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B-Tight – Retro (Raid Records)
Friday, January 9th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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B-Tight ist zurück – hart, ohne Blatt vor dem Mund, aber immer mit einem frechen Grinsen in der Fresse. Featuring Sido, Frauenarzt, Tony D, Eko Fresh, Vokalmatador, MC Bogy, u.v.a.

2CD BT0901P / CD BT0901A / LP+CD BT0901V
Release: 09-01-15
VP Records is pleased to announce the welcoming of Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer Jah9 to the family
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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For those who’ve been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount a resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9 is a figure of revelation and deliverance. She first caught the attention of many with the release of her lilting video for “Avocado.” When heard in the full flower of older songs such as “Steamers A Bubble,” “Jungle” and […]

Vidal Benjamin presents “Disco Sympathie” on Versatile Records
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 | Tags: ,
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This December, the compilation Disco Sympathie will be released on Versatile, it’s author is Vidal Benjamin, an outstanding DJ/digger, considered by his pals as one of the most brilliant in his category, and that says a lot! On this Disco Sympathie, Vidal Benjamin makes us rediscover the sound that was so characteristic of a certain […]

Strictly The Best 50 is a double shot of lover’s rock and singers hits celebrating the 35th anniversary of VP Records in the US
Thursday, November 27th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Strictly the Best is the annual collection of breaking tracks and hottest hits on the reggae scene. STB 50 is a double shot of lover’s rock and singers hits celebrating the 35th anniversary of VP Records in the US with 16 current hits and a second disc with 12 reggae classics from 1979 to the […]

VP Records proudly presents the latest edition to the “Reggae Legends” series showcasing the work of Dennis Brown and friends
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Four original albums collected together in reproduction sleeves showcasing the Crown Prince of Reggaes most successful team ups with his superstar brethren. Two hit Gussie Clarke albums in combination with Gregory Isaacs (‘Judge Not’ and ‘No Contest’), a three the hard way Music Works showdown with Freddie McGregor and Cocoa Tea (‘Legit’) plus a red hot […]

VP Records presents a brand new CD/DVD collection for all fans of Morgan Heritage …
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Since their debut album for VP Records, “Protect Us Jah”, in 1997 Morgan Heritage has shined as one of reggae’s best bands. The accomplishments of the group and individual members are formidable, as songwriters, producers and performers they have grown a devoted fanbase. This family of talented performers has graced the music with eight studio […]

A killer afrobeat gem by Nicholas Addo-Nettey of Fela’s Africa 70 on Daptone Records …
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,
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Nicholas Addo-Nettey was born in Accra, Ghana on August 7th, 1954. In the 60’s, the Ghanaian youth were crazy about American soul music, and Nicholas was no exception to the rule. James Brown and Otis Redding were his idols and by the age of 18 he started to perform himself. Shortly after, fellow musician Joe […]

Der Berliner Rapper B-Tight hat sein neues Album für Januar 2015 angekündigt
Monday, December 15th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Irgendwie hat er uns doch gefehlt. B-Tight, der kompromiss-, aber nie humorlose Rapper. Der sich die Frechheit herausnimmt, Dinge zu sagen, die zwar jeder denkt, aber sich keiner sonst zu sagen traut. Sechs Jahre ist es nun her, dass uns B-Tight mit seinem letzten Rapalbum erfreut hat. Im Januar 2015 gibt B-Tight es uns “Retro”. […]

Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü (3CD+Book)
Friday, September 29th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü (3CD+Book)

Image: 1611804 Das Team von Numero Group tut Punkrock-Fans im November einen sehr großen Gefallen. Dann veröffentlicht das Label ein Box-Set mit alten Songs von Hüsker Dü. Auf “Savage Young Dü” finden sich alle Songs, die die Band zwischen 1979 und 1982 aufgenommen hat, insgesamt knapp 70 Songs, 47 davon waren bislang unveröffentlicht. Außerdem erscheint dazu auch ein 144-seitiges Booklet, das die Geschichte und Bedeutung der Band ausleuchtet. Numero Group hat sich die Mühe gemacht, den besten Sound aus den schrammeligen alten Aufnahmen zu holen, die im Original auf SST Records erschienen sind. Damals hatte die Band kein Geld, sich um einen besseren Sound zu kümmern. Hüsker-Dü-Bassist Greg Norton: “Hearing this stuff for the first time in a couple of decades, I [was] realizing the historical significance of what we were doing at the time”, erklärt er. “Of course, at the time, we were a bunch of kids playing rock ‘n’ roll in the basement. But the potential that Hüsker had showed right out of the gate.”

“We created this blistering wall of sound – bright white radio static with occasional melody.” – Bob Mould
“It was like rolling down a hill aware of the bumps, but focusing on blowing people’s minds and completely wearing out the audience.” – Grant Hart
“We didn’t know what hardcore was. We just got up there and played real fast and loud.” – Greg Norton
Package details:

– Formate: 3CDs / Tip on jackets / 144-page hardcover book / Linen-finished slipcase / 69 songs, 47 previously unissued / Flyerography / 40 previously unpublished photographs / 12,000 word essay by Erin Osmon / Sessionography by Paul Hilcoff / Remastered from the original analog tapes

Tracklisting: CD1 1. Do You Remember? 2. Sore Eyes 3. Can’t See You Anymore 4. Picture Of You 5. The Truth Hurts 6. Do The Bee 7. Nuclear Nightmare 8. All I’ve Got To Lose Is You 9. Chinese Rocks 10. Uncle Ron 11. Data Control 12. Insects Rule The World 13. You’re Too Obtuse 14. Outside 15. Sexual Economics 16. What Went Wrong? 17. Statues 18. Amusement 19. Writer’s Cramp 20. Let’s Go Die 21. Walk With The Wounded 22. Industrial Grocery Store / CD2 1. Drug Party 2. Call On Me 3. Termination 4. I’m Tired Of Doing Things 5. Stick It To Me 6. Wheels 7. All Tensed Up 8. Don’t Try To Call 9. I’m Not Interested 10. Guns At My School 11. Push The Button 12. Gilligan’s Island 13. MTC 14. Don’t Have A Life 15. You’re Naive 16. Strange Week 17. Big Sky 18. Ultracore 19. Let’s Go Die 20. Won’t Say A Word 21. Don’t Try It 22. Private Hell 23. Diane 24. Sex Dolls / CD3 1. In A Free Land 2. What Do I Want? 3. M.I.C. 4. Target 5. Signals From Above 6. From The Gut 7. Blah, Blah, Blah 8. Punch Drunk 9. Bricklayer 10. Afraid Of Being Wrong 11. Sunshine Superman 12. Signals From Above 13. Everything Falls Apart 14. Wheels 15. Target 16. Obnoxious 17. Gravity 18. Do You Remember? 19. Travel In Opposite Car 20. It’s Not Funny Anymore 21. Real World 22. Out On A Limb 23. It’s Not Fair Available from 15.12.2017

Various – 50AN
Friday, August 25th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – 50AN

Image: 1611588 Atomnation celebrates its 50th release with a Various Artists compilation featuring tracks from Applescal, Weval, Gidge, David Douglas, Sau Poler and more.

