free soul 1969 the groove is heavy too ñ and a popular hip hop sample ñ but really itís all about klemmerís blisteringly intense, stream of consciousness freak-out. been sampled over 16x from ini to ed o g & da bulldogs to kurious, akinyele, dred scott to name a few. klemmer just wyles out on the sax keep that psychedelic funk moving!! side b. up above the rock edit 1968 you wonít find too many jazz songs that start with a drum break, but then this is probably one of the better jazz/soul hybrids iíve heard in some time. produced by richard evans this song is a perfect display of acoustic jazz funk with ron carter & grady tate filling out the rhythm section. dance floor classic!
big news on the apparel tronic side. were here to celebrate another step forward of our newest label introducing the 7th release on the catalogue & 2nd on vinyl, by an artist we really admire and were delighted to have on board with us: julian habib aka inkswel, on this project with his alias that dude inkswel. the man himself created an 8 tracks lp which truly represents our spirit of experimentation, this time round steering towards a more jazzy influenced hip-hop, shaped up staying true to the sound we love. the sound lp features dope collaborations such as the detroit vocalist and multi-instrumentalist brownstudy singing on the opening and title track, the amazing progressive artist maia von lekow giving her voice for b1 track mother alongside mista monk, the superb han litzs flute and trujillo on kellin it & also divine species on galaxies and mr. shem rapping on a3 track dedicated to mr. schem. this work is a bold and captivating selection of different styles belonging to the same soul orchestrated by inkswel and his musical mastermind, listening to the sound is like jumping on a caravan for a journey where every track is a different stop: crunching beats, deep bass lines, psychedelic melodies. the ingredients for this amazing recipe are all coming from different parts of the planet, a place that inskwel seem to have written on his palms seen his capability of bringing different music influences under the same roof, where he finally invited apparel tronic to hang for a bit. racks such as ‘snooker club and ‘viejos delve into more caliginous, idm territory.
second part of the soundtrack to accompany the “soul of a nation: art in the the age of black power” exhibition, entitled “jazz is the teacher, funk is the preacher”. pressing on triple 180 gram vinyl with download code included.
french producer lb aka labat returns with a new lp named “fake memories” on his own label alélah records. he surprises us with some more hip-hop and r’n’b music, liberating his love for jazz rythms and harmonics. known for his talent at playing with samples, this new lp expresses his actual potential, offering a large use of instrumental stuff : violin and piano chords, guitar riffs… together with delicate voices that balance with the old school drums and procure gentleness to the sharp hats. the b3 eponymous track even discloses the man’s voice, with lyrics sang by himself
limited edition of 500 numbered copies. the double vinyl is housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with download code included.
lucky brown is forging new paths by soaking up musical styles from all over the world to infuse with his own trademark sound. those who praise the cross-cultural musical experiments of mulatu astatke of the 1960s and menahan street band of the 2000s will love this album.
skinny pelembe corrals together a cast of talented friends for his new ep. it’s his most ambitious release to date, boasting a different group or artist featuring on each of its tracks, each of them an act he’s met through music or through linking with brownswood’s celebrated talent development programme future bubblers two years ago. across its four entries, he bridges hip-hop, psych-rock and jazz-influenced tangents, cutting out a diverse cross-section of the city’s music scene. it’s a document of the connections he’s made as an artist, and is the most collaborative project he’s worked on so far. the title of the ep comes from some advice which skinny noted to himself on an old notebook. each of its songs started as a rough idea which was then fleshed out and re-imagined with his collaborators.
REACHIN (A NEW REFUTATION OF TIME AND SPACE (2X12 LP)
2x12" Vinyl lp UK29.08.18
25th anniversary edition - first vinyl reissue of the 1993 debut album from digable planets, expanded as a double lp for improved sound. includes deep liner notes by larry mizell jr. interviewing ishmael “butterfly” butler. lyrics are included for the first time. the 2xlp is housed in a deluxe wide spine jacket with booklet and inner sleeves.
