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Culture – Two Sevens Clash (3LP/40th Anniversary Edition)
Friday, April 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Culture – Two Sevens Clash (3LP/40th Anniversary Edition)

Image: 1609616 The 40th anniversary edition of the roots reggae classic “Two Sevens Clash” album celebrating the period of 1977 to 2017 is available as a great 2CD-package and also as 3LP-Vinyl set with additional 12Inch-single disco mixes, deejay cuts, dub versions – all state-of-the-art remastered by Pete Norman at Finyl Tweek. “Two Sevens Clash” from Culture was the must-have reggae accessory for any self-respecting music fan back in that long hot summer of 1977. Loaded up with hit anthems like “See Them A Come”, “I Am Not Ashamed”, “Natty Dread Taking Over” and the prophetic title track, “Two Sevens Clash” remains the defining album statement of the year that reggae crossed over – get ready to ride this lion to Zion!

Packaging:
2CD in a 4-panel digipak with sticker, 8-page booklet and sleeve notes by Don Letts
3LP in a 6mm spine jacket and full colour printed inner sleeves with liner notes

C r e d i t s
Bass: Lloyd Parks
Drums: Sly Dunbar
Guitar: Eric “Bingy Bunny” Lamont, Lennox Gordon, Robbie Shakespeare
Keyboards: Franklyn “Bubbler” Waul, Harold Butler, Errol Nelson
Percussion: Uziah “Sticky” Thompson
Tenor Saxophone: Tommy McCook
Alto Saxophone: Herman Marquis
Trombone: Vin Gordon
Trumpet: Bobby Ellis
Lead Vocals: Joseph Hill
Harmony Vocals: Albert Walker, Kenneth Dayes
Produced, arranged and mixed by Errol Thompson and Joe Gibbs
Recorded at Joe Gibbs Recording Studio, Kingston Jamaica.

Q u o t e s

“One of the 50 coolest records ever made” (Rolling Stone)

“Their message? The Unforgotten suffering of their Ancestors as they toiled, in blood sweat and tears only to perish. Their jubilation ? The Realisation that for this inhuman act, someday, Babylon will pay” (Joe Gibbs)

“There has been no other artist in history of reggae that has written so much upliftings songs using only major chord progressions…” (David Hinds / Steel Pulse)

“Culture has made his mark. It was a good mark, a firm mark. When people say reggae music, they will always think of Culture. Culture’s musical philosophy will live on” (Winston Rodney / Burning Spear)

“From the time we walked into studio it was a special session…whenever Joseph (Hill) came into Gibbo’s studio it was special. When we play with him it was just like magic” (Sly Dunbar)

“The omniously foreshadowed title track, and its surrounding brethren, carry their redemptive air lightly, the skip of skittering rhythms and humorous asides from the organ framing Culture’s triparite harmony, Hill rough-edged, the backgrounds flirting with the falsetto” (Lenny Kaye)

“This album ranks as one of the greatest reggae albums ever recorded. It still sounds as fresh today as it did when I first heard it” (Mick Hucknall / Simply Red)

The rumour for the Culture song “Two Sevens Clash” and The Clash:
“It was Paul Simenon who suggested calling the band the Clash. The name derives from a reggae track released in Jamaica in 1976 by Culture called “Two Sevens Clash” (quote from the book by Jon Stratton “Jewish Identity In Western Pop Culture” / chapter “Bernie Rhodes and Displaced Apocalypse”)

Tracklisting
2CD-Digipak
CD1
1. Calling Rasta For I
2. I’m Alone In The Wilderness
3. Pirate Days
4. Two Sevens Clash
5. I’m Not Ashamed
6. Get Ready To Ride The Lion To Zion
7. Black Starliner Must Come
8. Jah Pretty Face
9. See Them A Come
10. Natty Dread Taking Over
CD2
1. Two Sevens Clash / Prophecy Reveal (12″ Mix) – Culture feat. Mr Bojangles
2. Fulfillment – The Mighty Two
3. I’m Not Ashamed / Under Tight Wraps (12″ Mix) – Culture feat. I-Roy
4. I’m Not Ashamed Version – The Mighty Two
5. See Them A Come / Mask Mi Mask (12″ Mix) – Culture feat. Prince Weedy
6. Informer – Culture
7. Informer Version – The Mighty Two
8. State Of Emergency – Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
9. Natty Pass His GCE – Shorty The President
10. Natty Dread Taking Over / Invasion (12″ Mix) – Culture feat. I Roy
11. Natty Gone Clear – Joe Gibbs & The Professionals

3LP-Vinyl
Side One
A1. Calling Rasta For I
A2. I’m Alone In The Wilderness
A3. Pirate Days
A4. Two Sevens Clash
A5. I’m Not Ashamed
Side Two
B1. Get Ready To Ride The Lion To Zion
B2. Black Starliner Must Come
B3. Jah Pretty Face
B4. See Them A Come
B5. Natty Dread Taking Over
Side Three
C1. Two Sevens Clash / Prophecy Reveal (12″ Mix) – Culture & Mr Bojangles
C2. Fulfillment – The Mighty Two
Side Four
D1. I’m Not Ashamed / Under Tight Wraps (12″ Mix) – Culture & I-Roy
D2. I’m Not Ashamed Version – The Mighty Two
Side Five
E1. See Them A Come / Mask Mi Mask (12″ Mix) – Culture & Prince Weedy
E2. Informer – Culture
E3. Informer Version – The Mighty Two
E4. State Of Emergency – Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
E5. Natty Pass His GCE – Shorty The President
Side Six
F1. Natty Dread Taking Over / Invasion (12″ Mix) – Culture & I Roy
F2. Natty Gone Clear – Joe Gibbs & The Professionals

MARKETING
“Two Sevens Clash” a film by Don Letts featuring footage of Culture in London to be aired by SkyArts in 2017.
Print advertising: Reggae Vibes (FR), Echoes (GB), Riddim (DE/AT/CH), Piranha (DE)
Web banner: Reggae.be (BE), Vibes FM (GB) (both 4-weeks commencing week of release)
Social media: Facebook campaign commencing week of release.
PROMOTION
Reviews / interviews targeted in print media: Songlines Magazine (GB), Echoes (GB), MOJO (GB), Guardian Newspaper (GB), Reggae Vibes (FR), Q Magazine (GB), Piranha Magazine (DE), The Voice (GB), The Wire (GB), Riddim Magazine (DE/AT/CH).
Online media: Party Time (FR), Reggaemani (SE), Gaffa.dk (DK), Hot MC (IT) / Reggaeville (WORLDWIDE) / Reggae Portugal (PT) / Reggae.be (BE) / Reggae-vibe.com (NL) / World A Reggae (NL).
Radio / Specialized shows: BBC 1Xtra David Rodigan / BBC Radio Lancashire / BBC Radio Leicester / BBC Radio 6 / BBC Radio Bristol /Black Echoes (Dublin) / BCFM (Bristol) / Colourful Radio (London) / Conscious Radio (London) / Mi-Soul (London) / Mouv’ (France) / New Style (Birmingham) / Peace FM (Manchester) / RTS Radio (Switzerland) / Ujima Radio (Bristol) / Kemet Radio (Nottingham) / Soho Radio (London)
Social media: (Facebook, Twitter, Shazam, Instagram, iTunes) commencing week of release. Available from 26.05.2017

Mark Seven – The Fatal Flaw In Disco/Never Leave
Friday, October 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mark Seven – The Fatal Flaw In Disco/Never Leave

Image: 1606799 Mark Seven kicks the doors wide open on this joint! Psyched to have this cult DJ/producer in the house for the first release on World Building. Both sides of the wax are guaranteed to stimulate your body, your mind & your soul. Let us guide you thru the ultimate dance experience! Mark flexes the serious house muscles on these tunes. Two sides of massive DJ-ready club killers! Classic chords, tough basslines, hype sax riffs, swangin’ drums, strong vocals, multiple mixes (including a saxapella!) … we know what you need. Available from 28.10.2016

Elza Soares – The Woman At The End Of The World
Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Elza Soares – The Woman At The End Of The World

Septuagenarian Brazilian music icon Elza Soares teams up with the cream of Sao Paulo’s avant-garde musicians for an album of apocalyptic, experimental samba sujo (”dirty samba”) that tackles the burning issues of 21st century Brazil: racism, domesti…

Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes – Junjo Presents: Wins The World Cup (2LP+Poster)
Friday, March 18th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes – Junjo Presents: Wins The World Cup (2LP+Poster)

The official re-issue of the dub classic “Wins The World Cup” available as extended 2LP vinyl-set with 20 tracks and poster. The original album from 1982 has been state-of-the-art remastered and is twinned with a second disc of the original vocal vers…

Jazzanova – Pres. Computer Incarnations For World Peace 3
Friday, October 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jazzanova – Pres. Computer Incarnations For World Peace 3

Image: 1600503 Jazzanova present the Third edition of Computer Incarnations for World Peace.

