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Young RJ – Blaq Royalty
Friday, November 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Young RJ – Blaq Royalty

Image: 1616606 Slum Village Produzent und Rapper Young RJ stellt sein Debüt Soloalbum “Blaq Royalty” vor. Young RJ produzierte zusammen mit Black Milk auch unter dem Namen BR Gunna und wirkte an vielen Detroiter Hip Hop Alben mit, beginnend mit Slum Villages “Trinity” Album und der Compilation “Dirty District”. Als Gäste sind Pete Rock, BJ The Chicago Kid, Statik Selektah, Guilty Simpson und andere auf dem neuen Album. Als Bonus CD ist eine Best of-Zusammenstellung der dreiteiligen “Dirty District” Serie mit Auftritten von De La Soul, J Dilla, Dwele, Slum Village, Frank’n’Dank und anderen begefügt. Available from 15.12.2017

Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü (3CD+Book)
Friday, September 29th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü (3CD+Book)

Image: 1611804 Das Team von Numero Group tut Punkrock-Fans im November einen sehr großen Gefallen. Dann veröffentlicht das Label ein Box-Set mit alten Songs von Hüsker Dü. Auf “Savage Young Dü” finden sich alle Songs, die die Band zwischen 1979 und 1982 aufgenommen hat, insgesamt knapp 70 Songs, 47 davon waren bislang unveröffentlicht. Außerdem erscheint dazu auch ein 144-seitiges Booklet, das die Geschichte und Bedeutung der Band ausleuchtet. Numero Group hat sich die Mühe gemacht, den besten Sound aus den schrammeligen alten Aufnahmen zu holen, die im Original auf SST Records erschienen sind. Damals hatte die Band kein Geld, sich um einen besseren Sound zu kümmern. Hüsker-Dü-Bassist Greg Norton: “Hearing this stuff for the first time in a couple of decades, I [was] realizing the historical significance of what we were doing at the time”, erklärt er. “Of course, at the time, we were a bunch of kids playing rock ‘n’ roll in the basement. But the potential that Hüsker had showed right out of the gate.”

“We created this blistering wall of sound – bright white radio static with occasional melody.” – Bob Mould
“It was like rolling down a hill aware of the bumps, but focusing on blowing people’s minds and completely wearing out the audience.” – Grant Hart
“We didn’t know what hardcore was. We just got up there and played real fast and loud.” – Greg Norton
Package details:

– Formate: 3CDs / Tip on jackets / 144-page hardcover book / Linen-finished slipcase / 69 songs, 47 previously unissued / Flyerography / 40 previously unpublished photographs / 12,000 word essay by Erin Osmon / Sessionography by Paul Hilcoff / Remastered from the original analog tapes

Tracklisting: CD1 1. Do You Remember? 2. Sore Eyes 3. Can’t See You Anymore 4. Picture Of You 5. The Truth Hurts 6. Do The Bee 7. Nuclear Nightmare 8. All I’ve Got To Lose Is You 9. Chinese Rocks 10. Uncle Ron 11. Data Control 12. Insects Rule The World 13. You’re Too Obtuse 14. Outside 15. Sexual Economics 16. What Went Wrong? 17. Statues 18. Amusement 19. Writer’s Cramp 20. Let’s Go Die 21. Walk With The Wounded 22. Industrial Grocery Store / CD2 1. Drug Party 2. Call On Me 3. Termination 4. I’m Tired Of Doing Things 5. Stick It To Me 6. Wheels 7. All Tensed Up 8. Don’t Try To Call 9. I’m Not Interested 10. Guns At My School 11. Push The Button 12. Gilligan’s Island 13. MTC 14. Don’t Have A Life 15. You’re Naive 16. Strange Week 17. Big Sky 18. Ultracore 19. Let’s Go Die 20. Won’t Say A Word 21. Don’t Try It 22. Private Hell 23. Diane 24. Sex Dolls / CD3 1. In A Free Land 2. What Do I Want? 3. M.I.C. 4. Target 5. Signals From Above 6. From The Gut 7. Blah, Blah, Blah 8. Punch Drunk 9. Bricklayer 10. Afraid Of Being Wrong 11. Sunshine Superman 12. Signals From Above 13. Everything Falls Apart 14. Wheels 15. Target 16. Obnoxious 17. Gravity 18. Do You Remember? 19. Travel In Opposite Car 20. It’s Not Funny Anymore 21. Real World 22. Out On A Limb 23. It’s Not Fair Available from 15.12.2017

Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü (4LP+Book)
Friday, September 29th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü (4LP+Book)

Image: 1611807 Experience the punishing sonic origins of a punk icon. Collected here for the first time, and skillfully remastered from original board tapes, demos, and session masters, this collection is an authoritative chronicling of the wellspring and maturation of Grant Hart, Greg Norton and Bob Mould—three St. Paul teenagers who’d go on to become the most heralded trio of the American punk underground. Follow the Hüskers to their earliest gigs in 1979, through extensive road dog touring, and to the start of their partnership with West Coast tastemak er SST in 1983.

This primitive stage in the fabled car eer of Hüsk er Dü is presented as a deluxe box set and packaged with a hardbound book crammed full of never before seen photos, flyers, and a sprawling essay with participation from the band. Spread across four LPs or three CDs, 47 of the 69 songs compiled here are previously unissued. Also included are Statues/Amusement, In A Free Land, Everything Falls Apart, and an alternate recording of the Land Speed Record set.

“We created this blistering wall of sound—bright white radio static with occasional melody.” —Bob Mould
“It was like rolling down a hill aware of the bumps, but focusing on blowing people’s minds and completely wearing out the audience.”—Grant Hart
“We didn’t know what hardcore was. We just got up there and played real fast and loud.”—Greg Norton

Package details:

•4 LPs or 3CDs
•Tip on jackets or die cut sleeves
•108-page or 144-page hardcover book
•Linen-finished slipcase
•69 songs, 47 previously unissued
•Flyerography
•40 previously unpublished photographs
•12,000 word essay by Erin Osmon
•Sessionography by Paul Hilcoff
•Remastered from the original analog tapes

200.1
Side A
1. Do You Remember?
2. Sore Eyes
3. Can’t See You Anymore
4. Picture Of You
5. The Truth Hurts
6. Do The Bee
7. Nuclear Nightmare
8. All I’ve Got To Lose Is You
Side B
1. Chinese Rocks
2. Uncle Ron
3. Data Control
4. Insects Rule The World
5. You’re Too Obtuse
6. Outside
7. Sexual Economics
8. What Went Wrong?

200.2
Side C
1. Statues
2. Amusement
3. Writer’s Cramp
4. Let’s Go Die
5. Walk With The Wounded
6. Industrial Grocery Store
Side D
1. Drug Party
2. Call On Me
3. Termination
4. I’m Tired Of Doing Things
5. Stick It To Me
6. Wheels

200.3
Side E
1. All Tensed Up
2. Don’t Try To Call
3. I’m Not Interested
4. Guns At My School
5. Push The Button
6. Gilligan’s Island
7. MTC
8. Don’t Have A Life
9. You’re Naive
10. Strange Week
11. Big Sky
12. Ultracore
13. Let’s Go Die
Side F
1. Won’t Say A Word
2. Don’t Try It
3. Private Hell
4. Diane
5. Sex Dolls
6. In A Free Land
7. What Do I Want?
8. M.I.C.
9. Target
10. Signals From Above

200.4
Side G
1. From The Gut
2. Blah, Blah, Blah
3. Punch Drunk
4. Bricklayer
5. Afraid Of Being Wrong
6. Sunshine Superman
7. Signals From Above
8. Everything Falls Apart
9. Wheels
10. Target
11. Obnoxious
12. Gravity
Side H
1. Do You Remember?
2. Travel In Opposite Car
3. It’s Not Funny Anymore
4. Real World
5. Out On A Limb
6. It’s Not Fair

CD Tracklist is same order, split as follows:
CD1 – Sides A, B, C
CD2 – Sides D, E, F (Tracks 1-5)
CD3 – Sides F (Tracks 6-10), G, H Available from 15.12.2017

