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Myron & E With The Soul Investigators – Going In Circles
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Myron & E With The Soul Investigators – Going In Circles

Image: 1587625 Starting from where the “Cold Game” LP left us, the new album offering from Myron & E and the Soul Investigators finishes the saga of this Finnish-American marriage of soulful ecstasy. “Going In Circles” picks the rest of the tracks from the Stones Throw released “Broadway” from last year in the form of previously unreleased extended mixes, adds a 7″ only track, as well as a brand new soul stomper.

“Dangerous” has only been available on a limited 45 from Stones Throw, and can now be heard in its full extended studio cut glory. Also featured is the “They Don’t Know” original mix, which was just recently put out by Timmion on a 7″. Same goes for the dance soul of “Behind Closed Doors”, which hasn’t been available in album form before, and is just getting its first 7″ release.

If we lay these past vinyl release issues aside, “Going In Circles” is once more an album to heard in its entirety. Packaged in a glorious pasted back sleeve, it will compliment any vinyl collection. If somebody is thinking about buying their first soul album, they might as well get going with this.

It’s time to take another look at Myron & E, the duo of soul brothers from California, whose debut album “Broadway” was released by Stones Throw Records during the summer of 2013. “Going In Circles” is the second in a series of two Myron & E albums, which will be released by Timmion Records. It features tracks from the first album, an early single cut with The Soul Investigators, and a fresh new instrumental to groove on.

The album sleeve has a photo of Myron Glasper and Eric Boss sitting on an iceberg, in Helsinki in the Spring of 2009. This iceberg was a monument to the heavy snowfalls Finland received during the winter, still standing months later, and providing an ideal stage to shoot some cold game. This is the true tone Timmion wants to paint with its private alternate pressings of the music The Soul Investigators recorded with Myron & E from the year 2007 to 2012. 

Some of the music The Soul Investigators play might sound cheery at first, but deep inside beats a heart full of authentic Finnish melancholy, reflecting the finest escapist moods of classic American soul. Myron & E reach the music potently and complementing this brand of unpolished soul to the fullest.

Timmon Records in Helsinki, Finland – the home of Myron & E’s band & collaborators The Soul Investigators – have released their own custom versions of the Myron & E recordings, cut right at home in the Timmion Cutting Laboratory. The two LPs – Cold Game and Going in Circles – are strictly limited edition vinyl releases, packaged with old school thick cardboard sleeve and “tip-on” cover. Going in Circles LP contains the full, original versions three tracks from Myron & E’s Broadway (the U.S. release on Stones Throw) and four others which aren’t on the U.S. release.

Tracklist:
1. Going In Circles
2. They Don’t Know
3. Turn Back
4. Back & Forth
5. Pot Club
6. Behind Closed Doors
7. Dangerous (Part 1 & 2) Available from 21.03.2014

Fatima – Circle
Thursday, August 29th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fatima – Circle

Eglo’s Queen Bee returns on this stunning ode to the stars, marking the beginning of a new chapter in her flourishing musical journey. The first single to be taken from her forthcoming debut album, ‘Circle’ see’s her join forces with LA heavy hitters …

SF duo Myron & E create modern soul music with a classic throwback feel
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 | Tags: , , ,
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The vocal duo is something of a rarity. There have been countless solo stars, trios, quartets and quintets, but the pairing of equally talented singers isn’t nearly as common. Sam and Dave, Ashford and Simpson, the Righteous Brothers and the Everly Brothers comprise a short list of standouts. Enter Myron & E. Myron (Myron Glasper) […]

Strong Arm Steady & Madlib collaboration “In Search Of Stoney Jackson” on Stones Throw …
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 | Tags: , , , , ,
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Strong Arm Steady was formed in the shadows of the West Coast’s Death Row Records movement, which at one time loomed large over much of the region’s talent. Many Los Angeles artists – themselves students and children of Death Row – were becoming frustrated at the gang mentality that colored perceptions of their burgeoning underground. […]

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2016
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2016 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Mitarbeiter von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen Highlights aus Musik & Film der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend sind ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen […]

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2015
Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2015 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Mitarbeiter von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen Highlights aus Musik & Film der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend sind ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen […]

San Francisco’s Tommy Guerrero drops his new album Perpetual
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Tommy Guerrero continues to expand his horizons while upholding his San Francisco Bay heritage. Starting from the Bones Brigade skate team in the 80’s, he has gone on to make movie appearances, design for Levi’s in Japan, Vans shoes worldwide, Sutro eyewear (among others), sign a skateboard contract with Converse, co-found Real Skateboards and 40’s […]

Tommy Guerrero – Perpetual (LP+MP3)
Friday, October 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tommy Guerrero – Perpetual (LP+MP3)

Image: 1599337 Tommy Guerrero continues to expand his horizons while upholding his San Francisco Bay heritage. Starting from the Bones Brigade skate team in the 80’s, he has gone on to make movie appearances, design for Levi’s in Japan, Vans shoes worldwide, Sutro eyewear (among others), sign a skateboard contract with Converse, co-found Real Skateboards and 40’s Clothing and become art director for Krooked Skateboarding, along with maintaining a prolific recording schedule.