TRACKLISTING
1. Anna Domino – Caught
2. Quintus Project – Night Flight (Original)
3. Jazzanova – Introspection (Calm’s Outerspect Mix)
4. Mode IQ – Competition
5. Tuff City Kids – Altona
6. Love International – Airport Of Love
7. Obalski – Lobo’s Point
8. Jaone – Taxanetsie Brothers (Moire Patterns Edit)
9. Georges Rodi & Dave Sarkys – Swiftness
10. Mkwaju Ensemble – Mkwaju
11. Plaza Hotel – Bewegliche Ziele
12. Brenda & The Beach Balls – Theme From A Tall Dark Stranger
13. Amanita – Sol Y Sombra

That’s how long it can take when you want to avoid haste making waste. After a seven-year hiatus Sonar Kollektiv finally releases the third edition of the 2007 installed compilation series “Computer Incarnations For World Peace”. The first two, celebrated episodes had been co-selected by Gerd Janson (Running Back). Now Sonar Kollektiv’s A&R manager and Jazzanova DJ Alex Barck takes care of business all on his own, picking thirteen songs out off his immense record collection – which in this order and combination unquestionably live up to the high expectations towards the third part of “Computer Incarnations For World Peace” and beyond.

To start things off we get one of Barck’s undisputed favorites, “Caught” from 1986 by Tokyo born singer Anna Domino. And not only this song but all of the following twelve tracks have a strong atmospheric and sonic connection to the eponymous classic by Jean-Luc Ponty (“Computer Incantations For World Peace”). For example, “Night Flight” by German sound engineer and producer Walter Quintus is excellent feelgood jazz funk from the late eighties as well as the cosmic synth monster “Swiftness” by Georges Rodi and Dave Sarkys from 1979. For quite some time now “Airport Of Love” by French studio project Love International is an integral part of any DJ set that ranges somewhere between Balearic and Cosmic. Not assignable to any genre though is Brenda & The Beach Balls’ “Theme From A Tall Dark Stranger” off their first EP from 1986. But that’s exactly what sets “Computer Incarnations For World Peace” apart from other compilation series: A complexity of all different styles, musical eras and connections to a whole lot of scenes, but – if played in the right order – has a wellknit common thread and takes us on a journey through space and time. A trip with a quick detour to Japan and its quite flourishing Minimal Music scene in the early 80’s (Mkwaju Ensemble), but always returns to good old Germany. For example with “Sol Y Sombra” by Amanita from 1978, or Obalki’s “Lobos Point”, which came out last year on Public Possession, as well as “Bewegliche Ziele” by Plaza Hotel featuring Jaki Liebezeit on drums, a track acknowledged with a wonderful reissue on Notes On A Journey. And finally we also get a little glimpse of the future via “Altona” by the Tuff City Kids. This is one of the tracks, that
could be on the long awaited debut album by the long enduring remix project by Gerd Janson and Philipp Lauer to be released on Permanent Vacation. And when Barck pays tribute to his former compilation ally he’s also allowed to throw one of his own tracks into the mix.

One of the first tracks by Jazzanova, “Introspection” still sounds surprisingly fresh and
scrupulous timeless to this day.

One can almost claim that it was a good thing that Barck (and Sonar Kollektiv) took his timeand now can proudly serve us his best matured and well-tested gems out of his collection. Bottoms up!

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ Available from 27.11.2015

Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds Of… Vol.1 (180g/Colored)
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds Of… Vol.1 (180g/Colored)

Image: 1597859 Essential classic reissues of The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1 & 2 . Re-pressed for its 50th Anniversary in a limited edition on Esperanto-green, 180-gram vinyl housed within Sun Ra’s original, self-created jacket art.

Credits: Pat Patrick: baritone sax, percussion, John Gilmore: tenor sax, timpani, Marshall Allen: piccolo, alto sax, bells, spiral cymbal, Ronnie Boykins: bass, Teddy Nance: trombone, Jimhmi Johnson: percussion, Robert Cummings: bass clarinet, wood blocks, Chris Capers: trumpet, Bernard Pettaway: bass trombone, Danny Davis: flute, alto sax, Sun Ra: bass marimba, electronic celeste, piano, tympani.
Recorded by Richard L. Alderson at RLA Sound Studios, New York City, April 20, 1965

Overview: The astonishing sessions that went light years beyond “free jazz” improvisation to create music of deeply-felt, explosive and gentle gestures made from sound itself without reference to previous notions of melody or harmony. This set of tracks finds Sun Ra breaking ground by using synthesizers and having the Arkestra musicians double on percussion. Re-pressed for its 50th Anniversary in a limited edition on Esperanto-green, 180-gram vinyl housed within Sun Ra’s original, self-created jacket art.

Press Quotes: “These seven sides became the first of what many free and avant-garde jazz enthusiasts had heard from Ra. At the heart of his post-bop performances is the flexibility of the support from the Arkestra, whose percussive talents were equal only to their unquestionable abilities on other respective instruments. The probing nature of longer selections such as “Outer Nothingness” and “The Cosmos” contrasts “Of Heavenly Things,” providing Ra a chance to steer the combo’s intrepid excursions from the all-too-rare perspective of a percussionist. His tympani leads motivate the cut, which is also highlighted by Ronnie Boykins (bass) and John Gilmore (tenor sax). All the more impressive is the consistent level of improvisational skills that each member brings to the ensemble. Jimmy Johnson’s (drums) timekeeping ranges from appropriately propulsive and bombastic to a spurious foil for Ra’s seemingly maniacal prodding. Indeed, this material solidifies the progression that the bandleader had made from his former tuneful, yet ever intricate big-band type of arrangements. – Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide

“Jazz keyboardist, bandleader, and space cartologist Sun Ra (born Herman Blount) spent most of his career as the consummate outsider. He declared that he was from Saturn (by way of Birmingham, Alabama), lived communally with his ensemble the Arkestra, and was far more interested in cosmic esoterica than what his contemporaries were doing. Ra released most of his several dozen records of the ’60s on his own El Saturn imprint (and mostly just sold them at his shows), but the two Heliocentric Worlds albums, both recorded in 1965, appeared on the iconoclastic ESP-Disk label, and propagated his music to a wider audience of listeners who were open to freakiness. Both volumes are improvisations by subgroups of the Arkestra (directed by Ra), and even at their most dissonant, they’re playful and spacious — ‘Dancing in the Sun’ is off-the-cuff big-band swing.” – Douglas Wolk, #9 on Spin’s “The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s”

Track Listing:
Side A
1. Heliocentric 4:17
2. Outer Nothingness 7:38
3. Other Worlds 4:35
Side B
1. The Cosmos 7:30
2. Of Heavenly Things 5:44
3. Nebulae 3:19
4. Dancing in the Sun 1:56 Available from 17.07.2015

Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds Of… Vol.2 (180g/Colored)
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds Of… Vol.2 (180g/Colored)

Image: 1597861 Essential classic reissues of The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1 & 2 . Re-pressed for its 50th Anniversary in a limited edition on Esperanto-green, 180-gram vinyl housed within Sun Ra’s original, self-created jacket art.

Track Listing:
Side A
1. The Sun Myth 18:21
Side B
1. A House of Beauty 4:55
2. Cosmic Chaos 15:12

Credits: Walter Miller: trumpet: Robert Cummings: bass clarinet, Marshall Allen: alto sax, flute, piccolo, John Gilmore: tenor sax, Pat Patrick: baritone sax, flute, Sun Ra: clavioline, piano, tuned bongos, Ronnie Boykins: bass, Roger Blank: drums
Recorded by Richard L. Alderson at RLA Sound Studios, New York City, November 16, 1965

Overview: More explorations of outer space by the spokesman for the space age.
When Walt Whitman wrote, “I am vast, I contain multitudes,” he could have been channeling Sun Ra. The man born Herman Blount in Alabama, who claimed he was from Saturn, was equally at home reviving Fletcher Henderson compositions based on their original arrangements or unleashing totally free-form, athematic group improvisation – and many styles in between. It was practically a given that a New York-based (as he was in the ’60s) avant-jazz performer as colorful and eccentric as Sun Ra would end up on ESP-Disk’.

The 1965 sessions that produced the two volumes of Heliocentric Worlds came during the most extremely free-form period of Ra’s career, contemporaneous with The Magic City (Saturn Records). Volume 1, recorded in April with an 11-member band, consisted of seven relatively short tracks (none over eight minutes), recorded in November with an octet, Volume 2, in contrast, was much freer and featured the side-long “The Sun Myth” and the 15-minute “Cosmic Chaos.” The horn players and bassist Ronnie Boykins have plenty of room to stretch out and take full advantage. “A House of Beauty” offers five minutes of relatively lyrical respite between the other tracks.

