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Genre pick of the week Cover of Luv Jones / Change, Change, Change by Charles Bradley & LaRose Jackson.

Charles Bradley & LaRose Jackson

Luv Jones / Change, Change, Change

It was the annual Charles Bradley memorial day BBQ throw down, when Charles finally introduced LaRose Jackson to Tommy. "Tommeyy! This is the lady I was telling you about. You gotta hear her sang!" To which LaRose said, "This is the guy you were talking about? He don't look like no funky producer to me. He look like one of them rock & rollers."

Well, our friend TNT invited LaRose and CB back to the old Dunham Sound Studio and set out to prove just how funky he could be. "What if I told you that curly haired dude over there was the baddest drummer you ever heard?" asked TNT to Rose. "Him? You guys are weird." The duets that unfolded that night are on this seven-inch piece of wax: Two instant funky pizza party classics. Dig it.


Record Player CR8005A - Cruiser (Tweed)

    Love the rich, warm sound of vinyl, but wish it was a more moveable music format? Put down the iPod and mobilize your music with the Crosley Cruiser 3-speed portable turntable.

    Constructed of wood and bound in a leatherette material, the briefcase-styled record player is lightweight and easily transported from place to place. It features built-in stereo speakers so you can listen to your music without having to connect it to a speaker system.

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    - Belt-driven turntable mechanism 33 1/3, 45 & 78rpm.
    - Dynamic full-range stereo speakers
    - AC power adapter RCA audio out
    - Dimensions: 15.50in X 14.00in X 6.10in

    It can’t be easy gathering 28 of Northern Europe’s finest jazz and improvising musicians in one place at the same time, which is why Sweden’s Fire! Orchestra has been one of the continent’s best kept secrets so far. After playing rare shows a handful of times a year, this incredible mass ensemble is getting ready to unleash its full power with Enter, its first studio recording. This isn’t jazz: this is Nordic dynamite. Fire! originated as the trio of Swedish improv masters Mats Gusfasson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass) and Andreas Werliin (drums). None of them are what you could call jazz purists; they all play in many different groups and contexts, including The Thing (Gustafsson), experimental folk-electronica outfit Tape (Berthling), and skewed pop unit Wildbirds And Peacedrums (Werliin).
    Around 2011 the idea sprang up to expand a massive orchestra around the core trio, featuring the cream of Scandinavian jazz, improvisation and avant rock players and vocalists.

    Key contributions come from keyboardists Sten Sandell, trumpeter Goran Kajfes (Oddjob, Subtropic Arkestra, Nordic Music Prize winner 2012), drummers Raymond Strid (GUSH, Barry Guy, Martin Küchen Ensemble) and Johan Holmegard (Dungen, The Amazing), guitarist David Stackenäs, electronicist Joachim Nordwall (Skull Defekts, iDEAL Records) and Fender Rhodes player Martin Hederos (Soundtrack Of Our Lives), to name just a few. Adding a crucial, soulful presence are the three vocalists Mariam Wallentin (Wildbirds And Peacedrums), Ethiopian born singer Sofie Jernberg and Simon Ohlsson (Silverbullit). But Fire! Orchestra is a collective effort, with Gustafsson directing a tight, disciplined ensemble that enjoys its moments let off the leash.

    Following last year’s live debut Exit (Rune Grammofon), Enter is Fire! Orchestra’s first time in the studio, and might surprise you with its slow, treacly funk dynamics, running through a kaleidoscope of moods, rhythms, textures and dynamics. Muscular rock rhythms flesh out texts written by singer Mariam Wallentin, inspired by the legendary free jazz saxophonist Joe McPhee, and sung in soured blues moans by the Orchestra’s three-headed vocal team. Recalling the righteous big band jazz of the late 60s by figures such as Charlie Haden, Sun Ra, Mike Westbrook and Chris McGregor, there are also echoes of Matana Roberts’s recent jazz tapestries and the steamy psych-funk of Brightblack Morning Light. Part Two opens on a groove ripped from The Beatles’ psychedelic classic ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’. Using collective riffing at its finest, this is an epic suite that undergoes constant scene-shifts between relentlessly building rhythms, rising in emotional intensity as the furnace is stoked.

