producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist devonte hynes returns with his fourth album as blood orange, negro swan. deluxe edition heavyweight orange double vinyl with download code included.
producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist devonte hynes returns with his fourth album as blood orange, negro swan. standard edition heavyweight black double vinyl with download code included.
soulful, west coast hip-hop. a sound unique unto itself. a sound that recalls a classic era nostalgia. a sound steeped in the deep roots of gospel, funk and soul. low blow builds on that tradition with his debut album first book of timothy. the inglewood native embraces the sun-drenched, southern california sound and pushes it forward with intoxicating ows and a soulful musicality that the los angeles music scene is so well known for. consisting of 10 tracks, first book of timothy nds low blow reecting on his life, recounting stories of hardship and loss, relationships and social issues over soulful beats with his unique brand of melodic rhymes and cadences. the album includes production from luke ellington and trevin hickman, with additional production from allakoi mic holden peete. the lp also features musicians miguel atwood-ferguson, uncle chucc (1500 or nothin), jose rios (free nationals), ernest tibbs, jamire williams, jonah levine, jimetta rose, and more.
it’s been four years since eglo records fatima’ released 2014’s blue note-approved, critically acclaimed debut “yellow memories”. this september, the london- via -stockholm, sweden songstress, returns with her second album, “and yet it’s all love” — an emotional, yet entertaining trip through the full cycle of a romantic relationship, told in fatima’s now-familiar soulful style. the double lp release comes with 2 vinyl-exclusive tracks: “dang” (a1) and “may i” (a2).
das multitalent louis cole veröffentlicht sein drittes solo album mit gastauftritten von thundercat, brad mehldau, georgia anne muldrow, john keek & vielen mehr auf brainfeeder! der in los angeles lebende sänger, songwriter, produzent und multi-instrumentalist louis cole veröffentlicht im september sein drittes soloalbum ‘time’ auf brainfeeder. der mitbegründer der alt-pop/ elektro-funk-band knower hat sich 2003 einen platz bei einer speziellen -quincy jones presents--serie für aufstrebende bands in l.a. gesichert, tourte im vorprogramm der red hot chili peppers und seinen witzigen videos für seine songs (‘bank account’, ‘weird part of the night’) wurden millionenfach gestreamt. auf coles neuem album ist u.a. auch thundercat vertreten, der den lead-gesang auf der single „tunnels in the air“ beisteuert. sängerin genevieve artadi, der gefeierte jazzpianist und experimentelle komponist brad mehldau sowie big dada-soulsänger, georgia anne muldrow-kollaborateur und king krule-toursaxophonist john keek sind mit von der partie, genau wie das 23-köpfige streichorchester rochester stringz von der eastman school of music.
kool customer ist ein neues collabo-projekt von l.a. s beatsmith b.bravo und the bay s croon daddy rojai, das auf bastard jazz erscheint. die stimmung des albums orientiert sich an west coast boogie funk a la dam-funk, abgefüllt in styroporbecher mit 80er jahren synth steez, dann begleitet zum stripclub (um 3 uhr morgens), der von kopf bis fuß in einem weißen smoking mit goldketten bekleidet ist. das debüt von kool customer vereint zwei talentierte musiker, die das tun, was sie am besten können: sich entspannen und gleichzeitig bewegen, in perfektem einklang. achten sie auch auf das super-spezifische deluxe-paket, das sich gerade dann als nützlich erweisen könnte, wenn sie es am meisten brauchen. ooh la la la.
considered by many as -the motown of salsa,- fania records is probably the most transcendental label in the history of latin music. by bringing together the eclectic vision of dominican bandleader johnny pacheco with the business savvy of impresario jerry masucci, fania created a sound: the apex of tropical music, combined with the swing of big band jazz and the gritty vibe of american r&b. the label provided an artistic heaven for a young generation of musicians who were inspired to experiment with new musical formats. the albums recorded by willie colón, héctor lavoe, rubén blades and eddie palmieri from the early 70s to the mid- 80s went beyond the parameters of so-called -salsa- - taking latin music to unsuspected levels of sophistication. when you think latin soul you relate to a mélange of r&b and mambo rhythms intermixed culturally by and for the youth of america. it was 1974, and a brash youngster by the name of ralfi pagan walked into the offices of fania records and demanded to be heard. fania president jerry masucci allowed ralfi that opportunity, and ralfi auditioned for jerry right there in his office. it took only a few moments for masucci to realize that he was in the company of his newest recording artist, he put ralfi in touch with recording director, johnny pacheco, who hurried him into the recording studio for ralfi’s first fania recording session.
