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Various – Hits Agogo One
Friday, December 11th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Hits Agogo One

Image: 1600607 Agogo collect two years worth of classics for Volume 1 of their Hits Agogo One collection.

CD Tracklisting :
01. Funk Busters „Celestial Blues“ feat. Greg Blackman *
02. Da Lata „Going Underground“ ft. Floetic Lara
03. Sola Rosa „Can We Get It Together“ ft. Noah Slee
04. Mop Mop „Run Around“ feat. Fred Wesley & Anthony Joseph (Grant Phabao Remix)
05. Mo’Horizons „Jungle Affair“ (The Soul Session Remix)
06. Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers „Rar“ (Spiritual South Rar’est Remix) *
07. Gabriele Poso „Invocation 002“ (Opolopo Remix)
08. Renegades Of Jazz „Tempo Tempo“ *
09. WDR Big Band & GT „Now I Can“ (Mop Mop Deconstruction) *
10. Hidden Jazz Quartett „Luvlite“ ft. Bajka (The Soul Session Remix) *
11. The Hi-Fly Orchestra „I Got Hope“ ft. Julia Fehenberger (Lack Of Afro Remix feat. Herbal T) *
12. Opez „Malinco“
13. Stephan Abel Quartett „Olhos De Gato“

This compilation features some of the great music which has been released on Agogo Records the last two years. But please also find some brandnew and exclusive songs and remixes from The Hi-Fly Orchestra, Mop Mop, Mo’Horizons, Renegades Of Jazz, Funk Busters, Hidden Jazz Quartett and Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers.

Hope you enjoy this one !

Some feedback:

QUINCY JOINTZ “What a great compilation. That´s what I call jazzy and funky freestyle at its best.”
DJ JONDAL “Great selection of tracks”
FUTURERADIO UK “First Class!!!”
FREEFALL RADIO “Loving the exclusives here”
THE BOOGIE WONDERLAND SHOW “Superb album. loving it”
BAMALOVESOUL “Super groovy”
DJ SHANTISAN “After expecting another “best of” compilation I enventually ended up at this pearl with so many unreleased tracks. All time favs like Spiritual South and Christian Prommer bring in fresh sounds. I can say “Agogo Hits One” one brings the sunshine into your living rooms and clubs.”
MAKALA “Such a great compilation”
BUDAPEST FM90.3 “Keep it coming strong! Agogo is one of the strongest jazz-influenced label around, look forward to hear your new stuff. “
DJ FERRY “very nice compilation”
RADIO X “full support”
STARPOINT RADIO “suberb compilation”
FUNKHAUS EUROPA “floating & groovy”
RADIO SUISSE “great new jazz generation with groove, soul, brazil!” Available from 22.01.2016

The Soul Session – Two
Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Soul Session – Two

Image: 1610946 Agogo Records present the second edition of The Soul Session.

CD
01. Quantraversa feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow
02. Sun Shines Softly feat. Anaj
03. The Passage feat. Tokunbo
04. Live Your Life feat. Anaj
05. Wish The Beat To Never Stop feat. Omar
Kalimba Suite
06. Kalimba
07. Steely Dan
08. Transformation
Liberation Suite
09. Got To Go Where To Go feat. Anaj
10. Samba De Alfama feat. Anaj
11. Liberation feat. Anaj
12. You Are Everything feat. Krishnamurti
13. Never Let Me Go feat. Fatma Tazegül

Love makes the world go around. “two”, the second album by The Soul Session, is
full of love. Ralph Kiefer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer
from South Germany embarks on a stylistically diverse journey into Soul, Jazz,
Funk and World Music.
Being a highly respected session musician in the jazz as well as the crossover
scene, Kiefer made a serious impact in 2011 with “one”, the first Soul Session
album. “one” was built on a solid backbeat of Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, while “two”
now takes a step further into a spiritual and eclectic dimension. “Quantraversa”
featuring the voice of Las Vegas based neo-soul queen Georgia Anne Muldrow is
the mind- blowing opener of this album, a truly deep and intense rhythmic
statement. Quantraversa is a word which you will not find in any dictionary, but
that is not the point, says Ralph Kiefer. “This album is a journey to the inner self.
The recording process was like meditation. I often started with a loop, or an idea
for a melody. It evolved from there and I simply let it happen. When I involved the
lyricists and vocalists, my drafts sometimes took a completely different paths and
ended in something unexpected and beautifully new.”
“The Passage” is a prime example of Ralph Kiefer’s visionary working style. “I
mainly work with my mobile studio. Nowadays you can virtually record every
instrument in any place you like, you just need a good microphone. Some of my
guest vocalists also recorded their part in their own studio.” This way Tokunbo
Akinro, the voice of Tok Tok Tok, turned “The Passage” into a futuristic, haunting
soul tune. “Live Your Life”, introducing Anaj, works nicely as a kind of theme tune
for “two”. Here you have a lose groove which is tight at the same time, keeps in
control and simultaneously lets it loose. And then there’s “Wish The Beat To
Never Stop”. Ralph Kiefer is especially happy about this track. “I am a fan of Omar
since his first album on Talkin’ Loud, I am very proud that he contributed to my
album.” With his unique UK Soul stylings Omar fits perfectly to the brilliantly
understated and well-informed Soul Session sound.
It’s the two suites which are central to “two”. “Kalimba Suite” kicks off with a
stripped down piano, percussion and Kalimba session. Then “Steely Dan” gives it
away in its title, sounds like it will move straight into “Do It Again”, but then it does
not and turns into a funky Soul Session style instrumental jam. “Transformation” is
the perfect ending for “Kalimba Suite”, sticking with the Rhodes, bringing in more
synthesizers and getting quite cosmic. “Liberation Suite” has Anaj coming in
again. “Got To Go Where To Go” is pure bliss and funky fun. “Samba De Alfana”
is a spiritual and deep Brazilian, irresistible jazz-house dance floor mover. With a
motto like “Liberation for the nation” and a vocoder meeting a Caribbean style
“Funky Nassau” groove you will agree: “Open up your mind!”
“You Are Everything” uses a Horace Silver style piano motif, then adding the
sampled voice of philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti: “His philosophy is very central to
my creative process. In the troubled times we live in I think his message is more
relevant than ever. Without self-knowledge there is no basis for peaceful thought
and action.” Fatma Tazegül closes the album in taking “Never Let Me Go” to
another level with her soulful gospel voice. Think of the open mindedness and
global funk and fusion rhythm in the Seventies, but also of the Acid Jazz
movement during the Nineties and you get the picture of what “two” is about love,
peace, being true to yourself and getting involved.

Available from 22.09.2017

The Soul Session – Two (Gatefold 2LP+MP3)
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Image: 1610945 Agogo Records present the second edition of The Soul Session.

2LP
A1. Quantraversa feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow
A2. I Sun Shines Softly feat. Anaj
A3. The Passage feat. Tokunbo
B1. Wish The Beat To Never Stop feat. Omar
B2. Never Let Me Go feat. Fatma Tazegül
B3. Live Your Life feat. Anaj
C1. Kalimba
C2. Steely Dan
C3. Transformation
D1. Got To Go Where To Go feat. Anaj
D2. Samba De Alfama feat. Anaj
D3. Liberation feat. Anaj

Love makes the world go around. “two”, the second album by The Soul Session, is
full of love. Ralph Kiefer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer
from South Germany embarks on a stylistically diverse journey into Soul, Jazz,
Funk and World Music.
Being a highly respected session musician in the jazz as well as the crossover
scene, Kiefer made a serious impact in 2011 with “one”, the first Soul Session
album. “one” was built on a solid backbeat of Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, while “two”
now takes a step further into a spiritual and eclectic dimension. “Quantraversa”
featuring the voice of Las Vegas based neo-soul queen Georgia Anne Muldrow is
the mind- blowing opener of this album, a truly deep and intense rhythmic
statement. Quantraversa is a word which you will not find in any dictionary, but
that is not the point, says Ralph Kiefer. “This album is a journey to the inner self.
The recording process was like meditation. I often started with a loop, or an idea
for a melody. It evolved from there and I simply let it happen. When I involved the
lyricists and vocalists, my drafts sometimes took a completely different paths and
ended in something unexpected and beautifully new.”
“The Passage” is a prime example of Ralph Kiefer’s visionary working style. “I
mainly work with my mobile studio. Nowadays you can virtually record every
instrument in any place you like, you just need a good microphone. Some of my
guest vocalists also recorded their part in their own studio.” This way Tokunbo
Akinro, the voice of Tok Tok Tok, turned “The Passage” into a futuristic, haunting
soul tune. “Live Your Life”, introducing Anaj, works nicely as a kind of theme tune
for “two”. Here you have a lose groove which is tight at the same time, keeps in
control and simultaneously lets it loose. And then there’s “Wish The Beat To
Never Stop”. Ralph Kiefer is especially happy about this track. “I am a fan of Omar
since his first album on Talkin’ Loud, I am very proud that he contributed to my
album.” With his unique UK Soul stylings Omar fits perfectly to the brilliantly
understated and well-informed Soul Session sound.
It’s the two suites which are central to “two”. “Kalimba Suite” kicks off with a
stripped down piano, percussion and Kalimba session. Then “Steely Dan” gives it
away in its title, sounds like it will move straight into “Do It Again”, but then it does
not and turns into a funky Soul Session style instrumental jam. “Transformation” is
the perfect ending for “Kalimba Suite”, sticking with the Rhodes, bringing in more
synthesizers and getting quite cosmic. “Liberation Suite” has Anaj coming in
again. “Got To Go Where To Go” is pure bliss and funky fun. “Samba De Alfana”
is a spiritual and deep Brazilian, irresistible jazz-house dance floor mover. With a
motto like “Liberation for the nation” and a vocoder meeting a Caribbean style
“Funky Nassau” groove you will agree: “Open up your mind!”
“You Are Everything” uses a Horace Silver style piano motif, then adding the
sampled voice of philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti: “His philosophy is very central to
my creative process. In the troubled times we live in I think his message is more
relevant than ever. Without self-knowledge there is no basis for peaceful thought
and action.” Fatma Tazegül closes the album in taking “Never Let Me Go” to
another level with her soulful gospel voice. Think of the open mindedness and
global funk and fusion rhythm in the Seventies, but also of the Acid Jazz
movement during the Nineties and you get the picture of what “two” is about love,
peace, being true to yourself and getting involved.

Available from 22.09.2017

Nautilus – Nautiloid Quest
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nautilus – Nautiloid Quest

Image: 1610189 Agogo Records present the new album Nautiloid Quest from Japanese trio Nautilus.

Tracklisting CD:
01. We Live In Brooklyn Baby?
02. I.G.Y.?
03. Tom’s Diner feat. Mizuki Kamata?
04. Lady Day And John Coltrane
feat. Kei Owada
05. The Theme Of Nautilus?
06. Serengeti
?07. Nautilus?
08. Atlantis
?09. Our Journal?
10. Good Enough feat. Sara Yoshida
?11. Nautiloid Quest ?12. Bill’s Chill

NAUTILUS is a trio centered around drummer Toshiyuki Sasaki, formed in 2014
along with its Bassist Shigeki Umezawa and Keyboardist Daisuke Takeuchi.
Their distinctive style, which can be summarized as the modern rare groove,
embodies a mixture of jazz, funk, disco, soul and even hip hop. The conception of
NAUTILUS is drawn not only from the composition “Nautilus” written by Bob
James, but also from an American submarine that actually existed, thus
resembling their contemporary style that carries on the rare groove music of the
70s in an abyssal imagery.
Sasaki’s versatile, yet solid drumming combined with Umezawa’s full- bodied,
powerful bass and Takeuchi’s classically-trained prowess produces an
exceptional sound unique all on its own.
Available from 23.06.2017

Blay Ambolley – Ketan (180g/2LP+CD)
Friday, March 31st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Blay Ambolley – Ketan (180g/2LP+CD)

Image: 1609324 Blay Ambolley presents his new album Keta out in May on Agogo Records.

