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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

Modeselektor
Monday, November 13th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Wildly diverse, infused with exuberance and inspired by a slap of the absurd, Modeselektor’s inarguable grooves seem to emanate from every conceivable musical genre, creating a controlled chaos whose sonic expression elevates the eyebrows of critics and the heartbeats of dance floors around the world. ‘Boundary breaking’ is a phrase that today almost every artist […]

Budamunk – Baker’s Dozen
Friday, November 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Budamunk – Baker’s Dozen

Image: 1616515 Baker’s Dozen ventures to Japan to welcome our next featured
producer, Budamunk.
“I started listening to Hip Hop in the 90’s. My interest grew slowly
until it became a collection of records, CDs and taped VHS. This
then evolved into experiments, sampling and chopping WAVs on free
versions of WaveLab. In 2003 this became an MPC 2000XL. I was
living in Los Angeles at the time so I had started going to shows
and hanging out with people who shared similar interests. We all
began to gather and learn together. Records became beats which
became freestyle sessions, songs, laughter and much coughing.
After several years I returned to Tokyo and it’s been 10 years since
I have been back.
I still make beats the same way. Going off of feeling I would get when
I hear a record. The selection of sounds has changed slightly in
accordance with my current environment. Still mostly sample-based
but adding new and old tools have become part of my process. Just
continuing to create music my body and spirit needs to feel good.”
-BUDAMUNK

1.West Shinjuku
2.Going Underground
3.Local
4.Well
5.Diaphram
6.Dusk Neon
7.Temple Bells
8.Now
9.Underwater Sunrise
10.Bench (Blunted)
11.Zzoned
12.Nationwide Available from 24.11.2017

Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds – Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds
Monday, November 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds – Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds

Image: 1616443 “Hamad Kalkaba and His Golden Sounds 1974 – 1975” I remember the day clearly. I was searching for treasures in a record shop in Yaoundé, the Capital city of Cameroon, when suddenly I came across a 7-inch record with a picture of a young man wearing a traditional hat and bearing the marks of several imposing vertical scars on the side of his face, carved when he was just a boy as a reminder of his heritage in the Musgum tribe of the northern part of the country.

The record contained two songs – ‘Gandjal Kessoum’ and ‘Touflé’ – by an artist I had never heard of before named Hamad Kalkaba. Both cuts were raw classics of fuzzed-out bass, pin-sharp horns, built upon the unshakable foundation of Northern Cameroon’s mightiest rhythm: the Gandjal. The shop owner – who noticed that was listening to the same record over and over again – finally said to me ‘There is another single with a green cover of the same artist, if I am not mistaken’.

Over the next six years I searched for that ‘green cover’ and finally found it in a record collection belonging to an old bar in Parakou in northern Benin. While most of the records had been beaten and worn by a life spent in the jukebox, this one had been sitting in its paper sleeve for forty years, untouched and unplayed, seemingly waiting for us to pick it up and rip the two soulful Gandjal tunes from it, the masterpieces ‘Fouh Sei Allah’ and ‚Tchakoulaté’.

These two records, plus a third simply named ‘Nord Cameroon Rhythms’ constitute the entire discography of Hamad Kalkaba. Neglected for decades by all but the most devoted collectors of Afro music, Hamad Kalkaba and the Golden Sounds at long last gathers together the body of work of one of Cameroon’s forgotten geniuses.

But unlike many musicians who emerged from nowhere, recorded a few singles and vanished again, Kalkaba hadn’t disappeared. Far from it. He was a distinguished public figure, a retired Colonel in the army of Cameroon, and a former member of Cameroon’s Olympic Selection Committee. When we tracked him down he was serving as president of the Confederation of African Athletics. And Although Kalkaba’s job kept him busy, and he seemed initially dismissive of the music he’d made as a young man, he turned out to be an enthusiastic ally in this project. He arranged interviews, helped fill in the blanks and, when we finally met him in Yaoundé in 2016, provided us with photographs, lyric sheets and notes.

During the interview Kalkaba explained how the songs recorded in the mid 1970s were part of a movement, a movement initiated by musicians from all around Cameroon who, with the help of keyboards, drum kits and electric guitars, had started to modernize the traditional rhythms of their regions. For Kalkaba it was no different and backed by his band the Golden Sounds, devoted himself to the promotion of the sounds of northern Cameroon.

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.