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

Joe Young – Invincible Armour
Friday, January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joe Young – Invincible Armour

Image: 1608463 These are good times for lovers of real Hip-Hop with substance. The Lox coming back with an Album, J Cole declared war on every wack rapper in sight and the Wu Tang Clan has groomed
a solider of their own. Over the last couple of years, the artist by the name of Joe Young has learned from the greatest crew of all time that the world needs something different.
Taking notes, working on his craft beeing mentored by Cappadonna & Inspectah Deck and restructuring Wu Wear with his partners in Germany, Joe Young is set to re-establish the feeling we have all been missing. While the Clan is going through its own turmoil, trial and tribulations that have left fans out in the dry for new music, Joe Young and legendary beatsmith Dame Grease have come together to build a piece of music that will stand the test of time. Invincible Armour is the outcome and the album features the Wu Tang elite – Method Man, Raekwon, Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa & more. This album is a testimony of celebration, bringing the sound back that made Enter the 36 Chambers or Wu Tang Forever, which are arguably the best albums the Clan put out for the fans. These 12 Songs inclusive skits caught the attention of Martin Shkreli as well who wanted to put in an offer to purchase but
Joe and Dame Grease let it be known that this is for you. The fans.

1. Invincible Armour (Intro)
2. Crack Babies (feat. Method Man, Raekwon & Cappadonna)
3. The Projects (feat. Masta Killa)
4. The Eagle Claw (Skit)
5. Still Don’t Wanna Go Back (feat. Inspectah Deck)
6. The Life I Chose (feat. Raekwon)
7. Invincible Armour (Interlude)
8. No Love Lost (feat. Cappadonna)
9. Jealous Master (Skit)
10. Crack Babies 2.0 feat Method Man, Raekwon, Masta Killa & Cappadonna
11. What’s Love (feat. Dame Grease & Bigga Threat)
12. No Love lost ft. Cappadonna & Hanz On
13. Mr. Who (Skit) Available from 24.02.2017

Adrian Younge – Presents The Delfonics (Instrumentals)
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Adrian Younge – Presents The Delfonics (Instrumentals)

Image: 1608320 Linear Labs now brings you Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics

in a never before issued instrumental edition!

Tracks from Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics have been sampled by Schoolboy Q, DJ Premier (and many more) and have been heard in Netflix monster hit Marvel’s Luke Cage!
The Delfonics is the quintessential sweet-soul group. Hailing from Philadelphia, the crew formed in the mid-’60s, with the definitive original lineup as lead vocalist and songwriter William Hart,
his brother Wilbert Hart, and mutual high-school friend Randy Cain (later replaced by Major Harris). With the help of producer/arranger Thom Bell—and with William’s signature falsetto—the
Delfonics set the tone for all other sweet-soul groups that would follow.
Between 1968 and 1974, the Delfonics had twenty charting singles and won a Grammy for their massive hit “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time).” Out of their twenty hits, William Hart wrote
or co-wrote eighteen of them, thirteen with collaborator Thom Bell, like “La-La Means I Love You,” “He Don’t Really Love You,” and “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love).”After
five albums, the Delfonics would break up for good in 1975. Brothers William and Wilbert parted ways and over the years often toured separately with different forms of the group. But over forty
years after writing his first hit, lead singer and songwriter William Hart has put his unmistakable falsetto back on analog tape and reinvented the Delfonics brand for a new generation.
Los Angeles producer/composer Adrian Younge envisioned a modern-day Delfonics album and pitched the idea to William Hart, who hopped a plane from Philly to L.A. and began work on a
new album. Younge helped to reshape the Delfonics by bringing on board two excellent young vocalists, Loren Oden and Saudia Mills—as well as Om’Mas Keith on the single “Stop and Look
(And You Have Found Love)”—to work alongside William. Adrian Younge is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who traded in his MPC sampler for a carefully curated studio of authentic gear.
Younge rocketed to international recognition after composing the original score for the film Black Dynamite and has since release ground-breaking projects including The Souls of Mischief’s
“There Is Only Now” and Ghostface Killah’s “Twelve Reasons to Die” concept albums.
Younge brings a unique perspective on modern rhythm and blues. “I was studying Delfonics stuff for years,” Younge reveals. “I studied Delfonics to do the Black Dynamite stuff. I’ve been a fan,
and I’ve just studied their music for so long that when I got the opportunity to do this, it just really blew my mind.”
From the very beginning, it was Younge’s intention to create an old-school Delfonics vibe but offer a very hip-hop-informed perspective. There are distinguishing musical elements that
Delfonics fans will recognize, like the electric sitar guitar, the French horn, string arrangements, and the tympani. “I want people to expect something classic but not expect to hear the same
thing rehashed,” Younge says. “I want to push it forward. William and I strived to push this forward.
Younge now makes this breath-taking musical outing available in a never before issued instrumental edition on his own Linear Labs imprint.

SIDE ONE:
1. Stop And Look (And You Have Found Love) (Instrumental)
2. Lost Without You (Instrumental)
3. True Love (Instrumental)
4. Silently (Instrumental)
5. Enemies (Instrumental)
6. To Be Your One (Instrumental)
SIDE TWO:
1. Stand Up (Instrumental)
2. Just Love (Instrumental)
3. So In Love With You (Instrumental)
4. I Can’t Cry No More (Instrumental)
5. Lover’s Melody (Instrumental)
6. Party’s Over (Instrumental)
7. Life Never Ends (Instrumental) Available from 14.04.2017

Adrian Younge – Presents The Delfonics
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Adrian Younge – Presents The Delfonics

Image: 1607822 The Delfonics is the quintessential sweet-soul group. Hailing from Philadelphia, the crew formed in the mid-’60s, with the definitive original lineup as lead
vocalist and songwriter William Hart, his brother Wilbert Hart, and mutual high-school friend Randy Cain (later replaced by Major Harris). With the help of
producer/arranger Thom Bell—and with William’s signature falsetto—the Delfonics set the tone for all other sweet-soul groups that would follow.
Between 1968 and 1974, the Delfonics had twenty charting singles and won a Grammy for their massive hit “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time).” Out of
their twenty hits, William Hart wrote or co-wrote eighteen of them, thirteen with collaborator Thom Bell, like “La-La Means I Love You,” “He Don’t Really
Love You,” and “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love).”After five albums, the Delfonics would break up for good in 1975. Brothers William and
Wilbert parted ways and over the years often toured separately with different forms of the group. But over forty years after writing his first hit, lead singer
and songwriter William Hart has put his unmistakable falsetto back on analog tape and reinvented the Delfonics brand for a new generation.
Los Angeles producer/composer Adrian Younge envisioned a modern-day Delfonics album and pitched the idea to William Hart, who hopped a plane from
Philly to L.A. and began work on a new album. Younge helped to reshape the Delfonics by bringing on board two excellent young vocalists, Loren Oden
and Saudia Mills—as well as Om’Mas Keith on the single “Stop and Look (And You Have Found Love)”—to work alongside William. Adrian Younge is a
self-taught multi-instrumentalist who traded in his MPC sampler for a carefully curated studio of authentic gear. Younge rocketed to international
recognition after composing the original score for the film Black Dynamite and has since release ground-breaking projects including The Souls of
Mischief’s “There Is Only Now” and Ghostface Killah’s “Twelve Reasons to Die” concept albums.
Younge brings a unique perspective on modern rhythm and blues. “I was studying Delfonics stuff for years,” Younge reveals. “I studied Delfonics to do the
Black Dynamite stuff. I’ve been a fan, and I’ve just studied their music for so long that when I got the opportunity to do this, it just really blew my mind.”
From the very beginning, it was Younge’s intention to create an old-school Delfonics vibe but offer a very hip-hop-informed perspective. There are
distinguishing musical elements that Delfonics fans will recognize, like the electric sitar guitar, the French horn, string arrangements, and the tympani. “I
want people to expect something classic but not expect to hear the same thing rehashed,” Younge says. “I want to push it forward. William and I strived to
push this forward.
Younge now makes this breath-taking musical outing available once again on his own Linear Labs imprint

