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Shina Williams & His African Percussions – Agboju Logun
Friday, May 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Shina Williams & His African Percussions – Agboju Logun

Image: 1609896 Strut present a brand new 12” reissue of Shina Williams’ monster Nigerian disco anthem ‘Agboju Logun’, pairing the rare original album version (released on Phonodisk Nigeria) with the more sparse 12” remix which surfaced later internationally on Earthworks. This is the third release on STRUT’S new Original Masters Series.

Tracklisting:
A1. AGBOJU LOGUN (12” version)
B1. AGBOJU LOGUN (LP version)

Strut present a brand new 12” reissue of Shina Williams’ monster Nigerian disco anthem ‘Agboju Logun’, pairing the rare original album version (released on Phonodisk Nigeria) with the more sparse 12” remix which surfaced later internationally on Earthworks.
Back in 1979 when Shina Williams’ ‘Agboju Logun’ frst appeared on his ‘African Dances’ LP, Williams knew well that the track was breaking new ground. “I want to show the whole wide world that Africa is alive with modern musicians to reckon with anywhere,” he stated. Now an accepted Afro disco classic of its time, ‘Agboju Logun’ did indeed bring together the cream of Nigeria’s players as a oneoff supergroup in one inspired session. As a long-standing and well respected highlife musician and vocalist, Williams called in the ‘A’ list: Tunde Martins from Afro Collective played bass guitar, the brilliant Biddy Wright (player on albums by Lijadu Sisters, Blo and many more) contributed the famous synth lines and handled production, Fred Fisher was on trombone and Saliu Alabi played talking drum.
Enjoying limited success upon its release in Nigeria, ‘African Dances’ nevertheless gained some international attention when Earthworks’ Jumbo Van Renan licensed two tracks from it for an international 12” single release in 1984, remixing ‘Agboju Logun’ in a more stripped back mix for dancefloors. However, it was the period following Fela Kuti’s death in the late ‘90s that truly ignited interest in archive African grooves for a new
internet generation. Strut’s frst ‘Nigeria 70’ compilation featured the track in 2000 and it has been a staple in DJs’ crates ever since. ‘Abboju Logun’ is released in a picture jacket 12” featuring original artwork and all musicians’ credits and is fully remastered by The Carvery.

KEY POINTS:
– First offcial reissue of 12” version and LP version together
– Restored by See Why Audio and remastered by The Carvery
– Sleeve features original Phonodisk artwork and musicians’ credits
– Essential reissue of Afro disco classic

FOR FANS OF:
Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Afro disco, Livy Ekemezie, Blo, Oneness Of Juju, Osibisa, Duomo Records, Manu Dibango, Dizzy K, Steve Black, Odion Iruoje, Goddy Oku, Candido, The Funkees, Cymande Available from 16.06.2017

Taiwan MC returns with his brand new record ‘Cool & Deadly’ via Chinese Man Records
Monday, September 19th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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For this new record Taiwan MC rivals the best and draws on his singular creativity by making use of innovative vocals, instrumentals and fresh collaborations. Already surrounded by many great artists since Heavy This Year, Taiwan MC once again stressed on the quality and diversity of his featurings: thanks to the strong bonding established during several tours, the South-African rapper Tumiand […]

The Outer Space – Chase Across Orion (Tucxone Records)
Friday, August 26th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Hypnotische Instrumentalmusik, die die Fantasie beflügelt und die Zuhörer zu einer einzigartigen Reise durch das All und die Welt der Science Fiction verführt. Für Fans von Budos Band, Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Polyversal Souls, etc.

CD TXN004 / LP TXN004LP
Release: 26-08-16
Black Uhuru (Tribute) – King Jammy Presents: New Sounds Of Freedom (Greensleeves / VP Records)
Friday, August 12th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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A re-generation for a nu-generation with all exclusive recordings!

CD VP25202 / LP VP25201
Release: 12-08-16
Freestyle Records is proud to reissue the music of Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers
Friday, June 19th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Ginger Johnson’s life is one of the greatest untold stories of African music in Europe. Born George Folunsho Johnson in Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria in 1916. Aged just 18 he joined the Nigerian Navy, and made his first visit to Britain. After World War II Ginger decided to make London his home, working with many artists including […]

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

“Unplugged”-Album des Reggae-Künstlers Jahcoustix auf Irievibrations Records
Monday, November 10th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Der musizierende Globetrotter Jahcoustix bringt nach sechs veröffentlichten Alben und mittlerweile über 1.000 Live-Konzerten sein erstes “unplugged” Album auf den Markt. Das “Acoustic Frequency” Album ist eine Akustikversion des letzten, vielbeachteten Albums “Frequency” von 2013 und beinhaltet vier bisher unveröffentlichte Bonustracks, darunter eine sehr gelungene Akustikversion des Titels “World Citizen” mit Shaggy. Die Instrumentierung des […]

Shaolin Afronauts – Follow The Path (Freestyle Records)
Friday, September 12th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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The Shaolin Afronauts’ third album has landed! Follow The Path is a 21-track, double album that expands upon and delves further into the musical genres that inspire and influence the group.

