trio ternura (or tenderness trio) consisted of two sisters, jussara, jurema and their brother robson. their father, umberto silva was a revered brazilian songwriter and recording artist who introduced his children to the music world at a very young age. after performing some songs on broadcast television and at festivals early on, their father umberto and brother, beto scala wrote a gira for the trio to record. the song is a tribute to nature, spirituality and mindfulness. the hommage is made through a form of cantico (chant) or saudação (salutation), aimed at invoking an orisha named oxossi. otherwise known as saints, orishas are the deities worshiped in the afro-brazilian religion of candomblé. african religion and culture have had an undeniable impact in brazil, especially in music and on artists with african roots as its rituals were often accompanied by music comprising highly percussive drumming. as a result, a gira, an homage to a candomblé deity recorded in 1973 involves mesmerizing polyrhythms from the very first few bars and throughout, followed by the sisters soaring vocals and impeccable instrumentation. its a song that they can really identify with, in their own words it has the dancing, the expression, the lyrics and musical relaxation - something very brazilian. originally released on polydor in brazil, fully licensed and remastered from the tapes - mel012 comes forth in its 7-inch original vinyl format and digitally, b/w trio ternuras stunning version of gato barbieris last tango in paris and is accompanied by the first bilingual melozine.
this is a rare gem of a record from fantastic soul band the soul kids stemming from the democratic republic of congo, including covers of james brown & the mighty flames hit singles -lickin stick- (1968), -papa s got a brand new bag- (1965), wilson pickett’s -hey jude- and a french vocal version of otis redding’s soul hit -respect -. this amazing young band, which released only four 7inch singles and one album, is a great example of the influence of soul music and french pop bridging to the new afro soul scene that the musicians of kinshasa were involved in during the time of post-independence. ngoma was one of the first record labels intent on providing local artists recordings from both sides of the congo river to the people of the drc and west africa. created in 1948 by a greek man by the name of nicolas jeronimidis, the ngoma label was active through 1968, pressed in france until 1971, with a tremendous catalogue, including this historical and essential soul masterpiece!
ultimate block party breaks volume 6 continues the tradition that began in the bronx in the 1970’s, where “break djs” would take that one part of the record that dancers would go absolutely crazy for. that part where all the music breaks down to nothing but the essence: drums and percussion. these are all truly timeless beats that sound as fresh today as they did when the founding fathers like kool herc, bam, flash and hollywood were catching them for the frst time in community centers throughout the city. we’ve edited and extended these breaks for maximum effect on the dancefloor - so you don’t have to. enjoy!
big crown records is proud to present another tough as nails split 7”!
the a side is a killer and well sought after reissue of the sonics “find myself another girl”. a tune that lands in one of our favorite sub genres - happy break up songs. the sonics rip into it with a dance floor friendly drum beat covered in uplifting horn arrangements, singing the tune of someone who is relieved to be out of a relationship gone sour. a proper dance floor burner sure to be in all the soul dj boxes. the b side is a never before released version of the classic and often covered “spooky”. taken from the original master tapes and edited down to fit a 45, this is the first time this tune is seeing the light of day. texas outfit s.c.a.m. takes the tune on a proper journey, easing into it on this 45 edit and finding their way through horn crescendos and dropping down to drums bass and rhythm guitar. an easy favorite version of the hit tune that collectors will love to get their hands on.
BLUES GET OFF MY SHOULDER / IM BEGGING YOU (7 INCH)
7" Vinyl US14.09.18
big crown records is proud to present this killer reissue split 7” of two tunes that are equally as rare as they are great. an absolute must have for the funk and soul collectors that is sure to burn up the dance floor.
official re-release of the nelson family s gospel lp from 1986. essential for any serious collectors of gospel. quality from end-to-end, including the cuts thank you lord (firm favorite of floating points and skymark), filled with his spirit and everlasting love.
the bamboos veröffentlichen ihr neues album night time people. das australische dreamteam um bandgründer und gitarrist lance ferguson und sängerin kylie auldist ist millionen hörern weltweit durch ihren hit »this girl« bestens bekannt. ferguson schrieb den song bereits 2009. durch den remix von kungs vs. cookin on 3 burners avancierte er 2016 zu einem der größten charthits und zeigte, dass sich die welt popmusik mit echter seele wünscht. the bamboos gelten schon lange als eine der besten funk-soul-bands der welt.
