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For The Love Of Money
Cat: MRB 7133. Rel: 31 Jan 18
For The Love Of Money (4:05)
For The Love Of Money (disco dub) (4:14)
Review: Disco Dub Band's "For The Love of Money", a one-off collaboration between producer Davitt Sigerson and reggae musician Mike Dorane, has long been considered something of a classic by those who like their disco to come with a big dose of dub-wise flavour. Here the instrumental O'Jays cover, which originally appeared on the Movers label in 1976, is given the remix treatment by long-time fans Mr Bongo. The superb A-side, in which Dorane's instrumental talents take centre stage, naturally comes accompanied by the frequently played Dub interpretation, a typically wild and bass-heavy affair that sounds like it was mixed "live" in one take in true Lee Perry/King Tubby style. If it's not already in your collection, it should be.
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Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock HK$71.44
Fug (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7144. Rel: 19 May 20
Fug (4:26)
Brothers On The Slide (4:10)
Review: In the early '70s, Cymande made a trio of killer albums that remain stone cold classics to this day. For this reissue 7", Mr Bongo has dipped into two of those albums - 1973's Second Time Around and 74's Promised Heights - and dug out two of the best-loved, most-sampled cuts. On the A you'll find "Fug", a low-slung, bassline-driven party full of killer drum breaks, righteous horn solos and, and conscious lyrics that call for global action against inequality (little, it seems, has changed politically since). It's one of those you should really own, as is the ever more familiar flipside "Brothers On The Slide", which boasts one of the most recognizable grooves in the history of dance music.
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 in stock HK$71.44
Bra (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7143. Rel: 12 Jun 20
Bra (5:06)
The Message (4:14)
Review: Mr Bongo recently served up a tasty 7" single featuring two of Cymande's best-loved tracks, "Fug" and "Brothers on the Slide". Here they repeat the trick, slapping the two most-played tracks from the British band's incredible 1972 debut album, Cymande, on one "45". The A-side boasts "Bra", a killer chunk of funk/soul/reggae fusion with one of the most recognizable grooves around. Hip-hop heads will know it inside out, since DJs have been doubling up with copies of "Bra" since the mid 1970s. On the flip you'll find "The Message", a sublime, slightly more spaced out reggae-funk workout rich in snaking sax lines, memorable vocals and a groove so distinctive it couldn't come from any other band.
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 in stock HK$71.44
Lotus 72 D (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7156. Rel: 26 Jun 19
Lotus 72 D (3:17)
Lotus 72 D (fast) (3:03)
Review: Since its release in 1973, Ze Roberto's debut single "Lotus 72 D" has become something of an in-demand item amongst collectors of soul-fired Brazilian "MPB". So much so, in fact, that Mr Bongo has licensed it and served up this 7" reissue. In its original A-side form, the track is a carnival-ready slab of samba-soul brilliance rich in razor-sharp horn blasts, rich bass guitar, punchy hand-percussion and twinkling jazz piano solos. Roberto's confident vocals take centre stage, inviting us towards the dancefloor. Over on the flip you'll find a "Fast Version" of Roberto's tribute to 1972 Formula 1 champ Emerson Fittipaldi. This has a slightly more dancefloor-centric tempo, an effect achieved when it was accidentally pitched up for inclusion on a 2001 compilation.
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Tags: MPB | Brazilian | Samba | Brazilian Funk
 in stock HK$102.12
Yen Ara: Remixes Part 1
Yen Ara: Remixes Part 1 (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: MRB 12050. Rel: 20 Jun 18
Deep House
Krumandey (Ron Trent remix) (6:57)
Mumudey Mumudey (Natureboy Flako remix) (4:38)
Mumudey Mumudey (Nick The Record remix) (7:44)
Review: When a 12" turns up with a Ron Trent rework on the A-side, we tend to take notice. In this instance, we were particularly curious to hear what the deep house legend had done to "Krumandey", one of the standout cuts from Highlife legend Ebo Taylor's recent album, Yen Ara. Predictably, his version is superb, brilliantly joining the dots between Taylor's soaring Afro-beat, rolling Afro-house and Trent's own sumptuous deep house electronics. Turn to the flipside for two fresh revisions of "Mumduey Mumduey": a jaunty, sunshine-friendly tweak by Japanese producer Natureboy Flako and a heavy Afro-disco version by Nick The Record rich in bowel-bothering sub-bass and spacey deep house chords.
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 in stock HK$102.12
Arthur Verocai
Arthur Verocai (gatefold LP)
Cat: MRBLP 133. Rel: 29 Jun 16
Caboclo (2:42)
Pelas Sombras (2:11)
Sylvia (2:58)
Presente Grego (2:29)
Dedicada A Ela (3:30)
Seriado (1:43)
Na Boca Do Sol (2:53)
Velho Parente (2:18)
O Mapa (2:39)
Karina (5:19)
Review: This official reissue of Arthur Verocai's classic self-titled album from 1972 sounds very much like the epitome of a labour of love for Mr Bongo. The press release states the Brighton-based jazz funk archivalists have had this album on top of their reissue hitlist and with the permission of Sir Arthur himself have come through with this official vinyl reissue in newly remastered form from the original Continental master tapes. Do we need to set the scene for this masterclass in long players from Verocai? The ten tracks bristle with sonic fusion, transcending genre to become something more than Brazilian jazz funk across its sublime 29 minutes. Alongside contributing musicians, Verocai invites the listener on a journey through Bossa nova, samba, jazz, MPB, psychedelics and funk. Tip!