    Enter is about following your instincts, having the courage to step forwards into the unknown when the door is open. Death might be an exit, but it’s also an entrance – to a new, unimaginable state of being. The music acts out this cyclical pattern of living and dying, entering and exiting, and the finale winds down to the same reflective, introspective keyboard motif as it started with. You’ve got to enter to exit. Keep looking straight into the light.

    Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza

    Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura OST

    In 1971 for the great soundtrack of Enzo Castellari’s Gli Occhi Freddi della Paura, Morricone called on the services of Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, the legendary avant garde and improvisational combo of which he was a founding member.

    Not only a classy soundtrack but also a classic of the experimental and free jazz genres.

    * Legendary Australian Eco-jazz soundtrack
    * Deluxe 180g gatefold.
    * Rare photos and extensive liner notes.

    Remastered from the original master tapes. Scored for Vince & Carol Serventy’s 1966 Australian Television series Nature Walkabout, Sven Libaek’s pioneering soundtrack has long been considered the landmark recording of the unique genre, eco-jazz. (Impressionistic modern jazz composed for Television documentaries, library music, educational and travelogue films). Creating a singular vision of his adopted homeland, Libaek composed conceptual themes and moods depicting the magnificence, the mystery and the sometimes brutality of the Australian rural environment. Similar to his legendary score for Ron and Valerie Taylor’s TV series Inner Space, Nature Walkabout also stands as an important recording of modern jazz used in film.

    Featuring many of the top Australian jazz musicians (Don Burrows, John Sangster, Errol Buddle etc) his deeply evocative style of jazz waltz, hypnotic flute/vibraphone rhythms and gorgeous Bossa Nova conceptually represent the grandiose of the Australian landscape as well as the whimsical sound of animal behaviour. Nature Walkabout is similar in approach to other notable nature scores such as Edward William’s Life on Earth, Francois de Roubaix’s psychedelic score to Jean Painlevé’s Transition De Phase Dans Les Cristaux Liquides, and the specifically Australian strand of visionary ‘nature jazz’, John Sangster’s score to the Australian Museum’s wildlife films (Compiled on the 1971 album Australia and All That Jazz).

    This is the one and only solo LP released by the Roy Ayers Ubiquity guitarist / keyboard player (he played on the "Lifeline" LP and Ayers' classic "Running Away"), but what an LP it is! Originally released in very small numbers on the tiny New York label Chiaroscuro, this LP became a holy grail item for jazz-funk collectors, mainly because it includes the CLASSIC track "Sweet Power Your Embrace", which is a total anthem. But this ain't just a one track pony! Elsewhere, the fucking insane Theo Parrish play "Free" brings an uptempo spiritual vibe to any DJ set, and the hyperactive title track which killed it for Kruder and Dorfmeister back in the day. It was as rare as hens teeth for the longest time, but luckily for us Soul Brother reissued the LP with its original artwork (apart from the Soul Brother logo and barcode on the back) in 1999. It's taken long enough to get another pressing, but you're in for a treat.

    Yuji Ohno

    Captain Future

      Yuji Ohno, is a Japanese jazz musician born in 1941. He’s principally known for his musical scoring of Japanese anime-television series, of which Lupin III and the feature film The Castle of Cagliostro are his most well known works. Ohno is also well-known as a member of a jazz trio with bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Lenny White.

      Later anime series scored by Ohno include Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, the 1982 series Space Adventure Cobra and this Captain Future: A rare & legendary soundtrack performed by Yuji Ohno & his You & The Explosion Band featuring Takao Naoi, Eiji Arai, Takeru Muraoka, Jake H Concepcion and Pepe Anai.

      Produced in the late seventies, the famous Japanese Space Opera animated series had great success around the world. This series is based on stories of Edmond Hamilton which were published in the Pulp Magazine between 1940 & 1951. Space Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz & deep grooves served by the Korg Synthesizer and its particular sound. Titles include Space Jazz Funk tunes Andromeda No Kanata Ni & Kirameku Inner Space, opening & ending theme (Yume No Funanori,Poplar-Doori No Uchi), the songs Oira Wa Sabishii Spacemen & Ok! Captain with the chorus from Sendai.


