SOURCES : THE SLEEPING BAG RECORDS ANTHOLOGY (3X12 INCH LP)
3x12" Vinyl UK28.10.15
the third sources package comes from one perhaps one of the most radical of the new york underground independent labels in several different areas avant-garde, dance, hip-hop/rap and freestyle, so welcome to the one and only sleeping bag records from new york.
though classically trained, arthur russells major contributions to the music world is in the dance genre. despite the fact that his pioneering work in the late 70s and on through the 80s was only quietly acknowledged at the time, his long-term impact is best described as formidable. russell died in 1992, but his art lives on and his influence is still felt in the world of dance music and beyond. his innovative, leftfield dance records flew way ahead of what people were used to hearing at the time, due in part to his involvement in new yorks downtown avant-garde music scene.
an incredible full album from dinosaur l the legendary new york dancefloor project of arthur russell! the groups a punky, funky, chunky amalgam of bass thumping, guitar riffing, keyboard filling, and sax honking all very much in the spirit of russells best quirky club work of the time, but with the added sound here of a more expanded approach one that takes the tunes in a whole new territory than the more famous 12 inch singles! the tracks on the set are simply numbered 1, 2, 3, and so on and come across almost as free jamming instrumentals! totally great stuff as experimental as it is funky!
soul jazz records are re-releasing their seminal retrospective on arthur russell.
since the initial groundbreaking release of >the world of arthur russell< five years ago, russell has become the subject of intense media interest. with the recent release of a film about his life (>a portrait of arthur russell<), as well as a new album of unreleased recordings, (>love is overtaking me<), arthur russells stature as a great artist has grown to is current height. (>one of the great songwriters of the 20th century< the wire).
as one of the most influential house labels of the 80s sleeping bag has stood the test of time with its releases. 25 years on and the tracks still provide the dance world with a regular source of sample material. here on this double lp compilation are some of sleeping bags most seminal records released during a ten year period, which brought to attention the sublime production talents of the labels cofounder arthur russell and a&r skills of curtis mantronik. the collection contains the track dinosaur l produced by russell, remixed and subsequently made famous by francois kevorkian. the sleeping bag family also extended to legendary producer and dj todd terry, who re mixed several of sleeping bags tracks. also featuring on this release is joyce sims with two tracks taken from her hit album come into my life. after the death of russell in 1992 the label limped on for awhile but finally shut its doors the same year.
LIFE & DEATH ON A NEW YORK DANCE FLOOR (1980-1983) (2XCD)
incl. tracks by 3 teens kill 4, alan vega, david byrne, dinosaur l, edwin birdsong, george kranz, gray, james white & the blacks, john robie, johnny dynell & new york 88, loose joints, material, peech boys, quando quango, rammellzee vs k-rob, tuxedomoon