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Inkswel – Unity 4 Utopia
Friday, December 25th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Inkswel – Unity 4 Utopia

Image: 1601311 Hot on the heels of his brilliant ‘Superfoods’ trilogy of albums on BBE, Australian production powerhouse Inkswel returns with a brand new solo effort entitled ‘Unity 4 Utopia’.

Stellar collaborators Steve Spacek, Recloose, Crazy P, Lay-Far, Kid Sublime, Mark de Clive-Lowe & Colonel Red all make an appearance & help to make Inkswel’s quest for musical utopia a reality, and the album certainly does not disappoint.

As the man himself puts it: “we need to work together if we want happiness and furthermore if we want positive change – this is mirrored in music, collaboration being key”.

Echoes of early Hip Hop, 80’s Boogie, Disco and House can all clearly be heard, all woven together by Inkwel’s uniquely soulful, futuristic yet vintage production style.
Drawn together by an abundantly positive feeling, vocal performances and beats are all faultlessly smooth and highly polished, but somehow the album retains a real sense of fun.

Already touring tirelessly, ‘Unity 4 Utopia’ could well be the project which elevates Mr Inkswel from an underground phenomenon into a household name.

A1. UTOPIA INTRO
A2. UNITY 4 UTOPIA feat. MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE & MISUMAMI
A3. OUTERSPACE CONNECTION feat. STEVE SPACEK & HARVEY SUTHERLAND
A4. THE HEAT (INTERLUDE)
B1. SMARTER feat. TABLEEK & MISUMAMI
B2. TOGETHER feat. COLONEL RED
B3. CANDY YAM (SKIT)
B4. VIBE ON IT
B5. FREEK feat. MISTA MONK
C1. SOME SPACE feat. DANIELLE MOORE & LAY-FAR
C2. SHE LIKES feat. SAUCY LADY
C3. VOYAGE feat. KID SUBLIME
D1. SOUL PROFIT feat. DAVE AJU
D2. ROCKIN’ MUSIC feat. RECLOOSE & ISAAC AESILLI Available from 12.02.2016

Israel Vibration – Play It Real (Utopia)
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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With the new album “Play It Real” Israel Vibration, the reggae legend, celebrate 40 years of roots music. The 14 track longplayer CD comes with an excellent packaging in a specially designed digisleeve with rounded edges plus 16-page booklet.

CD UTO005
Release: 22-05-15
The Utopia Project – File 1
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Utopia Project – File 1

he Utopia Project, yet another one of many pseudonyms for legendary producer Rheji Burrell of Burrell brothers fame. All 4 of the “Files” contained within this EP bear the classic hallmarks and sounds of the Burrell brothers signature style, taut drum…

Jimi Tenor – Utopian Dream
Saturday, December 6th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jimi Tenor – Utopian Dream

Image: 1594269 Utopian Dream was Jimi Tenor’s return to his native Sähkö label after 3 albums for Warp. Its intimate stripped down sound is close to his first two Sähkö albums in early 90’s. Tenor’s everlasting love to deep space is the apparent theme of the album.

Tracklisting
1 Utopian Dream
2 Moonfolks
3 New World
4 Natural Cosmic Relief
5 Neumatico Rojo
6 Gentle Afternoon
7 Better Than Ever
8 Paint The Stars
9 24-Hour Madness
10 Grilli-Iloa (Barbecue Pleasure)
11 Sinking Ship
12 Mammon
13 Vaina Boy
14 Bacon Alive
15 Paradise Can Wait Available from 20.02.2015

Brownout – You Don’t Have To Fall / Super Bright
Thursday, November 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Brownout – You Don’t Have To Fall / Super Bright

Image: 1616595 An 8-piece outft formed ten years ago by members of Grammy Awardwinning Latin revival orchestra Grupo Fantasma, Brownout has evolved into a musical force all its own. After garnering their third Austin Music Award last year, the band has continued to produce music that is un?inchingly progressive, while evoking the classic in?uences of artists such asWAR, Cymande and Funkadelic. They’ve performed at events including Bonnaroo, High Sierra Music Festival, Pickathon, FFFFest, Bear Creek Music Festival, Utopia Festival and Pachanga Fest, while regularly touring the U.S. Brownout’s also served as a highly in-demand backing band for artists including Prince, Daniel Johnston, GZA and Bernie Worrell. This 45 features two cuts from their latest release, Over The Covers, on limited edition gold vinyl.

A.You Don’t Have To Fall
B.Super Bright Available from 08.12.2017

Photay – Onism
Thursday, July 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Photay – Onism

Image: 1610891 Nature documentaries of the 1970s used synthesizer music to score messages about species endangerment and environmental disaster prevention. Electronic instrumentation was in itself an ominous warning of the reckless advancement of technology and an effort to audition a utopian harmony between people and machines and nature.

