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Various – Brasileiro Treasure Box Of Funk & Soul
Friday, September 11th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Brasileiro Treasure Box Of Funk & Soul

Image: 1599498 Greg Caz und Deano Sounds haben für das feine Cultures Of Soul Label wieder eine vorzügliche Sammlung klassischer Soul-, Funk- und Psychedelic-Raritäten aus Brasilien der frühen Siebziger Jahre zusammengestellt. Available from 06.11.2015

Lynx & Kemo present their collaboration effort “The Raw Truth” on Soul:R …
Friday, March 27th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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It’s a sure sign of times that Lynx & Kemo had made three tracks together before they even met in person. It’s a MySpace success story. Sending each other messages and file transfers over the net is how it’s done these days they say. With neither of them hailing from what we would say are […]

Various – Tokyo Night – Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 81-88
Friday, November 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Tokyo Night – Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 81-88

Image: 1616604 In gewohnter Qualität stellt das Bostoner Cultures Of Soul Label in Zusammenarbeit zwischen Inhaber Deano Sounds (Cultures of Soul) und Eli Cohen (Alliance Upholstery) mit “Tokyo Night – FEMALE J-POP BOOGIE FUNK: 1981-1988” eine Sammlung obskurer Disco, Funk, Boogie und Pop Songs aus Japan vor. Available from 15.12.2017

Junior Byron – Trying To Hold On
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Junior Byron – Trying To Hold On

Cultures of Soul is back! This time it’s with anew set of 12″s – the Carib Boogie Synthseries. Featuring the iciest synths, the slickestbasslines, and other ’80s-sounding vibes fromthe Caribbean islands, all of the tracks arefully licensed.First up in…

Apostles – Banko Woman
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Apostles – Banko Woman

Image: 1609906 For over forty years, the Apostles of Aba
have stood as the jewel in the crown of the
music scene in Eastern Nigeria. Since their
formation in 1973, the band has turned out
memorable performances in a variety of
styles including rock, soul, funk, pop and
reggae. Even today, the Apostles continue
to thrill audiences in their hometown of Aba
with dazzling shows.
Cultures of Soul is proud to present one of
the Apostles’ more obscure—yet
relentlessly funky recordings in a full-color
custom reverse board jacket. Banko
Woman, originally released on the
eponymous LP on Love Day Records in
1977. Straddling the world realms of
afro-funk and disco, the track has long
been a coveted dance floor filler amongst
DJs, and for the first time is available for a
wider audience. On the B-side is “Faith,
Luck & Music,” also from the original Banko
Woman album.

SIDE A:
Banko Woman
SIDE B:
Faith, Luck & Music Available from 16.06.2017

Bosq – Can’t Seem To Hide
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bosq – Can’t Seem To Hide

Image: 1609834 “‘Can’t Seem To Hide’ will be a bona fide classic of 2017 thanks to its combination of a party-time keyboard line over a relentless groove and Megan Doherty’s hypnotic vocal. Nicole Willis can do no wrong, either, as she steps up to deliver further damage on the flip.” -Mixmag 10/10 March 2017 Tune Of The Month

Bosq’s new single sees him diving deeper into funky disco, creating songs that are more musical but maintain the rawness that translates to a feeling on the dancefloor.

The A-side features a collaboration between Bosq and vocalist Megan Doherty from Social Lovers which has already garnered a “tune of the month” feature and a 10/10 rating from Mixmag. Mark Usher’s funk-laden rhythm guitar attack punctuates the song while Megan’s silky smooth vocal delivery glide on top of the Bosq-crafted groove with an understated cool and sexiness that permeate the entire track.

The featured vocalist on the flip of this double A-side disco burner is none other than soul-highness herself Nicole Willis, who was featured on Bosq’s previous single “Bad For Me”. Her powerful vocal style reminiscent of disco divas past along with Mark channeling his inner “Nile Rodgers” delivers yet another future dancefloor classic.

Calling Medellin, Colombia home for the time being, these 2 tracks were the last songs Bosq made in his US studio. Seeking inspiration and surrounded by a new landscape literally and musically while finding new partners to collaborate with on projects such as Body Music with The Rapture’s drummer Vito Roccoforte he continues to hone his craft. Along with dropping the Tumbala EP on Soul Clap, the full-length album San Jose 51 recorded in Puerto Rico with the Candela All-Stars and his various remix work for Fania, and Cultures Of Soul to name a few, Bosq’s relentless work ethic, output and openness to further develop his sound can only mean good things for Latin, Afro, Disco, Funk, and Soul aficionados alike.
Available from 11.08.2017

SJOB Movement – Friendship Train
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on SJOB Movement – Friendship Train

Image: 1608613 SJOB Movements “Friendship Train” war das zweite Album der Afrobeat Band aus Nigeria aus dem Jahr 1976. Das Album erscheint nun mit Bonustracks auf dem exquisiten Bostoner Cultures Of Soul Label mit Hilfe des renommierten Musikhistorikers Uchenna Ikonne, der schon auf Soundway, Now Again und seinem eigenen Comb & Razor Label hochwertige Reissues veröffentlichte und auch hier wieder mit seinen umfassenden Liner Notes für den nötigen Kontext sorgt. Available from 17.03.2017

Various – Boogie Breakdown – South African Synth Disco 80-84
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Boogie Breakdown – South African Synth Disco 80-84

Image: 1605989 In gewohnter Qualität stellt das Bostoner Cultures Of Soul Label mit “Boogie Breakdown” eine Sammlung obskurer Disco-Songs aus Südafrika zusammen, die außerhalb des Landes so gut wie nicht gehört wurden. In den späten Siebzigern und frühen Achtzigern waren viele der besten Musiker des Landes vom Funk inspiriert. Parallel zur Entwicklung hin zu härterer und elektronischerer Musik kamen auch im Süden Afrikas jeden Monat mehr Synthesizer auf den Markt. Kompiliert von Cultures Of Souls Deano Sounds im Zusammenspiel mit dem in Johannesburg ansässigen DJ Okapi, bekannt von dem Afro-Synth Blog und Plattenladen, enthält “Boogie Breakdown” jeweils zwei Tracks von sechs einflussreichen Bands der Zeit. Ausgewählt wurden Songs von Harari, The Cannibals, Neville Nash, Benjamin Ball, Don Laka und Al Etto. Available from 30.09.2016

