Search results for ESP DISK

Exile – Zip Disks & Floppies (Green)
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Exile – Zip Disks & Floppies (Green)

Image: 1582525 From Exile, the man responsible for critically acclaimed collaborative albums with Blu, Fashawn, Aloe Blacc & Johaz, comes the instrumental album Zip Discs & Floppies.
“When I was 15 years old, before the internet, before the existence of state of the art beat making programs that quantize or add effects, my first beat was conceived using two tape decks and a turntable, followed with beats from a single push button sampler and 4-track, progressively moving up to a Roland MS1, and of course the MPC 2000. Stacks upon stacks of floppy disks saved my beats, sometimes even using 2-6 floppies for one beat. Now my beats are created using a MPC2000 XL and a zip drive capable of holding up to 15 beats, but with only 10 left I’m left with a promise to myself that it is time to upgrade to a new machine to make beats. These beats are joints I had laying around that were never used, but it’s still heat. Bang these beats loud as we near the end of my beats on the MPC 2000 XL.” – Exile

Tracklisting
01. Let It Begin
02. For the Kids
03. Walk on By
04. Stalker
05. Lu Lu Bye
06. Fun-K
07. Give It All You Got
08. Never Stop Loving
09. My People (Bebop)
10. Mr. E Groove
11. Drums in the Sky
12. The Score
13. Swingle

KEY SELLING POINTS
1. From Exile, the man responsible for critically acclaimed collaborative albums with Blu, Fashawn, Aloe Blacc & Johaz, comes the instrumental album Zip Discs & Floppies.
2. Zip Discs & Floppies features 13 unearthed and unheard instrumentals spanning Exile’s production career.
3. The limited edition vinyl is available in three color versions, Electric Blue, Coke Bottle Green & Orange. Available from 30.08.2013

Exile – Zip Disks & Floppies (Blue)
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Exile – Zip Disks & Floppies (Blue)

Image: 1582526 From Exile, the man responsible for critically acclaimed collaborative albums with Blu, Fashawn, Aloe Blacc & Johaz, comes the instrumental album Zip Discs & Floppies.
“When I was 15 years old, before the internet, before the existence of state of the art beat making programs that quantize or add effects, my first beat was conceived using two tape decks and a turntable, followed with beats from a single push button sampler and 4-track, progressively moving up to a Roland MS1, and of course the MPC 2000. Stacks upon stacks of floppy disks saved my beats, sometimes even using 2-6 floppies for one beat. Now my beats are created using a MPC2000 XL and a zip drive capable of holding up to 15 beats, but with only 10 left I’m left with a promise to myself that it is time to upgrade to a new machine to make beats. These beats are joints I had laying around that were never used, but it’s still heat. Bang these beats loud as we near the end of my beats on the MPC 2000 XL.” – Exile

Tracklisting
01. Let It Begin
02. For the Kids
03. Walk on By
04. Stalker
05. Lu Lu Bye
06. Fun-K
07. Give It All You Got
08. Never Stop Loving
09. My People (Bebop)
10. Mr. E Groove
11. Drums in the Sky
12. The Score
13. Swingle

KEY SELLING POINTS
1. From Exile, the man responsible for critically acclaimed collaborative albums with Blu, Fashawn, Aloe Blacc & Johaz, comes the instrumental album Zip Discs & Floppies.
2. Zip Discs & Floppies features 13 unearthed and unheard instrumentals spanning Exile’s production career.
3. The limited edition vinyl is available in three color versions, Electric Blue, Coke Bottle Green & Orange. Available from 30.08.2013

Exile – Zip Disks & Floppies (Orange)
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Exile – Zip Disks & Floppies (Orange)

Image: 1582527 From Exile, the man responsible for critically acclaimed collaborative albums with Blu, Fashawn, Aloe Blacc & Johaz, comes the instrumental album Zip Discs & Floppies.
“When I was 15 years old, before the internet, before the existence of state of the art beat making programs that quantize or add effects, my first beat was conceived using two tape decks and a turntable, followed with beats from a single push button sampler and 4-track, progressively moving up to a Roland MS1, and of course the MPC 2000. Stacks upon stacks of floppy disks saved my beats, sometimes even using 2-6 floppies for one beat. Now my beats are created using a MPC2000 XL and a zip drive capable of holding up to 15 beats, but with only 10 left I’m left with a promise to myself that it is time to upgrade to a new machine to make beats. These beats are joints I had laying around that were never used, but it’s still heat. Bang these beats loud as we near the end of my beats on the MPC 2000 XL.” – Exile

Tracklisting
01. Let It Begin
02. For the Kids
03. Walk on By
04. Stalker
05. Lu Lu Bye
06. Fun-K
07. Give It All You Got
08. Never Stop Loving
09. My People (Bebop)
10. Mr. E Groove
11. Drums in the Sky
12. The Score
13. Swingle

KEY SELLING POINTS
1. From Exile, the man responsible for critically acclaimed collaborative albums with Blu, Fashawn, Aloe Blacc & Johaz, comes the instrumental album Zip Discs & Floppies.
2. Zip Discs & Floppies features 13 unearthed and unheard instrumentals spanning Exile’s production career.
3. The limited edition vinyl is available in three color versions, Electric Blue, Coke Bottle Green & Orange. Available from 30.08.2013

Buck Curran – Immortal Light
Friday, September 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Buck Curran – Immortal Light

Image: 1606234 ESP Disk present Immortal Light the new album from Buck Curran.

Tracklist:
1. Wayfaring Summer (Reprise)
2. New Moontide
3. Sea of Polaris
4. Seven Gardens to Your Shore
5. River unto Sea
6. Bad Moon Rising
7. Andromeda
8. Immortal Light (featuring Shanti Deschaine)

Album Credits
Buck Curran: vocals, guitars, harmonium, flute, banjo. Shanti Deschaine: backup vocals on “New Moontide”
and “Bad Moon Rising.” Featured lead vocals and harmonium on “Immortal Light.” Mastering by Harris
Newman at Grey Market Mastering.
Written, produced, performed and recorded by Buck Curran, ASCAP. © 2016 Obsolete Recordings ? Arborea
Music. Physical formats under exclusive license to ESP-Disk’. “Bad Moon Rising” © and ? Jondora Music
Publishing. Lyrics by John C. Fogerty, BMI.
Cover photo Blue Skies on Pluto courtesy of NASA.
Overview: Immortal Light is the debut solo album by guitarist-singer-songwriter Buck Curran. Since 2005, Buck
has recorded and performed as one half of the alt-folk duo Arborea. To date, Arborea has released five albums,
including 2013’s ESP-Disk’ release Fortress of the Sun, and produced two various- artist compilations (Leaves of
Life: a benefit for the World Food Program and We Are All One, In the Sun: a tribute to Robbie Basho). Buck has
also produced a second tribute to Robbie Basho, Basket Full of Dragons, for release on July 5, 2016 on Obsolete
Recordings.
Buck’s music has developed through a decade of playing with Arborea and the experience of playing Blues and
Folk throughout the 1990s. He also draws inspiration from the deep well of Folk and Rock of the 1960s (Robbie
Basho, Jimi Hendrix, Tim Buckley), American Blues and Folk music of the 1930s, British Folk and Psychedelic
Folk/Rock of the ’60s and early ’70s (Peter Green, Sandy Denny, Pentangle, Davey Graham, Nick Drake, Led
Zeppelin, Martin Simpson), Indian Classical music (Pandit Nikhil Banerjee), and Jazz of the ’50s and ’60s (Ornette
Coleman and John Coltrane).
Press: Bob Boilen, the host of NPR’s All Songs Considered, listed Arborea among his favorite concerts and
recommended live acts in 2012, which led to the invitation to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR’s
headquarters. Arborea’s fourth album, Red Planet, was released in 2011 and received critical praise making:
David Fricke’s Rolling Stone ‘Best Under-the-Radar Albums of 2011’, Guitar Player Magazine Editors ‘Top Pick’,
Uncut ‘Top 100 Albums of 2011′, etc. Fortress of the Sun was released in 2013 on ESP-Disk’ coinciding with the
label’s 50th Anniversary and made AllMusic’s ‘Favorite Folk Albums of 2013’ and ‘Favorite Singer/Songwriter
Albums of 2013′, Acoustic Guitar’s ‘Best Acoustic Albums of 2013’, Best of Echoes 2013 Listener Poll, etc. Paste
also listed Arborea in their profile of top musical acts in Maine for their ’50 States Project’. We Are All One, In
the Sun: a tribute to Robbie Basho made Acoustic Guitar’s ‘Best Acoustic Albums of 2010’, Pitchfork 7.8, Guitar
Player Editors ‘Top Pick’, etc.
Guitar Player http://www.guitarplayer.com/artists/1013/buck-curran-on-arboreas-avant-folk-aesthetics/23867
NPR Tiny Desk Concert https://youtu.be/7c_KKh1rmso
Early Press Quotes for Immortal Light:
“Guitar tones linger and reverberate with a mystical translucence.” – Dusted Mag
“The wonderful new Buck Curran LP on ESP-Disk’, as gorgeous a psychedelic folk record as can be in 2016.” –
Jeff Conklin, host of The Avant Ghetto on WFMU
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BuckCurranMusic/
Youtube – www.youtube.com/ Available from 25.11.2016

