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Nick Warren
Monday, July 10th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Hype fades. Substance endures. Simply put, DJ Nick Warren is one of electronic music’s ambassadors. Warren has delivered eight editions to the vaunted Global Underground series along with contributions for Renaissance, the Balance Series and most recently the first installment of The Soundgarden mix compilation series. Although they’re cornerstones of the progressive house lexicon, Warren’s […]

Candeias – Sambaiana
Friday, June 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Candeias – Sambaiana

Image: 1610498 Sambaiana the rare Bossa Nova classic from Candeias finally gets a proper reissue.

TRACKLISTING:
A1 – El Tren De Tom
A2 – Paolinho
A3 – Zimbao
A4 – Managua
B1 – Sambaiana
B2 – Casas De Invierno
B3 – Palmeiras

Snippets: http://tinyurl.com/NOAJ003Snippets

LP (180g vinyl + Old School Tip On Gatefold Cover + Download Card + Printed Inner Sleeve)

Curiously enough the story of this record begins with a song, which isn’t even featured on it. A song named ‘Guayabas’. One of Guillermo Reuter’s very first free-spirited compositions is one of his two contributions to the fourth album ‘Ese Dia Va A Llegar’ by friend and musician Agustin Pereyra Lucena, in 1975. ‘Guayabas’ was the unintended starting signal for Reuter’s career and was coincidentally the initial spark for this reissue that you, dear reader and listener, are holding in your hands right now.
But perhaps we’d better take one thing at a time and not jump ahead of ourselves. ‘Guayabas’ was the Guillermo Reuter song that first caught the attention of the Notes On A Journey founders Jürgen von Knoblauch and Stefan Leisering. It led them to discover his album ‘Candeias’ shortly thereafter, and a love affair was born. It was a similar story for Jacques Subileau, the producer for the recordings of ‘Ese Dia Va A Llegar’ (and therefore ‘Guayabas’), who was so enamored by this single composition that he proposed Reuter to cut a whole album, made up exclusively of his songs and compositional stylings. The Frenchman with an Argentinian girlfriend, had connections to European record labels like Disco Mediterraneo in Madrid and Disques Espérance in Paris which specialised in World and African music. ‘Candeias’ would be released on both labels, on the Spanish imprint under the name of ‘Sambaiana’, in France as the original title ‘Candeias’, but for inexplicable reasons, with terrible sound quality.
For the 24-year-old musician, it came as a total surprise, the once-in-a-lifetime chance to record an entire album of his own works. Raised by parents, both of who were musicians and teachers with their own school (Instituto Reuter in Buenos Aires), Guillermo Reuter was destined to wander down one road for life – to follow in his father’s footsteps, professionally and musically. Josef Reuter, born in Germany, balanced his work life where he was a dedicated occupation Headmaster with music, not only was he a passionate organist, he was the maestro of his own choir, the ‘Singakademie Buenos Aires’ and a well-known director at Buenos Aires’ world famous “Teatro Colón”. Furthermore, he was a strict and conservative father who massively disapproved when his son embraced modern music like Brazilian Bossa Nova, which back then, was just starting to take the world by storm. Despite, or as a direct result of this, ‘Samba Da Minha Terra’ by João Gilberto was a revelation for the juvenile Guillermo Reuter and shaped his freethinking approach towards music permanently.

Even though Reuter satisfied his parents’ expectations by completing five years of studies in classical musical, his passion for the inauspicious sounds of Brazil never truly disappeared. On the contrary, after meeting the slightly older, Bossa Nova inspired, up-and-coming guitar player and songwriter Agustin Pereyra Lucena on the university campus, the young musician took the proverbial bull by the horns and made a massive leap of faith. On the one hand, he accepted the offer of several studio recordings (1973 ‘Climas’ and 1975 ‘Ese Dia Va A Llegar’), and on the other, he declined the request of his parents to inherit and run the private family school. At this moment in 1975, Guillermo Reuter made a clear, wholehearted decision, aware of all its consequences, and chose his own music as his further purpose in life. Music, which he finally – thanks to Jacques Subileau and ‘Guayabas’ for that matter – could record without compromise and thus give free rein to his creativity.
The recordings of ‘Candeias’ took place shortly after Subileau’s invitation, in October and November 1975, in the Buenos Aires based studio ‘Sound Center’. To realise his vision Guillermo Reuter surrounded himself with four superb musicians, who he knew from previous recording sessions: Agustin Pereyra Lucena on guitar, Uruguayan drummer and percussionist Carlos Carli, Brazilian bass player Darci Soave, and the young flute player Rubén Izarrualde. Reuter himself plays the Fender piano on all tunes (despite “Zimbao“ on which he played the upright piano) as well as 12-string guitar. The idea of adding a horn section to some tracks was quickly scrapped, mostly for financial reasons. Recorded in only a few brisk spring days (which is November on the southern hemisphere), you can feel the sheer enjoyment of the musicians in this masterpiece of timeless, universal music through its unbridled playfulness. Starting with ‘El Tren De Tom’, the album’s first track, where the sound of a departing locomotive announces the beginning of a journey. A journey that winds it’s way through the contagiously melodious, cunningly arranged and in every detail, profound world of Guillermo Reuter and his project Candeias. All of which is overseen by their heraldic spirit animal, the Toucan, which is the bird we first see on the album cover. The name Candeias, which means candles in Portuguese, was chosen democratically by all four participating musicians. The album’s carefree, casual happiness is never superficial or forced. For instance, ‘Paolinho’, driven by Izarrualde’s flute, is rooted in the folkloristic tradition of Northern Brazil and emphasizes Reuter’s almost academic approach towards his compositions. ‘Managua’ employs the Cuban Guajira rhythm and is probably the song of the album that best expresses the harmonic interaction of the four musicians extraordinaire. Throughout the whole album, Reuter’s training in classical compositions interweaving with his love of Jazz and Brazilian
music, in particular, is almost tangible.
In his homeland of Argentina, ‘Candeias’ will never be released. Subileau’s personal connections took the project to Europe, Spain to be precise. Here, with changing line-ups, Reuter played live regularly between 1976 and 1978. His playmates in Candeias (expandable from quartet to septet) include f.e. the Cuban saxophone player Paquito d’Rivera, the US trombone player Bill Smith, the Brazilian percussionist Rubem Dantas and the Spanish flute/saxophone player Jorge Pardo. Further recordings never happened, though.
The European Jazz scene at that time was much too volatile and in turmoil. Talents like Reuter were mostly getting booked as session musicians and were swamped by endless touring, leaving them little time to pursue their own projects. After his father had died towards the end of the 80s, Guillermo Reuter returned to Argentina and only infrequently returned to Europe for occasional live gigs. Back in his hometown, he made a living writing compositions for commercials and from intermittent gigs in local jazz clubs. He operated a music store for some years, worked as a composition teacher and acted as a program manager for various music and live venues in Buenos Aires. During this time he never stopped writing own songs. His fascination for South American folklore and its rhythms, from Brazil via Uruguay to Argentina, continued to increase, even until this day. In 2004 Guillermo Reuter wrote a song, ‘El Gorgojo’ (The Bug), which won the first prize at the international Latin Jazz Contest in La Habana and was praised by the French film music composer Michel Legrand, one of Reuter’s personal idols.
Having now Notes On A Journey, more than forty years after its initial release, introducing ‘Candeias’ to a whole new audience is also in the interest of its creator. For Guillermo Reuter, this album was and is a lifework, which has never lost momentum and significance. It is a record, which simply stands the test of time by bringing pure joy over its full, entertaining length, and is going under the skin at the same time. That’s why for this re-issue the original Spanish pressing has been lovingly restored, preserving the sound quality, letting you listen to it the way it should be heard, in the here and now. With the stunning new quality ‘Candeias’ will find a much bigger following this time round. Come and join the club. Available from 28.07.2017

