its the big 5! berlin frankfurt based label house is ok is celebrating its five-year long presence and has decided to mark that period with something special labels story started with a sticker homeboy printed in his former hometown, zagreb, saying house is ok. catchy, right? it became an underground slogan of the local scene. it didnt take long for people to embrace the idea stating that its ok to be into melodic, fresh, groovy yet, at times, a bit awkward dance music. just around the same time homeboys frankfurt based bros oliver achatz and janis played with the idea of starting a record label. guess what the logical choice for the name was? ten records, dozens of original songs and remixes later house is ok continues to grow. literally. what was once a platform for the original three founders is now an international family affair supporting the talented artists from frankfurt, stockholm, alexandria and orlando. nurturing the friendly approach this musical family continues to grow. looking back at the first five years, not only at the music that connected them all but at the bonds that deepened through the production process, house is ok crew wanted to take create a proper reminder and thank the ones supporting them throughout the years. a double 12 pack titled gemišt seemed like a proper way to do that. „gemišt will be released as two separate eps featuring the original music from kornél kovacs, roman flügel, gavri & mcqueen, tcb, house of life and the label makers themselves. oliver and janis deliver tracks under their known names, while homeboy introduces his new project with fellow wilde renate resident the swift, called longhair. croatian artist ugruv smek marks his yearlong collaboration with the label delivering yet another smashing artwork.
austrian imprint luv shack records is opening up yet another chapter in 2018 by welcoming irish house and techno aficionado and misfit resident andrew johnston aka moodtrax and his own-brand of super warm and brooding sound to their stable. the perfect illusion ep opens up with never can get away, a steamy & dreamy cut that sucks you right in to its lair of thick pads and trancy sequences, which are contrasted by a carefully programmed synth bassline and a stomping house beat. the title track immediately evokes early chicago warehouse jam feelings, with bass sequence, detuned chords and classic drum patterns all oozing of old analogue roland machines. the meticulously arranged percussions section and a set of eerie strings and pads make this one definitely stand out from the crowd. running number starts as a no-nonsense house track, carried by a beefy unisono bassline and a 16th note heavy drum pattern, yet it transcends into 80s territory with the help of a deeply emotional chord progression that might just make you forget you re in a club. berlin duo longhair give running number the luvremix treatment, really digging deep into that chord progression and building a melody and synth-bell infused italo-house track around it that should make this years festival crowd weep and rejoice alike.
top-sampler als tribut an den legendären londoner flamingo club, dessen kultige all-nighters partys in den 1950er bis 1960er jahren dem musikbegeisterten londoner publikum jazzigen rhythm n blues, proto-soul und später ska beibrachten. mit 16 top-tunes von james brown, little stevie wonder, byron lee, ray charles, sarah vaughan, prince buster, earl bostic, u.v.a.
RIGHT NOW (ATLANTIC CLUB SOUL & DEEP CUTS (2X12 LP)
2x12" Vinyl lp UK17.10.14
nach erfolgreichen zusammenstellungen von motown- und chess-katalogen widment sich kennerin lois wilson (mojo , record collector) nun dem katalog des wegweisenden new yorker labels atlantic records mit dieser 86 song umfassenden 3cd. das 1947 gegründete label mit dem sublabel atco wird hier mit essentiellen frühen aufnahmen von künstlern wie joe turner, ruth brown, ray charles, chuck willis, solomon burke, ben e. king, isley brothers, professor longhair und vielen anderen in seinen ersten jahren porträtiert. das vinyl enthält 32 ausgewählte highlights.
JAMAICA SELECTS JUMP BLUES STRICTLY FOR YOU (2X12 LP)
2x12" Vinyl lp UK11.04.14
*jamaica selects jump blues strictly for you - jamaican sound system classics 1944-1960* ist der nachfolger zur erstklassigen *jumpin the shuffle blues* compilation auf fantastic voyage. das doppel-vinyl ist auf 500 exemplare limitiert.
soul jazz records returns with their most successful series to date, new orleans funk. this new instalment subtitled two-way-pocky-way, gumbo ya ya and the mardi gras mambo features more classic new orleans funk in all its forms.