Wednesday 28 December 2022

15 Years Of Catapulte Records - Mix By CAPTAIN XXI

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Catapulte Records our friend Captain XXI prepared this special mix with old and new sounds from the label. Check it out !



We also made a cassette compilation last Summer and I thought I'd share it here too :

Friday 16 December 2022

va -- Everything Seems Fine [Le Major Mixtape]


Moody november has definitely injected mellow, heartbreaking tunes into this new compilation but the uplifting B side will push your early winter's worries away! 

Indonesian, italian, and french treasures from the past are intertwined with a good amount of contemporary bands (the excellent Rozi Plain and Vanishing Twin from London, romanian project Raze De Soare, Lee Fields's new poignant single, Alogte Oho & his Sounds Of Joy from Ghana, and Dina Ögon's freak-funk from Sweden ...)

Pascale Sakr's "Zaranil Mahboub" also remains one of the best lebanese tracks ever ! 

Thanks to : Dj Rainbow, Madrotter, Graham Mushnik.

Tuesday 8 November 2022

va -- Rivers [Graham's Selection Fall'22]

Here's a new comp stemming from recent discoveries, notably the wonderful label Philophon and its incredible Ghanaian artists Alogte Oho, Lee Dodou, Y-Bayani and Baby Naa (to name a few!) playing several genres (reggae, fra-fra, highlife...) with amazing songs, groove, sound... 

Some cool jazzy tracks from Finnish producer/musician Jimi Tenor's latest album "Multiversum", Dimples' soca-soul hit "Beautiful Feeling", Boris Gardiner's hot version of Booker T's "Melting Pot", French instro-group Resonance (feat. Pierre Bachelet!) and their funky "O.K. Chicago", London Caribbean crew Cymande's "Brothers on the Slide"...

And a special mention to Gary Bartz's magical live recording of "I've Known Rivers", which gave the compilation its name ; and to Selda's obscure version of "Bad-ı Sabah", backed by Anatolian rock legends Moğollar - one of her most beautifully haunting tracks!

Mystery track : who sings song n° 10 ?

Thanks to Molly & Benny Gordini, big up to Le Major and Grup Şimşek. Cover layout and font by Molly.

Thursday 21 July 2022

va -- Nebulosa [Graham's Summer Comp 2022]


This summer's special comp, for your trips, parties and lazy mornings. A few latin-jazz piano tunes (Tenorio Jr and Lalo Schifrin) or funkier ventures (Quincy Jones' theme to the Bill Cosby show, Bob James' magical "Nautilus", and a couple of great songs by Stax singer Luther Ingram), a handful of groovy - although slightly crackly - Anatolian 7 inches (notably Biricik's emo-prog "Iste Meydan", backed by cult psych-rock band Dadaslar, and Silüetler's 9/8 surf-rock hit "Kaşık Havası")... A few outsiders too : Os Brazões' amazing "Volkswagen Blue" (penned by Gilberto Gil), Anadol's haunting "Ablamın Gözleri" taken from her latest album "Felicita", Marc Bolan's first ever single "The Wizard", Ennio Morricone's theme tune to "The Italian Job", and Zalla a.k.a. Piero Umiliani's superb "Pianure D'Asia" from his cult "Paesaggi" album.

Thanks : Ilker, Benny, Derya

Illustration by Akira Nagasawa, layout by Molly

Just noticed Luke Warmcop also included Lalo Schifrin's Snake Dance... double hit!!



Monday 4 July 2022

MIXTAPE #58 - Next-Door Beauty

Here's the latest selection of hits to fit onto a C60 musicassette, or to stream below. Check out far out tayta shanti numbers from Peru, Brummie experiments by Broadcast with and without the Focus Group, Schifrin's lovely Snake Dance and many more!

