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‘Follow Me To The Popcorn’ – the untold history of the Belgium Popcorn scene
Monday, August 29th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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Originating in Belgium at the tail end of the 1960s and into the 70s, Popcorn was a music and dance scene with an emphasis on often obscure black American records of the then recent past. Drawing immediate parallels with the UK’s Northern Soul scene from approximately the same time, young people would flock from all […]

Various – Follow Me To The Popcorn
Sunday, July 31st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Follow Me To The Popcorn

Image: 1605517 “Follow Me To The Popcorn” erzählt die wirklich wahre Geschichte der belgischen POPCORN SCENE – wo erhabener und temperamentvoller R&B mit Soul & Jazz verschmolz. Entstanden in Belgien Ende der 1960er Jahre und in den 1970er Jahren, war Popcorn eine Musik- und Tanzszene mit Schwerpunkt auf obskuren Aufnahmen der Afro-amerikanischen Kultur jener Zeit. Sofort entstanden Parallelen zur Northern Soul-Szene in Großbritannien, wo ungefähr zur gleichen Zeit junge Leute aus allen Ecken des Landes zu diesen exotischen Klängen tanzten. Aber während Northern Soul oft aus uptempo, stampfenden Soul bestand, konzentrierte sich Popcorn fast ausschließlich auf langsamere, launischere Titel.

Available from 30.09.2016

Various – Follow Me To The Popcorn (2LP+MP3)
Sunday, July 31st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Follow Me To The Popcorn (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1605518 “VARIOUS ARTISTS: FOLLOW ME TO THE POPCORN – THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE BELGIUM POPCORN SCENE” – Slick, sultry and sublime RnB infused with Soul & Jazz. Originating in Belgium at the tail end of the 1960s and into the 70s, Popcorn was a music and dance scene with an emphasis on often obscure black American records of the then recent past. Drawing immediate parallels with the UK’s Northern Soul scene from approximately the same time, young people would flock from all corners of Belgium to cram into a converted farmhouse barn to dance to these exotic sounds. But whilst Northern favoured an often uptempo, stomping 60s soul sound, popcorn focused almost entirely on slower, moodier numbers. 
In recent years, collectors and DJs into vintage soul and R&B have been tuning into the Popcorn style – yet there still remains some confusion as to what exactly Popcorn means in musical terms. Not following established genre conventions, The Popcorn sound is hard to pin down – there are Soul, Blues, Ska, Pop, Jazz and Latin records which are all Popcorn – and all are represented here. 
Whilst the sound has caught the attention of many forward thinking DJs, the origins and background of the Belgium Popcorn scene remain little documented. With sleeve notes from original Popcorn insider Gerd De Wilde and his contacts within the original Belgium Popcorn scene, this album looks to change that. Along with never previously published vintage flyers and photographs and combined with the 24 tracks of heady, intoxicating R&B, Blues, Soul and Jazz, ‘Follow Me To The Popcorn’ is almost certainly the fullest document yet of the important, influential and yet so often misunderstood Belgium Popcorn scene. 

·         2LP gatefold with download card and free sticker
·         CD set with 8 page colour booklet
·         Liner notes based on our exclusive interviews with the original pioneering Belgium Popcorn DJs
·         Previously unpublished photos from Popcorn club nights from the early 70s
·         Flyer gallery of early Popcorn events Available from 30.09.2016

Jay Strongman – Presents Popcorn Heartbreak
Friday, June 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jay Strongman – Presents Popcorn Heartbreak

Image: 1602757 Jay Strongman launches his new compilation series Popcorn Heartbreak on BBE.

TRACKLISTING CD
1. Hillard Street – River Love
2. Varetta Dillard – That’s Why I Cry
3. Damita Jo – I’ll Be There
4. Jesse James – Dreams Never Hurt Nobody
5. Patsie Slater – A Tear
6. Kitty White – I’m Gonna Be a Fool Next Monday
7. The Gainors – Tell Him
8. The Sierras – I Should Have Loved You
9. Frank Minion – How Much Land (Does A Man Need)
10. Dolly Lyon – In The Palm Of Your Hand
11. Brook Benton – Kiddio
12. Tony Allen & The Champs – Night Ow
13. Cindy Devereaux – Sing On Baby
14. The Radiants – Heartbreak Society
15. Anna King – The Big Change
16. Ray Rush – So What
17. Johnny Wells – Lonely Moon
18. Timi Yuro – What’s a Matter Baby
19. Simone Dina – Now I Lay Me Down To Weep
20. Lew Conetta – You Got Me Crazy

For teenagers listening to their radios, making out on the back seats of their fathers’ cars or slow dancing at High School hops and block parties, the late 1950s through to the early 1960s was a golden age of angstdriven songs and the blossoming of what would later evolve into soul music. There were R&B/pop crossovers that sounded like pop and country/gospel fusions that sounded like soul. There were latin-tinged songs with Doo-Wop vocals and pop songs that featured raw R&B vocals but the one thing all these songs shared was their subject matter. It didn’t matter what the colour of the singer’s skin was or if the instrumentation featured twangy guitar, wailing sax or Broadway-show-style strings, all these two-and-a-half minute gems shared a common theme in their lyrics – the heartbreak of lost love.
But these tracks also had one other factor in common – they boasted a mid-tempo pacing that made them perfect for slow jive dancing – which was something that didn’t go un-noticed in the Belgium of the 1970s, where a whole scene grew up around clubs that spun these obscure tunes from ten and twenty years earlier as an antidote to the frantic, mainstream disco tunes that were getting played in most European clubs at the time.
Called “Popcorn” after the James Brown song of the same name, this Belgian club scene was similar to Britain’s Northern Soul phenomenon with DJ’s seeking out rarer and rarer tunes to keep their dancers entertained. Although everything from ska to out-andout pop got played as “Popcorn”, this compilation concentrates on the more R&B influenced songs of the period, making it perfect for late night dance floor moves or for soulful listening at home…

