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Homegrown Syndrome – Confrontation / You And Me Babe
Friday, August 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Homegrown Syndrome – Confrontation / You And Me Babe

Image: 1598776 Homgrown Syndrome is a strong 2 sided major label banger that has been heavily in demand (therefor expensive) for the last 8 or so years. A banging disco funk A side flipped with a deep quality 70s soul stepper, it’s a no brainer. Tip for O.G heads: go for the Canadian press as they are vinyl and have the DOPE flip.

Homegrown Syndrome actually derived from the group Home Grown Funk…which originated from Memphis, Tennessee. We moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1977 where we met and worked with Ike Turner for 3 years, we were featured on his album “The Edge” with the song “Party Vibes”. The original drummer (Steve Potts) and bass guitarist (Leon Aldridge) moved back to Memphis and we replaced them with LA area musicians…

While playing free concerts for radio station KACE FM we were approached by Perry Kibble a member of the group “A Taste Of Honey” (keyboards) he loved the group and he wanted to get together to see if we could do some recording. He took a cassette of our music to Larkin Arnold at Arista (Larkin signed A Taste Of Honey to Capitol Records) and secured us a record deal. There was one stipulation, they wanted us to change the name to Homegrown Syndrome.

At Arista we recorded and released the single “Confrontation” written and produced by Perry Kibble who also produced the B-Side “Just You And Me Babe” written (and shared lead vocals with me) by drummer Larry Cotton.

And as luck would have it, Larkin left Arista and went to Columbia Records 2 weeks after he signed us so we were left hanging in limbo. The only thing Arista did was release the record with no promotion and the rest is history. After Arista we went back to our original name

“Home Grown Funk”. The members were:
Jerry Jones – Lead Vocals
Alvin Potts – Keyboards
James Lewis – Lead and rhythm guitar
Norman Avery – Rhythm & Lead guitar
Bill Pittman – Bass guitar
Larry Cotton – Drums and Lead vocals

We eventually parted ways and I continued on as a solo artist signing to Mercury Records and releasing the 12″ record “Mysterious and Sexy” written by myself and Ernest Williamson and co-produced with Ronald (Khalis) Bell of “Kool And The Gang”…

Jerry Jones (Vocalist with Homgrown syndrome)
1. Confrontation
2. You And Me Babe Available from 30.10.2015

Freddie Cruger and Anthony Mills are Wildcookie …
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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“Cookie Dough” is the new album from Wildcookie, aka Freddie Cruger and Anthony Mills. Since his last release on Tru Thoughts in 2006 Freddie Cruger, aka Red Astaire, has been busy travelling the world as a DJ and releasing music on his own label, Homegrown Records – one of these releases was the debut, and […]

Rock Town Express – Funky Makossa
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Rock Town Express – Funky Makossa

Image: 1611068 In 1973, EMI Records Nigeria released the 45 rpm disc “Fuel for Love” b/w “Soundway,” credited to a mysterious band
called Wrinkar Experience. The record was a finely-crafted gem of pop-rock and funky soul as had never before been heard
coming out of the country’s nascent rock scene, and it ended up being the biggest selling Nigerian single up until that
point. The success of Wrinkar Experience effectively demonstrated that was a market for homegrown pop and rock, and
sent record labels scrambling to sign similar bands, kicking off the Nigerian rock revolution that is still being celebrated
and discovered by new generations today.
But while Wrinkar Experience launched the movement, the group itself would be short-lived: after another hit single in
1973, the band’s frontman Danie Ian split for a solo career. The remaining principal players in the group—Cameroonian
musicians Ginger Forcha and Edjo’o Jacques Racine—tried to keep the Wrinkar name going before giving it up and
rebranding themselves as Rock Town Express.
Rock Town Express’s debut LP Funky Makossa was recorded in 1974 for ARC Records, the cutting-edge studio and label
established in Lagos by English drum legend Ginger Baker. The album showcased in long format the qualities that had only
been hinted at on the Wrinkar Experience singles: bright, confident pop melodies, articulate lyrics, and darkly
potent funk-rock.
Comb & Razor Sound is proud to present a new, fully-authorized reissue of Funky Makossa, featuring the seven tracks
from the original release, plus “I Am A Natural Man” and “I Don’t Want To Know,” from Wrinkar Experience’s seldom-heard
third and final single.

