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Various – 5oFoF: Five Years of Friends of Friends
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – 5oFoF: Five Years of Friends of Friends

Available from 07.11.2014

S-Tone Inc. With Toco & Friends – Onda
Friday, October 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on S-Tone Inc. With Toco & Friends – Onda

Image: 1615746 Das neue S-Tone Inc. Album “Onda” vereint acht Jahre nach “Moon in Libra” die Partnerschaft zwischen Stefano Tirone und seinem langjährigen Freund und Mitarbeiter Tomaz Di Cunto aka Toco. “Onda” beinhaltet stark von Herzen getragene Black Rio-inspirierte Tracks, die von groovigem brasilianischen Soul-Funk bis hin zu sanften, souligen Chill-Momenten reichen, die mit verdienten (Laura Fedele, Manuela Ravaglioli) und neuen (Barro, Qinho, dem 4Maré Quartett) Vokalisten ein sehr persönliches und originelles Album entstehen lassen. Available from 08.12.2017

SJOB Movement – Friendship Train
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on SJOB Movement – Friendship Train

Image: 1608613 SJOB Movements “Friendship Train” war das zweite Album der Afrobeat Band aus Nigeria aus dem Jahr 1976. Das Album erscheint nun mit Bonustracks auf dem exquisiten Bostoner Cultures Of Soul Label mit Hilfe des renommierten Musikhistorikers Uchenna Ikonne, der schon auf Soundway, Now Again und seinem eigenen Comb & Razor Label hochwertige Reissues veröffentlichte und auch hier wieder mit seinen umfassenden Liner Notes für den nötigen Kontext sorgt. Available from 17.03.2017

Skatalites & Friends – Skatalites & Friends At Randy’s
Friday, January 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Skatalites & Friends – Skatalites & Friends At Randy’s

Image: 462320 “Skatalites & Friends At Randy’s” wurde mit dem Gütesiegel “Essential” vom Rough Guide To Reggae ausgezeichnet!

A great selection of tracks produced by Vincent “Randy” Chin in the first heyday of Ska the early 60ies, the independent time of Jamaica. Featured are six of Skatalites original instrumentals and six solo outings by associated band members Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Rico Rodriguez, Baba Brooks and Charles “Organaire” Cameron. Additionally the Skatalites (aka Randy’s All Stars) are the backing band for finest tunes by the singers Alton Ellis, Basil Gabbidon, the vocal duos of John & Alton (aka John Holt & Alton Ellis), Ken & Stranger (aka Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole) and the trio of The Maytals.

“Skatalites & Friends At Randy’s” has 20 tracks on CD which comes along with a 6-panel leporello booklet with linernotes by reggae expert Steve Barrow and 16 selected tracks on LP-Vinyl. The line up is Bass: Lloyd Brevett, Lloyd Mason, Drums: Lloyd Knibbs, Arkland “Drumbago” Parks, Guitar: Harold McKenzie, Ernest Ranglin, Jerry Hines, Alto Saxophone: Lester Sterling, Karl Bryan, Tenor Saxophone: Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Dennis Campbell, Stanley Ribbs, Trombone: Don Drummond, Rico Rodriguez, Trumpet: Baba Brooks, Raymond Harper, Dizzy Moore, Bobby Ellis, Piano: Jackie Mittoo, Gladdy Anderson, Organ/Harmonica: Charlie “Organaire” Cameron. All tracks were recorded at Federal Records Studio with Graeme Goodall as engineer who was also the co-founder of Island Records with Chris Blackwell.

CD
1. Skatalites – Black Joe
2. John & Alton – Rum Bumper’s
3. Don Drummond – Machine Shop
4. Maytals – John & James
5. Skatalites – Baby Elephant Walk
6. Ken & Stranger – Home Home Home
7. Skatalites – Malcolm X
8. Alton Ellis – Mouth A Massy
9. Baba Brooks – Portrait Of My Love
10. Randy’s All Stars – Fast Mouth
11. Don Drummond – A Way From It All
12. Alton Ellis – Ska Beat
13. Skatalites – Hello Mother
14. Maytals – Lost Penny *
15. Skatalites – Collie Bud
16. Basil Gabbidon – Goodbye Pretty Darling
17. Charlie Organaire – Royal Charlie
18. Roland Alphonso – Blow Roland Blow
19. Rico Rodriques – Rico Farewell
20. Basi Gabbidon – Going Back To JA

LP-Vinyl
Side One
A1. Skatalites – Black Joe
A2. John & Alton – Rum Bumper’s
A3. Don Drummond – Machine Shop
A4. Maytals – John & James
A5. Skatalites – Baby Elephant Walk
A6. Ken & Stranger – Home Home Home
A7. Skatalites – Malcolm X
A8. Alton Ellis – Mouth A Massy
Side Two
B1. Baba Brooks – Portrait Of My Love
B2. Randy’s All Stars – Fast Mouth
B3. Don Drummond – A Way From It All
B4. Alton Ellis – Ska Beat
B5. Skatalites – Hello Mother
B6. Skatalites – Collie Bud
B7. Basil Gabbidon – Goodbye Pretty Darling
B8. Roland Alphonso – Blow Roland Blow

Musicians Line-Up
BASS: Lloyd Brevett, Lloyd Mason
DRUMS: Lloyd Knibbs, Drumbago
GUITAR: Harold McKenzie, Ernest Ranglin, Jerry Hines
ALTO SAX: Lester Sterling, Karl Bryan
TENOR SAX: Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Dennis Campbell, Stanley Ribbs
TROMBONE: Don Drummond, Rico Rodriguez
TRUMPET: Baba Brooks, Raymond Harper, Dizzy Moore, Bobby Ellis
PIANO: Jackie Mittoo, Gladdy
ORGAN/HARMONICA: Charlie “Organaire” Cameron Available from 24.02.2017

Hans Koller & Friends – Big Sound Koller
Friday, September 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hans Koller & Friends – Big Sound Koller

Image: 1605943 Neues und einzigartiges Material von einem der wichtigsten europäischen Nachkriegs-Jazz-Musiker, Tenor-Saxophonist Hans Koller und sein “Big Sound”, live in Hamburg 1961. Neben seinem klassischen Quartett lud Koller sechs Blechbläser ein, die seine Arrangements noch bunter und klangvoller klingen ließen. Großartiger Modern Jazz, erstmals veröffentlicht, mit Ack van Rooyen, Rudi Flierl, Klaus Mitschele, Rolf Schneebiegl und Karlhanns Berger am Piano, einschließlich unbekannter Kompositionen von Koller, Berger und Hans Hammerschmid. “Big Sound Koller war ein großes Ereignis. Ehrlichkeit, Geradlinigkeit und musikalische Phantasie waren an jenem Abend Merkmale aller Soli.” – Jazz Podium Magazin, 1961 Available from 21.10.2016

Dr. Dundiff & Friends – Dr. Dundiff & Friends (Colored Vinyl)
Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dr. Dundiff & Friends – Dr. Dundiff & Friends (Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1605132 If you are a fan of diverse production from Dr. Dundiff, then this is must
have for your collection! This album falls on the year anniversary of
the Dr. Dundiff & Friends 2015 Forecastle performance. Immediately
after the performance last year, Dr. Dundiff and all of his friends
spent 5 full days of recording the whole Forecastle performance.
Dr. Dundiff & Friends have captured the exact same show with the
same live element, brought by the same musicians. This album
has an 11-piece band, 14 rappers and a special cypher featuring
everyone on the record plus a guest appearance from Jim James of
My Morning Jacket.
Each record comes with a digital download card. Artwork by Ian
Klarer and Alyx McClain. Purchasing the album online or the
physical record will give you the bonus track “Mission” feat. Kogan
Dumb, Touch A.C. and Nightmare the Rusty Robot.