1. Water In Your Hands
2. Thoughts Of Tomorrow
3. At The Circles Edge
4. The Fire Remains
5. Battles Of The Forgotten
6. Atacama
7. Where The Sky Drops Into The Sea
8. Time Burns Bright
9 .Los Oceanos De Arena
10.The Spirit Form
11.Signals From Points Beyond
12.The Silence Of Thunder
13.Throwing Stones At The Moon
14.Embers Of Memory
15.211*
16.Sun Rays Like Stilts

Tommy’s concerts have packed houses across the country from Café Du Nord in SF to The Knitting Factory in N.Y.C. and continue across the globe from The Underworld in London to the Fujirock Festival in his yearly tours in Japan. In 2014, Tommy performed a 15-city tour of Europe sponsored by Levi’s and plans to return again to support this new release – Perpetual.

A continuation to Perpetuum, an album exclusively released in Japan in 2014, Tommy’s intent for Perpetual is “to strip the tunes down and create more of an atmosphere than being concerned with writing ‘songs’… The other idea [is] to abandon the damn computron and record everything on my Tascam 388 1/4″ 8 track tape machine. The limitations with an old tape deck were welcomed with open arms – … I gotta say this is one of my faves and hope people will connect with what I [am] trying to convey. Music is all about an emotional response for me… I hope it resonates with you in a positive way.”

From Mission District punkers to Shibuya-ku hipsters- Tommy’s music does resonate in a positive way. His melodies dance lightly around your head while the rhythms build under your feet and move your hips. His is SOUL music, made by a street kid raised on Santana and Bill Withers (with more than a little nod to the Clash and Public Enemy in there, too) who – through Perpetual – continues to share that life is “about the journey not the destination.”
Available from 13.11.2015

Mild High Club – Timeline
Thursday, August 6th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mild High Club – Timeline

Image: 1598583 Mild High Club is the home for the musical output of Alexander Brettin, a jazz-schooled musician transplanted from the
Midwest to LA. The Club is due to release the debut album Timeline on Circle Star Records, the new imprint of Stones
Throw Records.
Recording with a Fostex 4-track cassette recorder, Macbook, 12-string electric guitar, portasound keyboard, bass, drum
machine, software instruments “and whatever was lying around”, Brettin began working on Timeline in 2012. In addition to
the pure pop of singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren, sixties psych wields an obvious influence over Mild High Club’s music,
but Brettin strips away the opulence commonly associated with it in favour of phased melodies and heartfelt lyrics.
Though he may have been “interested in making simple pop songs with a little bit of jazz,” Brettin’s subject matter is far
from simple. Timeline’s themes include the role of the internet and avatars, gender-neutral songs about hooking up, making
real connections in the hyperreal world of social media and digital devices, and the artist’s internal wrangling over the
process of songwriting itself.
Mild High Club recently toured with post-punk pioneers Wire and has shared the stage with the likes of Mac DeMarco, Ariel
Pink and Mikal Cronin.

Tracklisting
1. Club Intro
2. Windowpane
3. Note To Self
4. You And Me
5. Undeniable
6. Timeline
7. Rollercoaster Baby
8. Elegy
9. Weeping Willow
10. The Chat Available from 16.10.2015

Jesse Hackett – Junk
Friday, May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jesse Hackett – Junk

Image: 1597492 The name Jesse Hackett may not immediately seem familiar, but the London-based producer has been on the radar of those in the know for several years. Now, for the first time in his ten-year music career, Hackett is finally stepping out as a solo musician under his own name with JUNK as the first record release on the new imprint of Stones Throw, Circle Star Records.

Hackett released an album as Elmore Judd on Honest Jons in 2007, and shortly afterwards the opportunity to work with Damon Albarn, arrived. In 2010, Hackett toured with Gorillaz as the group’s synth player, and became a mainstay of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project.

