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Sofrito Presents – Ivoire Promotion EP
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sofrito Presents – Ivoire Promotion EP

Image: 1598720 A double shot of vital Soukous / Coupé Décalé hybrids out of Abidjan & Paris.

A1: Nassima (12? edit) / Bazaré D. Pablo
B1: Africa (Original mix) / Atalaku 8
B2: Africa (Siwo dub) / Atalaku 8

A Side:
“Nassima” is a deep hybrid of Soukous and Highlife, recorded in Abidjan in 1975 by the mysterious Bazaré D. Pablo. Thumping percussion, intricate guitar, ethereal vocals and a solid bassline add up to a perennial Sofrito classic that never fails.

B Side:
Atalaku 8 – a Paris-based Ivoirien/Congolese group operating out of the legendary Kos studio – lay down a seriously funky house-tempo Coupé Décalé track, topped off with a Siwo dub. Available from 21.08.2015

Southpawchop – Ill Collected Promo Sampler 2
Thursday, April 18th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Southpawchop – Ill Collected Promo Sampler 2

Image: 1578817 PRE-ORDER ONLY, DEADLINE 29.01.2013 / A1.WHAT YOU EXPECT A2.NUMBER 5 A3.SKIT JIN JIN 76 B1.RAIN MAKER B2.GROOVE MINER / 12inch/33rpm/Strereo /
All Tracks Produced&Mixed by southpawchop For Southpaw Chop Music Production / mastering By Isao Kumano For PHONON STUDIO Supported by (nff) / Artwork by katsura moshino http://moshino.net/ Available from 29.03.2013

Promoe
Monday, April 26th, 2004 | Tags: ,
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Promoe’s been running a lot these last years. Not like he wasn’t running before that, but the distances and the sceneries have changed drastically. He used to run 15 km’s three days a week in the woods of Rocklunda, Västeras (Sweden). On weekends he ran from the police in train yards, tunnels and city streets, leaving a trail of spray paint. Then he started touring with the Looptroop, building the foundation for what later would become Sweden’s biggest international hiphop group …

PROMOE the long distance runner …
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Pacific Express – On Time
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pacific Express – On Time

Image: 1617363 Pacific Express emerged from Cape Town, South Africa in the 1970s. The band were from the so called “Coloured” community and were ground breakers in both musical and political arenas. The founder members Paul Abrahams (Bass), Jack Momple (Drums) and Issy Ariefdien (Guitar) were joined by Chris Schilder (Piano), Vic Higgins (Pecussion), Barney Rachabane (Alto Sax), Stompie Manana (Trumpet) and Zayn Adams & Kitty Tshikana on vocals for their second album “On Time” in 1978.

On several occasions the group fell foul of Apartheid laws and discrimination by the state broadcaster, SABC. On one occasion they were asked to leave the stage of an international tour by Australian act John Paul Young, because the law forbade racially mixed performers on the same stage. The promoter, management and band members all resisted and once he incident made the Australian newspapers the authorities had little choice and turned a blind eye.

And so to the music. The most important thing. The LP opens up with the slick jazz-boogie funk of “We Got A Good Thing Going On”, a perfect vehicle for the vocals of Zayn and the statement-of-intent, on-point musicianship of the band.

“I Hear Music” is the first of three smooth sweet string-laden ballads to feature on the LP. The majority of the songs on the LP were written by keyboard player Chris Schilder. As well as high-craft songwriting Chris also contributes layers of effortless musicality with his Rhodes and piano. “Good Old Days” (the only cover on the LP) is next and its smooth-rock grooves swing effortlessly to the fore. The A-Side of the vinyl closes with the instrumental jazz funk of “Saturday Night”.

The flip side of the album opens with the bands biggest commercial success. A sweet soul ballad penned “Give a Little Love”. Stepping outside their usual sound. This hit however was not without controversy as the video was removed from the TV airways after the South Africa Broadcasting Corp realised that the group were of mixed race, which was against rules for so called local artists in public performance at the time.

“Dream” follows on with the driving jazz rock and travelling keyboard solos. “Reaching Out For Love” is a power-pop boogie groover powered by guest vocalists Erica Lundy and Kitty.

“Say The Last Goodbye” is the last of the trio of ballads. A smooth style moment sounding all the bit like a 70’s US TV drama closing theme. The LP features with a funky workout where the band show off their chops and slick level of musicianship.

Besides the success in southern Africa this album became a regional hit as a pirated music cassette in Nigeria. It was also released in France and Japan.

The band would go on to record one further LP in 1979 and a single in 1981. They carried on performing however well pass that. Throughout their years together the band acted as central hub for Jazz musicians within the Cape Town area. Players as Tony Cedras, Jonathan Butler and Alvin Dyers gaining experience alongside established names such as trumpeter Stompie Manana and alto saxman Barney Rachabane.

Here at World Seven we are ever so pleased to be re-releasing what we consider the bands finest album moment.

Tracklisting
1 We Got A Good Thing Going On
2 I Hear Music
3 Angel Of Love
4 Good Old Song
5 Saturday Night
6 Give A Little Love
7 Dream
8 Reaching Out For Your Love
9 Say The Last Goodbye
10 The Way It Used To Be Available from 23.02.2018

Jazzman / Holy Grail Series present the full length album reissue of “Two Sisters From Bagdad” by La Vice & Co
Friday, January 5th, 2018 | Tags: , ,
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Known in the record collecting world as an incredibly rare album with just a handful of known copies, we present for the first time the full length album reissue of the ‘Two Sisters From Bagdad’ album as performed by La Vice & Co. Originally intended to be sold alongside performances of LaVice Hendrick’s ambitious but […]

Statik Selektah
Monday, December 18th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Establishing his own spot amongst the ranks of East Coast hip-hop’s seminal figures, DJ/producer Statik Selektah utilized his turntabling skills and ingenuity in PR and promotions to break some of the region’s most promising artists, bearing his own influence on the national mixtape circuit. Born January 23, 1982 in Lawrence, MA, Patrick Baril was exposed […]

Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds – Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds (1974 – 1975) (Analog Africa)
Friday, December 8th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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One of the aims of Analog Africa is to showcase the colorful diversity of styles that exist in Africa and its diaspora and today we are very proud to be able to give these Gandjal tunes their first worldwide release.

CD AACD084 / LP AALP084
Release: 08-12-17
Analog Africa presents Hamad Kalkaba and The Golden Sounds 1974​-​1975
Thursday, November 30th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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I remember the day clearly. I was searching for treasures in a record shop in Yaoundé, the Capital city of Cameroon, when suddenly I came across a 7-inch record with a picture of a young man wearing a traditional hat and bearing the marks of several imposing vertical scars on the side of his face, […]

Pasteur Lappe – We, The People
Friday, November 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pasteur Lappe – We, The People

Image: 1616688 Following on from our extremely well received re-press of Pasteur Lappe’s second album “Na Man Pass Man” here at Africa Seven we are really pleased to be heading back to the beginning with Pasteur. It is a another fine repress. The debut album “We, The People”.

The story begins in the 60’s with a charming 19 year old Nicolas “Pasteur” Lappe becoming a sensation on Radio Adele in Douala, Cameroun. He goes on to become the editor of the Douala Gazette newspaper and become friends with other African music stars such as Tala AM, J Moboule and Fela Kuti. He also works tirelessly promoting new and upcoming local Cameroonian talent. After moving to Paris, a stint in journalism school and publishing a book of poems “Chansons Negres” he finally settles into a new life of music in Paris.

