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Tramp Records is celebrating the ninth volume of the prestigious “Movements” series
Monday, January 15th, 2018 | Tags: ,
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IT’S TIME TO PAAAARTY! Why? The Universe knows that Tramp is celebrating their 40th trip around the sun in 2018. And what about planet Earth? Well … it is as blind as it is in so many other situations. Therefore, it is time to shine the light on Tramp for all of its unremitting efforts. […]

Justin Carter – The Leaves Fall
Friday, January 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Justin Carter – The Leaves Fall

Image: 1608035 Mister Saturday Night present The Leaves Fall the debut album from co label head Justin Carter .

Tracklist:
1. Great Destroyer
2. In*nite Pieces
3. Know It All
4. With The Old Breed
5. The Island
6. What Can You Tell Your Children About Hope?
7. Leaves
8. A Presence

A delicate collection of songs for meditation on spiritual struggle, The Leaves Fall is a window into the parallel reality of Justin Carter. Centered on his intimate vocals, pointed with hints of Arthur Russell and John Martyn, the eight tracks are buttressed by warm acoustic guitars, vibraphones, organs and flourished with modern production. They are familiar but distant, like ghosts living in the present. Carter grew up in a country house in rural North Carolina, a place with a pecan tree and abandoned train tracks in the front yard. On long car rides from home to his dad’s work as a school teacher, his ears were filled with the prog of Yes, the vocals of Al Jarreau and the complexity of Christopher Parkening’s take on Bach. It was his father, who himself has moonlighted as a guitar player and songwriter for nearly 50 years, that taught Carter to sing and play in his early teens.
The Leaves Fall was written on and off over the course of about five years, a secret to most. Carter is more familiar, alongside Eamon Harkin, as co-founder of popular New York parties Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday, and their label offshoot, Mister Saturday Night Records. As the Mister thrived, his songwriting continued to tick along in the background, days and weeks stolen here and there to write and record in various locations – from remote studios in the Catskills to basements in Venice Beach.
The album features Jason Lindner, pianist on Bowie’s final masterpiece, Blackstar, cello from Archie Pelago’s Greg Heffernan, and programming by LIES Records and The Trilogy Tapes producer Marcos Cabral. It was mixed by Benjamin Tierney, who also worked his magic on Kamasi Washington’s The Epic. It finds its context in the world of Planetarium, a new listening session established by Carter and his Mister Saturday Night DJ partner, Eamon Harkin, where live music is mixed amongst hours of records to create an immersive, communal listening experience focused on quality hi-fi sound in non-traditional spaces, the album will presented in this manner when toured.
“Nothing makes me happier than to see people letting go. My ambition in all my creative work is to make moments where that can happen. As a DJ, I use others’ music to create those moments, but it’s always been in me to make my own music for that purpose. After twenty-five years of writing music for myself, it makes me really happy to have something to share with others.” – Justin Carter

www.mistersaturdaynight.com Available from 24.02.2017

The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band releases their long awaited debut “55” on Brooklyn’s own Big Crown Records
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Shrouded in mystery, hailing from Hamburg, Germany, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band (BRSB) releases their long awaited debut “55” on Brooklyn’s own Big Crown Records. Long time multi instrumentalist and band leader Bjorn Wagner spent a few months in Trindad & Tobago where he became fascinated with Steel Drums. His initial intrigue with local steel […]

Various – Praise Poems Vol.3 (Tramp Records)
Friday, February 26th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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Rarity and quality go hand in hand on each of our releases, and PP3 does not make an exception. “Another incredible release from Tramp. Digging even deeper to satisfy our thirst for Rare inspirational Jazz, Soul and Funk.” – Dr. Bob Jones, DJ

CD TRCD9052
Release: 26-02-16
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.”

Tracklisting
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

Various – Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.3 (Tramp Records)
Friday, November 20th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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As long as there is music out there that has the power to drop our jaws to the floor we will still be here – and, like Santa himself, we will work year-round to continue to deliver our funky Christmas miracles directly to your turntable. Merry Christmas!

