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Les Yper Sound – Explorations In Drums & Sax
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Les Yper Sound – Explorations In Drums & Sax

Image: 1606079 • An all-instrumental journey through numerous genre-crossing worlds. Features members of Antibalas (Daptone Records) and Beastie Boys’ synth master Money Mark. Coke bottle clear vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

1. Step Away
2. Woodland
3. Paella Bahia
4. Ambiguity
5. Well-Tempered Water
6. Potato Brain
7. Eastern Parkway
8. Coffee Étude
9. Return To
10. Bogen & Roland
11. August 25th
12. RSVP
13. Dark Yoga
14. Sleepover

Les Yper Sound presents an all-instrumental journey through the many worlds of drums and saxophones. In early 2016, New York session musicians Miles Arntzen and Jas Walton—who both currently play in Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas—began experimenting with their respective instruments in Miles’s Greenwich Village basement. They composed demos that were made up of Miles’s percussion, Jas’s woodwinds, and the sounds of everyday objects.

The style of recording and manipulating everyday ‘non-musical’ sounds was born in Paris during the 1940s and dubbed “musique concrète.” This revolutionary process seeped into pop music in the mid-‘60s, and now—due to ever-advancing music technology—it is a staple of mainstream music. Explorations of Drums & Sax is a hat tip to the novelty of recorded sounds back when they were still weird and way out.

As well as experimenting with the early laboratory process of musique concrète, Miles notes, “usually one of us was coming from something else, from a rehearsal with so-and-so right to my basement and just jumping right in. There was no time to think about what might be seeping in influence-wise, but it was always related to all the other things we were doing.” The duo began working together in 2009 when they started the band EMEFE in jazz school. Between each of their sidemen gigs with other artists, they steal time to get together and spin their own creations.

While touring with Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor supergroup Atomic Bomb!, Jas met Beastie Boys’ synth master Money Mark and Sudanese-pop artist Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab). In March, the four of them convened in Brooklyn to record under the project name Les Yper Sound, titled after Pierre Henry’s 1967 musique concrète EP. This studio-oriented team of multi-instrumentalists—who are all producers in their own right—digested Miles and Jas’s original basement demos and began improvising new works during sessions at Shahzad Ismaily’s new Figure 8 studio in Prospect Heights.

The process-based sessions were engineered and mixed by tUnE-yArDs mastermind Eli Crews and produced by Lily Wen. During these spring workshop days, the group built new songs from found objects such as a coins, pickups, a coffee maker, and a tape head stylus.

The group picked up and played whatever was lying around, found a groove together, and sometimes recorded only one take. Other times they looped a small caught moment and layered other elements on top of it. The field recorder and vocoder from a previous band session were put to good use, and the group stayed inspired thanks to donuts and Shane’s restaurant around the corner.

On November 4, Figure & Ground releases its sophomore album Explorations of Drums & Sax comprised of 14 original tracks by Les Yper Sound. The album pulls from the group’s eclectic influences and showcases the drums and sax surrounded by an array of acoustic and electronic sounds all rooted in rhythm and pop melodies.

“It’s all about finding that starting point,” says Jas, “and everything blossoms from there.”

As Miles puts it, “we would just start with an improvisational sound, do that for three minutes, build a song around it, and then maybe at the end of the whole thing, you can’t even hear that first thing anymore but it’s a part of everything else that happened around it. When you play a rhythm on a cool-sounding prepared piano, you don’t know what genre you’re in. Maybe it will become a Brazilian jam or maybe it’ll become a soulful groove—and all that happened in the studio. You’re letting the sound of something dictate and inspire you.”

Money Mark, who studied with the early electronic instrument pioneers, revealed some of his ‘recording hacks’ and found the musical in non-traditional objects. Miles recalls: “We went out to lunch and Money Mark was missing somewhere, and he comes back with two TV speakers and says: ‘We could just plug these into an amp and hit them with your fingers—one’s a little broken but maybe it could be the snare,’ and that’s is exactly what happened. We come back from lunch, plug them into a bass amp, and sure enough it’s perfect.” Listen & find out more here. Available from 04.11.2016

Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari – Tales Of Mozambique
Friday, January 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari – Tales Of Mozambique

Image: 1601535 Soul Jazz Records are releasing Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation’s seminal 1975 album Tales of Mozambique in an expanded double album/single CD/digital format, fully remastered and with the inclusion of two bonus rare single-only tracks, full sleevenotes, exclusive photographs and interview. Count Ossie is the central character in the development of Rastafarian roots music, nowadays an almost mythical and iconic figure. His importance in bringing Rastafarian music to a populist audience is matched only by Bob Marley’s promotion of the faith internationally in the 1970s. Count Ossie’s drummers performed on the first commercially released single to integrate Rastafarian traditional music with popular music: the vocal group The Folkes Brothers’ groundbreaking song ‘Oh Carolina’, recorded for producer Prince Buster in 1959. In 1966 his drummers greeted the momentous arrival of Haile Selassie at Kingston airport. His legendary jam sessions in his Rastafarian compound up in the hills of Wareika, Kingston, are famous for the many Jamaican musicians who attended including The Skatalites players – Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Lloyd Knibbs – and many others. The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari formed in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970, a union of Count Ossie’s Rastafarian drummers – variously known as his African Drums, Wareikas or his AfroCombo – and the saxophonist Cedric Im Brooks’ horns group, The Mystics. The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari are the defining group in bringing authentic Rastafarian rhythms into the collective consciousness of popular music, their unique music is at once rooted in the deep traditions and rituals of traditional drumming alongside a forwardthinking, even avant-garde, artistry influenced by the likes of John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and other pioneering African-American jazz artists radicalised and charged by the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Tales of Mozambique is a truly unique and fascinating ground-breaking album.

Tracklist:

1. Sam’s Intro (3.37)
2. Tales of Mozambique (5.38)
3. Selam Nna Wadada (Peace and Love) (3.17)
4. No Night In Zion (3.54)
5. I Am A Warrior (4.55)
6. Wicked Babylon (5.23)
7. Let Freedom Reign (3.40)
8. Lock, Stock & Barrell (3.38)
9. Nigerian Reggae (3.39)
10. Run One Mile (5.23)
11. Rasta Reggae (3.37)
12. Samia (3.48) Available from 05.02.2016

Candido – Dancin’ & Prancin’
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Candido – Dancin’ & Prancin’

Image: 1600691 Candido Cameron was a Cuban percussion maestro who had played with luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Count Basie throughout his illustrious musical career which started in 1952. Fast forward to 1979 and Candido finds himself caught up in the Disco boom that had engulfed his adopted New York City. Feeling he could add his trademark quick-fire Conga and Bongo playing to Disco’s straight 4 x 4 syncopated rhythm he cut some records with legendary NYC label Salsoul. The fruits of this partnership were 2 full length LP’s and a handful of 12″ singles that changed the face of underground Disco.

The first of these two LP’s made for Salsoul was the truly epic “Dancin’ & Prancin” containing the all time classic “Jingo” which has been sampled, edited, re-configured and coveted by too many names to mention! It’s a killer funky Disco version of master Nigerian drummer Olatunji’s 1969 percussion suite of the same name, Salsoul style. The LP also contains one of the deepest Disco records of all time, “Thousand Finger Man” a testament to Candido’s percussion prowess and a spacey, beautiful voyage that has left more than an indelible mark on modern House music, often being cited as a huge influence by artists such as Masters At Work and more.

This new re issue contains all 4 tracks from the original LP plus this new expanded edition contains lost rarities and extended versions of “Jingo” and “Thousand Finger Man”. All fully re mastered for 2015 and re released in conjunction with Salsoul.

TRACK LISTING:

A1. Dancin’ & Prancin’
A2. Jingo
B1. Thousand Finger Man
B2. Rock & Shuffle Ah-Ha
C1. Jingo – A Shep Pettibone Mix
C2. Jingo – Instrumental Version
D1. Thousand Finger Man – 12 inch Extended Version
D2. Thousand Finger Man – Single Version Available from 04.12.2015

Palace Fever – Sing About Love, Lunatics & Spaceships (Unique Records)
Friday, September 25th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Palace Fever mostly perform songs created by the mind of Julian Müller – quirky-catchy tunes that balance between folk, beat and country. Served with lots of twang, cliché-less rock’n’roll and pure pop!

