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Speedometer attain the next level of their musical ascendancy …
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Speedometer, one of the most successful UK funk & soul bands of the last decade, attain the next level of their musical ascendancy with the release tof his brand new studio album on Freestyle Records. Having spearheaded the resurgence in deep, gritty funk and soul for 10 years, as well as working with Eddie Bo, […]

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings present their fourth full-length on Daptone Records …
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are already well known as one of the most exciting acts in the nation for both their explosive live shows and their prolific output of gritty studio recordings. Their breakout release, “100 Days, 100 Nights,” sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. This Spring the band will release “I Learned The Hard […]

Kero One
Thursday, April 16th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Often compared to the styles of Common, Q-Tip, and Kanye West, Kero One, a San Francisco rapper / producer / dj / label owner, stands as a true testament to the do-it-yourself success story. Using only home recording equipment and his personal credit card, Kero One pressed and released his first 12″ single in 2003 […]

This is MELTING POT MUSIC …
Wednesday, October 26th, 2005 | Posted in News | Comments Off on This is MELTING POT MUSIC …

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The Whole Truth – Gimme Your Love
Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Whole Truth – Gimme Your Love

The Whole Truth presents the first in a series of collaborations with UK reggae artists. First up: Errol Bellot. This single – Gimme Your Love – sees him showcasing his more soulful side, with thick, full harmonies, and emotional overdubs. In all, the…

Paul White
Friday, November 11th, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Uh oh … It’s been a long time coming … the inevitable Paul White rap album! Four years of carving out his own psychedelic (mainly instrumental) niche on the UK’s One Handed Music imprint, a lot of people have been asking when this was going to happen. Loaded with shining appearances from the cream of […]

Fulgeance
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Fuelled by soul, funk & disco, the electro-injected sound of Detroit’s hip-hop and experimental electronics fom the early analog synthesizer era (Moggi, Moroder, Bernard Fevre), Fulgeance delivers his own vision of club funk and future beats. Hyperactive by nature, his productions (as Fulgeance, Peter Digital Orchestra or Souleance) have served as a showcase for his […]

The inevitable Paul White rap album is coming …
Monday, October 17th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Uh oh … It’s been a long time coming … the inevitable Paul White rap album! Four years of carving out his own psychedelic (mainly instrumental) niche on the UK’s One Handed Music imprint, a lot of people have been asking when this was going to happen. Loaded with shining appearances from the cream of […]

Fulgeance
Monday, September 27th, 2010 | Tags:
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Fuelled by soul/funk & disco, the electro-injected sound of Detroit’s hip-hop heads, and experimental electronics fom the early analog synthesizer era (Moggi, Moroder, Bernard Fevre), Parisian beat-wizard Fulgeance delivers his own vision of club funk and future beats. Hyperactive by nature, his productions (as Fulgeance, Peter Digital Orchestra or Souleance) have served as a showcase […]

Sly5thAve
Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Sly5thAve is the project of multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II, whose sophisticated compositions are shaped by his faith in hip hop, and deep understanding of soul and jazz. Sly5thAve’s projects and accomplishments over the last few years include; the inception of the first orchestral concert dedicated to Dr Dre, playing saxophone […]

Various – Afro Rock Vol.1
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Afro Rock Vol.1

Image: 1553443 Reissue of the influential “Afro-Rock Volume One” on Strut!

Tracklisting:
A1. Jingo – Fever
A2. Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats – Heavy Heavy Heavy
A3. Steele Beautttah – Africa
B1. Mercury Dance Band – Envy No Good
B2. Dackin Dackino – Yuda
C1. K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas – Kyenkyen Bi Adi M’Awu
C2. Orchestra Lissanga – Okuzua
D1. Super Mambo 69 – Sweeper Soul
D2. Fathili & The Yahoos – Mabala
D3. Bokoor Band – Onukpa Shawarpo
D4. Nkansah And Yaanom – Pem Dwe
D5. Jingo – Keep On Holding On (Part 1) – Bonus Track

‘Afro Rock Vol. 1’ is one of the most important compilations of heavy original ‘70s
Afro funk and soul to be released in recent years. Originally surfacing on Duncan
Brooker’s indie Kona label in early 2001, the album single-handedly kick-started
the thirst among jazz, funk and soul fans and ‘diggers’ to rediscover lost music
from Africa made during the ‘60s and ‘70s from a time when many countries were
gaining independence and celebrating a Pan-African identity within their music. The
album was one of the frst to reach a far different audience to the traditional ‘world
music’ market and spawned many further projects and labels in its wake. A year
later, the ‘Nigeria 70’ compilation surfaced on Strut and labels like Soundway and
Analog Africa would continue to unearth amazing lost gems from the Motherland.
The album is testament to the determined work of Brooker following several
research trips, especially to East Africa – Kenya and Zaire. It brought to light East
Africa’s fnest funk band, Air Fiesta Matata, led by the recently deceased Steele
Beautttah, ‘The Nigerian James Brown’ Geraldo Pino from Port Harcourt in Nigeria,
and the storming Afro jam ‘Yuda’ by Dackin Dackino, a previously unreleased gem
from Zaire discovered on a discarded reel. The album has remained in?uential
since its release with tracks appearing on other Afro compilations and on TV and
the big screen – Jingo’s ‘Fever’ featured in Kevin McDonald’s 2006 hit flm, ‘Last
King Of Scotland’.
Out of print since 2015, the album is being reissued on Strut in its original form with
the extra dynamite unreleased psychedelic cut by Kenya’s Ishmael Jingo, ‘Keep On
Holding On’ taken from the original master tape. The package features the original
sleeve notes by Duncan Brooker along with new additional notes providing further
background to the album and tracks.

KEY POINTS:
– Groundbreaking African music compilation from 2002, first vinyl reissue since 2015
– includes Jingo’s ‘Fever’ featured in the film ‘Last King Of Scotland’
– Album features rare photo and sleeve notes by compiler Duncan Brooker
– Consistently in-demand album among DJs and fans of African rare grooves

FOR FANS OF:
Fela Kuti, Gilles Peterson, Soundway, Analog Africa, Ebo Taylor, Matata, Manu
Dibango, William Onyeabor, Oscar Sulley, Slim Ali, Geraldo Pino, Orlando Julius,
Vaudou Game, Orchestre Poly Rythmo Available from 29.09.2017

Los Camaroes – Resurrection Los
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Los Camaroes – Resurrection Los

Image: 1611757 — The electrifying final album from Cameroon’s legendary Los Camaroes, available on LP for the first time since 1979.
— Recorded live to two track at the Mango Bar in Yaoundé, Resurrection Los was the last collaboration between bandleader Jean Gabari and groundbreaking guitarist Messi Martin.
— Deluxe LP reissue features notes on the history of the band by original keyboardist Mbambo “Johnny Cosmos” Simon, plus all new interviews with producer Nicolas Mongué and engineer Emmanuel Guyssot.

Cameroon, 1978: it’s like any good western movie. A man drifts through the plains at the furthest edge of the country in search of two former gunslingers, hoping to coax them out of retirement for one last showdown. Except this time, the weapons are guitars and the gunslingers are Jean Gabari and Messi Martin – the calm sheriff and his hot-headed deputy – who had led the band Los Camaroes to superstardom at the beginning of the decade.

Los Camaroes emerged at the end of the 1960s from the town of Maroua in the northern, predominantly Islamic area of Cameroon. After changes in name, in lineup and in management, they worked their way south to the capital to make a name for themselves, in the span of only a few years they changed Cameroon’s music scene forever, leaving a trail of sold-out nightclubs and monster radio hits in their wake. Then, at the height of their popularity, they broke up.

The band had been led from the beginning by Jean Gabari, whose level-headedness and evenhandedness inspired the respect and devotion of his musicians. But it was Gabari’s alchemical collaborations with guitarist Messi Martin that drove the band to its greatest heights. Martin had developed an innovation that would earn him fame throughout Cameroon as the “king of Bikutsi”, as Johnny Cosmos explains:
“The primary instrument in Bikutsi is the balafon, and Messi came up with a trick that consisted of chewing small pieces of paper until they reached the right consistency and then stuck them between the strings of the guitar. This trick, which made a guitar sound like a balafon, catapulted him to stardom and turned him into the founder of Modern Bikutsi.” (Check the song “Bezimbi” to hear Messi Martin´s wizardry on a Bikutsi tune)

Martin’s extraordinary talents were matched by a character of great unpredictability. He had been lured away from the band before by the promise of success and, in 1975, when Los Camaroes were at the peak of their power, he left them once again. Gabari tried to keep the band going, but his own longstanding battles with ill health eventually forced him to return to his hometown. With Gabari and Martin gone, the rest of the musicians drifted away in search of other gigs. By 1978, Los Camaroes were no more than a rapidly fading memory.

But then came the resurrection.

From out of nowhere, a businessman named Atangana Joseph appeared in northern Cameroon. His goal: to track down the original members of Los Camaroes and get them back together for their one final shot at immortality. The musicians reconvened at the legendary Mango Bar in the capital city of Yaoundé, the very place where, years earlier, they had established their reputation as one of Cameroon’s most fearsome live bands.

Producer Nicolas Mongué and engineer Emmanuel Guyssot were called in from Douala to record what was being billed as a comeback album. There was talk of going into a studio, but Los Camaroes had always thrived on the energy of the nightclub scene, they decided instead to record it live to two-track in the Mango Bar.

The six tracks on the album were performed by a mixture of new recruits and veterans from the original Camaroes lineup – including Mpouli “Dodo” Emmanuel and Boloko Michel on Guitars, Eyango Claude on Organ, the percussion duo of Ndi Bellui and Enama Leon, and vocal contributions from Sala Bekono Joseph and Ngoebang Jean Marie – but the urgent rhythms and shimmering guitars sound like a band who simply picked up where they had left off. It seemed that everyone on the record was inspired by the exhuberant reunion between Martin and Gabari, the two magicians from which Los Camaroes had been born and born again

The album, Resurrection Los Vol. 1, was completed in only a few days. There would be no Volume 2. The music that emerged during the Mango Bar sessions was the culmination of a fifteen year musical bond between Gabari and Martin, and what was supposed to be a comeback album ended up being a last testament — Gabari would die only a few years later and Martin, without his foil, would never find the same level of musical success. Even at the time, these two titans of Cameroon’s music scene seemed to realise it would be the last time they would ever work together. The resurrection of Los Camaroes was short-lived … but it produced a masterpiece.

