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Brand new album by Los Angeles based DJ/Producer DFALT on Plug Research Records
Monday, June 22nd, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Dfalt’s tracks are a needle dropping on the wrist; it’s not about the beat, it’s about the pulse. Voices are pitched down, not quite human, colored with underlying tension. The wavelength is warped, staggering, snaking through the ether. Stepping into his world can be disorienting, uneasy, somewhere between a first kiss and a first fight. […]

Riddim Research Lab – Riddim Research Lab
Friday, December 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Riddim Research Lab – Riddim Research Lab

Image: 1607663 The dub album any discerning House music lovers will enjoy! A playful mixture of modern beats with deep roots Reggae influences, all heavily processed in an old-fashioned manner with a political and social messages expressed through.

Riddim Research Lab is a project from two UK based music outsiders, going under the names of Gordon Brown Jr and DJ Neeet. Lay-Far discovered their music by sheer chance, stumbling upon one of the members (DJ Neeet) in the notorious Reckless Records in London’s Soho when browsing through the ‘Dub’ section of the shop. A brief discussion around the reissue of Mikey Dread’s album ensued, revealing the stranger’s knowledge of roots Reggae and Dub. Before giving recommendations on several classic albums and saying goodbye, the man handed over a CDR with what was described as “some dub-influenced beats I’m working on with my friend. If you like King Tubby and house – you may enjoy it.”

Lay-Far was excited by this unexpected gift but as it usually happens with globetrotting DJs he easily forgot it in the back pocket of his record bag. It was not until a year later when he discovered the long-presented artefact. What he finally heard was an exciting mixture of modern beats with deep roots reggae influences, all heavily processed in an old-fashioned manner with an obvious political and social message expressed through the music.

Lay-Far directly got in touch with the duo via the email that was neatly carved into the CDR and motivated them to come out of the shadows, advising several labels they should try and sign their music to, one of which happened to be G.A.M.M. The result is now finally ready to be enjoyed by everyone, not just Lay-Far!

A1. INTRO
A2. CCTV DANCE
A3. CLERKS & SPIES (BRISTOL MIX)
A4. JUSTIFIED MONEY CONTROL (INTERLUDE)
A5. CONTROL THIS
A6. KEEP ON ROCKING (404 CUT)
B1. NOT IN MY SYSTEM
B2. TEACH CULTURE (INTERLUDE)
B3. GIVE LOVE !
B4. HUSTLER’S DUB
B5. FOUR-DIMENSIONAL DUB (MANCHESTER MIX) Available from 20.01.2017

Various – M-Pac Records (The One-derful! Collection)
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – M-Pac Records (The One-derful! Collection)

Image: 1595936 The third installment of the One-derful! Collection focuses M-Pac!, the blues
and hard soul imprint of this legendary R&B label group. M-Pac! is preceded
by the One-derful! and Mar-V-Lus compilations and will be followed by
releases of the Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’ Town sub-labels. This series marks
the first in-depth study of what was once one of Chicago’s most prominent
African-American run labels.
M-Pac! Records is available in 2xLP and CD formats, and within the grooves
of these 24 tracks lie superb group harmonies from The Ringleaders and
The Accents, gritty hard soul leads from Willie Parker and Stacy Johnson,
and songs from one of Chicago’s most under-appreciated soul shouters in
Harold Burrage, plus 10 tracks that were never issued!
Central to M-Pac! is the Leaner family. By 1962 when brothers George and
Ernie Leaner added M-Pac! as a sub-label to their One-derful! label, they
were revered figures on Chicago’s Record Row and beyond. They distributed
material from labels like Motown and Stax and they attracted top talent. It
wasn’t uncommon for a WVON DJ to help the Leaners sign their newest
discovery, or for their singers, musicians, songwriters, or producers to have
Chess or Motown on their resumes. The Leaner family were among the
most important black businessmen of music’s golden era, yet much of their
history has only been superficially documented until now.
Between 1962 and 1971, the One-derful! family of labels released 180+
45s of stunning soul, funk, and gospel. Over two years of painstaking
research and work, including countless hours spent cataloging, transferring,
and mastering 250 of the label’s tapes, has contributed to an amazingly
extensive reissue collection. In addition, some of the world’s leading experts
have contributed liner notes and interviewed virtually every known surviving
artist, producer, and otherwise involved party. In total, the six volumes of the
One-derful! Collection include 12 LPs/6 CDs with 147 tracks, 57 which were
never issued, and 144 pages of 12” x 12” liner notes stuffed full of rare and
never before seen photos and memorabilia. Spanning 1962 to 1971, these
compilations bring forth a wealth of overlooked and never before heard
recordings and history.

TRACklISTIng
01. Willie Parker – I Live The Life I
Love
02. The Accents – New Girl
03. The Ringleaders – All of My
Life*
04. Harold Burrage – Bad Situation*
05. Dorothy Prince – Hey Mister
06. Andrew Tibbs – Change of
Heart*
07. Bobby Davis – Damper Down
08. Maurice Dollison & The
Turnkeys – The Earth Worm PT. I
09. Willie Parker – Let Me Make It
Up To You*
10. Harold Burrage – Things Ain’t
What They Used To Be (Since
You’ve Been Gone)
11. The Ringleaders – I’d Like to Win
You Over*
12. Benny Turner – Angel*
13. Harold Burrage- Mountain of
Soul*
14. Stacy Johnson – I Stand Alone
15. Willie Parker – Never In A
Million Years*
16. The Ringleaders – Baby, What
Has Happened To Our Love
17. Big Daddy Simpson – Lonely
Man*
18. The Accents – Do You Need A
Good Man
19. Stacy Johnson – Don’t Try To
Fool Me
20. Harold Burrage – Got To Find A
Way (Extended Version)
21. Willie Parker- So Glad*
22. Benny Turner – Come Back
Home
23. The Ringleaders – Let’s Start
Over
24. Dorothy Prince – Every Night
*=unreleased” Available from 27.03.2015

Various – The Mar-V-Lus Records Collection
Friday, January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Mar-V-Lus Records Collection

Image: 1594863 Between 1962 and 1971, the One-derful! family of labels released
180+ 45s of stunning soul, funk, and gospel. Over two years of
painstaking research and work, including countless hours spent
cataloging, transferring, and mastering 250 of the label’s tapes, has
contributed to an amazingly extensive reissue collection. In addition,
some of the world’s leading experts have contributed liner notes
and interviewed virtually every known surviving artist, producer, and
otherwise involved party. In total, the six volumes of the One-derful!
Collection include 12 LPs/6 CDs with 147 tracks, 57 which were
never issued, and 144 pages of 12” x 12” liner notes stuffed full of
rare and never before seen photos and memorabilia. Spanning 1962
to 1971, these compilations bring forth a wealth of overlooked and
never before heard recordings and history.

The second installment of the One-derful! Collection focuses on Mar-
V-Lus, the teen-oriented imprint of this legendary R&B label group.
Mar-V-Lus is preceded by the One- derful! Records compilation and
will be followed by releases of the M-Pac!, Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’
Town sub-labels. This series marks the first in-depth study of what
was once one of Chicago’s most prominent African-American run
labels.
Mar-V-Lus Records is available in 2xLP and CD formats, and
within the grooves of these 25 tracks lie classic dance numbers
from Alvin Cash, pure harmonies from The Du-Ettes, soulful funk
from Josephine Taylor, aching deep ballads from Johnny Sayles,
teen laments from Miss Madeline & The Young Folk, and Detroit
influenced uptempo floor fillers from Joseph Moore, The Blenders,
and The Ulti-mations, plus 10 tracks that were never issued!