CD UNIQ211-2 / LP+MP3 UNIQ211-1
Release: 25-09-15
Palace Fever sing about “Love, Lunatics & Spacehips”
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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“Love, Lunatics & Spacehips” – a title like a road movie by Jim Jarmusch. Stony desert landscapes, surreal rock formations and right in the centre some diner with a hand full of strange figures looking for something. It’s not quite clear what exactly they are looking for – maybe for freedom, maybe love, maybe UFOs, […]

Palace Fever – Sing About Love, Lunatics & Spaceships (LP+MP3)
Friday, August 14th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Palace Fever – Sing About Love, Lunatics & Spaceships (LP+MP3)

Image: 1597979 “Love, Lunatics & Spacehips” – a title like a road movie by Jim Jarmusch. Stony desert landscapes, surreal rock formations and right in the centre some diner with a hand full of strange figures looking for something. It’s not quite clear what exactly they are looking for – maybe for freedom, maybe love, maybe UFOs, maybe just for some human company. In the background there is a band playing the matching soundtrack to this setting.

Such or similar images might come to someone’s mind when looking at the artwork which decorates the debut album of Palace Fever. The artwork’s atmosphere is continued by the tracks on “Palace Fever Sing About Love, Lunatics & Spaceships”. Starting with songs that let you scent the rebellious smell of freedom (“You Can’t Have It All”, “Mexico By UFO”, “Wheels” ) to tracks, that make you think of a former love affair (“When The Winter Comes”, “There Ain’t No Right Way”) and memories full of past adventures (“Flying Saucer”, “A Bag Full Of Memories”) – the album keeps what is promised by the artwork.

That all is pulled together by Palace Fever’s fine sense for great melodies and subtle weirdness.

Band Info:
Well – Solingen is not really the mekka of contemporary pop music. However to underestimate this city which is hidden between Duesseldorf and Cologne would be a mistake. A reason for that is definitely Palace Fever.
The story behind that band can be described as something like: Actually I didn’t want to form a new band, but suddenly I had one.
This is pretty much how Julian Müller (The Blackberries) experienced the whole thing.
During the last years lots of songs have been written by him and he just wanted to record some of them as a solo project. But it became clear very soon that there was much more potential – the songs were (still are) great and obviously needed a full band to be performed live. Thanks to guitarist & co-vocalist Mutz (Purple Sex Heads), bass player Jonas Wirtz (The Blackberries) and drummer Jens Vetter (Ex-Sewer Rats) the solo project very soon became a serious band project!
And here we go!

Palace Fever mostly perform songs created by the mind of Julian Müller – quirky-catchy tunes that balance between Folk, Beat and Country. Served with lots of Twang, cliché-less Rock’n’Roll and pure Pop!

Palace Fever are:
Julian – guitar, vocals // Mutz – guitar, vocals // Jonas – bass, keys, vocals // Jens – drums Available from 29.01.2016

Czarface (Inspectah Deck & 7L & Esoteric) – Every Hero Needs A Villain (Brick)
Friday, June 19th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , ,
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Czarface – Wu-Tang founding MC Inspectah Deck and veteran Boston duo 7L & Esoteric – isn’t concerned with the glitz and the B.S. that modern consumer culture is pushing. And neither are the group’s fans.

CD BRK152CD
Release: 19-06-15
Sophomore release from the acclaimed trio of Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric
Thursday, June 11th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , ,
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Czarface – Wu-Tang founding MC Inspectah Deck and veteran Boston duo 7L & Esoteric – isn’t concerned with the glitz and the B.S. that modern consumer culture is pushing. And neither are the group’s fans. In 2013, the trio appeared relatively unassumingly with their self-titled debut, which was chiefly produced by DJ 7L and included […]

Czarface (Inspectah Deck & 7L & Esoteric) – Every Hero Needs A Villain (Colored Vinyl)
Friday, May 8th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Czarface (Inspectah Deck & 7L & Esoteric) – Every Hero Needs A Villain (Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1596746 CZARFACE – Wu-Tang founding MC Inspectah Deck and veteran Boston duo 7L & Esoteric – isn’t concerned with the glitz and the B.S. that modern consumer culture is pushing. And neither are the group’s fans.

In 2013, the trio appeared relatively unassumingly with their self-titled debut, which was chiefly produced by DJ 7L and included guests
ranging from Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna to Vinnie Paz, Action Bronson and Roc Marciano. The soon-to-be acclaimed group found
out quickly that there was a groundswell of hip-hop fanatics thirsting for the lunchpail, lyrics-above-all-else rap they fell in love with in the
‘90s. Several pressings of the album on CD, 2-LP and even cassette later, they are back and ready to up the ante.
This time around the group is the same, but it’s fair to say that all three men have stepped up their game. “We knew how we felt about
the last album, but weren’t sure how it would be received by listeners,” explains MC Esoteric. “But people really responded to it, even
more than we had hoped. That gave us the confidence to really spread our wings and let loose on this one. The chemistry is even tighter
this time around. We know exactly what lanes we are cruising in and what weight class we are fighting in for Round 2.”
Inspectah Deck adds, “Czarface is like the Danger Room for the X-Men, I can use all my weapons on there. When I’m in Wu-Tang, I have
to come a certain way because we have a certain style of fan, when I’m here doing the Czarface projects, it allows me to actually be an
MC, it allows me to actually just spit…I love that. I love when i can just spit freely and just be an MC.”
The fighting analogy – whether drawn from pugilism or ‘80s wrestling, both which figure into Every Hero Needs A Villain – is an apt one,
considering the unrelenting lyrical attacks that Deck and Esoteric unleash on track after track, each trying to one-up the previous verse.
Best of all, it is friendly camaraderie, based around a loose theme of renegade mutant MC talents running wild. DJ 7L explains, “All three
of us are influenced by comics, sci-fi movies, TV, wrestling. Czarface encompasses all of that, and it helps with the visuals as well.”
On the production side, 7L shows yet again – as he did with the group’s debut – that he remains a formidable yet underappreciated
musical force, constantly providing hard, funky and alternatingly ominous backdrops for the assembled MCs to use as lyrical luge paths.
If that wasn’t enough, the double LP is pressed on clear vinyl and comes packaged with “Death & Abduction,” a comic written by Esoteric,
and has an explosive, comic-book-inspired cover by L’amour Supreme (Mishka NYC).

• Sophomore release from the acclaimed trio of INSPECTAH DECK (WU-TANG CLAN) and 7L & ESOTERIC
• Features MF DOOM, GZA, METHOD MAN, LARGE PROFESSOR, JUJU OF THE BEATNUTS, RA THE RUGGED MAN, & MEYHEM LAUREN
• Comic book inspired cover from L’AMOUR SUPREME (MISHKA NYC)
• Includes a comic book written by ESOTERIC with artwork by GILBERTO AGUIRRE MATA (EL ULTIMO CODICE) & L’AMOUR SUPREME
• Double LP pressed on clear vinyl

A1. Don The Armor
A2. Czartacus
A3. Lumberjack Match
A4. Nightcrawler (Feat. Method Man)
A5. World Premier (Feat. Large Professor)
B1. The Great (Czar Guitar)
B2. Red Alert
B3. Junkyard Dogs (Feat. Juju Of The Beatnuts)
B4. Sgt. Slaughter
C1. When Gods Go Mad (Feat. Gza)
C2. Ka-Bang! (Feat. Mf Doom)
C3. Deadly Class (Feat. Meyhem Lauren)
D1. Escape From Czarkham Asylum
D2. Sinister
D3. Good Villains Go Last (Feat. Ra The Rugged Man) Available from 19.06.2015

Hercules & Love Affair – Do You Feel The Same (Todd Terry/6th Borough Pr.)
Saturday, December 6th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hercules & Love Affair – Do You Feel The Same (Todd Terry/6th Borough Pr.)

Image: 1594258 ‘Do You Feel The Same’ by Hercules & Love Affair is easily one of the biggest dancefloor tracks of 2014, the powerful vocal and catchiness made it an anthem in its own right. Now with re-works from one of the most celebrated figures in dance music Todd Terry and talented duo 6th Borough Project the record has been taken in different, but equally dynami,c directions. Todd Terry’s remix keeps the uplifting dance quality of the track whilst adding his signature style of house that was instrumental in creating the deep/progressive house we listen to today. The dub takes the focus away from the vocal and has more of an underground and tech sound. 6th Borough Project often explore long forgotten funk and disco dubs, and with their remix of the track they manage to keep the disco sound of Hercules &Love Affair’s original track, even with the BPM’s dropped down to something far more mellow than the original.

TRACK LISTING:

A1. Do You Feel The Same (Todd Terry Remix)
A2. Do You Feel The Same (Todd Terry Dub)
B1. Do You Feel The Same (6th Borough Project Remix) Available from 23.01.2015

Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66 – Stillness
Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66 – Stillness

Image: 1590704 This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. ‘Stillness’ was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound.

