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Social Lovers – Enjoy The Ride
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Social Lovers – Enjoy The Ride

Image: 1594692 1st full length LP on Cherries takes you on musical journey w/their unique feel-good sound. Lush & polished production is complimented w/sultry vocals of Megan Doherty. Their smooth, modern funk & disco sound keep dancefloors heavy & lovers close. Available from 06.02.2015

XL Middleton – Things Are Happening
Friday, August 25th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on XL Middleton – Things Are Happening

Image: 1611266 Things are happening. It’s a perpetual truth and something of a
mysterious, even ominous, sentiment as it applies to XL Middleton’s
follow up to “Tap Water.” Fittingly, the content of “Things Are Happening”
strays down darker or more cynical paths than its predecessor, and in
doing so takes the modern funk ethos as a whole beyond tried and true
formulas such as love songs or spiritual anthems. The grooves remain
uptempo, the synth work is still warm and percussive. But, there’s a
heavier story to tell, and greater truths to face.
The album opens with the uptempo, lowrider-ready “Never Have Too
Many Freaks.” Upon frst glance it’s a hedonistic ode to maintaining
multitudes of willing women for carnal conquest, but further listens reveal
the story of a man in search of love, let down too many times and thus
led away from the pursuit of romance. “Look Who’s Talkin’” details the
strenous nature of socializing as an introvert, with tongue-in-cheek lyrics
seated atop a warbly electro-funk instrumental. This theme is explored
again, in a more introspective fashion, on the album’s closer, “They Don’t
Wanna Leave.” On “Better Friend” (feat. Moniquea), XL plays witness
to those who would invade social circles for personal gain – an all too
common sight in the music business, perhaps foreshadowing a future
hip hop album by dropping a few bars before the song sizzles to a close.
Him and Zackey Force Funk team up on “Paradise Of Pavement,” an
anthem for the highs and lows of living in LA, framed by cosmic chords
and grinding synth bass tones. “Purple Sheets” resonates with a slow
Linn drum bounce as XL’s vocoder fnally offers a moment of unbridled
love/lust, adding a dimension to the album more akin to “Tap Water” than
anything else on the project.
Some might argue that the internalized nature of “Things Are Happening”
is badly timed, with the hyper-politicized environment we are now living in
almost demanding social commentary in art above all else. However, this
album is a reminder that, no matter who the president is or what global
woes we are facing, we also exist outside of the collective mind and have
our own individual stories to tell.

Tracklisting
1. Never have Too Many Freaks
2. Look Who’s Talkin’
3. Ice Level
4. Purple Sheets
5. Paradise Of Pavement (feat. Zackey Force Funk)
6. Better Friend (feat. Moniquea)
7. Prelude To The Invasion
8. Enjoy The Ride
9. Gotta Let You Go
10. They Don’t Wanna Leave Me
Available from 06.10.2017

Damu The Fudgemunk – Damu The Fudgemunk’s 20 Favorite Sample Flips
Thursday, August 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Damu The Fudgemunk – Damu The Fudgemunk’s 20 Favorite Sample Flips

Image: 1611609 This one take, all-vinyl mixtape was created by Damu The Fudgemunk
in 2014 for the legendary (but now defunct) Ego Trip Magazine’s “Top 10
Sample Flips” feature, in which he highlighted and analyzed his favorite
sample flips … 10 wasn’t enough so he highlighted his favorite 20.
Consider this the soundtrack / companion piece to the written article. The
mix consists of classic rap songs mixed along with the original samples
that were used to construct the beats.
Damu says: “This is music that I cherish and enjoy. I take pride in having
these records in my collection. Please do you your research and dig
deeper into the catalogs of each artists to keep their music alive. Much
respect to the talent and efforts of all the people who were a part of these
songs. Thank you for listening.”

• Limited edition one take mixtape on vinyl for the first time. Press play and enjoy the ride
• Previously only available on cassette & soundcloud

The mix consists of classic rap songs mixed along with the original samples that were used to construct the beats Available from 08.09.2017

Dane / Khotin – Common Edits #11
Friday, November 18th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dane / Khotin – Common Edits #11

Image: 1607481 The wait is over! Common Edit back in action, and to apologise for the absence, they’re offering up a couple of beauties for your dancefloor and party needs.

First up is Common Edit OG, Dane, with a blast to the Canadian past in ‘Dance To Forget’ A lovely little cruiser that takes you right down cosmic lane with Captain Space Echo in the drivers seat.

On the “B”edroom side, Khotin and Dane chop up an Eastern floater with dubbed-out pianos, sure to keep your hands in the air and head in the clouds.

Kick back and enjoy the ride folks!

A. DANE – DANCE TO FORGET
B. KHOTIN & DANE_ROCK STUDIO Available from 16.12.2016

Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling) – Room To Breathe: The Free LP
Friday, January 15th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling) – Room To Breathe: The Free LP

Image: 1601378 “Room To Breathe: The Free LP” präsentiert einen höchst einfallsreichen Hip Hop-Veteran (wenn man das frecherweise so nennen darf), der sein Handwerk eindrucksvoll unter Beweis stellt, sowohl auf rap-technischer als auch auf textlicher Ebene. Andy Cooper bringt die Dinge auf den Punkt, oder besser gesagt auf den Beat! Seine jahrelange Erfahrung als Co-Producer von Ugly Duckling hilft ihm dabei, einen eher klassischen ‘sample-rich’ Sound mit einer wilderen und modernen Tiefenschärfe zu kombinieren.