Albert Ayler – Spiritual Unity
Friday, July 17th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Albert Ayler – Spiritual Unity

Image: 1598362 No introduction needed as ESP Disk present a reissue of the undisputed classic Spiritual Unity from Albert Ayler.
 
Track Listing: 
1. (A1) “Ghosts: First Variation”   5:12 
2. (A2) “The Wizard”  7:21 
3. (B1) “Spirits” 6:47 
4. (B2)”Ghosts: Second Variation”  10:00 
LP total Time:     29:20 

LP NOTE:  LP deliberately does not include the bonus track on the CD, so as to replicate the original, intended track order 

Personnel: Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone, Gary Peacock, bass, Sunny Murray, percussion.  
 
Overview: Spiritual Unity, recorded on July 10, 1964, is the album that made Albert Ayler and ESP-Disk’ famous (or, in 
some people’s eyes/ears, infamous). Mr. Ayler had already recorded in Europe and, in February ’64, in New York, but 
this was the first album where neither he nor his collaborators held back. It was also ESP’s first jazz recording. 
 
Spiritual Unity presented a new improvisation paradigm: looser structure, less regard for standard pitch, and no 
obligation to present a regular beat. Ayler’s sound was unprecedented, much rawer than any other jazz of the time. 
Sometimes it was expressed in squalls of untempered sound, sometimes in outbursts of poignant spontaneous melody. 
Meanwhile, under and around the leader’s unfettered self-expressions, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Sunny 
Murray reinvented the roles of their instruments. 
 
The 50th  Anniversary Expanded Edition includes as a bonus the track briefly substituted for “Spirits” on an early vinyl 
edition. It is the same tune known as “Vibrations” on the album of that title on Arista/Freedom (AKA Ghosts when issued
on Debut) and as “[tune Q]” on the Revenant box set Holy Ghost. It will be the first time both “Spirits” and “Vibrations” 
have been on an ESP edition of Spiritual Unity. 
 
Press Quotes: “If you haven’t heard this record, you’ve missed out on one of the most profound artistic statements of 
the 20th century.” – All About Jazz 
 
“The first ‘variation’ of ‘Ghosts’ lifts that bare, unadorned theme into realms that no previous jazz musician had ever 
dared, and superlatives simply run out in trying to find a terminology for its bleak power and – never let it be forgotten – 
control. … Spiritual Unity is one of the essential recordings of the new jazz and should be in every serious collection.” – 
Penguin Guide to Jazz 
 
“Ayler’s negation of fixed pitches finds a counterpart in Peacock’s and Murray’s negation of the beat. In no group at this 
time is so little heard of a steady beat, as in the trio and quartet recordings of the Ayler group. The absolute rhythmic 
freedom frequently leads to action on three independent rhythmic planes: Ayler improvises in long drawn-out sound 
spans, Peacock hints at chains of impulses, irregular and yet swinging in a remote sense, Murray plays on cymbals with a 
very live resonance, creating colour rather than accentuation.” – Ekkehard Jost’s seminal 1974 book Free Jazz 
 
“Spiritual Unity was the album that pushed Albert Ayler to the forefront of jazz’s avant-garde…. It was really the first 
available document of Ayler’s music that matched him with a group of truly sympathetic musicians, and the results are a 
magnificently pure distillation of his aesthetic. … Yet as liberated and ferociously primitive as Ayler sounds, the group 
isn’t an unhinged mess — all the members listen to the subtler nuances in one another’s playing, pushing and responding 
where appropriate. Their collective improvisation is remarkably unified — and as for the other half of the album’s title, 
Ayler conjures otherworldly visions of the spiritual realm with a gospel-derived fervor.”- Steve Huey, All Music Guide  Available from 25.09.2015

Burnt Friedman – Anthology 1980 – 2017
Friday, October 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Burnt Friedman – Anthology 1980 – 2017

Image: 1615751 In Friedmans Musik von 1980 bis 2017 entfaltet sich ein breites Spektrum gespielter und programmierter rhythmischer Modi, die nicht nur Clubmusik von Techno, Elektro und Dub streifen, sondern vor allem Friedmans eigenen Weg nachzeichnen. Dieser ist auch der langjährigen Zusammenarbeit mit Can-Trommler Jaki Liebezeit zu verdanken, der 2017 79-jährig verstarb. Wie auch Liebezeit beschäftigte sich Friedman bereits in den 80er Jahren mit den Spielarten von sogenannten krummen Rhythmen. Diese Auslese an 17 Stücken dokumentiert einerseits dieses Interesse und ermöglicht andererseits einen Blick auf ‘rough tracks’ und die zur Seite gelegten Stücke, die auf kein Album gepasst, oder für das Label Nonplace, dass Friedman seit 17 Jahren betreibt, gedacht waren. So zeigt sich die volle Bandbreite seines Wirkens auf Perkussion, Tastatur, Sampler und Spielzeug aller Art durch unterschiedlichste Produktionsmethoden (Tape, Atari, Midi, Tonband, Sampler, Harddisk-recording, Multi-tracking, etc.). Die Studioarbeit (Instant-Komposition, Programmierung und Aufnahme) war in den 80er und 90er von erheblichen technischen Umwälzungen gekennzeichnet, die aber von Friedmans unverkennbarer, konsistenter Signatur zusammengehalten werden. In überraschend tanzbaren Tracks, die von artfremden, atmosphärischen Perioden unterbrochen werden, erledigt sich die Frage nach einem Genre.

“An essential retrospective that shows how Burnt Friedman has been reinventing rhythms for over two decades.” – Resident Advisor Available from 08.12.2017

Albert Ayler – Bells
Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Albert Ayler – Bells

Image: 1611980 Undisputed ESP-Disk classic back in print!