Pasteur’s first album was recorded in 1979 with the backing band and production collective called the Zulu Gang, which include Douglas Mbida (who went on to release several top flight albums himself) and Jacob Desvariaux (who went on to form Kassav). The album is full of diverse sounds, from driving funk, sweeping disco grooves, syrupy ballads, reggae, Jackson-five-esque pop to finger-lickin’ soul. At its core though is the custom “Sekele” groove… a movement to encompass the dance, grooves and vibes from his native Douala.

The album opens with the pulsing grooves of “More Sekele Movement” which features driving bass groove, snappy percussion and catchy vocal lines from our hero. “Dora” is next. It is a sparkly Afro pop gem with stabby horns and a smooth catchy melody.

Things take a slow route for the next track – “Watch Get My Day Dreams” which is a slow smooth vocal number. Lazy Rhodes and a end-of-the-disco sway. It also features Maryse Lappe guesting on vocals. Things heat up on the flip with “Sekelimania (Nku Bilam)” bringing back the funk. Choppy guitar riffs, percussive clavinet and top-of-the-world horns power this smooth power funk along.

Next “The Sekele Movement” keeps the horn department busy with its Afro swing drums, walking bass lines and funky keys. This track was featured on the recent Analog Africa – “Pop Makossa” compilation. A real find. The album closes with a slow and forlorn love song. A partly spoken, partly sung love song which talks of separation and longing. The perfect thoughtful ending to a fine LP.

The nostalgic poet, with Africa at his essence Pasteur Lappe.

Tracklisting
1 More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama)
2 Dora
3 Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams
4 Sekelimania (Nku Bilam)
5 The Sekele Movement
6 As Far I Can Remember Available from 26.01.2018

Various – As 10 Mais Boogie Vol.1
Friday, November 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – As 10 Mais Boogie Vol.1

Image: 1616677 What exactly is Boogie? Is it a genre, an era, a style? Colours, clothes,
textures are all part of its make up. Boogie is the “top shelf” music of the
80s. Anything from this era that brings along Moog synths, vocoders,
DX7s, or triggered Oberheim drum sounds, is Boogie! Brasil has a huge
archive of underground dancefloor heat. Dierent styles of music ranging
from Macumba to Samba, MPB to Pop, Electro to early Hip-Hop, were
all stung by this Brasilian “Boogie Bug”, cleverly orchestrated by geniuses
of the style, Robson Jorge, Lincoln Olivetti, Junior Mendes, Mister Sam,
Sergio Sá, to name a few, were the backbone of uncountable projects by
big names of Brasil ´s pop and underground music scene during the 80s.
This compilation brings together a bunch of non-obvious “compactos”
(33 RPM 7” singles), most of them, promos, which never saw the light
of record store shelves, but instead sat for years in the dead-vaults of
radio stations or ended up in second hand shops, flea markets, church
basements to junkyards.
We, SDB Discos, are excited to put together this eclectic selection inspired
by the best in Brazilian 80s music. In this compilation we gathered 10
rare Boogie hits from very well know maestros of the genre such as Tim
Maia, Cassiano, Tony Bizarro and other underground artists like Elizio
de Buzios with his only recording, the funky boogie joint “Tamanqueiro”,
Gaby Whiskadão featuring the disco hit “Super Amor”, the B-Boy Crew
Electric Boogies with their very fresh early 80s rap hit “Break Mandrake”
as well as the very obscure group called Let ´s Dance featuring their
version of “Riguera” sung in Portuguese entitled “Dance com a Gente”.
Even after so many years, Brasil’s most obscure boogie gem is yet to be
found on a long diggin’ session thru thousands of records full of weird
looking haircuts, somewhere near São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. This
project is dedicated to all the “Boogie Heads” doing what they do best,
keep searching!

1. Vê Se Me Esquece – Tony Blue
2. Tamanqueiro – Elizio de Búzios
3. Estou Livre – Tony Bizarro
4. Velho Guerreiro – Rubão Sabino
5. Break Mandrake – Electric Boogies
6. Dance Com a Gente – Let ´s Dance
7. Ta Dando Mole Zé – Cassiano
8. Macaco Pesado – Newton Drinckwater
9. Super Amor – Gaby Whiskadão
10. Vê se Decide – Tim Maia Available from 15.12.2017

Tommy Guerrero – Soul Food Taqueria
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tommy Guerrero – Soul Food Taqueria

Image: 1616638 It’s rare that a certain sound is entirely an artist’s own. Although undeniably a stew of impeccable influences – from blues to folk to Latin to dusty funk, soul and hip-hop – one cannot hear a Tommy Guerrero song without immediately recognising it as his – and his only.

The cult skater from San Francisco is globally renowned as one of the original members of the legendary “Bones Brigade” team. And as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, his laid-back soul is beloved by all who’ve basked in its blissful glow.

There’s something elemental about this music that really stirs the soul. Strikingly beautiful and instantly addictive, it’s a kind of funk-fuelled, melody-driven, groove-based magic. There’s a serenity and heart in the playing that radiates warmth and splendour, as if crafted for endless sunsets. His albums that surfaced on Mo Wax at the turn of the century have been treasured since their release and it’s two of his most vital LPs that we’re honoured to reintroduce.

The originals were quietly pressed on to a single piece of vinyl so we’ve worked closely with Tommy this year to bring you these fresh, limited editions. They have been lovingly remastered, cut nice and loud on to heavyweight double vinyl and presented in deluxe gatefold jackets.

Soul Food Taqueria continued Guerrero’s guitar soul but represented a step forward with its polished production and greater complexity of instrumentation. Denied the promotion it deserved upon release, it flew under the radar. It is now the most wanted record of his wondrous back catalogue.

Guerrero’s atmospheric touch and subtle guitar provide lush, glimmering pieces of musical texture. Within his spacious compositions, uniquely arranged instruments flourish alongside each other to create a languid soundtrack for halcyon days.

As ever, the diversity on display is beguiling. From bossa nova, samba and cumbia rhythms to understated folk, funk and soul grooves, this is another exotic set of mellow gold, perfectly represented by ESPO’s memorable artwork. Furthermore, the title’s hybridity reflects the intoxicating sweep of stylistic flavours served up, reminding us that, however tricky it is to categorise Guerrero’s special blend, it’s always a pleasure to indulge in something so creative and adventurous.

Dubby, bass-heavy instrumentals give way to moody folk-soul – witness “It Gets Heavy”, featuring melancholic vocals from Gresham Taylor – whilst “Thank You MK” is a gentle ode to the tropics, featuring ethereal instrumentation, bright bass and warm, jazzy guitars. The second half in particular contains a number of stunning ambient tracks – check “Lost Unfound”, “Another Brother Gone” and “Broken Blood” – built around minimalist, laid-back grooves and detailed guitar orchestrations which wouldn’t be out of place on the latest Jonny Nash release.

Guerrero closes this flawless set with a moment of true beauty. Restrained and graceful, “Falling Awake” is a pared back piece containing meditative guitar melodies set against melancholic piano arrangements. It brings proceedings to the most peaceful close. Seductively good, it reminds you just how great simplicity can sound.