Klar, Projekte wie dieses kommen und gehen, doch “Room To Breathe: The Free LP” ist es wert, eine Weile länger zu verweilen. Die Standard-Formeln des Hip Hop werden auf die Probe gestellt. Anstatt auf den neuesten Trendzug aufzuspringen oder einfach nur Old-School-Phrasen zu dreschen, schöpft Cooper aus all seinen Ressourcen und schafft so eine Platte, die traditionell, dennoch aufregend neu und genau deshalb relevant ist. Wer Rap Musik kennt und liebt, wird “Room To Breathe: The Free LP” definitiv feiern und sich mitreißen lassen. Das Album ist quasi ein Geschenk an alle müde gewordenen Hip Hop-Fans, die das Genre bereits aufgegeben haben. “Room To Breathe: The Free LP” ist nicht nur das Ergebnis von tausenden Stunden der Frickelei, des Rumprobierens und des sich Hingebens sowohl im Studio als auch auf der Bühne, es ist vor allem eine Herzensangelegenheit! Andy Cooper lädt euch ein, die Früchte seiner Arbeit zu kosten! Enjoy the ride!
Available from 26.02.2016

Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling) – Room To Breathe: The Free LP (LP+MP3)
Friday, January 15th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling) – Room To Breathe: The Free LP (LP+MP3)

Image: 1601379 Anders als die meisten Rapper hat Andy Cooper eher selten außerhalb seiner Hauptcombo Ugly Duckling gearbeitet. Dennoch hat er sich endlich entschieden, eine Solo-Platte aufzunehmen, um seine skills als MC und Produzent zu reizen. Es hat sich gelohnt!
‘Room to Breathe:The Free LP’ (26.02.2016, Unique Records / Groove Attack) präsentiert einen höchst einfallsreichen Hip-Hop Veteran (wenn man das frecherweise so nennen darf), der sein Handwerk eindrucksvoll unter Beweis stellt, sowohl auf rap-technischer als auch auf textlicher Ebene.
Andy Cooper bringt die Dinge auf den Punkt oder besser gesagt auf den Beat! Seine jahrelange Erfahrung als Co-Producer von Ugly Duckling hilft ihm dabei, einen eher klassischen sample-rich Sound mit einer wilderen und modernen Tiefenschärfe zu kombinieren.
Klar, Projekte wie dieses kommen und gehen, doch ‘Room To Breathe: The Free LP’ ist es wert, eine Weile länger zu verweilen. Die Standard-Formeln des Hip Hop werden auf die Probe gestellt. Anstatt auf den neuesten Trendzug aufzuspringen oder einfach nur Old-School-Phrasen zu dreschen, schöpft Cooper aus all seinen Ressourcen und schafft so eine Platte, die traditionell, dennoch aufregend neu und genau deshalb relevant ist.
Wer Rap Music kennt und liebt, wird ‘Room To Breathe: The Free LP’ definitiv feiern und sich mitreißen lassen. Das Album ist quasi ein Geschenk an alle müde gewordenen Hip-Hop-fans, die das Genre bereits aufgegeben haben.
‘Room To Breathe’ ist nicht nur das Ergebnis von tausenden von Stunden der Frickelei, des Rumprobierens und des sich Hingebens sowohl im Studio als auch auf der Bühne, es ist vorallem eine Herzensangelegenheit! Andy Cooper lädt euch ein, die Früchte seiner Arbeit zu kosten! Enjoy the ride!

Songwriter, Performer, Producer und Arranger Andy Cooper aus dem sonnigen Long Beach, California versorgt die Welt bereits seit den 90ern mit feinsten Breaks’n’Beats.
Nach der High-School begann Andy seine musikalische Laufbahn als Mitbegründer und Produzent des Hip-Hop-Trios Ugly Duckling, die in ihrer mittlerweile über 20 Jahre andauernden Karriere sechs Alben, unzählige Tourneen und über 30 Länder weltweit auf ihrer Achievement-Liste verzeichnen dürfen.
Jetzt ist die Zeit reif für Andys Solo-Album „Room To Breathe: The Free LP“ (26.02.2016, Unique Records/Groove Attack)!
Vollgepackt mit zehn Power-Tracks, die dem traditionellen Hip-Hop und Funk-Sound huldigen, sollte die Platte das Herz eines jeden Old-School-Lovers höher schlagen lassen.
„Room To Breathe: The Free LP“ verdeutlicht Andys Können als Vocalist und als Beat-Maker, der nicht nur auf höchstem Niveau arbeitet, sondern seine eigene Musik unter einem neuen Blickwinkel betrachtet: „Being a member of a group like Ugly Duckling is an honor and privilege but stepping out on my own has been really exciting because of the freedom to explore and push the limits of my ability“.
Ob schweißtreibende Battle-Raps wie „Bring It To Me“, super groovige lockere Rhymes wie im gleichnamigen Track „Room To Breathe“ oder half-tempo-bad-ass-rap-Nummern wie „Number One“ – Cooper schafft es, das Level durchgängig ganz weit oben zu halten und fährt stärkstes Geschütz für alle Classic-Rap-Fans auf. Enjoy the ride!

Tracklist (LP enthält diverse Interludes):
1. Bring It To Me  // 2. Number One  // 3. Do The Charlie Brown  // 4. Room To Breathe  
5. Chasing The Funk  // 6. Unlikely Assassin  // 7. Blind Faith  // 8. Thanks And Goodnight   // 9. Ashes To Ashes  // 10. Bring It To Me (Allergies Remix) Available from 26.02.2016

Luke Vibert – Bizarster
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Luke Vibert – Bizarster

Image: 1599589 Seventh full-length under his own name with others having been released on Mo Wax, Warp and most recently Hypercolour. Luke first came to prominence in 1994 with his debut Wagon Christ album ‘Phat Lab Nightmare’ on Rising High records which was quickly followed by the evergreen classic ‘Throbbing Pouch’ with which he cemented both his sound and reputation. He has released on Rephlex and Ninja Tune as well as major label Virgin too. What makes Luke’s music so essential is his rare ability to blur the boundaries between genres by combining his irresistibly wonky dayglo funk with a British sensibility. Put another way, Luke’s music is informed by UK dance’s history. But ‘Bizarster’ is no empty eulogy, it’s a hall of mirrors with a happy bounce, re-tooled with skill, and always with a sense of fun.It’s these things that make the hip-hop speed bleep ‘n’ bass of opener ‘Knockout’ seems completely natural, or ‘Officer’s Club’ with it’s funky disco samples, reggae vocals and joyous synths sounding like the kind of delirious idea no one else could come up with. A track like ‘I Can Phil It’ is a piece of sampladelic hip hop with a punning title, but that’s not to say he can’t play it serious. ‘Manalog’ for instance, which is sharp spiralling low-slung synth funk, a gloriously deep track, while something like ‘L-Tronic’ is top draw spaced-out electro. The title track’s cut and paste space-age samples remind one of his Jean-Jacques Perrey collaboration and ‘War’ is the type of groovy instrumental hip-hop reminiscent of DJ Shadow at his peak. The album finishes on the fun-filled vortex of ‘Don’t Fuck Around’, a cut-up jungle masterpiece with heart in throat chords. Enjoy the ride. Available from 16.10.2015