      Ltd LP Info: Single cover with 10” gatefold insert. Originally released in 1978.

      Stockholm native Sasac returns to Omega Supreme with an 8 song LP of shimmering boogie bliss. If you're hip to his style, you'll know that he specialises in transcendant jams that glide through the soundspace free of any genre constraints. The EP opens with the sunblushed smoocher "Bootman", a glittering nead nodder worthy of 80s Brit-funk pop legends Scritti Politti, before heading into the heat of the tropics on the lilting "Jaco Kelly". Not only is this the finest summer jam I've heard in years, but it features the best fusion keyboard solo since the hey day of the Headhunters. Sasac closes out the A-side with a couple of relaxed and soothing cuts, "Doris" and "Crash Site", which perfectly nail that late 80s soundtrack vibe we've heard from Young Marco and Suzanne Kraft recently. The flip opens with the cinematic sweeps of title track "Hyperion", a coastal jam with constant pads and rhythmic guitar. A strong contender for best Miami Vice soundtrack not written by Jan Hammer, this could have doubled as the instrumental to the best 80s ballad never made. "Dream After" is a laid back hybrid of boogie and jazz fusion with a playful musicality that instantly brings to mind Ryuchi Sakamoto and the Crusaders eating canapes on a yacht off the Florida keys. "Cloud Ascention" is a polyrhythmic island groove that sounds like a luxury holiday to every millionaire's playground on the globe. Well, it only follows that dusk should follow all that fun in the sun, and EP closer "Dim City" brings the stage lights down with it's melancholic chords and midnight bassline. Deep and immersive, this track sits at that crossroads between boogie rhythm and deep house mood. All in all Sasac has delivered an aquamarine vinyl with grooves deep enough to dive into, so lose your clothes and take the plunge.

      Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens

      Sinner / Everybody Knows (River Song)

      Ladies and Gentleman, we’re about to take a flight on an airline called L-O-V-E. Don’t need no ticket, just get on board. Naomi Shelton is our faithful Captain, and the Gospel Queens our in-flight crew, ready to serve you soulfully to your highest elevation.

      The A-side, 'Sinner' showcases Naomi’s gritty vocals, coupled with the lush harmonies of the Queens creating a call and response melody of celestial proportions - and to top it off all of the aforementioned perfection is set to a raw groove provided by Brother Cliff Driver and his Band O'Plenty.

      On the flip is an adaptation of OV Wright’s BackBeat classic, 'Everybody Knows (The River Song)'. NSGQ plucks this tune from Texas and plants it firmly in the Caribbean, with a feel good rhumba and a chorus strong enough to crack coconuts.

      Much more than a single, it’s a sneak peek into their forthcoming ‘Cold World’ LP, which promises to be an essential part of your personal soundtrack this summer.

      It's been a little minute, but the Shoes edit crew are back with five tracks of sweet soul to soundtrack your summer. Previous editions have focussed on raw and ripping funk breaks, party starting loops and dope reminders of where those hip hoppers get there pop from. This time round, they explore the smoother, slower and more seductive end of the soul world, opening the EP with a gorgeous loop of the refrain from Aretha Franklin's "Love". From there, we're taken to haze and swelter of your neighbourhood BBQ with the blunted brilliance of Eddie Kendricks' "Intimate Friends", an echo soaked wah party of funk horns, bubbling bass notes and slick guitar licks. The Shoes edit of the Reverend's sublime love song "Something" comes correct for those midnight moments between white sheets, where the moon's as wide as her eyes. Strung out sitar lines, swelling organ (fnar!) and Al's sweet vocals combine to form the world's most powerful aphrodesiac (I'm unbuttoning my shirt as I write this). Flip the disc for a little blast of the past from the breakbeat heavy soul roller "Pain Goes Deep", a tasty refix of a Frankie Beverley classic that'll work the full at either end of the night with it's passionate vocals and dope chord progression. What better way to bring things to a close than with a mindblowing extension of Marvin's recession railing classic "Inner City Blues". Sticking to their tried and tested formula, the Shoe crew don't try and reinvent the wheel on this one, just stretching the track out and applying some gentle persuasion to the EQ for a fully immersive experience. 

