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Mass Appeal Records announces the release of Rubble Kings
Monday, January 11th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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The album is a soundtrack of music inspired by the movie Rubble Kings. Produced by longtime Run The Jewels collaborator Little Shalimar, the album features appearances from Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Killer Mike, Tunde Adebimpe, Mr Muthaf*kin eXquire, Boldy James, Cuz Lightyear, Ka and Roxiny, in addition to Run The Jewels. Scoring the film was […]

Schema Records proudly presents the debut album from New York City vocalist Joyce Elaine Yuille
Thursday, April 9th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Joyce grew up in the East Harlem section of Manhattan, better known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio. She decided to focus on something distinct after many years of “live” performances in Europe. A tangible yet multifaceted project: the album you have before you. “When you perform you’re giving a lot of emotion, you’re giving […]

Parquet Courts – Live At Third Man Records
Saturday, January 24th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Parquet Courts – Live At Third Man Records

Image: 1594974 Parquet Courts brought a sweltering performance to the hallowed grounds of Third Man’s Blue Room on June 5th of last year–and very fortunately, TMR was able to lovingly capture it with their one-of-a-kind, direct-to-acetate recording process. The set included a dynamic selection of songs from last year’s critically acclaimed album Sunbathing Animal, as well as the 2013 EP, Tally All The Things That You Broke. The end result? A record that will have your feet stompin’ and body rockin’ as soon as the needle hits.

For a tasty sample, check out clips of ”Sunbathing Animal” and ”Vienna II”: https://soundcloud.com/thirdmanrecords/sets/parquet-courts-live-at-third-man-records-1/s-iFxLW

1. Duckin & Dodgin
2. Bodies
3. Black & White
4. Vienna II
5. Always Back In Town
6. Dear Ramona
7. Descend
8. Instant Disassembly
9. Raw Milk
10. Into the Garden
11. Sunbathing Animal Available from 06.03.2015

Freestyle Records is immensely excited to be the musical home of the stunning new album from Kalbata & Mixmonster
Thursday, April 17th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Kalbata is a techno and 2-step producer who previously released on labels such as Soul Jazz, Brownswood and Greenmoney. Kalbata did a string of high profile remixes for artists such as Fat Freddy’s Drop, Spank Rock, The Count & Sinden and Roll Deep, collaborated with Warrior Queen and is also the man behind reissue labels […]

The Como Mamas – Get An Understanding (Daptone Records)
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Recorded on a sweltering morning in the humble wood structure that is Mt. Mariah church, this record is sure to mirror that heat throughout your body and soul.

CD DAP027-2 / LP+MP3 DAP027-1
Release: 08-02-13
Stones Throw Records presents Matthew Larkin Cassell’s “The Complete Works” …
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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It’s not often that a sample clearance claim against a record company turns out to be an altogether pleasant experience. Usually it’s a blustery, puffy-chested affair with lawyers on both sides citing arcane copyright cases and threatening court proceedings as if the year were 1987 and Biz Markie had just released his first album on […]

SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS present their debut album “100 Days, 100 Nights” on Daptone Records …
Friday, October 12th, 2007 | Posted in News | Comments Off on SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS present their debut album “100 Days, 100 Nights” on Daptone Records …

Soul/Jazz/Funk

“POW WOW” – The new compilation from JAZZMAN Records …
Thursday, August 17th, 2006 | Posted in News | Comments Off on “POW WOW” – The new compilation from JAZZMAN Records …

Soul/Jazz/Funk

Various – Da’asa – The Haunting Sounds of Yemenite-Israeli F
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Da’asa – The Haunting Sounds of Yemenite-Israeli F

Image: 1615663 Da’saa – The Haunting Sound of Yemenite Israeli Funk 1974-1982. Fortuna Records deliver a stellar compilation of real-life magic created by immigrants from Yemen, in Tel Aviv, from the mid seventies to the early eighties. Ranging from extremely rare to previously unreleased, these tracks are a result of a unique scene which blended funk, soul, jazz & disco with traditional Yemenite rhythms & sounds.

It cannot get more obscure than this! Fortuna heads: Look out for an unreleased Tsvia Abarbanel from 1969!!! Glorious gatefold LP with a 14 page booklet telling the fascinating story of this movement, for the very first time!

Tracklisting
1. The Amranim – Shedemati
2. Tsvia Abarbanel – Im Nin’Alu
3. David Dor – Sapri Tama
4. Yehezkel Matari – Halachti Layam
5. Reuma Abas – Wa’ana Fda Leumi
6. Duo Tsafri – Eshmera Shabat
7. Aharon Amram – Ladema Eini
8. Lehakat Tzliley Ha’oud – Neimat Pop Oud
Available from 24.11.2017

Raja Zahr – Drums of Lebanon
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Raja Zahr – Drums of Lebanon

Fortuna Records have gone all out and reissued one of the most insane, far out records to have ever come out of Lebanon. Originally released in 1980 ,Raja Zahr’s “Drum Sequence” is a ‘get crazy’, experimental disco monster, utilizing Middle Eastern pe…

Aris San – Boumpam / Dam Dam
Thursday, January 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Aris San – Boumpam / Dam Dam

Fortuna Records reissues a double banger by Aris San, the absolute don of the ‘Greek Jaffa sound’. ‘Boom Pam’ was released in 1967 becoming an instant hit nation-wide. The track ignited the ‘Greek Craze’ which would dominate Israeli taverns for nearly…

Ihsan Al Munzer presents Belly Dance Disco – Jamileh / The Joy Of Lina (Farha)
Friday, March 27th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ihsan Al Munzer presents Belly Dance Disco – Jamileh / The Joy Of Lina (Farha)

