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Frank Booker – Sugar / Roady
Saturday, November 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Frank Booker – Sugar / Roady

A covert quickstrike 7″ release from the Black Ops camp by label stalwart Frank Booker. Vintage Booker Disco flex on the A, dubby Idjuts-style vibes on the flip. 500 copies only – No Repress – No Digital. Available from 11.12.2015

Fern Jones – The Glory Road
Friday, September 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fern Jones – The Glory Road

Image: 1592259 Ihre Stimme war Samstagabend, an einem Sonntag Morgen geliefert. Patsy auf Jesus. Elvis ohne Pelvis. Auf ihrem einzigen Album, 1959 auf Dot veröffentlicht, eroberte die 36-jährige Fern Jones gesalbte Kirchenmusik mit der gleichen Energie wie ungezähmte jüngere weiße Südstaatler ihren Rock’n ‘Roll. Produziert wurde das Album von Mac Wiseman und präsentiert die Nashville Session-Musiker Hank “Sugarfoot” Garland, Floyd Cramer, Joe Zinkan und Buddy Harman, die gerade frisch ihre Aufnahmen mit Elvis beendet hatten. Ohne Single Release gab es auch kein Radio-Airplay und somit auch keine Verkäufe, ihr feuriges Rockabilly Evangelium war ein paar Nuancen zu radikal für die konservative, traditionelle puritanische Öffentlichkeit ihrer Zeit. Available from 07.11.2014

Johnny Clarke – Enter Into His Gates With Praise
Saturday, June 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Johnny Clarke – Enter Into His Gates With Praise

Image: 1610652 Zusammen mit seinem Rivalen Cornell Campbell, war Johnny Clarke einer der am meisten geschätzten Sänger der Roots Reggae-Ära. Nachdem er neben einem populären Sound-System auf der Waltham Park Road im westlichen Kingston aufgewachsen war, führte Clarkes frühe Faszination mit der Musik dazu, dass er bei Studio One mit Jacob Miller abhing. Er machte dann die Runden der Talent-Shows mit Barry Brown, Sugar Minott & the Diamonds, die zu einer Debüt-Aufnahme im Jahr 1973 für die Pianistin Glen Stair führte, die unveröffentlicht blieb. Der Durchbruch kam schließlich 1975, als Clarke mit Bunny Lee verbunden war, der ihn mit dem Gesang des Rastafari-Wahrzeichen “None Shall Escape The Judgement” (geschrieben von Earl Zero, der es versäumt hatte, eine glaubwürdige Aufnahme zu machen) beauftragte, das zum ‘Flying Cymbal’ Craze führte. Clarkes Debütalbum, “Enter Into His Gates with Praise”, vermischte hartnäckiges Rastafari-Andachtsmaterial mit sympathischen Coverversionen von Klassikern wie Paragone, Slim Smith und Delroy Wilson, zusammen mit einigen Reggae-Renditionen von einigen amerikanischen R&B-Hits. Available from 03.11.2017

Ashley Monroe – Live At Third Man
Friday, March 4th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ashley Monroe – Live At Third Man

She’s at her best when she not only has a guitar in her hands, but a pencil too. She’s 1/3 of Pistol Annies, 1/2 of the Cherry Sisters, 2 parts sugar, 1 part spice. She’s a East Tennessee gal in a Tennessee town with a new record out and a Grammy nomi…

Various – Studio One Showcase
Friday, January 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Studio One Showcase

Image: 1601536 Studio One Showcase brings together a new fine selection of classic tracks from Horace Andy, Freddy McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Lone Ranger, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Wailing Souls and other seminal reggae artists all recorded at Studio One in the 1970s.

By the start of the 1970s, Clement Dodd’s Studio One record label was at a crossroads. The previous two decades had given the producer and record label more success than most aspired to in a lifetime. From the mid-1950s on, the Downbeat Soundsystem had conquered all opponents – from Duke Reid to Prince Buster – and shaped and led the musical landscape of the dancehall. In the 1960s, the establishment of Studio One Records at 13 Brentford Road in Kingston, Jamaica, had led to a Ford Motors-esque production line of hits that similarly defined reggae music.

