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Lyrics Born – Real People
Friday, June 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lyrics Born – Real People

Available from 26.06.2015

Everyday People – Super Black / Is It Really That Bad?
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Everyday People – Super Black / Is It Really That Bad?

One of the rarest funk 45s in existence and the rarest 45 on Ellis Taylor’s Forte label flipped with a previously unreleased acetate (has a little bit of background noise but what you gonna do when there is only one copy in the world, we did out best …

Various – The Real Sound Of Mark Grusane
Friday, December 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Real Sound Of Mark Grusane

Image: 1616693 Having co-compiled two albums, The Real Sound of Chicago and The Real Sound of Chicago and Beyond for BBE, DJ and producer Mark Grusane steps out of the shadows to present ‘The Real Sound Of Mark Grusane’.

Tracklist:
A1 Africano – Open Your Hearts (Mark Grusane Edit)
A2 Sémaj – All Should Be In All (Mark Grusane Edit)
B1 Frank Pellico – Copa Cabana (Mark Grusane Edit)
B2 Brief Encounter – What About Love (Mark Grusane Edit)
B3 Choker Campbell – Carioca (Mark Grusane Edit)
C1 Shabadoo – Do It (Mark Grusane Edit)
C2 Daniele Patucchi – Sacrifce
C3 Yan Tregger: Rif On (Mark Grusane Spend The Night Edit)
D1 Jim Spencer – Moonlight Serenade (Mark Grusane Edit)
D2 Macho – Mucho Macho (Mark Grusane Edit)
D3 The Island Music Makers: Calypso Medley

Having co-compiled two albums, The Real Sound of Chicago and The Real Sound of Chicago and Beyond for BBE, DJ and producer Mark Grusane steps out of the shadows to present ‘The Real Sound Of Mark Grusane’. A highly personal selection of modern soul, disco and a little touch of boogie, these rare tracks have all been respectfully edited, chopped up or extended by Mark himself. Apart from the odd private vinyl pressing, or occasionally handing an edit over to close friends and DJs such as fellow BBE artist Sadar Bahar, Mark has never before made these tracks available (despite the throng of people waiting around to ask each time he fnishes a set).
Mark Grusane frst came to the attention of BBE Music back in 2010 when he was running specialist Chicago record shop Mr Peabody. He and his partner went on to create two of the label’s most sought-after soul compilations, thanks to the unmatched combination of rarity and quality expressed in the duo’s selections. Still living in Chicago, still buying and selling records, Mark has also built up a sizable discography of edits and original productions on various labels, now fnding his prodigious DJ skills in high demand across the globe. Each track on ‘The Real Sound Of Mark Grusane’ has a tale to tell, precious treasures unearthed by one of the hardest working and dedicated crate diggers in the game. From an edit he made at the age of 21 to a record he discovered last year whilst in London for a gig at The BBE Store, this collection is testament to a life spent completely immersed in music. Available from 26.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dilated Peoples – The Platform
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dilated Peoples – The Platform

Image: 1609700 On the West Coast, gangsta rap held sway in hip-hop as
the 21st century began. The alternative and conscious rap
music of the early-to-mid-90s had all but faded into the
underground. The scene was set for a comeback, perhaps
as a backlash to the perceived violence and misogyny of
gangsta rap’s content. Leading the resurgence of
alternative hip-hop were groups like Jurassic 5, and recent
signees to Capitol Records, a West coast trio that had
been building steam underground since the early 90s
called Dilated Peoples.
Anticipation was high for the release of the debut album
from Evidence, Rakaa, and DJ Babu. (Of the influential
turntablist collective Beat Junkies.) When The Platform
arrived in May of 2000 it was met with critical and
underground acclaim, as well as affording Dilated Peoples
their first Billboard chartings. It featured a back-to-basics
sound with a heavy debt to the old-school hip-hop ethos,
the kind of sound that harkened back to the early days of
legends like De La Soul & A Tribe Called Quest. Hits like
“No Retreat” and “The Platform” were bolstered by
Evidence & Rakaa’s subtle, abstract wit, and swift, adroit
wordplay, while DJ Babu provided production chops and
dextrous scratches. On The Platform the trio were joined
by the likes of B-Real, Tha Alkoholiks, Everlast, Planet
Asia, and many more providing guest vocals, while
boasting guest production from The Alchemist & Kut Masta
Kurt, among others.
Since its 2000 release this influential record, which
heralded the return of alternative hip-hop, has never seen
a vinyl reissue. With that, Get On Down-always on top of
giving the greatest hip-hop albums their due-is proud to
present this re-release of The Platform. The rhymes are
still fresh, the production is still pristine, and the album is
now back on vinyl for the first time in 17 years.

A1. So May I Introduce You
A2. The Platform
A3. No Retreat
A4. Guaranteed
B1. Right On
B2. The Main Event
B3. Service
B4. Ear Drums Pop
C1. Years In The Making
C2. Annihilation
C3. Expanding Man
C4. The Last Line Of Defense
D1. Triple Optics
D2. The Shape Of Things To Come
D3. Work The Angles
D4. Ear Drums Pop (Remix) Available from 05.05.2017

Various – James Brown’s Funky People (Part 3)
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – James Brown’s Funky People (Part 3)

Image: 1606745 “Get On Down continues its very welcome obsession with James Brown’s
stable of late ’60s and early ‘70s talent – much of it culled from his People
Records label, including various backing bands – by bringing this firsttime-
ever-on-vinyl package to the world. The third volume in the groundbreaking
Funky People series, originally released on CD in 2000, is just as
incredible as the first two. And maybe even more fascinating to JB fans,
because of the less-heard discoveries lurking in these grooves.
With 12 tracks spanning 1967 to 1975, this is far from a “remainders”
collection. Each cut here packs an undeniable punch. Featuring James’
most talented side-people, including The JBs, Bobby Byrd, Marva Whitney,
Lyn Collins and Vicki Anderson, Volume 3 goes even deeper in the
cut than previous collections, with the white Ohio-based studio crew The
Dapps (featuring drummer / vocalist Beau Dollar), the Dee Felice Trio and
even a cheekily named side crew called the A.A.B.B. (Above Average Black
Band).
There are some impressive covers here, including the Dee Felice Trio’s
driving, jazzy version of James’ “There Was A Time” (known to the
hip-hop nation thanks to Chubb Rock’s “Treat ‘Em Right”), a live version
of Lyn Collins covering the Isley Brothers’ “It’s My Thing”, in addition to
her studio cover of James’ “Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose.” In retrospect it
even sounds like James covers himself on the raw and powerful “Original
Rock Version” of his 1972 hit “Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’,” even
though the Rock version was recorded first, in 1970.
Marva Whitney’s “If You Don’t Give Me What I Want” is as powerful and
emotional as a soul ballad gets. The A.A.B.B.’s “Pick Up The Pieces One
By One” must have made the Average White Band want to hang up their
instruments. And one truly fascinating alternate take here is the
“Undubbed Version” of the JBs’ “Blow Your Head,” with the Moog work
and main Fred Wesley trombone solo removed. It lets the groove shimmer
in whole new light.
The more that newcomers and diehard fans alike dig into the James
Brown and People Records vaults, the more they realize that it’s a neverending
source of truly next-level funk and soul music. And you can be
sure this aural goodness will keep flowing to the public, thanks to the
exhaustive efforts of Get On Down.”

