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Monophonics – Mirrors
Monday, January 15th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monophonics – Mirrors

Psychedelic-Soul/Funk Coverversionen von raren und klassischen Songs der Monophonics aus San Francisco. Gecovert werden Main Ingredient, The Invincibles, Black Merda, Frankie Valli and Nu People. Available from 16.02.2018

Monophonics – Mirrors (Ltd. Colored Vinyl)
Monday, January 15th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monophonics – Mirrors (Ltd. Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1617309 Fuzzed out and psychedelic covers of rare and classic tracks performed by San Francisco’s Monophonics.
Monophonics are back with a six-song EP that fuses the complimentary and explosive soul, rock and funk influences, proving themselves to be the rightful inheritors of the Bay Area’s impressive psychedelic soul sound. Mirrors is comprised entirely of cover tunes, except that I doubt you’ve ever heard of half the deeply funky and soulful originals that inspired these soulful, tastefully produced, and timeless Monophonics treatments. “We wanted to do a couple songs that were more familiar to people and then shine some light on groups we’re big into,” lead singer, keyboardist and co-producer Kelly Finnigan explains. It takes a lot of guts to cover your favorite songs, your van jams, that song you play as a shot of inspiration to break-up a marathon studio session. “Not only are these great songs, but these are artists that we listen to and are influenced by.”

“It’s not about making records that sound old, it’s about making records that sound cool,” Kelly says. Not that he and the other five members of Monophonics mind if you confuse their albums for classic-era recordings. Even musician friends regular mistake a sweaty and greasy Monophonics original for an unheard Bar-Kays’ side, or a deep soul cover tune might pass for an original to a novice ear, except that Kelly makes sure to give credit where credit is due, which is what they do explicitly on this EP, Mirrors.

Even the familiar tunes, iconic, better said, receive a fresh treatment as instrumentals, despite their ubiquity as vocal songs. The EP opens with a ‘tip of the cap’ to The Main Ingredient’s version of “Summer Breeze” before the band unfolds a hazy, mellow-funk opus worthy of inclusion on a Bob James CTI album. The next four songs, all featuring vocals, range from the lowrider soul ballad, a cover of the The Invicibles’ “My Heart Cries” with a pleading and plaintive vocal by Nicole Smith, to the psychedelic blues stomp, “Lying,” originally by the archetypical psychedelic soul band nearly signed to Motown, Black Merda. Add in Kelly’s monster vocal take on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Northern Soul classic, “Beggin” (to be released as a 7” single with an instrumental version on the b-side), and the deep-funk pop-soul of Nu People’s “I’d be Nowhere Without You” with back-up vocals by Jeanine Jones and Veronica Johnson, and you have a highly-entertaining, toe-tapping, backbone-slipping, masterclass in deep funk and soul.

The final tune is the band’s singular take on the Mamas and the Papas hippie standard, “California Dreaming,” as an explicit and heartfelt tribute to their fans in Greece. The discerning music lovers of Greece fell in love with Monophonics after their 2012 hit “Bang Bang” resulting in multiple tours of the Mediterranean, where these native Californians imbibed on the fine ouzo, good vibes, and Grecian hospitality. Gifted a prized bouzouki (a traditional Greek guitar) by a local fan, Monophonics’ guitarist Ian McDonald and band infused this classic pop song with a soulful cinematic air and Mediterranean flavor, evoking a tune from an imagined Fellini film with a soundtrack by David Axelrod.

Catch the band on the road this Spring to hear some of these songs, favorites and new tunes from their forthcoming LP.

Tracklist:
1. Summer Breeze
2. My Heart Cries
3. Beggin’
4. Lying
5. I’d Be Nowhere Today
6. California Dreaming Available from 16.02.2018

Mono/Poly & Alyss – Union
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mono/Poly & Alyss – Union

Image: 1612101 In defying the laws of tradition, Los Angeles based music sound designer
Mono/Poly (born Charles E. Dickerson) has managed to outstrip the
logics of multi-genre producing. Known for his distinct madness of face
melting bass, paired with his dreamy astral soundscapes of glitch-based
hip-hop, Mono/Poly has proved himself to be a natural phenomenon.
The new six-song self-released “Union” EP produced by Mono/Poly and
featuring stunning soulful UK vocalist Alyss includes the awe-inspiring
singles ‘Footprints’, ‘Violet Ray’ & ‘Golden Light’, as well as the stand-out
track ‘Choices’. Out now on digital download, with instrumentals due out
in October and the limited-edition metallic gold & black colored 12” vinyl.

1. Syrius B
2. Violet Ray
3. Footprints
4. Choices
5. Voyage On
6. Golden Light

• Metallic gold & black colored 12” vinyl
• Mono/Poly released Manifestations EP on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder Available from 20.10.2017

Orchestra Soledad – Vamonos / Let’s Go
Friday, May 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Orchestra Soledad – Vamonos / Let’s Go

Image: 1609897 BBE present a straight reissue of the ultra rare lost Latin album Vamonos / Let’s Go from The Orchestra Soledad .

