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Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra – Techstar: Original Score (BF RSD)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra – Techstar: Original Score (BF RSD)

Image: 1615580 Shawn Lee is one of the most prolifc musicians of his generation. A
multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer songwriter, composer and Radio
DJ, he has released 35 albums as an artist to date. He has played,
produced and written on hundreds of records. He has worked with
a diverse range of artists including Jeff Buckley, Kelis, Saint Etienne,
Money Mark, Amy Winehouse, Jonathan Jeremiah, Darondo, Adrian
Younge, Tony Joe White, Robbie Williams, Incognito and Princess
Superstar to name just a few.
Lee’s music has been used extensively in both flm & TV – including
Monuments Men, House of cards, Orange is the New Black, and many
other notable placements.
After a 5 year hiatus, Shawn makes a welcomed return to his Ping Pong
Orchestra moniker with the Spacey concept album “TECHSTAR.”
This imaginary soundtrack album is flled with Cosmic Funk, Boogie,
disco and Library /OST vibrations, both highly electronic but also heavily
organic. Based around the characters & happenings on a space station,
called Techstar is an interstellar Las Vegas in space!
Mr. Lee blasts off into the outer regions on his latest Sci-Fi opus. Space
is the place…

1. Orion O’Neal
2. Ursa Major 7th
3. Space Shuffle
4. Lexina Walks In
5. Star Chimes
6. Lexina’s Theme
7. Sexy Sylvie
8. Captain Stone
9. Tenaka’s Theme
10. Freddie Guitar
11. Hobots Theme
12. Carlos Theme
13. JT Space Cumbia
14. Razor Sharp
15. Doctor B
16. Dirk’s Jerk
17. Vegas In Space Available from 24.11.2017

Reggie Dokes – Afro Sci
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reggie Dokes – Afro Sci

2nd POE release shows Detroit maestro in fine form with 1 track of retro-futurist deep techno b/w 1 track of melancholy deep house. Available from 30.10.2015

Total Science – Another Time feat. Grimm / Shelter
Sunday, February 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Total Science – Another Time feat. Grimm / Shelter

Another Time features Grimm on vocal duty with one of his finest deliveries to date. Shelter demonstrates the deep rolling side of the Total Science sound and goes to show why these guys are still at the top of their game.Both tracks perfectly combine…

Youngsta & Seven – Architects / War Cry
Sunday, January 5th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Youngsta & Seven – Architects / War Cry

Image: 1586901 Having spent well over a decade at the forefront of the dubstep scene – as DJ, FWD>> resident, Rinse FM show host, tastemaker and club promoter (Contact) – Youngsta has recently been making powerful inroads into production, and his latest Tempa release is a collaborative 12″ with Seven.

It’s their first release together since 2009’s ‘Masai Mara’, which was released on N-Type’s Wheel & Deal records, and finds them ramping up the dread for a pair of intense, eyes-down floor movers.

‘Architects’ opens in a cascade of synthetic notes and a shredding bass drone. A minute later, the floor abruptly drops out, with a burst of sub-bass that sends the track plummeting downwards amid snapping snares and intricate runs of struck percussion.
‘War Cry’ is at once sparser and more anthemic, opening in a towering haze of synthetic strings that recall the grandeur of classic sci-fi soundtracks. It subsequently plunges deep into the echo chamber, pairing dubbed out percussive with engine rumble subs to create the impression of seemingly endless space. Available from 16.12.2013

Mutated Forms feat Tali – Tiny Little Pieces (Total Science Remix)
Sunday, June 16th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mutated Forms feat Tali – Tiny Little Pieces (Total Science Remix)

Image: 1581098 Mutated Forms 2nd visit to CIA Deep Kut after their massive “Best Served Cold” release last summer & this time the boys employ the huge talent of the well respected & admired MC Tali.

A . Tiny little pieces – is a fine example of boundary pushing DnB / electronica, the rhythm track gives the song a half speed glitch hop feel with it’s cutting edge drums & evolving synths, add to that the powerful vocals of Tali & you have a fine piece of modern musical art!

AA. Tiny Little Pieces Total Science Remix – Label head honcho’s Total Science Remix delivers a trademark class techno tinged slice of liquid d&b excellence. One for the dance floor & purists alike.

DJ Support, Total Science, Mutated Forms, S.P.Y, Lenzman, Marky, Bryan G, Fabio, Nymfo. Available from 27.05.2013

Scientist – Scientific Dub
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Scientist – Scientific Dub

Image: 1581180 Recorded at King Tubby’s studio in Kingston between ‘78 and ‘80 this is one of the first projects that found this aspiring talent behind the boards. Born Hopeton Brown this son of a Kingston, Jamaica TV and Radio repairman first meet King Tubby when buying and trading electronics and parts at Tubby’s studio. It was Tubby who gave him his name, commenting on his technical prowess in building and repairing equipment he commented to Bunny Lee, “Damn, this boy must be a scientist.” The name stuck, and Scientist was taken on as an assistant at Tubby’s studio. Eventually he was given the chance to sit behind the boards and mix, initially on a faithful day when Prince Jammy cut a session short due to exhaustion.
Scientific Dub is the masterpiece Scientist created at King Tubby’s before departing to Channel One to be their lead engineer. Everything about this record is legendary, the studio, Scientist himself —- and the players, contributors include Aston “Family Man” Barrett, Mickey Dread, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, Augustus Pablo, and many more. ClockTower Records proudly gives Scientist’s dub masterpiece the triple 10” treatment with this release of Scientific Dub. Housed in a durable box with magnetic clasp this is the ultimate version of one of the landmark releases of the genre

Song Titles:
Drum Song Dub / Keep A Good Dub Rubbing / Taxi To Baltimore Dub / Satta Dread Dub / Every Dub Shall Scrub
Black Shade Of Dub / Bad Days Dub / East Of Scientist Corner (II Pieces) / Just Say Dub…Who / Words Of Dub

Produced By: Brad Osbourne
Mixed By: Scientist At King Tubby’S Studio
Personnel: Robbie Shakespeare, Family Man, Bagga, Michael Dread, Carlton Davis, Sly Dunbar, Bernard Harvey, Augustus Pablo, Gladstone Anderson, Tony Chin, Aston Barrett, Little D, Rick Frater, Winston Wright, Ossie Hibbert, Willie Lindo, Scully, Brad, Ossie Scott
Year: 1981
Available from 24.05.2013

TOTAL SCIENCE and C.I.A. Records present. “Good Game” …
Thursday, October 21st, 2004 | Posted in News | Comments Off on TOTAL SCIENCE and C.I.A. Records present. “Good Game” …

Drum & Bass

Monday, March 6th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Olivier Raymond, born in 1971 in Grenoble (France), got into “black music” (disco & funk) already in his early teens. During college years, Olivier’s friendship with Stephane Deschezeaux, kick started a musical journey, with a debut on a local radio station broadcasting a show dedicated to Funk … hence, only being 15 years of age, […]

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Olivier Raymond, born in 1971 in Grenoble (France), got into “black music” (disco & funk) already in his early teens. During college years, Olivier’s friendship with Stephane Deschezeaux, kick started a musical journey, with a debut on a local radio station broadcasting a show dedicated to Funk … hence, only being 15 years of age, […]

Davide Squillace
Monday, November 30th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Born in Siena, raised in Naples, it took a trip to London for Davide to finally discover electronic music. Wooed by the mood and sound of the British scene, he returned to Naples flush with energy, excitement and a knowing that this new calling would consume him. Davide is not available for comment. He’s got […]

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Olivier Raymond, born in 1971 in Grenoble (France), got into “black music” (disco & funk) already in his early teens. During college years, Olivier’s friendship with Stephane Deschezeaux, kick started a musical journey, with a debut on a local radio station broadcasting a show dedicated to funk, hence, only being 15 years of age, Olivier […]

Gregor Tresher – The Life Wire (Break New Soil)
Monday, September 7th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Gregor Tresher’s second album “The Life Wire” showcase new exciting changes in the development of his sound that became a quality trademark in the world of electronic music. DJ support by Richie Hawtin, Eric Prydz, Laurent Garnier, John Acquaviva, Groove Armada, Mijk Van Dijk, Monika Kruse, Moonbootica, and more.

