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ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
NGOZI FAMILY- 45,000 VOLTS LP (nosmokerecords, portugal)
*shop favorite repressed… Stunning, rare as hell album from the rich Zambian 'Zamrock' scene from the '70s -- have you ever heard of this record before? The Ngozi Family (Ngozi means danger, and dangerous is their music indeed!) were also the band backing for Chrissy Tembo on his now well-known My Ancestors album. They released this one in 1977, and you'll be amazed when you hear it if you're somehow into Hendrix, Black Sabbath, heavy psychedelia or Afro psych-rock. Most of the tracks on the LP follow that direction, and the rest enter the Afrobeat sound -- but most of it is fuzzy, heavy psych-rock as you can expect.
PUNK AND POST PUNK
CHIN CHIN- SOUND OF THE WESTWAY LP (mississippi, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… In 1985, Sound Of The Westway was released on Chin Chin's own Farmer Records. As a progression from their first 7", SOTW proved to be a brilliant mix of post punk and pop sensibility. The band's fierce DIY stance and girl-positive ethics have echoed down through the indie scene. Mississippi and Slumberland are excited to collaborate on this classic reissue. On vinyl only, remastered by Tim Stollenwerk and new original artwork by Alec Icky Dunn. Includes free download card.
DOG FACED HERMANS- MENTAL BLOCKS FOR ALL AGES LP (mississippi, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… Dog Faced Hermans was a five-piece band whose style could be described as anarcho-artpunk incorporating folk and noise influences as well as unorthodox instrumentation. Hailing from Scotland, DFH came out of the herky-jerky Glasgow scene with bands like Stretchheads, Dawson and Archbishop Kebab. Mental Blocks was their 2nd full length LP, released in 1991 on the band's own Demon Radge label. They had 3 LPs, 1 12" EP and a collection of EPs, comp tracks and splits before signing on with Alternative Tentacles for their last two LPs. Guitarist Andy Moor has been a part of The Ex for about 12 years now, and bassist Colin McLean is now playing as part of The Ex's live set. DFH has influenced bands such as Erase Errata, Veronica Lipgloss, God Is My Co-Pilot, and many more. Mental Blocks is considered one of their (if not the) best and hardest to find albums. Remastered by members of the band for improved clarity over the original release.
DOG FACED HERMANS- HUM OF LIFE LP (mississippi, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… When we put out the Mental Blocks For All Ages, the obvious question from everyone who excitedly plopped down their nine bucks on our glass counter was, 'Are you gonna put out Hum Of Life?' So here it is, the follow up to Mental Blocks. Recorded in '93, DFH lays down 11 tracks of thumping drums, pulsating bass lines, most unusual guitar squacks and Marion Coutts belting out enchanting melodies with voice and her trusty trumpet. 8 Eyed Spy and Ornette Coleman covers (it's legit, I swear) complete this perfect album of political art-punk at its best.
FUNK AND SOUL
JAMES BROWN- KING HEROIN 7” (white label, usa)
*'King Heroin' is one of James Brown's finest moments, at the time an urgently needed reality check on the growing heroin crisis swallowing much of inner city America, and appreciated today as one of the most breathtaking pieces of haunted funk and conscious soul ever released. Reissued here in all its glory, and featuring the impossible-to-find instrumental reprise on the B-side, 'King Heroin' once again hits the streets to combat the uncertainty of post-civil rights era urban malaise. Much more than a 'message' record, more than a few of which James Brown and company put out with preachy fervor, 'King Heroin' holds no bars in its blunt reviews of addiction and its painful fallout, all from a man who himself struggled with the beast inside for decades. Beyond the sweet irony remains one of the most disturbing and starkly beautiful down-tempo soul records ever, a perfect encapsulation of a lost era only dreamt of in weak blaxploitation Technicolor vision today. An essential piece of eternal soul history. Housed in a repro King Records sleeve.
JAMES BROWN- SUMMERTIME/MESSAGE FROM THE SOUL SISTERS 7”
(white label, usa)
*High quality 7" reissue highlighting another side of James Brown, far from the up-tempo feel good funk of the Godfather. A stunning rendition of the Jazz standard 'Summertime' is evoked here by Brown and Martha High within the context of 1970s social fallout -- 'Winter In America' to use Gil Scott-Heron's language, a political immobility that cast its shadow over the entirety of the United States. Brown & High take the leisure-jazz of 'Summertime' and turn it on its head in an act of realist defiance. On the flip, 'Message From The Soul Sisters Pt. 1 & 2' is a more familiar funk workout from yet another Brown produced female vocalist, Vicki Anderson, delivering her sassy soul masterpiece with impeccable instrumental backing from the ever prestigious J.B.'s. Overall, another 2 essential soul cuts from the master himself available once again for aural and contemplative consumption.