Jalal Salaam x ewonee – Past Lives
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jalal Salaam x ewonee – Past Lives

Image: 1609783 Jalal Salaam and ewonee’s Past Lives stands among the top releases of 2015. And in 2016 it sees a deluxe vinyl release via House Shoes’ Street Corner Music. The 2LP will be complete with all instrumentals, and an insert containing all lyrics. The urgency of these recordings is reflective of the times we live in. Jalal Salaam’s raps are a perfect marriage to ewonee’s production, eschewing contemporary sounds for an album incredibly well
balanced between tradition and progression. “This is one of the best albums I have heard in years, and I’m proud release what I consider a new classic from some of the new guard of New York City’s storied history of hip hop music…”

• Born in Mount Vernon, NY, Ewonee is the first signee of East Coast record label & producer collective, Beat Haus Records, and featured on Boiler Room (link here)
• Jalal Salaam is out of Ardsley/Dobbs Ferry NY, has collaborated with artists such as Ivan Ave and Fredfades and known for his radical, in depth, and emotionally free lyrical style
• This Deluxe 2XLP includes the full vocal album along with instrumentals and a lyric sheet
• “Best rap album I’ve heard in a long time..” -House Shoes

Side A
1. Rebirth
2. Contracts
3. Lotuses
4. Betta Believe It
5. Avatar
6. No Miracles
7. The World
8. Observe
9. Ragnarok
10. Earthlings
11. Emembering

Side B
12. Can’t Hide
13. No One Will Save You
14. Don’t Sell Yourself
15. Loose Ends
16. Timing
17. The Professional
18. Wonderwhy
19. Stuntman
20. Here I Am
21. Past Lives

Side C/D
Instrumentals Available from 19.05.2017

Vincent Ahehehinnou – Best Woman (LP/180g/Gatefold/Poster)
Friday, March 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Vincent Ahehehinnou – Best Woman (LP/180g/Gatefold/Poster)

Image: 1609311 In early 1978, Vincent Ahehehinnou left the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou without explanation. He had been one of their principal vocalist since 1968 and had helped transform them from a hard-charging nightclubband into a musical powerhouse and Africa-wide sensation. By the end of 1977, after an explosive performance at the pan-African arts and culture festival (Festac77) in Lagos, the band had reached the very pinnacle of their success.

For nearly forty years, the reasons behind Vincent’s sudden departure have remained a mystery. Until now. In an interview included with Analog Africa’s new reissue of Best Woman – Vincent’s first post-Poly-Rythmo album, which has been out-of-print for close to four decades and nearly impossible to find outside West Africa – the great singer finally breaks his silence. He didn’t leave … he was pushed.

Poly-Rythmo were already popular in their native Benin but, in the aftermath of Festac ’77, the band were poised for break-out success throughout Africa. One of the people who stood to benefit most was the band’s manager Adissa Seidou, whose label Albarika Store had released most of the band’s recordings. However Adissa’s vision for Poly-Rythmo didn’t always line up with that of the musicians and, more often than not, it was Vincent who spoke up for the band.

The two men grew increasingly estranged until one day – at the funeral for Adissa’s father no less – Adissa gave Vincent an ultimatum of sorts. In Vincent’s own words: ‘I asked him if there is a way we could sort out our differences to which he replied that the only solution was for me to leave the band, adding, “if not I will kill you”’. And so Vincent found himself forced out of the band he had helped build. He tried his hand at various business ventures, but soon realised that the pull of music was too strong. On a business trip to Nigeria, Vincent met with Ignace de Souza of Benin’s Black Santiago band, who agreed to arrange Vincent’s songs, assemble musicians, and book a session at the legendary Decca Studios in Lagos.

With everything in place Vincent returned to Cotonou, gathered together all the money he had saved over the years and set out again for Lagos. But the simple bus journey to Nigeria turned into a nightmarish odyssey of military corruption … and had it not been for the random kindness of an unknown woman on the bus, this album – along with Vincent’s subsequent solo career – might never have existed. Vincent tells the full story in the liner notes to this LP.

But Vincent did make it to Lagos and the sessions went ahead. The nine-piece band, handpicked by de Souza, learned the songs and set them to tape in the span of only a week … but the results are as timeless and essential as anything to emerge from West Africa in the late 1970s.

Vincent’s afrobeat credentials are in full evidence on opening track ‘Best Woman’ (English) whose driving beat, focussed horns and intricate vocal melody recall the raucous intensity of Poly-Rythmo. But the deep funk of the title track turns out to be only a warm-up for album-highlight ‘Maimouna Cherie’ (French), a moving expression of love and longing which kicks off with a hi-hat and wah-wah guitar workout but shifts gears mid-way into a more concentrated and contemplative groove.