CD TRCD9050
Release: 20-11-15
The much anticipated Anthology from legendary organ master, Brian Auger, has finally landed on Freestyle Records
Monday, September 7th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Brian Auger – lauded and loved by everybody from Herbie Hancock to Mose Allison, from the Brand New Heavies to The Beastie Boys, his tracks have been sampled by Mos Def, Common, Air and Kid Loco, his original compositions covered by Sarah Vaughan, Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes and The Main Ingredient. Taking the path less traveled, […]

Sam Smith – The Lost Tapes (Remixed) (Kosmo Records)
Friday, May 29th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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For ‘The Lost Tapes – Remixed’, Kosmo Records had talented DJs/producers re-work the Sam Smith numbers from the years 2007 to 2010. This album is an absolute must for anyone wanting to gain the complete picture of Sam Smith and how he got where he is today.

CD KOS3058
Release: 29-05-15
Schema Records proudly presents the debut album from New York City vocalist Joyce Elaine Yuille
Thursday, April 9th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Joyce grew up in the East Harlem section of Manhattan, better known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio. She decided to focus on something distinct after many years of “live” performances in Europe. A tangible yet multifaceted project: the album you have before you. “When you perform you’re giving a lot of emotion, you’re giving […]

Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers – Que Chevere! (Freestyle Records)
Friday, April 11th, 2014 | Tags: , , ,
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With one foot in Latin spectrum and the other standing firmly in the wold of afrobeat sensibilities, Ray Lugo and his band encompass a truly unique sensibility.

CD FSRCD104
Release: 11-04-14
Exciting debut album from French producer Robinn on Compost Records
Monday, September 30th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Exciting debut album from Robinn, a native Frenchmen now based in London. “Multiphonia” is delivering a bass heavy sound that sits somewhere in between Four Tet, Bonobo, Mount Kimbie, post-dubstep and electronic reggae. Featuring the vocals of Nathaniel Pearn aka Natural Self (Tru Thoughts). Robinn’s music is somehow self-splitting into two cultural and mental superstructures, […]

Listen to Theo Parrish’s Black Jazz Signature
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Detroit – Chicago – Berlin. Two out of three of those cities call Theo Parrish their own. Arguably one of the world’s most important underground dance music producer/DJs lends his hands to selecting and mixing a set of jazz and funk records licensed from and originally released on the Black Jazz label 1971-1976. World renowned […]

The Como Mamas – Get An Understanding (Daptone Records)
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Recorded on a sweltering morning in the humble wood structure that is Mt. Mariah church, this record is sure to mirror that heat throughout your body and soul.

CD DAP027-2 / LP+MP3 DAP027-1
Release: 08-02-13
Vex Ruffin is making records for Stones Throw …
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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On paper Vex Ruffin’s music is simple: an untrained punk musician who uses a few basic instruments in uncomplicated ways, he calls the style ‘minimalist.’ Although it may not seem like it upon first listen, Vex’s music is rooted in sampling and hip hop beat-making culture. The SP 303 sampler provides the drums and other […]

Laura Vane & The Vipertones – Sugar Fix (Unique Records/Social Beats)
Friday, June 10th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Drawn together from both sides of the North Sea, Laura Vane & The Vipertones are an eight-piece band assembled from various Dutch & UK projects, pooling their respective skills together for a remarkable funk & soul mission.

CD UNIQ185-2 / LP UNIQ185-1
Release: 10-06-11
Jazzman Records presents the debut album by The Greg Foat Group …
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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To catch the attention of our discerning, critical and cynical ears, any demos that people send to us here at Jazzman have to be pretty damn good. Yes they all get listened to, but very few make it this far as an official Jazzman CD and vinyl release. In fact the last time we released […]

Delsin Records is proud to present the debut album of Mike Dehnert …
Thursday, March 10th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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New school techno producer, DJ and live performer Mike Dehnert is ready to release his first proper album on Delsin Records in March 2011. In just three years, 30 year old Berlin born, bred and based artist Dehnert has gone from unknown talent to underground hero with (as revered record store Hardwax calls it) his […]

Kooley High want to delight, electrify and ignite hip hop listeners with something new …
Monday, February 14th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Hailing from the Dogwood Heavy Hills of North Carolina, super-group Kooley High arrives on the scene with the mission to delight, electrify and ignite seas of listeners thirsty for something new from the world of hip hop. Since they began making music together in early 2007, the six independent members have been allowed and encouraged […]

Daptone Records is proud to present the third full-length by The Budos Band …
Thursday, August 12th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Daptone Records is proud to present The Budos Band III, unleashing The Budos Band’s brazen sound and inspiring fervor among music lovers throughout the world. Produced by Bosco Mann and TNT at Daptone Records’ “House Of Soul” Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the band’s third full-length studio effort was conceived during weekly, beer-fueled Staten Island writing […]

Al Supersonic & The Teenagers: “We are not a soul band, we are just soul boys” …
Thursday, June 24th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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You are very welcome to become a witness of the amount of soul in the Teenagers’ blood when you listen to their brand new album “Not Too Young”. This album is filled with music that clearly displays their love for northern soul. If you like any kind of Soul this is the album you should […]

Kenny Graham And His Satellites – Moondog And Suncat Suites (Trunk Records)
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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This is a very rare 1957 album that features jazz interpretations of Moondog originals all performed by a great British jazz line up, using exotic instruments and all engineered by a very young Joe Meek. This is the first time it has been issued since its release 53 years ago.