Tracklisting
1 Intro Lectric Chile Goat
2 Abierto
3 Organism
4 Thank You MK
5 Tatanka
6 Interlude Train Of Thought
7 It Gets Heavy
8 Thin Brown Layer
9 Interlude So Many Years Ago
10 Terra Unfirma
11 Gettin’ It Together
12 Another Brother Gone
13 Broken Blood
14 Interlude And The Day Goes By
15 Lost Unfound
16 The Color Of Life
17 Falling Awake Available from 08.12.2017

Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds – Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds
Monday, November 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds – Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds

Image: 1616443 “Hamad Kalkaba and His Golden Sounds 1974 – 1975” I remember the day clearly. I was searching for treasures in a record shop in Yaoundé, the Capital city of Cameroon, when suddenly I came across a 7-inch record with a picture of a young man wearing a traditional hat and bearing the marks of several imposing vertical scars on the side of his face, carved when he was just a boy as a reminder of his heritage in the Musgum tribe of the northern part of the country.

The record contained two songs – ‘Gandjal Kessoum’ and ‘Touflé’ – by an artist I had never heard of before named Hamad Kalkaba. Both cuts were raw classics of fuzzed-out bass, pin-sharp horns, built upon the unshakable foundation of Northern Cameroon’s mightiest rhythm: the Gandjal. The shop owner – who noticed that was listening to the same record over and over again – finally said to me ‘There is another single with a green cover of the same artist, if I am not mistaken’.

Over the next six years I searched for that ‘green cover’ and finally found it in a record collection belonging to an old bar in Parakou in northern Benin. While most of the records had been beaten and worn by a life spent in the jukebox, this one had been sitting in its paper sleeve for forty years, untouched and unplayed, seemingly waiting for us to pick it up and rip the two soulful Gandjal tunes from it, the masterpieces ‘Fouh Sei Allah’ and ‚Tchakoulaté’.

These two records, plus a third simply named ‘Nord Cameroon Rhythms’ constitute the entire discography of Hamad Kalkaba. Neglected for decades by all but the most devoted collectors of Afro music, Hamad Kalkaba and the Golden Sounds at long last gathers together the body of work of one of Cameroon’s forgotten geniuses.

But unlike many musicians who emerged from nowhere, recorded a few singles and vanished again, Kalkaba hadn’t disappeared. Far from it. He was a distinguished public figure, a retired Colonel in the army of Cameroon, and a former member of Cameroon’s Olympic Selection Committee. When we tracked him down he was serving as president of the Confederation of African Athletics. And Although Kalkaba’s job kept him busy, and he seemed initially dismissive of the music he’d made as a young man, he turned out to be an enthusiastic ally in this project. He arranged interviews, helped fill in the blanks and, when we finally met him in Yaoundé in 2016, provided us with photographs, lyric sheets and notes.

During the interview Kalkaba explained how the songs recorded in the mid 1970s were part of a movement, a movement initiated by musicians from all around Cameroon who, with the help of keyboards, drum kits and electric guitars, had started to modernize the traditional rhythms of their regions. For Kalkaba it was no different and backed by his band the Golden Sounds, devoted himself to the promotion of the sounds of northern Cameroon.

One of the aims of Analog Africa is to showcase the colorful diversity of styles that exist in Africa and its diaspora and today we are very proud to be able to give these Gandjal tunes their first worldwide release.

Tracklisting
1. Astadjam Dada Saré Hamad Kalkaba 03:40
2. Touflé Hamad Kalkaba 04:24
3. Fouh Sei Allah Hamad Kalkaba 04:48
4. Lamido Hamad Kalkaba 05:34
5. Gandjal Kessoum Hamad Kalkaba 05:14
6. Tchakoulaté 03:56 Available from 08.12.2017

Edu Imbernon
Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Sprouting from city of “valour” – Valencia – the multifaceted artist: producer, remixer, DJ, label owner and event promoter Edu Imbernon is a truly global electronic music proposition. Edu has carved out an emotive, melodic sound focusing on songcraft that is all his own: a unique blend of electronica, house and indie. This sound was […]

Feeling Nice Vol.4
Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Tramp’s Feeling Nice series has positioned itself as a universally accepted essential cultural and historical document of some of the greatest unknown local vernacular American Black music of the sixties and seventies. The Feeling Nice series has been dedicated to filling in the blanks between the more well known cuts of so-called Deep Funk canon […]

Third Root – Libertad (BF RSD)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Third Root – Libertad (BF RSD)

Image: 1615583 Third Root is a Central Texas hip-hop collaborative that focuses on Black and Brown overlapping culture and identity. The group consists of Charles Peters (Easy Lee), Marco Cervantes (Mexican StepGrandfather), and DJ Chicken George (DJCG). Peters is an accomplished poet/author/MC & high school teacher. Cervantes is a producer/MC/Ph.D. who teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio & DJCG is a world-renowned DJ, musicologist, designer & Jazztronica! Peddler.
Their latest and well received album, Libertad , produced entirely by Texas music icon and Grammy Award winner Adrian “AQ” Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Echocentrics, Spanish Gold), re?ects today’s current mobilization among Black and Brown communities in the face of debilitating cycles of police brutality, ?awed education systems, privately owned prisons and detainment centers, corporately owned politicians, and racist judicial systems.
Through Easy Lee and MexStep’s back and forth Black Chicano intellectual ?ow, DJCG’s insight and dynamic turntablism, and AQ’s AfroLatino psychedelic funk-infused beats, the album delivers a mix of social justice and jam session with each song designed to raise questions, incite discussion, and promote healing, growth, and liberation. Libertad is a powerful body of work that documents and speaks u pon the times that we are living in

1. Third Root Radio
2. Re?ection of the Times (feat Reggie Coby)
3. Justice or Else
4. Bullets for the Truth (feat Amalia Ortiz & Queen Yonasda)
5. The Messengers (feat World Trade)
6. Yanga’s Theme
7. Flags and Body Bags (feat Sofy Encanto of Elastic Bond)
8. A Day in the Life / Poet (feat Fiend & Marcelandrie)
9. The Revolution Won’t Go Viral (feat Bavu Blakes)
10. Soul Force (feat Da’Shade, Riders Against the Storm, Bavu Blakes & Vocab)
11. Libertad (feat Mellow Man Ace)
12. Soul Force (Cookin’ Soul Remix) feat Da’Shade, Riders Against the Storm, Bavu Blakes & Vocab (Bonus Track)

• Double LP includes vinyl only exclusive bonus track “Soul Force” (Cookin’ Soul Remix) from the Grammy Award winning production team from Spain
• Produced entirely by Texas music icon and Grammy Award winner Adrian “AQ” Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Echocentrics, Spanish Gold)
• Notable features on Libertad include hip-hop and rap legends Mellow Man Ace, Fiend (formally of No Limit Records), Amalia Ortiz (Award winning poet featured on three seasons of “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry” on HBO) Available from 24.11.2017

Various – Crown Ruler Sound (Compiled By Jeremy Spellacey)
Thursday, October 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Crown Ruler Sound (Compiled By Jeremy Spellacey)

