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John Fahey – Of Rivers And Religion
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on John Fahey – Of Rivers And Religion

A deeply innovative musician whose style iscredited as the foundation for the minimalist styleof American Primitive Guitar, the output of JohnFahey is both illustrious, far-reaching in itsinfluence, and difficult to categorize. From the1960s through t…

Ebo Taylor – Life Stories
Friday, July 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ebo Taylor – Life Stories

Following his recent studio album with Afrobeat Academy, ‘Love And Death’, his first international release, Ghanaian highlife guitar legend Ebo Taylor teams up again with Strut for a long overdue definitive compilation of his seminal 1970s recordings,…

Shango Dance Band – Shango Dance Band
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Shango Dance Band – Shango Dance Band

Image: 1609388 A LEGENDARY, ULTRA-RARE PRIVATE AFROBEAT KILLER, RESTORED AND PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN WIDE RELEASE! Now without 7″ and at lower price!

TRACKLIST:
A1. Position Pass Power
B1. Women Are Great
B2. I Need Your Love

In the early years of Fela Kuti’s career, well before he would define the genre of afrobeat, and leave an indelible mark on the musical landscape, he was a struggling trumpet player, seeking to redefine the sound of his current group, the art-jazz ensemble Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet. As he moved his group towards the thenpopular genre of highlife in 1963, he lost his bassist in the move towards commercial success, but gained the company of Ojo Okeji, who had a sterling reputation both as a bassist and percussionist in groups like Lagos Cool Cats, Rex Williams’ Nigerian Artistes, and Western Toppers Highlife Band, a favorite of Kuti’s. Okeji impressed Kuti with his deft jazziness on the bass, so he was in on the spot, and the Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet became Koola Lobitos It was Okeji that introduced Kuti to the famed percussionist Tony Allen, (Who would subsequently join Kuti into his greatest years as an artist) as well as conguero Abayomi “Easy” Adio. During his time in Koola Lobitos, Okeji not only contributed deeply melodic, and adeptly rhythmic baselines, but brought his own influence from emerging US soul artists like James Brown & The Famous Flames and Wilson Pickett, heavily pushing Koola Lobitos towards a more soulful direction. This push was often resisted by Kuti, who frequently clashed with Okeji, who formed the group VC 7 as a side-project for that purpose. 1968 proved to be a turning point for the group, as the Nigerian Civil War broke out, and many starving musicians turned to the military for work. Okeji and Adio would leave for the army, while Kuti and Allen kept Koola Lobitos going, where it evolved through different names and iterations and grew into the worldwide afrobeat force that made Kuti an icon during the 70s and 80s. But as Kuti and Allen rose to global recognition, Okeji and Adio would form a new band within the ranks of the 6th Infantry Brigade of the Nigerian Army. Their emblazoned blue jackets earned them the nickname “The Blues”, but Okeji preferred the name Shango,after the Yoruba thunder god.
Shango took the fundamentals of Kuti’s famous afrobeat and brought new layers of guitar and horn arrangements, while often invoking supernatural aesthetics, and maintaining a love for the US soul artists that influenced Okeji so much. Because Shango was an army band however, their records were not readily available to anyone outside of the military so their music, including their eponymous 1974 LP, remained relatively unknown even amongst the people of Nigeria.So many decades later however, Comb & Razor presents it for the first time to a mass audience on vinyl.

It’s 1968 and Fela is in tears.
Fela Kuti, the genius of afrobeat. The champion of the people. Fabled for unflinchingly staring down the barrels of
state tyranny, enduring beatings within an inch of his life from government stormtroopers and then getting on stage
to mock his tormenters in song. Fela the fearless, Fela the invincible. Fela who they call Anikulapo—“he who carries
death in his pocket.” What insurmountable catastrophe could have reduced this formidable titan of African music
to tears?
Ojo Okeji leaving his band, that’s what.
– From the liner notes, by renowned musicologist Uchenna Ikonne Available from 14.04.2017

Hot 8 Brass Band – On The Spot (2LP+MP3)
Friday, February 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hot 8 Brass Band – On The Spot (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1608714 New Orleans’ Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band release their fifth LP, ‘On The Spot’. In true Hot 8 style, this album pairs hard-hitting, heart-on-sleeve sentiment with party-fuelling beats, hooks and grooves, raw funk and charismatic hip hop vocals mix with Big Easy jazz elegance. Expect unshakable horn riffs and bubbling bass as the record transports you right into the centre of an electrifying Hot 8 party crowd.

“ [Hot 8] has helped galvanise its community since 2005, captures both the edginess and transcendent beauty of life in its city” – The Wall Street Journal

New Orleans’ Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band release their fifth LP, ‘On The Spot’. In true Hot 8 style, this album pairs hard-hitting, heart-on-sleeve sentiment with party-fuelling beats, hooks and grooves, raw funk and charismatic hip hop vocals mix with Big Easy jazz elegance. Expect unshakable horn riffs and bubbling bass as the record transports you right into the centre of an electrifying Hot 8 party crowd.

The title of the new album refers to the glorious, rare moment in a New Orleans parade when the band stops to take a break but keeps noodling with their instruments for the crowd. Vibing, keeping the energy up, when they’re completely in the moment they sync up and the magic happens – a new tune is created: On The Spot. Their fifth LP sees Hot 8 committing this live sound and spirit to record like never before – note the exclamation captured on tape at end of the title track: “Did we just make that up?!”

These 11 tracks have helped the band get through their up and down moments, ‘On The Spot’ honours fallen friends and the city of New Orleans, and showcases new heights achieved after coming back from the deepest lows. “We still break down a lot,” says bandleader and tuba player Bennie Pete, “but now it’s tears of joy. We keep everything in our hearts, but we keep on.”

‘On The Spot’ also points to the way Hot 8 have had to adapt, learn and live from moment to moment throughout their career, and their lives. A barely imaginable series of trials – the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the separate deaths of five band members, and trumpeter Terrell “Burger” Batiste losing his legs in a car crash – have tested these men time and again. Their tragic yet life-affirming story has been featured in the Spike Lee documentaries When The Levees Broke and The Creek Don’t Rise, and David Simon’s HBO series Treme.

Vinyl Tracklist
A1. 8 Kickin’ It Live (Edit)
A2. Get it How You Live
A3. On The Spot
B1. St. James Infirmary
B2. Annie Mae
B3. Working Together
C1. That Girl
C2. Keepin’ It Funky
C3. Bottom Of The Bucket (Edit)
D1. Can’t Nobody Get Down
D2. Sweetest Taboo Available from 07.04.2017

L’Orange & Mr. Lif – The Life & Death Of Scenery
Friday, September 30th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on L’Orange & Mr. Lif – The Life & Death Of Scenery

Image: 1606601 North Carolina-born producer & veteran Boston MC f/contributions from Gonjasufi, Akrobaktik, Q-Bert, Chester Watson, & narrated by comedian Wyatt Cenac!

George Orwell once prophesized, “if you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” The latest EP from L’Orange & Mr. Lif, The Life and Death of Scenery, conceives a chimerical “lighthearted dystopia” just far enough from modernity to breathe easily, but close enough to make you consider relocating to that cave in the forest. In this collaboration with the eccentric North Carolina producer, L’Orange, Lif imagines an adjacent future called the “last society,” where culture has been obliterated and survival has taken precedence over art.

