word of advice to funk lovers, there is not a minute to lose. get on board of the big hustle’s spaceship. before we take off, let s do a little history. the band was founded in 2014 by bass player and composer sébastien levanneur and its aim is to bring together 70 s old school funk with the hippest actual sound laced with influences spanning from steely dan and headhunters, to snarky puppy and soulive. with mighty horn players, a rock and funky rhythm section, the big hustle s music has a very large variety of soundscapes. the first destination takes us to the washington, d.c. area with “turn up”. the groove is clearly go-go music flavored with the trademark sound of cowbells and of course it reminds us of zapp by the use of the talk box on lead vocals, performed here by saad el garrab. and don t miss out shaun martin (snarky puppy, erykah badu, kirk franklin amongst others) as a very special guest performing the talk box solo! second stop is “a curse, a blessing”. it’s an instrumental very much in the freddie hubbard vein during his cti years. the last leg of the a side ends with an instrumental interlude titled “flying donut”. double tribute to jay dee and flying lotus, the music is a simple hip hop loop based on samples. the b side takes us back into the past with two brilliant covers, involving rod temperton the late great british songwriter who scored some of michael jackson s biggest hits. now the idea for this b side is to do the opposite approach from the a side. taking 70 s and 80 s original music and make them travel into time to 2018. we first land with a heatwave song named “the star of a story” from their 1976 central heating album. track 2 is a herbie hancock song named “gettin to the good part” from his 1982 lite me up lp. this time traveler ep journey ends with an interlude. called “gimme dat”, the song deals with the need of new music, new sound. again, this blend of deep rooted funk laced with a contemporary edge is to be consumed without moderation. and do not forget that e.p. also stands for extended pleasure.
this record has been created as a resource for sample-based music producers and provides a selection of 4/4 grooves and breaks: from minimalist to intricate, straight to swung, and also includes single hits of vintage kicks, snares, hi-hats, toms and cymbals, all recorded at ata records studio a with 1960s analog recording gear onto 2” tape before being mixed and mastered for vinyl. simon allen is the drummer and co-founder of british funk quartet, the new mastersounds. since the band formed in leeds, uk in 1999 he has played drums on all twelve of their studio albums and toured extensively across north america, europe and japan. on his adventures with nms, simon has jammed with funk and soul-jazz legends such as fred wesley, pee wee ellis, maceo parker, art neville, lou donaldson and melvin sparks, as well as fellow drummers bernard purdie and zigaboo modeliste, all of whose music has profoundly influenced his “deep pocket” approach to the drum kit.
legacy vinyl celebrates the 30th anniversary of run-dmcs classic third album on a 150gm picture disc vinyl, featuring the * raising hell* album cover image. features the hit singles * walk this way*, * my adidas*, * its tricky*, * peter piper* & more
athens of the north had a few of these lying around after pressing the henry stone lp so as its a quiet month i thought we would share the remaining copies of this holy grail, be quick, not many and no repress. 200 copies.
after 14 years of close collaboration tony allen stopped working with fela anikulapo kuti. after breaking from the band during the gigs at berlins festival in 1978, tony allen returned to lagos to start working on new compositions. his independence inspired him to break-away from his regular routine of putting 2 tracks on every single album
celebrating light in the attics 10 year anniversary in 2012, the labels releasing a series of very special colored vinyl 7inches. the series features contemporary artists covering a track reissued by light in the attic on the a-side, plus the original version on the b-side!