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GReeeN – Vergessenes Königreich (New Green Order Records)
Friday, August 28th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Sehr gut produzierter Hippie-Rap mit Reggae-Einschlag, der radiotauglich daherkommt und vollen Support von Booking-Boss Kool Savas hat, den er auf Tour begleitet – das ist GReeeN!

CD NGO001-2 / 2CD NGO001LTD
Release: 28-08-15
The acclaimed Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalists in Menahan Street Band are back with a new album
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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The acclaimed Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalists in Menahan Street Band are set to release sophomore album The Crossing via Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records. In addition to their role as the official house band for Brooklyn-based Dunham Records, Menahan Street Band has received critical praise for their oft-sampled 2008 debut album Make The Road By Walking (sampled […]

Sonorama Records presents “Now’s The Time – Deep German Jazz Grooves 1956 – 1965” …
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 | Tags: ,
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The compilation “Now’s The Time – Deep German Jazz Grooves 1956 – 1965” is available as Digipak-CD including a 12-page booklet + limited edition vinyl LP with paper insert. Including rare and exciting modern jazz music of legendary German musicians such as Albert and Emil Mangelsdorff, Rolf Kuehn, Inge Brandenburg, Michael Naura, Joki Freund, Horst […]

Auf seinem neuen Album “Vergessenes Königreich” präsentiert GReeeN radiotauglichen Hippie-Rap mit Reggae-Einschlag
Monday, August 24th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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GReeeN
Monday, August 24th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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GReeeN ist neu, innovativ und bereits jetzt auf der Überholspur. Bevor er als Solokünstler 2013 begann Musik zu veröffentlichen, war er drei Jahre lang mit seinem Partner “der Rote” als Duo “dieZwei” auf mehr als 100 Auftritten in Deutschland unterwegs. Kurz bevor das Duo sein erstes Album veröffentlichen wollte, entschied sich GReeeNs damaliger Partner seine […]

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2016
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2016 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Mitarbeiter von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen Highlights aus Musik & Film der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend sind ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen […]

Agoria
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Sébastien Devaud, aka Agoria, entered the world of electronic dance music at a peculiar moment in time. Unlike the first generation of techno producers, he’s too young to have been actively listening to early 80’s electronic pop by groups such as Depeche Mode or New Order. But unlike younger DJs and musicians, he’s been exposed […]

Les Yper Sound – Explorations In Drums & Sax
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Les Yper Sound – Explorations In Drums & Sax

Image: 1606079 • An all-instrumental journey through numerous genre-crossing worlds. Features members of Antibalas (Daptone Records) and Beastie Boys’ synth master Money Mark. Coke bottle clear vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

1. Step Away
2. Woodland
3. Paella Bahia
4. Ambiguity
5. Well-Tempered Water
6. Potato Brain
7. Eastern Parkway
8. Coffee Étude
9. Return To
10. Bogen & Roland
11. August 25th
12. RSVP
13. Dark Yoga
14. Sleepover

Les Yper Sound presents an all-instrumental journey through the many worlds of drums and saxophones. In early 2016, New York session musicians Miles Arntzen and Jas Walton—who both currently play in Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas—began experimenting with their respective instruments in Miles’s Greenwich Village basement. They composed demos that were made up of Miles’s percussion, Jas’s woodwinds, and the sounds of everyday objects.

The style of recording and manipulating everyday ‘non-musical’ sounds was born in Paris during the 1940s and dubbed “musique concrète.” This revolutionary process seeped into pop music in the mid-‘60s, and now—due to ever-advancing music technology—it is a staple of mainstream music. Explorations of Drums & Sax is a hat tip to the novelty of recorded sounds back when they were still weird and way out.

As well as experimenting with the early laboratory process of musique concrète, Miles notes, “usually one of us was coming from something else, from a rehearsal with so-and-so right to my basement and just jumping right in. There was no time to think about what might be seeping in influence-wise, but it was always related to all the other things we were doing.” The duo began working together in 2009 when they started the band EMEFE in jazz school. Between each of their sidemen gigs with other artists, they steal time to get together and spin their own creations.