Logistics – Fear Not (Hospital)
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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Lo and behold, Logistics is ready to dish up more musical mayhem in 2012 in the form of a brand new album project, “Fear Not”. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

CD NHS209CD
Release: 27-04-12
Andy Cooper
Monday, February 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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Unlike most rap vocalists, Ugly Duckling’s Andy Cooper has rarely worked outside of his band but, recently, he decided to record a ten-song LP to explore his abilities as an MC and producer. ‘Room to Breathe:The Free LP’ features a highly creative Hip-Hop veteran showcasing his mastery of fundamental rap skill while, at the same […]

Hip-Hop veteran Andy Cooper of Ugly Duckling is releasing his debut solo effort ‘Room To Breathe: The Free LP’
Monday, February 15th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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Unlike most rap vocalists, Ugly Duckling’s Andy Cooper has rarely worked outside of his band but, recently, he decided to record a ten-song LP to explore his abilities as an MC and producer. ‘Room to Breathe:The Free LP’ features a highly creative Hip-Hop veteran showcasing his mastery of fundamental rap skill while, at the same […]

Brian Ellis – In The Dark
Friday, August 14th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Brian Ellis – In The Dark

Southern California / Escondido native, BRIAN ELLIS, rattles the world with “IN THE DARK”! 8 electrifying song arrangements that offer a glimpse of the hi-beams peeking through the creative doorway of BRIAN ELLIS’ imagination. Each song is a exciting …

Maximilian Blanc – Tropical Edits
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Maximilian Blanc – Tropical Edits

Four fine edits of super rare cosmic disco tunes from French playboy and producer Maximilian Blanc. Maxi wouldn’t reveal the details of the originals but needless to say these tracks will do the business on the dance floor. The tracks range from wigge…

Logistics returns with his fourth artist album “Fear Not”
Monday, April 23rd, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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Logistics grew up on a self-prescribed musical diet made up of equal parts guitar-based compositions from bands such as Rage Against The Machine and down tempo efforts from labels like Mo’ Wax. Matt Gresham a.k.a Logistics, younger brother of Dan Nu:Tone, railed against the music his brother would listen to and finally acquired a taste […]

Logistics
Thursday, April 12th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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Logistics grew up on a self-prescribed musical diet made up of equal parts guitar-based compositions from bands such as Rage Against The Machine and down tempo efforts from labels like Mo’ Wax. Matt Gresham a.k.a Logistics, younger brother of Dan Nu:Tone, railed against the music his brother would listen to and finally acquired a taste […]

Official debut from J Dilla’s proteges FRANK N DANK …
Friday, October 13th, 2006 | Posted in News | Comments Off on Official debut from J Dilla’s proteges FRANK N DANK …

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Hezekiah
Wednesday, March 30th, 2005 | Tags:
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Head-nod with finesse”or is that rock with finesse? Philadelphia-based artist, Hezekiah intends on redefining the boundaries of hip-hop with his debut long player, “Hurry Up & Wait” on Soulspazm Records.

“Hurry Up & Wait” is a multi-layered soundscape of rich yet breathable melodies, powerful wordplay and punctuating percussion. While the album will have its fair share of notable guests (including Bahamadia, Grand Agent, Santi White (Stiffed), and Scratch (Legendary Roots Crew) the bulk of the album is intended to give its author’s namesake the long overdue shine Hezekiah has been after for some time …

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 […]

Hot Since 82
Monday, March 13th, 2017 | Tags: , , , ,
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If you love something, they say, set it free. Even dance music. It’s only five years, after all, since Hot Since 82, current hottest property in house music, the man behind some of Summer 2013’s biggest anthems, gave up DJing and producing forever. Back in summer 2007, Daley Padley was staying with his mates in […]

Kaidi Tatham – Changing Times
Saturday, February 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kaidi Tatham – Changing Times

First Word are keeping it moving for 2017 and welcoming Kaidi Tatham into the fold, with a firing four-track EP, ‘Changing Times’. Kaidi is a talented multi-instrumentalist that’s produced, featured, remixed and performed with an array of artists acro…

Roy Roberts – Thinking About You
Saturday, February 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Roy Roberts – Thinking About You

In 1974 Roy Roberts a well known and respected bluesman (and latterly familiar name on the Northern Soul scene) changed course, shifted gears and temporarily abandoned his soul and blues roots to embark on recording a Country album. The venture was de…

Hugo LX – Ascent EP
Friday, August 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hugo LX – Ascent EP

Image: 1605873 French producer Hugo LX returns with a new EP called “Ascent” out
on Menace, 8 beautiful beats made with an incredible precision.
Hugo LX has been working in past with Elzhi, Large Professor,
Homeboy Sandman, Oddisse, Sadat X, The Funk League, he is also
known as a really good house producer, he proved that again with
his recent releases on Faces Records, Jazzy Couscous or My Love
is Underground.
This release represent our first collaboration with the legendary
Fatbeats.
Words of the artist :
This is batch of music pieces is what happened during this hot, dark
and rainy summer, when the phone didn’t ring anymore and nobody
would take time to return my calls. It is dedicated to all my fellow
musicians and beatsmiths who endured long invisibleness before
finally enjoying some success.
A thought for the late great Q, you were there, you keep on being
here, One for my friends and brothers, we been through a lot. One
for Ms. S.Q, thanks for the poetry. One for the Kojo-Chin’s, you
became my family.

