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Easy Star All-Stars – Dub Side Of The Moon (Anniverary Edition)
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Available from 04.03.2016

Various – Easy Star Volume One
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Available from 04.03.2016

Easy Star All-Stars – Radiodread
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Available from 04.03.2016

Easy Star All-Stars – Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band
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Easy Star All-Stars – Until That Day EP
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Easy Star All-Stars – Dubber Side Of The Moon
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Easy Star All-Stars – First Light
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Easy Star All-Stars – Easy Star’s Thrillah
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Easy Star All-Stars – Dub Side Of The Moon (Anniversary Edition)
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Easy Star All-Stars – Radiodread (Colored Vinyl)
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Easy Star All-Stars – Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band (LP+7”)
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Available from 04.03.2016

Easy Star All-Stars – Dubber Side Of The Moon (Coloured Vinyl)
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Available from 04.03.2016

Easy Star All-Stars – Dub Side Of The Moon (Live)
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Reggae superstar Maxi Priest returns with new studio album “Easy To Love” on VP Records
Friday, June 13th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Maxi is back with his first new studio album in five years titled “Easy To Love”. The new album is a fine representation of lovers’ rock, an effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall with universal appeal. The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality. His delivery and phrasing are […]

The Flying Stars Of Brooklyn NY – My God Has A Telephone / Live On
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Flying Stars Of Brooklyn NY – My God Has A Telephone / Live On

Image: 1612107 Debut solo single from Aaron Frazer of Durand Jones & The Indications.
Aaron’s super sweet, silvery falsetto was featured on “Is It Any Wonder?”
on The Indications’ debut LP, but Aaron steps out here with some low-
down gospel soul with some help from friends including Eli Paperboy
Reed.

• For listeners of Durand Jones & The Indications, Eli Paperboy Reed, Staple Singers
• Aaron’s previous song, “Is It Any Wonder?” has been the subject of several sync licenses [Easy – Episode 203, Friends From College – Episode 106, Gypsy – Episode 1009, The Long Dumb Road (film), Piercing (film)] Available from 20.10.2017

Johnny Stark – Who Do You Love
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Johnny Stark – Who Do You Love

The name Johnny Stark may ring a bell for those who have followed us during the last years. He was the singer on Duffy Jackson’s monster version of the James Brown classic “I Feel Good” which we re-issued on 45 as well as on the deep-funk comp “Feelin…

Auf VP Records erscheint das langerwartete Abumdebüt des jamaikanischen Reggae-Stars Christopher Martin
Friday, January 20th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Christopher Martin ist ein Multitalent: Sänger, Songwriter, Entertainer und Schauspieler. Hierzulande bekannt geworden durch “To The Top”, dem Hit mit Gentleman, u.a. “MTV Unplugged” die Ska Version, das Original vom Album “Diversity” und den darauf folgenden gemeinsamen Live-Auftritten. Als Sänger überzeugt er mit einer klaren, am Gospel geschulten Soul-Stimme und eingängigen Hooks, seine Songwriter-Fähigkeiten beweist […]

Lesiman – Here & Now Vol.1 & 2 (2CD) (Schema Easy Series)
Friday, June 5th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Funky and abstract atmospheres, dark and dramatic moments, exotic solutions and soul drifts – everything contributes to create a unique music soundscape – 70s library music by the Italian soundtrack composer Paolo Renosto, who released his library music compositions under the alias “Lesiman”.

2CD SCEB924CD
Release: 05-06-15
The Impressions – Rhythm! / Star Bright
Thursday, July 25th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Impressions – Rhythm! / Star Bright

What do you get when you cross the legendary group harmony of the Impressions, with the savvy production stylings of Daptone’s very own master of ceremonies and guitar dynamo, Binky Griptite? Easy, you get one of the finest collaborations that has eve…

Brand new collabo album by The Jussi Lampela Nonet and trumpet star Jukka Eskola …
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The latest release by Helsinki’s Ricky-­Tick Records, “Lampela X Eskola”, is the fruitful meeting of composer Jussi Lampela and trumpet star Jukka Eskola. The Jussi Lampela Nonet, featured on the album with Eskola on trumpet, is a tough collection of Finnish jazz A­listers, and their music is potent contemporary jazz with an aesthetic edge reminiscent […]

Ticklah – Ya Llegó
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ticklah – Ya Llegó

