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Mantronix – Needle To The Groove/Fresh Is The Word
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mantronix – Needle To The Groove/Fresh Is The Word

Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee formed the group Mantronix In the early 80s. Their Sleeping Bag Records debut – Mantronix: The Album shot to commercial success with its wildly futuristic sound that is summed up perfectly with the two songs featured on thi…

Evil Needle & Sivey – Constructive Interference
Thursday, August 11th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Evil Needle & Sivey – Constructive Interference

Image: 1605780 Disparate producers with complimentary sounds, Evil Needle and
Sivey met in an online beat community 6 years ago and to this day
have never met in real life. Nonetheless, they present their first
official EP, ‘Constructive Interference’, to the world. ‘Constructive
Interference’ was created over the span of 3 years and embodies the
unique soundscapes of each producer.
Evil Needle, based in Strasbourg France [just on the border of
Germany] pulls inspiration from traditional hip hop, neo-soul and
trap music while seamlessly weaving in open synths and chunky
chord progressions. Manchester, UK-based Sivey incorporates
soulful beat-oriented music with what he calls “emotional highs and
lows that are still musically stimulating” adding a beautifully uptempo
sensibility.

1. Down There
2. Next Gen
3. Constructive Interference
4. Baby
5. Royal Jelly
6. Lovegate

• Collaborative project from Manchester-based Sivey &
Strasbourg-based Evil Needle
• Artwork by Andre Power
• Executive produced by Joe Kay Available from 09.09.2016

G Flame & Mr G / Demarkus Lewis – Moods & Grooves Classics Vol.2
Thursday, October 24th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on G Flame & Mr G / Demarkus Lewis – Moods & Grooves Classics Vol.2

Image: 1584937 A. G Flame & Mr G – Pulsez B1. Demarkus Lewis – Blown Away B2. Demarkus Lewis – Needless Available from 04.10.2013

Marta Ren & The Groovelvets – 2 Kinds of Men / Summer’s Gone
Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marta Ren & The Groovelvets – 2 Kinds of Men / Summer’s Gone

Image: 1581845 “If there’s a true Soul diva in Portugal, her name is Marta Ren”. Record Kicks proudly presents the debut single of our brand new signing, Marta Ren & The Groovelvets. The Oporto’s combo breaks into the scene with this explosive double sider 45. On the A side the Marva Whitney inspired, TNT Dynamite deep funk’s track “2 Kinds of men” backed by picnic days smashing hit “Summer’s gone (didn’t swim)”, with a super cool video with already loads of plays on YouTube. These two old-school pearls, brilliantly supported by super tight 8 pieces rythm & soul’s combo The Groovelvets, show Marta’s immense talent on vocals. Marta Ren & The Groovelvets are currently in the studio, recording their debut long play scheduled on Record Kicks for end of the year. Marta has been around in the Portuguese scene since the mid 90s lending her deep and powerful voice amongst the others to break-beat outfit The Bombazines, recording two albums and establishing her unique talent at clubs and festivals all around Portugal. But Marta’s passion has always been for the deepest funk and rawest soul of the sixties and now is time for her to go on by herself.

“Loving this! Thankyou to Record Kicks as this Portuguese outfit are an outstanding find!” (Craig Charles)
“?Wow, Marta has a powerful voice on here! More quality soul from the Record Kicks camp?” (DJ Andy Smith)
“what a great vocal over a sleezy funk groove with lashings of fat back drums and powerful brass stabs?..essential nu funk from Record Kicks” (Nik Weston)
“As passionate as Lyn Collins or Vicky Anderson at the height of their JB days. Marta Ren & The Groovelets prove they’ve got what it takes with this explosive &exciting funk bomb. This is top notch!” (Emrys Baird)
“This is just how I like my 45s. Expect great things from the newest members of the RK family.” (Dj Jimy Needles)
“Single of the week” (1beat.de)

Tracklisting

1. 2 Kinds of Men
2. Summer’s Gone (Didn’t Swim) Available from 03.06.2013

GROOVE ATTACK at the c/o pop 2008 in Cologne …
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Mantronix – King Of The Beats (Anthology 1985-1988)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mantronix – King Of The Beats (Anthology 1985-1988)

Image: 1575034 How do you define the music of Mantronix? Is it Hip Hop? Electro? Funk? House? Maybe the answer is all of the above (or
is it none of the above?). It is true that Mantronix will be remembered for their multi-faceted sound as well as their ability to
bend and blend genres flawlessly into a cohesive musical tapestry, but they will also most importantly they will be
remembered as musical innovators and sub- genre pioneers.
Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee formed the group Mantronix In the early 80s. Their Sleeping Bag Records debut:
Mantronix: The Album shot to commercial success on the strength of their debut single, “Fresh Is The Word”. The influence
of this groundbreaking debut is still felt in popular music today, having been sampled by the likes of Beastie Boys, Beck,
The Prodigy and more.
Kurtis Mantronik was also as dangerous behind the desk as he was behind the boards. Working as A&R for Sleeping Bag
while signed to the label, Mantronik also helped recruit, sign, and produce for artists such as T La Rock and Just-Ice.
Notable records from this era include, Just Ice’s “Cold Gettin’ Dumb” and “Back to the Old School” as well as T La Rock’s
“Breaking Bells (12″ Version)”.
Now available for the first time ever, Traffic Entertainment Group in conjunction with Sleeping Bag Records and Warlock
Entertainment present, Mantronix: King of the Beats, The Anthology 1985-1988. This carefully curated double LP compilation
combines the best of Mantronix’s work from the early, and arguably, best era of their career into one amazing listening
experience. Whether you are an avid Mantronix fan or are looking for a place to start – this is the collection to wrap your
ears around.

A1. Mantronix – Needle To The Groove (12” Version)
A2. T La Rock – Breaking Bells (12” Version)
A3. Just-Ice – Back To The Old School
B1. Mantronix – Fresh Is The Word (12” Version)
B2. Just-Ice – Turbo Charged
B3. T La Rock – Breaking Bells (Dub Version)
C1. Mantronix – We Control The Dice
C2. Just-Ice – Cold Getting Dumb
C3. Just-Ice – Cold Getting Dumb II
C4. T La Rock – Bass Machine (12” Version)
D1. Mantronix – Bassline
D2. Tricky Tee – Johnny The Fox
D3. Mantronix – Fresh Is The Word ‘88 Available from 31.03.2017

Various – Sources: The Sleeping Bag Records Anthology
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Sources: The Sleeping Bag Records Anthology

Image: 1599987 The third Sources package comes from one perhaps one of the most radical of the New York underground independent labels in several different areas – Avant-Garde, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap and Freestyle, so welcome to the one and only Sleeping Bag Records from New York. Founded in 1981 by the Avante-Garde musician Arthur Russell together with Will Socolov and Juggy Gayles, the label kicked off with the seminal ‘Go Bang!’ by Dinosaur L aka Arthur Russell and quickly established itself with further dancefloor smashes from Class Action, the Jamaica Girls and Konk among others. However undoubtedly one of Sleeping Bag’s most significant signings would turn out to be producer extraordinaire Kurtis Mantronik, who, with rapper MC Tee under the name Mantronix, would produce many of the most cutting-edge Hip-Hip/Rap and Electro classics of the 1980s including ‘Needle To The Groove’, ‘Ladies’, ‘Bassline’ and ‘Who Is It’, all of which are included here as well as producing a brace of international smash hits for Joyce Sims including the electro-funk masterpiece ‘(You Are My) All & All’ and the super-slinky ‘Come Into My Life’. Sleeping Bag would remain at the forefront of dance music culture with numerous other significant dance-floor smashes from the likes of Tricky Tee, Felix, Nocera, Dhar Braxton and Kariya’s brilliant ‘Let Me Love For Tonight’ among many others. In many ways Sleeping Bag exemplified the perfect New York independent label of the 1980s with its shrewd A&R philosophy and an interesting balance of staff who were divided between old music industry veterans together with a brace of young keen new inductees who kept the label close to the streets – a winning combination all round. Out of all the labels featured in the Sources series, Sleeping Bag was the most consistently successful in its era and was undoubtedly the label which was the most hardwired into the sensibilities of the times. This is the most comprehensive anthology available of one of the greatest independent record labels of the 1980s.

