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Reto A Ichi – The Lapse of The Exchange / Alone Moving Often
Friday, October 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reto A Ichi – The Lapse of The Exchange / Alone Moving Often

Image: 1612085 From the 1971 Spanish translation of a popular Japanese
film and TV character comes the inspiration for a strange
and haunting series of sonic vignettes. Like the character
from which it takes its name — Zatoichi, a blind masseur
and gambler who is also a skilled swordsman — the music
coalesced outside the familiar contexts of rhythms, genres
and tropes. Written over a period of two years in the heart
of New York City and the nearby countryside, the two
albums that form the Reto A Ichi debut represent a return of
sorts for their creator, Guillermo Scott Herren. Known for
challenging norms and forging new paths as Prefuse 73,
with this new project Herren hews closer to the light
touches and compositional aspirations of early aliases like
Delarosa & Asora and Savath & Savalas. But even those
references only explain so much. Reto A’ichi is a project
that aims far beyond the easy expectations of genre,
instead seeking to draw listeners into the unexpected,
blind but never without guidance

TRACKLISTING CD 1
01 These Times Are Closing (Intro)
02 Gambling in the Snow
03 Let the Pianos Freeze
04 No Juntos
05 It’s Her Birthday
06 A Sword in the Rain
07 Zato Lullaby Pt.2
08 All Regrets
09 The Leaning Tower of Our Leaders
10 Tuesday Always Awful
11 Percussions, Hearts and Airs
12 Broad Plant Pt.2
13 These Times Are Closing (Outro)
14 Not Enough Gravity (Reprise)

TRACKLISTING CD 2
01 Criminality
02 The World According to West 50th Pt.1
03 So Contra
04 Pforever Reto
05 The World According to West 50th Pt.2
06 Duration Meditation
07 Everything in the Air
08 Magazine PM
09 Alone Moving Often
10 Noise Counter Melody
11 Mountainside Hillside
12 Ghost Arpeggio
13 I Think I’m Calm. I Think I’m Dry
14 Monday Be the Worst Day

KEY POINTS CD
• New alias of Guillermo Scott
Herren, also known as Prefuse 73
• 2xCD combines both LPs in
the series
• Contains comic visualization
of the music Available from 29.12.2017

Reto A Ichi – Alone Moving Often
Friday, October 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reto A Ichi – Alone Moving Often

Image: 1612083 Alone Moving Often, the second album, we find Reto A Ichi
away from the city, lost in the vastness of empty summer
houses and the complications that solitude brings. Sitting
in the prison of his own quiet, Reto A’ichi seeks to capture
the essence of silence: the compositions are stripped back
further (“Pforever Reto”), the instruments given prominence
(“So Contra”), and the chaos of the city replaced by the
cacophony of nature (“Criminality”).
To be alone, one must learn to constantly move in both
work and purpose. As the rest of the record unfolds, Reto A
Ichi comes to realize that nothing is ever truly quiet and that
to run from the world is to simply find yourself in another
part of it. A sense of acceptance for these unsettling
realities is reflected in the music, from the harsher tones
and frequencies that resonate throughout “Noise Counter
Melody” and “Ghost Arpeggio” to the heavy stroke of the
keys on “Alone Moving Often” and the haunting drone of
“Mountainside Hillside”.

TRACKLISTING LP
A1 Criminality
A2 The World According to West 50th Pt.1
A3 So Contra
A4 Pforever Reto
A5 The World According to West 50th Pt.2
A6 Duration Meditation
A7 Everything in the Air
B1 Magazine PM
B2 Alone Moving Often
B3 Noise Counter Melody
B4 Mountainside Hillside
B5 Ghost Arpeggio
B6 I Think I’m Calm. I Think I’m Dry
B7 Monday Be the Worst Day

KEY POINTS LP
• Part two of a two part series from
Reto A Ichi
• New alias of Guillermo Scott Herren,
also known as Prefuse 73
• LP includes download card Available from 17.11.2017

Reuben Bell – Superjock / Make Love To Funky Music
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reuben Bell – Superjock / Make Love To Funky Music

Image: 1611301 Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Reuben Bell began singing in local clubs. He first recorded for the local Murco label in 1967 before moving to the Silver Fox and House of Orange labels. In 1975 he released his first 45rpm single for Alarm Records (“Superjock” b/w “I Still Have To Say Goodbye”) which was produced by Wardell Quezergue. Neither side made any noise back then but 24 years later “Superjock” was included in DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist’s Brainfreeze mix.

Since then it has become a classic and it has been played constantly by hip hop and funk djs all around the world. It has appeared on a handful of (mainly bootleg) compilations over the years so we are proud to present the long-overdue, fully licensed re-issue on its original format.

You may check out Tramp’s “Countdown to… Soul” (TR-9067) compilation which contains “Superjock” as well as some other fine Rare Grooves. Available from 25.08.2017

Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music

Image: 488745 Repress! Dinosaur L is an alias donned by Arthur Russell, a man whose contribution to dance music from the
late seventies and through the eighties was formidable but only quietly acknowledged. His innovative
and left field dance records were way ahead of what people were used to hearing at the time.
He was a cellist who studied classical and Indian music. As well as his great strides in dance music he
was also involved in the New York downtown avant-garde music scene and produced some albums in
a more avant-garde/experimental vein as well as trying his own unique approach to pop. He scored
several hits on the underground New York dance scene at clubs like The Paradise Garage (Larry Levan
was a huge supporter). His biggest tunes, “Go Bang!” and “Is It All Over My Face?” were worldwide
club hits and are still played today as classics. His records have influenced the scene from his first
dance record in 1979 to the present day and his work has been much sampled.
Sadly Arthur died in 1992, but his music lives on and his influence is still felt on the dance music scene,
his tunes still sound great and are still moving many dancers around the world, so his spirit lives on.
Sleeping Bag Records and Traffic Entertainment Group is proud to present Dinosaur L’s “24->24
Music“ for the first time ever on double LP. Includes the original album tracklisting plus rare 12”
remixes and edits.

A1. #1 (You’re Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean)
A2. #5 (Go Bang!)
A3. #2 (No, Thank You)
B1. #7
B2. #3 (In The Corn Belt)
B3. #6 (Get Set)
C1. Clean On Your Bean #1
C2. #5 (Go Bang!) (Francois K Mix)
D1. Go Bang! (Thank You Arthur Edit)
D2. In The Corn Belt (Larry Levan Mix) Available from 08.09.2017

Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music

Image: 488745 Repress! Dinosaur L is an alias donned by Arthur Russell, a man whose contribution to dance music from the
late seventies and through the eighties was formidable but only quietly acknowledged. His innovative
and left field dance records were way ahead of what people were used to hearing at the time.
He was a cellist who studied classical and Indian music. As well as his great strides in dance music he
was also involved in the New York downtown avant-garde music scene and produced some albums in
a more avant-garde/experimental vein as well as trying his own unique approach to pop. He scored
several hits on the underground New York dance scene at clubs like The Paradise Garage (Larry Levan
was a huge supporter). His biggest tunes, “Go Bang!” and “Is It All Over My Face?” were worldwide
club hits and are still played today as classics. His records have influenced the scene from his first
dance record in 1979 to the present day and his work has been much sampled.
Sadly Arthur died in 1992, but his music lives on and his influence is still felt on the dance music scene,
his tunes still sound great and are still moving many dancers around the world, so his spirit lives on.
Sleeping Bag Records and Traffic Entertainment Group is proud to present Dinosaur L’s “24->24
Music“ for the first time ever on double LP. Includes the original album tracklisting plus rare 12”
remixes and edits.