• Dr. Dundiff 1st vinyl release with his band
• 11-piece band as well as 14 emcees and a guest appearance by Jim James of My Morning Jacket.
• The cover was drawn by Ian Klarer, known for his artwork for “Run The Jewels”

1. No Comment – Shadowpact
2. Hot Summer Nights – Rmllw2llz
3. 5-0 – Jack Harlow
4. Her+Art – Kogan Dumb
5. Hoodrat Things – Skyscraper Stereo
6. Bucket – Jalin Roze
7. Dreams – Dr. Dundiff
8. The Valley Of One Thousand Doubts -Touch A.C.
9. Tower – Skull Avalanche
10. Hoes Pray – Dr. Dundiff
11. State Of The Art Remix feat. Jim James Available from 12.08.2016

Twilight Circus – Why Can’t We Be Friends
Thursday, July 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Twilight Circus – Why Can’t We Be Friends

Image: 1605057 Dub & reggae project of Ryan Moore, former bassist & drummer of the Legendary Pink Dots. The vocals w/ Big Youth were done at Steven Stanley Studio in Kingston JA, during sessions which got derailed due to the arrival of hurricane Dennis in 2005.

A. Why Cant We Be Friends
B. Why Cant We Be Dub Available from 22.07.2016

Carlos Nino & Friends – Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening
Saturday, March 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Carlos Nino & Friends – Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening

Image: 1603200 Influential & prolific Los Angeles artist, DJ, producer, composer, and poet Carlos Niño crafts his Space Collage Hybrid Music master opus.
Flutes, Echoes, It’s all happening! is the fourth in a series of highly collaborative records by Carlos Niño & Friends. Featuring: Iasos, Luis Pérez Ixoneztli, Madlib, Miguel Atwood- Ferguson, Kamasi Washington, Dexter Story, and more! Comes with a tip-on jacket and a printed insert!

1. Jupiter Sings (featuring Iasos)
2. Metamaravilla (featuring Luis Pérez Ixoneztli and Christopher Garcia, with Strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
3. It’s all happening! (featuring Madlib, Jamire Williams and Dexter Story, with Strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
4. Calimayan (featuring Nate Morgan and Yaakov Levy)
5. Alice’s Chord – Live (featuring Yaakov Levy and Dexter Story)
6. Joyous Gratitude – Live (featuring The Cosmic Band and Kamasi Washington)
7. Delightfulllll / Waterfall (featuring Iasos)
8. 4 Directions Collage (with Strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
9. Aetheriaztlan (featuring Turn On The Sunlight and Aztlan Unearthed)

*All songs produced and mixed by Carlos Niño

Available from 22.04.2016

Oscar Pettiford & Friends live in Hamburg 1958
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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The great bassist Oscar Pettiford live in Hamburg 1958, second chapter. Fine mélange of modern mainstream, cool jazz and hard bop, with Jimmy Pratt (dr), Hans Koller (ts), Dusko Goykovich (tp), Michel Hausser (vib), Attila Zoller (g), Roger Guerin (tp) and Armin Rusch (p), heard here in a second previously unknown Pettiford session from Germany. […]

Oscar Pettiford & Friends – Blues In My Mind
Monday, October 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Oscar Pettiford & Friends – Blues In My Mind

Image: 1600273 Der große Bassist Oscar Pettiford live in Hamburg 1958, zweites Kapitel: Feine Melange aus Modern Mainstream, Cool Jazz und Hard Bop mit Jimmy Pratt (drums), Hans Koller (tenor saxophone & clarinet), Dusko Goykovich (trumpet), Michel Hausser (vibraphone), Attila Zoller (guitar), Roger Guerin (trumpet) und Armin Rusch (piano), zu hören in einer zweiten zuvor unbekannten Pettiford-Session aus Deutschland. Sorgfältig gemastered für Longplay-CD und 2LP Vinyl-Set (Klappcover), kommt mit exklusiven Künstlerfotos aus Hamburg 1958 von Susanne Schapowalow und neuen Liner Notes von Arne Reimer, einschließlich persönlicher Erinnerungen von Goykovich und Hausser. Pettifords beste aufgezeichnete Live-Performance aus der europäischen Jazzszene in hervorragender Klangqualität! Aufgenommen am 22. Dezember 1958 in Hamburg im Studio 10, produziert von Hans Gertberg. Available from 20.11.2015

Oscar Pettiford & Friends – Blues In My Mind (2LP / Gatefold)
Monday, October 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Oscar Pettiford & Friends – Blues In My Mind (2LP / Gatefold)

Image: 1600274 The great bassist Oscar Pettiford live in Hamburg 1958, second chapter. Fine mélange of modern mainstream, cool jazz and hard bop, with Jimmy Pratt (dr), Hans Koller (ts), Dusko Goykovich (tp), Michel Hausser (vib), Attila Zoller (g), Roger Guerin (tp) and Armin Rusch (p), heard here in a second previously unknown Pettiford session from Germany. Comes as carefully mastered longplay CD and 2-LP vinyl set (gatefold), including photos of the event by Susanne Schapowalow and new liner notes by Arne Reimer, with Goykovich and Hausser sharing their memories of the time. Certainly Pettiford`s best recorded live performance on the European jazz scene in excellent sound quality!

Recorded December 22, 1958 in Hamburg at Studio 10, produced by Hans Gertberg.

Oscar Pettiford (bass), Jimmy Pratt (drums), Hans Koller (tenor saxophone & clarinet),
Dusko Goykovich (trumpet), Attila Zoller (guitar), Michel Hausser (vibraphone),
Roger Guerin (trumpet), Armin Rusch Piano)

Oscar Pettiford, born September 30th, 1922 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, grew up in a musical family with ten siblings. When he was 14, Duke Ellington heard him play the bass at a jam session and wanted to hire him right on the spot, but it was against the law: Pettiford was too young. Only years later, when Ellington’s regular bass player Jimmy Blanton had died early in 1942 of tuberculosis, Pettiford joined the band in 1945 and stayed for three years. He moved to New York and was jamming at Minton’s Playhouse with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach, developing a new style that later came to be called bebop. With his individual style of playing, along with Charles Mingus, Pettiford became the most influential bass player of his decade. He is also known to be the first player who introduced the cello to jazz.

In September 1958 Oscar Pettiford came to Europe for the first time with a show entitled “Jazz From Carnegie Hall”, organized by Harold Davison. The all-star band included J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz, Kenny Clarke, Red Garland and Phineas Newborn, touring England, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany, where they played in Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Hamburg. Dusko Goykovich, who had left Yugoslavia in 1955, was living in Frankfurt at the time and remembers: “After the show all the musicians came to a jam session down in the Jazz Cellar and that is where I first met Oscar. He was a wonderful guy with a great sense of humor and a deep voice. But Oscar was also very tall and strong. After the session he carried everything by himself, his bass, his amplifier, walking up the stairs from the Jazz Cellar. I was so tired after the session, I could have never done that, but he did it!“

The 1958 tour of “Jazz From Carnegie Hall” was a big success and Pettiford could hardly believe the enthusiasm they received for their music in Europe, so after the tour was completed he decided to stay on the continent and rented an apartment in Baden-Baden. In the meantime, producer Hans Gertberg of Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg had started to pay attention to the talented bass player and invited Pettiford and his quartet for a concert (the so-called Jazz Workshop) on November 14th, where he played with Hans Koller, Attila Zoller, Kenny Clarke and some guests in Studio 10 (already released in June 2015 on CD and LP: “We Get The Message”, Sonorama-90). The concert was so well received so that Gertberg invited Pettiford again the next month for Jazz Workshop No. 3, playing on December 22nd, but with a slightly different group. One guest soloist at the gig was Dusko Goykovich: “Hans Gertberg had asked me to join Oscar’s group. We had three days of rehearsal, but with such professional players, one day only would have been fine too. Oscar was not only a great player but also a wonderful composer. I was very proud to play with him. For me, he was one of the best bass players I had ever worked with!”

