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Iris Romen – Vintage Gal Hour (Chet Records)
Monday, April 15th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Iris Romen wrote all the tracks on this solo album herself and is blessed with a wonderful, natural, unmistakable voice that renders pointless any comparisons with stars from the past.

CD CHET4017
Release: 12-04-13
Various – Best Of Bossa Lounge (Chet Records)
Monday, October 26th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,
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Finest selection of 40 great pop classics in a bossa style. Incl. excellent versions of world hits by Bob Marley, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Prince, U2, Bob Dylan, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, Soft Cell, The Police, Oasis, Simple Minds, a.o.

2CD CHET4012
Release: 23-10-09
Sonorama Records celebrates catalogue number 100 with the release of “Cool Europa”
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Unique compilation and 100th release in the catalogue of Sonorama Records – file under: cool, modern, hard bop, modal! Fourteen previously unknown tracks recorded 1959-63 in West-Germany by some of the best European jazz artists of the time, featuring Barney Wilen, Francy Boland, Rolf Kühn, Joki Freund, Attila Zoller, Fats Sadi, Roland Kovac, Rolf Ericson, […]

Dutch masters Kraak & Smaak present their fifth studio album “Juicy Fruit” on Jalapeno Records
Friday, June 10th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Juicy Fruit is as succulent as the name suggests – a feast of flavour served up by Dutch masters Kraak & Smaak. Their fifth studio album is one that sees them sonically revisiting the roots of their first releases, producing an organic and warm electronic disco and funk album packed with hot property collaborators including […]

Reso – Ricochet
Saturday, February 21st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reso – Ricochet

Image: 1595549 Neues Album von Reso auf Hospital Records. Reso ist u.a. bekannt durch Veröffentlichungen auf Med School und Horizon.

Tracklist,
01. Reso “Taiga”
02. Reso “Move It”
03. Reso “Coming Back To You”
04. Reso “Ricochet”
05. Reso “The Blob”
06. Reso “What Is”
07. Reso “Aqueous”
08. Reso “Echo Loss”
09. Reso “Deadly Premonition
10. Reso “Callisto”
11. Reso “Happy Travels”
12. Reso “Unexist” Available from 24.04.2015

The Funky Side of Goldband/ANLA Records
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 | Tags: ,
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Goldband Records played a key role in documenting and shaping of musical traditions, tastes, and trends, both regionally and internationally since 1944. The focus of the Goldband catalog is certainly set on Country & Western, Swamp Pop, and Cajun music. However, from the 1960s until the early 1970s Goldband, and it’s sub-label ANLA Records, released […]

“Yawn Zen” is LA-based hip-hop producer Ringgo Ancheta’s debut album for Stones Throw
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Ringgo Ancheta is an anomaly among hip-hop producers – not raised in the suburbs on a steady diet of video games and hip-hop, but in the forest like a beast. His parents were members of the Philippine arm of the Aum Supreme Truth Cult, whose venture into terrorist activity caused them to flee the group […]

Now-Again Records is gearing up to release the second album from Karl Hector & The Malcouns
Monday, June 16th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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The long awaited second album by the originators of Afrodelic Kraut Funk. Feat. members of Poets of Rhythm and Whitefield Brothers. It’s been some years since the first Karl Hector release, and it’s known now that Mr. Hector is indeed the German producer and guitarist JJ Whitefield, ne Jan Weissenfeldt. Whitefield is the visionary behind […]

New album by DJ, musician, producer and Gomma Records co-founder Mathias ‘Munk’ Modica …
Monday, February 7th, 2011 | Tags: , , ,
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“The Bird And The Beat” is the title of the new album by DJ, musician, producer and Gomma Records co-founder Mathias ‘Munk’ Modica. 14 electronic funk, futuristic house and indie pop songs that Modica recorded with twelve female vocalists from all around the world. The new album is the logic next step after the previous […]

“Vintage Gal Hour” is the title of IriS Romen’s first album
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Looking at the cover photo, you could be excused for thinking “Vintage Gal Hour” is an album from the Golden Fifties. A classically-cut dress, a bow around the waist and a headband in the hair, eyes gazing longingly into the distance – that is how IriS Romen presents herself on the cover of her debut […]

Monophonics – Mirrors (Ltd. Colored Vinyl)
Monday, January 15th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monophonics – Mirrors (Ltd. Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1617309 Fuzzed out and psychedelic covers of rare and classic tracks performed by San Francisco’s Monophonics.
Monophonics are back with a six-song EP that fuses the complimentary and explosive soul, rock and funk influences, proving themselves to be the rightful inheritors of the Bay Area’s impressive psychedelic soul sound. Mirrors is comprised entirely of cover tunes, except that I doubt you’ve ever heard of half the deeply funky and soulful originals that inspired these soulful, tastefully produced, and timeless Monophonics treatments. “We wanted to do a couple songs that were more familiar to people and then shine some light on groups we’re big into,” lead singer, keyboardist and co-producer Kelly Finnigan explains. It takes a lot of guts to cover your favorite songs, your van jams, that song you play as a shot of inspiration to break-up a marathon studio session. “Not only are these great songs, but these are artists that we listen to and are influenced by.”

“It’s not about making records that sound old, it’s about making records that sound cool,” Kelly says. Not that he and the other five members of Monophonics mind if you confuse their albums for classic-era recordings. Even musician friends regular mistake a sweaty and greasy Monophonics original for an unheard Bar-Kays’ side, or a deep soul cover tune might pass for an original to a novice ear, except that Kelly makes sure to give credit where credit is due, which is what they do explicitly on this EP, Mirrors.

Even the familiar tunes, iconic, better said, receive a fresh treatment as instrumentals, despite their ubiquity as vocal songs. The EP opens with a ‘tip of the cap’ to The Main Ingredient’s version of “Summer Breeze” before the band unfolds a hazy, mellow-funk opus worthy of inclusion on a Bob James CTI album. The next four songs, all featuring vocals, range from the lowrider soul ballad, a cover of the The Invicibles’ “My Heart Cries” with a pleading and plaintive vocal by Nicole Smith, to the psychedelic blues stomp, “Lying,” originally by the archetypical psychedelic soul band nearly signed to Motown, Black Merda. Add in Kelly’s monster vocal take on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Northern Soul classic, “Beggin” (to be released as a 7” single with an instrumental version on the b-side), and the deep-funk pop-soul of Nu People’s “I’d be Nowhere Without You” with back-up vocals by Jeanine Jones and Veronica Johnson, and you have a highly-entertaining, toe-tapping, backbone-slipping, masterclass in deep funk and soul.

The final tune is the band’s singular take on the Mamas and the Papas hippie standard, “California Dreaming,” as an explicit and heartfelt tribute to their fans in Greece. The discerning music lovers of Greece fell in love with Monophonics after their 2012 hit “Bang Bang” resulting in multiple tours of the Mediterranean, where these native Californians imbibed on the fine ouzo, good vibes, and Grecian hospitality. Gifted a prized bouzouki (a traditional Greek guitar) by a local fan, Monophonics’ guitarist Ian McDonald and band infused this classic pop song with a soulful cinematic air and Mediterranean flavor, evoking a tune from an imagined Fellini film with a soundtrack by David Axelrod.

Catch the band on the road this Spring to hear some of these songs, favorites and new tunes from their forthcoming LP.

Tracklist:
1. Summer Breeze
2. My Heart Cries
3. Beggin’
4. Lying
5. I’d Be Nowhere Today
6. California Dreaming Available from 16.02.2018

Various – Colin Curtis Presents Jazz Dance Fusion
Friday, January 12th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Colin Curtis Presents Jazz Dance Fusion

Image: 1616802 Colin Curtis presents his Jazz Dance Fusion compilation out on Z Records.

