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Natasha Agrama – The Heart Of Infinite Change
Friday, August 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Natasha Agrama – The Heart Of Infinite Change

Image: 1611267 The Heart of Infnite Change is Natasha Agrama’s forthcoming debut
full-length album, joining the west coast jazz imprint World Galaxy for
its release across vinyl, cassette, CD, and digital platforms September
8, 2017. Features include legends both foundational and new, drawing
together Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, Stanley Clarke, George Duke,
Tony Austin, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mitchell Long, Ruslan Sirota, Ronald
Bruner Jr., Doug Webb, and the last recordings of the late and great
Austin Peralta.
The Heart of Infnite Change is a representation of roads defning
Agrama’s artistic connection to the LA music world and beyond, diving
into compositions by Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Joe Henderson,
and Bilal. As a nod to the jazz tradition, interpretation and revitalization
are at the forefront of her debut. There is a deeply touching story weaving
its way around The Heart of Infnite Change, with an unspeakably tender
theme of long time friends and legendary artists’ fnal collaborations
gracing Natasha’s path. Stanley Clarke and George Duke’s last studio
collaborations are present with Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood,” and
Bilal’s “All Matter.” The story deepens as we come to realize Peralta’s
last recordings are also found on The Heart of Infnite Change. This
was Peralta’s only session with both Bruner brothers, capturing Joe
Henderson’s “Black Narcissus” and Agrama’s updated version of Mingus’
“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by way of Joni Mitchell. These experiences
shape the resounding reverence in Natasha’s presentation, as this debut
album has become a formidable historical document.

1. Black Narcissus
2. Goodbye Porkpie Hat
3. In A Sentimental Mood
4. All Matter
5. I Wonder What Became Of Me
6. Loverman
7. The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men

• Features Thundercat, Austin Peralta, Ronald Bruner Jr., George Duke and Stanley Clarke
• The album is a representation of roads defning Agrama’s artistic connection to the LA music world and beyond, diving into compositions by Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Joe Henderson, and Bilal Available from 08.09.2017

Josef Leimberg – Astral Progressions
Friday, January 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Josef Leimberg – Astral Progressions

Image: 1607749 This fall, trumpeter and composer Josef Leimberg will launch his debut full-length Astral Progressions. Hitting vinyl prints and digital formats with the Alpha Pup Records jazz imprint World Galaxy, Astral Progressions is a powerful record in the canon of 21st century music. It also continues the momentum Leimberg achieved on the Kendrick Lamar Grammy Award-winning album To Pimp A Butterfly. A hybrid state of jazz fusion, world music, R&B and golden era hip hop instrumentalism. Josef Leimberg has created a rich tapestry of sound that fits right in with the resurgence of progressive music in the 2010’s, launching out on his own terms after an impressive career of guest work.

Leimberg gained a unique level of traction with his work on the multiple Grammy Award-winning Kendrick Lamar LP To Pimp A Butterfly. Credited under the LoveDragon moniker with Terrace Martin, his time with To Pimp A Butterfly only represents a small fragment of his accomplishments. His collaborative resume over the decades is astounding, consisting of production, writing and feature credits with Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Robin Thicke, Shafiq Husayn, Funkadelic, Freestyle Fellowship, Dr. Dre, Murs, King Tee, Suga Free, Saafir and Busdriver. These connections have undoubtedly spread life all over Astral Progressions.

Leimberg’s debut album features an array of innovators and game changers in modern progressive music. Kamasi Washington, Bilal, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kurupt, Terrace Martin and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson are just a small list of the brilliant minds that make the Astral Progressions outing special. Many of the featured artists became with the LP through world renowned creator Shafiq Husayn. Leimberg would connect with various musicians associated to his camp through studio recordings, gigging and rehearsals, building on his compositions in a very organic and social way.

Kurupt connects with Astral Progression’s cosmic message unlike anything else he’s done before, lending his verbal talents over a cosmic west coast flavor. Georgia Anne Muldrow and Bilal add considerable weight as well, taking direction into spiritually tinged fusions of R&B and soul. The ending track pays special homage to Leimberg’s mother, including a recording of her speaking about the complexities of life and where we all fit into the bigger picture of this universe. To describe this record in full would take volumes of thought, bridged under the vision of Leimberg in every note and measure.

Leimberg takes the sonic power of Astral Progressions back to the origins of the ‘70s jazz fusion movement. Included is a superb Miles Davis cover of ‘Lonely Fire.’ Originally recorded and featured on the 1970s Miles Davis studio album Big Fun, Leimberg revamps the spiritually tinged piece with uptempo pocket driven drum work, flaring solo’s and a sense of heightened energy that transforms the chord arrangements of the original into something entirely new. Paul Livingston adds lush sitar, tambura and sarod, bringing the Indian influences shed on the original composition into the 21st century state of Leimberg’s vision. It’s a perfect summation of how organic, fluid and exotic the record is as a whole.

The artwork and design packaging pulls back to the narrative of prolific album cover work that enhanced many of the world’s most celebrated jazz fusion albums. Artwork created by Tokio Aoyama, the vibrant color schemes intertwine into deeply interwoven symbols, coalescing to form a powerful story before a single note is even heard.

Taking the influence his father, mother and communities of musicians around him, Astral Progressions is a record that summarizes the long lasting power of love through sound. Josef Leimberg is a part of the movement that’s creating new standards in the exploration of jazz and fusion. He is defining himself as a worthy composer and purveyor of the deep musical arts and Astral Progressions is just the beginning.
Available from 24.02.2017

Miles Mosley – Uprising
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Miles Mosley – Uprising

Image: 1607752 MILES MOSLEY stepped into the light with magnetic force this year following the release of his new single ‘ABRAHAM’, garnishing critical acclaim from worldwide press such as NPR, The Guardian, BBC Radio, The FADER, and Bass Player Magazine. The Los Angeles-based upright bass virtuoso and composer has reached impressive professional heights in recent years, and his full length album has been eagerly anticipated.

Now the moment audiences across the globe have been waiting for is finally here: Miles Mosley announces the release of his album UPRISING, scheduled to be released worldwide on digital and vinyl formats on January 27, 2017. Ahead of the album release in January, Miles Mosley is offering the second single in the powerful track “Young Lion.” As the opening floodgates to UPRISING, “Young Lion” bursts with energy from every seam. Scorching horn lines, slick keys and a propulsive rhythm section unlike any other in modern music, the end of the track is supplanted with a mind-bending effects laced bass solo from Miles that shows why he’s one of the most respected bassists alive.

Scheduled to hit digital outlets September 16th, “Young Lion” is filled with gusto in lyric and music form. A perfect beginning to the story of UPRISING. It encapsulates the dynamic range of genres and expression that traces the rest of the album. UPRISING serves as his most personal and defining climb throughout his long-time career in the music industry. For Miles, it combines a deep love of songwriting with an innovative, truly one-of-a-kind ability on the Upright Bass. A balance he has worked decades to execute with precision, quality and taste.