Tracklist:
A1 El Ritmo Soledad
A2 I’ll Make You A Queen
A3 Cuero
A4 Vamonos / Let’s Go
A5 Uptight
B1 La Puerta Esta
B2 Problems
B3 Just Like A Fool
B4 Candela

Originally released in 1970 by little-known Chicago imprint Futuro, ‘Vamonos / Let’s Go!’ is the first and only album recorded by Brooklyn neighbourhood salsa band ‘The Orchestra Soledad’. Led by trombonist and singer Hector Ramos, the music of Orchestra Soledad is characterised by brash and energetic salsa arrangements created by Ramos himself, who also composed (or cocomposed) all of the music featured on the LP.
This ultra-rare record came to our attention courtesy of DJ Amir who discovered it (along with a ‘battle of the bands’ trophy that the band had won) in a shop located only blocks away from the Bushwick home of Hector
Ramos. Immediately captivated by the striking artwork and incredible music, Amir went on to include the track “El Ritmo Soledad” on his 2016 BBE compilation ‘Buena Música Y Cultura’, an album celebrating latin music from across the Americas. The Orchestra Soledad was made up of talented local kids (maybe local heroes), all dreaming of Fania All-Stars fame when they stepped in the studio, sadly destined never to ‘make it’. Yet this one shining album remains, a lasting testament to their brilliance. Raw, authentic 70s street salsa, all the recordings featured on ‘Vamonos/ Let’s Go!’ have a distinctly live, unpolished feel, evoking all the sweat and drama of a hot summer’s night in the barrios of Sunset Park, Bushwick or Williamsburg back in the day.

For Fans Of: Fania All-Stars, Buena Vista Social Club, Tito Puente, Joe Bataan. Available from 16.06.2017

Ikebe Shakedown / Monophonics – Curitiba Strut / Hanging On
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ikebe Shakedown / Monophonics – Curitiba Strut / Hanging On

Image: 1608008 Ikeb’s newest A-Side, “Curitiba Strut,” delves deep into disco, with four minutes of musical fire. Driven by the deep-pocketed pulse of its four-man rhythm section (Barnaby Alter, drums, Dave Bourla, percussion, Vince Chiarito, bass, Robin Schmidt, guitar) and one of the tightest horn trios on the East Coast (Mike Buckley, winds, Jason Colby, trumpet, Nadav Nirenberg, trombone), Curitiba takes flight. Adding in special guest Kelly Finnigan of the Monophonics on synth, this is a can’t-miss for DJs and dancers alike! Monophonics B Side “Hanging On” is what happens when California Psychedelic Pop meets Detroit Soul. Heavy Vocals and Horns lead the way over a steady groove of Drums, Fuzz Bass, transistor Organ and a whirling wave of 6 & 12 String guitars. Picked from their 2015 psych-soul gem ‘Sound of Sinning’, this California flip is a perfect Northern Soul answer for DJ’s and to balance such a heavy Afrofunk Instrumental on the A Side from one of Brooklyn’s finest bands!

• 1st 45 release on Transistor Sound
• Special edition split side
• Original music by 2 of the heaviest bands in the soul/funk scene
• A side is new unreleased music by Ikebe
• B side by Monophonics is off their popular LP Sound of Sinning
• Both sides are uptempo and DJ friendly
• Both bands have previous popular releases on Ubiquity & Colemine Records Available from 13.01.2017

Aaron Abernathy – Monologue
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Aaron Abernathy – Monologue

Image: 1606877 Monologue plays out like a novel, where the Abernathy’s expand
the perception of family over Ab’s expansion of the stripped down
Soul/R&B music we’re used to hearing. Whether he’s playing
piano, wurlitzer, synths, guitar, programming drums, live drums,
or arranging strings and horn lines, Ab’s mastery of musicianship
is on full display through Monologue’s array of colorful, complex
compositions, coupled with his rich, layered vocals.
The album opens with him honoring his parents on the whimsical,
Parliament-influenced selection “Son Of Larry,” followed by the
melodic up-tempo “Favorite Girl.” On both records, he praises his
father and mother and touches on their influence, words of wisdom
and bold love. On the groovy “Bachelorette,” where we’re introduced
to Ab’s pursuit of his high school love interest, the track gets an assist
from long-time collaborators and hip hop heavyweights Phonte and
Black Milk.
Ab displays his sultry edge on the Prince-inspired soul-pop records “I
See You” and “Pretty Kind,” which showcase his raw and playful vocal
lead. Doubt creeps in on the soulful mid-tempo “Play It Cool,” where
he questions if he should profess his love or take the approach of
the track’s title. The landmark moment in his story comes from the
wisdom in his father’s advice to be vulnerable, which leads us into
the brilliant composition and standout ballad “I Need To Know.” Ab
delivers his monologue on the title track, where he acknowledges his
mistakes and revels in his spirituality and newfound wisdom in love.
Monologue is a touching and refreshing album about family,
love, purpose and music. Ab has the ability to make listeners feel
connected, each song taking audiophiles on a trip back to their
childhood and the nostalgic feeling of young love. Whether you’re
a part of the Abernathy family or not, Ab opens the door for you to
come in and visit. After visiting for a little while, you too might find
your Monologue.

1. Son of Larry
2. Favorite Girl
3. Bachelorette (feat Phonte & Black Milk)
4. I See You
5. Pretty Kind
6. Kiss Me Again
7. Play it Cool
8. I Need to Know
9. When Reality Sets In (feat Zo!)
10. Ab is Gone Away (feat Nat Turner)
11. Monologue

• Album features Phonte, Black Milk, Zo!, and Nat Turner
• 14-city tour in EU in December 2016 opening for Black Milk,
following 14-city tour as opening act in April 2015.
• Abernathy has toured heavily as bandleader for Black
Milk and Nat Turner (250+ shows) throughout the US and
EU since 2010. Also previously acted as bandleader and
musical director for Slum Village (2007-2010) and performed
background vocals for Foreign Exchange (2011) Available from 13.01.2017

Overmono – Arla EP
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Overmono – Arla EP

Image: 1605849 Under their respective artist names Truss and Tessela, brothers Tom and Ed Russell have forged formidable individual reputations as producers. Defining tracks such as Truss’ ‘Kymin Lea’ and ‘Beacon’ and Tessela’s ‘Rough 2’ and ‘Hackney Parrot’ for the likes of R&S, Perc Trax, and their own Poly Kicks label, have encapsulated so much of what is exciting and vital in UK underground, electronic music.

