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  • 01. On Old Broadway
    02. Toma Guajira
    03. Look To Me
    04. You Put A Hurt In My Heart
    05. Rhythm And Soul
    06. Mojo Shingling
    07. Barbara With The Kooky Eyes
    08. Tell Her I Love Her
    09. Let Me Do My Thing
    10. Come Live With Me
    11. Rose Marie With The Funny Knees
    12. Hey Mama
    13. Lost In The Jungle
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    107th STREET STICKBALL TEAM

    Saboreando, Pot Full Of Soul

    [engl] This is a band project from the late 1960s with a very young Bobby Marin, a leading figure in the invention of BOOGALOO music, a cocktail of Latin music, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Rock’n’Roll oft he day clearly geared towards the western pop music that made the top of the charts. As he grew up on 107th Street in Harlem / NYC he and his mates played a game called Stickball during the day which is a street variation of baseball originating from the New York area while at night he rehearsed with a doo wop ensemble named THE LATIN CHORDS and others from his team got together in a percussion group in buildings on the opposite site of the street. It was no miracle that both groups soon merged into one act that became the 107TH STREET STICKBALL TEAM producing this sole LP in 1969 with a 7“ decoupled probably upfront that featured the two album tracks „On old Broadway“ and „Mojo shingaling“. Well shaped originals of the full length vinyl go for 200,00 € now as a mono pressing, while even those which fetch lower prices never fall beyond 100,00 €. Therefore this reissue on Everland Records suits us fans of outstanding 1960s music fairly well with even four bonus tracks added that band leader Marin unearthed from his personal vaults. This is clearly a typical album in the field of BOOGALOO music of the later 1960s. Western popular music such as beat with British roots, American soul music with lush arrangements and orchestration and the well known elements of bossa nova, salsa, cha cha cha and merengue team up in an exciting sound that gave us some very intense albums during the short span of it’s real popularity in between 1966 and 1969 around NYC but also far out in the latin world. The anthems of one’s life in the Bronx or in Harlem given by the likes of Tito Puente could be felt pouring out of the relaxed, yet intensely pulsating rhythms from drums and percussion on this record while the melodic constructions on top of this groundwork were either soul inspired such as with the hauntingly dreamy opener „On old broadway“ with a great pop appeal and beautiful horn section and vocal arrangements, had a bluesy approach such as the ballad „Look to me“ in three – quarter time at first but adopting a latin melody and cha cha cha beat towards the end of the song or showed a 1960s pop beat affinity with the vocal melodies on top of a bed of ever grooving mid paced salsa rhythms with powerful horns accompanying the basic structures as you can hear it in the two minute shorty you put a hurt in my heart. But this was only one side oft he coin. There were even more traditional latin songs to be found here which were even sung in Spanish. „Toma Guajira“ could easily be an evergreen on the dancefloor in every bar in Havanna. The mixture was breathtaking for you did not get away from dancing and twirling to the enthralling rhythms upon which sometimes the instruments could take a frantic path such as the organs or the saxophone in the soul inspired instrumental „Barbara with the kooky eyes“, which has this typical late 60s atmosphere. Wherever you put the needle in the groove the music will grab you by the heart and legs. The four bonus tracks fit well with the original album and if you would not know they were added only for this reissue you would never realize they would have stayed unreleased for about 50 years. „Come live with me“ is a hot blooded latin groover with a late 50s soul and doo wop feel merged with cumbia and salsa elements. The melodies drag you straight into the clubs of Cuba’s capital. „Rosemary with the funny knees“ is rather modern soul pop and Northern soul of the day in which more of these Cuban aspects appear for a moment but with the late 60s sound prevailing. It feels like the band drifts from one one world into the other and back without losing a beat. „Hey mama“ is a cross of 60s doo wop vocal music and Latin sounds that makes up a prototypical boogaloo style dance floor sweeper. „Lost in the jungle“ adds some 1950s exotica elements to the haunting 60s pop with latin rhythm groundwork and once more frantic performances from the horns and the singers make it an instant classic. I could go on raving about this album but instead I recommend to buy a copy of the reissue and get the full boogaloo experience. If I should limit myself to only one record from this style it would certainly be this.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.10.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473183734
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.10.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184236
     
  • 01. Naive
    02. Come Back
    03. It's Too Late
    04. Dis moi oui ou non
    05. Hey!
    06. Tu m'ennuies
    07. Stay feat. Charlène
    08. Let Us Live
    09. Seule
    10. There's A Kind Of Hush
    11. Nothing Without You