Tracklisting (updated)
1. Funky Makossa
2. Tell Me My Life
3. Dear Doctor
4. No One Else (But Me)
5. We’re Makin’ A Hell
6. If You Love Your Neighbour You No Go Die
7. Sweet Rock Town Available from 29.09.2017

Various – Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Rec(1986-95)
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Rec(1986-95)

Image: 1585746 Strut presents Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997, the first definitive retrospective of one of Chicago’s most important and innovative house music labels. Emerging as a raw alternative to the powerhouses of Trax and DJ International during the mid-‘80s, Dance Mania continued to represent street-level Chicago club music into the ‘90s, helping to pioneer the Ghetto House sound.

Hardcore Traxx traces the full story of the label from its heyday. Founded in 1985 and managed by Ray Barney, Dance Mania hit the ground running with its second release in ’86, the incendiaryHardcore Jazz EP by Duane & Co. Barney quickly became a trustworthy outlet for early house and acid productions by upcoming Chicago artists such as Lil Louis, Marshall Jefferson and Farley Keithaka Farkey “Jackmaster” Funk.

The label set out its stall with a series of landmark Chicago releases including 7 Ways by Hercules, Li’l Louis’ The Original Video Clash, and international smash House Nation by Housemaster Boyz. During the ‘80s, it cemented its reputation for uncompromising club records and DJ Tools with sounds spanning raw garage (Victor Romeo’s Love Will Find A Way), acid trax (Robert Armani) and quality house (Da Posse).

Into the ‘90s, Barney unleashed the groundbreaking “Hit It From The Back” by Traxmen and Eric Martin, ushering in a primitive new sound around faster, stripped down rhythms and X-rated party-starting lyric lines. Barney remembers, “Guys used to call in and ask for music on Dance Mania – they were saying, ‘gimme some of that ghetto stuff.’ Dance Mania producer DJ Slugo adds, “when we made Ghetto House… we made music for the bitches. Music for the grinding sh*t and all of that.” The sound spawned a whole new swathe of homegrown producers releasing a fast flow of no-compromise dancefloor bangers: Paul Johnson, DJ Deeon, DJ Funk, DJ Milton, Waxmaster and Slugo all became leaders of the scene. The influence of ghetto house became widespread, not least for Daft Punk, whose track “Teachers” from their Homework album in 1997 was effectively a tribute to Dance Mania. The new wave of productions also paved the way for the later Chicago juke and footwork scene.

Today, with the label back up and running courtesy of Ray Barney and Parris Mitchell, Dance Mania remains a revered Chicago institution across dance music. With Hardcore Traxx, Strut traces the history of the label on a definitive compilation for the first time, from the early classics to ghetto house anthems alongside big money rarities and oddities hidden within their substantial catalogue. Produced in association with Dance Mania, the release is compiled by Conor Keeling (DJ behind the popular “Teachers” Daft Punk influences online mix) with help from Miles Simpson of Ransom Note. Physical formats feature full label history and artist interviews by DJ Chrissy Murderbot alongside rare photos.


1. Hercules – 7 Ways (Club)
2. Victor Romeo featuring Leatrice Brown – Love Will Find A Way (Club)
3. The House Master Boyz And The Rude Boy Of House – House Nation
4. Duane & Co – J.B. Traxx
5. Vincent Floyd – I Dream You
6. Da Posse featuring Martell – Searchin’ Hard
7. Club Style – Crazy Wild
8. Jammin’ The House Gerald – Black Women (Club)
9. Tyree – Nuthin’ Wrong
10. Strong Souls – Twinkles
11. 3.2.6 – Falling (Armando’s House mix)
12. Rhythm II Rhythm – A Touch Of Jazz (Lifestyles Of The Rich mix)


1. DJ Funk – House the Groove
2. Paul Johnson – Feel My M.F. Bass
3. DJ Funk – The Original Video Clash: Video Clash II (Street mix)
4. Parris Mitchell Project feat. Wax Master – Ghetto Shout Out!!
5. DJ Deeon – Da Bomb
6. Houz’ Mon – Fear The World
7. Vincent Floyd – I’m So Deep
8. Tim Harper – Toxic Waste (Club mix)
9. Robert Armani – Ambulance
10. DJ Deeon – House-O-Matic
11. Traxmen & Eric Martin – Hit It From The Back
12. Top Cat – Work Out