UPRISING will release on the Alpha Pup Records sub-imprint World Galaxy, and features the collective Miles co-founded, the West Coast Get Down, a family of musicians he helped bring together during their formative years. The group have imprinted their stamp on the world unlike any other musical collective in recent times. Long-time manager and music collaborator Barbara Sealy, who has worked with the collective since they were in high school, co-produced the album with Tony Austin, shaping the content through the infamous KSL Sessions that produced over 150 finished compositions including those found on Kamasi Washington’s “The Epic.” As Miles describes, “I was the organizer, Tony Austin was the technical guru, Kamasi Washington was the wrangler, Ryan Porter was the heart, and our long-time manager Barbara Sealy was the safety net that made sure we were able to be in a safe, creative space. I began my record at Tony’s studio and transitioned to KSL to do Strings and Choir, yet once we were all in the groove more songs started crossing the finish line.”

Miles and company blend into a unified system of brilliant luminance through UPRISING. Kamasi Washington, Ryan Porter, Zane Musa, Dontae Winslow and the other L.A. horn players shout from the mountain tops, Brandon Coleman brings unrelenting funk on vintage keys, Cameron Graves displays his ethereal piano virtuosity, and Tony Austin holds it down with equal measure on drums and the production/engineering chair.

UPRISING is Miles’ personalized take on the musical journey of his life, and that of his West Coast Get Down family. It stands as an impressive record of deep conviction and technical prowess, following the influences he has gained from legends such as Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix. Every lyric, rhythm, melody and harmony from UPRISING comes from the deepest reserves of Miles’ soul and the experiences he has endured over the last two decades in the music industry: “I wanted to create a work that was natural and intimate, but still maintained a sense of grandeur.” Miles explains. “As if you were best friends with a giant. The West Coast Get Down, the Strings, the Choir, I sought to utilize all of these elements together to create something with memorable melodies and a message to the people that we are here for them. We are and want to be the loudspeaker for their hearts.”

The album demonstrates Miles’ vision and scope, traversing through stunning vocal cadences and complex music arrangements with scorching horn lines, innovative bass solos, thought-provoking lyricism and an overall dynamic that bleeds with the lineage of the West Coast Get Down. It showcases tracks reminiscent of the best that pop, jazz, blues, funk and soul have to offer.

As a connecting factor from the beginning to the end, UPRISING walks the listener through the trials, tribulations and successes that Miles has experienced in the music industry, in a way that holds a mirror to the broader human experience of living in the modern age. It culminates in the triumphs that he and the West Coast Get Down gained in that process, honing their craft to perfection while uplifting a generation. Every song becomes a piece to the whole, highlighting Miles’ strengths as a composer, musician and lyrical seeker of truth.

The power of the West Coast Get Down’s voice has manifested in numerous ways, and Miles Mosley continues that journey for audiences in an entirely new way with UPRISING, the sound of this generation: “I have always loved the power of words, and what they make us feel. The word “UPRISING” is often used in moments in which a group of people witness their strength in numbers and band together to seize an opportunity. Not only are we living in a time where people all over the world in art and politics are recognizing their own power in numbers, but as a member of the West Coast Get Down it seems fitting that this new attention to our sound, and the impact we are capable of making across genres feels like our own UPRISING. This is my piece of our story.” – Miles Mosley

1. Young Lion
2. Abraham
3. L.A. Won’t Bring You Down
4. More Than This
5. Heartbreaking Efforts of Others
6. Shadow of Doubt
7. Reap A Soul
8. Sky High
9. Your Only Cover
10. Tuning Out
11. Fire Available from 24.02.2017

Joon Moon – Moonshine Corner
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joon Moon – Moonshine Corner

Image: 1610957 Kwaidan Records present Moonshine Corner the new album from Joon Moon.

A1. Apple Day
A2. Feels Like
A3. Get Down
B1. Chess
B2. Call Me (Album Version)
B3. Help Me
C1. Crash
C2. Jimmy Thirsty Cow
C3. I Might Be Wrong (Radiohead Cover)
D1. Tiger
D2. Silverado

As 2015 was wrapping up, an unknown outfit called Joon Moon took the music world by surprise with its first single Chess. The four cuts on the Call Me EP, a beguiling mix of pop and soul, electronic music and jazz, melancholy and elegy, heralded a forthcoming album that was bound to leave a blast radius on landing. And while the name and vibe of the project evokes a purple veloured, oldHollywood universe, Joon Moon was borne out of a resolutely contemporary meeting of the minds – the kind the can only happen amidst our jetsetting music scene.
After ten years of touring the world playing double bass with Marc Collin’s Nouvelle Vague ensemble, alongside excursions into house music on the Yellow Productions Art of Disco compilations, not to mention co-producing Florent Marchet’s Bamby Galaxy album, it was time for songwriter/producer/renaissance man Julien Decoret to dedicate his heart and soul to a new challenge. With Raphaël Chassin, (Hugh Coltman, Vanessa Paradis, Pauline Croze) on drums, helping out with the production and arrangements, and Sébastien Trouvé as sound engineer, Decoret set out on his retromodern Joon Moon mission, laying out the contours of a world where trip-hop, jazz, soul and electronic music live side by side, sharing their joys and sorrows.
The only missing element was that one last bit of magic, a voice that could take the project to ever-loftier heights. Enter Krystle Warren. She had worked with Rufus Wainwright, and Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, and had made forays into house music herself by providing vocals to two cuts off Hercules and Love Affair’s, The Feast of the Broken Heart. That’s not even mentioning her own band, Krystle Warren and The Faculty – and its three albums – which display her impressive grasp of soul music, folk, blues… Joon Moon’s first album Moonshine Corner, which stole part of its name from an Austin watering hole that had become a haunt during its first American mini-tour, is the sound of four people meeting at an unlikely crossroads named Melancholy. Recorded using modern studio techniques along with vintage 60s and 70s instruments, Moonshine Corner places its chips on a subtly modern vibe through twelve lovelorn tracks that weave themselves around pop and trip hop, folk and soul, jazz licks and electronic washes, digging their own groove in the river bed dug by years and years of exposure to Radiohead, Neil Young, and Zero 7. Joon Moon is also, lest we forget, a project that takes on its full magnitude on stage. The barebones live setup (drums, piano) allows Krystle’s powerful voice to fill the space, swaying from nervy to more subdued laments, hopping around tessitura in the blink of an eye. Consider the live french version of Radiohead’s I Might Be Wrong, which transports you to the fictional smoky jazz club where forgotten, old 50s star Joon Moon holds court behind the microphone. Available from 29.09.2017

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.

Trackliste
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

Ronald Bruner, Jr. – Triumph
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ronald Bruner, Jr. – Triumph

Image: 1610195 Grammy Award winning composer, producer, singer and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. will present the megalithic debut album Triumph. Eleven cuts of deep fusion, soul, R&B, jazz and pop, Triumph was put together with Ronald’s brothers Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner and Jameel Bruner of The Internet. It was captured during the infamous KSL Sessions that produced Kamasi Washington’s The Epic and many other West Coast Get Down recordings.