Released through a partnership between Adult Swim and Mello Music Group, the duo’s latest opus opens with one of four addresses from “The Narrator” (played by The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac). These Big Brother missives capture a world where the, “books are all burned, the vinyl has been melted, and the remaining art catapulted over the city walls.” The mere act of whistling is cause for the guillotine. It’s the rap analogue to Fahrenheit 451, 1984, or a Brave New World, where the Soma is uncomfortably soothing and the sunshine eerily abundant.

The former Def Jux legend inhabits on the role of The Scribe, frantically showing the post-apocalyptic survivors the power of what’s been lost. It attacks those who value disposable art over the timeless, it articulates the necessity of preserving culture, it lampoons the absurdity of attempting to destroy one of the most immutable qualities in mankind.

In L’Orange’s words, the collaboration is “a negotiation of influences without compromise.” You can hear the producer’s trademark alchemy of classic boom-rap with glitchy fuzz, a compressed whimsy that slaps against somber scythe-like piano lines, ominous spaghetti western licks, and celestial saxophone licks.

Lif spits staccato bars in double-time, adeptly slicing through the beats like banned books to a shredder. He’s joined on “Antique Gold” by the 19-year old monotone samurai, Chester Watson. Gonjasufi’s banshee yelp makes “Strange Technology” even more resonant. Insight bombards on “Five Lies About the World Outside.” The legendary turntablist Q-Bert contributes cuts on “The Scribe.” While Akrobatik, Lif’s longtime partner in The Perceptionists, pops up twice to exhibit their almost telepathic tag-team chemistry.

The rapping is virtuosic. The production is sumptuous and scene setting. But what sticks is those cumulative effects: the fantastic imagination of this foreign but familiar world, the importance of illuminations in a world that values cold logic, the sly humor of winking oracles, and inexorable fear that this could be a reality—should we continue down our current path.

Track Listing:

01. The Perfect World Radio Hour: Day 279
02. A World Without Music
03. The Scribe (feat. Akrobatik & DJ QBert)
04. The Perfect World Radio Hour: Day 304
05. Antique Gold (feat. Chester Watson)
06. The Gentle End
07. The Perfect World Radio Hour: Day 341
08. Strange Technology (feat. Akrobatik & Gonjasufi)
09. Five Lies About The World Outside (feat. Insight)
10. The Perfect World Radio Hour: Day 421
11. A Palace In The Sky Available from 11.11.2016

Shango Dance Band
Monday, July 25th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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It’s 1968 and Fela is in tears. Fela Kuti, the genius of afrobeat. The champion of the people. Fabled for unflinchingly staring down the barrels of state tyranny, enduring beatings within an inch of his life from government stormtroopers and then getting on stage to mock his tormenters in song. Fela the fearless, Fela the […]

A legendary, ultra-rare Afrobeat killer, restored and presented for the first time in wide release
Friday, July 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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It’s 1968 and Fela is in tears. Fela Kuti, the genius of afrobeat. The champion of the people. Fabled for unflinchingly staring down the barrels of state tyranny, enduring beatings within an inch of his life from government stormtroopers and then getting on stage to mock his tormenters in song. Fela the fearless, Fela the […]

Shango Dance Band – Shango Dance Band
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Shango Dance Band – Shango Dance Band

Image: 1605109 A Legendary, Ultra-Rare Afrobeat Killer, Restored And Presented For The First Time In Wide Release! / Lp Includes Bonus 7” Disc Featuring The Rare 1972 Single “Son Of Thunder” B/w “Alupandu-Gbe” / Limited To 1000 Copies /

It’s 1968 and Fela is in tears. Fela Kuti, the genius of afrobeat. The champion of the people. Fabled for unflinchingly staring down the barrels of state tyranny, enduring beatings within an inch of his life from government stormtroopers and then getting on stage to mock his tormenters in song. Fela the fearless, Fela the invincible. Fela who they call Anikulapo—“he who carries death in his pocket.” What insurmountable catastrophe could have reduced this formidable titan of African music to tears? Ojo Okeji leaving his band, that’s what.
– From the liner notes, by renowned Nigerian music historian Uchenna Ikonne

In the early years of Fela Kuti’s career, well before he would define the genre of afrobeat, and leave an indelible mark on the musical landscape, he was a struggling trumpet player, seeking to redefine the sound of his current group, the art-jazz ensemble Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet. As he moved his group towards the then-popular genre of highlife in 1963, he lost his bassist in the move towards commercial success, but gained the company of Ojo Okeji, who had a sterling reputation both as a bassist and percussionist in groups like Lagos Cool Cats, Rex Williams’ Nigerian Artistes, and Western Toppers Highlife Band, a favorite of Kuti’s. Okeji impressed Kuti with his deft jazziness on the bass, so he was in on the spot, and the Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet became Koola Lobitos.
It was Okeji that introduced Kuti to the famed percussionist Tony Allen, (Who would subsequently join Kuti into his greatest years as an artist) as well as conguero Abayomi “Easy” Adio. During his time in Koola Lobitos, Okeji not only contributed deeply melodic, and adeptly rhythmic baselines, but brought his own influence from emerging US soul artists like James Brown & The Famous Flames and Wilson Pickett, heavily pushing Koola Lobitos towards a more soulful direction. This push was often resisted by Kuti, who frequently clashed with Okeji.
1968 proved to be a turning point for the group, as the Nigerian Civil War broke out, and many starving musicians turned to the military for work. Okeji and Adio would leave for the army, while Kuti and Allen kept Koola Lobitos going, where it evolved through different names and iterations and grew into the worldwide afrobeat force that made Kuti an icon during the 70s and 80s. But as Kuti and Allen rose to global recognition, Okeji and Adio would form a new band within the ranks of the 6th Infantry Brigade of the Nigerian Army. Their emblazoned blue jackets earned them the nickname “The Blues”, but Okeji preferred the name “Shango” after the Yoruba thunder god. Shango took the fundamentals of Kuti’s famous afrobeat and brought new layers of guitar and horn arrangements, while often invoking supernatural aesthetics, and maintaining a love for the US soul artists that influenced Okeji so much. Because Shango was an army band however, their records were not readily available to anyone outside of the military so their music, including their eponymous 1974 LP, remained relatively unknown even amongst the people of Nigeria. Decades later Comb & Razor is thrilled to present this long-lost Nigerian gem for the first time to a world-wide audience.