ihr inzwischen achtes studioalbum verspricht, den erfolg von this girl noch zu übertreffen. die elf tracks auf night time people beleben mit zeitgenössischem songwriting vertraute arrangements und grooves des frühen funk-soul wieder. gesungen werden sie von einer der markantesten stimmen australiens.
das 180 gramm doppel-vinyl erscheint inklusive downloadcode.
there may be many northern soul compilations on the market, but there are few as glorious as this. few other collections have such unfettered access to such outstanding catalogues that of tamla motown and chess. these 25 floor fillers are guaranteed to ignite any party and have been tried and tested in clubs the length and breadth of the country from the 60s onwards. compiled lovingly together on vinyl, these tunes - with artists such as the elgins, frank wilson, gloria jones and frankie valli and the four seasons - are timeless examples of this most precious music. the double vinyl release includes a download code.
two dancefloor friendly funky soul tunes from the mega rare 1978 blaxploitation soundtrack lp produced by the legendary motown funk brother which didn’t come out on 7” originally available here on a nice looking licensed 45 with cool picture sleeve!
der titeltrack eines der besten deep southern soul-alben aller zeiten, “wounded woman” von sandra bright aus memphis, später nashville, erfährt das erste reissue als 7” seit dem original-release 1974. auf der b-seite findet sich mit “midnight affair” ein weiteres album-highlight und begehrter modern-soul-track.
two unissued bud ross produced quality soul tunes from philadelphia, classic 70s crossover mover in exclusive alternative take, same singer as on brothers guiding light ‘getting together’ recorded at the same period b/w never before heard heart wrenching oh-so-soulful midpacer from the same top producer!
remastered from original tapes! die zwei key-singles aus dem album-klassiker “say my friend” des detroiter soul-künstlers rance allen, produziert von den mizell brothers (siehe donald byrd, bobbi humphrey, gary bartz, johnny hammond) und erschienen im original 1977 auf capitol records.
california’s the sentiments are back with another dose of sweet soul for all lovers of the low and slow. following the acclaim of their last 45, the group has arrived with another philly infused lovers lament. “what’s so good about saying goodbye” enters like a classic soul record with a signature drums fill leading into heavy hits accompanied by violins, fuzz guitar, vibes, and lush horns arrangements. and to answer the sentiments’ question, what’s so good about saying goodbye is knowing that after you do you can go to your local shop and grab this sweet seven inch. the song and arrangement, like the last, embodies so many elements that make up that sweet soulful sound that keeps reminding people why its better to smile now and cry later. produced and recorded entirely at the incomparable transistor sound studio, you’re gonna need doubles for sure. one for you....and one for your baby.
(2lp, 180gr vinyl) the vinyl lp has been discontinued and second-hand copies of the original pressing are changing hands on ebay and discogs for upwards of £100! this vinyl only simple things re-issue will mirror the original release, cut over 4 sides and using the original artwork but now pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl. simple things is a timelessly classic album and the essential soundtrack to any laidback summer chilling.
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.
second up on our bobby boyd unreleased recording we have some dope mid 80s material from bobby, “i like what you do to me” is boogie / proto house joint that is totally my bag, feels like it should be in a 80s movie weightlifting montage (in a good way) it just works on the dance floor so well.
on the flip things get even stronger with the proto-house banger “girl like you” a sick soulful number with with a biggest swinging kick drum i have ever heard, both proper club material.
if your not a rare soul or disco collector bobby’s name might not be a name your familiar with but as one of the founder members of lafayette afro rock band you will have experienced his music and influence which is far reaching.
one of the most coveted unreleased low rider / soul ballads. a huge tune, up there with darling dears (google that shit). only released on a japanese compilation 20 odd years ago without the bands consent (and with some of the channels missing) we bring you the full unreleased version for the first time. this is a big one for people who know the score.
if that’s not enough, we found this rather good unreleased disco gospel number on the master tapes of their private press lp sessions (also coming soon) but we had to give the ballad to the a side, roll the windows down and blast it.
this gem of a soul album has been transformed into a 45s collection for the first time. dynamite cuts releases a high quality limited edition 1000 copies double pack 2x7” release which gives you all of those masterpieces from the album. two never before on 7” vinyl
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.