Tracklisting CD:
01. Afrika Yie?
02. Ma Play
?03. Ketan?
04. Walk 4 Ground
05. Teacher
06. Simigwa-Do?
07. It’s Alright?
08. I Don’t Know Why?
09. I Get Myself To Blame

Tracklisting 2LP:
A1. Afrika Yie
A2. Ma Play
B1. Simigwa-Do
B2. Ketan?
B3. Walk 4 Ground
C1. Teacher
C2. It’s Alright
D1. I Don’t Know Why?
D2. I Get Myself To Blame

Blay Ambolley, and his Sekondi Highlife Band (The Creator of Highlife/Afro/ Jazz Dance Music)
The Legendary Gyedu Blay Ambolley from Ghana, West Africa and his Sekondi Band has
29 music albums to his credit. The most recent album “The African Soul “was released in
2015 and still remains a hit for Highlife/Afro/Jazz dance music fans around the world.
Ambolley was born in the city of Sekondi-Takoradi, in the Western Region of Ghana, in
West Africa. The multi-talented, International, Ghanaian Musician celebrated his “Silver
Jubilee” in music in 1998. He taught himself to play the flute as a first instrument in his
early years of musical interest dating back to the age of eight, when he began playing with
his father’s flute. The young music enthusiast continued to learn the rudiments of music
from the late’ Sammy Lartey and Ebo Taylor. During the sixties, the young aspiring
musician was impressed with the music he heard on the popular radio show, “Voice of
America Jazz Hour.” That sixties show featured such jazz giants as Jimmy Smith, Max
Roach, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella
Fitzgerald and Billie Eckstie… all of whom became part of Ambolley’s early musical
experience.
This versatile, irrepressible singer, songwriter, producer and “musical- life-force” exploded
on the music scene in 1973 with a jazzy highlife sound called ‘SIMIGWA-DO’.
He has toured throughout West Africa, Europe, Canada, and the United States and has
performed on the same stage with some of the world’s most celebrated artistes such as,
Miriam Makeba of South Afrika, the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti of Nigeria, the late George
Howard, Angela Bofill, Norman Connors, Manu Dibango, Lakeside, Chikuzan Takahashi of
Japan, Ricardo Estrada of Cuba, Mayuto Correa of Brazil and toured Ghana with Oscar
Brashear and Michael Session. The celebrated musician has received numerous
prestigious awards, for example a lifetime achievement award and Inducted into the music
hall of fame by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in California and an
award from the Board of Supervisors and the City Council of the State of California for
bridging the gap between Africa and African American music. He also received a lifetime
achievement award at the Ghana Music Awards in 2013.
Very interesting: in June 2016 the Embassy in Washington DC awarded BLAY
AMBOLLEY for introducing the first ever commercially recorded rap style of music in
1973 and not the Sugar Hill Gang as the Guinness book of record says.
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley has crafted the ability to combine a unique sound and melody with
funny lyrics and dancing to his music as is well documented that “the genre of his music is
entertainingly elevating and spiritually inescapable”, such that its uniqueness transcends
all musical categories. Available from 12.05.2017

Blay Ambolley – Ketan
Friday, March 31st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Blay Ambolley – Ketan

Image: 1609323 Blay Ambolley presents his new album Keta out in May on Agogo Records.

Tracklisting CD:
01. Afrika Yie?
02. Ma Play
?03. Ketan?
04. Walk 4 Ground
05. Teacher
06. Simigwa-Do?
07. It’s Alright?
08. I Don’t Know Why?
09. I Get Myself To Blame

Blay Ambolley, and his Sekondi Highlife Band (The Creator of Highlife/Afro/ Jazz Dance Music)
The Legendary Gyedu Blay Ambolley from Ghana, West Africa and his Sekondi Band has
29 music albums to his credit. The most recent album “The African Soul “was released in
2015 and still remains a hit for Highlife/Afro/Jazz dance music fans around the world.
Ambolley was born in the city of Sekondi-Takoradi, in the Western Region of Ghana, in
West Africa. The multi-talented, International, Ghanaian Musician celebrated his “Silver
Jubilee” in music in 1998. He taught himself to play the flute as a first instrument in his
early years of musical interest dating back to the age of eight, when he began playing with
his father’s flute. The young music enthusiast continued to learn the rudiments of music
from the late’ Sammy Lartey and Ebo Taylor. During the sixties, the young aspiring
musician was impressed with the music he heard on the popular radio show, “Voice of
America Jazz Hour.” That sixties show featured such jazz giants as Jimmy Smith, Max
Roach, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella
Fitzgerald and Billie Eckstie… all of whom became part of Ambolley’s early musical
experience.
This versatile, irrepressible singer, songwriter, producer and “musical- life-force” exploded
on the music scene in 1973 with a jazzy highlife sound called ‘SIMIGWA-DO’.
He has toured throughout West Africa, Europe, Canada, and the United States and has
performed on the same stage with some of the world’s most celebrated artistes such as,
Miriam Makeba of South Afrika, the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti of Nigeria, the late George
Howard, Angela Bofill, Norman Connors, Manu Dibango, Lakeside, Chikuzan Takahashi of
Japan, Ricardo Estrada of Cuba, Mayuto Correa of Brazil and toured Ghana with Oscar
Brashear and Michael Session. The celebrated musician has received numerous
prestigious awards, for example a lifetime achievement award and Inducted into the music
hall of fame by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in California and an
award from the Board of Supervisors and the City Council of the State of California for
bridging the gap between Africa and African American music. He also received a lifetime
achievement award at the Ghana Music Awards in 2013.
Very interesting: in June 2016 the Embassy in Washington DC awarded BLAY
AMBOLLEY for introducing the first ever commercially recorded rap style of music in
1973 and not the Sugar Hill Gang as the Guinness book of record says.
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley has crafted the ability to combine a unique sound and melody with
funny lyrics and dancing to his music as is well documented that “the genre of his music is
entertainingly elevating and spiritually inescapable”, such that its uniqueness transcends
all musical categories. Available from 12.05.2017

Miramode Orchestra – Tumbler (180g)
Friday, January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Miramode Orchestra – Tumbler (180g)

Image: 1608228 Agogo records present the new album from Miramode Orchestra.

Tracklisting LP:
A1. Tumbler feat. Mara von Ferne
A2. Break Loose feat. Mara von Ferne
A3. The Sphere
A4. Hobo feat. Inèz Schäfer
B1. Night Song feat. Dan Freeman
B2. Mice In Kindergarten
B3. Group Structure
B4. Scrabble Around

A good concert is like a journey. When it starts you might not know what episodes await
you, but in your heart you can feel which direction it will take you in. The Miramode
Orchestra offers just this type of enriching, exhilarating experience. Although they
meander between coordinates including jazz, electronica and groove, the seven musicians
can never be tied down to a single musical location. The sound created by a four-man
rhythm section and three horn players is always flavoured by a certain ambition, but never
fails to let souls fly and get bodies sweating!
Their debut album “Restless City” announced the band as fans of both exploration and
experimentation. Why break down barriers when you can simply soar over them – after all,
they only exist in the mind. It is therefore no surprise that collaborations have already
included not only a range of artists more at home in genres such as hip hop, soul and
modern club culture, but also a string ensemble. The latter returned to the studio for the
band’s forthcoming album “Tumbler”, which is set for release in early 2017 on Agogo
Records. There is a noticeable shift towards more song-like structures: The vocals of Inèz
Schäfer, Dan Freeman, Mara von Ferne and the band’s keyboard player Eren Solak are
taking Tumbler to another level.
At times it is difficult not to hear a touch of Bon Iver, 4hero or Cinematic Orchestra. Yet just
as listeners are ready to slot a song into a pigeonhole, the Miramode Orchestra whisks
them away to a new, unexpected stop on their journey.
„One of Berlin’s most agile jazz projects“ – TAZ
„What an enjoyable music, just perfect for a Saturday evening.“ – Berliner Zeitung Available from 10.03.2017

Miramode Orchestra – Tumbler
Friday, January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Miramode Orchestra – Tumbler

Image: 1608231 Agogo records present the new album from Miramode Orchestra.

Tracklisting CD:
01. Tumbler feat. Mara von Ferne
02. Break Loose feat. Mara von Ferne
03. The Sphere
04. Mice In Kindergarten
05. Night Song feat. Dan Freeman
06. Group Structure
07. Loco One
08. Scrabble Around
09. Hobo feat. Inèz Schäfer

A good concert is like a journey. When it starts you might not know what episodes await
you, but in your heart you can feel which direction it will take you in. The Miramode
Orchestra offers just this type of enriching, exhilarating experience. Although they
meander between coordinates including jazz, electronica and groove, the seven musicians
can never be tied down to a single musical location. The sound created by a four-man
rhythm section and three horn players is always flavoured by a certain ambition, but never
fails to let souls fly and get bodies sweating!
Their debut album “Restless City” announced the band as fans of both exploration and
experimentation. Why break down barriers when you can simply soar over them – after all,
they only exist in the mind. It is therefore no surprise that collaborations have already
included not only a range of artists more at home in genres such as hip hop, soul and
modern club culture, but also a string ensemble. The latter returned to the studio for the
band’s forthcoming album “Tumbler”, which is set for release in early 2017 on Agogo
Records. There is a noticeable shift towards more song-like structures: The vocals of Inèz
Schäfer, Dan Freeman, Mara von Ferne and the band’s keyboard player Eren Solak are
taking Tumbler to another level.
At times it is difficult not to hear a touch of Bon Iver, 4hero or Cinematic Orchestra. Yet just
as listeners are ready to slot a song into a pigeonhole, the Miramode Orchestra whisks
them away to a new, unexpected stop on their journey.

„One of Berlin’s most agile jazz projects“ – TAZ
„What an enjoyable music, just perfect for a Saturday evening.“ – Berliner Zeitung Available from 10.03.2017

Linear John – Hits With A Twist (180g)
Friday, August 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Linear John – Hits With A Twist (180g)

Image: 1604950 Agogo Records present Hits With A Twist the debut album from Liner John.

LP Tracklisting :
A1. A Night On The Town
A2. Girl I Think About You All The Time
A3. Plates
A4. Any Which Way To Go
A5. When It Comes To Ladies
A6. Do You See What I See
B1. The Very Roots Of Ups & Downs
B2. Meanings In The Air
B3. You Either Had It (Or You Didn’t)
B4. Shaken & Disturbed
B5. Physically Involved

Trailer:
https://youtu.be/bUNl1X4pv7M

In this jungle of hustlers and cop-outs it’s the time to take over. Linear John’s debut album ‘Hits With A Twist’ is out now. It’s provocative and compelling. It’s eclectic without crashing down one musical barrier. Respect the tradition. This is an invitation to the world of peculiar sounds, odd time signatures and the forms you’ve never encountered before. Just when you thought that you’ve heard it all, Linear John comes out with his debut album, ‘Hits With A Twist’. In less than 45 minutes of playing time he manages to be tough in the night, quite romantic and more than eccentric while not forgetting his protective nature. These and many his other moods are found in ‘Hits With A Twist’, an album released by Agogo Records. ‘Hits With A Twist’,a stunning debut album contains eleven brand new songs created solely by Linear John©. He’s from anywhere you like and he sings and plays, Saxophones, analog synthesizers and everything in sight letting his band, The Raising Eyebrows, to take care of the rest. A man with many tasks to complete. He’s been surrounded by mysteries and now, for the first time, he’s ready to take you along into his inner musical worlds. This is the showing where it should be at. Linear John likes to do things his way. It’s the way of going forward, towards the complete synthesis of all influences he’s received. And of course, always leaving chance a chance. This is a new must. Linear John debut album is coming to your smart phones and if you’ve been smart enough, it’s also coming to your record players

Watch out and you’ll get ‘Hits With A Twist’ and they have never felt so good.

Available from 16.09.2016

Linear John – Hits With A Twist
Friday, August 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Linear John – Hits With A Twist

Image: 1604949 Agogo Records present Hits With A Twist the debut album from Liner John.

