Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, January 21

Ray Charles -Talking bout you
The Salem Trasvelers - Wade in the water
The Impresssions - Keep on pushing
Otis Redding - Can't get no satisfaction
Rufus Thomas - Itch and scratch pt1
Jean Knight  - Carry on
Mad Lads - I'm so glad I fell in love with you
Emotions - From toys to boys
The JBs - The grunt
Public Enemy - Black steel in the hour of chaos
Eric B and Rakim - Eric B is president
Teremoana - Four women (DLT remix)
Massive Attack - Protection
Sulata - Never
Ardijah  -Watching U
Jimmy London - Cathy's clown
The Frightnrs - Gotta find a way
Hulamen - Working for a living
Jackie Mittoo - Fancy pants
The Equals - Baby come back
Jay Epae - The creep
The Tams - I've been hurt
Major Lance - Um um um um um
Bill Doggett  - Honky tonk pt1
Mophono - The edge
Stereo kings - Look around
Onra - The anthem
Paul McCartney - What's that you're doing
Conquest - Action
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings -This land is your land
Staple singers - We the people
Screaming Meemees  - Stars in my eyes pt1

Friday, January 20, 2017

Lucky Brown & The S.G.'s new 45

Some wicked funky biz via Tramp Tapes: "The mysterious Cecil Moses & The S.G.’s (Oliver Klomp - drums, Colin Higgins - guitar, Bob Heinemann - bass, and Marc Hager - keys) unite with deep funk pioneer Lucky Brown to interpret Lucky’s original “Mesquite Suite”, a collection of spiritual folk/jazz modal melodies fused with earthy and arcane rhythms composed in the summer of 2015 in an ashram in the Texas Hill Country.

The S.G.’s, who specialize in their own brand of great quartet instrumental soul ala Booker T. & The M.G.’s and The Meters, adapted quickly to Lucky’s experimental, rudimentary, vernacular, and minimalist approach. One thing you will notice in these tunes is that the vast space created by the musicians and the composition is what allows the FEEL to filter through, and for Lucky Brown, FEEL is what it is all about.

This first single presents the theme-song of their collection, a deep tribal shuffle, “Mesquite Beat”, upon which Jason Cressey - trombone, and Thomas Deakin - sax, offer their own explorations. The flip is an upbeat and minimal pentatonic anthem entitled “Justice”, featuring Lucky Brown himself on funk flute."

Out 3rd Feb on 7" vinyl/digital on Tramp Tapes a new imprint from Tramp Records 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Vinyl is making a comeback #267

OK, take your pick:

1: Vinyl forecast to ebb after hitting 2017 high note (Financial Times)

Signs of mainstream consumer interest in physical records waning, says Deloitte

"... Deloitte ... predicts vinyl sales will grow at a double-digit rate in 2017 for the seventh consecutive year. The format, which attracts an average selling price of $20 a record, has become a lucrative growth segment within the broader recorded music industry and is expected to generate between $800m and $900m in revenue in 2017.

It could be on the cusp of becoming a billion dollar industry for the first time since the 1980s when related products, such as turntables, are factored in.

Vinyl should account for almost a fifth of the sales of physical music products in 2017 and around 7 per cent of the $15bn that the global music industry is expected to take.

Yet Paul Lee, head of technology, media and telecoms research at Deloitte, warned against over-exuberance for the vinyl format, which he argued had been inflated by nostalgia and its fashionable image.

“In 1981, over 1bn albums were sold. In 2017 it will be around 40m. This is not the resurgence that is portrayed. It is a blip,” he said.

Mr Lee noted that the signs had looked good at the start of 2016, with UK vinyl sales up 61 per cent in the first quarter and new albums from heritage artists including David Bowie and Leonard Cohen selling particularly well on the physical format.

However, a 6 per cent fall in sales in the US, the world’s largest music market, in the first half of 2016, to $207m from $220m the previous year was evidence that the analogue revival may be fading, he said.

He argued that while hardcore music fans would continue to splurge on expensive vinyl reissues and deluxe repressings, less dedicated consumers buying records could fall away over the coming years.

He cited a BBC poll that showed that almost half of the people that purchased a vinyl record had not played it within a month and that 7 per cent of them did not even own a turntable. "

2. Sales of vinyl reach 25-year high: Do you own these valuable records?
"... More than 3.2 million LPs were sold last year, a rise of 53 per cent on 2015 and the highest number since 1991, when Simply Red's Stars topped the best-selling charts for the year, reports The Guardian.