TRACK LISTING:

A1. Dinosaur L – Go Bang – Walter Gibbons Mix
A2. Sound Of JHS126 – Chill Pill – Under Water Mix
B1. Kariya – Let Me Love You For Tonight
B2. Clandestine feat Ned Sublette – Radio Rhythm
C1. Joyce Sims – Come Into My Life
C2. Tricky Tee – Johnny The Fox
D1. Dhar Braxton – Jump Back Set Me Free
D2. Mantonis feat MC Tea – Fresh Is The Word
E1. Class Action feat Chris Wiltshire – Weekend – Larry Levan Mix
E2. Indian Ocean – Treehouse School Bell
F1. Felix – Tiger Stripes
F2. Ecstasy – Dont Play Me Raw
Available from 16.10.2015

U Roy – Versions Galore
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on U Roy – Versions Galore

Image: 1611925 So read the original liner notes to this classic reggae LP, which originally hit in 1971 and washed over the island like a grooving tropical storm.
U-Roy was a true reggae pioneer, dubbed The Originator for good reason. Bursting onto the Jamaican scene in the early 1970s, he pioneered the vocal approach called “toasting,” which in addition to bringing Jamaican music into a new era, was also heavily influential on an American vocal style also in its infancy: rapping. This full-length, his first after a string of singles (mostly on the Treasure Isle and other Duke Reid labels, run by the famed producer and studio owner), rolls like a crazy party where a wobbly, but talented, “master of ceremonies” grabs the mic and
won’t let go. Speaking over and around songs that already have straight-ahead vocals on them, U-Roy shows the world why he is considered an iconoclast and trailblazer.
In all honesty, there are few standouts on the album since they all run a similar course, and all are captivating in their own way. Modern listeners will especially note “Tide Is High,” originally by the Paragons (featuring dulcet-toned vocalist John Holt) and recorded later as a 1980 smash hit by Blondie. Each track here is a new adventure, and while U-Roy’s approach might take some getting used to, it will eventually capture your ears as it did the entire island of Jamaica in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Sit back, drop the needle, and enjoy.

A1. Your Ace From Space
A2. On The Beach
A3. Version Galore
A4. True Confession
A5. Tide Is High
A6. Things You Love
B1. The Same Song
B2. Happy Go Lucky Girl
B3. Rock Away
B4. Wear You To The Ball
B5. Don’t Stay Away
B6. Hot Pop Available from 27.10.2017

Dillon & Diamond D – Black Tie Affair
Friday, August 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dillon & Diamond D – Black Tie Affair

Image: 1611269 What happens when the best of the Bronx meets ATL’s fnest? Nothing
less than a ‘Black Tie Affair’. Having met back in 2008, Dillon & the
legendary Diamond D have been friends and artistic associates from day
one. Those paying attention would have noticed a Diamond produced
track on Dillon’s 2010 EP, ‘Dillon Ain’t Playin’ + Dillon’s mixing credits on
Diamond’s 2014 ‘The Diam Piece’ and most recently Sadat X’s ‘The Sum
of a Man’ (produced entirely by D Squizzy). All the while, they’ve been
cooking up classy joints together on the side, waiting for the right time to
let the heads in on ‘the next kept secret’.
Black Tie Affair is not only a celebration of the fner things in life, but
it’s also a tribute to the B-Boys/Girls & Hip Hop heads worldwide who
appreciate that Boom-Bap with a bow tie. It’s sophisticated rap music
strictly for the connoisseurs. As soon as the needle drops you’ll be sure
to say…’That’s that shit!’
Black Tie Affair is a 5 track, vinyl-only EP that features Paten Locke +
additional help from Boog Brown, Alexa Lima on piano, Ben Hameen on
guitar, Terminus Horns & DJ Harrison. The B-side of the record features
all of the Diamond D produced instrumentals.

1. Feast
2. Let the Horns Blow
3. Double Up feat. Paten Locke
4. Femme Fatale
5. Last Call
6. Feast (Instrumental)
7. Let the Horns Blow (Instrumental)
8. Double Up feat. Paten Locke (Instrumental)
9. Femme Fatale (Instrumental)
10. Last Call (Instrumental)

• Limited edition (500), vinyl only format + download card
• Completely produced by Grammy-Winning hip-hop legend, Diamond D (DITC, ATCQ, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, The Fugees, The Alkaholiks)
• Dillon on the raps & cuts – Released critically acclaimed ‘Food Chain’ album last year with Paten Locke and has worked with Chuck D, Count Bass D, Homeboy Sandman and many more
• 5 tracks with a feature from Paten Locke + additional help from Boog Brown & DJ Harrison
• B-Side is all 5 Diamond D produced instrumentals Available from 08.09.2017

Timmy Thomas – Africano / Why Can’t We Live Together
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Timmy Thomas – Africano / Why Can’t We Live Together

Image: 1610504 The Label: TK Records in essence represents the city of Miami when it came to Soul/R&B
and the early stages of Disco. In 1974, George McCrae gave the label its first #1 Disco
hit with Rock Your Baby. A little more than a year after McCrae’s hit, the record label
struck gold with KC & The Sunshine Band with five #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
Needless to say at the height of the genre’s cultural domination TK did pretty well.
Timmy Thomas: Without a doubt, he’s most famously known for the hit song Why Can’t We
Live Together. The record topped the U.S. Billboard R&B chart, made the top three in the
Billboard Hot 100 and was charted in top 10 in many countries including the UK. A staple
in the R&B scene, he had a succesful solo career until the mid 80s, later focusing on
the writing and production side of the business.
Why Can’t We Live Together: It may have been his biggest hit, but also one that keeps
resonating to this day. A response to the devastating news coming from the war in
Vietnam, its words “No more wars, we want peace in this world, and no matter what color,
you’re still my brother.” are indicative of a time marked by the horrors of war abroad,
and the racial discrimination in America. Written and Produced by Timmy Thomas himself
solely on a Lowrey organ, and an early rhythm machine, the song however was far from
simple as its emotive message continues to provide a profound context. And even though
it’s been covered over the years by many artist including Sade and Joan Osborne, Why
Can’t We Live Together has managed to come back on the charts again in 2015, as the
instrumental backing to Drake’s Hotline Bling, which has now sold over 2 Million copies
in the U.S. Alone. Once a hit, always a hit.
Africano: When it comes to this Deep Disco cut, Africano is one of those tracks that
probably never got much shine in America, but has since become a dancefloor favorite of
underground disco DJs worldwide. Curiously, years after its release, its biggest
supporters were Italian DJs like Danielle Baldelli, Mozart and Gianni Maselli who during
the 80s played Disco, African records, American R&B, and reggae to create what has been
since become known as the Afro-Cosmic scene at the height of Club culture in the
discothèques of Northern Italy.