1. Ascent (Prelude)
2. Q / First Light
3. Three
4. Riding on the Coast
5. Takuya
6. Mist
7. Red Light
8. Infinite Ride

• French producer Hugo LX returns with a new EP called “Ascent”
out on Menace, 8 beautiful beats made with an incredible
precision
• Hugo LX has been working in past with Elzhi, Large
Professor, Homeboy Sandman, Oddisse, Sadat X, The Funk
League Available from 21.10.2016

Betty Harris – The Lost Queen Of New Orleans Soul
Friday, August 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Betty Harris – The Lost Queen Of New Orleans Soul

Under the guidance of musical legend Allen Toussiant, unsung soul queen Betty Harris recorded a string of incredible singles that have finally been collected on a new compilation by Soul Jazz Records. Recorded between 1964 and 1969, and backed by semi…

Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes
Monday, May 30th, 2016 | Tags: , , , ,
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Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes – born and raised in the ghetto around Olympic Way, West Kingston, Jamaica – established himself as one of the most prolific and influential music producers in the first half of the eighties. ‘Junjo’ actually started his musical career as a singer but it was not until he turned over to production […]

Hot Since 82
Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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If you love something, they say, set it free. Even dance music. It’s only five years, after all, since Hot Since 82, current hottest property in house music, the man behind some of Summer 2013’s biggest anthems, gave up DJing and producing forever. Back in summer 2007, Daley Padley was staying with his mates in […]

Ned Doheny – Ned Doheny
Friday, February 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ned Doheny – Ned Doheny

Image: 1601654 Most recent converts to the world of Ned Doheny discovered his genius via Hard Candy or Prone. Our introduction was by way of “Postcards From Hollywood”, a cult song from his stunning, self-titled debut album. Beautifully poignant, it can only be found on said LP. And whilst his later albums are rightly revered, “Postcards” – and the 9 additional tracks that comprise this exceptional opening statement – represent a criminally overlooked gem. Original vinyl copies of this album are extremely rare – and correspondingly expensive – so we’re thrilled to present the first ever vinyl reissue of a true lost classic.

Of everything he recorded, we know this LP to be Ned’s favourite. An intoxicating brew of acoustical jazz-rock, folk and country-rock – delivered in Ned’s supremely laid back West Coast style – it features gorgeous melodic lines throughout, complimented by his distinctly funky overtones and tightly-coordinated instrumental textures. With albums as perfect as this, it is routinely tricky to identify standout tracks. However, rivalling the heartbreaking “Postcards” is the phenomenally propulsive “Lashambeaux”, strident opener “Fineline” and “On And On”, featuring the harmony vocals of Graham Nash.

When a beginners guide to Ned surfaced last year, he and many others were surprised by the startling number of omissions from his best album. You can now enjoy the fleshed out, non-demo versions of these wonderful originals.

Tracklisting
1 Fineline
2 I Know Sorrow
3 Trust Me
4 On & On
5 Lashambeaux
6 I Can Dream
7 Postcards From Hollywood
8 Take Me Faraway
9 It Calls For You
10 Standfast Available from 25.03.2016

Various – Africa Airways Two (Funk Departures 1973-1982)
Thursday, October 8th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Africa Airways Two (Funk Departures 1973-1982)

We are more than ten releases in here at Africa Seven. It has been a wild ride… It was eight months ago that we launched our label and released our debut release the Compilation “Africa Airways 01: Funk Connection”. It did better than we ever imagin…

The Dining Rooms – Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? (Deluxe Edition)
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Dining Rooms – Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? (Deluxe Edition)

Image: 1600183 Hier ist ein (fast) Konzeptalbum: es geht um Ausstrahlung, Ironie, den Sinn des Lebens und der Bewegung und vor allem, um unser Schweben im Raum. Ein Soundtrack ohne Bilder, unter realen und imaginären Planeten, die Sergio Leone auf einem Asteroiden trifft und uns einen Termin auf dem Mars gibt, grast Hipster und Beatniks auf des Teufels Mond – weil, wie Herman Poole Blount klug sagte: “Space is the place”. Abstrakter Jazz, kosmischer Funk, Instrumental Hip-Hop: “Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)?” enthält alle Eigenschaften des typischen The Dining Rooms Sound. Ein starkes filmisches Element, das seine Wurzeln in der Welt der Library Musik und italienischen Film-Soundtracks hat. Die Neuinterpretation dieser Atmosphäre ist das andere Thema des Albums, eine Unterströmung der Lage, diesen legendären Charme der Soundtracks in diesen Aufnahmen zu vermitteln.

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“I like it very much! Original old school TDR style!” – Michael Ruetten (Soulsearching)
“I love this record because it explores new ways to blend jazz and electronic sounds. It’s warm and organic, perfectly shaped and with a cosmic twist” – Andrea Mi
“A really enjoyable ride … particularly love the way it all unfolds. Music to lose yourself to!” – Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3)
“Amazing concept album. romantic, groovy, conscious!” – DJ Khalab
“Not sure hipsters really dig Sun Ra, but I do dig this! Cinematic grooves galore” – Tommaso Colliva (Calibro 35) Available from 27.11.2015

The Dining Rooms – Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? (LP+CD)
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Dining Rooms – Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? (LP+CD)

Image: 1600184 Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? – A title that condenses the almost conceptual nature of this album: on one hand, a tribute to Sun Ra, one of the most profound and revolutionary characters in the history of music, capable of giving a new meaning to the word cosmic, a messenger who came from outer space to bring new spirituality and vision. On the other hand the word hipster – to this day a synonym of naught and superficiality, but with deep socio-political and aesthetical roots: Jack Kerouac, for example, described hipsters as “[people] rising and roaming America, bumming and hitchhiking everywhere [as] characters of a special spirituality”. Hipsters were innovators in the first place, cultural explorers driven by the desire for novelty and experimentation.

All of this finds its place in Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)?: a soundtrack that condenses cosmic elements, the desire to explore and discover and the ability to imagine and dream. Existentialism, experimentation, spirituality: here’s the homage to Sun Ra, an influence more conceptual than musical on this record.

Abstract jazz, cosmic funk, instrumental hip-hop: Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? contains all the features and influences typical of The Dining Rooms’ sound, but also a strong cinematic element that sticks its roots in the world of library music and Italian motion picture soundtracks. The reinterpretation of those atmospheres is the other theme of the album, an undercurrent able to instill those legendary soundtracks charm into this record tracks.

From this fit collaborations: Jessica Lauren, space woman par excellence, and the Italian sound nouvelle vague, bound to that cinematic attitude, Antonio Gramentieri and Francesco Giampaoli’s Sacri Cuori, Bruno Dorella (Ronin’s guitarist among others).

Here is an (almost) conceptual album: it’s about radiance, irony, the meaning of life referred to movement and especially to our floating in space. A soundtrack without images, among real and imaginary planets, that meets Sergio Leone on an asteroid and gives us an appointment on Mars, grazes hipsters and beatniks on the devil’s moon – because, as Herman Poole Blount wisely said, “Space is the place”.

