MAGIC MIX

funk . soul . jazz . nu-jazz

WEEK STARTING 21 Apr

Genre pick of the week Cover of Food - Vinyl Edition by Kelis.
Kelis describes her sixth album as “a kind of unspoken lovefest”, involving two unlikely partners.

On the one hand, there is Kelis Rogers, who first came to prominence singing the hook of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s 1999 hit "Got Your Money". This was the visually and sonically compelling 20 year-old whose debut album Kaleidoscope helped usher in the wave of sharp, thrillingly futuristic R&B that dominated the charts in the early Noughties, as exemplified by her global hit, "Milkshake".

On the other there is Dave Sitek, guitarist in acclaimed Brooklyn experimentalists TV On The Radio and producer to a certain kind of smart, indie band (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foals and Liars to name a few).

Food is a startling combination of Kelis’ most frank and vulnerable vocals to date, and Sitek's inimitable sonic imprint. Littered with transcendent, Spector-esque lift, warm bottom ends and vast depth, the music is the perfect backdrop for Kelis’ unique voice. The latter has only improved with time and experience, and the album candidly explores pain, happiness and everything in between.

Recorded at Sitek’s house in LA (and entirely produced by him), Kelis’ new album, Food, mints a sound that’s rootsy without ever being self-consciously retro, that pitches live horns and gospel organ against electronics, that for all its classic soul and funk influences, couldn’t have been made any time but now.


Stanton Davis And The Ghetto Mysticism Band

Isis Voyage: Unreleased Music & Alternative Mixes From The Brighter Days Sessions

The original spacey jazz-funk sound of the Brighter Days album by Stanton Davis' Ghetto Mysticism Band has been championed by everyone from Gilles Peterson to Andrew Mason of Wax Poetics to hip hop producer and rapper Madlib. Isis Voyage is a collection of unreleased music and alternative mixes from the Brighter Days sessions. Many of the tracks on Brighter Days were shortened to be more accessible to the listening public. Isis Voyage contains the original, longer versions of many of these songs including "High Jazz" and "High Jazz Reprise." Back in October 2012 Stanton Davis and Cultures of Soul Records' label head, Deano Sounds, went into the studio to mix down tracks from the original multitrack reel to reel tapes. Two unreleased tracks, "Odwalla" and the title track "Isis Voyage," were among the material discovered while mixing down the music. Also included are extended instrumental versions of "Things Cannot Stop Forever" and "Funky Fried Tofu." Bonus tracks include remixes of "Things Cannot Stop Forever" and "High Jazz" by UK disco remix expert Al Kent.

Essex Rascals make a seamless segue from podcast (Wayback Wednesdays) to wax with this bumpin' five tracker of peaking edits. This edible-looking orange vinyl 12" (the perfect colour to match the Alphabetti Spaghetti centre label), gets off on the good foot with "My Life",  a pre-disco dancefloor soul number so peaking it could have been a Sneak B-side. Driving rhythm, live playing, enthusiastic vocals - uplifting or what!? "Lovin' Music" is a speeding disco / jazz-funk cover of the O'Jays "I Love Music" with a female vocal and frantic playing. It's soulful and super extended so you can whack it on from start to finish and pull a Theo on those EQs. "Autumnal Soul" chops, loops and soups up the raw and raucous psychedelic soul of The Crow's "Your Autumn Of Tomorrow" letting loose on those passionate vocals and hot horns. "Break Out" is a, wait for it, break heavy rework of a fierce instrumental of "Reach Out, I'll Be There", with plenty of rough and tumble between the simmering soul of the chorus. "I'm Coming" closes the EP out in extended, expressive, wigged out Northern Soul fashion with an almighty rework of a Wigan Casino classic by Lou Pride which has last tune written all over it. The Rascals loop the intro and verses, expertly building the tension before letting loose with that mighty emotional chorus. Massive, massive rework on an exceptional debut.


FORMAT INFORMATION

12" Info: Limited to 150 copies worldwide. Pressed on orange vinyl.

Kelis

Food - Deluxe 2xCD Edition

Kelis describes her sixth album as “a kind of unspoken lovefest”, involving two unlikely partners.

On the one hand, there is Kelis Rogers, who first came to prominence singing the hook of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s 1999 hit "Got Your Money". This was the visually and sonically compelling 20 year-old whose debut album Kaleidoscope helped usher in the wave of sharp, thrillingly futuristic R&B that dominated the charts in the early Noughties, as exemplified by her global hit, "Milkshake".

On the other there is Dave Sitek, guitarist in acclaimed Brooklyn experimentalists TV On The Radio and producer to a certain kind of smart, indie band (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foals and Liars to name a few).

Food is a startling combination of Kelis’ most frank and vulnerable vocals to date, and Sitek's inimitable sonic imprint. Littered with transcendent, Spector-esque lift, warm bottom ends and vast depth, the music is the perfect backdrop for Kelis’ unique voice. The latter has only improved with time and experience, and the album candidly explores pain, happiness and everything in between.

Recorded at Sitek’s house in LA (and entirely produced by him), Kelis’ new album, Food, mints a sound that’s rootsy without ever being self-consciously retro, that pitches live horns and gospel organ against electronics, that for all its classic soul and funk influences, couldn’t have been made any time but now.


FORMAT INFORMATION

2xCD Info: Deluxe double CD featuring alternate artwork, a bonus CD of remixes by Mount Kimbie, Breach, Ben Pearce, Actress, Machinedrum, Will Saul and more, and a 20
page booklet.

"We need bands like Led Bib to make the world safe for dangerous music." - Observer Music Monthly

Mercury Prize-nominated, UK electric jazz group LED BIB greet 2014 - their 10th anniversary - with two new releases.