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 in stock HK$171.41
Disco Club
Disco Club (LP + insert)
Cat: MRBLP 156. Rel: 15 Mar 18
A Fim De Voltar (4:06)
Acenda O Farol (3:12)
Sossego (3:42)
Vitoria Regia Estou Contigo E Nao Abro (2:18)
All I Want (3:25)
Murmurio (3:22)
Pais E Filhos (3:48)
Se Me Lembro Faz Doer (3:50)
Juras (3:12)
Jhony (2:19)
 in stock HK$155.14
Jazz Thing (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7161. Rel: 27 Mar 20
Hip Hop/R&B
Jazz Thing (video mix) (4:45)
Jazz Thing (Movie mix) (5:03)
Review: Given that Gang Starr recently reformed and jazz is now all the rage, it seems fitting that Mr Bongo has decided to reissue the rare 7" version of the group's 1990 masterpiece "Jazz Thing". It's a wholehearted tribute to the greats of jazz - and the role jazz records have in hip-hop's sample culture - that comes in two distinctively different mixes. On the A-side you'll find the "Video Mix", a bouncy and suitably jazzy DJ Premier production that layers Guru's fine rap flows above loose-limbed drums, smoky horn samples and his own super-tight scratches. Turn to side B for the "Movie Mix" - so-called because it was created for a Spike Lee flick - where Guru's vocal rides improvised horns and an entirely different beat crafted from Kool & The Gang samples.
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 in stock HK$110.25
Rob (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 166. Rel: 19 Feb 19
Funky Rob Way (6:14)
Forgive Us All (8:00)
Boogie On (4:10)
Just One More Time (7:39)
Your Kiss Stole Me Away (5:22)
More (5:19)
Review: Eight years on from its previous reissue (that time courtesy of Analog Africa's "Limited Dance Edition" series), Mr Bongo is offering up a fresh, licensed re-press of Rob's eponymous 1977 Afro-funk masterpiece. If you missed out in 2011, the set is definitely worth picking up because it's rock solid heat from start to finish. Check, for example, the heavily percussive Afro-beat/Afro-funk fusion of "Funky Rob Way", the flanged funk guitars and heavy brass action of "Boogie On", the jazz guitars and loved-up vocals of "Your Kiss Stole Me Away" and the William Onyeabor-does-James-Brown heaviness of closing cut "More".
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 in stock HK$171.41
Luke Una Presents E Soul Cultura
Luke Una Presents E Soul Cultura (gatefold 2xLP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: MRBLP 244. Rel: 06 May 22
Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti - "Eva" (5:36)
Chene Noir - "Le Train" (4:23)
Metropolis - "Every Time I See Him" (3:53)
The Brand New Heavies - "Stay This Way" (feat N'Dea Davenport - The Lunar dub) (5:14)
Typesun - "The PL" (extended edit) (5:12)
King Errisson - "Space Queen" (7:00)
Yusef Lateef - "Robot Man" (6:21)
Daniel Humair, Francois Jeanneau & Henri Texier - "Le Cyclope" (4:46)
Airto Moreira - "O Galho Da Roseira (The Branches Of The Rose Tree)" (7:53)
Francisco - "Wache" (6:02)
Nar'Chiveol - "Apocalypse Now Ho" (4:37)
On - "Southern Freeez" (8:00)
Soylent Green - "After All" (6:21)
Review: A welcome return to the compilation arena from Luke Una, whose deep record collection and pleasingly open-minded record collection make him a perfect curator. E Soul Cultura has a concept of sorts - the kind of vaguely Balearic but not genre-bound jams that the Sheffield-born, Manchester-based DJ would play to fellow E'd-up party survivors at 5am - but it's the quality of the music on offer that makes the compilation so essential. For proof, check the spiritual space disco shuffle of King Errison's 'Space Queen', the deliciously sub-heavy, post-bleep deep house soul of Sheffield outfit On's cover of 'Southern Freeez', the bruk-up soul of Type Sun's 'The PL', the Brazilian sunshine of Robson Jorge and Lincoln Olivetti's 'Eva' and the deliciously percussive, intergalactic jazz-funk vibes of 'Every Time I See Him' by Metropolis.
