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Will Sessions – Kindred Live (feat. Amp Fiddler)
Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Will Sessions – Kindred Live (feat. Amp Fiddler)

Image: 1612145 “Kindred Live” ist das neue Album der Detroiter Funk-Band Will Sessions mit dem renommierten Detroiter Musiker und Sänger Amp Fiddler, bekannt durch Mitgliedschaft bei George Clintons Parliament/Funkadelic Band sowie Mentor von J Dilla und Kollaborateur von Moodymann. Amp Fiddler spielt auf dem Album Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer und Clavinet. Das Album ist ein Tribute an die Pioniere des Jazz/Fusion-Sounds wie Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock und Weather Report und enthält großartige Rekreationen ihrer Klassiker. Available from 17.11.2017

Soundspecies & Ache Meyi – Soundspecies & Ache Meyi
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Soundspecies & Ache Meyi – Soundspecies & Ache Meyi

Image: 1610604 Manana presents the third release on Manana//Records, an album collaboration between the UK’s Soundspecies and Ache Meyi, based in Santiago de Cuba.

Tracklisting:
1. Meme
2. Bembe!
3. Alina’S Calypso
4. Eguá / Mawa
5. Hyper Bembe!
6. Egrem Bata Jam
7. Ogún Meyi Meyi
8. Traditional Bata
9. Ikiri Ada

Manana presents the third release on Manana//Records, an album collaboration between the UK’s Soundspecies and Ache Meyi, based in Santiago de Cuba. The project was born in April 2016 in Santiago, in the balmy weeks leading up to Manana Festival and is the culmination of two chaotic weeks of rehearsals at the Casa Del Danzon and two sessions at the legendary Egrem studios. ‘Ache Meyi’ can be translated into ‘Ache’ (‘power’ or ‘blessings’ in the Yoruba language) and ‘Meyi’ (‘double’ or ‘twin’ or ‘twice’) and the band have their very own power twins, Hector and Rafael. Hector is the senior, patriarchal fgurehead of the group alongside his apprentices Alieke and Rafael. Two female singers, Alina and Maire, complete the lineup. The band’s identity is rooted in an interlocking web of afro-Haitian rhythms like bembe, vodu, gaga and merengue, absorbing these folkloric traditions from the neighbourhoods that they grew up in. Soundspecies are brothers Henry and Olly Keen, a Producer/DJ duo from Dorset who explore the connections between the rhythms of traditional folkloric percussive music and the sounds and forms of electronic dance music. Integrating electronics and melodies initially proved hard: “We were struggling to respond to the frenetic, seemingly impenetrable web of rhythmic sounds, and the singers’ sense of tonality was quite free, jumping from one key to n unrelated one within songs,” recalls Olly. However, at the legendary Siboney Egrem Studios in Santiago, they began separating the instruments, breaking the music down into textures and patterns and trying new directions with the sound. At a later session, Ache Meyi then jammed with kick and snare sounds on the MPC, playing to bembe rhythms recorded during the frst session.
Olly continues, “With a virtuoso like Hector, who has dedicated his whole life to his art, it could have been a challenge for us to suggest respectfully that he does it differently but he was the most open-hearted, patient and positive man. The show at the Manana festival was a euphoric experience for us. We wanted the album to capture and distil some of the energy from that night.”

KEY POINTS:
– Groundbreaking fusion of Cuban folkloric music and electronics
– Third release on MANANA / Records following the groundbreaking MANANA / Festival in Santiago, Cuba in 2016
– DJ support from Gilles Peterson, NTS, Worldwide FM, Henrik Schwarz and many more
– Limited edition vinyl format – 500 copies only
– 2LP IN GATEFOLD SLEEVE

FOR FANS OF:
Carl Craig, Fourtet, Floating Points, Henrik Schwarz, Ondatropica, debruit, Mala, Haitian rara, Cuban bembe and bata, Electric Jalaba, Simbad, Sofrito, Uproot Andy

https://soundcloud.com/manana-cuba

Available from 14.07.2017

Will Sessions – Knowledge (Feat. Elzhi)
Friday, February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Will Sessions – Knowledge (Feat. Elzhi)

Image: 1608694 The second release from Will Sessions’ newly launched record label Sessions Sounds. This is the frst collaboration between Will Sessions and Elzhi since the critically acclaimed mixtape, Elmatic.
The A side features an explosive extended verse from Elzhi, on top of an anthemic beat performed and produced by Will Sessions. The B side is an instrumental edit that takes you deeper into the production of Will Sessions.

Side A.
Knowledge of 12th
Side B.
Knowledge of 12th (Instrumental) Available from 03.03.2017

Will Sessions & Amp Fiddler – Lost Without You / Seven Mile
Saturday, December 24th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Will Sessions & Amp Fiddler – Lost Without You / Seven Mile

Fresh for 2017 is the first release from Will Sessions own Sessions Sounds label. First up is a collaboration with Detroit legend Amp Fiddler (Parliament/Funkadelic), a single featuring two songs from their forthcoming collaborative LP. Lost Without Y…

Arthur Russell – The Sleeping Bag Sessions
Thursday, January 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Arthur Russell – The Sleeping Bag Sessions

Image: 1544329 Back In Stock ! Whether it’s Hip Hop, it’s face pointed reverentially to the Old School, or House stealing Disco riffs by the truck load, people are increasingly intrigued by back-in-the-day. And common to both the aforementioned scenes and much more is one person, Arthur Russell, a man some regard as the best songwriter of the 20th century. In 1981 Arthur set up Sleeping Bag Records with Will Socolov. The first release was the album “24-24 Music” as Dinosaur L. If you’re wondering about the name it would appear Arthur would often use the names of extinct or near-extinct animals. On one production credit he’s “Killer Whale, whilst the logo for Sleeping Bag is a Koala bear! Will remembers how they came up with the name for their label. “We were joking about names, and James Brown was on with “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” and I was sleeping in a sleeping bag in my apartment and I kind of made a joke about that, and Arthur said that was a great idea for the name of the company!” The line up was pretty much the same as the Loose Joints sessions, (which boasted the Ingram Brothers rhythm section) and a similar stream-of-conscience approach was taken with the recording itself. Russell arranged the beats so there’d be a change every 24 bars (hence the title) and the band would have to
improvise the songs over the top. He also made sure he went into the studio when there was a full moon! The album is again very experimental, and makes occasional uneasy listening but the same magic is very much in evidence. Arthur would continue to be involved in production and mixing duties for the label, but parted company with Socolov in 1985. Arthur sadly died of AIDS in 1992 leaving behind many songs, as one obituary
put it, it was though he simply vanished into his music.

A1. Bonzo Goes To Washington — 5 Minutes (B-B-B Bombing Mix)
A2. Felix — Tiger Stripes (Extended Version)
A3. Felix — You Cant Hold Me Down (Extended Version)
B1. Clandestine featuring Ned Sublette — Radio Rhythm
(S-I-G-N-A-L S-M-A-R-T) (Extra Cheese Mix)
B2. Sounds Of JHS 126 Brooklyn — Chill Pill (Underwater Mix)
C1. Indian Ocean — School Bell/Tree House (Original 12” Version)
C2. Indian Ocean — Treehouse (Extended Bootleg Edit)
D1. Dinosaur L — Go Bang! (Walter Gibbons Mix)
D2. Bonzo Goes To Washington — 5 Minutes (R-R-R Radio Mix)
D3. Clandestine featuring Ned Sublette — Radio Rhythm
(S-I-G-N-A-L S-M-A-R-T) (Dub Mix) (Killer Whale) Available from 05.02.2016

Magic Drum Orchestra “MDO” – big Brazilian sounds in time for the 2014 World Cup
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Magic Drum Orchestra fuses a passion for Brazilian music, heavy drums and percussion with a love of modern dance beats. Their sound has influences from dubstep, drum & bass and hip hop fused with batucada, samba and afrobeat. With over 100 drummers and percussionists making their way through the studio to record these tracks, high […]

Various – Liquid V Club Sessions Volume 5
Monday, February 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Liquid V Club Sessions Volume 5

Image: 1586267 First appearing on the scene in 2005, Liquid V’s now famous Club Sessions have quickly become one of the slickest compilation series of Liquid DnB around. Featuring tracks from the scene’s biggest producers such as Roni Size, Fresh, Calibre, D-Bridge the first album laid the foundations for the iconic Liquid V brand – launching Bryan Gee’s vision to the world. Now, with four volumes to date, 2013 sees the release of the fifth highly anticipated edition of one of DnB’s liquid institutions.

Always known for its deep, forward thinking sounds, 2013 has seen Liquid V go from strength to strength. Always regarded as a purveyor of the smoothest, most atmospheric beats, Liquid V is now riding higher than ever on a wave of renewed interest for one of DnB’s more subtle styles.

Four tracks handpicked from this project make the vinyl cut and represent the finest in Liquid Drum & Bass in 2013. From the fresh talents of Boosta & Atmos T to scene stalwarts like Random Movement & Need for Mirrors these tracks are timeless, something very rare in todays fast moving world.

SUPPORT: Fabio, Bryan Gee, DJ Marky, Friction, Hype, Calbire, LTJ Bukem, Bailey, TC, A Sides, Doc Scott and many more!

LABEL MARKETING: Features on V Recordings shows on Ministry of Sound Radio and Origin FM, Dedicated newsletter to 35,000 V Recordings subscribers. 50,000+ Facebook reach through label controlled Facebook and Twitter. as well as press on websites across the globe.

