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Joell Ortiz – That’s Hip Hop
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joell Ortiz – That’s Hip Hop

Image: 1602501 Ausnahmerapper Joell Ortiz aus Brooklyn und der renommierte Produzent Domingo (Big Pun, KRS One, Fat Joe, etc.) präsentieren ihr “That’s Hip Hop” Album mit Gastauftritten von M.O.P, Tony Touch, Chris Rivers, Raven Felix, Doo Wop, Zooka Joe und Kool G Rap. Zusätzliche Beats stammen von DNA Beatz, DJ Js-1 und 20th Letter. Available from 25.03.2016

New album by Swedish hip hop group Looptroop Rockers
Friday, October 31st, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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We had just stepped off stage at the Boulder Theatre when the headliners of the evening, CunninLynguists, entered the backstage room – repeating their disgusted but joyful mantra of this tour. We were soaked in sweat from the gig, only dressed in our birthday suits. As in so many other contexts we’ve put ourselves, through […]

Big Remo represents the new school of rugged and raw southern hip hop …
Monday, September 27th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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There are few producers in modern hip hop who can transcend the underground and mainstream like 9th Wonder. Since exploding onto the scene as a member of Little Brother, the North Carolina-native has lent his soulful instrumentals to artists ranging from notable newcomers (Skyzoo, Kaze) to established major stars (Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige). […]

The Clonious connects the dots between electronic music and hip-hop …
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Somewhere between the past and the distant future, sparked by dusty old jazz records and beat generation hip-hop, at the sonic cross-roads of Detroit and Vienna, lies a series of sound stories steeping in the head of 23 year old beat navigator Paul Movahedi, also known as The Clonious. The “Adroit Adventures EP”, released on […]

Hip-hop legends KRS-One and Buckshot join forces …
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,
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After making their indelible marks on the game luminaries KRS-One and Buckshot, arguably two of the games most prolific emcees, will link up to give fans a collaborative album entitled “Survival Skills”. The project will be released on Duck Down Records. With guests ranging from Mary J. Blige, Slug Of Atmosphere, K’NAAN, Talib Kweli, Immortal […]

The legendary hip-hop producer/dj PETE ROCK with his first studio album in four years …
Friday, February 8th, 2008 | Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on The legendary hip-hop producer/dj PETE ROCK with his first studio album in four years …

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Guiliani vs. hip-hop: no more beats & rhymes at The Limelight and The Tunnel…
Monday, June 25th, 2001 | Posted in News | Comments Off on Guiliani vs. hip-hop: no more beats & rhymes at The Limelight and The Tunnel…

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Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Sly5thAve is the project of multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II, whose sophisticated compositions are shaped by his faith in hip hop, and deep understanding of soul and jazz. Sly5thAve’s projects and accomplishments over the last few years include; the inception of the first orchestral concert dedicated to Dr Dre, playing saxophone […]

The Heliocentrics – Out There
Friday, May 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Heliocentrics – Out There

Image: 501434 Repressed! Produced by Malcolm Catto, Mike Burnham & Jake Ferguson / Four years in the making, The Heliocentrics’ debut album is finally complete. Out There is here. Good luck trying to categorize their music. Led by the relentless drummer Malcolm Catto, the UK collective’s objective lays quite a ways beyond what ordinary listeners know or expect. In an alternative galaxy, where the orbits of Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Psychedelic, Electronic, Avante-Garde and Ethnic music all revolve around “The One” – that’s where you might find The Heliocentrics. A listen to a song or two reveals no small influence from the funk universe of James Brown. But there’s also the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra’s music. The cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone. The sublime fusion of David Axelrod. But the Heliocentrics’ music isn’t retro. It’s brand new. And it’s timeless. They have well-placed fans in the likes of Madlib (Catto was featured on his Shades of Blue album and on various Yesterdays New Quintet releases) and DJ Shadow (the band backed him on various tours, and on the song “This Time I’m Gonna Do It My Way” from his The Outsider album), who will tell you that this band is really the next shit but that they have the consistency and musicianship that seems to have been lost somewhere in the analog to digital shuffle over the past thirty years. The Heliocentrics are the real deal. They are “Out There” in the best possible sense of the word. Dig it.

A1. Intro 0:39
A2. Distant Star 5:01
A3. Flight 583 0:13
A4. Once Upon A Time 2:43
A5. Beyond Repair 0:55
A6. Sirius B 5:09
A7. Untitled 2:41
B1. They Are Among Us – Part 1 0:39
B2. The Zero Hour 4:19
B3. Joyride 5:11
B4. The American Empire 3:19
C1. Before I Die 3:37
C2. Intermission 1:35
C3. Age Of The Sun 4:13
C4. They Are Among Us – Part 2 0:34
C5. Winter Song 4:55
C6. A World Of Masks 4:33
D1. Sounds Of The East 1:32
D2. Somewhere Out There 1:25
D3. Second Chance (K2’s Prayer) 5:26
D4. Return Journey 0:20
D5. Sirius A 3:29
D6. Falling To Earth 5:26
D7. Outro 0:36 Available from 09.06.2017

