MAGIC MIX

funk . soul . jazz . nu-jazz

WEEK STARTING 18 Aug

Genre pick of the week Cover of As We Move by Reginald Omas Mamode IV.
Reginald Omas Mamode IV burst onto the scene in soulful fashion last year with the jazzy bump of the "Do You EP", a favourite of Lefto, Lauren Laverne, Gilled Peterson and Piccadilly's own Patrick. Now the South London man returns for one-four with a deeper, bolder statement of artistic intent on the "As We Move" EP.  This second EP takes the earthy organic soul of "Do You" and twists it into the raw and dense 4/4 of "Fire Burning" or the deep and desperate boogie of "Hold It Together". Sonically, Reggie's music blends the bass heavy approach of Dam-Funk with the intimate 70s soul of Curtis or Marvin, adding a little Dilla shuffle for an extra kick of esoteric spice. "Know You Better" unfolds amidst the horizontal posturing of g funk synths and jazz percussion, whereas "Understand Me", already receiving heavy support from Gilles and Lefto, is a slow burning London soul jam about relationship communication breakdown. Elsewhere, Reggie hits us with a late night lovers jam in the form of the super sexy Funkadelic inspired "One More Time" and takes us for a skipping, stepping, rug cutting low ride on "The Hustler". With the likes of Al Dobson Jr and Andrew Ashong also making waves at the moment with their very modern take on soul, it seems like there's a burgeoning scene breaking out, and Reggie's at the forefront.


Throughout the late 70s and early 80s Indian artist Babla & His Orchestra created a musical revolution throughout India, and then the western world. Covering famous Bollywood movie title tracks of the time and giving them the new disco touch, Babla created the 'Disco Dandia' movement which saw him tour the world and become a household name in India. Pressings of this album have become incredibly rare over the years as they were never seriously collected or preserved in India… you can rarely find this album for under £150! Babla's famously diverse musical arrangements, heavy sitar funk and moog bleeps have won him a whole host of fans from breaks collectors to modern disco beardo's. Metro Area used "Ghar Aya Mera Pardesi" on their recent Fabric mix CD!

Beatconductor

Beatconductor Reworks

KAT Records celebrate their 20th release in wicked wild style by welcoming Sweden's Beatconductor to the fold with this fresh to death white vinyl 10" that sounds even better than it looks. Probably best known for his work on GAMM, here Beatconductor keeps up his impeccable record of delivering immaculate reworks with this movin and groovin two tracker. First up we have 'A Message Of Love', a gospel tinged disco stormer of a track that's largely based on Ashford & Simpson's fantastic live outing of 'The Boss'. Crisp conga led beats, piano hooks, horn sections, that in-famous vocal hook and more break downs than your average AA man can shake a spanner at all add up to this being an epic 8 minute gospel dance floor experience. On the flip we have 'Boogie Love', a cheeky reworking of Lulu's finest moment (yes Lulu) 'I Love to Boogie', which when released as a single in 1979 failed to get in-to the Top 75. There is a seriously infectious (84 bpm) groove going on here making this a contender for the sassiest release of the year. Beatconductor beefs up the break, stretching and teasing before the rather ace vocal comes in and takes hold. Brilliant stuff from Beatconductor and KAT and here's to the next 20 releases !


FORMAT INFORMATION

10" Info: Limited White Vinyl 10"

The Blues Brothers Band

The Blues Brothers OST - Blue Vinyl Edition

Comic actors John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd rightfully get credit for exposing many people to the music of blues, soul and R&B veterans. The soundtrack to their hugely successful musical comedy The Blues Brothers was released on June 20, 1980 as the second album by the Blues Brothers Band, which also toured that year to promote the film.

The rollicking remake of the Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’” was a Billboard Top 20 hit, featuring an arrangement notable for the horn section that replaces Steve Winwood’s rumbling organ work. Ray Charles has a good time with “Shake a Tail Feather,” and he’s helped out by Jake and Elwood Blues (Belushi and Aykroyd, respectively). The cover of Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” is a lot of fun, thanks to the great overall rhythm and Elwood’s lightning-fast stage rap, while James Brown and the Reverend James Cleveland Choir provide a blast of gospel music on “Old Landmark.” Aretha Franklin’s “Think” is explosive, and Cab Calloway’s “Minnie The Moocher” is slyly irresistible.

Khemistry

Can You Feel My Love / Whatever It Takes

The Expansion label's new 7" series begins with Khemistry’s “Can You Feel My Love” from the genius team of Willie Lester & Rodney Brown (writers of Sharon Redd “Can You Handle It” and Bobby Thurston “Check Out The Groove” among others)

Khemistry were a Washington group assembled by Lester & Brown. Both the great songs on this 7” come from their 1982 self-titled debut album for Columbia Records.

“Can You Feel My Love” has been one of Lester & Brown’s most enduring soulful dance records since its first release but has never been released as a single... until now!

