Jun 29, 2018

RhoDeo 1825 Grooves

Hello, .England choose the easier path to the semi final by losing to Belgium, and on paper that was a smart move, next opponent Columbia were lucky against Senegal who had they drawn would have been group winner but now were the last African team sent home, there's no justice in football. 10 European teams in the last sixteen and had Germany done what they always do we'd have 11 and a new record. Panama goes home with 3 deserved losses which makes me wonder how weak the US team were as they out qualified them. Brazil currently the favorites but my money is on Belgium beating them. In fact it's quit possible England and Belgium will play the final Brussels vs London Two countries at war with itself and football to safe the day..

Today's artists are an American acid jazz-funk band. In 2007 they were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year for the release People People Music Music ..... 'N Joy

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The acid jazz outfit Groove Collective was formed in downtown New York City in 1990 by flutist Richard Worth, DJ Smash, and rapper Nappy G, all three staples of a nomadic dance club called Giant Step. In time, the trio was joined by keyboardist Itaal Shur, drummer Gengi Siraisi, and bassist Jonathan Maron, earning a growing cult following and eventually attracting the attention of Steely Dan vibist Bill Ware, who soon signed on along with saxophonist Jay Rodriguez, trombonist Josh Roseman, trumpeter Fabio Morgera, and percussionist Chris Theberge.  After witnessing an early show, producer Gary Katz negotiated the band's signing to Reprise Records, and produced their eponymous debut album in 1993.

In 1994, they appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation album, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, alongside other prominent jazz artists, Herbie Hancock and Roy Ayers. The album, meant to raise awareness and funds in support of the AIDS epidemic in relation to the African American community, was heralded as "Album of the Year" by Time Magazine. They scored two minor dance instrumental and adult contemporary hits in 1996 with a cover of The Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"  and "Lift Off"

Groove Collective's musical style reflects the wide-ranging backgrounds and interests of its individual members. Commenting on the group's 1996 release, We the People, critic Michael Casey referred to the numerous influences at work in Groove Collective's sound, specifically the presence of Afro-pop, Latin jazz, hip-hop, and traditional jazz stylings. This mix is born of the members' varying influences, including bebop, funk, old-school hip-hop and classic soul. Bassist and co-founder Jonathan Maron has acknowledged the importance of a DJ aesthetic in the music, stating that "(Groove Collective's) goal has always been to emulate the range of music a DJ plays during the course of the night at a packed club....A great DJ knows the songs that can ignite the room and fill the dance floor. Some of my favorite musical experiences have been in clubs, where you listen and realize how well all of these styles blend together into one big idiom of its own." Central to the group's ethic is its insistence on live instrumentation and its ability to create and sustain grooves for a dance floor audience.

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Groove Collective's completely uninhibited, party-based jazz-funk is inspired by Sly Stone, acid jazz, hip-hop, salsa, Stevie Wonder, drum'n'bass, Parliament-Funkadelic, Fania -- that is, anything or anyone from the late '60s on who knew how to get down. Their fourth album overall finds the congregation in a most jubilant mood, happy to simply stretch out on a series of infectious singalong jams, starting with the openers "Up All Night" (which trades honking sax solos with some great stuttered drum programming) and "Everything Is Changing" (a shuffling disco stomp). With no less than 14 pieces in the group, it's obvious that Groove Collective shouldn't have any trouble filling spaces, and truth to tell, just about every song on Declassified bristles with so many ideas, solos, and licks that listeners may get dizzy without a few listens under their belt. "On a Feeling," the spotlight for rapper Nappy G, isn't exactly the tightest hip-hop joint ever heard, but the sheer instrumental and musical prowess abundant all over this album makes it a joy for all to hear.

Groove Collective - Declassified   (flac 365mb)

01 Up All Night 4:35
02 Everything Is Changing 5:49
03 On A Feeling 3:52
04 Some People 4:58
05 Valiha 1:05
06 Undercover Life 4:25
07 Guara Rumba 1:02
08 Crisis 7:24
09 End Transmission 4:12
10 Sabrosona (Song For Chucho) 3:33
11 Nature Of A Freak 6:02
12 Triage 2:05
13 Martha My Dear 3:27
14 Sabrosona (Reprise) 1:23
15 Mrs. Strangelove 3:48

Groove Collective - Declassified   (ogg  150mb)

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Nearly ten years after their formation in the early-'90s New York soul-jazz scene, Groove Collective has developed into a tightly knit orchestra of highly skilled musicians full of life and danceable spirit. It's All in Your Mind is a good representation of their artistic development and, as is with any progression, Groove Collective has upped the ante just enough to ensure further progress on future records. It's All in Your Mind experiments with jazzy and spacy elements, but never veers too far to the left or right. Though the first cut, "Time Pilot," is a slow and gentle groove that initially sounds like Hooverphonic or Portishead, the band jumps right back to their rootsy Afro-beat comforts with the second track, the Fela Kuti-esque "Ransome." They dance around in techno-influenced space on "Dance With You" and even rock out on "Skye." Though it may seem as though GC bounces around a lot, they maintain their focus beautifully, drifting seamlessly from genre to genre. As well, It's All in Your Mind tests the band's technical boundaries as electronics are more prevalent than on previous records. It's All in Your Mind illustrates an evolution of sorts for the collective from their meager hip-hop/jazz beginnings to a full-on ensemble. What's more is that the Collective plays like a jazz combo, giving each player enough room to show off his considerable individual talents. There are numerous standouts on the record, but Chucho Valdes' appearance on "Stargazer" is likely the most memorable as it elevates the record to new sonic heights. Generally, It's All in Your Mind is a bit more mellow than previous recordings but a wonderful record nonetheless.

Groove Collective - It's All In Your Mind    (flac 403mb)

01 Time Pilot 4:31
02 Ransome 5:02
03 Dance With You 5:36
04 Earth To Earth 4:22
05 You're Stepping On My Daisy 5:18
06 Stargazer 7:43
07 Winner 4:26
08 In Your Mind 6:11
09 Ocean Floor 5:00
10 Priye 4:31
11 Skye 6:45
12 Comparasa Tunina 5:33
13 Demon Chaser 4:27
14 Thank You (And See You Next Time) 1:15

Groove Collective - It's All In Your Mind  (ogg  147mb )

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The Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion ensemble Groove Collective combines elements of dance music, R&B, and funk in an eclectic brew that conjures Fela Anikulapo Kuti jams on "DFU," 1960s Miles Davis on "Centerfield," and 21st century trance music on "Eat No Space." The band knows its jazz and funk history inside out, and on cuts like the percolating Latin groove of "Mambomongo" and the sinuous Afrobeat of "6 For Fred," it proves it has the chops to back up its revelatory musical archaeology.

Groove Collective - People People Music Music    (flac  385mb)

01 Forgotten Travelers 5:47
02 DFU 6:11
03 What If 6:02
04 Eat No Space 5:03
05 Tito 5:29
06 KOG 6:31
07 Mambomongo 5:19
08 Outermost 6:20
09 6 For Fred 5:43
10 Set Up 4:10
11 Centerfield 5:33
12 Speak Like A Child 5:29
13 Outermost (Live Bonus Version) 5:31

Groove Collective - People People Music Music  (ogg  149mb)

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Groove Collective's fusion of Latin jazz and funk is infectious. Their studio albums explore house, hip hop and soul, but after you hear them play LIVE, you long for that level of energy that their studio CD's just fall short of. A live Groove Collective experience is an epic session of their addictive sound. When you play this album it's like listening to two long sets from this under appreciated ensemble, because all of the songs flow together. Bottom line: Perfect addition to your live jazz collection.

Groove Collective - Brooklyn, NY 04.20.02    (flac  498mb)

01 Astral Rain 3:58
02 Silver Hub 2:44
03 Universe in a Nutshell (Suite A-D) 3:15
04 Fragile Planet 2:55
05 Time Walker 2:56
06 Black Hole 2:32
07 Stargazer 12:52
08 Finding Lost Time 8:59
09 Distinct Vybe 1:29
10 Ransom 7:47
11 Black Is the Color of My Coffee 11:05
12 42nd Street Theme - Tender Steppin' 7:32
13 2K3 Suite 0:56
14 Village Shout 1:31
15 Everyday People 3:01
16 Everyday People (Reprise) 3:07

Groove Collective - Brooklyn, NY 04.20.02  (ogg  164mb)

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Jun 28, 2018

RhoDeo 1825 Re-Ups 146

Hello,  the curse of the champion struck again for the 4th time in the last 5 championships, this time Germany out ! To be honest here Germany were lame beyond belief, the only chances they had fell to their central defender Hummels who's headers had one coordination miss, one great safe and one on top of the crossbar, had one of these 3 chances found the target they would most likely have progressed and Mexico would be out despite winning their first 2 matches. The Swedes surprised big time, considering how undeserved they qualified they now look to be favorites in their 1/8 final match with Switzerland. Brazil looked relieved they no longer have to worry about the Germans and probably will underestimate Mexico next...

6 correct requests for this week, alas 1 that ignored my 12 months limit and 1 that ignored the correct location, whatever another batch of 17 re-ups (6 gig)

These days i'm making an effort to re-up, it will satisfy a smaller number of people which means its likely the update will  expire relatively quickly again as its interest that keeps it live. Nevertheless here's your chance ... asks for re-up in the comments section at the page where the expired link resides, or it will be discarded by me. ....requests are satisfied on a first come first go basis. ...updates will be posted here remember to request from the page where the link died! To keep re-ups interesting to my regular visitors i will only re-up files that are at least 12 months old (the older the better as far as i am concerned), and please check the previous update request if it's less then a year old i won't re-up either.