CD Tracklisting :
01. A Night On The Town
02. Girl I Think About You All The Time
03. Plates
04. Any Which Way To Go
05. When It Comes To Ladies
06. Do You See What I See
07. The Very Roots Of Ups & Downs
08. Meanings In The Air
09. You Either Had It (Or You Didn’t)
10. Shaken & Disturbed
11. Physically Involved

Trailer:
https://youtu.be/bUNl1X4pv7M

In this jungle of hustlers and cop-outs it’s the time to take over. Linear John’s debut album ‘Hits With A Twist’ is out now. It’s provocative and compelling. It’s eclectic without crashing down one musical barrier. Respect the tradition. This is an invitation to the world of peculiar sounds, odd time signatures and the forms you’ve never encountered before. Just when you thought that you’ve heard it all, Linear John comes out with his debut album, ‘Hits With A Twist’. In less than 45 minutes of playing time he manages to be tough in the night, quite romantic and more than eccentric while not forgetting his protective nature. These and many his other moods are found in ‘Hits With A Twist’, an album released by Agogo Records. ‘Hits With A Twist’,a stunning debut album contains eleven brand new songs created solely by Linear John©. He’s from anywhere you like and he sings and plays, Saxophones, analog synthesizers and everything in sight letting his band, The Raising Eyebrows, to take care of the rest. A man with many tasks to complete. He’s been surrounded by mysteries and now, for the first time, he’s ready to take you along into his inner musical worlds. This is the showing where it should be at. Linear John likes to do things his way. It’s the way of going forward, towards the complete synthesis of all influences he’s received. And of course, always leaving chance a chance. This is a new must. Linear John debut album is coming to your smart phones and if you’ve been smart enough, it’s also coming to your record players

Watch out and you’ll get ‘Hits With A Twist’ and they have never felt so good.

Available from 16.09.2016

Manuel Volpe & Rhabdomantic Orchestra – Albore (180g)
Friday, January 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Manuel Volpe & Rhabdomantic Orchestra – Albore (180g)

Image: 1601035 Manuel Volpe & Rhabdomantic Orchestra are back on Agogo Records with their new album Albore.

LP Tracklisting :
A1. Albore
A2. Atlante
A3. Basrah
A4. Nostril
A5. Maatkara
B1. Betel
B1. Rhabdomancy
B3. Reveal
B4. Whorf
B5. Wheat Field

A few minutes before the dawn, there is an instant where a soft dim light rends the horizon
eastwards and the night prepares to share the heavens with the coming morning. In Italian
this feeble glow is called “albore” and it also means the beginning of something.
“Albore” is a record about an initiation, a spiritual journey that drives the listener into an
hypnotic and evocative world made of Yoruba polyrhythms, Middle Eastern impressions,
spiritual jazz drifts, Ethiopian groove vibes and afrobeat-like brass sections. It is a mix of
different sonic landscapes where the instruments of Volpe’s orchestra weave a texture of
voices into a sort of magical realism. These 10 compositions pay tribute to John Lurie’s late
work, the spiritual jazz of Pharoah Sanders and the ethnomusical studies of Lloyd Miller.
Written and arranged by Manuel Volpe, the album is ably supported by an excellent
production team made up of Massimiliano Moccia, Andrea Scardovi, Kelly Hibbert and
Volpe himself under the fine supervision of afro-jazz-fusion expert Andrea Benini (Mop
Mop).
Biography
Manuel Volpe (born in 1988) is a composer, producer and musician from Jesi, Italy. He
started studying music at the age of 11. Early fascinated by jazz and world music he began
to explore these languages with different bands and projects.
In 2013 he released his first album entitled “Gloom Lies Beside Me As I Turn My Face
Towards The Light” (Goatman Records / A Buzz Supreme). Mainly inspired by folk music
and the music of the South of Italy, the album was greeted with great favor by the main
italian magazines which have underlined the fine writing and arrangement skills of Volpe.
In 2014 he found the Rhabdomantic Orchestra, an open collective of musicians based in
Turin.
Personnel:
Manuel Volpe: vocals, bass, guitars, percussions / Simone Pozzi: drums, percussions /
Luca Spena: percussions / Gianandrea Cravero: guitars / Fabio Gorlier: piano, rhodes /
Maurizio Busca: clarinet, alto sax / Dario Terzuolo: flute, tenor sax / Michele Bernabei:
trumpet, flugelhorn / Luca Zennaro: baritone sax / Lisa Luminari: vocals / Matteo Frau:
trumpet / Riccardo Trasselli: doublebass / Cecil Delzant: violin / Lucia Sacerdoni: cello

www.manuelvolpe.it Available from 11.03.2016

Manuel Volpe & Rhabdomantic Orchestra – Albore
Friday, January 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Manuel Volpe & Rhabdomantic Orchestra – Albore

Image: 1601034 Manuel Volpe & Rhabdomantic Orchestra are back on Agogo Records with their new album Albore.

Tracklisting :
01. Albore
02. Atlante
03. Basrah
04. Nostril
05. Maatkara
06. Betel
07. Rhabdomancy
08. Reveal
09. Whorf
10. Wheat Field

A few minutes before the dawn, there is an instant where a soft dim light rends the horizon
eastwards and the night prepares to share the heavens with the coming morning. In Italian
this feeble glow is called “albore” and it also means the beginning of something.
“Albore” is a record about an initiation, a spiritual journey that drives the listener into an
hypnotic and evocative world made of Yoruba polyrhythms, Middle Eastern impressions,
spiritual jazz drifts, Ethiopian groove vibes and afrobeat-like brass sections. It is a mix of
different sonic landscapes where the instruments of Volpe’s orchestra weave a texture of
voices into a sort of magical realism. These 10 compositions pay tribute to John Lurie’s late
work, the spiritual jazz of Pharoah Sanders and the ethnomusical studies of Lloyd Miller.
Written and arranged by Manuel Volpe, the album is ably supported by an excellent
production team made up of Massimiliano Moccia, Andrea Scardovi, Kelly Hibbert and
Volpe himself under the fine supervision of afro-jazz-fusion expert Andrea Benini (Mop
Mop).
Biography
Manuel Volpe (born in 1988) is a composer, producer and musician from Jesi, Italy. He
started studying music at the age of 11. Early fascinated by jazz and world music he began
to explore these languages with different bands and projects.
In 2013 he released his first album entitled “Gloom Lies Beside Me As I Turn My Face
Towards The Light” (Goatman Records / A Buzz Supreme). Mainly inspired by folk music
and the music of the South of Italy, the album was greeted with great favor by the main
italian magazines which have underlined the fine writing and arrangement skills of Volpe.
In 2014 he found the Rhabdomantic Orchestra, an open collective of musicians based in
Turin.
Personnel:
Manuel Volpe: vocals, bass, guitars, percussions / Simone Pozzi: drums, percussions /
Luca Spena: percussions / Gianandrea Cravero: guitars / Fabio Gorlier: piano, rhodes /
Maurizio Busca: clarinet, alto sax / Dario Terzuolo: flute, tenor sax / Michele Bernabei:
trumpet, flugelhorn / Luca Zennaro: baritone sax / Lisa Luminari: vocals / Matteo Frau:
trumpet / Riccardo Trasselli: doublebass / Cecil Delzant: violin / Lucia Sacerdoni: cello

www.manuelvolpe.it Available from 11.03.2016

Hidden Jazz Quartett – Raw And Cooked
Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hidden Jazz Quartett – Raw And Cooked

Image: 1600048 Agogo Records present Raw And Cooked a reissue of the debut album from Hidden Jazz Quartett.

CD Tracklisting :
01. Luvlite feat. Bajka
02. High Heels feat. Omar
03. His Footlocker
04. Tap On The Backdoor feat. Greg Blackman
05. Soulosophy feat. Bajka
06. Kimberley Hotel feat. Anthony Joseph
07. Wälzer
08. Nardis
09. Lush Life feat. Tim Hollingsworth
10. Luvlite (Instrumental Version)
11. Luvlite feat. Bajka (Jon Kennedy Remix)
12. High Heels feat. Omar (Lack Of Afro Remix)

The debut album by the Hidden Jazz Quartett is bringing on something special. „Coming
with a strong flow, and continue to grow,“ Gang Starr said in „Jazz Thing“, and that’s
exactly what „Raw & Cooked“ is about. Here we have it: A group of fantastic players, a
strong idea of what the music should sound like and a sense of togetherness. „Raw &
Cooked“ is past, present and future combined.
„The idea of the Hidden Jazz Quartett came naturally,“ Ralf Zitzmann, mastermind of
production behind the eclectic sounds of the Hidden Jazz Quartett as well as head of
Agogo Records plus one of the most respected elder statesmen of the German club scene
says. „One night, while our Calamari Moon club in Hannover was cooking and the DJs were
spinning spicy jazz sounds I thought: It sounds so fresh and vibrant like there’s a jazz
quartet hidden somewhere behind the curtain!“ Said and done, Zitzmann took the phone
and rang Stephan Abel (Saxophones), Lutz “Hammond” Krajenski (Hammond, Keys),
Matthias “Maze” Meusel (drums) and Olaf Casimir (bass), all well travelled as well as well
known jazz musicians around the country and the Hidden Jazz Quartett was born. In comes
producer Christian Decker (Fury In The Slaughterhouse), a man with the necessary skills
and ears to create a boombastic jazz style.
„Raw & Cooked“ kicks off with the seductive „Luvlite“, a smooth modern R&B-meets-soul
tune enlightened by the voice of Bajka (Radio Citizen, Bonobo, Dalindeo). UK modern soul
legend Omar then digs deep with the ultra-cool „High Heels“, which has been out as a HJQ
vinyl 7inch release in 2012 and is sold out long since. After that it is time for the quartet to
swing. „The Footlocker“ is pure Camden Dingwalls Acid Jazz joy, like 1988 never
happened.
„Tap On The Backdoor“ sees Greg Blackman (Featurecast, Renegades Of Jazz) get on the
good foot with a straightforward soul mover before Bajka takes it back to nitty gritty with
„Soulsophy“. Enter Anthony Joseph, born in Trinidad and one of the major Afro-meets-
Poetry voices of our time. „Kimberley Hotel“ is a kind of Last Poets vs. Hustler’s Convention
excursion translated for our times. HJQ offer a well crafted, late Sixties, early Seventies
Blaxploitation sound before they go ‘Masterblaster’ jammin’ in “Nardis” and very European
in the mystical instrumental „Wälzer“, which actually was their first release in 2010 on a
limited edition 10“ vinyl.
Rounding up „Raw & Cooked“ is Tim Hollingsworth with an almost spoken word late night
jazz standard called „Lush Life“. This could well be the theme tune for the Hidden Jazz
Quartett, exemplified by the bonus versions of „Luvlite“ („Instrumental“ and the Jon
Kennedy remix). Lets not forget the Lack Of Afro version of „High Heels“, who delivers
electric Boogaloo fun galore. “This album is a like a dream come true,” Ralf Zitzmann
smiles. “With ‘Raw & Cooked’ nothing has been rushed. It is like with a good meal and a
great wine. You have to let things loose and have them find their own way.”
There is all you need in “Raw & Cooked”: expert musicianship, an honest message of
peace & love and a great spirit. Get on down with the Hidden Jazz Quartett.

The Band:
Stephan Abel – saxophones
Olaf Casimir – bass
Lutz Krajenski – hammond & keys
Maze Meusel – drums
Ulle Rode – guitar
Christian Decker – production
Ralf Zitzmann – production

Available from 29.01.2016

Hidden Jazz Quartett – Raw And Cooked (Gatefold + CD)
Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hidden Jazz Quartett – Raw And Cooked (Gatefold + CD)

Image: 1600049 Agogo Records present Raw And Cooked a reissue of the debut album from Hidden Jazz Quartett.