El Michels Affair
Thursday, April 6th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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When Leon Michels name first appeared on a record, he was 16. That release was Thunder Chicken, and the group was his high school band, The Mighty Imperials. The record was essentially an homage to The Meters, at the time it was near pitch-perfect for the budding retro-soul scene. While that release was an early […]

Kaidi Tatham – Changing Times
Saturday, February 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kaidi Tatham – Changing Times

First Word are keeping it moving for 2017 and welcoming Kaidi Tatham into the fold, with a firing four-track EP, ‘Changing Times’. Kaidi is a talented multi-instrumentalist that’s produced, featured, remixed and performed with an array of artists acro…

Knocker Jungle – Knocker Jungle
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Knocker Jungle – Knocker Jungle

Image: 1608330 Knocker Jungle’s sole LP was released by Ember in 1970 when the duo had already split. Little is known about members Tony Coop and Keith Jones, but their music displays a true passion for classic song-based artists, from Donovan to Nick Drake or Dylan. Tony Cox held production duties and Dave Pegg and Mattacks from Fairport Convention featured among the band players.

Almost 47 years after the original album was withdrawn from sale due to a controversial picture in the inner sleeve, this rare gem gets a deserved vinyl reissue. Presented in facsimile gatefold sleeve and pressed on 180g vinyl.

Ember was a British label created in 1960 by Jeffrey Kruger, founder of London’s Flamingo Club. As well as recording British acts, Ember distributed many American and other recordings in the UK. The Knocker Jungle LP was released by the label in 1970, when the duo had already split, being withdrawn from sale shortly after due to a controversial picture included in the inner sleeve that made many shops refuse to stock it. A single (for the Spanish market only) somehow managed to get released too, and that’s about all Tony Coop and Keith Jones achieved in their short life as Knocker Jungle… What the band members had done before this project was formed or where this album led them to remains totally unknown.

Their music speaks for itself, confessing a true passion for classic song-based artists, from Donovan to Nick Drake or Dylan, with a certain degree of hippie-bluesy approach on most tracks. Tony Cox (responsible for producing Yes’ album “Time And A Word” and other records from Family, Caravan, etc) held production duties and Dave Pegg and Dave Mattacks from Fairport Convention featured among the band players. From the splendid opener ‘I Don’t Know Why’, consistency remains solid throughout the entire album. The catchy ‘You’ve Lost Your Love For Me’ adds some early T-Rex sound into the equation while ‘Where I Belong’ shows a strong West Coast influence.

Almost 47 years after its sudden withdrawal from the shops, this rare gem gets a deserved vinyl reissue.

Track Listing:

Side 1
1. I Don’t Know Why 2. Oh To Be Free 3. Caught A Cold Last Night 4. I’ve Got Time 5. Not Even A Letter 6. Ecclesiastes 7. Reality

Side 2
1. You’ve Lost Your Love For Me 2. Amanda 3. Sunburnt Virgin Trousers 4. Impossible You 5. Where I Belong 6. It Ain’t Necessarily So 7. Oh My
Available from 10.02.2017

Various – Best of Down & Wired 2
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Best of Down & Wired 2

Image: 1605856 Few would challenge the claim that the 1960s and 70s have been the most fertile two decades in the history of popular music ever – a period which, regardless of genre, laid the foundations for everything that has followed. What is more, this period was so fertile that the speed with which tastes changed left a colossal amount of incredible music to gather dust – perhaps most famously a profusion of funk, soul and jazz. It was a musical legacy that lay mouldering until the rise of sampling in late 80s hip-hop precipitated a mad scramble for lost crates and suddenly, the music that became known as ‘rare groove’ – for obvious reasons (it was rare and very groovy) – experienced a phoenix-like rebirth.

A quarter of a century on and a million funk, soul, jazz-funk and ‘rare groove’ compilations, re-presses and re-releases later, you’d think that cupboard was bare and yet, even now, there are gems to be found. PT is re-releasing the rarest of cuts that often were originally only limited runs or private pressings and new compilation Down & Wired is just such a collection.

Always soulful, this features everything from mod groovers and northern stompers, to funky bumps and latin heaters. Yet while the quality of all cuts is immediately apparent, only one of the seventeen has ever been previously been compiled because when PT ‘do’ rare, they don’t mess around. In fact, if these tracks were steaks – they’d still be walking around eating grass.

Stone Monkey/ – July 2016

1. Spike – Head Achin’ Woman
2. The Noteables – Get Ready
3. Sunday Morning Blues – Harlem Schuffle
4. Soul Support – Come Back Ness
5. Carmelita – Mitchie Mitchie Mo-Jo
6. Glory Road – You Better Wake Up
7. Noel Owen – Run To Mama Blues
8. The Revised Brotherhood – Those Things
9. Nick Jaggi Trio – That’s The Way To Fly
10. Chain – Feeling Glad
11. Alameda Tube – Computation
Available from 23.09.2016

Muzi – Boom Shaka
Friday, July 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Muzi – Boom Shaka

Image: 1604740 “…his unique sound … has caught the attention of Diplo, The
Prodigy, Rinse FM and many more, making him one of the most
exciting electronic producers South Africa has to offer.” –
“… his fusion of hip-hop and electronica have … begun to
make Muzi a household name” – ELLE
A bold, eclectic fusion of hip hop and electronica, MUZI’s
hard-hitting sonic approach remains deeply inspired by his
upbringing, a tale of striving through adversity in the South
African township of Empangeni, north east of Durban:
“Violence definitely played a major role in my life. Things
happen in the townships like mine. There isn’t any community
watch or anything remotely close to something like that. That’s
why I had to stay indoors most of the time and that gave me
time to work on my music. As for the social healing bit, I hope it
does one day. Privileged kids grow up being told they can be
and do anything they want. We never had that, my family has
always been in survival mode and I hope that one day, my
achievements inspire other kids with similar backgrounds” .

