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Jazzman Records releases the third volume of its Jukebox Mambo compilation series
Monday, October 23rd, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Since the release of their first Jukebox Mambo compilation album in 2012, Jazzman Records, with the curatorial expertise of DJ Liam Large, have been opening ears and minds to the delights of Latin-tinged Rhythm & Blues. This, the third release in the series, sticks squarely to the tried and tested formula of its predecessors; combining […]

Ende Oktober veröffentlicht Jazz-Legende Courtney Pine sein neues Album “Black Notes From The Deep”
Monday, October 16th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Kein Musiker steht so für die dramatischen Veränderungen im britischen Jazz während der letzten dreißig Jahre wie Courtney Pine. Sein Debüt “Journey To The Urge Within” war 1987 das erste ernsthafte Jazz-Album überhaupt, das es in die Top 40 schaffte und sogar eine Silberne Schallplatte gewann. Courtney Pine ist nicht nur einer der wichtigsten Akteure, […]

Various – IF Music Presents Black Saint & Soul Note
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – IF Music Presents Black Saint & Soul Note

Image: 1612003 IF Music and BBE present You Need This: An Introduction to Black Saint & Soul Note Records (1975 to 1985) Compiled by Jean-Claude.

Tracklist:
Side A A1 Don Pullen feat. Sam Rivers – Joycie Girl
A2 Enrico Rava – Il Giro Del Giorno in 80 Mondi
Side B
B1 Hamiet Bluiett – Oasis
B2 John Stubblefeld – Confessin’
Side C
C1 Henry Threadgill’s Air – B.K.
C2 Billy Bang Sextet – The Nagual Julian
Side D
D1 M’Boom – Mr Seven
Side E
E1 George Adams & Dannie
Richmond – Joobubie
Side F
F1 Rava String Band – Verde Que EuTe Quero Ver
F2 Archie Shepp – Down Home New York

Following two successful volumes of ‘Journey Into Deep Jazz’ on BBE, proprietor of London’s ‘IF Music’ record store and walking musical encyclopedia Jean-Claude kicks o? a new “Introduction To…” album series with this a?ectionate retrospective of sister labels Black Saint and Soul Note. Cited by some as Italy’s answer to Blue Note, Black Saint and Soul Note have together amassed a catalogue in excess of fve hundred albums between 1975 and 2008. Founded by Giacomo Pellicciotti (producer of Enrico Rava’s seminal “Katcharpari” album), Black Saint scored a home run with it’s very frst release: Billy Harper’s 1975 “Black Saint” LP, the follow-up to his much lauded “Capra Black” album on Strata-East. Following the blueprint laid down by iconic Italian jazz imprint Horo, Black Saint started life catching recording sessions with American artists as they passed through Italy on tour, as well as releasing Stateside recordings. For nearly three years Black Saint released a plethora
of jazz albums by the great and good of the Free-Jazz movement: Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, Oliver Lake, Muhal Richard Abrams, Malachi Favours and Hamiet
Bluiett, to name but a few. At the same time, the label was struggling fnancially and a series of owners came and went in quick-fre succession. In 1978, the
company was fnally bought by Giovanni Bonandrini and his team, who by 1979 had launched a second label, the brilliant Soul Note. As Black Saint had done
previously, the frst release on the ?edgling sister-label had to be another by Billy Harper. The two labels went onto enjoy much critical acclaim during the mid to late
‘80s, winning ‘The Down Beat Jazz Award’ from 1984 through to 1989. Even Sun Ra and his Arkestra got in on the act, his 1989 epic “Hours After” was released on
Black Saint.
A snapshot of Black Saint and Soul Note’s frst ten years, this album presents only the very choicest cuts, lovingly remastered to vinyl. If you’re already a fan of
these labels, you should delight in Jean-Claude’s selections, while if you’ve never come across these jazz jewels from Lombardy / Italy, this compilation will
surely blow you away.

About the series:
A side-bar to Jean Claude’s ‘Deep Jazz’ album series, ‘An Introduction To…’ aims to highlight an artist or, as is the case for this frst volume, a particular label that
might have gone unnoticed by all but the most ardent collectors.

For Fans Of: Mikes Davis, Archie Sheep, Sun Ra, Inner City Records, Strata, Gilles Peterson, Art Blakey Available from 20.10.2017

Die finnische Jazz-Formation Jukka Eskola Soul Trio mit ihrem neuen Longplayer auf Timmion Records
Monday, April 24th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Die finnische Jazz-Szene kocht 2017 über. Eines der prominentesten Talente ist der Trompeter Jukka Eskola. Zehn Jahre voller Abenteuer in allen möglichen Ecken des Jazz hat er bereits erlebt: die Tanzflächenfeuerwerke des Five Corners Quintet, den rauen Expressionismus von Mikko Innanens kleiner Big Band, Jimi Tenors kosmischen Jazz und natürlich seine nach CTI klingenden Solo-Aufnahmen. […]

Sonorama Records celebrates catalogue number 100 with the release of “Cool Europa”
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Unique compilation and 100th release in the catalogue of Sonorama Records – file under: cool, modern, hard bop, modal! Fourteen previously unknown tracks recorded 1959-63 in West-Germany by some of the best European jazz artists of the time, featuring Barney Wilen, Francy Boland, Rolf Kühn, Joki Freund, Attila Zoller, Fats Sadi, Roland Kovac, Rolf Ericson, […]

Marvin Parks takes part in the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s musical scene can be considered a very fitting addition to the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama, deeply rooted in the Black Music tradition. Having his roots in Gospel and in the ’50s and ’60s jazz singers by the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman and […]

Various – Channel One Story (3LP) – Reggae Anthology
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Channel One Story (3LP) – Reggae Anthology

Image: 98659 Das 3LP-Package im Klappcover, mit großartigen Fotos und ausführlichen Liner Notes von Dave Hendley, ist in limitierter Auflage für kurze Zeit wieder erhältlich! Mit dieser Veröffentlichung von 36 essentiellen Aufnahmen hatte VP Records bereits im Jahr 2004 der jamaikanischen Institution ein würdiges Denkmal gesetzt, war doch Channel One für fast 10 Jahre (1974 – 1984) die absolute Nr.1 unter den Studios der Insel und hatte mit seinen Produktionen Einfluss auf die Musikhistorie, die der von Studio One und Treasure Isle der ’60er Jahre in nichts nachstehen. Hier finden sich Originale von den großen Künstlern wie Barrington Levy, Delroy Wilson, Dillinger, Clint Eastwood, The Mighty Diamonds, John Holt, Yellowman und vielen mehr, sowie die Aufnahmen der allerersten 12-Inch Maxi-Single, die in Jamaika erschien, die Extended Versions von The Jays & Ranking Trevor – “Truly Deejay Mix” (Coverversion des Marcia Griffiths Klassiker) und “Queen Majesty”, die Reggae-Version des Curtis Mayfield Songs. Available from 28.04.2017

Various – Studio One Rocksteady 2
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Studio One Rocksteady 2

Image: 1608034 Soul Jazz Records’ new journey into the mighty vaults of Clement Dodd’s Studio One steps once more into the fertile musical environment of Jamaican music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, from the sweet harmony vocals of seminal 1960s Rocksteady right up to the nascent birth of Reggae and Roots music at the start of the 1970s.

Sleevenotes to this album are by Steve Barrow, author of ‘Rough Guide to Reggae’ as well as Soul Jazz Records’ own ‘Reggae Soundsystem Cover Art’ books.

While Ska at the start of the 1960s had taken American Rhythm and Blues as its main influence, Rocksteady focused on the emergence of American Soul music – with Jamaican vocal harmony groups such as The Gaylads, John Holt & The Paragons, Carlton & The Shoes showing a particular fascination with the close harmonies of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and other US Soul acts. Here The Heptones even feature with a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’.