Tracklisting:

A. Boosta & Atmos T – All My Love feat. Nicole || B. Random Movement & Jaybee – Good Enough || C. Need For Mirrors, HLZ & Villem – Impressions || D. Paul SG – Let Me Show You feat. T.R.A.C. & LaMeduza Available from 20.01.2014

Phil Pratt & The Sunshot Band – Dial M For Murder In Dub Style (Pressure Sounds)
Friday, December 2nd, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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An extremely sought after album in the collectors’ market gets the re-issue – a Pressure Sounds highlight! Recorded at Channel One around 1979/1980 with Sly and Robbie as the rhythm section.

CD PSCD0072 / LP PSLP0072
Release: 02-12-11
Noya Rao
Thursday, November 16th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Purveyors of enigmatic dreamscapes and organic, danceable electronica, Leeds-based, electronic-soul quartet Noya Rao are set to release their debut album, Icaros, this November. Founded by producer Tom Henry (Cosima, Yellow Days) Noya Rao was originally conceived as a solo production project with a separate live band representation. Alongside bassist Jim Wiltshire and drummer Matt Davies, […]

Budamunk – Baker’s Dozen
Friday, November 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Budamunk – Baker’s Dozen

Image: 1616515 Baker’s Dozen ventures to Japan to welcome our next featured
producer, Budamunk.
“I started listening to Hip Hop in the 90’s. My interest grew slowly
until it became a collection of records, CDs and taped VHS. This
then evolved into experiments, sampling and chopping WAVs on free
versions of WaveLab. In 2003 this became an MPC 2000XL. I was
living in Los Angeles at the time so I had started going to shows
and hanging out with people who shared similar interests. We all
began to gather and learn together. Records became beats which
became freestyle sessions, songs, laughter and much coughing.
After several years I returned to Tokyo and it’s been 10 years since
I have been back.
I still make beats the same way. Going off of feeling I would get when
I hear a record. The selection of sounds has changed slightly in
accordance with my current environment. Still mostly sample-based
but adding new and old tools have become part of my process. Just
continuing to create music my body and spirit needs to feel good.”
-BUDAMUNK

1.West Shinjuku
2.Going Underground
3.Local
4.Well
5.Diaphram
6.Dusk Neon
7.Temple Bells
8.Now
9.Underwater Sunrise
10.Bench (Blunted)
11.Zzoned
12.Nationwide Available from 24.11.2017

FJAAK
Monday, November 6th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Fjaak’s path led them from the periphery to the centre and from there further through the world. Their self titled debut album for Monkeytown is as much of a summary of what had happened in the previous three years as it is an artistic statement. “FJAAK” combines the energetic peak-time sound of the Berlin-based trio’s […]

Noya Rao
Monday, November 6th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Purveyors of enigmatic dreamscapes and organic, danceable electronica, Leeds-based, electronic-soul quartet Noya Rao are set to release their debut album, Icaros, this November. Founded by producer Tom Henry (Cosima, Yellow Days) Noya Rao was originally conceived as a solo production project with a separate live band representation. Alongside bassist Jim Wiltshire and drummer Matt Davies, […]

The James L’Estraunge Orchestra – Eventual Reality
Friday, August 25th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The James L’Estraunge Orchestra – Eventual Reality

Image: 1611376 BBE present the debut album Eventual Reality from The James L’Estraunge Orchestra.

Tracklist:
1. Eventual Reality
2. Closer
3. Me & The Bear
4. We Rise
5. See You Tonight
6. Autumn Falls
7. It’s Happened Before
8. The Call

Born in a remote log cabin deep in the Scottish
Highlands, Eventual Reality, the debut album from
The James L’Estraunge Orchestra melds jazz and
electronic music sensibilities with a huge helping of
heart and soul. In 2014 seasoned producer and
musician Ricky Reid and his partner retreated from
the city to embark upon a new life, in his own words
“away from the constant, incoherent noise of the
world”. As he set up his studio, the clean air and
spectacular surroundings began to provoke musical
inspiration like never before. Then, like a scene from
‘Field Of Dreams’, a series of talented musicians from
his former life visited the cabin for a series of late
night jamming and recording sessions, leaving behind
them hidden treasures to be discovered and lovingly
pieced together by Ricky over the following months.
With nostalgia so much a part of the album’s
creation, The James L’Estraunge Orchestra can’t help
but appear somewhat spectral, after all they are truly
the band that never was.
Making up one half of the Soul Renegades alongside
Craig Smith, as well as contributing keys and vocals
to both 6th Borough Project LPs, Ricky Reid was a
lynchpin of the Edinburgh scene for a little over two
decades before escaping to the wilderness. Releases
on Restless Soul, Local Talk, Rainy City Music among
others saw him truly hone his craft, but the
distractions of day to day urban living prevented him
from elevating his craft to the next level. Now with no
TV or wi-f and mostly trees to talk to, Ricky has been
able to freely explore and spread his wings, as he
puts it: “I’ve become a conduit for something
di?erent than I’ve ever experienced before.”
Roaming from dramatic, cinematic expanses to
intimate and fragile places, ‘Eventual Reality’ is the
audible journal of a musician making sense of things,
reconciling the past and present from a place of
tranquility. From the autobiographical reverie of ‘See
You Tonight’, which explores the loss of youth, to the
vibrant Melbourne street sounds that introduce
powerful and empowering frst single ‘Closer’, the
album shimmers with a palpable sense of life
throughout. “My process is completely based on
inspiration in the moment. Sometimes the inspiration
for a track comes in the middle of the night, like ‘The
Call’, which was written after a local car accident
ended in tragedy for a young girl visiting the area.
She was trapped underwater after driving o? the
road, which shocked the village and provoked this
emotive, free form track.” It’s just as easy to imagine
a poignant story for each piece of music contained in
‘Eventual Reality’ as it is to place yourself in that
lonely cabin, comfortably cocooned in warm and
deeply touching sounds.
For Fans Of:
The Cinematic Orchestra, Saint Germain, Robert
Glasper, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Elbow, Bruce
Springsteen, Rae & Christian, Zero 7 Available from 06.10.2017

Buddy Terry – Awareness (Gatefold/LP+MP3)
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Buddy Terry – Awareness (Gatefold/LP+MP3)

Image: 1610854 Following the highly-acclaimed release of FEELING GOOD and INNER PEACE compilations, WEWANTSOUNDS is delighted to announce the reissue of two superb classic albums in our new MAINSTREAM RECORDS ORIGINAL CLASSICS series. The releases will be crammed with bonus material. WEWANTSOUNDS has gone back to the original negative to reconstruct the original artworks and will add many jaw dropping never-seen photo sessions and CD Bonus material with new liner notes. LPs will be released in glorious gatefold sleeves.

Awareness is Buddy Terry’s first album for Mainstream Records out of the three he recorded for Bob Shad’s label. This is pure undiluted spiritual jazz both deep and funky. Prior to that Terry had recorded a couple of soul jazz albums for Prestige Record, “Electric Soul” in 1967 and “Natural Soul” in 1968. He then went under the radar until the recording of this album, an undisputed buried treasure Wewantsounds is delighted to reissue.

1971 saw him picked up by the ever active Bob Shad who had just decided to produce a new crop of young jazzmen in tune with the sonic revolution of the time with John coltrane’s Eastern influences and Miles Davis’ experiments drawned from the music Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone.

Awareness is a pure result of this incredible blend which saw labels like Black Jazz or Strata East transform jazz into a hip and cool genre adorned by the Woodstock generation. Featuring a glittering line up composed of Strata East co-founder Stanley Cowell on piano and Rhodes, Cecil Bridgewater on Trumpet, Buster Williams and Victor Gaskin on bass, Roland Prince on guitar, Mickey Roker on drums and a young Mtume on percussion.

Together they play a superb mix of deep and funky jazz in the best tradition of the genre. Both hypnotic (Kamili) and funky (check Cowell signature tune Abscretions), the album is a pure delight graced by Shad’s tight production values. It will ravish all lovers of early 70s spiritual jazz.

Buddy Terry recorded another two great albums for Mainstream and played on Art Blakey superb Child’s Dance from 1972 gracing the record with his wonderful soprano sax playing. A great player worth (re)discovering. This release will be augmented by never-seen session photos by Raymond Ross as two CD bonuses in the form of two single versions of “Babylon” and “Stealin’ Gold” well as new liner notes by French journalist Jacques Denis (Liberation/Superfly)

LP
S1
1 – Awareness (Suite): Omnipotence/Babylon/Unity/Umility (Trio for Two Bassists and Tenor)
2 – Kamili

S2
3 – Stealin’ Gold
4 – Sodom & Gomorrah
5 – Abscretions

Available from 06.10.2017

Harold Land – A New Shade Of Blue (Gatefold/LP+MP3)
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Harold Land – A New Shade Of Blue (Gatefold/LP+MP3)

Image: 1610853 “Harold Land was my dad’s teacher and I took lesson from him too. He was a pillar of musical knowledge” Kamasi Washington

Following the highly-acclaimed release of FEELING GOOD and INNER PEACE compilations, WEWANTSOUNDS is delighted to announce the reissue of two superb classic albums in our new MAINSTREAM RECORDS ORIGINAL CLASSICS series. The releases will be crammed with bonus material. WEWANTSOUNDS has gone back to the original negative to reconstruct the original artworks and will add many jaw dropping never-seen photo sessions and CD Bonus material with new liner notes. LPs will be released in glorious gatefold sleeves.

