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Various – Function Underground (RSD)
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Function Underground (RSD)

Image: 1608992 FUNCTION UNDERGROUND – The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974

14 tracks by Jimi Macon, Black Maffia, Blacklites and more, many reissued for the first time. Includes a 16 page booklet with extensive notes on an overlooked and important portion of rock n’ roll’s history & a Download card to WAV files of the full album.

Nearly everyone in the world can rattle off the great African-American musical forms. Jazz, blues, R&B, soul, hip-hop, house, gospel. One influential genre is always left off of the
list: a folk music known as rock n’ roll. Rock n’ roll was a term originally coined to market the white-friendly version of a genre that already existed, prior to 1965, the line between
rock n’ roll and R&B was thin: Ike Turner recorded and released “Rocket ‘88’ ” in 1951 and, while its Chess Records release reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart, it is
regarded by many as the first rock n’ roll record.
The Great Divide between R&B and rock n’ roll came after the Beatles and the British Invasion decimated the Top 40 chart in 1964. Simultaneously, R&B entered a new phase, soon
to be labeled “soul,” which upped the music’s gospel quotient and turned its frantic twang. So somewhere in the mid to late-1960s, rock n’ roll became perceived as something for
the Caucasian kids. When Jimi Hendrix and Arthur Lee made the scene, they were said to be black musicians entering into a white world. While that couldn’t be farther from the truth,
that false dichotomy has existed in America’s popular conscious ever since, to the point where the idea of a black rock musician is on the level with the idea of a black cowboy.
In the mid-1960s, funk replaced soul as the rhythm that was going to move the world. We know all its progenitor – James Brown, The Meters, Kool & The Gang – and their
innovations: the syncopated, 4/4 dance between the bass and drums, horns repurposed as percussion, chicken-scratch and wah-wah guitar. We can trace where they came from.
But there is one crucial funk influence that no one seems to want to acknowledge – a devil-may-care attitude we can attribute to rock n’ roll. It’s not a stretch to say that funk is the
African-American answer to psychedelia and hard rock rolled into one.
The idea of “progressivism” that took over rock music after psychedelia’s heyday in the late 1960s belatedly spilled over to funk. In the early 1970s, as the underground/psychedelic
fire burnt out in the white rock world, it roared to a blaze in the black musical community. Nearly every American city with a large black population boasted self-contained funk bands
that didn’t consider themselves simply revues or backup groups, but rather fully-operational ensembles In these bands, everything from composing, arranging, record production
and distribution, was handled in house by band members. These are the bands whose music comprises this anthology, and while they’re all different, they’re unique in one way: they
kept their ears open for new developments in funk and rock music.
This anthology presents earnest questions as to why we know so little about these bands and the movement of which they were a part. While we don’t anticipate that we’ll ever find
a definitive answer as to what these ensembles’ true goals were, then, we do know that they took their charges seriously. And they knew they were onto something different,
something that, though only they and their immediate kin might recognize it, was more interesting than the status quo. Function Underground shines light on an important and
overlooked part of rock n’ roll’s history and talented ensembles that toiled in the shadows, derided by their peers
‘Do you realize that Hendrix was dead before most black people in America knew he was a black man?” Ebony Rhythm Band drummer Matthew Watson questions rhetorically. “We
was scorned. In that era, everybody else in the black community was wearing three-piece suits, processes and Afro wigs and that shit. We was the first guys to wear bell bottoms.
The first guys to wear big hats. We were off into a whole other thing.”

A1. 1984 – There’s A Wrinkle In Our Time
A2. Purple Snow – Down By The River
A3. Jimi Macon – Jimi’s Guitar Raps With The Bass
A4. Creations Unltd – Corruption Is The Thing
A5. We The People – Function Underground
A6. Michael Liggins And The Super Souls – Loaded Back
A7. Stone Coal White – Stone Coal White
B1. Blacklites – BL Movement
B2. Ebony Rhythm Band – Drugs Ain’t Cool
B3. Cisneros and Garza Group – I’m A Man
B4. LA Carnival – Blind Man (45 Version)
B5. Revolution – The Siesta Is Over
B6. Black Conspirators – Just Got To Be Free
B7. Black Maffia – I Want To Take You Higher
Available from 22.04.2017

Brugnolini & Carnini – Beat Drammatico Underground Pop Elettronico /LP+CD
Friday, January 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Brugnolini & Carnini – Beat Drammatico Underground Pop Elettronico /LP+CD

Image: 1608196 A fantastic obscure record, whose tracks simply anticipate Techno and generally Electronic music of the early 70s, including Kraftwerk’s milestone “Autobahn”. The set provides some blending Funk tunes driven by Experimental Electronic music, all with a heavy dramatic feel: the result is an unbelievable, unique and explosive library music LP, a collection of several TV synchronization themes. What we had is stunning Drama Cop scores and dark Electronic moods, all surrounded by loads of fuzzy vibes and all that weird, Industrial, Futuristic Synth FX and so on…

A mind-melting opera. Some of the tracks here simply anticipate Techno and generally Electronic music of the
early 70s. While Kraftwerk released “Ralph & Florian”, and about one year before the releasing of the milestone
“Autobahn”, maestros Sandro Brugnolini and Giorgio Carnini were already experimenting the deep sounds of
analogue synthesizer ARP 2600.
The set provides some blending Funk tunes driven by Experimental Electronic music, all with a heavy dramatic
feel: the result is an unbelievable, unique and explosive library music LP. “Beat Drammatico Underground Pop
Elettronico” is the title that Brugnolini and Carnini adopted for this collection of several TV synchronization themes.
What we had is stunning Drama Cop scores and dark Electronic moods, all surrounded by loads of fuzzy
vibes and all that weird, Industrial, Futuristic Synth FX and so on…
This reissue gives back a long forgotten and obscure session originally released on Fonit label in 1973. – Lorenzo Fabrizi / Sonor Music Editions

A1 Grinta
A2 L’ora di agire
A3 Azione C.I.A.
A4 La C.I.A. insegue
A5 C.I.A. massacre
B1 Scalo clandestino
B2 Omicidio bianco
B3 Alambicco cibernetico
B4 Electronic carillon
B5 Strutture generative Available from 17.02.2017

P-Original – Regeneration
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on P-Original – Regeneration

Image: 1608017 Veteran underground hip-hop producer from New Jersey, P-Original,
best known for his work with El Da Sensei (of The Artifacts),
Benefcence, Pacewon, and Dr. Becket drops a brand new LP of
blazing instrumentals.
Earthy, warm beats from the MPC and classic SP1200, emblematic
of the award winning cover design by illustrator Brad Yeo featured
in Creative Arts CA that lean on the Jazz and Soul side. A beautiful
pressing on 180 gram vinyl limited to a small run of 300 copies.

1. Re: Birth
2. Perc One
3. Dave’s Axe
4. Interlude
5. Sai Fon
6. Pat’s Conscious
7. Interlude
8. See Thru
9. Joe’s Tune
10. Pretty Funky
11. Dollar Jones
12. Dope Man
13. Brain Rhythm
14. Interlude
15. Cool Cat
16. Jack’s Sax
17. Perc Two
18. Interlude
19. Lil’ Teo
20. And I
21. Cal’s Vibe Available from 20.01.2017

Painkiller – Execution Ground (2LP)
Friday, August 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Painkiller – Execution Ground (2LP)

Image: 1605743 The seminal 1994 double album by the original PAINKILLER line-up BILL LASWELL, JOHN ZORN and MICK HARRIS on vinyl for the first time! Avant-jazz, grindcore, dub and ambient melt into eerie tracks of haunting atmospheres.

When PAINKILLER started in 1991, their first two albums “Guts Of A Virgin” and “Buried Secrets” (both released on extreme metal label Earache) were heavy attacks blending grindcore and free jazz that brought together the musical backgrounds of the three protagonists: drummer MICK HARRIS had just left grindcore legend NAPALM DEATH, JOHN ZORN explored new extremities with his NAKED CITY project while BILL LASWELL had as a member of roaring free jazz quartet LAST EXIT ( PETER BRÖTZMANN / SONNY SHARROCK / RONALD SHANNON JACKSON) proven that he was not only a visionary producer but also an accomplished bassist. But it is their 1994 double album “Execution Ground” that remains the opus magnum of the brilliant trio: ZORN’s unmistakable shrieking saxophone, HARRIS’ pounding drums and LASWELL’s growling sub-bass lines were given heavy mixing desk treatment, resulting in extended tracks that are no less intense than their early works but display the full range of the musicians’ skills. Soaked with reverb and delay, avant-jazz, grindcore, dub and ambient melt into eerie tracks of haunting atmospheres – even more so in the ambient versions of disc 2. Mastered and cut by RASHAD BECKER at D&M Berlin, “Execution Ground” is now available on vinyl for the very first time as 2x 180gr LP incl. a download code and insert in a limited edition of 500 items.

