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Verbal Kent & Superior – Half My Life
Monday, November 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Verbal Kent & Superior – Half My Life

Image: 1616632 Der aus Chicago stammende Wortschmied Verbal Kent (Ugly Heroes) und der spanisch-deutsche Beatmaker Superior haben sich zusammengetan und das daraus resultierende Album “Half My Life” wird über Below System Records veröffentlicht. Verbal Kent ist für seine Mischung aus Sprachgymnastik mit Humor und alltäglichem Pathos bekannt und liefert, was zu seinen persönlichsten Reimen gehören könnte.

Tracklisting
1 Half My Life
2 Classic Shit
3 Go Get The Dank (feat. Vic Spencer & Sonnyjim)
4 As Far As A Fair Fight
5 The Little Things
6 Meet Your Idols
7 Body Slamming Bruno Mars (feat. Lance Ambu)
8 Cult Classic (feat. Recognize Ali)
9 Steven Hawking Walking
10 For The Love
11 Finish Line Available from 22.12.2017

Bohannon – Stop & Go
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bohannon – Stop & Go

Image: 1616310 Even if Hamilton Bohannon had never started his
own solo musical project, he would have a long and
rich background to his name. Before the 60s had
ended he’d played in local bands with Jimi Hendrix,
toured as a drummer with Stevie Wonder, and
served as the bandleader and arranger at Motown,
providing backing for top-like acts like Smokey
Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, and many
more. Gradually he made his way to Los Angeles to
sign with Dakar Records in 1972, recording and
releasing his debut album the next year, after
recruiting a backing band which included session
giants like Ray Parker Jr, Wah Wah Watson, Eddie
Watkins, and Leroy Emmanuel, to name but a few.
Stop & Go was released in 1973, and featured a
tried and true formula of hard-hitting, bass-heavy,
accented disco-funk. Although the album was only
a muted success on the Hot 100 charts, it excelled
on the club charts, making dancefloor hits out of
tracks like “The Pimp Walk”, “It’s Time For Peace”,
and “The Stop & Go.” It also featured Bohannon’s
most well-known tracks, in the club banger “Save
Their Souls”, which over time became a
frequently-used well of sampling material, notably
on tracks by Jay-Z, Large Professor, Kool G Rap,
Public Enemy, and DJ Vadim, among many others.

A1. The Stop & Go
A2. Getting To The Other Side
A3. The Pimp Walk
A4. Run It On Down Mr. D.J.
B1. Save Their Souls
B2. Singing A Song For My Mother
B3. It’s Time For Peace
B4. Happiness Available from 17.11.2017

John Morales – The M&M Mixes Vol.4 (Part A)
Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on John Morales – The M&M Mixes Vol.4 (Part A)

Image: 1616191 Bronx native John Morales has more than three decades of hits and over 800 remixes to his credit. This 4th volume of M&M Mixes on BBE is without doubt the most ambitious yet, containing gems from Barry White, Diana Ross, Level 42, Teddy Pendergrass and Eddie Kendricks among others, all woven together with that special, intricate M&M magic.

1A. Barry White – I’m Gonna Love you Just A Little Bit
1B. Lenny Williams – You Got Me Running
2A. Dan Hartman – Vertigo / Relight My Fire
2B. Level 42 – Mind On You

Described wholly accurately by Boiler Room as “one of the best producers and arrangers of disco music to have ever done it”, Bronx native John Morales has more than three decades of hits and
over 800 remixes to his credit. This 4th volume of M&M Mixes on BBE is without doubt the most ambitious yet, containing gems from Barry White, Diana Ross, Level 42, Teddy Pendergrass and Eddie Kendricks among others, all woven together with that special, intricate M&M magic. Gaining unprecedented access to original multitrack recordings from the vaults of Sony and Universal Records, John has once again upped the ante, going where no DJ has gone before. Accept no imitations, nobody does remixes quite like John Morales. Available from 01.12.2017

John Morales – The M&M Mixes Vol.4
Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on John Morales – The M&M Mixes Vol.4

Image: 1616193 Bronx native John Morales has more than three decades of hits and over 800 remixes to his credit. This 4th volume of M&M Mixes on BBE is without doubt the most ambitious yet, containing gems from Barry White, Diana Ross, Level 42, Teddy Pendergrass and Eddie Kendricks among others, all woven together with that special, intricate M&M magic.

4CD Tracklisting
Barry White – Im Gonna Love you Just A Little Bit
Atlantic Star – Circles
Diana Ross – Tenderness
Keith Barrow – Turn Me Up
Tamiko Jones – Can’t Live Without Your Love
Jackie Moore – This Time Baby
Tata Vega – Just Keep Thinking About You Baby
The Jones Girls – Life Goes On
Frankie Beverly – Joy & Pain
The Controllers – Stay
Teena Marie – Lover Girl
Melba Moore – You Stepped Into My Life
Donna Summer – Heaven Knows
Teddy Pendergrass – Life Is A Song Worth Singing
Lenny Williams – You Got Me Running
David Ruffin – Walk Away From Love
Dan Hartman – Vertigo / Relight My Fire
Diana Ross – No One Gets The Prize
Cher – Take Me Home
Three Ounces Of love – Star Love
The Emotions – Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love
Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real
Frankie Beverly – Before I Let Go
Eddie Kendricks – Girl You Need A Change of Mind
Tom Browne – Funkin for Jamaica
Harold Melvin Blue Notes – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Barry White – Let The Music Play
Level 42 – Mind On You
Katzuma – Alright
Mannix – Standing Right Here
Hi Tension – Hi Tension
MFSB – Love Is The Message

Described wholly accurately by Boiler Room as “one of the best producers and arrangers of disco
music to have ever done it”, Bronx native John Morales has more than three decades of hits and
over 800 remixes to his credit. This 4th volume of M&M Mixes on BBE is without doubt the most
ambitious yet, containing gems from Barry White, Diana Ross, Level 42, Teddy Pendergrass and
Eddie Kendricks among others, all woven together with that special, intricate M&M magic. Gaining
unprecedented access to original multitrack recordings from the vaults of Sony and Universal
Records, John has once again upped the ante, going where no DJ has gone before. Accept no
imitations, nobody does remixes quite like John Morales. Available from 01.12.2017

Various – Joey Negro & Sean P Pres. Best Of Disco Spectrum
Friday, July 28th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Joey Negro & Sean P Pres. Best Of Disco Spectrum

Image: 1610856 18 years on from the release of the very first ‘Disco Spectrum’ LP, Joey Negro and Sean P revisit the project, selecting the finest cuts from this much-loved album series. Three volumes of Disco Spectrum were released on BBE between 1999 and 2002, heralding a disco revival that, almost two decades later, just keeps gaining momentum.

Known by a plethora of aliases including Jakatta and Akabu as well as Joey Negro, Isle of White native Dave Lee has been at the epicenter of UK dance music since the late 1980s. One of the first British producers to incorporate disco samples into dance music, he took his favourite genre all the way to the top of the charts in the early 90s when he masterminded Take That’s cover version of ‘Relight My Fire’ by Dan Hartman. Never an artist to rest on his laurels, Dave has remained at the top of his game ever since, producing chart hits and underground club tracks alike, touring the world with live disco act The Sunburst Band and running his own label Z Records.
The Best Of Disco Spectrum features a wide-ranging collection of floor-fillers including: Rare Pleasure – ‘Let Me Down Easy’ (infamously sampled by David Morales for 90s club smash ‘Needin U’), Ramona Brooks – ‘IDon’t Want You Back’ (revived by Patrick Forge and Sean P on pirate radio in the late 80s), Bunny Mack – ‘Let Me Love You’ (an early forerunner of today’s popular afro/house sound) and Syreeta – ‘Can’t Shake Your Love’ (snappy, bass-led funk from the former Mrs Stevie Wonder, mixed by Larry Levan).
“Who would have expected the disco revival to be even stronger now than it was then, though looking down the track-listings of the 3 instalments of Disco Spectrum, most of the songs included on those compilations have since been remixed, sampled, bootlegged, covered, reedited, re-compiled and re-issued – often on multiple occasions. Since disco supposedly “died”, dance music has taken many twists and turns through a myriad of styles, moods and tempos – but disco still remains the foundation and lynchpin.” – Dave Lee, 2017

For Fans Of:
John Morales, Crazy P, Al Kent, Nile Rodgers, Todd Terje, Danny Krivit.

