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Meters – Struttin’
Saturday, August 26th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Meters – Struttin’

Image: 1611660 Few funk groups have had as far-reaching
an influence as New Orleans band The
Meters, the project of keyboardist/vocalist
Art Neville, and the famed house band of
Allen Tousaint. During their
mid-60s-to-late-70s heyday they released a
heavy mixture of instrumental and vocal
albums and singles of Louisiana-inflected
soul, R&B, and funk music that continues to
inspire and marvel, and get covered by
groups and artists like Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Jaco Pastorius, Widespread Panic,
and even The Grateful Dead.
Fresh off the success of their acclaimed
1969 release Look-Ka Py Py, The Meters did
not rest on their laurels, and released the
album Struttin’ the next year. Though similar
in sound to Look-Ka Py Py, Struttin’
distinguished itself with its’ increased
emphasis on Art Neville’s vocal stylings. (As
opposed to the call-and-response shouted
choruses from previous albums.) The album
included the R&B Singles hit “Chicken Strut”,
soulful covers of Lee Dorsey, Ty Hunter, and
even Jimmy Webb, and directed the group
into a more expansive sound than before,
rendering one of the most organic sounds in
their discography.

A1. Chicken Strut
A2. Liver Splash
A3. Wichita Lineman
A4. Joog
A5. Go For Yourself
A6. Same Old Thing
B1. Handclapping Song
B2. Darling Darling Darling
B3. Tippi-Toes
B4. Britches
B5. Hey! Last Minute
B6. Ride Your Pony Available from 22.09.2017

Ikebe Shakedown / Monophonics – Curitiba Strut / Hanging On
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ikebe Shakedown / Monophonics – Curitiba Strut / Hanging On

Image: 1608008 Ikeb’s newest A-Side, “Curitiba Strut,” delves deep into disco, with four minutes of musical fire. Driven by the deep-pocketed pulse of its four-man rhythm section (Barnaby Alter, drums, Dave Bourla, percussion, Vince Chiarito, bass, Robin Schmidt, guitar) and one of the tightest horn trios on the East Coast (Mike Buckley, winds, Jason Colby, trumpet, Nadav Nirenberg, trombone), Curitiba takes flight. Adding in special guest Kelly Finnigan of the Monophonics on synth, this is a can’t-miss for DJs and dancers alike! Monophonics B Side “Hanging On” is what happens when California Psychedelic Pop meets Detroit Soul. Heavy Vocals and Horns lead the way over a steady groove of Drums, Fuzz Bass, transistor Organ and a whirling wave of 6 & 12 String guitars. Picked from their 2015 psych-soul gem ‘Sound of Sinning’, this California flip is a perfect Northern Soul answer for DJ’s and to balance such a heavy Afrofunk Instrumental on the A Side from one of Brooklyn’s finest bands!

• 1st 45 release on Transistor Sound
• Special edition split side
• Original music by 2 of the heaviest bands in the soul/funk scene
• A side is new unreleased music by Ikebe
• B side by Monophonics is off their popular LP Sound of Sinning
• Both sides are uptempo and DJ friendly
• Both bands have previous popular releases on Ubiquity & Colemine Records Available from 13.01.2017

Cloud One – Atmosphere Strut (New Disco Version – Remix 1979)
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Cloud One – Atmosphere Strut (New Disco Version – Remix 1979)

Available from 24.06.2016

Bosq (Whiskey Barons) – Celestial Strut
Friday, September 11th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bosq (Whiskey Barons) – Celestial Strut

Image: 1598200 Nearly two years after his debut album, Bosq Y Orquestra De Madera, burst onto the scene with its varied rhythms and moods, Bosq is unleashing another batch of music for the dancefloor. His new album Celestial Strut is extending summer well past the autumnal equinox.

Not content to produce one style of music, Bosq takes you throughdisco (“Bad For Me”. “Celestial Strut”), Latin rhythms (“Ella”,”Cumbia En Bahia”), and Afrobeat (“Bounce And Pull Up”, “Take Over”, “Pay The Price”) with ease. Thinking of each album like a DJ set, he’s always determined to inject many flavors but still keep a cohesive sound.
Helping to craft the album, collaborators such as Nicole Willis,Jesus Pagan Y Conjunto Barrio, and Kaleta chipped in with lyric writing, vocal duties, and riveting soundscapes. Recalls Bosq,”Jesus and the Conjunto Barrio helped me to re-record all my parts into live ones which gives it a greater authenticity and better
musicianship. I then took those parts to rework and modernize them.” Bosq even co-wrote lyrics, a first for him, with his girlfriend on “Found Your Love.” To add even more flair to the album,Caserta, someone Bosq greatly admires for being able to bring so much sonic depth, mixed several tracks on Celestial Strut.
Having already received extensive coverage through outlets like WaxPoetics, OkayAfrica, Remezcla, and Sound Color Vibration as well as DJing around the country at nightclubs and even Boston’s Museum Of Fine Arts, he’s traveled extensively to locales such as South America and Puerto Rico since his last album to find new inspiration and perspective.”Everything influences you consciously or subconsciously. So this album definitely has a sense of my travels and spending time in other cultures, whether on the road or with my girl and her family. All that Latin culture immersion has opened up my cold Northeast heart a lot!” he openly expresses. Celestial Strut is a confident record based on musical and lifeexperience that finds Bosq less constrained and focusing more on musical textures than genre conformity. Although he contends that there is so much more musically that he wants to learn, his love for creation and the learning process continues to push him to produce some of the most exciting dance and internationally-flavored wax dishes this decade.

1. Cumbia En Bahia
2. Bounce And Pull Up ft. Evan Laflamme
3. Ella (Extended Ritmo Mix) ft. Jesus Pagan
4. Take Over ft. Kaleta
5. Bad For Me ft. Nicole Willis
6. Found Your Love ft. Kuyen
7. Change ft. Jimmy Riley
8. Pay The Price ft. Kaleta
9. Liars & Thieves Dub ft. Kaleta
10. Laugh’s On Me ft. Angeline Morrison
11. Celestial Strut

FILE UNDER: LATIN, AFRO, DISCO, HOUSE, AFROBEAT, DANCE
FOR FANS OF: BOSQ, WHISKEY BARONS, FANIA, NICOLE WILLIS, KALETA, FELA KUTI Available from 16.10.2015

Young-Holt Unlimited – Soulful Strut / Wack Wack
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Young-Holt Unlimited – Soulful Strut / Wack Wack

Wonderful fully re mastered re issue of these 2 funk nuggets from Young Holt Unlimited. Re-released on a dinked 7″ for 2015 in full collaboration with Brunswick Records.TRACK LISTING:A. Soulful StrutB. Wack Wack Available from 02.10.2015

Piscean Group – Saint Louis Strut
Friday, March 27th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Piscean Group – Saint Louis Strut

Image: 1595477 Piscean Group return to R2 with a new 7′ single Saint Loius Strut.

A. “Saint Louis Strut”
B. “Ferguson, Amurikah”

Piscean Group originally formed as part of an astrological union founding
members and initial line up Sir Robert & Osunlade share. Since its
conception, Osunlade has created an open coalition of musicians from his
childhood home St Louis. As an open forum, the group has no real
members and is a voice for all writers, musicians and performers alike. The
non-credit of participants gives the groups identity a backseat to the sheer
pleasure of the music.
Their self titled debut EP released on R2 Records and was an intro of sorts
to the groups intention. With their first full length project the approach is that
of a soundtrack. With an open landscape and no actual movie to score, the
group’s imagination was allowed to go from soft to hard groove, and throw
in a few cameo performances from Osunlade and rising L.A. pianist Daniel
Crawford.