Intense Belly Dance disco workout from Lebanon ! Fortuna Records deliver two absolute dancefloor killers by Lebanese maestro Ihsan Al Munzer taken from his 1979 album, descriptively named: ‘Belly Dance Disco’. Side A ‘Jamileh’, is a Moog filled, heavy…

Pure Pleasure – Dancin’ Prancin’ / By My Side
Friday, September 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pure Pleasure – Dancin’ Prancin’ / By My Side

Image: 1611861 The Soul7 label is back with bang with a double sided treasure from the early ’80s by a little known Detroit band called Pure Pleasure. DJs and dancers alike will love this full-sounding remastered 7″ repress! It’s hard to decide which of the two sides is better, the outstanding, uplifting “By My Side” is considered ‘the track’ – but don’t dismiss the flip! Co-written and sung by Barbara Love, ‘By My Side’ is a super charged mid-tempo vocal dancefloor fave that’s a blinder from the start with driven, tight horn and bass stabs swinging into a stunning two step soul track with the perfect beat. It,’s as wonderful on first hearing today as it was back in 1981. ‘I remember heading down to Indianapolis to cut this record. We had a lot of fun’ Barbara told us recently, ‘I don’t know why we went all the way down there, it was all over in a day’.

On the flip “Dancin & Prancin”, a true dancer from the off, disco jazz funk bass groove and a top class vocal from Tony D. Perfect sounding for today’s modern soul clubs – it even includes a nice b-boy disco drum break!

The band members all went to the same school in Detroit back in the late ’60s. Upon leaving school the boys started a band called The Soulful Sonics in the early ’70s. Barbara used to gig with them on occasion but nothing was ever recorded. The band changed their name to Pure Pleasure in the mid ’70s and in 1979 they asked Barbara to join. Around June 1980 ‘By My Side’ had been written and the group were finally readly to release a 45 on their own label. QC Records was born – it stood for “Quick Cash”!

Unfortunately, like many bands after their first release, tensions arose which caused a breakup. In this case it was disruption within the band due to Barbara getting the lion’s share of credit and attention. But years late Pure Pleasure is back together doing gigs and rockin’ the crowds, and this 45 lets the music live on.

Tracklisting
1 Dancin’ Prancin’
2 By My Side Available from 15.09.2017

Hank Carbo – Fox in a Mini Skirt / Bad Luck
Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hank Carbo – Fox in a Mini Skirt / Bad Luck

Image: 1610974 It’s time for another 7″ foot-stomping bonanza from Rocafort Records, digging deep into the rich New Orleans repertoire of the Carbo family. All brothers were heavily involved in the 60s Crescent City funk scene, so tight and ‘on the one’ that it’s easy to understand why Hank suspects a bit of plagiarism from the Godfather himself.

“Fox in a mini skirt” is slice of soulful cheek and attitude, based on foxy beauty who once slunk across the dance floor at one of his gigs. Popular on the Northern Soul scene, it matches vocal urgency with a driving beat fuelled along by manic drums, guitars and horns. The irresistible background hey hey hey’s and funky funky broadway’s make it instantly memorable and immediately danceable.

“Bad Luck” (not to be confused with the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes classic) is a slower paced funk stinker, screaming out JB horns and wah wah guitars à la ‘Ain’t it funky now’. In keeping with the depth of New Orleans songwriting, the lyrics are worth a listen and reveal a heartfelt plea “If it weren’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all”. In fact, the whole song is based on a spell of unfortunate circumstances involving Hank’s sideswiped new car and an erroneous warrant for his arrest. However, the only real crime committed here is that at 2’22”, this track is shockingly over too soon!

Tracklisting
1 Fox in a Mini Skirt (feat. Claude Carbo)
2 Bad Luck Available from 11.08.2017

Kool G Rap – Return Of The Don
Friday, July 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kool G Rap – Return Of The Don

Image: 1610196 This summer, Kool G Rap will release his new solo album, Return Of The Don, which is entirely produced by MoSS and features a veritable who’s who list of new and familiar spitters, Freeway, Noreaga, Cormega, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, Saigon, Termanology, Fame, KXNG Crooked, Conway The Machine & Westside Gunn (the newest signees to Eminem’s Shady Records) and the late Sean Price.

“Rest in peace to Sean Price who I was fortunate enough to record with” G Rap commented. “What motivates me to get in the studio is really being in that creative zone that you cannot just enter on demand” G Rap stated. “It is more like an extremely powerful vibe that overcomes you. It’s triggered by hearing a particular track, or being inspired by another artist, or, a life experience that makes your mind and heart open up and lyrics just pour from your soul in the capacity of an avalanche. That’s what The Return Of The Don represents, an amalgamation of past, present and future and a tribute to some of my most favorite spitters worldwide, this is my salute to those artists.”

Canadian born (and a Toronto resident), MoSS’ production credits are instantly recognizable and have resulted in over 2 million record sales worldwide. Ghostface Killah’s smash hit “Kilos”, Raekwon’s ”Have Mercy”, Obie Trice’s entire Special Reserve album and most recently his debut producer album, Marching To The Sound Of My Own Drum, which featured appearances from Joe Budden, DJ Premier, AZ, Joell Ortiz, Sean Price, Jon Connor, Skyzoo, Inspectah Deck, Havoc, Slum Village and others.

MoSS reflected on the creative journey that would become Return Of The Don. “G Rap and I have worked together a few times over the years and we reconnected and started recording songs that ended up being the foundation to The Return Of The Don. The album kind of took on a life of its own.”