Tracklisting
1. Astadjam Dada Saré Hamad Kalkaba 03:40
2. Touflé Hamad Kalkaba 04:24
3. Fouh Sei Allah Hamad Kalkaba 04:48
4. Lamido Hamad Kalkaba 05:34
5. Gandjal Kessoum Hamad Kalkaba 05:14
6. Tchakoulaté 03:56 Available from 08.12.2017

Sly5thAve
Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Sly5thAve is the project of multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II, whose sophisticated compositions are shaped by his faith in hip hop, and deep understanding of soul and jazz. Sly5thAve’s projects and accomplishments over the last few years include; the inception of the first orchestral concert dedicated to Dr Dre, playing saxophone […]

Sean Price – Refrigerator P (BF RSD)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sean Price – Refrigerator P (BF RSD)

Image: 1615575 Coalmine Records is honored to release a limited-edition, 10-inch maxi
single of “Refrigerator P,” a bruiser of a track from Philly producer Small
Professor and the late, legendary Sean Price.
From the moment the strings drop, you already know there’s no other
emcee that could do this beat justice like P! Lyrically, the Brownsville
native is as on point as ever, dropping crazy references of the Chicago
Bears’ Super Bowl XX victory and his trademark no-bullsh*t punchlines.
And then there’s the hook, which pairs his longtime partner-in-rhyme and
other half of Heltah Skeltah, The Rockness Monstah, with the turntable
madness of DJ Revolution.
Ruck and Rock prove once again why they’re regarded as such an
incredible force, as Rock’s no nonsense hook complements P’s bully
bars in a way that could very well make this track one of the toughest
tracks in P’s catalog.
The maxi-single comes loaded with the instrumental and a special
bonus beat selection called “P’s Theme.” Rounding out the release is
the smoothed out “Peaky Blinders” remix of “Refrigerator P” featuring the
Emerald Isle-born emcee, Rob Kelly. Listeners will no doubt attest that he
holds his weight alongside P.

A.
Refrigerator P (feat. The Rockness Monstah & DJ Revolution)
Refrigerator P (Instrumental)

B.
Refrigerator P (feat. Rob Kelly) [Peaky Blinders Remix]
P’s Theme” (Bonus Beat)

• Posthumously released Black Friday 10” maxi-single from underground rap legend, Sean Price
• Production is supplied by Philly’s Small Professor, who produced Guilty Simpson’s ‘Highway Robbery’ LP (2013) in its entirety
• Features include P’s partner-in-rhyme, The Rockness Monstah aka “Rock” of Heltah Skeltah, DJ Revolution, and Irish rapper, Rob Kelly
• Artwork is illustrated by Action Bronson’s in-house artist, FRKO
• Release is limited to 500 units Available from 24.11.2017

Simpkin Project – Beam Of Light
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Simpkin Project – Beam Of Light

Image: 1611299 Hailing from Huntington Beach, the six piece rock reggae band Simpkin Project put a distinct California feel into their work. From the electric guitar accents from group founder and lead singer Phil Simpkin, to the smooth vocal harmonies created with co-founder Sean Kennedy, the sound is at once familiar and refreshing. Having a strong knowledge and respect for roots reggae, the songs blend their favorite influences from Jamaica and California, including latin percussion. The live instrumentation and heartfelt lyrics give these mid-tempo grooves a broad appeal, the music shines like a beam of light. “Beam Of Light” is available as 12-track CD in a digipak) with additional 8-page booklet and as 10-track LP black vinyl in a standard jacket, and will be released on the VP Records sublabel Dub Rockers.

A few marketing facts:

– The music video for first single “Hustling” was premiered on OC Weekly in June: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WFSO1fOpmQ
– Simpkin Poject embark on a California tour beginning in August (visit www.simpkinproject.com for details)
– Simpkin Project will be featured performers at the World Championships of Surfing, held in Huntington Beach in August.
– Dub and acoustic mixes of the first single will be featured with targeted blogs including thepier.org

Tracklisting
CD
1. Hustling
2. Passion
3. Never Forget
4. Some Things Don’t Change
5. Perfect Harmony
6. Coming Home
7. Beam Of Light
8. I’ll Be There
9. Many Rivers To Cross
10. The World’s On Your Shoulders
11. It’s Only Nothing
12. Try To Understand

LP
Side One
A1. Hustling
A2. Passion
A3. Never Forget
A4. Some Things Don’t Change
A5. Perfect Harmony
Side Two
B1. Beam Of Light
B2. I’ll Be There
B3. Many Rivers To Cross
B4. The World’s On Your Shoulders
B5. Try To Understand

THE BAND
Simpkin Project plays a multi-faceted blend of reggae and Americana that varies greatly on its exterior layers but only atop the organic rhythms of reggae music. Their sound has been described as “uncompromising… blending authentic roots reggae rhythms with a wall-of-sound production style”. The lyrical compositions of frontman Phil Simpkin range “from the simply truthful to the stirringly anthemic”. Their dedication and respect for reggae music is both seen and heard through their nunique, enthusiastic live performances, songwriting style and studio recordings.

