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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 […]

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, […]

Freestyle Records presents volume two of ‘Back To The Beginning – The Brian Auger Anthology’
Friday, September 16th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Brian Auger, the London born keyboard genius & musical pioneer, lauded and loved by everybody from Herbie Hancock to Mose Allison, from the Brand New Heavies to The Beastie Boys, whose tracks have been sampled by Mos Def, Common, Air and Kid Loco, and his original compositions covered by Sarah Vaughan, Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes and […]

The Frightnrs – Nothing More To Say (Daptone Records)
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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The Frightnrs “Nothing More To Say” is a true collaboration between the band, black belt producer and arranger Victor Axelrod aka Ticklah and Daptone Records.

CD DAP042-2 / LP+MP3 DAP042-1
Release: 02-09-16
The Frightnrs first full length LP for Daptone Records is a testament
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Set to be released on September 2nd, The Frightnrs first full length LP for Daptone Records, “Nothing Left to Say,” is a testament. It is a testament to the belief that the classic sound of Jamaican Rocksteady, when treated with the utmost respect and devotion, can be reimagined to speak to a new generation. It […]

SQÜRL – Live At Third Man Records
Saturday, April 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on SQÜRL – Live At Third Man Records

Image: 1603507 Carter Logan, Jim Jarmusch, and Jozef Van Wissem are SQÜRL, an enthusiastically marginal rock band from New York City who like big drums & broken guitars, cassette recorders, loops, feedback, sad country songs, molten stoner core, chopped & screwed hip-hop, and imaginary movie scores. We are an enthusiastically genre-free record label who likes to hold good bands hostage in a big blue room with no corners and record their music with no take-backs or do-overs. SQÜRL’s experimental stage show and our desire to capture it are a match made in heaven for your ears and your turntable, and we’re ready to prove it to you.

To date, SQÜRL has released a series of 3 EPs with ATP/Recordings as well as music for the films THE LIMITS OF CONTROL and ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, the latter with Jozef Van Wissem who has since joined the band for many live dates. We are glad to add to their discography with this brand new live record, recorded direct-to-tape in March of 2015.

Packaging: Single Pocket, printed die cut sleeve

TRACKLIST:

Side A:
1. The Taste of Blood
2. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)
3. Pink Dust
4. The Boat of Love

Side B:
5. Clock Without Hand
6. The Sun is Pure Fire
7. Little Sister (Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman)

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/thirdmanrecords/squrl-live-at-third-man-records-the-taste-of-blood
Website: https://www.atpfestival.com/recordings/artist/squrl

Available from 22.04.2016

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 […]

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 […]

Frankie Paul – Respect – Original Songs By Dennis Brown (Boom Shot Records)
Monday, March 18th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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From “No Man Is An Island” to “Love Has Found Its Way” with many other stops on Brown’s musical map this set finds a reggae great honoring the tradition of a reggae great: and of course, with respect.

CD BS2116CD
Release: 15-03-13
Povo release their second album “The Yellow Of The Sun In You” on Ricky-Tick Records …
Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Hailing from Denmark, Povo rank among the top names in the international contemporary jazz circuit. Their second album, “The Yellow Of The Sun In You” released by Ricky-Tick Records in 2010, is a vocal jazz feast including the legendary vocalist Andy Bey on four tracks. The Copenhagen based collective Povo left its mark on the […]

Manfred Burzlaff
Monday, January 29th, 2018 | Tags: , ,
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Incredible today: Standing on a stage with Chet Baker in the late 50s when he still had his James Dean face. Jamming with Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon, Jim Hall and Lionel Hampton, who takes Manfred Burzlaff’s mallets in his hands and plays on Manfred Burzlaff’s vibraphone. Bebop, Hard bop. Rich harmonic schemes, improvisation, furious playing, […]

Monophonics – Mirrors (Ltd. Colored Vinyl)
Monday, January 15th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monophonics – Mirrors (Ltd. Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1617309 Fuzzed out and psychedelic covers of rare and classic tracks performed by San Francisco’s Monophonics.
Monophonics are back with a six-song EP that fuses the complimentary and explosive soul, rock and funk influences, proving themselves to be the rightful inheritors of the Bay Area’s impressive psychedelic soul sound. Mirrors is comprised entirely of cover tunes, except that I doubt you’ve ever heard of half the deeply funky and soulful originals that inspired these soulful, tastefully produced, and timeless Monophonics treatments. “We wanted to do a couple songs that were more familiar to people and then shine some light on groups we’re big into,” lead singer, keyboardist and co-producer Kelly Finnigan explains. It takes a lot of guts to cover your favorite songs, your van jams, that song you play as a shot of inspiration to break-up a marathon studio session. “Not only are these great songs, but these are artists that we listen to and are influenced by.”

“It’s not about making records that sound old, it’s about making records that sound cool,” Kelly says. Not that he and the other five members of Monophonics mind if you confuse their albums for classic-era recordings. Even musician friends regular mistake a sweaty and greasy Monophonics original for an unheard Bar-Kays’ side, or a deep soul cover tune might pass for an original to a novice ear, except that Kelly makes sure to give credit where credit is due, which is what they do explicitly on this EP, Mirrors.

Even the familiar tunes, iconic, better said, receive a fresh treatment as instrumentals, despite their ubiquity as vocal songs. The EP opens with a ‘tip of the cap’ to The Main Ingredient’s version of “Summer Breeze” before the band unfolds a hazy, mellow-funk opus worthy of inclusion on a Bob James CTI album. The next four songs, all featuring vocals, range from the lowrider soul ballad, a cover of the The Invicibles’ “My Heart Cries” with a pleading and plaintive vocal by Nicole Smith, to the psychedelic blues stomp, “Lying,” originally by the archetypical psychedelic soul band nearly signed to Motown, Black Merda. Add in Kelly’s monster vocal take on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Northern Soul classic, “Beggin” (to be released as a 7” single with an instrumental version on the b-side), and the deep-funk pop-soul of Nu People’s “I’d be Nowhere Without You” with back-up vocals by Jeanine Jones and Veronica Johnson, and you have a highly-entertaining, toe-tapping, backbone-slipping, masterclass in deep funk and soul.

The final tune is the band’s singular take on the Mamas and the Papas hippie standard, “California Dreaming,” as an explicit and heartfelt tribute to their fans in Greece. The discerning music lovers of Greece fell in love with Monophonics after their 2012 hit “Bang Bang” resulting in multiple tours of the Mediterranean, where these native Californians imbibed on the fine ouzo, good vibes, and Grecian hospitality. Gifted a prized bouzouki (a traditional Greek guitar) by a local fan, Monophonics’ guitarist Ian McDonald and band infused this classic pop song with a soulful cinematic air and Mediterranean flavor, evoking a tune from an imagined Fellini film with a soundtrack by David Axelrod.

Catch the band on the road this Spring to hear some of these songs, favorites and new tunes from their forthcoming LP.