A1. #1 (You’re Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean)
A2. #5 (Go Bang!)
A3. #2 (No, Thank You)
B1. #7
B2. #3 (In The Corn Belt)
B3. #6 (Get Set)
C1. Clean On Your Bean #1
C2. #5 (Go Bang!) (Francois K Mix)
D1. Go Bang! (Thank You Arthur Edit)
D2. In The Corn Belt (Larry Levan Mix) Available from 08.09.2017

Roy & Yvonne – Moving On
Friday, June 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Roy & Yvonne – Moving On

Image: 1610366 Two summers ago, Roy and Yvonne got together on a stage again
after 45 years dedicated to their personal lives away from their artistic
careers. Promoter and producer Mark Morales and Wally Caro, from
Los Angeles, were responsible for bringing Roy and Yvonne back to
where they belong, the stage, at an intimate and emotional concert
enjoyed by about a hundred people. During the following months
and until today, Roy and Yvonne continued what destiny had written
out for them since the day they were born: continue their musical
legacy worldwide. Roy and Yvonne have consolidated themselves
as generational musicians, able to adapt to changing times without
forgetting the roots or their music. They continue to please their
audiences here and there, often more committed and respectful than
their fellow islanders. No one is a prophet in his own land.
Speaking of the album, ‘Moving On’ invites us to dive deep into the
great sounds of Ska and Rocksteady music. For this occasion, Roy
and Yvonne worked with some fabulous studio musicians under the
direction of Teddy Garcia in Washington DC. Mixed by the renowned
producer Mike Mariconda, you can enjoy eight covers and two
original songs on this album that the artists have carefully selected
for your listening pleasure. The songs stand out for their intriguing
composition and arrangements adapted to Jamaican rhythms. Our
time travel commences with the first sounds in the album. The opener
shuffle ‘Surely I Love You’ is followed by ‘My Baby’ and ‘Ooh La La’.
‘My Jealous Eyes’ gives way to the lovely rocksteady ‘Someday’. ‘You
Brought Me Back To Life’ is another great Rocksteady track sung by
Yvonne Harrison. The two original songs ‘Moving On’ and ‘You Say
No’ deserve a special mention, with the former being the name giver
to the album. After this journey through different grooves, Mr. Panton
waves goodbye with the fearless reggae rhythm ‘I Dig You Baby’, he
did not have much opportunity to highlight this style in his career,
but it shows once again the courage, passion and dedication with
which he continues to exceed his fans’ expectations with new and
danceable rhythms.
‘Moving On’ is a talisman that will surely bring more and new success
to Roy and Yvonne. You hold in your hands the first studio album
recorded by the duo throughout their career. And from this day, it has
already become a classic and a collector’s item

1. Surely I Love You
2. My Baby
3. Ohh La La
4. My Jealous Eyes
5. Someday
6. You Brought Me Back to Life
7. I’m In Love With A Girl
8. Moving On
9. You Say No
10. I Dig You Baby

• ‘Moving On’ invites us to dive deep into the great sounds of Ska and Rocksteady music

• You can enjoy eight covers and two original songs on this album that the artists have carefully selected for your listening pleasure

• This independent label has been tirelessly devoted to Jamaican sounds, putting out original recordings of great artists such as Derrick Morgan, Dave Barker, Dennis Alcaponne, Laurel Aitken, The Skatalites, Roy Ellis or Ken Boothe Available from 28.07.2017

Hunee – Hunch Music
Friday, May 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hunee – Hunch Music

Image: 1597154 Hunee presents his debut album “Hunch Music” this Spring. “Hunch Music” is the striking assembly of the artist’s versatile inspirations and productional talent. It is a rich musical journey that latches onto you and doesn’t let go easily.
Hun Choi, better known as Hunee, is a Korean Berliner who moved to Amsterdam over a year ago. In Berlin he used to work in a record store where he could extend his unquenchable enthusiasm for music. The connection with Rush Hour was a natural continuation of his musical path.

Firstly the DJ emerged, secondly the producer. As a DJ, Hunee manifested himself as a fine connoisseur of classic and contemporary music. Always smiling, he is determined to share every fine record he finds with the world. Over the past few years, Hunee the producer has put out some highly acclaimed EPs, but only a handful. The producer went quiet for a moment, but “Hunch Music” proves Hunee’s unstoppable character.

“Hunch Music” is rather special: it is a cinematic journey from the beginning to the end, with scenes we haven’t encountered before. It starts with “Woods” as the perfect introduction – a moody, mystic night haze that quickly changes into a warm and soothing whole. Following with “Crossroads”, the mystery transcends into something that moves us to the dance floor, and we’re not sure whether we want to keep moving or we just want to listen. “Hunch Music” has a nocturnal aura, an organic groove, and moments of glorious acid. It takes us up and throws us down, gently, while subjecting us to many cinematic and musical elements.

For an artist who is also an avid vinyl collector, it might be difficult to ensure that his numerous inspirations do not distract from his artistic signature. Hunee’s production work is as colorful as his character, displaying a broad spectrum of his inspirations that manifest themselves in a surprising and seductive artistic entity.

1. Woods
2. Cross Road
3. Burning Flower
4. Error Of The Average
5. Silent Sensations
6. Hiding The Moon
7. Rare Happiness
8. The World
9. Bruises
10. Amo (Admiration)
Available from 26.06.2015

Hunee – Hunch Music
Friday, May 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hunee – Hunch Music

Image: 1597154 Hunee presents his debut album “Hunch Music” this Spring. “Hunch Music” is the striking assembly of the artist’s versatile inspirations and productional talent. It is a rich musical journey that latches onto you and doesn’t let go easily.
Hun Choi, better known as Hunee, is a Korean Berliner who moved to Amsterdam over a year ago. In Berlin he used to work in a record store where he could extend his unquenchable enthusiasm for music. The connection with Rush Hour was a natural continuation of his musical path.

Firstly the DJ emerged, secondly the producer. As a DJ, Hunee manifested himself as a fine connoisseur of classic and contemporary music. Always smiling, he is determined to share every fine record he finds with the world. Over the past few years, Hunee the producer has put out some highly acclaimed EPs, but only a handful. The producer went quiet for a moment, but “Hunch Music” proves Hunee’s unstoppable character.

“Hunch Music” is rather special: it is a cinematic journey from the beginning to the end, with scenes we haven’t encountered before. It starts with “Woods” as the perfect introduction – a moody, mystic night haze that quickly changes into a warm and soothing whole. Following with “Crossroads”, the mystery transcends into something that moves us to the dance floor, and we’re not sure whether we want to keep moving or we just want to listen. “Hunch Music” has a nocturnal aura, an organic groove, and moments of glorious acid. It takes us up and throws us down, gently, while subjecting us to many cinematic and musical elements.

For an artist who is also an avid vinyl collector, it might be difficult to ensure that his numerous inspirations do not distract from his artistic signature. Hunee’s production work is as colorful as his character, displaying a broad spectrum of his inspirations that manifest themselves in a surprising and seductive artistic entity.

1. Woods
2. Cross Road
3. Burning Flower
4. Error Of The Average
5. Silent Sensations
6. Hiding The Moon
7. Rare Happiness
8. The World
9. Bruises
10. Amo (Admiration)
Available from 26.06.2015

DW Edits – This Is The Music We Dance To
Saturday, September 27th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DW Edits – This Is The Music We Dance To

Image: 1592917 A very warm welcome back to the marvellous CREATIVE USE imprint. Life in the Balearic fast lane, may well be moving at a distinctly slower rate than fans of this cult label may like, but we like to think each carefully considered and crafted release is worth the wait!