SIDE ONE:
1. Stop And Look (And You Have Found Love)
2. Lost Without You
3. True Love
4. Silently
5. Enemies
6. To Be Your One
SIDE TWO:
1. Stand Up
2. Just Love
3. So In Love With You
4. I Can’t Cry No More
5. Lover’s Melody
6. Party’s Over
7. Life Never Ends Available from 20.01.2017

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Luke Cage (OST)
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Luke Cage (OST)

Mondo is excited to unveil the soundtrack for Marvel’s Luke Cage, the Netflix original series, with collectible artwork of the bulletproof hero by Matthew Woodson. Composers Adrian Younge (Something About April) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Calle…

Adrian Younge – The Electronique Void (Instrumentals)
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Adrian Younge – The Electronique Void (Instrumentals)

Adrian Younge calls The Electronique Void an academic album, by which he means it is bothinstructional and informational. The science of love, its formulas and if-then constraints,causal relationships and observable properties, is best taught experien…

Dead Horse Beats – Young Ruins
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dead Horse Beats – Young Ruins

Image: 1606630 Patrick Wade, better known as Dead Horse Beats is a producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist living in Montreal, Canada. Since the release of his first album in 2011, Wade has garnered attention for his unique brand of hazy, rhythmic, soul-styled creations, and energetic live spectacles featuring a slough of live instrumentation, electronics and guest performers.

After the release 2015’s acclaimed Single People LP and a brief stint with London’s Black Butter Records, Bad Hopes is the culmination of a new, fully realized sonic direction, inspired by the sounds of the Montreal scene in which DHB is embedded, equal parts glittering R&B, and undeniable deep house inspired soundscapes, fusing fully on Bad Hopes,

Alongside friends and collaborators Frase (vocals on She Said) and Jason Simpkin (additional production and instrumentation throughout) DHB blends his voice and lyrics with bassy grooves, lush synths and sharp, angular percussion into a cohesive, rolling soundscape.

A1. She Said – ft Frase
A2. The Moments
B1. Young Ruins
B2. Dive Available from 28.10.2016

Young Pulse – Paris Edits 4
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Young Pulse – Paris Edits 4

The Paris soulful disco scene is pretty hype right now and Young Pulse is definitely one of the key players. After three highly successful EPs on GAMM, Young Pulse is now set for his fourth release in the celebrated ‘Paris Edits’ series.As always with…

Adrian Younge – The Electronique Void – Black Noise
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Adrian Younge – The Electronique Void – Black Noise

Image: 1606391 This, too, is a story about control. It’s a manual, maybe half Rosetta Stone, half bird guide. It was made the way they made electronic music in the good old days, all
analog everything, right after synthesizers shrunk to a manageable size and you didn’t have to trek down to a university to use one anymore. Hard-earned. Tastes
different. Our parents’ electronic. And its subject is staying together, that thing we thought was their province. It’s about trying to fix what hurts. It’s about knowing better.
Black Noise is men talking to men about women, Lemonade is a woman talking to women about men, and they both orbit around a failure we take for granted like the
sun: loving you is complicated. It’s a skill, we forgot.
Adrian Younge calls The Electronique Void an academic album, by which he means it is both instructional and informational. There’s a problem at the heart of it, a
woman who’s been told that she’s loved, but she doesn’t recognize that, can’t feel it, may have heard it all before, may be worrying about the wrong things. Jack
Waterson, long a guitarist in Younge’s band, plays the role of narrator, sounding professorial and rather superior as he lays out for the woman where she’s erred. That
vocoder you hear is Adrian, talking to her on a subterranean level, the way an artist must. There’s a strong sense of rules here, a prescription and a presumption that
there is an agreed upon way to do it, and there is also a wrong way, or at least a way that won’t work. And the fact is, as didactic as that sounds, it might be the truth.
Maybe everybody who’s alone can be cured. The discourse on the album is the kind of thing that happens when you go blonde and then you can’t keep ‘em off you.
These truths are cold and hard, and our hero begrudges the well-meaning advice being rained down upon her as any independent woman would.
The science of love, its formulas and if-then constraints, causal relationships and observable properties, is best taught experientially, but learning it hurts so, so bad.
Music, especially electronic music, reliant as it is on abstraction and unrepentant as it is about hijacking your physiological responses to tempo and rhythm and
dynamics, is a way to get there without going through it. Electronic music as practiced and developed by pioneers like Dick Hyman and Raymond Scott and Wendy
Carlos is precise and intentional. In making his first electronic album, Younge took his cues from them, reminding a contemporary audience what a synthesizer, deep
in its heart, really could be.
The lady of The Electronique Void, only ever seen through a man’s eyes, who’s being told what to do by him, sounds trapped by her history and by her position, her
ancestors’ trauma echoing through her lineage and booming out of her as a phobia, distrust, misapprehension, rational response to a fucked up situation. Waterson’s
text here seems to say that if his character could go back in time, catch her before the damage was done, she would be able to love. And that’s reasonable. Don’t get
hooked. Don’t do wifey shit for a fuck boy. Don’t let it go to your head, no. It’s also possible he has no idea what he’s talking about. The lessons for men in The
Electronique Void are unspoken but plain as day.
This music is an urgent tutorial. Adrian Younge looks at us and sees the frontline of a crisis, something we only have time to triage right now. This isn’t romantic and
it isn’t about settling down. This is the fight of our lives: how to love.

SIDE ONE:
1. Black Noise (Interlude)
2. The Night
3. Fly Away
4. Systems
5. The Concept Of Love
SIDE TWO:
1. Voltage Controlled Orgasms
2. Linguistics
3. Black Noise
4. Patterns
5. Suicidal Love Available from 07.10.2016

The Larry Joseph Project – Young Giants of Platinum Funk Vol.1
Friday, August 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Larry Joseph Project – Young Giants of Platinum Funk Vol.1

Image: 1605626 City Of Dreams Records & Tapes is proud to announce we have just released for the first ever on vinyl record,

THE LARRY JOSEPH PROJECT :
” YOUNG GIANTS OF PLATINUM FUNK VOL. 1 ”
with the modern-soul boogie-funk cult classic:

” YOU’RE THE BEST ” *** FIRST TIME EVER ON VINYL RECORD *** ,mesmerizing vocals from CHIC’s legendary lead singer LUCI MARTIN …
and on the flip we have :
DEE SCOTT – ” IRRESISTIBLE ”
from Larry Joseph’s Platinum Funk Vol. 1 .
ALL COMBINED ON 1 UNBELIEVABLE 2-SIDED 12inch VINYL RECORD.

ALL-STAR PRODUCTION by Larry Joseph and these legends of dance music, modern soul, and funk… Barry Eastman on piano, Wayne Brathwaite on bass.. J.T. Lewis on drums…
this is some of the best music ever made by some of the best musicians !!!! Available from 19.08.2016

Fudge – Lady Parts
Friday, July 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fudge – Lady Parts

Image: 1605084 Fudge is a collaboration between producer Prefuse73 and emcee Michael Christmas.

Prefuse73 is best known forhis glitchy, abstract, instrumental hip hop. He has worked withhip hop legends Ghostface Killah, El-P, Mos Def, Mikah 9, MF DOOM and the Gza. Lady Partsis the first full-length album he has made with a rapper.

Michael Christmas is a22 year old Boston emcee who has spent the last two years dropping his debut and sophomore mixtapes and touring the USA, opening for Logic and Mac Miller. Hehasa rare degree of charisma and realism that sets him apart from many of his peers in the ones-to-watch lists.

Fudge came together duringseveral sessions in the summer and fall of 2015 at Nick Hook’s Green Point studio. Prefuse73 brought along ahard drive full of beats.Christmas wrote to the instrumentals in the studio,and recorded the vocalsthe same day, as friends swung by to check it out. Some of the drop-ins at the studio ended up joining in the recording, not least D.R.A.M.who brings lifted soul vocals on“Al Points South”.