Release: 04-09-09
Gregor Tresher
Monday, August 17th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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In the field of electronic music, Gregor Tresher is by no means a debutant. For more than ten years the thirty-three-year old DJ and producer from Frankfurt has gathered merits modernizing the algorithms of electronic music. It has been his “Still EP” in 2005 that upgraded him into the Champions League of European techno producers. […]

Gregor Tresher
Friday, May 8th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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In the field of electronic music, Gregor Tresher is by no means a debutant. For more than ten years the thirty-three-year old DJ and producer from Frankfurt has gathered merits modernizing the algorithms of electronic music. It has been his “Still EP” in 2005 that upgraded him into the Champions League of European techno producers. […]

Monday, November 13th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Wildly diverse, infused with exuberance and inspired by a slap of the absurd, Modeselektor’s inarguable grooves seem to emanate from every conceivable musical genre, creating a controlled chaos whose sonic expression elevates the eyebrows of critics and the heartbeats of dance floors around the world. ‘Boundary breaking’ is a phrase that today almost every artist […]

Weldon Irvine – Sinbad
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Weldon Irvine – Sinbad

Image: 1615684 In 1976, jazz keyboardist Weldon Irvine was
in a transitional phase of his career. Having
spent years as Nina Simone’s band leader,
he had developed into a full-formed, mature
musician by the early 70s, creating a sound
that combined modern jazz, soul, funk and
blues with an underlying social and spiritual
Sinbad, his last ever album for a major label,
marked the high point of that period. Mixing
original songs with covers by Marvin Gaye
(“What’s Goin’ On”) and Stevie Wonder
(“Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing”), Irvine led
an exemplary group of players—guitarist Eric
Bale, saxophonist Michael Brecker and a
breakout performance by pianist
Don Blackman, who also supplied
vocals—on an ambitious, intricate musical
journey that’s both technically brilliant and
emotionally striking. Afterwards, Irvine found
further success in writing musical stage
productions, leaving Sinbad as one of his
final—and greatest—recordings.

A1. Sinbad
A2. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing
A3. What’s Goin’ On?
A4. I Love You
B1. Do Something For Yourself
B2. Music Is The Key
B3. Here’s Where I Came In
B4. Gospel Feeling Available from 03.11.2017

Chloe – Endless Revisions (Gatefold+Poster)
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Chloe – Endless Revisions (Gatefold+Poster)

Image: 1611078 Lumière Noire presents Endless Revisions the first album in 7 years from Chloé. Including features by Ben Shemie (Suuns), Alain Chamfort, Moderna, Rhys Chatham, Nova Materia & Jana.

Tracklisting LP:
A1. Solarhys
A2. Outer Space
A3. Recall Feat. Ben Shemie (Original Mix)
A4. Party Moonster
B1. Beacause It’s There
B2. The Dawn (Original Mix)
B3. Deepest
C1. Androgyne Feat. Alain Chamfort (Original Mix)
C2. The Ultimate High
C3. The Blacklash
D1. Dune
D2. Pendulum
D3. Nuit Noire
D4. Androgyne (Instrumental Version

After twenty years at the center of the electronic scene, the enigma that is Chloé still stands. While Chloé has long transcended her image as the “DJ” behind legendary club night Pulp, headlining the Rex as well as clubs and festivals throughout Europe, Endless Revisions represents yet another deviation from rigid genre classification, deepening the often-linear perspectives on current music. A
rich and multi- faceted work, the artist’s captivating third album drifts from one mystery to the other, harkening back to philosopher Theodor W. Adorno’s maxim: “the task of art today is to bring chaos into order.” Seven long years in the making, the follow-up to One in Other is only the third fulllength by the artist, whose high standards translate into scarcity: “I did wait a while to make this album,” she confirms, “because I prefer not to impose deadlines on the full-lengths. To do so would stifle my creativity. Over the past few years, people have come up to me with interesting collaborations. I composed the score for Lidia Terki’s feature Paris La Blanche, worked with the Ircam for a live interactive installation, reinterpreted Steve Reich with percussionist Vassilena Serafimova… These opportunities forced me to leave my studio and encounter other people’s universes, which allowed me to grow. So today, I feel like I have new things to express.” Now that she has set up her new label, Lumière Noire, and eleased afew EPs over the last year (by the likes of Il Est Vilaine and Sutja Guttierrez), the time felt right for the producer to come up with a new opus: “the label was born out of a desire for emancipation, for self-assertion. Lumière Noire was the push to finish this new full length.” This third LP serves up Chloé’s music in its finest form – music that eschews the well-trodden paths of delight and seduction in favour of an experimental sensibility that puts motion before emotion. The title, Endless Revisions, refers to the constant work that goes into the gestation of the artist’s inner landscapes before they can be displayed for the audience. This sensory experience also serves as a mirror that she hangs for herself, each resulting track providing another step toward emotional equilibrium. Each song on Endless
Revisions is a stepping stone across the stream of consciousness, a way to cross over into the mechanics of soul-searching. Is this what the work of songwriting represents for Chloé? “I feel like I found myself on this album“ she replies without hesitation. “When the world changes around you, you can’t just stay as you were twenty years ago. The idea with this new label, this new album, is to look towards the future. This album represents who I am now, as I’m opening up to new horizons.” The producer continues to display a subtle, expert handling of electronic abstraction, and the tact and contact that have been present since her first EP, Erosoft, remain her prime vectors. And, while the album’s thirteen tracks each has its own radically unique mood, this intentional shuffling seeks to tell a story – albeit a cryptic one: “that’s what the LP format should allow for. I think of the sequencing of the tracks as I would a DJ mix.” Graceful yet troubling, the centerpiece The Dawn offers over ten minutes of zero-gravity bliss, inhabited by a mysterious voice. The musical pendant to the Chloé X Ircam sound installation, created for the prestigious Parisian musical research institute Ircam, The Dawn was also mixed in 3-D binaural sound in collaboration with the French state radio’s team of sound engineers. This sophisticated sonic approach, which pits cutting-edge technology against analog textures, runs throughout Endless Revisions: “we often think that the technological aspect is out to kill the emotional dimension, but sometimes it’s quite the opposite, and this is one example. The Dawn actually starts with a cassette tape sound effect, to establish a contrast with today’s technology. This music tells a story, but it’s a very ancient one, best listened to on a crackly old vinyl record, or a cassette tape.” Along with the deep, cerebral The Ultimate High, The Dawn is probably the only cut on the record that retains an obvious link to techno, as Chloé made the choice to sidestep the beat tunnels that usually form the backbone of the genre’s other outings.
Available from 27.10.2017

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

Talibam – Endgame Of The Anthripocene
Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Talibam – Endgame Of The Anthripocene

Image: 1610948 Personnel: Matthew Mottel: Mini Moog, Midi Synths, Yamaha CS1x, Roland Juno 1, Roland Lucina, Arp Solus, Kevin
Shea: drums, MIDI Marimba Lumina, Preston Spurlock: cover art

