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The legendary hip-hop producer/dj PETE ROCK with his first studio album in four years …
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DJ Static
Friday, September 15th, 2006 | Tags:
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Static is the embodiment of dedication. Ever since his father bought him his first turntable set back in ’89, he has been glued to it. While most of his DJ colleagues from back then quit the game, when realizing how much practice, hustle and skill it takes to make a living off of being a […]

Noya Rao – Icaros
Friday, December 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Noya Rao – Icaros

Purveyors of enigmatic dreamscapes and organic, danceable electronica, Leeds-based, electronic-soul quartet Noya Rao are set to release their debut album, Icaros, this November.Founded by producer Tom Henry (Cosima, Yellow Days) Noya Rao was originall…

Damu The Fudgemunk & Raw Poetic – The Reflecting Sea (Colored)
Friday, December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Damu The Fudgemunk & Raw Poetic – The Reflecting Sea (Colored)

Image: 1616899 As music continuously evolves, times change and new ideas and movements come & go. All of this functions in tandem with scientific, technological, social and political advancements in our society. The biggest component to that evolution is the people. There are creators and consumers. One cannot exist without the other. Throughout art, the audience defines quality, but artist has the power to introduce change and shift perception. Execution is key. The masses are always hungry for something fresh. Sometimes we’re at the forefront of new trends and sometimes we find comfort innovating the past. No matter what, musicians have a responsibility to bridge the gap. Raw Poetic and Damu the Fudgemunk meet all of the above. Produced entirely by the artists, the new album “The Reflecting Sea” revisits sonic textures of yesteryear and combined with their own distinct ears for music, have created something uniquely foreign for the music world in our time. Speaking of the times, Raw Poetic’s lyrical subject matter is nothing short of relevancy. Speaking from an observatory perspective in addition to his own personal experiences, the album’s content is infinitely relatable.

Although known primarily as hip hop acts, both Damu and Raw P stretched out to expand what the genre is known for. The combination of elements from the mix of live instrumentation, improvisation and sampling to the range of styles including jazz, fusion, rock, electronic and soul make The Reflecting Sea unlike anything else. Captured and recorded in it’s rawest form, the album is honest expression. Masterminding the festival sounds is Damu the Fudgemunk. His voice is absent from the recordings, but his presence is immediately noticed throughout the 40 minute exhibition. Packed with tons of beats, tons of scratching, original compositions, upbeat and signature atmosphere, there’s no question who’s behind the boards. With the average tempo of over 100bpm, this is one of the most energetic releases in Redefinition’s catalog. Raw P and the Fudgemunk aim to revitalize listeners of all types with their original sound. They call it “The Reflecting Sea: Welcome to a New Philosophy.”

Raw Poetic (MC), hails from the DMV area by way of Philadelphia. In addition to several collaborations with Damu the Fudgemunk, he’s recorded 6 albums as a member of Panacea, 1 album with K-def, 1 album with Kev Brown and recent features with Brous One in which all have been met with critical acclaim.

Damu the Fudgemunk (producer/DJ) is a DC native who co-owns and operates Redefinition Records. With several successful releases as a solo artist, his music has garnered a reputation in the last decade for it’s consistent quality and conceptual structure.
Available from 19.01.2018

Damu The Fudgemunk & Raw Poetic – The Reflecting Sea
Friday, December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Damu The Fudgemunk & Raw Poetic – The Reflecting Sea

Image: 1616900 As music continuously evolves, times change and new ideas and movements come & go. All of this functions in tandem with scientific, technological, social and political advancements in our society. The biggest component to that evolution is the people. There are creators and consumers. One cannot exist without the other. Throughout art, the audience defines quality, but artist has the power to introduce change and shift perception. Execution is key. The masses are always hungry for something fresh. Sometimes we’re at the forefront of new trends and sometimes we find comfort innovating the past. No matter what, musicians have a responsibility to bridge the gap. Raw Poetic and Damu the Fudgemunk meet all of the above. Produced entirely by the artists, the new album “The Reflecting Sea” revisits sonic textures of yesteryear and combined with their own distinct ears for music, have created something uniquely foreign for the music world in our time. Speaking of the times, Raw Poetic’s lyrical subject matter is nothing short of relevancy. Speaking from an observatory perspective in addition to his own personal experiences, the album’s content is infinitely relatable.

Although known primarily as hip hop acts, both Damu and Raw P stretched out to expand what the genre is known for. The combination of elements from the mix of live instrumentation, improvisation and sampling to the range of styles including jazz, fusion, rock, electronic and soul make The Reflecting Sea unlike anything else. Captured and recorded in it’s rawest form, the album is honest expression. Masterminding the festival sounds is Damu the Fudgemunk. His voice is absent from the recordings, but his presence is immediately noticed throughout the 40 minute exhibition. Packed with tons of beats, tons of scratching, original compositions, upbeat and signature atmosphere, there’s no question who’s behind the boards. With the average tempo of over 100bpm, this is one of the most energetic releases in Redefinition’s catalog. Raw P and the Fudgemunk aim to revitalize listeners of all types with their original sound. They call it “The Reflecting Sea: Welcome to a New Philosophy.”

Raw Poetic (MC), hails from the DMV area by way of Philadelphia. In addition to several collaborations with Damu the Fudgemunk, he’s recorded 6 albums as a member of Panacea, 1 album with K-def, 1 album with Kev Brown and recent features with Brous One in which all have been met with critical acclaim.

Damu the Fudgemunk (producer/DJ) is a DC native who co-owns and operates Redefinition Records. With several successful releases as a solo artist, his music has garnered a reputation in the last decade for it’s consistent quality and conceptual structure.
Available from 19.01.2018

Annabel (Lee) – The Cleansing
Friday, December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Annabel (Lee) – The Cleansing

Image: 1616886 A followup to their 2015 debut with Ninja Tune, Richard and Sheila
Ellis’ sophomore effort, “The Cleansing,” exists in the folds, shaking
the categorization of a single genre or label by casting echoes of Billie
Holiday and Antonio Carlos Jobim atop opaque shades of Debussy and
Edgar Allen Poe.
Elements of Jazz and Bossa Nova, accented by striking vocals and
enigmatic spoken-word poetry, display a command of the power of
contrast. Steady repetitiveness of the instrumentations throughout
the record anchor haunting, and often winding, vocal melodies, lyrical
themes revolve around both optimistic abstraction and stark reality.
These juxtapositions are reinforced by the dual nature of the album itself:
Side A, Shades of Reverie, is driven by a sense of hope plucked into
existence by embers of acoustic guitar, while Side B, Tones of Clarity,
is best defined by dramatic, Bernard Hermann-esque orchestration and
soaring vocal performances.
While the casual listener may be (understandably) distracted by the
graceful marriage between instrumentation and vocal cadence, each
song holds its own poetic merit. Singer and lyricist Sheila Ellis’ masterful
penmanship develops a crucial dimension to the album, rendering “The
Cleansing” a deeply personal, outwardly introspective listen.
Spanning thirty-eight minutes over eight compositions, the entire record
is a warm, bold stroke on an aural canvas, effortlessly moving through
embracing melodies and divine soundscapes