That December evening, Pettiford’s group played compositions that were a fine mélange of modern mainstream and cool jazz but also hard bop, featuring the composition “Moanin’”, written by Bobby Timmons for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In the song “H. E. C. Blues”, Pettiford briefly plays the melody of Jingle Bells in his solo, since it was christmastime. The day after the concert, the newspaper “Hamburger Abendblatt” wrote in a review: “Michel Hausser from Paris showed his proficiency on the vibraphone, and the basic group members Koller, Zoller and Pettiford really got along very well musically with the new rhythm section, including Jimmy Pratt on drums and Armin Rusch on piano.“

The concert is now issued here for the first time, as are the four accompanying photographs by Susanne Schapowalow. She was born in the same year as Pettiford and became known as photographer who got very close to her subject matter. Schapowalow didn’t shoot too many pictures of musicians on the stage, instead being more interested what happened in the backstage area and in other private settings. Supported by Hans Gertberg, she gained access to take pictures during the rehearsals at the Jazz Workshops in Hamburg, and this is where she met Pettiford. The two hit it off quite well, and Schapowalow took him to experience the Christmas market at Heiligengeistfeld, where he had fun riding a motor scooter with her daughter, Natascha. Schapowalow was also allowed to take a few pictures in Pettiford’s hotel room, where he was sitting, smoking and transcribing music.

Michel Hausser, whose composition “Blues In My Mind”, “Rue Dauphine” and “H.E.C. Blues” were featured in the concert, remembers that the last rehearsal was always recorded, and then during the concert, they would let that recording run parallel but silent to the live concert, so that in case something unexpected would happen, they could switch to the tape. “But that concert night, they didn’t do that, even if there was a wired moment: Oscar also played his cello for some tunes and he had a small amplifier with it. But then the amplifier broke and he angrily kicked it off with his feet and switched back to his regular bass.“

Once the Hamburg concert was over, Pettiford and Koller were in a rush because they had a concert in Vienna coming up the following day. Dusko Goykovich remembers: “A few hours later, they had this terrible car accident. Obviously, I was happy that I had been dropped earlier”, Pettiford had bit his tongue through and had to stay longer in a Vienna hospital than Koller. After recovering somewhat, however, he soon started playing again, and in January 1959 he recorded with Hans Koller in Vienna, who said about Pettiford: “It was Oscar who made me understand what it means when American musicians keep saying: ‘When you play your instrument, you’re telling a story’”. Pettiford continued traveling, playing concerts in Paris, Cologne, San Remo, Berlin, Stuttgart, Essen and Baden-Baden, always with his idea in mind “to pass on the message.”

In summer 1959, Pettiford moved to Copenhagen, where he played at Café Montmartre with Stan Getz, Don Byas and Jan Johansson. In February 1960, his wife Jacqueline gave birth to twin girls, that they named Celeste and Cellina. His last album “My little Cello” was dedicated to his son, whose name was Cello. He played his last concert September 4th at the opening of an art exhibition in Copenhagen and shortly after fell into a coma. He passed on September 8th, 1960, aged only 37, succumbing to a virus closely related to polio, and perhaps the lingering effects of the car accident.

Arne Reimer (excerpt from sleeve notes for “Blues In My Mind”)
Available from 27.11.2015

Oscar Pettiford & Friends – Blues In My Mind (2LP / Gatefold)
Monday, October 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Oscar Pettiford & Friends – Blues In My Mind (2LP / Gatefold)

Image: 1600274 The great bassist Oscar Pettiford live in Hamburg 1958, second chapter. Fine mélange of modern mainstream, cool jazz and hard bop, with Jimmy Pratt (dr), Hans Koller (ts), Dusko Goykovich (tp), Michel Hausser (vib), Attila Zoller (g), Roger Guerin (tp) and Armin Rusch (p), heard here in a second previously unknown Pettiford session from Germany. Comes as carefully mastered longplay CD and 2-LP vinyl set (gatefold), including photos of the event by Susanne Schapowalow and new liner notes by Arne Reimer, with Goykovich and Hausser sharing their memories of the time. Certainly Pettiford`s best recorded live performance on the European jazz scene in excellent sound quality!

Recorded December 22, 1958 in Hamburg at Studio 10, produced by Hans Gertberg.

Oscar Pettiford (bass), Jimmy Pratt (drums), Hans Koller (tenor saxophone & clarinet),
Dusko Goykovich (trumpet), Attila Zoller (guitar), Michel Hausser (vibraphone),
Roger Guerin (trumpet), Armin Rusch Piano)

Oscar Pettiford, born September 30th, 1922 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, grew up in a musical family with ten siblings. When he was 14, Duke Ellington heard him play the bass at a jam session and wanted to hire him right on the spot, but it was against the law: Pettiford was too young. Only years later, when Ellington’s regular bass player Jimmy Blanton had died early in 1942 of tuberculosis, Pettiford joined the band in 1945 and stayed for three years. He moved to New York and was jamming at Minton’s Playhouse with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach, developing a new style that later came to be called bebop. With his individual style of playing, along with Charles Mingus, Pettiford became the most influential bass player of his decade. He is also known to be the first player who introduced the cello to jazz.

In September 1958 Oscar Pettiford came to Europe for the first time with a show entitled “Jazz From Carnegie Hall”, organized by Harold Davison. The all-star band included J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz, Kenny Clarke, Red Garland and Phineas Newborn, touring England, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany, where they played in Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Hamburg. Dusko Goykovich, who had left Yugoslavia in 1955, was living in Frankfurt at the time and remembers: “After the show all the musicians came to a jam session down in the Jazz Cellar and that is where I first met Oscar. He was a wonderful guy with a great sense of humor and a deep voice. But Oscar was also very tall and strong. After the session he carried everything by himself, his bass, his amplifier, walking up the stairs from the Jazz Cellar. I was so tired after the session, I could have never done that, but he did it!“

The 1958 tour of “Jazz From Carnegie Hall” was a big success and Pettiford could hardly believe the enthusiasm they received for their music in Europe, so after the tour was completed he decided to stay on the continent and rented an apartment in Baden-Baden. In the meantime, producer Hans Gertberg of Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg had started to pay attention to the talented bass player and invited Pettiford and his quartet for a concert (the so-called Jazz Workshop) on November 14th, where he played with Hans Koller, Attila Zoller, Kenny Clarke and some guests in Studio 10 (already released in June 2015 on CD and LP: “We Get The Message”, Sonorama-90). The concert was so well received so that Gertberg invited Pettiford again the next month for Jazz Workshop No. 3, playing on December 22nd, but with a slightly different group. One guest soloist at the gig was Dusko Goykovich: “Hans Gertberg had asked me to join Oscar’s group. We had three days of rehearsal, but with such professional players, one day only would have been fine too. Oscar was not only a great player but also a wonderful composer. I was very proud to play with him. For me, he was one of the best bass players I had ever worked with!”

That December evening, Pettiford’s group played compositions that were a fine mélange of modern mainstream and cool jazz but also hard bop, featuring the composition “Moanin’”, written by Bobby Timmons for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In the song “H. E. C. Blues”, Pettiford briefly plays the melody of Jingle Bells in his solo, since it was christmastime. The day after the concert, the newspaper “Hamburger Abendblatt” wrote in a review: “Michel Hausser from Paris showed his proficiency on the vibraphone, and the basic group members Koller, Zoller and Pettiford really got along very well musically with the new rhythm section, including Jimmy Pratt on drums and Armin Rusch on piano.“

The concert is now issued here for the first time, as are the four accompanying photographs by Susanne Schapowalow. She was born in the same year as Pettiford and became known as photographer who got very close to her subject matter. Schapowalow didn’t shoot too many pictures of musicians on the stage, instead being more interested what happened in the backstage area and in other private settings. Supported by Hans Gertberg, she gained access to take pictures during the rehearsals at the Jazz Workshops in Hamburg, and this is where she met Pettiford. The two hit it off quite well, and Schapowalow took him to experience the Christmas market at Heiligengeistfeld, where he had fun riding a motor scooter with her daughter, Natascha. Schapowalow was also allowed to take a few pictures in Pettiford’s hotel room, where he was sitting, smoking and transcribing music.