Months of intensive mixing followed the last Brooklyn session. Prefuse rebuilt his studio in upstate New York and set about finishing the album, making somethingthat pays off on repeat headphone listens as well as one that bumps hard.

The result is an album ofheavyweight production with funny and authentic lyrics.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Crash
2. Young Vet
3. Circuit Breaker
4. In My Shoes feat. Alex Mali
5. Kids Kill
6. These Saturdays
7. All Points South feat. D.R.A.M.
8. Popstar Shit
9. Every Off Key Interlude
10. Showstopper
11. I Think Imma
12. Japanese Mall
13. Nothing Good
14. No Vibes
15. I Got The Good Available from 09.09.2016

The Young Senators – Jungle / That’s The Way It Is
Thursday, June 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Young Senators – Jungle / That’s The Way It Is

Image: 1604542 The Young Senators are an exemplary progenitor of DC’s hyper-local, hyper-celebrated Go-Go scene. Peers of Chuck Brown’s Black Heat and Soul Searchers, the septet was led by energetic singer and conga player Jimi Dougans, and featured saxophonist Leroy Flemming, guitarist Calvin Charisty, keyboardist Frank Hooker, drummer James Johnson, bassist Wornell Jones, and trumpeter Phillip Guilbeau. The band issued two singles on the the tiny Innovation label, before joining up with Motown’s Eddie Kendricks in 1972 for his sophomore effort People…Hold On. The Young Senators’ fuzzed-out brand of psychedelic soul is often bootlegged, but finds it first legitimate release in 45 years via these remastered sides.

Track Listing
1. Jungle
2. That’s The Way It Is Available from 22.07.2016

The Young Senators – Ringing Bells (Sweet Music) Pt.1&2
Thursday, June 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Young Senators – Ringing Bells (Sweet Music) Pt.1&2

Image: 1604543 The Young Senators are an exemplary progenitor of DC’s hyper-local, hyper-celebrated Go-Go scene. Peers of Chuck Brown’s Black Heat and Soul Searchers, the septet was led by energetic singer and conga player Jimi Dougans, and featured saxophonist LeroyFlemming, guitarist Calvin Charisty, keyboardist Frank Hooker, drummer James Johnson, bassist Wornell Jones, and trumpeter Phillip Guilbeau. The band issued two singles on the the tiny Innovation label, before joining up with Motown’s Eddie Kendricks in 1972 for his sophomore effort People…Hold On. The Young Senators’ fuzzed-out brand of psychedelic soul is often bootlegged, but finds it first legitimate release in 45 years via these remastered sides.

Track Listing
1. Ringing Bells (Sweet Music) Part 1
2. Ringing Bells (Sweet Music) Part 2 Available from 22.07.2016

Nolan The Ninja – He(art)
Friday, May 20th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nolan The Ninja – He(art)

Image: 1603344 Nolan The Ninja is a throwback in many regards. In an era where many are just thrust into the realm of music without having gone through a proper stretch of artistic development, Nolan has been through the gauntlet and honed his abilities to the razor’s edge over the past few years. Nolan’s debut EP “F*ck The Hype” dropped on Left Of Center and attracted praise from 2DopeBoyz, Huffington Post, Pigeons & Planes, Egotripland, URB, watchLOUD, Respect and numerous other outlets. After eye opening live appearances on DJ Eclipse’s Halftime Show and Tony Touch’s Toca Tuesdays Shade 45 show it was clear the world needed a full length album from him.

The wait is over. Nolan’s debut LP “he(art)” is the culmination of years of performances and recording until he was ready to deliver a concise, well-rounded album that represented his evolution into a fully formed artist. “he(art)” exhibits the growth, depth and introspection you’d expect from an artist coming into their own and finally realizing their true potential. “he(art)” takes you on a journey of a young man from Detroit finally seeing his lifelong dreams of becoming an emcee following in the footsteps of his idols and influences coming to fruition.

“he(art)” showcases production from several prominent beatsmiths including MoSS, Def Dee, Nick Speed while also boasting features from rhyme veterans and up and comers alike such as Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Finale, Noveliss (Clear Soul Forces) and Red Pill (Ugly Heroes). After listening to this project it will be clear to the listener that this is just the tip of the iceberg and the sky’s the limit on this remarkable talent. The heart is what sets everything else in motion in the human body and without love for the art of the craft you will never try to achieve greatness.

• Features include Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Finale, Noveliss(Clear Soul Forces) and Red Pill (Ugly Heroes)
• “he(art)” showcases production from several prominent beatsmiths including MoSS, Def Dee, and Nick Speed
• Nolan The Ninja has recieved praise from 2DopeBoyz, Huffington Post, Pigeons & Planes, Egotripland, URB, watchLOUD, Respect and numerous other outlets

1. Opulence
2. Immortality
3. Dianetics
4. Depoli
5. Abyss
6. Pennie$
7. Integrity
8. Amour
9. 40 acres
10. Reel shit
11. Potency
12. Coda Available from 01.07.2016

Martha High – Singing For The Good Times
Friday, May 20th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Martha High – Singing For The Good Times

Image: 1602952 James Brown. Who doesn’t know about the godfather of soul? Who doesn’t know about the milestone anthem “Cold Sweat”? Maybe there is nobody, but we are sure that many of you don’t know that hidden on that particular song, and in all of James Brown’s productions, is one of the best kept secrets in soul music: Mrs. Martha High.

She is the one who sings that crazy soprano note at the very beginning of the song and she is the one who sang behind James Brown for about 35 years. She was with Brown and the Jb’s in Boston on the infamous night after the Martin Luther King assassination, she flew with him in the dangerous Vietnam skies to entertain the US soldiers, and was also in Zaire celebrating the “Rumble in the Jungle” between Ali and Foreman. Martha was truly a friend, confidant and supporter of the godfather of soul. Maybe she was just too young and shy to jump over the other soul divas to ask for a solo record. Today is different.

Mrs. Martha High is the hardest working woman in show business. She is still touring worldwide as a lead singer of Maceo Parker’s band but now she is on fire because finally, she has recorded the album she never made but always wanted to make. 11 killer original tunes produced and arranged by Luca Sapio, the Italian soul ambassador, in true analog super sound. The tunes evoke the best productions of the golden era of Southern soul as well as the sonic landscapes of the Italian soundtracks of the 60’s. Here is the middle ground where these two unheralded musical traditions meet and Martha is the undisputed Queen. Don’t miss the chance to take a listen.

This record is made of truth, soul, love, and pain – a full spectrum of emotions that only a Queen can deliver to your ears. She spent much time in the studio with Luca and his guys to make it happen. This is not a revival, this is not retro, this is NOW. She took it as a challenge and we are sure that she won.

Tracklisting :
1. Always Worth The Pain
2. I Am A Woman
3. I Can’t Hold On
4. Fire Shut Up In My Bones
5. Lean On Me
6. Lovelight
7. The Hard Way
8. The Hardest Working Woman
9. Singing This Song
10. You Baby
11. For The Good Times Available from 27.05.2016

Martha High – Singing For The Good Times
Friday, May 20th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Martha High – Singing For The Good Times

Image: 1602952 James Brown. Who doesn’t know about the godfather of soul? Who doesn’t know about the milestone anthem “Cold Sweat”? Maybe there is nobody, but we are sure that many of you don’t know that hidden on that particular song, and in all of James Brown’s productions, is one of the best kept secrets in soul music: Mrs. Martha High.

She is the one who sings that crazy soprano note at the very beginning of the song and she is the one who sang behind James Brown for about 35 years. She was with Brown and the Jb’s in Boston on the infamous night after the Martin Luther King assassination, she flew with him in the dangerous Vietnam skies to entertain the US soldiers, and was also in Zaire celebrating the “Rumble in the Jungle” between Ali and Foreman. Martha was truly a friend, confidant and supporter of the godfather of soul. Maybe she was just too young and shy to jump over the other soul divas to ask for a solo record. Today is different.