V/A- GOSPEL FUNK LP (secret stash, usa)
*In 1959, a woman by the name of Carmen Murphy attended a Good Friday mass in her home town of Detroit as she did every year. Ms. Murphy, the proprietor of the city’s first salon for black women, known as House of Beauty, found herself particularly moved by the musical performances that evening. In fact, she was so inspired that she decided to convert the basement of her salon into a rehearsal space for local gospel acts. Later that year, she funded the recording of local gospel star Rev. James Cleveland, and House of Beauty Records was born. Over the years House of Beauty was owned and operated by a number of different parent companies. It was during it’s time at Scepter Records in New York (’64-’76) that the label grew both commercially and creatively. It slowly transformed from a rigidly traditional label, mostly featuring a capella quartets and choirs, to a company with eclectic tastes and broader musical horizons. Throughout the 70s the label became more accepting of secular influence on its music and slowly but surely, some of the recordings became straight up funky. In the fall of 2008 Secret Stash began working with a local business man who acquired the House of Beauty catalog some years back. Our mission was to sort through his mountain of master tapes containing over 3,000 tracks in search of rare funky and soulful gems for vinyl reissue. After hundreds of hours we settled on a short list of material to press up on wax. However, shortly after an agreement was reached for the first small batch of releases, the local business man was raided by the FBI and charged with felonies for his involvement in a ponzi scheme. The catalog has since gone into receivership (for the second time in its existence) and no more licenses have been executed. It saddens us to say that the future of this amazing collection of music is unclear at this time. Gospel Funk may sound like an oxymoron to some, however, in the late 60s and throughout the 70s, many Gospel artists began moving their sound in a funkier direction. When you think about it, it’s really not that hard to imagine. Most of us know that soul music is deeply rooted in gospel. Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and even James Brown all hail from the world of gospel music. Is it really unimaginable that the gospel community would latch onto the progression of soul music that took place in the secular market? This collection of Gospel Funk is raw, gritty, and packed full of breaks. The compositions are tastefully simple, the production is organic, and the music is undeniably funky.
V/A- SOVIET FUNK VOL. 1 LP (secret stash, usa)
*During the 1960s and 1970s funk music spread throughout the planet. The funny thing is most Americans didn’t even realize this until the 90s or later. Over the past couple decades, slowly but surely more and more rare funk gems have been unearthed from all corners of globe; Africa, China, Latin America, and now Russia. This collection of SOVIET FUNK was all recorded by Pavel Sysoyev in Abakan, the capital city of Khakassia between 1971 and 1976. Sysoyev was an employee of the USSR State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcast (state controlled media). He ran a recording studio intended to create content solely for the government media entity. However, Sysoyev frequently brought in his friends and would run late night recording sessions when no one else was around. In spite of the loosened restrictions on art and music during the 70s, most Soviet citizens had very limited access to essential American funk records. Sysoyev acquired a small collection of U.S. R&B and Jazz albums in ‘68 from a friend, but that was about it for him and his friends. Yet somehow, this small group of classically trained musicians was able to forge a funky sound of their own. Rooted much deeper in the jazz quartet tradition than the R&B styling of James Brown and The Meters, they tapped into a way of playing jazz with a relentless groove that we endearingly refer to as funk.