Michel Hausser, whose composition “Blues In My Mind”, “Rue Dauphine” and “H.E.C. Blues” were featured in the concert, remembers that the last rehearsal was always recorded, and then during the concert, they would let that recording run parallel but silent to the live concert, so that in case something unexpected would happen, they could switch to the tape. “But that concert night, they didn’t do that, even if there was a wired moment: Oscar also played his cello for some tunes and he had a small amplifier with it. But then the amplifier broke and he angrily kicked it off with his feet and switched back to his regular bass.“

Once the Hamburg concert was over, Pettiford and Koller were in a rush because they had a concert in Vienna coming up the following day. Dusko Goykovich remembers: “A few hours later, they had this terrible car accident. Obviously, I was happy that I had been dropped earlier”, Pettiford had bit his tongue through and had to stay longer in a Vienna hospital than Koller. After recovering somewhat, however, he soon started playing again, and in January 1959 he recorded with Hans Koller in Vienna, who said about Pettiford: “It was Oscar who made me understand what it means when American musicians keep saying: ‘When you play your instrument, you’re telling a story’”. Pettiford continued traveling, playing concerts in Paris, Cologne, San Remo, Berlin, Stuttgart, Essen and Baden-Baden, always with his idea in mind “to pass on the message.”

In summer 1959, Pettiford moved to Copenhagen, where he played at Café Montmartre with Stan Getz, Don Byas and Jan Johansson. In February 1960, his wife Jacqueline gave birth to twin girls, that they named Celeste and Cellina. His last album “My little Cello” was dedicated to his son, whose name was Cello. He played his last concert September 4th at the opening of an art exhibition in Copenhagen and shortly after fell into a coma. He passed on September 8th, 1960, aged only 37, succumbing to a virus closely related to polio, and perhaps the lingering effects of the car accident.

Arne Reimer (excerpt from sleeve notes for “Blues In My Mind”)
Available from 20.11.2015

Oscar Pettiford & Friends – Blues In My Mind
Monday, October 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Oscar Pettiford & Friends – Blues In My Mind

Image: 1600273 Der große Bassist Oscar Pettiford live in Hamburg 1958, zweites Kapitel: Feine Mélange aus Modern Mainstream,
Cool Jazz und Hard Bop mit Jimmy Pratt (dr), Hans Koller (ts), Dusko Goykovich (tp), Michel Hausser (vib),
Attila Zoller (g), Roger Guerin (tp) und Armin Rusch (p), zu hören in einer zweiten zuvor unbekannten
Pettiford-Session aus Deutschland. Sorgfältig gemastered für Longplay-CD und 2LP Vinyl-Set (Klappcover),
kommt mit exklusiven Künstlerfotos aus Hamburg 1958 von Susanne Schapowalow und neuen Liner Notes von Arne Reimer, einschließlich persönlicher Erinnerungen von Goykovich und Hausser. Pettifords beste aufgezeichnete Live-Performance aus der europäischen Jazzszene in hervorragender Klangqualität!

Recorded December 22, 1958 in Hamburg at Studio 10, produced by Hans Gertberg.

Oscar Pettiford (bass), Jimmy Pratt (drums), Hans Koller (tenor saxophone & clarinet),
Dusko Goykovich (trumpet), Attila Zoller (guitar), Michel Hausser (vibraphone),
Roger Guerin (trumpet), Armin Rusch (piano)
Available from 20.11.2015

Seven Davis Jr. – Beautiful Friends
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Seven Davis Jr. – Beautiful Friends

Image: 1598875 “Sometimes you wait and things fall into place, this is an A&R man’s dream. You can spend hours banging your head, waiting for lightening to strike, trying to find the perfect pairing, it’s there floating around in your head but the answer is not clear. The record needs a remix, but who would be perfect?

Not being one for doing things by numbers, sometimes you have to leave the music for a moment. Give it a life of its own and allow the musical landscape to adapt to it. I had been mulling over remixes for Seven for quite some time. We had the Krystal Klear mix which was perfect, that happened early on, I just needed something to compliment it and round of the remix single.

Detroit Swindle are notorious for being very selective, but armed with Classic as my calling card I got ready to approach them. Low and behold, possibly within a day or two of formalising my approach in my head, they emailed me and asked if they could remix the record. The stars aligned and it all made sense. These two remixes complement each other perfectly, and this feels like a complete single coming from the heart, remixed with love.” Luke Solomon, 2015

TRACK LISTING:

A. Friends (Detroit Swindle Friends On Acid Remix)
AA. Beautiful (Krystal Klear Remix) Available from 04.09.2015

Skyzoo – Music For My Friends (Colored Vinyl)
Friday, June 26th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Skyzoo – Music For My Friends (Colored Vinyl)

Skyzoo is a staple in the hip hop world and on the heels of the successful collaborative album, Barrel Brothers, last year with Torae, Skyzoo returns with his next solo project. After numerous mixtapes, freestyle series and collabrative LPs, Skyzoo re…

Skyzoo – Music For My Friends
Friday, June 26th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Skyzoo – Music For My Friends

Skyzoo is a staple in the hip hop world and on the heels of the successful collaborative album, Barrel Brothers, last year with Torae, Skyzoo returns with his next solo project. After numerous mixtapes, freestyle series and collabrative LPs, Skyzoo re…

Jeanie Tracy – Making New Friends / Trippin’ on the sounds
Friday, May 1st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jeanie Tracy – Making New Friends / Trippin’ on the sounds

Available from 29.05.2015

Ross From Friends – Alex Brown EP
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ross From Friends – Alex Brown EP

Image: 1594664 Coming out of South London via Sheffield, Breaker Breaker is a fledgling project headed up by Haider Masroor a.k.a DS1.

Having been releasing music since 2008 across various aliases Haider’s new project is a platform from which he intends to release material from both new and established artists covering left­of­centre strains of floor focused House and Techno.

In to inaugurate the project is a new artist also based in South London: Ross From Friends. Taking lo-fi building blocks full of crackle and character and running them through his sampler Ross From Friends forms his own style of rough­edged Techno that hits hard whilst carrying a distinctive sense of soul.

‘Golf School’ kicks things off with burnt out percussion and off ­kilter fills that propel a tape driven guitar and Rhodes combo before ‘Ridley Schottt’ blooms behind a hustling bit-crushed riff that gathers menacing chords and frazzled percussion.

‘.Biz’ then caps the EP off with a circling piano riff and astutely plotted whacks and samples that pepper a Delroy Edwardsesque groove, bringing a rich and varied package to a close

The first of many diamonds on Breaker Breaker.

A. GOLF SCHOOL
B1. RIDLEY SCHOTTT
B2. .BIZ Available from 13.02.2015

Milton Wright – Original Friends and Buddies
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Milton Wright – Original Friends and Buddies

Image: 1594509 Athens of the North is proud to present Milton Wright’s stunning alternate version of the now Classic Miami soul LP ‘Friends & Buddies’. An altogether more stripped down, folky soul affair than its highly respected, much sampled brother is now available on Vinyl, CD and Digital for the very first time. Shelved at the last minute then re-recorded and overdubbed, only a few promo copies of this early version escaped from the studio and are deep in the collections of the very few previously in the know.

The master tapes burnt in a fire at T.K Disco in Miami in the early 80s so even the label has not heard this in 30 Years. Many reissues of the second version of Friends & Buddies LP have come and gone, but Milton’s original vision has remained hidden until now. As searingly honest and stunningly soulful as any seminal Marvin Gaye or Terry Callier LP, it stands tall amongst its exceptional peers as one of the true pillars of quality 70s soul.

