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WEEK STARTING 30 Mar

Genre pick of the week Cover of Highlife On The Move - Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings From London & Lagos 1954-66 by Various Artists.
In conjunction with compiler and highlife researcher Dr. Markus Coester, Soundway Records present a very special release. Double CD and triple 180g gatefold vinyl (with a bonus 7 inch). This 45 includes the two first ever recordings by a certain Fela Ransome Kuti with his band The Highlife Rakers. Recorded by Melodisc in London in 1960 both tracks have been unearthed after more than fifty years in hiding.

In many ways this compilation is a prequel of sorts to Soundway's groundbreaking Nigeria and Ghana Special compilations, telling the early story of modern highlife's foundation and formulation. It traces the music from West Africa to London, adding elements of jazz, mambo and calypso along the way and paving the way for the afro sounds of the 1970s.

Accompanied by a 44 page CD booklet and 12 page vinyl booklet, the notes by Dr. Coester include rare photographs, labels and advert reproductions alongside some stunning and very rare recordings.


FORMAT INFORMATION

3xLP Info: Includes bonus 7" single.

Moscow B-boy, vinyl freak, DJ killer and production maestro Lay-Far returns to Basic Fingers with his second EP of secret weapons primed for club destruction! Up first, Lay-Far gets deep into the pocket with a raucous and percussive edit of Hamilton Bohannon's  "Me & The Gang". Rather than working with the loopy piano part much loved by Paul Johnson, Lay-Far goes to town on the stripped back break, extending and expanding it into a hypnotic groove interrupted by wailing snippets of Caroline Crawford's vocal. Dope! Next up, Alexander (for that is his real name) gets smooth and summery with a lively rework of Pete And Sheila Escovedo's cover version of Billy Cobham's "Bolinas". The vocals drift in over the jazzy instrumentation like a refreshing sea breeze as Lay-Far seduces us with the perfect summer jam. Flip the disc for a full hit of the phonk as Pleasure's "Bouncy Lady" gets shot through the Lay-Far disco blender and reassembled on the other end as a boisterous block party banger packed to the rafters with percussive punch and bright brass. If we're seeking out summer shimmer, then what could light up the room more than a wide dubwise smile courtesy of Mad Professor, reworked by Lay-Far into an sweet reggae disco ting! All hail the mighty Muscovite!

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Look Around - 180g Vinyl Edition

For most of the second half of '60s, Sérgio Mendes was the top-selling Brazilian artist in the United States. 'Look Around' is his third studio album with Brasil '66, released in 1968.

Sérgio Mendes delved further into Brazil, and out came a gorgeous record of Brasil '66 at the peak of its form. Performance credits goes to Lani Hall (vocals), João Palma (drums), John Pisano (Guitar), José Soares (percussion, vocals), and Janis Hansen (vocals). The tune "The Look Of Love" was performed on the Academy Awards in 1968. The public response was huge, a single was released, and it become number four on the pop charts. Mendes also included "With a Little Help From My Friends" from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper LP.

'Look Around' was placed second in the Jazz Album Chart in 1968. The album was, and is still a gold mine. This essential Latin Jazz record is finally available on 180 gram audiophile vinyl!

Piccadilly Records

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    The latest Piccadilly Records T-Shirt featuring our new logo, complete with snazzy 'PICCADILLYRECORDS.COM - MANCHESTER' sleeve print.

    Printed on a Gildan Softstyle Adult Ringspun heather navy T-Shirt.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    L Info: To fit chest size 42/44".

    M Info: To fit chest size 38/40".

    S Info: To fit chest size 34/36".

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    Fresh imprint Seagull spreads its wings and soars into your collection with Herman Prime's stunning ode to the generative powers of spring, "Maajo". Paying homage to Nigerian music, Prime borrows a vocal refrain from juju master King 'Sunny' Ade's "Synchro System" LP and places it at the heart of his deep and emotive house track. Thick kick drums and a sub bass groove flow out of those spiritual vocals, while the hypnotic Rhodes melody harkens back to early minimal electronic pioneers such as Manuel Göttsching. The result is a lush and immersive journey through the aquatic depths of the dancefloor. The B-side, “Maajo (Take Four)”, is a track of its own, a mutant revision of the emotional original. This version is not just a slightly altered copy but an electronic dub that takes the original to a completely different direction. Talking drums and a polyrhythm structure maintain the dreamy, Nigerian feel, but the dystopic, detuned synths have the scent of an underground techno bunker. Seagull Records is a spin-off from disco rework factory Kojak Giant Sounds and Herman Prime's “Maajo” is the perfect choice for an inaugural release.