Features are drawn out from an impressive list of musicians across Triumph, including the late and great George Duke, Warner Bros. recording artist Mac Miller and many of the core members of the West Coast Get Down. Thundercat laces bass guitar on a majority of the LP, building on the rhythm section with the highest degrees of finesse and technicality.

Triumph’s trajectory in fusion is, in one way, a direct result of working with century defining artists such as Stanley Clarke, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Wayne Shorter, Prince, Chaka Khan, Q-Tip, Kenny Garrett and Stevie Wonder. In another way, it’s the expression of a soul that’s independently seasoned, rich in unique experiences and unashamedly unrestrained. The musical manifestation of a man that’s evolved into the role of a father, musical anchor and community leader.

The roads leading to Triumph are vast and intertwining, beginning with the culture that his father Ronald Bruner Sr. brought to his life under stints with Diana Ross, The Temptations, Randy Crawford and Gladys Knight. Musically, Triumph is an expression of many styles and modes Ronald’s absorbed through his professional career as a drummer, singer and producer, mixed down into the flavor that he’s dubbed “progressive soul.” The technicality of the album explodes in every seam and the passion, soul and craftsmanship of the songwriting is at an equally high level.

Lyrically, Triumph touches on the deepest extensions of the heart, the restraints of human connection and the dynamic free for all of growing through this world. Every cadence and form of Ronald’s singing is pulled from the bottom of his heart because of this. Family, friendships, love, turmoil, happiness, social issues, politics, musical heritage and many other topics find a seat at the table on Triumph. A powerful combination of musicianship and lyricism that’s unlike anything else out right now.

One of the most important roads leading to Triumph has seeds planted with bass extraordinaire Stanley Clarke and keyboard maestro George Duke. While working with the legends in the mid-2000s, they pushed Ronald to unleash his own masterwork and join a legacy only a handful of drummers have entered. The influence that Stanley Clarke, George Duke and many others had on the birthing process of Triumph is a magnificent story that will continue to present new chapters through time. Stepping back from the influences and Triumph stands firmly as a pure amalgamation of fusion, reaching the highest plateaus of creativity, songwriting and technicality in this era.

1. True Story 03:31
2. Take The Time (feat. Thundercat) 04:55
3. She’ll Never Change 04:36
4. Geome Deome (feat. George Duke) 07:43
5. Whenever 04:01
6. Doesn’t Matter (feat. Taylor “Dov” Graves) 04:50
7. Open The Gate 10:03
8. One Night 04:30
9. Sensation (feat. Mac Miller and Danielle Withers) 04:02
10. To You / For You 06:54
11. Chick’s Web 08:58

https://worldgalaxyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/triumph

Available from 30.06.2017

DJ Marky – Presents Influences Vol.2
Friday, April 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Marky – Presents Influences Vol.2

Image: 1609291 BBE present volume two of Influences compiled by DJ Marky.

Tracklist: CD1 Mixed:
1- William DeVaughn – Blood Is Thicker Than Water
2- Maryann Farra & Satin Soul – You Got To Be The One
3- The Pasito Allstars – Cosa Nostra
4- The Brand New Heavies – Dream Come True (Joey Negro Reality Mix)
5- Benelux & Nancy Dee – Switch (Instrumental Version)
6- Clyde Alexander & Sanction – Got To Have Your Love
7- Phortune – String Free
8- Maurice – This Is Acid (K & T Dance Mix)
9- Hardhouse – Check This Out
10- Galaxy 2 Galaxy – Timeline
11- Laurentius – Karate Samba
12- The Manuel Azevedo Quartet – Futebol De Bar
13- Double Dee Feat. Dany – Found Love
14- Manfredo Fest – Jungle Kitten
15- Skanna – Find Me
16- Origin Unknown – Truly One (Remix Pt I)
17- Roni Size Reprazent – Watching Windows (DJ Die Gnarly Mix)
18- Influx Datum – Meant Love

CD2 Unmixed:
1- Benelux & Nancy Dee- Switch (Instrumental Mix)
2- Clyde Alexander & Sanction – Got To Have Your Love
3- Esther Williams – Last Night Changed It All
4- Influx Datum – Meant Love
5- The Brand New Heavies – Dream Come True (Joey Negro Reality Mix)
6- The Armed Gang – Are You Ready
7- Jack Frost – Clap Me
8- Manfredo Fest – Jungle Kitten
9- Skanna – Find Me
10- Cultural Vibe – Ma Foom Bey
11- Lars Bartkuhn – Karate Samba
12- Dave Angel – Rotation

Globally renowned for his vibrant, melodic sets and
productions, Brasil’s DJ Marky has been playing records
for over a quarter of a century, making his debut at the
tender age of twelve (yes, really). In the late 90’s,
Marky’s fresh energy and eclectic influences provided a
much-needed tonic for the UK’s Drum & Bass scene, his
sun-drenched crossover anthem ‘LK’ eventually entering
the UK Top 20 in 2002. The intervening years have been
spent spinning records all over the world to rapt
audiences, as well as absorbing more and more wideranging global sounds to add to his distinctive style.
Marky’s long awaited debut album finally dropped in
2015, aptly titled ‘My Heroes’, reflecting this
uncommonly humble artist’s habit of constantly
championing his favourite musicians and musical
inspirations. With this unselfish spirit firmly in mind, we
are proud to announce the release of ‘Influences’, a
compilation album and DJ mix showcasing a selection of
Marky’s favourite music, created with a healthy disdain
for genre-puritans and an emphasis on fun. Taking in
traditional Brazilian music, disco, acid jazz, early house
and of course a little Drum & Bass, ‘Influences’ is more of
an invitation to a barbecue in the São Paulo sunshine
than a chin-stroking ‘back to mine’ selection. Few artists
display the ability (or the will) to transcend the genre in
which they most thrive, but Marky is quickly establishing
himself as a powerful tastemaker, perhaps even South
America’s answer to Gilles Peterson or Laurent Garnier.
Fans will revel in the acid house and latin rhythms which
provide much of the DNA of his Drum N Bass stylings,
while casual listeners will simply discover a seamless
music journey through a breathtaking number of eras
and styles. A music-lover and fan first and foremost,
Marky’s infectious enthusiasm for his craft has never
been more evident than on this very special record.
For fans of: Goldie, Gilles Peterson, DJ Spinna, LTJ
Bukem, Boiler Room, Jamie Cullum, Annie Mac, Fabric.

Key selling points:
? DJ Marky has headlined Lovebox Festival in
Victoria Park London & was a special guest playing
at Norman Jay MBE’s “Good Times Sound System”
at Notting Hill Carnival, in 2012
? Some of Marky’s songs can be found on the video
game, FIFA Street 2.
? full press & radio campaign in key territories Available from 19.05.2017

Various – The Men In The Glass Booth (Part A/Booklet)
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Men In The Glass Booth (Part A/Booklet)

Image: 1606804 BBE is proud to finally present the years in the making The Men In The Glass Booth project.

