questions that follows has been made while those years and stayed in my hard-drive until now. Pics has been shot at Manu's place and while a digging trip in Brussels.

And as always, the questions are accompanied by a 17 tracks compilation selected by Manu through his own record collection!
A mixture of Spiritual and Afro rooted Jazz, West Indies Fusion, Obscure Rare Groove, Latin, Afro Psych and Vocal Jazz.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Annoucement of a new Analog Africa release is always a moment full of pleasure, excitement and surprise!
And here is the last one, Analog Africa's 3rd volume about the most emblematic and legendary Beninese band, the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou! You may think something like 'Oh, one more volume....' but watch out ! Don't get it wrong! This volume may be the best of the serie!
It's when you think that you already know everything that arise something showing you that you're only at the beginning!
From pure Vodoun rhythm to Afro Bossa Nova, the compilation presents 14 unexpected and highly addictive tracks recorded by the band between 1969 and 1980!
Here is in worldwide exclusivity one track extract from the compilation and that appear to be my favorite

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

057° .DIRTY BRAZILIAN JAZZ. selected by Les Mains Noires

Yes I know...almost 9 months without a proper selection... I can only apologize for this and tell you that no, I do not forget you and no, I'm not dead! Just starting a new part of life in Sao Paulo since a bit more than a year now. Goma-Gringa's project is taking the main part of my time, and It's a pleasure! My records are still in France and I do not have a correct system to record my new founds here. That are the reasons of such an absence!

But here finally is a new selection!
I'm proud to present to you 18 tracks collected mainly while my six first months here. You'll easily understand the title referring to the successful 'Dirty Caribbean Jazz' serie and his raw, oldie and perfumed mood! So yes, that's a 48 min long journey through Brazilian sounds from the 40s, 50s and early 60s that I propose to to you to discover or rediscover.

The selection featured Samba Jazz, Batuque, Chote, Capoeira, Baião, Pontos Cruzados and more... Trying to give you a small overview of the Brazilian musical diversity and richness.

Give it an ear, and please, let me know your thoughts about it.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

056° .TRACKS OF THE WEEK°08. .2011.week °24 to °52

Eighth volume of this now classic serie dedicated to contemporary labels and artists!
Another 13 tracks posted on the blog in 2011's second half.
RareGroove, Progressive Rock, Afro Latin, Rhythm'n'Blues, Mandingo, Dub, Brazilian New Grooves and more will, I wish, give your ears a delightful hour!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Edson is one of the biggest figure of São Paulo's digging scene, more than 15 years of vinyl researches made him a huge reference for Brazilian music but also for groovy library sounds as his collection would turn pale more than one.

There are people whose kindness doesn't know any border, Edson is one of them.
He's one of the first people I met while my first trip, here, in São Paulo. That was in August 2011 and he took care of me like no one can do. Bringing to some of the best place to find records, advising me a very lot about that Brazilian music that I was just discovering and being always present to help me for whatever I could need. He quickly turned into a very close friend and someone who I wanted to humbly tribute.

Always looking around for new place to dig, one of his favorite spot keep being that basement in downtown São Paulo, full of 7 inches. Really impressive space when you get in for the first time!

The mix that Edson made only features 'Compacto' (Brazilian name for 7inches) coming from this basement ! As well, most of the pictures are from this spot who turned into an amazing playground for photography ! Then, as all portraits, this post came with the usual survey, a gallery of photos and a small text from Edson that he insisted to attach with his prolific 27 tracks mix-tape.

Much ingredients which, I hope, will satisfy both your ears, eyes and curiosity!

Monday, April 2, 2012

054° .SALSITA CON SWING. selected and mixed by PHILIPPE NOEL

Insatiable globetrotter, dj, digger and owner of the great blog Canicule Tropicale, Philippe Noël kindly sent me from his hometown Montreal a impeccable mix of Latin records he collected while several trips around the planet.
An hour that will delight Salseros as much as music lovers.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

053° .TRACKS OF THE WEEKS°07. .2011.week°04 to°17.

Here are 12 tracks extract from some of the best early 2011 Issues & ReIssues.
All of them as been posted on this blog from week 04 to week 17 of 2011.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


First chapter of a travel diary that promises to be rich and diverse, here are some of the best discoveries from researches around North & North East Brasilian music.
Traditionnal rhythms Carimbó, Forro and Siria compose this selection especially elaborated for the UK's leading Afro, Caribbean and Latin music party collectives, SOFRITO.

Friday, January 27, 2012

BONUS .De Frank & his Professionals "Psychedelic Man" & "Biguine-Lélé" avec Francisco.

First of all I'd like to wish you all a happy 2012, I sincerely hope that this new year will brings you all what you want, need and deserve.

Sorry for not being so much active on the posts those days. That happens because I spend a lot of time to get the blog Updated in order to propose you a better contents. Very soon will be available more Infos, more Photos and more Music!
For you to wait until the end of this updating, here are a couple of very special LPs!