The influence of Soul music on Jamaican Rocksteady and Reggae is almost palpable, so much so that one wonders how much more successful singers like Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis, Slim Smith and John Holt would have been had they been born in Chicago, Detroit or Memphis.

Artists such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson and Owen Gray defined the era – a slowed down beat as Jamaican political and social heat slowly increased when the 1960s progressed into the start of the 1970s – and the music evolved further from Rocksteady into Roots Reggae.

Heavyweight gatefold sleeve double vinyl (plus download code).

TRACKLIST:

1. Hortense Ellis – Sitting In The Park
2. The Termites – Rub Up Push Up
3. Carlton & The Shoes – Never Let Go
4. Alton Ellis – I’m Still In Love With You
5. Owen Gray – Give Me A Little Sign
6. The Bassies – Big Mistake
7. Alton & Hortense Ellis – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
8. Slim Smith – Born To Love
9. Cannon & The Soul Vendors – Bad Treatment
10. John Holt – Strange Things
11. The Actions – Giddy Up
12. Larry Marshall – It Makes Me Feel
13. The Paragons – Change Your Style
14. Jerry Jones – Trying Times
15. The Heptones – I Shall Be Released
16. The Gaylads – The Soul Beat
17. Delroy Wilson – Run Run
18. The Soul Two – Puppy Love
19. Delroy Wilson – Riding For A Fall
Available from 03.02.2017

Various – Merritone Rock Steady 2: This Music Got Soul (2LP)
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Merritone Rock Steady 2: This Music Got Soul (2LP)

Image: 1607651 The birth of rock steady portrayed in a consummate collection from the vaults of Federal Records. Most of them drawn directly from Ken Khouri’s master tapes this miscellany of cool rock steady includes marvellous music from the originator of the genre, the one and only Lynn Taitt, alongside an array of Jamaica’s greatest singers and vocal harmony group

American rhythm & blues fervour, boosted by a multitude of sound systems playing 78rpm records on increasingly larger sets, gripped Jamaica from the late forties onwards but, towards the end of the decade, the American audience began to move towards a somewhat softer sound. The driving rhythm & blues discs became increasingly hard to find and the more progressive Jamaican sound system operators, realising that they now needed to make their own music, turned to Kingston’s jazz and big band musicians to record one off custom cut discs. These were not initially intended for commercial release but designed solely for sound system play on acetate or ‘dub plates’ as they would later be termed. These ‘specials’ soon began to eclipse the popularity of American rhythm & blues and the demand for their locally produced music proved so great that the sound system operators began to release their music commercially on vinyl and became record producers. Clement Coxsone’ Dodd, Duke Reid ‘The Trojan’ and Prince Buster, who operated his Voice Of The People Sound System, were among the first to establish themselves in this new role and the nascent Jamaican recording industry now went into overdrive.

In 1954 Ken Khouri had numbered among the first far sighted entrepreneurs to produce mento records with local musicians (mento is Jamaica’s original indigenous music) before progressing to opening Jamaica’s first record manufacturing plant. Three years later he moved his operation to Foreshore Road (later renamed Marcus Garvey Drive) where, with the assistance of the inestimable Graeme Goodall, he updated and upgraded his recording studio. The importance of this enterprising move was critical to the development of Jamaican music and its influence both profound and far reaching.

“It was Ken Khouri’s Federal Recording Studio, the womb that gave birth to the talented writers, artists and musicians that gave Jamaica its musical identity.” Prince Buster

Federal Records was not only the place for the sound system men to record their music but it was also where they had their records manufactured and, consequently, the company enjoyed a near total monopoly on recording and record pressing in Kingston. In 1963 Ken Khouri sold his one track board to Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, who established Studio One, and Ken imported the first stereo equipment to Jamaica and Federal began making stereo records. The following year WIRL (West Indies Records Limited) opened but the competition served to drive the company on to higher heights. Ken Khouri continued to work on his own productions and, in 1966, the seven inch release of Hopeton Lewis’ ‘Take It Easy’, recorded under the guidance of Trinidadian guitarist Lynn Taitt, ushered in the rock steady era.

These two essential albums showcase a stunning selection of well known hits, and not so well known rarities, from the vast Federal catalogue. All tracks have been transferred direct from the master tapes and assembled with the invaluable assistance of Ken Khouri’s son, Paul Khouri, who generously gave Dub Store unlimited access to the Federal tape vaults. The extensive liner notes feature extracts from extensive interviews with Paul Khouri whose knowledgeable recollections of working on Marcus Garvey Drive, not only as a producer but as an engineer and musician, are illuminating and educational. Both sets present an insight into the birth and growth of Federal Records and the Jamaican recording industry and are essential to an understanding of the real roots of reggae music.

Tracklisting
1 This Music Got Soul – Hopeton Lewis
2 Let Me Come on Home – Hopeton Lewis
3 Walk on By – The Zodiacs
4 We Gonna Make It – Termites
5 Fountain Bliss – The Dynamites
6 Rock a Shacka – Hopeton Lewis
7 Don’t Cry – Hopeton Lewis
8 House Upon the Hill – The Royals
9 Real Gone Sweet – The Tartans
10 Rolling Rolling – The Tartans
11 I Don’t Want Trouble – Hopeton Lewis
12 Lester Sterling Special – Lester Sterling
13 If You Did Love Me (Take 1) – The Dynamites
14 Don’t Take That Train – The Tartans
15 Ba man (Early Take Version) – Lynn Taitt & The Jets
16 Oh Tell Me Darling (Take 1) – Hopeton Lewis
17 I’m Ready – The Tartans
18 Take Me Back – Henry Buckley
19 Sounds of Silence – Roland Alphonso
20 Batman (Rehearsal Version) – Lynn Taitt & The Jets
21 Merritone False Starts (Pt. 2) – The Federal All Stars
Available from 23.12.2016

Various – Merritone Rock Steady 2: This Music Got Soul
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Image: 1607650 The birth of rock steady portrayed in a consummate collection from the vaults of Federal Records. Most of them drawn directly from Ken Khouri’s master tapes this miscellany of cool rock steady includes marvellous music from the originator of the genre, the one and only Lynn Taitt, alongside an array of Jamaica’s greatest singers and vocal harmony group

American rhythm & blues fervour, boosted by a multitude of sound systems playing 78rpm records on increasingly larger sets, gripped Jamaica from the late forties onwards but, towards the end of the decade, the American audience began to move towards a somewhat softer sound. The driving rhythm & blues discs became increasingly hard to find and the more progressive Jamaican sound system operators, realising that they now needed to make their own music, turned to Kingston’s jazz and big band musicians to record one off custom cut discs. These were not initially intended for commercial release but designed solely for sound system play on acetate or ‘dub plates’ as they would later be termed. These ‘specials’ soon began to eclipse the popularity of American rhythm & blues and the demand for their locally produced music proved so great that the sound system operators began to release their music commercially on vinyl and became record producers. Clement Coxsone’ Dodd, Duke Reid ‘The Trojan’ and Prince Buster, who operated his Voice Of The People Sound System, were among the first to establish themselves in this new role and the nascent Jamaican recording industry now went into overdrive.

In 1954 Ken Khouri had numbered among the first far sighted entrepreneurs to produce mento records with local musicians (mento is Jamaica’s original indigenous music) before progressing to opening Jamaica’s first record manufacturing plant. Three years later he moved his operation to Foreshore Road (later renamed Marcus Garvey Drive) where, with the assistance of the inestimable Graeme Goodall, he updated and upgraded his recording studio. The importance of this enterprising move was critical to the development of Jamaican music and its influence both profound and far reaching.