Image: 1616180 Der berühmte australische Online-Plattenladen und Party-Promotor Crown Ruler hat sich behutsam einen Namen aufgebaut und gilt unter Kennern als erste Adresse für die seltensten und exklusivsten Vinyls in Down Under. Vor kurzem wurde der Laden um ein Plattenlabel erweitert. Eine Hälfte von Crown Ruler ist Jeremy Spellacey, der einen Mix des CR-Sound für Spacetalk zusammengestellt hat, der einige seiner geheimen Waffen und ultra-raren Tracks beinhaltet. Available from 19.01.2018

The Roots – Dilla Joints (Ltd)
Thursday, October 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Roots – Dilla Joints (Ltd)

Private Euro Test pressing vinyl of The Roots “Dilla Joints” (J Dilla instrumental covers).Very limited stock, promo only. A01 – – Donuts (Outro)A02 – – Hot Shit (Im Back)A03 – – World Full of SadnessA04 – – Upper EgyptA05 – – StereolabA06 – – The Sta…

Third Root – Reflection of The Times / Soul Force
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Third Root – Reflection of The Times / Soul Force

Image: 1612104 Third Root is a Central Texas hip-hop collaborative that focuses on Black
and Brown overlapping culture and identity. The group consists of Charles
Peters (Easy Lee), Marco Cervantes (Mexican StepGrandfather), and DJ
Chicken George (DJCG). Peters is an accomplished poet and educator,
Cervantes is a producer and Ph.D. who teaches at the University of Texas
at San Antonio, and DJCG is a world-renowned DJ, musicologist, designer
& Jazztronica! Peddler. Their latest album, Libertad, produced entirely by
Grammy Award winner Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout,
Echocentrics, Spanish Gold), re?ects today’s current mobilization
among Black and Brown communities in the face of debilitating cycles
of police brutality, ?awed educational systems, privately owned prisons
and detainment centers, corporately owned politicians, and racist judicial
systems. The album delivers a mix of social justice and jam session with
each song designed to raise questions, incite discussion, and promote
healing and liberation. “Re?ection of the Times” and “Soul Force” are the
leading singles from Libertad.
A: Re?ection of the Times feat. Reggie Coby – is a powerful conversation
on race that spells out the struggle in stark and unambiguous terms.
It’s an outcry against injustice and a call to rise and re?ects the times
we’re living in. “Re?ection of the Times” is an opportunity for the group to
present the foundation for that dialogue to continue.
B: Soul Force feat. Da’Shade, Riders Against The Storm, Bavu Blakes &
Vocab – Third Root assembles a dream team supergroup of top Central
Texas emcees for this explosive “posse cut” that evokes memories
of classic group tracks like Wu-Tang Clan’s “Protect Ya Neck” or Main
Source’s “Live At The Barbeque.” With this many team members, there’s
a chance of a too-many-cooks situation, but “Soul Force” delivers, making
the song both a call-to-action and a call to start the party

• “Re?ection of the Times” and “Soul Force” are the leading singles from their latest album Libertad
• Libertad was produced entirely by Grammy Award winner Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Echocentrics, Spanish Gold)
• The album delivers a mix of social justice and jam session with each song designed to raise questions, incite discussion, and promote healing and liberation

A. Re?ections Of The Mind (Feat. Reggie Coby)
B. Soul Force (Feat. Da’shade, Riders Against The Storm, Bavu Blakes & Vocab) Available from 20.10.2017

Local-Mu12 – Everyday People
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Local-Mu12 – Everyday People

Image: 1612112 The artist/producer collective known as Local-Mu12 are back with a
sophomore album called Eeveryday People. The album features MC
Eiht, Smif n Wessun, Guilty Simpson, Torae, Ras Kass, Planet Asia and
more. It also features a variety of Local-Mu12 members such as Stryfe,
Real McKoy, Fokis, James Moore, The Manorail and more.

1. Everyday People Ft. Liteskin
2. Detroit Riots Ft. Stryfe & Guilty Simpson
3. Been Through It all Ft. MC Eiht & Planet Asia
4. All We Got Ft. Stryfe, Ras Kass, JC & Dana Coppafeel
5. Hood Rich Ft. Oh No, Dana Coppafeel, The Manorail & Stryfe
6. Never Had Ft. Sadat X, Torae & Fokis
7. Overtime Ft. Edo. G, Stryfe & Dana Coppafeel
8. Stone Jungle Ft. Smif-N-Wessun & Fokis
9. Veins Ft. Punchline & Shabaam Sahdeeq
10. I’m A Pimp Ft. Chi-Ali, Young P Livin Proof & Fokis
11. Tryna Live Ft. Fokis & Dana Coppafeel

• Album features MC Eiht, Smif n Wessun, Guilty Simpson, Torae, Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Oh No, Sadat X, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Punchline, Chi-Ali & more
• Vevo support/promotion for all videos – 5 music videos to support album
• Active promotion including radio interviews, press & album reviews Available from 20.10.2017

Rob O & Pete Rock – So Many Rappers (Picture Disc)
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Rob O & Pete Rock – So Many Rappers (Picture Disc)

Image: 1611950 Its been 2 decades since INI debuted under the guidance of producer Pete Rock. During the mid to late 90’s INI member Rob O and several other Mount Vernon, NY affiliates recorded a string of PR produced tracks that were released in various incarnations (including many promo only, white label & bootleg 12”s) until the early 2000’s when underground hip hop vinyl sales were starting to decline.

Today, with the resurgence of vinyl and it’s high demand, Redefinition Records and ST. Nick Ent. have collaborated to reissue for the first time officially Rob O’s “So many Rappers” (produced & recorded during PR’s Soul Survivor era), and Meccalicious’ Meccalicious (recorded during the Center of Attention era).

Both Rob O and Meccalicious would gain a lifelong fanbase from their performances on wax. If you’re fan a of Pete Rock and the whole MT. Vernon movement, these 2 selections are essential. Previous versions of these recordings have been long out of print and sought after, so whether you’re a long time fan or if this is your first time hearing these gems, this 45 is a must have.

Features picture disc 7” in clear sleeve with sticker.

SIDE A. So Many Rappers (Rob O & Pete Rock, Produced by Pete Rock)
SIDE B. Meccalicious (Meccalicious & Pete Red, Produced by Pete Rock) Available from 13.10.2017

Various – Feeling Nice Vol.4 (2LP+MP3/Gatefold)
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Feeling Nice Vol.4 (2LP+MP3/Gatefold)

Image: 1612038 Tramp’s Feeling Nice series has positioned itself as a universally accepted essential cultural and historical document of some of the greatest unknown local vernacular American Black music of the sixties and seventies. The Feeling Nice series has been dedicated to filling in the blanks between the more well known cuts of so-called Deep Funk canon and drawing out the relationships and stories behind and between the tunes and the artists, and ultimately creating a dialogue that serves to enlighten and enliven a true anti-racist discussion of American Popular music specifically and of Global human music in general. With Feeling Nice Vol. 4, Tramp continues this important conversation, and having spent over 700 days unearthing a rousing selection across the board, offers it to you, now, as a double LP with full-color label scans, never before seen promo shots, and detailed biographical information – in some cases in the words of the artists themselves!