Key selling points:
– Full press , radio & social media campaign
– Tracks taken from the long out of print Disco Spectrum series
– Part of an ongoing series of vinyl celebrating BBE’s heritage as the go to label for classic underground disco anthem

Tracklist:
1. Al Hudson & The Soul Partners – Spread Love*
2. Rare Pleasure – Let Me Down Easy*
3. Omni feat. Connee Draper – Out Of My Hands (Love Taken Over)*
4. The Brothers – Under The Skin*
5. Alfredo De La Fé – Hot To Trot*
6. Cloud One feat. Margo Williams – Don’t Let My Rainbow Pass Me By (Club 12“ Mix)*
7. George Duke feat. Lynn Davis – I Want You For Myself*
8. Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This*
9. John Gibbs & U.S. Steel Orchestra – Trinidad (Special Disco Mix)*
10. Syreeta – Can’t Shake Your Love (Larry Levan 12″ Mix)*
11. Jo.Boyer – Isabelle And The Rain*
12. Bunny Mack – Let Me Love You*
13. Ramona Brooks – I Don’t Want You Back*
14 .Universe City – Can You Get Down*

Available from 08.09.2017

RUN DMC – Raising Hell
Friday, June 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on RUN DMC – Raising Hell

Image: 1610401 Up until Raising Hell, the rap juggernaut we know as Run-DMC was still in its building and breaking-down- doors phase. In 1986 that
changed, and in a dramatic way. With their third long-player, the group had reached the mountaintop. It was THE record that proved
hip-hop wasn’t a fad.
Raising Hell marked an important and significant new era for the group. Leaving producer Larry Smith for up-and- coming sonic
innovator Rick Rubin (still co-produced by Run’s brother Russell Simmons), they began to fully transition not only their own sound, but
the sound of the entire genre. Less live playing – with some exceptions – and a slicker, tighter sonic attack. Musical aesthetics aside,
though, at their core they stayed true to the essence of hip-hop: two turntables and a microphone, or two.
It’s impossible to talk about the album without its worldwide smash, “Walk This Way,” which hit #4 on the Billboard pop charts and saw
the group digging in the rock crates to summon Aerosmith in the flesh, combining Steven Tyler’s and Joe Perry’s musicianship with the
group’s own take on the ‘70s classic. The song’s video cemented Run-DMC as legit MTV
idols, and both groups rode its wave to new heights.
Beyond “Walk This Way,” the platter is full to the hilt with undeniable classic singles: “You Be Illin’”, “It’s Tricky”, “Peter Piper” and the
fashion-world shifting “My Adidas.” Each song was new proof that Run-DMC’s sound was indeed new, but still familiar, and full of the
energy, charisma and innovation that drew fans to their first two LPs.
Aside from the singles, the reason the album stands up so well is the fact that there is virtually no filler. “Proud To Be Black” remains a
pioneering and underrated cut when people talk about “conscious” hip-hop. And to make sure they never lost the streets that gave them
their start, “Hit It Run,” “Son Of Byford,” “Is It Live” and “Perfection” all bring it back to the group’s early days in the park.
Besides the triple platinum status the album achieved, it was more than just a pop smash. It signaled a new era for rap music, and it was
the no-turning- back point for the entire genre. This was the beginning of what we now call the Golden Era, and it still sounds as fresh
today as it did three decades ago.

A1. Peter Piper
A2. It’s Tricky
A3. My Adidas
A4. Walk This Way
A5. It Is Live
A6. Perfection
B1. Hit It Run
B2. Raising Hell
B3. You Be Illin’
B4. Dumb Girl
B5. Son Of Byford
B6. Proud To Be Black Available from 23.06.2017

Fettes Brot – Außen Top Hits, Innen Geschmack (Clear 2LP+MP3)
Saturday, March 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fettes Brot – Außen Top Hits, Innen Geschmack (Clear 2LP+MP3)

Image: 1609042 Achtung, Babyboomers und Digital-Ureinwohners: Fettes Brot doktert sich mit der hausinternen Zeitmaschine retour in die hinteren Jahre des vorherigen Jahrtausends und buddelt die ersten vier eigenen 90s-Hip Hop-Meilensteine wieder aus. Anders ausgedrückt: Es gab ein Leben vor dem Internetz – und die Vorstadtkrokos von Fettes Brot planschten damals schon im Haifischbecken Musikindustrie. Doch, wer weiß das noch? Auf den FeBro-Konzerten der letzten 10 Jahre lief kaum mehr ‘classic material’ als “Jein”, “Nordisch By Nature” und “Da Draussen”, die Tonträger bis 2000 gab’s seit fünf Sommern nur noch 2nd Hand zu kaufen und null davon je legal-digital. Nur: die Bevölkerung braucht das. Zum Glück hören die 3 Partypiepen manchmal sogar zu und schworen sogleich Besserung. Das Brot der frühen Jahre erscheint endlich wieder in vier frischen Portionen auf LP – neu gemastert in old school Stereo, erweitert um einen Batzen Bonüsse (B-Seiten, Remixe, Features, Demos und Live-Perlen), verziert mit luftigen Lebenslügen der 3, ergänzt um reichlich zwielichte Zeitzeugenberichte und zugeschüttet mit einem Füllhorn verschollener Fotos.

AUSSEN TOP HITS, INNEN GESCHMACK (1996-1997):
– Original-Album + Bonustracks inklusive “Jein”, “Mal Sehen”, “Silberfische In Meinem Bett” und Features von BEIDEN Vorgängerbands von Dendemanns “eins zwo”: Arme Ritter + Väter der Klamotte!
– Auch dabei: Holunder und Master P vom Blumentopf, Maximilian (aka Max Herre), Eißfeldt (aka Jan Delay), Spax, Tobi, Das Bo, u.a.
– Weiß-transparentes Vinyl im Gatefold, Remastered, um Fotos und Essays erweitertes Artwork und mit MP3-Downloadcode des ganzen Dingens plus 9 zusätzlichen digitalen Bonustracks! Available from 12.05.2017

“Inner Calling” heißt das neue Album von Marcus I & The Tucxone Army
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Marcus I ist schon lange in der Musikszene aktiv. 2007 zieht er im Alter von 23 Jahren nach Madrid und gründet dort die Soul-Reggae-Band Tasty Grooves. Als Sänger und Songwriter tritt er mit einigen der besten Reggae-Musiker der Stadt auf. Nach der Single “A Change Must Come” mit Ken Boothe wird die internationale Reggae-Szene auf […]

Marcus I & The Tucxone Army – Inner Calling
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marcus I & The Tucxone Army – Inner Calling

Image: 1607825 Marcus I ist schon lange in der Musikszene aktiv. 2007 zieht er im Alter von 23 Jahren nach Madrid und gründet dort die Soul-Reggae-Band Tasty Grooves. Als Sänger und Songwriter tritt er mit einigen der besten Reggae-Musiker der Stadt auf. Nach der Single “A Change Must Come” mit Ken Boothe wird die internationale Reggae-Szene auf ihn aufmerksam. “Soul Street”, das Debütalbum der Tasty Grooves, bekommt begeisterte Besprechungen und findet viele Hörer. Im Rahmen des Albums tritt er auf Reggae-Festivals wie dem Rototom Sunsplash, La Concha Reggae Vibes, Minho Reggae, Reggaeboa, Madrid es Negro und vielen anderen auf. “Inner Calling” ist das neue Album von Marcus I. Es wurde in den analogen Tuxcone Records Studios in Madrid aufgenommen. Sowohl Marcus, als auch sein Label hatten dabei vor allem ein Ziel: Roots Reggae zu verteidigen und zu stärken. “Inner Calling” ist ein Aufruf zur Selbstfindung, ehrlich und ungeschönt. Marcus I zollt den Reggae-Klassikern der 70er Tribut. Es ist auch ein Statement an die Reggae-Szene: weg von Hits und Dancefloor-Stompern, hin zum Roots-Reggae der Siebziger, zurück zur ursprünglichen Soundsystem-Kultur. “In den Texten geht es um soziale Themen, um Notstände, Probleme, die dringend angegangen werden müssen, wie damals in Jamaika. Babylon ist überall”, gibt Marcus zu bedenken. Available from 27.01.2017

Various – Ethiopian Hit Parade Vol.1
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Ethiopian Hit Parade Vol.1

Image: 1607738 New reissue on the E’thiopiques series. Featuring the hit singles of the Ethiopian musical scene of 1972. Reissue of the impossible to find orginal LP. Includes one unreleased track, never released on the e´thiopiqes CD series. After releasing around fifty 45 rpm singles and his first 33 rpm album Amha Esthe`te´ set about compiling his best 45s on a series of now legendary albums (the originals are impossible to find) in 1972. The first four volumes of ‘Ethiopian Hit Parade’ were released in September and October 1972, with the fifth volume appearing in January 1973. An audacious, funky outlaw, a music lover and an entrepreneur in tune with the baby- boomer generation, young Amha Esthe`te´ (he was only twenty-four when he launched his label) will be remembered as the instigator of a peaceful revolution thick with soul and rock’n’roll.

The opening track of the first compilation is highly symbolic. “Addis Abeba be´te´” (Addis Abeba is My Home) is an exuberant and light-hearted hymn (“Running into you was a dream, but where can I meet you properly?”) whose life-affirming message is still relevant today for people living in the Ethiopian capital.