1 Parish Of Tama (Ossuary dub)
2 Morning Of Balachaturdasi
3 Pashupatinath (Ambient)
4 Parish Of Tama (Ambient) Available from 23.09.2016

Various – The Sound Of DJ International / Underground
Saturday, September 5th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Sound Of DJ International / Underground

Image: 1599403 This very limited addition of the vinyl version represents music that became known as the “House Sound of Chicago”. The defining moment of modern music. The modern legends, Darrell Pandy, the most unique entertainer I ever met, began his career with “Love Can’t Turn Around”, Loleatta Hollaway made her comeback here from her earlier disco career, Frankie Knuckles first records were recorded with us, as well as his work being included with Jamie Principle . Marshall Jefferson, Joe Smooth, Cannon Irving, Chip E., Keith Nunnasly, Steve “Silk” Hurley, Ricky Dillard, and many more This was the time house music was created, and across the street from DJ International was the warehouse where the legends played. This all happened on Rental Street now undergoing the City of Chicago’s now and new DJ international Street. With over 400 recordings done at DJ International and Underground Studios, most of Chicago’s legendary DJ’s were there. For those who were able to be there knew that this was the basis on everybody’s mythology of house music . The full story told coming soon. This compilation is for deejays honoring “momentum’ music, and history as DJ International a house “Sound Of Chicago” music for DJ’s is the collaboration in CHICAGO, with the greatest artist / performers.

Rocky Jones
Chairman and Founder of DJ International Records & Underground Records


A1 ESP – It’s U
A2 Chip E – Time To Jack
A3 MDIII – Personal Problem
B1 House People – Godfather Of House
B2 Chip E Inc Feat K Joy – Like This
B3 The Mix Masters Feat MC Action – In The Mix
C1 Fast Eddie – Acid Thunder
C2 Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge – Its Alright
D1 Endless Pokers – !The Poke! – Original 12 Your Turn 2 Work Me Mix
D2 Joe Smooth – Promised Land
E1 Marshall Jefferson Presents Dancing Flutes – Do The Do (Original 12_ Got 2 Mix)
E2 Sterling Void – Serve It Up (Original Album Version)
E3 ESP – Let’s Move
F1 MD III – Face The Nation
F2 Frankie Knuckles – Only The Strong Survive Available from 02.10.2015

Boo Williams Vs. Glenn Underground – Boo Williams Vs. Glenn Underground
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Boo Williams Vs. Glenn Underground – Boo Williams Vs. Glenn Underground

Image: 1596090 2 supreme Chicago heavyweights go head to head across 2 slabs of wax… step up Boo Williams & Glen Underground!

These 2 producers should need no introduction, they’ve both help shape the second wave of Chicago’s House sound with their own inimitable styles over a slew of classic releases since the mid 90’s. This double-pack is pure fire & was originally released in 1995 on miniscule Trax offshoot MAAD, fans of that bouncing, stripped back, funked out House music look no further, it’s all right here!

Across the 2 discs you’ll find back to back bangers, a serious addition to any DJ’s bag & throwing a whole lot of styles into the blender Boo & Glen don’t let up! This is the first time this record has ever been re-pressed since it’s original release surprisingly with prices on-line often being at the higher end of the scale for used copies. All of the tracks featured still pack a serious punch & will definitely rock any party! This is straight up, no nonsense HOUSE for the heads!

Fully re-mastered, re-pressed & re-released for 2015 in it’s original format with the permission & participation of all rights holders with all original MAAD label artwork intact.


A1. Motion Sickness
A2. Mayday Funk
B1. Cronic Groove
B2. Michael Myers
C1. Po-ta Grized
C2. Bee W. G5
D1. Lights Out
D2. Stopen Niggaz Available from 17.04.2015

Glenn Underground – The Isms
Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Glenn Underground – The Isms

Featuring vocals from Charles Matlock this house song is a “strong message to the club scene”. Along with mastermind Glenn Underground’s production you get a remixes by fellow Chicagoans Anthony Nicholson and Lil Louis on the flipside. A killer lineup…

The Braen’s Machine – Underground (Deluxe Edition LP+CD)
Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Braen’s Machine – Underground (Deluxe Edition LP+CD)

During the ’70s, work days at Umiliani’s Sound Workshop Studios were hectic, thousands of sessions were held in order to keep up with a very busy Italian movie industry: Hundreds of soundtracks alongside with music library were recorded and released o…

Glenn Underground – Service Remixes
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Glenn Underground – Service Remixes

This second 12″ from GLENN’s “JULY 12, 1978” album has 3 mixes of the song “SERVICE” (a “composition that could never be played enough”). Alongside the original you get Chicago’s own LATIN SOUL BROTHA RICARDO MIRANDA doing a dub remix and as an added …

Parris Mitchell – Life in the Underground
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Parris Mitchell – Life in the Underground

Image: 1583303 Reissue of sought-after Dance Mania classic (DM071) remastered from the original tapes. 11 ghetto house bangers from 1994, co-produced by Jammin’ Gerald & DJ Funk, f/Funk on vocals. Pure fire!! Available from 09.08.2013

East Of Underground – East Of Underground / SOAP
Thursday, August 1st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on East Of Underground – East Of Underground / SOAP

Image: 1582039 US Army-Mitglieder spielten in den frühen 70er Jahren und gegen Ende des Vietnam Krieges als East Of Underground Band Soul, Funk und Rock. Die Musiker waren in Westdeutschland stationierte Soldaten und Gewinner des “US Army’s Annual Original Magnificent Special Services Entertainment Showband Contests” der Jahre 1971-1972. Enthalten sind unter anderem Coverversionen von bekannten Songs von Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Funkadelic und James Brown. Available from 12.07.2013

French DJ duo Jess & Crabbe takes us on a trip to a Venezuelan underground electronic scene
Friday, March 8th, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,
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Following the much-acclaimed “Bazzerk” compilation, French DJ duo Jess & Crabbe return to curate a second collection under the Bazzerk banner, exploring a criminally unknown dance scene. “Changa Tuki Classics” takes us on an exhilarating trip to a Venezuelan underground electronic scene. Defining Changa Tuki as a genre is tricky, the respective meanings of the […]

Georgia Anne Muldrow is taking her craft to a higher ground …
Friday, December 11th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,
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“”Kings Ballad” is a celebration of creativity and uniqueness, things that are necessary to a meaningful life expression. It’s about being yourself” – Georgia Anne Muldrow Slicing pop’n’lock-friendly funk with gospel and gracious soul, Georgia Anne Muldrow is shining as a true West Coast original. The seeds of early experimental releases are now blossoming as […]

High Contrast is back with a first-class collection of originals and remixes …
Thursday, April 9th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Successor to The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx and Underworld, High Contrast is another exceptional British dance music artist conquering the world’s dancefloors. Making his debut way back in 2001, he’s come a long way. Hospital Records – a label at the top of its game – have cherry-picked this selection to represent the very finest […]

“REWIND! 5” Original Classics. Re-Worked, Remixed, Re-Edited and Rewound …
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Ubiquity’s “REWIND! 4” – Original classics, re-worked, remixed, re-edited and rewound …
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Edu Imbernon
Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Sprouting from city of “valour” – Valencia – the multifaceted artist: producer, remixer, DJ, label owner and event promoter Edu Imbernon is a truly global electronic music proposition. Edu has carved out an emotive, melodic sound focusing on songcraft that is all his own: a unique blend of electronica, house and indie. This sound was […]

Michael Cosmic / Phill Musra – Peace In The World / Creator Space
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Michael Cosmic / Phill Musra – Peace In The World / Creator Space

Image: 1616303 The latest release in Now-Again’s Reserve series is Michael Cosmic’s Peace In The World & Phill Musra Group’s Creator Spaces, packaged as a double LP.

