Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Misha Panfilov Sound Combo -Space jogging 45 drops

From Detroit label Funk Night Records, brand new 45 featuring some super groovy, spaced out modern funk from Estonia. This is freaking awesome.

Here's the flip...

Some background on Funk Night Records, via the ever knowledgeable Fleamarket Funk...

"...FNR’s DIY attitude has attracted artists from the world over, and honcho Frank Raines continues to innovate and bring quality records to the masses. This without even having a website. In the past it was social media and word of mouth. Fear not people, there is finally a FNR web store where you can load up on the massive amount of 45s (until they are all gone) that you don’t have.

... If you’re not up on Funk Night Records, you are now. Frank has been doing it for years. His formula is simple: put out good music. Repeat. If you love funk music, then there is no reason to not love Funk Night Records. These are the 45s that will be scarce in years to come and coveted by collectors. "

Best place to cop their 45s is Listen to more of their 45s on their Youtube channel.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, July 23

Saun and Starr - Blah blah blah blah
The Magic Tones -Together we shall overcome
The Ringleaders - Grin and bare it
Otis Redding - Loving by the pound
Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes -Wake up everybody
Mandrill - Feeling good (Theo Parrish re-edit)
Roy Ayers - Get on up, get on down
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Love like this (45 edit)
Juhani - Angular scoop
Gene Dudley group -Tiger jaw (Wrongtom dub)
Katrina Blackstone w DJ Vadim - Breath slow
Half Pint - One big ghetto
Dele Sosimi - Dance together (radio dub by Prince Fatty and Nostalgia 77)
Y-Bayani and his Band of Enlightenment, Reason and Love - Get away
Isaac Hayes - Walk on by
James Brown - Funky President (people it's bad)
Fred Wesley and the JBs - Watermelon man
United 8 - Getting uptown (to get down)
Vera Hamilton - But I ain't no more (GSTSKDTS)
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Who is she and what is she to you
Stovall Sisters - Hang on in there
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band - Different strokes
Willie Johnson - Lay it on me
El Michels Affair feat The Shacks - No surprise
Primal Scream - Higher than the sun
Joe Cruz - Black widow
Magic circle express - Magic fever
Cedric Im Brooks - Blackness of darkness
Lee Fields and the Expressions - Ladies
Tyra and the Tornadoes - Hui hui
DLT feat Che Fu - Chains (unreleased mix)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Aaradhna talks about her new album, out July 22

"For her new album Brown Girl, Aaradhna has collaborated with Truth and Soul, the Brooklyn-based label and production team responsible for records from Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Lee Fields and The Expressions.

Here in the RNZ studio with Sam Wicks, she talks through the experiences that shaped her soul-searching new set."

Video interview above is 8mins. Listen to the full interview (19mins) at Radio NZ

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, July 16

Keni Burke - Rising to the top (Aliooft edit)
Charles Bradley - You think I don't know (but I know)
Breakdown brass - Nautilus (hijacked)
Chico Hamilton - El Toro (Mark de Clive Lowe remix)
Archie Shepp - Attica blues (Chief Xcel remix)
Jerry Butler - Hey Western Union man
Durand Jones and the Indications - Smile
Gene Washington and the Ironsides - Got to get through to you
Penny and the Quarters - You and me
Big Maybelle - One monkey don't stop no show
Arthur Griswold and his Organics - Pretty Mama blues
Littler Esther - Hound dog
Screaming Jay Hawkins - I put a spell on you (unissued version)
Billy Preston - Advice
Soul scratch - Pacified
Chaka Khan - Fate (Todd Terje edit)
T Connection - Do what you wanna do
Dillard and Boyce - Back on the block
Peter Brown - You should do it
Grace Jones - She's lost control (long version)
Heptones - Give me the right
Nelly Furtado  -Turn out the light (reggae mix)
Beyonce - Ring the alarm (Tranzformas remix)
Tenor Saw -Ring the alarm
Lennie Hibbert - Real hot
Johnny Osbourne (Kenny Dope remix)
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Jungle fever
Shateish - I'm leaving
The Tibbs - Next time
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - I'm still here
Faze-O - Riding high
Labelle - Moon shadow
Team dynamite feat Che Fu - Coconut lime

The Frightnrs - new single

Midway thru last year our own Lord Echo took off for a work trip to New York - he'd been hired as extra guitar firepower by producer Victor Axelrod, for an album he was producing for NYC reggae/rocksteady outfit The Frightnrs at Daptone Studio. The fruits of those labours will be out very soon (Sept 2), but sadly, the band's singer Dan Klein won't get to see it.