01 / A1 Ekhaya
02 / A2 Boom Shaka
03 / A3 Township Mosaic
04 / A4 Ukusa
05 / A5 Sweat
06 / A6 Shaman
07 / B1 Nizogcwala VIP
08 / B2 Hallo
09 / B3 Switch Up
10 / B4 Khululeka
11 / B5 WTF You Mean

• Debut album from South African artist Muzi
• Features alongsdie Stormzy in Noisey’s ‘From South London to South Africa’ video feature
• Fire FX EP gained support from The Prodigy, Diplo and Mad DEcent, Foreign Beggars, OWSLA and Rinse FM

Diplo, Major Lazer, Foreign Beggars, Skrillex Available from 19.08.2016

Kraak & Smaak
Monday, June 13th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Juicy Fruit is as succulent as the name suggests – a feast of flavour served up by Dutch masters Kraak & Smaak. Their fifth studio album is one that sees them sonically revisiting the roots of their first releases, producing an organic and warm electronic disco and funk album packed with hot property collaborators including […]

Dutch masters Kraak & Smaak present their fifth studio album “Juicy Fruit” on Jalapeno Records
Friday, June 10th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Juicy Fruit is as succulent as the name suggests – a feast of flavour served up by Dutch masters Kraak & Smaak. Their fifth studio album is one that sees them sonically revisiting the roots of their first releases, producing an organic and warm electronic disco and funk album packed with hot property collaborators including […]

Marlow – In The Backroom
Friday, June 10th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marlow – In The Backroom

Image: 1602785 Marlow is back with the new album In The Backroom.

A1 Marlow – Who’s This
A2 Marlow – Kaffee Türkisch
A3 Marlow & ComixXx – Something Is Coming feat. Stee Downes
A4 Marlow – Your Softness
B1 Marlow – Can’t Stop
B2 Marlow – Watch Your Step feat Capitol A
B3 Marlow – And His Mind Blown
B4 Marlow & ComixXx – Shimmy Shimmy Shake
C1 Marlow – Ain’t No feat. Capitol A
C2 Marlow – Backroom feat. Pete Josef
C3 Marlow – Perhaps
C4 Marlow & Trüby – Windy City
D1 Marlow – I Do, We Do
D2 Marlow – Away feat. Ursula Rucker
D3 Marlow – For Blood The Crowd Bays feat.Pete Josef
D4 Marlow – Forstforscher feat. Flowin Immo

Good things come to those who wait. That’s probably what the Leipzig socialized, now
Weimar based Mario Weise aka Marlow was thinking, too. His first official, proper album
by the name of “In The Backroom” has been in the pipeline for two years now. Since his
EP “Backroom”, released in March 2014 on Sonar Kollektiv (SK265), we are waiting with
bated breath for the therewith auspiciously announced longplayer, which – now finally here
– actually does fires off one highlight after another.
There’s of course the 80ies funk inspired ex ante single with Pete Josef on vocals, the
even more LA electro funk derived collaborations with US MC Capitol A „Watch Your
Step“ and „Ain’t No“ or the zippy clubhit “Shimmy Shimmy Shake” and the rousing, singa-
long “Something Is Coming” in cooperation with his former production partner
ComixXx. This is not Marlow with a higgledy-piggledy mob of sidekicks though. „Kaffee
Türkisch“, „Your Softness“ and „Can’t Stop“ demonstrate gloriously where the versatile
producer has deep roots in: Soulful hip-hop with a bass-heavy lateral position. And when
singer Ursula Rucker helps him out on “Away” nothing seems to be impossible on this
debut of his. It’s not a coincidence that Marlow’s music has already been released on
Moon Harbour, Room With A View, Fifty Fathoms Deep and Objektivity. But it took
some time until he now finally found with Sonar Kollektiv the right outlet for his utopia. The
label itself pressed every button as well to turn “In The Backroom” into a modern
masterpiece of Neo Funk. Next to the afore mentioned collaborations further contributions
come from the Black Forest based Rainer Trüby (“Windy City”), the German rapper
Flowin Immo (“Forst Forscher”) and Stee Downes (“Something Is Coming”). Altogether
Marlow animates all of these sixteen tracks off his more than impressive debut with
imperious historical awareness and finesse.
That’s exactly why “In The Backroom” is such a delight, because it expertly masters the
balance act between Soul, Hip-Hop, Funk, Groove and pop appeal.
Available from 22.07.2016

Miles Davis & Robert Glasper – Everything’s Beautiful
Friday, April 15th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Miles Davis & Robert Glasper – Everything’s Beautiful

Image: 1603286 EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL, reimagined interpretations of Miles Davis’ music produced by Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper (who also served as coproducer of the MILES AHEAD soundtrack) with musical guest artists including Bilal, Illa J, Erykah Badu, Phonte, Hiatus Kaiyote, Laura Mvula, KING, Georgia Ann Muldrow, John Scofield and Ledisi, and Stevie Wonder. A visionary exploration of the music of Miles Davis, EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL incorporates Davis’ original recordings into new collaborative soundscapes and will be available Friday, May 27 (the day after Miles’ 90th birthday). The Miles Davis track featuring Bilal ”Ghetto Walkin”, from the upcoming release EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL, premieres today for the first time during Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music.

EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL is beautifully crafted collection produced by Robert Glasper, blending a diverse group of master takes and outtakes from across the incomparable Miles Davis Columbia catalog with an impressive lineup of contemporary artists and musicians to create original interpretations.

”I didn’t want to do just a remix record,” Glasper noted when discussing the 11-song set. ”My idea was to show how Miles inspired people to make new art.” Realizing that ”Miles didn’t have one audience,” Glasper recruited a legion of diverse guest artists to add to the magic of the project including familiar collaborators like R&B musicians Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Bilal and KING. They are joined by British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, hip-hop producer Rashad Smith, Grammy-nominated Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, rapper/singer Phonte, rapper/producer Illa J, jazz guitarist John Scofield, who was in Miles Davis’ band, and the legendary Stevie Wonder.

”I am living in the spirit of Miles when I am doing what I’m doing because I am documenting my time period. I’m documenting what’s around me. I’m documenting who I am now, where music is now,” notes Glasper. ”That’s what this project is about. I wanted to do something where we can take some of Miles’ ideas, shake them up, and try to show the influence of Miles and make new things. And that’s the beauty of this whole album. The whole project is based on Miles, but it is based on Miles’ vision, it’s based on Miles’ trumpet, it’s based on Miles’ voice, it’s based on Miles’ composition, it’s based on Miles’ influence, it’s based on Miles’ swag.”

Miles Davis is a rarity: a pioneering superstar who was constantly voyaging into new directions and genres with an ever changing cast of collaborators. Throughout his discography, sweeping change and innovation could happen based on who was in the studio and what they brought to his stunning musical vision. Few American artists have impacted popular music and culture in as broad and long-lasting a way as he did.

By similar design, pianist/producer Robert Glasper has built a career out of a vibrant fusion of R&B, jazz and hip-hop. As the leader of the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electronic Robert Glasper Experiment, he’s pushed the boundaries of each genre he works in to their breaking point. This is the artist whose album, In My Element (2007), featured mashups of Herbie Hancock and Radiohead and tributes to rapper/producer J Dilla. 2013’s acclaimed Black Radio featured collaborations with Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Lupe Fiasco, Yasiin Bey and other artists. Black Radio was also capped by a sprawling cover of Nirvana’s ”Smells Like Teen Spirit” and won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Most recently, Glasper scored for MILES AHEAD, the Miles Davis film directed by and starring Don Cheadle.

EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL is unlike any other in Davis’ discography. From the familiar (riffs and passages within the catalog) to the obscure (samples of Miles’ in-studio instructions spoken after false starts), Glasper has built something unique but still unquestionably Miles. The cover art was created by Francine Turk and integrates elements of Miles Davis’ artwork. With the cover, Turk creates a visual that is similar to the idea of Robert Glasper taking fragments of Miles music and reinterpreting in a unique and modern way.

Single LP, black standard weight vinyl, single-pocket jacket, no inserts


1. Talking Shit
2. Ghetto Walkin featuring Bilal
3. They Can’t Hold Me Down featuring Illa J
4. Maiysha (So Long) featuring Erykah Badu
5. Violets featuring Phonte
6. Little Church featuring Hiatus Kaiyote
7. Silence Is The Way featuring Laura Mvula
8. Song For Selim featuring KING
9. Milestones featuring Georgia Ann Muldrow
10. I’m Leaving You featuring John Scofield and Ledisi
11. Right On Brotha featuring Stevie Wonder
Available from 27.05.2016

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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It all started at a Detroit strip club called Platinum, with a platter of deep-fried beef taquitos and a dancer whose face looked a bit like Burt Reynolds. It was here that Sam Baker first met a self-described fan of his, who gave him the sage advice to take his music work more seriously. Sam […]

Various – Motor City Drum Ensemble – Selectors 001
Friday, February 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Motor City Drum Ensemble – Selectors 001

Image: 1601770 MCDE shares some of his most prized gems on this compilation that kicks of the limited Dekmantel ‘Selectors’ series.

1. DJ Slym Fas – Luv Music
2. House Of Jazz – Hold Your Head Up
3. 20 Below – A Lil Tribute To The Moody Black Keys
4. Risque III – Essence Of A Dream
5. Licky – African Rock
6. Raphael Green – Don’t Mess With The Devil
7. Ahzz – New York’s Movin (Instrumental)
8. Bill Deal – Freak n Freeze

What, exactly, is a selector? Dekmantel has long been determined to find out, even before the Amsterdam-based crew added an official Selectors stage to its annual summer festival in 2014. While the stage has since played host to an elite class of DJs that includes the likes of Floating Points, Mike Servito, Traxx, DJ Harvey, Ben UFO, and Donato Dozzy, to name just a few, Dekmantel came to realize that the Selectors concept needed a larger platform of its own.