    ADELIANS, THE

    s/t

    [engl] THE ADELIANS is part of the Q-Sounds Recordings nebula, a bunch of skilled musicians playing under various names (RADEK AZUL BAND, 5 JACKALS, LES CHACALS) and backing some of the most talented young female soul singers in France. Forget about your nu-soul « band of the day » sensation for THE ADELIANS are here to stay. On their first album for Specific Recordings, they display a brand of soul that is hot, sexy, fuzzy and catchy as hell, mixing raw soul with a definite 60's and 70's flavour.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.02.2016
     
  • 01. Sensation
    02. Tropical Moonlight
    03. Ijere
    04. Cupid
    05. Litany Of Freedom
    06. Happy Nigeria
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    ADOLF AHANOTU

    Sensation

    [engl] At a time when bandleaders in Nigeria used titles as an affectation, Dr. Adolf Ahanotu was the real deal. He had a PhD in music compilation and Master’s degrees in education and communication. He also played a mean tenor sax, an instrument he mastered touring Owerri with the Mirabels. Ahanotu’s scholarly background is apparent in the impeccable arrangements and the way each track is labelled with its musical type. The banging opening track, ‘Sensation’ is disco, notes the helpful doctor. The legendary ‘Ijere’ is to be considered Remire or Afro Jazz. ‘Litany of Freedom’ is reggae, ‘Cupid’ is rock and ‘Tropical Moonlight’ classified as the blues. The mandatory ode to the nation, ‘Happy Nigeria’, is labelled as calypso. But these are not dry, scholarly pieces. ‘Sensation’ reeks of dance floor freakiness not the hallowed halls of academia. And listen to the pitch bend craziness on ‘Injere’. Sure, Dr. Ahanotu had studied the rules. But he wasn’t afraid to break them. From the freaked-out opening seconds of the title track you are left in no doubt: The doctor is in the house. Mastered and produced by Goddy Oku. - Peter Moore
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190909
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190916
     
  • 01. Matanbaye
    02. Gbemegiwo
    03. Womba
    04. Danmalio
    05. Babanato
    06. Dabina Meka
    07. Tou Tou
    08. Fela Tribute
    09. Dunia

    AFRICAN CONNECTION

    Queens & Kings

    “The music of Africa is big sound: it's the sound of a community” Fela Kuti Es gibt Dinge, um die kommt man nicht herum, wenn man sich ernsthaft mit Musik auseinandersetzen möchte. Das eine ist Jazz und das andere der Einfluss Afrikas auf den gesamten Kosmos populärer Kultur. Fela Kuti sagte einst: "99.9% of the information you get about Africa is wrong" und ich kann nicht verhehlen, dass ich keinerlei konkrete Vorstellungen über die Menschen, welche auf diesem Kontinent leben, habe. Ich sehe Bilder im Fernsehen, welche ich nicht einordnen kann. Diese Bilder sind fast immer geprägt, von Krieg, Krankheit, Hunger und Tod. Diese Bilder sind fast immer so angelegt, dass sich unsere „westliche“ Wahrnehmung über diese Menschen erhebt. Und dann höre ich den Sound Afrikas und dieser ist so reichhaltig und fröhlich, dass er wahrlich mit diesen Bildern kollidiert und sie ad absurdum führt. Den Mitgliedern der dänischen Band Junglelyd haben diese Bilder ebenfalls nicht gereicht und so beschlossen sie, 2016, mit dem ghanaischen Musiker Atongo Zumba in deren Heimatland auf Tour zu gehen. Die Chemie, die sich nach einem Monat auf der Straße zwischen der Gruppe entwickelte, war so stark, dass daraus ein neues Projekt, eine neue Zusammenarbeit entstand. Dieser gab man den Namen African Connection und um diese auszubauen beschloss man den Aufenthalt zu verlängern und gemeinsam zu musizieren. Royal Drum Master Okyerema Asante stellte der neu gegründeten Band Räume und Aufnahmefläche zur Verfügung, um gemeinsam zu proben, voneinander zu lernen und aufzunehmen. Es folgten gemeinsame Konzerte und Aufnahmen in Dänemark, bei dem auch große Teile des Album „Queens and Kings“ entstanden. African Connection, deren Mitglieder aus drei verschiedenen Kontinenten stammen, sind vereint in ihrer Idee von Musik und verbinden ihre Erfahrungen, um etwas Neues zu schaffen. Diese Form des gleichberechtigten Umgangs miteinander und Kooperation hat nicht nur ein phantastisches Album hervorgebracht, es zeigt auch, dass Kunst in der Lage ist Grenzen zu überwinden und diese verschwinden zu lassen. Und das dieses wichtig ist, zeigen die politischen Entwicklungen der letzten Jahre. / Gregor Samsa African Connection wurden 2016 von Musikern aus Ghana, Amerika und Dänemark gegründet. Wie sollte es auch anders sein, ist ihr Sound inspiriert von Fela Kuti, Pionier des Afrobeat und nicht nur in Nigeria eine Legende. Ihr Schlagzeuger, Frank "CC YoYo“ Ankrah, spielte mit Fela in den 80er Jahren und war Student von Tony Allen. Die muttersprachlichen Lyrics von African Connection stammen von allen drei ghanaischen Mitgliedern der Band und behandeln unterschiedlichste gesellschaftliche Themen. Neben den Songs thematisiert auch der Titel des Albums „Queens and Kings“ die Rolle der Frau und ihre Unterdrückung. Musikalisch verbinden African Connection Highlife, Funk, Afrobeat, Rock'n'Roll und westafrikanische Traditionen miteinander und bieten somit eine signifikante und moderne Interpretation und damit auch Erweiterung des Genres.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    30.03.2018
    EAN
    EAN 4260016921751
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    30.03.2018
    EAN
    EAN 4260016921768
     