It’s worth getting the vinyl LP of Volume 2 just for the iconic cover designed by Paul Frick, consisting of a German astronomical chart of the solar system and portraits of Sun Ra and famous astronomers. Re-pressed for its 50th Anniversary in a limited edition on Esperanto-green, 180-gram vinyl

Press Quotes: “Even at their most dissonant, they’re playful and spacious…’The Sun Myth’ is a panoramic 18-minute fantasia in which two or three instruments at a time toss long, buzzing tones and high honks back and forth, then fall out of orbit again.” – Douglas Wolk, #9 (in tandem with Vol. 1) on Spin’s “The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s”
“Sun Ra’s work with an ensemble often presents a stated emphasis on the percussive nature of solos as well as within the group context. The underlying freeform anti-structure allows defining contrasts that ultimately establish the progressing sonic sculpture. ‘The Sun Myth’ showcases Ra’s definitive capabilities to guide his assembled musicians from anywhere within said group. …. The resulting interactions include mesmerizing bass solos from Ronnie Boykins as well as some impassioned alto sax work from Marshall Allen. Directly contrasting the works that surround it is ‘A House of Beauty.’ The emphasis shifts, juxtaposing Allen’s unfettered piccolo solos with Ra on piano and Robert Cumming on bass clarinet. …. ‘Cosmic Chaos’ is the final and most archetypal of the ensemble works that Ra and his various Arkestras would produce throughout the ’60s. – Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide Available from 17.07.2015

Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77 – Seven Nation Army Dub
Friday, December 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77 – Seven Nation Army Dub

Image: 1593941 Eine spezielle 7″ Veröffentlichung des berühmten Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77 Projekts. Nostalgia 77s Version des “Seven Nation Army” Covers mit Alice Russell bekommt eine Reggae-Verjüngungskur durch Prince Fatty und erreicht ein neues Niveau des Dub Genres. Auf der B-Seite befindet sich eine exklusive Instrumental Dub-Version des Tracks. Handgestempelte 7″, LTD 1000!

Reaktionen:
“The playing is immaculate and Prince Fatty blends the dub in fine style” – The Wire
“What a joyous union … The whole thing is brilliant” – Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music)
“A natural fit … a stunningly tight collision of the two artists’ different worlds” – Clash Available from 30.01.2015

Harvey Scales & The Seven Seas – Trying to Survive / Trackdown
Friday, September 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Harvey Scales & The Seven Seas – Trying to Survive / Trackdown

Two of Harvey Scales’ finest recordings back to back on one 45rpm single re-issue. Trying to Survive is probably his most sought after release in the world of soul 45rpm single collectors. It is not only the rarity but quality though which makes this …

Mona Finnih – I Love Myself / People Of The World
Thursday, June 12th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mona Finnih – I Love Myself / People Of The World

Image: 1589908 Boogie-down cosmic funk from late-seventies Nigeria – like full-throttle Roy Ayers, at his most brilliant. SHIPPING NEXT WEEK!

Jimi Lee Adams packs his inner Hendrix off to Funky Town, the horns are the horniest, Mona runs it all down with an irresistible West African tilt.

Afro-jazz scorchers, both sides.

Breaking through with The Sunflowers in Nigeria’s late-sixties soul explosion, Mona moved to the US after the group’s equipment was destroyed in a car accident. There she was active in the new jazz scene, before returning home towards the end of the seventies, and forming The Sensationals with guitarist Jimi Lee Adams. An unsung pioneer, Mona was Nigeria’s first female pop bandleader.

Fifth in the series: all remastered at Abbey Road, cut at D&M, pressed at Pallas, and presented with a 24″ by 12″ full-colour poster. Available from 23.05.2014

Magic Drum Orchestra “MDO” – big Brazilian sounds in time for the 2014 World Cup
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Magic Drum Orchestra fuses a passion for Brazilian music, heavy drums and percussion with a love of modern dance beats. Their sound has influences from dubstep, drum & bass and hip hop fused with batucada, samba and afrobeat. With over 100 drummers and percussionists making their way through the studio to record these tracks, high […]

K-Def – Signature Sevens Vol.3
Thursday, July 11th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on K-Def – Signature Sevens Vol.3

Image: 1582121 Side A “Long Gev” ft. World Reknown / Side B “Long Gev” (Instrumental)

Slice-Of-Spice have teamed up with Ghettoman Beats to present “K-Def
Signature Sevens” series on 7” vinyl. Volume 2 is the second in a series
of 3 releases coming out in November/December 2012. All of the tracks
were recorded during his ‘House Of Hits’ phase on his legendary MPC60
in the B Room during the early 90s. The third and final release see’s
K-Def presenting the previously unheard track “Long Gev” from critically
acclaimed crew World Renown.
As with all Slice-Of-Spice pressings no expense has been spared for this
vinyl labor of love. The release includes a full color jacket with a 3mm
spine, feraturing original artwork by the legendary Joe Buck. This set of 7”s
has also been pressed on super heavy 70 gram virgin vinyl.
Available from 21.06.2013

K-Def – Signature Sevens Vol.2
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on K-Def – Signature Sevens Vol.2

Image: 1580580 Side A
It’s Going Down Sucka
Side B
It’s Going Down Sucka (Instrumental)

Slice-Of-Spice have teamed up with Ghettoman Beats to present “K-Def
Signature Sevens” series on 7” vinyl. Volume 2 is the second in a series of
3 releases coming out in November/December 2012. All of the tracks were
recorded during K-Def’s “House of Hits” phase on his legendary MPC60 in
the B Room during the early ‘90s. The first release see’s K-Def presenting
the previously unheard track “It’s Going Down” from J-Twice.
As with all Slice-Of-Spice pressings no expense has been spared for this
vinyl labor of love. The release includes a full color jacket with a 3mm
spine, feraturing original artwork by the legendary Joe Buck. This set of 7”s
has also been pressed on super heavy 70 gram virgin vinyl.
There are only 500 copies being made available for retail partners
worldwide!

1. Full color cover art by Joe Buck (De La Soul)
2. Full color jacket and labels
3. The 7” jacket has a 3mm spine
4. Each copy will be individually hand numbered Available from 12.04.2013

K-Def – Signature Sevens Vol.1
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on K-Def – Signature Sevens Vol.1

Image: 1580578 Side A
What Goes Up
Side B
What Goes Up (Instrumental)

Slice-Of-Spice have teamed up with Ghettoman Beats to present “K-Def
Signature Sevens” series on 7” vinyl. Volume 1 is the first in a series of 3
releases coming out in November/December 2012. All of the tracks were
recorded during K-Def’s “House of Hits” phase on his legendary MPC60 in
the B Room during the early ‘90s. The first release see’s K-Def presenting
the previously unheard track “What Goes Up” from Rated R.
As with all Slice-Of-Spice pressings no expense has been spared for this
vinyl labor of love. The release includes a full color jacket with a 3mm
spine, feraturing original artwork by the legendary Joe Buck. This set of 7”s
has also been pressed on super heavy 70 gram virgin vinyl.
There are only 500 copies being made available for retail partners
worldwide!

1. Full color cover art by Joe Buck (De La Soul)
2. Full color jacket and labels
3. The 7” jacket has a 3mm spine
4. Each copy will be individually hand numbered Available from 12.04.2013

Get ready world, it’s Soul Time! …
Monday, October 31st, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have developed an international reputation as the #1 group on today’s soul scene. “Soul Time!” is an exploration of the full range of their dynamic sound through twelve songs handpicked by the Daptone Records gang, each one a precious exclusive. The needle drops on Genuine Pts. 1 & 2, a […]

Pacific Express – On Time
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pacific Express – On Time

Image: 1617363 Pacific Express emerged from Cape Town, South Africa in the 1970s. The band were from the so called “Coloured” community and were ground breakers in both musical and political arenas. The founder members Paul Abrahams (Bass), Jack Momple (Drums) and Issy Ariefdien (Guitar) were joined by Chris Schilder (Piano), Vic Higgins (Pecussion), Barney Rachabane (Alto Sax), Stompie Manana (Trumpet) and Zayn Adams & Kitty Tshikana on vocals for their second album “On Time” in 1978.

On several occasions the group fell foul of Apartheid laws and discrimination by the state broadcaster, SABC. On one occasion they were asked to leave the stage of an international tour by Australian act John Paul Young, because the law forbade racially mixed performers on the same stage. The promoter, management and band members all resisted and once he incident made the Australian newspapers the authorities had little choice and turned a blind eye.

And so to the music. The most important thing. The LP opens up with the slick jazz-boogie funk of “We Got A Good Thing Going On”, a perfect vehicle for the vocals of Zayn and the statement-of-intent, on-point musicianship of the band.

“I Hear Music” is the first of three smooth sweet string-laden ballads to feature on the LP. The majority of the songs on the LP were written by keyboard player Chris Schilder. As well as high-craft songwriting Chris also contributes layers of effortless musicality with his Rhodes and piano. “Good Old Days” (the only cover on the LP) is next and its smooth-rock grooves swing effortlessly to the fore. The A-Side of the vinyl closes with the instrumental jazz funk of “Saturday Night”.

The flip side of the album opens with the bands biggest commercial success. A sweet soul ballad penned “Give a Little Love”. Stepping outside their usual sound. This hit however was not without controversy as the video was removed from the TV airways after the South Africa Broadcasting Corp realised that the group were of mixed race, which was against rules for so called local artists in public performance at the time.