Looka here , requests fulfilled up to June 13th.... N'Joy

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1x Goldy Rhox Back In Flac (New York Dolls - New York Dolls)

3x Grooves Now In Flac (Curtis Mayfield - Super Fly Deluxe 1+2, Curtis Mayfield - Back to the World, Curtis Mayfield - Sweet Exorcist )

4x Beats NOW in Flac (VA - Renegade Selector - Series 2.2, VA - Metalheadz-Platinum Breakz, VA - Metalheadz-Platinum Breakz 2, VA - MSX00.1 10th Anniversary Special Edition )

3x Roots Back In Flac (King Size Dub Vol.1-1, King Size Dub Vol.1-2, Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown)

3x Roots Back in Flac (Dark City Sisters And Flyin' Jazz Queens, The Soul Brothers - Born to Jive, Rough Guide To The Music of South Africa II )

3x BeatsBack in Flac (Thomas Fehlmann - 1 - 3 Overflow-99, Thomas Fehlmann - Visions of Blah, Thomas Fehlmann - Lowflow )

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Jun 27, 2018

RhoDeo 1825 Aetix

Hello, ah one brilliant move from Messi and Nigerians lacking cool in the box and Argentina is part of the 1/8 finals, however they are up against France now, Denmark gets to spar with Croatia..

Today's artist is a Japanese musician, singer, record producer and actor, who is best known internationally as the drummer and lead vocalist of the Yellow Magic Orchestra, and as the former drummer of the Sadistic Mika Band .. ..............N'Joy

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Yukihiro Takahashi first came to prominence as the drummer of the Sadistic Mika Band in the early 1970s, and became known to western audiences after this band (led by Kazuhiko Kato, formerly of The Folk Crusaders) toured and recorded in the United Kingdom. After the Sadistic Mika Band disbanded, some of the members (including Takahashi) formed another band called The Sadistics, who released several albums. Takahashi recorded his first solo album, Saravah, in 1977. In 1978, Takahashi joined Ryuichi Sakamoto and Haruomi Hosono to form the Yellow Magic Orchestra.

After the Yellow Magic Orchestra disbanded in the mid 1980s, Takahashi went solo and released a large number of solo albums, primarily intended for the Japanese market. Takahashi has collaborated extensively with other musicians, including Bill Nelson, Iva Davies of Icehouse,[2] Keiichi Suzuki of the Moonriders (often as a duo dubbed "The Beatniks", although Suzuki essentially functioned as a member of Takahashi's backing band during the Moonriders' brief hiatus) and in particular Steve Jansen. Takahashi has released a single Stay Close and an EP Pulse as a duo with Jansen.

Takahashi helped compose the soundtrack to the anime series Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water in 1989, including the song "Families".[3] Takahashi participated in temporary reunions of both the Sadistic Mika Band (missing the lead vocalist Mika who was replaced by Kaela Kimura), and The Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). Both of these reunions included tours of Japan, and an album of new material.

In the early 2000s, Takahashi became a member of the duo Sketch Show, with Haruomi Hosono. Sketch Show has released two albums, one of which, Loophole, has been released in the UK. Both Takahashi and Hosono have recently reunited with Sakamoto as HASYMO – a combination of Human Audio Sponge and Yellow Magic Orchestra. This collaboration produced a new single "Rescue" in 2007 and a new album looks to be in the pipeline in the near future. Takahashi's latest solo album Life Anew will be released on July 17, 2013.

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Saravah! is Yukihiro Takahashi's first solo album. It's named after Pierre Barouh's record label of the same name. Takahashi conceived the album during his tenure on The Sadistics; he based his music on French pop music, this influence would later show up on early Yellow Magic Orchestra material. Besides Takahashi, this album features performances by members of The Sadistics, YMO and Tin Pan Alley. Due to the album being made before YMO members started using computers, Sakamoto got involved in arranging the music; all the keyboard parts on the album are dubbed instead of sequenced.

Yukihiro Takahashi - Saravah! (flac  228mb)

01 Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) 2:26
02 Saravah! 4:03
03 C'Est Si Bon 3:12
04 La Rosa 5:04
05 Mood Indigo 2:51
06 Elastic Dummy 5:03
07 Sunset 4:04
08 Back Street Midnight Queen 4:15
09 Present 4:46

Yukihiro Takahashi - Saravah!   (ogg  92mb)

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Murdered by the Music is Yukihiro Takahashi's second solo album, released when he was a member of YMO. As well as his YMO bandmates Ryuichi Sakamoto and Haruomi Hosono, and longtime YMO collaborator Hideki Matsutake this album also features contributions from Sandii and Makoto Arukawa of Sheena & the Rokkets. In Japan this album reached No 12 on the general Oricon chart.

Yukihiro Takahashi - Murdered By The Music  (flac  275mb)
01 School Of Thought 4:12
02 Murdered By The Music 3:40
03 Kid-Nap, The Dreamer 3:00
04 I-Kasu! 1:12
05 Radioactivist 3:14
06 Numbered From A Calculated Conversation 4:36
07 Bijin-Kyoshi At The Swimming School 4:08
08 Blue Colour Worker 4:28
09 Stop In The Name Of Love 3:19
10 Mirrormanic 3:33
11 The Core Of Eden 6:25

Yukihiro Takahashi - Murdered By The Music   (ogg  99mb)

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Tomorrow's Just Another Day shows the songwriter Yukihiro Takahashi in my opinion at the height of his work. Here are some of the most beautiful, haunting pop songs that you can hardly imagine more melodic. Who the late YMO stuff knows, he can imagine in which direction it is. Both the slow, slow-moving ballads (Ripple, Maebure, This Island Earth, The April Fools) and the faster, more drifty pieces (My Bright Tomorrow, Coincidence, Rokugatsu no Tenshi and the single release Are you receiving me?) Show which he also hides behind Takahashi. Not in vain did he sing most of the YMO tunes.

You also notice every minute that you get the result of a "thoroughbred drummer" (Coincidence, My bright tomorrow, ...). But the whole album is very synth-heavy and you recognize many typical sounds that you have already heard on various other Japanese releases of this "epoch" (the equipment just ...). Of course, here again YMO companions R. Sakamoto and H. Hosono are among the starters, among others, high-ranking guests such as Bill Nelson, Kenji Ohmura, Hiroyaso Yaguchi, Takeshi Fuji and Pierre Barrou (but by no means all of them).

 Yukihiro Takahashi - Tomorrow's Just Another Day   (flac  252mb)

01 Ripple 4:25
02 My Bright Tomorrow 3:33
03 Kagerou 4:56
04 Rokugatsu No Tenshi 3:20
05 Maebure 4:23
06 Coincidence 4:18
07 This Island Earth 4:38
08 Are You Receiving Me? (Remix) 4:20
09 Good Time 3:32
10 The April Fools 3:10

 Yukihiro Takahashi - Tomorrow's Just Another Day    (ogg  91mb)

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Poisson d'Avril (the French idiom meaning April Fools) is the soundtrack of a film starring Takahashi. (A large poster of "Yuki" is included.) He was apparently seized by the urge to become Burt Bacharach; a surprisingly large amount of it is movie music, in the style of "sophisticated" '60s romantic comedy.

Yukihiro Takahashi - Poisson D'Avril   (flac  177mb)

01 Poisson D'Avril 6:37
02 Theme From Mari 3:41
03 Shohei's CM Song 0:33
04 Proud Toilet Attendant 2:19
05 Heart In A Hurry 0:53
06 Ordinary Day 2:02
07 Probably, South Pacific 3:04
08 Brand New Day 2:49
09 At Speak Easy Club 3:45
10 The Trouble With Shohei 3:13
11 Theme From Fujiko 3:25
12 Soap Opera 1:10
13 Poisson D'Avril : Instrumental 4:14

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Jun 26, 2018

RhoDeo 1825 Roots

Hello, lot's of VAR tonight-that is Video Assisted Referee- penalties, last minute offside or not as it turned out which gave Spain the equalizer and win the group, a status that minutes earlier was far away because Portugal was leading Iran until the 92nd minute when a silly penalty gave Iran the equalizer, and a minute later a big chance to score the winner and win the group, Medhi was totally distraught after the final whistle minutes later, football such an emotional sport... That's Spain-Russia and Portugal-Uruguay next round

Today an artist who graduated with honors from the prestigious Berklee College of Music after receiving the "Best Achievement" scholarship, the Colombian singer-songwriter has developed an artistic career that positions her as one of the most outstanding composers and performers of the current music scene.  She was nominated in 2005 for the Billboard Latin Music Awards she has been described by the press as "an exceptional talent with a sublime voice" Marta not only traverses a whole range of Colombian cumbias and bambucos, Argentine zambas, Cuban sones and Peruvian landos but she also writes the kind of melodies and refrains that translate across whatever language she is singing in.    .... N'Joy

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Marta started her musical studies at the age of six in her native Colombia when she entered the Liceo Benalcazar choir, becoming its soloist for ten years. In 1993 Marta moved to the capital of her country to continue her musical studies at the Javeriana University before entering the Berklee College of Music in 1999.

In 2001 Marta recorded a self-titled album and in 2003 she released Solo es vivir, chosen by The Boston Globe as one of the 10 best albums of the year. Marta Gomez and her group perform a repertoire composed entirely of original songs based on a fascinating variety of rhythms from all over Latin America including Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Argentina mixed with jazz and pop elements.

Originally from Colombia, the singer started to compose songs exploring her roots, but when she met Argentine musicians Julio Santillan, Franco Pinna and Fernando Huergo, (Los Changos) they decided to share their musical backgrounds to create a distinctive blend of music that reflects the sound and culture of South America. In the summer of 1999 Marta traveled to Boston to join Berklee where she later received the Alex Ulanowsky composition award for her bambuco "Confession" before graduating Magna cum laude in 2002. A year later Marta was chosen by the famous American blues singer Bonnie Raitt to open her concert with the young Grammy winner, John Mayer and later Marta was the special guest at the concert of the great Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa.