Free improvisation, first touched on by messengers like John Coltrane, Sun Ra and Albert Ayler, gives us an exuberant maelstrom that rejoices in life while it shoves back at complex, unforgiving social-political environments. The 70s Boston underground brought twin brothers Phill Musra and Michael Cosmic together with Turkish-born drummer Hüseyin Ertunç, as a trio, and with other Boston jazzers (John Jamyll Jones of Worlds Experience Orchestra, the 2nd Now-Again Reserve Edition entry), the twins each privately issued an album. Potent mixes of spirituality, expressionist fire and electrified newness, these LPs are presented as the 7th entry in the Now-Again Reserve Edition, mastered from the original tapes. Contains download card for .Wav files of the full release – including bonus tracks by Phill Musra Group and World’s Experience Orchestra – and a booklet with extensive liner notes by jazz historian Clifford Allen, photos, show flyers and many other unpublished gems. In an homage to the original issues, both front and back cover feature hand-printed, pasted-on slicks.

Michael Cosmic – Peace In The World
A1. Arabia • B1. Space On Space • B2. Peace In The World
Phill Musra Group – Creator Spaces
C1. We Love You Malcolm X • C2. Egypt • D1. Arabia
D2. • The Creator Is So Far Out • D3. The Creator Spaces Available from 17.11.2017

Sweat Band – Sweat Band
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sweat Band – Sweat Band

Image: 1616307 The 1970s saw the rise of Funk as we now
know. Nothing fueled the 70s funk revolution
quite like George Clinton’s massive musical
collective known as Parliament-Funkadelic.
One of the main contributors to the P-Funk
sound was Cincinnati native and former JB’s
member Bootsy Collins. Literally, there would be
no Mothership without Bootsy, aka Bootzilla, a
true monster on the bass.
1980’s Sweat Band was originally envisioned to
be the 5th release from Bootsy Collin’s
funktacular Rubber Band. But somehow Bootsy
lost the rights to the Rubber Band name to, of all
things, a folk act. But rest assured, though the
name may be slightly different, all the funk is
intact. For this outing Bootsy’s background with
James Brown and as a major contributor to the
Parliament Funkadelic family are in full effect.
Players on the project include Michael Hampton
and Garry Shider on guitar, Bernie Worrell on
the keys, as well as a horn line comprising Fred
Wesley, Richard Griffith and Maceo Parker. And
being that this is a full-fledged P-Funk outing,
George Clinton himself is Executive Producer.
Anchoring the entire project, the amazing bass
work of the one and only Bootsy Collins.

A1. Hyper Space
A2. Freak To Freak
A3. Love Munch
A4. We Do It All Day Long
B1. Jamaica
B2. Body Shop
B3. We Do It All Day Long (Reprise) Available from 17.11.2017

Sunny & The Sunliners – The Missing Link (BF RSD)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sunny & The Sunliners – The Missing Link (BF RSD)

Image: 1615557 $2 from each copy of The Missing Link sold on Black Friday Record Store Day 2017 will go to The Greater Houston Community Foundation to help with relief for areas of Texas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides, Sunny became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.
After releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as a
teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal.
As a logical next step after Big Crown’s excellent (and Sunny-approved) Mr. Brown Eyed Soul compilation from September, the label has started digging into the vaults of Sunny’s Key-Loc Records label to unearth some legit soul classics – which are hard to find even in San Antonio, and clean originals will cost you a pretty penny if you ever luck into one – and have not been on vinyl since the late ‘60s. Each has been remastered and includes original album art.
Second in the reissue series is The Missing Link, a 10-cut, all instrumental album, and the tracklist is a wild ride indeed. Ranging from hip soul – James Brown’s
“Soul Pride,” The Inclines’ Muscle Shoals groover “Pressure Cooker,” and the Meters classic “Cissy Strut” – to a wide swath of ‘60s Texas Latin party essentials (“Uno,” “Rosita Bonita” and “La Pecosita”), the Sunliners are in top form all throughout. It won’t take much to envision a San Antonio backyard BBQ in the early ‘70s with this long player spinning in the background, on repeat.
Instrumental party albums were all the rage back when this hit in the late ‘60s, and Sunny Ozuna and crew show here that they could groove with the best of them. Throw it on, break out the back deck smoker, and let the good tunes roll.
Available from 24.11.2017

Daedelus – Invention And The Quiet Party (BF RSD)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Daedelus – Invention And The Quiet Party (BF RSD)

Image: 1615560 Like his mythological namesake, Daedelus – otherwise known as Alfred Darlington – is an inventor, a creator of sonic labyrinths combining sounds from an eclectic palette into an innovative genre all his own. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Daedelus is repackaging his seminal debut Invention in a 2XLP package with the complimentary EP The Quiet Party (including appearances from Madlib, Yesterday’s New Quintet and Busdriver) in a color vinyl masterpiece. Containing the track Experience, known in part as a sample in Madvillain’s accordion, Invention is a genrespanning opus that marks the start of what has become an illustrious career.
As Pitchfork writes, “Daedelus’ debut album manages to fnd common ground between 21st century electronics and the string arrangements of yesteryear. He never obscures one with the other, nor allows one to shine through at the other’s expense. The disparate elements are in harmony and at the command of Daedelus’ personality.”

1. Playing Parties
2. Pursed Lips Reply
3. Astroboy
4. Adventress
5. Elegy (At Last)
6. Muggle Born
7. Aplomb
8. Experience
9. Loded
10. Quiet Now
11. Minor Detour
12. Perchance A Bit
13. Soulful Of Child
14. Thus The Whirligig
15. Quiet Now (with Busdriver)
16. Pursed Lips Reply (with Sach)
17. Playing Parties (YNQ – The Stars Remix)
18. Madlib Bonus Beats
19. Muggle Born (High Priest ESP Remix)
20. Girls (feat. Abstract Rude and Busdriver)
21. Girls (Instrumental)
22. A Touch Of Spring

• Originally released in 2002, out of print for 10+ years
• Upcoming show in El Paso, Texas with Huxley Anne, & Wylie Cable on November 4th
• “Wears House” mix tape coming out on Dome of Doom on October 13
• 15 year anniversary edition pressed on blue/beige vinyl
• Pitchfork review from 2002 (8.8) Available from 24.11.2017

Albert Ayler – Bells
Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Albert Ayler – Bells

Image: 1611980 Undisputed ESP-Disk classic back in print!

Track Listing/ISRCs:
A:1. “Bells” 19:45
B:1: “Vibrations” (a.k.a. “[tune Q]2”) 7:49

Personnel: A:1: Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone,
Donald Ayler, trumpet, Charles Tyler, alto
saxophone, Lewis Worrell, bass, Sunny Murray,
drums. Recorded live at Town Hall, New York City,
May 1, 1965. Engineer: Richard Alderson
B:1: Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone, Gary Peacock,
bass, Sunny Murray, drums.

Recorded at Variety Arts Studio, New York City, July 10, 1964.
Engineer: unknown. Sound file/mastering
courtesy of Martin Davidson.

All compositions by Albert Ayler (Syndicore Music BMI).

Overview: The transitional Bells was just under 20 minutes, released originally as one side of a clear vinyl LP with the
other side empty of music. It was recorded at a May 1, 1965 Town Hall concert of ESP artists, displaying Ayler’s new
group, which added Albert’s brother Donald and Charles Tyler. The denser sound of “Bells” shows Ayler moving towards
the bigger sonic statement made on Spirits Rejoice, his September 23, 1965 Judson Hall session. By the way, “Bells” as
heard here is not, in fact, a single composition, rather, it is a medley moving from “Holy Ghost” to an unnamed theme
and then into “Bells” proper. ESP-Disk’ founder Bernard Stollman was so excited by Bells that it was released without
delaying to record additional music to fill the other side of the LP. Both Donald Ayler and Charles Tyler were making
their recorded debuts, Tyler would go on to record for ESP as a leader (ESP1029, Charles Tyler Ensemble, and ESP1059,
Eastern Man Alone).
One vinyl pressing of Spiritual Unity in the ’60s substituted a different track for “Spirits.” Mr. Stollman had no memory of
how this had happened, but it was subsequently corrected and became a rarity known only to rabid collectors and ESP
fanatics. The one that is on all the CDs (except for one Japanese release with both) and all the rest of the vinyl editions is
the same tune as what is titled “Saints” on Witches & Devils (AKA Spirits, recorded on February 24, 1964). The
anomalous substitution, which does sound somewhat similar, is the same tune known as “Vibrations” on the album
Vibrations (AKA Ghosts) and as “[tune Q]2” in Revenant’s Holy Ghost box set. Martin Davidson (owner of Emanem,
another indie label responsible for many groundbreaking jazz releases) suggested we include this mysterious rarity on
our 50th anniversary CD edition of Spiritual Unity, and supplied the sound file, for which we are grateful. We have kept
the vinyl edition of Spiritual Unity as originally intended. How to get it out on vinyl, then? Well, Bells has long had plenty
of open space on its B-side…
Press Quotes:
“…tenorman Albert Ayler has probably, next to Coltrane and Cecil Taylor, held the most sway on the direction of
improvisation from a “thematic” or ˜phrase-based” approach to that of a purely sonic one.” – Clifford Allen, All About
Jazz Available from 01.12.2017