LP TRACKLIST
A1. Position Pass Power
B1. Women Are Great
B2. I Need Your Love

BONUS 7” (ONLY W/ FIRST 1000 COPIES)
A1. Son Of Thunder
B1. Alupandu-Gbe Available from 09.09.2016

Ghostface Killah – Death Invitation / Let The Record Spin
Friday, January 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ghostface Killah – Death Invitation / Let The Record Spin

Image: 1601297 In 2015 Adrian Younge provided Ghostface Killah with a sonic backdrop equal parts hip hop
and Italian horror, as much Ennio Morricone as sweet boom bap.
Select singles from the project will now be available, presented here “Death’s Invitation b/w
Let The Record Spin” in a full color jacket.
12 Reasons To Die II is vividly brought to life with the help of Younge’s never-endingly
evocative and unique brand of cinematic, psychedelic soul. The music – on which Younge
himself plays upwards of 10 instruments – was recorded strictly on analog tape, to bring out
the true grit of the ‘70s era that provides the Twelve Reasons backdrop. Younge’s work of
course sounds great – as presented here, it looks as good as it sounds with the Italian horror
inspired graphics splattered all over the full color jacket.

A-SIDE: DEATH’S INVITATION
B-SIDE: LET THE RECORD SPIN Available from 19.02.2016

Big L – Lifestyles Ov Da Poor & Dangerous (20th Anniversar
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Big L – Lifestyles Ov Da Poor & Dangerous (20th Anniversar

Image: 1601301 20th Anniversary Deluxe CD box contains 72-page hardcover book with filled with photos and liner notes by Chris Faraone.

2015 was the 20th Anniversary of this undisputed New York classic from the late, great, Harlem MC, featuring production from D.I.T.C. legends Showbiz, Buckwild and Lord Finesse. As fans have come to expect, Get On Down gives this incredible record the respect it deserves with this unique reissue package. The album itself was another shot across the bow of mid-90s pundits who were prophesizing the death of New York’s boom-bap dominance. Alongside recent classics from Nas, Biggie, Mobb Deep and Smif N Wessun, Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous laid out the ascendancy of another visionary MC who could throw down brags punchlines with the best of them, but who never veered away from truly thoughtful lyrical dialogue.Most tracks on the album feature slower tempos, which gave the soon-to-be-immortalized MC the chance to fully explore a range of flows and approaches. Cases in point include the two commercial singles – “Put It On” and “MVP” – as well as the promo-only single “Street Struck,” the latter produced by Lord Finesse and containing perhaps L’s deepest rhymes on the album. There are also some great posse cuts here, starting with “8 Iz Enuff,” which was all about exposing L’s crew (including Herb McGruff, Mike Boogie and Buddah Bless), and the amazing “Da Graveyard,” which let established peers like Lord Finesse and Grand Daddy I.U. flow alongside another newcomer to the scene named Jay-Z. Less-renowned but no less crucial album cuts like “All Black” and “I Don’t Understand It” help to tie it all up in a beautiful boom-bap package, with production by and from legends in the game that vaulted Big L into the national spotlight. L would be tragically taken from us in 1999, so this album – along with 2000’s posthumous The Big Picture – will always be special to fans. Big L was a huge talent with the world in front of him, and it’s only right to celebrate his life again on the 20th Anniversary of the album that started it all for him.
This unique set features an in-depth liner notes booklet written and compiled by journalist Chris Faraone. The CD configuration is housed in a deluxe box with original album artwork wrapped around the cover.

PUT IT ON • MVP • NO ENDZ, NO SKINZ • 8 IS ENUFF • ALL BLACK • DANGER ZONE
STREET STRUCK • DA GRAVEYARD • LIFESTYLEZ OF DA POOR & DANGEROUS
I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT • FED UP WIT THE BULLSHIT • LET ‘EM HAVE IT “L” Available from 22.01.2016

Hot 8 Brass Band – Vicennial: 20 Years Of The Hot 8 Brass Band
Friday, November 13th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hot 8 Brass Band – Vicennial: 20 Years Of The Hot 8 Brass Band

Image: 1599239 New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band toast their 20th Anniversary in typical roof-raising style, with a series of releases and live dates to celebrate this significant and incredibly hard-won milestone. At the centre is ‘Vicennial – 20 Years Of The Hot 8 Brass Band’, a special album mixing brand new tracks with newly recorded classic Hot 8 material, this jubilant LP finds the band on the form of their lives.

Across three albums – 2007’s ‘Rock With The Hot 8’, 2012’s Grammy-nominated ‘The Life & Times Of …’ and 2013’s ‘Tombstone’ – with a host of standout singles, including their iconic version of “Sexual Healing” alongside several other covers and equally impressive originals, Hot 8 Brass Band have told the story of their lives and their city like only they can.

One of the great New Orleans acts, Hot 8 have pushed on through a barely imaginable series of trials. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the separate deaths of four of their band members, and the horror of trumpeter Terrell “Burger” Batiste losing his legs in a car crash, conspired to test these men almost to breaking point. They honour their fallen friends and help to work towards the future of their community by putting their energies into positive projects at home as well as touring as much as they can. They march together and they play their music – a rambunctious yet elegant and super-tight mix of jazz, funk and hip hop – not merely as though, but because their lives depend on it.

The recording sessions for “Vicennial …” saw Hot 8 Brass Band welcoming former members back into the studio, as well as featuring performances from family members of their fallen bandmates (from siblings through to grandparents), giving even more meaning and poignancy to each track, whether new or a revision of one of their classics. Across the album, the vibrant new recordings capture the spirit of a community and make a strong statement of the band’s longevity, vitality and constant progress.

“Hot 8 has helped galvanise its community since 2005, captures both the edginess and transcendent beauty of life in its city” – The Wall Street Journal
“Hot 8 music is feel good music… music with a message. It’s life music.” – Hot 8 band leader, Bennie Pete
“Incendiary” -THE OBSERVER
“Irresistible” -MOJO
“Undiluted nourishment for the soul” – THE BIG ISSUE
“One of 2015’s finest albums” – SONGLINES
“Peerless” – METRO
“Those guys have definitely got the horns” – LAUREN LAVERNE (BBC 6MUSIC)
“Dope” – GILLES PETERSON (BBC 6MUSIC)

Tracklisting:
1. What’s My Name? (Rock With The Hot 8) (20th Anniversary Version)
2. Sexual Healing (20th Anniversary Version)
3. Get Up (20th Anniversary Version)
4. Royal Garden Blues
5. Papa Was A Rolling Stone
6. Rasta Funk (20th Anniversary Version)
7. Take It To The House (20th Anniversary Version)
8. It’s Real (20th Anniversary Version)
9. Just My Imagination
10. We Shall Walk Through The Streets Of The City
11. New Orleans, After the City (20th Anniversary Version) Available from 30.10.2015

Rare, obscure and esoteric jazz from the UK
Thursday, June 4th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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Thought you knew about British jazz? Think again. Diving into the unknown world of the private pressing, Jazzman Records presents some of the rarest and wildest British jazz ever recorded! The major stars of British jazz such as Stan Tracey, Michael Garrick and Joe Harriott are now rightly recognised as the giants they were, and […]

Various – A New Life (2LP/Gatefold)
Thursday, May 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – A New Life (2LP/Gatefold)

Image: 1597136 Rare, obscure and esoteric UK jazz! Thought you knew about British jazz? Think again. Diving into the unknown world of the private pressing, Jazzman Records presents some of the rarest and wildest British jazz ever recorded! The major stars of British jazz such as Stan Tracey, Michael Garrick and Joe Harriott are now rightly recognised as the giants they were, and the legendary.