houston-based “gulf coast soul” band the suffers, led by the powerhouse vocals of kam franklin, is a contemporary version of classic r&b bands earth, wind & fire, kool & the gang, the commodores and others. their critically-acclaimed 2016 debut led to performances on late night with david letterman, the daily show and npr as well as high-profile placements such as queen sugar, honda and kit-kat tv spots. with the release of everything here, their most bold statement yet, the suffers are bound to further endear die-hard fans and make believers of new ones. the vinyl lp is housed in a gatefold sleeve with download code included.
this summer dusty donuts will fly you out to california with two brand new and stunning reworks. keyboard wizard jim dunloop steps in the arena and gives us the love ride. dunloop get s busy with heavy keyboard manipulations as the isley s smooth as silk vocals take you there! naughty nmx and marc hype deliver their nod to dilla s ode to the diamond girl. top shelf summer breezers no question! usually sell out week one, pre-orders as soon as you can.
ryan parks is a mixed media artist, music producer/performer, and ceo/founder of critically robust cassette tape label, harsh riddims. he was born in college park, ga and grew up skating all around atlanta, soaking up the dense kaleidoscopic cultural ooze found both in and outside the perimeter of atlanta. aside from his visual practice which usually takes shape as mixed media (jacob lawrence/matisse inspired in my opinion!) collage, he has been releasing music as fit of body for seven years. fit of body crafts soulful house ballads that draw on freestyle, bell hooks, old school detroit techno, jazz, and southern rap passed through a no wave paradigm. fit of body has previously released work on cgi, dka, ransom note, and his own label, harsh riddims. “black box no cops” is fit of body’s debut 2mr release, named for atlanta hallowed skate grounds, black box. the vinyl release includes a download code.
singer, songwriter, producer and violinist sudan archives has just released her sophomore ep sink. “sink describes the way i want my music to make you feel,” she says, “it’s inspired by my love of fluidity, movement of jellyfish and water.” the release caps off a highly active spring that included a slew of highly buzzed performances at sxsw (yielding praise from npr, paste, new york times, chicago tribune and more), both weekends of coachella, a tour supporting peanut butter wolf in japan, and a show-stopping performance at form arcosanti. she is currently gearing up for a run of european festivals while prepping for more soon-to-be-announced us dates.
you won’t find many producers quoting plato - ‘inner symbols’ takes its cue from the philosopher’s words “music is a moral law. it gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, charm and gaiety to life and everything”. influences are many and all, ranging from colonization and african diaspora to korean shamanism, doug hammond to junior byles.
after the highly successful first volume in the stag-o-lee dj set series we present volume 2. again an 80 minute set - this time by stuttgart based dj joe whirlypop. joe is a jack of all trades, someone who can make a wedding crowd dance, is well versed in new wave and punk and everything in between. but his biggest love is the 50’s and early 60’s. he is playing all over stuttgart for years, but these two discs reflect his monthly shake your bones residency at stuttgarts famous goldmarks club. expect all kinds of blues - from jump to rhythm & to raw electric.
new ep from ethyène showcasing a raising maturity in his discography. drawing samples from library music, dub, soul and r&b, this record delivers everything house music has to, deepness, groove, love and sincerity. no need to say that by launching a new imprint ethyène decided to show a different side from his previous work. we can definitely feel it from the first second the record starts, with static, mashing up samples from 80 s dub music and west-coast funk to finally sound as a surprising modernized classic house anthem. the second track of the record enove lough features a deconstructed and mysterious rhodes loop delivering a smart groove until a delightful sexy vocal sample get in the mix to round off this deeper but easily danceable cut. the b-side of the record starts with cape town mambo , a tune whose graceful horns loop keeps the listeners on an endless dreamy trip while its mid-tempo jazzy beat will have them hips sensually shaking without any doubt. the record has its consistency assured with ending on a 100 bpm powerful hip-hop beat with high-pitched and happy vocals as the nirvana of this 4 tracks sensual and groovy journey.
special edition clear pressing – limited hand numbered 500.
los angeles producer sweatson klank builds his productions as if they were films, developing a story from start to finish. stylistically, fine lines his debut full length for friends of friends, picks up where his 2017 then i was me’ ep left off, melding forward thinking hip hop and electronics as a back drop for a soulful and sultry journey through a tumultuous love affair, loss of self, and the dark empty spaces in our minds. the songs on fine lines sit in a space occupied by hip hop, future r&b and house, yet the record cleverly transcends any single genre. while much of the production is hard hitting, the album manages to walk a tightrope between heartache and swagger. a meticulous fine line that weaves itself like a thread throughout. sweatson klank enlists a number of features on the album including newcomers ana calvo, sarah saldivia, and annie bass as well as past collaborator, montreal producer ango.