V/A- SOVIET FUNK VOL. 2 LP (secret stash, usa)
*After Secret Stash Records struck a deal with Pavel Sysoyev to mine his catalog of recorded music we quickly realized that the most difficult part was going to be narrowing down his massive collection into a few user friendly volumes of LP releases. With so much incredible music to work with, this would be no easy task. Volume 1 ultimately served as a nice introduction to Mr. Sysoyev’s catalog. For the most part it was extremely “user-friendly” and accessible (the only exception possibly being the Chizhova/Baykov tunes, which took a pretty big step “outside the box”). While it was what we considered to be an amazing record, it only scratched the surface of the musicality and creativity found in his collection. However, Volume II takes a closer look at the more jazz infused side of Pavel’s signature Soviet Funk sound. It includes more complex compositions and a much more aggressive playing style. However, it still maintains that groovy fun spirit captured so well in Volume 1. In spite of the loosened restrictions on art and music during the 70s, most Soviet citizens had very limited access to essential American funk records. Sysoyev acquired a small collection of U.S. R&B and Jazz albums in ‘68 from a friend, but that was about it for him and his friends. Yet somehow, this small group of classically trained musicians was able to forge a funky sound of their own. Rooted much deeper in the jazz quartet tradition than the R&B styling of James Brown and The Meters, they tapped into a way of playing jazz with a relentless groove that we endearingly refer to as funk.kov tunes, which took a pretty big step “outside the box”). While it was what we considered to be an amazing record, it only scratched the surface of the musicality and creativity found in his collection. However, Volume II takes a closer look at the more jazz infused side of Pavel’s signature Soviet Funk sound. It includes more complex compositions and a much more aggressive playing style. However, it still maintains that groovy fun spirit captured so well in Volume 1.
SON HOUSE- GRINNIN' IN YOUR FACE/JOHN THE REVELATOR 7”
(biograph/slow to speak, usa)
*A beautiful example of the precursor to the mass-recording era, this limited 7" pressing of blues legend Son House provides a rare glimpse into real American folk music. Before every facet of our musical world was commodified and marketable, working people's lives were predominately narrated by song, the central nerve center of consciousness, history & culture. Haunted by slavery, segregation and racial hatred, black communities of the South nurtured the blues into existence from a deep psychic pain that demanded an especially rigorous cultural processing, using song as a positive affirmation of existence and power. These prototypical recordings of Son House's weathered, sorrowful blues standards, sung without instrumentation, are two of the most stunning examples of the urgent imperative of early blues music. Tinged with a tangible sadness and the knowledge of a veritable sage, these songs testify to the cathartic power of a music created for far more than the decadent superficialities of modern industrial societies, providing a historical document of the foundations of so much American music to follow and suggesting that the infinite possibilities provided by technology have not expanded on the basic purpose of music and artistic expression.
V/A- WAVE THE OCEAN, WAVE THE SEA LP (mississippi, usa)
*"People were saying that Southern folk song was dead, that the land that had produced American jazz, the blues, the spirituals, the mountain ballads and the work songs had gone sterile." -- Alan Lomax, 1960. In 1959 and 1960, at the height of the Folk Revival, Alan Lomax undertook the first-ever stereo field recording trip through the American South to document its still thriving vernacular musical culture. He traveled through Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina, making over 70 hours of recordings. The trip came to be known as Lomax's 'Southern Journey,' and its recordings were first issued for the Atlantic and Prestige labels in the early '60s. Those, however, as well as subsequent releases on New World and Rounder Records, are now all out of print. To remedy this, and to celebrate the Southern Journey's 50th anniversary, Mississippi Records and the Alan Lomax Collection have collaborated on five commemorative LPs, spanning the breadth of Lomax's '59-60 Southern recordings, drawing on new transfers of the original 1/4" tapes, and featuring a considerable amount of previously unreleased material. The five LP volumes feature singing siblings Hobart Smith and Texas Gladden from Saltville, Virginia; menhaden fishermen's chorus the Bright Light Quartet; the Young Brothers' Mississippi Hill Country fife and drum band; Blue Ridge instrumentalists Wade Ward and Charlie Higgins; Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers; work songs and hollers from Parchman Farm; congregational hymns from African American and white Appalachian meeting-houses; Alabama's singing washerwoman Vera Ward Hall; the 1959 United Sacred Harp Convention; and the debut recordings of bluesman Fred McDowell, among much else. Each volume is being sold separately with its own distinctive packaging. All come with a 12-page booklet featuring many never before published photos. Old school tip on sleeves & beautiful sound. Not to be missed!
V/A- WORRIED NOW, WON'T BE WORRIED LONG LP (mississippi, usa)
*Second installment in the Field Recordings From Alan Lomax's "Southern Journey", 1959-1960 series, featuring recordings from blues singer Sidney Carter, seventy year-old Norman Edmonds, Rosa Lee (or Rosalie) Hill performing on Fred McDowell's porch, two Mississippi gospel groups, the United Sacred Harp Convention in 1959 Alabama, the first-ever recordings of the fife and drum music of the Mississippi Hill Country and The Bright Light Quartet, a group of fishermen recorded in Virginia in 1960.
