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Black Market Brass – Cheat And Start A Fight
Thursday, January 12th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Market Brass – Cheat And Start A Fight

Image: 1608183 One of the incredible things about recorded music is its ability
to travel across time, space, and cultural boundaries. The story
of Black Market Brass and their debut album, Cheat And Start A
Fight, is a testament to that miraculous feat. Recorded in 2015 by
the 12-piece instrumental band, the album is heavily inspired by
the sounds of West African popular and spiritual music from long
ago. In 2013, Secret Stash Records released BMB’s debut single to
critical acclaim. The bible of all things funky, Wax Poetics, declared
the record to be “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” Flea Market Funk raved:
“This is some authentic music right here people, recorded in the
United States. Inspired by the likes of The Funkees, The Black
President, and Moussa Doumbia as much as James Brown and The
Meters, this Twin Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling
out their musical path with their unique sounds.” The entire pressing
quickly sold out as Secret Stash shipped copies around the world.
Two years later, after almost non-stop gigging and rehearsing, BMB
finally tracked their debut album.
Cut live in one room over three days, the recordings jump out of
the speakers with an energy reminiscent of their celebrated live
shows. The album’s title, “Cheat and Start a Fight”, and some of the
songs on it are heavily influenced by Yoruba bátà music, as taught
to their conga player by Chief Muraina Oyelami in Iragbjiji, Nigeria.
From start to finish, Cheat And Start A Fight is laden with endless
polyrhythms driven by intricate percussion, intertwined guitar parts,
and rock-solid bass and drums. Atop that complex backdrop, the
members of the 4-piece horn section, anchored by copious amounts
of baritone sax, revel in their ability to effortlessly float back and forth
between almost militaristic precision and ultra-loose, sometimes
free-jazz inspired playing. The result is a strange sort of bootyshaking party music with a dark, heavy, almost post-apocalyptic
undertone. It’s Afrobeat with heavy doses of psychedelic textures
and feelings.

1. Chuck Wu
2. The Powers
3. Pocket Baby
4. The Grog
5. Gloom
6. Half A Cig
7. Mob Rules
8. Midnight Pyre
9. Moon King

• Recorded in 2015 by the 12-piece instrumental band –
heavily inspired by the sounds of West African popular
and spiritual music from long ago
• Endless polyrhythms driven by intricate percussion,
intertwined guitar parts, and rock-solid bass and drums
with a 4-piece horn section, anchored by copious
amounts of baritone sax
• “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” -Wax Poetics
• “This is some authentic music right here people,
recorded in the United States. Inspired by the likes of
The Funkees, The Black President, and Moussa Doumbia
as much as James Brown and The Meters, this Twin
Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling out their
musical path with their unique sounds.” -Fleamarket Funk Available from 10.02.2017

The Valdons – Just How Much Can One Man Take
Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Valdons – Just How Much Can One Man Take

Image: 1593867 Just in time for Black Friday, Secret Stash Records is releasing “Just How Much Can One Man Stand” by The Valdons. This marks the second new release from these historic Twin Cities soul singers in the last year and the sixth in a continuing series of new 45s from Secret Stash.

For years, Secret Stash has reissued and compiled seldom heard sixties and seventies soul, African, and Latin music. Recently they have started channeling those aesthetics and sounds into new recordings. The pair of sides on this new release are a perfect representation of the label’s two focuses. The A-side is a new recording by The Valdons, while the flip side unearths a long forgotten 1971 demo of the same song.

In Spring 2013, The Valdons hit the studio for the first time in over forty years. Each of the three tracks laid to tape that day had been written and demoed out by the group in the early 1970s, but never finished. The first two tracks were released that winter as their debut Secret Stash 45, “Stop, Wait A Minute Girl” b/w “Whatcha Gonna Do.” Record collectors the world over took note, blowing through its first pressing in a few short weeks. The third gorgeous track from that session, “Just How Much Can One Man Stand,” remained on the shelf.

Close to a full year after that session, Valdons singer Monroe Wright III played another cassette for Secret Stash’s Eric Foss. It contained an alternate early 1970s workup of “Just How Much Can One Man Stand.” While what the group recorded in 2013 mirrored practically note-for- note their first cassette demo, this version was more laid back, the silky smooth lead from Napoleon Crayton effortlessly floating on top of the band, with guitarist Donald Breedlove dishing out Wes Montgomery- esque octave licks. The cassette had been played many times over the years, and that left the recording sounding rough around the edges. Still, this long forgotten demo, propelled by a tremendous singer and band at their prime, is one of only a handful of existing recordings by these Twin Cities legends. Despiteits sonic shortcomings, Secret Stash’s Will Gilbert recalled, “There was no way we could let this remain unheard!”