While touring with Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor supergroup Atomic Bomb!, Jas met Beastie Boys’ synth master Money Mark and Sudanese-pop artist Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab). In March, the four of them convened in Brooklyn to record under the project name Les Yper Sound, titled after Pierre Henry’s 1967 musique concrète EP. This studio-oriented team of multi-instrumentalists—who are all producers in their own right—digested Miles and Jas’s original basement demos and began improvising new works during sessions at Shahzad Ismaily’s new Figure 8 studio in Prospect Heights.

The process-based sessions were engineered and mixed by tUnE-yArDs mastermind Eli Crews and produced by Lily Wen. During these spring workshop days, the group built new songs from found objects such as a coins, pickups, a coffee maker, and a tape head stylus.

The group picked up and played whatever was lying around, found a groove together, and sometimes recorded only one take. Other times they looped a small caught moment and layered other elements on top of it. The field recorder and vocoder from a previous band session were put to good use, and the group stayed inspired thanks to donuts and Shane’s restaurant around the corner.

On November 4, Figure & Ground releases its sophomore album Explorations of Drums & Sax comprised of 14 original tracks by Les Yper Sound. The album pulls from the group’s eclectic influences and showcases the drums and sax surrounded by an array of acoustic and electronic sounds all rooted in rhythm and pop melodies.

“It’s all about finding that starting point,” says Jas, “and everything blossoms from there.”

As Miles puts it, “we would just start with an improvisational sound, do that for three minutes, build a song around it, and then maybe at the end of the whole thing, you can’t even hear that first thing anymore but it’s a part of everything else that happened around it. When you play a rhythm on a cool-sounding prepared piano, you don’t know what genre you’re in. Maybe it will become a Brazilian jam or maybe it’ll become a soulful groove—and all that happened in the studio. You’re letting the sound of something dictate and inspire you.”

Money Mark, who studied with the early electronic instrument pioneers, revealed some of his ‘recording hacks’ and found the musical in non-traditional objects. Miles recalls: “We went out to lunch and Money Mark was missing somewhere, and he comes back with two TV speakers and says: ‘We could just plug these into an amp and hit them with your fingers—one’s a little broken but maybe it could be the snare,’ and that’s is exactly what happened. We come back from lunch, plug them into a bass amp, and sure enough it’s perfect.” Listen & find out more here. Available from 04.11.2016

Ripperton
Monday, July 4th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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With an artist name derived from the legendary soul singer Minnie Riperton, it’s crystal clear everything is based around soul for Raphael Gros aka Ripperton aka Headless Ghost. Mid-noughties, Ripperton gained massive attention through his his Lazy Fat People project releasing on labels such as Border Community, Planet E, and Wagon Repair. It was in […]

Reggie Blount – Space Bitch / Stimulant
Monday, June 20th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reggie Blount – Space Bitch / Stimulant

Image: 1604746 Reggie Blount’s new 7”, “Space Bitch/Stimulant” is up for preorder
from Hobo Camp Records, and both tracks feature vocals from your
favorite dirty old man of mystery, Zackey Force Funk. The two have
a long history of collaboration starting in Tuscon, AZ years ago,
including tracks on Zackey’s solo albums Money Green Viper and
Electron Don, and now this 7”. Reggie as a producer was a very
early adopter to the current funk movement, with seminal EPs on
Clone in 2010 and 2012. Available from 15.07.2016

2tall – Lost Stories
Saturday, March 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on 2tall – Lost Stories