V/A- I'LL MEET YOU ON THAT OTHER SHORE LP (mississippi, usa)
*Third installment in the Field Recordings From Alan Lomax's "Southern Journey", 1959-1960 series, featuring recordings from Fred McDowell, Carlos "Bookmiller" Shannon's rendition of "The Eighth of January" (another variation of which -- "The Battle Of New Orleans" -- was a Billboard charting hit by Johnny Horton in 1959), a medley of classic African American spirituals by Virginia's Union Choir of the Church of God and Saints of Christ, lined hymns from Kentucky's George Spangler and a Baptist Church congregation, Ozark balladeer Neal Morris, work songs from Mississippi State Penitentiary, a previously unissued version of "Moses Was A Servant Of The Lord" performed by Charles Barnett (vocal and washtub) and Arkansas' Almeda "Granny" Riddle performing "Rainbow Mid Life's Willows," based on a British broadsheet originally published in 1631.
V/A- I'LL BE SO GLAD WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN LP (mississippi, usa)
*Fourth installment in the Field Recordings From Alan Lomax's "Southern Journey", 1959-1960 series, featuring recordings from Blue Ridge instrumentalist Wade Ward performing alongside an eighty-one year old Charlie Higgins, sought-after Mississippi church singers James Short and Viola James, more from Fred McDowell ("Woke Up This Morning"), a locally composed religious piece written from words spoken by Mountain View, Arkansas resident Joseph Looney while on his deathbed, Hillsville, Virginia's The Mountain Ramblers, spiritual singers from the Georgia Sea Island of St. Simons and banjo master Hobart Smith's "Banging Breakdown."
V/A- I'M GONNA LIVE ANYHOW UNTIL I DIE LP (mississippi, usa)
*Fifth installment in the Field Recordings From Alan Lomax's "Southern Journey", 1959-1960 series, featuring recordings from North Carolina's Mountaineers, migratory labor songs from fishermen The Bright Light Quartet, a stark religious meditation on the end of days from Virginia service station owner E.C. Ball, Bessie Jones (later a touring performer) singing the spiritual "Daniel In The Lion's Den," an evening worship service at a Pentecostal Temple in Memphis, Emma Hammond's dance tune "Shout Lula," an excerpt from Alabama religious radio testimony and music performed on caned panpipes (or quills) at a country picnic in Senatobia, Mississippi.
V/A- THE WORLD ENDS: AFRO ROCK & PSYCHEDELIA IN 1970S NIGERIA PART 1 3LP (soundway, uk)
V/A- THE WORLD ENDS: AFRO ROCK & PSYCHEDELIA IN 1970S NIGERIA PART 2 3LP (soundway, uk)
*Deluxe gatefold triple LP versions in two parts. Includes two vinyl-only bonus tracks not included on the cd version. The World Ends is the latest title from Soundway Records showcasing a wave of guitar-driven and psychedelic groups that sprung up in Nigeria during the early 1970s. Featuring 32 electrifying and funk-laden grooves, this is the sound of a generation attempting to pick up the pieces after the devastation of the Nigerian civil war. Spread over 2 CDs, this bumper collection is brimming with youthful exuberance, fuzzed-out guitar and cosmic organ vibes and owes much to the psychedelic sounds of Jim Morrison, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and James Brown. As the Summer of Love was blossoming in London and San Francisco, Nigeria was imploding into civil war. Also known as the Biafra War of 1967, it was a grisly conflict taking over three million lives, yet at the same time the country was being pulled apart, there was a new world beginning. The tracks featured represent a forgotten chapter in Nigeria's musical history when the youth threw their varied morsels into the pot, from hard rock to psychedelic soul, when guitars were cherished instruments, symbolic of a new movement, when highlife and Afrobeat played second fiddle to "the beat."
PLASTIKMAN- CONSUMED/PAKARD 12” (white label, usa)
*Two Richie Hawtin classics - "Consumed" and "Pakard", on one handy platter...
PLASTIKMAN- PLASTICINE/KORRIDOR/LASTTRAK 12” (white label, usa)
*Classic Plastikman reissued!