The Frightnrs previous output includes a debut EP in 2012, and more recently releasing an EP in 2015 on Diplo's Mad Decent label, and a great lilting reggae cover of I'd Rather Go Blind by Etta James, their Daptone debut.

From Brooklyn Vegan: "Earlier this year, there was a benefit show in Brooklyn for Dan Klein, frontman of Daptone-signed Queens band The Frightnrs, who was battling A.L.S. (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease.) Dan sadly passed away at age 33 in June. A NY Times profile offered more details:

On June 8, a weakened Mr. Klein begged his family to help him attend a show by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings in Prospect Park. Excited by the gig, he texted friends, including Mr. Roth, who had performed with Ms. Jones. “That horn fugue was wicked,” he wrote to Mr. Roth at 12:30 a.m.

Later that morning, Mr. Klein died in his sleep.

Twelve days later, the surviving band members gathered at Daptone’s offices, deeply shaken but determined. “Dan said a couple of times: ‘Please do not stop. We can’t let this go to waste,’” Preet Patel said.

Mr. Terrana said that Mr. Klein drew on his dark wit for strength to the end. “He said: ‘Please use my death to your advantage. I’m not going out without a bang,’” Mr. Terrana recalled.

The surviving members plan to continue their mission to explore styles beyond rock steady, perhaps with revolving singers. When the album arrives, they say they will go through the awkward process of promoting it, though they’re unsure when they will perform again, or how they will bill themselves. “It may be ‘the Frightnrs featuring … (a singer),’” Preet Patel said.

That album has since been announced. It’s called Nothing More To Say, and it’s due out on September 2 via Daptone. You can listen to the reggae-tinged title track below.

As that NY Times article points out, Dan’s death sadly isn’t the only tragedy The Frightnrs are dealing with. Preet and Chuck Patel’s father Naishadh was recently struck by two cars while trying to cross Route 80 in NJ and was killed. “He bled to death in front of our mother,” Preet Patel told the NY Times.

That Times piece also has the final interview with Dan Klein. You can read the whole thing here.
From Daptone: "The Frightnrs escort Daptone into the world of long-playing reggae with both the sweetest and the roughest record of the decade.

Crafted under the meticulous eye of black-belt reggae mastermind/producer Victor Axelrod (AKA Ticklah), Nothing More to Say is a rocksteady masterpiece the likes of which has not reared it’s head since the golden era of Studio One.

However, you’ll find no imitation here - none of the faux-Jamaican cliches of lesser reggae bands. Like all things Daptone, this record is above all soulful and honest. 

With the exception of two soul covers (both from the Daptone catalog: Bob & Gene’s "Gotta Find a Way” and Saun and Starr’s “Gonna Make Time”,) the record is populated by original compositions of the highest order. They are simply great songs, and though their treatment here is masterful, each one of them has the melodic and lyrical substance to hold it’s own in any genre."

Friday, July 15, 2016

Miss Sharon Jones

Miss Sharon Jones movie poster

The documentary Miss Sharon Jones hits our shores this month, screening at the Intl Film Festival. The movie's soundtrack features a selection of recordings from the illustrious career of Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, plus a new track, I'm Still Here, listen below.

Via Spin: "“I’m Still Here” is a powerful anthem of survival, referencing Jones’ childhood in segregation-era New York City, her former job at Rikers Island, and pre-fame years spent performing in barrooms. The documentary, directed by Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, chronicles Jones’ 2013 cancer diagnosis and the 2014 release of her album Give the People What They Want. Jones continues to fight the disease: She announced last year that her cancer had returned."

Soundtrack out August 19, and the new track is available now, on iTunes.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2016’s mid-year top 10 selling vinyl albums (in the US)

Latest wax facts from the vinyl revival...

