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BLAZE “Pres. Keep Hope Alive” (King Street): Benefit album for LIFEbeat (The Music Industry Fights AIDS) …
Wednesday, October 20th, 2004 | Posted in News | Comments Off on BLAZE “Pres. Keep Hope Alive” (King Street): Benefit album for LIFEbeat (The Music Industry Fights AIDS) …


Quarter Street – Quarter Street
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Quarter Street – Quarter Street

Image: 1598221 Debütalbum der australischen Salsa Band Quarter Street auf dem australischen Hope Street Label.Vom ersten Ton an wird klar, wie gekonnt die Band, inspiriert von Künstlern wie Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri, Hector Lavoe oder Ruben Blades, den Salsa Sound der Fania Ära aufs Band bringt. Available from 04.09.2015

Zillanova – Suicide / The Time It Takes
Friday, August 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Zillanova – Suicide / The Time It Takes

Image: 1582535 HopeStreet Recordings and Zillanova are proud to present a brand new vocal soul 45 starring two of Melbourne’s finest: Cisco Tavares and Jess Harlen. Two very distinct sides showcase the amazing talents of these two guest vocalists as well as the production and songwriting skills of HopeStreet impresarios Bob Knob and Tom Martin and the heavy duty sounds of The Zillanova Rhythm Combination.

On the A side – Cisco sings Suicide. Sweet, sweet sadness shimmers over low slung syncopation and builds to a climactic peak before dropping back to the whisper from which it came. It’s a story of collective rather than individual suicide. Something to tap our toes to while we watch the human race run headlong for self destruction. Do we care? Sure. Enough to change our ways? It seems unlikely. What’s Going On? You might ask, as Marvin once did. Truth is no one knows, or has, or will.

On the flip, Maori/Australian mistress of neo soul magic Jess Harlen gets down but plays it cool over a rocky rhythm track that owes as much to Led Zeppelin as it does to the Meters. The Time It Takes is a song about that moment in a relationship when one person has given all they can and still doesn’t know where they stand. Ouch. It’s a familiar story but delivered with the unshakeable conviction we’ve come to expect from Miss Harlen, the old tale takes on new life.

Zillanova is a studio based project led by bassist and producer Bob Knob. The Zillanova Rhythm Combination, the mighty rhythm section behind hiphoppers Illzilla and Bollywood heart starters The Bombay Royale are joined by reggae don Jake Savona on organ, San Lazaro’s Sebastian Orellana on percussion and The Bombay Royale horn section. Recorded and mixed by Bob Knob and Tristan Ludowyk at the Hope Street Studios in Brunswick, this record is a family affair for the HopeStreet crew. Many hands make light work apparently, but this record is super heavy regardless. Available from 02.08.2013

Statik Selektah – Spell My Name Right: 10th Anniversary Edition
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Statik Selektah – Spell My Name Right: 10th Anniversary Edition

Image: 1615681 It has been 10 years since Statik Selektah’s long awaited first official studio album landed, and now it’s available for the first time on vinyl. Red vinyl too.
It features a bona fide ‘who’s who’ in Hip Hop from underground celebs like Skyzoo, Termanology and Reks, to legends like Kool G Rap, KRS-One, AG, Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest),
Joell Ortiz, Freeway, Cormega, Royce 5’9”, AZ, Large Pro, M.O.P., Slum Village, Alchemist, Evidence, and more.. “Spell My Name Right (The Album)” has something for everyone,
with street anthems (“G Shit (Showoff Mix)”), underground bangers (“Did What We Had To Do”), straight battle raps (“Time To Say Goodbye”) and even the long forgotten DJ song
(“No Mistakes Allowed”). East to left coast, ALL the big dogs show up for this one, with all production by Statik Selektah. Receiving support from DJs worldwide, Kay Slay, Funk
Master Flex, Clinton Sparks and DJ Khaled to name a few, Statik has risen to an elite rank with his DJing and production skills, and is set to release his 8th solo album later this
year. he can be heard producing for the likes of Action Bronson and Eminem, and on his weekly radio show on Sirius/XM ‘Shade 45’ (Thursday Nights from 8PM – 12AM).
Hear where it all began with this limited red vinyl edition of “Spell My Name Right”!

A1. Intro Ft. DJ Premier & Termanology • A2. “Stop, Look, Listen” Ft. Styles P, Termanology & Q-Tip
A3. “Express Yourself 08” Ft. Termanology, Talib Kweli & Consequence
A4. “6 In The Morning” Ft. Joell Ortiz, Kool G Rap & Sheek Louch • A5. “What Would You Do!?” Ft. Freeway & Cassidy
B1. “Make A Movie” (Interlude) Ft. DJ Khaled • B2. “Bam Bam” Ft. Red Cafe, Termanology & Mims
B3. “G Shit (Showoff Mix)” Ft. Uncle Murda, Sev-one, Termanology & Jadakiss
B4. “Back Against The Wall” Ft Cormega & Royce 5’9 • B5. “Hardcore (So You Wanna Be)” Ft Reks And Termanology
C1. “No Mistakes Allowed” Ft. Doug E. Fresh, Tony Touch, Scram Jones, DP-One, DJ Gi-joe, DJ Revolution & Esoteric
C2. Clinton Sparks Interlude • C3. “Punch Out” Ft Big Shug Of The Gangstarr Foundation • C4. “The Good Life (Give It Up)” Ft. M.O.P.
C5. “Big Dreamers” Ft. Reks • C6. “No Holding Back” Ft Cormega & AZ
D1. “Got Me Goin’ (Hip Hop)” Ft. Slum Village & Granite State • D2. “Time To Say Goodbye” Ft Evidence & Alchemist
D3. “It’s Over Now” Ft. Termanology & AG (DITC) • D4. “Talk To Me” Ft. Jon Hope, Reks & Skyzoo
D5. “Did What We Had To Do” Ft. KRS-One, Larry Cheeba & Large Professor Available from 03.11.2017

New York’s longest overnight success and former Charles Bradley guitarist releases new album
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Staten Island is both close enough to New York City and far enough away to make it easily the most exotic of the 5 boroughs. Rza from WuTang Clan attributes the uniqueness of the Wu to it’s Hip Hop contemporaries at the time to just that dynamic. Growing up on an island that is neighbors […]

The Do Yo Thangs – One Plus One (7" + MP3)
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Do Yo Thangs – One Plus One (7" + MP3)

One Plus Oneis the five track debut EP by Melbourne bandThe Do Yo Thangs- a collection of sensual slow jams and bumping future soul dominated by rich, four-voice harmonies. One Plus One is equal parts performance and programming, drawing from a broad …

San Lazaro – La despedida
Friday, June 24th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on San Lazaro – La despedida

Image: 1604831 La Despedida – Spanish for “The Farewell” – is a breakup album. A psychedelic, post-apocalyptic meta-breakup album by a band that has broken up more than once. For over a decade, San Lazaro have been playing and writing original Latin music in Melbourne. A tribe of lost Latinos, cobbled together from all over the Spanish speaking world. From Chile to Cuba to Catalonia, they’ve come together at the Southern end of Australia to sing the songs they needed to sing and tell the stories they needed to tell.

– Premiered the first single ‘Amor De Despedida’ on Wax Poetics on 4/5/16
– Deluxe gatefold vinyl package
– Strong roots in New York salsa, Afro-cuban rumba and cumbia, with a dash of psychedelia.
– Sounds like a genuine 1970’s record from latin america or the New York’s salsa scene.
– Sung in spanish (one song english)
– Previous Salsa record from HopeStreet Recordings (Quarter Street LP) did really well with EU/UK listeners.

