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Lyman Woodard Organisation – Saturday Night Special (180g/Gatefold)
Monday, October 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lyman Woodard Organisation – Saturday Night Special (180g/Gatefold)

Image: 1615762 In association with DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is honoured to present another gem from the small yet significant Strata catalogue. A precursor to New York’s Strata East, Detroit’s Strata Records was founded in the late 1960s by former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox. Starting life as a music-led community organisation, coffee shop studio and venue, Strata released only a few titles as a record label, gaining the imprint a cult following among record collectors and jazz lovers across the globe. Possibly the best known of Strata’s releases, The Lyman Woodard Organization’s ‘Saturday Night Special’ is rightly heralded as a jazz fusion classic. Recorded in 1975, ‘Saturday Night Special’ features organ, electric piano and Mellotron by bandleader Lyman Woodard alongside guitar and bass by Ron English, with drums and percussion by Leonard King, Bud Spangler & Lorenzo “Mr. Rhythm” Brown respectively. Despite the fairly sparse instrumentation, ‘Saturday Night Special’ lays down an impressive wall of sound, powerfully atmospheric in its almost low-fi aesthetic. Hinting at more traditional jazz, rhythm & blues, afrocuban styles and more, the uniqueness of this album is surely in its feel: summoning up images of a vast industrial landscape, assembly lines and urban decay. In other words, this record sounds like Detroit. No great album artwork is complete without a good story to match, and ‘Saturday Night Special’ does not disappoint. Snapped by photographer and political activist Leni Sinclair (responsible for seminal pictures of Miles Davis, Fela Kuti and John Coltrane and many others), the cover image shows the contents of Lyman Woodard’s pockets placed on the hotel bed after a show: cigarette papers, cash and a pistol. Following Woodard’s death in 2009, this incredible album was reissued in highly limited numbers by Wax Poetics, now just as hard to come by as the original pressings. It’s our pleasure to make this important and influential chapter in the story of contemporary jazz available on vinyl once again.

For Fans Of: J Dilla, Nostalgia 77, Herbie Hancock, Roy Ayers, Miles Davis.

Tracklist:
A1 Saturday Night Special
A2 Joy Road
B1 Belle Isle Daze
B2 Creative Musicians
B3 Saturday Night Special (Alternate Take)
C1 Cheeba
C2 Allen Barnes
C3 On Your Mind
D1 Help Me Get Away
D2 Saturday Night Special (Lost Alternative Mix)
D3 Belle Isle Daze (Lost Alternative Mix) Available from 17.11.2017

Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well (180g)
Friday, May 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well (180g)

Image: 1610027 Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’. This is the first in a long line of reissues focusing on the Strata catalog details attached.

Tracklist:
A1 Sevenths
A2 Scorpio’s Child
B1 Paramour
B2 The Latin Bit

Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records. Preceding New York’s Strata East, Detroit’s original Strata label issued only a handful of underground titles in the early 70’s, making it a ‘holy grail’ imprint among jazz lovers and record collectors the world over.
Released by Strata in 1974, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’ was originally recorded by Strata founder and former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox at a concert which took place almost a decade previously, at the student union of the University Of Michigan back in 1965. Led by drummer Bert Myrick, the album highlights a quintet of highly talented players at the height of their powers. Featuring Will Austin on bass, Kenny Cox on piano and Ronnie Fields on tenor sax, the performance also stars George Bohanon, a nowlegendary player who spent 7 years with Motown Records as lead trombonist before being named “Most Valuable Player”. by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Probably best known for the iconic 14 minute epic “Scorpio’s Child” (composed by Strata owner Kenny Cox), ‘Live ‘n Well’ captures tour de force performances from a collection of Detroit’s finest musicians, destined to go their separate ways soon after the recording was completed. Legend has it that Bert Myrick was inspired to pursue his passion for the drums by friend and mentor Elvin Jones (the drummer on John Coltrane’s classic ‘A Love Supreme’), who would open windows at his shows so that Bert and his friends could enter without paying. This kind of heavyweight tutelage would certainly explain Myrick’s impeccable, highly expressive playing on ‘Live ‘n Well’. Remembered fondly for his powerful hands and gentle demeanor, Bert Myrick passed away in 2010 at the age of 80.