Image: 1593306 Ticklah arrives with his first official maxi-single for Names You Can Trust, featuring his long-anticipated reinterpretation of Willie Colón & Hector Lavoe’s Nuyorican classic El Dia De Suerte. With countless musical endeavors under his belt, plus founding duties in the Dap-Kings, Antibalas and the Easy Star All-Stars, Ticklah, aka Victor Axelrod, remains a serious force in the studio as exhibited in his methodical deconstruction of these seminal New York City Latin anthems. Reworked entirely from the ground up with a precise and soulful approach to foundation reggae roots and dub, Ticklah’s extended take on El Dia De Suerte stretches out into new territory, yet remains faithful to the original’s timeless message via Mayra Vega’s stunning vocals. Rounding out the package are Ticklah’s renditions of Eddie Palmieri’s Mi Sonsito and Si Hecho Palante from his 2007 album on Easy Star, already deemed dancefloor essentials by soulful DJs worldwide, remastered and now available on vinyl for the first time. It’s arrived!

Tracklisting
1. El Dia De Suerte (Vocal) [feat. Mayra Vega]
2. El Dia De Suerte (Dub
3. Mi Sonsito (feat. Mayra Vega)
4. Si Hecho Palante (feat. Mayra Vega) Available from 21.11.2014

Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi (2LP+CD)
Friday, April 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi (2LP+CD)

Through his work as producer, composer, arranger and consummate session man, New Orleans native Allen Toussaint has truly earned living-legend status. He’s collaborated on landmark recordings for such artists as Ernie K. Doe, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, the…

Dubmatix aka Jesse King presents his 2011 longplayer …
Friday, October 7th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Jesse King aka Dubmatix is a dub mastermind from Canada. His albums “Champion Sound Clash” (2005), “Atomic Subsonic” (2006), “Renegade Rocker” (2008) and, most recently, “System Shakedown” (2010), hit the spot worldwide and shook up the reggae massives all over the planet. Dubmatix is continually evolving his style, taking new influences on board on each […]

Leon Ware – Rockin’ You Eternally
Saturday, November 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Leon Ware – Rockin’ You Eternally

Image: 1616529 This customarily smooth set from 1981 is perhaps most famous for featuring three unforgettable tracks made with Marcos Valle. Rio’s pop-soul wunderkind was exploring soul textures at the same time as Leon was absorbing the rich flavour of Brazilian harmonics. Together, they crafted rhythmically sophisticated and melodically adventurous soul.

The centrepiece of the album is the lush, creeping title track – a hypnotically arranged stepper’s groove and an enduring classic. A perfect slice of orchestral soul, it features Leon’s patented unusual chord progressions, Valle on Rhodes and restrained string arrangements from Gene Page.

The nimble funk groove of “Baby Don’t Stop Me” is another collaborative delight and one of Leon’s rare uptempo tunes. “Got To Be Loved” is a timeless ballad, a sublime quiet storm version of Valle’s loping jazz-funk favourite “Bicho No Cio”.

As with all Leon records, the lyrical themes are deeply eternal throughout, whilst the music is elegant, soulful and sensual. Beyond the Valle co-writes, the soaring instrumental “Don’t Stay Away” is a real highlight, possessing an intricate melody and another heavenly string arrangement from the incredible Page. On the pleading sultry soul of “Sure Do Want You Now,” Ware’s uniquely expressive vocals are especially impassioned and polished.

This officially licensed reissue enables a wider audience to now discover its undoubted genius. The sumptuous artwork of the original jacket and inner sleeve have been faithfully restored, the latter featuring Leon’s memorable lyrics. Simon Francis’ sensitive mastering elevates the sound throughout and, as ever, it has been pressed at a reassuringly weighty 180g.

“When we started to write, we found how easy it was, and at the same time how new it was, combining the feeling I had and the feeling he had”, Valle explained to Wax Poetics on the subject of his fruitful partnership with Leon. The magic conjured up by fusing R&B with Brazilian rhythms and touches of jazz, funk, and pop resulted in a modern-soul/boogie essential.

Tracklisting
1 A Little Boogie (Never Hurt No One)
2 Baby Don’t Stop Me
3 Sure Do Want You Now
4 Our Time
5 Rockin’ You Eternally
6 Got To Be Loved
7 Don’t Stay Away
8 In Our Garden Available from 01.12.2017

Auf VP Records erscheint die neue Ausgabe von “Strictly The Best (Dancehall Edition)”
Friday, November 10th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Mit großartigen Tracks und jamaikanischen Hit-Singles geht die diesjährige Dancehall-Edition von “Strictly The Best” an den Start. Hier finden sich Stars der Szene und vielversprechenden Nachwuchskünstlern wird eine Plattform geboten. Alkaline (bürgerlich Earlan Bartley) war bereits 2016 bei den MOBO Awards nominiert und stellt mit “Pretty Girl Team” und “Money Man” gleich zwei Top-Tunes vor. […]