The Analog Africa Dance Edition reissue of Resurrection Los was remastered by Frank Merritt at the Carvery and comes with a wonderful poster housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve featuring the story of the band as told by original keyboardist Mbambo “Johnny Cosmos” Simon, as well as new interviews with the production team who supervised the now legendary Mango Bar sessions. This essential slab of Cameroon’s musical history, previously unreleased outside of Africa, is available on LP for the first time since 1979.

Tracklist
1. Resurrection Los 6:53
2. Beton Sala 5:25
3. Miss Ya Ntem 4:40
4. Mindzuk Ya Enyin 5:43
5. Bezimbi 4:02
6. Mbembe Ndoman 5:22 Available from 29.09.2017

Slum Village – Volume 0
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Slum Village – Volume 0

Image: 1609703 The mark that the late producer J Dilla left upon hip-hop during the 90s and early-to-mid
00s is undeniable, and his work with De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde, and
many more has long been cemented in the annals of hip-hop history. It was during his
time as a member of seminal Detroit group Slum Village however that ranks as among
his greatest. His work with rappers Baatin and T3 would be a strong influence upon
modern rappers like Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, and earn widespread critical
praise, and comparisons to other legendary groups like A Tribe Called Quest. In
speaking retrospectively on their most famous album “Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1”, The Roots’
drummer Questlove has said of the release that it “single-handedly birthed neo-soul.”
J Dilla has been gone for over 10 years now, and Slum Village has moved on from their
time with the legendary beatsmith, recruiting new members along the way. Despite this,
new Dilla compositions are still being discovered, and his legacy continues to be shared
and celebrated with a modern hip-hop audience. Ne’Astra Music Group now presents a
new compilation of rare Dilla material: Vol. 0. Ten tracks featuring the classic Slum
Village lineup of Dilla on vocals and production, with Baatin & T3 also on the mic,
collected by modern SV member Young RJ from unreleased material and demos
recorded between 1994 and 1997. The knowledgable hip-hop head may recognize key
tracks from the circulated EPHCY Sessions, while others have never seen the light of
day. A piece of hip-hop history that would have otherwise wallowed in
obscurity, until now.

A1 – 2U 4U
A2 – And I Go
A3 – Fly Girl 1
A4 – Fly girl 2
A5 – Jay Dee (Freestyle)
B1 – My Loot (Freestyle)
B2 – Ooo Wee
B3 – Sensation
B4 – Sentimental Love
B5 – Yum Yum Available from 05.05.2017

Riddim Research Lab – Riddim Research Lab
Friday, December 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Riddim Research Lab – Riddim Research Lab

Image: 1607663 The dub album any discerning House music lovers will enjoy! A playful mixture of modern beats with deep roots Reggae influences, all heavily processed in an old-fashioned manner with a political and social messages expressed through.

Riddim Research Lab is a project from two UK based music outsiders, going under the names of Gordon Brown Jr and DJ Neeet. Lay-Far discovered their music by sheer chance, stumbling upon one of the members (DJ Neeet) in the notorious Reckless Records in London’s Soho when browsing through the ‘Dub’ section of the shop. A brief discussion around the reissue of Mikey Dread’s album ensued, revealing the stranger’s knowledge of roots Reggae and Dub. Before giving recommendations on several classic albums and saying goodbye, the man handed over a CDR with what was described as “some dub-influenced beats I’m working on with my friend. If you like King Tubby and house – you may enjoy it.”

Lay-Far was excited by this unexpected gift but as it usually happens with globetrotting DJs he easily forgot it in the back pocket of his record bag. It was not until a year later when he discovered the long-presented artefact. What he finally heard was an exciting mixture of modern beats with deep roots reggae influences, all heavily processed in an old-fashioned manner with an obvious political and social message expressed through the music.

Lay-Far directly got in touch with the duo via the email that was neatly carved into the CDR and motivated them to come out of the shadows, advising several labels they should try and sign their music to, one of which happened to be G.A.M.M. The result is now finally ready to be enjoyed by everyone, not just Lay-Far!

A1. INTRO
A2. CCTV DANCE
A3. CLERKS & SPIES (BRISTOL MIX)
A4. JUSTIFIED MONEY CONTROL (INTERLUDE)
A5. CONTROL THIS
A6. KEEP ON ROCKING (404 CUT)
B1. NOT IN MY SYSTEM
B2. TEACH CULTURE (INTERLUDE)
B3. GIVE LOVE !
B4. HUSTLER’S DUB
B5. FOUR-DIMENSIONAL DUB (MANCHESTER MIX) Available from 20.01.2017

Various – Paz E Futebol 2
Friday, July 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Paz E Futebol 2

Image: 1603842 Sonar Kollektiv present the second volume of Paz E Futebol 2.

INFO:
Ten years have passed since the phenomenal success of the „Paz e Futebol“ (SK089CD / LP)
compilation, released on Sonar Kollektiv. Since then Germany went on to win the Football
World Cup in Brazil sparking an increased self-confidence and maybe inspiring the Berlin
musical institution Jazzanova to compile again a courageously eclectic showcase of Brazilian
music in all its facets and peculiarities.
“Paz e Futebol 2” is the ultimate smorgasbord of all Brazilian music, irrespective of era and
location, sporting the true and heartfelt Brazilian vibe. Similar to the football Brazil is known
for, where “Brazilian style of playing” means an extra technically ability and finesse, but also
an unmatched approach and skill within the sport. This affinity with skill is shown with this
expertly curated 19-track-strong compilation.
„Asking Eyes“ by RAFFAELA RENZULLI off her first and only album „Children Of The Light“
from 1987 kicks off extremely laid-back before driving the listeners round the bend just like
the ball skills by illustrious soccer star Neymar. This zest for life, this excessive friskiness is
the recurrent theme which is constantly present across all eras, continents and genres
covered on “Paz e Futebol 2”.For instance, “Dunks” by the meanwhile defunct Brighton based
project HARDKANDY. According to composer Tim Bidwell, this a track, when released on the
connoisseur label Wah Wah 45s in 2008, which wasn’t intended to hold a Brazilian reference
but was directed more towards afrobeat influences only now fits perfectly into the new
context and narrative of the compilation.
Also “Palmeiras” by the Argentinian combo CANDEIAS is taylor made for this voyage of
exploration all around the world in search of the Brazilian vibration. The extremely rare
album “Sambaiana” from 1976, which features next to “Palmeiras” another six gems of
Brazilian vitality, will incidentally be re-released on NOTES ON A JOURNEY. Also finding a
wider public than its initial release is the long forgotten 1983 LP “Num Dia Azul” by the couple

One of the songs off it, “Samba Walk”, was already a part of the first “Paz e Futebol”
compilation. Now another track off this extraordinary soulful record, “Calma Mulher”, is
included on Volume 2. Orlando Haddad, currently residing in Philadelphia, recalls how he
wrote the song for his wife in the early 70’s at Ipanema Beach: „It’s about a man saying to his
woman to calm down, as life is about much more than material possessions. It’s about love.“
Then New Zealander NATHAN HAINES steps up for the release with one of his 2003
recordings together with the two singers Marcus Begg and Vanessa Freeman: “U See That”, a
track oozing positive energy with its infectious message and beautiful arrangement. Another
song entailing exactly everything that also fascinated us so much with what Zico, Sokrates,
Eder, Falcao, Serginho etc. did on the pitch.
Talking about legends and veterans, ARY LOBO was one of the most successful singers and
composers of the 40’s and 50’s in Brazil’s northeast. It’s here where the lesser-known style
“Forró” is coming from and unifies a multitude of regionally rooted rhythms like Baião, Côco,
Rojão, Xaxado, Xote and Arrasta-Pé. Lobo, as one of the most popular solicitors of Forró, and
known for his superb phrasing and his folky feel, appears on “Paz e Futebol 2” with one of his
rare 7inch singles: The dancey “Nêgo São” from 1966.
Probably even more rare is the 7inch single by PENHA MARIA „Você Balanca O Meu Coracão
(Ou Sol Demais)“, released in 1968 on the Mocambo Rozenblit label from Recife. „É Só Balanco“
by JACKSON DO PANDEIRO & ALMIRA has a similar vibe to it. The song is off the scarce LP
“Coisas Nossas” from 1965, the short-spanned samba period of the bandleader normally also
closely connected to the Forró style. The rarity of the record is due to the fact that the record
company Philips thought these specific recordings were too experimental for Pandeiro and
simply pressed a lot less copies. Making this a true diggers anthem.
The compilation then switches things up with the illustrious KATE CEBERANO, the Diana
Krall of her mother country Australia. The title track off her fourth, 1990 released album “Like
Now” is a beautiful Brazil tribute being a rare occurrence for an Australian release, especially
at that time.
Next up is one of Gilles Peterson’s favourites, ED MOTTA. Born in 1971 in Rio De Janeiro, Motta
is the nephew of legendary Tim Maia and has recorded sixteen amazing LPs up to date and
continues to release music on a regular basis. 1997’s „Daqui Pro Méier“ is one hell of a dance
floor belter which he arranged together with Lincoln Olivetti. The latter has the distinction of
being one of Brazil’s true pioneers of electronic music and was one of the country’s most
sought-after songwriters and producers in the 70s and 80s.
A more recent Brazilian release, from 2012, is up next: „Dia de Furar Onda no Mar“ by LUCAS
SANTTANA is mesmerizing MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) and valid proof of a prosperous
future for the Brazilian legacy heralded on this compilation. With FAFA DE BELEM we take
another trip back into yesteryear. The larger-than-life singer and actress (and former sex
symbol) is still one of MPB’s most successful artists and delivers in her husky mezzosoprano a veritable showpiece of Brazilian serenity on the 1975 released Polydor single
“Naturalmente”.
„Céu Da Manágua“ by PIRY REIS is full of temper and hot-bloodedness. The song written in
1984 together with Geraldinho Carneiro originates from a time when the Brazilian people was
revolting against the oppressive (but soon ceasing) military dictatorship – attempting to fight
politics with music.