Track Listing/ISRCs:
A:1. “Bells” 19:45
B:1: “Vibrations” (a.k.a. “[tune Q]2”) 7:49

Personnel: A:1: Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone,
Donald Ayler, trumpet, Charles Tyler, alto
saxophone, Lewis Worrell, bass, Sunny Murray,
drums. Recorded live at Town Hall, New York City,
May 1, 1965. Engineer: Richard Alderson
B:1: Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone, Gary Peacock,
bass, Sunny Murray, drums.

Recorded at Variety Arts Studio, New York City, July 10, 1964.
Engineer: unknown. Sound file/mastering
courtesy of Martin Davidson.

All compositions by Albert Ayler (Syndicore Music BMI).

Overview: The transitional Bells was just under 20 minutes, released originally as one side of a clear vinyl LP with the
other side empty of music. It was recorded at a May 1, 1965 Town Hall concert of ESP artists, displaying Ayler’s new
group, which added Albert’s brother Donald and Charles Tyler. The denser sound of “Bells” shows Ayler moving towards
the bigger sonic statement made on Spirits Rejoice, his September 23, 1965 Judson Hall session. By the way, “Bells” as
heard here is not, in fact, a single composition, rather, it is a medley moving from “Holy Ghost” to an unnamed theme
and then into “Bells” proper. ESP-Disk’ founder Bernard Stollman was so excited by Bells that it was released without
delaying to record additional music to fill the other side of the LP. Both Donald Ayler and Charles Tyler were making
their recorded debuts, Tyler would go on to record for ESP as a leader (ESP1029, Charles Tyler Ensemble, and ESP1059,
Eastern Man Alone).
One vinyl pressing of Spiritual Unity in the ’60s substituted a different track for “Spirits.” Mr. Stollman had no memory of
how this had happened, but it was subsequently corrected and became a rarity known only to rabid collectors and ESP
fanatics. The one that is on all the CDs (except for one Japanese release with both) and all the rest of the vinyl editions is
the same tune as what is titled “Saints” on Witches & Devils (AKA Spirits, recorded on February 24, 1964). The
anomalous substitution, which does sound somewhat similar, is the same tune known as “Vibrations” on the album
Vibrations (AKA Ghosts) and as “[tune Q]2” in Revenant’s Holy Ghost box set. Martin Davidson (owner of Emanem,
another indie label responsible for many groundbreaking jazz releases) suggested we include this mysterious rarity on
our 50th anniversary CD edition of Spiritual Unity, and supplied the sound file, for which we are grateful. We have kept
the vinyl edition of Spiritual Unity as originally intended. How to get it out on vinyl, then? Well, Bells has long had plenty
of open space on its B-side…
Press Quotes:
“…tenorman Albert Ayler has probably, next to Coltrane and Cecil Taylor, held the most sway on the direction of
improvisation from a “thematic” or ˜phrase-based” approach to that of a purely sonic one.” – Clifford Allen, All About
Jazz Available from 01.12.2017

Albert Ayler / Don Cherry – New York Eye And Ear Control
Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Albert Ayler / Don Cherry – New York Eye And Ear Control

Image: 1611978 Undisputed ESP-Disk classic back in print!

Track Listing:
A1. Don’s Dawn 1:05
A2. A Y 21:24
B1. ITT 23:22
total 45:51

Press Quotes:
“Of the records Ayler made during 1964, the LP New York Eye and Ear Control…is probably the most important link
between the epoch-making collective improvisation Free Jazz by the Ornette Coleman double quartet, and John
Coltrane’s Ascension. Apart from that, it is—in my opinion—one of Ayler’s very best recordings. New York Eye and Ear
Control owes a large part of its success to the contrasting temperaments of the three musicians used by Albert Ayler in
addition to his trio, namely, trumpeter Don Cherry, trombonist Roswell Rudd and alto saxophonist John Tchicai. Don
Cherry improvises in broad melodic lines or places sharply accented staccato passages. Roswell Rudd interposes
fragmentary flourishes in the highest register, or growl sounds and glissandos in the manner of the old tailgate
trombonists. John Tchicai presents the polarity of a slightly ‘cool,’ linear style and offers motivic linkage by insistently
repeating melodic patterns. All three inspire Albert Ayler to a breadth of expression which is too often missing in his
improvisations with smaller groups. There is less limitation to his sound-span playing, more contrast, more punch and
rhythmic accentuation, and with quick response Ayler takes motives from Cherry, Rudd and Tchicai, transforms them
into his own musical idiom, and in turn gives a new direction to the flow of ideas.” – Free Jazz by Ekkehard Jost
“The music is fiery but with enough colorful moments to hold one’s interest throughout.” – Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
“…a valuable window into the music’s early history as well as what might have happened outside record dates, more
than one is usually privy to.” – Clifford Allen, AllAboutJazz.com

Credits:
Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone
Don Cherry, trumpet, cornet
John Tchicai, alto saxophone
Roswell Rudd, trombone
Gary Peacock, bass
Sunny Murray, drums

Recorded on July 17, 1964 by Michael Snow for his film Walking Woman (AKA New York Eye and Ear Control).

RIYL: classic-period Albert Ayler, late-period John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz, Frank Wright

Selling Points:
• A free-jazz classic of immense historical and musical value
• An all-star band, certainly Ayler’s best with other horns
• Finally available again on vinyl
• ESP-Disk’ 50th Anniversary Remaster by archivist Michael D. Anderson
• Art clean-up by Jonathan Granoff restores legibility Available from 01.12.2017

Pharoah Sanders – Pharoah Sanders Quintet
Thursday, October 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pharoah Sanders – Pharoah Sanders Quintet

ESP-Disk present Pharaoh Sanders Quintet Recorded on September 10, 1964, prior to his well-known association with John Coltrane, this eponymous album (later renamed Pharoah’s First) is the debut release of the iconic tenor saxophonist. Track ListingSi…

Paul Bley Trio – Closer
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Paul Bley Trio – Closer

Image: 1611979 Undisputed ESP-Disk classic back in print!

Track Listing:
Side A
1. Ida Lupino 2:55
2. Start 2:21
3. Closer 3:28
4. Sideways in Mexico 2:56
5. Batterie 3:17
Side B
1. And Now the Queen 2:17
2. Figfoot 3:23
3. Crossroads 2:31
4. Violin 2:57
5. Cartoon 2:16

Personnel:
Paul Bley, piano, Steve Swallow, bass, Barry Altschul, percussion

Overview:
When Oscar Peterson moved from Montreal to New York in 1949, then-17-year-old Bley took over Peterson’s residency at the
Alberta Lounge on Oscar’s recommendation, in his twenties, Bley played with Charlie Parker. Bley incorporated maverick
pianist Lennie Tristano’s approach to improvisation and collaborated with Charles Mingus, and in 1958 in Los Angeles
famously put together a band with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins. His move into free
improvisation in the groundbreaking Jimmy Giuffre 3 brought him acclaim. After moving to New York, he was one of the
performers at the Cellar Café in Bill Dixon’s “October Revolution in Jazz” four-day festival, which led to Bley being one of the
co-founders shortly thereafter of the Jazz Composers Guild. It was in the midst of that fabled month that Bley recorded his
first LP for ESP-Disk’ (sixth overall to that point), Barrage. Bley returned to the studio for his second ESP-Disk’ LP a bit less than
two months later. Closer finds Bley again heavily featuring then-wife Carla’s compositions, she’s credited on seven of the ten
tracks, including two also heard on Barrage, “Batterie” and “And Now the Queen.” They sound quite different on this quieter
trio date, and the performances are more concise (no track tops the 3:30 mark). Paul included one of his own tunes, “Figfoot,”
as well as Ornette Coleman’s “Crossroads” and future wife Annette Peacock’s “Cartoon.” Closer features the distinctive
pianism we’ve come to associate with Bley in one of its earliest recorded manifestations. The other players are fellow Jimmy
Giuffre 3 member Swallow and, in his recording debut, Altschul.
Press Quotes:
“The interplay between these three is startling in how tightly woven they are melodically and harmonically.” – Thom Jurek, All
Music Guide
“In the final analysis, however, it is his vision that propels the music forward. He fills it with vigor and dynamism, with space
and lyricism, nothing is out of focus, every challenge is within his grasp. His eloquence is shaped by his ability to balance
silence with sound, as well as his penchant for, and skill with, unusual phrasing.” – Jerry D’Souza, All About Jazz
“…a wonderful, poetic anomaly. In an era where velocity and raw story-telling were required currency, Closer had a lyrical,
Haiku-like simplicity — recalling the Japanese poet Basho’s line ‘something like a hidden glimmering.’ […] In Bley’s hands the
freedom of jazz manifests itself in the negotiating of borders and edges, between skittering, conversational interplay, serene
space and the heart-strained melodic intimacy on the part of his bandmates ” – Matt Fleeger, The New Thing, KMHD-FM Available from 06.10.2017

