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).
It is a privilege to present to you, our esteemed Daptone Family, a selection of fan-favorites by thee legendary Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings available for thevery first time on 45!
Over the years Daptone H.Q. has been flooded with suggestions and requests for certain album tracks to be available on 45, so we've gone ahead and pressed up a few that are consistently at the top of the heap.
First up we have "Keep On Looking", a track that debuted on SJDK's breakout album 100 Days, 100 Nights,which subsequently became a staple in the groups live set. The incessant backbeat and tight horn arrangement, coupled with Miss Jones' powerful plea to a lost lover provides unadulterated dance-floor fuego!
On the flip is a new discovery of sorts. While digging through the tape archive we stumbled across a box labeled "Natural Born Lover- Instrumental with Strings". Much to our delight what we found is precisely that: an unreleased instrumental version of the SJDK classic, featuring a string arrangement that was cut from its initial release. And as if the nasty drum break at the top wasn't enough to make this a shoe-in addition to Dj boxes and playlists alike, the gorgeous quirky string arrangement places this one soundly into "must have" territory.
San Diego's sweetest export is back with two sublime sides of West Coast flavored soul. The soft, tremolo-kissed intro of "Will I See You Again" seeps out of the speakers like a cool Cali breeze, allowing the drop to hit like Thor's hammer on the dancefloor. As the groove gets in you, Josh Lane's vocals send you to a place transcendent of time and space... A world where lovers love, and hate has no place. "It's Our Love"'s mellow but funky feel grinds out a vibe that tempers the "beat" in Beat-Ballad. Thee Sacred Souls are raising the bar to heady, elusive new heights.
Zwei 1960er Northern Soul-Klassiker von Pye Records: Das von Phil Spector für die Ronettes produzierte Stück "You Baby" in der 1966er Version von Jackie Trent, produziert von ihrem Ehemann Tony Hatch, das im Laufe der Zeit auch von Sonny & Cher, Lovin' Spoonful, Lee Barry, The Lovenotes, Salt Water Taffy und John Holt gecovert wurde. Sowie "Lost Summer Love", ursprünglich von US-Schauspielerin Shelley Fabares eingesungen, in der 1965er Version von Lorriane Silver, die später den Dancefloor im Wigan Casino sprengen sollte.
Record Kicks gibt mit Stolz die Neuauflage des zweiten Studioalbums von CALIBRO 35 "Ritornano Quelli Di (The Return of)" bekannt, das Teil einer Trilogie von Neuauflagen der ersten Alben der italienischen Cineasten-Funk-Combo ist. Genau wie die Neuauflage des Debütalbums "Calibro 35" wird "Return Of" auf einer LP in limitierter Auflage und digital in einer Deluxe Edition erhältlich sein.
Gibt es eine bessere Art und Weise, Daptones noch junges Imprint Penrose Records zu taufen, als mit "Can I Call You Rose", einer prächtigen und glücklicherweise betitelten Mid-Tempo-Premiere von San Diegos aufblühenden jungen Soulenserenadern, Thee Sacred Souls. Als Josh, Sal und Alex nach ihrem allerersten Club-Date die Bühne verließen, wurden sie von Produzent Bosco Mann beiseite gerissen, dessen erfahrene Ohren von ihrem Set begeistert waren. Man klopfte ihnen auf den Rücken, schüttelte ihnen die Hände, und drei Tage später wippten in Manns Riverside-Studio die Köpfe, als die Souls ihre ersten Tunes auf Band aufnahmen.
Als eine der populärsten Gruppen der heutigen So-Cal-Soul-Szene brauchen Thee Sinseers kaum eine Einführung. Ihre Aufführung von "Seems Like" live im Recordium wurde mit über einer Million Zuschauern bekannt und machte sie zur gefragten Gruppe für So-Cal-Soul-Partys an der Küste. Auf die Frage, welches Lied sie für ihre Penrose-Session aufnehmen wollten, zögerte Joey Quiñones, Sänger, Songwriter und Mann, der ein Instrument spielen kann, nicht, zu antworten: "Wir brauchen eine ordentliche Aufnahme dieses Liedes". Und so wurde es getan. Im kerzenbeleuchteten Studio lieferte uns die Band eine äußerst intime Wiedergabe, die bis auf die Grundtöne heruntergespielt und die wohlklingenden Ermahnungen von Joe Q. enthüllt wurden.
