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Martha High
Monday, November 20th, 2017 | Posted in Features, Magazine | Comments Off on Martha High

Original Funky Diva Martha High has been an integral part of James Brown’s life and career for more than 30 years. She was his backing vocalist, hair stylist, payroll master and his always loyal and reliable confidant. The idea for this project was hatched back in 2014, when Martha was visiting producer DJ Pari, head […]

Martha High teams up with mighty Japanese Osaka Monaural to pay homage to JB’s Funky Divas
Monday, November 13th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Original Funky Diva Martha High has been an integral part of James Brown’s life and career for more than 30 years. She was his backing vocalist, hair stylist, payroll master and his always loyal and reliable confidant. The idea for this project was hatched back in 2014, when Martha was visiting producer DJ Pari, head […]

Camp Lo – Ragtime Hightimes
Friday, June 26th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Camp Lo – Ragtime Hightimes

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Legendary Bronx-bred hip-hop duo Camp Lo burst onto the scene in
1997, when their classic debut album Uptown Saturday Night (and it’s
anthemic single “Luchini”) introduced fans to the Lo’s intricate flows and
cutting-edge slang editorials. Nearly two decades later, Geechi Suede
and Sonny Cheeba are back with Ragtime Hightimes, a brand new
album produced by longtime collaborator Ski Beatz. The album finds
Camp Lo and Ski Beatz pushing past boundaries while staying true to
their creative vision. “This piece is different ‘cause we were in a different
space,” says Suede. “It’s always gonna be us, just different versions of
ourselves. We’re exploring different dimensions in visual sound texture.”
While much of their classic material was sample-based, the group is
now experimenting with live instrumentation more than ever before.
“The originality remains,” adds Cheeba. “There are differences in sound,
mostly due to the live instruments.” Overall, the result is a singular piece
of “time traveling art” that is sure to resonate for years to come. “This
album just feels good,” explains Suede. “It’s our favorite way to feel.”

Tracklist:
1. Black Jesus
2. Sunglasses
3. Its Cold
4. Power Man
5. Sunshine
6. Gypsy Notes
7. Cold Retarded
8. Award Winning
9. Life I Love
10. Bright Lights
11. You
12. Mean Joe
13. Time Available from 12.06.2015

Legendary Bronx-bred hip-hop duo Camp Lo are back with “Ragtime Hightimes”
Monday, May 4th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Legendary Bronx-bred hip-hop duo Camp Lo burst onto the scene in 1997, when their classic debut album Uptown Saturday Night (and it’s anthemic single “Luchini”) introduced fans to the Lo’s intricate flows and cutting-edge slang editorials. Nearly two decades later, Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba are back with Ragtime Hightimes, a brand new album produced […]

Dynasty’s highly anticipated debut album will be released in collaboration with Jakarta Records
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Representing Queens, NY the hip-hop/soul artist Dynasty has loads of big names to be measured with but it seems like just that heritage makes the difference. Collaborations with Talib Kweli, with whom she recorded the Track “Stay Shinin” including a Video for her current Album “A Star In Life’s Clothing”, and legendary DJ Premier from […]

Prince Language / Lee Douglas – Stay Up / Broadway
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Prince Language / Lee Douglas – Stay Up / Broadway

Image: 1581107 On the first Editions Disco release in many moons, Prince Language brings it with ‘Stay Up’, an anthem for the late-night crew. An early-80s midnight music video staple is teased and extended into a menacing and funked-up groove bomb that will have you running for your nearest horizontal mirrored surface. An ominous, pulsating drone over driving drums builds up before giving way to angular guitar funk, dubby piano fireworks and a bassline as insistent as that numbness in your teeth. A chorus of “up all night… stayin’ up all night” let’s you know what time it is. But you probably shouldn’t know that when you’re still going. Editions Disco never sleeps.

On the flip-side, NYC storyteller Lee Douglas brings us an epic extension of the classic live version of a smooth guitar god’s ‘On Broadway’ – but there’s nothing silky about this one. This is a foot-stomping workout complete with rousing crowd noise, a relentless piano riff on top of a handclapping groove that refuses to quit, and guitar pyrotechnics that all build to a series of chorus-teasing climaxes. Gutbucket disco, and late-night workout of the highest order.

Both cuts are pure gold – choose your weapon, DJs. Already getting support from the DFA crew, Lovefingers, Mathieu Schreyer of KCRW Los Angeles, and Justin Miller just to name a few.

A. Prince Language – Stay Up
B. Lee Douglas – Broadway Available from 17.05.2013

Martha High & Speedometer
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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‘Legend’ is a word so overused in the music business that it has lost much of it’s original impact. But Freestyle Records feels wholly justified in describing our latest signing as precisely that. Martha Highs’ impeccable soul credentials are beyond question. She was a member of The Jewels, who in the mid 60’s were part […]

“Stronger” is the highly anticipated new release from Fantan Mojah …
Friday, November 7th, 2008 | Tags: ,
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Following the late 2005 album “Hail The King” is the 17-track strong new album “Stronger” for Fantan Mojah (born Owen Moncrieffe) with uplifting music focused on spreading the word of Jah and power of love. The title track “Stronger” is proving being extremely popular with reggae fans world wide, and energetic narratives make the album […]

GEYSER goes MEHRWERT: the new future sound of Cologne is here to stay …
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Electronica

Ufo361
Monday, May 1st, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Ufo361 wurde 1988 in Berlin geboren und ist in Berlin Kreuzberg aufgewachsen. Zunächst machte er sich auf den Straßen als Graffiti-Künstler in einer bekannten Kreuzberger Crew einen Namen. Eigene Tracks wie “Hard in the Paint” oder “Was du Reydest?!” oder seine Beiträge auf der “Bellini Boyz EP” ließen seine Fanbase wachsen, und seine in Eigenregie […]