mamas gun are masters of modern soul music. their blend of classic and contemporary influences have sparked millions of streams worldwide and garnered praise from the sunday times, billboard, the guardian, and uncut magazine. collectively, the london-based group’s first three albums, routes to riches (2009), the life and soul (2011), and cheap hotel (2014), spawned top 10 hits on four continents, including #1 singles in japan and hong kong, propelled by the band’s sold-out tours and funky, full-tilt performances at the billboard music awards (tokyo), plus global music festivals like womad, greenroom, java jazz, and pentaport. with the release of golden days (2018), mamas gun have delivered their defining masterpiece.
the mar-keys is the first house band from the label stax records. during the 60’s they recorded many songs and with their first single “last night” they made it to the top of the us charts. years after this massive success they released the album “the great memphis sound”, with the support of artists like isaac hayes and booker t. jones. guitarist steve cropper shows his skills in the jazz and soul sound from the music on the album. the instrumental tracks including song classics like “the girl from ipanema”, “in the mood” and “philly dog”.
the group started in the late 50’s as the royal spades and became known as the band where a lot of musical talents marked their first step in the industry. as a backing band they worked together with artists like otis redding, wilson pickett and carla thomas.
pressing on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
repress black vinyl! 5 year anniversary of william devaughn s smooth soul classic remastered and reissued for 2018. diamond in the back / sunroof top / digging the scene with the gangster lean. does it get any smoother than that? stick this record on and get lost in that effortless bassline, sensual guitar licks, coupled with devaughn s silky vocals and you ll be right there kicking back in the cadillac. oft sampled by the likes of nwa and de la soul and covered multiple times, most notably on massive attacks debut album. on the b side you re treated to blood is thicker than water, devaughn s first single giving a taste of the masterfully stylish soul he was to carry throughout his career. repress on black vinyl 140g
im basement des legendären westlondoner flamingo clubs gab es den weniger bekannten americana club, wo jimi hendrix 1966 erstmals in england live auftrat, paul mccartney seine spätere ehefrau linda eastman kennenlernte und mitte der 1950er jahre ein mod-allnighter mit r&b, blues, jazz, calypso und ska stattfand, dem dieser gleichnamige lp-sampler mit 16 erfrischenden tracks gewidmet ist.
top-sampler mit 16 r&b- und popcorn-raritäten aus den 1950/1960ern. mit bobby mitchell, jimmy nolen, frank minion und larry bene, sowie dem ultra-raren honey bee des fantastischen lenny johnson. benannt ist die lp nach den ersten zeilen von bobby mitchells legendärem new orleans-r&b-dancer -well, i done got over it: oh yeah! oh yeah! yeah, i done got over it.-
record kicks celebrates 15 years in the business with a collection full of exclusive new singles on a limited edition double clear vinyl lp.
side by side with similar outfits like daptone, truth and soul, freestyle or timmion, under its motto the explosive sound from today s scene milan-based independent label record kicks has been pitching the contemporary funk & soul scene since day one. with over 200 releases under the belt, rk has released bands from all over the globe and earned the support of vip fans such as kenny dope, jamie cullum, craig charles and not least jay-z, thanks to which the label has recently received a grammy nomination for hov’s use of hannah williams’ late nights and heartbreak as backdrop for his 4:44.
dieser grandiose lp-sampler ist dem legendären northern soul-label okeh records gewidmet, das zwischen 1963-70 mit a&r manager carl davis und songschreiber curtis mayfield seine glanzzeit erlebte. 16 massive tunes und wenig bekannte raritäten von titus turner über jolly boy shepard bis jean dushon, von denen viele zum ersten mal wieder aufgelegt werden, darunter das damals unveröffentlichte “ocean of tears” von big maybelle.
prophet ist ein funk-musiker aus dem underground der san francisco bay area. bis zu diesem jahr stand sein name lediglich auf einem obskuren album namens „right on time“, das 1984 als privatpressung bei treasure records erschien. peanut butter wolf, der gründer von stones throw, war sofort angetan. „es klang ein bisschen wie prince oder the time, aber dabei sehr lo-fi, wie in einer kammer aufgenommen“, jetzt kehrt prophet zurück. sein neues album „wanna be your man“ wurde von mndsgn produziert und klingt gleichzeitig nach retro-hit und zukunftsmusik. prophet wurde 2013 der tour-opener für snoop dogg & dam-funk.
back in 1962 when this, their third album was released, the group consisted of smokey, ronnie white, pete moore and brother and sister bobby and claudette rogers. while he had yet to be featured in the billing by name that came in 1965 robinson’s photo was top and centre of the lp cover. the ten songs featured barely amounted to 27 minutes of music, but what i ll try something new may have lacked in quantity it more than made up for in quality. and the reason was clear. six of the ten songs stem from robinson s pen five solo efforts and the sixth, closing track this i swear, i promise , a co-write with janie bradford. let s savour an album that, as one perceptive critic put it, features the miracles at their early best... as young, eager kids just starting out, filled with optimism, youthful exuberance and enthusiasm, long before record-company politics, favouritism and restrictions changed the group forever.
