Gerade als Al Greens "Back Up Train" aus Grand Rapids, Michigan, zu einer Whistle-Stop-Tour an die Spitze der Charts aufbrach, begann Produzent Palmer James, eine weitere Furniture-City-Nebenlinie ins Auge zu fassen: Tommy McGee. Das Ergebnis war das Album 'Positiv-Negativ' von 1976, der kreative Höhepunkt einer Karriere, die mit endlosen Tiefpunkten gespickt war. Zum ersten Mal versammelt sind McGees zeitloses Album, Singles für Golden Voice, Mercury, TMG und Tosted, sowie die vollständige Ausgabe seiner aufkommenden Funk-Combo Mitte der 60er Jahre, der T.M.G.'s.
I, Ced has been something of a “best kept secret” among creators and aficionados of modern soul music. His wide array of skills ranges from production to vocals, keys, and studio mixing. His talents have found him in the company of many heralded contemporaries, including Jean Grae & Quelle Chris, Coultrane, Jimetta Rose, & Dam Funk. After having lent his talents to so many other luminaries in the underground music scene, Ced is now poised to make an impact with his own material, via his next project on Los Angeles-based MoFunk Records. As a label best known for synth-heavy west coast funk tunes, the partnership with I, Ced marks a daring expansion of the MoFunk sound. After debuting on MoFunk with an XL Middleton remix of his “Percu” single, Ced is now prepared to drop his first full-length with the label, Interpretations.
Ced’s songs are cinematic, expansive, and lush, a world removed from simple loops with vocals on top. Every instrument played, every vocal inflected, every chord change implemented, is treated more like a singular brush stroke on a painting you have to step back and take in as a whole to appreciate. In a musical landscape driven by catchy singles and viral promotion, it’s become exceedingly rare to find an album which plays out as an experience. Interpretations is exactly this. If Ced’s inspirations were colors on a painter’s palette, you might see dabs of Jam & Lewis, or Prince, or maybe Shuggie Otis, or even Sun Ra. But Ced does far more than pay tribute to his influences by intimating their unique styles. Indeed, he pays them the highest tribute of all by working them into his own sound - his Interpretation."
The go-go band’s sought after debut album. Enriched funk.
Magical, mystical, Afrocentric, progressive – words that could be used to describe any number of musical compositions by Sun Ra or his cosmic brothers and sisters, from John to Alice Coltrane, early ‘70s projects on record labels like Detroit’s Tribe or Houston’s Lightin’ or the interests of one Washington, DC native named Jimmy Gray that centered under one, perfect moniker: Black Fire. Gray spent nearly three decades pushing boundaries as a Black American promoter, distributor and, finally, record label owner. Together with Oneness of Juju’s leader James “Plunky Nkabinde “ Branch, Gray oversaw sixteen releases on Black Fire Records between 1975 and 1996. These are the definitive reissues of five of the label’s key titles; all were lacquered – most directly from master tape - by legendary Los Angeles mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, With this set, Oneness Of Juju and Black Fire’s story burns forth into its fifth decade, its message not tempered, its sound pure. It’s cycle, once again, complete. Each release is packaged in a thick, tip-on sleeve and includes a deluxe booklet with extensive notes on the album, the Black Fire collective, and the musical and cultural revolution they created. Limited edition, one time pressing
The funky, atmospheric, evocative and sometimes downright weird output of companies such as DeWolfe, Cavendish, Burton and the ubiquitous KPM have always been a guiding inspiration for ATA Records, as evidenced in the spooky soundtrack works of The Sorcerers, the big band brass of The Yorkshire Film & Television Orchestra and even in the soul-jazz of The Lewis Express ('Theme From The Watcher).
Everything released on ATA is written and guided by the label heads Neil Innes and Pete Williams, who frequently dip their toes in the Library pond while working on other projects. These occasional one-off tracks have accumulated over the past few years and have now found a home on the first volume of an ongoing series : The Library Archive
Ranging from heavy big band brass (Whack, Slap & Blow, Kaye Okay) to evocative thriller soundtrack (Midnight Heist, Wiretap, The Needlenose) via introspective ethereal soundscapes (Nuclear Wind, Siren's Sea) these 11 tracks faithfully recreate the feel of the Library music catalogues of the 60s and 70s.
The Library Archive Vol. 1 will be available as 180g heavyweight Vinyl, CD
Endlich wieder erhältlich - das Meisterwerk von Donald Glover!
