OKP Premiere: Roger Bong & Strut Records Present "Aloha Got Soul" Mix [STREAM]
DJ Roger Bong toasts the impending release of the Aloha Got Soul compilation with an exclusive mix of rare grooves from the project, which is slated to land on March 18th via Strut Records. Clocking in just past the 30-minute mark, the mix - like the forthcoming 16-track project - is a window into a brief but decidedly vibrant era in music that explores the soul, AOR, jazz funk and disco that came out of the Hawaiian islands between 1979 and 1985.
Hawaii’s R&B era shone brightly but relatively briefly but, despite many brilliantly talented musicians, regular gigs and album recordings, most of this music would barely make it to the mainland. Thanks to Aloha Got Soul’s Roger Bong, a new interest in this fertile era of Hawaiian music has steadily grown in recent years, culminating in a new compilation of overlooked Hawaiian gems. ‘Aloha Got Soul’ is compiled and annotated by Bong and features rare photos and original artwork.
Fanning out from the landmark disco club The Point After and its eight-sibling headline act Aura, Bong takes listeners on a trip back into time to unearth a forgotten gem of sonic goodness that best illustrates the fruitful love affair between r&b and Hawaiian folk. Check the track below to stream the Aloha Got Soul mix. Scroll down to check out the tracklist. Pre-order the project via iTunes and Bandcamp. Get more on Roger Bong and Aloha Got Soul via alohagotsoul.com.
Ox (Seawind) - Gotta Be Willing To Lose
Aina - Your Light
Nohelani Cypriano - Across The Sea
Babadu - Words To A Song
Hawaii - Lady Of My Heart
Tender Leaf - Countryside Beauty
Roy & Roe - Just Don't Come Back
Rob Mehl - House On The Rock
Aura - Yesterday's Love