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Keb Darge & Cut Chemist Present – Dark Side – Sixties Garage Punk & Psyche Monsters
Friday, January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Keb Darge & Cut Chemist Present – Dark Side – Sixties Garage Punk & Psyche Monsters

Image: 1608270 BBE present the next chapter in the Keb Darge and Cut Chemist partnership, Keb Darge & Cut Chemist present The Dark Side – 30 Sixties Garage Punk and Psyche Monsters

Tracklist:
1.Ty Wagner – Slander
2.Teddy And His Patches – Suzy Creamcheese
3.The Banshees – Project Blue
4.The Del-Vetts – Last Time Around
5.Caretakers of Deception – Cuttin’ Grass
6.The Deepest Blue – Pretty Little Thing
7.The Gentlemen – It’s A Cry’n Shame
8.Red Beard and the Pirates – Go On Leave
9.The Nobles – Something Else
10.Captain Crunch and The Crew – Nowadays People
11.The Malibu’s – Cry (Over Her)
12.The Mach 5 – If I Could
13.The Passions – Lively One
14.Young Aristocracy – Look and See!
15.The Berkley Five – You’re Gonna Cry
16.Al’s Untouchables – Come On Baby & Stick Around
17.Larry & the Blue Notes – In And Out
18.The Lyrics – So What!!
19.The Spacemen – Modman
20.The Savoy’s – Can It Be
21.The Dogs – Don’t Try To Help Me
22.The Omens – Searching
23.The Choab – Why Am I Alone?
24.The Chantes – Hypnotized
25.The Sound Track – I See The Light
26.The Spades – I’m Alright
27.The Outsiders – Just Let Me Be
28.The Aventés – Baby Go
29.The Tigermen – Tiger Girl
30.The Blue Velvets – Don’t Leave Me This Way

Picking up where they left off on the 2007 compilation ‘Lost & Found – Rockabilly & Jump Blues’, Keb Darge & Cut Chemist join forces once again, this time to explore the wonderful world of 1960s Garage music. While Rockabilly could be defined as a DIY emulation of the music of Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and others by young American artists, Garage was heavily influenced by British bands of the day like the Beatles, Kinks & Rolling Stones. Simple drum kits, guitars and the occasional organ keep the sound honest and raw, retaining a palpable sense of excitement even to this day. With a multitude of bands springing up all over the SA, many of these wonderful records were released in tiny numbers, making certain titles almost impossible to find. Keb Darge’s love affair with this intriguing genre happened almost by accident, while on the hunt for obscure Northern Soul records. “DJ Shadow told me I would like Garage years ago, but I didn’t listen.” Hearing a few records he liked and being assured by collectors that they were classified as ‘Garage’ got him hooked, so for the last years he’s been digging obsessively for the stuff. Knowing Cut Chemist was a collector, he suggested they collaborate on a compilation, and ‘The Dark Side’ was born. 30 obscure records, some of which change hands for frightening amounts of money, all with wonderful stories attached as told in Keb’s encyclopedic and entertaining liner notes.
“This compilation is not aimed at the many collectors of this wonderful style of music. I am a very late arrival on this scene, and still have a hell of a lot to learn, and buy. This is more for people like I was just three years ago, people oblivious to beauty, power, and excitement of the sixties garage sound.” – Keb Darge 2016

Key selling points:
– Internationally renowned for his knowledge of soul, funk & rockabilly, Keb Darge turns his attention to the 60’s US DIY ‘Garage’ sound.
– Introduced to Gargae by friends DJ Shadow, Billy Gibbons (Z.Z.Top) and Cut Chemist, Keb chose the latter’s expertise to assist him on the making of this compilation.
– A founder member of Jurassic 5 & Ozomatli, Cut Chemist collaborated with DJ Shadow on Brainfreeze, probably the most sought-after mix CD of all time.
– The album features highly informative and entertaining sleeve notes written by Keb Darge himself.
– Currently dazzling the world with live audio-visual sets, Cut Chemist has been pushing boundaries in hip hop and beyond for almost three decades. Available from 10.03.2017

Mark J & Freeway – Help Yourself
Friday, October 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mark J & Freeway – Help Yourself

Straight from the northwest 1980, Freeway was the band you could catch any weekend playing gigs in Portland and Seattle.. Their coveted AOR boogie debut 7″ on Nebula Circle “Get The Feelin” is what originally started this project with PPU records, Mar…

Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid
Friday, April 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid

Image: 1603792 Indie-rap mainstay Aesop Rock has announced his new album, The Impossible Kid, dropping April 29th on Rhymesayers Entertainment, marking his first solo venture since 2012’s Skelethon. On the new album, Aesop continues finding new ways to improve on the skills that have made him one of the kings of indie hip-hop. His creative process now includes a newfound willingness to open up about his personal life, going deep on topics like depression, his sometimes rocky relationship with his family, and the turbulent handful of years following a friend’s death that culminated in Aesop leaving his adopted home of San Francisco to live in a barn out in the woods, where he recorded the foundations of The Impossible Kid. There’s also moments of levity though, as Aesop taps into the funny side of his persona that he suppressed during the period where being taken as a serious lyricist was more of a priority. Like Skelethon, Aesop exercised complete creative control over every aspect of the album, from the production (which he handled himself, with instrumental help from Philly’s Grimace Federation) to conceptualizing the cover art by his friend Alex Pardee.

Tracklisting:

Mystery Fish
Rings
Lotta Years
Dorks
Rabies
Supercell
Blood Sandwich
Get Out of the Car
Shrunk
Kirby
TUFF
Lazy Eye
Defender
Water Tower
Molecules
*Syrup feat. Homeboy Sandman & Open Mike Eagle (Bonus Track)
*Dorks [Blockhead Remix] (Bonus Track) Available from 13.05.2016

Gino Parks – Fire / For This I Thank You
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Gino Parks – Fire / For This I Thank You

Image: 1599544 Two absolute winners from Gino Parks, a singer whose career took off when he moved to Detroit in the mid-50s. Beginning with a number of duets with the notorious Andre Williams for the equally legendary Fortune label, Parks then appeared as a solo artist for Berry Gordy’s then fledgling Tamla stable. These two sides appeared in 1962 on the second of three singles cut for Tamla. This is really a true double A, we’re sure you will find it impossible to pick between the evocative, infectious early soul sound of ‘For This I Thank You’ and the all guns blazing R&B explosion of ‘Fire’. Our solution is to play them back to back, loud…

Tracklisting
1. Fire
2. For This I Thank You Available from 23.10.2015

Stark Reality – Acting,Thinking,Feeling (Complete Works)
Friday, March 29th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Stark Reality – Acting,Thinking,Feeling (Complete Works)