Key Selling Points:
– Our first of many Strata releases curated by DJ Amir.
– Audio is taken from the original tapes, lovingly restored by http://aamastering.com/ bringing 30 years of specialist experience to the project.
– Guaranteed support from specialist press & radio worldwide, this release heralds the start of a Strata re-issue campaign focusing on released and un-released albums from their vaults, look out for Herbie Hancock, CJQ, Sphere & Lyman Woodard.

For Fans Of: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gilles Peterson.
Key tracks: Scorpio’s Child, The Latin Bit, Paramour.
Available from 30.06.2017

Maulawi – Orotunds (180g)
Friday, August 29th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Maulawi – Orotunds (180g)

Image: 1588447 180 Proof continues to bring only the rarest of the rare wax to jazz heads everywhere with their latest release, Maulawi Nururdin’s Orotunds, a virtually unknown and previously unreleased album from the Strata catalog.
Although there is an element of mystery to almost all jazz musicians, few are ever quite as enigmatic as Maulawi Nururdin. A legendary band leader and reedist to his disciples, information about Maulawi’s personal life and early years is so scarce that even his birth name remains unknown. What is known is that Maulawi was a tougher-than-nails Chicagoan by birth, inescapable mentor to others, and a virtuoso jazz musician unlike any other.
The earliest notes in Maulawi’s history begin on the south side of Chicago as a close associate of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians with AACM pioneers Muhal Richard Abrams, Fred Anderson, Billy Brimfield and Roscoe Mitchell. From the beginning, Maulawi was a self assured leader, unafraid to boot other musicians off stage, commandeer their instrument, and give them an impromptu lesson on how to play it right. An intimidating figure in his signature beret and goatee, Maulawi wasn’t a stranger to the streets, and often spent his free time driving around, hipping his protégés to real life on the Chicago south side. But it would be his reputation as a musician, and not a streetwise bandleader, that would bring Maulawi to the doors of Strata Records.
“Maulawi could really, really play,” says percussionist Adam Rudolph, who, at 16 years old, began practicing and playing with Maulawi in the early 1970s. It was Rudolph who would introduce Maulawi to Strata’s Charles Moore, a meeting which would lead to Maulawi’s self-titled 1973 debut, the first album recorded by Strata by an artist from outside of Detroit.
True to the mysterious nature of Maulawi, even the story behind the recording of Ortunds is in dispute. They were either part of the 1973 sessions for Maulawi, recorded in a single night in Chicago, or from an unmixed session that took place in the Streeterville neighborhood at a later date. History aside, Ortunds never fails to astonish. Composed by Maulawi himself, Ortunds is an album of mostly Pop and R&B songs, all elevated by tip-toe funk tempos and Maulawi’s wildly inventive soprano saxophone. Tracks include Thom Bell and Linda Creed’s “People Make The World Go Round,” as well as the Burt Bacharach and Hal David-penned classic, “I Say A Little Prayer.” The title track is a drum and bass driven showcase, the perfect platform for Maulawi to strut his sublime expressionist style on the Saxophone. The album ends with a real find – a rarely heard spoken recording of Maulawi himself, introducing the players and defining the title Ortunds as “full, clearness, strength and smoothness.”
This deluxe edition of Maulawi Nururdin’s previously unknown and unreleased recording Ortunds has been pressed on 180 gram double vinyl, and is limited to 1000 foil stamped copies. This album has been painstakingly recovered and remastered from the original master tapes, and is presented in a sublime gatefold jacket featuring cover art by GE-OLOGY (G Young).

https://soundcloud.com/180proof/maulawi-orotunds-album-sampler Available from 08.08.2014