The other tracks on this first volume celebrate such pioneers of modern Ethiopian groove as Girma Be`ye`ne`, Seyfu Yohannes, Te`shome` Meteku, Menelik We`snatche`w, Mulatu Astatq and Muluken Melesse, alongside “tradi-modern” singers representing Amhara (Essatu Te`sse`mma) and Oromo culture, so rich and so long marginalised (Abbe`be` Te`sse`mma and Ge`me`tchu Itana).

Tracklist:
1. Alèmayèhu Eshèté & All Star Band – Addis Abèba Bété
2. Girma Bèyènè – Sét Alamenem
3. Gemetchu Itana – Shèmèrmari Tiya
4. Sèyfu Yohannes & Soul Echos Band – Tezeta
5. Abaynèh Dèdjèné – Yèbèrèha Lomi
6. Tèshomè Meteku – Gara Ser Nèw Bétesh
7. Menelik Wèsnatchèw & The Ashantis – Asha Gèdawo
8. Muluqèn Mèllèssè & All Star Band – Hédètch Alu
9. Mulatu Astatqé – Yèkèrmo Sèw
10. Essatu Tèssèmma – Ayamaru Eshèté
11. Abbèbè Tèssèmma – Ashasha Bèyèw Available from 16.12.2016

Alborosie Pres. His Majesty Riddim – Run the rhythm!
Friday, October 7th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Alborosie the on a mission reggae warrior licks back the ‘Dread At The Controls’ Rod Taylor classic from 1978 “His Majesty” (produced by Mikey Dread) to stunning effect. The latest production of Mr. Alberto D’Ascola aka Puppa Albo aka Alborosie showcases established hit-makers Gentleman (in combination with Clay), Mr. Vegas, Alborosie, Etana, Christopher Martin, Sizzla […]

Fettes Brot – Außen Top Hits, Innen Geschmack (Remaster 2CD)
Friday, September 30th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fettes Brot – Außen Top Hits, Innen Geschmack (Remaster 2CD)

Image: 1606510 Achtung, Babyboomers und Digital-Ureinwohners: Fettes Brot doktert sich mit der hausinternen Zeitmaschine retour in die hinteren Jahre des vorherigen Jahrtausends und buddelt die ersten vier eigenen 90s-Hip Hop-Meilensteine wieder aus. Anders ausgedrückt: Es gab ein Leben vor dem Internetz – und die Vorstadtkrokos von Fettes Brot planschten damals schon im Haifischbecken Musikindustrie. Doch, wer weiß das noch? Auf den FeBro-Konzerten der letzten 10 Jahre lief kaum mehr ‘classic material’ als “Jein”, “Nordisch By Nature” und “Da Draussen”, die Tonträger bis 2000 gab’s seit fünf Sommern nur noch 2nd Hand zu kaufen und null davon je legal-digital. Nur: die Bevölkerung braucht das. Zum Glück hören die 3 Partypiepen manchmal sogar zu und schworen sogleich Besserung. Schon in diesem Herbst erscheint deshalb das Brot der frühen Jahre in vier frischen Portionen auf CD – neu gemastert in old school Stereo, erweitert um einen Batzen Bonüsse (B-Seiten, Remixe, Features, Demos und Live-Perlen), verziert mit luftigen Lebenslügen der 3, ergänzt um reichlich zwielichte Zeitzeugenberichte und zugeschüttet mit einem Füllhorn verschollener Fotos.

AUSSEN TOP HITS, INNEN GESCHMACK (1996-1997): Original Album + 11 Track Bonus-Album – inklusive “Jein”, “Mal sehen”, “Silberfische in meinem Bett” und Features von BEIDEN Vorgängerbands von Dendemanns “eins zwo”: Arme Ritter + Väter der Klamotte! Auch dabei: Holunder und Master P vom Blumentopf, Maximilian (aka Max Herre), Eißfeldt (aka Jan Delay), Spax, Tobi, Das Bo, u.a.

– Packaging: Gatefold-Sleeve-Pac mit Buchrücken, CDs in Innen-Stecktaschen, 2 Booklets (12 & 20 Seiten), Sticker Available from 21.10.2016

Scud One & T-White – Steven Tyler (Colored Vinyl)
Friday, September 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Scud One & T-White – Steven Tyler (Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1606284 Chicago producers Scud One (Cult Classic, The Dirty Science™,
2013/2014) and T-White (The Gift Vol. V, Street Corner Music™,
2014) have been working together musically for the last four years.
Scud One is a producer and lyricist whose work on Cult Classic and
Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid – alongside artist Denmark Vessey – was
called“organic and thoughtful, political and soulful, and without being
quirky or removed from the streets” (Daniel Isenberg – Nahright.com,
Complex Magazine). Scud One has worked with artists including
Quelle Chris, Guilty Simpson, and Exile, among others. T-White is
a music producer, and animator whose record debut was the fifth
volume in the ten-volume “The Gift” series compiled by House Shoes
(Street Corner Music™). He has produced for Denmark Vessey on
Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid and 2015’s Martin Lucid Dream, T-White
produced the single “Don’t Smoke K2” which was featured on NPR’s
“Songs We Love”.
“STEVEN TYLER” – a title derived from the combination of both
artists first names . Scud One (Steven) and T-White (Tyler) focus
on the integration of beats, interludes and spoken-word comedy
skits delivered with absurd – and sometimes sardonic – wit. It’s a
packed album, filled with colorful sounds, spacey artwork and
irreverent humor throughout. As a collaborative effort, it showcases
the strengths of both its producers, and makes for a unique blend.
“STEVEN TYLER’ is being sponsored by “Chroncierge”. “STEVEN
TYLER” will be released on both vinyl, and cassette, and thanx to
Chroncierge both will be green! Chroncierge will also be putting out
a limited time strain called “Scudzy White” in support of the album.
“Steven Tyler is hard as fuck.” – House Shoes

1. Intro (skit)
2. That Funk That Groove
3. Mig
4. One Day
5. Bad Neck
6. Aqua Lean
7. Lost Land
8. Crowned King
9. WBPM Rock Radio (skit)
10. Crux
11. Go On Walkin
12. Man Made
13. Dadaism
14. Get Off The Stage (skit)
15. Rudeboy Moving Co.
16. Feel Like Runnin
17. Stand-Up (skit)
18. Danger Punch
19. And Now
20. Leon Breeze
21. Bull
22. Backstage Pass (skit)
23. Meditation
24. Try Me
25. Tiny Trees
26. Rich As F**k (outro)

• Scud One has worked, notably, with artists Quelle Chris, Guilty
Simpson, and Exile, among others.
• T-White is a producer, animator and video director and has
been eatured on NPR’s “Songs We Love” Available from 21.10.2016

Holy Smoke (Jeremiah Jae & Zeroh) – Holy Smoke
Saturday, August 27th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Holy Smoke (Jeremiah Jae & Zeroh) – Holy Smoke

Image: 1606082 HOLY SMOKE is the fabled collaboration between producer/rappers Jeremiah Jae & zeroh. The nine songs recorded together in Los Angeles 2012 focus on the spirit, health and the sacred use of cannabis.

The swiftly-produced HOLY SMOKE sessions got buried in Jae’s relentless release schedule, ultimately archived in 2013 after a fresh signing with Warp Records and return to Chicago. The world’s only clues to these lost sessions came in the appearance of tracks Trusted Friends” (2012) and “Black Myth” (2013) on HIT+RUN compilation albums.

Excavated from the vaults in early 2016, the nine-track self-titled HOLY SMOKE album [HNR63], finally sees a proper release on September 13th via HIT+RUN. Available on limited-edition cassette tapes, as well as special 10″ colored vinyl (containing unique trails of silver smoke encased in clear wax) and housed in a one-of-a-kind silkscreened jacket (featuring artwork by zeroh & PsyteOne).

Produced by Jeremiah Jae & zeroh
except “Black Myth” Produced by Kutmah

1. Turning
2. Pitchforks
3. Closer
4. Lazy Dazy
5.Black Myth 02:06
6. Soy Cheese
7. Twisted
8. Trusted Friends 02:44
9. Smoke Available from 07.10.2016

Wendy Bevan – Rose & Thorn
Friday, July 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Wendy Bevan – Rose & Thorn

Image: 1603825 Wendy Bevan is a British musician known for her surreal and theatrical approach to performance. In developing a unique cinematic world and style of her own Wendy’s work spans an array of media including film, visual imagery and immersive, experiential artworks. Her history as a visual artist and photographer leads her to maintain a multidisciplinary approach to her work, she believes in creating a universal language and balance in the crossover of these disciplines. Bevan has exhibited and performed as a solo musician, throughout the UK and Europe. She has appeared at music and live arts festivals such as SPILL Festival of Performance, Latitude, and Secret Garden Party. Bevan has also performed at venues such as the ICA, and London’s Hackney Empire as a solo artist, and in recent years with her band Temper Temper working extensively as a performer, with theatre companies such a Punchdrunk, in their London shows, and their cult New York hit, Sleep No More.

