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Will Sessions – Knowledge (Feat. Elzhi)
Friday, February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Will Sessions – Knowledge (Feat. Elzhi)

Image: 1608694 The second release from Will Sessions’ newly launched record label Sessions Sounds. This is the frst collaboration between Will Sessions and Elzhi since the critically acclaimed mixtape, Elmatic.
The A side features an explosive extended verse from Elzhi, on top of an anthemic beat performed and produced by Will Sessions. The B side is an instrumental edit that takes you deeper into the production of Will Sessions.

Side A.
Knowledge of 12th
Side B.
Knowledge of 12th (Instrumental) Available from 03.03.2017

Modeselektor
Monday, November 13th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Wildly diverse, infused with exuberance and inspired by a slap of the absurd, Modeselektor’s inarguable grooves seem to emanate from every conceivable musical genre, creating a controlled chaos whose sonic expression elevates the eyebrows of critics and the heartbeats of dance floors around the world. ‘Boundary breaking’ is a phrase that today almost every artist […]

Jungle Brothers – Done By The Forces Of Nature
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jungle Brothers – Done By The Forces Of Nature

Image: 1606746 “The Jungle Brothers’ 1988 debut, Straight Out The Jungle,
was important for many reasons. It was sloppy and goofy
but had moments of real focus and social consciousness. It
was a true “kitchen sink” record, that caught a rap fanbase
enraptured by Eric B. & Rakim, Public Enemy and Boogie
Down Productions a bit off-guard. Also of note, beyond the
excellence of the album itself, the Jungle Brothers were the
fulcrum for what would become the Native Tongues
movement – they came first, De La Soul and A Tribe Called
Quest followed, under their guidance.
By 1989, the group had even more confidence, plus a
Warner Bros. contract and advance in their back pocket.
They used it to great advantage on the self-produced and
criminally underrated Done By The Forces Of Nature,
expanding their sonic palette and continuing their
Afrocentric approach to music and life. Singles like “What
‘U’ Waitin’ 4” and “Doin’ Our Own Dang” (with De La and
Q-Tip, alongside Monie Love) showed the group’s fun side,
which has also lead the way in the “hip-house” movement.
But things weren’t all fun and games, as deeper, more
pensive album tracks like “Black Woman,” “Beeds On A
String,” and “Acknowledge Your Own History” show. It was
another accomplished mix of fun, frolic and
knowledge-of-self, proving that you could be serious in the
rap game but still let off steam and fill the dancefloor.
Done By The Forces Of Nature stands as one of the most
cherished hip-hop documents of the late ‘80s among
true-school heads, and this edition is the perfect way to
revisit this classic thinking-man’s (and woman’s) rap platter.
Issued for the first time ever on 2-LP with the original
picture sleeve artwork, it also comes with a reproduction of
the original insert, with credits and lyrics.”
Available from 26.05.2017

Jah9
Monday, August 29th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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Deeply mystical, Jah9 has emerged from a chrysalis of poetry, dub and spirit to become a powerful femiNINE energy within a universal grassroots movement of consciousness. Inspired by the open spaces in the instrumental dub of 1970’s Jamaican roots music, Jah9 sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a […]

Sean P Presents – Under The Influence Vol.5
Friday, June 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sean P Presents – Under The Influence Vol.5

Image: 1604196 2015 was a productive year for Z Records with the release of Opolopo’s artist album, the Joey Negro compiled
Le Freak – a tribute to the sound of Chic, 90’s House & Garage and the long awaited Supafunkanova Vol.2.
As a result 2016 had a lot to live up to but it has already started in fine form with the release of Volume Two of
Joey Negro’s Remixed With Love series, an album that has been supported by dj’s across the board and has
been lauded as a landmark album in it’s genre.
Z Records continues its commitment to unearthing the obscure and long forgotten tracks from the last 40 years
through the ever-popular Under The Influence series. Following on from Red Greg, Paul Phillips, James Glass
and Nick The Record it’s now the turn of another of the worlds most respected record collectors to put
together their selection. This time it’s long time Z Records album co-compiler Sean P.
Alongside Joey Negro, Sean P has been responsible for some killer selections for their Soul of Disco and
Supafunkanova series, all of which feature tracks from Sean’s vast record collection. He has been collecting
records since his early years, producing and releasing his own edits way before they became the norm and is
widely recognized as one of the foremost fountains of musical knowledge so to say he is a stalwart of the
underground music scene is well deserved.
For his UTI album he goes even deeper and much more across the board with tracks taking in afro, soul, funk,
disco, Brit Funk, dub and jazz with many of the tracks costing hundreds if you were able to find the originals.
Included in the booklet are extensive track notes from Sean highlighting what he knows about these records
and, where they are super-rare and obscure, what he doesn’t.
As always with ZR compilations a lot of time and effort has been spent on creating these masters from the
original vinyl, cleaning them up, removing all the clicks and pops resulting in the cleanest sounding copy
possible.

