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Los Venturas “Playtime!” CD/LP (GC059) – Out 7 Jan 2019

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CD edition of 500 copies – LP WHITE edition of 100 copies – LP BLACK edition of 200 copies – & free 7″ to the first 100 LP’s

After 18 years of playing, Los Venturas have marked their spot in the international scene of instrumental guitar music called ‘surf music’. That label however is too small for what the band brings its crowd: there’s exotica, balkan, ska, soul, rock ‘n roll, … Some have already uniquely labelled it ‘world surf music’. The band itself rather sticks with ‘penetrating guitar instrumentals™’. This unique fusion of styles has been approved by many crowds in Europe and over the Atlantic. Not to be surprised, as their accessible music guarantees good vibes. On top their many years of experience can be heard as a flawless live performance. In short, they know how to throw a party, in diverse settings and different stages, going from clubs to festivals, inland or at the seashore.

Their many years of writing music can be heard on 7 albums/singles that were released from 2001 on: Sharkfest, Aloha Summer, Surfers Brew, Besame Mucho, Kaleydoskop, Paisley Beach & Miles High. The last 3 albums were recorded and produced in Los Angeles by Pete Curry (Los Straitjackets, Jon & The Nightriders) and released under Green Cookie Records. This fall Green Cookie records and Los Venturas proudly present their 4th cooperation: “Playtime!”. Unlike the previous albums, this one is 100% made in Belgium: recorded at Nico Leonard’s Pum Pum Hotel in Charleroi, mixed at Great Oak Studios by Steven Van Gelder and produced by Sam Pieter Janssens.

Playtime! features 11 originals, each of them a world on its own thanks to the use of multiple instruments, techniques and the added value of some top notch guest appearances. It comes in white vinyl and CD. The first 100 LP’s come with an extra 7” featuring two alternative versions, dancefloor-proof! Whether you’re a DJ, collector, music lover or player, don’t hesitate to purchase your copy and… play it!! 

Also available by Green Cookie records : Kaleydoskop (LP) (edition of 500 copies on BLACK vinyl) – Paisley Beach (10″) (edition of 300 copies on GOLDEN vinyl) – Miles High (CD & LP edition of 500 copies on COLOURED vinyl)

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December 16th, 2018 at 1:36 pm

LOS VENTURAS: Reviews for “Miles High” CD&LP

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Los Venturas – “Miles High” – [Green Cookie records GC053]. Een nieuwe zomer, een nieuwe Los Venturas plaat: dat klopt niet helemaal maar dit is al wel de derde release van deze Belgosurfers op het Griekse surflabel Green Cookie, net als voorgangers Paisley Beach uit 2013 en Kaleydoskop uit 2011 opgenomen bij Pete Curry (Los Straitjackets, Jon & the Nightriders) in Culver City, Los Angeles. ’t Is dus één plaat om de twee jaar met tegenover die twee vorige een extra vijfde speler in de ploeg, Christof Cleynhens op orgel, eigenlijk een logische stap in de bezetting want die laagjes orgel passen perfect in de dromerige, haast psychedelische Los Venturas surf verpakt in wah wah (Fata Romana), Arabische klanken (Pradesh Hypno Beat), een middeleeuws walsje uit een muziekdoos (Ringispil) en nu dus ook André Brasseur klanken – sinds de Belgische koning van het Hammond orgel uit de jaren ’60 en ’70 is herontdekt deint zijn invloed steeds meer uit. Op zijn hardst wordt deze plaat dan ook Fifty Foot Combo light, op zijn rustigst is het lekker groovy. Bestaat de term wereldsurfmuziek al? Zo niet, dan claim ik ‘m bij deze om Los Venturas te omschrijven. Opener El Rey De Los Cielos heeft vliegtuiggeluiden, de galopperende Ghostriders In The Sky variatie The Horse He Rode On baadt in western sfeer en Fiorella With The Umbrella covert een Italiaans lounge beat nummer uit 1967 van Armando Trovajioli. Taboo, de enige andere cover op deze 11 instrumentals, combineert die aloude gitaarinstrumental met exotica. Wie kickt op fijne arrangementjes met twee gitaren en veel variatie binnen een en hetzelfde nummer én van surf die verder kijkt dan het strand zit bij Los Venturas nog steeds aan het goede adres. Ook uit op LP met dezelfde tracklisting op hemelsblauw vinyl (500 stuks) GC053LP. Reviewed by Frantic Franky on 15 September 2016, Boppin’ Around


Los Venturas – “Miles High” – [Green Cookie Records GC053]. This fine Belgian surf band is back with another winner – 11 new songs to show off their variety of sounds – I hear psych, reggae, Middle Eastern, Bollywood, spaghetti Western and more – with original use of effects and fine playing. Some wink-wink innuendo about the Mile High Club. Solid, great fun! Reviewed by Cousin Mary on July 20, 2016 at 4:41 pm, KFJC 89.7 FM

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July 26th, 2016 at 4:33 pm

LOS VENTURAS “Miles High” CD (GC053) & limited color edition LP 500 copies (GC053LP)

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OUT 18 June 2016

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CD: € 12.00 post & digital download included

LP: € 15.00 digital download includeddigital album € 8.00

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June 18th, 2016 at 12:35 pm

GC034: LOS VENTURAS “Paisley Beach” 10″ (lim.ed. 300)

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:: OUT @ 03 June 2013 ::

GC034 : LOS VENTURAS “Paisley Beach” 10″, lim.ed. 300, golden vinyl

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Beach Bunny – Los Venturas from Christoph Boost on Vimeo.