  • 01. Matanbaye
    02. Gbemegiwo

    AFRICAN CONNECTION

    The Akatakyiwa Session

    Vorab-Single zum Afropsychedelic Knaller des Jahres. Aufgenommen in Ghana und limitiert auf 500 Stück.
    Format
    7''
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2018
     
  • 01. Awedny
    02. Njoom Al Leyel
    03. Nisyan
    04. La Ya-Hob
    05. Yumma
    06. Shams
    07. Ya Blady
    08. Sinini
    09. Summar Al Layali
    10. Falah
    11. Al Hob
    12. Ya Hussad
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    AHMED FAKROUN

    Ahmed Fakroun

    [engl] Insanely popular across the Maghreb, name-checked in international spy novels and beloved of music adventurers like David Byrne, Libyan superstar Ahmed Fakroun is the most astounding raï-disco-electronica pioneer you never heard of. His 1983 album, Mots D'Amour, recently reissued by PMG, is regarded as a global fusion classic. This self-titled anthology of songs from the late 70’s is an altogether mellower affair. The grooves are slower and sweeter, and Fakroun’s multi-instrumentalist chops on the saz, mandol and darbouka drum really come to the fore. The album includes tracks from two of Ahmed’s rarest and most sought-after 7”s. ‘Nysan’ has an almost West Coast vibe: think Ned Doheny via Benghazi. Balearic-minded collectors will love the haunting flute runs in ‘Awedny’, produced by Tommy Vance, and ‘Njoom Al Leyel’. There’s even a touch of lilting reggae on ‘Falah’ and ‘Yu Hussad.’ Ahmend Fakroun is the perfect late night, come-down album. Especially after a hot and sweaty evening in a raï club, somewhere in North Africa.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    05.08.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190565
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    05.08.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190572
     
  • 01. Unity
    02. His Highness Erediauwa 1 Oba Of Benin (Part 1)
    03. His Highness Erediauwa 1 Oba Of Benin (Part 2)
    04. Gratitude
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    AIGBE LEBARTY

    Unity

    [engl] In 1979, long-time Highlife veteran Aigbe Lebarty decided to try his hand at high-energy disco funk. Checking the Lebartone Aces at the door, he borrowed the Sex Bombers from Prince Omo Lawal-Osula and created Unity, a sure-fire dance floor stomper that channels ‘Ring My Bell’ into a clarion cry for, well, unity ... and a good time. The title track is the undisputed highlight of the album. It rattles along in a wonky, skittish fashion, with the high-pitched toms dueling with the Sex Bombers in a musical game of Space Invaders. ‘His Highness Erediauwa 1 Oba Of Benin (Part 1 &2)’, sees Aigbe slips back into Highlife like a comfortable pair of slippers. The tracks were a gift to Erediauwa, who had just been crowned the 38th ruler of the Edo people in Benin City. Like eastern Nigeria, Benin City had remained a haven for highlife, so no surprises there. Spookily, the re-issue of this album by PMG coincides with the passing of his Highness Erediauwa 1 and the coronation of his successor. There is no word whether a follow-up is in the works.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    01.11.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190503
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    01.11.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190510
     
  • 01. Right On Bird
    02. High Stakers
    03. Tuesday In Jackson
    04. Satine Dog
    05. On Tip Toe
    06. 1973 Carmen Avenue
    07. Shadowy
    08. So Be It
    09. Just Over
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    AIRTO FOGO

