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THE DYNAMICS release their first long player “Version Excursions” …
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Souleance – Bamboule
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Souleance – Bamboule

Image: 1616135 We welcome back long-time First Word family, Souleance, with ‘Bamboule’, fresh from their respective cut-ups for our sister label, Excursions, and their recent ‘Raw Funk’ set, we have a 5-track EP containing something for all the family, crafted with love once again by France’s Fulgeance & DJ Soulist. A truly eclectic collection, comprised of afro grooves, tropical vibes, b-boy rhymes, head-nodding shakers and intensely hype floor-fillers. A seriously fun selection.

Tracklisting
1 Partay
2 Bamboule
3 That Guy (feat. Von Pea)
4 J’aime Marcher
5 Brown Bags Available from 27.10.2017

Souleance – Bamboule
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Souleance – Bamboule

Image: 1616135 We welcome back long-time First Word family, Souleance, with ‘Bamboule’, fresh from their respective cut-ups for our sister label, Excursions, and their recent ‘Raw Funk’ set, we have a 5-track EP containing something for all the family, crafted with love once again by France’s Fulgeance & DJ Soulist. A truly eclectic collection, comprised of afro grooves, tropical vibes, b-boy rhymes, head-nodding shakers and intensely hype floor-fillers. A seriously fun selection.

Tracklisting
1 Partay
2 Bamboule
3 That Guy (feat. Von Pea)
4 J’aime Marcher
5 Brown Bags Available from 27.10.2017

Joon Moon – Moonshine Corner
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joon Moon – Moonshine Corner

Image: 1610957 Kwaidan Records present Moonshine Corner the new album from Joon Moon.

A1. Apple Day
A2. Feels Like
A3. Get Down
B1. Chess
B2. Call Me (Album Version)
B3. Help Me
C1. Crash
C2. Jimmy Thirsty Cow
C3. I Might Be Wrong (Radiohead Cover)
D1. Tiger
D2. Silverado

As 2015 was wrapping up, an unknown outfit called Joon Moon took the music world by surprise with its first single Chess. The four cuts on the Call Me EP, a beguiling mix of pop and soul, electronic music and jazz, melancholy and elegy, heralded a forthcoming album that was bound to leave a blast radius on landing. And while the name and vibe of the project evokes a purple veloured, oldHollywood universe, Joon Moon was borne out of a resolutely contemporary meeting of the minds – the kind the can only happen amidst our jetsetting music scene.
After ten years of touring the world playing double bass with Marc Collin’s Nouvelle Vague ensemble, alongside excursions into house music on the Yellow Productions Art of Disco compilations, not to mention co-producing Florent Marchet’s Bamby Galaxy album, it was time for songwriter/producer/renaissance man Julien Decoret to dedicate his heart and soul to a new challenge. With Raphaël Chassin, (Hugh Coltman, Vanessa Paradis, Pauline Croze) on drums, helping out with the production and arrangements, and Sébastien Trouvé as sound engineer, Decoret set out on his retromodern Joon Moon mission, laying out the contours of a world where trip-hop, jazz, soul and electronic music live side by side, sharing their joys and sorrows.
The only missing element was that one last bit of magic, a voice that could take the project to ever-loftier heights. Enter Krystle Warren. She had worked with Rufus Wainwright, and Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, and had made forays into house music herself by providing vocals to two cuts off Hercules and Love Affair’s, The Feast of the Broken Heart. That’s not even mentioning her own band, Krystle Warren and The Faculty – and its three albums – which display her impressive grasp of soul music, folk, blues… Joon Moon’s first album Moonshine Corner, which stole part of its name from an Austin watering hole that had become a haunt during its first American mini-tour, is the sound of four people meeting at an unlikely crossroads named Melancholy. Recorded using modern studio techniques along with vintage 60s and 70s instruments, Moonshine Corner places its chips on a subtly modern vibe through twelve lovelorn tracks that weave themselves around pop and trip hop, folk and soul, jazz licks and electronic washes, digging their own groove in the river bed dug by years and years of exposure to Radiohead, Neil Young, and Zero 7. Joon Moon is also, lest we forget, a project that takes on its full magnitude on stage. The barebones live setup (drums, piano) allows Krystle’s powerful voice to fill the space, swaying from nervy to more subdued laments, hopping around tessitura in the blink of an eye. Consider the live french version of Radiohead’s I Might Be Wrong, which transports you to the fictional smoky jazz club where forgotten, old 50s star Joon Moon holds court behind the microphone. Available from 29.09.2017

The Showfa – A Gospel Excursion Vol. 1
Thursday, July 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Showfa – A Gospel Excursion Vol. 1

Image: 1610798 For our fourth release, we’re pleased to welcome The Showfa inside the Excursions kitchen, to cook us up something sizzling for your mind, body & soul. Wielding a nifty set of disco scissors, he’s selected the finest of gospel cuts and brought them neatly to the boil, serving up three delectable dishes of hot spiritual gumbo. Soul food of the highest calibre.