SIDE A
AFRICANO Time: 4:45

SIDE B
WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGHETER Time: 4:40 Available from 11.08.2017

Rhemi – Choice Cuts Vol.1
Friday, April 28th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Rhemi – Choice Cuts Vol.1

Image: 1609893 BBE have teamed up with Rhemi for the first volume of Choice Cuts.

Tracklist:
A1 Rhemi Ft Hanlei – Diamond
A2 Rhemi Ft Lifford & Hanlei – Mask Off
B1 Rhemi Ft Tess leah – Stepping Out (Dub Mix)

It has been an amazing ride for the London based
dynamic duo Rhemi (Ziggy Funk & Neil Pierce)
since their formation in 2013. The two have gone
from strength to strength, building their name with
a signature sound of broad and melodic bass lines,
soaring vocals and lush keyboard skills. Not afraid
to push the boat out and deliver something new,
the high quality of their music has always been a
priority for the pair.
The chart-topping list of original hits which includes
‘Warning’ featuring Lynn Lockamy to ‘Diamond’
with HanLei shows how main-room soulful house
can stand tall amongst the array of other House
sub-genres and is well deserved to headline any
vibrant party going. If the soulful side isn’t your
thing the boys have certainly got you covered with
their ‘Dub’ mixes. The late night stompers of
rough drums and raw rhythms keep the vibe going
for the people that never want the party to stop.
The two have had outstanding support with their
music from the likes of Louie Vega and Joey
Negro having provided remixes for them both. So,
it is definitely fair to say the boys know what they
are doing.
Their label Rhemi Music has proven itself as a ‘go
to’ for many and this ‘Rhemi Choice Cuts’ is a
series of releases showcasing their work. ‘But why
is this so special?’ you may ask.
Well, with a string of releases never to hit the vinyl
format, these are an essential addition to any music
collection. This is for collectors and music lovers
alike. The demand for these delightful Vocal House
and Dub gems to be put on the black plastic so you
can drop the needle on and rock away has been
immense, so it’s about time they are finally
unleashed and heading to a turntable near you.
Personally chosen by Neil and Ziggy, this is a
well thought out compilation to suit all not only
those who know the name and material, but
also those who may stumble across the flavoursome
sounds and leave them wanting more. Available from 09.06.2017

Paul Nice – Five Fingers of Death (7inch Edition)
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Paul Nice – Five Fingers of Death (7inch Edition)

Image: 1609787 “I released the original 12” volume of FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH
BATTLE BREAKS way back in 1998, while I was living in Oakland
and then San Francisco during a time of incredible movement and
creativity within the suddenly exploding Scratch DJ scene.
The term “turntablist”, coined by DJ Disk, had yet to really catch on
outside of the Bay Area scratch fraternity. Having recently moved to
California from New York, Paul’s turntable aesthetics were strictly
80’s East Coast and was more concerned with “catching doubles”
(beat juggling) and overall party rocking. In other words, the science
of scratching was not something I was even contemplating.Needless
to say, I was completely amazed and overwhelmed with what DJs
like QBert, Shortcut, Apollo and Mixmaster Mike were doing.
It was also around this time that I had discovered that these guys
were giving a lot of play to an independently pressed beat record I
had made before leaving NY.“Fists of the White Lotus” was originally
on an instrumental EP I did with my mentor Joey T on his Empire
Records label (Beats Anonymous Vol.1). I remember when QBert
found out I had made that record. His immediate response was,
“Holy shit! I love that record!” I said back to him: “Can I quote you
on that?”
I pressed up the first couple of hundred copies of FIVE FINGERS
OF DEATH BATTLE BREAKS complete with a sticker on the shrinkwrap containing Q’s quote. Those first couple of hundred quickly
turned into a thousand. Then 3 thousand. Then before you know it,
Volume 2.And 3.And so on.
This record now is a nostalgic return to these days for me. A little
reminder of what made that time in history special for so many.”
– Paul Nice

Side Joey – Just one long scratch sentence
Side John – Fists of the White Lotus (Extended Edit) Available from 19.05.2017

Twinkie Clark – Awake O Zion / Power
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Twinkie Clark – Awake O Zion / Power

Gospel Disco time Again!!!! After the sucess of “The Power of You’re Love” we deceded to pull out a couple more of our gospel disco dancefloor favorites. Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell ( who was in the the Clark Sisters before going solo) Recorded …

The 238s – The Itch
Saturday, March 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The 238s – The Itch

Image: 1609334 Crucial heavyweights Poldoore and Emapea each take on a side of this Cold Busted 7“ single, the latest in a bi-monthly series of dub / reggae cuts exhumed from the label’s golden vault. Belgium’s Poldoore commandeers the A-side with an instrumental version of ”This Road“, a track originally found on his acclaimed 2016 album The Day After. Stirringly dubwise, the cut is wet with atmosphere and the ping of spring reverb, as a tuneful horn section carries the main melody. Flip the wax for accomplished Polish beat-maker Emapea and his delightfully skankin’ ”Rudeboy“. Previously appearing on the In Dub 3 compilation, ”Rudeboy” showcases Emapea’s knack for combining samples from multiple genres into one cohesive, teamy gumbo. With either track, B-boys and natty dreads alike will give the dance floor a serious workout as the needle meets the vinyl.

Side A.
Poldoore – This Road
Side B.
Emapea – Rudeboy Available from 31.03.2017

DJ Low Cut – Dead End (2LP+MP3)
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Low Cut – Dead End (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1609266 Stuck in the depths of a dark alley, blocked by yet another breeze, hitting a stone wall, road sign ahead: Dead End.
Impasse. “Cul-de-sac”.
Hip-hop. The original, some would say, official music of the late 20th Century Bronx.
Some say it has endured it’s fair share of distractions, detractors and defectors. Some say it has murdered itself, having been abandoned by its so-called best men, those who have gone off in other directions, or who have, simply, just beat-retired. Yet, there are plenty of Soldier Monks still out there, prepared to sweat it out in the Temple of Machinery and Mics.
Low Cut honored this cause four years ago, with his MPC crafted minimalist version of NY Minute and he’s back to ring the bells and unsheathe the samples!

TRACKLISTING 2LP :
A SIDE
A01 « Dante Inferno » (Intro)
A02 « All Alone » feat. Masta Ace & Torae *
A03 « Lyrikal Landslide » feat. Ruste Juxx & Nutso *
A04 « What’s Done Is Done » feat. Ide & Jise One
A05 « Déjà Vu » feat. Rasheed Chappell & Soul The American Dream
A06 « I’m Here » feat. Dontique & CF
C SIDE
C13 « Just Listen » feat. Wildelux **
C14 « Longevity » feat. G.O.D. Part.3, J-Merk & Jamil Honesty
C15 « Who Be The Realest ? » feat. King Magnetic *
C16 « Making Cuts » feat. Dj Nix’on, Dj Topic, Ordoeuvre & Dj Duke
C17 « Hell’s Storm » feat. Q-Unique, Hex One & Milez Grimez *

B SIDE
B07 « The Mecca » (Interlude)
B08 « Disobedience » feat. Clever One
B09 « Call Of The Wild» feat. Team Thoro (Absouljah, Spicco, Halfa Brick) **
B10 « She’s Broke » feat. Guilty Simpson
B11 « Believers » (Interlude) **
B12 « Ambition Of The Shallows » feat. Napoleon Da Legend & Paloma Pradal **
D SIDE
D18 « Maniac » feat. Xplicit Content (Unkn?wN, Fatha Death, Eternel, Apacalypze) **
D19 « Damned » (Interlude) **
D20 « Other Shit » feat. Dirt Platoon & Wyld Bunch *
D21 « Projects » feat. Spit Gemz & Eff Yoo **
D22 « The Payback » feat. EMS (M-Dot, Revalation, Mayhem)**

* : Cuts by Dj Nix’on.
** : Cuts by Dj Low Cut

The starting point of Dead End’s production remains the 90’s boom-bap, but the will to carry it even further brings it to its destination. By decorating it with rich samples flushed out after digging through vinyls pressed several decades ago, it is guided by a compass pointing deposits to the East. With sound quality inherited from a fastidious composition and mix works, using inspiration rather than just being a copycat, Dead End celebrates it without setting it up as a museum piece.