Image: 1578574 Comes with bonus 7inch! Earlier this year, we announced we were preparing to present the complete works of psychedelic jazz ensemble Stark Reality’s complete works as a box set. Well, we’re happy to announce that both the 6LP and 3CD versions of this anthology – which we’re calling Acting, Thinking, Feeling – are now in production. This marks the first time that all of Stark Reality’s music will be available on vinyl and CD. Included will be the entirety of their AJP-issued album The Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop, their outof-print 1969 (first issued on this label in 2003), the
two sides of their Big Yellow 7? single, the three part song “Acting, Thinking, Feeling” and a series of unreleased tracks discovered by Porter Records’ Luke Mosling – issued here for the first time!
While we have yet to set a street date (we’re hoping for late 2012 or early 2013), our loyal Now-Again Deluxe subscribers will be able to feast their ears on this band’s impossible to categorize, yet undeniable sound – restored and remastered from brand new master tape transfers in two installments, starting on October 30th. Available from 08.03.2013

New album from Mark De Clive-Lowe & the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 | Tags: , , ,
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“Take The Space Trane” is the new album from producer, composer and musician Mark de Clive-Lowe in collaboration with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra. Joining forces for the first time here, they deliver big orchestral jazz grooves with a nod to club productions for a modern, experimental take on the big band sound. The LP brings […]

DJ MARKY & XRS – some hot exposure for the kings of Brazilified D&B …
Tuesday, March 16th, 2004 | Posted in News | Comments Off on DJ MARKY & XRS – some hot exposure for the kings of Brazilified D&B …

Drum & Bass

Rhythmatic Orchestra is a collaboration between Benedic Lamdin (Nostalgia 77) and Hugo Mendez of Sofrito …
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The Rhythmagic Orchestra is a collaboration between acclaimed jazz producer Benedic Lamdin – aka Nostalgia 77 – and Hugo Mendez of world-renowned tropical music collective Sofrito, based on their shared love of jazz, Afro-Cuban, Latin and tropical sounds. The band comprised a young crop of London’s finest jazz musicians and a team of Cuban percussionists. […]

Skeletons are coming …
Thursday, February 18th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , ,
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In a timely collision with the huge current appetite and appreciation for African music, Skeletons is a dazzling melee of African jazz-inspired sounds from the prolific Benedic Lamdin – the musician, producer and engineer who has produced a string of highly acclaimed LPs as Nostalgia 77 for Tru Thoughts, including collabs with the legendary Keith […]

Tommy Guerrero – A Little Bit Of Somethin’
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tommy Guerrero – A Little Bit Of Somethin’

Image: 1616637 It’s rare that a certain sound is entirely an artist’s own. Although undeniably a stew of impeccable influences – from blues to folk to Latin to dusty funk, soul and hip-hop – one cannot hear a Tommy Guerrero song without immediately recognising it as his – and his only.

The cult skater from San Francisco is globally renowned as one of the original members of the legendary “Bones Brigade” team. And as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, his laid-back soul is beloved by all who’ve basked in its blissful glow.

There’s something elemental about this music that really stirs the soul. Strikingly beautiful and instantly addictive, it’s a kind of funk-fuelled, melody-driven, groove-based magic. There’s a serenity and heart in the playing that radiates warmth and splendour, as if crafted for endless sunsets. His albums that surfaced on Mo Wax at the turn of the century have been treasured since their release and it’s two of his most vital LPs that we’re honoured to reintroduce.

The originals were quietly pressed on to a single piece of vinyl so we’ve worked closely with Tommy this year to bring you these fresh, limited editions. They have been lovingly remastered, cut nice and loud on to heavyweight double vinyl and presented in deluxe gatefold jackets.

A Little Bit Of Somethin’ is a quietly majestic gem. Brimming with Guerrero’s horizontal “loose grooves”, these brief but innovative instrumentals demonstrate a rich variety and, as such, comprise an LP that is aptly titled. An enchanting start-to-finish listen, it was instantly regarded as essential upon release via Mo Wax in 2000. It has aged remarkably well.

Throughout this inspired collection, simplicity is key. In deploying it, Guerrero presents a beautifully crafted melodic soundscape. The distinctive, mellifluous approach of his guitar style, blending Brazilian, Cuban, Mexican, soul and jazz motifs, is at once startlingly new and tantalisingly familiar. Set against unrushed percussion, the music releases a crystal clear stream of healing frequencies to create a fragile, hypnotic atmosphere.

Each track clocks in at around three minutes and, with a lack of studio polish or commitment to traditional song structure, it’s a wonder how this enigmatic record demands your attention. However, through its gentle dynamism and impressive playing, it does just that. Whilst resolutely low-key, this lo-fi aesthetic feels genuinely organic and remarkably personal, its powerful intimacy truly connects. It’s what makes this album so beloved of those lucky enough to be already familiar with it. From Margaret Kilgallen’s truly iconic cover artwork to the music contained within, it’s all brilliantly effortless.

Guerrero’s musical ideas are consistently compelling throughout, making it impossible to select highlights. The album’s laconic drift touches upon jazz-fusion workouts and slow-mo hip-hop drums, Tortoise-style experimental post-rock and cinematic sound textures. It’s at once hazy, light and bouncy yet sombre and bluesy. The Latin soul of El Chicano blends with the breezy jazz of Grant Green. By employing guitars and drum machines to create a stripped down rhythmic tapestry of spellbinding, addictive songs, there are even traces of The Durutti Column. A little bit of country, a little bit of rock & roll. A Little Bit Of Somethin’, indeed.

Tracklisting
1 Blue Masses
2 Four Trk Samba
3 Tiny
4 Numb Millenium
5 100 Years
6 Pescadito
7 Azucar
8 Flux And Meter
9 It’s Raining Again
10 Today Like Everyday
11 Soul Miner
12 As The Sea Hold Creatures Vast And True
13 So Blue It’s Black
14 Little Chin Available from 08.12.2017

Marc Mac Pres. Visioneers – Dirty Old Hip Hop (Colored / 180g)
Thursday, October 26th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marc Mac Pres. Visioneers – Dirty Old Hip Hop (Colored / 180g)

Image: 1616365 Originally released in March 2006 and virtually impossible to procure on vinyl ever since, BBE are excited to announce a special ten year anniversary edition of the classic Visioneers album Dirty Old Hip Hop pressed on limited edition 180 gram orange colored vinyl.