Side A: Shades of Reverie
1. Acquiescence
2. Move With Me
3. Paris, Room 14
4. Scarlet One
Side B: Tones of Clarity
1. The Cleansing
2. Far
3. See Her
4. Autumn Requiem Available from 22.12.2017

Noya Rao
Thursday, November 16th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Purveyors of enigmatic dreamscapes and organic, danceable electronica, Leeds-based, electronic-soul quartet Noya Rao are set to release their debut album, Icaros, this November. Founded by producer Tom Henry (Cosima, Yellow Days) Noya Rao was originally conceived as a solo production project with a separate live band representation. Alongside bassist Jim Wiltshire and drummer Matt Davies, […]

Modeselektor
Monday, November 13th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Wildly diverse, infused with exuberance and inspired by a slap of the absurd, Modeselektor’s inarguable grooves seem to emanate from every conceivable musical genre, creating a controlled chaos whose sonic expression elevates the eyebrows of critics and the heartbeats of dance floors around the world. ‘Boundary breaking’ is a phrase that today almost every artist […]

FJAAK
Monday, November 6th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Fjaak’s path led them from the periphery to the centre and from there further through the world. Their self titled debut album for Monkeytown is as much of a summary of what had happened in the previous three years as it is an artistic statement. “FJAAK” combines the energetic peak-time sound of the Berlin-based trio’s […]

Noya Rao
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Purveyors of enigmatic dreamscapes and organic, danceable electronica, Leeds-based, electronic-soul quartet Noya Rao are set to release their debut album, Icaros, this November. Founded by producer Tom Henry (Cosima, Yellow Days) Noya Rao was originally conceived as a solo production project with a separate live band representation. Alongside bassist Jim Wiltshire and drummer Matt Davies, […]

Edu Imbernon
Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Sprouting from city of “valour” – Valencia – the multifaceted artist: producer, remixer, DJ, label owner and event promoter Edu Imbernon is a truly global electronic music proposition. Edu has carved out an emotive, melodic sound focusing on songcraft that is all his own: a unique blend of electronica, house and indie. This sound was […]

Professor Longhair – New Orleans Piano
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Professor Longhair – New Orleans Piano

In the whole of the New Orleans music scene, fewacts or artists have made the impact that HenryRoeland “Roy” Byrd has, better known by hisillustrious stage name Professor Longhair. Ablues pianist for much of his life, his soundunderwent an innovative …

Hior Chronik – Out Of The Dust
Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hior Chronik – Out Of The Dust

Image: 1611981 7K present Out of the Dust the stunning new album from Hior Chronik.

LP TRACKLISTING
A1 Whispers From The Surface Of A Lake
A2 Cosmos
A3 Black Sea And Red Sky
A4 Stories That Never Been Said
A5 Magnolia
B1 Remember
B2 Foreigner in a Strange World
B3 Nothing Can Replace You
B4 In A Parallel Universe
B5 Corridor of Life
B6 That Mistery Again

Seductive and cinematic soundscapes between ambient, drone and
indie-neoclassical music: these are the best words to describe Hior
Chronik’s style. A style that captures ears and soul, bringing you into an
imaginary world, arousing emotions, making the mind wander to distant
places. This is the goal of the Greek musician, now living half of the year
in Athens and the other half in Berlin. You can hear it in his new record “Out
Of The Dust”, produced by himself, mixed by John Vallasis and mastered
by Francesco Donadello at Calyx Studio, Berlin.
“I tried to combine ambient and drone sounds with strings and piano
following a harmonic direction”, Chronik explains. “I wanted to make a
soundtrack for a movie that was never shot”. The mood is melancholic, but
not only that: “There’s a dark side, but I made it run parallel with bright soft
melodies”, Chronik continues. And on the topic of his music influences:
“It’s hard to specify what exactly they were, but I think I’m close to Max
Richter and in some ways to Arvo Part. Besides that, true inspiration
comes from my life experiences, even the small little things: books, films,
people I meet, travels. And being close to nature: I would say that’s the
base of everything”.
After three solo records and two in collaboration with Arovane, Chronik is
now ready to launch his new work “Out of The Dust”. “The title is a political
quote about how we can fight against the crisis, but also against the
existential anguish of surviving. A movement of no fear and the beginning
of a new life”, he explains. On how he developed the songs, he says: “I
recorded piano, trumpet and strings in their analogic sound, then I used
effects as I always do for the ambient and drone sounds”.
“Out Of The Dust” shows a personal and unique style that brings Hior
Chronik’s music to a wider audience. His sound is able to embrace at the
same time the delicate piano themes and the dark ambient/drone tones,
while at the same time searching for new territories to explore in the
neo-classical scene.

KEY POINTS
• First indie classica, minimalistic, drone release on 7K!
• Mastered by Francesco Donadello at Calyx
• full world audiovisual tour with piano, computers, strings and trumpet

FOR FANS OF
Olafur Arnalds, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Johann Johanassson, Eluvium, Deaf Center, Dustin O’Halloran Available from 01.12.2017

Marsmobil – Fairytales Of The Supersurvivor
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marsmobil – Fairytales Of The Supersurvivor

Image: 1611735 Art pop meets Mongolian throat singing, Blade Runner meets Walter Carlos (Clockwork Orange), Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan (Bowie’s favourite band) meet Tame Impala.

The fifth album from Marsmobil has been hailed by many as their best yet. With closer ties to “Minx” (2006) than the last two albums, “Fairytales Of The Supersurvivor” returns to Marsmobil’s signature strength of wondrously brilliant songs (“And The Fishes In The Ocean”, “Shadows Of The Inner Light”) that blend off-the-wall cinemascope sounds with dazzling beats and punchy, powerful hooks to create uniquely distinctive art pop anthems.
As always with Marsmobil, Roberto Di Gioia writes, plays, sings and programs everything himself. Here, as on “Minx”, he’s brought in support from a fabulous singer – the very wonderful Amber Lin, who contributes vocals on four songs. All the cover illustrations are also by Di Gioia.