Composition being the center of focus and with more than 80 songs composed, Marta has won many competitions in this field, the most prestigious being the SIBL Project, from the USA, which chose her song "Paula Ausente" as the best song  Inspired by a Latin American writer.  Paula Ausente is a song dedicated to the Chilean writer Isabel Allende and Marta had the opportunity to sing it to Allende in November 2004, in California.  This same song was included in another Putumayo album called "Women of the acoustic world" (2007) and is part of the soundtrack of the series "Capadocia" produced by HBO Latin America.

Marta was chosen by the Colombian magazine Fucsia as one of the five most representative Colombians of the year 2005. Later, Marta recorded a song called "The circle" composed by Kris Kristofferson dedicated to the disappeared in  Argentina and Iraq.  Marta "took the song to a very high level, where it really belongs" in the words of Kristofferson himself.  The writer John Sandford, referred to this interpretation in his novel "Dark of the moon" (the darkness of the moon).

His production "Entre Cada Palabra" (2005 Chesky records) earned her the title of "Best National Act of World Music" of the year 2006 by the Boston Phoenix newspaper.  Her fifth production "Musiquita" brought Marta once again into the list of the ten best albums of the "World Music" genre of the European World Music Charts for several consecutive weeks.  With this work, Marta offered a series of concerts in countries as diverse as the United States, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Israel, where she also frequently collaborates with the music icon of that country, Idan Raichel.

In "El corazón y el sombrero", her sixth album, the singer-songwriter pays homage to the great poet from Granada Federico García Lorca, playing 12 of his poems with Latin American folk rhythms.  In this CD, Marta was fortunate to have the participation of another great song, the Cádiz-born author Javier Ruibal.  Promoting this new work, he has traveled to Israel (Zappa Jazz Club), Colombia (Music Festival of Cartagena), Ecuador (Teatro Sucre), Spain (Barnasants Festival and The Sea of Music of Murcia) and South Africa (KKNK Festival).  In an interview with the National Public Radio of the United States, journalist Steve Inskeep said he admires the singer's ability to "transform the hard history of his country into sweet music."

Marta is nourished by the everyday, and from that nostalgia arise songs with a deep social and human content. Oh and she's on a mission to teach respect to all that lives (xs note must be an alien spirit then)

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"Solo es Vivir" was chosen by The Boston Globe as one of the 10 best CDs of 2003. "Solo es Vivir showcases Gomez's considerable talents as a Latin-jazz singer. The cover shows an attractive Marta in a seductive pose, very professional but the title pointed to what was to come no relational bullshit needed for inspiration to write wonderful songs. 10 years later she released a kids songs album, in 2014, she won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Children's Album for Coloreando: Traditional Songs for Children in Spanish. Auntie duties as she has no kids herselves.

Marta Gomez - Solo Es Vivir (It's just living)   (flac  367mb)

01 Que No Falte Un Sueno 4:28
02 Tu 4:32
03 La Ronda 3:47
04 Chicharra 4:13
05 Guio 4:00
06 Te Extrano 3:01
07 San Pedro 3:57
08 Paula Ausente 4:01
09 Zamba Para Mi Muerte 2:54
10 Propuesta 5:41
11 Natalia Y Camila 3:12
12 Solo Es Vivir 3:55
13 Dejalo Ir 5:13

Marta Gomez - Solo Es Vivir (ogg   109mb )

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Cantos De Agua Dulce brought this Colombian-born songstress widespread critical acclaim. Cantos De Agua Dulce charted on Billboard's Top 10 Jazz Albums tally, the CMJ New World Chart and the World Music Europe Chart. On the strength of this recording, Gomez was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Vocalist of 2005 by Billboard's Latin Music Awards and was described by the magazine's reviewer as "… the essence of Latin cool". It is a wonderful selection of songs based upon a virtual compendium of dance styles from Latin America played by expert artists.

Marta Gomez - Cantos De Agua Dulce ( Fresh Water Songs)   (flac  261mb)

01 La Finca / The Farm 4:57
02 Eso Pido Yo / That's All I Am Asking For 4:32
03 Seis / Six 5:22
04 Cancion De Cuna / Cradle Song 3:17
05 Bolero 3:39
06 La Flor / The Flower 3:15
07 Canta / Sing! 4:00
08 Receta / Recipe 3:33
09 El Pueblo / The Town 3:14
10 Tonada De La Luna Llena / Song of the Full Moon 3:13
11 El Hormigueo 3:43
12 Confesion / Confession 4:21
13 Dejalo Ir / Let It Go! 4:16
14 Aquellas Pequenas Cosas / Those Little Things 2:13

Marta Gomez - Cantos De Agua Dulce   (ogg  134mb)

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Colombian singer/songwriter Marta Gomez is a wonderful, enigmatic talent. Her voice has the lulling softness that evokes Brazil's female vocal icons, yet there's a depth to her writing that goes far beneath the surface. She's also something of an expert on Latin rhythms -- there are 13 different ones on this disc, all of them rooted in different cultures, from Colombian bambuco to Argentine chamame. But everything is so perfectly put together that you forget the academic side, pulled along by the music and voice. Recorded over just three days, it's a small masterwork. It doesn't matter if you don't understand Spanish, as Gomez evokes delicate moods in her work, each piece beautifully arranged and shaded, with a very live sound. Her last album saw her labeled as a jazz singer, but there's little evidence of that here, possibly quite deliberately. Instead it's an album of low-key Latin music that at times edges toward a more straightforward singer/songwriter stance -- albeit a very classy one (think Joni Mitchell, for example). On the evidence of this and her previous disc, Gomez is a rapidly rising star of genuine quality and inspiration.

 Marta Gomez - Entre Cada Palabra (Between Each Word) ( flac  263mb)

01 Maria Mulata 3:29
02 Dona Luisa 2:57
03 De Amarillo Se Viste La Tarde 3:32
04 Mar Adentro, Despacito 4:56
05 Casi 3:34
06 Un Pedacito De Tu Amor 3:42
07 Quien Se Acordara? 3:55
08 Esta Linda La Mar 3:35
09 Lucia 4:31
10 Negrito 4:43
11 Cielito Lindo 3:57
12 Como Un Secreto 3:08
13 Entre Cada Palabra 4:44
14 Pececito De Agua 4:19

   Marta Gomez - Entre Cada Palabra (ogg  120mb)

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The album title Musiquita elevates the affectionate use of diminutives that is so common in Latin American culture where they are an inseparable part of daily language. In the country villages of South America, diminutives don't diminish the importance of the words, as one might believe. To the contrary, they celebrate and make them more personal, more intimate. Marta has chosen to brand her own music with this communal intimacy by naming her new recording Musiquita. Artists are not supposed to put so many amazing songs on just one single album. And yet, track after track after track, whether up-tempo or slow, joyous or lamenting...there is nothing but pure sonic and musical joy here. You'll be enchanted, enthralled and mesmerized by the sheer beauty and remarkable tenderness of Marta's extremely expressive songs, which are flawlessly accompanied by her velvety-smooth voice. Ah, "that voice", which she plays as if a musical instrument; fluidly weaving a hypnotic melody of delicate multicolored emotive tones which seem to somehow, almost magically form a direct connection from her heart to the listener. The fine musicians in her band only magnify and compliment this rather intoxicating charm in a most pleasing way. Together they play as one. I love how Marta is never superficial or "in your face" with her singing. Yet, her spellbindingly supple siren-song will reach right into your very soul so quickly and completely, you might not even realize it...at first. The quiet, gentle, sincere, often sparse, subdued, earthly-sweet and perfectly natural acoustic moods generated by this tight-knit group are positively oozing with authenticity and prove once again that less is truly more...what a breath of fresh air.

 Marta Gomez - Musiquita   (flac  293mb)

01 Ritualitos 3:37
02 Almita mia 4:56
03 Carnavaliando 3:21
04 Manos de Mujeres 3:48
05 Tu Voz 3:52
06 Contigo 3:05
07 Basilio 5:37
08 Cancion En Sol 4:40
09 El Eco de Mi Canto 4:05
10 Rio 3:49
11 Tierra, Tan Solo 4:06
12 Asi Te Espero Yo 4:21
13 El Nino de la Miel 3:21
14 Si No Cantara 4:45

Marta Gomez - Musiquita (ogg  122mb)

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Jun 25, 2018

RhoDeo 1825 Space F 11

Hello, the first Grand Prix for decades in France today was a bit of a mixed bag. Hamilton's poor start caused Vettel to make a mistake and crash into Bottas, both cars limped home and could return at the back, when the race restarted Vettel started overtaking leaving Bottas in his wake but he had no chance getting further then fifth, Bottas more leisurely pace in overtaking meant he didn't get passed the final 'slower' car 7th place then, 4th place for Ricciardo who had to give way to Raikonen who without Vettel around drove a good race. Up front Verstappen and Hamilton, hardly anything was seen from them as they maintained a 4-5 second gap and had no pressure from behind. Mercedes uber alles once more...

At the Worldcup England had an easy win and Harry Kane 3 more goals, 2 penalties and a deflection from an off-side position. Anyway it's hard to fathom how Panama could keep the USA from qualifying, but then after watching a lame Poland loose to Columbia and go out, it dawned on me that these players are all globalists, they are used to play with and against different cultures. Playing for a xenofobic country like the US today, or that catholic fascist country Poland just isn't inspiring the players and you can't win on 90%. Coming 4 days the final first round games will determine who will play eachother. Brazil will have to decide whether they dare to face Germany as no 1 in their group or Mexico, either way a strong team won't reach the quarter finals, Belgium and England will be there, as most likely will be Spain, France and Croatia, but then this is football...nothing is certain.

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Space Force is a BBC Radio science fiction serial, broadcast from 4 April 1984 to 17 June 1985. Written by Charles Chilton, it was originally intended to be a sequel to his Journey into Space series (broadcast in the 1950s), using the cast who'd just made a one-off revival of that series ("The Return From Mars"); while this idea was dropped late in the development of the serial, the four characters are nevertheless essentially the same as those from the earlier series, albeit with different names.

