One of the best, hippest labels in recent years is Portugal’s dynamic Groovie Records, a small but steadily thriving outlet founded in 2005 by Edgar Raposo. In four years the label has issued some of the choicest vinyl titles around. Edgar is helped out by friend Luis Futre who manages their Groovie shop in Lisbon; also researching vintage titles the label can run with.
With true international vision they’ve unleashed records by some great ‘60s names, foremost among them French / German / Dutch aggregation The Rhythm Checkers, Lebanon’s The Sea-ders and, lest we forget, the no-fi rock’n’roll genius of Portugal’s late Joaquim Costa. They’ve also knocked out Portuguese Nuggets, a series of LPs that best exemplify that country’s rich legacy of surf, garage and psychedelia. Os Haxixins, modern psychedelic beatsters from Brazil, and Moscow’s The Cavestompers are also on Groovie’s books.
Having begun the Groovie journey using up all their money issuing the first single by The DTs – the US bunch fronted by Estrus label’s Dave Crider, the label is now seriously hitting its stride. “We are two guys who only want to get high on psychedelic and garage music” explained Edgar when I asked him what things Groovie considers important. With a brace of new titles, including the debut 7” by raucous Mexican noiseniks Os Explosivos, an LP by French garage-dudes The Dadds, and anthologies from Brazil’s Os Baobas, and Uruguay’s Los Blue Caps, followed soon after by Mexican fuzz teens Los Mustang ’66, and such down under ‘60s legends as The La De Das and The Human Instinct, the label’s immediate future is looking pretty groovy indeed.
Lenny Helsing (Shindig! Magazine)