Multi-instrumentalist Roberto Di Gioia needs little introduction. The curious can explore his biography, discography and extensive lists of projects and collaborations as musician and songwriter (see below) for an impression of the hugely diverse achievements of this multi-talent and brilliant musician.
As a topical heads-up, Roberto Di Gioia is also the founder of the German jazz supergroup Web Web and released the album “Oracle” in September 2017. The second Web Web album will follow in early 2018, hard on the heels of the fifth Marsmobil release. Di Gioia also wrote and produced “Teufelswerk” for DJ Hell and contributed virtually all the songs on Hell’s latest album, “Zukunftsmusik”.

Tracklisting

Vinyl LP

1. And The Fishes In The Ocean (3:01)
2. Heels Much Too High (2:55)
3. Ode: Springtime And Summer (0:25)
4. Sometimes I Don´t Regret (3:14)
5. Eclectic Mystic (2:28)
6. Under The Tree (2:49)
7. What? (1:45)
8. The Story Of The Mongolian Horse (2:30)
9. Shadows Of The Inner Light (3:16)
10. It Doesn´t Matter How You Are (3:58)
11. Ode: The Dark Ages (0:32)
12. A Time When Painters Painted More (3:02)
13. The Moon And The Night And The Men (1:05)
14. What Is Real And What Is Wrong (2:10)
15. Ode: Oh My Lord Milord (1:10)
16. Ask Your Local Keyboard Player (2:11) Available from 26.01.2018

Daniel Avery
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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“Electronic music is unique in that, whilst it has an immediate effect on the body, the culture surrounding it has the ability to run deep into your life. Whenever I’m in a club, I want to give myself up to music. This is the very thing that excites me the most. Witnessing a DJ create […]

Buddy Terry – Awareness (Gatefold/LP+MP3)
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Buddy Terry – Awareness (Gatefold/LP+MP3)

Image: 1610854 Following the highly-acclaimed release of FEELING GOOD and INNER PEACE compilations, WEWANTSOUNDS is delighted to announce the reissue of two superb classic albums in our new MAINSTREAM RECORDS ORIGINAL CLASSICS series. The releases will be crammed with bonus material. WEWANTSOUNDS has gone back to the original negative to reconstruct the original artworks and will add many jaw dropping never-seen photo sessions and CD Bonus material with new liner notes. LPs will be released in glorious gatefold sleeves.

Awareness is Buddy Terry’s first album for Mainstream Records out of the three he recorded for Bob Shad’s label. This is pure undiluted spiritual jazz both deep and funky. Prior to that Terry had recorded a couple of soul jazz albums for Prestige Record, “Electric Soul” in 1967 and “Natural Soul” in 1968. He then went under the radar until the recording of this album, an undisputed buried treasure Wewantsounds is delighted to reissue.

1971 saw him picked up by the ever active Bob Shad who had just decided to produce a new crop of young jazzmen in tune with the sonic revolution of the time with John coltrane’s Eastern influences and Miles Davis’ experiments drawned from the music Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone.

Awareness is a pure result of this incredible blend which saw labels like Black Jazz or Strata East transform jazz into a hip and cool genre adorned by the Woodstock generation. Featuring a glittering line up composed of Strata East co-founder Stanley Cowell on piano and Rhodes, Cecil Bridgewater on Trumpet, Buster Williams and Victor Gaskin on bass, Roland Prince on guitar, Mickey Roker on drums and a young Mtume on percussion.

Together they play a superb mix of deep and funky jazz in the best tradition of the genre. Both hypnotic (Kamili) and funky (check Cowell signature tune Abscretions), the album is a pure delight graced by Shad’s tight production values. It will ravish all lovers of early 70s spiritual jazz.

Buddy Terry recorded another two great albums for Mainstream and played on Art Blakey superb Child’s Dance from 1972 gracing the record with his wonderful soprano sax playing. A great player worth (re)discovering. This release will be augmented by never-seen session photos by Raymond Ross as two CD bonuses in the form of two single versions of “Babylon” and “Stealin’ Gold” well as new liner notes by French journalist Jacques Denis (Liberation/Superfly)

LP
S1
1 – Awareness (Suite): Omnipotence/Babylon/Unity/Umility (Trio for Two Bassists and Tenor)
2 – Kamili

S2
3 – Stealin’ Gold
4 – Sodom & Gomorrah
5 – Abscretions

Available from 06.10.2017

The Necessaries – Event Horizon
Friday, August 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Necessaries – Event Horizon

Image: 1610515 Arthur Russell epitomised the spirit that defined downtown NYC in the 70s and 80s. Yet his inability to complete projects resulted in limited output. Be With now present the reissue of Event Horizon, an album Arthur did finish with his cult group The Necessaries. Criminally neglected for 35 years, its scarcity on vinyl has caused it to evade his most diehard fans and its relative obscurity has rendered it largely unknown, even amongst Arthur acolytes.

Arthur played keys in the new wave/power pop quartet, as well as writing half the songs and contributing his inimitable vocals and avant-garde cello. Fronted by the muscular guitar of lead singer Ed Tomney, the band was rounded out by Ernie Brooks (The Modern Lovers) on bass and drummer Jesse Chamberlain (ex-Red Crayola). The record was produced by the legendary Bob Blank and featured the pulsing trombone of Peter Zummo.

Event Horizon represents the partial overhaul given to The Necessaries’ first record Big Sky (1981). Renamed and relaunched in 1982, The New York Rocker described the revised LP as benefitting from “some shuffling, some trimming of deadweight and the setting of real gems in their place. The biggest plus – “More Real” – is easily the prettiest song the Zombies never wrote”. That track, as well as the towering “Driving And Talking At The Same Time” (below), “Detroit Tonight”, “On The Run” and “The Finish Line”, came from the pen of Arthur. They are undoubtedly the best tracks on the album, wonderfully capturing Arthur’s softer, more melodic approach to pop.

With an uncompromising post punk attitude, The Necessaries blended distorted guitars and loud drums with melodious, intelligent songwriting. It’s weird and minimal, but it’s still resolutely pop. Like much of Arthur’s work, the songs are warm, shimmering and modern, catchy, hypnotic and utterly timeless. As well as handling a lot of the lead vocals, he arranged the tracks too, stripping away some of the new wave poppiness and adding his signature beautiful moodiness. It sounds like the most transcendent idea of what pop music could be.