“It was Ken Khouri’s Federal Recording Studio, the womb that gave birth to the talented writers, artists and musicians that gave Jamaica its musical identity.” Prince Buster

Federal Records was not only the place for the sound system men to record their music but it was also where they had their records manufactured and, consequently, the company enjoyed a near total monopoly on recording and record pressing in Kingston. In 1963 Ken Khouri sold his one track board to Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, who established Studio One, and Ken imported the first stereo equipment to Jamaica and Federal began making stereo records. The following year WIRL (West Indies Records Limited) opened but the competition served to drive the company on to higher heights. Ken Khouri continued to work on his own productions and, in 1966, the seven inch release of Hopeton Lewis’ ‘Take It Easy’, recorded under the guidance of Trinidadian guitarist Lynn Taitt, ushered in the rock steady era.

These two essential albums showcase a stunning selection of well known hits, and not so well known rarities, from the vast Federal catalogue. All tracks have been transferred direct from the master tapes and assembled with the invaluable assistance of Ken Khouri’s son, Paul Khouri, who generously gave Dub Store unlimited access to the Federal tape vaults. The extensive liner notes feature extracts from extensive interviews with Paul Khouri whose knowledgeable recollections of working on Marcus Garvey Drive, not only as a producer but as an engineer and musician, are illuminating and educational. Both sets present an insight into the birth and growth of Federal Records and the Jamaican recording industry and are essential to an understanding of the real roots of reggae music.

Tracklisting
1 This Music Got Soul – Hopeton Lewis
2 Let Me Come on Home – Hopeton Lewis
3 Walk on By – The Zodiacs
4 We Gonna Make It – Termites
5 Fountain Bliss – The Dynamites
6 Rock a Shacka – Hopeton Lewis
7 Don’t Cry – Hopeton Lewis
8 House Upon the Hill – The Royals
9 Real Gone Sweet – The Tartans
10 Rolling Rolling – The Tartans
11 I Don’t Want Trouble – Hopeton Lewis
12 Lester Sterling Special – Lester Sterling
13 If You Did Love Me (Take 1) – The Dynamites
14 Don’t Take That Train – The Tartans
15 Ba man (Early Take Version) – Lynn Taitt & The Jets
16 Oh Tell Me Darling (Take 1) – Hopeton Lewis
17 I’m Ready – The Tartans
18 Take Me Back – Henry Buckley
19 Sounds of Silence – Roland Alphonso
20 Batman (Rehearsal Version) – Lynn Taitt & The Jets
21 Merritone False Starts (Pt. 2) – The Federal All Stars

Available from 23.12.2016

Mark De Clive-Lowe – Blue Note Remixed Vol.1
Friday, October 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mark De Clive-Lowe – Blue Note Remixed Vol.1

Image: 1606801 Armed with a crateful of classics from Blue Note Records’ genre-defining years,
Mark de Clive-Lowe has created a live-remix mixtape weaving from jazz to hip hop
classics, to underground house and broken beat. Recorded and improvised live in
one take, MdCL deploys his drum machine, sample pads, rhodes and keyboards
on-the-fly bringing unique perspective to moments created decades earlier by the
likes of Herbie Hancock, Duke Ellington, and Donald Byrd. From reminiscing
samples that we fell in love with through A Tribe Called Quest and J Dilla, to
reimagining sax great Joe Henderson riding a broken-afro electronic frenzy, MdCL
paints his own vision of what Blue Note means to him.
With guest cameos from rappers Bambu , John Robinson and Illa J, Inglewood
CA-singer Nia Andrews bringing voice to Ronnie Foster’s ‘Mystic Brew’, bass
master Pino Palladino underpinning Herbie’s ‘Oliloqui Valley’ and collaborations
with infamously elusive saxophonist Nomad Pendergrass soundclashing Joe
Henderson and Larry Young…

Mixtape Free Download: http://MdCL.tv/bluenote

MARK de CLIVE-LOWE
Musical polymath Mark de Clive-Lowe seems an impossibility at first sight –
juggling piano, synths, live sampling and beat making on-the-fly, all brought to life
with a casual ease that’s mind-boggling. The half-Japanese New Zealander has
called LA home for almost 8 years now and his acclaimed club night CHURCH has
taken his brand of electronic and beat-infused jazz from coast to coast and around
the globe. Equal parts jazz musician, DJ and production wizard, MdCL’s sets are a
treat for the dancers, the listeners, the progressives and the purists alike, as he
casually erases the lines between genres and eras. Available from 18.11.2016

Various – Merritone Rock Steady 1:Shanty Town Curfew 1966-67
Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Merritone Rock Steady 1:Shanty Town Curfew 1966-67

Image: 1604702 Das Merritone Label wurde 1966 als Unterlabel von Federal Records als der Skabeat sich verlangsamte und zu Rocksteady wurde. Der Name stammt von Winston Blakes Soundsystem, Merritone. Federal Records war die größte Plattenfirma der Zeit und nutzte junge Talene wie Winston Blake, der bei den Trends der Zeit Bescheid wusste. Obwohl Federal für Ernest Ranglin Kompositionen bekannt war, zählte man auf den Gitarissten Lynn Taitt aus Trinidad für Merritone Aufnahmen, und so wurde der zu einem Wegbereiter der neuen Rocksteady Sounds. Die Sammlung enthält viele rare 7inches aus den Jahren 1966-1968.

21 track album with finest recordings at Federal Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica. 12-page booklet with nice images and linernotes by Harry Hawks.

Tracklisting
1 Sai Pan – Roland Alphonso
2 You’ve Lost the Love – The Renegades
3 You Got to Be Clean – The Ethiopians
4 Beware of All Those Rude Boys – Henry Buckley
5 What You Gonna Do Now – The Tartans
6 Stranger for Durango – Roland Alphonso
7 Knocking on My Door – The Renegades
8 Shanty Town Curfew – Soul Brothers
9 Where Can He Go – Oswald Sewell
10 If I Am Right – Henry Buckley
11 How Soon – Roland Alphonso
12 Sow to Reap – Pulus
13 Big and Fine – The Renegades
14 Born to Rule – Black Brothers
15 Finders Keepers – Laxton Ford
16 Run Down – Hopeton Lewis
17 Oh My Love – Oswald Sewell
18 Pick Yourself Up – Hopeton Lewis
19 Dance All Night – The Tartans
20 What Can I Do – The Tartans
21 Merritone False Starts 1 – The Federal All Stars Available from 14.10.2016

VP Records remembers “the crown prince of reggae” Dennis Brown
Friday, June 17th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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The ultimate tribute project with all exclusive new recordings featuring the new breed of jamaican stars and upcoming artists like Chronixx, Jah 9, Iba Mahr, Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid, Ikaya, Exco Levi and exciting bands like Raging Fyah or No-Maddz. Also paying tribute are the international known and established artists Jah Cure, Maxi Priest, and […]

Dutch masters Kraak & Smaak present their fifth studio album “Juicy Fruit” on Jalapeno Records
Friday, June 10th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Juicy Fruit is as succulent as the name suggests – a feast of flavour served up by Dutch masters Kraak & Smaak. Their fifth studio album is one that sees them sonically revisiting the roots of their first releases, producing an organic and warm electronic disco and funk album packed with hot property collaborators including […]

Newly discovered sessions by great saxophone player Lucky Thompson
Monday, June 6th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Newly discovered sessions released here for the first time: Ten recordings by one of the greatest saxophonists of his generation, American jazz master Lucky “Eli” Thompson with the Michael Naura Trio, Quintet and guests in Hamburg 1959 and 1960. Small and larger group improvisations with the melodic sound of Lucky on tenor and soprano sax, […]

Various – Movements Vol.8 (Tramp Records)
Friday, March 11th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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For several years, gold seekers at the most humble and tiniest record label on earth follow their dedicated passion. Their brand new masterwork, Movements 8, focuses on rare privately produced american soul, jazz and funk, and proudly bears the title as the 8th volume in the Movements Series.