1. Return Of The Don
2. Mack Lean feat. Fred The Godson + AG Da Coroner
3. Criminal Outfit feat. N.O.R.E
4. Wise Guys feat. Fame (M.O.P.) & Freeway
5. Out For That Life feat. Raekwon
6. Times Up
7. Capitol Hill feat. Manolo Rose, Sheek Louch & Cormega
8. Running feat. Termanology & Saigon
9. World Is Mine feat. Crooked I, Willie The Kid & Pearl Gates
10. Popped Off feat. Sean Price & Ransom
11. Rest In Peace feat. Conway The Machine + Westside Gunn Available from 25.08.2017

Joey Negro Presents – Produced With Love
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joey Negro Presents – Produced With Love

Image: 1609975 Produced With Love is the extraordinary new album from UK legend Joey Negro: a buoyant, life-affirming, disco-inspired album that offers welcome relief from the grey-faced march of modern club music.

TRACKLISTING

Record One
A1 Must Be The Music (The Original Disco Version)
A2 In Search of The Dream feat. Angela Johnson
B1 Overnight Sensation feat. Diane Charlemagne
B2 Everything feat. Lifford
B3 Into The Blue feat. Alex Mills
Record Two
C1 It’s More Fun To Compute
C2 Stomp Your Feet
D1 Won’t Let Go feat. Linda Clifford
D2 Prove That You’re Feeling Me feat. Diane Charlemagne
D3 Anyway feat. Melba Moore
Record Three
E1 The O’Jays – Message In Our Music (Joey Negro Remix)
F1 The Fatback Band – Spanish Hustle (Joey Negro Remix)

“I was 13 when I first heard “Boogie Nights” by Heatwave on a children’s TV show called Multicoloured
SwapShop and it started a love affair with disco music that has lasted all my life. There’s so much to love in
disco. 40 years later I still hear plenty of sample tracks based around disco records but what I don’t come
across much of is actual original new material made to the disco blueprint.” – Joey Negro
It’s hard to find enough superlatives to describe just how influential and prolific Dave Lee, aka Joey Negro, has
been over the last three decades. One of music’s major proponents of soulful, disco-tinged, vocal records and
without question instrumental is its development and popularisation, no-one treats a loop, groove or hook with
as much care and attention as Joey Negro.
Whether you realise it or not, Joey Negro productions have more than likely been soundtracking your life.
Throughout the 90s and 00s right up until today, he has produced an astonishing number of records and
remixes under various names and for some of the world’s biggest and greatest artists. Grace Jones, Diana
Ross, Deep Dish, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, Tears For Fears, Ultra Nate, Masters At Work, Roy Ayers, Blaze,
Roger Sanchez: across both underground and pop music, the list goes on, contributing to one of the most
impressive discographies in music, irrespective of genre.
Throughout his career, disco has been a key ingredient of the Joey Negro sound, and alongside the likes of
Nile Rodgers, Daft Punk, Jamiroquai and Dimitri From Paris, he’s one of the few artists to have been keeping
the disco fire burning.
Produced With Love is only the second ever Joey Negro album to be released, and the first for more than 20
years. And as the electronic music scene threatens to be overrun with faceless, bland and forgettable
productions, Produced With Love proves that dance music with character still exists. And rather than rely on
sampling older records, the overwhelming majority of music is newly recorded: a real rarity when it comes to
modern disco and indicative of the level of detail involved in the project.
During his career, Joey Negro has helmed a staggering number of acclaimed compilations and remix albums,
including Defected’s In The House and House Masters series, Remixed With Love, Disco Not Disco and Kings of
House: a haul not very few producers can lay claim to. Most recently, last year’s Electro compilation was
incredibly well-received, while Remixed With Love 2 – which included exclusive reworks of Robert Palmer,
Grace Jones and Christopher Cross all from the original master tapes – proved that JN’s powers were as sharp
as ever, with the collection going on to be Traxsource’s best-selling of 2016, reaching top 30 on iTunes album
chart, and also being named DJ Mag’s compilation of the year.

And so, back to the small matter of Produced With Love. Album opener ‘Prove That You’re Feeling Me feat.
Diane Charlemagne’ is without question one of the catchiest and most urgent disco records produced in the
last decade. Evoking the great Nile Rogers and Chic at their funkiest, it trips along on an exquisite bassline with
orchestral strings and Charlemagne’s vocal lending the record a truly timeless quality.
“Unfortunately between starting and finishing the project the supremely talented Diane Charlemagne, the
singer/songwriter who I co-wrote many songs with over last 10 years very sadly passed away. We had a great
working relationship, which was both fun and honest. Most of my final collaborations with Diane, ‘Overnight
Sensation’, ‘Prove That You’re Feeling Me’ and the partly re-written remake of ‘Must Be The Music’ are on this
album.” – Joey Negro
R&B and house music mainstay Linda Clifford narrates on ‘Won’t Let Go’, a deep house cut that celebrates
musical escapism, whilst ‘It’s More Fun To Compute’ – an unlikely cover – is a fully orchestrated disco rework of
Dusseldorf’s finest.
Further highlights include a completely remade ‘Must Be The Music’ (one of Joey Negro’s best-known records),
which is utterly transformed from its previous incarnation, whilst things get both dubby and jazzy on the Arthur
Russell-evoking ‘Distorting Space Time’.
Available from 02.06.2017

Joey Negro Presents – Electro
Friday, January 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joey Negro Presents – Electro

Image: 1607667 Z Records are back in the funk hot-seat, but this time Joey Negro presents a snapshot of the edgier, robotic sounds of the emerging early 80s Electro scene

Record One
A1 Hashim – Al Naafiysh (The Soul)
A2 Aleem – Release Yourself (Dub)
B1 Kosmic Light Force – Mysterious Waves
B2 Paul Hardcastle – Rain Forest

Record Two
C1 The Russell Brothers – The Party Scene
C2 Dwayne Omarr – This Party’s Jam Packed
D1 G-Force – Feel The Force
D2 Tyrone Brunson – The Smurf