Celo & Abdi
Monday, October 16th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Ćelo ist ein Sohn bosnischer Immigranten, aufgewachsen im Frankfurter Stadtteil Bornheim: So gesehen kam Ćelo nicht umhin, den multikulturellen Touch der Mainmetropole von Kindheit an aufzusaugen. Etwas, das sich nicht nur in seiner Art zu leben, sondern auch in seiner Musik widerspiegelt. Bis zu dem heutigen Punkt, an dem er es schafft, mit seiner Musik […]

Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü (4LP+Book)
Friday, September 29th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü (4LP+Book)

Image: 1611807 Experience the punishing sonic origins of a punk icon. Collected here for the first time, and skillfully remastered from original board tapes, demos, and session masters, this collection is an authoritative chronicling of the wellspring and maturation of Grant Hart, Greg Norton and Bob Mould—three St. Paul teenagers who’d go on to become the most heralded trio of the American punk underground. Follow the Hüskers to their earliest gigs in 1979, through extensive road dog touring, and to the start of their partnership with West Coast tastemak er SST in 1983.

This primitive stage in the fabled car eer of Hüsk er Dü is presented as a deluxe box set and packaged with a hardbound book crammed full of never before seen photos, flyers, and a sprawling essay with participation from the band. Spread across four LPs or three CDs, 47 of the 69 songs compiled here are previously unissued. Also included are Statues/Amusement, In A Free Land, Everything Falls Apart, and an alternate recording of the Land Speed Record set.

“We created this blistering wall of sound—bright white radio static with occasional melody.” —Bob Mould
“It was like rolling down a hill aware of the bumps, but focusing on blowing people’s minds and completely wearing out the audience.”—Grant Hart
“We didn’t know what hardcore was. We just got up there and played real fast and loud.”—Greg Norton

Package details:

•4 LPs or 3CDs
•Tip on jackets or die cut sleeves
•108-page or 144-page hardcover book
•Linen-finished slipcase
•69 songs, 47 previously unissued
•40 previously unpublished photographs
•12,000 word essay by Erin Osmon
•Sessionography by Paul Hilcoff
•Remastered from the original analog tapes

Side A
1. Do You Remember?
2. Sore Eyes
3. Can’t See You Anymore
4. Picture Of You
5. The Truth Hurts
6. Do The Bee
7. Nuclear Nightmare
8. All I’ve Got To Lose Is You
Side B
1. Chinese Rocks
2. Uncle Ron
3. Data Control
4. Insects Rule The World
5. You’re Too Obtuse
6. Outside
7. Sexual Economics
8. What Went Wrong?

Side C
1. Statues
2. Amusement
3. Writer’s Cramp
4. Let’s Go Die
5. Walk With The Wounded
6. Industrial Grocery Store
Side D
1. Drug Party
2. Call On Me
3. Termination
4. I’m Tired Of Doing Things
5. Stick It To Me
6. Wheels

Side E
1. All Tensed Up
2. Don’t Try To Call
3. I’m Not Interested
4. Guns At My School
5. Push The Button
6. Gilligan’s Island
7. MTC
8. Don’t Have A Life
9. You’re Naive
10. Strange Week
11. Big Sky
12. Ultracore
13. Let’s Go Die
Side F
1. Won’t Say A Word
2. Don’t Try It
3. Private Hell
4. Diane
5. Sex Dolls
6. In A Free Land
7. What Do I Want?
8. M.I.C.
9. Target
10. Signals From Above

Side G
1. From The Gut
2. Blah, Blah, Blah
3. Punch Drunk
4. Bricklayer
5. Afraid Of Being Wrong
6. Sunshine Superman
7. Signals From Above
8. Everything Falls Apart
9. Wheels
10. Target
11. Obnoxious
12. Gravity
Side H
1. Do You Remember?
2. Travel In Opposite Car
3. It’s Not Funny Anymore
4. Real World
5. Out On A Limb
6. It’s Not Fair

CD Tracklist is same order, split as follows:
CD1 – Sides A, B, C
CD2 – Sides D, E, F (Tracks 1-5)
CD3 – Sides F (Tracks 6-10), G, H Available from 15.12.2017

Various – Afro Rock Vol.1
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Afro Rock Vol.1

Image: 1553443 Reissue of the influential “Afro-Rock Volume One” on Strut!

A1. Jingo – Fever
A2. Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats – Heavy Heavy Heavy
A3. Steele Beautttah – Africa
B1. Mercury Dance Band – Envy No Good
B2. Dackin Dackino – Yuda
C1. K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas – Kyenkyen Bi Adi M’Awu
C2. Orchestra Lissanga – Okuzua
D1. Super Mambo 69 – Sweeper Soul
D2. Fathili & The Yahoos – Mabala
D3. Bokoor Band – Onukpa Shawarpo
D4. Nkansah And Yaanom – Pem Dwe
D5. Jingo – Keep On Holding On (Part 1) – Bonus Track

‘Afro Rock Vol. 1’ is one of the most important compilations of heavy original ‘70s
Afro funk and soul to be released in recent years. Originally surfacing on Duncan
Brooker’s indie Kona label in early 2001, the album single-handedly kick-started
the thirst among jazz, funk and soul fans and ‘diggers’ to rediscover lost music
from Africa made during the ‘60s and ‘70s from a time when many countries were
gaining independence and celebrating a Pan-African identity within their music. The
album was one of the frst to reach a far different audience to the traditional ‘world
music’ market and spawned many further projects and labels in its wake. A year
later, the ‘Nigeria 70’ compilation surfaced on Strut and labels like Soundway and
Analog Africa would continue to unearth amazing lost gems from the Motherland.
The album is testament to the determined work of Brooker following several
research trips, especially to East Africa – Kenya and Zaire. It brought to light East
Africa’s fnest funk band, Air Fiesta Matata, led by the recently deceased Steele
Beautttah, ‘The Nigerian James Brown’ Geraldo Pino from Port Harcourt in Nigeria,
and the storming Afro jam ‘Yuda’ by Dackin Dackino, a previously unreleased gem
from Zaire discovered on a discarded reel. The album has remained in?uential
since its release with tracks appearing on other Afro compilations and on TV and
the big screen – Jingo’s ‘Fever’ featured in Kevin McDonald’s 2006 hit flm, ‘Last
King Of Scotland’.
Out of print since 2015, the album is being reissued on Strut in its original form with
the extra dynamite unreleased psychedelic cut by Kenya’s Ishmael Jingo, ‘Keep On
Holding On’ taken from the original master tape. The package features the original
sleeve notes by Duncan Brooker along with new additional notes providing further
background to the album and tracks.

– Groundbreaking African music compilation from 2002, first vinyl reissue since 2015
– includes Jingo’s ‘Fever’ featured in the film ‘Last King Of Scotland’
– Album features rare photo and sleeve notes by compiler Duncan Brooker
– Consistently in-demand album among DJs and fans of African rare grooves

Fela Kuti, Gilles Peterson, Soundway, Analog Africa, Ebo Taylor, Matata, Manu
Dibango, William Onyeabor, Oscar Sulley, Slim Ali, Geraldo Pino, Orlando Julius,
Vaudou Game, Orchestre Poly Rythmo Available from 29.09.2017

Space Captain – All Flowers In Time (LP+MP3)
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Space Captain – All Flowers In Time (LP+MP3)

Image: 1611800 ‘All Flowers In Time’ is the debut album from Space Captain, built around the themes of love and nostalgia with a pinch of bitterness and betrayal. With intricate arrangements of fluttering guitars, sparkly keyboards, and cyclical layers of background vocals, all bound together with dreamy indie-pop melodies for a sweet curve-ball of a finish, this beautifully crafted release takes the Brooklyn 7 piece to new heights.

Extensive influences range from Thundercat through Amy Winehouse to Bon Iver, but Space Captain are never anything but themselves, as this release shows. It sees the band moving away from the electronic and experimental sounds of their previous EP, instead taking them back to when they first formed, whilst also pushing the boundaries of their familiar R&B realm. For the band, ‘All Flowers In Time’ quite literally signifies the flowering of their careers and the work they have put in to get there.