DLP Tracklisting :
A1. High Heels feat. Omar
A2. His Footlocker
A3. Tap On The Backdoor feat. Greg Blackman
B1. Kimberley Hotel feat. Anthony Joseph
B2. Soulosophy feat. Bajka
B3. Wälzer
C1. Luvlite feat. Bajka
C2. Nardis
C3. Lush Life feat. Tim Hollingsworth
D1. High Heels feat. Omar (Lack Of Afro Remix)
D2. Luvlite feat. Bajka (Jon Kennedy Remix)
D3. Luvlite (Instrumental Version)

CD Tracklisting :
01. Luvlite feat. Bajka
02. High Heels feat. Omar
03. His Footlocker
04. Tap On The Backdoor feat. Greg Blackman
05. Soulosophy feat. Bajka
06. Kimberley Hotel feat. Anthony Joseph
07. Wälzer
08. Nardis
09. Lush Life feat. Tim Hollingsworth
10. Luvlite (Instrumental Version)
11. Luvlite feat. Bajka (Jon Kennedy Remix)
12. High Heels feat. Omar (Lack Of Afro Remix)

The debut album by the Hidden Jazz Quartett is bringing on something special. „Coming
with a strong flow, and continue to grow,“ Gang Starr said in „Jazz Thing“, and that’s
exactly what „Raw & Cooked“ is about. Here we have it: A group of fantastic players, a
strong idea of what the music should sound like and a sense of togetherness. „Raw &
Cooked“ is past, present and future combined.
„The idea of the Hidden Jazz Quartett came naturally,“ Ralf Zitzmann, mastermind of
production behind the eclectic sounds of the Hidden Jazz Quartett as well as head of
Agogo Records plus one of the most respected elder statesmen of the German club scene
says. „One night, while our Calamari Moon club in Hannover was cooking and the DJs were
spinning spicy jazz sounds I thought: It sounds so fresh and vibrant like there’s a jazz
quartet hidden somewhere behind the curtain!“ Said and done, Zitzmann took the phone
and rang Stephan Abel (Saxophones), Lutz “Hammond” Krajenski (Hammond, Keys),
Matthias “Maze” Meusel (drums) and Olaf Casimir (bass), all well travelled as well as well
known jazz musicians around the country and the Hidden Jazz Quartett was born. In comes
producer Christian Decker (Fury In The Slaughterhouse), a man with the necessary skills
and ears to create a boombastic jazz style.
„Raw & Cooked“ kicks off with the seductive „Luvlite“, a smooth modern R&B-meets-soul
tune enlightened by the voice of Bajka (Radio Citizen, Bonobo, Dalindeo). UK modern soul
legend Omar then digs deep with the ultra-cool „High Heels“, which has been out as a HJQ
vinyl 7inch release in 2012 and is sold out long since. After that it is time for the quartet to
swing. „The Footlocker“ is pure Camden Dingwalls Acid Jazz joy, like 1988 never
happened.
„Tap On The Backdoor“ sees Greg Blackman (Featurecast, Renegades Of Jazz) get on the
good foot with a straightforward soul mover before Bajka takes it back to nitty gritty with
„Soulsophy“. Enter Anthony Joseph, born in Trinidad and one of the major Afro-meets-
Poetry voices of our time. „Kimberley Hotel“ is a kind of Last Poets vs. Hustler’s Convention
excursion translated for our times. HJQ offer a well crafted, late Sixties, early Seventies
Blaxploitation sound before they go ‘Masterblaster’ jammin’ in “Nardis” and very European
in the mystical instrumental „Wälzer“, which actually was their first release in 2010 on a
limited edition 10“ vinyl.
Rounding up „Raw & Cooked“ is Tim Hollingsworth with an almost spoken word late night
jazz standard called „Lush Life“. This could well be the theme tune for the Hidden Jazz
Quartett, exemplified by the bonus versions of „Luvlite“ („Instrumental“ and the Jon
Kennedy remix). Lets not forget the Lack Of Afro version of „High Heels“, who delivers
electric Boogaloo fun galore. “This album is a like a dream come true,” Ralf Zitzmann
smiles. “With ‘Raw & Cooked’ nothing has been rushed. It is like with a good meal and a
great wine. You have to let things loose and have them find their own way.”
There is all you need in “Raw & Cooked”: expert musicianship, an honest message of
peace & love and a great spirit. Get on down with the Hidden Jazz Quartett.

The Band:
Stephan Abel – saxophones
Olaf Casimir – bass
Lutz Krajenski – hammond & keys
Maze Meusel – drums
Ulle Rode – guitar
Christian Decker – production
Ralf Zitzmann – production

Available from 29.01.2016

Frameworks (Ft. QNC) – Back To The Music/Classic (Renegades of Jazz RMX)
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Frameworks (Ft. QNC) – Back To The Music/Classic (Renegades of Jazz RMX)

Image: 1595005 After the success of their first single on Hero Records, ‘Ain’t No Use’ , Manchester producer Frameworks (aka Matt Brewer) and legendary New York MCs QNC (aka Q-Ball and Curt Cazal) return with the brand new soul-tinged head-nooder, ‘Back To The Music’. Backed with the funk-fuelled Renegades of Jazz remix of their, ahem, classic tune ‘Classic’this double-sider updates old school hip hop values for 2015.

QNC should need no introduction but if you have been hiding under a rock for the last 25 years then they have released a bagful of singles on seminal labels such as Gee Street , D&D and Chopped Herring as well as the album “Dynamic Duo” on Grand Central and have been featured on releases by the likes of Aim and Rae & Christian. Not forgetting Curt Cazal’s former group, the highly influential, JVC FORCE of ‘Strong Island’ fame.

Frameworks has released the downtempo ‘Vanish’ and ‘Old Friend’ EPs on First Word Records featuring vocalists such as Kathrin DeBoer from Belleruche and Island Records’ JP Cooper as well a couple of albums from his ‘Brickbuilders’ project alongside BluRum 13 (One Self) on My First Moth. He is currently finishing his debut solo album release for First Word Records.

Renegades of Jazz (aka David Hanke aka Little Trooper aka one half of Mash & Munkee) has just released the single ‘Fire’ featuring Aspects and his second album ‘Paradide Lost’ on Agogo Records and has remixed the likes of Brownout, Chris Read, Skeewiff, Colman Brothers, Jungle Fire, Nick Pride & The Pimptones, Weekend Sun, Daytoner, Herma Puma and, well just about everyone!

Tracklisting
1. Back To The Music (feat. QNC)
2. Classic (Renegades of Jazz Remix) [feat. QNC] Available from 06.02.2015

Cookin’ On 3 Burners – Blind Bet
Thursday, August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Cookin’ On 3 Burners – Blind Bet

Image: 1590657 Es ist schwer zu glauben, dass schon fünf Jahre vergangen sind, seit Cookin’ On 3 Burners ihr unglaubliches Album “Soul Messin” veröffentlicht haben. Darauf war u.a. ihre Crossover-Hit-Single “This Girl” enthalten, die als 45 Single verrückte Preise unter Plattensammlern erzielt. Das lange Warten hat sich jedoch gelohnt, denn auf “Blind Bet” spielt die Band eines der besten, zeitgenössischen Soul-Jazz- & Funk-Alben mit einer erstaunlichen Produktion ein. Das Album ist sehr abwechslungsreich und vielseitig und bietet fantastische Gastauftritte von Leuten wie dem internationalen Chartstürmer Daniel Merriweather, Kylie Auldist neben Mark Ronson und einer langen Liste von ‘Movers & Shakers’.

Reaktionen:
“LOVE IT. ‘Losin Streak’ is already my tune of the year, lovely varied soulful album, looking forward to spending more time with it …” – Flevans (Tru Thoughts/JTP)
“Been a fan of this band for a good few years, so excited to see a new release!” – The Herbaliser
“A damn fine raw Soul album these days! Lovely songwriting and great sound overall, good to see they are back!” – Renegades Of Jazz (Agogo Records)
“It’s about time! The long wait between releases has certainly been worth the wait. Fabulous production, deep grooves, and tremendous vocals – just what we’ve come to expect from one of the top sou-jazz/funk acts working in any hemisphere.” – Christopher Lawyer (88.1 KDHX FM) Available from 25.07.2014

Mop Mop – Remixed
Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mop Mop – Remixed

Image: 1585432 Here we go with the first treatments on two songs of Mop Mop ‘s “Isle Of Magic” album
which has been a massive grower after its release in March 2013.
first remix was done by Mr Raoul K who is well known for his productions that mixes
original African instruments with Techno and Deep House. His releases spreaded
his unique sound over the world with great acclaim from Gilles Peterson, Joe Claussel
and many other DJs. His 12 min epic rework is full of psychedelic elements, hypnotic
grooves and african percussions. Gilles Peterson already supported this one on his
Worldwide show.
Young prodigy of good music, DJ & producer Simbad has become – while making 3
albums and more than 200 productions & remixes – one of the most demanded beatmakers
in today’s electronic scene. Simbad brings Mop Mop’s “Kamakumba” into a
killer dancefloor tune full of dub elements and tight beats. The original version of
“Kamakumba” has been “Today’s Top Tune” on the legendary “KCRW” radio.
French producer and DJ iZem started writing music during a 6 year-long musical adventure
through Brazil, Spain, Argentina and Ireland. Now based in Lisbon, his unique
hybrid sound joins the dots between cutting-edge beatmaking and post-tropical influences.
His remix is a mid tempo funk pearl with refined Jazz and Hip-Hop elements.
MASTERING AND CUT @ DUBPLATES & MASTERING / BERLIN

A1 – Let I Go Feat. Anthony Joseph (Mr Raoul K’s Version) 12:29
B1 – Kamakumba (Simbad Dub) 5:32
B2 – Kamakumba (iZem Remix) 4:45

Weblinks http://www.agogo-records.com facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mopmopofficial
agogo records: http://shop.agogo-records.com/album/mop-mop-remixed-a-tropical-reconstruction

STREAMING PLAYER
https://soundcloud.com /k7-records/sets/mop-mop-remixed-ar064vl/s-NbLmn Available from 22.11.2013

Izem – Hafa
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Izem – Hafa

Image: 1606559 Journeyman, DJ, radio presenter, beat raconteur – it’s been hard to keep up with all of iZem‘s movements lately. The innovative Lisbon-based French producer has been hard at work on his debut LP Hafa, exploring the sounds of Latin America and North Africa in a vivid analogue-digital, genre-defying soundscape that is sure to leave your head spinning. Inspired by cultural greats like Jack Kerouac, Paul Bowles, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Matisse, iZem spent time soaking up the atmosphere at the inspiring Café Hafa, an idyllic cliff-top joint overlooking the strait of Gibraltar, in Tangier, Morocco, which has formed a golden backdrop to his debut LP. Brimming with soulful exoticism, personal narratives and adventurous collaborators, Hafa has been an experiment in taking on the afro-centric sounds of his journey to-date by incorporating modern, introspective songwriting and hybrid beats.

Often writing music whilst crossing continents, the only place iZem allows dust to settle is in the heart, heat and rhythms of his local-global future sounds. A decade of nomadism between Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Ireland and Portugal made way for a series of critically acclaimed EP’s and remixes for Soundway, GAMM, Far Out, Agogo, ZZK records, Wah Wah 45s, and Mais Um Discos. Arrival on the global, forward-thinking, artistically leftfield scene was predicted by Gilles Peterson, XLR8R, Okay Player and fellow tropical hed Quantic. iZem is an acronym for “In Ze Early Morning” and his debut album “Hafa” evokes new days dawning in far-off lands and stirring horizons of the present. So if you aren’t hearing iZem’s pastiche of future tropical rhythms and organic grooves on stations such as BBC, KCRW or Funkhaus Europa, then make sure you you catch him raising the dance floor temperature on one continent or another.

Tracklist:

A1. Sadeo
A2. Water
A3. Quiver
A4. L’Horloge
B1. Agua Viva
B2. Kulala
B3. Seasons
B4. Wind, Sand and Stars

https://soundcloud.com/soundway-records/izem-agua-viva Available from 21.10.2016

Opez – Dead Dance
Friday, April 24th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Opez – Dead Dance

Image: 1596205 Opez are back with their new album Dead Dance.