As such, 2016 will see the launch of both a limited-capacity festival and compilation series, both bearing the Selectors name. The compilations will come first, with Motor City Drum Ensemble, Young Marco, and Joy Orbison at the helm of the initial three chapters. These are not mix CDs, every Selectors compilation will include a collection of hand-picked, unmixed tracks personally curated by the artist.

Admittedly, drawing a line between “selectors” and mere DJs is an all-but-impossible task—it’s essentially a “you know it when you see it” proposition—but it’s hard to argue that Motor City Drum Ensemble (a.k.a. Danilo Plessow) doesn’t tick all of the required boxes. He’s been digging for records since his teenage years, and his DJing has become the stuff of legend, thanks in no small part to his head-turning sets at the last few Dekmantel festivals.

In truth, Plessow’s relationship with Dekmantel dates back to the earliest days of the Motor City Drum Ensemble project, making him a natural candidate to head up the inaugural Selectors compilation. As expected, he’s thrown himself into the task, selecting a want list from his collection of 15,000 records was no easy task, but getting permission for the final tracklist was even tougher.

One song in particular, Raphael Green’s “Don’t Mess with the Devil,” required him to personally call up a church in St. Louis, Missouri. “The guy, he’s a Bishop,” he says. “When the Ferguson protests were happening, for example, he was on CNN explaining his thoughts on the whole thing, so he’s a known public figure, but nobody really knew that he had this amazing record that was recorded in ’79 or ’80. His voice is just unbelievable. It’s the kind of record that when I heard it the first time, I couldn’t believe that there had only been like 100 copies pressed, and that this wasn’t actually big.”

Motor City Drum Ensemble’s record bag is full of these kinds of gems, but he has no qualms about sharing a few of his secret weapons with a wider audience. “I wanted to get some of the stuff that is really, really hard to get, and make it available for younger people,” he explains. “I used to be in the same situation. Back when I was 18, I would listen to a Rainer Truby mix and he would only play these $400 Brazilian records. I was like, ‘Fuck, how am I ever going to be able to afford these?’ I was glad when there was a reissue, and it’s a bit the same with the compilation now.”
“Basically,” he explains, “the approach for the compilation was, ‘If I walked into a record store, what kind of compilation would I buy?’ That’s what I did.” Available from 13.05.2016

The Mixtapers – We So Good
Friday, January 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Mixtapers – We So Good

Image: 1600966 Sonar Kollektiv present We So Good from The Mixtapers.

A1 – Glorious Days
A2 – Peaces
A3 – Don’t You Let It Go
A4 – We So Good
B1 – Glorious Days (The Ivory Boy Remix)
B2 – We So Good (Scott Xylo! Remix)
B3 – Peaces (Instrumental)
B4 – We So Good (Instrumental)

It shouldn’t really matter where The Mixtapers hail from. But on the other hand, their
music in the midst of Future Funk (à la The Internet, Dam-Funk oder James Pants) and
classic hiphop reminds of the sound from LA and Toronto which is conquering the world
right now. Martino Bisson and Michele Manzo come from Bologna, Italy though. And
that’s exactly where they assembled a forceful squad to record 100% organically (no
samples, no loops or any other Ableton gimmicks) with vintage synths (with Fender
Rhodes leading the way), old drum machines and proper instruments a harmonious mini
Having yet attracted minor attention only with two cassette tapes (via Expansions
Collective) within the blogosphere, now thanks to the signing by Sonar Kollektiv The
Mixtapers will be introduced to a wider audience. “We So Good”, the title track of this
collection, masterfully treads a tightrope between Golden Era Hiphop and the current
funky friskiness of, let’s say Kendrick Lamar or Chance The Rapper. No wonder, since we
have the pleasure of a guest performance by the reincarnation of the legendary Yancey
Boys here: Illa J and Frank Nitt celebrate the good ol’ days. For “Peaces” the Italians
managed to get one of the hottest and “one to watch” MCs in their studio: DistantStarr
from Detroit. The combination of his delivery with the voice of singer ALO and an extra
bold production results in actually the perfect springtime hit of this still juvenile year.
“Fresh for 2016”, can be said as well about “Don’t You Let It Go”, with Nico Menci at the
keys and Danilo Mineo on percussions (both are present on all of the four tracks by the
On the flipside, “Glorious Days” gets treated with a bonus, a club remix by fellow
Bolognese but now in Berlin residing The Ivory Boy. With his rework Scott Xylo! from
Leicester shoves “We So Good” into Kaytranada waters while gaining head’s approval.
The two instrumentals finishing this release off also make perfect sense when you have
extraordinary musicians like the foursome The Mixtapers conjuring magic throughout
“We So Good” and making us not getting enough of it at all. That’s how we will crave for
more. Available from 04.03.2016

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2015
Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2015 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Mitarbeiter von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen Highlights aus Musik & Film der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend sind ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen […]

