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The JB’s – Doing It To Death
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The JB’s – Doing It To Death

Image: 1601901 For starters, this platter begins with one of the great intros of all time: “Ladies and gentlemen, there are seven acknowledged wonders of the
world. You are about to witness the eighth…”
Lodged in a deep groove between the JB’s’ debut LP Food For Thought (1972) and the more complex and at-times political Damn Right, I Am
Somebody (from 1974) sits the ridiculously vampy and infectious classic, Doing It To Death. First moving hips and making heads nod in 1973,
the James Brown-produced, 5-song album is one big funk lick, broken up into many delicious moving parts.
As with pretty much everything produced by the JB’s – led by Fred Wesley with heavy help from a supporting cast that included saxophonist
Maceo Parker, guitarists Jimmy Nolen and Hearlon “Cheese” Martin and drummer John “Jabo” Starks – all songs began and revolved around
a devastating riff. The title track is most certainly guilty-as-charged, as it starts strutting right out of the gate and continues for just over 10
minutes, driven by a guitar lick and MCed by the inimitable James Brown, with soloists stepping up and out while the song chugs on.
The other centerpiece of the album is the 8-minute “You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I’ll Be Straight,” whose groove is
interestingly teased two times before it arrives in full form. The song title itself is provocative, and the music keeps a stone-cold groove despite
the less than cheery undertones. Again driven by an infectious guitar morsel, the breakdowns in this song gave sampling producers and DJs
sweet dreams in the ‘80s, and Fred Wesley’s trombone solo rides beautifully over the group’s cries of “We need some money.”
Beyond the aforementioned sure-shots, the twitchy “More Peas,” “La Di Da La Di Day” and the much jazzier, solo-heavy “Sucker” round out
this incredible album. It’s just another perfect example of how James Brown’s funk machine could stop the world when they hit a groove.

A1. Introduction To The J.B.’s
A2. Doing It To Death (Pt. 1 & 2)
A3. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I’ll Be Straight
A4. More Peas
B1. La Di Da La Di Day
B2. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I’ll Be Straight
B3. Sucker
B4. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I’ll Be Straight Available from 26.02.2016

Sun Ra – Planets Of Life Or Death
Friday, April 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – Planets Of Life Or Death

Image: 1595298 Following 2014’s landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, ‘In the Orbit Of Ra’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release anywhere of ‘Planets Of Life Or Death’. Recorded direct from the sound board and mastered from first generation reel to reel, now available on CD.

1 . ENLIGHTENMENT 2.24
2 . LOVE IN OUTER SPACE 17.08
3. LIGHTS ON A SATELLITE 3.53
4 . DISCIPLINE 27-II / WHAT PLANET IS THIS 23.47

Enlightenment is…. our tomorrow… It has no plane…. of sorrow
Hereby, our invitation… We do invite you…. Be of our Space World
Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Research Arkestra ’Enlightenment’
Within their 1973 European tour, Sun Ra and his Arkestra had just completed
a residency at the legendary Gibus in Paris in October before travelling to
Amiens for a Sunday afternoon concert. Those filing into the city’s Maison de
la Culture that day would have little idea of the intense, visceral experience
that awaited them. “Sun Ra’s use of the Arkestra as his instrument in an
onslaught of sound, colour and movement stimulated and even shocked the
senses and the shakras of audience participants onto a higher plane of spirit
consciousness,“ explains the Arkestra’s Knoel Scott.
On Side 1, the session kicks off with the theatrical overture, ’Enlightenment’ as
Sun Ra and vocalist June Tyson invite the audience to “be of our space world“.
Ra then moves into a rare instrumental version of ’Love In Outer Space’,
transforming the perennial Arkestra classic into a raw, ritualistic experience:
“this was a vehicle for the Arkestra’s space dancers. Close your eyes and
imagine them writhing across the stage in celestial homage,“ explains Scott.
Side 2 of the album opens with the glistening ’Lights On A Satellite’, a feature
for the spiritual tenor sax of John Gilmore, playing in unison with trumpeter
Kwame Hadi. Closing track, the epic, chaotic, anxious ’Discipline 27-II / What
Planet Is This’ moves from abstract, freeform keyboard work from Sun Ra to
a walking groove as Sun Ra and June Tyson take a thinly veiled psychedelic
swipe at life on earth: “If this is a planet of life, why do people die here? “
Following 2014’s landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, ’In the
Orbit Of Ra’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release
anywhere of ’Planets Of Life Or Death’. Recorded direct from the sound
board and mastered from first generation reel to reel, the title is exclusively
available for Record Store Day 2015. The release features rare photos from
Sun Ra’s 1973 European tour by photographer Jan Persson with sleeve notes by
Knoel Scott.

Key Points :
– first issue of anywhere of this 1973 recording from Maison de la Culture,
Amiens
– continuation of Strut and Art Yard’s Sun Ra release programme following
Marshall Allen compilation in 2014
– official reissue mastered from the first generation reel to reel tapes
– LP features photos by Jan Persson, sleeve notes by the Arkestra’s Knoel
Scott and new cover design by Lewis Heriz
FOR FANS OF:
Jazz, modal jazz, Salah Ragab, Heliocentrics, Gilles Peterson, spiritual jazz,
Lloyd Miller, Philip Cohran, Kindred Spirits, free jazz, Oneness Of Juju, Sun
Ra Arkestra, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra, Jazzman, Soul Jazz

WEB LINKS
www.strut-records.com
www.sunraarkestra.com Available from 15.05.2015

Sun Ra – Planets Of Life Or Death (RSD)
Saturday, March 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – Planets Of Life Or Death (RSD)

Image: 1595283 Following 2014’s landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, ’In the Orbit Of Ra’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release anywhere of ’Planets Of Life Or Death’. Recorded direct from the sound board and mastered from first generation reel to reel, the title is exclusively available for Record Store Day 2015.

Tracklisting:
A1. ENLIGHTENMENT 2.24
A2. LOVE IN OUTER SPACE 17.08
B1. LIGHTS ON A SATELLITE 3.53
B2. DISCIPLINE 27-II /
WHAT PLANET IS THIS 23.47

Enlightenment is…. our tomorrow… It has no plane…. of sorrow
Hereby, our invitation… We do invite you…. Be of our Space World
Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Research Arkestra ’Enlightenment’
Within their 1973 European tour, Sun Ra and his Arkestra had just completed
a residency at the legendary Gibus in Paris in October before travelling to
Amiens for a Sunday afternoon concert. Those filing into the city’s Maison de
la Culture that day would have little idea of the intense, visceral experience
that awaited them. “Sun Ra’s use of the Arkestra as his instrument in an
onslaught of sound, colour and movement stimulated and even shocked the
senses and the shakras of audience participants onto a higher plane of spirit
consciousness,“ explains the Arkestra’s Knoel Scott.
On Side 1, the session kicks off with the theatrical overture, ’Enlightenment’ as
Sun Ra and vocalist June Tyson invite the audience to “be of our space world“.
Ra then moves into a rare instrumental version of ’Love In Outer Space’,
transforming the perennial Arkestra classic into a raw, ritualistic experience:
“this was a vehicle for the Arkestra’s space dancers. Close your eyes and
imagine them writhing across the stage in celestial homage,“ explains Scott.
Side 2 of the album opens with the glistening ’Lights On A Satellite’, a feature
for the spiritual tenor sax of John Gilmore, playing in unison with trumpeter
Kwame Hadi. Closing track, the epic, chaotic, anxious ’Discipline 27-II / What
Planet Is This’ moves from abstract, freeform keyboard work from Sun Ra to
a walking groove as Sun Ra and June Tyson take a thinly veiled psychedelic
swipe at life on earth: “If this is a planet of life, why do people die here? “
Following 2014’s landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, ’In the
Orbit Of Ra’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release
anywhere of ’Planets Of Life Or Death’. Recorded direct from the sound
board and mastered from first generation reel to reel, the title is exclusively
available for Record Store Day 2015. The release features rare photos from
Sun Ra’s 1973 European tour by photographer Jan Persson with sleeve notes by
Knoel Scott.