Powerful new vocal songs such as Stillness and Righteous Life signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything, even more pronounced than before as Mendes and guitarist Castro-Neves – originally two central figures in the Bossa Nova scene in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1960s – dig deep into Brazilian music with amazing versions of Gilberto Gil’s Viramundo and Caetano Veloso’s Lost in Paradise.

But what is new about this album is the perfect blending of this Brazilian sensibility with the deep West Coast sound at the start of the 1970s. Mendes augments his Brasil ’66 group with Los Angeles players to stunningly interpret songs by Buffalo Springfield (For What It’s Worth), Joni Mitchell (Chelsea Morning) and Blood, Sweat and Tears (Sometimes in Winter), creating a fantastic unique and mature new sound.

Long-regarded a cult classic due to the club tracks ‘For What It’s Worth’, ‘Viramundo’, and the spiritual and musical depth of tracks such as Stillness and Righteous Life, Stillness’ is a tour-de-force album.

1. Stillness
2. Righteous Life
3. Chelsea Morning
4. Cancao Do Nosso Amor
5. Viramundo
6. Lost In Paradise
7. For What It’s Worth
8. Sometimes In Winter
9. Celebration Of The Sunrise
10. Stillness Available from 18.07.2014

MF Doom – Special Herbs Vol.5&6 (incl. 7inch)
Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on MF Doom – Special Herbs Vol.5&6 (incl. 7inch)

Image: 1589037 Reissue ! Volumes 5 & 6 in this series of instrumental albums by underground hip hop veteran MF Doom. MF DOOM is the man in the iron mask. The most mysterious figure in hip-hop has also become one of the most popular, supplying beats and rhymes for Gorillaz, De La Soul, Madlib, Danger Mouse, and Wu-Tang Clan, and drawing praise from heavyweights like Just Blaze, Nas, and Mos Def. Since 2002, DOOM has released numerous volumes of Special Herbs, one of the longest-running instrumental series in hip-hop history. Now, the fifth and sixth volumes in the acclaimed series are available on vinyl for the first time in years. With obscure loops and dusty samples galore, Special Herbs Vol. 5 & 6 is a must-have for any DOOM fan or hip-hop head. Also includes a limited-edition bonus 7″, featuring two beats from DOOM’s days as a member of 90s hip-hop trio KMD, “Constipated Monkey” & “Contact Blitt” Available from 27.06.2014

Phil Pratt & The Sunshot Band – Dial M For Murder In Dub Style (Pressure Sounds)
Friday, December 2nd, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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An extremely sought after album in the collectors’ market gets the re-issue – a Pressure Sounds highlight! Recorded at Channel One around 1979/1980 with Sly and Robbie as the rhythm section.

CD PSCD0072 / LP PSLP0072
Release: 02-12-11
PETER BROWN & PATRICK ADAMS present the Sounds of RED GREG …
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007 | Posted in News | Comments Off on PETER BROWN & PATRICK ADAMS present the Sounds of RED GREG …

Soul/Jazz/Funk

Talib Kweli & Madlib
Monday, March 26th, 2007 | Tags: , ,
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Seems Talib Kweli and Madlib resolved to be more generous and giving in 2007, and they’re wasting no time with that. The pair delivers “Liberation“, a nine-track album featuring MC Kweli and producer Madlib. The free download collabo album is now officially available through Talib Kweli’s label Blacksmith.

A lo-fi affair full of soulful samples and plenty of name-dropping on the part of Kweli, “Liberation” includes guest verses from Consequence and Strong Arm Steady and should whet appetites a little bit until Talib drops “Ear Drum”, his previously reported new LP, originally slated for release late last year …

Alan Watts – Face The Facts
Saturday, May 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alan Watts – Face The Facts

Image: 1597286 Celebrating Alan Watts’s 100th birthday year, Jas Walton sets
early Alan Watts recordings to original grooves.
Alan Watts is one of the most important interpreters of Eastern
philosophy for his time and ours. If he were alive today, he’d
probably subvert social media in the same way he helped to
reinvent western culture in his own time—his words are as
relevant now as they were then.
This year, Watts turns 100. Figure & Ground honors his
centennial with this four-track EP that takes the recordings of
his early seminar sessions and sets them to original music.
Alan’s wit and wisdom were first broadcast on radio stations in
the Bay Area in the late ’50s and soon spread across America
through public talks, tape recordings, books, and on screen.
On his portable tape deck, Alan’s son Mark Watts captured
hundreds of hours of his father’s seminar sessions. Alan Watts’s
candid spirit comes through in these psychedelic Californian
ruminations, intriguing incantations, and compelling thoughts
on existence. It’s a trip.
A decade later, New York-based musician Jas Walton found
these recordings. One day while experimenting with chord
progression loops at home in Brooklyn, he decided to drop
in Watts’ voice. He started nudging a few words and phrases
around, and soon enough got carried away and strict about
every word falling in the pocket. On the EP, Watts’s rhythmic
phrases are set in time to Walton’s soulful grooves, textured
with synth and horns. A top saxophone player in New York,
Walton performed as part of the Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor
tribute shows and has played with Antibalas, The Roots, and
Superhuman Happiness, to name a few.
We offer you here an introduction to the music of Jas Walton
and a reintroduction to the world of Alan Watts.

1. Aperture
2. Sound of the Rain
3. Face the Facts
4. What About Background?

10” EP with reverse board jacket cover alongside an eight-
page booklet and download card

• Includes detailed liner notes and interviews with Mark
Watts and Henry “Sandy” Jacobs (producer of Watts’s early
psychedelic LP), along with dozens of rare photos, stories,
and other Watts ephemera
• Publicity support by Dust & Grooves
• Limited to 1000 copies worldwide Available from 05.06.2015

Slam
Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 | Tags: , , , ,
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2017 promises to be one of the biggest years yet in the glittering career of the dynamic Glaswegian duo Slam (aka Stuart McMillan & Orde Meikle). As Slam’s Soma label prepares to embark on the 25th year of it’s epic journey, you only have to take one look at it’s release schedule to understand why […]

Carl Craig – Sessions
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Carl Craig – Sessions

Image: 548258 “Sessions” brings together a personal selection of Carl Craig’s incredible back catalogue, from his early work under the aliases PAPERCLIP PEOPLE, PSYCHE and 69 to worldwide hits like “Throw” and ground-breaking tracks like “Bug in the Bassbin”. “Sessions” reminds us of how exciting and unique Carl Craig’s productions and remixes are and why he remains at the top of his game – a retrospective of one of the world’s most influential and groundbreaking figures in electronic music.

TRACKLISTING
A1 Junior Boys – Like A Child (Carl Craig Remix)
A2 69 – Psychobeat (Unreleased)
B1 Innerzone Orchestra – The Inferno
C1 Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom – Relevee (Carl Craig ‘Sessions’ Remix)
C2 Rhythm & Sound – Poor People Must Work (Remastered)
D1 Paperclip People – Throw (unreleased version)
E1 Carl Craig – Futurelovetheme (Carl Craig ‘Sessions’ Mix)
E2 Directions – Busted Trees (Carl Craig ‘Sessions’ Remix)
F1 Beanfield – Tides (Carl Craig ‘Sessions’ Remix)

Available from 25.08.2017

Various – Afrosonique Vol. 1
Friday, April 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Afrosonique Vol. 1

Image: 1609716 Launched in early 2015 by a collective of crate diggers, Afro music-heads and vinyl- buying obsessives, Africa Seven’s aim is to spread the love and knowledge for African music in all its forms. In the wake of this effort, Afrosonique Vol.1 is the ideal first instalment of a series of compilations bridging African tracks from the 70s and 80s with the most talented artists of today into a remix and re-edit series.

Compiled by veteran UK producer Tony Thorpe (Moody Boyz, KLF), one of the most important figures of the UK dance underground movement, the album brings together a rich ensemble of producers and artists from different genres and music scenes. From Warp’s long-time signee Plaid, DJ Food, top DJs John Talabot & Pional to broken beat legend IG Culture, the compilation promises to bring a modern twist to Africa’s most iconic tunes. This selection of artists also includes great names of the likes of Deep Medi’s Silkie and Appleblim from the historical dubstep night FWD>> at Plastic People. A younger generation of talents like Marcel Lune, Jabru, Redpine & Solo and EVM128 has also taken part in this cutting-edge project, bringing its own personal touch to this unique compilation. Using his most famous alias ‘Moody Boyz’, Thorpe himself has added his own artistic signature, remixing the iconic Bunzu Soundz’s Zinabu – a rolling cut of the finest UK Afro-dub house.