CD Track List

CD One
01 Crystal Clear – (Caught Between) A Rock And A Hard Place
02 Joanne Ellis – Bye Baby
03 King David – Trinidad Rock
04 Plunky and Oneness of Ju Ju – Electric Juju Nation/Keep It Moving
05 BBRA – Do What Make You Feel Good
06 George & Glen Miller – Easing
07 HE3 Project – Thesis On Love
08 Fruitcake – We Are Children
09 Don & Oli – Superman
10 Ed Watson And The Brass Circle – Roforofo Fight
11 Jimmy Spencer – Summertime
12 Les Femmes – Yes, You Thrill Me
13 Nostromo – Around The World In 80 Seconds
14 The Coalition – Where Do We Go From Here

CD Two
01 Bobby Cash Redd – Skate-Party People
02 Medina & Mensah – Kowree Sambazzi
03 Natural Hi – Fame (Hi Re-Mix)
04 Yeow – Give My Heart Away
05 The Mark IV – If You Can’t Tell Me Something Good
06 J.P. Robinson – Y’Shua
07 Sandy Mercer – Give Me Your Love
08 The Love Bite – What Goes Up
09 World Quake Band – On The One
10 The Stars – (We Are The) Stars
11 William C. Brown III – Come On And Go With Me
12 Starship Gilbey – Take A Train
13 Darlene Davis – Making It

Vinyl Track List

Record One
A1 Natural Hi – Fame (Hi Re-Mix)
A2 George & Glen Miller – Easing
B1 J.P. Robinson – Y’Shua
B2 Ed Watson And The Brass Circle – Roforofo Fight
B3 Medina & Mensah – Kowree Sambazzi

Record Two
C1 King David – Trinidad Rock
C2 The Mark IV – If You Can’t Tell Me Something Good
C3 Nostromo – Around The World In 80 Seconds
D1 Don & Oli – Superman
D2 World Quake Band – On The One
D3 The Stars – (We Are The) Stars Available from 15.07.2016

London Elektricity
Monday, November 2nd, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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For those that know him and those that don’t, Tony Colman (no ‘e’!) cuts a formidable figure. The co-founder and CEO of Hospital Records and sister label Med School, mastermind behind the multi award-winning Hospital podcast, producer and vinyl-only DJ, has been instrumental in the development of D+B as we know it today. Responsible for […]

“Are We There Yet?” is the sixth studio album from London Elektricity
Monday, November 2nd, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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“Are We There Yet?” is the sixth studio album from London Elektricity on his own nineteen-year-old label Hospital Records. Over 14 tracks the album combines beautiful chord progressions recorded from his own Steinway piano – a family heirloom passed down through generations – with perfect vocal harmonies from Tony himself, Emer Dineen, Pete Simpson and […]

Castle – Return Of The Gasface
Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Castle – Return Of The Gasface

Image: 1589286 This is for those with hard heads, black lungs, and scarred hearts. It’s for the dreamers who construct darts on loose-leaf and those revolting against corporate life and casual Fridays. It’s Castle’s Return of the Gasface, released on Mello Music Group, remixed by Has-Lo with a new track and revamped verses.
The new record tilts at a different angle, but the beats still bludgeon without sacrificing soul. The raps are rugged yet introspective. The North Carolina native’s voice is grizzled and shot through with the fatigue that comes from late nights, cigarettes and coffee. Has-Lo’s beats coax a deeper melancholy out of Castle’s hymns.
This isn’t struggle rap, but rather acknowledgement of human struggles. Old soul loops wind around lamp-less alleys, the sound of footsteps pounding, sirens blaring, and guns clutched tightly amidst scathing winter winds. Just when the darkness seems almost too ominous, Castle cracks a smirk. The nocturnal street disciple is the same dude reading The Onion, writing ballads to Homer Simpson’s nemesis Frank Grimes, and mocking rappers whose lyrics are so kitsch they’re like a graveyard of pink flamingos and garden gnomes.
Don’t dismiss this as nostalgia for the 90s. The chops, scenarios, and smoke are all highly modern, but the mood brings to mind classics of the past from Ghostface Killah, Organized Konfusion and Mos Def. It’s aggressive and sentimental without being saccharine. Deeply soulful music equal parts smart and sad. Hip Hop DXalready called the original Gasface one of 2013’s best and most slept-on records, full of “strong wordplay, comedic wit, and brash demeanor matching the [original] 3rd Bass classic.” No need to make the same mistake twice. This is the only Gasface you’ll ever want to receive
– written by Jeff Weiss