Key Points :
– first issue of anywhere of this 1973 recording from Maison de la Culture,
Amiens
– continuation of Strut and Art Yard’s Sun Ra release programme following
Marshall Allen compilation in 2014
– official reissue mastered from the first generation reel to reel tapes
– LP features photos by Jan Persson, sleeve notes by the Arkestra’s Knoel
Scott and new cover design by Lewis Heriz
FOR FANS OF:
Jazz, modal jazz, Salah Ragab, Heliocentrics, Gilles Peterson, spiritual jazz,
Lloyd Miller, Philip Cohran, Kindred Spirits, free jazz, Oneness Of Juju, Sun
Ra Arkestra, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra, Jazzman, Soul Jazz Available from 18.04.2015

Army Of The Pharoahs – Heavy Lies The Crown
Friday, September 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Army Of The Pharoahs – Heavy Lies The Crown

Image: 1592843 Their 2nd planned album for 2014 was recorded simultaneously with In Death Reborn. Vinnie Paz & Jedi Mind Trickslead an army of guests including Apathy, Celph Titled and Esoteric. Available from 24.10.2014

Crow44 – Crow44
Friday, March 29th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Crow44 – Crow44

Aesthetically wedged somewhere between the de-tuned surf breeze, lo-fi jams, and New Age sits Desmond Pierce aka Crow44.James Pants discovered Crow 44, he says, “while on the hunt for vampire music,” and brought it to Stones Throw’s Peanut Butter Wolf…

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

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

Strong Arm Steady
Monday, January 18th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , ,
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Strong Arm Steady was formed in the shadows of the West Coast’s Death Row Records movement, which at one time loomed large over much of the region’s talent. Many Los Angeles artists – themselves students and children of Death Row – were becoming frustrated at the gang mentality that colored perceptions of their burgeoning underground. […]

Strong Arm Steady
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | Tags: , , , , ,
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Strong Arm Steady was formed in the shadows of the West Coast’s Death Row Records movement, which at one time loomed large over much of the region’s talent. Many Los Angeles artists – themselves students and children of Death Row – were becoming frustrated at the gang mentality that colored perceptions of their burgeoning underground. […]

Rap veteran Kurupt and his kid brother Roscoe present new album project …
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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No one can rep the East and West Coasts simultaneously quite like Kurupt, the Philly born LA raised veteran of Death Row Records. Now Tha Dogg Pound gangster is back and teamed with his kid brother Roscoe. Roscoe is also no stranger to the rap game having cut his teeth starting at the age of […]

DJ Emilio
Wednesday, February 9th, 2005 | Tags:
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Stuttgart’s DJ Emilio started to collect records way back in 1991. During the 90s he established himself as one of the best and most prominent DJs in southern Germany and he was working as resident in clubs like “Das Unbekannte Tier”, “Red Dog” and the legendary “0711 Club”. Besides sharing stages with Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan […]

Lyman Woodard Organisation – Saturday Night Special (180g/Gatefold)
Monday, October 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lyman Woodard Organisation – Saturday Night Special (180g/Gatefold)

Image: 1615762 In association with DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is honoured to present another gem from the small yet significant Strata catalogue. A precursor to New York’s Strata East, Detroit’s Strata Records was founded in the late 1960s by former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox. Starting life as a music-led community organisation, coffee shop studio and venue, Strata released only a few titles as a record label, gaining the imprint a cult following among record collectors and jazz lovers across the globe. Possibly the best known of Strata’s releases, The Lyman Woodard Organization’s ‘Saturday Night Special’ is rightly heralded as a jazz fusion classic. Recorded in 1975, ‘Saturday Night Special’ features organ, electric piano and Mellotron by bandleader Lyman Woodard alongside guitar and bass by Ron English, with drums and percussion by Leonard King, Bud Spangler & Lorenzo “Mr. Rhythm” Brown respectively. Despite the fairly sparse instrumentation, ‘Saturday Night Special’ lays down an impressive wall of sound, powerfully atmospheric in its almost low-fi aesthetic. Hinting at more traditional jazz, rhythm & blues, afrocuban styles and more, the uniqueness of this album is surely in its feel: summoning up images of a vast industrial landscape, assembly lines and urban decay. In other words, this record sounds like Detroit. No great album artwork is complete without a good story to match, and ‘Saturday Night Special’ does not disappoint. Snapped by photographer and political activist Leni Sinclair (responsible for seminal pictures of Miles Davis, Fela Kuti and John Coltrane and many others), the cover image shows the contents of Lyman Woodard’s pockets placed on the hotel bed after a show: cigarette papers, cash and a pistol. Following Woodard’s death in 2009, this incredible album was reissued in highly limited numbers by Wax Poetics, now just as hard to come by as the original pressings. It’s our pleasure to make this important and influential chapter in the story of contemporary jazz available on vinyl once again.

For Fans Of: J Dilla, Nostalgia 77, Herbie Hancock, Roy Ayers, Miles Davis.

Tracklist:
A1 Saturday Night Special
A2 Joy Road
B1 Belle Isle Daze
B2 Creative Musicians
B3 Saturday Night Special (Alternate Take)
C1 Cheeba
C2 Allen Barnes
C3 On Your Mind
D1 Help Me Get Away
D2 Saturday Night Special (Lost Alternative Mix)
D3 Belle Isle Daze (Lost Alternative Mix) Available from 17.11.2017

John Fahey – Of Rivers And Religion
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on John Fahey – Of Rivers And Religion

A deeply innovative musician whose style iscredited as the foundation for the minimalist styleof American Primitive Guitar, the output of JohnFahey is both illustrious, far-reaching in itsinfluence, and difficult to categorize. From the1960s through t…

Ebo Taylor – Life Stories
Friday, July 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ebo Taylor – Life Stories

Following his recent studio album with Afrobeat Academy, ‘Love And Death’, his first international release, Ghanaian highlife guitar legend Ebo Taylor teams up again with Strut for a long overdue definitive compilation of his seminal 1970s recordings,…

Guy J
Monday, June 12th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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On the path to becoming one of the premier artists of this electronic generation, Tel Aviv’s Guy J has amassed a vast discography showcased within an eclectic list of world-renowned labels. Initially influenced by his homeland and the worlds of trance, techno and progressive, Guy J has grown to embrace all genres and establish a […]

J Dilla – Jay Dee’s Ma Dukes Collection
Friday, June 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on J Dilla – Jay Dee’s Ma Dukes Collection

Image: 1610400 Since his untimely death at the all too young age of 32 the world has grown
to appreciate the work of J Dilla even more than when he was alive. There’s
an ethereal quality to Jay Dee’s works, part boom bap but more mellow.
Mellow, but never soft. And Dilla never stopped making beats, his MPC was
by his side until the very end. It now resides in the Smithsonian. Due the
prolific nature of his beat making, the world is blessed to have stacks of Dilla
material – some coming to light even this many years after his passing.
In the world of hip hop, no one’s mother is more famous that Ma Dukes. Go
ahead, name check Chuck D’s mom or Chance the Rapper’s mom or TI’s
mother – without hitting Google. And one of the reasons we all know
Ma Dukes is her tireless effort to maintain Dilla’s legacy. This release is yet
another step in that direction. Presented here, from the Official Ma Dukes
Collection, are 15 works by Jay Dee from deep in the vaults, being released
on vinyl for the first time.