DA POSSE- ITS MY LIFE 12” (clone classic cuts, netherlands)
*Clone Classic Cuts continues to dig in the crates to bring back forgotten or obscure records from the past! This is 3 tracks by Da Posse (produced by Hula... one of the Outthere Brothers... and with Maurice Joshua, K Fingers & Martell). Strings & Its My Life are Chicago's take on Detroit techno... a rare release that sounds like a early Derrick May record (think 'The Dance') but maybe slightly more straight forward (as one might expect from Chicago). A rare piece in house and techno history since this is one of the rare examples of a record that doesn't show the clear difference between Chicago and Detroit in the late 80's. This record most likely got produced within 1 year after Rhythm = Rhythms legendary Nude Photo and Strings of Life releases (both '87 and this came out in '88). As extra bonus track we have The Groove. A phat bass driven chicago acid track that still rocks it. Another fine piece of powerful dance music history back in the spot light!
FINGERS INC./ROBERT OWENS- I'M STRONG 12” (clone classic cuts, netherlands)
*shop favorite restocked… All time favorite house track by Larry Heard, Mr Fingers and Robert Owens! A one of a kind track with a totally unique groove and a bass line not coming from this world. The DX sound that makes the track so powerful sounds like some kind of mutant machine that is going wild and the sublime combination with the Robert Owens vocals makes this a high light in the history of house music!
REGGIE THE MOVEMAKER/HOUSE TO HOUSE- GET YOUR MONEY MAN/TASTE MY LOVE 12” (clone classic cuts, netherlands)
*shop favorite restocked… Two absolutely amazing Chicago house classics produced by the masters of the masters... and out of print since 1987 (almost 20 years!!!). House to House (ft Kim Mazelle) is actually Marshall Jefferson with one of the greatest tracks he ever made! A deep driving vocal house track that couldn't be better. The soulful vocals are performed by a young Kim Mazelle and make you shiver!! And the other masterpiece on this plate is from Farley Jackmaster Funk (joined by Reggie the Movemaker). He produced a jacking house track for Reggie (but we are not really sure if this Reggie really exists). This track still creates a stir on the dance floors and makes the hands go in the air when the bassline kicks in! A piece of forgotten music history. Must have!
JELLPHONIC FT ZACKY FORCE FUNK- 100 SNAKES 12” (clone crown ltd., netherlands)
*Clone Crown Limited's first one! Its Jellphonic and Zacky Funk Force throwing some bad ass dirty p-funk influenced tracks so sick that we had to put them out! A-side cut 100 snakes rocks it like The Neptunes could do... dirty and effective! On the more softer side we have Sexxxy that is sexy as freaky can be. Both tracks has ZFF on the mic (backed up by Reggie Blount and St Liquor-ish). And let's not forget the Only One! The best cut in years (and for sure on this record) if you are into love songs. Serious heat from these Funkateers!
ZACKY FORCE FUNK & KUTMAH- FUKK 12” (clone crown ltd., netherlands)
*Mr Force Funk is coming hard! Fukk he produced with his buddy Kutmah mixed up with own jams and other collabs... Its his first tracks on wax!! Crazy ass shit that can't be categorized (but i'm sure some stubborn journalist will come up with something to avoid he is getting confused). Fusing p-funk, electro, disco, electronix, rap and everything dirty, pure and with soul! Oh and for the trainspotters... yes that is an old obscure Legowelt track used for Split!
REGGIE BLOUNT- HARD TIMES 12” (clone crown ltd., netherlands)
*Reggie Blount is one cool fucker doing some great p-funk electro tracks as one would expect to hear from Midnight Star, Morris Day and the Time, Bootsy Collins and the many unknown early 80's unknown electro funk boogie funkateers. Heavily influenced by the underground electro-boogie style of the early 80's as well as more known artists such as One Way, Kashif, Mtume, Cameo, and Parliament. Reggie Blount brings together the elements which led these styles to the forefront of the club scene at a time when drum machines and synthesizers were giving birth to the bedroom recording artist. Mr Blount offers up some heat for your funk bone on his long anticipated debut ep! As with all Crown Limited releases only two manufacturing runs... one is pre-orders only... two is when prices go crazy in the 2nd hand market. So make sure you'll pre-order this in time!
STEVE SUMMERS- JACK FLASH 12” (clone jak for daze, netherlands)
* Back to jack with Steve Summers... his debut release was the big surprise for everyone... the best vintage (acid) house tracks we could wish. And more of that intense classic house music on the follow up. Here in our office we have people shouting rewind rewind and flashing the lights on and of as fast as possible when we play this! A must have for all fans of Larry Heard, Joe Lewis etc. Big Tip!
