Even though Waikiki isn't what it was like when Rob Mehl was growing up, it was the perfect backdrop to the beginnings of a new project for Aloha Got Soul, and a new friendship between two people who love music and stories.
This double LP brings to light the music of Robert ÆOLUS Myers, featuring recordings previously available only on cassette or CD. For Aloha Got Soul, this marks a new chapter of bringing rare and relatively unknown music of Hawai‘i to the surface.
With the help of a Japanese professor, Google translate, and a small working knowledge of the language, I was able to piece together a simple translation of Aiko's "Fly With Me" and "Time Machine". This is a simple way for non-Japanese speakers to understand what the songs are about.
When paired together, Aiko's "Fly With Me" and "Time Machine" complement each other so well that a 7-inch on Aloha Got Soul was in order. Here's the story of how AGS-7005 came to be.
There's no question that Aura's sole album needs to be heard once again. It's an undeniably potent blend of jazz and funk highlighted by the Mendoza family's signature sound: an unstoppable horn section with two sisters as lead vocalists.
Last November we released (sort of) the long-awaited reissue of Mike Lundy's 1980 Hawaiian holy grail, The Rhythm Of Life. It was accepted with great reviews from critics and listeners worldwide—the title track made it onto Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Winners 2015 list, which broadcast in December. "The crown jewels of Hawaiian funk, from 1980 — with an open, upful [...]
We are extremely pleased to tell you that for that past 12 months we've been working with London's Strut Records on a compilation entitled Aloha Got Soul: Soul, AOR & Disco in Hawai‘i 1979-1985, and it hits stores worldwide in February 2016. Compiled by Roger Bong, the aptly-titled Aloha Got Soul comprises 16 tracks of inspired funk, disco, jazz and AOR [...]
Mike Lundy's The Rhythm Of Life is finally available again in its full glory: the nine-track quintessential Hawaiian funk/soul opus that has come to represent the birth of the Aloha Got Soul record label and the rebirth of Lundy's almost forgotten masterpiece. Here's a snippet from the liner notes which expresses my feelings for this special project: [...]
The premise behind every Aloha Got Soul release is to tell a story beyond the music. The story of Mike Lundy is mysterious, complex, and layered with good intentions. The story of this reissue project is marked by multiple coincidences throughout the process of rereleasing music from The Rhythm Of Life—so much so, in fact, [...]
"I found that special find". Look closely, and you'll see those words inscribed in the dead wax on the flip side of AGS-7002, the second release from the Aloha Got Soul blog-turned-label (but still a blog!). The idea came to me in January after picking up a copy of RVNG Intl's anthology music by Ariel Kalma. RVNG's attention [...]