Finally you’ll get a samba take from the 1960 founded and still existing
combo OS ORIGINAIS DO SAMBA: „Canto Chorado“ from 1969 is a heartwarming tune
reminiscent of the pure elegance and finesse of Pelé.
It’s not always easy to find such extraordinaire songs with so much vocation and diversity.
„Tema Do Azambuja“ by AZAMBUJA & CIA with its perfect and dense arrangement and the
sombre synth chords is a perfect example of these unusual songs – a song that possesses the
beauty of the Brazilian sound and something worth presenting to the listeners all over planet
earth.
And to celebrate all these astonishing findings on this compilation we have two exclusive
songs contributed on top. Marc Friedli from Switzerland aka SKYMARK has absorbed the
Brazilian spirit in such a manner that by now he has moved his domicile to Rio De Janeiro
and here he records such beautiful songs like „Boa Noite Meu Filho (Mental)“ – singlehandedly playing all the instruments himself. In marked contrast to the second exclusive
song on this compilation, „Gafiera (Instrumental Trio Version)“. The original version can be
found on the Jazzanova album „Of All The Things“ which features the three musicians of the
Brazilian jazz funk band Azymuth. Alex Malheiros, Ivan Conti and José Roberto Bertram cut
the track during the unforgettable recording sessions in Berlin several times on their own
and one of these recordings sees the light of day for the very first time right here right now.
This way the second edition of “Paz e Futebol” finds a fair and beautiful ending. We hope the
passes, the crosses and the precise assists by Jazzanova have been received well by you the
listeners and you have gained even more taste for this style of music, which is always so
pleasant, delicate and ever so sleek but has always a positive effect on your soul and mind.
To be continued.

TRACKLISTING:
CD:
1. Raffaela Renzulli – Asking Eyes
2. Candeias – Managua
3. Minas – Calma Mulher
4. Quarteto Uai – Marcas
5. Ary Lobo – Nêgo São
6. Hardkandy – Dunks
7. Ed Motta – Daqui Pro Méier
8. Piri Reis – Ceu Da Managua
9. Lucas Santtana – Dia De Furar Onda No Mar
10. Jackson do Pandeiro & Almira – E So Balanco
11. Skymark – Boa Noite Meu Filho (Mental)
12. Penha Maria – Você Balança O Meu Coraça~o (Ou Sol Demais)
13. Kate Ceberano – Like Now
14. Os Originais Do Samba – Canto Chorado
15. Deodato – Skyscrapers
16. Nathan Haines – U See That
17. Azambuja & Cia – Tema do Azambuja
18. Fafá de Belém – Naturalmente
19. Jazzanova – Gafiera (Instrumental Trio Version)

SNIPPETS:
https://soundcloud.com/sonar-kollektiv/sets/preview-various-artists-paz-e/s-iVk5Y

Compiled by Jazzanova.
Product management by Oliver Glage.
Mastered by Calyx Mastering, Berlin.
Artwork by Jutojo.

www.sonarkollektiv.com Available from 02.09.2016

Plaza Hotel – Bewegliche Ziele
Friday, June 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Plaza Hotel – Bewegliche Ziele

Image: 1603716 Bewegliche Ziele is the new single from Plaza Hotel.

TRACKLISTING:
A – Bewegliche Ziele
B – Schön Sein In Uniform

12inch (180g vinyl + Old School Tip On Single Cover + Download Card + Printed Inner Sleeve)

www.notesonajourney.com

It’s 1981. Everything seems possible in the realms of music. The barriers between genres are
being willfully torn down, punk is discovering the synthesizer, the drum machine is replacing
the drummer and no idea is too absurd to pursue. The winds of change are blowing from New
York to London, Berlin and Tokyo and there’s a palpable, uninhibited spirit of optimism in the
air turning music industry on it’s head. People are experimenting with novel equipment,
bands are springing up like mushrooms, line-ups disband and regroup. A whole generation is
being inspired by a do-it-yourself mentality, creating an unprecedented knowledge of how to
produce music. Every artist seems to be full of ambition, conquering new frontiers whilst often
participating in several projects simultaneously. When today, we look back at this time it
appears as an unintelligible mess with no economic viability, but 30 years ago it was simply
the sheer desire for artistic freedom, self-fulfillment and the urge to have control over one’s
own creative work that was the driving force.
Let’s take the guitar player, Wolfgang Spelmanns. After leaving DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische
Freundschaft) in December 1980, his head was full of ideas and an exuberant compulsion to
express himself in as many ways as possible. A singular focus is impossible. One of these
endeavors is a visit to Werner Lambertz’s studio in Düsseldorf. While the first few takes, of what
later would become “Bewegliche Ziele”, are being recorded, the main object is putting
Lambertz’s self-designed modular percussion computer to the test. But the shenanigans don’t
end here. Soon after, Jaki Liebezeit, the drummer of Can, is invited to jam freestyle over the
programmed beats. New technologies and innovative methods have drawn the attention of
Liebezeit, challenging him to play as monotonously as if he were a machine himself (or a
computer in this case). It takes him less than 90 minutes to ad-lib two stunning drum tracks for
Spelmanns’ still nameless project. Spelmanns however, is not in a hurry to finish the tracks.
Unlike the bustling drummer, his focus has a much broader horizon. Instead he wanders off
and forms Mau Mau, a new band with his old flat mate and former partner in DAF, the bass
player and member of Düsseldorf group Fehlfarben, Michael Kemner. Consequently, the
recordings are left to the side and almost forgotten about.

Almost. Two years later, living in West Berlin, Spelmanns remembers the tapes and brings
them, along with his girlfriend and singer Claudia Sennlaub (alias Tabu), to the Caet Studio
on Kreuzberg’s Mehringdamm. Vocals and the guitar are recorded and in-studio synthesizers
are enthusiastically thrown into the mix allowing the two songs to finally take on a concrete
form. “Bewegliche Ziele” and “Schön Sein In Uniform” are mixed and mastered by none other
than Charly Steinberg, the founder of Steinberg GmbH and developer of one of the first DAWs
(Digital Audio Workstations), Cubase.
Having had mainly negative experiences with major labels (i.e. Polydor), and seeing how his
friends at Ata Tak music publishing, are swamped with bureaucracy and paperwork,
Spelmanns decides to independently press the record on four different-colored discs at Pallas
pressing plant. Totaling only 1000 copies, the records are released on the ad-hoc label
Delphin in early 1983 and are delivered straight to the door step of his apartment on
Pücklerstraße. Leaving the musician, although gaining ground by leaps and bounds in the art
scene, reduced to single-handedly supplying Berlin’s record stores with his release. No wonder
that only a few of the colorful discs find an audience and the potential success of Plaza Hotel
is all but nipped in the bud.
Amazingly, the record continues to be rediscovered time and again, throughout the years’
time. By a diverse mix of DJs and record collectors from all sorts of different countries, origins
and scenes. They all take a personal interest in “Bewegliche Ziele”. From die-hard NDW fans to
New Wave analysts and never-tiring sound explorers like the infamous, Dutch record collector
Tako Reyenga. It is him who plays one of these rare copies, sometime in 2010, in Düsseldorf of
all places, in the Salon d’Amateurs, one of the world’s hippest underground clubs, in front of a
broad-minded audience. In short “Bewegliche Ziele” (played on 33rpm instead of 45rpm)
becomes a signature tune not only at the Salon, but on dance floors of every boutique club
operating outside of mainstream territory all around the world. About the same time
Jazzanova member and co-founder of NOTES ON A JOURNEY, Stefan Leisering stumbles
across the 12” in a crate in Canada. Back in Berlin he plays his discovery to his buddy and
Jazzanova co-partner Alex Barck. Falling for the song’s magic as Leisering does, Barck
rearranges, what was perviously considered complete, the third edition of “Computer
Incarnations For World Peace” just to fit this exceptional tune into the already fine selection.
Spelmanns himself, now living in Bremen, working as a video artist and leading the Generic
Art Ensemble, definitely didn’t expect this to ever happen. Three decades after its initial
release “Bewegliche Ziele” is finally finding its listeners and revealing its long hidden spell. It’s
the same with “Bewegliche Ziele” as with a lot of this time period’s music long forgotten or only
released in a very limited capacity: Today, with hindsight, it gains new meaning and an
extensive resonance. Over the last few years Plaza Hotel’s skewness, the graceful peculiarity,
the courageous experimentalism is being explored by new and younger groups and can be
heard in current music again. Meaning “Bewegliche Ziele” could have easily be released in
2016. NOTES ON A JOURNEY thought the same and decided, that not only freaky record
collectors should be able to, for extortionate prices, enjoy this timeless, fascinating piece of
music on vinyl. So we have brought Plaza Hotel back to life, in all its glory. Available from 15.07.2016

Various – Hungarian Noir – A Tribute To The Gloomy Sunday
Friday, April 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Hungarian Noir – A Tribute To The Gloomy Sunday