Vanessa Higgins, chief executive of Regent Street and Gold Bar Records and an independent label member of BPI Council, said the reasons for the rise were twofold: "Older people are going back to vinyl, but I also think the younger generation are discovering it in a way they weren't before," she said.

3: and a local one... Why vinyl records have made a comeback (NZ Herald)

"... The University of Auckland's Dr Karen Fernandez teamed up with Professor Michael Beverland, of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, to investigate vinyl's continuing allure.

After interviewing 25 vinyl collectors from New Zealand, the United States and the UK, it became clear to the researchers that much of vinyl's appeal was tied up with the fact that records are material objects that can be held and displayed....
....Fernandez remembered one particularly poignant story told by a young woman who took part in the study. When the woman was buying a record, the seller told her it had a scratch caused by his young son, who had since died.

"Every time the needle jumped, he would remember his son. So the woman took on being the keeper of this scratch, every time she heard it she'd remember the man's son. That's been at the back of my mind for years: the power of a concrete thing."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam gets reissued

From Jazzman Records: "Originally released in small numbers as a custom pressing in 1973, the compelling “Dini Safarrar” by Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam has gained cult status around the world amongst enthusiasts of jazz, funk, hip hop & African music, and grail status among LP collectors.

Here is the first official reproduction of this album, faithful to the original and made with the blessing and cooperation of Mor Thiam himself, as well as his son Aliaume Thiam, otherwise known as hip hop and R&B superstar Akon.

Mor Dogo Thiam (pronounced ‘Chahm’) is a cultural historian, dedicated philanthropist and genius on the djembe. He began his career as a drummer while a young boy in his native Senegal, before moving to St. Louis, Missouri in the early 1970s, where his unique musical skills earned him the respect of the local jazz community. 

A fusion of the traditions of his Senegalese upbringing and the funk & jazz sounds of his new environs, “Dini Safarrar” was entirely self-funded and was also conceived as a benefit album, with all the proceeds donated to famine relief in Africa. Indeed, proceeds generated by the sale of this reissue will go directly into a fund to assist a school in Senegal set up by Mor himself." 

Dropped late last year, out on LP/CD/digital. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, January 14

George Benson - The world is a ghetto
Johnny Hammond - Los Conquistadores Chocolates
Budamunky - Wednesday (dub)
Miguel De Deus - Black soul brother
Nick Waterhouse -This is a game
Saun and Starr - Look closer
Lee Fields - Honey dove
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Letter full of tears
Otis Brown and the Delights - Southside of Chicago
Ollie and the Nightingales - Don't do what I did
Staple Singers - My main man
Gary Davis  -The pop
Grand Wizard Theodore - Can I get a soul clap
Big Daddy Kane - Aint no half stepping
Team dynamite feat Che Fu - Coconut lime
Skatalites - Coconut rock
The Ethiopians - I'm gonna take over now
Jackie Mittoo - El bang bang
DJ Shinya - Nigerian reggae edit
Brass roots - Good life
Jack Costanzo - Green onions
Mongo Santamaria - Watermelon man
Linda Lyndell - What a man
Donny Hathaway - The ghetto pt1
Syl Johnson - Different strokes
Hot source - Oz bump (soul thing)
D'Angelo - Devils pie (DJ Premier's raw remix)
House of Pain - Boom shalock lock boom
Pigalle connection - Paris breakdown
Soul scratch - Pacified
Joe Tex - I'm going and get it
Jah Wobble - Get Carter
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Iron bar dub

Friday, January 13, 2017

Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids new single

New single from Philophon Records crew (Poets of rhythm, Whitefiled Bros):

"2016 was the year for Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: their album "We Be All Africans" (produced by Philophon and released on Strut Rec.) vaulted them among the global top acts of the current Spiritual Jazz renaissance. The strengh of the group is its deep connection to Africa: not just that their music is inspired by the spirit of Africa, they actually founded themselves on an extended trip to the Motherland in 1972.

On that trip Idris Ackamoor visited the tiny town Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana to play with local Frafra musicians - an experiance which changed his life. Now, after 45 years, Idris dives once more into the magical music of the Frafra people by teaming up with master musician Guy One, the no. 1 Kologo artist of the vital music scene of Bolgatanga. 

