Articles for 2009

December 29, 2009

Georgia Anne Muldrow

Slicing pop n'lock-friendly funk with gospel and gracious soul Georgia Anne Muldrow is shining as a true West Coast original. The seeds of early experimental releases are now blossoming as her trademark scattershot beats and adventurous deep jazz melodies

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December 28, 2009

Quarion

Berlin-based, Swiss-born Yanneck Salvo has been releasing hip-hop, house and techno under the production alias Ianeq since 1999. After a couple of releases on Mental Groove, A Few Among Others and Get Physical, Yanneck felt the need to go back to his deep

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December 28, 2009

Staff Charts 2009

2009 wasn't just the year everyone you know bought an iPhone, joined Twitter and put on a pair of gum boots to till their fields in Farmville. Actually it was also an exciting and eventful year for music - full of blown speakers, sweaty t-shirts and the s

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December 28, 2009

Souls Of Mischief – Montezuma’s Revenge (Hieroglyphics)

Souls Of Mischief is an alternative hip hop group hailing from Oakland, CA. They are also part of the hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. The Souls Of Mischief formed in 1991 and is composed of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai. As a group Souls of Mis

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December 23, 2009

Soundway Records storms into 2010 with a selection of explosive afrobeat from 1970’s Nigeria …

Soundway Records storms into 2010 with a cherry-picked selection of explosive afrobeat from 1970's Nigeria complementing the burgeoning "Nigeria Special" series. Focusing on the big band sound dominated by wailing saxophones, brass solos and relentless

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December 23, 2009

Strong Arm Steady

Strong Arm Steady was formed in the shadows of the West Coast's Death Row Records movement, which at one time loomed large over much of the region's talent. Many Los Angeles artists – themselves students and children of Death Row – were becoming frust

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December 22, 2009

Strong Arm Steady & Madlib collaboration “In Search Of Stoney Jackson” on Stones Throw …

Strong Arm Steady was formed in the shadows of the West Coast's Death Row Records movement, which at one time loomed large over much of the region's talent. Many Los Angeles artists – themselves students and children of Death Row – were becoming frust

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December 22, 2009

Logistics presents the next round in Hospital’s celebrated “Hospital Mix” series …

After another vintage year for Hospital Records, we're straight back in with our January Sale, credit-crunch busting, bargain mega-mix. And after the huge success of his latest album – "Crash Bang Wallop" – Logistics brings us a rolling mix stacked fu

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December 22, 2009

Highly anticipated new album by Dr Rubberfunk …

2008 was the year that Dr Rubberfunk joined the Jalapeno family and brought his live drumming, funk breaking, irrepressible good time vibe to the J-funk party. Having been pestered by the label since the release of his debut album in 2003, he finally agre

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December 21, 2009

Dr Rubberfunk

2008 is the year that Dr Rubberfunk joined the Jalapeno family and brought his live drumming, funk breaking, party slaying, cutting & scratching, irrepressible good time shit to the J-funk party. Having been pestered by the label since the release of his

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December 21, 2009

Soiree – Soiree (Bear Funk)

When the two colossi of the Bear Funk label get together you can be sure that creative sparks will fire and the disco grooves will ooze. And so we present Stevie Kotey's and Max Essa's new album project, the cunningly titled "Soiree". The pair of them not

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December 18, 2009

One-on-one with Trus’me …

Manchester's Trus'me has teamed up with an all-star cast of producers and musicians for his sophomore effort "In The Red". Really, it seems the young Mancunian has gone Detroit, as the record features the Motor City's jazzy neo-soul stylist Amp Fiddler, J

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December 17, 2009

Ingo Sänger

Ingo Sänger started his DJ career in the late 1980s. Right from the beginning he presented an unheard mixture of hip-hop, dancehall, house and break beats. With various club residencies, nationwide bookings and DJ mixes on Germany's biggest radio station

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December 16, 2009

Numero Group’s latest release “Good God! Born Again Funk” marries the Lord’s message with the Devil’s grooves …