Event Horizon should’ve been one of the most influential records in rock music history. Like most slept-on classics, it didn’t make the immediate impact it intended to, and was forgotten by Sire and, eventually, by fans. Nevertheless, Arthur forged ahead with his solo career after abruptly quitting the band by jumping out of the van at the mouth of the Holland Tunnel in New York, while on the way to an important gig.

Whilst Event Horizon will appeal to all Arthur Russell completists, it demands further examination beyond his fans. It’s long been an elusive missing piece to the lore of the downtown scene, but it won’t be for much longer. Art Pop? Jangle Pop? Power Pop? Whatever. Far ahead of its time, this is pure pop for now people.

The original, iconic artwork has been faithfully restored whilst Simon Francis’ dextrous mastering adds real clarity throughout. As ever, the record has been pressed at a reassuringly weighty 180g. Additionally, the album features extensive liner notes on a printed inner sleeve by renowned writer and friend of the downtown scene Mikey IQ Jones.

Tracklisting
1 Rage
2 More Real
3 Like No Other
4 Driving And Talking At The Same Time
5 Aeiou
6 Sahara
7 Europe
8 State-Of-The Art
9 The Finish Line
10 Detroit Tonight
11 On The Run
12 Paceways Available from 29.09.2017

The Allergies
Monday, July 24th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The Allergies’ debut album introduced the world to the way they effortlessly fuse funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and breaks into dancefloor-ready nuggets of ear candy. Taking classic sounds and reshaping for the modern age is the signature that won them plaudits across the globe. Not ones to rest on their laurels, it hasn’t taken long […]

“Push On” is the title of the forthcoming sophomore studio album from Funk/Jazz fusion band The Allergies
Friday, July 21st, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The Allergies’ debut album introduced the world to the way they effortlessly fuse funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and breaks into dancefloor-ready nuggets of ear candy. Taking classic sounds and reshaping for the modern age is the signature that won them plaudits across the globe. Not ones to rest on their laurels, it hasn’t taken long […]

Brian Briggs – Selected Music From The Album Brian Briggs
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Brian Briggs – Selected Music From The Album Brian Briggs

Image: 1610871 So who is Brian Briggs? Well, to those who carefully read the production credits on records, his real name is John Holbrook, a well-respected mixer and sound engineer who worked, produced and recorded on Todd Rundgren’s Bearsville Records from 1974 to 1980, and prior to that, at IBC studios in London (most notably on The Who’s Tommy & Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland). Over the years the name of this music industry veteran has been attached to countless recordings, with many of them hitting platinum status. Another piece of trivia also tells us that once upon a time
Holbrook worked for EMS, a legendary company that specialized on sound synthesis.
So what’s exactly going on with this record? At first glance, we could say it’s a New Wave record (passed through a filter of synths and drum machine-like percussions) touching on different Rock styles in a similar way to Devo. There’s Rockabilly on his cover of Eddie Cochran’s ‘Nervous Breakdown’, Surf Rock on ‘Spy vs. Spy’ and even Ska-tinted Dub on ‘Psyclone’. So how did this pastiche of pop styles give us a record that was considered a classic at The Loft in New York City as well as at Italian clubs like Cosmic and Easy Going?
The key is on Side 1. AEO (Parts I & II) is basically the chant you’d imagine Nature making through a sequencer. With heavy electronic percussions, Analog synth sounds reminiscent of water splashes, and tape echo effects that can easily be mistaken to be the callings of birds and other animals during mating season, AEO has the DNA of every Balearic track to come. While equally giving a nod to the East and mother
Africa, it makes sense why this record was popular with impeccable selectors like David Mancuso and Danielle Baldelli.
Often bootlegged or found in compilations, we are honored to bring you this minimal classic by Brian Briggs in all its glory including the incredible pop art cover reminiscent of the Bazooka bubble gum packaging which probably also inspired the logo of that notorious Art Gallery on 76 Grand Street, NYC.

SIDE A
AEO (Part I) 2:59
AEO (Part II) 2:53

SIDE B
Psyclone 4:50
Nervous Breakdown 3:42
Spy vs. Spy 2:17 Available from 20.10.2017

The Allergies – Entitled to That / Get Down On You
Thursday, July 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Allergies – Entitled to That / Get Down On You

Image: 1610804 Do you long for a time where you could head out have a good time and dance your pants off? Well The Allergies invite you back to the glory days of Northern Soul, high kicks and throwing yourself around the floor with their new single ‘Entitled to That’.

It’s an up tempo stomper with feel-good Soul sensibilities that would be equally at home at the Wigan Casino as it is on today’s festival circuit. Following on in the same vein that made their 6 Music album of the day record – ‘As We Do Our Thing’ so popular, they continue to reshape classic sounds for the modern dancefloor.

Talented Soul songstress Honey Larochelle provides the sass in this peppy number co-penned with The Allergies by regular collaborator Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling). This second single taken from their forthcoming album ‘Push On’ shows they’ve lost none of the verve that made their debut so good, and gives another taste of what to expect from the LP.

They balance out the release nicely with a steady groover in the shape of ‘Get Down On You’ – a steady Funk groove with a catchy bassline and the usual signature flair touches from the guys to keep the crowds entertained.

Tracklisting
1 Entitled to That
2 Get Down On You Available from 18.08.2017

Ben & Sadar – The Red, White & Blue’s
Saturday, June 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ben & Sadar – The Red, White & Blue’s

Image: 1610574 Legendary DJ and collector Sadar Bahar & Dutch synth obsessive Ben Spaander’s present their new collaborative EP on BBE!

Tracklist:
A1 Electronic Frequencies
A2 Fast Trumpet
B1 Binaries In Love
B2 East River Throwdown

Hugely respected both as a DJ and authority on rare disco, funk and his own brand of ‘Soul In The Hole’, Chicago’s Sadar Bahar joins forces with Dutch synth-obsessive Ben Spaander for a very special 12” release, “The Red, White & Blue’s”. A regular fxture at the world’s most discerning parties including Southport, Soundwave and Helsinki’s Flow Festival, Sadar Bahar frst joined forces with BBE in 2012, releasing acclaimed (and highly sought after) compilation album ‘Soul In The Hole’. Better known as Cosmic Force, electro veteran Ben Spaander has amassed an enviable array of synths in his Utrecht studio, using them to devastating efect in his productions and live shows. Starting out working only with Ben’s synth collection and Sadar’s supreme ear for the groove, the pair soon enlisted help from some talented sax, guitar and keyboard players to give their new project a delightfully organic, live sound. Following hot on the heels of their debut release (‘We Are Righteous People’ on Rush Hour), ‘The Red White & Blue’s’ comprises four heavy grooving dance-foor cuts of varying shades.
‘Electronic Frequencies’ sounds like an early Chicago House track, with a hypnotic synth bassline and insistent kick drum punctuated by sensual spoken word vocals and jazzy guitar licks. ‘Fast Trumpet’ lives up to it’s title with a frenetic disco rhythm and looping brass samples giving way to an ultra-funky wah-wah guitar jam. ‘Binaries In Love’ is a disco/funk workout of epic proportions, the dizzying interplay between live sax and guitar giving a classic feel to the rock-solid groove. Finally ‘East River Throwdown’ gives a nod to b-boys and bgirls across the world, touching on one of the most iconic breaks of all time while adding a earscandalous layer of smooth jazz-funk. An exciting partnership from two artists brought together simply through a love of music, the energetic, joyful nature of these tracks lends them a wide and instant appeal. Coming soon to a dancefoor near you. Expect smiling faces.

