funk . soul . jazz . free jazz . broken beat

WEEK STARTING 28 Jan

Genre pick of the week Cover of So Far To Go by Cabu.
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, prolific producer Cabu has come a long way; from his successful remix work – from Joe Hurtz's "Stay Lost" edit to Big Wild's "Empty Room" flip – to his consistently catchy original productions, Cabu's only getting started. He keeps this momentum alive with the EP "So Far To Go", his first to be released by Ta-ku & Jakarta Records' sublabel 823 Records.

823 is a perfect place for Cabu's bouncy, hypnotic grooves and is a return to form for what "Cabu" represents: a driving force in the pursuit of happiness through sound. It's a well-timed collaboration, as Cabu's fanbase has continuously grown over the past few years through features on Australia's Triple J, DJ Complexion's Future Beats Radio, Soundistyle, The South East Grind, Mutual Friends, ThisSongIsSick, Majestic Casual, Soulection Radio, BBC 1xtra, Pilerats, Maison Kitsune and more. To that end, "So Far To Go" features some of the most talented artists to come out of the Pacific continent, such as Milan Ring (95K monthly Spotify listeners) – coined "Australia's R&B Princess" by Apple Music – Brisbane native hit-maker Young Franco (1M+ monthly Spotify listeners), Kamaliza (123K monthly Spotify listeners), NOÉ, Gabby Nacua, Pastel and of course label-head Ta-ku himself.

1st single, "Process" featuring Ta-ku & Milan Ring was released on November 3rd. Hypnotically bouncy, with heavenly synth pads, crisp percussive elements combined with the ethereal voices of Ta-ku and Milan harmonically push the sonic envelope to make this track an infallible groovy knockout. As Cabu says, "Process" is "the dream-like state in which you take gratitude in your current situation whilst being hopeful in the future." The track provides a perfect taste of these artistic and creative powerhouses. The stunningly beautiful music video – directed by Sydney based Redscope Films and premiered on The Sound You Need – is the perfect accompaniment.

2nd single, "Sun & Moon" featuring Young Franco & NOÉ is set to be released on December 10th along with an announcement of the EP and pre-order. The song is a contagiously bouncy bop, with the different vocal harmonies and synth chords giving the track an almost prime 00's throwback, it's the perfect year-end anthem to keep dancing and growing through the good and bad.

The album's focus track, "About U" featuring Kamaliza will be released along with the EP release on January 28th, 2022. The song perfectly blends electronic elements within an R&B / Soul aesthetic, and is all about moving forward with intention, from the lyrics to the groove, making you feel tipsy on life.

All singles off the EP will be accompanied with custom visualizers by Perth-based design / creative firm Gesture Systems. The album's single-releases and videos will be promoted in-house via the artist's and the label's social media channels in Germany and Australia.

The 823 label represents the appreciation for the people, ideas and places that inspire and push their protagonists forward. "823 celebrates the simple beauty of everyday life and the people in it that inspire us." (Regan Matthews aka Ta-ku)

STAFF COMMENTS

Millie says: I've been waiting patiently for this one, smooth R&B sound with high energy which hits just the right spot. Exciting things coming from Sydney, this is one to watch closely for sure.

TRACK LISTING

1. Reintroduction
2. About U (feat. Kamaliza)
3. Over Me (feat. Gabby Nacua)
4. Interlude (feat. Pastel)
5. Sun Moon (feat. Young Franco & NOE)
6. Process (feat. Milan Ring & Ta-Ku)
7. Falling In

Joe Bataan

Call My Name - 2022 Reissue

    Back in 2004, Vampisoul was extremely honoured to play a role in the return to recording of the legendary Joe Bataan, which fully materialized in the lauded 2005 album "Call My Name", written and produced by Daniel Collás.

    After being out of print for a while, the LP has now been revamped featuring new artwork and liner notes written by Andrew Mason and Daniel Collás, plus photos from the sessions.