Tracklist:
1. Summer Breeze
2. My Heart Cries
3. Beggin’
4. Lying
5. I’d Be Nowhere Today
6. California Dreaming Available from 09.03.2018

Detroit Swindle
Monday, November 20th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Detroit Swindle was formed in 2011 by Lars Dales (1981) & Maarten Smeets (1982). It all started after Lars – who was programming a few nightclubs in Amsterdam – had to fire Maarten for playing too much underground music. They started talking and found out they had a mutual love for Motown, hip-hop and early […]

Various – Jukebox Mambo Vol.3 (Jazzman)
Friday, November 3rd, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Jazzman Records releases the third volume of its Jukebox Mambo compilation series, artfully selected by DJ Liam Large. A journey through the popular American music of the 1950s influenced by exotic rumba and Afro-Latin seasoned rhythm and blues.

CD JMANCD094 / 2LP JMANLP094
Release: 03-11-17
Lyman Woodard Organisation – Saturday Night Special (180g/Gatefold)
Monday, October 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lyman Woodard Organisation – Saturday Night Special (180g/Gatefold)

Image: 1615762 In association with DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is honoured to present another gem from the small yet significant Strata catalogue. A precursor to New York’s Strata East, Detroit’s Strata Records was founded in the late 1960s by former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox. Starting life as a music-led community organisation, coffee shop studio and venue, Strata released only a few titles as a record label, gaining the imprint a cult following among record collectors and jazz lovers across the globe. Possibly the best known of Strata’s releases, The Lyman Woodard Organization’s ‘Saturday Night Special’ is rightly heralded as a jazz fusion classic. Recorded in 1975, ‘Saturday Night Special’ features organ, electric piano and Mellotron by bandleader Lyman Woodard alongside guitar and bass by Ron English, with drums and percussion by Leonard King, Bud Spangler & Lorenzo “Mr. Rhythm” Brown respectively. Despite the fairly sparse instrumentation, ‘Saturday Night Special’ lays down an impressive wall of sound, powerfully atmospheric in its almost low-fi aesthetic. Hinting at more traditional jazz, rhythm & blues, afrocuban styles and more, the uniqueness of this album is surely in its feel: summoning up images of a vast industrial landscape, assembly lines and urban decay. In other words, this record sounds like Detroit. No great album artwork is complete without a good story to match, and ‘Saturday Night Special’ does not disappoint. Snapped by photographer and political activist Leni Sinclair (responsible for seminal pictures of Miles Davis, Fela Kuti and John Coltrane and many others), the cover image shows the contents of Lyman Woodard’s pockets placed on the hotel bed after a show: cigarette papers, cash and a pistol. Following Woodard’s death in 2009, this incredible album was reissued in highly limited numbers by Wax Poetics, now just as hard to come by as the original pressings. It’s our pleasure to make this important and influential chapter in the story of contemporary jazz available on vinyl once again.

For Fans Of: J Dilla, Nostalgia 77, Herbie Hancock, Roy Ayers, Miles Davis.

Tracklist:
A1 Saturday Night Special
A2 Joy Road
B1 Belle Isle Daze
B2 Creative Musicians
B3 Saturday Night Special (Alternate Take)
C1 Cheeba
C2 Allen Barnes
C3 On Your Mind
D1 Help Me Get Away
D2 Saturday Night Special (Lost Alternative Mix)
D3 Belle Isle Daze (Lost Alternative Mix) Available from 17.11.2017

Various – Jukebox Mambo Vol.3
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Jukebox Mambo Vol.3

Image: 1611995 • Jazzman Records releases the third volume of its Jukebox Mambo compilation series, artfully selected by DJ Liam Large.
• A journey through the popular American music of the 1950s influenced by exotic rumba and Afro-Latin seasoned rhythm and blues.
• Featuring rarities and unearthed gems from Percy Mayfield, Roy Gaines, Chuz Alfred, Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, and many more.
• The twenty-four track compilation comes complete with in-depth track notes and photographs, as well as a deluxe double vinyl edition with gatefold sleeve, and a super limited edition vintage style 6 x 10″ book set – with unique artwork and four exclusive bonus tracks

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 a crate-digger’s passion for the obscure with an ear for instant dancefloor crowd pleasers.

In a congested field of R&B comps, Jukebox Mambo stands out uniquely in shedding light on the era of Latin American and Caribbean influence, a sensual rhythmic shift which continues to be felt in modern music today.

Opener, The Emperor’s ‘Tough De Times (Things Getting Tough)’ is a classic example of Large and Jazzman’s idiosyncratic capacity to bring striking singularities to light, a beguiling and seductive blend of jazz, blues and Trinidadian calypso. Other highlights include the slinky rumba-blues of Percy Mayfield’s lustful ‘Loose Lips’, the only known recording by female blues shouter Ethel Boswell on the track ‘No More For You’, and Chuz Alfred’s powerful rendition of the Duke Ellington standard ‘Caravan’. Elsewhere, Jukebox Mambo 3 is dominated by virtuosic performances, from the smooth tenor vocals of Roy Gaines to the polyrhythmic swing of the Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, and the Syrian-American jazz stylings of Eddie Kochak.

The compilation comes with in-depth track notes and photographs, is available as a deluxe double vinyl tip on gatefold as well as a super limited edition vintage style 6 x 10″ book set – with unique artwork and four exclusive bonus tracks.

Lovingly compiled, artfully arranged and expertly annotated, Jukebox Mambo Volume 3 is another immersive gaze into an era of musical history that still carries a unique influence today. This one is for the crate diggers and music lovers alike!

Tracklisting
1. The Emperor – Time De Tough
2. Preacher Stephens & The Foree Wells Combo – Mary
3. Percy Mayfield – Loose Lips
4. Ethel Boswell – No More for You
5. Camille Howard – Hurry Back Baby
6. Chuz Alfred – Caravan
7. Roy Gaines – Alabama Sue
8. Paul Boyers Band – Mambo Mambo Baby (feat. Pattie Parish)
9. Monogram Caribbean Orchestra – Calypso Cha Cha for Spooks
10. Clarence Garlow – New Bon Ton Roulay
11. Maurice King – Bermuda
12. Floyd Dixon – Please Don’t Go
13. Aggie Dukes – Swing Low Sweet Cadillac
14. Otis Blackwell – My Josephine
15. Duke Groner – Oppin for Later
16. Big Bertha – Little Daddy
17. Linton Garner – Double A Mambo
18. Ontarios & Frank Motley & His Crew – Lovers Mambo
19. Toni Jordan – The Bend
20. Eddie Kochak – Mambo Arriba
21. Christine Kittrell – I Ain’t Nothing but a Fool
22. Harmonica Blues King Harris – Blues King Mango
23. Donald Woods & The Vel-Aires – My Very Own
24. Sax Mallard – The Mojo
Available from 20.10.2017

Various – Jukebox Mambo Vol.3 (Gatefold/2LP)
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Jukebox Mambo Vol.3 (Gatefold/2LP)

Image: 1611998 Jazzman Records releases the third volume of its Jukebox Mambo compilation series, artfully selected by DJ Liam Large.
A journey through the popular American music of the 1950s influenced by exotic rumba and Afro-Latin seasoned rhythm and blues.
Featuring rarities and unearthed gems from Percy Mayfield, Roy Gaines, Chuz Alfred, Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, and many more.
The twenty-four track compilation comes complete with in-depth track notes and photographs, as well as a deluxe double vinyl edition with gatefold sleeve, and a super limited edition vintage style 6 x 10″ book set – with unique artwork and four exclusive bonus tracks

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 a crate-digger’s passion for the obscure with an ear for instant dancefloor crowd pleasers.