KEY SELLING POINTS
– This limited 7” contains the irrepressible funk swagger of “Saint
Louis Strut”- swinging harder than a drunk at a barroom brawl with
the tightest of grooves.
– “Ferguson, Amurikah” on the b-side is a throbbing funk burner,
bearing witness to events and contemplating the future. This track
will be exclusive to this 7”.
– “Saint Louis Strut” taken from the forthcoming album “Original
Soundtrack” Available from 08.05.2015

Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band – Egypt Strut / Kahn El-Khaleely
Friday, October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band – Egypt Strut / Kahn El-Khaleely

Salah Ragab formed the first jazz big band in Egypt { The Cairo Jazz Band } in 1968, he was also the leader of the Military Music Departments in Heliopolis, some of the best musicians in Egypt of that time were members of the band such as { Zaki Osman…

Gerardo Frisina & Maurizio Bonizzoni – Through The Night / Superstrut
Friday, August 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Gerardo Frisina & Maurizio Bonizzoni – Through The Night / Superstrut

Image: 1591358 Gerardo Frisina and Maurizio Bonizzoni aka Dj Skizo join their forces again: after the debut of their collaboration last year, they are back with a new release, this time on 7-inch vinyl. Rich Jazz influences and rhythm characterise these tracks – on side A horns and electric piano play softly on a endless beat, a mid-tempo Jazz taking us into a journey “Through the Night”. Everybody knows “Superstrut”. Eumir Deodato’s classic gets new light with this cover: delicate but groovy, the main ingredient is the electric piano, delivering a tremendous jam on this ‘no guitar’ version. Pure Jazz joy.

TRACKLIST

Side A
THROUGH THE NIGHT

Side B
SUPERSTRUT
Available from 01.08.2014

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – Layin’ Low / IB Struttin’
Thursday, December 5th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – Layin’ Low / IB Struttin’

Limited 7″ release from funk outfit The Sure Fire Soul EnsembleThe Sure Fire Soul Ensemble is a heavy, original, instrumental soul band based in San Diego. Ranging at times from a 7 to 9 piece band, they draw influence from the masters of the style fr…

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – Layin’ Low / IB Struttin’
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – Layin’ Low / IB Struttin’

Limited 7″ release from funk outfit The Sure Fire Soul EnsembleThe Sure Fire Soul Ensemble is a heavy, original, instrumental soul band based in San Diego. Ranging at times from a 7 to 9 piece band, they draw influence from the masters of the style fr…

FLASH is back : watch out for his soon to be released take on “APACHE” on STRUT records…
Tuesday, June 5th, 2001 | Posted in News | Comments Off on FLASH is back : watch out for his soon to be released take on “APACHE” on STRUT records…

Soul/Jazz/Funk

Let there be drums: STRUT brings back the complete INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND catalogue…
Thursday, April 5th, 2001 | Posted in News | Comments Off on Let there be drums: STRUT brings back the complete INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND catalogue…

Soul/Jazz/Funk

Another AFROSTRUT sure shoot: BLO gets remixed by AKWAABA PEOLPE and RAY MANG aka RAJ GUPTA …
Tuesday, January 30th, 2001 | Posted in News | Comments Off on Another AFROSTRUT sure shoot: BLO gets remixed by AKWAABA PEOLPE and RAY MANG aka RAJ GUPTA …

Afro

AFROSTRUT presents BLO ! Discover Nigeria’s best kept secret of the `70s …
Wednesday, January 10th, 2001 | Posted in News | Comments Off on AFROSTRUT presents BLO ! Discover Nigeria’s best kept secret of the `70s …

Afro

Limited AFRO BEEDLE STRUT under the counter ….
Wednesday, August 16th, 2000 | Posted in News | Comments Off on Limited AFRO BEEDLE STRUT under the counter ….

Brasil/Latin/World

STRUT do it again: “CLUB AFRICA 2” compiled by Russ Dewbury hits the stores on 4 September…
Monday, August 14th, 2000 | Posted in News | Comments Off on STRUT do it again: “CLUB AFRICA 2” compiled by Russ Dewbury hits the stores on 4 September…

Afro

Rare TONY ALLEN back on track ! STRUT re-release four classic solo-albums of the former Fela bandleader …
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Afro

Feeling Nice Vol.4
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Tramp’s Feeling Nice series has positioned itself as a universally accepted essential cultural and historical document of some of the greatest unknown local vernacular American Black music of the sixties and seventies. The Feeling Nice series has been dedicated to filling in the blanks between the more well known cuts of so-called Deep Funk canon […]

Sunny & The Sunliners – The Missing Link (BF RSD)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sunny & The Sunliners – The Missing Link (BF RSD)

Image: 1615557 $2 from each copy of The Missing Link sold on Black Friday Record Store Day 2017 will go to The Greater Houston Community Foundation to help with relief for areas of Texas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides, Sunny became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.
After releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as a
teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal.
As a logical next step after Big Crown’s excellent (and Sunny-approved) Mr. Brown Eyed Soul compilation from September, the label has started digging into the vaults of Sunny’s Key-Loc Records label to unearth some legit soul classics – which are hard to find even in San Antonio, and clean originals will cost you a pretty penny if you ever luck into one – and have not been on vinyl since the late ‘60s. Each has been remastered and includes original album art.
Second in the reissue series is The Missing Link, a 10-cut, all instrumental album, and the tracklist is a wild ride indeed. Ranging from hip soul – James Brown’s
“Soul Pride,” The Inclines’ Muscle Shoals groover “Pressure Cooker,” and the Meters classic “Cissy Strut” – to a wide swath of ‘60s Texas Latin party essentials (“Uno,” “Rosita Bonita” and “La Pecosita”), the Sunliners are in top form all throughout. It won’t take much to envision a San Antonio backyard BBQ in the early ‘70s with this long player spinning in the background, on repeat.
Instrumental party albums were all the rage back when this hit in the late ‘60s, and Sunny Ozuna and crew show here that they could groove with the best of them. Throw it on, break out the back deck smoker, and let the good tunes roll.
Available from 24.11.2017

Meters – The Meters
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Meters – The Meters

Image: 1612125 Few funk groups have had as far-reaching an
influence as New Orleans band The Meters, the
project of keyboardist/vocalist Art Neville, and the
famed house band of Allen Tousaint. During their
mid-60s-to-late-70s heyday they released a
heavy mixture of instrumental and vocal albums
and singles of Louisiana-inflected soul, R&B, and
funk music that continues to inspire and marvel,
and get covered by groups and artists like Red
Hot Chili Peppers, Jaco Pastorius, Widespread
Panic, and even The Grateful Dead.
The Meters had already made a name for
themselves by 1969, as a backing act for the likes
of Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris, but their own
legacy as a group began that same year with the
release of their self-titled album debut. Their
distinct New Orleans swing set themselves apart
from the other funk groups of the time, as they
plowed their way through a bevy of groovy
instrumental tracks, including interpretations of
songs by Sly Stone and Buddy Buie. The Meters
was additionally noteworthy for the inclusion of
the track “Cissy Strut”, which became a signature
tune for the group, a Billboard Hot 100 hit, and a
staple of hip-hop production, having been
sampled in tracks by N.W.A., A Tribe Called
Quest, 2 Live Crew, and Del The Funky
Homosapien, to name but a few. A staple of the
genre, that set a path for years and years of funk
music innovation and influence.