Image: 1602314 It is the world’s deadliest song, a musical composition so lethal that merely to hear it hummed
may induce suicidal tendencies. It is “Gloomy Sunday”, public menace of such potentially
epidemic proportions the BBC was compelled to ban it for decades. Indeed, if contemporary
news reports and eyewitness accounts are to be believed, no other song comes close to it for
sheer morbidity.
“Helter Skelter”? The Manson murders were horrific, to be sure, but the role of the Beatles’
song in those tragic deaths was incidental at best, and in the end, seven lives were claimed,
the number of fragile souls, meanwhile, to have succumbed to the unrelenting lugubriousness
of “Gloomy Sunday” may number in the hundreds if not the thousands.
“Better By You, Better Than Me”? When played backwards, a US lawsuit alleged, this 1990
Judas Priest song prompts listeners to “do it” and commit suicide. But how deadly can a
song be which must be listened to backwards? “Gloomy Sunday’s” impact is direct and
instantaneous. One need only recall the story of the Roman shop boy who, hearing a beggar
hum it, handed the man his money and jumped from the nearest bridge. Hungarian pianist
and composer Reszo Seress wrote the original music and lyrics for Szomorú Vasárnap –
Gloomy Sunday – in 1933, while heartbroken over the break-up of a romance. Though local
publishers initially rejected the song as too despairing, a new version with less forlorn lyrics
by poet Laszlo Javor became an instant hit – and began claiming innocent lives almost
immediately.
The song’s first victim, it is said, was the woman for whom it was penned. In the wake of
its initial success, Seress’ ex-lover poisoned herself, leaving a suicide note of just two words:
“Gloomy Sunday.” Hers was but the beginning of a wave of “Gloomy Sunday” suicides that
ravaged Budapest in the 1930s. According to a US newspaper report from the time, “Budapest
police have branded the song ‘Gloomy Sunday’ public menace No. 1 and have asked all
musicians and orchestras to cooperate in suppressing it, dispatches said Today.”
No one was immune, the article claimed. “Men, women and children are among the victims.
Two people shot themselves while gypsies played the melancholy notes on violins. Some
killed themselves while listening to it on gramophone records in their homes. Two housemaids
cut their employers’ linens and paintings and then killed themselves after hearing the song
drifting up into the servant‘s hall from dinner parties.”
Seress was never prosecuted for the havoc his song unleashed (though fate may have caught
up with him in 1968, when he leapt to his own death), but he and Javor alone can hardly be
held responsible for “Gloomy Sunday’s” death toll. Like a plague, the song has spread, passed
along by some of the most reckless and reprobate “artists” of our times.
Paul Robeson introduced the English version in 1935. Billie Holiday immortalised it in 1941.
Björk, Ray Charles, Marianne Faithfull, Serge Gainsbourg, Diamanda Galas, Pyotr Leshchenko,
Kronos Quartett – this list of infamy goes on and on. And now we can add to it the
ultimate act of music industry callousness and irresponsibility – the release by Piranha
Records of a collection of 10 new versions of “Gloomy Sunday” from around the world,
plus the Billie Holiday masterpiece and the very Hungarian original for your digitally
remastered listening pleasure.
Go ahead, listen to it if you must. But don’t say you weren’t warned. And should you be
one of the fortunate ones to survive this ordeal, have the decency and good sense not
to recommend it to others. Piranha Records must not be rewarded for their cynicism
and betrayal of the public trust. Above all else, they must be discouraged from releasing
“Gloomy Sunday vol. II”, which our sources say is already in the works.

01 Vocal Sampling Gloomy Sunday
02 Wazimbo feat. Kakana Domingo Sombrio
03 Matuto Gloomy Sunday
04 Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco Triste Domingo Instr
05 Kayah Czarna Niedziela
06 GOG Feat. Pianola Travessia
07 Glenda Lopez Gloomy Sunday
08 Chango Spasiuk Triste Domingo Instr
09 Bambarabanda Triste Domingo
10 Cimbalomduó Szomorú Vasárnap Instr
11 Billie Hoaliday Gloomy Sunday 1941
12 Pál Kalmár Szomorú Vasárnap 1934

Selling Points
• worth telling unique story about the song
• 10 new versions of the welll known song Gloomy Sunday
• call for Proposals for new song versions from the Piranha Arts/WOMEX network
• variety of genres from a capella, hip-hop, instrumental, latin to pop
• artist from all over the world – Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Cuba, Hungary,
Mozambique, Poland and USA
• two remastered original versions from Billie Holiday and Pál Kalmár included
• famous participating artists with a wide reach of audience
• same-titled movie Gloomy Sunday – A Song of Love and Death (1999)
• part of an established CD series from Piranha Noir Available from 13.05.2016

Radio Citizen – The Night & The City
Friday, October 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Radio Citizen – The Night & The City

Image: 1598404 Radio Citizen is back with his new new album The Night & The City.

TRACKLISTING LP
A1. Shores
A2. Clouds
A3. Rise
A4. Peace
B1. Radio Days
B2. Schatten
B3. Sleep

C1. Last Delight
C2. Trip
C3. Phone
D1: Near & Far
D2: Stars
D3: Gute Nacht

Maybe Sonar Kollektiv got a lucky punch, or maybe it’s just a logical consequence that Munich based Niko Schabel and his Radio Citizen project now release their new album on the label that represents exactly the same sound Schabel has been preaching for years. The fist two LPs (“Berlin Serengeti” and “Hope And Despair”) came out on the San Francisco imprint Ubiquity Recordings after Quantic heard Radio Citizen’s music and pinned a promo CD on Ubiquity’s A&R department.

Five years after the excursion to San Francisco Schabel now returns with his combo to the haven of his hometown. “The Night & The City” is an album tailor-made for Sonar Kollektiv: A melange of genres which deploys live instruments on an equal footing with samples and herewith becomes a highly explosive mixture of latin percussion, funk, poppy dub, moody, folky soul, Afrobeat, ethno-jazz, Bossa Nova, Hiphop und blaxploitation soundtracks. Schabel is a so-called musician’s musician who can play anything from woodwinds to keyboards and percussions, as well as of course the MPC sampler by Akai like hardly anyone else. On top of that he apprehends expertly how to work with all kind of different musicians and how to form out of many influences, individual pieces and styles of genres a coherent entity bigger than its separate parts.

To start off this thirteen stations encompassing tour of “The Night & The City” we get the slightly sombre “Shores” with jazz singer extraordinaire (Denmark born with Ghanaian roots) Natalie Greffel and dummer Matthias Gmelin. Niko Schabel himself controls the MPC, plays piano and supplies the percussion. It gets even more sinister thereupon with the instrumental “Clouds” with the backing by Antonis Anissegos at the piano. The whole album drifts somewhere between melancholia and wistfulness. On “Radio Days” Natalie Greffel bemoans devoutly: “search around for higher ground, before I drown in the waves that been pulling me down”. This sounds as if Portishead and Tricky spent a day together at the stormy Atlantic coast. Since “Rise” is somehow about the sea as well, but also about finally stopping
to mope and “freedom will come your way”.

The album actually embraces the typical Bristolian sound without evoking triphop or bigbeat at any point. Niko Schabel and his comusicians are much too much devoted to Jazz to go along that path and with tracks like “Trip”, “Sleep” or “Schatten” they provide the perfect soundtrack to an imaginary big city thriller. The significant difference from other musically flawless and stylistically confident combos that do their own thing called Jazz is Radio Citizen’s unparalleled use of samples. On “Phone” it is a vinyl crackle and numerous strange sounds Schabel constructs a round-thetwist wall of sound of, on top of which Greffel’s lyrics slide cherubically. The singer with her beautifully heartwarming voice is virtually ubiquitous on “The Night & The City”. Only on “Near And Far” she briefly leaves the microphone to Abiodun Oyewole while supporting the mesmerizing beat with a triangle.

This is definitely not your common feelgood album which you can let warble off-handedly in the background. Only if you want to create voluntary an atmosphere that is claustrophobic as well as menacing and compelling in the same way. Music for after midnight. Music for city neurotics with lots of groove.

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/

Available from 27.11.2015

The Second Re$$urrection – Keep On Keeping On / Wise Up
Thursday, October 1st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Second Re$$urrection – Keep On Keeping On / Wise Up

Image: 1600058 Two unreleased disco funk bangers from Joe Tex backing band THE SECOND RE$$URRECTION. Dug out from Sonny Cravers Stanson Records archive, The band did release one ultra rare disco/modern 45 which goes for $3000+ all day long also coming to Athens of the north soon.

One of the most widely travelled, widely heard unknown groups in the world. A band of serious Funk musicians who have shared the stage with the elite of the elite. They have shared the stage with Jean Carne, Boston, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, Rufus & Chaka Khan, The Isley Brothers, Shalamar, Tavares, Rufus Thomas, Tyrone Davis, Barbara Lynn, Millie Jackson, The Brothers Johnson, B.T. Express, Brick, Frank Lucas, The Drifters & Blue Magic. They won equal acclaim when they played alongside Earth, Wind & Fire at The CBS Family Affair. They performed at New York’s Rialto Theatre, The Apollo, and toured East and West Germany. They performed for the movie premier of Rudy Ray Moore’s, Petey Wheatstraw – The Devil’s Son-In-Law at Chicago’s Regal Theatre.

The original name of the group was THE SIX DEGREES SOUTH (A Very rare funk45 I released when working at Jazzman Records) based out of Lawton Oklahoma. A nomadic group, they completed a 3 year trek primarily booked at military bases across the nation. They also played a variety of college and university towns, ski-lodges, various clubs and hotel ballrooms. They initially dabbled in recording producing a vinyl 45′ single entitled, Loving You Is Too Far Out. Upon returning to home-base the group met the legendary soul singer, Joe Tex. Being into funk, we were not all that familiar with his soul sound. He explained what he wanted to do and the end results of what could be accomplished. The band, already being self-contained and autonomous seized the opportunity to utilize not only Tex’s fame in the music/radio world but his label connections. Unknowingly, this group almost single-handedly launched Tex’s career back into the spotlight allowing him to re-emerge and re-invent himself after a 5 year sabbatical.

They played, wrote and produced-in-part Joe Tex’s Bumps & Bruises album containing the mega-hit, Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman. This culminated into Tex’s first gold album, won a Grammy nomination and was #86 on Billboard’s 1978 year-end chart.