    Alice Clark

    Alice Clark

      When it comes to legendary albums, very few can match the cult status achieved on the international jazz and funk scene, by Alice Clark's eponymous album, recorded for Mainstream Records in 1972. The record which went unnoticed when it first came out has become one of the most sought-after albums ever since it became cult on the London jazz and funk scene in the late 80s. It is now being acknowledged as one of the best soul albums of all-times.

      Recorded live over two days at the Record Plant studios in New York City, the album was produced by Bob Shad and arranged by Jazz veteran Ernie Wilkins with a big band setting. The music is a superb mix of jazz and soul blessed by Clark's superb singing and including two all-time favourites, "Don't You Care" and "Never Did I Stop Loving You" plus a selection of heart-wrenching songs beautifully sung by Clark.


      Hailed as a soul masterpiece alongside Aretha Franklin or Roberta Flack's best albums, Alice Clark's album took almost fifty years to achieve classic status and Alice Clark is now finally getting the recognition she deserves.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. I Keep It Hid
      2. Looking At Life
      3. Don’t Wonder Why
      4. Maybe This Time
      5. Never Did I Stop Loving You
      6. Charms Of The Arms Of Love
      7. Don’t You Care
      8. It Takes Too Long To Learn To Live Alone
      9. Hard Hard Promises
      10. Hey Girl

      John Coltrane

      Crescent - 2022 Reissue

        Crescent is widely regarded as one of John Coltrane's finest albums, featuring the talents of McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. During 1964, John Coltrane spent the least amount of time in the recording studio of his entire career as a leader. It wasn't until April 27th that he, along with Tyner, Garrison and Jones went to the familiar surroundings of Rudy Van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs studio to record all the tracks that appear on Crescent. In a hint of things to come for the Classic Quartet, both Garrison and Jones are featured on extended solos on the album’s second side. Verve’s Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from the original analog tapes mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QPR. The series is supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, and releases are presented in deluxe gatefold tip-on packaging.

        TRACK LISTING

        Crescent [8:40] (Side A)
        Wise One [9:01] (Side A)
        Bessie’s Blues [3:30] (Side A)
        Lonnie’s Lament [11:42] (Side B)
        The Drum Thing [7:20] (Side B)

        Lance Ferguson

        Rare Groove Spectrum, Vol. 2

        Rare Groove Spectrum Vol. 2 is another solid collection of re-works and re-imaginings taking in a broad range of classic tracks, traversing jazz funk rarities, balearic digs, latin groovers and more. Backed by a stellar group of Melbourne musicians including members of The Bamboos & Menagerie, Lance continues the tradition of creating "live re-edits" demonstrated on the initial volume - all pulled off with an inimitable style and playfulness, though always with an obvious love for the foundations.

        As Lance says: "Some of these versions can almost be looked at as DJ re-edits, sometimes we're extending what may be a really short track into something longer, or teasing out the elements in a song that really make it work on a dance-floor. It's essentially what someone does with a club re-edit, except we went the extra step and re-recorded the whole thing with a live band"

        From Carly Simon through to Mongo Santamaria via Marcos Valle and Pat Metheny - and following the championing of Rare Groove Spectrum Vol. 1 by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Craig Charles, Jazz FM and more - this second volume of Lance Ferguson's Rare Groove Spectrum is sure to hit the sweet spot.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Far Beyond
        2. Why
        3. New Morning
        4. Hot Dog
        5. Glastonbury
        6. Estrelar
        7. Voo Sobre O Horizonte
        8. Sueno Con Mexico
        9. Summer Madness

        Willie Hutch

        Season For Love - 2022 Reissue

          A monumental force firmly rooted in the soul canon, Willie Hutch is most notable for recording two of the best Blaxploitation soundtracks, The Mack and Foxy Brown. Yet his legacy is much greater. Outside of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Hutch was arguably Motown's top male solo artist of the 70s. Prior to his association with Gordy et al, Hutch crafted his opening statements for RCA, two vital LPs that Be With Records is honoured to present today.

          Often-overlooked, his second album Season For Love (1970) is a must for all deep soul fans and has been sought-after by collectors of different stripes for decades. Whereas his debut featured thundering, gritty numbers, Hutch treats us to a mellower soul here - sumptuous, warm and string-led. He compared his approach to that of Otis Redding and there are definite parallels; from the raspy, rough-hewn vocals that tend to roam between sweet and deeply impassioned to the horn-heavy, emphatic sonic backdrops.

