Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Calypsoul '70

The Revolution of Saint Vincent - The Little You Say

Reissue kingpins Strut cover the Caribbean on this new comp: Calypsoul 70: Caribbean Soul & Calypso Crossover. A very diverse collection of forays into island-rich funk, disco, reggae, etc. The cover explains it all: whoever these lost groups are, all you need to know is that they wear amazing uniforms and play in a sunny field. what do you do all day?

This would be the perfect summer BBQ album to casually throw on like you haven't spent all day thinking about what to play when your friends show up. Except that, I hate to tell you this, summer is kind of over. I know the weather persists, I know sunny doldrums carry on, but the icey truth is there before you, even though announcing it to you only gives me the same kind of joy as it would to whisper Nietzsche quotes to an old lady in church.

Now there are those that welcome summer like moviegoers tittering at the parting of a curtain, and those that acknowledge the onset of the sweetest season as a time for reverence and joyful ritual. Listen to this great dusty beach funk jam, "The Little You Say," and tell me which camp feels like home to you. And don't think about that it's almost September and you have to go buy a new Trapper Keeper.

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