Ayalew Mesfin stands aside the likes of Mulatu Astake, Mahmoud Ahmed, Hailu Mergia and Alemayehu Eshete as a legend of 1970s Ethiopia. Mesfin’s music is some of the funkiest to arise from this unconquerable East African nation. Mesfin’s recording career, captured in nearly two dozen 7” singles and numerous reel-to-reel tapes, shows the strata of the most fertile decade in Ethiopia’s 20th century recording industry, when records were pressed constantly by both independent upstarts and corporate behemoths, even if they were only distributed within the confines of this East African nation. Though Mesfin was forced underground by the Derg regime that took control of Ethiopia in 1974, he has returned almost 50 years later with this triumphant set albums – the first time that his music has been presented in this form. These albums give us a chance to discover a rare and beautiful moment in music history, in anthologies built from Mesfin’s uber-rare 7” single releases and from previously unreleased recordings taken from master tapes. Good Aderegechegn gives us a chance to discover a rare & beautiful moment in music history, in an anthology built from his uber-rare 7” single releases. Contains an oversized 11” x 11” 16 page book that tells the story of modern Ethiopian music and Mesfin’s role within it.
Das selbstbetitelte Album von The Perfect Circle aus dem Jahr 1977 gilt in den Kreisen des Rare-Groove- und Soul-Jazz schon lange als Klassiker. Kopien der Original-LP werden für Hunderte von Dollar gehandelt. Dies ist die erste richtige Neuauflage des Albums und wird auf HQ-Vinyl mit 180 Gramm Gewicht gepresst werden.
Romanticism is back and headed in a new direction with Loren Oden’s debut album, My Heart, My Love. This album the listener to experience a uniquely curated sound: a sound with lyrical transparency and vulnerability, reminiscent of classic black soul and progressive R&B. Produced and orchestrated by multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge, this is one of the most meticulously crafted albums ever to be released on Linear Labs.
Being born into a musical family in Compton, Ca., Oden grew up in the church, studying gospel as well as secular greats like Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke. Throughout the years, his affinity with lyricism and vocal arranging grew, catching the ear of his long-time friend, Younge. With this connection, Oden became the mellifluous bedrock of Younge’s psychedelic sound: Oden sings lead on most of Adrian Younge’s expansive musical catalog, including but not limited, to Black Dynamite, Something About April, and Marvel’s Luke Cage.
Oden is one of the premiere vocalists on The Midnight Hour alongside icons like CeeLo Green, Raphael Saadiq, and Marsha Ambrosius. With the world-renowned success of The Midnight Hour, touring for the last six years, and being musically featured on Ava Duvernay’s When They See Us, it was only a matter of time before Oden finally released his own body of work.
Loren’s undeniable connection to Marvin Gaye’s poetic susceptibility paired with the genius of Younge’s soothing orchestral creations, comparable to Quincy Jones, this is the collaboration you always wanted, but could never get. My Heart, My Love is a cultivated body of work, for the sophisticated lover, going deep into the guarded emotions we all try to avoid. The inspiration has always come from timeless music, and Oden and Younge have created an aural treasure that is sure to live on.
Back in stock! Originally released by Solid Smoke Records in 1981, and becoming a rare groove staple and classic in the '90s and early 2000's. This is the first proper reissue of the highly sought after album on 180gm vinyl and housed in a heavyweight tip-on jacket. Featuring the title track "Movin' In the Right Direction" along with "Sadness In My Samba".
Weiterer thematischer Sampler zusammengestellt von Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley ('English Weather', 'Tears Of Technology' etc.). Der Sommer 1976 ist als einer heißesten in die Geschichte eingegangen, nicht nur dort wo es zu dieser Zeit eh immer warm ist, sondern auch in England. Bowie's 'Station To Station' oder eine 'Best Of' von Abba mussten sicher schon oft als Soundtrack zu diesen Monaten herhalten. Zeit mal Radio-Kracher zusammenzustellen die nicht so im Fokus standen, aber den Sommer 1976 musikalisch mit geprägt haben. Jefferson Starship, David Ruffin, Steve Miller Band, Liverpool Express, Blue Mink oder sogar Cliff Richard sind auf dem sorgfältig kuratierten Sampler vertreten. Die schön aufgemachte Doppel-LP kommt im Deluxe Heavy-Duty Gatefold Sleeve mit einem Bonustrack ('Inspiration Information' von Shuggie Otis).