robert used musicians from ripple to record four self penned songs as a vanity project which remained unissued, two of which have since been released as a soul junction 45 the modern soul dancers time of the day/take me high (sj537). while a third track, the excellent ballad love song about you made it s initial debut as part of the popular -we got a sweet thing going on - (volume 3) cd compilation series to great acclaim, following requests for it to put on a 45 we have duly obliged placing it back to back with robert s remaining previously unissued track the more dance orientated -i love you so- complete with girl backing singers. thus in doing so, we have now completed the trilogy of robert montgomery s recording output.
jonny drops debut, sub plot, was the very first album release on the fledgling alberts favourites label at the beginning of 2016. the initial offering, a 7inch of album favourites mind field and this is the one had quickly been picked up on by the good people at bbc radio 6 music as well as some of drops personal heroes including kenny dope, mr. thing and nightmares on wax.
ursprünglich ein herausragender album-track von charles bradleys changes longplayer damals mit dem titel you think i don t know (but i know) verwandeln axelrod und co. den soulgroover kunstvoll in einen frühen reggae-groover a la bunny lee. charles klagender gesang bietet eine schöne gegenüberstellung zum unbeschwerten bounce des inversion island beats. auf der rückseite befindet sich die dub-version mit dem titel-strike three, glücklicherweise konnte cb diese version hören, bevor er starb, und er sagte: ooooooo! i love it!
millie jackson spring sides exposed as fantastic recordings of great songs, played by remarkable musicians and sung by a truly amazing singer. remixed by steve levine to bring them into the sharpest focus.
cordial recordings in partnership with miami legend willie clarke are proud to release this unreleased version of ‘stand up for what you want’ by kat roberts. the song had previously been released on 12″,,, with kat doubling up with les brown, who provided a motivational speech throughout the song. the version we’re releasing on the a side is the luscious solo vocal version by kat which had sat on tape since it’s recording in 84. on the flip we’ve used a small extract of les original vocal before kat lets rip.
cordial recordings in partnership with pilier records are proud to announce the return of philadelphia’s legendary mr garfield fleming with a 7″,, single and mini album of new productions. all female vocals are performed by fellow pilier recording artist mz. nina. the 7″,, version of “ain’t nothing too good for my woman” comes with a great acoustic guitar version of hustling” by new york based producer ben pirani.
pablo is the former incarnation of big crown recording artists paul & the tall trees. paul schalda toured as a background vocalist and rhythm guitar player in charles bradley’s band, his extraordinaries. produced and mixed at transistor sound.
originally released in 2015 on cassette by g.e.d. soul records. now for the first time on 1lp vinyl on kingunderground, remastered and limited to 500 copies. the album is a collection of delightfully smoked out, library inspired instrumentals. following in the footsteps of their highly enjoyable 2011 debut. “return of” combines many shades of many moods into a tight record that finds a nice balance between strange hype arrangements and super chill ‘couch-lock’ inducing slow jams. it embarks on a cinematic soul journey from the opening note, through the interlude, straight to the closing credits.
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.
deluxe reissue of leroy’s seventh and final album on curtom records. features amongst others ‘right or wrong’, ‘(you put the) funk in my life’ and ‘so nice’. the album comes with full colour inner sleeves complete with in-depth notes by award winning soul expert tony rounce. part of acid jazz’s campaign to reissue all of mr. hutson’s classic albums which has so far seen impressive support at radio and press.
hutson’s first solo album since leaving the impressions bearing the influences of curtom records’ main man curtis mayfield.
considered one of the best soul albums released in the summer of 1973 it features some of leroy’s most popular tracks ‘love oh love’, ‘when you smile’ and ‘so in love with you’.
part of acid jazz’s campaign to reissue all of mr. hutson’s classic albums which has so far seen impressive support at radio and press.