Record One
A1 Richie Cole – New York Afternoon
A2 Michele Hendricks – What’s Going On
A3 Dom Salvador – Image
B1 Dom Um Romao – Ponteio
B2 Emanuel K. Rahim & The Kahliqs – Spirit Of Truth
B3 Harold Ousley – El Exi-Hente
Record Two
C1 Charlie Earland – Murilley
C2 Bill Hardman – Samba Do Brilho
C3 Mark Murphy – Empty Faces
D1 Dom Um Romao – The Angels
D2 Eric Kloss – The Samba Express
D3 Ron Eschete – To Let You Know I Care

2017 saw Colin Curtis celebrate his 50th anniversary as a DJ, a career that started out in his mid-teens at
Newcastle-Under-Lyme’s Crystal Ballroom, before making his all-nighter debut at Stoke’s hallowed Golden
Torch, one of Northern Soul’s foundation venues, eventually becoming one of the scene’s leading figures as a
result of his legendary ‘70’s partnership with Ian Levine at the Blackpool Mecca. This is Colin’s own story:
By 1979 the development of Jazz rooms at major Soul / Funk Alldayers was providing a much-needed outlet for
the more discerning collectors and the fanatical Jazz dancers. The UK Jazz Funk scene began for me in
earnest in 1978 when I moved from the Blackpool Mecca to Manchester’s Rafters nightclub on Oxford Street.
The clash of new imported Soul, Funk and Jazz music coming out in the USA and being shared with a fresh new
audience in clubs like Rafters Manchester, Chaplains Birmingham, Locarno Birmingham, Rufus Manchester,
Cassinellis Standish Leeds Central and Nottingham Palais was creating a potpourri of music fashion and dance
styles.
I had started to experiment with the jazzier side of dance tracks at Blackpool Mecca in around 1976 with artists
like Patrice Rushen, Bill Summers, Azar Lawrence, Charles Earland, Johnny Hammond, Donald Byrd etc, all
artists I had discovered using the inner sleeves of Blue Note, Fantasy, Prestige and Mercury labels. As a
collector of all styles of black music including Soul, Funk and Jazz my interest was being drawn more to albums
and particularly Jazz albums as my brain, as proven with 60’s and 70’s soul, had an unquenchable appetite for
knowledge and unearthing new music. I was thriving on searching out more of this amalgamation of Jazz
styles adding fusion, percussion, vocals and tempo to this burgeoning genre.
As the Jazz room identity increased within this environment for me Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds,
Manchester all became prominent in their enthusiasm for Jazz Dance. The fashion, passion and dance began
to take on almost a religious aura combined with the unique camaraderie and respect. Out of this grew a
passion amongst certain dj’s in the midlands and the north of England to start digging a lot deeper for music in
the Jazz Fusion / Dance category. Baz Fe Jazz, Chris Reed, Shaun Williams, Simon Mansell, Jonathan Woodliffe,
Paul Murphy, Eric & Floyd, Hewan Clarke and many others were willing to push the barriers. This Jazz Dance
explosion spread across the country with Dj’s like Dr Bob Jones, Colin Parnell & Boo Sylvester adding to the
London connection via clubs like The Electric Ballroom and The Horseshoe. This scene thrived for me featuring
club nights devoted to Jazz Dance and an increase of Jazz rooms and Jazz breaks on the AllDayer circuits
drawing in both interest in the music and the voyeurism of watching the dancers and their individual
interpretations. Available from 23.02.2018

Detroit Swindle
Monday, November 20th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Detroit Swindle was formed in 2011 by Lars Dales (1981) & Maarten Smeets (1982). It all started after Lars – who was programming a few nightclubs in Amsterdam – had to fire Maarten for playing too much underground music. They started talking and found out they had a mutual love for Motown, hip-hop and early […]

Joon Moon – Moonshine Corner
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joon Moon – Moonshine Corner

Image: 1610957 Kwaidan Records present Moonshine Corner the new album from Joon Moon.

A1. Apple Day
A2. Feels Like
A3. Get Down
B1. Chess
B2. Call Me (Album Version)
B3. Help Me
C1. Crash
C2. Jimmy Thirsty Cow
C3. I Might Be Wrong (Radiohead Cover)
D1. Tiger
D2. Silverado

As 2015 was wrapping up, an unknown outfit called Joon Moon took the music world by surprise with its first single Chess. The four cuts on the Call Me EP, a beguiling mix of pop and soul, electronic music and jazz, melancholy and elegy, heralded a forthcoming album that was bound to leave a blast radius on landing. And while the name and vibe of the project evokes a purple veloured, oldHollywood universe, Joon Moon was borne out of a resolutely contemporary meeting of the minds – the kind the can only happen amidst our jetsetting music scene.
After ten years of touring the world playing double bass with Marc Collin’s Nouvelle Vague ensemble, alongside excursions into house music on the Yellow Productions Art of Disco compilations, not to mention co-producing Florent Marchet’s Bamby Galaxy album, it was time for songwriter/producer/renaissance man Julien Decoret to dedicate his heart and soul to a new challenge. With Raphaël Chassin, (Hugh Coltman, Vanessa Paradis, Pauline Croze) on drums, helping out with the production and arrangements, and Sébastien Trouvé as sound engineer, Decoret set out on his retromodern Joon Moon mission, laying out the contours of a world where trip-hop, jazz, soul and electronic music live side by side, sharing their joys and sorrows.
The only missing element was that one last bit of magic, a voice that could take the project to ever-loftier heights. Enter Krystle Warren. She had worked with Rufus Wainwright, and Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, and had made forays into house music herself by providing vocals to two cuts off Hercules and Love Affair’s, The Feast of the Broken Heart. That’s not even mentioning her own band, Krystle Warren and The Faculty – and its three albums – which display her impressive grasp of soul music, folk, blues… Joon Moon’s first album Moonshine Corner, which stole part of its name from an Austin watering hole that had become a haunt during its first American mini-tour, is the sound of four people meeting at an unlikely crossroads named Melancholy. Recorded using modern studio techniques along with vintage 60s and 70s instruments, Moonshine Corner places its chips on a subtly modern vibe through twelve lovelorn tracks that weave themselves around pop and trip hop, folk and soul, jazz licks and electronic washes, digging their own groove in the river bed dug by years and years of exposure to Radiohead, Neil Young, and Zero 7. Joon Moon is also, lest we forget, a project that takes on its full magnitude on stage. The barebones live setup (drums, piano) allows Krystle’s powerful voice to fill the space, swaying from nervy to more subdued laments, hopping around tessitura in the blink of an eye. Consider the live french version of Radiohead’s I Might Be Wrong, which transports you to the fictional smoky jazz club where forgotten, old 50s star Joon Moon holds court behind the microphone. Available from 29.09.2017

Various – Cool Europa – European Progressive Jazz in Germany 1959-1963 (Sonorama)
Friday, April 28th, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Unique compilation and 100th release in the catalogue of Sonorama Records – great moments from the most prosperous period in the development of European progressive jazz.