A COSMIC JAZZ FUNK ADVENTURE (CLEAR GREEN LP + MP3)
coloured 12" Vinyl UK16.07.18
deluxe 12” colored sea green vinyl. an exciting new indie funk-jazz-soul masterpiece featuring masters o funk & united sound musicians. recorded live in detroit at united sound, ny, hollywood, las vegas and at funk studios in florida. special guests include: blackbyrd mcknight on guitar- (parliament- bootsy collins), sue ann crawford-vocals (prince) plus a big cast from the allstar funk band and even musicians from lady gaga & theo parrish. each vinyl printed on deluxe heavy weight board, cool graphics and comes with a download card for the full album of songs plus bonus tracks! like getting a double album.
for its third release, chuwanaga goes back in the past with the reissue of -(where is the) sunshine- by kalima, a rare 7- originally released in 1981 and produced in baltimore by afro-american pianist and producer derrick amin. part i on the a side and part ii on the b side form a real journey, a beauty in its own style fusing jazz, soul and spirituality as well as political values.
recorded in philadelphia in 1969, the deirdre wilson tabac’s sole album is a beautiful blend of funk, jazz and soulful pop. possessing the complex grooves, thrilling breaks and ethereal weirdness that the rotary connection pedalled so brilliantly, the lp failed to connect with audiences upon its original release.
in the decades since, it has deservedly attracted a considerable cult following. however, almost inevitably, it has become increasingly tricky to pick up a copy in good condition for anything less than eye-watering sums. as such, we’re delighted to present the first officially licensed vinyl reissue of this undoubted masterpiece of freaky funk-rock, limited to just 500 copies.
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.
“the art of 10 seconds” consists of beats composed on the legendary emu sp 1200. the machine allows you to only use 10 seconds of memory for sampling.
boora explores soviet jazz archives of the 60s and 70s, scientific documentaries, folk music and sounds of nature to bring you the raw and unique sound experience straight out of moscow, russia.
the chisa years: 1965–1975 (rare and unreleased) is a compilation album by south african jazz trumpeter hugh masekela. the album consists of 14 rare or forgotten tracks recorded by stewart levine and hugh masekela from 1965 to 1975 when they ran their own chisa records label. thom jurek of allmusic wrote “in sum, there isn’t a weak moment on this entire collection. it’s appeal is wide and deep and one can only hope this is the first of many volumes of this material to appear. bbe records has done a stellar job in making this slab available.” dan nishimoto of the prefix magazine stated “the compilation focuses on masekela’s original idea of “african american music.” from the early experiments of the zulus (a group featuring m’bulu) in mixing doo-wop, rhythm & blues and south african gospel and the mbaqanga/”grazing in the grass”-style work of the generically named johannesburg street band to the clearly fela-influenced ojah (masekela’s band in the mid-’70s, consisting of players from ghana and nigeria) and the readyfor-primetime belting of m’bulu, each track reveals a multi-pronged effort to find and challenge the notion(s) of how african and american cultural forms could interact.”
parisian dj & producers duo, cleon & jazzy pidjay, are back as last bongo in paris, with a hot new 12inch filled with latin & brazilian soul-funk vibes. with raw drums, heavy breaks and jazzy flavor, these 5 tracks ep should quickly become a hit for all groovers and dancefloors!! cléon & jazzy pidjay have been united through their love of music and hip-hop culture for a while. dj cleon is one of the finest producer in france for breakdance battle music, also respected as a fine wax digger, mixing all kinds of music together, such as disco, funk, soul, jazz, breakbeat, hip-hop and more old and new records. alongside his mate jazzy pidjay and his great production and mixing skills, they give a new dancefloor life to hidden and forgotten musical treasures, through funky uptempo tracks
named after the tenor saxophone, actually, jimi tenor is not just jimi tenor - he s as well jimi keys, jimi flute, jimi vox and jimi composer. yeah, he is, as a multi-instrumentalist and music master in general, all of this! but wait: active since the mid-80 s he s also jimi legend. and if you overlook his whole oeuvre then finally you will find out that on top of all of this he s jimi genius.
rather than rely on their usual full band, live performance, one-room live single recording session, the making of ‘dragonz’ was a departure for the apples. a multi-studio project spanning three continents, they assembled new instrumental tracks based on loops created in the studio and presented them to a wide-ranging selection of vocal collaborators to complete the picture with, and applied this method to the capturing of longstanding live favourites as well. the concept of a “vocal album” was implemented on non-vocalist songs as well, treating the omnipresent turntables’ sample work not as the central element to the band, but rather its frontman. though containing disparate influences, guests and production methods, ‘dragonz’ is undeniably apples, might be their most focused lp to date, and it is certainly their most middle-eastern. elements of the region’s indigenous genres have always been present in the band’s work, but never has their influence been as pronounced.