Tracklist:
A1 Replay
A2 Runnin’
A3 It’s Simple
B1 Ike’s Mood I
B2 The World Is Yours
C1 Funk Box
C2 Run For Cover
C3 Paul’s Guitar Story
D1 Dirty Old Bossa Nova
D2 Smoker
D3 Hip Know Cypher

Originally released in March 2006 and virtually
impossible to procure on vinyl ever since, BBE
are excited to announce a special ten year
anniversary edition of the classic Visioneers
album Dirty Old Hip Hop. Brainchild of 4Hero
founder and Reinforced Records founder Marc
Mac, the Visioneers project frst appeared in
2005 with seminal album ‘How About A Game of
Chess’, shortlisted for Gilles Peterson’s coveted
Worldwide album of the Year award. For the
follow up, Marc began re-imagining his favourite
hip hop beats from the golden era, retaining the
feel of those extended, looping grooves whilst
also re-introducing the excitement and
musicianship of the records from which they
were sampled: ‘Dirty Old Hip Hop’ was born.
Drawing on the musical talents of Brad Somatik
and 4hero drummer Luke Parkhouse, this largely
instrumental album also featured stunning
performances from rappers Capitol A and Voice.
An artist who was introduced to jazz music by his
favourite hip hop beat-makers, ‘Dirty Old Hip
Hop’ serves as a loving tribute to both art-forms,
weaving the two together until even the most
ardent purist will fnd it hard to defne any space
between.
“Visioneers is not a band, it’s a studio project. I
want to pay respect to hip hop producers like
Jazzy Jef, Jay Dee and Pete Rock for introducing
me to Jazz and I needed to produce the tracks
like hip hop records that sound phat in a club
and not like dinner Jazz, it’s about reclaiming
Jazz.” – Marc Mac, 2006
Pressed on heavyweight orange vinyl, ‘Dirty Old
Hip Hop’ will be available in December 2017
Key selling points:
– Contains iconic re-composed versions of hip
hop classics The World Is Yours by Nas and
Runnin’ by the Pharcyde alongside original
tracks.
– Blurring the lines between hip hop and jazz, the
album is equally appealing to purist fans of
either style.
– Unavailable and in-demand on vinyl for almost
a decade, the album currently fetches up to £80
on Discogs.
– repress on lovely heavyweight orange vinyl
Available from 01.12.2017

Alec Mansion – Alec Mansion
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alec Mansion – Alec Mansion

Image: 1610514 A sublime slice of boogie-funk, Alec Mansion has steadily gained the status of a “crate-digging classic”. Accordingly, it has been near-impossible to unearth a physical copy in good condition for many years. Be With is delighted to present the first ever vinyl reissue, remastered in time to grace the discerning terraces and boat parties of the coming summer months.

Originally released in 1983, the LP arrived with impeccable credentials, programming duties were handled by Dan Lacksman (the brains behind Telex, the “Belgian Kraftwerk”) whilst production came from Marc Moulin (of jazz-rock fusion heroes Placebo). At the time its merits were mainly praised by radio and studio heads. Today, Mansion’s masterpiece is lauded by boogie aficionados from Liege to Los Angeles.

It was during a stay in Chicago that the Belgian took inspiration from the communal spirit and sheer power of black American funk. In a recent interview with Vice’s Noisey, Mansion cited The Whispers, Prince and Chic as key touchstones in his quest for his desired sound. Upon finessing his idiosyncratic European style of funk for his self-titled sophomore LP, Mansion flirted with perfection.

Showcasing a staggering run of instant (non)-hits, this sonically stunning album can be viewed as both of its time and, yet, aeons ahead of it.

Amongst the myriad highlights, “Ou Es-Tu” recalls neck-breaking G-Funk roughly a decade before it was ubiquitous. Its swagger conjures the fantasy sound of Dam-Funk producing fellow Francophone masters Phoenix, circa United, all buzzing synths and snapping drums underpinning vocals that ooze European style.

The glorious synth-workout “Dans L’eau De Nice” boasts an inordinate amount of instrumental flourishes. Augmented by Mansion’s vocal class, it still feels tight and perfectly formed like all timeless pop music, and it has since become infamous as a joyous end-of-night singalong hit for house parties.

The startlingly confident “Marche” borders on the arrogant, its sun-drenched cool inviting both awe and irresistible movement. “Quand Je Serai Grand” blasts lazer-guided synth washes over an undeniable groove that would’ve made Nile Rodgers swoon as he prepped Like A Virgin.

The acid squelch that propels the strutting “Laid, Bête, Et Méchant” delivers infectious bounce with enviable abandon whilst the fantastically wonky “Trop Triste” garnered renewed attention after featuring on Zaltan’s beloved Quartier Choc mixtape.

On the rare occasions it appears on the secondary market, it commands eye-watering figures. A record that has eluded even the most seasoned of vinyl freaks, this officially licensed reissue enables a wider audience to now discover its undoubted genius. Dovetailing neatly with the recent interest in forgotten boogie and obscure Euro-pop, this timely reappearance of a certified lost treasure is sure to be one of the summer’s essential releases. As sophisticated and multi-layered as the best of the genre, this is highly recommended if you dig for analogue boogie/synth-funk as well as the more leftfield elements of slick 80s pop.

The original artwork of both jacket and sumptuous, full-colour inner sleeve has been faithfully restored, the latter featuring Mansion’s memorable lyrics emblazoned across the pleasing jazzy early 80s design. Sonically, Simon Francis’ deft mastering adds clarity and muscle throughout and, as ever, it has been pressed at a reassuringly weighty 180g.

Tracklisting
1 Dans L’Eau De Nice
2 Laid, Bête Et Méchant
3 Marche
4 Quand Je Serai Grand
5 Du Tu Au Tout
6 Où Es-Tu
7 Toi, C’est Different
8 Maintenant
9 Trop Triste
10 Knock-Out A Knokke Le Zoute Available from 21.07.2017

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

Ahmad Jamal Trio – The Awakening
Saturday, February 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ahmad Jamal Trio – The Awakening

Ahmad Jamal is a jazz giant and The Awakening is his iconic masterpiece. The landmark deep trio session – recorded in NYC and released on Impulse! in 1970 – is an essential album and perennially sought-after on vinyl, so Be With Records are delighted …

Knocker Jungle – Knocker Jungle
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Knocker Jungle – Knocker Jungle

Image: 1608330 Knocker Jungle’s sole LP was released by Ember in 1970 when the duo had already split. Little is known about members Tony Coop and Keith Jones, but their music displays a true passion for classic song-based artists, from Donovan to Nick Drake or Dylan. Tony Cox held production duties and Dave Pegg and Mattacks from Fairport Convention featured among the band players.

Almost 47 years after the original album was withdrawn from sale due to a controversial picture in the inner sleeve, this rare gem gets a deserved vinyl reissue. Presented in facsimile gatefold sleeve and pressed on 180g vinyl.