Benjamin Ball – Flash A Flashlight
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Benjamin Ball – Flash A Flashlight

Image: 1605111 A-SIDE: Flash A Flashlight (Original Mix) B-SIDE: Flash A Flashlight (Gerd Janson Vocal Edit) Flash A Flashlight (Gerd Janson Dub Edit) / Benjamin Ball’s “Flash A Flashlight” is the first preview of the next Cultures of Soul compilation, Boogie Breakdown -South African Disco 1980 to 1984. WIth the help of DJ Okapi, Cultures of Soul has tracked down many of the great synth boogie artists of the 80s in South Africa including Benjamin Ball, Don Laka, Al Etto, Neville Nash, Harari, and many others. Benjamin Ball’s “Flash A Flashlight” came out just after Brenda & The Big Dudes’ massive hit “Weekend.” Ball’s unique reggae-tinged synth boogie was nearly as big and became the second bubble gum anthem of the era. Highly respected house DJ/producer and co-founder of the Running Back label, Gerd Janson gives us two nice edits of “Flash A Flashlight.” Gerd provides two funked up rerubs of the track, one with vocals and one without. Licensed directly from the artist and housed in a custom disco sleeve these edits won’t be available on the compilation. Available from 05.08.2016

Various – Greg Belson’s Devine Disco: Gospel Disco 1974-84
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Greg Belson’s Devine Disco: Gospel Disco 1974-84

Image: 1604449 Nach vorzüglichen Compilations mit Discomusik aus Brasilien, der Karibik oder Indien präsentiert das Bostoner Label Cultures of Soul Records nun die von Gospel Soul-Connaiseur Greg Belson recherchierte und zusammengestellte Sammlung mit tanzbaren Gospel Songs aus den Jahren 1974 bis 1982. Available from 08.07.2016

Jagger Botchway Group – Odze Odze
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jagger Botchway Group – Odze Odze

Image: 1602503 Jagger Botchway ist bekannt durch seine Arbeit mit Hedzoleh Soundz und Hugh Masekela. Jagger war auch die treibende Kraft hinter dem Afro-Funk Meisterwerk “Moving World” von der Kelenkye Band aus Ghana. Jagger ging nach der Veröffentlichung mit einer Reihe von Musikern aus verschiedenen Abschnitten seiner Karriere wieder ins Studio und nahm dieses einzigartige Album mit Soca- und Highlife-Songs auf. Entstanden ist ein gelungener Mix aus Percussion, Highlife-Gitarren, futuristischen Keyboard-Sounds und afrikanischen Gesängen. Mit Hilfe der originalen Multitracks ließen Cultures Of Souls Deano Sounds und Jagger zusätzlich die besten Produzenten und Remixer der heutigen Zeit neue Mixe entwerfen. Mit dabei sind Künstler wie Africaine 808 aus Berlin, Ruf Dug aus Manchester, Alma Negra aus der Schweiz und Names You Can Trust aus New York. Available from 25.03.2016

Various – The Boston Creative Jazz Scene (1969-79)
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Boston Creative Jazz Scene (1969-79)

Image: 1601284 Boston war in den 70er Jahren ein fruchtbarer Boden für eine sehr kreative Jazz-Szene. Kleine, unanbhängige Locations, von Lofts über Kirchen bis zu Clubs, öffneten und unterstützten die Jazzmusiker, während diese ihre eigenen Labels ins Leben riefen. Ein Man war allgegenwärtig, Mark Harey. Er spielte und dokumentierte die Szene. Nun hat er zusammen mit Cultures Of Soul Labelmacher Deano Sounds die bis dato repräsentativste Sammlung an Songs zusammengestellt. Diese Deluxe-CD Edition ist als kleines 80-seitiges Book verpackt und dokumentiert die Geschichte zusätzlich mit Wort und Bild. Available from 22.01.2016

Various – Tropical Disco Hustle Vol.2
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Tropical Disco Hustle Vol.2

Image: 1596102 Cultures of Soul is proud to release the highly anticpated follow-up to the
widely successful Tropical Disco Hustle, an album full of rare disco tunes
that exude a Caribbean *avor. This volume takes us back to Trinidad and
Jamaica and sends us on a few new adventures in St. Lucia and
Guadeloupe.
Three tracks by Wild Fire including “The Dealer,” as well as two other classic
disco tracks, “Dance With Me” and “Try Making Love,” can be heard on this
new compilation. The album also features two killer disco workouts by the
Tru Tones, “Dancing” and “Let’s Party,” with the latter having been heavily
in*uenced by the Jacksons. Both tracks are rare and in demand by DJs and
record collectors alike.
Also featured here is an excellent cover of Chanson’s “Don’t Hold Back” by
reggae legend Derrick Harriott, and the under-the-radar,
African-in*uenced disco tune “Caribean People” by Camille Hildevert.
This album was compiled and researched by Deano Sounds, with edits by
french DJ-extraordinary Waxist Selecta and legendary UK disco DJ Al Kent.