Kelvin Andrews’ world famous stable for his own and likeminded producers (like Mark E & Mark Seven to name but two) secret DJ weapons is back to the fray with another 3 track salute to exceptional dancefloor moments.

A diverse trio of 45’s provide the inspiration for their tenth excursion, as a lovingly amended Funk beauty sits alongside Indian infused Mexican Rock & Jazz-Fusion gems, which are all subjected to the highest quality creative use treatment!

As with all the previous Creative Use 12’s, we’re expecting this to sell out on presale, so figures ASAP please. Available from 17.10.2014

Various – Tomorrow’s Achievements: Parry Music Library 76-86
Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Tomorrow’s Achievements: Parry Music Library 76-86

Image: 1576792 This is Tomorrow’s Achievements, an exclusive Public Information foray into the Canadian Library institution, Parry Music. With access granted by founder John Parry Public Information have selected twenty-five of their favourite electronic tracks, an early autumn heat-wave of perfect melody. Parry Music was founded in Toronto, 1974 by John Parry and Chris Stone. John was formerly a manager of revered UK library Chappell Music and Chris was a Canadian music consultant, both brought some familiar musicians to the table.

Johnny Hawksworth, Robin Artus, Paul Kass, Nino Nardini (close allies with Roger Roger) are on board Tomorrow’s Achievements. At the same time, a little known Canadian Library musician who features heavily, Harry Forbes. Forbes is the real driving force of P.I.’s Parry-Love, a master of imminent, hummable melody, sublime synth miniatures baked in sweetness.

Elsewhere, the other players in proto-Balearic house, groovy electronic disco, spooked choral drone, freaked-modular scorch and weird Radiophonic bleep. These are the soundtracks to movie car chases never known, lost kids TV shows never realized, radio-ads never broadcast – music to make your ears sing for more.

A compliation put together piece by piece at Public Information HQ, lovingly re-mastered by Rashad at D&M, with artwork by Jack Featherstone.

A1. Dawn Light: Robin Artus
A2. Bio-Rhythm: Paul Kass
A3. Digits: Harry Forbes
A4: New Invention: Nino Nardini
A5 Solar Energy: Russ Walker
A6: Alpha Micro: Robin Artus / Paul Kass
A7: Builders 2: Harry Forbes
A8: Integrator: Hermann Langschwert
A9: Sonic Rhythm: Barry Schleifer
A10: Technomobile No.2: E Grenga / C Lawry / D Stevens
A11: Future Directions: Rick Miller
A12: Turbo Motion: Robin Artus / Paul Kass
A13: Automation: Robin Artus / Paul Kass
A14: Utilities: Harry Forbes
B1: The Beginning: Johnny Hawksworth
B2: Time Lapse: Harry Forbes
B3: Poseidon: Paul Williams
B4: Cuboid: Kerry Beaumont
B5: Remote Control: Harry Forbes
B6: Moving Patterns: Barry Schleifer
B7: Instroscan No.2: Paul Kass
B8: Communications : Harry Forbes
B9: Panorama No.2 : Robin Artus / Paul Kass
B10: Drone No.1: Harry Forbes
B11: Tomorrow’s Achievements: Harry Forbes Available from 08.08.2014

Break – Moving On / On The Off
Monday, July 14th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Break – Moving On / On The Off

Image: 1590054 Horizons Music presents their first ever solo single from the one and only, Break. Constantly a prominent producer within Drum & Bass for obvious reasons, the Bristol based producer and Symmetry label boss is renowned for his snappy drums, taut basslines and impeccable production. Not many can muster the level of feel-good vibe, whilst keeping a powerful, yet clean and controlled production value, making Break one of the most unique producers today.

‘Moving On’ is smattered with sun glazed saxophone and guitar licks, reminiscent of tracks from his debut album ‘Symmetry’. Whilst ‘On the Off’ dynamically shifts into weightier regions, combining heavy bass stabs with a steadfast drum pattern that confidently cuts through the mix. Available from 23.06.2014

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Mother Mother / Never Moving (Remixes)
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fat Freddy’s Drop – Mother Mother / Never Moving (Remixes)

Image: 1587230 After a monster 2013 , Fat Freddys Drop, are releasing 2! Mother Mother , Never Movin remixes 12’s. One featuring a remix from the incomparable Theo Parrish both pressed on 180 gram vinyl and sure to sell out.

After a barnstorming 2013 Fat Freddy’s Drop are back with two brand new 12” singles with reworkings from Theo Parrish, Ashley Beedle & Darren Morris and Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy & Andy Yamwho?. 
 
The first of the set features a vocal and an instrumental translation of ‘Mother Mother’ from Theo Parrish. The Detroit producer and DJ delivers a masterful yet twisted, ten-minute-plus re-wiring of Fat  Freddy’s Drop’s soulful, techno-tinged workout. Taken from the New Zealand’s 3  LP ‘Blackbird’, 

Gilles Peterson described the original as “an incredible piece of music.”  
 

‘Mother Mother’ gets the four-to-the-floor treatment from Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy & Andy Yamwho? on the A-Side to the second 12”. 
On the flip side is Ashley Beedle & Darren Morris’s cosmic ‘Afrikanz On Marz’ remix of ‘Never Moving’, also lifted from the ‘Blackbird’ LP.   

KEY SELLING POINTS 
• Previously unreleased remixes from Theo Parrish, Ashley Beedle & Darren Morris and Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy & Andy Yamwho? 
• European summer headline festival shows at Soundwave, Secret Garden Party and many more  
• Biggest ever headline show at Alexandra Palace in London in October. 
• Recorded highest global chart positions with ‘Blackbird’    

A: Mother Mother (Colleen ‘Cosomo’ Murphy & Andy Yamwho? Cosmodelica Remix) 
B: Never Moving (Ashely Beedle & Darren Morris Africanz On Marz Remix)  

Available from 21.03.2014

Moving from behind-the-scenes producer to frontman breakthrough artist, 88-Keys presents his first solo album …
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Moving from behind-the-scenes producer to frontman breakthrough artist, 88-Keys presents his first solo album “The Death Of Adam” on Decon Records. A highly conceptual release, “The Death Of Adam” examines humankind’s most common storyline: the relationships between men and women. The album, executive produced by longtime friend Kanye West will be an introduction to 88-Keys, […]

DOM & ROLAND release his third album “Chronology” on Moving Shadow …
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MOVING Records’ “Soil:Sole” EP in the stores now …
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OST/Egil Monn-Iversen Orchestra – Himmel Og Helvete
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on OST/Egil Monn-Iversen Orchestra – Himmel Og Helvete

Image: 1609386 Moving Music records present the previous unreleased soundtrack to the Norwegian cult movie, Heaven and Hell. A soundtrack written and composed by Norwegian maestro Egil Monn-Iversen. It features some of the key Norwegian jazz musicians, Terje Rypdal, Jan Garbarek and the late Svein Christiansen. Jan Erik Kongshaug mixed the session.

It was originally recorded summer 1969 and planned for a full release, but it never happened, until now! One of the most exciting Norwegian releases this year.

Egil Monn-Iversen nearly perfect score borrows elements from John Barrry and Lalo Schifrin soundtrack music, the opening theme song, sung by Inger Lise Rypdal sounds like it could be a Norwegian Bond movie theme! Key players are hired in from the late 60’s Norwegian jazz-scene and you can hear early talents like Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal in full bloom! The result is a vivid soundtrack that could rank up with any good 60s 70s European groovy soundtrack score!