The funk and afrobeat gems on Best Woman are balanced by songs that draw upon Sato, one of the many Vodoun rhythms of Vincent’s native Benin. Side one concludes with ‘Vi Deka’ (Mina), an epic slow-burner propelled by some of the record’s most soulful vocals, while album closer ‘Wa Do Verite Ton Noumi’ (Fon) all but dares you not to lose yourself in its sublime hypnotic trance.

Best Woman was released on Nigeria’s Hasbunalau Records in 1978, and original pressings are now highly-prized collector’s items. With this reissue on Analog Africa’s Dance Edition imprint – newly mastered by Nick Robbins, cut by to vinyl by Frank Merritt at the Carvery, and approved by Vincent himself – Best Woman makes a welcome and long-overdue return to turntables around the world.

This limited edition Vinyl is produced as 1x LP (180gr) in Gatefold with liner notes & pictures, 30×60 Inlay/Poster …

Tracklist
1. Best Woman 9:17
2. Vi Deka 9:20
3. Maimouna Cherie 8:39
4. Wa Ton Verité Ton Noemi 9:22 Available from 21.04.2017

Oxia
Monday, March 6th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Olivier Raymond, born in 1971 in Grenoble (France), got into “black music” (disco & funk) already in his early teens. During college years, Olivier’s friendship with Stephane Deschezeaux, kick started a musical journey, with a debut on a local radio station broadcasting a show dedicated to Funk … hence, only being 15 years of age, […]

Lee Perry & The Upsetter – Scratch And Company Chapter 1
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lee Perry & The Upsetter – Scratch And Company Chapter 1

Image: 1607139 Placed within legendary reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry’s
prolific discography, The Upsetters Chapter 1 stands out as one of
the eccentric genius’s most interesting, adventurous works. Using
a combination of established collaborators and new musicians,
Perry creates a classic dub record that pulses with deep bass,
echoing percussion and dissonant sound effects. Spiritual cuts
(“When Jah Come”) are balanced by grand dub productions
(“Tighten Up”), creating a cohesive, infectious sound that rivals the
Upsetter’s finest material.

A1. Scratch The Dub Oranizer
A2. Who You Gonna Run To
A3. Tighten Up
A4. A Serious Joke
A5. Little Flute Chant
B1. When Jah Come
B2. Scratch Walking
B3. Come Along
B4. Bush Weed Corn Trash
B5. Curley Dub Available from 02.12.2016

Ron English – Fish Feet (180g/Black Vinyl)
Thursday, November 5th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ron English – Fish Feet (180g/Black Vinyl)

Image: 1600721 “Fish Feet is guitarist Ron English’s only date as a leader, which is remarkable for a career spanning more than 50 years—a career that has placed him in the company of legends of rock and R&B. From garage rock roots as a founding member of the Woolies, to tours backing the Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Mary Wilson, English has enjoyed a storied life in music, effortlessly moving between genres with chameleon-like malleability.

Jazz, however, is where English found his calling with 1970s work on Detroit’s Tribe and Strata labels that blended styles such as funk, be-bop, post be-bop and the freedom sound of the jazz avant-garde. It was a period of great “self-determination” he says, due to both labels’ reliance on artist autonomy and a do-it-yourself ethic that ensured if great effort was applied to any endeavor, the output would match. Fish Feet was such an effort.

Recorded with a small ensemble of Strata brethren including Kenny Cox, Lyman Woodard, Larry Nozero and co-producer Charles Moore, English describes Fish Feet as something of a concept album—a romantic fantasy about longing for love. The Thom Bell and Linda Creed composition, “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” is a wonderful piece coming out of the R&B world and evidence of English’s broad taste, balanced by the group’s mutual love of the emotional weight of the music of Charles Mingus. Then there was the funk, which George Clinton and the Ohio Players were doing at neighboring Westbound Records.

“Funk was in the air, and we did have to have a little bit of funk with what we were doing,” English says. “That’s what Fish Feet was about.”

English penned all of the album’s original compositions, such as the lilting “Meadowlark” and the bluesy funk of the title track, and recruited a stellar horn section that included Nozero, Phil Ranelin, Norma Jean Bell and Marcus Belgrave. Nozero’s work on “Bees” and “Yet And Still” are among the highlights of the album, along with Bell’s solo on “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” English’s own unaccompanied acoustic playing on the Harry Barris and Gordon Clifford standard “I Surrender Dear” provides an exquisite close to a long-unreleased jewel of an album, and a piece that is an example of why the Strata canon is an essential entry in the story of Detroit music.

“We tried to hit all aspects,” English says. “That’s why the label was called Strata, “because it was operating on several different Strata—several different layers.”

As he reflects on recording the album, English is sad that many of his collaborators have died, unable to witness the fruits of their labor. Cox, Nozero and Woodard have passed on, “and I just hate that,” he says. Also gone is co-producer Moore, of whom English speaks highly.

“Charles Moore had a wonderfully astute and gifted musical mind, and he understood what to do and how to make things work,” he says. “It was just a joy to work with him and to put this together with a good friend and musical brother.”

English credits Cox and Moore with being the brain trust behind Strata, and is grateful that Fish Feet, which also features the cover art of Overton Lloyd, is a part of their legacy as well. “This is really good work,” he says. “Looking back, I’m kind of proud of what we did there.”

1. You Make Me Feel Brand New
2. Fishfeet
3. Meadow Lark
4. Bees
5. Yet And Still
6. Ultima Linda
7. I Surrender, Dear Available from 11.12.2015

Ron English – Fish Feet (180g/Gold Vinyl)
Thursday, November 5th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ron English – Fish Feet (180g/Gold Vinyl)

Image: 1600723 “Fish Feet is guitarist Ron English’s only date as a leader, which is remarkable for a career spanning more than 50 years—a career that has placed him in the company of legends of rock and R&B. From garage rock roots as a founding member of the Woolies, to tours backing the Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Mary Wilson, English has enjoyed a storied life in music, effortlessly moving between genres with chameleon-like malleability.