Talibam – Endgame Of The Anthripocene
Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Talibam – Endgame Of The Anthripocene

Image: 1610948 Personnel: Matthew Mottel: Mini Moog, Midi Synths, Yamaha CS1x, Roland Juno 1, Roland Lucina, Arp Solus, Kevin
Shea: drums, MIDI Marimba Lumina, Preston Spurlock: cover art

Track Listing:
A1. “Antarctica shall be used for peaceful purposes only” (Article 1)
A2. Human Interference and the Failure to Ratify
A3. Reign of Primordial Tenure on the Ice Shelf
B1. The Telegenic Annexation of Territorial Expanse in the West
B2. Obsequious Resources Duly Exploited De Novo
B3. Breach of Ecology on the Seabed (Biodiversity in Shambles)
B4. Cost-Effective Drilling Enabled by Pioneering Technologies and Warmer Climates in the Southern Ocean
B5. RISE OF THE DEFENDERS OF ANTARCTICA

Overview: Endgame of the Anthropocene marks Talibam!’s return to ESP-Disk’, a partnership begun in 2009 with the
highly acclaimed Boogie in the Breeze Blocks album. Talibam! is a 14-year working unit based in New York City that can
be described in various ways — as a classic keyboards/drums expanded-jazz duo, as Dadaist provocateurs with an innate
love for the history of music, as a Fluxus-informed theater troupe, as an electronic ensemble inspired by Stockhausen,
or as a rhythm section at the cross hair of agility, speed, punctuation, and intention. Since their inception in 2003,
Talibam!’s ultimate goal has been to wed disparate ideologies through proficiency, controversy, inquiry, and
compassion. Every Talibam! album attacks from a different angle, Endgame continues this tradition of each new release
sounding completely different from everything they’ve done before, as does HARD VIBE (ESP5015), which will be
released on the same day.
Talibam! has made a geopsychic prediction: after it expires in 2048, the Antarctic Treaty System will be rejected.
As the rest of the planet will have been rendered uninhabitable due to wars rooted in overpopulation, global warming,
and the relentless exploitation of diminishing resources, human interference and the failure to ratify will lead to
international war over the sovereignty and control of Antarctica’s vast resources. Endgame of the Anthropocene is
Talibam!’s first cinematic album of through-composed ecogothic geosonics. It is the soundtrack to 2048’s despotic
nationalism and crumbling international infrastructure, underscoring an eco-mercantilistic tragedy and the desperate
plundering of the last pristine landscape on Earth. This inevitable destruction of Antarctica’s purity marks the globalenvironmental
endgame of the Anthropocene. Endgame of the Anthropocene is a dystopian sonic pronouncement of
failed socio-environmental memes, and features Talibam!’s emergence into hyperkinetic rhythm-based instrumental/
electronic music. Syncopation via polyrhythmic electronic drum and synth pads create corporeal dance floor beats that
would make a super computer perturbed. Kevin Shea is a master of cyber swing and ecowar rhythm — on this record, he
keeps it android yet anthropoid, like Aphex Twin meeting a hologram Phil Collins. Keyboardist Matt Mottel anchors wide
sweeps of analog synthesis — his sonic palette oscillating between the Silver Apples, Sun Ra, and Arca via an Arduino
beta bass drop. This music is hallucinatory composition — electronic muzik via an ethnographic sonic landscape
influenced by Parmegiani, Don Cherry, Front 242, Hailu Mergia, Vangelis, Suicide, Islam Chipsy, Stockhausen and DJ
Shadow. Available from 22.09.2017

Talibam, Matt Nelson & Robin Stabinsky – Hard Vibe
Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Talibam, Matt Nelson & Robin Stabinsky – Hard Vibe

Image: 1610947 ESP-Disk present two albums, HARD VIBE & Endgame of the Anthropocene from wild NY Crew Talibam

Track Listing:
A1. Infinite Hard Vibe Pt. 1
B1. Infinite Hard Vibe Pt. 2

Personnel/Credits: Matthew Mottel: Fender Rhodes,synthesizer, Matt Nelson: tenor saxophone, Kevin Shea: drums, Ron Stabinsky: Hammond B3 organ, John Olson (Wolf Eyes):
Overview: Talibam! delights in creating music that cannot be pinned down within the safe-spaces of existing genres. With each new album, Talibam! reinvents their methodological
palette in order to bolster a fresh clarity of joyous auditory surprise, something their fans have come to depend on. Talibam! focuses on compositional clarity, with reverence for their diverse interest in genre. On this new album they push the pulse of Motorik rhythm through a Psychedelic Jazz filter. This time out, they have created a sonic edifice so
radical, so intricate in its density, that additional hands were required to bring it to life, thus was born the Talibam! Hard Vibe Band with Matt Nelson (Battle Trance, tUnE-yArDs) and Ron Stabinsky (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Peter Evans Quintet, Relâche) joining Mottel (CSC Funk Band, Alien Whale, Nymph, Platinum Vision) and Village Voice “Best
Drummer in New York” Shea (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Rhys Chatham, People featuring Mary Halvorson). The scientists in the Talibam! laboratory describe the results thusly: The HARD VIBE composition transforms aspects of rhythm changes into a disciplined sequence of minor key modulations to create a rigorous Hard Vibe obstacle course for
the soloists over a tight melodic/rhythmic grid. Inspired by Herbie Hancock’s ’70s cosmic music, long-form repetitive works such as Miles Davis’s On the Corner, Charlie Parker’s “Salt Peanuts,” Tenor Sax endurance soloists, Albert Ayler’s New Grass, the legendary organ brutality of Larry Young, and the NYC Avant-Garde Rock Minimalism of Rhys Chatham
and Glenn Branca, Hard Vibe maintains an infectious pulse with virtuosic structural jazz improvisation. The Jan Hammer/’80s soundtrack-inspired Keytar payoff (second half of side B) brings festival audiences to its feet in epic dance and ripping solo proportions.

But those are inspirations more than ingredients. As we at ESP-Disk’ are fond of saying, “You never heard such sounds in your life.”