Ufo361
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Ufo361 hat mit seiner Berliner-Reihe Deutschrap zerlegt und wieder zusammen gesetzt! Zum Abschluss der Trilogie packt der Kreuzberger noch einmal richtig aus und ballert 27 Tracks, die schneller reinknallen als deine Hustensaft-Sprite-Mischung! Unter den elf Featuregästen gibt sich nur die Creme de la Creme Deutschraps die Ehre. Neben Newcomern wie Yung Hurn oder Capital Bra, […]

Der Kreuzberger MC Ufo361 veröffentlicht Teil 3 seiner Mixtape-Reihe “Ich Bin Berliner”
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Ufo361 hat mit seiner Berliner-Reihe Deutschrap zerlegt und wieder zusammen gesetzt! Zum Abschluss der Trilogie packt der Kreuzberger noch einmal richtig aus und ballert 27 Tracks, die schneller reinknallen als deine Hustensaft-Sprite-Mischung! Unter den elf Featuregästen gibt sich nur die Creme de la Creme Deutschraps die Ehre. Neben Newcomern wie Yung Hurn oder Capital Bra, […]

Leon Ware – Rockin’ You Eternally
Saturday, November 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Leon Ware – Rockin’ You Eternally

Image: 1616529 This customarily smooth set from 1981 is perhaps most famous for featuring three unforgettable tracks made with Marcos Valle. Rio’s pop-soul wunderkind was exploring soul textures at the same time as Leon was absorbing the rich flavour of Brazilian harmonics. Together, they crafted rhythmically sophisticated and melodically adventurous soul.

The centrepiece of the album is the lush, creeping title track – a hypnotically arranged stepper’s groove and an enduring classic. A perfect slice of orchestral soul, it features Leon’s patented unusual chord progressions, Valle on Rhodes and restrained string arrangements from Gene Page.

The nimble funk groove of “Baby Don’t Stop Me” is another collaborative delight and one of Leon’s rare uptempo tunes. “Got To Be Loved” is a timeless ballad, a sublime quiet storm version of Valle’s loping jazz-funk favourite “Bicho No Cio”.

As with all Leon records, the lyrical themes are deeply eternal throughout, whilst the music is elegant, soulful and sensual. Beyond the Valle co-writes, the soaring instrumental “Don’t Stay Away” is a real highlight, possessing an intricate melody and another heavenly string arrangement from the incredible Page. On the pleading sultry soul of “Sure Do Want You Now,” Ware’s uniquely expressive vocals are especially impassioned and polished.

This officially licensed reissue enables a wider audience to now discover its undoubted genius. The sumptuous artwork of the original jacket and inner sleeve have been faithfully restored, the latter featuring Leon’s memorable lyrics. Simon Francis’ sensitive mastering elevates the sound throughout and, as ever, it has been pressed at a reassuringly weighty 180g.

“When we started to write, we found how easy it was, and at the same time how new it was, combining the feeling I had and the feeling he had”, Valle explained to Wax Poetics on the subject of his fruitful partnership with Leon. The magic conjured up by fusing R&B with Brazilian rhythms and touches of jazz, funk, and pop resulted in a modern-soul/boogie essential.

Tracklisting
1 A Little Boogie (Never Hurt No One)
2 Baby Don’t Stop Me
3 Sure Do Want You Now
4 Our Time
5 Rockin’ You Eternally
6 Got To Be Loved
7 Don’t Stay Away
8 In Our Garden Available from 01.12.2017

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

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

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

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

U Roy – Versions Galore
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on U Roy – Versions Galore

Image: 1611925 So read the original liner notes to this classic reggae LP, which originally hit in 1971 and washed over the island like a grooving tropical storm.
U-Roy was a true reggae pioneer, dubbed The Originator for good reason. Bursting onto the Jamaican scene in the early 1970s, he pioneered the vocal approach called “toasting,” which in addition to bringing Jamaican music into a new era, was also heavily influential on an American vocal style also in its infancy: rapping. This full-length, his first after a string of singles (mostly on the Treasure Isle and other Duke Reid labels, run by the famed producer and studio owner), rolls like a crazy party where a wobbly, but talented, “master of ceremonies” grabs the mic and
won’t let go. Speaking over and around songs that already have straight-ahead vocals on them, U-Roy shows the world why he is considered an iconoclast and trailblazer.
In all honesty, there are few standouts on the album since they all run a similar course, and all are captivating in their own way. Modern listeners will especially note “Tide Is High,” originally by the Paragons (featuring dulcet-toned vocalist John Holt) and recorded later as a 1980 smash hit by Blondie. Each track here is a new adventure, and while U-Roy’s approach might take some getting used to, it will eventually capture your ears as it did the entire island of Jamaica in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Sit back, drop the needle, and enjoy.

A1. Your Ace From Space
A2. On The Beach
A3. Version Galore
A4. True Confession
A5. Tide Is High
A6. Things You Love
B1. The Same Song
B2. Happy Go Lucky Girl
B3. Rock Away
B4. Wear You To The Ball
B5. Don’t Stay Away
B6. Hot Pop Available from 27.10.2017

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

Alec Mansion – Alec Mansion
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alec Mansion – Alec Mansion

Image: 1610514 A sublime slice of boogie-funk, Alec Mansion has steadily gained the status of a “crate-digging classic”. Accordingly, it has been near-impossible to unearth a physical copy in good condition for many years. Be With is delighted to present the first ever vinyl reissue, remastered in time to grace the discerning terraces and boat parties of the coming summer months.

Originally released in 1983, the LP arrived with impeccable credentials, programming duties were handled by Dan Lacksman (the brains behind Telex, the “Belgian Kraftwerk”) whilst production came from Marc Moulin (of jazz-rock fusion heroes Placebo). At the time its merits were mainly praised by radio and studio heads. Today, Mansion’s masterpiece is lauded by boogie aficionados from Liege to Los Angeles.