2016 was another strong year for ZR as it continued its commitment to high quality compilation releases with Joey
Negro’s hugely successful Remixed With Love Vol.2 album topping charts everywhere and receiving across the
board DJ and Radio support. There was also the 5th instalment of the ever-popular Under The Influence series which
saw long time ZR album co-compiler Sean P select some of his long held secret weapons.
For 2017 Z Records will be back in the funk hot-seat, but this time Joey Negro presents a snapshot of the edgier,
robotic sounds of the emerging early 80s Electro scene. From stone-cold classics such as Hashim’s ‘Al Naafiysh (The
Soul)’, Tyrone Brunson’s ‘The Smurf’ and Key-Matic’s ‘Breakin’ In Space’ to revered party anthem’s such as
Aleem’s ‘Release Yourself (Dub)’, Two Sisters ‘High Noon (Part 2)’ and Dwayne Omarr’s ‘This Party’s Jam Packed’ to
electro oddities like Paul Hardcastle’s ‘Rain Forest’ and The Packman’s ‘I’m The Packman’ we get a genuine labour of
love and a timely reminder of the raw drum machine sounds that were soon to define the beginning of the house
and techno scenes we have today.
The album features extensive sleeves notes written by early electro pioneer and DJ Greg Wilson who remembers the
time as, “during the early-mid ‘80s electro-funk became the dominant force on the UK’s black music scene. With the
previous era’s jazz-funk movement running out of steam the way was clear for this new technological direction to
sweep out the old and announce a new wave of dance music with a distinctive futuristic edge.”
People maybe associate Dave Lee (Joey Negro) with disco, funk and boogie more than electro but the truth is, he is
a music fan first and foremost. Back in 82/83/84 Dave was fanatical about this futuristic new style of dance music
called electro. Although at the time this new sound remained very divisive within the soul and jazz-funk scenes, he
liked both Lonnie Liston Smith and Man Parrish.
As Dave recalls in his own album sleeve notes: “I can see why the soul boys hated electro as it lacked the soaring
vocals, intricate orchestration and polished organic production of jazz funk. Unfortunately for the purists by the mid
80s all dance music had become more electronic with the likes of Roland introducing powerful drum machines and
affordable synthesizers, not to mention the onset of early samplers. Many straight up soul boogie records got electrofied, complete with rapped sections and scratching – not to say it was an improvement, just stating a fact.”
Anyway this isn’t THE definitive electro album, it’s some of Joey Negro’s favourites, plus a few lesser-known and
collectable cuts. However that being said we do think it’s one of the best electro comps ever released! Available from 17.02.2017

Strange – You / Space V
Saturday, November 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Strange – You / Space V

Image: 1607417 Two previously unreleased tracks from the outsider disco outfit – Strange! Christopher Spraggins & The Strange Band out of Rochester, N.Y released a total of one record. . A spaced out druggy disco band that had a hint of Rick James with a deeper trippier vibe that’s truly unique, reproduced for you here for the first time since 1978. The band was introduced to the world by Cleveland Unlimited Records who still exist to this day, unfortunately as these things go, the record failed to gain sales needed to justify further but a whole LP was recorded, here we bring you the best tracks from that unreleased LP on your favourite format.

Tracklisting
1 You
2 Space V Available from 09.12.2016

Strange – Madness / If Your so in Love
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Strange – Madness / If Your so in Love

Image: 1606502 Christopher Spraggins & The Strange Band out of Rochester, N.Y released a total of one record. . A spaced out druggy disco band that had a hint of Rick James with a deeper trippier vibe that’s truly unique, reproduced for you here for the first time since 1978. The band was introduced to the world by Cleveland Unlimited Records who still exist to this day, unfortunately as these things go, the record failed to gain sales needed to justify further releases despite there being more recordings. Some of said recording are on the way, don’t sleep as per.

Tracklisting
1 Madness
2 If Your so in Love Available from 30.09.2016

Ganimian & His Oriental Music – Come With Me To The Casbah
Thursday, June 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ganimian & His Oriental Music – Come With Me To The Casbah

Image: 1604539 Oft overlooked for over half a century while misfiled amongst exploit bellydance records and holidaymaker souvenirs this one-off twelve track album is the only existing full-length record by the best-kept mutant musical secret of the Armenian American diaspora, oud pop maestro Charles ‘Chick’ Ganimian.One of the earliest examples of any kind of recorded fusion between rhythm heavy pop music and traditional Turkish music, Ganimian’s developments in New York City – with his sadly unrecorded turk jerk combo The Nor-Ikes (New Dawn) combo – ran almost simultaneously alongside the rising Anadolou Pop scene in Turkey, resulting in his short lived powerhouse of Kif proto-rock under the changing names of Ganim’s Asia Minors, Ganimian & His Orientals and Ganimian & His Oriental Music Orchestra. Combining a line-up of mostly unknown musicians from his local community (where he was worked as a butcher), Ganimian, in a short unison with ATCO records, was fortunate enough to accommodate jazz guitarist Al Schactman as part of his studio personnel (launching the career of this Nina Simone regular) as well as French born Armenian folk singer Onnik Dinkjian and reid player Steve Bogoshian (both from the band The House Of The Seven Uncles) as well as the esteemed Turkish raised Kanun player Ahmet Yatman. As one of the very few early American recorded authentic Middle Eastern fusion record Come With Me To The Casbah has piqued a refined interest in a new generation of progressive world music collector resulting in a distinct drought in original Ganimian pressings on the collectors’ market earning Chicks name a rising placeholder on the want lists of DJs, vinyl hounds and ethno psychedelia collectors.This LP includes all of Ganimians recordings including the rare singles for Atco and East West which sit awkwardly next to bizarre and unique takes on popular American standards enhancing the exciting freak factor of this record which simply could not be made by today’s stifling self-aware anti-standards. Aside from rare (poorly recorded) private family tapes this album is the only chance to hear the music of this lost enigma of early world music, Eastern fusion and a missing kink in the fabric of New York pop music history captured before his short stint as an exotic Herbie Mann sideman which proceeded his migration into obscurity and his well-imparted tragic struggle with alcohol dependency depriving pop culture of a forward thinking pioneer who paved the way for the more credible exponents of the cross-continental Indo fusion enigma such as John Berberian and the later well pruned hard rock efforts of The Devils Anvil.