1 Esperanza de la rumba
2 Amor de despedida
3 Hielo azul
4 La ola
5 No me cambie las cosas
6 Descarga soledad
7 Rompe el cascaro´n
8 Dale sentido
9 Alas negras
10 Ladridos de perros Available from 29.07.2016

Alan Parker – One Summer
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alan Parker – One Summer

Image: 1604608 From the one-man studio vault of the guitarist who adorned Histoire De Melody Nelson, The Kick Inside AND Diamond Dogs comes a post-punk, 80’s TV soundtrack that aims to restore the unforgettable names of Billy and Icky in your nostalgic consciousness while liberating lost music of a significant unsung UK composer.

Bringing back fractured memories of Scouse teenage rebellion, sports casual weekend wear, chip shop violence and escape missions to the Welsh Valleys (where baby birds are fed Mars Bars and shoplifting is the local currency), the series One Summer made an indelible impression of gritty realism, tragic heartbreak and woeful hope in the hearts of a dumbstruck generation in 1983.

Inducing abject fear in protective parents and a street smart swagger amongst clued-up youths, this adaptation of a coming of age pastoral thriller by a reluctant Willy Russell broke new boundaries pinpointing a cultural teenage void between post punk activism and the acid house years while arguably giving Thatcherite telly addicts a tiny kick up the arse.

Scored by legendary KPM/De Wolfe library musician Alan Parker, a renowned session player for Serge Gainsbourg, Kate Bush and Bowie (amongst many more) this score retains a genre defying personality, pinpointing the stylistic essence of the era while successfully switching from barren Rumble Fish funk, pastoral Moog noodlings, Pentangular folk, 80’s post-punk rhythms with hints of dubby melodica/harmonica. Composed to cue for the short five-part series (that TV commissioners were too scared to revisit), Parkers bursts of self-propelled small screen scoring came in one to two minute spells allowing Finders Keepers to comfortably fit the entire soundtrack on one neat eleven track limited 7” EP thirty-three years down the train line.


A1. “One Summer” (1:55)
A2. “Billy & Jo” (1:06)
A3. “The Tollbooth” (1:22)
A4. “Kidder’s Cottage” (0:48)
A5. “Benllech Mountain” (0:32)

B1. “Icky” (0:42)
B2. “Southport” (0:29)
B3. “Rollercoaster” (0:58)
B4. “Tension” (1:04)
B5. “Lime Street” (end titles) (1:20)
B6. “Please Close The Gate” (0:54) Available from 24.06.2016

Emilie Nana’s debut album is activism through music
Friday, April 29th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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The Geneva based, Lyon born, Cameroonian descendant has immersed in this creative outpouring since 2012, the album slices together an eclectic selection, sharing much of who she is. Comprising of 11 tracks, including, Like You, which was released on Compost Black at the beginning of 2013; at that stage her second release, and one of […]

Brad Fiedel – The Terminator (OST) (180g)
Thursday, April 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Brad Fiedel – The Terminator (OST) (180g)

Image: 1603619 The Terminator is a cult 80s action movie that needs no introduction. Directed by Oscar-winning maverick James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar), The Terminator stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (Predator, Conan the Barbarian) as the unstoppable Terminator, a ruthless killer sent to the past by machines in the future to kill a young woman (Linda Hamilton) who will one day give birth to humanity’s last hope. Released in 1984, The Terminator was a landmark film that spawned a multi-billion dollar franchise with numerous sequels and spinoffs, and cemented Schwarzenegger’s place as a Hollywood action legend.

The score to The Terminator, composed by Brad Fiedel (Fright Night, True Lies), is as striking as the title character. Punctuated with erratic electronic jolts and rapid fire drums giving the impression of persuit or gunfire, Fiedel’s work has been used in each subsequent Terminator film has spent many years out of print. Now available on CD and vinyl, The Terminator has been remixed and remastered from the original tapes and sequenced for the first time as the composer intended. The LP release features two 180 Gram pressed red and blue splattered vinyl in a double tip-on jacket coating in a reflective UV wrap. This soundtrack will transport you back in time to the terrifying streets of Los Angeles on one bloodsoaked 80s night.


17.THE TERMINATOR THEME (EXTENDED VERSION) Available from 08.04.2016

Peliroja – Injusticia
Friday, January 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Peliroja – Injusticia

Image: 1601470 Producer and guitarist Jacob Plasse has united some of his old friends—players from the Daptones, Pedrito Martinez Group, and Los Hacheros—to form Peliroja, a New York collective inspired by the sounds of Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Congo. Their debut album, Injusticia, will be out next week, August 19, on Chulo Records, a label devoted to the transcendental sounds of New York Latin music.

“Some of the musicians in Peliroja and I would meet up after school on Jane Street in the West Village, at a stoop with some Old English, a spliff, and a tape deck,” says Jacob, best known as producer and musician for salsa masters, Los Hacheros. “We were gangly, awkward 15-year-olds and not cool by any means. I’m not sure how we became obsessed with obscure ’70s funk and Afrobeat music, but that’s what we would listen to: the 3 Sounds, Lyn Collins, Africa 70.” Two decades later, his friends have gone on to become key players in the Brooklyn funk scene, and Jacob has spent the last ten years refining his music on the road with salsa and bachata bands.

Produced and cowritten by Plasse, Injusticia was recorded live to tape at his studio in Brooklyn, in the spirit of the music he was raised on. The groove to this music is deep and heard in the way the Daptones’ rhythm section—drummer Homer Steinweiss and bassist Nick Movshon—play off the polyrhythms of Carlos Padron’s timbales and Jhair Salas’s congas, forming a new fusion of old sounds. Jainardo Batista’s vocals soar over these rhythms, propelled forward by Mike Eckroth’s mercurial arrangements.

“I think the experience of growing up in New York and getting to hear and play with all these wonderful musicians and having them in my life has let me create something that is true to myself, and hopefully them as well,” Jacob adds. “This album is for those boys on the stoop who hadn’t figured out how to be in this world, but were lucky enough to know what they loved.”

1. Bohemio
2. Injusticia
3. Situaciones
4. La Fobia
5. Mal Carrusel
6. Ciudad De Nadie
7. Ingrata Conclusion
8. Te Wa’ Tumbar
9. Honor Enjendrado
10. Se Equivoco Available from 19.02.2016

Tommy Guerrero
Friday, November 13th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Tommy Guerrero continues to expand his horizons while upholding his San Francisco Bay heritage. Starting from the Bones Brigade skate team in the 80’s, he has gone on to make movie appearances, design for Levi’s in Japan, Vans shoes worldwide, Sutro eyewear (among others), sign a skateboard contract with Converse, co-found Real Skateboards and 40’s […]

San Francisco’s Tommy Guerrero drops his new album Perpetual
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Tommy Guerrero continues to expand his horizons while upholding his San Francisco Bay heritage. Starting from the Bones Brigade skate team in the 80’s, he has gone on to make movie appearances, design for Levi’s in Japan, Vans shoes worldwide, Sutro eyewear (among others), sign a skateboard contract with Converse, co-found Real Skateboards and 40’s […]

Frida – Slowly / I Want It All
Thursday, October 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Frida – Slowly / I Want It All

– Debut release from Wyall Style Records, an imprint label of HopeStreet Recordings- Debut release from Melbourne’s lo-fi indie pop group Frida.- Super limited clear vinyl 7″ pressing. Only 20 in the UK/EU! Only 150 worldwide.- The very definition of …

Tommy Guerrero – Perpetual (LP+MP3)
Friday, October 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tommy Guerrero – Perpetual (LP+MP3)

Image: 1599337 Tommy Guerrero continues to expand his horizons while upholding his San Francisco Bay heritage. Starting from the Bones Brigade skate team in the 80’s, he has gone on to make movie appearances, design for Levi’s in Japan, Vans shoes worldwide, Sutro eyewear (among others), sign a skateboard contract with Converse, co-found Real Skateboards and 40’s Clothing and become art director for Krooked Skateboarding, along with maintaining a prolific recording schedule.

