Americana Hawaiiana: Rock Your Soul Compilation


Aloha Got Soul is moving fast this week. There's the 70s Nightclub Reunion this Saturday, the high def DVD that's available for preorder, a glimpse of the Lil' Albert "Movin' In" album (which I'll be sharing in more depth real soon). Oh and there's the 2011 Na Hoku follow-ups that I still need to post with more photos from the awards ceremony. And now this. Five Hawaiian soul musicians on one BBE compilation. This is quite an accomplishment, especially for a mix CD with 16 songs total... way to go Hawaii for repping the Aloha sound!
Americana: Rock Your Soul <BBE> Cover art for Americana: Rock Your Soul on BBE
Americana – Rock Your Soul: Blue Eyed Soul & Sounds From The Land Of The Free is the compilation title, and it'll rock your socks (or slippers) off. Pre-orders are being taken for the upcoming July 4th release date. Mark Taylor of Happy Jazz Radio Show and his colleague, Zafar Chowdhry, put together a 16-track CD filled with American music from "the darker corners of American pop culture." Mark and I have been 'internet friends' for a while now, sharing music and information about Hawaii. So I kinda feel like Aloha Got Soul is part of this project.
"We’d wager you’ve not heard of many of the artists here and that’s ultimately the purpose: to shine a light on the darker corners of American pop culture. And they don’t get much more radio-friendly than this shining collection here." – Americana... Press Release
If you didn't know, BBE is a UK-based record label that frequently features the world's best DJs, musicians and crate diggers (record collectors). A personal favorite of mine, though not Hawaiian music, is Disco Forever compiled by Dimitri from Paris. Check out the full track list for Americana: Rock Your Soul (Hawaiian artists with *):
*01. Babadu - I Love Music 02. Eric Tagg – Living Off The Love 03. Jaye P. Morgan - Can't Hide Love 04. James Walsh Gypsy Band - I've Got The Feelin' 05. Jesse McFall and The Funk Elegant Orchestra - Thought You Ought To Know * 06. Lil'Albert - My Girl Friday * 07. Mike Lundy - Love One Another * 08. Tender Leaf - Coast To Coast 09. 1619 Bad Ass Band - Just For You 10. Michael Killen - A Little More Time 11. Breakaway - Who Was It This Time 12. Midnight Flyer - I Just Want To Love You 13. Ian Willson - Four In The Morning (Goodking Edit) 14. Life Force - Slow Dancer * 15. Society Of Seven - Between Hello And Goodbye 16. Evans Pyramid - Never Gonna Leave You
Place your pre-orders for CD and 2x12" vinyl from BBE. Check out a review from audiotexture here. Listen to the compilation online here. Keep the good vibes flowing and donate to Aloha Got Soul.

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