Brit jazz recordings of the 1960s are amongst the most highly prized of all collectable records. But what happened to jazz in the UK when the recording industry lost faith in it? A New Life is the first survey of British jazz labels and musicians that went their own way in the 1970s, bringing to the light the unknown indie gems and outsider private pressings that let jazz musicians keep the faith into the 1980s. From the time-bending spirit music of London’s Lori Vambe to the psych-jazz of Birmingham’s Poliphony, via Spot The Zebra’s jazz dedication to David Attenborough and Indiana Highway’s modal Christmas carolling, A New Life chronicles a compelling selection of lost and obscure jewels of the British jazz underground.

Compiled by Francis Gooding and Duncan Brooker (the team responsible for the acclaimed Next Stop Soweto series), and coming with extensive sleevenotes based on interviews with the musicians, A New Life is the first major British jazz collection since Gilles Petersen’s Impressed series, and the first ever to shed light on the forgotten legacy of independent, regional and experimental Brit jazz.

· All tracks fully licensed and digitally restored
· Only 1000 double vinyl gatefold LPs pressed
· Comprehensive and detailed liner notes with pictures and information on each track direct from our interviews with the musicians involved
· CD with 24 page booklet packed with pics & extensive notes based on our original research

Tracklisting
1. Joy – Martini Sweet
2. Nottingham Jazz Orchestra – Sixes and Severns
3. Billy Jenkins & The Voice of God Collective – High Street / Saturday
4. London Jazz IV – Death Is Near
5. Graham Collier – Darius
6. Spot the Zebra – Living Planet
7. Quincicasm – Trent Park Song
8. Cameo – Poliphony
9. Lori Vambe – Drumsong (One)
10. Frank Evans – The Bistro Kid
11. Edge – Danielle and the Holly Tree
12. Indiana Highway – We Three Kings
13. Walsall Youth Jazz – The Dragon Available from 12.06.2015

Sun Ra – Planets Of Life Or Death
Friday, April 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – Planets Of Life Or Death

Image: 1595298 Following 2014’s landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, ‘In the Orbit Of Ra’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release anywhere of ‘Planets Of Life Or Death’. Recorded direct from the sound board and mastered from first generation reel to reel, now available on CD.

1 . ENLIGHTENMENT 2.24
2 . LOVE IN OUTER SPACE 17.08
3. LIGHTS ON A SATELLITE 3.53
4 . DISCIPLINE 27-II / WHAT PLANET IS THIS 23.47

Enlightenment is…. our tomorrow… It has no plane…. of sorrow
Hereby, our invitation… We do invite you…. Be of our Space World
Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Research Arkestra ’Enlightenment’
Within their 1973 European tour, Sun Ra and his Arkestra had just completed
a residency at the legendary Gibus in Paris in October before travelling to
Amiens for a Sunday afternoon concert. Those filing into the city’s Maison de
la Culture that day would have little idea of the intense, visceral experience
that awaited them. “Sun Ra’s use of the Arkestra as his instrument in an
onslaught of sound, colour and movement stimulated and even shocked the
senses and the shakras of audience participants onto a higher plane of spirit
consciousness,“ explains the Arkestra’s Knoel Scott.
On Side 1, the session kicks off with the theatrical overture, ’Enlightenment’ as
Sun Ra and vocalist June Tyson invite the audience to “be of our space world“.
Ra then moves into a rare instrumental version of ’Love In Outer Space’,
transforming the perennial Arkestra classic into a raw, ritualistic experience:
“this was a vehicle for the Arkestra’s space dancers. Close your eyes and
imagine them writhing across the stage in celestial homage,“ explains Scott.
Side 2 of the album opens with the glistening ’Lights On A Satellite’, a feature
for the spiritual tenor sax of John Gilmore, playing in unison with trumpeter
Kwame Hadi. Closing track, the epic, chaotic, anxious ’Discipline 27-II / What
Planet Is This’ moves from abstract, freeform keyboard work from Sun Ra to
a walking groove as Sun Ra and June Tyson take a thinly veiled psychedelic
swipe at life on earth: “If this is a planet of life, why do people die here? “
Following 2014’s landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, ’In the
Orbit Of Ra’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release
anywhere of ’Planets Of Life Or Death’. Recorded direct from the sound
board and mastered from first generation reel to reel, the title is exclusively
available for Record Store Day 2015. The release features rare photos from
Sun Ra’s 1973 European tour by photographer Jan Persson with sleeve notes by
Knoel Scott.

Key Points :
– first issue of anywhere of this 1973 recording from Maison de la Culture,
Amiens
– continuation of Strut and Art Yard’s Sun Ra release programme following
Marshall Allen compilation in 2014
– official reissue mastered from the first generation reel to reel tapes
– LP features photos by Jan Persson, sleeve notes by the Arkestra’s Knoel
Scott and new cover design by Lewis Heriz
FOR FANS OF:
Jazz, modal jazz, Salah Ragab, Heliocentrics, Gilles Peterson, spiritual jazz,
Lloyd Miller, Philip Cohran, Kindred Spirits, free jazz, Oneness Of Juju, Sun
Ra Arkestra, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra, Jazzman, Soul Jazz

WEB LINKS
www.strut-records.com
www.sunraarkestra.com Available from 15.05.2015

Sun Ra – Planets Of Life Or Death (RSD)
Saturday, March 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – Planets Of Life Or Death (RSD)

Image: 1595283 Following 2014’s landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, ’In the Orbit Of Ra’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release anywhere of ’Planets Of Life Or Death’. Recorded direct from the sound board and mastered from first generation reel to reel, the title is exclusively available for Record Store Day 2015.

Tracklisting:
A1. ENLIGHTENMENT 2.24
A2. LOVE IN OUTER SPACE 17.08
B1. LIGHTS ON A SATELLITE 3.53
B2. DISCIPLINE 27-II /
WHAT PLANET IS THIS 23.47

Enlightenment is…. our tomorrow… It has no plane…. of sorrow
Hereby, our invitation… We do invite you…. Be of our Space World
Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Research Arkestra ’Enlightenment’
Within their 1973 European tour, Sun Ra and his Arkestra had just completed
a residency at the legendary Gibus in Paris in October before travelling to
Amiens for a Sunday afternoon concert. Those filing into the city’s Maison de
la Culture that day would have little idea of the intense, visceral experience
that awaited them. “Sun Ra’s use of the Arkestra as his instrument in an
onslaught of sound, colour and movement stimulated and even shocked the
senses and the shakras of audience participants onto a higher plane of spirit
consciousness,“ explains the Arkestra’s Knoel Scott.
On Side 1, the session kicks off with the theatrical overture, ’Enlightenment’ as
Sun Ra and vocalist June Tyson invite the audience to “be of our space world“.
Ra then moves into a rare instrumental version of ’Love In Outer Space’,
transforming the perennial Arkestra classic into a raw, ritualistic experience:
“this was a vehicle for the Arkestra’s space dancers. Close your eyes and
imagine them writhing across the stage in celestial homage,“ explains Scott.
Side 2 of the album opens with the glistening ’Lights On A Satellite’, a feature
for the spiritual tenor sax of John Gilmore, playing in unison with trumpeter
Kwame Hadi. Closing track, the epic, chaotic, anxious ’Discipline 27-II / What
Planet Is This’ moves from abstract, freeform keyboard work from Sun Ra to
a walking groove as Sun Ra and June Tyson take a thinly veiled psychedelic
swipe at life on earth: “If this is a planet of life, why do people die here? “
Following 2014’s landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, ’In the
Orbit Of Ra’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release
anywhere of ’Planets Of Life Or Death’. Recorded direct from the sound
board and mastered from first generation reel to reel, the title is exclusively
available for Record Store Day 2015. The release features rare photos from
Sun Ra’s 1973 European tour by photographer Jan Persson with sleeve notes by
Knoel Scott.