Believe me when I tell you, Feeling Nice 4 has got it all: Brilliant B-sides: (Donald Ray – “Strut Your Stuff”), Concealed covers: (Combined Forces – “Feelin’ Alright”), Tittyshakers: (Big Bear Revue – “Big Bear”), Dance crazes: (Donnie Sanders – “Shing-A-Ling Baby, Mr. Clean & The Cleansers – “Karate”), Obscure cuts by well known R&B stars: (Frederick Knight – “Steppin Down”), Retro German rave-ups: (Take 5+2 – “Get Your Love”), Weirdo deep funk one-offs: (Moony Moon – “Walking On The Moon”), Killers from the Caribbean: (Al Sinclair – “No That Ain’t Groovy), Basement Jams: (TNT Powerhouse – “Basement Jam”), Most talked-about new discoveries: (Living Funk – “Silver Black Summer Day”), and more and more and more…

As a special incentive for you to be first in line for this freakishly fantastic funk feast, Tramp Records will include a special BONUS 45 of an unpressed acetate of “I FEEL A GROOVE COMIN’ ON” by “SOUTH SIDE” with the first 400 copies of Feeling Nice Vol. 4.

– Lucky Brown, 2017

Key selling points:
– all but one song get re-issued for the very first time
– the double gatefold vinyl LP contains detailed liner notes and unseen photographs
– the vinyl LP comes with a full album download code
– incl. 2 previously unreleased tracks

Tracklisting
1. Combined Forces – Feeling Alright
2. Big Bear Revue – Big Bear
3. Donnie Sanders & The Don Juans – Shing-A-Ling Baby
4. Mr. Clean & The Cleansers – Karate
5. Frederick Knight – Steppin’ Down
6. Donald Ray & His Revue – Strut Your Stuff
7. Little Ceasar & The Euterpeans – It Ain’t What You Do
8. Harold Andrews & The Sha-Bangs – The Swimming Monkey
9. Take 5+2 – Get Your Love
10. Moony Moon – What About Mars
11. Al Sinclair – No That Ain’t Groovy
12. Jim Pipkin & The Boss Five – Walkin’ The Duck
13. TNT Powerhouse – Basement Jam [clip]
14. The NT Band – Good Foot
15. Living Funk – Silver Black Summer Day
16. George E. Johnson – Wake Me Up
17. South Side – I Feel A Groove Comin’ On

Available from 24.11.2017

Biosis Now & Afro Train – Bahamas Tropical Funk Vs Ivory Coast Afro Funk
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Biosis Now & Afro Train – Bahamas Tropical Funk Vs Ivory Coast Afro Funk

Image: 1612055 After Mukatsuku Records summer Hammond Organ screamer from Billy Hawks (MUKAT 052) the label goes deep on an international funk tip. Few years ago label manager Nik played in France and the promoter pulled out a Biosis now 45 that he never knew existed up till then and was generally thought to be a long album track only. An extensive search revealed nothing online including popsike/discogs/ebay except a tropical seller who’d just bought a huge caribbean collection with the record included saying he’d never seen it before either and he was keeping it…Failing to secure a copy themselves the label licensed it instead and created their own 45 edit which retains all the funk & soul of the elongated album version into a 7 inch friendly format. On the flipside and 1973 Tumba Safari from Afro Train get’s a funky afrobeat re touch for peak time club play that would save you several hundred pounds on an original if you could actually find a copy !

Tracklisting
1. Biosis Now – Independent Bahamas V’s Ivory Coast Afro Funk (Nik’s Mukatsuku Edit)
2. Afro Train – Tumba Safari (Nik’s Mukatsuku Re-Edit)

Available from 17.11.2017

Lakmann – Fear Of A Wack Planet
Friday, September 1st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lakmann – Fear Of A Wack Planet

Image: 1611723 Mehr als ein Jahr ist vergangen seit dem letzten Solo-Album „Aus dem Schoß der Psychose“ und es ist wieder viel passiert im Leben des El-General Lakmann. Anfang 2017 kam das zweite Album von Witten Untouchable, danach folgte die ROU Tour und ein erfolgreicher Festival Sommer. Und spätestens seit dem Out4Fame dürfte jedem bekannt sein, dass Lakmann als Feature auf dem Bunkerwelt Album von Sido & Savas zu hören sein wird. Bereits Ende letzten Jahres deutete Lakmann in Interviews auf einen kommenden Release hin. Zusammen mit dem Produzenten-Team Orange Field bastelte er an seinem nächsten Solo-Projekt und nun können wir mit Stolz den Titel präsentieren:

PRINT

– Interview und Review im Juice Magazin
– Exklusiv Track auf der Juice CD (20. Jubiläumsausgabe)
– HHV Magazine
– WAZ – Wittener Allgemeine Zeitung

ONLINE

– Laut.de schreibt eine Review
– Hiphop.de macht ein Video-Interview
– weitere Berichterstattung von Plattformen wie Juice, 16bars.tv, Backspin, Rap.de, Splash-Mag uvm.

TV/YOUTUBE

– Videopremiere auf Hiphop.de
– 2 weitere Musikvideos
– 3 Singles

RADIO
– Roation bei diversen Sendern RadioFritz Irgendwas mit Rap Deutschlandfunk GreengoesBlack, CT Radio Bochum Extralarge, Radio Hertz, Berlin Campus Radio couchFM, Radio Rasa Schweiz, eldoRadio Dortmund FunkyourHeadup, RunFFM Frankfurt Radio X

LIVE
– Releaseparty in Bochum, Splash und Out4Fame festival 2017

SONSTIGES
– Promotion durch Streetteam mit Postern und Stickern
– inStore Promotion bei 5845x in Witten, Dedicated Köln, HHV Berlin

Available from 13.10.2017

BRKN – Einzimmervilla (BESTE)
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Musik mit viel Liebe und Seele aus Berlin-Kreuzberg!

CD BESTE0005-2 / LP BESTE0005-1
Release: 18-08-17
Blond:ish
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Blond:ish got their kickstart into the music world after they claimed the World Air Guitar Championship title in Montreal in 2008. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of gigs, music releases and a never ending mission to spread love and expand consciousness through music. As members of the notorious Kompakt and Get Physical families along […]

BRKN
Monday, August 14th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Nur ein Genre? Festgelegte BPM-Zahlen? Ein einheitliches Soundbild? Nur bestimmte Themen? Fehlanzeige. “Meine Musik? Einfach guter Geschmack”, sagt BRKN und lacht. Die Schublade für seinen Style müsste vermutlich erst noch gebaut werden. Aber anstatt sich über derartige Akustikarchitektur den Kopf zu zerbrechen, macht BRKN einfach, worauf er Bock hat. Egal, ob das jetzt Soul, Hip […]

Andrey Pushkarev
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Andrey Pushkarev continues to move floors with a combination of profound musical knowledge, unique professionalism, and a meticulously gathered vinyl collection. His exquisite taste, sharp technique at the decks, and uncompromising nature have won him a great deal of respect and admiration as a committed promoter of quality music. The subtle charm of his mixes […]

BRKN – Musik mit Liebe und Seele aus Berlin-Kreuzberg
Friday, July 28th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Nur ein Genre? Festgelegte BPM-Zahlen? Ein einheitliches Soundbild? Nur bestimmte Themen? Fehlanzeige. “Meine Musik? Einfach guter Geschmack”, sagt BRKN und lacht. Die Schublade für seinen Style müsste vermutlich erst noch gebaut werden. Aber anstatt sich über derartige Akustikarchitektur den Kopf zu zerbrechen, macht BRKN einfach, worauf er Bock hat. Egal, ob das jetzt Soul, Hip […]

Various – Crown Ruler Sound (Compiled by Jeremy Spellacey)
Saturday, July 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Crown Ruler Sound (Compiled by Jeremy Spellacey)

Image: 1610958 Der berühmte australische Online-Plattenladen und Party-Promotor Crown Ruler hat sich behutsam einen Namen aufgebaut und gilt unter Kennern als erste Adresse für die seltensten und exklusivsten Vinyls in Down Under. Vor kurzem wurde der Laden um ein Plattenlabel erweitert. Eine Hälfte von Crown Ruler ist Jeremy Spellacey, der einen Mix des CR-Sound für Spacetalk zusammengestellt hat, der einige seiner geheimen Waffen und ultra-raren Tracks beinhaltet. Available from 18.08.2017

Equatics – Doin’ It!!!!
Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Equatics – Doin’ It!!!!