Photay’s debut full-length Onism inherits the same historical tension in an age of climate change and social media addiction. It is also a reflection of personal conditions, a meditation on place, community, and its creator’s own embodied history. The word ‘onism,’ invented by John Koenig, means the frustration of being stuck in just one body that inhabits only one place at a time.

To grasp onism is to be apprised of how little of the world you have experienced, are experiencing, or will ever experience. Photay (Evan Shornstein) composed Onism in the heart of Brooklyn and shrouded by the silence of national parks or on trips home to the woodlands of the Hudson Valley in between touring the urban centers of foreign countries. Scattered but connected, Onism’s music is a constellation that rips across the night sky of time, charting an emotional reality defined by sadness and joy, dread and wonder.
credits
releases August 11, 2017

original music written, produced and recorded by Evan Shornstein in Woodstock & Brooklyn, NY
co-mixed by Joshua Pleeter at Crooked Smile Studio
mastered by Phil Moffa at Butcha Sound Studies

additional synths and production by Toby Gale on ‘Inharmonious Slog’
saxophone performed by Jaedon Alvira on ‘Inharmonious Slog’, ‘Balsam Massacre’, ‘Eco Friend’ and ‘Aura’
balafon performed by Evan Shornstein on ‘The Everyday Push’
cello performed by Gabriel Dresdale on ‘Storm’ and ‘Bombogenesis’
lyrics written and performed by Madison McFerrin on ‘Outré Lux’
lyrics written and performed by Evan Shornstein on ‘Aura’
backing vocal harmonies written & performed by Elisa Coia on ‘Aura’

front cover photo taken by Jack Tumen in Yosemite, California
back cover photo taken by Evan Shornstein in Grand Teton, WY

1. Screens
2. Inharmonious Slog 04:20
3. The Everyday Push 05:33
4. Storm
5. Outré Lux (feat. Madison McFerrin) 04:01
6. Balsam Massacre
7. Eco Friend
8. Off-Piste
9. Aura 04:48
10. Bombogenesis 06:35
Available from 11.08.2017

Sun Palace – Rude Movements
Friday, October 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Palace – Rude Movements

Image: 1606718 BBE presents the long awaited reissue of Raw Movements / Rude Movements from SunPalace.

Tracklist:
1. Raw Movements
2. What’s The Time
3. Palace Strut
4. Love Train II
5. Coral Reef
6. Street Beat
7. Rude Movements
8. Movement I (Winning)
9. Movement II (Reconstruction)
10. Movement III (Completion)

Way back in 1981, two musicians got together to
make a record. Mike Collins played guitar and had
just bought a Roland CR78 – the first programmable
drum machine. Keith O’Connell played Fender
Rhodes piano and Prophet 5 synthesizer. Excited
about the quirky and unusual instrumental track
they’d composed, when the duo entered London’s
Utopia Studios to finish off their creation, neither
could have predicted what was to follow… Now
viewed by many as one of the most influential early
electronic dance records, ‘Rude Movements’ was
swiftly picked up on by David Mancuso, who used it
to devastating effect at his infamous ‘Loft Parties’,
in turn introducing it to Larry Levan, Frankie
Knuckles, David Morales and Kenny Dope, a group
of young DJs who would go on to write the blueprint
for dance music as we know it.
In the more than 35 years since its release, ‘Rude
Movements’ has continued to inspire and excite,
sampled by The Bucketheads’ classic House track
‘Whew!’ (featured on recent BBE compilation ’20
years of Henry Street Records’) and listed by a
veritable ‘who’s who’ of dance music’s elite as an
all-time favourite. Rare and much sought-after on
vinyl, BBE are happy to announce the release of a
fully remastered version of ‘Rude Movements’
presented alongside the original demo version ‘Raw
Movements’, plus three other versions of the iconic
track. Also included on the vinyl package are the
Afrika Bambaata inspired ‘Street Beat’ and
808/MiniMoog workout ‘Palace Strut’, as well as
three other 80s SunPalace compositions. CD and
digital versions expand the catalogue still further,
with more experimental SunPalace magic. Timeless
original, quirky and unique, these recordings are
set to inspire yet another generation of DJs,
producers and music fans.

Key selling points:
– Full press , radio & social media campaign
– contains previously unreleased recordings
– artist Mike Collins will be available for interviews
– artwork contains detailed liner notes written by
the artist himself Available from 18.11.2016

Sun Palace – Rude Movements
Friday, October 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Palace – Rude Movements

Image: 1606718 BBE presents the long awaited reissue of Raw Movements / Rude Movements from SunPalace.

