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The Eminent Stars – Bar Shift
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Eminent Stars – Bar Shift

Image: 1611303 The Eminent Stars were founded by saxophonist Ben Mendes and drummer Toon Oomen. They both share the love for the great music emerging from cities like New Orleans in the 60’s and 70’s: Dr. John, Freddie King, The Meters and many more! Just mix up some soul, Rhythm & Blues, funk and Blues and there you have it: a sound that consists of authentic elements: it’s danceable, intriguing, vibrant and fresh!

Their debut Sittin’ In (Tramp TRLP/CD-9035) was released in february 2014, accompanied by a 45RPM single to support the album. In the past three years the Eminent Stars heavily toured in their home country as well as Europe. They kept writing new songs and here we go with two new, fresh cuts. “Bar Shift” features guest vocalist Bruce James while “Brown Thang” is a smokin’ blues-funk instrumental. These two sides give you an excellent foretaste of their second full length album, scheduled for release in early 2018.

The Eminent Stars are:
• Toon Oomen – drums, percussion and guitars
• Ben Mendes – saxophones, producer and recording engineer
• Mischa den Haring – guitars
• Andert Tijsma – bass
• Emiel van Rijthoven – hammond / piano / wurlitzer
• Dirk Beets – trumpet

1. Bar Shift (feat. Bruce James)
2. Brown Thang Available from 08.09.2017

Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo – Mastership
Friday, June 17th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo – Mastership

Image: 1604047 Truly nuts and really kind of essential… the Starship Commander had his whole approach to the Synthesiser Voice technique. B-Boys/Girls delight. Check the instrumental cut, Mastership – a head nod synth voyage of the highest order. Limited copies. TIP!
“How are you doing, Earthling?” That’s how Omer Coleman, Jr. addressed his public in the 80s, driving around Kansas City, Missouri in the electric space-car built especially for his alter ego Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo.

Left Ear Records went back to Coleman’s original master tapes for their vinyl reissue of the Commander’s 1981 private press album Mastership, a lost electronic funk classic. Coleman performs in an alien voice that comes not from electronic filtering but from his own natural vocal distortions. This visitor from Mars wants people to be happy and, like his song goes, “Laugh and Dance.” It’s an endearing and very personal space-age funk that blends George Clinton and Kraftwerk in a vision of a better and happier world.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Coleman was musically inclined from an early age. His parents couldn’t afford to buy him a real drum for orchestra, so he took up electrical wiring and wood shop instead, which fed his muse in a different direction. Omer built enormous speaker cabinets. In the late ‘70s he was a DJ, and ran a Mobile Disco business that took him across the country, hosting parties. After a trip to California, he came back to Kansas City inspired to dress up as Commander Wooooo Wooooo.

The future commander began working at the Armco Steel Mill in Kansas City when he was 18. He was inspired by older machinists who demanded perfection in their work and in their character. It was while he was working at the steel mill that Coleman came up with Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo. One day coworker John Manley came up to Coleman with a vision of an electric car, and built it. His coworkers built all of his equipment, from lighting and fog machines to big steel eyeglasses. Coleman’s sister, a seamstress, created his outfits.

Coleman started his own label in 1985 but took some time off from music to raise his children, and when they came of age his son recorded with Coleman as a gospel vocalist. When his son was killed in an auto accident in 2004, it took something out of him, and he stopped making music. But he’s starting to get the feeling again.

Now 62, he’s currently enjoying his retirement from a long stint with the IRS. The former Commander is in the middle of a house project where he’s using metal ceiling tiles to line his walls. It’s starting to look like a spaceship. Coleman promises, “There is a real good possibility that we have not seen the last of Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo!
Pat Padua” Available from 29.07.2016

Men Of North Country – This City
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Men Of North Country – This City

Image: 1603242 It’s been 3 years since Tel Aviv’s indie-soul septet MONC released their debut LP “The North” on Acid Jazz Records. But make no mistake, they haven’t been resting. In the meantime they have released sold-out singles, an EP, and have toured Europe no less than five times! They visited Germany, France, Italy and the Czech Republic, and were met with excitement all over Europe’s Mod and Soul scene.

April of 2016 sees the release of their second studio album, titled “This City”, which is dedicated to their home town – Tel Aviv. In the album MONC infuse Northern Soul, Post-Punk and Rock’N’Roll influences into heady visions of the city’s buildings, streets, bedrooms, clubs and bars, while remaining dedicated to their brass section extravaganza and the three-minute pop-nugget charm.

The band have a fan in Craig Charles, who liked the album so much he’s hand-selecting 3 of his favourite tracks from the album on his BBC Funk & Soul Show and will invite listeners to phone in and vote for the “single”, which will then be released digitally by the band. He has also invited the band over from Tel Aviv for a live session in the station’s Manchester studios.

01 / A1 Running
02 / A2 Wendy Rene
03 / A3 All In
04 / A4 Boy
05 / A5 My Danish Girl
06 / A6 Forever Starts Tonight
07 / B1 I’m Com’un Home (In the Morn’un)
08 / B2 Lost Tobacco Road
09 / B3 77
10 / B4 They Don’t Know
11 / B5 Let’s Get Away
12 / B6 Permanent Vacation

Unique Selling Points:
– The band are to be featured on Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show where listeners are invited to “choose the single”
– Craig Charles is a big fan of the album and band and will be giving them a lot of support
– The band are to be feature on the Funk & Soul Show Live Sessions in March/April *Date TBC*
– The band are heading to Europe to tour and push the album. *Dates TBA*
– Album is currently being pushed for worldwide cinema syncs.
– Last album released by the band sold out Available from 22.04.2016

Togo Allstars – Way Out Of Sadness / Ekue
Friday, July 10th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Togo Allstars – Way Out Of Sadness / Ekue

Image: 1598187 Two steaming Afro Funk rollers from Togo .. TIP!
Hailing from the capital city, the Togo All Stars display a vigorous rhythm section and three sturdy voices deeply rooted within the afropop traditions stemming from the independence era, be it high-life, afrobeat, funk, reggae or even gospel music.

A passionate man with a cause, Serge Amiano has been living in Lomé for a few years now. Thanks to his musical vision, he’s the mastermind behind Togo All Stars’ meeting of two generations. He confronts younger musicians playing in the shadows with older voices long thought to be tarnished under elusive limelight.
Tireless talent scout and energy catalyst, Amiano paved the way for the Togo All Stars to happen, in the same manner he did it for Fanga, a celebrated French afrobeat collective in the last decade. Korbo, Fanga’s singer is featured on the Togo All Stars’ first album to be released this spring, under Kindred spirits record label.

Nested behind its sea front lined with tentative palm trees, Lomé is an unsung Atlantic Africa city. The city mixes the energy of a restless youth with displays of genuine emotions that were once the soundtrack of the country’s independence, from April 27th 1960 to this day.

Set in a country where cultural preservation is almost pointless, Serge Amiano had the idea to bring together rough voices from the past with the supreme rhythms of young lions dedicated to any kind of repertoire they lay their hands on. A true electric shock between generations, the Togo All Stars combine dignified and vintage singers with youthful musicians, exuberant rhythm section, liquid guitars and devastating horns.

Genuine Togolese afro funk pioneer, charming Napo de mi Amor brings his solid vocal experience to the front of the orchestra. Aguey Cudjoe is Amiano’s true discovery. He stumbled upon this veteran singer doing high-life numbers in one of Lomé’s rare clubs. He became effortlessly one of the All Stars main voices, also adding sweet percussive touches in the distance.
Experienced and mature, Dama Damawuzan learnt his trade within As du Bénin, the great and main Togolese orchestra from the 1970’s. He confronts his vocal prowesses to his own percussions but also to young drummer Gbetoglo Efoevi’s fierce groove. On this album, each of the All Stars’ eight musicians joins in for vocal harmonies. Legendary Otodi Studio was reopened for the sole recording of this first Togo All Stars album, giving exquisite analog warmth to the songs.

Unappreciated for the time being, these gathered stars from Togo set bridges between the past, the present and the future of an always moving afro music. Fresh and raw energy combined with vintage singers, the Togo All Stars’s music embodies a true international musical elegance, looming large over the Atlantic and giving Togo its first big band since the 1970’s. Available from 21.08.2015

George Jones – Grand Old Opry’s New Star
Friday, November 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on George Jones – Grand Old Opry’s New Star

In 1956 The Grand Ole Opry invited a young country singer named George Jones to perform on their show. The 25 year-old Marine Corp veteran was already picking up momentum in his homeland of Texas, where he was signed to Starday Records. A year earlier…

Debut album for rising star ready to crossover …
Friday, February 10th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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“I-Octane’s fusion of hauntingly sung vocals with rapid-fire rhymes … reaffirm dancehall’s significance as a vehicle for compelling commentaries and praising Jah …” – Billboard VP Records and Scikron are proud to announce the release of I-Octane’s debut album “Crying To The Nation”. As one of the most-talked about artists emerging from Jamaica, I-Octane’s first […]

“Swiss All-Stars” – excellent modern jazz session of the Swiss jazz elite from 1964 …
Monday, June 20th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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“Swiss All-Stars” – excellent modern jazz session of the Swiss jazz elite from September 1964 in Bern, arranged and led by George Gruntz, with a top class 11-piece ensemble featuring Bruno Spoerri, Hans Kennel, Raymond Droz, Pierre Cavalli and the young Franco Ambrosetti in one of his first recorded appearances. Sought after concert recording including […]

Roy Roberts – Thinking About You
Saturday, February 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Roy Roberts – Thinking About You

In 1974 Roy Roberts a well known and respected bluesman (and latterly familiar name on the Northern Soul scene) changed course, shifted gears and temporarily abandoned his soul and blues roots to embark on recording a Country album. The venture was de…

The Autumn Defense – Circles
Friday, November 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Autumn Defense – Circles

Wilco’s John Stirratt and Pat Sansone blend timeless orchestral pop and silk-soft country-folk as The Autumn Defense. Circles, their expertly realised sophomore album, has long been their most sought-after record. Out of print on vinyl for almost a de…

Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds – Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds
Monday, November 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds – Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds

Image: 1616443 “Hamad Kalkaba and His Golden Sounds 1974 – 1975” I remember the day clearly. I was searching for treasures in a record shop in Yaoundé, the Capital city of Cameroon, when suddenly I came across a 7-inch record with a picture of a young man wearing a traditional hat and bearing the marks of several imposing vertical scars on the side of his face, carved when he was just a boy as a reminder of his heritage in the Musgum tribe of the northern part of the country.

