MLP 1008 :: THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS

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Release date: 27.03.2015

also available on Compact Disc by Légère Recordings and P-Vine Records, Japan.

The Mighty Mocambos’ new album “Showdown” sets another cornerstone in their prolific career as a globally active instrumental funk outfit. While maintaining their organic approach of recording real musicians live on tape, the group has refined their trademark sound with a dramatic edge, a hard hitting production and ventures into less obvious musical territories.

While highly enjoying themselves as the tight unit they are, The Mighty Mocambos invited an exciting list of guests to contribute to their musical “Showdown”: German film composer icon Peter Thomas, hiphop godfather Afrika Bambaataa, rap legends Charlie Funk aka Afrika Islan (member of the original Rocksteady Crew) and Donald D (of Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate), plus Nichola Richards, Shawn Lee, DeRobert from peer label GED Soul in Nashville, Zulu Nation MCs Deejay Snoop & DJ Hektek and organ genius Guillaume Metenier all joined the group for their new musical adventure.

With two highly successful albums under their belt as The Mighty Mocambos and a plethora of singles and music under different monikers such as the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, this new full-length is by no means the final battle, indeed the show has just begun. The album shows a group who is prepared to stand up with anyone in the game. Their guns are heavy beats, epic horns, dual guitars and outstanding compositions – and they are locked and loaded.
The Showdown theme also reflects our times, and the group continues to spread the vision of “peace, unity, love and having fun(k)” by choosing musical instrumenents as their weapons of choice.

The songs come along as coherent as they are diverse in nature. The old school discofied breakdance tune “It’s The Music” and the funked up Rolling Stones cover “Hot Stuff” were released as a vinyl singles before. Both were playlisted by the BBC and have become club favourites by DJs like Craig Charles. Both songs are from the ongoing collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa and Charlie Funk, this time they brought Hektek and Deejay Snoop with them for some chants and talkbox.
The epic opening track “Road To Earth” features the one and only Peter Thomas on piano and orchestral arrangements. Thomas wrote over 500 film scores, most widely known are his works for the 60s Sci-Fi series “Space Patrol”, “Chariot Of The Gods” or German cult crime series like “Edgar Wallace”.
“In The Dark” introduces young soul singer Nichola Richards with a fine piece of sister funk. Her personal showdown is love-related. “The Spell Of Ra-Orkon” is a sinister afro-funk inspired instrumental with a fantasy score chorus. “Political Power” unites Afrika Bambaataa, Charlie Funk and Donald D for a bold statement against repression by politics and media. “Drifting Stars” is a take on Sixties sci-fi erotica instrumentals from an indie hiphop point of view.
“Not Get Caught” is DeRobert (of the DeRobert & the Half Truths) telling a story about committing a crime on a low down funk beat. Dee agruably has the most amazing soul voice of our generation, and it’s hard not to believe his showdown story. “Catfight” is an uptempo soulshaker with a mysterious Eastern flavour and a tripped out downtempo break, featuring well travelled multi-instrumentalist and tiger Shawn Lee on a variety of exotic string instruments. Cats have their showdown too.
“Locked And Loaded” is cowbell breaks at their best, another b-boy favourite for a one to one, while the title track was meant to combine spaghetti western and blaxploitation aesthetics with soul drums. It ended up sounding like the Mighty Mocambos with more trumpets, which it actually is, and which is brilliant.

MLP 1007 :: CAROLINE LACAZE

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Release date: 22.4.2013

‘En Route’ is the stunning debut album of young soulful French chanteuse Caroline Lacaze!
The mixture on “En Route” is eclectic: nonchalant 60s beat, mysterious psych-pop, raucous funk and longing French chanson, all combined and held together with the energetic raw soul sound and the skillful ‘mise-en-scene’ by the Mocambo Electric Sound Orchestra.
Whether the mood is uplifting (“En Route Madame”), mysteriously sexy (“Minutes D’Insousciance”), melancholic (“Ici”), joyful (“Laisse Tomber”), sombre (“Je Reste”) or a shift up a gear from mere retro with a hot-rodded take on the Serge-Gainsbourg-penned Brigitte-Bardot-classic “Harley Davidson” from the swinging 60s, Caroline sings it with passion, energy and sincerity that is rarely heard of today.
Caroline Lacaze’s songs capture all the facets of an exciting voyage, the joy and pain of being away from home, leaping straight forward – with an occasional look in the rear-view mirror.