Recorded in 1971, this beautiful Harold Land record produced by Bob Shad, is nothing but a Harold Land – Bobby Hutcherson Quintet album in disguise. The quintet recorded a handful of marvelous albums between 1967 and 1971 mainly under the Bobby Hutcherson name on Blue Note but they recorded one album on Chess and two for Mainstream. A New Shade of Blue recorded in Los Angeles where the quintet was based is one of their best albums and has never been reissued before except in Japan.

Featuring a superb line up comprising Buster Williams on Bass and Billy Hart on Drums – the rhythm section of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi Sextet – the session is augmented by Bill Henderson on Piano and Fender Rhodes and Mtume on percussion.

Together they create a superb soundscape featuring the quintet’s trademark sound, both spiritual and serene, with Land’s unmistakable sax playing and Bobby Hutcherson modal touch. The highlight of the album is the long hypnotic track “Mtume”, a deep, slow burner displaying the group’s fantastic interplay. For the first time ever the album will be reunited with the beautiful 8 min outtake “Dark Mood” which was briefly issued in 1974 on a Mainstream compilation.

The release will also be crammed with unissued session photo taken by LA photographer Dick Sanders and will feature new liner notes by radio DJ and renowned digger Sam Barbatano (Sunday Jazz, KTRU Houston)

LP
S1
1 – A New Shade Of Blue
2 – Mtume

S2
1 – Ode To Angela
2 – De-Liberation
3 – Short Subject

Available from 06.10.2017

John Robinson & A.G. – Penelope EP
Friday, June 30th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on John Robinson & A.G. – Penelope EP

Image: 1610197 Penelope is the 2nd installment from the AG & John Robinson EP series
produced by Ray West. This time around they call on the prolifc West
Coast wordsmith BLU on the title track “Penelope” where all the emcees
are painting verbal pictures of their own personal Dream Girl, this track
also features frequent collaborator Dave Dar. The soundscapes provided
by Ray West are ill collages of jazz loops, live horns, percussion sounds,
vintage drum machines and more. Each of these recording sessions were
labeled “Tea with the Butcha” by the collective and it truly does describe
the essence of the sounds and conversations on these recordings.

1. Penelope
2. Down 4 Me
3. Don’t Hold
4. Wait
5. Low Kut
6. Every Moment
7. Neva Ends
8. Been Here Before

• Second installment to an on going ep series by AG & John Robinson
• Produced by Ray west
• Featuring BLU
• Cover Art by Cern 1 of YMI in the description Available from 25.08.2017

Candeias – Sambaiana
Friday, June 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Candeias – Sambaiana

Image: 1610498 Sambaiana the rare Bossa Nova classic from Candeias finally gets a proper reissue.

TRACKLISTING:
A1 – El Tren De Tom
A2 – Paolinho
A3 – Zimbao
A4 – Managua
B1 – Sambaiana
B2 – Casas De Invierno
B3 – Palmeiras

Snippets: http://tinyurl.com/NOAJ003Snippets

LP (180g vinyl + Old School Tip On Gatefold Cover + Download Card + Printed Inner Sleeve)

Curiously enough the story of this record begins with a song, which isn’t even featured on it. A song named ‘Guayabas’. One of Guillermo Reuter’s very first free-spirited compositions is one of his two contributions to the fourth album ‘Ese Dia Va A Llegar’ by friend and musician Agustin Pereyra Lucena, in 1975. ‘Guayabas’ was the unintended starting signal for Reuter’s career and was coincidentally the initial spark for this reissue that you, dear reader and listener, are holding in your hands right now.
But perhaps we’d better take one thing at a time and not jump ahead of ourselves. ‘Guayabas’ was the Guillermo Reuter song that first caught the attention of the Notes On A Journey founders Jürgen von Knoblauch and Stefan Leisering. It led them to discover his album ‘Candeias’ shortly thereafter, and a love affair was born. It was a similar story for Jacques Subileau, the producer for the recordings of ‘Ese Dia Va A Llegar’ (and therefore ‘Guayabas’), who was so enamored by this single composition that he proposed Reuter to cut a whole album, made up exclusively of his songs and compositional stylings. The Frenchman with an Argentinian girlfriend, had connections to European record labels like Disco Mediterraneo in Madrid and Disques Espérance in Paris which specialised in World and African music. ‘Candeias’ would be released on both labels, on the Spanish imprint under the name of ‘Sambaiana’, in France as the original title ‘Candeias’, but for inexplicable reasons, with terrible sound quality.
For the 24-year-old musician, it came as a total surprise, the once-in-a-lifetime chance to record an entire album of his own works. Raised by parents, both of who were musicians and teachers with their own school (Instituto Reuter in Buenos Aires), Guillermo Reuter was destined to wander down one road for life – to follow in his father’s footsteps, professionally and musically. Josef Reuter, born in Germany, balanced his work life where he was a dedicated occupation Headmaster with music, not only was he a passionate organist, he was the maestro of his own choir, the ‘Singakademie Buenos Aires’ and a well-known director at Buenos Aires’ world famous “Teatro Colón”. Furthermore, he was a strict and conservative father who massively disapproved when his son embraced modern music like Brazilian Bossa Nova, which back then, was just starting to take the world by storm. Despite, or as a direct result of this, ‘Samba Da Minha Terra’ by João Gilberto was a revelation for the juvenile Guillermo Reuter and shaped his freethinking approach towards music permanently.

Even though Reuter satisfied his parents’ expectations by completing five years of studies in classical musical, his passion for the inauspicious sounds of Brazil never truly disappeared. On the contrary, after meeting the slightly older, Bossa Nova inspired, up-and-coming guitar player and songwriter Agustin Pereyra Lucena on the university campus, the young musician took the proverbial bull by the horns and made a massive leap of faith. On the one hand, he accepted the offer of several studio recordings (1973 ‘Climas’ and 1975 ‘Ese Dia Va A Llegar’), and on the other, he declined the request of his parents to inherit and run the private family school. At this moment in 1975, Guillermo Reuter made a clear, wholehearted decision, aware of all its consequences, and chose his own music as his further purpose in life. Music, which he finally – thanks to Jacques Subileau and ‘Guayabas’ for that matter – could record without compromise and thus give free rein to his creativity.
The recordings of ‘Candeias’ took place shortly after Subileau’s invitation, in October and November 1975, in the Buenos Aires based studio ‘Sound Center’. To realise his vision Guillermo Reuter surrounded himself with four superb musicians, who he knew from previous recording sessions: Agustin Pereyra Lucena on guitar, Uruguayan drummer and percussionist Carlos Carli, Brazilian bass player Darci Soave, and the young flute player Rubén Izarrualde. Reuter himself plays the Fender piano on all tunes (despite “Zimbao“ on which he played the upright piano) as well as 12-string guitar. The idea of adding a horn section to some tracks was quickly scrapped, mostly for financial reasons. Recorded in only a few brisk spring days (which is November on the southern hemisphere), you can feel the sheer enjoyment of the musicians in this masterpiece of timeless, universal music through its unbridled playfulness. Starting with ‘El Tren De Tom’, the album’s first track, where the sound of a departing locomotive announces the beginning of a journey. A journey that winds it’s way through the contagiously melodious, cunningly arranged and in every detail, profound world of Guillermo Reuter and his project Candeias. All of which is overseen by their heraldic spirit animal, the Toucan, which is the bird we first see on the album cover. The name Candeias, which means candles in Portuguese, was chosen democratically by all four participating musicians. The album’s carefree, casual happiness is never superficial or forced. For instance, ‘Paolinho’, driven by Izarrualde’s flute, is rooted in the folkloristic tradition of Northern Brazil and emphasizes Reuter’s almost academic approach towards his compositions. ‘Managua’ employs the Cuban Guajira rhythm and is probably the song of the album that best expresses the harmonic interaction of the four musicians extraordinaire. Throughout the whole album, Reuter’s training in classical compositions interweaving with his love of Jazz and Brazilian
music, in particular, is almost tangible.
In his homeland of Argentina, ‘Candeias’ will never be released. Subileau’s personal connections took the project to Europe, Spain to be precise. Here, with changing line-ups, Reuter played live regularly between 1976 and 1978. His playmates in Candeias (expandable from quartet to septet) include f.e. the Cuban saxophone player Paquito d’Rivera, the US trombone player Bill Smith, the Brazilian percussionist Rubem Dantas and the Spanish flute/saxophone player Jorge Pardo. Further recordings never happened, though.
The European Jazz scene at that time was much too volatile and in turmoil. Talents like Reuter were mostly getting booked as session musicians and were swamped by endless touring, leaving them little time to pursue their own projects. After his father had died towards the end of the 80s, Guillermo Reuter returned to Argentina and only infrequently returned to Europe for occasional live gigs. Back in his hometown, he made a living writing compositions for commercials and from intermittent gigs in local jazz clubs. He operated a music store for some years, worked as a composition teacher and acted as a program manager for various music and live venues in Buenos Aires. During this time he never stopped writing own songs. His fascination for South American folklore and its rhythms, from Brazil via Uruguay to Argentina, continued to increase, even until this day. In 2004 Guillermo Reuter wrote a song, ‘El Gorgojo’ (The Bug), which won the first prize at the international Latin Jazz Contest in La Habana and was praised by the French film music composer Michel Legrand, one of Reuter’s personal idols.
Having now Notes On A Journey, more than forty years after its initial release, introducing ‘Candeias’ to a whole new audience is also in the interest of its creator. For Guillermo Reuter, this album was and is a lifework, which has never lost momentum and significance. It is a record, which simply stands the test of time by bringing pure joy over its full, entertaining length, and is going under the skin at the same time. That’s why for this re-issue the original Spanish pressing has been lovingly restored, preserving the sound quality, letting you listen to it the way it should be heard, in the here and now. With the stunning new quality ‘Candeias’ will find a much bigger following this time round. Come and join the club. Available from 28.07.2017