    Another on point project from Berlin's creative record store hub OYE! Following a sun soaked day on a trip to Tel Aviv, OYE counter culturist Delfonic wandered into an intriguing spot called Kuli Alma. Coincidentally Berlin based Tel Avivian Moscoman was playing at the club that very afternoon. Call it fate, call it afternoon drinking, call it sun stroke - whatever the reason, after a mind-blowing track dropped, he asked Moscoman about its origin, and not so long after, Disco Halal was born. This fresh label dedicated to Middle eastern and Oriental sounds, is gonna hit us with a string of originals and edits from artists such as Acid Arab, Memhet Aslan, Red Axes, Naduve, Autarkic and Moscoman himself, so make room in your collection! Volume 1 features a trio of edits alive with those hypnotic and psychedelic touches which are so central to middle eastern music. Acid Arab kick us off with the blistering electro-tech and 303 sequences of "Le Gaz Qui Fait Rire", a mindbending collision of tradional folk violins and vocals with all out club filth! On the flip Autrakic calms things down a little with the bordeline Balearic dub of "Palgey", a lilting lullaby with a touch of synth strings which could only come from the coast of North Africa. Last but not least, Mehmet Aslan drops "Yasadim", a beefed up house rework of a traditional Turkrock groove which balances a thumping bottom end with the high register strumming of the Baglama Saz. Exotic, inventive and addictive, Disco Halal looks set to make an instant impression on the dance music world.

    The first volume of Glitterbeat's new series of releases: Hidden Musics.

    Each Hidden Musics release will feature un-mediated "field" recordings of lesser-known global music traditions.

    "Hanoi Masters: War is a Wound, Peace is Scar" is a haunting audio document recorded in the summer of 2014 by Grammy-award winning producer Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Malawi Mouse Boys, The Good Ones). The sepia-tinged songs are sung and played live and direct by elderly Vietnamese musicians using half-forgotten traditional instruments. These musicians all have deep personal connections to the upheavals of the Vietnam War and the album's mesmerizing mood navigates the blurred line between raw beauty and muted sadness. 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, a war these Hanoi musicians still call the "American War", the wounds and scars of that era are ever-present. "Hanoi Masters" is an album of cautious healing and an unforgettable meditation on conflict, resistance, collective memory, and the longing for what has been lost.

    ‘Shapes: Wires’ is the latest in Tru Thoughts’ series of essential label compilations put together by A&R and co-owner Robert Luis. Encompassing the best of the Brighton based label’s eclectic and international current roster, as well as some classic cuts and an exclusive track for good measure, this great collection of music is out on double CD or double LP (with full 30 track download code).

    Having celebrated 15 years of independent success in 2014, Tru Thoughts is riding high with flagship artists like Quantic, Alice Russell, The Hot 8 Brass Band, Nostalgia 77 and Hidden Orchestra – and UK legends like Ty and Zed Bias - being joined by a powerful new wave of talent, pushing the boundaries of diversity and quality yet further. Cutting edge electronic explorations and thundering bass and dub sit alongside spine-tingling soul and folkloric fusion through to dexterous hip hop, not to mention combinations of all the above and more.

    New acts showcased on “Shapes: Wires” include the luminescent hip hop-rooted instrumental sound of Melbourne based Scot Jonny Faith, whose first album ‘Sundial’ is out in February, and Brighton based Bristolian J-Felix with the sweet and energetic P-funk synth stylings of his new “101 Reasons” EP.

    Other future stars include Werkha, the Gilles Peterson-championed producer and multi-instrumentalist from Manchester, whose imminent full-length debut is eagerly awaited following the 2014 “Beacons” EP; the forward-thinking, beat driven compositions and gripping vocals of female fronted San Francisco seven-piece The Seshen; and LA’s Lost Midas who attracted acclaim including Guardian Guide Single of the Week and BBC 6Music Album of the Day for his pop-inflected melodies and adventurous beats. Ghost Writerz are blazing a trail for Sharp And Ready, the new platform for Sound System Culture on Tru Thoughts, with heavy support across BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and Bang FM to name a few; Titeknots’ celebrated genre-blending take on house music has been infiltrating clubs the world over; and of course young soulstress Harleighblu continues to carve out a niche for her inimitable voice and charisma.

    “Medicine Chest Dub”, the BBC 6Music Playlisted single by Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77, is one of the biggest hitting tunes of recent months for the label, and it naturally takes its place here; as does the Werkha Remix of Quantic’s Muevelo Negro feat. Nidia Góngora which has brought a new spin on Quantic’s massively acclaimed and popular ‘Magnetica’ album. And this collection would not be complete without the version of Alice Russell’s “Breakdown” featuring vocals from the legendary Darondo (RIP), which is not only a timeless cut but also found its way into hearts and minds the world over when it was chosen to soundtrack AMC’s Mad Men Season 7 trailer.

    In addition to the aforementioned and many other core Tru Thoughts tunes, acclaimed producer Si Tew joins the fold with a new and exclusive track, “Crocodile”, snapped up (geddit!) especially for this compilation. 



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