Ryan Porter – Spangle-Lang Lane (BF RSD)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ryan Porter – Spangle-Lang Lane (BF RSD)

Image: 1615588 Running in parallel with the powerful wave of transformation that occurred
with the advent of recording technology in the 1800s, children’s music has
been a critically important part of the evolving pace of modern culture.
Through the entire body of children’s music, few have truly deviated from
the normal harmonic and melodic structures of past composers. This is
about to change in the fall of 2017 as West Coast Get Down co-founder
Ryan Porter will present Spangle-Lang Lane, a collection of music
that revamps and puts a facelift on some of the world’s most beloved
children’s songs.
The ethos of Spangle-Lang Lane equally lives in the visual realm,
coupled with puppets and a flm series that takes on the life of the West
Coast Get Down and various jazz luminaries. From episode to episode,
you can expect to see main characters Ryan Porter and Crazy Jake,
along with puppet versions of Duke Ellington, Kamasi Washington, Louis
Armstrong, Brandon Coleman, Tony Williams, Terrace Martin, Miles
Davis, Thundercat, John Coltrane, and many others. As the in?uence
of Sesame Street started to flter into Ryan Porter’s dreams, he quickly
sought out the right tools and knowledge for creating his own puppets.
Ryan adds more detail on how the puppet world of the album formed.
“The vision for having puppets as part of Spangle-Lang Lane came
from the in?uence of the magical world of Jim Henson, but I also had a
dream where I could see all of these puppets so vividly playing gigs and
recording. I had these dreams so much that I looked into puppet making
classes so that I could learn how to make these characters that I saw so
vividly in my dreams. After a few years of learning how to make puppets,
which is not an easy thing to do, I fnally made prototypes of the puppets
that I had seen in my dreams. These puppets are the ones that I use
to flm in my videos to help teach kids music lessons and history about
older musicians that aren’t with us any longer. The type of musicians that
made a huge impact on how music sounds today, revamped through the
power of puppetry.”
For the Spangle-Lang Lane record release event, Ryan Porter will take
the puppets he’s created and the momentum of the video series for a
special concert in Los Angeles this fall. The puppets will take the stage
with Ryan to perform the music off the LP, striving to create a unique
concert experience the jazz world has never seen. This fall will serve as
a very special stretch of time for Ryan Porter and Spangle-Lang Lane,
bringing to light a lifelong pursuit that will have the power to beneft
thousands of people across current and future generations. SpangleLang Lane is an achievement unlike any other, serving as the latest
chapter of the West Coast Get Down’s growing legacy and the beginning
of Ryan Porter’s tenure in the spotlight.

1. Spangle-Lang Lane Theme
2. ABC Song
3. Itsy Bitsy Spider
4. Little Boy Blue
5. Rain Rain Go Away
6. Ants Go Marching One By One
7. Row Row Row Your Boat
8. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

• Features and collaborations across Spangle-Lang Lane include renowned LA based musicians Kamasi Washington (alto sax, percussion), Ronald Bruner Jr. (drums), Adam
Turchin (tenor sax), Miles Mosley (bass, percussion), Cameron Graves (piano, vocals) and more
• “The LP is something that I would like to see impact children in a creative way, helping them to see the power of positive change through music.” – Ryan Porter Available from 24.11.2017

Chuck Senrick – Dreamin’
Friday, October 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Chuck Senrick – Dreamin’

Image: 1611446 Notes On A Journey present Dreamin a essential reissue of the private press masterpiece from Chuck Senrick.

TRACKLISTING:
A1 – Dreamin’
A2 – Wedding Trilogy
A3 – It Don’t Matter No More
A4 – Downtown
A5 – Gray Days
B1 – Kids
B2 – Don’t Be So Nice
B3 – Celebration Lover
B4 – It’s Alright
B5 – Bright Face
B6 – The Duke Is Gone
B7 – Drop A Dime
B8 – Dreamin’ (Reprise)

LP (180g vinyl + Old School Tip On Cover + Download Card + Printed Inner Sleeve)