For the last decade, Bevan has also regularly contributed as a photographer to leading, international fashion publications including LOVE, i-D, POP magazine, 10, Harpers Bazaar and Vogue Italia. Her signature Polaroid photographic work explores the identity of women, the iconic female image, and the characterisation of the femme fatale, often using fashion as costume. She has taken portraits of female icons such Debbie Harry, and Tilda Swinton. In August 2015, she was invited by LOVE magazine to create a Summer diary online, Bevan used this platform to show a series of portraits of friends she collected throughout the summer of 2015, recording her life throughout her travels to LA, Paris, Milan and London.

For fans of: Siouxsies & The Banshees, Nick Cave, Kas Product, The Cure, Joy Division, Suicide

Key selling points: Debut EP and Album of British singer Wendy Bevan of Temper Temper, who works between London and Los Angeles

TRACKLIST CD
01. Sweet Dedication (Feat The Balanescu Quartet)
02. Rebel Rouser
03. Rose & Thorn (Feat The Balanescu Quartet)
04. Lover
05. In Ghosts We Trust
06. Be Gentle
07. Love From The Moon
08. Bad Manners
09. Twins
10. Porcelain (Feat The Balanescu Quartet)
11. Black Kat
12. Romance (Norma Loy Cover)

Available from 02.09.2016

Y Society (Damu & Insight) – Know The Meaning / Rather Unique 2
Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Y Society (Damu & Insight) – Know The Meaning / Rather Unique 2

Image: 1604925 Redefinition Records reserved it’s 100th release for one of indie hip hop’s most obscure yet sought after groups, Y Society. Need proof? Just try to find a copy of their ‘07 debut LP “Travel At Your Own Pace” for less than a hundred bucks. Good news… they’re back. With almost a decade of radio silence since their debut, the group’s latest is a 45 featuring 2 heavy hitting tracks and tons of replay value.

MC Insight the Truncator and DJ/Producer Damu The Fudgemunk exhibit their talents in true school fashion, complete with carefully curated samples, energetic scratching and potent rapping.Y doesn’t slack conceptually either, “Know the Meaning” is an essay raising the debate on how musicians and their art are valued in the modern world. Insight challenges the listener to disprove his thesis while speaking of experiences, eyewitness accounts and using some the biggest rap icons as examples to make his case. The B-side is a fan favorite, Rather Unique 2, released digitally in 2008 and available now on vinyl for the first time in a new & improved mix. Rather Unique, pays homage to AZ’s 1994 Pete Rock produced original of the same name, in Damu’s reworked track and poetic commentary Insight is known for.

Packaged in a full color sleeve designed by Joe Buck (De La Soul), Y Society’s first 45 is one for the collection.
Available from 29.07.2016

Jim White – No Such Place
Friday, June 17th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jim White – No Such Place

Image: 1604718 Luaka Bop prep a key repress with the classic No Such Place from Jim White finally available again on vinyl.

TRACKLIST
01. Handcuffed To A Fence In Mississippi
02. The Wound That Never Heals
03. Corvair
04. The Wrong Kind Of Love
05. 10 Miles To Go On A 9 Mile Road
06. Christmas Day
07. Bound To Forget
08. God Was Drunk When He Made Me
09. King Of The Road
10. Ghost-Town Of My Brain
11. Hey! You Going My Way???
12. The Love That Never Fails
13. Corvair Reprise

FIRST TIME ON LP EVER! 2 L p s ! 3 s i d e s ! ! p L u s s i d e d etching of Jim’s drawings!!!

A broad collection of diverse songs about rage, redemption, depravity, dead cars and broken dreams. Features tracks produced by Morcheeba, Q-Burns Abstract Message and Andrew Hale. Jim called this album Hick Hop.

“Mr. White has both a literary streak and a crackpot imagination… he brings shards of Southernness, including plinking banjos and bluesy slide guitars, into surreal realms where they may collide with finger cymbals or hip-hop drumbeats … His lyrics mix the calm fatalism of old country music with the fractured causality of Surrealism, while his arrangements set the words in a backwoods filled with electronic ghosts.”
-New York Times

“Sounding like a deranged hillbilly hipster, (part Gram Parsons, part Jack Kerouac), White makes creepy music deluxe.” -popmatters.com

“Faded church bells, muted sirens, insect noises, white noise, rickety turntable scratching, and electronic beats take “alternative” country music to places it’s never been before.” or “…at times gothic, at times
bizarre, and at times, absolutely stunning.” -Stylus Magazine

www.LuakaBop.com Available from 01.07.2016

Miles Davis & Robert Glasper – Miles Ahead (OST)
Friday, May 27th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Miles Davis & Robert Glasper – Miles Ahead (OST)

Image: 1603285 Celebrating the 90th birthday of the legendary Miles Davis. MILES AHEAD – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack explores the breadth and depth of Miles Davis’ musical innovations, combining 11 highlights from the legendary trumpeter/composer/bandleader’s Prestige and Columbia Records catalogs with original new compositions written and performed by Grammy Award-winning jazz/hip-hop artist Robert Glasper. Select new tracks on the soundtrack album include guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, rapper Pharoahe Monch and more. Both the CD and LP packages for MILES AHEAD – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack feature revelatory new liner notes penned by Don Cheadle.

”We culled the library for every style Miles touched…looking for cues to bridge key moments, bring others into focus. The stuff a good score is supposed to do. Miles made it easier. His music is multi-faceted and score friendly,” wrote Cheadle in his notes.

For new and future fans, MILES AHEAD – Original Motion Soundtrack provides an ideal introduction to the music of Miles Davis. For seasoned aficionados of the influential 20th century musical pioneer, the album and film provide fresh perspectives and new insights into Miles’ transformative musical and cultural genius.

MILES AHEAD – Original Motion Soundtrack features 11 essential tracks spanning 1956 to 1981, select dialogue from the film featuring Cheadle in character, and five original compositions written, co-written, produced or performed exclusively for MILES AHEAD by Robert Glasper. These include ”What’s Wrong with That?” (a jam that closes the movie imagining Cheadle as Miles playing in the present day with guest performers Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gary Clark, Jr. and Esperanza Spalding and Antonio Sanchez) and ”Gone 2015,” an end-credits song featuring guest verses from rapper Pharoahe Monch.

The 2016 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX will premiere the long-awaited, critically acclaimed feature film ”MILES AHEAD” on Wednesday, March 16th at 8:00pm at The Paramount Theatre.

A special ”MILES AHEAD” panel led by Don Cheadle, with NPR’s Felix Contreras onboard as Moderator, will discuss the making of the film, along with the music, with intimate behind-the-scenes anecdotes provided by Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew of Miles). Additional panelists include Robert Glasper, who scored the film’s soundtrack, Oscar-winning supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer and sound designer Skip Lievsay, and Keyon Harrold, a sought out trumpeter/producer/arranger/songwriter who performs with GRAMMY-winning group D’Angelo and The Vanguard, and is featured as the trumpet sound of Don Cheadle playing Miles Davis. The panel will take place on Thursday, March 17 at 12:30pm in ACC Room 18ABC, and will be open to Music, Film, Platinum and Gold badges, as well as Showcasing Artist wristbands.

MILES AHEAD Film Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssfTNCTVT5U

Double LP, black standard weight vinyl, gatefold jacket, no inserts

1. Miles Ahead
2. Dialogue: ”It takes a long time…” (*)
3. So What
4. Taylor Made – Taylor Eigisti
5. Dialogue: ”Listen, you talk too goddam much…” (*)
6. Solea (excerpt)
7. Seven Steps To Heaven (edit)
8. Dialogue: ”If you gonna tell a story…”(*)
9. Nefertiti (edit)
10. Frelon Brun
11. Dialogue: ”Sometimes you have these thoughts…”(*)
12. Duran (take 6) (edit)
13. Dialogue: ”You own my music…”(*)
14. Go Ahead John (part two C)
15. Black Satin (edit)
16. Dialogue: ”Be musical about this shit…”(*)
17. Prelude #II
18. Dialogue: ”Y’all listening to them…?”(*)
19. Junior’s Jam – Robert Glasper, Keyon Harrold, Marcus Strickland
20. Francessence – Robert Glasper, Keyon Harrold, Elena Pinderhughes
21. Back Seat Betty (excerpt)
22. Dialogue: ”I don’t like the word jazz…” (*)
23. What’s Wrong With That? – Don Cheadle, Robert Glasper, Gary Clark, Jr., Herbie Hancock, Keyon Harrold, Antonio Sanchez, Esperanza Spaulding, Wayne Shorter
24. Gone 2015 – Robert Glasper, Keyon Harrold, Pharoahe Monch

(*) from the soundtrack of the film, Don Cheadle as Miles Davis

All other tracks performed by Miles Davis, except where noted
Available from 08.07.2016

Bruno Spoerri – Langstrasse Zwischen 12 Und 12
Thursday, May 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bruno Spoerri – Langstrasse Zwischen 12 Und 12

Image: 1604124 From his seemingly bottomless well of unreleased conceptual pop, jazz and pioneering electronic experiments, Swiss composer Bruno Spoerri, in conjunction with long term collaborators Finders Keepers, finally unleashes the master tapes to an obscure 1972 feature length documentary called Langstrasse Zwischen 12 und 12 (Long Street Between Midday And Midnight). Directed by Gianni Paggi (who had also worked on Swiss pop music weekly Hits A Gogo) and radio host and author Max Rüeger this seldom seen film studied the stark counter balance between the lifestyles of the inhabitants of Zurich’s famous Langstrasse – a varied and vibrant stretch of road in centre of the city which played host to a unique mix of contrasting cultural and social groups, working class families and energetic creatives. Langstrasse Zwischen 12 und 12 explored real-life stories of family run businesses, schools, nine to five commuters and the contrasting nightlife scene including the city’s liberal after hours red light district. To accentuate the ironic and slightly schizophrenic nature of the production Paggi and Rüeger called upon Spoerri as one of the country’s most versatile instrumental composers to share a first-hand impression of the area as a local himself. Exploring a wide range of musical disciplines from early modified synthesisers to rock rhythms via found sounds, jazz, folk and traditional Greek music, Spoerri successfully infused vibrant bursts of sonic colour into the monochrome imagery of the programme, creating a floating narrative undercurrent quite unlike anything heard on regular Swiss TV during the era.