tolles soul / r&b album für fans von blood orange, kindness, jamie lidell oder auch der s.o.s band. stimulator jones wird bereits seit einiger zeit in den einschlägigen kreisen hoch gehandelt und wurde auch von der bbc in deren “most exciting new music acts 2018” aufgenommen. eine weitere tolle entdeckung von stones’ throw!
one of australia’s most dynamic up & coming acts acts, the goods have become vital members of sydney’s rising soul/electronic scene in just a few short years. with word spreading internationally and the band recently joining forces with brooklyn-based label bastard jazz recordings, the goods are gearing up to release their hotly anticipated make your move ep as they put the finishing touches on their debut album out later this year.
the classic 1963 album, featuring the grammy-nominated, million-selling single and all-time classic r&b-track “it’s gonna work out fine”. pressing on 180 gram virgin vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve.
das langerwartete debüt-album der amerikanischen soul und r&b sängerin deva mahal erscheint am 23.03. und wurde von sir elton john bereits als fabelhaft bezeichnet. das verwundert auch nicht so wurde deva ihr enormes talent bereits in die waage gelegt ist doch niemand geringeres als taj mahal ihr vater. deva mahal hat in der vergangenheit bereits mit illustren künstlern wie tv on the radio, sharon jones & the dap kings als auch fat freddy’s drop gearbeitet und ist bei zahlreichen jazz festivals aufgetreten. als erste eigene vÖ erschien ende 2017 die ep “run deep”, die sich ad hoc in der renomierten new york times playlist wiederfand und den startschuss für ihre solo karriere bildete. das album wurde produziert von scott jacoby (vampire weekend, coldplay) und jarett wetherell (beyonce, fka twigs) und bietet einen einzigartigen sound der modernen r&b, pop, soul und gospel verbindet und dabei immer von der überragenden stimme deva mahals getragen wird. der ein oder andere song auf dem album würde auch einer adele gut zu gesicht stehen. die single snakes ist aktuell in der top 100 der deutschen airplay charts mit steigender tendenz!
neben dem original-album aus dem jahre 1960 enthält diese 180 gramm vinyl zwei bonustracks, aus dem gleichen aufzeichnungszeitraum: messin‘ with the blues und das instrumental hold it. limitierte pressung auf 180 gramm vinyl.
the pendletons return with their latest ep, funk forever, a jazz flavored boogie affair with soul inspired song-writing that evokes old school vibes while still staying fresh and current. horn lines, yamaha dx7 keys and snapping hip hop inspired drum programming topped by sweet singing with heartfelt themes, the group carves out a bold new sound on these 5 solid tracks. featuring elive, potatohead people and ishtar. the pendletons are a long-standing boogie-funk and modern soul project of e da boss (of myron and e on stone s throw) and trailer limon. the group emerged with their very first release in 2010, a 7inch inch of coming down/waiting on you on the slept on record label, which set the tone for the group to emerge it instantly became a cult classic receiving constant play at nights like sweater funk and funkmosphere, and fetching for serious sums among collectors. most recently, in 2016, they released the ep gotta get out. the title track caught the ear of renowned dj gilles peterson, who liked it enough to release it on his brownswood bubbler compilation. in 2018 the group is hitting the ground running with a brand new ep out this spring, and a full-length album to follow later later in the year on the renowned bastard jazz label. now armed with a horn section, a vast array of accomplished jazz and funk contributors, and a knack for quality song-writing, the pendletons sound has shaped into something fresh and unique, setting it apart from the legions of imitators.