Key Points :
– first issue of anywhere of this 1973 recording from Maison de la Culture,
Amiens
– continuation of Strut and Art Yard’s Sun Ra release programme following
Marshall Allen compilation in 2014
– official reissue mastered from the first generation reel to reel tapes
– LP features photos by Jan Persson, sleeve notes by the Arkestra’s Knoel
Scott and new cover design by Lewis Heriz
FOR FANS OF:
Jazz, modal jazz, Salah Ragab, Heliocentrics, Gilles Peterson, spiritual jazz,
Lloyd Miller, Philip Cohran, Kindred Spirits, free jazz, Oneness Of Juju, Sun
Ra Arkestra, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra, Jazzman, Soul Jazz Available from 18.04.2015

‘Keep Planting Seeds’ is the new album from German roots reggae band Martin Zobel & Soulrise
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Perseverance is an integral ingredient of a successful life. For their new album “Keep Planting Seeds”, Martin Zobel & Soulrise needed a whole lot of it. After the sudden and early death of their bass player Dublex, the band had to gather first and deal with this unspeakable loss. “Keep Planting Seeds” is first and […]

Tricky – Valentine (Andy Stott Remix)
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Image: 1584166 Tricky is back. Back with a new studio album, False Idols, and his own label (also bearing the False Idols name), but also back in a personal sense. “I was lost for ages”, he says. “I was trying to prove something to people, trying to do something to please other people and also myself at the same time, which is never going to work. To be honest with you, I’ve been floating around since Chris Blackwell and Island. My last two albums, I thought they were good, but I realise now they weren’t. This album is about me finding myself again.”

!K7 are proud to announce ‘Valentine’, the 4th single taken from Tricky’s critically acclaimed album ‘False Idols’, remixed by Manchester born Techno producer Andy Stott and presented
on limited edition vinyl. Beautifully dark and atmospheric, this remix tells a very diffe rent story to that of the original, Industrial drums, dissonant undertones and twisted lyrics create a curious and edgy listen.

KEY POINTS

– His historic debut album “Maxinquaye“ was nominated for the Mercury Prize and voted Album of the year by NME Magazine in 1995
– Tricky, formed Massive Attack in 1987 with “DJ Milo“ & a sound system called “The Wild Bunch“
– False Idols is Tricky’s 10th studio album
– Launching his new label – “False Idols”
– 115K Facebook fans
– PR & Marketing by Life Or Death PR
– Tricky – Valentine (Andy Stott Remix) is presented as a single sided splatter 12”

FOR FANS OF Massive Attack, Moby, UNKLE, Portishead, DJ-Shadow, Bonobo, Bjork, The Chemical Brothers Available from 27.09.2013

Portland based duo Industrial Park is releasing its debut EP on Desire
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Industrial Parks seem empty. There aren’t many people and few buildings have windows. Some machines, no longer needed, are grown over with weeds while others rust. But these spaces are given life by hidden hands. They are loud and built of heavy parts that deliberately fit pieces together. They live for the lifeless. Nonetheless, their […]

Zoon Van Snook – The Bridge Between Life & Death
Friday, June 7th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Zoon Van Snook – The Bridge Between Life & Death

Image: 1580293 ‘The Bridge Between Life & Death’ is the second album from Barcelona- (via Bristol) based producer Zoon van snooK. Recorded partly in Iceland, partly in Bristol, the album features 11 tracks of fragile electronica, found sounds, field recordings and collaborations with Icelandic artists Amiina, Benni Hemm Hemm and Sin Fang.
Fuelled by exposure to the likes of Björk, Sigur Rós and múm, ‘The Bridge Between Life & Death’ is the result of a long-standing fascination with Iceland, a fascination that finally led the producer to make the pilgrimage to Europe’s rocky outpost armed with his sound recorder.
The resulting album perfectly captures the otherworldly nature of the island, its beautiful yet forbidding landscape laid down in the delicate, crystalline melodies, ancient and modern coming together as van snooK pieced together what would become ‘The Bridge Between Life & Death’.

Bio
Having worked as a keyboard player for numerous bands in Bristol, UK, 2008 saw ZvS taking bold measures in stepping out alone. Following the debut hour-long mix for Ninja Tune’s inimitable Solid Steel radio show in 2009, the debut LP ‘(Falling from) The Nutty Tree’ was released on legendary LA label Mush Records in December 2010. This spawned the first live shows, with a week-long European tour followed by two hotly received showcases at NXNE in Toronto, Canada.
Tour supports have included Daedelus, Gold Panda, Fujiya & Miyagi, Nosaj Thing… On returning from Europe, the debut live session for BBC6 Music’s Tom Robinson was aired and shortly after, the release of remix LP ‘(Remixes from) The Nutty Tree’ which included among others, the venerable: Tunng, Daedelus, Yppah, Grasscut and Zoon’s musical muse Cian Ciaran of Super Furry Animals (Kirkland): Remix duty has included James Yorkston, Diagrams, Fujiya & Miyagi, Darwin Deez, Benni Hemm Hemm, The Pictish Trail… Expect more live shows and lots of beautiful music from ZvS in 2013.

Tracklisting
01. From the Cradle (Intro) / Lekitítimi
02. Snorri’s Saga
03. Björn of the Mendips
04. Inclementine
05. The Verge of Winter
06. Thúfur Thoroughfare feat. Benni Hemm Hemm
07. The Potter’s Garden feat.Amiina
08. Magret the Outlaw
09. Lyre! Lyre!!
10. Tjörnin Side
11. The Gaits feat. Sin Fang Available from 07.06.2013

Banda Achilifunk & OJO’s “Gitano Real” is the closing chapter of the Achilifunk trilogy …
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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In 2007 “Achilifunk”, a compilation + booklet selected and written by Txarly Brown, was released to much critical acclaim both in Spain and the rest of the world. “Achilifunk” was a surprise which opened the eyes of many, especially in Spain, where, for reasons of age, ridiculous hipsterism or whatever other excuse, people didn’t associate […]

Solo debut from CunninLynguists’ producer and emcee Kno …
Monday, October 18th, 2010 | Tags: ,
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While handling nearly all of CL’s production since the group’s inception in 2001, his emceeing has more recently taken a backseat to his beats – and it has shown. Fueled by Kno’s lush production techniques, A Piece Of Strange currently ranks as the #8 release of 2005 (and the only hip hop release in the […]