A1. Cissy Strut
A2. Here Comes The Meter Man
A3. Cardova
A4. Live Wire
A5. Art
A6. Sophisticated Cissy
B1. Ease Back
B2. 6V6 LA
B3. Sehorns Farm
B4. Ann
B5. Stormy
B6. Simple Song Available from 03.11.2017

Various – Feeling Nice Vol.4 (2LP+MP3/Gatefold)
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Feeling Nice Vol.4 (2LP+MP3/Gatefold)

Image: 1612038 Tramp’s Feeling Nice series has positioned itself as a universally accepted essential cultural and historical document of some of the greatest unknown local vernacular American Black music of the sixties and seventies. The Feeling Nice series has been dedicated to filling in the blanks between the more well known cuts of so-called Deep Funk canon and drawing out the relationships and stories behind and between the tunes and the artists, and ultimately creating a dialogue that serves to enlighten and enliven a true anti-racist discussion of American Popular music specifically and of Global human music in general. With Feeling Nice Vol. 4, Tramp continues this important conversation, and having spent over 700 days unearthing a rousing selection across the board, offers it to you, now, as a double LP with full-color label scans, never before seen promo shots, and detailed biographical information – in some cases in the words of the artists themselves!

Believe me when I tell you, Feeling Nice 4 has got it all: Brilliant B-sides: (Donald Ray – “Strut Your Stuff”), Concealed covers: (Combined Forces – “Feelin’ Alright”), Tittyshakers: (Big Bear Revue – “Big Bear”), Dance crazes: (Donnie Sanders – “Shing-A-Ling Baby, Mr. Clean & The Cleansers – “Karate”), Obscure cuts by well known R&B stars: (Frederick Knight – “Steppin Down”), Retro German rave-ups: (Take 5+2 – “Get Your Love”), Weirdo deep funk one-offs: (Moony Moon – “Walking On The Moon”), Killers from the Caribbean: (Al Sinclair – “No That Ain’t Groovy), Basement Jams: (TNT Powerhouse – “Basement Jam”), Most talked-about new discoveries: (Living Funk – “Silver Black Summer Day”), and more and more and more…

As a special incentive for you to be first in line for this freakishly fantastic funk feast, Tramp Records will include a special BONUS 45 of an unpressed acetate of “I FEEL A GROOVE COMIN’ ON” by “SOUTH SIDE” with the first 400 copies of Feeling Nice Vol. 4.

– Lucky Brown, 2017

Key selling points:
– all but one song get re-issued for the very first time
– the double gatefold vinyl LP contains detailed liner notes and unseen photographs
– the vinyl LP comes with a full album download code
– incl. 2 previously unreleased tracks

Tracklisting
1. Combined Forces – Feeling Alright
2. Big Bear Revue – Big Bear
3. Donnie Sanders & The Don Juans – Shing-A-Ling Baby
4. Mr. Clean & The Cleansers – Karate
5. Frederick Knight – Steppin’ Down
6. Donald Ray & His Revue – Strut Your Stuff
7. Little Ceasar & The Euterpeans – It Ain’t What You Do
8. Harold Andrews & The Sha-Bangs – The Swimming Monkey
9. Take 5+2 – Get Your Love
10. Moony Moon – What About Mars
11. Al Sinclair – No That Ain’t Groovy
12. Jim Pipkin & The Boss Five – Walkin’ The Duck
13. TNT Powerhouse – Basement Jam [clip]
14. The NT Band – Good Foot
15. Living Funk – Silver Black Summer Day
16. George E. Johnson – Wake Me Up
17. South Side – I Feel A Groove Comin’ On

Available from 24.11.2017

Various – Afro Rock Vol.1
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Afro Rock Vol.1

Image: 1553443 Reissue of the influential “Afro-Rock Volume One” on Strut!

Tracklisting:
A1. Jingo – Fever
A2. Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats – Heavy Heavy Heavy
A3. Steele Beautttah – Africa
B1. Mercury Dance Band – Envy No Good
B2. Dackin Dackino – Yuda
C1. K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas – Kyenkyen Bi Adi M’Awu
C2. Orchestra Lissanga – Okuzua
D1. Super Mambo 69 – Sweeper Soul
D2. Fathili & The Yahoos – Mabala
D3. Bokoor Band – Onukpa Shawarpo
D4. Nkansah And Yaanom – Pem Dwe
D5. Jingo – Keep On Holding On (Part 1) – Bonus Track

‘Afro Rock Vol. 1’ is one of the most important compilations of heavy original ‘70s
Afro funk and soul to be released in recent years. Originally surfacing on Duncan
Brooker’s indie Kona label in early 2001, the album single-handedly kick-started
the thirst among jazz, funk and soul fans and ‘diggers’ to rediscover lost music
from Africa made during the ‘60s and ‘70s from a time when many countries were
gaining independence and celebrating a Pan-African identity within their music. The
album was one of the frst to reach a far different audience to the traditional ‘world
music’ market and spawned many further projects and labels in its wake. A year
later, the ‘Nigeria 70’ compilation surfaced on Strut and labels like Soundway and
Analog Africa would continue to unearth amazing lost gems from the Motherland.
The album is testament to the determined work of Brooker following several
research trips, especially to East Africa – Kenya and Zaire. It brought to light East
Africa’s fnest funk band, Air Fiesta Matata, led by the recently deceased Steele
Beautttah, ‘The Nigerian James Brown’ Geraldo Pino from Port Harcourt in Nigeria,
and the storming Afro jam ‘Yuda’ by Dackin Dackino, a previously unreleased gem
from Zaire discovered on a discarded reel. The album has remained in?uential
since its release with tracks appearing on other Afro compilations and on TV and
the big screen – Jingo’s ‘Fever’ featured in Kevin McDonald’s 2006 hit flm, ‘Last
King Of Scotland’.
Out of print since 2015, the album is being reissued on Strut in its original form with
the extra dynamite unreleased psychedelic cut by Kenya’s Ishmael Jingo, ‘Keep On
Holding On’ taken from the original master tape. The package features the original
sleeve notes by Duncan Brooker along with new additional notes providing further
background to the album and tracks.

KEY POINTS:
– Groundbreaking African music compilation from 2002, first vinyl reissue since 2015
– includes Jingo’s ‘Fever’ featured in the film ‘Last King Of Scotland’
– Album features rare photo and sleeve notes by compiler Duncan Brooker
– Consistently in-demand album among DJs and fans of African rare grooves

FOR FANS OF:
Fela Kuti, Gilles Peterson, Soundway, Analog Africa, Ebo Taylor, Matata, Manu
Dibango, William Onyeabor, Oscar Sulley, Slim Ali, Geraldo Pino, Orlando Julius,
Vaudou Game, Orchestre Poly Rythmo Available from 29.09.2017

Various – Andina 7 (Ltd. Picture Disc)
Saturday, September 9th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Andina 7 (Ltd. Picture Disc)

Image: 1611880 ANDINA 7 is a limited edition, double-sided 7” picture disc featuring two gorgeous dishes from the Peruvian Andes and two tropical Peruvian bangers by Los Compadre del Ande (Cumbia) and La Peruanita (Huayno).