Taking us to church straight off the bat, ‘Thankful’ builds and builds along an infectiously uplifting piano-heavy hook, an edit that bubbles away effortlessly akin to a Moodyman-esque disco groove, perfectly crafted for the dancefloor.

‘He’ll Answer’ drops the tempo and tone to something slower & lower, lending its sound to that of the most proficient beat-masters, incorporating moody synths and haunting strings, in a true future gospel style and pattern.

The last serving on the plate is ‘Jus’ A Little Talk’ – a cheeky flip of a classic that’s destined to make the AOR diggers and connoisseurs salivate profusely. This retro yacht rock bumper closes out this joyously ethereal platter perfectly.

Already finding its way into the crates of selectors such as Gilles Peterson, Horse Meat Disco and Patrick Forge, it’s also received love in Mixmag and across the airwaves, from NTS to Mi-Soul to Rinse FM.

Another essential Excursion on wax, and one that will never leave the box.

Tracklisting
1 Thankful (The Showfa Remix)
2 He’ll Answer (The Showfa Edit)
3 Jus’ A Little Talk (The Showfa Edit) Available from 14.07.2017

Halal Cool J – An Ottoman Excursion
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Halal Cool J – An Ottoman Excursion

Image: 1610777 For the third set of Excursions, we’re letting off some tasty Turkish flavours. Darkhouse Family presents ‘An Ottoman Excursion’. Halal Cool J (aka Don Leisure of Darkhouse Family) has blessed us with four cheeky edits, crafted with care, and guaranteed to create dancefloor flames. A few choice selectors have been playing these for a while (such as Lefto and Gaslamp Killer, on Boiler Room), but this is the first time these tracks have been released into the public domain.

In Don’s words: “I got into Turkish music around about 2006 when Egon (ex-Stones Throw) put out a Turkish Funk podcast showcasing artists like Baris Manco, Erkin Koray & Selda. The musical rabbit hole led me to discover re-releases on labels like Finders Keepers, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s hard to find original pressings of Turkish music in the UK, so when my cousin landed a job in Istanbul, it was the perfect opportunity to make a bunch of trips there, armed with a portable turntable, hunting for dusty records. I made these tracks a few years ago now, but they’ve found a perfect home now with Excursions.”

For ‘An Ottoman Excursion’ we head straight in with the neck-snapping drums and epic riffs of ‘Visne Nektari’, before the synth-led ‘Derbent’s Groove’ breezes triumphantly into motion. For the flip, we nicely drop the pace a little to do the ‘Turkish Duck Walk’, before the humidity of the ‘Fernebache Heat’ raises up the tempo to close out the set. 4 chops. 8 minutes of Turkish Psych-Funk vibes. 45rpm 7″ vinyl pressure. Limited copies only. No sleeping. last copies !!!

Tracklisting
1 Visne Nektari
2 Derbent’s Groove
3 Turkish Duck Walk
4 Fenerbahce Heat Available from 14.07.2017

Fulgeance & DJ Scientist – A Soviet Disco Excursion
Thursday, July 28th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fulgeance & DJ Scientist – A Soviet Disco Excursion

Image: 1605426 Fulgeance & DJ Scientist are back with more dope material from their beat laboratory. Last year’s debut album ‘The Soviet Tape’ featured their beat-fuelled take on funk, soul and jazz grooves. For the first release on the newly-established Excursions imprint, ‘A Soviet Disco Excursion’ follows up with three amazing edits strictly for the dancefloor.

Fulgeance takes on Charaun?tsy (Sorceress), a relatively unknown female band from Belorussia transforming it into a low slung, pure soulful disco flute funk groove that is a guaranteed DJ sureshot. Latvian singer Mirdza Zivere is next with an edit of her classic cosmic disco track “Vienmer but” – a track made famous by the group Modo.

On side B, Scientist edited/remixed Tatyana Kochergina’s “Igray, Skripka, Igray (Play Violin Play)” which delivers some Philly and Italo disco flavours – belying it’s Soviet-era Ukraine roots to devastating dancefloor effect! This vinyl only release is the first in a series of edits from the London based label.

Tracklisting
1 Sorceress – I Wait For You (Fulgeance Edit)
2 Mirdza Zivere – Vienmer But (Fulgeance Edit)
3 Tatyana Kochergina – Igray, Skripka, Igray (DJ Scientist Edit) Available from 05.08.2016

Zalla (Piero Umiliani) – The Folk Group (LP+CD)
Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Zalla (Piero Umiliani) – The Folk Group (LP+CD)

Image: 1604381 “The Folk Group” represents a peculiar work within Piero Umiliani’s seemingly endless career. Recorded for the Background Music series, it uncovers the Maestro’s passion for folk and ’60s/’70s music. It’s especially characterized by the bizarre “Guitar Improvisation” and the incredible and funky “Underworld”, a gem that we recommend to any hip-hop producer!