It’s a well-documented fact that a person’s reasons for pursuing a career in music are varied and manifold. For some, it’s the desire for a glamorous and stellar career, the longing for fame and glory. For others, it’s just a job like any other, and for some, it’s a calling, just something you got to do. With this idea in mind, it’s easy to draw a parallel between the modesty and humility in Chuck Senrick’s life to that of Sixto “Sugarman” Rodriguez. But while Sugarman
recently learnt of him enduring fame on the other side of the globe and the creation of a legend for a whole generation around his craft, Chuck Senrick was never famous, now or at any time or place during his still enduring career. For more than 45 years now he simply plays his Fender Rhodes or piano and entertains any audience which is present, incidentally at the location at which he is performing. In this day and age, an endangered species anywhere but in the US, Chuck Senrick serves as a bar pianist.
Raised in Farmington, Minnesota, the young Senrick came at the decision to throw caution to the wind and become a career musician at an early age. At the tender age of 15, he played his first gig in Minnesota, and after the venue’s owner pressed his pay into his hand, he quickly came to the conclusion that making a living by performing music was the path he wanted to pursue. From this on it was surprisingly his life of simplicity and restricted circumstances that gave Senrick the liberty to play music whenever and wherever he felt like – be it as an all-round entertainer in bars and restaurants or as a member of several bands (i.e. touring with the Shuffle Brothers across Minnesota between 1976 and 1978 and later accompanying the Claudio Baltierras Ensemble on occasion). By 1982 Senrick was hired by Joe’s Steak House in Bloomington, Illinois (a two-hour drive south of Chicago) where he has earned money ever since, either as a solo pianist or as a band leader at his own evening „At Home At The Piano Bar“. This steadfast engagement was only interrupted once, for a six years period when he moved to Anna Maria Island in sunny Florida. During this time he also only played at a single location, the Cafe Crobar. Since this time he spends the remaining parts of his day following his second love after music, building sand castles.
Building castles in the air, though, was something Chuck Senrick never did during his career. His first and only record “Dreamin” wasn’t meant to signal the start of an illustrious career in the music business. The dozen songs he recorded in friend’s living rooms during 1976 were for the by then 21-year old, freshly married Minnesotan, just a plain and simple collection of compositions capturing the world around him and recounting humble tales of his life in it. “Drop A Dime” is a simple account of the flat he shared with three friends, while, as the title suggests, “Wedding Trilogy” is dedicated to his wife and is a living reminder of his marriage which happened around the time of these recordings. It was also his first wife who drew the illustration for the cover of “Dreamin”: A portrait of a young Chuck cross-fading between Minneapolis’ bustling city life (sung about in “Downtown”) and the comforting mountain scenery of Montana embedded in familiar unity. The songs, starting with the title track “Dreamin”, invoke the calm, humble life and bond with nature, which is still dear to Chuck Senrick’s heart to this very day. The songs also address the conflict between harmony and
adventure, a facet of his personality which embodies him all the same. These days, Senrick’s personal favourite from the collection is, “Don’t Be So Nice”, the best example of this discrepancy. Hard to be topped in its reduced purity, the song is scored in a restrained and jazzy manner, as all tracks of the album, with just a Fender Rhodes accompanied by a simple beat coming from the drum machine, the Donca-Matic by Keio/Korg. This minimalism, paired
with a preference for bittersweet melodies and his ingenious vocals, bestow Chuck Senrick’s music with a brutal honesty that will never go out of fashion, therefore bearing the imprint of timelessness. The soundtrack to eternity one could say. Just 200 copies of the record were pressed, which Senrick gave away to friends or sells to his audience at his gigs. Only many years later, in 1993 to be exact, during his stay in Florida, does Senrick again record further material. A few of his live gigs are put onto cassette tape and distributed them under the name “Island Live“ and “Cheap Thrills”. Somehow, through a series of unknown events and coincidences, 40-years later those original songs finally meet the catalyst for exposure to a bigger listenership. Not in Minnesota nor in Florida but a Japanese second-hand store of all places, Jazzanova member and NOAJ co-founder Stefan Leisering finds a copy of “Dreamin”. A magic moment for the passionate musician and DJ, one that stands out strong in his decades of record collecting. It’s exactly this type of songwriting and these arrangements that hit him emotionally, ticking every box along the way. Back in Berlin, he plays the record to some friends, who are also deeply moved and impressed by Senrick’s thoroughly honest music. The author of these liner notes also remembers the first time he heard “Don’t Be So Nice” very
vividly. It was during a car trip through Berlin with friends and fellow record collectors, Danny McLewin (Psychemagik) and Alex Barck (Jazzanova), when Alex played the track on the stereo of his A-Class, I couldn’t believe my ears for a moment. Once in a blue moon do you hear such a perfect pop song, minimalistic yet overflowing with charm owing to its sincerity. Knowing about its extreme scarcity, I didn’t even attempt to try to find the record. All the
more delighted I was when Notes On A Journey asked me to write the liner notes for this reissue. Finally, I can hold this beautiful record in my hands and I can listen to this ageless, bonafide and touching music again and again and again. I hope you dear reader, gets a kick out of this the same way I did and that I and the whole Notes On A Journey crew still do.
Linernotes by Adrian Hoenicke.