Press Quotes: “Talibam! manage to cast themselves as a powerful rhythm section… It’s pretty cool to hear the Manhattan abstracters create such a cool free jazz/free rock hybrid” – Byron Coley

“Co-conspirators Matthew Mottel and Kevin Shea have something in common with John Coxon and Ashley Wales of Spring Heel Jack in their application of multiple instruments, electronics and collaborators to create an eclectic musical milieu.” – Derek Taylor

“This is wildly new music, fresh in its approach to the collision of melody, harmony and rhythm that makes for quite a soup for the songs to swim in.” – Raul d’Gama Rose
“Amid the fun and exuberance a clever brain and a strong heart of integrity beats.” – Lisa Thatcher Available from 22.09.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albert Ayler – Prophecy
Friday, April 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Albert Ayler – Prophecy

Image: 1609407 Three weeks before this trio recorded ESP-Disk’s first jazz album, the epochal Spiritual Unity, it was captured “live” by Canadian poet Paul Haines (who also recorded the New York Eye and Ear soundtrack. This is one of the most influential groups in jazz history, a coming together of like-minded innovators who would be considered crucial influences by succeeding generations.

Track Listing:
Side A:
1. Spirits 7:15
2. Wizard 8:00
Side B:
1. Ghosts: First Variation 10:00
2. Prophecy 6:35
3. Ghosts: Second Variation 7:40

Credits:
Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone
Gary Peacock: bass
Sunny Murray: drums

Recorded in concert at the Cellar Cafe, NYC, June 14, 1964.
Engineer: Paul Haines

Overview:
Three weeks before this trio recorded ESP-Disk’s first jazz album, the epochal Spiritual Unity, it was captured “live” by
Canadian poet Paul Haines (who also recorded the New York Eye and Ear soundtrack [ESP1016]). This is one of the most
influential groups in jazz history, a coming together of like-minded innovators who would be considered crucial
influences by succeeding generations, so there is no question of the immense value of this material. Yoked, in the CD
era, to the one-sided LP Bells, made with a different band in a very different style a year later, it is perhaps best
appreciated on its own.
Press Quotes:
4-1/2 stars – All Music Guide
“… contains excellent trio versions of several of Ayler’s signature tunes. The ripping take on “Ghosts (First Variation)”
finds Ayler in heavy honk mode as he sandwiches eight minutes of furious double-time runs between statements of the
uplifting, childlike theme. “The Wizard” and “Prophecy” are excellent demonstrations of the band’s ability to chip away
at a lovely tune until the ground is clear for playful collective improvisation. Throughout this date Ayler’s playing has a
lumbering gravity that contrasts with the rhythm section, drummer Sunny Murray works with a speedy but delicate
touch and bassist Gary Peacock takes a careful, restrained approach. The resulting tension, applied to a strong selection
of Ayler compositions, shows this key trio at its best.” – Mark Richardson, Pitchfork.com Available from 02.06.2017

Paul Nice – Five Fingers of Death (7inch Edition)
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Paul Nice – Five Fingers of Death (7inch Edition)

Image: 1609787 “I released the original 12” volume of FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH
BATTLE BREAKS way back in 1998, while I was living in Oakland
and then San Francisco during a time of incredible movement and
creativity within the suddenly exploding Scratch DJ scene.
The term “turntablist”, coined by DJ Disk, had yet to really catch on
outside of the Bay Area scratch fraternity. Having recently moved to
California from New York, Paul’s turntable aesthetics were strictly
80’s East Coast and was more concerned with “catching doubles”
(beat juggling) and overall party rocking. In other words, the science
of scratching was not something I was even contemplating.Needless
to say, I was completely amazed and overwhelmed with what DJs
like QBert, Shortcut, Apollo and Mixmaster Mike were doing.
It was also around this time that I had discovered that these guys
were giving a lot of play to an independently pressed beat record I
had made before leaving NY.“Fists of the White Lotus” was originally
on an instrumental EP I did with my mentor Joey T on his Empire
Records label (Beats Anonymous Vol.1). I remember when QBert
found out I had made that record. His immediate response was,
“Holy shit! I love that record!” I said back to him: “Can I quote you
on that?”
I pressed up the first couple of hundred copies of FIVE FINGERS
OF DEATH BATTLE BREAKS complete with a sticker on the shrinkwrap containing Q’s quote. Those first couple of hundred quickly
turned into a thousand. Then 3 thousand. Then before you know it,
Volume 2.And 3.And so on.
This record now is a nostalgic return to these days for me. A little
reminder of what made that time in history special for so many.”
– Paul Nice

Side Joey – Just one long scratch sentence
Side John – Fists of the White Lotus (Extended Edit) Available from 19.05.2017

Tony Aiken & Future 2000 – Liberation
Friday, December 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tony Aiken & Future 2000 – Liberation

Image: 1607463 Mitte der 1970er Jahre fand Tony Aiken und Future 2000s funkiger R&B meets Dance Sound mit klaren Einflüssen aus der Karibik und West-Afrikas trotz der Disko-Dominanz der Stunde ein Publikum in New York. Ihre starken Arrangements, pulsierenden Beats und einzigartigen Orchestrierungen machten sie zu Underground-Darlings, und ihr Album “Unity: Sing It, Shout It” ist ein Kultalbum bis zum heutigen Tag. Aiken arbeitete seitdem mit Künstlern wie Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Chosen Few und anderen. Wenige wissen, dass er bis heute mit seiner Band Future aktiv ist, die für “Liberation” zehn satte Roots Reggae-Songs eingespielt hat. Available from 27.01.2017

Defunkt – Live At Channel Zero
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Defunkt – Live At Channel Zero

ESP present Live At Channel Zero a new live recording from Defunkt.Overview: Trombonist Joseph Bowie came out of St. Louis’ Black Artists Group (a.k.a. BAG), co-founded by older brother Lester Bowie. In his teens, Joe played with bluesmen Albert King …

Albert Ayler – Bells & Prophecy
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Albert Ayler – Bells & Prophecy

Image: 1600694

Personnel: 1:1: Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone, Donald Ayler, trumpet, Charles Tyler, alto saxophone, Lewis Worrell, bass, Sunny Murray, drums. Recorded live at Town Hall, New York City, May 1, 1965.
1:2-6, 2:1-6: Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone, Gary Peacock, bass, Sunny Murray, percussion. Recorded live at Cellar Café, New York City, June 14, 1964. All compositions by Albert Ayler (Syndicore Music BMI).

Overview: Albert Ayler’s trio with Gary Peacock and Sonny Murray is best known for the July 10, 1964 recording of Spiritual Unity, the album that made both Albert and ESP-Disk’ famous when it was released. A decade after that, ESP-Disk’ also released, as Prophecy (ESP3030), the first documentation of the group, as recorded a month earlier by Canadian poet Paul Haines at a concert at a 91st Street club. These Cellar Café recordings are augmented here beyond the five cuts on the original Prophecy by including another six tracks from the same gig. (We use the more accurate titles found in their release in the Holy Ghost box set on Revenant rather than the fanciful titles on their first issue, as Albert Smiles with Sunny on the German label In Respect. Note also that “Wizard” on CD 1 and “The Wizard” on CD 2 are different compositions.)

1965 yielded Ayler treasures as well as his style shifted. The transitional Bells was just under 20 minutes, released originally as one side of a clear vinyl LP with the other side empty of music. It was recorded at a May 1 Town Hall concert of ESP artists, displaying Ayler’s new group. Murray remained, Albert’s brother Donald joined on trumpet, and Lewis Worrell held down the bass slot. The denser sound of “Bells” shows Ayler moving towards the bigger sonic statement made on Spirits Rejoice, his September 23, 1965 Judson Hall session. By the way, “Bells” as heard here is not, in fact, a single composition, rather, it is a medley moving from “Holy Ghost” to an unnamed theme and then into “Bells” proper. Bernard was so excited by “Bells” that it was released on one side of an LP without delaying to record additional music to fill the other side. “Bells” also happens to be the recorded debut of saxophonist Charles Tyler, who would go on to record for ESP as a leader (ESP1029, Charles Tyler Ensemble, and ESP1059, Eastern Man Alone).