1. Water In Your Hands
2. Thoughts Of Tomorrow
3. At The Circles Edge
4. The Fire Remains
5. Battles Of The Forgotten
6. Atacama
7. Where The Sky Drops Into The Sea
8. Time Burns Bright
9 .Los Oceanos De Arena
10.The Spirit Form
11.Signals From Points Beyond
12.The Silence Of Thunder
13.Throwing Stones At The Moon
14.Embers Of Memory
16.Sun Rays Like Stilts

Tommy’s concerts have packed houses across the country from Café Du Nord in SF to The Knitting Factory in N.Y.C. and continue across the globe from The Underworld in London to the Fujirock Festival in his yearly tours in Japan. In 2014, Tommy performed a 15-city tour of Europe sponsored by Levi’s and plans to return again to support this new release – Perpetual.

A continuation to Perpetuum, an album exclusively released in Japan in 2014, Tommy’s intent for Perpetual is “to strip the tunes down and create more of an atmosphere than being concerned with writing ‘songs’… The other idea [is] to abandon the damn computron and record everything on my Tascam 388 1/4″ 8 track tape machine. The limitations with an old tape deck were welcomed with open arms – … I gotta say this is one of my faves and hope people will connect with what I [am] trying to convey. Music is all about an emotional response for me… I hope it resonates with you in a positive way.”

From Mission District punkers to Shibuya-ku hipsters- Tommy’s music does resonate in a positive way. His melodies dance lightly around your head while the rhythms build under your feet and move your hips. His is SOUL music, made by a street kid raised on Santana and Bill Withers (with more than a little nod to the Clash and Public Enemy in there, too) who – through Perpetual – continues to share that life is “about the journey not the destination.”
Available from 13.11.2015

La Mont Zeno Theatre – Black Fairy (2LP)
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on La Mont Zeno Theatre – Black Fairy (2LP)

Image: 1599242 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the production of the Black Fairy album. We began on the journey in 1975 to produce the album following the successful production and tour of the jazz funk musical. My first call for consultation was to one of my mentors, the late, legendary Oscar Brown Jr., for his advice. My second call was to the late Paul Serrano, owner of P.S. Recording Studios. Paul, a former trumpeter with Count Basie, agreed to personally engineer the album. I was also able to assemble great musicians such as the amazing Chico Freeman, Anthony Llorens and Jerry “Jami” Johnson to support the incredible singers from the original cast of the play. I must mention Patricia Crawford the Black Fairy, Masequa Myers the Queen Mother, Denise Llorens as Black Bird, Vincent Hardman as Johnny, Barry Ray as Uncle Remus and the vocals of Gregory Curry. The continued positive impact of the songs after all these years on so many generations are testimony to the extraordinary talent assembled for this project. “Black Fairy” is a fairy tale, but not in the traditional sense. When writing this play, I did not want to re-create the types of fantasies which are so common in children’s theater. There is no kind of magic that can relieve Black children from the oppression that retards their development. However, I do feel giving them a better understanding of their heritage can help them achieve their true potential. And those of us who are concerned with their development should try to expose them to knowledge that gives them a positive sense of identity. Although I do feel a children’s play should be entertaining, I also feel it should be educational. Also, because there are so few children’s plays which reflect the Black Experience, I wanted to write a play that Black children could identify with. “Black Fairy” is a musical drama about a Black Fairy who lacks pride in herself and feels she has nothing to offer Black children. But when she meets Black Bird and Queen Mother (who take her to ancient Egypt, East Afrika, a southern slave plantation and the streets of Harlem) she begins to get a better understanding of her heritage. Her journey through the past enables Black Fairy to meet Aesop, Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Uncle Remus, Stag-o-lee, Leadbelly, and many other characters in Black folklore and Black history. At the end of her journey, Black Fairy realizes that “being Black is nothing to be ashamed of” and is then able to share her knowledge with other Black children. Even though Black Fairy doesn’t completely resolve her dilemma, having a knowledge of her heritage does give her more confidence to cope with the future. It is only fair to mention that “Black Fairy” would never have come to life if it were not for the creative directorship of Pemon Rami and the music composed by Tony Llorens and Jerry Johnson. These people, more than anyone else, have made Black Fairy the success it has become. I also feel that without the full support of Better Boys Foundation and its Board of Directors, the production and this album would not have been possible. “Black Fairy” was the second play at the LaMont Zeno Community Theater, a cultural program of the Better Boys Foundation, a family agency located in North Lawndale in Chicago. Many of the youngsters who perform in the play are members of our Youth Theater Development Program which is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Under the capable guidance of Pemon Rami and his staff, we were able to take youngsters who had no previous theater experience and train them to become competent performers and also to teach them other technical theater skills. The result of this effort has made “Black Fairy” a favorite among both children and adults who have had an opportunity to see it. During the summer of 1974, “Black Fairy” was performed for over four thousand children in Chicago. And in April 1975, it played to over two thousand children in Detroit at Mercy College. “Black Fairy” is only the first of many children’s plays we hope to produce at the Better Boys Foundation. There is an Afrikan proverb which says: “Children are the reward of life”. We at Better Boys Foundation are dedicated to this belief, and feel that helping children to appreciate their heritage is one means of showing our concern for their development.

– Holy Grail Jazz Funk Chicago Musical reissued for the first time.
– Original first edition artwork in Hand Made Tip-on Sleeve
– First Ever Release on CD

1. Black Fairy Meets Johnny
2. Please Give Me Some Magic
3. Black Fairy Meets Black Bird
4. Tell Them They Are Beautiful
5. Travel to Afrika
6. Black Fairy Meets Queen Mother
7. Afrika’s My Home
8. Black Land of the Nile
9. Trip to America
10. Go Down Moses
11. Did You Feed My Cow
12. The Streets of Harlem
13. Afrikan Children
14. Black Men Can Be Beautiful
15. Black Fairy
16. Eulogy for Black Fairy
17. Black Fairy Returns
18. Hey Black Child
19. Johnny & Black Fairy Available from 02.10.2015

Jah Cure – The Cure
Friday, July 31st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jah Cure – The Cure

Image: 1597257 The new album for the artist, as one reviewer recently put it, “the possessor of the greatest voice ever given to a human being”

Jah Cure is one of the most influential reggae acts today, with hits in the ‘real roots’ and Caribbean pop formats. Known for his iconic hooks and street-poet verses, his songs contrast gritty tales of urban struggle with sun-kissed romantic ballads. In the tradition of Jamaican reggae, his stories bridge social commentary with uplifting hopefulness. There is playful spirit to his music that has endured the real life challenges of prison, probation and redemption.”The Cure” is his seventh album and the fourth for VP Records and presents the thoughts, feelings and contradictions of a true reggae artist. Anticipation for the album is especially strong in Jah Cure’s touring markets where and in support of the release he will tour Europe and South America in the summer of 2015. A music video for “Made in California” will be serviced to terrestrial and online media outlets to support the album launch internationally.