Part A
A1. Leon Collins – I Just Wanna Say I Love You (John Luongo Remix) 
A2. Marboo – What About Love (Tony Gioe remix) 
 
B1. Double Exposure – Ten Per Cent (Walter Gibbons Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
B2. Juggy Murray Jones – Inside America (Rick Gianatos Sunshine Disco Queen Acetate Edit) 
 
C1. Hot Ice – Dancing Free (John Luongo Remix) 
C2. The Sunshine Band – Black Water Gold (Sunshine Sound Edit) 
 
D1. The Salsoul Orchestra – Magic Bird Of Fire (François Kevorkian Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
D2. The Salsoul Orchestra – It’s Good For The Soul (Jay Negron Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
 
E1. Double Exposure – My Love Is Free (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness Remix) 
E2. Fay Hauser – Reaching Out For Happiness (Jonathan Fearing Remix) 
 
F1. Love Symphony Orchestra – Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Tom Savarese Remix) 
 
G1. Ripple – The Beat Goes On And On (Jim Burgess Remix) 
G2. Ruby Andrews – I Wanna Be Near You (John Morales Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
 
H1. TC James And The Fist O Funk Orchestra – I’ve Been Looking For Somebody (Walter Gibbons Remix) 
 
I1. Lake Shore Drive – The Disco Scene (Rick Gianatos Remix) 
I2. TC James And The Fist O Funk Orchestra – Bumpsie’s Whipping Cream (Tom Savarese Remix) 
 
J1. Skip Mahoney   – Janice (Don’t Be So Blind To Love) (Bobby DJ Guttadaro Remix) 
 
In May 1976 a record was released that would have an unforeseen and lasting impact on the music industry “Ten Percent” by Double Exposure was an early release on the New York independent label Salsoul Records. America was in the grip of a disco explosion with new clubs opening on a weekly basis, Salsoul saw what was happening and swiftly created a sound for their label, heavily influenced by the music then coming out of Philadelphia, aimed directly at New York’s dance-floors. Records like “Salsoul Hustle,” “Tangerine” and “You’re Just The Right Size” by The Salsoul Orchestra borrowed heavily from the beautifully orchestrated Philadelphia International records but added a more percussive, bass heavy depth that New York’s DJs loved. So what was so special about this particular single then? Double Exposure was, after all, just another band, “Ten Percent” just another song, one of many “disco” records released that week. First of all Salsoul became the first record label to make a twelve inch single available to Joe Public – the exotic format was previously only available to DJs as promotional items or bought under the counter at certain record stores. Not only that though, the extended version was created by Walter Gibbons, a DJ at New York’s Galaxy 21 who’d built his reputation making exclusive versions of tracks to play in his sets.
In 1976 it was unheard of for a DJ to set foot in a recording studio, being seen as little more than living jukeboxes by the serious music industry. Recording studios were strictly the domain of recording artists and producers so Walter found himself in a unique position, gaining access to a world no DJ had been granted before.
Or so we thought…
The Men In The Glass Booth tells the full story. Featuring ground breaking re-edits and remixes by some of the Disco era’s most influential DJs including Walter Gibbons, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Jellybean Benitez, Tee Scott and John Luongo, this opulent release also includes a 40 page book which features exclusive photos and insights from some of the story’s key figures.

Key Selling Points:
– Full Press, radio & online campaign (to include google ads face ads & boosts)
– Package contains previously unissued versions of classic tracks by pioneering DJs of the disco era)
– Vinyl box 1 contains 40 page coffee table book telling the story of the DJ as remixer and featuring previously unseen vintage photographs, vinyl box 2 contains marvelous vintage style poster. Available from 27.01.2017

Various – The Men In The Glass Booth (Part B/Poster)
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Men In The Glass Booth (Part B/Poster)

Image: 1606806 BBE is proud to finally present the years in the making The Men In The Glass Booth project.

Part B
A1. The Salsoul Orchestra – My Number’s Up (Tee Scott Remix) 
A2. The Skyliners – The Love Bug (Done Bit Me Again) (David Todd Remix) 

B1. Aura – L.A. Sunshine (Robert Ouimet Remix) 

C1. Tony Valor Sound Orchestra – Love Has Come My Way (Jim Burgess Remix) 
C2. Sparkle Tuhran & Friends – Handsome Man (Bobby DJ Guttadaro Remix) 
 
D1. First Choice – Love Thang (Tee Scott Remix) 
 
E1. Kay Gee’s – Burn Me Up (Jellybean Benitez Edit) 
 
F1. Brooklyn Express – Love Is the Message (Tee Scott Remix) 
 
G1. Chain Reaction – Changes (Jellybean Benitez Remix) 
G2. John Gibbs And The Jam Band – J’Ouvert (Frank Sestito Remix) 
 
H1. Bunny Sigler – By The Way You Dance (I Knew It Was You) (Bobby DJ Guttadaro Remix) 
 
I1. The Salsoul Orchestra – It’s Good For The Soul (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness version) 
J1. Gladys Knight & The Pips – It’s A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons Remix) 
 

In May 1976 a record was released that would have an unforeseen and lasting impact on the music industry “Ten Percent” by Double Exposure was an early release on the New York independent label Salsoul Records. America was in the grip of a disco explosion with new clubs opening on a weekly basis, Salsoul saw what was happening and swiftly created a sound for their label, heavily influenced by the music then coming out of Philadelphia, aimed directly at New York’s dance-floors. Records like “Salsoul Hustle,” “Tangerine” and “You’re Just The Right Size” by The Salsoul Orchestra borrowed heavily from the beautifully orchestrated Philadelphia International records but added a more percussive, bass heavy depth that New York’s DJs loved. So what was so special about this particular single then? Double Exposure was, after all, just another band, “Ten Percent” just another song, one of many “disco” records released that week. First of all Salsoul became the first record label to make a twelve inch single available to Joe Public – the exotic format was previously only available to DJs as promotional items or bought under the counter at certain record stores. Not only that though, the extended version was created by Walter Gibbons, a DJ at New York’s Galaxy 21 who’d built his reputation making exclusive versions of tracks to play in his sets. In 1976 it was unheard of for a DJ to set foot in a recording studio, being seen as little more than living jukeboxes by the serious music industry. Recording studios were strictly the domain of recording artists and producers so Walter found himself in a unique position, gaining access to a world no DJ had been granted before. Or so we thought…
The Men In The Glass Booth tells the full story. Featuring ground breaking re-edits and remixes by some of the Disco era’s most influential DJs including Walter Gibbons, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Jellybean Benitez, Tee Scott and John Luongo, this opulent release also includes a 40 page book which features exclusive photos and insights from some of the story’s key figures.

Key Selling Points:
– Full Press, radio & online campaign (to include google ads face ads & boosts)
– Package contains previously unissued versions of classic tracks by pioneering DJs of the disco era)
– Vinyl box 1 contains 40 page coffee table book telling the story of the DJ as remixer and featuring previously unseen vintage photographs, vinyl box 2 contains marvelous vintage style poster. Available from 27.01.2017

Various – The Men In The Glass Booth
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Men In The Glass Booth

Image: 1606808 BBE is proud to finally present the years in the making The Men In The Glass Booth project.

