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2013 release round-up

Dec 18, 2013

We released some great music and film in 2013. Here is the full round-up: Runaway Orchestra - Runaway Orchestra - CD / downloadTaking a slight turn from our regular output we released Runaway Orchestra’s self-titled debut album; a collection of ten cover songs that feature the beautiful vocals of Sophie Madeleine and the folk arrangements of Runaway Orchestra. Ebo Taylor - Ebo...

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Brazil's World Cup host cities: where to find the best music

Dec 11, 2013

Written by Lewis Robinson for The Guardian With just over six months until the football World Cup finals in Brazil, it won't be long before we're deluged by a wave of TV adverts cashing in on a stereotypical version of Brazilian music – easy-listening bossa nova or energetic, percussion-driven Brazilian carnival batucadas. Here Lewis Robinson, head of alternative Brazilian record label Mais Um...

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Mr Bongo Staff - Favourite Releases Of 2013

Dec 10, 2013

2014 is nearly upon us, and as is customary for this time of year the team here at Mr Bongo have put our heads together and compiled a list of our favourite releases on the label in 2013. Each team member had to refine their choice to just two releases each, but as you can see, there have been some...

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Wild Style 30th Anniversary Party - London 7th December

Dec 04, 2013

First released in 1983, Wild Style‘s position as the definitive hip-hop movie remains pretty much unassailable. The film, which follows the travails of graffiti artist Zoro as he falls in love and dodges the feds, serves as a manifesto for New York’s fledgling B-Boy culture, featuring classic rapping, breaking and graffing set-pieces. Grandmaster Flash, The Cold Crush Brothers, Queen Lisa Lee and...

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Setting the scene: Salvador by Jody Gillett

Dec 02, 2013

An exclusive extract from Sounds and Colours Brazil, their brand new book focused on Brazilian music and culture. Written by Jody Gillett. Bass Is The Place Bahia is the state with the strongest African heritage in Brazil. For three hundred years, until abolition in 1888, Salvador was a major centre of the slave trade to the Americas. As a result, Salvador...

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Brighton Pop Up Record Shop, December 6th and 7th

Nov 14, 2013

The first annual Brighton Pop-Up Record Shop will be appearing at 102 Gloucester Rd, Brighton on 6th and 7th December. Drop in and check out records from Brighton and London based labels including ourselves, Tru Thoughts, Freshly Squeezed, Fat Cat, Pink Mist, Love Thy Neighbour, Donky Pitch, Destroy All Records, Donuts and Raygun Records with more to be announced. There will also be DJ sets from artists on the labels, these...

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Soviet bass: Russia's new sound

Nov 14, 2013

Mention "Soviet Bass" to most dance music fanatics, and they'd probably think you were on some kind of Colonel Kurtz-esque acid trip. The term refers to a new dance music subgenre spouting from the bluelit techno clubs of Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Tula. It combines a range of electronica from around the world; from frenetic Brazilian baile funk and brass sample-heavy DC moombahton house to Baltimore club...

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An exclusive interview with The Incredible Bongo Band's King Errisson

Nov 06, 2013

King Errisson is one of the most respected percussion players in the world. He has made his own albums, played for some of the best artists in the world, and was also the master percussionist who played in The Incredible Bongo Band. It was his legendary playing that has been sampled time and time again via the track Apache, and...

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Brazilian Beats 7 7" with Zapattta and Junip (Jose Gonzalez)

Oct 30, 2013

The first 7" taken from the recently released Brazilian Beats 7 compilation arrived today. It features the super obscure pysch-rock monster 'A Mesa Santa' by Zapattta, originally released on Odeon Brazil in 1971, and Junip, aka José González, Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn, who cover version Jorge Ben's classic 'Oba, Lá Vem Ela'.  You can buy this record from us here

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The Incredible Bongo Band - Who Were They?

Oct 29, 2013

  The Incredible Bongo Band is a group shrouded in mystery. They released two albums and their cover of the track ‘Apache’ was to become one of the musical cornerstones of Hip-Hop. Their performances are perhaps the most sampled of all time and the musicians in this group were up there with the best in the world, but how many...

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