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Round five for Permanent Vacation’s Selected Label Works
Monday, April 4th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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Gong! Round five for the Selected Label Works compilation. Bits and pieces, hits and misses, dusty nuggets and hidden treasures from the depth of the Permanent Vacation catalogue of the past two years. Stop looking any further we have it all: Hypnotical house by Mano Le Tough and Lake People, vocoder poetry by New Jackson, […]

Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Reginald Omas Mamode IV
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Reginald Omas Mamode IV

Image: 1605668 Reginald Omas Mamode IV is set to release his self titled debut album via Five Easy Pieces.


A1 – Bruk Out
A2 – Talk To Me
A3 – Drums Of The Positive
A4 – If You Want To Know
B1 – Interlude
B2 – Hush
B3 – Bump It Up
B4 – Round N Round
C1 – Omas Sextet
C2 – Simmer Down Now
C3 – The Value
C4 – Interlude
D1 – The Value
D2 – From The Soul
D3 – The Message
D4 – Make It Happen (CD and vinyl only)

The cult Peckham soul artist caps the release of three highly praised EPs with an album featuring his most confident songwriting to date. The album paints a collage of dusty drum hits, Sly Stone-esque bass lines and Mamode’s own one-take vocals. Themes go from the personal, such as relationship communication breakdown, to the universal, in the anti-war theme of ‘The Value’.

It remains grounded in a love of syncopated drums, played out in the Dilla-esque ‘Talk To Me’, or the free jazz of ‘Omas Sextet’. Elsewhere, on album opener ‘Bruk Out’, the broken beat scene collides with the groove based jazz fusion of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, whilst on ‘Drums Of The Positive’, Mamode channels the “slave island music of my father’s heritage… Maloya, Sega, Nyabinghi”.
“Nowadays music seems to be used more as a crutch for humanity.. Most people seem to have forgotten it’s a life blood of our species. The natural rhythms of our hearts beating and the melodic instrument ‘the voice’ gifted to us at birth, are some physical examples of how inherent music is within our being. We all need this thing we call music. Just as all our ancestors did.”
– Reginald Omas Mamode IV
This past year has seen Mamode perform live and DJ at the relaunch of London’s Jazz Cafe, Shapes, Ronnie Scott’s, Gottwood festival and dates in France, Netherlands and beyond. Headline UK and EU live dates will follow the album’s release in the autumn.
Part percussive ancestral music, part post-Dilla funk, Mamode’s debut album is a galactic, joyful, and above all funky record. It is a statement of intent from this rising underground star.
“A man of simple pleasures: soul sounds, peoples and stories, brothers, friends and family” Gilles Peterson
“Spiritual similarities to the likes of D’Angelo, Theo Parrish, J Dilla, and John Coltrane” Dummy Mag
“Cosmic-soul super talent. You need this guy on your radar” Stamp The Wax
“The equivalent of an aural hug” Boiler Room
“Imbued with the sounds of funk, Latin, soul, African Nubian music” Hyponik

Available from 14.10.2016

Reginald Omas Mamode IV – We Are The Universe
Friday, September 4th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reginald Omas Mamode IV – We Are The Universe

Image: 1599014 Five Easy Pieces presents We Are The Universe EP from Reginald Omas Mamode IV.


1. In This Case (Get Over Yourself)
2. We Are The Universe
3. Like I Do
4. Can You Dig It
5. JumpWorkShakeMove
6. Stay With Me
7. Music Is My Heaven (Feat Tenderlonious on Rhodes)

Following a stand out release for ‘Dam label Intimate Friends, Reginald Omas Mamode IV returns with a new extended EP for Five Easy Pieces.

The tracks showcase his trademark tough percussion, dusty samples, sweet Rhodes keyboard and mellifluous one-take vocals.

The South London beats scene of which Mamode is a leading light is gathering increasing critical attention, with features recently running on Dummy and the Red Bull website, whilst a Boiler Room takeover for ROMIV-affiliated 22a recently took place in Dalston.

Key Selling Points
Full PR campaign and 4 date UK tour to support release, inc London, Bristol, Leeds
Heavy radio support expected from Gilles and Lefto
Mamode was recently featured on Boiler Room:

Available from 16.10.2015

Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Do You?
Thursday, December 26th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Do You?

