Friday, 26 May 2017

Tony Allen & Afrobeat 2000 - NEPA (Don Dayglow Remix)

More Afrobeat meets Disco here as the devilishly handsome and charismatic Don Dayglow reimagines Tony Allen's 1984 jam NEPA Dance Dub

Free Download too!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Benjamin Ball - I Just Keep Dancing (Soul Clap Edit)

You may recall we previously featured the wonderful Boogie Breakdown -South African Disco 1980 to 1984 compilation a year or so... well, the folks at Cultures of Soul have enlisted the heavyweight prowess of the esteemed Soul Clap crew to remix a track from the aforementioned compilation... and quite a job they've done too. Accompanying the original by Benjamin Ball, this is a 12" that will have the discerning dancefloor on fire from Soul Clap's resident New York to the furthest corner of the globe (I'll be spinning it in Abu Dhabi, that's for sure)

Licensed directly from the artist and housed in a custom disco sleeve this edit won't be available anywhere else. 
Coming out on June 9th pre-order here. 

Tramp Precords - Praise Poems Vol. 5

The ridiculously consistent Tramp Records return with the 5th instalment in their Praise Poems series

True to form, we're presented with a delicious collection of deep, soulful jazz with traces of funk, gospel, blue-eyed soul and blues in varying measure. 

Release date:9 June 2017
Genre:Soul / Funk / Reissue
Label:Tramp Records
Format(s):2LP / CD / DIGITAL
Cat #:TR9066

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Ambassa feat Nichola Richards - Ride The Samples

“Ride The Samples” is a project that pays tribute to some of the original songs that - thanks to sampling - later became the building blocks of world-famous hip-hop classics.

Following up the sold-out success of the two previous singles released on 7’’ vinyl, “Ride The Samples” is Wakeditown’s first-ever LP. Produced entirely by Italian-born bass player and producer Matia ‘Ambassa’ Gobbo, it features London-born soul singer Nichola Richards on vocals throughout. The combination of an early-80s reggae style on the production and a sweet, soul-infused style of singing makes ‘Ride The Samples’ truly unique. Italian dubmaster Paolo ‘Dubfiles’ Baldini, perfectly completes the sound with his dub-flavoured distinctive mixing style.

“Ride The Samples” is our approach to preserving the mix of these genres, celebrating the original soul samples on which world-famous hip-hop classics are based.

Release date: 2 June 2017
Genre: Reggae / Dub / Soul
Label: Wakeditown Records
Format(s): LP / DIGI
Cat #: WDT0004

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The Impellers - As Sampled By (Final LP!)

The Impellers - As Sampled By

So my old mates The Impellers are hanging up their collective boots, at least as The Impellers. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of them individually, but the band have put together a fine, final folio of funk.
Doing what they do best as a live act, they've brought the funk to a well-chosen array of funk and soul as sampled by the creme de la creme of Hip-Hop and Beats, performed live and consecutively, in the style of a DJ mix. As if the LP title didn't give that away.

Farewell, The Impellers, it's been a blast!

Here's what they have to say about it all:  

At long last, here's the 2 x 180g vinyl edition of the final album by The Impellers.

With exclusive hand-drawn art from Jamie Groovement and design by Rob Crespo, we're really excited about how good this record looks. And it sounds pretty decent too.

44 classic breaks, as sampled by the pioneers of hip hop and drum n bass, played and mixed live by a 12 piece powerhouse heavy funk band. 

Played live, but mixed as if by a DJ, this album features versions of breaks sampled by the likes of De La Soul, Eminem, Dre, Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy, N.W.A, Kendrick, Run DMC, The Beasties, J5, Big Daddy Kane, ATCQ, The Prodigy, DJ Shadow and Goldie (and just about every DnB producer that ever lived). 

Heavy funk, soul and breaks band The Impellers have been killing dancefloors across Europe with this material for the past 5 years but now you can check it for yourself on record for the first time.

The first 50 copies sold will come with a free vinyl copy of The Impellers' 3rd album, My Certainty

As Sampled By - credits:

Music performed by The Impellers 
Mixed by Chris Evans-Roberts at Ithaca Audio 
Recorded at Yellow Fish Studios 
Mastered by Nick Lewis at Brighton Mastering 
Hand-drawn art by Jamie Groovement 
Design by Rob Crespo

The Impellers are:
Glenn Fallows - Guitar, Piano, Organ
Clair Fallows - Lead vocal
Ed Breaker - Bass
Tom Henderson - Drums
Barry Lalanne - Guitar
Joel Essex - Percussion
Darren Smith - Tenor Sax
Chris Evans-Robert - Alto Sax
Mark Yexley - Trumpet
Emma Black - Baritone Sax

Monsalve Y Los Forajidos - Abeja (Olindo Records)

Afro-Latin vibes from Paris on Lindo Records

Olindo Records is born in London from the music obsessives behind Colectivo Futuro, a cultural node where art forms and people converge. The collective is formed by a group of DJs, graphic designers, and artists who are committed to showcasing and collaborating with individuals and collectives that carry a passionate approach and a common aesthetic.

The label’s first release comes from the Paris-based septet Monsalve Y Los Forajidos, led by Venezuelan bassist Raul Monsalve, the band is an amalgamation of sounds and influences that revolve around traditional afro-latin styles of music with a heavy dose of psychedelia and funk. Both tracks originally appeared on the band’s self-released Volumen Dos album, but are presented here in vinyl for the first time.

The cuts presented here are only a small example of the music championed by the label’s founders on their Boom Music show for Music Is My Sanctuary

With Olindo Records, they hope to cover a wide variety of music for and from the soul.

V.A - Virtue Recording Studio (Tramp)

Brand new on Tramp... Out May 5th in all good stores

Frank Virtue built his first studio, Virtue Recording Lab, in the basement of his Philadelphia home at 8500 Fayette Street. It was here that his trio The Virtues recorded their hit arrangement “Guitar Boogie Shuffle”. The tune reached No.3 on the U.S. Billboard Chart and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Soon after, Virtue disbanded the group and devoted himself to studio work full time. In 1962 he used the revenue from “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” to finance the opening of Virtue Recording Studios at 1618 North Broad Street.

In the late 1960’s the studio was home to Dyno Dynamic Productions, who released smash records like Eddie Holman’s “Hey There Lonely Girl” and the Volcano’s “Boogaloo Down Broadway”. Virtue Recording Studio offered a package deal allowing artists to pay a flat fee of $300-$500 for the recording of two songs. What resulted were some of the most prized garage and soul 45s, sought after for their unusual, low fidelity sound.

This release includes music legitimately licensed on CD/digital for the first time. Unseen photographs and detailed liner notes can be found in the 12-page CD booklet and the vinyl LP.