Release date: 22.4.2013
‘En Route’ is the stunning debut album of young soulful French chanteuse Caroline Lacaze!
The mixture on “En Route” is eclectic: nonchalant 60s beat, mysterious psych-pop, raucous funk and longing French chanson, all combined and held together with the energetic raw soul sound and the skillful ‘mise-en-scene’ by the Mocambo Electric Sound Orchestra.
Whether the mood is uplifting (“En Route Madame”), mysteriously sexy (“Minutes D'Insousciance”), melancholic (“Ici”), joyful (“Laisse Tomber”), sombre (“Je Reste”) or a shift up a gear from mere retro with a hot-rodded take on the Serge-Gainsbourg-penned Brigitte-Bardot-classic “Harley Davidson” from the swinging 60s, Caroline sings it with passion, energy and sincerity that is rarely heard of today.
Caroline Lacaze’s songs capture all the facets of an exciting voyage, the joy and pain of being away from home, leaping straight forward - with an occasional look in the rear-view mirror.
"The mixture of French singing and raw soul really works by gad. A match made in heaven."
Emrys Baird, Blues & Soul Magazine, UK
"What a lovely piece of funk magic - that's how soul in 2013 should sound like. Cool, powerful and with a twist." Michael Arens, Soultrainonline, Germany
"The French vocals provide a refreshing perspective and a nice touch…super-impressive backing" Imran Mirza, The Blue-in-Green-Blog
"A talent that is undeniable"
Colorising, Colorising.com Blog
"The French language vocals give it a feel unlike most new funk we've heard lately. Caroline's got a greatly soulful voice"
Dusty Groove, Chicago, USA
"Caroline Lacaze records French retro soul that's crunchy, deep, funky and growingly addictive!"
Julien Lakshmanan, Paris DJs
"Super cool release from the Mocambo lads. Loving their trademark heavy heavy grooves nicely topped with those so slinky tones from the French talent that is Caroline Lacaze."
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show, BBC 6MUSIC
"Funk? Soul? Mod? Hard to categorize, but simply amazing what Miss Lacaze and the Mocambos deliver with `En Route´."
Tobias Kirmayer, Tramp Records
"Solid french pop with an attitude - made in Germany! Caroline Lacaze's voice switches easy from heavy sixties-tingend psyche soul to uptempo yéyé sound. Backed by the Mocambos under their new moniker Mocambo Electric Sound Orchestra nothing can go wrong. Their sample-friendly pounding drumsound is pure delight! Love it!"
Oliver Korthals, Mojo Club
THIS IS NOT A DRILL
Release date: 30.4.2012
Mocambo records is very proud to present the original vinyl edition of long-anticipated second album by THE IMPELLERS 'This Is Not A Drill'. The Impellers are a 10-piece heavy soul and funk powerhouse with strong original material. This new album brings together influences including heavy soul, deep funk, latin and afrobeats, hip hop production, all topped by the gritty vocals of lead singer 'Lady' Clair Witcher.
The Impellers first full album "Robot Legs" was released on UK independent label Freestyle Records and featured a guest appearance from DJ and latin percussion legend Snowboy. Since its release in 2009, the band have been busy touring across the UK, Netherlands, Spain, France and elsewhere. They have shared stages with some of the finest funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz and scratch DJ talent from around the world.
The vinyl edition of the LP features a heavy old-style cardboard sleeve (free of barcodes and weblinks) and includes a download code for the entire album in full AIFF quality, plus bonus tracks such as funk re-version of the instantly recognisable "That's Not My Name" by The Ting Tings.
This is NOT a drill - This is 100% REAL!
THE FUTURE IS HERE
Release date: 4.10.2011 SOLD OUT!
After almost twenty 45s under various pseudonyms, their thrilling and hugely successful debut album with London based singer Gizelle Smith and a tour with concerts throughout Europe, Germany’s most prolific deep funk formation is ready to step further into the spotlight on their second longplayer.
The aptly titled THE FUTURE IS HERE sees the group explore new territories with features by hiphop legends Afrika Bambaataa and Charlie Funk, fresh French singer Caroline Lacaze and German rare groove queen Su Kramer, while manifesting their unique raw funk sound and refining their unmistakable instrumental style that has long gained international reputation.
Features old-style heavy cardboard sleeve, free of barcodes and weblinks and includes a coupon for free full quality AIFF download of the entire album.
IN THE BAG
Release date: 3.5.2010 SOLD OUT!
Mocambo Records strikes back with a new full length, ltd. edition, vinyl-only album by the Delta Rhythm Section - any rare groove lover’s dream-come-true.
The obscure group is one of the last and best kept secrets of the deep funk movement.
In the past years, the Vinylizor production team of Gary Crockett, Jay & Dominic Glover has produced true deep funk treasures with the crème of the London Funk scene.
Band members from the James Taylor Quartet, the New Mastersounds, Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, the Sound Stylistics, Incognito & percussionist Snowboy all contributed to the legendary sessions that went into archives but never saw the light of a commercial release.
After having released two tremendously successful 45s of the group, the now mega rare “Funkin Fever” and “Nassau Strut”, Mocambo Records reveals 12 more unreleased tracks.
But it is not just about the rareness of these recordings, it’s about the pure musical passion and vibe that lives in every second of this album.
From the killer jazz funk of “Get It On” (used in a Musicload TV commercial), psychedelic grooves of “The Trip” through heavy soul instrumentals as “Hot Fudge”, raw funk bangers as “Uptown Strut” to the latin soul of “Homecookin’”, the 12 tracks make up the must have album of 2010 for every deep funk connaisseur on the planet.
Better forget the clones: this is serious break-heavy, creative, danceable & raw funky sound that will leave you breathless and redefine the genre soul-jazz in just 36 minutes.