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 in stock HK$183.76
Dancing In Outer Space
Dancing In Outer Space (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: MRB 12044. Rel: 05 Nov 18
Dancing In Outer Space (9:38)
Outer Space (6:05)
 in stock HK$85.75
Masters At Work & Harvery Sutherland Remixes
Cat: MRB 12054. Rel: 22 Oct 21
Crayfish Caper (Nuyorican Broken mix) (6:07)
Crayfish Caper (Masters At Work mix) (5:56)
New Ferrari (Harvey Sutherland Weird Flex 12" mix) (6:09)
Review: Here's a pleasant surprise: a fresh set of remixes of killer cuts from the back catalogue of Melbourne-based band Surprise Chef, whose hard-to-pigeonhole take on cinematic soul contains numerous nods to classic jazz-funk and Brit-funk jams. Masters at Work give their take on 'Crayfish Caper', first joining the dots between Afro-beat, jazz-funk and West London style bruk on the 'Nuyorican Broken' mix, before delivering two house-style revisions - the squelchy, synth-bass-propelled 'Masters at Work Mix' and the tougher, more percussive 'MAW Dub'. The EP's other interpretations come from Harvey Sutherland, whose 'Weird Flex 12" and 'Weird Flex' revisions of 'New Ferrari' add the band's jazz-funk instrumentation and spacey synths to a warming, off-kilter deep house groove.
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 in stock HK$97.91
The World Is Yours (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7168. Rel: 15 May 20
Hip Hop/R&B
The World Is Yours (4:46)
The World Is Yours (instrumental) (4:44)
Review: First featured on Nas' peerless 1994 album "Illmatic" - a classic that really should be in your collection - "The World Is Yours" is a classic Pete Rock production that has never appeared on a seven-inch single before. Mr Bongo has decided to set the record straight, pairing the album version, which includes some of Nas' most potent lyrics, delivered in fine style as you'd expect, with an instrumental take that showcases Pete Rock's brilliant beat and tight, on-point scratches. It's a deliciously baggy beat all told, with sampled pianos and subtle jazz lifts combining cannily to create a suitably laidback, golden-era groove.
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 in stock HK$97.91
India (reissue)
India (reissue) (gatefold LP + insert)
Cat: MRBLP 149. Rel: 31 Jul 17
India (6:54)
Milho Verde (4:25)
Presente Cotidiano (2:54)
Volta (3:19)
Relance (4:55)
Da Maior Importancia (5:08)
Passarinho (5:27)
Pontos De Luz (2:43)
Desafinado (2:39)
Review: Last reissued in Brazil over 10 years ago and last reissued on vinyl over 20 years ago, legendary Brazilian singer Gal Costa's sixth album is a tropicalian odyssey. Reflective, soulful, touching and dynamic, Gal guides us through a sunset story of ballads ("Volta"), bossas ("Milho Verde") blues ("De Maior Importance") and beyond with an all-star troupe of musicians including Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai and Dominguinhos. Remastered to a touch and complete with the original cover that was banned by the Brazilian dictatorship at the time, this is the first time India has been reissued with care in decades.
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 in stock HK$155.14
Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Two
Cat: MRBLP 151. Rel: 16 May 18
Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark - "Awake O Zion" (5:55)
Dee Edwards - "Put Your Love On The Line" (4:36)
Anubis - "Ecology" (4:01)
Guy Cuevas - "Ebony Game" (6:43)
Kiru Stars (Julius Kang'ethe) - "Family Planning" (4:53)
Teaspoon & The Waves - "Oh Yeh Soweto" (4:12)
Leny Andrade - "Nao Adianta" (2:52)
Rosa Maria - "Samba Maneiro" (2:54)
Tom & Dito - "Obrigado Corcovado" (2:26)
Inezita Barroso - "Maracatu Elegante" (2:12)
Joao Diaz - "Capoeira" (2:55)
The Equatics - "Merry Go Round" (2:46)
Elias Rahbani & His Orchestra - "Liza... Liza" (5:23)
The Beaters - "Harari" (8:28)
Review: Mr Bongo's crate-digging compilation series - described by the imprint as a "chance to champion tracks we've been playing in our sets" - returns and, predictably, this second volume is every bit as good as its predecessor. Naturally, there's a fair amount of Brazilian and African gems present, as well as a wealth of little-known disco, soul and funk cuts that will have DJs scrambling to find copies of the original 12" or 7" singles. Highlights are plentiful and include - but are not limited to - the punchy disco-funk of Dee Edwards' "Put Your Funk on the Line", the South African bubblegum brilliance of Kiru Stars, the sun-soaked peak-time samba of Tomu Dito and the Meters-go-to-Nigeria vibes of "Harari" by the Beaters. And that's just for starters.
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Tags: Disco Funk | African Disco | MPB | Samba
 in stock HK$171.41
Say You'll Be Mine
Say You'll Be Mine (7" + insert)
Cat: MRB 7211. Rel: 14 Jul 23
Say You'll Be Mine (5:21)
Your Love Makes Me Crazy (6:27)
Review: A vault of formerly unreleased Don Blackman material recently surfaced via the Chicago DJ/producer/digger Marc Davis, who in recent years struck up a relationship with the children of the mysterious New York pianist and songwriter. Now this wealth of jams finally gets released: 40 years' worth of unheard Blackman - cassettes, CDs, discs, reel-to-reels, paperwork, even VHS tapes - inevitably once more reignites the obsessive fan interest in his music, which sprang from its already-mystical cult status in the rare funk and soul-digging world.