          With flawless originals presented alongside a few well-chosen classics (his stunning cover of "Wichita Lineman" arguably bests the original's splendour), it's easy to see why sample-based musicians have been falling over themselves to plunder from this album. Witness the sweeping strings that grace "The Magic Of Love" and the heartbreaking "Walking On My Love"; the mellifluous guitar work on the contemplative instrumental "The Shortest Distance" and gorgeous single "When A Boy Falls In Love".

          Whilst the arrangements and playing are subtly jaw-dropping throughout, Hutch's uncontrived voice has a certain warmth to match a Nat “King” Cole and a purity of tone that even recalls the great Sam Cooke. Indeed, a few numbers are almost in a jazz vocal territory reminiscent of artists Lou Rawls. That's not to say that others lack the righteous energy and undeniable groove of Willie's later sound.

          Remarkably consistent throughout – a rare commodity for many 70s soul albums – the lack of one signature song likely hindered its progress. Regardless, it deserved to make more of an impact and now, paired with the majestic debut, Soul Portrait, these recordings shine a new light on the early work of a soul legend.

          Original vinyl copies of this album are extremely rare – and correspondingly expensive – so we’re thrilled to present the first ever vinyl reissue of a true lost classic. 


          TRACK LISTING

          A1 : Season For Love (3:06)
          A2 : The Twelfth Of Never (2:25)
          A3 : Trying To Understand A Woman (2:27)
          A4 : When A Boy Falls In Love (2:38)
          A5 : The Shortest Distance (0:36)
          B1 : Hurt So Bad (3:16)
          B2 : Walking On My Love (3:02)
          B3 : Wichita Lineman (3:21)
          B4 : Let's Try It Over Again (2:09)
          B5 : The Magic Of Love (2:47)

          John Carroll Kirby

          Cryptozoo: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

            John Carroll Kirby brings his talents as a composer and producer to film scoring. His vivid imagination, dreamy compositions, and knack for storytelling with instrumental music make for a perfect match with comic book writer, artist and filmmaker Dash Shaw’s vibrant, fantastical animated feature.

            Kirby’s score is at once deeply evocative and mysterious, evoking nostalgia, wide-eyed innocence, and ethereal otherworldliness. As with all of Kirby’s music, the score resists easy genre classification, melding together sounds from New Age, exotica, library music, and the sweeter side of electronic music.

            Cryptozoo: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is Kirby’s latest album following the release of his electronic-jazz album Septet in June 2021. He will be touring the UK & Europe in March 2022.


            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            1. Luz Mala
            2. Savage Cryptids
            3. Gustav The Faun
            4. Phoebe’s Theme
            5. Tenderfoot Pegasus
            Side B
            1. Joan
            2. Mystic Brine
            3. The Tower
            4. End Credits Theme

            Lady Blackbird

            Black Acid Soul

              After months of anticipation, Lady Blackbird’s already critically acclaimed debut album, Black Acid Soul which was recorded in legendary Studio B (Prince’s room) in Sunset Sound and produced by Grammy-nominated Chris Seefried has now been released via Foundation Music/BMG.

              To celebrate the release, Lady Blackbird recorded a live version of her latest single ‘It’ll Never Happen Again’ at the iconic Capitol ‘A’ studio in LA. The song is a gentle, yet powerful, reinvention of another poignant obscurity written by Tim Hardin and which first appeared on the folk singer’s seminal 1966 debut.

              With a voice that has stopped critics in their tracks, Lady Blackbird is a revelatory new talent with music that transcends the jazz scene through which the LA-based artist is rooted. Reflecting influences as varied as Billie Holiday, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner and Chaka Khan, with critics drawing comparisons to Adele, Amy and Celeste, Lady Blackbird’s distinct and beguiling talent is not one to be missed.


