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New twin release from The Greg Foat Group on the enlightened Jazzman label
Thursday, April 28th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Greg Foat’s music evokes a spirit of time and place. The 1960s (and early 70s) was a time when British modern jazz was breaking free from its trad jazz and mainstream fetters and discovering a whole new world of home-grown original music. London was positively buzzing with the leading protagonists of the day; Mike Westbrook, […]

Daptone Records presents the first album from Rhythm and Blues troubadour James Hunter for the NYC based label
Thursday, January 14th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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This may be James Hunter’s fourth album, but it is his first on Daptone. Produced by Daptone’s own Bosco Mann (Gabriel Roth) at Penrose Recorders (Daptone West) near his home in Riverside, CA, Hold On! is a perfect portrait of an artist at the top of his game. James Hunter has been on the scene […]

Yokto – Compost Black Label 127
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Yokto – Compost Black Label 127

Image: 1597560 YOKTO sind zurück, erneut mit einer markanten Platte, rau und düster, irgendwo zwischen romantic House und Techno. YOKTO sind Jürgen Graf und Christian Nainggolan aus Saarland. Den Sound ihrer Debüt EP auf Compost Black im letzten Jahr beschrieben sie als “modern house with vintage attitude”, ihre zweite EP auf Lossless als “psychedelic, modern house with a touch of class”. Diese dritte EP ist wieder schwer kategorisierbar, nun sie selbst bezeichnen den Sound der Platte als “raw, romantic house to the border of techno!”.
Available from 04.09.2015

Cesare Vs. Disorder
Monday, May 11th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Over the past few years, Italian producer Cesare Marchese aka Cesare vs Disorder’s (also Azimute (with Quenum), Strangers in Heaven (with Sierra Sam), Queen Atom, Cez, Sir Cactus) unique productions and performances behind the decks have gained him recognition within the underground house and techno worldwide community. In addition to the demanding job of running […]

Armando – The New World Order Level 3
Friday, February 6th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Armando – The New World Order Level 3

Image: 1595188 Armando Gallop, the legendary Chicago producer & DJ whose career was tragically cut short by his death in 1996 left behind a legendary reputation as one of the windy city’s finest. Having released on seminal labels such as, Trax, Musique, Westbrook and his own Warehouse imprint, Armando brought his own rough hewn brand of machine Funk and acid to the table and the dance music world has been much better off for it since.

“The New World Order Level 3” is a collection of Armando’s tracks running through various styles and sounds, Acid, Disco infected bangers, crazy Chi-town jack tracks and much more. This collection is a great overview of some of Armando’s lesser known tracks and has always been a tough one to track down, it also features the storming “Pleasuredome” that was recently comped on Nina Kraviz’ stellar DJ Kicks mix among a clutch of other lesser known gems. An essential addition to any Chicago lovers record collection, essential original House music!

Re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released in conjunction with the official license and rights holders for 2015.


A1. Funky Swing
A2. Lesbian Luv
A3. Big Band
A4. Jack’n’ ‘4’ Jazz
B1. Morse Code
B2. Pleasuredome
B3. Frequency
B4. Get Crazy Available from 13.03.2015

Summer Cem fordert mit “HAK” seinen Platz im Rap-Olymp
Thursday, November 6th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Summer der Hammer, der Killa, der Chief ist zurück – und fordert sein HAK! Mit dem Nr.1-Erfolgslabel Banger Musik im Rücken, hat der gebürtige Reydter mehr Power denn je. Hat er auf seinen vergangenen Releases bereits eindrucksvoll bewiesen, dass er einen einzigartigen Style im Deutschrap etabliert hat, stimmen jetzt auch die Strukturen hinter dem Release. […]

Long awaited debut album from Ricardo Tobar on established French label desire
Thursday, October 31st, 2013 | Tags: , , ,
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Ricardo Tobar is releasing his long awaited debut album “Treillis” on established French label desire (Ike Yard, Monoton, Live Skull, Keluar, Deathday, Egyptology, etc). Inspired by mysticism & noise, Ricardo uses old drum machines, analog equipment and also samples he’s been storing since some years to create dirty sounding drums, modulated synth sounds and keeping […]