Africa remains the key theme and unifying principle of this work. With no multi-tracks available, the artists have gone through an incredible work of editing and overdubbing – almost remixing the original works. The result is a frenetic and fresh blend of styles ranging from modern Afro-jazz cuts to heavyweight dancefloor gear, almost spiritual hypnotic club anthems and low-tempo dreamscapes.

Originals have been picked up from Africa Seven’s ever-expanding catalogue of reissues from the ’70s and ’80s hailing from Cameroon, Nigeria and Sierra Leone among other African countries. The selection includes rare tracks such as Bunzu Soundz ‘Zinabu’, Manu Dibango ‘Les Cavaliers’ and Afro National’s ‘Jokenge’.

In a time in which African music is coming back prominently as one of the primary influences of electronic music, Afrosonique Vol.1 effortlessly goes full circle bringing together the original energy of African classics with the disruptive talent of today’s innovators.

Tracklisting
1. Afro National – Jokenge (IG Culture Edit)
2. Ekambi Brillant – Soul Castle (Silkie Edit Over Dub)
3. M’Bamina – Mosi Zole (EVM Edit Overdub)
4. M’Bamina – Mbongui (Marcel Lune Edit Refix)
5. Sorry Bamba – Nani Nani (Appleblim Edit Over Dub)
6. Douglas Mbida – Nnom Mot (Ry9n & Knid Edit Over Dub)
7. Sookie – Rhythm On Rhythm (DJ Food Chop-up)
8. Ekambi Brillant – Afrika Afrika (John Talabot & Pional ‘Lost Scripts’ Rerub)
9. Manu Dibango – Les Cavaliers (Plaid Edit Over Dub)
10. Pasteur Lappe – Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) [Jabru Edit Over Dub]
11. Bunzu Soundz – Zinabu (Moody Boyz Edit Refix)
12. Bozambo – Bgklouala-Niklouala (Redpine & Solo Edit Over Dub)
Available from 26.05.2017

Various – The Men In The Glass Booth (Part A/Booklet)
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Men In The Glass Booth (Part A/Booklet)

Image: 1606804 BBE is proud to finally present the years in the making The Men In The Glass Booth project.

Part A
A1. Leon Collins – I Just Wanna Say I Love You (John Luongo Remix) 
A2. Marboo – What About Love (Tony Gioe remix) 
 
B1. Double Exposure – Ten Per Cent (Walter Gibbons Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
B2. Juggy Murray Jones – Inside America (Rick Gianatos Sunshine Disco Queen Acetate Edit) 
 
C1. Hot Ice – Dancing Free (John Luongo Remix) 
C2. The Sunshine Band – Black Water Gold (Sunshine Sound Edit) 
 
D1. The Salsoul Orchestra – Magic Bird Of Fire (François Kevorkian Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
D2. The Salsoul Orchestra – It’s Good For The Soul (Jay Negron Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
 
E1. Double Exposure – My Love Is Free (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness Remix) 
E2. Fay Hauser – Reaching Out For Happiness (Jonathan Fearing Remix) 
 
F1. Love Symphony Orchestra – Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Tom Savarese Remix) 
 
G1. Ripple – The Beat Goes On And On (Jim Burgess Remix) 
G2. Ruby Andrews – I Wanna Be Near You (John Morales Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
 
H1. TC James And The Fist O Funk Orchestra – I’ve Been Looking For Somebody (Walter Gibbons Remix) 
 
I1. Lake Shore Drive – The Disco Scene (Rick Gianatos Remix) 
I2. TC James And The Fist O Funk Orchestra – Bumpsie’s Whipping Cream (Tom Savarese Remix) 
 
J1. Skip Mahoney   – Janice (Don’t Be So Blind To Love) (Bobby DJ Guttadaro Remix) 
 
In May 1976 a record was released that would have an unforeseen and lasting impact on the music industry “Ten Percent” by Double Exposure was an early release on the New York independent label Salsoul Records. America was in the grip of a disco explosion with new clubs opening on a weekly basis, Salsoul saw what was happening and swiftly created a sound for their label, heavily influenced by the music then coming out of Philadelphia, aimed directly at New York’s dance-floors. Records like “Salsoul Hustle,” “Tangerine” and “You’re Just The Right Size” by The Salsoul Orchestra borrowed heavily from the beautifully orchestrated Philadelphia International records but added a more percussive, bass heavy depth that New York’s DJs loved. So what was so special about this particular single then? Double Exposure was, after all, just another band, “Ten Percent” just another song, one of many “disco” records released that week. First of all Salsoul became the first record label to make a twelve inch single available to Joe Public – the exotic format was previously only available to DJs as promotional items or bought under the counter at certain record stores. Not only that though, the extended version was created by Walter Gibbons, a DJ at New York’s Galaxy 21 who’d built his reputation making exclusive versions of tracks to play in his sets.
In 1976 it was unheard of for a DJ to set foot in a recording studio, being seen as little more than living jukeboxes by the serious music industry. Recording studios were strictly the domain of recording artists and producers so Walter found himself in a unique position, gaining access to a world no DJ had been granted before.
Or so we thought…
The Men In The Glass Booth tells the full story. Featuring ground breaking re-edits and remixes by some of the Disco era’s most influential DJs including Walter Gibbons, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Jellybean Benitez, Tee Scott and John Luongo, this opulent release also includes a 40 page book which features exclusive photos and insights from some of the story’s key figures.

Key Selling Points:
– Full Press, radio & online campaign (to include google ads face ads & boosts)
– Package contains previously unissued versions of classic tracks by pioneering DJs of the disco era)
– Vinyl box 1 contains 40 page coffee table book telling the story of the DJ as remixer and featuring previously unseen vintage photographs, vinyl box 2 contains marvelous vintage style poster. Available from 27.01.2017

Various – The Men In The Glass Booth (Part B/Poster)
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Men In The Glass Booth (Part B/Poster)

Image: 1606806 BBE is proud to finally present the years in the making The Men In The Glass Booth project.

Part B
A1. The Salsoul Orchestra – My Number’s Up (Tee Scott Remix) 
A2. The Skyliners – The Love Bug (Done Bit Me Again) (David Todd Remix) 

B1. Aura – L.A. Sunshine (Robert Ouimet Remix) 

C1. Tony Valor Sound Orchestra – Love Has Come My Way (Jim Burgess Remix) 
C2. Sparkle Tuhran & Friends – Handsome Man (Bobby DJ Guttadaro Remix) 
 
D1. First Choice – Love Thang (Tee Scott Remix) 
 
E1. Kay Gee’s – Burn Me Up (Jellybean Benitez Edit) 
 
F1. Brooklyn Express – Love Is the Message (Tee Scott Remix) 
 
G1. Chain Reaction – Changes (Jellybean Benitez Remix) 
G2. John Gibbs And The Jam Band – J’Ouvert (Frank Sestito Remix) 
 
H1. Bunny Sigler – By The Way You Dance (I Knew It Was You) (Bobby DJ Guttadaro Remix) 
 
I1. The Salsoul Orchestra – It’s Good For The Soul (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness version) 
J1. Gladys Knight & The Pips – It’s A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons Remix) 
 

In May 1976 a record was released that would have an unforeseen and lasting impact on the music industry “Ten Percent” by Double Exposure was an early release on the New York independent label Salsoul Records. America was in the grip of a disco explosion with new clubs opening on a weekly basis, Salsoul saw what was happening and swiftly created a sound for their label, heavily influenced by the music then coming out of Philadelphia, aimed directly at New York’s dance-floors. Records like “Salsoul Hustle,” “Tangerine” and “You’re Just The Right Size” by The Salsoul Orchestra borrowed heavily from the beautifully orchestrated Philadelphia International records but added a more percussive, bass heavy depth that New York’s DJs loved. So what was so special about this particular single then? Double Exposure was, after all, just another band, “Ten Percent” just another song, one of many “disco” records released that week. First of all Salsoul became the first record label to make a twelve inch single available to Joe Public – the exotic format was previously only available to DJs as promotional items or bought under the counter at certain record stores. Not only that though, the extended version was created by Walter Gibbons, a DJ at New York’s Galaxy 21 who’d built his reputation making exclusive versions of tracks to play in his sets. In 1976 it was unheard of for a DJ to set foot in a recording studio, being seen as little more than living jukeboxes by the serious music industry. Recording studios were strictly the domain of recording artists and producers so Walter found himself in a unique position, gaining access to a world no DJ had been granted before. Or so we thought…
The Men In The Glass Booth tells the full story. Featuring ground breaking re-edits and remixes by some of the Disco era’s most influential DJs including Walter Gibbons, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Jellybean Benitez, Tee Scott and John Luongo, this opulent release also includes a 40 page book which features exclusive photos and insights from some of the story’s key figures.