2CD FSRCD106 / 2LP FSRLP106
Release: 12-09-14
Freestyle Records is proud to present the third album by Australia-based Shaolin Afronauts
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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The driving force of The Shaolin Afronuats is Ross McHenry, the ARIA nominated composer, bandleader, producer and bassist based in Adelaide. Alongside co-collaborators Lachlan Ridge and Dylan Marshall, it is their combined wide ranging musical tastes, impeccable production and instrumental skills that always result in music that is original, thought provoking, unexpected and quite beautiful. […]

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – Cold World (Daptone Records)
Friday, August 1st, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Daptone Records is pleased to announce the release of ‘Cold World’ by Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens.

CD DAP033-2 / LP+MP3 DAP033-1
Release: 01-08-14
Cookin’ On 3 Burners are back with their third album on Freestyle Records
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since Cookin On 3 Burners released ‘Soul Messin’ the incredible album that included their massive crossover smash single ‘This Girl’, of which the vinyl 45 ended up being one of those records that was changing hands for crazy prices among the record collecting cognoscenti. The long […]

Nico Gomez And His Afro Percussion Inc. – Ritual
Sunday, May 12th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nico Gomez And His Afro Percussion Inc. – Ritual

Belgium, not the first place you’d think of when it comes to Latin or Afro funk. Yet one of the greatest records to blend both styles came from the small northern European country, masterminded by Nico Gomez and his Afro Percussion Inc.Ritual was orig…

Brioski will release his first full-length on Nang Records
Monday, July 30th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,
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Brioski steps up to the plate for the third time on Nang this year, only on this occasion he brings his debut LP titled “Hype Nothing” and we can’t wait to get it out there! It’s an accomplished, quirky outing through the realms of Italo, Disco and beyond, with deep percussive roots and a penchant […]

VP Records presents “Out Of Many: 50 Years Of Reggae Music”
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 | Tags: ,
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Very fine 3CD Deluxe Digipak Edition with addtional booklet & liner notes – available for a consumer friendly celebration price! – This comprehensive compilation chronicles the country’s musical evolution with one significant hit from each year since the island’s independence in 1962 till 2012! In celebration of Jamaica’s 50th Year of Independence, VP Records releases […]

First Freestyle Records release from the in demand keys player Jessica Lauren …
Monday, April 16th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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Freestyle Records is immensely proud to be the new home for one of the UK’s most creative and in demand musicians, Jessica Lauren. Since the early 1990s, the soulful, spacey jazz grooves of keyboard player Jessica Lauren have been a familiar part of London’s alternative music scene, having in the past released her own original […]

Holland’s deep electronic specialist Conforce drops his next full-length work on Delsin Records …
Monday, November 28th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Still riding high on the praise from his last EP, Dystopian Elements, Boris Bunnik has crafted another album of deep digital and authentic analogue bliss. As well as on Delsin, it’s appropriately classy labels like Clone and Rush Hour which have released Conforce’s work in the past … The results of which have helped mark […]

Ubiquity Records present the self-titled album from the Brooklyn-based band Ikebe Shakedown …
Monday, May 23rd, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Ikebe Shakedown, the self-titled album from the Brooklyn-based band, plays with elements of cinematic soul, Afro-funk, deep disco, and boogaloo in all the right ways. After spending a few years together the group, named after a favorite Nigerian boogie record (and pronounced “ee-KAY-bay,”) delivers a driving set of tunes featuring a mighty horn section anchored […]

Chino aka Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor presents his first longplayer for Europe on VP Records …
Monday, May 23rd, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Chino aka Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor presents his first longplayer for Europe on VP Records. It showcases a variety of styles to re-define the boundaries of contemporary Jamaican music. The album was produced and co-written by younger brother Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor (who also produced Mavado, Sean Paul, a.o.) – Chino is primed to be the […]

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

“Colours Of Funk Vol.2” – more from the German sound library of Golden Ring & Happy Records 1975-1982 …
Thursday, November 18th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Killer funk compilation – next chapter: More highlights from the German music archives of Golden Ring & Happy Records, pulled from the most famous library albums of the catalogue. 17 unreleased signature sounds in a wicked jazz-funk-cosmic-latin-boogie style by Peter Thomas, Klaus Weiss, Juan Demonio, Mladen Franco and others. Stand out tunes for the dancefloor, […]

Speedometer – The Shakedown (Freestyle Records)
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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“The Shakedown” is without doubt the strongest, most varied & accomplished Speedometer album to date, brimming with soul, beautiful songs and that unrelenting, deep groove that Leigh Gracie and the gang do so well!