Not a resurrection, but a rebirth. The Numero Group's 2006 release "Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal" examined what seemed to be a conundrum: gospel singers performing pious gospel songs, and devoutly, but doing so amid hot, sweaty, earthy sounds drunk

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December 16, 2009

It’s time for the first label retrospective of Farside Records …

Finally it's time for a first label retrospective of Farside Records. 15 tracks exclusively selected and re-edited by Herb LF and Ingo Sänger. Featured are Westpark Unit, Herb LF, Matt Flores, Asli, The Offsetters, Elina Monova, and remixes by Marcus Wor

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December 16, 2009

Re-release of lost German vocal jazz album from 1959 by Wolfgang Sauer …

Lost German vocal jazz album from 1959 recorded in glorious stereophonic sound. A surprisingly sensitive, but completely forgotten gem that ranges among the earliest examples of vocal jazz work out of Europe. Legendary blind singer Wolfgang Sauer perfo

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December 14, 2009

Now-Again Records presents a new album by legendary funk collective The Whitefield Brothers …

"Earthology" is the latest album from The Whitefield Brothers, a loose line-up of musicians centred on the siblings Jan 'JJ' and Max 'Muggy' Whitefield, formerly known as the founders of Munich's legendary Poets Of Rhythm. Last heard from with their cult

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December 14, 2009

Motor City Drum Ensemble

Danilo Plessow is a man hard to pigeonhole. Since 2003 he has been producing broken beat and jazzier material with Joachim Tobias under the Inverse Cinematics banner. Their debut full-length "Passin' Through" was released in 2008 and received great feedba

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December 14, 2009

Trus’me – In The Red (Fat City Recordings)

Fat City Recordings and Prime Numbers present the much-anticipated album "In The Red" by Trus'me. Since the release of his blistering seminal debut "Working Nights" in 2007, Mancunian wunderkind Trus'me has been doing just that, both dj'ing in the best cl

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December 11, 2009

Georgia Anne Muldrow is taking her craft to a higher ground …

""Kings Ballad" is a celebration of creativity and uniqueness, things that are necessary to a meaningful life expression. It's about being yourself" – Georgia Anne Muldrow Slicing pop'n'lock-friendly funk with gospel and gracious soul, Georgia Anne M

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December 11, 2009

“Crucial Times” celebrates Sizzla’s close work with mentor and producer Homer Harris …

"Crucial Times" is the new album by Sizzla, and celebrates his close work with mentor and producer Homer Harris, collecting thirteen carefully chosen tracks that clearly demonstrate the signature power and urgency of the mighty Sizzla Kalonji. A proven ta

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December 10, 2009

Martyn

Martijn Deykers has been making waves in both the techno and dubstep communities with his previous releases as Martyn, for example impressing Francois K so much that he invited him to take over his Deep Space party in New York for the entire night. No mat

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December 10, 2009

Souls Of Mischief

Souls Of Mischief is an alternative hip hop group hailing from Oakland, CA. They are also part of the hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. The Souls Of Mischief formed in 1991 and is composed of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai. As a group Souls of Mis

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December 8, 2009

Melting Pot Music video attack …

The Ins X Miles Bonny - J.Birly from MPMTV on Vimeo. The Ins X Miles Bonny - Breakfast w/ Fleur Earth from MPMTV on Vimeo. Full Crate - She Was Fly (Ft. Mar) from Full Crate on Vimeo. Fleur Earth - Am Boden from MPMTV on Vimeo. Fleur Earth - M

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December 7, 2009

Mr. James Bright

Mr. James Bright is a guitar wielding song-maestro. He knows a tune when he feels one, and he has the unique ability to spread the goodness directly to your music nostrils. Having played with various musical outfits (MeOne, Soup, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack

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December 7, 2009

Sean Price – Kimbo Price (Vision)

Hailing from Brownsville, New York. Standing at 6'1" and weighing in at 242 pounds. Formerly known as Scragbite, then Ruck, then Deceptacon Sean, and now going by Megasean, Sean P!!! is back in the ring and he's going to make sure you talk about him. In f