CD 1 
01. Leon Collins – I Just Wanna Say I Love You (John Luongo Remix) 
02. Marboo – What About Love (Tony Gioe remix) 
03. Double Exposure – Ten Per Cent (Walter Gibbons Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
04. Juggy Murray Jones – Inside America (Rick Gianatos Sunshine Disco Queen Acetate Edit) 
05. Hot Ice – Dancing Free (John Luongo Remix) 
06. The Sunshine Band – Black Water Gold (Sunshine Sound Edit) 
07. The Salsoul Orchestra – Magic Bird Of Fire (François Kevorkian Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
08. The Salsoul Orchestra – It’s Good For The Soul (Jay Negron Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
09. Double Exposure – My Love Is Free (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness Remix) 
10. Fay Hauser – Reaching Out For Happiness (Jonathan Fearing Remix) 
11. Ripple – The Beat Goes On And On (Jim Burgess Remix) 

CD2 
01. Love Symphony Orchestra – Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Tom Savarese Remix) 
02. Tony Valor Sound Orchestra – Love Has Come My Way (Jim Burgess Remix) 
03. Ruby Andrews – I Wanna Be Near You (John Morales Sunshine Sound Acetate Edit) 
04. TC James And The Fist O Funk Orchestra – I’ve Been Looking For Somebody (Walter Gibbons Remix) 
05. Lake Shore Drive – The Disco Scene (Rick Gianatos Remix) 
06. TC James And The Fist O Funk Orchestra – Bumpsie’s Whipping Cream (Tom Savarese Remix) 
07. Skip Mahoney   – Janice (Don’t Be So Blind To Love) (Bobby DJ Guttadaro Remix) 
08. The Salsoul Orchestra – My Number’s Up (Tee Scott Remix) 
09. The Skyliners – The Love Bug (Done Bit Me Again) (David Todd Remix) 
10. Aura – L.A. Sunshine (Robert Ouimet Remix) 

CD3
01. Sparkle Tuhran & Friends – Handsome Man (Bobby DJ Guttadaro Remix) 
02. First Choice – Love Thang (Tee Scott Remix) 
03. Kay Gee’s – Burn Me Up (Jellybean Benitez Edit) 
04. Brooklyn Express – Love Is the Message (Tee Scott Remix) 
05. Chain Reaction – Changes (Jellybean Benitez Remix) 
06. John Gibbs And The Jam Band – J’Ouvert (Frank Sestito Remix) 
07. Bunny Sigler – By The Way You Dance (I Knew It Was You) (Bobby DJ Guttadaro Remix) 
08. The Salsoul Orchestra – It’s Good For The Soul (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness version) 
09. Gladys Knight & The Pips – It’s A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons Remix) 

In May 1976 a record was released that would have an unforeseen and lasting impact on the music industry “Ten Percent” by Double Exposure was an early release on the New York independent label Salsoul Records. America was in the grip of a disco explosion with new clubs opening on a weekly basis, Salsoul saw what was happening and swiftly created a sound for their label, heavily influenced by the music then coming out of Philadelphia, aimed directly at New York’s dance-floors. Records like “Salsoul Hustle,” “Tangerine” and “You’re Just The Right Size” by The Salsoul Orchestra borrowed heavily from the beautifully orchestrated Philadelphia International records but added a more percussive, bass heavy depth that New York’s DJs loved. So what was so special about this particular single then? Double Exposure was, after all, just another band, “Ten Percent” just another song, one of many “disco” records released that week. First of all Salsoul became the first record label to make a twelve inch single available to Joe Public – the exotic format was previously only available to DJs as promotional items or bought under the counter at certain record stores. Not only that though, the extended version was created by Walter Gibbons, a DJ at New York’s Galaxy 21 who’d built his reputation making exclusive versions of tracks to play in his sets.
In 1976 it was unheard of for a DJ to set foot in a recording studio, being seen as little more than living jukeboxes by the serious music industry. Recording studios were strictly the domain of recording artists and producers so Walter found himself in a unique position, gaining access to a world no DJ had been granted before.
Or so we thought…
The Men In The Glass Booth tells the full story. Featuring ground breaking re-edits and remixes by some of the Disco era’s most influential DJs including Walter Gibbons, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Jellybean Benitez, Tee Scott and John Luongo, this opulent release also includes a 40 page book which features exclusive photos and insights from some of the story’s key figures.

Key Selling Points:
– Full Press, radio & online campaign (to include google ads face ads & boosts)
– Package contains previously unissued versions of classic tracks by pioneering DJs of the disco era)
– Vinyl box 1 contains 40 page coffee table book telling the story of the DJ as remixer and featuring previously unseen vintage photographs, vinyl box 2 contains marvelous vintage style poster. Available from 27.01.2017

Michael Mayer – & (Gatefold 2LP+CD)
Friday, September 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Michael Mayer – & (Gatefold 2LP+CD)

Image: 1606233 KOMPAKT co owner Michael Mayer presents his third album & out this fall on K7 Music.

CD / LP TRACKLISTING
01 / A1 & Roman Flügel – We Like To Party
02 / A2 & Burger / Voigt & Voigt – Disco Dancers
03 / A3 & Gui Boratto – State Of The Nation
04 / B1 & Ed Macfarlane – Mind Games
05 / B2 & Kölsch – Gemination
06 / B3 & Miss Kittin – Voyage Interieur
07 / C1 & Joe Goddard – For You
08 / C2 & Agoria – Blackbird Has Spoken
09 / C3 & Hauschka – La Compostela
10 / D1 & Prins Thomas / Irene Kalisvaart – Comfort Me
11 / D2 & Barnt – Und Da Stehen
12 / D3 & Andrew Thomas – Cicadelia

Michael Mayer is one of the leading German tastemakers in dance music and his DJ sets have influenced a generation (or two) of musicians and fans.As an artist, Mayer remains tirelessly motivated to DJing, in the studio or behind his desk at KOMPAKT, the label he co-owns. His recording career spans four albums, 23 EP’s, nearly 170 remixes and the legendary DJ mixes for fabric and Immer. ‘&’ is his third full-length, a passionate and personal album that speaks as broadly as his DJ sets – embracing his genre-busting love for music, rhythm and atmosphere – and the dancefloor in front of him. ‘&’ is the rare manifest of an established artist who is willing to risk it all and challenge himself, and the world around him. 12 tracks, 12 single narratives coming from a group of very individual minds orchestrated by Michael Mayer – the DJ, artist, A&R but most importantly, obsessed music lover. Michael describes the process of curating and creating ‘&’ as a constant battle between his three alter egos but “the obsessed music lover has had the final say.” As diverse as they are, all the tracks that result from this long and winding road create a cohesive story and present the elasticity of Mayer’s musical galaxy. Michael gladly leaves it to the rest of the scene to discuss the different grey shapes of club culture. For him there is only one club culture – a playful and open-minded one that’s easy to comprehend after you hear ‚&’.