CD SONOC100 / 2LP SONOL100
Release: 28-04-17
MF Doom – Operation:Doomsday
Friday, October 28th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on MF Doom – Operation:Doomsday

Image: 1606605 Back again on vinyl where it belongs, MF DOOM’s 1999 classic Operation: Doomsday is now presented on a premiumgrade
LP, with audio re-mastered from the original Fondle’Em Records release, and a poster of the album cover art!
Underneath his mysterious metal mask, MF DOOM hides the cachet underground legends are made of. After KMD (his
first group)’s 1994 sophomore album Bl_ck B_st_rds was shelved by Elektra in 1994 and his blood brother Subroc (one
half of the sibling rap duo) passed away, surviving frontman Zev Love X mutated into the MC Avenger known as MF
DOOM and the Rap world is better for it. This 19-cut deep album is ridiculously dope, in a bizarro Ol’ Dirty Bastard kind
of way. Doom sounds either high or drunk on most of the tracks, his self-produced beats are gritty, and his rhyme styles
are almost indecipherable. On arguably the best track, “Rhymes Like Dimes,” Doom weaves some pointed lyrics through
his abstract wordplay, spitting ‘only in America could you find a way to earn a healthy buck / And still keep your attitude
on self-destruct.’
Who You Think I Am? features DOOM‘s crew M.onster I.sland C.zars, while on “?” he trades hot verses with former
Columbia artist Kurious Jorge. Doom’s avant-garde ghetto-rhyme philosophies take even more intentionally weird twists
on “Tick, Tick…” where he and guest MC MF Grimm’s flows warble over a rhythm track whose tempo speeds up and
slows down continually. The comic-book themed skits, will help take you deep into the mind of an MC who is as otherworldly
as they come. And in today’s bland commercial Rap universe, Operation: Doomsday’s left-of-center beats and
rhymes are the perfect remedy.

COMES BUNDLED WITH AN 18 x 24”
POSTER OF THE COVER ART SHOWN HERE

A1. The Time We Faced Doom (Skit) • A2. Doomsday
A3. Rhymes Like Dimes (feat. DJ Cucumber Slice)
A4. The Finest (feat. Tommy Gunn) • A5. Back In The Days (Skit)
B1. Go With The Flow • B2. Tick, Tick… (feat. MF Grimm)
B3. Red & Gold (feat. King Geedorah)
B4. The Hands Of Doom (Produced by DJ SubRoc)
C1. Who You Think I Am? (feat. M.I.C.)
C2. Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit) • C3. Hey!
C4. Greenbacks (feat. Megalon & King Geedorah)
C5. The M.I.C. • C6. The Mystery Of Doom (Skit)
D1. Dead Bent • D2. Gas Drawls
D3. ? (feat. Kurious Jorge) • D4. Hero vs. Villain (Epilogue) Available from 21.10.2016

MF Doom – Operation:Doomsday
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on MF Doom – Operation:Doomsday

Image: 1606392 MF91 & MF92 are sold out! Back again on vinyl where it belongs, MF DOOM’s 1999 classic Operation: Doomsday is now presented on a premiumgrade LP, with audio re-mastered from the original Fondle’Em Records release, and a poster of the album cover art!
Underneath his mysterious metal mask, MF DOOM hides the cachet underground legends are made of. After KMD (his first group)’s 1994 sophomore album Bl_ck B_st_rds was shelved by Elektra in 1994 and his blood brother Subroc (one half of the sibling rap duo) passed away, surviving frontman Zev Love X mutated into the MC Avenger known as MF DOOM and the Rap world is better for it. This 19-cut deep album is ridiculously dope, in a bizarro Ol’ Dirty Bastard kind of way. Doom sounds either high or drunk on most of the tracks, his self-produced beats are gritty, and his rhyme styles are almost indecipherable. On arguably the best track, “Rhymes Like Dimes,” Doom weaves some pointed lyrics through his abstract wordplay, spitting ‘only in America could you find a way to earn a healthy buck / And still keep your attitude on self-destruct.’
Who You Think I Am? features DOOM‘s crew M.onster I.sland C.zars, while on “?” he trades hot verses with former Columbia artist Kurious Jorge. Doom’s avant-garde ghetto-rhyme philosophies take even more intentionally weird twists on “Tick, Tick…” where he and guest MC MF Grimm’s flows warble over a rhythm track whose tempo peeds up and slows down continually. The comic-book themed skits, will help take you deep into the mind of an MC who is as otherworldly as they come. And in today’s bland commercial Rap universe, Operation: Doomsday’s left-of-center beats and rhymes are the perfect remedy.

COMES BUNDLED WITH AN 18 x 24” POSTER OF THE ORIGINAL COVER ART

A1. The Time We Faced Doom (Skit) • A2. Doomsday
A3. Rhymes Like Dimes (feat. DJ Cucumber Slice)
A4. The Finest (feat. Tommy Gunn) • A5. Back In The Days (Skit)
B1. Go With The Flow • B2. Tick, Tick… (feat. MF Grimm)
B3. Red & Gold (feat. King Geedorah)
B4. The Hands Of Doom (Produced by DJ SubRoc)
C1. Who You Think I Am? (feat. M.I.C.)
C2. Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit) • C3. Hey!
C4. Greenbacks (feat. Megalon & King Geedorah)
C5. The M.I.C. • C6. The Mystery Of Doom (Skit)
D1. Dead Bent • D2. Gas Drawls
D3. ? (feat. Kurious Jorge) • D4. Hero vs. Villain (Epilogue) Available from 07.10.2016

Willie Bobo – Dig My Feeling
Friday, September 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Willie Bobo – Dig My Feeling

Image: 1606338 Nacional Records is pleased to announce the release of legendary jazz percussionist Willie Bobo’s, Dig My Feeling. Working together with Bobo’s wife and son Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill), we have unearthed never before released gems along with some Bobo favorites for this Nacional Records exclusive release.

The late Willie Bobo was a Nuyorican Latin Jazz percussionist who played with the likes of Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria and many more before becoming a band leader in his own right. With a style that captures the essence of Spanish Harlem in the 60s & 70s, Bobo’s blend of Boogaloo and Latin Soul has made him a unique and celebrated artist that has gone on to inspire jazz percussionists, breakbeat artists and hip hop pioneers alike. His work has been covered and sampled by artists like the Beastie Boys, Chet Baker, DJ Shadow and Santana.

This latest addition to Willie Bobo’s catalog is one in which Nacional Records worked closely with Bobo’s family to curate a collection of songs that capture the essence of cool synonymous with Bobo’s name. With both unreleased and iconic tracks, Dig My Feeling does just that. It is a wonderful introduction to Bobo’s legacy as much as it is a lovely addition to any Latin Jazz connoisseur’s growing collection.

1 Broasted Or Fried
2 New Day Magic
3 Lost Years
4 Dig My Feeling
5 Round Trip
6 Pretty Lady
7 The Day It Rained
8 A Koko
9 Hymn To The People
10 The Thrill Is Gone
11 Untitled Available from 30.09.2016

MF Doom – Operation:Doomsday
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on MF Doom – Operation:Doomsday

Image: 1605114 Back again on vinyl where it belongs, MF DOOM’s 1999 classic Operation: Doomsday is now presented on a premium-grade split-colored
LP, with audio re-mastered from the original Fondle’Em Records release, and a poster of the album cover art!
Underneath his mysterious metal mask, MF DOOM hides the cachet underground legends are made of. After KMD (his first group)’s 1994 sophomore album Bl_ck B_st_rds was shelved by Elektra in 1994 and his blood brother Subroc (one half of the sibling rap duo) passed away, surviving frontman Zev Love X mutated into the MC Avenger known as MF DOOM and the Rap world is better for it. This 19-cut deep
album is ridiculously dope, in a bizarro Ol’ Dirty Bastard kind of way. Doom sounds either high or drunk on most of the tracks, his self-produced beats are gritty, and his rhyme styles are almost indecipherable. On arguably the best track, “Rhymes Like Dimes,” Doom weaves some pointed lyrics through his abstract wordplay, spitting ‘only in America could you find a way to earn a healthy buck / And still keep your attitude on self-destruct.’ Who You Think I Am? features DOOM‘s crew M.onster I.sland C.zars, while on “?” he trades hot verses with former Columbia artist Kurious Jorge. Doom’s avant-garde ghetto-rhyme philosophies take even more intentionally weird twists on “Tick, Tick…” where he and guest MC MF Grimm’s flows warble over a rhythm track whose tempo speeds up and slows down continually. The comic-book themed skits, will help take
you deep into the mind of an MC who is as otherworldly as they come. And in today’s bland commercial Rap universe, Operation: Doomsday’s left-of-center beats and rhymes are the perfect remedy.

