respuesta alternativa or the alternative response was the project of spanish musician jesus ma catalan, created with the help of julian c. perez. as the title implies the music was generated in response to traditional music notions of the time, and reflects how jesus ma catalan would challenge these traditional ideals using a fusion of styles and his unique vision. jesus laid out his synths and drum machines, while other musicians played traditional instruments over the top. this unique approach worked to create atmospheric tracks capturing simple themes, with each influence being carefully thought of in the joint result. as he explains each instrument weaves independently throughout a passage in a curious game where the listeners attention goes from focusing on a keyboard, guitar to bass or percussion. previously only released on a cassette album in spain, left ear have polished 5 choice cuts for a 2018 12inch.
after previously releasing starship commander woooo woooos mastership lp, left ear records have continued excavating the archives of the artist more formally known as omer coleman jr. the result is two handpicked mid 80’s instrumentals salvaged from the original master tapes, as well as an extended vocal edit on the flip for good measure. after laying his alter ego to rest omer made a handful of electronic releases on his own kansas based remo label. of these releases left ear has selected their two favourite instrumentals: lovin babe sure is fun and so good. lovin babe sure is fun was originally released in 85 and was created to celebrate a time in america where the economy was good, people were happy and love was in the air, the essence of which omer captured using his roland 808 and 303 in what may best be described as acid-boogie. so good on the other hand is a sensual downtempo cut shaped with heavy-bass, telephone samples and guitar solos that conjures images of late night rendezvous and compromising scenarios.
from a lost australian electronic soul gem, to a cult classic: shahara-jas im an arabian knight has gained much momentum since its 2017 reissue, so much so that the egyptian lover reached out to the label proclaiming hed do a remix. the electro innovator who the original release appears to be highly inspired by seemed like a perfect fit for this sleazy late night groover. the result is 3 fresh mixes using elements of the original session tapes and the perfect touch of the egyptian lovers signature 808
nigeria’s kingsley bucknor’s ‘just u and me’ lp gets the long-awaited reissue treatment from melbourne’s left ear records. after cutting his teeth playing with fela in the 70’s and releasing two afrobeat lp’s kingsley travelled the globe before finding himself in london, it’s here that he laid down 6 distinctive electro-funk tunes inspired by african rhythms and music he’d heard through his travels in the states and in europe. originally issued on kinglsley’s own kab records in ’85 and according to kingsley the release was well received at the time, but due to constraints of international marketing the record remained mostly unknown outside of his homeland. fast-forward to 2017 and the stage is set for a new global audience to appreciate the distinct sound of kb.
left ear are re-introducing another ten lost tracks from nicholas georgieff and virgil work, st louis basement electronics duo workdub. the release spans material from 1989-95 and includes recordings from their sole lp and both cassette albums. workdubs music hardly fits into a vacuum and some might even say it’s otherworldly. tracks like reach for the stars and lunar module reflect dreams of space-age exploration, all the while their investigation into drum machines, synthesizers, samples matched with their organic live instrumentation work to create a unique atmospheric dubbed out sound.
oddball japanese electro-fueled vocoder funk with occasional raps from the 80s, including unreleased material. japanese electro original, minoru hoodoo fushimi, self-released four albums. two vinyl lps and two cds between 1985 and 1992. melbourne s left ear records have selected twelve tracks, for a double vinyl retrospective. 10 tracks from minoru s four albums and a further two unreleased tracks from the archives.
what do you need to know about peter westheimer? well, hes a medical doctor, played violin in the australian youth orchestra, he s been an actor, a former deputy mayor, a street theatre performer and a documentary soundtrack composer. tip!
stone cold killer classic jazz funk long player. zoning and beautiful. tip! thesda - spaced out was originally pressed in 1979 in a run of just 100 lps. these original lps were only distributed amoungst friends and family of the artists and as a result they are extremely sort after. the lp a cosmic journey blending jazz funk soul and disco is a into one of the most unique and high quality private press releases of its time. this killer jazz funk album is fully licenced and reissued for the very first time by left ear records.
reissued for the first time by left ear records, basement party is a must have 12- from the inimitable trinidad artist, andre tanker. originally released in 1980, basement party showcases tanker s talents as it blends reggae, disco, funk and calypso flavours into a deep reggae groove. the reissue features artwork from the rare original 12- and is limited to just 500 copies.