Track Listing:
A1. “Antarctica shall be used for peaceful purposes only” (Article 1)
A2. Human Interference and the Failure to Ratify
A3. Reign of Primordial Tenure on the Ice Shelf
B1. The Telegenic Annexation of Territorial Expanse in the West
B2. Obsequious Resources Duly Exploited De Novo
B3. Breach of Ecology on the Seabed (Biodiversity in Shambles)
B4. Cost-Effective Drilling Enabled by Pioneering Technologies and Warmer Climates in the Southern Ocean

Overview: Endgame of the Anthropocene marks Talibam!’s return to ESP-Disk’, a partnership begun in 2009 with the
highly acclaimed Boogie in the Breeze Blocks album. Talibam! is a 14-year working unit based in New York City that can
be described in various ways — as a classic keyboards/drums expanded-jazz duo, as Dadaist provocateurs with an innate
love for the history of music, as a Fluxus-informed theater troupe, as an electronic ensemble inspired by Stockhausen,
or as a rhythm section at the cross hair of agility, speed, punctuation, and intention. Since their inception in 2003,
Talibam!’s ultimate goal has been to wed disparate ideologies through proficiency, controversy, inquiry, and
compassion. Every Talibam! album attacks from a different angle, Endgame continues this tradition of each new release
sounding completely different from everything they’ve done before, as does HARD VIBE (ESP5015), which will be
released on the same day.
Talibam! has made a geopsychic prediction: after it expires in 2048, the Antarctic Treaty System will be rejected.
As the rest of the planet will have been rendered uninhabitable due to wars rooted in overpopulation, global warming,
and the relentless exploitation of diminishing resources, human interference and the failure to ratify will lead to
international war over the sovereignty and control of Antarctica’s vast resources. Endgame of the Anthropocene is
Talibam!’s first cinematic album of through-composed ecogothic geosonics. It is the soundtrack to 2048’s despotic
nationalism and crumbling international infrastructure, underscoring an eco-mercantilistic tragedy and the desperate
plundering of the last pristine landscape on Earth. This inevitable destruction of Antarctica’s purity marks the globalenvironmental
endgame of the Anthropocene. Endgame of the Anthropocene is a dystopian sonic pronouncement of
failed socio-environmental memes, and features Talibam!’s emergence into hyperkinetic rhythm-based instrumental/
electronic music. Syncopation via polyrhythmic electronic drum and synth pads create corporeal dance floor beats that
would make a super computer perturbed. Kevin Shea is a master of cyber swing and ecowar rhythm — on this record, he
keeps it android yet anthropoid, like Aphex Twin meeting a hologram Phil Collins. Keyboardist Matt Mottel anchors wide
sweeps of analog synthesis — his sonic palette oscillating between the Silver Apples, Sun Ra, and Arca via an Arduino
beta bass drop. This music is hallucinatory composition — electronic muzik via an ethnographic sonic landscape
influenced by Parmegiani, Don Cherry, Front 242, Hailu Mergia, Vangelis, Suicide, Islam Chipsy, Stockhausen and DJ
Shadow. Available from 22.09.2017

Lee Van Dowski
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The very name exudes style and intrigue-a country lord, perhaps, who at night throws open the manor gates to host all-night bacchanals legendary for their wine and song. And though the French-born, Geneva-based artist may not have a manor to his name, the rest isn’t far off the mark. Born Renaud Lewandowski, Lee has earned […]

Nu Era – Geometricks EP
Thursday, July 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nu Era – Geometricks EP

Nu Era delivers another dose of Deep-Soulful Techno produced by Marc Mac. This Detroit style 4 track EP is backed with genre-fused science, analogue machines woven together by chords, melodies and beats we’ve come to expect from Nu Era, at times the s…

Rodriguez Jr.
Monday, July 3rd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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A product of South Of France, between Nîmes and Montpellier far from any big city, Olivier Mateu grew up on the seaside during the 1990s where he oscillated between piano lessons and electronic music parties. As one half of French electro act The Youngsters – best known for their two studio albums and singles for […]

Swarvy – Bop
Friday, June 30th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Swarvy – Bop

Image: 1610607 “Songs of love sung by robots”
From the moment this machine is booted BOP begins buzzing with
kinetic warmth. This is something characteristic of Swarvy’s sound, the
LA-by-way-of-Philly musical polymath with a vast catalog including sunsoaked live instrumentals, jazz-infused loops and lo-f gems. With BOP,
he is musical mad scientist, ?aunting his technical fnesse as he plunges
into the realm of abstraction.
Swarvy makes his mark in BOP even while grappling with its colder,
industrial elements. With broken rhythms and jagged textures, he pieces
together tunes of emotive beauty. The result is undeniably playful and
delightfully odd, something like songs of love sung by robots.
Through its wavy ambience runs a current of aural ephemera – bits of
speech samples, bossa riffs, and R&B with opaque origins. BOP’s genrebending tracks will take you to ten compelling dimensions, forming an
archeology of cyberspace and musical artifacts that’ll leave your cold
robotic heart melting in the LA sun.

1. Bop
2. Ahoy
3. Astrognats
4. Iiicccccyyyymmiiiinnnttt
5. Scrapplefromtheapple
6. Wait4me
7. Marzbow
8. Krunchwrap
9. Circles
10. Well Available from 15.09.2017

DJ Tennis – DJ-Kicks
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Tennis – DJ-Kicks

Image: 1610435 DJ-Kicks has tapped up Life And Death label founder DJ Tennis for the next instalment in its long running and land- mark series, which is due for release on 14th July. The Italian is the first artist to ever be granted not one but two discs across which to showcases his style, and he doesn’t disappoint. The mix comes as a double CD and triple vinyl release and features four exclusive tracks.

A1 Traumprinz – Intrinity
A2 Basic Channel – Q Loop
B1 D’Arcangelo – N-Tower
B2 Loscil – Sickbay
C1 Frank Bretschneider – Go! Said The Bird
(Tennis Version) **EXCLUSIVE
C2 The Other People Place – Let Me Be Me
D1 Bochum Welt – La Nuit
D2 Kenny Dixon Jr. – Soul Sounds
E1 MBG – Jumping Trip
E2 Monolake – Pio
F1 Pole – Raum 2 (DJ Tennis Technoid Version)
F2 Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Aurora

01 K. Leimer – Acquiescence
02 Bochum Welt – La Nuit
03 Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Aurora
04 Jon Hopkins – Vessel
05 Adam Johnson – Anex
06 Pole – Raum 2 (DJ Tennis Technoid Version) **EXCLUSIVE
07 Monolake – Pio
08 Byetone – Neuschnee
09 Mouse on Mars & Atom TM – Key My Brain
10 Bauri – Twinkle Stars
11 Rival Consoles – Recovery
12 Oval – Textuell
13 Isolée – Allowance
14 Caribou – Melody Day (Four Tet Remix feat. Luke Lalonde, Adem And One Little Plane)
15 D’Arcangelo – N-Tower

01 Basic Channel – Q Loop
02 Frank Brettschneider – Go! Said The Bird (Tennis Version) **EXCLUSIVE
03 Red Axes – Paratrooper **EXCLUSIVE
04 Traumprinz – Intrinity
05 Robert Hood – Escapes (6:47)
06 Kenny Dixon Jr. – Soul Sounds
07 Rhythm & Sound – Mango Drive
08 Marcello Giordani – Perché non Vuoi Ballare?
09 The Other People Place – Let Me Be Me
10 Biosphere – Ikata-1
11 Roby J – Crossed Movements (LOM Extended Version)
12 MBG – Jumping Trip
13 Loscil – Sickbay
14 Maribou State – The Clown feat. Pedestrian (Axel Boman Remix)
15 DJ Tennis feat. Fink – Certain Angles (DJ-Kicks) **EXCLUSIVE
16 Kona Triangle – Astorias Ascent

DJ-Kicks has tapped up Life And Death label founder DJ Tennis for the next instalment in its long running and landmark series, which is due for release on 14th July. The Italian is the first artist to ever be granted not one but two discs across which to showcases his style, and he doesn’t disappoint.
The mix comes as a double CD and triple vinyl release and features four exclusive tracks. These include a brand new original from DJ Tennis featuring Fink and called ‘Certain Angels,’ plus new Tennis versions of tunes by Pole and Frank Brettschneider, and finally an unreleased track, ‘Paratrooper,’ from acclaimed Tel Aviv duo Red Axes. In programming these two diverse, eclectic and yet coherent rides, DJ Tennis shows off his singular knack for nailing an aesthetic that is subversive yet seductive in equal measure.