    Airto Fogo

    [engl] Featuring superb drummer Sylvain Krief, Airto Fogo’s sole album from 1976 is one of the best instrumental jazz–funk / rare–groove albums ever recorded in France. Heavy drums, Rhodes, analogue keyboards, deep bass, hot horns, Blaxploitation & Latin touches...Highly recommended if you like PLACEBO, CCPP, BEN & THE PLATANO GROUP, THE J.B’S, GODCHILD...
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    19.06.2017
     
  • 01. Celebration
    02. Let's Be Free
    03. Miss Selfishness
    04. Groove The Funk
    05. Centepede
    06. Love
    07. We're Laughing
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    AKTION

    Celebration

    [engl] Mix righteous fuzz guitar, bad-ass keyboards and ecstatic African rhythms and what have you got? Celebration by Aktion - a slab of of heavy Afro-funk-pysch-rock from the hardest working band in 70s Nigeria. Aktion had a residency at the Lido Night Club and Restaurant in Warri but toured constantly. Drummer Ben Alaka and Bass player Renny Pearl Nwosa created a bedrock of hardcore rhythm that allowed the rest of the band to cut loose and follow their own groove. Celebration, their second album, sees Aktion at the height of their powers. Ben Alaka had claimed his crown as the best drummer in the country (Proof: the intro to ?Centepede?), keyboardist Zeaky George has got his freak on (have a listen to ?We?re Laughing?) and Jimi Lee?s searing guitar breaks were leaving scorch marks across every track (?Celebration?, ?Groove The Funk?, take your pick.) Sadly, Celebration was also their last album. Renny and Lemmy left to form The Stormmers. Jimmi Lee hooked up with Mona Finnih and discovered disco. But Celebration remains a psych rock monster - and a funky, fuzz-filled tribute to Nigeria?s rocking east. - Peter Moore, www.africanrevolutions.com
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    22.01.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191159
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    22.01.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191142
     
  • 01. Groove The Funk
    02. Sugar Daddy
    03. I Don't Have To Cry
    04. My Baby
    05. I've Got To Hope For Tomorrow
    06. Masqurade
    07. I'm In Love
    08. Tell Me Baby
    09. Play With Me
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    AKTION

    Groove The Funk

    [engl] Groove the Funk is a essential and influencal early Afro-Funk LPs from 1975. The album was released in Nigeria and the whole LP is really something excitingly special, carrying a unique style of fuzz guitar and keyboard with ecstasy rhythms that can be experienced only from the heart of Africa. Nigeria had a rich musical history with a variety of bands that were playing their unique Afro-Funk with incredible rhythms. In Aktion's case thanks to one of the best drummers of that time, Ben Alaka. Sadly most of the scene vanished like in Zambia and their Zam Rock scene, but thanks to collectors worldwide a part of Nigerian music heritage remained with us to be enjoyed. One of the most explosive bands were Aktion (also known as The Action 13 or The Actions). They were from Warri, which is a city in south Nigeria and their debut album was released by Clover Recording Organization from city of Aba. Clover Records founder Ben Okonkwo was a very influential man for the Nigerian music scene. His label released a lot of music including (Super)Wings, Akwassa, The Visitors, Mary Afi Usuah, Folk 77, The Doves, The Apostles, Mansion as well as some fine compilations of Clover artists. Aktion were among the most exciting bands coming from the scene. Renny Pearl Nwosa was the group's leader together with Lemmy Faith Nwani, who was a well respected drummer playing even for the best known Nigerian Funk band The Funkees (soon out on PMG). Renny and Lemmy together also formed the band The Stormmers, who recorded 2 incredible albums (also out soon on PMG). Aktion were playing all across their part of the country. Nigeria had a very well known club called Lido Night Club and Restaurant and AKTION were staying there for awhile. They played many college campuses all around Nigeria and also many villages to entertain Eastside students. Aktion later on recorded and successfully released another album Celebration in 1977 (out soon on PMG as well) and then some members moved on to join The Stormmers and One World. Groove the Funk is a very exciting intervention in one of the most exploding scenes coming from Africa. It's afrobeat in its best form mixed with amazing funky-psych grooves. Lot's of fuzz guitar and bad-ass keyboard playing. Certainly a great look into Nigerian scene.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190220
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190176
     
  • 01. Have Patience
    02. No One Else
    03. We Believe In Peace
    04. Everybody's
    05. Love Me Now
    06. Make Your Self (What You Wanna Be)
    07. Give Me Some Funk
    08. Jam All Night
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    AKWASSA