              TRACK LISTING

              Blackbird
              It's Not That Easy
              Fix It
              Ruler Of My Heart
              Nobody's Sweetheart
              Collage
              Five Feet Tall
              Lost And Looking
              It'll Never Happen Again
              Beware The Stranger
              Black Acid Soul

              Lady Wray

              Piece Of Me

                Big Crown Records is proud to present Piece of Me, the sophomore full length offering from Lady Wray. This is something of a homecoming for Nicole. Where her 2016 solo debut Queen Alone leaned more towards Soul and R&B with tinges of hip-hop, this record changes the mixture. It's still R&B with the textures of analog Soul, but there is a heavy Hip Hop infl­uence that brings the sum of Nicole's career together in a new sound that will de‑ne her future.

                Boom-bap drums and chunky bass lines are front-and-center creating a perfect head-nodding backdrop for Lady Wray to take on the good, the bad, the difficult, and the joyful on her most personal collection of songs to date. The title track, "Piece of Me," which has already become a classic since it's 2019 release is about the people in your life who need more than you are willing to give. This tune and the B side of the 7” “Come On In” were the first songs put to tape for this album and they were recorded with Nicole sitting in a chair 8 months pregnant with her daughter. Her voice is so powerful, so raw, so thorough on these initial songs—it's wild to think that they were recorded this way. And even wilder to know that she knocked them all out in one take. Long time collaborator and producer Leon Michels keeps the musical backing restrained and expertly executed, setting up Lady Wray for the full spotlight and setting the tone for the rest of the album.

                While the upbeat energies of “Under The Sun” and “Through It All” are sure to become hits that reconnect Lady Wray with her 90s R&B fanbase, “Where Were You” offers a behind the scenes look at what those days of stardom in her youth were really like. Nicole takes on the racial tension in America with her poetic and powerful “Beauty In The Fire” and leans heavy into her faith and church upbringing on the showstopper, “Thank You”. She gushes about the profound love she’s come to know for her daughter on “Melody” and celebrates life’s ups and downs on “Joy & Pain”. In 2021 it is rare to hear a varied yet cohesive album with no “skippers”, but that is what you have here in spades. The tried and true chemistry between Lady Wray and Leon Michels has undeniably found a higher level and this album stands as a testament to conviction and dedication for all of us to enjoy and be inspired by.

                With this in mind, when talking about this record, for Lady Wray, it's about a larger purpose. "My goal is always to help and to heal people with singing," she explains. "Part of that is to try and bring back real music, real singing, so people can feel something again." Now, she's not dissing anyone here, to be clear. It's just that Lady Wray cannot sing without tapping into something deeper, searching for that shared compassion between all of us. Perhaps it comes from her church upbringing, or maybe from her years of trials and tribulations in the music industry. Either way, Lady Wray is looking to bring that "Good Sound" back and the good feelings that come with it. She calls it "those inner hands," and she always means to stir them up, grabbing your attention from within.

                TRACK LISTING

                SIDE A:
                1. I Do
                2. Through It All
                3. Piece Of Me
                4. Come On In
                5. Under The Sun
                6. Where Were You

                SIDE B:
                1. Beauty In The Fire
                2. Games People Play
                3. Melody
                4. Thank You
                5. Joy & Pain
                6. Storms

                Marsden & Richardson

                Marsden & Richardson

                  Russell Marsden and Emma Richardson first started writing songs together in their teens after meeting at school in their Southampton hometown. Forming Band of Skulls 17 years ago with drummer Matt Hayward, they went on to make five acclaimed studio albums together. Now, the pair have temporarily stepped away from Band of Skulls to focus on a new musical project they’ve been dreaming about since their earliest songwriting days.

                  The album covers the full breadth of human emotions, mining deeply into songs about human connection, vulnerability, loss, change, love, identity and forgiveness – as well as the future and hope. It’s vast in scope, something magnified by its grandiose cinematic feel that leans towards the soaring jazz arrangements of the 40s and 50s. The album’s strings were scored and directed by Tom Edwards, who had worked with Band of Skulls previously when he’d reimagined several of their songs. “When Tom sent back the first song, ‘Outsider’, it was a jaw-dropping moment for us to see what he’d done with it,” Emma says. “We challenged him to take inspiration from the incredible composers and arrangers from the 40s and 50s jazz era such as Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins. Russell and I have always loved those records and the string arrangements from that time always stagger us and Tom got this entirely. What he did with the strings, time and time again blew us away.”