SPLIT BLACK & RED VINYL
PRESSING LIMITED TO 1000
COMES BUNDLED WITH AN 18 x 24”
POSTER OF THE ORIGINAL COVER ART

A1. The Time We Faced Doom (Skit) • A2. Doomsday
A3. Rhymes Like Dimes (feat. DJ Cucumber Slice)
A4. The Finest (feat. Tommy Gunn) • A5. Back In The Days (Skit)
B1. Go With The Flow • B2. Tick, Tick… (feat. MF Grimm)
B3. Red & Gold (feat. King Geedorah)
B4. The Hands Of Doom (Produced by DJ SubRoc)
C1. Who You Think I Am? (feat. M.I.C.)
C2. Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit) • C3. Hey!
C4. Greenbacks (feat. Megalon & King Geedorah)
C5. The M.I.C. • C6. The Mystery Of Doom (Skit)
D1. Dead Bent • D2. Gas Drawls
D3. ? (feat. Kurious Jorge) • D4. Hero vs. Villain (Epilogue) Available from 19.08.2016

Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi (2LP+CD)
Friday, April 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi (2LP+CD)

Through his work as producer, composer, arranger and consummate session man, New Orleans native Allen Toussaint has truly earned living-legend status. He’s collaborated on landmark recordings for such artists as Ernie K. Doe, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, the…

George Adams – Finest
Saturday, November 21st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on George Adams – Finest

Image: 1601007 A compilation of the finest by the late saxophone player George Adams. Get introduced into the world of avantgarde and postbop jazz. TIP!
Following the releases of Pharoah Sanders and Chet Baker Dopeness Galore recovered recordings from George Adams. All tracks were originally released on Timeless Records in the 1970’s and 1980’s. They showcase the love for contrast prominent in the Adams/Pullen quartet and a synergy and energy between the members that just can’t beat.

The songs clearly demonstrate Adams’ dramatic way of playing the saxophone. Skillfully gliding along his instrument, blowing out from the lowest to the highest tune in one breath. On the grand piano Don Pullen now and then makes use of the highest octaves in a haunting way, almost like he’s
using his knuckles instead of his fingertips. The drive drummer Danny Richmond brings to the plate result in tight rhythmic sessions. All the while bassist Cameron Brown wields his way through the songs, easily picking along in high gear.

Take note of the care taken of the album sleeve for the release. The artwork was done by Belgian artist Alex Deforce and the in depth liner-notes were written by Dutch flutist Han Litz.

“A deeply focused, spiritual journey guided by the late George Adams”: George Adams – ‘Finest

1. Intentions [edit]
2. Earth Beams!
3. Nature’s Children
4. City Gates
5. Decisions!
6. Send In The Clowns
Available from 18.12.2015

Arnaud Rebotini & Christian Zanesi – Acidmonium EP
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Arnaud Rebotini & Christian Zanesi – Acidmonium EP

Image: 1600687 Blackstrobe Records present a new EP from Arnaud Rebotini & Christian Zanési.

TRACKLISTING
Vinyles :
A1 Acidmonium
A2 American Moonshine

B1 Acidmonium Arnaud Rebotini Mix1
B2 3X3h

FOR FANS OF
UR, Kenny Larkin, Jeff Mills, Pierre Schaeffer , Pierre Henry, Bernard Permangiani…

No schools, no boundaries

These two styles of music – techno on one side and electroacoustic music on the other – are traditionally pitched against each other. However the two schools have a number of things in common, particularly the way they approach tone and the treatment of sound via electronics. Rebotini, who actually composed for the GRM, has often reaffirmed his admiration for composers like Bernard Parmegiani and Luc Ferrari. As for Zanési, after originally being in awe of Bartok and Stravinsky, he studied under Pierre Schaeffer in the1970s before discovering (rather late) the music of Kraftwerk and Cabaret Voltaire.

Sharing the same curiosity for classical, contemporary and electronic music (even noise), the two composers decided to bring together and confront their two styles of music in a shared project called Frontières, first on stage and then in the studio.

Over the course of their first live shows, the two musicians began to improvise, varying the intensity and length of the songs, whether playing in a club at 2am or in more traditional surroundings. Since the beginning they had been accompanied by video artist Zita Cochet who composes images to illustrate their tracks and serve as a backdrop to their concerts.

http://www.blackstroberecords.com

Available from 04.12.2015

Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds Of… Vol.2 (180g/Colored)
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds Of… Vol.2 (180g/Colored)

Image: 1597861 Essential classic reissues of The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1 & 2 . Re-pressed for its 50th Anniversary in a limited edition on Esperanto-green, 180-gram vinyl housed within Sun Ra’s original, self-created jacket art.

Track Listing:
Side A
1. The Sun Myth 18:21
Side B
1. A House of Beauty 4:55
2. Cosmic Chaos 15:12

Credits: Walter Miller: trumpet: Robert Cummings: bass clarinet, Marshall Allen: alto sax, flute, piccolo, John Gilmore: tenor sax, Pat Patrick: baritone sax, flute, Sun Ra: clavioline, piano, tuned bongos, Ronnie Boykins: bass, Roger Blank: drums
Recorded by Richard L. Alderson at RLA Sound Studios, New York City, November 16, 1965

Overview: More explorations of outer space by the spokesman for the space age.
When Walt Whitman wrote, “I am vast, I contain multitudes,” he could have been channeling Sun Ra. The man born Herman Blount in Alabama, who claimed he was from Saturn, was equally at home reviving Fletcher Henderson compositions based on their original arrangements or unleashing totally free-form, athematic group improvisation – and many styles in between. It was practically a given that a New York-based (as he was in the ’60s) avant-jazz performer as colorful and eccentric as Sun Ra would end up on ESP-Disk’.

The 1965 sessions that produced the two volumes of Heliocentric Worlds came during the most extremely free-form period of Ra’s career, contemporaneous with The Magic City (Saturn Records). Volume 1, recorded in April with an 11-member band, consisted of seven relatively short tracks (none over eight minutes), recorded in November with an octet, Volume 2, in contrast, was much freer and featured the side-long “The Sun Myth” and the 15-minute “Cosmic Chaos.” The horn players and bassist Ronnie Boykins have plenty of room to stretch out and take full advantage. “A House of Beauty” offers five minutes of relatively lyrical respite between the other tracks.

It’s worth getting the vinyl LP of Volume 2 just for the iconic cover designed by Paul Frick, consisting of a German astronomical chart of the solar system and portraits of Sun Ra and famous astronomers. Re-pressed for its 50th Anniversary in a limited edition on Esperanto-green, 180-gram vinyl

Press Quotes: “Even at their most dissonant, they’re playful and spacious…’The Sun Myth’ is a panoramic 18-minute fantasia in which two or three instruments at a time toss long, buzzing tones and high honks back and forth, then fall out of orbit again.” – Douglas Wolk, #9 (in tandem with Vol. 1) on Spin’s “The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s”
“Sun Ra’s work with an ensemble often presents a stated emphasis on the percussive nature of solos as well as within the group context. The underlying freeform anti-structure allows defining contrasts that ultimately establish the progressing sonic sculpture. ‘The Sun Myth’ showcases Ra’s definitive capabilities to guide his assembled musicians from anywhere within said group. …. The resulting interactions include mesmerizing bass solos from Ronnie Boykins as well as some impassioned alto sax work from Marshall Allen. Directly contrasting the works that surround it is ‘A House of Beauty.’ The emphasis shifts, juxtaposing Allen’s unfettered piccolo solos with Ra on piano and Robert Cumming on bass clarinet. …. ‘Cosmic Chaos’ is the final and most archetypal of the ensemble works that Ra and his various Arkestras would produce throughout the ’60s. – Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide Available from 17.07.2015

The Alchemist – Israeli Salad
Friday, April 17th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Alchemist – Israeli Salad

Image: 1596073 Originally a batch of beats conceived in 2011 after the
Alchemist returned home from a trip to Israel with a
bag of records he gathered from numerous small
stores and outdoor flea markets, Israeli Salad was
initially set to be released as an instrumental project
immediately but as beats from it were used on various
projects and albums, the end result wound up sitting in
a folder unfinished as a work in progress.
Last year, inspired by another trip to Israel, the
Alchemist decided it was finally time for the project to
see the light of day, hooking up with Unga of Haifa’s
Broken Fingaz crew for the cover art.
Israeli Salad comes in two variations: “Avocado”-
colored 2xLP and black 2xLP, both of which include a
sticker sheet.