KEY SELLING POINTS
• Brand new series curated by Jay Strongman, architect of the UK Warehouse party scene and resident at legendary nites @ The Mudclub, Dirtbox
• Jay Strongman published a book earlier this year: http://jaystrongman.com/books/ritual-of-the-savage/
• Full press and radio campaingn in key European territories

www.jaystrongman.com / www.facebook.com/jay.strongman
www.djhistory.com/interviews/jay-strongman Available from 15.07.2016

Richard Popcorn Wylie – Money / I’ll Still Be Around
Thursday, June 12th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Richard Popcorn Wylie – Money / I’ll Still Be Around

Barrett Strong’s ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ was one of the first big hits for Berry Gordy’s Tamla / Motown stable in Detroit. Money was covered 100’s of times over in the years that followed and has become perhaps one of the most famous songs of the…

Martha High
Monday, November 20th, 2017 | Posted in Features, Magazine | Comments Off on Martha High

Original Funky Diva Martha High has been an integral part of James Brown’s life and career for more than 30 years. She was his backing vocalist, hair stylist, payroll master and his always loyal and reliable confidant. The idea for this project was hatched back in 2014, when Martha was visiting producer DJ Pari, head […]

Martha High teams up with mighty Japanese Osaka Monaural to pay homage to JB’s Funky Divas
Monday, November 13th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Original Funky Diva Martha High has been an integral part of James Brown’s life and career for more than 30 years. She was his backing vocalist, hair stylist, payroll master and his always loyal and reliable confidant. The idea for this project was hatched back in 2014, when Martha was visiting producer DJ Pari, head […]

Martha High – Tribute To My Soul Sisters
Friday, October 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Martha High – Tribute To My Soul Sisters

Image: 1615720 Die legendäre James Brown-Protagonistin Martha High tritt zusammen mit dem mächtigen japanischen Osaka Monaural Orchester auf, um auf ihrem neuen Album “Tribute to My Soul Sisters” den “JB’s Funky Divas” zu huldigen. Original Funky Diva Martha High ist seit mehr als 30 Jahren ein fester Bestandteil von James Browns Leben und Karriere. Sie war seine Backing-Sängerin, Friseurin, Buchhalterin und immer treue und zuverlässige Vertraute. Die Idee für dieses Projekt entstand 2014, als Martha den Produzenten DJ Pari, den Chef der Soulpower-Organisation und Manager von Soul-Legenden wie The Impressions, Lyn Collins und Marva Whitney besuchte. Während sie sich mit ihren James Brown-Veteranen in Erinnerungen an die Tourneen erinnerte, war Martha der Meinung, dass eine Hommage an die großen Soul Sisters der JB Revue, besser bekannt als “James Brown’s Original Funky Divas”, dringend nötig war. Diese einzigartige Zusammenarbeit enthält 13 ‘soulful’ Perlen, meisterhaft interpretiert, wie nur eine Original Funky Diva es tun kann. Um nur einige zu nennen: “Think (About It)” von ‘female preacher’ Lyn Collins, “Mama’s Got a Bag of Her Own”, Anna Kings Antwort auf Browns “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”, “This Is My Story”, von dem Martha die Originalversion mit The Jewels aufgenommen hat, und der Soul-Klassiker “Answer to Mother Popcorn” von Vicki Anderson. Available from 24.11.2017

Almamegretta – EnnEnne Dub (2LP)
Saturday, June 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Almamegretta – EnnEnne Dub (2LP)

Image: 1610478 One of the most accomplished and celebrated bands in the field of contemporary, unclassified Pop Music. Almamegretta are masters in combining a wide range of elements such as Dub, Funk, Reggae, World and Electronica, all filtered through their own deep southern Italian roots.

Now let’s discover the Dub version of Ennenne. Dub is a unique discipline. A strange and sometimes unpredictable music practice. It was just after the release of Ennenne that we decided to take back the multi track recordings and start to rework the music through the mixer. In order to give a new shape to the project, we thought it was a good idea to invite some of the best producers and musicians on the Dub Scene. Following a very natural process, our vision began to take the shape of an International All Star event, including contributions from historical Dub artists such as Adrian Sherwood, Lee Scratch Perry, Dennis Bovell, and actual celebrities of today such as Gaudi, Vibronics, Manasseh, Khalab & Messmorize, and Mario Conte one the most interesting producers on the Italian experimental scene. A bunch of old and new friends with whom we share the same vision.

Track list:
1. Tiempo niro (feat. Lucariello) [Vibronics Remix]
2. Pray
3. Curre Core Dub
4. Music Evolution (feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry)
5. Ciucculatina dub (Paolo Baldini Version)
6. DubPaperBox
7. ‘O ssaje comm’ è (Khalab & Mess Morize Remix)
8. ‘O dub comm’ è (Gaudi Dub Trip)
9. Musica popolare (feat. Carlo D’Angiò) [Dennis Bovell Remix]
10. Votta a passà (feat. Cristina Donadio) [King ofPopcorn Extended Mix]
11. Dub Niro (Vibronics Version)
12. GimmeUrLove (Manasseh Extended Mix)
13. Dub the Run (Adrian Sherwood Mix)
14. ‘A gente Dub (AlboDub Solution)
15. Pray Dub Available from 11.08.2017

Dav Kipp / Jeanie Allen – Yeah! My Baby Loves Me / I Really Love You
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dav Kipp / Jeanie Allen – Yeah! My Baby Loves Me / I Really Love You

Archetypal swinging, jazzy popcorn from croon cat Dav Kipp with a finger snapping ditty named ‘Yea! My Baby Loves Me’. On the flip, Jeanie Allen shows that the girls can swing just as much as the boys, with an added injection of feminine sass and desp…

McKinley Mitchell / Byrdie Green – No Love Like Your Love / Tremblin
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on McKinley Mitchell / Byrdie Green – No Love Like Your Love / Tremblin

Image: 1610260 McKinley Mitchell’s ‘No Love Like Your Love’ is an evergreen popcorn R&B winner, a dancefloor sureshot that somehow has evaded reissue until now. Byrdie Green’s ‘Tremblin” is somewhat more understated by comparison but no lesser for that, a slinky piece of lusty blues that will set the right tone at any party.

