Review: They say it's only a matter of time before America eventually closes in on Cuba and renders it Disneyfied. Well, with that eventuality in mind, it's recommended you check out this record ASAP as a great reminder of the authentic sound of old Cuba. The Bahama Soul Club were spawned from the creative team around Oliver Belz and aims to creative 'a delicious clash of Soul, Jazz and Latin with a vintage feel'. Here, on their third studio album, they've gone and done it! Highlights include the sassy "Moaners", the lean, mean "Cuervo Gold" and the quirky "Broken Piano".
Review: Hailing from Germany, The Bahama Soul Club are a sensational live act featuring a full 7-piece orchestra. Here on their 4th Long Player, Havana '58, they pay homage to the 'tropical playground' that was Cuba in the 50s - a 'pleasure dome of sensual overload and rum-fuelled abandon' featuring wild showgirls, high stakes gambling and revellers including Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra and J.F.K. Over the course of 13 exotic tracks they take the listener on a free spirited ride through rumba, Latin Jazz, Soul, Bossa and Boogaloo (with a little sprinkling of dark and sensual Tiki and Exotica for good measure)
Review: German live ensemble, The Bahama Soul Club, recently released their 4th Long Player, Havana '58, where they paid homage to the 'tropical playground' that was Cuba in the 50s - a 'pleasure dome of sensual overload and rum-fuelled abandon' featuring wild showgirls, high stakes gambling and revellers including Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra and J.F.K". Now its time for the remixes, and there's 18 of them! Artists as diverse as Smoove, Opopolopo and Postive Flow all contribute by adding funk, house and soul to all the Latin Jazz, Bossa and Boogaloo vibes goin' on.
Review: German funk-soul-Latin-jazz combo Bahama Social Club team up with Ethiopian-Cuban vocalist Arema Arega here, and the result is an EP that's purpose-built for sashaying around outdoor terraces as sweltering days turn inexorably into steamy nights. Three mixes to choose from: in its Original form, 'Mango' is a lounge-y, Latin-y soul/disco cut, the Club Des Belugas Bossa Remix takes us down the bossa nova route and TheEEs Reggae Mix similarly does what it says on the tin. We suspect the latter rub is likely to pick up the most non-specialist plays, while the other two are sure to find favour with the likes of Peterson, Scruff and Snowboy.
Review: Consisting of producer Oliver Belz, keyboard player Andre Neundorf, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Kojo Ebenezer Samuels, Kojato here deliver their fantastic debut album All About Jazz. Heavily influenced by 60s soul and 70s funk as well as the sounds of Afrobeat as much as it is by jazz, the album goes from the 20s swing of "Lika A Gypsy" through the frantic pace and African rhythms of "Oudo Makasan" to the laid back dub of "That Kind of Feeling". The undoubted star of the album however is vocalist Kojo, who combines the smooth delivery of Fela Kuti with the gruff charm of Gil Scott-Heron, to create an album that is light years ahead of most contemporary jazz offerings.
Review: Kicking around for ten-plus years in the inter-continental jazz scene is German ensemble The Bahama Soul Club who breathe new life into their project with a new album, Bohemia After Dawn! It presents the outfit's fifth studio LP which this time finds its spirit through the coastlines of Algarve where it was recorded. Drawing deep inspiration from the multicultural verve of young worldly folk drawn to the bohemian coasts of the most southwestern part of Europe - where hippiesque hedonism, infinite musical diversity, and offbeat enchanted lifestyles fuel the scene - downtempo percussion, subby beats and strong vocals ultimately meet in tracks like "Castelejo (Hommage E Vitor Hugo)". Highly relaxed, uber-cool and with a surprisingly fresh and sweet summer sound, Bohemia After Dawn delivers a unique blend of soul, jazz, funk, blues, bossa nova and multicultural sounds.