Ember was a British label created in 1960 by Jeffrey Kruger, founder of London’s Flamingo Club. As well as recording British acts, Ember distributed many American and other recordings in the UK. The Knocker Jungle LP was released by the label in 1970, when the duo had already split, being withdrawn from sale shortly after due to a controversial picture included in the inner sleeve that made many shops refuse to stock it. A single (for the Spanish market only) somehow managed to get released too, and that’s about all Tony Coop and Keith Jones achieved in their short life as Knocker Jungle… What the band members had done before this project was formed or where this album led them to remains totally unknown.

Their music speaks for itself, confessing a true passion for classic song-based artists, from Donovan to Nick Drake or Dylan, with a certain degree of hippie-bluesy approach on most tracks. Tony Cox (responsible for producing Yes’ album “Time And A Word” and other records from Family, Caravan, etc) held production duties and Dave Pegg and Dave Mattacks from Fairport Convention featured among the band players. From the splendid opener ‘I Don’t Know Why’, consistency remains solid throughout the entire album. The catchy ‘You’ve Lost Your Love For Me’ adds some early T-Rex sound into the equation while ‘Where I Belong’ shows a strong West Coast influence.

Almost 47 years after its sudden withdrawal from the shops, this rare gem gets a deserved vinyl reissue.

Track Listing:

Side 1
1. I Don’t Know Why 2. Oh To Be Free 3. Caught A Cold Last Night 4. I’ve Got Time 5. Not Even A Letter 6. Ecclesiastes 7. Reality

Side 2
1. You’ve Lost Your Love For Me 2. Amanda 3. Sunburnt Virgin Trousers 4. Impossible You 5. Where I Belong 6. It Ain’t Necessarily So 7. Oh My

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MakjwprHJM0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8st3Okkrh8I
Available from 10.02.2017

G. Coscia & Formini – B85
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on G. Coscia & Formini – B85

Image: 1607620 Fonit’s “B 85”, part of the legendary Serie Usignolo, which bears the signatures of the mysterious Coscia (perhaps a moniker of accordionist Gianni?) and Formini, is another cult library music release: an orchestral pop record whose tracks are curiously recommended to accompany ‘viewings of vast parks, footage of agriculture, ads, moving crowds and congested traffic jams, American working-class districts’ with hilarious titles such as “Dayda”, “Schizzo”, “Palmas”, “Murlak” (which casts an incredible fuzz guitar), “Bronx” and “Ciresa Facaud”. In two words: a must!

Although library music has always had the purpose of accompanying TV and radio shows, documentaries and TV news, it is difficult to track down most of these masterpieces composed by some of the greatest composers of those years. Anonymity is one of the distinctive traits of this music genre, being in most cases difficult, if not impossible, to find out where these tracks had been used. The liner notes of these works often spark the reader’s curiosity: the notes are in fact detailed descriptions of the instruments used and the atmospheres the music aimed to reproduce. Fonit’s “B 85”, part of the legendary Serie Usignolo, which bears the signatures of the mysterious Coscia (perhaps a moniker of accordionist Gianni?) and Formini, makes no difference in that sense.

It is absolutely brilliant to read how these tracks are highly recommended to accompany ‘viewings of vast parks, footage of agriculture, ads, moving crowds and congested traffic jams, American working- class districts’ with hilarious titles such as “Dayda”, “Schizzo”, “Palmas”, “Murlak” (which casts an incredible fuzz guitar), “Bronx” and “Ciresa Facaud” (the latter a probable homage to Piedmont’s dialect that potentially translates in “Cherry, it’s hot!”). The music can be labelled as ‘orchestral pop’, to use terms that made Italian Library music worldwide famous. No hints of ‘country’ as the title seemed to suggest…

TRACKLIST CD
01 Dayda
02 Orlak
03 Schizzo
04 Pete
05 Palmas
06 Spyday
07 Murlak
08 Footing
09 Ciresa Facaud
10 Bronx Available from 16.12.2016

G. Coscia & Formini – B85 (LP+CD)
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on G. Coscia & Formini – B85 (LP+CD)

Image: 1607621 Fonit’s “B 85”, part of the legendary Serie Usignolo, which bears the signatures of the mysterious Coscia (perhaps a moniker of accordionist Gianni?) and Formini, is another cult library music release: an orchestral pop record whose tracks are curiously recommended to accompany ‘viewings of vast parks, footage of agriculture, ads, moving crowds and congested traffic jams, American working-class districts’ with hilarious titles such as “Dayda”, “Schizzo”, “Palmas”, “Murlak” (which casts an incredible fuzz guitar), “Bronx” and “Ciresa Facaud”. In two words: a must!

Although library music has always had the purpose of accompanying TV and radio shows, documentaries and TV news, it is difficult to track down most of these masterpieces composed by some of the greatest composers of those years. Anonymity is one of the distinctive traits of this music genre, being in most cases difficult, if not impossible, to find out where these tracks had been used. The liner notes of these works often spark the reader’s curiosity: the notes are in fact detailed descriptions of the instruments used and the atmospheres the music aimed to reproduce. Fonit’s “B 85”, part of the legendary Serie Usignolo, which bears the signatures of the mysterious Coscia (perhaps a moniker of accordionist Gianni?) and Formini, makes no difference in that sense.

It is absolutely brilliant to read how these tracks are highly recommended to accompany ‘viewings of vast parks, footage of agriculture, ads, moving crowds and congested traffic jams, American working- class districts’ with hilarious titles such as “Dayda”, “Schizzo”, “Palmas”, “Murlak” (which casts an incredible fuzz guitar), “Bronx” and “Ciresa Facaud” (the latter a probable homage to Piedmont’s dialect that potentially translates in “Cherry, it’s hot!”). The music can be labelled as ‘orchestral pop’, to use terms that made Italian Library music worldwide famous. No hints of ‘country’ as the title seemed to suggest…

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Dayda
A2 Orlak
A3 Schizzo
A4 Pete
A5 Palmas
B1 Spyday
B2 Murlak
B3 Footing
B4 Ciresa Facaud
B5 Bronx
Available from 16.12.2016

Brugnolini – Torossi – Musica Per Commenti Sonori (LP+CD)
Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Brugnolini – Torossi – Musica Per Commenti Sonori (LP+CD)

Image: 1605763 Yet another collaboration between Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi, who also worked together on the masterpiece “Feelings”. “Musica per commenti sonori” consists of twelve amazing tracks that will excite lovers of the wildest funk, producers in search of rare breaks, and those with a penchant for the psycho-beat atmospheres of the sixties. One of the rarest library music releases ever, that’s never been re-released in any form until now!

“Musica per commenti sonori” is a cult series within the diverse world of Italian library music. In the late sixties and seventies, the small record label Costanza Records has published several releases precisely focusing on ‘background music’, including works of great composers such as Peppino De Luca, Roberto Pregadio, Franco Micalizzi, Vito Thomas, Giancarlo Thomas Puccio Roelens, Riccardo Luciani, and by the protagonists of this long-time due reissue: Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi.