Image: 1586559 Following an appearance on Brownswood Bubblers 10, an absolute rinsing on Gilles Peterson’s 6 Music show, and further support from Lauren Laverne, Five Easy Pieces proudly presents the Do You? EP, featuring 5 tracks from the enigmatic new Peckham based artist Reginald Omas Mamode IV. The EP was put down backed by found sounds, old synths, drum machines, various percussion insturments and a dusty 1980s mixing desk he reclaimed from scrap. Mamode is a self-taught musician who grew up around the Northern Soul of his mother and the Native Music his father played before graduating to Tribe, Rawkus Records, and Slum Village in his teenage years.

The result is a soul enriching, honest sound, rooted in hard drums, loops and funked out bass. It conjugates a debt to Dudley Perkins and Dilla in a uniquely British way, via dub and UK soul. These influences are definitely felt, but the EP never slips into homage, and Mamode’s sound retains a profound sense of originality and sense of place. His jams are often more like snapshots of a feeling rather than fully fleshed out songs, with his vocals providing a focused exercise in mood rather than a meandering narrative, as they come in and out around sparse, snappy percussion and Blaxploitation bass. There’s a high degree of spontaneity to his writing and recording process, with vocals often put down first time. He is an artist who will always go for mood and feel over the note perfect take.

“Heavy, organic soul” (Gilles Peterson)


1. Intro + Do You?
2. You’ve Got
3. Make A Smile
4. Intro + Telling Me
5. Use Me Up
6. Keep On Walking Available from 06.12.2013

Tropics – Home & Consonance
Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tropics – Home & Consonance

Image: 1581194 Somewhere beween the percussive instrumentation of a Soundway highlife compilation and the rich, swathing synths of Neon Indian, resides Tropics, aka Southampton artist Chris Ward. Producing, singing, and playing all instruments himself, he was quickly picked up by Pitchfork for his ‘lush instrumentation’ and highly melodic, musically literate pop.

Following an EP and critically acclaimed album for Planet Mu, Ward spent 2012 producing remixes for Little Dragon, M83 & Polica. He then brought his voice to the fore for one of the vocal hooks of the year on Popup Cinema, the lead track from his EP of the same name for cult Serbian / London label Svetlana Industries.

Home and Consonance sees Ward make a short hop over to East London to release with Five Easy Pieces. Across four stunning new tracks he unveils the signature layers of pads and delicate arrangements, with his voice playing an ever-increasing role at the heart of his songs.

‘A voracious and accomplished student of sound’ (Pitchfork)
‘Impressive stuff’ (Paul Lester, The Guardian)


1. Home and Consonance
2. Courage ft. Gavin Turek
3. Don’t You Know
4. Fleeting Haunt Available from 13.05.2013

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2015
Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2015 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Mitarbeiter von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen Highlights aus Musik & Film der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend sind ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen […]

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

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

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

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

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

Reginald Omas Mamode IV ‘Children Of Nu’ encompasses Reginald’s musical and sonic influences – Afro Roots music through to jazz and soul. It draws from Africa as much as the west, an attempt to make a record that can exist in many contexts, the present, the future and past. Recorded with freedom – most tracks remain
from the first take – the process of creating ‘Children Of Nu’ was an open ended development from a natural, intuitive, starting point. Made with minimal thought of how tracks would end up, the music was led through the creative process. Born of a moment, each track is an attempt to capture that instance, mood, feeling or subject.
Last year’s self-titled debut album was warmly received, collecting critical success including Mojo (“A brand-new-retro delight”), Mixmag (“Peckham beat brilliance”), Record Collector (“Equal parts D’Angelo to J Dilla”), The Wire (“Soul music turned all the way inward”) and a Bandcamp Album of the Day (“Breathing lifeforms that are equally steeped in hip-hop, funk, soul and jazz”). It was also nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2017.
Along with Mo Kolours, Jeen Bassa, Henry Wu, Al Dobson Jr and Tenderlonious, he’s helped forge in the 22a co-operative that The FADER calls “a kaleidoscopic patchwork of hip-hop, house, and groove investigations bound by one thread: a timeless belief in rhythm as a universal language”. Available from 03.11.2017

Various – Selected Label Works 5 (Permanent Vacation)
Friday, April 8th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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Round five for the Selected Label Works compilation. Bits and pieces, hits and misses, dusty nuggets and hidden treasures from the depth of the Permanent Vacation catalogue of the past two years.