Image: 1557993 Official reissue now on Stones Throw sublabel Now Again with liner notes, packaged in a deluxe mino LP package including thick, cardboard “tip on” sleeve with 8-page booklet! contains cover versions of Isaac Hayers and Bill Withers. Lost dark soul/funk masterpiece from Hampton, Virginia high school champions of Pepsi’s “New Sounds Of 1972” challenge.

The stories of great high school funk bands are, thanks to an abundance of reissues, commonplace. The tales of great high school soul-bands are still rare. A ballad or two on the random Douglass High School Stage Band album or Timeless Legend’s mesmerizing entry on Columbus’s 1972 1st Annual Inner City Talent Expo notwithstanding, high school bands rarely struck into the realm of “grown folks” music. Enter The Equatics and their brooding masterpiece Doin’ It!!!! If this is categorized as a “funk” album – and it was for the last ten years, by those few lucky enough to own an original copy – it holds its own. But it was as a soul band, one as inspired by the melancholic musings of Bill Withers as the psychedelic-pop of the self-proclaimed “Black Moses,” Issac Hayes – that the Equatics shone. These young souls offered world-weary, beat-heavy ballads that stand on par with any of the great independent organizations of the early 1970s. That a group of teenagers could offer such an angst-ridden plea as
that of Leo Davis’s “Merry Go Round” not only transcends the limitations that came from the band’s average age (seventeen, at the time of the album’s recording), but also the barriers the stood in front of this group of small-city hopefuls.

This official reissue was licensed by the Equatics’ bandleader, bass player Benjamin Crawford. Packaged as a “mini-LP” in a thick, “paste-on” cardboard sleeve that mimicks the original album jacket, Now-Again’s reissue of Doin’ It!!!! also comes with an eight page booklet with full liner notes, annotation, and never-before-seen photos of this most impressive organization.

KEY SELLING POINTS:
• Tough-to-beat originals and covers of the likes of Isaac Hayes and Bill Withers
• Official reissue
• Limited edition of 1000 units
• Marketed and promoted by Stones Throw
• Comes packaged in a deluxe “mini LP” package including thick, cardboard “tip-on” sleeve with an 8 page booklet

Available from 21.07.2017

Roy & Yvonne – Moving On
Friday, June 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Roy & Yvonne – Moving On

Image: 1610366 Two summers ago, Roy and Yvonne got together on a stage again
after 45 years dedicated to their personal lives away from their artistic
careers. Promoter and producer Mark Morales and Wally Caro, from
Los Angeles, were responsible for bringing Roy and Yvonne back to
where they belong, the stage, at an intimate and emotional concert
enjoyed by about a hundred people. During the following months
and until today, Roy and Yvonne continued what destiny had written
out for them since the day they were born: continue their musical
legacy worldwide. Roy and Yvonne have consolidated themselves
as generational musicians, able to adapt to changing times without
forgetting the roots or their music. They continue to please their
audiences here and there, often more committed and respectful than
their fellow islanders. No one is a prophet in his own land.
Speaking of the album, ‘Moving On’ invites us to dive deep into the
great sounds of Ska and Rocksteady music. For this occasion, Roy
and Yvonne worked with some fabulous studio musicians under the
direction of Teddy Garcia in Washington DC. Mixed by the renowned
producer Mike Mariconda, you can enjoy eight covers and two
original songs on this album that the artists have carefully selected
for your listening pleasure. The songs stand out for their intriguing
composition and arrangements adapted to Jamaican rhythms. Our
time travel commences with the first sounds in the album. The opener
shuffle ‘Surely I Love You’ is followed by ‘My Baby’ and ‘Ooh La La’.
‘My Jealous Eyes’ gives way to the lovely rocksteady ‘Someday’. ‘You
Brought Me Back To Life’ is another great Rocksteady track sung by
Yvonne Harrison. The two original songs ‘Moving On’ and ‘You Say
No’ deserve a special mention, with the former being the name giver
to the album. After this journey through different grooves, Mr. Panton
waves goodbye with the fearless reggae rhythm ‘I Dig You Baby’, he
did not have much opportunity to highlight this style in his career,
but it shows once again the courage, passion and dedication with
which he continues to exceed his fans’ expectations with new and
danceable rhythms.
‘Moving On’ is a talisman that will surely bring more and new success
to Roy and Yvonne. You hold in your hands the first studio album
recorded by the duo throughout their career. And from this day, it has
already become a classic and a collector’s item

1. Surely I Love You
2. My Baby
3. Ohh La La
4. My Jealous Eyes
5. Someday
6. You Brought Me Back to Life
7. I’m In Love With A Girl
8. Moving On
9. You Say No
10. I Dig You Baby

• ‘Moving On’ invites us to dive deep into the great sounds of Ska and Rocksteady music

• You can enjoy eight covers and two original songs on this album that the artists have carefully selected for your listening pleasure

• This independent label has been tirelessly devoted to Jamaican sounds, putting out original recordings of great artists such as Derrick Morgan, Dave Barker, Dennis Alcaponne, Laurel Aitken, The Skatalites, Roy Ellis or Ken Boothe Available from 28.07.2017

First Light (Opio & Pep Love) – Livin’ The Life / FU2 (Picture Disc)
Thursday, June 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on First Light (Opio & Pep Love) – Livin’ The Life / FU2 (Picture Disc)

Image: 1610551 Hieroglyphics Imperium and Elevation Nation present “The Hierotrope Series”, A collection of 7” 45 singles with 2 sided onrecord phonotropic artwork that comes to life, animating when viewed in a camera/phone in direct light. The music for the series will be a variety of unreleased songs from the Hiero vault, and featured singles from upcoming projects released bi-monthly. All design/animation of the series is created by Unjust via Elevation Nation, long-time Hieroglyphics collaborator. Keeping in tradition with Hieroglyphics’ tradition of innovation, landmark creative quality, and independent ideology, this series gives its listeners/viewers a truly unique bonus value, adding an extra layer of visual stimuli to the beloved physical act of playing a record. Marrying art, music, and technology, The Hierotrope Series promises to be on-going treat for Hip-Hop heads, vinyl heads, and tech-heads alike. This single in the series is First Light (Opio + Pep Love), “Livin’ the Life” b/w “FU2”, 2 previously unreleased songs that were cut from The “Fallacy Fantasy” album, produced by Unjust.

