1. Seu Jorge-Seu Jorge & Almaz
2. V/A-Let’s A Go-Go!
3. Arthur Verocai-S/T
4. DJ Sloe Poke- Fiesta Tropical
5. V/A-Afro-Beat Airways:West African Shock Waves Ghana & Togo 1972 to 1979
6. Jane Birkin &Serge Gainsbourg- S/T
7. V/A-Saigon Rock & Roll
8. Enrique Iglesias-Eurphoria
10. V/A-World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria
There was little change from July's chart. Seu Jorge & Almaz took the top spot after debuting at number three last month. New releases in August included the reissue of infamous collaboration between Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, which was released on CD and limited edition vinyl with a bonus seven inch. At number five is the latest release from Analog Africa, Afro-Beat Airways. I’ve had this gem on heavy rotation during much of the month of August. It’s probably the funkiest African compilation to come out in a while.
For those who haven’t been in the Hollywood store in a while, we've made some changes in the World Music section. With the increase in vinyl sales, we decided to change a World Music CD end rack into a World vinyl end rack, with many beautiful World Music and Reggae LPs now on display. The results have been tremendous, especially with the non-traditional world music consumer. People who collect Jazz, Rock, Soul, House and Hip-Hop now have a whole new world (pardon the pun) of vinyl to collect. So whether you’re a seasoned DJ or someone just starting a vinyl collection, here are some must have new World Music releases on LP:
V/A- Anatolia Rocks – A Second Musical Trip Through Turkey 1971 to 1980
Another in the long line of great Turkish Psychedelic compilations, the first Anatolia Rocks compilation sold out within a week, so I wouldn’t sleep on this one. Songs from your favorite Turkish Rock gods -- Alpay, Erkin Koray, Ersen, Edip Akbayram, Mavi Isiklar and more.
Johnny Colon — Boogaloo '67
Johnny Colon’s Boogaloo Blues is probably my all-time favorite boogaloo recording, so when I saw that Fania was going to reissue the long out-of-print Boogaloo ’67 on LP, needless to say, I was excited. This album was recorded the same year as Boogaloo Blues and packs the same Latin heat. Johnny Colon may not be a household name such as Joe Cuba or Ray Barretto, but rest assured, Boogaloo ’67 will have you hooked from the first note.
V/A-Congotronics Vinyl Box Set
Yes, this box set goes for around 160 bucks, but you get your money's worth for sure! The box set contains vinyl versions of all 5 Congotronics albums: Konono No 1 - Congotronics 1, V/A - Congotronics 2 /Buzz'n'Rumble From The Urb'n'Jungle, Kasai Allstars - In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic, Staff Benda Bilili - Très Très Fort and Konono No 1 - Assume Crash Position. On top of those five LPs, you get an exclusive 7” featuring a collaboration between Kasai All-stars and Akron/Family, plus a re-usable Congotronics USB pen drive packed with videos & mp3s, and an album sized booklet. Get yourself an early Christmas gift, or perhaps it's time to trade all those CDs that are cluttering your home and use the trade credit to buy this…at least that is my plan!
I don’t think there are many albums as perfect as 1972’s Clube Da Esquina, but Lo Borges' solo album comes close. No, he doesn’t have the angelic voice of Milton Nascimento, the singer who most people associate Clube Da Esquina with. Perhaps that might be the reason he isn’t as known as other great Brazilian songwriters such as Caetano Veloso or Gilberto Gil. But if you are a fan of well-crafted songwriting that is part Beatles, part 60’s American soul with Brazilian folk and some art school charm, this is your record. For fans of Joyce, Nelson Angelo, Arthur Verocai and of course, Milton Nascimento.