“Really interesting…a sound of their own” – Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music)
“Brave new, soulful sounds” – DJ Mag
“A planetary collision between otherworldly flights and earthly crawls… beautiful” – The Wire
“Space Captain’s music carries an energy and originality that deserves listening to” – The Deli

A1. Side Eye
A2. Blue
A3. Daybreak
A4. Sycamore
A5. Loveline / The Drive Home
B1. Cells
B2. Hollow
B3. Hours
B4. Flood Available from 01.12.2017

Peter Gordon & Love Of Life Orchestra – Condo
Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Peter Gordon & Love Of Life Orchestra – Condo

Image: 1611783 Foom presents the new Peter Gordon & Love of Life Orchestra EP, Condo.

A1. Condo
A2. Neighbours
A3. Candy Store
B1. East Village
B2. Condominium

Foom presents the new Peter Gordon & Love of Life Orchestra EP, Condo.
“Condo” (the title song) is a little-known gem from Peter Gordon’s catalog,
pairing David Van Tieghem’s motorik drum programming and found
percussion with the transparent and vibrato-free vocals of Rebecca
Armstrong (Armstrong was also a member of Steve Reich’s ensemble, and
contributed vocals to the definitive ECM recordings of Steve Reich’s Music
For 18 Musicians, and Tehillim). Prior to them working together, Nik Colk
Void (of Factory Floor) wrote to Gordon that: “(Condo) completely catches
my personality and when I feel disillusioned or need comfort, I always put it
on, and it makes me feel good and strong.” Their correspondence
culminated in the Peter Gordon & Factory
Floor collaboration, Beachcombing.
The EP is comprised of a remastered version of the title track, “Condo”
(which originally appeared on 1981’s Casino EP), along with 3 previously
unreleased tracks from the same 1981 sessions. “Neighbors” uses “Condo”
as its foundation, with Peter Gordon’s solo on top, “Candy Store” sees the
full band iteration of the Love of Life Of Orchestra, including Rebecca
Armstrong on vocals, Fred Maher on guitar and Bill Laswell on bass, “East
Village” relies only on synthesizers and electronic percussion, with a chorale
layered upon a deep groove. The EP closer, “Condominium,” is a nod to
those DJs who would play the title track at a slower tempo. The EP’s titles
are a comment on the gentrification of NYC’s East Village, which began in
the early 1980’s and continues to this day, driving out low-income residents,
including artists, writers and musicians, such as Gordon, Van Tieghem and
[Background: In 1981, Peter Gordon joined up with video artists Kit
Fitzgerald and John Sanborn to form Antarctica, a label devoted to releasing
new video music work. The Bologna-based Expanded Records label
released the CASINO EP (on which Condo originally appeared) with the
Antarctica imprimatur, in 1982. Gordon and Van Tieghem returned to
Aquarius Studios in Geneva in (where they had recorded Peter Gordon &
Love Of Life Orchestra’s Genevaalbum the year before). Some of the tracks
from the Geneva II sessions appear on the Antarctica videos, NEW MUSIC
FROM ANTARCTICA LP and CASINO. The Antarctica label was unable to
sustain itself, however, which left a few tracks from the Geneva II sessions
unreleased until now.] Available from 13.10.2017

Los Camaroes – Resurrection Los
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Los Camaroes – Resurrection Los

Image: 1611757 — The electrifying final album from Cameroon’s legendary Los Camaroes, available on LP for the first time since 1979.
— Recorded live to two track at the Mango Bar in Yaoundé, Resurrection Los was the last collaboration between bandleader Jean Gabari and groundbreaking guitarist Messi Martin.
— Deluxe LP reissue features notes on the history of the band by original keyboardist Mbambo “Johnny Cosmos” Simon, plus all new interviews with producer Nicolas Mongué and engineer Emmanuel Guyssot.

Cameroon, 1978: it’s like any good western movie. A man drifts through the plains at the furthest edge of the country in search of two former gunslingers, hoping to coax them out of retirement for one last showdown. Except this time, the weapons are guitars and the gunslingers are Jean Gabari and Messi Martin – the calm sheriff and his hot-headed deputy – who had led the band Los Camaroes to superstardom at the beginning of the decade.

Los Camaroes emerged at the end of the 1960s from the town of Maroua in the northern, predominantly Islamic area of Cameroon. After changes in name, in lineup and in management, they worked their way south to the capital to make a name for themselves, in the span of only a few years they changed Cameroon’s music scene forever, leaving a trail of sold-out nightclubs and monster radio hits in their wake. Then, at the height of their popularity, they broke up.

The band had been led from the beginning by Jean Gabari, whose level-headedness and evenhandedness inspired the respect and devotion of his musicians. But it was Gabari’s alchemical collaborations with guitarist Messi Martin that drove the band to its greatest heights. Martin had developed an innovation that would earn him fame throughout Cameroon as the “king of Bikutsi”, as Johnny Cosmos explains:
“The primary instrument in Bikutsi is the balafon, and Messi came up with a trick that consisted of chewing small pieces of paper until they reached the right consistency and then stuck them between the strings of the guitar. This trick, which made a guitar sound like a balafon, catapulted him to stardom and turned him into the founder of Modern Bikutsi.” (Check the song “Bezimbi” to hear Messi Martin´s wizardry on a Bikutsi tune)

Martin’s extraordinary talents were matched by a character of great unpredictability. He had been lured away from the band before by the promise of success and, in 1975, when Los Camaroes were at the peak of their power, he left them once again. Gabari tried to keep the band going, but his own longstanding battles with ill health eventually forced him to return to his hometown. With Gabari and Martin gone, the rest of the musicians drifted away in search of other gigs. By 1978, Los Camaroes were no more than a rapidly fading memory.

But then came the resurrection.

From out of nowhere, a businessman named Atangana Joseph appeared in northern Cameroon. His goal: to track down the original members of Los Camaroes and get them back together for their one final shot at immortality. The musicians reconvened at the legendary Mango Bar in the capital city of Yaoundé, the very place where, years earlier, they had established their reputation as one of Cameroon’s most fearsome live bands.

Producer Nicolas Mongué and engineer Emmanuel Guyssot were called in from Douala to record what was being billed as a comeback album. There was talk of going into a studio, but Los Camaroes had always thrived on the energy of the nightclub scene, they decided instead to record it live to two-track in the Mango Bar.

The six tracks on the album were performed by a mixture of new recruits and veterans from the original Camaroes lineup – including Mpouli “Dodo” Emmanuel and Boloko Michel on Guitars, Eyango Claude on Organ, the percussion duo of Ndi Bellui and Enama Leon, and vocal contributions from Sala Bekono Joseph and Ngoebang Jean Marie – but the urgent rhythms and shimmering guitars sound like a band who simply picked up where they had left off. It seemed that everyone on the record was inspired by the exhuberant reunion between Martin and Gabari, the two magicians from which Los Camaroes had been born and born again

The album, Resurrection Los Vol. 1, was completed in only a few days. There would be no Volume 2. The music that emerged during the Mango Bar sessions was the culmination of a fifteen year musical bond between Gabari and Martin, and what was supposed to be a comeback album ended up being a last testament — Gabari would die only a few years later and Martin, without his foil, would never find the same level of musical success. Even at the time, these two titans of Cameroon’s music scene seemed to realise it would be the last time they would ever work together. The resurrection of Los Camaroes was short-lived … but it produced a masterpiece.

The Analog Africa Dance Edition reissue of Resurrection Los was remastered by Frank Merritt at the Carvery and comes with a wonderful poster housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve featuring the story of the band as told by original keyboardist Mbambo “Johnny Cosmos” Simon, as well as new interviews with the production team who supervised the now legendary Mango Bar sessions. This essential slab of Cameroon’s musical history, previously unreleased outside of Africa, is available on LP for the first time since 1979.

1. Resurrection Los 6:53
2. Beton Sala 5:25
3. Miss Ya Ntem 4:40
4. Mindzuk Ya Enyin 5:43
5. Bezimbi 4:02
6. Mbembe Ndoman 5:22 Available from 29.09.2017

Walter Gibbons – Jungle Music
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Walter Gibbons – Jungle Music

Image: 1556553 Strut present a new reissue of Walter Gibbons’ ‘Jungle Music’ compilation LP, the definitive collection of Gibbons’ groundbreaking remixes during the heyday of New York’s disco era.