CD TRCD9054
Release: 18-03-16
Tramp Records proudly presents the 8th volume in the Movements series
Monday, March 7th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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The intelligentsia have been claiming it for quite some time, and now finally, after many petitions, demonstrations and protests, a tiny little record label from Germany has achieved what only Google and “troubleshooter par excellence” Angus MacGyver have ever accomplished: admission into the worldwide dictionary. “To Google” and “to MacGyver” will soon be joined by […]

Stefano Torossi’s Feelings LP is one of the finest examples of library music ever captured on vinyl
Friday, February 5th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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A sweet groover from the Italian scene of the 70s – music that’s got a lush feel, but a funky one too – a great mix of strings and electric instrumentation that rivals the best cop/crime work of the time – yet also has a nice sexy feel too! There’s almost a blaxploitation vibe to […]

Various – Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.3 (Tramp Records)
Friday, November 20th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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As long as there is music out there that has the power to drop our jaws to the floor we will still be here – and, like Santa himself, we will work year-round to continue to deliver our funky Christmas miracles directly to your turntable. Merry Christmas!

CD TRCD9050
Release: 20-11-15
Gerra & Stone – DNT U / Chicago
Thursday, November 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Gerra & Stone – DNT U / Chicago

Image: 1600841 Over the past year, Gerra & Stone have become one of the most exciting duos to take the genre’s forefront. Featuring across Ram and Program’s discography, they’re creating their own space, one held firmly by tight production standards and a refreshing musicality, seldom seen in newly emerging talent.

The single appeals to a diverse group of music listeners. Whether across the subs of London’s haunts, or the headphones of any technical music listener, these next two sonic cuts pedestal not only their understanding of a diverse sound design, but also their ability to conquer it.

‘Dnt U’ is a riddim which cuts and swerves between cascading breaks and instantly recognisable drum patterns. The junglist influences are given a stockiness by an LFO bassline and distortion, falling between amen and quaking sub. It shows a clear persona etched out by the two producers, one which has made them instantly recognisable from the outset.

The next up, ‘Chicago’ also brings an old school vibe whilst utilising more contemporary techniques. Flipping beat patterns draw you in, whilst metallic percussion drives you forward at an incredible speed. Switching up, it then drags you down a corridor of fluctuating bass notes and snapping hi-hats.

Adding a second instalment to an already impressive entree, this next output from the outfit prove their path is about to take another ascent. And with exciting new talent to come from the imprint… Once again, it’s time to get with the Program!

TRACKLISTING:

A. Dnt U
AA. Chicago

https://soundcloud.com/data-transmission/gerra-stone-dnt-u
https://soundcloud.com/ramrecords/gerra-stone-chicago Available from 18.12.2015

Various – Coxsone’s Music (Pt.1)
Friday, November 6th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Coxsone’s Music (Pt.1)

Coxsone’s Music is a stunning new 3-CD/two separate double LP (+ free download) collection featuring over two and half hours of early Jamaican proto-ska, rhythm and blues, jazz, rastafari and gospel music – charting the earliest recordings produced by…

Various – Coxsone’s Music (Pt.2)
Friday, November 6th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Coxsone’s Music (Pt.2)

Coxsone’s Music is a stunning new 3-CD/two separate double LP (+ free download) collection featuring over two and half hours of early Jamaican proto-ska, rhythm and blues, jazz, rastafari and gospel music – charting the earliest recordings produced by…

Various – Daptone Gold Vol.2 (Daptone Records)
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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Six years after the release of acclaimed greatest hits and rarities collection Daptone Gold, Daptone Records announces the release of Daptone Gold II.

CD DAP036-2 / 2LP+MP3 DAP036-1
Release: 18-09-15
Daptone Records announces the release of Daptone Gold II
Monday, September 14th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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Six years after the release of acclaimed greatest hits and rarities collection Daptone Gold, Daptone Records announces the release of Daptone Gold II. Where the original put a spotlight on Daptone’s unique sonic mission, Daptone Gold II reveals just how far things have come, packed with favourites from the last six years, along with tracks […]

Various – Daptone Gold Vol.2 (2LP+MP3)
Friday, August 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Daptone Gold Vol.2 (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1598622 Six years after the release of acclaimed greatest hits and rarities collection Daptone Gold, Daptone Records announces the release of Daptone Gold II on September 18, 2015. Where the original put a spotlight on Daptone’s unique sonic mission, Daptone Gold II reveals just how far things have come, packed with favourites from the last six years, along with tracks previously unavailable or only obtainable via 45. The release also follows Daptone’s 2014 Super Soul Revue, a series of shows that saw the entire Daptone roster perform together, culminating in three sold out nights at the world famous Apollo Theater. This new double album brings fans up to date with the Brooklyn label that has become a premier source of new soulful music and a model for independent labels everywhere.

Featuring some of the most popular songs ever released by Daptone, the album includes Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ “Better Things” (from the 2010 album I Learned the Hard Way), “Inspiration Information,” (a Shuggie Otis cover from Soul Time!) and “Retreat!” from their latest album Give the People What They Want.

Other favourites include Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens’ 2014 track “Sinner”, “Strictly Reserved For You” and “Heartaches and Pain”, by Charles Bradley, “Hot Shot” by 2015 breakout band Saun & Starr, “Dirty Money” by Afrobeat outfit Antibalas, and “Got To Get Back To My Baby” by The Sugarman 3, as well as many others.

Songs previously only available on 45 include “Luv Jones,” a duet by Charles Bradley and LaRose Jackson, “Little Boys With Shiny Toys” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and “Out Of The Wilderness” by The Como Mamas. Previously unreleased songs include the instrumental “Thunderclap” by The Dap-Kings and “You Got To Move” performed by Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens.

In the spirit of Daptone’s commitment to beautiful physical products, the Daptone Gold II double LP is packaged in a silver foil gatefold sleeve and comes with a poster, liner notes and iron-on, and the CD is in a deluxe embossed silver foil digipak.

“This is a label, a family of musicians, at the top of its game…witness Daptone in its prime” – Mr. Fine Wine, WFMU

“Daptone is a very special, one of a kind place and I am honoured to be part of this family. No other record label can compare.” – Saundra Williams, Saun & Starr

Tracklist For Daptone Gold II

Side One
1. Better Things To Do (from I Learned the Hard Way) – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
2. Strictly Reserved For You (from Victim of Love) – Charles Bradley (Featuring Menahan Street Band)
3. Sinner (from Cold World) – Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
4. Hot Shot (from Look Closer) – Saun & Starr
5. Dirty Money (from Antibalas) – Antibalas

Side Two
6. Inspiration Information (from Soul Time!) – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
7. The Traitor (from Make The Road By Walking) – Menahan Street Band
8. Heartaches And Pain (from No Time For Dreaming) – Charles Bradley
9. Unbroken, Unshaven (from The Budos Band III) – The Budos Band
10. Retreat! (from Give the People What They Want) – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
11. Witches Boogaloo (from What The World Needs Now) – The Sugarman 3

Side Three
12. Look Closer (Can’t You See The Signs?) (from Look Closer) – Saun & Starr
13. Keep Coming Back (from The Crossing) – Menahan Street Band
14. I Learned The Hard Way (from I Learned The Hard Way) – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
15. Got To Get Back To My Baby (from What The World Needs Now) – The Sugarman 3
16. Aphasia (from Burnt Offering) – The Budos Band

Side Four
17. Out Of The Wilderness (Previously Released on 45 Only) – The Como Mamas
18. Little Boys With Shiny Toys (Previously Released on 45 Only) – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
19. You Got To Move (Previously Unreleased) – Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
20. Luv Jones (Previously Released on 45 Only) – Charles Bradley & LaRose Jackson
21. Thunderclap (Previously Unreleased) – The Dap-Kings Available from 18.09.2015

Various – Henry Stone’s Miami Sound (2LP)
Friday, June 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Henry Stone’s Miami Sound (2LP)

Image: 1597739 When Terry Kane – a sound engineer who was barely twenty years old at the time – built an 8-track recording studio above Henry Stone’s office space in the Hialeah area of Miami, he probably never envisaged that he was laying the bedrock for a creative hub that would spawn over 25 gold records and over 100 million record sales worldwide. In the process, it would help to make Henry Stone a legend of American music.

