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Record Store Day, 2023, Mr Bongo

It is our absolute pleasure to announce our two releases for Record Store Day, 2023 happening on 22nd April. See the full list and find participating stores at Record Store Day.

Brazil 45 Boxset, Curated by Mike D - 5 x Vinyl 7" 

For the fourth instalment of our much-loved Brazil 45 Boxset series, we have the privilege of presenting a selection from true hip-hop royalty, Mike D of Beastie Boys. The boxset brief is simple, a curated selection of your most beloved tracks from Brazil’s rich musical tapestry. Mike didn’t disappoint, digging deep to unearth incredible funky psych rock, dreamy MPB and experimental nuggets. In a reflection of his most famed musical output of hip-hop and hardcore punk; it's no surprise he has cherry-picked from the experimental and leftfield side of what Brazil has to offer.

Things kick off on the first 45 with a curveball. An obscure and mysterious promotional only 7" track by Inês Soares recorded for Toyota cars and originally released in Portugal. This is paired with Nicholas Mariano's solitary 7" single 'Dita Cuja’, an ultra-raw, distorted, garage rock rough diamond. Up next, we have two leftfield offerings from the visionary composer / percussionist / instrument inventor, Pedro Santos, alongside guitarist Sebastião Tapajós. These are followed by two slices of genius taken off Hareton Salvanini's sought-after Hareton + Meta EP from 1971. Circling back to the psychedelic rock vibe, we have both sides of a supremely rare Modulo 1000 7" compacto originally released on Odeon Records in 1970. Mike’s love for the dreamy 70s MPB / ‘Clube Da Esquina-esque’ lush sound is represented by two selections from the impeccable Erasmo Carlos. 

Having Mike involved, we knew this project was going to be special. He has delivered a wondrous boxset that has his identity stamped and forged in the selection.

A. Inês Soares - Toyota - Um Amor Para Toda A Vida / B. Nichollas Mariano - Dita Cuja / C. Sebastião Tapajos / Pedro Dos Santos - Cantico Del Agua / D. Pedro Dos Santos Y Sebastião Tapajos - Todo Es Moda (Tudo É Moda) / E. Hareton + Meta - KM110 / F. Hareton + Meta - Hippie 12 / G. Módulo 1000 - Big Mama / H. Módulo 1000 - Isto Não Quer Dizer Nada / I. Erasmo Carlos - É Preciso Dar Um Jeito, Meu Amigo J. Erasmo Carlos - Meu mar

Mr Bongo Record Store Day 2023 - Mike D, Beastie Boys

Terry Callier - Hidden Conversations - Vinyl LP (RSD Edition)

The late, great Terry Callier was an icon and inspiration to many; his work on Cadet Records with Charles Stepney and Elektra in the 70s made him a cult artist. After coming out of musical semi-retirement and returning to the stage in the 90s, Terry's light continued to shine, wowing both old and new audiences with the exquisite beauty his music and voice channelled.

Following his stunning performance at the 2008 Meltdown Festival, curated by Massive Attack, Terry teamed up with the legendary British trio, which resulted in ‘Hidden Conversations'. Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja co-wrote ‘Wings’, ‘John Lee Hooker', and ‘Live With Me’. The combination of Robert Del Naja’s haunting production and Terry’s captivating, emotive vocals fused beautifully. Terry collaborated with the producers Christopher Grabowski and Mark Hardy on the remaining other songs on the album.

Originally released on CD only in 2009, this new RSD edition is the first time it has been available on vinyl and comes housed in a tip-on sleeve, 180g black vinyl, and features an OBI strip with new cover art and design by Mr Krum.

1. Wings / 2. Sunset Boulevard / 3. Hidden Conversations  4. Live with Me / 5. John Lee Hooker / 6. Once I Dreamed of Heaven

Mr Bongo, RSD 2023 - Terry Callier - Hidden Conversations