Rich guitar work that draws from influences in blues and rock’n’roll is rarely in dull company, propelled steadily forward by the band’s thumping drums, bass and percussion, and the clockwork sound of rhythm guitar that defines Jamaica’s most culturally celebrated music. Their keyboard arrangements are lush and vibrant, providing a melodic backdrop against which three-part vocal harmonies shine brightly.

These pieces come together to form a kind of living machine comprised of six cogs that change shape, size and tempo,, moveing not only bodies on a dance floor, but the hearts and minds inside them. Simpkin Project’s music can be likened to a dialect of its parent language – culturally adapted to make sense in its place and time. It is music that addresses the struggles we all face, showing us that there is beauty in all things, from love to loss to injustice, and thus remaining true to the messages of traditional roots-reggae without which it would not exist.

Phil Simpkin: Vocals/Lead Guitar
Nick Zermino: Bass
Sean Kennedy: Drums
Shawn Taylor: Vocals/Keyboards
Jules Luna: Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Sergio Sandoval: Percussion

3 Cornerstone Management:
https://www.threecornerstone.com/

Huffington Post – extended feature including mixtape –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/exclusive-premiere-beam-of-light-mixtape-stylish_us_597f36d2e4b0c69ef70529a8

A few quotes:

“Simpkin Project has it going on! The band’s ability to varnish stylistic modifications over an organic reggae rhythm, producing a gorgeously incomparable sound that is all their own. And if that’s not enough, they leaven the sound with dazzling vocal harmonies, instrumental harmonics and contagious melodies.”
(Huffington Post)

“I don’t use the word amazing lightly, but the simple fact is that there aren’t a lot of contemporary reggae bands that play roots reggae at the level of the bands I listened to growing up. The Simpkin Project is the rare exception.”
(Madcap Music Review)

“Their live performances leave you in a trance, as they often take their well-known songs and break into off-the-cuff jams.”
(OC Weekly Magazine) Available from 03.11.2017

Mr. Brady – Speechless
Friday, July 28th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mr. Brady – Speechless

Image: 1610880 For many years, Mr. Brady has been a staple in the hip-hop game, and
has consistently found ways to reinvent himself and stay relevant. Many
know Mr. Brady solely as an Emcee from albums such as Dirty, released
via Battle Axe Records, or from his work with super collective Deep
Rooted. What many fans might not know is that this multi-talented artist
also uses his abilities to create the roots of his art. With just about every
release of his own, Mr. Brady holds the feat of handling a majority of
the production, which is what lead to the inevitable and much welcomed
release of his instrumental studio album, Speechless.
Producing for the likes of Diamond D, Blu, and Aloe Blacc to name only a
few, Mr. Brady effortlessly hops behind the boards with his signature grit,
raw, and soulful sound. Speechless is a primarily sample chop based
15-track opus, emitting hard-hitting drums and wobbly heavy basslines,
designed to wake you out of slumber, with resonance that emanates
throughout your entire body. From start to fnish, Speechless is more than
a listen, but rather it is a journey, full of evoked emotions and feelings
straight from the heart of Mr. Brady’s soul. On a record where Mr. Brady
remains speechless, we undeniably hear him, loud and clear.

1. Are You Ready
2. Hands Clap
3. Blaze Em Sun
4. Love Around
5. Be True
6. Opera
7. Evening
8. Pass The Vibes
9. Husky Yo’s
10. Rowdy
11. Raw Raw
12. G Tar
13. Wobble Here
14. Janet if you’re Nasty
15. Bruised
Available from 06.10.2017

Ras G – The Gospel Of The God Spell
Friday, May 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ras G – The Gospel Of The God Spell

Image: 1609899 From Ras_G: “The God Spell Beat tape just happened. I always make quick freestyle beats at work. I work at a “WrekaStow” so I’m always surrounded and listening to random records and after my Bluntch breaks. I would come in make a few quick joints on my SpaceProgram 303 And I just ran thru the gospel section that round and in 2 weeks I Had. The Gospel Of The GodSpell.”