But the 1970s was to prove Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s most challenging and yet ultimately the most creative decade of all. Like the most zealous and resourceful of pioneers, Studio One was about to embark on a stunning era of reinvention, adaptation, stripping down and versioning, each step of which marked new musical developments in reggae music – roots reggae, deejay, dancehall, rub a dub and more.

This album presents an overview of this exciting and ground-breaking decade of the 1970s at Studio One, during an era where, despite challenges from new producers, political turmoil, and almost constant musical and technological innovations in reggae, Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd was able to maintain his position as the pioneering leader in reggae music, and to maintain Studio One is the number one sound in reggae music. Always.

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Tracklist:

1. Horace Andy – See A Man’s Face (2.26)?
2. Cedric Im Brooks & Count Ossie – Right On Rasta (3.08)?
3. Prince Jazzbo – Jah Dread (3.56)?
4. Myrna Hague – What About Me (3.18)?
5. Michigan & Smiley – Time To Be Happy (5.36)?
6. The Wailing Souls – Stick Together (5.20)?
7. Sugar Minott – Have No Fear (2.44)?
8. Judah EskenderTafari – Just Another Day (8.21)?
9. Dillinger – Chuky Skank (2.38)?
10. Freddy McGregor – BreddaLabbaLabba (2.42)?
11. Frankie Wilmoth – Stay With Me (2.20)?
12. Johnny Osbourne – People A Watch Me (3.25) ?
13. The Gladiators – Tribulation (3.42)?
14. The Heptones – Hard To Confess (2.43)?
15. Lone Ranger – Fish Tea (2.56)?
16. Jennifer Lara – Ain’t No Love (2.08)?
17. The Willows – Send Another Moses (6.02) ?
18. The Gaylads& The Brentford Disco Set – Joy in the Morning (7.31)? Available from 05.02.2016

Various – Daptone Gold Vol.2 (Daptone Records)
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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Six years after the release of acclaimed greatest hits and rarities collection Daptone Gold, Daptone Records announces the release of Daptone Gold II.

CD DAP036-2 / 2LP+MP3 DAP036-1
Release: 18-09-15
Joey Negro – Le Freak – Music Inspired By Chic
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joey Negro – Le Freak – Music Inspired By Chic

Image: 1599264 Z Records presents ‘Le Freak Music Inspired by Chic – Complied by Joey Negro’ contains fourteen glorious Chic inspired cuts that groove like a Disco train straight from the 70s.

Vinyl
A1 Charanga 76 – Good Times (Como Vamos A Gozar)
A2 Cela – I’m In Love (Joey Negro Edit)

B1 Odyssey – Together
B2 She – Easy Money
B3 Nightlife Unlimited – Lets Do It Again

C1 Van Jones – Not About That (Show Me Some Respect)
C2 Ann Margret – Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes (Part Two)
C3 Michael Zager Band – Don’t Sneak On Me

D1 Delegation – Heartache No. 9 (Special Remix Version)
D2 C.H.A.D. feat G.G Gibson – Feel The Beat (C’est Si Bon…)

Arguably, Dave Lee aka Joey Negro and his Z Records label are the contemporary go-to Disco label. And it
was only a matter of time that Mr Lee would delve deep into his vinyl vaults and pull a selection of sound-alike
tracks inspired by that late 70s Chic sound.

To date, Chic and their productions have notched-up sales of over 100,000,000, so with that in mind, it comes
at no surprise that their music has inspired others to pick up the bass & lead guitar and emulate that groovy
sound… and that ‘s exactly what this album is all about.

‘Le Freak Music Inspired by Chic – Complied by Joey Negro’ contains fourteen glorious Chic inspired cuts that
groove like a Disco train straight from the 70s.

The Chic production sound must be one of the most distinctive in disco, soul, funk or pop music generally, a
sound that was lent very successfully to Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry and many more in the late 70s
and early 80s heyday. The much-copied formula has been an inspiration to many producers old and new,
most recently with the world dominating Daft Punk.