Tracklist:
1. Raw Movements
2. What’s The Time
3. Palace Strut
4. Love Train II
5. Coral Reef
6. Street Beat
7. Rude Movements
8. Movement I (Winning)
9. Movement II (Reconstruction)
10. Movement III (Completion)

Way back in 1981, two musicians got together to
make a record. Mike Collins played guitar and had
just bought a Roland CR78 – the first programmable
drum machine. Keith O’Connell played Fender
Rhodes piano and Prophet 5 synthesizer. Excited
about the quirky and unusual instrumental track
they’d composed, when the duo entered London’s
Utopia Studios to finish off their creation, neither
could have predicted what was to follow… Now
viewed by many as one of the most influential early
electronic dance records, ‘Rude Movements’ was
swiftly picked up on by David Mancuso, who used it
to devastating effect at his infamous ‘Loft Parties’,
in turn introducing it to Larry Levan, Frankie
Knuckles, David Morales and Kenny Dope, a group
of young DJs who would go on to write the blueprint
for dance music as we know it.
In the more than 35 years since its release, ‘Rude
Movements’ has continued to inspire and excite,
sampled by The Bucketheads’ classic House track
‘Whew!’ (featured on recent BBE compilation ’20
years of Henry Street Records’) and listed by a
veritable ‘who’s who’ of dance music’s elite as an
all-time favourite. Rare and much sought-after on
vinyl, BBE are happy to announce the release of a
fully remastered version of ‘Rude Movements’
presented alongside the original demo version ‘Raw
Movements’, plus three other versions of the iconic
track. Also included on the vinyl package are the
Afrika Bambaata inspired ‘Street Beat’ and
808/MiniMoog workout ‘Palace Strut’, as well as
three other 80s SunPalace compositions. CD and
digital versions expand the catalogue still further,
with more experimental SunPalace magic. Timeless
original, quirky and unique, these recordings are
set to inspire yet another generation of DJs,
producers and music fans.

Key selling points:
– Full press , radio & social media campaign
– contains previously unreleased recordings
– artist Mike Collins will be available for interviews
– artwork contains detailed liner notes written by
the artist himself Available from 18.11.2016

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.

TRACKLISTING LP
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.

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/
Available from 22.07.2016

John Carpenter – Lost Themes II
Friday, March 4th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on John Carpenter – Lost Themes II

Image: 1602153 On Halloween 2014, the director and composer John Carpenter introduced the world to the next phase of his career with ‘Vortex,’ the first single from Lost Themes, his first-ever solo record. In the months that followed, Lost Themes right­fully returned Carpenter to the forefront of the discussion of music and film’s crucial intersection. Carpenter’s foundational primacy and lasting influence on genre score work was both rediscovered and reaffirmed. So widespread was the acclaim for Lost Themes, that the composer was moved to embark on something he had never before entertained – playing his music live in front of an audience.

2016 will host the first ever John Carpenter tour and in true Carpenter spirit, a sequel to Lost Themes: Lost Themes II. The follow-up brings quite a few noticeable changes to the process, which result in an even more cohesive record. Lost Themes’ cowriters Cody Carpenter (John’s son) and Daniel Davies (John’s godson) both returned. Cody was recently also heard as a composer for Showtime’s Masters of Horrorseries (Cigarette Burns and Pro-Life), and NBC’s Zoo. Davies was a composer for NBC’s Zoo, as well as the motion picture Condemned.

All three brought in sketches and worked together in the same city, a luxury they weren’t afforded on the first Lost Themes. The result was a more focused effort, one that was completed on a compressed schedule – not unlike Carpenter’s classic, notoriously low-budget early films. The musical world of Lost Themes II is also a wider one than that of its predecessor. More electric and acoustic guitar help flesh out the songs, still driven by Carpenter’s trademark minimal synth.

Keep your eyes peeled for John and his co-writers to hit the road next year performing both lost and newly found themes, in addition to retrospective work from Mr. Carpenter’s multi-generational career. Long live the Horror Master.

TRACKLISTING:

1.Distant Dream (3:51)
2. White Pulse (4:21)
3. Persia Rising (3:40)
4.Angel’s Asylum (4:17)
5.Hofner Dawn (3:15)
6.Windy Death (3:40)
7.Dark Blues (4:16)
8.Virtual Survivor (3:58)
9.Bela Lugosi (3:23)
10. Last Sunrise (4:29)
11. Utopian Facade (3:48)

Available from 15.04.2016

The Breathing Effect – Mars Is A Very Bad Place For Love
Friday, February 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Breathing Effect – Mars Is A Very Bad Place For Love