Their new collaborative project Overmono, now sees Tom and Ed come together on record for the very first time,
In their own words…

“Despite doing some live shows together and the fact that we’re brothers, we hadn’t ever really written music together and wanted to start something new. We decided to head to a remote cottage in rural Wales, near to where we grew up. The trip ended up being the most creative stint either of us had ever had and after a week we had the foundations for Overmono.”

1. Olchon Flows
2. Lockner Union
3. C-Life
4. Winged
5. Programmer Available from 26.08.2016

Monophonics – Playin & Simple
Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monophonics – Playin & Simple

Image: 1604653 “Playin & Simple” ist das Debütalbum der allseits gefeierten Soul/Funk-Band Monophonics aus San Francisco aus dem Jahr 2007. Nun erscheint das spärlich vertriebene Album erneut und erstmalig international. Das stilistisch von den späten 60er und 70er Jahren inspirierte Quintett um Frontmann (und Keyboarder) Kelly Finnigan mit den weiteren Mitgliedern Austin Bohlman (Drums), Myles O’mahony (Bass), Ian Mcdonald (Gitarre) und Ryan Scott (Bläser), machte international erst mit seinem dritten Album “In Your Brain”, welches 2012 über Ubiquity erschien, auf sich aufmerksam und legte mit “Sound Of Sinning” (2015) eine Schippe drauf. Ein Muss für Fans von gleichgesinnten Künstlern auf Labels wie Daptone, Truth & Soul, Big Crown, Timmion, etc.

“Eine der besten Soul-Bands, die ich je live gesehen habe.” – Al Bell (Produzent / Mitinhaber von Stax Records) Available from 22.07.2016

Monophonics – Into The Infrasounds
Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monophonics – Into The Infrasounds

Image: 1604654 “Into The Infrasounds” ist das zweite Album der allseits gefeierten Soul/Funk-Band Monophonics aus San Francisco aus dem Jahr 2010. Nun erscheint das spärlich vertriebene Album erneut und erstmalig international. Das stilistisch von den späten 60er und 70er Jahren inspirierte Quintett um Frontmann (und Keyboarder) Kelly Finnigan mit den weiteren Mitgliedern Austin Bohlman (Drums), Myles O’mahony (Bass), Ian Mcdonald (Gitarre) und Ryan Scott (Bläser), machte international erst mit seinem dritten Album “In Your Brain”, welches 2012 über Ubiquity erschien, auf sich aufmerksam und legte mit “Sound Of Sinning” (2015) eine Schippe drauf. Ein Muss für Fans von gleichgesinnten Künstlern auf Labels wie Daptone, Truth & Soul, Big Crown, Timmion, etc. Available from 22.07.2016

Mono/Poly – Cryptic
Friday, January 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mono/Poly – Cryptic

Image: 1601533 Charles E. Dickerson, better known by his stage name MONO/POLY,
is an electronic music producer from Bakersfield, California, and now
residing in Los Angeles. MONO/POLY joined Flying Lotus’ record
label Brainfeeder in 2011 and released his debut EP “Manifestations”,
plus the glorious “Golden Skies” LP in Summer 2014.
The much anticipated follow-up is MONO/POLY’s 2016 musical
offering, “Cryptic” [HNR58], a nine-track EP of sterling sound
design. The dense yet dynamic 30-minute album is predominated by
MONO/POLY’s striking instrumental productions, with exception of
the stunner “Nocturne”, which features the haunting vocals of Seven
Davis Jr. (and guest bass by Thundercat).
MONO/POLY “Cryptic” will be available Monday January 4th, 2016
through Los Angeles-based imprint HIT+RUN, on limited-edition
marbled green 12” vinyl (in two distinct color ways – only 200 qty
of each pressed!) and housed in a hand-screenprinted cardboard
jacket, as well as digital downloads worldwide.

• Has released full length albums on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder
label
• Features screen printed jacket by the Hit & Run Crew
• Green Vinyl

1. Shapeshift
2. Crypto Bell
3. Drop Down
4. Intergalactic
5. Raw Power Moves
6. The Fuckin Real
7. Flooded
8. Nocturne Available from 05.02.2016

Mono & Nikitaman – Im Rauch Der Bengalen (M & N Records)
Friday, October 30th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Nach über 800 Liveshows kehren Mono & Nikitaman mit ihrem ersten neuen Album auf dem neugegründeten, eigenen Label zurück!

CD MN001-2
Release: 30-10-15
Drei Jahre nach ihrem letzten Album veröffentlichen Mono & Nikitaman nun “Im Rauch Der Bengalen”
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Ganze drei Jahre hat es gedauert. Drei Jahre, in denen nicht ganz sicher war, ob überhaupt noch mal ein neues Album von Mono & Nikitaman erscheinen würde. Aber jetzt ist 2015 und damit klar: Ja, Mono & Nikitaman haben eine neue Platte gemacht. Sie trägt den Titel “Im Rauch der Bengalen” und ist das bisher […]

Mini Moustache – Tu Es Plus Sexy Avec Moustache (Monohausen)
Friday, October 9th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Hypnotische Hymnen und pathetische Partysongs – das neue Album der französischen Wunderkinder des Disco-Pop setzt Maßstäbe.