www.notesonajourney.com Available from 17.11.2017

Third Root – Reflection of The Times / Soul Force
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Third Root – Reflection of The Times / Soul Force

Image: 1612104 Third Root is a Central Texas hip-hop collaborative that focuses on Black
and Brown overlapping culture and identity. The group consists of Charles
Peters (Easy Lee), Marco Cervantes (Mexican StepGrandfather), and DJ
Chicken George (DJCG). Peters is an accomplished poet and educator,
Cervantes is a producer and Ph.D. who teaches at the University of Texas
at San Antonio, and DJCG is a world-renowned DJ, musicologist, designer
& Jazztronica! Peddler. Their latest album, Libertad, produced entirely by
Grammy Award winner Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout,
Echocentrics, Spanish Gold), re?ects today’s current mobilization
among Black and Brown communities in the face of debilitating cycles
of police brutality, ?awed educational systems, privately owned prisons
and detainment centers, corporately owned politicians, and racist judicial
systems. The album delivers a mix of social justice and jam session with
each song designed to raise questions, incite discussion, and promote
healing and liberation. “Re?ection of the Times” and “Soul Force” are the
leading singles from Libertad.
A: Re?ection of the Times feat. Reggie Coby – is a powerful conversation
on race that spells out the struggle in stark and unambiguous terms.
It’s an outcry against injustice and a call to rise and re?ects the times
we’re living in. “Re?ection of the Times” is an opportunity for the group to
present the foundation for that dialogue to continue.
B: Soul Force feat. Da’Shade, Riders Against The Storm, Bavu Blakes &
Vocab – Third Root assembles a dream team supergroup of top Central
Texas emcees for this explosive “posse cut” that evokes memories
of classic group tracks like Wu-Tang Clan’s “Protect Ya Neck” or Main
Source’s “Live At The Barbeque.” With this many team members, there’s
a chance of a too-many-cooks situation, but “Soul Force” delivers, making
the song both a call-to-action and a call to start the party

• “Re?ection of the Times” and “Soul Force” are the leading singles from their latest album Libertad
• Libertad was produced entirely by Grammy Award winner Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Echocentrics, Spanish Gold)
• The album delivers a mix of social justice and jam session with each song designed to raise questions, incite discussion, and promote healing and liberation

A. Re?ections Of The Mind (Feat. Reggie Coby)
B. Soul Force (Feat. Da’shade, Riders Against The Storm, Bavu Blakes & Vocab) Available from 20.10.2017

Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Children Of Nu
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Children Of Nu

Image: 1611942 Reginald Omas Mamode IV follows last year’s self-titled debut album with “Children Of Nu”.

Tracklisting
A1 – Rollin In
A2 – Put Your Hearts Together
A3 – IV Afrika Crunk
A4 – Us Two
A5 – Interlude
B1 – Question They
B2 – Nu
B3 – Do Right
B4 – Peoples Pattern
B5 – Working…
C1 – Unity
C2 – Don’t You Know?
C3 – Poor Man
C4 – I Guess
C5 – Interlude II
D1 – We Must Learn (skit)
D2 – Wake Up
D3 – Children Of Nu
D4 – Satisfied
D5 – This Light – Omas Sextet

The 20 track album draws influence from the world around us, everyday life. As we witness rising poverty, global events, political and ethnic divisions – these factors prompt some of Reginald’s themes and call for humanity to recognise we are all interconnected. “We are all related. We’re all brothers and sisters with common ancestry, common history and a common origin regardless of race, geographic location or belief systems. Love and compassion are universal feelings/practices we all should embrace and apply to all aspects of our lives, our interactions and our relationships, regardless of the kinship”.

Reginald Omas Mamode IV ‘Children Of Nu’ encompasses Reginald’s musical and sonic influences – Afro Roots music through to jazz and soul. It draws from Africa as much as the west, an attempt to make a record that can exist in many contexts, the present, the future and past. Recorded with freedom – most tracks remain
from the first take – the process of creating ‘Children Of Nu’ was an open ended development from a natural, intuitive, starting point. Made with minimal thought of how tracks would end up, the music was led through the creative process. Born of a moment, each track is an attempt to capture that instance, mood, feeling or subject.
Last year’s self-titled debut album was warmly received, collecting critical success including Mojo (“A brand-new-retro delight”), Mixmag (“Peckham beat brilliance”), Record Collector (“Equal parts D’Angelo to J Dilla”), The Wire (“Soul music turned all the way inward”) and a Bandcamp Album of the Day (“Breathing lifeforms that are equally steeped in hip-hop, funk, soul and jazz”). It was also nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2017.
Along with Mo Kolours, Jeen Bassa, Henry Wu, Al Dobson Jr and Tenderlonious, he’s helped forge in the 22a co-operative that The FADER calls “a kaleidoscopic patchwork of hip-hop, house, and groove investigations bound by one thread: a timeless belief in rhythm as a universal language”.