In scoring such a project to a precise deadline Spoerri would require a trusted group of regular musicians, many of whom would appear on collectable records by Swiss groups such as The Metronome Quintet, The Rainbow Orchestra and Emphasis. As a leader of The Metronome Quintet himself Bruno was comfortable working alongside reliable members Fernando Vicencio (sax and flute), Ueli Staub (vibes, keys and percussion) and drummer Rolf Bänninger – who’s prominent playing is best exemplified on the previous Finders Keepers/Spoerri LP Hommage Au Fromage. Other players on this session include Latin multi-instrumentalist Antonio Conde who had simultaneously bonded with Vincencio in the jazz rock super group The Rainbow Orchestra under famous guitarist/soundtrack composer Pierre Cavali (see record FKR008). Another Cavali/Vincencio collaborator to appear on this album is pianist Renato Anselmi who would later join both musicians in the band Emphasis – vital to this session Renato Anselmi would provide extra keyboards to Bruno’s experimental and textural synthesiser tones. Later in the 1970s Spoerri would also enlist Anselmi to play on the soundtrack to art house film Lilith (recently sampled by US rapper Jay Z. For hardcore collectors of European jazz the appearance of trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti might warrant some deserved attention. A firm fixture on the Swiss jazz scene alongside Spoerri and regularly playing with George Gruntz, Ambrosetti’s earlier work on records alongside players like American sax man Shahib Shihab or French saxophonist Barney Wilen remain some of the most expensive original items on the collectors market. The final icing on the cake for this session would be the inclusion of Switzerland’s leading harmonica player Heinz Pfenninger, a welcome addition to the group having played with Ueli Staub in the award-winning Roby Weber Quartet (Pfenninger can also be heard playing bass alongside Rolf Bänninger on Spoerri’s aforementioned Hommage Au Fromage LP).

Like most of Bruno’s releases on Finders Keepers Langstrasse Zwischen 12 und 12 sees the artist explore unique new territories, combining the skill of incredibly talented musicians and combining his own discoveries in the realms of electronic music and his own brand of post- concrète found sound application which would appear on his rare postcard records made for industrial companies utilising wristwatches, pneumatic drills and forklift trucks as essential parts of his orchestral palette. This early 70’s glimpse into Spoerri’s narrative composition for the small screen captures an important European artist-cum-scientist treading a seldom trodden path between experimental pop, jazz and music technology in its infancy

TRACK LISTING:

1. Dawn At Long Street
2. Busy & Calm
3. Calm Places
4. Strip Bar
5. Little Italy
6. Lonely Night
7. Neon Pink & Blue
8. Nino Rotunda
9. Night Life
10. Sirtaki Nights
11. Angel In A Silver Wig
12. Sweetie Night
13. Goodbye Long Street Available from 10.06.2016

Frank White – Bewährung Vorbei EP (Ltd.)
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Frank White – Bewährung Vorbei EP (Ltd.)

Image: 1604086 Zwar musste Fler aus diversen Gründen sein Album “Carlo Escobar” verschieben, aber der Workaholic aus Berlin wäre nicht er selbst, wenn er seine Fans dafür nicht entschädigen würde! Nachdem er mit “Unterwegs” Straßen-Trap endlich in Clubs salonfähig machte, bringt er seinen Style jetzt auf fünf brandneuen Tracks unter die Leute. Egal ob es um Stress mit Jan Böhmermann, diversen Rappern oder die Realness-Debatte im Deutschrap geht: Gesprächsstoff ist vorprogrammiert, wenn Fler wieder große Töne und gewichtige Worte spuckt! Er ist wieder frei von Belastungen. Bewährung vorbei! Available from 27.05.2016

White Zombie – It Came From N.Y.C. (3CD+Book)
Friday, April 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on White Zombie – It Came From N.Y.C. (3CD+Book)

Image: 1603487 Numero Group veröffentlichen mit “It Came From N.Y.C.” ein Box-Set, das die frühen Aufnahmen der New Yorker Metal-Band White Zombie (mitbegründet von Rob Zombie und Sean Yseult) beinhaltet. Die 5xLP+Book oder 3xCD+Book versammelt die frühen Out-of-Print Alben und EPs der Band. Beigelegt ist ein 108-seitiges Buch mit unveröffentlichten Fotos und ein 20.000-Wort Essay von Grayson Currin (Pitchfork). Die Box enthält 39 Titel, die alle von White Zombie-Gitarrist J. Yuenger neu remastered wurden. Available from 03.06.2016

Alborosie – Freedom & Fyah
Friday, April 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alborosie – Freedom & Fyah

Image: 1602930 Reggae transportierte schon immer eine globale Message, und Alborosie ist das beste Beispiel dafür, dass sich in der Reggaeszene viel verändert und der Spirit mittlerweile weit über die Grenzen Jamaikas hinaus getragen wurde. Der in Sizilien geborene Künstler lebt bereits seit über einem Jahrzehnt in Jamaika und präsentiert erneut revolutionäre Songs mit dem tiefen Rootssound, der schon lange zu seinem Markenzeichen geworden ist. “Freedom & Fyah” heißt das neue Album und Alborosie erklärt, dass er diesmal stark von Dub beeinflusst wurde und sowohl Dubstep als auch elektronische Elemente in einigen Tracks zu finden sind. Bei den Texten bleibt er seiner Rastaideologie stets treu. Die Thematik dreht sich um Liebe, Sozialkritik und Politik. Der Song “Poser” ist einer der beiden Hits des Albums und ein klares Statement sich selbst stets treu zu bleiben und sich auf das Wichtige im Leben zu fokussieren. Alborosie bekommt hierfür namhafte Unterstützung, u.a von Protoje (wurde von den Lesern des Riddim Magazin zum besten internationalen Artist 2015 gewählt) bei dem Tune “Strolling”, sowie von Ky-Mani Marley (Sohn von Bob Marley) bei dem Song “Life To Me”. Alborosie ist seit der Veröffentlichung seines Debütalbums “Soul Pirate” im Jahre 2008 zum internationalen Star der Szene aufgestiegen. Egal ob als Festival Headliner, Produzent oder Songwriter – er bringt weltweit vielen Menschen Roots-Reggae ein großes Stück näher. “Ich betrachte dieses Jahr als Beginn einer neuen Zeit. Es geht darum, sich von der Vergangenheit zu befreien – dafür steht “Freedom” und “Fyah”, weil Musik wie ein Feuer brennen muss – da muss Kraft dahinter stecken”, sagt Alborosie gegenüber dem Riddim Magazin.

Funkhaus Europa – CD der Woche – WDR, Radio Bremen, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg

“Fühl den Burn!”

“Freedom & Fyah” strotzt vor geballter Power und Selbstbewusstsein des Sizilianers in Kingston. Alborosie nutzt die reinigende Kraft des Feuers und seine neu erkämpfte Freiheit für Champion Reggae, der die Membranen zum Vibrieren bringt.

Jamaikanische Geistliche sind bekannt für ihre feurigen Predigten. Und da Alborosie die Ansprache des Pastors zur Taufe seines Sohnes Marco so überwältigt hat, schickt er dessen Worte dem Album als eine Art Segen voraus. Eine fesselnde Rede, “The Prophecy”, die einen auf “Freedom & Fyah”, einstimmt. Wenn darauf das wuchtige “Can’t Cool” folgt, wird deutlich, dass Albos Feuer, seine Leidenschaft für die Musik, durch nichts und niemanden gelöscht werden kann.