Nana Love

Disco Documentary - Full Of Funk

Though the iconic imagery of disco feels distinctly tied to the United States, the style had a wide-reaching influence that made it’s way to Africa. While Africa was already no stranger to the pulsing rhythms of funk, Afro-beat, and highlife, the rise of disco added a slick sheen to the music, with musicians from all over the continent incorporating elements of the genre into their sounds. Would there ever have been a Studio 54 in Ghana in late 70s, these would have been the recordings that would have packed the dancefloor with their deep root in disco, soul and funk!

The third instalment of BBE's “Masters We Love” series, the label's crate-digging journey led them to the original producer Reindorf Oppong and what could possibly be one of the most ‘mysterious’ Afro-disco records produced in the late 70s; Nana Love’s “Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk”. The original master tapes were uncovered (and luckily in great shape) and in the process of restoring the tapes, un-released material was discovered, enriching this very special package. Nana Love’s work, is a testament to the music’s most redeeming qualities: great musicianship, funky basslines and killer breaks. As a singer / songwriter in the leading role throughout, she (with production by Reindorf Oppong) lends a wonderfully balanced approach to the arrangements. The result is a set of tracks that are positioned carefully at the forward thinking crossroads of disco, boogie and soul and funk… Her band included 6 of the original Boney M members as well as the legendary Harry Mosco and was recorded in London in 1978, in the same studio as Boney M recorded alongside David Bowie.

This album makes us think; would there ever have been a Studio 54 in Ghana in late 70s? If so these would have been the recordings that would have packed the dance floor with their deep root in disco, soul and funk!


Jimmy Lynch

Tramp Time Vol. 1 - That Funky Tramp In A Nite Club

Debut album by Jimmy "The Funky Tramp" Lynch, aka "Mr. Motion"! Having started and performed in several vocal groups since high school, Lynch spent many nights singing and dancing in clubs. One Halloween, a club owner needed someone to tell jokes. To cover up Lynch’s young age, he made himself up as a bum and the “Funky Tramp” was born!

Taking the “Funky Tramp” character to vinyl, Lynch’s comedic persona would go on to sell over a million copies of his multiple comedy albums throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Useful for producers or perfect for fans of Rudy Ray Moore and Blowfly.

These are original store stock from the 1970s and are still shrink-wrapped. Mmmm, they smell like every musty basement junk shop you've ever been record hunting in...


Jimmy Lynch

Tramp Time Vol. 4 - Funky & Funny

The fourth album by Jimmy "The Funky Tramp" Lynch, aka "Mr. Motion"! Having started and performed in several vocal groups since high school, Lynch spent many nights singing and dancing in clubs. One Halloween, a club owner needed someone to tell jokes. To cover up Lynch’s young age, he made himself up as a bum and the “Funky Tramp” was born!

Taking the “Funky Tramp” character to vinyl, Lynch’s comedic persona would go on to sell over a million copies of his multiple comedy albums throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Useful for producers or perfect for fans of Rudy Ray Moore and Blowfly.

These are original store stock from the 1970s and are still shrink-wrapped. Mmmm, they smell like every musty basement junk shop you've ever been record hunting in...

Amerigo Gazaway liberates the second installment in his highly praised Soul Mates blend project, bringing together Brooklyn rapper Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and soul legend Marvin Gaye for a dream collaboration aptly titled “Yasiin Gaye” for a second hip hop soul outing. Building the album’s foundation from deconstructed samples of Gaye’s Motown classics, the producer re-orchestrates the instrumentation into new productions within a similar framework. Carefully weaving Bey’s dense raps and Gaye’s soulful vocals over his new arrangements, the producer delivers a quality far closer to Gaye’s famous duets than that of a “mash-up” album.

'Yasiin Gaye. The Return: Side Two' gives us 18 new mash-ups of Mos Def and Marvin Gaye classics.

Laura Mvula With Metropole Orkest

Laura Mvula With Metropole Orkest

    Brit Award nominee & Mercury Music Prize shortlisted UK diva Laura Mvula returns with a beautiful new recording and arrangement of her Top 10 debut album "Sing To The Moon", this time backed by the 52-piece Dutch Metropole Orkest, conducted by Jules Barkley and recorded at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.


    The Wire

    Issue 367 - September 2014

      On the cover: Dean Blunt: David Keenan talks black metal, free jazz and life after Hype Williams with East London’s shapeshifting samplist. David Rosenboom: From brainwaves to stellar oscillations, the US composer finds sonic inspiration in all possible worlds. Phil Freeman's Primer on the career of the freewheeling saxophonist, Pharoah Sanders. Plus: Justin Broadrick's Invisible Jukebox, Jad Fair's Inner Sleeve, London grime producer Slackk, Brooklyn's Sound And Chaos studio, Drew Mulholland, Catherine Lamb, heaps of reviews, news and more.