Festival Dates:
03.07. PT – Praia de Carcavelos – Musa Festival 2015
10.07. PL – Plock – Reggaeland 2015
18.07. IT – Latisana – One Love Reggae Festival 2015
31.07. DE – Mülheim an der Ruhr – Ruhr Reggae Summer 2015
16.08. ES – Benicassim – Rototom Sunsplash 2015

Artist website:

Social media
Facebook: 1.2 million likes
Twitter: 201k followers @TheRealJahCure

Current videos:
“Life We Live”
“That Girl”

1. No Friend Of Mine
2. Corruption
3. Life We Live
4. I Surrender
5. Set Me Free
6. Made In California
7. Show Love
8. All Of Me
9. Still Remains
10. Other Half Of Me
11. That Girl
12. Rasta
13. Stay With Me

Side One
A1. No Friend Of Mine
A2. Corruption
A3. Life We Live
A4. I Surrender
A5. Set Me Free
A6. Made In California
A7. Show Love
Side Two
B1. All Of Me
B2. Still Remains
B3. Other Half Of Me
B4. That Girl
B5. Rasta
B6. Stay With Me Available from 11.09.2015

Jah Cure
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Jah Cure is one of the most influential reggae acts today, with hits in the ‘real roots’ and Caribbean pop formats. Known for his iconic hooks and street-poet verses, his songs contrast gritty tales of urban struggle with sun-kissed romantic ballads. In the tradition of Jamaican reggae, his stories bridge social commentary with uplifting hopefulness. […]

Jamaican-born singer Jah Cure will be releasing his new album entitled The Cure
Monday, June 29th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Jah Cure is one of the most influential reggae acts today, with hits in the ‘real roots’ and Caribbean pop formats. Known for his iconic hooks and street-poet verses, his songs contrast gritty tales of urban struggle with sun-kissed romantic ballads. In the tradition of Jamaican reggae, his stories bridge social commentary with uplifting hopefulness. […]

JR & PH7 (Ft. Chuuwee) – The South Sac Mack
Friday, June 5th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on JR & PH7 (Ft. Chuuwee) – The South Sac Mack

Image: 1596524 Chuuwee and JR & PH7 Pay Tribute To Sactown with The South Sac Mack. JR & PH7 and Chuuwee are pleased to announce news of their collaborative LP, The South Sac Mack. The project brings the German production duo together with the Sacremento spitter for 17 breezy tracks that epitomize the sound of the new West. The South Sac Mack will give listeners a street level perspective of Sactown, and will be available on all formats on March 24, 2015, from Below System Records.

This is not the first time that both producers have aligned their production talents with Chuuwee. After hearing about Jorg & Peter through a close friend who has worked with them in the past, Chu began an email exchange that eventually led to them working together on multiple songs. 2012’s “Travelin”, “It Is What It Is”, and “Just Like SAC” not only allowed for them to create music for their fans, but also to develop a rapport that forged their chemistry for, SSM. Unlike other bonds between their contemporaries, Chu and JR & PH7’s ties grew stronger organically, and not in hopes of chasing a check, these characteristics reflect beautifully on the album.

With a background in soulful Boom Bap, the album manages to blend ’90s fundamentals, with a twist of West Coast sensibilities. The final product is a hybrid, perfect for the modern day head that stands out among most contemporary Hip-Hop works. Thematically, the decision to name a handful of tracks after neighborhoods throughout Sacramento, gives the listener a first-person narrative, that puts themselves in the shoes of Chuuwee, as they get to experience Cali’s capital city. Tracks like the stream of consciousness driven “Meadowview Morning”, which describe the area as a microcosm where everyone’s actions are connected, and “Meanwhile Off Mack”, which creates a “Me Against The World” scenario between the protagonist, and those around him through its memorable chorus, allow us to see Sacramento in a unique light. This particular theme is continued on tracks such as the Blu assisted “DueYuu”, “James Rutter (Swim Center)” and “Florin High Flirt”, where Chuuwee highlights the various spots that have all played a role in developing the person that he is today. Conversely, joints such as the rough around the edges “Riverside Ransom,” show that Chuuwee can throw down some gully bars when needed, further showcasing the multitalented efforts of both the rhymer, and production duo.

In terms of crafting the perfect sound for Chuuwee to speak his mind, fostering an organic work flow was the most important aspect for this album to take shape ” We just wanted to create a sound that we feel goes well with Chuuwee and the story he is telling on the record,” say the European beatsmiths. “The whole process was super smooth, and we let it flourish naturally based on the subject matter and the overall scope of the album,” they conclude.

For such a broad album that both manages to highlight Sactown’s features, through Chuuwee’s words, and JR & PH7’s lush soundscapes, The South Sac Mack succeeds in transporting us to the midst of the 916.

“Sometimes a beautiful view of a sunset comes with a price, as told by Sacramento emcee Chuuwee’?¦” – Mass Appeal
“It’??s been a minute since we last checked in with Sacramento emcee, Chuuwee, on some solo sh*t. Well, make no mistake about it, dude’??s bars are still top-notch ‘?? let this new LP serve as the proof.” – Okayplayer
“With many of the tracks named after Sacremento neighborhoods, the album will give listeners a street level perspective of Chuuwee’s surroundings through the sounds of the “new West.” – DJ Booth
“Chuuwee’??s ridiculously smooth Cali flow and wordplay is exactly the sort of style that, combined with his liberal use of Sacramento references and imagery, are setting him up with the groundwork a young emergent rapper needs to become recognisable.” – ACCLAIM Magazine
“Edited with digitally imprinted noise for a VHS appearance, the video [“Meanwhile off Mack”] here harps back to the days when emcees made videos with what they could get their hands on.” – HotNewHipHop
“The pair offers a breath of fresh air as far as hope in real Hip-Hop is concerned, and their work is beyond worthy of checking out if you are unfamiliar.” – RESPECT Magazine
“Well, this time the guys from Germany and Denmark are working together with emcee Chuuwee, and it’??s another collaboration to be excited about.” – The Find Mag

1. Begin The Mack (Intro) [feat. Chuuwee]
2. Meadowview Morning (feat. Chuuwee, Bueno & Sean LaMarr)
3. Powder Inn (feat. Chuuwee)
4. Florin Light Rail (feat. Chuuwee)
5. Regional Transit (feat. Chuuwee)
6. DueYuu (feat. Chuuwee & Blu)
7. James Rutter (Swim Center) [feat. Chuuwee]
8. Lime Lights (feat. Chuuwee)
9. Florin High Flirt (feat. Chuuwee)
10. Riverside Ransom (feat. Chuuwee)
11. Hide & Seek (feat. Chuuwee & St3wart KooL)
12. Lonely In Land Park (feat. Chuuwee)
13. Meanwhile Off Mack (feat. Chuuwee)
14. What We Started (feat. Chuuwee)
15. South Sac Get The Money (feat. Chuuwee)
16. Greehaven Blues (feat. Chuuwee)
17. Save The Last Dance (For Someone Who Cares) [feat. Chuuwee] Available from 16.10.2015

JR & PH7 (Ft. Chuuwee) – The South Sac Mack (Below System)
Friday, May 15th, 2015 | Tags: , , ,
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JR & PH7 and Chuuwee are pleased to announce news of their collaborative LP, The South Sac Mack. The project brings the German production duo together with the Sacremento spitter for 17 breezy tracks that epitomize the sound of the new West.