• First ever double CD DJ-Kicks release
• Includes 4 exclusive tracks
• Full tour dates and extensive festival schedule to support release
• Download card included with LP

Available from 14.07.2017

Dubfire – HYBRID: A Decade Of Dubfire
Friday, May 12th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dubfire – HYBRID: A Decade Of Dubfire

Image: 1610142 Comprehensive 42 track collection of Dubfire’s 10 year discography from 2006-2016

A1 Dubfire – RibCage
A2 Davide Squillace & Guti – That Ginger Ponytail [Dubfire Remix]
B1 Dubfire – Emissions
B2 Dubfire – Rejekt
C1 Plastikman – Plasticity [Dubfire Rework]
C2 Audion – Mouth to Mouth [Dubfire Remix]
D1 Paperclip People – 4 My Peepz [Dubfire Rework]
D2 Barem – A [Dubfire Remix]
E1 Hot Since 82 – Leave Me [Dubfire Playa Remix]
E2 Gregor Treshor – A Thousand Nights [Dubfire Quiet Storm Remix]
F1 Joseph Capriati – Fratello [Dubfire Remix]
F2 DJ Yellow – No More Enemie

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and if you ask Dubfire whether the last ten years of his career feels that long, it’s clear that he’s been having too much of a ball to notice. It’s only fitting, though, to celebrate this milestone with a comprehensive retrospective of his work: A Decade Of Dubfire. Cast your mind back to 2007. Electro house was already beginning to implode in on itself, crushed by the weight of excess and formulas. Hard techno had fallen out favour after years of relentless intensity. Straight up house was sounding somewhat stale. ‘Minimal’ was increasingly the word on everyone’s lips, and in the wave of forward-thinking, boundary-pushing minimal techno producers came the birth of Dubfire’s solo career. Hugely successful as one half of Deep Dish – undisputedly one of the greatest house acts of all time – the man otherwise known as Ali Shirazinia was always fascinated by techno, but it was this new stripped-back approach that sucked him into its path. His knack for combining a sense of minimalism and succinctness with a tough edge and sonic theatrics stood him out from the crowd and gave his tracks serious big room appeal, his productions instantly becoming firm favourites of every -list DJ worth their salt. Over the years he increasingly fused his love for ‘80s synth pop and electro into his sounds, continuing his lineage of intensely electronic music with raw emotion at its heart. This compilation spans the breadth of his sounds, and is a timely reminder of just how many intense dancefloor moments he has soundtracked.

Available from 16.06.2017

Kondi Band – Salone
Friday, April 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kondi Band – Salone

Image: 1609473 Strut present an inspired new Afro- electronic project for June 2017, Kondi Band, a collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ Chief Boima, who himself has Sierra Leonean roots.

1. Yeanoh (Powe Handa Blingabe)
2. Belle Wahalla
3. Thank You Mama
4. Titi Dem Too Service
5. Don Don Mi Money
6. Thogolingo Dembi Na
7. You Wan Married?
8. Geibai Gpanga Ne Gna
9. Kondi Instrumental
10. Without Money, No Family
(Chief Boima Remix)
11. Thogolobea (Lv Remix)
12. Y’Alimamy (Chief Boima Remix)

Strut present an inspired new Afroelectronic project for June 2017, Kondi Band, a collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ Chief Boima, who himself has Sierra Leonean roots.
The project was spawned after Boima happened upon an online video of one of Sorie’s original tracks. “Sorie Kondi is a blind musician with a will to thrive like no person I have met before,” explains Boima. “My work with him began with a youtube link. I spotted the video for his track ‘Without Money No Family’ and was struck by his beautiful vocals and socially-conscious lyrics. These incredible melodies he was playing on his namesake thumb piano (the kondi) sealed the deal: I immediately decided to remix it.” The resulting bootleg remix started appearing in DJ playlists and led to coverage by The Fader magazine. As a result, Sorie’s manager in Freetown reached out to Boima and, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Sorie travelled to America for the first time for a five date tour. During the trip he and Boima worked on new recordings which would form the nucleus of the debut Kondi Band album ‘Belle Wahalla’.
“This album forges a direct link between techno born in the black cities of the American Mid-West, where I grew up, and roots African music,” Boima continues. “Sorie Kondi may be playing an acoustic folk instrument from Sierra Leone, but he thinks about music as if he were a techno producer with the dance-friendly pulse of his cajon drum, the spiraling melody
lines from the thumb piano and his incredible vocals.” Through Boima’s intricate production, the album subtly and skillfully integrates contemporary electronic sounds, keeping the
simplicity and space in Sorie’s music. Sorie’s lyrics are personal, immediate, and often uncompromising. ‘Girl Service’, warns against the dangers of child prostitution. ‘Belle Wahalla’, is a song that uses belly pain as a metaphor for poverty, hunger, and lack of financial opportunity. ‘Thank You Mama’ is an ode to his mother for loving him even though he was born
unsighted, and the anthem ‘Without Money, No Family’ is about how even family can be a privilege. A first EP was released in 2016 and the track ‘Yeanoh’ became No 1 viral track on Spotify following inclusion in an XL Recordings playlist. ‘Salone’ is released on 2nd June and Kondi Band will be touring worldwide from May 2017.

– Debut album by Sierra Leonian duo, priority artist project for Strut in 2017
– includes the single ‘Yeanoh’ which was no. 1 viral track on Spotify in early 2017
– Considerable early DJ support including Gilles Peterson, Lefto and Joe Goddard
– Supported by worldwide touring booked by Eiden Agency following acclaimed performances at WOMEX and Transmusicales

Ata Kak, Fela Kuti, Gilles Peterson, Daphni, Modeselektor, Daniel Haaksman, Henrik Schwarz, Inner Visions, Lefto, Manu Dibango, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Osunlade, Auntie Flo, Clapclap!, debruit, Mark Ernestus Available from 02.06.2017

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

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

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

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

Print advertising: Reggae Vibes (FR), Echoes (GB), Riddim (DE/AT/CH), Piranha (DE)
Web banner: (BE), Vibes FM (GB) (both 4-weeks commencing week of release)
Social media: Facebook campaign commencing week of release.
Reviews / interviews targeted in print media: Songlines Magazine (GB), Echoes (GB), MOJO (GB), Guardian Newspaper (GB), Reggae Vibes (FR), Q Magazine (GB), Piranha Magazine (DE), The Voice (GB), The Wire (GB), Riddim Magazine (DE/AT/CH).
Online media: Party Time (FR), Reggaemani (SE), (DK), Hot MC (IT) / Reggaeville (WORLDWIDE) / Reggae Portugal (PT) / (BE) / (NL) / World A Reggae (NL).
Radio / Specialized shows: BBC 1Xtra David Rodigan / BBC Radio Lancashire / BBC Radio Leicester / BBC Radio 6 / BBC Radio Bristol /Black Echoes (Dublin) / BCFM (Bristol) / Colourful Radio (London) / Conscious Radio (London) / Mi-Soul (London) / Mouv’ (France) / New Style (Birmingham) / Peace FM (Manchester) / RTS Radio (Switzerland) / Ujima Radio (Bristol) / Kemet Radio (Nottingham) / Soho Radio (London)
Social media: (Facebook, Twitter, Shazam, Instagram, iTunes) commencing week of release. Available from 19.05.2017

Gato Preto – Tempo (LP+MP3)
Friday, February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Gato Preto – Tempo (LP+MP3)

Image: 1608332 Gato Preto’s debut album „Tempo“ contains everything, what is exciting about the international club-culture: rockin Favela-Funk from Rio, roaring township-grooves from South Africa and Angola’s technoid electro-hybrid Kuduro. Sound creator & Gato Preto producer Lee Bass creates the basis for Femcee Gato Misteriosa and her portugese power-punchlines.