Describing their style as “Latin Desert & Funeral Party” music, Opez clearly go their own special way.
But listen to the debut album “Dead Dance” and you will find that this path is quite an exciting one. Set
in a haunting environment of acoustic instruments and an expertly stylish production, the twelve songs
recorded by duo Massi Amadori and Francesco Tappi are a journey into a twilight world of emotion and
imagination.
If you take an off-road trip to the region north of Perugia and south of Firenze, west of Livorno and east
of San Marino you will find a number of little recording studios. This is Italy’s heartland you pass
through when you travel down from Milano towards Rome. It is exactly here where multi
instrumentalists Massi Amadori (guitars, slide guitar, percussions, ukulele, freeze sound & harmonium)
and Francesco Tappi (double bass, bows, whistle) recorded „Dead Dance“. Les Paul or Django
Reinhardt immediately come into mind during a first listen, even the Mississippi Delta blues sound or
Billy Vaughn’s happy orchestral sound being turned completely upside down. But “Dead Dance” has its
own individual melancholy, a lonely sound supervised by Italian afro-jazz-fusion expert Andrea Benini
of Mop Mop, not too far away from Angelo Badalamenti’s mysterious soundscapes for David Lynch’s
„Twin Peaks“ series, especially on the dark and entangling “Sanfisa”.
With additional musicians like the two percussionists and drummers Fabio Paglierani, an expert in dub
who brings a echoing twist to the sultry groove of “Adriatica” and the first single and video “Carlos
Primero” or Fabio “Mocambo” Tozzi who puts “Estelita”, “Diavolanza”, “Malinco” and “Libre” into an
authentic Fifties environment “Dead Dance” is a band affair. The vocals of Annalisa Bartolini (“Carlos
Primero” and “Sangoda”) as well as Dimitri “Didi” Mazzs (“Malinco”) add to the complete picture. As
Opez have been very strict about their acoustic appearance, the more they are happy now about the
result, „Tristu“ with its folk textures followed by the near tex-mex balladry of „Corolla” are two of the
many highlights on “Dead Dance”. They were cut directly to tape, no overdubs or long mixing sessions
involved. This is why “Dead Dance” sounds very spiritual, almost out of the real world: „To be honest,
we would love to play our music in churches. We are not your normal type of rock band, you know“,
says Massi Amadori, who is the main songwriter in the duo and responsible for all compositions on the
album. Although “Dead Dance” sometimes feels reminiscent of the Cowboy Junkies’ romantic
Americana or Los Lobos’ truthful adaption of traditional cumbia or bolero, “we see ourselves as very
Italian, very local.”
The stunning artwork and the accompanying video were created by Aimone Marziali who is also one of
the producers responsible for the sonically enhanced “Balera Del Mar”, the closing tune on the album.
Creating a mixture of the classic pre-Raphaelite drawings by 19th century painter Dante Gabriel
Rossetti and what George Yepes did for Los Lobos on their „La Pistola Y El Corazón.“ album, Marziali
is an integral part of the Opez cosmos. „Of course, the artwork is a crucial to what we want to achieve,”
adds Amadori. “Our music is very visual, very sensual and emotional. It is not only about an acoustic
experience but it appeals to all senses.”

Tracklisting
01. Carlos Primero
02. Malinco
03. Estelita
04. Adriatica
05. Libre
06. Dead Dance
07. Diavolenza
08. Sangoda
09. Tristu
10. Corolla
11. Baleara De Mar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsDz2lHjiDg&feature=youtu.be

http://www.agogo-records.com/ Available from 05.06.2015

Opez – Dead Dance (180g / Gatefold)
Friday, April 24th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Opez – Dead Dance (180g / Gatefold)

Image: 1596206 Opez are back with their new album Dead Dance.

Describing their style as “Latin Desert & Funeral Party” music, Opez clearly go their own special way.
But listen to the debut album “Dead Dance” and you will find that this path is quite an exciting one. Set
in a haunting environment of acoustic instruments and an expertly stylish production, the twelve songs
recorded by duo Massi Amadori and Francesco Tappi are a journey into a twilight world of emotion and
imagination.
If you take an off-road trip to the region north of Perugia and south of Firenze, west of Livorno and east
of San Marino you will find a number of little recording studios. This is Italy’s heartland you pass
through when you travel down from Milano towards Rome. It is exactly here where multi
instrumentalists Massi Amadori (guitars, slide guitar, percussions, ukulele, freeze sound & harmonium)
and Francesco Tappi (double bass, bows, whistle) recorded „Dead Dance“. Les Paul or Django
Reinhardt immediately come into mind during a first listen, even the Mississippi Delta blues sound or
Billy Vaughn’s happy orchestral sound being turned completely upside down. But “Dead Dance” has its
own individual melancholy, a lonely sound supervised by Italian afro-jazz-fusion expert Andrea Benini
of Mop Mop, not too far away from Angelo Badalamenti’s mysterious soundscapes for David Lynch’s
„Twin Peaks“ series, especially on the dark and entangling “Sanfisa”.
With additional musicians like the two percussionists and drummers Fabio Paglierani, an expert in dub
who brings a echoing twist to the sultry groove of “Adriatica” and the first single and video “Carlos
Primero” or Fabio “Mocambo” Tozzi who puts “Estelita”, “Diavolanza”, “Malinco” and “Libre” into an
authentic Fifties environment “Dead Dance” is a band affair. The vocals of Annalisa Bartolini (“Carlos
Primero” and “Sangoda”) as well as Dimitri “Didi” Mazzs (“Malinco”) add to the complete picture. As
Opez have been very strict about their acoustic appearance, the more they are happy now about the
result, „Tristu“ with its folk textures followed by the near tex-mex balladry of „Corolla” are two of the
many highlights on “Dead Dance”. They were cut directly to tape, no overdubs or long mixing sessions
involved. This is why “Dead Dance” sounds very spiritual, almost out of the real world: „To be honest,
we would love to play our music in churches. We are not your normal type of rock band, you know“,
says Massi Amadori, who is the main songwriter in the duo and responsible for all compositions on the
album. Although “Dead Dance” sometimes feels reminiscent of the Cowboy Junkies’ romantic
Americana or Los Lobos’ truthful adaption of traditional cumbia or bolero, “we see ourselves as very
Italian, very local.”
The stunning artwork and the accompanying video were created by Aimone Marziali who is also one of
the producers responsible for the sonically enhanced “Balera Del Mar”, the closing tune on the album.
Creating a mixture of the classic pre-Raphaelite drawings by 19th century painter Dante Gabriel
Rossetti and what George Yepes did for Los Lobos on their „La Pistola Y El Corazón.“ album, Marziali
is an integral part of the Opez cosmos. „Of course, the artwork is a crucial to what we want to achieve,”
adds Amadori. “Our music is very visual, very sensual and emotional. It is not only about an acoustic
experience but it appeals to all senses.”

Tracklisting LP:
A1. Carlos Primero
A2. Malinco
A3. Estelita
A4. Adriatica
A5. Libre
B1. Dead Dance
B2. Diavolenza
B3. Sangoda
B4. Tristu
B5. Corolla
B6. Baleara De Mar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsDz2lHjiDg&feature=youtu.be

http://www.agogo-records.com/ Available from 05.06.2015

Sola Rosa – Magnetics
Friday, April 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sola Rosa – Magnetics

Image: 1594506 Sola Rosa is back with their sixth album Magnetics.

A1. Inspired featuring Noah Slee
A2. Can We Get It Together featuring Noah Slee
A3. Get Your Move Gone featuring Sharlene Hector
A4. Right On Time featuring Tawiah
A5. Roots And Culture featuring Kevin Mark Trail

B1. Til The Sun feat. Jordan Rakei
B2. Young The Giant featuring Noah Slee, Melowdownz & Bailey Wiley
B3. Both Of Us featuring Kevin Mark Trail
B4. Too Long In The Sun featuring Oliver Daysoul
B5. Never Too Far featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow

VIDEO – SOLA ROSA „Both Of Us“ feat. Kevin Mark Trail: http://youtu.be/0LQie_ZYWhw

Sola Rosa’s Magnetics was chosen for “iTunes Best of 2014” R&B album and entered the album
charts on #10 !
Sola Rosa’s sixth album Magnetics sees the band introduce a glorious assortment of fresh new
vocalists from all over the globe. Noah Slee (NZ) released his ‘Mix Tape’ EP in 2013 to critical
acclaim and has toured with many artists including renowned neo-soul artist Jill Scott, young upandcoming
singer/songwriter and Soundcloud phenomenon Jordan Rakei (AUS), BRIT School
graduate Tawiah (UK) was first introduced to Spraggon via the attention of Gilles Peterson, who
championed her song ‘Watch Out’ in 2007 and also named her the winner of his Worldwide
Award for Best Newcomer the following year, Kevin Mark Trail (UK) features on three tracks after
being recommended in the aftermath of an exceptional performance in the UK, Stones Throw
Records’ singer and beatmaker Georgia Anne Muldrow (US) has been on Spraggon’s wish list
ever since he heard collaborations with the likes of Eric Lau, Madlib and Sa-R, PPP and Erykah
Badu, and long time best friend of both Trail and Mathieson Sharlene Hector (UK) has worked
with too many artists to mention and currently sings with Basement Jaxx.
“Sola Rosa’s Magnetics is solid – a great album to have on repeat at the backyard this summer.” –
Rachel Bache, NZ Herald
Sola Rosa continue to experiment and evolve, which is a true testament to their success over the
years. From his humble beginnings experimenting with a 4-track recorder at the ripe age of 19,
Sola Rosa frontman Andrew Spraggon has cultivated over 15 years of rich and well-crafted
melodic beats. Fusing a rotating mix of hip-hop, jazz, reggae, latin, neo-soul and funk topped with
an assortment of diverse vocalists, Sola Rosa have released five critically acclaimed long
players to date.
The latest construct of this collective sees this five-piece strip away their collaborations with an
array of session musicians, choosing instead to record together as a complete band, which has
allowed them to enjoy a more simple and methodical creative process.
The album was mixed in Queenstown by Josh Thorne aka DJ Alias. Analog mastering was once
again undertaken by Ricardo Gutierrez in NYC . Some of his credits include Madonna, Just Blaze,
Drake, The Rolling Stones and John Legend.
Currently Sola Rosa is made up of five key individuals. Matt Short joined Sola Rosa in 2004 as an
incredibly accomplished session player, who has previously played with the Opensouls, Tyra &
The Tornadoes and Vietnam War. Ben White an accomplished jazz guitarist followed suit in 2007.
Vocalist, producer and MAINZ teacher Cherie Mathieson joined the band in late 2011 as their
touring female vocalist. Mathieson has collaborated with celebrated producers and artists like
Mark de Clive Lowe, Dego (4hero), Lanu (The Bamboos), Zed Bias and closer to home with The
Relaxomatic Project, Solaa, Manuel Bundy, Jason Eli ( Joosika) and Lewis McCallum.
The latest addition is British artist and The Streets co-vocalist Kevin Mar Trail. Trail has
collaborated with local jazz wizard Nathan Haines, international heavyweights Nitin Sawhney,
Estelle and Black Twang and landed support slots for N.E.R.D, Massive Attack and Angie Stone.
Keyboard player, percussion, computer whiz, and all-round beat maestro Andrew Spraggon
began performing and touring for the first time in his early 20s, as the lead vocalist and guitarist of
indie rock band Cicada. Six years later, in 1998, Spraggon made the leap from 4-track to software
and never looked back. He initially performed solo, but quickly recruited a revolving door of Sola
Rosa collaborative incarnations and a band of talented session players that included players from
Fat Freddy’s Drop, Opensouls and Ladi6. Spraggon was also a member of Dimmer from 2000
– 2004. Most recently he has produced local acts including Batucada Sound Machine and Tahuna
Breaks.
Over the years Sola Rosa have enjoyed many achievements in New Zealand, including a #1 on
iTunes and the Independent NZ Music Chart with their 2009 smash record ‘Get It Together’. It
reached #15 in the album charts and went on to achieve Gold status. The awards in Sola Rosa’s
cabinet include Best Independent Release in the 2000 bNet Music Awards for the ‘Entrance To
Skyway’ (EP) and Best Electronica Album in 2001 for ‘Solarized’. They also received nominations
at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2006 for ‘Moves On’,
Best Producer and Best Dance/Electronic Album in 2009 for ‘Get It Together’ and Best Electronic
Album in 2012 for ‘Low and Behold, High and Beyond’.

www.solarosa.com
www.facebook.com/solarosa
www.agogo-records.com
Available from 15.05.2015

Sola Rosa – Magnetics (180g)
Friday, April 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sola Rosa – Magnetics (180g)

Image: 1594507 Sola Rosa is back with their sixth album Magnetics.