“Sounds mit Geschichte”
Um dieses innere Feuer nach außen zu kehren, hat der gebürtige Sizilianer mit Wahlheimat Kingston mehrere Jahre in seinem hauseigenen Shengen Studio an “Freedom & Fyah” getüftelt. In seiner geräumigen Schatzkammer fangen Musikeraugen an zu leuchten. Seit etlichen Jahren sammelt Alborosie wertvolle Vintage-Instrumente und Geräte aus den 60er- und 70er-Jahren. Darunter Bandmaschinen, Keyboards, Mixingboards, Schlagzeuge etc. Vorwiegend aus dem legendären Studio One. In seinem Refugium hat er in sich hineingehorcht, sich treiben lassen und sich alle Zeit der Welt für ein Album genommen, das ursprünglich auf Roots Reggae setzte, dann Umwege über urbane, globale Spielarten nahm, um schließlich wieder an den Anfang zurückzukehren. Er hat den Sound aus sich herausgekitzelt, der in ihm schlummerte. Als Perfektionist hat er jedes einzelne Detail wie eine wichtige Zutat behandelt.

“Am Anfang waren Schlagzeug und Bass”
Drums & Bass bilden die Basis für “Freedom & Fyah” und sind unverzichtbare Ingredienzen für Reggae. Für dessen weltweite Verbreitung sind vor allem Sound Systems verantwortlich. Und eben dort möchte Alborosie mit seinem Album die Membranen zum Vibrieren bringen, an den Grundfesten rütteln. Geballte Power, ohne Kompromisse. Besonders geeignet dafür: “Judgement”. Obwohl Rub-A-Dub, der Missing Link zwischen Roots Reggae und Dancehall, nach wie vor dominant ist, klingt “Freedom & Fyah” anders als seine Vorgänger. Das kommt besonders bei “Fly 420” zum Ausdruck, das mit Dubstep-Elementen angereichert ist.

“Dub für die Zukunft”
Generell wird die Grundstimmung des Albums weniger von positiven Vibes und Leichtigkeit bestimmt. Es herrscht eine dubbige Atmosphäre vor, die gerne düster und auch mal rockig und metallisch klingt. Darüber bettet Alborosie seine von Rastafari beeinflussten Botschaften, die sich mit jamaikanischen Realitäten, aber auch mit eigenen Befindlichkeiten auseinandersetzen. Auf “Freedom & Fyah” ist es ihm gelungen, sein Vintage-Equipment für die Zukunft zu rüsten. Available from 20.05.2016

Damu The Fudgemunk – Fragments (White Vinyl)
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Damu The Fudgemunk – Fragments (White Vinyl)

Image: 1603234 Limited / one time only pressing.

Fragments includes odds and ends connected to Damu The Fudgemunk’s long running How It Should Sound Series.

Includes 3 tracks that were previously unavailable on vinyl including a vocal track that was previously only available as the music bed for an old youtube promo clip from 2010. Also includes intro music from Vol One (2010) & Vol Three (2016), both without the scratches as originally heard in the album versions.

Side A
01 – Original Promo EP Intro (0:28)
02 – The Sound – Instrumental Version, Without Scratches (3:23)

Side B
03 – HISS 2010 Campaign Track – Extended / Mixed, Vocal Version (2:15)
04 – Start Here – Instrumental Version, Without Scratches (2:02) Available from 22.04.2016

Auf Chimperator erscheint Danjus Albumdebüt “Stoned ohne Grund”
Monday, March 21st, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Nach seinem Mixtape “Cali”, Blockbuster-Hits wie “Meine Gang” oder der West- Coast Hymne “California”, kommt jetzt Danjus Albumdebüt “Stoned ohne Grund”. Dieses Album erzählt eine Geschichte. Danjus Geschichte. Was ist Juju passiert, seit er nach Barcelona gezogen ist? Was macht das mit einem, wenn der beste Freund auf einmal Superstar ist? Wie hat er das […]

Danju – Stoned Ohne Grund
Friday, February 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Danju – Stoned Ohne Grund

Image: 1602150 Nach seinem Mixtape “Cali”, Blockbuster-Hits wie “Meine Gang” oder der West- Coast Hymne “California”, kommt jetzt Danjus Debütalbum “Stoned ohne Grund”. Dieses Album erzählt eine Geschichte. Danjus Geschichte. Was ist Juju passiert, seit er nach Barcelona gezogen ist? Was macht das mit einem, wenn der beste Freund auf einmal Superstar ist? Wie hat er das Ganze aus seiner Sicht erlebt? Jujus Album hat einen langen Weg hinter sich und ist jetzt genau zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort. Meine Damen und Herren: das hier ist die Geschichte von Danju. Das hier ist “Stoned ohne Grund”. Ein besonderes Highlight sind sicherlich auch die Tracks mit Features seiner Kumpels TEESY und CRO!

“Stoned ohne Grund” erscheint als CD und Ltd. Boxset inkl. T-Shirt (Größe L), GÜZ Papers, Filter-Tips, Dooubiwoobiw-Raketen Bauanleitung-Poster & Bonus CD inkl. 6 Tracks und Instrumental-CD Available from 08.04.2016

Danju – Stoned Ohne Grund (Ltd. Deluxe Box)
Friday, February 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Danju – Stoned Ohne Grund (Ltd. Deluxe Box)

Image: 1602151 Nach seinem Mixtape „Cali“, Blockbuster-Hits wie „Meine Gang“ oder der West- Coast Hymne „California“, kommt jetzt Danjus Debütalbum „Stoned ohne Grund“. Dieses Album erzählt eine Geschichte. Danjus Geschichte. Was ist Juju passiert, seit er nach Barcelona gezogen ist? Was macht das mit einem, wenn der beste Freund auf einmal Superstar ist? Wie hat er das Ganze aus seiner Sicht erlebt? Jujus Album hat einen langen Weg hinter sich und ist jetzt genau zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort. Meine Damen und Herren: das hier ist die Geschichte von Danju. Das hier ist „Stoned ohne Grund“.

„Stoned ohne Grund” erscheint als CD und Ltd. Boxset inkl. T-Shirt (Größe L), GÜZ Papers, Filter-Tips, Dooubiwoobiw-Raketen Bauanleitung, Poster, Bonus CD inkl. 6 Tracks und Instrumental-CD Available from 08.04.2016

I.G. Off & Hazadous – Ready For Me / Crown Holders
Friday, February 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on I.G. Off & Hazadous – Ready For Me / Crown Holders

Image: 1602241 The 90’s introduced a slew of dynamic hip-hop duo’s including Das
EFX, Cella Dwellas and Mos Def & Talib Kweli. I.G. Off & Hazadous
were one of these duos and put their name on the map in that era with
several indie releases and countless underground radio sessions
as a New York rap group known for their gritty raw street grammar
and dope freestyle skills. The Bronx/Queens duo first appeared on
the DJ Spinna produced and released 3-track 12” “Street Serenade”
in 1997 and were featured on the classic Rawkus Lyricist Lounge
Volume One compilation on the posse freestyle cut “Bathroom
Cypher” in 1998. Within the next few years I.G. Off &Hazadous
recorded a string of singles, working with DJ Spinna again on the
“The Nicest”12” single, and getting a placement on the Superrappin
Vol. II album. Around that time the duo also connected with Norway’s
finest producer and Guesswhyld Records affiliate Tommy Tee.
Ill Adrenaline Records and Tee Productions proudly presents I.G.
Off & Hazadous “Ready For Me b/w Crown Holders (feat. Skam2?)”
limited edition 7” – two rare and very dope tracks from 1998/99,
originally released on two different Tommy Tee albums. Both tracks
also were featured in the critically acclaimed documentary “Hip-Hop:
A Tale from the Hood” (based on I.G. Off & Hazadous’ life and their
everyday struggle) by German filmmaker Harald Rumpf and have
never been available on vinyl before.
After being hit by a drunk driver in 2007 and being paralyzed from
then on, I.G. Off sadly passed away on June 12th in 2012. The 7”
displays the lyrical street duo at their best and pays homage to the
late, great veteran emcee and freestyle king I.G. Off.