Tracklisting
1. McKinley Mitchell – No Love Like Your Love
2. Byrdie Green – Tremblin

Available from 09.06.2017

BB King – 16 Tons
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on BB King – 16 Tons

One of those songs that seems tailor made for the popcorn genre, ’16 Tons’ gets a bold, big-band treatment from the legendary blues-man BB King – one of the best renditions out there. Flip it over for a contrasting but just as cool twist on ’16 Tons’,…

Various – I Got Soul – Groove Wash (LP+MP3)
Friday, May 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – I Got Soul – Groove Wash (LP+MP3)

Image: 1610037 In the collection ‘I Got Soul’, this new release, ‘Groove Wash’, is a reference to the movie ‘Car Wash’. Same ingredients as the the previous volume : a bit of Blaxploitation, some seventies Soul mood, wah wah guitar and lots of groove !

Tracklist
1. Bill Withers “Take It All In And Check It All Out”
2. Clarence Reid “If It Was Good Enough For Daddy”
3. Lyn Collins “Take Me Just As I’Am”
4. Barbara Lynn “You Make Me So Ho”
5. Smokey Robinson “Virgin Man”
6. Jay Dee “Strange Funky Games And Things”
7. Marvin Gaye “T Plays It Cool”
8. Chairmen Of The Board”
9. The Temptations “You’ve Got My Soul On Fire”
10.Roy Ayers “When Is Real, Real”
11.Frederick Knight “Trouble”
12.Gwen McCrae “I Got Nothing To Lose But The Blues”
13.Rose Royce “Keep On Keepin’ On”
14.Richard “Popcorn” Wylie “Georgia’s After Hours”
Available from 09.06.2017

Various – Virtue Recording Studios (LP+MP3)
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Virtue Recording Studios (LP+MP3)

Image: 1609712 Born January 21st, 1923, Frank Virtue was a Philadelphia musician, record producer and record label owner whose career stretched from the big bands of the 1940s to the hip-hop and rap of the 1990s. As a 15-year-old living in South Philadelphia he began to play the guitar and upright bass. He studied classical bass and upon high school graduation Frank entered Temple University and studied electrical engineering and musical arranging.

After he was discharged from the service in 1947 he formed the Virtuoso Trio who later became the Virtues. In 1958, the Virtues recorded “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” which became a major hit in the U.S., reaching No. 3 on the Billboard chart and No. 1 in sales of sheet music. The song sold more than two million copies worldwide. Frank Virtue disbanded the group in 1962 when he went full time into the recording studio business.

Frank Virtue built his first studio, Virtue Recording Lab, in the basement of his house at 8500 Fayette Street. “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” was recorded there. The revenue from “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” helped finance the Virtue Recording Studio in late 1962 at 1618 North Broad Street. During the 1960s many hit records were recorded at Virtue, e.g. “The Horse” by Cliff Nobles & Co. and “Boogaloo Down Broadway” by Fantastic Johnny C. to name just two. Virtue Studios had a package deal where a group could pay a flat fee of $300-$500, record two songs, and have them pressed as a 45 on their own label, or on the Virtue house label. This package deal resulted in some of the most unusual sounding, low-fidelity soul and garage 45s that are highly sought after today.

Contrary to popular belief, Virtue Studios did not close in the early 80s. During the 1980s through the early 1990s, Virtue Studios was the home of a number of rap groups. A few months after Frank Virtue passed away Saturday, June 11th, 1994 at age 71, the studio was sold to another party who ran a recording studio at that same location for a few years before going out of business. The owner of the building sold the historic 1618 North Broad Street property to Temple University who then knocked the building down around the year 2001. Today, there is no trace or historical marker that Virtue Recording Studios ever existed, except for the music, records and acetates that have survived the ravages of time.

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

Tracklisting
1. Gene Faith – Love of a Woman Soul of a Man
2. Bob Marshall & The A/Cs – Big Ladies Man
3. Bob Marshall & The A/Cs Funky Fox
4. R.D.M. Band – How Can I Get in Touch with You
5. Gene Faith – When My Ship Comes In
6. Gene Faith – I Fell in Love with an Angel
7. R.D.M. Band – Give Up
8. The Volcanos – No Trespassing
9. Gene Faith – If You Don’t Love Me
10. The Creations – Take These Memories
11. Gene Faith – Family Man
12. Richard Rome – Ghost a Go Go
13. Gene Faith – My Baby’s Missing
14. Virtues – Meditation of the Soul
15. R.D.M. Band – Butter That Popcorn
16. Ann Byers – This Man Is Rated X
17. New World – The World To-Day
18. New World – To Be a Man
19. Quiet Storm – High Horse, Pt.1
20. Quiet Storm – High Horse, Pt. 3
21. Past Due – Hot Fun in the Summertime, Pt. 1 & 2
Available from 19.05.2017

Jamaram
Monday, March 13th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Der Reggae&Rock&Roll-Zirkus Jamaram ist und bleibt ‘on the road’! Sechzehn Jahre Jamaram mit weit über 1.500 Liveshows in Deutschland, Europa und dem Rest der Welt – und kein Ende in Sicht! Die Gigmonster aus dem Süden der Republik sind permanent auf Tour und freuen sich mit euch auf feucht-fröhliche Eskalation in den Clubs und auf […]

Chance Halliday – Bury Me Deep / Deep Sleep
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Chance Halliday – Bury Me Deep / Deep Sleep

Marvellously macabre popcorn magic from Chance Halladay, last seen on the popcorn label with his great take on ’13 Women’. Here he is in a much more sombre mood, as he laments on his sins and wrongdoings and pleads to be sent to his only fitting redem…

Various – New Orleans Funk Vol.4
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – New Orleans Funk Vol.4

Image: 1607071 Soul Jazz Records’ latest crate-digging excursion into the Crescent City vaults delves deep into the roots and history of the voodoo world of New Orleans Funk and as ever features a stellar selection of killer rare funk and soul!