“Dream” follows on with the driving jazz rock and travelling keyboard solos. “Reaching Out For Love” is a power-pop boogie groover powered by guest vocalists Erica Lundy and Kitty.

“Say The Last Goodbye” is the last of the trio of ballads. A smooth style moment sounding all the bit like a 70’s US TV drama closing theme. The LP features with a funky workout where the band show off their chops and slick level of musicianship.

Besides the success in southern Africa this album became a regional hit as a pirated music cassette in Nigeria. It was also released in France and Japan.

The band would go on to record one further LP in 1979 and a single in 1981. They carried on performing however well pass that. Throughout their years together the band acted as central hub for Jazz musicians within the Cape Town area. Players as Tony Cedras, Jonathan Butler and Alvin Dyers gaining experience alongside established names such as trumpeter Stompie Manana and alto saxman Barney Rachabane.

Here at World Seven we are ever so pleased to be re-releasing what we consider the bands finest album moment.

Tracklisting
1 We Got A Good Thing Going On
2 I Hear Music
3 Angel Of Love
4 Good Old Song
5 Saturday Night
6 Give A Little Love
7 Dream
8 Reaching Out For Your Love
9 Say The Last Goodbye
10 The Way It Used To Be Available from 23.02.2018

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

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

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

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

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

Deetron – DJ-Kicks
Friday, February 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Deetron – DJ-Kicks

Image: 1617635 DJ-Kicks start 2018 in fine style with another vital entry into their long running series. The latest comes from Swiss DJ and producer Deetron , and features an exclusive solo track as well as exclusive collaborations with Steve Spacek, Jinadu and Jamie Lidell.

TRACKLISTING CD
01 Carl Craig – Goodbye World
/ Gifted and Blessed – The Dreamer
02 Linkwood – Love Lost
03 Indian Ocean – Schoolbell
04 Soulphiction – Criticize
05 Mr. Fingers – Waterfall feat. Ovasoul 7
06 Roman Flügel – Song of Blue
07 Burnt Friedmann – Plastikthai
/ Dresvn – First Voyage (DJ Sotofett’s extended mix)
08 Spacetime Continuum – Swing Fantasy (Strange Attractor Mix)
09 Morgan Geist – Linking Tunnel / Julie Dexter – The Plan
10 Aardvarck – Komt Goed
11 Circulation – Sincerely
12 DJ Koze – Let’s love
13 Ani – Morning Factory
/ Deetron feat. Steve Spacek – Choose me (Accapella)
14 Nikola Gala – Only (Ryan Elliott Remix)
15 Keith Worthy – Moon Dance
16 Paul W. Teebroke – Thing 1
17 Radio Slave – Children of the E (KiNK Remix)
18 Deetron feat. Jamie Lidell – Cry with the stars (Accapella)
19 A made up sound – Rework
20 Hotline – Riddim (Jacques Renault Edit)
21 Tony Allen – Kilode (Carl Craig Remix)
22 Pepe – Benzine Electronics
23 Black Dog Prod – Flux
24 Deetron – Untitled
25 DJ Bone – All my heart
26 Francis Bebey – Bissao (Pilooski Edit)
27 Floorplan – Let the church
28 Terrace – Seventh City (Filtered Dub)
29 Derrick May – Kaotic Harmony
30 Equiknoxx – Flagged up (Mark Ernestus Remix)
31 DJ Bone – Dreamers 6.1
32 Russian – Optical Illusions
33 K-Lone – Old Fashioned
34 Jessy Lanza – Strange Emotion

DJ-Kicks start 2018 in fine style with another vital entry into their long running series. The latest comes from
Swiss DJ and producer Deetron on March 3rd 2018, and features an exclusive solo track as well as
exclusive collaborations with Steve Spacek, Jinadu and Jamie Lidell.
As one of the other most famous musical exports from his Swiss homeland, he has pretty much done it all
from fabric and Balance mix CDs to running his own label, from essential albums like Twisted and Music
Over Matter on Music Man Records to club focussed 12”s on Will Saul’s Aus Music and French label Circus
Company. After 20 years in the game, he is still in demand at key clubs around the world, and is sufficiently
respected as to be able to call on big names like Seth Troxler, Cooly G and Ben Westbeech for collaborations.
This landmark mix shows off his timeless style and passion for the nostalgic emotions associated with
Chicago and the serene machine soul of Detroit. Selected from records that have resonated with him over
the years and that continue to conjure strong feelings, it also features various vocals from friends “in the style
of a traditional mixtape,” explains the artist.
“Over the years I have worked on bringing techno and soulful vocals together and I wanted to represent that
in the mix. On the technical side of things, the mix represents my work as a producer and remixer as well as
my aim to recreate tracks using three decks when deejaying. A large part of the mix was recorded using
three decks but I also included a section which I approached more like a production or remix.“
The eighty minute mix starts with the spine tingling chills of Carl Craig’s ‘Goodbye World’ and smoothly builds
through dreamscape house from masters of the form including Gifted & Blessed, Linkwood, Soulphiction and
Mr Fingers. Often only playing a few minutes of each track with more than 35 employed in all, this is a
dynamic and ever-evolving soundtrack with masterfully blurred transitions.
The early melodic beauty of the mix slowly makes way for more propulsive drums from the likes of Morgan
Geist, Aardvarck and DJ Koze, while the mid-section gets trippy and zoned out with deep, elastic grooves.
Carl Craig then reappears with his remix of Tony Allen’s ‘Kilode’ to break up the beats and colourful keys and
smooth classic house slowly lead towards a more techno leaning crescendo with Floorplan and Derrick May
providing the blissful goods. Ending on the dissipating energies of Jessy Lanza’s ‘Strange Emotion’ is a fine
move that leaves you feeling cleansed and ready to go again.
This is an adventurous mix that packs a lot in without ever feeling hurried or harried. In short, it is the sound
of a master deck technician doing what he does best. Available from 16.03.2018

Deetron – DJ-Kicks
Friday, January 26th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Deetron – DJ-Kicks

Image: 1617636 DJ-Kicks start 2018 in fine style with another vital entry into their long running series. The latest comes from Swiss DJ and producer Deetron , and features an exclusive solo track as well as exclusive collaborations with Steve Spacek, Jinadu and Jamie Lidell.

TRACKLISTING LP
A1 Indian Ocean – Schoolbell / Treehouse
A2 Linkwood – Love Lost
B1 Black Dog Productions – Flux
B2 Circulation – Sincerely (Creation Mix)
C1 Terrace – Seventh City (Filtered Dub)
C2 Equiknoxx – Flagged Up (Mark Ernestus Remix)
D1 Deetron feat. Jinadu – I Feel. I Know (DJ-Kicks)
D2 Shake – I Got a Feeling

TRACKLISTING CD
01 Carl Craig – Goodbye World
/ Gifted and Blessed – The Dreamer
02 Linkwood – Love Lost
03 Indian Ocean – Schoolbell
04 Soulphiction – Criticize
05 Mr. Fingers – Waterfall feat. Ovasoul 7
06 Roman Flügel – Song of Blue
07 Burnt Friedmann – Plastikthai
/ Dresvn – First Voyage (DJ Sotofett’s extended mix)
08 Spacetime Continuum – Swing Fantasy (Strange Attractor Mix)
09 Morgan Geist – Linking Tunnel / Julie Dexter – The Plan
10 Aardvarck – Komt Goed
11 Circulation – Sincerely
12 DJ Koze – Let’s love
13 Ani – Morning Factory
/ Deetron feat. Steve Spacek – Choose me (Accapella)
14 Nikola Gala – Only (Ryan Elliott Remix)
15 Keith Worthy – Moon Dance
16 Paul W. Teebroke – Thing 1
17 Radio Slave – Children of the E (KiNK Remix)
18 Deetron feat. Jamie Lidell – Cry with the stars (Accapella)
19 A made up sound – Rework
20 Hotline – Riddim (Jacques Renault Edit)
21 Tony Allen – Kilode (Carl Craig Remix)
22 Pepe – Benzine Electronics
23 Black Dog Prod – Flux
24 Deetron – Untitled
25 DJ Bone – All my heart
26 Francis Bebey – Bissao (Pilooski Edit)
27 Floorplan – Let the church
28 Terrace – Seventh City (Filtered Dub)
29 Derrick May – Kaotic Harmony
30 Equiknoxx – Flagged up (Mark Ernestus Remix)
31 DJ Bone – Dreamers 6.1
32 Russian – Optical Illusions
33 K-Lone – Old Fashioned
34 Jessy Lanza – Strange Emotion