Beautifully manufactured high-quality vinyl. Barcode-free-old-style jacket.
THIS IS GIZELLE SMITH & THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS
Release date: 31.8.2009 SOLD OUT!
also available on CD (Légère Recordings, Soulbeats Records, CCRE Japan)
“Strong album – packs a serious punch”
Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, BBC 6 Music
“A breath of fresh air”
“Really amazing stuff, full of killers”
Nick / Record Kicks
Peter Wermelinger, Funky & Groovy Music Records Lexicon
“What a fantastic album – this is proper funk”
Tobias Kirmayer, Tramp Records
Ever since their first collaboration on the “Mocambo Funk Forty Fives” compilation, things have gained momentum for the “Golden Girl of Funk” and the much respected Hamburg-based label and live band. Their first single “Working Woman” became an overnight smash and a prime-time club favourite of funk & soul DJs from all over the world. Initially released on the Finnish private press label Old Capital, producer legend and Grammy nominee Kenny Dope (Masters at Work, Bucketheads) picked up and remixed the song for his own label Kay Dee Records.
Gizelle Smith & Mocambo now step up with a full-length album of bonafide sister funk.
In the days of digital recording and Pro Tools editing, they show true exception to modern techniques and create their highly regarded, unique and raw soul sound, by making use of simple dynamic microphones and reel-to-reel tape machines.
In a genre which is often littered with overused clichés of the past, the charismatic Gizelle Smith adds a lot of her own flavour rather than slavishly copying icons of bygone decades. The result is a refreshing alternative to post-millenium plastic pop without being a mere retro rip-off.
From the heavy and determined “Gonna Get You” to vulnerable, gospel-tinged laments such as “Coffee High”, the album is just as deeply rooted in the music from the golden era of soul as it is a modern masterpiece in its own right.
Blazing horns, soulful guitars, driving drums and basslines combined with Gizelle’s gripping and powerful voice all weave together to create a long player that is varied and coherent at the same time.
Release date: 26.6.2009
Limited Edition – Vinyl Only Album
Mocambo is notorious for their killer Funk 45s that have become a favourite of prestigious DJs, ambitious collectors and music lovers worldwide. While the first label compilation sported the highlights of their first, sold-out vinyl 7“ releases, this sampler is a fine selection of new & previously unreleased material. Most of the tracks were originally composed for use in movie and television film scores and not for commercial release. Mocambo is very proud to offer these gems to connaisseurs and true vinyl lovers.
As the title „Cinematic Funk“ suggests, the music has more to it than just the usual 45 sound. From the grand opening theme, to quirky, heavy street soul, sweet love themes, moody downtempo jazz, psychedelic B-movie sitar grooves, chilled and spaced out tunes to blaxploitation car chase sceneries, the cream of Europe’s funk bands like James Taylor Quartet, Speedometer, Sound Stylistics, Delta Rhythm Section and the Mighty Mocambos deliver a broad variety of film-inspired funk styles.
Sit back, relax, listen to these hip sounds and create your own movie in your head to the score of Mocambo’s CINEMATIC FUNK.
The album’s artwork is free of rubbish like barcodes or web-/email-addresses.
MOCAMBO FUNK FORTY FIVES
Release date: 24.10.2007 SOLD OUT!
still available on CD (Mocambo Records MCD 1001)
This unique compilation spotlights the best tracks of Mocambo Records' scarce 7 inch vinyl releases that took the deep funk scene by storm in summer 2006.
Along with the labels own productions (Mocambo Allstars, The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band and Gizelle Smith), the first releases host new recordings by obscure English groups like The Delta Rhythm Section, The Sound Stylistics and the supreme Vinylizor Productions team (Jay Glover, Gary Crockett & Dominic Glover), together with unreleased tracks by all time greats such as the James Taylor Quartet and Speedometer.
Not only the fact that all of the recordings were previously unreleased gems, but it was also the way in which the 7" singles were released, that made the records desireable collector's items in their own right. While it would have been possible to sell a 1000 copies of each, the label decided to stick with the charm of obscure and forgotten Funk 45s by pressing no more than 300 copies of each release. Manufactured at a private pressing plant in Germany, the records not only delivered the sound of rare Funk 45s, but also the look and of course, the quantity. One of the Delta Rhythm Section's 7 inches did not even reach the amount of copies that had been licenced because the stamp broke before the whole edition could be finished.
Needless to say, the records were sold out in a short time. For people who missed the limited vinyl edition, it is still impossible to get hold of the brilliant tunes. Popular demand caused the label to "re-issue" the best sides of the original 45s on this compilation so that all fans of the material can now enjoy the music without breaking the bank.
The selection of tunes included in this compilation is a broad variety of styles in the genre of funk.
While the Delta Rhythm Section provides a more perfected version of mid-seventies big band funk, the Sound Stylistics stand for the raw garage sound of small labels around in the early 70s, with a wild instrumental style that became known as 'deep funk' (hence the library album title of the same name).
The bonafide productions of Jay Glover, Dominic Glover and Gary Crockett focus on classic vintage keyboard instruments as the Minimoog, Hohner Clavinet D6 and the Hammond B-3.
The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band brings some West Indian flavour to the mix by performing a classic Meters track with Steel Drums and killer breakbeats, showing that New Orleans is just a stone's throw away from the South Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago.
The UK's primo funk outfit Speedometer round up the compilation with uptempo Latin-tinged dancefloor funk while the Mocambo Allstars pay hommage to the late James Brown, the J.B.'s instrumental sound and early rap groups with three of their own productions.
Other artists such as the James Taylor Quartet and Ian Langley represent the cinematic side of funk with their takes on blaxploitation scores, providing listeners with the perfect underscore for vintage urban drama, big city hustle and car chase scences.