A1 Jakki – Sun… Sun… Sun… (Walter Gibbons Original 12” Edit) 9.19
A2 Gladys Knight – It’S A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons Acetate Mix) 12.21
B1 Tc James & The Fist O’Funk Orchestra – Get Up On Your Feet (Keep On Dancin’) (Walter Gibbons Mix) 11.11
B2 Sandy Mercer – You Are My Love (12” Version) 7.32
C1 Bettye Lavette – Doin’ The Best That I Can (Walter Gibbons 12” Mix) 11.04
C2 Arts & Craft – I’Ve Been Searching (Walter Gibbons 12” Mix) 9.58
D1 Harlequin Fours – Set It Off (Walter Gibbons 12” Mix)
D2 Luv You Madly Orchestra – Moon Maiden (12” Mix) 8.50
D3 Arthur Russell – Calling All Kids (Walter Gibbons Mix) 7.16

Walter Gibbons remains one of the most important and unheralded DJ / remixers in New York dance music history, a pioneer of reel to reel edits and the art of the remix and a tangible link between early hip hop and disco through his quickfire turntable skills developed during the mid-70’s.

At his famed residency at Galaxy 21 (alongside a then young percussionist, Francois Kevorkian), Gibbons perfected his turntable prowess, mixing two copies of records seamlessly at a similar time to Kool Herc’s famed block parties across town in the Bronx in 1975. He was among the first to make his own reel to reel edits of tracks, extending breaks and restructuring tracks specifically for the dancefloor. As a direct result, he was the first DJ to be granted access to multi-track tapes as Ken Cayre’s Salsoul Records brought him in to re-work Double Exposure’s ‘Ten Percent’ in ’76, a mix that would set the blueprint for disco, the 12″ format and all future dance music mixes.

This compilation focuses on some of the more adventurous and ground-breaking mixes that Gibbons produced during the disco era including a freeform treatment of Dinosaur L’s ‘Go Bang’, Paradise Garage favourite ‘You Are My Love’ by Sandy Mercer and underground disco rarity, ‘I’ve Been Searching’ by Arts & Craft.

– Reissue of the definitive compilation of 12” mixes by Walter Gibbons
– Features rare and acetate-only mixes released widely for the first time
– Includes full Walter Gibbons biography by author Tim Lawrence + rare photos
– Original LP release in-demand and now fetching large sums on Discogs Available from 15.09.2017

Daniel Avery
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“Electronic music is unique in that, whilst it has an immediate effect on the body, the culture surrounding it has the ability to run deep into your life. Whenever I’m in a club, I want to give myself up to music. This is the very thing that excites me the most. Witnessing a DJ create […]

Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music

Image: 488745 Repress! Dinosaur L is an alias donned by Arthur Russell, a man whose contribution to dance music from the
late seventies and through the eighties was formidable but only quietly acknowledged. His innovative
and left field dance records were way ahead of what people were used to hearing at the time.
He was a cellist who studied classical and Indian music. As well as his great strides in dance music he
was also involved in the New York downtown avant-garde music scene and produced some albums in
a more avant-garde/experimental vein as well as trying his own unique approach to pop. He scored
several hits on the underground New York dance scene at clubs like The Paradise Garage (Larry Levan
was a huge supporter). His biggest tunes, “Go Bang!” and “Is It All Over My Face?” were worldwide
club hits and are still played today as classics. His records have influenced the scene from his first
dance record in 1979 to the present day and his work has been much sampled.
Sadly Arthur died in 1992, but his music lives on and his influence is still felt on the dance music scene,
his tunes still sound great and are still moving many dancers around the world, so his spirit lives on.
Sleeping Bag Records and Traffic Entertainment Group is proud to present Dinosaur L’s “24->24
Music“ for the first time ever on double LP. Includes the original album tracklisting plus rare 12”
remixes and edits.

A1. #1 (You’re Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean)
A2. #5 (Go Bang!)
A3. #2 (No, Thank You)
B1. #7
B2. #3 (In The Corn Belt)
B3. #6 (Get Set)
C1. Clean On Your Bean #1
C2. #5 (Go Bang!) (Francois K Mix)
D1. Go Bang! (Thank You Arthur Edit)
D2. In The Corn Belt (Larry Levan Mix) Available from 08.09.2017

Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music

Image: 488745 Repress! Dinosaur L is an alias donned by Arthur Russell, a man whose contribution to dance music from the
late seventies and through the eighties was formidable but only quietly acknowledged. His innovative
and left field dance records were way ahead of what people were used to hearing at the time.
He was a cellist who studied classical and Indian music. As well as his great strides in dance music he
was also involved in the New York downtown avant-garde music scene and produced some albums in
a more avant-garde/experimental vein as well as trying his own unique approach to pop. He scored
several hits on the underground New York dance scene at clubs like The Paradise Garage (Larry Levan
was a huge supporter). His biggest tunes, “Go Bang!” and “Is It All Over My Face?” were worldwide
club hits and are still played today as classics. His records have influenced the scene from his first
dance record in 1979 to the present day and his work has been much sampled.
Sadly Arthur died in 1992, but his music lives on and his influence is still felt on the dance music scene,
his tunes still sound great and are still moving many dancers around the world, so his spirit lives on.
Sleeping Bag Records and Traffic Entertainment Group is proud to present Dinosaur L’s “24->24
Music“ for the first time ever on double LP. Includes the original album tracklisting plus rare 12”
remixes and edits.

A1. #1 (You’re Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean)
A2. #5 (Go Bang!)
A3. #2 (No, Thank You)
B1. #7
B2. #3 (In The Corn Belt)
B3. #6 (Get Set)
C1. Clean On Your Bean #1
C2. #5 (Go Bang!) (Francois K Mix)
D1. Go Bang! (Thank You Arthur Edit)
D2. In The Corn Belt (Larry Levan Mix) Available from 08.09.2017

The Souljazz Orchestra – Under Burning Skies
Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Souljazz Orchestra – Under Burning Skies

Image: 1610693 Canada’s fastest moving and hardest working collective are back with one of their finest albums to date, a brand new journey into tropical, soul and jazz styles on their scorching new release, ‘Under Burning Skies’.

1. Dog Eat Dog
2. Lufunki
3. Sorrow Fly Away
4. Tambour À Deux Peaux
5. Under Burning Skies
6. Holla Holla
7. Is Yeelyel
8. Adawe Boogie
9. Oublier Pour Un Jour
10. Aduna Jarul Naawo

Turbulent times call for strong voices and The Souljazz Orchestra’s new set packs a suitably heavy lyrical punch, with wry observations and an urge for progressive change. Musically, the band continue to push the limits, dusting off ‘80s vintage synthesizers and early drum machines for the first time, bringing lo fi disco, boogie and electro touches to their trademark horn arrangements and earthy analogue sound. The fruits are a-plenty and the group sound at their confident and versatile best from start to finish.
Opener ‘Dog Eat Dog’ powers in with Mabinuori Idowu and Philippe Lafrenière lambasting the powerful and the corrupt over an infectious Afro-disco groove, ‘Lufunki’ takes the group right back to their B-Boy roots, bringing the Afro vibes to Beat Street and ‘Is Yeelyel’ delivers a killer rework of an obscure original by
Somalian super-group Dur-Dur Band. The band go on exploring their passion for French Caribbean styles on the beautiful, lilting ‘Oublier Pour Un Jour’ and ‘Tambour À Deux Peaux’ and they take time for reflection on the potent instrumental title track and poignant closer ‘Aduna Jarul Naawo’, featuring the vocals of Élage Mbaye. The Souljazz Orchestra continue to be an unstoppable force. Nominated for a Canadian Juno award for the third time in 2016, the band regularly tear up venues worldwide through their punishing touring schedule – they have played to audiences in over two dozen countries across the globe and have shared bills along the way with heavyweights as varied as Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Femi Kuti. Not many bands out there have been going for 15 years with their original line-up still intact while still sounding as fresh as this. As saxophonist Ray Murray says, “Souljazz is more than just a band for us, it’s a way of life.” ‘Under Burning Skies’ is released on LP, CD, cassette and digital formats. The LP is pressed on bright yellow vinyl and all formats feature superb illustrated artwork by The Souljazz Orchestra’s Pierre Chrétien.