Image: 1602904 Lost Stories is a collection of 18 beats from the archives of English
producer Jim Coles, best known today as Om Unit, and released by
Justin “Kutmah” McNulty’s IZWID label. The album is both a portrait
of the artist as a young man, and the completion of a circle, ten years
in the making, that stretches from London to Los Angeles.
Before he became Om Unit, Coles was working under the name
2tall. Throughout the 2000s he lived in and around London, lodging
in various smoky flats where he would set up an always shifting
home studio. Days were spent studying music, meditating, and
learning the ropes of electronic music production while also honing
sharp turntablist skills.
Between 2005 and 2008, Coles made a lot of beats, part and parcel
of his artistic growth. Lost Stories collects eighteen of the best,
unearthed from old hard drives and Cubase sessions and never
heard until now. Influence came from American labels such as Plug
Research, Ghostly International, Poobah, and Stones Throw where
a new generation of artists worked in a middle ground between hiphop
and electronic, a place of infinite possibilities.
The album shows a maturing 2tall sound while sketching out the
outlines of what would become Om Unit: you can hear it all in
the swing of ‘Potholes’, the confident chug of ‘Timeless World’, the
hypnotic bass of ‘The Roller’, the awkward loop of ’30 mins’, the strut
of ‘Night Vision’, and the uplifting vibes of ‘Over The Clouds’.
Kutmah first discovered 2tall’s music after Ras G had ordered copies
of his last album into Poobah Records. Years before they ever set
eyes on each other, the two were connected through a mutual
appreciation of their respective work. Lost Stories came together
during a joint Australian tour in spring 2014. Featuring artwork
by Kutmah, it captures a moment in time when experimentation
mattered above all else, when possibilities felt abundant, and when
a beat could be a doorway into infinity. And it also reminds us that
you must remember where you came from in order to understand
where you’re going.

1. Test
2. Industry Chant
3. Rolstrom Syndrome
4. Timeless World
5. Fish Bait
6. Skit Alpha
7. Potholes
8. The Roller
9. Raw Guilty
10. Jackson Clap
11. For My Sins
12. Basic Prince
13. The Womp Womp
14. Over The Clouds
15. 30 Mins
16. Night Vision
17. Iron Caterpillar
18. Dark Lord

• Lost Stories is a collection of 18 beats from the archives of
English producer Jim Coles, best known today as Om Unit,
and released by Justin “Kutmah” McNulty’s IZWID label
• Mastered at Metropolis, London
• Limited Edition Green Vinyl with Hand Screen Printed Jacket
by Hit+Run Available from 29.04.2016

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2015
Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2015 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Mitarbeiter von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen Highlights aus Musik & Film der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend sind ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen […]

Agoria
Monday, November 23rd, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Sébastien Devaud, aka Agoria, entered the world of electronic dance music at a peculiar moment in time. Unlike the first generation of techno producers, he’s too young to have been actively listening to early 80’s electronic pop by groups such as Depeche Mode or New Order. But unlike younger DJs and musicians, he’s been exposed […]

Capital Letters – Vinyard
Friday, April 17th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Capital Letters – Vinyard

Image: 1596253 Overdue re-issue of the longplayer from 1982 of this great UK Reggae band. LP-vinyl has the original album track order and also for the first time on CD with seven additional tracks including John Peel session tracks. The Capital Letters have reformed in 2013 and perform live again.

K e y f a c t s

– The Capital Letters have reformed and are busy rehearsing for shows in support of this album release.

– “Vinyard” is deep roots UK style – highly regarded 1982 classic from the golden age of UK reggae.

– Championed by John Peel, Capital Letters’ single “Smoking My Ganja” became one of the best-selling reggae records of 1978.

– The success of debut album “Headline News” from 1979 led to successful tours all across the UK and mainland Europe where the band established a loyal fan base.

– CD extra tracks feature four previously unreleased “Headline News” tracks along with the legendary BBC John Peel session.

– Tracks 1 to 10 Original Vinyard album that saw limited 1982 release in Germany and Scandinavia only. Produced by Capital Letters at Recordway Studios, Frankfurt

– Tracks 11 to 14 previously unreleased out-takes from the original 1979 Greensleeves album ‘Headline News’. Produced by Chris Cracknell at TMC Studios, London

– Tracks 15 to 17 previously unreleased BBC John Peel session from 1979. Produced by Bob Sargent for the BBC

Line-Up
Vocals & Guitar: Danny McKeb
Vocals: Dalton Harvey, Ray Louis
Bass: Junior Brown
Drums: Roderick Garvey
Guitar: Corbert Scarlett, Stewart Barrington
Percussion: Wenty Stewart