http://www.facebook.com/reginaldomasmamodeiv
http://five-easy-pieces.com Available from 03.11.2017

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

Rodriguez Jr.
Monday, July 3rd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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A product of South Of France, between Nîmes and Montpellier far from any big city, Olivier Mateu grew up on the seaside during the 1990s where he oscillated between piano lessons and electronic music parties. As one half of French electro act The Youngsters – best known for their two studio albums and singles for […]

Various – Total Reggae – Greensleeves 40 Years (2CD) (Greensleeves)
Friday, May 12th, 2017 | Tags: ,
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40 essenzielle Aufnahmen eines der bedeutendsten und bekanntesten Labels der Reggae- und Dancehall-Szene!

2CD VPGS70572
Release: 12-05-17
40 essenzielle Aufnahmen eines der bedeutendsten und bekanntesten Labels der Reggae- und Dancehallszene
Friday, April 28th, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Ursprünglich ein Schallplattenladen mit Schwerpunkt Reggae, entstand 1977 in London mit Greensleeves Records eine der renommiertesten Schallplattenfirmen der Independent Musikbranche und ein Musikverleger für Künstler und Produzenten jamaikanischer Musik in Europa. Zum 40-jährigen Jubiläum wurde für die “Total Reggae”-Serie eine repräsentative Auswahl an hochwertigen Aufnahmen von Klassikern, Hits und Raritäten in chronologischer Reihenfolge zusammengestellt. Die […]

RUN DMC – Tougher Than Leather
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on RUN DMC – Tougher Than Leather

Image: 1609701 Too many people sleep on Tougher Than Leather, Run-DMC’s fourth album. But hear us out as we plead the case for this amazing LP.
By 1988 there was a lot more competition in the rap game – Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, Ice-T and many
more had given Hollis, Queens’ prodigal sons lots of competition. But Joe, Darryl and Jay were still at the top of their game, and hip-hop
fans should never let this classic – chiefly produced by their Queens neighbor, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Davy D[MX] – get lost in their
crates.
For starters, the album’s first single, “Run’s House” b/w “Beats To The Rhyme” is arguably the most powerful one-two punch of the trio’s
career, showing contenders to the rap throne that they could still destroy a beat, tag-teaming with power at any speed. Not to be lost in
the shuffle, fans were also reminded on both sides that Jam-Master Jay remained one of the world’s best DJs, flexing the pinnacle of what
would be called “turntablism” a decade later. Both songs show a musical telepathy between all three that has rarely been equaled.
The second single, “Mary, Mary,” driven by an infectious Monkees sample, took a different approach, shrewdly ensuring that pop fans
who jumped on the Raising Hell bandwagon had something to chew on. But, like “Walk This Way,” the song wasn’t just bubblegum –
there was an edge to it, and the lyrical gymnastics were very real. It wasn’t selling out, it was allowing fans to buy in. “Papa Crazy,” driven
in concept and by a sample from the Temptations’ “Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” followed a similar pop-leaning path.
Overall, the lyrical content on the album was a step up from the group’s first three LPs. It’s easy to infer, looking back, that they were
feeling the heat from their younger competitors in the rap game. The genre was changing fast, and they were up to the challenge. On cuts
like “Radio Station” they bring substance to the grooves, by attacking Black Radio for its continual denigration of rap. “Tougher Than
Leather” reminds the world that they were still the Kings of Rock, with hard guitars to drive the point home. And “They Call Us Run-DMC”
and “Soul To Rock And Roll” both bring things back to their early days, with sure-fire park jam rhymes and killer cuts.
Tougher Than Leather, which went platinum up against a lot of competition, perfectly bookends the ‘80s output of one of the decade’s
most important groups. It encompasses the full range of the trio’s capabilities, and reminds us that Run-DMC should never be forgotten
as both pioneers and party-rockers. And so, we say, long live Joe, Darryl and Jay!