At one end of the spectrum, warehouse boy turned global superstar Harry Wayne Casey – better known as leader of K.C. & The Sunshine Band – was pumping out disco classics on a massive scale with ubiquitous airplay and sell-out shows. At the other, Rodney Matthew and his group Formula 1, were relying on the might of the T.K. distribution machine to propel them into the spotlight. As remarkable as their 1977 masterpiece on Du-Vern records was, it inevitably failed to have the seismic impact of The Sunshine Band’s commercial dance pop.

For every success story like T-Connection, with their firebrand funk-disco fusion and major label achievements, there were equally talented acts such as Stevens And Foster who also called on Stone’s services to showcase their vision: judging by the scarcity of original copies of their self-written and produced modern soul jewel on Jerri Records, they also failed to reach beyond the Sunshine state, save for the rarified ears of collectors and connoisseurs.

The sheer amount of records that came out of those modest premises at 495 SE 10th Court – about 8km from Downtown Miami (as the pink flamingo flies) – is mind boggling. With a huge roster of in-house labels as well as production and distribution deals, label boss Henry Stone was a passionate, busy, and exceptionally well connected man.

Stone would nurture the early careers of the likes of million seller Betty Wright, as well as provide a platform for Milton Wright and Leno Phillips (her older brothers) to express their creativity. Clarence Reid (AKA Blowfly) and Willie Clark penned a raft of amazing tracks for acts such as Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne and Little Beaver (AKA Willie Hale, who would also write a wealth of material for others), while T.K. in-house band Miami’s own Robert Moore also released records on yet another T.K. imprint, Blue Candle.

The music scene in Miami and indeed, Florida, at the time was fertile and moved quickly with the times, there were hit-makers and risk-takers, shining stars and those who never went far.

As a living document of Henry Stone’s remarkable legacy, the diverse styles and ideas coming out of Miami-Dade County and beyond, as well as a glimpse at the successes and near-misses achieved by a dazzling array of artists at the time, this collection serves as an invaluable insight.

– Press Page with images and text: http://athensofthenorth.com/henry/
– LP includes holy grail 7″ – Brand New – Thousand Years
– 18 incredible tracks from the Man who invented Disco
– Selected by Rare Disco connoisseurs Euan Fryer & Ian Wright
– Release will tie in with up and coming award winning documentary ‘The Record man’ about Henry Stone and his music in Miami. Film to see worldwide cinema release this year: http://www.therecordmanmovie.com/
– Almost all tracks on LP reissued for the first time
– Extensive sleeve notes from record collector and writer Jason Stirland
– Personal Sleeve Notes from Joe Stone (Henry Stone’s Son)
– Original Artwork by renowned Scottish graph artist Elph – http://akaelph.com/
– Unseen personal photographs from the family

Available from 17.07.2015

Tramp Records releases the next instalment in their much acclaimed ‘Movements’ series
Friday, March 20th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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One year has passed since the last release in this series and, as always, the Tramp Records crew have been working hard during the last 12 months to come up with an equally fine selection of tunes for this brand new volume. Our aim is to keep up with the quality of each release, a […]

Various – M-Pac Records (The One-derful! Collection)
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – M-Pac Records (The One-derful! Collection)

Image: 1595936 The third installment of the One-derful! Collection focuses M-Pac!, the blues
and hard soul imprint of this legendary R&B label group. M-Pac! is preceded
by the One-derful! and Mar-V-Lus compilations and will be followed by
releases of the Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’ Town sub-labels. This series marks
the first in-depth study of what was once one of Chicago’s most prominent
African-American run labels.
M-Pac! Records is available in 2xLP and CD formats, and within the grooves
of these 24 tracks lie superb group harmonies from The Ringleaders and
The Accents, gritty hard soul leads from Willie Parker and Stacy Johnson,
and songs from one of Chicago’s most under-appreciated soul shouters in
Harold Burrage, plus 10 tracks that were never issued!
Central to M-Pac! is the Leaner family. By 1962 when brothers George and
Ernie Leaner added M-Pac! as a sub-label to their One-derful! label, they
were revered figures on Chicago’s Record Row and beyond. They distributed
material from labels like Motown and Stax and they attracted top talent. It
wasn’t uncommon for a WVON DJ to help the Leaners sign their newest
discovery, or for their singers, musicians, songwriters, or producers to have
Chess or Motown on their resumes. The Leaner family were among the
most important black businessmen of music’s golden era, yet much of their
history has only been superficially documented until now.
Between 1962 and 1971, the One-derful! family of labels released 180+
45s of stunning soul, funk, and gospel. Over two years of painstaking
research and work, including countless hours spent cataloging, transferring,
and mastering 250 of the label’s tapes, has contributed to an amazingly
extensive reissue collection. In addition, some of the world’s leading experts
have contributed liner notes and interviewed virtually every known surviving
artist, producer, and otherwise involved party. In total, the six volumes of the
One-derful! Collection include 12 LPs/6 CDs with 147 tracks, 57 which were
never issued, and 144 pages of 12” x 12” liner notes stuffed full of rare and
never before seen photos and memorabilia. Spanning 1962 to 1971, these
compilations bring forth a wealth of overlooked and never before heard
recordings and history.

TRACklISTIng
01. Willie Parker – I Live The Life I
Love
02. The Accents – New Girl
03. The Ringleaders – All of My
Life*
04. Harold Burrage – Bad Situation*
05. Dorothy Prince – Hey Mister
06. Andrew Tibbs – Change of
Heart*
07. Bobby Davis – Damper Down
08. Maurice Dollison & The
Turnkeys – The Earth Worm PT. I
09. Willie Parker – Let Me Make It
Up To You*
10. Harold Burrage – Things Ain’t
What They Used To Be (Since
You’ve Been Gone)
11. The Ringleaders – I’d Like to Win
You Over*
12. Benny Turner – Angel*
13. Harold Burrage- Mountain of
Soul*
14. Stacy Johnson – I Stand Alone
15. Willie Parker – Never In A
Million Years*
16. The Ringleaders – Baby, What
Has Happened To Our Love
17. Big Daddy Simpson – Lonely
Man*
18. The Accents – Do You Need A
Good Man
19. Stacy Johnson – Don’t Try To
Fool Me
20. Harold Burrage – Got To Find A
Way (Extended Version)
21. Willie Parker- So Glad*
22. Benny Turner – Come Back
Home
23. The Ringleaders – Let’s Start
Over
24. Dorothy Prince – Every Night
*=unreleased” Available from 27.03.2015

Various – The Mar-V-Lus Records Collection
Friday, January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Mar-V-Lus Records Collection

Image: 1594863 Between 1962 and 1971, the One-derful! family of labels released
180+ 45s of stunning soul, funk, and gospel. Over two years of
painstaking research and work, including countless hours spent
cataloging, transferring, and mastering 250 of the label’s tapes, has
contributed to an amazingly extensive reissue collection. In addition,
some of the world’s leading experts have contributed liner notes
and interviewed virtually every known surviving artist, producer, and
otherwise involved party. In total, the six volumes of the One-derful!
Collection include 12 LPs/6 CDs with 147 tracks, 57 which were
never issued, and 144 pages of 12” x 12” liner notes stuffed full of
rare and never before seen photos and memorabilia. Spanning 1962
to 1971, these compilations bring forth a wealth of overlooked and
never before heard recordings and history.