Permanent Vacation present the second part of “Selected Label Works” …
Friday, September 10th, 2010 | Tags: ,
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There’s plenty to celebrate in a zeppelin high above the Munich clouds – the secret command center of Permanent Vacation. Four years after its foundation, label heads Tom Bioly and Benjamin Fröhlich have reached the magic catalogue number 50. Of course they have reserved the big 50 for a special release: the second part of […]

Nonplace celebrates ten years of labeldom …
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , ,
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With this 10th Anniversary exclusive instrumentals CD edition Nonplace celebrates ten years of labeldom. It’s not merely a wild mixture of adventurous quality grooves, but an assembly of tunes from extremely different sources. The contributions come from Flanger (Atom™ and Friedman), Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit (Can), Hayden Chisholm and The Embassadors, Root 70, Rashad Becker, […]

Amsterdam’s premier technosoul label presents the long awaited “Delsin 2.0. Compilation” …
Thursday, July 9th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Amsterdam’s premier technosoul label presents the long awaited magnificent “Delsin 2.0 Compilation”. Label boss Peel Seamus sorted and selected several highlights from the last three years, and put them in the right order for this over two hours journey through the best of deep techno. To celebrate this release and above all, the existence of […]

SOFT CIRCLE “Full Bloom” – the new release on Prefuse 73’s Eastern Developments label …
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NONPLACE Label News March 2006 …
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Pyramid Vitra – Danu
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pyramid Vitra – Danu

Image: 1601747 Pyramid Vritra presents the next generation of hip hop with Dãnu
(NRK / The Order Label). Former half of Odd Future duo The Jet
Age of Tomorrow and a member of the up-and-coming NRK
collective, the rapper and producer is an inventive storyteller whose
sound ignites the brain. Like the artist’s namesake god, the album
manifests itself into many incarnations. Lyrics are effortlessly fluid
and tracks change directions quickly, flipping from one personality to
another without pause.
Title track “Dãnu” edges the album open, slowly warming from
its leisurely beginning and sidling into a stone-skipping jam.
“58 (Heavy)” evolves with exquisite musical form, riveted by an
unexpected cadence that dips just low enough to scoop up the
wayward contemplation.
Starting with a simple combination of clean rap and smooth beats,
“Leather” plunges into polychromatic sound. Bursts of sunlight beam
through as the track sways and mutates. “Parcel” is the work of a
hypnotist – a beyond-heady brew filled with the thickest smoke, an
exotic den of serpentine arms that beckons you come hither.
Sample-free and crafted with cohesive design, Dãnu is an experiment
created with the free-floating forms of the mind.

1. Dãnu
2. Monogram
3. 58 (Heavy)
4. Do It
5. Leather
6. Herd
7. ICU
8. Parcel
9. I Don’t Look in 2 tha Sky No Mo
10. V
11. Grey Available from 19.02.2016

MF DOOM – Operation: Doomday
Monday, January 8th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on MF DOOM – Operation: Doomday

Image: 1617179 1999 classic debut album presented as a deluxe set, with Seven 7-Inches, 2 unique DOOM 45 adapters, new artwork by original cover artist Lord Scotch, and customer leatherette outer box with silver-foil DOOM mask and logo