A1. Josephine Taylor – For You My Love*
A2. Johnny Sayles – Don’t Turn Your Back On Me
A3. Alvin Cash & The Crawlers – Sweatin’ *
A4. The Du-Ettes – Stop, Call The Cop*
A5. The Blenders – Love Is A Good Thing Goin’
A6. Miss Madeline – Behave Yourself
B1. Alvin Cash & The Crawlers – Twine Time
B2. The Du-Ettes – If You Need Me
B3. Josephine Taylor – Ordinary Guy
B4. The Blenders – Your Love Has Got Me Down
B5. Cicero Blake – You’re Gonna Be Sorry
B6. Miss Madeline – Lonely Girl
B7. The Ulti-mations – Would I Do It Over
C1. Josephine Taylor – Your Love Picks Me Up
C2.The Young Folk – Joey
C3. The Du-Ettes – I’m Gonna Love You
C4. Joseph Moore – I Still Can’t Get You
C5. Vicky Clay – Oh It’s All Right
C6. Johnny Sayles – Whole Lot of Lovin’*
D1. Alvin Cash & The Registers – The Philly Freeze
D2. Josephine Taylor – I Want A Man*
D3. Baby Miracles – I Feel Good All Over*
D4. The Du-Ettes – Hello Tommy*
D5. Johnny Sayles – You Told A Lie
D6.The Ultimations – Sad Souvenirs* Available from 06.02.2015

Soundway Records presents the second part of “Nigeria Special” …
Monday, February 22nd, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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The second part to Soundway’s best selling “Nigeria Special” album. The CD is presented with a full colour 24-page booklet. Many of the tracks featured on “Nigeria Special 2” have been forgotten or out of print for nearly 35 years but have since been tracked down and documented by Miles Cleret – the fruits of […]

Now-Again Records presents a new album by legendary funk collective The Whitefield Brothers …
Monday, December 14th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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“Earthology” is the latest album from The Whitefield Brothers, a loose line-up of musicians centred on the siblings Jan ‘JJ’ and Max ‘Muggy’ Whitefield, formerly known as the founders of Munich’s legendary Poets Of Rhythm. Last heard from with their cult 2001 debut “In The Raw” (re-issued this year on Now-Again Records), “Earthology” finds the […]

Soundway Records presents the second volume of “Panama!” …
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Soundway Records presents “Panama! 2 – Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk on the Isthmus, 1967-77” showcasing the unique tropical music created in Panama during the fertile decades of the 1960s and ’70s. This is one of the sure-fire summer soundtracks of the year! As is the case with all Soundway albums, the “Panama! […]

Santorin Records are releasing the fourth instalment in their popular “Ambassadors” series …
Thursday, May 7th, 2009 | Tags: ,
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Santorin Records are releasing the fourth instalment in their popular “Ambassadors” compilation series. The double-CD “Ambassadors 4 – From Amen to Z” unites a multiplicity of drum’n’bass styles – high-pressure pop, clouds of old-school jungle, dark cyclones of bass, macro-experiments in climate manipulation. What the tracks have in common is Santorin’s exacting musicality: breeze or […]

New compilation on Soundway Records: “NIGERIA SPECIAL: Modern Highlife, Afro-sounds and Nigerian Blues, 1970-1976” …
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 | Posted in News | Comments Off on New compilation on Soundway Records: “NIGERIA SPECIAL: Modern Highlife, Afro-sounds and Nigerian Blues, 1970-1976” …

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“POW WOW” – The new compilation from JAZZMAN Records …
Thursday, August 17th, 2006 | Posted in News | Comments Off on “POW WOW” – The new compilation from JAZZMAN Records …

Soul/Jazz/Funk

Damu The Fudgemunk – Damu The Fudgemunk’s 20 Favorite Sample Flips
Thursday, August 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Damu The Fudgemunk – Damu The Fudgemunk’s 20 Favorite Sample Flips

Image: 1611609 This one take, all-vinyl mixtape was created by Damu The Fudgemunk
in 2014 for the legendary (but now defunct) Ego Trip Magazine’s “Top 10
Sample Flips” feature, in which he highlighted and analyzed his favorite
sample flips … 10 wasn’t enough so he highlighted his favorite 20.
Consider this the soundtrack / companion piece to the written article. The
mix consists of classic rap songs mixed along with the original samples
that were used to construct the beats.
Damu says: “This is music that I cherish and enjoy. I take pride in having
these records in my collection. Please do you your research and dig
deeper into the catalogs of each artists to keep their music alive. Much
respect to the talent and efforts of all the people who were a part of these
songs. Thank you for listening.”

• Limited edition one take mixtape on vinyl for the first time. Press play and enjoy the ride
• Previously only available on cassette & soundcloud

The mix consists of classic rap songs mixed along with the original samples that were used to construct the beats Available from 08.09.2017

Stand High Patrol – The Shift (2LP)
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Stand High Patrol – The Shift (2LP)

Image: 1609888 The story begins in 2000 in Britany (France). Two guys decide to create a sound system with the aim of sharing their common passion for roots reggae and early digital. Rootystep (selecta) and MacGyver (operator) begin to collect records and purchase music equipment. They are quickly joined by Pupajim who becomes the MC, the singer and the dub builder. The Stand High Patrol first toured the land of Brittany, gradually moving towards stepper dub production emanating from the English stage. Fifteen years later, the sound is more present than ever. Stand High has created a true identity and has established itself as one of the essential sound systems of the French dub scene.

In 2009, Stand High Patrol creates his own label “Stand High Records”. In 2012, after releasing several records, the Dubadub Musketeerz present their debut album “Midnight Walkers”, 13 exclusives & wicked tracks inna pure Dubadub Style.
In 2015 the dubadub experience takes on new dimensions with their second album : “A Matter Of Scale”. In 2017 they are back with “The Shift” a third LP totally dedicated to Boom Bap & 90s Hip Hop.

Words, blue notes, boom bap and bad news: here comes “The Shift”, the third album of Stand High Patrol.

Tracklisting
1. News From 2083
2. The Shift
3. My Research
4. Watching The Drizzle
5. Lobbies Daily Hobbies
6. Easy Rider
7. After The Rain
8. Tribute To Tha Originators
9. Kazy Blues
10. Dinner Time

Available from 02.06.2017

Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Image: 1608321 Get On Down Presents : “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” complete album on 7 inch for the first time ever housed in a deluxe casebook created in full collaboration with The RZA.

This absolutely unique, deluxe edition of this classic album – which has been created in full collaboration with The RZA – is presented as a
“Casebook” hardcover book, which houses the album’s 12 full songs that are divided into six 7-Inches. And beyond the 56-page liner notes,
six additional pages have a Wu-Tang logo picture sleeve in which to put the vinyl.
Besides the vinyl, the centerpiece of the Casebook is a 56-page Shaolinology book, featuring input by RZA, written by journalist Chris
Faraone. Beyond many never-before-discussed Wu-Tang nuggets, the book also includes rare photos of the group, lyrics for all album songs,
as well as other images and advertisements from the Enter The Wu-Tang era.
For the Wu-Tang Clan fan – this is a trophy to be proudly displayed to celebrate the influence of one of music’s most influential groups.

A1. Bring Da Ruckus
B1. Shame On A Nigga
C1. Clan In The Front
D1. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber
E1. Can It All Be So Simple / Intermission
F1. Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’
G1. Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing Ta F’ Wit
H1. C.R.E.A.M.
I1. Method Man
J1. Protect Ya Neck
K1. Tearz
L1. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber – Part II / Conclusion

• The group’s classic (November) 1993 debut
album is presented as a set of six 7-Inch vinyl
records
• The unique hardcover “Casebook,” holds six
7-inches as book pages, along with an in-depth
liner notes book (see below)
• Casebook features a 56-page book (aka The
Shaolinthology), with new RZA input / interviews,
extensive research by journalist Chris Faraone,
album lyrics, rarely-seen photos and other rare
images from the Enter The Wu-Tang era Available from 17.02.2017

Puccio Roelens – Musica Per Commenti Sonori (LP+CD)
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Puccio Roelens – Musica Per Commenti Sonori (LP+CD)

Image: 1606516 “Musica per commenti sonori”, also known as “Lipstick” and released by Costanza, came out in 1979 and is one of Roelen’s latest examples of library music before his death, which occurred in 1985. The tracks are often characterized by a typical late-seventies funky mood, but they also feature some laid down moments that would sound great in some erotic films soundtracks. ‘Music for all hours’ says the back cover, and that’s perfectly true!

Amleto Armando Roelens, also known under the artistic pseudonym of Puccio, had a musical career almost entirely devoted to jazz, he was one of the first, with his orchestra, to play music that, especially at the end of World War II, was regarded as a bad import product. After some collaborations with RAI, the Italian national television, his meeting with another composer, Armando Sciascia, made it possible for him to arrange many albums released by Vedette Records (Sciascia’s own label) and, in the mid-seventies, to compose some of the rarest and most precious library music, this includes the ultra-cult “Feelings”, on behalf of Jay Richford and Gary Stevan, which sees Stefano Torossi, Sandro Brugnolini and Giancarlo Gazzani’s collaboration.