Picturing the beatmaker stuck in the depths of a dark alley, ended with a brick wall, is easy. But far from isolated in his Parisian basement, Low Cut has rung phones in New York, Baltimore and Detroit, rounding up the faithful. He magnetized the hidden but sharp forces, and gained attendance of legends. The casting of Dead End : Ruste Juxx & Nutso, Dirt Platoon, Guilty Simpson, Torae, Rasheed Chappell and the stainless Masta Ace, among other beat crushers. Also starring DJ Duke, Nix’on, Topic and Ordoeuvre with their DMC titles crates, for a deep beatfight on bars scarified of scratches.
Heavy atmosphere, martial beats and street soul, Dead End is also the final episode of the projects initiated by Low Cut, based on the model of a producer inviting various MCs.
He will then replace his turntable needles, refresh his sample banks, and settle the BPMs of his productions on more abstract frequencies.

Available from 21.04.2017

Poldoore / Emapea – This Road / Rudeboy
Friday, February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Poldoore / Emapea – This Road / Rudeboy

Image: 1608707 Crucial heavyweights Poldoore and Emapea each take on a side
of this Cold Busted 7“ single, the latest in a bi-monthly series of
dub / reggae cuts exhumed from the label’s golden vault. Belgium’s
Poldoore commandeers the A-side with an instrumental version of
”This Road“, a track originally found on his acclaimed 2016 album
The Day After. Stirringly dubwise, the cut is wet with atmosphere and
the ping of spring reverb, as a tuneful horn section carries the main
melody. Flip the wax for accomplished Polish beat-maker Emapea
and his delightfully skankin’ ”Rudeboy“. Previously appearing on the
In Dub 3 compilation, ”Rudeboy” showcases Emapea’s knack for
combining samples from multiple genres into one cohesive, steamy
gumbo. With either track, B-boys and natty dreads alike will give the
dance floor a serious workout as the needle meets the vinyl.

Side A.
Poldoore – This Road
Side B.
Emapea – Rudeboy Available from 24.03.2017

The Dontells – Move On Down / There Goes A Fool
Friday, January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Dontells – Move On Down / There Goes A Fool

Image: 1608459 Produced and recorded in 1965 during a time when Chicago soul was one of the most influential sounds in R&B.The Dontells entered the studio and cut two tracks that put that sound on full display. The session was led by producer Calvin Carter, world famous Arranger Johnny Pate-along with the cities top musicians. These tracks were never released and have only been heard by a few people until now. The A side “Move On Down the Line” grabs you from the first second the needle drops. A mid tempo love song with a trademark arrangement from Pate and a vocal melody and approach in the style of Chicago’s king of soul, Curtis Mayfield. “There Goes A Fool” is the B side and is a reminder why The Dontells were one of the best groups out of the Windy City. Another brilliant production with a top notch arrangement . Horns, strings, a swinging backbeat and that signature Chicago vocal sound lead by the sweet harmonies of Nate, Leroy, Manuel & Ralph. This is no doubt a 60’s soul classic in 2017!

• Previously unreleased and unheard material from 1965, The Dontells released numerous singles from 1962 to 1970 on labels such as Vee-Jay, Beltone, Dontee & Ambassador
Records
• Recorded in Chicago under the guidance of legendary arranger Johnny Pate (Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, Shaft In Africa)
• Recorded at world famous Universal Recorders(Donny Hathaway, Ramsey Lewis, The Impressions & The Dells)
• Classic Chicago soul at is finest with a sound that resonated heavily in R&B during the 60’s Available from 24.02.2017

Kratos Himself – Stay True
Thursday, January 12th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kratos Himself – Stay True

Image: 1608192 As a formal conclusion to 2016, Youngbloods’ 13th release is the sophomore album from Dutch producer and vocalist Kratos Himself, ”Stay True”—on Powder Blue 12” vinyl.
As a stunning follow up to 2015s Loon Garden and its exploration of the zeal behind new love, Stay True soundtracks the producer’s iliadic journey from betrayal to the forging of new independence and
self love. Opening to a quick descent, Kratos Himself (real name Jethro Hopmans) carefully narrates his transformative ascension, playfully winding through footpaths lined with warm Rhodes piano
chords and off-kilter percussive rudiments. In telling his story, Hopmans finds himself the humble servant to a beast larger than himself, and in doing so puts his musical aptitude on display while
illuminating the woodland caricatures of contemporaries Caribou, Bonobo, and Shigeto.
As if leaving a watermark on a tale bound to outlive him, Stay True sees the introduction of Hopmans own voice, most prominently featured on “Heartless” and woven throughout the rest of the album.
Stay True also sees the return of London’s Bev Lee Harling and Hopmans’ first collaboration with Toronto Hip-Hop artist and singer Copasetic.

“Loose synths and gently swaying rhythms comprise each of the ambient, jazz-infused tunes…pulling at your heartstrings with unwavering persistence. Quivering melodies, Four Tet style percussive loops, and delicate accents fluttering in the background mark…the LP as easy listening, awe-inspiring headphone music.” – NESTHQ

“Building ever so gradually in the beginning, Kratos slowly introduces gentle splashes of colour and melody before a relaxed beat takes the lead, guiding us through a series of fragile, interweaving melodies.” – Complex UK

1. It’s Love
2. For Me
3. For You
4. Nostalgic
5. Float (ft. Copacetic)
6. Heartless
7. Stay True
8. Regret
9. Your Body
10. Needless
11. T(h)rust
12. It’s Me
13. Bits & Pieces (ft. Bev Lee Harling) Available from 27.01.2017

DJ Q-Bert – Super Seal Breaks (Colored)
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Q-Bert – Super Seal Breaks (Colored)

Skratchy Seal’s first record! Side A features 4 dirtystyle beats to skratch to. But what makes the Seals Breaks record stand out form the rest, it is designed for skratch drummers! Side 2 features hundres of kick, snare, and hi hat sample combinations…

Mister T – The Return Of The Classic
Friday, December 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mister T – The Return Of The Classic

Image: 1607067 The Return Of The Classic is the return of Greek beat-master Mister T. to the Cold Busted label, and he certainly explores a classic sound. Based in Athens, Mister T. has long been transmitting the jazzier side of downtempo hip hop, with top notch jams that are soulful, swinging, and undeniably funky. This album is the latest in a string of Mister T. collections on Cold Busted … as prolific as Mister T. is, his quality never falters and the tunes don’t disappoint. The Return Of The Classic contains a multitude of magical dance floor moments, including the bluesy skank of “Break My Back”, the breakdance funk of “Put The Needle On”, the high energy horn section groove of “Elephant”, and the title track’s shuffling big beat and stew of crafty samples. The Return Of The Classic has beats and funk for days, with Mister T. delivering a beloved old school sound to today’s jazzbos. Available from 13.01.2017