On the flip side the bands own LP was shelfed after the single “Smoke in the Disco” did not live up to Stansons Records expectations, as these things go it later became a huge modern/northern soul record and is coveted by collectors all over the world, so lets share a bit more of the Lost LP…,. Available from 16.10.2015

Rim Kwaku Obeng & The Believers – Too Tough / I’m Not Going To Let You Go
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Rim Kwaku Obeng & The Believers – Too Tough / I’m Not Going To Let You Go

Image: 1597586 BBE present the second release under BBE Africa, Too Tough / I’m Not Going To Let You Go from Rim and Kasa / Rim and The Believers.

TRACKLISTING LP
A1 Rim and Kasa – Shine The Ladies
B1 Rim and Kasa – Love Me For Real
B2 Rim and Kasa – I’m A Songwriter
C1 Rim and The Believers – I’m Not Going To Let You Go
D1 Rim and The Believers – Peace of Mind

Following hot on the heels of our well-received reissue of his first album, Rim Arrives, we now present the two other key records that have made this a cult figure for lovers of both African music and ‘disco’ in its widest sense. Too Tough, a superb three track EP from 1982, on Sum-Sum Records, was credited to Rim and Kasa, whilst he issued the cracking 12” I’m Not Going To Let You Go as Rim And The Believers for Harmony Records the following year.

Too Tough kicks off with Shine The Ladies, an epic Afrodisco jam in call and response format, with the female lead vocals (Ms. Anita Berry) prompting a series of replies from the backing vocalists, setting the scene for a series of exciting solos set against a backdrop of
punchy horns and swirling synths, tenor sax, guitar, drums (introduced with chants of ‘Play me some drums!’) and vibes all take a turn before the track fades out, clocking in just short of nine minutes. Next up is Love Me For Real, reminiscent of August Darnell with its girlie vocals and Latin flavour, ending with a mad swirl of synths and Rim’s own vocals. And lastly, I’m A Songwriter is cosmic Afro-reggae, bringing to mind Roy Ayers in his Fela phase, given a mad punk-funk twist … this one has to be heard to be believed!

The mood changes with I’m Not Going To Let You Go, which eschews the female chorus for an altogether mellower, instrumental ride, veering from out-there cosmic synth vibes to loungey jazz piano. It’s original flip, Peace of Mind, raw Afro-boogie track with a male vocal, is also included.
Those of you who had been searching in vain for Rim’s oeuvre for some years now having had it handed to you on a platter (well, two platters, actually), will be pleased to know that there is yet more material from the man Rim Kwaku Obeng to come from us at BBE … watch out for the digital-only release of four previously unreleased cuts from this legend of Afro-disco, taken from a long-lost acetate!

KEY SELLING POINTS

Second release under BBE Africa. A new and exciting cultural and lifestyle outlet focusing on the arts across the continent.
Follow up to the hugely popular Nana Love this is serious Afro-disco heat with the originals fetching silly money.
Rim was part of The Uhuru Dance Band, one of Ghana’s most popular bands.
Strong addition to BBE’s range of Masters we Love, lost albums from the 1970’s early 80’s

For Fans of: Nana Love, Tony Allen, Fela Kuti, King Sunny Adé, Soundway Records, Strut Afro Release, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Off Track compilations

Available from 30.10.2015

Slum Village – Fan-Tas-Tic Vol.2
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Slum Village – Fan-Tas-Tic Vol.2

Image: 1599195 The contributions of the late Detroit producer James DeWitt Yancey –better known
to the world as J Dilla- to the world of hip-hop can’t be overstated, and nowhere
is his legacy more apparent than his work as a member of Slum Village. A
founding member of the trio, (Alongside rappers T3 and Baatin) Dilla provided the
group’s distinctly esoteric, free-wheeling sound, built around winding basslines,
quirky drumbeats, subtle low-end frequencies, and classic jazz & soul samples.
Against the backdrop of Dilla’s rich production, T3 and Baatin’s free-flowing style
of rhyming would also earn wide critical praise, leading to comparisons as the
successors to A Tribe Called Quest. (A label they themselves have rejected.)

After the success of Slum’s 1997 studio debut, Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1, the group went
to work on their follow up. Though the project was completed in ’98, label turmoil
kept the project on ice until 2000. By the time Fantastic Volume II hit Dilla was well
on his way to his status as a hip hop legend having produced cuts for Common,
Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest and many more. Later works
from Slum Village may have had more of an impact sales-wise (in the immediate)
but Fantastic Vol. 2 had fans and many critics saying that Slum Village, and Dilla
in particular, may “single-handedly save rap music.” Perhaps that statement is
hyperbole but many consider Fantastic Volume II to be Slum Village’s finest work
ever to this day.

Ne’Astra Media Group now presents the album reissued on vinyl, for the first time
in several years. Every wobbling bass note of J Dilla’s production has been
preserved to maintain the legacy of this hip hop rap classic and maintain the
legend of one of hip-hop’s greatest beatsmiths.

A1. Intro
A2. Conant Gardens
A3. I Don’t Know
(feat. Jazzy Jeff)
A4. Jealousy
A5. Climax (Girl Shit)
A6. Hold Tight
(feat. Q-Tip)
B1. Tell Me (feat. D’Angelo)
B2. What It’s All About
B3. Fourth And Back
(feat. Kurupt)
B4. Untitled – Fantastic
B5. Fall In Love
C1. Get Dis Money
C2. Raise It Up
C3. Once Upon A Time
(feat. Pete Rock)
C4. Players
C5. Eyes Up
D1. 2U4U
D2. CB4
D3. Go Ladies
D4. Thelonius
D5. Fall-N-Love REMIX Available from 25.09.2015

Radio Citizen – The Night & The City
Friday, August 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Radio Citizen – The Night & The City

Image: 1598365 Radio Citizen is back with his new new album The Night & The City.

TRACKLISTING CD
1. Shores
2. Clouds
3. Radio Days
4. Peace
5. Rise
6. Trip
7. Phone
8. Sleep C1. Last Delight
9. Last Delight
10. Near & Far
11. Schatten
12. Stars
13. Gute Nacht

Maybe Sonar Kollektiv got a lucky punch, or maybe it’s just a logical consequence that Munich based Niko Schabel and his Radio Citizen project now release their new album on the label that represents exactly the same sound Schabel has been preaching for years. The fist two LPs (“Berlin Serengeti” and “Hope And Despair”) came out on the San Francisco imprint Ubiquity Recordings after Quantic heard Radio Citizen’s music and pinned a promo CD on Ubiquity’s A&R department.

Five years after the excursion to San Francisco Schabel now returns with his combo to the haven of his hometown. “The Night & The City” is an album tailor-made for Sonar Kollektiv: A melange of genres which deploys live instruments on an equal footing with samples and herewith becomes a highly explosive mixture of latin percussion, funk, poppy dub, moody, folky soul, Afrobeat, ethno-jazz, Bossa Nova, Hiphop und blaxploitation soundtracks. Schabel is a so-called musician’s musician who can play anything from woodwinds to keyboards and percussions, as well as of course the MPC sampler by Akai like hardly anyone else. On top of that he apprehends expertly how to work with all kind of different musicians and how to form out of many influences, individual pieces and styles of genres a coherent entity bigger than its separate parts.

To start off this thirteen stations encompassing tour of “The Night & The City” we get the slightly sombre “Shores” with jazz singer extraordinaire (Denmark born with Ghanaian roots) Natalie Greffel and dummer Matthias Gmelin. Niko Schabel himself controls the MPC, plays piano and supplies the percussion. It gets even more sinister thereupon with the instrumental “Clouds” with the backing by Antonis Anissegos at the piano. The whole album drifts somewhere between melancholia and wistfulness. On “Radio Days” Natalie Greffel bemoans devoutly: “search around for higher ground, before I drown in the waves that been pulling me down”. This sounds as if Portishead and Tricky spent a day together at the stormy Atlantic coast. Since “Rise” is somehow about the sea as well, but also about finally stopping
to mope and “freedom will come your way”.

The album actually embraces the typical Bristolian sound without evoking triphop or bigbeat at any point. Niko Schabel and his comusicians are much too much devoted to Jazz to go along that path and with tracks like “Trip”, “Sleep” or “Schatten” they provide the perfect soundtrack to an imaginary big city thriller. The significant difference from other musically flawless and stylistically confident combos that do their own thing called Jazz is Radio Citizen’s unparalleled use of samples. On “Phone” it is a vinyl crackle and numerous strange sounds Schabel constructs a round-thetwist wall of sound of, on top of which Greffel’s lyrics slide cherubically. The singer with her beautifully heartwarming voice is virtually ubiquitous on “The Night & The City”. Only on “Near And Far” she briefly leaves the microphone to Abiodun Oyewole while supporting the mesmerizing beat with a triangle.

This is definitely not your common feelgood album which you can let warble off-handedly in the background. Only if you want to create voluntary an atmosphere that is claustrophobic as well as menacing and compelling in the same way. Music for after midnight. Music for city neurotics with lots of groove.

Available from 18.09.2015

Various – Mystery Road (7×7" Box Set)
Friday, May 1st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Mystery Road (7×7" Box Set)

Image: 1596913 So much classic music is sweet and raw, while so much music from today sounds boring, overproduced and drained of life-force, why is this? Possibly because most music in the popular arena is made on computers, written by songwriting firms for a ‘personality’ to mime on stage and in studio, and created with the intention of making a profit. Young musicians influenced by the glitz and glamour of the mass market literally ‘play’ right into the corporations’ hands – gleefully mimicking the poses, the sentiments, and reinforcing the antisocial values of the plutocracy. Lucky Brown believes that beauty is not contained in the sound of the music but lives in the hearts of the musicians. Therefore, music made by people who love music and want to build a better world sounds different from music produced by corporations.