Produced and mixed by Capital Letters and Laslo Viragh

Tracklisting:
CD
1. Muss Muss
2. Murdering Style
3. No Jobs
4. Why
5. Vinyard
6. How Far
7. Baggawolf
8. Old Old Owl
9. Africa Bound
10. Fi Wi Parents
11. Oh Politician
12. What Would You Do
13. Fall In Love Forever
14. How Far Can A Man Run
15. Rasta Seh (BBC John Peel Session)
16. Fire (BBC John Peel Session)
17. Smoking My Ganja (BBC John Peel Session)

LP
A1. Muss Muss
A2. Murdering Style
A3. No Jobs
A4. Why
A5. Vinyard
B1. How Far
B2. Baggawolf
B3. Old Old Owl
B4. Africa Bound
B5. Fi Wi Parents

UK MARKETING

Press
Record Collector Magazine ½ page group advert June edition
Echoes Magazine ½ page group advert June edition
Digital
United Reggae 4 week web banner Commencing week of release
Reggaeville 1 week web banner Commencing week of release

PROMOTION
Press
Reviews / interviews targeted in:
Echoes Magazine Interview / Review by John Masouri
Record Collector Review
Reggae Vibes Interview / Review
Digital
Social Media Campaign (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.) Available from 29.05.2015

Staff Charts 2014
Friday, December 19th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2014 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Angestellten von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen musikalischen Highlights der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend haben wir ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen Geschäftspartnern, Medienpartnern, […]

Ripperton
Monday, June 30th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Raphael Ripperton is one of the Switzerland’s busiest DJs and producers. Since his beginnings as a DJ in 1993 he has played at numerous clubs around the world and been a member of various bands, one of whom won a Diesel U Music Award in 2003. With an artist name derived from the legendary soul […]

Staff Charts 2013
Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The year 2013 is almost over. In good old tradition we asked around what some of the employees of Groove Attack, Rough Trade, and GoodToGo have been listening to during the past twelve months. These are the results … On this occasion the entire team would like to wish everybody Merry Christmas and a happy […]

Bloc Party – Tapes
Thursday, October 31st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bloc Party – Tapes

Image: 1584672
Thought you had Bloc Party pegged? Prepare to be surprised. Make that
very surprised. The London four-piece have always had an undertow of
dance music, something to do with their propulsive rhythm section
perhaps, but their Instalment in the !K7 Tapes series, selected and mixed
by Kele, is pretty much a full-on dance*oor set full of twists and turns.
“We always respected dance music,” explains Kele. “It’s where lots of
ideas for our songs started. Our *rst single, ‘She’s Hearing Voices’, was
very much inspired by the image of people dancing. Rhythm and groove
has always been important to the band and I wanted to re*ect that. I
guess it’s something that I’m taking further with this mix.”
A lot further. The Tapes concept is a mix along the lines of an old school
cassette tape, two sides with different moods on each. Kele’s starts in
familiar territory and builds towards something altogether new. It’s a love
letter to Bloc Party fans, a journey charting the band’s in*uences and
favorite music. It moves from obscure post rock, through afro beat,
building to unashamed dance-*oor action in the form of house, garage
and electro, then fades into an afterglow of ambient mood music.
Exclusive to the mix is Kele’s remix of the Bloc Party track ‘Obscene’,
from the band’s ‘The Next Wave Sessions’ EP. The dark and moody
original is transformed into a UK bass banger. “I’ve been exploring the
idea of remixing other people’s music recently and I’m really enjoying it,”
he says. “You can be a lot less precious about things. I turned what is a
rather sombre ballad into a jacked-up early ‘90s house track. Remixing
is a good way of being creative without getting too attached to
something.”
The second half of the mix is dominated by house music, as Kele skillfully
turns up the temperature. Kele is keen to stress that embracing dance
music whole-heartedly is no fad. He’s thrown himself into DJing. “I think
it’s an art form,” he says. “It’s been quite eye-opening, seeing how you
can manipulate a crowd by tweaking a mixer. It’s exciting seeing how the
similarities in seemingly disparate worlds come together.” He pauses,
before adding: “I hope that this mix will illustrate where my fascination
with dance music has come from. To me dance music is about transcendence.
I think this mix will show it’s not just a passing thing. It’s
something that’s always been there and it’s something that I couldn’t live
without.”