A1. Wild Fire
Try Making Love
A2. Tru Tones
Dancing
A3. Hamilton Brothers
Music Makes The World Go Round
B1. Maestro
Savage
B2. Patti Charles
Music Lady
B3. Wild Fire
The Dealer
B4. Defosto
Socorama
C1. Tru Tones
Lets Party
C2. Keith Paul &
The Gt Boom Band
My Life, My Music And Me
C3. C Soprann H
Caribean People
(Waxist Selecta Edit)
D1. Wild Fire
Dance With Me
D2. Wild Fire
Try Making Love
(Al Kent Version)
D3. Derrick Harriott
Don’T Hold Back
(Waxist Selecta Edit) Available from 22.05.2015

Various – Tropical Disco Hustle Vol.2
Friday, March 20th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Tropical Disco Hustle Vol.2

Image: 1596101 Cultures of Soul is proud to release the highly anticpated follow-up to the
widely successful Tropical Disco Hustle, an album full of rare disco tunes
that exude a Caribbean *avor. This volume takes us back to Trinidad and
Jamaica and sends us on a few new adventures in St. Lucia and
Guadeloupe.
Three tracks by Wild Fire including “The Dealer,” as well as two other classic
disco tracks, “Dance With Me” and “Try Making Love,” can be heard on this
new compilation. The album also features two killer disco workouts by the
Tru Tones, “Dancing” and “Let’s Party,” with the latter having been heavily
in*uenced by the Jacksons. Both tracks are rare and in demand by DJs and
record collectors alike.
Also featured here is an excellent cover of Chanson’s “Don’t Hold Back” by
reggae legend Derrick Harriott, and the under-the-radar,
African-in*uenced disco tune “Caribean People” by Camille Hildevert.
This album was compiled and researched by Deano Sounds, with edits by
french DJ-extraordinary Waxist Selecta and legendary UK disco DJ Al Kent.

01. Wild Fire
Try Making Love
02. Tru Tones
Dancing
03. Hamilton Brothers
Music Makes The World Go Round
04. Maestro
Savage
05. Patti Charles
Music Lady
06. Wild Fire
The Dealer
07. Defosto
Socorama
08. Tru Tones
Lets Party
09. Keith Paul &
The Gt Boom Band
My Life, My Music And Me
10. C Soprann H
Caribean People
(Waxist Selecta Edit)
11. Wild Fire
Dance With Me
12. Wild Fire
Try Making Love
(Al Kent Version)
13. Derrick Harriott
Don’T Hold Back
(Waxist Selecta Edit) Available from 01.05.2015

Various – Bombay Disco Vol.2
Friday, October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Bombay Disco Vol.2

Image: 1593401 Der zweite Teil der erfolgreichen Serie “Bombay Disco” gräbt noch tiefer in den Schätzen der indischen Filmgeschichte der 70er und 80er Jahre. Der Disco-Sound entsprang aus den Studios Philadelphias in den 70er Jahren, wurde in New York weiterentwickelt und stieg rasant an die Spitze der Charts weltweit. 1979 hatte er sich bis nach Indien ausgebreitet, wo Disco mit lokalen Instrumenten fusioniert wurde. Als ein Filmproduzent den Bollywood-Komponisten Bappi Lahiri beautragte ihm Musik wie in “Satuday Night Fever” zu komponieren, wurde “Bombay Disco” geboren. Fortan wurde jede Art von Film, seien es Familiendramen, Geschichtsfilme, Western oder Horrorfilme, mit indischen Disco-Songs unterlegt. Cultures Of Soul Records präsentiert nun eine von DJ Brother Cleve getroffene Auswahl mit dreizehn Disco-Perlen aus Indien. Available from 12.12.2014

Asha Bhosle / Bappi Lahiri – Jab Chaye / Dance Music
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Asha Bhosle / Bappi Lahiri – Jab Chaye / Dance Music

This special limited edition 12″ is being released in conjunction with Cultures of Soul’s forthcoming compilation, Bombay Disco 2. Bombay Disco 2 is the second volume of our Bombay Disco series. It is the story of disco in Hindi films from 1980 to 19…

Various – Jam Up Twist
Thursday, June 12th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Jam Up Twist

Image: 1589278 Cultures Of Soul-Mastermind Deano Sounds hat sich mit dem englischen DJ, Sammler und ehemaligen Partner von Keb Darge im Madame Jojo’s, DJ Andy Smith, zusammengetan und eine großartige Sammlung an 50er und 60 Jahre Songs aus den Genres Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly und Northern Soul zusammengestellt. Available from 23.05.2014

Asha Bhosle – Udi Baba / Koi Lutera
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Asha Bhosle – Udi Baba / Koi Lutera

A-SIDE: Udi Baba (Brother Cleve Edit) B-SIDE: Koi Lutera / This special limited edition 12″ is being released in conjunction with Cultures of Soul’s forthcoming compilation, Bombay Disco. Bombay Disco is the story of disco in Hindi films from 1979 to …

Various – Bombay Disco
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Bombay Disco

Image: 1587624 Der Disco Sound entsprang aus den Studios Philadelphias in den 70er Jahren, wurde in New York weiterentwickelt und stieg rasant an die Spitze der Charts weltweit. 1979 hatte er sich bis nach Indien ausgebreitet, wo Disco mit lokalen Instrumenten fusioniert wurde. Als ein Filmproduzent den Bollywood-Komponisten Bappi Lahiri beautragte ihm Musik wie in “Satuday Night Fever” zu komponieren, wurde “Bombay Disco” geboren. Fortan wurde jede Art von Film, seien es Familiendramen, Geschichtsfilme, Western oder Horrorfilme, mit indischen Disco-Songs unterlegt. Cultures Of Soul Records präsentiert nun eine von DJ Brother Cleve getroffene Auswahl mit dreizehn Discoperlen aus Indien. Available from 14.03.2014

Various – DJ Andy Smith’s Jam Up Twist USA (RSD)
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – DJ Andy Smith’s Jam Up Twist USA (RSD)

Image: 1588212 On this deluxe 7 x 7” box set, Deano Sounds and DJ Andy Smith team up for a great compilation of 50s and 60s sounds including R&B Rockers, Rockabilly, Northern Soul and Sleazy Shakers, much like you would find at Andy’s Jam Up Twist club night in the UK. DJ Andy Smith is a well-known British DJ who spent many years DJing alongside Keb Darge at Madame JoJo’s and also sourced samples for Portishead and the Prodigy. Deano Sounds is the head honcho of Cultures of Soul Records as well as a DJ and lover of rare soul and R&B. Together here they have selected classic and exclusive tracks from their collections including the rare Northern soul track ‘Ever Again” by Gene Woodbury, classic Rockabilly from Eddie Cash and Sonny West, a handful rare of R&B tracks – some of which were reissued here for the first time including Ernie Washington and Willie Jones, and many other great tracks. The 45 box set version comes in a heavy collectible case with 7 x 45s, an official Jam Up Twist club night poster, and a booklet on printed thick paper.