THE FOLK GROUP (1974)
Piero Umiliani’s rich and diverse discography got us used to bold experimentalism, to excursions
into popular music as into avantgarde. Nonetheless, while “The Folk Group” makes no surprise,
it still represents a peculiar work within Umiliani’s seemingly endless career.
Originally published under the name of M. Zalla, an alias he especially used for those albums
that were difficult to classify – and among which we must mention the extraordinary “Mondo Inquieto”
and “Problemi d’oggi” – this album uncovers the Maestro’s passion for folk and ’60s/’70s
music.
Recorded for the Background Music series, we can only speculate that the music of this LP could
have been used to score some Wild West documentary: through the abundant use of acoustic
and electric guitars and harmonica, Umiliani perfectly recreates that intimate feeling typical of
blues and melancholic folk, allowing himself a few minor digressions. Isn’t this surprising? Indeed
it is, if we consider the rest of Umiliani’s production, but it is evident that The Folk Group
falls within the category of library music, those products commissioned and recorded for a specific
purpose. Aside of standard (but great) tunes setting the mood such as “Folk Group”, “New
Fields”, “Singin’ the Tune” and “Young Time”, the two songs that best characterize the album are
the ones that unmistakably carry the mark of Piero Umiliani: the bizarre “Guitar Improvisation”
that closes the A side of the LP and the incredible and funky “Underworld” (a gem that we recommend
to any hip-hop producer) that ends the B side.
The amazing original front cover artwork deserves a special mention, since it was made (without
any permission, we guess, and for no apparent reason) using a retouched photo of The Rolling
Stones! Definitely, those were different times…

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Folk group
A2 Young time
A3 Debut
A4 Mood blues
A5 Night river
A6 Red train
A7 Guitar improvisation
B1 New fields
B2 Western melody
B3 Spring song
B4 Pastime
B5 Singin the tune
B6 Happy vagabonds
B7 Old rock
B8 Underworld Available from 08.07.2016

Farley Funkin’ Keith – No Vocals Necessary EP
Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Farley Funkin’ Keith – No Vocals Necessary EP

Expanded re mastered edition of Farley’s classic “No Vocals Necessary” EP from 1988. 2 x 12″ ranging from distorted acid to funked up disco filtered excursions. Essential!TRACK LISTING:A1. I Need A FriendA2. The Acid LifeB1. Acid TripB2. All Acid OutC…

Various – Soul Sok Sega
Friday, December 25th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Soul Sok Sega

Image: 1600878 STRUT start 2016 with Soul Sok Sega a stellar compilation diving deep into the musical marvels from the island nation of Mauritius.

TRACKLISTING
1. TI L’AFRIQUE – SOUL SOCK SÉGA
2. JEAN-CLAUDE – MADEMOISELLE
3. GEORGIE JOE – ELIZA
4. JOHN KENNETH NELSON – MANUEL BITOR
5. MARIE JOSÉE & ROGER CLENCY –
LA VIE EN BADINAGE
6. CLAUDIO – BONOM CHINOIS
7. LES STARDUST – SÉGA LENOIR
8. COULOUCE – L’AMOUR ARTIFICIEL
(SOUL SÉGA)
9. CLAUDIO – BHAÏ ABOO
10. CHRISTOPHE – MO PARRAIN
11. CYRIL LABONNE – POP SOUL SÉGA
12. HAROLD BERTY – MONE LASSER DIRE TOI
13. MICHEL LEGRIS – ELIDA
14. CATHERINE VELIENNE – MO MARI FINI ALLÉ
15. JEAN-CLAUDE – SÉGA SOUVAL
16. RAMONE – NOUVEAU VENU DANS L’ENDROIT
17. JOHN KENNETH NELSON – Z’ENFANT MISÈRE
18. GEORGES JEAN LOUIS – AFRO MAURICIEN
19. YOYO – COCO MAMZELLE
20. CHRISTIAN TOSSÉ – MADAME ZEAN