A1. James Brown
Talkin’ Loud & Saying Nothin’
A2. Fred Wesley & The JBs
Blow Your Head
A3. The Believers
Mr. Hot Pants AKA Across The Track (Pts. 1 & 2)
B1. Beau Dollar
Who Knows
B2. Hank Ballard & The Dapps
How You Gonna Get Respect
(When You Haven’t Cut Your Process Yet)
B3. Bobby Byrd
Doin’ The Do
C1. A.A.B.B.
Pick Up The Pieces One By One
C2. Lyn Collins
Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
C3. Sweet Charles
Hang Out & Hustle
D1. Dee Felice Trio
There Was A Time
D2. Vicki Anderson
If You Don’t Give Me What I Want
(I Gotta Get It Some Other Place)
D3. Marva Whitney
It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me
Who To Sock It To) (Live) Available from 25.11.2016

Various – James Brown’s Funky People (Part 1)
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – James Brown’s Funky People (Part 1)

Image: 1607137 Some have made the claim that Get On Down may
love James Brown just a little too much. To which
the label replies, it’s not possible to love James
Brown too much. The label’s welcome obsession
with Mr. Brown and the incredible line up of talent
found on his People Record imprint continues with
the reissue of Funky People Part 1.
Long out of print on vinyl, Funky People Part 1
features the top tier of artists from Brown’s People
Records label, including The J.B.’s, Lyn Collins,
Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. Some of the James
Brown organizations all-time best material is
collected here, including The J.B.’s “Pass The
Peas” and “Hot Pants Road”, Fred Wesley’s in your
face politics through funk statement “Damn Right,
I Am Somebody”, Lyn Collins smash hit “Think
(About It)” and many more.
Newcomers and diehard fans alike continue to dig
into the James Brown and People Records vaults,
and the more they do so, the more they realize that
it’s a nearly never ending source of truly next-level
funk and soul music. And you can be sure this aural
goodness will keep flowing to the public, thanks to
the exhaustive efforts of Get On Down.

1. The J.B.’s – Gimme Some More
2. The J.B.’s – Pass The Peas
3. Lyn Collins – Think (About It)
4. The J.B.’s – Givin’ Up Food For Funk (Part 1)
5. Lyn Collins – Mama Feelgood
6. The J.B.’s – Hot Pants Road
7. Lyn Collins – Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again
8. Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s – Damn Right, I Am Somebody (Parts 1 & 2)
9. Lyn Collins – Take Me Just As I Am
10. Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s – If You Don’t Get It The First Time, Back Up And Try Again, Party
11. Maceo & The Macks – Parrty (Part 1)
12. Fred & The New J.B.’s – (It’s Not The Express) It’s The JB’s Monaurail (Part 1 Available from 18.11.2016

People Under The Stairs – The Gettin’ Off Stage EP, Step 2
Friday, July 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on People Under The Stairs – The Gettin’ Off Stage EP, Step 2

Image: 1605480 17 years since the inception of the group, the duo’s tenth project
reflects back on the path less traveled and distills their unique blend
of funk into this – the second of a series of 6 song EP’s that outline
their long journey to arrive at The Gettin’ Off Stage. Join the duo as
they resurrect for an encore after a very real run in with mortality.
Super high quality, deluxe packaging via a collaboration / joint
venture between Redefinition Records & Thes One’s Piecelock70!

New EP from legendary LA Hip-Hop duo, People Under The
Stairs!

Deluxe packaging includes extra thick jackets, case-wrapped
with high gloss artwork (aka hand-made, tip-on jackets) +
2-tone black & white blended color vinyl (a-side / b-side style,
so each record is unique)

Second release in a series of three individual EPs which form
group’s 3rd album (Step 1 vinyl was released on the group’s
website and completely sold out)

SIDE A
1. Back From The Dead
2. Graffiti On A High School Wall
3. Feels Good
SIDE B
1. Nightrunners
2. STE For Superheroes
3. After These Messages
Performed by Thes One & Double K
Produced by Thes One Available from 26.08.2016

Potatohead People – Big Luxury
Friday, April 10th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Potatohead People – Big Luxury

Image: 1595339 Working on opposite sides of the landmass we call Canada, Vancouver/Montreal duo Potatohead People (producers Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical) have been making waves for quite some time with their signature jazzy boom-bap meets boogie inside the bassbin vibes. Called a “formidable tandem” by OkayPlayer, their sounds have been championed early on by the likes of Kaytranada, Soulection, Nightmares on Wax, Pomo, Exmag, Big Boi, and Phife Dawg. After a few early releases on Vancouver based netlabel Jellyfish Recordings, Brooklyn’s Bastard Jazz reissued their 2012 landmark Kosmichemusik EP and pressed a 7″ released on Valentine’s Day 2013. The association landed their song “Back To My Sh*t” (featuring Frank Nitty of Frank’n’Dank) on a Powerade produced LeBron James documentary and Nick and Astro began working on a debut LP for Bastard Jazz, presented here.

Big Luxury draws from influences disparate as classic jazz, prog rock, disco 90’s hop, DJ Shadow-Era downtempo beats, alongside modern influences like the Brainfeeder crew and new electronic sounds coming out of Nick Wisdom’s adopted hometown of Montreal. What’s resulted is a finely honed, extra buttery album that effortly glides between tempos, but never loses the mood. The album also features a whole host of guest vocalists – J Dilla’s younger brother Illa J, legendary Canadian MC Moka Only, New Zealand’s Sorceress, and Amalia all provide contributions to the sounds within. Big Luxury is a velvety ride through vibes and a magnificent debut for these talented young Canadians.