Slept-on modern soul/funk featuring the break from "Ham 'N' Eggs" by A Tribe Called Quest. Cut loud & proud.
Ultra-rare modern/Northern soul/funk crossover, now extremely expensive in its original form. Cut loud & proud.
Remastered Reissue eines der ikonischten Rare-Groove-Tracks der frühen 1980er: "Turned On To You" der Eighties Ladies in der Full-Length-Version, produziert von Roy Ayers und erschienen 1981 auf seinem Label Uno Melodic. Der Track wurde mehrfach gesamplet, u.a. von A Tribe Called Quest und jüngst von den Nujabes feat. C.L. Auf der 12" Flipside befinden sich erstmals zwei remastered Tracks aus dem Album "Ladies Of The Eighties".
Penrose Records ist stolz darauf, die neuesten Mitglieder der Familie vorzustellen, die Inland Empire-eigene Vicky Tafoya and the Big Beat. Geboren in Santa Ana und derzeit in Colton wohnhaft, begann Vicky Ende der 80er Jahre a capella doo wop für die So zu singen. Cal. Doo Wop Society und war 2001 Mitbegründerin der Big Beat. Ihre Debütsingle auf Penrose ist eine stimmungsvolle Moll-Akkordballade mit einem hallbeladenen Gitarrensolo und wunderschönen Harmonien der Girlgroup hinter Vickys mühelosem, aber eindringlichem Gesang über zwei Menschen, die sich danach sehnen, zusammen zu sein... für immer.
Welcome to that sweet spot where all the influences that first got you into this fabulous mess converge: soul, r'n'b, latin, jazz, the church organ. The A side is a great rendition of the early 70s Willie Bobo classic that had the Rare Groove/Acid Jazz scene doing some fancy footwork a few decades later. The L.B.'s, (under the tutelage of trumpet player, Joel Ricci aka Lucky Brown), give 'Broasted or Fried' the raw, underproduced treatment so that the original, infectious rhythms are sharper than ever. Guitar, organ, percussion, horn section – everyone's gutsy and going for it with equal vigour. This is what you play to the person from planet square who asks you to explain the etymology of 'groove'.
Somewhere between a soul pop concert, South Side jazz club, slam poetry reading, and punk rock dive bar, lives the music of Cole DeGenova. Combining poignant lyricism with infectious grooves and prodigious musicianship, the music seeks to elevate the audience while transcending genre barriers. As a keyboardist, vocalist, and composer Cole DeGenova has spent most of his life crafting his soulfully eclectic artistic voice, beginning his career at age 16 as a jazz pianist around his native Chicago. As a bandleader, he formed Cole DeGenova & The Peoples Republic while at Berklee College of Music, where he released his first album Just People Again in 2009, followed by his second, Another Country, in 2012.
Record Kicks pres. "Another Shot Fired" the sophomore album by Dutch soul band The Tibbs.
Record Kicks proudly present the The Tibbs new album "Another Shot Fired" coming out on CD – LP – Digital. Recorded at Electric Monkeys in Amsterdam, produced by Paul Willemsen (Lefties Soul Connection, Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions) and mastered in Nashville by Soul veterans Bob Holsen, who used to cut vinyl for Motown back in the day.
"Another Shot Fired" is the second studio album from the Dutch soul combo and introduces a new singer to the project, the young super-talentedRoxanne Hartogwho penned the lyrics of most of the songs on the album.
On the new album the formula remains the same employed by classic soul record labels like Stax and Motown: a super tight house band, first class production, some wicked arrangments and a signature vocalist. Think- The Marvellets, Booker T and the MGs, James Brown, The Supremes.
