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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 …
Tuesday, March 9th, 2004 | Posted in News | Comments Off on PROMOE the long distance runner …

Hip Hop

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 08.12.2017

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

Boshi San – Reicher Mann (2LP+CD)
Friday, April 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Boshi San – Reicher Mann (2LP+CD)

Image: 1609669 Unterschätze nie die, die still sind.

Auf den ersten Blick ein leiser Mann, doch gib Boshi San ein Mic und du begreifst es.
Seine Musik inspiriert durch die Schritte, die er geht und die Einflüsse, die ihm auf seiner Reise begegnen. Mal geht es hoch hinaus, dann wacht er am nächsten Morgen wieder am Boden auf. Durch Höhen und Tiefen, Upgrades und Abwege. Hauptsache nicht aus der Bahn werfen lassen. Über 30 und immer noch ein Rapkid, das genau weiß, was es will.

Jeder hat seine eigenen Ziele und Herangehensweisen – gut so, denn Uniformen gibt es genug. Umso angenehmer, mal wieder jemandem zuzuhören, der bewusst lebt und Ahnung davon hat, wer er sein will. Jemand, der mit sich selbst im Reinen ist und weiß, worauf es ankommt. Nämlich auf das, was du dir mit diesen bunten Scheinen nicht kaufen kannst. Die Selbstreflexion macht ihn zum reichen Mann – auch wenn er sich davon nichts leisten kann. Bescheiden bleiben lautet die Devise.

Aber was kann sich ein Mcee eigentlich mehr wünschen, als ein Album, das fast durchgängig von Glammerlicious produziert wurde (Track 7 & 8: Herr Minute)? Vielleicht einen Freundeskreis aus talentierten Musikern, die eine Zusammenarbeit nicht als Promo Move, sondern als eine gute gemeinsame Zeit im Studio sehen? Die zwei Hauptakteure bekommen auf ein „Reicher Mann“ Unterstützung von Sara Lugo, David Pe, Wasi, Roger Rekless, Minute, Ebow, Get Open, Lux, Malarchi, Sujazz und SVB. Aber ganz abgesehen von der unantastbaren Produktion und den dopen Featuregästen – wahrscheinlich hätte der ein oder andere vor allem gerne etwas von dieser smoothen Art und Weise ab wie Boshi San über Glams Instrumentals flowt.

Musikalisch gesehen liegen der Main Concept-Produzent und der facettenreiche Rapper auf einer Wellenlänge. Mal jazzig, mal verdammt soulful, mal straightester Rap – ein rundes Ding, das locker Live-Hymnen und R’n’B-Einflüsse mit tiefen Lyrics vereint. Ein Album, das pusht und sich gut anfühlt. Positive Vibes für positive Menschen, die nicht stehen bleiben, bis sie mit den Händen den Horizont berühren. Seid ihr down? Dann hebt die Pfoten hoch!

Tracklisting:

01. S-A-N (Intro)
02. Wieder Bock
03. Reicher Mann
04. Boshi-Sound feat. Sara Lugo
05. Telegramm feat. David Pe
06. Sag’s weiter feat. Roger Rekless & Wasi
07. Rapkid feat. Herr Minute
08. Cassius Clay feat. Ebow
09. T.I.R.O. (Time is running out) feat. Get Open
10. Ängstlicher Adler
11. Raubtier feat. Lux
12. Einerlei
13. Bereit
14. Fly
15. Aufbruch feat. Malarchi & SuJazz
16. Der Lauf
17. Radio Rise feat. SvB
18. Wie ein Traum Available from 23.06.2017

The Congos – Heart Of The Congos (3LP/40th Anniversary Edition)
Friday, April 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Congos – Heart Of The Congos (3LP/40th Anniversary Edition)

Image: 1609331 The ultimate edition of the Roots Reggae masterpiece release 1977-2017! The album classic was originally issued in 1977 in Jamaica only and 20 years later in 1997 released by the Blood & Fire label as the outstanding but now deleted “Heart Of The Congos”. VP Records’ sub-label 17 North Parade has released now the definitive 2017 re-mastered 3LP deluxe edition put together with both respect and gratitude to that illustrious antecedent (also available as 3CD-set incl. the ultrarare original LP mix). This new 3LP-Vinyl-set is based on the more well-known mix and master from the Blood & Fire re-release, plus dubs, disco mixes, seven and twelve inch versions and has with “Don’t Blame It On I” an overlooked previously unreleased track unearthed. The 3LP-Vinyl was state-of the-art re-mastered again by Kevin Metcalfe and comes in a 6mm spine jacket sleeve with full colour printed illustrated inner sleeves and the liner notes by Noel Hawks. Stickered with the quote: “The best roots reggae album ever…” (Lloyd Bradley)