1. Arrival
2. Bone Thugs N’ Haifa
3. Collage PT1: Sunrise
4. Collage PT2: Popeye The Pimp
5. Collage PT3: Rush Hour
6. Collage PT4: Sunset
7. Chetzi
8. The Type
9. Turn This Shit Up PT1
10. Turn This Shit Up PT2
11. Za’Atar Smoke
12. Shalom Alechem
13. Matzik
14. Yala Yala
15. Meduza
16. Listen To Yitzhak
1 7. Bold
18. Tunnel Rat
19. Yehudi El Yehudi
20. Departure Available from 12.06.2015

The Alchemist – Israeli Salad (Colored Vinyl)
Friday, April 17th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Alchemist – Israeli Salad (Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1596074 Originally a batch of beats conceived in 2011 after the
Alchemist returned home from a trip to Israel with a
bag of records he gathered from numerous small
stores and outdoor flea markets, Israeli Salad was
initially set to be released as an instrumental project
immediately but as beats from it were used on various
projects and albums, the end result wound up sitting in
a folder unfinished as a work in progress.
Last year, inspired by another trip to Israel, the
Alchemist decided it was finally time for the project to
see the light of day, hooking up with Unga of Haifa’s
Broken Fingaz crew for the cover art.
Israeli Salad comes in two variations: “Avocado”-
colored 2xLP and black 2xLP, both of which include a
sticker sheet.

1. Arrival
2. Bone Thugs N’ Haifa
3. Collage PT1: Sunrise
4. Collage PT2: Popeye The Pimp
5. Collage PT3: Rush Hour
6. Collage PT4: Sunset
7. Chetzi
8. The Type
9. Turn This Shit Up PT1
10. Turn This Shit Up PT2
11. Za’Atar Smoke
12. Shalom Alechem
13. Matzik
14. Yala Yala
15. Meduza
16. Listen To Yitzhak
1 7. Bold
18. Tunnel Rat
19. Yehudi El Yehudi
20. Departure Available from 29.05.2015

MNDSGN – Surface Outtakes
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on MNDSGN – Surface Outtakes

Image: 1594555 Heralding a debut full length for Stones Throw, Ringgo Achetta debuts a diffuse mix of spiritual jazz, ambient and syrupy beats as Mndsgn on Leaving Records. ‘Surface Outtakes’ clears his cache of outtakes, B-sides and unreleased ideas travelling dream distances between the motorik jazz roil of ‘A Brand New Couch and the dusty breakbeat crack of ‘Overwhelming Gratitude’ via sparkling G-Funk in ‘Eating Starfruit’ and the charming lounge downbeats of ‘Goodbye Wa v s ’.

trACkliStiNG
1. A Brand New Couch
2. Dialect
3. Due Mantra
4. Eating Starfruit
5. Eggs
6. FSHO
7. Goodbye Wavs
8. HLP
9. Overwhelming Gratitude
10. Purrspective
11. Seemingly All G
12. Yestalgia Available from 23.01.2015

Staff Charts 2014
Friday, December 19th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2014 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Angestellten von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen musikalischen Highlights der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend haben wir ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen Geschäftspartnern, Medienpartnern, […]

Culture Shock – Raindrops / Troglodyte
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Culture Shock – Raindrops / Troglodyte

Image: 1594000 Culture Shock has remained a withstanding name inside the realms of drum & bass. After a succession of pounding solo hits and an array of remixes which garner just as much power, it’s no surprise James Poutney is still a key player within the genre half a decade on.

And this next release from Culture Shock needs little introduction. Featuring the greatly sought after ‘Troglodyte VIP’, showcased on Andy C’s proclaimed Nightlife 6 series, there’s also a fresh new offering which boasts of his well-pedestalled credentials.

‘Raindrops’ acts as a perfect starter, reintroducing you to the bass-rooted artwork which Culture Shock manifests with absolute precision. It certainly makes a statement on impact, with warming synths that know how to take a track into different breadths of sound. Cool, refreshing yet stimulating with each electronic pulse, it’s named aptly as you’re unable to detach yourself from its strident melody. Effortlessly sophisticated, he establishes a hook ensuring ‘Raindrops’ doesn’t lack the heavier elements which underpins his composition. A signpost detailing that Culture Shock is back, this record firmly reasserts the producer as a bassline trend-setter.

Rolling out next is the reimagining of Troglodyte, one of the most rocketing dnb anthems to step out of the last five years. You already know the skull-cracking impact of its predecessor, but now it’s time for a different sequence of peddled madness. With diced up vocal snippets continuing to play an important role in its hard-lined conveyer belt of production, there’s now a fluctuation of note patterns opening up a different perspective. However, it takes the same path, leading to a drop which continues to ricochet after it’s first fired and bares it’s teeth just as aggressively.

Culture Shock nods to past and present with this next release, revamping a contemporary classic, whilst demonstrating longevity on new tracks like ‘Raindrops’. Continuing to make new ground, this end of year release signals big things to come… It’s definitely a move to watch closely!

TRACKLISTING:

A. Raindrops
AA. Troglodyte VIP.

https://soundcloud.com/ramrecords/sets/culture-shock-raindrops-troglodyte-vip/s-XkFeU Available from 19.12.2014

Various – Programmed V 3.0
Friday, September 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Programmed V 3.0

Image: 1592870 ATTENTION: Format & price change!

The brooding younger sister of RAM Records, Program has the ability to hold onto the appeal of its signature sound, but adds a much deeper, darker dimension, and it’s this aptitude which has enabled them to keep adding to an already impressive discography since its inception. Next up, the imprint is about to release another milestone in their Programmed series, featuring some of the most ominous sounds the label has to offer. Just recently debuting on Program, Slang Banger opens the EP with a track that stays true to its name and ricochets throughout. Aggressive, stomping and baring its teeth, ‘Ripslinger’ throws you against waves of reverberating sound, carefully crafted by peddled basslines and fluctuating note patterns. Slang Banger have already set themselves up with a fierce reputation and this opener epitomises their intimidating workmanship.

In tightly followed fashion is Eastcolors ‘Murderer’, taken by Audio and Meth and given an imposing alter ego. Slowly building with a flicker of sound pulling through its murky waters, each layer adds more intimidating detail, until it meets a crescendo that buckles under the producers’ beat matching. A pandora’s box of LFO-based anarchy weaves itself around the original’s skeleton and it’s not hard to see why this remix was showcased on such a weighty release.
Noel also makes an appearance, a producer who’s recently been pushed into the genre’s spotlight after featuring on the RAM Life compilation. He’s renowned for his mean and progressive rollers that pack a hefty punch. ‘Defence’ is no different, darkly ethereal yet broken up by a bassline that makes your nerves quiver, prepare to be overtaken by a stunning musicality and foreboding undertones.

Wrapping up this sonic assault is Kelle’s Extortion. Audibly skipping past each bar, with a snap, crack and slap against each drum beat, you’ll find yourself pulled in by the track’s vast complexity. Bouncing forward with key taps nestled amongst quaking subs, the distortion which follows creates an organised-chaos. So once again, it’s time to get with the Program and pace yourself through four rounds of barbed, technical DNB. And it’s the type which has ensured Progam stands as a leading contributor within the underground scene.