No matter if in some hip electro-shed of Paris, at Zakk in Duesseldorf or on an international stage at the “Nyege Nyege”-festival located on the river Nil in Uganda – as soon as the „black cat“, Gato Preto in english, comes along there is no escape.

Equiped with digital effect-devices and synthesizers, supported by african drummers and dancers, Gato Preto fascinate their crowd from the beginning til the end and convince everybody around that global bass-power and progressive grooves out of the world’s metropolises are un-stoppable.

„Tempo“ can be seen as an invitation to escort both global-bass-travellers on an imaginary time travel into the past and to join them finding and exploring their african roots.
All songs on the album „Tempo“ are composed as a 12-piece audio adventure of producer Lee Bass and Femcee Gato Misteriosa. Each song has its own story. Starting with „Moçambique“ dealing with the bloody colonial history of the country. „Dia D“ already has become a global dancefloor hymn and is an hommage to the track record of african pop music during the last couple of years. “Polícia“ is a collaboration with Ghana-rooted rapper Delasi and critizes worldwide police violence. “Barulho” is Favela Punk and was written with global bass buddy Edu K from Brasil. The song “Pirão“ searches for long forgotten traditions, cook recipies and african art of healing, interpretes those components in a modern way.

In the end Gato Preto manage the time travel „back to the future“. As open and self-confident Afro-Europeans they come back from the past to forcast new trends at the global pop sky.

1. A Luta Continua (Intro) 2:26 // 2. Moçambique 3:02 // 3. Dia D 3:31 4. Tempo 3:49 // 5. Pirão 4:02 // 6. Feitiço feat. Flore + MC ZULU 5:04 7. Puxa feat. BIZT 4:08 // 8. Polícia feat. Delasi 3:16 // 9. Pé na roda feat. Diamondog 3:58 // 10. Barulho feat. Edu K 3:46 // 11. Take a stand feat. Crooked Bois + Iche 3:28 // 12. Televisão (Bonus) 4:30

GATO PRETO on tour 2017:
17.02. Marseille – Connextion
18.02 · Paris – Petit Bain (La Ganzoü)
24.02 · Lübeck – Treibsand
25.02 · Hamburg – Sommersalon
09.03 · Gent – Vorruit
10.03 · Utrecht – Rimboe Riddim
24.03 · Berlin – Yaam!
13.04 · Praja (Kap Verde)
13.05 · Brüssel – Filmfestival Available from 24.03.2017

Matthew Dear – DJ-Kicks
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Matthew Dear – DJ-Kicks

Image: 1607671 The long established and critically acclaimed DJ-Kicks series kicks off 2017 with suitably accomplished DJ, producer, vocalist and instrumenta- list Matthew Dear at the helm.

01 Nils Frahm – Ode
02 Matthew Dear – Wrong With Us (DJ-Kicks)
03 Mahal – Ongaku (HVL Remix)
04 Monsieur Georget – Double Lune
(Third Child Boomer Mix)
05 Kreon – Silo Sol
06 Caserta – Ricky (Thatmanmonkz Remix)
07 Gwilym Gold x Doc Daneeka – Lust For Sale (MGF Mix)
08 Smoke – Nuutri
09 Decius – Bread & Butter
10 Italojohnson – ITJ10B1
11 Vin Sol – Instinct (Matrixxman Remix)
12 Groovesh – Glowing
13 Duff Disco – Feed The Horse
14 Dudley Strangeways – Hallam
15 Alex & Digby – Angolan Rumble
16 Gary Sloan & Clone – Harmonitalk (Alex & Digby Edit)
17 Randomer – Rendell Pips
18 Markus Enochson – Hot Juice Box
19 Simian Mobile Disco – Staring At All This Handle
20 Pearson Sound – XLB
21 Soulphiction – Sky So High
22 Audion – Live Breakdown
23 Audion – Starfucker
24 Audion – Brines
25 DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko – Kumu

• Includes 3 exclusive tracks Matthew Dear ‘Wrong With Us’, Audion ‘Live Breakdown’ and Audio ‘Brines’

The long established and critically acclaimed DJ-Kicks series kicks off
2017 with suitably accomplished DJ, producer, vocalist and instrumentalist
Matthew Dear at the helm.
A man of many musical hats, Texas born, Detroit raised Dear has a wide
reaching discography that takes in face melting techno as Jabberjaw,
dark avant-pop under his own name and intricate minimal as Audion.
Often with a gothic slant and full of curiousness, his pensive but playful
music is an intoxicating distillation of many different influences, often with
his own stylised vocals at the centre.
As co-founder of both Ghostly International and Spectral Sound Dear has
also been responsible for some of the underground scene’s most exciting
new music, plenty of which appears here. Now more than 15 years, five
albums and 20 EPs into his esteemed and always evolving career, Dear is
exactly the sort of fascinating character that makes the very personal
DJ-Kicks series so special.
Included along the way are three brand new and exclusive cuts from Dear
himself, one under his own name and two as Audion. They are typically
weird and intriguing cuts that tie the whole unhinged and freaky mix
together. Also helping to add to the left-of-centre afterparty vibe are
inclusions by artists as diverse as Thatmanmonkz and Matrixxmann,
ItaloJohnson and Pearson Sound, Randomer and Simian Mobile Disco.
Wholly timeless yet totally of its time, this is the first new work from Dear in
a while. Once again, though, it proves that he is a master of subversion,
someone who can head down a brain frying techno warren then effortlessly
onto raw machine grooves via left of centre synth ditties and kaleidoscopic
house music. In his considered hands, they all make perfect sense. Available from 27.01.2017

Danny Daze
Monday, December 12th, 2016 | Posted in Charts, Magazine | Comments Off on Danny Daze

Heavily praised for his versatility, DJ and producer Danny Daze continues to smash expectations with an omnivorous groove rooted in Detroit Techno, Italo Disco, and Miami Bass. Daze’s freeform selecting and mercurial mixing guarantees the only thing audiences can expect is a musical experience where everything is up for grabs. Combined with his entrepreneurial acumen, […]

Zeroh – Tinnitus
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Zeroh – Tinnitus

Image: 1607036 Los angeles native, dyed in the wool hooligan zeroh gets loud, technical and strange all over again on his new ten track album TINNITUS [HNR65]. organized noise was haphazardly strung together and embellished amongst 15+ hours of music in a dark smokey garage on little to no sleep. the severity of this raw bludgeoning echoes pain in the heads and ears of your typical everyman in an attempt to bring them to higher state of consciousness. zeroh emanates a low glowing light close to the chest… the one saving grace for this genius god awful cacophony.