Track Listing
1:1. Bells
1:2. Spirits
1:3. Wizard
1:4. Ghosts, First Variation
1:5. Prophecy
1:6. Ghosts, Second Variation

2:1. Spirits
2:2. Saints
2:3. Ghosts
2:4. The Wizard
2:5. Children
2:6. Spirits (theme)

Press Quotes:
“As a package, Bells and Prophecy make for a highly intense, utterly engaging, and even awe-inspiring listen.” – Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
“…tenorman Albert Ayler has probably, next to Coltrane and Cecil Taylor, held the most sway on the direction of improvisation from a “thematic” or ˜phrase-based” approach to that of a purely sonic one.” – Clifford Allen, All About Jazz Available from 11.12.2015

Ada
Monday, October 12th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Charts, Magazine | Comments Off on Ada

Ada’s journey begins with a coincidence. Band colleague visits singer to make music. Band colleague forgets groovebox at singer’s house. Band colleague doesn’t come round to pick it up for ages. Half a year later, the boys from Areal Records think they aren’t hearing right when Ada plays them two tracks she’s put together (seemed […]

Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds Of… Vol.1 (180g/Colored)
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds Of… Vol.1 (180g/Colored)

Image: 1597859 Essential classic reissues of The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1 & 2 . Re-pressed for its 50th Anniversary in a limited edition on Esperanto-green, 180-gram vinyl housed within Sun Ra’s original, self-created jacket art.

Credits: Pat Patrick: baritone sax, percussion, John Gilmore: tenor sax, timpani, Marshall Allen: piccolo, alto sax, bells, spiral cymbal, Ronnie Boykins: bass, Teddy Nance: trombone, Jimhmi Johnson: percussion, Robert Cummings: bass clarinet, wood blocks, Chris Capers: trumpet, Bernard Pettaway: bass trombone, Danny Davis: flute, alto sax, Sun Ra: bass marimba, electronic celeste, piano, tympani.
Recorded by Richard L. Alderson at RLA Sound Studios, New York City, April 20, 1965

Overview: The astonishing sessions that went light years beyond “free jazz” improvisation to create music of deeply-felt, explosive and gentle gestures made from sound itself without reference to previous notions of melody or harmony. This set of tracks finds Sun Ra breaking ground by using synthesizers and having the Arkestra musicians double on percussion. Re-pressed for its 50th Anniversary in a limited edition on Esperanto-green, 180-gram vinyl housed within Sun Ra’s original, self-created jacket art.

Press Quotes: “These seven sides became the first of what many free and avant-garde jazz enthusiasts had heard from Ra. At the heart of his post-bop performances is the flexibility of the support from the Arkestra, whose percussive talents were equal only to their unquestionable abilities on other respective instruments. The probing nature of longer selections such as “Outer Nothingness” and “The Cosmos” contrasts “Of Heavenly Things,” providing Ra a chance to steer the combo’s intrepid excursions from the all-too-rare perspective of a percussionist. His tympani leads motivate the cut, which is also highlighted by Ronnie Boykins (bass) and John Gilmore (tenor sax). All the more impressive is the consistent level of improvisational skills that each member brings to the ensemble. Jimmy Johnson’s (drums) timekeeping ranges from appropriately propulsive and bombastic to a spurious foil for Ra’s seemingly maniacal prodding. Indeed, this material solidifies the progression that the bandleader had made from his former tuneful, yet ever intricate big-band type of arrangements. – Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide

“Jazz keyboardist, bandleader, and space cartologist Sun Ra (born Herman Blount) spent most of his career as the consummate outsider. He declared that he was from Saturn (by way of Birmingham, Alabama), lived communally with his ensemble the Arkestra, and was far more interested in cosmic esoterica than what his contemporaries were doing. Ra released most of his several dozen records of the ’60s on his own El Saturn imprint (and mostly just sold them at his shows), but the two Heliocentric Worlds albums, both recorded in 1965, appeared on the iconoclastic ESP-Disk label, and propagated his music to a wider audience of listeners who were open to freakiness. Both volumes are improvisations by subgroups of the Arkestra (directed by Ra), and even at their most dissonant, they’re playful and spacious — ‘Dancing in the Sun’ is off-the-cuff big-band swing.” – Douglas Wolk, #9 on Spin’s “The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s”

Track Listing:
Side A
1. Heliocentric 4:17
2. Outer Nothingness 7:38
3. Other Worlds 4:35
Side B
1. The Cosmos 7:30
2. Of Heavenly Things 5:44
3. Nebulae 3:19
4. Dancing in the Sun 1:56 Available from 17.07.2015

Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds Of… Vol.2 (180g/Colored)
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds Of… Vol.2 (180g/Colored)

Image: 1597861 Essential classic reissues of The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1 & 2 . Re-pressed for its 50th Anniversary in a limited edition on Esperanto-green, 180-gram vinyl housed within Sun Ra’s original, self-created jacket art.

Track Listing:
Side A
1. The Sun Myth 18:21
Side B
1. A House of Beauty 4:55
2. Cosmic Chaos 15:12

Credits: Walter Miller: trumpet: Robert Cummings: bass clarinet, Marshall Allen: alto sax, flute, piccolo, John Gilmore: tenor sax, Pat Patrick: baritone sax, flute, Sun Ra: clavioline, piano, tuned bongos, Ronnie Boykins: bass, Roger Blank: drums
Recorded by Richard L. Alderson at RLA Sound Studios, New York City, November 16, 1965

Overview: More explorations of outer space by the spokesman for the space age.
When Walt Whitman wrote, “I am vast, I contain multitudes,” he could have been channeling Sun Ra. The man born Herman Blount in Alabama, who claimed he was from Saturn, was equally at home reviving Fletcher Henderson compositions based on their original arrangements or unleashing totally free-form, athematic group improvisation – and many styles in between. It was practically a given that a New York-based (as he was in the ’60s) avant-jazz performer as colorful and eccentric as Sun Ra would end up on ESP-Disk’.

The 1965 sessions that produced the two volumes of Heliocentric Worlds came during the most extremely free-form period of Ra’s career, contemporaneous with The Magic City (Saturn Records). Volume 1, recorded in April with an 11-member band, consisted of seven relatively short tracks (none over eight minutes), recorded in November with an octet, Volume 2, in contrast, was much freer and featured the side-long “The Sun Myth” and the 15-minute “Cosmic Chaos.” The horn players and bassist Ronnie Boykins have plenty of room to stretch out and take full advantage. “A House of Beauty” offers five minutes of relatively lyrical respite between the other tracks.