The two musicians, who had also worked together on the masterpiece “Feelings” (1974), have often collaborated and delivered some of the best Italian library music of all time. “Musica per commenti sonori” is certainly one of the most interesting. On the two equally split sides of this LP, the first for Torossi and the second for Brugnolini (but it seems that this partition was exclusively dictated by legal demands), there are twelve amazing tracks that will excite lovers of the wildest funk, producers in search of rare breaks, and those with a penchant for the psycho-beat atmospheres of the sixties.

Among the most heated tracks featured on Torossi’s side, we can’t pass over the amazing “Sweet-Beat”, “Interrupted” (perhaps the best track of the album) and “Repetition” while “Polyphony”, “Motuproprio” and the closing track “Flyer” shine on Brugnolini’s. Virtually impossible to find, even at astonishing prices, this reissue puts back into the market one of the best examples of ‘The Italian Art of Library Music’: a genre worldwide envied and collected.

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Sweet-Beat
A2 Interrupted
A3 Repetition
A4 Starter
A5 Makkaresh
A6 Fast Train
B1 Motuproprio
B2 Free Stuff
B3 Wawa
B4 Polyphony
B5 Grace
B6 Flyer Available from 07.10.2016

Luciano Michelini E La Sua Orchestra – La Conquista Di Luna (LP+CD)
Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Luciano Michelini E La Sua Orchestra – La Conquista Di Luna (LP+CD)

Image: 1605765 “La Conquista di Luna” (The Moon’s Conquest, 1969) is composer Luciano Michelini’s masterpiece, one of the rarest and most sought Italian LP’s, an imaginary sci-fi soundtrack enriched by the presence of th e legendary singer Edda Dell’Orso on some tracks. Drawing its structure from classical and orchestral soundtracks, the album is tinged with prog elements ahead of their time, soft psychede lia and moments of sheer genius: more than 40 years after its first release, it still guarantees a jaw-dropping listening experience.

There is only a tiny Wikipedia page about Luciano Michelini, and is written in German. A fact that should make us think on how he is still virtually unknown and unappreciated in Italy. After graduating from the conservatory, the pianist and composer started working as a teacher, while pursuing a more creative ca-reer as a composer. From 1964 to 1982 he also worked as a manager for RCA and left his mark primarily as the author of Italian film soundtracks. Among his best-known scores are worth mentioning “Il Decamerone nero”, “La polizia accusa: il servizio segreto uccide”, “La città gioca d’azzardo” and, above all, the beautiful “L’isola degli uomini pesce”, written for the eponymous sci-fi horror film by Sergio Martino.

His true masterpiece, however, was composed in 1969 and is titled “La Conquista di Luna” (The Moon’s Conquest), one of the rarest and most sought Italian soundtracks, virtually impossible to get without spending a fortune. Michelini and his orchestra produced this imaginary sci-fi soundtrack enriched by the presence of the legendary singer Edda Dell’Orso on some tracks.

Drawing its structure from classical and orchestral soundtracks, the album is tinged with prog elements ahead of their time, soft psychedelia and moments of sheer genius: more than 40 years after its first release, it still guarantees a jaw-dropping listening experience. It is almost impossible, for example, to listen to “Tycho” without thinking of the following decades of orchestral pop production and how a song like that could and should have exerted its influence. Better late than never…

TRACKLIST LP
A1 La conquista di Luna
A2 Il volto nascosto di Luna
A3 Tycho
A4 A Mrs. Armstrong
A5 Chiaro di Luna 2000
A6 La ruota dei pianeti
B1 Richiamo di Terra
B2 Vento solare
B3 Meteoriti
B4 In viaggio
B5 Il centro di Houston
B6 Odissea nello spazio Available from 30.09.2016

Various – Samples Outta L.A. – Funk (Ltd. Colored Vinyl+MP3)
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Samples Outta L.A. – Funk (Ltd. Colored Vinyl+MP3)

Image: 1604610 Samples Outta L.A. «FUNK»If the end of the 80’s marked the
explosive beginning of Gangsta Rap, with the reign of the group
NWA. It was Dr Dre’s first album, with his innovative vision and
sophisticated productions that brought the trend G-Funk to new
heights.

Tracklist LP :

A1 Leon Haywood – I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You
A2 Parliament – Star Child (Mothership Connection)
A3 The Ohio Players – Funky Worm
A4 Quincy Jones – Body Heat
A5 The Bar-Kays – Let’s Have Some Fun
A6 Brass Construction – Get Up To Get Down

B1 Roger – So Ruff So Tuff
B2 One Way – Cutie Pie
B3 George Clinton – Atomic Dog
B4 Zapp – Heartbreaker Part 1
B5 Kleeer – Intimate Connection

This laidback sound that reflected the cool, sunny image of California can be found in the Leon Haywood track sampled on
the classic “Nuthin But a G Thang”. Influenced by the groove and the tone of P-Funk music, lots of rappers dug into the
discography of George Clinton and his 2 groups Parliament & Funkadelic, with 3 tracks included in the selection. The
synthesizer/heavy bass mix was already used by DJ Quik and Eazy E’s protégés, Above The Law, sampling funk groups
such as Brass Construction, One Way, the Bar-kays or Fatback. While LBC Crew, signed and produced by Snoop Dogg,
claimed the killer track “heartbreaker” from the electronic funk group Zapp, Ice Cube took the the beat and the funky guitar
of leader Roger Troutman on “how to survive in South Central” contrasting a more melodic sound with a sample from Gap
Band. Impossible not to mention the Ohio Players with their track “Funky worm” which is the basis of any respectable Wast
Coast anthem. Finally the symbolic and versatile 2pac, who rapped on tracks having sampled tunes as varied as a spatial
jazz-funk from Quincy Jones, or an 80s classic funk from Kleer on the “California love” remix. Enjoy ! Available from 05.08.2016

Marlow – In The Backroom
Friday, June 10th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marlow – In The Backroom

Image: 1602785 Marlow is back with the new album In The Backroom.