It was during a stay in Chicago that the Belgian took inspiration from the communal spirit and sheer power of black American funk. In a recent interview with Vice’s Noisey, Mansion cited The Whispers, Prince and Chic as key touchstones in his quest for his desired sound. Upon finessing his idiosyncratic European style of funk for his self-titled sophomore LP, Mansion flirted with perfection.

Showcasing a staggering run of instant (non)-hits, this sonically stunning album can be viewed as both of its time and, yet, aeons ahead of it.

Amongst the myriad highlights, “Ou Es-Tu” recalls neck-breaking G-Funk roughly a decade before it was ubiquitous. Its swagger conjures the fantasy sound of Dam-Funk producing fellow Francophone masters Phoenix, circa United, all buzzing synths and snapping drums underpinning vocals that ooze European style.

The glorious synth-workout “Dans L’eau De Nice” boasts an inordinate amount of instrumental flourishes. Augmented by Mansion’s vocal class, it still feels tight and perfectly formed like all timeless pop music, and it has since become infamous as a joyous end-of-night singalong hit for house parties.

The startlingly confident “Marche” borders on the arrogant, its sun-drenched cool inviting both awe and irresistible movement. “Quand Je Serai Grand” blasts lazer-guided synth washes over an undeniable groove that would’ve made Nile Rodgers swoon as he prepped Like A Virgin.

The acid squelch that propels the strutting “Laid, Bête, Et Méchant” delivers infectious bounce with enviable abandon whilst the fantastically wonky “Trop Triste” garnered renewed attention after featuring on Zaltan’s beloved Quartier Choc mixtape.

On the rare occasions it appears on the secondary market, it commands eye-watering figures. A record that has eluded even the most seasoned of vinyl freaks, this officially licensed reissue enables a wider audience to now discover its undoubted genius. Dovetailing neatly with the recent interest in forgotten boogie and obscure Euro-pop, this timely reappearance of a certified lost treasure is sure to be one of the summer’s essential releases. As sophisticated and multi-layered as the best of the genre, this is highly recommended if you dig for analogue boogie/synth-funk as well as the more leftfield elements of slick 80s pop.

The original artwork of both jacket and sumptuous, full-colour inner sleeve has been faithfully restored, the latter featuring Mansion’s memorable lyrics emblazoned across the pleasing jazzy early 80s design. Sonically, Simon Francis’ deft mastering adds clarity and muscle throughout and, as ever, it has been pressed at a reassuringly weighty 180g.

Tracklisting
1 Dans L’Eau De Nice
2 Laid, Bête Et Méchant
3 Marche
4 Quand Je Serai Grand
5 Du Tu Au Tout
6 Où Es-Tu
7 Toi, C’est Different
8 Maintenant
9 Trop Triste
10 Knock-Out A Knokke Le Zoute Available from 21.07.2017

Joey Negro Presents – Produced With Love
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joey Negro Presents – Produced With Love

Image: 1609975 Produced With Love is the extraordinary new album from UK legend Joey Negro: a buoyant, life-affirming, disco-inspired album that offers welcome relief from the grey-faced march of modern club music.

TRACKLISTING

Record One
A1 Must Be The Music (The Original Disco Version)
A2 In Search of The Dream feat. Angela Johnson
B1 Overnight Sensation feat. Diane Charlemagne
B2 Everything feat. Lifford
B3 Into The Blue feat. Alex Mills
Record Two
C1 It’s More Fun To Compute
C2 Stomp Your Feet
D1 Won’t Let Go feat. Linda Clifford
D2 Prove That You’re Feeling Me feat. Diane Charlemagne
D3 Anyway feat. Melba Moore
Record Three
E1 The O’Jays – Message In Our Music (Joey Negro Remix)
F1 The Fatback Band – Spanish Hustle (Joey Negro Remix)

“I was 13 when I first heard “Boogie Nights” by Heatwave on a children’s TV show called Multicoloured
SwapShop and it started a love affair with disco music that has lasted all my life. There’s so much to love in
disco. 40 years later I still hear plenty of sample tracks based around disco records but what I don’t come
across much of is actual original new material made to the disco blueprint.” – Joey Negro
It’s hard to find enough superlatives to describe just how influential and prolific Dave Lee, aka Joey Negro, has
been over the last three decades. One of music’s major proponents of soulful, disco-tinged, vocal records and
without question instrumental is its development and popularisation, no-one treats a loop, groove or hook with
as much care and attention as Joey Negro.
Whether you realise it or not, Joey Negro productions have more than likely been soundtracking your life.
Throughout the 90s and 00s right up until today, he has produced an astonishing number of records and
remixes under various names and for some of the world’s biggest and greatest artists. Grace Jones, Diana
Ross, Deep Dish, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, Tears For Fears, Ultra Nate, Masters At Work, Roy Ayers, Blaze,
Roger Sanchez: across both underground and pop music, the list goes on, contributing to one of the most
impressive discographies in music, irrespective of genre.
Throughout his career, disco has been a key ingredient of the Joey Negro sound, and alongside the likes of
Nile Rodgers, Daft Punk, Jamiroquai and Dimitri From Paris, he’s one of the few artists to have been keeping
the disco fire burning.
Produced With Love is only the second ever Joey Negro album to be released, and the first for more than 20
years. And as the electronic music scene threatens to be overrun with faceless, bland and forgettable
productions, Produced With Love proves that dance music with character still exists. And rather than rely on
sampling older records, the overwhelming majority of music is newly recorded: a real rarity when it comes to
modern disco and indicative of the level of detail involved in the project.
During his career, Joey Negro has helmed a staggering number of acclaimed compilations and remix albums,
including Defected’s In The House and House Masters series, Remixed With Love, Disco Not Disco and Kings of
House: a haul not very few producers can lay claim to. Most recently, last year’s Electro compilation was
incredibly well-received, while Remixed With Love 2 – which included exclusive reworks of Robert Palmer,
Grace Jones and Christopher Cross all from the original master tapes – proved that JN’s powers were as sharp
as ever, with the collection going on to be Traxsource’s best-selling of 2016, reaching top 30 on iTunes album
chart, and also being named DJ Mag’s compilation of the year.