Following successful excursions into rare tropical and island sounds with the ‘Sofrito’
series, ‘Haiti Direct’ and ‘Calypsoul 70’ albums, Strut Records turns its focus to the
Indian Ocean island of Mauritius for a new compilation, ‘Soul Sok Séga’.
Séga first developed as an insular music and dance form after slaves arrived on
Mauritius (then île de France) from East Africa and Madagascar during the 17th
to 19th centuries, using Créole language and rhythms played on the large ravanne
circular drum, the triangle and the maravanne, a box filled with dried seeds.
Séga was essentially frowned upon and marginalised by the Mauritian bourgeois
until the 1950s when singer Ti Frère began to play a more Westernised fusion of
séga. Through Ti Frère and his contemporaries like Serge Lebrasse, the music began
to be popularised during the ‘60s and became fully accepted after the ‘Night Of The
Morne’ event in 1964 as the Créole community asserted ist cultural identity.
‘Soul Sok Séga’ documents the heyday of séga in Mauritius during the 1970s as a new
generation of contemporary artists broke through. Jazz, soul, funk and rock elements
all began to be effortlessly infused into traditional séga folk roots to create some
inspired fusions. A talented new wave of artists including Jean- Claude, Claudio,
Marie Josée and Roger Clency became domestic stars and began to take the music
to international stages for the first time. Meanwhile, cult artists like the James
Brown-influenced Ti L’Afrique, Coulouce and Christophe all enjoyed a more brief
but important moment in the spotlight.
Since this era, séga has now been adopted as the national music of Mauritius and
the original ‘70s music is a revelation for any fans of tropical music and world
sounds. Strut’s album features extensive sleeve notes from long time Mauritian
cultural champion, Percy Yip Tong, including new artist interviews, photos and
original vinyl artwork. The compilation is by DJ duo La Basse Tropicale (Natty Hô
and Konsöle), based in the neighbouring island of La Reunion. All formats (1CD /
2LP / digital) are unmixed, with all tracks never reissued internationally since they
were originally available. An accompanying European tour featuring Ti L’Afrique,
Jean Claude and Claudio with an all-star band of original musicians is planned for
Summer 2016.

KEY POINTS
– first official international compilation documenting séga music from Mauritius
– key artists involved in album and promotion including Ti L’Afrique, Jean Claude
and Claudio
– features exclusive artwork by Lewis Heriz and sleeve notes by respected Mauritian
cultural journalist and promoter, Percy Yip Tong
– strong addition to Strut’s tropical reissue range following the Sofrito series,
Haiti Direct and Calypsoul 70
– supported by DJ dates by album compilers La Basse Tropicale with plans for séga
legends live tour during 2017
FOR FANS OF
Quantic, Sofrito, Mo’Kolours, Haitian music, Gilles Peterson, tropical music / world
music, Afro funk / Afrobeat, Francis Bebey, Soundway Records, James Brown, island
sounds, Manu Dibango, Kassav, Superfly Records, Alain Péters, Fanfan, Ti Frère, Kaya,
Rene Lacaille, maloya, Danyel Waro.

Available from 05.02.2016

Matt Berry & The Maypoles – Matt Berry & The Maypoles Live (Colored)
Saturday, October 31st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Matt Berry & The Maypoles – Matt Berry & The Maypoles Live (Colored)

Image: 1600643 Fresh from the red carpet, award-winning Matt Berry dusts off another of his many bows to bring us a stunning live album.

Track Listing:

1. The Innkeeper’s Song
2. So low
3. October Sun
4. Take my Hand
5. Sorry (Theme From)
6. Solstice
7. Snuff Box
8. Song For Rosie
9. Medicine
10. Devil Inside Me
11. The Pheasant 

To be released on November 20th 2015 through Acid Jazz Records, this record, which sees Matt perform his greatest musical moments, lands on shelves the same month that Matt Berry returns to our screens in his BAFTA award-winning comedy series The Toast Of London, placing him once more at the forefront of the public eye.

This album is the perfect opportunity for fans to prepare themselves for the upcoming Matt Berry & The Maypoles tour in December.

Whether you’re familiar with Matt’s Live shows or want to understand what they are like, this album takes you there! From the excited audience chatter to the clarity of his pulsing KORG, each element resonates with perfect clarity.
Berry and The Maypoles’ musical prowess shines through their prog-folk excursions and trombone flairs which are reminiscent of an early Acid Jazz release, all with the a nod to Berry’s surreal and panoramic world-view.

Available, on Limited Gatefold coloured vinyl, CD, Standard vinyl and digital download. This release offers a format suitable for every Matt Berry fan. It is the first Acid Jazz release to come with a digital download code.

Key Selling Points:

First Live Album
Limited run of coloured vinyls
Each vinyl with download card
Released in the same month as Matt returns in Toast Of London on Channel 4.
A month before Matt Berry UK tour in December
Arrives in the midst of a heavy marketing and promotion campaign based around Matt’s TV, and music and his authorial debut. Available from 20.11.2015

DJ T.
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Thomas Koch aka DJ T. has been a vital part of electronic music and club culture for over 20 years. Uniquely accomplished in both influence and scope, he has excelled in every one of his incarnations: DJ, label owner, producer, club operator, publisher and journalist. DJ T.’s sets are invariably stirring and extraordinarily varied. T. […]

Zac Nelson – New Once
Saturday, June 20th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Zac Nelson – New Once

New Once, the debut SUS album from Sacramento multi-instrumentalist Zac Nelson, dives deep into the worlds of pop, folk, psychedelia and rock with a raw but passionate style of colorful, experimentally-inclined (but always catchy) compositions. The LP…