CD MR007
Release: 09-10-15
Mono & Nikitaman – Im Rauch Der Bengalen
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mono & Nikitaman – Im Rauch Der Bengalen

Image: 1599542 Ganze drei Jahre hat es gedauert. Drei Jahre, in denen nicht ganz sicher war, ob überhaupt noch mal ein neues Album von Mono & Nikitaman erscheinen würde. Aber jetzt ist 2015 und damit klar: Ja, Mono & Nikitaman haben eine neue Platte gemacht. Sie trägt den Titel “Im Rauch der Bengalen” und ist das bisher beste Album der beiden.

“Wir haben uns durch unseren unbändigen Freiheitsdrang in den letzten Jahren etwas aufgebaut, aber sind irgendwann an einen Punkt gekommen, an dem wir uns durch unseren eigenen Perfektionismus und die Erwartungshaltung der anderen alles andere als frei gefühlt haben”, blicken M&N zurück. Die logische Konsequenz: Eine Auszeit von der Musik. Zuerst denken die beiden erst mal gar nicht mehr ans Texte schreiben oder Lieder machen – aber schon ein Jahr später stehen sie wieder gemeinsam im Studio, produzieren drauflos und schreiben gemeinsam erste Texte.

Irgendwann ist klar: Das was hier gerade ganz sorglos und ohne Druck entsteht, ist nichts anderes als “Im Rauch der Bengalen”, das fünfte gemeinsame Album von Mono & Nikitaman. “Dadurch, dass wir niemandem etwas schuldig waren und keiner auf etwas gewartet hat, haben wir ganz anders Musik gemacht als in den Jahren davor.” Die beiden stürzen sich nicht nur in die Produktionsarbeit, sondern arbeiten auch mit neuen Musikern zusammen und gründen ihr eigenes Label M&N Records. Ein echter Neustart. Available from 30.10.2015

Mono & Nikitaman – Im Rauch Der Bengalen (2LP+CD)
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mono & Nikitaman – Im Rauch Der Bengalen (2LP+CD)

Image: 1599540 Ganze drei Jahre hat es gedauert. Drei Jahre, in denen nicht ganz sicher war, ob überhaupt noch mal ein neues Album von Mono & Nikitaman erscheinen würde. Aber jetzt ist 2015 und damit klar: Ja, Mono & Nikitaman haben eine neue Platte gemacht. Sie trägt den Titel “Im Rauch der Bengalen” und ist das bisher beste Album der beiden.

“Wir haben uns durch unseren unbändigen Freiheitsdrang in den letzten Jahren etwas aufgebaut, aber sind irgendwann an einen Punkt gekommen, an dem wir uns durch unseren eigenen Perfektionismus und die Erwartungshaltung der anderen alles andere als frei gefühlt haben”, blicken M&N zurück. Die logische Konsequenz: Eine Auszeit von der Musik. Zuerst denken die beiden erst mal gar nicht mehr ans Texte schreiben oder Lieder machen – aber schon ein Jahr später stehen sie wieder gemeinsam im Studio, produzieren drauflos und schreiben gemeinsam erste Texte.

Irgendwann ist klar: Das was hier gerade ganz sorglos und ohne Druck entsteht, ist nichts anderes als “Im Rauch der Bengalen”, das fünfte gemeinsame Album von Mono & Nikitaman. “Dadurch, dass wir niemandem etwas schuldig waren und keiner auf etwas gewartet hat, haben wir ganz anders Musik gemacht als in den Jahren davor.” Die beiden stürzen sich nicht nur in die Produktionsarbeit, sondern arbeiten auch mit neuen Musikern zusammen und gründen ihr eigenes Label M&N Records. Ein echter Neustart. Available from 30.10.2015

Mono/Poly – Paramatma
Friday, August 21st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mono/Poly – Paramatma

Image: 1597877 Paramatma is the Supreme Soul, but in this case it’s the supreme sound. After two years of toiling, Mono/Poly debuted his first full-length release, Paramatma, on May 25, 2010. The album is a mix of dub-step beats, astral soundscapes, Eastern philosophy, Metaphysics, and politics. Paramatma has a range of sound that is as cohesive as it is open to experimentation, and the album is less individual tracks and more elements of a musical journey.

https://monopolytracks.bandcamp.com/album/paramatma

1. Art 9 01:47
2. Explosive Puppetry 02:54
3. False Flag 03:01
4. Black Box Matrix Death 03:31
5. Antibodies 04:34
6. The System Crumbles 02:45
7. Roots In Earth (Muladhara) 02:45
8. Waters Of Duality 09:45
9. Land Of Love / Star Grab 05:44
10. Analysis (DNA) Fire Passion 04:06
11. The Great Awakening 05:41
12. Spring Crossings 03:02
13. In the Air (Anahata) 03:35
14. Lucid Day Dreams 01:05
15. Vibration (Vishuddha) 01:25
16. The Minds Eye (Clarity & Vision) 02:18
17. Lets Take A Trip 08:15
18. Fire Works (Sahasrara) 02:40
19. 1000 Pedaled Lotus (Awakened) 01:44

Available from 30.10.2015

Mono In Stereo – Long For Yesterday
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mono In Stereo – Long For Yesterday