The record contained two songs – ‘Gandjal Kessoum’ and ‘Touflé’ – by an artist I had never heard of before named Hamad Kalkaba. Both cuts were raw classics of fuzzed-out bass, pin-sharp horns, built upon the unshakable foundation of Northern Cameroon’s mightiest rhythm: the Gandjal. The shop owner – who noticed that was listening to the same record over and over again – finally said to me ‘There is another single with a green cover of the same artist, if I am not mistaken’.

Over the next six years I searched for that ‘green cover’ and finally found it in a record collection belonging to an old bar in Parakou in northern Benin. While most of the records had been beaten and worn by a life spent in the jukebox, this one had been sitting in its paper sleeve for forty years, untouched and unplayed, seemingly waiting for us to pick it up and rip the two soulful Gandjal tunes from it, the masterpieces ‘Fouh Sei Allah’ and ‚Tchakoulaté’.

These two records, plus a third simply named ‘Nord Cameroon Rhythms’ constitute the entire discography of Hamad Kalkaba. Neglected for decades by all but the most devoted collectors of Afro music, Hamad Kalkaba and the Golden Sounds at long last gathers together the body of work of one of Cameroon’s forgotten geniuses.

But unlike many musicians who emerged from nowhere, recorded a few singles and vanished again, Kalkaba hadn’t disappeared. Far from it. He was a distinguished public figure, a retired Colonel in the army of Cameroon, and a former member of Cameroon’s Olympic Selection Committee. When we tracked him down he was serving as president of the Confederation of African Athletics. And Although Kalkaba’s job kept him busy, and he seemed initially dismissive of the music he’d made as a young man, he turned out to be an enthusiastic ally in this project. He arranged interviews, helped fill in the blanks and, when we finally met him in Yaoundé in 2016, provided us with photographs, lyric sheets and notes.

During the interview Kalkaba explained how the songs recorded in the mid 1970s were part of a movement, a movement initiated by musicians from all around Cameroon who, with the help of keyboards, drum kits and electric guitars, had started to modernize the traditional rhythms of their regions. For Kalkaba it was no different and backed by his band the Golden Sounds, devoted himself to the promotion of the sounds of northern Cameroon.

One of the aims of Analog Africa is to showcase the colorful diversity of styles that exist in Africa and its diaspora and today we are very proud to be able to give these Gandjal tunes their first worldwide release.

1. Astadjam Dada Saré Hamad Kalkaba 03:40
2. Touflé Hamad Kalkaba 04:24
3. Fouh Sei Allah Hamad Kalkaba 04:48
4. Lamido Hamad Kalkaba 05:34
5. Gandjal Kessoum Hamad Kalkaba 05:14
6. Tchakoulaté 03:56 Available from 08.12.2017

Blind Willie McTell – Atlanta Twelve String
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Blind Willie McTell – Atlanta Twelve String

Like so many other Delta blues musicians of the1930s and 40s, rock music owes a debt ofgratitude to the works of Blind Willie McTell.Considered one of the finest guitarists andvocalists of the era, noteworthy for his thenunheard of usage of a 12-strin…

Three 6 Mafia – Chpt. 2: World Domination (BF RSD)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Three 6 Mafia – Chpt. 2: World Domination (BF RSD)

Image: 1615627 Years before their groundbreaking Oscar for “It’s
Hard Out Here For A Pimp,” Memphis’ Three 6 Mafia
were making a splash throughout the South with
self-released, hard albums for a growing legion of
street-rap fans. To anyone listening to their earlier
work today, it will come as no surprise that they
started out as a straight-up “horrorcore” group.
Chpt. 2: World Domination is the group’s third album
overall and their first on Relativity. In many ways, this
was the country’s first introduction to the crew,
centered around producers / MCs DJ Paul
and Juicy J.
The horrorcore aesthetic is never far from the surface with the crew, heard clearly on the rolling, menacing and
downright catchy “Are U Ready 4 Us” (with Michigan’s The Dayton Family), “Spill My Blood” and “Bodyparts 2”
(with guests including Memphis affiliate Project Pat).
“Tear Da Club Up ‘97” was one of the album’s singles, and it resonates in Southern clubs to this day. “Late Nite
Tip,” another single, has similar resonance among fans, showing a more serious side to the group’s lyricism.
“Who Got Dem 9s” (with Project Pat) and the sex-fueled chatter on “Watcha Do” and “Neighborhood Hoe” show
that they have range, even if it’s not what their neighborhood preacher might want to hear (or at least cop to it
in public).
The group was still on the rise in 1997 when this southern classic hit, and had even bigger things ahead of
them. But 20 years ago they also had the template in place to create a sound that would still rock fans and
shake car rims to this day.
Available from 24.11.2017

Los Camaroes – Resurrection Los
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Los Camaroes – Resurrection Los

Image: 1611757 — The electrifying final album from Cameroon’s legendary Los Camaroes, available on LP for the first time since 1979.
— Recorded live to two track at the Mango Bar in Yaoundé, Resurrection Los was the last collaboration between bandleader Jean Gabari and groundbreaking guitarist Messi Martin.
— Deluxe LP reissue features notes on the history of the band by original keyboardist Mbambo “Johnny Cosmos” Simon, plus all new interviews with producer Nicolas Mongué and engineer Emmanuel Guyssot.

Cameroon, 1978: it’s like any good western movie. A man drifts through the plains at the furthest edge of the country in search of two former gunslingers, hoping to coax them out of retirement for one last showdown. Except this time, the weapons are guitars and the gunslingers are Jean Gabari and Messi Martin – the calm sheriff and his hot-headed deputy – who had led the band Los Camaroes to superstardom at the beginning of the decade.

Los Camaroes emerged at the end of the 1960s from the town of Maroua in the northern, predominantly Islamic area of Cameroon. After changes in name, in lineup and in management, they worked their way south to the capital to make a name for themselves, in the span of only a few years they changed Cameroon’s music scene forever, leaving a trail of sold-out nightclubs and monster radio hits in their wake. Then, at the height of their popularity, they broke up.

The band had been led from the beginning by Jean Gabari, whose level-headedness and evenhandedness inspired the respect and devotion of his musicians. But it was Gabari’s alchemical collaborations with guitarist Messi Martin that drove the band to its greatest heights. Martin had developed an innovation that would earn him fame throughout Cameroon as the “king of Bikutsi”, as Johnny Cosmos explains:
“The primary instrument in Bikutsi is the balafon, and Messi came up with a trick that consisted of chewing small pieces of paper until they reached the right consistency and then stuck them between the strings of the guitar. This trick, which made a guitar sound like a balafon, catapulted him to stardom and turned him into the founder of Modern Bikutsi.” (Check the song “Bezimbi” to hear Messi Martin´s wizardry on a Bikutsi tune)

Martin’s extraordinary talents were matched by a character of great unpredictability. He had been lured away from the band before by the promise of success and, in 1975, when Los Camaroes were at the peak of their power, he left them once again. Gabari tried to keep the band going, but his own longstanding battles with ill health eventually forced him to return to his hometown. With Gabari and Martin gone, the rest of the musicians drifted away in search of other gigs. By 1978, Los Camaroes were no more than a rapidly fading memory.

But then came the resurrection.

From out of nowhere, a businessman named Atangana Joseph appeared in northern Cameroon. His goal: to track down the original members of Los Camaroes and get them back together for their one final shot at immortality. The musicians reconvened at the legendary Mango Bar in the capital city of Yaoundé, the very place where, years earlier, they had established their reputation as one of Cameroon’s most fearsome live bands.

Producer Nicolas Mongué and engineer Emmanuel Guyssot were called in from Douala to record what was being billed as a comeback album. There was talk of going into a studio, but Los Camaroes had always thrived on the energy of the nightclub scene, they decided instead to record it live to two-track in the Mango Bar.

The six tracks on the album were performed by a mixture of new recruits and veterans from the original Camaroes lineup – including Mpouli “Dodo” Emmanuel and Boloko Michel on Guitars, Eyango Claude on Organ, the percussion duo of Ndi Bellui and Enama Leon, and vocal contributions from Sala Bekono Joseph and Ngoebang Jean Marie – but the urgent rhythms and shimmering guitars sound like a band who simply picked up where they had left off. It seemed that everyone on the record was inspired by the exhuberant reunion between Martin and Gabari, the two magicians from which Los Camaroes had been born and born again

The album, Resurrection Los Vol. 1, was completed in only a few days. There would be no Volume 2. The music that emerged during the Mango Bar sessions was the culmination of a fifteen year musical bond between Gabari and Martin, and what was supposed to be a comeback album ended up being a last testament — Gabari would die only a few years later and Martin, without his foil, would never find the same level of musical success. Even at the time, these two titans of Cameroon’s music scene seemed to realise it would be the last time they would ever work together. The resurrection of Los Camaroes was short-lived … but it produced a masterpiece.

The Analog Africa Dance Edition reissue of Resurrection Los was remastered by Frank Merritt at the Carvery and comes with a wonderful poster housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve featuring the story of the band as told by original keyboardist Mbambo “Johnny Cosmos” Simon, as well as new interviews with the production team who supervised the now legendary Mango Bar sessions. This essential slab of Cameroon’s musical history, previously unreleased outside of Africa, is available on LP for the first time since 1979.

1. Resurrection Los 6:53
2. Beton Sala 5:25
3. Miss Ya Ntem 4:40
4. Mindzuk Ya Enyin 5:43
5. Bezimbi 4:02
6. Mbembe Ndoman 5:22 Available from 29.09.2017

Hobo Jazz – It’s A Man’s World (Live) / One Glance
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hobo Jazz – It’s A Man’s World (Live) / One Glance

Image: 1611218 Born in Redlands, California in 1980, Marquis Howell grew up in a lovely way. Raised to appreciate hand-me-downs, secondhand goods & older influences, he started imitating Chuck Berry riffs on air guitar in elementary school to impress the girls. Having little to no luck with the invisible instrument & with many promises & persuasions, his parents bought him his first guitar. Marquis took lessons at the local guitar shop and as often as possible he would practice 4 or more hours a day.