Tracklisting
A1. Just How Much Can One Man Take
B1. Just How Much Can One Man Take (Demo) Available from 05.12.2014

Sonny Knight & The Lakers – I’m Still Here
Friday, August 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sonny Knight & The Lakers – I’m Still Here

Image: 1591477 Secret Stash’s ‘Twin Cities’ comp rekindled the career of Minneapolis soul singer Sonny Knight, who only released one 7″ back in 1965. This album was 50 years in the making, with a new energetic & young backing band in tow his dynamic presence and vocal power quickly returned! Real organic SOUL! Available from 01.08.2014

Peter King – Omo Lewa (LP+MP3)
Friday, February 7th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Peter King – Omo Lewa (LP+MP3)

Secret Stash reissues this rare 1976 LP from Nigerian multi-instrumentalist PETER KING. From start to finish King weaves Afrobeat, highlife, and jazz with mesmerizing skill. 7 tracks recorded in London for the Orbiton imprint lovingly restored in orig…

The Valdons – Stop, Wait A Minute Girl / Whatcha Gonna
Thursday, December 5th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Valdons – Stop, Wait A Minute Girl / Whatcha Gonna

Image: 1583350 In 1971 The Valdons released their one and only record, “All Day Long” B/W “Love Me, Leave Me.” While it never earned them massive commercial success, today it is remembered by many as an incredible display of soul music. In late 2012 Secret Stash Records helped reform The Valdons to commemorate the release of the Twin Cities Funk & Soul compilation. After working closely with the band for months, one of The Valdons brought a stack of old rehearsal tapes into the label’s offices. They spent countless hours repairing, digitizing, and cataloging the beat up tapes. Many of the recordings contained only short song ideas and performances that were taped over half way through. Secret Stash’s house band, The Lakers, teamed up with the 4 piece vocal group to complete arrangements of some of these lost songs. In the spring of 2013 The Valdons hit the studio to finally make proper recordings of songs they’d written over 40 years ago. “Stop, Wait A Minute Girl” B/W “Whatcha Gonna Do” is the first release drawn from those sessions. The A side is an upbeat number that finds lead vocalist Clifton Curtis (with help of the fabulous Valdons) pleading with his lover to open her eyes and see that he’s the one for her. The flip side sticks with the same theme, but this time it’s found in the form of a slow burning soul number. The sentiment of the song can be summed up by this one lyric, “It’s love that makes a woman. And the woman makes the man. And I love you. Won’t you reach out and take my hand?” Available from 15.11.2013

Sonny Knight & The Lakers – Hey Girl / Sugar Man
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sonny Knight & The Lakers – Hey Girl / Sugar Man

Image: 1583349 In 1965 a 15 year old boy recorded two sides in the basement of a record store on Lake Street in South Minneapolis, just blocks from the current home of Secret Stash Records. That boy was Sonny Knight, and the 45 culled from those sessions, “Tears on my Pillow” B/W “Rain Dance,” went on to become a valuable item in R&B collector circles. In the 70s he sang in Haze, another group who’s records have been the subject of much collector frenzy. In late 2012 Secret Stash released Twin Cities Funk & Soul. Upon assembling an all-star lineup of hometown musicians to perform at the release party they began working with Sonny Knight. An instant chemistry was discovered and they began developing new material together. Today Sonny Knight can be seen entertaining crowds regularly with his new band assembled by the label, The Lakers. Recorded live in one room, straight to tape (the way all your favorite soul records were done), the group’s debut 45 displays serious amounts of versatility without sounding disjointed. “Hey Girl” is an upbeat boogaloo that finds Knight singing from the gut as he tries to woo the ladies with the help of his relentlessly funky Lakers. “Sugar Man” is a cover of the now infamous song by Rodriguez. Their slowed down interpretation of this haunting, psychedelic tune oozes soul. Keep an eye out for a full-length Sonny Knight And The Lakers album on Secret Stash Records coming soon. Available from 15.11.2013

George Jones – Grand Old Opry’s New Star
Friday, November 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on George Jones – Grand Old Opry’s New Star

In 1956 The Grand Ole Opry invited a young country singer named George Jones to perform on their show. The 25 year-old Marine Corp veteran was already picking up momentum in his homeland of Texas, where he was signed to Starday Records. A year earlier…

Staff Charts 2011
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In good old tradition we asked around what the employees of Groove Attack, Rough Trade, and GoodToGo have been listening to during the past twelve months. Naturally it’s a wild mixture of rock, pop, folk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, dance music, and obscure underground stuff – as diverse as we are. Nonetheless, what you’ll find […]

Butch
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 | Tags: ,
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The three last years have been crazy for Mainz-based German-Turkish producer and DJ Bülent Gürler, the driving force behind the brawny pseudonym Butch. Well, actually, all his life has been crazy. From his early days as a graffiti artist to today, Bülent Gürler, a sparkling individual with a great sense of humor, has always pushed […]

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