Until the advent of the industrial revolution, popular music was produced by regular people – the populace, get it? Songs were written, played and recorded by people in a neighborhood. Music had meaning and purpose. The music was handed down from the elders in the same way as cooking, seeds, stories, building techniques, and values were, with each generation subtly manipulating the form to fit the needs of their communities and place in time. Lucky Brown is concerned about the wholesale destruction and loss of this rich cultural heritage. To put a price tag on everything and then force feed it into the waste machine degrades both the consumer and the producer. Beautiful songs do exist. You can write one yourself or find one tucked away in a dusty bin of 45s, but until we unlock the secrets of this classic music, our sonic landscape will likely be blighted by the mass homogeneity heard everywhere.

When you hear american funk, soul, r&b, jazz, blues, and rock n’ roll from the late 60s and early 70s you may be hit with emotions of pleasure, joy and awe. How can the people of today produce music with such energy, urgency and soul? Certainly not by copying, and certainly not by sequestering this music away in a museum. Record diggers know in their heart that true beauty is a rarity, and therefore worth preserving and protecting, why else would rare seven-inch pieces of vinyl fetch so much money at auction? Lucky Brown takes it one step further and through his music, points to artists who’s soul and fire is a gift dedicated to all people. Lucky Brown’s work with deep funk is the result of his group’s quest, a specific example of exploration in this field – not intended as a copy, but hopefully as encouragement to other musicians of like mind to continue the search.

Lucky Brown and his friends play music together on a carpet in the living room. They record to a tape machine situated in or near a kitchen because most of this music was recorded after a shared meal. Much of this album is the sound of the musicians playing or creating the song for the first time together – listening to and communicating with each other. Time and place is irrelevant. The hunger for authenticity is timeless and permanent, and Lucky Brown’s quest transcends limitations of time and space.

key selling facts:
– limited to 500 hand-numbered copies
– incl. 6-page accordion-fold booklet
– incl. 2 previously unreleased cuts

Tracklisting
1 Lookout There’s a Freight Train Comin’
Efram Stoop
2 Chicken Rock
Efram Stoop
3 Argon (Part 1)
The Five Solids
4 Argon (Part 2)
The Five Solids
5 Brown’s Bag (Part 1)
Horseradish Three
6 Golden Nugget
Horseradish Three
7 Negra Modelo
The Modes
8 Tibor
The Modes
9 Buddha on the Road
The New Lucky Seven
10 Santosa
The New Lucky Seven
11 Colony Collapse Disorder
The Modes
12 Extinction
The Modes
13 Exquisite Corpse (Part 1)
The Unknown Artist
14 Exquisite Corpse (Part 2)
The Unknown Artist Available from 15.05.2015

Barbara Lynn – Here Is Barbara Lynn (180g)
Saturday, October 11th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Barbara Lynn – Here Is Barbara Lynn (180g)

Image: 1593196 To be a woman singing your own blues and soul songs in 1960s Texas was a rare thing. To do so while brandishing a left-handed Stratocaster and bashing out hard-edged licks was even rarer. Yet that’s just what Barbara Lynn did, inspired by Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed, Elvis Presley and Brenda Lee. And it was a hit: her 1962 debut single, ”You’ll Lose A Good Thing,” recorded with session musicians including Dr. John, gave her an R&B chart Number One and a Billboard chart Top 10 hit.

It was a path that Lynn chose at elementary school in 1940s Beaumont, Texas, when she told her mother she wanted to play guitar. ”I decided that playing piano was a little bit too common, you know what I mean?” says Lynn in the new liner notes. ”You’d always see a lady or a little girl sitting at a piano. I decided I wanted to play something more unexpected, so that’s when I got interested in learning to play the guitar.” Self-taught, first on the ukulele and then on a guitar, Lynn formed her first group, Barbara Lynn and Her Idols, while still at school and soon took the local scene by storm. Hers was a powerful talent in a petite package, a performer who could stand up against the best-even as a teenager.

Spotted while performing, underage, in Louisiana, she was offered the chance to record her own material, songs that filtered the experience of being a black Texan teen with power, feel, and guts. Ten of the twelve tracks on her debut album were her own compositions. ”It took a lot of time,” Lynn remembers of the recording process, ”but we got ‘Good Thing,’ we got our hit. I loved it. I loved meeting the new musicians, a lot of the guys who played on that record became friends. And seeing how the engineers worked and how they produced the sounds, all of that was really interesting to me.”

The success of that single took Lynn out on the road with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, BB King, Supremes, Chuck Berry, Guitar Slim, and The Temptations. BB King even wrote a letter to Lynn’s mother to tell her what a talented daughter she’d raised. She appeared at the Apollo Theater, she was twice on American Bandstand, and one of her songs, ”Oh Baby (We’ve Got A Good Thing Goin’)” was covered by The Rolling Stones.

Though she was a precocious performer, hers is a talent that came to full bloom on Here Is Barbara Lynn, her 1968 album produced by Huey P. Meaux and originally released on Atlantic Records. The record was conceived as an introduction of Lynn’s prodigious talents, her deeply felt guitar playing, her gutsy soulful singing skills, and her songwriting prowess. It collected her early hit and a raft of new songs, each packed with Lynn’s passion and fire. Yet the introduction to her world-now reissued by Light In The Attic-largely proved to be her swansong. She married in 1970, aged 28, had three children, and largely retired from the music industry for most of the ’70s and ’80s. Now touring again, she’s amused to think of her 46 year-old album gaining new fans. ”I hear this album, and it seems like… it seems like the old times to me,” she says. ”I don’t know, it’s strange to know it’s coming out again. It is going to be a wild, first time thing for me, like going back in time. But I’m excited to see what happens.”

TRACKLIST:

1. You’ll Lose A Good Thing
2. Take Your Love And Run
3. Maybe We Can Slip Away
4. Sure Is Worth It
5. Only You Know How To Love Me
6. (Until Then) I’ll Suffer
7. You’re Losing Me
8. Sufferin’ City
9. Multiplying Pain
10. Why Can’t You Love Me
11. Mix It Up Baby
12. This Is The Thanks I Get

Available from 21.11.2014

Tala A.M. – Arabica
Friday, September 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tala A.M. – Arabica

Image: 1589359 André-Marie Tala is one of the father figures of African music. Born in the western Provence of Bandjoun, Cameroon, his early years were plagued with tragedy. He lost his mother at 4, his father at 12 and then when on to lose his sight 15. Thankfully, the love of music stayed with him throughout his career and with the help of Manu Dibango he made his first recordings in 1972 and had two hits in Cameroon with Sikati and Potaksima.

He created a group, the Rock Boys, later the Black Tigers, with Sam Fan Thomas as guitarist. At this time, Africa was immersed in music from overseas and many American acts toured all over Africa. Whilst touring Cameroon, Tala handed James Brown a demo of his song “Hot Koki”. Seemingly, the Godfather liked it a lot, he actually re-recorded it and released it as his own song, entitled ‘Hustle’. In doing so, he took all credit for composing, which meant Tala had to sue Brown and luckily he won the case!

We had so many great LP’s to choose from Tala but we decided to start with ‘Arabica’ where we find Tala in experimental mode. We hit the ground running with the lead track ‘Arabica’, disco drums, phased guitar licks and sweet soulful backing vocals, what’s not to like?

‘Black Gold’ takes the same path as laid out on ‘Arabica’ but we see the introduction of the Moog Synthesizer and the funky Rhodes Piano. ‘Sugar Lump’ is once again up-tempo and has bassline to get your body moving in the right direction. ‘I know what you want’ has a more traditional song approach Tala simply asks his love interest ‘not to let him down’.

‘Soweto’ is a Balearic DJ classic! Beautiful layers of guitar and flute ease you through this one. Soweto was a troubled place and high on the thoughts on African people around this time, this song reflects that. We end with ‘20 ans’ a more tradition song with some Hammond organ and super sweet guitar playing from Tala once again. This record demands a high fee for obvious reasons so don’t miss your chance to own this official reissue which has been made with love. Only 500 copies for worldwide release.

Tracklisting

1. Arabica
2. Black Gold
3. Sugar Lump
4. I Know What You Want
5. Soweta
6. 20 Ans Available from 22.05.2015

Paskal & Urban Absolutes – Lux Remixes 2
Thursday, July 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Paskal & Urban Absolutes – Lux Remixes 2

Image: 1589414 Paskal & Urban Absolutes present the second round of LUX remixes.

Already with the first LUX remix package (SK272, released Feb, 5th) Paskal
& Urban Absolutes together with Sonar Kollektiv assembled the cutting edge
of the current German club culture: From Manuel Tur, Trickski over
Sevensoul & Bender and Henry L & Ingo Sänger to Sello and Oliver
Marquardt some of the hottest players in the game between Munich and
Berlin handed in works which are by now default luggage of any upright DJ.
But also the second LUX remix suitcase packs a punch and is – be assured
– jam-packed with potential club monsters of all the nights to come. Starting
off things is this time not a German but the English man Jimpster. Having
founded the deephouse empire Freerange Records this DJ and producer of
outstanding merit knows exactly how to trim club music in order to cause
frenzy on almost every dancefloor on this planet. His remix of “Bits Of Me” is
taking the route towards Berlin School techno sure enough and gains pace,
especially on the dub version.
The second track, “Hold Your Head Up” features the soul-soothing voice of
Sonar Kollektiv act Arnold Kasar, who is working on his new solo album(!).
Taking these vocal parts to account in particular, the remix by Dortmund
based Larse embeds them into a sophisticated arrangement. Which
could be shelved somewhere between smooth deep house and the
contemporary interpretation of Boogie, which Larse is firmly campaigning for
for a while now.
Berlin based Max Heese aka Langeberg (Drumpoet Community, Dessous
Recordings etc.) attends to the matter in a total different way by pumping up
the song with adrenaline and a hearty dash of testosterone. In over eight
minutes you can witness the genesis of a danceable power bar.