Image: 1601958 Jazz is supposedly a grown folks’ genre, played by aging bohemians in tiny clubs. Tell
that to the Breathing Effect—a self-described electronic group influenced by soul, rock
and jazz—whose debut album, Mars Is a Very Bad Place for Love, toes a line between
traditional and turn up. As a unit, producer/keyboardist Eli Goss and drummer/bassist
Harry Terrell merge the standards of conventional jazz with modern bounce beats. By
definition, it scans as “jazz fusion,” but the results conjure ‘70s R&B as well as the
contemporary Los Angeles beat scene and hip-hop. Clearly, Goss and Terrell study Pink
Floyd and the Soft Machine, but it seems they dig Thundercat and Stevie Wonder, too.
The genesis of the Breathing Effect can be traced to its fascinating 2014 EP, on which
Goss and Terrell spread aquatic rhythms over five tracks. From “”Layers of Thought”” to
“Losing My Mind”, the resulting mixture was equally soothing and mesmerizing, the EP
as a whole worked just as well under clear or gray skies. Mars is more upbeat than its
predecessor, though the opening tunes—”Forestial Things” and “Cloudy Afternoon”—
continue the EP’s mellow ambience. Yet by the third song, the two-tiered “Cold Meteor
Showers”, Goss and Terrell hit a stride.
In a way, Mars plays like musical theater: It’s driven by space travel, and follows the
story of two lovers cruising the galaxy with no concept of time. Tracks like “One for
the Mountains By the Sea” and “Twenty Years Altogether” recall spacious isolation, of
couples escaping life’s hustle to be alone with each other. It’s a notion evoked on album
standout, “Weightless Reality”, where Goss, Terrell and guest vocalist Kalia Vandever
sing of a fantasy world of waterfalls and underwater utopia. Whether or not they’re
depicting planet Mars is anyone’s guess. Still, the music conveys a very real narrative
while using few words, which is usually a tough task for most instrumental albums.
The vocals, sparing as they are, come from Goss, Terrell, Vandever and Michael Mayo,
who tend to float along the periphery of the music, underlining the instrumentals. On
“Streetlights Out of Focus”, Mayo drifts softly, his wails a breezy compliment to Goss and
Terrell’s composition. And of all the great things happening here—the Isley Brothers vibe
on “Fireflies” the dense layers of “Visions”—you can actually feel the melodies, which
remain at the forefront even though the music drifts in all directions. The blend seeps
into the background if you let it, but dominates your attention in headphones, played
loudly. “Rising Inside”—the LP’s best song and one of the group’s finest to date—uses
swift percussion, bright synths and a Vocoder, working up a loud bounce that would fit
comfortably within rap circles and jazz crowds, two sects that couldn’t be farther apart
these days. It’s a grand culmination for the Breathing Effect: experimental jazz with the
potential for huge resonance.

-Marcus J Moore, Pitchfork.com

1. Forestial Things
2. Cloudy Afternoon
3. Cold Meteor Showers
4. Visions
5. One for the Mountains by
the Sea
6. Twenty Years Altogether
7. Streetlights Out of Focus
8. Weightless Reality
9. Fireflies
10. Rising Inside
11. Half Light

• Debut album from The Breathing Effect
• Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Cosmic Zoo Studios in Atwater Village
• Includes lyric sheet insert
• Limited to 300 copies Available from 08.04.2016

Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (Instrumentals)
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (Instrumentals)

Image: 1601903 Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde is, simply put, one of the most perfect albums in the history of recorded
music regardless of genre. From the lyrical flow of Slimkid3, Bootie Brown, Imani and Fatlip to the
cover art by Fuct the project is the embodiment of excellence start to finish. Musically, the
foundation of this perfection is the production work of J-Swift. His use of jazz samples, phat beats
and live instrumentation had the ultimate effect of “creating their own sonic utopia”, as NME put it.
As such it’s more than fitting that Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde be released as an all
instrumental outing. Swift’s adventurous use of samples from jazz, R&B, funk, classic rock and
more melded with his personal additions of live instrumentation including piano, bass, and Fender
Rhodes along with drum arrangements from fellow producer JMD create a lush, jazzy soundscape
that works well as a stand alone recording.
Though the west coast’s predominant G-Funk sound of the time or the east coast’s conscious kings
De La Soul may have sold more records at the time, The Pharcyde and J-Swift’s work on Bizarre
Ride has stood the text of time and continues to resonate with fans new and old in a way that few
records have or ever will.

A1. Oh Shit
A2. 4 Better Or 4 Worse
A3. I’m That Type Of Nigga
A4. On The DL
B1. Officer
B2. Ya Mama
B3. Passin’ Me By
B4. Otha Fish
B5. Return Of The B-Boy Available from 19.02.2016

James Zabiela
Monday, December 14th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Charts, Magazine | Comments Off on James Zabiela

James Zabiela is a rare breed of artist. Over the last twelve years he has become something of a heritage act despite still being two decades younger than his peers currently sharing that title; this, in part, is owing to his unrivalled technical abilities in his live performance which have cemented him into the hearts […]

“In The Beginning” is the fourth album by Marbert Rocel
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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A band as friendship. A band as a work of art. For the 4 unique characters that form Marbert Rocel, this has been a living utopia for more than ten years now. Founded in 2005 by the roommates Malik and Panthera Krause in their Erfurt apartment, Marbert Rocel quickly grew to a four piece by […]

