some believe that the environment in which you make music – from the studio space, to the location itself – has a profound effect on the creative process. immerse yourself in the world around you, the theory goes, and it will shape the music you make. listen to gorthleck, the third album from veteran downtempo alchemists benjamin smith and paul ‘mudd’ murphy, and you can almost visualize the craggy, windswept and breathtakingly beautiful environment in which it was made.
smith & mudd are back in fine style on claremont 56, following up their excellent lp with this great double header! >sauna love< is the lead track, an uptempo, string laden boogie house affair with great vibes, bass, strings and punchy percussion all rolling along into the sunshine. on side-b >the surveyor< is a great piece of otherworldly electronic music, coming on like some weird cough medicine induced dream. the bass pulses along with mystery dialogue, light key flourishes and an intent that is delivered about 5 minutes in when the kick drops and the whole thing shifts into a latenight, alt disco bomb.
smith & mudd follow their second album, le suivant with something that goes a bit darker. side a is a chuggy affair where the beats drive a bit harder than their usual tracks but the lushness and the bass groove are still there. a beautiful electric violin solo takes the second half to a different place. side b is a deep bass journey that sounds like jean luc ponty and terry callier combined with a but of led zep. fantastic stuff. check
claremont 56 releases its first smith & mudd 7inch in a limited edition of series of four (a-d). side a sees smith & mudd at their best, a pure feel good track that puts you in a life affirming mood and gets the feet moving. side b takes it a bit deeper with the acoustic guitar backing a wooden flute solo. these are extremely limited and these are 250 copies only for the world. breath taking!
side a sees another balearic sunshine adventure from smith & mudd. floating acoustic guitar melodies ride along the head nodding groove and take you to a place far better than the english summer. side b sees one of the best idjut boy remixes ever heard. an epic 22 minute journey that pulls you in and out of your cosmic consciousness. a blissful gem of a track. this is sure to become a classic.
some believe that the environment in which you make music - from the studio space, to the location itself - has a profound effect on the creative process. immerse yourself in the world around you, the theory goes, and it will shape the music you make. listen to gorthleck, the third album from veteran downtempo alchemists benjamin smith and paul mudd murphy, and you can almost visualize the craggy, windswept and breathtakingly beautiful environment in which it was made.
low-down and dirty jazz goes right back to the early 1900s in storyville, after the bands had played their hot tunes in the evening for dancing couples, the musicians would head off to the after-hours joints and play a less energetic but more bluesy kind of music, enabling them and their late-night audiences to get through to the early hours of the morning without suffering total exhaustion. and nobody in new orleans laid into the blues so low down and dirty as buddy bolden, whose funky butt became a staple in the repertoire of the citys early jazz bands.
jacksonville, florida, 1960. charles hungry williams mentors young clayton fillyau after he had just joined the james brown band: *i dont care where you put it on those drums, remember where 1 is and you ll never lose the time. listen to hungry on huey smiths *talk to me baby* and then listen to how clayton turns it into a relentless breakbeat on james browns *i ve got money*. earl kings *trick bag*, prefiguring the meters, is as good an example of early new orleans funk as can be found.
compiled by broadcaster, journalist, dj and long time black music fanatic mark webster, -seven heven- brings together music released since 2000 by labels from the uk, europe and america and highlights what is a burgeoning scene encompassing musicians, singers, djs, clubs, gigs and an ever growing following of enthusiasts. and because this music is released by indie labels, a lot of it is already in the hard-to-get category - making -seven heven- an even more essential collection of music, good is great, but good and rare, even better. -seven heven- taps into all areas of the black music genre - sweet soul, organ-heavy soul jazz, pure funk, classy disco, vocal jazz, latin and all stops in between. indeed, one of the tunes, -better living-, was only originally available on download so bbe pressed up their own 7- single. thus, it s on the compilation.
cr2 records are proud to announce the release of the exclusive cafe mambo ibiza cd this year. this 3 disc cd perfectly encapsulates the famous mambo experience which has attracted people from around the world year after year since 1994. of the many hundreds of thousands that flock to the magical white isle, a visit to mambo to experience one of the legendary sunsets has become an essential part of the ibizan experience...