01. Polynation – Tikken
02. Portable Sunsets – If
03. Sau Poler – Elsus
04. Tunnelvisions – Alhambra
05. David Douglas – Liquid Love
06. Axefield – A Good Night Just Outside Of Bamako
07. Beacon – You’re Wondering (Applescal Guitar Dub)
08. Weval – Ways To Go (Alternative Version)
09. Koett – No Sooner Than They Will Come
10. Olaf Stuut – Suspended Animation
11. Gidge – Huldra (Other Version)

Atomnation celebrates its 50th release with a Various Artists compilation featuring new work of about all the artists it worked with in the past. Launched in 2012 as a Bandcamp-only imprint, the label quickly made a name in the underground scene by introducing stunning titles from its front men Applescal and newly born acts such as Weval, Gidge, David Douglas and Sau Poler. Over the years the artist roster slowly grew – Polynation, Olaf Stuut, Portable Sunsets and Koett joined the club. Latest signings Tunnelvisions & Axefield appear on the compilation as well.
Atomnation released all kinds of records, mostly by bringing new talent to the front – not afraid to release unknown, different music. With its titles crossing the ambient, electronica and house genres, they found support by tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, XLR8R, Laurent Garnier, Dixon, Lauren Laverne and P4k just to mention a few. This Various Artist album is no different to what the label did in the past: it’s a milestone that simply represents everything it has built from day one.
Available from 06.10.2017

Washed Out – Mister Mellow
Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Washed Out – Mister Mellow

Image: 1610780 Mister Mellow moves further away from the synthesizer-heavy
sounds of the recent Washed Out releases and more band-driven
sound of his work on iconic labels Sub Pop in America, and Domino
in Europe. On Mister Mellow, Greene draws from the experimental
collage techniques of musique concrète and plunderphonics
artists such as The Residents. Combining styles as diverse as
free jazz, house, hip-hop and psych together with interlude-esque
voiceover samples, often pulled from anonymous YouTube vlogs,
he creates a busy, chaotic, and caricaturish mix that mirrors the
claustrophobic, hyper-stimulated psyche so familiar to young adults.
As he continues to carve out his innovative sonic identity,
influenced by the world around him but unafraid to buck trends,
it’s fitting that Greene has partnered with legendary hip hop label
Stones Throw Records, long a home for beat-loving musical
rebels. His approach to releasing music is every bit as individual,
too: in an environment where compiling singles into an album
format or working with a single video director are the norm,
Greene has chosen to commission eleven different artists to
bring the visual aspect of his fully-realised album project to life.
On Mister Mellow, Washed Out steers clear of emotion to empathise
with the minutiae of the world around him. “I’ve been much less
interested in sentimentality and emotion for the past couple of years,”
says Greene, “In some ways, I think its a reaction against getting
older and having more responsibilities. Maybe I’m just nostalgic for
a time in my life where I could just relax and block out the world for
a moment.” Though Mister Mellow is an intensely personal album,
its ideas and observations speak to the lived experience of so many
young adults, an experience that we come to see as both funny
and sad.

1. Title Card
2. Burn Out Blues
3. Time Off
4. Floating By
5. I’ve Been Daydreaming My Entire Life
6. Hard To Say Goodbye 7
7. Down And Out
8. Instant Calm
9. Zonked
10. Get Lost
11. Easy Does It
12. Million Miles Away Available from 25.08.2017

Mike City – The Feel Good Agenda Vol. 1
Friday, May 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mike City – The Feel Good Agenda Vol. 1

Image: 1609930 Featuring a host of luminaries from the world of Soul &
R&B, chart-topping songwriter and award winning
producer Mike City presents new album ‘The Feel Good
Agenda Vol.1’.
Earning his big break back in the year 2000 as writer and
producer of a #1 hit in the form of ‘I Wish’ performed by
Carl Thomas, Mike went on to work with Brandy, Rihanna,
Angie Stone and Jamie Foxx as well as penning Sunshine
Anderson’s smash hit ‘Heard It All Before’. Renowned for
his deeply rooted, melodic production style and
distinctive vocal arrangements, Mike City consistently
fnds himself in-demand from A-list hip hop, R&B and pop
artists, as well as fnding favor in dance music circles
during recent years. Placing him inside their ‘Top 100
Soulful House Artists of 2016’, Traxsource declared Mike
“one of the soulful scene’s most in-demand producers,
singers and songwriters” and “a name synonymous with
quality music, no matter the genre”.
A highly accomplished vocalist in his own right, ‘The Feel
Good Agenda Vol.1’ sees Mike take centre stage,
showcasing a selection of previously unreleased songs
with a little help from his friends. Best described as R&Binfused dance music, the album boasts cameo vocal
appearances from leading lights of the urban music scene
including: Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, Dwele, Teedra
Moses and the man whose voice kick-started Mike’s
stellar career, Carl Thomas.
About the guest artists:
Teedra Moses was the frst female artist to be signed to
Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group and has written
material for Macy Gray & Mary J. Blige among others.
Maysa is a long-time collaborator with Acid Jazz legends
Incognito and a Grammy nominated solo artist, currently
celebrating 25 years in the business.
Dwele is a leading light of the neo-soul scene,
collaborating with Kanye West and J DIlla as well as
working regularly with Mike City.
Lalah Hathaway is the daughter of Donny Hathaway,
carving out an impressive space all her own in the world
of Soul music, releasing on the legendary Stax Records.
Terri Walker got her start collaborating with UK Garage
artists such as 187 Lockdown and Shanks & Bigfoot
before embarking on a critically acclaimed solo career
and providing backing vocals for Jennifer Hudson & Fergie
among others.
Crystal Johnson is a singer, songwriter and producer
who has collaborated with Usher, Mobb Deep Heavy D &
Dr Dre as well working as arranger and lyricist on a
multitude of high profle projects.
Carl Thomas is a chart-topping R&B / soul artist,
formerly signed to Sean ‘Pu?y’ Combs’ ‘Bad Boy
Entertainment’.

Tracklist:
01. I Rock Wit U feat. Dwele
02. Everybody Loves A Winner
03. 100 Miles feat. Carl Thomas
04. When I Luv feat. Faith Evans
05. Been Too Afraid feat. Teedra Moses
06. Head Over Heels feat. Maysa
07. Up To It
08. More Of Me feat. Crystal Johnson
09. Here Together feat. Terri Walker
10. You’re The Kind
11. Sang & Dance feat. Junior
12. You’re In Heaven feat. Lalah Hathaway Available from 16.06.2017

Izo FitzRoy
Monday, February 13th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Raw, dynamic performances and beautifully honest songwriting. That’s what it’s all about with Jalapeno Records newest signing, blues songstress – Izo FitzRoy. Izo’s music is influenced by the power of female blues legends like Janis Joplin, Susan Tedeschi and Beth Hart infused with her own gospel roots from years spent singing in, leading and directing […]

Max Cooper
Monday, January 23rd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Max Cooper has carved a unique position for himself as an artist mixing emotional dance floor experimentation with fine art sound design & stunning visuals. Born in 1980 and raised in Belfast, Cooper has spent the better part of the last decade crystallizing his complex yet melodic techno sound, since his impressive run of singles […]

Various – Strictly The Best 54 (2CD Reggae Edition) (VP)
Friday, November 18th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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The Strictly the Best from VP Records is the longest running reggae compilation in the business. Since 1991 STB has meant current hits and breaking reggae talent, right on time for the year end Holidays. For fans of Roots, Reggae, Lover’s Rock and Caribbean Pop!

2CD VP26342
Release: 18-11-16
Get ready for this year’s “singers edition” of Strictly The Best
Friday, November 11th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Get ready for this year’s “singers edition”, a mix of new artists and reggae icons including the great one drop version of Adele’s “Hello” by Rosie Delmah alongside Conkarah, the follow up to the “Rude” world smash by the group Magic with “Lay You Down Easy” featuring Sean Paul, “Strolling” from Alborosie featuring Protoje, “Bad […]

Jah9 – 9
Friday, September 30th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jah9 – 9

Image: 1604615 Das neue Album der jamaikanischen Künstlerin Jah9 mit dem Titel 9 erscheint am 09.09.2016! Zitat: “2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9. 2016 ist das Jahr der 9. Die Frau, die den Jazz in den Reggae gebracht hat, kommt auf ihrem selbstproduzierten zweiten, folgerichtig “9” betitelten Album mit einer Runderneuerung von Roots-Reggae um die Ecke. Auf neun Songs lotet sie die musikalischen Grenzen des Genres aus und erweitert das inhaltliche Spektrum um alte, aber selten ausformulierte Erkenntnisse, in denen sich spirituelle und materielle Einsichten zu revolutionären Calls to Action kondensieren” (RIDDIM Magazin #85)

The new album entitled “9” is released on the 09.09.!