In a congested field of R&B comps, Jukebox Mambo stands out uniquely in shedding light on the era of Latin American and Caribbean influence, a sensual rhythmic shift which continues to be felt in modern music today.

Opener, The Emperor’s ‘Tough De Times (Things Getting Tough)’ is a classic example of Large and Jazzman’s idiosyncratic capacity to bring striking singularities to light, a beguiling and seductive blend of jazz, blues and Trinidadian calypso. Other highlights include the slinky rumba-blues of Percy Mayfield’s lustful ‘Loose Lips’, the only known recording by female blues shouter Ethel Boswell on the track ‘No More For You’, and Chuz Alfred’s powerful rendition of the Duke Ellington standard ‘Caravan’. Elsewhere, Jukebox Mambo 3 is dominated by virtuosic performances, from the smooth tenor vocals of Roy Gaines to the polyrhythmic swing of the Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, and the Syrian-American jazz stylings of Eddie Kochak.

The compilation comes with in-depth track notes and photographs, is available as a deluxe double vinyl tip on gatefold as well as a super limited edition vintage style 6 x 10″ book set – with unique artwork and four exclusive bonus tracks.

Lovingly compiled, artfully arranged and expertly annotated, Jukebox Mambo Volume 3 is another immersive gaze into an era of musical history that still carries a unique influence today. This one is for the crate diggers and music lovers alike!

Tracklisting
1. The Emperor – Time De Tough
2. Preacher Stephens & The Foree Wells Combo – Mary
3. Percy Mayfield – Loose Lips
4. Ethel Boswell – No More for You
5. Camille Howard – Hurry Back Baby
6. Chuz Alfred – Caravan
7. Roy Gaines – Alabama Sue
8. Paul Boyers Band – Mambo Mambo Baby (feat. Pattie Parish)
9. Monogram Caribbean Orchestra – Calypso Cha Cha for Spooks
10. Clarence Garlow – New Bon Ton Roulay
11. Maurice King – Bermuda
12. Floyd Dixon – Please Don’t Go
13. Aggie Dukes – Swing Low Sweet Cadillac
14. Otis Blackwell – My Josephine
15. Duke Groner – Oppin for Later
16. Big Bertha – Little Daddy
17. Linton Garner – Double A Mambo
18. Ontarios & Frank Motley & His Crew – Lovers Mambo
19. Toni Jordan – The Bend
20. Eddie Kochak – Mambo Arriba
21. Christine Kittrell – I Ain’t Nothing but a Fool
22. Harmonica Blues King Harris – Blues King Mango
23. Donald Woods & The Vel-Aires – My Very Own
24. Sax Mallard – The Mojo
Available from 03.11.2017

Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well (180g)
Friday, May 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well (180g)

Image: 1610027 Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’. This is the first in a long line of reissues focusing on the Strata catalog details attached.

Tracklist:
A1 Sevenths
A2 Scorpio’s Child
B1 Paramour
B2 The Latin Bit

Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records. Preceding New York’s Strata East, Detroit’s original Strata label issued only a handful of underground titles in the early 70’s, making it a ‘holy grail’ imprint among jazz lovers and record collectors the world over.
Released by Strata in 1974, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’ was originally recorded by Strata founder and former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox at a concert which took place almost a decade previously, at the student union of the University Of Michigan back in 1965. Led by drummer Bert Myrick, the album highlights a quintet of highly talented players at the height of their powers. Featuring Will Austin on bass, Kenny Cox on piano and Ronnie Fields on tenor sax, the performance also stars George Bohanon, a nowlegendary player who spent 7 years with Motown Records as lead trombonist before being named “Most Valuable Player”. by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Probably best known for the iconic 14 minute epic “Scorpio’s Child” (composed by Strata owner Kenny Cox), ‘Live ‘n Well’ captures tour de force performances from a collection of Detroit’s finest musicians, destined to go their separate ways soon after the recording was completed. Legend has it that Bert Myrick was inspired to pursue his passion for the drums by friend and mentor Elvin Jones (the drummer on John Coltrane’s classic ‘A Love Supreme’), who would open windows at his shows so that Bert and his friends could enter without paying. This kind of heavyweight tutelage would certainly explain Myrick’s impeccable, highly expressive playing on ‘Live ‘n Well’. Remembered fondly for his powerful hands and gentle demeanor, Bert Myrick passed away in 2010 at the age of 80.

Key Selling Points:
– Our first of many Strata releases curated by DJ Amir.
– Audio is taken from the original tapes, lovingly restored by http://aamastering.com/ bringing 30 years of specialist experience to the project.
– Guaranteed support from specialist press & radio worldwide, this release heralds the start of a Strata re-issue campaign focusing on released and un-released albums from their vaults, look out for Herbie Hancock, CJQ, Sphere & Lyman Woodard.

For Fans Of: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gilles Peterson.
Key tracks: Scorpio’s Child, The Latin Bit, Paramour.
Available from 30.06.2017

Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well
Friday, May 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well

Image: 1610028 Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’. This is the first in a long line of reissues focusing on the Strata catalog details attached.

Tracklist:
A1 Sevenths
A2 Scorpio’s Child
B1 Paramour
B2 The Latin Bit

Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records. Preceding New York’s Strata East, Detroit’s original Strata label issued only a handful of underground titles in the early 70’s, making it a ‘holy grail’ imprint among jazz lovers and record collectors the world over.
Released by Strata in 1974, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’ was originally recorded by Strata founder and former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox at a concert which took place almost a decade previously, at the student union of the University Of Michigan back in 1965. Led by drummer Bert Myrick, the album highlights a quintet of highly talented players at the height of their powers. Featuring Will Austin on bass, Kenny Cox on piano and Ronnie Fields on tenor sax, the performance also stars George Bohanon, a nowlegendary player who spent 7 years with Motown Records as lead trombonist before being named “Most Valuable Player”. by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Probably best known for the iconic 14 minute epic “Scorpio’s Child” (composed by Strata owner Kenny Cox), ‘Live ‘n Well’ captures tour de force performances from a collection of Detroit’s finest musicians, destined to go their separate ways soon after the recording was completed. Legend has it that Bert Myrick was inspired to pursue his passion for the drums by friend and mentor Elvin Jones (the drummer on John Coltrane’s classic ‘A Love Supreme’), who would open windows at his shows so that Bert and his friends could enter without paying. This kind of heavyweight tutelage would certainly explain Myrick’s impeccable, highly expressive playing on ‘Live ‘n Well’. Remembered fondly for his powerful hands and gentle demeanor, Bert Myrick passed away in 2010 at the age of 80.

