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Cymande – Cymande
Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Cymande – Cymande

Image: 1616391 Hailing from Britain, with origins in Guyana,
Jamaica, and St. Vincent, critics and historians
agree that the world simply wasn’t ready for
Cymande. Formed in 1971, the band would
become renowned for their progressive, and
complex brand of funk music, which fused
elements of calypso, jazz, R&B, African music,
and British glam rock. Despite touring with Al
Green, performing at venues like The Apollo and
Soul Train, and having a Billboard R&B hit,
Cymande languished in obscurity before
disbanding in 1974, only to develop a widespread
cult following over the years, and become a
treasure trove for crate diggers and beatsmiths.
Cymande’s legacy began with the release of their
self-titled album in 1972. In equal measure, the
band’s debut emnated with funky grooves,
spiritual euphoria, stirring world arrangements,
and tightly executed rhythms. Cymande would
render dancefloor hits of tracks like “Bra” and
“The Message”, which reached #20 on the
Billboard R&B charts, and help the album develop
a new legacy of innovation, decades after its
release. Tracks from the album have appeared in
tracks by De La Soul, MF Doom, and The
Fugees, as well as in soundtracks in TV and film,
from Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, to modern programs
liks Fargo and Mr. Robot.

A1. Zion I
A2. One More
A3. Getting It Back
A4. Listen
A5. Rickshaw
B1. Dove
B2. Bra
B3. The Message
B4. Ras Tafarian Folk Song Available from 24.11.2017

Weldon Irvine – Spirit Man
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Weldon Irvine – Spirit Man

Image: 1612096 During the 1970s, innovative musicians redefined the sound of Jazz,
Funk, and Soul music, digging deeper than ever before to unearth
powerful new sonic textures. One such pioneer was keyboardist
Weldon Irvine, a Jazz-Funk luminary who released some of the most
revered recordings of the era. Irvine’s 1975 album “Spirit Man” is a
true masterpiece, full of infectious grooves and otherworldly electronic
elements. Entirely composed, arranged, conducted, and produced by
Irvine himself, the album remains a potent artistic statement, both deeply
spiritual and intensely funky. Crate diggers may recognize the opening
track “We Gettin’ Down”, which was sampled by A Tribe Called Quest for
their classic single “Award Tour”. Now, “Spirit Man” is back in print on
limited-edition vinyl, complete with updated artwork. Order this official
deluxe reissue now

• Classic rare album, highly sought-after by collectors
• Official reissue with updated artwork, created using exclusive rare photos from the original album cover shoot
• Contains the classic track “We Gettin’ Down,” famously sampled by A Tribe Called Quest for “Award Tour”

1. We Gettin’ Down
2. Softly
3. Pogo Stick
4. Blast Off
5. Jungle Juice
6. Yasmin
7. The Power and the Glory
8. Softly Available from 27.10.2017

The Soul Session – Two
Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Soul Session – Two

Image: 1610946 Agogo Records present the second edition of The Soul Session.

CD
01. Quantraversa feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow
02. Sun Shines Softly feat. Anaj
03. The Passage feat. Tokunbo
04. Live Your Life feat. Anaj
05. Wish The Beat To Never Stop feat. Omar
Kalimba Suite
06. Kalimba
07. Steely Dan
08. Transformation
Liberation Suite
09. Got To Go Where To Go feat. Anaj
10. Samba De Alfama feat. Anaj
11. Liberation feat. Anaj
12. You Are Everything feat. Krishnamurti
13. Never Let Me Go feat. Fatma Tazegül

Love makes the world go around. “two”, the second album by The Soul Session, is
full of love. Ralph Kiefer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer
from South Germany embarks on a stylistically diverse journey into Soul, Jazz,
Funk and World Music.
Being a highly respected session musician in the jazz as well as the crossover
scene, Kiefer made a serious impact in 2011 with “one”, the first Soul Session
album. “one” was built on a solid backbeat of Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, while “two”
now takes a step further into a spiritual and eclectic dimension. “Quantraversa”
featuring the voice of Las Vegas based neo-soul queen Georgia Anne Muldrow is
the mind- blowing opener of this album, a truly deep and intense rhythmic
statement. Quantraversa is a word which you will not find in any dictionary, but
that is not the point, says Ralph Kiefer. “This album is a journey to the inner self.
The recording process was like meditation. I often started with a loop, or an idea
for a melody. It evolved from there and I simply let it happen. When I involved the
lyricists and vocalists, my drafts sometimes took a completely different paths and
ended in something unexpected and beautifully new.”
“The Passage” is a prime example of Ralph Kiefer’s visionary working style. “I
mainly work with my mobile studio. Nowadays you can virtually record every
instrument in any place you like, you just need a good microphone. Some of my
guest vocalists also recorded their part in their own studio.” This way Tokunbo
Akinro, the voice of Tok Tok Tok, turned “The Passage” into a futuristic, haunting
soul tune. “Live Your Life”, introducing Anaj, works nicely as a kind of theme tune
for “two”. Here you have a lose groove which is tight at the same time, keeps in
control and simultaneously lets it loose. And then there’s “Wish The Beat To
Never Stop”. Ralph Kiefer is especially happy about this track. “I am a fan of Omar
since his first album on Talkin’ Loud, I am very proud that he contributed to my
album.” With his unique UK Soul stylings Omar fits perfectly to the brilliantly
understated and well-informed Soul Session sound.
It’s the two suites which are central to “two”. “Kalimba Suite” kicks off with a
stripped down piano, percussion and Kalimba session. Then “Steely Dan” gives it
away in its title, sounds like it will move straight into “Do It Again”, but then it does
not and turns into a funky Soul Session style instrumental jam. “Transformation” is
the perfect ending for “Kalimba Suite”, sticking with the Rhodes, bringing in more
synthesizers and getting quite cosmic. “Liberation Suite” has Anaj coming in
again. “Got To Go Where To Go” is pure bliss and funky fun. “Samba De Alfana”
is a spiritual and deep Brazilian, irresistible jazz-house dance floor mover. With a
motto like “Liberation for the nation” and a vocoder meeting a Caribbean style
“Funky Nassau” groove you will agree: “Open up your mind!”
“You Are Everything” uses a Horace Silver style piano motif, then adding the
sampled voice of philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti: “His philosophy is very central to
my creative process. In the troubled times we live in I think his message is more
relevant than ever. Without self-knowledge there is no basis for peaceful thought
and action.” Fatma Tazegül closes the album in taking “Never Let Me Go” to
another level with her soulful gospel voice. Think of the open mindedness and
global funk and fusion rhythm in the Seventies, but also of the Acid Jazz
movement during the Nineties and you get the picture of what “two” is about love,
peace, being true to yourself and getting involved.

Available from 22.09.2017

The Soul Session – Two (Gatefold 2LP+MP3)
Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Soul Session – Two (Gatefold 2LP+MP3)

Image: 1610945 Agogo Records present the second edition of The Soul Session.

2LP
A1. Quantraversa feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow
A2. I Sun Shines Softly feat. Anaj
A3. The Passage feat. Tokunbo
B1. Wish The Beat To Never Stop feat. Omar
B2. Never Let Me Go feat. Fatma Tazegül
B3. Live Your Life feat. Anaj
C1. Kalimba
C2. Steely Dan
C3. Transformation
D1. Got To Go Where To Go feat. Anaj
D2. Samba De Alfama feat. Anaj
D3. Liberation feat. Anaj

Love makes the world go around. “two”, the second album by The Soul Session, is
full of love. Ralph Kiefer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer
from South Germany embarks on a stylistically diverse journey into Soul, Jazz,
Funk and World Music.
Being a highly respected session musician in the jazz as well as the crossover
scene, Kiefer made a serious impact in 2011 with “one”, the first Soul Session
album. “one” was built on a solid backbeat of Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, while “two”
now takes a step further into a spiritual and eclectic dimension. “Quantraversa”
featuring the voice of Las Vegas based neo-soul queen Georgia Anne Muldrow is
the mind- blowing opener of this album, a truly deep and intense rhythmic
statement. Quantraversa is a word which you will not find in any dictionary, but
that is not the point, says Ralph Kiefer. “This album is a journey to the inner self.
The recording process was like meditation. I often started with a loop, or an idea
for a melody. It evolved from there and I simply let it happen. When I involved the
lyricists and vocalists, my drafts sometimes took a completely different paths and
ended in something unexpected and beautifully new.”
“The Passage” is a prime example of Ralph Kiefer’s visionary working style. “I
mainly work with my mobile studio. Nowadays you can virtually record every
instrument in any place you like, you just need a good microphone. Some of my
guest vocalists also recorded their part in their own studio.” This way Tokunbo
Akinro, the voice of Tok Tok Tok, turned “The Passage” into a futuristic, haunting
soul tune. “Live Your Life”, introducing Anaj, works nicely as a kind of theme tune
for “two”. Here you have a lose groove which is tight at the same time, keeps in
control and simultaneously lets it loose. And then there’s “Wish The Beat To
Never Stop”. Ralph Kiefer is especially happy about this track. “I am a fan of Omar
since his first album on Talkin’ Loud, I am very proud that he contributed to my
album.” With his unique UK Soul stylings Omar fits perfectly to the brilliantly
understated and well-informed Soul Session sound.
It’s the two suites which are central to “two”. “Kalimba Suite” kicks off with a
stripped down piano, percussion and Kalimba session. Then “Steely Dan” gives it
away in its title, sounds like it will move straight into “Do It Again”, but then it does
not and turns into a funky Soul Session style instrumental jam. “Transformation” is
the perfect ending for “Kalimba Suite”, sticking with the Rhodes, bringing in more
synthesizers and getting quite cosmic. “Liberation Suite” has Anaj coming in
again. “Got To Go Where To Go” is pure bliss and funky fun. “Samba De Alfana”
is a spiritual and deep Brazilian, irresistible jazz-house dance floor mover. With a
motto like “Liberation for the nation” and a vocoder meeting a Caribbean style
“Funky Nassau” groove you will agree: “Open up your mind!”
“You Are Everything” uses a Horace Silver style piano motif, then adding the
sampled voice of philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti: “His philosophy is very central to
my creative process. In the troubled times we live in I think his message is more
relevant than ever. Without self-knowledge there is no basis for peaceful thought
and action.” Fatma Tazegül closes the album in taking “Never Let Me Go” to
another level with her soulful gospel voice. Think of the open mindedness and
global funk and fusion rhythm in the Seventies, but also of the Acid Jazz
movement during the Nineties and you get the picture of what “two” is about love,
peace, being true to yourself and getting involved.

Available from 22.09.2017

Various – Inner Peace (Rare Spiritual Funk & Jazz Gems)
Friday, June 30th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Inner Peace (Rare Spiritual Funk & Jazz Gems)

Image: 1609761 WEWANTSOUNDS are back with a superb selection of Spiritual Jazz and Funk grooves from legendary Producer BOB SHAD’s Mainstream Records catalogue. Many sought-after tracks here have never been reissued and will delight all the crate diggers worldwide.