Release: 15-05-15
Sacramento spitter Chuuwee has linked up with German production duo JR & PH7
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JR & PH7 and Chuuwee are pleased to announce news of their collaborative LP, The South Sac Mack. The project brings the German production duo together with the Sacremento spitter for 17 breezy tracks that epitomize the sound of the new West. The South Sac Mack will give listeners a street level perspective of Sactown, […]

Amanaz – Africa
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Amanaz – Africa

Image: 1595609 Issued in 1975, this is the articulation of Zambia’s Zamrock ethos. While other
albums – Rikki Ililonga’s Zambia, WITCH’s Lazy Bones!! – are competitors, it’s hard
to best this album as it covers each major quadrant of the Zamrock whole: it came
from the mines, its musicians were anti-colonial freedom fighters, it envelops
Zambian folk music traditions, and it rocks – hard.
Amanaz were serious, and they made a serious stab at an album. They titled their album Africa, according to original band member Keith Kabwe, “because
of how it was shared and how its inhabitants were butchered and enslaved, its resources stolen… all the atrocities slave drivers committed. “ Thus, their
“Kale,” a blues sung in Nyanja, that traced the continent’s arc from slavery to Zambia’s independence closes the album.
Kabwe and rhythm guitarist John Kanyepa have a winsome softness to their vocals, which sit politely aside the feral growl of drummer Watson Baldwin
Lungu, bassist Jerry Mausala and bandleader/lead guitarist Isaac Mpofu. Africa’s vibe ranges from anxious (“Amanaz”) to escapist (“Easy Street”) to
straight-up pissed-off. On the “History of Man,” his voice whiskey-burned, his distorted guitar buzzing like swarming hornets, Mpofu indicts his species.
There’s a darkness to Africa not found on any other Zamrock records, and a melancholy drifts throughout, specifically on Mpofu’s more restrained “Khala
My Friend,” which stands as an effective, bleak situation for the Zambian everyman, the average citizen of a struggling, new nation, who might have had relatives in conflict-torn countries on the horizon, who might have been struggling to find
his next meal, who might have seen a bleaker future than his president promised.
Then there’s the clear Velvet Underground-influence on the nostalgic “Sunday Morning,”
which, as Kabwe recalls, was the first song written for the album, back in 1968, when Velvet
Undergound and Nico was a new release – and the underground funk of “Making The
Scene.” The album also tackles traditional Zambian music and early-‘60s rock – punctuated,
of course by Kanyepa’s wah-wah and Mpofu’s fuzz guitars. But every time Amanaz get too
deep, too violent, they come back with an accessible song and woo their listener back to the
groove. “Green Apple” is a civil song, featuring Kanyepa’s sighing guitar.
It is a perfectly arranged album, from the dichotomy of Mpofu’s and Kanyepa’s lead and
rhythm guitars, to the vocal harmonies, to the rhythm section’s sense of space and time,
which allows Africa’s funk to build. Inexplicably, Africa was given two separate mixes and
two separate presses: one version is dry, with the vocals and drums mixed loud, the other
slathered in reverb, with the vocals and drums disappearing into the mix, and with the guitar
solos mixed much louder. We’ve presented them both here as they each have their appeal:
it’s up to the listener to pick the one he or she prefers. This is a highpoint of the Zamrock
scene and we hope that this can be seen as its definitive reissue.
Available from 18.04.2015

The Meltdown – Better Days / Sweet Water
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Meltdown – Better Days / Sweet Water

The Meltdown. It’s a bold, brassy, twangy steam train of bumping backbeats and swinging shuffles. Then there’s that voice. Sweet as honey. The voice is soul, but it’s country too and something else indefinable, like you heard it before but don’t know …

One Sixth / The Public Opinion Six – Cosmetic Love / Jappo
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on One Sixth / The Public Opinion Six – Cosmetic Love / Jappo

It’s been a long time between drinks for Melbourne’s mighty Afrobeat juggernaut The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (The POAO). To get everyone warmed up for next year’s much anticipated LP release, two of the group’s vocalists, rapper 1/6 and singer / …

One Sixth / The Public Opinion Six – Cosmetic Love / Jappo
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on One Sixth / The Public Opinion Six – Cosmetic Love / Jappo

It’s been a long time between drinks for Melbourne’s mighty Afrobeat juggernaut The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (The POAO). To get everyone warmed up for next year’s much anticipated LP release, two of the group’s vocalists, rapper 1/6 and singer / …

Staff Charts 2014
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Das Jahr 2014 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Angestellten von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen musikalischen Highlights der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend haben wir ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen Geschäftspartnern, Medienpartnern, […]

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Dawn
Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Dawn

Image: 1593873 Emma Donovan ist eine renommierte indigene Sängerin und Songwriterin aus Australien. Sie begann ihre Gesangskarriere im Alter von sieben mit der Band ihres Onkels, The Donovans. Im Jahr 2000 mitbegründete sie die Band Stiff Gins, die sie drei Jahre später verließ, um ihr Solo-Album “Changes” (2004) zu veröffentlichen. Sie trat mit The Black Arm Band auf und veröffentlichte im Jahr 2009 die Solo-EP “Ngaaraanga”. Die erste Single “Daddy” wurde bei Wax Poetics uraufgeführt, und zum Titeltrack “Dawn” gibt es ein Video, das zum VÖ-Termin gelauncht wird. Die PutBacks bestehen aus Mitgliedern der Bombay Royale, Hiatus Kaiyote und The Black Arm Band und hatten schon mehrere 7″- und Album-Veröffentlichungen auf HopeStreet. Available from 12.12.2014

16th edition of the famous Kitsuné Maison compilation
Monday, November 10th, 2014 | Tags: ,
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Breaking today some of the exciting artists who will matter most tomorrow, Kitsuné’s flagship compilation is back for another round. Showcasing, as always, a complete assortment of the movers and shakers currently shaping up music’s future, Kitsuné Maison 16 hits the streets on November 3rd with a fresh new artwork composed of drawings by 23 […]

‘Slouse – Fishing In Slower Territories’ compiled by Rainer Trüby
Thursday, September 4th, 2014 | Tags: , , ,
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We live in hectic, turbulent times. It seems season- and reasonable to slow things bit down. In fact: slow house down to what we calling now: SLOUSE. Implying down to earth club music, with a tapping foot under 116 beats per minute. House music and its many sliding genres have ruled the clubs and charts, […]

DJ Oil – Phantom
Saturday, August 30th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Oil – Phantom

Image: 1591852 DJ Oil of the Troublemakers present Phantom his sophomore solo album out on BBE.