– Unreleased Alternate version
– New sleeve notes by Milton Wright
– Super-heavy high quality tip-on sleeve!
– Cut by the experts at Timmion Cutting Laboratory, Finland

Tracklisting
1. The Silence That You Keep (alternate first version)
2. Keep It Up (alternate first version)
3. My Ol’ Lady (alternate first version)
4. Black Man (alternate first version)
5. Nobody Can Touch You (alternate first version)
6. Po’ Man (alternate first version)
7. Brothers & Sisters (alternate first version)
8. Friends & Buddies (alternate first version)
9. Get No Lovin’ Tonight (alternate first version) Available from 20.02.2015

Robbie M – Friends
Thursday, December 11th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Robbie M – Friends

Going even further into the tape archives of Robbie M we find ourselves with “Friend”. This time it’s going to be a late night affair, as Robbie smothers you with those smooth vocals as only he can. Rock Island’s RAM music direct to you from the Midwe…

Alborosie – Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends
Thursday, August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alborosie – Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends

Image: 1589505 Alborosie is again the artist to watch in 2014, with multiple projects as a singer, songwriter, producer and dub master hitting the market, his name and his stock are growing! Here is the LP vinyl with ten selected songs in a combination style (duets) recorded over the past 5 years. The tracks feature a big range of veteran Reggae artists guesting, like Black Uhuru, The Tamlins or Mykal Rose – the 90ties & current generation is represented by stars like Jah Cure, Luciano, Kymani Marley, and Gentleman for sure, who is featured in the 2014 documentary film ‘Journey To Jah’ alongside Alborosie. This vinyl is released in conjunction with the same titled 2CD set with 24 combinations.

Tracklisting:
A1. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner feat. Black Uhuru
A2. Outernational Herb feat. The Tamlins
A3. Burning And Looting feat. Kymani Marley
A4. Tribal War feat. Luciano
A5. Meditation feat. Sizzla
B1. Waan The Herb feat. Mykal Rose
B2. Life feat. Jah Cure
B3. Marathon feat. Spiritual
B4. Celebration feat. Gentleman
B5. Ganja Don feat. Jah Son
Available from 25.07.2014

Seven Davis Jr – Friends EP
Friday, August 1st, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Seven Davis Jr – Friends EP

Classic is incredibly pleased to announce that a certain man of the moment has joined the Classic family. ‘One’ was brought to the attention of Classic when it featured on vinyl only release late last year.Ears pricked up and more information was soug…

Alborosie – Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends
Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alborosie – Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends

Image: 1589501 Mit einer wunderbaren Auswahl von 24 Songs die zum Großteil ausschließlich als jamaikanische Singles erschienen (und längst vergriffen) sind, überbrückt Alborosie gekonnt die Wartezeit bis zum neuen Studioalbum! Die Zusammenstellung übernahm dabei der langjährige Wegbegleiter Alborosies, der Produzent und Co-Autor Clifton Dillon, besser bekannt als “Specialist”. Das Konzept besteht hierbei dem Titel “Alborosie & Friends” entsprechend aus der Präsentation von Duetts, im jamaikanischen Sprachgebrauch ‘Combinations’ genannt, die Alborosie in den letzten 10 Jahren mit den diversesten Künstlern realisiert hat. Die Bandbreite reicht hierbei von den 70er & 80er Reggae Veteranen wie Steel Pulse, Dennis Brown, Black Uhuru, Horace Andy, The Tamlins oder Ranking Joe, bis zu den 90er Jahre Generation und zeitgenössischen Stars wie Busy Signal, Etana, Jah Cure, Luciano, Kymani Marley, Gramps Morgan (Morgan Heritage) uvm. – sowie Gentleman, mit dem Alborosie auch im Film “Journey To Jah” in der Hauptrolle zu sehen ist.

Available from 27.06.2014

Dennis Brown & Superstar Friends – Reggae Legends (Box Set)
Friday, July 11th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dennis Brown & Superstar Friends – Reggae Legends (Box Set)

Available from 15.08.2014

Dennis Brown & Superstar Friends – Reggae Legends (Box-Set)
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dennis Brown & Superstar Friends – Reggae Legends (Box-Set)

Image: 1587371 Vier Erfolgsalben aus den 80er und frühen 90er Jahren: “Judge Not” (von 1984, mit zwei Bonus Tracks) und “No Contest” (von 1989, mit Bonus Track), beide mit seinem Freund Gregory Isaacs im ‘Showcase Style’ mit Versionen in 6 bis 7 Minuten Spiellänge, “Legit” (von 1993, mit Bonus Track) in Kombination mit Cocoa Tea & Freddie McGregor, sowie die gesuchte Split LP mit Frankie Paul “Hotter Flames” (von 1993)! Available from 07.03.2014

VP Records proudly presents the latest edition to the “Reggae Legends” series showcasing the work of Dennis Brown and friends
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Four original albums collected together in reproduction sleeves showcasing the Crown Prince of Reggaes most successful team ups with his superstar brethren. Two hit Gussie Clarke albums in combination with Gregory Isaacs (‘Judge Not’ and ‘No Contest’), a three the hard way Music Works showdown with Freddie McGregor and Cocoa Tea (‘Legit’) plus a red hot […]

Wet Play – Where Good Friends Meet
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Wet Play – Where Good Friends Meet

Wet Play dive into the record world with ‘Where Good Friends Meet #1’ a show case of artists and sounds from the infamous Manchester soiree. First up is Loge with ‘E 180 Love’, a dazzling, hydraulic-driven ride round west coast LA sunset. Keep those …

Aposento Alto – Goodby Old Friends
Thursday, August 1st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Aposento Alto – Goodby Old Friends

Image: 1580842 The Aposento Alto LP was one of the last albums I ever picked up from the Groove Merchant before leaving the Bay. It’s a crazy obscure, private press, Latin gospel soul funk album out of Modesto, CA. Yeah, Latin gospel soul funk…there’s no better way to describe it and if you listen to “Rejoice” you’ll see what I mean. I’ve never heard Latin gospel but now that I have…if it all sounds like this, I’m down like the ground. Besides “Rejoice,” it has some slower soul tunes and this epic, eight minute cut “Te Amo” that features a ridiculous 2-3 minute drum solo complete
with a steady, back-breaking, breakbeat (complete with all kinds of fills and rolls) that’s over a minute long. Mind-boggling.

A1 He’s Coming 6:33
A2 I’m So Tired 6:41
A3 What A Happy Life 6:08
B1 Rejoice 5:47
B2 Te Amo 12:21
B3 Good Bye Old Friends 3:37 Available from 12.07.2013

Booker T & Friends – Sound The Alarm
Thursday, July 25th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Booker T & Friends – Sound The Alarm

Image: 1582510 Sound The Alarm is a celebration of the past, present and future of R&B …. with flares of hip-hop bravado … as the Hammond B3 organ master lays down his distinctive grooves amid a succession of sparkling collaborations with some of today’s most gifted R&B talents, including Mayer Hawthorne, Anthony Hamilton, Vintage Trouble, Estelle, Gary Clark Jr., Luke James & more.

Sound The Alarm follows back-to-back GRAM MY wins for Booker’s previous two albums, and marks his return to the legendary Stax Records.

Booker T Jones: The LEGENDARY B3 organ master who set the cast for modern soul music and is responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. He is a ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME & MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME inductee … plus a 4-TIME GRAMMY AWARD IIVINNER and GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD recipient

His latest album features collaborations with some of today’s leading R&B/Soul artists, including MAYER HAWTHORNE, ANTHONY HAMILTON, ESTELLE and more.