• “The Hierotrope Series” is a collection of 7” 45 singles with 2-sided on-record phonotropic artwork that comes to life when viewed in a camera/phone in direct light
• The music for the series will be a variety of unreleased songs from the Hiero vault and featured singles from upcoming projects released bi-monthly
• All design/animation of the series is created by Unjust via Elevation Nation, long-time Hieroglyphics collaborator
• Promo video of the record in action

A.Livin’ the Life
B.FU2 Available from 18.08.2017

Eliot Lipp – Skywave
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Eliot Lipp – Skywave

Image: 1610384 Austin-based musician Eliot Lipp delivers “Skywave”, an album Lipp has been working on for the past several months. With influences from sci-fi soundtracks and 70s and 80s funk, he channels a collection of weird, high-definition, melodic beats. In these nine songs Lipp feels he “might have everything I want to say in one moment.” Recreating key musical moments in a current and relatable way was the goal in producing Skywave and giving himself permission to take some risks as well.

With a versatile approach, Lipp has created opportunities to connect with some of the artists he first looked up to, playing in cities across America and abroad always returning to his hometown in the Pacific Northwest.

Collaboration plays a role in all his albums. He’s been a fan of Emancipator for a years now and was beyond excited to get his “Not Quite Awake” remix. He asked DMC champ Chris Karns to scratch on ‘Joyride’. In addition to doing cuts, Chris ended up playing live drums and layering unique vocal samples. ‘Reflection’ came from a jam session with Gibbz and Cherub in their Nashville studio.

One of Lipp’s biggest musical influences last year came from a group of producers from Seattle that call themselves Fish Tank Friends. Most of them had a hand in the early stages of ‘Spiders’.

With monthly trips planned from Texas back to Washington, he anticipates more evenings surrounded by friends, fans, and new listeners where he brings everyone together through the touch of a button.

1. I Told Ya
2. Sun Comes Out
3. Not Quite Awake (Emancipator Remix)
4. Joyride
5. Re?ection
6. Tides
7. Spiders
8. Advance
9. Rise Fall Rise

• Eliot Lipp’s follow up to his 2016 album “Come To Life,” featuring a remix from Emancipator and collaborations with Cherub and Gibbz
• Press and radio promo for the album will be handled by Terrorbird
• With in?uences from sci-f soundtracks and 70s and 80s funk, he channels a collection of weird, high-defnition, melodic beats Available from 21.07.2017

Profusion – Where Do I Begin
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Profusion – Where Do I Begin

Profusion (noun): an abundance of something rich – The sonic partnership of K15 and Emeson originated in the days of MySpace. A future of combining their skills was inevitable, and now in 2017, it’s time to unleash their debut studio album into the et…

Various – Best of Down & Wired 3
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Best of Down & Wired 3

Image: 1610096 Get ready for two brand-spanking new chapters in Perfect Toy’s high octane, Down & Wired series of garage-mod-soul nuggets because the label has once again persuaded the man responsible for Volumes 1 and 2 – crate digger par excellence ‘Chan The Man’ – to unearth even more gems from his record collection!

The goodness kicks off with The Revival’s virtually unknown, but irresistible, blues-funk head nodder I Chose To Sing The Blues followed by Take 5+2’s stank slice of fuzz-heavy rnb, Motherless Child, originally (not to mention bizarrely) released on an EP handed out as a election promo giveaway for a man who later became mayor of Bonn – Hans Daniels of Germany’s Conservative party, the CDU. Elsewhere, Heather Black delivers a blisteringly fast version of Third Avenue Blues Band’s Come And Get It while The Turks provide an equally scorching take on Hendrix’s Fire. The covers (and the treats) continue with teenage band The Aftermath’s heavy take on Junior Wells’ Messing With The Kid and Hunger’s Brian Auger-ish Mind Machine. Elsewhere, Pump as well as the Sancho Brothers deliver two solid freaked-out instrumentals.

This is a super-hot collection of vintage rarities (accompanied by detailed liner notes and never-before-seen photos of the artists!) imbued with all the glorious imperfections of the golden age of the analogue era that artists now often strive so hard to recreate. Little surprise then that these cuts should sound so fresh today. Available on vinyl LP, CD and digital download.

Tracklisting
1. The Revival – I Chose to Sing the Blues
2. Take 5+2 – Motherless Child
3. Heather Black – Come on and Get It
4. The Turks – Fire
5. The Satans – Harlem Shuffle
6. The Aftermath – Messin’ with the Kid
7. Hunger – Mind Machine
8. Noel Owen – Run to Mama Blues
9. The Sancho Bros. Band – Red Wine
10. Saints & Sinners – Amor
11. Pump – Pappy’s Rug
Available from 23.06.2017

Various – Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht (2LP)
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht (2LP)

Image: 1610011 The Numero Group’s dive into the deep end of America’s private press continues. Having battled the witches and wizards of Darkscorch, the outlaws of Cosmic Americana, and traveled alongside Ladies From the Canyon and their Lonesome Heroes, it’s time to take it easy.

With pop music’s volume knob adjusted for deflation in the early ‘70s, softness begat smoothness. Crewmen arrived from the worlds of jazz, folk, rock, and soul, all peddling a product that was sincere, leisurely, and lofty. A sound that was buoyant, crisp, defined. Sometimes classified as West Coast—and, later, Yacht Rock—the compass points of our Private Yacht expedition are the blue-eyed harmonies of Hall and Oates, the cocaine-dusted Fender Rhodes of Michael McDonald, and the combover strums of James Taylor. Here, at the glassy apex of rock’s softer side, 20 strong swimmers are gathered together. An album for both relaxation and reflection, where listeners can enjoy the present, a cool breeze, and a taste of the good life.

Track Listing
A
1. Jim Spencer – Wrap Myself Up In Your Love
2. Michael Miglio – Never Gonna Let You Go
3. Ned Doheny – Before I Thrill Again (Demo)
4. Johnny Gamboa – That Good Old Feeling Back Again
5. Solenoid – Acquaintances (Promo Version)
B
1. Steps – Your Burning Love
2. Jeff Harrington – Kristi
3. Paul Skyland – Give Me Your Love
4. Rob Galbraith – Tell Me With Your Eyes (Just Be You)
5. Calvin Johnson – Dance Of Love
C
1. Salty Miller – One More Time
2. Canyon – Country Lovin’
3. A.J. Loria – Please Analyze
4. Gary Marks – Sailing
5. Country Comfort – To Be Lonely
D
1. Madness – Madam Operator
2. Chuck Senrick – Don’t Be So Nice
3. Breathers – Don’t It Make You Feel
4. Damon Danielson – How Long Has It Been
5. Rudy Norman – Back To The Streets Available from 16.06.2017

Various – Praise Poems Vol.5 (2LP+MP3)
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Praise Poems Vol.5 (2LP+MP3)

Running a record label offers adiversified and challenging field of activity. This is particularly true when speaking of tiny independent re-issue labels where one, two or three guys have to take care of everything. Tracking down musicians, collecting…

Pasteur Lappe – Na Man Pass Man
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pasteur Lappe – Na Man Pass Man

Following on from the Pasteur Lappe compilation “African Funk Experimentals” LP, we are really pleased to be re-visiting Pasteur with a repress of his second album from 1979, “Na Man Pass Man”. The story begins in the 60s with a charming 19 year old N…

Culture – Two Sevens Clash (3LP/40th Anniversary Edition)
Friday, April 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Culture – Two Sevens Clash (3LP/40th Anniversary Edition)

Image: 1609616 The 40th anniversary edition of the roots reggae classic “Two Sevens Clash” album celebrating the period of 1977 to 2017 is available as a great 2CD-package and also as 3LP-Vinyl set with additional 12Inch-single disco mixes, deejay cuts, dub versions – all state-of-the-art remastered by Pete Norman at Finyl Tweek. “Two Sevens Clash” from Culture was the must-have reggae accessory for any self-respecting music fan back in that long hot summer of 1977. Loaded up with hit anthems like “See Them A Come”, “I Am Not Ashamed”, “Natty Dread Taking Over” and the prophetic title track, “Two Sevens Clash” remains the defining album statement of the year that reggae crossed over – get ready to ride this lion to Zion!