For Fans of: Crazy P, DJ Spinna, Kenny Dope, John Morales, Kerri Chandler. Available from 21.07.2017

Rhemi – Choice Cuts Vol.1
Friday, April 28th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Rhemi – Choice Cuts Vol.1

Image: 1609893 BBE have teamed up with Rhemi for the first volume of Choice Cuts.

Tracklist:
A1 Rhemi Ft Hanlei – Diamond
A2 Rhemi Ft Lifford & Hanlei – Mask Off
B1 Rhemi Ft Tess leah – Stepping Out (Dub Mix)

It has been an amazing ride for the London based
dynamic duo Rhemi (Ziggy Funk & Neil Pierce)
since their formation in 2013. The two have gone
from strength to strength, building their name with
a signature sound of broad and melodic bass lines,
soaring vocals and lush keyboard skills. Not afraid
to push the boat out and deliver something new,
the high quality of their music has always been a
priority for the pair.
The chart-topping list of original hits which includes
‘Warning’ featuring Lynn Lockamy to ‘Diamond’
with HanLei shows how main-room soulful house
can stand tall amongst the array of other House
sub-genres and is well deserved to headline any
vibrant party going. If the soulful side isn’t your
thing the boys have certainly got you covered with
their ‘Dub’ mixes. The late night stompers of
rough drums and raw rhythms keep the vibe going
for the people that never want the party to stop.
The two have had outstanding support with their
music from the likes of Louie Vega and Joey
Negro having provided remixes for them both. So,
it is definitely fair to say the boys know what they
are doing.
Their label Rhemi Music has proven itself as a ‘go
to’ for many and this ‘Rhemi Choice Cuts’ is a
series of releases showcasing their work. ‘But why
is this so special?’ you may ask.
Well, with a string of releases never to hit the vinyl
format, these are an essential addition to any music
collection. This is for collectors and music lovers
alike. The demand for these delightful Vocal House
and Dub gems to be put on the black plastic so you
can drop the needle on and rock away has been
immense, so it’s about time they are finally
unleashed and heading to a turntable near you.
Personally chosen by Neil and Ziggy, this is a
well thought out compilation to suit all not only
those who know the name and material, but
also those who may stumble across the flavoursome
sounds and leave them wanting more. Available from 09.06.2017

Marvin Parks takes part in the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s musical scene can be considered a very fitting addition to the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama, deeply rooted in the Black Music tradition. Having his roots in Gospel and in the ’50s and ’60s jazz singers by the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman and […]

El Michels Affair
Thursday, April 6th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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When Leon Michels name first appeared on a record, he was 16. That release was Thunder Chicken, and the group was his high school band, The Mighty Imperials. The record was essentially an homage to The Meters, at the time it was near pitch-perfect for the budding retro-soul scene. While that release was an early […]

Marvin Parks – Marvin Parks (2LP)
Friday, March 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marvin Parks – Marvin Parks (2LP)

Image: 1608800 The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s musical scene is a perfect addition to the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama, deeply rooted in the Black Music tradition. Having his roots in Gospel and in the ’50s and ’60s jazz singers by the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman and Joe Williams, Marvin Parks yet remains by all means an artist of today. In his debut Marvin shapes his light baritone colors within the sound of a well-established group of musicians under the direction and production of Nicola Conte, giving a different light to well-known standards and some originals.

The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s musical scene can be considered a very fitting addition to the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama, deeply rooted in the Black Music tradition. Having his roots in Gospel and in the ’50s and ’60s jazz singers by the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman and Joe Williams, Marvin Parks yet remains by all means an artist of today.

In his debut Marvin shapes his light baritone colors within the sound of a well-established group of musicians under the direction and production of Nicola Conte. The main idea was to create a soundscape to give a different light to well-known standards and some originals.

The album has been recorded in two main sessions. The first one took place at the Sorriso Studio in Bari, Italy, the same place where Nicola Conte recorded all his albums, with a fantastic line-up including Daniele Tittarelli (alto saxophone), Francesco Lento (trumpet), Pietro Lussu (piano), Luca Alemanno (double bass), Nicola Angelucci (drums), Pierpaolo Bisogno (percussion) and, of course, Nicola Conte himself (guitar). The second recording session took place in Milan, Italy, at the Schema/Ishtar Records Blue Spirit studio, with the same rhythm section and a stellar guest in the person of Logan Richardson (alto saxophone).

The first session brings a strong ’60s Blue Note sound sensation, while the second, surrounded by a sort of African feeling, emanates hints of the historical Coltrane / Davis quintet, reminding the colours of Paris in the sixties… Paris, just by accident, is Marvin Parks’ hometown in these days.

The album is released in two versions: a 3-panel digipack 13-track CD and an indivisible set of two separate LP’s, simply named Volume 1 and 2, for a total of 16 tracks. In the vinyl version the tracklist has been divided, based on the songs mood, on the four sides named as follows: ‘A – The Soul Side’, ‘B – The Afro-Blues Side’, ‘C – The Standards Side’ and ‘D – The Ballads Side’.