Key Points
Exclusive track ‘Bloc Party – Obscene (Kele Okereke Remix)
Debut album ‘Silent Alarm’ named Indie Album of the Year 2006 Plug
Awards / NME Album of the Year.
Second Album ‘A Weekend In The City’ peaked at #2 in the UK Album
Chart / #12 in the Billboard 200.
Over 1 million Facebook likes / 100,000 Twitter followers
Cassette available with pre-orders
Release to be supported by a number of DJ dates

For Fans of
Bloc Party, Foals, Maximo Park, Wiley, Justin Martin, Claude
VonStroke, Jamie Jones, Carl Craig

TRACKLISTING CD
Zia / Manifesto Meditations – Intro
Do Make Say Think – I Love You (La La La)
Tweak / Tony Allen – Leroy
Wiley – Numbers In Action (Sticky Remix)
Wookie feat. Lain – Battle
French Fries – Space Alarm
Bloc Party – Obscene (Kele Okereke Remix)
Double 99 – RIP Groove
Fela Aniulapo Kuti & Afrika 70 – Shuffering & Shmiling
Torske – Jeg Vil Være Søppelmann
Larry Heard presents Mr. White – The Sun Can’t Compare
(Long Version)
Cajmere – Percolator (Jamie Jones Vault Mix)
Junior Boys – Like A Child (Carl Craig Remix)
Vaghe Stelle – The Platform (Samoyed Remix)
Jacques Greene – The Look (Koreless Remix)

www.blocparty.com
www.k7.com
www.facebook.com/blocpartyof*cial
www.facebook.com/k7records Available from 11.10.2013

Mario Rusca Trio – Reaction
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mario Rusca Trio – Reaction

Image: 1577186 Fantastic and rare debut LP of Italian jazz pianist as first re-release, recorded 1974 at the Fontana Studio in Milan for the small label Dynia World. Trio featuring Mario Rusca (piano), Franco Cerri`s son Stefano Cerri (electric bass) and Gianni Cazzola (drums). Fascinating Modern Jazz & Post-Bop album with shimmering sound colours and unique versions of Ron Carter’s “First Trip”, Monk’s “Straight No Chaser” or “Blue In Green” and “Waltz For Debby” by Bill Evans. Newly mastered for superior sound, with original artwork and sleeve notes as a 6-Page Digi-CD / Limited Vinyl LP / Download.

Mario Rusca made the first experiences years ago with a lot of performances in trio. From 1971 to 1974 Mario had a long collaboration with the famous violinist Joe Venuti. “Reaction”, finally reissued by Sonorama Records on CD/ LP/ DIGITAL, is his first album produced by Dynia World Records in 1974, performed with Franco Cerri`s son Stefano Cerri (el-b) and Gianni Cazzola (dr) – a long forgotten but definitely outstanding and fascinating modern jazz & post bop LP.

Original sleeve notes by Franco Fayenz (1974):

Jazz in Italy is about to rocket like a whizz kid, thanks mainly to the young crowd that is admiring the rock-tinged side of Black America’s music. Italy’s own jazz production though, is still caught in quite serious problems. For a considerable amount of time the in-crowd critics have determined the reasons behind these problems. They can be summarized as follows: a delayed start in comparison to other European countries, the scarce musical education in Italy, the indifference of mass media, but also the hurtful behaviour of certain journalists, who are always willing to mention that the worst Jazz in the whole of Europe is played in Italy.