TRACKLISTING LP
A1 Marlow – Who’s This
A2 Marlow – Kaffee Türkisch
A3 Marlow & ComixXx – Something Is Coming feat. Stee Downes
A4 Marlow – Your Softness
B1 Marlow – Can’t Stop
B2 Marlow – Watch Your Step feat Capitol A
B3 Marlow – And His Mind Blown
B4 Marlow & ComixXx – Shimmy Shimmy Shake
C1 Marlow – Ain’t No feat. Capitol A
C2 Marlow – Backroom feat. Pete Josef
C3 Marlow – Perhaps
C4 Marlow & Trüby – Windy City
D1 Marlow – I Do, We Do
D2 Marlow – Away feat. Ursula Rucker
D3 Marlow – For Blood The Crowd Bays feat.Pete Josef
D4 Marlow – Forstforscher feat. Flowin Immo

Good things come to those who wait. That’s probably what the Leipzig socialized, now
Weimar based Mario Weise aka Marlow was thinking, too. His first official, proper album
by the name of “In The Backroom” has been in the pipeline for two years now. Since his
EP “Backroom”, released in March 2014 on Sonar Kollektiv (SK265), we are waiting with
bated breath for the therewith auspiciously announced longplayer, which – now finally here
– actually does fires off one highlight after another.
There’s of course the 80ies funk inspired ex ante single with Pete Josef on vocals, the
even more LA electro funk derived collaborations with US MC Capitol A „Watch Your
Step“ and „Ain’t No“ or the zippy clubhit “Shimmy Shimmy Shake” and the rousing, singa-
long “Something Is Coming” in cooperation with his former production partner
ComixXx. This is not Marlow with a higgledy-piggledy mob of sidekicks though. „Kaffee
Türkisch“, „Your Softness“ and „Can’t Stop“ demonstrate gloriously where the versatile
producer has deep roots in: Soulful hip-hop with a bass-heavy lateral position. And when
singer Ursula Rucker helps him out on “Away” nothing seems to be impossible on this
debut of his. It’s not a coincidence that Marlow’s music has already been released on
Moon Harbour, Room With A View, Fifty Fathoms Deep and Objektivity. But it took
some time until he now finally found with Sonar Kollektiv the right outlet for his utopia. The
label itself pressed every button as well to turn “In The Backroom” into a modern
masterpiece of Neo Funk. Next to the afore mentioned collaborations further contributions
come from the Black Forest based Rainer Trüby (“Windy City”), the German rapper
Flowin Immo (“Forst Forscher”) and Stee Downes (“Something Is Coming”). Altogether
Marlow animates all of these sixteen tracks off his more than impressive debut with
imperious historical awareness and finesse.
That’s exactly why “In The Backroom” is such a delight, because it expertly masters the
balance act between Soul, Hip-Hop, Funk, Groove and pop appeal.

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/
Available from 22.07.2016

Iranian rock godfather Kourosh with his latest album
Monday, June 6th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Questions about the difficulties in and delay of releasing this album emphasize systematic censorship, cultural deletion and even cultural self-destruction, at a state level. They highlight the thoughts in the background of the media and a society hit by crisis, in which no voice of clear protest is heard in the world, not from human […]

Kon & Amir – Off Track Vol.2 – Queens
Friday, April 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kon & Amir – Off Track Vol.2 – Queens

Image: 609736 Putting together five mix compilations of never before re-released music is enough to turn the most ardent music collector grey. To make it relevant today in the frenetic music market place is virtually impossible. Step forth Kon & Amir, their fanatical love of music, and inexhaustible appetite for the next sound, makes them the undisputed kings of their very own genre ‘off track’. Years ago it was called ‘rare groove’ but somehow the rare got less so, now you can sit in your local Dr’s surgery, peruse the fruit & veg at your local supermarket, to the soundtrack of those hot sweaty underground clubs that used to champion such sounds.

A new millennium, a new breed of producers who grew up in these clubs started to sample their heroes & copy their style. This new generation of music heavily influenced by the sound of black American music of the 60’s 70’s and 80’s, is hugely evocative of the past. The off track series brings us sounds of yesteryear, that could have been recorded today, beautiful music to dance to, to relax to, to drive and no doubt some day in the future your local supermarket may provide it, to shop to.

This second instalment has Kon taking us on a magical disco mystery tour, peppering his mix with his customary re-edits. Amir takes us on an African safari, his mix evoking the sounds and smells of this beautiful continent.
Available from 10.06.2016

Andy Bey – Experience And Judgment
Friday, January 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Andy Bey – Experience And Judgment

Way ahead of its time and profoundly relevant in these dark days, Andy Bey’s masterful Experience And Judgment is music to soothe the soul. From the striking cover art to the music contained within, this is as beautiful a record as you’re likely to co…

DJ Mars – The Art Behind The Tape
Friday, September 11th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Mars – The Art Behind The Tape

“The Art Behind the Tape” is a Coffee Table Book exploring the History of Mixtape Cover Art.The Art Behind The Tape is the first book dedicated to the Mixtape Culture. It compiles a collection of interviews and artwork compiled by DJ Mars and The Art…

The Dead Weather – Dodge And Burn (180g)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Dead Weather – Dodge And Burn (180g)

Image: 1599094 Way back in October 2013, The Dead Weather and Third Man Records announced an incredibly special 7” featuring ‘Open Up (That’s Enough)’ b/w ‘Rough Detective’ as part of Vault Package #18. These two tracks were a fierce battle cry heralding the announcement of a brand new Dead Weather album that was to be released in a revolutionary fashion. Teased out over the past year and a half via a series of 7” singles, the physical versions of which were ONLY available via The Vault (Third Man’s one-of-a-kind subscription mail-order service), the band promised this would culminate in a brand new album in 2015. The third Dead Weather LP would be a full length album comprised not only of the previously released 7” singles, but newly recorded, previously-unheard material. Today, The Dead Weather officially announce their new album Dodge & Burn.

Dodge and Burn will be released worldwide in September 2015 on Third Man Records and will feature eight brand new songs, along with the four previously released tracks remixed and remastered. Alison Mosshart, Jack White, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence spent their rare and sporadic free moments over the past year recording together in Nashville. With the members of the band heavily involved in other projects, The Dead Weather will not be touring in support of the new album. Thankfully the thick and heavy Dodge & Burn will satisfy your urges for the dark magic that is The Dead Weather for a very long time.

Track Listing:

1. I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)
2. Buzzkill(er)
3. Let Me Through
4. Three Dollar Hat
5. Lose The Right
6. Rough Detective
7. Open Up
8. Be Still
9. Mile Markers
10. Cop and Go
11. Too Bad
12. Impossible Winner
Available from 09.10.2015

“Amplificador – Novissima Musica Brasileira” documents the the diversity of Brazilian music
Thursday, July 16th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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Over the past few decades, there has been a seismic shift in Brazil’s musical landscape. A plethora of varying musical undergrounds has developed across the nation. While Rio and São Paulo have been overwhelmed with networks of talented musicians for a long time, creative life is now bursting all over the country. Amplificador exists to […]

Delta Heavy – Ghost / Tremors
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Delta Heavy – Ghost / Tremors

Image: 1598083 Despite touring across the Atlantic and reaffirming their position as electronic-heavyweights globally, Delta Heavy have even had time to craft this next single with absolute precision. Demonstrating a multi-dimensional approach to music making, ‘Ghost’ and ‘Tremors’ are perfectly juxtaposed and pedestal the duo’s vast spectrum of musicality.