Joey Negro is one such producer who has been inspired by the production sound of Rodgers and Edwards
over the years and, until now, there has not been a collection of tracks that were influenced by rather than
produced by Chic.

There are many more artists out there that have drawn inspiration from this sound but this is Joey Negro?s
personal selection of tracks that have the unmistakable groove including one from his own Sunburst Band
project.

Nile Rodgers continues to tour the globe with his Chic live show as well as produce and make guest
appearances on many hit records and he shows no sign of slowing down yet.

Previous ZR/Joey Negro compilations:

Remixed With Love reached No.1 on the Amazon Disco chart

Joey Negro’s name is consistently on a lot of classy music and Remixed With Love is up there with his best. In
total 18 spectacular remixes… A must have. Danny Krivit

Joey Negro is a true aficionado of Italo House as this brilliant compilation-cum-history lesson shows – Mixmag

Given his long-standing dedication to the sound, there could be few more fitting DJs to compile a two-disc set
of 90s House & Garage than Joey Negro. Excellent track list – Juno.co.uk

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The Chic production sound must be one of the most distinctive in disco, soul, funk… or pop music generally.
Back when I was listening to commercial radio as a music-mad teenager in 1979/80, their records were
omnipresent on the airwaves. It seemed that when one of their own songs just dropped out of the hit parade,
it was replaced by a production for another act – be it Diana Ross, Sheila & B. Devotion or Sister Sledge – it was
a constant stream of hits. When I heard songs like Norma Jean’s “High Society” (a solo release from one of
Chic’s singers) blasting out my transistor radio, I knew straight away it was an Edwards & Rogers production,
their style was so instantly recognizable. Firstly the playing and sound of both the guitar and bass was a
giveaway, along with the precise vocal phrasing, rippling piano and discreet string parts. If it was the 12″ mix
then the bass breakdown and slow instrumental build up in the second half of the record was also part of the
blueprint. Generally, Chic songs eschewed ad-libs or long solos, the style is more defined with each instrument
having an exact placing – including the vocals.

Records like “Good Times” and “We Are Family” weren’t just big club hits – yes, they were massive on dance
floors but they were also pop crossovers all around the world. What was noticeable to me back then was
even the rock guys I was friendly with (who generally despised disco) quietly liked Chic and admired their rock
solid playing and grooves. I guess the best music has this universal appeal, from the casual listener who knows
nothing about the fine details of song writing and production right through to the hardcore muso players who
hear and appreciate its intricacies.

Of course, with all this worldwide chart success came a lot of emulators who were inspired by Chic’s stylish
image, immaculately produced records and of course their commercial success. The period we are focusing
on is toward the end of the disco era, so many producers were ditching the faster octave bassline euro disco
style and looking for a new sound that was both club and radio-friendly. I’ve no idea how many records
featured basslines inspired by “Good Times”, it was a game-changing groove, so it’s probably in the 1000s. The
Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” are maybe the most obvious
examples in terms of commercial success – however, for this compilation, I wanted to dig a bit deeper and
collect together some lesser-known songs which owe at least a modicum of their inspiration to Edwards and
Rogers.

Italy’s producer duo Mario Malavasi and Jaques Fred Petrus were highly influenced by Chic when they
rebranded themselves as Change. Their debut single and UK pop hit “A Lovers’ Holiday”, with its unison group
vocal, was a dead ringer for the Chic sound and even used some of the same N.Y. session players. Throughout
the early ’80s there were many records that utilised a similar style of chord progression, obviously Nile-esque
guitar, or that tight-tracked, clipped and histronic-free female vocal.

It may seem ridiculous now but Chic got quite a rough ride in the press at points, thanks to their instantly
recognizable records’ success, as well as a general hostility towards disco. Personally, I never tired of their
music, but there were comments about “the formula wearing thin” and “it all sounds the same”. I think we can
definitely say the critics have been proved wrong – turn on any Saturday night dance radio show and you’ll no
doubt hear a few of their songs. Disco has become the “Motown” of our current era, the music that unifies
generations at weddings or office parties.