For those who’ve been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount a resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9’s first album for VP is a figure of revelation and deliverance. Including artists Earl “Chinna” Smith, Dean Fraser and Unga Thompson, Jah9 has delivered in “9” an album that fulfills the promise of her earlier releases with expansive maturity, prophetic purpose and even deeper displays of warrior-goddess prowess on the mic. As combination guest the longplayer features Vaughn “Akae Beka” Benjamin (from Midnite). The CD will come with an eco-friendly, recyclable soft pack with 12-page booklet and the LP in an eco-friendly, recyclable standard jacket.

PRESS RELEASE

VP Records is pleased to announce the welcoming of Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer Jah9 to the family.

9 | 9 | 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9

For those who’ve been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount a resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9 is a figure of revelation and deliverance. She first caught the attention of many with the release of her lilting video for “Avocado.” When heard in the full flower of older songs such as “Steamers A Bubble,” “Jungle” and “Gratitude” Jah9 was revealed to be a singer and poet of considerable range, soul and jazz inflected melodicism. Her fiery and righteous live shows can testify she is hardly a made in the studio chanteuse incapable of translating to the stage with abundant dynamism. The product of a strong upbringing, by two hard working culturally and politically engaged parents, Jah9 is also a university graduate, a multidisciplinary yoga instructor, a youth at risk counselor and a celebrated dub poet. The combination of intellectual rigor, real world activism and lyrical musicality is well on display in her entirely self-produced sophomore album ‘9’. Thematically there is no slacking in spiritual advocacy, oppositional militancy or honed and focused tunefulness.

Through the new addition of Jah9, VP Records, the premiere reggae label and distributor, will break new ground with her depth of talent. She joins the label’s longstanding reputation for producing hitmakers: Sean Paul, Gyptian, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Alborosie, I Wayne, Romain Virgo, Christopher Martin, Raging Fyah, Lady Saw, Spice, Etana, Queen Ifrica, Bunji Garlin and many more.

VP Records CEO Chris Chin expresses his enthusiasm about the signing. “We are excited to share Jah9’s fusion of reggae, jazz and spoken word to the world. She exemplifies the meaning of multi-talented – boasting sharp songwriting and production skills matched with her soulful voice – and exudes a presence and spirit that resonates with the listener. She has something unique and special that will carry on for generations to come.”

This week, she unveils “Humble Mi” to the world (out Fri. Jun 24), the first single from her highly-anticipated label debut ‘9’, slated for release on September 9, 2016.

“This song was inspired by my whole journey and life unfolding, teaching me that knowing is not the journey because you will always have to know more. The journey is peace, love and balancing the energies within,” explains Jah9.

Watch live rendition of “Humble Mi” on BBC Radio 1Xtra: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRg7t98POts&feature=youtu.be
Listen (feel free to post) “Humble Mi” now: soundcloud.com/jah9online/jah9-humble-mi

Jah9’s relationship with VP Records has blossomed in recent years. Her track “Feeling Irie” was a highlight of 2015’s The Biggest Reggae One Drop Anthems, and this year Jah9 contributed “Bloody City” to We Remember Dennis Brown, a tribute album to the Crown Prince of Reggae.

www.Jah9.com
www.vprecords.com

PRESS ASSETS
Jah9 “Humble Mi”:
www.dropbox.com/sh/b85lgytv3uxpc0f/AABls1Tsc9T6-k-UF60asbuma?dl=0

Tracklisting (tbc)
CD
1. Humble Mi
2. Prosper
3. Hardcore
4. Unafraid
5. In The Spirit
6. In The Midst
7. Natural Vibe
8. Baptised
9. Greatest Threat To The Status Quo feat. Vaughn “Akae Beka” Benjamin
LP
Side One
A1. Humble Mi
A2. Prosper
A3. Hardcore
A4. Unafraid
A5. In The Spirit
Side Two
B1. In The Midst
B2. Natural Vibe
B3. Baptised
B4. Greatest Threat To The Status Quo feat. Vaughn “Akae Beka” Benjamin Available from 16.09.2016

Jah9 – 9 (VP / Steam Chalice)
Friday, September 9th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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For those who’ve been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount a resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9 is a figure of revelation and deliverance. The combination of intellectual rigor, real world activism and lyrical musicality is well on display in her entirely self-produced sophomore album ‘9’.

CD VP26312 / LP VP26311
Release: 09-09-16
James Zabiela
Monday, December 14th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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James Zabiela is a rare breed of artist. Over the last twelve years he has become something of a heritage act despite still being two decades younger than his peers currently sharing that title; this, in part, is owing to his unrivalled technical abilities in his live performance which have cemented him into the hearts […]

Miles Bonny – I Bring You Love (2×7")
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Miles Bonny – I Bring You Love (2×7")

Yoruba Records takes us on a new journey with a new sub label Yoruba Soul, dedicated to all things non house. To begin our journey we called upon our brother and long time friend Miles Bonny, who brings a gritty soul Ep “I Bring You Love”. This releas…

Teddy Killerz – Hyperspeed EP
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Teddy Killerz – Hyperspeed EP

Image: 1598825 A: Hyperspeed B: Quasar C: Space Junk D: Hawking Radiation. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9tFyIz8cCY

Teddy Killerz are in no way shy, presenting a full-frontal, immersive production standard the outfit are not afraid to turn their backs on the scene’s more commercial sounds. You’ll find them tearing down any dimly lit club across the globe – from the US to Russia and then back to the genre’s roots in the UK, Teddy Killerz have pedestalled a sound unlike anyone else. But what can you expect from three artists who were instantly taken into the OWSLA fort, after illuminating themselves against hordes of remix competitors for Skrillex’s renowned imprint.

This inevitably led to their monumental signing to one of dance music’s most resounding and withstanding labels, Ram Records. And after their most recent single ‘Teddynator’ exploded onto the Beatport Top 100 and accomplishing the sought after number one spot, they’ve followed this up in quick succession. The ‘Hyperspeed EP’ epitomises everything which Teddy Killerz are about. Aggressive yet concise, smashing you head first through every carefully constructed break, this trio prove their versatility whilst reaffirming their position as one of the genre’s most intimidating weights.

Instantly recognisable from any set over the past few months, title-track ‘Hyperspeed’ froths with foreboding before dropping into all-out anarchy. With a rabid forking of synth and the snap, smack and pound of drums, this is drum & bass at its most raw and undiluted. Sitting on top of clashing percussion and reversing momentarily at unpredictable intervals, there’s no escaping this record’s all-enveloping force.

‘Quasar’ on the other hand begins on a false-premise. Brought forward on eerie atmospherics, it’s swiftly cut open and dissected by a quick strum of electric guitar before you’re propelled at a dizzying speed. Sub bass is used as an alarm, ringing throughout the record and warning the listener of Teddy Killerz unapologetic countenance.

Of a different hue is ‘Space Junk’, with a jazzy intro that rolls on top of an LFO-lead bassline and jungle reminiscent breaks. Demonstrating the trio’s undeniable craftsmanship, it definitely adds another dimension to the EP’s track listing. Then lastly, ‘Hawking Radiation’ presents you with a steppyriddim that hulks with every few bars. The tempo is then amped up to 170, the perfect way to close an EP that’ll leave you contemplating its enormity. Available from 28.08.2015

Aphrohead – Resurrection
Friday, August 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Aphrohead – Resurrection

Image: 1598535 Nineties techno hero Aphrohead announces his ‘Resurrection’ with an innovative new album for Crosstown Rebels. A welcome return for a stunning album courtesy of Felix Da Housecat techni moniker: Aphrohead.

A musical eccentric, prolific US DJ and producer Felix Stallings AKA Aphrohead / Felix Da Housecat has never been afraid to take risks and break new ground, consistently captivating the electronic music field for over two decades. He first burst onto the club scene in 1993 as Aphrohead with the timeless classic ‘In Thee Dark We Live’ which was licensed countless times and is benchmarked as one of the greatest techno records of all time. The first half of the album, with track ‘Resurrection’, ‘Klymaxx’ and ‘Come to Me’ is an escort to higher plains pleasing fans of Daft Punk and Giorgio Moroder Before the previously released single ‘Let’s Prance’ brings it’s futuristic tremors shifting the album into a new gear. The second part of the album brings a long-anticipated eruption, starting with the sinister sneer of ‘Elevator’ and the bohemian cries of ‘Grown Man Cry’, soon to be released on Crosstown Rebels as a single this autumn.