And so, back to the small matter of Produced With Love. Album opener ‘Prove That You’re Feeling Me feat.
Diane Charlemagne’ is without question one of the catchiest and most urgent disco records produced in the
last decade. Evoking the great Nile Rogers and Chic at their funkiest, it trips along on an exquisite bassline with
orchestral strings and Charlemagne’s vocal lending the record a truly timeless quality.
“Unfortunately between starting and finishing the project the supremely talented Diane Charlemagne, the
singer/songwriter who I co-wrote many songs with over last 10 years very sadly passed away. We had a great
working relationship, which was both fun and honest. Most of my final collaborations with Diane, ‘Overnight
Sensation’, ‘Prove That You’re Feeling Me’ and the partly re-written remake of ‘Must Be The Music’ are on this
album.” – Joey Negro
R&B and house music mainstay Linda Clifford narrates on ‘Won’t Let Go’, a deep house cut that celebrates
musical escapism, whilst ‘It’s More Fun To Compute’ – an unlikely cover – is a fully orchestrated disco rework of
Dusseldorf’s finest.
Further highlights include a completely remade ‘Must Be The Music’ (one of Joey Negro’s best-known records),
which is utterly transformed from its previous incarnation, whilst things get both dubby and jazzy on the Arthur
Russell-evoking ‘Distorting Space Time’.
Available from 02.06.2017

Huxley
Monday, April 3rd, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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It is fair to say that, in 2017, Huxley has fully arrived. Still young but with experiences in the booth and studio well beyond his years, he has a fine array of tools at his disposal. Over the last seven plus years, the friendly character has excelled at many different styles, often ahead of the […]

Hot Since 82
Monday, March 13th, 2017 | Tags: , , , ,
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If you love something, they say, set it free. Even dance music. It’s only five years, after all, since Hot Since 82, current hottest property in house music, the man behind some of Summer 2013’s biggest anthems, gave up DJing and producing forever. Back in summer 2007, Daley Padley was staying with his mates in […]

Dominik Eulberg
Monday, February 27th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Part of the new generation of cutting-edge DJ/producers, Germany’s Dominik Eulberg studies biology, geography and sometimes works as a national park ranger alongside producing some very exceptional music indeed. As illustrated on 2004’s “Flora & Fauna” release and his “Diorama” album in 2011, his music and life are closely linked by nature. Attempted by so […]

Various – The Hamilton Mixtape (Soundtrack)
Friday, January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Hamilton Mixtape (Soundtrack)

Image: 1608480 Atlantic Records has announced the highly-anticipated release of The Hamilton Mixtape, an unprecedented musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.Executive produced by The Roots’ Ahmir ”Questlove” Thompson and Tarik ”Black Thought” Trotter, The Hamilton Mixtape sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of its kind collection include Sia, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Alicia Keys, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Regina Spektor, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Miguel, Queen Latifah, Common, Ben Folds, Andra Day, Jill Scott, Jimmy Fallon & more. The Hamilton Mixtape also includes three previously unreleased HAMILTON demos.

TRACKS:

01 No John Trumbull (Intro) – By The Roots
02 My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – By The Roots
03 Wrote My Way Out – By Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
04 Wait For It – By Usher
05 An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – By Watsky
06 Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – By Sia
07 Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – By Regina Spektor
08 Valley Forge (Demo) – By Lin-Manuel Miranda
09 It’s Quiet Uptown – By Kelly Clarkson
10 That Would Be Enough – By Alicia Keys
11 Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – By K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente

01 You’ll Be Back – By Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
02 Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – By Ashanti
03 Take A Break (Interlude) – By !llmind
04 Say Yes To This – By Jill Scott
05 Congratulations – By Dessa
06 Burn – By Andra Day
07 Stay Alive (Interlude) – By J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
08 Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo) – By Lin-Manuel Miranda
09 Washingtons By Your Side – By Wiz Khalifa
10 History Has Its Eyes On You – By John Legend
11 Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – By The Roots
12 Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – By Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights Available from 10.02.2017

Fred P
Monday, January 9th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Anyone who followed the development of house music made in the USA in the last decade will certainly have met the art of Fred Peterkin aka Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium. Since a while the New York City native that is working on his very own music for almost 20 years is on everyone’s […]

Paz – Paz Are Back
Friday, December 30th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Paz – Paz Are Back

Image: 1607665 BBE present the cult classic Paz Are Back from Brtish Jazz collective Paz.