Sam Sanders – Mirror Mirror (180g)
Thursday, September 12th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sam Sanders – Mirror Mirror (180g)

Image: 1580694 The latest release from 180 Proof Records is sure to be one of the most talked about deep crate releases of the year. A collector’s dream come
true, Sam Sander’s Mirror Mirror is so rare that the recordings on this album have never before seen a proper release and even the cover art
had to be created from scratch. An almost unbelievable fact given that it ranks as one of the strongest releases in the already air-tight era of
Strata Inc’s Detroit.
Although he’s been compared to John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Joe Henderson, Sam Sanders stands out as one of the most unique
phenomena to come from the Motor City. Sanders’ approach to life was so out there that one might say his relative obscurity was a personal
choice. Sanders caught glimpses of fame early on performing with several internationally known acts and subsequently, he also learned a
bit about what the Record Industry’s primary goals were. Realizing that he did not share them, Sanders chose instead to walk his own path.
This drive for artistic freedom turned out to be a double-edged sword: while it allowed Sanders to produce some of the most electric jazz, funk,
and soul to come from Detroit, it also meant that most of his recordings were never widely released, if they were released at all.
Drawing on his experience with Motown acts like Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Sanders incorporated a fresh soul sound into
recordings that would have otherwise been categorized as jazz. As such, Mirror Mirror moves seamlessly between spirit and style: The
album starts on the street with “Inner City Player,” a superfly breakdown of a Detroit hustler’s life, before moving into distinctly abstract territory
with the melancholy “Face At My Window.” The experience is held together by a no-nonsense rhythm section featuring the aggressive
drumming of Jimmy Allen and the intensely focused bass playing of Ed Pickens. Perhaps the most straight-forward jazz song on the album,
“Lover’s Gain” showcases Sanders at his freewheelin’ best. And if there was to be any doubt that Mirror Mirror can get funky as hell, look no
further than the wah-wah guitar and early synth sounds of “Funk’ed Up,” easily the greasiest cut on the album.
Mirror Mirror has been remastered from the original reel to reel masters, along with the artwork, which has been restored and printed on top
Heavy Stock Tip On Gatefold Jackets. Vinyl is pressed on as 180 Gram numbered vinyl. Includes extensive liner notes and never seen before
photos.

Key Selling Points
1. Previously unreleased.
2. Rare Jazz from the legendary Detroit Jazz label Strata Records, Inc.
3. Remastered from the original master reel to reel tapes
4. Never seen before photos and extensive liner notes.
5. This release restores the original album artwork and will be available in 180 Gram very limited double vinyl at 45 RPM (1000 copies only)
6. 180 Proof is owned and curated by DJ Amir (of Kon and Amir) who is internationally recognized as a beat digger and tastemaker.
7. Packaged in heavy gatefold tip on jackets with foil stamped numbering.

Marketing/Promotion: Full Radio Support from Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Kev Beadle, Michael Rutten, Lefto, Anthony Valdez.

Tracklisting
Side 1:
1. Inner City Player
2. Face At My WIndow
Side 2:
1. Loser
2. Funk’ed Up
Side 3:
1. Love’s Gain
Side 4:
1. Summer Mist Available from 23.08.2013

Sam Sanders – Mirror Mirror (Orangle Vinyl) (180g)
Friday, September 6th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sam Sanders – Mirror Mirror (Orangle Vinyl) (180g)

The latest release from 180 Proof Records is sure to be one of the most talked about deep crate releases of the year. A collector’s dream come true, Sam Sander’s Mirror Mirror is so rare that the recordings on this album have never before seen a prope…

Larry Nozero – Time (180g)
Thursday, July 18th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Larry Nozero – Time (180g)