Image: 1598062 Your favorite torn, frayed jeans. A stack of Marshalls. That leather jacket you broke in so well that it wears you,
instead of the other way ’round. Low-slung Les Pauls. Raising your fists to your favorite anthem. Driving too damn
fast on an open road through the heartland, thinking about what could have been.
Rum Bar Records presents to you, the other
band from Rockford IL… Mono In Stereo!!
Formed by members of 90’s pop punk stalwarts Mulligan Stu, Billy Maynard, Kevin Kalen, and
Mike Melenas packed up their 6 and 4 strings, stacked up the amps, grabbed a six- pack, drove
their van into the ground, and with new skin basher Jordan Acosta in tow, hit the garage, cranked
up the volume, and churned out some serious heartland rock ‘n’ roll anthems for the punk rock
youth in all of us.
Saddle up to the Rum Bar and pound down ” Long For Yesterday”: 12 shots of adrenaline with
fist- pumping choruses, lyrics that’ll stick like gum to yer shoe, and belted- out vocals that’ll
stand the test of time and appeal to fans of The Gaslight Anthem, Jesse Malin, Old 97’s, Lucero,
Butch Walker, Husker Du, Superchunk…and that other band from Rockford IL, too.
Including the soon to be (or else!!) anthemic, gut- wrenching heartland hits “Long For Yesterday”,
“Monty Nolder”, “Start Again”, “Feels Alright”, and “Woke Up in Haight” (cause it feels
alright!!)

FFO: The Gaslight Anthem, Jesse Malin, Old 97s, Lucero, Butch Walker, Husker Du, Superchunk

1. Late Night Confessor
2. Long For Yesterday
3. What We Sang
4. Start Again
5. Monty Nolder
6. Born Again To Lose
7. Woke Up In Haight
8. Never Let It Go
9. Never Coming Down
10. Feels Alright
11. Bakersfield
12. Another Man’s Time
Available from 07.08.2015

Mono In Stereo – Long For Yesterday (Colored Vinyl)
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mono In Stereo – Long For Yesterday (Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1598064 Your favorite torn, frayed jeans. A stack of Marshalls. That leather jacket you broke in so well that it wears you,
instead of the other way ’round. Low-slung Les Pauls. Raising your fists to your favorite anthem. Driving too damn
fast on an open road through the heartland, thinking about what could have been.
Rum Bar Records presents to you, the other
band from Rockford IL… Mono In Stereo!!
Formed by members of 90’s pop punk stalwarts Mulligan Stu, Billy Maynard, Kevin Kalen, and
Mike Melenas packed up their 6 and 4 strings, stacked up the amps, grabbed a six- pack, drove
their van into the ground, and with new skin basher Jordan Acosta in tow, hit the garage, cranked
up the volume, and churned out some serious heartland rock ‘n’ roll anthems for the punk rock
youth in all of us.
Saddle up to the Rum Bar and pound down ” Long For Yesterday”: 12 shots of adrenaline with
fist- pumping choruses, lyrics that’ll stick like gum to yer shoe, and belted- out vocals that’ll
stand the test of time and appeal to fans of The Gaslight Anthem, Jesse Malin, Old 97’s, Lucero,
Butch Walker, Husker Du, Superchunk…and that other band from Rockford IL, too.
Including the soon to be (or else!!) anthemic, gut- wrenching heartland hits “Long For Yesterday”,
“Monty Nolder”, “Start Again”, “Feels Alright”, and “Woke Up in Haight” (cause it feels
alright!!)

FFO: The Gaslight Anthem, Jesse Malin, Old 97s, Lucero, Butch Walker, Husker Du, Superchunk

– VINYL INCLUDES OLD-SCHOOL LYRIC SHEET INSERT
– RECORDED IN FULL MONO-IN-STEREOPHONIC SOUND
– LP PRESSED ON LIMITED RED VINYL
– LP INCLUDES DOWNLOAD CARD
– MASTERED BY JUSTIN PERKINS AT THE MYSTERY ROOM
(SCREECHING WEASEL, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, TOMMY STINSON, SMOKING POPES, DAN VAPID)

1. Late Night Confessor
2. Long For Yesterday
3. What We Sang
4. Start Again
5. Monty Nolder
6. Born Again To Lose
7. Woke Up In Haight
8. Never Let It Go
9. Never Coming Down
10. Feels Alright
11. Bakersfield
12. Another Man’s Time
Available from 07.08.2015

Monophonics – Sound Of Sinning
Friday, April 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monophonics – Sound Of Sinning