Isaac Hayes – Do Your Thing (RSD)
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Isaac Hayes – Do Your Thing (RSD)

Image: 1606747 “The full 33-minute, unreleased, psychedelic funk jam session by Memphis rhythm kingpins the
Bar-Kays, mixed directly from the original tapes. Contains bonus rhythm section instrumental and
booklet detailing the history of this never-before-heard version of one of Isaac Hayes’ most
famous songs by Hayes historian Bill Dahl.
Hayes was already a cutting-edge funk master at Stax Records when he accepted the
unprecedented assignment of creating a soundtrack for the 1971 action flick Shaft. At a time
when R&B songs routinely timed out at three minutes and under, Hayes’ albums for Stax’s
Enterprise imprint had been breaking new ground since 1969. His masterpiece Hot Buttered Soul
consisted of only four tracks, two songs on The Isaac Hayes Movement clocked in at a hair under
12 minutes, and one selection on his …To Be Continued stretched to 15:33.
But his epic “Do Your Thing,” one of the cornerstones of the two-LP Shaft soundtrack, outdid them
all. Occupying nearly the entire last side of the set, it concluded after 19-and-a-half grooving
minutes with the overdubbed sound of a needle scratching violently across a piece of vinyl. No
one knew that jarring ending masked the existence of another 13 minutes of “Do Your Thing.”
Consigned to the vaults, those improvisatory extensions—somewhere in between free-jazz and
psychedelic rock—were seemingly destined never to be heard. Until now.”
Available from 25.11.2016

Grim-n & Starfunkle – Sushi Breaks
Saturday, September 24th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Grim-n & Starfunkle – Sushi Breaks

Image: 1606575 Break records are being released at an astounding rate.Yet most of
the sounds and samples used are just the same recycled material
from the last dozen break albums.This leaves the DJ who is looking
for new material to create with, disappointed. That is…until the
arrival of Grime-n & Starfunkle’s Sushi Breaks, a break record that is
the compilation of a decade’s worth of crate digging, sampling and
beat making.
Featuring all new production from an international array of renowned
hip hop DJs and producers. Each track of beats is set to single BPM,
letting the DJ juggle endless sets with no need for sudden pitch
adjusts, giving maximum creativity to battles routines. Sushi Breaks
is chock full of original sounds and samples not used on previous
break albums, offering the DJ a whole new tool box of scratch to
paint their sound canvas with. Pressed at maximum groove depths,
Sushi Breaks keeps the needle where it’s supposed to be, so you
can do your best work without interruption.

Side A
1. Don’t Touch My Mustache
2. Spicy Tuna Baby Cuts
3. Deep in the Ginza District
4. Crispy California Roll Cuts
5. Chopstick in your Eye, Mother Father
Side B
6. Drunken Ping Pong Paddle Battle
7. Angry Udon Cuts
8. The Bullet Train Breaks
9. Hot Sake Sister Cuts
10. Dragon Balls of Fury

• 140 gram vinyl, limited to 1000 copies.
• Producers from around the world: Germany, Switzerland,
Norway, and the US.
• Features Producers include Sebastian Hochstein (A-Plus,
Sage Francis, Homeboy Sandman, Chali2na, Sadat X), J.
Rhodan, DJ Aktual, Soulseize and more.
• All Beat production is sample free.
• Sushi Loops companion app (iPhone/iPad) being developed
for Fall 2016 release Available from 21.10.2016

Puccio Roelens – Musica Per Commenti Sonori (LP+CD)
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Puccio Roelens – Musica Per Commenti Sonori (LP+CD)

Image: 1606516 “Musica per commenti sonori”, also known as “Lipstick” and released by Costanza, came out in 1979 and is one of Roelen’s latest examples of library music before his death, which occurred in 1985. The tracks are often characterized by a typical late-seventies funky mood, but they also feature some laid down moments that would sound great in some erotic films soundtracks. ‘Music for all hours’ says the back cover, and that’s perfectly true!

Amleto Armando Roelens, also known under the artistic pseudonym of Puccio, had a musical career almost entirely devoted to jazz, he was one of the first, with his orchestra, to play music that, especially at the end of World War II, was regarded as a bad import product. After some collaborations with RAI, the Italian national television, his meeting with another composer, Armando Sciascia, made it possible for him to arrange many albums released by Vedette Records (Sciascia’s own label) and, in the mid-seventies, to compose some of the rarest and most precious library music, this includes the ultra-cult “Feelings”, on behalf of Jay Richford and Gary Stevan, which sees Stefano Torossi, Sandro Brugnolini and Giancarlo Gazzani’s collaboration.

“Musica per commenti sonori”, also known as “Lipstick” and released by Costanza, came out in 1979 after a couple of memorable LP’s, “Research Of Sound” and “Rock Satellite”, and is one of Roelen’s latest examples of library music before his death, which occurred in 1985. As in the two previous albums, the tracks are often characterized by a typical lateseventies funky mood, but they also feature some laid down moments that would sound great in some erotic films soundtracks. ‘Music for all hours’ says the back cover, and that’s perfectly true. For those wishing to have fun dancing, there’s nothing better than to set the turntable needle on tracks such as “Slip Back”, “Cobwebs”, “Leewards” and “Lipstick”, while for the hottest nightlife interludes we recommend “Rusty Letters” and “Effuse” without any hesitations. Puccio Roelens style…

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Slip back
A2 Rusty letters
A3 Cobwebs
A4 Quick step
A5 Leewards
B1 Lipstick
B2 Make up
B3 Effuse
B4 Bus stop Available from 21.10.2016

Zalla (Piero Umiliani) – Suspense (LP+CD)
Friday, August 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Zalla (Piero Umiliani) – Suspense (LP+CD)

Image: 1605759 Among all the aliases used by the great Piero Umiliani, M. Zalla is perhaps his richest and surprisingly multifarious. “Suspense” perfectly anticipates what you will hear in its seventeen songs: tension, gloomy atmospheres, mystery and, needless to say, suspense elements that convey anxiety and distress. Thanks to the clever use of Moog and keyboards, c ombined with magnificent orchestral arrangements, the tracks rapidly flow one after another in a cre scendo that leaves you breathless.

Among all the aliases used by the great Piero Umiliani, M. Zalla is perhaps his most rich and surprisingly multifarious: mainly used to produce experimental records that had little commercial appeal, this ‘nom de plume’ (along with Moggi) is tied to memorable episodes of his career, releases such as “Problemi d’oggi” (literally “Today’s Problems”), “Mondo inquieto” (i.e. “An Unsettling World”), and also “Suspense”, now reissued by Schema Records.

And if titles such as those mentioned above may somehow disguise the musical content (electronic music, by the way), “Suspense” perfectly anticipates what you will hear in its seventeen songs. A full-black front cover, the title written with yellow coloured typeface (it couldn’t be any different) for an album that promises tension, gloomy atmospheres, mystery and, needless to say, suspense elements that convey anxiety and distress. Thanks to the clever use of Moog and keyboards, combined with magnificent orchestral arrangements, the tracks rapidly flow one after another in a crescendo that leaves you breathless, to cite the title of one of the best tracks.