DJ-Kicks start 2018 in fine style with another vital entry into their long running series. The latest comes from
Swiss DJ and producer Deetron on March 3rd 2018, and features an exclusive solo track as well as
exclusive collaborations with Steve Spacek, Jinadu and Jamie Lidell.
As one of the other most famous musical exports from his Swiss homeland, he has pretty much done it all
from fabric and Balance mix CDs to running his own label, from essential albums like Twisted and Music
Over Matter on Music Man Records to club focussed 12”s on Will Saul’s Aus Music and French label Circus
Company. After 20 years in the game, he is still in demand at key clubs around the world, and is sufficiently
respected as to be able to call on big names like Seth Troxler, Cooly G and Ben Westbeech for collaborations.
This landmark mix shows off his timeless style and passion for the nostalgic emotions associated with
Chicago and the serene machine soul of Detroit. Selected from records that have resonated with him over
the years and that continue to conjure strong feelings, it also features various vocals from friends “in the style
of a traditional mixtape,” explains the artist.
“Over the years I have worked on bringing techno and soulful vocals together and I wanted to represent that
in the mix. On the technical side of things, the mix represents my work as a producer and remixer as well as
my aim to recreate tracks using three decks when deejaying. A large part of the mix was recorded using
three decks but I also included a section which I approached more like a production or remix.“
The eighty minute mix starts with the spine tingling chills of Carl Craig’s ‘Goodbye World’ and smoothly builds
through dreamscape house from masters of the form including Gifted & Blessed, Linkwood, Soulphiction and
Mr Fingers. Often only playing a few minutes of each track with more than 35 employed in all, this is a
dynamic and ever-evolving soundtrack with masterfully blurred transitions.
The early melodic beauty of the mix slowly makes way for more propulsive drums from the likes of Morgan
Geist, Aardvarck and DJ Koze, while the mid-section gets trippy and zoned out with deep, elastic grooves.
Carl Craig then reappears with his remix of Tony Allen’s ‘Kilode’ to break up the beats and colourful keys and
smooth classic house slowly lead towards a more techno leaning crescendo with Floorplan and Derrick May
providing the blissful goods. Ending on the dissipating energies of Jessy Lanza’s ‘Strange Emotion’ is a fine
move that leaves you feeling cleansed and ready to go again.
This is an adventurous mix that packs a lot in without ever feeling hurried or harried. In short, it is the sound
of a master deck technician doing what he does best. Available from 09.03.2018

The Herbaliser – Bring Out The Sound
Monday, January 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Herbaliser – Bring Out The Sound

Image: 1617563 UK hip hop’s original and best live band The Herbaliser are back with a brand new album ‘Bring Out The Sound’.

2LP tracklist:
A1. Breach
A2. Seize The Day feat. Just Jack
A3. Like Shaft feat. feat. Rodney P & 28luchi
B1. Out There
B2. Submarine
B3. Over & Over feat. Stac
C1.Cyclops
C2. Some Things feat. Rodney P & Tiece
C3. Tripwire
C4. Hearts of Men
D1. Twenty Years feat. Mark Keds
D2. EMT
D3. Takedown

UK hip hop’s original and best live band are back with brand new album ‘Bring Out The Sound’, released in February 2018 on BBE Music. Founded in the early 90s by Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry, The Herbaliser have earned every single accolade they’ve received during almost 25 years of touring and recording. Best known for delivering a series of groundbreaking albums on Ninja Tune and providing one of the all-time highlights of the ‘Fabric Live’ mix series, The Herbaliser’s most recent LP ‘There Were Seven’ was issued on their own ‘Department H’ imprint back in 2012. Having worked with hip hop royalty such as Jazzy Jef and Pete Rock over the years, not to mention releasing J Dilla’s frst and last solo albums, BBE are delighted to share in The Herbaliser’s musical journey.
Inviting a carefully chosen group of guest vocalists to join them in their London studio, ‘Bring Out The Sound’ presents a diverse blend of soulful songs, hip hop bangers and original instrumental funk breaks, made all the more impressive by its complete absence of sampling, an album from the heat of The Herbaliser. Famous for his pop smash ‘Starz In Their Eyes’ (sadly as relevant now as it ever was), Camden vocalist Just Jack lays down an incredibly moving performance over lush horns and strings on the instant classic ‘Seize The Day’. The London Posse’s own Rodney P spits lyrical fre alongside 28Luchi over the reggae-infused, unmistakably British beats of ‘Like Shaft’. Former Senseless Things member and Libertines collaborator Mark Keds creates an almost uncomfortably intimate, confessional atmosphere on the intensely personal ’20 Years To The Day’. Compared by Mark Ronson to a young Minnie Ripperton, UK singer STAC’s voice cuts through with a breathy kind of clarity on ‘Over and Over’. But the Herbaliser band has always been so much more than the sum of its collaborators. Languid, powerful hip hop beats and uncompromising production values underpin impressive performances by all the band members, especially the horn section who track after track, turn in vintage performances. These guys make it all sound so easy that by the time we reach ‘Takedown’, a track that sounds for all the world like a forgotten b-boy anthem by The Incredible Bongo Band.

For Fans Of: DJ Vadim, DJ Food, DJ Krush, Nightmares On Wax, Coldcut.
Available from 02.03.2018

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

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

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

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

FEATURES:
• Seven 7-inches
• Custom black leatherette outer box with silver-foil rendered images of DOOM’s famed mask and logo
• Two never-before-commercially available silver-colored DOOM 45 adapters
• Each 7-inch has a custom sleeve designed by legendary graf artist Lord Scotch (Blake Lethem), who drew the original Operation: Doomsday cover. Available from 09.03.2018

Conforce
Monday, October 2nd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Boris Bunnik is a versatile and creative soul from the island of Terschelling, Holland. He uses music making as a way of exploring his place in the world, of explaining his feelings and of processing life. It is for that reason that he has so many aliases and releases so much music (to the point […]

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

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

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

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

Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music

Image: 488745 Repress! Dinosaur L is an alias donned by Arthur Russell, a man whose contribution to dance music from the
late seventies and through the eighties was formidable but only quietly acknowledged. His innovative
and left field dance records were way ahead of what people were used to hearing at the time.
He was a cellist who studied classical and Indian music. As well as his great strides in dance music he
was also involved in the New York downtown avant-garde music scene and produced some albums in
a more avant-garde/experimental vein as well as trying his own unique approach to pop. He scored
several hits on the underground New York dance scene at clubs like The Paradise Garage (Larry Levan
was a huge supporter). His biggest tunes, “Go Bang!” and “Is It All Over My Face?” were worldwide
club hits and are still played today as classics. His records have influenced the scene from his first
dance record in 1979 to the present day and his work has been much sampled.
Sadly Arthur died in 1992, but his music lives on and his influence is still felt on the dance music scene,
his tunes still sound great and are still moving many dancers around the world, so his spirit lives on.
Sleeping Bag Records and Traffic Entertainment Group is proud to present Dinosaur L’s “24->24
Music“ for the first time ever on double LP. Includes the original album tracklisting plus rare 12”
remixes and edits.

A1. #1 (You’re Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean)
A2. #5 (Go Bang!)
A3. #2 (No, Thank You)
B1. #7
B2. #3 (In The Corn Belt)
B3. #6 (Get Set)
C1. Clean On Your Bean #1
C2. #5 (Go Bang!) (Francois K Mix)
D1. Go Bang! (Thank You Arthur Edit)
D2. In The Corn Belt (Larry Levan Mix) Available from 08.09.2017

Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music

Image: 488745 Repress! Dinosaur L is an alias donned by Arthur Russell, a man whose contribution to dance music from the
late seventies and through the eighties was formidable but only quietly acknowledged. His innovative
and left field dance records were way ahead of what people were used to hearing at the time.
He was a cellist who studied classical and Indian music. As well as his great strides in dance music he
was also involved in the New York downtown avant-garde music scene and produced some albums in
a more avant-garde/experimental vein as well as trying his own unique approach to pop. He scored
several hits on the underground New York dance scene at clubs like The Paradise Garage (Larry Levan
was a huge supporter). His biggest tunes, “Go Bang!” and “Is It All Over My Face?” were worldwide
club hits and are still played today as classics. His records have influenced the scene from his first
dance record in 1979 to the present day and his work has been much sampled.
Sadly Arthur died in 1992, but his music lives on and his influence is still felt on the dance music scene,
his tunes still sound great and are still moving many dancers around the world, so his spirit lives on.
Sleeping Bag Records and Traffic Entertainment Group is proud to present Dinosaur L’s “24->24
Music“ for the first time ever on double LP. Includes the original album tracklisting plus rare 12”
remixes and edits.

A1. #1 (You’re Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean)
A2. #5 (Go Bang!)
A3. #2 (No, Thank You)
B1. #7
B2. #3 (In The Corn Belt)
B3. #6 (Get Set)
C1. Clean On Your Bean #1
C2. #5 (Go Bang!) (Francois K Mix)
D1. Go Bang! (Thank You Arthur Edit)
D2. In The Corn Belt (Larry Levan Mix) Available from 08.09.2017

The Soul Session – Two
Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Soul Session – Two

Image: 1610946 Agogo Records present the second edition of The Soul Session.