CD JBH036CD
Release: 21-05-10
Blitz The Ambassador’s “Goodbye Stereotype” might just be the best hip hop album in 2009 …
Thursday, October 15th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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“Goodbye Stereotype” might just be the best hip hop album you will hear in 2009! A mix of hip hop, rock, jazz, and world music, Blitz the Ambassador’s “Goodbye Stereotype”, is a bold, genre-bending journey down music’s darkest alleys. With live horns, strings, and percussion, Blitz the Ambassador and the Embassy Ensemble take hip hop […]

Brooklyn-based rapper Skyzoo drops his solo debut “The Salvation” on Jamla/Duck Down Records …
Friday, September 4th, 2009 | Tags: , , , ,
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On September 25th, Brooklyn-based rapper Skyzoo releases his debut album entitled “The Salvation” through Jamla/Duck Down Records. With the public already buzzing over his latest mixtape, “The Power of Words” hosted by DJ Drama and Statik Selektah and featuring guest appearances by Talib Kweli, Wale, Maino, Reks, EPMD, Big Pooh, and more, Skyzoo is planning […]

First Word Records presents “17 Samurai – Kid Kanevil Remixed Vol.1” …
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Following on from last years’ critically acclaimed “Back Off Man, I’m A Scientist” the First Word imprint returns with another Kid Kanevil release for your listening pleasure. With his hotly anticipated 3rd studio album “Basho Basho” due in Autumn 2009, the label have got together their favourite producers to remix their top tracks from the […]

Nino Moschella presents his sophomore album for Ubiquity Records …
Thursday, April 30th, 2009 | Tags: , , , ,
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What is Boomshadow? The made-up word is a fictional character Nino Moschella and some friends concocted nearly a decade ago. “He was a super hero. It was kind of ridiculous. He didn’t really have a specific power, he would just come onto the scene and save everybody,” he explains. Boomshadow came back to Moschella, with […]

The Natural Yogurt Band present their debut album on Jazzman Records …
Friday, May 23rd, 2008 | Tags: ,
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Soul/Jazz/Funk

Ubiquity Records presents THE LIONS – a unique Jamaican-inspired outfit …
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Reggae

“POW WOW” – The new compilation from JAZZMAN Records …
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Soul/Jazz/Funk

Infamous Mobb West & Grim Reaperz – The Cycle
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Infamous Mobb West & Grim Reaperz – The Cycle

Image: 1607747 Just Listen Records and his beatmakers crew, Grim Reaperz, present their new EP, The Cycle EP, with Infamous Mobb West (Big Twins, ex Twin Gambino, from NY & XP from Rhyme Addicts from L.A.).
This new EP offers two new original tracks, “The Cycle” and “Dollars & Cents” as well as an alternative version which features a A list of French underground MCs.
Limited to 500 copies worldwide !

TRACKLISTING LP :
FACE A

A1 The Cycle (Street Version)
A2 Dollars & Cents (Street Version)
A3 The Cycle (Illuminate Version)
A4 Dollars & Cents (Roots Version)
A5 The Cycle (feat. Furax, Jeff Le Nerf, Scylla)

Just Listen Records and his beatmakers crew, Grim Reaperz, present their new EP, The Cycle EP, with Infamous Mobb West (Big Twins, ex Twin Gambino, from NY & XP from Rhyme Addicts from L.A.).
This new EP offers two new original tracks, “The Cycle” and “Dollars & Cents” as well as an alternative version which features a A list of French underground MCs : Furax Barbarosa, Jeff Le Nerf and Scylla. This new connection France – USA will with no doubt set in stone !

The EP also includes instrumental versions and remixes.