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

Armando Presents – The Chicago Bad Boys
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Armando Presents – The Chicago Bad Boys

Saber, an off shoot of Chicago’s seminal Trax imprint dig deep into their vaults and find 7 tracks from Armando Gallop and his Chicago bad boys!Armando presents this varied EP with tracks from Roy Davis Jnr, Corey Rodgers, Dean Anderson (Trax) and E. …

Butch
Monday, January 12th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Constantly working in parallels – drenched by a potent mixture of juxtaposition and fluidity in both his sets and his productions – Bülent Gürler AKA Butch, fuses the grey-area space between music of the body and mind. With over 20 years consumed by a thirst for electronic music, the Alzey-born, Mainz raised entity has released […]

“Yawn Zen” is LA-based hip-hop producer Ringgo Ancheta’s debut album for Stones Throw
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Ringgo Ancheta is an anomaly among hip-hop producers – not raised in the suburbs on a steady diet of video games and hip-hop, but in the forest like a beast. His parents were members of the Philippine arm of the Aum Supreme Truth Cult, whose venture into terrorist activity caused them to flee the group […]

Mndsgn
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Mndsgn is pronounced mind design. The law calls him Ringgo. His album Yawn Zen will be released on Stones Throw Records. Ringgo Ancheta is an anomaly among hip-hop producers – not raised in the suburbs on a steady diet of video games and hip-hop, but in the forest like a beast. His parents were members […]

Nostalgia 77 – A Journey Too Far (12” + 7”)
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nostalgia 77 – A Journey Too Far (12” + 7”)

‘A Journey Too Far’ is out on 21th February 2014. The fifth studio LP from Benedic Lamdin under his main Nostalgia 77moniker, this album finds the respected producer, composer, songwriter and guitarist further developing his creative partnership with…

Esa – Highlife Vol.3
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Esa – Highlife Vol.3

So far in the Highlife series, we’ve touched on South America, the Caribbean and Turkey in our globetrotting excursions. Our next port of call is South Africa where H+P crew member, Esa serves up two outstanding acidic takes on music from his homeland…

Nostalgia 77
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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The fifth studio LP from Benedic Lamdin under his main Nostalgia 77 moniker, this album finds the respected producer, composer, songwriter and guitarist further developing his creative partnership with rising German singer Josa Peit, whose rich, quirky lead vocals grace nine of the 11 tracks; with country-soul supremo Jeb Loy Nichols (Island) singing the remaining […]

Fifth studio LP from Benedic Lamdin under his main Nostalgia 77 moniker
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The fifth studio LP from Benedic Lamdin under his main Nostalgia 77 moniker, this album finds the respected producer, composer, songwriter and guitarist further developing his creative partnership with rising German singer Josa Peit, whose rich, quirky lead vocals grace nine of the 11 tracks; with country-soul supremo Jeb Loy Nichols (Island) singing the remaining […]

Loftsoul – Wait For You EP
Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Loftsoul – Wait For You EP

Image: 1585433 DJ Uchikawa continues to celebrate 30 years in music with the next release from Loftsoul with a little vocal help from Carla Prather.

This year sees Dj Uchikawa celebrate 30 years in music. In that time
he has been a driving force in Japan for quality soulful music from jazz
through to techno, tirelessly working to push, promote and support the
scene.
His Loftsoul imprint has fast established itself as a label of musical
excellence in the dance music realm with releases thus far featuring
Glenn Underground, DJ Spinna, Lisa Millet and the Latin Soul
Brothers.
Release #4 continues in this rich vein with another fine example of
emotive music for the dance floor. “Wait For You” features the vocals
of Carla Pratha over a typically driving groove from Uchi and
production partner Hide Koyama, merging the electronic and organic to
devastating effect.
The remix comes courtesy of Chicago’s very own Cordell Johnson
and Tim McAllister under their “Excursions” moniker. Cordell is
possibly Chicago’s best-kept secret having been one of the city’s
smoothest and most knowledgeable DJs since 1981. The Excursions
Mix takes the track deep into Chicago House territory, giving us an
alternative yet equally compelling take on the song.
Finally, “Earth Song” sees Uchi’s original groove laced with a
killer guitar workout from Hideki Ikeuchi, completing the package.

A1. Wait For You feat. Carla Prather (Peak Time Anthem)
B1. Wait For You feat. Carla Prather (Excursions Mix)
B2. Earth Song (Instrumental)

STREAMING PLAYER
https://soundcloud.com/k7-records/sets/loftsoul-wait-for-you-e-p/s-hDENZ Available from 22.11.2013

Boris Bunnik has finished his third full-­length album as Conforce
Monday, December 9th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Boris Bunnik has finished his third full-­length album as Conforce. Entitled Kinetic Image, the ten-­track album is to be released on Delsin in December following on from his standout offering, Escapsim, back in 2011. In the last few years, Dutchman Bunnik has established himself as one of the most prolific producers in many different sonic […]

Moplen – Jingo / Clouds
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Moplen – Jingo / Clouds

Image: 1585052 Moplen have released killer disco edits on labels like BBE, Salsoul, Windy City Edits and Chopshop.