The second installment of the One-derful! Collection focuses on Mar-
V-Lus, the teen-oriented imprint of this legendary R&B label group.
Mar-V-Lus is preceded by the One- derful! Records compilation and
will be followed by releases of the M-Pac!, Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’
Town sub-labels. This series marks the first in-depth study of what
was once one of Chicago’s most prominent African-American run
labels.
Mar-V-Lus Records is available in 2xLP and CD formats, and
within the grooves of these 25 tracks lie classic dance numbers
from Alvin Cash, pure harmonies from The Du-Ettes, soulful funk
from Josephine Taylor, aching deep ballads from Johnny Sayles,
teen laments from Miss Madeline & The Young Folk, and Detroit
influenced uptempo floor fillers from Joseph Moore, The Blenders,
and The Ulti-mations, plus 10 tracks that were never issued!

A1. Josephine Taylor – For You My Love*
A2. Johnny Sayles – Don’t Turn Your Back On Me
A3. Alvin Cash & The Crawlers – Sweatin’ *
A4. The Du-Ettes – Stop, Call The Cop*
A5. The Blenders – Love Is A Good Thing Goin’
A6. Miss Madeline – Behave Yourself
B1. Alvin Cash & The Crawlers – Twine Time
B2. The Du-Ettes – If You Need Me
B3. Josephine Taylor – Ordinary Guy
B4. The Blenders – Your Love Has Got Me Down
B5. Cicero Blake – You’re Gonna Be Sorry
B6. Miss Madeline – Lonely Girl
B7. The Ulti-mations – Would I Do It Over
C1. Josephine Taylor – Your Love Picks Me Up
C2.The Young Folk – Joey
C3. The Du-Ettes – I’m Gonna Love You
C4. Joseph Moore – I Still Can’t Get You
C5. Vicky Clay – Oh It’s All Right
C6. Johnny Sayles – Whole Lot of Lovin’*
D1. Alvin Cash & The Registers – The Philly Freeze
D2. Josephine Taylor – I Want A Man*
D3. Baby Miracles – I Feel Good All Over*
D4. The Du-Ettes – Hello Tommy*
D5. Johnny Sayles – You Told A Lie
D6.The Ultimations – Sad Souvenirs* Available from 06.02.2015

Frankee – All Four One EP
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Frankee – All Four One EP

Image: 1594725 Originating from the bass-heavy hotbed that is London town, Frankee is one of many producers that are helping to shape drum & bass for a new era. And having already expelled himself from the tide of competition clawing for the top, he’s created his own identity with nerve-twitching, eardrum encapsulating releases.

His debut ‘Turning Point’ EP saw him elevated above his predecessors, whilst monstrous sleuth ‘Gully’ became a track which resounded throughout last year, a sure-fire weapon for every dancefloor detonator. This time, however, Frankee covers every base within the space of a four-track centrepiece. From the intricately woven feat of ‘Deep Down’, back to the zigzagging bassline of ‘Drop it Low’, every avenue is crossed to display his prestige in the world of production standards.

Bursting with vocal crescendos and peppered with moody percussion, ‘Deep Down’ pedestals the different shades of drum & bass that Frankee can conjure. Caan’s voice stands at the record’s core, creating heartfelt emotion which is difficult to shake off, weaving between its structure. Reminding of earlier productions, such as the ‘Away’ remix which paved the way for 2014, it’s stocky composition ensures a hard hitting sound, whilst an arpeggio of piano notes softens the blow. A demonstrative masterpiece, it sees Frankee seep into the genre’s every corner, whilst holding his title as a compositionally aggressive heavyweight.

Next up, ‘Flim Flam’ rolls out with a foreboding intro, building mechanically until you can almost feel the pressure on your nerve endings. It begins to break at the seams, before dropping into a driving riddim that chops and changes between thrown down beats. Humanlike reverberation propels the record forward through elevating switch ups, you’re yet again left to bask in the quick-fire skill that Frankee reigns supreme over.

A fairground of musicality, ‘Drop it Low’ is the perfect reintroduction to Frankee’s ability to flip the switch and take you into a quirkier dimension of sound. The riff is undeniably catchy, grabbing you by the shoulders and submerging you in pulses of reverberating subs. Snapping, biting and with commanding vocal samples that literally throw themselves at you, Frankee is back and proving his merit.

And lastly, is ‘Snarl’. Creeping, progressively intimidating and with an impact which is often missed by other producer’s, ‘Snarl’ is imposing but without the shoutiness. Clacking high-hats and drum-patterns which lead you between breaks are diced up by unnerving atmospherics. This is Frankee at his most subtle, it proves his ability to master tracks which are diligent, dark but refined in their execution.

So, yet again this is Frankee adding another rung to the ladder of his career, although this time, he’s wrapped up every stylistic feature he’s grasped within one record. Since his debut, Frankee was hailed as one producer to watch. This release only goes to reaffirm this statement, with 2015 looking to be an equally huge year.

TRACKLISTING:

1.Frankee – Deep Down Feat. Caan
2. Frankee – Flim Flam
3. Frankee – Drop It Low
4. Frankee – Snarl

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/ramrecords/sets/ramm178-frankee-all-four-one-ep/s-DBRbN Available from 13.02.2015

The Valdons – Just How Much Can One Man Take
Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Valdons – Just How Much Can One Man Take

Image: 1593867 Just in time for Black Friday, Secret Stash Records is releasing “Just How Much Can One Man Stand” by The Valdons. This marks the second new release from these historic Twin Cities soul singers in the last year and the sixth in a continuing series of new 45s from Secret Stash.

For years, Secret Stash has reissued and compiled seldom heard sixties and seventies soul, African, and Latin music. Recently they have started channeling those aesthetics and sounds into new recordings. The pair of sides on this new release are a perfect representation of the label’s two focuses. The A-side is a new recording by The Valdons, while the flip side unearths a long forgotten 1971 demo of the same song.

In Spring 2013, The Valdons hit the studio for the first time in over forty years. Each of the three tracks laid to tape that day had been written and demoed out by the group in the early 1970s, but never finished. The first two tracks were released that winter as their debut Secret Stash 45, “Stop, Wait A Minute Girl” b/w “Whatcha Gonna Do.” Record collectors the world over took note, blowing through its first pressing in a few short weeks. The third gorgeous track from that session, “Just How Much Can One Man Stand,” remained on the shelf.

Close to a full year after that session, Valdons singer Monroe Wright III played another cassette for Secret Stash’s Eric Foss. It contained an alternate early 1970s workup of “Just How Much Can One Man Stand.” While what the group recorded in 2013 mirrored practically note-for- note their first cassette demo, this version was more laid back, the silky smooth lead from Napoleon Crayton effortlessly floating on top of the band, with guitarist Donald Breedlove dishing out Wes Montgomery- esque octave licks. The cassette had been played many times over the years, and that left the recording sounding rough around the edges. Still, this long forgotten demo, propelled by a tremendous singer and band at their prime, is one of only a handful of existing recordings by these Twin Cities legends. Despiteits sonic shortcomings, Secret Stash’s Will Gilbert recalled, “There was no way we could let this remain unheard!”