Aphrohead created a precedent in 90’s techno on halcyon labels Bush, Global Cuts, Power Music, Thee Black Label & Radical Fear. His Felix Da Housecat alias went on to form the epicentre of the electro-clash scene and it was through this alias his friendship began with Crosstown Rebels pioneer Damian Lazarus, then at City Rockers. This Resurrection album is a welcome return to form.

Tracklisting
01. RESURRECTION
02. KlymaXXX
03. Come to ME
04. Let’s PRANCE
05. Elevator (I’ll Take The Stairs)
06. Grown Man Cryy
07. 1KING 1QUEEN
08. Medusa
09. Front to Backk
10. Sashe Sashe Sashe

KEY SELLING POINTS
Extensive PR campaign by Maouris is in the UK, HIM Media in France, Braun PR in Germany and Infamous in the US. Press features expected and covers expected on in key dance & music magazines and websites.
Extensive social media campaign by industry heavyweights K7 & NGE Digital
Worldwide Radio. UK Radio Campaign by Leo Greenslade.
Club and DJ campaign by Exclusive PR
Viral short film for Slices / Fact to promote the album currently being filmed, seeding campaign beginning shortly.
All gig and flyers tagged. Crosstown based shows planned in support of the album
E-Flyers and mailouts to Felix Da Housecat, Damian Lazarus, Crosstown Rebels,
X-mix and No Shame databases
Crown Man Cryy to be released this October with full Radio / Press / Online / Video Campaign around the single.
Strategically focused on line and banner ads with Resident Advisor, FACT, Data Tramsmission, Pulse etc . Sponsored press ads in all high impact areas.
Competitions and giveaways around the release of the album. Available from 18.09.2015

Jesse Hackett – Junk
Friday, May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jesse Hackett – Junk

Image: 1597492 The name Jesse Hackett may not immediately seem familiar, but the London-based producer has been on the radar of those in the know for several years. Now, for the first time in his ten-year music career, Hackett is finally stepping out as a solo musician under his own name with JUNK as the first record release on the new imprint of Stones Throw, Circle Star Records.

Hackett released an album as Elmore Judd on Honest Jons in 2007, and shortly afterwards the opportunity to work with Damon Albarn, arrived. In 2010, Hackett toured with Gorillaz as the group’s synth player, and became a mainstay of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project.

Along with Kenyan musicians Joseph Nyumungu and Charles Okowo, and Elmore Judd collaborators Tom Skinner and brother Louis Hackett (aka Louis Slippers), Hackett also formed Owiny Sigoma Band. The group released two albums on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide label and toured Europe and Africa. Another fortuitous connection was made – this one with Thom Yorke, who invited Owiny Sigoma Band to join him on tour in 2013. Around the same time, Hackett formed the studio-based Blludd Relations project with the London producer Bullion.

JUNK is Hackett’s first fully solo endeavour under his own name. Hackett created its sound with a cheap Yamaha PSR-110 that he found in a recycling dump. He was inspired to work within the parameters of the keyboard as a template and see how far he could take it. “I like the idea of making beauty from rubbish – or so-called rubbish,” he says.

“I wrote all the songs in different styles from glam rock to sleazy lizard lounge punk-funk,” he explains, on a “pretty ropey” keyboard. He explores a range of themes on JUNK: on ‘Closet Jazz’, a musician hides his jazz tendencies for fear of being ridiculed by his friends, and ‘I Don’t Wanna Get Old’, tackles fear of ageing via lyrics about an amphibian man. But there’s a bleaker underbelly to many of the songs. Hackett is unafraid to tackle weightier subjects, from “a relationship that reached a sacred oblivion” to imminent apocalypse.

Hackett may have been releasing music for around ten years, but working under his own name and signed to a new label, in many ways JUNK feels like the beginning.
Available from 10.07.2015

Etana
Monday, October 20th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Reggae music has birthed yet another rarity – a spirited and soulful singer/songwriter in the eloquent and enchanting empress Etana! In the early 2000s, singer Shauna McKenzie fully recognized the power of music and its widespread influence, especially upon the youth; that realization prompted a seismic shift in her career trajectory. Living in Florida at […]

Various – Strictly The Best 50
Friday, October 17th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Strictly The Best 50

Image: 1593127 Wie immer zum Jahreswechsel präsentiert VP Records 16 ausgesuchte aktuelle Hits des Genre Lovers Rock und zeitgenössischen Reggae mit den besten Sängern & Sängerinnen, u.a. mit den Stars Jah Cure, Etana, Gyptian, Maxi Priest, Christopher Martin, Queen Ifrica, Romain Virgo und den Newcomern Shuga, Toian, Jemere Morgan, u.v.a. Anlässlich des 35. Jubiläums hat sich VP entschlossen für die 50. Ausgabe der “Strictly The Best”-Serie eine zweite CD als Bonus beizulegen. Hier finden sich zwölf zeitlose Reggae-Hits von Jacob Miller, Dennis Brown, Garnett Silk, Cocoa Tea, u.v.a.

Tracklisting
CD1
1. Life We Live – Jah Cure
2. Real Know Real – D Major
3. Steppin Razor – Christopher Martin
4. Cool Runnings – Duane Stephenson
5. Trigger – Etana
6. Love Me – J Boog
7. Majestic Love – Gyptian feat. Estelle
8. Kingston Town – Toian
9. Stay With Me – Romain Virgo
10. Ugly Girl – Ikaya
11. Gravity – Maxi Priest
12. Keep It Like It Is – Aysha Loren
13. Love Is Not Blind – Queen Ifrica
14. Don’t Mean A Thing – Jemere Morgan
15. Ride Di Riddim – Shuga
16. One Wrong One Right – Jahlil
CD2
1. Keep On Knocking – Jacob Miller
2. Sitting And Watching – Dennis Brown
3. Big Ship – Freddie McGregor
4. Greetings – Half Pint
5. Tempted To Touch – Beres Hammond
6. Lost My Sonia / Sonia Come Back – Cocoa Tea
7. Kingly Character – Garnett Silk
8. Praise Him – Sanchez
9. Sweep Over My Soul – Luciano
10. God Is Standing By – George Nooks
11. I Am Not Afraid – Etana
12. She’s Royal – Tarrus Riley
Available from 28.11.2014

Kenny Dope – Wild Style Breakbeats
Thursday, September 4th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kenny Dope – Wild Style Breakbeats

Image: 1591428 The breakbeats from “Wild Style” and the story of how they came to be re-edited by Kenny Dope packaged in a 28 page hardcover book with seven 7” singles containing the fabled breaks from the legendary Charlie Ahearn film.