Mrs. Martha High is the hardest working woman in show business. She is still touring worldwide as a lead singer of Maceo Parker’s band but now she is on fire because finally, she has recorded the album she never made but always wanted to make. 11 killer original tunes produced and arranged by Luca Sapio, the Italian soul ambassador, in true analog super sound. The tunes evoke the best productions of the golden era of Southern soul as well as the sonic landscapes of the Italian soundtracks of the 60’s. Here is the middle ground where these two unheralded musical traditions meet and Martha is the undisputed Queen. Don’t miss the chance to take a listen.

This record is made of truth, soul, love, and pain – a full spectrum of emotions that only a Queen can deliver to your ears. She spent much time in the studio with Luca and his guys to make it happen. This is not a revival, this is not retro, this is NOW. She took it as a challenge and we are sure that she won.

Tracklisting :
1. Always Worth The Pain
2. I Am A Woman
3. I Can’t Hold On
4. Fire Shut Up In My Bones
5. Lean On Me
6. Lovelight
7. The Hard Way
8. The Hardest Working Woman
9. Singing This Song
10. You Baby
11. For The Good Times Available from 10.06.2016

Martha High
Monday, April 25th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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James Brown. Who doesn’t know about the godfather of soul? Who doesn’t know about the milestone anthem “Cold Sweat”? Maybe there is nobody, but we are sure that many of you don’t know that hidden on that particular song, and in all of James Brown’s productions, is one of the best kept secrets in soul […]

Mrs. Martha High is the hardest working woman in show business
Friday, April 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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James Brown. Who doesn’t know about the godfather of soul? Who doesn’t know about the milestone anthem “Cold Sweat”? Maybe there is nobody, but we are sure that many of you don’t know that hidden on that particular song, and in all of James Brown’s productions, is one of the best kept secrets in soul […]

Adrian Younge – Something About April II (Instrumentals)
Thursday, April 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Adrian Younge – Something About April II (Instrumentals)

Image: 1603462 In the years since the release of Adrian Younge’s Something About April, he has been coined
America’s black genius: the evocation of analog vestige in a digital era. His majestic music has
garnered him reverence, likened to Ennio Morricone’s best work and the Beatles’ tenacity to create
new sounds. Fortuitously, Something About April has made an indelible impression on modern
vinyl heads and producers alike, being sampled by DJ Premier, Jay-Z, Common, 50 Cent and more.
The Something About April brand is an axiom to the modern “Breakbeat” and Linear Labs is happy
to announce its successor: Something About April II.
As with Something About April – Something About April II is the sort of recording that is more than
deserving of an all instrumental treatment. Recorded with Younge’s collection of rare instruments,
Something About April II advances his musical paradigm with enterprising concepts and grander
compositions — it synthesizes the boundaries between dark American soul and classic European
cinema.
Younge is the experimental spirit of the modernist vanguard, looking at the past to create the future.
What this album extrapolates, from vinyl culture, will become further magnified by its sampling
down the line. Something About April II will replace the former as a holy grail for producers and
collectors alike.

SIDE A – INSTRUMENTAL VERSIONS OF:
Sittin’ By The Radio • Winter Is Here • Sandrine
Step Beyond • Sea Motet • Memories Of War • Psalms

SIDE B – INSTRUMENTAL VERSIONS OF:
Magic Music • Ready To Love • La Ballade
April Sonata • Hands Of God • Hear My Love Available from 06.05.2016

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

Adrian Younge – Something About April II
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Adrian Younge – Something About April II

Image: 1601290 In the years since the release of Adrian Younge’s Something About April, he has been coined
America’s black genius: the evocation of analog vestige in a digital era. His majestic music has
garnered him reverence, likened to Ennio Morricone’s best work and the Beatles’ tenacity to create
new sounds. Fortuitously, Something About April has made an indelible impression on modern
vinyl heads and producers alike, being sampled by DJ Premier, Jay-Z, Common, 50 Cent and more.
The Something About April brand is an axiom to the modern “Breakbeat” and Linear Labs is happy
to announce its successor: Something About April II.
Recorded with Younge’s collection of rare instruments, Something About April II advances his
musical paradigm with enterprising concepts and grander compositions — it synthesizes the
boundaries between dark American soul and classic European cinema. With effervescent conviction,
Younge executes with an array of entrancing vocalists: Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) and Bilal
perform duets on “Step Beyond” and “La Ballade,” reminiscent of Serge Gainsborg and Jane Birkin,
Raphael Saadiq blends “Black Jazz” vocals with psychedelic soul on “Magic Music,” Israeli star,
Karolina, delivers haunting chants over concertos like “Hear my love” and “Winter is Here,” Loren
Oden croons as if the apparent ghost of Donnie Hathaway created one last love song, “Sandrine.”
Younge is the experimental spirit of the modernist vanguard, looking at the past to create the future.
What this album extrapolates, from vinyl culture, will become further magnified by its sampling
down the line. Something About April II will replace the former as a holy grail for producers and
collectors alike.

SIDE A:
Sittin’ By The Radio • Winter Is Here • Sandrine Step Beyond • Sea Motet • Memories Of War • Psalms
SIDE B: Magic Music • Ready To Love • La Ballade April Sonata • Hands Of God • Hear My Love Available from 22.01.2016

Benny Sings – STUDIO (Jakarta)
Friday, November 27th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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STUDIO is Benny’s 5th studio album. Not just casually called by its name. No, there is something else happening here. The word ‘STUDIO’ originates from the Latin word ‘studium’, which stands for ‘studying’. The studio is the place where painters, artists and musicians learn, study and create. It’s the place where Benny is most comfortable.

CD JAKARTA093-2 / LP+MP3 JAKARTA093-1
Release: 27-11-15
The 5th studio album from Dutch pop artist Benny Sings
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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STUDIO is Benny’s 5th studio album. Not just casually called by its name. No, there is something else happening here. The word ‘STUDIO’ originates from the Latin word ‘studium’, which stands for ‘studying’. The studio is the place where painters, artists and musicians learn, study and create. It’s the place where Benny is most comfortable. […]

J. Young – The Mess (Ft.The Fabulous Dobbs) / It’s Got Soul
Thursday, October 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on J. Young – The Mess (Ft.The Fabulous Dobbs) / It’s Got Soul

J. Young recorded two 45rpm singles for James Reese’ Najma label some time in the late 1960s. Both releases are extremenly hard to find nowadays, and even better, both are of sheer quality. Get this re-issue and save several thousand dollars which you…

The Lost Generation – Young, Tough And Terrible
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Lost Generation – Young, Tough And Terrible

Image: 1599690 Re mastered and re released for 2015 in conjunction with Brunswick. Too legit to quit.

They’re young and tough – and especially wonderful too – easily one of the most compelling harmony soul groups to ever hail from the Windy City! The set’s a Chicago soul gem from the early 70s – recorded with a laidback, slightly tripped-out vibe that’s different than the tighter styles of other groups from the same scene – definitely righteous at points, with some of the superbad modes you might hear from an east coast lineup like The Delfonics or Soul Generation, especially when they were trying to get a bit more conscious in their message. Arrangements are great – handled by Tom Tom Washington, Eugene Record, and Cliff Davis – very much at the best Brunswick mode, but again with a deeper sort of vibe too. The title cut’s a monster, and a very fitting follow-up to their earlier ‘Sly, Slick, & Wicked’ track – and the album features 2 versions (vocal and instrumental) of a cut called ‘This Is The Lost Generation’, a very righteous soul groove with a heavy production tip.

Review courtesy of Soulmakossa – http://www.funkmysoul.gr/

TRACK LISTING:

A1 – This Is The Lost Generation (A. J. Tribbie, L. Simon, F. Simon and G. Redmond)
A2 – Tired Of Being Alone (Al Green)
A3 – All In The Course Of A Day (Richard Parker)
A4 – You’ve Got To Crawl Before You Walk (A. Bond, G. Perry, G. Johnson and R. Dunbar)
A5 – Sure Is Funky (L. Simon, F. Simon, L. Brownlee and G. Redmond)
B1 – The Young, Tough And Terrible (J. Dean, L. Simon, F. Simon and G. Redmond)
B2 – Paulette (Richard Parker)
B3 – Thin Line Between Love And Hate (Robert Poindexter, Richard Poindexter and J. Members)
B4 – One More Bridge To Cross (N. Ashford and V. Simpson)
B5 – This Is The Lost Generation (Instrumental) (A. J. Tribbie, L. Simon, F. Simon and G. Redmond) Available from 16.10.2015

Special Ed – Youngest In Charge
Friday, September 11th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Special Ed – Youngest In Charge

Image: 1599495 Special Ed’s debut LP presented in a gatefold jacket with liner notes by Brian Coleman that include interviews with Ed and Howie Tee.