Ausar Auset and Heru (The Trinity)
Amern….Ra!
Stolen Legacy
Ephesesians 6:5
The God Spell (Cognitive Dissonance)
Auset vs Mary or Lilith
Council of Nicea 325 AD
Plagerism of Kemet
42 Laws of Maat vs 10 Commandments
Atom, Aten and Adam
Psalm 82:6
Heat and Feather (Maat) Available from 23.06.2017

Moniquea – Blackwavefunk
Friday, April 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Moniquea – Blackwavefunk

Image: 1608906 Moniquea established herself as one of the foremost female artists
in the modern funk scene with her 2014 MoFunk Records debut
album Yes No Maybe. For her followup, she continues exploring and
expanding upon the boogie/modern soul sound of her debut, and at
the same time, ventures bravely into a new sound inspired by the
new wave and synthpop sounds of the 80’s. Thus, the album title:
Blackwavefunk.
Listening to Blackwavefunk feels like sweeping across a spectrum
of sounds and feels. The lead single, “Checkin’ Out,” channels the
‘street funk’ sound that Moniquea’s native California is known for,
while “I Just Don’t Know” slows the pace and mood to offer up one
of the few true downtempo love songs of the genre. “When You Are
Away,” “Make You Feel My Love” (feat. Brian Ellis) and “Why Can’t
You See” offer sleek, sexy modern soul soundscapes while the
Turquoise Summers-produced “Knew It” thumps with a menacing
g-funk bounce. Finally, the wave in Blackwavefunk reveals itself
on the eccentric “Check Your Sources,” an anthem about sordid
speculation and grievous gossip, over a musical backdrop that
sounds like 1999-era Prince and DPG somehow achieved perfect
sonic fusion. The album’s closer, “Famous,” takes it further and gives
a glimpse of what it might sound like if Bernie Worrell played synth
basslines for OMD or Pet Shop Boys.

1. Checkin’ Out
2. Knew It
3. When You Are Away
4. I Just Don’t Know
5. Check Your Sources
6. Make You Feel My Love (feat. Brian Ellis)
7. Why Can’t You See
8. Famous

• Production from XL Middleton and Turquoise Summers
• Featuring Brian Ellis Available from 23.06.2017

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Lively Up Yourself (2LP+MP3)
Friday, April 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bob Marley & The Wailers – Lively Up Yourself (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1609244 This superbly crafted Bob Marley set (1CD/2LP) compiled and annotated by French journalist Vincent Tarrière, chronicles the story behind this legendary article “The Wild Side of Paradise” published by Rolling Stone Magasine in 1973 through the memories of photographer Arthur Gorson and features a handpicked selection of Bob Marley’s best songs, recorded at his creative peak, during the late 60s and early 70s, when he was working with producers Bunny Lee, Leslie Kong and Lee Perry.

1973 was a turning point for Jamaican music. Perry Henzell’s highly-acclaimed film “The Harder They Come” had come out the year before and Bob Marley had just signed with Island Records and was about to take the World by storm. In July 1973, Rolling Stone Magazine published “The Wild Side of Paradise”, a major story about Jamaica and its vibrant musical scene written by Michael Thomas with striking photos by Arthur Gorson. The pair had travelled to the island to soak up the atmosphere and immerse themselves in the local music scene. There they met a 28 year old Marley who was about to tour Europe.

“The Wild Side of Paradise”, published by Rolling Stone in July 1973 was a bold move for the magazine. Jamaican music was essentially unknown in the Western World up to that point. “Revolution was in the air and, ten years into independence, Jamaica was on fire” Remembers Gorson. Through connections with Island Records’ Chris Blackwell, Thomas and Gorson managed to spend time with Marley and a series of iconic photos of the artist was taken by Gorson, one of which is on the cover of this album. “Wild Side” was the first major feature focusing on Jamaican music and would help put Reggae on the International map. The article was also the seed of Thomas’ future book “Babylon On A Thin Wire” in collaboration Adrian Boot.