Marbert Rocel
Monday, October 5th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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A band as friendship. A band as a work of art. For the 4 unique characters that form Marbert Rocel, this has been a living utopia for more than ten years now. Founded in 2005 by the roommates Malik and Panthera Krause in their Erfurt apartment, Marbert Rocel quickly grew to a four piece by […]

The fourth studio album “In The Beginning” by the critically acclaimed live band Marbert Rocel from Leipzig
Monday, September 28th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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A place far away from everything, yet right around the corner. A vision close enough to touch, yet so far away. Surrounded by keys, hatches, pots and small fragmented parts, Marbert Rocel lie down, discuss and dance through the winter of 2015. In this environment, in their studio in Leipzig, the band ties together the […]

Marbert Rocel – In The Beginning (2LP+CD Edition)
Friday, August 28th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marbert Rocel – In The Beginning (2LP+CD Edition)

Image: 1598681 The fourth studio album „In The Beginning“ by the critically acclaimed live band MARBERT ROCEL from Leipzig. A place far away from everything, yet right around the corner. A vision close enough to touch, yet so far away. Surrounded by keys, hatches, pots and small fragmented parts, Marbert Rocel lie down, discuss and dance through the winter of 2015. In this environment, in their studio in Leipzig, the band ties together the songs, which first saw the light of day in a small spot enclosed by woods in the summer of 2014. ?Each decision goes through every head, each chord is listened to a hundred times, from font to back and in reverse, each compromise: a triumph for the common cause. Not pompoous string arrangements fuel this album with grandeur, but rather the notion of a consensual nod, which has evolved within Marbert Rocel over the years. ?“In the Beginning” is the fourth album by Marbert Rocel, a living utopia and a tart kiss for every purist genre lover. Nothing is hewn raw on here, rather sculptured delicately. Percussion is tickling from synth pads like dew, and the songs welcome you like good friends. Like Tinkerbell, Spunks voice guides through this strange familiar world, moving past big feelings and small gestures, to finally lead to where it all started: “In The Beginning”.

Tracklisting 2-LP:
A1 80 Horses
A2 Make Me Walk
A3 Always On My Mind
B1 Up To You
B2 Velvet
B3 Dawn Of The Day
C1 Unwillingly Close
C2 Dance Slow
C3 Bird Of Passage
D1 Hold On
D2 Me, Myself And I
D3 With Your Love Available from 09.10.2015

Israel Vibration celebrate 40 years of roots music with new album
Thursday, May 21st, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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With the new album “Play It Real” Israel Vibration, the reggae legend, celebrate 40 years of roots music. The 14 track longplayer CD has a playtime of 57:18 and comes with an excellent packaging in a specially designed digisleeve with rounded edges plus 16-page booklet with the lyrics to sing along. “With a musical career […]

Dimitris Petsetakis – Endless
Friday, May 8th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dimitris Petsetakis – Endless

Image: 1597153 For the fourth installment in Into the Light’s journey into Greek electronic music, we find ourselves transferred to Pireus, home place of ambient music composer Dimitris Petsetakis.
With the exception of only one track, ‘Endless LP’ is a collection of previously unreleased material that has remained in Petsetakis’ basement studio for almost 30 years now.

Dimitris Petsetakis was born in Pireus, Greece and has been a member of the ”Society of Greek composers of Electronic music”,
founded by Janis Xenakis, since its foundation. He released only one album on Vangelis Katsoulis’ Utopia label under the title ‘Missing Links’ from where the opening track ‘Liquid’ has been selected. ‘Liquid’ has been referred to by Petsetakis himself as one of his most representative and fundamental compositions. His music in general consists of elements of minimalism , musique concrete, ethnic forms from all over the world as well as intricate use of quitars, synthesizers and various acoustic instruments.

‘Endless LP’ seeks to share Petsetakis unique talent with a wider audience and to pay tribute to his unshakeable and continuous devotion as a musician throughout the decades. Included o the ‘Endless LP’ are ten compositions that range from uncompromising experimentation to ancient Greek musical forms and exotic ambience.

1. Liquid
2. Anxiety (Alternate Version)
3. Troy War
4. Nearchi (Middle Edit)
5. Ierias’ Entrance
6. Pirrhichios Dance
7. Dawn
8. Wandering
9. The Prophecy
10. The End Available from 02.10.2015

Israel Vibration – Play It Real
Friday, April 24th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Israel Vibration – Play It Real