TRACKLISTING
A1 – Bits Of Me feat. Pete Josef (Jimpster Remix)
A2 – Bits Of Me feat. Pete Josef (Jimpster Dub)
B1 – Hold Your Head Up feat. Kasar (Larse Remix)
B2 – Hold Your Head Up feat. Kasar (Langenberg Remix)

www.sonarkollektiv.com
http://soundcloud.com/paskal-1 Available from 20.06.2014

Episode 3 of Kitsuné’s saga in the US!
Friday, June 6th, 2014 | Tags: ,
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If there’s one thing Kitsuné’s renowned for, apart from stylish garb, it’s its flair. So being handed the Parisian label’s latest findings out of the talent brewing in the USA today is a proper treat, as Kitsuné AMERICA, the compilation series, never fails to deliver a fresh and innovative selection of offbeat musical snapshots, even […]

Mo Kolours – Mo Kolours
Friday, April 18th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mo Kolours – Mo Kolours

Image: 1587462 Mo Kolours is a half-Mauritian, half-English producer, singer and percussionist. On his self-titled debut album he displays dazzling inventiveness and joyous spirit – unsurprising for someone raised on the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Lee Perry and A Tribe Called Quest while remaining ever curious about his Indian Ocean roots.
The album Mo Kolours follows a trilogy of EPs for One-Handed Music that mixed soul, dub, hip-hop, various electronic styles and the Sega music native to Mauritius. Recognising Mo’s singular voice Gilles Peterson invited him to Maida Vale Studios to record a live session for the BBC before his first EP had even hit the shelves. Now Mo counts the likes of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Friendly Fires’ Jack Savidge among his fans.

There’s an exotic appeal to Mo Kolours and his music but there’s also something very British about this record. Mo Kolours follows in the footsteps of UK artists who have synthesised a variety of imported styles and added the indelible stamp of our rainy island, from The Specials and Cymande (who receive a tribute here in the form of Mike Black) to Massive Attack and Mala. His humour reveals an idiosyncratic Britishness too, as when he shouts out forgotten budget rides such as the Datsun Sunny on Play It Loud (In Your Car) or titles his ominous environmental warning Natural Disasters Wish List.

There’s plenty of seriousness here though, from his reimagining of dance music on The Afro Quarters to his remarkable rhythmic production prowess: witness the irresistible funk of Say Word or the nagging steel drum hook on lead single and live favourite Little Brown Dog.

This album introduces a generous and endlessly creative talent to the world at large. And, as with his mesmerising live show, Mo Kolours doesn’t just give us a glimpse of the path less travelled but also offers us the fruits of his labours along the way.

1. Brixton House
2. Little Brown Dog
3. Curly Girly
4. Love For You (Humbeat)
5. Mike Black
6. Lighter Break
7. Say Word
8. Afro Quarters
9. Take Us (Darker Side Intro)
10. Streets Again
11. 16-bit Slaves
12. In Her Eyes (Funk Heart)
13. Child’s Play
14. Natural Disasters Wish List
15. Other Day House
16. Play It Loud (In Your Car)
17. Shepherd
18. Straight Ruk (ft. Jeen Bassa) Available from 28.03.2014

Homeboy Sandman – White Sands EP
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Homeboy Sandman – White Sands EP

Image: 1587167 Homeboy Sandman has teamed with UK producer Paul White for a 7 track record titled White Sands. This is the third and final release in a series pairing the Queens MC with the vision of a single producer, following Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent with El Rntc, and All That I Hold Dear, with M Slago. Paul White recently produced several tracks on Danny Brown’s Old album and releases his own psyched-out beats with One-Handed Music in London.

1. Fat Belly
2. I Saw a World
3. Echoes
4. Wade in the Water
5. Last Rites
6. The Butcher
7. Bad Meaning Good Available from 28.02.2014

Dan Shake – 3AM Jazz Club / Thinkin
Monday, March 17th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dan Shake – 3AM Jazz Club / Thinkin

Rising concern Dan Shake has achieved what no other has in over a decade: with his debut release in the music world, he has become the very first producer without a Detroit heritage or residency to land a release on Moodymann’s prestigious record labe…

Broken Bells – After The Disco
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Broken Bells – After The Disco

Broken Bells, the musical partnership comprised of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, are proud to announce the release of their sophomore album, After the Disco, on January 14th, 2014 on Columbia Records. This announcement follows the rele…

Contact Field Orchestra – Contact Field Orchestra Vol.1
Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Contact Field Orchestra – Contact Field Orchestra Vol.1

Image: 1586101 The debut full-length album by Contact Field Orchestra “Vol. 1″ is containing 17-tracks. CFO cover monogram created by Los Angeles artist Cryptik. Each 12” vinyl is housed in a hand-printed chipboard sleeve silkscreened by Hit + Run in downtown Los Angeles. 200 copies only – not to be repressed. TIP!!!

“In 2008 I came across a box of 7” tapes at an estate sale in Altadena. The woman there said that they had belonged to her father and were “field recordings” of a turn-of-the century orchestra. It took me maybe another year to actually load them up and transfer them to the computer. When I did, what I found was an incredible documentation of indigenous folkloric music that was meticulously recorded and then later transfered to 2-track tape sometime in the 1960’s. The tapes were labeled “Contact Field Orchestra”– a collection of field recordings that seem to date from sometime around the turn of the 20th century (possibly a little earlier).

After transferring the tapes and cleaning them up as best I could, I discovered that due to the frequency range, they must have been recorded largely with hand-made piezo transducers of some sort. Some of the tapes were partially destroyed, so I found that I had to re-play or play over the songs as best I could to fill-in and augment the original ideas. I tried to stay as true to the original recordings as much as possible. I’ll admit I took some liberties with the EQ (perhaps too much…) and where applicable added a small amount of delay and reverb to accent the track. (Okay, and maybe a few electric guitars…sue me.)

The result, I think, is an amazing collection of esoteric folk recordings of a mysterious band of San Gabriel miners turned musicians. Apparently having given-up after the gold boom, these folks stayed in what would later become Upper Mallard Canyon in Altadena — living in the old Dawn’s Mine shaft, and crafting their own instruments from discarded mining equipment and whatever small guitars and banjos they had brought with them.

The sound this orchestra created is like something out of a Jim Jarmusch film, and reminds me of an old Library of Congress or Folkways recording. The music itself is full of opposites — hypnotizing and odd, meditative and jarring. It’s strangely familiar, but also distantly unrecognizable. Some songs are more minimalist in their approach, building up a rhythm with mbiras and percussion, while others seem to have much more harmony and tonal structure and almost Blues/Country feel. Either way, they had me hooked from the first bar, and I find myself returning to it again and again, irregardless of my heavy-handed noodling…

I’m really happy to have discovered this, and I hope you are too”

Damon Aaron – Los Angeles

Tracklist:
1. Iron Pyrite
2. In The Cave
3. Tobacco Flower
4. Shaman
5. Into The Mine
6. Man Down
7. On The Autumn Sea
8. Cart Before The Horse
9. Wishing Well
10. Lazzyman
11. Bailar Phone
12. Pick And Axe
13. One Trigger
14. Caja
15. Perigee Campfire
16. Hand Cranked
17. Woodbury Gamelan Available from 29.11.2013

Submerge yourself into the addictive the sound of Angola
Friday, November 22nd, 2013 | Tags: ,
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In 2010, against all odds, Angola Soundtrack Vol.1 was awarded the German Record Critics’ Prize in the category “Black music”. This victory was all the sweeter for its triumph over the predicted winner, Aloe Blacc’s multi platinium record, “Good Things”. Many were surprised that the award was handed to a compilation that covered obscure music, […]

Various – Feeling Nice Vol.2
Friday, November 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Feeling Nice Vol.2

Image: 1584724 It’s like this – Tramp Records know vintage funk and soul. They know what you want to hear beforeyouknow you want to hear it. Hell, they even know what you want to hear before you even knew it existed. But in a world where the rediscovery of golden era ’60s and 70s funk and soul has been ongoing for the best part of a quarter of a century and the careers of contemporary bands reviving the sound has lasted longer than the careers of most of the original artists, how can this still be possible? What’s left that hasn’t already been repackaged, re-released, compiled and covered to within an inch of its life?

Try asking Tobias Kirmayer and Daniel Wanders. Two men with a burning itch for black music from back in the day that can’t be eased no matter how hard they scratch it. And scratch it they do. We’re not just talking about crate-digging via the normal channels either. Who knows what shady deals go down as they track and trace obscure copies of 45s hounding long forgotten artists and producers for single copies of limited run and private press seven inches? For Feeling Nice Volume 2 for example, they’ve unearthed releases that originally had less than 50 copies printed for radio demo purposes (The Soul Chargers’ Charge It Up Baby), a unlikely funk release from a Caribbean calypso label (Carole Veal’s Highway Of Love), a track that received no distribution whatsoever but was handed out as a free promo 45 to anyone who bought a set of Tama drums (!) (Johnny Apollo feat. Duffy Jackson Orchestra and their blistering cover of JB’s I Feel Good) and a super rare 45 called Barnyard Pimp recorded by Soul Explosion – a band of US servicemen based in Germany which was originally released on a Bavarian label some miles from Tramp Records’ present day HQ.

Don’t make the mistake of equating obscurity with less talent either. Charles Spurling who played guitar on and co-produced the Allen Matthews cut Allen’s Party worked with the mighty James Brown himself and recalls musical street duels with the Isley Brothers. The New Breed worked with Isaac Hayes and The Mar-Kays while singer Aalon Butler worked with The Animals’ Eric Burdon. In any case the music speaks for itself. You want big drum breaks? Check the opening bars of Nola & The Soul Rockers Reach Down And Get It. Squalling soul guitar? Try Filet Of Soul’s Do Your Own Thing. Fatback soul grooves? Aalon Butler’s Gettin Soul. It’s all there – 16 tracks of raw, vintage funk and soul then. Should leave you feeling pretty nice.

Tony Lansdowne – August 2013monkeyboxing.com/ Mako & The Hawk

PLEASE NOTE: there are two vinyl versions available. TRLP9027BONUS7 contains a bonus 7″ single by Carole Veal – “H’Way Of Love” b/w “Your Love Is Like A Chain”. TRLP9027 does not contain it.