As the ‘90s came to a close, hip-hop music was thriving in two separate ecosystems. On one side, Puffy’s Bad Boy Records, Roc-A-Fella and the rest of the major label world was pumping plenty of shiny music by bling-ed out, made for MTV stars. These pop stars sold truckloads, but it felt like a lot of “empty calories.”
On the other side of the coin, a very strong underground scene had emerged in the mid-1990s worldwide. Hungry, innovative artists who had no use for the major label system thrived artistically in this ever-growing pond, ranging from Dr. Octagon and Jurassic 5 in Cali, Atmosphere and the Rhymesayers crew in the Midwest, and Company Flow and Definitive Jux in the East, among others. As the decade closed, from somewhere even beyond both of those poles, a man who would come to rule many corners the underground universe for the next two decades appeared from depths that were darker
than most of his fans would ever know: MF DOOM. The artist formerly known as Zev Love X of major-label-but-underground heroes KMD had disappeared from most fans’ view in around 1994 – after his brother and artistic co-producer Subroc was killed, and the group’s Black Bastards album was shelved by Elektra. By 1997, DOOM started peeking his head up from the grime, with no-distribution singles on Bobbito Garcia’s Fondle ‘Em label like “Red & Gold” and
“Dead Bent.”
As other appearances and singles trickled through the underground, by 1999 the album Operation: Doomsday appeared seemingly out of nowhere, again on Fondle ‘Em, and fans who actively ran from the glitzier side of rap music ate it up like they had been on a hunger strike. Musically raw and at-times off-kilter, former Fondle ‘Em singles like the aforementioned tunes plus “Gas Drawls,” “Hey!” and “Go With The Flow” were joined by a whole slew of new tunes. It all sounded familiar but new at the same time.
It shouldn’t be overlooked that in addition to the dusty, wobbling music, the former Zev Love X completely changed up his vocal style on the tracks that would land on Doomsday, chopping his flow up and bringing a whole new approach to his formerly liquid, and often humorous lyricism.
Standouts on this bonafide underground masterwork are honestly hard to pick, since fans each have their own DOOM faves. But “Doomsday,” “Rhymes Like Dimes,” “The MIC,” the experimental “Tick, Tick…”
(with MF Grimm) and “Red & Gold” (with King Ghidra) are great examples of how stretched-out this visionary album is. This new 7-Inch Collection edition via Get On Down includes seven 7-Inches that run in order of the songs from the original issue (including interludes). The records are housed in a custom black leatherette outer-box that is laced with silver-foil renderings of DOOM’s legendary mask and bubble graffiti logo on the outside, and a never-seen-before DOOM drawing by the legendary Lord Scotch, the original artist behind the Operation: Doomsday art, on the inside.
In addition to holding the 7-inch vinyl, the box also contains two metallic-silver colored 45 adapters, each a 3D rendering of DOOM’s gladiator mask. Picture sleeves for each of the seven pieces of wax all feature brand new work by Lord Scotch (Blake Lethem aka KEO aka Scotch79th) as well: new hand-lettered track listings on one side, and incredible new color illustrations on the flip that, when laid side-by-side, fit together like puzzle pieces, to form one large image.

RECORD ONE: A: The Time We Faced Doom B: Doomsday
RECORD TWO: A: Rhymes Like Dimes B: The Finest
RECORD THREE: A: Go With The Flow B: Tick, Tick…
RECORD FOUR: A: Red & Gold B: Who You Think I Am
RECORD FIVE: A: Hey! B: Operation: Greenbacks
RECORD SIX: A: The Mic B: Dead Bent
RECORD SEVEN: A: Gas Drawls B: ?

• Seven 7-inches
• Custom black leatherette outer box with silver-foil rendered images of DOOM’s famed mask and logo
• Two never-before-commercially available silver-colored DOOM 45 adapters
• Each 7-inch has a custom sleeve designed by legendary graf artist Lord Scotch (Blake Lethem), who drew the original Operation: Doomsday cover. Available from 02.02.2018

PA Sports & Kianush – Desperadoz II (Life is Pain)
Monday, January 8th, 2018 | Tags: , , ,
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Dreieinhalb Jahre nach “Desperadoz” ist es nun an der Zeit ein weiteres Mal den Standpunkt im Deutschrap zu justieren! Gringos, zieht euch warm an, Desperadoz II steht an!

CD LIP006-2
Release: 12-01-18
PA Sports & Kianush
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 | Tags: , , ,
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Rückblick: Es ist 2014 und Kianush ist wieder in Freiheit, nachdem er eine Haftstrafe abgesessen hat. Die Zeit hinter Gittern hat er genutzt, um an seinem Profil, seinem Style und seinen Rapflows zu arbeiten. Life Is Pain steht gerade am Anfang und Labelboss PA Sports nimmt Kianush direkt vom Knasthof mit ins Studio. Das Album […]

PA Sports & Kianush – Desperadoz II (Life is Pain)
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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PA Sports & Kianush sind wieder als kongeniales Duo vereint: Desperadoz II!