    In The Groove

    [engl] Nigeria has been one of these African countries with a rich western oriented music scene spawning some highly praised garage rock acts like OFEGE and some hot blooded steaming funk acts. One of these groups taking a turn on music that was happening a few thousand miles west in the USA about five or six years prior was AKWASSA and here we gotta listen to their second album “In the groove” and the title actually says it all. They play some funky music that would make James Brown (God rest his soul) or Betty Davis (Miles Davis' beautiful and highly gifted wife) go crazy for and they do it with a routine you would rather expect with American superstars. AKWASSA impress with a tight as a teenie's ass rhythm section grooving some hypnotizing beats that consist of wild percussions and an airy drumming tied together by some captivating bass lines. Upon this rhythmical basement you find a grinding organ scrubbing your senses and a clean wah wah driven guitar that erupts into fuzzed out solos from time to time. The mid ranged voice comes with a rich tone and nobody would question me if I'd tell him this was a US act. Well, okay, there is a little accent but at least his English is grammatically perfect. In the end it does not matter much for the voice is one instrument that adds a patch of color to the whole picture. How great to know this Afro Funk classic from the 70s can now be enjoyed by a young audience with an open mind. Old school funksters, take your chance, this is sheer bliss.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    05.12.2015
    EAN
    EAN 5291103811883
    Format
    LP lim
    Release-Datum
    05.12.2015
    EAN
    EAN 5291103811890
     
  • 01. Funky Girl
    02. Be Yourself (And Don't Let Nobody Be You)
    03. Feel Alone
    04. Orule
    05. La'Ila (Poor Man's Cry)
    06. Tell Me
    07. I Don't Want No-Body (To Tell Me What To Do)
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    AKWASSA

    La'ila

    [engl] Akwassa were among the best Afro-Beat bands coming from Nigeria. They released La'ila in 1975 and were one of the early Nigerian Funk bands to get an album out. They were related to the Heads Funk Band and most members were part of both bands. They managed to release two albums as Akwassa. Their debut La'ila came out on a well known Afro-Beat label Afrodisia Records. Akwassa were originally a duo made of Felix Day (guitar and vocals) and Kevin Coburn (organ, synthesizer and vocals). Felix Day is actually Feladey, the guitarist in Aktion (another top notch Nigerian band reissued by PMG). On La'ila the band used a lot of synthesizers and the overall sound is very pleasing. Overall the album has a raw and unpolished sound, but that's what brings that certain spark for being among the very best in the Afro-Beat genre.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190275
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190251
     
  • 1. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (6:43)
    2. I Didn't Know What Time It Was (8:21)
    3. Moanin' (16:34)
    4. Good Bait (10:16)
    5. I'll Remember April (6:48)
    6. Rollins' Tune (5:14)
    7. Tune Up! (7:46)
    8. Free (9:09)
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    ALBERT AYLER

    Something Different! The First Recordings Vol. 1 & 2

    [engl] The complete session finally back on CD! Recorded in Stockholm on October 25th, 1962, this session marks one of Ayler's earliest recordings, featuring a European backing group he assembled during his brief stay there, before returning to the States in 1963 and beginning his legendary run with ESP-Disk and Impulse! Though his genius was not yet fully formed, one can easily hear he's headed that direction, and this rare and long out of print recording is an essential piece of the history of one America's most uniquely lyrical voices on the saxophone.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    01.02.2018
    EAN
    EAN 3891121306211
     
  • 01. Ghosts
    02. Children
    03. Holy Spirit
    04. Ghosts
    05. Vibrations
    06. Mothers

    ALBERT AYLER QUARTET

    Ghosts

    [engl] This 1965 album by free jazz master Albert Ayler and his quartet is one of the classics of their style and fetches up to 150,00 Euros for a very good copy among collectors. I have to admit that this record contains some of the most intriguing and wicked music I ever experienced. And I say that from the point of view of a John Coltrane aficionado. Well, Ayler and his mates Don Cherry on trumpet, Sonny Murray on drums and Gary Peacock on bass guitar are definitely on par with the before mentioned god of free jazz and others like Ornette Coleman. If you listen to this album from the pop music perspective you may find only screeching and overblown saxes and some non structured fiddling on drums and bass so that it's far different than the average mainstream. But if you have a fondness for soundscapes, improvisations and music that creates more of an atmosphere rather than fluffy melodies, this is just yours. We talk about a 1964 live session in a Copenhagen studio. From time to time Ayler and his band start with straight melody lines and soon let it all run free before partly returning to recognizable and memorable melodies. In this case I speak about the title track and at least Ayler returning to play some sweet and swinging sax harmonies while drums and bass still rumble and blast completely improvised lines in the back. The composition named „Vibrations“ is another of these outbursts of insanity. Ayler and Cherry duel each other who might be the most free and twisted player. Murray pounds the kettles and cymbals like a maniac and Peacock joins in on standing bass. It is an ongoing rumbling and definitely strange but if you let it take you away, you will be completely enchanted. Free jazz fanatics will surely love this to deaf. For fans of Coltrane and Coleman a must have.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 3891121305733
     