It’s worth getting the vinyl LP of Volume 2 just for the iconic cover designed by Paul Frick, consisting of a German astronomical chart of the solar system and portraits of Sun Ra and famous astronomers. Re-pressed for its 50th Anniversary in a limited edition on Esperanto-green, 180-gram vinyl

Press Quotes: “Even at their most dissonant, they’re playful and spacious…’The Sun Myth’ is a panoramic 18-minute fantasia in which two or three instruments at a time toss long, buzzing tones and high honks back and forth, then fall out of orbit again.” – Douglas Wolk, #9 (in tandem with Vol. 1) on Spin’s “The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s”
“Sun Ra’s work with an ensemble often presents a stated emphasis on the percussive nature of solos as well as within the group context. The underlying freeform anti-structure allows defining contrasts that ultimately establish the progressing sonic sculpture. ‘The Sun Myth’ showcases Ra’s definitive capabilities to guide his assembled musicians from anywhere within said group. …. The resulting interactions include mesmerizing bass solos from Ronnie Boykins as well as some impassioned alto sax work from Marshall Allen. Directly contrasting the works that surround it is ‘A House of Beauty.’ The emphasis shifts, juxtaposing Allen’s unfettered piccolo solos with Ra on piano and Robert Cumming on bass clarinet. …. ‘Cosmic Chaos’ is the final and most archetypal of the ensemble works that Ra and his various Arkestras would produce throughout the ’60s. – Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide Available from 17.07.2015

Patty Waters – College Tour (Colored/180g)
Friday, May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Patty Waters – College Tour (Colored/180g)

ESP presents Patty Waters College Tour repressed as a limited edition on Esperanto-green, 180-gram vinyl.Track Listing:Side 1 1. Song of Clifford 4:09 2. Hush Little Baby with Ba Ha Bad 6:32 3. Wild Is the Wind 5:53 4. Prayer …

Veysel
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Features, Magazine | Comments Off on Veysel

Der Straßenrapper vom Hype-Label Azzlackz mit seiner unverwechselbaren Reibeisenstimme und seinem lang ersehnten Debütalbum. “Audiovisuell” ist die perfekte Beschreibung für seinen eindrucksvollen Rapstil, denn es bedeutet, dass etwas zugleich hörbar und sichtbar ist, da die Augen und Ohren gleichermaßen angesprochen werden. “Ich bin jeden Tag in Altendorf auf der Straße und bekomme alles mit”, sagt […]

Der Straßenrapper Veysel vom Hype-Label Azzlackz mit seinem lang ersehnten Album “Audiovisuell”
Friday, October 10th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on Der Straßenrapper Veysel vom Hype-Label Azzlackz mit seinem lang ersehnten Album “Audiovisuell”

Mit “Audiovisuell” erscheint jetzt das Debütalbum von Veysel. “Audiovisuell” ist die perfekte Beschreibung für seinen eindrucksvollen Rapstil, denn es bedeutet, dass etwas zugleich hörbar und sichtbar ist, da die Augen und Ohren gleichermaßen angesprochen werden. “Ich bin jeden Tag in Altendorf auf der Straße und bekomme alles mit”, sagt Veysel, der alle Eindrücke aus Essen, […]

Veysel – Audiovisuell (Premium Edition)
Friday, September 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Veysel – Audiovisuell (Premium Edition)

Image: 1592333 Mit “Audiovisuell” erscheint jetzt das Debütalbum von Veysel. “Audiovisuell” ist die perfekte Beschreibung für seinen eindrucksvollen Rapstil, denn es bedeutet, dass etwas zugleich hörbar und sichtbar ist, da die Augen und Ohren gleichermaßen angesprochen werden. “Ich bin jeden Tag in Altendorf auf der Straße und bekomme alles mit”, sagt Veysel, der alle Eindrücke aus Essen, die Schicksalsschläge und den Struggle um ihn herum in dichte und atmosphärische Tracks zu verpacken weiß. Seine Sprache ist stets direkt, die Stimme markant, der Flow on-point. Man hört Veysel zu, wenn er spricht. So entstehen aus Text und Musik, aus Bild und Klang, audiovisuelle Momente, die kaum ein anderer Rapper in Deutschland derart zu kreieren weiß. “Audiovisuell” ist ein erstaunliches Debüt geworden – weil es rund, schlüssig und packend ist, weil es sich nicht um schnelllebige Trends schert. “Ich bin sehr stolz auf mein Album”, sagt Veysel selbst – und das kann er für wahr sein.

Premium enthält: CD1: Standard (17 Tracks) + 2 Bonus Tracks / CD: 2 alle Instrumentals / DVD: Disk: 1. Veysel in Istanbul Dokumentation 2. Fan-Fragen
Standard CD enthält: 17 Tracks Available from 17.10.2014

Various – All of the Lights (Scrimshire RMX)
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – All of the Lights (Scrimshire RMX)

In 2014 the label celebrates not only its 15thanniversary, but, with this record, its 50thseven-inch release, and it’s something very unique indeed. Two of the imprints best love artists, East End brass juggernaut Hackney Colliery Band, and funky Cana…

Damu The Fudgemunk – Spare Overtime (White Vinyl+7inch)
Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Damu The Fudgemunk – Spare Overtime (White Vinyl+7inch)

Image: 1586345 It was 5 years ago. If you’re familiar with “How it Should Sound” (RDF007), this is how it all started. Back in winter of 2008, Damu the Fudgemunk released a collection of instrumentals entitled, “Spare Time” (RDF002) as a free digital download to the masses. It was this album that introduced Damu as a solo artist and Redefinition Records to thousands, taking blogs and file sharing sites by storm. “Spare Time” was such a success, that a sequel “Overtime” (RDF003) was released in the summer of 2008. Collectively, both “Spare Time” and “Overtime” have exceeded over 200,000 downloads to date. With the rapid growth of Redef and the expansion of Damu the Fudgemunk, several titles have been released since in various formats making both the brand and artist, one of the most respected and relevant in independent hip hop. Ironically, “Spare Time” and “Overtime” never saw a proper release on vinyl or cd until now. The fans have spoken over the years requesting this material in physical form and to popular demand, “Spare Overtime RE-Inspired…” is the answer.
Damu is a producer/DJ (and an occasional MC) from Washington DC who co-owns and operates Redefinition Records. Redef is a 100% indie hip-hop label that releases music on all formats and despite their low-key and humble approach, Redef has has released music featuring a surprising cast of characters including hip-hop icons such as MF Doom, Talib Kweli, Blu, Pete Rock, Grap Luva, K-Def, Kev Brown, The Artifacts, Germany’s Klaus Layer, and even Kanye West.
About Spare OverTime…
Newly recorded, re-sequenced and retitled versions of the beloved instrumentals were prepared for this album. Both “Spare Time” and “Overtime” have been consolidated into one and in the vein of “How it Should Sound”, Damu revisited all the old floppy disks to create the best listening experience. Constructed on his MPC 2000, the album is intact with The Fudgemunk’s signature production style and interludes. Two freshly composed unreleased tracks were conceived exclusively for the deluxe version which includes a 45. This is quite a bonus for fans who want more new music from Damu the Fudgemunk. Damu’s previous release, the “Spur Momento Trailer EP (RDF-C001)” was a step in a new sonic direction. His latest, “Spare Overtime Re-Inspired…” is reassuring that he hasn’t completely abandoned the sound he is known for, unlike some other artists who progress.

Side A
1. Our Presentation
2. Pulsating (Pulse Remix 2012 update)
3. Live on Because (L.B. 2012 update)
4. Ego Trouble’ (Troopin’ 2012 update)
5. Jnota’s Joint (Last Ole 2012 update)
6. Then in 04 (2004 Beat Original 2012 update)
Side B
7. Leo the Gemini 1 (Leo part 1 2012 update)
8. To DJ RBI (To RBI 2012 update)
9. Picturesque Storm (Colorful Remix 2012 update)
10. Leo the Ruler (Leo part 2 2012 update)
11. New Generation (Now generation 2012 update)
12. 9 Summers Ago (Summer 2004: 2012 update)
13. Next in Line (Y Society Remix instro 2012 update)
Bonus 45 Tracklist
Side A. Spirit of Ummah (Randi Rearranged and Reintroduced, Composed December 2011)
Side B. Coffee Run (Coffee Table Rearranged “How it Should” style, Composed December 2011) Available from 13.12.2013

Various – Beach Diggin’ (by Guts & Mambo)
Monday, July 1st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Beach Diggin’ (by Guts & Mambo)

Image: 1582145 Guts, a producer exiled in Ibiza, and Mambo, a Los Angeles-based painter, have been lounging on the shore with the sound of the waves lapping in the background as they sift through the vinyl for their Beach Diggin’ collection.
Far, far from the mouldy-smelling, lightless cellars where record hunters usually hang out. Diggin’ disks as others dig beaches, because getting your hands on a good vinyl, its grooves virtually unexplored, is like stumbling on a dazzling expanse of virgin sand.