Key Selling Points:
– Our first of many Strata releases curated by DJ Amir.
– Audio is taken from the original tapes, lovingly restored by http://aamastering.com/ bringing 30 years of specialist experience to the project.
– Guaranteed support from specialist press & radio worldwide, this release heralds the start of a Strata re-issue campaign focusing on released and un-released albums from their vaults, look out for Herbie Hancock, CJQ, Sphere & Lyman Woodard.

For Fans Of: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gilles Peterson.
Key tracks: Scorpio’s Child, The Latin Bit, Paramour.
Available from 30.06.2017

Various – Cool Europa – European Progressive Jazz in Germany 1959-1963 (Sonorama)
Friday, April 28th, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Unique compilation and 100th release in the catalogue of Sonorama Records – great moments from the most prosperous period in the development of European progressive jazz.

CD SONOC100 / 2LP SONOL100
Release: 28-04-17
Earl Davis (Damu The Fudgemunk) – Breaks With Mistakes
Friday, March 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Earl Davis (Damu The Fudgemunk) – Breaks With Mistakes

Image: 1609398 For the loyal and expanding audience of hungry producers and DJ’s worldwide, Redefnition Records’ latest contribution entitled “Breaks with Mistakes” is the ideal tool for sample based artists looking for fresh & unique drums to add to their creativity. Following in the footsteps of J-Zone’s “Lunch Breaks” and Pat Van Dyke’s, “PVD
Breaks”, this is for the serious beat lovers. Breaks with Mistakes features a whopping 39 brand new, exclusive, royalty-free drum breaks ready to be the driving force of your next hit. The sounds in this collection were performed by a live drummer (Redef’s own Earl Davis), recorded during impromptu sessions at studios in Los
Angeles and Jersey City. Ranging in a variety of patterns, tones and tempos from 74 BPM to 118 BPM, Breaks with Mistakes retains the human feel and was created with the producer in mind. Whether you sample to loop or chop, this will answer the call and intentionally, all the breaks here focus on kick, snare, hi hat, ride cymbal and the occasional tambourine with minimal drum flls and no toms. The entire record was curated, mixed and mastered by veteran Hip Hop producer/former House of Hitz engineer K-Def from several hours of drum sessions. Only the best material made the cut, making it instantly useful in your next production. K-Def also chose to minimize effects such as reverb in way that gives users more freedom to control and color their own sound, allowing producers to easily develop new
character from the punchy & dry hits. Though this the perfect record, the imperfect title is a call to the loose drumming and spontaneous grooves played by the drummer. Our philosophy on drums is, “If it’s broken, don’t try to fx it” and the end results are some of the most natural breakbeats you can get your hands on at a budget friendly price. These are beats you just can’t beat … not buying Breaks With Mistakes is a mistake in itself!

• Impromptu breakbeat sessions recorded live in Los Angeles and Jersey City by Earl Davis (AKA Damu The Fudgemunk)
• Breaks With Mistakes features 39 royalty free breaks with tempos ranging from 74 to 118 BPM
• Processed by veteran producer / engineer K-Def

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18. 105 BPM
19. 118 BPM
20. ### BPM (Bonus) Available from 05.05.2017

Hot Since 82
Monday, March 13th, 2017 | Tags: , , , ,
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If you love something, they say, set it free. Even dance music. It’s only five years, after all, since Hot Since 82, current hottest property in house music, the man behind some of Summer 2013’s biggest anthems, gave up DJing and producing forever. Back in summer 2007, Daley Padley was staying with his mates in […]

Beginning Of The End – Funky Nassau
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Beginning Of The End – Funky Nassau

Image: 1607308 Seminal early 70’s Bahamian Funk of the highest order! The debut LP from the Munnings brothers legendary outfit. “Funky Nassau” is one of the most sought after Soul/Funk records ever with it’s highly original blend of US black music styles and Bahamian roots. A very famous band in their native Nassau, the group only had 2 full length albums under their belts along with a slew of 45 singles but have managed to stamp their name on the ears and minds of record lovers since they first burst onto the scene. The obvious track to reference here is the title track “Funky Nassau” a breakbeat fuelled monster dance cut that has supplied hungry samplers with sounds for decades (everyone from The Prodigy & The Roots among those who have used the cavernous drum break!), the rest of this excellent LP also includes the amazing Funk of “Come Down” and a whole host of other brilliant sun-drenched tracks. Absolutely essential. Here’s your chance to own a true classic! You’d be hard pressed to find another well rounded debut LP, this one is pure joy from start to finish.

The LP has been illegally reissued numerous times without any care or attention being taken to retain or respect the quality of the amazing music contained within. Not so on this occasion, this is a fully legit, sanctioned reissue done in conjunction and with the assistance of Miami’s TK Disco empire. Now is the perfect time to revisit the deep, soulful sounds of the Munnings brothers endeavours, a truly sublime collection of songs, masterfully produced and performed with pure vitality.

TRACK LISTING:

A1. Funky Nassau Pt 1
A2. Funky Nassau Pt 2
A3. Come Down (Come Down Baby)
A4. Sleep On Dream On
A5. Surrey Ride
B1. Monkey Tamarind
B2. In the Deep
B3. Pretty Girl
B4. When She Made Me Promise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI8L6GhgqA8 Available from 09.12.2016

Uffe – No!
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Uffe – No!

Image: 1605658 Danish producer Uffe Christensen returns to Tartelet Records with his second LP ‘No!’, a deeply personal LP to follow 2015’s debut ‘Radio Days’

TRACKLISTING
A1. No!
A2. Lesser-Known Values
A3. Fridge Magnet Radio Theme
A4. I Care For You
B1. Come On Try
B2. Keep Smiles On The Side
B3. Next to You
B4. Black Hole
C1. Jump Into
C2. Solo, So Loud
D1. The Fact
D2. You Seem Happy
D3. From Me

Bonus 7’ (with first 500 pcs only!)
A1. Keep Smiles (Dub)
B1. From Me (Dub)

