Record of the Week archive

September 23, 2016

Lady Wray – Queen Alone (Big Crown)

Virginia-born singer/songwriter Nicole Wray has everything you'd want in a singer: an infectious Jackson-5-family-member flare, a range like Aretha's, and a church upbringing that's brought a pure, healing texture to her voice. But the struggle she's been

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September 16, 2016

Frank Hemd – Ein Album. Es Ist Sehr Gut. (UPMG)

Wissen Sie was? Nein, wissen Sie nicht. Kein Problem, ich sag's Ihnen: Es gibt genau drei Gründe, warum Sie dieses Produkt kaufen sollten. Zusätzlich gibt es einen vierten Grund, sich diesen Text bis zum Ende durchzulesen, denn: "Ein Album. Es ist sehr

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September 9, 2016

Jah9 – 9 (VP / Steam Chalice)

For those who've been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount a resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9 is a figure of revelation and deliverance. She first caught the attention of many with the release of her lilting video for "Avocado." When heard in t

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September 2, 2016

The Frightnrs – Nothing More To Say (Daptone Records)

Set to be released on September 2nd, The Frightnrs first full length LP for Daptone Records, "Nothing Left to Say," is a testament. It is a testament to the belief that the classic sound of Jamaican Rocksteady, when treated with the utmost respect and dev

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August 26, 2016

The Outer Space – Chase Across Orion (Tucxone Records)

Sie sind durch den Weltraum gereist und haben die Grooves unserer Galaxie erkundet. Die erste bemannte Fahrt von Outer Space zu den Ausläufern des Sonnensystems heißt "Chase Across Orion". Die Kommandozentrale war das Soundlabor von Tucxone Records. Die

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August 19, 2016

OST/Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Miss Sharon Jones! (Daptone Records)

It is our distinct pleasure to present: Miss Sharon Jones! OST. The film, directed by two-time Academy Award winner, Barbara Kopple, follows the dynamic front-woman through her 2013 battle with cancer and her triumphant return to the stage around the rele

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August 12, 2016

Black Uhuru (Tribute) – King Jammy Presents: New Sounds Of Freedom (Greensleeves / VP Records)

A re-generation for a nu-generation with all exclusive recordings! Mr. Lloyd James aka Prince Jammy aka King Jammy (or simply Jammy's) updates his 1977 Black Uhuru album classic with an all-star voiceover artist line up of both current core and heritage h

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August 5, 2016

Brenk Sinatra – Gumbo II: Pretty Ugly / Lost Tapes (Melting Pot Music)

Happy fifth anniversary Gumbo II: Pretty Ugly! Brenk Sinatra's 2011 masterpiece is celebrating it's fifth birthday this summer. To celebrate the event Brenk has delved deeply into his archives and unearthed 20 (!) beats from the "Gumbo II" sessions that d

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July 29, 2016

Various – Shapes In Space (Tru Thoughts)

'Shapes: In Space' is the latest in Tru Thoughts' series of essential label compilations put together by A&R and co-owner (and renowned DJ) Robert Luis. Encompassing the best of the Brighton based label's eclectic and international current roster, as well

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July 22, 2016

Various – First Class Rocksteady (17 North Parade)

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Rocksteady music style, 17 North Parade presents "First Class Rocksteady": a comprehensive 40-track collection of the pivotal selections from that genre that preceded reggae in Jamaica. The sound was

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July 15, 2016

Aggrovators – Dubbing At King Tubby’s (17 North Parade)

Essential Dub Reggae from 1975 to 1979. All the 44 tracks from the Blood & Fire "Dub Gone Crazy", "Dub Gone 2 Crazy" and "Dub Like Dirt" releases re-selected for one crucial 2CD-set and two double vinyls. With producer Bunny Lee (King) Tubby's Dromilly

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July 8, 2016

Shacke One – Stecks Schmiers & Suffs (Deluxe Edition) (

Shacke One, Dicker! Der Boss von der Panke! Nachdem 2014 die Nordachse (MC Bomber, Shacke One und Achim Funk) mit Berlin Boom Bap Battle Rap ohne Vorwarnung ganz Deutschland überrollte, folgt jetzt das langerwartete Solo-Album und es knallt! Nordachse Ko

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July 1, 2016

Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – 1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts)

'1000 Watts' is the third album from the tropical reggae- and dub-infused Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno project. This outing sees musical explorer Will "Quantic" Holland making a more concerted foray into pure reggae-roots territory, although flashes

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June 24, 2016

DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal)