“Musica per commenti sonori”, also known as “Lipstick” and released by Costanza, came out in 1979 after a couple of memorable LP’s, “Research Of Sound” and “Rock Satellite”, and is one of Roelen’s latest examples of library music before his death, which occurred in 1985. As in the two previous albums, the tracks are often characterized by a typical lateseventies funky mood, but they also feature some laid down moments that would sound great in some erotic films soundtracks. ‘Music for all hours’ says the back cover, and that’s perfectly true. For those wishing to have fun dancing, there’s nothing better than to set the turntable needle on tracks such as “Slip Back”, “Cobwebs”, “Leewards” and “Lipstick”, while for the hottest nightlife interludes we recommend “Rusty Letters” and “Effuse” without any hesitations. Puccio Roelens style…

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Slip back
A2 Rusty letters
A3 Cobwebs
A4 Quick step
A5 Leewards
B1 Lipstick
B2 Make up
B3 Effuse
B4 Bus stop Available from 21.10.2016

2tall – Lost Stories
Saturday, March 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on 2tall – Lost Stories

Image: 1602904 Lost Stories is a collection of 18 beats from the archives of English
producer Jim Coles, best known today as Om Unit, and released by
Justin “Kutmah” McNulty’s IZWID label. The album is both a portrait
of the artist as a young man, and the completion of a circle, ten years
in the making, that stretches from London to Los Angeles.
Before he became Om Unit, Coles was working under the name
2tall. Throughout the 2000s he lived in and around London, lodging
in various smoky flats where he would set up an always shifting
home studio. Days were spent studying music, meditating, and
learning the ropes of electronic music production while also honing
sharp turntablist skills.
Between 2005 and 2008, Coles made a lot of beats, part and parcel
of his artistic growth. Lost Stories collects eighteen of the best,
unearthed from old hard drives and Cubase sessions and never
heard until now. Influence came from American labels such as Plug
Research, Ghostly International, Poobah, and Stones Throw where
a new generation of artists worked in a middle ground between hiphop
and electronic, a place of infinite possibilities.
The album shows a maturing 2tall sound while sketching out the
outlines of what would become Om Unit: you can hear it all in
the swing of ‘Potholes’, the confident chug of ‘Timeless World’, the
hypnotic bass of ‘The Roller’, the awkward loop of ’30 mins’, the strut
of ‘Night Vision’, and the uplifting vibes of ‘Over The Clouds’.
Kutmah first discovered 2tall’s music after Ras G had ordered copies
of his last album into Poobah Records. Years before they ever set
eyes on each other, the two were connected through a mutual
appreciation of their respective work. Lost Stories came together
during a joint Australian tour in spring 2014. Featuring artwork
by Kutmah, it captures a moment in time when experimentation
mattered above all else, when possibilities felt abundant, and when
a beat could be a doorway into infinity. And it also reminds us that
you must remember where you came from in order to understand
where you’re going.

1. Test
2. Industry Chant
3. Rolstrom Syndrome
4. Timeless World
5. Fish Bait
6. Skit Alpha
7. Potholes
8. The Roller
9. Raw Guilty
10. Jackson Clap
11. For My Sins
12. Basic Prince
13. The Womp Womp
14. Over The Clouds
15. 30 Mins
16. Night Vision
17. Iron Caterpillar
18. Dark Lord

• Lost Stories is a collection of 18 beats from the archives of
English producer Jim Coles, best known today as Om Unit,
and released by Justin “Kutmah” McNulty’s IZWID label
• Mastered at Metropolis, London
• Limited Edition Green Vinyl with Hand Screen Printed Jacket
by Hit+Run Available from 29.04.2016

Samiyam – Animals Have Feelings
Friday, February 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Samiyam – Animals Have Feelings

Image: 1602409 Der aus Detroit stammende Produzent Samiyam aka Sam Baker gehört zu einem profilierten Vertreter der von Madlib & J Dilla beeinflussten “Post-Donuts-Ära”. Er veröffentlichte bereits zwei Alben auf Brainfeeder, Flying Lotus Label, mit dem er auch das Duo FLYamSAM bildet. Zudem veröffentliche er auf Leaving, All City, Hyperdub und Poo-Bah Records neben Tracks & Remixen für Warp, Ninja Tune, Ghostly, Ramp, Plug Research, Fat City, und viele mehr. Er produzierte für Pharoahe Monch, Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt, Joey Bada$$ und Blu. Nun veröffentlicht er erstmalig ein Album auf Peanut Butter Wolfs Stones Throw Label mit Gastbeiträgen von Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Jeremiah Jae und Oliver the 2nd.
Available from 08.04.2016

Ahnnu – World Music / Perception
Friday, October 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ahnnu – World Music / Perception

Image: 1600095 For his first ever offering on vinyl, Leaving Records presents “World
Music / Perception” in a stunning gatefold double LP package. World
Music introduces a series of themes which represent various styles
and likenesses adopted in Ahnnu’s growth as a sound artist living
in the digital age. In respect to environment, Ahnnu creates a body
of sound-work that is transient in nature. Each track is arranged as
separate entities and are holistic in the sense that they are intended
to inspire an experience of indifference within a space of perpetual
sonic motion. “World Music” describes the continuous sensory shift
of both meditative neglect and cognitive sophistication when active
within a (digitally) connected culture.
Perception finds Ahnnu tampering with volume, pitch, and rhythm in
the midst of the shivering hum that drives the album forward while
camouflaging its detail. The album moves at an almost unnoticeable
pace, but it’s filled with delicious rhythms, like the scrambled
marching drum of “Scaling,” the flickering pulse of “Intercept,” and the
dust-flecked loops on “Elastic.” These percussive tracks carve a form
for the ambient subtleties that seem to have the most impact due to
their length and timbre. This is wonderfully refined on “The Racer”
or even “Anneal,” with its transitory exhalations and crumpled echo.

trACKliSting
A.
1. Gala
2. Shame
3. Solo
4. Ghillie In The Mist
5. Relative Research
6. Ballast
7. Non2
8. Reversology
9. Found
10. Mirror
11. Paia
12. Monica/Swept
B.
13. Found (Fumitake Tamura
“Bun” rmx)
14. Solo (EMV rmx)
15. Reversology (Andrew
Pekler “Mysterology” rmx)
16. (Lost and) Found
(Neerftoss rmx)
1 7. Gala (Mathewdavid rmx)
C.
18. Scaling
19. Informant
20. The Racer
2 1. Pincer Movement
22. Elastic
D.
23. Multibody
24. Portrait Act
25. Anneal
26. Intercept
2 7. Sugar In The Dark Available from 30.10.2015

Various – Feeling Nice Vol.3 (2LP/Gatefold)
Friday, August 28th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Feeling Nice Vol.3 (2LP/Gatefold)

Image: 1599251 Friends and fans of Tramp Records in general, and of the ‘Feeling Nice’ series specifically, will be feeling even nicer this time around with the release of this deep and soulful new collection: Feeling Nice Volume 3. These recordings have been painstakingly sought-out and unearthed from as far away as Hawaii, Canada, and Jamaica (in addition to the usual Texas, Ohio, and Georgia). This music has been carefully transferred (in some cases form the sole known copy) and remastered to the highest standards of audio quality. Finally, through a determined and diligent research effort leading to interviews with the owners of the rights to the original masters, Feeling Nice Volume 3’s detailed liner notes offer you an enlightening window into the lives of the musicians, producers, and independent record labels responsible for some of the deepest music on the planet. All of this in addition to full color label scans and never before seen publicity photos.

Of course, to friends and fans of Tramp Records, none of this is a surprise as you have come to expect consequential projects promoting cultural and historical significance delivered with the love of a fellow record digger and the science of a musicologist. Tramp Records remains one of the champions of rare deep funk soul and jazz on vinyl, uniting thorough research, respect of the original artists and art form, and thoughtful curation of great singles, albums and compilations. You will enjoy spinning this record, your guests will enjoy listening to it, and you will be proudly displaying it in the hallowed “Tramp Records” section of your record shelf, right next to Feeling Nice 1 & 2. (you DO have Feeling Nice 1 & 2 don’t you?! if not, I encourage you to collect them immediately at tramprecords.com)

Some of the highlights of Feeling Nice Volume 3 are one of the rarest 45s on the Alston label and in our opinion also one of the best, Clarence Reid’s “I Get My Kicks”. A James Brown influenced wah wah funk monster, “Stand-Up Baby” by Canada’s Saint John. “The Jack Mod Kick” by Jake, Ricky and Jack Townshend aka Jack & The Mods, ranging in age from 6 to 18 and discovered almost accidentally while rehearsing in a rundown shack in rural Virgina! We’ve got Rickey Andrews taking us on a late 60s dance-move tour of the U.S. with “Chances Are Your Dance is Mine”. A rare sister funk masterpiece called “Leave Me Alone” by Nadine Brown from 1977. Leroy & The Drivers’ critical track, “The Sad Chicken”, produced in under 30 minutes with their last remaining studio time in 1970 and still ringing loud across the land. One of the nastiest versions of The Iselys’ “It’s Your Thing” coming out of Jamaica and SO MUCH MORE!!