Now its time for Moplen to hit up GAMM with two stunning disco excursions.

On the A-side we find a huge remake of classic Salsoul jam “Jingo” but now with a massive piano intro and loads of percussion breakdowns…heavy!
On the B-side Rufus & Chaka’s classic NYC disco anthem “Clouds” (what a tune!) gets a DJ friendly Moplen re-rub.

Another G.A.M.M Sureshot !

A. JINGO (MOPLEN REMIX)
B. CLOUDS (MOPLEN CLASSIC MIX) Available from 08.11.2013

The Electric Peanut Butter – Trans-Atlantic Psych Classics Vol.2
Monday, November 25th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Electric Peanut Butter – Trans-Atlantic Psych Classics Vol.2

Image: 1584518 The sound of “The Electric Peanut Butter Co. is spreading across the nation!” With this proud declaration Shawn Lee and Adrian Quesada’s collaboration album is on it’s way so get ready to JAM!
As mutual fans of each others work, both Shawn and Adrian always looked for a way to work with each other and after meeting in Adrian’s hometown of Austin in 2010 for SXSW it was decided it was time to get to work once their respective schedules freed up. Inspired by ‘60s freaky psychedelic folk, rock, soul and all funky tidbits in-between and bands such as Los Angeles Negros, Federal Duck, US69 and El Chicano the duo set forth on their task to create “Trans-Atlantic Psych Classics Vol.2.” The album’s name references the recording process behind it’s creation. Both heavily steeped in studio experience and amazing multi-instrumentalists in their own regard, partial songs and sometimes single tracks were recorded and sent back and forth across the pond. Shawn’s signature monster drums along with Adrian’s slinky basslines are the main ingredients in all the songs, creating a layer of rhythm that’s crunchy and buttery smooth throughout. They then took turns with guitars, percussion, keys and various other instruments in Shawn’s studio pantry to complete the songs. The spontaneity, freedom and fun both had in making the record is evident by the relatively short two month period it took to finish.
Lead-off track “The Rain” sets the tone with it’s driving beat and ‘60s flavored pop-psych-folk-funk-rock amalgamation that permeates the entire record. The more sinister side of psychedelia is also explored with songs such as “Back Street Wall” about the end of the world and “The Devil” which is their take on the classic tales of fire and brimstone with “El Diablo” personified as the metaphor of all that is evil. A rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” filtered through flavors and stylings of “The Dramatics” and “El Chicano” as described by Adrian balances out the dark with a bit of cheer and light. Shawn steps out of his “Ping Pong Orchestra” instrumental persona to do all the lead vocals throughout, providing the final, essential ingredient to the mix. Fans of both Shawn and Adrian’s instrumental excursions need not fret as a spoonful’s worth of dusty, cinematic, soulful and heavy grooves are blended in for good measure to round out this tasty treat!

1 The Rain – 3:24
2 Backstreet Wall – 3:10
3 Cold Blood – 3:06
4 Dreams – 3:04
5 El Prudence – 2:06
6 Big Tweed – 3:42
7 Alfonso – 3:18
8 Mono Man – 3:36
9 The Devil – 3:54
10 Mama Lion – 4:30
11 Going In Circles – 3:02
12 Christophe Waltz – 3:28
13 Tape Lifter – 3:04

FOR FANS OF: SHAWN LEE, ADRIAN QUESADA, THE ECHOCENTRICS, ‘60S PSYCH
Available from 08.11.2013

The Getup – Get Lucky
Thursday, October 31st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Getup – Get Lucky

Image: 1585127 The Getup are back with a stunning cover of the tune of the year. This is a heavy breakbeat, crazy Hammond organ cover of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky in. This is a guaranteed dancefloor filler and definitely not your average version!

Side A – Get Lucky
This kicks in with a heavy drumbreak showing you the boys mean business. As the other instruments join the drums, you’ll recognise some of the chords used by Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers but your dancefloor may not yet recognise the tune. Sabina Challengers sweet vocal lifts the track yet further and by now most people will recognise the track. BUT only when the chorus drops does everyone go wild as they realise The Getup have taken Get Lucky to another place entirely…,.. the land of Heavy Hammond Breakbeat Funk.