”When it comes to “Wild Style”, it’s a movie that I have loved since
I was a kid, because of what it stood for and how it showed real
hip-hop culture to the world. As I became a producer in the late
1980s and into the 90s, when I listened close to the breakbeats that
the DJs used in the film, I could tell that they were done in a
studio….but I never knew the actual story behind them. It was
always a mysterious thing, and no one seemed to know
much about it.”
– Kenny Dope

“Wild Style Breakbeats” not only features a 7” single including each of the
breaks from the film, it also tells the story of those breakbeats in words and
pictures. The 14 page hardcover book is written by Brian Coleman with
reminiscences from Charlie Ahearn, DJ GrandWizzard Theodore, Fab 5
Freddie, Leonardo “Lenny Ferrari” Ferraro, Chris Stein and many more.
“We didn’t want to be dependent on the hit of the month but, more
importantly, I was afraid of (filming) MCs rhyming off a pile of
records that I wouldn’t be able to clear”
– “Wildstyle” director Charlie Ahearn

And so, with a vision about the movie’s backbone: instrumentals that would
replace breakbeats that DJs in New York were using at the time, Ahearn
enlisted Fab 5 Freddy to oversee the production of material specifically for
the film. Freddie comments, “It was very smart on Charlie’s part…he said we

Tracklisting:
KD038-7
A- Down By Law
B- Subway Beat

KD039-7
A- Cuckoo Clocking
B- Crime Cut

KD040-7
A- Gangbusters
B- Meetings

KD041-7
A- Military Cut
B- Busy Bees

KD042-7
A- B Boy Beat
B- Jungle Beat

KD043-7
A- Yawning Beat
B- Baby Beat

KD044-7
A- Razor Cut
should create our own, so I went and did that.” Using the “Orchestra” from
the public access show “TV Party” (where Freddy was the camera man)
original recordings were made for the film. That orchestra consisted of
Leonardo “Lenny Ferrari” Ferraro on drums and Blondie’s Chris Stein.
“From an audio perspective, I got the 2 track mixdown tapes of the
final breakbeats from Charlie. I went in and re-EQed everything and
did re-edits, to make all of the originals-which were only about a
minute each- longer. I didn’t want to put in anything that wasn’t
there originally, so I didn’t add kicks or snares. I just wanted to
enhance what they already had.”
– Kenny Dope

The story of the breakbeats, the backbone of “Wild Style” has never been told
so thoroughly and colorfully (in both words and glorious pictures) as you’ll
find in this collection spearheaded by Kenny Dope. This is more than a
collection of audio, this is documentation of an integral part
of hip-hop history! Available from 15.08.2014

Maulawi – Orotunds (180g)
Friday, August 29th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Maulawi – Orotunds (180g)

Image: 1588447 180 Proof continues to bring only the rarest of the rare wax to jazz heads everywhere with their latest release, Maulawi Nururdin’s Orotunds, a virtually unknown and previously unreleased album from the Strata catalog.
Although there is an element of mystery to almost all jazz musicians, few are ever quite as enigmatic as Maulawi Nururdin. A legendary band leader and reedist to his disciples, information about Maulawi’s personal life and early years is so scarce that even his birth name remains unknown. What is known is that Maulawi was a tougher-than-nails Chicagoan by birth, inescapable mentor to others, and a virtuoso jazz musician unlike any other.
The earliest notes in Maulawi’s history begin on the south side of Chicago as a close associate of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians with AACM pioneers Muhal Richard Abrams, Fred Anderson, Billy Brimfield and Roscoe Mitchell. From the beginning, Maulawi was a self assured leader, unafraid to boot other musicians off stage, commandeer their instrument, and give them an impromptu lesson on how to play it right. An intimidating figure in his signature beret and goatee, Maulawi wasn’t a stranger to the streets, and often spent his free time driving around, hipping his protégés to real life on the Chicago south side. But it would be his reputation as a musician, and not a streetwise bandleader, that would bring Maulawi to the doors of Strata Records.
“Maulawi could really, really play,” says percussionist Adam Rudolph, who, at 16 years old, began practicing and playing with Maulawi in the early 1970s. It was Rudolph who would introduce Maulawi to Strata’s Charles Moore, a meeting which would lead to Maulawi’s self-titled 1973 debut, the first album recorded by Strata by an artist from outside of Detroit.
True to the mysterious nature of Maulawi, even the story behind the recording of Ortunds is in dispute. They were either part of the 1973 sessions for Maulawi, recorded in a single night in Chicago, or from an unmixed session that took place in the Streeterville neighborhood at a later date. History aside, Ortunds never fails to astonish. Composed by Maulawi himself, Ortunds is an album of mostly Pop and R&B songs, all elevated by tip-toe funk tempos and Maulawi’s wildly inventive soprano saxophone. Tracks include Thom Bell and Linda Creed’s “People Make The World Go Round,” as well as the Burt Bacharach and Hal David-penned classic, “I Say A Little Prayer.” The title track is a drum and bass driven showcase, the perfect platform for Maulawi to strut his sublime expressionist style on the Saxophone. The album ends with a real find – a rarely heard spoken recording of Maulawi himself, introducing the players and defining the title Ortunds as “full, clearness, strength and smoothness.”
This deluxe edition of Maulawi Nururdin’s previously unknown and unreleased recording Ortunds has been pressed on 180 gram double vinyl, and is limited to 1000 foil stamped copies. This album has been painstakingly recovered and remastered from the original master tapes, and is presented in a sublime gatefold jacket featuring cover art by GE-OLOGY (G Young).

https://soundcloud.com/180proof/maulawi-orotunds-album-sampler Available from 08.08.2014

Keb Darge & Little Edith – Legendary Wild Rockers 4
Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Keb Darge & Little Edith – Legendary Wild Rockers 4

Image: 1589074 Keb Darge has been with BBE since the beginning, he recently lived through a typhoon which destroyed the village where he lives in The Phillipines. His story, like the story of all survivors is a harrowing one. Somehow he managed to escape, with some records and put this album together, if you want to know more, check the sleeve notes, all the tracks were recorded between 1956 and 1964, and without them, we’d not have the incredible 40 years of ‘Rock’ music history to enjoy today, these were the trend setters of the day who laid the blue prints for what came after.
Keb takes up the story ….
“Well it’s been a rather exciting time for us since the last volume. We were in an Armageddon zombie survival movie with giant mutant rats attacking our house, gangs of armed convicts roaming the area raping and killing, hundreds of dead relatives and neighbors rotting in the sun, evil government officials hiding any food from the starving populous… Oh hell, my wife just told me it wasn’t a movie, it was real. I wouldn’t have got so involved if I’d known it was real at the time. Sadly we haven’t had much record buying excitement. Indeed there was a point where I would have swapped some of my rarest bits for a loaf of bread, fairly puts things into perspective. We have had to move back to London for a few years as a result, but feel lucky to
have been able to do so. My heart goes out to those Filipinos who do not have the ability to escape. If any of you ever contemplate charity donations I must say that the International Red Cross and Plan International stand head and shoulders above the rest from my “on the ground” observations. Some of the others should be shot for their photo shoot opportunist attitude.
There we are then. I hope you get as much pleasure from these tunes as I do. Perfect for parties, clubs, bath time, or just lying on the sofa absorbing their innocent beauty.A special thanks to all from the International Red Cross, Plan International, and the US Navy who came to our aid in Eastern Samar.”

February 2014

Bio
The legendary out-spoken Scotsman has been around the Northern soul & funk scene since the start and began his career as a dancer. As soon as he had enough money together he started collecting and buying Northern Soul in the UK, during regular trips to the US and was starting to play around the Wigan area at the heyday of The Casino. By 1981 he had gained a respectful reputation as a DJ.
He moved to London at the age of 22 and decided to start living a normal life and quit DJ’ing, but was quickly playing Northern-soul again due to heavy demand by old Wigan promoters. He brought the scene to London and drew the Northern punters that had moved to London after the Wigan scene dissolved. After a few years, the Northern scene faded, Keb sold his music collection but he still had a loft filled with ‘junk’ music (according to himself) that he had picked up in the states that was to-be classified as “Deep Funk” later on.
So in 1989 house music arrived in the UK, and Keb decided to play the funk grooves after a trip to Japan. He managed to get a regular night at an acid-jazz club called ‘The Wagclub’ and he finished there after a period. And around 1992/93 he met fellow collector Snowboy on the first funk-only night in London called ‘Deep Funk’, named by Keb (that he later used as a name to describe the sound) but arranged by the owners of the club (Club Ormonds). After a while Snowboy and Keb wanted to push the funk sound further and they decided to start their own night in an old restaurant. The nights failed due to the domination of house and shut down after a few months. Not so long afterwards Keb got a tip for a new location that was a strip-club in Soho called Madame Jojo’s. The location was perfect and he managed to arrange a weekly night to start with. The nights took off fast
and are today it is the leading funk night in London. Later on the strip nights closed and the venue became a full time music club.
In 1996 BBE and Keb Darge teamed up to start releasing the now infamous Deep Funk and Funk Spectrum series that spawned a whole host of imitators. He has achieved legendary status by far with a 40’s to 70’s musical knowledge second to none that is perfectly reflected on his BBE compilations. In 2012 Keb and his wife Little Edith moved to the Philippines, but had to return to London in 2014 after the devastating typhoon Hayan.