Image: 1580693 Following on the heels of Kenny Cox’s previously unreleased Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise, 180 Proof Records continues to bring new life to the Strata Inc. Catalog with Larry Nozero’s 1975 passion project, Time. The last album to be released on Strata Inc., Time is a dreamlike mix of mood, an album full of range, tempo, and feeling, from the impulsive and airy rendition of the jazz standard “All the Things you Are” to the brooding melancholia of “Tony,” Nozero’s Time is destined to become known among aficionados as a classic of 1970s jazz. Like time itself, each song is open to individual interpretation – something Nozero himself confessed to on the album’s original liner notes, saying “It got so deep that we decided to call the group and our album after that concept of TIME, because it seemed to mean something to just about everyone.”
A native of Detroit, Nozero spent time in Charles Moore’s Detroit Contemporary 5 (part of Strata Inc.) before being drafted into the military. While enlisted, Nozero capitalized on his time by honing his craft in the Army Band. By the time he returned to Detroit, Nozero had little trouble landing high-profile gigs. No stranger to success, Nozero’s previous credits and collaborators include Henry Mancini, Sergio Mendes, and playing Soprano sax on Marvin Gaye’s iconic 1971 album, What’s Going On.
Working with his cousin and collaborator Dennis Tini, Time is unlike many albums of the era in that it truly feels like a work fueled by freewheeling
expressionism. The pieces are funky, soulful, strange and soothing all at once. Tini’s stand-out contribution to the album is “Tune for L.N.”,
a funk-fueled piece of rhythm-centric jazz. A distinguishing feature of the album is the use of wordless vocalise. The scat work on part two
of “Chronicle Of The Murdered House” adds a distinct counterpoint to Nozero’s reedwork, while the high pitch bebop of “Baubles, Bangles
and Beads” closes out the album with a carefree and buoyant groove.
Time has been remastered from the original reel to reel masters, along with the artwork, which has been restored and printed ontop Heavy
Stock Tip On Gatefold Jackets. Vinyl is pressed on as 180 Gram numbered vinyl. Includes extensive liner notes and never seen before photos.

1. Rare Jazz from the legendary Detroit Jazz label Strata Records, Inc.
2. Remastered from the original master reel to reel tapes
3. Never seen before photos and extensive liner notes.
4. This release restores the original album artwork and will be available in 180 Gram very limited double vinyl at 45 RPM (1000 copies only)
5. 180 Proof is owned and curated by DJ Amir (of Kon and Amir) who is internationally recognized as a beat digger and tastemaker.
6. Packaged in heavy gatefold tip on jackets with foil stamped numbering.

Marketing/Promotion: Full Radio Support from Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Kev Beadle, Michael Rutten, Lefto, Anthony Valdez.

Side 1:
1. Reflections of My Past
2. Tony
Side 2:
1. Chronicle of the Murdered House Part 1
2. Chronicle of the Murdered House Part 2
Side 3:
1. Tune for L.N.
2. Impressions of My Lady
Side 4:
1. All Things You Are
2. Two Worlds
3. Baubles, Bangles & Beads

Available from 28.06.2013

Larry Nozero – Time (Red Vinyl) (180g)
Thursday, July 18th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Larry Nozero – Time (Red Vinyl) (180g)