The first series begins during the northern summer of 2010. Both series seem to initially mirror the first two Journey Into Space stories before branching off into quite different plots. A second series, known as Space Force 2, featured the same main characters, once again played by Barry Foster, Nigel Stock, Nicky Henson, and Tony Osoba. Within both series, Space Force is the name of the team's spaceship, rather than the name of an organisation.. ......'N Joy

Barry Foster - Captain Saxon Berry, captain of the Space Force and leader of the team. Also captained the Lunar 9 freighter for the first episode of the first series before being transferred to the Space Force.

Tony Osoba - Lodderick Sincere, The flight engineer for Space Force, a keen astronomer who sometimes is hot-headed enough to get himself and the team into trouble.

Nicky Henson - Lemuel "Chipper" Barnet , the radio operator for Space Force. The joker of the group who also struggles with the terrifying situations the team face. In a direct link to Journey into Space, Chipper refers once to his grandfather, Lemmy Barnett.

Nigel Stock - Professor Magnus Carter, added to the Lunar 9 crew under somewhat mysterious circumstances, Magnus is part of a secret organisation searching for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Space Force 11 (mp3  25mb)

11 Living With Death 27:52

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Jun 24, 2018

Sundaze 1825

Hello, the UK saw another 'Royal' wedding today, The King Of The North got married to a 'wildling' . We all witnessed the stormy intense romance where the wildling feeling betrayed plugged Jon Snow full of arrows, but hey nothing stops that guy. The marriage took place at the 900 year old family castle of the bride in front of the queen of dragons, his Stark half sisters, the one good Lannister had come all the way from the states and several other members of the Game Of Thrones cast. When fiction becomes fact..... A bit like that last minute goal that saved Germany from going out at the first hurdle, a deserved win against the Swedes that had one man extra. I still reckon they might retain the worldtitle. The Belgians showed attacking flair and missed plenty of chances but still scored 5 against a Tunesia that only bowed to the English after a late goal by another candate for the golden boot, Harry Kane, I expect him to score 2 more against the weakest team in the group,Panama later today.

Today's artist is an American composer of space music, a genre of ambient electronic music, and New Age music. He has recorded at least 18 albums and worked on projects for Lucasfilm, IMAX Corporation, NASA, the United States Navy, Hayden Planetarium, Expo Seville, and CNN.

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Serrie has been composing and performing music for planetariums since the early 1980s. His first widely available album, And the Stars Go With You, was in memory of the astronauts lost in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. The following album, Flightpath, contains six songs that commemorate the pre-space-age test pilots of Edwards Air Force Base in the 1950s. Jonn is a pilot with advanced instrument and commercial ratings and flies for the Civil Air Patrol as a search-and-rescue pilot.

Serrie's next album, Tingri, was based on a remote village in Tibet. It was his way of infusing more spiritual and romantic emotion into his music. In so doing, he strayed a bit from his space music roots but without sacrificing his trademark sound. In 1992 and 1994, he made two albums in which he put his earlier planetarium work from the 1980s on CD, on Planetary Chronicles, Volume 1 and Planetary Chronicles, Volume 2. In between, in 1993 and 1995, Serrie composed his own musical science fiction story based on a fictional Century Princess in Midsummer Century and Ixlandia. In 1993, he submitted a song from his planetarium collection called "Soft Landing" to a Various Artists album sponsored largely by Steve Roach, another prominent new age musician. This song is only available on this recording. In 1997, Serrie's first Christmas album Upon a Midnight Clear was released; he rearranged known and less-known Christmas songs from around the world in his unique style. Due to its popularity, Serrie released two more Christmas albums, Yuletides in 2001 and Merrily on High in 2004.

In 1998, Serrie collaborated with David Carradine on his tai chi video series and released a CD soundtrack based on the videos, called "Dream Journeys". Also in 1998, he took a trip to shamanic America, which resulted in his musical collaboration with several Native American elders on "Spirit Keepers". In 1999, Serrie appeared as a special guest of honor at the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, which was held in Cape Canaveral. As the final act of the after-dinner entertainment, he played a specially composed song "Out of the Blue", which has not been officially released.

The year 2000 brought Serrie's "best of" space music compilation, Century Seasons. On this album two new songs appeared, although "Deep Mystery" reappeared on "Lumia Nights" two years later in a slightly shorter version. The other bonus track, "Andromeda Dream", appeared on this album. In 2000 Serrie collaborated with flutist Gary Stroutsos on the Narada label, on an album called Hidden World. Since 2000, several of Serrie's albums have appeared on independent labels. 2002 brought Lumia Nights, a space romance release on Valley Entertainment, composed in the style of Ixlandia and Midsummer Century. In 2003, he signed a contract with New World Music, a major label in England, which included the reissue of his earlier Miramar releases. 2003 also brought The Stargazer's Journey with liner notes from famed astronomer David H. Levy. This was a return to form in Serrie's more traditional space music style.

Serrie took an interesting musical turn in 2005 with Epiphany, Meditations on Sacred Hymns, featuring his arrangement of traditional hymns and psalms, which he dedicated to his grandmother, his primary childhood church organ and piano teacher. He followed this up in 2006 with Sunday Morning, an independent release for autistic children and their parents. A portion of the profits from this album goes to support for autism organizations in the United States. Also in 2006, music from one of his albums was used in the hit Hollywood movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? Serrie scored the award winning IMAX short film Hubble: Galaxies Across Space and Time as well as the popular astronomy software program Starry Nights and Space.com's Eyes on Mars DVD. In 2009, Serrie released the album Thousand Star.

In 2011 the album Sunday Morning was expected be released, available worldwide. In 2014 the album "Day Star" was released available worldwide on New World Music In 2017 the album "The Sentinel" was released available worldwide on New World Music. Jonn Serrie founded the Galaxy Music Scholarship in 2001, a US$1000 annual scholarship for graduating high school seniors desiring a career in new age and space music composition. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Jonn Serrie is at his best when he composes and performs deep space music as opposed to contemporary instrumental new age. And the Stars Go With You is one of his gems. From the cover artwork on through the languid minimalism, this is special music. The timbres and textures are surreal and the atmospheres are sci-fi and warm. They invite listeners to go on a ride to the stars. Once out there in deep space, Serrie hooks into the stars and the stars are on the ride too. This is essential space music. It will appeal to fans of Stephanie Sante, Don Slepian, Constance Demby, and Michael Stearns.

Jonn Serrie - And The Stars Go With You  (flac 240mb)

01 Gentle; The Night 7:42
02 Fantasy Passages 7:52
03 And The Stars Go With You 4:22
04 The Far River 10:01
05 Stratos 10:40

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Jonn Serrie is a veteran space music composer and performer. It is totally appropriate that he would create a album acknowledging the aviation pioneers whose exploits begat the space age. Flightpath addresses the activities at Muroc Airbase (later renamed Edwards Air Force Base) during the '40s and '50s. Serrie's soundscapes and atmospheres have sci-fi timbres and textures that give them spacescape attitudes. This is a good album with some great moments.

Jonn Serrie - Flightpath  (flac 233mb)

01 Flightpath 4:35
02 Sky Safari 10:28
03 Muroc 6:46
04 Outreach 4:30
05 Deep Starship 10:50
06 Glyder 9:12

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Jonn Serrie is a well-rounded e-music long-timer. His gentle sound design has elements of classic new age and hypnotic space music. Tingri is one of his most popular and accessible CDs. The melodic atmospheres surround exotic synth washes as energetic rhythms carry them around and through the soundscapes. Each composition has its own integrity and structure. This disc will appeal to fans of John Flomer, Patrick O'Hearn, and Kevin Braheny.

Jonn Serrie - Tingri  (flac 221mb)

01 Tingri 4:18
02 Where Lovers Walk 4:21
03 Remembrance 4:16
04 Iridani 3:46
05 Winter's Chapel 6:32
06 Tingri Maiden 9:46
07 Annie By The Sea 11:19

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The release of Planetary Chronicles, Vol. 1 marks the first availability of the library and commissioned works of Jonn Serrie. The five compositions are from his planetarium soundtracks. The original compositions were created on analog synths and two-track analog tape. Serrie added digital enhancements during the final mixing and mastering while preserving the original flavor and intent. The imagery is vivid and clear; the sound is crisp and austere. Deep listeners will be able to close their eyes and see the planetarium show. This is a great album from the space musician's space musician.

Jonn Serrie - Planetary Chronicles vol. 1 (flac 225mb)

01 Mystery Road 6:16
02 Dawn Trader 8:13
03 The Straits Of Madigann 9:32
04 Starmoods 16:02
05 The Auran Vector 5:58

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Jun 22, 2018

RhoDeo 1824 Grooves

Hello, summer started today and here it was marked by the coolest day in 6 weeks, go figure. At the Worldcup France picked up another half-deserved win, poor Peru will go home next week, Australia worked their socks off for a draw with Denmark and still have a chance for the second round. Argentina fell thru the cracks and got humiliated by Croatia 3-0, poor Messi fantastic footballer but no leader.

Today's artists are an American acid jazz-funk band. In 2007 they were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year for the release People People Music Music ..... 'N Joy

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The acid jazz outfit Groove Collective was formed in downtown New York City in 1990 by flutist Richard Worth, DJ Smash, and rapper Nappy G, all three staples of a nomadic dance club called Giant Step. In time, the trio was joined by keyboardist Itaal Shur, drummer Gengi Siraisi, and bassist Jonathan Maron, earning a growing cult following and eventually attracting the attention of Steely Dan vibist Bill Ware, who soon signed on along with saxophonist Jay Rodriguez, trombonist Josh Roseman, trumpeter Fabio Morgera, and percussionist Chris Theberge.  After witnessing an early show, producer Gary Katz negotiated the band's signing to Reprise Records, and produced their eponymous debut album in 1993.