Queens Side
1. Ready For Me
Bronx Side
1. Crown Holders feat. Skam2? Available from 25.03.2016

Connie Price & The Keystones – Wildflowers: The Expanded Version
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Connie Price & The Keystones – Wildflowers: The Expanded Version

Image: 1601909 Connie Price & The Keystones sind eine Band aus Los Angeles, deren 7″ Veröffentlichungen den Start des Now-Again Labels von Eothen “Egon” Alapatt, damals noch als Geschäftsführer bei Stones Throw aktiv, einläuteten. Das Album “Wildflowers” war damals die erste Albumveröffentlichung einer neuen Band auf dem jungen Label. Das “Cinematic Soul” Album enthält Beiträge von Heliocentrics’ Produzent und Drummer Malcolm Catto und Poets of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers/Karl Hector & The Malcouns Gründer und Gitarrist Jay Whitefield. Die Wiederveröffentlichung des Albums bietet zusätzlich unveröffentlichte und bislang nur auf Vinyl erhältliche Bonustracks. Available from 04.03.2016

Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You / On The Run
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You / On The Run

Image: 1601905 SIDE A: I’LL HOUSE YOU SIDE B: ON THE RUN /

Get On Down presents a unique way to proudly re-live your “hip-house” past, with a 7” reissue of the Jungle Brothers’
infectious 1988 hit “I’ll House You,” which was arranged by the legendary Todd Terry. On the B-Side is a fan favorite
from the group’s stellar Straight Out The Jungle album, “On The Run,” which was released as its own single in 1988.
Group commentary on both songs, taken from Brian Coleman’s book Rakim Told Me:
I’LL HOUSE YOU
MIKE G: That was produced by Todd Terry and us. It was [a different] Todd Terry song, initially. They left us with the
track and we wrote the lyrics to it, and did our mix version to it. At the time, we were getting into house music, and
hitting all the clubs.
AFRIKA BABY BAM: They were laughing at it at first, but it became our biggest hit of that time! We were just having fun
with it. There used to be a house show on Kiss FM after Red [Alert], so he’d always play that as his last song.
ON THE RUN
AFRIKA BABY BAM: That was complicated to make. DJ Sugar Shaft from X-Clan used to cut up that break all the time.
“Push Up,” by some rock band, I think. I looped it up like a machine gun beat. The bassline was from “The Mexican”
[by Babe Ruth]. Mike kicked the lyrics to me at first over the phone. He said, “I’m a Scooby Doo so I don’t be late” and
I was like: “Wow!” Available from 19.02.2016

Jay Richford & Gary Stevan – Feelings (LP+CD)
Thursday, January 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jay Richford & Gary Stevan – Feelings (LP+CD)

Image: 1601680 A sweet groover from the Italian scene of the 70s – music that’s got a lush feel, but a funky one too – a great mix of strings and electric instrumentation that rivals the best cop/crime work of the time – yet also has a nice sexy feel too! There’s almost a blaxploitation vibe to the record at times – and although some instruments solo at points, the real groove lies in the tight vamping of the orchestra – which hits all the right notes to really send the whole thing soaring – often with a nice use of tone and color too!

“Feelings” is considered an absolute cult inside the library music panorama. As the same Torossi recently said, the album “was played only by studio musicians… the best we could find at the time, and the results show” .

The album sees the participation of Sandro Brugnolini, Giancarlo Gazzani, Puccio Roelens and Stefano Torossi, famous songwriters in the field of soundtracks and libra ry music. “Feelings” had been released for the first time in Italy by Carosello Records, under the pseudonyms of Jay Richford and Gary Stevan, a necessary choice dictated by contractual restrictions which prevented the two real authors, Brugnolini and Torossi, to appear on other releases. This reissue, published by Schema Records, is a faithful reproduction of the original first edition.

It still isn’t clear why, in its subsequent publications, with particular reference to “Musica per commenti sonori” (1986, cat. no. CO8605), this album has been released only on behalf of Torossi Stefano, who recently said: “We all worked together, including Brugnolini, and consequently, we all signed together the deposit document of each selection, dividing the royalties in equal parts… That’s the story”.

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Flying High
A2 Going Home
A3 Walking in the Dark
A4 Fighting for Life
A5 Feeling Tense
B1 Running Fast
B2 Loving Tenderly
B3 Fearing Much
B4 Being Friendly
B5 Having Fun Available from 19.02.2016

Various – Hits Agogo One
Friday, December 11th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Hits Agogo One

Image: 1600607 Agogo collect two years worth of classics for Volume 1 of their Hits Agogo One collection.

CD Tracklisting :
01. Funk Busters „Celestial Blues“ feat. Greg Blackman *
02. Da Lata „Going Underground“ ft. Floetic Lara
03. Sola Rosa „Can We Get It Together“ ft. Noah Slee
04. Mop Mop „Run Around“ feat. Fred Wesley & Anthony Joseph (Grant Phabao Remix)
05. Mo’Horizons „Jungle Affair“ (The Soul Session Remix)
06. Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers „Rar“ (Spiritual South Rar’est Remix) *
07. Gabriele Poso „Invocation 002“ (Opolopo Remix)
08. Renegades Of Jazz „Tempo Tempo“ *
09. WDR Big Band & GT „Now I Can“ (Mop Mop Deconstruction) *
10. Hidden Jazz Quartett „Luvlite“ ft. Bajka (The Soul Session Remix) *
11. The Hi-Fly Orchestra „I Got Hope“ ft. Julia Fehenberger (Lack Of Afro Remix feat. Herbal T) *
12. Opez „Malinco“
13. Stephan Abel Quartett „Olhos De Gato“

This compilation features some of the great music which has been released on Agogo Records the last two years. But please also find some brandnew and exclusive songs and remixes from The Hi-Fly Orchestra, Mop Mop, Mo’Horizons, Renegades Of Jazz, Funk Busters, Hidden Jazz Quartett and Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers.

Hope you enjoy this one !

Some feedback:

QUINCY JOINTZ “What a great compilation. That´s what I call jazzy and funky freestyle at its best.”
DJ JONDAL “Great selection of tracks”
FUTURERADIO UK “First Class!!!”
FREEFALL RADIO “Loving the exclusives here”
THE BOOGIE WONDERLAND SHOW “Superb album. loving it”
BAMALOVESOUL “Super groovy”
DJ SHANTISAN “After expecting another “best of” compilation I enventually ended up at this pearl with so many unreleased tracks. All time favs like Spiritual South and Christian Prommer bring in fresh sounds. I can say “Agogo Hits One” one brings the sunshine into your living rooms and clubs.”
MAKALA “Such a great compilation”
BUDAPEST FM90.3 “Keep it coming strong! Agogo is one of the strongest jazz-influenced label around, look forward to hear your new stuff. “
DJ FERRY “very nice compilation”
RADIO X “full support”
STARPOINT RADIO “suberb compilation”
FUNKHAUS EUROPA “floating & groovy”
RADIO SUISSE “great new jazz generation with groove, soul, brazil!” Available from 22.01.2016

9th Wonder & Talib Kweli – Indie 500 (It’s A Wonderful World Music Group)
Friday, November 6th, 2015 | Tags: , , ,
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Two of Hip Hop’s most cherished icons, Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder have come together to create what undoubtedly will go down as an instantly classic album.

CD IWWMG05CD
Release: 06-11-15
George Jones – White Lightning (Expanded Edition)
Thursday, November 5th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on George Jones – White Lightning (Expanded Edition)

Image: 1600727 George Jones is considered by
many the greatest-ever singer
in country music – no one
could wring the drama out of
a song like him. Contemporary
country music was built upon
the foundation he set down.
This release, an expanded
edition of his ultra-rare
1959 album White Lightning
showcases 30 gems from his
formative years on the Starday,
Dixie and Mercury record
labels (originally issued
between 1953 and 1961). It is
full of hardcore honky tonk
ravers and gut-wrenching
ballads—Over 70 minutes of
essential Americana!

1 WHITE LIGHTNING
2 I’M WITH THE WRONG ONE [feat. Jeanette Hicks]
3 THAT’S THE WAY I FEEL
4 LIFE TO GO
5 DON’T DO THIS TO ME
6 *I’M A* WANDERING SOUL
7 GIVE*AWAY GIRL
8 YOU’RE BACK AGAIN
9 NO USE TO CRY
10 NOTHING CAN STOP ME
11 FLAME IN MY HEART [feat. Virginia Spurlock]
12 JESUS WANTS ME
BONUS TRACKS
13 WHAT AM I WORTH
14 ANY OLD TIME
15 SWEET DREAMS
16 JUST LITTLE BOY BLUE
17 WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU
18 I TAKE THE CHANCE [feat. Jeannette Hicks]
19 RUN BOY
20 ONE IS A LONELY NUMBER
21 SETTLE DOWN
22 YOU’RE IN MY HEART
23 YOU ALL GOODNIGHT
24 I’M A ONE*WOMAN MAN
25 COLOR OF THE BLUES
26 HOW COME IT
27 I’M GONNA BURN YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN
28 MY SWEET IMOGENE
29 SPARKLING BROWN EYES
30 REVENOOER MAN Available from 11.12.2015

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

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – It’s A Holiday Soul Party! (Red Vinyl/LP+MP3)
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – It’s A Holiday Soul Party! (Red Vinyl/LP+MP3)

Image: 1598859 Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings are here to help music fans get into the holiday spirit. The band will provide a soulful soundtrack to the holidays this year with new album It’s A Holiday Soul Party, out October 30 on Daptone Records.

Kicking off with “8 Days (Of Hanukkah)” – the band’s ode to The Festival of Lights – the 11-song set of original and classic holiday songs is the group’s first holiday record and follows their Grammy-nominated 2014 album Give The People What They Want. It’s A Holiday Soul Party is available for pre-order now (insert buy link for your territory).

There is no other band around today that plays with the rhythm, feeling, or explosive power of the Dap-Kings. Since releasing their first album in 2002, the band has performed all over the world, had tremendous success on TV and Sharon has collaborated with some of music’s biggest names including David Byrne and Michael Bublé.