The album is jam-packed with serious break-heavy, heavyweight funk tunes from classic New Orleans artists including Eddie Bo, Betty Harris, Dave Bartholomew, Johnny Adams and Eldridge Holmes (with the ever-present Allen Toussaint and The Meters as always behind the scenes). There is also a host of rare cuts from a number of lesser-known second line New Orleans artists, whose fame rarely reached past the walls of the city, including Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis, James K-Nine, Norma Jean, Bob French, Chuck Colbert, Zilla Mayes and Joe Haywood.

In the 1960s the syncopated beat of New Orleans Funk developed out of a gumbo mix of New Orleans local flavours – rhythm and blues, Mardi Gras Indians, the street percussion Second Line of the Jazz Funeral and Marching bands, Caribbean rhumba and mambo rhythms – all of which are in full effect. Even Zydeco, the rhythm and blues offspring of Louisiana Cajun music, had the funk as the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, shows us here.

New Orleans music and Voodoo both have their roots in the African-American free black and slave gatherings held at Congo Square from the 18th century onwards. Here Voodoo king Doctor John (the original one!) and Voodoo queen Marie Levaux held court over their followers, and here also could be heard the first sounds of New Orleans jazz music. Soul Jazz Records’ latest album describes how these two cultural forms are inextricably inter-related.

The album traces the path of funk from the very first glimpses of the style – Dave Bartholomew’s super-tight ‘The Monkey’ (recorded in 1957) and James Waynes’ junkie jailbird anthem ‘Junco Partner’ (1951, later covered by Dr John, Professor Longhair, James Booker, and The Clash) through to the 1970s heavyweight boogie funk of Chocolate Milk’s rare groove classic Action Speak Louder Than Words and The Baron’s ‘Making It Better’.

Also featured is a selection of hard-core classic funk productions from the legendary Eddie Bo (James K-Nine, David Robinson) and the genius of Allen Toussaint (Eldridge Holmes, Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis, Lou Johnson). There also a number of super-rare independent New Orleans’ one-off 45 single funk productions from the likes of Chick Colbert and Bob French. And lastly, New Orleans Funk female vocalists are in full effect with tracks by Betty Harris (whose ‘Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul’ has just come out on Soul Jazz Records), Zilla Mayes and Norma Jean.

This album is released as a heavyweight double gatefold vinyl (+ download code), CD pack and digital album, and comes with extensive sleeve-notes and exclusive photography.

Tracklist:

A
1. Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children (2.51)
2. Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis – Let The Groove Move You (2.53)
3. Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey (2.26)
4. Chocolate Milk – Action Speaks Louder Than Words (3.30)
B
1. James K-Nine – Live It Up (2.49)
2. Lou Johnson – Frisco Here I Come (2.51)
3. Norma Jean – No Competition (2.26)
4. James Waynes – Junco Partner (Worthless Man) (2.26)
5. David Robinson – I’m A Carpenter (Part 1) (2.13)
C
1. The Barons Ltd – Making It Better (2.14)
2. Johnny Adams – You Make A New Man Out Of Me (2.53)
3. Clifton Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band – Party Down (4.33)
4. Eddie Bo – Can You Handle It (2.41)
D
1. Bob French’s Storyville Jazz Band – Y’er Comes The Funky Man (2.33)
2. Joe Haywood – Play Me A Cornbread Song (2.36)
3. Betty Harris – I’m Gonna Git Ya (2.16)
4. Chuck Colbert & Viewpoint – Stay (2.43)
5. Zilla Mayes – All I Want Is You (2.10)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVoD4Hmq5g8 Available from 02.12.2016

Jo Ann Campbell – I Changed My Mind Jack/I Really Really Love You
Saturday, September 17th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jo Ann Campbell – I Changed My Mind Jack/I Really Really Love You

Jo Ann Campbell’s ‘I Changed My Mind Jack’ is a male and female call and response duo answer to Ray Charles’ ‘Hit The Road Jack’ set to a barnstorming, uptempo backing which will cause fireworks on the dancefloor. On the flip side, more familiar popco…

Lew Conetta / Jimmy Rogers – You Got Me Crazy / What Have I Done
Sunday, July 31st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lew Conetta / Jimmy Rogers – You Got Me Crazy / What Have I Done

Moody and malevolent, male vocal popcorn burner from jazzy crooner Lew Conetta. On the flip, we’ve paired it with an alternate cut of bluesman Jimmy Rogers’ super low-down ‘What Have I Done’, a track so similar to ‘You Got Me Crazy’ that it must have …

Rick Wade
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Charts, Magazine | Comments Off on Rick Wade

One of Detroit’s best kept secrets, Rick Wade has been producing late night tracks and tapping into the essence of deepness since the ’90’s. Known for their universal appeal and appearing on over 20 different labels worldwide, soulful, timeless grooves are his signature. Growing up in Buchanan MI, 1 hour outside of Chicago he was […]

Little Caesar and the Romans / Sandra Meade – Fever
Thursday, April 28th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Little Caesar and the Romans / Sandra Meade – Fever