A1. 367 • A2. 386 • A3. 369 • A4. 562 • A5. 663 • A6. 764 • A7. 865 • A8. 996
B1. 1067 • B2. 1069 • B3. 1070 • B4. 1071 • B5. 1072 • B6. 1073 • B7. 1074 Available from 23.06.2017

14KT – Nowalataz
Friday, June 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on 14KT – Nowalataz

Image: 1609900 “Here it is… a project I unofficially had done since 06’. It started when Dilla passed February of 06’. To cope with the death of my unofficial “musical mentor” & favorite producer, I started making “donuts,” uncontrollably. I never planned to release any of the material out of respect for Dilla & his craft. I’ve shared some of the music with others, in which they would constantly ask me to hear it, so I decided to put a lil sumthing together and make it official. JUST FOR YA’LL. This is a collection of beats I made in 06’. Some “donuts” style, some just around that era of 14KT beats. “Now & Laters” was always a favorite candy of mine. I used to go to Mindells Pharmacy in Ypsi back in the day and buy ALL of them. Sadly I even stole change from my grandma’s (RIP) purse for them. Ironically, I fell back in love with “Now and Laters” around this era. Enjoy.” – 14KT

1. Verbal Intercourse
2. The Name Game
3. Cherish
4. T & A
5. Gee Whiz
6. My Heart & I
7. Needing To Win (0-16)
8. The Meaning
9. Sweet Tee Ish
10. Slave 2 Dope
11. I Still Buy Vinyl
12. Hello.
13. Whateva U Want
14. Sunrise 06’
15. True
16. Without
17. Black N Gold

• 14KT is an established producer from the Detroit area
who has worked with many notable artists (including Roc
Marciano, Danny Brown, Black Milk, Bun B, Oddisee, Jay
Electronica) as well as a collaborative album with Mayor
Hawthorne (Jaded Inc.)
• He is 1/2 of “RSXGLD” (with Ro Spit) whose debut LP on Fat
Beats Records is slated for the fall of 2017 Available from 14.07.2017

Shango Dance Band – Shango Dance Band
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Shango Dance Band – Shango Dance Band

Image: 1609388 A LEGENDARY, ULTRA-RARE PRIVATE AFROBEAT KILLER, RESTORED AND PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN WIDE RELEASE! Now without 7″ and at lower price!

TRACKLIST:
A1. Position Pass Power
B1. Women Are Great
B2. I Need Your Love

In the early years of Fela Kuti’s career, well before he would define the genre of afrobeat, and leave an indelible mark on the musical landscape, he was a struggling trumpet player, seeking to redefine the sound of his current group, the art-jazz ensemble Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet. As he moved his group towards the thenpopular genre of highlife in 1963, he lost his bassist in the move towards commercial success, but gained the company of Ojo Okeji, who had a sterling reputation both as a bassist and percussionist in groups like Lagos Cool Cats, Rex Williams’ Nigerian Artistes, and Western Toppers Highlife Band, a favorite of Kuti’s. Okeji impressed Kuti with his deft jazziness on the bass, so he was in on the spot, and the Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet became Koola Lobitos It was Okeji that introduced Kuti to the famed percussionist Tony Allen, (Who would subsequently join Kuti into his greatest years as an artist) as well as conguero Abayomi “Easy” Adio. During his time in Koola Lobitos, Okeji not only contributed deeply melodic, and adeptly rhythmic baselines, but brought his own influence from emerging US soul artists like James Brown & The Famous Flames and Wilson Pickett, heavily pushing Koola Lobitos towards a more soulful direction. This push was often resisted by Kuti, who frequently clashed with Okeji, who formed the group VC 7 as a side-project for that purpose. 1968 proved to be a turning point for the group, as the Nigerian Civil War broke out, and many starving musicians turned to the military for work. Okeji and Adio would leave for the army, while Kuti and Allen kept Koola Lobitos going, where it evolved through different names and iterations and grew into the worldwide afrobeat force that made Kuti an icon during the 70s and 80s. But as Kuti and Allen rose to global recognition, Okeji and Adio would form a new band within the ranks of the 6th Infantry Brigade of the Nigerian Army. Their emblazoned blue jackets earned them the nickname “The Blues”, but Okeji preferred the name Shango,after the Yoruba thunder god.
Shango took the fundamentals of Kuti’s famous afrobeat and brought new layers of guitar and horn arrangements, while often invoking supernatural aesthetics, and maintaining a love for the US soul artists that influenced Okeji so much. Because Shango was an army band however, their records were not readily available to anyone outside of the military so their music, including their eponymous 1974 LP, remained relatively unknown even amongst the people of Nigeria.So many decades later however, Comb & Razor presents it for the first time to a mass audience on vinyl.

It’s 1968 and Fela is in tears.
Fela Kuti, the genius of afrobeat. The champion of the people. Fabled for unflinchingly staring down the barrels of
state tyranny, enduring beatings within an inch of his life from government stormtroopers and then getting on stage
to mock his tormenters in song. Fela the fearless, Fela the invincible. Fela who they call Anikulapo—“he who carries
death in his pocket.” What insurmountable catastrophe could have reduced this formidable titan of African music
to tears?
Ojo Okeji leaving his band, that’s what.
– From the liner notes, by renowned musicologist Uchenna Ikonne Available from 14.04.2017

Hot 8 Brass Band – On The Spot (2LP+MP3)
Friday, February 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hot 8 Brass Band – On The Spot (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1608714 New Orleans’ Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band release their fifth LP, ‘On The Spot’. In true Hot 8 style, this album pairs hard-hitting, heart-on-sleeve sentiment with party-fuelling beats, hooks and grooves, raw funk and charismatic hip hop vocals mix with Big Easy jazz elegance. Expect unshakable horn riffs and bubbling bass as the record transports you right into the centre of an electrifying Hot 8 party crowd.

“ [Hot 8] has helped galvanise its community since 2005, captures both the edginess and transcendent beauty of life in its city” – The Wall Street Journal

New Orleans’ Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band release their fifth LP, ‘On The Spot’. In true Hot 8 style, this album pairs hard-hitting, heart-on-sleeve sentiment with party-fuelling beats, hooks and grooves, raw funk and charismatic hip hop vocals mix with Big Easy jazz elegance. Expect unshakable horn riffs and bubbling bass as the record transports you right into the centre of an electrifying Hot 8 party crowd.

The title of the new album refers to the glorious, rare moment in a New Orleans parade when the band stops to take a break but keeps noodling with their instruments for the crowd. Vibing, keeping the energy up, when they’re completely in the moment they sync up and the magic happens – a new tune is created: On The Spot. Their fifth LP sees Hot 8 committing this live sound and spirit to record like never before – note the exclamation captured on tape at end of the title track: “Did we just make that up?!”

These 11 tracks have helped the band get through their up and down moments, ‘On The Spot’ honours fallen friends and the city of New Orleans, and showcases new heights achieved after coming back from the deepest lows. “We still break down a lot,” says bandleader and tuba player Bennie Pete, “but now it’s tears of joy. We keep everything in our hearts, but we keep on.”

‘On The Spot’ also points to the way Hot 8 have had to adapt, learn and live from moment to moment throughout their career, and their lives. A barely imaginable series of trials – the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the separate deaths of five band members, and trumpeter Terrell “Burger” Batiste losing his legs in a car crash – have tested these men time and again. Their tragic yet life-affirming story has been featured in the Spike Lee documentaries When The Levees Broke and The Creek Don’t Rise, and David Simon’s HBO series Treme.