Danish producer Uffe Christensen returns to Tartelet Records with
his second LP ‘No!’, a deeply personal LP to follow 2015’s
unanimously unfuckwithable debut ‘Radio Days’. Every bit as
abundant as his first, it’s a record that scales polyrhythmic
percussion, improvised jazz, & billowing ballads. This, that and so
much more, it’s a triumph of one man’s instinctive ear –– and
should be consumed in one sitting.
A year after his dynamic debut ‘Radio Days’, Uffe resurfaces on Tartelet
with a record cut in the same spirit as the last: a borderless approach to
music-making with organic instrumentation at its heart. Genres collide
peaceably ––off-beat soul with jazz, hip-hop with the heft of house––
and are melded smooth with an earthy warmth. Like nearly all at camp
Tartelet, he’s a producer who is more interested in cutting loose than
playing to the tune of dominant modes in dance music. In that, his
album’s title is instructive: a ‘no’ to the tyranny of trends, to slavish
Facebook likes, to creative compromise. Beyond the babble of fleeting
fads, Uffe enjoys his place on the perimeter –– an outlier searching
critically for something closer to a timeless groove.
Uffe has all of the intuition of the self-taught instrumentalist, following
his ear into unexpected rhythmic and tonal combinations. It’s what gives
the album its urgent appeal: the sound of tentative experiments being
made live, of sequences improvised amongst friends. Far from a churn
of simple floor fodder, the album is a journey through a
consummate narrative. Shy guitar interlude ‘Fridge Magnet Radio
Theme’ feels its way out of the warbling jazz breakdown in ‘Lesser
Known Values’. ‘The Fact’, an unexpected vocal ballad, follows the
broken beat of ‘Solo, So Loud’. With the record’s pleading closer ‘From
Me’, it’s a story with a start, middle, and end. A long player as long
players should be.
As Tartelet continue their run of consistently solid EPs & 12″s, it’s still
these album moments that remain the best gateways into the label’s
distinctive sound. Alongside Max Graef’s debut ‘Rivers of the Red
Planet’ and Glenn Astro’s ‘Throwback’, Uffe’s ‘No’ is a mirror to the
Tartelet spirit and sits amongst the imprint’s best. For lovers of the true
album –– the full-length proper, the one-take listen –– this one’s for you.

WEBLINKS
www.tartelet-records.com
https://soundcloud.com/tartelet-records
www.facebook.com/tarteletrecords Available from 14.10.2016

The Frightnrs
Monday, August 8th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Set to be released on September 2nd, The Frightnrs first full length LP for Daptone Records, “Nothing Left to Say,” is a testament. It is a testament to the belief that the classic sound of Jamaican Rocksteady, when treated with the utmost respect and devotion, can be reimagined to speak to a new generation. It […]

Hot Since 82
Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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If you love something, they say, set it free. Even dance music. It’s only five years, after all, since Hot Since 82, current hottest property in house music, the man behind some of Summer 2013’s biggest anthems, gave up DJing and producing forever. Back in summer 2007, Daley Padley was staying with his mates in […]

Various – Sadar Bahar presents Soul In The Hole
Friday, March 18th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Sadar Bahar presents Soul In The Hole

Image: 1576343 Sadar Bahar is surely one of Chicago’s best keep secrets. Since he began collecting records in the early 80’s, he’s built one of the most formidable collections in the world. He and his friends went against the grain, eschewing electronic and techno in favour of hard to find rare groove sounds which they dubbed ‘soul in the hole’. “We sought out the deepest hot stuff available and found out that there was so much untapped music. Our search practically took over our lives. Yet, it was a great investment, because our unique collection has given us dominance.”
One of the most sought after DJs in the world of soul, funk and disco, Sadar Bahar still spins all over the globe, of course playing “strictly vinyl and vinyl only”. Together with Lee Collins he selected 12 tracks for this very special vinyl compilation of ‘Soul in the Hole’, sure to hit home wherever it’s played.

Sadar Bahar: “I was born in Newark, NJ during the late 60’s. My family relocated in Chicago in the early 70’s. I began my DJ pursuit when I was a child. My mom brought me a set of Technique turntables, and the rest is history. I knew at a very early age that I was destined to pursue a career doing what I loved, creating unique sounds of muzik. Muzik has always been my passion. I always hung around the older “old school” crowd who played house. They would play the game,”What you know about this?”. They really influenced my interest and increased my desire to learn more about the unique sound of deep, deep house muzik. Later on some of these same individuals would tell me, “Man, your sounds are too deep for me”.

I began my DJ career in the early 80’s playing house, deep house and rare disco exclusively. During this time Chicago was filled with DJs who played house and disco sounds. However, I chose a different direction, playing rare, hard- to- find grooves. When some of the best-known, popular DJs whom I admired referred to me as a serious deep house muzik collector, a monster was born. All I wanted to do was visit different record stores. I developed a unquenchable desire to create one of the best collections ever. For many years, I spent most of my time in record shops seeking vintage deep house sounds. I soon realized that while I was out searching for the deepest house muzik, people had practically stopped playing muzik, and instead they were playing beat tracks only. Yet they were referring to these tracks as house songs. This was not “original” house muzik! I then retreated even deeper into house muzik. My partners and I began developing our own unique sound, known as SOUL IN THE HOLE muzik. We sought out the deepest hot stuff available and found out that there was so much untapped muzik. Our search practically took over our lives. Yet, it was a great investment, because our unique collection has given us dominance. We have stayed true to the game of spinning, and avoided the tracks and techno/electronics. For us, it’s strictly vinyl and vinyl only.

I thank God for the opportunity to travel the world and share and learn more about this muzik that I love. Muzik lovers are the same all over the world. In many of the countries I have visited there were often language barriers, however, once the muzik began to play, we were able to communicate through our muzik. Muzik really is the universal language.”

For Fans of:
Sadar Bahar, Strange Breaks & Mr Thing, Kon & Amir, Deep Funk, Gilles Peterson, Strut Records, Real Music For Real People

Tracklisting:

A1. Johnny Harris – Odyssey Pt 1
A2. Poetiquette – Soul Melody (Yam Who? Remix)
A3. Maxayn – Bail Out
B1. Seawind – Free
B2. Moses – Striving For Tomorrow
B3. Puzzle People – French Fried Boogie
C1. Sparkles – Trying To Get Over
C2. Carl Grubbs – Scorcher (Instrumental)
D1. Carlos Garnett – Mystery Of Ages
D2. Frédéric Mercier – Spirit

7″ single:

E. Calender – Comin’ On Strong
F. Chuck Higgins & The Wild Bunch – Funkyfied
Available from 01.04.2016

Various – Movements Vol.8 (2LP+MP3)
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Movements Vol.8 (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1602398 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 the newly coined verb “to Tramp”. The term can be decoded as “to seek and find the seemingly hopeless” or “looking for something hidden”, always connected with a positive output.

For several years, gold seekers at the most humble and tiniest record label on earth (however certainly one of the funkiest!) 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.

It took long to find the original vintage records and master tapes, but it took even longer to find the musicians behind the recordings. It required painstakingly detailed work to get everything together. While other labels’ compilation quality might wane after some years, getting further watered down as the volumes increase, and banking on the success of earlier releases, the Movements series is a positive exception. The people behind this series know how the wind blows, and will stop at nothing to provide music lovers, DJs, and collectors only sweetest fresh breeze of heretofore unheard and uncompiled masterpieces. Songs by Papa Albert French, Thyme, Kay Dennis, Joe Wilson, Ulysses Crockett, John Timmons, and all the fellow campaigners emphasize this statement. The detailed liner notes and unseen photographs complement the whole package. The staff at Tramp always produces albums from their compilation series’ as if it were their last so that each record can be enjoyed in it’s own right. That being said, you can trust that Tramp is already seeking “to Tramp” more gems like these for a 9th volume.