Available from 06.01.2017

Emcee Killa & Grim Reaperz – Zapatista
Friday, March 20th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Emcee Killa & Grim Reaperz – Zapatista

Image: 1596143 Courtesy of Just Listen Records and CPR (Caxton Press)
eMCee Killa and Grim Reaperz combine to bring you their
brand new project ZAPATISTA. Dervied from the Zapatista
movement in Chiapas, Mexico during the 1990’s both
artists have adopted a philosphy of mind and music
through the movements of the Zapatista’s with an aim to
enlighten people of their existence.

01 Intro
02 Sick Syllables (feat. Mousse)
03 Diablo
04 Captain’s Voyage
05 Penny 4 the Guy (feat. Si Philie)
06 Bridge the Gap
07 It’s so hard
08 Lost Property (feat. Theme)
09 Shame (feat. Manage from Caxton Press
10 Don’t Panic (feat. Amy True from Caxton Press)
11 Outro – Our world is our weapon

11 tracks produced entirely by Grim Reaperz with features from Si Philli (PLC), Theme (Real Talk
Records), Phoenix Da Icefire (Triple Darkness), Manage and Amy True (Caxton Press), Mouse Hughes
(Sons Phonetic) which only adds to the impact the project is designed to inflict. Peppered with cuts
from Drew Dollars, Chinch 33 and Jabba Tha Kut.
Zapatista – a word which stems from a revolutionary group in Mexico who made their mark in 1994 by
occupying native territory under threat from starvation due to crippling trade agreements.
Hopefully the above begs the question – what the hell has this got to do with two Hip-Hop artists (eMCee Killa
and Grim Reaperz) from England and France?
Well, simply its used as frame of mind or a form of empowerment which is what the album aims to do
throughout, empower. The album title is a strong word associated with taking control and believing in yourself.
Aside from the politics though, this is very much a Hip-Hop album and an explosive one at that. Both artists
have worked on collaborations together prior to this album, most notably the track “Let me be Misunderstood”
which featured on the album “Just Listen” produced entirely by Crown on Just Listen records.
So, what to expect from this album? Hip Hop beats with that Grim Reaperz signature making sure no sound
wave is neglected, blended with the poetical structure of Killa’s lyrics the listener is provided with scene after
scene of places to take their mind with displays of production and vocal prowess added to topics of Insanity,
history, embarrassment, war, peace and calm. Available from 24.04.2015

Charlotte De Witte
Monday, February 5th, 2018 | Tags: , ,
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If there’s one DJ about to take the world by storm, it’s Charlotte de Witte. Never shying away from a challenge, always malling her career and music the way she envisions it. And scorching through a myriad of uncompromising, agressive techno sets across Europe every single weekend. No surprise then, that the rest of the […]

Manfred Burzlaff
Monday, January 29th, 2018 | Tags: , ,
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Incredible today: Standing on a stage with Chet Baker in the late 50s when he still had his James Dean face. Jamming with Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon, Jim Hall and Lionel Hampton, who takes Manfred Burzlaff’s mallets in his hands and plays on Manfred Burzlaff’s vibraphone. Bebop, Hard bop. Rich harmonic schemes, improvisation, furious playing, […]

Andy Cooper’s new album is a touching testimony to the joys of Hip-Hop then and now
Monday, January 29th, 2018 | Tags: , ,
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‘The Layered Effect’ by US rapper/producer Andy Cooper offers a punchy reminder of the creative fun to be had in digging for breaks, stringing up loops and layering up stratas of sound. Brimming full of delightful inflexions from the world of jazz, easy listening, film soundtracks and Hollywood voices, it’s a perfectly stitched sound patchwork […]

Movements Vol.9
Monday, January 22nd, 2018 | Tags: ,
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IT’S TIME TO PAAAARTY! Why? The Universe knows that Tramp is celebrating their 40th trip around the sun in 2018. And what about planet Earth? Well … it is as blind as it is in so many other situations. Therefore, it is time to shine the light on Tramp for all of its unremitting efforts. […]

The James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes (LP+MP3)
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes (LP+MP3)

Image: 1616657 A permanent fixture in the world of Rhythm and Soul, James Hunter follows up five critically acclaimed albums with his latest recording, Whatever It Takes, for New York City’s renowned label, Daptone Records. At the height of his famed recording career, Hunter and Daptone co-founder and producer Bosco Mann recorded an elegantly crafted collection of 10 originals that are evermore poignant and compelling than the singer’s previous works. The James Hunter Six and Mann recorded Whatever It Takes straight to tape at Daptone’s Penrose Studios in Riverside, California. Whatever It Takes will be internationally released on February 2, 2018. Interviews and hi-res JPGs are available upon request.