CD
01. Quantraversa feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow
02. Sun Shines Softly feat. Anaj
03. The Passage feat. Tokunbo
04. Live Your Life feat. Anaj
05. Wish The Beat To Never Stop feat. Omar
Kalimba Suite
06. Kalimba
07. Steely Dan
08. Transformation
Liberation Suite
09. Got To Go Where To Go feat. Anaj
10. Samba De Alfama feat. Anaj
11. Liberation feat. Anaj
12. You Are Everything feat. Krishnamurti
13. Never Let Me Go feat. Fatma Tazegül

Love makes the world go around. “two”, the second album by The Soul Session, is
full of love. Ralph Kiefer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer
from South Germany embarks on a stylistically diverse journey into Soul, Jazz,
Funk and World Music.
Being a highly respected session musician in the jazz as well as the crossover
scene, Kiefer made a serious impact in 2011 with “one”, the first Soul Session
album. “one” was built on a solid backbeat of Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, while “two”
now takes a step further into a spiritual and eclectic dimension. “Quantraversa”
featuring the voice of Las Vegas based neo-soul queen Georgia Anne Muldrow is
the mind- blowing opener of this album, a truly deep and intense rhythmic
statement. Quantraversa is a word which you will not find in any dictionary, but
that is not the point, says Ralph Kiefer. “This album is a journey to the inner self.
The recording process was like meditation. I often started with a loop, or an idea
for a melody. It evolved from there and I simply let it happen. When I involved the
lyricists and vocalists, my drafts sometimes took a completely different paths and
ended in something unexpected and beautifully new.”
“The Passage” is a prime example of Ralph Kiefer’s visionary working style. “I
mainly work with my mobile studio. Nowadays you can virtually record every
instrument in any place you like, you just need a good microphone. Some of my
guest vocalists also recorded their part in their own studio.” This way Tokunbo
Akinro, the voice of Tok Tok Tok, turned “The Passage” into a futuristic, haunting
soul tune. “Live Your Life”, introducing Anaj, works nicely as a kind of theme tune
for “two”. Here you have a lose groove which is tight at the same time, keeps in
control and simultaneously lets it loose. And then there’s “Wish The Beat To
Never Stop”. Ralph Kiefer is especially happy about this track. “I am a fan of Omar
since his first album on Talkin’ Loud, I am very proud that he contributed to my
album.” With his unique UK Soul stylings Omar fits perfectly to the brilliantly
understated and well-informed Soul Session sound.
It’s the two suites which are central to “two”. “Kalimba Suite” kicks off with a
stripped down piano, percussion and Kalimba session. Then “Steely Dan” gives it
away in its title, sounds like it will move straight into “Do It Again”, but then it does
not and turns into a funky Soul Session style instrumental jam. “Transformation” is
the perfect ending for “Kalimba Suite”, sticking with the Rhodes, bringing in more
synthesizers and getting quite cosmic. “Liberation Suite” has Anaj coming in
again. “Got To Go Where To Go” is pure bliss and funky fun. “Samba De Alfana”
is a spiritual and deep Brazilian, irresistible jazz-house dance floor mover. With a
motto like “Liberation for the nation” and a vocoder meeting a Caribbean style
“Funky Nassau” groove you will agree: “Open up your mind!”
“You Are Everything” uses a Horace Silver style piano motif, then adding the
sampled voice of philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti: “His philosophy is very central to
my creative process. In the troubled times we live in I think his message is more
relevant than ever. Without self-knowledge there is no basis for peaceful thought
and action.” Fatma Tazegül closes the album in taking “Never Let Me Go” to
another level with her soulful gospel voice. Think of the open mindedness and
global funk and fusion rhythm in the Seventies, but also of the Acid Jazz
movement during the Nineties and you get the picture of what “two” is about love,
peace, being true to yourself and getting involved.

Available from 22.09.2017

The Soul Session – Two (Gatefold 2LP+MP3)
Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Soul Session – Two (Gatefold 2LP+MP3)

Image: 1610945 Agogo Records present the second edition of The Soul Session.

2LP
A1. Quantraversa feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow
A2. I Sun Shines Softly feat. Anaj
A3. The Passage feat. Tokunbo
B1. Wish The Beat To Never Stop feat. Omar
B2. Never Let Me Go feat. Fatma Tazegül
B3. Live Your Life feat. Anaj
C1. Kalimba
C2. Steely Dan
C3. Transformation
D1. Got To Go Where To Go feat. Anaj
D2. Samba De Alfama feat. Anaj
D3. Liberation feat. Anaj

Love makes the world go around. “two”, the second album by The Soul Session, is
full of love. Ralph Kiefer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer
from South Germany embarks on a stylistically diverse journey into Soul, Jazz,
Funk and World Music.
Being a highly respected session musician in the jazz as well as the crossover
scene, Kiefer made a serious impact in 2011 with “one”, the first Soul Session
album. “one” was built on a solid backbeat of Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, while “two”
now takes a step further into a spiritual and eclectic dimension. “Quantraversa”
featuring the voice of Las Vegas based neo-soul queen Georgia Anne Muldrow is
the mind- blowing opener of this album, a truly deep and intense rhythmic
statement. Quantraversa is a word which you will not find in any dictionary, but
that is not the point, says Ralph Kiefer. “This album is a journey to the inner self.
The recording process was like meditation. I often started with a loop, or an idea
for a melody. It evolved from there and I simply let it happen. When I involved the
lyricists and vocalists, my drafts sometimes took a completely different paths and
ended in something unexpected and beautifully new.”
“The Passage” is a prime example of Ralph Kiefer’s visionary working style. “I
mainly work with my mobile studio. Nowadays you can virtually record every
instrument in any place you like, you just need a good microphone. Some of my
guest vocalists also recorded their part in their own studio.” This way Tokunbo
Akinro, the voice of Tok Tok Tok, turned “The Passage” into a futuristic, haunting
soul tune. “Live Your Life”, introducing Anaj, works nicely as a kind of theme tune
for “two”. Here you have a lose groove which is tight at the same time, keeps in
control and simultaneously lets it loose. And then there’s “Wish The Beat To
Never Stop”. Ralph Kiefer is especially happy about this track. “I am a fan of Omar
since his first album on Talkin’ Loud, I am very proud that he contributed to my
album.” With his unique UK Soul stylings Omar fits perfectly to the brilliantly
understated and well-informed Soul Session sound.
It’s the two suites which are central to “two”. “Kalimba Suite” kicks off with a
stripped down piano, percussion and Kalimba session. Then “Steely Dan” gives it
away in its title, sounds like it will move straight into “Do It Again”, but then it does
not and turns into a funky Soul Session style instrumental jam. “Transformation” is
the perfect ending for “Kalimba Suite”, sticking with the Rhodes, bringing in more
synthesizers and getting quite cosmic. “Liberation Suite” has Anaj coming in
again. “Got To Go Where To Go” is pure bliss and funky fun. “Samba De Alfana”
is a spiritual and deep Brazilian, irresistible jazz-house dance floor mover. With a
motto like “Liberation for the nation” and a vocoder meeting a Caribbean style
“Funky Nassau” groove you will agree: “Open up your mind!”
“You Are Everything” uses a Horace Silver style piano motif, then adding the
sampled voice of philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti: “His philosophy is very central to
my creative process. In the troubled times we live in I think his message is more
relevant than ever. Without self-knowledge there is no basis for peaceful thought
and action.” Fatma Tazegül closes the album in taking “Never Let Me Go” to
another level with her soulful gospel voice. Think of the open mindedness and
global funk and fusion rhythm in the Seventies, but also of the Acid Jazz
movement during the Nineties and you get the picture of what “two” is about love,
peace, being true to yourself and getting involved.

Available from 22.09.2017

Nick Warren
Monday, July 10th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Hype fades. Substance endures. Simply put, DJ Nick Warren is one of electronic music’s ambassadors. Warren has delivered eight editions to the vaunted Global Underground series along with contributions for Renaissance, the Balance Series and most recently the first installment of The Soundgarden mix compilation series. Although they’re cornerstones of the progressive house lexicon, Warren’s […]

Equatics – Doin’ It!!!!
Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Equatics – Doin’ It!!!!

Image: 1557993 Official reissue now on Stones Throw sublabel Now Again with liner notes, packaged in a deluxe mino LP package including thick, cardboard “tip on” sleeve with 8-page booklet! contains cover versions of Isaac Hayers and Bill Withers. Lost dark soul/funk masterpiece from Hampton, Virginia high school champions of Pepsi’s “New Sounds Of 1972” challenge.

The stories of great high school funk bands are, thanks to an abundance of reissues, commonplace. The tales of great high school soul-bands are still rare. A ballad or two on the random Douglass High School Stage Band album or Timeless Legend’s mesmerizing entry on Columbus’s 1972 1st Annual Inner City Talent Expo notwithstanding, high school bands rarely struck into the realm of “grown folks” music. Enter The Equatics and their brooding masterpiece Doin’ It!!!! If this is categorized as a “funk” album – and it was for the last ten years, by those few lucky enough to own an original copy – it holds its own. But it was as a soul band, one as inspired by the melancholic musings of Bill Withers as the psychedelic-pop of the self-proclaimed “Black Moses,” Issac Hayes – that the Equatics shone. These young souls offered world-weary, beat-heavy ballads that stand on par with any of the great independent organizations of the early 1970s. That a group of teenagers could offer such an angst-ridden plea as
that of Leo Davis’s “Merry Go Round” not only transcends the limitations that came from the band’s average age (seventeen, at the time of the album’s recording), but also the barriers the stood in front of this group of small-city hopefuls.