Bob Shad was one of the greatest music producers of the 20th century, having worked with all the music giants you can think of, from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to Sarah Vaughan, Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Platters and Janis Joplin to name just a few. “Bobby Shad was a legend in our family” says his grandson Judd Apatow who, together with his sister Mia, still looks after Shad’s back catalogue, Mainstream Records.
Like his peers, jazz producers Creed Taylor and Bob Thiele, Shad went independent in the 60s and by the early 70s, he was producing a string of superb albums mixing Spiritual Jazz with Funk and Soul. These albums are now being rediscovered by new generation of Soul and Jazz lovers hooked on the music of Kamasi Washington and Shabaka Hutchings.
Recorded between 1971 and 73,  the Fender-Rhodes-drenched tracks on INNER PEACE showcase Shad’s unique Deep Jazz sound. They feature such revered musicians as Harold Land, Roy Haynes and Frank Foster, together with a younger generation of talented musicians led by Buddy Terry, Dave Hubbard and LaMont Johnson.
Here they are accompanied by the cream of 70s jazz session musicians including Bernard Purdie, Buster Williams, Eddie Henderson, Mtume, Stanley Clarke, and Cecil Bridgewater.
The Mainstream catalogue has been sampled by a long list of revered DJs and Hip Hop producers over the years. Roy Haynes’ ‘Senyah’ was sampled by De La Soul on ‘Pony Ride’ and Shelly Manne’s short outro, ‘Infinity’ forms the unmissable backbone of Jeru The Damaja’s all-time Hip Hop classic, ‘Come Clean’. A fitting tribute to the supreme sound of producer Bob Shad.
Wewantsounds will start a reissue program of original Mainstream albums with bonus material and rare photos from the vaults. Look out for more

“Bob Shad’s Master Sound” Okayplayer
“A Legendary Producer” Mojo UK
“Visionary” Liberation FR

TRACKLIST LP
S1
1 Harold Land – In The Back, In The Corner, In The Dark 1972
2 Roy Haynes – Senyah 1972
3 Charles Williams – Iron Jaws 1972
S2
1 Buddy Terry – Inner Peace 1973
2 Hadley Caliman – Cigar Eddie 1971
S3
1 Frank Foster – Requiem for a Dusty 1972
2 Pete Yellin – Mebakush 1972
S4
1 Dave Hubbard – B.C. 1971
2 Sonny Red Love Song 1971
3 LaMont Johnson- Libra’s Longing 1972
4 Shelly Manne – Inifinity 1972 Available from 23.06.2017

Various – Inner Peace (Rare Spiritual Funk & Jazz Gems)
Friday, April 28th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Inner Peace (Rare Spiritual Funk & Jazz Gems)

Image: 1609760 Wewantsounds ist zurück mit “Inner Peace”, einer weiteren Compilation von seltenem Spiritual Jazz und Funk, handverlesen aus dem Katalog von Mainstream Records des legendären Produzenten Bob Shad. In Zusammenarbeit mit Mia und Judd Apatow (Shads Großenkel) entstand die Compilation für das Wewantsounds Label unter Leitung von Matt Robin, einem begeisterten Sammler des Labels, der zuvor das Jazzactiel BYG Boxset mit Thurston Moore betreute. Viele der Tracks sind absolute Kult-Klassiker, auch in Hip Hop-Kreisen wohl bekannt als Samplefutter für Künslter wie De La Soul, Jeru The Damaja und andere. Available from 09.06.2017

BB Boogie – Standing On The Wall
Friday, April 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on BB Boogie – Standing On The Wall

Image: 1609778 Original Bugz In The Attic member Daz-I-Kue delivers the debut album under his Disco, Boogie and Soul moniker BB Boogie.

TRACKLIST
1. Sweating And Shaking (On The Dance Floor) feat. Monica Blaire
2. Wanna Be With You feat. Maleke O’Ney
3. We Can Do It feat. Vanessa Freeman
4. Standing On The Wall feat. Kevin Bryant
5. In The Middle feat. Joy Jones
6. Let Love Grow feat. Rasiyah
7. Liquid Motion / Nakayo (vinyl only)
8. Opposition feat. Greg Blackman
9. Rayanne (AKA Another ATL Jam Session) feat. Grant Green Jr. & Marty Kearns
10. Tonight We’re Gonna feat. Leroy Burgess (BB Boogie Remix)
11. Stay Woke feat. DNS

Original Bugz In The Attic member Daz-I-Kue delivers the debut album under his Disco, Boogie and Soul moniker BB Boogie. Having played his part in defning West London’s Broken Beat scene, producing and engineering many seminal tracks in the genre, London born Daz relocated to Atlanta, absorbing the local music scene and working with some of the many talents available to him. The in?uence of the two cities are re?ected in this double vinyl release, fusing London’s sound system aesthetic with Atlanta’s rich heritage in soul, funk and disco.
“Standing On The Wall” features an incredible array of vocalists and musicians including Vanessa Freeman, Monica Blaire, Joy Jones, Grant Green Jr. and the legendary Leroy Burgess, channeling the spirit of the late 70’s and early 80’s sounds of Unlimited Touch, Chic, Rod Temperton, Roy Ayers and Cameo for a new generation.

www.r2records.com
www.soundcloud.com/r2records Available from 02.06.2017

Alice Coltrane – World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music
Friday, March 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alice Coltrane – World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music

Image: 1609293 Luaka Bop present the stunning collection of Alice Coltrane’s private press ashram recordings , World Spirituality Classics 1:The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda.

Tracklist:

1. Om Rama – 9:39
2. Om Shanti – 6:52
3. Rama Rama – 7:35
4. Rama Guru – 5:52
5. Hari Narayan – 4:38
6. Journey in Satchidananda – 10:53
7. Er Ra – 5:00
8. Keshava Murahara – 9:43
9. Krishna Japaye* – 5:31
10. Rama Katha* – 11:40

*Vinyl Only
https://soundcloud.com/luakabop/om-shanti

Double LP with 2 booklets, lyrics, and download card

As some of you may know, Alice Coltrane was a legendary pianist, composer, spiritual leader, and the wife of John Coltrane, the most venerated and in?uential saxophonist in the history of jazz. In 1967, four years after meeting John, he died of liver cancer, leaving Alice a widow with four small children. Bereft of her soul mate, Alice su?ered sleepless nights and severe weight loss. At her worst, she weighed only 95 pounds. She had hallucinations in which trees spoke, various beings existed on astral planes, and the sounds of “a planetary ether” spun through her brain, knocking her into a frightening unconsciousness.
The critical event of this period was not that Alice fell into the nadir of her existence, but rather that she experienced tapas, a vital period of trial. These tapas (a Sanskrit term she used to describe her su?ering) helped prepare Alice for the spiritual ally she found in Swami Satchidananda, an Indian guru, with whom Alice made her frst trip to India. On her second trip there, Alice had a revelation instructing her to abandon the secular life and become a spiritual teacher in the Hindu tradition – so she moved out West – eventually opening the Shanti Anantam Ashram on 47 acres she’d bought in Agoura Hills, California.
Music was the foundation of Alice’s spiritual practice. From the mid 1980’s to mid 1990’s, Alice Coltrane self-released four brilliant cassette albums. These cassettes contained a music she invented, inspired by the gospel music of the Detroit churches she grew up in, mixed together with the Indian devotional music of her religious practice, and even fnds Alice singing for the frst time in her recorded catalog. Originally only made available through her ashram, they are her most obscure body of work and possibly the greatest
re?ection of her soul.

www.luaKaBop.com
www.alicecoltrane.com

“i’m a big fan and this stuff is blowing my mind.” -devonte hynes
“Brilliant! this is a wonderful project! listening to this release now and thinking about all her other albums really brings it home how incredible her catalogue of work is. wow.” -Kieran hebden (four tet)
“woohoo!!!” -merrill garbus (tune-yards)
“that’s awesome that this music is getting a proper release so the latter part of her story is told… thanK you for releasing this awesome music and spreading the word about alice’s music to the people!” -dan snaith (caribou) Available from 05.05.2017

Wewantsounds pres. “Feeling Good – Funk, Soul & Deep Jazz Gems”: The supreme sound of producer Bob Shad
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Wewantsounds is back with Feeling Good, a compilation of rare Spiritual Jazz and Funk frooves culled from legendary Producer Bob Shad’s Mainstream Records. The compilation features insightful sleevenotes by Judd Apatow, Bob Shad’s grandson and was supervised by Matt Robin (producer of theJazzactuel BYG boxset with Thurston Moore). Alice Clark’s cult classic “Never Did I […]

Soul Clap – Soul Clap
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Soul Clap – Soul Clap

Image: 1605930 Crew Love present the brand new self titled album from Soul Clap.

Tracklist
1. The Hourchild Introduces
2. Future 4 Love ft. Nick Monaco & Billy “Bass” Nelson
3. Synthesizer Girlfriend ft. Ntem & HazMat Talkbox
4. F#@k Sorrow
5. Shine (This Is It) ft. Nona Hendryx
6. Numb ft. Ebony Houston
7. Dirty Leslie ft. Wolf + Lamb
8. Elevation ft. Dayonne Rollins, Ricky Tan & Freeky Neek
9. Timespent ft Phill Celeste
10. B.O.G.
11. Funk Bomb ft. Billy “Bass” Nelson

The spirit of the album was born during their first trip to Tallahassee, Florida to meet George
Clinton, which resulted in a collaborative 2015 EP that also featured Sly Stone, as well as
production on Funkadelic’s 2015 critically acclaimed album. For their own album Soul Clap
returned to Tallahassee to record at Clinton’s What? Studios, collaborating with fresh local
talent, working day and night in P-Funk’s creative space. Between there, Miami, Red Bull
Studios Manhattan, Midnight Magic’s studio in Greenpoint and Charlie Levine’s Rad Pad in
Williamsburg, this body of music took shape.
In ‘Soul Clap’ we can hear four years of maturing technique since their first album, carefully
crafted and supported by a whole community of musical talent. In the words of Charles Levine,
one half of the duo, “it digs deep into our funky souls and turns our wildest dreams into sound.
If ‘EFUNK’ [their first album] was an attempt to create a blueprint using our past inspirations,
then “Soul Clap” is the beautiful skyscraper, standing tall as it looks to the future.”
This is music from an eclectic universe, where creativity and mystery are the guides. Lead
single ‘Shine’ is an anthemic wonder featuring the legendary Nona Hendryx, founding member
of the group Labelle, and collaborator with George Clinton & P-Funk, Talking Heads and Peter
Gabriel to name a few. ‘Elevation’ and ‘Numb’ feature Tallahassee locals Ebony Houston, Ricky
Tan, Dayonne Rollins and Freeky Neek, while original member of Funkadelic, Billy “Bass”
Nelson brings his low-slung flavor to ‘Funk Bomb’ and ‘Future4Love’. Members of Soul Clap’s
core Crew Love family, Wolf + Lamb, Nick Monaco and Greg Paulus of No Regular Play also
play integral roles on this eleven track album, a truly collaborative endeavor that echoes its
message through the soul.
Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine have a rare and insightful take on electronic music that
breaks through the limitations that often cages others and as DJs they have held residencies
everywhere from Circo Loco at DC10 Ibiza, to Output in New York. “Long ago our mentor Caril
Mitro from Vinyl Connection [a record store in their hometown of Boston] taught us that
“House wears many hats”. That means that the music that we love so much comes in many
shapes and sizes,’ explains Goldstein. ‘We are children of the 80’s and 90’s so funk and hip
hop were our early influences, but discovering the rave and being led into house and disco,
these genres feel very organic and homegrown to us. We carry these influences in our
attitudes and beings. Music has the incredible power to shape a personality and it has molded
us into the artists we have become.”
Starting out cutting their teeth in the 90’s Boston rave scene, they soon found fame through a
series of house edits and became household names through notable releases, including a DJ
Kicks alongside close allies Wolf + Lamb and their electric first album called EFUNK. The title,
which stands for Everybody’s Freaky Under Nature’s Kingdom, and sounds like modern
electronic funk, became their calling card, and led to their collaboration with George Clinton
and honorary entry into the P-Funk family. EFUNK is a bridge between the discerning futurism
of underground dance and the charisma and boldness of funk and pop culture. For Charlie funk
is his foundation, for Eli it’s jazz, and as their infamous Yoyoyo 90’s Jam parties testified
(playing only classics from the era), they have the ability to transform and lead in more than
one movement.
“Back in the day at the Warehouse in Chicago with Frankie Knuckles or The Paradise Garage
with Larry Levan there was no one sound that dominated musically. It was all about diversity
and eclecticism. This was the ethos then and it is a very large philosophy behind us
individually and as Soul Clap. In fact it is diversity in sound that initially brought us together
back in the 90’s and it is the yin-yang nature of us today that pushes us forward into the
FUTURE!” Available from 14.10.2016