CD LIP006-2
Release: 12-01-18
Statik Selektah
Monday, December 18th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Establishing his own spot amongst the ranks of East Coast hip-hop’s seminal figures, DJ/producer Statik Selektah utilized his turntabling skills and ingenuity in PR and promotions to break some of the region’s most promising artists, bearing his own influence on the national mixtape circuit. Born January 23, 1982 in Lawrence, MA, Patrick Baril was exposed […]

PA Sports & Kianush sind wieder als kongeniales Duo vereint: Desperadoz II
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Rückblick: Es ist 2014 und Kianush ist wieder in Freiheit, nachdem er eine Haftstrafe abgesessen hat. Die Zeit hinter Gittern hat er genutzt, um an seinem Profil, seinem Style und seinen Rapflows zu arbeiten. Life Is Pain steht gerade am Anfang und Labelboss PA Sports nimmt Kianush direkt vom Knasthof mit ins Studio. Das Album […]

Michel Sardaby – Gail
Thursday, November 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Michel Sardaby – Gail

Image: 1616542 World Seven is a record label brought to you by the Paris & London based Africa Seven crew. We have joined forces with a collective of label heads, music freaks & crusty crate diggers to expand our musical quest – to search the world for sounds, vibes & scenes which cross musical genres and geographical borders. It’s all about the music brothers and sisters. Michel Sardaby was born in Fort de France, Martinique in the French West Indies in 1935. As a child he was surrounded by music in his dad’s brasserie. He became a child prodigy on the piano and went on to study art at the Boulle School in Paris before deciding to concentrate on a career as a jazz pianist. Throughout the 60’s, he played piano with blues musicians like Sonny Boy Williamson and T-Bone Walker, at the same time beginning to release more jazz-focused solo albums.

The record was recorded in New York in 1975 and the personnel on record is formidable. Billy Hart (McCoy Tyner alumni) is on drums, Richard Davis on bass and Leopold Flemming on Percussion. Michel himself is on keys and delivers a Rhodes master class.

The album itself has been remastered specially for vinyl and pressed (at the request of Michel himself) on heavy weight vinyl.

1 Gail
2 Spindrift
3 Ten Kisses Short As One
4 Welcome New Warmth
5 Help Me Belong Here
6 Song For My Children
7 One Long As Twenty
8 Sambando Nas Ondas Available from 08.12.2017

Monday, November 13th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Wildly diverse, infused with exuberance and inspired by a slap of the absurd, Modeselektor’s inarguable grooves seem to emanate from every conceivable musical genre, creating a controlled chaos whose sonic expression elevates the eyebrows of critics and the heartbeats of dance floors around the world. ‘Boundary breaking’ is a phrase that today almost every artist […]

Mr.Muthafuckin’eXquire – Brainiac EP
Friday, November 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mr.Muthafuckin’eXquire – Brainiac EP

Image: 1615800 Mr Muthafuckin’ eXquire is back and he’s finally self-released his first
project from a series of EP’s, called “Brainiac”. The EP showcases the
lyricists trademark wordplay and features a guest appearance from
Meyhem Lauren with production from The Alchemist as well as some of
eX’s other collaborators like CONSTROBUZZ, Parallel Thought, Bowery
Beats and Canya Reial. The EP, out on eXquire’s own Chocolate Rabbit
label, is available for order on vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

1. Lost In The Sauce (prod. by Parallel Thought)
2. A Pigeon Ain’t Shit But A Ghetto Dove (prod. by Canya Reial)
3. 40’z At The Met Gala (prod. by Parallel Thought)
4. Strawberry Waterfall (prod. by The Alchemist)
5. Bebop And Rocksteady (feat. Meyhem Lauren) (prod. by CONSTROBUZ)
6. Manboy (feat. BoweryBeats) Available from 15.12.2017

Dave Seaman
Monday, October 23rd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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There aren’t many artists who’ve soundtracked the birth of dance music and are still leading its development more than two decades later. There are even less who have gifted both the club and pop scenes with unforgettable musical moments that get talked about in hushed tones years after their creation. Dave Seaman is one of […]

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

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

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

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

Indian Wells – Where The World Ends
Friday, July 28th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Indian Wells – Where The World Ends

Image: 1610518 Friends of Friends present Where The World Ends the third album from Indian Wells.