In 1994, they appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation album, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, alongside other prominent jazz artists, Herbie Hancock and Roy Ayers. The album, meant to raise awareness and funds in support of the AIDS epidemic in relation to the African American community, was heralded as "Album of the Year" by Time Magazine. They scored two minor dance instrumental and adult contemporary hits in 1996 with a cover of The Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"  and "Lift Off"

Groove Collective's musical style reflects the wide-ranging backgrounds and interests of its individual members. Commenting on the group's 1996 release, We the People, critic Michael Casey referred to the numerous influences at work in Groove Collective's sound, specifically the presence of Afro-pop, Latin jazz, hip-hop, and traditional jazz stylings. This mix is born of the members' varying influences, including bebop, funk, old-school hip-hop and classic soul. Bassist and co-founder Jonathan Maron has acknowledged the importance of a DJ aesthetic in the music, stating that "(Groove Collective's) goal has always been to emulate the range of music a DJ plays during the course of the night at a packed club....A great DJ knows the songs that can ignite the room and fill the dance floor. Some of my favorite musical experiences have been in clubs, where you listen and realize how well all of these styles blend together into one big idiom of its own." Central to the group's ethic is its insistence on live instrumentation and its ability to create and sustain grooves for a dance floor audience.

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In the mid-'90s there have been many attempts to combine jazz with dance music in hopes of making creative music more accessible to younger listeners. Most of these projects have flopped due to the jazz being watered down but this effort from the ten-piece Groove Collective is one of the more successful hybirds. Not counting a pair of juvenile raps, the music is strong from the jazz standpoint and the funky rhythms are generally infectious, resulting in a set of intelligent jazz-oriented dance music.

Groove Collective - Groove Collective     (flac 374mb)

01 Rentstrike 6:07
02 Balimka 3:57
03 Nerd 6:29
04 Rahsaanasong 5:03
05 Ms. Grier 4:36
06 Whatchugot 6:10
07 El' Golpé Avisa 9:52
08 Genji Monogatari 6:49
09 Buddha Head 3:59
10 Saturday Afternoon 10:29

Groove Collective - Groove Collective   (ogg  150mb)

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In the late '90s, it looked like the concept of "acid jazz" was going to catch on. The idea was to create jazz so funky and rhythmic that it would be danced to in clubs and perhaps even catch on big commercially. Most groups that became involved in acid jazz de-emphasized the jazz in favor of mundane rhythms, going for the potential money at the expense of the music. Groove Collective struck a better balance, keeping the funk going much of the time (when they were not playing Afro-Cuban jazz), but also having some sound explorations and some strong solos. The lineup of musicians featured on We the People includes such notables as trombonist Josh Roseman, trumpeter Fabio Morgera, and vibraphonist Bill Ware III. The problem with We the People, other than the throwaway rap on "I Am," is that none of the pieces is particularly worthy. The playing is stronger than the writing and, while one can enjoy the grooves and some of the more colorful moments, there is nothing about this music that is particularly memorable. It probably worked much better in dance clubs but, even then, if the songs had been more distinctive and catchy, it might have resulted in acid jazz becoming a significant style of music instead of just a nice try.

Groove Collective - We The People    (flac 454mb)

01 Jay Wrestles The Bari Constrictor Pt.1 1:20
02 Loisaida 5:41
03 Lift Off 4:25
04 Everybody (We The People) 5:10
05 Fly 7:50
06 Sneaky 6:45
07 I Am 4:25
08 Caterpillar 4:15
09 Hide It 4:51
10 Anthem 5:06
11 Sedate 5:16
12 Jay Wrestles The Bari Constrictor Pt.2 4:28
13 Nightwaves 0:58

Groove Collective - We The People  (ogg  173mb )

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With their brand of acid jazz, the Groove Collective mix the spirit of horn bands like Earth, Wind & Fire with the snap of hip-hop and the edge of hard bop on Dance of the Drunken Master. While jazz purists might wince at the gurgling rhythms, most will find it hard to keep still with the thick funk on these tracks. This is music with a sense of fun.

 Groove Collective - Dance of the Drunken Master    (flac  431mb)

01 Out The Door 6:49
02 Deal With It 3:41
03 Floating 4:48
04 Bionic 4:42
05 St. Gallen 5:39
06 Peep Show 6:28
07 Que Te Pasa'ti 3:39
08 Anna Christina 6:19
09 Drunken Master 4:20
10 Tangenziale 4:42
11 Runaway Child 5:00
12 Sending 5:07
13 World Bank 5:20
14 Hey 4:18

Groove Collective - Dance of the Drunken Master  (ogg  153mb)

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Jun 21, 2018

RhoDeo 1824 Re-Up 145

Hello,  first teams that can start packing are the 3 sunni muslim teams Marokko, Egypt and Saoudi Arabia hmmm...

7 correct requests for this week, alas no less than 3 that ignored my 12 months limit, whatever another batch of 22 re-ups (7 gig)

These days i'm making an effort to re-up, it will satisfy a smaller number of people which means its likely the update will  expire relatively quickly again as its interest that keeps it live. Nevertheless here's your chance ... asks for re-up in the comments section at the page where the expired link resides, or it will be discarded by me. ....requests are satisfied on a first come first go basis. ...updates will be posted here remember to request from the page where the link died! To keep re-ups interesting to my regular visitors i will only re-up files that are at least 12 months old (the older the better as far as i am concerned), and please check the previous update request if it's less then a year old i won't re-up either.

Looka here , requests fulfilled up to June 13th.... N'Joy

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3x Roots Back In Flac (King Bruce and The Black Beats - Golden Highlife Classics, S. E. Rogie - Dead Men Don't Smoke, VA - African Scream Contest)

4x Sundaze Now In Flac (David Lynch - OST Wild At Heart , Angelo Badalamenti - Fire walk with me, Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks, Badalamenti & Lynch Archive part 2)

4x Aetix NOW in Flac (Japan ‎- Adolescent Sex, Japan - Obscure Alternatives, Japan - Quiet Life, Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids)

3x Grooves Back In Flac (Curtis Mayfield - There's No Place Like America Today, Curtis Mayfield - Give, Get, Take Have, Curtis Mayfield - Do It All Night)

2x Aetix Back in Flac (Public Image Ltd - Metal Box, still in ogg Public Image Ltd. -  This Is Not A Love Song EP)

3x RootsBack in Flac (Rough Guide To Music of South Africa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Liph'iqiniso, Ladysmith Black Mambazo - The Star And Wiseman)

3x Sundaze Back In Flac (Koan - Legends Inhale, Koan - Legends Exhale,  Koan - The Fables Of Belovodye )

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Jun 20, 2018

RhoDeo 1824 Aetix

Hello, it couldn't have happened to a more deserving country, Poland got beaten by the only African team that won in the first round. Russia's draw made sure they were up against 2 weaker countries for starters and now they are the first team qualified for the 2nd round, Putin,Putin Putain.... Anyway that idiot Columbian defender will be happy Escobar no longer runs the place,  Columbia might still get further as neither Senegal nor Poland impressed much.

Today's artist is not to be confused with the Aum Shinrikyo scientist Masami Tsuchiya, who was sentenced to death for his involvement in the 1995 Sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway, this Masami is much more happy to walk around in space-age stewardess outfits and unleash face melting guitar solos on the unsuspecting public .. ..............N'Joy

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Tsuchiya formed Ippu-Do in 1979 along with keyboardist Akira Mitake and percussionist Shoji Fujii and the group released their first album, "Normal," that same year (with the name " Ippppu-Do" on the cover) Crafted with standard New Wave sensibilities, their debut can be a bit of a frustrating listen as Tsuchiya's generally painful vocals, backed by a plodding rhythm section and numbing production, occasionally give way to sharp synthesizer programming, groovy rhythms and supreme guitar shredding. It's a bit like Japan's first album, actually, since Ippu-Do find themselves sticking to second-fiddle rock archetypes more often than to their own, and much stronger, ideas.

Their next two albums, 1980's "Real" and 1981's "Radio Fantasy," followed the same general pattern, mixing low-tier New Wave with moments of occasionally brillant technopop. These records come off equally as frustrating, as it's clear the band isn't playing to their full potential.

Ippu-Do finally seemed to get their act together with the 1982 single "Sumire September Love," a light hearted pop track that reached #2 in Japan, sold 800,000 copies and was used in a Kanebo Cosmetics commercial . Masami like how David Sylvian totally changed his vocals for Japan's "Quiet Life," Tsuchiya's vocals are completely calmed down on "...September Love." Without the phony rock howl, Tsuchiya comes off as a much more comfortable and confident singer (though his voice is still pretty limited), and it leaves a lot more room in the mix for the track's punchy synthesizers and out-of-nowhere violin solo.

Following "...September Love's" success, Ippu-Do took a short break for Tsuchiya to record his first solo album, "Rice Music," and play guitar with Japan during their Sons of Pioneers tour in 1982. One of Tsuchiya's best efforts, "Rice Music," is a consistent set of songs with somewhat avant leanings. Tsuchiya thows in the ususal East vs. West, traditional vs. modern stuff one would expect from someone working in the shadow of Yellow Magic Orchestra, but he, along with his cast of excellent guest musicians, uses those themes to great effect. It's worth tracking down a copy of the album just for the guests, who include Steve Jansen, Mick Karn, Ryuichi Sakamoto (on the track "Kafka"), Bill Nelson and Percy Jones. Tsuchiya even has photographer Masayoshi Sukita (famous for his pictures of David Bowie in the 70s) "playing" a Polaroid SX-70 on the album!