“We Are Family” is up there with the greatest disco albums of all time, containing the title track, “Lost In Music”,
“Thinking of You” and “He’s The Greatest Dancer”. Chic productions continue to be sampled in modern dance
music – I was out at a “Nu-Disco”-type night last year and heard 3 tracks during the evening based around their
songs. Recently, Chic have been back on the road and their legacy as one of the greatest acts of the era has
been cemented.

So onto this compilation, I recently thought it would make a nice and unique album to gather together a few
of the lesser known Chic-influenced songs onto one release. The only track on here Edwards and Rogers were
behind is Odyssey’s “Together”, which is one of their more obscure productions and I thought would be a cool
one to include as many won’t know it. The only actual cover is from Charanga 76 who released an album in
1979 which featured several raw, Latin disco-style Chic reworks, of which their “Good Times” was perhaps the
best – otherwise, the likes of Delegation’s, Van Jones’ and Michael Zager’s are original songs, not pastiches – just
simply great music inspired by Chic’s blueprint.

Hope you enjoy

Dave Lee aka Joey Negro – August 2015

Available from 30.10.2015

Daptone Records announces the release of Daptone Gold II
Monday, September 14th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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Six years after the release of acclaimed greatest hits and rarities collection Daptone Gold, Daptone Records announces the release of Daptone Gold II. Where the original put a spotlight on Daptone’s unique sonic mission, Daptone Gold II reveals just how far things have come, packed with favourites from the last six years, along with tracks […]

Various – Daptone Gold Vol.2 (2LP+MP3)
Friday, August 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Daptone Gold Vol.2 (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1598622 Six years after the release of acclaimed greatest hits and rarities collection Daptone Gold, Daptone Records announces the release of Daptone Gold II on September 18, 2015. Where the original put a spotlight on Daptone’s unique sonic mission, Daptone Gold II reveals just how far things have come, packed with favourites from the last six years, along with tracks previously unavailable or only obtainable via 45. The release also follows Daptone’s 2014 Super Soul Revue, a series of shows that saw the entire Daptone roster perform together, culminating in three sold out nights at the world famous Apollo Theater. This new double album brings fans up to date with the Brooklyn label that has become a premier source of new soulful music and a model for independent labels everywhere.

Featuring some of the most popular songs ever released by Daptone, the album includes Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ “Better Things” (from the 2010 album I Learned the Hard Way), “Inspiration Information,” (a Shuggie Otis cover from Soul Time!) and “Retreat!” from their latest album Give the People What They Want.

Other favourites include Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens’ 2014 track “Sinner”, “Strictly Reserved For You” and “Heartaches and Pain”, by Charles Bradley, “Hot Shot” by 2015 breakout band Saun & Starr, “Dirty Money” by Afrobeat outfit Antibalas, and “Got To Get Back To My Baby” by The Sugarman 3, as well as many others.

Songs previously only available on 45 include “Luv Jones,” a duet by Charles Bradley and LaRose Jackson, “Little Boys With Shiny Toys” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and “Out Of The Wilderness” by The Como Mamas. Previously unreleased songs include the instrumental “Thunderclap” by The Dap-Kings and “You Got To Move” performed by Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens.

In the spirit of Daptone’s commitment to beautiful physical products, the Daptone Gold II double LP is packaged in a silver foil gatefold sleeve and comes with a poster, liner notes and iron-on, and the CD is in a deluxe embossed silver foil digipak.