Marquis first started collecting records at the age of 15. His first job was at an antique store with a section of records that set off the retro-active chain of events that would change his life, more or less. It started with a Johnny Cash record, Live At Fulsom Prison. Thru the route of early country music that led to Emmett Miller while Cliff Edwards was introduced by a friend with a bargain bin cd. Pre-war jazz flooded his ears and he was joyfully treading water.

In 2002, Marquis’ band, Hobo Jazz, was formed with no big bravado but a lot of eager charm. Culling it’s selections from all sides with an emphasis on early country, blues & jazz along with originals in a decidedly vagabond vein. He traded his acoustic guitar for an upright bass in 2004 to fill the spot of an absentee hobo. Teaching himself how to play by listening to early Willie Dixon records & studying the techniques of Pops Foster, Bill Johnson, and the tuba lines off many early jazz recordings.

Tramp proudly presents the debut 45rpm single by Hobo Jazz! It’s a Man’s World was recorded live at the New Years Eve Show 2009 at The Piano Bar in Hollywood while One Glance (At the Jolly Roger) is taken from their studio album The Curse Of Tramp Life. Available from 11.08.2017

Monday, July 31st, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The first Italian reggae artist to be internationally recognised, Alberto D’Ascola (aka Alborosie) was born in Sicily in 1977. He formed his first band “Reggae National Tickets” in 1992 and they quickly reached success selling more than 200,000 records. They were the first Italian band to play at Sunsplash and Sumfest in Jamaica in the […]

Various – Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes (2LP)
Friday, July 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes (2LP)

Image: 1610775 In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia’s authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing leveled the entire city. Barre targeted Radio Hargeisa to prevent any kind of central communication system that could organize a resistance.

With the attack imminent, a few brave radio operators and dedicated vanguards of Somali culture knew the archives, containing over half a century of Somali music had to be preserved. Thousands upon thousands of cassette tapes and master reels were quickly removed from the soon-to-be targeted buildings. They were dispersed to neighboring countries like Djibouti and Ethiopia, and buried deep under the ground to withstand even the most powerful airstrikes.

“We buried them in the ground so the bomb’s won’t hit,” one former leading journalist with Radio Hargeisa told us.

These audio artifacts were excavated and recalled from their foreign shelters only very recently. Some of those recordings are now kept safe in the 10,000-strong cassette tape archive of the Red Sea Foundation, the largest collection of Somali cassettes in the world, in Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa. The Ostinato Records team digitized a large portion of the archive, distilling 15 songs that reveal the panoramic diversity of styles and sophistication of Somali musicianship.

Over a millennia of trade in the Indian Ocean invited the cultures of the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, India, Southeast Asia, and even China to slowly work their melodies, scales, and sounds into Somalia’s rich musical repertoire. Each track is a keen illustration of a carefully refined, rarely revealed cultural crossroads of the world.

The archive offered a living window to the Mogadishu of the 1970s and 1980s, when the coastal capital glistened as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” when wine flowed freely. With its iconic ivory-colored architecture and crescent beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean, Mogadishu was home to the lavish Al Uruba and Jazira sea side hotels, where youthful bands like Iftiin, Sharero, and Dur Dur serenaded cosmopolitan crowds at some of the most elegant nightclubs in East Africa. These damaged cassettes evoked memories of the revered national theater, where Waaberi Band provided unforgettable soundtracks.

Mogadishu’s nightlife culture was rich and booming. Raucous rhythms, rugged horns, celestial synthesizers, and stalking baselines came alive alongside majestic voices like Mahmud “Jerry” Hussen and powerful and adored female singers like Faadumo Qaasim, Hibo Nuura, and Sahra Dawo. Somali music of this era is set apart by its empowerment of women. Female singers, often more prolific than their male counterparts, are inseparable from its evolution. Half the compilation is sung by women, their voices often compared in Somali poetry to the sweetness of broken dates. Poetry, intrinsic to the cultural fabric, forms the foundation of Somali songwriting.

Somali music’s golden age, curiously, occurred under a socialist military dictatorship, which effectively nationalized the music industry. A thriving scene was owned entirely by the state. Music was recorded for and by national radio stations and only disseminated through public broadcasts or live performances. Private labels were virtually non-existent. This music was never made available for mass release. Almost all recorded material came from original masters or homemade recordings of radio broadcasts. As a result, most of it has never been heard outside Somalia and the immediate region.

During the Cold War, Somalia drifted between Soviet and American support — and a decade of U.S. backing allowed soul and funk to capture the imagination of Somali youth, adding the final touch on this masterpiece era.

This project took our team to Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Djibouti, and across the Somali diaspora in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. For the last year, from Minnesota to Mogadishu to Malaysia, we have tracked down the musicians, songwriters, composers, former government officials, and quirky personalities that colored Somali music life. Their words and stories are revealed in a 15,000-word liner note booklet — the only document of its kind to cover this era of Somali music in depth.

Alongside the story of Somalia’s music before the civil war, the selection is also focused on the pan-Somali sound. Spread over much of the Horn of Africa, Somali language and culture transcend arbitrary borders. Somali singers from Djibouti were at home in Mogadishu.

This compilation seeks to revive the rightful image, history, and identity of the Somali people, detached from war, violence, piracy, and the specter of a persistent threat. These 15 tracks should serve as a necessary starting point.

1. Nimco Jamaac – Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains)
2. Aamina Camaari – Rag waa Nacab iyo Nasteexo (Men are Cruel and Kind)
3. Ali Nuur – Unknown
4. Hibo Nuura – Haddii Hoobalkii Gabay (If the Artist Let’s You Down)
5. Gacaltooyo Band – Ninkaan Ogayn (He Who Does Not Know) [feat. Faduumina Hilowle]
6. Iftiin Band – Xuduud Ma Leh Xubigaan (This Love Has No Boundaries) [feat. Mahmud Abdalla “Jerry” Hussen & Maryan Naasir]
7. Xasan Diiriye – Qaraami (Love)
8. Dur Dur Band – Gorof (Elixir) [feat. Sahra Dawo]
9. Sharaf Band – Kadeed Badanaa Naftaydani (My Life is Full of Tribulations) [feat. Xaawo Hiiraan]
10. 4 Mars – Na Daadihi (Guide Us)
11. Danan Hargeysa – Uur Hooyo (Mother’s Womb) [feat. Mohamed “Huro” Abdihashi]
12. Sharero Band – Qays iyo Layla (Romeo & Juliet) [feat. Faadumo Qaasim]
13. Waaberi – Oktoobar Waatee? Waa Taayadii (What’s October? It’s Ours)
14. Danan Hargeysa – Mama (feat. Mohamed “Huro” Abdihashi)
15. Dur Dur Band – Duruuf Maa Laygu Diidee (Rejected Due to My Circumstance) [feat. Muqtar Idi Ramadan]
16. Iftiin Band – Anaa Qaylodhaanta (feat. Mahmud Abdalla “Jerry” Hussen)

Available from 01.09.2017

Lee Van Dowski
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The very name exudes style and intrigue-a country lord, perhaps, who at night throws open the manor gates to host all-night bacchanals legendary for their wine and song. And though the French-born, Geneva-based artist may not have a manor to his name, the rest isn’t far off the mark. Born Renaud Lewandowski, Lee has earned […]

El Michels Affair – Return To The 37th Chamber
Friday, May 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on El Michels Affair – Return To The 37th Chamber

Image: 1608954 The wait is over, Return To The 37th Chamber is El Michels Affair’s highly anticipated follow up to 2009’s underground cult classic Enter
the 37th Chamber. Churning out classic records since then for the likes of Lee Fields, The Arcs, The Shacks, and tons more, it is clear that
EMA’s signature sound is stronger & sharper than ever.
This time, in addition to re-interpreting the Wu compositions for a live band, EMA pays homage to the production and sonic fog that
makes a RZA beat so recognizable. Producer and bandleader Leon Michels recorded the album completely analog, sometimes hitting 6
generations of tape before it was ready for mixing, giving the Return to The 37th Chamber it’s own hazy sound. Adding to the unique
fidelity, the record is laced with psychedelic flourishes, “John Carpenter” synths, heavy metal guitars, triumphant horns, and traditional
Chinese instruments that make up for the lack of the Wu’s superlative vocals. From start to finish it’s a dark trip that walks the line
between RZA’s timeless hip-hop aesthetic and the cinematic soul EMA has become known for.
El Michels Affair tackles some classics like 4th Chamber and Wu Tang Aint Nuthin to Fuck Wit, as well as some deeper cuts like Ol Dirty
Bastard’s Snakes, Raekwon’s Verbal Intercourse, and Shaolin Brew, Wu-Tang’s contribution to the St. Ide’s Hip Hop endorsement
campaign from 1994. This time El Michels brings some of the Big Crown family along for the ride. Lee Fields handles vocal duties on
Snakes and is joined by Shannon Wise of The Shacks for their version of Tearz, which pays as much homage to the Wendy Rene sample
as it does to the Wu-Tang Clan. Lady Wray makes an appearance on the cover of Method Man’s hit, All I Need, lending her vocal prowess
to what gave the Wu one of their biggest hits of all time. Interspersed throughout the record are some original interludes that are like the
“rug that ties the room together,” giving Return To The 37th Chamber a cinematic narrative that makes it a proper El Michels Affair record
and not just a collection of covers.
From the music to the presentation, this album is a perfect example of what can only be achieved through diversity. The end result is as
much a kaleidoscope of influences and multiculturalism as the city it was recorded in. El Michels Affair is once again, “sounding out the
city” that raised them, pulling elements of art and culture from across the country and around the globe to create an album truly unique
in it’s own right.