TRACKLIST
1 La Peruanita Recuerda Corazón (Scallop and passion fruit tiradita)
2 Los Compadres Del Ande La Mecedora (Infused watermelon & fresco cheese salad)

ANDINA 7 is a limited edition, double-sided 7” picture disc featuring two gorgeous dishes from the Peruvian Andes and two tropical Peruvian bangers by Los Compadre del Ande (Cumbia) and La
Peruanita (Huayno). Both tracks were recently discovered as part of a recent haul, by Tiger’s Milk and Strut, undiscovering a wealth of dustladen cumbia Andina, huayno and carnaval. Both tracks feature on the compilation release ANDINA: Huayno, Carnaval and Cumbia – The Sounds of the Peruvian Andes 1968-1978 slated for release on Tiger’s Milk/Strut on October 20. The picture
disc images are of Peruvian dishes with recipes that feature in the cookbook ANDINA – written by Martin Morales, pioneer of Peruvian cooking in the UK, to be published by Quadrille in early October. ANDINA 7 immerses the listener into the full-blooded, upbeat and captivating spirit of music from the Andes shining a fresh perspective on Peru’s musical heritage. It will appeal to fans of cumbia Latin and world as well as tropical-minded DJs and deep-digging collectors. It aims to upend clichéd ideas of Andean music and brings to light the divergent, exciting traditions to have emerged from Peru’s strip of the iconic mountain range.
La Mecedora by Los Compadres del Ande is a steady-grooving vocal cumbia and was originally released in 1966 on the album Happy Cumbia, but this version comes from the 7” released two years later. The group were well known as the Andean version of The Beatles with their unconventional look and are regarded as precursors of Peruvian cumbia. Recuerda Corazón by La Peruanita is a track driven by a huayno groove – the pervading rhythm from the Andean mountain range. With transcendental harp and female vocals sung in Quechua, you can imagine this song taking centre stage at local pueblo carnavals.
Peruvian chef, restaurateur and music producer Martin was born in Peru and lived there until he was a teenager before settling in the UK. In recent years he has travelled frequently to the Andes in search of recipes, records, sounds and inspiration for a variety of projects which he and his London based team have presented. Tiger’s Milk is dedicated to uncovering Peruvian music past and present and it has, garnered support from the likes of Mr Scru?, Basement Jaxx, Mala, Gilles Peterson, Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club) and Osunlade. The launch of this compilation coincides with a cookbook release, also titled ANDINA.

KEY POINTS
• For fans of jazz, Latin and cumbia as well as tropical-minded DJs and deep-digging collectors
• First in a three part regional series of albums from exploring Peru’s diverse musical heritage
• The ofcial single from Tiger’s Milk/Strut’s new album ANDINA: Huayno, Carnaval and Cumbia – The Sounds of the Peruvian Andes 1968-1978 to be released on October 20th on Double LP,
CD & Digital.
• Martin Morales is the chef, restaurateur and founder of Peruvian restaurants, Ceviche and Andina in London. Martin is a pioneer of Peruvian food in Britain and is the GQ Food & Drinks 2017 Innovator of the Year award winner.
• ANDINA is also the cookbook from the award winning restaurant based in London published early October • Tiger’s Milk specialises in uncovering Peruvian music past and present. Previous compilations include Peru Maravilloso, Peru Bravo and Peru Boom Available from 06.10.2017

Various – Andina (Sound Of Peruvian Andes 1968-78)
Friday, September 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Andina (Sound Of Peruvian Andes 1968-78)

Image: 1611797 Tigers Milk present their new compilation the first in a three part series, ANDINA: Huayno, Carnaval and Cumbia – The Sound Of The Peruvian Andes 1968-1978

TRACK LIST
01 Los De m onios del Mantaro La Chichera
02 Los Compadres del Ande La Mecedora
03 Los Walker’s de Huánuco Todos Vuelven
04 La Peruanita Recuerda Corazón
05 Los Bárbaros del Centro Loca Loquita
06 Los Compadres del Ande El Lorcho
07 Los Bilbao Zelenita del Año 2000
08 Manolo Avalos Río de Paria
09 Lucho Neves y su Orquesta Caymeñita
10 Los Jelwees Descarga Huanuqueña
11 Los Sabios del Ritmo Cholita
12 Alicia Maguiña con Mario Cavagnaro y su Sonora Sensación Perla Andina
13 Conjunto Los Luceritos d e Casacanchan Mi Casacancha
14 Huiro y su Conjunto Cumbia en los Andes
15 Los Turistas del Mantaro Agua Dulce
16 Los Bárbaros del Centro La Celosa
17 Conjunto Kori Cinta de Huancavelica Toyascha

A window into the full-blooded, captivating spirit of music from the Andes, ANDINA shines a fresh perspective on Peru’s Andean heritage. A co-release with Strut Records, the album is selected from records released between ‘68 and ‘78, upending clichéd ideas of Andean music and bringing to light the divergent, exciting traditions to have emerged from Peru’s strip of the iconic mountain range.
Encompassing steady-grooving, Peruvian cumbia rhythms, transcendent folkloric harp recordings and Lima big band groups taking in?uence from their highland neighbours, it boasts a diversity that will appeal to fans of jazz and Latin as well as tropical-minded DJs and deepdigging collectors. It was dubstep producer and DJ Mala (Digital Mystikz) who most recently
shone a light on the region with his 2016 album Mirrors on Brownswood – Tiger’s Milk founder Martin Morales had accompanied him to Peru two years earlier, acting as his guide and mentor in discovering the breadth of Peru’s musical history.
Peruvian chef, restaurateur and music producer Martin was born in Peru and lived there until he was a teenager before settling in the UK. In recent years he has travelled frequently to the Andes in search of recipes, records, sounds and inspiration for a variety of projects which he and his London based team have presented. An avid DJ and record collector, Martin has teamed up with Tiger’s Milk co-founder Duncan Ballantyne (former Soundway label manager) and Peruvian crate digger Andres Tapia del Rio to create a series which starts with ANDINA and will then move to the Amazon and coast of Peru.
Tiger’s Milk is dedicated to uncovering Peruvian music past and present and it has garnered support from the likes of Mr Scru?, Basement Jaxx, Mala, Gilles Peterson, Mr Jukes (Bombay Bicycle Club) and Osunlade. The launch of this compilation coincides with a cookbook release, also titled ANDINA.
The album is compiled by Lima-based record collector Andres Tapia Del Rio, Martin Morales and label co-founder Duncan Ballantyne.

KEY POINTS
• For fans of jazz, Latin and cumbia as well as tropical-minded DJs and deep-digging collectors
• The frst in a three part regional series of albums exploring Peru’s diverse musical heritage
• Almost all tracks see their frst ever release since their original pressing in Peru
• Martin Morales is the chef, restaurateur and founder of Peruvian restaurants, Ceviche and Andina in London. Martin is a pioneer of Peruvian food in Britain and is the GQ Food & Drinks 2017 Innovator of the Year award winner
• ANDINA is also the cookbook from the award winning restaurant based in London published early October
• Tiger’s Milk specialises in uncovering Peruvian music past and present. Previous compilations include Peru Maravilloso, Peru Bravo and Peru Boom
Available from 20.10.2017

Walter Gibbons – Jungle Music
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Walter Gibbons – Jungle Music

Image: 1556553 Strut present a new reissue of Walter Gibbons’ ‘Jungle Music’ compilation LP, the definitive collection of Gibbons’ groundbreaking remixes during the heyday of New York’s disco era.

