Distro Fever! New Vadim Titles from Morricone, Janko

Our rare groove/cult loving French pals at Vadim Music have  unloaded few new reissues from their deep vaults.

jankoFirst is Yugoslavian composter Janko Nilovic, whose 1972 big band popsike achievement, Rhythmes Contemporains, features the talents of 45 musicians. Nilovic and his impressive roster of players, including drummer André Ceccarelli, percussionist Jean Schultheis and lead violinist Catherine Laura, swing through a revolving door of swanky lounge jazz, rich baroque, symphonic pop, library music, and strains of psychedelia that Axelrod fans could get behind and into. It’s a challenging, diverse set of complex rhythms that weave through glorious aural fields of elegance and grandeur.

Order the CD or LP from Light in the Attic Records HERE

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Next up is legendary film composer Ennio Morricone’s score to filmmaker Henri Verneuil’s Le Clan des Siciliens, which is lighter and brighter than some of his dirtier desperado ditties. Though moments of dark disparity occasionally come over the horizon, like on “Mostra Dei Gioielli,” it’s generally a much softer focus. Morricone is a master of his craft, evoking a myriad of emotions through his instrument works that no doubt reflect in the hearts of the directors who give him a painted picture to work with.

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Pop A La Catalana: Jazzy, Bossa & Groovy Sounds From Catalunya (1963-1971)

Vadim Music

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Released: March 26, 2010

Rare groove hides itself everywhere. Pop a la Catalana and its incredible selection crafted by Òscar Dalmau (DJ Phil Musical) invites you to plunge into a hot bed of sixties Catalan music, ripe with fabulous and curious record productions embracing a whole spectrum of very different styles. Soul, beat, bossa, jazz, Latin funk and pop sweat it out to the rhythm of this vibrant scene, made up of mysterious mod combos, magnificent crooners, bewitching jazz divas, queens of Iberic variety music and young pop lolitas.

Taking their lead from the French ‘yéyé’ stars of the 60s, a great deal adopted and customised the songs of the era, draping them with their own languages and colours. The result? Magnificent and often very personal covers of classics from artists as varied as Allen Toussaint, the Beatles, Mongo Santamaria, Serge Gainsbourg, Tom Jones, Nat King Cole, João Gilberto, Burt Bacharach, Petula Clark and Claude Nougaro. As for original compositions, each maps out its own flamboyant musical landscape, pulsating under the effects of incredible soul, Latin or Brazilian rhythms. Signed to the labels Edigsa and Concentric, it all illustrates the fleeting limits of independent expression prevalent under the Franco regime, proudly reclaiming the rights carefree expression and definitively evoking the image of a creative, proud and still independent Catalonia.