“I like it very much! Original old school TDR style!” (Michael Ruetten, Soulsearching)
“Questa musica apre possibilità per infiniti ritorni” (Teho Teardo)
“Great return of The Dining Rooms, love the atmospheres throughout the whole album” (Volcov, Neroli)
“Ottimo album con un’altrettanto ottimo concept: mi sono immerso nel mondo etereo della spiritualità spaziale con piacere” (Luca Roccatagliati / Dj Rocca)
“I love this record because it explores new ways to blend jazz and electronic sounds. It’s warm and organic, perfectly shaped and with a cosmic twist” (Andrea Mi)
“A really enjoyable ride…particularly love the way it all unfolds. Music to lose yourself to!” (Nick Luscombe, BBC Radio 3)
“Amazing concept album. romantic, groovy, conscious!” (DJ Khalab)
“Not sure hipsters really dig Sun Ra, but I do dig this! Cinematic grooves galore” (Tommaso Colliva, Calibro 35)
“Sounds good!” (Shawn Lee)
“Flash-back Futuristic Noir” (Astrud Steehouder, Paper Dollhouse) Available from 27.11.2015

Joey Negro – Le Freak – Music Inspired By Chic
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joey Negro – Le Freak – Music Inspired By Chic

Image: 1599264 Z Records presents ‘Le Freak Music Inspired by Chic – Complied by Joey Negro’ contains fourteen glorious Chic inspired cuts that groove like a Disco train straight from the 70s.

Vinyl
A1 Charanga 76 – Good Times (Como Vamos A Gozar)
A2 Cela – I’m In Love (Joey Negro Edit)

B1 Odyssey – Together
B2 She – Easy Money
B3 Nightlife Unlimited – Lets Do It Again

C1 Van Jones – Not About That (Show Me Some Respect)
C2 Ann Margret – Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes (Part Two)
C3 Michael Zager Band – Don’t Sneak On Me

D1 Delegation – Heartache No. 9 (Special Remix Version)
D2 C.H.A.D. feat G.G Gibson – Feel The Beat (C’est Si Bon…)

Arguably, Dave Lee aka Joey Negro and his Z Records label are the contemporary go-to Disco label. And it
was only a matter of time that Mr Lee would delve deep into his vinyl vaults and pull a selection of sound-alike
tracks inspired by that late 70s Chic sound.

To date, Chic and their productions have notched-up sales of over 100,000,000, so with that in mind, it comes
at no surprise that their music has inspired others to pick up the bass & lead guitar and emulate that groovy
sound… and that ‘s exactly what this album is all about.

‘Le Freak Music Inspired by Chic – Complied by Joey Negro’ contains fourteen glorious Chic inspired cuts that
groove like a Disco train straight from the 70s.

The Chic production sound must be one of the most distinctive in disco, soul, funk or pop music generally, a
sound that was lent very successfully to Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry and many more in the late 70s
and early 80s heyday. The much-copied formula has been an inspiration to many producers old and new,
most recently with the world dominating Daft Punk.

Joey Negro is one such producer who has been inspired by the production sound of Rodgers and Edwards
over the years and, until now, there has not been a collection of tracks that were influenced by rather than
produced by Chic.

There are many more artists out there that have drawn inspiration from this sound but this is Joey Negro?s
personal selection of tracks that have the unmistakable groove including one from his own Sunburst Band
project.

Nile Rodgers continues to tour the globe with his Chic live show as well as produce and make guest
appearances on many hit records and he shows no sign of slowing down yet.

Previous ZR/Joey Negro compilations:

Remixed With Love reached No.1 on the Amazon Disco chart

Joey Negro’s name is consistently on a lot of classy music and Remixed With Love is up there with his best. In
total 18 spectacular remixes… A must have. Danny Krivit

Joey Negro is a true aficionado of Italo House as this brilliant compilation-cum-history lesson shows – Mixmag

Given his long-standing dedication to the sound, there could be few more fitting DJs to compile a two-disc set
of 90s House & Garage than Joey Negro. Excellent track list – Juno.co.uk

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The Chic production sound must be one of the most distinctive in disco, soul, funk… or pop music generally.
Back when I was listening to commercial radio as a music-mad teenager in 1979/80, their records were
omnipresent on the airwaves. It seemed that when one of their own songs just dropped out of the hit parade,
it was replaced by a production for another act – be it Diana Ross, Sheila & B. Devotion or Sister Sledge – it was
a constant stream of hits. When I heard songs like Norma Jean’s “High Society” (a solo release from one of
Chic’s singers) blasting out my transistor radio, I knew straight away it was an Edwards & Rogers production,
their style was so instantly recognizable. Firstly the playing and sound of both the guitar and bass was a
giveaway, along with the precise vocal phrasing, rippling piano and discreet string parts. If it was the 12″ mix
then the bass breakdown and slow instrumental build up in the second half of the record was also part of the
blueprint. Generally, Chic songs eschewed ad-libs or long solos, the style is more defined with each instrument
having an exact placing – including the vocals.

Records like “Good Times” and “We Are Family” weren’t just big club hits – yes, they were massive on dance
floors but they were also pop crossovers all around the world. What was noticeable to me back then was
even the rock guys I was friendly with (who generally despised disco) quietly liked Chic and admired their rock
solid playing and grooves. I guess the best music has this universal appeal, from the casual listener who knows
nothing about the fine details of song writing and production right through to the hardcore muso players who
hear and appreciate its intricacies.

Of course, with all this worldwide chart success came a lot of emulators who were inspired by Chic’s stylish
image, immaculately produced records and of course their commercial success. The period we are focusing
on is toward the end of the disco era, so many producers were ditching the faster octave bassline euro disco
style and looking for a new sound that was both club and radio-friendly. I’ve no idea how many records
featured basslines inspired by “Good Times”, it was a game-changing groove, so it’s probably in the 1000s. The
Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” are maybe the most obvious
examples in terms of commercial success – however, for this compilation, I wanted to dig a bit deeper and
collect together some lesser-known songs which owe at least a modicum of their inspiration to Edwards and
Rogers.

Italy’s producer duo Mario Malavasi and Jaques Fred Petrus were highly influenced by Chic when they
rebranded themselves as Change. Their debut single and UK pop hit “A Lovers’ Holiday”, with its unison group
vocal, was a dead ringer for the Chic sound and even used some of the same N.Y. session players. Throughout
the early ’80s there were many records that utilised a similar style of chord progression, obviously Nile-esque
guitar, or that tight-tracked, clipped and histronic-free female vocal.