Key selling points:
– most of the songs appear on CD/digital for the very first-time
– the double vinyl LP comes with a full album download code
– 16-page CD-booklet and vinyl LP contain detailed liner notes and unseen pictures

Tracklist:
01. Papa Albert French – Bald Headed Beulah (M. Baird)
02. Herb Jones – Tell Old Bill (C. Sandberg)
03. Thyme – Bony Bony (G. Lux)
04. Kay Dennis – Feeling Good (L. Newley)
05. Howlett Smith – Slow Down, Girl (H. Smith)
06. Joe Wilson – Sam Sam The Money Man (J. Wilson)
07. Shelley Fisher – I’ll Leave You Girl (S. Fisher)
08. Doc Rand & Purple Blues – I need a woman (The Purple Blues)
09. The Noteables – Funky frog (C. Sivesind)
10. King Cain Silvertone Band – Don’t Give A Damn (L. Johnson)
11. Ulysses Crockett – Sunshine Superman (Donavan)
12. Respect – Soul Entertainer (R. Robinson)
13. Pedicin-James Ltd. – Ode to Billy Joe (B. Gentry)
14. B.J.’s Blues Band – Short Fat Fanny (L. Williams)
15. Nathan Bartell – Top Going Down, Bottom Going Up (F. Wilson)
16. Deep Heet – Funky Beat (F. Gomez)
17. John Timmons & Funkshun – Love At First Sight (J. Timmons)

Available from 18.03.2016

Sach – Essential
Thursday, January 28th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sach – Essential

Image: 1601943 While G-funk dominated hip-hop airwaves through the 1990s, the
pulse of underground rap was maintained at the Good Life Café,
an open-mic workshop at the corner of Crenshaw & Exposition in
Los Angeles. After Freestyle Fellowship became the first Good Life
group to invade the national consciousness in 1991, a young duo
called THE NONCE were their heirs apparent, seemingly primed for
a breakthrough. Composed of Leimert Park natives Lance ‘Nouka
Basetype / Sach’ Caldwell and Yusef ‘Afloat’Muhammad, The Nonce
had already been rapping and recording together for years prior
to arriving at Good Life. The Nonce signed to Wild West Records
/ American and completed a record called ‘World Ultimate’ in 1995.
An early single called “Mix Tapes” emerged from the ‘World Ultimate’
sessions. With its dense percussion, rolling bass, spare horn
samples and deft turntable scratches, it’s emblematic of the sound
that would pervade the classic album. The song charts Sach and
Yusef’s growth from mixtape peddlers to artists. It also became The
Nonce’s stepping stone to a major label contract and a bonafide
west coast classic.
After ‘World Ultimate’, Sach and Yusef intended to push their musical
boundaries even further. Unfortunately for Yusef Afloat, the journey
ended at age 28. In 2000 his body was found beside the 110-Freeway.
In the years since Sach has maintained a prolific solo career, selfreleasing
nearly a dozen projects ranging from LPs to collaborations
and instrumental tapes.
Fast forward to 2016 and the forthcoming release of ‘ESSENTIAL
[HNR57] a remastered twelve-track “Best of” SACH compilation
album, serving as a re-introduction of Sach to a new generation of
hip-hop lovers, producers, beat makers & emcees. This extraordinary
musical document comes complete with cover artwork courtesy of
Augustine Kofie, the legendary photography of Eric Coleman, plus
illustrative and informative liner notes by luminary Carlos Nino,
and is available on limited-edition 12” tangerine colored vinyl (plus
Cassette tape (includes two non-LP bonus tracks “Heavenly Spit” &
“Robot on Ya”).

• Sach was one half of hip hop duo The Nonce
• Essential is a “best of” compilation serving as a reintroduction
to a new generation
• Liner notes by Carlos Nino
• Pressing is limited to 300 units on orange vinyl

Side A
1. BLACK EARTH: from
‘Suckas Hate Me’ (2002)
2. VOICE OF HIP-HOP: from
Sach 5th Ave’ (2004)
3. MIX TAPES: from The
Nonce ‘World Ultimate’
(1995)
4. ROSE: from ‘Only For The
Gifted & The Lifted’ (2006)
5. LET ‘EM: from ‘I’m From
Vermont Knolls’ (2014)
6. BRASS RUNG: from ‘Sach
5th Ave (2004)
Side B
1. MY BLUN (DEDICATED TO
NAUHI): from ‘Happy Verse
Day: Suite 2’ (2013)
2. HUMBLE!: from ‘Ignorance
My Enemy’ (2010)
3. FLAMBAY: from ‘I’m From
Vermont Knolls’ (2014)
4. I MIGHT: from ‘Only For
The Gifted & The Lifted’
(2006)
5. LOOK AT ME MEAN: from
‘Seven Days To Engineer’
(1998)
6. JOY: from ‘Sach 5th Ave’
(2004)
Cassette Bonus Tracks:
1. HEAVENLY SPIT: from
Grand Daddy Sach (2002)
1. ROBOT ON YA: from
Happy Verse Day: Suite 2
(2002) Available from 19.02.2016

Iba Mahr
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 | Tags: , , ,
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Iba MaHr, the young sensation for authentic Jamaican reggae/lover’s rock genre. Born January 21, to Ms. Roselin Embden and Mr. Glendon Greaves, he was given the name Mario Greaves at birth but has emerged with strong African culture, thus granted the name by friends, Iba MaHr, ‘Iba’ African name, meaning Humble and Calm while ‘MaHr’ […]

Frida – Slowly / I Want It All
Thursday, October 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Frida – Slowly / I Want It All

– Debut release from Wyall Style Records, an imprint label of HopeStreet Recordings- Debut release from Melbourne’s lo-fi indie pop group Frida.- Super limited clear vinyl 7″ pressing. Only 20 in the UK/EU! Only 150 worldwide.- The very definition of …

Joey Negro – Le Freak – Music Inspired By Chic
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joey Negro – Le Freak – Music Inspired By Chic

Image: 1599264 Z Records presents ‘Le Freak Music Inspired by Chic – Complied by Joey Negro’ contains fourteen glorious Chic inspired cuts that groove like a Disco train straight from the 70s.

Vinyl
A1 Charanga 76 – Good Times (Como Vamos A Gozar)
A2 Cela – I’m In Love (Joey Negro Edit)

B1 Odyssey – Together
B2 She – Easy Money
B3 Nightlife Unlimited – Lets Do It Again

C1 Van Jones – Not About That (Show Me Some Respect)
C2 Ann Margret – Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes (Part Two)
C3 Michael Zager Band – Don’t Sneak On Me

D1 Delegation – Heartache No. 9 (Special Remix Version)
D2 C.H.A.D. feat G.G Gibson – Feel The Beat (C’est Si Bon…)

Arguably, Dave Lee aka Joey Negro and his Z Records label are the contemporary go-to Disco label. And it
was only a matter of time that Mr Lee would delve deep into his vinyl vaults and pull a selection of sound-alike
tracks inspired by that late 70s Chic sound.

To date, Chic and their productions have notched-up sales of over 100,000,000, so with that in mind, it comes
at no surprise that their music has inspired others to pick up the bass & lead guitar and emulate that groovy
sound… and that ‘s exactly what this album is all about.