Carl Davis & The Chi-Sound Orchestra – Windy City Theme / Show Me The Way To Love
Saturday, April 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Carl Davis & The Chi-Sound Orchestra – Windy City Theme / Show Me The Way To Love

The true definition of a “rare-groove”, “Windy City Theme” is a triumphant, funky paean to the spiritual home of the Blues, Jazz and House music. Often closely guarded by the rare record cognoscenti this scarce 45 on the Chi Sounds label was originall…

Foster Jackson Group – Feel The Spirit
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Foster Jackson Group – Feel The Spirit

Image: 1603220 Another extremely rare underground record coming out of the P&P camp. This highly sought after 12”
originally released on Lonnie Records is an absolute gem combining Jazz, Funk and Disco. Although there
is little to nothing known about the Foster Jackson Group, Feel The Spirit was Mixed by Tim Benedict, who
was a recording engineer at Sound Palace Studios in NYC where he assisted greats like Patrick Adams (on
a variety of projects), and Jazz-Funk legend Bob James. With that in mind, it’s no wander this track is one
that appeals to both the Jazz Funk/rare groove fans and Disco heads alike. An Incredible uptempo mover
loaded with a jazzy organ, horns, congas, and funky breakdowns Feel the Spirit goes far beyond the body,
it’s all about the soul!

Side A Time
Long Disco Version ……………………………….. 3:59
Side B Time
Disco Version …………………………………………. 3:52 Available from 15.04.2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklisting:

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

7″ single:

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

Hidden Jazz Quartett – Raw And Cooked
Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hidden Jazz Quartett – Raw And Cooked

Image: 1600048 Agogo Records present Raw And Cooked a reissue of the debut album from Hidden Jazz Quartett.

CD Tracklisting :
01. Luvlite feat. Bajka
02. High Heels feat. Omar
03. His Footlocker
04. Tap On The Backdoor feat. Greg Blackman
05. Soulosophy feat. Bajka
06. Kimberley Hotel feat. Anthony Joseph
07. Wälzer
08. Nardis
09. Lush Life feat. Tim Hollingsworth
10. Luvlite (Instrumental Version)
11. Luvlite feat. Bajka (Jon Kennedy Remix)
12. High Heels feat. Omar (Lack Of Afro Remix)

The debut album by the Hidden Jazz Quartett is bringing on something special. „Coming
with a strong flow, and continue to grow,“ Gang Starr said in „Jazz Thing“, and that’s
exactly what „Raw & Cooked“ is about. Here we have it: A group of fantastic players, a
strong idea of what the music should sound like and a sense of togetherness. „Raw &
Cooked“ is past, present and future combined.
„The idea of the Hidden Jazz Quartett came naturally,“ Ralf Zitzmann, mastermind of
production behind the eclectic sounds of the Hidden Jazz Quartett as well as head of
Agogo Records plus one of the most respected elder statesmen of the German club scene
says. „One night, while our Calamari Moon club in Hannover was cooking and the DJs were
spinning spicy jazz sounds I thought: It sounds so fresh and vibrant like there’s a jazz
quartet hidden somewhere behind the curtain!“ Said and done, Zitzmann took the phone
and rang Stephan Abel (Saxophones), Lutz “Hammond” Krajenski (Hammond, Keys),
Matthias “Maze” Meusel (drums) and Olaf Casimir (bass), all well travelled as well as well
known jazz musicians around the country and the Hidden Jazz Quartett was born. In comes
producer Christian Decker (Fury In The Slaughterhouse), a man with the necessary skills
and ears to create a boombastic jazz style.
„Raw & Cooked“ kicks off with the seductive „Luvlite“, a smooth modern R&B-meets-soul
tune enlightened by the voice of Bajka (Radio Citizen, Bonobo, Dalindeo). UK modern soul
legend Omar then digs deep with the ultra-cool „High Heels“, which has been out as a HJQ
vinyl 7inch release in 2012 and is sold out long since. After that it is time for the quartet to
swing. „The Footlocker“ is pure Camden Dingwalls Acid Jazz joy, like 1988 never
happened.
„Tap On The Backdoor“ sees Greg Blackman (Featurecast, Renegades Of Jazz) get on the
good foot with a straightforward soul mover before Bajka takes it back to nitty gritty with
„Soulsophy“. Enter Anthony Joseph, born in Trinidad and one of the major Afro-meets-
Poetry voices of our time. „Kimberley Hotel“ is a kind of Last Poets vs. Hustler’s Convention
excursion translated for our times. HJQ offer a well crafted, late Sixties, early Seventies
Blaxploitation sound before they go ‘Masterblaster’ jammin’ in “Nardis” and very European
in the mystical instrumental „Wälzer“, which actually was their first release in 2010 on a
limited edition 10“ vinyl.
Rounding up „Raw & Cooked“ is Tim Hollingsworth with an almost spoken word late night
jazz standard called „Lush Life“. This could well be the theme tune for the Hidden Jazz
Quartett, exemplified by the bonus versions of „Luvlite“ („Instrumental“ and the Jon
Kennedy remix). Lets not forget the Lack Of Afro version of „High Heels“, who delivers
electric Boogaloo fun galore. “This album is a like a dream come true,” Ralf Zitzmann
smiles. “With ‘Raw & Cooked’ nothing has been rushed. It is like with a good meal and a
great wine. You have to let things loose and have them find their own way.”
There is all you need in “Raw & Cooked”: expert musicianship, an honest message of
peace & love and a great spirit. Get on down with the Hidden Jazz Quartett.

The Band:
Stephan Abel – saxophones
Olaf Casimir – bass
Lutz Krajenski – hammond & keys
Maze Meusel – drums
Ulle Rode – guitar
Christian Decker – production
Ralf Zitzmann – production

Available from 29.01.2016

Hidden Jazz Quartett – Raw And Cooked (Gatefold + CD)
Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hidden Jazz Quartett – Raw And Cooked (Gatefold + CD)

Image: 1600049 Agogo Records present Raw And Cooked a reissue of the debut album from Hidden Jazz Quartett.

DLP Tracklisting :
A1. High Heels feat. Omar
A2. His Footlocker
A3. Tap On The Backdoor feat. Greg Blackman
B1. Kimberley Hotel feat. Anthony Joseph
B2. Soulosophy feat. Bajka
B3. Wälzer
C1. Luvlite feat. Bajka
C2. Nardis
C3. Lush Life feat. Tim Hollingsworth
D1. High Heels feat. Omar (Lack Of Afro Remix)
D2. Luvlite feat. Bajka (Jon Kennedy Remix)
D3. Luvlite (Instrumental Version)

CD Tracklisting :
01. Luvlite feat. Bajka
02. High Heels feat. Omar
03. His Footlocker
04. Tap On The Backdoor feat. Greg Blackman
05. Soulosophy feat. Bajka
06. Kimberley Hotel feat. Anthony Joseph
07. Wälzer
08. Nardis
09. Lush Life feat. Tim Hollingsworth
10. Luvlite (Instrumental Version)
11. Luvlite feat. Bajka (Jon Kennedy Remix)
12. High Heels feat. Omar (Lack Of Afro Remix)

The debut album by the Hidden Jazz Quartett is bringing on something special. „Coming
with a strong flow, and continue to grow,“ Gang Starr said in „Jazz Thing“, and that’s
exactly what „Raw & Cooked“ is about. Here we have it: A group of fantastic players, a
strong idea of what the music should sound like and a sense of togetherness. „Raw &
Cooked“ is past, present and future combined.
„The idea of the Hidden Jazz Quartett came naturally,“ Ralf Zitzmann, mastermind of
production behind the eclectic sounds of the Hidden Jazz Quartett as well as head of
Agogo Records plus one of the most respected elder statesmen of the German club scene
says. „One night, while our Calamari Moon club in Hannover was cooking and the DJs were
spinning spicy jazz sounds I thought: It sounds so fresh and vibrant like there’s a jazz
quartet hidden somewhere behind the curtain!“ Said and done, Zitzmann took the phone
and rang Stephan Abel (Saxophones), Lutz “Hammond” Krajenski (Hammond, Keys),
Matthias “Maze” Meusel (drums) and Olaf Casimir (bass), all well travelled as well as well
known jazz musicians around the country and the Hidden Jazz Quartett was born. In comes
producer Christian Decker (Fury In The Slaughterhouse), a man with the necessary skills
and ears to create a boombastic jazz style.
„Raw & Cooked“ kicks off with the seductive „Luvlite“, a smooth modern R&B-meets-soul
tune enlightened by the voice of Bajka (Radio Citizen, Bonobo, Dalindeo). UK modern soul
legend Omar then digs deep with the ultra-cool „High Heels“, which has been out as a HJQ
vinyl 7inch release in 2012 and is sold out long since. After that it is time for the quartet to
swing. „The Footlocker“ is pure Camden Dingwalls Acid Jazz joy, like 1988 never
happened.
„Tap On The Backdoor“ sees Greg Blackman (Featurecast, Renegades Of Jazz) get on the
good foot with a straightforward soul mover before Bajka takes it back to nitty gritty with
„Soulsophy“. Enter Anthony Joseph, born in Trinidad and one of the major Afro-meets-
Poetry voices of our time. „Kimberley Hotel“ is a kind of Last Poets vs. Hustler’s Convention
excursion translated for our times. HJQ offer a well crafted, late Sixties, early Seventies
Blaxploitation sound before they go ‘Masterblaster’ jammin’ in “Nardis” and very European
in the mystical instrumental „Wälzer“, which actually was their first release in 2010 on a
limited edition 10“ vinyl.
Rounding up „Raw & Cooked“ is Tim Hollingsworth with an almost spoken word late night
jazz standard called „Lush Life“. This could well be the theme tune for the Hidden Jazz
Quartett, exemplified by the bonus versions of „Luvlite“ („Instrumental“ and the Jon
Kennedy remix). Lets not forget the Lack Of Afro version of „High Heels“, who delivers
electric Boogaloo fun galore. “This album is a like a dream come true,” Ralf Zitzmann
smiles. “With ‘Raw & Cooked’ nothing has been rushed. It is like with a good meal and a
great wine. You have to let things loose and have them find their own way.”
There is all you need in “Raw & Cooked”: expert musicianship, an honest message of
peace & love and a great spirit. Get on down with the Hidden Jazz Quartett.

The Band:
Stephan Abel – saxophones
Olaf Casimir – bass
Lutz Krajenski – hammond & keys
Maze Meusel – drums
Ulle Rode – guitar
Christian Decker – production
Ralf Zitzmann – production

Available from 29.01.2016

Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Gilles Peterson Presents…To Those Of Earth
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Gilles Peterson Presents…To Those Of Earth

Image: 1599324 Strut follow up their hugely successful Marshall Allen-curated “In The Orbit Of Ra” compilation with a newly curated set from the immense 125 LP back catalogue of jazz maverick, DIY philosopher and self-professed member of an “angel race”, Sun Ra. ‘To Those Of Earth… And Other Worlds’ is a hand- picked selection from BBC 6 Music DJ Gilles Peterson.