Key Selling Points:
– Full Press, radio & online campaign (to include google ads face ads & boosts)
– Package contains previously unissued versions of classic tracks by pioneering DJs of the disco era)
– Vinyl box 1 contains 40 page coffee table book telling the story of the DJ as remixer and featuring previously unseen vintage photographs, vinyl box 2 contains marvelous vintage style poster. Available from 27.01.2017

Various – The Men In The Glass Booth
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Men In The Glass Booth

Image: 1606808 BBE is proud to finally present the years in the making The Men In The Glass Booth project.

CD 1 
01. Leon Collins – I Just Wanna Say I Love You (John Luongo Remix) 
02. Marboo – What About Love (Tony Gioe remix) 
03. Double Exposure – Ten Per Cent (Walter Gibbons Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
04. Juggy Murray Jones – Inside America (Rick Gianatos Sunshine Disco Queen Acetate Edit) 
05. Hot Ice – Dancing Free (John Luongo Remix) 
06. The Sunshine Band – Black Water Gold (Sunshine Sound Edit) 
07. The Salsoul Orchestra – Magic Bird Of Fire (François Kevorkian Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
08. The Salsoul Orchestra – It’s Good For The Soul (Jay Negron Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
09. Double Exposure – My Love Is Free (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness Remix) 
10. Fay Hauser – Reaching Out For Happiness (Jonathan Fearing Remix) 
11. Ripple – The Beat Goes On And On (Jim Burgess Remix) 

CD2 
01. Love Symphony Orchestra – Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Tom Savarese Remix) 
02. Tony Valor Sound Orchestra – Love Has Come My Way (Jim Burgess Remix) 
03. Ruby Andrews – I Wanna Be Near You (John Morales Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
04. TC James And The Fist O Funk Orchestra – I’ve Been Looking For Somebody (Walter Gibbons Remix) 
05. Lake Shore Drive – The Disco Scene (Rick Gianatos Remix) 
06. TC James And The Fist O Funk Orchestra – Bumpsie’s Whipping Cream (Tom Savarese Remix) 
07. Skip Mahoney   – Janice (Don’t Be So Blind To Love) (Bobby DJ Guttadaro Remix) 
08. The Salsoul Orchestra – My Number’s Up (Tee Scott Remix) 
09. The Skyliners – The Love Bug (Done Bit Me Again) (David Todd Remix) 
10. Aura – L.A. Sunshine (Robert Ouimet Remix) 

CD3
01. Sparkle Tuhran & Friends – Handsome Man (Bobby DJ Guttadaro Remix) 
02. First Choice – Love Thang (Tee Scott Remix) 
03. Kay Gee’s – Burn Me Up (Jellybean Benitez Edit) 
04. Brooklyn Express – Love Is the Message (Tee Scott Remix) 
05. Chain Reaction – Changes (Jellybean Benitez Remix) 
06. John Gibbs And The Jam Band – J’Ouvert (Frank Sestito Remix) 
07. Bunny Sigler – By The Way You Dance (I Knew It Was You) (Bobby DJ Guttadaro Remix) 
08. The Salsoul Orchestra – It’s Good For The Soul (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness version) 
09. Gladys Knight & The Pips – It’s A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons Remix) 

In May 1976 a record was released that would have an unforeseen and lasting impact on the music industry “Ten Percent” by Double Exposure was an early release on the New York independent label Salsoul Records. America was in the grip of a disco explosion with new clubs opening on a weekly basis, Salsoul saw what was happening and swiftly created a sound for their label, heavily influenced by the music then coming out of Philadelphia, aimed directly at New York’s dance-floors. Records like “Salsoul Hustle,” “Tangerine” and “You’re Just The Right Size” by The Salsoul Orchestra borrowed heavily from the beautifully orchestrated Philadelphia International records but added a more percussive, bass heavy depth that New York’s DJs loved. So what was so special about this particular single then? Double Exposure was, after all, just another band, “Ten Percent” just another song, one of many “disco” records released that week. First of all Salsoul became the first record label to make a twelve inch single available to Joe Public – the exotic format was previously only available to DJs as promotional items or bought under the counter at certain record stores. Not only that though, the extended version was created by Walter Gibbons, a DJ at New York’s Galaxy 21 who’d built his reputation making exclusive versions of tracks to play in his sets.
In 1976 it was unheard of for a DJ to set foot in a recording studio, being seen as little more than living jukeboxes by the serious music industry. Recording studios were strictly the domain of recording artists and producers so Walter found himself in a unique position, gaining access to a world no DJ had been granted before.
Or so we thought…
The Men In The Glass Booth tells the full story. Featuring ground breaking re-edits and remixes by some of the Disco era’s most influential DJs including Walter Gibbons, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Jellybean Benitez, Tee Scott and John Luongo, this opulent release also includes a 40 page book which features exclusive photos and insights from some of the story’s key figures.

Key Selling Points:
– Full Press, radio & online campaign (to include google ads face ads & boosts)
– Package contains previously unissued versions of classic tracks by pioneering DJs of the disco era)
– Vinyl box 1 contains 40 page coffee table book telling the story of the DJ as remixer and featuring previously unseen vintage photographs, vinyl box 2 contains marvelous vintage style poster. Available from 27.01.2017

Liset Alea – Heart-Headed
Friday, October 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Liset Alea – Heart-Headed

Image: 1606427 Liset Alea presents Heart-Headed her new album on Kwaidan Records.

01. Jerusalem
02. Hunter&Tiger
03. Serenade for dogs and mermaids
04. Alexander
05. Asphalt Flowers
06. Warrior
07. Tidada (spanish version)
08. White birds
09. Going Home
10. Count the stars

Liset Alea has the name of chance. Chance that is tossed in the air like the roll
of dice, following her footsteps like destiny brimming with surprises and
unexpected possibilities. She has lived a thousand lives: born in Havana to an
impulsive country man who was working in Fidel’s kitchen and from whom he
often stole the occasional piece of meat for the family and a literature major
mother who has published some of her erotic poetry. At an early age, she already
mastered the art of escape, the immigrant’s task of learning how to leave behind
one’s home, family, friends, language, comforts and survive in an unfamiliar
place.
At 15 she begins to study the voice with America Crespo, a Cuban opera legend
known as the Callas of Cuba. In order to pay for her lessons, she cleans homes
on the weekend with her mother. She also studies Musical Theater at Miami’s
New World School of the Arts. Then She moves to New York, a waitress by night,
she enters the New School Jazz Conservatory for Vocal Jazz and buys her first
guitar. She becomes the front woman of the electronic band Etro Anime, cowrites their first album which is released through V2. After witnessing the Trade
Center fall before her eyes, she decides it’s time to leave the United States and
moves to Amsterdam with the band. They embark upon a tour supporting
Kosheen and later Llorca where she meets Alexkid with whom she writes and
records ‘Come with Me’ on his “Mint” album. “Come with Me” becomes an instant
electro club and radio hit and she joins Alexkid’s band for a 46 dates European
tour.
Seduced by the European way of life, she settles in London for a while, travels to
Milan, Athens, Madrid, Berlin for songwriting sessions, many of these
collaborations entered the charts in their respective country.
In 2012, she decides that Paris will be her new “home” and from then on will be
touring extensively with Nouvelle Vague as a lead vocalist, with Yasmine
Hamdan and Elodie Frégé (a chanson française major figure for whom she also
co-writes) as an instrumentalist (bass, percussions, guitar).
While not on the road she starts working on what will become “Heart-Headed”,
her new album co-produced with Marc Collin. Months in the making, “HeartHeaded” displays a balance of craft and emotion and exhibits the refined
craftsmanship of her writing.
Her voice, reminiscent at times of Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields), Marianne
Faithfull or even a Cuban Lana del Rey, is set against string and flute
arrangements, vintage synthesizers and urgent guitars.
The first single “Hunter & Tiger”, heralds “Heart-Headed” as an album that comes
straight from the heart but remains grounded in the early Rock’n’Roll era echoing
Wanda Jackson’s Hard Headed woman. Available from 25.11.2016

Jah9 – 9
Friday, September 30th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jah9 – 9

Image: 1604615 Das neue Album der jamaikanischen Künstlerin Jah9 mit dem Titel 9 erscheint am 09.09.2016! Zitat: “2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9. 2016 ist das Jahr der 9. Die Frau, die den Jazz in den Reggae gebracht hat, kommt auf ihrem selbstproduzierten zweiten, folgerichtig “9” betitelten Album mit einer Runderneuerung von Roots-Reggae um die Ecke. Auf neun Songs lotet sie die musikalischen Grenzen des Genres aus und erweitert das inhaltliche Spektrum um alte, aber selten ausformulierte Erkenntnisse, in denen sich spirituelle und materielle Einsichten zu revolutionären Calls to Action kondensieren” (RIDDIM Magazin #85)

The new album entitled “9” is released on the 09.09.!