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! low stock HK$114.27
I Know You Got Soul
Cat: MRB 7162. Rel: 01 May 20
Hip Hop/R&B
I Know You Got Soul (4:46)
I Know You Got Soul (dub) (4:41)
Review: There can be few hip-hop heads who don't know Eric B & Rakim's "I Know You Got Soul", a Bobby Byrd and Funkadelic-sampling beast from 1987 that remains one of rap's most recognizable moments. The rap from Rakim is iconic, but it's the Eric B beat behind - all loose-but-heavy, snare-heavy beats, recognizable guitar licks and chorus-style blasts of Bobby Byrd vocals- that makes the track such a club-ready hip-hop classic. Here it gets the reissue treatment on "45" courtesy of Mr Bongo, with the duo's brilliant vocal version being joined on the flip by the overlooked, delay-laden "Dub Mix". For those who covet alternate versions of classic cuts, this instrumental revision is a must.
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 in stock HK$93.89
Belladonna (remastered)
Cat: MRBLP 229. Rel: 29 Apr 21
Belladonna (11:42)
Summer Rain (8:14)
Remadione (3:46)
Mayday (5:40)
Suspension (6:10)
Hector's House (4:34)
Review: British trumpeter and bandleader Ian Carr put out his most revered album in 1972. Its iconic fusion of jazz and rock has become a sought after rarity. Featured musicians include members of bands like Nucleus, Brian Auger's band, Soft Machine and Stan Tracy Group, and they all help lend the record a psychedelic, proggy aesthetic, with swirling melodies making for moody but funky tunes. Tracks like 'Mayday' put expressive solos and complex arrangements front and centre, while 'Suspension' is a more laidback joint for sinking into. The gorgeous meandering lilt of 'Summer Rain' is our personal favourite.
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 in stock HK$118.39
Wild Style: Down By Law
Cat: MRB 7204. Rel: 18 Mar 22
Hip Hop/R&B
Down By Law (3:42)
Subway Beat (3:07)
Review: You might well have caught wind of Kenny Dope's exhaustive Wild Style Breakbeats box set which came out in 2014. It found the New York legend offering up six 7"s carrying iconic breaks used in seminal hip hop movie Wild Style. Well now you can cop something from that highly sought after box and enjoy it for yourself as the first disc gets its own individual release. On the A side we've got the low slung bass and dusty groove of 'Down By Law', and on the flip it's 'Subway Beat' with a sweet low funk groove. Both should evoke strong memories for anyone versed in the roots of hip hop culture, but regardless they're just kick ass beats you could have a lot fun juggling and blending into other people's music.
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 in stock HK$104.18
Sao Paulo Brasil (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 183. Rel: 29 Nov 18
Metropole (5:49)
Estacao Do Norte (4:03)
Fabrica (4:17)
Poluicao (5:52)
Imigrantes (3:59)
Metro (3:16)
Litoral (5:25)
Futebol De Bar (2:32)
Review: Over the years, Cesar Mariano and Cia's 1977 set "Sao Paolo Brasil" has achieved cult status, with dusty-fingered diggers regularly proclaiming it one of the finest jazz-funk/fusion albums of the period (a fact confirmed by the high prices that original vinyl copies often change hands for online). Remarkably, this timely Mr Bongo reissue marks the first time the set has been released outside of its native South America. Rich in glistening jazz guitars, fizzing, Azymuth-style organ riffs, spacey synths, warm bass and skittish drums, the album's eight tracks bristle with breeziness, subtle samba motifs, sumptuous dancefloor grooves, sunny downtempo workouts and effervescent arrangements. In a word: essential.
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 in stock HK$171.41
Aguia Nao Come Mosca (30th Anniversary Edition)
Cat: MRBLP 209. Rel: 20 May 19
Voo Sobre O Horizonte (3:41)
Aguia Nao Come Mosca (3:30)
Despertar (4:57)
Tarde (5:26)
Circo Marimbondo (2:28)
Tamborim, Cuica, Ganza, Berimbau (5:02)
A Presa (3:44)
A Caca (3:03)
Falcon Love Call (Armazen No 2) (3:53)
Aguia Negra X Dragao Negro (2:29)
 in stock HK$171.41
Cat: MRB 7137. Rel: 21 Sep 18
Misdemeanor (2:32)
When I'm Near You (2:42)
 in stock HK$57.14
Remember My Song: Special Edition
Cat: MRBLP 120. Rel: 02 May 14
I Got The
Another Year
Old Time Song
The Vulture
Sadie & The Devil
Turn On Your Love
Remember My Song
 in stock HK$171.41
Mr Bongo Edits Volume 1: Danny Krivit
Mr Bongo Edits Volume 1: Danny Krivit (12" in debossed sleeve)
Cat: MRB 12057. Rel: 07 Mar 23
Sabu Martinez - "Hotel Alyssa Soussie" (6:36)
Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion Inc - "Lupita" (7:16)
Review: Mr Bongo continue to churn out top-quality re-edits and here they enlist Danny Krivit aka. Mr. K, the New York producer who has longstandingly helped prop up the dance scene there since the early 1960s. Krivit is responsible for perhaps some of the earliest and most significant disco and funk edits on Earth, so we're more than happy to hear these new ones out, in which he lends his ear to two mambi from Latin extraordinaires Sabu Martinez and Nico Gomez. Percussive clanks and boxy slaps abound on this audiophiles' charm.