Key Selling Points
1. Castle describes it well: “Pop rappers chastising, claim taht I don’t stack enough. Art rappers chastising, claim that I don’t tap enough.”
2. Hip Hop DX called Gasface one of the best and most slept-on records, full of “strong wordplay, comedic wit, and brash demeanor matching the [original] 3rd Bass classic”
3. Original cover art by New York artist Josh Bayer, who is best known for creating the opening sequences in the HBO show “Rome” as well as the paintings in Alicia Key’s “Girl On Fire” video.

Tracklisting
1. Chateau
2. Finalivin’
3. We Here Though
4. Lighten Up
5. New Stereo
6. Casual Fridays
7. Todd Shaw ft. Has-Lo
8. Clever Bunny
9. Ballad Of Frank Grimes
10 All hat Counts
11. Three Dollar
12. Live Action
13. Two Times Available from 18.07.2014

Fanon Records presents a collection of very rare and exclusive French pop songs from the 60s-70s
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 | Tags: ,
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The popular history of French music in the 60s often pits two opposing sides against each other: the polished ‘varieté’ of the yéyé stars like Françoise Hardy against the socially-engaged singer-songwriters like Léo Ferré, but the story is far more complex. Alongside their better-known work, stars like Dalida, Dutronc and Sheila recorded music that happily […]

Various – Americana 2 – Rock Your Soul
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Americana 2 – Rock Your Soul

Image: 1584676 Taking its lead from the ‘Americana Music Association’, Wikipedia describes ‘Americana’ as “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw. While acoustic instruments are often present and vital,
Americana also often uses a full electric band.”
Like its well-received predecessor, the music on this second volume of Americana, showcases a slightly different take on this phenomenon.
‘Contemporary’? Well, most of these recordings, sourced from the golden musical decades of the ‘70s and ‘80s, nonetheless fit very snugly with an interest in all things folk-funk that, while a marked tendency amongst the kind of people who are usually more interested in black music styles since at least the ‘90s rediscovery of Terry Callier, is very much of the ‘now’ as we get deeper into the twenty-first century. ‘Roots’
music? Well, most of this stuff has a commercial, professional sheen, redolent less of the back porch and wide open plains than the urban pub and the college campus. The musical syncretism found here represents an ‘easy’ strain of American popular music that was less ‘lock-up-your-daughters’ than ‘wow, I think Mom and Pop will like this too.’
As such, it represents a progressive, adult rapprochement with the civil rights movement, a moment in American cultural life before Reaganomics had fully achieved the backwards march that was a catalyst for the rise of hip-hop and the racial and class-based fracturing of the progressive post-war consensus. Life feels good, if a touch complacent, in these grooves.
It’s often the reception and not the production that crystallizes a musical style, and the relatively disparate sounds to be found on this album find their home together thanks to the particular aesthetic of renowned crate-digger/archivists Zaf Chowdhry and Mark Taylor. Both steeped in black music, these guys found they shared a penchant for its ‘blue-eyed’ variant. Blue-eyed soul has of course always been a part of Britain’s
black music scenes, and the discourse has hopefully moved on from the days when earnest record collectors would debate whether only blacks could sing the blues. The quest for ‘authenticity’ that characterized those discussions really comes unstuck with these kinds of recordings: it’s precisely their inauthenticity as R&B that makes them authentic. The kind of melismatic, churchy, enraptured vocals characteristic of classic R&B are absent here, in their stead is something cooler and more definitively secular. If they speak to us now, it’s because we’re nostalgic for the kind of fit between music and identity that has become so lost with the advent of new recording technologies and brutal commercial realities. Bland, but expressive of new identities, new communities and the searching, reflective self that characterized the singer-songwriter role in the second-half of the twentieth-century, this album deepens our understanding of the influence of black music on American culture, and indeed of American culture more generally on the UK’s black music scenes, whilst spreading the love a little wider than the small circles of cognoscenti who have previously cherished these records. This survey of a sound touches bases of all of those aforementioned UK and world-wide black-music scenes
too. If the two-step scene has yet to pick up on the likes of Jaye P. Morgan, it’s been sleeping. Elsewhere, lightly jazzy instrumental funk (Luc Cousineau) jostles the deeper, heavier sounds of Lucy Stone. Southern soul stalwarts Rhodes, Chalmers and Rhodes go disco, TR’s Hot Ice fit with the punk-funk/disco-not-disco template, and Hal Bradbury and Steve Eaton can pass muster with the more discerning of collectors as
‘proper’ soul records. All in all, it’s another in-depth look at a neglected area of American musical history with a direct line to the eclectic sensibilities of twenty-first century black music collectors.