junction - a six track ep produced entirely by samrai & platt - features vocalists from jamaica, ireland & the uk and rounds off an excellent 12 months for the label & crew whove toured across north america, mexico and europe in 2017. the set kicks off with st favourite alexx a-game (originally voiced at his studio in kingston in 2016) urging listeners to free up their mind and souls and let the good times take control. it sets the tone for upcoming jamaican talent blvk h3ro to step up on the soulful party number cant wait (recorded at equiknoxx’s studios in vineyard town in 2016), which has been a staple in swing ting sets over the last 18 months. slowing the pace is addiction, a link up with irish artist and frequent murlo collaborator gemma dunleavy who lays down an impressive vocal over the skittering drums, muted guitar and glistening keys. the listen is interrupted momentarily for an interlude from gavsborg whose moving voicemail is accompanied by a poignant piano line from jp aka without understanding. one for the clubs turn it up features equiknoxxs shanique marie riding a stripped funky-esque riddim with ease. fittingly the set closes with contagious which finds two of manchester’s finest vocalists fox & tyler daley searching for an escape from the reality of our turbulent times over a refined yet sparkling production. the 12inch vinyl will be limited to 200 copies
sunlight by herbie hancockis a 1978 jazz-funk, fusion album. it features hancock’s vocals through a vocoder as well as performances by drummer tony williams and bassist jaco pastorius. this was when hancock began heading towards a more mainstream smooth jazz/r&b fusion, similar to fellow jazz-fusion pianist patrice rushen. the album produced a hit-single entitled “i thought it was you”. as a whole the album tends to lay more toward funk than a jazz record, and is reminiscent of much of the electro-funk of the time. this release marks the beginning of the 80s electro-era style that was more refined in herbie’s later albums such as “future shock” and “sound-system”. pressing on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
-from the beginning- is the new alex puddu heartbreaking soul album, halfway between the city and the jungle, that takes you back to the early 70s classic songwriting, it features three guest vocalists: lonnie jordan - also a co-writer here, founder, musician and vocalist from the band war -, duane hobson and adrian wilding. the music styles span from west coast blaxploitation soundtracks to latin-flavoured moods, from mellow r&b tunes to catchy conga-fueled sonic adventures.
eglo records are proud to present fatima s highly anticipated debut album yellow memories. featuring production work from the likes of floating points, theo parrish, oh no, scoop deville, computer jay, knxwledge and more. the velvet toned swede has truly crafted something special.
a notoriously jaw-dropping folk-funk classic, long treasured by the balearic fraternity, the self-titled lp from the brothers batteau nevertheless remains a criminally underheard gem. appealing to fans stuck on ned dohenys scorching blue-eyed soul as well as gene clark s rich country-rock, it s an honour to present the first officially licensed vinyl reissue of this undoubted masterpiece of proto-yacht-rock.
raw rhythm & blues out of seattle! camelot records, operated by jan kurtis skugstad from 1964 to 1966, released an astounding number of singles and even full length albums during its short time of existence. camelot is best known in collector circles for two monster releases by organist ron buford (accompanied on vocals by ural thomas on deep soul), however within their output are still some recordings which not many people have heard of yet. this is exactly the case with the two songs by johnny lewis which you find on this sweet 45rpm single. unchain my heart and i got a woman are two really nice cover versions which sound even better on this properly mastered 45 with its crispy and raw sound.
a glorious live disco workout harking back to the spirit of new yorks heyday when love and inclusivity ruled the dancefloor. featuring additional remix by rahaan. you need this in your life! you know that feeling when you hear a killer melody and it just sticks in your head and makes you wanna dance? call it disco, call it what you want, this song is packed with soul, emotion and a righteous hook, boasting a stunning vocal performance from us singer angela gooden and comes armed with heavy percussion, funky bass, and some serious rhodes. as part of a three track vinyl package on madrid label lovemonk, new york/madrid dj, producer and vinyl vendor oli stewart, better known as casbah 73, goes back-to-boogie-basics on the lead track, along with a b side re-fix by chicago s don of the disco edit, dj rahaan, and a full-on percussion jam instrumental cut. love saves the day is a joyous tribute to open-minded and inclusive clubs past and present with a sly nod to the seminal new york institutions like the loft and the paradise garage. but this record isn t some banal exercise in faithful reproduction, rather a exhuberant slice of soul-disco that reignites the spirit of these underground nightclubs, lofts and warehouses. casbah 73 has handpicked key musicians from around the globe and threaded all these together for a smack-you-on-the-lips belter, reverberating with positivity love really is the message. rahaan s on-the-spot offer to remix love saves the day came about after a chance meeting with casbah 73 in madrid. a couple of days were spent checking out records and drinking wine oli is one of europe s leading disco, soul and jazz vinyl dealers when he played rahaan an early demo. the rest, as they say, is history
limited edition of 500 copies. badass bollywood with a hint of funk and soul, aki kumar is hitting you hard with his choice cuts of vintage indian music. the propelling rhythms of “jaan e jaan” drag you in quick and the groove gets your head nodding and your feet moving. the flip is a slow burner full of nuance, just the right mixture of mood and melody to haunt your ears in just the right way. aki kumar from bombay to the bay bringing that classic lo-fi bollywood sound.