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 in stock HK$114.27
Fakin' The Funk
Cat: MRB 7190. Rel: 05 Mar 21
Hip Hop/R&B
Fakin' The Funk (remix) (3:37)
Fakin' The Funk (instrumental) (3:40)
 in stock HK$110.25
This Is Marijata (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 150. Rel: 14 Jul 17
I Walk Alone (10:56)
We Live In Peace (4:08)
No Condition Is Permanent (7:02)
Break Through (5:07)
Review: Back in 1976, legendary highlife artist Pat Thomas decided to throw his weight behind Ghanian three-piece Marjarita. Thanks to his patronage, they made quite an impact with their debut album (Pat Thomas Introduces Marjita), before striking gold with their killer follow-up, This is Marjita. Since then, the album has become something of a "holy grail" for Afro-funk collectors, with copies changing hands for astonishing sums of money. Happily, Mr Bongo has decided to license and reissue it. The album contains four superb workouts: the hard funk brilliance of "Break Through", the organ-heavy Afrobeat fuzziness of "No Condition is Permanent", the reggae-influenced wonder of "I Walk Alone" and the superior highlife of "We Live in Peace".
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
 in stock HK$142.89
Give The Drummer Some
Cat: MRB 7166. Rel: 07 Aug 20
Hip Hop/R&B
Give The Drummer Some (3:45)
Moe Luv's Theme (2:21)
Review: American hip hop gang The Ultramagnetic MCs hail from the Bronx and bring that real rawness each and every time. Founded by Kool Keith in 1984, the group also included Ced Gee, TR Love and Moe Love and their 1989 classic "Give The Drummer Some" is a stone cold rhyme that is well worth reissuing. It has drums tighter than tennis racket strings and crisp wooden hits, tons of vinyl crackle and of course some slick verse work. "Moe Luv's Theme" brings the funky breaks and scratching, reversed stabs and lively rhymes. As far as pieces of early hip hop history go, they don't come much finer.
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 in stock HK$110.25
Just Hangin' Out
Cat: MRB 7188. Rel: 12 Feb 21
Hip Hop/R&B
Just Hangin' Out (4:14)
Live At The Barbeque (4:36)
Review: Mr Bongo has been shining a light on the work of Main Source (aka Queens native Large Professor and Toronto's Sir Scratch and K-Cut) for a while now. Their latest reissue - after plenty of other 7"s last year- is Just Hangin' Out, which is an ode to the simple pleasures of relaxing with friends. The a-side is made from two huge samples (Vanessa Kendrick's '90% of Me is You' and Sister Nancy's 'Bam Bam' ) to make for a stone cold and swooning groove. On the flip, 'Live at the Barbecue' is often said to be one of the finest posse cuts of all time.
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 in stock HK$93.89
Beautiful Bamboo Flute
Cat: MRBLP 214. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Kokiriku Bushi (4:05)
Sado Okesa (3:54)
Tairyo Utaikomi (3:16)
Soma Bon Uta (2:56)
Komoro Mago Uta (2:58)
Nanbu Ushio Uta (3:44)
Itsuki No Komori Uta (4:35)
Hietsuki Bushi (4:06)
Yasuki Bushi (3:36)
Yosakoi Bushi (4:06)
Kuroda Bushi (4:24)
Review: In 2002, the Japanese government recognized bamboo flute maestro Hozan Yamamoto as a "living national treasure". It was in honor of his lengthy career in music, and in particular the way he championed a traditional Japanese instrument even when he was turning his hand to Western music. "Beautiful Bamboo Flute", an album first released in 1971 and almost impossible to find since, is a superb example of this. It sees him deliver haunting, emotional and life-affirming solos over funky jazz, big band and fusion backing tracks that tend towards the fresh and funky. It's an unusual blend, but also an invigorating and exciting one.