Key Selling Points
– Keb Darge has compiled more compilations for BBE than any other DJ selling close to 300,000 cds and vinyls over a 17 year period.
– Since teaming up with BBE in 1996, Keb Darge has become a regular name on the international dj circuit playing his inimitable brand of deep funk, northern soul and rockabilly.
– The rockabilly scene in the UK is currently the fastest growing underground club scene. Several funk DJs are switching from the 70’s sound to the earlier 50’s and 60’s rawer sounds.

TRACKLISTING
CD
1. The Black Albinos – Shish Kebab
2. Floyd Dakil Combo – Dance, Franny, Dance
3. Gregory Dee And The Avanties – Nervous Breakdown
4. Ric Cartey with the Jiva-Tones – Oooh-Eeee
5. Jett Powers with Vince Parle & the Raunch Hands – Go, Girl, Go
6. Mike Waggoner & Bops – Baby Baby
7. Bob Taylor and The Counts – Taylor’s Rock
8. The Dazzlers – Gee Whiz
9. The Raiders – Hocus Pocus
10. The Col-Lee-Jets – Jam & Jelly
11. Benny Joy – Little Red Book
12. Bill Allen and The Back Beats – Please Give Me Something
13. Gene La Marr and His Blue Flames – That Crazy Little House On The Hill
14. Benny Joy – Steady With Betty
15. The Emanons – Stomper
16. Billy Adams And The Rock-A-Teers – You Gotta Have A Duck Tail
17. George Fleming – The Shake
18. Felix and His Fabulous Cats – Hey Tiger!
19. Big John Taylor – Money Money
20. Kuf-Linx feat. John Jennings – Service With A Smil

Vinyl 1
A1 The Black Albinos – Shish Kebab
A2 Floyd Dakil Combo – Dance, Franny, Dance
A3 Gregory Dee And The Avanties – Nervous Breakdown
A4 Ric Cartey with the Jiva-Tones – Oooh-Eeee
A5 Jett Powers with Vince Parle & the Raunch Hands – Go, Girl, Go
B1 Mike Waggoner & Bops – Baby Baby
B2 Bob Taylor and The Counts – Taylor’s Rock
B3 The Dazzlers – Gee Whiz
B4 The Raiders – Hocus Pocus
B5 The Col-Lee-Jets – Jam & Jelly

Vinyl 2
C1 Benny Joy – Little Red Book
C2 Bill Allen and The Back Beats – Please Give Me Something
C3 Gene La Marr and His Blue Flames – That Crazy Little House On The Hill
C4 Benny Joy – Steady With Betty
C5 The Emanons – Stomper
D1 Billy Adams And The Rock-A-Teers – You Gotta Have A Duck Tail
D2 George Fleming – The Shake
D3 Felix and His Fabulous Cats – Hey Tiger!
D4 Big John Taylor – Money Money
D5 Kuf-Linx feat. John Jennings – Service With A Smile

www.bbemusic.com Available from 04.07.2014

Joey Negro – Italo House
Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joey Negro – Italo House

Image: 1589189 Joey Negro steps up to the plate with his new collection of Italo House. A personal selection of the deeper side of Italian house music.

Following on from the phenomenal success of the recent “Remixed With Love” compilation plus more Joey Negro compiled
albums including “GoGo Get Down”, “Backstreet Brit Funk”, “Destination Boogie” and the ever-popular Soul of Disco series Z
Records continues to release high quality compilations filled with lesser known disco, funk and boogie.
Now it’s the turn of “Italo House” to get the JN selection treatment with over 20 tracks hand picked from the late 80’s and
early 90’s covering a lot of the deeper classics and some lesser known releases from a golden era of Italian dance music.
The late 80s were undoubtedly a golden era for dance music. A time which saw the birth of many genres and sub genres –
from acid house to hardcore to Balearic – and of course Italo house. If you ask Jo Raver to name an Italo house track, they’d
probably come back with Blackbox, Jinny, Fiddlefatti or one of many big piano tune. At the same time there was another
equally distinctive sound coming out of Italy- a warmer, deeper, more emotional style which didn’t yield any commercial
hits. The sound was more jazzy and soulful with syncopated percussion, dreamy pads and, though piano was often used, it
wasn’t in the obviously programmed, big breakdown style which became a cliché of the Italo house genre. This more
underground side of Italo was closer to the original American house sound- but still retained a very European flavour.
In common with other Z compilations which have featured Britfunk and GoGo, this album was an important release for me.
Important because I love a lot of the records, many of which have been largely forgotten about, but also because there
really was a unique sound coming out of Italy, spread across many labels and involving numerous producers. As a result, it
has never really been fully showcased like this before. I’m glad this album exists for other people to discover or re-discover
the deeper side of Italo house. Joey Negro – Feb 2014

CD One
Don Carlos – Alone (Paradise Version)
Paradise Orchestra – Satisfy Your Dreams (Club Mix)
Double Dealers feat. Opi Williams – My Love (Club
Version)
Korda – Move Your Body (To The Sound) (Club Mix)
Omniverse – Never Get Enough (Sunday Morning Mix)
Jestofunk – I’m Gonna Love You (Club Mix)
Montego Bay – Everything (S-Tone Mix)
D-Rail – Bring It On Down (Dub)
Shafty – Deep Inside (Soul Trance Mix)
Steve Banzara – Black (Jaco Version)
Nexy Lanton – You Too (Atmosphere Version)
Mr Marvin – Entity (Jazzy)

CD Two
Aural – Desire (Martini Club Mix)
Arkanoid – Alpha Centauri (Extended Remix)
Key Tronics Ensemble – House of Calypso
M.C.J feat. Sima – Sexitivity (Club Mix)
Lipstick Traces – I Want You (Claim Mix)
DJ Le Roy feat. Bocachica – Yo Te Quiero (Detroit
Version)
Latin Blood – Deseo (Salsa Club Mix)
Soft House Company – What You Need (Original Mix)
Centric House – Alright Alright (Seaside Mix)
Love Quartet – Kiss Me (Don’t Be Afraid)
Funkmaster Sweat – House of Latin
Carol Bailey – Understand Me (Dreams Piano Remix) Available from 13.06.2014

Jimpster
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Jamie Odell aka Jimpster and Franc Spangler has been producing, remixing and DJing for the last 20 years and co-running esteemed UK deep house label Freerange Records (voted Best British Label 2007 in DJ Mag) for the last 17 of those. More recently he set up Delusions Of Grandeur as an outlet for more underground […]

Frankee – Gully / Away
Thursday, April 24th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Frankee – Gully / Away

Image: 1588438 Frankee is one of those producers that embody the true spirit of drum & bass. He’s a fearless artist who’s not afraid to try something different, blending up influences and styles and packing his tunes with plenty of chunky beats, lashings of filthy bass and an abundance of experimental dives into just about every other face-melting genre out there!

Proving the above to be true with mighty aplomb, the A side to Frankee’s latest single for Ram Records is about as disturbingly heavy as it comes. Kicking off with the aptly named ‘Gully’ we’re served up a track that means serious business. Immense horn-like synths pave the way for intense lasers that penetrate every inch of you before you’re washed away with a tsunami of rumbling bass. Gully indeed, and likely to cause utter dance floor devastation whenever it is dropped.

Next up Frankee takes us on a different journey, opting for a stunningly beautiful track, soaked with haunting melodies and crisp, rolling breakbeats. Featuring vocals from Janine Small ‘Away’ progresses with electro house style synth stabs and emotive hooks before dropping down to an ethereal breakdown providing precious moments to gather yourself before the breaks come rolling in again. ‘Away’ is a gorgeous departure from the skull-cracking weight of ‘Gully’ and proves Frankee is a producer with plenty of tricks up his sleeve.