Tracklisting
2LP
A1 Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Love In Outer Space (Vocal)
A2 Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – On Jupiter
A3 Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – Spontaneous Simplicity (Stereo Version)
A4 The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And The Arkestra – Dreaming
A5 Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – Black Sky And Blue Moon

B1 Sun Ra – Enlightenment
B2 The Sun Ra Arkestra – The World Of Africa
B3 Sun Ra And His Arkestra – They Plan To Leave
B4 Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Children Of The Sun

C1 Sun Ra And His Blue Universe Arkestra – Blackman
C2 Sun Ra And His Arkestra – India
C3 Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Mystery, Mr. Ra
C4 Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – The All Of Everything

D1 Sun Ra Quartet Featuring John Gilmore – When There Is No Sun
D2 Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra – Sleeping Beauty
D3 Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – We Travel The Spaceways

CD 1
1. Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – Calling Planet Earth
2. Sun Ra – Sun Song
3. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And The Arkestra – Dreaming
4. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – India
5. Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – Space Loneliness
6. Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Love In Outer Space (Vocal)
7. Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – Adventure-Equation
8. Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – Spontaneous Simplicity (Stereo Version)*
9. Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – Brazilian Sun
10. Sun Ra Quartet Featuring John Gilmore – When There Is No Sun
11. Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra – My Brother The Wind
12. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Mystery, Mr. Ra*
13. Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – Black Sky And Blue Moon
14. Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – Watusa
15. The Sun Ra Arkestra – The World Of Africa
16. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – Cluster Of Galaxies
17. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Strange Worlds (Live In France)**
18. Sun Ra And His Blue Universe Arkestra – Blackman

CD 2
1. Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – Twilight
2. Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra – Sleeping Beauty
3. Sun Ra – Moog Solo (Live In France)**
4. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – They Plan To Leave
5. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – Reflects Motion (Part 1)
6. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Children Of The Sun
7. Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra – We Travel The Spaceways
8. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Astro Black (Live In Zurich)**
9. Sun Ra And His Mythic Science Arkestra – Somebody Else’S Idea (Live In Paris)
10. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – I Roam The Cosmos
11. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – On Jupiter
12. Sun Ra – There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)
13. Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – The All Of Everything
14. Sun Ra – Enlightenment
15. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Make Another Mistake
16. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Space Is The Place (Live In France)**

* Previously Unreleased On Cd / ** Previously Unreleased

“Sun Ra and the Arkestra were the original DIY group. What went on in 1970s punk with self-pressed records and hand-drawn artwork – Ra was
doing that in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The music was phenomenal – Sun Ra was the man, the ultimate artist for any vinyl collector.“ Gilles Peterson Strut follow up their hugely successful Marshall Allen-curated ‘In The Orbit Of Ra’ compilation with a newly curated set from the immense 125 LP back catalogue of jazz maverick, DIY philosopher and self-professed member of an “angel race”, Sun Ra. ‘To Those Of Earth… And Other Worlds’ is a handpicked selection from BBC 6Music DJ Gilles Peterson, long-time champion of Ra’s music and the UK’s leading tastemaker for jazz-based sounds. It serves as perhaps the best introduction yet to the music of Sun Ra for a whole new generation of converts.

Sun Ra was a one-off in the annals of jazz. As author Robert L. Campbell describes, “He claimed to be the last of the swing band leaders, yet dosed classic songs with LSD. He wrote poetry about the “coming space age” and claimed to be a citizen of Saturn. He dressed himself and his band in goldlame and lectured on the Creator’s message to the cruel and deceitful Earthman. He named himself after an Egyptian God. Was this guy for real? Sun Ra was very much for real.”

For the CD version, Peterson picks personal favourites, classics and unreleased tracks and weaves them into a flowing piece across 2CDs, showcasing the incredible variety of Ra’s work. Alongside the familiar tones of ‘Love In Outer Space’, the modal classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and a heavy version of ‘We Travel The Spaceways’, he brings in the off-kilter croon of ‘Dreaming’, a 45 given to him personally by the late John Peel, alongside an unreleased 1987 bossa take on ‘Astro Black’, the experimental dub ambience of ‘Adventure-Equation’ and the defiant anthem, ‘Blackman’.

The 2LP features full length versions of selected tracks from the mix while the digital version features a full unmixed selection with Peterson’s mix available within the album bundle. Sleeve notes on physical formats come from Gilles Peterson with a full Ra career biography by author Robert L. Campbell. The album also features previously unseen photos from the archives of Val Wilmer and Jorg Brecker alongside full musician line-ups and session details.

KEY POINTS:
– Exclusive selection from UK’s leading DJ for jazz-based music, Gilles Peterson
– strong, accessible introduction to Sun Ra’s music and a perfect complement to the Marshall Allen compilation on Strut from 2014
– album features exclusive previously unreleased Sun Ra recordings and many tracks appearing on CD and LP for the first time

FOR FANS OF:
Gilles Peterson, Sun Ra Arkestra, Jazz, modal jazz, Salah Ragab, Heliocentrics, Pharoah Sanders, spiritual jazz, Lloyd Miller, Philip Cohran,
Kindred Spirits, free jazz, Oneness Of Juju, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra, Jazzman, Soul Jazz Available from 30.10.2015

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – It’s A Holiday Soul Party! (Red Vinyl/LP+MP3)
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – It’s A Holiday Soul Party! (Red Vinyl/LP+MP3)

Image: 1598859 Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings are here to help music fans get into the holiday spirit. The band will provide a soulful soundtrack to the holidays this year with new album It’s A Holiday Soul Party, out October 30 on Daptone Records.

Kicking off with “8 Days (Of Hanukkah)” – the band’s ode to The Festival of Lights – the 11-song set of original and classic holiday songs is the group’s first holiday record and follows their Grammy-nominated 2014 album Give The People What They Want. It’s A Holiday Soul Party is available for pre-order now (insert buy link for your territory).

There is no other band around today that plays with the rhythm, feeling, or explosive power of the Dap-Kings. Since releasing their first album in 2002, the band has performed all over the world, had tremendous success on TV and Sharon has collaborated with some of music’s biggest names including David Byrne and Michael Bublé.

In addition to the new album, the Toronto International Film Festival just announced that documentary “Miss Sharon Jones” is set to premiere at the esteemed festival on Friday, September 11. Directed by Academy Award Winner Barbara Kopple, the film follows the dynamic frontwoman through her 2013 battle with cancer, and her triumphant return to the stage around the release of Give The People What They Want.

Marketing points

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ most recent full-length, Give the People What They Want, was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have sold over 600,000 records worldwide.
It’s A Holiday Soul Party! is the group’s very first Holiday album.
Vinyl: 1LP, first limited press of the album will be on red vinyl packaged in a standard sleeve
CD: single CD in digipak packaging
Includes covers of holiday classics such as “Silent Night” as well as original compositions, including “8 Days of Hanukkah”
“8 Days of Hanukkah” will be available as a 45 single, and there will be a re-release of the “Just Another Christmas Song” b/w “Big Bulbs” 45.
Comprehensive Press, Online, and Radio campaign.
Album trailer to be released with “White Christmas”
Music videos for “White Christmas” and “8 Days of Hanukkah”
Online ads begin around November and run through holiday season.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have been extensively covered in the national press since their 2005 album Naturally.
The Dap-Kings have played on international hits by the likes of Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith, Amy Winehouse, and Michael Bublé, and the Dap-King Horns most recently played on Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk (Featuring Bruno Mars).”
Daptone co-founder and Dap-Kings bandleader / songwriter Gabriel Roth won a Grammy for his engineering work on Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have appeared on Later… with Jools Holland, The Andrew Marr Show and BBC Breakfast (UK).
Early airplay for select tracks on BBC Radio 2 by Trevor Nelson and 6Music by Craig Charles.
Festive retail marketing with key chain and independent stores.
Released on Daptone Records, the soul label behind the success of Charles Bradley

Tracklisting:
01 – 8 Days (Of Hanukkah)
02 – Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects
03 – White Christmas
04 – Just Another Christmas Song
05 – Silent Night
06 – Big Bulbs
07 – Please Come Home For Christmas
08 – Funky Little Drummer Boy
09 – Silver Bells
10 – World Of Love
11 – God Rest Ye Merry Gents Available from 30.10.2015

Da Lata – Free / Monkey and Anvils (Instumental Version)
Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Da Lata – Free / Monkey and Anvils (Instumental Version)

Image: 1593859 During the course of 2014 Da Lata were forced to negotiate a tricky situation, but nonetheless a joyous one, as singer Jandira Silva gave birth to a baby girl in March. In Jandira’s leave, Patrick Forge and Chris Franck decided to enlist the considerable talents of Vanessa Freeman for some gigs. Following on from some superb performances, the band decided a cover version might expand the repertoire to suit the gospel fuelled talents of Ms. Freeman. For Patrick this was a no brainer, the very first tune that sprung to his mind was Seawind’s “Free”. The Hawaiian groovers anthem having just the right balance of spiritual message and sambafied rhythm. Infact Vanessa could have been born to sing this song and indeed she effortlessly made it her own bringing a full blooded soulfulness to bear. It seemed a shame to not make some record of this serendipitous coming together, so that’s exactly what they decided to do… make a record. Going in to Ray Davies legendary Konk studio at the beginning of the summer, “Free” captures Da Lata live band in full flight, tight, funky and sinuously grooving their way. The B-side reinstates “Monkeys And Anvils” to its original incarnation as an instrumental, before Rich Medina dropped some dope poetics on this afro-funk 6/8 groover. Bringing Finn Peters deft and passionate sax back into the foreground, this is another rework from Da Lata’s acclaimed “Fabiola” album.

“beautiful !” – Wicked Jazz Sounds
“loving Monkies & Anvils” – LDBK
“2014 at its best, timeless but very much today” – Radio Helsinki
“full support on my Juice Radio Show” – Russ Dewbury
“jazz dance classic !” – Toshio Matsuura
“The original was a classic and this is no slouch at all ,it will be on our show loving it people” – Ketch A Vibe Radioshow
“soft & tender” – Funkhaus Europa

Tracklisting
1. Free
2. Monkey and Anvils (Instumental Version) Available from 21.11.2014

Various – Black Fire! New Spirits!
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Black Fire! New Spirits!

Image: 1593297 Soul Jazz Records’ new release Black Fire! New Spirits! is a deluxe double CD (and limited triple LP) exploring deep, radical and spiritual jazz in the USA in the period 1957-1975.

In the 1960s and into the 1970s jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution, with the music and lives of African-American artists radicalised by the advent of the civil rights movement, Black Power, and a new spiritual awakening.

For over 20 years now Soul Jazz Records have been exploring this rich area of deep and spiritual jazz music with an array of albums such as Freedom, Rhythm and Sound, Universal Sounds of America, New Thing, Soul Jazz Love Strata East and more. Soul Jazz Records have also released a steady stream of reissues of lost and classic deep jazz releases over the years from artists such as Art Ensemble of Chicago, Steve Reid, Pharaoh Sanders and others.

This new album features groundbreaking and revolutionary artists such as Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, The Last Poets and YusefLateef as well as many rare and deep lost tracks from lesser known artists such as Creative Artists Ensemble, GranchanMoncur, Lloyd McNeill, Tyrone Washington and others.

This album coincides with the recent ‘Black Fire! New Spirits! Images of A Revolution: Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75’ book, published by Soul Jazz Books, which as well as including pioneering artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Roland Kirk and Alice Coltrane also features many of the artists included in this album. It comes as CD with slipcase, or super-loud, SUPER-HEAVY TRIPLE VINYL with free download code.