Tracklisting
1. Intro (No Devices)
2. Blue Charms
3. Explosives (feat. Illa J & Moka Only)
4. Messenger (feat. Sorceress & Mosaic)
5. Palmreader
6. Snapbax
7. Luxury
8. Luv Ya (feat. Amalia)
9. Broke the Pen
10. Seeds (feat. Illa J) Available from 27.03.2015

Potatohead People – Big Luxury
Thursday, February 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Potatohead People – Big Luxury

Image: 1595337 “Big Luxury” schöpft aus unterschiedlichen Einflüssen wie klassischen Jazz, Prog Rock, Disco, 90er Hip Hop, DJ Shadow-Era Downtempo Beats, kombiniert mit modernen Einflüssen wie der Brainfeeder Crew und neuen elektronischen Klängen, die von Nick Wisdoms Wahlheimat Montreal kommen. Das Album enthält eine ganze Reihe von Gastsängers, darunter J Dillas jüngerer Bruder Illa J, der legendäre kanadische MC Moka Only, Neuseelands Sorceress und Amalia. “Big Luxury” ist eine samtige Fahrt durch Vibes und ein großartiges Albumdebüt für diese jungen, talentierten Kanadier. Available from 20.03.2015

Feeding People – Islang Universe
Thursday, April 4th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Feeding People – Islang Universe

Image: 1578986 A band of teenagers making some of the heaviest psychedelic around decades after the 13th Floor Elevators declared their hallucinatory sense of purpose. Produced by Jonny Bell of The Crystal Antlers and Hanni El Khatib.
Beyond the real deal is the unreal deal, and therein lies Feeding People, a band of teenagers making some of the heaviest psychedelic around decadesafter the 13th Floor Elevators declared their hallucinatory sense of purpose. Feeding People was founded and is headed by nineteen-year-old Jessie Jones who channels the raw power of Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick and Janis Joplin at her most primal as she leads with strong, almost vicious vocals, bellowing blasphemies as if possessed by spirits with a masked sweetness reminiscent of Billie Holiday. Her siren call reeled in Chris Alfaro of Free the Robots who produced some of the band’s earliest recordings, all of which were written acoustic and recorded electric in a single take in a’ 6’x10’ walk-in closet with a 4-track recorder and mic stands made of broom handles taped to fire extinguishers. After playing only a couple shows, Feeding People became the second band ever invited to play storied electronic music club Low End Theory, where they shared the stage with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. This is the full length LP recorded and produced by Jonny Bell of The Crystal Antlers and Hanni El Khatib. Available from 15.03.2013

Be prepared for Oddisee’s new full-length LP “People Hear What They See”
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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“This album is about influence, inspiration, perception & reality. Every song was written in an outside environment, so that I could observe the subjects that would become my subject matter. All too often in hip hop, reality is limited to that of the artists own, actual experiences. “People Hear What They See” is my attempt […]

The much-missed spirit of real rock’n’roll is ready to return in the capable hands of Little Barrie …
Monday, July 25th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Nearly four years after their last record, the world’s favourite rock’n’roll-soul-punk-mod-blues band’s new album “King Of The Waves” is released in 2011 on their own Non Delux label, in conjunction with Bumpman, founded by Alan Day, co-owner of Camden’s celebrated Hawley Arms. The album marks the renewal of the band’s working relationship with the mighty […]

Banda Achilifunk & OJO’s “Gitano Real” is the closing chapter of the Achilifunk trilogy …
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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In 2007 “Achilifunk”, a compilation + booklet selected and written by Txarly Brown, was released to much critical acclaim both in Spain and the rest of the world. “Achilifunk” was a surprise which opened the eyes of many, especially in Spain, where, for reasons of age, ridiculous hipsterism or whatever other excuse, people didn’t associate […]

Tony Cook is back to reality …
Monday, December 27th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Tony got his start as James Brown’s drummer (while still a teenager) as soon as he graduated from school. He drummed off and on for James as well as Etta James, all the while recording his own music that sounded nothing like either artist. A bunch of his 7″ singles he produced featuring different artists […]

Rakaa of Dilated Peoples presents his solo album “Crown Of Thorns” …
Thursday, July 1st, 2010 | Tags: , , ,
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Coasting down Los Angeles’ 405 highway, Rakaa Iriscience, one third of world-renowned hip hop crew Dilated Peoples, is on his way to the studio to lay down mixes for his upcoming solo album “Crown Of Thorns”, his debut after four albums with his group and countless guest spots. Ask him if this means the end […]

THE SOUL SNATCHERS – real soul music never dies …
Thursday, February 21st, 2008 | Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on THE SOUL SNATCHERS – real soul music never dies …

Soul/Jazz/Funk

Douglas Greed / Real
Monday, October 22nd, 2007 | Tags: , , ,
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In his teenage years Douglas Greed aka Real got heavily infected by breakbeat, hip hop and drum & bass. Soon after he started to collect records excessively and he became a well-known dj with residencies in venues like Klub Muna, Kassablanca in Jena and the Forellenkeller in Gera. Thanks to his multi-dimensional musical background it’s […]

Dilated Peoples
Monday, July 30th, 2007 | Tags: , , , , ,
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Celebrated director Jason Goldwatch captures Dilated Peoples’ epic journey through the music industry in all its glory and disappointments.