For those who’ve been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount a resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9’s first album for VP is a figure of revelation and deliverance. Including artists Earl “Chinna” Smith, Dean Fraser and Unga Thompson, Jah9 has delivered in “9” an album that fulfills the promise of her earlier releases with expansive maturity, prophetic purpose and even deeper displays of warrior-goddess prowess on the mic. As combination guest the longplayer features Vaughn “Akae Beka” Benjamin (from Midnite). The CD will come with an eco-friendly, recyclable soft pack with 12-page booklet and the LP in an eco-friendly, recyclable standard jacket.

PRESS RELEASE

VP Records is pleased to announce the welcoming of Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer Jah9 to the family.

9 | 9 | 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9

For those who’ve been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount a resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9 is a figure of revelation and deliverance. She first caught the attention of many with the release of her lilting video for “Avocado.” When heard in the full flower of older songs such as “Steamers A Bubble,” “Jungle” and “Gratitude” Jah9 was revealed to be a singer and poet of considerable range, soul and jazz inflected melodicism. Her fiery and righteous live shows can testify she is hardly a made in the studio chanteuse incapable of translating to the stage with abundant dynamism. The product of a strong upbringing, by two hard working culturally and politically engaged parents, Jah9 is also a university graduate, a multidisciplinary yoga instructor, a youth at risk counselor and a celebrated dub poet. The combination of intellectual rigor, real world activism and lyrical musicality is well on display in her entirely self-produced sophomore album ‘9’. Thematically there is no slacking in spiritual advocacy, oppositional militancy or honed and focused tunefulness.

Through the new addition of Jah9, VP Records, the premiere reggae label and distributor, will break new ground with her depth of talent. She joins the label’s longstanding reputation for producing hitmakers: Sean Paul, Gyptian, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Alborosie, I Wayne, Romain Virgo, Christopher Martin, Raging Fyah, Lady Saw, Spice, Etana, Queen Ifrica, Bunji Garlin and many more.

VP Records CEO Chris Chin expresses his enthusiasm about the signing. “We are excited to share Jah9’s fusion of reggae, jazz and spoken word to the world. She exemplifies the meaning of multi-talented – boasting sharp songwriting and production skills matched with her soulful voice – and exudes a presence and spirit that resonates with the listener. She has something unique and special that will carry on for generations to come.”

This week, she unveils “Humble Mi” to the world (out Fri. Jun 24), the first single from her highly-anticipated label debut ‘9’, slated for release on September 9, 2016.

“This song was inspired by my whole journey and life unfolding, teaching me that knowing is not the journey because you will always have to know more. The journey is peace, love and balancing the energies within,” explains Jah9.

Watch live rendition of “Humble Mi” on BBC Radio 1Xtra: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRg7t98POts&feature=youtu.be
Listen (feel free to post) “Humble Mi” now: soundcloud.com/jah9online/jah9-humble-mi

Jah9’s relationship with VP Records has blossomed in recent years. Her track “Feeling Irie” was a highlight of 2015’s The Biggest Reggae One Drop Anthems, and this year Jah9 contributed “Bloody City” to We Remember Dennis Brown, a tribute album to the Crown Prince of Reggae.

www.Jah9.com
www.vprecords.com

PRESS ASSETS
Jah9 “Humble Mi”:
www.dropbox.com/sh/b85lgytv3uxpc0f/AABls1Tsc9T6-k-UF60asbuma?dl=0

Tracklisting (tbc)
CD
1. Humble Mi
2. Prosper
3. Hardcore
4. Unafraid
5. In The Spirit
6. In The Midst
7. Natural Vibe
8. Baptised
9. Greatest Threat To The Status Quo feat. Vaughn “Akae Beka” Benjamin
LP
Side One
A1. Humble Mi
A2. Prosper
A3. Hardcore
A4. Unafraid
A5. In The Spirit
Side Two
B1. In The Midst
B2. Natural Vibe
B3. Baptised
B4. Greatest Threat To The Status Quo feat. Vaughn “Akae Beka” Benjamin Available from 16.09.2016

Liset Alea – Heart-Headed
Friday, September 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Liset Alea – Heart-Headed

Image: 1606428 Liset Alea presents Heart-Headed her new album on Kwaidan Records.

01. Jerusalem
02. Hunter&Tiger
03. Serenade for dogs and mermaids
04. Alexander
05. Asphalt Flowers
06. Warrior
07. Tidada (spanish version)
08. White birds
09. Going Home
10. Count the stars

Liset Alea has the name of chance. Chance that is tossed in the air like the roll
of dice, following her footsteps like destiny brimming with surprises and
unexpected possibilities. She has lived a thousand lives: born in Havana to an
impulsive country man who was working in Fidel’s kitchen and from whom he
often stole the occasional piece of meat for the family and a literature major
mother who has published some of her erotic poetry. At an early age, she already
mastered the art of escape, the immigrant’s task of learning how to leave behind
one’s home, family, friends, language, comforts and survive in an unfamiliar
place.
At 15 she begins to study the voice with America Crespo, a Cuban opera legend
known as the Callas of Cuba. In order to pay for her lessons, she cleans homes
on the weekend with her mother. She also studies Musical Theater at Miami’s
New World School of the Arts. Then She moves to New York, a waitress by night,
she enters the New School Jazz Conservatory for Vocal Jazz and buys her first
guitar. She becomes the front woman of the electronic band Etro Anime, cowrites their first album which is released through V2. After witnessing the Trade
Center fall before her eyes, she decides it’s time to leave the United States and
moves to Amsterdam with the band. They embark upon a tour supporting
Kosheen and later Llorca where she meets Alexkid with whom she writes and
records ‘Come with Me’ on his “Mint” album. “Come with Me” becomes an instant
electro club and radio hit and she joins Alexkid’s band for a 46 dates European
tour.
Seduced by the European way of life, she settles in London for a while, travels to
Milan, Athens, Madrid, Berlin for songwriting sessions, many of these
collaborations entered the charts in their respective country.
In 2012, she decides that Paris will be her new “home” and from then on will be
touring extensively with Nouvelle Vague as a lead vocalist, with Yasmine
Hamdan and Elodie Frégé (a chanson française major figure for whom she also
co-writes) as an instrumentalist (bass, percussions, guitar).
While not on the road she starts working on what will become “Heart-Headed”,
her new album co-produced with Marc Collin. Months in the making, “HeartHeaded” displays a balance of craft and emotion and exhibits the refined
craftsmanship of her writing.
Her voice, reminiscent at times of Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields), Marianne
Faithfull or even a Cuban Lana del Rey, is set against string and flute
arrangements, vintage synthesizers and urgent guitars.
The first single “Hunter & Tiger”, heralds “Heart-Headed” as an album that comes
straight from the heart but remains grounded in the early Rock’n’Roll era echoing
Wanda Jackson’s Hard Headed woman. Available from 28.10.2016

Tippa Lee – Dub Them With Reality
Friday, April 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tippa Lee – Dub Them With Reality

Image: 1603768 Tippa Lee’s new album Cultural Ambassador will be released on Stones Throw, May 20, 2016. Available now is the dub version of the album, Dub Them with Reality, mixed by producer Tom Chasteen (Dub Club, Natural Numbers), who has reconfigured the tracks live on the mixing board with echo, reverb and various arcane electronics. The LP covers, in two variations, were screen printed in gold and black by Hit & Run, with artwork by Ellen G. Tippa Lee was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He started performing on his fathers Sound System as a child, standing up on a beer bottle box to reach the mic. He made his first recordings at King Tubby’s studio at the age of 12. Eventually he teamed up with Rappa Robert and as a duo had a number of hits including “No Trouble We”, an anthemic statement against police harassment, which was a number one Jamaican hit in 1988 and is still played often on Jamaican radio. In more recent years he has been based in the US, performing live and releasing his own underground CDs.