" ...The bright spot in the album sales picture continues to be vinyl LP sales, as the format grew 11.5 percent in the first half of the year, selling 6.2 million copies. That’s up from 5.6 million in the first half of 2015."

1. David Bowie, Blackstar (57,000)
2. Adele, 25 (36,000)
3. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface (31,000)
4. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black (27,000)
5. Bob Marley & The Wailers, Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers (23,000)
6. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly (22,000)
7. The Beatles, Abbey Road (21,000)
8. Twenty One Pilots, Vessel (20,000)
9. Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (19,000)
10. The Lumineers, Cleopatra (19,000)

Source: Billboard

From Forbes: "As has been the case for a few years now, the one format that has experienced growth in 2016 is vinyl, which grew a whopping 17.3% over the same time period in 2015. That’s a large jump percentage-wise, but sadly it only reflects a growth of about 400,000 albums."

Crate digging tips from Red Greg

Mix from Red Greg, with a cool interview (hat tip to Chris Cox).... check his digging tips...

Do you have any particular digging tips you'd like to share with us?

1. Never walk past a place that sells records.

2. If you discover something good, buy all the cheap copies you can. Good records only increase in value, and they can be very handy for trades.

3. Don't get obsessed with expensive or in-demand records. Not only is everyone else chasing them but there are plenty of better records out there for a fraction of the price.

4. Take risks. If something is telling you to buy a record, don't hesitate. You can always sell it.

5. Never judge a record by its cover.

6. Be patient and keep quiet. Posting a record you want on social media or in a record sales group with like minded people can push up Discogs wants from 20 to 200 in a few days. You may as well put yourself at the back of the queue.

7. Make a mental note of musicians, producers, labels you like.

8. Have a quick flick through other genres of music when out digging. Records always get misplaced, usually by other diggers on purpose because they've run low on cash.

9. Build up trust with dealers and they will look after you.

10. Most of all, just buy records you love, especially if digging to DJ. Have your own sound, there are enough records out there.

Related: Peanutbutter Wolf talks about crate digging

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Y-Bayani - Get Away single out

Grooving rocksteady reggae cut that makes me wish it was summer downunder right now...

"The seventh 45 from renowned German label Philophon – founded by Max Weissenfeldt (Whitefield Brothers / Poets of Rhythm) – comes from Ghanian artist Y-Bayani.

Y-Bayani is Ghana's uprising Fanti-reggae artist. He was discovered by Philophon in Ebo Taylor's hometown Saltpond, where he survived as a clock doctor. With his song “Asembi Ara Amba” he was featured on the highly acclaimed debut album “Invisible Joy” by the Polyversal Souls. The success of that song opened the door for his first release under his own sonorous name: Y-Bayani.

“Get Away” has a swinging up-tempo beat with a bouncy bassline and a haunting vocal performance riding on top. “Obar No Ni”, on the other hand, brings you back down with a slowly driving rub-a-dub beat. Both tunes were produced by Max Weissenfeldt and Stibbo Spitzm├╝ller at Berlin's Joy Sound Studios."

Out now on 7"/digital. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Shanti D meets King Dynamite

Some cool roots digital business from ex Welli cat now based on the east coast...

The Tibbs - Dog Days video

From Record Kicks, off the groovy debut album from Dutch outfit The Tibbs:

"The Tibbs releases the music video from the album "Takin' Over" for the new single Dog Days. The video directed by Dutch collective The Flying Ducthmen, features lovely Tibbs's singer Elsa Bekman going around Amsterdam in a Audrey Hepburn mood.

"Dog Days" is the second single from the Tibbs debut album "Takin' Over" that came out in May 2016 on Record Kicks.

Based around Amsterdam and founded by a bunch of northern-soul and funk disciples, The Tibbs started in 2012 taking inspiration from the golden age of Soul Music. In 2014 they self-released a demo EP and they also released a 45 vinyl on German funk label Tramp Records.

After a few exciting years turning heads and spreading soul tunes all around the country - including appearances at the legendary North Sea Jazz Club and a live performances at national Radio 6 and Radio 2 - The Tibbs finally released their debut album on Record Kicks on May 2016. 