A1. Inspired featuring Noah Slee
A2. Can We Get It Together featuring Noah Slee
A3. Get Your Move Gone featuring Sharlene Hector
A4. Right On Time featuring Tawiah
A5. Roots And Culture featuring Kevin Mark Trail

B1. Til The Sun feat. Jordan Rakei
B2. Young The Giant featuring Noah Slee, Melowdownz & Bailey Wiley
B3. Both Of Us featuring Kevin Mark Trail
B4. Too Long In The Sun featuring Oliver Daysoul
B5. Never Too Far featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow

VIDEO – SOLA ROSA „Both Of Us“ feat. Kevin Mark Trail: http://youtu.be/0LQie_ZYWhw

Sola Rosa’s Magnetics was chosen for “iTunes Best of 2014” R&B album and entered the album
charts on #10 !
Sola Rosa’s sixth album Magnetics sees the band introduce a glorious assortment of fresh new
vocalists from all over the globe. Noah Slee (NZ) released his ‘Mix Tape’ EP in 2013 to critical
acclaim and has toured with many artists including renowned neo-soul artist Jill Scott, young upandcoming
singer/songwriter and Soundcloud phenomenon Jordan Rakei (AUS), BRIT School
graduate Tawiah (UK) was first introduced to Spraggon via the attention of Gilles Peterson, who
championed her song ‘Watch Out’ in 2007 and also named her the winner of his Worldwide
Award for Best Newcomer the following year, Kevin Mark Trail (UK) features on three tracks after
being recommended in the aftermath of an exceptional performance in the UK, Stones Throw
Records’ singer and beatmaker Georgia Anne Muldrow (US) has been on Spraggon’s wish list
ever since he heard collaborations with the likes of Eric Lau, Madlib and Sa-R, PPP and Erykah
Badu, and long time best friend of both Trail and Mathieson Sharlene Hector (UK) has worked
with too many artists to mention and currently sings with Basement Jaxx.
“Sola Rosa’s Magnetics is solid – a great album to have on repeat at the backyard this summer.” –
Rachel Bache, NZ Herald
Sola Rosa continue to experiment and evolve, which is a true testament to their success over the
years. From his humble beginnings experimenting with a 4-track recorder at the ripe age of 19,
Sola Rosa frontman Andrew Spraggon has cultivated over 15 years of rich and well-crafted
melodic beats. Fusing a rotating mix of hip-hop, jazz, reggae, latin, neo-soul and funk topped with
an assortment of diverse vocalists, Sola Rosa have released five critically acclaimed long
players to date.
The latest construct of this collective sees this five-piece strip away their collaborations with an
array of session musicians, choosing instead to record together as a complete band, which has
allowed them to enjoy a more simple and methodical creative process.
The album was mixed in Queenstown by Josh Thorne aka DJ Alias. Analog mastering was once
again undertaken by Ricardo Gutierrez in NYC . Some of his credits include Madonna, Just Blaze,
Drake, The Rolling Stones and John Legend.
Currently Sola Rosa is made up of five key individuals. Matt Short joined Sola Rosa in 2004 as an
incredibly accomplished session player, who has previously played with the Opensouls, Tyra &
The Tornadoes and Vietnam War. Ben White an accomplished jazz guitarist followed suit in 2007.
Vocalist, producer and MAINZ teacher Cherie Mathieson joined the band in late 2011 as their
touring female vocalist. Mathieson has collaborated with celebrated producers and artists like
Mark de Clive Lowe, Dego (4hero), Lanu (The Bamboos), Zed Bias and closer to home with The
Relaxomatic Project, Solaa, Manuel Bundy, Jason Eli ( Joosika) and Lewis McCallum.
The latest addition is British artist and The Streets co-vocalist Kevin Mar Trail. Trail has
collaborated with local jazz wizard Nathan Haines, international heavyweights Nitin Sawhney,
Estelle and Black Twang and landed support slots for N.E.R.D, Massive Attack and Angie Stone.
Keyboard player, percussion, computer whiz, and all-round beat maestro Andrew Spraggon
began performing and touring for the first time in his early 20s, as the lead vocalist and guitarist of
indie rock band Cicada. Six years later, in 1998, Spraggon made the leap from 4-track to software
and never looked back. He initially performed solo, but quickly recruited a revolving door of Sola
Rosa collaborative incarnations and a band of talented session players that included players from
Fat Freddy’s Drop, Opensouls and Ladi6. Spraggon was also a member of Dimmer from 2000
– 2004. Most recently he has produced local acts including Batucada Sound Machine and Tahuna
Breaks.
Over the years Sola Rosa have enjoyed many achievements in New Zealand, including a #1 on
iTunes and the Independent NZ Music Chart with their 2009 smash record ‘Get It Together’. It
reached #15 in the album charts and went on to achieve Gold status. The awards in Sola Rosa’s
cabinet include Best Independent Release in the 2000 bNet Music Awards for the ‘Entrance To
Skyway’ (EP) and Best Electronica Album in 2001 for ‘Solarized’. They also received nominations
at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2006 for ‘Moves On’,
Best Producer and Best Dance/Electronic Album in 2009 for ‘Get It Together’ and Best Electronic
Album in 2012 for ‘Low and Behold, High and Beyond’.

www.solarosa.com
www.facebook.com/solarosa
www.agogo-records.com
Available from 15.05.2015

Stephan Abel – The Windmills Of Your Mind
Friday, February 13th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Stephan Abel – The Windmills Of Your Mind

Image: 1594999 Jazz heavyweight Stephan Abel present his new double album The Windmills Of Your Mind.

Notes by Stephan Abel:
Ballads are always the highlight in every show for me, regardless if I am one of the musicians or one of
the magnetized people in the audience. In these slow, fragile pieces where every note, every shade
and each quiet moment has a meaning, an artist can tell and share a real story. It is in the ballad,
where the musician communicates intuitively with his audience.
I always thought of recording an album of ballads, but believed that you need a certain amount of
maturity and should not do it under the age of 50. Now the time has come. Never before there was
somebody looking forward to his 50th birthday with such an excitement. To cut a long story short: It is a
special thing with being mature. During the Easter holidays in April 2014 we met in Buggy Braune and
Inga Rumpf’s rehearsal studios in Hamburg situated one floor above a garage, to record some of our
favourite songs.
We deliberately decided against the aseptic atmosphere of a professional recording studio knowing
that we would only be successful in an intimate, intensive mood rather than having a 100% separation
of sound signals behind a glass wall. „We“, that means Buggy Braune, Olaf Casimir, Heinz Lichius and
the wonderful Ken Norris, our special guest. Except for my long time companion Olaf these were all
musicians who I knew and appreciated, but rarely had a chance to work with. The key event with this
rhythm section was a gig at the Jazzclub Hannover when we were playing an exclusive set of Miles
Davis tunes. The sound of this band and their relaxed, but still highly focussed conception kept
spinning in my head. I prepared myself in a very special way during the weeks before the recording,
concentrating almost solely on my own sound and all its facets as well as the compositions and their
interpretation. In this period there was not one technical exercise, quirky bebop phrasing or loud sound
escaping my rehearsal room.
I had a clear vision installed in my head how the album should sound like. It only took a few attempts in
our „studio“ and we knew: This is it! It seemed like the musicians all pulled together and knew exactly
how to play this music without any need to talk about it. And, when the evening set in, we had the first
„magic moment“ in which everything seemed to feel totally natural and flowing. This is when „Olhos de
Gato“ and „The Peacocks“ were put to tape. For me „jazz“ and „the night“ are just one thing and I
would love to publicly dispute the guy who first started a „jazz brunch“. I am so happy and really glad
that we could keep up the focus and intimacy over the following two recording days!
I am really happy that this collection has been titled after a song I did not intend to include in the first
place and which I did not play instrumentally before. „The Windmills Of Your Mind“ was added to our
set spontaneously, because we really wanted to have a „chanson“ in our repertoire. After the first few
bars from Buggy and Olaf it was obvious that this was going to be a fascinating take, and another one
of those „magic moments.” The album closes with a not too serious ballad. For „The Party Is Over“ I
thought of one of those numerous Frank Sinatra copyists who, with a loosely knot tie, a good dose of
self-pity and a glass of whiskey in one hand singing about their own aging…!
The album ended up exactly how I wanted it to be. We had four wonderful days in Hamburg, which I
will definitely never forget. I want to thank all the musicians and our sound engineer Ingo Schmidt that
they all participated in the project with such inspiration and intensity. A very special thanks goes out to
Ken Norris with his distinctive, soulful voice refining the album in a very special way.

KEY SELLING POINTS
• This double album by the well-integrated Stephan Abel Quintet is a stimulating example of
the true art of jazz improvisation. It is not just avquestion of playing phrases that fit the chord
sequence. You can create lines which are true to the chord sequence, but which have no
connectionvwith the mood of the original.
• The true art of jazz improvisation is a matter of playing improvised lines which are
compatible with the spirit and mood of the original melody.
• With an impressive combination of standards written by Billy Strayhorn, Rodgers & Hart,
Michel Legrand, Jule Styne and Bruno Martino and inspired originals by Carla Bley, Mal
Waldron and Jimmy Rowles – Stephan impressively demonstrates his mastery of the true art.

2LP (180g) gatefold + DL code + 36 pp booklet

Tracklisting 2LP:
A1. Chelsea Bridge
A2. Never Let Me Go
A3. It Might As Well Be Spring
B1. Olhos De Gato
B2. Spring Is Here
C1. The Windmills Of Your Mind
C2. Soul Eyes
C3. Everything Happens To Me
D1. The Peacocks
D2. Estate
D3. The Party Is Over

VIDEO
EPK: http://youtu.be/-ycKlLfakeA

„Never Let Me Go“ http://youtu.be/R0Ss6or_uck

http://www.agogo-records.com Available from 27.03.2015

Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers – Cranes and Carpets
Friday, December 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers – Cranes and Carpets

Image: 1593657 Berlin-based quintet Onom Agemo & the Disco Jumpers follow up their 7″ single „2 Feet / Kibili „ with an album of poly-rhythmic afro grooves, sax and psyched-out synths.

The group has developed a unique groove and style of playing, constructing a collection of eight songs, that throws together tight and funky influences from Morocco and Ethiopia with crunchy analogue synths, spacey organs and effects, and fluid sax and flute lines for a sound that’s all their own.

The LP is a collection of compositions by traveling sax man Johannes Schleiermacher, inspired by his journeys through the world. The band even travelled to Morocco for playing and recording with a quartet of percussionists/ singers in the Issawa tradition, a Sufi Trance Brotherhood in central Morocco. Onom Agemo and the Disco Jumpers have been playing together for years, and it shows. Taking Schleiermacher’s compositions, the group rehearse the songs and play them live to finalize the arrangement before recording the tracks to different 4- track tape machines, mostly at drummer Bernd Oezsevim’s rehearsal space. Take the track „Cool Runnings“ for example: locked in the groove, the intertwined sax and synth melody moves up and down the Anichihoye scale. Not to be confused with the comedy of the same title, the track is named after a bar in Berlin- Friedrichshain, where friends of the band put on their night Tropical Timewarp.

This interlocking of groove and melody is a signature element, and also inspired the title of the album. Cranes and Carpets alludes to changing patterns, and how the parts of a wider whole can work together in synchronicity. Combine an almost telepathic group intuition with the fact that Schleiermacher also engineered and produced the record, and the pieces start to add up to why the Disco Jumpers sound like they do.

It’s an authentic mix of North African rhythms and modes, live jazz musicianship and analogue synths that’s reminiscent of electronic African pioneers like William Onyeabor and Manu Dibango as much as modern ensembles like The Heliocentrics. While the album sounds like it could have been discovered on a dusty old tape down a Marrakesh marketplace, it has a modern twist in the neat craftsmanship and tight arrangements that ensures a blend of styles that couldn’t be anyone else.