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December 7, 2009

Grammy nomination for Buju Banton’s album “Rasta Got Soul” …

Last week Buju Banton's latest album "Rasta Got Soul" has been nominated for a Grammy in the category "Best Reggae Album". More information: www.grammy.com Over the last ten years, the name Buju Banton has become synonymous with modern reggae. Havin

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December 2, 2009

Album project by Guzheng performer/composer Bei Bei He and Ubiquity producer Shawn Lee …

"Into The Wind" by Guzheng performer/composer Bei Bei He and Ubiquity producer Shawn Lee marries a unique blend of ancient tradition with studio trickery. This uplifting, genre-bending sound clash, recalls the afro centric harping of Dorothy Ashby and hyp

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December 2, 2009

Netsky

Raise your Stella Artois' as Hospital reveal the exclusive signing of Belgian wonderkid Netsky! It's hard to believe that Boris 'Netsky' Daenen's debut release on an offshoot of DJ Hype's Ganja label arrived as recently as spring 2009. With a trickle of h

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December 1, 2009

O.C. & A.G.

Legendary New York MCs, O.C. & A.G. return from a brief hiatus to quench the thirst of hip-hop fans worldwide. The album, refreshingly titled, "Oasis", is executive produced by Show (of Showbiz & A.G. fame) and features stellar production by Show, Lord Fi

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November 30, 2009

“Fireside Chat” with Alice Russell on Red Bull Music Academy Radio …

"Music takes me up", Alice Russell sings on her Ninja Tune released collaboration with Mr. Scruff, but in her case it's safe to say this works both ways: any track she sings on is elevated to a whole new level. Be it as singer for Quantic or as the lead s

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November 30, 2009

The New Mastersounds

In the late 1990's, guitarist and producer Eddie Roberts was running a club night in Leeds called "The Cooker." When The Cooker moved into a new venue with a second floor in 1999, there was space and the opportunity to put a live band together to compleme

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November 30, 2009

Various – Daptone Gold (Daptone)

"Daptone Gold" is a collection of hits and obscurities, album favorites and unheard exclusives from the Daptone Records catalogue. Since first rearing its head in 2001, Daptone has upheld its reputation as both a premier source for new raw soulful music a

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November 27, 2009

Hospital Podcast 100 …

After nearly three-and-a-half years, millions of downloads and subscribers hailing from Bangkok to Beirut, Brazil to Beckenham, Brisbane to Baltimore, the fine folks at Hospital Records have reached their 100th podcast show! Hosting this epic two-parte

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November 27, 2009

Mayer Hawthorne interview & live set on NPR’s Tell Me More …

Mayer Hawthorne and the County were live on NPR again recently. Denise Lincoln of the show Tell Me More had him on for an interview and live set. Read the transcript and listen to the show at NPR: Mayer Hawthorne live on NPR's Tell Me More

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November 26, 2009

Subwave

With drum & bass bigger than ever before on a global scale, there is nowhere more up-and-coming than Russia, and Subwave is right at the heart of the Moscow scene. Gleb started to make music with production partner Alexander Rotov over ten years ago, grab

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November 25, 2009

Nicola Conte

Just one year after releasing the internationally successful "Rituals" album, Italian jazz-head Nicola Conte returns with a double-CD compiling the re-worked, i.e. completely new arranged tracks he produced in the last years as so called 'remixes' for som

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November 24, 2009

The RAah Project

The RAah Project is a collaboration between Melbourne based composer/producers Ryan Ritchie and Tamil Rogeon. Taken on as a means to musically investigate the grey areas between genres and express themselves through writing and performance, The RAah Proje

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November 23, 2009

Build An Ark return with their third album “Love Part 1” …

Build An Ark return with their third album "Love Part 1", and their growth – both in sound and players – shows no signs of stopping. This is their meditation on "Love Part 1" ‐ its varying forms and moods, its ecstatic and soothing powers Build An A

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November 23, 2009

Snaga & Pillath – II (Ruhrpott Illegal / Code Rouge)

Ladies and gentleman - please fasten your seat belts! "II" is the title of the latest album from Snaga & Pillath, two fierce punchline spitters from the wild, wild West of Germany. Their sound is a hybrid of different influences giving their work a specia

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