CD FSRCD082 / LP FSRLP082
Release: 29-10-10
Kenny Graham And His Satellites – Moondog And Suncat Suites (Trunk Records)
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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This is a very rare 1957 album that features jazz interpretations of Moondog originals all performed by a great British jazz line up, using exotic instruments and all engineered by a very young Joe Meek. This is the first time it has been issued since its release 53 years ago.

CD JBH036CD
Release: 21-05-10
Soja – Born In Babylon (Kingstone Records)
Monday, May 10th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Kingstone Records presents the European release of Soja’s third full-length album “Born In Babylon” incl. one exclusive bonus track. Featuring Gentleman, Tamika, Black Boo (Mamo Sauce), Chris Boomer, and members of Rebelution.

CD KS009-2
Release: 07-05-10
Heavytones – Freaks Of Nature (Raab Records)
Monday, March 22nd, 2010 | Tags: , , ,
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Heavytones are the hardest-working band in German show business. “Freaks Of Nature” consists of wonderful instrumental cover versions of well-known pop, funk, and soul songs. Featuring Stefanie Heinzmann.

CD RARE2010001
Release: 19-03-10
It’s time for the first label retrospective of Farside Records …
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,
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Finally it’s time for a first label retrospective of Farside Records. 15 tracks exclusively selected and re-edited by Herb LF and Ingo Sänger. Featured are Westpark Unit, Herb LF, Matt Flores, Asli, The Offsetters, Elina Monova, and remixes by Marcus Worgull and Patchworks. The CD contains 4 bonus mp3 tracks. Together with his Westpark Unit […]

Now-Again Records presents a new album by legendary funk collective The Whitefield Brothers …
Monday, December 14th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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“Earthology” is the latest album from The Whitefield Brothers, a loose line-up of musicians centred on the siblings Jan ‘JJ’ and Max ‘Muggy’ Whitefield, formerly known as the founders of Munich’s legendary Poets Of Rhythm. Last heard from with their cult 2001 debut “In The Raw” (re-issued this year on Now-Again Records), “Earthology” finds the […]

J-Rocc teams up with Jazzman Records and delivers one of the finest collaboration mixes to date …
Thursday, October 29th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Widely considered to be the one of the world’s best club DJs, J-Rocc teams up with Jazzman Records and unsurprisingly delivers one of the finest collaboration mixes to date. Digging deep into the 200+ catalogue of tunes that is Jazzman and Funk 45, the Beat Junkie seamlessly flips up his own personal selection from the […]

Yellowman – Reggae Legends (Box Set) (VP Records)
Monday, December 29th, 2008 | Tags: , ,
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Four quality sets from Yellowman (“Good Sex Guide”, “Blueberry Hill”, “Galong Galong Galong”, “In Bed With Yellowman”); produced by Bobby Digital, George Phang, Henry Junjo Lawes. Limited box-set.

4CD VPCD2395
Release: 09-01-09
Ubiquity Records presents THE LIONS – a unique Jamaican-inspired outfit …
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Reggae

SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS present their debut album “100 Days, 100 Nights” on Daptone Records …
Friday, October 12th, 2007 | Posted in News | Comments Off on SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS present their debut album “100 Days, 100 Nights” on Daptone Records …

Soul/Jazz/Funk

SOUNDWAY RECORDS presents the tropical sound of Colombia …
Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 | Posted in News | Comments Off on SOUNDWAY RECORDS presents the tropical sound of Colombia …

Brasil/Latin/World

“POW WOW” – The new compilation from JAZZMAN Records …
Thursday, August 17th, 2006 | Posted in News | Comments Off on “POW WOW” – The new compilation from JAZZMAN Records …

Soul/Jazz/Funk

ALIF TREE release his new album “French Cuisine” on Compost Records …
Thursday, December 8th, 2005 | Posted in News | Comments Off on ALIF TREE release his new album “French Cuisine” on Compost Records …

Headz

Sonorama Records comes up with “PUPPET JAZZ” the first volume in a series of funky library compilations …
Thursday, March 17th, 2005 | Posted in News | Comments Off on Sonorama Records comes up with “PUPPET JAZZ” the first volume in a series of funky library compilations …