“The mixture of French singing and raw soul really works by gad. A match made in heaven.”
Emrys Baird, Blues & Soul Magazine, UK

“What a lovely piece of funk magic – that’s how soul in 2013 should sound like. Cool, powerful and with a twist.” Michael Arens, Soultrainonline, Germany

 “The French vocals provide a refreshing perspective and a nice touch…super-impressive backing” Imran Mirza, The Blue-in-Green-Blog

“A talent that is undeniable”
Colorising, Colorising.com Blog

“The French language vocals give it a feel unlike most new funk we’ve heard lately. Caroline’s got a greatly soulful voice”
Dusty Groove, Chicago, USA

“Caroline Lacaze records French retro soul that’s crunchy, deep, funky and growingly addictive!”
Julien Lakshmanan, Paris DJs

“Super cool release from the Mocambo lads. Loving their trademark heavy heavy grooves nicely topped with those so slinky tones from the French talent that is Caroline Lacaze.”
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show, BBC 6MUSIC

“Funk? Soul? Mod? Hard to categorize, but simply amazing what Miss Lacaze and the Mocambos deliver with `En Route´.”
Tobias Kirmayer, Tramp Records

“Solid french pop with an attitude – made in Germany! Caroline Lacaze’s voice switches easy from heavy sixties-tingend psyche soul to uptempo yéyé sound. Backed by the Mocambos under their new moniker Mocambo Electric Sound Orchestra nothing can go wrong. Their sample-friendly pounding drumsound is pure delight! Love it!”
Oliver Korthals, Mojo Club

MLP 1006 :: THE IMPELLERS

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Release date: 30.4.2012 SOLD OUT!

Mocambo records is very proud to present the original vinyl edition of long-anticipated second album by THE IMPELLERS ‘This Is Not A Drill’. The Impellers are a 10-piece heavy soul and funk powerhouse with strong original material. This new album brings together influences including heavy soul, deep funk, latin and afrobeats, hip hop production, all topped by the gritty vocals of lead singer ‘Lady’ Clair Witcher.

The Impellers first full album “Robot Legs” was released on UK independent label Freestyle Records and featured a guest appearance from DJ and latin percussion legend Snowboy. Since its release in 2009, the band have been busy touring across the UK, Netherlands, Spain, France and elsewhere. They have shared stages with some of the finest funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz and scratch DJ talent from around the world.

The vinyl edition of the LP features a heavy old-style cardboard sleeve (free of barcodes and weblinks) and includes a download code for the entire album in full AIFF quality, plus bonus tracks such as funk re-version of the instantly recognisable “That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings.

This is NOT a drill – This is 100% REAL!

MLP 1005 :: THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS

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Release date: 4.10.2011

After almost twenty 45s under various pseudonyms, their thrilling and hugely successful debut album with London based singer Gizelle Smith and a tour with concerts throughout Europe, Germany’s most prolific deep funk formation is ready to step further into the spotlight on their second longplayer.

The aptly titled THE FUTURE IS HERE sees the group explore new territories with features by hiphop legends Afrika Bambaataa and Charlie Funk, fresh French singer Caroline Lacaze and German rare groove queen Su Kramer, while manifesting their unique raw funk sound and refining their unmistakable instrumental style that has long gained international reputation.

Features old-style heavy cardboard sleeve, free of barcodes and weblinks and includes a coupon for free full quality AIFF download of the entire album.



MLP 1004 :: THE DELTA RHYTHM SECTION

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Release date: 3.5.2010 SOLD OUT!

Mocambo Records strikes back with a new full length, ltd. edition, vinyl-only album by the Delta Rhythm Section – any rare groove lover’s dream-come-true.
The obscure group is one of the last and best kept secrets of the deep funk movement.
In the past years, the Vinylizor production team of Gary Crockett, Jay & Dominic Glover has produced true deep funk treasures with the crème of the London Funk scene.
Band members from the James Taylor Quartet, the New Mastersounds, Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, the Sound Stylistics, Incognito & percussionist Snowboy all contributed to the legendary sessions that went into archives but never saw the light of a commercial release.
After having released two tremendously successful 45s of the group, the now mega rare “Funkin Fever” and “Nassau Strut”, Mocambo Records reveals 12 more unreleased tracks.
But it is not just about the rareness of these recordings, it’s about the pure musical passion and vibe that lives in every second of this album.
From the killer jazz funk of “Get It On” (used in a Musicload TV commercial), psychedelic grooves of “The Trip” through heavy soul instrumentals as “Hot Fudge”, raw funk bangers as “Uptown Strut” to the latin soul of “Homecookin’”, the 12 tracks make up the must have album of 2010 for every deep funk connaisseur on the planet.
Better forget the clones: this is serious break-heavy, creative, danceable & raw funky sound that will leave you breathless and redefine the genre soul-jazz in just 36 minutes.
Beautifully manufactured high-quality vinyl. Barcode-free-old-style jacket.

MLP 1003 :: GIZELLE SMITH & THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS

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Release date: 31.8.2009 SOLD OUT!

available on CD (Légère Recordings, Soulbeats Records France, CCRE Japan)

“Strong album – packs a serious punch”
Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, BBC 6 Music

“A breath of fresh air”
Keb Darge

“Really amazing stuff, full of killers”
Nick / Record Kicks

“Definitely recommended”
Peter Wermelinger, Funky & Groovy Music Records Lexicon

“What a fantastic album – this is proper funk”
Tobias Kirmayer, Tramp Records

Ever since their first collaboration on the “Mocambo Funk Forty Fives” compilation, things have gained momentum for the “Golden Girl of Funk” and the much respected Hamburg-based label and live band. Their first single “Working Woman” became an overnight smash and a prime-time club favourite of funk & soul DJs from all over the world. Initially released on the Finnish private press label Old Capital, producer legend and Grammy nominee Kenny Dope (Masters at Work, Bucketheads) picked up and remixed the song for his own label Kay Dee Records.