In 1973, Bob Marley was indeed no newcomer on the Jamaican scene. He’d been active since the early 60s and had recorded some of his most creative output accompanied by his group, The Wailers. This selection takes the listener back to Marley’s music from the late 60s to the early 70s when he was at his best, working with such producers as Lee Perry, Bunny Lee or Leslie Kong and labels such as Wail ‘N Soul ‘N, Beverley’s, Upsetter and Tuff Gong. The music is fresh and undiluted, catchy and inspired and shows Marley’s genius at crafting beautiful melodies. The set features several of his early classics such as “Duppy Conqueror” and “Caution”, as well as lesser-known gems such as “Wisdom” and “Long Long Winter” and songs that would find a second life on his Island albums, such as “Trench Town Rock” or “Concrete Jungle”. Roots of a Revolution.

TRACKLIST
1 Mellow Mood
2 Hypocrites
3 Nice Time
4 This Train
5 Wisdom
6 Mr. Chatterbox
7 Soul Shakedown Party
8 Soul Captives
9 Do It Twice
10 Caution
11 My Cup
12 No Water
13 Duppy Conqueror
14 Corner Stone
15 Long Long Winter
16 Small Axe
17 Kaya
18 Sun Is Shining
19 Concrete Jungle
20 Keep On Moving
21 Man to Man (Who The Cap Fit)
22 Mr. Brown
23 Lively Up Yourself
24 Trench Town Rock

Available from 02.06.2017

Onra – Chinoiseries 3
Friday, March 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Onra – Chinoiseries 3

Image: 1609348 Almost 10 years have passed since Onra arrived with the charmingly eccentric Chinoiseries LP. 32 Hip-Hop beats formed the sample-based project – dusty Chinese vinyl hissing and crackling throughout – resulting in an intriguing and spontaneous mix of the producers interest in exploring a newly-discovered style of Music with his love for classic Hip-Hop production.

Using the style of analogue MPC production combined with the somewhat restrictive record sampling of strictly Chinese Music records, he has been able to be creative over three volumes, an amount of 100 instrumentals, despite the challenge of finding more obviously standout samples in Chinese music.

The Chinoiseries projects are the type of albums that invites the listener to play it from beginning to end, in order to really enjoy the trip and appreciate the variety of rhythms and textures spread over those 32 short instrumentals. In that way, “Pt.3” is no different to its predecessors, but the originality of the samples, the curious harmonies and the odd-drum patterns still makes the album sounds as fresh as the first one.

Onra finishes this epic trilogy with class as a result of extended record digging across the Far East and the producer’s own development over the preceding 10 years.

As a producer who has released records inspired by 80’s Funk, 90’s Hip-Hop and R’n’B, Electronic and even a Spiritual Jazz project, “Pt. 3” brings this stylised set to a close.

Normally a man of few words, Onra has his own take on the three
Volumes:

I see the first Chinoiseries as a trip, inspired by my own first travel to Asia, each beat representing one particular moment of the journey, the second one, more like a soundtrack to a movie, each beat representing a different scene, and the third one, I tried to create a dark, smoky and mysterious cinematic atmosphere so you could create your own movie in your head.
For this last episode, I just really wanted to have fun with this type of material for the very last time. I dug deeper than ever and I have tried to do as many different rhythm patterns as possible, from various influences like Hip-Hop (from different eras), to Bossa to Indian Music to Psych Rock, Soul, etc. and try to portray a different image of Chinese Music.

1. The Final Chapter 01:11
2. Loyalty 02:20
3. Autumn Moon Shining Over the Calm Lake 02:13
4. Reminds Me Of… 01:29
5. Will I See You Again 01:47
6. Hold My Hand 01:24
7. The Storm 02:20
8. Fake Porcelain 02:01
9. Moonlit Street 01:33
10. Like the Seasons 01:22
11. Lin Shao Ding 01:34
12. Tea Vender On the Street 02:28
13. Behind the Curtain 01:44
14.Voices In My Head 01:47
15. Keep Your Head Up 02:10
16.Waterlily 01:28
17. Memories From 1968 01:03
18. Thank You Very Much 01:54
19. Last Cup of Wine 02:23
20. Zoodiac 01:42
21. Against the Wall 02:15
22. Trip To Yunnan 01:33
23. New Year’s In Guang Zhou 01:46
24. A Distant Dream 02:03
25. Incantation 01:16
26. Pearl Song 02:37
27. The Spirit Blossoms All Over the Land 02:22
28. Legacy 01:27
29. Betrayal 01:40
30. Persons on the Blacklist 01:35
31. They Got Breaks Pt.3 01:45
32. Bye Bye 02:18 Available from 05.05.2017

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