first ever vinyl release of this iconic critically acclaimed soul album from 2014 for rsd 2018. this record is one of the most significant and award winning soul albums of the 21st century. the album is presented as a double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, limited to 750 copies. the album draws on the spirit of donny hathaway and marvin gaye along with influences from stevie wonder and many of the soul and jazz greats, but jarrod has created his own identity. the twelve self-penned songs have meaningful lyrics and a spirituality which is uncommon in contemporary music, making it a future classic. it has been one of the bestselling independent soul albums in the last decade. jarrod lawson has performed many times in the uk supporting the album at many venues including ronnie scott’s, jazz café and at shepherds bush empire as part of the london jazz festival, building up a large fan base. jarrod also recorded a session for gilles peterson’s bbc6 which increased his profile.
ghanaian legend ebo taylor returns with perhaps his finest album to date. but don’t take our word for it. that’s coming straight from the man himself. and he should know after more than 60 years in the business.
dynamite cuts gives you a fully licensed release from chiaroscuro records for the first time these two tracks have been released onto 7” 45 vinyl. “funny girl” has been edited for a fresh new 45 cut. limited edition vinyl - 450 copies only!
2007 - 2017: 10 YEARS OF TRANSCENDENT SOUND (2X12 LP)
2x12" Vinyl NL22.03.18
2007 - 2017: heavenly sweetness is turning 10 years old! they are celebrating with 3 birthday parties, and 2 compilations! one is a best of the labels production, and the 2nd one is made of exclusive tracks, composed for this occasion. one is a best of the labels production, and the 2nd one is made of exclusive tracks, composed for this occasion. this compilation is a very subjective best of the labels production, from each album or single we had the chance to produce, with great artists. a journey through 10 years of music, a great introduction to the labels universe, but even the experts will discover unknown tracks. including well known artists such as guts, blundetto, sly johnson, anthony joseph, but also more confidential artists: robert aaron, jacaranda muse, patchworks (and his tribute to gil scott-heron)
the 2nd release on 45 live records, and we welcome the amazing talent christian madden into the family. christian released his lp “the wrecking place” digitally in january 2017 that these 2 tracks are taken from and which most definitely deserved to be pressed onto vinyl.
culross close follow up their 2016 debut album home with a potent offering entitled moments. the quartet (a moniker of k15) meld fusion and future grooves to create a captivating ride through some of their recordings. from the opening manifesto, the listener is thrust into a world of purpose and understanding. slow your stroll is where the record begins to unfold, as floating synths and percussion carry the groove. what follows next is the hypnotic inna trice, the rawest of all the recordings where snares and sincerity collide. the record closes with unison (a future groove if there ever was one), a number that showcases the quartet s ability to truly explore their momen
180g lp + mp3, reissue of this classic jamiroquai album...
synkronized is the fourth studio album released by funk/acid jazz band jamiroquai, fronted by vocalist and key-member jay kay. originally released in 1999, synkronized is the band’s follow-up to the successful album travelling without moving
the album includes the singles -canned heat- (#1 on the us dance charts), -supersonic- (#1 on the us dance charts and #22 on the uk singles chart), -king for a day-, -black capricorn day...
TAITU - SOUL-FUELLED STOMPERS FROM 1960S-1970S ETHIOPIA (3X12 LP)
3x12" Vinyl UK19.02.18
ernesto chahoud’s ‘taitu’ is a collection of soul-fuelled stompers straight from the dancefloors of 1970s addis ababa. a breathless journey through the unique ethio sound that bands were forging at the time, the 24-track compilation is the result of the lebanese dj and crate digger’s decadelong love affair with the ‘golden age’ of ethiopian music.