And, speaking about the titles of the tracks, what better way to introduce this reissue to the public other than quoting “Suspense notturna”, “Paura sul fondo”, “Killer”, “Inquieto”, “Suspense angosciosa”, “Evasione notturna” and my favourite one, “Suspense atomica”. A treat for your ears, and another fundamental piece to reconstruct the story of a Master of Italian music. Lean back in your chair and turn off the light…

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Paura sul fondo
A2 Insonnia
A3 Fascia di tensione
A4 Flauto in suspense
A5 Col fiato sospeso
A6 Ambiguo
A7 Suspense notturna
A8 Dietro le sbarre
A9 Rimorsi
B1 Inchiesta
B2 Killer
B3 Monotony
B4 Suspense angosciosa
B5 Inquieto
B6 Giallo
B7 Suspense atomica
B8 Evasione notturna Available from 07.10.2016

Reggae Gold 2016
Monday, July 18th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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The crucial mix of Dancehall-Reggae and One Drop by all current Jamaican stars and upcoming artists. Also included is the “Good Times” collaboration by Jamie XX with Young Thug & Popcaan, the massive global success “Cheerleader” by OMI and as well Soca hero Bunji Garlin alongside Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley”. 18-track CD with additional second […]

‘Disaster Piece’ is the heavy new album from UK grime crew Roll Deep founding member MC Flowdan
Monday, July 4th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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‘Disaster Piece’ is the heavy new album from one of the founding members of UK grime crew Roll Deep, MC Flowdan. Carving his own path with his debut on Tru Thoughts, the record is a melodic grime symphony built up of standout tunes which take you on a dark path, crossing all ilks of grime. […]

It’s time for Reggae Gold 2016!
Friday, July 1st, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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The crucial mix of Dancehall-Reggae and One Drop by all current Jamaican stars and upcoming artists. Also included is the “Good Times” collaboration by Jamie XX with Young Thug & Popcaan, the massive global success “Cheerleader” by OMI and as well Soca hero Bunji Garlin alongside Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley”. Longplay 18-track CD plus a […]

SunPath – Dream Music
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on SunPath – Dream Music

Image: 1604453 SunPath is the 1980s outsider New Age music of nomadic
journeyman Jeff Berry.Self-released and privately distributed around
the southwest United States in 1980 and 1984, the coveted material
is now seeing the light of sun for the first time since its genesis.
Currently living in rural Wyoming, Jeff reflects on the Dream Music
to Leaving Records:
“In 1980 several unique events prompted me to jump from the edge
of my known world into other spaces and other places … during the
early 80s, each year I chose a vision or theme and created a work
of music based upon it.
One of the many things that made working on the SunPath music
compositions so interesting and compelling is that in order to evoke
visual images I would spend considerable time searching for specific
sounds.To do that I constructed many different kinds of instruments
and devices – the following details some of this process and how I
combined these acoustical sounds electronically to create a blend
of music not really describable from either medium – all treated with
experimental tape-transferring to induce artifact and generation of
overtone sequences.
In the years that followed, I became more acutely aware of walking
upon the borderline of other dimensions of reality. Even as I write at
this moment if I step outside into the snow and look at a single pine
needle or twig, it glows and shimmers as if flickering in and out of
the solid reality we most normally inhabit. Everything in the natural
world has this quality and I am most perplexed and astounded at
every moment of my being.”

Yasimin and the Snowflake Dragon (1980):
1. Jasmine
2. Snow Flake Dragon
SunPath2 (1984):
1. Gá Te
2. Stream and Crystal

• Privately-issued New Age/Psychedelic gems from 1980 and 1984, revived and reissued by Leaving Records
• The two tapes are duplicated exactly as they were originally released, with 6-panel j-cards containing extensive liner notes.
• The tapes are bundled in a midnight blue & gold sleeve, and come with immediate digital download Available from 01.07.2016

James Brown Revue – Live At The Apollo (1972)
Friday, April 15th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on James Brown Revue – Live At The Apollo (1972)

Image: 1602550 “For the ten years leading up to 1972, the James Brown Revue was an outright superfunk freight train, speeding around the world and crushing all competition. This
dominance stretched beyond the charts, too – the group was even more dynamic and exciting on stage, a fact that kept them sleepless and on the move, as audiences
demanded more.
From 1963 to 1971, James Brown had released not one but three albums recorded live at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. The first volume of the series is still rightfully
revered today as one of the greatest live albums of all time. But Volumes II (1968) and III (1971 – aka Revolution Of The Mind) were no slackers either, showing James and
his incredible band (with talent including “Pee Wee” Ellis, Fred Wesley, John “Jabo” Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, Maceo Parker, Lyn Collins, Bobby Byrd and many more)
at the peak of their respective powers each time, playing a litany of JB hits.
Because of this, it will always be a mystery as to why Volume IV, which was recorded at the Apollo on September 14, 1972, was shelved. This is in no small part because
the performers and songs heard here are some of the Godfather of Soul’s (and the JBs’) strongest. But shelved it was, full of fire but languishing for decades in the Polydor
vaults.
Thankfully we can now put that all behind us, with the first-time-ever-on-vinyl release of this incredible concert, from more than four decades ago.
One look at the tracklist will make you salivate: from instrumental JBs classics like “Pass the Peas,” “Gimme Some More” and “Hot Pants Road” to James’ own 1972 smash
vocal “There It Is,” the assembled group of musical geniuses – including trombonist and bandleader Fred Wesley, saxophonist St. Clair Pinckney, guitarists Hearlon
“Cheese” Martin and Jimmy “Chank” Nolan, bassist Fred Thomas, and Brown himself on organ – smash through James’ New New Super Heavy Funk with ridiculous
power, control and panache. Included here, beyond the music, are in-between song introductions and banter, which bring you right into the front row.
This live album stands apart because it was conceptualized to showcase James Brown’s favorite players – The JBs – and vocalists, Bobby Byrd and Lyn Collins, who had
their own R & B smashes on the People label. And these supreme talents get plenty of space to shine here: Collins’ “Do Your Thing” and “Think (About It)” and Byrd’s
“Keep On Doin’ (What You’re Doin’),” alongside “I Know You Got Soul” simply levitate the bandstand.
This future classic is a clear reminder that James Brown was as much of a talent scout as he was a more-than-legendary performer. And while other “Live At The Apollo”
releases focused on his own incredible music, here he gives the stage to the musicians that brought his work to life and kept his legend going for decades.

Future generations won’t have to wonder why this music was held back for so long, because they will always have this album – and once you hear the first notes, you won’t worry any more either. You
will sit back, let some of the greatest musicians of all time blow your mind, and smile for several days straight. So put the needle on the record and let it begin.”

Danny Ray – Introduction Of The J.B.’s
The J.B.’s – Hot Pants Road
The J.B.’s – From The Back Side
The J.B.’s – Wine Spot
Fred Wesley – Introduction Of James Brown
James Brown – Never Can Say Goodbye
The J.B.’s – Pass The Peas
The J.B.’s – Honky Tonk
James Brown – Introduction By James Brown
The J.B.’s – Gimme Some More
James Brown – There It Is
Danny Ray – Introduction Of Lyn Collins
Lyn Collins – Do Your Thing
Lyn Collins – Think (About It)
Lyn Collins – I’ll Take You There
Danny Ray – Introduction Of Bobby Byrd
Bobby Byrd – I Know You Got Soul
Bobby Byrd – (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right
Bobby Byrd – Keep On Doin’ What You’re Doin’ Available from 16.04.2016

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

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

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

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

Suzanne Ciani – Buchla Concerts
Friday, March 25th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Suzanne Ciani – Buchla Concerts

Image: 1603282 Finders Keepers invite you to witness the incredible first ever Buchla synthesiser concerts/demonstrations providing a distinctive feminine alternative to The Silver Apples Of The Moon if they had ever been presented in phonographic form. This is history in the remaking.