REGGIE DOKES- CHICAGO PIMP 12” (clone loft series supreme, netherlands)
*Clone V2.0! Clone back in its new form.. a series of specialized series dedicated to different functionalities, emotions and styles of electronic music. The Clone Loft Series will be releasing more traditional house and NY influenced disco for the smaller and more intimate club settings. First of Reggie Dokes with probably his best release so far! A-side is a dirty but massive house track that goes down very well in any house set! At first notice this might be the main track... which most likely it is for more peak-time use... but actually our favorite is the fierce 'I Wear the Mask' track on the flipside. This track has a nice jumpy beat, very light... but such a balanced rhythm that it will grab one for sure. On top it has layers of strings and a bouncy bassline and very staccato keys... and everything is so well balanced, so sensitive that it really gives us goosebumps all over! It reminds even to some Derrick May tracks where he managed to make his songs emotional and fragile with the same kind of timbre and hidden energy (but then less 909 orientated and such...) It has that force, that gentle force of magic that frees that inner energy, that inner power that makes you wanna dance. What a stunning track and what a strong release by Mr Dokes. Essential!
PUTSCH 79- SAMASAVEL: ALDEN TYRELL REMIX 12”
(clone loft series supreme, netherlands)
*The return of Putsch 79! After their big momentum a couple of years ago the guys have been busy remixing and producing others. After been out of the music scene for some months doing some fishing and catching butterflies in the northern parts of Finland they are back with a big bad disco monster! Comes with a possibly even a bigger Alden Tyrell disco monster remix as we haven't heard from him in a while! Peak time material!
BASIC SOUL UNIT- TUFF LUV 12” (creme, netherlands)
*After his succesful remix of Arnold Jarvis house classic ''Take Some Time Out'', Toronto based Basic Soul Unit (aka Stuart Li) is back on Creme with a 4 track ep and he's bustin' out those dope moves holmes! Deep and raw, at times retarded and industrial edged emotional JAck tRax that are firmly rooted in the Detroit/Chicago tradition while keeping an eye on the ... damn we're rolling out thos cliches again today! Hot-cold, blue-red, we're on fire!
ARNOLD JARVIS- TAKE SOME TIME OUT: BASIC SOUL UNIT REMIX 12”
*Re-release of this fantastic 1987 NY underground houseclassic with its beautiful strings and fat-ass bassline. Also featuring an updated version by Basic Soul Unit.
LEGOWELT- GARDENS OF THE GHETTO 12” (creme, netherlands)
*The official follow up to Legowelt's ''Vatos Locos'' LP, last years magnum opus/tour de force/piece de resistance etc (did we loose your attention yet?). Ever since the inclusion of these tracks on the extremely limited (and partially withdrawn) Vatos Locos CD - we've had many requests to put them on vinyl. Who are we to fly in the face of popular demand? So here it is, on glorious virgin black vinyl in a gorgeous sweet 'n' sober sleeve. Inside you find four tracks of patented deep(house) jakking Wolfers madness .. Two bangers and two intropersective low-ridin' rolers. Not only great for ghetto gardening and home improvement, but also for workin' up a sweat on the dancefloor.
V/A- DIRECT BEAT ARCHIVE SERIES 2X12” (direct beat, usa)
*Detroit,1993. The Burden Brothers known for their Octave one project and 430west record label start a new sub label called Direct Beat. It was created to release the techno electro sounds of inner city Detroit. In 1995 the label was in full effect and released music produced by friends such as Tommy Hamilton, Keith Tucker, Mad Mike Banks, Will Web and them self. Now 15 years later we know that Direct Beat was one of the big influences on how electro and techno is today.
I-F- PLAYSTATION #2 12” (disko b, germany)
*shop favorite/essential restocked… Classic 3 track electro ep produced by Lonny Eyes. Tracklist: Playstation #2 (Featuring Helga La Blaque), Quest (Part 1), Spiegelbeeld (Hidden Camera Remix).
DEXTER- REDBOX/1992 12” (dolly, netherlands)
*Dexter drops Dolly 2 with some mad old schoolish Detroit influence called 1992. With the trade mark sharp beats of Dexter injected with phat funking KMS techno (including Reese bassline). Redbox is the same recipe. Dancefloor orientated old school house and techno influences with powerful production skills. Big peaktime tracks without doing the standard tricks... Pure dancefloor blizz!