Vinyl Tracklist
A1. 8 Kickin’ It Live (Edit)
A2. Get it How You Live
A3. On The Spot
B1. St. James Infirmary
B2. Annie Mae
B3. Working Together
C1. That Girl
C2. Keepin’ It Funky
C3. Bottom Of The Bucket (Edit)
D1. Can’t Nobody Get Down
D2. Sweetest Taboo Available from 07.04.2017

The Koreatown Oddity – Finna Be Past Tense
Friday, January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Koreatown Oddity – Finna Be Past Tense

Image: 1608449 He is Dominique Purdy, born and raised in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
His frst hip-hop in?uence was his own mother, who made jewelry
and hung tight with Ice T, the Rhyme Syndicate, and Grandmaster
Caz.
“I remember Caz showing my mom how to freestyle on cassette,
just fucking around. He was basically saying have fun with it, say
something that comes from right where ever you are.”
Purdy moved from corner to corner through Koreatown his whole
life, drawing, writing, and developing his own brand of experimental
hip-hop, fused with comedy, and impromptu performance. He wrote
and starred in the independent feature Driving White Black (2016).
As The Koreatown Oddity, rocking a wolf mask he bought back in
high school for 70 bucks, he’s been doing shows anywhere and
everywhere, whether he’s invited or not: L.A.’s The Laugh Factory,
Wendy’s, and Greyhound Stations.
Finna Be Past Tense is his frst album with Stones Throw, following a
long line of independently released cassettes. Finna Be Past Tense
was produced entirely by Vex Ruffin, who met the MC after one of his
public stunts. The album – also featuring Joyce Wrice, Black Moses,
Tron7Seize, DJ Lala, DJ Luman – is based around a loose concept
of Koreatown Oddity reckoning with life, death, and the passage of
time.
Finna Be Past Tense cover art by Oscar Ayala.

1. Land Before Time
2. Fuck Dinosaurs
3. The feat.Swift
4. Yesterday’s News
5. Mood Of The Grind
6. A Break From The Drama Of Life Dunk at the Wet T-Shirt Contest
7. Don’t Say 2 or 1 feat. Black Moses
8. Spinning Axis feat. Tron7Seize
9. Depressed But Hopeful
10. Meditative Thought
11. Regret Is Useless
12. Technology After Time feat. Joyce Wrice Available from 24.02.2017

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 […]

Painkiller – Execution Ground (2LP)
Friday, August 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Painkiller – Execution Ground (2LP)

Image: 1605743 The seminal 1994 double album by the original PAINKILLER line-up BILL LASWELL, JOHN ZORN and MICK HARRIS on vinyl for the first time! Avant-jazz, grindcore, dub and ambient melt into eerie tracks of haunting atmospheres.

When PAINKILLER started in 1991, their first two albums “Guts Of A Virgin” and “Buried Secrets” (both released on extreme metal label Earache) were heavy attacks blending grindcore and free jazz that brought together the musical backgrounds of the three protagonists: drummer MICK HARRIS had just left grindcore legend NAPALM DEATH, JOHN ZORN explored new extremities with his NAKED CITY project while BILL LASWELL had as a member of roaring free jazz quartet LAST EXIT ( PETER BRÖTZMANN / SONNY SHARROCK / RONALD SHANNON JACKSON) proven that he was not only a visionary producer but also an accomplished bassist. But it is their 1994 double album “Execution Ground” that remains the opus magnum of the brilliant trio: ZORN’s unmistakable shrieking saxophone, HARRIS’ pounding drums and LASWELL’s growling sub-bass lines were given heavy mixing desk treatment, resulting in extended tracks that are no less intense than their early works but display the full range of the musicians’ skills. Soaked with reverb and delay, avant-jazz, grindcore, dub and ambient melt into eerie tracks of haunting atmospheres – even more so in the ambient versions of disc 2. Mastered and cut by RASHAD BECKER at D&M Berlin, “Execution Ground” is now available on vinyl for the very first time as 2x 180gr LP incl. a download code and insert in a limited edition of 500 items.

Tracklisting
1 Parish Of Tama (Ossuary dub)
2 Morning Of Balachaturdasi
3 Pashupatinath (Ambient)
4 Parish Of Tama (Ambient) Available from 23.09.2016

Maceo Parker – US
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Maceo Parker – US

Image: 1605382 Maceo Parker was one of the most revered and loved members of James Brown’s famed J.B.’s band from the late ‘60s to the mid-1970s. Alongside his instantlyrecognizable alto saxophone solos, he occasionally performed as comedian before James Brown shows, in addition to playing MC. He was a true renaissance man.
And while other members of The Godfather of Soul’s inner circle – most notably trombonist Fred Wesley – had solo albums at the advent of Brown’s People Records, Maceo had to wait his turn for a couple years. By the time 1974 rolled around, this talented musician and personality could not be denied, and he burst onto the scene as a group leader with one of the most impressive albums in the People catalog: the simply titled, but deeply felt, Us.
Maceo’s group (occasionally called The Macks) and Fred Wesley’s J.B.’s were essentially the same unit – including guitarists Jimmy Nolen and Hearlon “Cheese” Martin, drummer John “Jabo” Starks, saxophonist St. Clair Pinckney and of course Fred Wesley on trombone. Unsurprisingly, the material here is never-endingly funky. But as shown in the song selection (presumably by Parker, with heavy-handy assistance from the Godfather himself), there are as many ballads and soul groovers as there are straight-up funk workouts.
Cases in point include the mellow, Gamble & Huff-penned “Drowning In The Sea Of Love” (with organ, most likely played by James Brown, slithering in the background) and the syrupy “Show and Tell.” The album’s closer is also on the slower side, going very deep and striking a chord, as Maceo and Brown talk about conditions in the Black American landscape of the day over the course of 10-plus minutes.
And there is, of course, plenty of diesel funk here as well: singles like “Soul Power 74” and “Parrty” are downright nasty grooves, known well by James Brown fans old and new. “Soul Power 74” additionally features very early proto-sampling, with a baby’s cry as well as Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have Been To The Mountain Top” speech. And Maceo’s take on the J.B.’s classic “Doing It To Death” is a unique version, more muted and of course featuring Maceo’s gorgeous horn front and center.
Appearing at the apex of both James Brown’s and People Records’ power, Us is a treasured jewel in the J.B. catalog, and rightfully so. This 150 gram vinyl LP comes in a Stoughton Jacket, housed in a custom People Records poly bag, and includes 24” x 24” poster.

BUNDLED WITH A 22 x 22” POSTER OF THE COVER ART

SIDE A
1. Soul Power ‘74
2. Parrty
3. Show And Tell
4. Drowning In The Sea Of Love
SIDE B
1. I Can Play For (Just You & Me)
2. Doing It To Death
3. The Soul Of A Black Man Available from 19.08.2016

Shango Dance Band
Monday, July 25th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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It’s 1968 and Fela is in tears. Fela Kuti, the genius of afrobeat. The champion of the people. Fabled for unflinchingly staring down the barrels of state tyranny, enduring beatings within an inch of his life from government stormtroopers and then getting on stage to mock his tormenters in song. Fela the fearless, Fela the […]

A legendary, ultra-rare Afrobeat killer, restored and presented for the first time in wide release
Friday, July 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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It’s 1968 and Fela is in tears. Fela Kuti, the genius of afrobeat. The champion of the people. Fabled for unflinchingly staring down the barrels of state tyranny, enduring beatings within an inch of his life from government stormtroopers and then getting on stage to mock his tormenters in song. Fela the fearless, Fela the […]

Shango Dance Band – Shango Dance Band
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Shango Dance Band – Shango Dance Band

Image: 1605109 A Legendary, Ultra-Rare Afrobeat Killer, Restored And Presented For The First Time In Wide Release! / Lp Includes Bonus 7” Disc Featuring The Rare 1972 Single “Son Of Thunder” B/w “Alupandu-Gbe” / Limited To 1000 Copies /

It’s 1968 and Fela is in tears. Fela Kuti, the genius of afrobeat. The champion of the people. Fabled for unflinchingly staring down the barrels of state tyranny, enduring beatings within an inch of his life from government stormtroopers and then getting on stage to mock his tormenters in song. Fela the fearless, Fela the invincible. Fela who they call Anikulapo—“he who carries death in his pocket.” What insurmountable catastrophe could have reduced this formidable titan of African music to tears? Ojo Okeji leaving his band, that’s what.
– From the liner notes, by renowned Nigerian music historian Uchenna Ikonne