                  Nostalgia is another theme running throughout the album. The pair sight a Portuguese word  ‘Saudade’ which refers to the nostalgic feeling of longing for something that’s passed and is no longer around, but also looks forward with hope to the possibilities of the future. “This concept played on our minds,” Emma says, thinking the idea could be the thread which ties the album’s songs together. It’s seen well on ‘Mama’, which sees a character singing with nostalgia about memories from childhood and realising the love they had then will shape their own future. ‘Oh Forgiveness’ looks back on a difficult past but finds catharsis in looking forward and ‘That’s What Other People Do’ sees a couple finding a connection by revisiting memories from the past.

                  The album began to be put together just prior to lockdown; it was written and recorded in a new, home studio built in Russell’s basement. The studio was named Snook after John Snook who built the house in 1838. With the two playing almost all the instruments between them for the very first time.

                  The Snook studio freed the pair from time constraints and enabled them to perfect their songcraft and production. For the first time, Russell produced the album. “It was something that I always really had an interest in and always wanted to do,” Russell explains. “The situation kind of forced me to just do it – there was no way of meeting up with anybody or working with anyone else. We’d worked with some amazing producers in the past – Richard X, Gil Norton, Nick Launay and Ian Davenport. I’m grateful for the time I got to spend working alongside such talented people, yet it felt like I had them looking over my shoulder when I started work on my debut production. I spoke to Ian during the process, and I confessed, ‘I’m going to take on the role of producer “and he was like, ‘Oh, I always thought you’d do that Russell,’ which was actually very reassuring.”

                  Whilst this project is very much separate from Band of Skulls, it is still very much “running alongside” what the duo are doing now, according to Emma. “We wanted to look back to those records which have always inspired us, records with a strong songwriting duo like Nancy and Lee, Simon and Garfunkel. They created their own self-titled, self-contained sonic world and we wanted to do that with this album.

                  “We also wanted to celebrate our own songwriting partnership. We’re very proud of these songs and we hope they stand up for us forever. If someone wants to know what we can really do when writing a song, this album should be the place to look. We’re so proud of everything we’ve achieved.”

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Outsider
                  2. One More Question
                  3. Beautiful Love
                  4. Closer Together
                  5. Lonely Hearts
                  6. Mama
                  7. Oh Forgiveness
                  8. Sideways
                  9. That’s What Other People Do
                  10. Water
                  11. There Goes The Moon
                  12. Why Do You Have To Be So Beautiful

                  Brooklyn based drummer/producer Jason Nazary (of Anteloper) makes his We Jazz Records debut with "Spring Collection", released on 25 June. The album sees Nazary crafting some deliciously sparkly solo cuts plus working long disctance with choice collaborators Jaimie Branch, David Leon, Ramon Landolt, Matt Mitchell, Grey McMurray and Michael Coleman. This is essentially a collection of home recordings and the whole operation has an infectious feeling of immediacy to it. The result is improv adjacent electronic music, with modern production aesthetics transposed over spontaneous compositions.

                  Jason writes:

                  "With Spring Collection, my aim was to capture the spirit of spontaneity & collaboration lost in the absence of live music. Like most everyone else last spring, I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands and with all my work cancelled, and with an indefinite lockdown in effect, it became immediately apparent that most of my time – save a walk or two a day around the neighborhood – would be spent in the tiny one bedroom apartment I share with my wife and two cats.

                  What kind of music does one make during lockdown? I would begin my days with a cup of coffee and all the cables of my modest little modular set up in my lap, slowly discovering new sound worlds as I connected one cable after another – these became the beginnings for the pieces in Spring Collection. With these unformed sketches, I would record an improvisation, an exploration of sonics: a small kit of bells, shakers, pans, pots; their resonance captured in fine detail with ultra sensitive microphones. These became, in effect, a conversation first with myself, but later one I knew I had to open up, make social. In the desire not to diminish my collaborative impulses, I felt compelled to involve some of my favorite musicians in the process alongside me."