They also flex their A&R skills, employing a host of artists to redevelop their already stellar-production standards. Both Zomboy and Infuze using their calibre and paying homage to ‘Ghost’ whilst twisting it into two slabs of bass which are almost unrecognisable.

‘Ghost’ epitomises the production-standard set by Eaton’s biggest bass outlet. Slowly building vocals relay against a colossal break, which ebbs and then cascades into peddled drum beats and elevating synth patterns. With vocal crescendos then dipping you into half-time, it’s impossible not to see this record exploding the stage at any festival this year.

On the other hand, ‘Tremors’ explores a totally different territory. Taking the feel of an old-school pounding riddims and infusing it with a futuristic, LFO-lead bassline, ‘Tremors’ is more reminiscent of the genre’s darker undercurrent. Relentlessly rolling forward on pounding subs and driven forward by a creepy, cinematic vocal sample, Delta Heavy have followed up their last output with impeccable style and versatility.

Both ‘Ghost’ and its flipside are sure to be reloaded through sets this summer, they create a journey which will only builds your anticipation to witness Delta Heavy at the biggest dance festivals the world has to offer. Available from 24.07.2015

Ernest Ranglin – Free Form / Skalvouvia
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ernest Ranglin – Free Form / Skalvouvia

One of the rarest double A-sided singles recorded under the direction of Ernest Ranglin, who was the musical director of Federal Recording Studio at the time. While this jazzy instrumental features superb trumpet and alto saxophone solos, Ernie leads …

TC James & Fist-O-Funk Orchestra – Get Up On Your Feet (Keep On Dancin’)
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on TC James & Fist-O-Funk Orchestra – Get Up On Your Feet (Keep On Dancin’)

Limited repress for this mighty double header of highly sought after disco funk rarities from TC James and his Fist-O-Funk Orchestra. Originally released on the tiny Fist-O-Funk label out of NYC, this impossible-to-find 12″ boasts the incredible tripp…

TC James & Fist-O-Funk Orchestra – Get Up On Your Feet (Keep On Dancin’)
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on TC James & Fist-O-Funk Orchestra – Get Up On Your Feet (Keep On Dancin’)

Limited repress for this mighty double header of highly sought after disco funk rarities from TC James and his Fist-O-Funk Orchestra. Originally released on the tiny Fist-O-Funk label out of NYC, this impossible-to-find 12″ boasts the incredible tripp…

Diamond D & The Psychotic Neurotics – Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop
Friday, September 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Diamond D & The Psychotic Neurotics – Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop

Image: 1592230 Long out of print, and even impossible to find on vinyl at the time
of its release, Get on Down presents the classic Diamond D debut
Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop. As the album title states, this album is
one long party from beginning to end. Diamond shines both on the
mic and behind the boards creating one of the greatest Hip Hop
albums ever made. Coming in at over an hour long Stunts never
has a dull moment, Diamond along with the Psychotic Neurotic’s
and his D.I.T.C brethren are able to make each song or interlude
stand out and play through without any skip worthy moments.
Literally each track has such uniqueness to it, each song fits like a
piece to the puzzle. Stand out tracks like “Step To Me”, “Pass that
S#*t” or “Check One, Two” are perfect examples of Diamonds
ability to create a different mood from song to song, the rhymes
mirror the music almost perfectly. Singles such as “Best Kept
Secret” and “Sally Got A One Track Mind” were perfect choices in
showcasing the overall feel of the album.
Although Diamond D handles the majority of the album’s
production, others such as Large Professor, Q-Tip, Jazzy Jay,
Showbiz, and DJ Mark the 45 King co-produce on several tracks.
The music he was making in 1992 cemented Diamond as one of
the best producers in the game. This record is true to his heart,
and because of the immense quality of its contents, it should be
remembered fondly by all lovers of this music. As he puts it
“Diamond is Dope Nuff Said”!

STUNTS, BLUNTS & HIP-HOP
SIDE A
1. Intro
2. Best Kept Secret
3. Sally Got A One Track Mind
4. Step To Me
SIDE B
1. Shut The “*!*!” UP
2. “*!*!” What U Heard
3. I’m Outta Here
4. A Day In The Life
SIDE C
1. Comments From Big “L” And Showbiz
2. Check One, Two
3. What You Seek
4. Lunchroom Chatter
5. Confused
SIDE D
1. Pass Dat S**t
2. Freestyle (Yo, That’s The Sh…)
3. K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)
4. Stunts, Blunts, & Hip-Hop
5. Best Kept Secret (Radio Edit) Available from 07.11.2014

Sade – Stronger Than Pride (180g)
Friday, May 30th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sade – Stronger Than Pride (180g)

Image: 1589200 Three years after leaving their fans begging for more, Sade created Stronger Than Pride, one of their best works ever. An international hit that lit-up the Pop, Jazz and R & B charts. The platinum selling album includes sensual Brazilian bossa nova inspired acoustic material as well as three Billboard charted singles – the #1 smash ”Paradise,” ”Nothing Can Come Between Us” and ”Turn My Back On You.”

On Stronger Than Pride, probably Sade’s most stripped down and sparse album, the band creates the perfect groove for romance and fulfills the promise of their stunning debut by continuing a sense of sophistication and understated elegance, two hallmarks of the Sade sound. There’s no visible strain in Sade’s singing, and what she does within the boundaries of her range is exquisite.

”Stronger than Pride” exudes a greater confidence than the first two records, the talented band no longer has anything to prove. Stuart Matthewman on guitar and sax, Paul Spencer Denman on bass and Andrew Hale on keyboards are strong musicians/composers with distinctive character, the perfect vehicle for Sade’s mature, lush vocal lead.

Sade offers cool composure… a unique sound that infuses Soul, Pop, Contemporary Jazz and a little Middle-Eastern flavor. It’s impossible to separate the allure of this sultry music from the persona of the woman singing it, for Sade truly is a femme fatale of mythic dimension.

”…brilliant, exceptional, amazing and original – a warm and blissful pop-flavored modern jazz treasure.”

”A sublime, enduring classic…Sade’s timeless masterpiece.”

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Limited Edition

Tracks:

A1 Love Is Stronger Than Pride 4:16
A2 Paradise 4:01
A3 Nothing Can Come Between Us 4:21
A4 Haunt Me 5:48
A5 Turn My Back On You 6:05

B1 Keep Looking 5:20
B2 Clean Heart 3:59
B3 Give It Up 3:49
B4 I Never Thought I’d See The Day 4:14
B5 Siempre Hay Esperanza 5:17 Available from 09.05.2014

Chords – High Groove / Summit
Friday, May 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Chords – High Groove / Summit

Image: 1589201 One of the most exciting young talents to emerge in drum & bass in recent times, within two releases Chords had already secured himself a golden contract with Ram Records. Neither party has looked back since.