BBE is proud to present Phantom, the sophomore solo album from Lionel Corsini, aka DJ Oil. A true veteran of the underground music and party scene in his native Marseille, Lionel released his well-received solo debut as recently as 2012 (Black Notes for French label Discograph) but is probably better known as one part of The Troublemakers, who had the (probably unique?) distinction of being signed to both the legendary ‘90s house label Guidance and the most famous of all jazz labels, Blue Note. The latter didn’t work out too satisfactorily for Lionel, who found himself constrained by Blue Note’s corporate ways as part of a major and yearning for the freedom he’d had as an independent artist at an independent
Nonetheless, the trajectory from Guidance to Blue Note gives you some idea of the range of Oil’s music. Phantom (so-called because ‘all these tracks live on my computer like ghosts, waiting to get out, and some never did get out’) begins with an incredibly low-slung mutant rhythm’n’blues instrumental (imagine Link Wray taking guitar lessons from John Lee Hooker on acid), and ends with a kind of abstract spiritual… and seems to take in pretty much the whole spectrum of black music on the way, music in which Lionel is thoroughly steeped (his father was a collector of soul and R&B, a passion that has continued to course through the Corsini blood), ending up somewhere altogether other-worldly. It’s a dark, edgy, angst-ridden soundscape (‘why don’t I just drop out?’ asks a voice, repeatedly) that invokes the untrammelled energies of ‘60s and ‘70s Black radicalism, animated jive-talk juxtaposed with the soothing tones of Africanist scholars discoursing on ‘rhythm’…
As singers are not to the forefront and it’s hardly a ‘dance’ record, Phantom is likely to be labelled ‘trip-hop’, but it’s far meatier than the usual trip-hop fare, and owes more to hip-hop itself in its passion for recontextualizing sound. Furthermore, contrary to the initial assumption (based on its diverse sounds and gritty analogue ‘feel’) that it must be a sample-based record, DJ Oil has recorded the whole album live: ‘sometimes at parties, sometimes at home, but never at the mixing desk.’ With a few exceptions any samples are his own creations: beats, percussion, basslines, Moog and other synth sounds are all played by Lionel, while many of the voices we encounter are street scenes, chat, collaborators met during Lionel’s extensive world travels, more phantoms preserved as files on DJ Oil’s laptop. ‘This album is like a collection of spontaneous paintings, not re-touched,’ says Lionel, ‘that’s why there are so many “accidents” in the music you hear.’ Any ‘accidents’ are surely serendipitous, and result in real sonic diversity, as the music veers from mood to mood, constantly referencing music and cultures from Africa and across the Atlantic as well as urban France, past and present, and a hint of the future too.
From country blues, through township jive and Rahsaan Roland Kirk-style ‘flute’ vocalizations, with the occasional nod to four-to-the-floor house, DJ Oil runs the musical gamut, using modern technology to recreate the virtual orchestra existing in his head and gifting us an astonishingly assured and rather exceptional album, which surely should break this stalwart of the French underground scene to a larger international audience. Making up for the ‘lost years’ with Blue Note, Lionel Corsini’s creative juices are clearly flowing freely at the moment. Listen out especially for the track featuring rapper Josh (and singer Hope Malike) from Zimbabwean band Monkey Nuts: this is another DJ Oil project with a full album also forthcoming soon from BBE.

• As part of The Troublemakers he sold over 100,000 copies of his debut album and was subsequently signed to Blue Note.
• Full Radio and Press campaign in key territories
• DJ Oil (real name Lionel Corsini ) is revered globally for his unique experimental production techniques

A1 Yes It Is
A2 Afrotress
A3 Paolo
B1 Drop Out
B2 Seasons
B3 Echoism
C1 Beetlejuice
C2 Plastic Man
C3 Le Rhythme De La Vie
D1 Burn It
D2 New Lord
D3 A Day

1. Yes It Is
2. Drop Out
3. Afrotress
4. Paolo
5. Seasons
6. Echoism
7. Beetlejuice
8. Plastic Man
9. Le Rhythme De La Vie
10. Burn It
11. New Lord
12. A Day

For Fans of Theo Parrish, Madlib, Moodyman, Sun Ra, Anchorsong

Available from 16.01.2015

Mestre Cupijo e Seu Ritmo – Siria
Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mestre Cupijo e Seu Ritmo – Siria

Image: 1587356 Cametá, a historical little Amazonian town on the shores of the river Tocantins, is the birthplace of the scorching music known as “Siriá”, a cross pollination between the music of the inhabitants of the quilombos, a Brazilian hinterland settlement founded by escaped slaves of African origins, and the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest.  It is a breathing, pulsing, emphatic beat, and the modernised version of this local music, created by Mestre Cupijó, has been igniting street parties and traditional festivals across the state of Pará in Northern Brazil for decades.  And at last in 2014, the combustible sound of Siria´ will be celebrated internationally as the feverish, tropical sound of the summer!

Foretelling his talent to flow between cultures, Cupijó was named after a local river when he was born in 1936, into a family of musicians. His father, Mestre (Master) Vicente Castro, was also known as Mestre Sicudera, the musical director of Centennial Euterpe, one of Brazil´s oldest bands, founded in 1874. At 12, Cupijó started to play the clarinet. He also became proficient at the piano, mandolin and guitar, although the instrument that came to personify his sound was the alto saxophone. Waltz, bolero, cha cha cha and an assortment of dance hall music became part of Cupijó’s repertoire, but it was Carimbó and Siriá, the music played by the black communities of Pará, that had the strongest impact on the young musician.

To grasp the soul of this music, Cupijó went to its source and lived with the quilombolas (maroon) community of the Amazon.  Upon his return, enriched by this life-changing experience, he founded the band “Jazz Orquestra os Azes do Ritmo” with the goal of reinventing Siriá and modernising Samba de Cacete, Banguê and other folkloric music of the state of Pará.  Airwaves from the Caribbean and Latin America had also brought the cumbia sound of the mighty Colombian orchestras, Merengue from the Dominican republic and Cuban music to the Amazon, all of which had an impact on the music of Northern Brazil, Mambo especially! Mestre Cupijó took these influences and mixed them in with the ingredients he had studied in the Quilombos. That fusion – as we are witnessing on this record – had explosive effects.

His fresh new sound became the soundtrack to Cametá’s legendary Carnival and soon his troupe were invited to other festivals along the river. Transportation to these concerts was via small boats, where three or four musicians would share a vessel with their instruments tucked between their legs.  In those days there were no posters or radio adverts to promote the shows in any way, yet Cupijó’s shows became notorious.  In an interview one of his band members explains: “Whenever there was a party – on a Saturday for example – and it was known that Mestre Cupijó would play, the news would spread incredibly fast, just by word of mouth.  We didn’t understand how that was possible, but it certainly was amazing.” 

After the initial wave of enthusiasm, the first two LPs were recorded with rudimentary equipment in a dance club in Cametá.  However, it was the third attempt, recorded in a studio in Belém, which would trigger a phenomenal success.  “Caboclinha Do Igapo” and “Mambo do Martela”, included on this record, became instant hits.  A year later, “Mingau de Açai”, one of Cupijo´s most popular tunes, took the region by storm.  In total six LPs were recorded by Mestre Cupijó.

He then created “Concurso de Musicas Carnavalesco de Compositores Cametaenses”, a contest for carnival music composers.  The songs composed expressly for these contests in the 70s are still performed today during carnival season.  In addition to evolving the Pará music culture in this way, he also owned a makeshift soundsystem, “Musicolor”, to spin the discs of local artists before his own shows to the frenzied crowds. Mestre Cupijó proved himself a philanthropist as well as a conductor for the people’s music, and acted as a provisional lawyer for the city of Cametá, specialising in help for the poor.  He also had a short spell in politics and was elected by a vast majority to the station of Municipal Councillor of Cametá.

Master Cupjó, the pillar of Pará’s festive culture, and a humble pop icon who was ushered prominently into the country’s history books, passed away on 25 September 2012, at the age of 76.

We at Analog Africa are ferociously proud and honoured to have the chance to present these carefully selected tracks from Mestre Cupijó’s six studio albums.  We hope that his music captivates you with the magic and bewilderment that is has us.  We recognise his compositions as true anthems of life and vitality, vibrantly encouraging all to drink and dance until sunrise!  Let go of your inhibitions and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Mestre Cupijó.……. Segura!!!