Tracklisting

1. YusefLateef – Chang, Chang, Chang
2. The Last Poets – It’s A Trip
3. Don Cherry – Utopia and Visions
4. Richard Davis – Dealin’
5. Archie Shepp& Jeanne Lee – Blasé
6. Harold McKinney & The Creative Profile – In The Moog
7. GrachanMoncur III & The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra – Angela’s Angel
8. Creative Arts Ensemble – Flashback Of Time
9. David Lee Jr. – Second Line March
10. Lloyd McNeill & Marshall Hawkins – The Banjo Lesson
11. Tyrone Washington – Universal Spiritual Revolt
12. PheeroanAkLaff – TzaddiVau (Part 1)
13. Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
14. Doug Hammond – Spaces and Things (Lopin’/MenoMosso) Available from 14.11.2014

A Vision Of Panorama – Southern Breete / Time Capsule (Andras Fox RMX)
Friday, October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on A Vision Of Panorama – Southern Breete / Time Capsule (Andras Fox RMX)

Image: 1593089 Ten releases in and Aficionado have firmly established themselves as the go to label for those seeking something soothing and sublime to raise their spirits or move their feet.

Now Messrs Moonboots & Boardman turn the page on the next chapter in the Nado story with the earthly delights of number 11. The wrapping has changed but the gift inside is the same, blissed-out beats and sumptuous melodies perfect for the dancers and the dreamers out there.

For this latest release, our generous hosts invite a new star from the east to take us on a journey through textured sound and rhythmic pulse. A Vision Of Panorama greet us shrouded in secrecy and the mist of the unknown, preferring to speak through music than idle words.

‘Southern Breeze’ drifts out of the speaker on a swirl of circular sequences, driven onwards by a playful rhythm and the warm rumble of an irresistible bassline. As exotic as the title suggests, this comforting groove sways and shimmies with the delicate swell of a heat haze, setting the scene for the tropical glide of ‘Time Capsule’.

This blissful serenade of transcendent chords and harmonies moves the soul as much as the feet, A Vision Of Panorama perfectly balancing the airy synth melodies with the organic weight of bass and marimba. And when you’re dealing in such exotic and esoteric sounds with tropical tonality and rhythm split through a technological prism, there’s only one man you can trust to reshape those sounds the right way. And thus Andras Fox returns on remix duty taking ‘Time Capsule’ into his tranquil world of proto-house basslines, clean and precise melodies and lilting island rhythms. It’s another future classic from the antipodean producer.

On the B-Side, ‘Cascade’ eschews the coastal scenes and salty air in favour of a midnight drive through the back streets of the city, pairing tough drums with a heavy boogie bassline as cinematic synthlines bloom through the concrete.

‘Solar Eclipse’ sees A Vision Of Panorama deliver a stunning curtain call that sounds every bit like a lost end of night gem from a forgotten era. Fragile mandolin, swelling synths, rhythmic fusion and rounded bass tumble over each other to create a delicate combination of subtlety and power, taking the Quintus Project blueprint into uncharted territories.

Once again Nado have cast the net wide to shower us with sonic wonders, this is paradise music.

Officially Aficionado.

A1. SOUTHERN BREEZE
A2. TIME CAPSULE
A3. TIME CAPSULE (ANDRAS REMIX)
B1. CASCADE
B2. SOLAR ECLIPSE Available from 21.11.2014

Sun Ra And His Arkestra – In The Orbit Of Ra
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra And His Arkestra – In The Orbit Of Ra

Image: 1591412 “Sun Ra said he came from Saturn, because white America treated him like an alien, like a creature from outer space, so he became one, an anarcho-emperor of the fantastic, who made it to the moon before America or Russia, because the moon was nowhere near as far out as he could really go.“ Paul Morley

Strut and Art Yard join forces for a special release to mark what would have been Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with ’In The Orbit Of Ra’, a new collection curated by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Allen. Bringing together Ra highights from over 25 years of music, the album is the first internationally released compilation to provide an introduction to the music of Sun Ra, curated personally by the Arkestra and mastered from the original tapes.

With a catalogue of well over a hundred albums, Sun Ra forged his own direction in music from the mid ‘50s until his passing in 1993, injecting space age cosmic philosophy, ancient Egyptian history and lyrical poetry into a unique and freeform jazz sound. His music evolved constantly with relentless rehearsals, live gigging and recording schedules, developing a second-sense chemistry with his fellow Arkestra band members. Together, their emphasis would often be on improvisation and “the moment”, constantly re-interpreting and evolving their sound. Elements of magic and ritual would regularly feature in their performances and would lend the Arkestra a mystical aura. As Sun Ra himself said, “I have many names, some call me Mr. Ra, others call me Mr. Re. You can call me Mr. Mystery.”

For this exclusive new collection, Strut join forces with Artyard to gain access to the inner sanctum of the Arkestra. In addition to the track selection, the release features recollections and contributions from some of the core Arkestra line-up including Marshall Allen, Michael Ray, Knoel Scott and Danny Ray Thompson. For the music, Allen’s selection takes us through the huge variety and intricacy of the Arkestra’s work covering the ‘60s to early ‘80s, from the celestial blues of ‘Spontaneous Simplicity’ and ‘Plutonian Nights’ to the urgent jazz of ‘Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus’ and ‘Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens’. The album features an exclusive previously unreleased Sun Ra track from the Art Yard archives, the acoustic ‘Trying To Put The Blame On Me’ recorded live in Rome in 1977, along with a previously unreleased Part 1 of ‘Reflects Motion’ from 1962 and an unheard extended version of ‘Island In The Sun’ from the late ‘60s.

‘In The Orbit Of Ra’ is released on 2CD, 2LP and digital formats. Physical formats feature full interview with Marshall Allen along with rare and previously unpublished photos by Val Wilmer.

Key Points:
first Sun Ra compilation to be curated by Marshall Allen / Sun Ra Arkestra
strong and essential introduction to Sun Ra’s music amid a variety of collector’s reissues in the marketplace
album features exclusive previously unreleased Sun Ra recordings and versions
– all tracks mastered from original reel to reel tapes and licensed officially in conjunction with Sun Ra LLC and Art Yard Records
– Marshall Allen fully involved in album promotional campaign

FOR FANS OF:
Jazz, modal jazz, Salah Ragab, Heliocentrics, Gilles Peterson, spiritual jazz, Lloyd Miller, Philip Cohran, Kindred Spirits, free jazz, Oneness Of Juju, Sun Ra Arkestra, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra, Jazzman, Soul Jazz

Cd 1

1. Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra – Somewhere In Space 3.01
2. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra – The Lady With The Golden Stockings 7.43
3. Sun Ra And His Afro Infinity Arkestra – Somebody Else’S World 3.59
4. Sun Ra – Spontaneous Simplicity 7.54
5. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra – Plutonian Nights 4.20
6. The Sun Ra Arkestra – Angels And Demons At Play 2.51
7. Sun Ra – Island In The Sun (Extended Version – Previously Unreleased) 10.20
8. Sun Ra – Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus 6.18
9. Sun Ra – Solar Differentials 6.20

Cd 2

1. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Astro Black 10.51
2. Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Have You Heard The Latest News From Neptune 5.51
3. Sun Ra – Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens (Live In Milan, 1978) 11.00
4. Sun Ra – Trying To Put The Blame On Me (Live In Rome, 1977 – Previously Unreleased) 3.37
5. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – Planet Earth 4.55
6. Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra – The Nile 4.55
7. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – Reflects Motion (Part 1 – Previously Unreleased) 3.21
8. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – Reflects Motion (Part 2) 8.09
9. Sun Ra – Ancient Aiethiopia 9.15
10. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Interplanetary Music 2.40
11. Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra – We Travel The Spaceways 3.21

A1. Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra – Somewhere In Space 3.01
A2. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra – The Lady With The Golden Stockings 7.43
A3. Sun Ra And His Afro Infinity Arkestra – Somebody Else’S World 3.59
A4. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra – Plutonian Nights 4.20

B1. The Sun Ra Arkestra – Angels And Demons At Play 2.51
B2. Sun Ra – Island In The Sun (Extended Version – Previously Unreleased) 10.20
B3. Sun Ra – Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus 6.18

C1. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Astro Black 10.51
C2. Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Have You Heard The Latest News From Neptune 5.51
C3. Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra – We Travel The Spaceways 3.21

D1. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – Reflects Motion (Part 1 – Previously Unreleased) 3.21
D2. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – Reflects Motion (Part 2) 8.09
D3. Sun Ra – Ancient Aiethiopia 9.15 Available from 19.09.2014

The Spandettes – Spandex Effect
Thursday, June 5th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Spandettes – Spandex Effect

Image: 1588633 The Spandettes are a fiercely energetic disco band hailing from Toronto, Canada. Drawing inspiration from jazz-funk, soul and rock-steady, their original music combines a classic 70’s disco approach with a fresh and contemporary edge. The band’s leading ladies, Alex Tait (co-producer of the album), Maggie Hopkins and Lizzy Clarke lead this dynamic 10-piece outfit through musical terrain that balances sugary sweet vocal stylings, air-tight horn passages and hard hitting grooves from their stellar rhythm section.

Their debut album Spandex Effect is a celebration of empowerment and liberation. The songwriting team within the band always seeks to push the envelope of whatever subject they are exploring, combining tongue-in-cheek playfulness with deeply raw emotion. “A lot of what we write dances that line between romantic and totally sarcastic and dry.” The first single from the album, “Sweet & Saccharine”, was released in summer 2013 and generated a buzz in the global dance music community. It was played by Gilles Peterson of BBC Radio 6, KCRW in L.A, and spent 8 weeks on J-Wave Radio Tokyo’s influential Tokio Top 100 chart.

In a musical landscape where trends come and go like the wind, the timeless sound of The Spandettes truly stands out among the rest. “Our greatest influence as a band is undoubtedly the Pointer Sisters. We adore how they jump from genre to genre so effortlessly, which is something we love to do. We call ourselves a disco band for simplicity, but we also play jazz, soul, RnB, and funk. Basically, if you can dance to it, we play it.”

The spirit of their music celebrates individuality, and everyone is invited to join their party – “sequins for all people equal”.

Tracklisting

1. Let’s Go to the Beac
2. Dig Deeper
3. Waking Dreams
4. Hunk of Heaven
5. Sweet & Saccharine
6. Calendar Girl
7. Automatic
8. Donnie the Disco Commie
9. Shine a Smile
10. Sweet & Saccharine (Whiskey Barons Remix) Available from 16.05.2014

Nicola Conte – Free Souls (2LP+CD)
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nicola Conte – Free Souls (2LP+CD)

Image: 1588733 The early 60s had seen a change of direction in musical research, especially in Jazz: a turn into deepness. There was an urgent need to walk away from the research of an aesthetic dimension, in order to move towards a more intimate objective, closer to human feelings and spirituality. “Horizontal” improvisations appeared to decrease, while “vertical” thrived: a movement directed to transcendence, God and the cosmos.

It was the time in which John Coltrane gave birth to that four-part suite which is still considered one of the 20th century masterpieces. A Love Supreme, was made up of four different moments of a monotheistic pray whilst simultaneously reciting an immortal mantra. Deep – as we would call it today, spiritual and enchanting. This mantra brought closer to Jazz a whole generation who at that time was flirting with rock’n’roll – it was not Bitches Brew, which was a high profile operation, but conveyed with a certain spurious charm. Deepness and consciousness had roots in something changing, something that involved proud and conscious musicians who were forging a new language, which would have completely changed music. Meanwhile, Funk and Soul literally exploded, anything but different expressions of a common feeling.

If we had to find a way to situate now Free Souls, in an age in which everything has been already played, from Rebetiko to Gamelan, from Rap to Klezmer – an era where mannerism is background music for supermarkets – those are the times we should look at. In those times deepness enfolded a way of conceiving music, especially Afro-American music which is naturally nourished by Jazz and its derivatives.