written and produced by zeroh

additional vocals on “Gun Metal” by The Koreatown Oddity.
harp & additional vocals on “My Beautiful New Age Nightmare” by Low Leaf

1. Alldayeverything 02:57
2. Sorted 02:34
3. Snakes 01:32
4. Gun Metal (ft. The Koreatown Oddity) 03:37
5. My Beautiful New Age Nightmare (ft. Low Leaf) 04:08
6. Crisis 01:46
7. Nindo 03:09
8. Coves & Caves 02:30
9. Blind 02:31
10. Faith 03:09
Available from 04.11.2016

Freddie McGregor – True To My Roots
Friday, September 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Freddie McGregor – True To My Roots

Image: 1606469 Fast pünktlich zu seinem 60. Geburtstag beglückt der Altmeister die Reggae-Welt mit einem exzellenten neuen Studioalbum. “True To My Roots” besticht durch 60 Minuten Spielzeit und beginnt mit zwei Versionen zum “Heavenless” Riddim, dem Titelstück und Freddies Update des Dennis Brown-Hits “Your Love’s Got A Hold On Me”. Es folgt ein rundgesteckter Slalom: Elegant schwingt Mr. McGregor von conscious Tunes vorbei an Nyahbinghi-Roots und Balladen hinüber zu den Ladys. Der neue CD Longplayer erscheint auf dem eigenem Label Big Ship und wurde mit Hilfe der Söhne Chino und Stephen McGregor, Dalton Browne, Cleveland Browne (ex-Steely & Clevie) und Lloyd Campbell realisiert.

“Der Legende nach musste Freddie McGregor für seine erste Aufnahme einen Bierkasten besteigen, um ans Mikrophon heranzukommen. Das historische Ereignis fand 1963 statt. Ska war noch jung. Freddie ein siebenjähriger Knirps. Jetzt gehört er zum erlesenen Kreis wahrer Veteranen der jamaikanischen Popmusik: Mehr als 50 Jahre aktiv im Recording Business. Respekt!” – Riddim Magazin, Jürgen Schickinger Available from 25.11.2016

‘Big Deal! (Weinberger Funk Library UK 1975-79)’ – a killer compilation full of highlights from the music archives of Josef Weinberger Ltd.
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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Killer funk compilation full of highlights from the music archives of Josef Weinberger Ltd. in London, pulled from the most famous library albums on labels like JW (Josef Weinberger/ Theme Music), IA (Impress) or PM (Programme Music). First selection of 16 lost tracks by Toni Campo, Midas Touch, Trevor Bastow, Sidney Dale or Vick Flick, […]

Monday, August 29th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
Posted in Artists, Magazine | Comments Off on Jah9

Deeply mystical, Jah9 has emerged from a chrysalis of poetry, dub and spirit to become a powerful femiNINE energy within a universal grassroots movement of consciousness. Inspired by the open spaces in the instrumental dub of 1970’s Jamaican roots music, Jah9 sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a […]

Piero Umiliani – Percussioni Ed Effetti Speciali (2LP+CD)
Friday, July 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Piero Umiliani – Percussioni Ed Effetti Speciali (2LP+CD)

Image: 1605341 Recorded at Umiliani’s personal Sound Work Shop Studio in Rome, this double album spreads its four sides over percussive experiments and other more abstract ones, with excellent results in both cases. The first disc includes also beat and swing elements, while the sixteen tracks from “Effetti speciali”, though less immediate, are equally fascinating. A perhaps less known Umiliani, but this is just one more reason for a deserved and fast rediscovery.

The long and prolific career of Piero Umiliani, also consisting of dozens of collaborations for television and cinema, has given (and is still delivering, given the amount of material that is finally coming back to light) a long series of experimental albums and music libraries that showcase his songwriting skills, as well as a natural curiosity towards avant-garde and more ‘difficult’ sounds. We can attribute to the second category this “Percussioni ed effetti speciali”, a title that clarifies pretty much the release content (Percussion and special effects).

Recorded, as many other works of his, at the Sound Work Shop in Rome – a personal studio that was also available to many other musician colleagues – this double album evenly spreads its four sides over percussive experiments and other more abstract ones, with excellent results in both cases. The first disc recalls another little gem that’s just been reissued, Egisto Macchi’s “Africa Minima”, but offers a wider overview of the percussive spectrum, including beat and swing elements. Such tracks as “Problematica giovanile” (in two versions), “Protesta giovanile” and “Subacquea” conquer on the first listen, but it would be impossible to underestimate the other side of the coin.

The sixteen tracks from “Effetti speciali” are equally fascinating, though less immediate. Percussion accompany episodes as “Dinamica in tensione” and “Esplosioni e battimenti”, while synthesizers characterize “Fascia astrale”, “Segnali Morse” and “Stato ipnotico”. A perhaps less known Umiliani, but this is just one more reason for a deserved and fast rediscovery.


A1 Problematica Giovanile
A2 Problematica Giovanile N. 2
A3 Subacquea
A4 Bongos In Suspense
A5 Dinamica In Beat
A6 Dinamica In Beat N. 2
A7 Contrasto Ritmico
B1 Percussioni Speciali
B2 Protesta Giovanile
B3 Timpani Statici
B4 Timpani In Movimento
B5 Marasma
B6 Timbales
B7 Ritmi In Swing
B8 Ritmi In Swing N. 2

Effetti Speciali:
C1 Fascia Astrale
C2 Stato Ipnotico
C3 Dinamica In Tensione
C4 Dinamica In Tensione N. 2
C5 Esplosioni
C6 Esplosioni N. 2
C7 Distorsioni
C8 Detective
D1 Echi Della Natura
D2 Fascia Metallica
D3 Organo In Suspense
D4 Battimenti
D5 Battimenti N. 2
D6 Segnali Morse
D7 Segnali Morse N. 2
D8 Sottosuolo

Same as the double LP on a 31-track
single disc. Available from 26.08.2016

Various – Paz E Futebol 2
Friday, July 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Paz E Futebol 2

Image: 1603842 Sonar Kollektiv present the second volume of Paz E Futebol 2.

Ten years have passed since the phenomenal success of the „Paz e Futebol“ (SK089CD / LP)
compilation, released on Sonar Kollektiv. Since then Germany went on to win the Football
World Cup in Brazil sparking an increased self-confidence and maybe inspiring the Berlin
musical institution Jazzanova to compile again a courageously eclectic showcase of Brazilian
music in all its facets and peculiarities.
“Paz e Futebol 2” is the ultimate smorgasbord of all Brazilian music, irrespective of era and
location, sporting the true and heartfelt Brazilian vibe. Similar to the football Brazil is known
for, where “Brazilian style of playing” means an extra technically ability and finesse, but also
an unmatched approach and skill within the sport. This affinity with skill is shown with this
expertly curated 19-track-strong compilation.
„Asking Eyes“ by RAFFAELA RENZULLI off her first and only album „Children Of The Light“
from 1987 kicks off extremely laid-back before driving the listeners round the bend just like
the ball skills by illustrious soccer star Neymar. This zest for life, this excessive friskiness is
the recurrent theme which is constantly present across all eras, continents and genres
covered on “Paz e Futebol 2”.For instance, “Dunks” by the meanwhile defunct Brighton based
project HARDKANDY. According to composer Tim Bidwell, this a track, when released on the
connoisseur label Wah Wah 45s in 2008, which wasn’t intended to hold a Brazilian reference
but was directed more towards afrobeat influences only now fits perfectly into the new
context and narrative of the compilation.
Also “Palmeiras” by the Argentinian combo CANDEIAS is taylor made for this voyage of
exploration all around the world in search of the Brazilian vibration. The extremely rare
album “Sambaiana” from 1976, which features next to “Palmeiras” another six gems of
Brazilian vitality, will incidentally be re-released on NOTES ON A JOURNEY. Also finding a
wider public than its initial release is the long forgotten 1983 LP “Num Dia Azul” by the couple