In the early years of Fela Kuti’s career, well before he would define the genre of afrobeat, and leave an indelible mark on the musical landscape, he was a struggling trumpet player, seeking to redefine the sound of his current group, the art-jazz ensemble Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet. As he moved his group towards the then-popular genre of highlife in 1963, he lost his bassist in the move towards commercial success, but gained the company of Ojo Okeji, who had a sterling reputation both as a bassist and percussionist in groups like Lagos Cool Cats, Rex Williams’ Nigerian Artistes, and Western Toppers Highlife Band, a favorite of Kuti’s. Okeji impressed Kuti with his deft jazziness on the bass, so he was in on the spot, and the Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet became Koola Lobitos.
It was Okeji that introduced Kuti to the famed percussionist Tony Allen, (Who would subsequently join Kuti into his greatest years as an artist) as well as conguero Abayomi “Easy” Adio. During his time in Koola Lobitos, Okeji not only contributed deeply melodic, and adeptly rhythmic baselines, but brought his own influence from emerging US soul artists like James Brown & The Famous Flames and Wilson Pickett, heavily pushing Koola Lobitos towards a more soulful direction. This push was often resisted by Kuti, who frequently clashed with Okeji.
1968 proved to be a turning point for the group, as the Nigerian Civil War broke out, and many starving musicians turned to the military for work. Okeji and Adio would leave for the army, while Kuti and Allen kept Koola Lobitos going, where it evolved through different names and iterations and grew into the worldwide afrobeat force that made Kuti an icon during the 70s and 80s. But as Kuti and Allen rose to global recognition, Okeji and Adio would form a new band within the ranks of the 6th Infantry Brigade of the Nigerian Army. Their emblazoned blue jackets earned them the nickname “The Blues”, but Okeji preferred the name “Shango” after the Yoruba thunder god. Shango took the fundamentals of Kuti’s famous afrobeat and brought new layers of guitar and horn arrangements, while often invoking supernatural aesthetics, and maintaining a love for the US soul artists that influenced Okeji so much. Because Shango was an army band however, their records were not readily available to anyone outside of the military so their music, including their eponymous 1974 LP, remained relatively unknown even amongst the people of Nigeria. Decades later Comb & Razor is thrilled to present this long-lost Nigerian gem for the first time to a world-wide audience.

LP TRACKLIST
A1. Position Pass Power
B1. Women Are Great
B2. I Need Your Love

BONUS 7” (ONLY W/ FIRST 1000 COPIES)
A1. Son Of Thunder
B1. Alupandu-Gbe Available from 09.09.2016

J Dilla – The Shining (10x7inch)
Friday, July 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on J Dilla – The Shining (10x7inch)

Image: 1604088 Massive special edition version of Dilla’s The Shining on 10 X 7′.

Tracklist:
A1 Geek Down feat. Busta Rhymes
A2 Love Jones
B1 Geek Down (Instrumental)
C1 E=MC2 feat. Common
D1 E=MC2 (Instrumental)
E1 Love feat. Pharoahe Monch
F1 Love (Instrumental)
G1 Baby feat. Guilty Simpson & Madlib
H1 Baby (Instrumental)
I1 So Far To Go feat. Common & D’Angelo (7“ Edit)
J1 So Far To Go (7“ Edit Instrumental)
K1 Jungle Love feat. MED & Guilty Simpson
L1 Jungle Love (Instrumental)
M1 Over The Breaks
N1 Body Movin’ feat. J. Rocc & Karriem Riggins
O1 Dime Piece feat. Dwele
P1 Dime Piece (Instrumental)
Q1 Love Movin’ feat. Black Thought
R1 Love Movin’ (Instrumental)
S1 Won’t Do
T1 Won’t Do (Instrumental)

Unbelievably, a decade has passed since the release of J Dilla’s posthumously completed final album The Shining. Demand for Dilla’s music has continued to grow and grow since
his tragic passing in 2006, testament to his talent and originality which has influenced a whole new generation of producers and musiclovers across the globe. Around 75% complete at the time of his death, the task of finishing the album was entrusted to friend and fellow Detroit artist Karriem Riggins. The album features stellar performances from Common, Busta Rhymes, D’Angelo, Black Thought and Pharoahe Monch, as well as Dilla himself rhyming on closing track ‘Won’t Do’. Undeniably soulful yet raw, real and deeply
rooted in the streets, The Shining perfectly showcases perhaps the greatest beat-maker of all time at his very best.
To mark the tenth anniversary of this special album, which marked the reunion of Dilla and BBE for the first time since his debut LP Welcome 2 Detroit, we’ve pressed it to 7″ vinyl
for the very first time. Featuring both original and instrumental versions across a massive ten discs, this comprehensive boxed set serves as a timely document to an artist who helped bring underground hip hop and soul together, introduced new levels of creativity to music production and wrote a blueprint which continues to be followed to this day.

Key Selling Points:
– Limited Edition 7″ Box Set, first time in this format, with Vocal & Instrumental cuts together in one package
– Full Press & Radio coverage
– Launch event in London to chime with release Dilla mix-tape (given to BBE label owner by Dilla himself round time of Welcome to Detroit sessions – never heard publicly previously) to be aired on https://boilerroom.tv/ around release date Available from 19.08.2016

Ngozi Family – Day Of Judgement
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ngozi Family – Day Of Judgement

Image: 1603821 Proto-punk and garage Zamrock: the celebrated guitarist Paul
Ngozi’s essential debut album. Featuring Chrissy Zebby Tembo

Guitarist/vocalist Paul Ngozi’s debut album – under the name Ngozi Family – is an important record: not just in the Zamrock genre,
but in the global rock canon. Day of Judgement is an introduction to the most intense, raw and inimitable golden era Zamrock
recorded, as it paved the way for a dozen Paul Ngozi and Ngozi Family releases (the most famous being drummer Chrissy Zebby
Tembo’s My Ancestors) that straddled the line between funk and punk, of driving hard rock and Zambian folk melodies and rhythms.
Day of Judgement was released in 1976, the same year as other, now famous, Zamrock albums, from WITCH’s Lazy Bones!! to Rikki
Ililonga’s Zambia. But it sounds like none of its counterparts. Part of that stems from its frenzied primitivism, the Ngozi Family’s
attempt to overcome a lack of musical acumen with sheer force of will.
That will allowed Paul Ngozi to overcome a humble upbringing to become the most unlikely combination: Zamrock’s most beloved
star in its brief but now-well chronicled arc, the only musician to maintain his fame and recording prowess in the dark ages of the
’80s, an inspiration to not only aging but young Zambians — and now others, beyond Zambia’s borders.
But one cannot imagine Paul Ngozi without this album, a full-on aural assault that sounds as wild nearly forty years after its release
as it must have sounded in the developing Zamrock landscape from which it emerged. We listen to this anachronistic yet prescient
album now as a wholly original, completely unpredictable album in line with those from mavericks from across the world – from the
Ramones to the Sex Pistols to Death. And, though it’s been over two decades since Paul Ngozi’s passing, his voice and vision still
seem exciting, powerful, unique, unvarnished, new.

A1. Day Of Judgement
A2. My Babe
A3. I Wanna Know
A4. Kumanda Kwa Bambo Wanga
B1. Tikondane
B2. Bwanawe
B3. Let Me Know
B4. We Wonna Give It To Her
B5. I’m On My Way Available from 20.05.2016

Okonkolo – Rezos
Friday, April 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Okonkolo – Rezos

Image: 1603471 Big Crown Records is proud to present Okonkolo’s debut EP Rezos.