penthouse penthouse is a duo born out of the la-based crew team supreme. their debut lp ‘cruise control’ lands on alpha pup this february, with features from tony larchmont, carla, love logiq, kingjet and more. right in time for valentine’s day, cruise control is a smooth and sultry 9-tracker of r&b-tinged pop songs. in the short time since the group’s formation, they have collaborated with the likes of djemba djemba, mr. carmack, stwo, chloe martini, marvel alexander & promnite and have been billed with acts such as xxyyxx, sweater beats, salva, and the glitch mob. their music has received support from bbc radio 1, vice, earmilk, and la’s kcrw.
bobby van putten s the planty herbs project has been reveling in the edit world since 2010, although his output is frustratingly scattered for those who appreciate his tender touch. now though you can revel in the splendour of a full 12-track, double vinyl album that truly shows what putten is made of. from the mellow soul food of nothing lasts to the laidback hip hop funk of downgrade, the dusty house experiments of akustika to the poppy overtones of follow me now, this is the sound of an artist with a rich musical gift and a soulful instinct.
memories is a bold collection of uninhibited songs inspired by ady’s personal experiences. drawing on touchstones of british adolescence, the album covers a broad range of themes - from love and relationships through to mental health issues. all the tracks on memories are written by ady, and co-produced by ady alongside the likes of ivor novello winning cassel the beat maker (akala, plan b), richard archer, eric appapolay (neneh cherry, craig david, lionel ritchie) and grades (bastille, dua lipa, khalid). highlights include forthcoming single ‘need somebody to love’ which sees ady intertwine sprawling jazz with adolescent infatuation over a teardrop drumbeat and sparse choral samples.
raunchy r&b-funk out of seattle! camelot records, operated by jan kurtis skugstad from 1964 to 1966, released an astounding number of 45s during its short time of existence. jim pipkin & the boss fives mr. c.c. and walkin the duck were one of them. camelot is best known in collector circles for two monster releases by organist ron buford (accompanied on vocals by ural thomas on deep soul). originally mr. c.c. and walkin the duck were released on two different 45s. from now on you can save your og copies by playing this much crispier sounding re-issue.
a solid two sider for your soul box from the old town vaults, say it with feeling is a great mid tempo soul track which i have used as a warm up track for many years and had remained popular on the soul circuit as well. for me the real magic happens on the flip. conscience is a haunting mid tempo off-kilter number, memorable in the extreme, challenging to work it into a set, a charming, fascinating record, no wonder it was a huge popcorn spin in belgium.
fuzzed out and psychedelic covers of rare and classic tracks performed by san francisco’s monophonics. monophonics are back with a six-song ep that fuses the complimentary and explosive soul, rock and funk influences, proving themselves to be the rightful inheritors of the bay area’s impressive psychedelic soul sound. mirrors is comprised entirely of cover tunes, except that i doubt you’ve ever heard of half the deeply funky and soulful originals that inspired these soulful, tastefully produced, and timeless monophonics treatments. “we wanted to do a couple songs that were more familiar to people and then shine some light on groups we’re big into,” lead singer, keyboardist and co-producer kelly finnigan explains. it takes a lot of guts to cover your favorite songs, your van jams, that song you play as a shot of inspiration to break-up a marathon studio session. “not only are these great songs, but these are artists that we listen to and are influenced by.”
here come the james hunter six! serving yet another delicious dish of what you wish with the premier single off their upcoming lp, whatever it takes (dap-051). and i’ll be a monkey’s uncle if james hasn’t delivered two of his most compelling sides to date on this one. “i don’t wanna be without you” is a graduate level course in the three r’s of r&b: rhythm, rhyme, and romance. a sultry rumba sets the mood, as hunter swaggers in – donning his finest voice like a crisp tuxedo, complete with ruffled vibrato and rhyming cuff-links – and proceeds to lay on an absolute heart-stealin‘, deal-sealin’, panty-peelin‘ gem. on the flip, “i got eyes” loosens the collar and brings the metro- nome mark up a few clicks for a punchy tightened-up workout, edged-up with vibes and street corner backgrounds.
initially released on sonia e. pottinger s highly respected high note records in 1981, sonya spence s sings love lp was relatively overlooked at the time her album came out. sent on her final journey in 2007, the one-woman band leaves us with a legacy of exception. however, time and a small first pressing has made it an object of desire for collectors, deejays and lovers all around the world. and, though it was shamelessly bootlegged throughout history, it is the first that time that this bliss of an lp gets the official reissue treatment on wax, with the love and respect it deserves. beyond classic tracks let the flow on baby, where is the love and the reggae gem fantasy, this 10-tracker abounds with treasures, some of which cannot be found on the internet.
needle paw is the first solo album by nai palm, the lead singer and composer of r&b future soul outfit hiatus kaiyote. needle paw is the rawest glimpse into nai palm’s musical world. it is dreamlike, honest, and beautifully transparent, revealing her musical ruminations to listeners with a courageous vulnerability and artistic generosity. pressing on 180 gram audiophile double vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve.