1. 4th Chamber
2. Iron Man
3. Shaolin Brew
4. Pork Chop Express
5. Snakes feat. Lee Fields
6. Drums For Sale
7. Shadow Boxing
8. Sipped Up
9. Tearz feat. Lee Fields and The Shacks
10. Verbal Intercourse
11. Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit
12. All I Need feat. Lady Wray
13. The End (Eat My Vocals) Available from 21.04.2017

Various – Pop Makossa (2LP/Gatefold+Book)
Friday, May 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Pop Makossa (2LP/Gatefold+Book)

Image: 1609765 Pop Makossa – The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976–1984
The Pop Makossa adventure started in 2009, when Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb first travelled to
Cameroon to make an initial assessment of the country’s musical situation. He returned with enough tracks for
an explosive compilation highlighting the period when funk and disco sounds began to infiltrate the Makossa
style popular throughout Cameroon.
So why has it taken almost eight years from that first visit to the final compilation? From the very beginning,
there were several mysteries hanging over Pop Makossa.
What had happened to Bill Loko, the teenage super-star whose monster hit ‘Nen Lambo’ caused such a
sensation that he was forced to flee to the other side of the world? How did bandleader Eko Roosevelt go from
Cameroonian prodigy to chief of an idyllic seaside village? And who exactly was Mystic Djim, the dreadlocked
producer and mercurial hit-maker whose wizardry on a simple home four-track recorder could outshine even
the mighty studios of Cameroon’s National Radio station?
It was not until DJ and music producer Déni Shain was dispatched to Cameroon to finalise the project, license
the songs, scan photographs, and interview the artists that some of the biggest question marks began to
disappear. His journey from the port city of Douala to the capital of Yaoundé brought him in contact with the
lives and stories of many of the musicians who had shaped the sound of Cameroon’s dance music in its most
fertile decade.
Indeed, all the tracks on Pop Makossa are a revelation. The beat that holds everything together has its origins
in the rhythms of the Sawa people, Ambassey, Bolobo, Assiko and Essewé, a traditional funeral dance. But it
wasn’t until these rhythms arrived in the cities of Cameroon and collided with Merengue, High-Life, Congolese
Rumba, and, later, Funk and Disco, that modern Makossa was born.
Makossa, the beat that long before football, managed to unify the whole of Cameroon, was successful in part
because it was so adaptable. Some of the greatest Makossa hits incorporated the electrifying guitars and tight
grooves of funk, while others were laced with cosmic flourishes made possible by the advent of the synthesizer.
However much came down to the bass, and from the rubbery hustle underpinning Mystic Djim’s ‘Yaoundé Girls’
to the luminous liquid disco lines which propel Pasteur Lappé’s ‘Sekele Movement’, Pop Makossa demonstrates
why Cameroonian bass players are some of the most revered in the world.
Yet at the end of it all, there was still one final mystery facing the production team at Analog Africa: how was
this compilation of amazing sounds from Cameroon going to begin?
After many month and hundreds of different running orders, something still didn’t seem to click … until one
day they came across a mighty song entitled ‘Pop Makossa Invasion,’ recorded for Radio Buea, a tune so
obscure that even in Cameroon it had never been released. Suddenly the whole compilation fell into place. ‘Pop
Makossa Invasion’ makes its debut here and joins the pantheon of extraordinary songs that plugged
Cameroon’s Makossa style into the modern world.

1. Pop Makossa Invasion – Dream Stars 4:48
2. Yaoundé Girls – Mystic Djim & The Spirits 5:57
3. Nen Lambo – Bill Loko 6:24
4. Sanaga Calypso – Pasteur Lappé 3:47
5. M´ongele M´am – Eko 4:03
6. Ngon Engap – Olinga Gaston 4:22
7. Ye Medjuie – Emmanuel Kahe et Jeanette Kemogne 4:27
8. Mininga Meyong Mese – Nkodo Si-Tony 7:10
9. The Sekele Movement – Pasteur Lappé 6:27
10. Mussoliki – Bernard Ntone 4:18
11. More Love – Pat´ Ndoye 8:33
12. Africa – Clément Djimogne 7:20

1xCD with 44-pages Booklet

2XLP Gatefold LP (140gr) with 20-pages LP size Booklet Available from 16.06.2017

Gato Preto – Tempo (LP+MP3)
Friday, February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Gato Preto – Tempo (LP+MP3)

Image: 1608332 Gato Preto’s debut album „Tempo“ contains everything, what is exciting about the international club-culture: rockin Favela-Funk from Rio, roaring township-grooves from South Africa and Angola’s technoid electro-hybrid Kuduro. Sound creator & Gato Preto producer Lee Bass creates the basis for Femcee Gato Misteriosa and her portugese power-punchlines.

No matter if in some hip electro-shed of Paris, at Zakk in Duesseldorf or on an international stage at the “Nyege Nyege”-festival located on the river Nil in Uganda – as soon as the „black cat“, Gato Preto in english, comes along there is no escape.

Equiped with digital effect-devices and synthesizers, supported by african drummers and dancers, Gato Preto fascinate their crowd from the beginning til the end and convince everybody around that global bass-power and progressive grooves out of the world’s metropolises are un-stoppable.

„Tempo“ can be seen as an invitation to escort both global-bass-travellers on an imaginary time travel into the past and to join them finding and exploring their african roots.
All songs on the album „Tempo“ are composed as a 12-piece audio adventure of producer Lee Bass and Femcee Gato Misteriosa. Each song has its own story. Starting with „Moçambique“ dealing with the bloody colonial history of the country. „Dia D“ already has become a global dancefloor hymn and is an hommage to the track record of african pop music during the last couple of years. “Polícia“ is a collaboration with Ghana-rooted rapper Delasi and critizes worldwide police violence. “Barulho” is Favela Punk and was written with global bass buddy Edu K from Brasil. The song “Pirão“ searches for long forgotten traditions, cook recipies and african art of healing, interpretes those components in a modern way.

In the end Gato Preto manage the time travel „back to the future“. As open and self-confident Afro-Europeans they come back from the past to forcast new trends at the global pop sky.

1. A Luta Continua (Intro) 2:26 // 2. Moçambique 3:02 // 3. Dia D 3:31 4. Tempo 3:49 // 5. Pirão 4:02 // 6. Feitiço feat. Flore + MC ZULU 5:04 7. Puxa feat. BIZT 4:08 // 8. Polícia feat. Delasi 3:16 // 9. Pé na roda feat. Diamondog 3:58 // 10. Barulho feat. Edu K 3:46 // 11. Take a stand feat. Crooked Bois + Iche 3:28 // 12. Televisão (Bonus) 4:30

GATO PRETO on tour 2017:
17.02. Marseille – Connextion
18.02 · Paris – Petit Bain (La Ganzoü)
24.02 · Lübeck – Treibsand
25.02 · Hamburg – Sommersalon
09.03 · Gent – Vorruit
10.03 · Utrecht – Rimboe Riddim
24.03 · Berlin – Yaam!
13.04 · Praja (Kap Verde)
13.05 · Brüssel – Filmfestival Available from 24.03.2017

Christopher Martin
Monday, January 23rd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Jamaica is a special country when it comes to talent, like the many rivers that run through the green island so does talent gush from its inner communities and towns. One such talent that has carved out a niche for himself is Christopher Martin. Think swagger, sex appeal and tremendous talent. Among his contemporaries there […]

Justin Carter – The Leaves Fall
Friday, January 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Justin Carter – The Leaves Fall

Image: 1608035 Mister Saturday Night present The Leaves Fall the debut album from co label head Justin Carter .

1. Great Destroyer
2. In*nite Pieces
3. Know It All
4. With The Old Breed
5. The Island
6. What Can You Tell Your Children About Hope?
7. Leaves
8. A Presence

A delicate collection of songs for meditation on spiritual struggle, The Leaves Fall is a window into the parallel reality of Justin Carter. Centered on his intimate vocals, pointed with hints of Arthur Russell and John Martyn, the eight tracks are buttressed by warm acoustic guitars, vibraphones, organs and flourished with modern production. They are familiar but distant, like ghosts living in the present. Carter grew up in a country house in rural North Carolina, a place with a pecan tree and abandoned train tracks in the front yard. On long car rides from home to his dad’s work as a school teacher, his ears were filled with the prog of Yes, the vocals of Al Jarreau and the complexity of Christopher Parkening’s take on Bach. It was his father, who himself has moonlighted as a guitar player and songwriter for nearly 50 years, that taught Carter to sing and play in his early teens.
The Leaves Fall was written on and off over the course of about five years, a secret to most. Carter is more familiar, alongside Eamon Harkin, as co-founder of popular New York parties Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday, and their label offshoot, Mister Saturday Night Records. As the Mister thrived, his songwriting continued to tick along in the background, days and weeks stolen here and there to write and record in various locations – from remote studios in the Catskills to basements in Venice Beach.
The album features Jason Lindner, pianist on Bowie’s final masterpiece, Blackstar, cello from Archie Pelago’s Greg Heffernan, and programming by LIES Records and The Trilogy Tapes producer Marcos Cabral. It was mixed by Benjamin Tierney, who also worked his magic on Kamasi Washington’s The Epic. It finds its context in the world of Planetarium, a new listening session established by Carter and his Mister Saturday Night DJ partner, Eamon Harkin, where live music is mixed amongst hours of records to create an immersive, communal listening experience focused on quality hi-fi sound in non-traditional spaces, the album will presented in this manner when toured.
“Nothing makes me happier than to see people letting go. My ambition in all my creative work is to make moments where that can happen. As a DJ, I use others’ music to create those moments, but it’s always been in me to make my own music for that purpose. After twenty-five years of writing music for myself, it makes me really happy to have something to share with others.” – Justin Carter Available from 24.02.2017

Enlightment – Faith Is The Key
Friday, January 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Enlightment – Faith Is The Key

Image: 1608187 After more than three decades as a lost classic, the debut album by Washington DC soul/gospel outft Enlightment is fnally receiving a proper release. Founded by ordained bishop Larry H. Jordan and his brother-in-law Frank Tinsley in the early 1980s, Enlightment was among the frst groups to fuse modern R&B production with gospel themes. Unfortunately, the independent release of their 1984 debut album Faith Is The Key was torpedoed when both their distributor and pressing plant went out of business. “We knew we were getting airplay across the country, but we couldn’t get the product in the stores at the time”, explains Tinsley of the missed opportunity. Only a handful of Faith Is the Key LPs ever made it into the public’s hands.
As a result, the record became a holy grail for collectors. It was rediscovered around the year 2000, when copies started selling online for over $2000. While disappointed in the record’s lack of immediate impact, the group’s founders are not surprised by its recent revival. “It’s just good music with a spiritual message, that’s why it stood the test of time,” says Tinsley. “We made sure we had very crystal clear production,” adds Jordan. “We knew we had a gospel beat, but we wanted to be dynamic and innovate.” Thanks to an official vinyl rerelease via Nature Sounds with worldwide distribution, listeners can now experience that innovation frst-hand.