With an established trademark for lush, rich textures, melodic twists and that concentrated rushy energy that made us all fall in love with drum & bass in the first place, each Chords production tingles with sonic clarity and electrifying distinction. And none more so than these gems… Previously featured on Andy C’s ‘Nightlife 6’, ‘High Groove’ is a game of two halves. Introducing itself as a twinkling soulful roller with glistening arpeggios and honey-coated vocal groans, it quickly explodes into an unruly romp. The bassline buzzes with incessant fire, punching through the mix with each single note hit. As the original star-gazing elements are re-introduced into the mix, it’s a perfect blend of contrasts and dynamics.

‘Summit’ surges with even more breath-taking charm: crisp synths take the lead as the drama unfolds by way of tight steppy drums, dreamy pads and a well bodied bassline that slaps hard. Yet again, Chords has struck another perfect balance between drum & bass’s quintessential elements: light and dark, slim and heavy, deep and firing, warm and icy. Finally, for added digital pleasure, Chords has also provided the cheeky ‘Goodbye Groove’. A show-stopping, bass-pumping house version of ‘High Groove’, he’s flipped the vibe so consummately it’s impossible to tell which version is the original, and which one is the remix. An awesome shout out to the house crew and a fantastic creative tool if you’re looking to switch between styles mid set, this smashes it in every direction. Proof that his trademark lush, rich textures and concentrated rushy energy transcend all possible genre restrictions and tempo formalities: this is Chords’ biggest release to date. We can’t wait to hear what he comes up with next. Available from 25.04.2014

Kelle – Respirator / Radiophobia
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kelle – Respirator / Radiophobia

Image: 1588884 With two floor-shattering releases from Eastcolors and Teddy Killerz already unleashed this year, Program continues to surge into 2014 with clarity, command and concentrated future-focused clout.

Yet another showcase of drum & bass’s finest international creativity, here we find the label hooking up with Hungarian artist Kelle. Well respected across all corners of the ever-expanding world of bass, Kelle’s distinctive mechanical soul went next level last year when both ‘Respirator’ and ‘Radiophobia’ featured on Andy C’s massive ‘Nightlife 6’. Lean, mean and coded with industrial funk data, they’ve caused all manner of stirs and demands amongst DJs and fans since Andy debuted them.

Living up to its name, ‘Respirator’ is heavier than an iron lung. Stripped back and steppy, the alluring dynamic builds around a hypnotic hook before a waspish bassline buzzes in from nowhere. Sprung with a heady, insistent riddim that slams with uncompromising muscle, Kelle’s attention to detail and production craftsmanship are just as impossible to avoid as the physical, body-minded groove.

‘Radiophobia’ is equally distinctive. Charged with a penetrative two-step drum arrangement and another instantly hooky riff, there’s a captivating sense of drama programmed into every element. Conjuring a masterful sense of groove theatrics, the breakdown strips the track back to a bare pad before all elements are triggered in unison for a high impact second drop. Peppered with naughty nuances and subtle twists, we guarantee you’ll hear something new on every listen.

Two examples of drum & bass at its most stark, progressive and forward-thinking, two reasons why we reckon Kelle is on a one track mission to the D&B premier league. It’s time, as always, to get with the Program! Available from 17.04.2014

Teddy Killerz – Big Blow EP
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Teddy Killerz – Big Blow EP

Image: 1587875 Russian hell raisers repping with raw clarity: few acts have shown such broad skills as Teddy Killerz. Since emerging two years ago, they’ve worked with some of the biggest names across D&B, glitch, trap, dubstep and beyond. In each and every instance they’ve demonstrated an innate understanding of all genres with alarming killer motifs. Their debut EP for Program sees them return to the source. D&B is where it began for the trio, and it’s where they show their most muscular, mindbending musical skills. Appearing on Andy C’s ‘Nightlife 6’ in November 2013 with the pranged out ‘Impossible’, these four tracks will be smashing dancefloors worldwide. We kick off with the stunning ‘Big Blow’. Truly unique, it combines sharp percussive elements and a waspish bassline with a deep funk hook that’s entrenched in dramatic pianos and jazzy organs. Timeless, distinctive and daring, there is nothing out there like this. ‘Jackyl & Hyde’ follows. A physical gritty groove slams and shoves with power while Coppla lays down crisp lyrical messages. Textured with intricate production elements and more of the trio’s emphatic drum dynamics, it’s an instant head-turner. Next up: ‘Era’. Delving further into the darkness, the trio whisk us on a mission into deep space. Smelting elements of complex neuro production with classical, minimal funk, ‘Era’ weaves a tight sci-fi web that’s guaranteed to take your floor to another planet. Finally we hit ‘Una Mattina’. Flipping the triplet switch with euphoric glee, what begins as a rush-fuelled star-gazer soon drops us head-first into another devious, bass-bitten workout. Swaggering with an infectious confident groove, we’re bombarded with an array of precision synth shots, sweeps and stabs, each element adding a wealth of funk to the overall vibe. Living up to their name in a major way, Teddy Killerz really are killing it with these four shock-outs. It’s time, once again, to get with the Program!

A. Big Blow
B. Jackyl & Hyde
C. Era
D. Una Mattina Available from 07.03.2014

Bonobo – One Offs Remixes & B-Sides (2LP+MP3)
Thursday, February 20th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bonobo – One Offs Remixes & B-Sides (2LP+MP3)

Limited 180g Double Vinyl + download card. Successfully beating the bootleggers at their own game, ‘One Offs’ offers Bonobo fans the chance to get their mitts on rare 12″ and 7″ cuts, as well as some truly exceptional remixes.In between Bonobos critic…

Various – Soul Fire Box Set (Truth & Soul)
Friday, January 31st, 2014 | Tags: ,
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Truth & Soul is proud to present the CD version of The Soul Fire Box Set. This 2 CD set contains some of the rarest sides from the Soul Fire catalog, and liner notes from Phillip Lehman.

2CD TS023CD
Release: 31-01-14
Soul Fire Box Set
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 | Tags: ,
Posted in Features, Magazine | Comments Off on Soul Fire Box Set

Truth & Soul is proud to present the CD version of The Soul Fire Box Set. We released a 7 inch vinyl Box Set for Black Friday Record Store Day that contained some of the rarest sides from the catalog. This two CD issue of the same Box Set includes all of those tracks, plus […]

Charles Bradley
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Features, Magazine | Comments Off on Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley: Soul of America charts the incredible late-in-life rise of 62 year-old aspiring soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album No Time For Dreaming rocketed him from a hard life in New York’s housing projects to MOJO and Rolling Stone magazine’s top albums of 2011. This award-winning documentary explores Charles’ remarkable journey through abandonment, […]

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