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6718This compilation introduces a new direction for Now-Again Records and its owner, Stones Throw Records GM, A&R and producer Egon. With the same detailed, no-stone-unturned approach he used for Deep Funk (The Funky 16 Corners, Cold Heat), he tackles beat-heavy global psychedelia with Forge Your Own Chains. “Those of us birthed into record collecting by the hip-hop midwife revered Jimi Hendrix as well as James Brown. We searched for albums by Mulatu Astatke and Power of Zeus with the same fervor,” Egon writes in his introduction to the comp.

Forge Your Own Chains showcases music from all corners of the world: Colombia, Nigeria, Sweden, South Korea, Thailand and Iran. The focus – in keeping with Now-Again’s tradition – is on melody, driving rhythms and accessibility. Not one song is included on this compilation because it is from a “rare” album. Certainly, many of these songs do spring from albums that exchange hands for many thousands of dollars and many of these songs have never seen reissue. But these songs are all beautiful in their own right and work to form a coherent album.

Psychedelic records, long the mainstay of older, grizzled collectors and seemingly quaint, are, in the hands of Egon and those of his generation, giving up new ghosts. And, with comps like Forge Your Own Chains, inspiring new investigations into our not so distant (and still very much alive) musical past.


01. Top Drawer – Song Of A Sinner
02. Sensational Saints – How Great Thou Art
03. East Of Underground – Smiling Faces Sometimes
04. D. R. Hooker – Forge Your Own Chains
05. Shin Jung Hyun & The Men feat. Jang Hyun – Twilight
06. T. Zchiew & The Johnny – Let Your Life Be Free
07. The Strangers – Two To Make A Pair
08. Damon – Don’t You Feel Me
09. Ellison – Strawberry Rain
10. Morly Grey – Who Can I Say You Are?
11. Shadrack Chameleon – Don’t Let It Get You Down
12. Ofege – It’s Not Easy
13. Ana Y Jaime – Nina Nana
14. Kourosh Yaghmaei – Hajm-E Khaali
15. Baby Grandmothers – Somebody’s Calling My Name

The compilation VariousForge Your Own Chains” () is going to be released November 20, 2009.

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