Tracklist:

1. Oriental Jam
2. Over The Rainbow
3. The Whirling Dervish
4. Play Girl Play
5. Swingin’ The Blues
6. Daddy Lolo
7. My Funny Valentine
8. Come With Me To The Casbah
9. Hedy Lou
10. Hayastan Moods
11. Halvah
12. Nine-Eight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13Cr9SVQalw Available from 24.06.2016

Sidiku Buari – Anokwar (Truth)
Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sidiku Buari – Anokwar (Truth)

Image: 1604393 Ghanaian Afro funk and Boogie from Sidiku Buari is the focus of the next Soundway 12″.

On the A side a classic Ghana style afro funk cut recorded at Ghana Film Studios has a characteristic Lo-Fi sound led by George Amissah’s (Ebo Taylor, K. Frimpong, Uhuru Dance Band) trademark sax over a squelchy synth and drum groove.

This is backed on the flip by a boogie funk cut (Music) recoded in NYC in the early 80s with Fanti chants and soulful vocals from the big man himself. ‘Alhaji’ Sidiku Buari gained fame in the 70s in Ghana and the USA after moving to New York and recording an album (which featured the soul-jazz legend Bernard Purdie) for RCA that was one of the first mainstream afro-funk LPs ever to hit the market in the USA.

After two subsequent albums that produced some afro disco classics including the seminal “I’m Ready” he eventually returned to Ghana where he became the chairman of the Ghanaian Copyright Society (COSGA).

The two tracks are taken from an obscure 12″ release from 1983 that unfortunately had a pressing defect on “Anokwar”, so with some twiddling and editing Hide & Smile have restored it ready for some overdue dance-floor use once again.

https://soundcloud.com/soundway-records/01-anokwar-truth-hide-smile-re-edit
Available from 01.07.2016

Various – Hungarian Noir – A Tribute To The Gloomy Sunday
Friday, April 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Hungarian Noir – A Tribute To The Gloomy Sunday

Image: 1602314 It is the world’s deadliest song, a musical composition so lethal that merely to hear it hummed
may induce suicidal tendencies. It is “Gloomy Sunday”, public menace of such potentially
epidemic proportions the BBC was compelled to ban it for decades. Indeed, if contemporary
news reports and eyewitness accounts are to be believed, no other song comes close to it for
sheer morbidity.
“Helter Skelter”? The Manson murders were horrific, to be sure, but the role of the Beatles’
song in those tragic deaths was incidental at best, and in the end, seven lives were claimed,
the number of fragile souls, meanwhile, to have succumbed to the unrelenting lugubriousness
of “Gloomy Sunday” may number in the hundreds if not the thousands.
“Better By You, Better Than Me”? When played backwards, a US lawsuit alleged, this 1990
Judas Priest song prompts listeners to “do it” and commit suicide. But how deadly can a
song be which must be listened to backwards? “Gloomy Sunday’s” impact is direct and
instantaneous. One need only recall the story of the Roman shop boy who, hearing a beggar
hum it, handed the man his money and jumped from the nearest bridge. Hungarian pianist
and composer Reszo Seress wrote the original music and lyrics for Szomorú Vasárnap –
Gloomy Sunday – in 1933, while heartbroken over the break-up of a romance. Though local
publishers initially rejected the song as too despairing, a new version with less forlorn lyrics
by poet Laszlo Javor became an instant hit – and began claiming innocent lives almost
immediately.
The song’s first victim, it is said, was the woman for whom it was penned. In the wake of
its initial success, Seress’ ex-lover poisoned herself, leaving a suicide note of just two words:
“Gloomy Sunday.” Hers was but the beginning of a wave of “Gloomy Sunday” suicides that
ravaged Budapest in the 1930s. According to a US newspaper report from the time, “Budapest
police have branded the song ‘Gloomy Sunday’ public menace No. 1 and have asked all
musicians and orchestras to cooperate in suppressing it, dispatches said Today.”
No one was immune, the article claimed. “Men, women and children are among the victims.
Two people shot themselves while gypsies played the melancholy notes on violins. Some
killed themselves while listening to it on gramophone records in their homes. Two housemaids
cut their employers’ linens and paintings and then killed themselves after hearing the song
drifting up into the servant‘s hall from dinner parties.”
Seress was never prosecuted for the havoc his song unleashed (though fate may have caught
up with him in 1968, when he leapt to his own death), but he and Javor alone can hardly be
held responsible for “Gloomy Sunday’s” death toll. Like a plague, the song has spread, passed
along by some of the most reckless and reprobate “artists” of our times.
Paul Robeson introduced the English version in 1935. Billie Holiday immortalised it in 1941.
Björk, Ray Charles, Marianne Faithfull, Serge Gainsbourg, Diamanda Galas, Pyotr Leshchenko,
Kronos Quartett – this list of infamy goes on and on. And now we can add to it the
ultimate act of music industry callousness and irresponsibility – the release by Piranha
Records of a collection of 10 new versions of “Gloomy Sunday” from around the world,
plus the Billie Holiday masterpiece and the very Hungarian original for your digitally
remastered listening pleasure.
Go ahead, listen to it if you must. But don’t say you weren’t warned. And should you be
one of the fortunate ones to survive this ordeal, have the decency and good sense not
to recommend it to others. Piranha Records must not be rewarded for their cynicism
and betrayal of the public trust. Above all else, they must be discouraged from releasing
“Gloomy Sunday vol. II”, which our sources say is already in the works.