LP Tracklist:

1. Mingau de Açai 2:55 (Siriá)
2. Mambo Do Martelo 2:32 (Mambo)
3. Caboclinha Do Igapo 2:04 (Siriá)
4. Tubarao Branco 2:14 (Mambo)
5. Morena Do Rio Mutuacá 2:53 (Siriá)
6. Papa Chibe 2:53 (Siriá)
7. Farol Do Marajó 2:24 (Carimbo)

8. Cadé O Anel 2:46 (Siriá)
9. Ventinho Do Norte 3:47 (Mambo)
10. Siriá Quente 3:09 (Siriá)
11. Eu Quero O Meu Anel 2:50 (Siriá)
12. Perereca 2:05 (Mambo)
13. Pra Dança Meu Siriá 2:49 (Siriá)
14. Passarinho Siriri 2:43 (Siriá)
Available from 04.07.2014

Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel
Thursday, June 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel

Image: 1589940 When Bobby Brown left New Edition at the peak of their fame in 1986 he was staying true to his rules of “really not giving a damn” and doing what felt right to him. And while his solo debut King of Stage (1986) wasn’t bad, it wasn’t what fans were really yearning for “Hopefully he just goes back to New Edition” one fan wrote in a 1987 issue of Word Up! Magazine. Little did we all know by the time King of Stage was dying down he was already
hard at work on the follow up, Don’t Be Cruel, and no one was even prepared for what was coming.
Don’t Be Cruel immediately was a smash hit, to any naysayers this was the punch in the face, to NE fans this was a game changer, and honestly to many this was their first time even hearing him. Don’t Be Cruel crafted the perfect match of amazing songwriting and the newly christened New Jack Swing sound that was flooding the streets. Bobby Brown proved why he was “good to go solo” as he owned each track on this album. The new ‘King of R&B” was here. The albums singles: “Don’t Be Cruel”, “My Perogative”, “Every Little Step” & “Roni” all were number 1 singles. “Rock Wit’cha” made all other R&B ballads at the time pale in comparison. The album was one of the best selling albums of the 80’s (33 to be exact). Don’t Be Cruel over-exceeded what any R&B fan would expect. The albums producers L.A Reid, Babyface and Teddy Riley all did outstanding work channeling the right mix for Brown to finally take center stage. And after 20 + years this album still has a strong hold as the R&B blueprint for making hit albums.

Cruel Prelude
Don’t Be Cruel
My Prerogative
Rock Wit’cha
Every Little Step
I’ll Be Good To You
Take It Slow
All Day All Night
I Really Love You Girl
Cruel Reprise Available from 06.06.2014

Millz – Dopamine – A Vivid Dream
Monday, June 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Millz – Dopamine – A Vivid Dream

Image: 1587832 At the end of the hip hop classic 8 Mile, trailer trash lead character B-Rabbit, played by Eminem, wins the
movie’s final freestyle battle by exposing arch nemesis Papa Doc’s (or Clarence as his doting parents called
him) middle class roots. An attack on his cred regardless of his skills – after all Papa Doc was reigning champ –
as a rapper. A knockout blow that left 8 Mile’s villain, who had concealed his comparatively affluent upbringing,
unable to respond. But it couldn’t have been an easy road for Clarence either. Building a reputation, despite
your background, is challenging no matter which side of the street you walk on. Something 21 year old rap
hotshot Millz knows all about.
“When I first moved down to the (inner city) Bleecker neighbourhood in Toronto I was only seventeen, but
straightaway I had to learn how to box.” Remembers Millz aka Brampton born Ryan Jamaal Brooks, whose
upbringing – which he has never hidden – immediately became an issue for some local Bleeckers’ residents.
“I’d tell them where I was from and they’d look at me differently, like I thought I was better or something. I had a
couple problems and got into fights with people down there who felt like I didn’t belong. But I got to integrate
into that situation. It changed me.” With studio time on tap back at his local school in the ‘burbs, just west of
Toronto, Millz had already been honing his craft as a producer, rapper and songwriter. But when the time
came, he knew he had to leave to get to the next level. “I was in a group called Lights Out, we had all acc to the
studio but our image was tacky. I’m not tryin’ to hurt feelings, but all they wanted to do was covers and act like
everyone else. I needed to branch off and do my own thing. I’m more of an original.”
Encouraged by family and friends, Millz (so named after the amount of loonies – Canadian dollars – Brooks is
aspiring to earn, i.e. millions … plural) left for the centre of Canada’s largest city – T.Dot, armed with several
tracks, and a mixtape in development. Not that it happened overnight (it never does), following hardwork Millz
got his shot and signed a record deal with Nova Music Group – over 4 years of hustle and flow to turn lights out
to a new dawn.
The result is Dopamine: A Vivid Dream, Millz debut deftly marriying honest, seductive word play with spaced
out synths and electro drums. Collaborating in the studio with a slew of beatsmiths on the come up, namely
Solheir (Getting’ Gone), Mister Mista (Epiphany), O’Neil (the outstanding Yonge Street), 2nd Sun (Dope) & Millz
hisself showing versatility (Slow Sex), with the lionshare contributed by the award winning Slakah The
Beatchild, who mixed the record in its entirety at his Scarborough studio.
The hook up with Beatchild was easy, being label mates n’ all. “First time I met Slak, at lunch, he gave me five
more beats to help put the mixtape over the edge, but it soon became apparent that an album was
emerging.”Slakah’s collaborations such as the haunting Her and Ain’t Gettin’ Nothing – with jazzy soul singer
Geneva giving good hook – combining memorable, catchy lines and Ladera Heights angst, have Millz
freestyling tracks raw, before hours spent finessing. But with Lessons, the centrepiece of the album, the words
were born first, and then laced with beats by Beatchild. “I recorded Lessons on my birthday and I was humbled
to be working with Slakah, so I brought my Dad along. The end part of that song, Slakah created on the fly in
the studio and I just started freestylin’ – we didn’t premeditate doing that. It just came about and I can’t top that
moment, working with Slakah and doing what I love. Working on the track Rap Sessions with Slak, brought out
something in my voice – more power. I don’t hold back on these songs, so I hope the messages get through
and touch people.”
It’s not just arousal of the conscious mind that Millz is hoping to touch with Dopamine: A Vivid Dream. As song
titles The Climax, Epiphany & Slow Sex will confirm. Tracks Millz old man would have heard during the
playback at Slakah’s studio. “My Dad heard Slow Sex.” Millz admits, “the way music is nowadays, there’s a lot
more acceptance in what we say or what we do, so I guess he’ll just have to live with it.” He laughs, before
adding, “Music is art, what comes to you is what you share with the people right? But it was still a little bit
And besides, the ladies love cool Jamaal – so Millz is not about to edit his experiences for the sake of playing it
safe. “The things that I say in these songs are my real life/my reality. Experiences I wanted to share, including
love. Love is a concept that’s universal. Everybody has the capability to love, so all the tracks about girls, men
can relate. Girls too can flip it and understand where I’m coming from.”
Whether living in Brampton or Bleecker, the main lesson Millz has learnt in life, he says, is to just be himself.

1. Dope
2. Yonge Street feat. Slakah The
3. Slow Sex
4. Kickin’ It
5. Ain’t Getting’ Nothin’ feat. Geneva
6. Getting’ Gone
7. Rap Session
8. Epiphany
9. The Climax
10. Her feat. Slakah The Beatchild
11. Lessons
12. Outro

• Dopamine: A Vivid Dream is the debut album of 21 year old hot shot rapper Millz
• Produced in its entirety by T-Dot’s finest track-maestro Slakah The Beatchild who has also
worked with superstar hip hop artist Drake, Melanie Durrant, Art of Fresh & Ray Robinson.
• Millz is a multifaceted talent, who can write, rhyme, perform & produce.
• Following in the footsteps of music moguls Jay Z, P Diddy & Fiddy Cent, Millz has his own line of
clothing in the works called The Dope Life. Available from 30.05.2014

Saun & Starr – Hot Shot / Gonna Make Time
Thursday, April 24th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Saun & Starr – Hot Shot / Gonna Make Time

Image: 1588420 It is our distinct pleasure to present the debut release by two women who will forever change the Soul game: Saun & Starr. Like a two-headed Phoenix rising from the ashes of a bygone era when the duets of Sam & Dave, James & Bobby Purify, and Marvin & Tammi danced upon the airwaves, Saun & Starr have redefined the possibilities of what a great Soul duo can be. Though they each posess a tone and style that commands attention, together their voices compliment each other perfectly, lifting their sound to elevations neither could reach alone –– harmonies and phrases playfully intertwining to form the architecture for a soulful fortress of vocal prowess. This is obvious to anyone who’s heard them backing up Miss Sharon Jones (on stage or on record) under the loving pseudonym “The Dapettes.”