RECORD 1
Les Brown Jr. “Swingin’ & Surfin’” /
Gene Woodbury “Ever Again”
RECORD 2
Eddie Cash “Doing All Right” /
Sony West “Rock-Ola Ruby”
RECORD 3
Reggie Perkins “High School Caesar” /
Ray Sharpe “Monkey’s Uncle”
RECORD 4
Billy Nelson “Pack, Shack, And Stack” /
Nappy Brown “Open Up That Door”
RECORD 5
Big Mama Thornton “Wade In The Water” /
Chuck Flamingo “What’s My Chances”
RECORD 6
Bobby King “Thanks Mr. Postman” /
Ernie Washington “Lonesome Shack”
RECORD 7
Willie Jones “Where’s My Money” /
Johnny Williams “Honey Child” Available from 19.04.2014

Various – Bombay Disco
Thursday, March 20th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Bombay Disco

Image: 1587621 The sound of Disco rose out of Philadelphia in the ’70’s before being nurtured in New York and later rising to the top of the pops. By 1979 it made its way to India, where it was blended with sitars, tablas and huge orchestras in a wildly inventive, and often boldly surreal, fusion of Purab aur Pachhim (East and West)

When a film producer told Bollywood composer Bappi Lahiri, “I want to have music like ‘Saturday Night Fever'”, Bombay Disco was born. Soon nearly every South Asian film, it seemed, had a disco track blaring from cinema screens. Although disco’s popularity waned in the west, it soared in the east throughout the ’80’s. Disco songs appeared in every type of film, from family dramas and historical epics to curry westerns and horror movies.
Cultures Of Soul Records presents Bombay Disco, 13 selections excavated from the dusty bazaars of India by DJ Brother Cleve. The hunt even brought him to Bappi Lahiri’s home, where India’s “Disco King” regaled him with music and stories. Bombay Disco showcases the unique musical hybrid that is Bollywood filmi music. Don your leisure suit, puff a chillum, and get on the dancefloor. Shabash!

SIDE ONE:
1. Usha Uthup & Chorus – Hari Om Hari
2. Bappi Lahiri & Chorus – Mausam Hai Gaane Ka
3. Kishore Kumar & Amit Kumar – Hum To Aap Ke Deewane Hein
SIDE TWO:
4. Asha Bhosle & Chorus – Udi Baba
5. Asha Bhosle & Chorus – Bugi Bugi
6. Asha Bhosle & Chorus – Bongo Bongo
7. Bappi Lahiri – Discotheque Music
SIDE THREE:
8. Asha Bhosle & Chorus – Pyar Ka Imithaan
9. Bappi Lahiri & Amit Kumar – Karate
10. Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus – Disco ‘82
SIDE FOUR:
11. Usha Uthup – Main Gul Badan
12. Asha Bhosle – Dil Dil Dil, Kabhi Dil De Bhi To Do
13. Salma Agha & Bappi Lahiri – Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena (Pt. 2) Available from 28.02.2014

Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism – Isis Voyage
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism – Isis Voyage

Image: 1586841 Das rare Space-Jazz-Funk Album “Brighter Days” des Trompeters Stanton Davis mit seiner Band Ghetto Mysticism von 1977 wurde 2011 auf Cultures Of Soul wiederveröffentlicht und wurde nicht nur von Leuten wie Gilles Peterson, Andrew Mason (Wax Poetics) und Madlib gefeiert. “Isis Voyage” ist nun eine Sammlung mit unveröffentlichter Musik und alternativen Mixen der “Brighter Days”-Sessions. Viele der Originalsongs wurden ursprünglich gekürzt. Dieses Album enthält die originalen, längeren Versionen. Beim Mastern der Songs von den Originalbändern tauchten auch noch zwei unveröffentlichte Songs auf, die neben Instrumental-Versionen und Disco Remixen von Al Kent hier allesamt erstmalig veröffentlicht werden. Available from 07.02.2014

Shadow – Let’s Get Together
Thursday, February 20th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Shadow – Let’s Get Together

Image: 1586853 A-SIDE: Let’s Get Together (Whiskey Baron’s Rework) B-SIDE:1. Let’s Get Together (Dub) / 2. Keep On Wailing / From Trinidad and Tobago comes the next release in the Cultures of Soul
Disco 12 Series. We’ve licensed the monster cosmic disco track “Let’s Get Together” from the legendary soca artist, Winston Bailey a.k.a Shadow himself. The original track includes a deep hypnotic groove powered by a steady bass drum and snare combination, a pulsating rhythm guitar, echoey chanting vocals, and a savagely icy synth line. We’ve even added our own local favor to it by having Boston based producers, the Whiskey Barons rework it. The Whiskey Barons tastefully contemporize this track for today’s dance-floors by adding to the
arrangement and beefing up the tempo and drums of the track. On the B-side is the original 12″ dub version of “Let’s Get Together” and as well as the raw Caribbean disco funk track “Keep on Wailing.” This limited edition 12 is being released in our custom disco series sleeve. Available from 31.01.2014

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2015
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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 […]

Staff Charts 2014
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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, […]

Joanne Wilson – Got To Have You
Friday, May 30th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joanne Wilson – Got To Have You

A-SIDE: Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons Re-Work) B-SIDE: Got To Have You (Original Vocal Mix) Got To Have You (Instrumental Mix) / Being released in conjunction with the forthcoming Tropical Disco Hustle compilation is this under the radio cosmic dis…

Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism – Isis Voyage
Monday, May 12th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism – Isis Voyage

The original spacey jazz funk sound of the Brighter Days album by Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism Band has been championed by everyone from Gilles Peterson to Andrew Mason of Wax Poetics to hip hop producer and rapper Madlib. Isis Voyage is a collecti…

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.