JAKOB KORN- SUPAKRANK 12” (dolly, netherlands)
*Klakson off shoot of Panoramabar Resident DJ Steffi: Dolly records... white label-stamp styling. Limited run of 300 copies. Really strong release and a blazin remix by Basic Soul Unit!
DOLLKRAUT- LOOT: KRAUSE DUO REMIX 12” (doppleschall, germany)
*Dollkraut aka Pascal Pinkert is back with another great EP. Once again he shows his ability to produce a unique blend of house influenced by soul and jazz. Loaded with warm and analogue sounds paired with his intuition for solid vocals and sampling. The remixes featured on this record are done by two swinging tag-teams. First of all the well known Krause Duo (Freude Am Tanzen/Musik Krause) with a edgy sharp jacking remix. On the B-Side Scott (The Gym/My Best Friend/Fluid Ounce) turn the downbeat track Precious Fool with their jazzy twist into a dancefloor anthem. Outstanding record!!
CV313- REMODELED 12” (echospace:detroit, usa)
*Echospace are proud to announce the third EP from the forthcoming cv313 album, Dimensional Space. This release marks the first remix from King Midas Sound (The Bug), creeping and trembling right at the very core of your very being. The mix by Rafael Anton Irisarri as The Sight Below is a slow-motion dream where in every twist and turn a new detail unfolds. Last is a 4/4 number culled from a Deepchord Presents: Echospace live set, which is deep, underwater space-funk. On clear vinyl.
V/A- SHANGAAN ELECTRO: NEW WAVE DANCE MUSIC FROM SOUTH AFRICA 2LP (honest jon’s, uk)
*An astounding compilation of the breakneck Shangaan dance output of the Nozinja studio in Soweto (an urban area of the city of Johannesburg in Gauteng, South Africa), recorded between 2006 and 2009. From his small home studio in Soweto, Nozinja (aka Dog) sells more than 50,000 records a year (DVD, cassettes, CDs) -- without iTunes, without digital distribution. This is hyper‐local music, all of it still considered traditional, all of it marketed through Shangaan radio and newspapers to a relatively small set of people who live between Johannesburg, Limpopo and Mozambique. Besides Dog himself -- or rather Zinja, Dog's performance name -- his label roster includes BBC, Tiyiselani Vomaseve, and Dog's famed mask‐wearing, clown‐dancing group, Tshetsha Boys. Dog often goes to the dances to scout for new talent. That's where he found Tiyiselani Vomaseve, two sisters who perform together as one of the most popular Shangaan traditional groups in South Africa. They count South African President Jacob Zuma's wife, Thobeka ka‐ Mabhija‐Zuma, as a fan and won a 2010 SABC award for Best Female Traditional Album, which is just one of many awards that Dog has accrued. Tshetsha Boys won Best Newcomer, Best Male Song of the Year and best Shangaan Song of the Year. BBC (trans. "Black Beautiful Culture") took home an award for Best Song as well. The awards are indicators of Dog's success, but the real test comes every Sunday in Soweto. Groups like Tiyiselani Vomaseve and BBC compete regularly for the crowd's favor. "You must be prepared to see the fastest dance ever," Dog declares. The dances are wild, with films of them attracting more than half a million hits on YouTube. The tradition grows out of the Shangaan disco movement, a music that dominated in the '80s with artists like Penny Penny and Peter Teanet. Shangaan disco ran at 110 BPM. Dog's music is around 180 and it's getting faster. Yet the lyrics seem to run counter to this rapidity. They read like African soap operas, tied up with domestic matters and a yearning for the slower life. This is country music. There's something distinctive in this Shangaan perspective: they are one of the more rural and traditional groups in the wealthiest African nation, yet "tradition" to them can also be living, electronic and nuanced. Just as Dog samples American phrases in his songs, his videos cut in shots of white joggers on a spring day, a foggy lakeshore reminiscent of Wisconsin, even a corporate office space -- mundane yet exotic images which become intriguing takes on the modern South African dream. Instead of African music becoming Americanized and re‐framed for the global market, Dog's productions do the opposite. American phrases and foreign images become samples in his collage, in his traditional context. This album is the first release of its kind outside South Africa. Here is Dog's music as-is.