Ambient Krautrock in line with Cluster, Popul Vuh, Tangerine Dream by Jay Whitefield (Poets of Rhythm / Whitefield Brothers / Karl Hector & The Malcouns)
Thursday, September 24th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Now-Again Records has enjoyed a long and creative partnership with Munich-based multi-instrumentalist JJ Whitefield, creative force behind the Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers and Karl Hector & The Malcouns. Rodinia, his latest project, is quite different than anything that’s come from his oeuvre to date, but follows in the line of the Poets of Rhythm’s […]

Nick Warren
Monday, September 21st, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Nick Warren continues to be so respected because he knows how to truly work a crowd, delivering again and again, yet taking them somewhere they’ve never been before. That’s what comes with vision and, just as importantly in Warren’s case, experience. You can tell when Nick Warren’s on the decks. The music emanating from the […]

Luke Vibert – Bizarster
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Luke Vibert – Bizarster

Image: 1599589 Seventh full-length under his own name with others having been released on Mo Wax, Warp and most recently Hypercolour. Luke first came to prominence in 1994 with his debut Wagon Christ album ‘Phat Lab Nightmare’ on Rising High records which was quickly followed by the evergreen classic ‘Throbbing Pouch’ with which he cemented both his sound and reputation. He has released on Rephlex and Ninja Tune as well as major label Virgin too. What makes Luke’s music so essential is his rare ability to blur the boundaries between genres by combining his irresistibly wonky dayglo funk with a British sensibility. Put another way, Luke’s music is informed by UK dance’s history. But ‘Bizarster’ is no empty eulogy, it’s a hall of mirrors with a happy bounce, re-tooled with skill, and always with a sense of fun.It’s these things that make the hip-hop speed bleep ‘n’ bass of opener ‘Knockout’ seems completely natural, or ‘Officer’s Club’ with it’s funky disco samples, reggae vocals and joyous synths sounding like the kind of delirious idea no one else could come up with. A track like ‘I Can Phil It’ is a piece of sampladelic hip hop with a punning title, but that’s not to say he can’t play it serious. ‘Manalog’ for instance, which is sharp spiralling low-slung synth funk, a gloriously deep track, while something like ‘L-Tronic’ is top draw spaced-out electro. The title track’s cut and paste space-age samples remind one of his Jean-Jacques Perrey collaboration and ‘War’ is the type of groovy instrumental hip-hop reminiscent of DJ Shadow at his peak. The album finishes on the fun-filled vortex of ‘Don’t Fuck Around’, a cut-up jungle masterpiece with heart in throat chords. Enjoy the ride. Available from 16.10.2015

Dam-Funk returns with a solo project nearly six years in the making
Monday, August 31st, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Damon “Dam-Funk” Riddick is the epitome of funk. Ever since debuting on Stones Throw in 2008, Dam-Funk has become one of the genre’s most passionate proselytisers. In 2013, he released a celebrated album in partnership with hip-hop’s Snoop Dogg, 7 Days of Funk. Fresh for ’15, Dam returns with a solo project nearly six years […]

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 […]

The highly anticipated debut album from the future dancehall duo Ghost Writerz
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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‘GWz All The Way’ is the highly anticipated debut album from the future dancehall duo Ghost Writerz. The longplayer showcases the range, the invention, the heart and the fire in this talented pair’s unique mix of bashment, hip hop, jungle, reggae and dub. Pioneers of the UK’s very own Sound System Music, GWz create supernatural, […]

Maceo & The Macks – Cross The Track
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Maceo & The Macks – Cross The Track

Image: 1598070 SIDE A: CROSS THE TRACK (WE BETTER GO BACK) / SIDE B: BOOGIE ‘N’ TWIST / In 2014, Get On Down released the For The People Pt. 1 box set, which featured a selection of heavy funk 45s from James Brown’s 1970s imprint People Records, as a celebration of the label and its’ most famous singles. Now we’re proud to present the five singles available for individual sale, lovingly re-created with visuals taken from the original artwork! James Brown’s backing band The JBs kept up a prominent presence throughout the 1970s, not just as the backing band to James Brown & other People Records artists. They frequently performed on their own, or under various alternate banners, such as The Last Word, The First Family, and others. Under the name Maceo & The Macks, (Led in this incarnation by Brown’s saxophonist Maceo Parker) the band released the UK Singles charting “Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)”, a powerhouse of instrumental soul, that’s received the hip-hop sample treatment from the likes of Kid N’ Play, Doug E. Fresh, and Stetsasonic. We now present it here as a 7″ single, with the shuffling funk number “Boogie ‘N’ Twist” on the B-Side Available from 07.08.2015

Prefuse 73 – Every Color Of Darkness
Friday, June 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Prefuse 73 – Every Color Of Darkness

It has been four years since Guillermo S. Herren released anything significant from his most famous and respected moniker, Prefuse 73 (though he did keep busy with live shows, collaborations, and remixes). That’s a long time for virtually any artist, …

Ghost Writerz – GWz All The Way
Friday, June 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ghost Writerz – GWz All The Way

Image: 1597673 “GWz All The Way” ist das mit Spannung erwartete Albumdebüt des Future Dancehall-Duos Ghost Writerz. Das Album zeigt das Herz und das Feuer, den einzigartigen Mix aus Hip Hop, Jungle, Reggae und Dub dieses talentierten Paares. Als Pioniere der ganz eigenen britischen Sound System Musik, erschaffen die GWZ ihre übernatürliche Bass Musik mit bewusster Lyrik, melodischen Hooks und virtuoser Live-Instrumentierung. Zusätzlich zur Magie der beiden Ghost Writerz verfügt “GWZ All The Way” über eine Vielzahl von Gästen, die unnachahmliche Stimme von Rodney P, der Flow von Serocee und vielen anderen Features von RTKal, Pete Cannon, Amy True, Jago (onlyjoe), u.v.a.