The Release Party” feature film has been 10 years in the making. Follow Evidence, Rakaa Iriscience and DJ Babu on their journey captured by longtime friend and collaborator Jason Goldwatch. Witness first hand the ups and downs of the music industry through the eyes of a band. How did the ‘anti-everything’ left-of-center group end up on a major label? What got them there? And finally, what freed them from the major label system? Dilated Peoples spill their guts and take it back to basics, once again breathing new life into independent hip hop. This extraordinary package features 7 new and unreleased Dilated Peoples tracks as well as a documentary that will take you where no other camera has ever been …

Reel People
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003 | Tags:
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Reel People formed in February 2000 when Oli Lazarus and Tom Davidson met and began sharing ideas about their passion for soulful music. Tom was working on a session by East West Connection and at the time Oli was managing the Flying Records shop, also home to Chilli Funk “ East West Connection’s label. They hit it off immediately and not one but two projects were born “ Samson and Reel People …

J-Live: Back For Real
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2002 | Tags:
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He’s back with a brandnew album called “All Of The Above” ! A real album that you can actually buy in a record store near you. Produced by DJ Spinna, Usef Dinero, A Touch of Jazz and J-Live himself. The former MC’s MC breaks it down track by track for us …

People (make the world go round)
Thursday, September 27th, 2001 | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on People (make the world go round)

Mike Slocombe (pic.-r) and Spencer Weekes (pic.-l) are two busy Londoneers. With their Goya distribution they are looking after a whole bunch of labels that wear the “West London” batch. They are promoting one of the town’s hottest sunday clubs, Co-Op and last but not least, these are the geezers behind behind People, the label that co-started the whole Broken Beats movement. With two new albums under their belts “ “Footsteps” , the 3rd volume of the People Make The World Go Round series and SK Radicals’s “When Will We Belong” “ it was about time for a little interview.

Masta Killa (Wu-Tang Clan) – Loyalty Is Royalty
Friday, December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Masta Killa (Wu-Tang Clan) – Loyalty Is Royalty

Image: 1612113 The legendary Wu-Tang Clan is among the most successful and
in?uential groups in hip-hop history. As one of the nine original members,
Masta Killa has been an important part of the Wu-Tang legacy since the
group’s debut in 1993. He’s contributed verses to countless Wu classics
(“Glaciers Of Ice”, “Winter Warz”, “Triumph”, “Duel Of The Iron Mic”, “Wu
Banga 101”), released three critically acclaimed solo albums, and always
remained true to the core Clan aesthetic: razor-sharp wisdom over dusty,
soulful production. Now, Masta Killa is back with a brand new album,
Loyalty Is Royalty. The highly-anticipated project boasts an impressive
list of guest appearances, including Method Man, Redman, KXNG
Crooked, Sean Price, RZA, GZA, Prodigy, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna,
and more. As fate would have it, two of those MCs have since passed
away, making their contributions particularly special. “All praises due to
the memories of Sean Price and Prodigy of Mobb Deep,” says MK. “Two
hip hop legends.” With production handled by the likes of 9th Wonder,
Illmind, P.F. Cuttin, RZA, True Master, and Dame Grease, Loyalty Is
Royalty delivers the kind of classic hip-hop experience fans have come
to expect from Masta Killa.

1. Intro
2. Return Of The Masta Kill (feat. Young Dudas and Cappadonna)
3. Loyalty Is Royalty (R.I.F. – Rapping Is Fundamental) (feat. AB
& JR)
4. Therapy (feat. Method Man and Redman)
5. OGs Told Me (feat. Boy Backs and Moe Roc)
6. Wise Words By The RZA (feat. RZA)
7. Trouble
8. Skit
9. Down With Me (feat. Sean Price)
10. Tiger And The Mantice (feat. Inspectah Deck and GZA)
11. Real People (feat. Prodigy and KXNG Crooked)
12. Flex With Me (feat. Chanel Sosa)
13. Calculated (feat. Ra Stacks and Nick Guns)
14. Noodles Pt. 1
15. Noodles Pt. 2
16. Outro Available from 05.01.2018

DJ Spinna & BBE Soundsystem – Presents Strange Games & Funky Things Vol.5
Friday, April 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Spinna & BBE Soundsystem – Presents Strange Games & Funky Things Vol.5

Image: 1557814 Another classic compilation from the BBE back- catalogue gets re-stocked for the first time, in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

Tracklist:
A1 Ned Doheny – Get It Up For Love
A2 Sylvia – Sweet Stuff
A3 Richard Evans ft. Linda Williams – Capricorn Rising
A4 Sylvia St. James – Motherland
B1 Eddy Senay – Cameo
B2 Cal Tjader – Morning
B3 Francisco Aguabella – Ramon’s Desire
B4 The Philly Armada Orchestra – For The Love Of Money
C1 The Ambassadors – Ain’t Got The Love Of One Girl (On My Mind)
C2 Family Tree – Family Tree
C3 The Perfect Circle – The Hands Of Time
C4 War – War Is Coming, War Is Coming
D1 Hiroshi Fukumura – Hunt Up Wind
D2 Wood, Brass & Steel – Always There
D3 C.K. Mann & His Carousel 7 – Asafo Beesuon / Obaa Yaa Aye Me Bone (Medley) Edit
D4 Bill Summers – Brazilian Skies

The ‘Strange Games’ series which began in the summer of 1997, represents the blueprint for modern R&B and rap music. It joins the dots between 70s soul, 80s rare groove and 90s hip hop. This compilation contains a wide variety styles, from classic dance-floor fillers to lesser known gems. A more accessible ‘digger’s delight’ with an emphasis on quality tracks, not just songs only worth having for a 2 second sample. Featuring a much more worldly selection than its predecessors, tracks by the multi platinum selling War and Sylvia (Founder of Sugarhill Records) sit side by side with world music icons like C.K. Mann and Francisco Aguabella. This volume is the 5th in a series of legendary ‘Strange Games…’ records, this time compiled by the one and only DJ Spinna.

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

Available from 13.05.2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklisting:

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

7″ single:

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

LGK – I Like It / Please
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on LGK – I Like It / Please

Image: 1596379 Two pieces of snarling filter house from NYC heavyweights Robbie Busch aka DJ McBoing Boing – record dealer to the stars, digger extraordinaire, & DJ of sweaty underground parties around the world, and Josh Dunn – one part of the sorely missed 100 limousines, and one third of the holy trinity that put on New York’s legendary Foreal People party.

For two guys so deeply immersed in the rich history of urban dance music, from the Blues & Gospel through deep Disco, Soul, Chicago and Detroit sounds, you could be forgiven for expecting to hear a rich homage to the sounds of the past. Instead we get the future ghost of Ron Hardy playing the record backwards on a janky turntable with a quarter for a counterweight and fucking shit up in every conceivable way.

These two are chiefly concerned with moving things forward, having some fun, and taking no prisoners along the way.

Golf Channel every time!