Tracklisting
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

Benjamin Ball – I Just Keep Dancing
Thursday, May 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Benjamin Ball – I Just Keep Dancing

Image: 1610109 The second single from the Cultures of
Soul compilation, Boogie Breakdown:
South African Disco 1980 to 1984,
Benjamin Ball’s “I Just Keep Dancing” is a
synth and drum machine-fueled track that
also reveals Ball as one of South Africa’s
earliest rappers.
Boston-bred DJs, Soul Clap provide an
excellent rework of the track adding some
big room club flavor to the track for DJs
around the world. Soul Clap are the globe
trotting DJ duo of Eli Goldstein and Charles
Levine who’ve done everything from
headlining clubs in Ibiza to creating DJ mix
albums for Fabric and DJ Kicks to making
records with George Clinton, Sly Stone,
and Robert Owens.
Licensed directly from the artist and
housed in a custom disco sleeve this edit
won’t be available anywhere else.

SIDE A:
I Just Keep Dancing
(Original Mix)
SIDE B:
I Just Keep Dancing
(Soul Clap Edit) Available from 09.06.2017

Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Of Ethiopia
Friday, April 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Of Ethiopia

Image: 1609470 Strut present the first official reissue of a landmark album in the field of African music, Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ from 1972.

Tracklistings

Stereo Master (Included On CD / LP / 3LP)
Mulatu
Mascaram Setaba
Dewel
Kulunmanqueleshi
Kasalefkut-Hulu
Munaye
Chifara

Mono Master (Included On CD / 3LP)
Mulatu
Mascaram Setaba
Dewel
Kulunmanqueleshi
Kasalefkut-Hulu
Munaye
Chifara

Strut present the first official reissue of a landmark album in the field of African music , Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ from 1972. Recorded in New York , the album arrived at a time when Astatke had begun to master the delicate fusion of styles needed to create Ethio jazz. “I left the UK for America and studied at Berklee College in Boston. I learnt the technical aspects of jazz and gained a beautiful understanding of many different types of music. That’s where I got my tools. Berklee really shook me up.”
Journeying regularly to the Big Apple to play and watch live shows at the Cheetah , the Palladium and the Village Gate, Astatke met producer Gil Snapper on the circuit. “Gil was a nice and very interesting guy. He produced music and worked with all kinds of musicians.” The meeting would lead to a series of albums on Snapper’s Worthy label. The first , ‘Afro Latin Soul’ , documented Astatke’s new-found directions. “Mulatu has created a new sound , ” enthused Snapper on the album jacket. “He has taken the ancient five-tone scales of Asia and Africa and woven them into something unique and exciting, a mixture of three cultures , Ethiopian, Puerto Rican and American.”
A second volume of ‘Afro Latin Soul’ followed before Astatke began to hone his sound further , infusing funk and cultural influences into the mix. Returning to a downtown Manhattan studio with Snapper and working with some of the city’s top young jazz and latin session players, ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ began to take shape. “We rehearsed for 3-4 weeks” remembers Astatke. “it took them a while to get the right feeling in the music.” The resultant album represented the first fully formed document of Astatke’s trademark Ethio jazz
sound. It features ‘Kulunmanqueleshi’, ‘Dewel’ , and ‘Kasalefku-Hulu’ , tracks that Mulatu would return to regularly on singles and in live shows , the Ethio-Latin workout ‘Chifara’ and the self-titled groover ‘Mulatu’ (“I wanted to make a track for… myself!”).
This definitive reissue of the album comes in a limited edition 3LP 6-panel gatefold set featuring the stereo album master , a pre-mix mono master and a selection of outtakes from the sessions , giving the listener rare access to the DNA of the studio process. Also available are standard 1CD and 1LP formats. All formats feature a new interview with Mulatu Astatke and rare photos.

KEY POINTS:
– 1CD DIGIPAK with 24pp BOOKLET
– first ever official reissue of Mulatu Astatke classic from 1972
– Remastered by Carvery Cuts from original reel to reel tapes
– All formats include rare photos and a new interview with Mulatu Astatke.
– All formats include full original Worthy Records artwork

FOR FANS OF:
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Getatchew Mekurya, Ethiopiques, Gilles Peterson, Alice Coltrane, Jim Jarmusch, Tilahun Gessesse, Edmundo Ros, Heliocentrics, Milt Jackson, Kamasi Washington, Sun Ra, Alemayehu Eshete Available from 19.05.2017

Various – Southwest Side Story (RSD)
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Southwest Side Story (RSD)

Image: 1608684 There are hundreds of bootlegs out there to sate the ravenous soulero set, and so often they incorporate songs in the vast Numero catalog. Rather than beat them, Numero joins them with our answer to the iconic East Side Story series. Eschewing our classic look and standard-bearing copious notes for sardonic artwork and impeccable selections, Numbero is proud to present a ‘bootleg’ you can be proud of (because it’s all licensed). This time we’ve set our sights on the most unique of soul cultures: the irreplaceable melting pot of San Antonio. Included here are all songs never before issued other than in minuscule pressings on 45, never distributed outside of Bexar County limits.

The Southwest Side Story rolas are obscure everywhere in the United States while eliciting intense nostalgia on the South and West Sides of San Antonio to this day. This could be a greatest hits of DJs like Henry Pena, who began his rein in the 1960s and continues it today with many of these same selections. This no-frills, 14-song LP features local luminaries the Royal Jesters, Sonny Ace, The Dreamliners, The Eptones, Dino Bazan & The Dell Tones, Henry & The Kasuals, and the Volumes. Limited to 2000 copies on “Texas Crude” colored vinyl.

Track Listing
A
1.Sonny Ace & The Twisters – Little Girl
2.The Eptones – No One Else But You
3.The Volumes – I’m Gonna Miss You
4.Henry Pena & the Kasuals – Forever
5.George Jay & the Rockin’ Ravens
– Say That You Love Me
6.Dino Bazan & The Dell Tones
– Don’t Leave Me Baby
7. Royal Jesters – Girl I Can’t Forget
B
1. The Eptones – Making Me Cry
2. Henry Pena & the Kasuals – Only One
3. Little Henry & The Laveers – What To Do
4. Al Castana – I Need And Love You
5. Royal Jesters – I Want To Be Loved
6. The Dreamliners – Just Me And You
7. Danny & The Dreamers – Eternal Love Available from 22.04.2017

The KutiMangoes – Made In Africa (LP+MP3)
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The KutiMangoes – Made In Africa (LP+MP3)

Image: 1607055 Three years ago, a group of renowned danish jazz musicians showed up on the Copenhagen club scene. Their goal was to put together a band which would fuse the west african music of Fela Kuti with the inimitable style of jazz bassist Charlie Mingus. The two creative directors Michael Blicher (sax) and Gustav Rasmussen (trombone / guitar) dubbed their project The KutiMangoes (TKM).