Jazz, however, is where English found his calling with 1970s work on Detroit’s Tribe and Strata labels that blended styles such as funk, be-bop, post be-bop and the freedom sound of the jazz avant-garde. It was a period of great “self-determination” he says, due to both labels’ reliance on artist autonomy and a do-it-yourself ethic that ensured if great effort was applied to any endeavor, the output would match. Fish Feet was such an effort.

Recorded with a small ensemble of Strata brethren including Kenny Cox, Lyman Woodard, Larry Nozero and co-producer Charles Moore, English describes Fish Feet as something of a concept album—a romantic fantasy about longing for love. The Thom Bell and Linda Creed composition, “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” is a wonderful piece coming out of the R&B world and evidence of English’s broad taste, balanced by the group’s mutual love of the emotional weight of the music of Charles Mingus. Then there was the funk, which George Clinton and the Ohio Players were doing at neighboring Westbound Records.

“Funk was in the air, and we did have to have a little bit of funk with what we were doing,” English says. “That’s what Fish Feet was about.”

English penned all of the album’s original compositions, such as the lilting “Meadowlark” and the bluesy funk of the title track, and recruited a stellar horn section that included Nozero, Phil Ranelin, Norma Jean Bell and Marcus Belgrave. Nozero’s work on “Bees” and “Yet And Still” are among the highlights of the album, along with Bell’s solo on “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” English’s own unaccompanied acoustic playing on the Harry Barris and Gordon Clifford standard “I Surrender Dear” provides an exquisite close to a long-unreleased jewel of an album, and a piece that is an example of why the Strata canon is an essential entry in the story of Detroit music.

“We tried to hit all aspects,” English says. “That’s why the label was called Strata, “because it was operating on several different Strata—several different layers.”

As he reflects on recording the album, English is sad that many of his collaborators have died, unable to witness the fruits of their labor. Cox, Nozero and Woodard have passed on, “and I just hate that,” he says. Also gone is co-producer Moore, of whom English speaks highly.

“Charles Moore had a wonderfully astute and gifted musical mind, and he understood what to do and how to make things work,” he says. “It was just a joy to work with him and to put this together with a good friend and musical brother.”

English credits Cox and Moore with being the brain trust behind Strata, and is grateful that Fish Feet, which also features the cover art of Overton Lloyd, is a part of their legacy as well. “This is really good work,” he says. “Looking back, I’m kind of proud of what we did there.”

1. You Make Me Feel Brand New
2. Fishfeet
3. Meadow Lark
4. Bees
5. Yet And Still
6. Ultima Linda
7. I Surrender, Dear Available from 11.12.2015

The Soul Motivators – Free To Believe
Thursday, September 10th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Soul Motivators – Free To Believe

The Soul Motivators are the hottest new ambassadors of Canadian Funk with a sound inspired by the multi-cultural urban lifestyle of Toronto, blending funk, soul, and psychedelic beat. The Soul Motivators’ core consists of Marc Shapiro (bass), Voltaire…

Saun & Starr
Monday, May 18th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Daptone Records is proud to release Look Closer, the debut album by Saun & Starr, in May 2015. While the group’s name may not be immediately familiar, Starr Duncan-Lowe and Saundra Williams’ distinctive voices have been featured as the background vocals for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings both on stage and on record. Finally, the […]

Daptone Records is proud to release the debut album by Saun & Starr
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Daptone Records is proud to release Look Closer, the debut album by Saun & Starr, in May 2015. While the group’s name may not be immediately familiar, Starr Duncan-Lowe and Saundra Williams’ distinctive voices have been featured as the background vocals for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings both on stage and on record. Finally, the […]

The Bombay Royale – Wild Stallion Mountain
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Bombay Royale – Wild Stallion Mountain

Get ready for white light on white wax, baby. Spinning your way at 45 rpm, The Bombay Royale’s latest piece of retro-Bollywood-freakadelic-disco is not powered so much by the forces of nature, as it is by forces beyond nature. You may say “Eurovision …

Saun & Starr – Look Closer (LP+MP3)
Friday, April 10th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Saun & Starr – Look Closer (LP+MP3)

Image: 1595768 Daptone Records is proud to release Look Closer, the debut album by Saun & Starr, in May 2015. While the group’s name may not be immediately familiar, Starr Duncan-Lowe and Saundra Williams’ distinctive voices have been featured as the background vocals for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings both on stage and on record. Finally, the duo has prepared to step forward into the limelight.

Though they grew up mere blocks from one another in New York’s South Bronx, singing in local church choirs and in plays since a young age, the pair didn’t meet until an open mic night in 1986. Bound by a mutual respect for each other’s talent and a shared taste for soul music, Saun & Starr formed what would be a lasting friendship.

It would be a while before their first outing as a duo. In the meantime, both ladies separately pursued their own respective singing careers. Around that time, both singers – each unaware of the other’s efforts – auditioned for a wedding band featuring Sharon Jones. The chemistry between these three women was instant and undeniable, and Saun and Starr were both selected to sing lead alongside Sharon, performing as a trio under the name The Good ‘N’ Plenty Girls for much of the 1990s. Over the next several years, each would leave the wedding band in their own time. Sharon would hook up with Desco and then Daptone Records to launch her well-documented solo career, Starr was enjoying touring with the gospel groups Glory Gospel Singers and Sister Act, and Saun was working steadily with dozens of other bands throughout NYC. In 1999, Saundra released Bless The Day, her solo full-length debut.

Although the three singers kept in touch throughout the 2000s, they did not reunite until 2008 when Sharon recruited her old friends for a one-off performance with The Dap-Kings. Soon the band realised how vital Saundra and Starr’s backing vocals were to the live show. Rechristened as The Dapettes, Starr and Saundra became regular members of Sharon Jones’ live band.

Before long, Saun & Starr joined The Dap-Kings at Daptone Records’ House of Soul in Brooklyn to begin recording an album of their own material.  The first single from this session, ‘Hot Shot’ – penned by Daptone’s in-house producer Gabe Roth and Dap-Kings’ saxophonist Cheme Gastelum, and backed with ‘Gonna Make Time’ – was Daptone’s best selling 45 to date.