Rap veteran Kurupt and his kid brother Roscoe present new album project …
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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No one can rep the East and West Coasts simultaneously quite like Kurupt, the Philly born LA raised veteran of Death Row Records. Now Tha Dogg Pound gangster is back and teamed with his kid brother Roscoe. Roscoe is also no stranger to the rap game having cut his teeth starting at the age of […]

Hip-hop legends KRS-One and Buckshot join forces …
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,
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After making their indelible marks on the game luminaries KRS-One and Buckshot, arguably two of the games most prolific emcees, will link up to give fans a collaborative album entitled “Survival Skills”. The project will be released on Duck Down Records. With guests ranging from Mary J. Blige, Slug Of Atmosphere, K’NAAN, Talib Kweli, Immortal […]

SA-RA has landed! Out Now: “Nuclear Evolution, The Age Of Love” …
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,
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“The glorious Nuclear Evolution finally realizes their potential … a panorama that throws you into dark nightlife, then lifts you out, invigorated, into a new day. 4.5/5 stars” SPIN Magazine “Feels perfectly in-synch with the new times we’re living through.” The Wire “Nuclear Evolution may have some of the best instrumentation on any album you […]

“Heavy Metal in Baghdad” is a feature film documentary about the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda …
Friday, February 13th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , , ,
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“Heavy Metal in Baghdad” is a feature film documentary that follows the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present day. Playing heavy metal in a Muslim country has always been a difficult (if not impossible) proposition but after Saddam’s regime was toppled, there was a brief […]

The new album from NECRO with guests #0 (Slipknot), Darryl Jennifer (Bad Brains), Dan Lilker (Nuclear Assault) and many more …
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Hip Hop

The/Das – Exist Strategies
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The/Das – Exist Strategies

Image: 1611227 Berlin duo The/Das are to release their sophomore album, Exit Strategies, on Life And Death in September 2017, with a first EP from it, ›Drug Dilling‹, coming in July. The absorbing 12-tracker is the result of a period of searching that finds the new line-up of Fabian Fenk and Philipp Koller combine multiple ideas, layers, fragments and sounds and refine their distinct idea of techno tenderness. It makes for a soothing and escapist 60 minute listen that works as well at home, on headphones, as it does loud in the club.
The new album is a perfect blend of the pair’s Berlin techno roots with a devotion to organic sounds and cinematic details that makes it a real trip for the head, heart and heel from start to finish. More house influenced than their previous works on labels like Sinnbus, Krakatau and DJ Tennis’s Life And Death, their artistic vision ties it all together as the duo continues to push each other, bounce ideas back and forth and eventually distill them into something fresh and new. The album itself was an unhurried affair made from various sketched starting points collected over three years of research. Influenced from their travels, a decade of DJ gigs and shared musical experiences, they then headed into the studio for three intense months to arrange, rework, jam out new material, edit and collate all their sounds and ideas. Finally, they spent three weeks behind the mixing desk, shaping the whole lot into one complete form. Made using an array of drum machines and with a new focus on sampling, the album has experimental loops, sounds and rhythms imbued within, and lyrics that act as textural and emotive interventions, adding to the overall flow.

LP TRACKLISTING
A1 Put Castle
A2 Divine Voices
A3 Loveboat
B1 Moon
B2 Ischias
C1 Fool You
C2 Brace For Landing
C3 Dog Sled
C4 Eso 3
D1 Nano Spinacio
D2 Group Meditation, Late Reflections
D3 Drug Dilling Available from 08.09.2017

DJ Tennis – DJ-Kicks
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Tennis – DJ-Kicks

Image: 1610435 DJ-Kicks has tapped up Life And Death label founder DJ Tennis for the next instalment in its long running and land- mark series, which is due for release on 14th July. The Italian is the first artist to ever be granted not one but two discs across which to showcases his style, and he doesn’t disappoint. The mix comes as a double CD and triple vinyl release and features four exclusive tracks.

TRACKLISTING LP**
A1 Traumprinz – Intrinity
A2 Basic Channel – Q Loop
B1 D’Arcangelo – N-Tower
B2 Loscil – Sickbay
C1 Frank Bretschneider – Go! Said The Bird
(Tennis Version) **EXCLUSIVE
C2 The Other People Place – Let Me Be Me
D1 Bochum Welt – La Nuit
D2 Kenny Dixon Jr. – Soul Sounds
E1 MBG – Jumping Trip
E2 Monolake – Pio
F1 Pole – Raum 2 (DJ Tennis Technoid Version)
**EXCLUSIVE
F2 Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Aurora

TRACKLISTING CD1**
01 K. Leimer – Acquiescence
02 Bochum Welt – La Nuit
03 Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Aurora
04 Jon Hopkins – Vessel
05 Adam Johnson – Anex
06 Pole – Raum 2 (DJ Tennis Technoid Version) **EXCLUSIVE
07 Monolake – Pio
08 Byetone – Neuschnee
09 Mouse on Mars & Atom TM – Key My Brain
10 Bauri – Twinkle Stars
11 Rival Consoles – Recovery
12 Oval – Textuell
13 Isolée – Allowance
14 Caribou – Melody Day (Four Tet Remix feat. Luke Lalonde, Adem And One Little Plane)
15 D’Arcangelo – N-Tower

TRACKLISTING CD2**
01 Basic Channel – Q Loop
02 Frank Brettschneider – Go! Said The Bird (Tennis Version) **EXCLUSIVE
03 Red Axes – Paratrooper **EXCLUSIVE
04 Traumprinz – Intrinity
05 Robert Hood – Escapes (6:47)
06 Kenny Dixon Jr. – Soul Sounds
07 Rhythm & Sound – Mango Drive
08 Marcello Giordani – Perché non Vuoi Ballare?
09 The Other People Place – Let Me Be Me
10 Biosphere – Ikata-1
11 Roby J – Crossed Movements (LOM Extended Version)
12 MBG – Jumping Trip
13 Loscil – Sickbay
14 Maribou State – The Clown feat. Pedestrian (Axel Boman Remix)
15 DJ Tennis feat. Fink – Certain Angles (DJ-Kicks) **EXCLUSIVE
16 Kona Triangle – Astorias Ascent

DJ-Kicks has tapped up Life And Death label founder DJ Tennis for the next instalment in its long running and landmark series, which is due for release on 14th July. The Italian is the first artist to ever be granted not one but two discs across which to showcases his style, and he doesn’t disappoint.
The mix comes as a double CD and triple vinyl release and features four exclusive tracks. These include a brand new original from DJ Tennis featuring Fink and called ‘Certain Angels,’ plus new Tennis versions of tunes by Pole and Frank Brettschneider, and finally an unreleased track, ‘Paratrooper,’ from acclaimed Tel Aviv duo Red Axes. In programming these two diverse, eclectic and yet coherent rides, DJ Tennis shows off his singular knack for nailing an aesthetic that is subversive yet seductive in equal measure.

KEY POINTS CD
• First ever double CD DJ-Kicks release
• Includes 4 exclusive tracks
• Full tour dates and extensive festival schedule to support release
• Download card included with LP

Available from 14.07.2017

Okonkolo – Rezos
Friday, April 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Okonkolo – Rezos

Image: 1603471 Big Crown Records is proud to present Okonkolo’s debut EP Rezos.