TRACKLIST LP – Volume 1
A1 Awakening
A2 The Mystery Of Man
A3 Brother, Where Are You?
A4 Charade
B1 African Other Blues
B2 Swingin’ Shepherd Blues
B3 Close Your Eyes
B4 All Blues

TRACKLIST LP – Volume 2
C1 A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing
C2 The Midnight Sun Will Never Set
C3 I Fall In Love Too Easily
C4 How Insensitive
D1 Nature Boy
D2 Sea And Sand
D3 If You Could See Me Now
D4 The Very Thought Of You Available from 28.04.2017

Marlena Shaw – Woman Of The Ghetto (Remix) (Pink Vinyl)
Friday, February 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marlena Shaw – Woman Of The Ghetto (Remix) (Pink Vinyl)

Image: 1608186 Going one above today’s current wild wild west landscape of digital
sampling and officially licensing a legendary ‘60s-era song that’s
made its rounds in the golden era of sample based hip-hop. Akshin
Alizadeh, the man from Azerbaijan, is the lucky one tapped from the
label’s roster to remix Marlena Shaw’s “Woman of the Ghetto.”
The producer’s strong funk and nu-jazz influences, as well as his
ability to combine funky grooves with punchy hip-hop beats, are on
full display once again. Rightfully dramatic orchestral strings give
way to bluesy rhythmic wah-wah guitar plucking, slightly cabaret-ish
piano, pitch bending keys, and a totally sultry sax. The percussion
sounds like signature Alizadeh with a flickering hat pattern, well
placed snare rolls, and punchy interplay with the kick. For the DJs
needing to spice things up, an instrumental is included.

A. Woman Of The Ghetto (Akshin Alizadeh Remix)
B. Woman Of The Ghetto (Akshin Alizadeh Instrumental Mix) Available from 11.08.2017

Willie Bobo – Always There / Always There (Kon Remix)
Friday, February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Willie Bobo – Always There / Always There (Kon Remix)

Image: 1608697 In 1978, famed Latin Jazz percussionist Willie Bobo released
a promo-only 12” single featuring a “Special Disco Version” of
“Always There”, a cut from his most recent album Hell of An Act To
Follow. Pressed in extremely limited quantities and never available
commercially, this 12” quickly became a highly sought-after rarity
for DJs and collectors. Now, this lost treasure is back in print while
supplies last, complete with an exclusive a new multitrack edit of
“Always There” from DJ / crate-digger extraordinaire Kon (BBE / Soul
Clap) on the B-side. Released in partnership with the Bobo family,
this official pressing revisits a dance?oor-ready masterpiece.

Side A.
Always There (Original)
Side B.
Always There (Kon’s Kick The Bobo Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/naturesounds/always-there-kon-remix Available from 10.03.2017

The Dontells – Move On Down / There Goes A Fool
Friday, January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Dontells – Move On Down / There Goes A Fool

Image: 1608459 Produced and recorded in 1965 during a time when Chicago soul was one of the most influential sounds in R&B.The Dontells entered the studio and cut two tracks that put that sound on full display. The session was led by producer Calvin Carter, world famous Arranger Johnny Pate-along with the cities top musicians. These tracks were never released and have only been heard by a few people until now. The A side “Move On Down the Line” grabs you from the first second the needle drops. A mid tempo love song with a trademark arrangement from Pate and a vocal melody and approach in the style of Chicago’s king of soul, Curtis Mayfield. “There Goes A Fool” is the B side and is a reminder why The Dontells were one of the best groups out of the Windy City. Another brilliant production with a top notch arrangement . Horns, strings, a swinging backbeat and that signature Chicago vocal sound lead by the sweet harmonies of Nate, Leroy, Manuel & Ralph. This is no doubt a 60’s soul classic in 2017!

• Previously unreleased and unheard material from 1965, The Dontells released numerous singles from 1962 to 1970 on labels such as Vee-Jay, Beltone, Dontee & Ambassador
Records
• Recorded in Chicago under the guidance of legendary arranger Johnny Pate (Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, Shaft In Africa)
• Recorded at world famous Universal Recorders(Donny Hathaway, Ramsey Lewis, The Impressions & The Dells)
• Classic Chicago soul at is finest with a sound that resonated heavily in R&B during the 60’s Available from 24.02.2017

Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers – Liquid Love
Friday, January 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers – Liquid Love

Image: 1607933 Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers are back with their sophomore album Liquid Love.

Tracklisting CD:
01. Liquid Love
02. Opus
03. Kurifuna
04. The Disco Jumpers
05. Weird Panda King
06. Somebody (Part 1)
07. Somebody (Part 2)
08. Somebody (Part 3)
09. Somebody (Part 4

Onom Agemo and The Disco Jumpers are finally back on track with their sophomore album „Liquid Love“, a well psychedelic longplay effort jam-packed with captivating grooves of a bubbling, pumping, floating and defo frolicking and playful nature. „Liquid Love“ is also the name of the title track which can be described as a proper fancy ass, lime green glow-in-the dark cocktail served on dinghies throughout harbour boat trips to punters in full-on scuba gear.
Coming from ancient days and weighing in some Malian heritage is „Kurifuna“, a tune sporting quite tipsy bamboo flutes, long lost rhythm signatures and secret messages from Saturn. „Opus“ reflects the bands ardent enthusiasm and fascination for trance-inducing rituals performed by the Moroccan Gnawa people and is recommended to come to peace with one’s innermost demons. Just pump up the jam and bop your head back and forth furiously. But hey kids, don’t try this at home and without assistance as cataleptic conditions might occur.
With „The Disco Jumpers“ we’re having a dance to the hymn of the most dedicated amongst all Onom Agemo-worshippers. And btw – if the bands name seems a little too off to get stuck in your head how about some backward reading? If you’re like #wtf now be assured that there’s no deeper meaning intended. It just sounds fancy, outlandish and peregrine.
Also we see our time travelling guitar player contributing to this album with „Weird Panda King“,a song he might – or might not – have picked up throughout one of his trips to the 70s. And talking the 70s in general, the whole album incorporates bits and bops from the past, present and future, drawing influences from both very familiar and also faraway places. Just to name a few there’s Krautrock, AfroFunk, traditional Moroccan Trance, Future Jazz and much more to be found. The Beatles excluded, though. Finally „Somebody“ is the icing on the cake – a quadripartite suite that was premiered at the occasion of the second Kosmos-Days event in Berlin. For this special musical piece the band was able to work with three local female pygmies which provided additional layers of most beauteous folkloristic rack- wheel chants to round off things nicely a.k.a. somebody is counting on universal help to get in touch with somebody. Well, things like that do actually happen. For sure.

Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers:
Johannes Schleiermacher – woodwinds and modular synth
Jörg Hochapfel – old organs and analog synths
Kalle Zeier – guitar and vocoder vocals
Kalle Enkelmann – bass and microphones Bernd Oezsevim – drums and cymbals

Special guests:
Maria Schneider – small and big percussions (Kuriuna & Somebody), vocals (Liquid Love & Somebody)
Natalie Grefel – vocals on Somebody
Olga Xavier – vocals on Somebody Available from 24.02.2017

Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers – Liquid Love (180g)
Friday, January 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers – Liquid Love (180g)

Image: 1607934 Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers are back with their sophomore album Liquid Love.