“Nitty gritty funk! Oh, and it’s rare too.” (Oliver Scheswig)
“Tramp have certainly dug deep in the crates for this superb comp.” (Dr Bob Jones)
“Rare soul at its best. This compilation is a musical love affair.” (Jürgen v. Knobloch)
“Believe me when I tell you that this upcoming compilation contains some of the roughest, rawest, hardest, deepest funk you never imagined.” (Lucky Brown)
“These guys dig the deepest.” (DJ Bunu)

Tracklist
1. Why, Why, Why’d She Leave Me? – Lenis Guess
2. Gettin’ Soul – Aalon Butler & the New Breed Band
3. Soul Block (Of Rocking People) – Len & the P.A.’s
4. Reach Down and Get It – Nola & the Soul Rockers
5. Allen’s Party – Allen Matthews
6. H’Way Of Love – Carole Veal
7. I Feel Good – Duffy Jackson Orchestra ft. Johnny Apollo
8. Kickin’ – Kickin’ Mustangs
9. Get Away! – Little Gregory & the Concepts
10. Do Your Own Thing – Filet of Soul
11. The James Brown Bougeloo – Little Genie Brooks
12. Cat Scream – Lil Buck & The Top Cats
13. Charge It Up, Baby – Soul Chargers
14. Barn Yard Pimp – Soul Explosion
15. Mr. Lucky – Freddy Hill ft. The Reno Bops
16. Jelly Fish – Soul Dukes
Available from 01.11.2013

Heartthrob
Monday, October 21st, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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One of the brightest stars in the Minus firmament, Heartthrob aka Jesse Siminski has arrived on the scene with a fresh new take on the minimal sound. It’s not just his ear for a killer riff that makes him such an exciting prospect it’s also his natural ability to convey a sense of drama and […]

Clara Moto
Monday, September 30th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Geneva Airport. July 2007. It’s a two-hour wait in Terminal 3 before boarding for sleepy-eyed Clara. She is headed for the Montreux Festival, to open for Matthew Jonson’s Cobblestone Jazz. Born in Graz, a pretty Austrian town steeped in history, she grew up in a house filled with the instruments her parents had collected over […]

Erika – Hexagon Cloud
Friday, August 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Erika – Hexagon Cloud

Image: 1581062 While “Hexagon Cloud” may be Erika’s debut solo release, this is by no means her introduction to the scene. For years Erika has been a member of Ectomorph and co-conspirator of Interdimensional Transmissions, but since these projects play shadowy games with identity and perception, she may just need that introduction. Limited Edition, Silk Screen Cover with foil sticker enclosed….collectable! TIP!
Erika was raised in a household full of Science and Music. Growing up surrounded by discarded computers, she built her own machines and ran a BBS from her bedroom before she went to high school. Moving to Ann Arbor in 1993, she ran into the peripheries of Detroit’s burgeoning underground
electronic party scene via her involvement as a jazz DJ and Program Director at WCBN, the University of Michigan’s student run radio station. Though she took formal piano lessons from a young age, it was her ability to tame machines that brought her invitation into Ectomorph in 1997.

Her focus in Ectomorph was live analog synthesis and fluid improvisational interactions with Ectomorph & IT founder BMG. As Ectomorph evolved beyond the boundaries of the sullied word “Electro”, Erika continued to work with BMG on his other projects, including keyboard work on the “Credit Card” single with Sal Principato. Through years of touring and throwing some of Detroit’s finest underground parties, Erika grew and took shape as vinyl DJ and analog composer of her own right.

Composing without the aid of a computer, Erika’s system is centered around a rare highly flexible hardware sequencer. The ideas flowed quickly, and what began as an EP quickly blossomed into a double album with the aid of production from BMG. Science and music, dreams of space and icroscopic organisms, mutation of plant life and the birth of stars, all come together effortlessly in her work to sound like post acid techno subterranean spelunking in a quest to return to the stars. Or at least to the northern “Hexagon Cloud” of Saturn.

Catch Erika debuting the album live at this years’ ovement festival, or perhaps in your home town.

1. North Hex
2. Early Warning Starfield
3. Gardners
4. Tunnelling
5. Tow Ride
6. No. 3
7. The Awakening
8. Metachrosis

Artist Bio:
Erika dreams on the cellular level, or perhaps of transdimensional intelligences moving through strange patterns on celestial objects, working towards a mysterious goal. Her connection to the dreamworld becomes concrete in her approach to music, simultaneously so solid and yet so
ethereal. Erika still finds time to accomplish many things in her waking hours, such as being a member of Ectomorph, co-conspirator of Detroit’s Interdimensional Transmissions record label, DJing with vinyl, making music with her pet machines, and running erika.net – a freeform streaming radio station. Erika.net celebrates its 14th year this year, being one of the very first iTunes presets. From 1993 through 1999, Erika was very involved in WCBN in Ann Arbor, as a freeform and jazz DJ, and Program Director.

The daughter of a famed scientist and already running a well known BBS from her bedroom by the time she was 13, Erika is no stranger to expressing her ideas through technology. In 1997 she was handed a TR-606 and asked to join Ectomorph, and has since become an electronic musician of the highest order, focusing on analog synthesis, with live hardware sequencing that allows transformation over time and a deep depth of tone. The release of her debut solo double album *Hexagon Cloud* is due imminently on IT. Available from 02.08.2013

14KT
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Kendall Tucker, aka 14KT, 1/7 of Michigan’s mighty hip-hop group Athletic Mic League, released his debut solo LP, “The Golden Hour” in 2008 after a rich history with AML. Despite being an instrumental album, The Golden Hour appeared on many year-end “top albums” lists. Okayplayer said “this is the sort of striking project that can […]

Various – Based On Misunderstandings
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Based On Misunderstandings

Image: 1579369 “The best club music catches you off guard and by surprise. For me, there is no
tested formula or any given rules that make a track work on the dancefloor. Be it an
infectious bassline, an uplifting and sensous chorus or just a mesmerizing beat –
most of the time the tunes that get people really going at clubs are all based on
misunderstandings.” – Alex Barck

When Sonar Kollektiv co-founder and Jazzanova member Alex Barck started the Based
On Misunderstandings series five years ago, the aim was to illustrate the diversity of
tracks he plays in his infamous DJ sets all around the world. A loose collection of songs
he collects while travelling the world and meeting likeminded producers and DJs.
After six outstanding and genre-breaking releases (including contributions by Mark E,
Paskal & Urban Absolutes, Hannes Fischer, Soulphiction, Eva Be, Phil Gerus, Lars
Bartkuhn and Roland Appel), a digital download compilation in 2009 and a regular
clubnight by the same name at the prestigious Watergate club in Berlin, it’s now time
for a proper showcase compilation of this fully fledged sublabel of Sonar Kollektiv!
By and large, the compilation is a personal journal of Barck’s exclusive trips and
stopovers at the most happening clubs and festivals all around the globe. When he
played in Toulouse last year he met local visual artist and producer Vect who handed him a
CD with “Soulful” on it. A sample heavy, chopped up piece of finest chillwave Barck has
been playing out ever since. In Hongkong he encountered the mysterious duo The Horses,
who he asked to remix one of his own new productions, “We Get High”. We meet old and
new aquaintances troughout this adventerous journey: Christian Prommer (of Drum
Lesson and Prommer & Barck fame) shovels in a banger of a non-nonsense house track
(“You Belong To Me”). And the new kid on the block, Berlin-based Hannes Fischer, is
featured with two tracks (both released in early february on the sixth Based On
Misunderstandings 12inch) and an astonishing remix for White Lamp’s “Make It Good”. All
of the contributions by this young and fresh talent direct toward a new definition of deep
house and beyond. EnaWadan from South Africa champions two own tracks as well.
“Reborn” gets a special enforced treatment by Sandro Bianchi & be.lanuit. “Inner Joys Of
Life” sees Paskal & Urban Absolutes take charge by adding their distinctive production
flavour to the mix. Barck himself steps in the game with one new original track, “We Get
High” (yes, including vocal samples from Michael Franks) and an absolutely crazy remix
for the long forgotten and obscure band from still-divided Berlin, Spinning Motion (originally
released in 1980 on their album “Confidence In The Future” which will be reissued in 2013,
watch out for that!). To round off this marvelous showcase we additionally get offerings
by newcomers Pattern Select, Lovejet and Moscow-based wunderkind Phil Gerus.
In the end, almost none of the tunes here have anything in common. Just the fact that
they all please Alex Barck’s ears. Ears you can trust!

KEY SELLING POINTS
· compiled by Sonar Kollektiv A&R & Jazzanova Member Alex Barck
· established 12inch series / club night at Watergate
· incl. tracks by: Christian Prommer, Hannes Fischer, VECT, Paskal & Urban
Absolutes, Phil Gerus, Alex Barck and more

TRACKLISTING
01. VECT – Soulful
02. Pattern Select – Behind The Curtain
03. The White Lamp – Make It Good (Hannes Fischer Remix)
04. Christian Prommer – You Belong To Me
05. Hannes Fischer – Mystic Mountain
06. EnaWadan – Inner Joys Of Life (Paskal & Urban Absolutes Remix)
07. Lovejet – Milk
08. Alex Barck & Jonatan Bäckelie – We Get High (The Horses Vocal Mix)
09. Hannes Fischer – Deep Field
10. EnaWadan – Reborn (sandrobianchi & be.lanuit Remix)
11. Spinning Motion – Playground Of Burial Funds (Alex Barck Remix)
12. Phil Gerus – Voitre Voix, Vos Mains, Vos Levres Available from 26.04.2013

First Word Records are proud to present the debut album from Souleance
Thursday, April 26th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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First Word are proud to present “La Belle Vie”, the debut album from Souleance. The album has a huge range of influences that takes in breaks (Le Monde), soul (Tryin), Hip Hop (Pride), Brasilian (Passarinho) and even the funkier end of the 80s (Cool FM). This makes their achievement in crafting a coherent and unified […]

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