Produced by Paul Willemsen (Lefties Soul Connection), recorded at the Electric Monkey Studio in Amsterdam using only vintage gear and mastered in Nashville by soul veteran Bob Ohlsson (the guy who took care of mastering for many Motown hits) Takin' Over is a hell of a debut album."

Bad Bad Not Good newie out now

The latest album by Canadian outfit Bad Bad Not Good dropped last week, this video clip is a cool out take that didn't make the album, but is well fruity.

Innovative Lesiure say : "BADBADBADNOTGOOD is the talented young quartet of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, Alex Sowinski on drums & Leland Whitty on saxophone. They formed and became inseparable friends at Humber College’s Music Performance program in 2011 and have been on a critically acclaimed, rule bending musical journey ever since. BBNG took the music world by storm with their 2014 LP, III, a brash yet refined record of angular jazz improvisations, lush ballads, kraut rock, & futuristic hip-hop tinged rhythms which led to a couple years of touring the world & collaborating with some of the best and brightest artists around the globe

The boys are back with the new album IV, their most impressive and highly anticipated project yet. IV continues their forward thinking progression, sounding something like a jam session in space between Can, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Weather Report, Arthur Russell & MF DOOM."

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, July 9

Philadephia allstars  -Let's clean up the ghetto (Mr K edit)
Luther Vandross - The rush (Karim edit)
Cameo - Rigor mortis
Eddie Owen - Shake off that dream
The Demures - Raining teardrops
The Flirtations -Nothing but a heartache
David and Reuben  - I love her so much it hurts me
Bobby Womack - Find me somebody
Barbara Lynn - Take your love and run
Marvin Gaye - Inner city blues
Curtis Mayfield  - We got to have peace
Staple singers - We the people
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd st rhythm band - Express yourself (alternate version)
Cold blood - Kissing my love
Morgan Clarke - Haka boogie
Maori HiFive - Poi Poi Twist
Bongmaster - Brothers and sisters
Shogun Orchestra - Leogane
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Bacao  suave
Steel an skin - Afro punk reggae dub
Cos Ber Zam - Ne noya (Daphni mix)
Sly & Robbie - Boops
Johnny Osbourne - Budy bye
Jackie Mittoo - Ska shuffle
Junk - 99c strut
George Kranz - Din daa daa

Friday, July 08, 2016

Gene Dudley Group - Zambidoose remixed

Zambidoose Remixed cover art

"Wah Wah 45s' summer of dub gets into full swing with this foot- friendly 12-inch package from The Gene Dudley Group, remixed by a trio of our favourite producers on the planet. Out July 22nd.

First up, Russian man-of-the-moment Alexander Lay-Far re-moulds brassy tropical jam, Do The Cookie Dough Throw, for the discerning modern dance floor. Lay-Far delivers the kind of trademark beats that have helped him become one of the most sought after DJs and producers on the planet, whilst keeping the dub feel that runs throughout this release.

Then its time for the man like WrongTom to step up to the plate. No stranger to Wah Wah 45s, and a prolific recording artist for Tru Thoughts Records where he delivers reggae and dub outings with a plethora of collaborations including Deemas J and The Ragga Twins, Tom comes through here with a classy digital dub version of Gene Dudley's laid back slice of Island soul, Tiger Jaw.

Last, but certainly not least, BJ Smith (one half of the legendary Smith & Mudd) takes mid-tempo funk nugget Jackpot, featuring the vocals of Miss Anne Frankenstein, and flips it on its head! His re-work is nothing shot of an epic Balearic masterpiece - perfect for both those sunrise and sunset moments on the beach this summer!

The original versions of all of these tracks can be found on The Gene Dudley Group's sophomore LP, Zambidoose - and don't forget to look out for Gene's live band at a festival near you soon.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

News single, video from Marta Ren & The Groovelvets

From Record Kicks: "Release me" is the second single from Marta Ren's heavily acclaimed debut LP "Stop, Look Listen" that came out on February 2016 on Record Kicks. The single comes together with a new spectacular video shot by diector Marco Oliveira at Oporto Psychiatric Hospital..."