Image: 1582115 Following on the heels of Kenny Cox’s previously unreleased Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise, 180 Proof Records continues to bring new life to the Strata Inc. Catalog with Larry Nozero’s 1975 passion project, Time. The last album to be released on Strata Inc., Time is a dreamlike mix of mood, an album full of range, tempo, and feeling, from the impulsive and airy rendition of the jazz standard “All the Things you Are” to the brooding melancholia of “Tony,” Nozero’s Time is destined to become known among aficionados as a classic of 1970s jazz. Like time itself, each song is open to individual interpretation – something Nozero himself confessed to on the album’s original liner notes, saying “It got so deep that we decided to call the group and our album after that concept of TIME, because it seemed to mean something to just about everyone.”
A native of Detroit, Nozero spent time in Charles Moore’s Detroit Contemporary 5 (part of Strata Inc.) before being drafted into the military. While enlisted, Nozero capitalized on his time by honing his craft in the Army Band. By the time he returned to Detroit, Nozero had little trouble landing high-profile gigs. No stranger to success, Nozero’s previous credits and collaborators include Henry Mancini, Sergio Mendes, and playing Soprano sax on Marvin Gaye’s iconic 1971 album, What’s Going On.
Working with his cousin and collaborator Dennis Tini, Time is unlike many albums of the era in that it truly feels like a work fueled by freewheeling
expressionism. The pieces are funky, soulful, strange and soothing all at once. Tini’s stand-out contribution to the album is “Tune for L.N.”,
a funk-fueled piece of rhythm-centric jazz. A distinguishing feature of the album is the use of wordless vocalise. The scat work on part two
of “Chronicle Of The Murdered House” adds a distinct counterpoint to Nozero’s reedwork, while the high pitch bebop of “Baubles, Bangles
and Beads” closes out the album with a carefree and buoyant groove.
Time has been remastered from the original reel to reel masters, along with the artwork, which has been restored and printed ontop Heavy
Stock Tip On Gatefold Jackets. Vinyl is pressed on as 180 Gram numbered vinyl. Includes extensive liner notes and never seen before photos.

1. Rare Jazz from the legendary Detroit Jazz label Strata Records, Inc.
2. Remastered from the original master reel to reel tapes
3. Never seen before photos and extensive liner notes.
4. This release restores the original album artwork and will be available in 180 Gram very limited double vinyl at 45 RPM (1000 copies only)
5. 180 Proof is owned and curated by DJ Amir (of Kon and Amir) who is internationally recognized as a beat digger and tastemaker.
6. Packaged in heavy gatefold tip on jackets with foil stamped numbering.

Marketing/Promotion: Full Radio Support from Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Kev Beadle, Michael Rutten, Lefto, Anthony Valdez.

Side 1:
1. Reflections of My Past
2. Tony
Side 2:
1. Chronicle of the Murdered House Part 1
2. Chronicle of the Murdered House Part 2
Side 3:
1. Tune for L.N.
2. Impressions of My Lady
Side 4:
1. All Things You Are
2. Two Worlds
3. Baubles, Bangles & Beads

Available from 28.06.2013

Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well
Friday, May 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well

Image: 1610028 Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’. This is the first in a long line of reissues focusing on the Strata catalog details attached.

Tracklist:
A1 Sevenths
A2 Scorpio’s Child
B1 Paramour
B2 The Latin Bit

Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records. Preceding New York’s Strata East, Detroit’s original Strata label issued only a handful of underground titles in the early 70’s, making it a ‘holy grail’ imprint among jazz lovers and record collectors the world over.
Released by Strata in 1974, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’ was originally recorded by Strata founder and former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox at a concert which took place almost a decade previously, at the student union of the University Of Michigan back in 1965. Led by drummer Bert Myrick, the album highlights a quintet of highly talented players at the height of their powers. Featuring Will Austin on bass, Kenny Cox on piano and Ronnie Fields on tenor sax, the performance also stars George Bohanon, a nowlegendary player who spent 7 years with Motown Records as lead trombonist before being named “Most Valuable Player”. by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Probably best known for the iconic 14 minute epic “Scorpio’s Child” (composed by Strata owner Kenny Cox), ‘Live ‘n Well’ captures tour de force performances from a collection of Detroit’s finest musicians, destined to go their separate ways soon after the recording was completed. Legend has it that Bert Myrick was inspired to pursue his passion for the drums by friend and mentor Elvin Jones (the drummer on John Coltrane’s classic ‘A Love Supreme’), who would open windows at his shows so that Bert and his friends could enter without paying. This kind of heavyweight tutelage would certainly explain Myrick’s impeccable, highly expressive playing on ‘Live ‘n Well’. Remembered fondly for his powerful hands and gentle demeanor, Bert Myrick passed away in 2010 at the age of 80.