A1 Jakki – Sun… Sun… Sun… (Walter Gibbons Original 12” Edit) 9.19
A2 Gladys Knight – It’S A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons Acetate Mix) 12.21
B1 Tc James & The Fist O’Funk Orchestra – Get Up On Your Feet (Keep On Dancin’) (Walter Gibbons Mix) 11.11
B2 Sandy Mercer – You Are My Love (12” Version) 7.32
C1 Bettye Lavette – Doin’ The Best That I Can (Walter Gibbons 12” Mix) 11.04
C2 Arts & Craft – I’Ve Been Searching (Walter Gibbons 12” Mix) 9.58
D1 Harlequin Fours – Set It Off (Walter Gibbons 12” Mix)
D2 Luv You Madly Orchestra – Moon Maiden (12” Mix) 8.50
D3 Arthur Russell – Calling All Kids (Walter Gibbons Mix) 7.16

Walter Gibbons remains one of the most important and unheralded DJ / remixers in New York dance music history, a pioneer of reel to reel edits and the art of the remix and a tangible link between early hip hop and disco through his quickfire turntable skills developed during the mid-70’s.

At his famed residency at Galaxy 21 (alongside a then young percussionist, Francois Kevorkian), Gibbons perfected his turntable prowess, mixing two copies of records seamlessly at a similar time to Kool Herc’s famed block parties across town in the Bronx in 1975. He was among the first to make his own reel to reel edits of tracks, extending breaks and restructuring tracks specifically for the dancefloor. As a direct result, he was the first DJ to be granted access to multi-track tapes as Ken Cayre’s Salsoul Records brought him in to re-work Double Exposure’s ‘Ten Percent’ in ’76, a mix that would set the blueprint for disco, the 12″ format and all future dance music mixes.

This compilation focuses on some of the more adventurous and ground-breaking mixes that Gibbons produced during the disco era including a freeform treatment of Dinosaur L’s ‘Go Bang’, Paradise Garage favourite ‘You Are My Love’ by Sandy Mercer and underground disco rarity, ‘I’ve Been Searching’ by Arts & Craft.

KEY POINTS:
– Reissue of the definitive compilation of 12” mixes by Walter Gibbons
– Features rare and acetate-only mixes released widely for the first time
– Includes full Walter Gibbons biography by author Tim Lawrence + rare photos
– Original LP release in-demand and now fetching large sums on Discogs Available from 15.09.2017

The Allergies
Monday, July 24th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The Allergies’ debut album introduced the world to the way they effortlessly fuse funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and breaks into dancefloor-ready nuggets of ear candy. Taking classic sounds and reshaping for the modern age is the signature that won them plaudits across the globe. Not ones to rest on their laurels, it hasn’t taken long […]

“Push On” is the title of the forthcoming sophomore studio album from Funk/Jazz fusion band The Allergies
Friday, July 21st, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The Allergies’ debut album introduced the world to the way they effortlessly fuse funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and breaks into dancefloor-ready nuggets of ear candy. Taking classic sounds and reshaping for the modern age is the signature that won them plaudits across the globe. Not ones to rest on their laurels, it hasn’t taken long […]

Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Steps Ahead
Friday, July 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Steps Ahead

Image: 1553486 Strut present a new repress of Mulatu Astatke’s comeback studio album from 2010, ‘Mulatu Steps Ahead’

Tracklist

A1. Radcliffe
A2. Green Africa
B1. The Way To Nice
B2. Assosa
B3. I Faram Gami I Faram
C1. Mulatu’S Mood
C2. Ethio Blues
D1. Boogaloo
D2. Motherland

Strut present a new repress of Mulatu Astatke’s comeback studio album from 2010, ‘Mulatu Steps Ahead’. Following his acclaimed collaboration on Strut with The Heliocentrics, the Father of Ethio jazz began to explore new directions in fusions of Western jazz with Ethiopian modes, moving forward the pioneering sound he developed during the ‘60s and ‘70s. For this album, tracks were recorded with members of Either/Orchestra in Boston, with contributions by traditional Ethiopian musicians in Addis, members of The Heliocentrics and some of the UK’s leading jazz and African players during the final sessions in London in November 2009.
Each track on the album tells its own story. The reflective, meandering opener, Radcliffe, was composed specifically for the Radcliffe Institute during Mulatu’s time lecturing at Harvard in Boston – the original score is now framed on the wall there. The Way To Nice was written and arranged
on the tour bus during Mulatu’s recent French dates – “with this track, you are travelling on a long journey, talking and thinking” explains Mulatu. “It was inspired by the many beautiful places on the coast road around Nice.” Assosa adapts traditional music from the Assosa tribes in NorthWestern Ethiopia and Mulatu’s Mood re-works a Mulatu jazz fusion composition from the early ‘90s into a new swinging Afro highlife arrangement. “I wanted to use West African styles within this version and try new ways of using the beautiful sound of the kora.” Boogaloo and I Faram Gami I Faram reprise Mulatu classics with new, fuller scores.
The album continued to rejuvenate Mulatu’s career and led to major worldwide tour dates, which have continued until today. He will be touring with his Steps Ahead band throughout 2017.

KEY POINTS:
– new reissue of the first internationally released album by Ethio jazz legend from March 2010 and first new studio album in over 10 years.
– includes new versions of Mulatu classics ‘I Faram Gami I Faram’ and ‘Boogaloo’ alongside new compositions
– Unavailable on 2LP for over four years
– Mulatu continuing to tour with his Steps Ahead band throughout 2017

FOR FANS OF:
Ethiopiques series, Getatchew Mekurya, Mahmoud Ahmed, Milt Jackson, Roy Ayers, Nas, Damien Marley, Gilles Peterson, Broken Flowers film, Jim Jarmusch, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Tilahun Gessesse, Ethio jazz Available from 21.07.2017

Ebo Taylor – Life Stories
Friday, July 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ebo Taylor – Life Stories

Following his recent studio album with Afrobeat Academy, ‘Love And Death’, his first international release, Ghanaian highlife guitar legend Ebo Taylor teams up again with Strut for a long overdue definitive compilation of his seminal 1970s recordings,…

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

Franck Roger
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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It must be deliciously bewildering to get recognition from those who inspired you in the very beginning. French House Music DJ – producer Franck Roger is no stranger to this feeling. When not travelling the world accepting club invitations, this devoted crate digger (don’t ask him about Serato) spends time in his Parisian studio messing […]

Shina Williams & His African Percussions – Agboju Logun
Friday, May 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Shina Williams & His African Percussions – Agboju Logun

Image: 1609896 Strut present a brand new 12” reissue of Shina Williams’ monster Nigerian disco anthem ‘Agboju Logun’, pairing the rare original album version (released on Phonodisk Nigeria) with the more sparse 12” remix which surfaced later internationally on Earthworks. This is the third release on STRUT’S new Original Masters Series.