The first Brit to sign to Daptone Records, Hunter is revered by critics both in his native UK and stateside, with MOJO touting Hunter as “The UK’s greatest soul singer” and the Los Angeles Times praising his “extraordinary soul voice.” Of his prior recordings, Rolling Stone called his U.S. debut People Gonna Talk, “a treat not to miss” and his second album “unbelievably awesome,” while The New York Times noted of The Hard Way, Hunter’s “tight, slithery groove” and “sweet growl.” Hunter’s accolades include milestones of reaching #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, a GRAMMY® Award nomination for “Best Traditional Blues Album”, years as a singer touring and recording with Van Morrison, and many TV appearances on Conan, Later…with Jools Holland, and other late night TV shows.

Subsequent to his acclaim as one of today’s renowned soul singers, Hunter’s restless genius penning emotive and captivating works results in his best written compositions to date on Whatever It Takes. The needle drops on “I Don’t Wanna Be Without You” with saxophones grabbing your collar, pulling you close and moving you over the undulating curves of a rhumba. His words curl casually into your ear alongside the coquettish bubbling of the organ. The casual confidence of a song-smith who’s honed his craft beyond reproach, Hunter’s effortless intimacy on the track drives a perfect synchronicity with its crooning melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. A unified devotion serving only their master’s voice, his almost violently tender voice plucks lyrics off a seemingly endless vine and feeds them to the listener with the eager patience of a lover.

The mood and tempo then climb up into the swaggering backbeat of the title track. Drums then tear into the bottom of the groove with the full-throated rapture of “I Got Eyes.” Hunter is egged on by complicit background singers here and there. They ease in and out of Whatever It Takes, serving harmonies like tuxedoed waiters in an expensive restaurant, offering perfect pairings for each melodic course.

“Mm-Hmm,” suddenly a tender mood hits. Verses of regret cascade in delicate shapes over dancing rhythms. A word-less chorus paints a painfully detailed picture of misfortune with an eloquently barren hum. Then, a bang. “Blisters,” an instrumental cigarette before you have to get up and turn the record over. Hunter’s guitar work is fearless like a buck knife carving initials into the knobby bark of a Freddy King shuffle.

Take a breath. Side Two: “A tender word too few, came a half a day too late…” “I Should’ve Spoke Up” comes pitter-patting down a rain-soaked sidewalk, lost in sweet, soft, sentimental regret. Then come the talkings-to. “Show Her,” with ostinato bass, drums and organ scrawling “actions speak louder” dutifully on the chalkboard behind Hunter’s lessons. The frenetic tutorial of “Don’t Let Pride Take You for a Ride” practically tears itself apart in its final cautionary refrains. “How Long” is a yarn spun out on a porch with its gospel harmonies and foot stomping. And stepping out just as he stepped in, “It Was Gonna Be You,” an affectionate simplicity and sincerity that defies the quirkiness of the tim-tom clockwork over which it’s delivered.

There is a common theme on Whatever It Takes. It’s not a record about infidelity, shallow seductions, fleeting backdoor trysts, or any of the other common clichés of R&B. These are poetic testaments to truer love. Loyalty, devotion, humility, and the inevitable regret of those who take love for granted. Clearly inspired by his new bride, Hunter is singing about the preciousness of a love he plans to keep, Whatever It Takes.

Track Listing:
01. I Don’t Wanna Be Without You
02. Whatever It Takes
03. I Got Eyes
04. Mm-Hmm
05. Blisters
06. I Should’ve Spoke Up
07. Show Her
08. Don’t Let Pride Take You for a Ride
09. How Long
10. It Was Gonna Be You Available from 02.02.2018

Various – Movements Vol.9 (2LP+MP3)
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Movements Vol.9 (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1617059 IT’S TIME TO PAAAARTY! Why? The Universe knows that Tramp is celebrating their 40th trip around the sun in 2018. And what about planet Earth? Well… it is as blind as it is in so many other situations. Therefore, it is time to shine the light on Tramp for all of its unremitting efforts. As musical diversity is vanishing, especially in the field of African American music from the 1960s/70s, it is our duty to stop the extinction of threatened species of music in the same way an animal welfare activist would do anything to save a gorilla’s life. Tramp Records keeps this beautiful heritage alive, every single day, again and again and again. So we are here wondering why Earth people and especially to those from our beloved home country, why? why are you just sitting there, going about your life unaware of this historic event? What a pity!