Lucky Brown – October 2015

Key selling points:
– 400 of the 1000 pressed vinyl LPs come with a bonus 7″ by William Cummings (“Make My Love A Hurting Thing”)
– 16-page CD-booklet and deluxe double-gatefold LP with detailed liner notes, label scans and unseen photographs
– properly mastered for the best sound-quality possible

Tracklisting
1. William Cummings – Your Soul Searching Love
2. Clarence Reid – I Get My Kicks
3. Saint John – Stand-Up (Baby)
4. Rickey Andrews – Chances Are Your Dance Is Mine
5. Nadine Brown – Leave Me Alone
6. Jack & The Mods – The Jack Mod Kick
7. Leroy & The Drivers – The Sad Chicken
8. Ellen Jackson – Getto Boogie
9. Oladepo Ogomodede – It’s Your Thing
10. Walt Bolen – Breaking Out
11. Sid Sidney Wallace & The Belairs – The Grinder
12. Jesse Morgan – I Gotta Get Back
13. Jay Floyd – Push Push
14. J. Young & B. Hill – It’s Got Soul
15. Soul Express – Determination, Pt. 1
16. Soul Express – Determination, Pt. 2
17. Billy Bailey – You Better Stop
Available from 16.10.2015

Various – A New Life (2LP/Gatefold)
Thursday, May 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – A New Life (2LP/Gatefold)

Image: 1597136 Rare, obscure and esoteric UK jazz! Thought you knew about British jazz? Think again. Diving into the unknown world of the private pressing, Jazzman Records presents some of the rarest and wildest British jazz ever recorded! The major stars of British jazz such as Stan Tracey, Michael Garrick and Joe Harriott are now rightly recognised as the giants they were, and the legendary.

Brit jazz recordings of the 1960s are amongst the most highly prized of all collectable records. But what happened to jazz in the UK when the recording industry lost faith in it? A New Life is the first survey of British jazz labels and musicians that went their own way in the 1970s, bringing to the light the unknown indie gems and outsider private pressings that let jazz musicians keep the faith into the 1980s. From the time-bending spirit music of London’s Lori Vambe to the psych-jazz of Birmingham’s Poliphony, via Spot The Zebra’s jazz dedication to David Attenborough and Indiana Highway’s modal Christmas carolling, A New Life chronicles a compelling selection of lost and obscure jewels of the British jazz underground.

Compiled by Francis Gooding and Duncan Brooker (the team responsible for the acclaimed Next Stop Soweto series), and coming with extensive sleevenotes based on interviews with the musicians, A New Life is the first major British jazz collection since Gilles Petersen’s Impressed series, and the first ever to shed light on the forgotten legacy of independent, regional and experimental Brit jazz.

· All tracks fully licensed and digitally restored
· Only 1000 double vinyl gatefold LPs pressed
· Comprehensive and detailed liner notes with pictures and information on each track direct from our interviews with the musicians involved
· CD with 24 page booklet packed with pics & extensive notes based on our original research

Tracklisting
1. Joy – Martini Sweet
2. Nottingham Jazz Orchestra – Sixes and Severns
3. Billy Jenkins & The Voice of God Collective – High Street / Saturday
4. London Jazz IV – Death Is Near
5. Graham Collier – Darius
6. Spot the Zebra – Living Planet
7. Quincicasm – Trent Park Song
8. Cameo – Poliphony
9. Lori Vambe – Drumsong (One)
10. Frank Evans – The Bistro Kid
11. Edge – Danielle and the Holly Tree
12. Indiana Highway – We Three Kings
13. Walsall Youth Jazz – The Dragon Available from 12.06.2015

Sun Ra – Planets Of Life Or Death
Friday, April 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – Planets Of Life Or Death

Image: 1595298 Following 2014’s landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, ‘In the Orbit Of Ra’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release anywhere of ‘Planets Of Life Or Death’. Recorded direct from the sound board and mastered from first generation reel to reel, now available on CD.

1 . ENLIGHTENMENT 2.24
2 . LOVE IN OUTER SPACE 17.08
3. LIGHTS ON A SATELLITE 3.53
4 . DISCIPLINE 27-II / WHAT PLANET IS THIS 23.47

Enlightenment is…. our tomorrow… It has no plane…. of sorrow
Hereby, our invitation… We do invite you…. Be of our Space World
Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Research Arkestra ’Enlightenment’
Within their 1973 European tour, Sun Ra and his Arkestra had just completed
a residency at the legendary Gibus in Paris in October before travelling to
Amiens for a Sunday afternoon concert. Those filing into the city’s Maison de
la Culture that day would have little idea of the intense, visceral experience
that awaited them. “Sun Ra’s use of the Arkestra as his instrument in an
onslaught of sound, colour and movement stimulated and even shocked the
senses and the shakras of audience participants onto a higher plane of spirit
consciousness,“ explains the Arkestra’s Knoel Scott.
On Side 1, the session kicks off with the theatrical overture, ’Enlightenment’ as
Sun Ra and vocalist June Tyson invite the audience to “be of our space world“.
Ra then moves into a rare instrumental version of ’Love In Outer Space’,
transforming the perennial Arkestra classic into a raw, ritualistic experience:
“this was a vehicle for the Arkestra’s space dancers. Close your eyes and
imagine them writhing across the stage in celestial homage,“ explains Scott.
Side 2 of the album opens with the glistening ’Lights On A Satellite’, a feature
for the spiritual tenor sax of John Gilmore, playing in unison with trumpeter
Kwame Hadi. Closing track, the epic, chaotic, anxious ’Discipline 27-II / What
Planet Is This’ moves from abstract, freeform keyboard work from Sun Ra to
a walking groove as Sun Ra and June Tyson take a thinly veiled psychedelic
swipe at life on earth: “If this is a planet of life, why do people die here? “
Following 2014’s landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, ’In the
Orbit Of Ra’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release
anywhere of ’Planets Of Life Or Death’. Recorded direct from the sound
board and mastered from first generation reel to reel, the title is exclusively
available for Record Store Day 2015. The release features rare photos from
Sun Ra’s 1973 European tour by photographer Jan Persson with sleeve notes by
Knoel Scott.

Key Points :
– first issue of anywhere of this 1973 recording from Maison de la Culture,
Amiens
– continuation of Strut and Art Yard’s Sun Ra release programme following
Marshall Allen compilation in 2014
– official reissue mastered from the first generation reel to reel tapes
– LP features photos by Jan Persson, sleeve notes by the Arkestra’s Knoel
Scott and new cover design by Lewis Heriz
FOR FANS OF:
Jazz, modal jazz, Salah Ragab, Heliocentrics, Gilles Peterson, spiritual jazz,
Lloyd Miller, Philip Cohran, Kindred Spirits, free jazz, Oneness Of Juju, Sun
Ra Arkestra, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra, Jazzman, Soul Jazz

WEB LINKS
www.strut-records.com
www.sunraarkestra.com Available from 15.05.2015

Fabiano Do Nascimento
Monday, March 9th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1983, Fabiano do Nascimento studied classical piano and music theory as a young boy. From the time he played his first notes on the guitar at age twelve, he devoted himself to that instrument. Fabiano was born into a musical family, a lineage that goes back to his great-grand-father […]

Various – Highlife On The Move (3LP+7")
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Highlife On The Move (3LP+7")

Image: 1595645 In conjunction with compiler and highlife researcher Dr. Markus Coester, Soundway Records present a very special release. Double CD & triple 180g gatefold vinyl (with a bonus 7 inch).

This 45 includes the two first ever recordings by a certain Fela Ransome Kuti with his band The Highlife Rakers. Recorded by Melodisc in London in 1960 both tracks have been unearthed after more than fifty years in hiding.

In many ways this compilation is a prequel of sorts to Soundway’s groundbreaking Nigeria & Ghana Special compilations, telling the early story of modern highlife’s foundation & formulation. It traces the music from West Africa to London, adding elements of jazz, mambo and calypso along the way and paving the way for the afro sounds of the 1970s.