DJ Shadow, widely acknowledged as a crucial figure in the development of experimental, instrumental hip-hop, will return with 'The Mountain Will Fall' worldwide via Mass Appeal Records, his first full length release since 2011. The 12-track album finds D

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June 17, 2016

Raging Fyah – Everlasting (Dub Rockers / VP)

Raging Fyah is the celebrated five-piece band from Kingston, Jamaica making their name with retro sounding roots reggae riddims and sweet harmonies. The music is thoughtful and melodic, blending the best elements from groups like Steel Pulse and Morgan He

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June 10, 2016

Audio88 & Yassin – Halleluja (Normale Musik)

In acht Songs bündelt "Halleluja", was sich seit dem letzten Album an Material zur Veröffentlichungsreife entwickelt hat, und ist damit auch ein Druck auf Reset, der den Weg für neue musikalische und thematische Wege freimacht. Vielleicht zum letzten M

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June 3, 2016

Jahcoustix – Seriously Positive (Irievibrations Records)

In "ernsthaften" Zeiten "positiv" zu bleiben, zieht sich thematisch wie ein roter Faden durch "Seriously Positive" und symbolisiert in zwei Worten, wofür auch Reggae steht: Eine positiv geladene Musik, die tiefgründige und ernsthafte Inhalte anspricht.

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May 27, 2016

Blackberries – Greenwich Mean Time (Unique Records)

Psychedelic sound scapes, reverb and melodic vocals as well as a pulsating energy - all that is the typical characteristics of Solingen based quartett Blackberries. Since their debut "Music For The Night" was released in 2012 the band was touring across G

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May 20, 2016

Alborosie – Freedom & Fyah (Greensleeves)

The new album! One of reggae's emerging masters of Reggae / Dancehall & Dubwise production, Alborosie has honed his craft through the creaton of six studio albums (five for Greensleeves). Along the way, he has become the biggest selling European roots reg

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May 13, 2016

The Jazzinvaders – Find The Love (Unique Records / Social Beats)

Nach zwei sehr erfolgreichen Tourneen mit Hammond-Legende Dr. Lonnie Smith und der brasilianischen Fusion-Group Azymuth hat es The Jazzinvaders wieder ins Studio verschlagen. Laut Band enthält das Album neun brandneue Tracks und eine Reprise und ist das

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May 6, 2016

Joanna Brouk – Hearing Music (Numero Group)

She was a composer who wrote scores with geometric shapes, a poet who became a pioneer of early electronic music. Joanna Brouk's little-known body of work exists at the nexus between ambient, new age, drone, and classical minimalism-stark in its simplicit

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April 29, 2016

Veto – Vorbildfunktion (Audiophat)

Vorbild ist eine Person oder Sache, die als richtungsweisendes und idealisiertes Muster oder Beispiel angesehen wird. Im engeren Sinne ist EIN Vorbild eine Person, mit der ein meist junger Mensch sich identifiziert und dessen Verhaltensmuster er nachahmt

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April 22, 2016

Spinning 9 – Hinter Der Hauptrolle (Versunkene Fabrik)

Spinning 9 packt aus, wie es "Hinter der Hauptrolle" aussieht! Kein anderer Rapper aus Deutschland hat solche Einblicke in den Zeitgeist des Raps bekommen wie der Allrounder aus Wuppertal! Schon seit 2008 ist das damalige Wunderkind unterwegs im Rap-Zirku

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April 15, 2016

J Dilla – The Diary (Mass Appeal)

The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla's longstanding company PayJay as a functioning imprint to release Dilla's long lost vocal album, The Diary, in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records. Initially intended for release in 2002, The Diary is the fi

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April 8, 2016

Various – Selected Label Works 5 (Permanent Vacation)

Gong! Round five for the Selected Label Works compilation. Bits and pieces, hits and misses, dusty nuggets and hidden treasures from the depth of the Permanent Vacation catalogue of the past two years. Stop looking any further we have it all: Hypnotical h

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April 4, 2016

Prezident – Limbus (Vindig)

Prezidents Limbus ist nicht unbedingt die christliche Abstellkammer für ungetaufte Babys und tugendhafte Heiden, aus der Vergil tritt, um mit Dante durch das Jenseits zu flanieren. Gemeint ist vielmehr der äußerste Rand der Hölle, deren Vorplatz, auf

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March 24, 2016

Nate57 – Gauna (Rattos Locos)

Der Name ist Programm! Vom Gauna für Gauna in einem Gauna System. Nate57 veröffentlicht sein drittes Studio Album "Gauna" über Rattos Locos Records. Produziert wurde die LP u.a von Kassim Beats, Farhot, Gee Futuristic, Brisk Fingaz, P.M.B, Telly Toolz