Image: 1596786 Das neue Album der Roots-Legende Israel Vibration, die dieses Jahr ihr 40-jähriges Bestehen feiert! “Play It Real” erscheint auf dem französischen Label Utopia und wurde mit Musikern der Roots Radics Band im Mixing Lab Studio, Tuff Gong Studio und im Studio des Produzenten Clive Hunt aufgenommen. Israel Vibration wurde ursprünglich 1975 als Gesangstrio von Cecil “Skelly” Spence, Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin und Albert “Apple” Craig gegründet. Alle drei waren in früher Kindheit an Polio (Kinderlähmung) erkrankt und hatten sich in Kingston im Mona Rehabilitation Center kennengelernt. 1976 erschien die erste Single “Why Worry”, und seither sind in regelmäßgen Abständen Longplayer bei renommierten Labels wie Top Ranking, Harvest, Ras, Greensleeves, Pressure Sounds, Blue Moon, Island, Mediacom erschienen, die jeweils von äußerst erfolgreichen Tourneen begleitet wurden. Seit 1997 sind Skelly und Wiss als Duo unterwegs und werden von der jeweils aktuellen Inkarnation der Roots Radics mit dem Bandleader Errol “Flabba” Holt live begleitet.

C r e d i t s
Drums: Patrick Anderson
Bass: Errol “Flabba” Holt
Guitar (Lead): Dwight Pinkney
Guitar (Rhythm): Steve Golding
Guitar (Rhythm & Lead): Llyod “Gitsy” Willis
Piano: Richard “T-Bird” Johnson
Organ: Lloyd “Obeah” Denton
Keyboards: Horace James
Percussions: Stephan Sinclair, Errol “Flabba” Holt, Hasani “Snysh” Williams
Saxophone: Dean Frazer
Trombone: Nambo Robinson
Trumpet: Everal “Stingwray”
Harmonies: Grub Cooper & Israel Vibration
Whistling: Grub Cooper
Chromatic Harmonica & Acoustic Bass: Lacelle “Wiss” Bulgin
Guitar (Acoustic): Cecil “Skelly” Spence

Recording Engineer: Hasani “Snysh” Williams
Mixing Engineer: Christopher Daley, Linford “Fatta” Marshall (Track 8 & 9)
Executive producer: Michel Jovanovic
Produced by Buffy & Michel Jovanovic

Recorded at Mixing Lab Recording Studio, Clive Hunt Studio and Tuff Gong Kingston, Jamaica.
The combination with Droop Lion (track 4) was recorded at Fatta Marshall Studio. Available from 22.05.2015

Manabu Nagaya & Soichi Terada – Low Tension
Saturday, February 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Manabu Nagaya & Soichi Terada – Low Tension

Utopia Records is the anticipated new label project by Alexander Bradley in collaboration with Soho record store Phonica, set to unearth a diverse range of music, from official re-releases and remastering of obscurities to contemporary and cutting edg…

Deetron
Monday, November 10th, 2014 | Tags: , , , ,
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Having been involved with making and playing music for 20 years now, Deetron is an artist who is assured in his ambitions and a highly skilled performer. Constantly in demand around the globe, whether it be for club/festival appearances, where his mind boggling three-deck set up often takes precedence, his special touch on remixes or […]

Various – Black Fire! New Spirits!
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Black Fire! New Spirits!

Image: 1593297 Soul Jazz Records’ new release Black Fire! New Spirits! is a deluxe double CD (and limited triple LP) exploring deep, radical and spiritual jazz in the USA in the period 1957-1975.

In the 1960s and into the 1970s jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution, with the music and lives of African-American artists radicalised by the advent of the civil rights movement, Black Power, and a new spiritual awakening.

For over 20 years now Soul Jazz Records have been exploring this rich area of deep and spiritual jazz music with an array of albums such as Freedom, Rhythm and Sound, Universal Sounds of America, New Thing, Soul Jazz Love Strata East and more. Soul Jazz Records have also released a steady stream of reissues of lost and classic deep jazz releases over the years from artists such as Art Ensemble of Chicago, Steve Reid, Pharaoh Sanders and others.

This new album features groundbreaking and revolutionary artists such as Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, The Last Poets and YusefLateef as well as many rare and deep lost tracks from lesser known artists such as Creative Artists Ensemble, GranchanMoncur, Lloyd McNeill, Tyrone Washington and others.

This album coincides with the recent ‘Black Fire! New Spirits! Images of A Revolution: Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75’ book, published by Soul Jazz Books, which as well as including pioneering artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Roland Kirk and Alice Coltrane also features many of the artists included in this album. It comes as CD with slipcase, or super-loud, SUPER-HEAVY TRIPLE VINYL with free download code.