Tracklisting
1 Heaven and Hell
2 Pythagoras
3 Zatek’s Theme
4 Club 13
5 The Vigelandspark
6 Zatek’s Theme 2
7 Meeting with Hash
8 Østerdalgate Blues
9 Freakout
10 Heaven and Hell (Instrumental)

Available from 31.03.2017

Albert Ayler – Bells
Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Albert Ayler – Bells

Image: 1611980 Undisputed ESP-Disk classic back in print!

Track Listing/ISRCs:
A:1. “Bells” 19:45
B:1: “Vibrations” (a.k.a. “[tune Q]2”) 7:49

Personnel: A:1: Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone,
Donald Ayler, trumpet, Charles Tyler, alto
saxophone, Lewis Worrell, bass, Sunny Murray,
drums. Recorded live at Town Hall, New York City,
May 1, 1965. Engineer: Richard Alderson
B:1: Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone, Gary Peacock,
bass, Sunny Murray, drums.

Recorded at Variety Arts Studio, New York City, July 10, 1964.
Engineer: unknown. Sound file/mastering
courtesy of Martin Davidson.

All compositions by Albert Ayler (Syndicore Music BMI).

Overview: The transitional Bells was just under 20 minutes, released originally as one side of a clear vinyl LP with the
other side empty of music. It was recorded at a May 1, 1965 Town Hall concert of ESP artists, displaying Ayler’s new
group, which added Albert’s brother Donald and Charles Tyler. The denser sound of “Bells” shows Ayler moving towards
the bigger sonic statement made on Spirits Rejoice, his September 23, 1965 Judson Hall session. By the way, “Bells” as
heard here is not, in fact, a single composition, rather, it is a medley moving from “Holy Ghost” to an unnamed theme
and then into “Bells” proper. ESP-Disk’ founder Bernard Stollman was so excited by Bells that it was released without
delaying to record additional music to fill the other side of the LP. Both Donald Ayler and Charles Tyler were making
their recorded debuts, Tyler would go on to record for ESP as a leader (ESP1029, Charles Tyler Ensemble, and ESP1059,
Eastern Man Alone).
One vinyl pressing of Spiritual Unity in the ’60s substituted a different track for “Spirits.” Mr. Stollman had no memory of
how this had happened, but it was subsequently corrected and became a rarity known only to rabid collectors and ESP
fanatics. The one that is on all the CDs (except for one Japanese release with both) and all the rest of the vinyl editions is
the same tune as what is titled “Saints” on Witches & Devils (AKA Spirits, recorded on February 24, 1964). The
anomalous substitution, which does sound somewhat similar, is the same tune known as “Vibrations” on the album
Vibrations (AKA Ghosts) and as “[tune Q]2” in Revenant’s Holy Ghost box set. Martin Davidson (owner of Emanem,
another indie label responsible for many groundbreaking jazz releases) suggested we include this mysterious rarity on
our 50th anniversary CD edition of Spiritual Unity, and supplied the sound file, for which we are grateful. We have kept
the vinyl edition of Spiritual Unity as originally intended. How to get it out on vinyl, then? Well, Bells has long had plenty
of open space on its B-side…
Press Quotes:
“…tenorman Albert Ayler has probably, next to Coltrane and Cecil Taylor, held the most sway on the direction of
improvisation from a “thematic” or ˜phrase-based” approach to that of a purely sonic one.” – Clifford Allen, All About
Jazz Available from 01.12.2017

Pharoah Sanders – Pharoah Sanders Quintet
Thursday, October 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pharoah Sanders – Pharoah Sanders Quintet

ESP-Disk present Pharaoh Sanders Quintet Recorded on September 10, 1964, prior to his well-known association with John Coltrane, this eponymous album (later renamed Pharoah’s First) is the debut release of the iconic tenor saxophonist. Track ListingSi…

Reto A Ichi – The Lapse of The Exchange
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reto A Ichi – The Lapse of The Exchange

Image: 1612084 The Lapse of Exchange, is the sound of life as heard from a small
Chinatown window in downtown Manhattan, the thunder of populism on the horizon. The album opens with music that reflects the
inherent tension between the life of the artist — the self-doubt, the
late nights, the aspirations — and the world outside — the hustle
and bustle of a city that never sleeps, the wars abroad, the
politicians at home.
It’s a tension felt in the repeating, circling keys of “Let The Pianos
Freeze”, the pulsating rhythms of “No Juntos”, or the call and
response of pitched vocal samples in “A Sword In The Rain”.
Ultimately it all becomes too much for our unwitting hero: the car
horns outside the window, the 24 hour news cycle, the early
stages of an election that tears down any remaining semblance of
normality. Reto A’ichi can no longer grasp his humanity or connect
to that of people around him. With the walls closing in, he packs
his small life and escapes. This change in situation is reflected in
the second half of the album, with tension giving way to a rush of
emotions: modulated elation on “All Regrets”, sweeping melancholy on “Tuesdays Always Awful”, and soaring hope on “Broad
Plant Pt.2″.

TRACKLISTING LP
A1 These Times Are Closing (Intro)
A2 Gambling In The Snow
A3 Let The Pianos Freeze
A4 No Juntos
A5 It’s Her Birthday
A6 A Sword In The Rain
A7 Zato Lullaby Pt.2
B1 All Regrets
B2 The Leaning Tower Of Our Leaders
B3 Tuesday Always Awful
B4 Percussions, Hearts And Airs
B5 Broad Plant Pt.2
B6 These Times Are Closing (Outro)
B7 Not Enough Gravity (Reprise)

KEY POINTS LP
• Part one of a two part series from Reto A Ichi
• Second album Alone Moving Often coming
late November
• New alias of Guillermo Scott Herren,
also known as Prefuse 73
• LP includes download card Available from 29.12.2017

Paul Bley Trio – Closer
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Paul Bley Trio – Closer

Image: 1611979 Undisputed ESP-Disk classic back in print!

Track Listing:
Side A
1. Ida Lupino 2:55
2. Start 2:21
3. Closer 3:28
4. Sideways in Mexico 2:56
5. Batterie 3:17
Side B
1. And Now the Queen 2:17
2. Figfoot 3:23
3. Crossroads 2:31
4. Violin 2:57
5. Cartoon 2:16