(lp + dl) born and raised on the common desire of bass player mattias geernaert and drummer marius couvreur to groove and dance on the dub vibes.born and raised on the common desire of bass player mattias geernaert and drummer marius couvreur to groove and dance on the dub vibes.kosmo sound saw daylight in late summer of 2016 when these two ghent based musicians found one another. after a few jam sessions and brainstorms they started searching for like minded colleagues and added 4 wonderful masters of sound. two guitar players (cyriel vandenabeele and edmund lauret), one keyboard player (bos debusscher) and one saxophone player (ambroos de schepper). this bands sound can definitely be described as dub influenced. making people dance and drift away in groove and trance is what they stand for. because of their background in jazz they sometimes add some improvisations.
plantation lullabies is the debut studio album by american singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist me’shell ndegéocello (also meshell ndegeocello). the album was originally released in 1993 to widespread critical acclaim and has since been viewed as a landmark neo soul record.
meshell’s music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. she has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career and has had ten career grammy award nominations.
plantation lullabies received a nomination for a 1995 grammy award in the category of best r&b album, -if that’s your boyfriend- was nominated for best female r&b vocal performance and best r&b song.
pressing on audiophile 180 gram double vinyl.
idris muhammad was an american jazz drummer who recorded extensively with many musicians, including bob james, ahmad jamal, lou donaldson, pharoah sanders, john scofield, george benson, lonnie smith and tete montoliu. power of soul is his best known album and is one of the reasons that idris muhammad is regarded as the drumming king of groove. featuring the arrangements and keyboards of bob james, the saxophone punch of grover washington, jr., guitarist joe beck, trumpeter randy brecker, percussionist ralph macdonald, and the knife-edge slick production of creed taylor, this 1974 album is a burning piece of deep, jazzy soul and grooved-out bliss.
remastered audio on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
known for housing a famous beastie boys sample, the reissue of the 1975 funk and fusion classic funk factory brings peerless polish and american players together for a groovy, eccentric journey. it was an album cut from this lp that captured a particular corner of the music-geek imagination for more than 40 years: “rien ne va plus,” from the self-titled 1975 album, had its reckoning with the canon when the dust brothers sampled major chunks of it for beastie boys’ “car thief.” “rien ne va plus” is a banger, all post-head hunters springy synth-bass. as for the rest of the album, funk factory can stray pretty far into the cheerier excesses of prog-jazz. it emphasizes the alluring strangeness of its more experimental moments, like the hallucinogenic haunted-house tour of “lilliput” or the banshee james brown vocal riffs on “horsing around.” “rien ne va plus” remains the top highlight. this album is proof that a core of musicians schooled in jazz but culturally steeped in the folk and classical traditions of eastern europe could, at least once, put out something that fit well with the crossover sound of the times while being unafraid to dive into freeform weirdness.
pressing on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
originally released in march 2006 and virtually impossible to procure on vinyl ever since, bbe are excited to announce a special ten year anniversary edition of the classic visioneers album dirty old hip hop on translucent, orange coloured double vinyl.
does this need an explanation? my two favourite dj sides from stark reality catalog, for say brother i fixed the eq and made it a bit more club friendly also editing the crazy tripped out ending out which maybe controversial but always freaked the dance floor out so i cut that out to gain some extra volume and bass. on the flip we got bustin out of doors which has always been a favourite warm-up record again without the random ending. to make it extra cute i used the o.g hoagy carmichael’s music shop illustration. 500 only, no repress.
the album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical african-american music in the united states of america in the intensely political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the assassinations of malcolm x, martin luther king and the rise of the black panther party.
featuring groundbreaking artists such as gil scott-heron, roy ayers, don cherry, oneness of juju, sarah webster fabio, horace tapscott, phil ranelin and many others, soul of a nation shows how political themes led to the rise of ‘conscious’ black music as new afro-centric styles combined the musical radicalism and spirituality of john coltrane and radical avant-garde jazz music alongside the intense funk and soul of james brown and aretha franklin and the urban poetry and proto-rap of the streets.
double gatefold vinyl album edition comes with full colour inners + bonus download code and includes full sleeve-notes/photography.
travelling without moving 1996 intentionally offers more of what jamiroquai does best: highly addictive funky grooves with a social consciousness that is matched by front man jay kays charisma. the third effort of jamiroquai was carried by an inventive video for *virtual insanity*, the albums flagship song.
pressed on two audiophile heavy weight champions packed in a gatefold sleeve, travelling without moving is finally available on vinyl again, this time with remastered audio for maximum aural pleasure!