A1. Run’s House
A2. Mary, Mary
A3. They Call Us Run DMC
A4. Beats To The Rhyme
A5. Radio Station
A6. Papa Crazy
B1. Tougher Than Leather
B2. I’m Not Going Out Like That
B3. How’d Ya Do It Dee
B4. Miss Elaine
B5. Soul To Rock And Roll
B6. Ragtime Available from 05.05.2017

Shango Dance Band – Shango Dance Band
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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

DJ Low Cut – Dead End (2LP+MP3)
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Low Cut – Dead End (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1609266 Stuck in the depths of a dark alley, blocked by yet another breeze, hitting a stone wall, road sign ahead: Dead End.
Impasse. “Cul-de-sac”.
Hip-hop. The original, some would say, official music of the late 20th Century Bronx.
Some say it has endured it’s fair share of distractions, detractors and defectors. Some say it has murdered itself, having been abandoned by its so-called best men, those who have gone off in other directions, or who have, simply, just beat-retired. Yet, there are plenty of Soldier Monks still out there, prepared to sweat it out in the Temple of Machinery and Mics.
Low Cut honored this cause four years ago, with his MPC crafted minimalist version of NY Minute and he’s back to ring the bells and unsheathe the samples!

TRACKLISTING 2LP :
A SIDE
A01 « Dante Inferno » (Intro)
A02 « All Alone » feat. Masta Ace & Torae *
A03 « Lyrikal Landslide » feat. Ruste Juxx & Nutso *
A04 « What’s Done Is Done » feat. Ide & Jise One
A05 « Déjà Vu » feat. Rasheed Chappell & Soul The American Dream
A06 « I’m Here » feat. Dontique & CF
C SIDE
C13 « Just Listen » feat. Wildelux **
C14 « Longevity » feat. G.O.D. Part.3, J-Merk & Jamil Honesty
C15 « Who Be The Realest ? » feat. King Magnetic *
C16 « Making Cuts » feat. Dj Nix’on, Dj Topic, Ordoeuvre & Dj Duke
C17 « Hell’s Storm » feat. Q-Unique, Hex One & Milez Grimez *

B SIDE
B07 « The Mecca » (Interlude)
B08 « Disobedience » feat. Clever One
B09 « Call Of The Wild» feat. Team Thoro (Absouljah, Spicco, Halfa Brick) **
B10 « She’s Broke » feat. Guilty Simpson
B11 « Believers » (Interlude) **
B12 « Ambition Of The Shallows » feat. Napoleon Da Legend & Paloma Pradal **
D SIDE
D18 « Maniac » feat. Xplicit Content (Unkn?wN, Fatha Death, Eternel, Apacalypze) **
D19 « Damned » (Interlude) **
D20 « Other Shit » feat. Dirt Platoon & Wyld Bunch *
D21 « Projects » feat. Spit Gemz & Eff Yoo **
D22 « The Payback » feat. EMS (M-Dot, Revalation, Mayhem)**

* : Cuts by Dj Nix’on.
** : Cuts by Dj Low Cut

The starting point of Dead End’s production remains the 90’s boom-bap, but the will to carry it even further brings it to its destination. By decorating it with rich samples flushed out after digging through vinyls pressed several decades ago, it is guided by a compass pointing deposits to the East. With sound quality inherited from a fastidious composition and mix works, using inspiration rather than just being a copycat, Dead End celebrates it without setting it up as a museum piece.

Picturing the beatmaker stuck in the depths of a dark alley, ended with a brick wall, is easy. But far from isolated in his Parisian basement, Low Cut has rung phones in New York, Baltimore and Detroit, rounding up the faithful. He magnetized the hidden but sharp forces, and gained attendance of legends. The casting of Dead End : Ruste Juxx & Nutso, Dirt Platoon, Guilty Simpson, Torae, Rasheed Chappell and the stainless Masta Ace, among other beat crushers. Also starring DJ Duke, Nix’on, Topic and Ordoeuvre with their DMC titles crates, for a deep beatfight on bars scarified of scratches.
Heavy atmosphere, martial beats and street soul, Dead End is also the final episode of the projects initiated by Low Cut, based on the model of a producer inviting various MCs.
He will then replace his turntable needles, refresh his sample banks, and settle the BPMs of his productions on more abstract frequencies.

Available from 21.04.2017

Christopher Martin – Big Deal (VP)
Friday, February 10th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Das langerwartete Debütalbum des Stars aus Jamaika und Gentleman Protogés. Mit Gastauftritten von Chip (aka Chipmunk), Busy Signal, Destiny Moriah und Tanto “Real Rich” Blacks.