Creatively, Sound The Alarm is a bold new step for Booker, in a career that has witnessed a striking resurgence in recent years

Booker T’s last two albums BOTH were GRAMMY AWARD IIVINNERS, 2010’s Potato Hole, his head-turning collaboration with THE DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, and 2012’s The Road From Memphis, his critically acclaimed album with THE ROOTS

Sound The Alarm marks Booker T’s historic return to STAX RECORDS, the Memphis Soul label the instrumentalist, bandleader, producer and songwriter helped put on the map during the 1960s, along with his brilliant band, The MGs

Booker T wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs on this album, and co-produced with Bobby Ross and lssiah ”IZ” Avila, who have worked with USHER and MARY J. BLIGE

Booker has written and/or played on some of the most enduring songs of all-time, including ”Green Onions,” ”Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay,” and ”Born Under A Bad Sign”

Track Listings:

01 . Sound The Alarm feat. MAYER HAWTHORNE
02. All Over The Place feat. LUKE JAMES
03. Fun
04. Broken Heart feat. JAY JAMES
05. Feel Good
06. Gently feat. ANTHONY HAMILTON
07. Austin City Blues feat. GARY CLARK JR.
08. Can’t Wait feat. ESTELLE
09. ’66 Impala feat. PONCHO SANCHEZ and SHEILA E.
10. Watch You Sleeping feat. KORI WITHERS
11. Your Love Is No Love feat. VINTAGE TROUBLE
12. Father Son Blues feat. TED JONES Available from 05.07.2013

Ruffstuff & Friends – Gatts / New Horizons
Sunday, April 14th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ruffstuff & Friends – Gatts / New Horizons

Image: 1579522 After huge releases from Artificial Intelligence and Serum still echoing in clubs, V Recordings keep things rolling with the massive Gatts / New Horizons. A collaborative effort from Ruffstuff and friends : Friller, Nu Elementz and Freeze,
whether it’s the gully rhythms of Gatts, or the desolate sounds of New Horizons, this one caters for all.

Known for the intensity and speed of his DJ sets, Ruffstuff earned his stripes primarily as a selector rather than a producer. Causing havoc on dance floors and the airwaves via his Kool FM shows, Ruffstuff now turns his talents at production with
the huge Gatts / New Horizons. With sick DJing skills as well as sick production, this latest release on V Recordings comes from one the formidable forces in Drum & Bass.

Ruffstuff & Friller Vs Nu Elementz Gatts

Packed with attitude, Gatts sees Ruffstuff, Friller go head to head Nu Elementz to produce one the dirtiest tracks you’ll hear. After an introduction of bold percussion and ominous strings, Gatts rolls out the dark vibes. Featuring an old school two note bassline, and stripped back style, this one’s full of attitude.

Ruffstuff & Freeze New

Horizons Switching up the vibe once again, Ruffstuff and Freeze join forces for the grim New Horizons. After a desolate intro featuring haunting vocals New Horizon’s drops into a stomping DnB track. Featuring a stripped back arrangement and a juggernaut bass line that smashes proceedings, New Horizons leaves the dancefloor in its wake.

Support : Rene LaVice, The Risky, Callide, DJ Sin, DJ Chap and more! Available from 25.03.2013

Two Chix & A Beer – Friends Of Dolores (Butterama)
Monday, November 8th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Finally the debut album by Sebastian Maschat and Daniel Nentwig, the musical backbone of The Whitest Boy Alive, with their Berlin band Two Chix & A Beer!

CD BUTTERAMACD1 / LP BUTTERAMALP1
Release: 05-11-10
Innerground Records returns with the second compilation from the “DJ Marky & Friends Presents” series …
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Innerground Records returns in 2009 with the second compilation from the “DJ Marky & Friends Presents” series, superbly executed by Makoto. In recent years, Makoto has proved himself to be a serious and diverse producer, creating some truly timeless hits and backing them up with outstanding live shows across the globe. Appearing on his first […]

Tomas Barfod – Paloma
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tomas Barfod – Paloma

Image: 1611754 Whomadewho drummer/producer and electronic-pop stalwart Tomas Barfod arrives on Friends of Friends this November with his third album as a solo artist and his second for the Los Angeles label.

Tracklist:
1. Things That Matter ft. Louise Foo & Sharin Foo
2. Hope in a Box
3. Family ft. Jonas Smith
4. Pantheon
5. Better Than I Would
6. In The Dark ft. Nina K
7.. Cannonball ft. Jonas H. Petersen
8. Tidal Wave ft. Nina K

RIYL: John Talabot, Kasper Bjorke, Pional, Whomadewho

Whomadewho drummer/producer and electronic-pop stalwart Tomas Barfod arrives on Friends
of Friends this November with his third album as a solo artist and his second for the Los Angeles
label. Assisted by a diverse range of guest vocalists, the Paloma album is an expansive record that
takes the dancefloor-friendly bedroom pop of the Salton Sea (Friends of Friends 2012) and Love
Me (Secretly Canadian 2014) albums to dazzling new heights. Embracing a divergent array of
genres and tempos, Paloma’s 11 tracks create a world of love and heartbreak, hued by Barfod’s
broad synth strokes and effortless drum programming. Fans of Barfod’s previous releases on FoF
and Kompakt will find plenty to latch onto here, including several vocal features from label
favorite Nina K, but Paloma invokes a larger sound than the Danish producer has put forth in the
past, a sound replete with higher highs, more dramatic hooks and an even crisper, more pristine
production aesthetic.
Available from 03.11.2017

Indian Wells – Where The World Ends
Friday, July 28th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Indian Wells – Where The World Ends

Image: 1610518 Friends of Friends present Where The World Ends the third album from Indian Wells.

Track Listing:
1. Voices
2. Cascades
3. Forest Hills
4. Some Stripes
5. The Alps
6. It’s Where The World Ends
7. Parola

Indian Wells, producer Pietro Iannuzzi from southern Italy is set to release his third
album. From the label that brought you Shlohmo, Perera Elsewhere, Deru, Kyson,
Tomas Barfod and more. RIYL: Fourtet, The Field, Gui Boratto, Bonobo

Across a range of artfully composed, emotive electronic music ‘Where The World Ends’
channels feelings of geographical, social and political isolation formed from borders
both ageless and imposed. From ‘Voices’ opening soundscape, the heavenly techno of
‘Cascades’, the melodic peaks of ‘The Alps’ and the soaring title track, ‘Where The
World Ends’ is in turns ebullient and melancholic, compelling and hypnotic. Choirs of
wordless vocals provide a universal element of communication throughout, breaking
down barriers of language, creating connections, crossing borders. Available from 08.09.2017

M.O.O.N. – Clinically Blase
Friday, March 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on M.O.O.N. – Clinically Blase

Image: 1609290 Friends of Friends present Clinically Blasé the debut album from M|O|O|N

Tracklist:
1. Pilot
2. Time
3. Jon F
4. Episode One
5. Medium Cool
6. Alicia
7. The Fens
8. Episode Two
9. Leaning In
10. Finale

Quietly building an enthusiastic following with a steady stream of EPs and singles, M.O.O.N.’s debut full-length ‘Clinically Blase’ creatively navigates a wide range of emotive synthesizer music deviating from dancegeared tropes in favor of freer arrangements and lush instrumentation. While the rhythms are rooted in variants of house, boogie, and synth-pop ‘Clinically Blase’ never tips it’s hand stylistically in any particular direction resulting in a playful balance of retro sounds and futuristic
ideas highlighting a deft melodic sensibility. Separated by interludes, ‘Clinically Blase’ is split into three sections that explore variations on similar themes and shared sounds recording live percussion, guitar, piano, and bass in addition to software instruments and classic analog synth gear.
The album’s beatless opener “Pilot” signals departure with a vocal loop rendered aquatic over bright, ringing piano chords – sounds which make appearances again on the album’s arpeggiating centerpiece “Alicia” and on the closer “Finale”. The smooth “Time” unwinds with unexpected jazzy chords and expressive treated trumpet lifting it skyward. There are plenty of moments made for movement with the ecstatic drumwork and stratospheric pads of “Jon F”, the bouncing 303 of “Leaning In”, or the funky slo-mo arpeggiated disco roll of “Medium Cool”. The sequencing ties together ‘Clinically Blase’ into a compelling journey, ebbing and flowing in energy, timbre, and tempo much like a thoughtful, continuous DJ mix.