“Ghost Writerz… sounding great” – Huw Stephens (BBC R1)
“Making that connection between the Caribbean and the UK perfectly.” – Toddla T (BBC R1/1XTRA)
“love that record” – Charlie Sloth (BBC R1/1XTRA)
“I’m a huge fan of the crew” – Ras Kwame (Capital XTRA)
“A sound that’s original, indigenous and absolutely infectious.” – Mercury Prize Recommends Available from 24.07.2015

DJ Koze – DJ-Kicks
Friday, May 1st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Koze – DJ-Kicks

Image: 1596577 DJ Koze is at the helm of the new DJ-KiCKS celebrating the 50th edition and 20 years of the historic series.

01 / A1 DJ Koze I Haven‘t Been Everywhere But It‘s On My List (DJ-KiCKS)
02 / A2 Dimlite Can‘t Get Used To Those? (Kosi Edit) / Efdemin – Ohara
03 / A3 cLOUDDEAD Dead Dogs Two (Boards Of Canada Remix)
04 / A4 Strong Arm Steady Best Of Times (Instrumental)
05 / A5 Homeboy Sandman Holiday (Kosi & Fink‘s Edit)
06 / A6 Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Shame (Instrumental)
07 / B1 Mndsgn Camelblues (Kosi Edit)
08 / B2 Broadcast Tears In The Typing Pool
09 / B3 Daniel Lanois Carla
10 / B4 Hi-Tek / The 2 Bears Come Get It (Tekstrumental) / Modern Family (Kosi Kos Mélange)
11 / B5 William Shatner It Hasn‘t Happened Yet
12 / C1 Marker Starling In Stride
13 / C2 Session Victim Hyuwee (DJ Koze Remix)
14 / C3 Frank & Tony Bring The Sun feat. Gry (Kosi Edit)
15 / D1 Marcel Fengler Jaz (Kosi Edit)
16 / D2 Portable feat. Lcio Surrender (Kosi Edit)
17 / D3 The Gentle People Superstar

DJ Koze – with his friendly and sometimes slightly melancholic take on the world – is one of the greatest auteurs of club music today, and one of the few internationally active DJs who dares to make music that has relevance beyond the dance floor.
During the 70-minute journey on his DJ Kicks – the 50th edition – Kosi Kos manages to establish a uniform color even though genres alternate in a way that is rarely heard on a mix CD: the stripped down hip hop of Madlib, brutalist Berghain techno, timeless songwriting, floating indie-pop and outlier numbers that oscillate between absurdity and melancholy. Koze’s disregard for the stylistic yoke presents him with an immense challenge. Hence, almost all the tracks are more or less edited, and one is fully rhymed (Session Victim: Hyuwee). Koze rambles on here himself: “I didn’t want to kick around sophisticated knowledge, but rather try and weave together some good gems that would make sense to anyone, even people who aren’t necessarily music nerds”. But this is blabbing that you can count on, also because he approaches the term “mix” from a different angle and doesn’t even try to make something fit that doesn’t fit: “During the day, I don’t need to hear anything that’s mixed on the beat. I put the focus on making sure that it works harmoniously – the idea is more to create the impression of a radio show, like people such as John Peel did so uniquely. There is a giant cosmos of music and it runs through my filter”.

• 50th edition of DJ-Kicks / 20 year anniversary of the series
• White vinyl format 2LP gatefold
• Exclusive unreleased edits across the mix
• 50th campaign including tour dates to run across the summer season

DJ Koze, Recondite, Mount Kimbie, Four Tet, Caribou, Matthew Dear, Simian Mobile Disco, FaltyDL, Apparat, Efdemin Available from 12.06.2015

Glenn Astro – Throwback
Friday, April 10th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Glenn Astro – Throwback