“This is a label, a family of musicians, at the top of its game…witness Daptone in its prime” – Mr. Fine Wine, WFMU

“Daptone is a very special, one of a kind place and I am honoured to be part of this family. No other record label can compare.” – Saundra Williams, Saun & Starr

Tracklist For Daptone Gold II

Side One
1. Better Things To Do (from I Learned the Hard Way) – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
2. Strictly Reserved For You (from Victim of Love) – Charles Bradley (Featuring Menahan Street Band)
3. Sinner (from Cold World) – Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
4. Hot Shot (from Look Closer) – Saun & Starr
5. Dirty Money (from Antibalas) – Antibalas

Side Two
6. Inspiration Information (from Soul Time!) – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
7. The Traitor (from Make The Road By Walking) – Menahan Street Band
8. Heartaches And Pain (from No Time For Dreaming) – Charles Bradley
9. Unbroken, Unshaven (from The Budos Band III) – The Budos Band
10. Retreat! (from Give the People What They Want) – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
11. Witches Boogaloo (from What The World Needs Now) – The Sugarman 3

Side Three
12. Look Closer (Can’t You See The Signs?) (from Look Closer) – Saun & Starr
13. Keep Coming Back (from The Crossing) – Menahan Street Band
14. I Learned The Hard Way (from I Learned The Hard Way) – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
15. Got To Get Back To My Baby (from What The World Needs Now) – The Sugarman 3
16. Aphasia (from Burnt Offering) – The Budos Band

Side Four
17. Out Of The Wilderness (Previously Released on 45 Only) – The Como Mamas
18. Little Boys With Shiny Toys (Previously Released on 45 Only) – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
19. You Got To Move (Previously Unreleased) – Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
20. Luv Jones (Previously Released on 45 Only) – Charles Bradley & LaRose Jackson
21. Thunderclap (Previously Unreleased) – The Dap-Kings Available from 18.09.2015

John Milk
Monday, July 27th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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John Milk grew up In the Paris suburb where music at that time was all about hip hop. Listening to all the Wu Tang productions based on analog samples of 60 Rhythm and Blues, he decided at the age of 18 to build his own studio with analog gears. Real to Real tape recorder, 70’s […]

Debut album from French producer John Milk
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 | Tags:
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John Milk grew up in the Paris suburb where music at that time was all about hip hop. Listening to all the Wu Tang productions based on analog samples of 60 rhythm and blues, he decided at the age of 18 to build his own studio with analog gears. Real to real tape recorder, 70’s […]

Tramp Records releases the next instalment in their much acclaimed ‘Movements’ series
Friday, March 20th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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One year has passed since the last release in this series and, as always, the Tramp Records crew have been working hard during the last 12 months to come up with an equally fine selection of tunes for this brand new volume. Our aim is to keep up with the quality of each release, a […]

Various – Movements Vol.7 (2LP/Gatefold)
Thursday, February 19th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Movements Vol.7 (2LP/Gatefold)

Image: 1595479 One year has passed since the last release in this series and, as always, the Tramp Records crew have been working hard during the last 12 months to come up with an equally fine selection of tunes for this brand new volume. Our aim is to keep up with the quality of each release, a task which certainly does not get any easier as we step forward into the twenty first century.

There is no need to praise this selection of tracks. It is larger-than-life. And those who do not recognize the distinctiveness of it should better seek medical advice. The most astounding fact is certainly that 99% of the record buying public have never heard any of these tunes, most likely not even the artists. And we are not talking of people who solely listen to mainstream music. No. Even music lovers who believe that they have a good portion of knowledge when it comes to jazz and soul music will be left speechless.

You can skip to any song on this album and you won’t be disappointed. The only premise is that you are a fan of raw, earthy soul and jazz music. If this is the case then you can’t go wrong. Rene Bailey, Matilda Haywood, Lee Mitchell, Nu Art Quartet, to name a few. It is high time to introduce all these names to a broad audience and to prevent that they vanish into thin air. The Movements series was coined to introduce music lovers to so far unheard musical treasures. Tunes which only hardcore record collectors have had the privilege to enjoy it…until now.