Tracklist:
A1 Laying Eggs
A2 Horrors
A3 A.C./D.C.
A4 Where Is Ron?
B1 Moonchild
B2 I Can’t Remember
B3 Iron Works
B4 The Everywhere Calypso
B5 Dancing In The Dark

Recorded during the summer of 1980 and originally released in 1982 on
Spotlight Records, ‘PAZ are Back’ was the second (and arguably the finest)
album by the London jazz collective, founded by vibraphonist, composer and
arranger Dick Crouch. Known for their original jazz-funk and latin stylings, the
band held a weekly Sunday residency at The Kensington pub in Holland Park
for over 8 years, becoming a fixture at many London venues throughout the
70’s and 80’s, most notably Ronnie Scott’s.
For PAZ, band leader Dick Crouch assembled a group of the finest jazz
musicians working in London at the time. Piano, keyboard and synth player
Geoff Castle was a mainstay of the band throughout the years, as well as
playing and recording with George Coleman, Ian Dury & Georgie Fame to
name but a few. He also composed the highly original and energetic track
‘Moonchild’, featured on this album.
Sax and flute player Ray Warleigh enjoyed a successful three decade career
(sadly, he passed away in 2015), playing alongside Dusty Springfield,
Marianne Faithfull, Scott Walker and Stevie Wonder as well as 9 years
with PAZ. The full breadth of his musical dexterity is on display here, from the
gritty alto sax solos featured on ‘Laying Eggs’ to his eerie home-made
panpipes on ‘Horrors’.
Guitarist Ed Speight also worked extensively with Ian Dury and the
Blockheads, as well as performing ‘Tubular Bells’ with Mike Oldfield on the
QEH and BBC2. Now an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ed taught
guitar and keyboard harmony between 1988 and 2010.
Bass player Ron Mathewson is best known for his years spent working with
Ronnie Scott, but he also recorded with Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Ben
Webster and Bill Evans (to whom the stunning ‘I Can’t Remember’ is
dedicated). His absence on one album track is noted in its title ‘Where is
Ron?’, so called because he realised the song required no bassline (as the
original liner notes stated: “this awareness of when not to play is part of his
genius”).
Appearing with the band for the first time on ‘PAZ are Back’, drummer Frank
Gibson was perhaps better known for accompanying Leo Sayer, David Essex
and Dusty Springfield, although jazz was always his first love. Following his
time in the UK and touring the world, Frank returned to his native New
Zealand, where he won three ‘Best Jazz Album’ awards and performed at the
1990 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Capturing a group of prodigiously talented musicians at the height of their
powers, ‘PAZ Are Back’ features timeless original compositions from almost all
the band members, as well as a unique cover of ‘Everywhere Calypso’ by
Sonny Rollins and a truly frenetic, heavily improvised version of jazz standard
‘Dancing In The Dark’. A band who remained steadfastly resistant to being
pigeonholed, incorporating a multitude of influences before ‘fusion’ became
fashionable, PAZ’s music stands the test of time magnificently, as evidenced by
the staggering demand for original copies of this album.
Remastered and packaged with the original artwork, BBE are excited to make
the magic of PAZ available to a new generation of fans.

Key selling points:
– Album tracks sampled by Madlib & DJ Vadim among others
– Copies of the original fetching 3 figure sums on Discogs
– Featuring a group of London’s all-time finest jazz musicians at the height of their powers
– full press , radio & social media campaign Available from 10.02.2017

The Shacks – The Shacks
Friday, November 18th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Shacks – The Shacks

Image: 1606390 When you listen to the Shacks’ self-titled debut EP, you might imagine that Shannon Wise and Max Shrager are much
older than their respective 18 and 20 years. But when Shannon’s whisper-vocals breeze through the speakers, you hear
the youthfulness of their sound which then in turn explains the fearlessness of their songwriting. Both vaguely familiar
and completely fresh, The Shacks are one of the most interesting NYC bands to surface in a minute.
Since the release of their first single, “Strange Boy,” which they recorded with El Michels Affair, The Shacks have been
compared to 90’s indie icons like Mazzy Star, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Broadcast. As good as those bands are, you
wouldn’t find a single one of their records in Max and Shannon’s music collection. All these bands are drinking from
the same well, just 20 years apart.
Highlights from The Shacks EP include a cover of the Ray Davies-penned “Strange Effect,” which Shannon sings as if
it were written for her, giving the song an unnerving edge that’s way more interesting than Dave Berry’s tepid original.
Also included on the EP is “Orchids,” one of Leon Michels and Max Shrager’s first co-productions, recorded at the
legendary Diamond Mine studios. “Orchids” is a truly original piece of music that showcases The Shacks’
adventurousness in the studio. “Left It With the Moon” is a lo-fi lullaby written by Shannon and recorded to 4 track
cassette at Max’s home studio in Princeton, NJ. And “Hands In Your Pockets” features the Frightnrs rhythm section
laying down a pitch-perfect rocksteady backing track behind Shannon’s deadpan delivery a la Jane Birkin.
The Shacks’ full-length LP is due early 2017 on Big Crown Records. Stay tuned for more.

A SIDE:
This Strange Effect
Left It With The Moon
Orchids
B SIDE:
Audrey Hepburn
Tidal Waves
Rain
Hands In Your Pockets Available from 11.11.2016

Drittes Album der Supergroup La Coka Nostra mit aktuellen und ehemaligen Mitgliedern von House Of Pain, Non Phixion und Limp Bizkit
Monday, October 24th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Es sind inzwischen vier Jahre vergangen, seit dem die amerikanische Hip Hop-Supergroup La Coka Nostra ihr letztes Album veröffentlichte. Nach dem Ausstieg des ehemaligen House Of Pain-Frontmannes Everlast aus familiären Gründen übernahm der ehemalige Non Phixion-Frontmann Ill Bill das Zepter. Zum Kern der Gruppe gehören außerdem Slaine, Danny Boy und DJ Lethal (beide ehemals House […]

The Frightnrs – Nothing More To Say (Daptone Records)
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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The Frightnrs “Nothing More To Say” is a true collaboration between the band, black belt producer and arranger Victor Axelrod aka Ticklah and Daptone Records.

CD DAP042-2 / LP+MP3 DAP042-1
Release: 02-09-16
Sory Bamba – Du Mali
Thursday, August 25th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sory Bamba – Du Mali

Image: 1606010 One of the most pivotal figures in the history of Malian music is Sorry Bamba. His work spans five decades and his music bridges the gap between Mali’s cultural traditions and new the music which arose from the musical cross overs which occurred in Mali’s post-Colonial period. Bamba was born in 1938 in Mopti. This is dissected by both the Niger and Bani rivers and known for its rich cultural diversity. Bamba’s father was a distinguished veteran of Emperor Samory Toure’s military and a nobleman in Malian society, however, this meant young Sorry was forbidden to make music, as under the nation’s caste system, music was an art form reserved for the Griots.