Personnel:
Paul Bley, piano, Steve Swallow, bass, Barry Altschul, percussion

Overview:
When Oscar Peterson moved from Montreal to New York in 1949, then-17-year-old Bley took over Peterson’s residency at the
Alberta Lounge on Oscar’s recommendation, in his twenties, Bley played with Charlie Parker. Bley incorporated maverick
pianist Lennie Tristano’s approach to improvisation and collaborated with Charles Mingus, and in 1958 in Los Angeles
famously put together a band with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins. His move into free
improvisation in the groundbreaking Jimmy Giuffre 3 brought him acclaim. After moving to New York, he was one of the
performers at the Cellar Café in Bill Dixon’s “October Revolution in Jazz” four-day festival, which led to Bley being one of the
co-founders shortly thereafter of the Jazz Composers Guild. It was in the midst of that fabled month that Bley recorded his
first LP for ESP-Disk’ (sixth overall to that point), Barrage. Bley returned to the studio for his second ESP-Disk’ LP a bit less than
two months later. Closer finds Bley again heavily featuring then-wife Carla’s compositions, she’s credited on seven of the ten
tracks, including two also heard on Barrage, “Batterie” and “And Now the Queen.” They sound quite different on this quieter
trio date, and the performances are more concise (no track tops the 3:30 mark). Paul included one of his own tunes, “Figfoot,”
as well as Ornette Coleman’s “Crossroads” and future wife Annette Peacock’s “Cartoon.” Closer features the distinctive
pianism we’ve come to associate with Bley in one of its earliest recorded manifestations. The other players are fellow Jimmy
Giuffre 3 member Swallow and, in his recording debut, Altschul.
Press Quotes:
“The interplay between these three is startling in how tightly woven they are melodically and harmonically.” – Thom Jurek, All
Music Guide
“In the final analysis, however, it is his vision that propels the music forward. He fills it with vigor and dynamism, with space
and lyricism, nothing is out of focus, every challenge is within his grasp. His eloquence is shaped by his ability to balance
silence with sound, as well as his penchant for, and skill with, unusual phrasing.” – Jerry D’Souza, All About Jazz
“…a wonderful, poetic anomaly. In an era where velocity and raw story-telling were required currency, Closer had a lyrical,
Haiku-like simplicity — recalling the Japanese poet Basho’s line ‘something like a hidden glimmering.’ […] In Bley’s hands the
freedom of jazz manifests itself in the negotiating of borders and edges, between skittering, conversational interplay, serene
space and the heart-strained melodic intimacy on the part of his bandmates ” – Matt Fleeger, The New Thing, KMHD-FM Available from 06.10.2017

Space Captain – All Flowers In Time (LP+MP3)
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Space Captain – All Flowers In Time (LP+MP3)

Image: 1611800 ‘All Flowers In Time’ is the debut album from Space Captain, built around the themes of love and nostalgia with a pinch of bitterness and betrayal. With intricate arrangements of fluttering guitars, sparkly keyboards, and cyclical layers of background vocals, all bound together with dreamy indie-pop melodies for a sweet curve-ball of a finish, this beautifully crafted release takes the Brooklyn 7 piece to new heights.

Extensive influences range from Thundercat through Amy Winehouse to Bon Iver, but Space Captain are never anything but themselves, as this release shows. It sees the band moving away from the electronic and experimental sounds of their previous EP, instead taking them back to when they first formed, whilst also pushing the boundaries of their familiar R&B realm. For the band, ‘All Flowers In Time’ quite literally signifies the flowering of their careers and the work they have put in to get there.

“Really interesting…a sound of their own” – Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music)
“Brave new, soulful sounds” – DJ Mag
“A planetary collision between otherworldly flights and earthly crawls… beautiful” – The Wire
“Space Captain’s music carries an energy and originality that deserves listening to” – The Deli

LP
A1. Side Eye
A2. Blue
A3. Daybreak
A4. Sycamore
A5. Loveline / The Drive Home
B1. Cells
B2. Hollow
B3. Hours
B4. Flood Available from 01.12.2017

DJ Vadim & Blackstone – Double Sided
Friday, September 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Vadim & Blackstone – Double Sided

Image: 1611443 Recording and touring together on and off for several years now, sonic journeyman DJ Vadim and Californian songwriter Katrina Blackstone unveil their long awaited full-length album ‘Double Sided’, released on BBE Music.

Tracklist:
1. Burning Love
2. Double Sided
3. Luv 2 Luv
4. Choose feat. Aima the Dreamer
5. No No No feat. Tiggy Tafari
6. Re Run
7. Been Waiting All Night
8. Stand Up feat. Parly B
9. Ride Slow
10. That’s Not Me feat. Aima the Dreamer
11. Magnetic feat. Dakini Star
12. How Long
13. Shoop Shoop feat. Pugs Atomz
14. Rewind

Recording and touring together on and off for several years now, sonic journeyman DJ Vadim and Californian songwriter Katrina Blackstone unveil their long awaited full-length album
‘Double Sided’, released on BBE Music. After providing a pair of stellar guest appearances on Vadim’s 2014 ‘Dubcatcher’ album, Katrina Blackstone joined Vad on tour and the duo have
been steadily laying down tracks ever since. Eschewing samples in favour of drum machines, guitars and a dizzying array of synths, Vadim’s compositions on ‘Double Sided’ range from
dubby downtempo grooves to upbeat afroboogie business. Katrina’s crystal clear vocals, catchy melodies and highly relatable lyrics provide the perfect foil for Vadim’s raw
productions.
Katrina Blackstone has previously worked with cult downtempo artists Bluetech & Dr Israel, as well as appearing alongside Killah Priest on the sadly unreleased “Legba’s Light” project created by Ron Carter, Brian Jackson and Mike Clark. Born in Tennessee, she studied vocal performance and jazz at the prestigious New School University in New York before moving the San Francisco, where she continues to record and perform tirelessly.
Russian born, London bred and now residing in Barcelona, DJ Vadim has built a formidable reputation as one of the world’s hardest working DJs and producers. During his long and fruitful career he’s worked with artists as varied as Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Prince, Kraftwerk and Paul Weller. Constantly touring and creating, Vadim has been working with BBE since 2007’s ‘Soundcatcher’. Ten years later, ’Double Sided’ will be his 7th album on the label.
Available from 20.10.2017

Sudan Archives – Sudan Archives
Friday, September 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sudan Archives – Sudan Archives

Image: 1611489 23 year-old violinist and vocalist, Sudan Archives writes, plays, and
produces her own music. Drawing inspiration from Sudanese fddlers,
she is self-taught on the violin, and her unique songs also fold in
elements of R&B, and experimental electronic music.
Sudan Archives grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she “messed around
with instruments in the house” and took up violin in the fourth grade,
eventually teaching herself how to play the instrument by ear. When she
discovered the violin playing style of Northeast Africa, her eyes opened
to the possibilities of the instrument. “The way they played it was different
from classical music. I resonated with the style, and I was like, ‘Maybe I
can use this style with electronic music,’” she says.
This fusing of folk music and electronic production was the turning point
for Sudan. “I started mixing my violin into beats,” she says, “It wasn’t
complicated — I’d just sing straight into the iPad.” She honed her at-home
style after moving to Los Angeles aged 19 to study music technology, and
after a chance encounter at a Low End Theory party with Stones Throw
A&R and Leaving Records owner Matthewdavid, she signed with Stones
Throw. At the very start of her musical career, she’s already won plaudits
from the likes of the New York Times and Pitchfork, and played live at
experimental festival Moogfest

1. Paid
2. Come Meh Way
3. Time
4. Oatmeal
5. Goldencity
6. Wake Up Available from 06.10.2017

The Souljazz Orchestra – Under Burning Skies
Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Souljazz Orchestra – Under Burning Skies

Image: 1610693 Canada’s fastest moving and hardest working collective are back with one of their finest albums to date, a brand new journey into tropical, soul and jazz styles on their scorching new release, ‘Under Burning Skies’.