Along with Kenyan musicians Joseph Nyumungu and Charles Okowo, and Elmore Judd collaborators Tom Skinner and brother Louis Hackett (aka Louis Slippers), Hackett also formed Owiny Sigoma Band. The group released two albums on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide label and toured Europe and Africa. Another fortuitous connection was made – this one with Thom Yorke, who invited Owiny Sigoma Band to join him on tour in 2013. Around the same time, Hackett formed the studio-based Blludd Relations project with the London producer Bullion.

JUNK is Hackett’s first fully solo endeavour under his own name. Hackett created its sound with a cheap Yamaha PSR-110 that he found in a recycling dump. He was inspired to work within the parameters of the keyboard as a template and see how far he could take it. “I like the idea of making beauty from rubbish – or so-called rubbish,” he says.

“I wrote all the songs in different styles from glam rock to sleazy lizard lounge punk-funk,” he explains, on a “pretty ropey” keyboard. He explores a range of themes on JUNK: on ‘Closet Jazz’, a musician hides his jazz tendencies for fear of being ridiculed by his friends, and ‘I Don’t Wanna Get Old’, tackles fear of ageing via lyrics about an amphibian man. But there’s a bleaker underbelly to many of the songs. Hackett is unafraid to tackle weightier subjects, from “a relationship that reached a sacred oblivion” to imminent apocalypse.

Hackett may have been releasing music for around ten years, but working under his own name and signed to a new label, in many ways JUNK feels like the beginning.
Available from 10.07.2015

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, […]

Paul White – Watch The Ants
Friday, August 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Paul White – Watch The Ants

Image: 1581875 The UK producer is joined by some famous friends on a surprising journey.
Watch The Ants, Paul White’s forthcoming EP, is sure to further solidify his reputation as one of the most innovative producers in hip-hop and beyond. The South Londoner is joined by the motley crew of Trim, Sean Price, Homeboy Sandman and rap superstar-in-waiting Danny Brown, who recruited Paul to produce nearly half his forthcoming album Old and cited him as “my fav producer to work with”.

First single Street Lights features Danny Brown, whose vivid portrait of a Detroit blighted by poverty and neglect is a perfect foil to White’s pounding war drums, strings and spectral choir. Trim, the ex-Roll Deep member and James Blake collaborator, invites you to Get Your Head Round This. He weds his unique delivery and caustic punchlines to a beat which shows that while other producers flock to the trap, Paul White heads to the toy shop. New York heavyweight Sean Price offers grim threats over the exotic instrumentation of Slugs Don’t Hug before rap’s most likeable lyricist, Homeboy Sandman – who featured on Paul’s last full-length, Rapping With Paul White – lets in a little light on Find A Way. His melodic, contemplative wordplay over a bassline groove and psyched-out washes of reverb should allay any doubts that hip-hop ain’t what it used to be, while serving as a teaser for his Paul White-produced EP due on Stones Throw this year.

Though it boasts an enviable roster of MCs, Watch The Ants also contains plenty for fans of White’s instrumental work. Alongside the rappers, familiar names like Roland, Moog and Korg crop up throughout. They’re joined by an array of more surprising instruments such as finger cymbals, conga, and kzink kzink, all of which White plays himself – and see if you can spot his vocals. He can still make a killer beat, but on Watch The Ants Paul White hints at forthcoming explorations of krautrock, new-wave and psych. Minus, Divining Rod and Seagull Conscience are hard to categorise, existing in intriguing sound worlds of their own. They demonstrate perfectly why his talents are in demand from musicians beyond hip-hop circles – as illustrated by So Far Away, his track with Charli XCX, which Pitchfork called “a clear highlight” of her Best New Music-earning album True Romance.

Paul White followed his cult-classic debut, The Strange Dreams Of Paul White, with Paul White And The Purple Brain in 2010, unleashing his idiosyncratic blend of prog and psych with a beats sensibility into the world, and 2011’s Rapping With Paul White showed off his music’s easy affinity with rap. Watch The Ants unites all of those strands with a more expansive and ambitious approach. Brimming with new ideas, Watch The Ants may showcase Paul White’s well-documented hip-hop chops to perfection, but it also positions him on the cusp of an exciting new musical phase.

