Riding high on the crest of the global love for Hawaiian ‘Island Funk’, Be With Records team up with Aloha Got Soul to present a timely vinyl reissue of Nohelani Cypriano’s Nohelani. Sure to be one of the year’s essential reissues, the album’s irresistible blend of tropical-tinted soul, funk and rare groove sounds every bit as fresh today as it would’ve in 1979.
Perhaps the most sought-after record of its type, locating a vinyl copy of Nohelani would previously have set you back a small fortune. Her records are something of a Balearic holy grail, with this album the holiest of the lot. Original copies are in such short supply - trading for upwards of £100 on secondary markets – it’s easy to see why news of this first ever reissue has been welcomed by so many.
This release is officially licensed and has been lovingly mastered for vinyl by Simon Francis (Claremont 56 mastering engineer). It has been pressed on audiophile 180g vinyl for the first time and features the original artwork.
A record to surrender to in full rather than consume in pieces, it pivots around centrepiece “Island Boy”. A record of many colours, the LP is at once spaced-out boogie and sweet soul. The legendary “Lihue” is worth the entry fee alone. A gloriously carefree showcase of a uniquely Hawaiian musical hybrid, this reissue provides a vital reminder of just how beautiful and important Nohelani is.