In 1989, Hip-Hop was truly bona fide. It had shed the “just a gimmick” tag years before, as it showed not only artistic growth,
but serious sales numbers. In short, it was here to stay.
After the explosion of Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy in New York and the rise of the West Coast seen in multiplatinum
successes by N.W.A. and Ice-T, the music started to truly expand, letting new voices and approaches join the party
and make their own waves. One of those was a young man from Brooklyn who went by the name Special Ed. Only 16 when
his debut hit shelves (and then quickly flew off them), his age was indeed just a number. Beyond any gimmicks, Ed had serious
skills.
Fortunately, Ed found his way into the recording studio with fellow Brooklynite, Hitman Howie Tee. Howie had seen some
success as part of the group CD III earlier in the 80s, and also did uncredited production on the worldwide smash “Roxanne,
Roxanne” by UTFO in 1984. With skills and experience under his belt, he was waiting for his true “big moment.”
Ed was the MC that Howie had been waiting for, and together they made history. Once it hit, Howie’s instincts were proved
correct – Youngest In Charge was a smash, rocked on radio, in clubs and on boomboxes around the world. It shot up the
Billboard 100 and Rap / R&B album charts with ease, and hit Gold status by the late ‘90s, proving the album’s staying power.
Even considering the novelty of Ed’s youth, the Youngest In Charge album stands very firmly on its own as a hip-hop classic,
the ultimate in late ‘80s New York brag swagger, with hit singles “I Got It Made” and “Think About It,” both which showed off
Ed’s battle stances and Howie Tee’s masterful, never-endingly catchy productions. Add to it deeper album cuts that still resonate
like “Taxing,” “Fly M.C.” and “I’m The Magnificent” (a later single, in 1990), and it brings you back to a time when hip-hop
was all about skills and chemistry. Special Ed and Howie Tee certainly had both, with dopeness to spare.

SIDE A:
Taxing
I Got It Made
I’m The Magnificent
Club Scene
Hoedown
SIDE B:
Think About It
Ak-Shun
Monster Jam
The Bush
Fly M.C.
Heds And Dreds Available from 09.10.2015

Debut album from Berlin based hip-hop artist Juju Rogers on Jakarta Records
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Julian Rogers aka Juju Rogers is a young Berlin based hip-hop artist. Being the child of an American GI from New Orleans and a German mother with Austrian roots, Juju always got to know the best of both worlds through is parents. Born and raised bilingual in Schweinfurt, a small city in the south of […]

Young Pulse – Paris Edits Vol.3
Saturday, September 5th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Young Pulse – Paris Edits Vol.3

Young Pulse is going from strength to strength and is now ready to drop vol. 3 of his best-selling ‘Paris Edits’ series.Together with fellow producers The Reflex and Reverend P its become clear that the french are now leading the way on the edit scene…

Ghostface Killah – Adrian Younge Pres. 12 Reasons To Die II (7inchBox
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ghostface Killah – Adrian Younge Pres. 12 Reasons To Die II (7inchBox

Image: 1599193 Adrian Younge and Ghostface Killah’s latest collaboration, 12 Reasons To Die II, is now available as a deluxe 7 inch box set! The set includes six singles in full color jackets with two of the singles being both picture discs and Serato controllers!

Fans who have been anticipating a sequel to 2013’s acclaimed first installment can rejoice: Adrian Younge’s and Ghostface Killah’s Twelve Reasons To Die II has finally arrived.
To up the ante this time around, Ghostface has added a very important lyrical sparring partner to the mix: Raekwon. The chemistry that was cemented two decades ago on Rae’s classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is as strong as ever, clearly heard on five out of the album’s 13 songs. And on the topic of chemistry, album executive producer and Wu-Tang patriarch The RZA returns to Part II as the story’s narrator.
“Having Ghost and Raekwon together on multiple tracks is almost like cheating, because they fit so well together,” laughs album mastermind and prime mover Adrian Younge.
“Their chemistry is undeniable and they clearly make each other better. RZA established the template for those guys working together decades ago, I’m merely adding my two cents to the legacy.”
Where the first installment of Twelve Reasons To Die was based in 1960s Italy – detailing the machinations of the feared DeLuca crime family – Part II inhabits the grimy streets of mid-1970s New York City. Descendants of the DeLucas are running the city, but a powerful, younger crime syndicate is percolating, commanded by black gangster Lester Kane (personified by Raekwon).
As Kane’s power grows, he takes on the DeLucas, and a bloodbath ensues. Kane has always known the legend of Tony Starks, who was killed by the DeLucas in Italy and whose remains were partially used to create twelve vinyl records. When played back in the “old world,” the Ghostface Killer rose and destroyed the Italian faction. This plays into the story’s conclusion at the end of Part II.
The storyline for Part II is vividly brought to life with the help of Younge’s never-endingly evocative and unique brand of cinematic, psychedelic soul. The music – on which Younge himself plays upwards of 10 instruments on certain songs – was recorded strictly on analog tape, to bring out the true grit of the ‘70s era that provides the Twelve Reasons backdrop.
“This time around I wanted to make a statement with a darker, heavier approach to the composition and sonic landscape,” Younge explains. And regarding his producer / artist relationship with the legendary Wu-Tang MC who is on the marquee, he says, “When I composed the first Twelve Reasons album, I hadn’t spent a lot of personal time with Ghostface. It was constructed purely on my knowledge of him with me as a fan. This time around, the album is based on what I learned from touring with him in 2013. We shared a lot of great ideas and since then have been discussing how we could make the next installment even better.”
Twelve Reasons To Die II is another heavy feather in the caps of all involved, especially Younge and Ghost, who again poured their skills and intellect into this dramatic and engaging tale. It all fits perfectly into the Wu-Tang family tree as well as Younge’s always-expanding musical universe, which now proudly relies on Linear Labs to house it.

RECORD ONE:
SIDE A – SERATO TONE
SIDE B1 – POWERFUL ONE
SIDE B2 – POWERFUL ONE
(INSTRUMENTAL)
RECORD TWO:
SIDE A – RETURN OF THE SAVAGE
SIDE B – KING OF NEW YORK
RECORD THREE:
SIDE A – RISE UP
SIDE B – DAILY NEWS
RECORD FOUR:
SIDE A – SERATO TONE
SIDE B1 – I GET THE MONEY
SIDE B2 – I GET THE MONEY
RECORD SIX:
SIDE A – BLACKOUT
SIDE B1 – RESURRECTION MORNING
SIDE B2 – LIFE’S A REBIRTH
(INSTRUMENTAL)
RECORD FIVE:
SIDE A1 – DEATH’S INVITATION
INTERLUDE
SIDE A2 – DEATH’S INVITATION
SIDE B1 – LET THE RECORD SPIN
INTERLUDE
SIDE B2 – LET THE RECORD SPIN Available from 25.09.2015

Young-Holt Unlimited – Soulful Strut / Wack Wack
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Young-Holt Unlimited – Soulful Strut / Wack Wack

Wonderful fully re mastered re issue of these 2 funk nuggets from Young Holt Unlimited. Re-released on a dinked 7″ for 2015 in full collaboration with Brunswick Records.TRACK LISTING:A. Soulful StrutB. Wack Wack Available from 02.10.2015

Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers – African Party
Friday, July 17th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers – African Party

Image: 1597394 Ginger Johnson’s life is one of the greatest untold stories of African music in Europe. Born George Folunsho Johnson in Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria in 1916. Aged just 18 he joined the Nigerian Navy, and made his first visit to Britain. After World War II Ginger decided to make London his home, working with many artists including British saxophone legend Ronnie Scott who first really utilised Gingers amazing technique to full effect, featuring him in not only his live concerts, but also several recordings for the Esquire jazz label in the 1940’s & 50’s.