Guts and Mambo have little time for the idea that Brazilians have to play bossa nova, Cubans must salsa and a Jamaican has to be into reggae. They sniff around the blind spots away from the beaches packed with noisy tourists and come up with West Indians who lay down earth-shaking dub beats, and Trinidadians who unleash funk laced with lots of brass. Not to mention Peruvians, Frenchies and even Spaniards who can recreate the atmosphere of a humid, totally torrid sixties Rio party.

On the seafront, Guts and Mambo have put together a 17-track playlist that is hip without being elitist, guided by the highest standards and unwavering principles of sun, escapism, the good life and nothing below 25°C.

Seventeen tracks are stamped on the pages of the record’s passport – boss nova, soul, jazz, latin, afro-funk and tropical -, souvenirs of travels through North and Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean islands.

Intoxicating tunes, radiant rhythms, velveteen vocals: Beach Diggin’ is for sipping through a straw, wiggling your hips and shaking your pelvis to, and it’s made to bring bodies into friction

1. Talya Ferro – Cuando caliente el sol
2. Ana Mazzotti – Agora ou nunca mais
3. The Coppers – Acapulco, Dos de la Tarde
4. Cassiano – Onda
5. Merchant – Instant Funk
6. Agustin Pereyra – Guayabas
7. Evinha – Esperar pra ver
8. Fabiano Orchestra – Rastaman Rock
9. Willie Lindo – Midnight
10. Caetano Veloso – Olha O Menino
11. Kenny Cox – Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise
12. Nelson Family – Gimme Love
13. Abeti – Usisilike
14. Cowell – Travelin’ Man
15. Au Bonheur des Dames – L’Île du Bonheur
16. Joe Cruz & the Cruzette – Love song
Available from 05.07.2013

Various – The Muggsy Story
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Muggsy Story

Image: 1579718 The record label Muggsy is not related to Muggsy Spanier, the legendary jazz cornettist. Nor is it connected to the tiny terror of the NBA, Muggsy Bogues. Neither, for that matter, is it linked to Cypress Hill DJ and producer DJ Muggs. Nope. It is, however, entirely related to the Brooklyn house firmament, HenryStreet. The man behind Henry Street is Johnny De Mairo, known among New York industry
heads simply as Johnny D, ergo he is also the chap responsible for Muggsy, which is why we are here.
Born and bred in Brooklyn (and proud of that fact), Johnny D has been a DJ,record and autograph collector from the moment he had some spare cash. He got his first break in the music industry working for Vince Pellegrino’s S.I.N., before moving on to work for Atlantic Records, with whom he was associated for many years.
He first launched Henry Street in 1993, followed a few years later by Muggsy.Henry Street became known for a sound deeply rooted in the disco that Johnny De Mairo loves and collects while still taking care of dancefloor business.
Muggsy was his chance to branch out into other areas. “Initially, I had intended for Muggsy to be the harder more ‘tribal-type’ label and keep the soulful stuff for Henry Street. So when Chris ‘TKC’ Staropoli came to me with ‘Back Jack’ I figured that was the best time for Muggsy to begin as it was a bit tribal but, more than that, pushed the envelope a bit more than my regular releases on Henry Street.“, recalls Johnny D.
With a collection of like-minds gathered around the De Mairo table recording for the label, some of them New York cohorts (Kenny Dope, Brutal Bill), with Chicago’s Ralphi Rosario, Robbie Rivera from Puerto Rico and Miami’s Mike ‘Da Mooch’ Mucci, Muggsy released a string of tracks that ploughed a differentfurrow to big daddy Henry Street. But the Muggsy groove still retained the sample-based ethos (and disco roots) of its proprietor Johnny D The Muggsy Story is a document of a special time in New York history, before the gentrification of New York made party-throwing a guerilla activity, rather than the core of its musical soul. Muggsy, we salute you.

KEY SELLING POINTS
• Johnny D A&R’d at Atlantic records where he commissioned and was responsible for big hits such as “Missing” by Everything But The Girl, “Professional Widow” by Tori Amos and “The Boss” by The Braxtons along with hundreds of other releases. He also produced the compilation/remix project “Ashford & Simpson – The Warner Bros. Years: Hits, Remixes & Rarities”
• This is the 4th in a series of albums curated by Johnny D that tells the history of the halcyon days of dance music
• Johnny D is available for interviews and guest mixes

Tracklisting CD
1.TKC – Back Jack (Original Mix)
2.Brutal Bill presents The Funkryders – Woman of Angels (Whiskey-A-Go-Go Mix)
3.Brutal Bill presents Soul Function – Do You Know About Love (Club Mix)
4.Da Mooch – Twist The Knob (Original Twist)
5.Kenny “Dope” Presents DBX – And There Aint (Troopa’s Deep Mix)
6.Johnick presents The Sopranos – Is It Really Real
7.Johnick presents The Sopranos – First & Henry
8.Brutal Bill presents Disko-Tek EP – The Disko-Tek
9.Da Mooch – That’s What It Is
10.Ralphi Rosario – You Used To Hold Me (Salsa Mix) Available from 24.05.2013

Yma Sumac – Recital
Friday, May 10th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Yma Sumac – Recital

With the release of Voice of the Xtabay in 1950, people all over the world were astounded by one of the most unusual voices to emerge on the musical scene: Peruvian singer Yma Sumac, who glides effortlessly from contralto to coloratura, her voice cove…

Staff Charts 2012
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Features, For Facebook, Magazine | Comments Off on Staff Charts 2012

Let me make one thing perfectly clear, 2012 was amazing! Number-one position in the German Media Control album charts, gold, platin, multiple awards – CRO took it all. The artist with the famous panda mask infected the entire country with his genre-bending mixture of rap and pop. Other artists / bands like alt-J, Anastacia, Baroness, […]

“Selected Label Works 3” – the essence of Permanent Vacation’s latest body of work …
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 | Tags: ,
Posted in For Facebook, Magazine, News | Comments Off on “Selected Label Works 3” – the essence of Permanent Vacation’s latest body of work …

Again it’s been a busy and very fruitful year for Munich’s Permanent Vacation imprint. There have been great album releases by Wolfram, Zodiac Free Arts Club or Pollyester and plenty of club rocking 12″ single releases which have been on the top of the lists of countless DJs. The essence of Permanent Vacation’s latest body […]

Kasper Bjørke
Monday, November 22nd, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Charts, Magazine | Comments Off on Kasper Bjørke

After more than a decade as a fulltime producer and DJ, Copenhagen based Kasper Bjørke has released his music on labels like hfn Music, Plant Music, Fine, Thugfucker, We Love This and V2 Records – and even more labels are to be added in the upcoming months. Kasper has received numerous Danish Music Award and […]

EKO & AZRA – Und die Welt dreht sich …
Wednesday, July 7th, 2004 | Posted in News | Comments Off on EKO & AZRA – Und die Welt dreht sich …

Hip Hop

Sitelogo_small
Distribution
B2B
Need assistance?

+49 (0) 221 99075 0 phone
+49 (0) 221 99075 990 fax
Contact form

Office hours
Mon–Thu 10h–18h GMT+1
Fri 10h–17h GMT+1

Copyright © 2017 Groove Attack GmbH, Mathias-Brüggen-Str. 85, D-50829 Cologne, Germany
Imprint / Impressum / Disclaimer · Privacy Policy / Datenschutzerklärung