After returning from his tenure as Japan's tour guitarist, Tsuchiya re-formed Ippu-Do with Akira Mitake to record a fourth album, 1983's "Night Mirage." Percussionist Shoji Fujii didn't return to the band for this album, and they instead enlisted Steve Jansen to play drums. Richard Barbieri also contributed to the album, and his synth programming can be heard all over the track "Moon Mirage." Tsuchiya's time touring with Japan clearly influenced him substantially, and the LP plays as a fantastic companion to the material on Japan's "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" and "Tin Drum." The album is filled with similarities to Japan's work, from jilted East/West funk to Erik Satie inspired compositions. However, the LP still stands extremely strong on its own and is likely Tsuchiya and Mitake's finest recording.

Ippu-Do called it quits after releasing a live album in 1984 and Tsuchiya and Mitake managed fairly well with their solo careers through the end of the 80s. His subsequent output includes solo work and collaborations. Tsuchiya has worked with artists as diverse as English new wave rockers Japan and Bill Nelson, Japanese electronica composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Duran Duran side-project Arcadia, and Japanese rock band Buck-Tick. Masami released (1982) Rice Music, (1983) Alone - book with flex disc records, (1985) Tokyo Ballet, (1986) Life In Mirrors, (1988) Horizon , (1989) Time Passenger, (1998) Forest People

In March 2008, Tsuchiya formed the rock band Vitamin-Q along with Kazuhiko Kato, Gota Yashiki, Rei Ohara and Anza. However, after Kato's suicide on October 17, 2009, the fate of the group is uncertain. In June 2010, following news of former collaborator Mick Karn's (former Japan bassist) cancer diagnosis, Tsuchiya reunited with former bandmates Gota Yashiki, Vivian Hsu, and Masahide Sakuma (of Japanese new wave group Plastics) and recorded two songs for a proposed September 2010 release to raise funds for Karn and his family. The musicians had recorded together as The d.e.p. in the early 2000s, releasing the album "Shinkei Stop" in 2001.
In April 2017, Tsuchiya married his cat 'Holmes' in a small ceremony at Fujikyu Highlands resort, miauwww !

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"Rice Music is Masami Tsuchiya's debut solo album, he's a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, bass, drums,synthesizers, percussion, koto, yokin and sings on this album.The cover might be misleading because Masami is male.(In a stewardess costume ?) But anyway this kind of look wasn't strange in the 80's. Just remember David Sylvian's Wave band"Japan" whose members Mick Karn (bass) and Steve Jansen (drums)appear as guest musicians on this record. Just as Bill Nelson(guitars) and Percy Jones (bass). Also remarkable: a Ryuichi Sakamoto performing all instruments (besides the guitars, whichis played by Masami himself) on the track "Kafka".This album has lots of traditional Japanese elements mixed with electronics.The lyrics are mainly in Japanese, but also some english passagesor even songs.

Masami Tsuchiya - Rice Music (flac  279mb)

01 Rice Music 4:00
02 Se! Se! Se! 4:17
03 Haina-Haila 4:34
04 Tao-Tao 4:03
05 Neo-Rice Music 2:02
06 Kafka 4:26
07 Rice Dog Jam 4:31
08 Secret Party 4:11
09 Silent Object 2:20
10 Night In The Park 6:00
11 Sumire September Love 3:52
12 Lunatic Shadows 3:03

Masami Tsuchiya - Rice Music   (ogg  110mb)

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In the early eighties, Tsuchiya ended Ippu-Do, his first solo album came out while he was still in the band, . Tokyo Ballet came out three years later, the development in computer sound being most remarkable.The difference between the two albums is drastic enough to suggest that the original intent was to have an experimental side-protect instead of a fully fledged solo career.

Tokyo Ballet features fairly mellow tracks, again, largely deviating from Tsuchiya's previous sound. While the most upbeat numbers, "Suddenly" and "Silent Hunters," start us off, "Like a Foreigner" changes everything. "The Forever Hour," "Tokyo Ballet," "Alien" "Mannequin," and "Unknown Soldier" indicate that Tsuchiya felt that he was an outsider, but whether it was in his home country, his previous band, Japan with David Sylvian, or within the music business is anyone's guess. Tsuchiya's albums are the emotion that he puts into singing and playing guitar, which he does better than most American, especially in pop music.

Masami Tsuchiya - Tokyo Ballet  (flac  282mb)
01 Suddenly
02 Silent Hunters
03 Like A Foreigner
04 The Forever Hour
05 Night In The Babylon
06 Tokyo Ballet
07 Alien
08 Mannequin
09 Saijokai No Butterfly
10 Unknown Soldier
11 Fu-Seki

Masami Tsuchiya - Tokyo Ballet     (ogg  99mb)

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Yet another fantastic album from Masami Tsuchiya. While I enjoyed Tokyo Ballet, Life in mirrors is more reminiscent of the later Ippu-do/RiceMusic sound, which I prefer. Also it doesn't hurt when David Sylvian and Mick Karn (Japan), John Taylor (Duran Duran) and Andy Mackay (Roxy Music) lend their talents to the mix. Great Stuff

 Masami Tsuchiya - Life In Mirrors   (flac  292mb)

01 Stay In Heaven 4:39
02 Don't Stop Loving 4:44
03 Khaos Town 4:35
04 Hotel Atlantis 4:30
05 Perfect Days 3:41
06 Daydreams Of You 5:36
07 One Day A Thousand Nights 5:17
08 Lapis 2:18
09 Because 5:22
10 Planet Mirrors 4:05

 Masami Tsuchiya - Life In Mirrors    (ogg  112mb)

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Masami Tsuchiya latest albums features two or three rocker songs, and the rest are slower numbers. He was never a schmaltzy pop star, but Tsuchiya knew how to put together a sophisticated ballad. Welcome to Horizon.

The first song is called "Masked Night " The guitar part that introduces the entire Horizon record is not dissimilar to a Richard Thompson lick, but with more of a Japanese feel. Ironically, most of the tune is made of fretless bass and synthesizer. While not a ball-to-the-wall rock song, this is one of the heavier songs on the album. "Forbidden Flowers," one of the grooviest songs, points us in a different direction. Will Horizon be an upbeat Japanese funk album? Hardly. This songs definitely rivals The Talking Heads, though. I hate to use the same word again, but it's sophisticated. The title track transforms the entire album. There's an eighties ambiance, but the soundscape reminds us that the decade was not devoid of incredible artistry. The rest of the songs all fall in line with "Horizon" as if they tell a cohesive story. Masami Tsuchiya rivals Brian Wilson in the studio; he is a genius.

Masami Tsuchiya - Horizon   (flac  293mb)

01 Masked Night
02 Forbidden Flowers
03 Horizon
04 Wind, Sand And Water
05 Hummingbird's Dream
06 Silhouette
07 Rose In Winter
08 Bird's Eye
09 Too Many Tears
10 Diamond

Masami Tsuchiya - Horizon   (ogg  113mb)

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Mitake received piano lessons at the age of four.  He studied music at the Nihon University - College of Fine Arts and graduated there in 1986. He then studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and in 1992 obtained his Master of Music in composition.  Later he was promoted to Ph.D.  (Philosophiæ Doctor).  He is a member of the "Japan Society of Composers".

 As a pianist and keyboardist, from 1979 onwards he joined Masami Tsuchiya, Takafumi Akao, Shoji Fujii and Kengo Hirata in the pop and techno band "Ippu-Do".  This ensemble created in 1982 with "Sumire September Love" a song for the cosmetics producer Kanebo and found entrance in the popcharts. In 83  he released his first solo album Out Of Reach. After the farewell of Ippu Do he concentrated mainly on composing, specially for movies..

Akira Mitake - Out Of Reach (flac  300mb)

01 Violation
02 Can't Touch, Even Watch
03 Lonely Man
04 Modern System
05 Circus
06 Tokyo Great Town
07 Glass Talk
08 Hold On Me
09 Mr. Junk
10 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
11 Daybreak Pavement

Akira Mitake - Out Of Reach   (ogg  111mb)

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Jun 19, 2018

RhoDeo 1824 Roots


Today one of the biggest Latinmusic male artists, who founded a metalrock band age 16 year and 10 years later found a solo career was the way forward and he never looked back....N Joy

The music of Colombia is an expression of Colombian culture, which contains diverse music genres, both traditional and modern, according with the features of each geographic region, although it is not uncommon to find different musical styles in the same region. The diversity in musical expressions found in Colombia can be seen as the result of a mixture of African, native Indigenous, and European (especially Spanish) influences, as well as more modern American. Colombia has a vibrant collage of talent that touches a full spectrum of rhythms ranging from Pop music and Classical music to Salsa and Rock music. Colombia is known as "The land of a thousand rhythms" but actually holds over 1,025 folk rhythms. Some of the best known genres are cumbia and vallenato... N'Joy

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Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez (born August 9, 1972), known professionally as Juanes, is a Colombian musician who was a member of the rock band Ekhymosis and is now a solo artist. In 2000, his solo debut album Fíjate Bien won three Latin Grammy Awards. According to his record label, Juanes has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

Raised in Colombia, Juanes began playing guitar at age seven. When Juanes was 15, he started his first band, Ekhymosis, in 1988, which went on to release five albums, achieving recognition in his native country of Colombia. The track "Sólo" from the album Niño Gigante in 1992 was very popular. In 1997 after the band broke up, Juanes continued solo and in 2000 he released the album, Fíjate Bien, which earned him three Latin Grammys. His follow-up album, Un Día Normal, was released in 2002 and was later certified platinum in multiple countries throughout Latin America. Juanes' third album, Mi Sangre (2004), which became an international bestseller, managing to position well in a number of countries around the world, achieved success due to the single "La Camisa Negra". He has since released La Vida... Es Un Ratico (2007) and P.A.R.C.E. (2010). On May 29, 2012 Juanes released the album Juanes MTV Unplugged.