– great new album from groundbreaking Canadian collective exploring Afro, Latin and tropical styles
– includes new version of Dur Dur Band’s ‘Is Yeelyel’
– Striking artwork / Digipak
– Full European tour accompanies release of album during Autumn 2017

Quantic, Fela Kuti, Dur Dur Band, Mulatu Astatke, Bonobo, Gotan Project, Antibalas, coupe decale, Afrobeat, Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Sun Ra Arkestra,
Fania All Stars, Manu Dibango Available from 22.09.2017

Various – Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes (2LP)
Friday, July 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes (2LP)

Image: 1610775 In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia’s authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing leveled the entire city. Barre targeted Radio Hargeisa to prevent any kind of central communication system that could organize a resistance.

With the attack imminent, a few brave radio operators and dedicated vanguards of Somali culture knew the archives, containing over half a century of Somali music had to be preserved. Thousands upon thousands of cassette tapes and master reels were quickly removed from the soon-to-be targeted buildings. They were dispersed to neighboring countries like Djibouti and Ethiopia, and buried deep under the ground to withstand even the most powerful airstrikes.

“We buried them in the ground so the bomb’s won’t hit,” one former leading journalist with Radio Hargeisa told us.

These audio artifacts were excavated and recalled from their foreign shelters only very recently. Some of those recordings are now kept safe in the 10,000-strong cassette tape archive of the Red Sea Foundation, the largest collection of Somali cassettes in the world, in Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa. The Ostinato Records team digitized a large portion of the archive, distilling 15 songs that reveal the panoramic diversity of styles and sophistication of Somali musicianship.

Over a millennia of trade in the Indian Ocean invited the cultures of the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, India, Southeast Asia, and even China to slowly work their melodies, scales, and sounds into Somalia’s rich musical repertoire. Each track is a keen illustration of a carefully refined, rarely revealed cultural crossroads of the world.

The archive offered a living window to the Mogadishu of the 1970s and 1980s, when the coastal capital glistened as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” when wine flowed freely. With its iconic ivory-colored architecture and crescent beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean, Mogadishu was home to the lavish Al Uruba and Jazira sea side hotels, where youthful bands like Iftiin, Sharero, and Dur Dur serenaded cosmopolitan crowds at some of the most elegant nightclubs in East Africa. These damaged cassettes evoked memories of the revered national theater, where Waaberi Band provided unforgettable soundtracks.

Mogadishu’s nightlife culture was rich and booming. Raucous rhythms, rugged horns, celestial synthesizers, and stalking baselines came alive alongside majestic voices like Mahmud “Jerry” Hussen and powerful and adored female singers like Faadumo Qaasim, Hibo Nuura, and Sahra Dawo. Somali music of this era is set apart by its empowerment of women. Female singers, often more prolific than their male counterparts, are inseparable from its evolution. Half the compilation is sung by women, their voices often compared in Somali poetry to the sweetness of broken dates. Poetry, intrinsic to the cultural fabric, forms the foundation of Somali songwriting.

Somali music’s golden age, curiously, occurred under a socialist military dictatorship, which effectively nationalized the music industry. A thriving scene was owned entirely by the state. Music was recorded for and by national radio stations and only disseminated through public broadcasts or live performances. Private labels were virtually non-existent. This music was never made available for mass release. Almost all recorded material came from original masters or homemade recordings of radio broadcasts. As a result, most of it has never been heard outside Somalia and the immediate region.

During the Cold War, Somalia drifted between Soviet and American support — and a decade of U.S. backing allowed soul and funk to capture the imagination of Somali youth, adding the final touch on this masterpiece era.

This project took our team to Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Djibouti, and across the Somali diaspora in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. For the last year, from Minnesota to Mogadishu to Malaysia, we have tracked down the musicians, songwriters, composers, former government officials, and quirky personalities that colored Somali music life. Their words and stories are revealed in a 15,000-word liner note booklet — the only document of its kind to cover this era of Somali music in depth.

Alongside the story of Somalia’s music before the civil war, the selection is also focused on the pan-Somali sound. Spread over much of the Horn of Africa, Somali language and culture transcend arbitrary borders. Somali singers from Djibouti were at home in Mogadishu.

This compilation seeks to revive the rightful image, history, and identity of the Somali people, detached from war, violence, piracy, and the specter of a persistent threat. These 15 tracks should serve as a necessary starting point.

1. Nimco Jamaac – Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains)
2. Aamina Camaari – Rag waa Nacab iyo Nasteexo (Men are Cruel and Kind)
3. Ali Nuur – Unknown
4. Hibo Nuura – Haddii Hoobalkii Gabay (If the Artist Let’s You Down)
5. Gacaltooyo Band – Ninkaan Ogayn (He Who Does Not Know) [feat. Faduumina Hilowle]
6. Iftiin Band – Xuduud Ma Leh Xubigaan (This Love Has No Boundaries) [feat. Mahmud Abdalla “Jerry” Hussen & Maryan Naasir]
7. Xasan Diiriye – Qaraami (Love)
8. Dur Dur Band – Gorof (Elixir) [feat. Sahra Dawo]
9. Sharaf Band – Kadeed Badanaa Naftaydani (My Life is Full of Tribulations) [feat. Xaawo Hiiraan]
10. 4 Mars – Na Daadihi (Guide Us)
11. Danan Hargeysa – Uur Hooyo (Mother’s Womb) [feat. Mohamed “Huro” Abdihashi]
12. Sharero Band – Qays iyo Layla (Romeo & Juliet) [feat. Faadumo Qaasim]
13. Waaberi – Oktoobar Waatee? Waa Taayadii (What’s October? It’s Ours)
14. Danan Hargeysa – Mama (feat. Mohamed “Huro” Abdihashi)
15. Dur Dur Band – Duruuf Maa Laygu Diidee (Rejected Due to My Circumstance) [feat. Muqtar Idi Ramadan]
16. Iftiin Band – Anaa Qaylodhaanta (feat. Mahmud Abdalla “Jerry” Hussen)

Available from 01.09.2017

Sean Price & M-Phazes – Land Of The Crooks (Bonus Edition)
Thursday, July 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sean Price & M-Phazes – Land Of The Crooks (Bonus Edition)

Image: 1610897 Coalmine Records is pleased to relaunch ‘Land of the Crooks,’ the
collaborative extended play project from the late Sean Price and
Melbourne’s go to producer, M-Phazes. The project finds the longtime
underground legend lending his distinctive, Brownsville-bred grimy
vocals over Phazes’ rich tracks full of dramatic pianos, rich bass-lines,
swinging horns and hard drums.
The A-side includes the main passes, comprised of four original tracks
with the addition of the Small Professor Remix for ”Murdah Type Thinkin
(feat. Guilty Simpson).” For this special edition rerelease, Coalmine has
also added the Divided Souls Ent. & DJ Pain 1 Remix of “Land of the
Crooks,” which was only previously made available on the label’s remix
compilation, ‘Remineded,’ which first dropped back in January of 2015.
The B-side includes the instrumental passes of all of the original tracks,
as well as the Small Pro Remix, in addition to the “Crookapella,” which
includes various scratch stems taken from the EP, in addition to various
isolated drum sounds, sound effects, and acapella of the “Land of the
Crooks” single.
Additional features on LOTC include Roc Marciano, Billy Danze (of
M.O.P.), Maffew Ragazino, Loudmouf Choir and the Dilated Junky, DJ
Vinyl is manufactured on classic black discs, and comes complete with
the Andres Guzman designed artwork, inspired by the vintage ‘80s
movie, ‘Crocodile Dundee.’
Sean Price was Hip-Hop’s Gray Hulk, a barbarian with the pen, with the
sharpest of wits. A true Brooklyn legend…riP!

1. Bag of Shit (feat. Loudmouf Choir)
2. Dump In The Gut
3. Land of the Crooks (feat. Billy Danze, Maffew Ragazino & DJ Babu)
4. Murdah Type Thinkin (feat. Roc Marciano)
5. Murdah Type Thinkin (feat. Guilty Simpson) [Small Professor Remix]
6. Land of the Crooks (Divided Souls Ent. & DJ Pain 1 Remix)
7. Bag of Shit (Instrumental)
8. Dump In The Gut (Instrumental)
9. Land of the Crooks (Instrumental)
10. Murdah Type Thinkin (Instrumental)
11. Murdah Type Thinkin (Small Professor Remix) Instrumental
12. Crookapella (Beat Kit/Scratch Stems) Available from 11.08.2017

David Porter – I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over
Thursday, July 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on David Porter – I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over

Image: 1610898 Previously unreleased version of I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over!