this hampshire & foat project should not come as too much of a surprise to those familiar withgreg& warren s music, influenced heavily by not just jazz but the library sound of the 60s and 70s along with film soundtracks from the same golden era.greg& warren are avid collectors of this music,gregsends me links night and day to lps he has picked up digging on his travels. this constant search sends him down new musical pathways and often sparks a whole new concepts for projects. warren andgregare both fiercely creative talented individuals which means we have to keep them working, a challenge for us all, but the music rewards the effort many times over. we had talked for a long time about doing a library style lp (somethinggregis very passionate about) so during different recording sessionsgreg& warren started laying down various tracks with a view to the lp we have here. side one is 5 tracks in very distinct styles, musical paintings for the big screen. the vast sound of the japanese influenced jasmine, the spaghetti western melancholy of mariposa lily, the call to action that is antonio s theme, the breezy vintage sports car in the sun that coastal drivepaints, and lost in nostalgia, a late night poirotesk piece. side 2 is a classic library suite, whichgregdescribes as a detective s theme with different variations on the motifs.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DAP-KINGS - THE INSTRUMENTALS BEHIND SAUN AND STARRS LOOK CLOSER (LTD BLUE LP + MP3)
coloured 12" Vinyl US30.07.18
daptone records präsentiert die instrumentals des von der kritik gefeierten -look closer- albums von saun & starr. aufgeführt von der soul/funk band des landes, the dap-kings, enthält dieses album zwei instrumentalstücke, die bisher nicht erhältlich waren. limitierte rsd 2018 lp edition in transparent muted blue, downloadcode inklusive.
not to be confused with the 80s heavy rock/funk band from the us, this living color track was written, produced and released by tony kalangis on his sophisticated funk label in 1974. kalangis, who sadly passed away in 2017, was a man of many talents who could not only write a great tune but also novels, poems, and film scripts.
full pic gatefold sleeve (artwork attached) – 1000 units,
this holly grail album has been transformed into a 45s collection. dynamite cuts releases a high quality limited edition 1000 copies double pack 2x7” release which gives you 4 of those masterpieces from that album. two never before on 7” vinyl all of the most in-demand tracks. cat no : dynam7011/12 track a1 – “windy c” this amazing track that delivers a funky melodic bass groove and great arrangement - full length version track b2 – “puppet on a chain” first time on 7” this under rated soul track, gets me every time. track a1 - “no more city, no more country” this track has been edits to fit for the first time on 7”, another funky gem, fav track b2 - “hole in my shoes” my favorite track from the album. killer groove and vocals so happy it’s a 7” now for the first time
lou courtney recorded one of the all time great 70’s soul albums in 1974 with the jerry ragavoy co-produced ‘i’m in need of love’. the 10 great songs are expertly arranged by leon pendarvis backed with superb instrumentation and topped with wonderful expressive soulful vocal performances from lou courtney. the album includes the modern soul gems ‘what do you want me to do’, ‘i don’t want nobody else’, ‘i’m in need of love’ and ‘the common broken heart’. the philly inspired up tempo cuts ‘i will if you will’ and ‘somebody new is lovin on you’ plus there are some great ballads. essential for any 70’s soul fans.
soul sugar drop their own reggae version of marvin gaye’s -i want you-. french outfit soul sugar – the brainchild of guillaume “gee” metenier – deliver yet another soulful reggae 12”, this time a cover version of marvin gaye’s 1976 classic -i want you-. jamaicain native leonardo carmichael sings lead vocals and legendary drums and bass duo sly & robbie add their flavor to the mix, with two versions on side b. marvin gaye’s single -i want you- was a big step forward for his sound & vision and marked a change in direction – from hip motown soul to a more sultry, disco sound. marvin s vocals are notably intimate and the lyrics are more explicit, more personal. an original soul classic, -i want you- is memorable for its unique combination of lush harmonies, a mesmerizing groove and the apparent sexiness of the theme itself. soul sugar s discomix version combines a smooth mixture of reggae, soul and funk over beefy bass lines, designed for heavyweight sound systems. sly & robbie, rhythm duo known for their studio work on countless reggae classics since the 1960s deliver their version, taking us back to the golden age of reggae, the days when it was typical for jamaican musicians to record their own versions of american soul tunes ... ace producer jahno dubs the mix live and direct to tape, from his very own n.o.f studio
veryone loves -why can t we live together- by timmy thomas: how could one resist such a strong music vibe coming with a message more relevant today than ever! it has been covered by the most creative artists more than a few times… recorded in paris and kingston, the soul sugar crew & leonardo carmichael make it their own with a sultry reggae groove. jahno on drums and syndrums, thomas naim on guitar, and guillaume -gee- metenier on keyboards and production duties, are delivering the classic hit in all its majesty, in the superior categories of both extended discomix, and dub version under the spell of dubmaster extraordinaire dennis bovell! what to say about the breathtaking interpretation of leonardo carmichael? growing up in jamaica, leonardo learnt many a song from his father glendon joseph mcfarlane, who would sing to his mother geraldine, who sang in a choir. leonardo grew up as a drummer and a singer in churches. through a mutual friend, he met nastassja hammond, daughter of beres hammond, with whom he started writing and releasing music for various artists including courtney john and kreesha turner. leonardo has a wide appreciation for diverse genres but keep an international reggae and dancehall feel at the core of his music. it can be said leonardo has faith & soul to the bone
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.