Marvin Parks takes part in the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s musical scene can be considered a very fitting addition to the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama, deeply rooted in the Black Music tradition. Having his roots in Gospel and in the ’50s and ’60s jazz singers by the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman and […]

Marvin Parks
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s musical scene can be considered a very fitting addition to the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama, deeply rooted in the Black Music tradition. Having his roots in Gospel and in the ’50s and ’60s jazz singers by the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman and […]

Earl Davis (Damu The Fudgemunk) – Breaks With Mistakes
Friday, March 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Earl Davis (Damu The Fudgemunk) – Breaks With Mistakes

Image: 1609398 For the loyal and expanding audience of hungry producers and DJ’s worldwide, Redefnition Records’ latest contribution entitled “Breaks with Mistakes” is the ideal tool for sample based artists looking for fresh & unique drums to add to their creativity. Following in the footsteps of J-Zone’s “Lunch Breaks” and Pat Van Dyke’s, “PVD
Breaks”, this is for the serious beat lovers. Breaks with Mistakes features a whopping 39 brand new, exclusive, royalty-free drum breaks ready to be the driving force of your next hit. The sounds in this collection were performed by a live drummer (Redef’s own Earl Davis), recorded during impromptu sessions at studios in Los
Angeles and Jersey City. Ranging in a variety of patterns, tones and tempos from 74 BPM to 118 BPM, Breaks with Mistakes retains the human feel and was created with the producer in mind. Whether you sample to loop or chop, this will answer the call and intentionally, all the breaks here focus on kick, snare, hi hat, ride cymbal and the occasional tambourine with minimal drum flls and no toms. The entire record was curated, mixed and mastered by veteran Hip Hop producer/former House of Hitz engineer K-Def from several hours of drum sessions. Only the best material made the cut, making it instantly useful in your next production. K-Def also chose to minimize effects such as reverb in way that gives users more freedom to control and color their own sound, allowing producers to easily develop new
character from the punchy & dry hits. Though this the perfect record, the imperfect title is a call to the loose drumming and spontaneous grooves played by the drummer. Our philosophy on drums is, “If it’s broken, don’t try to fx it” and the end results are some of the most natural breakbeats you can get your hands on at a budget friendly price. These are beats you just can’t beat … not buying Breaks With Mistakes is a mistake in itself!

• Impromptu breakbeat sessions recorded live in Los Angeles and Jersey City by Earl Davis (AKA Damu The Fudgemunk)
• Breaks With Mistakes features 39 royalty free breaks with tempos ranging from 74 to 118 BPM
• Processed by veteran producer / engineer K-Def

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19. 118 BPM
20. ### BPM (Bonus) Available from 05.05.2017

Marvin Parks – Marvin Parks (2LP)
Friday, March 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marvin Parks – Marvin Parks (2LP)

Image: 1608800 The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s musical scene is a perfect addition to the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama, deeply rooted in the Black Music tradition. Having his roots in Gospel and in the ’50s and ’60s jazz singers by the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman and Joe Williams, Marvin Parks yet remains by all means an artist of today. In his debut Marvin shapes his light baritone colors within the sound of a well-established group of musicians under the direction and production of Nicola Conte, giving a different light to well-known standards and some originals.

The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s musical scene can be considered a very fitting addition to the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama, deeply rooted in the Black Music tradition. Having his roots in Gospel and in the ’50s and ’60s jazz singers by the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman and Joe Williams, Marvin Parks yet remains by all means an artist of today.

In his debut Marvin shapes his light baritone colors within the sound of a well-established group of musicians under the direction and production of Nicola Conte. The main idea was to create a soundscape to give a different light to well-known standards and some originals.

The album has been recorded in two main sessions. The first one took place at the Sorriso Studio in Bari, Italy, the same place where Nicola Conte recorded all his albums, with a fantastic line-up including Daniele Tittarelli (alto saxophone), Francesco Lento (trumpet), Pietro Lussu (piano), Luca Alemanno (double bass), Nicola Angelucci (drums), Pierpaolo Bisogno (percussion) and, of course, Nicola Conte himself (guitar). The second recording session took place in Milan, Italy, at the Schema/Ishtar Records Blue Spirit studio, with the same rhythm section and a stellar guest in the person of Logan Richardson (alto saxophone).

The first session brings a strong ’60s Blue Note sound sensation, while the second, surrounded by a sort of African feeling, emanates hints of the historical Coltrane / Davis quintet, reminding the colours of Paris in the sixties… Paris, just by accident, is Marvin Parks’ hometown in these days.

The album is released in two versions: a 3-panel digipack 13-track CD and an indivisible set of two separate LP’s, simply named Volume 1 and 2, for a total of 16 tracks. In the vinyl version the tracklist has been divided, based on the songs mood, on the four sides named as follows: ‘A – The Soul Side’, ‘B – The Afro-Blues Side’, ‘C – The Standards Side’ and ‘D – The Ballads Side’.

TRACKLIST LP – Volume 1
A1 Awakening
A2 The Mystery Of Man
A3 Brother, Where Are You?
A4 Charade
B1 African Other Blues
B2 Swingin’ Shepherd Blues
B3 Close Your Eyes
B4 All Blues

TRACKLIST LP – Volume 2
C1 A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing
C2 The Midnight Sun Will Never Set
C3 I Fall In Love Too Easily
C4 How Insensitive
D1 Nature Boy
D2 Sea And Sand
D3 If You Could See Me Now
D4 The Very Thought Of You Available from 28.04.2017

DJ Platurn – In Love (feat. E da Boss)
Saturday, February 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Platurn – In Love (feat. E da Boss)

Image: 1608599 DJ Platurn has built a reputation as a tastemaker with vision and a sense of community and in turn preserving crucial aspects of DJ and music culture. Founder of the Oakland Faders and The 45 Sessions.

Best known as one-half of soul duo Myron & E, Newark native Eric ‘E’ Cooke aka E Da Boss is the definition of a multifaceted artist. It began with DJing and a love of hip-hop, which eventually turned into producing, and ultimately brought him to singing and songwriting both alongside Myron and on his own.

Since then Myron & E have toured the world and released their own music (Stones Throw) as well as collaborated with c with The Soul Investigators (Timmion Records) , The Soul Surfers (Ubiquity Records), in the meantime E has contributed vocals to a track for UK sensation The Gene Dudley Group’s sophomore album on Wah Wah 45s, as well as releasing material under the moniker Lucid Paradise alongside Ishtar on The Whole Truth Records and a few 45s as part of The Pendletons on his own independent label Slept On Records. It’s an exciting time for fans of E’s music, as it appears new sounds are on the horizon, starting with this limited edition 45!

Tracklisting
1 In Love (feat. E da Boss & Ishtar) [clip]
2 Lie to Kick It (feat. E da Boss) [clip]
3 Lie to Kick It (Bonus Beats) [feat. E da Boss] Available from 24.02.2017

N’toko – Emirates
Friday, February 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on N’toko – Emirates

Image: 1608524 N’toko ist ein experimenteller Hip Hop-Künstler und Produzent aus Slowenien. Seine ersten Sporen verdiente er sich als Frontmann eines lokalen Hip Hop-Kollektivs namens Moveknowledgement. N’toko wurde schnell durch sein technisches Können und seine Schnelligkeit als Rapper bekannt und gewann dadurch sogar zwei nationale Freestyle-Wettbewerbe hintereinander. Neben drei slowenisch-sprachigen Alben veröffentlichte er mehrere EPs in englischer Sprache, von denen zwei auch in Japan auf dem Markt kamen. Diese beiden Scheiben haben mittlerweile Kultstatus bei Underground Hip Hop-Fans und Liebhabern alternativer Musik erreicht. Parallel dazu spielte N’toko ausgiebige Touren in Europa und den USA, wo er Gast auf diversen Festivals war (u.a. Reeperbahn Festival, Glastonbury, Exit, Inmusic, Best Buy Theatre NYC). Derzeit engagiert N’toko sich auch politisch in Slowenien und hat sich zum viel-gelesenen Kolumnist und Autor gemausert. Auf Unique erscheint sein neues Album “Emirates”, und es vereint kritische Texte, straighte Beats und düstere, elektronische Sounds.

N’toko ist ein experimenteller Hip Hop Künstler und Produzent aus Slowenien. Seine ersten Sporen verdiente er sich als Frontmann eines lokalen Hip-Hop-Kollektivs namens Moveknowledgement. N’toko wurde schnell durch sein technisches Können und seine Schnelligkeit als Rapper bekannt und gewann dadurch sogar zwei nationale Freestyle-Wettbewerbe hintereinander.

Wettbewerbe wie diese brachten ihm außerdem seinen ersten Plattenvertrag als Solo-Künstler ein. Das Ergebnis waren 3 slowenisch-sprachige Alben, die ihn schnell in den Fokus der nationalen Musikszene hieften.

N’toko veröffentlichte zudem mehrere EPs in englischer Sprache, von denen zwei auch in Japan auf dem Markt kamen. Diese beiden Scheiben haben mittlerweile Kultstatus bei Underground Hip Hop Fans und Liebhabern alternativer Musik erreicht. Hoch gelobt wurden sie vor allem für ihre offene Herangehensweise, die diverse Einflüsse miteinander kombinierte, u.a. Rock, Free-Jazz, Elektro, Noise oder Psychedelia.