Side A
01 - Cleoma Falcon - Mon Bon Vieux Mari
02 - Mia Omorfi Gitonopoula Polyxeni and Kalliopi Litou - Next-Door Beauty
03 - Orq. Huracan Del Mantaro - Que Chevere
04 - Los Reales de Cajamarca - En Brazos de la Dicha
05 - Mama Cushta - El Violin De bahuer
06 - Bolingo Ya Mosika Mabé
07 - Lalo Schifrin - The Snake's Dance
08 - Murad Kajlayev - Exotic Dance
09 - Phuong Tâm - Magical Night
10 - Belbury Poly - Wild Spot

Side B
11 - Broadcast & The Focus Group - The Be Colony
12 - Toto La Momposina - El Pescador
13 - Luiz Gonzaga - O Cheiro Da Carolina
14 - Esma Redzepova - Romano Horo
15 - Salah Ragab - Oriental Mood
16 - Wau Wau Collectif - Mame Cheikh Sidy Anta Mba
17 - Broadcast - Until Then
18 - The Cure - Six Different Ways

Thanks to Little Axe Records, Graham Mushnik, Paul Wiel


Monday 9 May 2022

va -- I Don't Wanna Move [Le Major Mixtape]

Hourray! A new eclectic selection of oddities and soul-soothing tunes;
Pop songs, African and Carribean hip shakers, Currulao from the pacific coast of Colombia, Brazilian love ... En route for the pleasurable spring !
Congratulations to Evinha for making any moment of the day magical, and Orchestre Kiam's guitarist for creating an endless party on his own.


01 • Evinha - Teto de Louca
02 • Hasnah Haron - Bintang Pujaan
03 • Canalón De Timbiquí - Lancherito
04 • Orquestra Romantica del Casino de Hawana - Oracion Caribe
05`• Quarteto Em Cy / Tamba Trio - Imagem
06 • Unknown (Tahiti) - Vairota
07 • The Lights of Khartoum North - Feelings
08 • Abdi Muhumud Amin & Waberi Artists - Aynaanka Hay


09 • Rahman Kadir  - Hari Ini Tak Seindah Semalam
10 • Ernesto Djédjé - Zibote 
11 • Orchestre Kiam - Memi 2
12 • Super Combo - Drole Messieu
13 • Chanel 10 - Lola
14 • Linton Kwesi Johnson - Two Sides Of Silence
15 • Oracle Sisters - I Don't Wanna Move

Thanks: Mauricio Ramirez, Radio Cosmo Berlin, Joe Summers.

Friday 25 March 2022

MIXTAPE #57 : Lonesome Lover


Springtime selection of hits for sunny days ahead ! Mainly african tunes on side A (congolese nostalgia, east and south african dance tracks...) - soul and jazz instros on side B. Plus YMO's insane 'Firecracker' that I guess everybody knows already (though it's new to me).

Side A
01 - Nestor Amaral - Belem Bayonee
02 - Yen Vavanga (San Salvador)
03 - Mashil Pichen & Peter Tsotsi - Mulofwa Mmoja
04 - Bukasa Leon & Tata Ngoma - Tokanisa Kongo Ya Biso
05 - Solomon Manori & Chemaner Band - Matibakach Hito
06 - The Mgababa Queens - Maphuthi
07 - Lijadu Sisters - Come On Home
08 - Ernest Honny - Ernest Special

Side B
09 - Yellow Magic Orchestra - Firecracker
10 - Gene Harris & The Three Sounds - Book Of Slim
11 - Dave Grusin - Condor! (Theme From Three Days of the Condor)
12 - Bob James - Enchanted Forest
13 - Gideon Nxumalo - Lonesome Lover
14 - Koo Nimo - Odo Akosomo

Thanks to: Banzzaï, Cris "Le Son Des Pâtes", Luc and fellow bloggers (Madrotter, Moos)

Monday 21 March 2022



Here's a new selection by our DJ friend Coco Maria! Featuring good vibes old and new from America and Europa essentially.

01 Congress-Woman Malinda Jackson Parker - Cousin Mosquito #1
02 Cullen Knight - Once You Get It (Love's So Wonderful)
03 Tihomir Pop Asanović - Telepatija
04 Ljupka Dimitrovska - Šta je tu je
05 Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Twisted
06 Cal Tjader & Bernard Purdie - Mamblues
07 Alice Coltrane - Oh Allah
08 Larry Coryell - No One Really Knows
09 Linda McCartney - Mister Sandman
10 Zeca Do Trombone - Gávea Um Beijo De Cinema
11 Ivette Garcia - Caju Amigo
12 Ronie & Central Do Brasil - Atôa Atôa
13 Don - Soul Dracula
14 Jay U Experience - Some More
15 Jimi Tenor - Afroeuropean