On "Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba" Guy One sings about the power of unity - a unity you hear clearly on this Afro-Euro-American cooperation: a driving rhythm, an eulogising saxophone, a gripping voice and in total a journey into another dimension.

releases January 20, 2017 on digital/7" vinyl

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, January 7

Collen and Webb - Golden
Pama International - Heatwave
David Walters - Mesy bon dye (Bigga Bush remix)
Nitin Sawhney - Dead man (Fink dub)
Frightnrs -Trouble in here
Foxy Brown -Fast car
Voice of East Harlem - Cashing in
Chaka Khan  -I'm every woman
Lyn Collins- Rock me again and again and again
Booker T & the MG's - Can't be still
Carla Thomas - A dime a dozen
March wind  - All the way down
Ollie and the nightingales - Girl you have my heart singing
Mar-keys - Morning after
The Newcomers - Pin the tail on the donkey
Isley Bros - I know who you been socking it to
Mr Clean - What's going on
Wood brass and steel - Welcome to the party
Black haze express - Won't nobody listen
Parlet - Ridin' high
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Was dog a doughnut
Sonsine - Believ'n
Medium sound - Occupation dub
Recloose - Mana's bounce
Theo Parrish & Tony Allen - Feel loved
Theo Parrish - Hope 4 tomorrow

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Pama International - rocksteady take on Heatwave

Gorgeous rocksteady take on a Motown classic... " After a 7 year hiatus Pama International are back with a brand new Single that anticipates their much awaited new album "Love & Austerity" which is set for a spring 2017 release on Record Kicks. The first single is a rework of Martha Reeves & The Vandella's soul classic Heatwaveand and stars the beautiful lead vocal harmonies of Jewels Vass and Anna Uhuru. The result is a splendid Rock Steady-Soul cut that has already been supported amongs the others by Reggae ambassadors Don Letts and David Rodigan and Funk&Soul minister Craig Charles on their radio shows."

Out on Record Kicks on Jan 20 7" vinyl/digital.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, December 31

Donald Byrd - Love has come around (Combo re-edit)
Idris Mohammed - Could heaven ever be like this (Leftside wobble edit)
Sir Joe Quarterman and Free Soul -I got so much trouble on my mind
Fred Wesley and the JBs - You can have Watergate....
Charles Wright - Doing what comes naturally
Durand Jones and the Indications - Smile
Misha Panfilov sound combo - Oliver robotron
Peter Thomas and Mocambo astronautic sound orchestra - Space patrol
Lord Echo feat Mara TK - Just do you
Rockers delight - Moments in dub
Prof Oz -Waves and skank (Grant Phabao remix)
Chaka Demus and Pliers - Murder she wrote
Tiger feat Q-Tip - Who planned it
Kid Creole and the coconuts - I'm a wonderful thing baby
Kraftwerk  - The model
Jermaine Jackson - Let's get serious
Gene Anderson  -The gigilo
Billy Stewart - Summertime
Monica - I don't know nothing else to tell you but I love you
Joe Tex - I'm going and get it
Bobby Womack - Looking for a love
Howard Tate - Look at Granny run run
Bob Wilson - All turned on
Andrea Henry - I need you like a baby
Beverly rd allstars - Don Dada
Donovan Carless - Be thankful

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sufyvn beats from Sudan

I've been reading thru Best of 2106 lists from around the place, and came upon this goody via OkayAfrica....

"2016 was the year in which we found out that vintage Sudanese tapes can make some of the best hip-hop beats we’ve heard.

Khartoum-based producer Sufyvn caught our attention with his hypnotic productions in Pseudarhythm, Vol. 2. His tracks play like a hazy, mind-bending exploration of classic Sudanese soundscapes through a hip-hop lens. Thoughout the release, and in standout track “Fragment,” Sufyvn chops up several traditional Sudanese folk melodies, masterfully laying them over kicks and snares to create some buttery beat work."

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Goodies from First Word

Some cool tunes from First Word Records, name your price on Bandcamp. Tall Black Guy, Ross McHenry, NZ's own Myele Manzanza, and more. Also a very cool edit from Souleance.

Dem Juju Poets 45

Check Watusi Fever, some cool flute bizz...

"Dem Juju Poets is the new alias of prolific German DJ and producer David Hanke aka Renegades Of Jazz and will henceforth be the primary outlet for his afro-driven music.