                  "Spring Collection" is released by We Jazz Records on 25 June on vinyl (neon orange & black vinyl editions), tape and digital formats. The vinyl edition comes with a booklet including original artwork and poetry by Todd Colby.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. An Easy Slide On
                  2. Weird Little Gopher
                  3. Pulses Of Wind, Real Or Imagined (feat. David Leon)
                  4. Slow Bell Jawn B (feat. Ramon Landolt)
                  5. Telefunk
                  6. Dust Moths (feat. Jaimie Branch & Matt Mitchell)
                  7. Rain On Cape (feat. Michael Coleman)
                  8. Days & Nights, For Em (feat. Grey McMurray)
                  9. Goodnight Moss

                  Seafoam Walls

                  XVI

                    Singer/songwriter and guitarist Jayan Bertrand, bassist Josh Ewers, electronic drummer Josue Vargas and guitarist Dion Kerr have coined new genre “Caribbean Jazzgaze” to describe their wholly unique combination of jazz, shoegaze, rock, hip-hop, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms that is Seafoam Walls.Seafoam Walls caught the attention of cultish music and art communities around South Florida with a soundtrack befitting of their dark tropical paradise, and have remained a Miami secret since 2016. Bandleader Jayan began his journey as a musician listening to metal and classic rock. His first formal lessons after a year of self-taught practice came from a family friend and talented jazz guitarist, Bemol Telfort. Although jazz wasn’t his first love but opened his heart to explorations of free improvisation which led to an introduction to Dion, Josh, and Josue — all active members on South Florida’s jazz scene.

                    Seafoam Walls released their first EP, titled R-E-F-L-E-C-T in 2018 and ROOT in 2019 via Bandcamp.The band recently attracted international rock n roll consciousness following a secret all-ages matinee in the gardens of North Miami’s Centre for Subtropical Affairs with DC hardcore photographer Susie J (Teen Idles, Minor Threat, et al.) and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore front row centre. The Miami indie band completed the eight-track album entitled XVI earlier this year. Norwegian sound artist Lasse Marhaug mastered the work, and the band will stream three singles through the summer and autumn months before releasing the complete album at the end of 2021 on seafoam-green coloured vinyl via Daydream Library Series

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1.Sound Check (1:52)
                    2.You Can’t Have Your Cake And Ego Too (5:37)
                    3.Ai (6:02)
                    4.Dependency (2:36)
                    5.You Always Said (5:45)
                    6.Program (2:51)
                    7.See (4:14)
                    8.Rushed Rain (5:49)

                    Spellling

                    The Turning Wheel

                      Red velvet curtains draw back to reveal a cosmic wheel of fortune, floating in the deep black star-studded theater of infinite space. A whirl of timbres, personalities, and stories. The Turning Wheel revolves around themes of human unity, the future, divine love and the enigmatic ups and downs of being a part of this carnival called Life.

                      Venturing to push the boundaries of her primarily synth-based work, Spelling took on the ambitious task of orchestrating and self-producing an album that features an ensemble of 31 collaborating musicians. The Turning Wheel incorporates a vast range of rich acoustic sounds that cast Spelling’s work into vibrant new dimensions. The double LP is split into two halves - “Above” and “Below.” Lush string quartet shimmer combines with haunting banjo and wandering bassoon leads, as the album progresses from the more jubilant, warm, and dreamy mood of the “Above” tracks to the more chilling and gothic tone of the “Below” tracks. This progression is anchored by Spelling’s familiar bewitching vocal style that emphasizes the theatrical and folkloric heart of her songwriting.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Little Deer (5:39)
                      2. Always (5:15)
                      3. Turning Wheel (3:33)
                      4. The Future (3:28)
                      5. Awaken (4:32)
                      6. Emperor With An Egg (3:09)
                      7. Boys At School (7:29)
                      8. Legacy (3:52)
                      9. Queen Of Wands (5:22)
                      10. Magic Act (5:41)
                      11. Revolution (6:00)
                      12. Sweet Talk (3:34)