‘Away’ featured on Andy C’s recent ‘Nightlife 6’ compilation, having been a staple of his sets for months and with such diversity and original ideas on display it’s easy to see why. Available from 04.04.2014

Max Cooper
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Control, humility and precision – emotion, release and catharsis. There’s two sides to Max Cooper. The public side is known for extended festival sets – a hybrid live/DJ performance that explodes from delicate, reflective electronica into abrasive noise within a moment, but just as fearlessly throttles back to moments of stillness and silent beauty – […]

Staff Charts 2013
Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The year 2013 is almost over. In good old tradition we asked around what some of the employees of Groove Attack, Rough Trade, and GoodToGo have been listening to during the past twelve months. These are the results … On this occasion the entire team would like to wish everybody Merry Christmas and a happy […]

The Whole Truth – Gimme Your Love
Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Whole Truth – Gimme Your Love

The Whole Truth presents the first in a series of collaborations with UK reggae artists. First up: Errol Bellot. This single – Gimme Your Love – sees him showcasing his more soulful side, with thick, full harmonies, and emotional overdubs. In all, the…

Cybotron – Clear
Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Cybotron – Clear

Inspired by a combination of George Clinton’s midwesternfunk, Kraftwerk’s eclectic synth-pop, Yellow MagicOrchestra’s electronic experimentation, and futuristauthors like Alvin Toffler and Ray Kurzweil, Michigan’s JuanAtkins, Richard “3070” Davis, and…

Kon – On My Way Dubs (Splattered Colored Vinyl
Thursday, October 31st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kon – On My Way Dubs (Splattered Colored Vinyl

Image: 1584542 What leads an individual to walk the often obsessive path of the crate digger? Raiding filthy basements and accumulating back-breaking stacks of wax on a tantalising search for the unearthed groove, Kon cites early exposure as the source of his calling: “One of the first physical records I fell in love with was Electric Light Orchestra’s El Dorado. The music on that LP is incredible, climatic strings, and full of amazing songwriting.
To digest and absorb music with such depth is the best thing for a 4 year old. Get ’em going young! I know this is part of the reason why later in life I searched further than what was just on the radio.”
Kon’s father was a drummer, and his love of the break not only inspired the quest for the funkiest rarities that birthed the iconic On Track and Off Track compilations, but also informed his approach to the edit. Check the ‘Nite Time Remix’ of ‘Hooked’ as the perfect introduction to his style: breaking things down to the bare essentials, the rhythm section takes on a life of its own in what has fast become the definitive version of an
already classic disco workout. Kon’s output has given new life to this art form, and on the road to mastery he studied the golden touch of editing and remix masters Walter Gibbons and BBE label-mate John Morales.
The natural next step for this beat-juggling heavyweight was a return to the crafting of his own original productions. Bringing together a close-knit team of musician friends, Kon has revived a longstanding partnership with BBE and recorded his debut album titled On My Way. Kon’s first productions were committed to tape in the early 90s when he a formed a rap group called Mikst Nutz. Their demo was given heavy rotation by DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito, and, in 1992, Jive Records came close to signing the project.
We are also treated to the unmistakeable vocals of UK talent Ben Westbeech, who Kon first met at the Southport Weekender. “I was with Amir leaving to catch the car service back to our hotel when I heard a guy yelling our names. Turns out it was Ben, and I had no idea he knew about our On Track compilations. And in turn he seemed to be shocked that I knew who he was! I’ve always liked Ben’s work and I was staying in
London with him when we first cut this tune. It was originally recorded to a totally different track that was all samples.”
The musical arrangement of On My Way reflects a deep understanding of dance floor dynamics, and Kon honed his craft as a DJ playing at house parties in the 80s, coming from a party rock background where all styles were thrown into the mix. He remembers looking up to Boston radio jocks like DJ Jesse McGee and DJ T-Clark, while records like Cash Money & Marvellous’ Ugly People Be Quiet influenced his technical craft: “They contained scratches that were ahead of their time. I really didn’t have any mentors, except for these records and the mixes those guys would do on the radio.”
Kon’s love for wax is for life, but he has little time for those passing judgement on a selector’s format of choice: “It’s a DJ’s skill set and taste that matters. Music is meant to be shared and spread to as many as possible. Who cares what medium I choose to play my music from? We are messengers, period. Nobody owns the sounds that are blasting out of the speakers except the actual musicians. You may own the little piece of plastic it’s recorded onto, but that’s it. Fools need to stop trippin’. I’m not caught up in the hype. I still buy vinyl and I know it’s the coolest medium to store music on. Nothing can beat it. The feel, the smell, the labels and so on, but I can’t take vinyl with me when I die. Now the sounds that have fed and nourished my soul, I take with me everywhere I go. I can take them with me to the grave, or where ever I end up when my physical shell can no longer take it. The music itself is staying with me forever.”
In On My Way, a rich cultural heritage has been distilled into an upfront album of burning dance floor action, showing us why the BBE-crowned ‘King of Digging’ has for so long remained a formidable, worldwide musical icon.

KEY SELLING POINTS:
– Kon is a renowed crate digger familiar to many having co compiled Kings of Diggin and numerous mix albums with his previous partner Amir.
– Kon’s debut artist album features guest appearances from Amy Douglas, Georg Levin, Ben Westbeech & Induce.
– Full press and radio campaign in UK , France , Germany
– Kon’s edit of Cerrone’s – “Hooked on You” premiered on the now defunct BBC Radio 1 Gilles Peterson Worldwide show.
– there will be a very limited number of coloured double-vinyls with a download code for the album included

Tracklisting
7” vinyl 1:
A1 Love Shine feat. Induce (Kon’s Dub)
B1 Blow Me… A Kiss feat. Amy Douglas (Kon’s Dub)

7” vinyl 2:
C1 On My Way (Caserta’s Dub)
D1 All Night (Everybody) feat. Amy Douglas (Caserta’s Dub) Available from 11.10.2013

Various – Muscle Tuff
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Muscle Tuff

Image: 1582499 MUSCLE TUFF is THE GYM’s label compilation. Each artist took a different approach to create mind blowing workout music. This compilation proves that GYM aficionados can be melancholic and deeply existentialistic, meditating on the world’s serious issues, while gently pumping iron.
THE GYM emerged out of an old circle of friends, throwing parties and DJing together, while slowly building their individual careers. It became a record label when co-owners Brandt Brauer Frick made their first steps in the music scene. Other GYM members include film & video producers, club curators and bodybuilders.
MUSCLE TUFF is a snapshot of the contributors’ current state of mind. Eight of nine tracks have been produced exclusively for this compilation.
Berlin-based singer and producer Josa Peit opens with “Waste”, a hypnotic soul sketch, her vocals beautifully fragile and intense, with analogue synths creating sonic Alice In Wonderland moments.
Brandt Brauer Frick play a fast and raw Techno track. One feels like working out in the jungle, or participating in a ritual worship of an archaic goddess. This time, they used only synths, as Juno-106, SH-101 or Nord Drums, and left piano and other acoustic instruments aside, contradicting their signature sound.
Offenbach-based Bodo Elsel delivers a radical old school approach, a bone dry one-take house miniature, crooning “I Can’t Reset My Mind” in his unimitable sloppy style, over cascades of dry 707, 808 and SP12 beats and claps.
Copenhagen producer and long-time collaborator James Braun teams up with Dan M for “People Move”, a slow burner of the kind that are truly hard to find and that take you from a low level into haunting ecstasy.
Next up is Berlin’s 20 year-old house, bass and hiphop prodigy Max Graef, His exceptional musical skills came to the labels attention during an in-store gig at the legendary OYE RECORDS in Berlin. He is a unique talent and musically wise beyond his years. Enjoy “Nr 3” and brace yourself for his upcoming “Get Big Fast” EP on THE GYM.
For those who know THE GYM’s former releases, it’s evident that Dollkraut can’t miss. The Dutch analogue sound wizard keeps on fascinating us with his golden touch for pop moments. “Catch My Soul” is an old pearl and one of Dollkraut’s most housy tracks. As it has never been released on vinyl and has proven to be a long time GYM mover it had to be on MUSCLE TUFF.
THE GYM’s brotherhood with Tartelet Records keeps on flourishing on Tartelet’s label head Muff Deep’s contribution: “Let’s Go To The Gym”! It’s hot & sweaty and it gets you. It sounds like a drunken Theo Parrish in a Honda, caught in a thunderstorm on his way to THE GYM, trying to work the MPC. Kind of.
One of the clubbiest tracks on the album is supplied by Freude am Tanzen and BPitch boy Douglas Greed, whose straight and no-bullshit techno track “Raw And Order” leads from agitating percussion into synth madness, GYM music at its purest. On its finishing track, MUSCLE TUFF opens up into the glamorous new wave disco world of the mysterious Frenchman Bernard Crochet. He is an almost entirely unknown face to the
electronic music scene, except for his 2012 debut with Dollkraut. We know nothing about him, and it’s hard to situate him in any context in 2013. One thing is certain, he has access to some crazy rare vintage gear and he’s not afraid of big emotions!
MUSCLE TUFF!