Tracklisting:
A1. AGBOJU LOGUN (12” version)
B1. AGBOJU LOGUN (LP version)

Strut present a brand new 12” reissue of Shina Williams’ monster Nigerian disco anthem ‘Agboju Logun’, pairing the rare original album version (released on Phonodisk Nigeria) with the more sparse 12” remix which surfaced later internationally on Earthworks.
Back in 1979 when Shina Williams’ ‘Agboju Logun’ frst appeared on his ‘African Dances’ LP, Williams knew well that the track was breaking new ground. “I want to show the whole wide world that Africa is alive with modern musicians to reckon with anywhere,” he stated. Now an accepted Afro disco classic of its time, ‘Agboju Logun’ did indeed bring together the cream of Nigeria’s players as a oneoff supergroup in one inspired session. As a long-standing and well respected highlife musician and vocalist, Williams called in the ‘A’ list: Tunde Martins from Afro Collective played bass guitar, the brilliant Biddy Wright (player on albums by Lijadu Sisters, Blo and many more) contributed the famous synth lines and handled production, Fred Fisher was on trombone and Saliu Alabi played talking drum.
Enjoying limited success upon its release in Nigeria, ‘African Dances’ nevertheless gained some international attention when Earthworks’ Jumbo Van Renan licensed two tracks from it for an international 12” single release in 1984, remixing ‘Agboju Logun’ in a more stripped back mix for dancefloors. However, it was the period following Fela Kuti’s death in the late ‘90s that truly ignited interest in archive African grooves for a new
internet generation. Strut’s frst ‘Nigeria 70’ compilation featured the track in 2000 and it has been a staple in DJs’ crates ever since. ‘Abboju Logun’ is released in a picture jacket 12” featuring original artwork and all musicians’ credits and is fully remastered by The Carvery.

KEY POINTS:
– First offcial reissue of 12” version and LP version together
– Restored by See Why Audio and remastered by The Carvery
– Sleeve features original Phonodisk artwork and musicians’ credits
– Essential reissue of Afro disco classic

FOR FANS OF:
Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Afro disco, Livy Ekemezie, Blo, Oneness Of Juju, Osibisa, Duomo Records, Manu Dibango, Dizzy K, Steve Black, Odion Iruoje, Goddy Oku, Candido, The Funkees, Cymande Available from 16.06.2017

Various – Ote Maloya
Friday, May 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Ote Maloya

Image: 1609961 Strut present a brand new compilation documenting the groundbreaking maloya scene on Réunion Island from the mid- ‘70s, as Western instrumentation joined traditional Malagasy, African and Indian acoustic instruments to spark a whole era of new fusions and creativity. Compiled by Réunionese DJ duo La Basse Tropicale, ‘Oté Maloya’ follows up last year’s acclaimed ‘Soul Sok Séga’ release on Strut.

Tracklisting:
1. Caméléon – La Rosée Si Feuilles Songes
2. Michou – Maloya Ton Tisane
3. Jean Claude Viadère – Moin La Pas Fait Tout Sel
4. Daniel Sandié – Défoule 3E Age
5. Cormoran Group – P’Tit Femme Mon Gâté
6. Marie Hélen Et Ses Créol’S – Séga Le Sport
7. Françoise Guimbert – Tantine Zaza
8. Vivi – Toé Même Maloya
9. Pierrot Vidot – Commandeur
10. Hervé Imare– Mele-Mele Pas Toué P’Tit Pierre
11. Groupe Dago – Réveil Créole
12. Ti Fock – Sé Pi Bodié
13. Gaby Et Les Soul Men – C’Est Le Même Cadence
14. Vivi – Mi Bord’ A Toé
15. Maxime Lahope – Sous Pied D’Camélias
16. Gilberte – Serre Serre Pas
17. Gaby Et Les Soul Men – Oh Maloya
18. Hervé Imare – Mi Donne A Toué Grand Coeur
19. Carrousel – Oté Maloya

Strut present a brand new compilation documenting the groundbreaking maloya scene on Réunion Island from the mid-‘70s, as Western instrumentation joined traditional Malagasy, African and Indian acoustic instruments to spark a whole era of new fusions and creativity. Compiled by Réunionese DJ duo La Basse Tropicale, ‘Oté Maloya’ follows up last year’s acclaimed ‘Soul Sok Séga’ release on Strut.
Traditional maloya, originally called “séga”, described the songs, music and dances of slaves on the sugar plantations of Réunion Island in the 17th Century – maloya ceremonies paid tribute to ancestors and mediated between the living and the dead. The music and culture began to be more widely accepted by Réunionese society from the 1930s as folklorist Georges Fourcade began to play maloya songs. By the ‘50s, maloya tracks were appearing on 78rpm releases and, in the ‘60s, it was used as a form of cultural protest music.
In the mid-‘70s, a new generation began exploring new directions in the music, using Créole language, many were self-taught and learned their craft in 1960s dance band “orchestres”. André Chan-Kam-Shu’s Studio Royal in the south of the island became the main hub for experimentation and collaboration. Most notably, the band Caméléon honed their sound here – with maloya legends Alain Peters and vocalist Hervé Imare involved, Caméléon became the leading collective on the scene, using poetic lyrics and creating their own potent fusion of maloya, jazz and psychedelia.
‘Oté Maloya’ tells the story of this fertile period in Réunion Island music for the first time and features the full spectrum of maloya styles. From Caméléon’s genius to the teenage Michou’s classic ‘Maloya Ton Tisane’, Daniel Sandié’s breakbeat sleeper ‘Défoule 3e Age’ and more traditional styles from Maxime Lahope and Pierrot Vidot, this is an essential trip through a lost era of Indian Ocean blues and soul.
‘Oté Maloya’ is released with an extensive booklet on CD and LP featuring a history of maloya by Nathalie Valentine Legros of 7 Lames Lamer. All tracks are fully remastered by The Carvery.

KEY POINTS:
– 12” INSERT BOOKLET 12pp
– First ever international compilation of 1970s maloya scene on Réunion Island
– includes extensive sleeve notes tracing the history of the culture across four centuries
– DJ support from Gilles Peterson, Lauren Laverne, Mr Scruff and more
– Essential follow up to Strut compilation ‘Soul Sok Séga’

FOR FANS OF:
Alain Peters, Caméléon, séga music, Gilles Peterson, French yéyé music, Francoise Hardy, Claudio, Marie Josée & Roger Clency, Jean-Claude, Georgie Joe, John Kenneth Nelson, East African music, Ethiopiques, taraab music

www.strut-records.com Available from 30.06.2017

UGK – Too Hard To Swallow
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on UGK – Too Hard To Swallow

Image: 1609908 To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of UGK’s first album, Get On Down goes the extra mile, presenting it for the first time ever on vinyl. AND 2-LP
clear vinyl at that, giving the strutting, funky grooves the chance to really stretch out on your system.
Back in 1992, Southern hip-hop was still proving to the world that it could sustain a fan base that was chiefly raised on rap from New York and
LA. The Geto Boys and 2 Live Crew had made strong cases by the earliest ‘90s, and Pimp C and Bun B were ready to make their own.
Most of the trunk-bumping bass comes from drum programs and basic sampling on these tunes – in later years they would build their sound
into something even fuller and deeper. Self-produced with additional work from Houston locals Bernie Bismark and Shetoro Henderson, the
tracks here are minimal, slow and menacing, which matched their lyrical approach quite nicely.
You can hear the beginnings of the group’s true greatness in these early lyrical workouts – several taken from the regional cassette-only EP The
Southern Way that got them signed to Jive – with tales of street hustles, relationships and self-reliance in a world stacked against them. They
may have been done early-on, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t crucial to UGK’s legacy – cases in point being the three singles: “Something
Good”, a charismatic update to Bill Withers’ “Use Me Up”, and “Pocket Full Of Stones” (the latter featured on the Menace II Society soundtrack).
Beyond the singles, deeper cuts like “I’m So Bad,” “Feels Like I’m The One Who’s Doin’ Dope” and “Cramping My Style” made it clear to the
world that this crew had the attitude and charisma to make even bigger waves in the years to come.