SIDE A:
1. Obatala
2. Ochun
SIDE B:
1. Oba
2. Wolenche For Chango

“Puntilla took me to his house, they put me in front of the sacred drums. I kneeled down, I prostrated, and they did a consultation with the sacred drums to see if the spirit of the drum, the Ana,
accepts me as his son.”
This is how Abraham Rodriguez, lead singer of Okonkolo, describes his introduction to the Santeria religion. In the decades that followed, he would become a priest and master drummer, using
these sacred bata drums to bring the Orishas (Santerian gods) down to earth. The Santeria religion endured the transatlantic slave trade from Africa to the solares of Cuba and arrived in New
York by way of Caribbean migrants who sought a better life in the barrios of the Bronx and Brooklyn. This is where Rodriguez met Okonkolo producer and guitarist Jacob Plasse.
“I met Aby in the early 90s, doing salsa gigs over at Plan B in the lower east side,” recalls Jacob Plasse, producer and guitarist for Okonkolo. “After I had played there a couple times he told me
one week I should arrive later, because the first part of the show was going to be different. Well needless to say I came early to see what I wasn’t being included in,” Jacob laughs.
“Abraham was doing a tambor for Chango. I had never seen anything like it. In Cuba I had gone to some amazing tambors, but somehow what Aby was doing was different it was the bata
repertoire but with his own subtle New York doowop thing happening, and in a salsa club no less! It was beautiful and unique, and I wanted to figure out a way to collaborate, even if I had to
wait 10 years”.
Jacob and Aby would continue to do gigs sporadically, but were involved in their own projects, with Aby eventually moving to Florida to do religious work. Years later, a brush with tragedy
brought them together again when Abraham was the victim of a shooting.
“Everyone in the salsa community was stunned and at a loss, praying for him,” Jacob says. “ And I remembered that night in the lower east side, of him calling down the Orishas, and I hoped
I would get the chance to record his music.”
Santeria gave Abraham Rodriquez the strength to recover.
“I had a life and death experience, and by the grace of God, I was able to come back,” Abraham recounts. “When I came out of the hospital, the very next day I went to a guiro (a religious
ceremony) to sing, you know? Even with the staples, and the metal in my lungs, I had to do it. And I would say 80 percent of my recovery has been because of my faith.”
The musical prayers that make up Okonkolo’s debut EP Rezos (Prayers) are some of the most complex and beautiful that any classical tradition has produced. They are also some of the oldest,
addressing Obatala, the creator of the world, Ochun, the goddess of love and beauty, and Chango, God of the drum. Okonkolo is a result of this collaboration – Abrahams soulful voice calling
down the Orishas, the bata drums and voices soaring through the horns and guitars of Plasses’s production. The beauty and otherworldliness of these prayers endures, the rhythms and chants
reimagined in a way that is somehow both ancient and new. Available from 20.05.2016

Gogo Penguin
Friday, March 18th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Manchester has produced some of the UK’s greatest rock bands from Joy Division to the Stone Roses, but it isn’t just the indie scene that thrives there, from the likes of Jon Thorne and Stuart McCallum to the Beats & Pieces Big Band and trumpeter Matthew Halsall, Manchester’s jazz scene has produced some of the […]

Various – Nigeria 70 (15 Anniversary Edition)
Friday, February 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Nigeria 70 (15 Anniversary Edition)

Image: 1578806 Limited new 15th anniversary repress of classic Afro-funk and afrobeat collection 500 copies only on a 3LP set including 2CD version and 1 CD audio documentary.

Tracklisting:
STRUT044LP
A1 Orlando Julius & His Afro-Sounders – Alo Mi Alo (Pts 1 & 2)
A2 Segun Bucknor & His Revolution – La La La
A3 Lijadu Sisters – Orere Elejigbo
B1 Peter King – Shango
B2 Sahara All Stars Band Jos – Enjoy Yourself
C1 Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Africa 70 – Jeun Ko Ku (Chop ‚N’ Quench)
C2 Tunji Oyelana & The Benders – Ifa
C3 Ofo The Black Company – Allah Wakbarr
D1 The Funkees – Dancing Time
D2 Monomono – Tire Loma Da Nigbehin
D3 Bala Miller & The Great Music Pyrameeds Of Africa – Ikon Allah
E1 Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestros – Akayan Ekassa
E2 Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – Agboju Logun
F1 Gasper Lawal – Kita Kita
F2 King Sunny Ade & His African Beats – Ja Fun Mi (Instrumental)

Strut repress one of the all-time classic compilations of Afro-funk and Afrobeat for 2016, the first volume of the mighty Nigeria 70 series. Originally released in 2001, the album followed the death of Fela Kuti and a renewed interest in original Afrobeat among younger club-goers. Put together over a three-week trip to Lagos, it documented for the first time the explosive era when domestic bands fused traditional highlife and juju with funk, soul, rock and disco.
Alongside two cuts by Fela Kuti, Nigeria 70 shone the spotlight on the incredible musicianship of artists like Segun Bucknor, Joni Haastrup and his Monomono band, Orlando Julius, saxophonist Peter King, “Guitar Boy” Victor Uwaifo, Lijadu Sisters and quirky keyboard wizard William Onyeabor among many others. Spread over 3LPs, the original edition also included a one-hour audio documentary featuring exclusive interviews with many original musicians and industry figures from the
‘70s scene, narrated by Wunmi.
As well as being a valuable document of an under-rated era, Nigeria 70 was one of the first crossover albums to dig deep into the African music archives and effectively market the music to a new online audience hungry for rare grooves and unique dancefloor sounds. Since Nigeria 70, this market has widened hugely with labels like Soundway, Analog Africa and Hot Casa all working tirelessly to document rare African beats. This new pressing of the Nigeria 70 3LP set is limited to 500 copies and features the full CD version and CD audio documentary as a bonus within the package. Full artwork is also featured including John Armstrong’s extensive sleeve note history alongside rare photos.

KEY POINTS:
– Limited new 15th Anniversary repress of classic Afro-funk and Afrobeat collection, 500 copies only
– Definitive format: 3LP set including 2CD version and 1CD audio documentary as bonus
– one of the most influential of all recent African music collections which helped spawn a new market for African rare grooves
– album fully remastered for this reissue

FOR FANS OF:
Fela Kuti, Orlando Julius, King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Afrobeat, highlife, James Brown, Segun Bucknor, Peter King, Monomono, Soundway, Analog
Africa, Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, Voodoofunk Available from 01.04.2016

A groovy soundtrack from Alex Puddu for an imaginary hard-boiled movie from the 70s
Friday, February 5th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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A groovy vibrant jazz / soul / funk soundtrack for an imaginary hard-boiled movie from the 70s! The varied selection of instruments (organ, flute, moog, bongos, cello, violin, drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitars etc.) blend flawlessly into each other and make this album an intense and inspired trip… in fact it may turn into […]

Truth – From Ashes To Kingdom Come
Friday, January 15th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Truth – From Ashes To Kingdom Come

Image: 1601557 The emergence of hip-hop out of Queens, NY has proven to be
timeless. From Run DMC, LL Cool J, and Kool G Rap to A Tribe
Called Quest, Large Professor, Organized Konfusion, and Mobb
Deep there’s never been a shortage of dynamic music from the
borough. Longtime observer and emcee of the culture Truth is set
to release his debut album “From Ashes To Kingdome Come” on Ill
Adrenaline Records.
A few years back Truth formed an alliance with PF Cuttin (of
Blahzay Blahzay) and together the Queens emcee and the Brooklyn
producer/DJ/engineer are ready to release a typical 90’s throwback
sounding full-length that carries PF’s thumbprint throughout. On the
18-track strong heater Truth picks up various topics, ranging from
life experiences to repping hip-hop culture – always showcasing his
passionate and sharp lyrical rhyme skills.
Entirely recorded and mixed by PF Cuttin, the album’s raw and dusty
sound stays true to the streets, including features from heavyweights
such as the late Sean Price, O.C., and AG (of D.I.T.C.). Newcomer
JK1 The Supernova handles the majority of production along with
veteran producers PF Cuttin, Psycho Les (of The Beatnuts), Da
Beatminerz, and DJ Doom. Containing plenty of dope scratches
mainly executed by PF Cuttin and Rock Steady’s own DJ JS-1, the
album’s uniqueness remains on one accord with the boom bap
sound and origin which is a rarity in today’s music.