The Band:
Johannes Schleiermacher – woodwinds, synth, perc
Bernd Oezsevim – drums
Kalle Zeier – guitar
Jörg Hochapfel – synth
Kalle Enkelmann – bass

STREAMING PLAYER
https://soundcloud.com/agogo-records/sets/onom-agemo-the-disco-jumpers/s-ppK8z

TRACKLISTING

CD
01. Trudy
02. Le Bess
03. No Stitches
04. Cool Runnings
05. Escape Cultural
06. Rar
07. Badminton
08. Issawa

LP
A1. Trudy
A2. Le Bess
A3. No Stitches
A4. Escape Cultural
B1. Cool Runnings
B2. Rar
B3. Badminton
B4. Issawa Available from 06.02.2015

Gabriele Poso – Invocation
Monday, May 12th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Gabriele Poso – Invocation

Image: 1587831 Agogo present the new album Invocation from Gabriele Poso. His third solo album entirely produced, performed, arranged without the help of his long time backing band.

„Invocation is an artistic need, is a fresh new chapter in the evolution of my music. In this album I tried to abandoned fears and expectations because, even if we don’t realise it, they can badly affect our creativity and the purity of our compositions. Free from these limitations, the music can flow without filters, barriers or preconceptions and, most importantly, is not limited by market diktats. It’s music just for the music. Invocation is my third solo album, entirely produced, composed, performed, arranged, and sung by myself. For the first time I decided to play and record all instruments, without the support from the band that has accompanied me on my journey so far, to expresses completely and deeply my musical vision.
Every and each instrument was played like a mantra, a willful sound that allows to connect with our innermost soul, a secret door to discover our hidden self. The whole album has been recording between my home town Lecce in the south of Italy during august and september 2012 and in Berlin during october and december of the same year. Of course the German capital has deeply influenced my writing and appoaching to the new project. In Berlin the people are much more free to express themself, this energy was exactly what my record needed. Personal words from Gabriele Poso about „Invocation“ During the recording session of this album I was reading a book , “The Daily Practice Of Painting” by Gerhard Richter, a personal present from a special friend. In that particular moment of my life, this book gave me a real explanation of my musical vision, deeply inspired my creativity and helped me to focus on going deep into myself. In this book I found a phrase, or should I say, a phrase found me, that really represents the essence of this album with all my feeling, all my emotions and all my fears in my ongoing journey:

– “To believe, one must have lost God, to paint, one must have lost art.” Gerhard Richter
“And I have lost music.“ Gabriele Poso

Info:
Gabriele Poso was born on the 22nd of October 1978 in Sardinia, in the heart of the Mediterranean, but grew up in Lecce, the capital of Salento. Early in his childhood, he established a deep connection with music, and felt that he was truly born when he discovered his family’s vinyl collection comprised of the best jazz, soul and Afro-Latin music. With the passage of time, Poso has dedicated himself to the study of various instruments, paying particular attention to the guitar, an instrument he uses to give life to his best compositions. His later musical explorations led him into the fascinating world of percussion, that would become for him, a real reason to live. In 1998, he began to study Afro-Cuban percussion at “Timba” School Of Music in Rome under the guidance
of the most important representative of Afro-Cuban culture in Italy, Roberto “Mamey” Evangelista. In 2001, he moved to S. Juan, Porto Rico to deepen his musical knowledge at “Universitad Interamenricana De Puerto Rico” and attended masterclasses at “Escuela National De Arte” in Havana Cuba. Seven years later, Poso released his first solo album entitled “From The Genuine World”, produced for the famous American label, Yoruba Records. With this release, he began performing live and spreading his musical vision around Europe and the world. In June 2012, he released his second solo album called “Roots Of Soul” with the German Label INFRACom!. The project boasts the participation of several influential international featured artists, including Osunlade and Nailah Porter, and has been highly appreciated by international music critics. It has received many positive reviews, and has earned several awards, including Best Jazz Independent Production 2012. After a period spent in Berlin, Poso has recently completed his third solo album entitled “Invocation”, a work entirely produced, composed, performed, arranged, and sung by the artist himself. In this album, he completely and profoundly expresses his musical vision, allowing him to create without any borders, expectations, or fears. Invocation is a deep and ancestral journey, a secret door to discover the hidden side of yourself.

www.gabrieleposo.com

Tracklisting CD:
01. Invocation 000
02. Invocation 001
03. Invocation 002
04. Invocation 003
05. Invocation 004
06. Invocation 005
07. Invocation 006
08. Invocation 007
09. Invocation 008
10. Invocation 009
11. Invocation 010
12. Invocation 011

Video EPK:
vimeo: https://vimeo.com/84060771

Video “Invocation 001”
youtube: http://youtu.be/2bFKhEBaEUA
vimeo: https://vimeo.com/84051351 Available from 02.05.2014

Gabriele Poso – Invocation (180g)
Sunday, May 11th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Gabriele Poso – Invocation (180g)

Image: 1587822 Agogo present the new album Invocation from Gabriele Poso. His third solo album entirely produced, performed, arranged without the help of his long time backing band.

„Invocation is an artistic need, is a fresh new chapter in the evolution of my music. In this album I tried to abandoned fears and expectations because, even if we don’t realise it, they can badly affect our creativity and the purity of our compositions. Free from these limitations, the music can flow without filters, barriers or preconceptions and, most importantly, is not limited by market diktats. It’s music just for the music. Invocation is my third solo album, entirely produced, composed, performed, arranged, and sung by myself. For the first time I decided to play and record all instruments, without the support from the band that has accompanied me on my journey so far, to expresses completely and deeply my musical vision.
Every and each instrument was played like a mantra, a willful sound that allows to connect with our innermost soul, a secret door to discover our hidden self. The whole album has been recording between my home town Lecce in the south of Italy during august and september 2012 and in Berlin during october and december of the same year. Of course the German capital has deeply influenced my writing and appoaching to the new project. In Berlin the people are much more free to express themself, this energy was exactly what my record needed. Personal words from Gabriele Poso about „Invocation“ During the recording session of this album I was reading a book , “The Daily Practice Of Painting” by Gerhard Richter, a personal present from a special friend. In that particular moment of my life, this book gave me a real explanation of my musical vision, deeply inspired my creativity and helped me to focus on going deep into myself. In this book I found a phrase, or should I say, a phrase found me, that really represents the essence of this album with all my feeling, all my emotions and all my fears in my ongoing journey:

– “To believe, one must have lost God, to paint, one must have lost art.” Gerhard Richter
“And I have lost music.“ Gabriele Poso

Info:
Gabriele Poso was born on the 22nd of October 1978 in Sardinia, in the heart of the Mediterranean, but grew up in Lecce, the capital of Salento. Early in his childhood, he established a deep connection with music, and felt that he was truly born when he discovered his family’s vinyl collection comprised of the best jazz, soul and Afro-Latin music. With the passage of time, Poso has dedicated himself to the study of various instruments, paying particular attention to the guitar, an instrument he uses to give life to his best compositions. His later musical explorations led him into the fascinating world of percussion, that would become for him, a real reason to live. In 1998, he began to study Afro-Cuban percussion at “Timba” School Of Music in Rome under the guidance
of the most important representative of Afro-Cuban culture in Italy, Roberto “Mamey” Evangelista. In 2001, he moved to S. Juan, Porto Rico to deepen his musical knowledge at “Universitad Interamenricana De Puerto Rico” and attended masterclasses at “Escuela National De Arte” in Havana Cuba. Seven years later, Poso released his first solo album entitled “From The Genuine World”, produced for the famous American label, Yoruba Records. With this release, he began performing live and spreading his musical vision around Europe and the world. In June 2012, he released his second solo album called “Roots Of Soul” with the German Label INFRACom!. The project boasts the participation of several influential international featured artists, including Osunlade and Nailah Porter, and has been highly appreciated by international music critics. It has received many positive reviews, and has earned several awards, including Best Jazz Independent Production 2012. After a period spent in Berlin, Poso has recently completed his third solo album entitled “Invocation”, a work entirely produced, composed, performed, arranged, and sung by the artist himself. In this album, he completely and profoundly expresses his musical vision, allowing him to create without any borders, expectations, or fears. Invocation is a deep and ancestral journey, a secret door to discover the hidden side of yourself.

Tracklisting LP:
A1. Invocation 000
A2. Invocation 001
A3. Invocation 002
A4. Invocation 003
A5. Invocation 004
A6. Invocation 005
B1. Invocation 006
B2. Invocation 007
B3. Invocation 008
B4. Invocation 009
B5. Invocation 010
B6. Invocation 011

www.gabrieleposo.com

Video EPK:
vimeo: https://vimeo.com/84060771

Video “Invocation 001”
youtube: http://youtu.be/2bFKhEBaEUA
vimeo: https://vimeo.com/84051351 Available from 02.05.2014

Gabriele Poso – Invocation
Sunday, May 11th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Gabriele Poso – Invocation

Image: 1587831 Agogo present the new album Invocation from Gabriele Poso. His third solo album entirely produced, performed, arranged without the help of his long time backing band.

„Invocation is an artistic need, is a fresh new chapter in the evolution of my music. In this album I tried to abandoned fears and expectations because, even if we don’t realise it, they can badly affect our creativity and the purity of our compositions. Free from these limitations, the music can flow without filters, barriers or preconceptions and, most importantly, is not limited by market diktats. It’s music just for the music. Invocation is my third solo album, entirely produced, composed, performed, arranged, and sung by myself. For the first time I decided to play and record all instruments, without the support from the band that has accompanied me on my journey so far, to expresses completely and deeply my musical vision.
Every and each instrument was played like a mantra, a willful sound that allows to connect with our innermost soul, a secret door to discover our hidden self. The whole album has been recording between my home town Lecce in the south of Italy during august and september 2012 and in Berlin during october and december of the same year. Of course the German capital has deeply influenced my writing and appoaching to the new project. In Berlin the people are much more free to express themself, this energy was exactly what my record needed. Personal words from Gabriele Poso about „Invocation“ During the recording session of this album I was reading a book , “The Daily Practice Of Painting” by Gerhard Richter, a personal present from a special friend. In that particular moment of my life, this book gave me a real explanation of my musical vision, deeply inspired my creativity and helped me to focus on going deep into myself. In this book I found a phrase, or should I say, a phrase found me, that really represents the essence of this album with all my feeling, all my emotions and all my fears in my ongoing journey:

– “To believe, one must have lost God, to paint, one must have lost art.” Gerhard Richter
“And I have lost music.“ Gabriele Poso

Info:
Gabriele Poso was born on the 22nd of October 1978 in Sardinia, in the heart of the Mediterranean, but grew up in Lecce, the capital of Salento. Early in his childhood, he established a deep connection with music, and felt that he was truly born when he discovered his family’s vinyl collection comprised of the best jazz, soul and Afro-Latin music. With the passage of time, Poso has dedicated himself to the study of various instruments, paying particular attention to the guitar, an instrument he uses to give life to his best compositions. His later musical explorations led him into the fascinating world of percussion, that would become for him, a real reason to live. In 1998, he began to study Afro-Cuban percussion at “Timba” School Of Music in Rome under the guidance
of the most important representative of Afro-Cuban culture in Italy, Roberto “Mamey” Evangelista. In 2001, he moved to S. Juan, Porto Rico to deepen his musical knowledge at “Universitad Interamenricana De Puerto Rico” and attended masterclasses at “Escuela National De Arte” in Havana Cuba. Seven years later, Poso released his first solo album entitled “From The Genuine World”, produced for the famous American label, Yoruba Records. With this release, he began performing live and spreading his musical vision around Europe and the world. In June 2012, he released his second solo album called “Roots Of Soul” with the German Label INFRACom!. The project boasts the participation of several influential international featured artists, including Osunlade and Nailah Porter, and has been highly appreciated by international music critics. It has received many positive reviews, and has earned several awards, including Best Jazz Independent Production 2012. After a period spent in Berlin, Poso has recently completed his third solo album entitled “Invocation”, a work entirely produced, composed, performed, arranged, and sung by the artist himself. In this album, he completely and profoundly expresses his musical vision, allowing him to create without any borders, expectations, or fears. Invocation is a deep and ancestral journey, a secret door to discover the hidden side of yourself.

www.gabrieleposo.com

Tracklisting CD:
01. Invocation 000
02. Invocation 001
03. Invocation 002
04. Invocation 003
05. Invocation 004
06. Invocation 005
07. Invocation 006
08. Invocation 007
09. Invocation 008
10. Invocation 009
11. Invocation 010
12. Invocation 011

Video EPK:
vimeo: https://vimeo.com/84060771

Video “Invocation 001”
youtube: http://youtu.be/2bFKhEBaEUA
vimeo: https://vimeo.com/84051351 Available from 02.05.2014

Gabriele Poso – Invocation (180g)
Sunday, May 11th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Gabriele Poso – Invocation (180g)

Image: 1587822 Agogo present the new album Invocation from Gabriele Poso. His third solo album entirely produced, performed, arranged without the help of his long time backing band.