Accompanied by a 44 page CD booklet and 12 page vinyl booklet, the notes by Dr. Coester include rare photographs, labels and advert reproductions alongside some stunning and very rare recordings.

TRACK LISTING:

LP 1: Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band – HIGHLIFE NO. 5 / Kwamalah Quaye Sextetto Africana – SON OF AFRICA / Nigerian Union Rhythm Group – ABENI / Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-lifers – DRINK A TEA / Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers – FELA’S SPECIAL / Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-lifers – OJU RERE / Chris Ajilo & His Cubanos – AFRO MOOD / Soundz Africana – AFRICANA / The Black Star Band – OBAA AMPONSA PANDOGO / Buddy Pipp’s Highlifers – GHANA SPECIAL / The Quavers – MONEY MONEY / Afro Rhythm Kings – DONALDO’S SAMBA

LP 2: Afro Rhythm Kings – MARABI DANCE / The Quavers – KITCH / Bobby Benson & His Orchestra – OKOKOKO / John Santos Martins Accompanied By Zeal Onyia & His Band – FANCY BABY / E. C. Arinze & The Empire Rhythm Orchestra – BIKO RAPUM PAULINA / John Santos Martins Accompanied By Zeal Onyia & His Band – MAGGIE / Lord Ganda & Rupert Nurse’s Calypso Band – GHANA, FORWARD FOREVER / Adams’ African Sky Rockets – A NIGHT IN PORT HARCOURT / Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers – AIGANA / Nigerian Union Rhythm Group – TORTOISE MAMBO / Bobby Benson & His Combo – NIGER MAMBO / Rans Boi’s African Highlife Band – HIGHLIFE COMES TO EUROPE / Eddie Lamptey & The Peoples Highlife Band feat. Eddie Red Tettey – MARIA / West African Rhythm Brothers – EGBE MI / West African Rhythm Brothers – IWA D’AREKERE

LP 3: West African Swing Stars – OMO AFRICA / Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His AfroCuban Band – BROWN SKIN GAL / Awotwi Paynin & His Ghana Rockers – BROWN SKIN GAL / Buddy Pipp’s Highlifers – GEORGINA / T. Odueso’s Akesan Highlifers – EYO MANO MI / Nigerian Union Rhythm Group – OJIKOLOBO / Willie Payne & The Starlite Tempos – WA SISE / Fela Ransome-Kuti & His Koola Lobitos – NIGERIAN INDEPENDENCE / The Black Star Band – ABROKYIRI AWO YI / The Black Star Band – EKUONA RHYTHM / Victor Ola-Iya & His ‘Cool Cats’ – ANYIN GA NA Bonus
7”: Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers – FELA’S SPECIAL / Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers – AIGANA

LISTEN:

https://soundcloud.com/soundway-records/fela-ransome-kuti-the-highlife-rakers-felas-special Available from 20.03.2015

Kirk Degiorgio
Monday, January 5th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Kirk Degiorgio is one of the most sought-after mixers/producers/DJ’s in today’s eclectic dance music scene. By steering away from musical clichés, he has managed to maintain his musical integrity over 17 years and several classic albums. Almost as if to try and throw his fans off the scent, Degiorgio has used As One, Elegy, Esoterik, […]

Dntel – Human Voice
Friday, October 17th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dntel – Human Voice

Image: 1591862 Jimmy Tamborello aka Dntel veröffentlichte bereits seit über zehn Jahren auf renommierten Labels wie Pampa, Plug Research, Sub Pop oder Moshi Moshi. Er arbeitete oft mit gut auf seine Musik abgestimmten GastsängerInnen wie Ben Gibbard, Jenny Lewis, Baths und Mia Doi Todd, doch ausgerechnet auf “Human Voice” verzichtet er darauf und lässt einzig die Maschinen sprechen. Jedoch sind die Tracks gelegentlich mit weitgehend computerisierten und körperlosen Stimmen ausgeschmückt, die dieses klagende Gefühl besitzen, welches unverkennbar nach Dntel kleingt. Das Album erscheint mit Unterstützung von Stones Throw auf dem in Los Angeles beheimateten Experimental-Label Leaving Records, Labelheimat von Julia Holter, Sun Araw, Ras G oder Samiyam. Available from 03.10.2014

Various – The One-derful Collection
Friday, October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The One-derful Collection

Image: 1593161 The first installment of the One-derful! Collection focuses on the namesake imprint of this legendary Chicago label group – to be followed by compilations of the Mar-V-Lus, M-Pac!, Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’ Town sub-labels. It marks the first in-depth study of what was once one of Chicago’s most prominent African-American run labels. One-derful! Records is available in 2xLP and CD formats, and within the grooves of these 25 tracks lie orchestrated soul classics from McKinley Mitchell and Betty Everett, raucous mid-1960s R&B dancers from the Five Du-Tones which shake every bone, superb deep soul ballads from Otis Clay, and extraordinary group harmony sides from The Sharpees and The Admirations, plus 12 tracks that have never been issued! Between 1962 and 1971, the One-derful! family of labels released 180+ 45s of stunning soul, funk, and gospel. Over two years of painstaking research and work, including countless hours spent cataloging, transferring, and mastering 250 of the label’s tapes, has contributed to an amazingly extensive reissue collection. In addition, some of the world’s leading experts have contributed liner notes and interviewed virtually every known surviving artist, producer, and otherwise involved party. In total, the six volumes of the One-derful! Collection include 12 LPs/6 CDs with 147 tracks, 57 which were never issued, and 144 pages of 12” x 12” liner notes stuffed full of rare and never before seen photos and memorabilia. Spanning 1962 to 1971, these compilations bring forth a wealth of overlooked and never before heard recordings and history.

Tracklisting:
A1. Otis Clay – I’ve Got To Find A Way (alt version)*
A2. The Sharpees – The Sock
A3. Joe & Mack – The Prettiest Girl
A4. The Five Du-Tones – When You Get That Feeling*
A5. Lucky Laws – Who Is She
A6. McKinley Mitchell – What Love Will Make You Do*
A7. Betty Everett – Please Love Me
B1. The Sharpees – Take Me To Your Leader*
B2. The Rockmasters – A Wonderful Thing (Love)
B3. Mary Silvers – Hear Comes My Baby*
B4. Beverly Shaffer – Meet Me Halfway*
B5. Liz Lands – Seventh Hour*
B6. The Admirations – All For You
C1. The Five Du-Tones – Shake A Tail Feather
C2. The Sharpees – Do The 45
C3. Otis Clay – Thank You Love*
C4. McKinley Mitchell – The Town I Live In
C5. Liz Lands – I’m Guilty*
C6. Betty Everett – Your Love Is Important To Me
D1. The Five Du-Tones – Enjoy Yourself*
D2. McKinley Mitchell – Now That You’re Gone*
D3. Jay Jordan – The Man of The Town
D4. The Admirations – Don’t Leave Me
D5. Beverly Shaffer – Happy Times*
D6. Otis Clay – A Lasting Love
*: Previously Unreleased
Available from 16.01.2015

Francis Bebey – Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984
Friday, September 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Francis Bebey – Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984