                      James White And The Blacks

                      Melt Yourself Down - 2022 Reissue

                        Manic No Wave sax frenzy! James White tore up the city blueprints and charted his own map through the sonic sprawl of New York, perfecting a jittery, manic attack on sax and vocals and adopting the persona of a lounge singer in the waiting room of Hell - A maelstrom of chaotic transformations of funk, jazz (et al ) with equal parts James Brown and James White originals that rank among the most incendiary in his repertoire.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Super Bad (James Brown) 
                        2. Melt Yourself Down 
                        3. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Standard) 
                        4. Hot Voodoo (Standard) 
                        5. Cold Sweat (James Brown) 
                        6. These Foolish Things (Standard) 
                        7. Hell On Earth

                        Cool – calm – collected: chapter 15 of this superlative series, compiled by Compost's head honcho Michael Reinboth. 21 tracks, 8 exclusive, previously unreleased tracks. The exciting package comes as 2-CD / 4-LP vinyl. Enjoy!

                        The exclusives by Area (guess you all know his brilliant Innervisions release), Arnau Obiols & KAYYAK (recently featured by Gilles Peterson in his "watch out for 2021" top five list), Ron Deacon (officially belongs to the Workshop-Crew together with other artists like Move D, Even Tuell and Kassem Mosse), Class Compliance (which are Manuel Tur with his Clavis partner Adrian Hoffmann, also known as Paskal & Urban Absolutes or Amberoom), Mille & Hirsch (operators of the fine Polish Records), All Is Well (Fred Everything), Ben Sturm (watch out talent of Leipzig's viral underground scene) and Oliver Kieser (best known as Kieser & Velten with their releases on G-Stone). This wonderful Esa Williams remix of Bantu Clan Vs Sarabi is also previously unreleased.

                        Several magazines voted the Future Sounds Of Jazz as one of the best compilation series of all time. With this series, starting in 1995, the term Future Jazz became a genre landmark.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Typesun - Last Home (DJ Nature Remix)
                        2. Brandi Ifgray - Bones (Maurice Fulton Vibe Mix)
                        3. Lucas Croon - Turkischer Tee
                        4. Ron Deacon - Untitled B2 Brando Jazz (Previously Unreleased) [feat. Johanna Jaeremo]
                        5. Oliver Kieser - Oscura Serenata (Previously Unreleased)
                        6. Marni - Floor Of Soul
                        7. Kevin Yost - Another World
                        8. Arnau Obiols & KAYYAK - Tunacheza (Previously Unreleased)
                        9. All Is Well - Day Two (Previously Unreleased)
                        10. Aera - Line Of Conception (Previously Unreleased)
                        11. Toshio Matsuura Group - At Les
                        12. Bantu Clan Vs. Sara - Africa Ni Leo (Esa & Nonku Phiri Kaap Mix)
                        13. Class Compliance - Cuadro (Previously Unreleased)
                        14. Don Carlos - Mediterraneo
                        15. Shina Williams & His African Percussionists - Agboju Logun
                        16. Cotonete - Super Vilain Wants Love (DJ Deep & Romain Poncet Remix)
                        17. Rudoulpho - Sunday Afternoon
                        18. Ben Sturm - Francebeat (Previously Unreleased)
                        19. Mille & Hirsch - Pentagon Flow (Previously Unreleased)
                        20. Martin Buttrich - Meeting Dave Dish
                        21. James Holden & The Animal Spirits - The Neverending

                        Various Artists

                        Mainstream Funk - Funk, Soul, Spritual Jazz 1971-75 Produced By Bob Shad's Mainstream Records

                          Wewantsounds continues its collaboration with Bob Shad's venerable jazz label Mainstream Records, and present a selection of 12 turntable friendly tracks recorded between 1971 and 1975 and showcasing the label's superb blend of Spiritual Jazz, Funk and Soul by the likes of Buddy Terry, Sarah Vaughan, LaMont Johnson and Johnny Coles