  • 01. Improvisation Zu Einem Klang
    02. Tower Blues
    03. Heat Wave
    04. Jo-Jo Blues
    05. Hershey Bar
    06. Spicy
    07. Joe Und Joe
    08. Vierd Blues
    09. Lover Man
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    ALBERT MANGELSDORFF

    Mainhattan Modern

    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    23.10.2015
    EAN
    EAN 882119008012
     
  • 01. N'Gwode
    02. Keep New York Clean
    03. Mothers Day
    04. Home Sweet Home
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    ALEKE KANONU

    Aleke

    [engl] After spending much of the ‘70s humping his congos around New York as a session musician, Nigerian Aleke Kanonu pulled in some favours to record an album of his own. The result was Aleke, a criminally obscure Afrobeat/Funk/Jazz masterpiece featuring Buddy Williams on drums, George Davis on guitar and a cameo from Wynton Marsalis on flugelhorn. There are only four tracks on the album but they are all killers. N’Gwode sounds like Fela Kuti and Manu Dibangu hanging out with Bobby Womack, probably somewhere across 110th Street. ‘Keep New York Clean’ struts like Shaft after a successful bust. And ‘Mothers Day’ keeps things sweet and soulful, before Wynton Marsalis brings back the groove with his flugelhorn on ‘Home Sweet Home’. Until recently you would have had to take out a second mortgage to get hold of Akele. And sold a kidney for the Happiness/Nwanne, Nwanne, Nwanne 12’’ Kanonu released a year later. Thankfully PMG has re-issued the LP and the EP, with the CD version containing both.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190381
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190398
     
  • 01. Happiness
    02. Nwanne, Nwanne, Nwanne
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    ALEKE KANONU meets TOLBERT, THE MIRACLE MAN

    Happiness / Nwanne, Nwanne, Nwanne

    [engl] Bringing together the undisputed talents of Nigerian percussionist Aleke Kanonu and soul legend from Alabama, O.C. Tolbert, this 12” created quite the buzz when it was released in New York in 1982. Shops and leading DJs were clamouring for it, but short supply saw it disappear into obscurity. The A-side, ‘Happiness’ is an uptown style Gospel ballad where Tolbert’s gravelly, soulful voice channels years of hurt an pain. The B-side, ‘Nwanne, Nwanne, Nwanne’, is an Afrobeat disco monster that rattles along on the back of Kananu’s awesome percussion skills. Both tracks were written and produced by Jack Taylor, a producer, songwriter and purported gangster from Harlem and released on his own label. This reissue comes courtesy of the good folk of PMG, purportedly cool guys, based in Austria.
    Format
    12''EP
    Release-Datum
    01.11.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190541
     
  • 01. Toca Alfredo Toca
    02. El Casabe
    03. Charanguenado
    04. Que Rico Bailo Yo
    05. Hot To Trot
    06. My Favorite Things
    07. Canto Del Corazon
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    ALFREDO DE LA FE

    Alfredo

    [engl] Now we enter territories of smooth disco grooves and spicy samba rhythms as solid background for whipping melodies of the most charming kind. This is a lush late 70s disco production with an affinity for jazz that showcases a band lead by a truly gifted violin player. Elements of electronic dance and pop music and Latin sounds embrace each other and get tied together by sexy funky bass guitar lines. Samba, Salsa and whatever South America has to offer join forces with the Western club music of the day and in between all those fluffy but rich arrangements some freaked out piano eruptions and twisted song structures prove Alfredo De La Fe's fondness for the jazz scene aside from the mainstream. His violin turns into a screeching demon raging upon an ever flowing pulse of percussions, bass and drums. And the beat will definitely not leave you alone for the whole playing time. Alfredo's violin is the secret star of this record and he as the multicultural band leader, born in Cuba, living in the USA after 16 years in Columbia, knows to enchant and fascinate his listeners with songs that have the charm of pop and the edges great jazz offers, fused into one vivid world of sound. The deep and wide structures invite you to take a trip through a pulsating city with music, dances and happy spirits everywhere. My favorite here is the truly modernized but utterly hypnotizing “My favorite things” I only used to know from John Coltrane before. Folks, Alfredo De La Fe might play a really smooth, happy and lightweight music but this man really pulls it off. No wonder that original pressings of this album go for 180,00 Dollars. Now we can change that with a beautiful fresh reissue and if you are a lover of Latin music, disco and funk, be welcome to lend your ears to Alfredo De La Fe.
    Format
    LP lim
    Release-Datum
    05.12.2015
    EAN
    EAN 5291103812019
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    05.12.2015
    EAN
    EAN 5291103812002
     