      Various Artists

      Blow Up Presents Exclusive Blend Volume 1

        Reissue of the first releasein the classic 'Blow Up Presents Exclusive Blend' music library series sees Paul Tunkin, DJ and founder of legendary Blow Up club, taking us on a journey deep into the vaults of the KPM music library. The album features the cream of the KPM music library writers including Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw, Alan Parker and Johnny Pearson, From the pounding up-tempo of 'Move, Move, Move' through the Hammond-heavy 'Beat Me 'Til I'm Blue' and 'Rocky Mountain Runabout' (versions of both featuring on the legendary Mohawks 'The Champ' album) to the sitar 60s club sound of 'Delhi Discotheque' and 'Come here Calcutta'. Most of these tracks had never been commercially available before this release. Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend Volume 1 has been continuously repressed since its release and remains a ground-breaking introduction to the world of the music library, the first in a series reflecting the diverse music that can be heard at London's legendary Blow Up club.

        Various Artists

        Blow Up Presents Exclusive Blend Volume 2

          Volume 2 sees Blow Up's founder and DJ Paul Tunkin entering the vaults of De Wolfe, Amphonic and again KPM. As with the bulk of "Exclusive Blend 1", many of these tracks were receiving their first commercial airing on this album's release. The album also introduced James Clarke's Wild Elephants to the world, which was subsequently picked up by Gap and used on the 1999 "Khaki A Go-Go" worldwide campaign. As a thank you from the writer it was re-titled "Blow Up A-Go-Go" and became the title track for the successful V2 / Blow Up compilation "Blow Up A-Go-Go! Dancefloor Classics from The Legendary Blow Up Club". This album includes tracks from many great music library theme writers including Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw and Syd Dale, and includes the Alan Moorhouse Hammond heavy classic "Soul Skimmer" and the spaced out tribal funk of Nick Ingman's "Tripwire".

          Inspired by a German documentary about the emerging breakdance phenomenon in Los Angeles, the 1984 film Breakin' is for many a reference point for the explosion of hip-hop in the United States and across the world. With it's colorful cast of characters and dazzling array of dance moves, the movie became an international hit and the soundtrack captures the sounds that inspired a entire generation of breakers and B-boys to push their craft to new heights. Anchored by the Billboard Top 10 hit single “Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us Now” by Ollie & Jerry, the Breakin' soundtrack pulses with the electro-funk beats and early hip-hop flavors - including The Bar-Kays “Freakshow On The Dance Floor” and “99 1/2” by Carol Lynn Townes - guaranteed to get the dancefloor rocking. Featuring additional appearances by Chaka Khan (fronting the end of night anthem "Ain't Nobody" with Rufus), Re-Flex and a young LA rapper named Ice-T (who also appears in the film), the Breakin' soundtrack is an essential album for all breakers, poppers, lockers, B-boys, and B-girls, or any fan of hip-hop, electro and disco. In continuing their commitment to producing first-class reissues of landmark records, Get On Down is proud to present Breakin' in a brand-new LP release.

          Afro and rock; now that's a pretty good combination any day of the week. But in the hands of John Cameron (founder of prog outfit CCS, composer of cult soundtracks "Kes" and "Psychomania") and Alan Parker circa 1973, the juxtaposition of these two words kicks up a boat load more breaks and funky atmospherics than can safely be navigated via the Zambezi, with or without Audrey Hepburn in tow. A quick word of warning; if you're the kind of crate digger whose heart misses a beat at phrases like 'repetitive forceful riffs' and 'aggressive Afro rhythms', you had better pre-book an ambulance before slipping this baby on to your record player and dealing with the ensuing onslaught of nasty wah wah guitars, fiery conga work outs, heavy harps (really), spacey electric piano, far out flutes and lots and lots of drums.

          Originally recorded in 1969 by legendary music library KPM for their 1000 series, "The Big Beat" is the king of library albums. Composed by the undisputed heavyweight champions of the genre, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, and until now only available to the vinyl junkies with the fattest wallets, it represents everything that is great about the music and musicians that made up the shadowy world of Library Music.

          The album you are holding right now is without doubt the King of all library albums, it is a living legend, it is The Big Beat. Not a big beat, but THE Big Beat. Oh yes. Composed by the undisputed heavyweight champions of the genre, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, and until now only available to vinyl junkies with the deepest of pockets it represents everything that is great and good about the music, the musicians and even the fiendish record collectors that make up the shadowy world of Library Music.

          You could safely assume that an album made up of incredible Hammond organ playing, a really fat horn section, fuzz guitar solos and drum breaks would deliver the goods but this album does so much more than that. Just one listen to tracks like “Beat Me Till I’m Blue” or “Senior Thump” and you’ll know you are in the presence of something far greater than the sum of it’s parts. And when those parts are described as Pounding, Thumping, Rocking and Pulsating, you had better be prepared from a musical man handling that’ll have you smiling well in to retirement.


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