FOR FANS OF
Michael Mayer, Roman Flügel, Hot Chip, Wolfgang Voigt, Audion, John Tejada, Kölsch, DJ Koze

KEY POINTS
• Third full length album from Michael Mayer
• Features high profile collaborators incl. Goddard from Hot Chip
• Co-owner of record label KOMPAKT
• Remixes from Kowton and Patrice Baumel
• Full dedicated WW tour to support releas Available from 28.10.2016

Michael Mayer – &
Friday, September 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Michael Mayer – &

Image: 1606230 KOMPAKT co owner Michael Mayer presents his third album & out this fall on K7 Music.

CD / LP TRACKLISTING
01 / A1 & Roman Flügel – We Like To Party
02 / A2 & Burger / Voigt & Voigt – Disco Dancers
03 / A3 & Gui Boratto – State Of The Nation
04 / B1 & Ed Macfarlane – Mind Games
05 / B2 & Kölsch – Gemination
06 / B3 & Miss Kittin – Voyage Interieur
07 / C1 & Joe Goddard – For You
08 / C2 & Agoria – Blackbird Has Spoken
09 / C3 & Hauschka – La Compostela
10 / D1 & Prins Thomas / Irene Kalisvaart – Comfort Me
11 / D2 & Barnt – Und Da Stehen
12 / D3 & Andrew Thomas – Cicadelia

Michael Mayer is one of the leading German tastemakers in dance music and his DJ sets have influenced a generation (or two) of musicians and fans.As an artist, Mayer remains tirelessly motivated to DJing, in the studio or behind his desk at KOMPAKT, the label he co-owns. His recording career spans four albums, 23 EP’s, nearly 170 remixes and the legendary DJ mixes for fabric and Immer. ‘&’ is his third full-length, a passionate and personal album that speaks as broadly as his DJ sets – embracing his genre-busting love for music, rhythm and atmosphere – and the dancefloor in front of him. ‘&’ is the rare manifest of an established artist who is willing to risk it all and challenge himself, and the world around him. 12 tracks, 12 single narratives coming from a group of very individual minds orchestrated by Michael Mayer – the DJ, artist, A&R but most importantly, obsessed music lover. Michael describes the process of curating and creating ‘&’ as a constant battle between his three alter egos but “the obsessed music lover has had the final say.” As diverse as they are, all the tracks that result from this long and winding road create a cohesive story and present the elasticity of Mayer’s musical galaxy. Michael gladly leaves it to the rest of the scene to discuss the different grey shapes of club culture. For him there is only one club culture – a playful and open-minded one that’s easy to comprehend after you hear ‚&’.

FOR FANS OF
Michael Mayer, Roman Flügel, Hot Chip, Wolfgang Voigt, Audion, John Tejada, Kölsch, DJ Koze

KEY POINTS
• Third full length album from Michael Mayer
• Features high profile collaborators incl. Goddard from Hot Chip
• Co-owner of record label KOMPAKT
• Remixes from Kowton and Patrice Baumel
• Full dedicated WW tour to support releas Available from 28.10.2016

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

Chris McGregor – Jazz – The African Sound (LP)
Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Chris McGregor – Jazz – The African Sound (LP)

One of the most important African records of all time gets its first ever worldwide release on Jazzman! Chris McGregor’s Jazz – The African Sound is a lost global jazz classic, and a true holy grail for collectors of jazz and world-jazz. A cornerstone…

James Zabiela
Monday, December 14th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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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 […]

Various – Praise Poems Vol.2 (2LP+MP3)
Friday, July 24th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Praise Poems Vol.2 (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1598447 “…,don’t ask if there will ever be a Volume 2. We don’t know yet. What we do know is that if we ever come across a similar tour de force as Don McCaslin’s composition [Praise Poems], then there will certainly be one…,”

These were the final words of the sales notes of Praise Poems Volume 1 which we proudly released earlier this year. And indeed, since then, we discovered a tune which led us to continue to curate this series of obscure, soulful, jazzy and spiritual sounds from back in the day.

The song to which we refer to is Abraham Battat’s jazz-samba masterpiece, Fly Away. Fly Away is a righteous combination of sonorous jazz guitar, crackling drums and warm acoustic piano. Floating through the tones as if in a private concert for you in your very living room is an earnest, honest vocal performance bringing a rainbow message of freedom and liberty to the world. This is the standard by which we judged the entirety of this compilation.

Though they may be known in some circles, In the same category of pure beauty are selections by Richard Martian, Larry Covin, and The Gingerbread Express. Of course, good luck finding a copy of Larry Covin’s Masquerade or the Portis Brothers’ Summer Love. The single hit you receive while doing an online search is the exact same copy from which we took the master. To find a needle in a haystack is a cakewalk compared to turning up a copy of some of these gems to be found here.

Rarity is important, quality is more important, and whether a song has been compiled yet is of the highest consideration. In this case, all but one of them have yet to be compiled elsewhere. By and large, this compilation highlights a unique historical context in the development and splintering of the streams of funk, soul and jazz. There are plenty of true funk elements. There is a spectrum of electronic synth experiments. There is rich post-post-bop instrumentalism, and at least one instance of wah wah flute! And of course, and perhaps most importantly, there is a pervasive message of the attainment of freedom, whether it be through non-attachment, space travel, social action, spirituality, or musical genre blending. The Praise Poems series is an attempt at a faithful snapshot of this revolutionary music before it began it’s inevitable backslide into the bourgeois excesses of the jazz-fusion genre. Call it proto-fusion? Exemplified in performances like the cosmic bossa-odyssey of Third Stream, the jazz-pre-fusion of Seeds of Fulfillment, modal-tribal and chant explorations by Bobby Boyd Congress, the cinematic audiophilia of Belgium’s Soul Scratchers, the electro-acoustic blend of folk, percussion, and jazz by John Finnigan and Maureen Finlon, or an undeniable funky theatricality by Larry Dismond that would make Galt Macdermot proud.

All of them finally getting the attention they deserve.

Key selling points:

– most of the songs appear on CD/digital for the very first-time

– the vinyl LP comes with a full album download code

– 12-page CD-booklet and deluxe double gatefold cover contain detailed liner notes and unseen pictures

Tracklisting
1. Fly Away – Abraham Battat
2. Dawn – Richard Martian & Co.
3. Missed Another Day – The Gingerbread Express
4. Would You Believe – Gloria Rosebud Black
5. Spanish Guitar (feat. Willie Moore’s Quintet) – Jimmy Briggs
6. In A Galaxy Far Away – Third Stream
7. The Dude – Joe B
8. The Provider – Seeds of Fulfillment
9. Masquerade – Larry Covin
10. In A Strange Strange Land – Bobby Boyd Congress
11. Wild Wild World – Larry Dismond
12. Take You For A Ride – St. John’s Wood
13. Seasons of Doubt – Finnigan/Finlan
14. When The Time Is Right – Timberlake
15. Summer Love – Portis Brothers
16. Midnight and You – Odyssey Group
17. Scratch My Back – Soul Scratchers Available from 11.09.2015

James Zabiela
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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James Zabiela is a rare breed of artist. Over the last 12 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 […]

L’Orange & Kool Keith – Time? Astonishing!
Friday, July 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on L’Orange & Kool Keith – Time? Astonishing!