Tracklisting:
1. Dog Eat Dog
2. Lufunki
3. Sorrow Fly Away
4. Tambour À Deux Peaux
5. Under Burning Skies
6. Holla Holla
7. Is Yeelyel
8. Adawe Boogie
9. Oublier Pour Un Jour
10. Aduna Jarul Naawo

Turbulent times call for strong voices and The Souljazz Orchestra’s new set packs a suitably heavy lyrical punch, with wry observations and an urge for progressive change. Musically, the band continue to push the limits, dusting off ‘80s vintage synthesizers and early drum machines for the first time, bringing lo fi disco, boogie and electro touches to their trademark horn arrangements and earthy analogue sound. The fruits are a-plenty and the group sound at their confident and versatile best from start to finish.
Opener ‘Dog Eat Dog’ powers in with Mabinuori Idowu and Philippe Lafrenière lambasting the powerful and the corrupt over an infectious Afro-disco groove, ‘Lufunki’ takes the group right back to their B-Boy roots, bringing the Afro vibes to Beat Street and ‘Is Yeelyel’ delivers a killer rework of an obscure original by
Somalian super-group Dur-Dur Band. The band go on exploring their passion for French Caribbean styles on the beautiful, lilting ‘Oublier Pour Un Jour’ and ‘Tambour À Deux Peaux’ and they take time for reflection on the potent instrumental title track and poignant closer ‘Aduna Jarul Naawo’, featuring the vocals of Élage Mbaye. The Souljazz Orchestra continue to be an unstoppable force. Nominated for a Canadian Juno award for the third time in 2016, the band regularly tear up venues worldwide through their punishing touring schedule – they have played to audiences in over two dozen countries across the globe and have shared bills along the way with heavyweights as varied as Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Femi Kuti. Not many bands out there have been going for 15 years with their original line-up still intact while still sounding as fresh as this. As saxophonist Ray Murray says, “Souljazz is more than just a band for us, it’s a way of life.” ‘Under Burning Skies’ is released on LP, CD, cassette and digital formats. The LP is pressed on bright yellow vinyl and all formats feature superb illustrated artwork by The Souljazz Orchestra’s Pierre Chrétien.

KEY POINTS:
– great new album from groundbreaking Canadian collective exploring Afro, Latin and tropical styles
– includes new version of Dur Dur Band’s ‘Is Yeelyel’
– Striking artwork / Digipak
– Full European tour accompanies release of album during Autumn 2017

FOR FANS OF:
Quantic, Fela Kuti, Dur Dur Band, Mulatu Astatke, Bonobo, Gotan Project, Antibalas, coupe decale, Afrobeat, Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Sun Ra Arkestra,
Fania All Stars, Manu Dibango Available from 22.09.2017

Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Steps Ahead
Friday, July 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Steps Ahead

Image: 1553486 Strut present a new repress of Mulatu Astatke’s comeback studio album from 2010, ‘Mulatu Steps Ahead’

Tracklist

A1. Radcliffe
A2. Green Africa
B1. The Way To Nice
B2. Assosa
B3. I Faram Gami I Faram
C1. Mulatu’S Mood
C2. Ethio Blues
D1. Boogaloo
D2. Motherland

Strut present a new repress of Mulatu Astatke’s comeback studio album from 2010, ‘Mulatu Steps Ahead’. Following his acclaimed collaboration on Strut with The Heliocentrics, the Father of Ethio jazz began to explore new directions in fusions of Western jazz with Ethiopian modes, moving forward the pioneering sound he developed during the ‘60s and ‘70s. For this album, tracks were recorded with members of Either/Orchestra in Boston, with contributions by traditional Ethiopian musicians in Addis, members of The Heliocentrics and some of the UK’s leading jazz and African players during the final sessions in London in November 2009.
Each track on the album tells its own story. The reflective, meandering opener, Radcliffe, was composed specifically for the Radcliffe Institute during Mulatu’s time lecturing at Harvard in Boston – the original score is now framed on the wall there. The Way To Nice was written and arranged
on the tour bus during Mulatu’s recent French dates – “with this track, you are travelling on a long journey, talking and thinking” explains Mulatu. “It was inspired by the many beautiful places on the coast road around Nice.” Assosa adapts traditional music from the Assosa tribes in NorthWestern Ethiopia and Mulatu’s Mood re-works a Mulatu jazz fusion composition from the early ‘90s into a new swinging Afro highlife arrangement. “I wanted to use West African styles within this version and try new ways of using the beautiful sound of the kora.” Boogaloo and I Faram Gami I Faram reprise Mulatu classics with new, fuller scores.
The album continued to rejuvenate Mulatu’s career and led to major worldwide tour dates, which have continued until today. He will be touring with his Steps Ahead band throughout 2017.

KEY POINTS:
– new reissue of the first internationally released album by Ethio jazz legend from March 2010 and first new studio album in over 10 years.
– includes new versions of Mulatu classics ‘I Faram Gami I Faram’ and ‘Boogaloo’ alongside new compositions
– Unavailable on 2LP for over four years
– Mulatu continuing to tour with his Steps Ahead band throughout 2017

FOR FANS OF:
Ethiopiques series, Getatchew Mekurya, Mahmoud Ahmed, Milt Jackson, Roy Ayers, Nas, Damien Marley, Gilles Peterson, Broken Flowers film, Jim Jarmusch, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Tilahun Gessesse, Ethio jazz Available from 21.07.2017

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,…

Rodriguez Jr.
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A product of South Of France, between Nîmes and Montpellier far from any big city, Olivier Mateu grew up on the seaside during the 1990s where he oscillated between piano lessons and electronic music parties. As one half of French electro act The Youngsters – best known for their two studio albums and singles for […]

Dday One & Lex (de Kalhex) – Parallel Presence
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dday One & Lex (de Kalhex) – Parallel Presence

Image: 1610287 The Content Label presents a dynamic new split EP from Lex (de
Kalhex) and Dday One, titled “Parallel Presence”. The EP’s title
reveals some clues: ‘parallel’ refers to something similar to another,
while ‘presence’ imagines a thing that exists but is not seen. These
two producers, as kindred spirits, strive to work on this deeper level.
Parallel Presence is an expressive step forward, presenting intricate
beats, thoughtful samples, and otherworldly vibes colluding towards
a mesmerizing whole.
Los Angeles based producer Dday One bookends the EP with “Key
Signature” and “Moving Force”, displaying his undisputed acumen
for rhythm construction and skillful arrangement. The opening track,
in particular, is a beat-head’s manna, featuring a serpentine bass
line, staccato vocals, and heavy piano riffs, all synchronized at a
headnodic tempo. Alex Besikian aka Lex (de Kalhex) is a visual artist,
producer, and MC, known as the co-founder of Paris’s Akromégalie
Records and 1/3 of seminal French hip hop group Kalhex. His cuts
“Brilliant Circles” – with its night owl drum beat, tinkling electric keys,
and gentle horn line – and “Solstice” – featuring ringing tones, bluesy
guitar riffs, velvet saxophone, and some serious rhythm play –
uncannily compliment Dday One’s contributions, cementing “Parallel
Presence” as an EP best ingested from front to back.
Visual and audio art also come together in the project’s cover
design, which was a collaborative effort of the two producers. The
Content Label aims to bring together distinct forms of expression,
with sound, thought, and visual art combining through the imprint’s
releases. “Parallel Presence” is just the latest evidence.

A.
Dday One – Key Signature
Lex (de Kalhex) – Brilliant Circles
B.
Lex (de Kalhex) – Solstice
Dday One – Moving Force

• Vinyl only release – limited quantities pressed
• Part of The Content Label 7-Inch series
• 100% sample based instrumental hip-hop
• Special collectors edition vinyl
• Executive produced by Los Angeles based beatmaker Dday One
• New music from Parisian beatmaker Lex (de Kalhex)
• Recently describing Lex’s third LP “Satori” Kousuke Awane wrote, “….In this sense there is some similarities between him and Nujabes in trying to push boundaries of the defnition of Hip Hop by unique ways. Available from 21.07.2017

Stand High Patrol – The Shift (2LP)
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Stand High Patrol – The Shift (2LP)

Image: 1609888 The story begins in 2000 in Britany (France). Two guys decide to create a sound system with the aim of sharing their common passion for roots reggae and early digital. Rootystep (selecta) and MacGyver (operator) begin to collect records and purchase music equipment. They are quickly joined by Pupajim who becomes the MC, the singer and the dub builder. The Stand High Patrol first toured the land of Brittany, gradually moving towards stepper dub production emanating from the English stage. Fifteen years later, the sound is more present than ever. Stand High has created a true identity and has established itself as one of the essential sound systems of the French dub scene.