2 cracking covers of the evergreen popcorn standard ‘Fever’, the top side a seductive, swaggering turn from Little Caesar with doo wop style / group backing vocals from the Romans, and on the flip is Sandra Meade’s sexy and sassy rendition with wild, …

Barbara English / Earl Grant – Fever
Thursday, March 17th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Barbara English / Earl Grant – Fever

Another two renditions of perhaps the popcorn standard of them all, ‘Fever’. On the top side, Barbara English’s version is a groovy, early 60s workout with an infectious rhythm and cool female backing vocals. Turn it over and hear Earl Grant give Litt…

Leslie Podkin / Lilyann Carol – You Won’t Need No Money / Ooo-Poppa-Doo
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Leslie Podkin / Lilyann Carol – You Won’t Need No Money / Ooo-Poppa-Doo

Image: 1602815 Leslie Podkin’s fantastic ‘You Won’t Need No Money’ is a real oddball tune which shows the extent to which the original popcorn DJs dug deep to find records from every angle. Defying strict genre conventions, this is neither R&B, Jazz, Pop, or Latin, but instead has a strong flavour of all of them. Best just to call it popcorn then, and really superior popcorn it is. On the other side, as ever, another winner for your money, a female vocal led, mid-50s big band R&B showstopper in the form of ‘Ooo-Poppa-Doo’ by Lilyann Carol.
Available from 25.03.2016

The Inspector Cluzo – Rockfarmers (2LP/Gatefold)
Friday, February 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Inspector Cluzo – Rockfarmers (2LP/Gatefold)

Image: 1602101 The Inspector Cluzo veröffentlichen 5. Album: „Rockfarmers“ – mixed by Vance Powell

The Inspector Cluzo ist eine der erfolgreichsten französischen Rockbands, das Duo besteht aus Mathieu ,Phil‘ Jourdain (Schlagzeug und Background Vocals) sowie Laurent ,Malcolm‘ Lacrouts (Leadsänger und Gitarrist). Seit 2008 versetzen die beiden die Welt in Erstau¬nen, dass sie ohne Bassgitarre so viel Alarm machen können. Im Frühjahr 2016 erscheint ihr 5. Album „Rockfarmers“ – aufgenommen und produziert von The Inspector Cluzo in ihrem eigenen Studio im Südwesten Frankreichs, gemixt von Vance Powell (Jack White, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Seasick Steve) in Nashville/Tennessee. Mit den 15 neuen Songs haben die Musiker ihr Spektrum erheblich erweitert und zeigen deutlicher als bisher, was ihnen als Musiker und Bauern am Herzen liegt. Ab Mitte Februar geht es auf große Tour durch Frankreich, im April kommen sie für vier Termine nach Deutschland.

Das neue Album

Von Lionel Decottignies – L’Humanité Dimanche

Für das Herz und für die Sinne: „Rockfarmers“ von The Inspector Cluzo ist wie ein Spiegel, der sich auf unser Dasein richtet. Tempo und Songs operieren weit ab vom heutigen flüchtigen Wahnsinn. Die Band aus der Gascogne hätte mit ihrem soliden Ruf als weltweit tourende Band einfach zufrieden sein können, schließlich hat sie seit ihrer Gründung 2008 mehr als 44 Länder bereist und über 800 Konzerte gegeben. Aber das ist eben nicht alles. Das vorliegende Doppelalbum lädt den Hörer zum Nachdenken ein.

Sind wir verdammt und leben wir wirklich reduziert? Auf immer entwurzelt und von unserer Umgebung entfremdet? Diese Rockfarmer destillieren eine Stimme für uns und für die Erde, die uns ernährt. Wo Rock und seine Wurzeln wachsen. Der Song „Estiu Theme“ bietet Gospel. „Lost In Traditions“ klingt nach Baumwollfeldern. „Quit The Rat Race“ zieht seine Wut aus Detroit. „Alright Georges“ vermählt Rock mit Folk. Erotischer Funk bestimmt „Stars are leavin“, während sich „Romana“ im Lager eines Curtis Mayfield eingerichtet hat. Schnell aufhören zu heulen, denn von jetzt an sind wir Menschen. „Kiss Me“ kann nicht anders als die unterdrückten Tränen zu umarmen.

Hierbei könnten wir es belassen, zufrieden mit dem Gehörten. Aber die Platte geht noch weiter, von Freiheit strotzend. Die Gitarrensoli brechen in Improvisationen auf. Das passt gut. Der Klangkrieg bereitet sich vor, jeder ist bereit. Die Konfrontation steht bevor. Doch dann verwickelt sich die Gitarre in einen Blues wie in „Abu“, also in die Geschichte der Ursprünge und der Vermischung. Vereint und untrennbar wie Efeu. Und kaum dass man zur Ruhe zu kommen glaubt, kündigt das Schlagzeug das Erwachen der Truppen an. Man tanzt, man lacht, man heult, man steht sich selbst gegenüber, bereit für das Andere. Das Duo belebt die Rockballade mit „The Run“ und „Lonely Man“ wieder, ohne Süßkram oder Popcorn.

Denn dieses Album ist bodenständig. „La Tierra Madre“ sagt man in Südamerika. Genauso ist dieses Meisterstück innerhalb eines Gesamtwerks, deren Tragweite die strikten Regeln der Musik überschreitet. Im Jahr 2013 kauften der Gitarrist und Sänger Laurent Lacrouts und der Drummer Mathieu Jourdain einen Bauernhof in Eyres-Moncube (Department Landes) mit den Namen „Lou Casse“ (das bedeutet „Eiche“ in der Sprache der Gascogne). Es geht den beiden aber nicht darum, den alten Hippietraum einzulösen. Auch nicht um Folklore. Voller Respekt für die Tradition und für das Land widmen sich die beiden Cluzos der Aufzucht von Enten und Gänsen, stellen Gänsestopfleber (foie gras) und Entenconfit her und verkaufen ihre Produkte auf dem Markt von Mont-de-Marsan.