Time? Astonishing! Is the latest dimensional warp from hip-hop’s premiere astral traveler. His union with MMG producer L’Orange finds him exploring uncharted terrain: choppy volcanic rock planets, ice glacier moons, new surgical procedures, and fresh …

Staff Charts 2014
Friday, December 19th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2014 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Angestellten von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen musikalischen Highlights der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend haben wir ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen Geschäftspartnern, Medienpartnern, […]

Various – Nonplace Soundtracks / Scenes 01-25
Friday, December 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Nonplace Soundtracks / Scenes 01-25

Image: 1594069 Nonplace präsentiert auf dieser CD die erste Folge instrumentaler Soundtracks, 25 Szenen, die sich für die Verwendung als Soundtracks besonders eignen, oder in ähnlicher Form bereits in Film und TV eingesetzt wurden. Alle Titel sind von Burnt Friedman und/oder Hayden Chisholm innerhalb der letzten ca. 10 Jahre produziert worden, und zwar zum Teil mit Chisholms Formation The Embassadors, oder innerhalb Friedmans zahlreicher Filmsound-Sessions, u.a. mit Joseph Suchy an der elektrischen Gitarre. Innerhalb dieses nahtlosen, kontinuierlichen Mixes von 25 kurzen “Szenen” von 1 bis 2 Minuten Länge findet sich eine Fülle unerwarteter musikalischer Facetten, z.B. krumme Dub-Beats, Kammerorchester-Arrangements, oder subtil-dynamische, elektro-akustische Klanggebilde, die insgesamt das Material für bizarre Soundtracks bilden, oder schlicht ein Hörkino erzeugen.

Pressestimmen:
“… testen very sophisticated die Überschneidungen von Electronica, Jazz, Dub, Reggae und Downbeat aus. Acts wie Flangr, Root70, Friedman haben sorgfältig und in aller Ruhe eine schlaue Variante von Weltmusik geschaffen und an der Umdeutung dieses einst negativen Begriffs gearbeitet.” – De:Bug
“One simply must find a tool fathom for one’s self this unique dimension and not to fail by missing the fluctuation and limitless elegance of this album. Whoever carries the robots to bed, will have to find his own way in the galaxy. This is music not from our world.” – Tonight
“How can clear and transparent music which pulses so softly and organically at the same time create such a dense and gripping atmosphere? Because every detail is correct, the pieces are worked with such precision, and the sound layers matched together so finely. What seems to be played so lightly and comes across almost dance-like develops an irresistible power of attraction.” – Stadt Revue Köln
Available from 30.01.2015

Ellen Allien
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Wherever you find Ellen Allien, you find movement. Born in Berlin, living and working in Berlin and Ibiza, one of the planet’s most dynamic party scenes, her artistic home stands for one thing above all: freedom, in every aspect. Since 1999 she has managed the label BPitch Control in Berlin, as well as the fashion […]

Staff Charts 2013
Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The year 2013 is almost over. In good old tradition we asked around what some of the employees of Groove Attack, Rough Trade, and GoodToGo have been listening to during the past twelve months. These are the results … On this occasion the entire team would like to wish everybody Merry Christmas and a happy […]

Various – Santa’s Funk &Soul Christmas Party Vol.2
Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Santa’s Funk &Soul Christmas Party Vol.2

Image: 1585811 To be honest, Christmas music on earthly radio seems to be the worst in the Milky Way. Just imagine an alien picking up our radio waves on his journey through the galaxy – what would he think of our conception of Christmas music? Having such an impression of our cultural heritage, would he land on planet earth at all? Being extraordinarily tolerant and broad-minded, Paul did – and luckily, I got to meet him.

Paul admits – unlike other extraterrestrials – that the human race might be able to survive on its own. This makes me appreciate him more than other aliens. And when it comes to exceptional musical taste, Paul and I have even more in common. In the past centuries, Paul has celebrated innumerable Christmas seasons across the universe. Of all things, this year it is planet earth that has something seasonal to offer – something the galaxy has never seen before. Yuletide nerd Jan Kohlmeyer has put together an amazing collection of hip-shaking Christmas songs. Despite Paul’s advanced age and wealth of experience, he has never encountered such an impressive selection. Not in the entire universe.

Asking Paul about this compilation puts a big smile on his face: Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol. 2 is simply intergalactic! There is no better instruction manual for decorating the Christmas tree (Little Jimmy Thomas – Deck the Halls). It is a most righteous accompaniment to seeing the first snowflakes dancing through the air (Tina Roberts – Snow). Galactic garden gnomes will surely have a fling to Pearl Bailey’s Jingle Bells Cha Cha Cha, and all Martians will be snapping their fingers to Gee Whiz, it’s Christmas. At his 874th anniversary this December, Paul’s grandad will get up and boogie to Martin Mull’s Santafly just like Christopher Walken did in Weapon of Choice. Fortunately, Paul realised how crackbrained it is to celebrate Christmas without his beloved (Jimmy Jones & his Versatiles – Christmas is a drag without you baby), so he split to be back home in time and left me to pass on this farewell: Merry Christmas everybody!

Dr. Jule S. – Alien expert, November 2013

intergalactic sales pitches: – both CD booklet and deluxe gatefold vinyl LP contain liner notes and label scans of all 45rpm singles – the majority of these songs appear on a full-length album for the very first time – extensively remastered for premium sound quality

“This is one excellent compilation, and you have done a fine job to keep the quality of tunes just as high as on Volume1!” (THE CRAIG CHARLES FUNK AND SOUL SHOW)
“Such a great soulful & funky alternative to the ‘usual’ Xmas releases from back in the day. As always Tramp dig deep and present a maxi full of quality rare soulful grooves…Very Nice!” (Dr Bob Jones)
“If Santa Claus was a DJ he would keep this record right in his bag forever.” (Fab Samperi)

Tracklisting

1. Deck The Halls – Little Jimmy Thomas
2. Christmas Is A Drag – Jimmy Jones & His Versatiles
3. Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas – The Beginning of the End
4. Jingle Bells – Rev. T.L. Barrett ft. The Youth For Christ Choir (Part 1)
5. Black Christmas – Don Smith
6. Xmas Commercial Blues – Nancy Lee ft. Al Johnson & Soul-Jers
7. Lonely Christmas Tears – Bobby Allen & Exceptions
8. A Letter For Christmas – Salem Travelers
9. Snow (Like The Snow) – Tina Roberts
10. Jingle Bells Cha Cha – Pearl Bailey
11. What The World Needs For Christmas – Meditation Singers
12. Snowmans Stomp – Steve Gray
13. Santafly – Martin Mull ft. The Sondra Baskin Glee Club
14. Santa Claus, Jr. – Jim Cagle
15. Merry Christmas Baby – Short Stuff Available from 29.11.2013