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 in stock HK$171.41
Brazilian Beats Brooklyn
Cat: MRBLP 046. Rel: 27 Oct 06
Nonato & Seu Conjunto - "Cafua"
Os Novos Crioulos - "Mar Afunda"
Jose Roberto - "Crioula Multicolorida"
Rita Lee & Tutti Frutti - "Agora E Moda"
Trio Esperanga - "Nao Aguento Voce"
Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti - "Aleluia"
Erasmo Carlos - "Jeep"
Chalo Eduardo - "Beija-Flor Suite"
Ely Camargo - "Taieiras"
Silvio Cesar - "A Festa"
Toni Tornado - "O Jornaleiro"
Som Tres - "Tanga"
Noriel Vilela - "16 Toneladas"
Chocolate Da Bahia - "Ele Guenta"
Tim Maia - "E Necessario"
Joao Bosco - "Cobra Criada"
Os Incriveis - "Uma Rosa Pra Dita"
Edson Frederico - "Tava Mas Nao Tava"
Helio Matheus - "Mais Kriola"
Miguel De Deus - "Black Soul Brothers"
Ana Rosely - "Skim Dum Dum Dum"
Luiz Gonzaga & Ze Dantas - "Sao Joao Antigo"
 in stock HK$183.76
Got Your Money
Cat: MRB 7110. Rel: 15 Nov 12
Got Your Money
Got Your Money (dub)
 in stock HK$71.44
Brazil 45 Boxset Vol 3 Curated By Kenny Dope (Record Store Day RSD 2022)
Cat: MRB 7206. Rel: 07 May 22
Luli Lucina E O Bando - "Flor Lilas" (Kenny Dope remix) (2:54)
Jayme Marques - "Berimbao" (5:42)
Di Melo - "Pernalonga" (Kenny Dope remix) (3:36)
Toni Tornado - "Sou Negro" (2:23)
Milton Banana Trio - "Primitivo" (2:43)
Milton Banana Trio - "Cidade Vazia" (2:51)
Papete - "Procissao Dos Mortos" (2:57)
Papete - "Domingo No Parque" (4:56)
Antonio Carlos & Jocafi - "Quem Vem La" (Kenny Dope remix) (3:52)
Miguel De Deus - "Black Soul Brothers" (Kenny Dope edit) (3:40)
 in stock HK$410.44
En Trance (remastered)
Cat: MRBLP 180. Rel: 31 Oct 18
Free Tonight (7:26)
Duende (5:53)
Creator's Dream (8:43)
Interplay (5:32)
Funk The Rock (5:25)
Invasion (8:07)
Return Of LB (6:14)
Review: When Atmosfear released "En Trance" in 1981, jazz-funk ruled UK dancefloors. The British outfit's lauded debut album reflected this fact, brilliantly joining the dots between jazz-funk, soul, disco, jazz-dance and the soundsystem dub influences that were becoming increasingly prevalent in British music at the time. As this re-mastered Mr Bongo reissue proves, it remains a potent and hugely enjoyable album all these years on. Check, for example, the dub effects, sweet vocals and punchy sax riffs of "Free Tonight", the rubbery dub disco/jazz funk fusion of "Creator's Dream", the Azymuth-esque antics of "Interplay" and the synth-laden former single "Invasion".
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 in stock HK$163.27
Maria Fumaca
Cat: MRBLP 134. Rel: 01 Aug 16
Maria Fumaca (2:22)
Na Baixa Do Sapateiro (3:23)
Mr Funky Samba (3:39)
Caminho Da Roca (3:02)
Metalurgica (3:01)
Baiao (2:53)
Casa Forte (2:22)
Leblon Via Vaz Lobo (2:29)
Urubu Malandro (2:25)
Junia (3:39)
Review: Banda Black Rio were and still are an incredibly influential jazz-dance band from Brazil. Their three albums have been in any serious digger's back since then and, more recently, they've seen a renewed interest thanks to iconic British collectors and DJs such as Gilles Peterson and the rest of the London fusion crew. Maria Fumaca's tracks are the perfect balance between funk, jazz and disco, blending all three in one perfect shape for both the dancers and the armchair listeners. Tunes like "Na Baixa Do Sepateiro" focus on drums and hypnotic guitar solos, while others like "Caminho Da Roca" go deeper into the jazz end of the spectrum but still retain enough Brazilian tropical flare to make them an absolute pleasure on the dancefloors. A much recommended reissue, and one that would have cost you a fortune up until now. Mr Bongo in the place.
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! low stock HK$177.68
Change The World (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7159. Rel: 09 Mar 20
Change The World (5:13)
Try, Try (3:05)
Review: Briefly active in the late 1970s, Solat was a Dutch funk group made up of musicians from Surinam and the Dutch Antilles. They're undoubtedly best remembered by collectors for their 1977 single "Change The World", original copies of which regularly change hands for hundreds of pounds online. Here it gets the reissue treatment courtesy of Mr Bongo. Rich in crunchy Clavinets, tropical guitars, bold group vocals and a touch of steamy disco flavour, "Change The World" is a genuinely life-affirming affair. "Try, Try" meanwhile is an altogether more bass-heavy affair - a Blaxploitation-era slab of disco-funk reminiscent of Mass Production at their most righteous.
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 in stock HK$87.81
Journey (12")
Cat: MRB 12047. Rel: 28 Mar 19
Journey To... (5:03)
Journey (6:57)
Double Journey (13:38)
 in stock HK$85.75
Cat: MRBLP 139. Rel: 02 Nov 16
Ritual Negro (2:00)
Agua Viva (2:03)
Um So (2:08)
Sem Sombra (3:09)
Savana (2:52)
Advertencia (3:00)
Quem Sou Eu? (2:32)
Flor De Lotus (3:08)
Dentro Da Selva (2:17)
Desengano Da Vista (2:43)
Dual (2:58)
Arabindu (2:01)
Review: Brighton based record label, publishers, cinematographers and legendary former London record store Mr Bongo reissue the legendary 1968 album by Pedro dos Santos, entitled Krishnada. Born in Rio de Janiero in 1919, Santos was (according to the label) "a percussionist virtuoso, composer and inventor of instruments.. such as the 'Tamba' (electrified bamboo drum) and the mouth berimbau whistle." He was a very spiritual person apparently and regarded by some as a philosopher of sorts. The album was produced by himself at CBS studios with arrangements by Joppa Lins. It features poetic lyrics in a unique linguistic structure, as well as various percussive instruments and horn arrangements with samba rhythms from Latin styles. Despite the originality of his percussive sound and the influence it has had on musicians, it had little impact at the time. The album had a cult revival in the noughties and began circulating the internet in MP3 format, finally giving recognition to this unusual spiritual Bossanova masterpiece.