Track Listing:
1. Voices
2. Cascades
3. Forest Hills
4. Some Stripes
5. The Alps
6. It’s Where The World Ends
7. Parola

Indian Wells, producer Pietro Iannuzzi from southern Italy is set to release his third
album. From the label that brought you Shlohmo, Perera Elsewhere, Deru, Kyson,
Tomas Barfod and more. RIYL: Fourtet, The Field, Gui Boratto, Bonobo

Across a range of artfully composed, emotive electronic music ‘Where The World Ends’
channels feelings of geographical, social and political isolation formed from borders
both ageless and imposed. From ‘Voices’ opening soundscape, the heavenly techno of
‘Cascades’, the melodic peaks of ‘The Alps’ and the soaring title track, ‘Where The
World Ends’ is in turns ebullient and melancholic, compelling and hypnotic. Choirs of
wordless vocals provide a universal element of communication throughout, breaking
down barriers of language, creating connections, crossing borders. Available from 08.09.2017

Various – Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes (2LP)
Friday, July 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes (2LP)

Image: 1610775 In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia’s authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing leveled the entire city. Barre targeted Radio Hargeisa to prevent any kind of central communication system that could organize a resistance.

With the attack imminent, a few brave radio operators and dedicated vanguards of Somali culture knew the archives, containing over half a century of Somali music had to be preserved. Thousands upon thousands of cassette tapes and master reels were quickly removed from the soon-to-be targeted buildings. They were dispersed to neighboring countries like Djibouti and Ethiopia, and buried deep under the ground to withstand even the most powerful airstrikes.

“We buried them in the ground so the bomb’s won’t hit,” one former leading journalist with Radio Hargeisa told us.

These audio artifacts were excavated and recalled from their foreign shelters only very recently. Some of those recordings are now kept safe in the 10,000-strong cassette tape archive of the Red Sea Foundation, the largest collection of Somali cassettes in the world, in Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa. The Ostinato Records team digitized a large portion of the archive, distilling 15 songs that reveal the panoramic diversity of styles and sophistication of Somali musicianship.

Over a millennia of trade in the Indian Ocean invited the cultures of the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, India, Southeast Asia, and even China to slowly work their melodies, scales, and sounds into Somalia’s rich musical repertoire. Each track is a keen illustration of a carefully refined, rarely revealed cultural crossroads of the world.

The archive offered a living window to the Mogadishu of the 1970s and 1980s, when the coastal capital glistened as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” when wine flowed freely. With its iconic ivory-colored architecture and crescent beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean, Mogadishu was home to the lavish Al Uruba and Jazira sea side hotels, where youthful bands like Iftiin, Sharero, and Dur Dur serenaded cosmopolitan crowds at some of the most elegant nightclubs in East Africa. These damaged cassettes evoked memories of the revered national theater, where Waaberi Band provided unforgettable soundtracks.

Mogadishu’s nightlife culture was rich and booming. Raucous rhythms, rugged horns, celestial synthesizers, and stalking baselines came alive alongside majestic voices like Mahmud “Jerry” Hussen and powerful and adored female singers like Faadumo Qaasim, Hibo Nuura, and Sahra Dawo. Somali music of this era is set apart by its empowerment of women. Female singers, often more prolific than their male counterparts, are inseparable from its evolution. Half the compilation is sung by women, their voices often compared in Somali poetry to the sweetness of broken dates. Poetry, intrinsic to the cultural fabric, forms the foundation of Somali songwriting.

Somali music’s golden age, curiously, occurred under a socialist military dictatorship, which effectively nationalized the music industry. A thriving scene was owned entirely by the state. Music was recorded for and by national radio stations and only disseminated through public broadcasts or live performances. Private labels were virtually non-existent. This music was never made available for mass release. Almost all recorded material came from original masters or homemade recordings of radio broadcasts. As a result, most of it has never been heard outside Somalia and the immediate region.

During the Cold War, Somalia drifted between Soviet and American support — and a decade of U.S. backing allowed soul and funk to capture the imagination of Somali youth, adding the final touch on this masterpiece era.

This project took our team to Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Djibouti, and across the Somali diaspora in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. For the last year, from Minnesota to Mogadishu to Malaysia, we have tracked down the musicians, songwriters, composers, former government officials, and quirky personalities that colored Somali music life. Their words and stories are revealed in a 15,000-word liner note booklet — the only document of its kind to cover this era of Somali music in depth.

Alongside the story of Somalia’s music before the civil war, the selection is also focused on the pan-Somali sound. Spread over much of the Horn of Africa, Somali language and culture transcend arbitrary borders. Somali singers from Djibouti were at home in Mogadishu.

This compilation seeks to revive the rightful image, history, and identity of the Somali people, detached from war, violence, piracy, and the specter of a persistent threat. These 15 tracks should serve as a necessary starting point.