Look Closer, which features both tracks from the single, is the culmination of Saun & Starr’s work at the House of Soul. Its all-analogue production and masterful, rich instrumentation are hallmarks of The Dap-Kings, who perform on every track. Though the overall mood of Look Closer is joyous, there’s plenty of variety to be found within, from the dramatic attitude of ‘Your Face Before My Eyes’ to the sparkling ‘Sunshine’ and the sultry ballad ‘In The Night’. Saun & Starr’s cadences intertwine beautifully on ‘Gonna Make Time’ against a percussive backdrop, while ‘Big Wheel’ is a perfect showcase for their individual vocal talents, from emotive belting and storytelling to call-and-response and those perfectly balanced harmonies.

With their first album as a duo, Saun & Starr have finally found their home on Daptone. “Being a part of the Daptone family makes me feel free to stay true to the sounds of what we grew up on and love,” says Starr. Saun agrees, adding, “I am excited about getting this record out there and having the world hear what we’ve been working so hard on with The Dap-Kings. It’s been a long time coming. Let’s HIT IT!”

Tracklisting:
01. Look Closer (Can’t You See The Signs?)
02. Hot Shot
03. Gonna Make Time
04. Sunshine (You’re Blowin’ My Cool)
05. If Only
06. Another Love Like Mine
07. Big Wheel
08. Your Face Before My Eyes
09. Dear Mr. Teddy
10. In The Night
11. Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Available from 22.05.2015

Braille – Mute Swan
Friday, March 27th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Braille – Mute Swan

Image: 1596282 After releasing a string of driving, dancefloor-oriented singles on European labels Rush Hour and Hotflush, Brooklyn’s own Praveen Sharma aka Braille is keying up to release his debut LP, Mute Swan, on Friends of Friends this Spring.

Tracklist:
1. Weight
2. The Cat’s Gone Nuts (ft. Seafloor)
3. Better Than Nothing (ft. Angelica Bess)
4. Insider Out
5. Ports (ft. Angelica Bess)
6. Ended Up In NY
7. It’s All Right (ft. Angelica Bess)
8. I Assume (ft. Jesse Boykins III & Throwing Snow)
9. Stop Drop & Roll
10. Everyone’s Crazy
11. Shhh

After releasing a string of driving, dancefloor-oriented singles on European labels Rush Hour and Hotflush, Brooklyn’s own Praveen Sharma aka Braille is keying up to release his debut LP, Mute Swan, on Friends of Friends this Spring. With an ear for sentimental melodies and an unprecedented step into the vocal arena, Braille’s first full-length is rife with narrative appeal and rich songwriting, collapsing dozens of genre signifiers into a cauldron of pathos.
Sharma’s own vocal experiments are aided by Jessie Boykins III on “I Assume” and Angelica Bess on “Ports” and “Better Than Nothing”, as well as additional production from Throwing Snow and Seafloor, a symphony of voices feeding into the cohesive vision he has established, one as much influenced by internal struggle as it is by his current environ in Brooklyn. The Seafloor-assisted “The Cat’s Gone Nuts” epitomizes the aforementioned spirit, drawing on classic soul as well as hip hop, R&B and UK garage. Cerebrally affecting, Braille’s compositions take the listener on a walk through the artist’s past and present, a collage of emotions ranging from melancholic joy to the deepest of sorrows. All in all, it’s a pleasure to bring Braille into the Friends of Friends family, a fit that looks just as good on paper as it is in reality!
Key Points:
Debut solo LP from Braille who also records music as 1/2 of wildly successful Sepalcure duo (with Machinedrum)
‘Everyone’s Crazy’ EP supported by Mixmag, Resident Advisor, Exclaim, FACT Mag, Fader, XLR8R, Hypetrak and more
Radio support from George Fitzgerald (BBC), Sohn (BBC), Rob Da Bank (BBC), Plastician (Rinse) and more
Forthcoming guest mixes for i-D Magazine and Solid Steel Radio

Press Quotes:
“A full-length whose vitality may well spill into the lifeblood of whatever’s two generations on.” – Derek Miller, Resident Advisor on Sepalcure
“Fresh, swinging and juicy is how Braille likes his tunes.” – Mixmag on “Small Downs” (Everyone’s Crazy EP)
“The Brooklyn resident returns with his latest slate of lush, bass-heavy beats.” – FACT Mag on Everyone’s Crazy EP
“That Sepalcure is so balanced and organized can be attributed to the experience and seeming calm of its principals, that it sounds so lively and inviting is the greater achievement.” – Pitchfork on Sepalcure Available from 01.05.2015

Phace – Shape The Random (Neosignal)
Friday, March 20th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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New full length artist album from German drum & bass mastermind Phace, available as CD in a high quality digipak with various lacquer coats and gatefold sleeve double vinyl with printed inner sleeves.

CD NSGNLCD002
Release: 20-03-15
German drum & bass mastermind Phace has announced his third artist album
Friday, March 13th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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New full length album available as CD in a high quality digipak with various lacquer coats and gatefold sleeve double vinyl with printed inner sleeves! “This record wasn’t calculated or über-conceptualised. The writing process was spontaneous, I let inspiration shape that and the recording sessions themselves. For me, art has to be original and arbitrary, […]

Mugwump – Until You’re Worth It (Mark E & Andrew Weatherall)
Friday, December 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mugwump – Until You’re Worth It (Mark E & Andrew Weatherall)

Image: 1593235 After the first release on Subfield and the joint EP with fellow Belgian DC Salas, “Until You’re Worth It” (SF003) now sees Mugwump collaborating with Norwegian disco godfather Päl Nyhus from Mungolian Jetset (Smalltown Supersound) & Tore Gjedrem from killer duo Ost & Kjex (Diynamic). They both provide eerie Prince-like vocals for a slice of psychedelic funk-pop that is the first excerpt from Mugwump’s brilliant forthcoming debut album (entitled “Unspell” and scheduled for release on 22.03.2015).

This song about commitment, failure and hope of selfimprovement is a departure from Mugwump’s full-on club sound and ventures in the realms of modern pop. To keep thing balanced and party-related, the release comes with a fantastic mid-tempo chugger from UK Dance supremo Andrew Weatherall. Andrew has championed most of Mugwump’s output over the years and has even taken the mic on this version, delivering a few additionnal vocals onto his brilliant remix. Another Mugwump acquaintance, Mark E has commited to support the release too, with TWO mind-bending mixes, the first being included here. This 3rd release on Subfield marks the beginning of yet another chapter in Mugwump’s music odyssey that will bring a new album, a live show and some new original videos.