Side B – Get Lucky B-Boy Edit
The drums were so good on the demo turned in to the label by the band that we had to do an edit. This ones for all the b-boys who have attended the Breakin Bread club over the years and all the b-boy DJ’s around the world that spin Breakin Bread tunes in their b-boy battle sets. The drums are looped as if they were 2 breakbeat records being doubled. B-boys all around the world will be pulling their freezes as the stabs drop in on the start of each eight. The backing instruments are kept sparse to keep the drums in focus and Sabina Challenger laid down an extra backing style vocal that only drops in towards the end of the track. Get Lucky? The B-boys just did!

Background True heavyweights in the Hammond Funk category, The Getup are fast establishing a reputation for irresistible grooves, infectious melodies and energetic performances that have been shaking dance floors since 2004. They came to our attention due to a stunning set a two years ago at Breakin Bread’s residency at The Blues Kitchen and we are proud to release their latest studio excursions.

The Getup sold out of their debut release, Getup & Groove (2007), within months and gained fans all over Europe. They released the follow-up album Life @ Cafe Eric (2008) to more critical acclaim and got a whole heap of live dates as a result. From major venues including theJazz Cafe, the legendary100 Club andSt Paul Soul Jazz Festival(France), these guys have played almost everywhere to enthusiastic audiences.

The Getup’s unique sound can be attributed not only to their influences Booker T, Charles Earland, Eddie Russ and many of those rare Funk 45’s from the 60s and 70s but also to the list of groups it’s members have worked with, includingJames Taylor Quartet, The Brand New Heavies(Linda Muriel),Sir Joe Quarterman,Gizelle Smith, Paprika Soul, Paolo NegriandGene Drayton Unit.Add to this the band’s dedication to an authentic, raw funk sound, favouring a REAL Hammond Organ, analogue recording equipment, sweltering vocals and hip horn arrangements, The Getup have found a sound that’ll have you screaming for more.

Tracklisting

1. Get Lucky
2. Get Lucky (B-Boy Edit) Available from 11.10.2013

DJ Rahaan & DJ Darryn Jones – The Chi-Jigs Vol.1
Friday, October 25th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Rahaan & DJ Darryn Jones – The Chi-Jigs Vol.1

After a sell-out EP by Rahaan in the spring, Dublin label Fatty Fatty Phonographics returns to the home of house with two murky 21st Century excursions aimed straight at dark’n’sweaty dancefloors.Rahaan flips the script here with ‘Secondo Coro Della L…

Simba & Milton Gulli – The Heroes – Tribute To A Tribe …
Thursday, September 26th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Simba & Milton Gulli – The Heroes – Tribute To A Tribe …

Image: 1582873 Music is not just art, just words, just sounds, it is an invisible net that binds us,
fusing with our souls, telling our stories. This is the story of how A Tribe Called
Quest inspired these artists to make a difference musically, to not fear being
different, to not fear self expression. This tribute is to thank ATCQ for being the first
to take these steps, and to make it easier for those who followed.
Like all art forms, music is a means of self-expression. This album is an expression
whose purpose is to thank A Tribe Called Quest for being, not only a source of
inspiration, but more importantly a source of positive energy.
This album also serves as a message to ATCQ, urging them to get past their
differences and remember their roots as a hip hop band. We hope that the response
will remind the band of why they started making music, of their roots, and of their
duty to their fans.

“The Heroes: Tribute To A …” is a voyage, from the 90’s when ATCQ was at its
peak, to now, taking the listener on an evolutionary tour of hip hop to Southern
Africa. This album is not only a tribute to ATCQ, but also a symbol of the happiness
and joy in the simplicity of life, love, and music.
Recorded Live in Mozambique.

Tracklisting
1.Intro
2.Excursions
3.African Tour
4.Can I Kick It (Chuta)
5.Electric Relaxation
6.Bonita Intro
7.Bonita Applebum
8.Scenario
9.God Lives Through (I Love My
God)
10.We’ve Got The Jazz
11.Outro

KEY SELLING POINTS:
• Press & Radio Campaing UK, France & Germany
• Live Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest recorded in Mozambique
• Videos and Podcasts to compliment the release
• Simba & Milton are established musicians whom have worked with a who’s
who of African talents Available from 06.09.2013

Various – The Uprising EP
Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Uprising EP

Image: 1581826 After UA003, Uprise Audio CEO Seven raised the bar so high that it left some people wondering if UA004 would be able to match up to the standards now set. But Seven had another ace up his sleeve and was ready to lay down a royal flush.
UA004 ‘The Uprising EP’, signifies a turning point for Uprise Audio. Being the first release from Uprise to consist of tracks from multiple artists, ‘The Uprising EP’ assembles 5 pinnacle tracks from the likes of Seven, Quantum Soul, Dubtek & Chewie, Klax & Disonata, as well as Uprise Audio newcomer Wayfarer. Following a first place ranking in the dubstep forums award for ‘Best New Label’, they are determined to further their sonic excursions with this behemoth of an EP. Having seen tremendous support from top grade DJ’s like Youngsta, J:Kenzo, N-Type, and Vivek, Uprise Audio’s first compilation release, ‘The Uprising EP’ takes forth a surefire precedence of forward thinking dubstep productions.