So gesehen gehen hier Musik, Erde und Felder eine Einheit ein, fast eine Verschmelzung. Das klingt fast wie die Quadratur des Kreises. Bei ihnen ist die Welt ein Dorf mit tausend Kreuzungen. Das Herz besteht aus Arbeit, Begegnungen und dem Anderswo, denn die beiden sind entweder in allen vier Ecken der Welt unterwegs oder auf ihrem Bauernhof in der Gascogne. Die großartige Dokumentation von Yan Sourigues zeigt diesen ungewöhnlichen und mutigen Weg.

Wer traut sich schon in der heutigen standardisierten Musikindustrie, ein Doppelalbum in totaler Unabhängigkeit herauszubringen? Wer kann sich den Luxus leisten ein Werk zu veröffentlichen, auf dem ein Instrumentalstück einfach mal sechs Minuten dauert? Man braucht schon eine gehörige Dosis Bockigkeit und Widerspenstigkeit. Kein Zweifel: Led Zeppelin haben Pate gestanden, deren Album „III“ ist wie ein weit entfernter Cousin.

Gestaltet im „alten Stil“ gibt es „Rockfarmers“ natürlich als Vinyl mit dem Konzept einer A- und B-Seite. Gespielt wurde live und direkt, Aufnahmen und Mix erfolgten ausschließlich analog. Das ist für die beiden Musiker selbstverständlich und hat nichts mit Koketterie zu tun. „Vintage“ heißt sowas heutzutage. Die Cluzos schert das nicht. Ihnen geht es um Authentizität und Tradition. Wo also sollte dieses Werk vollendet werden wenn nicht in den USA, genauer gesagt in Nashville/Tennessee? Ist doch logisch. Die beiden Musketiere begaben sich also zu den Cowboys, durchschritten die großen Weiten. Das Tamburin von Mathieu Jourdain hatte am Ende nichts Kampflustiges mehr und Laurent Lacrouts spielte nur noch Riffs. Am Mischpult: Vance Powell. Muss man ihn noch vorstellen? Der Mann hat mit die besten Rock‘n’Roll Größen produziert (The Raconteurs, Jack White, Seasick Steve, Beck).

Es gäbe noch so viel zu schreiben über: das Subtile, die reichen Harmonien, die Klangeinfälle. Aber einfach besser anhören oder? Denn Gascogner zu sein bedeutet: machen, nicht reden. Mit diesem Doppelalbum werden wir alle ein bisschen zu Gascognern. Available from 25.03.2016

Eugene Church / Titus Turner – 16 Tons / Coralee
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Eugene Church / Titus Turner – 16 Tons / Coralee

Image: 1602064 Originally recorded in 1946 by Merle Travis, ‘Sixteen Tons’ went on to become a standard in many circles, and somewhat against the grain an example of a song originally performed by a Country artist which crossed over widely into Jazz and Blues circles. So it is that we have a cracking popcorn R&B style rendition from Eugene Church here, swinging and as snappy as you like. On the back, a top side from the great Titus Turner, whistling and singing an ode to a girl named ‘Coralee’ Available from 19.02.2016

Byron Lee & The Dragonaries – Uptown Top Ranking
Friday, July 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Byron Lee & The Dragonaries – Uptown Top Ranking

Image: 1596874 Finest Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dub, new breed Club Hits, Boss sounds and popcorn in-demanders from 1964 to 1973. 20 classics including in-demand big money trophy tunes “Frankenstein”, “Bata Cha Cha Cha”, and “We Five”, as well the fever inducing dance floor fillers “Apache”, “Watermelon Man” and “Slow Run” and groundbreaking dub cuts from the board that eventually made it’s way to King Tubby. This is Byron Lee – This is Uptown Top Ranking. Available as CD with 20 page booklet and 2LP-set in a gatefold sleeve, both with extensive notes by Noel Hawks

t r a c k b y t r a c k n o t e:
1. Jamaica Ska (1964): Top 30 Canadian hit, a deal with Atlantic Records and an appearance at the New York World’s Fair in 1964
2. Frankenstein (1964): Always in-demand ska gem and maybe his best ever 45, original if you can find one can go for 100 GBP
3. Watermelon Man (1964): Herbie Hancock ska cover, forever in-demand on the mod jazz scene
4. Bata Cha Cha Cha (year TBC): Rare promo 45 made exclusively for the Bata shoe company – absolutely massive on the European popcorn scene
5. Dragon’s Paradise (1962): Another in-demand and super-rare popcorn scene favorite
6. Dumplins (1960): Debut 45 and the 2nd ever release on the collectable Blue Beat label
7. From Russia With Love (1964): As well as appearing in the first James Bond movie ‘Dr No’ Byron Lee cut this sublime version of Lionel Bart¹s acclaimed theme to the follow up Bond film
8. Goldfinger (1966): Bond was back with a third movie and so was Byron giving the John Barry theme song the Dragonaires special treatment
9. Ol’ Man River (1962): Fantastic solo’s on this big band jazz showpiece version of the Showboat classic – released on the super rare promotional Red Stripe album ‘Let’s Have A Red Stripe Party’
10. Soul Ska (1967): Ken Lazarus feels the spirit delivering an inspired vocal on another Lee scorcher with inspired band horn solos
11. Last Night (1964): Shuffling on Mclemore Avenue, tremendous ska take on a Memphis classic from the Mark-Keys
12. Rock Steady (1967): Magnificent Jo Jo Bennett vocal contribution to this slow and moody, black and bluesy dance corker
13. Slow Run (1968): Horn driven soul styled instrumental, ‘Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday’ was the A-side and a sizeable hit but this flip side was and is the club classic
14. Who-Dun-It (1969): Superbad organ do-over of Monk Higgins hit sax funk workout
15. Hot Reggay (1970): Hot flute led reggae funk pant swinger
16. We Five (1970): Always in-demand Boss Sound organ groove
17. Squeeze Up Part 2 (1970): Uptown cut of the Bleechers ‘Ease Up’ came complete with a revolutionary early use of King Tubby¹s signature high pass filter on the version
18. Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey Version (1970): Continuing to re-write dub history the soon to be sold to King Tubby MCI board in full effect at Dynamics
19. Apache (1973): In demand re-working of The Shadows classic that¹s lately caught the imagination of various scene making crossover DJ¹s , it¹s an album only cut that¹s ripe for a stand alone 45 release
20. Reggae Makossa (1973): Manu Dibango Afrobeat Reggae funk fusion