Their debut album “Afro-Fire” took off like a rocket and won the danish Grammy award in 2014 for “Best World Music Album” and also was nominated in categories for “Best Compositions” as well as “Best Alternative Jazz album”. Following this success the band appeared on worldwide festivals and laid down frenetic and inspired performances in Denmark and Germany.

For DJs across the globe, the favorite cut from the album was called “Fire”. Vocalist Patrick Kabre, born and raised in Burkina Faso, was the featured singer on “Fire”. He accompanied the band on several concert dates and even joined them headlining a festival in West Africa. This experience convinced Kabre and TKM to record their second album in his homeland. It was generally regarded among the musicians that something really special would be created when the recording was done where the music has its origin: Africa. Michael puts it this way: “Our musical mission has from the very beginning been to get deeper and deeper into combining our own musical heritage with influences from especially western Africa. So when we met the incredible Patrick Kabre from Burkina Faso, a musical collaboration started that made it possible for us to get closer to the rich musical traditions, the vibrant energy and the unique sounds of western Africa.”

TKM have composed new tunes based on ancient traditional songs (such as Tolma and M’ba) and included them alongside original afro beat and afro jazz within the tracklisting. TKM’s goal is to create music together – to share and meet diverse but brotherly cultures through music. And that’s exactly what you will experience when listening to this album.

Key selling points:

– comprehensive promotion campaigns via Heart, Beat & Soul (GAS) and Jus Like Music (UK)

– promotion tour scheduled for Nov 2016 and Feb/March 2017

– deluxe vinyl LP including full album download code, housed in original 1960s old school tip-on cover

– the CD and vinyl LP contains a 12-page booklet with lots of information and exciting photographs

Tracklisting
1 Ouagadougou
2 This Ship Will Sink
3 Bamako By Bus
4 BIC
5 Hunting
6 Adjoa
7 Tolma
8 Nin Gang (Hear My Call) Available from 25.11.2016

Pavel Dovgal – The Aura (Colored 2LP+MP3)
Friday, October 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pavel Dovgal – The Aura (Colored 2LP+MP3)

Image: 1605394 ‘The Aura‘ and the belief in it can be found in almost all cultures in one form or another. Often signifying fields of energy and spirituality, an aura is a luminous radiational halo surrounding a person or object. It is said that all objects and all living things manifest such an aura. In other respects the aura has also been described as a map of the thoughts and feelings surrounding a person.
Pieced together from sounds and samples from all over the globe, the album’s aim is to charge listeners with harmony and a feeling of connectedness to the world. Reflecting on his own attitude towards life and the importance of inner balance, Pavel attempts to share some of the spiritual experiences he made while traveling.
The lengthy process of creation included numerous reworks of each track and intensive listening sessions in order to keep the balance between the essential details and those that are redundant to the album’s atmosphere.
The album includes collaborations with old friends like Mujuice, Graciela Maria as well as some newly added artists – L.A. rapper BLU, Starving Yet Full – ex-vocalist from Azari III and Mitia Dedoni, who created the haunting album cover.
‘The Aura‘ comes out worldwide on limited grey-marbled vinyl (including download code).

Tracklisting:
01 Floating Beams
02 The Aura Feat. Blu
03 Nibiru
04 Inspiration / Inner Beauty
05 Euphoria Feat. Starving Yet Full
06 Waiting For The Sun
07 Quency Feat. Mujuice
08 The Soul Of Mbira
09 Changes Feat. Graciela Maria
10 VHS
11 The Highest
12 Euphoria (Bonus – Instrumental)
13 The Aura (Bonus – Instrumental)
Available from 25.11.2016

Evans Pyramid – Never Gonna Leave You / Dip Drop
Friday, June 17th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Evans Pyramid – Never Gonna Leave You / Dip Drop

The mysterious Evans Pyramid has garnered acclaim from recordcollectors and DJs alike all over the world including Floating Points, GillesPeterson, DJ Kon, Soul Clap, Dimitri from Paris, and many others. DeanoSounds tracked down the man behind Evans P…

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

Debut album from Berlin based hip-hop artist Juju Rogers on Jakarta Records
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Julian Rogers aka Juju Rogers is a young Berlin based hip-hop artist. Being the child of an American GI from New Orleans and a German mother with Austrian roots, Juju always got to know the best of both worlds through is parents. Born and raised bilingual in Schweinfurt, a small city in the south of […]

Captain Planet – Esperanto Slang
Thursday, September 18th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Captain Planet – Esperanto Slang

Image: 1592293 Globe-trotting beatmaker Captain Planet returns to soundsystems worldwide with his hotly anticipated sophomore album Esperanto Slang, a transformative LP which further illuminates the “Gumbo Funk” producer’s fluency in breaking boundaries between genres and bridging continents through rhythm. Steeped in finely-tuned collaborations with artists from across the map, the album documents the Captain’s continued musical travels in the wake of his critically-acclaimed 2011 debut album Cookin’ Gumbo and subsequent ‘Mystery Trip’ beat-tape (heralded “Best Music of 2012” by Sasha Frere-Jones in The New Yorker).