‘Le Freak Music Inspired by Chic – Complied by Joey Negro’ contains fourteen glorious Chic inspired cuts that
groove like a Disco train straight from the 70s.

The Chic production sound must be one of the most distinctive in disco, soul, funk or pop music generally, a
sound that was lent very successfully to Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry and many more in the late 70s
and early 80s heyday. The much-copied formula has been an inspiration to many producers old and new,
most recently with the world dominating Daft Punk.

Joey Negro is one such producer who has been inspired by the production sound of Rodgers and Edwards
over the years and, until now, there has not been a collection of tracks that were influenced by rather than
produced by Chic.

There are many more artists out there that have drawn inspiration from this sound but this is Joey Negro?s
personal selection of tracks that have the unmistakable groove including one from his own Sunburst Band
project.

Nile Rodgers continues to tour the globe with his Chic live show as well as produce and make guest
appearances on many hit records and he shows no sign of slowing down yet.

Previous ZR/Joey Negro compilations:

Remixed With Love reached No.1 on the Amazon Disco chart

Joey Negro’s name is consistently on a lot of classy music and Remixed With Love is up there with his best. In
total 18 spectacular remixes… A must have. Danny Krivit

Joey Negro is a true aficionado of Italo House as this brilliant compilation-cum-history lesson shows – Mixmag

Given his long-standing dedication to the sound, there could be few more fitting DJs to compile a two-disc set
of 90s House & Garage than Joey Negro. Excellent track list – Juno.co.uk

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The Chic production sound must be one of the most distinctive in disco, soul, funk… or pop music generally.
Back when I was listening to commercial radio as a music-mad teenager in 1979/80, their records were
omnipresent on the airwaves. It seemed that when one of their own songs just dropped out of the hit parade,
it was replaced by a production for another act – be it Diana Ross, Sheila & B. Devotion or Sister Sledge – it was
a constant stream of hits. When I heard songs like Norma Jean’s “High Society” (a solo release from one of
Chic’s singers) blasting out my transistor radio, I knew straight away it was an Edwards & Rogers production,
their style was so instantly recognizable. Firstly the playing and sound of both the guitar and bass was a
giveaway, along with the precise vocal phrasing, rippling piano and discreet string parts. If it was the 12″ mix
then the bass breakdown and slow instrumental build up in the second half of the record was also part of the
blueprint. Generally, Chic songs eschewed ad-libs or long solos, the style is more defined with each instrument
having an exact placing – including the vocals.

Records like “Good Times” and “We Are Family” weren’t just big club hits – yes, they were massive on dance
floors but they were also pop crossovers all around the world. What was noticeable to me back then was
even the rock guys I was friendly with (who generally despised disco) quietly liked Chic and admired their rock
solid playing and grooves. I guess the best music has this universal appeal, from the casual listener who knows
nothing about the fine details of song writing and production right through to the hardcore muso players who
hear and appreciate its intricacies.

Of course, with all this worldwide chart success came a lot of emulators who were inspired by Chic’s stylish
image, immaculately produced records and of course their commercial success. The period we are focusing
on is toward the end of the disco era, so many producers were ditching the faster octave bassline euro disco
style and looking for a new sound that was both club and radio-friendly. I’ve no idea how many records
featured basslines inspired by “Good Times”, it was a game-changing groove, so it’s probably in the 1000s. The
Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” are maybe the most obvious
examples in terms of commercial success – however, for this compilation, I wanted to dig a bit deeper and
collect together some lesser-known songs which owe at least a modicum of their inspiration to Edwards and
Rogers.

Italy’s producer duo Mario Malavasi and Jaques Fred Petrus were highly influenced by Chic when they
rebranded themselves as Change. Their debut single and UK pop hit “A Lovers’ Holiday”, with its unison group
vocal, was a dead ringer for the Chic sound and even used some of the same N.Y. session players. Throughout
the early ’80s there were many records that utilised a similar style of chord progression, obviously Nile-esque
guitar, or that tight-tracked, clipped and histronic-free female vocal.

It may seem ridiculous now but Chic got quite a rough ride in the press at points, thanks to their instantly
recognizable records’ success, as well as a general hostility towards disco. Personally, I never tired of their
music, but there were comments about “the formula wearing thin” and “it all sounds the same”. I think we can
definitely say the critics have been proved wrong – turn on any Saturday night dance radio show and you’ll no
doubt hear a few of their songs. Disco has become the “Motown” of our current era, the music that unifies
generations at weddings or office parties.

“We Are Family” is up there with the greatest disco albums of all time, containing the title track, “Lost In Music”,
“Thinking of You” and “He’s The Greatest Dancer”. Chic productions continue to be sampled in modern dance
music – I was out at a “Nu-Disco”-type night last year and heard 3 tracks during the evening based around their
songs. Recently, Chic have been back on the road and their legacy as one of the greatest acts of the era has
been cemented.

So onto this compilation, I recently thought it would make a nice and unique album to gather together a few
of the lesser known Chic-influenced songs onto one release. The only track on here Edwards and Rogers were
behind is Odyssey’s “Together”, which is one of their more obscure productions and I thought would be a cool
one to include as many won’t know it. The only actual cover is from Charanga 76 who released an album in
1979 which featured several raw, Latin disco-style Chic reworks, of which their “Good Times” was perhaps the
best – otherwise, the likes of Delegation’s, Van Jones’ and Michael Zager’s are original songs, not pastiches – just
simply great music inspired by Chic’s blueprint.

Hope you enjoy

Dave Lee aka Joey Negro – August 2015

Available from 30.10.2015

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

Various – Endeavors EP
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Endeavors EP

Image: 1598486 1. Harvey Sutherland – That’s The Fact, Jack 2. K-Maxx – Wake Up 3. XL Middleton – One and Only 4. Social Lovers – Can’t Let It Go 5. Moon B – Back On 6. Timothy J. Fairplay – Rooftop Meeting / “Endeavors”, the 4th compilation from Voltaire Records, explores the vibes of boogie, disco, modern funk, and whatever the hell type of music is also on there that doesn’t fit into those aforementioned genres. It’s the music that a bunch of nasty psychotic animals would be jamming in a festering urban back alley, as shown on the compilation cover, illustrated by Oakland- based artist, Jessie California / Harvey Sutherland, hailing from Melbourne, kicks off the compilation with “That’s The Fact, Jack” a drifting G-Funky/Rhodes composition that glides smoothly along like a cutlass supreme in the slow lane. K-Maxx, of the Sweater Funk crew, next takes on production and MC duty on “Wake Up”, and churns out a heavy boogie-soul testament to the female persuasion. XL Middleton closes out the A side with “One and Only” an uptempo boogie-slapper accompanied by his signature shredding keyboard lead. On the B Side, Social Lovers start it off with the deep disco cut “Can’t Let It Go”, which dubs along as vocalist Megan D weavaes her sultry vocals between polyrhythmic percussion. Moon B next challenges the dancefloor to pinpoint his sound to a specific era, location, or vibe…and comes up with the atmospheric groove of “Back On”. Timothy Fairplay closes out the comp with the sinister rolling sci-fi cut “Rooftop Meeting”, an altruistic anthem of computer hardware mayhem, that defies time and space Available from 28.08.2015

Various – Disco 2 (Pt.1)
Friday, June 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Disco 2 (Pt.1)

Image: 1597758 This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985.