The announcement is especially striking when it comes to the prestigious “Movements” series. Like all its predecessors, this ninth volume contains Rare Groove nuggets recorded between the early 1960s and the late 1970s. The fact that only one of the songs appear anywhere else is a jaw-dropping phenomenon! The chronological track listing starts with two amazing cover versions: “Fever” by Gee Gee Shinn & the Boogie Kings and “I’m A Woman” by Connie Kaye Trio. Bus Brown, Earl Demus and Chuck Finney remain in the same direction although their contributions are slightly jazzier. Chick Willis’ gut-wrenching “Sometime Soon” easily rivals James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s World” and the recordings by Australia, J.R. and Joe Akens are beautiful examples of privately produced soul from the 1970s. The latin-soul of “Cho Cho San” by Hummingbird 4 heads the sound in another direction for the next three tunes, highlighted by one more stunning cover version, Oscar Brown Jr.’s “Brother, Where Are You?”. The album closes with some pre-disco tracks from the mid-to-late 1970s. Funk 7″ collectors will freak out to finally get a chance to listen to Mel-O-Madnezz’ superheavy “What You Getting High On” but will certainly also enjoy The Counts, Reunion and Hot Cakes’ dance floor bomb cover of “Harlem Shuffle”.

Over a hundred great unknown songs have been re-released on the first eight volumes in the “Movements” series, the majority of which can not be found elsewhere, and Vol. 9 is no exception. The work of Germany’s tiniest but grooviest record label is still incomprehensibly underestimated. We know you diggers, collectors, mavens, aficionados, fanatics, completists, enthusiasts, and just plain record geeks know what’s up and we heartily salute you! Without your support there would be no Tramp Records. But now it’s time for a broader cultural shift for good music and a sweeping move to uphold the legacy of the unsung heroes of funk and soul. Therefore, we humbly petition you: in 2018, Don’t keep all this glory to yourself! Turn your friends and neighbors on! Thank you!

Key selling points:
– initial 400 LPs contain a bonus 7″ by Mel-O-Madnezz (“What You Getting High On”)
– the double vinyl LP comes with a full album download code
– deluxe double-gatefold LP with detailed liner notes, label scans & unseen photographs
– all but one song appear on vinyl-LP for the very first-time

Tracklisting
1. Gee Gee Shinn & Boogie Kings – Fever
2. Connie Kaye Trio – I’m a Woman
3. Bus Brown – Mr. L.B.J.
4. Earl Demus Band – Her Spare
5. Chuck Finney Combo – I Want a Man Like You
6. Chick Willis – Sometimes Soon
7. Australia – Wide Awake
8. J.R. – Any Time Now
9. Joe Akens – Nice
10. Hummingbird 4 – Cho Cho San
11. Evangeline Made – Burnt Flesh
12. Dario & The Inferno – Brother, Where Are You
13. Swoop – Upside Down
14. Mel-O-Madnezz – What You Getting High On
15. You – You Got It
16. Hot Cakes – Harlem Shuffle Theme
17. Reunion – When the Well Runs Dry
18. The Counts – Get Up, Get Dancin’
Available from 02.02.2018

H.O.S.H.
Monday, December 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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He might have been touring the world and turning out essential productions for more than a decade now, but in 2017 HOSH is more vitalized than ever. Part of the reason for this is that the German born artist recently moved to Ibiza. Not in pursuit of the party life, but instead for the natural […]

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Vol.5
Monday, December 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Ladies and gentleman – Volume 5 of my Funk & Soul Club compilations is something of a milestone – so let me take you through just some of the highlights in my latest trunk of funk which also includes some 100% exclusive tracks not available anywhere else: The Traffic have a knack of rendering well […]

Craig Charles presents volume 5 of his legendary “Funk & Soul Club” compilation series
Friday, December 8th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Ladies and gentleman – Volume 5 of my Funk & Soul Club compilations is something of a milestone – so let me take you through just some of the highlights in my latest trunk of funk which also includes some 100% exclusive tracks not available anywhere else: The Traffic have a knack of rendering well […]

Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds – Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds (1974 – 1975) (Analog Africa)
Friday, December 8th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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One of the aims of Analog Africa is to showcase the colorful diversity of styles that exist in Africa and its diaspora and today we are very proud to be able to give these Gandjal tunes their first worldwide release.

CD AACD084 / LP AALP084
Release: 08-12-17
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