lp in printed innersleeve + download code. jtothec managed to develop his own signature sound: authentic, original, playful, warm, just great music. the luscious and catchy melodies and ingenious arrangements give away influences of frank zappa, james brown, quincy jones, prince and jamie lidell.
a permanent fixture in the world of rhythm and soul, james hunter follows up five critically acclaimed albums with his latest recording, whatever it takes, for new york city’s renowned label, daptone records. at the height of his famed recording career, hunter and daptone co-founder and producer bosco mann recorded an elegantly crafted collection of 10 originals that are evermore poignant and compelling than the singers previous works. the james hunter six and mann recorded whatever it takes straight to tape at daptone’s penrose studios in riverside, california.
“magic / chance to go far” is the first single off the “joseph ep” and is built on top of a tom misch guitar loop with a bumping 4/4 beat, swirling synthesizers and trish’s soulful vocals. stay tuned for much more to come!
bevor im april 2018 das debüt-album geography von tom misch erscheint, wird nun auch bei uns sein projekt beat tape 2 auf doppel-vinyl verfügbar gemacht. in den vergangenen monaten ist um tom ein regelrechter hype entstanden: ausverkaufe shows in london und berlin, sowie die wahl zum breakthrough artist bei den artist and manager awards in london! toms bisheriger erfolg lässt sich zum teil auf seine sehr engagierte fan-base zurückführen, die der multi-instrumentalist im alleingang aufgebaut hat und was auch die häufigkeit, mit der er die hype machine-spitzenposition erreicht, beweist. beat tape 2 hat ihm eine vielseitige fangemeinde beschert und seine musik wird von einer glaubwürdigen mannschaft von unterstützern gefeiert - von einem der größten dance music kanäle auf youtube, majestic casual, sowie von zane lowe, annie mac, huw stephens, clara amfo und jaden smith. süd-london sprüht vor kreativität und tom ist teil einer wahrhaft spannenden szene, von denen er mit einigen auf beat tape 2 kollaboriert. diese künstler teilen seine sensible, gefühlvolle, tiefmelodische und emotionale herangehensweise an die musik. der track easy love feat. carmody ging direkt auf platz 1 der hype machine charts. weitere künstler, die auf beat tape 2 mit tom zusammengearbeitet haben, sind u.a. loyle carner, jordan rakei und zak abel.
(SITTIN ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY (LTD GOLDEN 7 INCH)
coloured 7" Vinyl D16.01.18
am 22. november 1967 nahm otis redding seinen größten hit “(sittin’ on) the dock of the bay” auf. er wurde der einzige hit, den redding sowohl in den r&b- als auch in den pop-charts auf position 1 platzieren konnte. doch das schicksal wollte es, dass otis redding dies nicht mehr erleben durfte: er kam vier wochen vor der veröffentlichung bei einem flugzeugunglück ums leben.
heute gehört der song mit der charakteristischen, gepfiffenen melodie am ende zu den bekanntesten und beliebtesten songs der musikgeschichte und zur säule des bahnbrechenden recording-katalogs von otis reddings. noch immer fasziniert er ganze generationen und gehört zu einer handvoll von songs aus den 1960ern, die über 100 millionen streams auf spotify verzeichnen!
50 jahre nach der erstveröffentlichung am 8 januar 1968, bringt rhino “(sittin’ on) the dock of the bay” als 7”-single auf goldfarbenem vinyl in einer detailgenauen reproduktion der original-monosingle heraus. als b-seite enthält es “sweet lorene” in der optischen wiedergabe als volt-veröffentlichung, verpackt in einer gestanzten hülle wie jene, die atlantic records seinerzeit benutzten, als sie die stax / volt-schallplatten vertrieben.
a super rare disco / modern banger to end the year. star quake came out ofcolumbus,georgiaand that s about as far as they got. don t you know i love you is a relatively recent spin with o.g copies easily going for over $1000 and with good reason. a disco floater over some brilliant bass, i also edited the b side to remove the fade in so it can now be dropped easily in a club. happy new year.
its not always about super rares, we got to cover those lp tracks as well. how this never made it onto a 45 ill never know. michael henderson s brilliant let love enter has always been an underground classic and is about to get a fire lit under it once again, simply the finest brazilian influenced soul jazz fusion. michael s bass playing, vocals and production are all over modern american black music, having played for miles davis. norman connors, marvin gaye, stevie wonder to name just a few, his influence is huge right through the industry as well being a million selling artist himself. you can still here his bass sampled in many a hip-hop track to this day.