      BJ Smith

      Dedications To The Greats Part 2

      A little over a year ago NuNorthern Soul brought you BJ Smith's gorgeous cover versions of two hip hop classics, Mos Def's "Umi Says", which Gilles Peterson proclaimed as "the sound of Sunsets for years to come" and The Pharcyde's "Runnin". This time round he's bringing his unique touch to two classics from the back catalogue of the recently reformed Outkast. Since Andre 3000 and Big Boi are hitting the festival circuit during the summer, this celebration of their greatest work should tide you over until they get back into the studio. Cover versions are always at their best when they take the original song to places it never went before, which this version of "Hey Ya" most certainly does. Starting with an acoustic guitar, Smith's interpretation builds into a rich collage that goes through folk, onto Balearic and bounces to a close with a reggae groove. It is best enjoyed at sunset or sunrise with a cool drink in hand. "Prototype" is made for Smith's easy style; essentially it always was a wistful, dream-like folky number. However, after a fairly faithful start, things eventually end up in a very different place as this version becomes a fuller, more wholesome experience. BJ Smith takes it right out of Atlanta folk territory and into Philly Soul with brass stabs, string sweeps and keys supplementing the already gorgeous bassline.

      American born but Helsinki based soulful chanteuse Nicole Willis, drops a red hot 12" featuring varied remixes of tracks from her acclaimed LP "Soul Makeover". "Siesta" is one of the slower, more sultry tracks from the LP, and on this DJ pleasing wax, it gets two fresh new mixes courtesy of Roberto Rodriguez, hubby Jimi Tenor, Iceland's GusGus and Temple of Soul.

      Finnish house master Rodriguez transforms the nice and easy album track into a soulful and deep house mover with big pads, an infectious bassline and gugrling synths. Rodriguez keeps it real by sampling the ride from the original and rearranging it to give the track a live MAW vibe. Temple Of Soul take a completely different tack, weaving Willis' gorgeous vocals into the swelter of an exotic groove before hitting the switch on a frenetic DnB drum track. More surprises abound on the flip with two remixes of "Heed the Sign". The first mix comes from Finland's premier spaceman and husband to Ms. Willis, Jimi Tenor, who drops a great mid tempo acid house rework that screams Hacienda, with its 303 gurgle, synth strings and brass, and a melody nicked from a New Order track. Iceland's GusGus drop by to close the EP out with a laid back groove perfect for the summer, featuring great guitar work from Chris Dawkin's and the hottest sax solo you'll hear this year.

      Various Artists

      Savage Rhythm

        New musical styles don't appear over night. Rock and Roll didn't explode out of a vacuum and Elvis wasn't the Big Bang Before Elvis, there was a massively diverse R&B scene in the States, which today's record buyer is currently enjoying the discovery of through a wealth of compilations and reissue 7s. In turn, this music was a development of the sound that came before it, with many of the key players having been instrumental in the swing bands of the 30s and early 40s.Savage Rhythm is a compilation of this fantastic music, documenting the direct lineage from the Jazz and Swing of the 30s through to a more R&B-ready sound of the early 40s, signposting the way ahead for what was to become Jump Blues and eventually Rock and Roll. Compiled by Brighton DJ, music lover and vinyl junkie Shamblin Sexton, Savage Rhythm is put together to make the party swing hard. The double vinyl is packaged in a gatefold sleeve with liner notes by Shamblin Sexton. With original artwork by graphic designer Chris Sick, this compilation will be a must-have for the vintage kids & R&B heads, as well as the electro-swing DJs and club-goers. Savage Rhythm swings a hefty punch of serious, quality music that is as vibrant and essentially vitaltoday as it was 75 years ago.

        Various Artists

        Seegweed Edits Part 3

        Seegweed is back to serve up another hot platter of tasty edits on GAMM. This time we hit that rare groove feel with two edits of tunes everyone used to play back in the day. On the A-side, the edit master retouches FBI's jazz-funk classic "Talking About Love" for full frequency dancefloor excitement. That funky bassline gets pumped up to the max while the arrangement is tweaked into a full scale psych-funk freak out. On the flip, the voice of the Virgin Islands Jon Lucien and "Brazilian Soul Chant" is resurrected with a fine rework which adds a little oomph to his tropical acoustic tones.

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