„Invocation is an artistic need, is a fresh new chapter in the evolution of my music. In this album I tried to abandoned fears and expectations because, even if we don’t realise it, they can badly affect our creativity and the purity of our compositions. Free from these limitations, the music can flow without filters, barriers or preconceptions and, most importantly, is not limited by market diktats. It’s music just for the music. Invocation is my third solo album, entirely produced, composed, performed, arranged, and sung by myself. For the first time I decided to play and record all instruments, without the support from the band that has accompanied me on my journey so far, to expresses completely and deeply my musical vision.
Every and each instrument was played like a mantra, a willful sound that allows to connect with our innermost soul, a secret door to discover our hidden self. The whole album has been recording between my home town Lecce in the south of Italy during august and september 2012 and in Berlin during october and december of the same year. Of course the German capital has deeply influenced my writing and appoaching to the new project. In Berlin the people are much more free to express themself, this energy was exactly what my record needed. Personal words from Gabriele Poso about „Invocation“ During the recording session of this album I was reading a book , “The Daily Practice Of Painting” by Gerhard Richter, a personal present from a special friend. In that particular moment of my life, this book gave me a real explanation of my musical vision, deeply inspired my creativity and helped me to focus on going deep into myself. In this book I found a phrase, or should I say, a phrase found me, that really represents the essence of this album with all my feeling, all my emotions and all my fears in my ongoing journey:

– “To believe, one must have lost God, to paint, one must have lost art.” Gerhard Richter
“And I have lost music.“ Gabriele Poso

Info:
Gabriele Poso was born on the 22nd of October 1978 in Sardinia, in the heart of the Mediterranean, but grew up in Lecce, the capital of Salento. Early in his childhood, he established a deep connection with music, and felt that he was truly born when he discovered his family’s vinyl collection comprised of the best jazz, soul and Afro-Latin music. With the passage of time, Poso has dedicated himself to the study of various instruments, paying particular attention to the guitar, an instrument he uses to give life to his best compositions. His later musical explorations led him into the fascinating world of percussion, that would become for him, a real reason to live. In 1998, he began to study Afro-Cuban percussion at “Timba” School Of Music in Rome under the guidance
of the most important representative of Afro-Cuban culture in Italy, Roberto “Mamey” Evangelista. In 2001, he moved to S. Juan, Porto Rico to deepen his musical knowledge at “Universitad Interamenricana De Puerto Rico” and attended masterclasses at “Escuela National De Arte” in Havana Cuba. Seven years later, Poso released his first solo album entitled “From The Genuine World”, produced for the famous American label, Yoruba Records. With this release, he began performing live and spreading his musical vision around Europe and the world. In June 2012, he released his second solo album called “Roots Of Soul” with the German Label INFRACom!. The project boasts the participation of several influential international featured artists, including Osunlade and Nailah Porter, and has been highly appreciated by international music critics. It has received many positive reviews, and has earned several awards, including Best Jazz Independent Production 2012. After a period spent in Berlin, Poso has recently completed his third solo album entitled “Invocation”, a work entirely produced, composed, performed, arranged, and sung by the artist himself. In this album, he completely and profoundly expresses his musical vision, allowing him to create without any borders, expectations, or fears. Invocation is a deep and ancestral journey, a secret door to discover the hidden side of yourself.

Tracklisting LP:
A1. Invocation 000
A2. Invocation 001
A3. Invocation 002
A4. Invocation 003
A5. Invocation 004
A6. Invocation 005
B1. Invocation 006
B2. Invocation 007
B3. Invocation 008
B4. Invocation 009
B5. Invocation 010
B6. Invocation 011

www.gabrieleposo.com

Video EPK:
vimeo: https://vimeo.com/84060771

Video “Invocation 001”
youtube: http://youtu.be/2bFKhEBaEUA
vimeo: https://vimeo.com/84051351 Available from 02.05.2014

Da Lata – Fabiola
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Da Lata – Fabiola

Image: 1583622 Da Lata is led by Chris Franck and Patrick Forge. Their new album entitled Fabiola and? ‘ first in 10 years, is set for release in October, the 18th in 2013 and draws on a worldwide family of performers. Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde), Miguel Atwood Ferguson (USA), Rich Medina (USA) Marcelo Janeci (Brazil) Luisa Maita (Brazil), Graveola (Brazil), Fabricio FBC (Brazil), Sacha Gabriel (Canada), Jason Yarde (UK), Finn Peters
(UK) and Diabel Cissokho (Mali) to name just a few have all helped craft a record with a raw and live approach fusing Afro-Brazilian influences with a dance-floor sensibility and a distinctly London attitude.
2013 marks 20 years since Chris Franck and Patrick Forge first came together and began experimenting and redefining Brazilian music. Over that time, the duo have had major international success both in bands (Smoke City, Zeep & Da Lata) and for Patrick as a respected DJ who was a pioneer for Brazilian music with UK station Kiss FM in the early 90s.
Da Lata have started the build-up for the release of Fabiola by giving away the “Allstars? ‘ live version” of Ronco Da Cuica as a free download via their website www.dalatamusic.com which also features the video. Da Lata are about to start a new chapter in their illustrious story. 20 years of Afro-Brazilian adventure and it ain t over’ yet !

A brief history…
Da Lata previously released two studio albums in 2000 and 2002 respectively followed by a remix album in 2004 all released through Chris Blackwell s Island Records’ subsidiary, Palm Pictures. Working alongside and collaborating with label mates like Ernest Ranglin Baaba Maal, Femi Kuti, Bebel Gilberto the band were in good company. Since 2005 Da Lata s schedule slowed down as members went onto be involved in’
other projects but Da Lata didn t lay dormant, they continued re-working and remixing’ other people s tracks and many of these mixes as well as classic Da Lata tracks are still’ regular features on discerning global dance-floors today.

A new era
In 2010 Da Lata took their first tentative steps towards what has now become Fabiola ,? ‘ a collection of songs born out of disappointment, heartbreak and frustration, that transmutes those emotions into defiance, release and transcendence. Drawing together
an extended family of collaborators old and new, the album is characterized by Da Lata s new “organic edge”, dispensing with programming and electronic production’ Fabiola s emphasis is definitely on the “real” in every sense.? ‘ ‘
“Fabiola” is diverse in style but homogeneous in it s sound and intent, melding elements’ of Brazilian and African styles and rhythms with everything from Folk, Rock and Psychedelia to Spoken Word, Soul and Dub. Written exclusively by Chris Franck and the various collaborators, Franck, Forge and super (more than an) engineer Toni Econimides are the team that have crafted Fabiola into Da Lata s most mature and? ‘ ‘
accomplished album.

Tracklisting CD:
01. Um Amor A Mais feat. Luisa Maita
02. N.Y.J. feat. Diabel Cissokho
03. Places We Go feat. Dennis Rollins
04. Unknown feat. Mayra Andrade
05. Ronco Da Cuica feat. Jandira Silva & Pedro Martins
06. Monkeys And Anvils feat. RichMedina
07. Deixa feat. Jandira Silva
08. The Shore feat. Sacha Gabriel
09. Cambara 41 feat. Marcelo Jeneci
10. Don’t Give It Up feat. Luiz Gabriel & Fabricio FBC

www.agogo-records.com
www.dalatamusic.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Dalatamusic/406944582700049?fref=ts
Video „Ronca Da Cuica“ live: http://youtu.be/H1rE8KjuXhk
LIVE IN THE STUDIO 2013 https://vimeo.com/60652028
LIVE AT DINGWALLS 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl0Pd5JLzO4
GOING UNDERGROUND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKHDbUqx-YY Available from 18.10.2013

Da Lata – Fabiola (180g + Download Code)
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Da Lata – Fabiola (180g + Download Code)

Image: 1583624 Da Lata is led by Chris Franck and Patrick Forge. Their new album entitled Fabiola and? ‘ first in 10 years, is set for release in October, the 18th in 2013 and draws on a worldwide family of performers. Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde), Miguel Atwood Ferguson (USA), Rich Medina (USA) Marcelo Janeci (Brazil) Luisa Maita (Brazil), Graveola (Brazil), Fabricio FBC (Brazil), Sacha Gabriel (Canada), Jason Yarde (UK), Finn Peters
(UK) and Diabel Cissokho (Mali) to name just a few have all helped craft a record with a raw and live approach fusing Afro-Brazilian influences with a dance-floor sensibility and a distinctly London attitude.
2013 marks 20 years since Chris Franck and Patrick Forge first came together and began experimenting and redefining Brazilian music. Over that time, the duo have had major international success both in bands (Smoke City, Zeep & Da Lata) and for Patrick as a respected DJ who was a pioneer for Brazilian music with UK station Kiss FM in the early 90s.
Da Lata have started the build-up for the release of Fabiola by giving away the “Allstars? ‘ live version” of Ronco Da Cuica as a free download via their website www.dalatamusic.com which also features the video. Da Lata are about to start a new chapter in their illustrious story. 20 years of Afro-Brazilian adventure and it ain t over’ yet !

A brief history…
Da Lata previously released two studio albums in 2000 and 2002 respectively followed by a remix album in 2004 all released through Chris Blackwell s Island Records’ subsidiary, Palm Pictures. Working alongside and collaborating with label mates like Ernest Ranglin Baaba Maal, Femi Kuti, Bebel Gilberto the band were in good company. Since 2005 Da Lata s schedule slowed down as members went onto be involved in’
other projects but Da Lata didn t lay dormant, they continued re-working and remixing’ other people s tracks and many of these mixes as well as classic Da Lata tracks are still’ regular features on discerning global dance-floors today.

A new era
In 2010 Da Lata took their first tentative steps towards what has now become Fabiola ,? ‘ a collection of songs born out of disappointment, heartbreak and frustration, that transmutes those emotions into defiance, release and transcendence. Drawing together
an extended family of collaborators old and new, the album is characterized by Da Lata s new “organic edge”, dispensing with programming and electronic production’ Fabiola s emphasis is definitely on the “real” in every sense.? ‘ ‘
“Fabiola” is diverse in style but homogeneous in it s sound and intent, melding elements’ of Brazilian and African styles and rhythms with everything from Folk, Rock and Psychedelia to Spoken Word, Soul and Dub. Written exclusively by Chris Franck and the various collaborators, Franck, Forge and super (more than an) engineer Toni Econimides are the team that have crafted Fabiola into Da Lata s most mature and? ‘ ‘
accomplished album.

Tracklisting LP:
A1. Um Amor A Mais feat. Luisa Maita
A2. N.Y.J. feat. Diabel Cissokho
A3. Places We Go feat. Dennis Rollins
A4. Unknown feat. Mayra Andrade
A5. Monkeys And Anvils feat. Rich Medina
B1. Ronco Da Cuica feat. Jandira Silva & Pedro Martins
B2. Deixa feat. Jandira Silva
B3. The Shore feat. Sacha Gabriel
B4. Don’t Give It Up feat. Luiz Gabriel & Fabricio FBC
B5. Cambara 41 feat. Marcelo Jeneci

www.agogo-records.com
www.dalatamusic.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Dalatamusic/406944582700049?fref=ts
Video „Ronca Da Cuica“ live: http://youtu.be/H1rE8KjuXhk
LIVE IN THE STUDIO 2013 https://vimeo.com/60652028
LIVE AT DINGWALLS 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl0Pd5JLzO4
GOING UNDERGROUND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKHDbUqx-YY Available from 18.10.2013

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