1. Nimco Jamaac – Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains)
2. Aamina Camaari – Rag waa Nacab iyo Nasteexo (Men are Cruel and Kind)
3. Ali Nuur – Unknown
4. Hibo Nuura – Haddii Hoobalkii Gabay (If the Artist Let’s You Down)
5. Gacaltooyo Band – Ninkaan Ogayn (He Who Does Not Know) [feat. Faduumina Hilowle]
6. Iftiin Band – Xuduud Ma Leh Xubigaan (This Love Has No Boundaries) [feat. Mahmud Abdalla “Jerry” Hussen & Maryan Naasir]
7. Xasan Diiriye – Qaraami (Love)
8. Dur Dur Band – Gorof (Elixir) [feat. Sahra Dawo]
9. Sharaf Band – Kadeed Badanaa Naftaydani (My Life is Full of Tribulations) [feat. Xaawo Hiiraan]
10. 4 Mars – Na Daadihi (Guide Us)
11. Danan Hargeysa – Uur Hooyo (Mother’s Womb) [feat. Mohamed “Huro” Abdihashi]
12. Sharero Band – Qays iyo Layla (Romeo & Juliet) [feat. Faadumo Qaasim]
13. Waaberi – Oktoobar Waatee? Waa Taayadii (What’s October? It’s Ours)
14. Danan Hargeysa – Mama (feat. Mohamed “Huro” Abdihashi)
15. Dur Dur Band – Duruuf Maa Laygu Diidee (Rejected Due to My Circumstance) [feat. Muqtar Idi Ramadan]
16. Iftiin Band – Anaa Qaylodhaanta (feat. Mahmud Abdalla “Jerry” Hussen)

Available from 01.09.2017

Skeewiff – Coming Home Baby / Triumph Stag
Thursday, July 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Skeewiff – Coming Home Baby / Triumph Stag

Image: 1610800 At the turn of the millennium breaks legends Skeewiff had already tasted worldwide success under various musical monikers and their attention turned towards founding their own record label – Jalapeno Records. Primarily as a vehicle to house their new project and to champion like-minded acts producing high quality music they set about getting the house in order and preparing the first few releases…

Fast-forward almost twenty years and the label has evolved to become one of the most respected independents in the UK today, home to a host of talented Funk, Soul, Disco and Electronic artists with a worldwide reputation for quality.

And a tangible landmark of exactly how far we have come is reaching the 250th official release on the label.

When discussing what should mark this momentous milestone it only seemed right that we revisit some of the early classics that got us where we are and so it was decided that a Skeewiff record was the only possibility…

The result is a collector’s edition – bright red vinyl to stand out from the crowd housing a new unreleased version of their definitive track ‘Coming Home Baby’ with another fan favourite ‘Triumph Stag’ on the flipside.

In an age when many independent labels don’t make it past their tenth release we feel it’s a fitting tribute to an anniversary such as this. Here’s to at least another 250 more…

1 Coming Home Baby (7″ Edit)
2 Triumph Stag Available from 14.07.2017

Various – 20Gs (2LP)
Friday, May 26th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – 20Gs (2LP)

Image: 1610057 Deutschlands Producer-Elite versammelt sich auf dieser neuen Instrumentals-Compilation von Kabul Fire Records und setzt pünktlich zum G20-Gipfel ein mächtiges Zeichen gegen nationalistische Abschottungspolitik und globale Ausbeutung. Labelboss Farhot hat ziemlich genau alles zusammengetrommelt, was Rang und Namen hat in der deutschen Hip Hop-Szene: Bazzazian, The Krauts, Dexter, KitschKrieg, Brenk Sinatra, Ghanaian Stallion, Suff Daddy, Samy Deluxe, DJ Desue, u.v.a. Alles exklusiv, alles Feuer! Die Erlöse aus dem Projekt gehen an ein Schulbauprojekt des Hamburger Vereins Visions for Children e.V. in Afghanistan. Make beats not borders! Available from 07.07.2017

Azzi Memo
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Bisher konnten Haftbefehl und Capo schon des Öfteren ihr Händchen für neue Trends beweisen, sei es in der Musik- oder Modebranche. Aus diesem Grund entstand die Generation Azzlack. Viel mehr als nur ein Label, denn hierbei handelt es sich um die Förderung ehrgeiziger Talente mit einer Vision in die Zukunft. Nach Soufians “Allé Allé” folgt […]