Parallel dazu spielte N’toko sich die Hacken wund und nahm alles an Auftritten mit, was möglich war. Von Poetry-Slams, Open-Mic-Sessions bis hin zu Impro-Sessions und Electro-Parties. Dabei rappte er längst nicht mehr nur, sondern nutzte seine Stimme als effekt-verändertes Instrument, spielte andere Instrumente und schrie sich gut und gern auch einfach die Seele aus dem Leib.

Die Arbeit mit Moveknowledgement setzt er weiterhin fort. Mittlerweile ist daraus eine experimentelle Dub-Rock-Gruppe entstanden, die 3 Alben auf dem Markt hat.
Aktuell reist N’toko viel zwischen Slowenien und Japan, wo er bereits mehr als 40 Shows gespielt hat und mit vielen Künstlern der Tokyo-er Musikszene kollaborierte.

Hinzu kommen ausgiebige Touren in Europa und den USA, wo er Gast auf diversen Festivals war, u.a. Reeperbahn Festival, Glastonbury, Exit, Inmusic, Best Buy Theatre NYC. Derzeit engagiert N’toko sich auch politisch in Slowenien und hat sich zum viel-gelesenen Kolumnist und Autor gemausert.

Umso schöner, dass er daneben noch die Zeit gefunden hat, sein neues Album „Emirates“ einzuspielen. Raus kommt das gute Stück, das erneut N’tokos Stärken – kritische Texte, straighte Beats und düstere elektronische Sounds – vereint.

N’toko über seine Einflüsse: „Musically I consume a lot of american commercial hiphop as well underground experimental stuff from Japan, bollywood music, 80s new wave and shaabi. Politically I’m a marxist, active on the radical left and very inspired by revolutionary movements across the globe.“ Available from 17.03.2017

FJAAK
Monday, January 2nd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Fjaak’s path led them from the periphery to the centre and from there further through the world. Their self titled debut album for Monkeytown is as much of a summary of what had happened in the previous three years as it is an artistic statement. “FJAAK” combines the energetic peak-time sound of the Berlin-based trio’s […]

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2016
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2016 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Mitarbeiter von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen Highlights aus Musik & Film der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend sind ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen […]

Manu Delago – Metromonk
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Manu Delago – Metromonk

Image: 1607398 Auf “Metromonk” dringt der für seinen einzigartigen musikalischen Ansatz gefeierte Österreicher in immer neue Klangregionen vor und erkundet dabei die unterschiedlichsten Stimmungen und Dynamiken. Indem er das Hang auf immer neue Arten spielt und bearbeitet, stehen die vielen Stimmen und Sounds dieses außergewöhnlichen Instruments klar im Mittelpunkt seiner Kompositionen, die sonst nur dezent von Beats und vereinzelten Akustikinstrumenten eingerahmt werden.

Reaktionen:
“Amazing percussionist and Hang player” – Björk
“Intriguingly beautiful … A mercurial sound indeed” – DJ Mag
“Captivating and compelling … truly mesmerising” – i-D
“A masterful and sensitive musician” – The Telegraph

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„Ich wollte Klanglandschaften kreieren, die elektronisch klingen, dabei allerdings komplett live eingespielt sind und sich dementsprechend auch organisch und menschlich anfühlen“, so der Kommentar von Delago. Nahezu alle Effekte basieren auf seinen Hang-Performances, die er ohne jegliche Overdubs in jeweils nur einem einzigen Take aufgenommen hat. „Das mag zwar zunächst schon wie Programming oder eine aufwendige Produktion wirken, aber es ist letztlich einfach genau das, was ich im jeweiligen Moment eingespielt habe.“ Zu den Gästen des neuen Albums zählen die Sänger Douglas Dare (Erased Tapes), Pete Josef (der in diesem Jahr für den „Worldwide Award“ von Gilles Peterson nominiert wurde) und Isa Kurz, während auch der renommierte Trompeter Erik Truffaz (Blue Note) im Studio aushalf, wo Delago abermals von seinem angestammten Co-Produzenten Matt Robertson (Björk, The Streets, Bat For Lashes) unterstützt wurde.

Mit den neuen Tracks knüpft Delago zugleich an seine jüngsten Erfolge an: Erst 2015 wurde sein ambitioniertes zweites Album „Silver Kobalt“ von etlichen Kollegen und Tastemakern regelrecht mit Lob überschüttet, als sich unter anderem Tom Ravenscroft und Don Letts von BBC 6Music genauso begeistert zeigten wie Alex Lester, Nitin Sawhney und Jamie Cullum (alle BBC 2), wobei letzterer ihn sogar für eine exklusive Session in die Maida Vale Studios holte. Während der Vorgänger auch von i-D, dem Clash Magazine und dem DJ Mag gefeiert wurde, absolvierten er und seine Live-Band Manu Delago Handmade im Rahmen der „Silver Kobalt Tour“ mehr als 80 Live-Shows. Obendrein war der Österreicher in der Zwischenzeit abermals mit etlichen Schwergewichten der internationalen Musikwelt im Studio: Unter anderem machte er Aufnahmen mit Björk (und unterstützte sie auch live), sprang als Percussionist für The Cinematic Orchestra ein und arbeitete noch enger mit Anoushka Shankar zusammen. Delago hatte nicht nur Shankars aktuelles Album „Land Of Gold“ mitgeschrieben, sondern begleitet sie als zentrales Bandmitglied auch auf ihrer aktuellen Welttournee, in deren Rahmen sie bereits in etlichen legendären Konzerthallen, auf den größten Festivals sowie sogar in der spanischen Alhambra aufgetreten sind.

Allein die YouTube-Clips des international bekanntesten Hang-Spielers verzeichnen inzwischen mehr als 5 Millionen Views, zudem war Manu Delago erst kürzlich einer der Protagonisten in einer von BBC Radio 4 produzierten Doku, in der dieses außergewöhnliche Instrument näher beleuchtet wurde. Während er auf seinem Vorgängeralbum auch verstärkt auf Synthesizer-Sounds, elektronische Produktionen und eine Vielzahl von anderen Instrumenten gesetzt hatte, rückt Delago auf „Metromonk“ sein virtuoses Hang-Spiel wieder zu 100% in den Mittelpunkt.

Key Marketing Points:
– Manu Delago is regarded as the world’s leading hang player.
– Features collaborations with Douglas Dare (Erased Tapes), Erik Truffaz (Blue Note) and Pete Josef (Sonar Kollektiv, Reprazent)
– Previous Radio support from Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music), Don Letts (BBC 6 Music), Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), Alex Lester (BBC Radio 2), Nitin Sawhney and Huey Morgan (BBC 6 Music)
– Previous press support from i-D, Clash, DJ Mag, The Telegraph, Financial Times, Songlines, The Times and more.
– Early campaign activities include Worldwide FM, Sofar Sounds and Resonance FM sessions
– WW Tour confirmed for early 2017, including shows at SXSW.
– Manu Delago is a touring member of Bjork, Cinematic Orchestra and Anoushka Shankar, playing to audiences worldwide.

‘METROMONK’ TOUR DATES 2017 (+ MORE TO BE ADDED):

Feb 2 Jubez, Karlsruhe (GER)
Feb 3 Mojo, Hamburg (GER)
Feb 4 Beatpol, Dresden (GER)
Feb 7 Milla, Munich (GER)
Feb 8 Stadtgarten, Cologne (GER)
Feb 10 Grüner Salon, Berlin (GER)

14 MARCH COLOGNE – YUCA, DE
15 MARCH BERLIN – KANTINE AM BERGHAIN, DE
16 MARCH HAMBURG – KLEINER DONNER, DE Available from 27.01.2017

La Feline – Triomphe
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on La Feline – Triomphe

Image: 1607602 La Féline are back with their new album Triomphe.

Tracklisting:
01. Senga
02. Le Royaume
03. La Mer Avalée
04. Trophée
05. Samsara
06. La Femme Du Kiosque Sur L’Eau
07. Comité Rouge
08. Séparés (Si Nous Étions Jamais)
09. Le Plongeur
10. Gianni
11. Nu, Jeune, Léger

In a previous life, La Féline was a trio. Three voices joined as one on
a handful of EPs with diverse influences, trying to find their place
between musical genres, languages, and experiences, guided by
Ariane’s writing and the luminous vocals of singer and guitarist Agnès
Gayraud. Then came “Adieu l’enfance” in 2014, the first album for
which Agnès alone carried the feline fur, and made her mark. A
unique voice emerged from the album, giving free reign to obsessions
that had had only been hinted at previously.
As cathartic as its title implies and entirely sung in French, “Adieu
l’enfance” was also a rebirth with hypnotic new wave sounds, urban
climates and introspective lyrics, a place into which the outside world
would sometimes crash, in an explosion of broken glass.
While creating her second album, “Triomphe”, La Féline started a new
fascinating metamorphosis. Guided by Dionysus, the god of ecstasy
(while the minimal synthpop of “Adieu l’enfance” had more Apollonian
hints), Agnès started by imagining herself as a ruthless warrior or
Miyazaki-like wildling. “Senga”, the first single passes on the flame: in
mirror-calm waters, Agnès the feline becomes Senga who talks to
wolves, Senga who climbs the trees and knows the secrets of the
forest. As total and ambitious album, “Triomphe” is like a place where
La Féline transforms the forest into a refuge, the sea into a primordial
swamp from which to emerge reborn, and projects herself into a city
of Tokyo where nature has re-claimed its rights. In this place we talk
of renaissances (“Samsara”, “Le Plongeur” — pulled down to the
depths by the sound of an octobass), meet Greek gods and spirit
animals (“Senga”), question the place of man in the community (“Le
Royaume”, “Comité rouge”).
After looking inwards toward the intimate, her songs now open up to
others, suggesting a whole unexplored world behind the veil of
appearances in the background that we almost dare not lift for fear of
going mad, like in Arthur Machen’s short story, The Great God Pan. Is
that not what is happening in the worrying final of the song “Gianni”,
that sounds like a descent into hell, or in the liberating crescendo of
“Royaume” where flutes and sax-ophones mix their strident sounds
together in one ecstatic celebration?
Available from 27.01.2017

Alborosie Pres. – His Majesty Riddim
Friday, November 18th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alborosie Pres. – His Majesty Riddim

Image: 1606135 Alborosie the on a mission reggae warrior licks back the ‘Dread At The Controls’ Rod Taylor classic from 1978 “His Majesty” (produced by Mikey Dread) to stunning effect. The latest production of Mr. Alberto D’Ascola aka Puppa Albo aka Alborosie showcases established hit-makers Gentleman (in combination with Clay), Mr. Vegas, Alborosie, Etana, Christopher Martin, Sizzla Kalonji with all new exclusive tunes, alongside young lions like Dann I, Yung J.R., Skygrass, Sandy Smith and Martei Corley, with all great voices and excellent performances. Eleven superb tunes plus Alborosie’s instrumental riddim version makes this a standout longplay release! The “His Majesty Riddim” is available both as CD and LP (vinyl with a later release date 25.11. due to manufacturing realities) – Run the rhythm!