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 in stock HK$171.41
Play Disco Specials
Cat: MRBLP 218. Rel: 19 Mar 20
We Did It (6:59)
Disco Stomp (9:58)
Barney's Moaning (8:34)
GG Is Talking (7:49)
Review: Tireless diggers and world class reissue merchants Mr Bongo have done it again with this one. They discovered The Star Beams when one of their tracks was on a Disco Calypso compilation, then went on a mission to track down the original anymore material from the band, who turned out to be based in South Africa instead of the Carribean. The resulting record is a real gem - disco, funk and jazz all get chewed up and spat out across four fantastically timeless cuts of dance floor dynamite. "Disco Stomp" in particular you might already know as Theo Parrish has been dropping in his sets for time.
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Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock HK$138.77
Juice (reissue)
Juice (reissue) (LP with obi-strip + insert)
Cat: MRBLP 252. Rel: 05 Aug 22
Raisins (6:17)
Sometime (4:42)
The Breeze & I (7:35)
East Side Boogie (6:02)
El Toro (4:33)
Bamboo Child (4:42)
Andes (4:28)
Review: Late, great Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki is behind this classic bit of jazz-funk fusion from 1976. It was recorded originally in New York and now gets a reissue form the hard working Mr Bongo crew. It is a record that has picked dup cult status over the years for those looking for samples and has been pillaged by everyone from Diamond D, Puff Daddy, and Kool G Rap. Playing on the sessions were drummer Jimmy Young as well as rhythm guitarist Hugh McCracken and bassist Stu Woods who all help bring every track to life.
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 in stock HK$183.76
With Love: Volume 1 Compiled By Miche
With Love: Volume 1 Compiled By Miche (gatefold 2xLP + insert)
Cat: MRBLP 260. Rel: 23 Sep 22
South Funk Blvd - "Skying High (Getting Off On Your Lovin')" (4:02)
Ad Libs - "Don't Need No Fortune Teller" (3:45)
Atlantis - "Hung Up About You" (4:21)
Smoke Inc - "Waitin' For Love" (4:10)
Mandisa - "Summer Love" (3:54)
City Lites - "Now You've Gone Away" (4:13)
Papaya - "Favela" (6:41)
Alcione - "Este Mundo Tem" (2:39)
Quintaessencia - "Serrado" (4:02)
Superior Elevation - "It Was September" (4:17)
Keith Chism & Light - "My Life & Song" (4:50)
Belita Woods - "Magic Corner" (3:16)
Spare Hare - "Ain't No Doubt About It" (3:40)
Sammy Acuna - "Never Found A Girl" (4:56)
Sweet Mixture - "House Of Fun & Love" (3:01)
Review: Mr. Bongo continues in their mission to peddle the feel-good, compiling rare Brazilian, gospel, modern soul and jazz fusion music, all with a bent towards ecstatic dance. Not taking itself too seriously yet still dipping one toe in the mystical and romantic, our favorites from the comp include 'Don't Need No Fortune Teller' and the patient 'Waiting For Love', all compiled by Mr. Bongo director and former Spiritland programmer Miche.
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African Dances (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 168. Rel: 05 Jun 18
Cunny Jam Wayo (16:25)
Agboju Logun (11:42)
Gboro Mi Ro (7:43)
Review: Shina Williams' first album from 1979, African Dances, marked the moment where the Nigerian afrobeat artist would team up with 'His African Percussionists', to form one of the most sought-after sounds of the next decade. Taking inspiration from the Master Of Ceremonies, Fela Kuti, this album is just as loose and evocative as the legend's, and perhaps even a little more oriented towards the disco end of the spectrum. "Cunny Jam Wayo" is a classic afrobeat march, with its rolling drums popping off left, right and centre, while "Agboju Logun" offers a softer funk ride, and "Gboro Mi Ro" lifts the soul at the final moments with a truly memorable string of brass instruments and vocals. Cop this, not the L300+ original..!
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 in stock HK$171.41
I'm Housin' (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7195. Rel: 03 Dec 21
Hip Hop/R&B
I'm Housin (4:00)
I'm Housin (instrumental) (4:17)
Review: Although it was originally released at the height of hip-house mania (1988 to be exact), EPMD's 'I'm Housin' is not a rap-sporting house record. It is, though, a bona-fide club classic, with E Double E and PMD trading verses atop a rolling, dancefloor-friendly groove built from elements of Aretha Franklin's 1971 soul classic 'Rock Steady'. All these years on, it still sounds fresh - as this Mr Bongo reissue of the rare 1989 UK seven-inch version proves. In a word: essential.