This spring Finders Keepers Records are proud to release an archival project that not only redefines musical history but boasts genuine claim to the overused buzzwords such as pioneering, maverick, experimental, groundbreaking and esoteric, while questioning social politics and the evolution of music technology as we’ve come to understand it. To describe this records as a game-changer is an understatement. This record represents a musical revolution, a scientific benchmark and a trophy in the cabinet of counter culture creativity. This record is a triumphant yardstick in the synthesiser space race and the untold story of the first woman on the proverbial moon. While pondering the early accolades of this record it’s daunting to learn that this record was in fact not a record at all… It was a manifesto and a gateway to a new world, that somehow never quite opened. If the unfamiliar, modernistic, melodic, pulses, tones and harmonics found on this 1975 live presentation/grant application/educational demonstration had been placed in a phonographic context alongside the promoted work of Morton Subotnick, Walter Carlos or Tomita then the name Suzanne Ciani and her influence would have already radically changed the shape, sound and gender of our record collections. Hopefully there is still chance.

In short, Suzanne was a self-imposed twenty-year-old employee of the Buchla modular synthesiser company, San Francisco’s neck and neck contender to New York’s Moog. Buchla was run by a community of festival freaks and academic acid eaters whose roots in new age lifestyles and the reinvention of art and music replaced the business acumen enjoyed by its likeminded East Coasters. In the eyes of the consumer the creative refusal to adopt rudimentary facets like a piano keyboard controller rendered the Buchla synthesiser the more obscure stubborn sister of the synth marathon, steering these incredible units away from the mainstream into the homes and studios of free music aficionados, art house composers and die-hard revolutionaries. Championed and semi-showcased by composer Morton Subotnick on his albums The Bull and Silver Apples Of The Moon, Buchla’s versatility began to open the minds of a new generation, but the high-end design features and no-compromise modus operandi was often confused with incompatibility and, in the pulsating shadow of Moog’s marketing, the revolution would not be televised nor patronised. Suzanne Ciani, as one of the very few female composers on the frontline (and also providing the back line) did not lose faith.

These “concerts” are the epitome of rare music technology historic documents, performed by a real musician whose skills and academic education in classical composition already outweighed her male synthesiser contemporaries of twice her age. At the very start of her fragile career these recordings are nothing short of sacrificial ode to her mentor and machine, sonic pickets of the revolution and love letters to an absolutely genuine vision of and ‘alternative’ musical future. In denouncing her own precocious polymathmatic past in a bid to persuade the world to sing from a new hymn sheet, Suzanne Ciani created a bi-product of never before heard music that would render the pigeon holes “ambient” and “futuristic” utterly inadequate. Providing nothing short of an entirely different feminine take on the experimental “records” of Morton Subotnick and proving to a small, judgmental audience and jury the true versatility of one of the most radical and idiosyncratic musical instruments of the 20th century. These recordings have not been heard since then.

The importance of these genuinely lost pieces of electronic musics puzzle almost eclipses the glaring detail of Suzanne’s gender as a distinct minority in an almost exclusively male dominated, faceless, coldly scientific landscape. Those familiar with Suzanne’s work, a vast vault of previously unpublished “non-records”, will already know how the creative politics in her art of “being” simultaneously reshaped the worlds of synth design, advertising and film composition before anyone had even dropped a stylus in her groove. Needless to say this record, finally commanding the archival format of choice, courtesy of the Ciani and Finders Keepers longstanding unison, was not the last “first” with which this hugely important composer would gift society, and the future of a wide range of exciting evolving creative disciplines.

You have found a holy grail of electronic music and a female musical pioneer who was too proactive to take the trophies. With the light of Buchla and Ciani’s initial flame Finders Keepers continues to take a torch through the vaults of this lesser-celebrated music legacy shining a beam on these “non-records” that evaded the limelight for almost half a century. You can’t write history when you are too busy making it. With fresh ink in the bottomless well, let’s start at the beginning. Again. You, are invited!

Tracklist:

1. Concert At WBAI Free Music Store
2. Concert At Phil Niblock’s Loft Available from 29.04.2016

Rosa Maria – Deixo Nao Deixa / Avenida Atlantica
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Rosa Maria – Deixo Nao Deixa / Avenida Atlantica

Well, this is a BIG 7″, what can we say – two monster funk/bossa nova cuts from Rosa Maria, that we play every time we go near the turntables. This is the first time we have reissued both cuts from the original 7″, that came out in 1972 on Tapecar. Ne…

The James Hunter Six – Something’s Calling / Talkin’ Bout My Love
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The James Hunter Six – Something’s Calling / Talkin’ Bout My Love

Image: 1601761 Within the House of Soul, the Daptone Staff is affectionately referred to as “The Hate Crew,” a name they have earned from their years of ruthless evisceration of anything which doesn’t meet their impossibly idealistic expectations. Armed with rolling eyes and barbs of sarcasm, they are the true guardians of the Daptone Sound. The problem is, this new James Hunter single has turned them all into adorable little kittens. They spend all day mewing to the ballads and scampering about to the uptempo cuts instead of selling records. In an effor t to save the company, label Boss Neal Sugarman declared a “Hunter Free Zone,” but when he tried to pr y the test pressing of Hunter’s latest single from the office turntable and replace it with something a bit more hate-able, the needle slipped and dropped back into the grooves of “Something’ s Calling,” irreversibly morphing him too into a small playful kitten. Meow , James Hunter . Meow . Available from 22.01.2016

Fadoul – Arabic funk music with a punk attitude
Friday, December 11th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Eight tracks of raw Arabic funk music, none of these have ever been reissued before. So far Fadoul (or Fadaul, or Faddoul, the transcribtion of his name to latin letters differs)& his music had not been rediscovered, as a matter of fact most of those songs still left no trace whatsoever in the world wide […]

Ephemerals – Things/Loving Guaranteed
Friday, December 4th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ephemerals – Things/Loving Guaranteed

Image: 1601197 Deep, mellow soul here. Two tracks taken from their debut LP, “Nothin
Is Easy”. These two were remixed and remastered for Colemine by
Leroi Conroy. Fans of Lee Fields, Aloe Blacc, or Leon Bridges will
dig the vibes here for sure.
Ephemerals are a London based soul family featuring an allstar cast
of musicians. Founded by Hillman Mondegreen, writer-producer and
founder member for Hannah Williams and The Tastemakers, he felt
instantly that Franglo-American singer Wolfgang Valbrun was the
perfect voice to deliver a debut album that is fresh and soulful and will
command some serious attention. Wolf, originally from New York but
who has been living in Paris since the age of 14, only began singing
in public three years ago, but has quickly established himself as a
continental star with his band Marvellous. Next is Damian, who also
plays trumpet for Kalakuta Millionaires and is in Hillman’s afrobeat
supergroup Keke Mokoro. Then Char, who plays baritone sax for
Dakhla, a band with a unique afrobeat/gypsy styling. Also James,
who plays organ for Hannah Williams, and Jimi Needles, who has
been Hillman’s drummer of choice since they met at university in
2008. Rob Jones was the final piece of the puzzle, recommended
to Hillman by WahWah45’s boss Dom Servini. He played every
instrument on the epic Gene Dudley Group album and was brought
in to play bass with his trademark tone and casual style.
Available from 11.12.2015

Alemayehu Eshete / Girma Beyene – Telantena Zare / Ene Negn Bay Manesh
Thursday, November 19th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alemayehu Eshete / Girma Beyene – Telantena Zare / Ene Negn Bay Manesh

Image: 1600957 Alèmayèhu Eshèté – Telantena Zaré

The second time Eshete – aka the Ethiopian James Brown aka Abyssinian Elvis – has appeared in the series to date. This time in jazzier form. Upbeat piano, guitar and distinctive vocals accompanied by tough but subtle drums.