Release: 08-04-16
Mag – Mass Appeal 52
Friday, May 31st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mag – Mass Appeal 52

Image: 1581144 Earl Sweatshirt/Blake Anderson cover / Fresh off of Nas’ announcement to FORBES that he is investing six figure sums in the famed hip-hop lifestyle mag the new issue, the first printed in five years, is now ready for the shelves.
Fresh off of Nas’ announcement to FORBES that he is investing six figure sums in the famed hip-hop lifestyle mag the new issue, the first printed in five years, is now ready for the shelves.

Fan Out! Tyler, The Creator on Pharrell
Fresh Out The Box Reebok AXT Pump
Hey You’re Cool Kerin Roe
Litter A Ture The Merciless Book of Metal Lists
Watch & Witness Photos by Jason Goldwatch and 13thWitness
Duck Hunt Rappers and Molly
Dine Piece Zahra Tangorra of Brucie
Musical Chairs Dave Bry vs. The Gravediggaz
Career Watch AG the Coroner
From The Heart Bret Hart: GOAT
Miss Appeal Marilyn Rondon
Whip Appeal Bentley 2013 Continental GT V8
Roid Rage Celebrity Polaroids

A$AP Mob Family Tree Anatomy of a rap mafia.
Pinball Wizards Bumper to bumper fun for everyone.
Bun B’s Coloring Book Big kids don’t play.
Hang Loose Hang 10 with California’s Wavves.
The Bombing of a Theme Park Painting in the middle of nowhere with TRUSTO CORP.
Ebony & Ivory Earl Sweatshirt and Blake Anderson get open and open up.
That Nasty Hand Handwriting Analysis: A new book breaks down the writing on the wall.
ICE CREAM Skate Team Rock the fly shit!
Going Pro Working girls show you how they live Reas’ Masterpieces Fine artist Todd James talks life and crappy manual labor jobs.
Heavyweights Action Bronson and MR MFN eXquire.
Henry Chalfant’s Big Subway Archive Ask The Mushroom Jason Goldwatch gets deep with nature.
Barrier Kult Satanic Skaters.
The World Is Your Billboard Streets assassins Pixote + Sabio might just roll up on you.
Red Dawn A Blood’s take on gang life.
The Ups Man Easy gets up and truly delivers.
Cool Calm Collecting… SSUR is a brand that didn’t just come out of nowhere.
The Colossal Perspective Sky High Visions. Available from 10.05.2013

Staff Charts 2009
Monday, December 28th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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2009 wasn’t just the year everyone you know bought an iPhone, joined Twitter and put on a pair of gum boots to till their fields in Farmville. Actually it was also an exciting and eventful year for music – full of blown speakers, sweaty t-shirts and the surprising comeback of psychedelic rock. Along the way […]

Staff Charts 2008
Thursday, December 18th, 2008 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Oh boy, what a year! 2008 wasn’t a bad one. Once again our beloved industry gave us a full package of spectacle and entertainment. First a fat guy from Fishponds who made a living by selling mobile phones, came right out of nowhere and entered the global charts. Madonna became 50, but she’s still doing […]

Husky Rescue
Monday, January 22nd, 2007 | Tags: , ,
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Ghost Is Not Real” is the follow-up to Husky Rescue‘s acclaimed debut album “Country Falls” from 2004.

“Husky Rescue – how would I nail it down?” Marko Nyberg considers, sitting in a hotel in Seattle waiting for the tourbus to take him to the Portland, Oregon date of his band’s Lollapolooza jaunt across the USA. “It’s so far away from all those singer-songwriters who tell stories about things happening that start and end in the real world. In my music there’s no kind of end, I can’t describe my feelings that much and I can’t be sure what it feels like to be someone else.”

Thus Husky Rescue build big, if laid back, music that suggests every feeling Nyberg wants to convey without becoming bogged down in specifics; “an emotional ride with the lyrics opening a world around the music” is how he describes it. Their new album, “Ghost Is Not Real”, particularly, puts the squeeze on the emotions. Where Husky Rescue’s last album was easy-going to the core, soft focus at the edges even, the new one bites …

Take an emotional ride with HUSKY RESCUE …
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NONPLACE Label News March 2006 …
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Unspoken Heard
Monday, September 24th, 2001 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Unspoken Heard

This is not your everday hip-hop group. Asheru and Blue Black are rocking backyards and schoolyards. Their album is called “Soon Come”. It’s beats, rhymes and life through the eyes of The Unspoken Heard. Brought to us by 7 Heads Entertainment and blessed by the Almighty (with a little help from friends like Ge-ology, 88 Keys and J.Rawls).

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