MALVOEAUX- TARGETS 12” (l.i.e.s., usa)
*L.I.E.S. imprint outof New York City with Malvoeaux's debut (Aka Steve Summers) clocks in with three tracks that harken the times when Roule records of France and Chicago artists like Paul Johnson, Roy Davis Jr. and DJ Sneak were chopping up disco records and using a 909 drum machine to create devastating and effective party tracks making something new of the old. Not unlike the Soundstream releases of recent, the Malvoeaux ep is versatile enough to appeal to dance music lovers across the board. From edit freaks, to 90s house enthusiasts, to cracked out party-goers and beyond, this release will appeal to both discerning dj and music lover and is sure to get the dancefloor going especially with summer right around the corner.
SCOTT GROOVES- RIDDUM COLLECTION 2X12” (modified suede, netherlands)
*This is a special tribute to clean simple rhythm tracks and Scott Grooves shows that being one of the first techno musicians on the planet doesn't have to mean that the passion for pure dance music has to disappear after so many years in the music bizz. Excellent collection of tracks that lean towards classic house music, but with that fresh simple approach of many of the new school house producers!
MORPHOSIS- RUNNING OUT/MUSTAFIR 12” (m>o>s, netherlands)
*Killer house 12" by Morphosis aka Ra.H of Morphine fame. Could be best described as a 21st century interpretation of Ron Hardy’s raw and uncompromised Music Box sound. The resemblance is not in copying Ron Hardy’s sound, but in creating a similar atmosphere. Extremely powerful and out of this world.
V/A- SLOW TO SPEAK: DEVELOPED INCONSISTENCIES, AKAPELLA 2 12”
(slow to speak, usa)
*'slow to speak' are at it again with a second installment of unlikely and obscure a capella DJ mixing tools. Carefully preserved in phonograph format (and preserving the phonograph format), this assortment of quotations, media clips, poems, interviews and monologues are more than ambient fodder. They are secret messages for the dancefloor. A mechanism for dialogue between DJ and dancer. Mix 'em in... "and then they will hate you, and their hatred will be perfect." To paraphrase the ramblings of a madman, "It is not the job of DJ's to give the dancers what the dancers want. If the dancers knew what they needed, then they would not be the dancers. They would be the DJ's."
THE POINTER SISTERS- DON'T IT MAKE YOU CRAZY 12” (slow to speak, usa)
*Phat party-rocking grooves from the ever-legendary Pointer Sisters. Before their endeavors on the mainstream of the major label disco circuit, Pointer Sisters made their name with their instrumentally masterful grooves on the rawest edges of 1970’s soul sensuality, classic funk that continues to drive so many genres forward with the original substance of sample-based dance musics---the infallible, irresistible midtempo anthem “Don’t It Drive You Crazy” comprised the sample for the legendary Gang Starr hardcore masterpiece “Execution of a Chump” to provide an urgent and most relevant example. But beyond its future expropriation, “Don’t It Make You Crazy," along with "Send Him Back”---edited with learned cunning by Pilooski here---are examples of the eclectic arsenal of earliest NYC club culture, before four-to-the-floor disco had entirely taken root, when rock, funk, soul & jazz were equal fodder for the first forays into mixing & club programming. It’s records like these that actually birthed “disco” proper, releases created expressly for the club before this institution (at least in the United States) became really entrenched with the die-hard roots of 1970’s-era hedonism. Pressed on high quality 12” vinyl, these alpha classics still sound as fresh and devastatingly effective as they must have in 1977 & 1972 respectively, timeless pieces of American soul music.
STEVIE WONDER- DO I DO 12” (slow to speak, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… One of his finest dance classics, Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do” has taken its place in the holy canon of club since it’s release in 1982. From the harder edged institutions of Chicago & Detroit to the deep-disco environments of NYC, onwards to Europe’s growing dance music communities, “Do I Do” was a reaffirmation that 1980’s uptempo soul music was alive and well, thriving despite the supposed “death of disco” some 3 years earlier. Reissued here on high quality, crisp 12” replica pressing, “Do I Do” comes with the extremely rare instrumental version, featured exclusively on radio-DJ 2x12” promotional release and an in-demand scarcity ever since. Just one specimen of Wonder’s literally endless output merging highly-produced R&B with electronically rooted post-disco, “Do I Do” remains a golden standard to follow in the storied legacy of soulful dance music’s progression.
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