TRACKLISTING
A1.Mugwump (ft. Mungolian Jetset and Ost & Kjex) « Until You’re Worth It » (original)
B1. Mark E remix 1
B2. Andrew Weatherall remix Available from 06.02.2015

Professor Brian Oblivion – Like This!
Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Professor Brian Oblivion – Like This!

Image: 1593870 Professor Brian Oblivion is a producer and DJ whose sample based, boom bap style is rooted in Golden Era Hip Hop while steadily projecting towards new treatments. He recently contributed production to Homeboy Sandman’s album “Hallways,” alongside heavy hitters Oh No, DJ Spinna and Jonwayne.

The second single release from his upcoming instrumental full-length album, “Dissertations Vol.1”, Professor Brian Oblivion brings us, “Like This!”. Hard hitting drums drop once the needle hits the groove and as soon as the swing of syncopated snares gets you in the pocket, the lightness of a playful organ melody and airy synths create a wellbalanced beat breakfast. Hungry for more? The bonus break is a healthy slathering of the track’s heavy percussion section, a helping so good, it’ll get you through the day. Flip to the B-side and Professor Brian Oblivion offers a more full-bodied experience with “Caution”. Dark, moody funk collides with dissonant synth swells and menacing horn stabs, warning listeners to tread lightly. “Dissertations Vol. 1” is the highly anticipated LP release that is the follow up to the professor’s debut album, “The Dark Realities of the Moment” (2011).

Tracklisting
A. Like This (+Bonus Break)
B. Caution Available from 28.11.2014

Nana Love – Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk
Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nana Love – Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk

Image: 1590338 BBE are back with the third installment of the “Masters We Love” series. This time taking their crate-digging journey to producer Reindorf Oppong and reissuing Nana Love’s ‘Disco Documentary – Full of Funk . Featuring unreleased tracks and a new master from the original master tapes this is a must own for any afro disco aficionado.

The third instalment of our “Masters We Love” series, our crate-digging journey led us to the original producer Reindorf Oppong, of what could possibly be one of the most ‘mysterious’ Afro-Disco records produced in the late 70s, Nana Love’s “Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk”.
The original master tapes were un-covered [and luckily in great shape] and in the process of restoring the tapes, un-released material was discovered, enriching this very special package.
Nana Love’s work, is a testament to the music’s most redeeming qualities: great musicianship, funky basslines and killer breaks. As a singer / songwriter in the leading role throughout, she [with production by Reindorf Oppong] lends a wonderfully balanced approach to the arrangements. The result is a set of tracks that are positioned carefully at the forward thinking crossroads of Disco, Boogie and
Soul & Funk…
Her band included 6 of the original Boney M members as well as the legendary Harry Mosco and was recorded in London in 1978, in the same studio as Boney M recorded alongside David Bowie.
This album makes us think, would there ever have been a Studio 54 in Ghana in late 70s? If so these would have been the recordings that would have packed the dance floor with their deep root in Disco, Soul & Funk!

Key Selling Points.
• Never re-issued album available on CD & Digital for the first time
• Re-mastered from the original master tapes by Masterpiece London
• Re-stored artwork from high-res scans & high-end retoucher
• Additional archive photos
• Extensive liner notes telling the story behind the recordings
• 12 piece studio band containing 6 members from Boney M as well as legendary Harry Mosco
• Limited double LP in gatefold sleeve

TRACKLISTING
CD
1. I’m In Love
2. We Gonna Stay For The Party
3. Talking About Music
4. Disco Lover
5. Sahara / Chains of Love
6. Hang On Baby
7. When The Heart Decides
8. Reach Out My Hand
9. Loving Feeling (Dance Mix)
10. Loving Feeling (Instrumental)

Vinyl 1
Side A
I’m In Love
Side B
We Gonna Stay For The Party
Talking About Music
Disco Lover
Sahara / Chains Of Love
Vinyl 2
Side C
Hang On Baby
When The Heart Decides
Side D
Reach Out My Hand
Loving Feeling [Dance Mix]
Loving Feeling [Instrumental]
For Fans of Strut Africa, Afro
Funk, Masters We LoveBBE are back with the third installment of the “Masters We Love” series. This time taking their crate-digging journey to producer Reindorf Oppong and reissuing Nana Love’s ‘Disco Documentary – Full of Funk . Featuring unreleased tracks and a new master from the original master tapes this is a must own for any afro disco aficionado.

The third instalment of our “Masters We Love” series, our crate-digging journey led us to the original producer Reindorf Oppong, of what could possibly be one of the most ‘mysterious’ Afro-Disco records produced in the late 70s, Nana Love’s “Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk”.
The original master tapes were un-covered [and luckily in great shape] and in the process of restoring the tapes, un-released material was discovered, enriching this very special package.
Nana Love’s work, is a testament to the music’s most redeeming qualities: great musicianship, funky basslines and killer breaks. As a singer / songwriter in the leading role throughout, she [with production by Reindorf Oppong] lends a wonderfully balanced approach to the arrangements. The result is a set of tracks that are positioned carefully at the forward thinking crossroads of Disco, Boogie and
Soul & Funk…
Her band included 6 of the original Boney M members as well as the legendary Harry Mosco and was recorded in London in 1978, in the same studio as Boney M recorded alongside David Bowie.
This album makes us think, would there ever have been a Studio 54 in Ghana in late 70s? If so these would have been the recordings that would have packed the dance floor with their deep root in Disco, Soul & Funk!