At the age of 10, Sorry’s parents died and in traumatic times that followed the young teen found solace in music. He first taught himself to play am African six-holed flute. As he progressed he began to absorbed the rich tapestry of music of his surroundings, traditional Malian music, highlife from Ghana, local accordion master Toumani Toure, European singers and musicians. In 1957 Sorry formed his first band, Group Goumbe, named after a popular Ivory Coast dance style. In 1960 Mali gained independence from France, Bamba and his group benefited from a new openness toward local music on the state-run radio network Radio Mali. Sorry then went on to form two award-winning, further collectives Bani Jazz and later the Kanaga Orchestra. They fused Latin jazz, Western R&B, Psychadelic and funk, and traditional Malian styles made them a favourite in Mali and beyond.

In 1979 Sorry produced his third LP for the Paris based Sonafric group. Long out of print Africa Seven is pleased to be re-issuing the LP with the authorization of the newly reformed Sonafric group. The re-issue benefits from extensive restoration and re-mastering to a spectral analysis level, bringing and polishing long lost and distorted sounds.

The six track masterpiece opens with “Mayel”. It blends Afro-space grooves, cowbell and swirling organ with psych guitar and punchy horns. “Kanaga 78” was named after his band of the time. Sounding as fresh (if not more so) in 2016 as it did in 1979 the hypnotic bass, expansive drums, twisting organ and snakelike fuzz-guitar all combine to create a masterpiece of African psychedelia. “Bayadjourou” closes off Side A of the LP with its pulsating, incessant organ hook-line and driving tom drums while adding in layers of Malian vocal from a female chorus and Sorry himself.

Side B opens up with “Tjamantie Kolo” which is powered by driving conga and drums layered with traditional vocals and distorted picked electric guitar lines. “N’Nebakaidi” focuses on the song writing skill and delivery of Sorry who delivers a masterful vocal over grooves which somehow manage to sound melancholy but somehow also forlornly uplifting at the same time. The LP closes with “Nani Nani” which is a brass driven wall of African sound.

Stay tuned for further re-issues of Sorry Bamba’s first and second albums soon on Africa Seven.

Tracklisting
1 Mayel
2 Kanaga 78
3 Bayadjourou
4 Tjamantie Kolo
5 N’Nebakaidi
6 Nani Nani Available from 23.09.2016

Pat Thomas – Coming Home
Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pat Thomas – Coming Home

Image: 1605644 Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967-1981 ?Ghanaian highlife master and “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas, returns with his first full career retrospective on Strut this Autumn, covering his late ‘60s big band highlife recordings through to the “burger highlife” movement of the early ‘80s.

Tracklisting:
CD 1
1. Broadway Dance Band – Go Modern
2. Ogyatanaa Show Band With Pat Thomas – Yaa Amponsah
3. Pat Thomas & The Black Berets – Obra E Yebo Yi
4. Pat Thomas & The Big ‘7’ – Eye Colo
5. Pat Thomas – Awurade Mpaebo
6. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans – Merebre
7. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans – Revolution
8. Pat Thomas & Marijata – We Are Coming Home
9. Pat Thomas & Marijata – Let’S Think It Over
10. Pat Thomas & Marijata – Brain Washing
11. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans – Set Me Free
12. Pat Thomas & Marijata – I Can Say
13. Ebo Taylor Feat. Pat Thomas – No Money, No Love*
14. Ebo Taylor Feat. Pat Thomas – Sack The Devils*

CD 2
1. Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor – Ma Huno
2. Pat Thomas – Gyae Su (1)
3. Pat Thomas – Yamona
4. Pat Thomas – Mewo Akoma
5. Pat Thomas – Gyae Su (2)
6. Pat Thomas And Marijata – I Need More
7. Super Sounds Namba – Who’S Free
8. Pat Thomas – Mpaebo
9. Pat Thomas – Can’t You See
* Previously Unreleased

Ghanaian highlife master and “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas,returns with his first full career retrospective on Strut this Autumn, covering his late ‘60s big band highlife recordings through to the “burger highlife” movement of the early ‘80s.
Growing up with music around him (“my uncle, King Onyina, was an important highlife musician”), Thomas was inspired to become a singer after hearing vocalist Joss Aikins: “He sang with Broadway Dance Band and Decca in Ghana chose him to sing with any group that came into their studios.”
When a new incarnation of Broadway Dance Band was created in ‘67, led by Ebo Taylor, Thomas received his first big break. “Ebo started to write new songs. I added the lyrics and sang them and it worked well.” The partnership with Taylor would become one of the enduring forces in Ghanaian music during the ‘70s, creating a fresh, progressive new highlife sound. They played with the Blue Monks band before, in 1974, forming Sweet Beans with the backing of Ghana’s Cocoa Marketing Board: “The album, ‘False Lover’, was the first under my own name and my first for Gapophone,” Pat reflects. “Reggae was “on” at that time – Jimmy Cliff was the guy – so I tried reggae fusions and brought in some soul.”
The album established Thomas across Ghana. Sweet Beans disbanded but the musicians stayed together as Marijata. “The guys initially used Jewel Ackah as their vocalist but they involved me and I re-vocalled the album. This became the ‘Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata’ LP. At that time, I would go to George Prah at Gapophone to ask for money and he would say, ‘if you want me to pay you, go and write a song!’ So, tracks like ‘Coming Home’ came about that way, written on the spot.” A second Marijata album followed before a damaging coup in Ghana in 1979. “Jerry Rawlings’ “house-cleaning” was designed to stop corruption but it seriously damaged our country’s music culture.”
Thomas left for Berlin and stayed true to his highlife roots, becoming the first Ghanaian to record highlife there. “In Ghana, people ex-pats living in Germany called themselves ‘burgers’, so the scene became ‘burger highlife’.” Thomas travelled to Togo and London, before settling in Canada: “I ended up there for ten years playing for universities, Ghanaian societies and festivals.”
Pat is now back with Kwashibu Area Band and touring worldwide: “Today, highlife has become the world’s music and I am proud to still bring
it to so many people.” ‘Coming Home’ is released on 2CD, 3LP and digital and features exclusive photos and a full interview with Pat Thomas.

