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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
from the opening bars of this debut album you instantly just know it’s going to deliver the tunes, and it doesn’t let up until the last note. the allergies’ modus operandi is taking vintage sounds and reshaping them for modern dance floors, and they go about it with style.
effortlessly fusing funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and breaks, dj moneyshot and rackabeat provide the perfect brand of feel-good, energetic ear candy that will leave a smile on your face and give you happy feet. but that’s not all..., they have teamed up with some top mc’s in hypeman sage and blurum13, as well andy cooper of long beach’s world-renowned rap group, ugly duckling.
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!
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.
die »erfolgreichste weibliche r&b-künstlerin der letzten 25 jahre« (billboard), zugleich die unumstrittene »queen of hip-hop-soul«, ist zurück: mary j. blige veröffentlicht ihr neues studioalbum »strength of a woman« und unterstreicht erneut, wie relevant sie auch nach einem vierteljahrhundert im rampenlicht ist.
POPCORN SOUL PARTY - BLENDED SOUL AND R&B 1958-62 (LP)
12" Vinyl lp UK07.08.17
exzellenter sampler mit 16 massiven tracks aus der belgischen popcorn-Ära rund um den gleichnamigen club in vrasene (flandern) und seinem dj gilbert govaert. opener ist die vielgesuchte top-rarität “keelin kinda lonesome” von willie j charles, während die tunes von ki ki page und chance halladay hier zum ersten mal auf vinyl wiederveröffentlicht werden! ein schmuckstück für soul/r&b-vinylsammler.
grandioser northern soul-sampler, der 16 perlen von hochkarätern wie nina simone, joe simon, bobby adams und grover mitchell vereint und dazu superbe tunes von ricky rezell, bertha tillman, george allen, mary johnson und eddie banks with the five dreamers erstmals seit original-release wieder auf vinyl verfügbar macht. ein schmuckstück für soul/r&b-vinylsammler!
two hard-edged dancefloor r&b killers back to back from one of the true blues greats, elmore james, with his unique, uptempo rendition of the delta standard rollin and tumblin backed up with the equally frenetic stranger blues
taken from the forthcoming album the funky side of virtue recording studios, this super soul double-sider from bob marshall & the a/cs gives you a proper idea of what you can expect from the full length album. raw soul, heavy funk, slick disco grooves, vocal and instrumental treats, male and female singers, all on one album!
ihre geschichte ist ein wahres hip-hop-märchen: bei einem photoshooting trafen sich hip-hop-king notorious b.i.g., einer der bis heute weltweit einflussreichsten rapper, und rap-queen faith evans zum ersten mal - neun tage später feierten sie bereits ihre hochzeit. damit begann die wohl legendärste aller love-storys der hip-hop-geschichte, die bis zum (bis heute unaufgeklärten) brutalen mord an b.i.g. andauerte.
zwanzig jahre danach schuf faith evans jetzt das album “the king & i”, das die geschichte ihres gemeinsamen lebens erzählt. es enthält neue vocals von faith, die im studio mit der originalstimme von biggie smalls zusammengeführt wurde - teils bekannte, teils selten gehörte oder gar nie veröffentlichte rhymes aus b.i.g.s archiven. dazu kommen etliche gastfeatures von weggefährten des rap-traumpaars und anderen mitgliedern des hip-hop-adels, darunter busta rhymes, jadakiss, lil’ cease, lil’ kim, sheek louch, styles p und snoop dogg.
the four tops were among a number of groups, including the miracles, the marvelettes, martha and the vandellas, the temptations, and the supremes, who established the motown sound around the world during the 1960s. the group was the main male vocal group for the highly successful songwriting and production team of holland–dozier–holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles on motown. their immaculate four-part harmonies gave voice to many of motowns most enduring songs. their self-titled album (1964) included the singles *baby i need your loving* and *ask the lonely*. you would be hard pressed to find two better singles on a debut album, both being the cornerstones of four tops. a debut to remember.
pressing on audiophile 180 gram vinyl.
FUNKY CHIMES: BELGIAN GROOVES FROM THE 70S PART 2 (2X12 INCH LP, 180 G VINYL)
2x12" Vinyl lp,180 g BE31.05.17
2lp gatefold with liner notes, 180gr vinyl. funky chimes is a two-hour collection of excellent and unique grooves. it contains 27 of the most interesting yet long forgotten belgian dance tracks from the seventies.
