Record of the Week archive

December 9, 2016

Various – The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Vol.4 (Freestyle Records)

I can hardly believe the very first edition of the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club came out in 2012 - much time has passed, but my mission remains the same - to give you lucky lucky people another hard hitting selection - a crafty musical right hook, anoth

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December 2, 2016

Keith Hudson – Pick A Dub (Expanded CD/Original Artwork Edition) (17 North Parade)

"Pick A Dub" showcased the enduring strength and pivotal importance of the rhythm to the development of reggae music. Keith Hudson's complete mastery of the genre and the unqualified praise that followed its release was fully justified. The album's 'auste

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November 28, 2016

Beenie Man – Unstoppable (VP/VPAL/357 Records)

The new album is a hell of a comeback! With a playtime of a double album, producer credits including Tony Kelly, Jeremy Harding, Don Corleon, Major Lazer ("I'm The King") and BlackOut ("Play") the album is sure to please. Featured guest artists are Verse

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November 18, 2016

Various – Strictly The Best 54 (2CD Reggae Edition) (VP)

Get ready for this year's "singers edition", a mix of new artists and reggae icons including the great one drop version of Adele's "Hello" by Rosie Delmah alongside Conkarah, the follow up to the "Rude" world smash by the group Magic with "Lay You Down Ea

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November 11, 2016

Bartek – Servuslichkeiten (Chimperator)

Bartek, die Erdbeere im Orsons-Obstsalat, geht solo. "Servuslichkeiten" heißt die EP, die am über Chimperator erscheint. Eine wahnwitzige EP, produziert mit Orsons-DJ und Beatmensch Jopez. Bartek ist verantwortlich für jede Menge charmanten und lieb

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November 4, 2016

Blu x Union Analogtronics – Cheetah In The City (Fat Beats)

Hot off collaborations with Nottz (Titans in the Flesh EP) and Madlib (Bad Neighbor LP), SoCal ambassador Blu has teamed up with the Paris-based production team Union Analogtronics (OJ & Gold) to unleash a new full length album: Cheetah in the City. Fe

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October 28, 2016

The Olympians – The Olympians (Daptone Records)

Zusammen mit Dave Guy (Tonight Show Band, The Dap-Kings), Leon Michels (The Arcs, Lee Fields, El Michels Affair), Nicholas Movshon (The Arcs, Lee Fields, El Michels Affair), Homer Steinweiss (The Dap-Kings, The Arcs), Michael Leonhart (Musical Director fo

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October 21, 2016

Fettes Brot – Auf Einem Auge Blöd (Remaster 2CD) (Fettes Brot Schallplatten)

Achtung, Babyboomers und Digital-Ureinwohners: Fettes Brot doktert sich mit der hausinternen Zeitmaschine retour in die hinteren Jahre des vorherigen Jahrtausends und buddelt die ersten vier eigenen 90s-Hip Hop-Meilensteine wieder aus. Anders ausgedrückt

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October 14, 2016

Goldroger – AVRAKADAVRA (Melting Pot Music)

Dreizehn Monate nach dem "Räuberleiter"-Mixtape steht Goldroger mit seinem Albumdebüt "AVRAKADAVRA" in den Startlöchern. Komplett produziert von Dienst&Schulter in Köln-Kalk und mit Artworks von YAWN. Goldroger sagt dazu: "Auf 13 Quadratmetern haben w

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October 7, 2016

Fiva x JRBB – Keine Angst vor Legenden (Kopfhörer Recordings)

FIVA ist zurück - mit Verstärkung! Als saftiges Add-on steht ihr auf ihrem neuen Album "Keine Angst vor Legenden" die Jazzrausch Bigband (JRBB) zur Seite, die nicht nur im Münchner Harry Klein Club bereits zum Inventar gehört. Jazzrausch schafft die p

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September 30, 2016

Various – Total Reggae – Trench Town Rock (VP)

Mit ausschließlich Coverversionen von Bob Marley Songs geht die neueste Ausgabe der Budget / Nice Price-Serie "Total Reggae - Trench Town Rock" an den Start. Trenchtown ist der Stadtteil von Jamaikas Hauptstadt (Kingston 12), der überwiegend von Armen b

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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) (hhv.de)

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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