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 in stock HK$110.25
The Choice Is Yours
Cat: MRB 7193. Rel: 08 Dec 20
Hip Hop/R&B
The Choice Is Yours (Revisited) (4:03)
The Choice Is Yours (3:27)
Review: Mr Bongo is back with more stone cold hip hop. This one comes from 1991 and is a reissue of a UK only 7" from Black Sheep. The single was always a curio and remained in the shadows of the more catchy and commercially successful 'The Choice is Yours' but it does have a great hook and tumble-down charm to the production. Dres is the MC bringing the character and plenty of carefully dug out samples make this one standout above many of its peers. An original copy of this will set you back a fancy few quid so when you also add in the break fuelled remix on the flip you have an essential little pick up.
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 in stock HK$102.12
Second Time Round (Record Store Day 2018)
Second Time Round (Record Store Day 2018) (gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: MRBLP 159. Rel: 01 May 18
Anthracite (5:33)
Willies' Headache (4:52)
Genevieve (3:14)
Trevorgus (3:23)
To You (3:32)
For Baby Ooh (2:14)
Fug (4:24)
Crawshay (4:18)
Bird (4:25)
Them & Us (5:28)
 in stock HK$163.27
Strobelite Honey (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7169. Rel: 07 Aug 20
Hip Hop/R&B
Strobelite Honey (Maybe We Did mix) (3:50)
Strobelite Honey (3:08)
Review: There's been plenty of great "golden era" hip-hop reissued on wax lately, mostly via tidy and on-point seven-inch singles. Here's another, as Mr Bongo offers up a replica edition of the increasingly scarce "45" of Black Sheep's 1991 scene anthem "Strobelite Honey" - a playful and fun-packed affair that still gets feet moving 29 years after it first hit clubs. On the A-side you'll find the superior "Maybe We Did Remix", in which Dres's entertaining lyrics about courting a woman at a club ride crunchy drums, scratches, squally high pitched horn sounds and a wealth of killer samples. Turn to the flip for the far funkier original version, which lifts warm, squelchy and groovy elements from early '80s disco cuts by Change and Luther Vandross.
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 in stock HK$110.25
Twice (LP)
Cat: MRBLP 112. Rel: 08 May 14
Ari Up
Tiger Balm
Looking For Real Love
Win Or Loose
 in stock HK$134.76
Bamboo (reissue)
Bamboo (reissue) (gatefold LP)
Cat: MRBLP 195. Rel: 03 Jun 19
Take Five (4:57)
Mogamigawa Funauta (3:59)
The Positive & The Negative (9:21)
And I Love Her (2:59)
The House Of The Rising Sun (4:23)
Do You Know The Way To San Jose (3:02)
Soul Bamboo (5:30)
Call Me (3:35)
Scarborouge Fair (3:34)
 in stock HK$183.76
Ego Tripping (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7165. Rel: 07 Aug 20
Hip Hop/R&B
Ego Tripping (5:15)
Funky Potion (5:31)
Review: Although they would go on to become one of New York's most iconic hip-hop crews, the Ultramagnetic MC's were fresh-faced newcomers when they first popped up on Next Plateau Records - an imprint better-known for its proto-house and post-boogie releases - in 1986 with debut single "Ego Trippin". As this first ever seven-inch edition proves, it remains a stone cold classic: a heavy, stripped-back "golden era" gem in which the group's multiple MC's aim to get the party started over an iconic beat and weighty electronic bassline. As with the original version, it comes backed by flipside "Funky Potion", a scratch-happy, similarly constructed number full to bursting with effervescent rhymes, crunchy beats and distinctive bass.
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 in stock HK$93.89
Disco Gospel
Disco Gospel (12" (indie exclusive))
Cat: MRB 12056. Rel: 20 Jan 23
Fountain Of Life Joy Choir Under The Direction Of Kevin Yancy - "I'm So Happy" (Marc Davis & Sadar Bahar edit) (6:17)
Rev Charles H Nicks Presents The Baptist Assembly Of Free Spirit Mass Choir - "Optical Illusion" (Marc Davis & Sadar Bahar edit) (7:20)
Review: If you go to the sort of quality dances where you might hear old sound disco then there is a good chance you will have lost your shit to this one at some point the past. It is a disco gospel 12" curated and edited by Chicago pair Sadar Bahar and Marc Davis. First, they up the energy levels on the joyous Fountain Of Life Joy Choir Under The Direction Of Kevin Yancy tune 'I'm So Happy' which is high speed, high spirit and life-affirming goodness. Then they tweak Rev Charles H Nicks Presents The Baptist Assembly Of Free Spirit Mass Choir's 'Optical Illusion' with swirling big band energy and magnificent organ chords.
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock HK$126.62
Daylight Savings
Daylight Savings (LP + insert)
Cat: MRBLP 208. Rel: 16 Oct 20
College Welcome (2:42)
Deadlines (4:27)
New Ferrari (4:19)
College Welcomes Carl (4:25)
Washing Day (4:37)
Sick Day (3:21)
Daylight Savings (3:13)
Dinner Time (3:29)
Leave It, Don't Take It (4:33)
The Limp (3:36)
 in stock HK$155.14
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