Gizelle Smith & Mocambo now step up with a full-length album of bonafide sister funk.
In the days of digital recording and Pro Tools editing, they show true exception to modern techniques and create their highly regarded, unique and raw soul sound, by making use of simple dynamic microphones and reel-to-reel tape machines.
In a genre which is often littered with overused clichés of the past, the charismatic Gizelle Smith adds a lot of her own flavour rather than slavishly copying icons of bygone decades. The result is a refreshing alternative to post-millenium plastic pop without being a mere retro rip-off.

From the heavy and determined “Gonna Get You” to vulnerable, gospel-tinged laments such as “Coffee High”, the album is just as deeply rooted in the music from the golden era of soul as it is a modern masterpiece in its own right.
Blazing horns, soulful guitars, driving drums and basslines combined with Gizelle’s gripping and powerful voice all weave together to create a long player that is varied and coherent at the same time.

MLP 1002 :: MOCAMBO presents CINEMATIC FUNK

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Release date: 26.6.2009 SOLD OUT!

Limited Edition – Vinyl Only Album

Mocambo is notorious for their killer Funk 45s that have become a favourite of prestigious DJs, ambitious collectors and music lovers worldwide. While the first label compilation sported the highlights of their first, sold-out vinyl 7“ releases, this sampler is a fine selection of new & previously unreleased material. Most of the tracks were originally composed for use in movie and television film scores and not for commercial release. Mocambo is very proud to offer these gems to connaisseurs and true vinyl lovers.

As the title „Cinematic Funk“ suggests, the music has more to it than just the usual 45 sound. From the grand opening theme, to quirky, heavy street soul, sweet love themes, moody downtempo jazz, psychedelic B-movie sitar grooves, chilled and spaced out tunes to blaxploitation car chase sceneries, the cream of Europe’s funk bands like James Taylor Quartet, Speedometer, Sound Stylistics, Delta Rhythm Section and the Mighty Mocambos deliver a broad variety of film-inspired funk styles.

Sit back, relax, listen to these hip sounds and create your own movie in your head to the score of Mocambo’s CINEMATIC FUNK.

The album’s artwork is free of rubbish like barcodes or web-/email-addresses.

MLP 1001 :: MOCAMBO FUNK FORTY FIVES

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MOCAMBO FUNK FORTY FIVES

Release date: 24.10.2007 SOLD OUT!

still available on CD (Mocambo Records MCD 1001)

This unique compilation spotlights the best tracks of Mocambo Records’ scarce 7 inch vinyl releases that took the deep funk scene by storm in summer 2006.

Along with the labels own productions (Mocambo Allstars, The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band and Gizelle Smith), the first releases host new recordings by obscure English groups like The Delta Rhythm Section, The Sound Stylistics and the supreme Vinylizor Productions team (Jay Glover, Gary Crockett & Dominic Glover), together with unreleased tracks by all time greats such as the James Taylor Quartet and Speedometer.

Not only the fact that all of the recordings were previously unreleased gems, but it was also the way in which the 7″ singles were released, that made the records desireable collector’s items in their own right. While it would have been possible to sell a 1000 copies of each, the label decided to stick with the charm of obscure and forgotten Funk 45s by pressing no more than 300 copies of each release. Manufactured at a private pressing plant in Germany, the records not only delivered the sound of rare Funk 45s, but also the look and of course, the quantity. One of the Delta Rhythm Section’s 7 inches did not even reach the amount of copies that had been licenced because the stamp broke before the whole edition could be finished.

Needless to say, the records were sold out in a short time. For people who missed the limited vinyl edition, it is still impossible to get hold of the brilliant tunes. Popular demand caused the label to “re-issue” the best sides of the original 45s on this compilation so that all fans of the material can now enjoy the music without breaking the bank.

The selection of tunes included in this compilation is a broad variety of styles in the genre of funk.
While the Delta Rhythm Section provides a more perfected version of mid-seventies big band funk, the Sound Stylistics stand for the raw garage sound of small labels around in the early 70s, with a wild instrumental style that became known as ‘deep funk’ (hence the library album title of the same name).
The bonafide productions of Jay Glover, Dominic Glover and Gary Crockett focus on classic vintage keyboard instruments as the Minimoog, Hohner Clavinet D6 and the Hammond B-3.
The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band brings some West Indian flavour to the mix by performing a classic Meters track with Steel Drums and killer breakbeats, showing that New Orleans is just a stone’s throw away from the South Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago.
The UK’s primo funk outfit Speedometer round up the compilation with uptempo Latin-tinged dancefloor funk while the Mocambo Allstars pay hommage to the late James Brown, the J.B.’s instrumental sound and early rap groups with three of their own productions.
Other artists such as the James Taylor Quartet and Ian Langley represent the cinematic side of funk with their takes on blaxploitation scores, providing listeners with the perfect underscore for vintage urban drama, big city hustle and car chase scences.