Rather, it is true that the really good Italian Jazz musicians are few, which is easy to understand by looking at what it says above. It is not very likely for musicians to step back and to live like ascetics to be able to play Jazz. On the other hand, to play Jazz as a part-time occupation and having to share it with playing light music or other activities, inevitably sets limits. Jazz needs practice, one needs to work with it on a daily basis, making it become a habit. In order to reach this level of intimacy, one needs to have a well-defined cultural background and a solid awareness of the direction things are going to in our times.
That this is the first release by the courageous pianist Mario Rusca, born in Turin in 1937, and thus not that young anymore, can only be explained (and not justified) by circumstances such as described above. But there’s more to it. Though I really strive to support Italian Jazz and to discover new talents, often by going against the tide, I hadn’t yet heard the name of Mario Rusca three years ago. It was Joe Venuti who introduced me to him in the spring of 1971, while he was staying in Milan for some time. Venuti had arrived in Italy together with pianist Lou Stein, and he didn’t have any difficulties in finding good double-bass players and drummers to play with him. A problem aroused though when Stein decided to go back to the States alone. The search for a new pianist proved to be more difficult, but the old violinist finally spotted a shy and reserved person, who at the time was playing at the Capolinea every night, a club which can be found in an outlying district of Milan. That was Mario Rusca.

The first time I had the opportunity to listen to him was during a concert of Venuti at La Fenice in Venice taking place on May 9th, 1971. I was especially impressed by his musical craftsmanship as well as his rich and bright ideas. His style was evidently not oscillating between traditional and classic as the collaboration with Venuti might have indicated. He rather knew how to adapt himself to those styles. On the other hand he was able to define his own style, which is more modern, highlighting an enviable technique, and combining that certain something of a soloist and a confident taste. Since then, there have been numerous occasions where I had the chance to review Mario Rusca’s skills at the Jazz Power Club in Milan. He performs as solo artist, but also accompanies famous American musicians touring Italy. His collaboration with American singer Bunnie Foy who compelled him to spontaneously change between spirituals, Flamenco and Modern Jazz, can be named as one example.

Time after time, I finally convinced myself that Mario Rusca, apart from his rare and precious eclecticism, is one of Italy’s best pianists, who is well-positioned in the world of “melodico-armonico” even prior to contemporary Jazz. But he for sure is modern. And that’s why I didn’t hesitate at all when Enrico Dynia some months ago asked me to recommend an Italian solo pianist who was able to record an outstanding long player. I had about three or four names in mind, but it was Rusca who deserved to be the first. I’m convinced that those who have not yet had the chance to admire him, will be puzzled to learn what kind of undiscovered talents the Italian Jazz scene still has to offer.

When Rusca was asked to do this important recording session, he chose to collaborate with Gianni Cazzola and Stefano Cerri. And it was a good choice. The drummer Gianni Cazzola has been on the forefront of things for about 20 years, and there’s no need to introduce him to anyone. Just listen to the tracks to discover his sobriety and precision in playing, the interaction with his co-musicians and his sense of security with which he inspires Rusca and sets him in the right pace to open up the path to fantasy. Only on the last track of Side 1, Rusca is playing solo piano.

Stefano Cerri, 22-year old double-bass player and son of Franco, a guitarist well-known to all Italian and European Jazz fanatics, is the second son of an artist of our Jazz scene. The other one is the pianist Gaetano Liguori. I really hope that this series will continue. On this note, I just wanted to emphasize Stefano Cerri’s privileged position: he has been listening to Jazz at home from the day he was born, he received musical education from his father, and he learnt his profession by playing electric bass in various Rock and Modern Jazz outfits. He has been acknowledged for his energy, the intelligence and his means to immediately capture various situations. There’s no doubt that the future will bring him publicity and success.

Biographical data:
In 1976 Mario plays in tour with Gerry Mulligan and is chosen for representing Italy in Piano Solo at the International Festival of Warsaw. Mario Rusca performs his sounds with a lot of great musicians like: Chet Baker, Al Gray, Tony Scott, Art Farmer, Lou Donaldson, Curtis Fuller, Bob Berg, Kay Winding, Jimmy Owens, Toot’s Thielemans, Kenny Clarke, Stan Getz, Steve Lacy, Steve Grosmann, Eddie L. Joe Davis, Dusko Goykovic, Pepper Adams, Lee Konitz, “Mario Rusca & Lee Konitz” (CD), ” Where’s blues”, Franco Ambrosetti, Gianni Basso, Francis Coletta, George Robert, Enrico Rava, Woody Shaw.