Originally released on 7″ on Amha Records AE 780 in 1974. Needless to say, it’s nigh on impossible to find.

Girma Bèyènè – Ene Negn bay manesh

Reminiscent of the great works of Mulatu, ‘Ene Negn bay manesh’ is a beautifully deep groover, featuring Beyene’s vocal – unusual for him, he usually recorded instrumentals – subtle guitar, organ and horn lines.

Originally released, once again, on Ethipion label Amha Records AE 210, in 1969.

Listen: https://soundcloud.com/mrbongo/sets/africa-45-10-girma-beyene-ene-negn-bay-manesh-girma-beyene-ene-negn-bay-manesh/s-kF2h0 Available from 15.01.2016

Fadoul – Al Zman Saib (LP+MP3)
Friday, October 30th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fadoul – Al Zman Saib (LP+MP3)

Image: 1600587 8 tracks of raw Arabic funk music, none of these have ever been reissued before. So far Fadoul (or Fadaul, or Faddoul, the transcribtion of his name to latin letters differs)& his music had not been rediscovered, as a matter of fact most of those songs still left no trace whatsoever in the world wide web. It took us 2 years and countless trips to Morocco to find the artists family to license the release from them. Vinyl and CD edition come with liner notes, unseen live photos and lyrics translations.

From the press release:
“There was one record in particular that caught my attention. It was by a band called „Fadaul et les Privileges“ and mentioned James Brown in the writing credits of the song „Sid Redad“ on the a-side. Needless to say my expectations were high. The first time I heard the record I was blown away. A cover of James Brown’s „Papa got a brand new bag“ sung in arabic and backed by a rawly recorded three piece band. It’s hard to describe the music without having listened to it, but as time went by I somehow ended up summarizing it as Arabic funk played with a punk attitude. A description, that I feel, comes fairly close. Soon I became obsessed by the record but nobody seemed to know anything about the vinyl or the artists, even google didn’t help. A true gem forgotten about through the passages of time. I kept on traveling to Morocco trying to find infos about the artists, which did not end up being fruitful during the first couple of trips. What kept me going was the fact that over the course of the next years I kept on finding different records by Fadoul, in the end a total of four. They all had the raw sound aesthetic of „Sid Redad“. Energetic performances, a mighty voice and a very lively atmosphere that was preserved in the recordings.”

“Sid Redad” has gotten plays on BBC, Radio Nova and more, our Habibi Funk mixes habe been featured by The Guardian, Radio Nova, Waxpoetics, okayplayer.com, konbini.fr and many more.

“Is that Arabic? Very FUXXXING COOL!!“ DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5)

Available from 11.12.2015

Ephemerals new album ‘Chasin Ghosts’ is the follow up to their breakthrough album ‘Nothing Is Easy’
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Ephemerals new album ‘Chasin Ghosts’ is the follow up to their breakthrough album ‘Nothing Is Easy’ and looks set to further build on the fast growing UK and international fanbase that saw them tour their debut extensively, including shows at key festivals like Glastonbury, Bestival and Mostly Jazz and score a sync in hit US […]

Ephemerals
Monday, October 19th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Ephemerals are a London based soul family featuring an allstar cast of musicians. Founded by Hillman Mondegreen, writer-producer and founder member for Hannah Williams and The Tastemakers, he felt instantly that Franglo-American singer Wolfgang Valbrun was the perfect voice to deliver a debut album that is fresh and soulful and will command some serious attention. […]

Various – Praise Poems Vol.2 (2LP+MP3)
Friday, July 24th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Praise Poems Vol.2 (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1598447 “…,don’t ask if there will ever be a Volume 2. We don’t know yet. What we do know is that if we ever come across a similar tour de force as Don McCaslin’s composition [Praise Poems], then there will certainly be one…,”

These were the final words of the sales notes of Praise Poems Volume 1 which we proudly released earlier this year. And indeed, since then, we discovered a tune which led us to continue to curate this series of obscure, soulful, jazzy and spiritual sounds from back in the day.

The song to which we refer to is Abraham Battat’s jazz-samba masterpiece, Fly Away. Fly Away is a righteous combination of sonorous jazz guitar, crackling drums and warm acoustic piano. Floating through the tones as if in a private concert for you in your very living room is an earnest, honest vocal performance bringing a rainbow message of freedom and liberty to the world. This is the standard by which we judged the entirety of this compilation.

Though they may be known in some circles, In the same category of pure beauty are selections by Richard Martian, Larry Covin, and The Gingerbread Express. Of course, good luck finding a copy of Larry Covin’s Masquerade or the Portis Brothers’ Summer Love. The single hit you receive while doing an online search is the exact same copy from which we took the master. To find a needle in a haystack is a cakewalk compared to turning up a copy of some of these gems to be found here.

Rarity is important, quality is more important, and whether a song has been compiled yet is of the highest consideration. In this case, all but one of them have yet to be compiled elsewhere. By and large, this compilation highlights a unique historical context in the development and splintering of the streams of funk, soul and jazz. There are plenty of true funk elements. There is a spectrum of electronic synth experiments. There is rich post-post-bop instrumentalism, and at least one instance of wah wah flute! And of course, and perhaps most importantly, there is a pervasive message of the attainment of freedom, whether it be through non-attachment, space travel, social action, spirituality, or musical genre blending. The Praise Poems series is an attempt at a faithful snapshot of this revolutionary music before it began it’s inevitable backslide into the bourgeois excesses of the jazz-fusion genre. Call it proto-fusion? Exemplified in performances like the cosmic bossa-odyssey of Third Stream, the jazz-pre-fusion of Seeds of Fulfillment, modal-tribal and chant explorations by Bobby Boyd Congress, the cinematic audiophilia of Belgium’s Soul Scratchers, the electro-acoustic blend of folk, percussion, and jazz by John Finnigan and Maureen Finlon, or an undeniable funky theatricality by Larry Dismond that would make Galt Macdermot proud.

All of them finally getting the attention they deserve.

Key selling points:

– most of the songs appear on CD/digital for the very first-time

– the vinyl LP comes with a full album download code

– 12-page CD-booklet and deluxe double gatefold cover contain detailed liner notes and unseen pictures

Tracklisting
1. Fly Away – Abraham Battat
2. Dawn – Richard Martian & Co.
3. Missed Another Day – The Gingerbread Express
4. Would You Believe – Gloria Rosebud Black
5. Spanish Guitar (feat. Willie Moore’s Quintet) – Jimmy Briggs
6. In A Galaxy Far Away – Third Stream
7. The Dude – Joe B
8. The Provider – Seeds of Fulfillment
9. Masquerade – Larry Covin
10. In A Strange Strange Land – Bobby Boyd Congress
11. Wild Wild World – Larry Dismond
12. Take You For A Ride – St. John’s Wood
13. Seasons of Doubt – Finnigan/Finlan
14. When The Time Is Right – Timberlake
15. Summer Love – Portis Brothers
16. Midnight and You – Odyssey Group
17. Scratch My Back – Soul Scratchers Available from 11.09.2015

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