A. I LIKE IT
B. PLEASE Available from 24.07.2015

Joey Negro & Sean P – Pres. Supafunkanova Vol.1
Friday, January 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joey Negro & Sean P – Pres. Supafunkanova Vol.1

Image: 1594619 To tie in with second installment of Supafunkanova we are re-releasing a re-packaged Volume 1.
Disco historians and top deckhands DJs Joey Negro and Sean P cast the net yet wider with ‘Supafunkanova’, another
retrospective of outstanding 12” tracks from the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Unearthing over 24 gems from their respective colossal record collections, the groovesome twosome pull together some of
the original backstreet 12s which put FUNK into the disco decades.
It’s a collection sure to please all. The hard-bitten funk fan is likely to find something he hasn’t unearthed yet or even knew
existed and the newly initiated disco boogie fan will find this a great place to start his digging. There’s even an exclusive
remix by Joey Negro of the old school classic “We Rap More Mellow” by The Younger Generation, thrown in as an added
bonus.
This DOUBLE CD features some old school rap styles from Billy Lamont and South Bronx, plus some proper jazzy street funk
from Silver Lining, The Pied Piper of Funkingham and Hypertension. For the beat-focused, there are killer breaks to hand with
some old favourites from J. Gayle Gaymon, BLT and Legacy, as well as Ray Munning’s cooler than cool remake of ‘Funky
Nassau’. The gatefold Double LP also features a new and exclusive edit of Foreal People from Joey Negro.
Reigning in sounds from New York, South Carolina, Washington, Boston and Los Angeles, Supafunkanova Vol.1 is an
intoxicating blend of fiercely groovy arrangements, bouncy drumbeats and funk driven synths.
A musical mix still as likely to get the booty shaking as it was over 20 years ago!

CD1
1. Backlash – Hang With The Gang
2. The Pied Piper of Funkingham – Clap Song
3. Ray Munnings – It Could Happen To You
4. Legacy – I’m So Glad
5. J. Gayle Gaymon – (If You) Study Long, You’ll Study Wrong
(Instrumental)
6. BLT – Tighten It Up
7. Hypertension – Got This Feelin’
8. Needa – Come On And Rock
9. Foreal People – Love Begins With You
10. South Bronx – The Bottom Line
11. The Billy Mersey Band – Soul Kick
12. V.I.P. Connection – West Coast Drive
CD2
1. The Younger Generation – We Rap More Mellow
(Joey Negro Remix)
2. Jahneen – Gigolette
3. Billy Lamont & The UNN Band – The Man With The Master Plan
4. Marcia Pharr – I’ll Be The One
5. Leprechaun – Reach Out (And Touch Someone)
6. Jackie Cole & Hot Platnium Fantasy – I’ve Got A Trouble Man
(Sean P Edit)
7. Billy Evans – Prisoner of My Weakness (Joey Negro Edit)
8. Johnny Adams – Feel The Heat, Feel The Beat
9. Silver Lining – Silver Lining
10. Jackie Boy & Nature’s Creation – Freak Unique
11. Standing Room Only – Funk Affair
12. The Power Band – Power Funk Available from 27.02.2015

Various – Southport Weekender (LeFtO)
Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Southport Weekender (LeFtO)

Image: 1588822 The histories of BBE Music and the Southport Weekender have intertwined since day one. The first release
on the label, Stop & Listen Volume 1, was compiled by Dr Bob Jones, the venerable UK selector who was
for many years an integral part of Southport’s core of resident DJs who helped shape the sound of the
Weekender scene.
Over the past ten years, the label has continued to release multi-genre compilations, mixed with some killer
artist contributions while still finding time to introduce authoritative new collections such as ‘The Kings Of…’
series, always working with veterans and newcomers of the finest stripe. It’s amongst this musical royalty
that the history of the label and the longest running indoor dance and urban music event in the world
continue to converge: an incredible number of Southport Weekender guest artists have been showcased on
the label, Jill Scott, Roy Ayers, Jazzy Jeff, David Rodigan and Kenny Dope amongst them.
With this in mind, we’re most proud to announce a joint venture, building upon this symbiotic relationship
with an anticipated run of joint projects from these two groundbreaking brands: real music for real people
from the world’s friendliest party!
First up is LeFtO whom Fact! Magazine described as “your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ”, affiliated with
Brownswood Recordings, Blue Note, !K7 Records, and one of the most significant tastemakers Europe has
to offer. This bearded early riser is consistently a couple steps ahead of your average early adopter.
He doesn’t wait for the next thing to land on his lap, he actively seeks it out, just take a peek at his playlists
on Belgium’s foremost national radio station Studio Brussels which received compliments from Rough Trade
Shops, Gilles Peterson and has featured on MTV Hive. However, don’t assume that he’s only working
futuristic angles – no sir. Firmly rooted in jazz and hip-hop, he sharpened his digging sensibility working at
the now legendary Music Mania record store in hometown Brussels. His passion for jazz resulted in a remix
album for Blue Note. LeFtO is forever moving forwards but always got an ear in the past. Famed for his
gloriously eclectic dj sets, he switches effortlessly between hip hop, funk breaks, neck-snapping beats,
future bass, south-American influences, along with wild African rhythms. He’s not only a deejay and
producer but also curates his own stage at the Dour Festival and his own nights in the Belgian city of Gent.
World renowned, LeFtO regularly blesses sound systems from Tokyo to Seoul, Singapore to Manila,
Kazakhstan to Germany, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with residencies in Amsterdam and New York.

KEY SELLING POINTS
„h SPW has an active database of 200,000 dedicated fans and the album will be directly marketed
to them
„h Capacity of SPW is 6500 people in the last 10 years it has sold out 6 months prior to the event,
without any line up being announced
„h SPW celebrates its 50th event this May feat DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, Carl Cox
„h This part of a series of albums that will celebrate the joy of the Weekender
„h full press and radio campaign UK, France, Germany

TRACKLISTING
CD 1 mixed
1. Reginald Omas Mamode IVth – Keep On
Walking
2. The Breathing Effect – Daydream Prison
3. Nikitch – Don’t Know Why
4. Om Unit – Shine Your Light
5. Diggs Duke – Is It Love? feat. Vaughan
Octavia
6. Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers – It Sure Is
Funky
7. Som Sete – Esquindindin
8. Elias Rahbani – La Dance De Nadia
9. Peshay – Kickin’ It With The Piano feat.
Tonunion
10. Zara McFarlane – Angie La La (Ay Ay Ay
Ay) (Yoruba Soul Remix) feat. Leron Thomas
11. Genius Of Time – Drifting Back
12. Pablo Sánchez – Out and About (Kyodai
Remix)
13. Rodendion – Well Done
14. Karizma – Hear and Now feat. Osunlade
15. Detroit Swindle – Under The Spell
16. Kid Fonque and Zaki Ibrahim – 2Sides
17. Sam Sanders – Face At My Window