The Mario Rusca Quintet won “The Cup of the Jazz Award” in 1984, organized by Adriano Mazzoletti on air in National Channel RAI Radio Stereo 1. They had a lot of performances in Europe and a great ovation at the International Jazz Festival of Montreal. Acutally Mario is an appreciated teacher of Piano at the SMUM school of Jazz Music in Lugano and at the Civic School of Jazz in Milan. Most recently available is “Speak Low”, his last studio work in trio with Riccardo Fioravanti (Cb) and Stefano Bagnoli (Dr). Actually this trio is performing live.

Mr. Rusca has composed the music and served as a music director for the films: “La droga è vita?!” (1988-1990) by Umberto Baretto “Electoral Debate” (1995),”IO-Giuseppe Renzini” (1989-2003), “Algonchini” (1999) by Marco Rusca. He has composed the music and served as a music director for the theatrical production of “Noemi” (1991), written by Juan Carlos Malpelli (Art Director). He also worked for The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (Los Angeles).

For more info, please visit www.mariorusca.com

Please ignore the expensive but cheaply produced bootleg LP (illegal pressing) on the so called piracy imprint “Heritage Records”!
Available from 19.04.2013

Matthew Styles
Monday, March 18th, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,
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Englishman Matthew Styles is a special one. Firmly schooled in the history of dance music as a DJ, his productions usually carry a uniqueness that cannot be located in time and space. Matthew migrated to London around the turn of the millennium in order to further exhibit his already multiple years of turntable training. The […]

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

Staff Charts 2011
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In good old tradition we asked around what the employees of Groove Attack, Rough Trade, and GoodToGo have been listening to during the past twelve months. Naturally it’s a wild mixture of rock, pop, folk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, dance music, and obscure underground stuff – as diverse as we are. Nonetheless, what you’ll find […]

Staff Charts 2010
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I figure it’s been a pretty epic year for music and our beloved industry. Seriously, I’ve got very little to complain about. To sum it up, 2010 was full of blown speakers, sweaty “Old Desperate Bitch” t-shirts and the surprising comeback of stage diving. Along the way we listened to huge piles of new albums, […]

Dancehall star Busy Signal returns with his third album …
Thursday, July 1st, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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July 9 is the date of birth for the 3rd album for Kingston based deejay/singer. 15 tracks promising to make him the breakthrough! Having built an international fan base with touring, multiple viral videos & a constant flow of innovative tracks. The longplayer includes a feature by Bounty Killer on “Summn’ A Guh Gwaan” and […]

Various – Now’s The Time (Sonorama)
Monday, April 26th, 2010 | Tags: ,
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The compilation “Now’s The Time – Deep German Jazz Grooves 1956 – 1965” consists of rare and exciting modern jazz music by legendary German musicians. Incl. 12-page booklet with extensive liner notes and many unpublished pictures.

CD SONOC48 / LP SONOL48
Release: 23-04-10
Staff Charts 2009
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2009 wasn’t just the year everyone you know bought an iPhone, joined Twitter and put on a pair of gum boots to till their fields in Farmville. Actually it was also an exciting and eventful year for music – full of blown speakers, sweaty t-shirts and the surprising comeback of psychedelic rock. Along the way […]

“Crucial Times” celebrates Sizzla’s close work with mentor and producer Homer Harris …
Friday, December 11th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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“Crucial Times” is the new album by Sizzla, and celebrates his close work with mentor and producer Homer Harris, collecting thirteen carefully chosen tracks that clearly demonstrate the signature power and urgency of the mighty Sizzla Kalonji. A proven talent born straight from Genesis, Sizzla stands proud as reggae’s number one cultural ambassador and this […]