  • 01. Remains
    02. Claudette
    03. And When You Fall
    04. Blood
    05. Old Girl
    06. Irony. Utility. Pretext.
    07. But She Was Not Flying
    08. Black Eunuch
    09. Games
    10. In Parallax

    ALGIERS

    Algiers

    Atemlos - so kann man wohl Algiers tiefschwarzen Gospel nennen. Er erinnert mit seiner durchdringenden und fauchenden Wucht an den Prostest-Soul der 60er-Jahre, der damals zum Symbol unterdrückter Minderheiten wurde. Algiers vermischen den urgewaltigen Sound mit Post-Punk-, Industrial- und No-Wave-Einflüssen und verleihen ihm so eine neue Dringlichkeit. Die Musik der ursprünglich aus Atlanta stammenden Band erinnert dabei an The Birthday Party und The Gun Club und unterwirft sich keinem aktuellen Zeitgeist - das macht Algiers gerade im Hier und Jetzt so besonders. Algiers zelebrieren den traditionellen Sound des US-amerikanischen Südens mit modernen Mitteln und verleihen ihm so die Eintrittskarte in eine große Zukunft. Sänger Franklin James Fischer klingt dabei wie eine Reinkarnation von Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Beschwörend und rastlos wird er zum versöhnlich grollenden Seelenbrecher. Aufgenommen wurde das selbst betitelte und von Tom Morris produzierte Debütalbum in den 4AD- und Gunfactory-Studios in London.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    02.06.2015
    EAN
    EAN 744861106715
     
  • 01. Don't You Care
    02. Never Did I Stop Loving You
    03. Charms Of The Arms Of Love
    04. Maybe This Time
    05. Say You'll Never (Never Leave Me)
    06. Heaven's Will (Must Be Obeyed)
    07. I Keep It Hid
    08. You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me)
    09. You Got A Deal
    10. Hey Girl
    11. Hard Hard Promises
    12. Don't Wonder Why
    13. Before Her Time
    14. Looking At Life
    15. It Takes Too Long To Learn To Live Alone
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    ALICE CLARK

    The Complete Studio Recordings

    [engl] The complete output of a great but under-recorded soul singer. Pressed on 180g white vinyl, with in-depth notes and rare photos on inner bag. Today Brooklyn is the hipster capital of the USA. Rejuvenated by gentrification, it is the place to live in the New York area if you are young and up-and-coming. Yet for a large part of the 20th century it was an adjunct to the glittering lights of Manhattan for working people and their everyday lives. Born in the late 1940s, Alice Clark came from the borough’s Bedford-Stuyvesant area and returned there when her recording career ended. Until recently the only person we could find who remembered Alice was Billy Vera. A singer, songwriter and music historian, Billy produced her first single, released on Rainy Day Records, but remembered very little despite overseeing the exceptional tracks on that 45 and a third which eventually appeared here on Ace in 2010. Alice also released the fantastic single ‘You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me)’, a classic piece of uptown soul, and an album for Bob Shad’s Mainstream Records. The 45 became a northern soul anthem, whilst ‘Don’t You Care’ and ‘Never Did I Stop Loving You’ from the LP became dance floor hits on the acid jazz and modern soul scenes in the 1990s. Gathered together, the 15 tracks Alice recorded emphasise what a lost talent she was. It’s a meagre output cut over a four-year period, which yielded no success but left a large footprint. After her records failed to bring her fame and fortune, she retired from music to look after her family, most notably her seven grandchildren. Alice died in 2004, unaware how much her music meant to a couple of generations of UK clubbers. We would like to think this album serves as a fitting tribute to a great but under-recorded singer.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.03.2016
    EAN
    EAN 29667004619
     