Key selling points:
– 16-page CD-booklet and deluxe double-gatefold LP with detailed liner notes, label scans and unseen photographs
– all songs appear on a full-length album for the very first time

Tracklisting:
01. Dorothy Ramsey – He’s A Real Gone Guy (Nellie Lutcher)
02. Johnny B & The Music Makers – Unchain My Heart (Bobby Sharp)
03. Bobby Wade – They Call It Stormy Monday (T Bone Walker)
04. Rene Bailey – Woke Up This Morning (Rene Bailey)
05. Howard A. Smith – Sugar (Howard Smith)
06. Nu Art Quartet – California Dreaming (John Phillips)
07. Johnny Walker Trio – The Purple Jellybean (Johnny Walker)
08. Bob Brown Quartet – Dell’s Bell’s (Bob Brown)
09. Bob Hines Trio – Dasheka (Bob Hines)
10. Steve Mason Trio – The Nitty Gritty Humbug (Steve Mason)
11. Al Jarreau & Trio – Take Five (Paul Desmond)
12. Matilda Haywood – Can You Handle It? (Matilda Haywood)
13. George Smith – Out Of This World (Harold Arlen)
14. Ray Johnson – The Deep End (Ray Johnson)
15. Lee Mitchell – How Can You Be So Cold (Lee Mitchell)
16. Shelley Fisher – St. James Infirmary (Joe Primrose)
17. Eminent Stars – Hearts Are Jumping (Ben Mendes)

Available from 27.03.2015

Boris Werner
Monday, October 6th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Boris Werner: a charismatic leading figure of the house music scene, who is forever young at heart. He has promised himself he will continue to keep pushing dance floors and promoters worldwide. It isn’t easy not to fall under his spell when he plays his sound that is filled with lush grooves, thick baselines and […]

The hugely anticipated fourth album from Adam Gibbons aka Lack Of Afro
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Lack of Afro’s fourth studio album on Freestyle Records, Music for Adverts, features collaborations with Jack Tyson-Charles, Wax & Herbal T, EOM and Juliette Ashby. He’s back and as soulful as he’s ever been! A wide ranging, eclectic and progressive musical outlook has always been the Lack of Afro approach. His latest material follows suit […]

Staff Charts 2012
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Let me make one thing perfectly clear, 2012 was amazing! Number-one position in the German Media Control album charts, gold, platin, multiple awards – CRO took it all. The artist with the famous panda mask infected the entire country with his genre-bending mixture of rap and pop. Other artists / bands like alt-J, Anastacia, Baroness, […]

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

Charles Bradley
Monday, February 7th, 2011 | Tags: , , ,
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Charles Bradley is no stranger to hard times. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Charles spent the better part of his childhood living on the streets. One of the more optimistic moments of his childhood came in 1962, when his sister took him to see James Brown at The […]

Charles Bradley has no time for dreaming …
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 | Tags: , , ,
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Charles Bradley is no stranger to hard times. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Charles spent the better part of his childhood living on the streets. One of the more optimistic moments of his childhood came in 1962, when his sister took him to see James Brown at The […]

Charles Bradley
Friday, January 21st, 2011 | Tags: , , ,
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Charles Bradley is no stranger to hard times. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Charles spent the better part of his childhood living on the streets. One of the more optimistic moments of his childhood came in 1962, when his sister took him to see James Brown at The […]

A rare insight on two of reggae’s most influential producers Steely & Clevie …
Friday, January 21st, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Producers Steely & Clevie were pioneers of dancehall reggae’s digital age. Having built their reputations as studio musician’s (Steely playing bass & Clevie playing drums), the duo came to prominence as the house band at King Jammy’s studio at the time drum machines were first used on reggae records. The duo quickly became Jamaica’s hottest […]

Two Chix & A Beer – Friends Of Dolores (Butterama)
Monday, November 8th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Finally the debut album by Sebastian Maschat and Daniel Nentwig, the musical backbone of The Whitest Boy Alive, with their Berlin band Two Chix & A Beer!