Key Selling Points.
• Never re-issued album available on CD & Digital for the first time
• Re-mastered from the original master tapes by Masterpiece London
• Re-stored artwork from high-res scans & high-end retoucher
• Additional archive photos
• Extensive liner notes telling the story behind the recordings
• 12 piece studio band containing 6 members from Boney M as well as legendary Harry Mosco
• Limited double LP in gatefold sleeve

TRACKLISTING
CD
1. I’m In Love
2. We Gonna Stay For The Party
3. Talking About Music
4. Disco Lover
5. Sahara / Chains of Love
6. Hang On Baby
7. When The Heart Decides
8. Reach Out My Hand
9. Loving Feeling (Dance Mix)
10. Loving Feeling (Instrumental)

Vinyl 1
Side A
I’m In Love
Side B
We Gonna Stay For The Party
Talking About Music
Disco Lover
Sahara / Chains Of Love
Vinyl 2
Side C
Hang On Baby
When The Heart Decides
Side D
Reach Out My Hand
Loving Feeling [Dance Mix]
Loving Feeling [Instrumental]
For Fans of Strut Africa, Afro
Funk, Masters We Love Available from 08.08.2014

Koko – Koko Edits #4
Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Koko – Koko Edits #4

Koko Edits #4 on Basic Fingers, yes it’s true. Needing little introduction to any Basic Fingers fan Koko has made his way from splicing and dicing since the first release back in 2011.’Family Affair’ sounds like it’s taken from the Norman Connors rewo…

Mihai Popoviciu
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Mihai Popoviciu, from Sibiu in Romania, is considered one of the most innovative eastern European producers of electronic music today. He was born in Romania in 1981 and was drawn to the fast-growing rave scene of the 90’s. He started producing music in 2001 being influenced by the techno and house virus and it took […]

Top notch modern vintage Afro heat by The KutiMangoes
Thursday, April 17th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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This may sound like an Afro-Orchestra, but for sure not like a sextet, which The KutiMangoes actually are! Compact arrangements with extremely blazing horns, especially from the baritone sax and the trombone. Nonetheless it is still not overwhelming, because everything is accompanied by a carefully counterbalanced easiness, beautifully recorded for the album Afro-Fire. The KutiMangoes […]

Myron & E – Behind Closed Doors / Turn Back
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Myron & E – Behind Closed Doors / Turn Back

Image: 1587543 Without blinking an eye, the Californian double trouble known as Myron & E bring yet another dose of heavy soul to the table. “Behind Closed Doors” switches gears from their previous material, providing this time a genuine up-tempo dancer. Propelled forward by the mayfieldesque stylings of The Soul Investigators, the tune should shatter knees at any northern soul setting around the globe.

Myron & E’s recent lyrical output has balanced neatly between falling in and out of love versus lamenting on the troubles in society. “Behind Closed Doors” sits neatly in the middle. It reflects on infidelity in a relationship by playing with communal situations, where rumors circulate and poison the situation further. The whole thing is turned tongue-in-cheek by some street savvy feminine input near the end. The b-side includes “Turn Back”, the opening track from The Broadway album, first time on 45. This beautiful ballad presents the duo and whole group on their strongest and most connected to the modes of their genre. The lyrics don’t communicate nostalgia as such, but rather act as a welcome to the fantastic soulful reality, which the listener is about to enter. Available from 21.02.2014

Friske – Covert / Venture
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Friske – Covert / Venture

Image: 1582513 After the storming success of Fractures outing on METHXX02 Friske quickly follows up with both tracks “Covert” & “Venture” on METHXX03

“Covert” kicks things off with a deep excursion that cleverly steps its way through the unknown, a precise juxtaposition of effects and haunting stabs that swell in balanced unison throughout an ever-evolving arrangement. The A side is nothing short of the highest calibre of drum and bass music and the perfect addition to the METHXX catalogue.

The flipside sees Friske bring some smoother vibes to the forefront with “Venture” The B Side cleverly meanders with effortless ease through intricate melodies against a backdrop of smooth evolving pads, creating the perfect canvas for the foreground of perfectly weighted drums and exactly the right weight of B-line bounce to keep things moving.

Overall the whole 12” exemplifies Friske’s highly accomplished production prowess with a release that has the Metalheadz signature stamped all over it and once again all finished off in the hugely desirable and collectable METHXX packaging

Another stunning Metalheadz Ltd outing for 2013 and another slice of Metalheadz Future History Available from 13.09.2013

Various – A&R Edits Vol.1
Thursday, July 4th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – A&R Edits Vol.1

Image: 1581679 A&R Edits is a new edits label curated by Greg Wilson, this first volume with Henry Greenwood’s reworks of ‘Buffalo Stance’ by Neneh Cherry and George Benson’s 1977 single, ‘Nature Boy’.

Cutting his teeth on the UK bar DJ circuit with gigs six nights a week, as well as being a member of production duo Casio Social Club, Henry Greenwood has nurtured an understanding of the vital ingredients required for a killer dance floor groove. From the early days of breaking both the pause buttons on his family stereo system (whilst crafting his first reworks) to spinning alongside Derrick Carter at London’s disco-flavoured club night Slide, Henry is carving a razor-sharp niche in the ever-evolving re-edits movement.

‘Buffalo Dance’, the opening statement of this new imprint, was a true labour of love: as anybody who has played with the ‘Scratchapella’ will know, it comes bundled with a frustratingly top-heavy drum kick, before stopping completely midway through the second verse. Henry pillaged every official remix that was released for the parts to his version, the Japanese 3″ CD single being particularly useful, and thankfully the original producer’s reluctance to share the full vocal was balanced by how many of the other elements feature in isolation on the remixes. Henry’s beautifully crafted extension features the lingering familiarity of the original’s two chord progression that ultimately gives way to the opening verse of Neneh Cherry’s unforgettable vocal, a tip of the hat to the original track.

On the flip, Henry has revisited George Benson’s 1977 single, ‘Nature Boy’, originally a Nat King Cole classic from 1948. It was a radio edit heard whilst driving that initially caught his attention, and, after hunting down the original cut, he looped up a prominent 8-bar section to forge an instrumental deep house burner. After some direction from Greg Wilson, and encouragement to reincorporate more of the vocal, his ‘Voice of Nature’ version was born, an early doors gem that has been a staple in Wilson’s sets during recent times.

A1. Henry Greenwood – Buffalo Dance
B1. Henry Greenwood – Voice Of Nature Available from 14.06.2013

Friedman & Liebezeit – Secret Rhythms 5 (Nonplace)
Monday, April 22nd, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,
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The Volume 5 in the series with all brandnew recordings by Jaki Liebezeit (Can) and Burnt Friedman – available as CD and double vinyl in an original Nonplace packaging!

