Like a turntable's tonearm guiding the needle to the record, Lance Jyo has helped Toshi Nakada find the groove he was looking for. Hawaii-based musician Lance Jyo was instrumental in helping Toshi Nakada reissue Hawaiian AOR albums on his Japanese record label, Cool Sound.
"You're My Fantasy" by Tender Leaf Beauty strikes hardest in its purest form. Tender Leaf is the perfect example. Back when life was simpler, a group of friends got together to create music. That group, led by Murray Compoc Spencer and Darryl Valdez, found joy in jamming acoustic guitars and writing songs together, eventually entering the [...]
"The Rhythm of Life" by Mike Lundy What more can I say about Mike Lundy and The Rhythm of Life, a "holy grail" of Hawaiian funk music, where every song is a carefully constructed masterpiece written by the guitarist himself. If you don't believe me, check out the title track, featured on the DJ Muro [...]
Yet another rare Hawaiian LP found online to download, this one's called "One Man Lady" by the local band Music Magic. Their first self-titled release was an attempt at Hawaiian jazz-fusion, but their sophomore album ventures into R&B, soul and disco territory. Both Music Magic albums were reissued on the Japanese label Cool Hawaii. Here's [...]
Aside from say, Mackey Feary's Black & White CD, there haven't been too many reissues of Hawaiian LPs in the U.S. (at least the kine I'm looking for). But do you remember what I said about those Japanese record enthusiasts? Needless to say, some of the best Hawaiian funk/soul/jazz has been re-released on CD via [...]
DJ Muro's Hawaiian Breaks Tracklist now complete! (I just need to add the little details, like release year, catalog number, record label) ALOHA GOT SOUL is dedicated to the funky, soulful, jazzy sounds of Hawaii, so it's only appropriate that I start with DJ Muro's 1hr+ mix, "Hawaiian Breaks." Released in late 2009, the mp3 [...]