From the smashing opener "The Main Course" to the last dark instrumental groover "Circeo" the 12 tracks of the new album prooves that The Tibbs can do no wrong. The sound is vintage, gritty and raw with some extra doses of RNR on the bluesy number "Mama Says" and even throws in some sun soaked reggae vibes in their title track "Another Shot Fired". Roxanne is perfectly at ease and brings the heat as she sweats her way through each number while the rest of the band deliver their unique super tight blend of garage soul.
Based around Amsterdam, The Tibbs took off in 2012 - fronted by Elsa Bekman – covering a lesser-trodden path, combining special soul classics with rare beat instrumentals. Their increasing popularity quickly led to a natural desire to expand their repertoire, beyond the confines of others' thinking outside the traditional box and creating their own unique soulful creations.
Working right from the start with producer Paul Willemsen (Beans & Fatback, Lefties Soul Connection, Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions), the first EP "Cleaned Out" debuted in 2014. Later that year, the German funk label Tramp Records released their debut single – "Footprints In The Sand/Cleaned Out". Two years later, The Tibbs' first LP, "Takin' Over" marked their debut with Milan based imprint Record Kicks. The singles "Next Time" and "The Story Goes" received critical acclaim on radio stations throughout Europe and North America and the 45s flew out the door in record time.
The release of "Takin' Over" delivered the band far richer rewards. Playing sold-out venues in both Milan and Frankfurt. The Tibbs' profile rose further still with wonderful festival performances in Germany and Hungary, followed by a successful sold-out tour of Spain. In late 2018, Elsa decided to follow her heart and focus on a solo career. The Tibbs duly began their search for a truly worthy successor, bringing astonishing vocalist Roxanne Hartog and the band together for the first time.
With new recordings in the bag and a great new album about to be released, The Tibbs are once more ready for lift off.
LaRose Jackson, who you may remember from "Luv Jones" - the 2014 party-cer tified smash duet with the incomparable Charles Bradley - steps into the spotlight with her funky solo debut, "How Did I Get Here ". Born and raised in Coney Island, LaRose's rich timbre and asser tive vocal deliver y caught the attention of producer Tommy "TNT" Brenneck one night when he was in attendance at Charles Bradley's legendary "Black Velvet" show at Club Essence - where Jackson was also a regular performer. The two hit it of f and began collaborating on several sides, the fruit of which we humbly of fer up here. LaRose's tough-as-nails delivery coupled with the infallible groove and sure-shot horn arrangement courtesy of the Menahan Street Band distills the track down to Soul in its purest form, without sacrificing any of the rawness one comes to expect from a TNT production. Expect much more on the horizon from LaRose and Co.. This is just the tip of the iceberg!
Während ihrer gesamten Karriere blieben Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings sowohl öffentlich als auch privat sehr gefragt, um Songs anderer Künstler nachzuspielen und oft neu zu erfinden. Meistens wurden diese Cover auf Anfrage aufgenommen - als Auftragsarbeit für die Platzierung in Filmen, Fernsehsendungen, Tribute-Alben oder für Kostproben. Auf diesem Album sind einige ihrer beliebtesten und noch nie gehörten Aufnahmen zusammengestellt.
Following the reissue of Marta Ren "Stop Look Listen" album, Record Kicks is proud to present the reissue of another mega rare and super in-demand vinyl from its vaults: Sydney soul/funk outfit DOJO CUTS' second legendary album "Take From Me". The second studio album from the Aussie band will be finally back available on vinyl on a classy limited edition clear LP.
"Take From Me" was originally released in 2012 and once again features the sizzling, smoky vocals of Miss Roxie Ray. This much anticipated follow-up to their 2009 debut on Record Kicks, has rapidly became a "classic" in the deep funk and soul scene with millions of streamings on the digital platforms. The originally LP has never been repressed and the few available copies change hands for crazy money on Discogs.
This is the album where all of Dojo Cuts' experience and hard work reaches its deeply soulful zenith, with tracks such as in "Easy to come home", "Sometimes it hurts" and title track "Take From Me". With the liner notes written by dj and collector Russ Dewbury (Jazz Rooms) and the support of the entire Daptone Records family aka Gabriel Roth, Neal Sugarman and Homer Steinwess, this is a must have for all the funk & soul lovers. Watch out the repress is limited to 500 copies worldwide.