In the 60’s Ginger was mentor & guru to a young Fela Kuti. Gingers London home became a vibrant hub of African music activity for Fela and an entire host of musicians who would gather there to exchange news, talk, eat and jam for hours on end. To Fela, and all who gravitated towards Ginger’s home, he was simply known and addressed as ‘Father’.

Aside from his music, Ginger was something of a social activist. Not only was he a musical educator, and instrumental in the beginnings of The Notting Hill Carnival, he also opened his own venue Club Iroko in Haverstock Hill, North London, which was a creative hub for groups like Osibisa, and also a welcoming hang out for visiting legends like Sun Ra, George Clinton and Funkadelic, and British group Cymande (3 members of Cymande cut their teeth playing in Gingers group).

Ginger and his group performed at The Royal Variety Performance, his music featured in the James Bond film ‘Live & Let Die’ and Ginger himself appears on screen drumming in the Hammer Films cult classic ‘She’. As a session musician he played for a bewilderingly wide range of acts such as Georgie Fame, Osibisa, Madeleine Bell and Quincy Jones. Ginger & his group also collaborated with many early rock bands such as Hawkwind, Argent, Thunderclap Newman, Genesis and Little Free Rock.

Perhaps Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers most high profile live engagement was performing with The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park in 1969, as Ginger his troupe provided the percussive, high energy rhythmic bedrock to the infamous live version of Sympathy For The Devil.

Freestyle Records is incredibly proud to reissue the music of Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers. Its bedrock of African drums, hi life, and jazz was in fact the precursor to Afrobeat – and Gingers direct and vital influence upon Afrobeat, as guide & mentor to it’s undisputed champion Fela Kuti is just one part of a fascinating and underappreciated story that only now is being recognised for its significance.

Tracklisting
1. I Jool Omo
2. Adura
3. Witchdoctor
4. Ire
5. Talking Drum
6. Lord Morocco
7. A You Momma
8. Watusi
9. Alege
10. Hi Life Available from 03.07.2015

Greetje Kauffeld – Young Girl Sunday Jazz
Friday, June 19th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Greetje Kauffeld – Young Girl Sunday Jazz

Image: 1596488 New compilation showcasing some great early works by the outstanding Dutch jazz singer, including 16 lost songs from the 1960s – short, soulful and to the point. Contains incredibly tight versions of „Fever“, „Love For Sale“, „Handful Of Soul“, „You And I ( Você E Eu)“ or „Almost Like Being In Love“, with the deep tenderness of Greetje Kauffeld and renowned jazz masters such as Rolf Kühn, Tony Vos, Ingfried Hoffmann, Cees Slinger and Wolfgang Schlüter. Carefully remastered in 2015 for Vinyl-LP and 6-Panel-Digipack CD, including many previously unknown finds from the artists` private collection.

This new compilation “Young Girl Sunday Jazz” makes Greetje Kauffeld`s lost jazz songs from the 1960s available on CD and vinyl LP. Mainly included are recordings from the private vaults of the singer or from musicians` and collectors` archives, with music performed between 1960 and 1969 at concerts, in the studio or at sessions for radio and tv. Greetje in top form, accompanied by some of the most excellent Dutch and German jazz musicians! Moreover, all four tracks of her first and only jazz EP from 1960, entitled “Makin` Whoopee”, are reissued here for the first time.

The 16 remastered songs fill a major gap in her discography. Not even one jazz record by Greetje Kauffeld was released during the course of the 60s, although she regularly performed on stage as a truly gifted jazz singer. Her story of a recorded but never released Bossa Nova album, produced 1967 with Oscar Castro Neves in Los Angeles, and its corresponding master tape that somehow landed in the trash bin, fits well into the picture: Until today, she remains one of the great European jazz voices of the 1960s, but without accompanying releases from that period.

Already as a little girl Greetje sang while listening to jazz recordings on the radio or on records. She gained a broad knowledge of the song repertoire, by listening only and without the need to memorize the English lyrics. Greetje had music in her heart and knew exactly: “I want to be a singer”. In the school band “The Raindrops” she had her first practical experience. Then in 1957 the artist began to work in a professional environment. The German magazine “Jazz Podium” reported: “The 17-year-old Greetje Kauffeld is the new singer of the Dutch big band The Skymasters. Greetje made her debut in Cologne, where her predecessor Annie Plevier found a new home. Annie has left the Skymasters because she got married in Cologne”.

This is something of a leap in the dark for the young and self-confident lady from Rotterdam, who responded to a newspaper advertisement placed by the popular Radio Orchestra under the direction of Bep Rowold. Greetje made her first appearance as the new vocalist of the band at Guerzenich Cologne, also sang at the Tanzbrunnen and then went on a four-week tour with the musicians through the Ruhr area. A little later her first shellac record with the Skymasters was released on the Dutch Decca label, but “Kindje” appeared to be a naive pop song and a foolish idea by her record company. Her other Dutch pop records of the time largely flew under the radar and commercially failed.

However, in the same year the song “Who Knows Why”, with which the singer won the first prize at the Song Festival in Venice, incorporated an intense jazz feeling. Erwin Lehn sat in the audience and invited the young artist to work with his Big Band of the South German Radio. As late as 1960 a recording of the song was included in her first and only Dutch jazz EP, produced with the quartet of saxophonist Tony Vos. This Decca 7inch record contains three more songs and remains Greetje`s only jazz release from the 60s: “Almost Like Being In Love”, “Makin` Whoopee” and “Orange Coloured Sky”.

A year later she moved to Stuttgart and topped the German charts with Schlager songs for Polydor and Columbia. Her record bosses were happy and helped to establish the pretty girl as a successful German pop singer. Nevertheless, in the background she continued to focus on her jazz career, clearly audible in these recordings with top-notch musicians, both from the Netherlands and Germany. But then, after the beginning of the 70s and a long stay in Los Angeles, Greetje finally left the entertainment industry and decided to devote herself entirely to her passion for jazz, especially to the songs from the Great American Songbook.

From 1974 on, her husband Joop De Roo produced the vocal jazz albums “And Let The Music Play” (arranged by Jerry Van Rooyen and Rob Pronk), “He Was A King Uncrowned” and “Some Other Spring”. Most of the included songs were already re-released on Sonorama Records and have been sold in many countries. During those times, Greetje performed with the who’s who of the European jazz elite and with American stars such as Phil Woods, Stan Getz, Mark Murphy or Herb Geller. In the 1980s and 90s she also released outstanding jazz records as a freelance singer, including the marvelous album “The Real Thing” with Humphrey Campbell.

In addition, Greetje became a singing teacher, first at the conservatories in Hilversum and Zwolle. Later she also worked as a vocal coach for artists like Roger Cicero or Ulita Knaus. Her album “My Shining Hour”, released in 2005 and recorded with the Paul Kuhn Trio featuring Paulo Morello and Kim Barth, was highly praised by critics and audiences alike. These days, she perfoms up to 80 concerts a year, with small and large ensembles between Trio and big band – in small clubs and at major festivals in Germany and Holland, e.g. over twenty times at the famous “North Sea Jazz Festival”. Thank you for the music, Greetje. Your modesty is one of your greatest charms! Available from 26.06.2015

Ghostface Killah – Adrian Younge Pres. 12 Reasons To Die II
Friday, May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ghostface Killah – Adrian Younge Pres. 12 Reasons To Die II