Tracklisting:
CD
1. Frankenstein 
2. Watermelon Man 
3. Last Night
4. Jamaica Ska
5. Dumplin’s
6. Bata Cha Cha Cha
7. Dragon’s Paradise
8. From Russia With Love 
9. Goldfinger 
10. Ol’ Man River
11. Soul Ska 
12. Rock Steady 
13. Slow Run 
14. Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey Version 
15. Squeeze Up Part 2 
16. Apache 
17. Reggae Makossa 
18. We Five 
19. Hot Reggay 
20. Who-Dun-It?

2LP
Side One
A1. Frankenstein 
A2. Watermelon Man 
A3. Last Night
A4. Jamaica Ska
A5. Dumplin’s
Side B
B1. Bata Cha Cha Cha
B2. Dragon’s Paradise
B3. From Russia With Love 
B4. Goldfinger 
B5. Ol’ Man River
Side C
C1. Soul Ska 
C2. Rock Steady 
C3. Slow Run 
C4. Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey (Version) 
C5. Squeeze Up (Part 2) 
Side D
D1. Apache 
D2. Reggae Makossa 
D3. We Five 
D4. Hot Reggay 
D5. Who-Dun-It? Available from 26.06.2015

Hal Waters / Gene Stridel – St. James Infirmary / Let Her Go
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hal Waters / Gene Stridel – St. James Infirmary / Let Her Go

The song ‘St. James Infirmary’ existed in American folk traditions since the 18th or 19th century, but it entered the modern popular music lexicon with Louis Armstrong’s 1928 rendition. Since then, it became a standard for many blues and jazz singers,…

Vernon Green & The Medallions – A Lover’s Prayer / Shedding Tears For You
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Vernon Green & The Medallions – A Lover’s Prayer / Shedding Tears For You

Image: 1598129 Beautiful group vocal rhythm & blues from Vernon Green & The Medallions, ‘A Lovers Prayer’ is a smouldering gem guaranteed to get the dancefloor moving. Laid back, subtle and played in minor key, the song also epitomizes the kind of moody mid-tempo R&B tunes which caught on with the Belgian popcorn scene – records whose understated feel meant they were likely neglected on other music scenes for a good while. But not now!

Tracklisting
1. A Lover’s Prayer
2. Shedding Tears For You Available from 24.07.2015

Billy Williams / Nick Todd – Pied Piper / Too Much Rosita
Thursday, May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Billy Williams / Nick Todd – Pied Piper / Too Much Rosita

Two male vocal sides, topped with Billy Williams ‘Pied Piper’, a pretty uptempo sound by popcorn standards, but either way full of character and easy charm.’?? ‘??Much the same could be said of ‘Too Much Rosita’ from Nick Todd (interestingly enough th…

Joanie Summers / Cleo Jons – Why Don’t You Do Right
Thursday, April 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joanie Summers / Cleo Jons – Why Don’t You Do Right

Image: 1596612 Originally recorded in 1936 as ‘Weed Smokers Dream’ by the Harlem Hamfats, the drug references were significantly toned down for Lil Green’s 1941 update ‘Why Don’t You Do Right’. Since then the song has been a jazz standard, perhaps reaching a peak of infamy with its inclusion in the 1980s film ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’. Paired here are two smoldering, female vocal takes on the song, both from the late 50s R&B era so cherished by popcorn collectors and DJs.

Tracklisting
1. Joanie Summers – Why Don’t You Do Right
2. Cleo Jons – Why Don’t You Do Right
Available from 01.05.2015

Etta Jones / Lorez Alexandria – Nature Boy
Thursday, March 5th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Etta Jones / Lorez Alexandria – Nature Boy

Two beautiful covers of Eden Ahbez’s evergreen standard, Nature Boy. As first recorded in 1948 by Nat King Cole, the song went on to be performed by just about everybody, from Frank Sinatra to David Bowie! Here, we put together two complimentary versi…

Little Margie / Big Boy Groves – Yes It’s You / Another Ticket
Saturday, January 31st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Little Margie / Big Boy Groves – Yes It’s You / Another Ticket

Image: 1595093 Two originally unissued sides from the Los Angeles Cash based label here appearing on 45 for the first and likely last time ever! Slowing the pace down, the top side features a lovely, melancholic midtempo blues ballad with sure popcorn appeal. Seemingly based on the melody from ‘Why Don’t You Do Right’, obscure singer Little Margie delivers an endearing vocal turn while the band behind her really cooks. A perfect warm up or end of nighter play. Little Margie also features on the flip alongside Big Boy Groves (aka Ervin Rucker), with an alternative take or follow up to his novelty R&B number ‘Traffic Ticket’, itself a kind of answer to his ‘I Got A New Car’ as released on Spark.