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March 18, 2016

Walker Family Singers – Panola Country Spirit (Daptone Records)

In April of 2010, Robert, Bobby, Alberta, Delouse, and Patricia gathered at the home of their parents, Raymond and Joella Walker to make a recording with Michael Reilly. It would be Reilly's third venture to record the a capella gospel tradition of Como,

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March 11, 2016

Various – Movements Vol.8 (Tramp Records)

The intelligentsia have been claiming it for quite some time, and now finally, after many petitions, demonstrations and protests, a tiny little record label from Germany has achieved what only Google and "troubleshooter par excellence" Angus MacGyver have

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February 26, 2016

Various – Praise Poems Vol.3 (Tramp Records)

Pretty much one year ago we elated critics, reviewers, and music lovers with an album by the name of Praise Poems. 12 months later we are proud to introduce you to the third volume in this already highly acclaimed series. What Warmth was to the first and

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February 19, 2016

Akere – Blue Sphinx (58 Beats)

Das Trio, bestehend aus Sängerin Sarah Sulai, Produzent und Gitarrist Hans Hustle und Drumpad-Enthusiast Manu L One, nimmt den Zuhörer irgendwohin mit. Wohin genau, ist schwer zu sagen. Vielleicht in eine Art Zwischenwelt. Eine Welt zwischen Hip Hop und

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February 12, 2016

The Red Bahnik Trio – Goes To Santander (Sonorama)

First reissue of a great piano trio album, originally released in 1963 on the private "Soulside" label from Zurich/ Switzerland with only a handful of copies known to exist. First and last recordings of unknown jazz pianist Red Bahnik, with John Treichler

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February 5, 2016

The James Hunter Six – Hold On! (Daptone Records)

This may be James Hunter's fourth album, but it is his first on Daptone. Produced by Daptone's own Bosco Mann (Gabriel Roth) at Penrose Recorders (Daptone West) near his home in Riverside, CA, Hold On! is a perfect portrait of an artist at the top of his

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January 29, 2016

Born – Grautöne (Über die Grenze)

Born gehört seit einigen Jahren zum festen Bestandteil der Frankfurter Rap-Szene. 2013 erscheint sein Debütalbum "Seelenschrift", das innerhalb der Szene eine deutliche Marke setzt! Born festigt auf dem Album seinen Ruf, in seinen Texten gnadenlos ehrli

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January 22, 2016

Various – Rubble Kings (The Album) (Mass Appeal)

The album is a soundtrack of music inspired by the movie Rubble Kings. Produced by longtime Run The Jewels collaborator Little Shalimar, the album features appearances from Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Killer Mike, Tunde Adebimpe, Mr Muthaf*kin eXquire, Boldy

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January 15, 2016

Plusmacher – Die Ernte (Kopfticker Records)

Achtung Finanzwelt! Jetzt lernt ihr, wie man richtig Plus macht und dabei noch den Kopf nicken kann. Vergessen Sie Seminare, Tagungen und Meetings. Der Plusmacher ist da und zeigt wie man erntet. Kenner kennen ihn bereits durch "BWL/Bordsteinwirtschaftsle

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January 8, 2016

Crack Ignaz & Wandl – Geld Leben (Melting Pot Music)

Melting Pot Music veröffentlicht. Die Juice vergibt 5 von 6 Kronen, macht die Platte zum Album des Monats und stellt fest: "Österreich hat einen neuen Rapmessias." Noisy erklärt den jungen MC aus Salzburger zum "König des progressiven Alpenswags" und

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January 4, 2016

Äl Jawala – Hypnophonic (Jawa Records / Soulfire Artists)

Gute Neuigkeiten für alle, die sich auf frischen musikalischen Wind aus dem Osten freuen! Äl Jawala veröffentlichen im Januar ihr neues Album "Hypnophonic", mit dem sie sich noch weiter von den gängigen Balkan Klischees entfernen als bisher - dafür l

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December 18, 2015

Karl Hector & The Malcouns – Can’t Stand The Pressure (Now Again)

Following their deft handling of musics from Eastern and Northern Africa alongside Western psychedelia, jazz and funk on the Unstraight Ahead album, Karl Hector & The Malcouns combine the previously available only on vinyl tracks from four EP's - Tamanras

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December 11, 2015

Various – Strictly The Best 52 & 53 (Special Edition 2CD) (VP)

Splendid 28 track package with poster booklet - a kinda perfect overview of what's going on these days in jamaican music! Since the release in 1990 of the first volume of the renown 'Strictly The Best' series 25 years have passed by and it's time for a sp

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