Packaging:
2CD in a 4-panel digipak with sticker, 8-page booklet and sleeve notes by Don Letts
3LP in a 6mm spine jacket and full colour printed inner sleeves with liner notes

C r e d i t s
Bass: Lloyd Parks
Drums: Sly Dunbar
Guitar: Eric “Bingy Bunny” Lamont, Lennox Gordon, Robbie Shakespeare
Keyboards: Franklyn “Bubbler” Waul, Harold Butler, Errol Nelson
Percussion: Uziah “Sticky” Thompson
Tenor Saxophone: Tommy McCook
Alto Saxophone: Herman Marquis
Trombone: Vin Gordon
Trumpet: Bobby Ellis
Lead Vocals: Joseph Hill
Harmony Vocals: Albert Walker, Kenneth Dayes
Produced, arranged and mixed by Errol Thompson and Joe Gibbs
Recorded at Joe Gibbs Recording Studio, Kingston Jamaica.

Q u o t e s

“One of the 50 coolest records ever made” (Rolling Stone)

“Their message? The Unforgotten suffering of their Ancestors as they toiled, in blood sweat and tears only to perish. Their jubilation ? The Realisation that for this inhuman act, someday, Babylon will pay” (Joe Gibbs)

“There has been no other artist in history of reggae that has written so much upliftings songs using only major chord progressions…” (David Hinds / Steel Pulse)

“Culture has made his mark. It was a good mark, a firm mark. When people say reggae music, they will always think of Culture. Culture’s musical philosophy will live on” (Winston Rodney / Burning Spear)

“From the time we walked into studio it was a special session…whenever Joseph (Hill) came into Gibbo’s studio it was special. When we play with him it was just like magic” (Sly Dunbar)

“The omniously foreshadowed title track, and its surrounding brethren, carry their redemptive air lightly, the skip of skittering rhythms and humorous asides from the organ framing Culture’s triparite harmony, Hill rough-edged, the backgrounds flirting with the falsetto” (Lenny Kaye)

“This album ranks as one of the greatest reggae albums ever recorded. It still sounds as fresh today as it did when I first heard it” (Mick Hucknall / Simply Red)

The rumour for the Culture song “Two Sevens Clash” and The Clash:
“It was Paul Simenon who suggested calling the band the Clash. The name derives from a reggae track released in Jamaica in 1976 by Culture called “Two Sevens Clash” (quote from the book by Jon Stratton “Jewish Identity In Western Pop Culture” / chapter “Bernie Rhodes and Displaced Apocalypse”)

Tracklisting
2CD-Digipak
CD1
1. Calling Rasta For I
2. I’m Alone In The Wilderness
3. Pirate Days
4. Two Sevens Clash
5. I’m Not Ashamed
6. Get Ready To Ride The Lion To Zion
7. Black Starliner Must Come
8. Jah Pretty Face
9. See Them A Come
10. Natty Dread Taking Over
CD2
1. Two Sevens Clash / Prophecy Reveal (12″ Mix) – Culture feat. Mr Bojangles
2. Fulfillment – The Mighty Two
3. I’m Not Ashamed / Under Tight Wraps (12″ Mix) – Culture feat. I-Roy
4. I’m Not Ashamed Version – The Mighty Two
5. See Them A Come / Mask Mi Mask (12″ Mix) – Culture feat. Prince Weedy
6. Informer – Culture
7. Informer Version – The Mighty Two
8. State Of Emergency – Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
9. Natty Pass His GCE – Shorty The President
10. Natty Dread Taking Over / Invasion (12″ Mix) – Culture feat. I Roy
11. Natty Gone Clear – Joe Gibbs & The Professionals

3LP-Vinyl
Side One
A1. Calling Rasta For I
A2. I’m Alone In The Wilderness
A3. Pirate Days
A4. Two Sevens Clash
A5. I’m Not Ashamed
Side Two
B1. Get Ready To Ride The Lion To Zion
B2. Black Starliner Must Come
B3. Jah Pretty Face
B4. See Them A Come
B5. Natty Dread Taking Over
Side Three
C1. Two Sevens Clash / Prophecy Reveal (12″ Mix) – Culture & Mr Bojangles
C2. Fulfillment – The Mighty Two
Side Four
D1. I’m Not Ashamed / Under Tight Wraps (12″ Mix) – Culture & I-Roy
D2. I’m Not Ashamed Version – The Mighty Two
Side Five
E1. See Them A Come / Mask Mi Mask (12″ Mix) – Culture & Prince Weedy
E2. Informer – Culture
E3. Informer Version – The Mighty Two
E4. State Of Emergency – Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
E5. Natty Pass His GCE – Shorty The President
Side Six
F1. Natty Dread Taking Over / Invasion (12″ Mix) – Culture & I Roy
F2. Natty Gone Clear – Joe Gibbs & The Professionals

MARKETING
“Two Sevens Clash” a film by Don Letts featuring footage of Culture in London to be aired by SkyArts in 2017.
Print advertising: Reggae Vibes (FR), Echoes (GB), Riddim (DE/AT/CH), Piranha (DE)
Web banner: Reggae.be (BE), Vibes FM (GB) (both 4-weeks commencing week of release)
Social media: Facebook campaign commencing week of release.
PROMOTION
Reviews / interviews targeted in print media: Songlines Magazine (GB), Echoes (GB), MOJO (GB), Guardian Newspaper (GB), Reggae Vibes (FR), Q Magazine (GB), Piranha Magazine (DE), The Voice (GB), The Wire (GB), Riddim Magazine (DE/AT/CH).
Online media: Party Time (FR), Reggaemani (SE), Gaffa.dk (DK), Hot MC (IT) / Reggaeville (WORLDWIDE) / Reggae Portugal (PT) / Reggae.be (BE) / Reggae-vibe.com (NL) / World A Reggae (NL).
Radio / Specialized shows: BBC 1Xtra David Rodigan / BBC Radio Lancashire / BBC Radio Leicester / BBC Radio 6 / BBC Radio Bristol /Black Echoes (Dublin) / BCFM (Bristol) / Colourful Radio (London) / Conscious Radio (London) / Mi-Soul (London) / Mouv’ (France) / New Style (Birmingham) / Peace FM (Manchester) / RTS Radio (Switzerland) / Ujima Radio (Bristol) / Kemet Radio (Nottingham) / Soho Radio (London)
Social media: (Facebook, Twitter, Shazam, Instagram, iTunes) commencing week of release. Available from 26.05.2017

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