It may seem ridiculous now but Chic got quite a rough ride in the press at points, thanks to their instantly
recognizable records’ success, as well as a general hostility towards disco. Personally, I never tired of their
music, but there were comments about “the formula wearing thin” and “it all sounds the same”. I think we can
definitely say the critics have been proved wrong – turn on any Saturday night dance radio show and you’ll no
doubt hear a few of their songs. Disco has become the “Motown” of our current era, the music that unifies
generations at weddings or office parties.

“We Are Family” is up there with the greatest disco albums of all time, containing the title track, “Lost In Music”,
“Thinking of You” and “He’s The Greatest Dancer”. Chic productions continue to be sampled in modern dance
music – I was out at a “Nu-Disco”-type night last year and heard 3 tracks during the evening based around their
songs. Recently, Chic have been back on the road and their legacy as one of the greatest acts of the era has
been cemented.

So onto this compilation, I recently thought it would make a nice and unique album to gather together a few
of the lesser known Chic-influenced songs onto one release. The only track on here Edwards and Rogers were
behind is Odyssey’s “Together”, which is one of their more obscure productions and I thought would be a cool
one to include as many won’t know it. The only actual cover is from Charanga 76 who released an album in
1979 which featured several raw, Latin disco-style Chic reworks, of which their “Good Times” was perhaps the
best – otherwise, the likes of Delegation’s, Van Jones’ and Michael Zager’s are original songs, not pastiches – just
simply great music inspired by Chic’s blueprint.

Hope you enjoy

Dave Lee aka Joey Negro – August 2015

Available from 30.10.2015

Joyce Elaine Yuille – Welcome To My World
Friday, May 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joyce Elaine Yuille – Welcome To My World

Image: 1595840 Schema Records proudly presents the new debut album from New York City vocalist, Joyce Elaine Yuille. Class, great music and cookin’ jazz.”

Joyce grew up in the East Harlem section of Manhattan, better known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio. She decided to focus on something distinct after many years of “live” performances in Europe… A tangible yet multifaceted project: the album you have before you. “When you perform you’re giving a lot of emotion, you’re giving a lot of energy, but once the concert is finished, I feel it’s important that people can still connect with you, the music and what they felt while they watched you and listened to you perform live. You know? The whole thing with me as a performer, is I want to leave a good and lasting impression on people”.

“Welcome To My World” represents a transition for Joyce: whereas for some musicians the recording studio is a safe haven, for others it may represent an intimidating environment: with her debut album, Joyce embraces a new challenge that is able to carry forth her stage energy and perfectly recreates in the studio that strong “live” element which characterizes her performance. As she explains, “When I’m recording, I basically try to put myself in a scenario where I’m doing a live show and that helps me overcome the fear of being in the studio and making mistakes, because when you’re doing live, you just go, you’ve got to do it, you got to sing, you know, whatever is going on inside you, you just have to bring that out and I try to do the same thing, while I’m in the studio”.

As you listen to her warm vocals throughout the album, which include a slight hint of soulful prowess, there’s no fear that cannot be overcome. Her heartfelt interpretations welcome us into her world, where an intricate and honed voice texture reveals her incredible qualities as an interpreter. Nuances of Jazz, Soul, Swing, Blues: “Welcome To My World” is Joyce’s gift to us – for the fortunate ones who have had the pleasure of hearing her live it would be effortless to recognize her warm timbre and equally warm heart – this album is concrete proof of her talent and personality. (In fact), Joyce co-wrote most of the songs on the album, original compositions and her lyrics that reveal her profound nature through music – “I wrote a number of songs that kind of reflect my life situation, situations in my friends lives, world events, situations I see daily, maybe just walking down the streets.” Songs like “Late I Rise”, a tune that speaks about perseverance and staying positive, or “Come With Me (The Ride Is Free)”, where she urges us to forsake our biases, to refuse to partake in prejudices and judgement and just enjoy our time on earth, respecting others and ourselves.

“A Time For Love Again”, composed by Marco Bianchi with Joyce’s lyrical skills, is another example of how this album goes beyond music and expresses a powerful and strong message: with this song Joyce speaks about disillusionment in love, telling us how there’s no sense in closing ourselves in a shell and giving into the fear of feeling and the ability to love again. We can all love again, reach out to others and feel amorous again. The album also includes some stand out covers, classics such as Marvin Gaye’s “It’s Madness” and Donny Hathaway’s “Trying Times”. The album features the renowned and astounding Finnish sax player Timo Lassy and his band – musicians who are amongst some of the best Jazz players on the international jazz scene. Timo and his guys bring that extra something, a subtlety with a powerful impact and a groove that was needed to fulfill the dream and the vision of Joyce Elaine Yuille. Joyce has excitedly stated, “these guys are wickedly fantastic, I keep telling everyone, don’t close your eyes on Finnish Jazz scene, because these guys are really kicking major ”! She smiles…

TRACKLIST LP

A
1 Too soon you’re old
2 Late I rise
3 Chaos
4 Tryin’ times

B
1 Follow the sun
2 Come with me
3 Just say goodbye
4 Running for my love
5 Welcome to my world Available from 15.05.2015

Joyce Elaine Yuille – Welcome To My World
Friday, May 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joyce Elaine Yuille – Welcome To My World

Image: 1595840 Schema Records proudly presents the new debut album from New York City vocalist, Joyce Elaine Yuille. Class, great music and cookin’ jazz.”

Joyce grew up in the East Harlem section of Manhattan, better known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio. She decided to focus on something distinct after many years of “live” performances in Europe… A tangible yet multifaceted project: the album you have before you. “When you perform you’re giving a lot of emotion, you’re giving a lot of energy, but once the concert is finished, I feel it’s important that people can still connect with you, the music and what they felt while they watched you and listened to you perform live. You know? The whole thing with me as a performer, is I want to leave a good and lasting impression on people”.

“Welcome To My World” represents a transition for Joyce: whereas for some musicians the recording studio is a safe haven, for others it may represent an intimidating environment: with her debut album, Joyce embraces a new challenge that is able to carry forth her stage energy and perfectly recreates in the studio that strong “live” element which characterizes her performance. As she explains, “When I’m recording, I basically try to put myself in a scenario where I’m doing a live show and that helps me overcome the fear of being in the studio and making mistakes, because when you’re doing live, you just go, you’ve got to do it, you got to sing, you know, whatever is going on inside you, you just have to bring that out and I try to do the same thing, while I’m in the studio”.