Key Selling Points:
– Our first of many Strata releases curated by DJ Amir.
– Audio is taken from the original tapes, lovingly restored by http://aamastering.com/ bringing 30 years of specialist experience to the project.
– Guaranteed support from specialist press & radio worldwide, this release heralds the start of a Strata re-issue campaign focusing on released and un-released albums from their vaults, look out for Herbie Hancock, CJQ, Sphere & Lyman Woodard.

For Fans Of: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gilles Peterson.
Key tracks: Scorpio’s Child, The Latin Bit, Paramour.
Available from 30.06.2017

TJ – Time Is Wasting
Friday, July 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on TJ – Time Is Wasting

Image: 1604657 BBE presents its first release digging deep in the Strata archive with Time Is Wasting from TJ.

Tracklist:
A1 Love Flower
A2 You’re the One
B1 Reach for the Sky
B2 Time is Wasting

It’s the crate digger’s dream or nightmare. The modern day musical archaeologist is always in search of that elusive piece of a musical puzzle. Dusting off a slice of unknown vinyl or a mystery tape in a battered box might just open up another chapter of discovery that illuminates the art of the people. Enter 180 Proof’s Amir Abdullah who, since 2010, has been getting dusty digits sifting through the master tapes in the Strata studio in Detroit. It’s there that he discovered and was blown away the voice and vibe of TJ.
“I came across the TJ demo tapes back in 2012 when I secured the exclusive license to the whole Strata Records catalog,” explains Amir who plans an imminent release of the four tracks on 10” vinyl in conjunction with BBE
Records. “My first response to hearing the demo was WOW! Frankly, the sound quality was not good but the soul and passion of the music was unbelievable. I immediately thought about a young Shuggie Otis when
hearing the songs.” As with the rediscovery of Shuggie Otis’ ‘Inspiration Information’, by the likes of Gilles Peterson back in the 90’s, there are always questions to be asked. With Shuggie Otis there was lineage plus the image of a hip young guy with a big ‘Fro and acoustic guitar. Two decades on he’d simply dropped off the radar. What happened? With TJ there’s only the tape and says Amir, “There was no info on the master just the name TJ. I don’t know when the TJ was recorded at all. The strata catalog is from 73-75 and it’s one of many recordings that were recorded but never released. I sat on the music for three years because I couldn’t afford to clean it up and remaster it properly until now.“ “As the Strata curator, I felt that this recording def fits in with what the Strata catalog is about. The soul and passion of the lyrics are heartfelt. As you can hear, most of the songs are about love. The raw form of just him, a guitar with vocal layers is so rough but it def represents the grittiness of the sound of Strata. I think the TJ represents what the Strata mottos were about: ‘The Sound of Detroit’ and ‘All Musics For All Peoples’. What makes me want to release this in its raw and rough form is that the genius of this recording cannot be denied. I hope that TJ somehow hears that the recording is out. I would love to give fullcredit to him and the musicians.” In 2016 Amir Abdullah and 180 Proof Records continue to dig deeper. Tune in and join in on the search for TJ.

For Fans of:
Shuggie Otis, Bill Withers, Sugarman, Devendra Barnhart

Key Selling Points:
– A mystery tape in the Strata Records archive never previously released
– When Amir who curates the Strata re-issues played TJ to Gilles Peterson , his response was simply ‘thats too good not to release’
– Limited vinyl pressing
– full press & radio campaign Available from 02.09.2016

Sam Sanders – Mirror Mirror
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sam Sanders – Mirror Mirror

Image: 1582947 Der New Yorker Plattensammler und Jazz-Liebhaber Amir (von Kon & Amir / BBE) hat sich dem Archiv und den Katalogen des legendärem Detroiter Jazz-Labels Strate Records angenommen und veröffentlicht rare und unveröffentlichte Musik der Szene auf seinem 180 Proof Label. Sam Sanders Electric-Jazz Album mit Einflüssen von Soul und Funk war bislang kommerziell unveröffentlicht und wurde nun mit Hilfe der originalen Mastertapes neu gemastert. Das Artwork wurde um unveröffentlichte Fotos und umfangreiche Liner Notes ergänzt. Available from 30.08.2013