According to his label, Universal Music, Juanes has won, among others, twenty Latin Grammy Awards (5 wins in the Grammy Awards on November 13, 2008) and two Grammy Awards. Juanes received the BMI President's Award at the 2010 BMI Latin Awards. Presented By James Edward Taylor  Juanes is also known for his humanitarian work, especially with aid for Colombian victims of anti-personnel mines through his NGO Fundacion Mi Sangre. On April 2013, Juanes released an autobiography titled Chasing The Sun in which he tells his story through narratives and pictures.


Juanes was born in Carolina del Príncipe, Antioquia, Colombia. When he was seven years old, his father and brothers began to teach him how to play guitar. His passion for the instrument led him to discover simple genres of music such as traditional sounds such as tango and Vallenato, as well as Russian folk music. He grew up in Medellín during the height of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's reign, when the city had the highest homicide rate in the world. During his childhood, Juanes witnessed a civil war in which hundreds were killed. His cousin was killed by kidnappers, and gunmen also executed a close friend. To add further to Juanes' grief and desperation, his father died from cancer. This period shaped Juanes' social consciousness, saying "Colombia has suffered so much that the only way to go forward is to imagine a better country."

As a teenager, Juanes was greatly influenced by rock and metal acts such as The Beatles and Metallica. He started the rock band Ekhymosis in 1988, and it released its debut album, Niño Gigante, that same month. The band released seven studio albums during its career and shared the stage with acts including Alejandro Sanz, Aterciopelados, and Ricky Martin; however in Juanes' words, the band "couldn't get out of Colombia" and remained "very local and confined to the Colombian market." Juanes disbanded the group in 1998 so that he could pursue a solo career.

In 2000, Juanes released his solo debut Fíjate Bien (Take a Good Look), produced by Gustavo Santaolalla. The album fared well in Colombia, spending ten weeks at the number one position, but was unsuccessful in other countries. The album earned him three Latin Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rock Solo Vocal Album, and Best Rock Song, and Juanes performed at the award show. Later that night, Juanes brought demos for over forty new songs to Santaolalla's studio, ready to begin work on another album.

The follow-up, Un Día Normal (A Normal Day), also produced by Gustavo Santaolalla who signed him with his first solo album, was released in 2002 and was highly successful in Latin America. The album was certified gold in Colombia during its first day of sales and was certified platinum and multi-platinum in countries including Colombia, Mexico, and Spain. The album spent 92 weeks in the top ten of Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, setting a new record, and spent a total of two years on the chart. The album was released after the eligibility deadlines for the 2002 Latin Grammy Awards, but the advance airdate for the lead single, "A Dios le Pido" ("To God I Pray"), allowed it to be nominated for three awards and win Best Rock Song.

"A Dios le Pido" topped the singles charts of twelve countries and spent 47 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks. The album also featured "Fotografía" ("Photograph"), a duet with Portuguese Canadian pop singer Nelly Furtado about the isolation between lovers. Juanes later worked with Furtado on a remix of "Powerless (Say What You Want)", the lead single from her 2003 album Folklore, and on "Te busqué" ("I Looked for You"), a single from her 2006 album Loose. Juanes won the most awards at the 2003 Latin Grammy Awards, where he won each of the 5 awards for which he had been nominated, including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year.

Mi Sangre (My Blood), was released in September 2004 and debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums. The album produced three consecutive number one singles, which held the top chart position for a combined 6 months. The album's third single, "La Camisa Negra" ("The Black Shirt"), was used in Italy in support of neo-fascism by relating it to the uniform used under the regime of Benito Mussolini. In response, left-wing media network Indymedia called for a boycott of the song. Juanes later stated that "'La Camisa Negra' has got nothing to do with fascism or Mussolini... People can interpret music in all kinds of ways I guess."

At the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards, Juanes won three additional awards to his nine previous Grammy awards. He took the award for Best Rock Song for "Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor" ("I am Worthless Without Your Love"), Best Rock Solo Album for Mi Sangre and Best Music Video for "Volverte a Ver" ("To See You Again").[19] On December 9, 2005, Juanes performed "La camisa negra" at an international gala in Germany celebrating the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final Draw evening. In 2006, he recorded a duet of "The Shadow of Your Smile" with Tony Bennett for Bennett's Duets: an

In June 2006, Juanes began a year-long sabbatical to spend time with his wife, model Karen Martínez, and their daughters Luna and Paloma. He was working on an album that was released on October 23, 2007. When asked about the possibility of recording an album in English, Juanes responded, "singing in Spanish is very important because it's the language in which I think and feel. I respect people that sing in English, but for now I'll keep my Spanish." Juanes planned to launch his own music label, named 4J, in October 2007, to be distributed by the Universal Music Group. He was also working on a new album, titled La Vida... Es Un Ratico (Life is a Little Moment).
La Vida... Es Un Ratico was released on October 23, 2007 with the first single being "Me Enamora" (I fall in love). The second single was "Gotas de Agua Dulce" (drops of sweet water), and the third single became the vallenato fusion of "Tres" (three).

On December 11, 2007, Juanes performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway together with a variety of artists, which was broadcast live to over 100 countries. On November 24, 2008, Juanes re-released the album as "La vida... es un ratico (en vivo)"  The album aside the 14 original songs, contains two previously unreleased songs: "Falsas Palabras" (false words) and "Odio Por Amor" (hate for love) which is also the current single. This new re-edition also includes seven live versions of songs played during his U.S. La Vida Tour. .

In 2010, Juanes performed in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kickoff Concert, as well as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. In addition, he released his album P.A.R.C.E. which featured the #1 Billboard hit Yerbatero and the top-ten hit Y No Regresas. February 17, Juanes performed live on the third single from their fifth studio album Regalito in the delivery of the Premios Lo Nuestro. The album has sold 1 million copies worldwide. In February 2012, the Colombian singer Juanes took the stage at Juanes MTV Unplugged to record a live album at the direction of Juan Luis Guerra. On March 6, Juanes will release "La Señal" as an unreleased song from his Unplugged.
On March 11, 2014 Juanes released his sixth studio album by Universal Music Latino Loco de amor. It is his first studio album since P.A.R.C.E. (2010). At the Latin Grammy Awards of 2014, the album won the Best Pop/Rock Album. Loco de Amor was nominated for Lo Nuestro Award for Pop Album of the Year. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album in 2015.

Juanes has said that: "these are your people, young people, people with families, and four or five of them are dying every day." Juanes established the Mi Sangre Foundation to help victims of anti-personnel mines In 2005, he was named by Time as one of the world's 100 most influential people. Juanes has supported former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe, stating that "with this new government of Álvaro Uribe my country seems in better shape." On November 15, 2005, he was honored at the annual benefit gala for Sir Paul McCartney's Adopt-A-Minefield for his work as a Goodwill Ambassador for United for Colombia, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about the impact of land mines within Colombia.

On April 19, 2006, Juanes performed before the European Parliament, as part of a campaign to increase awareness against the use of landmines around the world, including in his native Colombia. He was first singer to perform in the hemicycle where the European Parliament holds its plenary sessions. The Parliament gave a symbolic gift of €2.5 million to demine Colombia and to rehabilitate victims of the landmines. In honor of his work and his music, he was given an escopetarra (a decommissioned AK-47 converted into a guitar) by peace activist César López; he later sold it at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills for US$17,000. Juanes held a benefit concert on May 24, 2006 in conjunction with KLVE and Univision which raised roughly US$350,000 to care for injured children and provide prosthetics, wheelchairs, and land rehabilitation.

On July 19, 2006, French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres awarded Juanes with the highest cultural honor given by France, L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, declaring him "Knight in the order of Arts and Letters" for his work in social activism. In December 2006, work began on a recreational park for the rehabilitation of the handicapped named "Parque Juanes de la Paz" in Medellín. The 68,000-square-meter facility will cost COL$10.6 billion, financed in part by the government of Medellín, completed by May 2007.

On August 5, 2009, it was announced that Juanes would hold his second "Peace Without Borders" concert in Havana's storied Plaza de la Revolución on September 20, 2009. Prior to the concert, Juanes received criticism by some in the Cuban-American/Cuban exile community in Miami who believed it would be seen as an act of support for the communist government of Cuba. Juanes expressed in an interview for Univision that he had no affiliation whatsoever to the Cuban government or their political views and that he saw it only as an artistic performance and nothing more. On August 20, 2009, Juanes announced that he had considered canceling the peace concert citing "fears for his safety as well as his family", who reside with him in Miami on Key Biscayne. Juanes closed it along with 15 other Cuban and international artists and with more than one million people attending the concert."

Personal life

Juanes met model/actress Karen Martínez during the filming of his video "Podemos Hacernos Daño". On August 6, 2004, they were married. The couple separated in May 2007, after three years of marriage due to unresolved differences, but reconciled four months later. They have three children together, two daughters: Luna Aristizábal Martínez (born September 6, 2003), Paloma Aristizábal Martínez (born June 2, 2005), and one son, Dante Aristizábal Martínez (born September 12, 2009). Juanes is a vegetarian and currently lives in Key Biscayne, Florida