CD VP19832
Release: 10-02-17
Eric Lau – Examples (Colored)
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Image: 1608142 First Word enters 2017 with a bang: a 28-track album courtesy of Eric Lau. This, his third instrumental album, is a veritable tapestry of vibes, ranging through Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz, Funk & Brazilian beats. A mere taste into the genius production skills of London’s Mr. Lau, it’s easy to understand why he’s so revered by DJs, artists and producers across the world, including Rich Medina, 9th Wonder, Bobbito, Dam Funk, Gilles Peterson, James Poyser (The Roots), Phonte and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), amongst others. Eric has had previous outings for First Word as part of the Record Store Day beat-challenge trilogy, along with Tall Black Guy, Kidkanevil and Mr. Thing, and was recently initiated into Jazzy Jeff’s star-studded annual Playlist Retreat. As a producer, he’s worked with a host of artists, including Kaidi Tatham, Oddisee, Yussef Kamaal, Guilty Simpson, Dego, Tawiah, Rahel and Fatima, to name a few, whilst his DJ skills have seen him tour the globe with luminaries such as Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper and Questlove. Additionally to three instrumental LPs, he previously released his debut-proper for Ubiquity, ‘New Territories’, and the acclaimed 2013 sophomore album, ‘One Of Many’. ‘Examples’ really provides you with what it says on the tin – a mere taster of this man’s talents, available digitally and on wax, black vinyl for the purists and limited edition yellow vinyl for the heads. Kicking off the new year with a bounce, it’s unnecessary that we tell you that you shouldn’t sleep on this.. Don’t sleep on this.

Tracklisting
1 New Speed
2 Lift Off
3 Contact
4 RAHW
5 Harps in Space
6 Circles
7 Can I Get a Witness
8 Spooky Fonk
9 4 De La
10 Harmonics
11 Love Vamp
12 The Sun Beyond
13 Amerie
14 Rhythm King
15 Bas
16 Flute Time
17 Its Rainy
18 Its Okay
19 Myo Shuffle
20 Masamba
21 Gold
22 Lau’s Lament
23 Everything Will Work out Fine
24 Open Up
25 Re’lax
26 Lullaby
27 Dreams
28 Good Evening Available from 27.01.2017

“Inner Calling” heißt das neue Album von Marcus I & The Tucxone Army
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Marcus I ist schon lange in der Musikszene aktiv. 2007 zieht er im Alter von 23 Jahren nach Madrid und gründet dort die Soul-Reggae-Band Tasty Grooves. Als Sänger und Songwriter tritt er mit einigen der besten Reggae-Musiker der Stadt auf. Nach der Single “A Change Must Come” mit Ken Boothe wird die internationale Reggae-Szene auf […]

Marcus I & The Tucxone Army – Inner Calling (2LP+MP3)
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Image: 1607812 Marcus I (Marc Ibarz) Santander:
Musician and songwriter born in Cantabria, active in the musical scene
since very early stages.In 2007 I moved to Madrid and there I started the
soulful reggae band Tasty Grooves a band where I performed as singer
and songwriter alongside some of the best reggae musicians in the city.
After the release of a single with Ken Boothe titled “A Change Must Come”
the international reggae community became aware of my career. Then,
with the Tasty Grooves I released my first LP titled “Soul Street” which
received great reviews from the international music journalists and did so
well with the audience. With “Soul Street” we performed in front of huge
crowdsatthebestreggaefestivalsallaroundsuchasRototomSunsplash,
La Concha Reggae Vibes, Minho Reggae, Reggaeboa, Madrid es Negro
and a long etcetera.
I now live in France and I from here I continue my solo career, my new
birth as an artist.WithTucxone Records hand in hand, they’ve trusted me
to ride their powerful resident band The Tucxone Army to work both live
and in the studio.
Tucxone Army:
Tucxone Army are a music collective that fight to preserve Jamaican
culture and music. Be it in the studio or on the stage, this band shows up
a very strict compromise with the roots of the Caribbean island sounds.
They frst gathered in 2014 to record for Little Roy and they been recording
together ever since with artists such as Luciano, Mikey General, Prince
Jazzbo, Eugene Paul, Natty G, Prince Jamo, BigYouth, and the list goes
on and on.They first came out as a studio band, but in 2015 they jumped
onto the stage to back up acts such as Prince Jamo.
In a time when sound system culture is leading the path of reggae into an
era where knowledge of the roots would seem it isn’t relevant and also
where musicians are in the shadows of the business, the Tucxone Army
are ready to fight back and put Roots Reggae back on its place.

LP:
1. Inner Calling
2. Venus
3. Rocky Boat
4. Solve the Problems
5. Joyful Sunset
6. Immigrants
7. Easy Living Man
8. Creation Steppers
9. Lena
10. Smoke Rings
11. Babylon Press I
12. Dub Calling
13. Guiding Dub
14. Rocky Dub
15. Dub the Problems
16. Dub Rings
17. Dub of Migration
18. Easy Living Dub
19. Creation Dub
20. Since Dub has Gone
21. Dub Press I Available from 10.02.2017

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