Image: 1592632 Special compilation from Parisian re-issue kings, Born Bad, of the late Cameroonian master musician, Francis Bebey. This is the material we were hoping would follow the excellent comp from last year. Amazing ‘universal’ music currently only available on expensive originals. Double album with printed innersleeve. BIG TIP!
“The first time I saw a sanza (a type of African “thumb piano”), it was just sitting there on a piece of furniture in my family’s living room/dining room – a space that our father also transformed into a recording studio every day. It seemed more like a box than a musical instrument: a mysterious instrument, which arrived at our house, like many things, in a somewhat miraculous way. We knew our father loved to collect anything that could produce a sound. I don’t know where he got this sansa. It was rather crude, clearly handmade, with only a few “keys” or “tines”. I don’t think he really played this one. The sounds it produced seemed particularly bizarre, to my young musician’s ears, trained in Western classical music, it sounded out of tune. That’s because, like my brothers and sisters, I had been trained on the piano. I had trouble understanding how anyone could endure these tones and, honestly, our father’s passion for “unusual sounds” did not interest me. I was in secondary school at the time (the very late 1970s) and was not at all oriented toward musical projects. I planned to graduate, and then become a chef. In the early 1980s, my interest in music picked up. I was still undecided about my career. I was content to pursue my “serious” English studies while hanging out at jazz clubs at les Halles in Paris, where I sometimes joined jam sessions. Next, I put together my first band with professional musicians, I had hidden my age and lack of experience from them. France was just beginning to accept “world music.” Musicians of every nationality were performing in Paris. It was a wonderful period. My father asked my brother Toups and me to accompany him for a few concerts. In particular, we toured Tunisia together at the time of the 1983 Carthage International Festival. Back then, my father was renowned across the French-speaking world. Everyone looked forward to hearing his humorous songs, like “Agatha” and “La condition masculine.” But, behind the scenes, he continued his research concerning electronic music, the sansa, pygmy polyphony, etc. One day he put a sansa in my hands, without saying a word. He was sending me a message: “Let’s see what you can do with it!” That’s when I really discovered something. Exploring the instrument and playing, I transcended the “imperfect” aspect of its sound and began to discover its fascinating potential. Playing the sansa, you enter a world that enraptures you in a very serene and mesmerizing way. I think its sounds evoke a rainbow, with rain falling while the sun shines. A very peaceful feeling. It allows you to make music that truly sounds like life. The sansa is also the instrument that my father and I shared the most because I am a pianist and he was a guitarist. I also share this eminently African instrument with my musician brother, Toups. Our father loved to tell us one of the legends of the sansa: how it even managed to dispel the boredom felt by… the Creator himself! This instrument gives life to the world, to beings and things. I did not participate in the production of the various records that my father devoted to the sansa. He did it himself, you might say, in his “laboratory.” Yet today, I cannot imagine playing a concert without using a sansa. The piano remains present so that listeners don’t become disoriented and wonder about the weird sounds invading their ears! However, I find the eccentric and disturbing side of sansa interesting. And the sansa always affects the audience: in reality, it excites them. The secrets of this instrument are surely its beneficial powers and… its magic!” Patrick Bebey

1. Sanza nocturne
2. Bissau
3. Sanza Tristesse
4. Africa Sanza
5. Forest Nativity
6. Sunny Crypt
7. Binta Madiallo
8. Tumu Pakara
9. Di Saegri
10. Ngoma likembe
11. Guinée
Available from 26.09.2014

“Yawn Zen” is LA-based hip-hop producer Ringgo Ancheta’s debut album for Stones Throw
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Ringgo Ancheta is an anomaly among hip-hop producers – not raised in the suburbs on a steady diet of video games and hip-hop, but in the forest like a beast. His parents were members of the Philippine arm of the Aum Supreme Truth Cult, whose venture into terrorist activity caused them to flee the group […]

Mndsgn
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Mndsgn is pronounced mind design. The law calls him Ringgo. His album Yawn Zen will be released on Stones Throw Records. Ringgo Ancheta is an anomaly among hip-hop producers – not raised in the suburbs on a steady diet of video games and hip-hop, but in the forest like a beast. His parents were members […]

Various – Tropical Disco Hustle
Friday, August 1st, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Tropical Disco Hustle

Image: 1589280 It seems like no part of the world has evaded disco’s ubiquitous in*uence, including the Caribbean. The Caribbean in the late ’70s and early ’80s was a hotbed of musical activity and this compilation focuses on the best disco-in*uenced tracks from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. All of the tracks here were o*cially licensed and reissued for the *first time ever.
Highlights of the 13 tracks included on this compilation are: the under-the-radar cosmic disco tune “Got To Have You” by Joanne Wilson, a rare P&P Records-in*uenced track “Dance With Me” by Odessey One, the icy cool synth-trenched “Living On A String” by Wild Fire, the incredible dance *oor-friendly “Instant Funk” by Merchant, and the disco reggae cover of “Rapper’s Delight” by Prince Blackman. This compilation was compiled and researched by Deano Sounds and includes edits by Al Kent, the Whiskey Barons, and Waxist Selecta.

Tracklisting
1. Odessey One – Dance With Me
2. Levi John – Feel Like Dancing
3. Joanne Wilson – Got To Have You
4. Merchant – Instant Funk
5. Trinidad Troubadours with Tony Ricardo – Disco Music
6. Mighty Duke – Be Yourself
7. Wild Fire – The Rebels
8. Wild Fire – Living On A String
9. Ronnie Butler & The Ramblers – Peace Without Love
10. Mavis John – Use My Body
11. Prince Blackman – Rockers Delight
12. Joanne Wilson – Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons’ Rework)
13. Odessey One – Dance With Me (Al Kent Version) Available from 11.07.2014

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 – […]

Damon – Song Of A Gypsy
Monday, January 6th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Damon – Song Of A Gypsy

Image: 1586829 Deluxe 2LP edition sold out! Definitive reissue of the legendary late ’60s Los Angeles psychedelic masterpiece: restored/remastered transfer, pitch/speed corrected for the first time ever. Extensive booklet contains dozens of unpublished photos and images, a thorough investigation into this landmark album, and an extensive interview with Damon.
Damon’s Song Of A Gypsy is generally regarded as one of the finest privately-pressed psychedelic rock records and has, for over twenty years, been one of the most sought after late 60s American rock artifacts in the world, with the scant original copies that exist exchanging hands for thousands of dollars.
Song of a Gypsy has remained high on its own plateau: out of reach and indescribable. It seemed that this homespun, funky psychedelic monument borrowed from nothing and sprung from nowhere. Damon’s unique, introspective songwriting and nuanced voice, the interplay between he and lead guitarist Charlie Carey and an atmosphere that so perfectly captured the last bloom of the flower power era as it decayed into the dark haze of the ’70s underground could only have arisen from a spark of auspicious genius. But did it?
Over the past seven years, we at Now-Again have been obsessed with Song of a Gypsy and have researched the album, and Damon’s life-arch. This anthology is our attempt to put forth a convincing argument for the overwhelming importance of this album, a unique high point from within but also outside of America’s psychedelic movement.
We follow Damon on his “predestined life as a gypsy” from his birth into a tight knit Italian American family in Rochester, New York, through the various Los Angeles communities that he would call home. We analyze the entirety of his oeuvre, from his first surf-rock single in 1960, through schmaltzy pop, convincing doo-wop, blued eyed soul and garage rock in the mid 60s. And we focus on the year 1967, the founding of his label Ankh, and his transformation from a pop hopeful to the tortured soul who would create Song of a Gypsy. We attempt to make sense of the seminal moments that made this transformation possible in a crucial moment in America’s psychedelic high water mark in this, the definitive reissue of this album.

SIDE ONE:
Song of a Gypsy
Poor Poor Genie
Don’t You Feel Me
Did You Ever
Funky Funky Blues
Oh What A Good Boy Am I
SIDE TWO:
Do You
The Night
Feel Your Love
Birds Fly So High
The Road of Life Available from 20.12.2013

Damon – Song Of A Gypsy (Deluxe Edition)
Friday, November 29th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Damon – Song Of A Gypsy (Deluxe Edition)

Image: 1585235 The Now-Again Select edition: expanded version of the album with bonus disc of Damon’s 60s recordings and demos contained in a separate dress jacket.

Deluxe reissue of the legendary late ’60s Los Angeles psychedelic masterpiece: restored/remastered transfer, pitch/speed corrected for the first time ever. Extensive booklet contains dozens of unpublished photos and images, a thorough investigation into this landmark album, and an extensive interview with Damon.

Damon’s Song Of A Gypsy is generally regarded as one of the finest privately-pressed psychedelic rock records and has, for over twenty
years, been one of the most sought after late 60s American rock artifacts in the world, with the scant original copies that exist exchanging
hands for thousands of dollars.
Song of a Gypsy has remained high on its own plateau: out of reach and indescribable. It seemed that this homespun, funky psychedelic
monument borrowed from nothing and sprung from nowhere. Damon’s unique, introspective songwriting and nuanced voice, the
interplay between he and lead guitarist Charlie Carey and an atmosphere that so perfectly captured the last bloom of the flower power era
as it decayed into the dark haze of the ’70s underground could only have arisen from a spark of auspicious genius. But did it?
Over the past seven years, we at Now-Again have been obsessed with Song of a Gypsy and have researched the album, and Damon’s
life-arch. This anthology is our attempt to put forth a convincing argument for the overwhelming importance of this album, a unique high
point from within but also outside of America’s psychedelic movement.
We follow Damon on his “predestined life as a gypsy” from his birth into a tight knit Italian American family in Rochester, New York,
through the various Los Angeles communities that he would call home. We compile, and analyze the entirety of his oeuvre, from his first
surf-rock single in 1960, through schmaltzy pop, convincing doo-wop, blued eyed soul and garage rock in the mid 60s. And we focus on
the year 1967, the founding of his label Ankh, and his transformation from a pop hopeful to the tortured soul who would create Song of
a Gypsy. To that end, we’ve uncovered demo recordings and acetates that show an artist in transition, and we attempt to make sense of
the seminal moments that made this transformation possible in a crucial moment in America’s psychedelic high water mark.