Led by the smashing Latin-House single “Un Poquito Mas” featuring Spanish lyrics from fellow international beats don Chico Mann(Soundway), the album also finds Captain Planet traveling South to join forces with esteemed Argentinian electronic chanteuse La Yegros (ZZK) on “Que Quiero Volver,” as well as Brazilian artists Samira Winter and Nevilton on the Samba heater “Tudo de Bom.” Jumping to the motherland, “Safaru” showcases the Sudanese vocalist and NPR darling Alsarah’s soaring Arabic vocals, with horn arrangements by L.A. brass legend and Kelis’s bandleader Todd Simon. A banging Bachata-infused club anthem “Perdido en el Excesso” further weaves a transcontinental thread with the help of Berlin-based rapper Paco Mendoza, while the crushing reggae vibes of the album’s 7-inch single “In The Gray” brings the islands to the West Coast with the help of soul singer Brit Lauren backed by horns from supergroup The Lions (Ubiquity).

Throughout the entire album, border-crossing collaborations on both vocal and instrumental tracks seamlessly translate the musical synergies between global dancefloor cultures. Blending a wide range styles from NY hip-hop, UK bass and Turkish psychedelic, to Nigerian Afrobeat and Amazonian funk, Esperanto Slang demonstrates that Captain Planet’s trademark sound has matured into a truly unique form of electronic music, connecting scenes and languages worldwide through his mellifluous sonic thesaurus.

1. Enter The Esperanto
2. Tudo de Bom
3. Un Poquito Mas
4. In The Gray
5. Safaru
6. S S Esfahan
7. Que Quiero Volver
8. Perdido en el Excesso
9. Cicada
11. Los Feligreses
12. Voce
13. Fall All The Way – Vinyl Only Available from 24.10.2014

DJ Oil – Phantom
Saturday, August 30th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Oil – Phantom

Image: 1591852 DJ Oil of the Troublemakers present Phantom his sophomore solo album out on BBE.

BBE is proud to present Phantom, the sophomore solo album from Lionel Corsini, aka DJ Oil. A true veteran of the underground music and party scene in his native Marseille, Lionel released his well-received solo debut as recently as 2012 (Black Notes for French label Discograph) but is probably better known as one part of The Troublemakers, who had the (probably unique?) distinction of being signed to both the legendary ‘90s house label Guidance and the most famous of all jazz labels, Blue Note. The latter didn’t work out too satisfactorily for Lionel, who found himself constrained by Blue Note’s corporate ways as part of a major and yearning for the freedom he’d had as an independent artist at an independent
label.
Nonetheless, the trajectory from Guidance to Blue Note gives you some idea of the range of Oil’s music. Phantom (so-called because ‘all these tracks live on my computer like ghosts, waiting to get out, and some never did get out’) begins with an incredibly low-slung mutant rhythm’n’blues instrumental (imagine Link Wray taking guitar lessons from John Lee Hooker on acid), and ends with a kind of abstract spiritual… and seems to take in pretty much the whole spectrum of black music on the way, music in which Lionel is thoroughly steeped (his father was a collector of soul and R&B, a passion that has continued to course through the Corsini blood), ending up somewhere altogether other-worldly. It’s a dark, edgy, angst-ridden soundscape (‘why don’t I just drop out?’ asks a voice, repeatedly) that invokes the untrammelled energies of ‘60s and ‘70s Black radicalism, animated jive-talk juxtaposed with the soothing tones of Africanist scholars discoursing on ‘rhythm’…
As singers are not to the forefront and it’s hardly a ‘dance’ record, Phantom is likely to be labelled ‘trip-hop’, but it’s far meatier than the usual trip-hop fare, and owes more to hip-hop itself in its passion for recontextualizing sound. Furthermore, contrary to the initial assumption (based on its diverse sounds and gritty analogue ‘feel’) that it must be a sample-based record, DJ Oil has recorded the whole album live: ‘sometimes at parties, sometimes at home, but never at the mixing desk.’ With a few exceptions any samples are his own creations: beats, percussion, basslines, Moog and other synth sounds are all played by Lionel, while many of the voices we encounter are street scenes, chat, collaborators met during Lionel’s extensive world travels, more phantoms preserved as files on DJ Oil’s laptop. ‘This album is like a collection of spontaneous paintings, not re-touched,’ says Lionel, ‘that’s why there are so many “accidents” in the music you hear.’ Any ‘accidents’ are surely serendipitous, and result in real sonic diversity, as the music veers from mood to mood, constantly referencing music and cultures from Africa and across the Atlantic as well as urban France, past and present, and a hint of the future too.
From country blues, through township jive and Rahsaan Roland Kirk-style ‘flute’ vocalizations, with the occasional nod to four-to-the-floor house, DJ Oil runs the musical gamut, using modern technology to recreate the virtual orchestra existing in his head and gifting us an astonishingly assured and rather exceptional album, which surely should break this stalwart of the French underground scene to a larger international audience. Making up for the ‘lost years’ with Blue Note, Lionel Corsini’s creative juices are clearly flowing freely at the moment. Listen out especially for the track featuring rapper Josh (and singer Hope Malike) from Zimbabwean band Monkey Nuts: this is another DJ Oil project with a full album also forthcoming soon from BBE.

KEY SELLING POINTS
• As part of The Troublemakers he sold over 100,000 copies of his debut album and was subsequently signed to Blue Note.
• Full Radio and Press campaign in key territories
• DJ Oil (real name Lionel Corsini ) is revered globally for his unique experimental production techniques

TRACKLISTING LP
A1 Yes It Is
A2 Afrotress
A3 Paolo
B1 Drop Out
B2 Seasons
B3 Echoism
C1 Beetlejuice
C2 Plastic Man
C3 Le Rhythme De La Vie
D1 Burn It
D2 New Lord
D3 A Day

TRACKLISTING CD
1. Yes It Is
2. Drop Out
3. Afrotress
4. Paolo
5. Seasons
6. Echoism
7. Beetlejuice
8. Plastic Man
9. Le Rhythme De La Vie
10. Burn It
11. New Lord
12. A Day

For Fans of Theo Parrish, Madlib, Moodyman, Sun Ra, Anchorsong

Available from 16.01.2015

Mestre Cupijo e Seu Ritmo – Siria
Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mestre Cupijo e Seu Ritmo – Siria

Image: 1587356 Cametá, a historical little Amazonian town on the shores of the river Tocantins, is the birthplace of the scorching music known as “Siriá”, a cross pollination between the music of the inhabitants of the quilombos, a Brazilian hinterland settlement founded by escaped slaves of African origins, and the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest.  It is a breathing, pulsing, emphatic beat, and the modernised version of this local music, created by Mestre Cupijó, has been igniting street parties and traditional festivals across the state of Pará in Northern Brazil for decades.  And at last in 2014, the combustible sound of Siria´ will be celebrated internationally as the feverish, tropical sound of the summer!