Image: 1595945 Das “Sound Of Sinning” Album der amerikanischen Psychedelic-Soul-Sensation MONOPHONICS aus dem Jahr 2015 ist ein songtechnisch grandioses Groove-Manifest voller magischer Momente. ‘One of the best live soul bands I have ever seen’, so schwärmte AL BELL, Produzent, Songwriter und Mitbesitzer von Stax Records über die Band MONOPHONICS und Radio Eins konstatierte bereits zurecht: ‘…einer der derzeit heißesten Acts San Franciscos’. Gegründet vor über zehn Jahren, erspielte sich das stilistisch unüberhörbar in den späten sechziger und frühen siebziger Jahren verortete Quintett um Frontmann (und Keyboarder) KELLY FINNIGAN mit seinem Psychedelic-Soul-Mix mittlerweile einen festen Platz in der internationalen Spitzenliga des Genres. Mit bislang drei veröffentlichten Alben sowie diversen Singles und EPs im musikalischen Reisegepäck wird die Band, die in der Vergangenheit bereits mit hochkarätigen Kollegen wie AL GREEN, RODRIGUEZ, DENNIS COFFEY oder SYL JOHNSON gemeinsam auf der Bühne stand, ab Juni auch für einige Auftritte in Deutschland gastieren, um das Publikum mit ihrem furiosen Livesound zu elektrisieren. Doch zuvor wird mit ‘Sound Of Sinning’ nun endlich der von den Fans bereits sehnsüchtig erwartete neue Studio-Longplayer erscheinen, auf dem die fünf Spitzenmusiker ihre musikalischen Qualitäten erneut voll ausspielen. Stand der erfolgreiche Vorgänger ‘In Your Brain’ (2012) noch vornehmlich in der Tradition von FUNKADELIC, THE TEMPTATIONS / NORMAN WHITFIELD oder SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, so wurde hier die stilistische Palette mit Elementen aus 60s Pop / Rock, Psychedelia, Soul, Reggae und Doo-Wop gehörig erweitert. Druckvoll geerdet vom perfekt harmonisierenden Rhythmusteam AUSTIN BOHLMAN (Drums) und MYLES O’MAHONY (Bass) fusionieren die trippigen Fuzz-Exursionen von Gitarrist IAN MCDONALD mit den zwingenden Bläser-Arrangements von RYAN SCOTT und den atmosphärisch flirrenden Orgelsounds von KELLY FINNIGAN, der darüber hinaus mit beseelten Gesangsperformances zu überzeugen versteht, zum einem songtechnisch grandiosen Groove-Manifest voller magischer Momente. Available from 01.07.2016

Monophonics – Promises / Strange
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monophonics – Promises / Strange

Image: 1594865 The psychedelic soul boys are back with a two-sided
monster!! “Promises” is some heavy, heavy psych soul
with killer lead vocals from Kelly Finnigan. “Strange
Love” is a tripped out Beach Boys/Cali psych tune
that sounds like it was ripped straight from a late 60s
soundtrack! Available from 20.02.2015

Monophonics – Promises / Strange
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monophonics – Promises / Strange

Image: 1594865 The psychedelic soul boys are back with a two-sided
monster!! “Promises” is some heavy, heavy psych soul
with killer lead vocals from Kelly Finnigan. “Strange
Love” is a tripped out Beach Boys/Cali psych tune
that sounds like it was ripped straight from a late 60s
soundtrack! Available from 20.02.2015

Monoton – Monotonprodukt 02
Friday, September 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monoton – Monotonprodukt 02

Image: 1591750 Monoton wurde 1979 vom österreichischen Multimediakünstler Konrad Becker als Kunstprojekt gegründet. Im Jahr 1994 war er Mitbegründer des Instituts für New Culture Technologies / t0 und wurde Leiter von Public Netbase, einem legendären Zentrum für digitale Kommunikationskultur. Er ist gleichzeitig ein Initiator von WorldInformation.org und arbeitet kontinuierlich als Künstler, Forscher, Schriftsteller, Designer für interdisziplinäre Veranstaltungen, Veranstalter und Produzent. Zu den aktuellen konzeptionellen Projekten gehört Global-Security-Alliance.com. “Monotonprodukt 02” ist das erste Album des wegweisenden und einflussreichen Künstlers von 1980 und wird erstmalig wiederveröffentlicht. 1000 Exemplare, clear blue Vinyl, Inkl. Download Card. Available from 19.09.2014

Monoton – Monotonprodukt 07 (Pic.Disc)
Friday, August 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monoton – Monotonprodukt 07 (Pic.Disc)

Image: 1590871 Wiederveröffentlichung des zweiten Monoton Albums als Picture Disc, welches ursprünglich 1982 in 500er Auflage erschien und nun als Sammlerstück stark gesucht ist. Monoton wurde 1979 vom Multimediakünstler Konrad Becker als Kunstprojekt gegründet. Im Jahr 1994 war er Mitbegründer des Instituts für New Culture Technologies / t0 und wurde Leiter von Public Netbase, einem legendären Zentrum für digitale Kommunikationskultur. Er ist gleichzeitig ein Initiator von WorldInformation.org und arbeitet kontinuierlich als Künstler, Forscher, Schriftsteller, Designer für interdisziplinäre Veranstaltungen, Veranstalter und Produzent. Zu den aktuellen konzeptionellen Projekten gehört Global-Security-Alliance.com. Available from 01.08.2014

Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze / 51st Anniversary (mono)
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze / 51st Anniversary (mono)

The second single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, ‘Purple Haze’ coupled with ’51st Anniversary,’ as it was issued in the UK and Europe, showcases the artistry and mystique of Jimi Hendrix. It beckons us into his psychedelic world just as it did in spr…

Operations (Monoton) – Possession
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Operations (Monoton) – Possession

Image: 1585115 Electronic Arts-Pionier, Aktivist und Forscher Konrad Becker (aka Monoton) hat sich mit Sänger Sela für das Projekt Operations und das Album “Possession” zusammengetan. Die vier Song EP wurde in den Feedback Studios in Wien gemischt und erscheint als limitierte 10″. Available from 20.12.2013

Mono/Poly & KNX – 777.5
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mono/Poly & KNX – 777.5

1. MONO/POLY – Triad 2. KNX – drt3. KNX – kerwfew 4. KNX – dntkry 5. KNX – urluhv Available from 25.10.2013

Monoton – Monotonprodukt 07
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monoton – Monotonprodukt 07