01 Vocal Sampling Gloomy Sunday
02 Wazimbo feat. Kakana Domingo Sombrio
03 Matuto Gloomy Sunday
04 Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco Triste Domingo Instr
05 Kayah Czarna Niedziela
06 GOG Feat. Pianola Travessia
07 Glenda Lopez Gloomy Sunday
08 Chango Spasiuk Triste Domingo Instr
09 Bambarabanda Triste Domingo
10 Cimbalomduó Szomorú Vasárnap Instr
11 Billie Hoaliday Gloomy Sunday 1941
12 Pál Kalmár Szomorú Vasárnap 1934

Selling Points
• worth telling unique story about the song
• 10 new versions of the welll known song Gloomy Sunday
• call for Proposals for new song versions from the Piranha Arts/WOMEX network
• variety of genres from a capella, hip-hop, instrumental, latin to pop
• artist from all over the world – Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Cuba, Hungary,
Mozambique, Poland and USA
• two remastered original versions from Billie Holiday and Pál Kalmár included
• famous participating artists with a wide reach of audience
• same-titled movie Gloomy Sunday – A Song of Love and Death (1999)
• part of an established CD series from Piranha Noir Available from 13.05.2016

Kon & Amir – Off Track – Volume One: The Bronx
Friday, March 18th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kon & Amir – Off Track – Volume One: The Bronx

Image: 503360 BBEYou can hear it in the songs of Amerie, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Mark Ronson and Timbaland. Even in this digital age, the beating heart of modern R&B and hip-hop is still vintage soul, funk and jazz. Whether it’s Winehouse sampling Motown’s finest or Timbaland hijacking Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman”, the sound of the sixties and seventies has never been so sought after.

Modern producers, searching for music of integrity, continue to scour dusty racks of records for inspiration. What Kon and Amir have done is make their lives easier. The first collection in the five part “Off Track” series, contains 28 superb songs that you’ve probably never heard of. From a disco tribute to Muhammad Ali to a slice of soulful South African jazz, this is music for the connoisseur. Just don’t be surprised when you hear it being sampled on the next big R&B anthem…

Like legendary treasure-hunters, Kon and Amir have spent the past twenty-five years excavating record bins finding gems to pierce ears with. Fortunately, everyone gets to share in the riches of their labor with the release of their latest offering The “Off Track” Series, Long forgotten musicians are now getting their proper dues and appreciative audiences are being turned on to some amazing music.

The Off Track series builds on the successes of their highly respected “On Track” series. Unlike the “On Track” series, which featured short snippets of samples and breaks, the Off Track double disc series features full versions of some the best and rarest audible gems in their entirety.

Available from 01.04.2016

Jesse Morgan – Jesse
Friday, March 4th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jesse Morgan – Jesse

Soul music fans all over the world may have never heard the name Jesse Morgan. Of course this has its reason. Although he was an original member of one of Hawaii’s most famous bands in the 1960s (“The Mopptops”), his solo career never materialized. Th…

Sach – Essential
Thursday, January 28th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sach – Essential

Image: 1601943 While G-funk dominated hip-hop airwaves through the 1990s, the
pulse of underground rap was maintained at the Good Life Café,
an open-mic workshop at the corner of Crenshaw & Exposition in
Los Angeles. After Freestyle Fellowship became the first Good Life
group to invade the national consciousness in 1991, a young duo
called THE NONCE were their heirs apparent, seemingly primed for
a breakthrough. Composed of Leimert Park natives Lance ‘Nouka
Basetype / Sach’ Caldwell and Yusef ‘Afloat’Muhammad, The Nonce
had already been rapping and recording together for years prior
to arriving at Good Life. The Nonce signed to Wild West Records
/ American and completed a record called ‘World Ultimate’ in 1995.
An early single called “Mix Tapes” emerged from the ‘World Ultimate’
sessions. With its dense percussion, rolling bass, spare horn
samples and deft turntable scratches, it’s emblematic of the sound
that would pervade the classic album. The song charts Sach and
Yusef’s growth from mixtape peddlers to artists. It also became The
Nonce’s stepping stone to a major label contract and a bonafide
west coast classic.
After ‘World Ultimate’, Sach and Yusef intended to push their musical
boundaries even further. Unfortunately for Yusef Afloat, the journey
ended at age 28. In 2000 his body was found beside the 110-Freeway.
In the years since Sach has maintained a prolific solo career, selfreleasing
nearly a dozen projects ranging from LPs to collaborations
and instrumental tapes.
Fast forward to 2016 and the forthcoming release of ‘ESSENTIAL
[HNR57] a remastered twelve-track “Best of” SACH compilation
album, serving as a re-introduction of Sach to a new generation of
hip-hop lovers, producers, beat makers & emcees. This extraordinary
musical document comes complete with cover artwork courtesy of
Augustine Kofie, the legendary photography of Eric Coleman, plus
illustrative and informative liner notes by luminary Carlos Nino,
and is available on limited-edition 12” tangerine colored vinyl (plus
Cassette tape (includes two non-LP bonus tracks “Heavenly Spit” &
“Robot on Ya”).