Tracklisting LP:
A1. Liquid Love
A2. Opus
A3. Kurifuna
B1. The Disco Jumpers
B2. Somebody (Part 1)
B3. Somebody (Part 2)
B4. Somebody (Part 3)
B5. Somebody (Part 4)

Onom Agemo and The Disco Jumpers are finally back on track with their sophomore album „Liquid Love“, a well psychedelic longplay effort jam-packed with captivating grooves of a bubbling, pumping, floating and defo frolicking and playful nature. „Liquid Love“ is also the name of the title track which can be described as a proper fancy ass, lime green glow-in-the dark cocktail served on dinghies throughout harbour boat trips to punters in full-on scuba gear.
Coming from ancient days and weighing in some Malian heritage is „Kurifuna“, a tune sporting quite tipsy bamboo flutes, long lost rhythm signatures and secret messages from Saturn. „Opus“ reflects the bands ardent enthusiasm and fascination for trance-inducing rituals performed by the Moroccan Gnawa people and is recommended to come to peace with one’s innermost demons. Just pump up the jam and bop your head back and forth furiously. But hey kids, don’t try this at home and without assistance as cataleptic conditions might occur.
With „The Disco Jumpers“ we’re having a dance to the hymn of the most dedicated amongst all Onom Agemo-worshippers. And btw – if the bands name seems a little too off to get stuck in your head how about some backward reading? If you’re like #wtf now be assured that there’s no deeper meaning intended. It just sounds fancy, outlandish and peregrine.
Also we see our time travelling guitar player contributing to this album with „Weird Panda King“,a song he might – or might not – have picked up throughout one of his trips to the 70s. And talking the 70s in general, the whole album incorporates bits and bops from the past, present and future, drawing influences from both very familiar and also faraway places. Just to name a few there’s Krautrock, AfroFunk, traditional Moroccan Trance, Future Jazz and much more to be found. The Beatles excluded, though. Finally „Somebody“ is the icing on the cake – a quadripartite suite that was premiered at the occasion of the second Kosmos-Days event in Berlin. For this special musical piece the band was able to work with three local female pygmies which provided additional layers of most beauteous folkloristic rack- wheel chants to round off things nicely a.k.a. somebody is counting on universal help to get in touch with somebody. Well, things like that do actually happen. For sure.

Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers:
Johannes Schleiermacher – woodwinds and modular synth
Jörg Hochapfel – old organs and analog synths
Kalle Zeier – guitar and vocoder vocals
Kalle Enkelmann – bass and microphones Bernd Oezsevim – drums and cymbals

Special guests:
Maria Schneider – small and big percussions (Kuriuna & Somebody), vocals (Liquid Love & Somebody)
Natalie Grefel – vocals on Somebody
Olga Xavier – vocals on Somebody Available from 24.02.2017

Fred P
Monday, January 9th, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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Anyone who followed the development of house music made in the USA in the last decade will certainly have met the art of Fred Peterkin aka Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium. Since a while the New York City native that is working on his very own music for almost 20 years is on everyone’s […]

FJAAK
Monday, January 2nd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Fjaak’s path led them from the periphery to the centre and from there further through the world. Their self titled debut album for Monkeytown is as much of a summary of what had happened in the previous three years as it is an artistic statement. “FJAAK” combines the energetic peak-time sound of the Berlin-based trio’s […]

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2016
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2016 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 […]

La Feline – Triomphe
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on La Feline – Triomphe

Image: 1607602 La Féline are back with their new album Triomphe.

Tracklisting:
01. Senga
02. Le Royaume
03. La Mer Avalée
04. Trophée
05. Samsara
06. La Femme Du Kiosque Sur L’Eau
07. Comité Rouge
08. Séparés (Si Nous Étions Jamais)
09. Le Plongeur
10. Gianni
11. Nu, Jeune, Léger

In a previous life, La Féline was a trio. Three voices joined as one on
a handful of EPs with diverse influences, trying to find their place
between musical genres, languages, and experiences, guided by
Ariane’s writing and the luminous vocals of singer and guitarist Agnès
Gayraud. Then came “Adieu l’enfance” in 2014, the first album for
which Agnès alone carried the feline fur, and made her mark. A
unique voice emerged from the album, giving free reign to obsessions
that had had only been hinted at previously.
As cathartic as its title implies and entirely sung in French, “Adieu
l’enfance” was also a rebirth with hypnotic new wave sounds, urban
climates and introspective lyrics, a place into which the outside world
would sometimes crash, in an explosion of broken glass.
While creating her second album, “Triomphe”, La Féline started a new
fascinating metamorphosis. Guided by Dionysus, the god of ecstasy
(while the minimal synthpop of “Adieu l’enfance” had more Apollonian
hints), Agnès started by imagining herself as a ruthless warrior or
Miyazaki-like wildling. “Senga”, the first single passes on the flame: in
mirror-calm waters, Agnès the feline becomes Senga who talks to
wolves, Senga who climbs the trees and knows the secrets of the
forest. As total and ambitious album, “Triomphe” is like a place where
La Féline transforms the forest into a refuge, the sea into a primordial
swamp from which to emerge reborn, and projects herself into a city
of Tokyo where nature has re-claimed its rights. In this place we talk
of renaissances (“Samsara”, “Le Plongeur” — pulled down to the
depths by the sound of an octobass), meet Greek gods and spirit
animals (“Senga”), question the place of man in the community (“Le
Royaume”, “Comité rouge”).
After looking inwards toward the intimate, her songs now open up to
others, suggesting a whole unexplored world behind the veil of
appearances in the background that we almost dare not lift for fear of
going mad, like in Arthur Machen’s short story, The Great God Pan. Is
that not what is happening in the worrying final of the song “Gianni”,
that sounds like a descent into hell, or in the liberating crescendo of
“Royaume” where flutes and sax-ophones mix their strident sounds
together in one ecstatic celebration?
Available from 27.01.2017

Matuki – Sanimenteren / INJO (Shunya Remix)
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Matuki – Sanimenteren / INJO (Shunya Remix)

Image: 1607606 12-piece Afro-beat band Matuki are releasing their debut 7″ single on December 2nd via Stutter & Twitch, which paints a juxtaposed image of the band’s versatile style. Side A ‘Sanimenteren’ showcases fiery horn melodies and liquid guitar riffs, whereas Side B ‘INJO’ changes direction completely as Manchester producer Shunya takes the reins. By morphing Matuki’s steadfast rhythm into a lucid downtempo glitch, Shunya creates a unique and mesmerizing new perspective towards the urban band’s signature style.