PRESSED ON CLEAR VINYL!

A1. Something Good • A2. Use Me Up • 3. Pocket Full Of Stones
B1. Short Texas • B2. Cocaine In The Back Of The Ride • B3. It’s Too Hard To Swallow
C1. Cramping My Style • C2. Feel Like I’m The One Who’s Doin’ Dope • C3. I’m So Bad
D1. Trill Ass Nigga • D2. 976-Bun B • D3. Something Good (Pimp C’s Remix) Available from 09.06.2017

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

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

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

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

KEY POINTS:
– 1CD DIGIPAK, 8pp BOOKLET
– Debut album by Sierra Leonian duo, priority artist project for Strut in 2017
– includes the single ‘Yeanoh’ which was no. 1 viral track on Spotify in early 2017
– Considerable early DJ support including Gilles Peterson, Lefto and Joe Goddard
– Supported by worldwide touring booked by Eiden Agency following acclaimed performances at WOMEX and Transmusicales

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

Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Of Ethiopia
Friday, April 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Of Ethiopia

Image: 1609470 Strut present the first official reissue of a landmark album in the field of African music, Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ from 1972.

Tracklistings

Stereo Master (Included On CD / LP / 3LP)
Mulatu
Mascaram Setaba
Dewel
Kulunmanqueleshi
Kasalefkut-Hulu
Munaye
Chifara

Mono Master (Included On CD / 3LP)
Mulatu
Mascaram Setaba
Dewel
Kulunmanqueleshi
Kasalefkut-Hulu
Munaye
Chifara

Strut present the first official reissue of a landmark album in the field of African music , Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ from 1972. Recorded in New York , the album arrived at a time when Astatke had begun to master the delicate fusion of styles needed to create Ethio jazz. “I left the UK for America and studied at Berklee College in Boston. I learnt the technical aspects of jazz and gained a beautiful understanding of many different types of music. That’s where I got my tools. Berklee really shook me up.”
Journeying regularly to the Big Apple to play and watch live shows at the Cheetah , the Palladium and the Village Gate, Astatke met producer Gil Snapper on the circuit. “Gil was a nice and very interesting guy. He produced music and worked with all kinds of musicians.” The meeting would lead to a series of albums on Snapper’s Worthy label. The first , ‘Afro Latin Soul’ , documented Astatke’s new-found directions. “Mulatu has created a new sound , ” enthused Snapper on the album jacket. “He has taken the ancient five-tone scales of Asia and Africa and woven them into something unique and exciting, a mixture of three cultures , Ethiopian, Puerto Rican and American.”
A second volume of ‘Afro Latin Soul’ followed before Astatke began to hone his sound further , infusing funk and cultural influences into the mix. Returning to a downtown Manhattan studio with Snapper and working with some of the city’s top young jazz and latin session players, ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ began to take shape. “We rehearsed for 3-4 weeks” remembers Astatke. “it took them a while to get the right feeling in the music.” The resultant album represented the first fully formed document of Astatke’s trademark Ethio jazz
sound. It features ‘Kulunmanqueleshi’, ‘Dewel’ , and ‘Kasalefku-Hulu’ , tracks that Mulatu would return to regularly on singles and in live shows , the Ethio-Latin workout ‘Chifara’ and the self-titled groover ‘Mulatu’ (“I wanted to make a track for… myself!”).
This definitive reissue of the album comes in a limited edition 3LP 6-panel gatefold set featuring the stereo album master , a pre-mix mono master and a selection of outtakes from the sessions , giving the listener rare access to the DNA of the studio process. Also available are standard 1CD and 1LP formats. All formats feature a new interview with Mulatu Astatke and rare photos.

KEY POINTS:
– 1CD DIGIPAK with 24pp BOOKLET
– first ever official reissue of Mulatu Astatke classic from 1972
– Remastered by Carvery Cuts from original reel to reel tapes
– All formats include rare photos and a new interview with Mulatu Astatke.
– All formats include full original Worthy Records artwork

FOR FANS OF:
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Getatchew Mekurya, Ethiopiques, Gilles Peterson, Alice Coltrane, Jim Jarmusch, Tilahun Gessesse, Edmundo Ros, Heliocentrics, Milt Jackson, Kamasi Washington, Sun Ra, Alemayehu Eshete Available from 19.05.2017

Sun Ra – Discipline 27-II (RSD)
Friday, March 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – Discipline 27-II (RSD)

Image: 1609002 Strut and Art Yard present a special release for Record Store Day 2017, the first ever official reissue of Sun Ra’s revered Discipline 27-II LP from 1972.
The recordings for the album took place on the 19 and 20 October 1972 at Streeterville Studios , Chicago, with the largest Arkestra line-up Sun Ra had yet taken into a studio session. The date was produced by Impulse! and Riverside veteran Ed Michel and , for the first time, the Arkestra was recorded in quadraphonic sound.
Of the two releases eventually prepared from the session, Space Is The Place initially stole the limelight, becoming one of the Arkestra’s most celebrated records.
Discipline 27-II, by contrast, would remain a somewhat mysterious occult twin. Although it was one of the few Saturn releases to feature a full colour cover
, the album featured slight differences to the master, cover and labels on a series of different pressings. The album opens with ‘Pan-Afro’, a chugging, skittering post-bop excursion in 6/4 , featuring a solo by John Gilmore followed by the dirgelike ‘Discipline 8’ and the smoky, avant-blues classic ‘Neptune’, blessed by a scrawling Marshall Allen solo. Perhaps the album’s main event is a stately performance of ‘Discipline 27-II’ , launching the listener into the deep poetics of the astroblack mythos. Echoed closely by June Tyson, and then by the rest of the Space Ethnic Voices, Ra moves from an explanation of his mission and a reproach to the people of Earth, before offering incantations to the angel realm. ‘We got some news for you,’ he advises wryly: ‘the world ended three thousand years ago.’
We are all stranded on ‘the other side of the end of time’ , in a world that already ended three millennia back , at the end of the Egyptian New Kingdom. It’s after the end of the world!
This first official reissue of Discipline 27-II was prepared in conjunction with Art Yard and Sun Ra LLC. The album is restored from the original master tapes and features complete original artwork and new sleeve notes by Francis Gooding.

KEY POINTS:
– First ever official reissue of classic Sun Ra album
– Officially licensed from Sun Ra LLC and restored from original tapes
– includes the full 25 min. title track
– new package features all original artwork and new sleeve note by Francis Gooding

PACKAGING: 1LP IN SINGLE SLEEVE WITH 12” INSERT SHEET

FOR FANS OF:
Miles Davis, John Coltrane , Impulse, Blue Thumb, Alice Coltrane, Kamasi Washington, Fletcher Henderson, The Pyramids, Salah Ragab, Philip Cohran, Gilles Peterson, Shabaka Hutchings Available from 22.04.2017

Sun Ra – Singles Vol.2 (Definitive 45s Collection 1952-91)
Friday, March 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – Singles Vol.2 (Definitive 45s Collection 1952-91)

Image: 1609273 Following 2016’s definitive collection of singles released by Sun Ra from across his illustrious career, Strut present the second volume of the vinyl edition on 3LP format which focus on Ra’s later 1962-1991 period.