CD NON35CD / 2LP NON35LP
Release: 19-04-13
The Volume 5 in the series with all brandnew recordings by Jaki Liebezeit and Burnt Friedman
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,
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The Volume 5 in the series with all brandnew recordings by Jaki Liebezeit (Can) and Burnt Friedman – available as CD and double vinyl in an original Nonplace packaging! Over the past 12 years Secret Rhythms has become the leading Nonplace trademark. In April 2013 Jaki Liebezeit and Burnt Friedman will add a fifth album […]

Process Rebel – Code Fusion EP
Thursday, April 4th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Process Rebel – Code Fusion EP

6 tracks of dub, breaks, bass and glitch music from BALANCED RECORDS. The title cut is a “reverb drenched head-nodding dub breaks journey” followed by two of re-rubs of classic dub riddims. B/w another original cut, a remix by labelmate RICHIE PHOE an…

The Shaolin Afronauts are the band to watch out for in 2011 …
Monday, July 25th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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The mysterious afro-soul of The Shaolin Afronauts first echoed across the dance floors of Australia in late 2008. Heavily inspired by the sounds of 1970’s West Africa, Ethiopia and the pioneering avant-garde jazz artists of the same period, The Shaolin Afronauts draw on the this highly innovative and sometimes volatile era in music, using it […]

Molecular Structures presents his brand new album on Basswerk …
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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At the early age of 19, Filip Dragovic a.k.a Molecular Structures has dedicated himself completely to the world of electronic sounds. As a young classically trained pianist and jazz player, he has the ability to make his tracks musically balanced, but also doesn’t hold back from going into unexplored territories of music and trying out […]

French drum & bass producer Naibu presents his debut album on Horizons Music …
Friday, March 12th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Naibu presents the culmination of his projects on Horizons Music featuring tracks from “Fireflies EP” (HZN30) and the simultaneously released “Discrete EP” (HZN38) as well as some stunning exclusives. Naibu has created a collection of immense maturity for one seemingly so new to the game. Enlisting the exceptional vocal talents of KiyomiI, Naibu commandingly conjures […]

Paucker – Miserable Junkie (Monohausen Records)
Monday, March 8th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Stuttgart-born musician/singer Paucker is a member of indie-jazz outfit Triband, and he already worked with well-known artists such as Joy Denalane and Thomas D. He now presents his solo debut album “Miserable Junkie” – a mixture of 60s beat music, psychedelic rock, indie and electro.

CD MR004-2
Release: 05-03-10
Med School continues to push exhilarating up-and-coming artists …
Friday, February 26th, 2010 | Tags: ,
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Med School storms into a new decade and continues to push exhilarating up-and-coming artists with some of the freshest drum+bass rhythms you are likely to hear. “New Blood 010” is an invigorating selection of finger-on-the-pulse boundary-pushing electronic music where only the top sonic surgeons make the grade. Delivered on two piece vinyl and CD, this […]

Sean Price – Kimbo Price (Vision)
Monday, December 7th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,
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“Kimbo Price”, the prelude to his next national album, Mic Tyson” (2010), is a 23 track mix cd feat. Buckshot, Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Ruste Juxx, Royce Da 5’9″, L.E.G.A.C.Y., Poisen Pen, Illanoyz, Agallah and others.

CD VIS5009CD
Release: 11-12-09
Build An Ark return with their third album “Love Part 1” …
Monday, November 23rd, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Build An Ark return with their third album “Love Part 1”, and their growth – both in sound and players – shows no signs of stopping. This is their meditation on “Love Part 1” ‐ its varying forms and moods, its ecstatic and soothing powers Build An Ark, under the production of Carlos Niño, have […]

Auteur Jazz is a new project led by composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Antti Hynninen …
Friday, September 25th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Auteur Jazz is a new project led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Antti Hynninen. The debut album “Aphorisms” combines cinematic soundscapes with a refreshing take on dancefloor jazz aesthetics. Antti Hynninen is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Helsinki. In the past couple of years he has been applying his vision to more than 30 […]

Danny Byrd
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Much like the Roman Spa his home town is renowned for; many have discovered the benefits of immersing themselves in the soulful productions of Danny Byrd. With less nudity required, and a reduced danger of contracting syphilis, plague, or leprosy, it is no wonder Danny Byrd has become one of Bath’s most cherished attractions. One […]

Outstanding new album from Sinner DC …
Thursday, April 30th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Sinner DC have been forging an increasingly solid reputation for impeccable tunes and sweeping electronic sounds for themselves over the years. The live trio whose sound is as captivating as it is unique merges a combination of electronics, mechanical investigations and terraforming sounds, which will stop for nothing. The minimal vocals, captured sound waves and […]

Nobody pres. Blank Blue
Monday, May 5th, 2008 | Tags: , , ,
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Elvin Estela, aka Nobody, met Niki Randa at Fingerprints, an indie record store in Long Beach, California, where they have worked together since 2001. Estela was mulling over ideas for a sequel to “Pacific Drift”, his 2003 release on Ubiquity, and realized that the album he wanted to make needed only one vocalist.

Temposhark
Thursday, March 27th, 2008 | Tags: ,
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London-based electronic rock band Temposhark was formed in December 2004 by singer/songwriter Rob Diament and producer Luke Busby. The band immediately set up their own record label Paper And Glue as a means of releasing a series of limited edition singles, the first of which was the critically acclaimed EP “Neon ?”. An instant hit with the UK underground, Temposhark quickly collaborated on a duet with singer Imogen Heap (Frou Frou) and received club remixes from electro pioneers including Cursor Miner, Mark Moore (S’Express), Avril (F Communications), Metronomy, Melnyk, Crispin J Glover, Noblesse Oblige (Horse Glue) and hip hop artists Border Crossing and Akira The Don.

After hearing Temposhark’s second EP “Invisible Ink/Little White Lie” (May 2005), acclaimed producer Guy Sigsworth (Madonna, Björk, Britney Spears) became an instant fan and went on to produce the band’s first UK-nwide released single “It’s Better To Have Loved” (December 2005). In May 2006 Temposhark released its second single “Joy” on limited edition CD and 7″ vinyl. The track became a favorite with the UK press and led to a subsequent nationwide tour. Temposhark gained many new fans when the track was featured on the homepage of iTunes UK and in iTunes’ weekly newsletter and was featured as the iTunes US staff favorite of the week (January 2007) …

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