Andy Kemp, 2013
KEY SELLING POINTS:
– Zafar Chowdhry co owned & managed one of London’s most popular record stores Reckless Records, Soho from 1988 till 2006. DJs from all over the world playing all types of music have at one point traded records or bought records from Zaf. He is known to be one of the most
knowledgeable record dealers in the UK
– Zaf now owns www.zafsmusic.com, the premier website for exclusive rare disco, soul, funk rarities.Many dj’s, producers & collectors worldwide such as Gilles Peterson, Kon & Amir, Dave Lee, Sean P, Patrick Forge, Phil Asher, Keb Darge, Norman Jay and many more buy records from this esteemed website.
– Zaf’s previous forays into compilations include compiling the whole of the P&P series on Sussd records, as well as the Deep Disco Culture series.He has also released two reissue 12’s on Kindred Spirits in 2010/2011, China Burton/Razzmatazz, followed by Roy Ayers/Cash 12″.
– Double vinyl (gatefold) comes with a bonus CD that includes all tracks
– Music on this comp can be played on many daytime mainstream radio stations. Should be a big favorite for coffee table crowd

Tracklisting CD
1. Breakaway – There’s A New Group In
Town
2. E.J. Stamp – I Know All About It
3. Archie James Cavanaugh – Make Me
Believe
4. Joseph Nicoletti – Night Time Stars
5. Spats (Your Lovin’ Is) – Everywhere
6. The Ray Camacho Band – Hollywood
7. TR’s Hot Ice – Hot Ice
8. Luc Cousineau – Vaya Mulata
9. Macky Feary Band – A Million Stars
10. RCR – Give It To You
11. Freudian Funk Band – I’m Ambivalent
About You Baby (Yes, Yes, Yes… No, No,
No)
12. Dan Mastroianni – Just One Touch
13. Hal Bradbury – You Win, I Lose
14. Lucy Stone – Giving Love Instead Of Gold
15. Steve Eaton – Without You
16. Jaye P. Morgan – Here Is Where Your
Love Belongs Available from 08.11.2013

The Green Man (TGM)
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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The Green Man’s Sound Power is “Bass Music” with a lot of soul. Its 30 tracks are a sound journey from melancholy to euphoria, covering both speedy and half-time beats, coolness and emotion. It features mainly drum & bass, but also dubstep, ambient, jazz, soul, techno, trap and trip hop. It switches between lush arrangements […]

Keb Darge & Little Edith – Legendary Wild Rockers 3
Thursday, June 27th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Keb Darge & Little Edith – Legendary Wild Rockers 3

Image: 1580133 Here we are again, the third volume in a series set to outstrip my “Legendary Deep Funk” comps. We do hope so, as we much prefer the music on these. The funk and soul thing seems much too serious nowadays. Whereas rockin tunes are all about fun. Not to detract from the quality of music on these tunes, but you can clearly here the fun they had recording them.
The majority of the tunes on volume 2 were ultra-rare rockabilly classics. This time we’ve gone for pure fun with a few deeper sounding rarities thrown in to add a hint of diversity. Dj’ing is also much more fun for us now as this music generates happiness in the crowd too. The old northern soul days of “drowning in a sea of my own despair” have been replaced with “having a ball”. That seems the condition we left the UK in too, with lots of younger club goers having a ball to the likes of Johnny Burnette or Charlie Feathers.
Japan is already in the grip of Rockabilly fever, but we have our work cut out in other countries over here in South East Asia. Noel Coward once said “funny how powerful cheap music is”, and Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of the way that mass marketing of shite works
here. Still give us a few years and we will save them from a life of pish music. Already little pockets of resistance are breaking out. A bit like the UK ten years ago then ??