Azzi Memos Mixtape-Album “Trap ‘n’ Haus” ist das nächste Release auf Generation Azzlack
Monday, May 8th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Bisher konnten Haftbefehl und Capo schon des Öfteren ihr Händchen für neue Trends beweisen, sei es in der Musik- oder Modebranche. Aus diesem Grund entstand die Generation Azzlack. Viel mehr als nur ein Label, denn hierbei handelt es sich um die Förderung ehrgeiziger Talente mit einer Vision in die Zukunft. Nach Soufians “Allé Allé” folgt […]

Ernesto Ferreyra
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Born in Argentina, Ernesto Ferreyra travels the world in pursuit of musical enlightenment. From Mexico, to Montreal, to Berlin, Ernesto proves rhythm knows no borders. The die was cast early when Ernesto began to collect records by Depeche Mode, Jean Michael Jarre and Pink Floyd, which led him to discover house music, at the time, […]

Quitapenas – Ya Veran
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Quitapenas – Ya Veran

Head an hour east of Los Angeles and you’ll find yourself in the Inland Empire of San Bernardino / Riverside, where a thriving Latinx DIY music and art scene is on display to a melting pot community and audience. It is out of this grassroots local sce…

Charles X – Peace
Friday, February 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Charles X – Peace

Image: 1607402 About «PEACE»
“We are seemingly headed towards dark and confusing times. The tension inside of the people is rising so instead of putting more gasoline to the fire and fueling the rage I submit to you these sounds of “PEACE”. Not black music or white music. Not borders or class. Just music. It’s time to stop labeling music, just as it is time to stop labeling humans as 1st class and 2nd class citizens. If you can ignore my broken voice and if you could only look past my music’s imperfections, you would feel me instead of hearing me and maybe then you could get a small glimpse of the hope that the people feel when they are at my concerts and understand the idea that many great men and women before me like Bob Marley and John Lennon had, that we are all one. The idea that had
brought hope and countless others. The hope that makes them scream : PEACE FOREVER”. (Charles X)

Biting rap or sensual soul music, the singer does both… just because he can
Following an astounding mixtape (“Beats & Beasts”, 2013), a brilliant debut album (“The Revolution… And The Day After”, 2015) and the most recent and more soulful than ever “Sounds of Yesteryear”, released in March 2016, it appears that Charles X’ 360° vision avidly includes all Great Black Music. The one who named himself “X” (like Malcom did, so he can too get rid of his slave’s name) excels at melting all these values to which we shall add Motown’s soul music – that of 1979 Michael Jackson (“Off The Wall” is a bedside album) – as well as the dramaturgy of Nina Simone, and even a touch of jazz. His ability to move from the most sensual languor to the most biting rap is unequalled. Both in his mind and writing, Charles X has revolutionary but pacifist desires – a bit of a hippy soul too. As a plan set up a long time ago, to remind us that a 26 year-old African-American man can offer a lettered alternative to bosses like Drake and Future.

Tracklisting :

1. Ghetto Daze
2. Peace
3. Wind feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow
4. In Love
5. Gunz
6. Soul Power
7. California Dreamin
8. Fuck you and Zen
9. Black Betty Jane
10. The Man who ruled the World
11. Kast
12. In this Life
Available from 24.02.2017

The Hacker
Monday, February 6th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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In the world of music, there are those that follow all the trends and latest sounds, hopping opportunistically to the next big thing once a goldmine has been plundered. Then there are those who remain loyal to their aspirations, with their periods of doubt followed by moments, often more fleeting and unexpected, of public unveiling […]

The Dontells – Move On Down / There Goes A Fool
Friday, January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Dontells – Move On Down / There Goes A Fool

Image: 1608459 Produced and recorded in 1965 during a time when Chicago soul was one of the most influential sounds in R&B.The Dontells entered the studio and cut two tracks that put that sound on full display. The session was led by producer Calvin Carter, world famous Arranger Johnny Pate-along with the cities top musicians. These tracks were never released and have only been heard by a few people until now. The A side “Move On Down the Line” grabs you from the first second the needle drops. A mid tempo love song with a trademark arrangement from Pate and a vocal melody and approach in the style of Chicago’s king of soul, Curtis Mayfield. “There Goes A Fool” is the B side and is a reminder why The Dontells were one of the best groups out of the Windy City. Another brilliant production with a top notch arrangement . Horns, strings, a swinging backbeat and that signature Chicago vocal sound lead by the sweet harmonies of Nate, Leroy, Manuel & Ralph. This is no doubt a 60’s soul classic in 2017!