Tracklisting
A1. Just How Much Can One Man Take
B1. Just How Much Can One Man Take (Demo) Available from 05.12.2014

Osaka Monaurail will release their brand new album “Riptide” via Unique Records
Monday, November 3rd, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Japan’s hardest working funkateers, Osaka Monaurail return with a bang! The band’s latest stroke “Riptide” is Osaka Monaurail’s seventh studio album and finds the band tighter than ever. But you’ll never expect something else because those guys don’t settle with halfbaked takes – all or nothing is the maxim for already 22 years. This is […]

Various – The One-derful Collection
Friday, October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The One-derful Collection

Image: 1593161 The first installment of the One-derful! Collection focuses on the namesake imprint of this legendary Chicago label group – to be followed by compilations of the Mar-V-Lus, M-Pac!, Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’ Town sub-labels. It marks the first in-depth study of what was once one of Chicago’s most prominent African-American run labels. One-derful! Records is available in 2xLP and CD formats, and within the grooves of these 25 tracks lie orchestrated soul classics from McKinley Mitchell and Betty Everett, raucous mid-1960s R&B dancers from the Five Du-Tones which shake every bone, superb deep soul ballads from Otis Clay, and extraordinary group harmony sides from The Sharpees and The Admirations, plus 12 tracks that have never been issued! Between 1962 and 1971, the One-derful! family of labels released 180+ 45s of stunning soul, funk, and gospel. Over two years of painstaking research and work, including countless hours spent cataloging, transferring, and mastering 250 of the label’s tapes, has contributed to an amazingly extensive reissue collection. In addition, some of the world’s leading experts have contributed liner notes and interviewed virtually every known surviving artist, producer, and otherwise involved party. In total, the six volumes of the One-derful! Collection include 12 LPs/6 CDs with 147 tracks, 57 which were never issued, and 144 pages of 12” x 12” liner notes stuffed full of rare and never before seen photos and memorabilia. Spanning 1962 to 1971, these compilations bring forth a wealth of overlooked and never before heard recordings and history.

Tracklisting:
A1. Otis Clay – I’ve Got To Find A Way (alt version)*
A2. The Sharpees – The Sock
A3. Joe & Mack – The Prettiest Girl
A4. The Five Du-Tones – When You Get That Feeling*
A5. Lucky Laws – Who Is She
A6. McKinley Mitchell – What Love Will Make You Do*
A7. Betty Everett – Please Love Me
B1. The Sharpees – Take Me To Your Leader*
B2. The Rockmasters – A Wonderful Thing (Love)
B3. Mary Silvers – Hear Comes My Baby*
B4. Beverly Shaffer – Meet Me Halfway*
B5. Liz Lands – Seventh Hour*
B6. The Admirations – All For You
C1. The Five Du-Tones – Shake A Tail Feather
C2. The Sharpees – Do The 45
C3. Otis Clay – Thank You Love*
C4. McKinley Mitchell – The Town I Live In
C5. Liz Lands – I’m Guilty*
C6. Betty Everett – Your Love Is Important To Me
D1. The Five Du-Tones – Enjoy Yourself*
D2. McKinley Mitchell – Now That You’re Gone*
D3. Jay Jordan – The Man of The Town
D4. The Admirations – Don’t Leave Me
D5. Beverly Shaffer – Happy Times*
D6. Otis Clay – A Lasting Love
*: Previously Unreleased
Available from 16.01.2015

Various – Total Reggae – One Drop
Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Total Reggae – One Drop

Image: 1590129 Der neue Hochkaräter in der Nice Price-Serie von VP Records präsentiert 40 essentielle Hits aus den 90er Jahren und den Nullerjahren. Hier finden sich die besten Songs von den Interpreten, die das Modern-Roots Genre nachhaltig geprägt haben, darunter Gentleman, Alborosie, Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage, Duane Stephenson, Romain Virgo, Gyptian, Etana, Sizzla, Luciano, Fantan Mojah, Jah Cure, Garnett Silk, Bushman, Junior Kelly, Richie Spice, I Wayne, Jah Mason, Chuck Fenda, Anthony B, Chezidek, Lutan Fyah, u.v.a. – als Produzenten fungierten u.a. Bobby ‘Digital’ Dixon, Donovan Germain, Philip ‘Fatis’ Burrell, Donovan ‘Vendetta’ Bennett, King Jammy, Dean ‘Cannon’ Fraser. “Total Reggae – One Drop” ist für die Kenner ein exzellenter Überblick, für die Neueinsteiger bietet sich hier die optimale Gelegenheit den Modern Roots Reggae kennenzulernen und seine Top Tunes der letzten Jahrzehnte in Besitz zu nehmen. Das 2CD-Set kommt mit einem 8-seitigen Booklet und Liner Notes von Reggae-Koryphäe Harry Wise!

Hintergrundinfo zu ‘One Drop’: Der One Drop gehört neben Steppers und Rockers zu den populärsten Schlagzeugrhythmen des Reggae. Durch Carlton Barrett, dem langjährigen Schlagzeuger von Bob Marley & The Wailers und The Upsetters, wurde er weltweit bekannt.

Available from 18.07.2014

Lenis Guess – The Story Of Lenis Guess (Tramp Records)
Friday, July 11th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and label owner Lenis Guess was undoubtedly one of the most celebrated musicians known for his contribution to “The Norfolk Sound”.

CD TRCD9033 / 2LP TRLP9033
Release: 18-07-14
Ikebe Shakedown – Stone By Stone
Thursday, June 5th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ikebe Shakedown – Stone By Stone

Image: 1588106 Ikebe Shakedown’s powerful instrumental soul takes “big unison horns, slinky bass lines, tight little guitar licks—and blends them with tasty grooves culled from ’70s-style horn-driven funk (WNYC Soundcheck).” The Brooklyn-based collective is set to follow up their well-received self-titled debut album with the heavier, more mature sound of their second full-length Stone By Stone.

The self-produced album was recorded at the famed “House of Soul” Daptone Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Notes bassist Vince Chiarito, “Thinking of all the great music that has come out of the Daptone Studio really pushed us to refine our songs and grow as a band. It was really inspiring to record there.” The band adds that, “Stone By Stone is a much more layered and arranged album. The self-titled debut captured the raw energy of us playing live and the new record is much more of a studio effort. Psychedelic textures weave in and out of the grooves while the horn section offers an explosive response. The songs are heavy and danceable and show our moodier, more melodic side.”

The seven-piece band—named after a favorite Nigerian boogie record and pronounced “ee-KAY-bay”—formed in 2008 and has developed a mighty horn section anchored by tight, deep-pocketed grooves. Following 2009’s debut EP Hard Steppin’, the band released their self-titled debut full-length LP on Ubiquity Records in 2011 that Okayplayer called “an adventurous trip through time” and “one of the best releases of the year.” Their music has also been featured on a number of television shows and commercials including HBO’s Eastbound and Down, Mini Cooper and Vans.

01. The Offering
02. Stone By Stone
03. The Beast
04. By Hook Or By Crook
05. Rio Grande
06. Last Stand
07. Cover Your Tracks
08. Chosen Path
09. The Illusion
10. Dram Available from 16.05.2014

Various – Studio One Rocksteady
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Studio One Rocksteady

Image: 1587280 Studio One Rocksteady is the fantastic new instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ journey through the mighty vaults of Studio One, reggae’s number one record company and its legendary pioneering producer Clement Sir Coxsone Dodd.