CD 2 unmixed
1. Reginald Omas Mamode IVth – Keep On
Walking
2. The Breathing Effect – Daydream Prison
3. Nikitch – Don’t Know Why
4. Om Unit – Shine Your Light
5. Som Sete – Esquindindin
6. Sam Sanders – Face At My Window
7. Peshay – Kickin’ It With The Piano feat.
Tonunion
8. Zara McFarlane – Angie La La (Ay Ay Ay
Ay) (Yoruba Soul Remix) feat. Leron Thomas
9. Pablo Sánchez – Out and About (Kyodai
Remix)
10. Karizma – Hear and Now feat. Osunlade
11. Detroit Swindle – Under The Spell
12. Kid Fonque and Zaki Ibrahim – 2Sides

WEBLINKS www.lefto.be www.southportweekender.co.uk
www.mixcloud.com/leftooo www.gillespetersonworldwide.com Available from 30.05.2014

The Natural Yogurt Band present their debut album on Jazzman Records …
Friday, May 23rd, 2008 | Tags: ,
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Soul/Jazz/Funk

COUP D’Etat presents album by SOUL PURPOSE trio …
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Hip Hop

Love Machine – Times To Come
Friday, January 19th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Love Machine – Times To Come

Image: 1616965 Mit „Times To Come“ erscheint am 02. März 2018 das dritte Album der Düsseldorfer Band LOVE MACHINE.
Es ist die erste Veröffentlichung der Gruppe in Zusammenarbeit mit Unique Records.
In Zeiten von sich breitmachender Kälte und Angst, frönen LOVE MACHINE auf ihrer neuen LP den Freuden der Liebe und legen Zeugnis ab über zwei bewegte Jahre, die seit dem Release ihres letzten Albums vergingen. „Times To Come“ zeugt von der schier grenzenlosen Spielfreude der Düsseldorfer und ihrem unerschütterlichen Glauben an die Macht des ewigen Grooves.
Einflüsse aus Folkrock und Rock’N’Roll verbinden sich mit zeitgenössischer Psychedelia, Harmoniegesänge und Slidegitarren treffen auf analoge Synthesizer, Voodoo Percussions und verschmelzen letztlich zu einem schweißtreibenden, bewusstseinserweiternden Cocktail aus Americana und Krautrock.
Getrieben von der schnurbärtigsten Rhythmusgruppe unserer Zeit und vollendet durch die große Lovestory zweier Gitarren, bieten LOVE MACHINE nichts Geringeres an als Erlösung.
Frontmann Marcel Rösche ist der Schamane, Besessene und Visionär, der über allem thront und über jeden Zweifel erhaben ist. Entrückt in Zustände jenseits von Gut und Böse, kündet er von der eigenen Katharsis und fordert uns auf, ihm es gleichzutun und auf ewig von Realität und Vernunft loszulassen.
Unterstützt wird der Gesang Rösches von den Harmonien des Bonner Weird Folk Duos The Mañana People.
Mit der Veröffentlichung des Vorgängeralbums „Circles“ im Frühjahr 2016 haben sich LOVE MACHINE endgültig als heißester Geheimtipp im deutschen Underground etabliert. Während die Single „Sun Paradox“ samt Video auf MTV Germany rotiert, nennt der legendäre Klaus Fiehe (1Live) das Album den „craziest shit“ und seine deutsche Lieblingsplatte 2016.
Im folgenden sind LOVE MACHINE unentwegt auf Tour durch die Clubs der Republik und spielen auf Festivals wie dem Copenhagen Psych Fest, Open Source, c/o pop und Burg Herzberg. Ebenso überzeugen sie im Vorprogramm von Kikagaku Moyo, Acid Mothers Temple, Boris und The Flying Eyes.
Doch mit dem Verstäuben und Verspritzen von Liebe beschränkt sich die Band nicht bloß auf Deutschland. Denn Frankreich, England, Dänemark, Schweiz und Polen wurden bereits beglückt und LOVE MACHINE werden nicht eher ruhen bevor alle Menschen auf Erden den Nektar der Liebe und des Friedens gekostet haben. Available from 02.03.2018

Danny Watts – Black Boy Meets World
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Danny Watts – Black Boy Meets World

Image: 1617466 This fall, Danny Watts will release his debut album Black Boy Meets World
on Jonwayne’s imprint Authors Recording Company. Beats were supplied
in full by Jonwayne, creating the environments that mesh to Danny Watts’
introspective lyricism and soulful cadences on the mic. The Houston based
rapper has created a body of work that details his life experiences with an
honest and uncompromising lens, jumping out of the Authors Recording
Company gates as the first release after the critically acclaimed Rap Album
Two. Before the release of Black Boy Meets World, Danny Watts is offering
up the album’s lead single “Young & Reckless” feat. Aye Mitch! today.
Danny Watts and Jonwayne recently captured Black Boy Meets World
in the span of only a week, recording the 11-track LP at the Los Angeles
recording facility Cosmic Zoo. Danny also wrote all of the lyrics to the album
in this same window, finishing up to three songs per day as the Cosmic
Zoo sessions occurred in an intense yet efficient form. Mixing and mastering
was completed by Low End Theory’s Daddy Kev and artwork was supplied
by Authors’ creative director Shane Sakanoi. With executive oversight and
production on every track supplied by Jonwayne, guest contributions and
features include Ray Wright of Warm Brew, DIBIA$E, Leaving Records’
Kiefer, Dr. Octagon collaborator Juan Alderete de la Pena, Zeroh, and many
others. The overall effect presents the ethos of hip-hop’s many forms, pulled
into the weight of classic sounding kicks, snares, hi-hats, basslines, keys,
synths, and horns.
The process that brought Danny Watts to this stage of his music career
defines his maturation process as a man and the roads that have split out
from this path. “This whole album is me telling my story from my perspective,”
explains Danny Watts. “Everyone goes through their own unique experiences
in life that forces them to really understand how the world operates. You either
allow yourself to succumb to the pressures of life or just find the strength to
make the best of your environment. Writing this album helped me realize
how some lessons in life are inescapable. I spent my whole life telling myself
that I would never end up like certain people. Thinking that I was better than
a lot of people because a part of me felt and thought differently from most of
my peers. Then I ended up finding myself in those same situations that I just
knew for sure that I wouldn’t end up in.”