Tracklisting

1. YusefLateef – Chang, Chang, Chang
2. The Last Poets – It’s A Trip
3. Don Cherry – Utopia and Visions
4. Richard Davis – Dealin’
5. Archie Shepp& Jeanne Lee – Blasé
6. Harold McKinney & The Creative Profile – In The Moog
7. GrachanMoncur III & The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra – Angela’s Angel
8. Creative Arts Ensemble – Flashback Of Time
9. David Lee Jr. – Second Line March
10. Lloyd McNeill & Marshall Hawkins – The Banjo Lesson
11. Tyrone Washington – Universal Spiritual Revolt
12. PheeroanAkLaff – TzaddiVau (Part 1)
13. Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
14. Doug Hammond – Spaces and Things (Lopin’/MenoMosso) Available from 14.11.2014

Rheji Burrell – The Lost Nu Groove Tapes
Friday, July 4th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Rheji Burrell – The Lost Nu Groove Tapes

FBNM is very excited to announce its next EP. As always the label tries to do more than just release music, instead adding things like tote bags, limited colour pressings and boutique artwork to make sure every package is extra special. This next red,…

Otti Albietz – And The Voices
Friday, April 4th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Otti Albietz – And The Voices

Image: 1587135 Otti Albietz is back with his third album And The Voices on BBE.

Otti Albietz and BBE present his third album ‘And the Voices’. This album forms the culminating piece in a musical trilogy which Otti describes as his initial statement, helping to identify and establish his musical persona as well as providing a plane from which future work will evolve. ‘And the Voices’ embodies and ties up loose ends and ideas that have been developing for the last 6 years. These steps began with his first album ‘One’ (2011), followed by ‘Bubbytone II’ (2013), and have now been brought full circle with this third album. Since producing music under his own name, Otti has been writing arrangements to his songs with the aim of performing them live with a group of musicians. For ‘And the Voices’, Otti directed the arrangements and co-wrote the parts with each musician during rehearsals.
This album shows a continuing relationship with friend and artist Thad Skews. On the album Thad plays bass and sings backing vocals, and is the hand behind the album artwork. For the recording of ‘And the Voices’, and for future live performances, Otti has invited friend and musician James Gulliver on drums and backing vocals. Completing the studio performance is the inspiring addition of longtime musical supporter and session musician Darren Morris, playing synth and coproducing. As well as these, occasional vocal appearances are made by Otti’s partner
Anna Graebe, who has performed on both ‘One’ and ‘Bubbytone II’.

‘And the Voices’ was recorded to completion in two days over the 15th album was engineered and recorded with Harvey Summers, whom Otti worked with on ‘Bubbytone II’, at Harvey’s Broadoak Studios in East Sussex. The band performed all parts live, including all lead vocals.
Otti’s instinct and premise for this album was that the best performances were those that felt right rather than those which focused on a precise technicality. This attitude is the driving force behind the band dynamic and the recording process, and has allowed for spontaneous musical interactions throughout the creation of the album. Many of the songs you hear on the album are first takes and all others were captured within, at most, four takes.

KEY SELLING POINTS:
• Otti Albietz loves performing and tirelessly travels where his guitar takes him mesmerizing audiences wherever he goes
• Produced at the beautiful Broadoak Studios on the South Coast of England by Harvey Summers
• The release will be complimented by a press and radio campaign
• There will be a number of videos to compliment this release to be announced as we approach the release

TRACKLISTING
1. It’s Nice To Feel Alive
2. Live & Love
3. What Is It?
4. Inside Truth, Nothing Lies
5. Becoming Close
6. It Helps To Be Honest
7. Young Deceiver
8. Not At All Sure We Want A Utopian Future
9. Rabble Dabble Do
10. The Song Of Aah

For Fans Of:
Nick Drake, Donovan, Vetiver Available from 14.03.2014

John Beltran – Amazing Things
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on John Beltran – Amazing Things

Image: 1579547 After the well-received and career-spanning compilation that was 2011’s Ambient Selections, John Beltran returns with a brand new album entitled Amazing Things, due for released on Delsin records in March 2013.
As a life long pioneer of ambient soundscapes, blissful downbeat and stirring techno, Michigan born John Beltran already has his place in history assured with a bulging back catalogue that takes in influential releases on vital labels like Peacefrog and R&S. This new 17-track album sees the man draw on his lifetime in music to craft an immediately timeless body of work that’s stuffed with genuine musicality, pregnant with emotion and laden with organic blissfulness.

Since Beltran’s last original full length, he admits a lot has changed. “I’m using all new gear and virtual synths that I didn’t have when writing Human Engine so it sounds different for sure. And let’s just say that this album still wouldn’t be finished had a friend not turned me on to the software Omnisphere.”

Despite new tools and techniques, Beltran’s touch still shines through in his floating arrangements, opposing textures and organic resonance, as do the continued influences of favourite artists including Four Tet, Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood.

“There was no real plan [for the album]. Some of these songs (“Clouds Pull”) are over two years old. This album is truly an accumulation of music inspired by my life as a new father but I didn’t write these songs for an album per say. I guess it was just written with a lot of love.”

Love – and feelings thereof – permeate the album from start to finish. Tracks like opener “Retrouvailles” immediately submerge you into a utopian world with the distant sound of a playground coming over like the backdrop to a daydream, whilst more kinetic, splintered efforts like “Het Leven is Mooi” recall the aforementioned patchwork beauty of Four Tet, and “Flower Power Submarine” carries you along on a warm summer breeze.