3LP-Vinyl
A1. Fisherman
A2. Congoman
A3. Open Up The Gate
A4. Children Crying
B1. La La Bam-Bam
B2. Can’t Come In
B3. Sodom And Gomorrow
B4. The Wrong Thing
C1. Ark Of The Covenant
C2. Solid Foundation
C3. Don’t Blame It On I
C4. At The Feast
D1. Neckodeemus
D2. Solid Foundation (Disco Cork Mix)
D3. Foundation Dub
E1. Congoman (12Inch Mix)
E2. Congoman Chant
F1. Bring The Mackaback
F2. Fisherman Dub
F3. Noah Sugar Pan

CREDITS
Bass: Boris Gardiner, Geoffrey Chung (Track 1), Winston ‘Brubeck’ Wright (Track 2)
Drums: Mikey ‘Boo’ Richards, Lowell ‘Sly’ Dunbar, Paul Douglas (Track 1)
Lead Guitar: Ernest Ranglin
Rhythm Guitar: Robert ‘Billy’ Johnson
Organ: Winston ‘Brubeck’ Wright
Piano: Keith Stewart
Percussion: Lee Perry, Noel ‘Skully’ Simms, Uziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson
Backing Vocals: Watty ‘King’ Burnett, The Meditations, Candy McKenzie (Track 4), Barry Llewellyn, Earl Morgan, Gregory Isaacs (all Track 5)
Written by Cedric Myton, Roydel Johnson, Lee Perry
Produced by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and The Congos
Recorded in The Black Ark

MARKETING
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 19.05.2017

The Como Mamas – Move Upstairs (LP+MP3)
Friday, April 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Como Mamas – Move Upstairs (LP+MP3)

Image: 1609173 With their first two Daptone albums – Get an Understanding, and as featured singers on Como Now – THE COMO MAMAS established themselves as three of the strongest voices in gospel music today.

In December of 2015, they cemented that reputation by taking their first trip from their home in Como, MS up to Harlem, NY to crush the Apollo Theater as part of the Daptone Super Soul Revue. Taking full advantage of their presence in town, the Daptone crew brought ESTER MAE WILBOURN, DELLA DANIELS, and ANGELIA TAYLOR into the House of Soul the week after the show to join forces for the first time with the musicians and studio that has defined their label’s sound. JIMMY HILL, THOMAS BRENNECK, HOMER STEINWEISS, and BOSCO MANN, all stalwarts of the Daptone stable, came together as “The Glorifiers Band,” to put down a churning musical foundation for these amazing singers. The results are some of the heaviest tracks that Daptone has cut to date. If you don’t like raw, soulful gospel music, you’re really gonna hate this one. Move Upstairs is a REAL mother!

KEY MARKETING POINTS:
• Featuring: Jimmy Hill (Wilson Pickett, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens,) Thomas Brenneck (Menahan Street Band, Budos Band, Charles Bradley,) Homer Steinweiss (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Menahan Street Band, Charles Bradley,) and Bosco Mann (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens.)
• 7″ single for “Move Upstairs” b/w “Count Your Blessings” for release on April 7th, 2017.
• Publicity by Stephanie Weiss.
• Radio Campaign by Dave Sanford, Distiller Promo.
• Posters and play copies available.

TRACKLISTING:
MOVE UPSTAIRS
OUT OF THE WILDERNESS
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
HE’S CALLING ME
99 AND A HALF WON’T DO
ALMIGHTY GOD MIGHTY GOD
I CAN’T THANK HIM ENOUGH
SO GOOD TO ME
GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH
HE’S MINE
I KNOW I’VE BEEN CHANGED Available from 19.05.2017

The Como Mamas – Move Upstairs
Friday, April 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Como Mamas – Move Upstairs

Image: 1609172 With their first two Daptone albums – Get an Understanding, and as featured singers on Como Now – THE COMO MAMAS established themselves as three of the strongest voices in gospel music today.

In December of 2015, they cemented that reputation by taking their first trip from their home in Como, MS up to Harlem, NY to crush the Apollo Theater as part of the Daptone Super Soul Revue. Taking full advantage of their presence in town, the Daptone crew brought ESTER MAE WILBOURN, DELLA DANIELS, and ANGELIA TAYLOR into the House of Soul the week after the show to join forces for the first time with the musicians and studio that has defined their label’s sound. JIMMY HILL, THOMAS BRENNECK, HOMER STEINWEISS, and BOSCO MANN, all stalwarts of the Daptone stable, came together as “The Glorifiers Band,” to put down a churning musical foundation for these amazing singers. The results are some of the heaviest tracks that Daptone has cut to date. If you don’t like raw, soulful gospel music, you’re really gonna hate this one. Move Upstairs is a REAL mother!