1. Faith Is The Key
2. Burning Flame
3. Jesus Will Always Be There
4. Up And Away
5. What’s Happening People
6. Going Home
7. Jesus Is Walking By
8. I Got To Get Away
9. Him On Top Of The World

1. Burning Flame (Instrumental)
2. Agape Love (Instrumental) Available from 24.02.2017

Jeich Ould Badu & Ahmedou Ahmed Lewla – Top WZN
Saturday, January 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jeich Ould Badu & Ahmedou Ahmed Lewla – Top WZN

Image: 1608107 Murderous Arabic scaled, pitch-bending, instrumental synth and lute from the Sahara desert. Playful electronic drums combine with gothic tinged organ freakouts and quivering electric “banjo” to create an anachronistic trance music. Mauritanian WZN (literally “instrumental music”) has emerged as pop music, blaring out of taxi cabs and cassette shops throughout the country. These are two of the genres biggest stars: griot Jeich Ould Badu, playing a hacked traditional lute with built in phasers and pre-amps, and synth wizard Ahmedou Ahmed Lewla, on an Arabic scaled keyboard. Hypnotic and infectious, transporting Mauritanian classical music into technological futures, like a drug free baroque rave under the open air of the Sahara. Originally released on cassette, this is the first international release ever of the celebrated regional genre. Vinyl edition of 500 with handmade covers.

Nehawd / Erkiz / Tirss / El Jedida / Chima / El Moutarah / Loubss / Kenwall / El Wehcha / Lbteyt Available from 20.01.2017

Chinese Man – Shikantaza (2LP+MP3/Gatefold)
Friday, December 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Chinese Man – Shikantaza (2LP+MP3/Gatefold)

Image: 1607983 Shikantaza is a term used in the Buddhist school Soto Zen and it literally means “nothing but (shikan) precisely (da) sitting (za).” It describes the adopted attitude during zazen meditation.

Five years after their album Racing with The Sun, Chinese Man is back with a new opus, SHIKANTAZA.

Composed between Marseilles, Bombay and their secret refuge in the French countryside, the 16 tracks of this new album bring you back to the roots of the Chinese Man identity.

With this new album, Chinese Man creates a link between its musical origins and its new aspirations.

SHIKANTAZA is an invitation to let go, to capture the moment… it is a personal path to enlightenment.

1. Shikantaza
2. Liar (feat. Kendra Morris & Dillon Cooper)
3. Maläd
4. Step Back
5. The New Crown (feat. A-F-R-O, ASM & Taiwan MC)
6. Escape
7. Stone Cold (feat. Mariama)
8. Modern Slave (feat. R.A. The Rugged Man)
9. Warriors
10. What You Need (feat. Vinnie Dewayne, Myke Bogan & Tre Redeau)
11. Wolf
12. Blah! (feat. Youthstar, Taiwan MC & Illama
13. Golden Age
14. L’Aurore
15. Anvoyé
16. Good Night Available from 03.02.2017

Various – Wake Up You Vol.2 (Nigerian Rock ’72-77)
Thursday, November 17th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Wake Up You Vol.2 (Nigerian Rock ’72-77)

Image: 1607462 The Western world was in the throes of peace, love and flower power as Nigeria
descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the
following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the
country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel
Fela to stardom after conflict ended in 1970.
Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten
musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury
they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created
thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s.

A1. Theodore Nemy – Come Back
A2. Funkees – Slipping Into Darkness
A3. Hykkers – I Want A Break Thru
A4. The Hygrades – In The Jungle (Vocal)
B1. Shadow Abraham w/ Monomono Friends – Babalawo
B2. Waves – Wake Up You
B3. War-Head Constriction – Shower Of Stone
B4. Question Mark – Love
B5. Action 13 – Set Me Free
C1. Jay U Experience – Baby Rock
C2. The Doves – Flying Bird
C3. Kukumbas – Awa Lani Arawa
C4. The Believers – Life Will Move
D1. Tony Grey & The Black 7
D2. Ceejebs – Life In Cannan
D3. The Identicals – Who Made The World Available from 09.12.2016

Various – Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds (1972-82)
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds (1972-82)

Image: 1606748 “When most people think about Nigerian music, the first thing that comes to mind is Lagos—the country’s main commercial center,
the glittering megacity that spawned Yoruba-speaking music luminaries such as Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Sir Shina Peters and
Wizkid. But Nigeria is a country of rich diversity, especially in its music: From the Igbo highlife and rock bands of east-central
region, to the deep Edo roots rhythms from the midwest, to the keening, ornamented Fulani melodies of the north.
But one region whose music has remained largely underexplored is the south eastern land of the Efik and Ibibio ethnic groups in
Cross River and Akwa Ibom State—the region colloquially referred to as “Calabar.” A cradle of culture, this region was one of the
earliest outposts of Nigerian popular music. Its primordial rhythms traveled across the Atlantic during the slave trade to provide the
part of the foundation for Afro-Cuban grooves that would go on to influence the development of jazz, rock & roll, R&B and funk.
With the new Calabar-Itu Road compilation, Comb & Razor Sound presents15 heavy tracks recorded in the decade between 1972
and 1982, spotlighting rare music from “Calabar” superstars such as Etubom Rex Williams, Cross River Nationale, Charles “Effi”
Duke, The Doves and Mary Afi Usuah. The package features a magazine-style booklet containing a wealth of information about the
milieu with rare photographs and illustrations.
The Calabar-Itu Road is the major artery linking modern-day Cross River and Akwa Ibom States. And Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy
Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria (1972-1982) will link the region’s music to the rest of the world!”

A1. Isadico Dance Band – Mbre Isong (Intro)
A2. Cross River Nationale – Nyong Eyen Unen
A3. The Visitors – Eyen Erong Nwa
A4. Mansion – Akam Itoro Abasi
B1. Monica Isaac – Akananwan Isong Idung
B2. Emmanual Ntia – Top Eyop Odo
B3. The Sea Lions – Akwa Idim
B4. Charles Duke – Suk Usan Idang (Interlude)
C1. Isadico Dance Band – Eti Eyenekla
C2. The Doves – Akan Anwan Isong Idung
C3. Mari Afi Usuah & The South Eastern State Cultural Band – Mma Ama Mbo
C4. Sunny Risky & The Vitamin Explosion – Atak Mfat Eyen
D1. Chief Inyang Henshaw & His Top Ten Aces – Eseme Ikpong
D2. Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes – Ererimbot Afayung Oko
D3. Bustic Kingsley Bassey’s Anansa Engineers – Journey To Luna Available from 25.11.2016

Liset Alea – Heart-Headed
Friday, October 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Liset Alea – Heart-Headed

Image: 1606427 Liset Alea presents Heart-Headed her new album on Kwaidan Records.

01. Jerusalem
02. Hunter&Tiger
03. Serenade for dogs and mermaids
04. Alexander
05. Asphalt Flowers
06. Warrior
07. Tidada (spanish version)
08. White birds
09. Going Home
10. Count the stars

Liset Alea has the name of chance. Chance that is tossed in the air like the roll
of dice, following her footsteps like destiny brimming with surprises and
unexpected possibilities. She has lived a thousand lives: born in Havana to an
impulsive country man who was working in Fidel’s kitchen and from whom he
often stole the occasional piece of meat for the family and a literature major
mother who has published some of her erotic poetry. At an early age, she already
mastered the art of escape, the immigrant’s task of learning how to leave behind
one’s home, family, friends, language, comforts and survive in an unfamiliar
At 15 she begins to study the voice with America Crespo, a Cuban opera legend
known as the Callas of Cuba. In order to pay for her lessons, she cleans homes
on the weekend with her mother. She also studies Musical Theater at Miami’s
New World School of the Arts. Then She moves to New York, a waitress by night,
she enters the New School Jazz Conservatory for Vocal Jazz and buys her first
guitar. She becomes the front woman of the electronic band Etro Anime, cowrites their first album which is released through V2. After witnessing the Trade
Center fall before her eyes, she decides it’s time to leave the United States and
moves to Amsterdam with the band. They embark upon a tour supporting
Kosheen and later Llorca where she meets Alexkid with whom she writes and
records ‘Come with Me’ on his “Mint” album. “Come with Me” becomes an instant
electro club and radio hit and she joins Alexkid’s band for a 46 dates European
Seduced by the European way of life, she settles in London for a while, travels to
Milan, Athens, Madrid, Berlin for songwriting sessions, many of these
collaborations entered the charts in their respective country.
In 2012, she decides that Paris will be her new “home” and from then on will be
touring extensively with Nouvelle Vague as a lead vocalist, with Yasmine
Hamdan and Elodie Frégé (a chanson française major figure for whom she also
co-writes) as an instrumentalist (bass, percussions, guitar).
While not on the road she starts working on what will become “Heart-Headed”,
her new album co-produced with Marc Collin. Months in the making, “HeartHeaded” displays a balance of craft and emotion and exhibits the refined
craftsmanship of her writing.
Her voice, reminiscent at times of Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields), Marianne
Faithfull or even a Cuban Lana del Rey, is set against string and flute
arrangements, vintage synthesizers and urgent guitars.
The first single “Hunter & Tiger”, heralds “Heart-Headed” as an album that comes
straight from the heart but remains grounded in the early Rock’n’Roll era echoing
Wanda Jackson’s Hard Headed woman. Available from 25.11.2016

Various – Total Reggae – Trench Town Rock (VP)
Friday, September 30th, 2016 | Tags: ,
Posted in Magazine, Record of the Week | Comments Off on Various – Total Reggae – Trench Town Rock (VP)

Diese Sammlung beinhaltet 40 Coverversionen von Bob Marley-Klassikern von Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffiths, Black Uhuru, Etana, Jacob Miller, Luciano, u.v.a.!

