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Saturday, October 18, 2014


Since a year, Les Mains Noires is also a record label named Goma Gringa Discos, based in São Paulo and runned by Frederic Thiphagne & Matthieu Hebrard. The good news is that has just been released the 3rd Lp, “Malagueta, Perus e Bacanaço” by São Paulo’s saxophonist Thiago França.
Inspired by the cult homonymous short story by writer João Antonio, the record was born as a tribute to the 50 years of publication. Between stories, codes and characters we are introduced to the three rogues (Malagueta, Perus and Bacanaço) that roam in São Paulo's night from a pool hall to another in search of games. A typical portrait of São Paulo, raw, gray and not quite hopeful, where the city is both background and character of the plot where are involved the protagonists.

Thursday, July 4, 2013


Searching in my pictures archives, I realised that I still didn't share with you those crazy pictures from that quite singular place. Unfortunately, I will not be able to tell you so much about this place as everyone has been quiet. One thing is sure, it do not exist anymore. I was there at the end of September 2009 and I've been quite lucky as I remember the owner of the place telling me that that was it! he has just sold the warehouse and he was going to be destroyed within two weeks! And that is what actually happen.

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Alfredo Bello aka Dj Tudo is someone I already posted about.
Pillar of the new musical scene in Brazil, the musician, producer, dj, ethnomusicologist and tenacious researcher is just back from a month spent in Europe with his luggage packed with 2 new releases!
Perfect to wait until his new Lp expected around January 2014! Be sure that I'll be here to let know about this as soon as It will be available.
And so, It is not one but two tracks that I'm posting! Check them!

Monday, April 22, 2013


While 2010 and 2011, I've been lucky enough to have Manu and Paulo as my bosses, at Superfly Records! One year and a half where I've learned so much. I'll never be able to thank them enough for the trust they put in me and for the inestimable knowledge they shared with me!
In between, I also have to admit that those years has been extremely valuable to my humble record collection ('Basement vol.1 & vol.2 among other).

The pictures and questions that follows has been made while those years and stayed in my hard-drive until now. Pics has been shot at Manu's place and while a digging trip in Brussels.

And as always, the questions are accompanied by a 17 tracks compilation selected by Manu through his own record collection!
A mixture of Spiritual and Afro rooted Jazz, West Indies Fusion, Obscure Rare Groove, Latin, Afro Psych and Vocal Jazz.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Annoucement of a new Analog Africa release is always a moment full of pleasure, excitement and surprise!
And here is the last one, Analog Africa's 3rd volume about the most emblematic and legendary Beninese band, the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou! You may think something like 'Oh, one more volume....' but watch out ! Don't get it wrong! This volume may be the best of the serie!
It's when you think that you already know everything that arise something showing you that you're only at the beginning!
From pure Vodoun rhythm to Afro Bossa Nova, the compilation presents 14 unexpected and highly addictive tracks recorded by the band between 1969 and 1980!
Here is in worldwide exclusivity one track extract from the compilation and that appear to be my favorite

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

057° .DIRTY BRAZILIAN JAZZ. selected by Les Mains Noires

Yes I know...almost 9 months without a proper selection... I can only apologize for this and tell you that no, I do not forget you and no, I'm not dead! Just starting a new part of life in Sao Paulo since a bit more than a year now. Goma-Gringa's project is taking the main part of my time, and It's a pleasure! My records are still in France and I do not have a correct system to record my new founds here. That are the reasons of such an absence!

But here finally is a new selection!
I'm proud to present to you 18 tracks collected mainly while my six first months here. You'll easily understand the title referring to the successful 'Dirty Caribbean Jazz' serie and his raw, oldie and perfumed mood! So yes, that's a 48 min long journey through Brazilian sounds from the 40s, 50s and early 60s that I propose to to you to discover or rediscover.

The selection featured Samba Jazz, Batuque, Chote, Capoeira, Baião, Pontos Cruzados and more... Trying to give you a small overview of the Brazilian musical diversity and richness.

Give it an ear, and please, let me know your thoughts about it.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

056° .TRACKS OF THE WEEK°08. .2011.week °24 to °52

Eighth volume of this now classic serie dedicated to contemporary labels and artists!
Another 13 tracks posted on the blog in 2011's second half.
RareGroove, Progressive Rock, Afro Latin, Rhythm'n'Blues, Mandingo, Dub, Brazilian New Grooves and more will, I wish, give your ears a delightful hour!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Edson is one of the biggest figure of São Paulo's digging scene, more than 15 years of vinyl researches made him a huge reference for Brazilian music but also for groovy library sounds as his collection would turn pale more than one.

There are people whose kindness doesn't know any border, Edson is one of them.
He's one of the first people I met while my first trip, here, in São Paulo. That was in August 2011 and he took care of me like no one can do. Bringing to some of the best place to find records, advising me a very lot about that Brazilian music that I was just discovering and being always present to help me for whatever I could need. He quickly turned into a very close friend and someone who I wanted to humbly tribute.

Always looking around for new place to dig, one of his favorite spot keep being that basement in downtown São Paulo, full of 7 inches. Really impressive space when you get in for the first time!

The mix that Edson made only features 'Compacto' (Brazilian name for 7inches) coming from this basement ! As well, most of the pictures are from this spot who turned into an amazing playground for photography ! Then, as all portraits, this post came with the usual survey, a gallery of photos and a small text from Edson that he insisted to attach with his prolific 27 tracks mix-tape.

Much ingredients which, I hope, will satisfy both your ears, eyes and curiosity!

Monday, April 2, 2012

054° .SALSITA CON SWING. selected and mixed by PHILIPPE NOEL

Insatiable globetrotter, dj, digger and owner of the great blog Canicule Tropicale, Philippe Noël kindly sent me from his hometown Montreal a impeccable mix of Latin records he collected while several trips around the planet.
An hour that will delight Salseros as much as music lovers.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

053° .TRACKS OF THE WEEKS°07. .2011.week°04 to°17.

Here are 12 tracks extract from some of the best early 2011 Issues & ReIssues.
All of them as been posted on this blog from week 04 to week 17 of 2011.