The People In Your Neighbourhood is the group's sixth studio album, continues their avant-jazz/euphoric-rock explosions that have gained them worldwide notice. The album was recorded under the watchful eye of Grammy winning engineer Richard Woodcraft (Radiohead, Neil Young).

The band experienced widespread acclaim following the release of their 4th album Sensible Shoes when it was announced as an Album of the Year in the Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The ensuing media storm saw them reach in excess of 20 million people as they performed on TV & Radio sessions throughout the UK.

The band has performed at festivals and venues all over England and Europe and is continuing to do so throughout 2014.

Moniquea

A Certain Way / I Don't Wanna Get Used To It

Evoking memories of iconic groups like Mtume, SOS Band, and Midnight Star, this single is the next step in a new direction for Moniquea, one which is fueled by a revamped version of the classic 1980's boogie funk sound. A-side cut "A Certain Way" sounds like it's been lifted straight out of 1984 with its crisp drum machine rhythm and squelching boogie bass. Added to that Moniquea is a strong vocalist, and the actual song is really catchy as well. So far, so top dollar, and "I Don't Wanna Get Used To It" makes it an all winner, no filler 45,  channeling the spirit of Zapp, Cameo, Jam & Lewis and Janet Jackson for some electro-funkin' grooves. The hard-hitting claps and crisp, chunky synth lines that back Moniquea's silky lead vocals and hard-edged vibrato. Without a doubt the best release yet from the nu-boogie scene.


Various Artists

Dallas Buyers Club OST - Gold / Blue Vinyl Edition

    Dallas Buyers Club follows the Oscar winning performance by Matthew McConaughey portraying the ‘80s real life character Ron Woodroof, who's suddenly being diagnosed as H.I.V.- positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence. A crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the US, so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the US

    An outsider to the gay community, Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient and transsexual Rayon (another Oscar Winning performance by Jared Leto). They establish a “buyers club,” where HIV-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. With a growing community of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled Lone Star loner lives life to the fullest like never before.

    The soundtrack to triple Academy Award winning feature film Dallas Buyers Club contains songs by Shuggie Otis, My Morning Jacket, T. Rex and actor/singer Jared Leto's Thirty Seconds To Mars.

    The first 1000 copies of this double LP are uniquely pressed on gold and blue vinyl (each record a different colour!).


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLP Info: 180g audiophile vinyl pressing in gatefold sleeve with insert. First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on gold & blue vinyl.

    Compiled and annotated by Lois Wilson (Mojo, Record Collector), Get On The Right Track brings together 90 magnificent recordings, mostly R&B, but with a smattering of jazz and ska, which reflect what mods would have been enjoying on the early to mid sixties club scene.

    When Jamaican born Duke Vin, a former DJ on Tom “The Great” Sebastian’s Beat Street System, set up his own system in 1955, he got the place jumping. The sound system was like nothing London had witnessed before. It was loud, exciting and had no curfew. Duke Vin inspired Count Suckle, another Ladbroke Grove resident, who set up a rival system and the pair soundtracked the first generation West Indians’ blues parties with a playlist of US R&B 45s. Club Eleven and the Flamingo attracted newly settled Jamaicans too. Out of these clubs and sound systems, mod grew.

    These mods were defined by their impeccable music taste and their smart clobber. They would dance their nights away at the Scene, to records spun by Guy Stevens, the UK Sue label manager and one of mod’s main pivots. They also frequented the Marquee and Count Suckle’s Roaring Twenties. The first two discs on 'Get On The Right Track' collect together the R&B, blues, soul, jazz and ska singles you would have heard at such clubs. Disc 3, meanwhile, captures the sounds from the same period (many of which were unreleased in the UK at the time) that light up the mod scene today.

    'Get On The Right Track' has been carefully compiled to avoid track overlap with Fantastic Voyage’s previous mod collection 'Boogie Chillen', and is also available as a 2LP vinyl collector’s edition, featuring 32 of the most sought-after tracks and a colour insert.


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLP Info: 2LP vinyl collector’s edition featuring 32 of the most sought-after tracks from the 90-track 3CD set.

    'Soul City Los Angeles' presents recordings which served to establish the musical direction of LA and neighbouring West Coast conurbations in the late 1950s and early 1960s when R&B was evolving into the style that became known as soul. Compiled and annotated by soul music authority Clive Richardson, 'Soul City Los Angeles' is the latest in a series that has previously explored the nascent soul scenes in Detroit, New York and Chicago.

    This instalment presents a selection from key independent labels of the area, including Sam Cooke’s SAR and Richard Vaughn’s Arvee, as well as choice items from Aladdin, Liberty, Imperial and Ebb, and collectable releases from more obscure imprints. Famous names on CD1 of this 60-track 2CD set include the Olympics, the Valentinos (aka the Womack Brothers) with ‘Lookin’ For A Love’, the Rivingtons with ‘Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow’, and Johnnie Morisette with ‘Meet Me At The Twistin’ Place’, while CD2 features ‘Ko Ko Mo’ hitmakers Gene & Eunice, both sides of a 1962 single on Rush by Don & Dewey, early recordings by future stars Johnnie Taylor and Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, and a young Sly Stone as a member of the Viscaynes.

    Soul fans of the early 1960s could often figure out the geographic origins of new singles as much by the ‘sound’ as by any knowledge of sometimes obscure artists and labels, with the output of West Coast studios tending to have a ‘harder’ sound in comparison with some more sophisticated (for the era) productions from the opposite coast or the regions of the Great Lakes. Here we have music from the formative period of the soul era in Los Angeles.

    Also available as 2LP vinyl collectors edition, featuring 28 of the most sought-after tracks and colour insert.



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