1. Intro (Prod. By Pf Cuttin)
2. Holding Down The
Fort (Prod. By Jk1 The
Supernova)
3. New Type Of Something
Feat. Sean Price (Prod. By
Jk1 The Supernova)
4. Take A Stand (Prod. By Jk1
The Supernova)
5. Haymaker! (Interlude) (Prod.
By Jk1 The Supernova)
6. The Greatest Force (Prod.
By Jk1 The Supernova)
7. Genuine Article Feat. O.C.
(Of D.I.T.C.) (Prod. By Pf
Cuttin)
8. How It’s Supposed 2 Be
(Prod. By Psycho Les)
9. Gruesome (Prod. By Jk1
The Supernova)
10. Super Hero Scratch Skit
(Prod. By Pf Cuttin)
11. Hip-Hop Heroics (Prod. By
Dj Doom)
12. Stages Of War Feat. The
Barbarian (Prod. By Jk1 The
Supernova)
13. I’m Bringing It (Prod. By Jk1
The Supernova)
14. Right What I Write Feat. O.C.
& Ag (Of D.I.T.C.) (Prod. By
Da Beatminerz)
15. Death Becomes Him
(Interlude) (Prod. By Jk1
The Supernova)
16. I See Feat. Red E (Prod. By
Jk1 The Supernova)
17. Time For Love & Tears (Prod.
By Jk1 The Supernova)

• Debut album by Queens emcee Truth, entirely mixed by PF Cuttin (of Blahzay Blahzay)
• Features production from PF Cuttin, Psycho Les (of The Beatnuts), Da Beatminerz, DJ Doom, and newcomer JK1 The Supernova.
• Heavyweight features include the late Sean Price, AG (of D.I.T.C.), and O.C. (of D.I.T.C.)
• All cuts by PF Cuttin, Rock Steady’s own DJ JS-1, and Evil Dee of Da Beatminerz Available from 25.03.2016

Alex Puddu – In The Eye Of The Cat (LP+CD)
Thursday, January 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alex Puddu – In The Eye Of The Cat (LP+CD)

Image: 1601677 A groovy vibrant jazz / soul / funk soundtrack for an imaginary hard-boiled movie from the 70s! The varied selection of instruments (organ, flute, moog, bongos, cello, violin, drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitars etc.) blend flawlessly into each other and make this album an intense and inspired trip… in fact it may turn into a movie in front of your very eyes! Featuring the legendary Edda Dell’Orso on vocals and her husband Giacomo on string arrangements!!!

The title of this damn fine album In the Eye of the Cat is a reference to the Italian giallo film genre of the 1960s and 70s. These lurid murder mysteries/thrillers, featuring black gloved killers lurking in the dark, gorgeous young ladies being chased and artistic displays of blood and cruelty, usually had horrifying and imaginative film titles, in many cases with the words, eye(s), black, blood, death, killer and the name of an animal of some sort thrown in the mix. […] A nice homage to giallo maestro Dario Argento from fellow Roman Alex Puddu.

Alex is most certainly into giallo movies and the great scores for these wicked whodunits, but his inspiration goes further. Take for example the second composition on the album, “Emerald”, it starts out with a tense up-tempo beat that makes it easy to imagine a girl being followed in a giallo film, but then it turns into an African/Middle Eastern groove with bouzouki and zither! The North African influence on the percussion can be found throughout the album, it has that groovy, vibrant 70s vibe. The varied selection of instruments (organ, flute, moog, bongos, cello, violin, drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitars etc.) blend flawlessly into each other and make this an intense and inspired trip… in fact it may turn into a movie in front of your very eyes!

“The Bull” confronts you with some intense flute and a killer groove and here it’s easy to imagine a mob of armed gangsters robbing a bank in an Italian c rime film/poliziottesco! “In the City of Gold” opens not unlike Nico Fidenco’s “Emanuelle in America”-theme. Alex has composed a great, catchy melody with Edda Dell’Orso on vocal. And if you keep seeing The Black Emanuelle (Laura Gemser) walking around half naked as a reporter with her camera, exploring cruelties around the world, when you listen to this one, then you’re certainly not the only one… Speaking about Edda, one is really full of admiration. The lovely lady is 80 years old and her voice is still full of passion. Her beautiful wordless singing can be found on three of the tracks on the vinyl (one more on the CD). Edda’s career goes back to the mid-60s. […] In the 1960s and 70s she was called “Morricone’s singer” but she also worked with other great Italian soundtrack composers, such as Bruno Nicolai, Piero Umiliani and Stelvio Cipriani. Not only on scores for westerns but also for thrillers, giallo, drama etc.

A living legend, Edda’s husband, the 84-year-old Giacomo Dell’Orso, is also participating on the album. He is credited for conducting and orchestrating the strings. He has worked as a composer and musical director/conductor since the 60s. And he’s a great piano player as well. Copenhagen witnessed that in 2013 when he performed live in concert for one night only together with Edda and Alex with band. The concert was held in celebration of the first album in Alex’s trilogy with Edda, Registrazioni al Buio (featuring both Edda & Giacomo), an album which has a great laid-back jazzy feel to it.

“In the Eye of the Cat” sounds like a natural progression, a great follow-up, and now we will be eagerly awaiting the third and final part which will surely b e worth the wait!

Nils Markvardsen, September 2015 – editor of the film magazine eXtase and film festival curator (F aces in the Dark)

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Danze delle Ombre in Algeria
A2 Emerald
A3 Il Sogno, la Luna
A4 Immersioni
A5 The City of Gold
B1 The Bull
B2 Mood Psychedelico
B3 Magic Mountain
B4 In the Eye of the Cat
B5 Una Donna allo Specchio Available from 19.02.2016

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

Big L – Lifestyles Ov Da Poor & Dangerous (20th Anniversar
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Big L – Lifestyles Ov Da Poor & Dangerous (20th Anniversar

Image: 1601301 20th Anniversary Deluxe CD box contains 72-page hardcover book with filled with photos and liner notes by Chris Faraone.

2015 was the 20th Anniversary of this undisputed New York classic from the late, great, Harlem MC, featuring production from D.I.T.C. legends Showbiz, Buckwild and Lord Finesse. As fans have come to expect, Get On Down gives this incredible record the respect it deserves with this unique reissue package. The album itself was another shot across the bow of mid-90s pundits who were prophesizing the death of New York’s boom-bap dominance. Alongside recent classics from Nas, Biggie, Mobb Deep and Smif N Wessun, Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous laid out the ascendancy of another visionary MC who could throw down brags punchlines with the best of them, but who never veered away from truly thoughtful lyrical dialogue.Most tracks on the album feature slower tempos, which gave the soon-to-be-immortalized MC the chance to fully explore a range of flows and approaches. Cases in point include the two commercial singles – “Put It On” and “MVP” – as well as the promo-only single “Street Struck,” the latter produced by Lord Finesse and containing perhaps L’s deepest rhymes on the album. There are also some great posse cuts here, starting with “8 Iz Enuff,” which was all about exposing L’s crew (including Herb McGruff, Mike Boogie and Buddah Bless), and the amazing “Da Graveyard,” which let established peers like Lord Finesse and Grand Daddy I.U. flow alongside another newcomer to the scene named Jay-Z. Less-renowned but no less crucial album cuts like “All Black” and “I Don’t Understand It” help to tie it all up in a beautiful boom-bap package, with production by and from legends in the game that vaulted Big L into the national spotlight. L would be tragically taken from us in 1999, so this album – along with 2000’s posthumous The Big Picture – will always be special to fans. Big L was a huge talent with the world in front of him, and it’s only right to celebrate his life again on the 20th Anniversary of the album that started it all for him.
This unique set features an in-depth liner notes booklet written and compiled by journalist Chris Faraone. The CD configuration is housed in a deluxe box with original album artwork wrapped around the cover.