KEY POINTS:
– First ever career retrospective of key Ghanaian highlife figure
– Covers ‘60s highlife to heavy ‘70s Afrobeat and later highlife disco period
– full official release, produced in conjunction with Pat Thomas. Many tracks released internationally for the first time
– includes two previously unreleased tracks: ‘No Money, No Love’ and ‘Sack The Devils’ recorded with Ebo Taylor
– touring around album globally with Kwashibu Area Band during 2016-7

FOR FANS OF:
Ebo Taylor, Fela Kuti, C.K. Mann, E.T. Mensah, James Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Curtis Mayfield, K. Frimpong, Jewel Ackah, Victor Olaiya, Dr K. Gyasi, Ambolleh, Uhuru Dance Band, Broadway Dance Band, Oscar Sulley, Victor Uwaifo Available from 30.09.2016

The Frightnrs first full length LP for Daptone Records is a testament
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Set to be released on September 2nd, The Frightnrs first full length LP for Daptone Records, “Nothing Left to Say,” is a testament. It is a testament to the belief that the classic sound of Jamaican Rocksteady, when treated with the utmost respect and devotion, can be reimagined to speak to a new generation. It […]

The Frightnrs
Monday, August 8th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Set to be released on September 2nd, The Frightnrs first full length LP for Daptone Records, “Nothing Left to Say,” is a testament. It is a testament to the belief that the classic sound of Jamaican Rocksteady, when treated with the utmost respect and devotion, can be reimagined to speak to a new generation. It […]

Spitta Andretti (Curren$y) & Alchemist – The Carrollton Heist
Thursday, July 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Spitta Andretti (Curren$y) & Alchemist – The Carrollton Heist

Image: 1605157 To say Curren$y and Alchemist stay in the lab would be an
understatement. With Spitta already dropping six projects this year,
and Alchemist steadily lacing the best on the mic with his trademark
production, they stand alone as two of the most consistent in Hip
Hop.
Following their highly acclaimed 2011 project Covert Coup, the
two return to team up once again for their latest collaboration, The
Carrollton Heist. Boasting a complete 12 tracks, Curren$y effortlessly
floats over Alchemist’s plush production to take you on a lavish
lyrical journey, featuring guest appearances from Action Bronson, Lil
Wayne, and Styles P.

• Follow up to their 2011 project Covert Coup
• Limited to 1000 hand numbered copies
• Featuring Action Bronson, Styles P, & Lil Wayne

1. Cartridge
2. Black Rally Stripes
3. Vibrations
4. Disappearing Ink ft. Styles P
5. Inspiration ft. Action Bronson
6. 500 Pounds Of Gas
7. The Mack Book
8. 93 AMG
9. Fat Albert ft. Lil Wayne
10. Smoking In The Rain Available from 12.08.2016

Nic Fanciulli
Monday, June 20th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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Nic Fanciulli is a DJ, producer and label owner who has remained one of the UK’s finest exports in electronic music throughout the last decade. One of the last DJs to break through to international acclaim on the strength of his DJ’ing alone, Nic has since gone on to establish his own imprint, Saved Records, […]

Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes
Monday, May 30th, 2016 | Tags: , , , ,
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Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes – born and raised in the ghetto around Olympic Way, West Kingston, Jamaica – established himself as one of the most prolific and influential music producers in the first half of the eighties. ‘Junjo’ actually started his musical career as a singer but it was not until he turned over to production […]

Hot Since 82
Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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If you love something, they say, set it free. Even dance music. It’s only five years, after all, since Hot Since 82, current hottest property in house music, the man behind some of Summer 2013’s biggest anthems, gave up DJing and producing forever. Back in summer 2007, Daley Padley was staying with his mates in […]

Pete Rock & CL Smooth – The Main Ingredient
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pete Rock & CL Smooth – The Main Ingredient

Image: 1602928 “We are the planters of the weeds or roses in our garden. Take the plunge within yourself to find The Main Ingredient.”
So reads CL Smooth’s album dedication in the liners to Pete Rock & CL’s underrated, soulful and deeply grooving sophomore
album. For fans, it was bittersweet, as it would be their last as a duo.
By 1994, Pete and CL were darlings of both fans and critics, still on a high after 1992’s Mecca & The Soul Brother and the album’s
emotional smash single “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).” Two years later, they had grown even more as men and artists.
Gone was some of the righteous striving of their earlier work, replaced by mature – yet still righteous – wisdom. And a lot more
love as well, bringing a larger female constituency into their fanbase. They were adults now, reveling in the plateau they had
reached.
The duo’s ‘90s swan song is a powerful double album that still resonates with Golden Era hip-hop fans: 16 cuts deep and full of
intelligence, fire and warmth. Beats-per-minute-wise, the album mostly clocks at a comfortable strutting pace, bolstered by Pete
Rock’s pioneering use of filtered basslines and a recently-hatched obsession with Rhodes piano. The new tracks filled speakers
and headphones with soul, as CL continued to assert his lyrical prowess all throughout.
The lead single, “I Got A Love,” is a perfect example of the group’s ‘94 steez: a super-catchy and respectful, but far-from-soft
love track, suitable for any rap fan’s romantic needs. “Take You There” and “Carmel City” cover similar ground. Considering CL
Smooth’s top-level brag rapper status, cuts like “I Get Physical,” “Get On The Mic” and “Check It Out” effectively reminded competitors
not to test him. Pete also gets in the game on the mic several times on the album, acquitting himself nicely (and solo)
on the cloudy day soul of “Escape,” alongside other cuts.
Add more pensive lyrical forays like “All The Places,” “Searching,” and – perhaps the album’s sleeper cut – “It’s On You” and you
have one of the more complete rap full-lengths of the mid-1990s. This isn’t surprising, considering the wonder twins-esque
skills of Pete and CL. But it does make fans wonder what would have happened if they had stayed together longer.

