For the two year anniversary of Soul Time In Hawaii, we worked with South London artist Gaurab Thakali to produce a small edition of hand finished screen prints which became our event poster. We were drawn to Gaurab's work for his imaginative illustration of the early American jazz scene. He captures this period with a warmth that's missing [...]
"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 [...]
Aloha Got Soul is now a record label, focusing on quality reissues of rare and relatively unknown Hawaiian soul, funk, rare groove and beyond.
"It's like my own little mission, trying to spread the love vibration in my music. I always try to bring people to a higher consciousness in my shows." – Loyal Garner
Mike Lundy's The Rhythm Of Life is as serious of a 'holy grail' as they come. It's funky as hell, rare, and every song is channeled from the furthest reaches possible within one man's soul. Mike Lundy goes deep, is what I'm trying to say.
"Round and Around" by Mike Lundy. This is why I love Hawaiian rare groove music. Mike Lundy's "Round and Around" encircles my head with a laid back tropical groove. Mike blends the perfect balance of jazzy pop and funk. I can't get enough of this track!
"So Sassy" by Mike Lundy To prove my point about Mike Lundy's "The Rhythm of Life" being a masterpiece, here's another gem from the LP. This one's called "So Sassy": Subscribe to Aloha Got Soul on Youtube.
"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 [...]
"I am Hawaiian, I'm all that's left / I am the son of the sea and the surf This land was my land, I shared with friends / Now it is their land, and I pay rent..." Vic Malo's politically-charged "Ode to Waiahole & Waikane Valley" is filled with clever criticism, taking stabs at so-called [...]
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 [...]