This official reissue was licensed by the Equatics’ bandleader, bass player Benjamin Crawford. Packaged as a “mini-LP” in a thick, “paste-on” cardboard sleeve that mimicks the original album jacket, Now-Again’s reissue of Doin’ It!!!! also comes with an eight page booklet with full liner notes, annotation, and never-before-seen photos of this most impressive organization.

KEY SELLING POINTS:
• Tough-to-beat originals and covers of the likes of Isaac Hayes and Bill Withers
• Official reissue
• Limited edition of 1000 units
• Marketed and promoted by Stones Throw
• Comes packaged in a deluxe “mini LP” package including thick, cardboard “tip-on” sleeve with an 8 page booklet

Available from 21.07.2017

Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well (180g)
Friday, May 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well (180g)

Image: 1610027 Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’. This is the first in a long line of reissues focusing on the Strata catalog details attached.

Tracklist:
A1 Sevenths
A2 Scorpio’s Child
B1 Paramour
B2 The Latin Bit

Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records. Preceding New York’s Strata East, Detroit’s original Strata label issued only a handful of underground titles in the early 70’s, making it a ‘holy grail’ imprint among jazz lovers and record collectors the world over.
Released by Strata in 1974, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’ was originally recorded by Strata founder and former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox at a concert which took place almost a decade previously, at the student union of the University Of Michigan back in 1965. Led by drummer Bert Myrick, the album highlights a quintet of highly talented players at the height of their powers. Featuring Will Austin on bass, Kenny Cox on piano and Ronnie Fields on tenor sax, the performance also stars George Bohanon, a nowlegendary player who spent 7 years with Motown Records as lead trombonist before being named “Most Valuable Player”. by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Probably best known for the iconic 14 minute epic “Scorpio’s Child” (composed by Strata owner Kenny Cox), ‘Live ‘n Well’ captures tour de force performances from a collection of Detroit’s finest musicians, destined to go their separate ways soon after the recording was completed. Legend has it that Bert Myrick was inspired to pursue his passion for the drums by friend and mentor Elvin Jones (the drummer on John Coltrane’s classic ‘A Love Supreme’), who would open windows at his shows so that Bert and his friends could enter without paying. This kind of heavyweight tutelage would certainly explain Myrick’s impeccable, highly expressive playing on ‘Live ‘n Well’. Remembered fondly for his powerful hands and gentle demeanor, Bert Myrick passed away in 2010 at the age of 80.

Key Selling Points:
– Our first of many Strata releases curated by DJ Amir.
– Audio is taken from the original tapes, lovingly restored by http://aamastering.com/ bringing 30 years of specialist experience to the project.
– Guaranteed support from specialist press & radio worldwide, this release heralds the start of a Strata re-issue campaign focusing on released and un-released albums from their vaults, look out for Herbie Hancock, CJQ, Sphere & Lyman Woodard.

For Fans Of: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gilles Peterson.
Key tracks: Scorpio’s Child, The Latin Bit, Paramour.
Available from 30.06.2017

Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well
Friday, May 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well

Image: 1610028 Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’. This is the first in a long line of reissues focusing on the Strata catalog details attached.

Tracklist:
A1 Sevenths
A2 Scorpio’s Child
B1 Paramour
B2 The Latin Bit

Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records. Preceding New York’s Strata East, Detroit’s original Strata label issued only a handful of underground titles in the early 70’s, making it a ‘holy grail’ imprint among jazz lovers and record collectors the world over.
Released by Strata in 1974, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’ was originally recorded by Strata founder and former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox at a concert which took place almost a decade previously, at the student union of the University Of Michigan back in 1965. Led by drummer Bert Myrick, the album highlights a quintet of highly talented players at the height of their powers. Featuring Will Austin on bass, Kenny Cox on piano and Ronnie Fields on tenor sax, the performance also stars George Bohanon, a nowlegendary player who spent 7 years with Motown Records as lead trombonist before being named “Most Valuable Player”. by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Probably best known for the iconic 14 minute epic “Scorpio’s Child” (composed by Strata owner Kenny Cox), ‘Live ‘n Well’ captures tour de force performances from a collection of Detroit’s finest musicians, destined to go their separate ways soon after the recording was completed. Legend has it that Bert Myrick was inspired to pursue his passion for the drums by friend and mentor Elvin Jones (the drummer on John Coltrane’s classic ‘A Love Supreme’), who would open windows at his shows so that Bert and his friends could enter without paying. This kind of heavyweight tutelage would certainly explain Myrick’s impeccable, highly expressive playing on ‘Live ‘n Well’. Remembered fondly for his powerful hands and gentle demeanor, Bert Myrick passed away in 2010 at the age of 80.

Key Selling Points:
– Our first of many Strata releases curated by DJ Amir.
– Audio is taken from the original tapes, lovingly restored by http://aamastering.com/ bringing 30 years of specialist experience to the project.
– Guaranteed support from specialist press & radio worldwide, this release heralds the start of a Strata re-issue campaign focusing on released and un-released albums from their vaults, look out for Herbie Hancock, CJQ, Sphere & Lyman Woodard.

For Fans Of: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gilles Peterson.
Key tracks: Scorpio’s Child, The Latin Bit, Paramour.
Available from 30.06.2017

The Congos – Heart Of The Congos (3LP/40th Anniversary Edition)
Friday, April 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Congos – Heart Of The Congos (3LP/40th Anniversary Edition)

Image: 1609331 The ultimate edition of the Roots Reggae masterpiece release 1977-2017! The album classic was originally issued in 1977 in Jamaica only and 20 years later in 1997 released by the Blood & Fire label as the outstanding but now deleted “Heart Of The Congos”. VP Records’ sub-label 17 North Parade has released now the definitive 2017 re-mastered 3LP deluxe edition put together with both respect and gratitude to that illustrious antecedent (also available as 3CD-set incl. the ultrarare original LP mix). This new 3LP-Vinyl-set is based on the more well-known mix and master from the Blood & Fire re-release, plus dubs, disco mixes, seven and twelve inch versions and has with “Don’t Blame It On I” an overlooked previously unreleased track unearthed. The 3LP-Vinyl was state-of the-art re-mastered again by Kevin Metcalfe and comes in a 6mm spine jacket sleeve with full colour printed illustrated inner sleeves and the liner notes by Noel Hawks. Stickered with the quote: “The best roots reggae album ever…” (Lloyd Bradley)

3LP-Vinyl
A1. Fisherman
A2. Congoman
A3. Open Up The Gate
A4. Children Crying
B1. La La Bam-Bam
B2. Can’t Come In
B3. Sodom And Gomorrow
B4. The Wrong Thing
C1. Ark Of The Covenant
C2. Solid Foundation
C3. Don’t Blame It On I
C4. At The Feast
D1. Neckodeemus
D2. Solid Foundation (Disco Cork Mix)
D3. Foundation Dub
E1. Congoman (12Inch Mix)
E2. Congoman Chant
F1. Bring The Mackaback
F2. Fisherman Dub
F3. Noah Sugar Pan

CREDITS
Bass: Boris Gardiner, Geoffrey Chung (Track 1), Winston ‘Brubeck’ Wright (Track 2)
Drums: Mikey ‘Boo’ Richards, Lowell ‘Sly’ Dunbar, Paul Douglas (Track 1)
Lead Guitar: Ernest Ranglin
Rhythm Guitar: Robert ‘Billy’ Johnson
Organ: Winston ‘Brubeck’ Wright
Piano: Keith Stewart
Percussion: Lee Perry, Noel ‘Skully’ Simms, Uziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson
Backing Vocals: Watty ‘King’ Burnett, The Meditations, Candy McKenzie (Track 4), Barry Llewellyn, Earl Morgan, Gregory Isaacs (all Track 5)
Written by Cedric Myton, Roydel Johnson, Lee Perry
Produced by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and The Congos
Recorded in The Black Ark

MARKETING
Print advertising: Reggae Vibes (FR), Echoes (GB), Riddim (DE/AT/CH), Piranha (DE)
Web banner: Reggae.be (BE), Vibes FM (GB) (both 4-weeks commencing week of release)
Social media: Facebook campaign commencing week of release.
PROMOTION
Reviews / interviews targeted in print media: Songlines Magazine (GB), Echoes (GB), MOJO (GB), Guardian Newspaper (GB), Reggae Vibes (FR), Q Magazine (GB), Piranha Magazine (DE), The Voice (GB), The Wire (GB), Riddim Magazine (DE/AT/CH).
Online media: Party Time (FR), Reggaemani (SE), Gaffa.dk (DK), Hot MC (IT) / Reggaeville (WORLDWIDE) / Reggae Portugal (PT) / Reggae.be (BE) / Reggae-vibe.com (NL) / World A Reggae (NL).
Radio / Specialized shows: BBC 1Xtra David Rodigan / BBC Radio Lancashire / BBC Radio Leicester / BBC Radio 6 / BBC Radio Bristol /Black Echoes (Dublin) / BCFM (Bristol) / Colourful Radio (London) / Conscious Radio (London) / Mi-Soul (London) / Mouv’ (France) / New Style (Birmingham) / Peace FM (Manchester) / RTS Radio (Switzerland) / Ujima Radio (Bristol) / Kemet Radio (Nottingham) / Soho Radio (London)
Social media: (Facebook, Twitter, Shazam, Instagram, iTunes) commencing week of release. Available from 19.05.2017