PUT IT ON • MVP • NO ENDZ, NO SKINZ • 8 IS ENUFF • ALL BLACK • DANGER ZONE
STREET STRUCK • DA GRAVEYARD • LIFESTYLEZ OF DA POOR & DANGEROUS
I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT • FED UP WIT THE BULLSHIT • LET ‘EM HAVE IT “L” Available from 22.01.2016

Alex Puddu – The Bull / Sequenza Erotica
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alex Puddu – The Bull / Sequenza Erotica

Image: 1601115 “The Bull” is the most representative track from the upcoming record “In the Eye of the Cat”, which undoubtedly is one of Puddu’s best and cohesive works to date. As a B-side we have “Sequenza Erotica” (Erotic Sequence), an unreleased track that can only be found on this 7’’, spreading that sexy cinematic feeling typical of Puddu’s production (see for example his “Golden Age of Danish Pornography” series).

This 45rpm single anticipates the new full-length album by Alex Puddu, a real specialist in the field of groovy imaginary soundtracks with a strong ‘70s vibe. The title of this 7’’ is “The Bull”, and it’s the most representative track from the upcoming record “In the Eye of the Cat”, which undoubtedly is one of Puddu’ s best and cohesive works to date. As Nils Markvardsen (editor of the film magazine eXtase and film festival curator) says in his liner notes featured on the album, “The Bull” confronts you with some intense flute and a killer groove and here it’s easy to imagine a mob of armed gangsters robbing a bank in an Italian crime film/poliziottesco!

As a B-side we have “Sequenza Erotica” (Erotic Sequence), an unreleased track that can only be found on this 7’’, spreading that sexy cinematic feeling typical of Puddu’s production (see for example his “Golden Age of Danish Pornography” series).

As for “In the Eye of the Cat”, Nils Markvardsen also defines it as a reference to the Italian giallo film genre of the 1960s and 70s. These lurid murder mysteries/thrillers, featuring black gloved killers lurking in the dark, gorgeous young ladies being chased and artistic displays of blood and cruelty, usually had horrifying and imaginative film titles, in many cases with the words, eye(s), black, blood, death, killer and the name of an animal of some sort thrown in the mix. […] A nice homage to giallo maestro Dario Argento from fellow Roman Alex Puddu.

The North African influence on the percussion can be found throughout the album, it has that groovy, vibrant 70s vibe. The varied selection of instruments (organ, flute, moog, bongos, cello, violin, drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitars etc.) blend flawlessly into each other and make this an intense and inspired trip… in fact it may turn into a movie in front of your very eyes! Available from 18.12.2015

Mophono & The Gaslamp Killer – Murder Man / Xposure
Thursday, November 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mophono & The Gaslamp Killer – Murder Man / Xposure

Image: 1600834 CB Records is proud to announce the new 7” single by Mophono
and The Gaslamp Killer titled “Murder Man (CTB vol 1)”, the first
installment in the limited edition vinyl series based on the legendary
San Francisco party Change The Beat. Founded in 2006 by
Mophono, The Gaslamp Killer, Citizen Ten and Aspect McCarthy,
CTB was known as the most forward thinking weekly showcase in
the world, Hosting acts like Flying Lotus, DJ Shadow, Madlib, Slum
Village, Edan, Mono/Poly and Eprom. The party description says it
all, “Dirt Wave & Rock Electronique, Thug Jazz & Riot Funk, Psyche
Madness & Funk Rock layered with the hardest instrumental & Dub
beats from around the world!!!
The Gaslamp Killer and Mophono have worked together for over 10
years since their first meeting behind the turntables at a Halloween
art party in San Diego. GLK and Mophono have consistently thrown
back the boundaries of music and DJ’ing from the early days of CTB
to working together extensively on GLK releases like Death Gate,
Breakthrough and now this grimy new single Murder Man.
There is an emerging vocabulary that accurately describes this
experimental genre that Mophono calls Dirt Wave. The A side, with
the surprisingly upbeat rhythms to the screeching breakdown at
the end, “Murder Man” smashes a futuristic yet vintage sound that
can be heard all over this new release. “Xposure” on the B side, is
definitely not shy either. From freakout screams to the distorted bass
and chaotic b-boy drums, this is
definitely not for the faint of heart.

The first installment in the limited edition vinyl series based on the legendary San Francisco party Change The Beat

The Gaslamp Killer and Mophono have worked together for over 10 years

7” limited to 500 copies worldwide Available from 11.12.2015

Record Kicks proudly presents the new album from the legendary Italian cinematic funk combo Calibro 35
Monday, November 2nd, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Recorded at Toe Rag Studios in London, Record Kicks proudly presents “S.P.A.C.E”. the new album from the legendary Italian cinematic funk combo Calibro 35 sampled by Dr.Dre in “Compton”. Recorded on tape on a 8 tracks tape recorder at the analog Mecca Toe Rag Studios in London, the worldwide famous studio where The White Stripes […]

KMD – Black Bastards (Deluxe Edition)
Friday, September 11th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on KMD – Black Bastards (Deluxe Edition)

Image: 1599196 MF Doom’s first group and their controversion sophmore release Bl_ck B_st_ards is now available in a deluxe double vinyl pressing. One of the LPs is a red vinyl pressing with the second LP being a picture disc featuring the group’s longstanding mascot. The gatefold jacket includes a pop featuring the KMD mascot and the set is rounded out with the inclusion of full liner notes by Brian Coleman.

The words “lost classic” get thrown around from time to time, but KMD’s sophomore album, Black Bastards, truly fits the bill. Originally scheduled for release in the spring of 1994, their label unceremoniously shelved it at the eleventh hour due to controversy over the provocative cover art. Surviving group member MF Doom (then known as Zev Love X) – as fans know, his younger brother Subroc was killed in 1993 – tried to release the album on other labels, but met more dead ends. Sadly, it languished in hip-hop purgatory until six years later. Even then, the album had only a limited release via small indie labels.
Beyond the fact that the controversy surrounding the cover – featuring the group’s long-standing mascot being hanged by a makeshift gallows – was unfair, the group’s fans being denied access to this album only compounded the injustice. Because musically and lyrically, it was a truly amazing record, full of youthful creativity, tinged with the stress of growing up as black men in urban America. Unlike on the group’s 1991 debut, Mr. Hood, Subroc had fully come into his own as both a producer and an MC on Black Bastards, and his untimely death made the album’s shelving that much more tragic.
Heavily influenced by the mind-bending spoken word album Blue Guerrilla by Gylan Kain (from 1970), songs like “What A Nigga Know” (the only single released from the album), the slippery, bass-driven “Get U Now” and the album’s title track explore black consciousness viewed through young-but-experienced eyes. Musically alternating between bouncy and raw –many times both concurrently – the tracks gave both MCs the springboard they needed to express themselves clearly, whether on the catchy, more lighthearted “Sweet Premium Wine,” the psychedelic, abstract “Suspended Animation” or the intricate mash-up of television samples heard on the instrumental “Garbage Day #3.”

A Side
Garbage Day #3
Get-U-Now
What A Nigga Know?

B Side
Sweet Premium Wine
Plumskinnz (Loose Hoe, God & Cupid)
Smokin’ That S*@%T!
Contact Blitt

C Side
Gimme!
Black Bastards
It Sounded Like A Roc!

D Side
Plumskinnz (Oh No I Don’t Believe It)
Constipated Monkey
F*A# Wit’ Ya Head!!
Suspended Animation Available from 25.09.2015

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