CD BUTTERAMACD1 / LP BUTTERAMALP1
Release: 05-11-10
Reissue of John Heartsman’s unbelievably rare self-pressed double LP “Music Of My Heart” from 1977 …
Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 | Tags: , , ,
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Reissue of an unbelievably rare private press album that’s chock full of the good stuff – all kinds of funky femme soul, cool n’ groovy organ/flute/guitar jazz and a good ol’ dose of the blues! It’s the fourth installment in our Holy Grail series, and we’re proud to present Sacramento multi-instrumentalist Johnny Heartsman’s hopelessly obscure […]

Bei Bei & Shawn Lee
Monday, January 4th, 2010 | Tags: , , ,
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“Into The Wind” by Guzheng performer/composer Bei Bei He and Ubiquity producer Shawn Lee marries a unique blend of ancient tradition with studio trickery. This uplifting, genre-bending sound clash, recalls the afro centric harping of Dorothy Ashby and hypnotic spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane. With Lee adding equal doses of hip-hop, electric jazz, and soul […]

Album project by Guzheng performer/composer Bei Bei He and Ubiquity producer Shawn Lee …
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 | Tags: , , ,
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“Into The Wind” by Guzheng performer/composer Bei Bei He and Ubiquity producer Shawn Lee marries a unique blend of ancient tradition with studio trickery. This uplifting, genre-bending sound clash, recalls the afro centric harping of Dorothy Ashby and hypnotic spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane. With Lee adding equal doses of hip hop, electric jazz, and […]

Various – Daptone Gold (Daptone)
Monday, November 30th, 2009 | Tags: ,
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“Daptone Gold” is a collection of hits and obscurities, album favorites and unheard exclusives from the Daptone Records catalogue. Since first rearing its head in 2001, Daptone has upheld its reputation as both a premier source for new raw soulful music and a model for the possibilities of independent music today.

CD DAP018-2 / 2LP+MP3 DAP018-1
Release: 27-11-09
5 Years Of Great Stuff
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , , , ,
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One of the most powerful labels in dance music and one of the biggest success stories turns 5. Great Stuff Recordings looks back with pride on its countless fantastic releases and amazing artist family. It all began back in 2003 in Munich with a few nice tracks by founding member Tomcraft, the British duo Coburn, […]

J.Rawls
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 | Tags: , , ,
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As a child, I didn’t care about too much but playing and watching cartoons. One thing was always constant in my house: music. My father played everything from the Temptations to Jackie Wilson to Richard Pryor albums. Before I could even read I was playing records. For real, my dad bought me a turntable when […]

Ohmega Watts
Monday, October 15th, 2007 | Tags: , , ,
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While the eclecticism of his debut album “The Find” won him many fans, “Watts Happening” pushes the envelope to reveal even more about MC/producer Ohmega Watts and continues to challenge the expectations of what a rap album could be. The record includes collaborations with lauded Philly-based MC/producer Jneiro Jarel and up n’coming Brazilian vocalist Tita Lima who appears on the DJ-friendly Brazilian-tinged excursion “Adaptacao”. Watts wrote “Are You Satisfied” for Bay Area blues n’funkstress, and one of James Brown’s favorite female vocalists Sugarpie Desanto, inspired by recent losses she suffered in a tragic fire at her Oakland home. London instrumentalist, and label mate, Shawn Lee also provides some key sounds from his over-stocked studio. The album includes features from favorite Watts cohorts like the Lightheaded crew, Triple Grip and Theory Hazit …

SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS present their debut album “100 Days, 100 Nights” on Daptone Records …
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The Budos Band
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 | Tags: ,
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With its twenty-two legs, three horns, and hallucinogenic venom, The Budos Band (the unheralded emperors of Instrumental Staten Island Afro-Soul) continue to rule. The band commands their listeners to follow them on their second journey into the depths of their poinsonous vision. While their debut album was itself heralded as a groundbreaking exploration of funk, afro-beat and soul music, few could predict that their second effort would not only match but surpass the realm of mind-expansion embodied on their first sessions. Through ten exciting new instrumentals recorded live at Daptone‘s House of Soul in Bushwick, Brooklyn, The Budos Band pours themes at once resonant and ethereal over Herculean rhythms …

OHMEGA WATTS continues to challenge the expectations of what a rap album could be …
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