1. I Don’t Trust Myself
2. Cards With The Devil (ft. Ray Wright)
3. Young & Reckless (ft. Aye Mitch!)
4. Pill
5. Ain’t No Problem
6. Things We Have To Do
7. Uprooted
8. A Lullaby For You
9. Back Again
10. Lester’s Interlude
11. Black Boy Meets World

• Entirely produced by Jonwayne
• Was touring the release of Black Boy Meets World with Jonwyne’s Rap Album Two US Tour
• Guest contributions and features include Ray Wright of Warm Brew, DIBIA$E, Leaving Records’ Kiefer, Dr. Octagon collaborator Juan Alderete de la Pena, Zeroh, and many others Available from 02.02.2018

Emilie Nana – I Rise EP (Danny Krivit Edits)
Friday, January 12th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Emilie Nana – I Rise EP (Danny Krivit Edits)

Image: 1617200 Music with a Message! Gut ein Jahr nach Veröffentlichung ihres brillianten Debütalbums THE MEETING LEGACY kehrt Emilie Nana mit einer atemberaubenden neuen EP auf Compost Records zurück. „I RISE“ ist eine Empowerment-Hymne im besten Sinne – uplifting, überwältigend und über einem hypnotisch deepen Groove schwebend zieht uns Emilie Nana mit ihren Vocals in den Bann. Diesem Bann konnte auch New Yorks legendäres Nightlife Mastermind Danny Krivit nicht wiederstehen und steuert für die Platte zwei Edits bei, die seine unverwechselbare Handsschrift tragen.

Ein Jahr nach dem brillianten Debütalbum THE MEETING LEGACY kehrt Emilie Nana mit einer atemberaubenden, neuen Single zurück. Auf ganz eigene Weise trägt sie das Gedicht “Still I Rise” von der amerikanischen Dichterin, Autorin und Bürgerrechtlerin Maya Angelou vor.

Emilie Nana zieht einen in den Bann. Ihre schwebende Stimme, beinahe geflüstert, ist überwältigend. Wie eine hohe Priesterin verzaubert sie, während die Musik im Hintergrund deep und hypnotisch bleibt. “I Rise ist eine Denunzierung”, behauptet sie selbst. Es geht nicht nur um Meditation, sondern
auch Deklamation. Klar und deutlich adressiert sie den Unterdrücker, spricht mit großer Gewissheit und antwortet auf Jahrzehnte der Misshandlung. Sie ist eine schwarze Frau, die sich stolz ausdrückt und damit sehr persönliche Musik schafft.

Ein Gefühl, das auch vom wegweisenden New Yorker DJ und Produzenten Danny Krivit geteilt wird: “Emilie Nana hat viel zu sagen mit ihrer Musik, und ihren Texten. Ihre neueste Single, “I Rise” ist ein perfektes Beispiel dafür.” Die Möglichkeit, mit einer Persönlichkeit zusammenzuarbeiten, die Zeit ihres Lebens alle ethnischen Ursprünge vereint hat, einer echten Legende, deren Edits Klassiker sind, dessen Rolle als Mastermind im New Yorker Nightlife unantastbar ist und der seit mehr als 45 Jahren an der Spitze der internationalen Tanzmusikszene steht, ist wie ein Geschenk für Emilie Nana. Krivits magic touch ist auf “Danny Krivit Vocal Dub Edit” und “Beatapella” zu hören.

Early Support and Quotes on “I Rise”:

Laurent Garnier:
“EXCELLENT – this is a pure beauty….Loooove it”

Ron Trent:
“Good to hear from you. Nice release…
Please send this to me would love to rock it. Looking forward”

Kalabrese:
“Beautiful. Like it. Very levitating and kicking…. will try the Danny Krivit Edit tonight”

King Britt:
“Hell yes! Thank you. Give her my best”

Michel Cleis:
“I love the song. Original is beautiful. Floatings / Ambiances are great and Emilie s voice is really nice. Danny’s edits are great. Will play all this for sure. Thank you very much.“

Quotes on “The Meeting Legacy” – Album 2016:
“Great new artists… today… eh… not so easy to come by… people who not only have great music, but also add something to it with their presence… people your actually driven to follow… because you know more great things are coming… Emilie Nana seems very passionate about her music & very much about what’s right & wrong in the world… a face and a mind to the music… and a lot of heart too… someone I can’t wait to hear what’s next from… underground… poignant… cutting edge… I’m a follower 🙂 Favorite track: Inward Path.“ DANNY KRIVIT (718 Sessions / Body & Soul NYC) via Bandcamp
“An impressive, promising debut album.” GROOVE Mag
“Fresh, blistely, very creative and extremely exciting” FAZE (longplayer of the month)
“Smoothly sounding groover” INTRO
“A brilliant collection of electronica music that isn’t afraid to bend the genres… a new-guard of future music is here.” Renight.com
Quotes on “The Meeting Legacy Remixes” – EP 2016
“Bad ass!! A new classic..staple in my record bag!“ || OSUNLADE (Yoruba) via Bandcamp
“Nice package. Manoo Nanadub is the one for me I think.“ || Mano Le Tough?
“Yes, great reworks by Manoo!“ || Quarion?
“Love the Beanfield & Thomas Herb Mix and the Manoo Dub.“ || Ewan Pearson
“This is wonderful! “ || Luke Solomon
Additional airplays and DJ support by: Louie Vega, Anané Vega, Mr. Raoul K., Luciano, Matthias Meyer, Mirco Loco, Bill Brewster, Charles Webster, Claudio Coccoluto, Ingo Sänger, The Drifter, Manuel Tur and many more…

Available from 23.02.2018

Tall Black Guy & Karizma – A Franklin Black Excursion
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tall Black Guy & Karizma – A Franklin Black Excursion

Image: 1617210 We begin 2018 on a slightly spiritual note, and a brand new Excursion. A vinyl-only 7″ flip courtesy of a delightful dream-team duo, Tall Black Guy and Karizma.