Tracklisting:

a) Seven – Go To War
b) Klax & Disonata – Lost Souls
c) Wayfarer – Shaman
d1) Quantum Soul-Underworld
d2) Dubtek & Chewie – Primitive Available from 03.06.2013

Adesse – Untitled Love EP
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Adesse – Untitled Love EP

Image: 1580513 Adesse has recently turned heads with his sought after and limited ‘Versions’ releases. For Prime Numbers he brings another high quality ep featuring three more excursions.

The title track ‘Untitled Love’ is a dubbed up 90’s-esque workout. Repetitive vocal samples swirl over a deep, low-slung bass groove & peak’d-up snares. Its an unashamedly wide eyed, bouncing production that’ll please those checking for the current resurgence of raw garage sounds.

‘Supernal’ takes things into deeper territory with an intriguing steppers outing. The track oozes soul with rousing keys & smoked-out production that’s all kept in line by a mesmerising, metronomic vocal. The set is closed by ‘Metachemistry’ an equally engrossing track utilising a shuffling groove wrapped in breathy, reedy horns & heavily reverbed percussion.

All told a deeply reverential release highlighting a producer with an obviously wide palette of influence & a natural feel for what simply works.

A. Untitled Love
B1. Supernal
B2. Metachemistry Available from 03.05.2013

Jazzman Records presents “Spiritual Jazz Vol.4: Americans in Europe”
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 | Posted in For Facebook, Magazine, News | Comments Off on Jazzman Records presents “Spiritual Jazz Vol.4: Americans in Europe”

It’s well known that throughout the 20th century, fed up with poor working conditions and racism in their home country, many American jazz musicians chose to leave the US in order to live and work in Europe. What’s less well known is how their music developed and evolved during their time on the continent, and […]

Intercity Sound Association – Phillysound (Sonorama)
Monday, September 24th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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Rare German disco-funk album from 1975, produced and arranged by Klaus R. Nagel and Fritz Muenzer. Twelve instrumental tracks for the dancefloor in a Phillysound style.

CD SONOC69 / LP SONOL69
Release: 21-09-12
Rare German disco-funk album from 1975 by Intercity Sound Association
Thursday, September 13th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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Rare German disco-funk album from 1975, produced and arranged by Klaus R. Nagel (of “Joy Unlimited” fame) and Fritz Muenzer. Twelve instrumental tracks for the dancefloor in a Phillysound style, recorded with various musicians and destined almost exclusively for the promotion at TV and radio stations. One of the few sophisticated and powerful LP adaptations […]

Various – Spiritual Jazz Vol.3 (Jazzman)
Thursday, September 6th, 2012 | Tags: ,
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Esoteric, modal and deep jazz from the European undergound, 1963-72. This is Spiritual Jazz – European style!

CD JMANCD050 / 2LP JMANLP050
Release: 07-09-12
“Spiritual Jazz Vol.3” – esoteric, modal and deep jazz from the European undergound
Friday, August 31st, 2012 | Tags: ,
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At the end of the ’50s, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue heralded the revelatory arrival of modal jazz. As the vibrations of these giant steps resonated across the world, European jazz musicians reassessed their bearings and began to steer a new course. Across the continent they sent roots down into the rich soil of the […]

The Unity Sextet is about recognizing the past but stil walking a step ahead …
Friday, February 10th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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The Unity Sextet is a special kind of band. Buddy Franco, Fats Young Jr., Cassius Farqhuar, Junior Oliver, Chuck Waldron and ‘Fat Thumbs’ Ronnie met in spring of 2011 whilst playing at different jazz festivals in different bands with different genres ranging from traditional to experimental jazz. Co-incidentally they noticed that they shared the same […]

Wolfram
Friday, April 1st, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Wolfram from Vienna has been on the forefront of the Italo disco revival since 2005 with his label Diskokaine and productions under his monikers The Diskokaines or Marflow. As Wolfram he is now releasing a true electro disco fireworks with guest appearances of Euro dance legend Haddaway, Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair, Patrick Pulsinger, […]

Nostalgia 77
Monday, March 14th, 2011 | Tags: , , ,
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Nostalgia 77’s fervent fanbase has been clamouring for his return and can now rest assured that it has been worth the wait, as the spoils of those extra-curricular excursions inform a refreshed stylistic palette and intensity on the new LP. Although Nostalgia 77 is widely known as a jazz producer (with plaudits including the John […]

New Blood 011 – bass-filled tonic for mind and body …
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Following the success of last year’s “New Blood 010” compilation, Med School Music gets the scalpel out once again to bring you another selection of super sharp cuts from fresh and forward-thinking artists. It’s a whole new blood group fresh from dialysis. Diversity is at the core of the “New Blood” ethos. From the compelling […]

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