SIDE ONE:
Song of a Gypsy
Poor Poor Genie
Don’t You Feel Me
Did You Ever
Funky Funky Blues
Oh What A Good Boy Am I

SIDE TWO:
Do You
The Night
Feel Your Love
Birds Fly So High
The Road of Life

SIDE THREE (BONUS):
Song of a Gypsy (45 Version)
Song Of A Gypsy (Demo Version)
Poor Poor Genie (Demo Version)

SIDE FOUR (BONUS):
The Lonely Surfer
I Lie
Lovin’ Man
I Wonder Why
Seems Like I Traveled
Dirty Daddy Blues Available from 08.11.2013

Expanded edition of Damon’s psychedelic masterpiece “Song Of A Gypsy” on Now-Again
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Deluxe reissue of the legendary late ’60s Los Angeles psychedelic masterpiece: restored/remastered transfer, pitch/speed corrected for the first time ever. Contains second disc: the entirety of Damon’s ’60s recordings, and never-before-heard demos. Extensive booklet contains dozens of unpublished photos and images, a thorough investigation into this landmark album, and an extensive interview with Damon. Damon’s […]

Limited physical edition of Brooklyn duo Denitia And Sene’s debut album
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Denitia & Sene’s first EP, blah blah blah was released in August 2012 and presented by OkayPlayer.com, a three-track assortment blending definitive soul with electronic bebop. Their track “Casanova” won the attention of many music tastemakers, with Fader magazine calling it “an effortless, snuggly gem primed for late Saturday mornings tangled in rumpled covers.” Because […]

Black Seeds – Black Seeds / The Sound Trek
Thursday, August 8th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Seeds – Black Seeds / The Sound Trek

Image: 1582036 Soul, funk & rock music recorded by US Army Servicemen during the height of the Vietnam War and released as albums by the US Army as recruitment tools.
United States Army soldiers made the music contained in this special re-release during the politically turbulent early 70s, towards the end of the Vietnam War. The Black Seeds and The Sound Trek were bands comprised of soldiers stationed in bases across Western Germany. While little is known about the bands, the players, and the milieu they came from – other than what can be pieced together from a handful of photos and documents found in a box in the New York Public Library, and the vague recollections of some of those involved – we at Now-Again Records have worked diligently with the United States Army and researchers the country over to present this important document – and some damn good
soul and funk music.
Only one former band member has come forward during the assembly of this anthology, which has lead us to question: where did these talented performers land after their winning performances in Army-sponsored Battle Of The Bands contests afforded them (musical) tours across European Army bases? Perhaps some are still around somewhere: perhaps some are still involved in music, perhaps some were killed in action, perhaps some passed on after returning to the States. Wherever they are now, their legacy has been cemented in this exquisite re-issue, a
snapshot of one of America’s most politically tumultuous times.

TRACKLISTING

THE BLACK SEEDS
1. Go Outside In The Rain
2. Ain’t No Sunshine
3. Black Magic Woman
4. Do Your Thing
5. Backstabbers
SOUND TREK
6. Intro – Kool & The Gang
7. Walking In The Rain
8. Backstabbers
9. Coldest Day Of My Life
10. If Loving You Is Wrong
11. I Love Everything About You

• Archival reproduction of The Black Seeds/Sound Trek soul set, housed in thick cardboard “tip-on” gatefold CD.
• Bill Withers, O’Jays and Kool & The Gang covers. Available from 19.07.2013

Mwahaha – Mwahaha
Thursday, July 4th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mwahaha – Mwahaha

Image: 1579638 What’s in a name? A little over a year ago this question was asked of Mwahaha (Oakland, CA) in regard to both
their name, and their self-titled independent debut. The answer? A flurry of accolades, a performance at Warp
Records’ SXSW showcase, shout outs from NPR & Spin Magazine amongst others, and a tour of the South and
the Midwest including 2012’s Treefort Festival. All of the attention drew the eye of Plug Research, who
subsequently signed the band. Now Mwahaha will be re-issued by the label world-wide and will appear for the
first tine on vinyl (AT LAST!), complete with new tracks not found on the original release, creating an expanded
edition.
The band consists of Ross Peacock (formerly of Clipd Beaks) and brothers Nathan and Cyrus Tilton (all three
were previously in the Bay Area cult band NED). Throbbing ebb and flow, electronic undercurrents and elated
pop flourishes characterize the album. Instruments are filtered through an array of analogue synths, analog
drum machines exist in harmony with live drums, and other morphing walls of sound and spiraling sonic
landscapes, Peacock’s lyrics and often times haunting vocals distinctly ground the album.
The band tracked most of the album at their own studio with Eil Crews (Deerhoof, tUnE-yArDs, WHY?,
Exray’s), who also mixed the album at New and Improved Studios in Oakland, CA. Inspiration was drawn from
the tangible energy of the Oakland music scene which continues to burst with new bands and collaborations.
Mwahaha took full advantage of this, enlisting friends from other bands to lend drum parts, as well as the
singular voice of Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs on one of the album’s stand-outs “Love.” Anticon’s Odd Nosdam
also provided a notable remix upon the album’s original release as well.
The members of Mwahaha have been writing and performing together for close to 10 years in various bands.
Mwahaha is a giant leap forward, achieving greater rewards while still pursuing sonic exploration. The band is
already hard at work on their follow-up release for Plug Research and continues to adhere to their original tenet:
“There are times you see a band perform and you’re blown away by the live show, but you bring the album home
and that special something just isn’t captured in the recordings,” Peacock says. “We weren’t going to perform
live until we had a record that the live show would have to live up to…something that documented the changes
and struggles we all deal with, but with space to grow with and into what the listener needs it to be.”
The past year has been a whirlwind, but the band is firmly planted in the present with their gaze set on the
horizon. Indeed, it seems that Mwahaha is having the last laugh after all.

KEY SELLING POINTS:
• This album was originally released in very limited release by the band, but is now being reissued by Plug Research including 2 bonus tracks.
• Features Merril Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) on the track ”Love”
• Videos for “Love” and “Rainbow Diamond” are available on YouTube and have been featured on MTV Hive and Wired.
• The band plays consistently in Northern California, but a US tour is planned for 2013.
• Publicity & Radio Promotion will be handled by Terrorbird.

“A cleverly plotted head trip disguised as a ramshackle mess, the debut
full-length from this psychedelic Oakland quartet turns
brain-scrambling confusion into a fine art.” – SPIN

“Mwahaha never stops surprising, and each song is jam-packed with
feel-good oddities.” – Impose Magazine

“The band sounds more than a little bit like TV On The Radio
sometimes, but – as you may have gathered from its moniker – it is far
more playful.” – San Francisco Weekly
Also featuring Merril Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) on the track “Love”

TRACKLISTING:
SIDE A:
Swimmer
Rainbow Diamond
Poinsettia
SIDE B:
Love (feat. Merril Garbus of tUnE-yArDs)
Lime Tree
We Build
SIDE C:
Rivers And Their Teeth
Sleep Deep
SIDE D:
Bathynomus Gigantes
AMBA (Bonus Track) Available from 14.06.2013

Various – Kenya Special – Selected East African Re
Thursday, June 6th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Kenya Special – Selected East African Re

Image: 1579892 Soundway Records present Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ‘80s – a treasure-trove of rare and unusual recordings from East Africa. Spread out over two CDs and one triple LP, Kenya Special is accompanied by detailed liner notes, original artwork and photographs.It follows on from Soundway’s much acclaimed African ‘Special’ series that to date has focused on the highlife and afrobeat output from 1970s Nigeria and Ghana.

Kenya Special is a collection of 32 recordings (most of which were only ever released on small-run 45rpm 7″ singles) that stand out as being different or unique as well as some classic genre standards. From Kikuyu language ‘liquid soul’, Luo benga and Swahili afrobeat to genre-bending Congolese and Tanzanian tracks recorded in Nairobi, Kenya Special sees Soundway yet again taking the less trodden path. Many of the tracks featured here are peppered with innovation and experimentation highlighting how diverse the music scene in Kenya was at the time.