A real pleasure to welcome these two to the fold, here with ‘A Franklin Black Excursion’ – a double-header of beautiful re-interpretations of a classic by the Queen of Soul…

For those that don’t know, Tall Black Guy is a regular favourite from our sister-label, First Word Records, on which he’s released two albums over the past few years (‘8 Miles To Moenart’ and ‘Let’s Take A Trip’). Detroit-born Terrel Wallace has built a solid rep in recent times as one of the most revered beatmakers on the planet. Initially pricking peoples ears with a series of incredible edits, he has garnered fans far & wide from Gilles to Jazzy Jeff (with whom he’s become a regular stalwart of The PLAYlist Retreat sessions). Production, remixes and collabs have included Moonchild, Little Dragon, Masego, Terrace Martin, Zara McFarlane, The Mouse Outfit and Stro Elliot.

Karizma, aka Kaytronik, aka Kris Klayton, is a deeply prolific cat from Baltimore, releasing music since the mid-nineties on assorted tips, Deep House & Techno, Broken Beat, Hip Hop and Jazz, including his massive club track last year, ‘Work It Out’. His collabs include DJ Spen, Kenny Dope, Peven Everett, Osunlade, Atjazz and releases on labels like Strictly Rhythm, Defected, BBE and Sonar Kollectiv. The list of remix projects is remarkable too, including among it Mary J Blige, Lenny Kravitz, Roy Ayers and Jocelyn Brown. Kris has been awarded various accolades as a DJ over the years, his technical prowess on CDJs being the stuff of legends.

‘Gifted People’ has a low-slung double-time beat as its backbone, cruising across a classic piano loop, whilst the flip sees ‘Kaytronik’s Gifted & Black Remix’ transposing the same groove to a solid deep no-messin’ 4/4 beat and bassline warm enough to thaw that pesky Winter ice off your dancing sneaks. Both sides are heads-down lights-off dancery affairs.

These tracks were originally only available from TBG’s fan site on a very limited release back in 2016. This is the first time these have ever been dropped on to the masses on a readily-available physical form! Don’t expect this one to hang around for very long though… Essential piece of wax.

Tracklisting
1 Gifted Black
2 Gifted Black (Kaytronik’s Gifted & Black Remix) Available from 02.02.2018

Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü (Numero Group)
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 | Tags: , , ,
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Experience the punishing sonic origins of a punk icon!

3CD NUM200CD / 4LP NUM200LP
Release: 05-01-18
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times

Image: 1616892 Strut presents the new album from the modern day leader of Afrobeat, Seun Kuti. The youngest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti is as incensed by injustice as his father ever was and, with his mighty new album Black Times including a feature from Carlos Santana, he honours the revolutionaries who have gone before and rallies the torch-bearers to come.

Strut presents the new album from the modern day leader of Afrobeat, Seun Kuti.
The youngest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti is as incensed by injustice as his
father ever was and, with his mighty new album Black Times including a feature
from Carlos Santana, he honours the revolutionaries who have gone before and
rallies the torch-bearers to come.
Black Times is the fourth album by Seun & Egypt 80, the extraordinary dance
orchestra created by Fela as a conduit for the common people. Inherited by the
14-year-old Seun in 1997, the younger Kuti has been building to this, his most
accomplished and honest album yet. “Black Times is a true re?ection of my political
and social beliefs,” says Seun, 34. “It is an album for anybody who believes in
change and understands the duty we have to rise up and come together. The elites
always try to divide the poor people of the world. The same oppression felt by
workers in Flint, Michigan is felt by workers in Lagos and Johannesburg.”
Here, then, are tracks designed to spark conversation and realign priorities. The
elegant ‘African Dreams’ insists that commercial success counts for little. Pay no
heed to examples set by “accepted” African-American celebrities, says Kuti, and
marvel instead at the philosophies of great thinkers like the late Pan-Africanist
Doctor Amos Wilson. “The message,” Kuti sings, “is free.” ‘Black Times’, featuring
Carlos Santana, gives us truth. Lyrics such as “Understand your history / rise to
be free” shine a forensics-style black light on that which is otherwise hidden. ‘Bad
Man Lighter’ is a horn-heavy track calling out duplicity and defending the right to
smoke the good weed, the politically charged ‘Corporate Public Control Department
(C.P.C.D)’ is a roiling protest anthem directed at Muhammadu Bahari’s Nigerian
government and indeed, at deceitful politicians the world over. Co-written with
veteran Egypt 80 saxophonist Abedimeji ‘Showboy’ Fagbemi, the frenetic, fngerpointing ‘Kuku Kee Me’ borrows from a Nigerian saying (“When someone is always
on your case, you’re like ‘Save yourself the stress and kuku kill me now’”) while
‘Theory Of Goat And Yam’ ridicules a homily invented by former Nigerian president
Goodluck Jonathan, who justifed corruption by likening politicians to goats
tempted by yams: “By taking money meant for a hospital or to build roads, they are
actually costing human lives.” ‘Last Revolutionary’ is a paean to authentic leaders
past, present and future, name-checking homegrown African revolutionaries and
freedom fghters like Kwame Nkrumah and Thomas Sankara. “I say the names of
these men who died for us without any promise of resurrection,” says Seun Kuti.
“Maybe people will Google them, then set out on a journey whose destination is
unknown.”
‘Black Times’ is released on Strut on 2nd March 2018 with the title track released
as a single on 7th December 2017, accompanied by a video directed by Jamie
Delaney of Black Dog Films.

CD tracklist
1. LAST REVOLUTIONARY
2. BLACK TIMES feat. Carlos Santana
3. CORPORATE PUBLIC CONTROL DEPARTMENT
(C.P.C.D.)
4. KUKU KEE ME
5. BAD MAN LIGHTER (B.M.L.)
6. AFRICAN DREAMS
7. STRUGGLE SOUNDS
8. THEORY OF GOAT AND YAM

KEY POINTS:
– Fourth album from the modern day torchbearer of Afrobeat
– Title track features special guest Carlos Santana.
Video in January directed by Jamie Delaney of Black Dog Films
– Full priority worldwide PR campaign and marketing
– Release supported by major European tour dates in March and key Summer festivals

FOR FANS OF:
Fela Kuti, Antibalas, Tony Allen, Femi Kuti, Dele Sosimi, Oumou Sangare,
Che Guevara, Stokely Carmichael, Last Poets, Segun Bucknor, Ebo Taylor
Available from 02.02.2018

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

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

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

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