Is Soul the right word to describe this movement? So let’s use it without hesitation, because Soul’s mood is the only one which had been capable to enrich all the sounds that accompanied us through out our days till now. Even the most mechanical Techno bars can transmit deepness when Soul is seeded within them.

Free Souls is pure Soul music when Marvin Parks’ voice softly embraces Shades of Joy melody and If I Should Lose You (a standard by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger which became famous thanks to Hank Mobley’s version), it’s Africa when Tasha’s World and Bridgette Amofah are surrounded by the solos of Magnus Lindgren and Timo Lassy (both playing flute on Soul Revelation and Baltimore Oriole), is classy Jazz with the exceptional phrasing of jazzmen like Gaetano Partipilo (on Goddess Of The Sea and Ode To Billie Joe), Francesco Lento (one of the most promising Jazz trumpeter of these days, on Goddess Of The Sea e Ode To Billie Joe), Timo Lassy (on Free Souls), Greg Osby (on Ahmad’s Blues), Rosario Giuliani (on If I Should Lose You), Daniele Scannapieco (on Uhuru), Logan Richardson (on Sunrise, definitely a gem), of Fabrizio Bosso (on the beautiful African Other Blues with the spoken of Marvin Parks), and jazz again with the extraordinary vocals of Josè James on Goddess of The Sea. The groove and rhythm section had been provided by Teppo Makynen, Lorenzo Tucci, Pierpaolo Bisogno, Paolo Benedettini, Luca Alemanno, Pietro Ciancaglini and Michael Pinto, the right lineup to highlight this great project. Noteworthy is the contribution of Melanie Charles (Spirit Of Nature, Ahmad’s Blues, Live Your Life) and Heidi Vogel (from Cinematic Orchestra’s combo on Sandalia Dela).

The patterns of this rich artistical web constructed by Nicola Conte reveal decades of listening sessions and deep musical beliefs. An accomplished juggler when it comes to play with styles, capable to invent modern structures, Nicola got us used to his ability to blend harmonically different musical worlds and create cooperation between great musicians. Deepness is the added value of this album, something in between consciousness and spirituality. Nothing to share with futile trends, this record is a result of an urgent need to research in the depth of the soul and musical influences. I have known Nicola for too long to not understand that all this comes from the necessity to focus on an inexhaustible will to progress and desire for self-improvement, but most of all, from an unutterable passion for this marvellous universe called music.

Nicola Gaeta – autore del libro “BAM, IL JAZZ OGGI A NEW YORK”

The Combo:

Magnus Lindgren – tenor sax and flutes
Francesco Lento – trumpet
Gaetano Partipilo – alto sax
Timo Lassy – baritone sax and flute on track 9
Pietro Lussu – piano & wurlitzer electric piano
Luca Alemanno –double bass & fender bass
Paolo Benedettini – double bass on track 1, 11 and 13
Teppo Makynen – drums on track 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11 and 13
Lorenzo Tucci – drums on track 2, 4, 7, 8, 10 and 12
Pietro Ciancaglini – double bass on track 2, 4, 7, 8, 10 and 12
Pierpaolo Bisogno- congas & percussions
Nicola Conte – guitars

and friends:
Fabrizio Bosso – trumpet on track 12
Rosario Giuliani – alto sax on track 8 and 12
Greg Osby – alto sax on track 7
Logan Richardson – alto sax on track 13
Daniele Scannapieco – tenor sax on track 10
Flavio Boltro-trumpet on track 8
Michael Pinto – vibraphone on track 6, 7 and 9
Liviana Ferri – tambourine on track 5 and congas and percussion on track 12

Singers:

Jose James on track 2
Bridgette Amofah on track 3, 5 and 9
Melanie Charles on track 4 and 7
Marvin Parks on track 1, 8 and 13
Tasha’s World on track 6 and 10
Heidi Vogel on track 11

All background vocals by Bridgette, Melanie, Heidi, Tasha’s World
Kim Sanders on track 2 only.

RECORDED IN BARI AT SORRISO STUDIO
in various sessions from 2006 to 2010
and a final part in 2013

SOUND ENGINEER TOMMY CAVALIERI

Produced and Directed by Nicola Conte
Available from 30.05.2014

Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers are gearing up to release a brand new album entitled Que Chevere
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Ray Lugo’s mind is very fertile, and he’s been rather prolific over the last decade, putting out a variety of groovy sounds ranging from organic to electronic, Afrobeat to soul, Latin to Brazilian and many different sorts of mashup/fusions in between. But just because he is creatively fecund doesn’t mean the quality suffers – each […]

Slakah The Beatchild – Soul Movement Vol.2
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Slakah The Beatchild – Soul Movement Vol.2

Image: 1586820 Returning to the scene of a rhyme, Soul Movement 2 is the sequel to Slakah The Beatchild’s critically
acclaimed 2010 debut.
“For the original Soul Movement album, the whole purpose was to make music that I love, with no
boundaries and no restrictions. And the music that I love, I mean REALLY love, is soul and hip hop.” Says
Slakah aka Byram Joseph (the name he wrote in felt tip on his first ever vinyl purchase Chubby Checker &
the Fatboy’s The Twist) who released his debut, also on BBE Records, when his profile as a hitmaking
producer was already in its ascendancy.
Arriving hot on the heels of a 2009 Juno Award (think Canadian Grammy’s) via Divine Brown’s global hit
Sunglasses, Soul Movement Vol. 1 chimed like a harmonic siren outta Hogtown. With both the r&b and hip
hop genres on their knees in 2010, established black music acts, in an effort to get heard above the herd,
had reverted to sixties duplication or 808’s and heartbreaks. Soul Movement, against this background
music, was the art & beats that contemporary r&b had abandoned.
“The original was collaboration of like-minded people who were doing the same thing and I wanted them to
be there with me, as part of that movement, but with number 2 I eased that back a little – I’m looking forward
to setting out and touring this album on my own.”
Alá Quincy Jones, a fellow Performing Producer, Slakah’s debut album was choc full of features and
collaborations, with a whole host of T.Dot locals including superstar rap king Drake. Indeed Soul Movement
2 still benefits from additional expert talent, however the list – including Glenn Lewis, Ayah, Spek Won &
Tanika Charles this time – has become more select. This time the movement Slakah needed was already
on his shoulders.
From the first cut and buzz single – the largely instrumental, mod funk bitches-brew of Cut A Rug (Byram’s
Groove) – Slakah’s virtuosity and expertise is evident. “I’m not sure where the influences for Cut A Rug
came from.” He wonders, though he has no such trouble with Where’s Yesterday, a lament on the dearth of
quality new songs blaring outta North American radio stations. Says Slakah: “Commercial broadcasting
forces us to listen to things we don’t always want to but it’s really developing music in a weird way. So I let
that out in song – but I wanted to shout a few my heroes at the same time.”
The spirit of two of those, J. Dilla & D’Angelo, can be heard channelled on the brilliant Us Theory, a song
Slakah counts as one of the most personal on the album: “When I record the music I sing nonsensicals over
it to begin with, just melodies, but the word “always” just kept coming back. It paved the way. The groove,
whilst it was recorded on acoustic drums, has that push/pull unquantized feel of a Dilla or D’Angelo track.”
It’s not his girlfriend’s pick though. Intriguingly, that would be the cool jazz thing titled Miscommunication a
song originated by rapper Spek Won.
“I get the best feedback from my girl,” Says Slakah. “Because she’s not your typical hip hop or soulhead,
and I like getting viewpoints from people whose taste in music differs to my own – it means a song can
translate across genres.”
Despite the title there’s no lingering issue between them, especially after Slakah let his girlfriend get a few
right hand shots in when she played the duck (yes Duck!) in the recent video teaser he directed promoting
this new set. There are songs for the lovers too you see, and you can hear how The Beatchild’s vocal chops
have developed since his last EP Something Beautiful on the sultry Adventure For Two. “Basically, I was
feeling real frisky when I wrote that song, and sometimes – not necessarily sexually – you gotta do crazy,
scary things together. I’m the adventurous one, I’ll walk towards the explosions when everyone’s running
away. I can be heard asking ‘wow, what’s blowing up?’”
Blowing up? Could be the collaboration with major label star Glenn Lewis or the cut with newbie Tanika
Charles, who appears on the short sojourn to Slakadeliqa (a Slakah side project) via the cool sixties soul
stomp Love Fool. In Tanika, Slakah has discovered a gem of a voice, one of those tortured early classic
soul vocalists who sound like they’re man has been sleeping around with Barbara Mason (From His Woman
To You).
Slakah The Beatchild’s T. Dot Soul Movement continues to march on …
KEY SELLING POINTS:
• Like the first volume, a “Who’s Who” of the Toronto music scene lined up to work with Slakah on
Soul Movement 2, with neo soul singer Glenn Lewis, rapper Spek Won plus female vocalists
Tanika Charles & Ayah all contributing.
• Credited as the Performing Producer, Slakah’s album sleeve could (if it wanted to) also list him
as musician, singer, arranger, composer, engineer, video director & editor.
• Winning the prestigious Juno Award for his production work on Divine Brown with the Canadian
smash Sunglasses (a hit in the US as well), the Beatchild has also produced superstar hip hop
artist Drake, Melanie Durrant, Art of Fresh & Ray Robinson.
• Dig it, Slakah’s videos have received over 700,000 hits on Youtube.

TRACKLISTING
1. Byram’s Groove (Cut A Rug)
2. Stompthatflo feat. Spek Won
3. Adventure for 2
4. Number 1 feat. Glenn Lewis
5. Where’s Yesterday
6. Keep Up feat. Ayah
7. Something About Her
8. Miscommunication feat. Spek Won &
Ian Kamau
9. Endurance
10. Wanna Do
11. Us Theory
12. Someone Like That
13. Love Fool feat. Tanika Charles
14. Overtime Available from 07.03.2014

The Souljazz Orchestra – Inner Fire
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Souljazz Orchestra – Inner Fire

Image: 1586403 Always reliable STRUT cohorts The Souljazz Orchestra return with a new studio album Inner Fire another essential mystical odyssey.

The Souljazz Orchestra return with another essential mystical odyssey in February 2014 as they release their brand new studio album, Inner Fire, on Strut.
Recorded using the Orchestra’s signature analogue techniques at their studio HQ in their home city of Ottawa, the new set continues their expansive musical journey as they effortlessly fuse intricate Eastern influences, Afro beats, Egyptian jazz, Latin styles and spiritual elements into their unique musical melting pot. The secret to the band’s sound remains a true openness to global music of all kinds and the individual experiences of the Orchestra’s band members. “We all have very wide tastes, we’re always digging for new sounds, and we’ve had the chance to work with master musicians from all over, from Nigeria to Rwanda, from Cuba to Haiti, so each band member ends up bringing different vibes and ideas to each of
our albums,” explains keyboardist Pierre Chrétien.
On Inner Fire, the different vibes come thick and fast. Side One features “Kingdom Come,” a fierce afro-jazz stomper influenced by North-East African big band sounds, “One Life To Live,” a haunting highlife arrangement on the importance of seizing the day, “As The Crow Flies,” a soaring bossa-tinged piece and “Black Orchid,” a bumping fusion of cinematic soul-jazz with Cuban bolero sounds. The flip brings us the firing salsa dura party jam “Agoya” before the ritual chant of “East Flows The River,” a spiritual jazz hymn using Eastern modes. The tempo ramps up once more on “Sommet En Sommet,” a heavy 12/8 afro-jazz piece influenced by Guinean popular music. Percussionist Marielle Rivard then takes the lead on vocals for a scorching personal rendition of Gary Bartz NTU Troop’s 1971 classic, “Celestial Blues.”
The Souljazz Orchestra have become the undisputed leaders in their field since their first album back in 2005, breaking through with the huge international hit “Mista President” on Do Right! in 2007. Since then, the band have remained tight with their original line-up of Pierre Chrétien (keyboards), Zakari Frantz (alto sax & flute), Steve Patterson (tenor sax), Ray Murray (baritone sax), Marielle Rivard (percussion) and Philippe Lafrenière (drums). With their on-stage chemistry and stellar musicianship, the Orchestra’s live shows have now become the stuff of legend, sparking instant parties wherever they play.