Image: 1596138 Essen’s own Glenn Astro has called his first album Throwback, and the name is at
once a perfect fit and not nearly the extent of the story. On the one hand, Astro has
filled the double-LP with a wealth of old-school gestures and textures—the warm
whoosh of analog synths, the rattle of Rhodes tines and the sizzle of jazzy drums,
all held together by the comforting glue of tape hiss and vinyl crackle. If you’re used
to the clean sonic lines and stylistic streamlining of so much contemporary house
music, then Throwback is sure to feel less like a record you just pulled out of plastic
wrap than a well-seasoned one salvaged from a flea market or unfinished
And yet like so many Tartelet releases—particularly the label’s last two full-lengths,
Max Graef’s Rivers of the Red Planet and Uffe’s Radio Days—it feels fresh and
keenly contemporary no matter how vintage the fabric. Rather than throw back to
any one moment, he’s given us a collage of styles that’s quite literally timeless.
Astro makes brilliant work of his influences, drawing on hip-hop, house, funk and
soul in such equal measure that it’s hard to argue that one impulse dominates the
other. The sound certainly flirts with the dance floor, with Astro applying highpressure
deep house pads on the title cut, gliding on shimmering keys for “One For
Viktor,” and taking us on a vibraphone-fueled workout with “Kilometer Disco,” one of
a pair of cuts featuring Max Graef. But Astro obviously relishes the time he spends
on the sidelines absorbing the atmosphere, or at home head-nodding to the dustiest
corners of his record collection. For every house beat you hear, you’ll also dip into
juicy, 90’s-style beat science, toasty ambience and buttery chord progressions.
Expertly paced but never hustling you along, Throwback begs to be heard as a
whole but explored at your own easy pace—a record for hazy mornings-after, vibey
nights in and endless summer afternoons.

A1 Goneville (feat. Max Graef)
A2 Computer Killer
A3 Throwback (album cut)
A4 Shit iz Real
B1 (Forgotten Intro) 4 my peeps
B2 Bochum (feat. IMYRMIND)
B3 You Can’t Groove
B4 To the Beat Interloot
C1 Still Shining
C2 Kilometer Disco (feat. Max
C3 Ødland
D1 One for Viktor
D2 Long Live Human (One for
D3 A Bit Warmer
D4 Brother T (Greeting to Rasho) Available from 22.05.2015

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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What did you do the year you turned 21? Hip-hop prodigy Fashawn earned a spot on the cover of XXL magazine, toured the world and built a rep as one of rap’s new rising stars. Fashawn’s debut album, “Boys Meets World,” was heralded by critics and fans alike as one of the best albums of […]

Phace – Shape The Random (Neosignal)
Friday, March 20th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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New full length artist album from German drum & bass mastermind Phace, available as CD in a high quality digipak with various lacquer coats and gatefold sleeve double vinyl with printed inner sleeves.

Release: 20-03-15
German drum & bass mastermind Phace has announced his third artist album
Friday, March 13th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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New full length album available as CD in a high quality digipak with various lacquer coats and gatefold sleeve double vinyl with printed inner sleeves! “This record wasn’t calculated or über-conceptualised. The writing process was spontaneous, I let inspiration shape that and the recording sessions themselves. For me, art has to be original and arbitrary, […]

Jonny Faith
Monday, January 12th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Drawing on a wide range of musical influences from the past and present, Jonny Faith has crafted his own individual sound overflowing with intricate percussion and lush, organic tones. Originating from Edinburgh, but now based in Melbourne, Faith gained his ear for rhythm and sound as a DJ and turntablist spinning hip hop, jungle and […]

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 […]

Daniel Grau – Reworks Vol.2 (by Box Aus Holz)
Friday, September 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Daniel Grau – Reworks Vol.2 (by Box Aus Holz)

Image: 1591770 Sonar Kollektiv present Volume 2 of the Daniel Grau reworks this time by Box Aus Holz.

After Daniel Wang and Jules Etienne set the bar very high with their remixes for
„Robot Magico“ and „Disco Fantasy“ by Daniel Grau (SK280), it’s now time for the
next three songs by the forgotten Venezuelan Cosmic Disco producer to come under
the knife. With his debut „Rivers Of The Red Planet“ (just out on Tartelet Records)
21-year-old Berlin based Max Graef is making massive waves right now across all
borders. Still he found a slot in his busy schedule to enhance three songs out of
Daniel Grau’s elusive archive – together with befriended DJs/producers from the Oye
Records entourage. Upgrading all of them in a state-of-the-art cutting-edge fashion.
That’s how „Tren Del Espacio“ (originally released on the 1978 album „El Sonido
Magico De Daniel Grau“) suddenly becomes a straight forward slamming house track
with added Caribbean spice mid-in. A completely different approach is applied by
Graef and Labuzinski on the remix for „Nunca Conocí Amor Igual“ (of the
album „440 Toker“ from 1982). The vocals by Laurye McGregor are stifled by a
menacing dubsteppy killer beat and only slosh to daylight occasionally. An impressive
and aweinspiring deconstruction maybe also Madlib or The Alchemist would come up
with if stuffed with enough medication. Make sure you serve this cold!
And then there’s the collaboration of Graef with Oye Records honcho Markus Lindner
aka Delfonic. Also with this remix of „Delirio En Fa Menor“ (off the 1976 LP „Mas
Alla De Las Estrellas“) you can literally feel the affinity towards what we used to call
leftfield hiphop. A badass beat framework binds the ever collapsing samples of the
original. It’s like Graef and Delfonic hold a picture of the original tune in their hands
and then tearing it in half, just to piece it back together again back-to-front. This is
adulteration by permission. Or to put it in another way: This is how you get away with
murder. Another milestone in Max Graef’s still juvenile career!

A1 – Tren del Espacio (Labuzinski & Graef Remix)
A2 – Delirio En Fa Menor (Max Graef & Delfonic Remix)
B – Nunca Conocí Amor Igual (Labuzinski & Graef Remix) Available from 14.11.2014

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