2CD VP25732
Release: 30-09-16
Liset Alea – Heart-Headed
Friday, September 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Liset Alea – Heart-Headed

Image: 1606428 Liset Alea presents Heart-Headed her new album on Kwaidan Records.

01. Jerusalem
02. Hunter&Tiger
03. Serenade for dogs and mermaids
04. Alexander
05. Asphalt Flowers
06. Warrior
07. Tidada (spanish version)
08. White birds
09. Going Home
10. Count the stars

Liset Alea has the name of chance. Chance that is tossed in the air like the roll
of dice, following her footsteps like destiny brimming with surprises and
unexpected possibilities. She has lived a thousand lives: born in Havana to an
impulsive country man who was working in Fidel’s kitchen and from whom he
often stole the occasional piece of meat for the family and a literature major
mother who has published some of her erotic poetry. At an early age, she already
mastered the art of escape, the immigrant’s task of learning how to leave behind
one’s home, family, friends, language, comforts and survive in an unfamiliar
At 15 she begins to study the voice with America Crespo, a Cuban opera legend
known as the Callas of Cuba. In order to pay for her lessons, she cleans homes
on the weekend with her mother. She also studies Musical Theater at Miami’s
New World School of the Arts. Then She moves to New York, a waitress by night,
she enters the New School Jazz Conservatory for Vocal Jazz and buys her first
guitar. She becomes the front woman of the electronic band Etro Anime, cowrites their first album which is released through V2. After witnessing the Trade
Center fall before her eyes, she decides it’s time to leave the United States and
moves to Amsterdam with the band. They embark upon a tour supporting
Kosheen and later Llorca where she meets Alexkid with whom she writes and
records ‘Come with Me’ on his “Mint” album. “Come with Me” becomes an instant
electro club and radio hit and she joins Alexkid’s band for a 46 dates European
Seduced by the European way of life, she settles in London for a while, travels to
Milan, Athens, Madrid, Berlin for songwriting sessions, many of these
collaborations entered the charts in their respective country.
In 2012, she decides that Paris will be her new “home” and from then on will be
touring extensively with Nouvelle Vague as a lead vocalist, with Yasmine
Hamdan and Elodie Frégé (a chanson française major figure for whom she also
co-writes) as an instrumentalist (bass, percussions, guitar).
While not on the road she starts working on what will become “Heart-Headed”,
her new album co-produced with Marc Collin. Months in the making, “HeartHeaded” displays a balance of craft and emotion and exhibits the refined
craftsmanship of her writing.
Her voice, reminiscent at times of Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields), Marianne
Faithfull or even a Cuban Lana del Rey, is set against string and flute
arrangements, vintage synthesizers and urgent guitars.
The first single “Hunter & Tiger”, heralds “Heart-Headed” as an album that comes
straight from the heart but remains grounded in the early Rock’n’Roll era echoing
Wanda Jackson’s Hard Headed woman. Available from 28.10.2016

Monday, August 29th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
Posted in Artists, Magazine | Comments Off on Jah9

Deeply mystical, Jah9 has emerged from a chrysalis of poetry, dub and spirit to become a powerful femiNINE energy within a universal grassroots movement of consciousness. Inspired by the open spaces in the instrumental dub of 1970’s Jamaican roots music, Jah9 sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a […]

Blonde Redhead – Masculin Feminin (4LP+Book)
Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Blonde Redhead – Masculin Feminin (4LP+Book)

Image: 1605531 Teeming with the energy and grit of pre-Giuliani Manhattan, Blonde Redhead’s long out-of-print early recordings have finally crawled their way out of the ‘90s basement thanks to Numero Group who will issue the set on Sept. 30. Weighing in at 37 tracks, Masculin Féminin compiles the band’s first two albums for Steve Shelley’s Smells Like Records (self-titled and La Mia Via Violenta), their period singles, extant demos, and radio performances across four LPs or two CDs. Dozens of previously unpublished photographs illustrate two lengthy essays on this essential New York band’s formative years.

This is the latest installment in Numero Group’s 200 Line series which has also included releases from Unwound, Bedhead, Codeine, White Zombie and The Scientists.

“These songs combine a raw need, a ready access to neediness, with seemingly incongruous cinematic changes reminiscent of ‘60s Italian pop music and movie scores. They switch between emotional grandeur and eye scratching immediacy.” -Arto Lindsay

Track Listing
CD tracklist the same, split in two (Masculin = Disc 1, Féminin = Disc 2)
2xCD 4xLP
LP 1 – S/T
1. I Don’t Want U
2. Sciuri Sciura
3. Astro Boy
4. Without Feathers
5. Snipp et
6. Mama Cita
7. Swing Pool
8. Girl Boy

LP 2 – 7”s and Bonus Material
9. Amescream
10. Big Song
11. Inside You
12. Vague
13. Jet Star
14. This Is The Numb er Of Times I Said I Will But Didn’t (4 Track Demo)
15. Instrumental (Live at Snacktime)
16. Slogan Att empt
17. Swing Pool Instrumental (Live at Snacktime)
18. Woody (4 Track Demo)

LP 1 – La Mia Vita Violenta
19. (I Am Taking Out My Eurotrash) I Still Get Rocks Off
20. Violent Life
21. U.F.O.
22. I Am There While You Choke On Me
23. Harmony
24. Down Under
25. Bean
26. Young Neil
27. 10 Feet High
28. Jewel

LP 2 – 7”s and Bonus Material
29. Flying Douglas
30. Harmony (7” Version)
31. 10 Feet High (7” Version)
32. Valentine
33. Not Too Late
34. (I Am Taking Out My Eurotrash) I Still Get Rocks Off (KCR W Session)
35. Pier Paolo (KCR W Session)
36. Country Song (La Mia Vita Violenta Outt ake)
37. It Was All So Sudd en (4 Track Demo) Available from 30.09.2016

Pat Thomas – Coming Home
Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pat Thomas – Coming Home

Image: 1605644 Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967-1981 ?Ghanaian highlife master and “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas, returns with his first full career retrospective on Strut this Autumn, covering his late ‘60s big band highlife recordings through to the “burger highlife” movement of the early ‘80s.

CD 1
1. Broadway Dance Band – Go Modern
2. Ogyatanaa Show Band With Pat Thomas – Yaa Amponsah
3. Pat Thomas & The Black Berets – Obra E Yebo Yi
4. Pat Thomas & The Big ‘7’ – Eye Colo
5. Pat Thomas – Awurade Mpaebo
6. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans – Merebre
7. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans – Revolution
8. Pat Thomas & Marijata – We Are Coming Home
9. Pat Thomas & Marijata – Let’S Think It Over
10. Pat Thomas & Marijata – Brain Washing
11. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans – Set Me Free
12. Pat Thomas & Marijata – I Can Say
13. Ebo Taylor Feat. Pat Thomas – No Money, No Love*
14. Ebo Taylor Feat. Pat Thomas – Sack The Devils*

CD 2
1. Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor – Ma Huno
2. Pat Thomas – Gyae Su (1)
3. Pat Thomas – Yamona
4. Pat Thomas – Mewo Akoma
5. Pat Thomas – Gyae Su (2)
6. Pat Thomas And Marijata – I Need More
7. Super Sounds Namba – Who’S Free
8. Pat Thomas – Mpaebo
9. Pat Thomas – Can’t You See
* Previously Unreleased

Ghanaian highlife master and “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas,returns with his first full career retrospective on Strut this Autumn, covering his late ‘60s big band highlife recordings through to the “burger highlife” movement of the early ‘80s.
Growing up with music around him (“my uncle, King Onyina, was an important highlife musician”), Thomas was inspired to become a singer after hearing vocalist Joss Aikins: “He sang with Broadway Dance Band and Decca in Ghana chose him to sing with any group that came into their studios.”
When a new incarnation of Broadway Dance Band was created in ‘67, led by Ebo Taylor, Thomas received his first big break. “Ebo started to write new songs. I added the lyrics and sang them and it worked well.” The partnership with Taylor would become one of the enduring forces in Ghanaian music during the ‘70s, creating a fresh, progressive new highlife sound. They played with the Blue Monks band before, in 1974, forming Sweet Beans with the backing of Ghana’s Cocoa Marketing Board: “The album, ‘False Lover’, was the first under my own name and my first for Gapophone,” Pat reflects. “Reggae was “on” at that time – Jimmy Cliff was the guy – so I tried reggae fusions and brought in some soul.”
The album established Thomas across Ghana. Sweet Beans disbanded but the musicians stayed together as Marijata. “The guys initially used Jewel Ackah as their vocalist but they involved me and I re-vocalled the album. This became the ‘Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata’ LP. At that time, I would go to George Prah at Gapophone to ask for money and he would say, ‘if you want me to pay you, go and write a song!’ So, tracks like ‘Coming Home’ came about that way, written on the spot.” A second Marijata album followed before a damaging coup in Ghana in 1979. “Jerry Rawlings’ “house-cleaning” was designed to stop corruption but it seriously damaged our country’s music culture.”
Thomas left for Berlin and stayed true to his highlife roots, becoming the first Ghanaian to record highlife there. “In Ghana, people ex-pats living in Germany called themselves ‘burgers’, so the scene became ‘burger highlife’.” Thomas travelled to Togo and London, before settling in Canada: “I ended up there for ten years playing for universities, Ghanaian societies and festivals.”
Pat is now back with Kwashibu Area Band and touring worldwide: “Today, highlife has become the world’s music and I am proud to still bring
it to so many people.” ‘Coming Home’ is released on 2CD, 3LP and digital and features exclusive photos and a full interview with Pat Thomas.