Foretelling his talent to flow between cultures, Cupijó was named after a local river when he was born in 1936, into a family of musicians. His father, Mestre (Master) Vicente Castro, was also known as Mestre Sicudera, the musical director of Centennial Euterpe, one of Brazil´s oldest bands, founded in 1874. At 12, Cupijó started to play the clarinet. He also became proficient at the piano, mandolin and guitar, although the instrument that came to personify his sound was the alto saxophone. Waltz, bolero, cha cha cha and an assortment of dance hall music became part of Cupijó’s repertoire, but it was Carimbó and Siriá, the music played by the black communities of Pará, that had the strongest impact on the young musician.

To grasp the soul of this music, Cupijó went to its source and lived with the quilombolas (maroon) community of the Amazon.  Upon his return, enriched by this life-changing experience, he founded the band “Jazz Orquestra os Azes do Ritmo” with the goal of reinventing Siriá and modernising Samba de Cacete, Banguê and other folkloric music of the state of Pará.  Airwaves from the Caribbean and Latin America had also brought the cumbia sound of the mighty Colombian orchestras, Merengue from the Dominican republic and Cuban music to the Amazon, all of which had an impact on the music of Northern Brazil, Mambo especially! Mestre Cupijó took these influences and mixed them in with the ingredients he had studied in the Quilombos. That fusion – as we are witnessing on this record – had explosive effects.

His fresh new sound became the soundtrack to Cametá’s legendary Carnival and soon his troupe were invited to other festivals along the river. Transportation to these concerts was via small boats, where three or four musicians would share a vessel with their instruments tucked between their legs.  In those days there were no posters or radio adverts to promote the shows in any way, yet Cupijó’s shows became notorious.  In an interview one of his band members explains: “Whenever there was a party – on a Saturday for example – and it was known that Mestre Cupijó would play, the news would spread incredibly fast, just by word of mouth.  We didn’t understand how that was possible, but it certainly was amazing.” 

After the initial wave of enthusiasm, the first two LPs were recorded with rudimentary equipment in a dance club in Cametá.  However, it was the third attempt, recorded in a studio in Belém, which would trigger a phenomenal success.  “Caboclinha Do Igapo” and “Mambo do Martela”, included on this record, became instant hits.  A year later, “Mingau de Açai”, one of Cupijo´s most popular tunes, took the region by storm.  In total six LPs were recorded by Mestre Cupijó.

He then created “Concurso de Musicas Carnavalesco de Compositores Cametaenses”, a contest for carnival music composers.  The songs composed expressly for these contests in the 70s are still performed today during carnival season.  In addition to evolving the Pará music culture in this way, he also owned a makeshift soundsystem, “Musicolor”, to spin the discs of local artists before his own shows to the frenzied crowds. Mestre Cupijó proved himself a philanthropist as well as a conductor for the people’s music, and acted as a provisional lawyer for the city of Cametá, specialising in help for the poor.  He also had a short spell in politics and was elected by a vast majority to the station of Municipal Councillor of Cametá.

Master Cupjó, the pillar of Pará’s festive culture, and a humble pop icon who was ushered prominently into the country’s history books, passed away on 25 September 2012, at the age of 76.

We at Analog Africa are ferociously proud and honoured to have the chance to present these carefully selected tracks from Mestre Cupijó’s six studio albums.  We hope that his music captivates you with the magic and bewilderment that is has us.  We recognise his compositions as true anthems of life and vitality, vibrantly encouraging all to drink and dance until sunrise!  Let go of your inhibitions and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Mestre Cupijó.……. Segura!!!

LP Tracklist:

Side1:
1. Mingau de Açai 2:55 (Siriá)
2. Mambo Do Martelo 2:32 (Mambo)
3. Caboclinha Do Igapo 2:04 (Siriá)
4. Tubarao Branco 2:14 (Mambo)
5. Morena Do Rio Mutuacá 2:53 (Siriá)
6. Papa Chibe 2:53 (Siriá)
7. Farol Do Marajó 2:24 (Carimbo)

Side2:
8. Cadé O Anel 2:46 (Siriá)
9. Ventinho Do Norte 3:47 (Mambo)
10. Siriá Quente 3:09 (Siriá)
11. Eu Quero O Meu Anel 2:50 (Siriá)
12. Perereca 2:05 (Mambo)
13. Pra Dança Meu Siriá 2:49 (Siriá)
14. Passarinho Siriri 2:43 (Siriá)
Available from 04.07.2014

David Boomah – One World Many Remixes
Monday, May 5th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on David Boomah – One World Many Remixes

Image: 1588032 David Boomah’s debut album ‘One World Many Cultures’ broke the mould, journeying through a mix of Reggae/Dancehall, R&B, Dubstep and of course Jungle / Drum and Bass. It now get’s a reworking that’s from some of the most exciting Bass music producers around today. Two of the finest cuts from this brand new remix project are now presented on this vinyl package.

First cut Calibre returns to V Recordings and turns in a hypnotising, soul-filled mix of ‘Where Do We Go From Here? (One Love)’. With a sprinkling of Calibre magic, the original dubstep track is completely transformed into a sublime D&B.

Rowpieces makes his V Recordings debut with his mix of ‘Spread A Little Love’. With this floating, slice of liquid funk Rowpieces shows why his productions have already graced lables like LTJ Bukem’s goodlooking Records and Nookie’s Phuzion imprint amongst others.

SUPPORT: Friction, Fabio, Bryan Gee, Jumpin Jack Frost, Bailey, Crissy Criss and many more.

TRACKLISTING:

A. Where Do We Go From Here? (One Love) [Calibre Remix]
B. David Boomah – Spread A Little Love [Rowpieces Remix]
Available from 14.04.2014

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