  • 01. Sol y Sobra
    02. La Salsa
    03. Just Like A Rainbow
    04. You Keep Me Runnin’
    05. More and More
    06. Canta Esta Canción
    07. Andy’s Tune
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    AMANITA

    Sol y Sombra

    [engl] First ever vinyl reissue of this German private press from 1978. Produced and recorded by the group and only sold at local shops and venues. Excellent and perfectly executed Latin-Funk / Jazz-Fusion with heavy Brazilian vibes. Heavy latin percussion / congas / berimbao, electric guitar, sax, flute, synths, Rhodes, male/female vocals in English / Spanish... Including club classics like “Sol y Sombra” (pure Balearic sound, championed by Jazzanova), “Just Like The Rainbow” (fab bossa-scat-jazz), “You Keep Me Running” (killer disco-boogie), "La Salsa" (hot latin-funk-rock jam) and much more.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    14.02.2019
    EAN
    EAN 4040824088729
     
  • 01. Children
    02. Fire And Rain
    03. Ereyon
    04. Slow Down
    05. For You
    06. Politican
    07. Listen
    08. Spending My Life
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    AMAS

    Grill

    [engl] Grill by Gbubemi Amas is as smooth as the red cardigan artfully slung around his shoulders on the cover. Whether he is running through the scales on a cover version of ‘Fire and Rain’, or trying on his calypso highlife moves on ‘Ereyon’, you know Amas is a man with a smooth line for every occasion. He is also a man with impeccable enunciation. Listen to ‘Slow Down’. It features one of the most cultured sound checks you will ever hear in your life – “Willy, keep the bass a little bit tighter”. That Amas is now a theatre producer and writer in Cardiff in Wales will come as no surprise. ‘Slow Down’ is a stone cold class, and an undoubted highlight, just as it was on the excellent Comb & Razor compilation, Brand New Wayo. ‘Children’ is a bright dancefloor filler. So is ‘For You’. And ‘Listen’ showcases Amas’s disco ball cassanova moves. Articulate, cultured and classy, Grill is proof that in 80s Nigeria was producing a class of boogie funk that was as sophisticated as anywhere in the world.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190602
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190619
     
  • 01. Turas (Vocal Mix)
    02. Turas (Instrumental Mix)
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    AMNESIE WITH THE NICOLOSI FAMILY

    Turas

    [engl] First ever legit vinyl reissue of this ITALO–DISCO / FUNK anthem from 1983 produced by TONY CARRASCO and originally released on Proto Records. File next to KLEIN & MBO.
    Format
    12''EP
    Release-Datum
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    AMOS

    Clubmixes feat. Bartellow

    Der Imperator of Pop ist zurück! Auf Amos erfolgreiches Debutalbum und eine Tournee, bei der er 2007 international einschlug wie eine Bombe folgt nun, was live bereits zu überzeugen wusste. "AMOS Clubmixes" ist die Neuauflage von insgesamt 8 Songs, die sich derart druckvoll präsentieren, dass man Angst um sein Zwerchfell bekommt. Die Platte beweist die Qualität und Wandelbarkeit der Tracks und poliert den 80er Muff auf Hochglanz. Vom "I Can't Stop My Feet" Kuhglocken Inferno in Miami Soundsystem Manier über den knallharten Sägesynthie bei "Bla Bla", eine pumpende Bassline in "Party People", die allenfalls Deichkind übertrifft, hin zu kontemporärem Minimalglroove in "Tonite I Feel Like Dancing" und die sirupsüssen doch omnipräsenten Flächen im Alan Braxigen "Let's Do It Tonite" - die Mischung wirkt in ihrer Variabilität homogen und stets ultrafett und untermauert eindrucksvoll Amos hiesige Alleinstellung zwischen Pop und Underground. Beeindruckt zeigte sich auch Leander Haußmann ("Sonnenallee", "Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen nicht einparken können"), der die Schlüsselszene seines neuen Kinoschlagers "Robert Zimmermann wundert sich über die Liebe" mit Tom Schilling in der Hauptrolle auf einem Amos Konzert inszeniert, bei dem der Künstler "I Can't Stop My Feet" von eben neuem Album performt. Kinostart: 21.08.08. Noch mehr Film gibts zur Singleauskopplung Bla Bla, zu der das spannende Video mit dem deutschen Schauspielstar Julia Dietze entstand. Produziert sind alle Remixe von Bartellow und Amos. Erhältlich ab 01.09.08 als limitierte Vinylpressung (Riesenposter und mp3s inklusive)
    Format
    LP 180gr
    Release-Datum
    13.09.2008
    Format
    dropcard
    Release-Datum
    15.09.2008