‘Turbo-boosted grooves and fusing Afro Manding with intoxicating Fela Kuti horn lines, Matuki creates a rhythm so deep and hypnotic it takes you on a journey’ – Rhythm Passport

‘Matuki mix the classic ingredients – brass, beats, vocals and electricity – into something suitably hot’n’spicy…, If Bristol’s Afrobeat scene gets any hotter we might as well move to Lagos’ – Canteen Bristol

Fronted by master drummer and vocalist, Abraham Ebou Sanyang (Savanna, Magoma), Matuki mixes traditional afro-beat sounds with heavy doses of contemporary urban funk into an exciting concoction of world music. Collaborating with the likes of Bristol Samba, Jamba Horns and a variety of versatile session musicians, the densely talented ensemble infuse years of wisdom and experience into their music. After a successful debut performance at Glastonbury Festival’s Glade Stage, 2016 saw the airwaves overflowing with the band’s signature tracks. Matuki received airtime on BCFM, Bristol City Radio, Radio Ujima and Radio Helsinki, and some of their repertoire was also featured on playlists curated by DJ Hiphoppapotamus and Miles Chambers of Lyrical Minded. Touring the UK festival circuit, with appearances at Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Farmfest, Kendal Calling, and Glastonbury, Matuki have been transforming unassuming audiences into dancing frenzies wherever they perform.

Tracklisting
1 Sanimenteren
2 INJO (Shunya Remix) Available from 09.12.2016

Beenie Man
Monday, November 14th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Beenie Man, once the undisputed king of the dancehall, confirmed his claim to that title by releasing an international hit single called King Of The Dancehall in 2004. But Beenie’s throne has been challenged twice this year – unintentionally by Sean Paul, whom Billboard referred to as “king of dancehall” in an online article from […]

Blitz The Ambassador – Diasporadical (Ltd. Colored Vinyl/LP+MP3)
Saturday, November 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Blitz The Ambassador – Diasporadical (Ltd. Colored Vinyl/LP+MP3)

Image: 1607414 Blitz The Ambassador – More organic rap meets west african sounds from Ghana.

The visionary sound of Blitz The Ambassador has been years in the making, with each album crafted to reflect a sonic and visual narrative unique to Blitz’s personal experience. His fourth studio album ‘Diasporadical’ exemplifies this trajectory. Blitz spent a great deal of time traveling between Accra, Salvador Bahia and Brooklyn experiencing the similarities between the African diaspora. “The album title ‘Diasporadical’ was born out of this experience” Blitz explains. ” The radical notion that no matter how fragmented the African diaspora is, the influence of rhythm and spirituality remains largely the same.”

On Diasporadical, Blitz conjures his signature blend of Classic Hip-Hop and Contemporary African rhythms, enlisting producers like Optiks and IAMNOBODI to create a seamless fusion of live instruments and hard hitting beats. To bring his vision to life, Blitz assembled a supporting cast of continental and diaspora African artists such as Tumi, Akua Naru, Kamau, Patrice, M.anifest and Somi. The sonic result is a three act narrative, crafted like a stage play.

Diasporadical offers itself as a study of intersections between the global African experience and struggle. No track exemplifies this more than A(wake), written in response to police brutality and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement in America. Inspiration also came from the ‘Fees Must Fall’ movement in South Africa and the Afro-Brazilian protests during the Olympics.Besides it’s politically charged message, Diasporadical also explores themes common in Blitz’s past work. Immigration (Hello Africa), Spirituality (Heaven), Nostalgia (Long Time Coming) and Love (Juju Girl).

To reinforce these themes, Blitz directed a 15 minute short film called ‘Diasporadical Trilogia’. The story follows a woman who mysteriously wakes up in three different continents. Through a magical realism lens, she shares her memories of growing up as a little girl in Brooklyn, a young lady in Accra and a middle aged woman in Salvador Bahia. With Diasporadical, Blitz has brought his sonic and visual journey full circle. From immigrant struggles on ‘Native Sun’, to touring in over 30 countries on ‘Afropolitan Dreams’, this is the album Blitz has been writing his whole life.

Tracklist:

01 Act I 1
02 Hello Africa
03 Shine
04 Juju Girl
05 Act II
06 Heaven ft. Tumi
07 Ogya ft. Akua Naru, Kamau
08 If Dem No Know ft. M.anifest
09 Act III ft. Somi
10 Long Time Coming ft. Patrice
11 A(Wake)
12 Epilogue 1

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/clearlyitslike

Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/callmelike

Available from 09.12.2016

Burnski
Thursday, November 10th, 2016 | Tags: , , , ,
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Burnski is by no means the fresh faced new comer he looks. Despite still being relatively young, he has actually been toiling away, building up an enviable discography and laying down fierce DJ sets for a whole decade and a half. Right from the off he began making a big impact with early releases and […]

Marq Spekt & Blockhead – Keep Playin
Friday, November 4th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marq Spekt & Blockhead – Keep Playin

Image: 1607066 MarQ Spekt and Blockhead have teamed up once again for a new
album titled Keep Playin. The duo’s latest project is a follow-up to
their 2014 LP JustPlayWitIt, one of that year’s best yet most slept-on
projects. The Broady Champs MC and acclaimed producer link up
to craft yet another gem that any underground hip-hop fan is sure
to enjoy.
The duo’s new album features 13 tracks filled with MarQ Spekt’s
unique brand of grilchy rhymes paired up with Blockhead’s modern
twist on boom bap production. Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Conway
the Machine and Karniege are among the notable guests on this
exclusive vinyl release.

• Limited edition vinyl release
• Critically acclaimed album featured in XXL, 2Dopeboyz and
other notable sites
• Blockhead weaves futuristic Boom Bap soundscapes built
specifically for MarQ Spekt’s signature brand of grilchy rhymes
• Features include legendary Sadat X of Brand Nubian and
rising newcomer Griselda Records’ own Conway the Machine
• A solid album mean to be played front to back and then back
again

1. Keep Playin Intro
2. Ghost Recon
3. Razors In The Pyramid (Vibrations)
4. Devils Island Storyteller Ft. Sadat X
5. Quualude 5
6. Blades Of Steel
7. Insomnia Ft. C-Shotta
8. Catarax Ft. Karniege
9. Got Word From Filadel Castro On The Run
10. Point Break Ft. Conway, HPONE, Buze Bruvaz
11. Quualude 1
12. 88 Barz
13. Here You Go Available from 16.12.2016

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