In 2009, Stand High Patrol creates his own label “Stand High Records”. In 2012, after releasing several records, the Dubadub Musketeerz present their debut album “Midnight Walkers”, 13 exclusives & wicked tracks inna pure Dubadub Style.
In 2015 the dubadub experience takes on new dimensions with their second album : “A Matter Of Scale”. In 2017 they are back with “The Shift” a third LP totally dedicated to Boom Bap & 90s Hip Hop.

Words, blue notes, boom bap and bad news: here comes “The Shift”, the third album of Stand High Patrol.

Tracklisting
1. News From 2083
2. The Shift
3. My Research
4. Watching The Drizzle
5. Lobbies Daily Hobbies
6. Easy Rider
7. After The Rain
8. Tribute To Tha Originators
9. Kazy Blues
10. Dinner Time

Available from 02.06.2017

Jesse Rose
Monday, April 24th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Jesse Rose was raised on Motown soul, jazz and eighties funk in London, moving to Bristol to begin throwing club nights with old friend Jamie Anderson at the beginning of the nineties. In 1997 Jesse moved back to his hometown London and soon started playing regularly around the capital, honing his particular blend of Chicago […]

Pasteur Lappe – Na Man Pass Man
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pasteur Lappe – Na Man Pass Man

Following on from the Pasteur Lappe compilation “African Funk Experimentals” LP, we are really pleased to be re-visiting Pasteur with a repress of his second album from 1979, “Na Man Pass Man”. The story begins in the 60s with a charming 19 year old N…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Available from 02.06.2017

Eureka The Butcher – EUREKA
Friday, March 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Eureka The Butcher – EUREKA

Image: 1609396 Find a moment of clarity. ¡EUREKA! is the new LP on Alpha Pup
from Eureka the Butcher, a collection of intense, involved tracks with
deliberate arrangements and undefnable style.
Artists and searchers long for that “eureka” moment – an illuminated
instance of clear purpose and pure focus. For Eureka the Butcher,
as for many, the light follows the dark:
“I wrote a lot of this album at a very dark time in my life. I’d lost some
very important people in my life and I was at my most insecure,
personally and musically speaking. I had to remember where I come
from, who I’d learned from. I was at a low point and I hadn’t been
applying my culture and my upbringing to my everyday life. But
then I had a moment of clarity, and I started to feel better. I began
remembering that I come from an incredible place, raised and taught
by incredible people. Then I made some drastic decisions, including
moving to Los Angeles. I also had a eureka moment in terms of
work?ow and approach.”
The album’s multifaceted nature re?ects Eureka’s diverse inspiration.
Modular synth music of the ‘60s and ‘70s. LA’s rap, electronic, beat,
and bass music scene. Hardware used to create the album dominates
its sonic profle, from synthesizers and outboard compressors to live
percussion and tape delays.
“But the biggest in?uence is the music I grew up with: salsa,
psychedelic rock, progressive rock, and fusion. These types of
music taught me how to play… I gravitated towards what I know:
psychedelia, fast bass, synth lines, Caribbean rhythms and extremely
tight relationships between interwoven parts.”

1. The Slow Rise
2. The Heaviness
3. El Maestro
4. The Formula
5. Know Time For Anything
6. Run Off On Me
7. Falling Short
8. Super Movements
9. Rap Songs (featuring Sahtyre)
10. I Want That
11. Dunzo

• Debut album from Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta
and Zechs Marquise
• Features Sahtyre
• Included printed inner sleeve & download card
• Mastered by Daddy Kev Available from 05.05.2017

Vincent Ahehehinnou – Best Woman (LP/180g/Gatefold/Poster)
Friday, March 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Vincent Ahehehinnou – Best Woman (LP/180g/Gatefold/Poster)

Image: 1609311 In early 1978, Vincent Ahehehinnou left the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou without explanation. He had been one of their principal vocalist since 1968 and had helped transform them from a hard-charging nightclubband into a musical powerhouse and Africa-wide sensation. By the end of 1977, after an explosive performance at the pan-African arts and culture festival (Festac77) in Lagos, the band had reached the very pinnacle of their success.

For nearly forty years, the reasons behind Vincent’s sudden departure have remained a mystery. Until now. In an interview included with Analog Africa’s new reissue of Best Woman – Vincent’s first post-Poly-Rythmo album, which has been out-of-print for close to four decades and nearly impossible to find outside West Africa – the great singer finally breaks his silence. He didn’t leave … he was pushed.

Poly-Rythmo were already popular in their native Benin but, in the aftermath of Festac ’77, the band were poised for break-out success throughout Africa. One of the people who stood to benefit most was the band’s manager Adissa Seidou, whose label Albarika Store had released most of the band’s recordings. However Adissa’s vision for Poly-Rythmo didn’t always line up with that of the musicians and, more often than not, it was Vincent who spoke up for the band.

The two men grew increasingly estranged until one day – at the funeral for Adissa’s father no less – Adissa gave Vincent an ultimatum of sorts. In Vincent’s own words: ‘I asked him if there is a way we could sort out our differences to which he replied that the only solution was for me to leave the band, adding, “if not I will kill you”’. And so Vincent found himself forced out of the band he had helped build. He tried his hand at various business ventures, but soon realised that the pull of music was too strong. On a business trip to Nigeria, Vincent met with Ignace de Souza of Benin’s Black Santiago band, who agreed to arrange Vincent’s songs, assemble musicians, and book a session at the legendary Decca Studios in Lagos.

With everything in place Vincent returned to Cotonou, gathered together all the money he had saved over the years and set out again for Lagos. But the simple bus journey to Nigeria turned into a nightmarish odyssey of military corruption … and had it not been for the random kindness of an unknown woman on the bus, this album – along with Vincent’s subsequent solo career – might never have existed. Vincent tells the full story in the liner notes to this LP.

But Vincent did make it to Lagos and the sessions went ahead. The nine-piece band, handpicked by de Souza, learned the songs and set them to tape in the span of only a week … but the results are as timeless and essential as anything to emerge from West Africa in the late 1970s.

Vincent’s afrobeat credentials are in full evidence on opening track ‘Best Woman’ (English) whose driving beat, focussed horns and intricate vocal melody recall the raucous intensity of Poly-Rythmo. But the deep funk of the title track turns out to be only a warm-up for album-highlight ‘Maimouna Cherie’ (French), a moving expression of love and longing which kicks off with a hi-hat and wah-wah guitar workout but shifts gears mid-way into a more concentrated and contemplative groove.

The funk and afrobeat gems on Best Woman are balanced by songs that draw upon Sato, one of the many Vodoun rhythms of Vincent’s native Benin. Side one concludes with ‘Vi Deka’ (Mina), an epic slow-burner propelled by some of the record’s most soulful vocals, while album closer ‘Wa Do Verite Ton Noumi’ (Fon) all but dares you not to lose yourself in its sublime hypnotic trance.

Best Woman was released on Nigeria’s Hasbunalau Records in 1978, and original pressings are now highly-prized collector’s items. With this reissue on Analog Africa’s Dance Edition imprint – newly mastered by Nick Robbins, cut by to vinyl by Frank Merritt at the Carvery, and approved by Vincent himself – Best Woman makes a welcome and long-overdue return to turntables around the world.