Breach – DJ-Kicks
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Image: 1584052 It’s been a big year for Breach, a.k.a. Ben Westbeech. His track ‘Jack’ hasn’t just
blown up on dance*oors across the globe: it’s laid waste to them. In the process,
‘Jack’ got to Number 9 in the UK charts. Not bad considering Westbeech has always
seen Breach as an underground thing. “It’s been wonderful having a record that’s
commercially successful,” he says. “The thing is not to lose sight of why you started
making music in the *rst place. I wasn’t trying to get in the Top Ten. I just care about
making deep records that I get off on.”
Take Breach’s DJ Kicks mix, for example. If all you know about Breach is ‘Jack’, you’re
in for a surprise. Likewise, if you’re familiar with Westbeech as a vocalist you might
have to have a bit of a reappraisal. “This is the music that I love, the kind of thing that
I play when I DJ,” explains Westbeech. “I made ‘Jack’ and I play it, but there’s a lot
more to the music I love than that.”
The mix opens with the spooked atmospherics of ‘Prince Of The Immortal Woods’ by
Innercity, before shifting into the soft, rounded bassline and euphoric strings of
‘Triangle Vision’ by Wire People and the 4AM jacking house groove that is Beesmunt
Soundsystem’s ‘All Day’. ‘It Is What It Is’ by Fred P is an important point in the set. The
echoes of Detroit techno sum up where Westbeech’s head is at right now. Other
highlights include ‘Attention Seeker’ by Iron Galaxy and ‘How’s The Music’ by Winx,
better know as Josh Wink.
Westbeech’s exclusive track is ‘Beroving’, which means ‘deprivation’ in Dutch. It’s a
beautiful, evocative sound from the interface of house and techno, a world away from
‘Jack’, but every bit as good. “Since ‘Jack’s blown, I’ve been gigging so much, just on
the road all the time. My life is missing sleep. I’m deprived of making music and being
in the studio. I put this mix together and did the track in such a short space of time.
I’m deprived of time at the moment so it seemed like a *tting word.”

CD Tracklisting
1. Innercity – Prince Of The Immortal Woods
2. Wire People – Triangle Vision (Original Mix)
3. Beesmunt Soundsystem – All Day
4. Fred P. – It Is What It Is
5. Pedestrian – Hoyle Road
6. Coni – My Secret Diving
7. Breach – Beroving (Dj-Kicks)
8. Cassio Kohl – Broken
9. Close Feat. Joe Dukie – My Way (Dusky Remix)
10. Iron Galaxy – Attention Seeker
11. Detroit Swindle – The Break Up
12. Dopplereffekt – Z-Boson
13. Redinho – Searching
14. Winx – How’S The Music
15. Sabre – Nightdrive To Bolland

Vinyl Tracklisting
1. Wire People – Triangle Vision
2. Beesmunt Soundsystem – All Day
3. Pedestrian – Hoyle Road
4. Coni – My Secret Diving
5. Dopplereffekt – Z-Boson
6. Iron Galaxy – Attention Seeker
7. Detroit Swindle – The Break Up
8. Redhino – Searching
9. Winx – How’S The Music
10. Sabre – Nightdrive To Bolland

www.dj-kicks.com / www.k7.com

For Fans of Dusky, Midland, Hot Natured, Hot Since 82, Redlight, Mosca, MK, Julio
Bashmore, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, Huxley, Will Saul
Available from 15.11.2013

Ellen Allien
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Wherever you find Ellen Allien, you find movement. Hailing from Berlin, one of the planet’s most dynamic party scenes, her artistic home stands for one thing above all: freedom, in every aspect. DJ, musician, label manager and businesswoman, fashion designer and creative all-rounder – Ellen Allien has carved out her own space in all these […]

Wet Play – Where Good Friends Meet
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Wet Play – Where Good Friends Meet

Wet Play dive into the record world with ‘Where Good Friends Meet #1’ a show case of artists and sounds from the infamous Manchester soiree. First up is Loge with ‘E 180 Love’, a dazzling, hydraulic-driven ride round west coast LA sunset. Keep those …

Charles Bradley
Thursday, March 28th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Charles Bradley will release his second album “Victim Of Love”. The follow up to his highly-praised debut album “No Time For Dreaming” will be released on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records. Since the release of 2011’s award winning debut, “No Time for Dreaming,” Charles Bradley has transformed from a rising star in the Daptone galaxy […]

Elaste Vol. 3
Monday, March 29th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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“Three years have gone by since the last “Elaste” compilation. In this time the virus of cosmic disco (or afrofunky as they say in Italy) has spread round the place – giving me lots of good feedback and fan letters. Thank you! I have spent these three years looking for more avantgardistic, galactic-sounding disco, proto-techno, […]

Staff Charts 2009
Monday, December 28th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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2009 wasn’t just the year everyone you know bought an iPhone, joined Twitter and put on a pair of gum boots to till their fields in Farmville. Actually it was also an exciting and eventful year for music – full of blown speakers, sweaty t-shirts and the surprising comeback of psychedelic rock. Along the way […]

Jay Shepheard
Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 | Tags: , ,
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British DJ and producer Jay Shepherd fell in love with electronic music in the 90s when his older sister introduced him to pirate tapes from the London rave scene. This affection flourished with the encounter of jungle and UK garage. Naturally decks and sampler came next, as Jay became immersed in this fascinating new world […]

Shir Khan
Monday, September 17th, 2007 | Tags: ,
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Shir Khan is regarded as Berlin’s premier DJ outfit within the discothèque and electro scene. He has been trashing dancefloors all over Europe. Shir Khan has played with the whole Ed Banger Party Crew, Yuksek, Simian Mobile Disco, Tomboy, Bonde do Role, Munk, Radioclit, Snax, Khan, Mocky, Erlend Oye and many other artists.

After two 12″s from Surkin and Adam Sky, Shir Khan’s “Maximize!” will be the first double mix-CD on the new Exploited imprint. Shir Khan “Maximize!” is straddling the lines between electro, baile funk, new wave, techno and punk. It’s all the mess & mayhem of nightlife packaged into a double disc of never-ending strobing bliss. Including 49 tracks with exclusives from Simian Mobile Disco, Sirius Mo, Adam Sky vs Mark Stewart (The Popgroup), Munk vs Mocky, Justice vs Spektrum, Sergej Auto vs Edu K, Captain Comatose, Free Blood, Sinden, and many more. Plus remixes from Jesse Rose, Surkin, Switch, Digitalism …

Paul Armfield
Thursday, April 1st, 2004 | Tags:
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Its not a coincidence that an artist such as Paul Armfield has arrived at this point in time. The current celebration of new singer / songwriter has seen the arrival both here and in the states of what can only be described as left of centre folk music that allows itself much more poetic license that is traditionally thought of, the likes of which have not been heard since the halcyon days of the late 50’s, mid sixties and early seventies.

Paul Armfield’s debut long player “Songs Without Words” could be described as just that. The words are meant to act as illustrations into different worlds and scenario’s, a soundtrack for every Saturday night, every lonely Sunday morning or those special moments that happen every so often in a lifetime …

Our favourite things in 2001…
Friday, December 21st, 2001 | Tags: ,
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… were records. Nearly everybody at Groove Attack (and their moms) have put together their Top 20 albums and singles of 2001. The winners are…

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