In 1970s Kenya the two threads of rumba and benga loosely dominated the music scene. Benga quickly became Kenya’s unique contribution to afro-pop, spreading like wildfire through the interior countryside with it’s fast, 4/4 machine-gun beat and intricate electric guitar layers. The Congolese take on Afro-Cuban rumba was introduced by touring bands many of whom settled in East Africa – influencing bands from Kenya and Tanzania to come up with their own take on this popular style. Alongside these styles were small ensembles and hotel-sponsored bands, playing a blend of music that often included rock ‘n’ roll riffs, elements of ‘afro’ music (influenced by West African musicians like Fela Kuti), and multiple other combinations from South African and Zambian guitar styles to disco, funk and Swahili coastal rhythms like chakacha.

Painstakingly compiled, assembled and researched over two years by a team of five people from five countries (Kenya included), Kenya Special is a collection that looks beyond the mainstream and brings new life and recognition to some little known gems and forgotten classics of Kenya’s past. Available from 17.05.2013

Kenny Cox – Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kenny Cox – Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise

Image: 1580902 Black vinyl repress! LorIn 1974, Strata Records Inc. was well known in Detroit for their art gallery, live music venue and record label, turning out records by artists like Kenny Cox and Lyman Woodard. In 2012, nearly 4 decades later, Scion commissioned DJ Amir Abdullah to research and create an exhibit based on lost youth culture in Detroit for a new online museum. Familiar with the history of Strata Inc., Amir decided the best way to define the era was through the lens of the labels brief but potent influence on the city’s culture. Inspired by this project, Amir set out to re-introduce the world to Strata Inc. through his own label, 180 Proof Records.
The Lyman Woodard Organization’s Saturday Night Special (1975) is perhaps the jewel of the label, but the LP that was to follow – Cox’s unreleased Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise, is at the same time radical and sublime. It’s a visionary work, inspired by both the innocence and zeal of his 3-year-old son, Philip, and also the culture of Latin America and Caribbean lands Cox admits in the album’s original liner notes that, “oddly enough…I’ve never seen.”
The title track, “Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise” is a frolicking bossa groove awash in the gentle sound of waves one can imagine lapping against the shores of Brazil’s Praia da Fazenda, or perhaps the Taipus de Fora. “Samba de Romance” teems with the mischievous tones of two lovers playing not cat and mouse, but cat and cat (!), until the chase ends in a passionate nighttime rendezvous in sultry island air.
The pulsating bounce of “Island Song,” with its mood set by Moore’s vibrant flugelhorn and the percussion of Ronald Johnson and Nengue Hernandez, is just about everything one would imagine an island song to be, while “Lost My Love” is really “Feel Like Making Love” in delicious disguise and the album’s close, “Beyond The Dream,” is a 13-minute enlivening, reflective odyssey on everything one has lived, and all that remains to be achieved.
This previously unreleased masterpiece by Kenny Cox has been remastered from the original reel to reel masters, along with the artwork, which has been restored and printed ontop Heavy Stock Tip On Gatefold Jackets. Includes extensive liner notes and never seen before photos.

Side 1:
1. Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise
2. Samba de Romance
Side 2:
1. Island Song
Side 3:
1. Lost My Love
Side 4:
1. Beyond The Dream

PREVIEW THE ALBUM: http://soundcloud.com/180proof
Available from 03.05.2013

Maceo Plex – DJ-Kicks
Friday, May 17th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Maceo Plex – DJ-Kicks

Image: 1579679 Sometimes you have to look backwards to move forwards. In the case of Maceo Plex’s DJ Kicks mix, it’s case of looking back with a different perspective. While Maceo Plex’s mix is composed mainly of records that are up to 20 years old, it’s the tone of those records that is important.
Eric Estornel, to use Plex’s real name, has certainly come up with a forward-thing set that doesn’t sound like much else out there.

“The whole mix is very dark,” agrees Estornel. “But it’s very varied as well. It’s really boring to stay one style. If you’re a lover of music, you don’t love one style. I think it’s important to travel through different styles.” The end result is an education, a lesson in how electronic music for the dancefloor is done with intelligence.

Crucially, Estornel has re-edited nearly every track on the mix. “Most of the tracks are really old, so they needed freshening up,” he says. “A lot of them were missing percussion, or some other element I thought they could use.” I went through my own stuff and previous DJ Kicks mixes. Y’know, research. I think it is the most important mix series so I wanted to make sure it was music that I really loved and I want to hear in five or ten years time.
But isn’t it a bit of a contradiction, trying to bump electronic music out of a retro rut by looking to a different set of old records. Estornel reasons it thus: “A lot of the music on there is old, but basically has the sounds and the type of vibe that I think is missing these days. I went through a lot of new music. I didn’t want to select anything that everyone is playing at the moment and I definitely didn’t want to select anything that was already out on digital. The whole mix is comprised of vinyl only and is not going to be out on digital other than the DJ Kicks mix. To do that I had to go through a lot of new music and a lot of old music, and there wasn’t much new music that I really loved.
In time-honoured tradition, the mix contains a massive 10! exclusive tracks, the lead kicks track bing Galactic Cinema, a muscular and suitably off-world house chug. “I’m kind of known for a couple of big disco records and some really deep bassline house tracks, but that track much darker, but still pretty sexy and soulful. The whole thing is dark and futuristic.”

“This mix is kind of my legacy, or, at least, part of it,” says Estornel, by way of a parting thought. “In ten or twenty years I’m going to want to go back and listen to this mix and I hope it’s still fresh.”
Who knows. It sounds pretty timeless right now, though.

– Voted 4th in Resident Advisors 2012 DJ awards
– 10 Exclusive tracks!
– Crosstown [Rebels].” Damian Lazarus’ imprint released his debut album, Life Index, to rave reviews in 2011.
– Live Boiler Room set confirmed for 7th March 2013
– 120k Facebook fans / 27k twitter followers
– Worldwide Publicty & Marketing (Major online & print publicity campaign targeting high profile taste making destinations handled in the UK & rest of world by Neil Bainbridge of Kish Communications & Alastair at Infamous PR in the US with online support from Stephen Bolles (!K7)

Tracklisting

LP

01. Mathias Schaffhäuser / Nice To Meet You (Maceo Plex Remix)
02. Maceo Plex & Mark O’Sullivan / When It All Comes To This
03. Lab Insect aka Nomenklatür / Oh Happy Day (Maceo Plex Edit)
04. Mattski / Escapism (Maceo Plex Conversation Remix)
05. Visnadi / Racing Tracks (Indianapolis Drive Mix / Maceo Plex Edit)
06. Maceo Plex / Galactic Cinema (DJ-Kicks)
07. Move D / Sandmann (Maetrik Treatment)
08. Zeta Reticula & Freaks / Creep (Maceo Plex Fusion Edit)
09. S.A.M. / Nangijala (Maceo Plex Reggae Edit)
10. Maceo Plex / Mind On Fire

CD

01. Monsters From ID / Spatial Lobe
02. Voice Stealer / Evaluation
03. Stingray313 / Defect
04. Mathias Schaffhäuser / Nice To Meet You (Maceo Plex Remix)
05. TV Baby / New York Is Alright (Blakspun Minimal Dub)
06. Maceo Plex & Mark O’Sullivan / When It All Comes To This
07. Lab Insect aka Nomenklatür / Oh Happy Day (Maceo Plex Edit)
08. Kimbu Kimra / Raise The Dead (Love From San Francisco Dub)
09. Mattski / Escapism (Maceo Plex Conversation Remix)
10. Eric Volta / Rez-Shifter (Maceo Plex Remix)
11. Visnadi / Racing Tracks (Indianapolis Drive Mix / Maceo Plex Edit)
12. Maceo Plex / Galactic Cinema (DJ-Kicks)
13. Move D / Sandmann (Maetrik Treatment)
14. Zeta Reticula & Freaks / Creep (Maetrik Fusion Edit)
15. Jaydee / Payback (Maceo Plex Remix)
16. S.A.M. / Nangijala (Maceo Plex Reggae Edit)
17. Turner / Multiorgel (Schneider TM Mix)
18. Maceo Plex / Mind On Fire

Twitter: @Maceoplex
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaceoPlex
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/maceoplex
Available from 26.04.2013

Kalabrese – Independent Dancer (Rumpelmusig)
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“Independent Dancer” is the first release on Kalabrese’s own label, Rumpelmusig, a new sublabel of Compost Records that acts as a research station for unconventional dance music in the future.

CD RUMP002-2 / 2LP+CD RUMP002-1
Release: 26-04-13
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