exzellenter sampler mit 16 superben soul/r&b-raritäten, deren gesamter sammlerwert heutzutage bei über 6.000 us-dollar liegt. the nightriders mit ihrer perle -lookin for my baby- (1959, sue records) macht alleine fast die hälfte davon aus. ferner dabei: paul perryman, vernon harrell, earl king, mike robinson, u.v.a. eine wahre schatzgrube!
all flowers in time is the debut album from space captain, built around the themes of love and nostalgia with a pinch of bitterness and betrayal. with intricate arrangements of fluttering guitars, sparkly keyboards, and cyclical layers of background vocals, all bound together with dreamy indie-pop melodies for a sweet curve-ball of a finish, this beautifully crafted release takes the brooklyn 7 piece to new heights. extensive influences range from thundercat through amy winehouse to bon iver, but space captain are never anything but themselves, as this release shows. it sees the band moving away from the electronic and experimental sounds of their previous ep, instead taking them back to when they first formed, whilst also pushing the boundaries of their familiar r&b realm. for the band, all flowers in time quite literally signifies the flowering of their careers and the work they have put in to get there
ervin rucker started out as a pianist and composer in the 1950s. after he released his sole single on musette he changed his name to big daddy rucker in the late 60s. at the same time he founded his own gme label on which he released 45s under his own name as well as this one by dede copeland. the price i had to pay is jazzy soul track while the flip you gotta give up some money is an excellent sister funk cut. both cuts can also be found on the tramp records album the soulful side of gme & musette records
record kicks proudly presents james browns original funky diva martha high with japans funk ambassadors osaka monaurail. the 45 vinyl is limited to 500 copies worldwide and anticipates martha highs forthcoming album tribute to my soul sisters out onn record kicks on november 17.
TAKE ME APART (LTD. CLEAR 2LP+MP3+POSTER/GATEFOLD)
2x12" Vinyl UK01.12.17
das debütalbum von kelela ist ein vielschichtiges, oszillierendes porträt, das sich zugleich in die vergangenheit und in die zukunft des r&b erstreckt. was so nach relativ stabilen genregrenzen und zugehörigkeiten klingt, wird in ihren händen grenzenlos: take me apart steht für sich, es ist ein neues element, das nach eigenen regeln funktioniert, sich aber doch einreihen lässt in einen kanon von klangverwandten jüngeren albummeilensteinen. ehrlichkeit und verletzlichkeit waren schon immer die eckpfeiler ihrer musik auch wenn sie sich gelegentlich gepanzert in avantgardistischen electronica-schichtungen präsentiert , und auf take me apart geht sie nun sogar noch deutlich weiter, was den emotionalen tiefgang, wucht und gehalt ihrer message und auch die breite des klanglichen spektrums angeht. nach den lobeshymnen für ihre hallucinogen ep, feature-beiträgen für ihre langjährige verbündete solange, danny brown oder zuletzt den gorillaz, und nach supportauftritten für the xx, legt kelela mit take me apart den grundstein für eine sehr vielversprechende karriere.
the next instalment in the dubplate series sees our very own scrimshire step up to the plate for the third time! having gained huge amounts of radio play for his own productions, as well as the occasional cheeky re-edit, scrimshire unleashes two very timely revisions of the jazz dancer s favourite a night in tunisia, with extra beats and bass meaning that the rest of the dance floor can join in too!
you may know aretha franklins scintillating one step ahead from its vital role in the oscar-winning movie moonlight. you may also know it as providing the beautifully melancholic backdrop for mos defs 1999 hit ms fat booty. the inaugural be with 7inch is a special one indeed, containing the first ever officially licensed reissue of arethas all-time deep soul classic. one step ahead was not included on any of her columbia studio albums, and remains one of her rarest releases. on the flip, i cant wait until i see my babys face is a thrilling, goosebump-inducing killer and an unfairly slept-on rendition of this eternal track. the single comes housed in a custom printed full-colour company sleeve and is limited to just 1000 copies
what started out as a simple email exchange between a young, hungry beatmaker and a seasoned player in the worlds of jazz and midwestern indie hip-hop, has resulted in a vibrant record nearly a decade in the making. on one side of let it out sits miles bonny, a long time musical collaborator who spent his youth soaking in powerful musical moments in nyc under the tutelage of his trumpet-slinging father, francis bonny, and later as a teen immersed in new york s busy indie-hip-hop scene. as he grew up miles cemented himself a niche in the midwest, most notably in lawrence, kansas where tireless forays into beatmaking led to the founding of the much-loved innatesounds crew and record label, as well as a series of solo releases and collaborative projects.
a rather fruity brazilian, french spoken erotic version f painel de controle single we put out a couple of years ago that sits somewhere between euro disco and the original track. always enjoyed playing this one out in the club as an answer record to the o.g so its good to have this one at 45rpm as well.