A1 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Space Loneliness
A2 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – State Street
A3 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – The Blue Set
A4 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Big City Blues
B1 Sun Ra & His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick – A Blue One
B2 Sun Ra & His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick – Orbitration In Blue
B3 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Out There A Minute
B4 Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Tell Her To Come On Home
B5 Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – I’M Making Believe
C1 Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra – The Bridge
C2 Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra – Rocket # 9
C3 Sun Ra & His Astro-Solar-Infinity Arkestra – Blues On Planet Mars
C4 Sun Ra & His Astro-Solar-Infinity Arkestra – Saturn Moon
C5 Sun Ra & His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Journey To Saturn
C6 Sun Ra & His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Enlightenment
D1 Sun Ra & His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – I’M Gonna Unmask The Batman
D2 Sun Ra & His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – The Perfect Man
D3 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Love In Outer Space
D4 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Mayan Temple
D5 Sun Ra Quartet – Sky Blues
E1 Sun Ra Quartet– Disco 3000
E2 Sun Ra – Rough House Blues
E3 Sun Ra – Cosmo-Extensions
E4 Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra – Quest
E5 Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra – Outer Space Plateau
E6 Sun Ra Arkestra – Sometimes I’M Happy
F1 Sun Ra Arkestra – Nuclear War
F2 Sun Ra Arkestra – On Jupiter / Cosmo Drama
F3 Sun Ra Arkestra – Cosmo Drama
F4 Sun Ra – I Am The Instrument

Following 2016’s definitive collection of singles released by Sun Ra from across his illustrious career, Strut present the second volume of the vinyl edition on 3LP format which focus on Ra’s later 1962-1991 period.
Released sporadically during the three decades and primarily on the Saturn label, the 45s offer one-off missives from Ra’s prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forwardthinking “Space-Bop” and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions which remains unlike anything else from the period. As with the first volume vinyl editions, the collection is hugely varied, ranging from Ra’s spoken word recitations and some of his R&B recordings to alternative versions of Arkestra staples like ‘Love In Outer Space’, ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Rocket No. 9’. The singles are also unpredictable vehicles for Ra’s music, combining different tracks from different sessions and occasionally making available music which was recorded many years beforehand.
As Francis Gooding describes them, “they are answers to questions that albums won’t answer, and questions that can’t be asked or answered elsewhere.”
As with Ra’s LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. On the volume 2 vinyl editions, we feature tracks that have only ever been seen via a small handful of copies including ‘Love In Outer Space’ b/w ‘Mayan Temple’ and ‘The Blue One’ b/w ‘Orbitration In Blue’, some were planned and pencilled but allegedly never made it to vinyl and some appeared as limited one-off magazine singles including Ra’s very last single release, the reflective ‘I Am The Instrument’.
Sleeve note writers Chris Trent and Paul Griffiths brilliantly illustrate the role of the single within Ra’s career and break down each release with detailed track by track notes. Working with Sun Ra LLC and Sun Ra archivist Michael D. Anderson, Strut has also assembled the best possible master sources for each track.
‘Singles’ Vol. 2 features fully remastered tracks, rare photos, original 45 artwork, Chris Trent sleeve notes and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.

KEY POINTS:
– Second volume vinyl edition of definitive collection of Sun Ra singles, including Saturn
releases, planned singles, posthumous releases and magazine giveaways
– Remastered by Technologyworks including exclusive tape transfers from the Sun Ra archive
– Includes rare photos and sleeve notes by Chris Trent. Extensive track by track notes and
session details by Paul Griffiths
– official release prepared in conjunction with Sun Ra LLC
FOR FANS OF:
Miles Davis, Kamasi Washington, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Fletcher Henderson, Batman,
Gershwin, The Pyramids, Salah Ragab, doo-wop, be-bop, Philip Cohran, Jerry Dammers,
Gilles Peterson, Shabaka HutchingsGilles Peterson, Shabaka Hutchings Available from 05.05.2017

Anatoly Ice – Something Happened (2Me)/Light
Friday, February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Anatoly Ice – Something Happened (2Me)/Light

Image: 1608695 The Cold Busted label unearths more funky nuggets from the fertile
Russian soil with this brilliant 7“ single from Moscow’s Anatoly Ice.
DJ, producer, and host of the Funk and Beyond parties and radio
show (running for nearly ten years), Anatoly Ice has been drawn
to the swing of a phat beat for a long while. This single bursts with
old school funk and new school attitude, beginning with ”Something
Happened (2Me)“. A vintage drum kit and melodic horns are joined
by a big hip hop rhythm as the vocals and horn section are expertly
cut up and rearranged. The song’s catchy hook – also the title – is left
nearly intact and should playfully dance around any b-boy’s head as
he does his thing. Flip the record for ”Light”, which exhibits a strutting
breakbeat and some G-funk sauce in its prominent synth line. Funky
piano, guitar, and bass provide the backdrop, soundtracking a
midnight cruise through the bad (as in good) part of town. Hold tight
… Anatoly Ice is at the wheel.

Side A.
Something Happened (2Me)
Side B.
Light Available from 03.03.2017

Brugnolini & Carnini – Beat Drammatico Underground Pop Elettronico /LP+CD
Friday, January 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Brugnolini & Carnini – Beat Drammatico Underground Pop Elettronico /LP+CD

Image: 1608196 A fantastic obscure record, whose tracks simply anticipate Techno and generally Electronic music of the early 70s, including Kraftwerk’s milestone “Autobahn”. The set provides some blending Funk tunes driven by Experimental Electronic music, all with a heavy dramatic feel: the result is an unbelievable, unique and explosive library music LP, a collection of several TV synchronization themes. What we had is stunning Drama Cop scores and dark Electronic moods, all surrounded by loads of fuzzy vibes and all that weird, Industrial, Futuristic Synth FX and so on…

A mind-melting opera. Some of the tracks here simply anticipate Techno and generally Electronic music of the
early 70s. While Kraftwerk released “Ralph & Florian”, and about one year before the releasing of the milestone
“Autobahn”, maestros Sandro Brugnolini and Giorgio Carnini were already experimenting the deep sounds of
analogue synthesizer ARP 2600.
The set provides some blending Funk tunes driven by Experimental Electronic music, all with a heavy dramatic
feel: the result is an unbelievable, unique and explosive library music LP. “Beat Drammatico Underground Pop
Elettronico” is the title that Brugnolini and Carnini adopted for this collection of several TV synchronization themes.
What we had is stunning Drama Cop scores and dark Electronic moods, all surrounded by loads of fuzzy
vibes and all that weird, Industrial, Futuristic Synth FX and so on…
This reissue gives back a long forgotten and obscure session originally released on Fonit label in 1973. – Lorenzo Fabrizi / Sonor Music Editions

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Grinta
A2 L’ora di agire
A3 Azione C.I.A.
A4 La C.I.A. insegue
A5 C.I.A. massacre
B1 Scalo clandestino
B2 Omicidio bianco
B3 Alambicco cibernetico
B4 Electronic carillon
B5 Strutture generative Available from 17.02.2017

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