Category Archives: Exotica

SONG OF THE DAY De Evergreens – Es Lilin (Java Surf)

Back in 2019, Belgium’s Radio Martiko reissued a rather old and classic rarity which was originally released in 1968 on the Dutch label, Durlaphone. Backed with a crazy surf track called Gonzalez by the Les Jaguar’s de Casablanca, Es Lilin comes … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY The Manakooras – Howl of the Jaguar

Featuring members of the Aqualads, The Intoxicators, The Penetrators and more, The Mankooras are a southern super group who combine the sounds Exotica, Surf and Hawaiian music into their super-soft surf creations. Their intoxicating compositions are hypnotic, with strong hints … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Tak Shindo ‎- Mombasa Love Song

Born in America in 1922, Takeshi “Tak” Shindo was a Japanese American musician, composer and arranger best known for his prominence in the world of exotica music. Active throughout the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, his main instruments were the … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Enrique Torres & Les Baxter – Cholita

Getting to the bottom of today’s musical mystery has left me spinning a bit today, so I’ll do my best in explaining what I can about the album from which this enchanting delight is taken. Joyas Musicales del Perú is … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood – Journey to the East 

I never like to rush my blog posts and make them too brief, but sometimes needs must…Tonight I’m on a tight schedule, but had to share this little delight as its been spinning round my orbit ever since I heard … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Les Baxter – Simba

The soothing dreaminess of Les Baxter never ceases to enchant me and, no matter where I am, this sound whisks me away from everything. It’s like my comfort magic carpet! Today’s ethereal offering, entitled Simba, is taken from his 1955 … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Les Baxter – Quiet Village

Les Baxter was a visionary composer, conductor,  pianist and arranger who recorded some of the most innovative popular music of his time, influencing countless artists along the way, with names ranging from Nat King Cole to Jefferson Airplane. His monster … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Los Boppers – Ali Baba

The Los Boppers were a Mexican band known for their pioneering rock’n’roll sounds that emerged at the beginning of the 1960’s. Their musical career lasted a respectable five years, before they broke up in 1965.  In that time they recorded … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY The Latins ‎– Habibi Twist

This exotic sonic adventure has a little bit of everything thrown into its sublimely chromatic mix, but in all the right measures! It’s mystical Arabic-tinged body is coated with with shades of exotica, jazz and surf, whilst a touch of … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Ixtahuele – The Lion (feat. Xenia Kriisin)

Eden Ahbez was a mysterious human being that lived on the fringes of society, wrapped in a world of natural escapism. Known for his bohemian lifestyle, Ahbez was at one point camping out below the first L. in the Hollywood … Continue reading

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