As you listen to her warm vocals throughout the album, which include a slight hint of soulful prowess, there’s no fear that cannot be overcome. Her heartfelt interpretations welcome us into her world, where an intricate and honed voice texture reveals her incredible qualities as an interpreter. Nuances of Jazz, Soul, Swing, Blues: “Welcome To My World” is Joyce’s gift to us – for the fortunate ones who have had the pleasure of hearing her live it would be effortless to recognize her warm timbre and equally warm heart – this album is concrete proof of her talent and personality. (In fact), Joyce co-wrote most of the songs on the album, original compositions and her lyrics that reveal her profound nature through music – “I wrote a number of songs that kind of reflect my life situation, situations in my friends lives, world events, situations I see daily, maybe just walking down the streets.” Songs like “Late I Rise”, a tune that speaks about perseverance and staying positive, or “Come With Me (The Ride Is Free)”, where she urges us to forsake our biases, to refuse to partake in prejudices and judgement and just enjoy our time on earth, respecting others and ourselves.

“A Time For Love Again”, composed by Marco Bianchi with Joyce’s lyrical skills, is another example of how this album goes beyond music and expresses a powerful and strong message: with this song Joyce speaks about disillusionment in love, telling us how there’s no sense in closing ourselves in a shell and giving into the fear of feeling and the ability to love again. We can all love again, reach out to others and feel amorous again. The album also includes some stand out covers, classics such as Marvin Gaye’s “It’s Madness” and Donny Hathaway’s “Trying Times”. The album features the renowned and astounding Finnish sax player Timo Lassy and his band – musicians who are amongst some of the best Jazz players on the international jazz scene. Timo and his guys bring that extra something, a subtlety with a powerful impact and a groove that was needed to fulfill the dream and the vision of Joyce Elaine Yuille. Joyce has excitedly stated, “these guys are wickedly fantastic, I keep telling everyone, don’t close your eyes on Finnish Jazz scene, because these guys are really kicking major ”! She smiles…

TRACKLIST LP

A
1 Too soon you’re old
2 Late I rise
3 Chaos
4 Tryin’ times

B
1 Follow the sun
2 Come with me
3 Just say goodbye
4 Running for my love
5 Welcome to my world Available from 15.05.2015

Schema Records proudly presents the debut album from New York City vocalist Joyce Elaine Yuille
Thursday, April 9th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on Schema Records proudly presents the debut album from New York City vocalist Joyce Elaine Yuille

Joyce grew up in the East Harlem section of Manhattan, better known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio. She decided to focus on something distinct after many years of “live” performances in Europe. A tangible yet multifaceted project: the album you have before you. “When you perform you’re giving a lot of emotion, you’re giving […]

Hot Since 82
Monday, March 9th, 2015 | Tags: , , ,
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If you love something, they say, set it free. Even dance music. It’s only five years, after all, since Hot Since 82, current hottest property in house music, the man behind some of Summer 2013’s biggest anthems, gave up DJing and producing forever. Back in summer 2007, Daley Padley was staying with his mates in […]

Jazzman Records set to release 5th installment of Spiritual Jazz compilation series
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 | Tags: ,
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Until it was swept aside by the pop explosion of the 1960s, jazz was the most popular modern sound on earth. From the New World and the Caribbean to Africa, across the Soviet Bloc and the British Empire to the Far East, jazz music was embraced, adopted, played and enjoyed. Having examined spiritual jazz as […]

Donnie & Joe Emerson – Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81
Thursday, July 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Donnie & Joe Emerson – Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81

Image: 1590888 Some people have to wait for fame, some people wait even longer than most. Donnie and Joe Emerson are in a league of their own.

As teenagers in Fruitland, Washington in the late ’70s, the farming brothers dreamed of being heard. The synthesizers were sometimes crude and the 8-track recorder had its limitations, but the brothers aimed at nothing short of perfection in their home studio on the farm. They titled their 1979 debut ”Dreamin’ Wild”, and, as multi-instrumentalist Donnie later admitted, ”Joe and I basically lived the dream of the title of the album.” The same goes for their parents who heavily believed in their sons’ musical dreams, taking out a second mortgage on the farm and investing $100,000 in a dream that refused to die. But their privately funded, private press record sank without trace, the family lost most of their 1,600 acre farm, and as Joe focused on the family farming business, Donnie focused on his solo career.

As for ”Dreamin’ Wild”, things began to change three decades later, when record collector Jack Fleischer bought a copy of the album for $5 at a Spokane thrift shop. Something about the brothers’ smiles, bouffant hair, and matching white jumpsuits gave him a good feeling. Fleischer’s blogging about the album brought it to the attention of cult musician Ariel Pink, who recorded his own version of standout track ”Baby.” Eventually re-released on Light In The Attic and widely available for the first time, the album chimed louder a lifetime after its conception: Pitchfork described it as a ”a godlike symphony to teen hood.” The New York Times flew out to the family farm, while Jimmy Fallon took to Twitter to proclaim his love for the duo.

But ”Dreamin’ Wild” does not tell the full story. In a relatively short span of time – just two and half years – the boys put close to 70 songs down on tape, all recorded at that magical home studio on the farm. A dozen of them are included here on ”Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81” and ready to be enjoyed for the first time ever. With a familiar blend of FM rock, power pop, and new wave, these 12 tracks cover the entirety of that fruitful period, stretching from the second song Donnie ever recorded (”Everybody Knows It”) – to tracks documenting his temporary move to L.A. in 1981.

Donnie’s life story is in these songs. Where ”Dreamin’ Wild” captures the teenage experience, ”Still Dreamin’ Wild” tells a broader story, one in which teenage dreams turn to painful yearning. So where the Beach Boys indebted ”Ooh Baby Yeah” is inspired by a teenage girlfriend, ”Big Money” shows the emergence of a naive political awareness. Later, 1981’s ”One True Love” captures the sound of what Donnie described as ”the city as imagined from the farm,” and the epic closing track, ”Don’t Disguise The Way You Feel” found Donnie after high school, feeling stifled and frustrated in the isolation of the countryside and mourning the loss of his friend and occasional backing vocalist Dwayne. It is, quite simply, heartbreaking.