1. Watch The Ants
2. Street Lights ft. Danny Brown
3. Divining Rod
4. Seagull Conscience
5. Slugs Don’t Hug ft. Sean Price
6. Minus
7. Get Your Head Round This ft. Trim
8. Lolita
9. Until Tomorrow
10. Find A Way ft. Homeboy Sandman Available from 02.08.2013

Staff Charts 2012
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Let me make one thing perfectly clear, 2012 was amazing! Number-one position in the German Media Control album charts, gold, platin, multiple awards – CRO took it all. The artist with the famous panda mask infected the entire country with his genre-bending mixture of rap and pop. Other artists / bands like alt-J, Anastacia, Baroness, […]

Strong Arm Steady
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,
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Strong Arm Steady was formed in the shadows of the West Coast’s Death Row Records movement, which at one time, loomed large over much of the region’s talent. Many Los Angeles artists—themselves students and children of Death Row—were becoming frustrated at the gang mentality that colored perceptions of their burgeoning underground. Out of that frustration […]

Staff Charts 2011
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In good old tradition we asked around what the employees of Groove Attack, Rough Trade, and GoodToGo have been listening to during the past twelve months. Naturally it’s a wild mixture of rock, pop, folk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, dance music, and obscure underground stuff – as diverse as we are. Nonetheless, what you’ll find […]

Staff Charts 2010
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I figure it’s been a pretty epic year for music and our beloved industry. Seriously, I’ve got very little to complain about. To sum it up, 2010 was full of blown speakers, sweaty “Old Desperate Bitch” t-shirts and the surprising comeback of stage diving. Along the way we listened to huge piles of new albums, […]

Jed And Lucia
Monday, November 8th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Like the distant cousins of Jose Gonzales and Boards of Canada, Jed and Lucia’s songs have a pastoral sensibility that has been warped by their love for electronics. “Superhuman Heart” is a kaleidoscope of tunes dreamed-up and recorded in the hills, parks and woods of North Berkeley. Their vocal harmonies smack of classic 1960s Cali-pop, […]

Jed and Lucia’s songs have a pastoral sensibility that has been warped by their love for electronics …
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Like the distant cousins of Jose Gonzales and Boards of Canada, Jed and Lucia’s songs have a pastoral sensibility that has been warped by their love for electronics. “Superhuman Heart” is a kaleidoscope of tunes dreamed-up and recorded in the hills, parks and woods of North Berkeley. Their vocal harmonies smack of classic 1960s Cali-pop, […]

Strong Arm Steady
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Strong Arm Steady was formed in the shadows of the West Coast’s Death Row Records movement, which at one time loomed large over much of the region’s talent. Many Los Angeles artists – themselves students and children of Death Row – were becoming frustrated at the gang mentality that colored perceptions of their burgeoning underground. […]

Staff Charts 2009
Monday, December 28th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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2009 wasn’t just the year everyone you know bought an iPhone, joined Twitter and put on a pair of gum boots to till their fields in Farmville. Actually it was also an exciting and eventful year for music – full of blown speakers, sweaty t-shirts and the surprising comeback of psychedelic rock. Along the way […]

Staff Charts 2005
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005 | Tags: ,
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Holy moly, the year 2005 is almost over. And so many changes happened we can’t even remember. Most recently we had to congratulate Mrs. Merkel for becoming the first female chancellor of Germany, but honestly nobody really cared. As always the much more important news came from overseas. Have you heard that our beloved newlyweds Jessica and Nick split up after they had stolen the hearts of audiences everywhere? And Britney sold Kevin’s Ferrari. Oh boy…But through all these times of melancholy one thing will remain the same and stay forever, and that’s our pure love for music.

So in good ol’ tradition we asked around what Groove Attack’s employees have been listening to in 2005. Read on ‘cuz this list is for you …

The Madlib Invazion
Thursday, April 24th, 2003 | Tags: ,
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Armed with an SP-1200 sampler and several identities, Madlib has built a collection of beats, records, and unreleased tracks that is already becoming impossible to archive. For 2003, Madlib has scheduled an album with MadVillain (a collaboration with MF Doom), a release of YNQ’s “Stevie” album, and Jaylib, a collaboration with Jay Dee. Check out the following interview by Mike Piroli / Elemental Magazine …

Our favourite things in 2001…
Friday, December 21st, 2001 | Tags: ,
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… were records. Nearly everybody at Groove Attack (and their moms) have put together their Top 20 albums and singles of 2001. The winners are…

The Funky 16 Corners
Monday, November 5th, 2001 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Funky 16 Corners

All praises due to Stones Throw for putting together one of the best funk compilations ever. The Funky 16 Corners proves that compiling can be an art and that record diggin isn’t just a sport for premature music lovers who refuse to grow up. The CD presents a glimpse into the lives and music of 16 unsung heroes of the 70s’ funk revolution from each corner of the United States. We spoke with Eothen “Egon” Alapatt about the Making Of, the deep funk scene and diggin’ in general.

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