Soul/Jazz/Funk

The Gaslamp Killer – Instrumentalepathy
Friday, October 28th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Gaslamp Killer – Instrumentalepathy

Image: 1606856 With many new roads traveled over the last few years, The Gaslamp
Killer is back with the full-length LP Instrumentalepathy. GLK will
initiate his new imprint Cuss Records with Instrumentalepathy.
French surrealism artist Albane Simon designed the cover, supplying
an array of psychedelic imagery that contains a brilliant sense of
connection to GLK’s music & the chaos he’s survived.
Instrumentalepathy features an impressive cast of artists tied closely
to GLK over his music career with Brainfeeder, Low End Theory and
beyond. Guests include Gonjasufi, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Niki
Randa, Kid Moxie, Mophono, Amir Yaghmai and The Heliocentrics.
It’s been over a decade since GLK and Gonjasufi have collaborated
on new music, bringing the two natives of San Diego back together
for something truly special.
As many know, GLK used the triumphs of battling a near death
experience three years ago when shaping his debut Cuss Records
album. A handful of the tracks were even captured from his bed,
unable to walk, with morphine running through his veins and staples
in his body. A musical illumination that one could argue helped
save his life and steared him towards the achievements he has
accumulated with his live band The Gaslamp Killer Experience.
Instrumentalepathy marks the catalyst point of an important road for
GLK and the electronic community at large.
Instrumentelephy, like his latest releases, continues down the rabbit
hole of his debut full length Breakthrough (Brainfeeder) and the recent
live record with his band The Gaslamp Killer Experience. Molding
psychedelic ethos and heavy drum breaks with the traditional music
language of his ancestors and the futuristic landscapes of modern
electronica, GLK continues to push the boundaries of contemporary
music.

• Instrumentelepathy, like his latest releases, continues molding
psychedelic ethos and heavy drum breaks with the traditional
music language of his ancestors and the futuristic landscapes
of modern electronica
• Features an impressive cast of artists like Gonjasufi, Miguel
Atwood Ferguson, Niki Randa, Kid Moxie, Mophono, Amir
Yaghmai and The Heliocentrics

1. Pathetic Dreams (with Kid Moxie and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
2. Good Morning (with Gonjasufi)
3. Warm Wind (Frimpong) [with Amir Yaghmai]
4. Residual Tingles
5. The Butcher (with Mophono)
6. Friendship (Interlude)
7. Gammalaser Kill (with MRR and Malcolm Catto)
8. Life Guard Tower #22 (with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
9. Haleva (with Amir Yaghmai)
10. Listen For My Whistle
11. Shred You To Bits
12. In the Dark (Part Two) [with the Heliocentrics] [Bonus] Available from 04.11.2016

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

Love Machine
Monday, February 19th, 2018 | Tags: , ,
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Love Machine predigen Americana und Krautrock, sehen aus als hätte man sie von der Woodstock-Bühne geklaut und kommen doch irgendwie aus Düsseldorf. Mit “Times To Come” erscheint das dritte Album der Band. Es ist die erste Veröffentlichung der Gruppe in Zusammenarbeit mit Unique Records. In Zeiten von sich breitmachender Kälte und Angst, frönen Love Machine […]

Florian Kupfer
Monday, February 19th, 2018 | Tags: , ,
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Florian Kupfer first burst into dance music consciousness with 2013’s insta-classic “Lifetrax”, filling much of the subsequent two years with a flurry of singles (more on L.I.E.S., an anonymous but hotly picked-up white label edit of Sade, plus efforts for Rush Hour’s No ‘Label’ and W.T. Records) and DJ gigs across Europe, Australia, the USA […]

Orquesta Akokan – Orquesta Akokan
Friday, February 16th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Orquesta Akokan – Orquesta Akokan

Image: 1617618 Akokán is a Yoruba word used in Cuba meaning “from the heart,” and indeed, every song on the self-titled debut album (March 30/Daptone Records) by Orquesta Akokán feels like a heartfelt gift from the band to the listener. Assembled and led by Cuban vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, Orquesta Akokán is a big band collective of the finest musicians on the island, both young and old. It features all-original music and was cut live to tape over a three-day session at Havana’s hallowed state-run Estudios Areito. Areito is one of the longest operating studios in the world and where important Cuban records have been made. The album was produced by Jacob Plasse and arranged by Mike Eckroth.