Staff Charts 2008
Thursday, December 18th, 2008 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Oh boy, what a year! 2008 wasn’t a bad one. Once again our beloved industry gave us a full package of spectacle and entertainment. First a fat guy from Fishponds who made a living by selling mobile phones, came right out of nowhere and entered the global charts. Madonna became 50, but she’s still doing […]

Busy Signal
Monday, August 4th, 2008 | Tags: , ,
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Endorsed by dancehall veteran Bounty Killer, Busy Signal is currently dominating Jamaican dancehalls. His break through was the 2005 hit “Step Out” extolling a Gangsta point of view followed by a string of hits including “Not Going Down”, “Born & Grow” and “(Nah Go) Jail”. On September 5, 2008, Busy Signal is going to release his brand new album “Loaded” on VP Records.

Staff Charts 2006
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In good ol’ tradition we asked around what Groove Attack‘s employees have been listening to in 2006. Read on ‘cuz this list is for you …

Owusu & Hannibal
Monday, October 16th, 2006 | Tags:
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Living With Owusu and Hannibal” is the debut album from Danish duo Philip Owusu and Robin Hannibal aka Owusu & Hannibal. Packed with street smarts, a cheeky sense of humor and forward thinking production this soul-tinged debut is made up of (mostly) down tempo songs. Juxtaposing glitchy digital beats, fat bottom end, and shiny synths with acoustic guitars and lush strings they retain their warmth and organic vibe but have been given a thorough roughing-up around the edges.

After the dreamy intro (sung in Danish by local school kids) “Living With Owusu and Hannibal” kicks off with the appropriately blues-y vibe of “Blue Jay” (a song about an immigrant night worker) that sits guitar and gospel-shaded vocal on top of a disjointed beat and eighties flavored keys. “Lonnie’s Secret” and “Another Mile” take the bpms up several notches with rubbery bass lines, while “Watch” is a string laden ballad (about a guy falling in love with a girl in a movie) with an unexpected twist. Eschewing all the rules the album features full and partial songs, instrumentals and tracks that sound just as good intimate, in your headphones, as they do blasting through a car or club sound system …

Living with OWUSU & HANNIBAL …
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Darondo
Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 | Tags: ,
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A mystery to most, Darondo records are high on the wants-lists of many collectors. He is spoken about in hushed-tones by other Bay Area musicians. Back in the day he was seen cruising around town in a white Rolls Royce (with a “Darondo” license plate). He opened-up for James Brown and lived a colorful lifestyle hanging with folks like the notorious Fillmore Slim. Take a listen to these tracks, released for the first time together on an album, and you may agree that he could have been the next Al Green or Sly Stone. But about 25 years ago Darondo disappeared.

Releasing three singles in the early 1970s (as Darondo, Darondo Pulliam, or the miss-spelled Dorando) he mixed low-rider soul with blues and r’n’b. He delivered in a variety of styles from the socially-charged “Let My People Go” to the sexually-driven funk of “Legs”. All three singles were recorded in the Bay Area, and both sides of each of the singles are fantastic productions …

Staff Charts 2005
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005 | Tags: ,
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Holy moly, the year 2005 is almost over. And so many changes happened we can’t even remember. Most recently we had to congratulate Mrs. Merkel for becoming the first female chancellor of Germany, but honestly nobody really cared. As always the much more important news came from overseas. Have you heard that our beloved newlyweds Jessica and Nick split up after they had stolen the hearts of audiences everywhere? And Britney sold Kevin’s Ferrari. Oh boy…But through all these times of melancholy one thing will remain the same and stay forever, and that’s our pure love for music.

So in good ol’ tradition we asked around what Groove Attack’s employees have been listening to in 2005. Read on ‘cuz this list is for you …

Staff Charts 2003
Thursday, December 18th, 2003 | Tags: ,
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Attention everybody! Wanna know more about what’s up? We drop a list with the music that some of Groove Attack’s employees have been listening to the past year. So if you wear flip-flops and a tank top, drink Pickfords Old Style Cola Beer and go mad for Loleatta Holloway listen up ‘cuz this list is for you!

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