TRACKLISTING:
1: SLANG BANGER – Ripslinger
2: EASTCOLORS – Murderer (Audio & Meth Remix)
3: NOEL – Defence
4: KELLE – Extortion Available from 17.10.2014

Mndsgn
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Artists, Magazine | Comments Off on Mndsgn

Mndsgn is pronounced mind design. The law calls him Ringgo. His album Yawn Zen will be released on Stones Throw Records. Ringgo Ancheta is an anomaly among hip-hop producers – not raised in the suburbs on a steady diet of video games and hip-hop, but in the forest like a beast. His parents were members […]

Karl Hector & The Malcouns – Unstraight Ahead
Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Karl Hector & The Malcouns – Unstraight Ahead

Image: 1589941 The long awaited second album by the originators of Afrodelic Kraut Funk. Feat. members of Poets of Rhythm and Whitefield Brothers. It’s been some years since the first Karl Hector release, and it’s known now that Mr. Hector is indeed the German producer and guitarist JJ Whitefield, ne Jan Weissenfeldt. Whitefield is the visionary behind the Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers, the ensembles whose rough analog sound and return to the funk archetypes of the late 60s to early 70s paved the way for labels like Daptone, Truth & Soul, Timmion.

Whitefield, along with Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija, founded Karl Hector and The Malcouns in the early 2000s. Their debut, Sahara Swing, saw release on Now-Again in 2008. The album swung with influences from across the African diaspora and set the stage for a cult, but influential following. Hermes designer Christophe Lemaire picked tracks from Karl Hector and The Malcouns as amongst his favorites in the Now-Again catalog, and included them on his Where Are You From anthology. Festival promoters intrigued by the possibility of resurrecting the careers of once forgotten African mavericks – from Ghana’s Ebo Taylor to the progenitors of Zambia’s Zamrock scene – brought Hector and crew across Europe playing festivals for ecstatic fans.

A grueling tour schedule made recording a follow up album to Sahara Swing quite the challenge, and as a result, the band opted to release limited edition, hand-silkscreened EP’s, which continued to show their deft handling of musics from Eastern and Northern Africa alongside Western psychedelia, jazz and funk. Whitefield gave himself 2013 to finish the album that would become Unstraight Ahead, which will see release on Now-Again this summer.

Unstraight Ahead finds the band exploring territories even outside of the expansive scope of Sahara Swing. On this album, the West African sounds of Ghana and Mali meet the East African sounds of Mulatu Astatke’s Ethiopian jazz and are tied together with the groove heavy experimentalism of The Malcouns’ 70s Krautrock godfathers: Can, of course, but also more obscure and equally adventurous groups like Agitation Free, Ibliss and Tomorrow’s Gift.

“We look to Middle Eastern funk and psychedelic fusions, and to various ethnic records for sound and phrasing,” Whitefield states. “We’re trying to combine the global experimentalism of Krautrock with the backbeat of funk.” This explains how songs in uneven meters – 5/4, 7/8 – always sound so accessible and natural on Unstraight Ahead. It’s mainly an instrumental affair, but guest artists appear throughout, from across the African diaspora to those from the worldly Krautrock forebears of their German fatherland: it’s Marja, daughter of Embryo founder Christian Burchard, whose vocals open the album.

It’s an album out of time, one that couldn’t have been made in the era its aural aesthetics reference, as its scope is so broad. But it’s an album focused by funk – and an ambition to expand funk’s reaches. The Malcouns – including Poets of Rhythm songwriter and vocalist Bo Baral – created their own instruments to fashion an album that stands alongside the great albums of its progenitors but charges Unstraight Ahead into a curious musical future. Available from 18.07.2014

Karl Hector & The Malcouns – Unstraight Ahead (Now Again)
Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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The long awaited second album by the originators of Afrodelic Kraut Funk. Feat. members of Poets of Rhythm and Whitefield Brothers.

CD NA5114CD / 2LP NA5114LP
Release: 20-06-14
“White Mink: Black Cotton Vol.3” – Electro Swing’s first landmark moment (Mixmag)
Friday, January 24th, 2014 | Tags: ,
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The sounds and style of the 1920s and 30s turned upside down and smuggled into the 21st century. White Mink: Black Cotton (Electro Swing vs Speakeasy Jazz) Vol. 3 is a double digipak CD compilation and download album. As with the previous album-charting, silver-disc’d CDs, side one (White Mink) presents a diverse modern take, while […]

Elvis Costello & The Roots – Wise Up Ghost…
Thursday, October 10th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Elvis Costello & The Roots – Wise Up Ghost…

Image: 1583851 Elvis Costello and The Roots have announced that a collaborative album entitled Wise Up Ghost will be exclusively released by Blue Note Records on Monday 16th September 2013 in the UK and Tuesday September 17th 2013 in the USA.

The existence of the record was first revealed by ?uestlove as an aside during an interview with Billboard Magazine in January. A small number of test pressings were distributed as white labels on Record Store Day on the 20th of April but the full release will follow later in the year.

Most of the sessions took place in secret at Feliz Habitat Studios in the dead of night, while others were in plain sight at Costello’s Hookery Crookery Studios. Elvis described the record as ”the shortest distance between here and there” and containing ”both rhythm and what is read”. Ahmir says, ”It’s a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit.”

The solitary star announcing vacancy burnt out as we arrived
They’d throw us back across the border if they knew that we survived

It promises to be one of the most unexpected and surprising releases of 2013.

In addition to the fabulous Roots crew and friends, the record features a guest vocal appearance on ”Cinco Minutos Con Vos” from La Marisoul, lead singer of the Los Angeles group, La Santa Cecilia.

The album was produced by longtime Roots associate, Steven Mandel together with Elvis Costello, and Ahmir ”?uestlove” Thompson.

About Elvis Costello:
Elvis Costello began working as a professional musician 35 years ago, shortly after the release of his first album, ”My Aim Is True”. He has made more than 27 studio records, three live albums and numerous guest appearances on stage, studio and screen as well as working as a record producer, bit-part actor and composing music for television drama and dance performance. He has toured the world with The Attractions, The Imposters and the pianist, Steve Nieve, performing with symphony and jazz orchestras as well as in solo performance. His catalogue of songs includes collaborations with Paul McCartney, Allen Toussaint and Burt Bacharach with whom he won a Grammy for ”I Still Have That Other Girl” from their 1998 collaboration, Painted From Memory. Costello’s songs have been recorded by George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield and Robert Wyatt. Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. In the same year he was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award. His last record was 2010s National Ransom, produced by T-Bone Burnett. Between 2008 and 2010, Costello was the host of twenty episodes of the interview and music show, ”Spectacle” on the Sundance Channel.

About Ahmir ”?uestlove” Thompson:
Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, author and member of The Roots – Ahmir ”?uestlove” Thompson, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is also the Musical Director for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where his beloved Roots crew serves as the house band. The musician’s indisputable reputation has also landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. In addition, the artist will release his first memoir, Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to ?uestlove, on June 18th.

