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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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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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Ebo Taylor European Tour October 2013

Oct 07, 2013

Ebo Taylor is back on tour this week... with some dates in the UK!Oct 10 - Lantaran Venster - Rotterdam, Netherlands Oct 11 - Paradiso Grote Zaal - Amsterdam, NetherlandsOct 12 - Tivoli Utrecht, NetherlandsOct 13 - KIT Cafe - Düsseldorf, GermanyOct 18 - Festival de la Liberte - Brussels, BelgiumOct 19 - Klub Wuppertal - Wuppertal, GermanyOct 24 - Start The Bus - Bristol, United KingdomOct 25 - The Empowering Church - London, United...

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Mr Bongo presents Brazil 45's

Oct 01, 2013

Following swiftly on from Brazilian Beats 7, we are very proud to present a new sister label Brazil 45s; a series of sought after 'golden era' 1960s and 1970s Brazilian music pressed on 7" vinyl. Brazil 45s will feature rare and sought after tracks previously unreleased as singles or only available on quieter LP pressings. Finding these tracks in good...

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The story of Brazilian Beats

Sep 30, 2013

In light of the release of our forthcoming Brazilian Beats 7 compilation, we thought now would be an opportune moment to recap the previous volumes from the past 14 years. So, Mr Bongo main man David Buttle has selected his favourite track from each compilation and tells us a little bit about each one.   Brazilian Beats 1 (1999) Top track: Masters...

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Buddies (Colegas) screening at the 5th Brazilian Film Festival of London

Sep 10, 2013

The 5th Brazilian Film Festival of London takes place from 27th September – 1st October at Odeon Covent Garden. Full information is available from www.brazilianfilmfestival.com. The Brazilian Film Festival returns, offering a riveting presentation of Brazilian culture off and on screen. The Brazilian Film Festival is Londons premiere platform for contemporary Brazilian cinema in the UK. The forthcoming hosting of the World Cup and...

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Tropicalia: An interview with director Marcelo Machado

Jul 17, 2013

Sounds And Colours interview 'Tropicalia' director Marcelo Machado: Between July 1967 and October 1969 a group of Brazilian musicians created a musical movement known as tropicália. Inspired by Brazilian music, art, literature, theatre and cinema as well as The Beatles and Rolling Stones, they created a style of music that was seen as being so revolutionary that it’s two lead protagonists...

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Mr Bongo presents Vamos! with Pollito Boogaloo at Blind Tiger, Brighton on 20th July

Jul 11, 2013

For the second instalment of our brand new monthly party we have invited Cumbia masters Pollito Boogaloo to play for us at Brighton's Blind Tiger Club on 20th July. Pollito Boogaloo (or 'little dancing chicken') play afro-colombian roots music drawing from classic 60s cumbia, vallenato and puya and mixing in a little dub and some voodoo. Fronted by charismatic Colombian...

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