• Sach was one half of hip hop duo The Nonce
• Essential is a “best of” compilation serving as a reintroduction
to a new generation
• Liner notes by Carlos Nino
• Pressing is limited to 300 units on orange vinyl

Side A
1. BLACK EARTH: from
‘Suckas Hate Me’ (2002)
2. VOICE OF HIP-HOP: from
Sach 5th Ave’ (2004)
3. MIX TAPES: from The
Nonce ‘World Ultimate’
(1995)
4. ROSE: from ‘Only For The
Gifted & The Lifted’ (2006)
5. LET ‘EM: from ‘I’m From
Vermont Knolls’ (2014)
6. BRASS RUNG: from ‘Sach
5th Ave (2004)
Side B
1. MY BLUN (DEDICATED TO
NAUHI): from ‘Happy Verse
Day: Suite 2’ (2013)
2. HUMBLE!: from ‘Ignorance
My Enemy’ (2010)
3. FLAMBAY: from ‘I’m From
Vermont Knolls’ (2014)
4. I MIGHT: from ‘Only For
The Gifted & The Lifted’
(2006)
5. LOOK AT ME MEAN: from
‘Seven Days To Engineer’
(1998)
6. JOY: from ‘Sach 5th Ave’
(2004)
Cassette Bonus Tracks:
1. HEAVENLY SPIT: from
Grand Daddy Sach (2002)
1. ROBOT ON YA: from
Happy Verse Day: Suite 2
(2002) Available from 19.02.2016

Various – Rubble Kings (The Album) (Mass Appeal)
Friday, January 22nd, 2016 | Tags: ,
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The album is a soundtrack of music inspired by the movie Rubble Kings. Produced by longtime Run The Jewels collaborator Little Shalimar. Featuring Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Killer Mike, Run The Jewels, and many more.

CD MSAP0029CD
Release: 22-01-16
Various – Rubble Kings (The Album) (Deluxe Gatefold 2LP+MP3)
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Rubble Kings (The Album) (Deluxe Gatefold 2LP+MP3)

Image: 1601325 The album is a soundtrack of music inspired by the movie Rubble Kings and is out globally on digital and physical formats on January 15, 2016 via Mass Appeal Records. Produced by longtime Run The Jewels collaborator Little Shalimar, the album features appearances from Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Killer Mike, Tunde Adebimpe, Mr Muthaf*kin eXquire, Boldy James, Cuz Lightyear, Ka and Roxiny, in addition to Run The Jewels.
Scoring the film was the first time Little Shalimar set out to make period music. Half of the music on this album was taken directly from the score and is heavily indebted to ‘60s and ‘70s soul and funk music. For the new tunes Shalimar sampled joints from the score and created new beats out of them.
“The messages of hope and self-determination from the film are so applicable to modern times that we felt it was really important to include rappers and singers that young people check today. I’m in the fortunate position to work with a bunch of really great artists on a regular basis. I called on my friends and their friends to contribute vocals as project. I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.”
Both the CD and LP version include an iron-on patch of the Rubble Kings plus a download code for the Rubble Kings documentary.

1. War
2. Savage Habits
3. Warrior Thing feat. eXquire
4. Bouncy 3 feat. King Mono
5. The Revolution Might Be Televised
6. Delaney Card feat. Ka
7. Edge of the Edge (Instrumental)
8. Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite) feat. Run The Jewels
9. Partytime (Jitter Buggin)
10. Comes With The Territory
11. Same Damn Thang feat. Ghostface Killah, Boldy James & eXquire
12. The Piano District (Gentrification Boogie)
13. Phoenix feat. Roxiny & Tunde Adebimpe Available from 04.03.2016

Davide Squillace
Monday, November 30th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Born in Siena, raised in Naples, it took a trip to London for Davide to finally discover electronic music. Wooed by the mood and sound of the British scene, he returned to Naples flush with energy, excitement and a knowing that this new calling would consume him. Davide is not available for comment. He’s got […]

Spectrasoul
Monday, June 15th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Artists, Magazine | Comments Off on Spectrasoul

Since their emergence in 2006, SpectraSoul have carved a truly unique position, not only in Drum & Bass, but electronic music as a whole. Having released music on only the very finest and most respected labels in the scene, from Goldie’s legendary Metalheadz, to dBridge’s boundary breaking Exit Records, and Kasra’s ever progressive Critical Music, […]

SpectraSoul release their sophomore full-length album ‘The Mistress’
Monday, June 8th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on SpectraSoul release their sophomore full-length album ‘The Mistress’

Since their emergence in 2006, SpectraSoul have carved a truly unique position, not only in Drum & Bass, but electronic music as a whole. Having released music on only the very finest and most respected labels in the scene, from Goldie’s legendary Metalheadz, to dBridge’s boundary breaking Exit Records, and Kasra’s ever progressive Critical Music, […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACKLIST LP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACKLIST LP

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

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

Various – Tel Aviv Consortium Vol.1 (ft. Kutiman, Rejoicer)
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Tel Aviv Consortium Vol.1 (ft. Kutiman, Rejoicer)

Tel Aviv Consortium Vol.1 – A sample of the Tel Aviv sound in this day and age. Cutting edge electronics that come from the boiling hot (under) ground of the middle east in 2014. This E.P was made as part of the PUMA LOVES VINYL project – a collaborat…

Basso Valdambrini Quintet – Fonit H602 – H603 (Deluxe Edition 2LP+CD)
Friday, October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Basso Valdambrini Quintet – Fonit H602 – H603 (Deluxe Edition 2LP+CD)

Image: 1592891 “Two obscure albums by Basso Valdambrini Quintet originally released for TV and Radio Shows on Usignolo Series by Fonit Cetra. Now available for the Basso-Valdambrini’s lovers.”