LP
Side One
A1. Alborosie – Red
A2. Gentleman & Clay – Dunns River Falls
A3. Mr. Vegas – Unite
A4. Sizzla Kalonji – No Waste No Time
A5. Sandy Smith – Crying Out
A6. Martei Corley – Toxic Love
Side Two
B1. Etana – Healing Tree
B2. Christopher Martin – B4 It’s Too Late
B3. Dann I – Put In The Work
B4. Yung J.R. – Mr. Boss Man
B5. Skygrass – Blessed
B6. Alborosie – His Majesty Riddim

Rod Taylor: born 2 March 1957, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Taylor, known as Rocky T, came to prominence in 1978 with Bertram Brown’s Freedom Sounds collective, noted for introducing Prince Allah, Earl Zero, Philip Frazier, Jimmy Dean, Sylvan White and Lloyd Jackson. Taylor recorded his debut, “Ethiopian Kings”, based on Frankie Jones’ avowal that many biblical heroes were black men: ‘King David – he was a black man – King Solomon he was a black man – King Moses – he was a black man – from Africa yeah – they fight for equal rights and justice’. The song was an instant hit, which led to sessions with Mikey Dread for the equally popular “His Imperial Majesty”, which featured a well-used rhythm, immortalized in dub as “Saturday Night Style”.

Mikey Dread: Michael George Campbell (4 June 1954 – 15 March 2008), better known as Mikey Dread, was a Jamaican singer, producer, and broadcaster. He was one of the most influential performers and innovators in reggae music. His music and productions attracted the attention of British punk rockers The Clash, who invited him over to England to tour with them in 1980, going on to produce some of their music. Although initially suspicious of the strangers, Campbell soon became the best of friends with the band, producing their famous “Bankrobber” single and performing on several songs on their 1980 album Sandinista!. Campbell also toured with The Clash across Britain, Europe, and the US, gaining many new fans along the way. Available from 25.11.2016

Sun Ra – Singles Vol.1 (Definitive 45s Collection 1952-91)
Friday, October 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – Singles Vol.1 (Definitive 45s Collection 1952-91)

Image: 1606890 Strut present the part one of the definitive collection of singles released by Sun Ra across his illustrious career, spanning 1952 to 1991.

CD 1
1. Sun Ra – I Am An Instrument
2. Sun Ra – I Am Strange
3. The Nu Sounds With Sun Ra – Chicago Usa
4. The Nu Sounds With Sun Ra – Spaceship Lullaby
5. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra – Daddy’S Gonna Tell You No Lie
6. The Nu Sounds With Sun Ra And Arkestra – A Foggy Day
7. Billie Hawkins With Sun-Ra And His Orchestra – I’M Coming Home
8. Billie Hawkins With Sun-Ra And His Orchestra – Last Call For Love
9. Sun-Ra And His Arkistra – Soft Talk
10. Sun-Ra And His Arkistra – Super Blonde
11. Le Sun-Ra And His Arkistra – Saturn
12. Le Sun-Ra And His Arkistra – Call For All Demons
13. Le Sun-Ra And His Arkistra – Demon’S Lullaby
14. Le Sun-Ra And His Arkistra – Super-Sonic Jazz
15. Le Sun-Ra & His Arkistra – Medicine For A Nightmare
16. Le Sun-Ra & His Arkistra – Urnack
17. The Qualities – It’S Christmas Time
18. The Qualities – Happy New Year To You!
19. Yochanan (The Space Age Vocalist) – M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt)
20. Yochanan (The Space Age Vocalist) – Hot Skillet Momma
21. The Cosmic Rays With Le Sun Ra And Arkestra – Bye Bye
22. The Cosmic Rays With Le Sun Ra And Arkestra – Somebody’S In Love
23. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Hours After
24. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Great Balls Of Fire
Cd 2
1. Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra – October
2. Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra – Adventur In Space
3. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra – Dreaming
4. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra – Daddy’S Gonna Tell You No Lie
5. Hattie Randolph With Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra – Round Midnight
6. Hattie Randolph With Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra – Back In Your Own Back Yard
7. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Saturn
8. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Velvet
9. Yochanan “A Space Age Vocalist” With Sun Ra And His Arkestra – The Sun One
10. Yochanan “A Space Age Vocalist” With Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Message To Earthman
11. Yochanan With Sun Ra And His Arkestra – The Sun Man Speaks
12. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Space Loneliness
13. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – State Street
14. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – The Blue Set
15. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Big City Blues
16. Sun Ra And His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick – A Blue One
17. Sun Ra And His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick – Orbitration In Blue
18. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Hell #1 (A.k.a. Out There A Minute)
19. Little Mack With Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Tell Her To Come On Home
20. Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – I’M Making Believe

Cd 3
1. Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra – The Bridge
2. Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra – Rocket # 9
3. Sun Ra And His Astro-Solar-Infinity Arkestra – Blues On Planet Mars
4. Sun Ra And His Astro-Solar-Infinity Arkestra – Saturn Moon
5. Sun Ra And His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Journey To Saturn
6. Sun Ra And His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Enlightenment
7. Sun Ra And His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – I’M Gonna Unmask The Batman
8. Sun Ra And His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – The Perfect Man
9. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Love In Outer Space
10. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Mayan Temple
11. Sun Ra – Sky Blues
12. Sun Ra – Disco 2021
13. Sun Ra – Rough House Blues
14. Sun Ra – Cosmo-Extensions
15. Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra – Quest
16. Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra – Outer Space Plateau
17. Sun Ra Arkestra – Nuclear War
18. Sun Ra Arkestra – Sometimes I’M Happy
19. Sun Ra Arkestra – On Jupiter / Cosmo Drama (Prophetika 1)
20. Sun Ra Arkestra – Cosmo Drama (Prophetika 2)
21. Sun Ra – I Am The Instrument

All Tracks Cd 1 And Tracks 1-12 Cd 2 Featured On 3Lp Vol. 1
Tracks 13-20 Cd 2 And All Tracks Cd 3 Featured On 3Lp Vol. 2

Strut present the definitive collection of singles released by Sun Ra across his illustrious career, spanning 1952 to 1991. Released prolifically during the 1950s and more sporadically thereafter, primarily on the Saturn label, the 45s offer one-off meteorites from Ra’s prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forwardthinking “Space-Bop” and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions. The collection is hugely varied, ranging from Ra’s spoken word recitations and his early work with Chicago vocal groups to the different phases of his Arkestra, small group and duet recordings. The singles are also unpredictable vehicles for Ra’s music, combining different tracks from different sessions and occasionally making available music which was recorded many years beforehand.
As with his LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. Only a small handful of copies of ‘Love In Outer Space’ b/w ‘Mayan Temple’ and ‘The Blue One’ b/w ‘Orbitration In Blue’ have ever been seen, some have only been discovered in physical form in recent years, some were planned and pencilled but allegedly never made it to vinyl (including ‘Saturn’ and ‘Velvet’ from the Jazz In Silhouette LP) and some appeared as limited one-off magazine singles and posthumous releases, including ‘Hell #1’ aka ‘Out There A Minute’.
The set is the most comprehensive collection of Ra’s singles to date. Sleeve note writers Francis Gooding and Paul Griffiths brilliantly illustrate the role of the single within Ra’s career and break down each release with detailed track by track notes. Working with Sun Ra LLC and Sun Ra archivist Michael D. Anderson, Strut has also assembled the best possible master sources for each track.
‘Singles’ will be released on CD and LP formats across two release dates. Both formats feature fully remastered tracks, rare photos, original 45 artwork, Francis Gooding’s extensive sleeve notes, an interview with Saturn Records founder Alton Abraham by John Corbett and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.