Importantly, dark is contrast with light throughout, so more sombre, melancholic drifts like “For Vangelis” sit next to the more uplifting violins and raindrop melodies of “Broken Machines”. Overall a mature and hugely resonant album for grown-ups, Amazing Things is full of just that.

1. Retrouvailles
2. Clouds Pull
3. Het Leven Is Mooi
4. Our Second Summer
5. Of All The Things In This World
6. Snow Day
7. Medellin
8. Flower Power Nuclear Submarine
9. Amazing Things To Come
10. Inexorably Tied To You
11. Broken Mechanism
12. Esperanto
13. For Vangelis
14. Weekend Homage
15. Seasons Go
16. Second Summer (Version 2)
17. The Second I Wake
Available from 19.04.2013

Kasper Bjørke
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , ,
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Kasper has released albums like pearls on a string for the past 12 years. Five albums under the Filur moniker (with Tomas Barfod from WhoMadeWho) for which he has won numerous awards; plus two solo albums and a long line of singles. “Standing On Top Of Utopia” was nomintated as best electronic release in the […]

Kasper Bjørke
Thursday, October 20th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Having released on labels such as Mirau, Compost Black, Hfn Music, Plant and V2, most recently the Symptoms EP and the hit singles “Young Again” and “Heaven” from his sophomore album “Standing on top of Utopia” from 2010, (which included the remixes by Prins Thomas and Nicolas Jaar that recieved support by everyone from Seth […]

Kasper Bjørke
Monday, November 22nd, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , ,
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After more than a decade as a fulltime producer and DJ, Copenhagen based Kasper Bjørke has released his music on labels like hfn Music, Plant Music, Fine, Thugfucker, We Love This and V2 Records – and even more labels are to be added in the upcoming months. Kasper has received numerous Danish Music Award and […]

[re:jazz]
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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With “Electrified” [re:jazz] present their second collection of electronic edits. Most tracks are previously unreleased and related to originals from the 2008 studio album “Nipponized”. There are also some edits of older titles from earlier albums on this CD, previously only available on vinyl or digitally. The spectrum of mixes ranges from house to reggae, […]

German new jazz heroes [re:jazz] present their second collection of remixes …
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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With “Electrified” [re:jazz] present a second collection of electronic edits. Most tracks are previously unreleased and related to originals from the 2008 studio album “Nipponized”. There are also some edits of older titles from earlier albums on this CD, previously only available on vinyl or digitally. The spectrum of mixes ranges from house to reggae […]

Time Machine
Monday, June 16th, 2008 | Tags: , ,
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Time Machine is making a name for themselves these days … one party at a time. The trio of emcees Biscuit and Jet Set Jay, and DJ / producer Mekalek is playing all the hot weeklies from Dim Mak Tuesdays and PYT in LA, to Roxy Cottontail’s Heartbeat in NY, and winning over fans with their seamless set of high-energy party rapping and tongue-in-cheek synchronized dance routines.

However, the east-coast bred, LA-based squad knows that every night has its last call, and that much of life is what happens before doors open the next evening. And so, on their new album, “Life Is Expensive“, the crew balances the rolling good times with a shrewd awareness of the cost of living … both literal and figurative. From the a-day-in-the-LA-life observations of “In The City Of Everything”, to the humorous storytelling of “The Unfortunate Twist”, and the jaded generational angst of the album’s title track, back to the psychedelic utopianism of “Something We’re Becoming”, Time Machine shows that having range is all in a day’s work. The song-writing overflows with DIY attitude, and Mekalek’s mostly hi-speed production boasts heavy drums and rich melodies every time. Auxiliary producer Stoerok makes the album’s soundscape even more dynamic with his contributions of “Mountains” and “Who Cares?” …

The east-coast bred and LA-based squad TIME MACHINE knows that life is expensive …
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Kutiman
Monday, October 22nd, 2007 | Tags: ,
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Ophir “Kutiman” Kutiel is a 25-year old musician, composer and producer from Tel Aviv. He plays drums, keyboards, guitar and bass, among others and we strongly believe that he will leave his mark in 2007 and beyond.

His music draws influences from afro-beat, psychedelic rock, funk and reggae but in different way than most disciples of Fela and Mr.Brown have done before him. Clever heads may even spot some Special AKA, Chocolate Watchband or the pre-historic drum-machine Sly Stone introduced on “There’s A Riot Goin’ On” on Kutiman’s self-titled first album. But being clever is the last thing Kuti tries to be with his music.

Kuti just plays what he feels and the fact that he is coming from a place far away from New York, LA and London (or wherever the latest musical trend is envolving) is surley one reason why his music shows such a great deal of originality …

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