Huxley
Monday, April 3rd, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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It is fair to say that, in 2017, Huxley has fully arrived. Still young but with experiences in the booth and studio well beyond his years, he has a fine array of tools at his disposal. Over the last seven plus years, the friendly character has excelled at many different styles, often ahead of the […]

Dave Aju
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Bay Area born Marc David Barrite aka Dave Aju is a reliable name for fresh and distinctive electronic music, combining a deep knowledge and passion for dance music history with a fearless, forward-thinking approach to production and performance. A diverse range of influences from his jazz upbringing and hip-hop years, to the outer realms of […]

Various – Spiritual Jazz Vol.7 – Islam (2LP)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Spiritual Jazz Vol.7 – Islam (2LP)

Image: 1608226 “Spiritual Jazz 7: Islam – Esoteric, Modal and Progressive Jazz inspired by Islam 1957 – 1988”, Songs ancient and divine – the seventh volume of our acclaimed Spiritual Jazz series examines the influence and impact of Islam on four decades of jazz innovation.
 
Through Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, the civil rights era in America saw African American liberation politics famously associated with Islamic belief. This was not the first time that radical developments in African American cultural life had been widely and famously associated with Islam – that distinction belongs not to political or sporting giants, but to the progressive jazz musicians of the bebop generation. Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Sahib Shihab, Gigi Gryce, Idrees Sulieman, Ahmad Jamal, Yusef Lateef, all these legendary jazz pioneers – and countless more – were early converts to the spiritually charged Ahmadiyya school of Islam. Their faith profoundly influenced the music that they made, and the presence of prominent and innovative Muslim musicians at the heart of jazz culture in America has been recognised ever since.

The tracks on this collection follow the story of Islam and jazz from the 1950s to the 1980s. Recorded by Muslim jazz musicians, they often draw specifically on Middle Eastern or Islamic music, dream of an esoteric or spiritual Afro-East, or invoke the landscape and sound worlds of Islamic Africa. Spiritual Jazz 7 presents a selection of visionary music – inspired by faith, powered by jazz.

2LP gatefold
Extensive liner notes & pics
CD with 24 page colour booklet
Many tracks never before reissued Available from 17.03.2017

Spiritual
Monday, January 16th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Oufah Music, Clifton ‘Specialist’ Dillon’s production and management company continues to make paradigm shifts in the music industry. With its most recent wave of breaking worldwide charts with recording artist OMI’s, chart topping singles “cheerleader” and “Hula Hoop”; the label is becoming known and anticipated to produce high quality hits after hits. To some in […]

Roy Ayers – Virgin Ubiquity
Saturday, January 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Roy Ayers – Virgin Ubiquity

Image: 1608120 Master band leader, vibraphone virtuoso and second most sampled men in hip-hop…Just a fraction of the titles Roy Ayers has amassed in his near-mythical journey through the international Jazz, Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop worlds. As a result of legendary albums like Everybody Loves The Sunshine (1976) Stoned Soul Picnic (1968) and Mystic Voyage (1975), Roy Ayers has established himself as a living legend and an idol of jazz cats, crate diggers and true music lovers the world over. Having played with some of the finest musicians in the world, including Herbie Hancock, Guru, Fela Kuti, Mary J. Blige, Ron Carter, Erykah Badu, and The Roots, Roy Ayers has found acceptance from both the Jazz and Hip-Hop communities. In 2003, Ayers gave Rapster/BBE unprecedented access to hundreds of unreleased recordings. This resulting album is the 2nd in the Lost and Found series and what is likely to be a series of albums, giving life to what can only be termed “the holy grail” of any true music lover’s search.

TRACKLISTING
A1 Boogie Down
A2 What’s The T?
A3 I Really Love You
B1 Oh What A Lonely Feeling
B2 Sugar
B3 Mystery Of Love
C1 Green And Gold
C2 Brand New Feeling
C3 I Did It In Seattle
D1 Mystic Voyage (Version)
D2 I Just Wanna Give It Up
D3 Together Forever
D4 I Am Your Mind

PRESS QUOTES
• “A collection of sun-kissed gems from the veteran vibes man’s prolific late-Seventies heyday.”
• “A beautiful burst of sunshine when the summer seems such a long way off.” Vicky Zimmerman, 2004, The Guardian
• “Best known for “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”, Ayers and his vibes are like those same solar rays on your skin, for me, this batch of grooves was a salve for staving off seasonal depression.” Andy Beta, 2004, Pitchfork Available from 20.01.2017

Spiritual’s “Awakening” – a forthcoming masterpiece of a new artist
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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With traces of Burning Spear and Culture in his voice, Spiritual’s original songs share with buzz artists like Chronixx, Protoje and Alborosie the aims and destiny of Reggae’s new roots re-generation. Production credits are a seal of quality, as there is the main producer Clifton “Specialist” Dillon (producer for Alborosie, Shabba Ranks in the 90ies, […]

Laraaji – Celestial Vibration
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Laraaji – Celestial Vibration

Image: 1608021 This is the stunning debut album from Laraaji. ‘Celestial Vibration’ was originally released in 1978 under the name Edward Larry Gordon, and then first issued by Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound in 2010.

Soul Jazz Records are now issuing this hypnotic piece newly re-mastered album once again in a very limited vinyl edition of 1000 and new CD as a full Laraaji release.
‘Celestial Vibration’ is a cosmic journey sounding unlike anything else when it was first released in 1978. Laraaji’s album was first issued in New York as a private-pressing record with only very minimal distribution. His distinctive use of the harp-like open-stringed zither and kalimba creates a hypnotic trance like musical landscape.

Laraaji first came to fame in the 1980s as a worldwide ambient artist working with Brian Eno on EG Records. At this time Laraaji worked with a wide range of experimental musicians – Jon Hassell, Harold Budd, Michael Brook, Bill Nelson, Roger Eno, Nana Vasconcelos and Bill Laswell.

Since Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound first released ‘Celestial Vibration’ seven years ago (now long deleted), Laraaji’s career has had a renaissance, releasing a string of new albums including a fascinating collaboration with Blues Control for the FRKYWS label, as well as reissues of earlier albums including a three-album cassette only release last year.
Today Gordon continues his unique musical and spiritual path – performing his music mainly for meditation at yoga global retreats. He runs his own ‘Therapeutic Laughter Workshop’ where he coaches people in the mindful use of laughing for its health benefits.

Limited-edition deluxe vinyl edition.

Tracklisting:

A: All Pervading (24:18)
AA: Bethlehem (24:29)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuBH03Piwag Available from 10.02.2017

Mako & The Hawk – The Devil Made Me Do It (feat. Chima Anya)
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mako & The Hawk – The Devil Made Me Do It (feat. Chima Anya)

Image: 1607202 On their new 45, Mako & The Hawk take you back to a time when breaks were funky and rappers knew how to rhyme for a massive double dose of fresh original boom-bap. With beats forged from previously un-sampled (and legally cleared!) vintage funk breaks and emcee Chima ‘The Doctor’ Anya delivering lyrical wisdom, The Devil Made Me Do It and Strut Your Stuff are a pair of block-rocking jams to turn any party out!

Mako & The Hawk bio.

They might sound like a seventies cop show but Mako & The Hawk are always on the cut, producing and spinning floor-filling dirty funk and soul, old school hip-hop, reggae and party breaks.

Since forming in 2009, the pair have had vinyl and digital releases on Breakbeat Paradise, Freestyle Records, Funk Blasters and Tour of Booty, garnered frequent radio plays on Craig Charles’ BBC Radio 6 Funk And Soul Show, supported the likes of JStar and The Bongolian and held down a never-less-than-packed seven year long residency at Mr Wolf’s in central Bristol.

The Hawk is bassist for mod-funk legends and BBC Radio 2 darlings Big Boss Man, while Mako also produces as one half of Mako & Mr Bristow and is the long-running editor of music site monkeyboxing.com.

This autumn will finally see the long-awaited vinyl seven inch release of their throwback boom-bap double A-side featuring rapper Chima Anya on beats created from never-previously-sampled early 70s Stateside funky soul.

“I’ve got a real soft spot for what this pair get up to!” (Craig Charles, BBC Radio 6)

Chima Anya bio.

Chima Anya is an internationally renowned emcee who time and again has proven to be ahead of the curve while simultaneously staying true to the foundation. When not blessing mics worldwide, he moonlights as a medical Doctor in the depths of south London.

Tracklisting
1 The Devil Made Me Do It (feat. Chima Anya)
2 Strut Your Stuff (feat. Chima Anya) Available from 04.11.2016

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