KEY POINTS:
– first definitive collection of Sun Ra singles, including all Saturn releases, planned singles, posthumous releases and magazine giveaways
– Remastered by Technologyworks including exclusive tape transfers from the Sun Ra archive
– 45s box sets include many singles reissued on 45 for the first time since their original
release. Presented in their original label artwork
– All formats include rare photos and sleeve notes by Francis Gooding. Extensive track by track notes and session details by paul Griffiths
– official release prepared in conjunction with Sun Ra LLC

FOR FANS OF:
Miles Davis, Kamasi Washington, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Fletcher Henderson, Batman,
Gershwin, The Pyramids, Salah Ragab, doo-wop, be-bop, Philip Cohran, Jerry Dammers,
Gilles Peterson, Shabaka Hutchings

Available from 25.11.2016

Pavel Dovgal – The Aura (Colored 2LP+MP3)
Friday, October 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pavel Dovgal – The Aura (Colored 2LP+MP3)

Image: 1605394 ‘The Aura‘ and the belief in it can be found in almost all cultures in one form or another. Often signifying fields of energy and spirituality, an aura is a luminous radiational halo surrounding a person or object. It is said that all objects and all living things manifest such an aura. In other respects the aura has also been described as a map of the thoughts and feelings surrounding a person.
Pieced together from sounds and samples from all over the globe, the album’s aim is to charge listeners with harmony and a feeling of connectedness to the world. Reflecting on his own attitude towards life and the importance of inner balance, Pavel attempts to share some of the spiritual experiences he made while traveling.
The lengthy process of creation included numerous reworks of each track and intensive listening sessions in order to keep the balance between the essential details and those that are redundant to the album’s atmosphere.
The album includes collaborations with old friends like Mujuice, Graciela Maria as well as some newly added artists – L.A. rapper BLU, Starving Yet Full – ex-vocalist from Azari III and Mitia Dedoni, who created the haunting album cover.
‘The Aura‘ comes out worldwide on limited grey-marbled vinyl (including download code).

Tracklisting:
01 Floating Beams
02 The Aura Feat. Blu
03 Nibiru
04 Inspiration / Inner Beauty
05 Euphoria Feat. Starving Yet Full
06 Waiting For The Sun
07 Quency Feat. Mujuice
08 The Soul Of Mbira
09 Changes Feat. Graciela Maria
10 VHS
11 The Highest
12 Euphoria (Bonus – Instrumental)
13 The Aura (Bonus – Instrumental)
Available from 25.11.2016

Les Yper Sound – Explorations In Drums & Sax
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Les Yper Sound – Explorations In Drums & Sax

Image: 1606079 • An all-instrumental journey through numerous genre-crossing worlds. Features members of Antibalas (Daptone Records) and Beastie Boys’ synth master Money Mark. Coke bottle clear vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

1. Step Away
2. Woodland
3. Paella Bahia
4. Ambiguity
5. Well-Tempered Water
6. Potato Brain
7. Eastern Parkway
8. Coffee Étude
9. Return To
10. Bogen & Roland
11. August 25th
12. RSVP
13. Dark Yoga
14. Sleepover

Les Yper Sound presents an all-instrumental journey through the many worlds of drums and saxophones. In early 2016, New York session musicians Miles Arntzen and Jas Walton—who both currently play in Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas—began experimenting with their respective instruments in Miles’s Greenwich Village basement. They composed demos that were made up of Miles’s percussion, Jas’s woodwinds, and the sounds of everyday objects.

The style of recording and manipulating everyday ‘non-musical’ sounds was born in Paris during the 1940s and dubbed “musique concrète.” This revolutionary process seeped into pop music in the mid-‘60s, and now—due to ever-advancing music technology—it is a staple of mainstream music. Explorations of Drums & Sax is a hat tip to the novelty of recorded sounds back when they were still weird and way out.

As well as experimenting with the early laboratory process of musique concrète, Miles notes, “usually one of us was coming from something else, from a rehearsal with so-and-so right to my basement and just jumping right in. There was no time to think about what might be seeping in influence-wise, but it was always related to all the other things we were doing.” The duo began working together in 2009 when they started the band EMEFE in jazz school. Between each of their sidemen gigs with other artists, they steal time to get together and spin their own creations.

While touring with Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor supergroup Atomic Bomb!, Jas met Beastie Boys’ synth master Money Mark and Sudanese-pop artist Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab). In March, the four of them convened in Brooklyn to record under the project name Les Yper Sound, titled after Pierre Henry’s 1967 musique concrète EP. This studio-oriented team of multi-instrumentalists—who are all producers in their own right—digested Miles and Jas’s original basement demos and began improvising new works during sessions at Shahzad Ismaily’s new Figure 8 studio in Prospect Heights.

The process-based sessions were engineered and mixed by tUnE-yArDs mastermind Eli Crews and produced by Lily Wen. During these spring workshop days, the group built new songs from found objects such as a coins, pickups, a coffee maker, and a tape head stylus.

The group picked up and played whatever was lying around, found a groove together, and sometimes recorded only one take. Other times they looped a small caught moment and layered other elements on top of it. The field recorder and vocoder from a previous band session were put to good use, and the group stayed inspired thanks to donuts and Shane’s restaurant around the corner.

On November 4, Figure & Ground releases its sophomore album Explorations of Drums & Sax comprised of 14 original tracks by Les Yper Sound. The album pulls from the group’s eclectic influences and showcases the drums and sax surrounded by an array of acoustic and electronic sounds all rooted in rhythm and pop melodies.

“It’s all about finding that starting point,” says Jas, “and everything blossoms from there.”

As Miles puts it, “we would just start with an improvisational sound, do that for three minutes, build a song around it, and then maybe at the end of the whole thing, you can’t even hear that first thing anymore but it’s a part of everything else that happened around it. When you play a rhythm on a cool-sounding prepared piano, you don’t know what genre you’re in. Maybe it will become a Brazilian jam or maybe it’ll become a soulful groove—and all that happened in the studio. You’re letting the sound of something dictate and inspire you.”

Money Mark, who studied with the early electronic instrument pioneers, revealed some of his ‘recording hacks’ and found the musical in non-traditional objects. Miles recalls: “We went out to lunch and Money Mark was missing somewhere, and he comes back with two TV speakers and says: ‘We could just plug these into an amp and hit them with your fingers—one’s a little broken but maybe it could be the snare,’ and that’s is exactly what happened. We come back from lunch, plug them into a bass amp, and sure enough it’s perfect.” Listen & find out more here. Available from 04.11.2016

Various – Peace Chant Vol.1 – LP1 (LP+MP3)
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Peace Chant Vol.1 – LP1 (LP+MP3)

Image: 1604420 From 1963 to 2014: “Peace Chant – raw deep and spiritual jazz” exhibits 51 years of music. A well matched anthology with sounds to dive into, hard rhythms to dance to and vocals to meditate on.

The Tramp Records crew has compiled 9 tracks in nice order and dramaturgy. Some tunes you might have never heard before unless you own one of the rare original vintage vinyl records. Peace Chant is released on two separate LPs with own catalogue numbers and on one CD. Some songs I can’t get out of my mind:

The previously unreleased “Don’t Give Up Your Smile Today” is opening the compilation. It’s from Das Goldene Zeitalter, a band that didn’t survive – but whose members had a huge influence on German jazz, soul, afrobeat and funk within the last years merging into groups like The Poets of Rhythm, The Whitefiled Bros., and The Malcouns. Boris Geiger aka. Bo Baral sings a Pharoah Sanders like tune, his voice deeply resonating, the rhythm section heavily grooving.

After the first three woolly recorded tracks Walt Bolen’s “Peace Chant” with its dry and funky sounds with flute, two guitars and percussion is quite a pleasure to listen to. Organ and voice are Bolen’s who used to play the keys in San Fernando Valley church when he was a child. “Peace Chant” was recorded for his own Ar-Que label in 1972 and is one of the few cuts with him as a leader. He has played sessions and clubs for years and today he is sitting at the church organ again.

This publication’s oldest recording dates back to 1963: “Mozambique” by Luna Brothers Trio, a Caribbean and hypnotic instrumental. For my jazz trained ears it is rather unusual that the güiro (the gherkin played with a stick) is being played throughout the entire song. Heavily laid back cowbell, concas and timbales and the slightly detuned piano are wonderful! “Mozambique” sounds like from another star but its origin is Los Angeles, where the brothers Fred and Ricardo Luna had their night club band. You could imagine a bast skirt strip and at the same time the great Raumpatrouille (Space Patrol) landing on German B&W TV screens in 1966.

Hozan Yamamoto recorded crime jazz with the Japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi. He belonged to Tony Scotts “Music for Zen Meditation” in 1964, played with Ravi Shankar, avant-garde jazz bassist Gary Peacock and appeared at Donaueschingen Festival for contemporary music. Tokio university’s open minded lecturer recorded the funky and modal “Spotlight on Sapporo” in 1972.

