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Captain Planet and Chico Mann have reunited for a slice of chilled-out global bass on this week’s top tune, “Aguacero”. It’s the first track on the new EP, More Slang from Brooklyn-based label, Bastard Jazz which also features a sweet LondonBridge remix of “Un Poquito Mas”.
Captain Planet (Charlie Bethel) began Dj-ing and making beats on a Tascam 4-track in his teens. He became obsessed with vinyl records & began digging for samples which led to a love for Reggae, Latin, and African music. Charlie’s worldwide travels and tireless search for new sounds led to a collaborative friendship with Chico Mann & to his distinctive “Gumbo Funk” style as a producer. Click HERE to grab the EP and 2014′s excellent Esperanto Slang LP.
Speaking of travel, Chico Mann has been scheduled to appear as a featured artist at the historic Manana 2016, to take place May 4-6, 2016 in Santiago de Cuba . Manana is a non-profit music festival connecting Afro-Cuban Folkloric music with the pioneers of the International Electronic music community. Built on the deep love and mutual respect for rhythm, Manana aims to create an environment of free expression and cultural exchange. The festival is a celebration of Cuba’s cultural capital, Santiago de Cuba, and a celebration of community. collaboration, and dance.
Click HERE for a full list of performers, to pledge your support, to get tickets, and travel information for this historic event. See you down there!
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Written by Marcos Garcia & Charlie Bethel.
Published by Emma Lulu Music/Music in Context LLC (BMI). Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
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Published by Jasstard/Bazz c/o Defend Music (BMI). Master controlled by Bastard Jazz.
Nov 11 2015
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“I try to say the sweetest things to keep you coming back”…this week’s Top Tune is a remix of a favorite track from Marcos Garcia‘s (AKA Chico Mann) third solo LP, 2013′s Magical Thinking on Soundway Records.
Garcia is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and a founding member of Antibalas. Marcos has in the past worked with the likes of TV On The Radio, The Roots, and Dam Funk as well as remixing Little Dragon and Alice Russell.
Like many of his previous outings, Chico Mann’s Magical Thinking lp combines latin, freestyle, and 80s electro funk. On Same Old Clown, these influences provide the perfect backdrop for slinky vocals by Notable alum Kendra Morris. DJ Kon who is known as one of the best Disco/Funk/Soul/Boogie DJs in the world, provides the remix.
You can hear Garcia’s latest single “Un Poquito Mas” with Captain Planet on the album Esperanto Slang which is currently #1 on CMJ’s World Music Chart. Look out for Marcos on tour with Antibalas early 2015!
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Published by Emma Lulu Music/Music In Context LLC (BMI), Contact: Damon Booth – email@example.com. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / firstname.lastname@example.org. Published by Boombox Amerika. Master controlled by Soundway Records.
Nov 19 2014
This week’s Top Tune comes from songwriter, producer, remixer, guitar player and all-around champion of good sounds and good vibes, Marcos J. Garcia. Raised in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood to Cuban-born parents, Marcos from a young age was soaked in the sounds of afro beat, Latin jazz and 80′s freestyle. Marcos is best known as a founding and current member of Brooklyn-based afrobeat ensemble Antibalas, which is modeled after Fela Kut’s Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive Orchestra.
It was around 2006 that Marcos created the musical time machine that has become Chico Mann. Blending 1970′s Afrobeat and 1980′s Freestyle and Afro Cuban music while paving the way for something new. “One Day Late” was written by Notable’s own, Sam Phillips, and appears on one of our favorite records of the year, Chico Mann’s Magical Thinking. Kudos! to our own Jeremy Page for the mix.
You can catch Marcos and Antibalas on tour here:
11/15 – Bear Creek Music Festival w/Bootsy Collins & Lee Fields – Great Live Oaks, FL
11/29 – Lagos Jazz Series w/Jill Scott, Banford Marsalis, Robert Glasper & Seun Kuti – Lagos, Nigeria
12/1 – Lagos Jazz Series w/Jill Scott, Branford Marsalis, Robert Glasper & Seun Kuti – Lagos, Nigeria
12/13 – Rooms – Chuo – ku – Fukuoka, Japan
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Published by Eden Bridge Music (ASCAP). Administered by Some Kind of Music LLC, A Notable Music Co. contact: Damon Booth – email@example.com. Master controlled by Soundway Records.
Nov 13 2013
Though Chico Mann‘s songs are obviously built for today’s dance floors, his influences are clearly vintage. On his latest album, Magical Thinking, he’s leapt back to the early 1980s style known as boogie. This is not the boogie of the rock ‘n’ roll pneumonia and boogie-woogie flu days; it’s a retroactively named genre that arose from the ashes of post-disco and funk music. Boogie is known for its big bubblegum bass lines and sticky stacks of synthesizers, and Mann digs deep into both here – Oliver Wang, NPR.
We have to say, Marcos Garcia (aka Chico Mann) always brings the deep Boogie. Whether as a member of the mighty Brooklyn-based afrobeat band, Antibalas, or a producer/remixer (Little Dragon, KonKoma) or with his solo work, Garcia never fails to connect the mind, the heart, and the body.
Los Angeles get ready: Goldenvoice & KCRW Present – Chico Mann – July 11th – Los Globos (3040 W Sunset Blvd 90026) 8p.
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Published by Emma Lulu Music (BMI). Administered by Music In Context LLC, A Notable Music Co. contact: Damon Booth – firstname.lastname@example.org & J. Kalmia Traver. Master controlled by Soundway Records.
Jul 03 2013