this is a masterpiece. beautiful, golden-era soul written by leon sylvers iii, produced by jerry butler and keg johnson. . the sylvers were a family from los angeles who were very successful during the 70’s and into the early 80’s, with chart hits – deep into pop-disco territory by then! – including ‘boogie fever’, ‘hot line’ and ‘high school dance’. this is the groups second album, from 1973, and is one of their strongest. opening with the awesome mid-tempo ‘we can make it if we try’ the record moves through funk, boogie and deep soul moods, finishing on a hazy, acapella version of the beatles ‘yesterday’.
alexx a-game makes his return to swing ting after last year’s ‘a-game everyday’ & ‘gangsters’ with the soulfully poignant ‘braver’. the 7” is the 1st physical drop on fact magazine’s label of 2016, following well-received equiknoxx & madd again! releases in 2017. in 2015 swing ting’s samrai & platt received a tune from alexx’s manager, ‘braver’ asking if they’d be able to contribute to the production on the track. listening to the stems, it became apparent how amazing alexx’s vocal delivery sounded stripped to just the rhodes & bassline played by frequent a-game collaborator & fellow jamaican vern hill. after adding effects and flourishes the crew began playing the ‘smooth edit’ on swing ting radio shows and at dj sets around the globe.
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.
northern soul anthems features 26 classic northern soul tracks pressed on 2x 180g heavyweight black vinyl. housed in gatefold sleeve with original photography from filmmaker elaine constantine. defining northern soul anthems from judy street, al green, sue lynne, chairmen of the board, the vibrations, little richard, the charmaines, willie kendrick, gloria edwards + more.
black vinyl repress - remastered and resissued double a sider for soul aficionados, b boys and jazz funk lovers. both instantly recognisable across the generations, the a side sees a reissue of one of the most feel good records out there in express yourself. most famously sampled by the mighty n.w.a. in 89 whatever you do, do it good. on flip you get pure funk destruction in the form of the meters just kissed my baby. an insatiable, groove laden intro which has been prime sampling material throughout the years most notably in public enemys timebomb.
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.
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.
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.
AN ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER / AND I LL BE FREE... (7 INCH)
7" Vinyl UK24.05.18
crown of brahma are charles stella, nicole willis & daniel wyatt. the songs “an angel on my shoulder” & “and i’ll be free as a bird” were recorded in the period between 1995-1997, originally set for release on an lp on rawkus records in 1997. this album would have followed the release of the group, repercussions, album charmed life (pony canyon, 1997). nicole willis was the lead singer / songwriter of this group. charles stella & daniel wyatt worked together at temple of soul in new york city, where some of charmed life was also recorded. these two vocal tracks have never been commercially released, however were heard by tommi grönlund of sähkö recordings and leftfield, who requested to work with ms willis in result. the two tracks have been remastered in 2017 by charles stella.
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.”
somewhere between electro soul and melodramatic pop. music focused towards the youth set in some strange dream. not sugarcoating anything. these late 80s / early 90s recordings are something to truly behold! . aset was a collective founded by a group of individuals deeply involved in community improvement initiatives and the struggle for justice and equality. a project that would link motivated adults with talented young people in the washington, dc metropolitan area. the compilation takes songs from three released projects of aset, and one semi-unreleased single. latonya, a spunky 11 year old kid singing about divorce, love, and dancing. the poster child of aset. treo, a trio of high school gals in harmony singing about love and relationships. whax, the high school boys who were a bit strangr the silly side of aset. all backed by the aset players. release comes housed in a newly designed jacket with inner sleeve containing info on the label/artists and an interview with the label director, mba mbulu.