For More Information, Check Out: Available from 07.02.2014

Tom Trago – The Light Fantastic
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tom Trago – The Light Fantastic

Image: 1582687 The Light Fantastic is a dancefloor orientated club album with a range of influences like – deep house, vintage synthesizers, classic boogie, disco, Chicago jack, acid house, and even a dash of full-throttle rave revivalism.
There are many ways to move forward as an artist. You can reinvent yourself, keep track of fashions, or try bold new things. Tom Trago has spent the best part of 10 years pushing his sound in impressive new directions. Yet on his new album, the well-regarded Amsterdam-based producer has done things slightly differently. This time round, his influences come from much closer to home, and he has admitted to being inspired by the dancefloor-focused style with which he made his name.

Welcome to The Light Fantastic. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the trip.

Trago is an old hand at this kind of thing. Back in 2009, his debut album, Voyage Direct, impressed with its warm, disco-centric blends of full-throttle deep house and boogie-influenced synthesizer funk. He cast his net wider on 2011’s Iris, choosing to work with a wide variety of international collaborators on an album that laid bare his myriad of musical influences.

On the Light Fantastic, he’s decided to “step back to move forwards” with a warm, involving set that puts the simple pleasures of the best dancefloor moments at its heart.

“I tried to go a bit back towards the style I was doing on Voyage Direct, so dancefloor beats with deeper impact,” Trago admits. “I was trying to male tracks that work on the dancefloor, but also move your heart.”

In some ways, The Light Fantastic is Trago in “back to basics” mode. Partly inspired by his ever-increasing travels around the world to DJ, it melds together a range of influences – deep house, vintage synthesizers, classic boogie, disco, Chicago jack, acid house, and even a dash of full-throttle rave revivalism on the raw funk of “The Elite” – on a set that sounds like it was painted in vivid colours by an artist at the top of his game.

“I’m like a professor in a lab, trying to make little ideas work,” Trago enthuses, warming to the theme. “The tracks are all there in my head, like a puzzle, and I have to make all the pieces fit together.”

The ‘back to basics’ theme extended to his choice of collaborators. Whereas Iris was notable for featuring an impressive cast list of international singers, musicians and producers, The Light Fantastic is more of a homegrown affair. While plenty of people lent a hand during the recording process, they were trusted locals from the Dutch electronic music scene, rather than outsiders.

“This time, I thought ‘whoever walks in the studio can get involved’,” he says. “If they walked in, they could sing, play some synths or do some mixing. A lot of people came to hang out and ended up lending a hand. It’s a much more fun way of working than sending your track to somebody across the other side of the World.”

There are many collaborations on The Light Fantastic, but listen out for contributions from Steffi, Ben Westbeech, “studio neighbour” San Proper, Makam, vocalist Holly Wood and, most surprisingly, a local club owner who just happened to swing by the studio. “Using my friends was a big part of the process,” Trago admits. “One of the points of the album was using people who were close to home, part of the family almost.”

It’s an approach that definitely paid dividends. Certainly, this celebration of Amsterdam’s blossoming electronic music scene adds a little extra frisson of excitement to The Light Fantastic’s impressive vibrancy.

By the time the rush-inducing positivity of “The Wrong Right” gives way to the mutant alien funk of album closer “Desire”, you’ll be ready to listen to it all over again. That’s the thing with The Light Fantastic – it’s a trip you’ll want to take again and again.

1. The Light Fantastic
2. True Friends
3. For The Children
4. Cosmic Blacksmith
5. Jack Me
6. Down Under
7. The Elite
8. Two Together
9. The Right Wrong
10. I Still Desire

DJ / Press Quotes
“great production and inspiration! lovely album indeed. is it only me or the 1st track is missing for the zip folder?” (Ouifonk [ Nuforms Radio Show ])

“have to listen deeper for sure but tracks like jack me have got straight my focus!” (Len Faki, Podium Records)

“Jack me! The Elite is a beauty as well!” (Deetron, Deetron)

“TOM as brilliant as ever – full support from me ” (Laurent Garnier)

“Cosmic Blacksmith, Jack Me, Down Under and The Right Wrong are the ones for me. Thanks!” (Dimitri Kneppers) Available from 25.10.2013

UBIQUITY at Candela Art & Music Festival …
Thursday, November 6th, 2003 | Posted in News | Comments Off on UBIQUITY at Candela Art & Music Festival …


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