This is a must have record and supplies are extremely limited. Long
out of print and extremely sought after, David Porter’s “I’m Afraid The
Masquerade Is Over” gets a proper re-issue on 45, but with a special
twist. First released in 1972, this groundbreaking masterpiece was mostly
overlooked by the masses of that generation. However, twenty plus years
later, hip hop producers would revive newfound interests in this cut (and
Porter’s other works) after sampling bits & pieces of it for some of the
most defning songs of the mid 90’s and early 2000’s (Who Shot Ya,
Duel Of The Iron Mic, It’s Over, etc). For this special edition, the original
multi-track session was resurrected from the archives, re-polished and
re-edited into a brand new mix for your listening pleasure. Familiar fans
will go emoji crazy once they get a taste of the exclusive new version
that boasts new breaks, alternate takes and a louder, fuller instrumental
presence among other goodies, creating fresh opportunities for beats
and lives mixes. Pushing the 9 minute mark, parts 1 & 2 are presented
between 2 sides, presenting the all of music in it’s entire glory. Original
pressings of “I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over” are not easy to come
by. Own this collector’s item while you can. “Must have” vinyl for DJ’s,
producers and anyone else on the hunt

I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over, Part One
I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over, Part Two Available from 11.08.2017

Nick Warren
Monday, July 10th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Hype fades. Substance endures. Simply put, DJ Nick Warren is one of electronic music’s ambassadors. Warren has delivered eight editions to the vaunted Global Underground series along with contributions for Renaissance, the Balance Series and most recently the first installment of The Soundgarden mix compilation series. Although they’re cornerstones of the progressive house lexicon, Warren’s […]

Clipse – Til The Casket Drops
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Clipse – Til The Casket Drops

Image: 1610503 The contemporary realm of hip hop music can be seen as polarized between two sides, mainstream versus underground, industry versus independent, at a base level
boiled down to catchy sounds & infective hooks over higher quality lyrical content. These elements don’t need to be mutually exclusive, but these days it’s rare to find an
act that can please all sides of the discussion. Clipse are one of the few groups that successfully and consistently caters to both sides of rap’s splintered psyche,
simultaneously serving the scene with upbeat bangers that get the club poppin’ & subwoofers rattlin’ while crafting clever quotable compositions deserving of repeated
headphone submersions. Though their preceding official albums Lord Willin’ (2002) & Hell Hath No Fury (2006) made bigger splashes commercially, 2009’s Til The
Casket Drops is surely no slouch, a gem which deserves to be revisited with fresh ears – good thing Get On Down has given it the proper treatment it deserves with its
first-ever vinyl pressing!
Til The Casket Drops was a departure from the duo of Malice & Pusha T’s previous works in that it was their first LP not completely produced by The Neptunes. However,
the celebrated team who brought us ‘Grinding’ & ‘Mr. Me Too’ still helmed 8 of the album’s 13 tracks, thus dominating the soundscapes and aesthetic of the album
anyway. With the remaining beats handled by Hitmen Sean C & LV (Jay-Z, Big Pun, Ghostface) and Aftermath’s DJ Khalil (Kendrick Lamar, Aloe Blacc, Eminem) clearly
Clipse stock hadn’t lowered in the game. While boasting notable vocal features from Kanye West, Pharrell, Cam’ron, Keri Hilson, Yo Gotti & their Re-Up Gang affiliate
Ab-Liva, Casket Drops leaves ample space for the core emcee duo of Pusha & Malice to shine in the spotlight, with verses revolving around each other succinctly
in-synch and bonded by an exceptional creative rhythm only biological brothers could share.
Clipse have always delighted in dualities, juxtapositions and contradictions, unabashedly celebrating the capitalistic lifestyle and the grind as the kings of ‘coke-rap’, while
taking hard looks at society’s mores and those of their own individual journeys. We hear Malice’s eventual transition to No Malice taking form on this album as he found
religion, warning others who might follow in his path on ‘Footsteps’: “don’t let my wrongs give you the right of way/ to emulate my past escaping the law’s grasp” while
refusing to be pinned down in one lane: “it weights on my conscience and I hate conscious rap”. Meanwhile Pusha T continues his lyrical ascent into the King Push
persona with bars like “pompous motherfucker, look what them jewels made me/ I’m only finding comfort in knowing you can’t replace me/ What a thing to say, but what
am I to do/ I’m role-playing a conscious nigga and true is true/ Cocaine aside, all of the bloggers behooved/ My critics finally have a verse of mine to jerk off to”
decisively on album opener “Freedom”.
Since it dropped, the Clipse have stated that Casket… is their final album together while subsequently alluding to the possibility of an eventual reunion. Only time will tell,
but until then it’s time to re-celebrate one of hip hop’s most dynamic duos by hearing Til The Casket Drops in a whole new light with its long-overdue, first time on vinyl
pressing via Get On Down featuring all 13 original tracks on wax and cover art by the legendary KAWS! It’s kinda like a big deal…

A1. Freedom • A2. Popular Demand (Popeyes) (feat. Cam’ron & Pharrell) • A3. Kinda Like A Big Deal (feat. Kanye West)
A4. Showing Out (feat. Yo Gotti) • A5. I’m Good (feat. Pharrell) • A6. There Was A Murder
B1. Door Man • B2. Never Will It Stop (feat. Ab Liva) • B3. All Eyes On Me (feat. Keri Hilson)
B4. Counseling (feat. Nicole Hurst) • B5. Champion • B6. Footsteps •B7. Life Change
Available from 25.08.2017

Guy J
Monday, June 12th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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On the path to becoming one of the premier artists of this electronic generation, Tel Aviv’s Guy J has amassed a vast discography showcased within an eclectic list of world-renowned labels. Initially influenced by his homeland and the worlds of trance, techno and progressive, Guy J has grown to embrace all genres and establish a […]

Apples – Mind Twister
Thursday, June 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Apples – Mind Twister

Image: 1610439 Odion Livingstone present another essential reissue from the Nigerian archives, the first ever international release of The Apples’ essential Afro-funk LP rarity ‘Mind Twister’.

1. Mother
2. Deep Funk
3. Try Me
4. Lay On The Ground
5. Mind Twister
6. Don’T Drive Me Out
7. You
8. Time For Me To Go

Odion Livingstone present another essential reissue from the Nigerian archives, the frst ever international release of The Apples’ essential Afro-funk LP rarity ‘Mind Twister’. As part of the St Gregory’s student band scene in Lagos during the late ‘70s alongside Ofege, Grotto and more, Apples were picked up and produced by legendary EMI Nigeria producer Odion Iruoje who added overdubs to the album at Abbey Road in London with Curved Air keyboardist Francis Monkman.
The band met and formed in Lagos. Bandleader Frank Ikpefuran teamed up with Georges Vieira from the American School and brothers Clifford and Gerard Nagi who were studying at “St Greg’s” in Lagos, and remembers, “I must have been 19 years old when I met Clifford. We used to hangout on Victoria Island, watching bands play and jamming with them. That’s how we met Georges. We all listened to Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Idris Muhammad and the Beatles.” “We started jamming with Clifford on the guitar, his brother Gerard on the bass and Georges on the guitar. We chipped in with song ideas, with the group contributing arrangements and refning things until we were satisfed. The band had a natural sound, which stemmed from the chemistry we had. It was a strange chemistry, we were an odd combination from different backgrounds but when we played, something happened…”
After landing a residency at Tee Mac’s club in Surulere, Apples auditioned for Odion Iruoje who arranged recording dates and cut the record. For a young band, Iruoje was surprised by the quality of the band, adding in extra keyboard parts from Lemmy Udofa and Francis Monkman, founder of Curved Air and session man for Kate Bush, Sky and music libraries like BBC Music, Bruton and KPM. Iruoje remembers, “their playing added a layer of sophistication and sheen without encumbering proceedings.” This defnitive edition of Apples’ ‘Mind
Twister’ features new interviews with bandleader Frank Ikpefuran and producer Odion Iruoje and has been fully remastered by The Carvery.

– frst ever offcial reissue of rare Afro-funk LP from 1978.
– Restored by See Why Audio and remastered by The Carvery
– All formats include rare photos and a new interview with bandleader Frank Ikperfuran + producer Odion Iruoje.
– All formats include full original EMI Nigeria artwork

Shuggie Otis, Ofege, Jimi Hendrix, Osibisa, Carlos Santana, Monomono, Fela Kuti, Afro funk, Olatunji, The Funkees, Ginger Baker, Blo, Grotto, Segun Bucknor Available from 30.06.2017

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