Key Points:
• Composer on the hit video game soundtrack ‘Hotline Miami’ yielding 3 sold-out highly sought after EPs
• Previous press support from Resident Advisor, Self-Titled, Pigeons and Planes, Complex and more
• ‘Alicia’ EP includes remixes from The Juan MacLean, Sage Caswell, and David Scott Stone (of LCD Soundsystem), EP premiered on Self-Titled Mag
• Has toured Europe doing both live sets and DJing – most notably in Paris, London, Glasgow and Poland. Small European tour scheduled for May 2017 (Paris + Croatia)

Press Quotes:
“Eight minutes of hypnotic, swirling arpeggios from a master of the extended groove” – Resident Advisor
“Synth-infused, throbbing 80s-inspired tracks” – Rock Paper Shotgun
“A taste of what’s to come that never gets tiring despite the original’s 10-minute running time” – Self-Titled Available from 05.05.2017

Shlomo – Bad Vibes (5th Anniversary Edition/2LP+12")
Friday, September 30th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Shlomo – Bad Vibes (5th Anniversary Edition/2LP+12")

Image: 1606710 Friends of Friends present the 5th Anniversary Edition of Bad Vibes from Shlohmo. The gatefold edition includes a bonus 12′ of rarities. For those who already have Bad Vibes theres a standalone version of the rarities single available.

Tracklist:

1. Big Feelings
2. Places
3. Anywhere But Here
4. It Was Whatever
5. Parties
6. Just Us
7. Sink
8. I Can’t See You I’m Dead
9. Trapped In A Burning House
10. Get Out
11. Your Stupid Face
12. Seriously
13. Same Time

plus new 12” with bonus material:
14. Forgot I Was Here
15. Things I Lost
16. Empty Pools
17. Seriously (Live)
18. Back House
19. Anywhere But Here (Live Refix)
20. 1_16_11 Downtown
21. 11_7_11 Alone With Me
22. 11_9_10 Asleep On The 22 04:29

Shlohmo fans have been aching for new material from the ‘Bad Vibes’
era since the seminal album’s release and while he has since
diversified his approach there’s no denying the transcendent magic of
the Los Angeles-based artist’s early work. ‘Bad Vibes – 5th
Anniversary Edition’ is a celebration of one of our generation’s most
adored producers, extrapolating on the twisted warmth of his seminal
works in remarkable fashion. The 3xLP anniversary package include
the original gatefold ‘Bad Vibes’ 2xLP, plus a bran new 12”
comprised of b-sides, demos and outtakes from the album’s
progenitive sessions, bound together by a custom ‘Bad Vibes’ O-card.
Having collaborated with the likes of Jeremih, Tory Lanez, Lil
Yachty, How To Dress Well and Banks in the years since ‘Bad Vibes’,
these unreleased tracks recall a simpler, more intimate time in
Shlohmo’s career and whether it’s the live mix of “Seriously” or the
temporally defined “11_9_10 Asleep On The 22” that bridges the gap
for you, these tracks will surely make waves for fans past, present and
future.

Key Points:
• Highest-selling record for both Friends of Friends and Shlohmo,
“Places” being the highest streamed single in the FOF catalog (over
7.5 million plays)
• ‘Bad Vibes’ reviewed positively by Pitchfork, Resident Advisor,
Spin, Filter, Beats Per Minute, CMJ, XLR8R and more
• Since the release of ‘Bad Vibes’, Shlohmo has produced for
Jeremih, Post Malone, Banks, The Weeknd, How To Dress Well,
Torey Lanez, and more
• Regular international tour schedule including multiple world tours
and festivals such as Coachella, Decibel, Osheaga, and Pukkelpop.
• Shlohmo was handpicked for Rick Rubin’s ‘Star Wars
Headspace’ Compilation.
• Shlohmo performed live on Last Call with Carson Daly

Press Quotes:
• “L.A. producer Shlohmo showed just how far the Brainfeeder
template of abstract instrumental hip-hop could be stretched– to
gossamer, almost transparent extremes.” – Pitchfork
• “Shlohmo makes breezy, lo-fi music that evokes DJ Shadow and
more laid-back M83.” – The Wall Street Journal
• “Shlohmo’s “Bad Vibes” isn’t merely its most accomplished release
yet, it’s likely the most fully realized work to bubble up out of the
Low End Theory this year.” – LA Times
• “The proudly lo-fi tracks are built from birdcalls, static, wordless
vocals, electronic blips, not-always-tuned guitars, half-audible
speech, stray clanks and rustles and ticks, it can sound as if were
recorded on duct tape. The ingredients vary in each track, but
Shlohmo is conceptually fixated, making nearly the whole album a
set of variations on the idea of a languid vamp: almost always two
chords, occasionally three.” – The New York Times Available from 11.11.2016

Shlomo – Bad Vibes (Rarities & Extras)
Friday, September 30th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Shlomo – Bad Vibes (Rarities & Extras)

Image: 1606711 Friends of Friends present the 5th Anniversary Edition of Bad Vibes from Shlohmo. The gatefold edition includes a bonus 12′ of rarities. For those who already have Bad Vibes theres a standalone version of the rarities single available.

Tracklist of bonus material:
1. Forgot I Was Here
2. Things I Lost
3. Empty Pools
4. Seriously (Live)
5. Back House
6. Anywhere But Here (Live Refix)
7. 1_16_11 Downtown
8. 11_7_11 Alone With Me
9. 11_9_10 Asleep On The 22

Shlohmo fans have been aching for new material from the ‘Bad Vibes’
era since the seminal album’s release and while he has since
diversified his approach there’s no denying the transcendent magic of
the Los Angeles-based artist’s early work. Comprised of b-sides,
demos and outtakes from the album’s progenitive sessions, ‘Bad
Vibes: Rarities + Extras’ is a nine track journey into the mind of one
of our generation’s most adored producers, extrapolating on the
twisted warmth of his seminal works in remarkable fashion. Having
collaborated with the likes of Jeremih, Tory Lanez, Lil Yachty, How
To Dress Well and Banks in the years since ‘Bad Vibes’, these tracks
recall a simpler, more intimate time in Shlohmo’s career and whether
it’s the live mix of “Seriously” or the temporally defined “11_9_10
Asleep On The 22” that bridges the gap for you, these tracks will
surely make waves for fans past, present and future.

Key Points:
• Highest-selling record for both Friends of Friends and Shlohmo,
“Places” being the highest streamed single in the FOF catalog (over
7.5 million plays)
• ‘Bad Vibes’ reviewed positively by Pitchfork, Resident Advisor,
Spin, Filter, Beats Per Minute, CMJ, XLR8R and more
• Since the release of ‘Bad Vibes’, Shlohmo has produced for
Jeremih, Post Malone, Banks, The Weeknd, How To Dress Well,
Torey Lanez, and more
• Regular international tour schedule including multiple world tours
and festivals such as Coachella, Decibel, Osheaga, and Pukkelpop.
• Shlohmo was handpicked for Rick Rubin’s ‘Star Wars
Headspace’ Compilation.
• Shlohmo performed live on Last Call with Carson Daly

Press Quotes:
• “L.A. producer Shlohmo showed just how far the Brainfeeder
template of abstract instrumental hip-hop could be stretched– to
gossamer, almost transparent extremes.” – Pitchfork
• “Shlohmo makes breezy, lo-fi music that evokes DJ Shadow and
more laid-back M83.” – The Wall Street Journal
• “Shlohmo’s “Bad Vibes” isn’t merely its most accomplished release
yet, it’s likely the most fully realized work to bubble up out of the
Low End Theory this year.” – LA Times
• “The proudly lo-fi tracks are built from birdcalls, static, wordless
vocals, electronic blips, not-always-tuned guitars, half-audible
speech, stray clanks and rustles and ticks, it can sound as if were
recorded on duct tape. The ingredients vary in each track, but
Shlohmo is conceptually fixated, making nearly the whole album a
set of variations on the idea of a languid vamp: almost always two
chords, occasionally three.” – The New York Times Available from 11.11.2016

Combat! – Combat!
Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Combat! – Combat!