KEY MARKETING POINTS:
• Featuring: Jimmy Hill (Wilson Pickett, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens,) Thomas Brenneck (Menahan Street Band, Budos Band, Charles Bradley,) Homer Steinweiss (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Menahan Street Band, Charles Bradley,) and Bosco Mann (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens.)
• 7″ single for “Move Upstairs” b/w “Count Your Blessings” for release on April 7th, 2017.
• Publicity by Stephanie Weiss.
• Radio Campaign by Dave Sanford, Distiller Promo.
• Posters and play copies available. Available from 19.05.2017

Saga & Thelonious Martin – Molotov
Friday, March 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Saga & Thelonious Martin – Molotov

Image: 1609349 ‘Molotov’ represents the best elements of its creators, Brooklyn rapper, Saga and Chicago producer, Thelonious Martin. The rhymes are potent and powerful, taking down everyone from cynics to haters, wack emcees, and inner demons. And the instrumentals serve to bring those words to life by way of head-nodding percussion, and slick sample flips.

Because it was crafted by one rapper and one producer, ‘Molotov’ is especially effective, and have made it clear why their approach works so well, especially as a duo. The 12 tracks move in and out of each other seamlessly, while tackling a variety of sounds and subject matter, all with an effective supporting cast of notable features. Like the one-two punch of the straight-up banger “Karma,” which features a fired-up Freddie Gibbs, and the Fashawn-assisted lead single, “Yesterday.”

“With Molotov, it was about maintaining the level of quality I’m known for,” the producer says, noting that it all started with the two sending tracks back and forth. “As the project was coming along, we started building the proper chemistry to make this special.”

Saga agreed, calling the project’s conception “organic.” It was that unrestrained vibe that he says “allowed me to be free with my thought process, and write for the moment.” As a result, he was able to explore new and intriguing ideas, like how “chaos is the end result of a long process of inner discontent within our own lives.” And you can hear him eloquently rhyme about this subject on “Misunderstood,” his favorite cut on the 12 track LP.

And the music doesn’t stop with ‘Molotov’’s release in February. The album will also be available on vinyl in April, courtesy of Coalmine Records. This falls prior to the duo’s departure for Europe, where they will embark on a multi-city tour in promotion for the LP, in late May/early June.

https://soundcloud.com/saga718/sets/saga-thelonious-martin-molotov

Tracklist:
01. Intro
02. Mongolian Cashmere
03. Yesterday (feat. Fashawn)
04. Misunderstood
05. Karma (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
06. Where We Live (Brooklyn)
07. Out There
08. Never Mind (feat. The Mind)
09. Not Today
10. All I Know (feat. Rapper Big Pooh)
11. They Don’t Know
12. Outro

Twitter:
• Saga 718: twitter.com/Saga718
• King Thelonious: twitter.com/KingThelonious

Saga Online:
• Web: www.saga718.com
• Instagram: instagram.com/saga718
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/saga718music

Thelonious Martin Online:
• Web: www.thelonious.tv
• Instagram: www.instagram.com/kingthelonious
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelonious.martin
Available from 05.05.2017

Willie Bobo – Always There / Always There (Kon Remix)
Friday, February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Willie Bobo – Always There / Always There (Kon Remix)

Image: 1608697 In 1978, famed Latin Jazz percussionist Willie Bobo released
a promo-only 12” single featuring a “Special Disco Version” of
“Always There”, a cut from his most recent album Hell of An Act To
Follow. Pressed in extremely limited quantities and never available
commercially, this 12” quickly became a highly sought-after rarity
for DJs and collectors. Now, this lost treasure is back in print while
supplies last, complete with an exclusive a new multitrack edit of
“Always There” from DJ / crate-digger extraordinaire Kon (BBE / Soul
Clap) on the B-side. Released in partnership with the Bobo family,
this official pressing revisits a dance?oor-ready masterpiece.

Side A.
Always There (Original)
Side B.
Always There (Kon’s Kick The Bobo Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/naturesounds/always-there-kon-remix Available from 10.03.2017

Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s – Blow Your Head / Same Beat (Pt.1)
Friday, January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s – Blow Your Head / Same Beat (Pt.1)

Image: 1608462 Reissue of promo only 7″ 45 from the The JB’s album Damn Right I am Somebody. Orders ASAP please – limited numbers as ever.

A-Side – ‘Blow Your Head’

One of the greatest funk tracks of all time and extremely rare on 7″. The combination of neck snapping uptempo breakbeat and crazy synth makes this an instantly recognisable classic. It’s also one of the most sampled tracks of all time most notably by Public Enemy, De La Soul, Aaliyah, Bomb The Bass and DJ Zinc.

B-Side – ‘Same Beat’

Downtempo heavy funk instrumental showcasing the JB’s sound at its best. Syncopated drums, mellow guitar and horns augmented with a rhythmic chant. Tracks like this defined the sound of “solid funk” for all time.
Available from 10.02.2017

Christopher Martin
Monday, January 23rd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Artists, Magazine | Comments Off on Christopher Martin

Jamaica is a special country when it comes to talent, like the many rivers that run through the green island so does talent gush from its inner communities and towns. One such talent that has carved out a niche for himself is Christopher Martin. Think swagger, sex appeal and tremendous talent. Among his contemporaries there […]

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