As a taste of what’s to come Dem Juju Poets has released two irresistible singles on French label Krimi Records, combining his various influences into a unique and original blend of irresistible afro-funk. 

“Voodoo Jazz” begins with an uptempo beat and raw guitar riff, later moving towards a jazzier mood with voodoo influences, a touch of electronics and additional scat. B-side “Watusi Fever” is a slice of magnetic afro-jazz enriched by superb drum lines and Hugo Kant's unmistakable flute skills. Watch out as Dem Juju Poets claims his rightful place in the afro-funk stratosphere!"

Out now on vinyl/ditial

Ring The Alarm playlist, December 24

Bootsy Collins -Ah the name is Bootsy, baby
Nina Simone - Funkier than a mosquito's tweeter
Betty Davis -Anti love song
Major Lance  - Um um um um um
Gene Chandler - No peace no satisfaction
Chuck Wood - Seven days is too long
Mel and Tim - Backfield in motion
The JBs - Giving up food for funk
Sly and the Family Stone - Loose booty
Naomi Davis and the Knights of 41st st - Catapult
Lee Dorsey - Yes we can can
Betty Harris - Break in the road
Hannah Williams and the Affirmations - Aint enough
Ambassa feat Nichola Richards - After laughter comes dub
Blundetto - Nautilus dub
Frightnrs - Purple
Super mystic brakes - Beri dub
Yabby You - Conquering lion (Smith and Mighty remix)
Ragga twins -Love talk
Charles Bradley - Aint it a sin
Trinidad steel drummers - Cissy strut
Incognito - Wild and peaceful (Kenny Dope mix)
Recloose live band - Racetrack in France
Monophonics - Sound of sinning
Esther Phillips - All the way down
Erykah Badu  -Honey (DJ Day remix)
Candi Staton - When you wake up tomorrow
Edwin Birdsong - Rapper dapper snapper
Stone Roses - Fools gold

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, December 17

Syd Jones and the Troubadours - Cardova
All the people - Cramp your style
Oliver Sain - London express
Black Heat   Love the life you live
Simonsound - Tour de mars
David Byrne and Brian Eno - Jezebel spirit
Primal scream - Trainspotting
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope (Sonsine remix)
The Frightnrs - Gotta find a way
Lord Echo - Just do dub
Gilberto sextet - Good lovin
Gene Chandler - A song called soul
Mar-keys - Honey pot
Jimmy Hughes -What side of the door
Roy Lee Johnson and the Villagers - The dryer Pt1
Bernie Hayes  - Cool strut pt1
Jean Knight - Carry on
Barkays - Sang and dance
Staple singers  -We the people
Booker T and the MGs - Can't be still
Mable John - Running out
Willie West - I'm still a man
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Aint no chimneys in the projects
Dele Sosimi - Na my turn (dub)
Kode9 and the Spaceape - Love is the drug feat Chacha
Kerbside collection - Walk the talk (Street Rat remix)
The Traffic - White lines
Sunlightsquare - Taj Mahal feat Josue Ferreira
James Brown - Night train
Hannah Williams and the Affirmations - Fighting your shadow
Diana Ross and the Supremes - Some things you never get used to
Roy Ayers  -We live in Brooklyn baby

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Wellington's Death Ray Records facing closure

Via "A Wellington record store has put out a desperate plea for secondhand vinyl in an effort to stay afloat.

Death Ray Records in Newtown has been stung by a ballooning tax bill, competition from online sellers, and low stock volumes.

Now owner Apa Hutt fears he may not make it through Christmas unless people bring in used vinyl as trades, for sale, or as donations.

Death Ray Records owner Apa Hutt fears he may have to shut up shop if he can't get more secondhand records in the Newtown vinyl emporium.

"It's all up in the air," he said. "This is a really important cultural hub for Newtown, but it could close and that will be a really difficult decision to make."

The latest from Death Ray's Facebook page says " What a week. Real damn busy. Boss man say's he's very humbled by the way everyone has supported the shop. People buying records or bringing their old records in and not to forget all the people online through social media or people who have come in to wish the store good luck for the future.

So many of you people want to help. It's been amazing! He also says liberate your collection of all the records you don't listen to anymore and bring them in for donation, trade or even some cash." 

If you can get down there and help them out, please do.