Image: 1585120 Wiederveröffentlichung des zweiten Monoton Albums, welches ursprünglich 1982 in 500er Auflage erschien und nun als Sammlerstück stark gesucht ist. Monoton wurde 1979 vom Multimediakünstler Konrad Becker als Kunstprojekt gegründet. Im Jahr 1994 war er Mitbegründer des Instituts für New Culture Technologies / t0 und wurde Leiter von Public Netbase, einem legendären Zentrum für digitale Kommunikationskultur. Er ist gleichzeitig ein Initiator von WorldInformation.org und arbeitet kontinuierlich als Künstler, Forscher, Schriftsteller, Designer für interdisziplinäre Veranstaltungen, Veranstalter und Produzent. Zu den aktuellen konzeptionellen Projekten gehört Global-Security-Alliance.com. Available from 25.10.2013

The new record from SF based band Monophonics sits on the fuzzy psych side of soul and funk
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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The new record from San Francisco based band Monophonics entitled “In Your Brain” sits on the fuzzy psych side of soul and funk. Paying homage to innovators such as Sly Stone, Norman Whitfield and Funkedelic’s George Clinton, the 6 piece outfit displays their ability to put a moody stamp on each composition. Touching on everything […]

Monophonics
Monday, May 7th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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Psychedelic soul, sometimes called Black Rock, is a sub-genre of soul music, which mixes the characteristics of soul with psychedelic rock. It came to prominence in the late 1960s and continued into the 1970s, playing a major role in the development of soul and funk music. Over the past seven years, Monophonics have staked their […]

Ben Mono
Thursday, October 27th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Ben Mono is an artist whose diversity commands its own stylistic path. As a producer and DJ his unique framework of sound is always open to new influences and a wide range of directions. He is counted as one of the few musicians today who is a convincing mediator in the struggle between the different […]

Paucker – Miserable Junkie (Monohausen Records)
Monday, March 8th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Stuttgart-born musician/singer Paucker is a member of indie-jazz outfit Triband, and he already worked with well-known artists such as Joy Denalane and Thomas D. He now presents his solo debut album “Miserable Junkie” – a mixture of 60s beat music, psychedelic rock, indie and electro.

CD MR004-2
Release: 05-03-10
Mini Moustache – La Vie en Disco (Monohausen)
Monday, September 29th, 2008 | Tags: ,
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Punk meets Pornfunk meets Pop & goes Disco. Too individual to be mainstream, too epidemic for the underground … That’s Mini Moustache!

CD MR002-2
Release: 26-09-08
Ben Mono
Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 | Tags: ,
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Ben Mono – ambitious multi-player, producer, remixer and in-demand DJ from Munich – has built himself a solid reputation in the world of advanced discotainment during the past years. His debut album “Dual” was praised by critics for being “complex, deep, tight and authentic at the same time” (De:Bug). His tracks can be found constantly on heavy rotation in the playlists of supporters like Dave Clarke, Jazzanova, Funkstörung or Zombie Nation and – not enough name dropping yet – have been remixed by people like John Tejada, Sirius Mo, Landslide, Jean-Paul Bondy and Bell. Finally, after carefully polishing his latest compositions, Ben Mono is about to drop his long awaited sophomore effort: “Hit The Bit“.

“Hit The Bit” is the antithesis to the current minimal techno sound, slowing down the tempo and merging stripped down hip hop, techno sounds and booming electro. Ben Mono calls it ‘bit hop’. The album features guest appearances by Capitol A, Killa Kela, Jemini, Studio R, Jason Todd, Shane Fontane, Yo Majesty …

Munich based producer BEN MONO release his second album …
Friday, April 13th, 2007 | Posted in News | Comments Off on Munich based producer BEN MONO release his second album …

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Sunflowers – Castle Spell
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sunflowers – Castle Spell

Image: 1617359 Tongue twisting, teeth shattering, seizure inducing psych punk, noise pop stabs all the way from Europe’s California – Portugal.

Since 2014, the Portuguese duet has managed to cleanse the mind and body of all of those who crossed paths with them with over 100 wild shows where they’ve shared the stage with Oh Sees, Moon Duo, Black Lips, La Femme… and have played festivals such as Festival Indigènes (FR), Endless Daze Fest (SA) and Reverence Portugal (PT) to defend their first album, The Intergalactic Guide to Find the Red Cowboy (2016 – Cão da Garagem / 2017 – Only Lovers Records).

In 2018, the band returns with Castle Spell, their sophomore LP baring their characteristic meltdown of Larsen-effect-drenched riffs and acid bleached vocals into your stereo. One can say the band is young and restless, but they bring a well thought mutated slab of paranoia filled heavy shredders, while the hazed sunset fades away in the rearview mirror, darkening the desert and filling the air with some energized psych punk auras.

Castle Spell is a 10-story palace, each of them with its own atmosphere, its gloomy and murderous tenants, all narrated by Carol’s docile voice and Carlos’s intrusive howls. There’s more control and there’s more chaos, more insanity and mind-wandering trips, there’s more depth in its composition. A perfect soundtrack for those who wander into the dark alleys of the city.