TRACKLISTING
A1. Josa Peit – Waste
A2. Brandt Brauer Frick – Two In A Bush
A3. Bodo Elsel – Reset My Mind
B1. James Braun & Dan M – People Move
B2. Max Graef – Nr 3
C1. Dollkraut – Catch My Soul
C2. Muff Deep – Let’s Go To The Gym
D1. Douglas Greed – Raw & Order
D2. Bernard Crochet – Dawn Raid On The Box

www.thegymrecords.com
www.hustlepr.com Available from 30.08.2013

Kon – On My Way
Thursday, August 8th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kon – On My Way

Image: 1581114 What leads an individual to walk the often obsessive path of the crate digger? Raiding filthy basements and
accumulating back-breaking stacks of wax on a tantalising search for the unearthed groove, Kon cites early
exposure as the source of his calling: “One of the first physical records I fell in love with was Electric Light
Orchestra’s El Dorado. The music on that LP is incredible, climatic strings, and full of amazing songwriting.
To digest and absorb music with such depth is the best thing for a 4 year old. Get ’em going young! I know
this is part of the reason why later in life I searched further than what was just on the radio.”
Kon’s father was a drummer, and his love of the break not only inspired the quest for the funkiest rarities
that birthed the iconic On Track and Off Track compilations, but also informed his approach to the edit.
Check the ‘Nite Time Remix’ of ‘Hooked’ as the perfect introduction to his style: breaking things down to the
bare essentials, the rhythm section takes on a life of its own in what has fast become the definitive version
of an already classic disco workout. Kon’s output has given new life to this art form, and on the road to
mastery he studied the golden touch of editing and remix masters Walter Gibbons and BBE label-mate John
Morales.
The natural next step for this beat-juggling heavyweight was a return to the crafting of his own original
productions. Bringing together a close-knit team of musician friends, Kon has revived a longstanding
partnership with BBE and recorded his debut album titled On My Way. Kon’s first productions were
committed to tape in the early 90s when he a formed a rap group called Mikst Nutz. Their demo was given
heavy rotation by DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito, and, in 1992, Jive Records came close to signing the
project.
We are also treated to the unmistakeable vocals of UK talent Ben Westbeech, who Kon first met at the
Southport Weekender. “I was with Amir leaving to catch the car service back to our hotel when I heard a guy
yelling our names. Turns out it was Ben, and I had no idea he knew about our On Track compilations. And
in turn he seemed to be shocked that I knew who he was! I’ve always liked Ben’s work and I was staying in
London with him when we first cut this tune. It was originally recorded to a totally different track that was all
samples.”
The musical arrangement of On My Way reflects a deep understanding of dance floor dynamics, and Kon
honed his craft as a DJ playing at house parties in the 80s, coming from a party rock background where all
styles were thrown into the mix. He remembers looking up to Boston radio jocks like DJ Jesse McGee and
DJ T-Clark, while records like Cash Money & Marvellous’ Ugly People Be Quiet influenced his technical
craft: “They contained scratches that were ahead of their time. I really didn’t have any mentors, except for
these records and the mixes those guys would do on the radio.”
Kon’s love for wax is for life, but he has little time for those passing judgement on a selector’s format of
choice: “It’s a DJ’s skill set and taste that matters. Music is meant to be shared and spread to as many as
possible. Who cares what medium I choose to play my music from? We are messengers, period. Nobody
owns the sounds that are blasting out of the speakers except the actual musicians. You may own the little
piece of plastic it’s recorded onto, but that’s it. Fools need to stop trippin’. I’m not caught up in the hype. I
still buy vinyl and I know it’s the coolest medium to store music on. Nothing can beat it. The feel, the smell,
the labels and so on, but I can’t take vinyl with me when I die. Now the sounds that have fed and nourished
my soul, I take with me everywhere I go. I can take them with me to the grave, or where ever I end up when
my physical shell can no longer take it. The music itself is staying with me forever.”
In On My Way, a rich cultural heritage has been distilled into an upfront album of burning dance floor action,
showing us why the BBE-crowned ‘King of Digging’ has for so long remained a formidable, worldwide
musical icon.

KEY SELLING POINTS:
· Kon is a renowed crate digger familiar to many having co compiled Kings of Diggin and
numerous mix albums with his previous partner Amir.
· Kon’s debut artist album features guest appearances from Amy Douglas, Georg Levin, Ben
Westbeech & Induce.
· Full press and radio campaign in UK , France , Germany
· Kon’s edit of Cerrone’s – “Hooked on You” premiered on the now defunct BBC Radio 1 Gilles
Peterson Worldwide show.
· there will be a very limited number of coloured double-vinyls with a download code for the album
included

WEBLINKS
http://soundcloud.com/kon
Twitter @KON1200

Tracklisting CD
1. All Night (Everybody) feat. Amy Douglas
2. She Was A Queen
3. Day Dream
4. Don’t Cha Wanna feat. Georg Levin
5. Awe Baby
6. 808 State
7. You Don’t Know ( I’ve Been Looking For You ) feat. Ben Westbeech
8. Love Shine feat. Induce
9. Yeah Yeah
10. Blow Me… A Kiss feat. Amy Douglas
11. On My Way Available from 19.07.2013

Tornado Wallace – Desperate Pleasures
Thursday, July 18th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tornado Wallace – Desperate Pleasures

Image: 1582061 Lewie Day – aka Tornado Wallace – ups the meteorological ante and turns in some laser-guided, ethno-hypno, eco-lectro jams for the eighth Beats In Space Records release.

The three tracks of Tornado Wallace’s Desperate Pleasures EP sound like the work of a comfortable yet adventurous producer who isn’t afraid to take a simple yet exotic theme and stride to the other side of the jungle. According to Wallace, this is “music for darker times in warmer climes, for where there is sun there are shadows.” What began as in-the-moment experiments with an assortment of old synths, drum machines, and dusty library records evolved into three super dapper, viscerally contaminated compositions, each one more zoned in / out than the next.

Drawing from 70s kraut, 80s post-punk, electro, and 90s house and trance, the ten plus years of producing / DJ experience that Wallace boasts allow for all of these elements to fuse together quite tastefully and strikingly at that. Ultimately, these Tornado jams dodge genre conventions for a curious and compelling outcome.

Each 12″ from Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. This 12″ features the tropical creature comforts of Californian Steven Harrington and is pressed on tri-colored, Day-Glo splattered wax. The 12″ packaging constructed by Will Work For Good features a removable vinyl BIS logo cling.

– DESPERATE PLEASURES
– SPACE TROPICS
– OKAVANGO DELTA Available from 28.06.2013

Jimpster
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Jamie Odell aka Jimpster and Audiomontage has been producing, remixing and DJing for the last 19 years and co-running his Freerange Records (voted Best British Label 2007) label for the last 15 of those. His musical upbringing and early introduction to production (his first release was on UK label Jumpin’ & Pumpin’ in 1990) and […]

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