Tracklisting
1. Little Margie – Yes It’s You
2. Big Boy Groves & Little Margie – Another Ticket Available from 13.03.2015

New Edition – Candy Girl
Friday, December 12th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on New Edition – Candy Girl

Image: 1594363 When Maurice Starr uncovered the talents of a Roxbury vocal group in the early ’80s at a talent show at Dorchester’s storied Strand Theater he saw the second coming of the Jackson 5. The boys didn’t win the completion (they came in second) but they did win a deal with Starr & Streetwise records. Starr came up with the name New Edition (as in a new edition of the Jackson 5) and started recording with the boys the day after the talent show at the Strand. This group of kids (all under 15) had their first single “Candy Girl” shoot to #1 on the Billboard R&B Charts. This led them to their debut album, also titled Candy Girl, which had a lot of pop/early hip hop influences, yet still has a classic R&B feel.

Other hits such as “Popcorn Love” and “Ohh Girl” and the slow burner of “Is This the End” make this album well rounded and no surprise as to why they went on to become one of the biggest R&B groups ever. The success of New Edition led to Bobby Brown’s solo career, the success of Bell Biv DeVoe and served as a template for the “boy bands” that followed. But don’t let that last line fool you, this album packs a bite with solid production and hooks for days.

Tracklisting:
SIDE A
1. Gimme Your Love
2. She Gives Me A Bang
3. Is This The End
4. Pass The Beat
5. Popcorn Love

SIDE B
1. Candy Girl
2. Ooh Baby
3. Should Have Never Told Me
4. Gotta Have Your Lovin’
5. Jealous Girl Available from 23.01.2015

Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike) – Blockbuster Night
Friday, November 14th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike) – Blockbuster Night

Image: 1593896 BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT BUNDLE WITH 7” VINYL

• Customized Run The Jewels Popcorn Tin
• Middle finger sticker
• 7” vinyl of “Blockbuster Night Part 1” and “Blockbuster Night Part 1 [Instrumental]”
• 11” x 17” Collectible poster (not pictured)

7” VINYL TRACK LISTING
SIDE A. Blockbuster Night Part 1 [Vocal]
SIDE B. Blockbuster Night Part 1 [Instrumental] Available from 05.12.2014

Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours – Salt Pop Corn / Soul Saviour Stew
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours – Salt Pop Corn / Soul Saviour Stew

This 45rpm single is especially made for promoting the forthcoming album Soul Saviour Stew. After all these years, and after a CD only release on Soul Cookers Records back in 2007 – it is finally on vinyl – where it belongs. Salt Pop Corn, originally …

Jimmy Ricks & The Raves – Daddy Rolling Stone / Homesick
Saturday, October 11th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jimmy Ricks & The Raves – Daddy Rolling Stone / Homesick

Two low down and sleazy, moody popcorn masterpieces from the deep, deep baritone-voiced Jimmy Ricks and his backing group The Ravens. ‘Daddy Rolling Stone’ is a great mid-tempo cover of Otis Blackwell’s signature piece with a swinging, early soul feel…

Ann Leonardo / Bill Johnson Quintet – Traveling Stranger
Thursday, June 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ann Leonardo / Bill Johnson Quintet – Traveling Stranger

Image: 1589247 Two Raucous Rare R&B / Belgian Popcorn versions of the classic Luther Dixon penned ‘Traveling Stranger’. Ann Leonardo belts out her obscure R&B version which was originally released Capitol in 1957! On the flip the stripped down but no less kinetic Bill Johnson Quintet from the Baton Label. Remastered to sound better than their originals , both unique, both brilliant, the perfect 45.

Tracklisting

1. Traveling Stranger – Ann Leonardo
2. Traveling Stranger – Bill Johnson Quintet Available from 06.06.2014

Linda Willoby / Bobby Brookes – Big Boy You’re Through / Little Girl
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Linda Willoby / Bobby Brookes – Big Boy You’re Through / Little Girl

Image: 1588802 Linda Willoby’s ‘Big Boy You’re Through’ is a smooth and slinky, minor key popcorn gem that oozes class. Down-tempo, sophisticated, jazzy and moody, this is the kind of sound which defines the popcorn genre. An obscure one for sure, and very scarce on its original release. The flip-side, features a more upbeat R&B mover from Bobby Brookes, and a cracker in its own right, making this another essential two-sider.

Tracklisting

1. Big Boy You’re Through – Linda Willoby
2. Little Girl (Is It True) – Bobby Brookes Available from 18.04.2014

Various – Movements Vol.6
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Movements Vol.6

Image: 1587700 So bunt wie bei den Übersetzungsvarianten für das Wort “Movement” ist die Party in den Rillen. Von Rhythm & Blues / Popcorn Sounds (Obie Jessie) über Soul-Balladen (Ural Thomas) und klassischen 1960s funky Soul (Marie Adams) bis hin zu pre-Disco Funk (Dell Vikings). Es ist erstaunlich, wie es den Jungs von Tramp Records immer wieder aufs Neue gelingt, überdurchschnittlich gute Songs zu finden, die bis dato noch nicht wiederveröffentlicht wurden. Und das, obwohl unzählige Labels weltweit seit Jahrzehnten Soul/Funk-Compilations veröffentlichen.

– 16-seitiges CD-Booklet / Doppel-LP mit Klappcover mit ausführliche Biografien und unveröffentlichten Bildern
– fast alle Songs erscheinen zum ersten Mal auf CD

Available from 21.03.2014

Dakota Staton – A Little You / My Babe
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dakota Staton – A Little You / My Babe

Image: 1587664 More brooding, dance floor popcorn R&B, this time featuring the sweet and sassy tones of Jazz siren Dakota Staton. ‘A Little You’ is a real swinging, finger-snapping, romping humdinger, with a great sleazy sax riff and solo. On the flip-side, a Jazzed-up, big band workout on Little Walter’s Chicago blues classic ‘My Babe’ Available from 21.02.2014

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