We might shout “Long live CD!” when we look at the reissue you hold in your hands. But don’t forget that the staff of Schema Records have also generously provided us with a vinyl version. “Long live CD!” might sound odd at a time when the age of the CD seems to be all but over. Yet the compact disc remains the most democratic format: not as elitist as the beautiful old 33 rpm record, which today is unfortunately absent from many home hi-fi systems – and above all, not as ephemeral as the digital download format that seems so much in fashion today. To some listeners the phonograph record is still important: it’s associated with care, attention, concentration. Like going to the cinema, compared to watching a movie on the screen of a PC, another habit particularly in vogue today. Is it really comparable to walking into a cinema, switching off the mobile and being captivated by a story, as you empathise or identify yourself with an actor? Yes, the same is true of listening to music, whether you’re a fanatic or a casual devotee: reverently handling the record case, admiring the packaging, browsing the booklet and probing the details of archive photos… and maybe reading these few introductory notes. These are all aspects that, even if they can’t equal the experience of listening, can surely enrich it. At least for the help they provide in putting the listener in the right frame of mind. The iPod is definitely a beautiful thing, but perhaps is most suited to being attached to joggers’ arms. Here, the choice is up to you: Schema Records has made these recordings available both as utilitarian CDs and beguiling vinyl.

Why this sociological introduction for the reissues of two Italian jazz records of the early seventies? Because fate decided that these recordings of the Gianni Basso and Oscar Valdambrini Quintet (cryptically entitled H602 and H603 respectively) were born under a bad sign and were to be considered second-class recordings by music professionals, and sometimes by the musicians themselves. Fading into oblivion and unappreciated, these records then reappeared as objects of worship, highly sought-after by avid collectors. Desired, exchanged or sold for astronomical sums. In fact, these two discs by the “Basso-Valdambrini Quintet” – the name by which one of the longest lived and most prolific Italian jazz combos was known to aficionados – originated as library music. A humble term, but one that indicates music recorded to accompany radio and later television shows, to act as jingles or simply provide musical interludes. They all date from December 1970. These records had no commercial release and weren’t available in stores. That’s one of the reasons why they were viewed with some disdain. Yet they were important for allowing musicians to earn a living, especially among what Franco D’Andrea, remembering his early years, calls «the first [Italian] generation to realise, despite all the obstacles, that being a Jazz musician could be a profession». And even more, these records were a way to spread Jazz beyond the small Jazz clubs and to ensure that, while hardly realising it, more people became acquainted with this music. It reached a wide audience as a background for various forms of popular entertainment.

2LP + CD
H602: A1 Mick B1 Corton A2 Valba B2 Invertime A3 Plinius B3 El Gato A4 Maglione B4 Local Times A5 Muy B5 From Me
H603: C1 Gum D1 The Jolly C2 Gold Mine D2 E’ Molto Facile C3 Glaucus D3 Mercury C4 Pick Up D4 Costa Dell’Ovest C5 Washington Bridge D5 Transistor

Personnel:
Gianni Basso – tenor sax, clarinet
Oscar Valdambrini – trumpet
Ettore Righello – piano
Giorgio Azzolini – bass
Lionello Bionda – drums

H602 recorded in Milan 11/12/1970
H603 recorded in Milan 16/12/1970
Informations taken from dictionary of
Italian Jazz Personnell Available from 21.11.2014

Ellen Allien
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Wherever you find Ellen Allien, you find movement. Born in Berlin, living and working in Berlin and Ibiza, one of the planet’s most dynamic party scenes, her artistic home stands for one thing above all: freedom, in every aspect. Since 1999 she has managed the label BPitch Control in Berlin, as well as the fashion […]

Pan-Pot
Monday, July 7th, 2014 | Tags: , , ,
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A ‘pan-pot’ is a simple, functional dial that governs the left and right axis of the stereo field, useful but unremarkable; mobilee’s Pan-Pot is an entirely different proposition, a duo whose mastery of audio principles allows them to turn conventions on their heads, casting functionality aside as they plumb the deep, uncharted depths of pitch-black […]

Kalbata & Mixmonster – Congo Beat The Drum
Friday, May 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kalbata & Mixmonster – Congo Beat The Drum

Image: 1588072 Freestyle Records begrüßen Kalbata & Mixmonster und ihr umwerfendes neues Album “Congo Beat The Drum” an Bord, ein 100% analoges Dub-Album im Geiste King Tubbys und der frühen Dancehall-Ära der späten 70er und frühen 80er. Techno- und 2-Step-Produzent Kalbata hat bereits auf Labels wie Soul Jazz, Brownswood und Greenmoney veröffentlicht. Große Beachtung fanden auch seine Remixe für Künstler wie Fat Freddy’s Drop, Spank Rock, The Count & Sinden und Roll Deep. Darüber hinaus kollaborierte er mit Warrior Queen und betreibt außerdem die Reissue-Labels Fortuna und Spring Hill Records. Mixmonster ist Kopf der Funk-Band The Apples sowie Mitglied des Cut-N-Paste-Duos Radiotrip. Available from 25.04.2014

Ellen Allien
Monday, October 14th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Charts, Magazine | Comments Off on Ellen Allien

Wherever you find Ellen Allien, you find movement. Hailing from Berlin, one of the planet’s most dynamic party scenes, her artistic home stands for one thing above all: freedom, in every aspect. DJ, musician, label manager and businesswoman, fashion designer and creative all-rounder – Ellen Allien has carved out her own space in all these […]

Erol Alkan
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Charts, Magazine | Comments Off on Erol Alkan

At the end of 2006, Erol Alkan was at a crossroads. He’d been voted DJ of the year by Mixmag. He’d made landmark, expectation-defying remixes for bands he loved: a crunching “glam racket” reworking of ‘Do You Want To’ for Franz Ferdinand, a wonderfully wistful reinterpretation of Hop Chip’s ‘Boy From School’, a psychedelic take […]

Erol Alkan
Monday, November 5th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Charts, Magazine | Comments Off on Erol Alkan

At the end of 2006, Erol Alkan was at a crossroads. He’d been voted DJ of the year by Mixmag. He’d made landmark, expectation-defying remixes for bands he loved: a crunching “glam racket” reworking of ‘Do You Want To’ for Franz Ferdinand, a wonderfully wistful reinterpretation of Hop Chip’s ‘Boy From School’, a psychedelic take […]

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