– First ever career retrospective of key Ghanaian highlife figure
– Covers ‘60s highlife to heavy ‘70s Afrobeat and later highlife disco period
– full official release, produced in conjunction with Pat Thomas. Many tracks released internationally for the first time
– includes two previously unreleased tracks: ‘No Money, No Love’ and ‘Sack The Devils’ recorded with Ebo Taylor
– touring around album globally with Kwashibu Area Band during 2016-7

Ebo Taylor, Fela Kuti, C.K. Mann, E.T. Mensah, James Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Curtis Mayfield, K. Frimpong, Jewel Ackah, Victor Olaiya, Dr K. Gyasi, Ambolleh, Uhuru Dance Band, Broadway Dance Band, Oscar Sulley, Victor Uwaifo Available from 30.09.2016

Various – Nigeria Soul Fever
Friday, July 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Nigeria Soul Fever

Image: 1605425 Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Soul Fever is their first release to explore the vast wealth of Nigerian music recorded in the 1970s. The new album comes with introductory sleeve-notes by Bill Brewster (author of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life).

Packed-full with Afro-Funk, Disco and Boogie all from Nigeria, this triple album/double CD set brings together a stunning collection of diverse West African sounds. Whilst a small handful of the artists featured (Joni Haastrup, Tee Mac, Christy Essien) have seen the light of day outside Africa, this is essentially a collection of killer tracks by an array of artists completely unknown outside of Nigeria. Artists such as Don Bruce & The Angels, Akin Richards & The Executives, Angela Starr, Jimmy Sherry & The Music Agents. It’s no surprise that these records are extremely rare and expensive to buy individually so this album will save you going broke trying to find them.

These recordings were made at a time when Nigeria’s trade restrictions banned imported records. Whilst new musical trends (such as American soul, funk, disco etc) entered and influenced the country, the local music scene remained just that – local. Consequently, these recordings remain practically unknown to anyone outside of the country.

This album follows on from Soul Jazz Records’ 1960s collection Nigeria Freedom Sounds, released last month, and will be followed by the reissue of the incredibly rare and groovy Nigerian 1980 disco boogie funk album Tee Mac’s Night Illusion.

Triple-album vinyl + download.


1. Joni Haastrup – Free My People (4.52)
2. Christy Essien – You Can’t Change A Man (3.57)
3. Akin Richards & The Executives – Afrikana Disco (6.25)
4. Tee Mac – Nam Myoho Renge Kyo (5.38)
5. Joni Haastrup – Greetings (6.10)
6. Don Bruce and The Angels – Ocheche (Happy Song) (5.50)
7. Benis Cletin – Get Up and Dance (5.35)
8. Colomach – Enoviyin (5.01)
9. Joni Haastrup – Do The Funkro (4.01)
10. Tee Mac featuring Marjorie Barnes – Living Everyday (5.17)
11. Arakatula – Mr Been To (3.57)
12. Angela Starr – Disco Dancing (5.29)
13. Joni Haastrup – Wake Up Your Mind (5.56)
14. Jimmy Sherry & The Musik Agents – Nwaeze (12.41)
15. Benis Cletin – Soul Fever (5.02)
16. Arakatula – Wake Up Africa (3.20) Available from 09.09.2016

Various – Paz E Futebol 2
Friday, July 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Paz E Futebol 2

Image: 1603842 Sonar Kollektiv present the second volume of Paz E Futebol 2.

Ten years have passed since the phenomenal success of the „Paz e Futebol“ (SK089CD / LP)
compilation, released on Sonar Kollektiv. Since then Germany went on to win the Football
World Cup in Brazil sparking an increased self-confidence and maybe inspiring the Berlin
musical institution Jazzanova to compile again a courageously eclectic showcase of Brazilian
music in all its facets and peculiarities.
“Paz e Futebol 2” is the ultimate smorgasbord of all Brazilian music, irrespective of era and
location, sporting the true and heartfelt Brazilian vibe. Similar to the football Brazil is known
for, where “Brazilian style of playing” means an extra technically ability and finesse, but also
an unmatched approach and skill within the sport. This affinity with skill is shown with this
expertly curated 19-track-strong compilation.
„Asking Eyes“ by RAFFAELA RENZULLI off her first and only album „Children Of The Light“
from 1987 kicks off extremely laid-back before driving the listeners round the bend just like
the ball skills by illustrious soccer star Neymar. This zest for life, this excessive friskiness is
the recurrent theme which is constantly present across all eras, continents and genres
covered on “Paz e Futebol 2”.For instance, “Dunks” by the meanwhile defunct Brighton based
project HARDKANDY. According to composer Tim Bidwell, this a track, when released on the
connoisseur label Wah Wah 45s in 2008, which wasn’t intended to hold a Brazilian reference
but was directed more towards afrobeat influences only now fits perfectly into the new
context and narrative of the compilation.
Also “Palmeiras” by the Argentinian combo CANDEIAS is taylor made for this voyage of
exploration all around the world in search of the Brazilian vibration. The extremely rare
album “Sambaiana” from 1976, which features next to “Palmeiras” another six gems of
Brazilian vitality, will incidentally be re-released on NOTES ON A JOURNEY. Also finding a
wider public than its initial release is the long forgotten 1983 LP “Num Dia Azul” by the couple

One of the songs off it, “Samba Walk”, was already a part of the first “Paz e Futebol”
compilation. Now another track off this extraordinary soulful record, “Calma Mulher”, is
included on Volume 2. Orlando Haddad, currently residing in Philadelphia, recalls how he
wrote the song for his wife in the early 70’s at Ipanema Beach: „It’s about a man saying to his
woman to calm down, as life is about much more than material possessions. It’s about love.“
Then New Zealander NATHAN HAINES steps up for the release with one of his 2003
recordings together with the two singers Marcus Begg and Vanessa Freeman: “U See That”, a
track oozing positive energy with its infectious message and beautiful arrangement. Another
song entailing exactly everything that also fascinated us so much with what Zico, Sokrates,
Eder, Falcao, Serginho etc. did on the pitch.
Talking about legends and veterans, ARY LOBO was one of the most successful singers and
composers of the 40’s and 50’s in Brazil’s northeast. It’s here where the lesser-known style
“Forró” is coming from and unifies a multitude of regionally rooted rhythms like Baião, Côco,
Rojão, Xaxado, Xote and Arrasta-Pé. Lobo, as one of the most popular solicitors of Forró, and
known for his superb phrasing and his folky feel, appears on “Paz e Futebol 2” with one of his
rare 7inch singles: The dancey “Nêgo São” from 1966.
Probably even more rare is the 7inch single by PENHA MARIA „Você Balanca O Meu Coracão
(Ou Sol Demais)“, released in 1968 on the Mocambo Rozenblit label from Recife. „É Só Balanco“
by JACKSON DO PANDEIRO & ALMIRA has a similar vibe to it. The song is off the scarce LP
“Coisas Nossas” from 1965, the short-spanned samba period of the bandleader normally also
closely connected to the Forró style. The rarity of the record is due to the fact that the record
company Philips thought these specific recordings were too experimental for Pandeiro and
simply pressed a lot less copies. Making this a true diggers anthem.
The compilation then switches things up with the illustrious KATE CEBERANO, the Diana
Krall of her mother country Australia. The title track off her fourth, 1990 released album “Like
Now” is a beautiful Brazil tribute being a rare occurrence for an Australian release, especially
at that time.
Next up is one of Gilles Peterson’s favourites, ED MOTTA. Born in 1971 in Rio De Janeiro, Motta
is the nephew of legendary Tim Maia and has recorded sixteen amazing LPs up to date and
continues to release music on a regular basis. 1997’s „Daqui Pro Méier“ is one hell of a dance
floor belter which he arranged together with Lincoln Olivetti. The latter has the distinction of
being one of Brazil’s true pioneers of electronic music and was one of the country’s most
sought-after songwriters and producers in the 70s and 80s.
A more recent Brazilian release, from 2012, is up next: „Dia de Furar Onda no Mar“ by LUCAS
SANTTANA is mesmerizing MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) and valid proof of a prosperous
future for the Brazilian legacy heralded on this compilation. With FAFA DE BELEM we take
another trip back into yesteryear. The larger-than-life singer and actress (and former sex
symbol) is still one of MPB’s most successful artists and delivers in her husky mezzosoprano a veritable showpiece of Brazilian serenity on the 1975 released Polydor single
„Céu Da Manágua“ by PIRY REIS is full of temper and hot-bloodedness. The song written in
1984 together with Geraldinho Carneiro originates from a time when the Brazilian people was
revolting against the oppressive (but soon ceasing) military dictatorship – attempting to fight
politics with music.

Finally you’ll get a samba take from the 1960 founded and still existing
combo OS ORIGINAIS DO SAMBA: „Canto Chorado“ from 1969 is a heartwarming tune
reminiscent of the pure elegance and finesse of Pelé.
It’s not always easy to find such extraordinaire songs with so much vocation and diversity.
„Tema Do Azambuja“ by AZAMBUJA & CIA with its perfect and dense arrangement and the
sombre synth chords is a perfect example of these unusual songs – a song that possesses the
beauty of the Brazilian sound and something worth presenting to the listeners all over planet
And to celebrate all these astonishing findings on this compilation we have two exclusive
songs contributed on top. Marc Friedli from Switzerland aka SKYMARK has absorbed the
Brazilian spirit in such a manner that by now he has moved his domicile to Rio De Janeiro
and here he records such beautiful songs like „Boa Noite Meu Filho (Mental)“ – singlehandedly playing all the instruments himself. In marked contrast to the second exclusive
song on this compilation, „Gafiera (Instrumental Trio Version)“. The original version can be
found on the Jazzanova album „Of All The Things“ which features the three musicians of the
Brazilian jazz funk band Azymuth. Alex Malheiros, Ivan Conti and José Roberto Bertram cut
the track during the unforgettable recording sessions in Berlin several times on their own
and one of these recordings sees the light of day for the very first time right here right now.
This way the second edition of “Paz e Futebol” finds a fair and beautiful ending. We hope the
passes, the crosses and the precise assists by Jazzanova have been received well by you the
listeners and you have gained even more taste for this style of music, which is always so
pleasant, delicate and ever so sleek but has always a positive effect on your soul and mind.
To be continued.