2013 was already a massive year for the band with their heaviest touring schedule to date. Highlights included a chaotic night playing to a sold-out crowd at New Morning in Paris, the band’s first full US tours, high profile festival slots alongside Pharoah Sanders, Stevie Wonder and Raphael Saadiq and a 12-minute live “Battle Suite” packed full of classic and original breaks and beats for the B-Boy Battle Finals at Ottawa’s annual House Of Paint hip hop festival. The band will be undertaking a Canadian tour to support the new album starting in February 2014, followed by a full European tour in March and April.

KEY POINTS
– Another carefully honed studio album from Canada’s greatest Afro / jazz / tropical collective
– Fanbase continues to grow worldwide for the band. Release ties in with full European tour and festivals during 2014
– Package features exclusive illustration by graphic artist Lewis Heriz
– Third album for Strut following Solidarity and Rising Sun

FOR FANS OF
Quantic / Ondatropica, Antibalas, Heliocentrics, Kokolo, Soothsayers Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Family Atlantica, Ebo Taylor

WEB LINKS
http://www.strut-records.com
www.souljazzorchestra.com/

CD Tracklist
1. Initiation
2. Kingdom Come
3. One Life To Live
4. As The Crow Flies
5. Black Orchid
6. Agoya
7. East Flows The River
8. Sommet En Sommet
9. Celestial Blues
10. Completion
Available from 21.02.2014

Dutch deep soul-outfit The Eminent Stars release brand new album “Sittin’ In”
Friday, February 14th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Music is the depth of the soul and we ain’t talking about some figurative spirit that escapes to heaven when we kiss our last breath goodbye. Nah man, this the deep soul of music that triggers the feet to keep moving. It is the soul that swings survival, get down boogie good times, cause these […]

Roland Young – Hearsay I-Land
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Palto Flats is thrilled to release an overview of the mid-80’s works of Roland Young, perhaps best known for his spiritual jazz record Isophonic Boogie Woogie. This release comprises the entirety of his 1984 four song 12″ I-Land as well as most of his…

Ensemble Du Verre create a new path in the musical landscape of today
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Ensemble Du Verre (E.D.V.) was founded by the composer, producer and musician Sönke Düwer in 2003. Since then, a number of albums and EPs did see the light of day, including a “CD of the Year” of Art Online and the “Prize of German Record Critics” in 2008. Musical independence, diversity and stylistic boundlessness are […]

Various – Americana 2 – Rock Your Soul
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Americana 2 – Rock Your Soul

Image: 1584676 Taking its lead from the ‘Americana Music Association’, Wikipedia describes ‘Americana’ as “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw. While acoustic instruments are often present and vital,
Americana also often uses a full electric band.”
Like its well-received predecessor, the music on this second volume of Americana, showcases a slightly different take on this phenomenon.
‘Contemporary’? Well, most of these recordings, sourced from the golden musical decades of the ‘70s and ‘80s, nonetheless fit very snugly with an interest in all things folk-funk that, while a marked tendency amongst the kind of people who are usually more interested in black music styles since at least the ‘90s rediscovery of Terry Callier, is very much of the ‘now’ as we get deeper into the twenty-first century. ‘Roots’
music? Well, most of this stuff has a commercial, professional sheen, redolent less of the back porch and wide open plains than the urban pub and the college campus. The musical syncretism found here represents an ‘easy’ strain of American popular music that was less ‘lock-up-your-daughters’ than ‘wow, I think Mom and Pop will like this too.’
As such, it represents a progressive, adult rapprochement with the civil rights movement, a moment in American cultural life before Reaganomics had fully achieved the backwards march that was a catalyst for the rise of hip-hop and the racial and class-based fracturing of the progressive post-war consensus. Life feels good, if a touch complacent, in these grooves.
It’s often the reception and not the production that crystallizes a musical style, and the relatively disparate sounds to be found on this album find their home together thanks to the particular aesthetic of renowned crate-digger/archivists Zaf Chowdhry and Mark Taylor. Both steeped in black music, these guys found they shared a penchant for its ‘blue-eyed’ variant. Blue-eyed soul has of course always been a part of Britain’s
black music scenes, and the discourse has hopefully moved on from the days when earnest record collectors would debate whether only blacks could sing the blues. The quest for ‘authenticity’ that characterized those discussions really comes unstuck with these kinds of recordings: it’s precisely their inauthenticity as R&B that makes them authentic. The kind of melismatic, churchy, enraptured vocals characteristic of classic R&B are absent here, in their stead is something cooler and more definitively secular. If they speak to us now, it’s because we’re nostalgic for the kind of fit between music and identity that has become so lost with the advent of new recording technologies and brutal commercial realities. Bland, but expressive of new identities, new communities and the searching, reflective self that characterized the singer-songwriter role in the second-half of the twentieth-century, this album deepens our understanding of the influence of black music on American culture, and indeed of American culture more generally on the UK’s black music scenes, whilst spreading the love a little wider than the small circles of cognoscenti who have previously cherished these records. This survey of a sound touches bases of all of those aforementioned UK and world-wide black-music scenes
too. If the two-step scene has yet to pick up on the likes of Jaye P. Morgan, it’s been sleeping. Elsewhere, lightly jazzy instrumental funk (Luc Cousineau) jostles the deeper, heavier sounds of Lucy Stone. Southern soul stalwarts Rhodes, Chalmers and Rhodes go disco, TR’s Hot Ice fit with the punk-funk/disco-not-disco template, and Hal Bradbury and Steve Eaton can pass muster with the more discerning of collectors as
‘proper’ soul records. All in all, it’s another in-depth look at a neglected area of American musical history with a direct line to the eclectic sensibilities of twenty-first century black music collectors.

Andy Kemp, 2013
KEY SELLING POINTS:
– Zafar Chowdhry co owned & managed one of London’s most popular record stores Reckless Records, Soho from 1988 till 2006. DJs from all over the world playing all types of music have at one point traded records or bought records from Zaf. He is known to be one of the most
knowledgeable record dealers in the UK
– Zaf now owns www.zafsmusic.com, the premier website for exclusive rare disco, soul, funk rarities.Many dj’s, producers & collectors worldwide such as Gilles Peterson, Kon & Amir, Dave Lee, Sean P, Patrick Forge, Phil Asher, Keb Darge, Norman Jay and many more buy records from this esteemed website.
– Zaf’s previous forays into compilations include compiling the whole of the P&P series on Sussd records, as well as the Deep Disco Culture series.He has also released two reissue 12’s on Kindred Spirits in 2010/2011, China Burton/Razzmatazz, followed by Roy Ayers/Cash 12″.
– Double vinyl (gatefold) comes with a bonus CD that includes all tracks
– Music on this comp can be played on many daytime mainstream radio stations. Should be a big favorite for coffee table crowd

Tracklisting CD
1. Breakaway – There’s A New Group In
Town
2. E.J. Stamp – I Know All About It
3. Archie James Cavanaugh – Make Me
Believe
4. Joseph Nicoletti – Night Time Stars
5. Spats (Your Lovin’ Is) – Everywhere
6. The Ray Camacho Band – Hollywood
7. TR’s Hot Ice – Hot Ice
8. Luc Cousineau – Vaya Mulata
9. Macky Feary Band – A Million Stars
10. RCR – Give It To You
11. Freudian Funk Band – I’m Ambivalent
About You Baby (Yes, Yes, Yes… No, No,
No)
12. Dan Mastroianni – Just One Touch
13. Hal Bradbury – You Win, I Lose
14. Lucy Stone – Giving Love Instead Of Gold
15. Steve Eaton – Without You
16. Jaye P. Morgan – Here Is Where Your
Love Belongs Available from 08.11.2013

Pharoah Sanders – Elevation
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pharoah Sanders – Elevation

A beautiful package, Soul Jazz Records’ Universal Sound is proud to present the re-issue of Pharaoh Sanders “Elevations” originally released on Impulse Records in 1973.Deep spiritual jazz released in limited edition luxurious CD box (a la japanese st…

Michael White – Spirit Dance
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Michael White – Spirit Dance

Image: 1584598 A beautiful package, Soul Jazz Records’ Universal Sound is proud to present the re-issue of Michael White “Spirit Dance” originally released on Impulse Records in 1972.

Deep spiritual jazz released in limited edition luxurious CD box (a la japanese stylee), as well as a heavyweight 180 gm audiophile double-vinyl edition cut at 45-rpm (very limited and very loud!) in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve.

This is the debut album from Michael White, released on Impulse Records in 1972. Michael White’s deep, spiritual jazz fitted in perfectly with the roster of artists at the Impulse label at the start of the 1970s which included Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp as well as the label embarking on a healthy release program of unheard John Coltrane and rare Sun Ra material. White had already played on Pharoah Sanders’s album Thembi and had been a part of the ensemble that Alice Coltrane assembled to augment recordings of her late husband John on her album Infinity by the time he recorded his debut for the jazz label. White would go on to record five albums for the Impulse! label throughout the 1970s. Available from 27.09.2013

Iasos – Celestial Soul Portrait
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Iasos – Celestial Soul Portrait

Image: 1581637 Inspired by the infinitely numbered harmonies transmitted by Vista, a benevolent being from a distant dimension, Iasos broke ground for a new age of electronic sound manipulation. His was pioneering work—done from a bohemian boat-slip home office—on some of the first commercially available synthesizers and, on stage, into the kaliedoscopic heart of psychedelic-era concert visuals. As life-affirming and attuned to spirit as Iasos’ soul portraits were, prestigious psychology departments heard in them the tones humans hear at the precipice between life and death. Before ambient and New Age were so named and codified, the “Paradise Music” of Iasos—represented here by 13 selections transmitted between 1975 and 1985—brought Earth-transcriptions of a vast and galactic soundhealing to a planet much in need. Available from 13.09.2013

Sam Sanders – Mirror Mirror (180g)
Thursday, September 12th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sam Sanders – Mirror Mirror (180g)

Image: 1580694 The latest release from 180 Proof Records is sure to be one of the most talked about deep crate releases of the year. A collector’s dream come
true, Sam Sander’s Mirror Mirror is so rare that the recordings on this album have never before seen a proper release and even the cover art
had to be created from scratch. An almost unbelievable fact given that it ranks as one of the strongest releases in the already air-tight era of
Strata Inc’s Detroit.
Although he’s been compared to John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Joe Henderson, Sam Sanders stands out as one of the most unique
phenomena to come from the Motor City. Sanders’ approach to life was so out there that one might say his relative obscurity was a personal
choice. Sanders caught glimpses of fame early on performing with several internationally known acts and subsequently, he also learned a
bit about what the Record Industry’s primary goals were. Realizing that he did not share them, Sanders chose instead to walk his own path.
This drive for artistic freedom turned out to be a double-edged sword: while it allowed Sanders to produce some of the most electric jazz, funk,
and soul to come from Detroit, it also meant that most of his recordings were never widely released, if they were released at all.
Drawing on his experience with Motown acts like Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Sanders incorporated a fresh soul sound into
recordings that would have otherwise been categorized as jazz. As such, Mirror Mirror moves seamlessly between spirit and style: The
album starts on the street with “Inner City Player,” a superfly breakdown of a Detroit hustler’s life, before moving into distinctly abstract territory
with the melancholy “Face At My Window.” The experience is held together by a no-nonsense rhythm section featuring the aggressive
drumming of Jimmy Allen and the intensely focused bass playing of Ed Pickens. Perhaps the most straight-forward jazz song on the album,
“Lover’s Gain” showcases Sanders at his freewheelin’ best. And if there was to be any doubt that Mirror Mirror can get funky as hell, look no
further than the wah-wah guitar and early synth sounds of “Funk’ed Up,” easily the greasiest cut on the album.
Mirror Mirror has been remastered from the original reel to reel masters, along with the artwork, which has been restored and printed on top
Heavy Stock Tip On Gatefold Jackets. Vinyl is pressed on as 180 Gram numbered vinyl. Includes extensive liner notes and never seen before
photos.