One of the songs off it, “Samba Walk”, was already a part of the first “Paz e Futebol”
compilation. Now another track off this extraordinary soulful record, “Calma Mulher”, is
included on Volume 2. Orlando Haddad, currently residing in Philadelphia, recalls how he
wrote the song for his wife in the early 70’s at Ipanema Beach: „It’s about a man saying to his
woman to calm down, as life is about much more than material possessions. It’s about love.“
Then New Zealander NATHAN HAINES steps up for the release with one of his 2003
recordings together with the two singers Marcus Begg and Vanessa Freeman: “U See That”, a
track oozing positive energy with its infectious message and beautiful arrangement. Another
song entailing exactly everything that also fascinated us so much with what Zico, Sokrates,
Eder, Falcao, Serginho etc. did on the pitch.
Talking about legends and veterans, ARY LOBO was one of the most successful singers and
composers of the 40’s and 50’s in Brazil’s northeast. It’s here where the lesser-known style
“Forró” is coming from and unifies a multitude of regionally rooted rhythms like Baião, Côco,
Rojão, Xaxado, Xote and Arrasta-Pé. Lobo, as one of the most popular solicitors of Forró, and
known for his superb phrasing and his folky feel, appears on “Paz e Futebol 2” with one of his
rare 7inch singles: The dancey “Nêgo São” from 1966.
Probably even more rare is the 7inch single by PENHA MARIA „Você Balanca O Meu Coracão
(Ou Sol Demais)“, released in 1968 on the Mocambo Rozenblit label from Recife. „É Só Balanco“
by JACKSON DO PANDEIRO & ALMIRA has a similar vibe to it. The song is off the scarce LP
“Coisas Nossas” from 1965, the short-spanned samba period of the bandleader normally also
closely connected to the Forró style. The rarity of the record is due to the fact that the record
company Philips thought these specific recordings were too experimental for Pandeiro and
simply pressed a lot less copies. Making this a true diggers anthem.
The compilation then switches things up with the illustrious KATE CEBERANO, the Diana
Krall of her mother country Australia. The title track off her fourth, 1990 released album “Like
Now” is a beautiful Brazil tribute being a rare occurrence for an Australian release, especially
at that time.
Next up is one of Gilles Peterson’s favourites, ED MOTTA. Born in 1971 in Rio De Janeiro, Motta
is the nephew of legendary Tim Maia and has recorded sixteen amazing LPs up to date and
continues to release music on a regular basis. 1997’s „Daqui Pro Méier“ is one hell of a dance
floor belter which he arranged together with Lincoln Olivetti. The latter has the distinction of
being one of Brazil’s true pioneers of electronic music and was one of the country’s most
sought-after songwriters and producers in the 70s and 80s.
A more recent Brazilian release, from 2012, is up next: „Dia de Furar Onda no Mar“ by LUCAS
SANTTANA is mesmerizing MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) and valid proof of a prosperous
future for the Brazilian legacy heralded on this compilation. With FAFA DE BELEM we take
another trip back into yesteryear. The larger-than-life singer and actress (and former sex
symbol) is still one of MPB’s most successful artists and delivers in her husky mezzosoprano a veritable showpiece of Brazilian serenity on the 1975 released Polydor single
„Céu Da Manágua“ by PIRY REIS is full of temper and hot-bloodedness. The song written in
1984 together with Geraldinho Carneiro originates from a time when the Brazilian people was
revolting against the oppressive (but soon ceasing) military dictatorship – attempting to fight
politics with music.

Finally you’ll get a samba take from the 1960 founded and still existing
combo OS ORIGINAIS DO SAMBA: „Canto Chorado“ from 1969 is a heartwarming tune
reminiscent of the pure elegance and finesse of Pelé.
It’s not always easy to find such extraordinaire songs with so much vocation and diversity.
„Tema Do Azambuja“ by AZAMBUJA & CIA with its perfect and dense arrangement and the
sombre synth chords is a perfect example of these unusual songs – a song that possesses the
beauty of the Brazilian sound and something worth presenting to the listeners all over planet
And to celebrate all these astonishing findings on this compilation we have two exclusive
songs contributed on top. Marc Friedli from Switzerland aka SKYMARK has absorbed the
Brazilian spirit in such a manner that by now he has moved his domicile to Rio De Janeiro
and here he records such beautiful songs like „Boa Noite Meu Filho (Mental)“ – singlehandedly playing all the instruments himself. In marked contrast to the second exclusive
song on this compilation, „Gafiera (Instrumental Trio Version)“. The original version can be
found on the Jazzanova album „Of All The Things“ which features the three musicians of the
Brazilian jazz funk band Azymuth. Alex Malheiros, Ivan Conti and José Roberto Bertram cut
the track during the unforgettable recording sessions in Berlin several times on their own
and one of these recordings sees the light of day for the very first time right here right now.
This way the second edition of “Paz e Futebol” finds a fair and beautiful ending. We hope the
passes, the crosses and the precise assists by Jazzanova have been received well by you the
listeners and you have gained even more taste for this style of music, which is always so
pleasant, delicate and ever so sleek but has always a positive effect on your soul and mind.
To be continued.

1. Raffaela Renzulli – Asking Eyes
2. Candeias – Managua
3. Minas – Calma Mulher
4. Quarteto Uai – Marcas
5. Ary Lobo – Nêgo São
6. Hardkandy – Dunks
7. Ed Motta – Daqui Pro Méier
8. Piri Reis – Ceu Da Managua
9. Lucas Santtana – Dia De Furar Onda No Mar
10. Jackson do Pandeiro & Almira – E So Balanco
11. Skymark – Boa Noite Meu Filho (Mental)
12. Penha Maria – Você Balança O Meu Coraça~o (Ou Sol Demais)
13. Kate Ceberano – Like Now
14. Os Originais Do Samba – Canto Chorado
15. Deodato – Skyscrapers
16. Nathan Haines – U See That
17. Azambuja & Cia – Tema do Azambuja
18. Fafá de Belém – Naturalmente
19. Jazzanova – Gafiera (Instrumental Trio Version)


Compiled by Jazzanova.
Product management by Oliver Glage.
Mastered by Calyx Mastering, Berlin.
Artwork by Jutojo. Available from 02.09.2016

Aggrovators – Dubbing At King Tubby’s (17 North Parade)
Friday, July 15th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Essential Dub Reggae from 1975 to 1979. All the 44 tracks from the Blood & Fire “Dub Gone Crazy”, “Dub Gone 2 Crazy” and “Dub Like Dirt” releases re-selected for one crucial 2CD-set and two double vinyls.

2CD VP42072 / 2LP VP42081 / 2LP VP42091
Release: 15-07-16
Aggrovators “Dubbing At King Tubby’s” – essential Dub Reggae from 1975 to 1979
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Essential Dub Reggae from 1975 to 1979. All the 44 tracks from the Blood & Fire “Dub Gone Crazy”, “Dub Gone 2 Crazy” and “Dub Like Dirt” releases re-selected for one crucial 2CD-set and two double vinyls. With producer Bunny Lee (King) Tubby’s Dromilly Avenue dub factory has become synonymous with a form that has […]

Alan Parker – One Summer
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alan Parker – One Summer

Image: 1604608 From the one-man studio vault of the guitarist who adorned Histoire De Melody Nelson, The Kick Inside AND Diamond Dogs comes a post-punk, 80’s TV soundtrack that aims to restore the unforgettable names of Billy and Icky in your nostalgic consciousness while liberating lost music of a significant unsung UK composer.