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By the time of his fourth album, La Vida...Es un Ratico, it was difficult to imagine Juanes being any more acclaimed or popular. He'd already won trophy cases of awards, from numerous Grammys to France's highest cultural honor, L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and he'd already topped charts in a diverse range of countries, including not only the entire Spanish-speaking world, but also such unlikely markets as Germany, where his 2005 single "La Camisa Negra" was a number one hit. Plus, he'd toured the world seemingly without end in support of Mi Sangre (2004), expanding his fan base to such an extent that Universal chose to release "Me Enamora," the lead single from La Vida...Es un Ratico, to media outlets in 77 countries. All of this was accomplished without singing a word of English, for despite his renown and multinational appeal, Juanes chose to sing only in his native Spanish, not even recording alternate versions of his songs for the enormous English-language market. Eagerly anticipated by fans and industry insiders alike, La Vida...Es un Ratico is a step forward for the Columbian rocker in terms of artistry. As expected, the album brims with earnest songwriting, heartfelt singing, dexterous guitar playing, and glimmering production. An undercurrent of Latin rhythm is well evident on most songs, especially "Me Enamora," "Báilala," and "Tres," and there's a good balance of rockers as well as ballads; for instance, the album opener, "No Creo en el Jamás," kick-starts the album with a surge of forward momentum, while the back-to-back sequencing of "Minas Piedras" and "Tú y Yo" is a lulling mid-album pivot. Sequenced before that mid-album pivot is a run of standout songs ("Me Enamora," "Hoy Me Voy," "La Vida...Es un Ratico," "Gotas de Agua Dulce," "La Mejor Parte de Mí"), each stylistically distinct and memorably melodic. The centerpiece of this run (i.e., the title track) is also the centerpiece of the album; a passionate piano ballad about life, love, and family, and about how time is fleeting, the song "La Vida...Es un Ratico" (which, in English, translates to "Life Is a Moment") is among the most striking and poetic of Juanes' career to date, up there with "A Dios Le Pido." As a whole, La Vida...Es un Ratico is as just impressive as his past albums, though following the incredible acclaim and popularity of Un Día Normal (2002) and Mi Sangre, it's no surprise at this point in time that Juanes is capable of such mastery, not only as a singer/songwriter, but as a guitarist and co-producer. If anything, the distinction to be drawn between La Vida...Es un Ratico and its predecessors is that Juanes has turned his focus inward here, writing more about his own life than the world surrounding it, and also that his songs are increasingly driven by his lyrics rather than his guitar.

Juanes - La Vida... Es Un Ratico   (flac  367mb)

01 No Creo En EL Jamás 3:34
02 Clases De Amor 3:55
03 Me Enamora 3:14
04 Hoy Me Voy 3:24
05 La Vida... Es Un Ratico 4:05
06 Gotas De Agua Dulce 3:10
07 La Mejor Parte De Mí 3:44
08 Minas Piedras feat.Calamaro 4:05
09 Tú Y Yo 4:28
10 Báilala 3:33
11 Difícil 4:02
12 Tres 3:27
13 Bandera De Manos feat.Campino 4:05
14 Bandera De Manos 4:00

Juanes - La Vida... Es Un Ratico (ogg   122mb )

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Recorded in Miami Beach, Florida in front of a live audience that seems to know every word to every song on the set list, Tr3s Presents Juanes: MTV Unplugged is an uplifting celebration of the Colombian artist's work that also offers a rare mix of spectacular and organic. The filled-with-hits set list and the brimming-with-love audience offer the spectacular bit, while the organic feel comes from Juanes' warm and humble presentation, sounding like the most talented camp counselor ever heard with thousands of fans gathered round the campfire. There's a career-spanning selection of prime material with known rockers like "Me Enamora" and "A Dios Le Pido" adapting to their acoustic arrangements without a hitch. Lead single "La Señal" is the best of the three new numbers that premiered here, although "Todo en Mi Vida Eres Tú" and the duet with Joaquín Sabina, "Azul Sabina," are both very welcome, and while it's so beloved in its studio version, singer Paula Fernandes does a fine job filling in for Colbie Caillat on this live take of "Hoy Me Voy." Fans can think of Unplugged as a necessary souvenir that gives new angles to familiar material, but newcomers should consider it too, especially if they prefer live and loose over studio perfection.

Juanes - Juanes MTV Unplugged     (flac  379mb)

01 Ahi Le Va 3:27
02 Para Ser Eterno 5:04
03 Volcan 3:33
04 Podemos Hacernos Daño 3:46
05 Destino 3:33
06 Nada 3:53
07 Fijate Bien 4:55
08 Vulnerable 4:27
09 Soñador 3:25
10 Ficcion 4:14
11 Para Que 3:35
12 Me Da Igual 4:12

Juanes - Juanes MTV Unplugged   (ogg  143mb)

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Loco de Amor is a very different kind of album for Colombia's Juanes. He recorded it in Los Angeles, with famed British producer Steve Lillywhite (his first Latin recording), assisted by Emmanuel "Meme" del Real of Mexico's shapeshifting rock act Café Tacvba, who also plays keyboards. Lillywhite has worked with everyone from U2 and the Rolling Stones to the Killers and the Dave Matthews Band. The core band here is smaller (though there are numerous guest appearances), though the sound is hardly stripped down. Juanes plays more acoustic guitar than electric here, and he's enlisted former Ekhymosis bandmate Fernando Tobon to play tiple throughout, adding a traditional texture to a decidedly provocative mix. Drummer Abe Laboriel, bassist Brian Ray, and percussionist Richard Bravo round out the band. Opener "Mil Pedazos" is a typical alternative Latin rocker with a big hooky chorus and a piano vamp worthy of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, though the pulsing, zig-zagging synths underneath add an edge. The title track, with its call-and-response voice and female chorus, blends Latin rock, tropical, and dance-pop, Colombian salsa, and cumbia. It's a stormer. Speaking of cumbia, the album's first single, "La Luz," melds 21st century EDM to Colombian cumbia and Latin alt-rock in a driving, infectious dancefloor groover with some killer falsetto from Juanes. The swaying, Spanish-tinged, midtempo rock of "Laberinto" features one of the finest melodies on the record, while "Persiguiendo el Sol" commences with 12-string and tiple. With its buzzing bass throb and rim-shot snare, it becomes an urgent, affirmative, nearly transcendent rock & roll song. "Corazón Invisible" commences as a bossa-tinged ballad gently caressed by acoustic guitars and lithe percussion, but becomes a pop song with graceful cello, a slippery backbeat, and soulful bassline underneath the vocal. "Me Enamoré de Ti" initially seems like an introspective acoustic ballad, but eventually builds into a hooky rocker (with a Baroque string-drenched bridge), and becomes a fist-pumping anthem. Loco de Amor offers longtime fans plenty of Juanes' signature sound to satisfy, That said, its provocative blur of genres, styles, and traditions delivers some bracing new sounds that should attract a wider range of listeners.

 Juanes - Loco de Amor ( flac  283mb)

01 Mil Pedazos 3:12
02 Loco De Amor 3:20
03 La Luz 2:57
04 La Verdad 3:03
05 Una Flor 3:48
06 Delirio 4:12
07 Laberinto 3:24
08 Persiguiendo El Sol 3:44
09 Corazón Invisible 3:20
10 Me Enamoré De Ti 4:24
11 Radio Elvis 3:13

 Juanes - Loco de Amor (ogg  96mb)

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Aside from the hundreds of thousands of global fans who've attended his concerts, the millions of albums sold, and awards received, Juanes remains unwavering in his commitment to artistic growth and constant reinvention, which isn't easy for any pop star to achieve.

Mis Planes Son Amarte was conceived and created as an audio-visual album, the first by a Latin artist. Each of its 12 tracks accompanies a scene in a film directed by Kacho Lopez Mari. Juanes is its conceptualist, writer, and star. Its loose-knit thematic plot finds a lonely astronaut/internal traveler making a life journey -- through time and space -- to find and understand love. There are scenes shot in forests, in space, in cities, in deserts, at home. Juanes, female lead Aluna, and other characters are not only human entities, but psychological and spiritual archetypes through whom the story unfolds. Mis Planes Son Amarte intersperses animation, green screen, and "real" shots, -- it's trippy, elastic, and utterly engaging, with a wonderfully indulgent narrative (is any film work that comes from rock -- Quadrophenia, Under the Cherry Moon, Yellow Submarine, et. al -- not?). It's gorgeous to watch as it morphs from one scenic reality to another (for Anglos, there are subtitles).

Mis Planes Son Amarte's songs bind these fluid images. Juanes recorded and produced the album in Colombia. His co-producers are Sky & Mosty and Bull Nene Cano. The seamless sonics range stylistically from cumbia ("Fuego"), Latin funk ("Angel"), tropical pop ("Es Tarde"), reggaeton ("El Ratico" feat. Kali Uchis), and steamy dance rock ("Hermosa Ingrata") to 21st century bolero ("Alguna Vez" feat. Fonseca). The set's production aesthetic is defined by opener "Perro Viejo" as ambient sounds create open space around guitars, vocals, synth, and percussion to create a dreamy, pillowy atmospheric backdrop for his singing. Juanes lets the listener know he's primed for travel in outer and innerspace: "I have no concerns/My suitcase is light...." As his journey unfolds, he discovers love's transformative power, how we fight it with petty attachments, and how its pure state juxtaposes our connected technological world: The latter passes away, the former is who we are. The title track is a jazz-inflected Steely Dan-kissed number shot in both a club and space; its lyric underscores our human dilemma: "I don't know where to begin, the silence invades us/I want to love you, you want to go to the moon." He follows with its nadir, "Goodbye for Now," his first-ever song in English. A bouncy, Auto-Tuned radio pop number, it nonetheless carries a weighty message about love's difficulties, its insistence on freedom, and its eternal return on its own terms. He closes/emerges with the dubby cumbia stepper "Esto No Acaba," with stinging guitar fills, a bumping bassline, and infectious hooks. Lyrically, it's a reminder that neither Juanes the artist nor his character ever surrender. Despite -- or perhaps because of -- its sense-altering format and creative indulgence, Mis Planes Son Amarte not only breaks ground on every aesthetic frontier, but results in the finest outing in Juanes' career to date.

 Juanes - Mis Planes Son Amarte   (flac  247mb)

01 Perro viejo 3:16
02 Ángel 3:52
03 Fuego 2:46
04 Alguna vez (feat. Fonseca) 2:59
05 El ratico (feat. Kali Uchis) 2:45
06 Hermosa ingrata 3:01
07 Bendecido 3:37
08 Es tarde 3:29
09 Actitud 3:06
10 Mis planes son amarte 3:29
11 Goodbye For Now 2:47
12 Esto no acaba 2:41

Juanes - Mis Planes Son Amarte (ogg  97mb)

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