‘Orquesta Akokán’ flexes its blazing hot mambo from the first downbeat, with lead-off track “Mambo Rapidito”: a breakneck pace, deft big band orchestrations that dart and weave, rich cascades of piano, all led by Pepito’s soaring, joyful proclamations.

José “Pepito” Gómez sang for legendary groups in Cuba before moving to the NYC area in 2008, where he’s continued to perform over the past decade. Intersecting pathways in the music scene led Pepito to Jacob Plasse and Mike Eckroth. Plasse founded Chulo Records (he produced and released the Latin GRAMMY-winning Flor de Toloache album) and met Pepito through his band Los Hacheros. Mike Eckroth is an accomplished pianist, composer and arranger with a deep knowledge of Cuban music. Together they yearned to rediscover the sounds that Pepito knew from his childhood.

Pepito assembled the band, with help from Cuban musicians he worked with long ago. It boasts an all-star cast, including pianist César “Pupy” Pedroso from Los Van Van, a saxophone section featuring members of Irakere, and a percussion section featuring members of NG La Banda.

Then Pepito, Jacob and Mike flew to Havana for the session that began Nov 7, 2016 (straddling the U.S. election). The Areito sessions were electrifying, a magic energy not only from the historic room, but the musicians all gathered together. ‘Orquesta Akokán’ celebrates the Cuban kingpins of mambo: Pérez Prado, Arsenio Rodríguez, and Cachao. In fusing their distinct styles, the album evokes a sound straight from 1950s Cuba, and shot through with Daptone’s distinct sense of soul, attention to sonic detail and songcraft.

This is a fascinating next step for Daptone, which released the final album by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and mourned the loss of Charles Bradley in 2017. ‘Orquesta Akokán’ finds the label branching outside its own studios to release its first Spanish language album. Available from 30.03.2018

Orquesta Akokan – Orquesta Akokan (LP+MP3)
Friday, February 16th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Orquesta Akokan – Orquesta Akokan (LP+MP3)

Image: 1617619 Akokán is a Yoruba word used in Cuba meaning “from the heart,” and indeed, every song on the self-titled debut album (March 30/Daptone Records) by Orquesta Akokán feels like a heartfelt gift from the band to the listener. Assembled and led by Cuban vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, Orquesta Akokán is a big band collective of the finest musicians on the island, both young and old. It features all-original music and was cut live to tape over a three-day session at Havana’s hallowed state-run Estudios Areito. Areito is one of the longest operating studios in the world and where important Cuban records have been made. The album was produced by Jacob Plasse and arranged by Mike Eckroth.

‘Orquesta Akokán’ flexes its blazing hot mambo from the first downbeat, with lead-off track “Mambo Rapidito”: a breakneck pace, deft big band orchestrations that dart and weave, rich cascades of piano, all led by Pepito’s soaring, joyful proclamations.

José “Pepito” Gómez sang for legendary groups in Cuba before moving to the NYC area in 2008, where he’s continued to perform over the past decade. Intersecting pathways in the music scene led Pepito to Jacob Plasse and Mike Eckroth. Plasse founded Chulo Records (he produced and released the Latin GRAMMY-winning Flor de Toloache album) and met Pepito through his band Los Hacheros. Mike Eckroth is an accomplished pianist, composer and arranger with a deep knowledge of Cuban music. Together they yearned to rediscover the sounds that Pepito knew from his childhood.

Pepito assembled the band, with help from Cuban musicians he worked with long ago. It boasts an all-star cast, including pianist César “Pupy” Pedroso from Los Van Van, a saxophone section featuring members of Irakere, and a percussion section featuring members of NG La Banda.

Then Pepito, Jacob and Mike flew to Havana for the session that began Nov 7, 2016 (straddling the U.S. election). The Areito sessions were electrifying, a magic energy not only from the historic room, but the musicians all gathered together. ‘Orquesta Akokán’ celebrates the Cuban kingpins of mambo: Pérez Prado, Arsenio Rodríguez, and Cachao. In fusing their distinct styles, the album evokes a sound straight from 1950s Cuba, and shot through with Daptone’s distinct sense of soul, attention to sonic detail and songcraft.

This is a fascinating next step for Daptone, which released the final album by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and mourned the loss of Charles Bradley in 2017. ‘Orquesta Akokán’ finds the label branching outside its own studios to release its first Spanish language album.
TRACKLIST:
1. Mambo Rapidito
2. La Corbata Barata
3. Un Tabaco Para Elegua
4. Otro Nivel
5. La Cosa
6. Cuidado Con El Tumbador
7. Yo Soy Para Ti
8. No Te Hagas
9. A Gozar La Vida Available from 30.03.2018

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