Pressed On Clear Vinyl!

A1. In The House
A2. Carmel City
A3. I Get Physical
A4. Sun Won’t Come Out
B1. I Got Love
B2. Escape
B3. The Main Ingredient
B4. Worldwide
C1. All The Places
C2. Tell Me
C3. Take You There
C4. Searching
D1. Check It Out
D2. In The Flesh
D3. It’s On You
D4. Get On The Mic Available from 01.04.2016

Mius – Eigengrau
Friday, February 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mius – Eigengrau

Image: 1601591 For five years now, Gergely Almos flies the flag high for the electronic music
scene in and from Budapest with his project Mius. The first two albums, „Behind
The Line“ und „Tessellation“ resulted from the collaboration with singer Julia
Horanyi. For his first piece on Sonar Kollektiv the Hungarian multiinstrumentalist
assembled a small armada of befriended musicians and singers
and created together with them the eleven astonishing tracks of “Eigengrau” (if
you look up in the dictionary you’ll find the following: Eigengrau is the is uniform
dark gray background that many people report seeing in the absence of light)
The album kicks off with the instrumental “Eyes Shut” in a gloomy mood which is
carried on on “Broken Words” with singer Laura Hahn. It’s this sort of lofty
wistfulness the next singer Dori Hegyi proclaims even more outspoken on
„Delusional“ and „The Hunting“. Gergely Almos’ productions never shy away
from grand emotions but always stay safe from ever becoming kitsch. By its
organic feel the live drumming by Kristóf Gulyás (f.e. on „Haumea“ or
„RRR“) or the bass playing by Tamás Mezey (on „Before the Rain“ and „The
Hunting“), as well as the guitar played by Almos himself set this work of
electronic melancholia notably apart from comparable productions. Not chilly
aesthetics by programmed machines and alienated voices govern “Eigengrau”
but an honest, true-to-life authenticity which can only, if you listen to all of this
closely, can come out of Budapest.
On “Strobe And Noise” Kasia Kowalczyk indulges herself in a weird dream
similar to most of the songs on this album overflowsing into beats suited for
estranged dance floors. All of the four featured vocalists on “Eigengrau” perfectly
fit into the concept by having exactly the acoustic colour reflecting Mius’ idea of a
very personal, but also genuine universal language. A truly intimate piece of
work, sharpened down to the last detail and, through its impression, probably a
boisterous and polarizing album.

TRACKLISTING
1. Eyes Shut
2. Broken Words feat. Laura Hahn
3. Delusional feat. Dóri Hegyi
4. Haumea
5. Strobe And Noise feat. Kasia
Kowalczyk
6. Weirdo feat. Verá Jonás
7. Seven o Eight
8. The Hunting feat. Dóri Hegyi
9. Before The Rain
10. RRR feat. Verá Jonás
11. Kobian

WEBLINKS http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ / www.mius.hu Available from 08.04.2016

Daniel Avery
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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“The one thing I knew was that I wanted this record to be a trip. All the best artists and DJs, they take the audience with them when they play; people lock into their world for a few hours and can’t easily step out again. You’re with them for the ride. When I go out, […]

‘Hospitality 2016’ brings you the biggest tracks from the current drum & bass scene
Monday, January 18th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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In 2015 Hospitality reached new heights with eighty-two shows reaching over twenty countries across the globe! We’ve recreated the unparalleled atmosphere of a Hospitality dance-floor in our huge 60-track compilation. ‘Hospitality 2016′ brings you the biggest tracks from the current drum & bass scene including 25 brand new exclusives that are set to take the […]

Dregs One & Ill Sugi – Universal Language
Saturday, January 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dregs One & Ill Sugi – Universal Language

Image: 1601718 “Universal Language,” the new album by San Francisco rapper Dregs
One and Tokyo producer Ill Sugi, is proof that music transcends
international borders. Dregs’ underground albums reached Sugi
through a local record store while he was still in high school, which
later led to the two communicating through the internet. Sugi began
sending Dregs beats and remixing some of his songs, and eventually
flew to the Bay Area to visit and stayed at Dregs’ apartment. Despite
the language barrier between them, the two were able to bond
through the culture of hip-hop. During that trip, they began working
on a collaborative album and drove down to Los Angeles to record
some songs. Over the next few years, Dregs and Sugi worked on
the songs through e-mail and stayed in touch through Facebook and
Skype. The end result is “Universal Language.” Over Sugi’s smooth
yet grimey sampled beats, Dregs spits streetwise raps that touch
on topics that relate to the human experience. This album has the
potential to open the hearts and the minds of listeners and become
an international hip-hop classic.

1. The Language of the World
2. One Way
3. True Beauty featuring Priscillia
4. Emotion featuring Gas Mask Colony
5. City Slicker
6. Fortune Baby
7. Local
8. B-Boys & B-Girls
9. Deep In Thought featuring Equipto & L*Roneous
10. Universal Language Available from 29.01.2016

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