• Previously unreleased and unheard material from 1965, The Dontells released numerous singles from 1962 to 1970 on labels such as Vee-Jay, Beltone, Dontee & Ambassador
• Recorded in Chicago under the guidance of legendary arranger Johnny Pate (Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, Shaft In Africa)
• Recorded at world famous Universal Recorders(Donny Hathaway, Ramsey Lewis, The Impressions & The Dells)
• Classic Chicago soul at is finest with a sound that resonated heavily in R&B during the 60’s Available from 24.02.2017

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2016
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2016 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 […]

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Charts, Magazine | Comments Off on Agoria

Sébastien Devaud, aka Agoria, entered the world of electronic dance music at a peculiar moment in time. Unlike the first generation of techno producers, he’s too young to have been actively listening to early 80’s electronic pop by groups such as Depeche Mode or New Order. But unlike younger DJs and musicians, he’s been exposed […]

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

CD DAP042-2 / LP+MP3 DAP042-1
Release: 02-09-16
Uffe – No!
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Uffe – No!

Image: 1605658 Danish producer Uffe Christensen returns to Tartelet Records with his second LP ‘No!’, a deeply personal LP to follow 2015’s debut ‘Radio Days’

A1. No!
A2. Lesser-Known Values
A3. Fridge Magnet Radio Theme
A4. I Care For You
B1. Come On Try
B2. Keep Smiles On The Side
B3. Next to You
B4. Black Hole
C1. Jump Into
C2. Solo, So Loud
D1. The Fact
D2. You Seem Happy
D3. From Me

Bonus 7’ (with first 500 pcs only!)
A1. Keep Smiles (Dub)
B1. From Me (Dub)

Danish producer Uffe Christensen returns to Tartelet Records with
his second LP ‘No!’, a deeply personal LP to follow 2015’s
unanimously unfuckwithable debut ‘Radio Days’. Every bit as
abundant as his first, it’s a record that scales polyrhythmic
percussion, improvised jazz, & billowing ballads. This, that and so
much more, it’s a triumph of one man’s instinctive ear –– and
should be consumed in one sitting.
A year after his dynamic debut ‘Radio Days’, Uffe resurfaces on Tartelet
with a record cut in the same spirit as the last: a borderless approach to
music-making with organic instrumentation at its heart. Genres collide
peaceably ––off-beat soul with jazz, hip-hop with the heft of house––
and are melded smooth with an earthy warmth. Like nearly all at camp
Tartelet, he’s a producer who is more interested in cutting loose than
playing to the tune of dominant modes in dance music. In that, his
album’s title is instructive: a ‘no’ to the tyranny of trends, to slavish
Facebook likes, to creative compromise. Beyond the babble of fleeting
fads, Uffe enjoys his place on the perimeter –– an outlier searching
critically for something closer to a timeless groove.
Uffe has all of the intuition of the self-taught instrumentalist, following
his ear into unexpected rhythmic and tonal combinations. It’s what gives
the album its urgent appeal: the sound of tentative experiments being
made live, of sequences improvised amongst friends. Far from a churn
of simple floor fodder, the album is a journey through a
consummate narrative. Shy guitar interlude ‘Fridge Magnet Radio
Theme’ feels its way out of the warbling jazz breakdown in ‘Lesser
Known Values’. ‘The Fact’, an unexpected vocal ballad, follows the
broken beat of ‘Solo, So Loud’. With the record’s pleading closer ‘From
Me’, it’s a story with a start, middle, and end. A long player as long
players should be.
As Tartelet continue their run of consistently solid EPs & 12″s, it’s still
these album moments that remain the best gateways into the label’s
distinctive sound. Alongside Max Graef’s debut ‘Rivers of the Red
Planet’ and Glenn Astro’s ‘Throwback’, Uffe’s ‘No’ is a mirror to the
Tartelet spirit and sits amongst the imprint’s best. For lovers of the true
album –– the full-length proper, the one-take listen –– this one’s for you.

WEBLINKS Available from 14.10.2016

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

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