Key Selling Points
1. Previously unreleased.
2. Rare Jazz from the legendary Detroit Jazz label Strata Records, Inc.
3. Remastered from the original master reel to reel tapes
4. Never seen before photos and extensive liner notes.
5. This release restores the original album artwork and will be available in 180 Gram very limited double vinyl at 45 RPM (1000 copies only)
6. 180 Proof is owned and curated by DJ Amir (of Kon and Amir) who is internationally recognized as a beat digger and tastemaker.
7. Packaged in heavy gatefold tip on jackets with foil stamped numbering.

Marketing/Promotion: Full Radio Support from Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Kev Beadle, Michael Rutten, Lefto, Anthony Valdez.

Tracklisting
Side 1:
1. Inner City Player
2. Face At My WIndow
Side 2:
1. Loser
2. Funk’ed Up
Side 3:
1. Love’s Gain
Side 4:
1. Summer Mist Available from 23.08.2013

Sam Sanders – Mirror Mirror (Orangle Vinyl) (180g)
Friday, September 6th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sam Sanders – Mirror Mirror (Orangle Vinyl) (180g)

The latest release from 180 Proof Records is sure to be one of the most talked about deep crate releases of the year. A collector’s dream come true, Sam Sander’s Mirror Mirror is so rare that the recordings on this album have never before seen a prope…

Various – Mirror To The Soul
Friday, May 31st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Mirror To The Soul

Image: 1580399 Over two years in the making, Mirror to the Soul is a new documentary film about the Caribbean, a unique collaboration between Soul Jazz Records and British Pathé, made up entirely of newsreel footage (short news pieces of two or three minutes in length) filmed during the period 1922-1970.

British Pathé was established in London in 1910 to produce newsreels screened in cinemas throughout Britain before main feature films. In the 1950s, to compete with the new medium of television, Pathé began adding entertainment, cultural, musical and educational stories to hard news items. Pathé eventually closed production in 1970 after accumulating over 3,500 hours of documentary history and Soul Jazz Records/Films were given full access to these film vaults for the making of this new film.

As well as offering an insight into aspects of West Indian life, the film allows us to see how a private British film company presented a Caribbean identity to the outside world. Consequently the film tells us as much about British society and its own identity and values – especially in regard to attitudes towards its colonies and former-colonies – as it does those of the Caribbean itself.

The relationship between the Caribbean and Britain is explored through features and footage of the onward diaspora of West Indians to the ‘motherland’, from the fascinating footage of the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948 (including an interview with new arrival Lord Kitchener) to racial troubles and more.

This film presents many aspects of Caribbean life to the viewer. From Calypsonians to banana plantations, from Voodoo ceremonies to revolutionaries, as well as hurricanes, stingrays and flying fish, colonialism and independence, water diving, carnival – all presented together here into a uniquely fascinating document.

As well as the West Indian islands this film also includes footage of Venezuela, Belize, Colombia and Florida, USA, which form the wider Caribbean region. It documents the changing relationship between a number of islands and their friends or enemies – such as, for instance with Cuba and the USA – as we see with footage from the Cuban revolution onwards.

“A compelling work which looks to situate the history of the Caribbean as a part of the history of Britain. It provokes questions of national identity, authorship and representation. In using a non-chronological structure, the film takes on new meaning as a kaleidoscopic, Chris Marker-esque investigation of memory. A powerful, jigsaw-like testament to the beauty and importance of archive footage.”
British Film Institute

Music CD 1: CD One: Caribbean Jump-Up, Mambo and Calypso Beat 1954-77
Big sounds from small islands! This album is a whistle-stop musical journey through the Caribbean stopping off at Trinidad, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and more along the way as Caribbean Jump-Up, Mambo and Calypso Beat all feature in this upfront selection of heavyweight Caribbean dance tunes from 1954-77! Includes loads of killer ska, mambo and latin jazz, calypso, tropical funk and more. Artists include Irakere, Cachao, Slim Smith, Celia Cruz, El Gran Combo, Edmundo Ros, Lord Flea, Techniques, Carlos Malcolm, Count Ossie and more!

BONUS Music CD Two: Afro-Caribbean Music Up From The Roots 1994-2013
Soul Jazz Records have been recording Afro-Caribbean music for the last 15 years, travelling to and documenting roots styles in the Caribbean region. This authentic Afro-Caribbean music is at the source of many popular styles of today and the album is a selection of Soul Jazz Records’ productions and includes music from Cuba, Haiti, Colombia, Guadeloupe and Belize.

Featured here are Caribbean music styles all of which have a 600-year connection with Africa as their heartbeat, with music – especially the drum – a spiritually significant link to the heritage of much of the West Indies.

Whilst popular music in the Caribbean has produced many new styles such as reggae in Jamaica, calypso in Trinidad, salsa and mambo in Cuba, zouk in Martinique and Guadeloupe, Afro-Caribbean roots music remains a constant throughout. This music retains its power today – a musical concept both forward looking and creative as well as remaining steeped in tradition.

This album includes 21st century recordings of Haitian Voodoo and Rara music, Cuban Santeria and Latin Jazz, Gwo-Ka from Guadeloupe, Paranda and Dugu from Belize and more besides in this fascinating journey through some of the many roots musical styles of the Afro-Caribbean. Available from 10.05.2013

Various – Mirror To The Soul (Deluxe 180g+DVD+MP3)
Thursday, May 30th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Mirror To The Soul (Deluxe 180g+DVD+MP3)

Image: 1580398 ‘Mirror to the Soul: Music, Culture and Identity in the Caribbean 1920-72’. Deluxe Limited edition 2x 180gm LP + Download + DVD + Insert.

The Film: A Documentary Film About British Pathé In The West Indies 1920-72.
Over two years in the making, Mirror to the Soul is a new documentary film about the Caribbean, a unique collaboration between Soul Jazz Records and British Pathé, made up entirely of newsreel footage (short news pieces of two or three minutes in length) filmed during the period 1922-1970.

British Pathé was established in London in 1910 to produce newsreels screened in cinemas throughout Britain before main feature films. In the 1950s, to compete with the new medium of television, Pathé began adding entertainment, cultural, musical and educational stories to hard news items. Pathé eventually closed production in 1970 after accumulating over 3,500 hours of documentary history and Soul Jazz Records/Films were given full access to these film vaults for the making of this new film.

As well as offering an insight into aspects of West Indian life, the film allows us to see how a private British film company presented a Caribbean identity to the outside world. Consequently the film tells us as much about British society and its own identity and values – especially in regard to attitudes towards its colonies and former-colonies – as it does those of the Caribbean itself.

The relationship between the Caribbean and Britain is explored through features and footage of the onward diaspora of West Indians to the ‘motherland’, from the fascinating footage of the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948 (including an interview with new arrival Lord Kitchener) to racial troubles and more.

This film presents many aspects of Caribbean life to the viewer. From Calypsonians to banana plantations, from Voodoo ceremonies to revolutionaries, as well as hurricanes, stingrays and flying fish, colonialism and independence, water diving, carnival – all presented together here into a uniquely fascinating document.

As well as the West Indian islands this film also includes footage of Venezuela, Belize, Colombia and Florida, USA, which form the wider Caribbean region. It documents the changing relationship between a number of islands and their friends or enemies – such as, for instance with Cuba and the USA – as we see with footage from the Cuban revolution onwards.

“A compelling work which looks to situate the history of the Caribbean as a part of the history of Britain. It provokes questions of national identity, authorship and representation. In using a non-chronological structure, the film takes on new meaning as a kaleidoscopic, Chris Marker-esque investigation of memory. A powerful, jigsaw-like testament to the beauty and importance of archive footage.”
British Film Institute

Music CD 1: CD One: Caribbean Jump-Up, Mambo and Calypso Beat 1954-77
Big sounds from small islands! This album is a whistle-stop musical journey through the Caribbean stopping off at Trinidad, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and more along the way as Caribbean Jump-Up, Mambo and Calypso Beat all feature in this upfront selection of heavyweight Caribbean dance tunes from 1954-77! Includes loads of killer ska, mambo and latin jazz, calypso, tropical funk and more. Artists include Irakere, Cachao, Slim Smith, Celia Cruz, El Gran Combo, Edmundo Ros, Lord Flea, Techniques, Carlos Malcolm, Count Ossie and more!

BONUS Music CD Two: Afro-Caribbean Music Up From The Roots 1994-2013
Soul Jazz Records have been recording Afro-Caribbean music for the last 15 years, travelling to and documenting roots styles in the Caribbean region. This authentic Afro-Caribbean music is at the source of many popular styles of today and the album is a selection of Soul Jazz Records’ productions and includes music from Cuba, Haiti, Colombia, Guadeloupe and Belize.

Featured here are Caribbean music styles all of which have a 600-year connection with Africa as their heartbeat, with music – especially the drum – a spiritually significant link to the heritage of much of the West Indies.

Whilst popular music in the Caribbean has produced many new styles such as reggae in Jamaica, calypso in Trinidad, salsa and mambo in Cuba, zouk in Martinique and Guadeloupe, Afro-Caribbean roots music remains a constant throughout. This music retains its power today – a musical concept both forward looking and creative as well as remaining steeped in tradition.

This album includes 21st century recordings of Haitian Voodoo and Rara music, Cuban Santeria and Latin Jazz, Gwo-Ka from Guadeloupe, Paranda and Dugu from Belize and more besides in this fascinating journey through some of the many roots musical styles of the Afro-Caribbean. Available from 10.05.2013

VP Records will release Meta And The Cornerstones new album “Ancient Power”
Friday, April 26th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
Posted in For Facebook, Magazine, News | Comments Off on VP Records will release Meta And The Cornerstones new album “Ancient Power”

Proclaimed the next ‘African Reggae Voice’, Meta’s unforgettable vocals are complemented by the incomparable sounds of his band The Cornerstones. Meta and The Cornerstones’ music is warm and embodying, immensely addictive, and destined to forever change the dynamics of reggae music. Through pure musical genius and humble spirits, the band successfully fuses reggae, Afro-pop, hip-hop, rock, […]

Donald A.Strachan & The Freedom Ensemble – Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite
Friday, April 26th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Donald A.Strachan & The Freedom Ensemble – Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite

Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are releasing ‘Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite’ a superb lost USA deep jazz independent private-press album originally self-published by Donald Alexander Strachan and the Freedom Ensemble on Triad Music Concepts i…

Meta And The Cornerstones
Monday, April 22nd, 2013 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Artists, Magazine | Comments Off on Meta And The Cornerstones

Proclaimed the next ‘African Reggae Voice’, Meta’s unforgettable vocals are complemented by the incomparable sounds of his band The Cornerstones. Meta and The Cornerstones’ music is warm and embodying, immensely addictive, and destined to forever change the dynamics of reggae music. Through pure musical genius and humble spirits, the band successfully fuses reggae, Afro-pop, hip-hop, rock, […]

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