About The Roots:
Formed in 1987, in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew, consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir ”?uestlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard). Having previously released twelve projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys, including ”Best R&B Album” for Wake Up!, ”Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” for ”Hang
in There” (with John Legend) and ”Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance” for ”Shine.” The ensemble was most recently nominated for ”Best Rap Album” for the 2011 release of undun. This brings the band’s GRAMMY nomination count to twelve. Additionally, The Roots have also become the faces of Philly’s ”Fourth of July Jam,” an annual concert held during the Fourth of July with the biggest names in music, and ”The Roots Picnic,” a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, that has become a celebrated institution during awards season. Recently The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone, became the official house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where they currently perform every Monday- Friday. Available from 20.09.2013

Various – Muscle Tuff
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Muscle Tuff

Image: 1582499 MUSCLE TUFF is THE GYM’s label compilation. Each artist took a different approach to create mind blowing workout music. This compilation proves that GYM aficionados can be melancholic and deeply existentialistic, meditating on the world’s serious issues, while gently pumping iron.
THE GYM emerged out of an old circle of friends, throwing parties and DJing together, while slowly building their individual careers. It became a record label when co-owners Brandt Brauer Frick made their first steps in the music scene. Other GYM members include film & video producers, club curators and bodybuilders.
MUSCLE TUFF is a snapshot of the contributors’ current state of mind. Eight of nine tracks have been produced exclusively for this compilation.
Berlin-based singer and producer Josa Peit opens with “Waste”, a hypnotic soul sketch, her vocals beautifully fragile and intense, with analogue synths creating sonic Alice In Wonderland moments.
Brandt Brauer Frick play a fast and raw Techno track. One feels like working out in the jungle, or participating in a ritual worship of an archaic goddess. This time, they used only synths, as Juno-106, SH-101 or Nord Drums, and left piano and other acoustic instruments aside, contradicting their signature sound.
Offenbach-based Bodo Elsel delivers a radical old school approach, a bone dry one-take house miniature, crooning “I Can’t Reset My Mind” in his unimitable sloppy style, over cascades of dry 707, 808 and SP12 beats and claps.
Copenhagen producer and long-time collaborator James Braun teams up with Dan M for “People Move”, a slow burner of the kind that are truly hard to find and that take you from a low level into haunting ecstasy.
Next up is Berlin’s 20 year-old house, bass and hiphop prodigy Max Graef, His exceptional musical skills came to the labels attention during an in-store gig at the legendary OYE RECORDS in Berlin. He is a unique talent and musically wise beyond his years. Enjoy “Nr 3” and brace yourself for his upcoming “Get Big Fast” EP on THE GYM.
For those who know THE GYM’s former releases, it’s evident that Dollkraut can’t miss. The Dutch analogue sound wizard keeps on fascinating us with his golden touch for pop moments. “Catch My Soul” is an old pearl and one of Dollkraut’s most housy tracks. As it has never been released on vinyl and has proven to be a long time GYM mover it had to be on MUSCLE TUFF.
THE GYM’s brotherhood with Tartelet Records keeps on flourishing on Tartelet’s label head Muff Deep’s contribution: “Let’s Go To The Gym”! It’s hot & sweaty and it gets you. It sounds like a drunken Theo Parrish in a Honda, caught in a thunderstorm on his way to THE GYM, trying to work the MPC. Kind of.
One of the clubbiest tracks on the album is supplied by Freude am Tanzen and BPitch boy Douglas Greed, whose straight and no-bullshit techno track “Raw And Order” leads from agitating percussion into synth madness, GYM music at its purest. On its finishing track, MUSCLE TUFF opens up into the glamorous new wave disco world of the mysterious Frenchman Bernard Crochet. He is an almost entirely unknown face to the
electronic music scene, except for his 2012 debut with Dollkraut. We know nothing about him, and it’s hard to situate him in any context in 2013. One thing is certain, he has access to some crazy rare vintage gear and he’s not afraid of big emotions!
MUSCLE TUFF!

TRACKLISTING
A1. Josa Peit – Waste
A2. Brandt Brauer Frick – Two In A Bush
A3. Bodo Elsel – Reset My Mind
B1. James Braun & Dan M – People Move
B2. Max Graef – Nr 3
C1. Dollkraut – Catch My Soul
C2. Muff Deep – Let’s Go To The Gym
D1. Douglas Greed – Raw & Order
D2. Bernard Crochet – Dawn Raid On The Box

www.thegymrecords.com
www.hustlepr.com Available from 30.08.2013

Various – Mutazione
Friday, August 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Mutazione

Image: 1581884 In Italy, they are known as the Anni di Piombo, the ‘Years Of Lead’, a period of
unprecedented political turmoil between the late ‘60s and early ‘80s across the country.
Sparked following an attempt to merge the neo-fascist Italian Social Movement (MSI)
into the ruling Tambroni government and a subsequent coalition between the Christian
Democrats (DC) and the Socialist Party, nearly 2000 murders were attributed to political
violence during this dark period in the form of bombings, assassinations and street
warfare between rival militant factions, including the high profile murder of DC leader
Aldo Moro in 1978.
Kompakt artist Alessio Natalizia from Walls brings together ‘Mutazione’, a collection of
reactionary underground electronic and new wave rarities from Italy, recorded during the
tail end of this turbulent era. Based around a hotbed of activism in Tuscany and the Emilio
Romagna region, bands emerged from squats and both right and left wing militant
groups, feeding off the national paranoia and angst to create a unique sound, rooted in
punk but touching on new wave, electronic, experimental and industrial styles. Much of
the music was released on limited cassettes. Fanzines sprang up, both from political
groups and the bands themselves, in turn spawning new artists – Suicide Dada, featured
on this album, emerged from a collective running the VM fanzine in Turin and the Traxxtra
collective of underground musicians also published a regular lo-fi magazine of their own.
For ‘Mutazione’, Natalizia digs deep to explore the full spectrum of sounds from this rich
era of Italian music. Styles range from brooding new wave and post-punk to raw electronic
pieces and claustrophobic, whispered vocal cuts. There are stories aplenty behind
many of the tracks: Laxative Souls’ chilling ‘Niccolai’ samples a telephone call made by
infamous terrorist group Brigate Rosse to Aldo Moro’s lawyer, explaining where he could
find the politician’s body. Kirlian Camera’s ‘Edges’ is an early single from one of the few
underground Italian new wave to land a major label deal and Doris Norton’s ‘Norton
Apple Software’ is culled from an all-electronic instrumental album sponsored by Apple
during their early days in 1984.
This exclusive release comes with extensive sleeve notes by two of Italy’s leading
cultural journalists, Andrea Pomini and Alberto Campo, both now of Rumore magazine.
The package also features a wealth of original photos alongside artwork from fanzines,
cassettes and LP covers.

FOR FANS OF
Factory Records, Metal Dance compilation, early Kraftwerk, Can, Throbbing Gristle, Disques
du Crepuscule, Public Image Limited, Liquid Liquid, no wave

KEY POINTS

– First definitive compilation of underground Italian new wave scene from 1980s
– Powerful soundtrack to turbulent political backdrop in Italy during early ’80s
– Features over 20 previously unreissued tracks
– Package full of rare artwork from fanzines, cassettes, posters and LPs + sleeve notes by
leading Italian journalists Andrea Pomini and Alberto Campo
– Another essential package in Strut’s catalogue of post-punk, new wave & early electronic
releases following ‘Fac. Dance’, ‘Metal Dance’ & ‘Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story

CD1
1. Die Form – Are You Before
2. Neon – Informations of Death
3. Gaznevada – Going Underground
4. Carmody – Vulcani
5. Daniele Ciullini & De Rezke – Ancona Icone
6. 0010110000010011 Cancer – Naonian Style
7. Victrola – Maritime Tatami
8. 2+2=5 – Jacho’s Story
9. Laxative Souls – Niccolai
10. LA 1919 – Senza Tregua
11. Baciamibartali & Winter Light – Kill Myself 2
12. Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici – Back and Forth
13. L’Ultimo Arcano – 1984-1985

CD2
1. A.T.R.O.X. – Against The Odds
2. Doris Norton – Norton Apple Software
3. Kirlian Camera – Edges (Original version)
4. Spirocheta Pergoli – Romero’s Living Dead
5. La Bambola Del Dr. Caligari – Deep Skanner
6. Pale TV – The Livid Triptych
7. Rats – Please
8. Plath – I Am Strange Now
9. Tasaday – Crisalide
10. La Maison – Critical Situation
11. Suicide Dada – Waiting For September
12. The Tapes – Nervous Breakdown
13. Maurizio Bianchi – Auschwitz

http://www.strut-records.com/

Preview: https://soundcloud.com/k7-records/sets/mutazione-italian-electronic-1/s-HnGQ1 Available from 02.08.2013

Mario Rusca Trio – Reaction
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mario Rusca Trio – Reaction

Image: 1577186 Fantastic and rare debut LP of Italian jazz pianist as first re-release, recorded 1974 at the Fontana Studio in Milan for the small label Dynia World. Trio featuring Mario Rusca (piano), Franco Cerri`s son Stefano Cerri (electric bass) and Gianni Cazzola (drums). Fascinating Modern Jazz & Post-Bop album with shimmering sound colours and unique versions of Ron Carter’s “First Trip”, Monk’s “Straight No Chaser” or “Blue In Green” and “Waltz For Debby” by Bill Evans. Newly mastered for superior sound, with original artwork and sleeve notes as a 6-Page Digi-CD / Limited Vinyl LP / Download.