Image: 1597377 Fans who have been waiting for the past two years can finally rejoice: Adrian Younge’s and Ghostface Killah’s Twelve Reasons To Die II is coming soon.
To up the ante this time around, Ghostface has added a very important lyrical companion to the mix: Raekwon. The chemistry that was cemented two decades ago on Rae’s classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is as strong as ever, clearly heard on five out of the album’s 13 songs. And on the topic of chemistry, executive producer and Wu-Tang patriarch The RZA returns to Part II as the story’s narrator.
Where the first installment of Twelve Reasons To Die was based in 1960s Italy – detailing the machinations of the feared DeLuca crime family – Part II inhabits the grimy streets of mid-1970s New York City. Descendants of the DeLucas are running the city, but a powerful, younger crime syndicate is percolating, commanded by black gangster Lester Kane (personified by Raekwon).
As Kane’s power grows, he takes on the DeLucas and a bloodbath ensues. Kane has always known the legend of Tony Starks, who was killed by the DeLucas in Italy and whose remains were partially used to create twelve vinyl records. When played back in the “old world,” the Ghostface Killer rose and destroyed the Italian faction. This plays into the story’s conclusion at the end of Part II.
The storyline for Part II is vividly brought to life with the help of Younge’s never-endingly evocative and unique brand of cinematic, psychedelic soul. The music – on which Younge himself plays upwards of 10 instruments on certain songs – was recorded strictly on analog tape, to bring out the true grit of the ‘70s era that provides the Twelve Reasons backdrop.
Twelve Reasons To Die II is another heavy feather in the caps of all involved, especially Younge and Ghost, who again poured their skills and intellect into this dramatic and engaging tale. It all fits perfectly into the Wu-Tang family tree as well as Younge’s always-expanding musical universe, which now proudly relies on Linear Labs to house it.

SIDE ONE:
1. Powerful One
2. Return Of The Savage (feat. Raekwon & RZA)
3. King Of New York (feat. Raekwon)
4. Rise Up (feat. Scarub)
5. Daily News
6. Get The Money (feat. Vince Staples)
SIDE TWO:
1. Death’s Invitation Interlude (feat. RZA)
2.Death’s Invitation (feat. Chino XL, Lyrics Born, & Scarub)
3. Let The Record Spin Interlude (feat. RZA)
3. Let The Record Spin (feat. Raekwon)
5. Blackout (feat. Raekwon)
6. Resurrection Morning (feat. Raekwon & Bilal)
7. Life’s A Rebirth (feat. RZA) Available from 10.07.2015

Ghostface Killah – Adrian Younge Pres. 12 Reasons II (Instrumentals)
Friday, May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ghostface Killah – Adrian Younge Pres. 12 Reasons II (Instrumentals)

Image: 1597378 Fans who have been waiting for the past two years can finally rejoice: Adrian Younge’s and Ghostface Killah’s Twelve Reasons To Die II is coming soon. To up the ante this time around, Ghostface has added a very important lyrical companion to the mix: Raekwon. The chemistry that was cemented two decades ago on Rae’s classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is as strong as ever, clearly heard on five out of the album’s 13 songs. And on the topic of chemistry, executive producer and Wu-Tang patriarch The RZA returns to Part II as the story’s narrator. Where the first installment of Twelve Reasons To Die was based in 1960s Italy – detailing the machinations of the feared DeLuca crime family – Part II inhabits
the grimy streets of mid-1970s New York City. Descendants of the DeLucas are running the city, but a powerful, younger crime syndicate is percolating, commanded by black gangster Lester Kane (personified by Raekwon).
As Kane’s power grows, he takes on the DeLucas and a bloodbath ensues. Kane has always known the legend of Tony Starks, who was killed by the DeLucas in Italy and whose remains were partially used to create twelve vinyl records. When played back in the “old world,” the Ghostface Killer rose and destroyed the Italian faction. This plays into the story’s conclusion at the end of Part II.
The storyline for Part II is vividly brought to life with the help of Younge’s never-endingly evocative and unique brand of cinematic, psychedelic soul. The music – on which Younge himself plays upwards of 10 instruments on certain songs – was recorded strictly on analog tape, to bring out the true grit of the ‘70s era that provides the Twelve Reasons backdrop.
Twelve Reasons To Die II is another heavy feather in the caps of all involved, especially Younge and Ghost, who again poured their skills and intellect into this dramatic and engaging tale. It all fits perfectly into the Wu-Tang family tree as well as Younge’s always-expanding musical universe, which now proudly relies on Linear Labs to house it.

1. Powerful One
2. Return Of The Savage
3. King Of New York
4. Rise Up
5. Daily News
6. Get The Money
SIDE TWO:
1. Death’s Invitation Interlude
2. Death’s Invitation
3. Let The Record Spin Interlude
3. Let The Record Spin
5. Blackout
6. Resurrection Morning
7. Life’s A Rebirth Available from 10.07.2015

Greetje Kauffeld – Young Girl Sunday Jazz
Friday, April 17th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Greetje Kauffeld – Young Girl Sunday Jazz

Image: 1596487 Diese neue Zusammenstellung, mit großartigen Frühwerken der legendären holländischen Sängerin, umfasst 16 bislang unbekannte Jazz-Songs aus den 60er Jahren – kurz, soulful und auf den Punkt. “Young Girl Sunday Jazz” enthält glänzende Versionen von “Fever”, “Love For Sale”, “Handful Of Soul”, “You And I (Você E Eu)” oder “Almost Like Being In Love”, mit der tief-zärtlichen Stimme von Greetje Kauffeld und exzellenten Jazzmen wie Rolf Kühn, Tony Vos, Ingfried Hoffmann, Cees Slinger und Wolfgang Schlüter – 2015 sorgfältig gemastert für Vinyl-LP und 6-Panel-Digipak-CD, mit vielen unveröffentlichten Fundstücken aus der Privatsammlung der Künstlerin. Available from 29.05.2015

Larry Young – Turn Of The Lights / Fuel The Fire
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Tracklisting1. Turn Of The Lights2. Fuel The Fire Available from 21.08.2015

Adrian Younge – Something About April
Friday, March 27th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Adrian Younge – Something About April

Image: 1596103 In the four years since Adrian Younge’s Something About April album
first appeared, the Los Angeles-based producer and
multi-instrumentalist has become his own musical cottage industry.
Not only has he collaborated with musical legends ranging from The
Delfonics to Ghostface Killah, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and The
Souls of Mischief, his work has also been sampled by such rap giants
as 50 Cent, Jay-Z and Common.

In an equally impressive twist, DJ Premier produced an entire album with Younge’s work as his only source material (including
multiple samples from April, of course): 2014’s PRhyme, with MC Royce Da 5’9”.
Something About April is an album that flaunts all of the trademarks that have made Younge an in-demand name as a composer
and sample source-point. His work oozes raw, analog soul and the primal sonic edge of psychedelic rock, sitting nicely alongside
Ennio Morricone’s best soundtrack work, Pink Floyd’s early catalog and Parliament’s Osmium.
Younge’s songwriting is what truly makes this album unique and keeps ears engaged. While many of his tunes are initially
vamp-driven, there are changes and aural twists that lurk around every corner, as evidenced on stand-out cuts including:
· The intense, deep groove and stripped-down vocals of “Turn Down The Sound”
[sampled for Common’s “Out On Bond”],
· The turns of both tension and beauty on “Reverie” (with all TWELVE instruments per
formed by Younge) [sampled on Jay-Z’s “Heaven,” with Justin Timberlake],
· The gorgeous, cinematic ballads “First Step On The Moon” and
“Two Hearts Combine”,
· The breakbeat fiesta of “Sirens” [used by Jay-Z for “Picasso Baby”], and
· The new millennial soul/doo-wop of “Lovely Lady,” complete with lead guitar by funky
soul legend Dennis Coffey.
This deluxe reissue vinyl on Younge’s Linear Labs imprint includes a bonus instrumental song from the
original album sessions – “Niacin.”

SIDE A
1. Turn Down The Sound
2. It’s Me
3. Anna May
4. Two Hearts Combine
5. Thunderstrike
6. Reverie
7. First Step On The Moon
8. Dusts Of Gold

SIDE B
1. Midnight Blue
2. Lovely Lady (feat. Dennis Coffey)
3. Sound Of A Man
4. Sirens
5. Mourning Melodies In Rhapsody
6. Something About April
7. Niacin (BONUS TRACK) Available from 05.06.2015

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