Martin Bürkl, Basement Jazz Radio Show, Munich

Key selling points:
– most of the songs appear on CD/digital for the very first-time
– the vinyl LPs come with a full album download code
– 8-page CD-booklet and vinyl LP contain detailed liner notes

Tracklisting
1. Das Goldene Zeitalter – Don’t Give Up Your Smile Today
2. Nu Art Quartet – Black Bandit
3. John Tinsey – Freedom Excelsior
4. Obie Jessie Quartet – Black King
5. Walt Bolen – Peace Chant
6. Genghis Kyle – Bakit Ba
7. Luna Brothers Trio – Mozambique
8. Hozan Yamamoto – Spotlight On Sapporo
9. The Milestones – Funk
Available from 08.07.2016

Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi (2LP+CD)
Friday, April 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi (2LP+CD)

Through his work as producer, composer, arranger and consummate session man, New Orleans native Allen Toussaint has truly earned living-legend status. He’s collaborated on landmark recordings for such artists as Ernie K. Doe, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, the…

Dinosaur L – Go Bang
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dinosaur L – Go Bang

Image: 1603222 GO BANG! #5 Time: 7:35 / SIDE B GO BANG! (Unreleased Mix) Time: 12:28 /
“I’d do anything to get the chance to go back / I wanna go bang!” / “I wanna see all my friends at once!” / “I wanna go Bang!”
Released on Dinosaur L’s 1981 album 24-24 Music, Go Bang! quickly became a favorite at David Mancuso’s Loft and Larry Levan’s
Paradise Garage. However the original mix on the LP did not fare as well with other Disc Jockeys, who found it too complex for
the dance floor. As the album sales began to slow down, Will Socolov and Arthur enlisted François Kevorkian to remix the track
for the 12-inch release. Dissatisfied with the initial mix, on the grounds that “The multitrack was an absolute, utter, and total
mess,”, Kevorkian completed the mix on borrowed time at Right Track Studios, turning in what would become one of the most
celebrated remixes of the era. Connecting the dots in Arthur Russell’s wild web of sounds, and freeform experimentation, the
result of Francois K.’s mix is a dubbed out version that organized the ideas for an ultimate dancing experience. One can only
imagine what this would have sound on a Richard Long system.
And then there was the unreleased mix by Walter Gibbons. Remembered for “being obsessed with the nuances of musical texture
and notes that Russell was the only other person who liked to analyse sound in such microscopic detail. Gibbons remixed ‘Go
Bang! during scrambled together hours at Blank Tapes and, although the taut, stretched out result lacked the dramatic dynamism
of Kevorkian’s tighter earlier remix, his epic version retained the freestyle spirit of the original sessions”. Available from 29.04.2016

Senegal 70 – sonic gems & previously unreleased recordings from the 70’s
Monday, November 30th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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Four years in the making, in partnership with Teranga beat the current leading label for Senegalese music, Analog Africa proudly offer an insight into the musical adventures that were taking place in the major Senegalese cities during the 60s and 70s. This compilation, reflects the unique fusions of Funk, Mbalax, Cuban Son and Mandigue guitar […]

Various – Senegal 70 (2LP Gatefold)
Friday, October 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Senegal 70 (2LP Gatefold)

Image: 1600066 4 years in the making, in partnership with Teranga beat the current leading label for Senegalese music, Analog Africa proudly offer an insight into the musical adventures that were taking place in the major Senegalese cities during the 60s and 70s. This compilation, reflects the unique fusions of Funk, Mbalax, Cuban Son and Mandigue guitar sounds that transformed Dakar into West Africa´s most vibrant city.

It all started in 2009 when Adamantios Kafetzis travelled from Greece to Senegal with a brand new tape machine that he used to digitise the musical treasures he had discovered in the city of Thiés. These treasures took the form of reel tapes, and had been recorded by sound engineer Moussa Diallo, who had spent the previous four decades immortalising, onto magnetic tape, the bands that would perform in his club, the legendary Sangomar.

300 Senegalese songs that nobody had ever heard before were discovered – five of them were selected for this compilation.

Thanks to its history of outside influences, Senegal – the western point of Africa – had become a musical melting pot.
Cuban and American sailors had brought Son Montuno from Cuba, Jazz from New Orleans and American soul tunes: sounds that were swiftly embraced and adopted by urban dance bands and intuitively merged with local music styles.

One band in particular excelled at this fusion. 1960 marks the formation of Star Band de Dakar, a milestone that left an
indelible imprint on Dakar’s musical landscape. Indeed, the whole country was soon grooving to their intoxicating mixture of Afro Cuban rhythms and Wolof-language lyrics.

The 1970s brought a new generation of stellar bands,
Le Sahel, Orchestre Laye Thiam, Number One de Dakar, Orchestra Baobab, Dieuf Dieul de Thies and Xalam1 who fused traditional Senegalese percussion instruments such Sabra, Tama and Bougarabou with organs and keyboards, giving birth to new hybrids. Merging the folkloric and the experimental, these sounds, embraced by the youth, took centre stage and gave the previously dominant Cuban music a run for its money.

With this burst of musical and artistic creativity, driven predominantly by the modern vision of President Senghor, Dakar
began attracting international stars. The Jackson Five, James Brown, Tabou Combo (Haiti), Celia Cruz (Cuba) and an array of African stars like Tabu Ley Rochereau (Congo), Manu Dibango (Cameroon) and Bembeya Jazz (Guinée) joined in with the local scene, improvising jam sessions and bringing new flavours to a music scene that was always open to new inspirations and influences. Johnny Pacheco immortalised his passion for the city with a song called “Dakar, Punto Final”.

The comprehensive booklet that comes with the CD – 44 pages and with the Double LP – 12 pages LP size – is a precious
document attesting to the decades of transformation that led to modern Senegalese music. Featuring biographies of music producers and a legendary record cover designer, as well as the life stories of all the groups represented here, the booklet also includes a fantastic selection of photos that have never seen before.

Stay tuned!

1. Mariama 4:35 7. El Carretero 5:22
2. Africa 6:51 8. Kiko Medina 4:40
3. Thiely 4:59 9. Kokorico 6:47
4. Bour Siné 3:47 10. Ndiourel 5:17
5. Viva Marvillas 5:34 11. Ma Penda 5:18
6. Massani Cissé 5:48 12. Sanga Té 5:43
Available from 11.03.2016

The Milk
Monday, October 12th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Sometimes it takes a few bumps to find the right direction; often it involves experience, guts and self-belief to trust yourself and venture from one to find another. The Milk are a band that believe with utter conviction that they’ve now found their way. Fuelled by a rediscovery of the music and artists that originally […]

Seth Troxler – DJ-Kicks
Friday, September 4th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Seth Troxler – DJ-Kicks

Image: 1598885 Last DJ-KiCKS of the year and its a banger from our man Seth Troxler.

CD TRACKLISTING
01. Niki Nakazawa – Would It Be
02. Herbert – Suddenly (Phil Parnell’s Pianissimo Play Through)
03. DJ Koze – Bodenweich
04. Cobblestone Jazz – Northern Lights
05. Wolfgang Haffner – Melodia Del Viento (Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer Meloopdia Remix)
06. Troxler & Trago present The Greatest Entertainment Show On Earth: T&T Music Factory – De Natte Cel (DJ-Kicks)
07. Hauke Freer – XK
08. Butch – Dope
09. Session Victim – Stick Together
10. Club Artists United – Sweet Chariot (Kerri “Kaoz 6:23” Chandler Dramatic Dub)
11. Jasper Street Company – Reach (Basement Sessions Main Vocal Mix)
12. K-Alexi Shelby – Sex-N-R-001
13. Mood II Swing feat. John Ciafone – Ohh
14. Derrick L. Carter – Dreaming Again
15. Byron Stingily – Why Can’t You Be Real (Danny’s 12″ Mix)
16. Vanessa McMillian – Stay With Me
17. Dean Street Crew ft. Sweet Pussy Pauline – The Credit Card (Original Tribe Mix)
18. Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Research Arkestra – Enlightenment

“For my DJ Kicks mix I wanted to do something that was honest,’ explains Troxler. ‘I went out in the morning, micro-dosed myself and did all these errands around town. Then I came home at night and did the mix one take. I wanted to curate something for people to easily listen to, that was nice, and funny and got you in the mood to do your homework, or drive that hour long trip when you need to go somewhere. I see this mix as a gay man named Rodney. Or a big black woman named Birtha.” Once in a generation an artist comes along that shakes up the status quo. Over the past decade, Seth Troxler has become a visionary and authentic voice in dance music, his jovial personality cutting through the noise and continually playing by his own rules. Growing up between Detroit and Chicago, his musical education carries enviable credentials, with
his step dad a local radio personality who championed the early sounds of house music.

FOR FANS OF
Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Tom Trago, DJ Koze, Session Victim, Derrick Carter, Tale of Us

KEY POINTS
• Includes the exclusive track T&T Music Factory ‘De
Natte Cel’ produced by Seth Troxler & Tom Trago
• Amsterdam Dance Event party on release day

Available from 16.10.2015

Various – Rastafari – The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Rastafari – The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83

Image: 1598242 Soul Jazz Records’ new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian faith.

Featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, containing exclusive photography and extensive historical and contextual sleevenotes.

At the source of the music of Rastafari is the figurehead master drummer and leader Count Ossie, who first brought the deeply spiritual nyabinghi and burro rhythms, heard and played at sacred Rastafarian grounation (reasoning) sessions, into popular Jamaican music through his many collaborations and performances with artists – from The Skatalites to The Folks Brothers – and producers, including Clement Dodd, Prince Buster and Harry Mudie.

At the start of the 1970s Count Ossie formed the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari with saxophonist Cedric Brooks, which immediately became the most significant group of the Rastafari faith, bringing together authentic rastanyabinghi drumming together with spiritual and avant-garde jazz influences of Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and Albert Ayler into a truly unique and groundbreaking sound.

From the earliest proto-rasta beginnings on vinyl, Lord Lebby’s 1955 mento recording ‘Etheopia’, through to the raw, afro-jazz roots sounds of Count Ossie to the deep and heavy roots reggae of the 1970s (Johnny Clarke, Earth & Sound, Roy Ashanti of the Congos and others), this album covers nearly 30 years of revolutionary music.

Deluxe limited-edition heavyweight gatefold-vinyl edition + free download code (with full sleeve notes etc.).

Available from 14.08.2015

Akua Naru
Monday, June 22nd, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Having begun writing and performing rhymes as a young girl, the New Haven, CT (USA) born Akua Naru, began crafting in her early years what would later reveal to be a great talent for profound lyricism and extraordinary musical performances. Known as a traveler, as chronicled throughout her Jan. 2011 debut release, The Journey Aflame, […]

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