BIO
The legendary out-spoken Scotsman has been around the Northern soul & funk scene since the start and began his career as a dancer. As soon as he had enough money together he started collecting and buying Northern Soul in the UK, during regular trips to the US and was starting to play around the Wigan area at the heyday of The Casino. By 1981 he had gained a respectful reputation as a DJ.
He moved to London at the age of 22 and decided to start living a normal life and quit DJ’ing, but was quickly playing Northern-soul again due to heavy demand by old Wigan promoters. He brought the scene to London and drew the Northern punters that had moved to London after
the Wigan scene dissolved. After a few years, the Northern scene faded, Keb sold his music collection but he still had a loft filled with ‘junk’ music (according to himself) that he had picked up in the states that was to-be classified as “Deep Funk” later on.
So in 1989 house music arrived in the UK, and Keb decided to play the funk grooves after a trip to Japan. He managed to get a regular night at an acid-jazz club called ‘The Wagclub’ and he finished there after a period. And around 1992/93 he met fellow collector Snowboy on the first funk-only night in London called ‘Deep Funk’, named by Keb (that he later used as a name to describe the sound) but arranged by the owners of the club (Club Ormonds). After a while Snowboy and Keb wanted to push the funk sound further and they decided to start their own
night in an old restaurant. The nights failed due to the domination of house and shut down after a few months.
In 1996 BBE and Keb Darge teamed up to start releasing the now infamous Deep Funk and Funk Spectrum series that spawned a whole host of imitators.

Today he holds two weekly spots at the club (Legendary Deep Funk –Fridays / Lost & Found –Saturdays, where he focuses on his current passion – underground 50’s music), travelling around the world DJ’ing, and running the label Kay Dee Records with Kenny Dope. He has achieved legendary status by far with a 40’s to 70’s musical knowledge second to none that is perfectly reflected on his BBE compilations.

Tracklisting CD
1.Ganimian & His Orientals – Come With Me To The Casbah
2.Angie & The Citations – Headache
3.Round Robin – I’m The Wolf Man
4.Gene Maltais with The Gibson String Band – The Raging Sea
5.Johnny Knight – Rock & Roll Guitar
6.Phil Barclay And The Sliders-Short Fat Ben
7.Tony and Jackie Lamie with The Swing Kings – Sunset Blues
8.The Shindigs – Thunder Reef
9.Ole Miss Down Beats – Geraldine
10.Riki and The Rikatone – Whiphash
11.Marlon “Madman” Mitchell and The Rocketeers – Ice Cold Baby
12.Johnny Powers with the band of Stan Getz & Tom Cats – Rock Rock
13.Eddie Gaines and The ‘Rockin’ Five – Be-Bop Battlin’ Ball
14.Ray Taylor and Alabama Pals – Connie Lou
15.Everett Carpenter – Let Your Hair Down Baby
16.Untouchables – Crawlin’ (The Crawl)
17.The Page Boys – Barricuda
18.Joe Lee and Orchestra – Hang-Out
19.The Rebel Rousers – Peter Gunn Twist
20.The Country Dudes – Have A Ball Available from 07.06.2013

Roc Marciano is dropping his sophomore full-length on Decon
Thursday, November 15th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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Long Island rapper/producer/ex-Flipmode Squad member Roc Marciano is dropping his sophomore full-length on Decon. The long-awaited 15-track album is an ice-cold slice of New York rap grittiness from a dead-eyed master of the craft. Reloaded is largely self-produced and thematically airtight. The album showcases Roc in his prime, not so much flexing as effortlessly dismissing […]

N-Type
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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N-Type is a bigboy DJ. Literally – at six foot three, with a slightly hyper air, he fills any room, and as he leans forward to talk to you, constantly smiling and full of easy conversation, his presence is undeniable. It’s this upbeat energy and imposing character that have made him possibly dubstep and Rinse […]

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