In addition to the new album, the Toronto International Film Festival just announced that documentary “Miss Sharon Jones” is set to premiere at the esteemed festival on Friday, September 11. Directed by Academy Award Winner Barbara Kopple, the film follows the dynamic frontwoman through her 2013 battle with cancer, and her triumphant return to the stage around the release of Give The People What They Want.

Marketing points

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ most recent full-length, Give the People What They Want, was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have sold over 600,000 records worldwide.
It’s A Holiday Soul Party! is the group’s very first Holiday album.
Vinyl: 1LP, first limited press of the album will be on red vinyl packaged in a standard sleeve
CD: single CD in digipak packaging
Includes covers of holiday classics such as “Silent Night” as well as original compositions, including “8 Days of Hanukkah”
“8 Days of Hanukkah” will be available as a 45 single, and there will be a re-release of the “Just Another Christmas Song” b/w “Big Bulbs” 45.
Comprehensive Press, Online, and Radio campaign.
Album trailer to be released with “White Christmas”
Music videos for “White Christmas” and “8 Days of Hanukkah”
Online ads begin around November and run through holiday season.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have been extensively covered in the national press since their 2005 album Naturally.
The Dap-Kings have played on international hits by the likes of Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith, Amy Winehouse, and Michael Bublé, and the Dap-King Horns most recently played on Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk (Featuring Bruno Mars).”
Daptone co-founder and Dap-Kings bandleader / songwriter Gabriel Roth won a Grammy for his engineering work on Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have appeared on Later… with Jools Holland, The Andrew Marr Show and BBC Breakfast (UK).
Early airplay for select tracks on BBC Radio 2 by Trevor Nelson and 6Music by Craig Charles.
Festive retail marketing with key chain and independent stores.
Released on Daptone Records, the soul label behind the success of Charles Bradley

Tracklisting:
01 – 8 Days (Of Hanukkah)
02 – Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects
03 – White Christmas
04 – Just Another Christmas Song
05 – Silent Night
06 – Big Bulbs
07 – Please Come Home For Christmas
08 – Funky Little Drummer Boy
09 – Silver Bells
10 – World Of Love
11 – God Rest Ye Merry Gents Available from 30.10.2015

The definitive collection of classic hits from the incomparable King Jammy
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Here at last is the definitive collection of classic hits from the incomparable Lloyd “King Jammy” James. One of Jamaica’s most prolific producers, Jammy has scored many genre defining hits and this collection presents them in fine style. The two CD collection chronicles Jammy’s productions through the various styles and eras of reggae including his […]

Byron Lee & The Dragonaries – Uptown Top Ranking
Friday, July 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Byron Lee & The Dragonaries – Uptown Top Ranking

Image: 1596874 Finest Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dub, new breed Club Hits, Boss sounds and popcorn in-demanders from 1964 to 1973. 20 classics including in-demand big money trophy tunes “Frankenstein”, “Bata Cha Cha Cha”, and “We Five”, as well the fever inducing dance floor fillers “Apache”, “Watermelon Man” and “Slow Run” and groundbreaking dub cuts from the board that eventually made it’s way to King Tubby. This is Byron Lee – This is Uptown Top Ranking. Available as CD with 20 page booklet and 2LP-set in a gatefold sleeve, both with extensive notes by Noel Hawks

t r a c k b y t r a c k n o t e:
1. Jamaica Ska (1964): Top 30 Canadian hit, a deal with Atlantic Records and an appearance at the New York World’s Fair in 1964
2. Frankenstein (1964): Always in-demand ska gem and maybe his best ever 45, original if you can find one can go for 100 GBP
3. Watermelon Man (1964): Herbie Hancock ska cover, forever in-demand on the mod jazz scene
4. Bata Cha Cha Cha (year TBC): Rare promo 45 made exclusively for the Bata shoe company – absolutely massive on the European popcorn scene
5. Dragon’s Paradise (1962): Another in-demand and super-rare popcorn scene favorite
6. Dumplins (1960): Debut 45 and the 2nd ever release on the collectable Blue Beat label
7. From Russia With Love (1964): As well as appearing in the first James Bond movie ‘Dr No’ Byron Lee cut this sublime version of Lionel Bart¹s acclaimed theme to the follow up Bond film
8. Goldfinger (1966): Bond was back with a third movie and so was Byron giving the John Barry theme song the Dragonaires special treatment
9. Ol’ Man River (1962): Fantastic solo’s on this big band jazz showpiece version of the Showboat classic – released on the super rare promotional Red Stripe album ‘Let’s Have A Red Stripe Party’
10. Soul Ska (1967): Ken Lazarus feels the spirit delivering an inspired vocal on another Lee scorcher with inspired band horn solos
11. Last Night (1964): Shuffling on Mclemore Avenue, tremendous ska take on a Memphis classic from the Mark-Keys
12. Rock Steady (1967): Magnificent Jo Jo Bennett vocal contribution to this slow and moody, black and bluesy dance corker
13. Slow Run (1968): Horn driven soul styled instrumental, ‘Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday’ was the A-side and a sizeable hit but this flip side was and is the club classic
14. Who-Dun-It (1969): Superbad organ do-over of Monk Higgins hit sax funk workout
15. Hot Reggay (1970): Hot flute led reggae funk pant swinger
16. We Five (1970): Always in-demand Boss Sound organ groove
17. Squeeze Up Part 2 (1970): Uptown cut of the Bleechers ‘Ease Up’ came complete with a revolutionary early use of King Tubby¹s signature high pass filter on the version
18. Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey Version (1970): Continuing to re-write dub history the soon to be sold to King Tubby MCI board in full effect at Dynamics
19. Apache (1973): In demand re-working of The Shadows classic that¹s lately caught the imagination of various scene making crossover DJ¹s , it¹s an album only cut that¹s ripe for a stand alone 45 release
20. Reggae Makossa (1973): Manu Dibango Afrobeat Reggae funk fusion

Tracklisting:
CD
1. Frankenstein 
2. Watermelon Man 
3. Last Night
4. Jamaica Ska
5. Dumplin’s
6. Bata Cha Cha Cha
7. Dragon’s Paradise
8. From Russia With Love 
9. Goldfinger 
10. Ol’ Man River
11. Soul Ska 
12. Rock Steady 
13. Slow Run 
14. Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey Version 
15. Squeeze Up Part 2 
16. Apache 
17. Reggae Makossa 
18. We Five 
19. Hot Reggay 
20. Who-Dun-It?

2LP
Side One
A1. Frankenstein 
A2. Watermelon Man 
A3. Last Night
A4. Jamaica Ska
A5. Dumplin’s
Side B
B1. Bata Cha Cha Cha
B2. Dragon’s Paradise
B3. From Russia With Love 
B4. Goldfinger 
B5. Ol’ Man River
Side C
C1. Soul Ska 
C2. Rock Steady 
C3. Slow Run 
C4. Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey (Version) 
C5. Squeeze Up (Part 2) 
Side D
D1. Apache 
D2. Reggae Makossa 
D3. We Five 
D4. Hot Reggay 
D5. Who-Dun-It? Available from 26.06.2015

Das zweite Album der amerikanischen Rap- & Poetry-Künstlerin Akua Naru
Friday, June 19th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Inspiriert durch Gespräche mit der renommierten Autorin und Professorin für African Studies Dr. Tricia Rose, orientiert sich die Botschaft des zweiten Studio-Albums der in Köln lebenden Exil-Amerikanerin Akua Naru an den Erfahrungen dunkelhäutiger Menschen in den USA und Europa. Der Titel ist eine Metapher und steht für die schicksalhafte Ambivalenz jener Kanarienvögel, die früher als […]

Sly5thAve & The Clubcasa Chamber Orchestra – Uptown Funk Pt.1&2 (Colored Vinyl)
Friday, June 19th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sly5thAve & The Clubcasa Chamber Orchestra – Uptown Funk Pt.1&2 (Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1597884 Kooyman Records is proud to present the vinyl debut
from Sly5thAve & The Clubcasa Chamber Orchestra!
Now shipping, Sly’s big brass orchestral funk takes a stab
at Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ chart topping anthem
of 2015.
Right on time for the Summer’s packed dancefloors,
this uptempo 7” is a must for DJs worldwide, between
it’s knocking drum groove, Afro-Latin and Brazilian
percussion and straight FUNK from the tuba and other
ensemble horns that drive this release!
Pressed on limited white color 7” vinyl, this record was cut
with the collector and DJ in mind, both with a fat sounding
pressing and an extended B-Side dance break, a nod to
disco-classic vinyl releases of the past.
When not conducting, arranging and recording the
Clubcasa Chamber Orchestra, Sly5thAve can be found
making noise on stage with Prince, Taylor Swift and
Quantic, amongst others. Be on the look out for more vinyl
from Sly5thAve and Kooyman Records coming soon! Available from 10.07.2015

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