SIDE A:
1. Obatala
2. Ochun
SIDE B:
1. Oba
2. Wolenche For Chango

“Puntilla took me to his house, they put me in front of the sacred drums. I kneeled down, I prostrated, and they did a consultation with the sacred drums to see if the spirit of the drum, the Ana,
accepts me as his son.”
This is how Abraham Rodriguez, lead singer of Okonkolo, describes his introduction to the Santeria religion. In the decades that followed, he would become a priest and master drummer, using
these sacred bata drums to bring the Orishas (Santerian gods) down to earth. The Santeria religion endured the transatlantic slave trade from Africa to the solares of Cuba and arrived in New
York by way of Caribbean migrants who sought a better life in the barrios of the Bronx and Brooklyn. This is where Rodriguez met Okonkolo producer and guitarist Jacob Plasse.
“I met Aby in the early 90s, doing salsa gigs over at Plan B in the lower east side,” recalls Jacob Plasse, producer and guitarist for Okonkolo. “After I had played there a couple times he told me
one week I should arrive later, because the first part of the show was going to be different. Well needless to say I came early to see what I wasn’t being included in,” Jacob laughs.
“Abraham was doing a tambor for Chango. I had never seen anything like it. In Cuba I had gone to some amazing tambors, but somehow what Aby was doing was different it was the bata
repertoire but with his own subtle New York doowop thing happening, and in a salsa club no less! It was beautiful and unique, and I wanted to figure out a way to collaborate, even if I had to
wait 10 years”.
Jacob and Aby would continue to do gigs sporadically, but were involved in their own projects, with Aby eventually moving to Florida to do religious work. Years later, a brush with tragedy
brought them together again when Abraham was the victim of a shooting.
“Everyone in the salsa community was stunned and at a loss, praying for him,” Jacob says. “ And I remembered that night in the lower east side, of him calling down the Orishas, and I hoped
I would get the chance to record his music.”
Santeria gave Abraham Rodriquez the strength to recover.
“I had a life and death experience, and by the grace of God, I was able to come back,” Abraham recounts. “When I came out of the hospital, the very next day I went to a guiro (a religious
ceremony) to sing, you know? Even with the staples, and the metal in my lungs, I had to do it. And I would say 80 percent of my recovery has been because of my faith.”
The musical prayers that make up Okonkolo’s debut EP Rezos (Prayers) are some of the most complex and beautiful that any classical tradition has produced. They are also some of the oldest,
addressing Obatala, the creator of the world, Ochun, the goddess of love and beauty, and Chango, God of the drum. Okonkolo is a result of this collaboration – Abrahams soulful voice calling
down the Orishas, the bata drums and voices soaring through the horns and guitars of Plasses’s production. The beauty and otherworldliness of these prayers endures, the rhythms and chants
reimagined in a way that is somehow both ancient and new. Available from 20.05.2016

Sei A – Space In Your Mind
Friday, February 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sei A – Space In Your Mind

Image: 1601766 AUS music/!K7 is proud to announce Space
In Your Mind, the third album from UK artist,
Sei A. After two years in the making, Aus Music
and !K7 are proud to announce the release
of Scottish producer Sei A’s third full length,
Space in Your Mind. Two singles from the ten
track opus—‘Ancestors’ and ‘Space In Your
Mind’, complete with DJ Tennis remixes—will
come ahead of the full release on February
26th 2016.
Sei A is Andy Graham, an ever-evolving
producer who has cooked up many different
shades of house and techno since emerging in
2008. From dark and melodic to well swung and
bass heavy, he is not one to repeat the same
trick twice as two former LPs and more than
15 EPs on labels like Turbo, Life And Death,
Kompakt and Aus/Simple have proved before
now. As if to cement the point, this full length
finds Graham straying from the dance floor
to cook up a fulsome album that stands up
to introspective home listening.
“The LP came from writing a lot of music
in a short space of time,” says Graham. “I felt
I had grasped a sound and I wanted to expand it
further. Musically I was finding that the material
had much more space within the sound, with the
main structure of it being melodies, therefore
giving it quite a rich feel throughout. I was also
aiming to expand on writing actual songs that
take in verse/chorus, verse/chorus structures.”
And he has sure accomplished that, because
with the help of guest collaborators Will Samson
and Daudi Matsiko on four tracks, Space in Your
Mind is an absorbing listen with many melodies
and vocal lines lingering long in the memory.
There is a sombre feel to the album right
from the off. Opener ‘Always’ is a grainy, sparse
sonic landscape with fractured vocals and
dark drones eventually being cut through by
bright melodies. From there that pixelated
sense of melody continues through the bleak
ambience of ‘In The Light’ and ethereally back
lit glow of dark and dubby pop night ‘Space In
Your Mind.’ Full of shadowy spaces, greyscale
pads and comfortingly downbeat drums, tracks
like ‘Kalstar’ pick up the pace but remain
resolutely insular, whilst ‘Everytime’ is the
stunningly emotive jewel right at the heart of
the album. It marries forlorn and vulnerable
vocals with waify chords and downbeat synths
that are truly pained before ‘Everytime’ offers
a noteworthy break in the clouds with its vast
synth chords and heavenly vocals drifting in
perfect harmony. Then ’Ancestors’ features
more genuinely pained vocals amongst a dubby
brew of beats, ‘Morning Soldier’ conveys a real
sense of optimism after the darkness that has
gone before and from there the album plays
out through heavily hymnal atmospheres, heart
broken chords and teary eyed melody of the
sort that are truly moving.

TRACKLIST
1 | A1. Always
2 | A2. In The Light
3 | A3. Space In Your Mind (feat. Will Samson)
4 | B1. Kalstar
5 | B2. Linear
6 | C1. Everytime
7 | C2. Ancestors (feat. Will Samson)
8 | C3. Morning Soldier
9 | D1. Tides (feat. Will Samson)
10 | D2. Exit (feat. Daudi Matsiko)
11 | D3. Trails Of Gold

KEY POINTS
– Third Studio album from Andy Graham
featuring collaborators Will Samson &
Daudi Matsiko.
– Recorded & Mixed in London at Andy’s studio
& mastered at Optimum mastering in Bristol.
– Dj Tennis & Edward remix package to follow LP.
– Dj dates throughout Europe & USA in March/
April/May.