1. Raffaela Renzulli – Asking Eyes
2. Candeias – Managua
3. Minas – Calma Mulher
4. Quarteto Uai – Marcas
5. Ary Lobo – Nêgo São
6. Hardkandy – Dunks
7. Ed Motta – Daqui Pro Méier
8. Piri Reis – Ceu Da Managua
9. Lucas Santtana – Dia De Furar Onda No Mar
10. Jackson do Pandeiro & Almira – E So Balanco
11. Skymark – Boa Noite Meu Filho (Mental)
12. Penha Maria – Você Balança O Meu Coraça~o (Ou Sol Demais)
13. Kate Ceberano – Like Now
14. Os Originais Do Samba – Canto Chorado
15. Deodato – Skyscrapers
16. Nathan Haines – U See That
17. Azambuja & Cia – Tema do Azambuja
18. Fafá de Belém – Naturalmente
19. Jazzanova – Gafiera (Instrumental Trio Version)


Compiled by Jazzanova.
Product management by Oliver Glage.
Mastered by Calyx Mastering, Berlin.
Artwork by Jutojo. Available from 02.09.2016

Analog Africa is proud to present “BITORI – Legend Of Funaná (The Forbidden Music of The Cape Verde Islands)”
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In 1997, a quiet, unassuming man of 59 years old named Victor Tavares – better known as Bitori – walks into a studio for the very first time to record a masterpiece which many Cabo Verdean consider to be the best Funaná album ever made. Bitoris musical adventure had begun long before this point. It […]

Max Shrager – Thoughts Of You
Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Max Shrager – Thoughts Of You

Image: 1604920 Big Crown records is proud to present Max Shrager’s debut EP “Thoughts Of You”. This is a collection of songs Max recorded over the past 7-8 years, at the ripe young of 20, it’s clear
Max was born for this. Now dedicated to his band The Shacks, he spends most of his time focusing on writing and recording for their upcoming full length due out on Big Crown in 2017.
These songs are what he calls “the best of everything he has recorded up to that point”. 6 songs on a beautiful 10 picture sleeve EP, another Big Crown sureshot.

Thoughts Of You
Girls Of The Galaxy
Train Song
You’re Still There

From Max:
Each song on this record represents a period of my life. Listening to them brings me back to the experiences that inspired them, like a smell that causes a flood of memories.

I wrote “Sophia” in a piano rehearsal room at my high school. It started with those first two chords, and I just kept going because the harmonic movement was making sense. I came up with the chorus a few minutes before we cut the rhythm track. Tom Brenneck got excited about this one early on, which was very encouraging.

“Thoughts of You”
This one was written the summer I moved to New York City. I thought of it as a country ballad as I was writing it. It ended up having some interesting rhythms and flavors. My grandmother came downstairs to my parent’s basement as I was recording the guitar, and she was in to it.

I bought a 12 string Martin guitar at First Flight music and brought it to school. I ended up skipping class and sitting in the park, working on a song idea that came to me the night before. My new girlfriend had given me a silver ring, which I put in my pocket. It got all scratched up, among the coins, which made me feel guilty and provided the inspiration for this song.

“Girls of the Galaxy”
This one was really fun to record. It’s very much about the production for me, which I did with Homer Steinweiss. Listen closely for the Spanish radio crosstalk at the end.

“Train Song”
This tune is about the train ride from New Jersey to New York City that I must’ve taken a thousand times. There’s also some stuff about a trip to Las Vegas, where my dad and I walked miles out of the city on a dusty highway and ended up at a nuclear testing museum.

“You’re Still There”
This is a love song that was inspired by a specific feeling I had one night in Atlantic City. The feeling was so deep and unique that this song just poured out of me at the piano. The drums were recorded by putting the microphone under a ceramic pot. Available from 22.07.2016

Various – Nigeria Freedom Sounds!
Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Nigeria Freedom Sounds!

Image: 1604638 Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Freedom Sounds! features a stunning selection of material spotlighting the vibrant musical scene in Nigeria at the start of the 1960s. With a wealth of musical and cultural history and newly independent from Britain, Nigerian music during this era was complex, diverse and forward-thinking, with musicians as excited in exploring their country’s own musical lineage with styles such as Juju and Apala as they were in adapting and absorbing outside influences such as Ghanaian Highlife, Caribbean Calypsos and Mambo and more.

This album features many of the defining artists of this time who helped shape the Nigerian musical scene. Artists include I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots, HarunaIshola and his Group, E.C. Arinze, Sammy Akpabot and His All Stars, Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers, Ganiyu Kale and His Guinea Mambo Orchestra and many more.

Few nations on earth are as diverse as Nigeria, and the wide assortment of Nigerian music styles collected on this album reflect the country’s rich variety of cultures.

Western-influenced dance music, played on European instruments such as guitar, brass, and woodwind sits alongside traditional musical styles, made with indigenous instruments such as the talking drum, marimba, or obo. And there is also religious musical styles first brought to Nigeria by European Christians and Islamic traders from North Africa. And of course, there are points where these musical styles overlap, merging into one another to create unique new sounds.

This album is released in two formats, as CD and as heavyweight gatefold double vinyl edition. The CD includes a large outsize 48-page book containing extensive sleevenotes, original photography, artist biographies, as well as selection of Nigerian adverts celebrating its independence and original artwork from some of the rare original Nigerian 45s on which this music was first (andonly ever) released. The heavyweight gatefold 2xLP comes with full sleevenotes and download code. Available from 15.07.2016

Bitori – Legend Of Funaná (LP 180g/Gatefold)
Friday, June 10th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bitori – Legend Of Funaná (LP 180g/Gatefold)

Image: 1604412 Analog Africa No. 21 „BITORI“ – Legend Of Funaná (The Forbidden Music of The Cape Verde Islands) – In 1997, a quiet, unassuming man of 59 years old named Victor Tavares – better know as Bitori – walks into a studio for the very first time to record a masterpiece which many Cabo Verdean consider to be the best Funaná album ever made.

Bitoris musical adventure had begun long before this point. It was 1954 when he embarked on a journey across the seas to the island of Sao Tomé & Principe. The young man´s hope was to return to Cabo Verde with an accordion.

Following two years of hard labour Bitori had succeeded in saving enough money to acquire what was to become his most valued possession, his cherished instrument. The two month journey back to Santiago, his island of birth, proved time enough to master it. Self taught, Bitori developed his own style, an infectious blaze, that quickly caught the attention of the older generation. Before long Bitori was being asked to share his musical talents, igniting the local festivities around Praia with his music.

But not everybody welcomed the rural accordion-based sound. Perceived as a symbol of the struggle for Cape Verdean independence and frowned upon as music of uneducated peasants, Funaná was prohibited by the Portuguese colonial rulers. Performing it in public or in urban centres had serious consequences – often jail time and torture awaited musicians that were “caught in the act”. In light of such persecution the genre of Funaná began to slowly disappear.

In 1975 Cabo Verde achieved independence from Portuguese colonial rule. Along with Cabo Verde’s independence came a lifting of the ban placed on Funaná. The musical repercussions in Cabo Verde were plenty – many upcoming artists embraced Funaná, translating and adapting its musical form in new ways. It was not to be until the mid-1990’s, however, that Funaná in its traditional form was actually recorded.

It was a young singer from Tarafal, Chando Graciosa, who was to play a key role in this event. Upon hearing Bitori, Graciosa immediately felt drawn to Bitori’s unique playing style – a raw and passionate sound accompanied by honest lyrics that reflected the harsh reality of the Cabo Verdean working class. He eagerly approached Bitori suggesting they join forces and travel overseas with the objective of taking Funaná beyond its rural roots. The two of them, with others in tow, achieved their goal and travelled to Europe, introducing a receptive European audience to the vibrant energy of Funaná. Eventually Bitori returned to his beloved Cabo Verde. Graciosa opted to settle in Rotterdam in order to pursue his career – he vowed, however, to bring Bitori across to Holland at a later date to record an album.

In 1997 the time was ripe to immortalise the sound Bitori had shaped over a time span of four decades. Built around a formidable rhythm section, formed of drummer Grace Evora and bass player Danilo Tavares, “Bitori Nha Bibinha” was recorded. The recording catapulted Chando Graciosa to stardom, making him Cabo Verde´s No.1 interpreter of Funaná.

The success in Cabo Verde was phenomenal and Funaná rapidly gained the recognition it deserved, especially in urban dance clubs. Bitori´s songs quickly became standards – classics known and loved throughout the country. The musical success, however, was solely limited to the Cabo Verdean islands – until now!

Analog Africa is proud to contribute to the worldwide promotion of Funaná – the once forbidden sound of the Cabo Verde archipelago – by releasing a worldwide re-issue of Bitori and Chando Graciosa´s legendary recording. The release will herald Bitori´s first European tour taking place during the summer of 2016. Watch this space! And listen!

1. Bitori Nha Bibinha 5:39
2. Rabelado 5:19
3. Cruz Di Pico 5:42
4. Cabalo 5:28
5. Munana 4:19
6.Natalia 5:12
7.Julinha 4:58
8. Didi Di Réz 5:19

1 CD with 24-pages Booklet
1x LP (180gr) Gatefold with liner notes Available from 16.09.2016

Chanes – Chanes
Saturday, May 28th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Chanes – Chanes

Image: 1604355 After spending the majority of 2009 in Hollywood, Chanes briefly returned home to finish up songs for what would become his 2010 release, An Experimentation in Instrumentation. The 15-track tape, presented by House Shoes, exposed us all to the nomadic 21-year-old producer from Canton, Michigan. Chanes would spend the next two years working between home and Brooklyn, before relocating to Arizona, where he would release his follow up project, Renegade Hands, (Insect Records 2013). Presented again by Shoes, Hands solidified Chanes as one of the most promising young producers in the country.

Fast-forward to 2016, and at 27, this self-titled debut takes us circa 2007 – 2009 with the soul-chopping salad days of his mother’s basement, through the alternative sampling Williamsburg, Brooklyn sessions of 2010. If the melancholy desert psychedelia of his isolated four years in perpetual Southwestern summer gives us a glimpse into his growing electronic influences, then the angst of his winter homecomings are hiding under the aggressive parka weather beats that first caught the attention of Detroit’s underground.

Fittingly, Chanes’ debut LP comes full circle, finishing the album back in the place it all started and releasing it with long-time supporter House Shoes and Street Corner Music.
Available from 22.07.2016

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