Mario Rusca made the first experiences years ago with a lot of performances in trio. From 1971 to 1974 Mario had a long collaboration with the famous violinist Joe Venuti. “Reaction”, finally reissued by Sonorama Records on CD/ LP/ DIGITAL, is his first album produced by Dynia World Records in 1974, performed with Franco Cerri`s son Stefano Cerri (el-b) and Gianni Cazzola (dr) – a long forgotten but definitely outstanding and fascinating modern jazz & post bop LP.

Original sleeve notes by Franco Fayenz (1974):

Jazz in Italy is about to rocket like a whizz kid, thanks mainly to the young crowd that is admiring the rock-tinged side of Black America’s music. Italy’s own jazz production though, is still caught in quite serious problems. For a considerable amount of time the in-crowd critics have determined the reasons behind these problems. They can be summarized as follows: a delayed start in comparison to other European countries, the scarce musical education in Italy, the indifference of mass media, but also the hurtful behaviour of certain journalists, who are always willing to mention that the worst Jazz in the whole of Europe is played in Italy.

Rather, it is true that the really good Italian Jazz musicians are few, which is easy to understand by looking at what it says above. It is not very likely for musicians to step back and to live like ascetics to be able to play Jazz. On the other hand, to play Jazz as a part-time occupation and having to share it with playing light music or other activities, inevitably sets limits. Jazz needs practice, one needs to work with it on a daily basis, making it become a habit. In order to reach this level of intimacy, one needs to have a well-defined cultural background and a solid awareness of the direction things are going to in our times.
That this is the first release by the courageous pianist Mario Rusca, born in Turin in 1937, and thus not that young anymore, can only be explained (and not justified) by circumstances such as described above. But there’s more to it. Though I really strive to support Italian Jazz and to discover new talents, often by going against the tide, I hadn’t yet heard the name of Mario Rusca three years ago. It was Joe Venuti who introduced me to him in the spring of 1971, while he was staying in Milan for some time. Venuti had arrived in Italy together with pianist Lou Stein, and he didn’t have any difficulties in finding good double-bass players and drummers to play with him. A problem aroused though when Stein decided to go back to the States alone. The search for a new pianist proved to be more difficult, but the old violinist finally spotted a shy and reserved person, who at the time was playing at the Capolinea every night, a club which can be found in an outlying district of Milan. That was Mario Rusca.

The first time I had the opportunity to listen to him was during a concert of Venuti at La Fenice in Venice taking place on May 9th, 1971. I was especially impressed by his musical craftsmanship as well as his rich and bright ideas. His style was evidently not oscillating between traditional and classic as the collaboration with Venuti might have indicated. He rather knew how to adapt himself to those styles. On the other hand he was able to define his own style, which is more modern, highlighting an enviable technique, and combining that certain something of a soloist and a confident taste. Since then, there have been numerous occasions where I had the chance to review Mario Rusca’s skills at the Jazz Power Club in Milan. He performs as solo artist, but also accompanies famous American musicians touring Italy. His collaboration with American singer Bunnie Foy who compelled him to spontaneously change between spirituals, Flamenco and Modern Jazz, can be named as one example.

Time after time, I finally convinced myself that Mario Rusca, apart from his rare and precious eclecticism, is one of Italy’s best pianists, who is well-positioned in the world of “melodico-armonico” even prior to contemporary Jazz. But he for sure is modern. And that’s why I didn’t hesitate at all when Enrico Dynia some months ago asked me to recommend an Italian solo pianist who was able to record an outstanding long player. I had about three or four names in mind, but it was Rusca who deserved to be the first. I’m convinced that those who have not yet had the chance to admire him, will be puzzled to learn what kind of undiscovered talents the Italian Jazz scene still has to offer.

When Rusca was asked to do this important recording session, he chose to collaborate with Gianni Cazzola and Stefano Cerri. And it was a good choice. The drummer Gianni Cazzola has been on the forefront of things for about 20 years, and there’s no need to introduce him to anyone. Just listen to the tracks to discover his sobriety and precision in playing, the interaction with his co-musicians and his sense of security with which he inspires Rusca and sets him in the right pace to open up the path to fantasy. Only on the last track of Side 1, Rusca is playing solo piano.

Stefano Cerri, 22-year old double-bass player and son of Franco, a guitarist well-known to all Italian and European Jazz fanatics, is the second son of an artist of our Jazz scene. The other one is the pianist Gaetano Liguori. I really hope that this series will continue. On this note, I just wanted to emphasize Stefano Cerri’s privileged position: he has been listening to Jazz at home from the day he was born, he received musical education from his father, and he learnt his profession by playing electric bass in various Rock and Modern Jazz outfits. He has been acknowledged for his energy, the intelligence and his means to immediately capture various situations. There’s no doubt that the future will bring him publicity and success.

Biographical data:
In 1976 Mario plays in tour with Gerry Mulligan and is chosen for representing Italy in Piano Solo at the International Festival of Warsaw. Mario Rusca performs his sounds with a lot of great musicians like: Chet Baker, Al Gray, Tony Scott, Art Farmer, Lou Donaldson, Curtis Fuller, Bob Berg, Kay Winding, Jimmy Owens, Toot’s Thielemans, Kenny Clarke, Stan Getz, Steve Lacy, Steve Grosmann, Eddie L. Joe Davis, Dusko Goykovic, Pepper Adams, Lee Konitz, “Mario Rusca & Lee Konitz” (CD), ” Where’s blues”, Franco Ambrosetti, Gianni Basso, Francis Coletta, George Robert, Enrico Rava, Woody Shaw.

The Mario Rusca Quintet won “The Cup of the Jazz Award” in 1984, organized by Adriano Mazzoletti on air in National Channel RAI Radio Stereo 1. They had a lot of performances in Europe and a great ovation at the International Jazz Festival of Montreal. Acutally Mario is an appreciated teacher of Piano at the SMUM school of Jazz Music in Lugano and at the Civic School of Jazz in Milan. Most recently available is “Speak Low”, his last studio work in trio with Riccardo Fioravanti (Cb) and Stefano Bagnoli (Dr). Actually this trio is performing live.

Mr. Rusca has composed the music and served as a music director for the films: “La droga è vita?!” (1988-1990) by Umberto Baretto “Electoral Debate” (1995),”IO-Giuseppe Renzini” (1989-2003), “Algonchini” (1999) by Marco Rusca. He has composed the music and served as a music director for the theatrical production of “Noemi” (1991), written by Juan Carlos Malpelli (Art Director). He also worked for The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (Los Angeles).

For more info, please visit www.mariorusca.com

Please ignore the expensive but cheaply produced bootleg LP (illegal pressing) on the so called piracy imprint “Heritage Records”!
Available from 19.04.2013

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