Kenny Cox – Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kenny Cox – Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise

Image: 1580902 Black vinyl repress! LorIn 1974, Strata Records Inc. was well known in Detroit for their art gallery, live music venue and record label, turning out records by artists like Kenny Cox and Lyman Woodard. In 2012, nearly 4 decades later, Scion commissioned DJ Amir Abdullah to research and create an exhibit based on lost youth culture in Detroit for a new online museum. Familiar with the history of Strata Inc., Amir decided the best way to define the era was through the lens of the labels brief but potent influence on the city’s culture. Inspired by this project, Amir set out to re-introduce the world to Strata Inc. through his own label, 180 Proof Records.
The Lyman Woodard Organization’s Saturday Night Special (1975) is perhaps the jewel of the label, but the LP that was to follow – Cox’s unreleased Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise, is at the same time radical and sublime. It’s a visionary work, inspired by both the innocence and zeal of his 3-year-old son, Philip, and also the culture of Latin America and Caribbean lands Cox admits in the album’s original liner notes that, “oddly enough…I’ve never seen.”
The title track, “Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise” is a frolicking bossa groove awash in the gentle sound of waves one can imagine lapping against the shores of Brazil’s Praia da Fazenda, or perhaps the Taipus de Fora. “Samba de Romance” teems with the mischievous tones of two lovers playing not cat and mouse, but cat and cat (!), until the chase ends in a passionate nighttime rendezvous in sultry island air.
The pulsating bounce of “Island Song,” with its mood set by Moore’s vibrant flugelhorn and the percussion of Ronald Johnson and Nengue Hernandez, is just about everything one would imagine an island song to be, while “Lost My Love” is really “Feel Like Making Love” in delicious disguise and the album’s close, “Beyond The Dream,” is a 13-minute enlivening, reflective odyssey on everything one has lived, and all that remains to be achieved.
This previously unreleased masterpiece by Kenny Cox has been remastered from the original reel to reel masters, along with the artwork, which has been restored and printed ontop Heavy Stock Tip On Gatefold Jackets. Includes extensive liner notes and never seen before photos.

Side 1:
1. Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise
2. Samba de Romance
Side 2:
1. Island Song
Side 3:
1. Lost My Love
Side 4:
1. Beyond The Dream

PREVIEW THE ALBUM: http://soundcloud.com/180proof
Available from 03.05.2013

Caroline K – Now Wait For Last Year
Friday, March 25th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Caroline K – Now Wait For Last Year

Image: 1603281 Blackest Ever Black and Klanggalerie present the first ever vinyl reissue of Caroline K’s outstanding 1985 album, Now Wait For Last Year. This haunting, wistful work of post-industrial synthesizer music – the late Nocturnal Emissions co-founder’s only solo record – has accrued a fervent cult following over the past 30 years, and copies of the original pressing are today extremely rare and sought-after. Appropriately enough for an album concerned with the disruption of linear time – it takes its title from a Philip K. Dick novel concerning a highly addictive hallucinogenic drug, JJ-180, that induces time travel for its users – the music on Now Wait seems to exist firmly outside of it. Tags like industrial, minimal synth or proto-techno can’t really do justice to the richly cinematic sound-world that Walters describes: from the sustained ambient tension of sidelong opener ‘The Happening World’ to the future-primitive rhythms and stately piano flourishes of ‘Animal Lattice’, and the melancholic, deep-frozen synth sequences of ‘Chearth’. Fans of Wendy Carlos’s A Clockwork Orange, Chris Carter’s The Space Between, and early Detroit techno should pay special attention, but this searching, future-proof masterpiece demands to be heard by all.

Tracklist:

A1:The Happening World
B1:Animal Lattice
B2:Chearth
B3:Tracking With Close-Ups
B4:Leaving

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biLWGqIdHZU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJlQ52nyhSo Available from 29.04.2016

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