This limited edition Vinyl is produced as 1x LP (180gr) in Gatefold with liner notes & pictures, 30×60 Inlay/Poster …

Tracklist
1. Best Woman 9:17
2. Vi Deka 9:20
3. Maimouna Cherie 8:39
4. Wa Ton Verité Ton Noemi 9:22 Available from 21.04.2017

Chico Mann & Captain Planet
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Night Visions is a collection of stories which dance alive over an infectious blend of Afro-Latin rhythms and contemporary dancefloor beats. Told by a variety of characters, drawn from the vibrant imagination of Chico Mann, these stories take place in an endless night, where we move through dimly lit clubs, jungle moonlight, pitch black desert […]

Chico Mann & Captain Planet’s Night Visions is a collection of Afro-Latin rhythms and dancefloor beats
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Night Visions is a collection of stories which dance alive over an infectious blend of Afro-Latin rhythms and contemporary dancefloor beats. Told by a variety of characters, drawn from the vibrant imagination of Chico Mann, these stories take place in an endless night, where we move through dimly lit clubs, jungle moonlight, pitch black desert […]

Kaidi Tatham – Changing Times
Saturday, February 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kaidi Tatham – Changing Times

First Word are keeping it moving for 2017 and welcoming Kaidi Tatham into the fold, with a firing four-track EP, ‘Changing Times’. Kaidi is a talented multi-instrumentalist that’s produced, featured, remixed and performed with an array of artists acro…

Chico Mann & Captain Planet – Night Visions (2LP)
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Chico Mann & Captain Planet – Night Visions (2LP)

Image: 1608323 Night Visions is a collection of stories which dance alive over an infectious blend of Afro-Latin rhythms and contemporary dancefloor beats. Told by a variety of characters, drawn from the vibrant imagination of Chico Mann, these stories take place in an endless night, where we move through dimly lit clubs, jungle moonlight, pitch black desert plains, and the internal shadows of personal darkness. While the characters often stumble and search blindly in the dark, the persistent presence of a distant light provides an underlying direction and hopefulness to all the songs. Captain Planet’s production, informed by his regular crowd-moving DJ sets, keeps the album sounding effortlessly danceable & contemporary. Meanwhile, Chico’s vocals have an instant classic appeal, hinting at old Cuban rumba and vintage Afrobeat LP’s. The two are aided by guest vocals from regular collaborators Kendra Morris & Brit Manor, as well as some talented friends who contributed additional horns, guitar & marimba.

Night Visions highlights the creative symbiosis of two of the biggest names in contemporary alternative Latin sounds. The result is a truly unique album that speaks as much to listeners who don’t understand Spanish as it does to old abuelos. The feelings and rhythms that flow through these songs are universal, appealing to hearts and hips all around the world.

Chico Mann has created a musical time machine that simultaneously fuses the sounds of 1970s Afrobeat, 1980s Freestyle and Afro Cuban in a hybrid beast of culture and tone. Its the big ‘what if’ Freestyle, Afrobeat & Afro Cuban converged and hit the mainstream for an army of Chicos to pick up where Stevie B, TKA, George Lamond, Sa-Fire, Information Society, Noel, and Cult Jam, and Expose left off. Chico’s choruses of multi-layered vocals with funky guitar lines helps to cool off the heat created between the bass and rhythm… creating a unique conversation of color and value that pays homage to the past but raises the bar for the future.

Captain Planet is a world travelling DJ & music producer who blends global roots music styles with forward-thinking hip-hop, dancehall and electronic beats. After cutting his teeth in the competitive New York City club scene, he went on to host a popular radio show on WNYU Radio, and started the globally renowned music blog www.MixtapeRiot.com. He has released 3 full-length albums featuring his trademark “Gumbo Funk” sound on Bastard Jazz Recordings, and can be heard on the soundtracks to multiple popular TV shows such as “Orange Is The New Black”, “Entourage” and “CSI:NY” to name a few. In 2016, his song “Un Poquito Mas” featuring Chico Mann was featured in a major Honda ad campaign and passed a million plays on Spotify. The success of that song, in conjunction with Chico Mann relocating to Los Angeles, encouraged the two artists to focus on a full collaboration album together.

Tracklisting
1. Somos Candela
2. Oye Bien
3. Como Me Miras
4. Y Ahora Que
5. Misunderstood (feat. Brit Manor)
6. Ya Te Toca
7. Burbujitas
8. Vamos a Batalla
9. Can’t Let Go (feat. Kendra Morris)
10. New Bell
11. Aguacero (Album Mix)
12. Tumbo Paredes
13. Cuentos De Anoche
14. La Oscuridad

Available from 24.02.2017

Various – James Brown’s Funky People (Part 2)
Friday, December 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – James Brown’s Funky People (Part 2)

Image: 1607823 As music fans know, James Brown wasn’t just the greatest funk
and soul singer the world has ever seen – he was also a musical
visionary and businessman, who surrounded himself with
geniuses who made him better and pushed him further.
From horn masters Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis to vocalists
Lyn Collins and Bobby Byrd, Brown was a musical A & R master,
restless and always looking for the next big thing. Most times, that
would manifest in the latest James Brown smash under his own
name. But not always. His stable of talent was overflowing in the
‘60s and ‘70s, and, thankfully, the tape machine in his studio was
always rolling.
Originally released in 1988, during the era of hip-hop’s golden age
of sampling, it’s no surprise that just about every note heard in this
incredible collection has been used on not one but multiple rap
classics. Which, at the time, was proof of Brown’s (and his crew’s)
staying power. But we’re almost three decades beyond those days
now, and it has lost none of its musical potency.
Diving deeper into the vaults than the also-incredible Part 1 of the
Funky People series, there is not a weak track in the bunch. Moving
beyond well-known JBs cuts, things get interesting from the get-go
with Bobby Byrd’s monumental groover “I Know You Got Soul.”
Hank Ballard and Marva Whitney also enter the fray, leading the
way to Myra Barnes’ emotional and powerful “Message From The
Soul Sisters (Parts 1 & 2)” and Lyn Collins’ slow, smoldering cover
of Isaac Hayes’ “Do Your Thing,”
Politics even get the funky soul treatment, with Fred Wesley & The
JBs’ “You Can Have Watergate But Gimme Some Bucks And I’ll Be
Straight” and “I’m Paying Taxes, But What Am I Buying?” And it
should not be overlooked that Maceo & The Macks’ instrumental
workout “Soul Power ‘74” even features a proto-sampling snippet
from MLK’s “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech from 1968.
This is another amazing collection of James Brown’s funky friends,
without one second of filler, brought to you as a glorious 2-LP
gatefold by your friends at Get On Down.

A1. Bobby Byrd
I Know You Got Soul
A2. Hank Ballard & The Midnight Lighters
From The Love Side
A3. Marva Whitney
What Do I Have To Do To Prove My Love To You
A4. Maceo & The Macks
Soul Power ‘74
B1. Lyn Collins
Put It On The Line
B2. Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s
You Can Have Watergate But Gimme Some
Bucks And I’ll Be Straight (Pts 1 & 2)
B3. Maceo & The Macks
Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)
C1. Myra Barnes
Super Good
C2. Myra Barnes
The Message From The Soul Sisters
C3. Bobby Byrd
Hot Pants – I’m Coming, I’m Coming, I’m Coming
D1. Lyn Collins
Do Your Thing
D2. Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s
I’m Paying Taxes What Am I Buying
D3. Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s
Blow Your Head Available from 31.03.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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