Though they are currently in the studio putting finishing touches on their debut full length album, two of their tunes have thankfully been committed to seven inch wax. The A-Side, ‘Hot Shot’ is a feel-good shaker that features the inexplicable range of Miss Starr Duncan Lowe, backed staunchly by the “Baddest Band in the Land”, The Dap-Kings. The flip, ‘Gonna Make Time’, showcases Saundra “Saun” Williams’ smooth, smoky vocal, atop a bed of deep low-rider soul. If this 45 ain’t your bag, please go lay down on a busy street. There’s no hope for you. Available from 04.04.2014

The Putbacks – Spanish Harlem / The Worm
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Putbacks – Spanish Harlem / The Worm

Stop what you’re doing. Lovers of soul, funk, and all the other good grease need to get on this 45 real quick. HopeStreet Recordings brings you a collaboration between Australia’s hottest soul voice, Nai Palm, and Australia’s heaviest rhythm section, …

Mestre Cupijo e Seu Ritmo’s “Siriá” on Analog Africa – brass heavy music from the Amazon
Friday, March 21st, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Cametá, a historical little Amazonian town on the shores of the river Tocantins, is the birthplace of the scorching music known as “Siriá”; a cross pollination between the music of the inhabitants of the quilombos, a Brazilian hinterland settlement founded by escaped slaves of African origins, and the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. It […]

Various – BamaLoveSoul Pres. On Deck Vol.2
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – BamaLoveSoul Pres. On Deck Vol.2

Image: 1586819 Around the locals “sweet home” of Birmingham/Alabama, if they weren’t belting out

Lynyrd Skynyrd, the mainstream radio stations would repeat the latest HOT 100 zingers off the

R&B conveyer-belt, much like the rest of the US. That is until visionary tastemaker Roderick

Moody – aka DJ Rahdu – brought his hit Diamond Soul Xxxperience Show to the ‘Bama

airwaves. For 2 hours out of 24, 1 day out of 7, they’d play nothing but soulful music. Soul was

the link, even if it had a hip hop, house, Caribbean or jazzy vibe to it, it had to be soulful. “The

only no-show was R&B … you could hear that after we were done.” Explains Rahdu – who was

able to bottle his on-air success, taking it first to the streets via open mic events, before

launching his website to over a million black alternative music fans across

the free world. Then in 2012, the commercially released and critically acclaimed

“BamaLoveSoul Presents On Deck”, would go on to fly off the shelves of record store Dusty

Groove – as they say in Birmingham – faster than a hound sucks an egg.

For On Deck 2, wading through a wealth of new material submitted specifically for his new

project, Rahdu selected twelve brand new tracks, created by tomorrow’s found generation.

Beginning with the jazzy keys of Rippy Austin’s ‘Fallen’, Rahdu describes the intro “As a walk

through the pearly gates of heaven” before Joomanji follows up with ‘Intoxicated’ which “slaps

you right in the face”. Every lick sounding fresh, as the selection expertly ebbs & flows.

Stephanie Nicole’s spaced out funk ‘Diligence’ paves the way for the ethereal beauty of

James Tillman’s voice on ‘Shangri La’. The artists, were handpicked, given 6 months to

prepare their submissions and were all keen to put their best foot forward. Jevon Reynolds

had the damnedest time coming up with his track before emailing Rahdu with the words “I had

a breakthrough” – the Midnight Mix of ‘Silence’ left Rahdu, when asked to comment, ironically

speechless. Humus, a bunch of Finns, get in on the action too, replacing GDNA’s soulful

house ‘Calm’ (which is anything but) with the horn driven, gorgeously sung serenade ‘I Do (I


“As a DJ coming up, I’d sometimes only demand that the groove was hot,” Says Rahdu, “but

with this music, you really have to listen to the words.” Alabama home-grown talent Fayth

Hope and her neo soul ‘Warrior’ sounds perfectly in tune with the blaxploitation glide of J

Finesse’s ‘Drums, Claps & Snaps … Ya Dig’ before the nuvo-electronic instrumental of

Buscrates 16 Bit Ensemble’s ‘In The Distance’ comes to the forefront. Aisha Mars illuminates

the finale with ‘Ultraviolet’, “leaving you in a dream,” says Rahdu before adding “and fulfilled …



• Future Soul Classics for the New B-Boy’s

• Twelve previously unreleased tracks.

• The first volume flew off the racks of Dusty Groove (voted by the readers of Rolling

Stone Magazine as one of the best record stores in America), selling out within


•, owned by DJ Rahdu, is a tastemaker music website which has

received over a million unique visitors.

• Leading US brands Hennessey & Banana Republic sought out and partnered with

the platform to promote their products.

• DJ Rahdu’s ‘Bama-based open mic event included performances by Saul Williams,

Eric Roberson, Anthony David & Goapele to mention a few.


1. Rippy Austin – Fallen ft Nathan

Pittmon & Robert Casey

2. Joomanji – Intoxicated ft Joseph


3. Stephanie Nicole – Diligence

4. James Tillman – Shangri La

5. Jevon Reynolds – Silence (Midnight


6. GDNA – Calm

7. Humus – I Do (I Do)

8. Fayth Hope – Warrior

9. Anu~Sun – Where Did We Go

Wrong ft Augi

10. J Finesse – Drums, Claps & Snaps

… Ya Dig

11. Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble – In

The Distance

12. Aisha Mars – Ultraviolet


Erykah Badu, Dwele, Foreign

Exchange, Jesse Boykins III, José

James, Sy Smith Available from 07.02.2014

Sha La Das – Sha La Da La La (Christmas Time)
Monday, January 6th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sha La Das – Sha La Da La La (Christmas Time)

Image: 1586862 Fear not fellow Soul enthusiasts, for it is our distinct honor to present the perfect accoutrement to your Holiday quandaries, woes, and/or (for you well adjusted folks) delights. Introducing Staten Island’s newest sensation: The Sha La Das! Making their debut, they offer up two sides of unadulterated holiday cheer – ‘Sha La Da La La (Christmas Time)’ b/w ‘I Wish Christmas Time Was Over’.

Discovered by Dunham Records mogul and one man musical gang, Tom ‘TNT’ Brenneck, you may recognize their doo-wop tinged harmonies from such SMASH records as Charles Bradley’s Victim Of Love. Ring a bell? Well I should hope so! And if that’s not enough to make you wanna fill yer belly with Egg Nog and cover your house in lights, the Sha La Das are a legitimate family affair.

Comprised of Patriarch Bill Schalda with sons, Paul and Bill Jr. – this ain’t no Partridge family people, this is the REAL DEAL. Side A, penned by Thomas Brenneck and Bill Sr. is a mid-tempo seasonal masterpiece, decorated to the nines with lush harmonies, gratuitous sleigh bells, and an insistent Yuletide groove, courtesy of the Menahan Street Band. Side B composed by Bill Sr. is a classic group harmonycarol, sure to warm even the coldest of souls. Save yourself the trip to the Macy’s window and get hip to the sonic Holiday realness of Daptone Records, and the Sha La Das. Available from 20.12.2013

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

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

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