FOR FANS OF
Mano Le Tough, John Talabot, Lone, Bicep,
Caribou, Jamie XX, Howling, Apparat & Four Tet. Available from 18.03.2016

Various – Adversario EP
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Adversario EP

Image: 1599693 Das fünfte Release des Münchner Labels Musica Autonomica – die “Adversario EP” – ist eine Compilation, die verschiedene Tracks von jungen und talentierten Produzenten aus Italien, Frankreich und Deutschland beinhaltet. Marius & David sind zwei italienische Produzenten aus Acona, die bereits Musik auf Life and Death und Circle Music veröffentlichten. Ihr Track “Nur” ist deeper und düsterer Techno. Julian Zaruba ist ein Live-Musiker und Produzent aus München. “Phalanx” ist sein Debüt. Seine Musik ist angetrieben von klassischer Analog-Ästhetik. Das französische Duo Julien Piacentino & Philip Piogé ist ein Brutkasten für Qualitäts-Techno. “Twisted Mind” ist ihr erstes Stück auf Musica Autonomica. Christian Prommers “Ambivalent Sequences” ist eine bizarre Analog-Sequenzer-Line, unterlegt mit Minimal Drum Beats. Wareika lieferte einen Remix für Marius & David, eine perfekte und sehr inspirierte, deepe Reinterpretation für späte Stunden. Medh ist ein DJ und Produzent aus der Toskana. Sein Sound ist sehr zeitgemäß und reduziert auf das Minimum – eine deepe und verrückte Arpeggiator Geschichte. Available from 30.10.2015

Sly Stone / Various – I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70
Saturday, October 11th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sly Stone / Various – I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70

Image: 1593197 In 1970, The Family Stone were at the peak of their popularity, but the maestro Sly Stone had already moved his head to a completely different space. The first evidence of Sly’s musical about-turn was revealed by the small catalog of his new label, Stone Flower: a pioneering, peculiar, minimal electro-funk sound that unfolded over just four seven-inch singles. Stone Flower’s releases were credited to their individual artists, but each had Sly’s design and musicianship stamped into the grooves-and the words ”Written by Sylvester Stewart/Produced and arranged by Sly Stone” on the sticker.

Set up by Stone’s manager David Kapralik with distribution by Atlantic Records, Stone Flower was, predictably, a family affair: the first release was by Little Sister, fronted by Stone’s little sister Vaetta Stewart. It was short lived too-the imprint folded in 1971-but its influence was longer lasting. The sound Stone formulated while working on Stone Flower’s output would shape the next phase in his own career as a recording artist: it was here he began experimenting with the brand new Maestro Rhythm King drum machine. In conjunction with languid, effected organ and guitar sounds and a distinctly lo-fi soundscape, Sly’s productions for Stone Flower would inform the basis of his masterwork There’s A Riot Goin’ On.

The first 45 came in February 1970: Little Sister’s dancefloor-ready ”You’re The One” hit Number 22 in the charts-the label’s highest showing. The follow-up, ”Stanga,” also by Little Sister, made the wah pedal the star. The third release came from 6IX, a six-piece multi-racial rock group whose sole release, a super-slow version of The Family Stone’s ”Dynamite,” featured only the lead singer and harmonica player from the group. Joe Hicks was the final Stone Flower stablemate, his pulsing, electronic ”Life And Death In G&A” is one of the bleakest moments Sly Stone ever created on disc (Hicks’ prior single for Scepter, ”Home Sweet Home,” the first released Stone Flower production, is also included).

This long overdue compilation of Sly’s Stone Flower era gathers each side of the five 45s plus ten previously unissued cuts from the label archives, all newly remastered from the original tapes. In these grooves you’ll find the missing link between the rocky, soulful Sly Stone of Stand! and the dark, drum machine-punctuated, overdubbed sound of There’s A Riot Going On. I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70 opens up the mysteries of an obscure but monumental phase in Stone’s career.

TRACKLIST:
1. You’re The One (Parts 1 & 2) – Little Sister
2. Just Like A Baby – Sly
3. Home Sweet Home (Part 2) – Joe Hicks
4. I’m Just Like You – 6IX
5. Somebody’s Watching You (full band version) – Little Sister
6. Life & Death In G & A (Parts 1 & 2) – Joe Hicks
7. Trying To Make You Feel Good – 6IX
8. Stanga – Little Sister
9. Dynamite – 6IX
10. You’re The One (early version) – Little Sister
11. Africa – Sly
12. I’m Goin’ Home (Part 1) – Joe Hicks
13. Somebody’s Watching You – Little Sister
14. You Can, We Can – 6IX
15. Spirit – Sly
16. I’m Just Like You (full band version) – 6IX
17. Scared – Sly
18. Dynamite (alternate version) – 6IX

Available from 07.11.2014

Iasos – Celestial Soul Portrait
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Iasos – Celestial Soul Portrait

Image: 1581637 Inspired by the infinitely numbered harmonies transmitted by Vista, a benevolent being from a distant dimension, Iasos broke ground for a new age of electronic sound manipulation. His was pioneering work—done from a bohemian boat-slip home office—on some of the first commercially available synthesizers and, on stage, into the kaliedoscopic heart of psychedelic-era concert visuals. As life-affirming and attuned to spirit as Iasos’ soul portraits were, prestigious psychology departments heard in them the tones humans hear at the precipice between life and death. Before ambient and New Age were so named and codified, the “Paradise Music” of Iasos—represented here by 13 selections transmitted between 1975 and 1985—brought Earth-transcriptions of a vast and galactic soundhealing to a planet much in need. Available from 13.09.2013

Dave Seaman
Monday, May 23rd, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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There aren’t many artists who’ve soundtracked the birth of dance music and are still leading its development more than two decades later. There are even less who have gifted both the club and pop scenes with unforgettable musical moments that get talked about in hushed tones years after their creation. Dave Seaman is one of […]

Fur Coat
Monday, August 17th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Hailing originally from Venezuela, and now based in Barcelona, Fur Coat’s story is one of passion for salsa and soul, blended with love for electronic music. It’s a tale of deep, dark driven beats and rolling grooves that both encapsulates the mind and moves the feet. It was this love of music that by chance […]

Camea
Monday, February 16th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Her sound can be described as Seattle cool meets Brooklyn edge meets Berlin chic, and it has secured her a regular tour schedule worldwide. Camea was born and raised in Seattle as a classical and jazz pianist and music enthusiast, and in her youth she studied a variety of instruments and played in several bands. […]

Clockwork
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Francesco Leali and Federico Maccherone are Clockwork. A project born in early 2010 but only officially launched in 2011 with the release of their debut EP “It’s You Again” on the UK based label Hot Creations that unexpectedly gave them the chance to work and perform with some of the most experienced, inspiring and valuable […]

Kate Simko
Monday, August 12th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Getting her start stateside alongside Matthew Dear, Ryan Elliott, and the Spectral Sound crew, Kate Simko has quietly, yet consistently, established herself as one of dance music’s rising stars. A diverse musician, Kate’s projects range from remixing Philip Glass, to composing film scores, to rocking jackin’ DJ sets, and producing her own melodic, Chicago-flavoured take […]

Catz ‘N Dogz
Monday, May 27th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Charts, Magazine | Comments Off on Catz ‘N Dogz

Their real names may be Grzegorz and Wojciech, but there have been plenty of others along the way: early DJ sets as Deeop and Ketiov, champions of the underground as 3 Channels, or simply ‘Greg and Voitek’ to their nearest and dearest. But no doubt, you’ll know them best as Catz ‘N Dogz. The duo’s […]

Staff Charts 2012
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Let me make one thing perfectly clear, 2012 was amazing! Number-one position in the German Media Control album charts, gold, platin, multiple awards – CRO took it all. The artist with the famous panda mask infected the entire country with his genre-bending mixture of rap and pop. Other artists / bands like alt-J, Anastacia, Baroness, […]

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