Record Store Focus: Mr Bongo, Brighton

Brighton's best: the record store, label and publishing company celebrating 30 years in the game

’30 years ago, in 1989, a suitcase arrived in Europe from Venezuela filled with amazing Latin records. That case was the beginning of Mr Bongo – the record shop that became the Brighton-based label and publisher for some of the finest selections in Brazilian, Latin, African, Jazz, Soul, Reggae, Hip Hop and Psychedelic flavours.’ 

Now based in their current home in Brighton’s Gloucester Yard, Mr Bongo’s is renowned worldwide for their instrumental role in re-issuing a wealth of hidden gems from around the globe. As part of our series profiling some of our favourite record stores, we’re partnering with Mr Bongo for a very special vinyl-appreciation session on Friday 2nd August, from 4-8pm celebrating the array of sounds that Mr Bongo’s champions.

Venture inside Mr Bongo’s with The Vinyl Factory…

Store resident DJs Black Fan and Gareth Stephens will be warming you up for the weekend and we’re delighted to have Harri Pepper representing Dimensions from our DJ Directory. Check out the event here.

Ahead of the in-store, and this year’s Dimensions, Mr Bongo resident DJ Black Fan took the time to talk us through his ‘Top 10 Festival essential tracks’. Get yourself in the festival mood by reading on…

 

1. Aswon – Paradise Island

“Where is it you say?   It’s not so far away….
How often can I go there you say?   You can go there every day…..
From new label Pressure Makes Diamonds, if there’s a festival in the land that doesn’t have this as its anthem resonating in your mind by the time you leave on Monday, then there’s something wrong.”
Purchase here.

2. Logg – Logg

“Nice to see a re-issue of this. One of many many classics from Leroy Burgess. This time in his Logg monicker.
It’s Leroy’s world, we just dance in it!”
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Purchase here.

3. Renee Geyer – Be There In The Morning

“First rate Soul Disco calling for hi-kicks and pirouettes on any dance floor worth dancing on. No warning needed Renee, I WILL be there in the morning.”

Purchase here.
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4. Glen Ricks – I Have Been Waiting

“Dubbed out boogie, laid back but great to dance to you with the sun on your back.”

Purchase here.

5. JD Switch – Kilowi Kilowi

“Simple electronic undertones to the production that allows the other instruments to work as intended, combined with a great, raw, and undoubtably commanding vocal that pulls you in and doesn’t let you leave.”

Purchase here.

6. Leoparden – Boliglan

“Quirky, unique, and very infectious.
Trust me, the right time the right place, this works.
Just don’t watch the video.”
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Purchase here.

7. Free Youth – We Can Move

“One of those that would probably be off the radar of most before re-issue. 
Great mid setter, great vibes.”

Purchase here.

8. Bufiman – Ba Hu Du

“When I first heard this I couldn’t believe Maurice Fulton didn’t have anything to do with it, but when I saw the Wolf Muller tag it made sense. Superbly done, beautiful madness on wax. A remix that let’s you know who’s in charge.”
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Purchase here.
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9. The Bees – She’s A Witch

“For many the Bubblegum sound is take or leave.
For me Hlabalaza is one of those that definitely works. It seems to me that the dare I say ‘naive’ production, simple grooves, and great vocals really works, especially on a good sound system.”
Purchase here.

10. Carlos Ramos – 1-2-1

“Driving Disco from Carlos.
I’ve got a copy somewhere, I’m hoping I can find for Friday.”
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Purchase here.
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