The long-belated success of ”Dreamin’ Wild” has given the Emerson brothers – still close, and still the heart of a loving family – a new lease of life. They’ve finally taken their music on the road, performing at Seattle’s Showbox followed by New York’s Mercury Lounge. ”Still Dreamin’ Wild” proves that the album wasn’t a fluke, and that Donnie’s songwriting is as consistent as it is rare. All this time later, we finally have the pleasure of hearing the brothers’ music. And the good news? They’ve still got the jumpsuits.

* First ever release
* All tracks newly re-mastered from original tapes
* LP housed in a deluxe Stoughton ”Tip-On” gatefold jacket
* Liner notes by Jack D. Fleischer, interviewing Donnie & Joe
* LP includes download card

TRACKLIST:

1. Overture
2. Don’t Fight
3. Ride The Tide
4. One True Love
5. Somethin’s Comin’ Down
6. Everybody Knows It
7. Big Money
8. Ooh Baby Yeah
9. Stand By Love
10. Girl With The Rainbow Seeds
11. Since You Been With Me
12. Don’t Disguise The Way You Feel Available from 20.06.2014

Lenis Guess – The Norfolk Soul Sound
Thursday, February 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lenis Guess – The Norfolk Soul Sound

Image: 1587066 One of our specialties at Jazzman is focusing in on the obscure and often previously slept on regional based sounds across America. This time our radar was honing in on state of Virginia and its Norfolk Sound. Many celebrated musicians have contributed to ‘The Norfolk Sound’, but Lenis Guess was probably the most active, prolific and influential showman of the soulful ‘60s and ‘70s. This collection of unique recordings captures the essence of the multi-talented entertainer, singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, band manager and label owner – a calm, cool and collected quintessential music man about town.

This limited edition boxset features 3 different 7 inches with a total of 6 tracks highlighting not only the rarest and most in demand of Lenis Guess’ recordings, but the best. We’re delivering some of the funkiest and most soulful releases on the DPG, Peanut Country and SPQR labels right to your doorstep. Despite being a relatively well-known and highly-respected soul/funk musician back in VA, releases such as “Why, Why, Why’d She Leave Me” have reached holy grail funk status and are now are practically impossible to find. The gritty, fast moving, charismatic “Working For My Baby” is guaranteed to immediately fill any funk, soul and RnB dancefloor. Every single track in this collection touches on a different facet of Tidewater talent. Due to the obscurity of these original releases, while some were celebrated locally when they first came out, most of these incredible funk 45s haven’t been heard outside of the Tidewater region. As a result not only have the vast majority of collectors and soul fans been unable to enjoy the music, but for over 30 years Lenis himself has not had the satisfaction, pride and joy felt, heard and enjoyed by many. So we decided to put things right. With his help and assistance, we have created a boxset that displays a wide showcase of soulful talent from funky rare grooves to beautiful ballads. Recorded across the ‘60s and ‘70s, we reveal in our detailed liner notes from our exclusive interviews the story behind Lenis Guess, Frank Guida, the Raw Soul band and the entire Norfolk Sound, and how a small-time group of musicians from coastal Virginia came to entrance soul fans and collectors the world over with such a superb yet under-appreciated masterpieces.

Tracklisting

1. Thank Goodness Gotta Good Woman
2. Why, Why, Why’d She Leave Me
3. How You Gonna Do It
4. Too Many Nights
5. Workin’ for My Baby
6. Just Ask Me Available from 24.01.2014

Staff Charts 2013
Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The year 2013 is almost over. In good old tradition we asked around what some of the employees of Groove Attack, Rough Trade, and GoodToGo have been listening to during the past twelve months. These are the results … On this occasion the entire team would like to wish everybody Merry Christmas and a happy […]

Various – Way Of The Warrior 2
Sunday, December 1st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Way Of The Warrior 2

Image: 1585694 Having picked up DJ Mag’s ‘Best Compilation Album Of The Year’ Award for the first part of the ‘Way Of The Warrior’ album series in 2011 in celebration of 50 Shogun Audio releases, we return with part two of our critically acclaimed label showcase, bringing you a selection of the finest drum & bass music created by our ever-evolving entourage of Shogun Audio artists.

Featuring future bass technology from Shogun’s inner and outer circles including Friction & K-Tee, Rockwell, Icicle, Technimatic and Spectrasoul, alongside contributions from Joe Ford and Fourward there’s not a stone left unturned.

We would like to thank all those involved that made this new album possible, it’s truly an honour to work with such a talented group of producers who are continually pushing barriers beyond the forefront of electronic music in 2013. Enjoy…”

Tracklist
A – Icicle – Anxious
B – Friction & K-Tee – Jupiter (Mefjus Remix)
C – SpectraSoul – Hearts
D – Rockwell – Sick Of It All
E – Joe Ford – Stride
F – Technimatic – Bristol Available from 11.11.2013

Arts & Leisure – Choose Your Adventure
Thursday, September 5th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Arts & Leisure – Choose Your Adventure

Image: 1582798 Choose Your Adventure is the debut album from Sacramento, California’s, Arts & Leisure. Formed in 2011 by founding members of the orchestral pop outfit, Baby Grand, Arts & Leisure strips things down to the basics (two guitars, bass and drums), but ups the ante (and volume) with two singer/songwriters, Gerri White and Becky Cale. “Choose Your Adventure” combines elements of ’60s pop, ’70s power pop, ’80s new wave, and ’90s shoegaze, all of which helps to craft the group’s own brand of buzzy, hook-laden dream-pop. Here, the songs ride a rollercoaster of sound where the hushed and bittersweet can turn, in a beat, to exhilarating and anthemic. The band’s lush harmonies and addictive melodies often invite comparisons to artists such as The Breeders and The Primitives, but ultimately Arts & Leisure has a style all its own—one which will have you singing along with them both on stage and on your stereo.

RIYL: The Breeders, The Primitives, Heavenly, Veronica Falls, Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls

Tracklisting

1. Seconds from Flight
2. Wolf Pack
3. The River
4. Toria
5. Rescue Me
6. Upside Down
7. Hello
8. City Life
9. Bridge
10. Once
11. Enjoy Your Flight Available from 16.08.2013

Darren Emerson
Monday, July 8th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Darren Emerson is one of a handful of bona fide global dance music legends. Alongside UK peers such as Carl Cox, Sasha and John Digweed, Darren Emerson helped create the template for the underground dance music scene we enjoy today. And uniquely, Darren wrote and produced million selling albums and singles as part of the […]

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