Bringing back fractured memories of Scouse teenage rebellion, sports casual weekend wear, chip shop violence and escape missions to the Welsh Valleys (where baby birds are fed Mars Bars and shoplifting is the local currency), the series One Summer made an indelible impression of gritty realism, tragic heartbreak and woeful hope in the hearts of a dumbstruck generation in 1983.

Inducing abject fear in protective parents and a street smart swagger amongst clued-up youths, this adaptation of a coming of age pastoral thriller by a reluctant Willy Russell broke new boundaries pinpointing a cultural teenage void between post punk activism and the acid house years while arguably giving Thatcherite telly addicts a tiny kick up the arse.

Scored by legendary KPM/De Wolfe library musician Alan Parker, a renowned session player for Serge Gainsbourg, Kate Bush and Bowie (amongst many more) this score retains a genre defying personality, pinpointing the stylistic essence of the era while successfully switching from barren Rumble Fish funk, pastoral Moog noodlings, Pentangular folk, 80’s post-punk rhythms with hints of dubby melodica/harmonica. Composed to cue for the short five-part series (that TV commissioners were too scared to revisit), Parkers bursts of self-propelled small screen scoring came in one to two minute spells allowing Finders Keepers to comfortably fit the entire soundtrack on one neat eleven track limited 7” EP thirty-three years down the train line.


A1. “One Summer” (1:55)
A2. “Billy & Jo” (1:06)
A3. “The Tollbooth” (1:22)
A4. “Kidder’s Cottage” (0:48)
A5. “Benllech Mountain” (0:32)

B1. “Icky” (0:42)
B2. “Southport” (0:29)
B3. “Rollercoaster” (0:58)
B4. “Tension” (1:04)
B5. “Lime Street” (end titles) (1:20)
B6. “Please Close The Gate” (0:54) Available from 24.06.2016

Plaza Hotel – Bewegliche Ziele
Friday, June 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Plaza Hotel – Bewegliche Ziele

Image: 1603716 Bewegliche Ziele is the new single from Plaza Hotel.

A – Bewegliche Ziele
B – Schön Sein In Uniform

12inch (180g vinyl + Old School Tip On Single Cover + Download Card + Printed Inner Sleeve)

It’s 1981. Everything seems possible in the realms of music. The barriers between genres are
being willfully torn down, punk is discovering the synthesizer, the drum machine is replacing
the drummer and no idea is too absurd to pursue. The winds of change are blowing from New
York to London, Berlin and Tokyo and there’s a palpable, uninhibited spirit of optimism in the
air turning music industry on it’s head. People are experimenting with novel equipment,
bands are springing up like mushrooms, line-ups disband and regroup. A whole generation is
being inspired by a do-it-yourself mentality, creating an unprecedented knowledge of how to
produce music. Every artist seems to be full of ambition, conquering new frontiers whilst often
participating in several projects simultaneously. When today, we look back at this time it
appears as an unintelligible mess with no economic viability, but 30 years ago it was simply
the sheer desire for artistic freedom, self-fulfillment and the urge to have control over one’s
own creative work that was the driving force.
Let’s take the guitar player, Wolfgang Spelmanns. After leaving DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische
Freundschaft) in December 1980, his head was full of ideas and an exuberant compulsion to
express himself in as many ways as possible. A singular focus is impossible. One of these
endeavors is a visit to Werner Lambertz’s studio in Düsseldorf. While the first few takes, of what
later would become “Bewegliche Ziele”, are being recorded, the main object is putting
Lambertz’s self-designed modular percussion computer to the test. But the shenanigans don’t
end here. Soon after, Jaki Liebezeit, the drummer of Can, is invited to jam freestyle over the
programmed beats. New technologies and innovative methods have drawn the attention of
Liebezeit, challenging him to play as monotonously as if he were a machine himself (or a
computer in this case). It takes him less than 90 minutes to ad-lib two stunning drum tracks for
Spelmanns’ still nameless project. Spelmanns however, is not in a hurry to finish the tracks.
Unlike the bustling drummer, his focus has a much broader horizon. Instead he wanders off
and forms Mau Mau, a new band with his old flat mate and former partner in DAF, the bass
player and member of Düsseldorf group Fehlfarben, Michael Kemner. Consequently, the
recordings are left to the side and almost forgotten about.

Almost. Two years later, living in West Berlin, Spelmanns remembers the tapes and brings
them, along with his girlfriend and singer Claudia Sennlaub (alias Tabu), to the Caet Studio
on Kreuzberg’s Mehringdamm. Vocals and the guitar are recorded and in-studio synthesizers
are enthusiastically thrown into the mix allowing the two songs to finally take on a concrete
form. “Bewegliche Ziele” and “Schön Sein In Uniform” are mixed and mastered by none other
than Charly Steinberg, the founder of Steinberg GmbH and developer of one of the first DAWs
(Digital Audio Workstations), Cubase.
Having had mainly negative experiences with major labels (i.e. Polydor), and seeing how his
friends at Ata Tak music publishing, are swamped with bureaucracy and paperwork,
Spelmanns decides to independently press the record on four different-colored discs at Pallas
pressing plant. Totaling only 1000 copies, the records are released on the ad-hoc label
Delphin in early 1983 and are delivered straight to the door step of his apartment on
Pücklerstraße. Leaving the musician, although gaining ground by leaps and bounds in the art
scene, reduced to single-handedly supplying Berlin’s record stores with his release. No wonder
that only a few of the colorful discs find an audience and the potential success of Plaza Hotel
is all but nipped in the bud.
Amazingly, the record continues to be rediscovered time and again, throughout the years’
time. By a diverse mix of DJs and record collectors from all sorts of different countries, origins
and scenes. They all take a personal interest in “Bewegliche Ziele”. From die-hard NDW fans to
New Wave analysts and never-tiring sound explorers like the infamous, Dutch record collector
Tako Reyenga. It is him who plays one of these rare copies, sometime in 2010, in Düsseldorf of
all places, in the Salon d’Amateurs, one of the world’s hippest underground clubs, in front of a
broad-minded audience. In short “Bewegliche Ziele” (played on 33rpm instead of 45rpm)
becomes a signature tune not only at the Salon, but on dance floors of every boutique club
operating outside of mainstream territory all around the world. About the same time
Jazzanova member and co-founder of NOTES ON A JOURNEY, Stefan Leisering stumbles
across the 12” in a crate in Canada. Back in Berlin he plays his discovery to his buddy and
Jazzanova co-partner Alex Barck. Falling for the song’s magic as Leisering does, Barck
rearranges, what was perviously considered complete, the third edition of “Computer
Incarnations For World Peace” just to fit this exceptional tune into the already fine selection.
Spelmanns himself, now living in Bremen, working as a video artist and leading the Generic
Art Ensemble, definitely didn’t expect this to ever happen. Three decades after its initial
release “Bewegliche Ziele” is finally finding its listeners and revealing its long hidden spell. It’s
the same with “Bewegliche Ziele” as with a lot of this time period’s music long forgotten or only
released in a very limited capacity: Today, with hindsight, it gains new meaning and an
extensive resonance. Over the last few years Plaza Hotel’s skewness, the graceful peculiarity,
the courageous experimentalism is being explored by new and younger groups and can be
heard in current music again. Meaning “Bewegliche Ziele” could have easily be released in
2016. NOTES ON A JOURNEY thought the same and decided, that not only freaky record
collectors should be able to, for extortionate prices, enjoy this timeless, fascinating piece of
music on vinyl. So we have brought Plaza Hotel back to life, in all its glory. Available from 15.07.2016

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