during the 1970s, innovative musicians redefined the sound of jazz, funk, and soul music, digging deeper than ever before to unearth powerful new sonic textures. one such pioneer was keyboardist weldon irvine, a jazz-funk luminary who released some of the most revered recordings of the era. irvine’s 1975 album “spirit man” is a true masterpiece, full of infectious grooves and otherworldly electronic elements. entirely composed, arranged, conducted, and produced by irvine himself, the album remains a potent artistic statement, both deeply spiritual and intensely funky. crate diggers may recognize the opening track “we gettin’ down”, which was sampled by a tribe called quest for their classic single “award tour”. now, “spirit man” is back in print on limited-edition vinyl, complete with updated artwork. order this official deluxe reissue now!
this record is a collaborative between marq spekt and experimental, proto-new wave musician gary wilson (stones throw). it’s rare that you get the opportunity to work with the actual artist rather than just sampling his records. gary opened his vaults and provided sample soundscapes. some of these instrumentals date back to 1973 and may have been heard before. others may not. the ending result is a pure creative expression and meshes hip-hop, psychedelic, jazz and funk. soak up the vibrations and enjoy!
this is the kind of idea that makes you enjoy the fringes of rap more than what’s in the spotlight. with that said, “broken mazes” sounds weirder on paper than it does in the headphones. gary wilson is an awesomely strange dude with some outré music under his belt, but for this project spekt wisely sticks with the more accessible sides of wilson’s catalog. it’s all breezy jazz-funk with some vague psychedelic touches for extra oomph, a wide-open feld for spekt to run his free-flowing bars. the result is relaxed and enjoyable, if at times a bit unfocused – kinda like a good open-ended improv session by a talented jazz band.
best selling sophomore albums are one of the music industry’s rarest gems. one example of such a gem is jamiroquai’s second album “return of the space cowboy”. improving on their infectious blend of funky r&b and acid jazz, jamiroquai delivered “return of the space cowboy” in 1994, hitting the charts with a vengeance and amassing global recognition as the leading pop funk band.
incredibly groovy and tight, jamiroquai expanded their compositions into the realms of jazz and this was accompanied by a positive but critical message regarding human rights and environmental issues. the hits “space cowboy” and “light years” propelled “return of the space cowboy” into all-time favourite status among alternative pop lovers all over the world. now with enhanced and remastered audio, pressed on audiophile 180 gram vinyl.
der londoner drummer (und produzent) richard spaven schließt perfekt die lücke zwischen jazz und clubkultur und wird regelmäßig von größen wie josé james, gregory porter, guru’s jazzmatazz, flying lotus, the cinematic orchestra oder ty engagiert. auf seinem neuen album für soul has no tempo, -the self-, arbeitet sich der jazz-drummer durch clubstyles wie drum & bass, broken beat und dubstep und lässt sich von r&b-sänger jordan rakei, metalheadz-mc cleveland watkiss, electro-jazzer jameszoo, jazz-pianist kris bowers und gitarrist stuart mccallum begleiten. ein highlight ist dabei sicherlich sein cover von photeks -hidden camera-.
reissue of the highly sought after nigerian funk-rock album, moving effortlessly between reggae, jazzy afrobeat and psych rock. soundway fans first got a taste of jay-u’s infectious beats with the track ‘some more’, featured on the soundway compilation “nigeria disco funk special: the sound of the underground lagos dancefloor 1974-79”. originally released by emi nigeria in 1977, this now-rare album was written by jay-u and engineered by disco-boogie artist goddy oku. opening with the up-tempo reggae number “reggae deluxe”, the album descends into mind-blowing jazz-funk featuring several killer saxophone solos. the journey ends with a trip into psych-prog rock, with a sound not dissimilar to that coming out of the early 70s british rock scene.
the message at the depth is underground rap for the digital age, far removed from the moldy crates and dusty beats of krushs mo wax classic strictly turntablized. his beats are digital, heavily resampled and quantized, splintering off like drum n bass patterns but possessing a depth and clarity not seen since the heyday of massive attack.
pressing on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
singer/songwriter nick hakim machte mit zwei eps bereits auf sich aufmerksam. mit dem debütalbum wagt er nun einen experimentellen schritt vorwärts. von robert wyatt über marvin gaye und shuggie otis zu my blood valentine - diese künstler haben den in washington d.c. aufgewachsenen sänger, multiinstrumentalisten und produzenten musikalisch beeinflusst. moderner, psychedelischer und doch warmer soul!