Image: 1605904 FOF! present the new self titled project from COMBAT!.

Tracklist
1. Jacaranda
2. Heavy Accent
3. Olive Skin
4. Kenji
5. We Were Golden
6. Days of Dust
7. Avron
8. The Firefall and the Temple
9. Saltwater Park
10. Open and Close the Globe
11. Sun Crawl

Mark Nieto has tangled with the Los Angeles underground for the better part of the last decade, appearing regularly on local radio, playing parties and fine-tuning an aesthetic that fits comfortable at the intersection of instrumental guitar music and experimental electronic structures. It’s as COMBAT! that Nieto’s various projects and influences meet though and this Fall the native Angeleno will release his debut selftitled album on Friends of Friends. ‘COMBAT!’ is comprised of 13 songs that fall at various points along the intersection of experimental guitar music and an array of electronic sounds, ranging from house on one end of the spectrum and ambient on the other. With the thought of crafting optimal music for emotional drives around Los Angeles, COMBAT! recorded the‘COMBAT!’ LP while traveling around the globe, garnering wisdom from an array of locales while always keeping his indomitable Southern California heritage in peripheral focus. With past relationships, growing pains and an unavoidable sense of place(and displacement) forming the emotional crux of the album, tracks like “Days of Dust” and “Heavy Accent” are deeply evocative efforts, full of harmonically complex guitar bits, rganic rhythms and a deeply understood sense of atmosphere. The album is entire instrumental, but with energetic highs like “Jacaranda” and “Open And Close The Globe”, you’d be hard-pressed to not be completely enveloped in COMBAT!’s world as his self-titled debut hits peaks and valleys rarely found on a debut release. And while this is COMBAT!’s official debut, real Los Angeles heads will know him from past projects and a long-running KXLU show, all components of his greater musical history.

Key Points:
• “Heavy Accent” premiered via Noisey, “Jacaranda” premiered via Self-Titled
• Limited vinyl run of 250.
• Instrumentation on album performed by members of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.
• Long time DJ at KXLU.
• For fans of: Battles, Dawn of Midi, and Tycho.
• From the label that brought Daedalus, Shlohmo, Jerome LOL, and Anenon.

Press Quotes:
“Nieto’s atmospherics owe as much to house and hip-hop as they do anything else, with minor refrains that linger as the melody carries on, echoing the hypnotic unease of a long dusk drive across LA.” – Noisey

“Heavy Accent” is an impressive introduction, and if the Friends of Friends co-sign didn’t leave you convinced, one listen certainly will.” – Passion of the Weiss Available from 16.09.2016

Kyson – A Book Of Flying
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Image: 1602878 ‘A Book Of Flying’ marks the return of Jian Kellett Liew (aka Kyson) to
Friends of Friends and the follow-up to 2013’s ‘The Water’s Way’. The
Adelaide-born, Berlin-based composer/producer/electronic musician sees
music as the platform through which he feels most comfortable –
projecting his imagination through musical narratives, embracing and
documenting the images and sounds of the world he’s traveled – from the
chaos and cacophony of bustling cities, to the peaceful, sun-drenched
comfort of his own hometown.
Eleven roomy, beatific songs are rounded around Kyson’s delicate vocal
work, ‘A Book Of Flying’ updates classic folk tropes with modern verve.
Composed entirely by Kyson, the album is a sort of grown up bedroom
album, full of contemplative instrumentation and songwriting that tugs at
intrinsically human heartstrings. Whereas Kyson’s music has touched on
the dancefloor in the past, ‘A Book Of Flying’ gives in entirely to his
inward-looking proclivities and the result is his most complete work to
date, a work of contemporary folk that paints a fluid picture of Kyson the
artist.
“Carved within a time of solitude, it was this period of realizationmusically
and personally- which granted me the chance to explore a new
musical focus. Inspired by delicate sound fragments and a connection to
nature’s noise, A Book of Flying is an album which arose out of
necessity.” –Kyson

Tracklist:
1. As The Mind It Changes
2. Flightless
3. Thank You For Everything Part II
4. You
5. Latvia
6. Pictures
7. A Song About The Future
8. Nice Circle
9. Black Dreaming
10. To Fight Without Sabotage
11. Outro / If Our Love Was A Movie

Press Quotes:
“The way the central synth motif on “How Long” swells and eclipses everything
else is downright thrilling… it smoulders and overtakes like it’s trying to run the
rest of the track into the ground, a perfect centerpiece” – Pitchfork, on The
Water’s Way
“Though he continues to employ forward-thinking arrangements and sleek
electronic elements, Kyson has added a dream-like folk motif to his most recent
work. The drifting vocals and gentle acoustic guitar patterns of his newest work
could almost pass for José González.
– Stereogum, on A Book Of Flying Available from 01.04.2016

Anenon – Petrol
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Image: 1602879 Anenon is Brian Allen Simon, an artist and the founder of
the Non Projects record label. Constantly shedding the non-essential
in search of a deep and individualized core, Anenon’s music feels
potent and refined, yet still raw. His work reaches audiences through
speakers and venues where music is given serious consideration. An
experimental artist using contemporary tools, Brian mines the intersection
of electronics, jazz, improvisation and spiritual atmospherics.
Simon has performed internationally throughout Japan,
Europe and North America, sharing the stage with the likes of Morton
Subotnick, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, Baths and many more. He is a
distinguished entrant of the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy and has
guest lectured at CalArts. Alongside multiple LP’s and EP’s released
on Non Projects, Simon has also released songs on Ghostly International,
Innovative Leisure and Brownswood. October saw Anenon’s debut
on Friends of Friends with the ‘Camembert’ EP, an effort that will be
followed with the ‘Petrol’ LP in 2016.
Born out of a series of improvisational sessions with friend
and collaborator Jon-Kyle Mohr, Anenon’s ‘Petrol’ is an album about
his native city of Los Angeles, but not the Los Angeles you know. It’s
a city built as much upon the frenzied kinetic energy of its freeways
as its moments of thoughtful, early morning solitude. In Anenon’s
mind, an Angeleno is “one who understands the beauty of distance
and the consistencies of irregularity” and those juxtapositions can be
found throughout ‘Petrol’, a spacious album that needs to be lived in
to be believed. Those juxtapositions extend to the sonic makeup of
‘Petrol’, from the tactile bliss of opener “Body” to the album closing
title track’s climactic bombast. Out March 4 on Friends of Friends,
‘Petrol’ is the culmination of years of work and a deeply refined sensibility,
a combination that seems to fit both label and artist like a glove.

Tracklist:
1. Body
2. Lumina
3. Once
4. CXP
5. Mouth
6. Hinoki
7. Machines
8. Panes
9. Petrol

Key Points:
• Support for ‘Petrol’ from The Wire, Pitchfork, LA Times, RBMA, Noisey,
Fader, Mixmag, Exclaim, Clash
• Red Bull Music Academy alumnus (2011)
• Curating a four-part, year-long series at the Museum of Contemporary Art,
Los Angeles entitled ‘Movement’
• Radio Host on non-profit online radio station Dublab
• Head of Non Projects record label, an Alpha Pup imprint
• Past releases on Ghostly International, Innovative Leisure and Brownswood
Recordings
• International touring experience with performances in Japan, Europe and
North America, sharing the stage with the likes of Morton Subotnick, Julia
Holter, Laurel Halo, Baths and many more

Press Quotes:
“The mood is evocative of Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack, but elsewhere
things are less placid and misty-eyed, the drums on “Once” and “CXP” recreate the
head-over-heels tumble of drum ‘n’ bass, inspiring greater urgency in Simon’s
sax work. “Mouth” and “Petrol,” meanwhile, bring to mind Philip Glass’
work.”
– Philip Sherburne (Pitchfork) on Petrol Available from 01.04.2016

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