Tracklist
01. The Siren (5:20) / 02. Castle Spell (4:05) / 03. The Maze (Act 1-2) (6:31) / 04. Signal Hill (4:03) 05. Sleepy Sun (4:03) / 06. Monomania (4:46) /07. Surfin’ with the Phantom (7:25) 08. Grieving Tomb (4:51) / 09. A Spasmatic Milkshake (3:16) / 10. We Have Always Lived in the Palace (7:18) Available from 23.02.2018

Orgone – Undercover Mixtape
Sunday, January 14th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Orgone – Undercover Mixtape

Image: 1617275 Orgone takes on 13 funk and soul classics! Otis Redding, Funkadelic,
The Meters, Aretha Franklin, Betty Wright, and Booker T are just a few
of the artists Orgone cover on this mixtape collection with some help
from friends as well! Expertly recorded and performed, you could make
an argument for some of these being better than the originals, but we’ll
suffice it to say that it’s a simply killer set from beginning to end

• 13 covers of classic funk, soul, and R&B covers
• Features friends from Breakestra, Monophonics and more
• Previous releases by Orgone have landed them on the Billboard “Hot Singles” charts during their release week
• 17,749 Spotify followers and 141,489 monthly listeners
• For listeners of Funkadelic, Sly & The Family Stone, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

1. The Black Five
2. Cynthy-Ruth
3. Look-A Py Py
4. Think
5. Nobody’s Fault but Mine
6. The Breakdown
7. All This Love That I’m Giving
8. Melting Pot
9. It’s Serious
10. Neither One of Us
11. It Ain’t No Use
12. Let Me Be Your Lovemaker
13. Cosmic Slop Available from 02.02.2018

Truncate
Sunday, December 31st, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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After being introduced to electronic music back in the early 90’s in Los Angeles, a teenage David Flores was hooked. He started DJing across Southern California on the DIY warehouses, desert, and rave circuit. His style then was as varied as the local scene – a myriad of sounds ranging from house to acid to […]

Buy Muy Drugs (Denmarks Vessey) – HyperDope / FWMA (ft. Yasiin Bey)
Thursday, December 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Buy Muy Drugs (Denmarks Vessey) – HyperDope / FWMA (ft. Yasiin Bey)

Image: 1617101 The Buy Muy Drugs’ (taste that venom!) macrocosm is a system animal
that manifests as our natural and physical world. Through an occidental
lens, the current collective experience captures a subversion of normality,
everything is not okay. The sway pharmaceutical monoliths have over
our policy-makers and subsequently, our lives, has effected all sectors
of society. This same power structure shapes the media we regard.
In order to cope with post-truths and fake news, people turn to hyper-
consumerism. In the age of alternative facts, we seek alternative drugs.
To create a truly psychedelic experience, this release has phonotropic
artwork that animates when viewed in camera at 30 frames per second,
in direct light, adding an extra layer to the experience.
The world – in which The Buy Muy Drugs exists – harbors concerted
cries from all walks of life: The voice of two black-market alchemists
with copious amounts of gold. An arcane chairman of a multinational
trap house getting high on his own supply of monoatomic gold (MFKZT,
manna). The working class, affected by the aftermath of MKFZT’s
commercial distribution, teeters in elevated levels of addiction. The
gentry’s license to manna-fest change enables the diet of big pharma-
philosopher’s stone.
All of this, in symphony, depicts a constant theme in history: man’s desire
to transcend the confines of the human condition and become gods.
The Buy Muy Drugs’ sound is 45 minutes of designer dissonance. An
Afro-Brazilian percussive mien hybridized with the aggressive, federally-
sanctioned genre: loom-bap. The bass-drunk 909s, programmed to
stomp mud-holes throughout the full-length’s soundscape, drive the
manic transitions between maximal bliss and minimal dystopia.
Celebrated perspectives include Yasiin Bey, Open Mike Eagle, Quelle
Chris, Billy The Kid, Sassi Blaque, Big Tone and Adad

• Features Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def (Black Star)
• Phonotropic artwork that animates when viewed in camera at 30 frames per second, in direct light
• Denmark Vessey has worked with Earl Sweatahirt, Yasiin Bey, Danny Brown, Snoop Dogg, Denaun Porter (D12), Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Quelle Chris, Exile, Blu, Fashawn, Aloe Blacc, and Dwele
• The full Buy Muy Drugs album features Yasiin Bey, Open Mike Eagle, Quelle Chris, Billy The Kid, Sassi Blaque, Big Tone and Adad

A. Hyperdope
B. FWMA Ft. Yasiin Bey Available from 02.02.2018

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

The Lightmen – Free As You Wanna Be
Friday, November 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Lightmen – Free As You Wanna Be

Image: 1616608 Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as
a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends
before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane.
Free As You Wanna Be predates the deep-set, maverick jazz issued by the likes of Tribe and Strata
East and is a harbinger of best of the 1970s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the
musical and cultural status quo.
This is the first time that Free As You Wanna Be has seen reissue, and it is presented in both the
issued stereo and previously unissued mono mixes as a double LP. Bubbha and his band’s story is
told in great detail by Houston music and cultural historian Lance Scott Walker (Houston Rap /
Houston Rap Tapes) and Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt, in a booklet that contains dozens of unpublished photographs.

A1. Creative Music • A2. Free As You Wanna Be
A3. High Pockets
B1. Talk Visit • B2. May ‘67
B3. #109 Psychosomatic • B4. Luke 23:32 – 49
C1. Creative Music (Mono)
C2. Free As You Wanna Be (Mono)
C3. High Pockets (Mono)
D1. Talk Visit (Mono) • D2. May ‘67 (Mono)
D3. #109 Psychosomatic (Mono)
D4. Luke 23:32 – 49 (Mono)

Revolutionary, spiritual jazz from the unlikely city
of Houston, Texas, reissued for the first time. Available from 15.12.2017

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