With excellent sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley (author of the classic book Bass Culture – When Reggae Was King (Penguin)) this album is dedicated to rocksteady at Studio One as well as covering reggae soul and the birth of reggae.

Featuring an all-star selection of artists: Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Jackie Mittoo, The Heptones, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown and more.

Heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve (with full sleeve notes and free download code).

Tracklisting:

· The Eternals – Stars
· John Holt – Fancy Make Up
· Cecile Campbell – Whisper To Me
· The Heptones – Party Time
· Gaylands – Joy In The Morning
· Marcia Griffiths – My Ambition
· The Heptones – Love Wont Come Easy
· Alton Ellis – Hurting Me
· Wailing Souls – Row Fisherman Row
· Ken Boothe – Home Home Home
· Jackie Mittoo – Our Thing
· Larry Marshall – Throw Mi Corn
· Duke Morgan – Lick It Back
· Carlton and the Shoes – Me and You
· Dennis Brown – Easy Take It Easy
· Wailing Souls – Pack Up
· Ken Boothe – Moving Away Available from 21.02.2014

Various – Studio One Ska Fever!
Thursday, October 24th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Studio One Ska Fever!

Image: 1584599 A blistering collection of ska tunes from Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records, Jamaica’s foundation label of reggae music. Featuring classic cuts from the originators of Ska – The Skatalites, The Wailers, Lee Perry – alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities from the might vaults of 13 Brentford Road – pure Ska Fever !

Soul Jazz Records new Studio One Ska Fever returns back to the early 1960s when Ska was the soundtrack to Jamaica’s Independence and Sir Coxsone ruled the land and The Skatalites and Studio One were creating history on a daily basis with an endless stream of blistering, scorching classic tunes.

This album includes an incredible line-up of only the finest artists in reggae music, including Roland Alphonso, The Gaylads, The Ethiopians, Don Drummond, Jackie Opel and many more. An all-star cast from Studio One, as Chris Blackwell famously noted, the ‘University of Reggae’.

A1. Hugh Godfrey – Mad World
A2. Johnny Moore – Skavling Johnny
A3. Bongo Man & The Skatalites – Marcus Garvey
A4. The Clarendonians – Rudie Bam Bam
A5. Jackie Opel – Old Rocking Chair

B1. The Wailers – Climb The Ladder
B2. Jackie Mittoo – Jump For Joy
B3. Lee Perry – Gumma
B4. Soul Brothers – Freedom Sounds

C1. The Clarendonians – You Won’t See Me
C2. Roland Alphonso and the Studio One Orchestra – Cleopatra
C3. The Gaylads – Don’t Try To Reach Me
C4. The Skatalites – Ska Parisienne

D1. Joe Higgs & Roy Wilson – There’s A Reward
D2. The Skatalites – Timothy
D3. The Ethiopians – Live good
D4. Don Drummond – Green Island
D5. The Wailers – Mr Talkative Available from 04.10.2013

Exciting debut album from French producer Robinn on Compost Records
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Exciting debut album from Robinn, a native Frenchmen now based in London. “Multiphonia” is delivering a bass heavy sound that sits somewhere in between Four Tet, Bonobo, Mount Kimbie, post-dubstep and electronic reggae. Featuring the vocals of Nathaniel Pearn aka Natural Self (Tru Thoughts). Robinn’s music is somehow self-splitting into two cultural and mental superstructures, […]

Various – Mutazione
Friday, August 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Mutazione

Image: 1581884 In Italy, they are known as the Anni di Piombo, the ‘Years Of Lead’, a period of
unprecedented political turmoil between the late ‘60s and early ‘80s across the country.
Sparked following an attempt to merge the neo-fascist Italian Social Movement (MSI)
into the ruling Tambroni government and a subsequent coalition between the Christian
Democrats (DC) and the Socialist Party, nearly 2000 murders were attributed to political
violence during this dark period in the form of bombings, assassinations and street
warfare between rival militant factions, including the high profile murder of DC leader
Aldo Moro in 1978.
Kompakt artist Alessio Natalizia from Walls brings together ‘Mutazione’, a collection of
reactionary underground electronic and new wave rarities from Italy, recorded during the
tail end of this turbulent era. Based around a hotbed of activism in Tuscany and the Emilio
Romagna region, bands emerged from squats and both right and left wing militant
groups, feeding off the national paranoia and angst to create a unique sound, rooted in
punk but touching on new wave, electronic, experimental and industrial styles. Much of
the music was released on limited cassettes. Fanzines sprang up, both from political
groups and the bands themselves, in turn spawning new artists – Suicide Dada, featured
on this album, emerged from a collective running the VM fanzine in Turin and the Traxxtra
collective of underground musicians also published a regular lo-fi magazine of their own.
For ‘Mutazione’, Natalizia digs deep to explore the full spectrum of sounds from this rich
era of Italian music. Styles range from brooding new wave and post-punk to raw electronic
pieces and claustrophobic, whispered vocal cuts. There are stories aplenty behind
many of the tracks: Laxative Souls’ chilling ‘Niccolai’ samples a telephone call made by
infamous terrorist group Brigate Rosse to Aldo Moro’s lawyer, explaining where he could
find the politician’s body. Kirlian Camera’s ‘Edges’ is an early single from one of the few
underground Italian new wave to land a major label deal and Doris Norton’s ‘Norton
Apple Software’ is culled from an all-electronic instrumental album sponsored by Apple
during their early days in 1984.
This exclusive release comes with extensive sleeve notes by two of Italy’s leading
cultural journalists, Andrea Pomini and Alberto Campo, both now of Rumore magazine.
The package also features a wealth of original photos alongside artwork from fanzines,
cassettes and LP covers.

FOR FANS OF
Factory Records, Metal Dance compilation, early Kraftwerk, Can, Throbbing Gristle, Disques
du Crepuscule, Public Image Limited, Liquid Liquid, no wave

KEY POINTS

– First definitive compilation of underground Italian new wave scene from 1980s
– Powerful soundtrack to turbulent political backdrop in Italy during early ’80s
– Features over 20 previously unreissued tracks
– Package full of rare artwork from fanzines, cassettes, posters and LPs + sleeve notes by
leading Italian journalists Andrea Pomini and Alberto Campo
– Another essential package in Strut’s catalogue of post-punk, new wave & early electronic
releases following ‘Fac. Dance’, ‘Metal Dance’ & ‘Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story

CD1
1. Die Form – Are You Before
2. Neon – Informations of Death
3. Gaznevada – Going Underground
4. Carmody – Vulcani
5. Daniele Ciullini & De Rezke – Ancona Icone
6. 0010110000010011 Cancer – Naonian Style
7. Victrola – Maritime Tatami
8. 2+2=5 – Jacho’s Story
9. Laxative Souls – Niccolai
10. LA 1919 – Senza Tregua
11. Baciamibartali & Winter Light – Kill Myself 2
12. Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici – Back and Forth
13. L’Ultimo Arcano – 1984-1985

CD2
1. A.T.R.O.X. – Against The Odds
2. Doris Norton – Norton Apple Software
3. Kirlian Camera – Edges (Original version)
4. Spirocheta Pergoli – Romero’s Living Dead
5. La Bambola Del Dr. Caligari – Deep Skanner
6. Pale TV – The Livid Triptych
7. Rats – Please
8. Plath – I Am Strange Now
9. Tasaday – Crisalide
10. La Maison – Critical Situation
11. Suicide Dada – Waiting For September
12. The Tapes – Nervous Breakdown
13. Maurizio Bianchi – Auschwitz

http://www.strut-records.com/

Preview: https://soundcloud.com/k7-records/sets/mutazione-italian-electronic-1/s-HnGQ1 Available from 02.08.2013

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