FUNKY CHIMES: BELGIAN GROOVES FROM THE 70S PART 1 (2X12 INCH LP)
2x12" Vinyl BE31.05.17
2x12 inch lp gatefold with liner notes, 180gr vinyl. funky chimes is a two-hour collection of excellent and unique grooves. it contains 27 of the most interesting yet long forgotten belgian dance tracks from the seventies.
record kicks proudly presents new oporto soul diva marta ren & the groovelvets! following on from her smashing tunes 2 kinds of men and summers gone released in 2013 on record kicks, i m not your regular woman is their new single from the much awaited upcoming debut lp stop, look, listen that will hit the streets at the beginning of february 2016. i m not your regular woman is a floorshaking cover up version of lucille mathis sister funk classic and serves as a good introduction of what you ll have to expect from the debut full length: 60s pure dynamite sound! the flip, be ma fela showcases an afro instrumental stormer by her powerful groovelvets that the black president himself would be proud of. the final result makes it a party starter 45 essential for all djs and funk & soul lovers.
henry thomas low key 45 on raptown records has until now been a featured in the record boxes of deep boogie and two step dj s who know the deal, it s now time for it to spread its fm synth wings to bigger dancefloors. what more do you want, a solid two sider that only slipped through ebay a few times on the cheap as people did not know it, managed to bag one of those myself and with some help from a good friend track henry down, alive, well and looking forward to his music getting a revival.
i released zebra over 10 years ago on 12- year ago when at jazzman records but deicded to do it on the original format with a brand new master as its always been a favorite 70s dancefloor killer (huge on the deepfunk scene in the early 2000s) and i needs to fit in peoples 45 box. 500 only.
it’s difficult to describe the feeling when you know you’ve heard something that eclipses the mighty mr bird & greg blackman’s ramrock blue modern soul 12” classic ‘over again’ featuring the now legendary tom moulton remix. but many of you are going to experience that feeling and your feedback is going to reflect that moment when that single musical droplet of universal joyful harmony hits your hippocampus and you dissolve with happiness.
unafraid to push boundaries, ephemerals third album, egg tooth, explores new directions: their modern soul and r&b songs now tinged with flavours of jazz, afrobeat, psychedelia and bluesy cinematic orchestral arrangements. with influences ranging from nina simone to kate tempest, steve reich to alice coltrane, egg tooth sees songwriter hillman mondegreen and singer wolfgang valbrun combine beautifully, marrying direct and honest lyricism with powerful vocal delivery. it s an album with recurring themes of rebirth, love, world politics and philosophy in a varied and eclectic collection of songs - an eclecticism perhaps a reflection of ephemerals diverse backgrounds: the singer wolfgang is a new yorker living in paris, the writer in nottingham, the sax player lives in france, while the keys, trumpet and rhythm section are in bristol, sussex and london.
mark rae is the man behind one of the key uk music movements of the last 25 years. as a founder of the shop fat city records and the label grand central, mark worked with some of the worlds biggest artists going on to earn several platinumm discs with his work as one half of the highly respected production duo rae & christian. this project is a worlds first autobiography and album, the release is packaged as a gatefold 10 inch which opens out to the book held within. the 40 000 word book covers the author mark rae s journey through the music industry. it follows the creation and dissolution of fat city and grand central records, rae & christian and yesking. the underground club scenes of manchester, gang wars, success, failure, working with bobby womack, jay z and the pharcyde. the project has been supported by whosampled, dj magazine, vice and the tate modern. the artwork is exceptional featuring an historical montage throughout the inner gatefold sleeve. the music features guest vocals from tony d who was a big influence in the original grand central records sound, soul king pete simpson, multi instrumentalist shawn lee and kate rogers.
made in taiwan and brought to vienna, austria (her parents origin) the culture clash incepted an affinity for a wide range of music. growing up listening to classical music and african jazz, billie holiday s sadness and beloved fusion jazz gave birth to her musical approach, while abstract hip hop damaged the rest. her sound varies from jazzy improvisation to nu soul, creating her own unique style through her code-lacking manners. she has spent a lot of time traveling asia, the states and southern africa. while working on her master thesis in biotechnology she met the producer mez. this project will reflect on soia s own mood swings, from melancholic soul, stream of consciousness turned song, to feel good tunes - always going beyond the surface.
producer dain releases his debut 7” single featuring incredible vocal collaborations with la’s modern funk queen moniquea, and frequent tall black guy collaborators malice & mario sweet. drawing inspiration from great producers like j dilla, dj quik, and kev brown, dain brings a unique swing and style to the table with his signature drums, bass lines, and keys. instantly recognizable with a sound all its own, dain’s frst release with liquid beat is perfect for those who love expertly produced, beat driven r&b and hip-hop. included with the 7” is a free download of dain’s entire “treat yourself” ep that features additional collaborations with black spade, rozzi daime (of sa-ra fame), and up and coming portland songstress blossom.
THE SOULFUL SIDE OF GME & MUSETTE RECORDS (LP + MP3)
12" Vinyl lp D13.03.17
much interest domestically and abroad has been generated over the years about an indie soul label in san diego, ca called musette records, whose short life span (1965-1968) only produced less than 20 singles, and no full albums. more than 40 years later, musette would achieve the collectible status among record buyers of northern soul, who recognize and appreciate the r&b grooves that pulsated on these now extremely rare singles.
the vinyl release includes a download code.