1. Dub Them With Reality
2. Rasta Hi Power
3. Dub Them Wicked
4. Original Cassette
5. Dubbler
6. Freeway Doctor
7. Weak Teeth
8. Herbs Interest
9. Draw Down
10. Rootsmatic

• Dub version of Tippa Lee’s forthcoming album Cultural Ambassador
• Produced and mixed by Tom Chasteen of Dub Club, and engineered by Dave Trumfio and Celso Estrada at Kingsize Soundlabs, Los Angeles
• The LP covers, in two variations, were screen printed in gold and black by Hit & Run, with artwork by Ellen G.
• Includes download card Available from 20.05.2016

Various – New York Noise
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – New York Noise

Image: 1602063 This is the new 2016 edition of Soul Jazz Records’ long out of print first New York Noise collection, Dance Music From The New York Underground 1978-82.

New York Noise is the story of the intersection between experimental dance music and art in downtown New York. This ground-breaking release gave rise to a series of three albums featuring the likes of Snatch, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Sonic Youth, Ut, Jim Jarmusch and many more downtown figures as well as a deluxe photography book that featured everyone from David Byrne to Madonna (now out-of-print).

This new 2015 edition features classic New York post-punk, punk funk and no wave tracks from Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L, James White and the Contortions, The Theoretical Girls, Mars, Konk, Material, Bush Tetras, LizzyMecrierDescloux as well as new tracks by Alan Vega (Suicide), Chain Gang and Implog.

Tracklist:

1. The Dance – Do Dada (3.06)
2. The Contortions – Contort Yourself (4.20)
3. Theoretical Girls – You Got Me (3.52)
4. Konk – Elephant (4.16)
5. Mars – Helen Fordsdale (2.28)
6. Dinosaur L – Clean On Your Bean #1 (6.33)
7. Chain Gang – Son of Sam (3.11)
8. Arto / Neto – Pini, Pini (2.23)
9. Bush Tetras – Too Many Creeps (3.59)
10. Alan Vega – Bye Bye Bayou (8.32)
11. Mars – 3E (2.49)
12. Konk – Baby Dee (6.00)
13. Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Wawa (2.20)
14. Material – Reduction (5.24)
15. Bush Tetras – Can’t Be Funky (2.41)
16. impLOG – Breakfast (3.28)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpgoF9-F4tc Available from 26.02.2016

Odd Nosdam – Sisters
Thursday, January 28th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Odd Nosdam – Sisters

Image: 1601942 Odd Nosdam AKA David Madson makes his second appearance
on Leaving Records and greets 2016 with a breathtaking LP entitled
Sisters. Throughout, Odd Nosdam splits his time between cosmic,
slow burning beats and reflective soundscapes littered with intriguing
textures and mind bending samples. Analogue sounds are generous
and knowingly manipulated. Gorgeous samples are deployed, sturdy
yet emotional. Cymbals explode.
Already a long revered figure in underground beats, in the last several
years Odd Nosdam has been able to test his new productions on the
world class sound system of Low End Theory. Much of Sisters was
inspired by those room shaking sonics, so it is fitting that kindred
spirit Teebs makes an appearance here in a dreamy collaboration.
Although Sisters contains plenty of absolute bangers, its quieter
moments also stun with their hypnotic beauty.
Madson writes of the inspiration for the title track, “or example, that
moment when the sun finally breaks through on an overcast day,
Sisters was very much inspired by that wonderful feeling… so that
particular feeling – plus the longing for it – on top of 808s.”

1. Bow They Will ! ! !
2. Profane Bong Sue
3. Ten Echoes
4. Burrow
5. Center
6. Strng Day So Freee ! ! !
7. Sisters
8. Endless 432 (w/Teebs)
9. Rained (for Lise)

• Esteemed producer of influential hip-hop group CloudDead
• Co-founder of Anticon label
• Boards of Canada collaborator
• “Sisters” LP features Teebs (Brainfeeder) collaboration
• Producer for rapper Serengeti
• Includes download card Available from 19.02.2016

Huxley
Monday, January 4th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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Hard earned respect from your peers is a rare commodity but Huxley, aka Michael Dodman, has it in spades. Since his late teens he’s been producing, seeing initial underground success as a garage producer before his sound partly mutated towards a deeper, house-based sound in the past few years. Collaborations with old mate Ethyl for […]

Keep Shelly In Athens – Now I’m Ready
Friday, September 4th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Keep Shelly In Athens – Now I’m Ready

Image: 1599104 FOF present the sophomore album Now I’m Ready from Keep Shelly In Athens.

Tracklist:
1. Fractals
2. Silent Rain
3. Now I’m Ready (ft. Ocean Hope)
4. Line 4 (Orange)
5. Benighted
6. Hollow Man
7. Nobody
8. Hunter

Born in the midst of a creative surge in the pop-leaning underground,
Greek act Keep Shelly In Athens have been a force in the indie world
for the last half decade, releasing projects on Cascine, Gorilla vs. Bear
label arm Forest Family and British heavyweight Planet Mu. Now, the
Athens-based duo arrive on Los Angeles outlet Friends of Friends with
the ‘Now I’m Ready’ LP, their second official LP and their most
emotionally mature, sonically adventurous effort to date.
At eight songs and 45 minutes, the album strikes a concise, yet
imposing figure, each individual effort comprised of enough peaks and
valleys to bring the listener to the edge and back again. Lifted off by
lead single “Fractals”, Now I’m Ready is not your typical indie effort,
un-beholden to tempo and style, the album skips across genre tropes
with ease, each track guided by producer R??’s singular aesthetic and
vocalist Myrtha’s unmistakable crescendos.
And whether you’re locked into a long road trip, careening around a
city or looking over the Mediterranean, Keep Shelly In Athens bring an
arresting pathos to the proceedings, felt everywhere from the
breakbeat-led madness of “Hollow Man” to the ever-building, hypnotic
vocal qualities of “Now I’m Ready”. It’s only the duo’s second official
LP, but considering their release history on outlets as diverse as
Cascine, Forest Family and Planet Mu, it’s no surprise that their arrival
on Friends of Friends is such an unabated success.

Key Points:
• “Fractals” (debut single from Now I’m Ready) reached #1
on Hype Machine charts
• Press support from NPR, Pitchfork, The Guardian,
Gorilla vs Bear, Stereogum, Noisey and more
• Previous live performances include Coachella, Fun Fun
Fun Fest, Parklife Festival, Corsica Studios, Bowery
Ballroom, Roxy Theatre and more
Press Quotes:
• “They’ll make you happy to feel sad.” – The Guardian

• “A shimmering, sexy-smooth, Balearic pop dream, perfect for
soundtracking all the lingering yearning and regret of your
next late-night comedown” – Gorilla Vs Bear Available from 20.11.2015

Various – Rastafari – The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Rastafari – The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83

Image: 1598242 Soul Jazz Records’ new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian faith.

Featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, containing exclusive photography and extensive historical and contextual sleevenotes.

At the source of the music of Rastafari is the figurehead master drummer and leader Count Ossie, who first brought the deeply spiritual nyabinghi and burro rhythms, heard and played at sacred Rastafarian grounation (reasoning) sessions, into popular Jamaican music through his many collaborations and performances with artists – from The Skatalites to The Folks Brothers – and producers, including Clement Dodd, Prince Buster and Harry Mudie.

At the start of the 1970s Count Ossie formed the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari with saxophonist Cedric Brooks, which immediately became the most significant group of the Rastafari faith, bringing together authentic rastanyabinghi drumming together with spiritual and avant-garde jazz influences of Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and Albert Ayler into a truly unique and groundbreaking sound.

From the earliest proto-rasta beginnings on vinyl, Lord Lebby’s 1955 mento recording ‘Etheopia’, through to the raw, afro-jazz roots sounds of Count Ossie to the deep and heavy roots reggae of the 1970s (Johnny Clarke, Earth & Sound, Roy Ashanti of the Congos and others), this album covers nearly 30 years of revolutionary music.

Deluxe limited-edition heavyweight gatefold-vinyl edition + free download code (with full sleeve notes etc.).