This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who last year put together the mighty ‘Disco: An
Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records’ 400+ page deluxe book for Soul Jazz Records, as well as the first installment of ‘Disco: A Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul And Boogie.’

This album is released as a double CD, two separate volumes of double vinyl (plus free download codes) and a worldwide digital release.

This album features rare, classic and in demand tracks from the mighty vaults of labels such as New York’s Salsoul and Miami’s TK Records – which,
during the main disco era, became the main competitors to the major established record industry – through to killer virtually unknown tracks
released on tiny bespoke one-off labels now impossible to find either in the history books or record shops of the world.

Before its mainstream consumption in the late 1970s, disco first emerged from independent record companies run by lovers of this new sound: Patrick Adams and Peter Brown, the powerhouse musical partnership based up in Harlem, New York, Henry Stone at TK, a man with a 30-year old career distributing black music, or the Cayre brothers at Salsoul, linking Latin roots with the deep, soulful music emerging from Philadelphia and New York.

In fact, as we can see on this album, Harlem was to prove a fertile ground of nascent independent disco with numerous young producers, alongside leaders of the pack Patrick Adams and Peter Brown, hustling to release oneoff or a couple of singles on their own independent labels.

All the music on this album has been sonically and digitally remastered with love and is presented complete with sleevenotes, original label artwork and full length extended disco editions. Available from 17.07.2015

Various – Disco 2 (Pt.2)
Friday, June 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Disco 2 (Pt.2)

Image: 1597759 This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985.

This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who last year put together the mighty ‘Disco: An
Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records’ 400+ page deluxe book for Soul Jazz Records, as well as the first installment of ‘Disco: A Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul And Boogie.’

This album is released as a double CD, two separate volumes of double vinyl (plus free download codes) and a worldwide digital release.

This album features rare, classic and in demand tracks from the mighty vaults of labels such as New York’s Salsoul and Miami’s TK Records – which,
during the main disco era, became the main competitors to the major established record industry – through to killer virtually unknown tracks
released on tiny bespoke one-off labels now impossible to find either in the history books or record shops of the world.

Before its mainstream consumption in the late 1970s, disco first emerged from independent record companies run by lovers of this new sound: Patrick Adams and Peter Brown, the powerhouse musical partnership based up in Harlem, New York, Henry Stone at TK, a man with a 30-year old career distributing black music, or the Cayre brothers at Salsoul, linking Latin roots with the deep, soulful music emerging from Philadelphia and New York.

In fact, as we can see on this album, Harlem was to prove a fertile ground of nascent independent disco with numerous young producers, alongside leaders of the pack Patrick Adams and Peter Brown, hustling to release oneoff or a couple of singles on their own independent labels.

All the music on this album has been sonically and digitally remastered with love and is presented complete with sleevenotes, original label artwork and full length extended disco editions.
Available from 17.07.2015

Phillip Wright – Keep Her Happy
Saturday, April 11th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Phillip Wright – Keep Her Happy

Image: 1596560 More ultra rare disco-soul from the sunshine state! Phillip Wright only dropped 1 45 single under his own name on TK Disco`s tiny Dash label in 1976. Long sought after & coveted by lovers of rare disco & modern soul “keep her happy” has never been reissued in its original 45 format, until now!

Often fetching around the $200 mark for a used copy this sublime slice of funk deserves to be heard by a wider audience, sadly Phillip never achieved the commercial success of his sister Betty but perhaps now this obscure single of his will make people hit the dancefloor in 2015!

Repressed, remastered & re-released in it`s original dinner 45 rpm format with all original Dash records artwork intact in conjunction with Joe Stone / TK Disco, Miami FL.

TRACK LISTING:

A. Keep Her Happy
B. Keep Her Happy (Instrumental) Available from 01.05.2015

Hot Since 82
Monday, March 9th, 2015 | Tags: , , ,
Posted in Charts, Magazine | Comments Off on Hot Since 82

If you love something, they say, set it free. Even dance music. It’s only five years, after all, since Hot Since 82, current hottest property in house music, the man behind some of Summer 2013’s biggest anthems, gave up DJing and producing forever. Back in summer 2007, Daley Padley was staying with his mates in […]

Various – Movements Vol.7 (2LP/Gatefold)
Thursday, February 19th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Movements Vol.7 (2LP/Gatefold)

Image: 1595479 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 task which certainly does not get any easier as we step forward into the twenty first century.

There is no need to praise this selection of tracks. It is larger-than-life. And those who do not recognize the distinctiveness of it should better seek medical advice. The most astounding fact is certainly that 99% of the record buying public have never heard any of these tunes, most likely not even the artists. And we are not talking of people who solely listen to mainstream music. No. Even music lovers who believe that they have a good portion of knowledge when it comes to jazz and soul music will be left speechless.

You can skip to any song on this album and you won’t be disappointed. The only premise is that you are a fan of raw, earthy soul and jazz music. If this is the case then you can’t go wrong. Rene Bailey, Matilda Haywood, Lee Mitchell, Nu Art Quartet, to name a few. It is high time to introduce all these names to a broad audience and to prevent that they vanish into thin air. The Movements series was coined to introduce music lovers to so far unheard musical treasures. Tunes which only hardcore record collectors have had the privilege to enjoy it…until now.

Key selling points:
– 16-page CD-booklet and deluxe double-gatefold LP with detailed liner notes, label scans and unseen photographs
– all songs appear on a full-length album for the very first time

Tracklisting:
01. Dorothy Ramsey – He’s A Real Gone Guy (Nellie Lutcher)
02. Johnny B & The Music Makers – Unchain My Heart (Bobby Sharp)
03. Bobby Wade – They Call It Stormy Monday (T Bone Walker)
04. Rene Bailey – Woke Up This Morning (Rene Bailey)
05. Howard A. Smith – Sugar (Howard Smith)
06. Nu Art Quartet – California Dreaming (John Phillips)
07. Johnny Walker Trio – The Purple Jellybean (Johnny Walker)
08. Bob Brown Quartet – Dell’s Bell’s (Bob Brown)
09. Bob Hines Trio – Dasheka (Bob Hines)
10. Steve Mason Trio – The Nitty Gritty Humbug (Steve Mason)
11. Al Jarreau & Trio – Take Five (Paul Desmond)
12. Matilda Haywood – Can You Handle It? (Matilda Haywood)
13. George Smith – Out Of This World (Harold Arlen)
14. Ray Johnson – The Deep End (Ray Johnson)
15. Lee Mitchell – How Can You Be So Cold (Lee Mitchell)
16. Shelley Fisher – St. James Infirmary (Joe Primrose)
17. Eminent Stars – Hearts Are Jumping (Ben Mendes)

Available from 27.03.2015

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