Music video for “Beach Bunny” by Belgian band Los Venturas, animation by Christoph Boost – South of da Border. The music was recorded during the bands US tour in 2012 at the vintage Pow Wow Fun Room studio, Los Angeles. Animation: Christoph Boost – ; Music: Los Venturas –


Ladies and gentlemen!

We are proud to tell you that Kaleydoskop has a successor… A shiny 10″ GOLDEN VINYL, named “PAISLEY BEACH”. Again it’s a mixture of pure reverb drenched instrumentals, to be found on the “West Side” and oriental exotic moods, to be found on the “East Side”.

We are going to present you this album, wrapped as a damn good party. Come and listen, furnish yourself with a copy at a special DISCOUNT price and shake, baby, shake on the grooves of our premium home DJ: D. Bardeure!


A shiny 10” golden vinyl covering 7 tracks that’ll guide you on a surfing trip throughout the world! On the A-side, or ‘West-Side’ you’ll find Californian and European styled beach instrumental originals as “What about Uranus”, “Beach Bunny” and “Surfers Mood” next to a skanking interpretation of an old classic “Mr Rebel”. On the B-side or ‘East-Side’ you’ll be surfing the Gulfstream and Indian shorelines with “On a Market in Beirut”, “Caravan” and “Mathar”. It’s wet, it’s hot, it’s fun, it’s paradise! Welcome to Paisley Beach!!!

Be quick and order one of the limited 300 copies to enjoy this trip at home! The vinyl comes with download card offering you free digital download in one of the desired file types (mp3, FLAC, wav, …)


Written by Green Cookie

July 1st, 2013 at 8:31 pm

LOS VENTURAS “Kaleydoskop” LP + free download

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ITS OUT and its LEKKER !!!

Release Date : 15 April 2011

15 April = Release Party @ De Blauwe Kater, Hallengang 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium,

LOS VENTURAS “Kaleydoskop” LP + free download, GC025

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A1. Ventura’s Groove A2. Dizzy (Tommy Roe) A3. Zot Van A A4. Delerium A5. Revenge Of Tiki’s Pt. II

B1. Bubamara (Goran Bregovic) B2.Ganja Party B3. 04:52 Urh Reeperbahn, St-Pauli B4. Pumpin’ B5. Transsibirskaya Magistral B6. Lawrence Of Arabia (Maurice Jarre)

PS. You can download the whole album plus 3 extra tracks using the coupon you’ll find inside the LP.


‘Los Venturas’ started out in 1998 as ‘Harley and The Revtones’. Playing mostly 60s double-picked instro-tunes they aimed to conquer the Belgian surf scene. The same month they did their first gig, 2 demo-tracks were recorded under the supervising eye of John Blair (!). Sadly these tracks have never been released on CD or vinyl, but maybe someday they will appear on a rarities album…

By the end of 1999 Los Venturas was formed after a bassist-switch and a change of name, as ‘Harley and The Revtones’ would wrongly be associated with the motorcycle-brand. The new name had to sound fresh, warm, ad-venturous and exotic. So Los Venturas has nothing to do with The Ventures, 60s-band The Venturas, Jim Carrey’s alter ego ‘Ace’ or the city with the same name.

Meanwhile they had found their specific sound and started making own compositions. In 2001 these Belgian youngsters released their first 4-track vinyl-only EP Sharkfest’. For some already a classic in neo-surf.

For their full-album ‘Aloha Summer’, Los Venturas wanted to attend that classic 60s surfsound. In early 2003 they went on a trip to London to record in Liam Watson’s famous Toe Rag Studio (think of The White Stripes’ much praised album Elephant, also recorded in Toe Rag…).

Still chasing the sparkle of instrumental power, people came, people went, some traded their instruments, but they all switched into high gear and ventured forth into the vast realm of instro-rock.

Thanks to the brilliant songwriting skills of Thomas Molineaux, Aloha Summer had a strong follower, ‘Surfers Brew’ (2006), an album that mixes ska, surf and a touch of reggae. Mention that all band-members were writing for this album which explains the diversity in styles…

Today they provide a mix of surf, ska, funk, rock-steady, soul, groove, reggae, rai and indierock. The 4-track EP ‘Besame Mucho’ (2007) is the best example of what an instrumental band is capable of… with groovy hot tracks like Theme from P.O.R.N., Met de Vespa op de baan and Rai Uno… they will easily blow your mind.

Touring in Italy, England, Switzerland, Holland, Luxemburg, Germany, France, Austria, Greece, the Czech Republic, … they sure have marked their spot in the European instrumental scene. Los Venturas have shared the stage with The Surfaris, The Trashmen, Slacktone, Jon and The Nightriders, Leighton Koizumi (The Morlocks), De Heideroosjes, Bee Dee Kay and The Roller Coaster and many many more.

Currently they’ve finalized the recordings of a new full LP in Pete Curry’s ‘Pow Wow Fun Room’, Los Angeles. The LP will contain 8 originals and 3 covers and will be called ‘Kaleydoskop’, referring to the variety of styles and sounds in the songs. It will be released in the beginning of 2011 on Green Cookie Records.

Please check out our myspace or account to have a quick listen to some of the new songs.


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Written by Green Cookie

April 6th, 2011 at 9:27 pm