Available from 14.08.2015

Rebekah
Monday, June 1st, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Rebekah capture’s and share’s her energy through her DJ sets, this can also be found within the studio where she expresses herself using concepts, feelings, moods, art and anything else that inspires her on a deep level, always aiming to create fresh music with a modern feel. The emphasis will always be techno which has […]

Slam
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 | Tags: , , ,
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2014 was one of the biggest years in the career of the dynamic Glaswegian duo Slam (aka Stuart McMillan & Orde Meikle). With their fifth album, ‘Reverse Proceed’, heralded as some of their finest work to date, the two legendary producers continue to demonstrate why they are such an important part of modern day electronic […]

Candido – Jingo / Thousand Finger Man
Friday, January 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Candido – Jingo / Thousand Finger Man

Image: 1594778 Candido Cameron was a Cuban percussion maestro who had played with luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Count Basie throughout his illustrious musical career which started in 1952. Fast forward to 1979 and Candido finds himself caught up in the Disco boom that had engulfed his adopted New York City. Feeling he could add his trademark quick-fire Conga and Bongo playing to Disco’s straight 4 x 4 syncopated rhythm he cut some records with legendary NYC label Salsoul. The fruits of this partnership were 2 full length LP’s and a handful of 12″ singles that changed the face of underground Disco.”Jingo” is an all-time classic dance record, sampled, edited, re-configured and coveted by too many names to mention! It’s a killer funky Disco version of master Nigerian drummer Olatunji’s 1969 percussion suite of the same name, Salsoul style, while over on the flip we have one of the deepest Disco records of all time, “Thousand Finger Man” a testament to Candido’s percussion prowess and a spacey, beautiful voyage that has left more than an indelible mark on modern House music, often being cited as a huge influence by artists such as Masters At Work and more. Essential stuff basically, every collection should have a copy!

This 12″ has got to be one of the toughest Salsoul records to find. Changing hands for up to £300 a time for a used copy. Now it has been re-mastered, re-pressed and made available again with all original label artwork intact with the permission of Salsoul Records, New York City.

TRACK LISTING.

A. Jingo
B. Thousand Finger Man Available from 30.01.2015

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 […]

Kirk Degiorgio
Monday, January 5th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Kirk Degiorgio is one of the most sought-after mixers/producers/DJ’s in today’s eclectic dance music scene. By steering away from musical clichés, he has managed to maintain his musical integrity over 17 years and several classic albums. Almost as if to try and throw his fans off the scent, Degiorgio has used As One, Elegy, Esoterik, […]

Red Noise – Sarcelles-Lochères (Ltd./Clear Blue Vinyl)
Saturday, November 8th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Red Noise – Sarcelles-Lochères (Ltd./Clear Blue Vinyl)

Image: 1593804 First in a series of ten reissues of the cult French underground Futura label. Fully licenced by Gerard Terrones, this is the first official vinyl reissue of “Sarcelles-Lochères”, the unique album of French underground heroes Red Noise led by Patrick Vian. It is a unique blend of free jazz and rock with highly political and satyrical lyrics. The highlight of the album “Sarcelles c’est l’avenir” is an epic journey into proto noise territories which prefigures the decades of sonic experiences to come.

LIMITED EDITION –
700 BLACK VINYL & 300 CLEAR BLUE VINYL –
GATEFOLD SLEEVE WITH OBI STRIP –
MATT FINISH

Track listing
A1. Cosmic Toilet Ditty
A2. Caka Slow – Vertebrate Twist
A3. Obsession Sexuelle n°1
A4. Galactic Sewer-Song
A5. Obsession Sexuelle n°2
A6. Red Noise Live au Café des Sports
A7. Existential-Import of the Screw-Driver Eternity Twist
A8. 20 Mirror Mozarts Composing on Tea Bag and 1/2 Cup Bra
A9. Red Noise en direct du Buffet de la Gare
A10. À la Mémoire du Rockeur Inconnu

B1. Petit Précis d’Instruction Civique
B2. Sarcelles c’est l’Avenir

Stream here :
https://soundcloud.com/souffle-continu-records/sets/red-noise-sarcelles-locheres/s-kgsBD Available from 12.12.2014

Stealth – The Alliance EP
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Stealth – The Alliance EP

Image: 1593647 With each release, Stealth has slowly made his presence known within your musical subconscious. Taking hold of every synapse with drops of LFO induced devastation he’s now merged with the other figureheads of a dnb underworld to bring you his ‘Alliance EP’. And believe us when we say, this is one not to miss.

Already firmly asserting himself amongst the Program roster, his meticulously crafted cuts have helped push the imprint as an underground tastemaker. And the unstoppable partnership is back, with a gritty and technically adept EP… Proving once again they’re a force to be reckoned with.

Rolling up first alongside Stealth is Dirty Hertz, with the two producers proving their flare for contemporary drum and bass. Renowned for their intricately layered composition, ‘Revival’ is both uncompromising and delicately woven. Vigorously snapping hi-hats help to underpin an aggressive bassline, moving along a construction line gradually being built upon between pounding subs. It’s the perfect starter, helping to epitomise the sound Program represents, Aggressive musicality that boasts of ingenuity… the type that often goes unrivalled.

Then we’re introduced to Stealth & Xtrah’s ‘Everytime’. As you’d expect, this track is totally different from its predecessor, although it’s just as precisely orchestrated. Pushed forward by domineering drum loops, Stealth’s style oozes in between each bar, it’s a frequency that drops dangerously low. Wraith-like vocals dip in and out of the record’s stockier elements, with a juxtaposition which is tasteful whilst still making an impact.

Stealth and Stylus have already proved their working dynamics result in epic sound clashes and ‘Bulgan’ is no different. Building with intensity, there’s all out anarchy as it dives into a steppy riddim. This is then diced up by randomly ducking, skipping samples and winding breaks. With quickly zipping beats helping to pad out its configuration, there’s no mistaking the intricacy between every break. Stealth and Stylus smash it once again and they guarantee something new with every listen.

Lastly, Stealth and Quaed take the stand with ‘Passenger’. A demonstration of Stealth’s dynamics, the two begin with an intimidating fluctuation of note patterns overlaying a cinematic entrée. Metallic drums pound in between sections, creating a hard-driven melody which pulls you through a sonic-rollercoaster of sound. The perfect way to wrap up four sonic assaults, look no further for tracks to pull you into the season’s darker months.

A host of alliances from one of Program’s finest Stealth unleashes another defiant slab of bass. It’s the lead up to his debut album, a step towards another phenomenal release from the artist.

So once again, it’s time to get with the Program… a catalogue that never disappoints.

TRACKLISTING:

01. Stealth & Dirty Hertz – Revival
02. Stealth & Xtrah – Everytime
03. Stealth & Stylus – Bulgan
04. Stealth & Quaed – The Passenger

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/ramrecords/sets/stealth-the-alliance-ep Available from 21.11.2014

Boris Werner
Monday, October 6th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Boris Werner: a charismatic leading figure of the house music scene, who is forever young at heart. He has promised himself he will continue to keep pushing dance floors and promoters worldwide. It isn’t easy not to fall under his spell when he plays his sound that is filled with lush grooves, thick baselines and […]

Tala A.M. – Arabica
Friday, September 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tala A.M. – Arabica

Image: 1589359 André-Marie Tala is one of the father figures of African music. Born in the western Provence of Bandjoun, Cameroon, his early years were plagued with tragedy. He lost his mother at 4, his father at 12 and then when on to lose his sight 15. Thankfully, the love of music stayed with him throughout his career and with the help of Manu Dibango he made his first recordings in 1972 and had two hits in Cameroon with Sikati and Potaksima.

He created a group, the Rock Boys, later the Black Tigers, with Sam Fan Thomas as guitarist. At this time, Africa was immersed in music from overseas and many American acts toured all over Africa. Whilst touring Cameroon, Tala handed James Brown a demo of his song “Hot Koki”. Seemingly, the Godfather liked it a lot, he actually re-recorded it and released it as his own song, entitled ‘Hustle’. In doing so, he took all credit for composing, which meant Tala had to sue Brown and luckily he won the case!

We had so many great LP’s to choose from Tala but we decided to start with ‘Arabica’ where we find Tala in experimental mode. We hit the ground running with the lead track ‘Arabica’, disco drums, phased guitar licks and sweet soulful backing vocals, what’s not to like?

‘Black Gold’ takes the same path as laid out on ‘Arabica’ but we see the introduction of the Moog Synthesizer and the funky Rhodes Piano. ‘Sugar Lump’ is once again up-tempo and has bassline to get your body moving in the right direction. ‘I know what you want’ has a more traditional song approach Tala simply asks his love interest ‘not to let him down’.

‘Soweto’ is a Balearic DJ classic! Beautiful layers of guitar and flute ease you through this one. Soweto was a troubled place and high on the thoughts on African people around this time, this song reflects that. We end with ‘20 ans’ a more tradition song with some Hammond organ and super sweet guitar playing from Tala once again. This record demands a high fee for obvious reasons so don’t miss your chance to own this official reissue which has been made with love. Only 500 copies for worldwide release.

Tracklisting

1. Arabica
2. Black Gold
3. Sugar Lump
4. I Know What You Want
5. Soweta
6. 20 Ans Available from 22.05.2015

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