                          Most of the tracks are released on vinyl for the first time since their original release in the early 70s. The 2-LP set comes with gatefold sleeve featuring neverseen photos from the Mainstream vaults and new liner notes by UK journalist Paul Bowler.Mainstream Records is one of the key independent jazz labels of the early 70s, together with Flying Dutchman, Strata East, CTI and Black Jazz. Founded by legendary label man Bob Shad (who had been head of A&R at Mercury Records and set EmArcy in the 50s), the label concentrated on Psychedelia in the 60s before switching back to Shad's jazz roots in the early 70s, signing a new crop of jazzmen fed on John Coltrane and Miles' electric experiments. Thus was born the cult Mainstream "300 series" with its distinctive artwork and outstanding music from which this selection is largely drawn.

                          Giving a chance to many young jazz players and a few old friends, Shad recorded some of the most exciting jazz of the early 70s, mixing spiritual influences with funk and soul. Mainstream Records has a lot more exciting music in the vaults and 'Mainstream Funk' is just the tip of the iceberg serving as a timely reminder that Bob Shad's taste as a producer and A&R man was one of the finest on the scene.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Sarah Vaughan - Inner City Blues
                          Buddy Terry - Quiet Afternoon
                          Blue Mitchell - Last Tango In Paris
                          LaMont Johnson - M'Bassa
                          Prophecy - Betcha Can't Guess My Sign
                          Dave Hubbard - Family Affair
                          Sugar Billy - Super Duper Love Pt. 1
                          John White - Right Off
                          Mike Longo - Matrix
                          Barry Miles - Little Heart Of Pieces
                          Johnny Coles - Betty's Bossa
                          Pete Yellin - It's The Right Thing

                          "New Flava Volume 1" is an audacious project birthed in Austin Aggrey-Odoom's brain in the Spring of 1995. Austin, being a devoted Christian as well as a massive music fan, was a regular at different churches across the London Area during the mid-90's. He then connected with many young aspiring gospel / soul / r&b singers and had the idea to produce a gospel album that could appeal to a younger crowd, mixing US r&b influences, to create a new kind of Christian r&b that could have radio potential, while showcasing U.K.'s underground soul talents from the gospel community. His love of God and passion for music would finally merge into this hybrid compilation project called "New Flava Volume 1".

                          With the help of producer Paul Cumberbatch, they recorded a selection of the finest voices that Austin could find amongst the gospel circuit. Inspired by popular US r&b / hip-hop artists of that time, they aimed to recreate a heavy and well-polished sound that would resonate with the fans of Mary J. Blige, Joe and SWV amongst others. The result is quite mind-blowing, Cumberbatch's top-notch productions make a strong foundation to let the artists shine throughout the compilation, such as Tyrone Henry on the instant-classic "Time For You And Me" or the label-favorite "Heaven Is In My Home" by Jasmine Kirby. The UK has always been a great hunting ground for soul talents, and this compilation is yet another example of it. Now for the first time on 2xLP, "New Flava Volume One" is a must-have for any 90's R&B collectors !


                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: Don't let the god squad put you off! This will still appeal to our secular listeners! Seriously good street-soul, r&b comp from the mid 90s - check!

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Tyrone Henry - Time For You And Me
                          Marissa Anglin & Charlene Reid - I Just Wanna Thank You
                          John Gibbons - Turn It Inside Out
                          Janine Cross - That’s What I Believe
                          Raymond Dyer - Come Inside And Look
                          Samantha Edwards - My Reason For Life
                          Jasmine Kirby - Heaven Is In My Home
                          Tyrone Henry - Curious
                          Charlene Reid - Spirit In My Life
                          John Gibbons & Marissa Anglin - Are You In The Light
                          Stella - Love So Unconditional
                          Tyrone Henry - Do You Really Know
                          Gillian Newbhard - Lord We Honour Your Name

                          Various Artists

                          Soul Jazz Records Presents - Life Between Islands - Soundsystem Culture: Black Musical Expression In The UK 1973-2006

                          Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Life Between Islands’ collection is inspired by the launch of Tate Britain’s exhibition of the same name. This landmark exhibition explores the links between Caribbean and British art and culture from the 1950s to now. ‘Soundsystem Culture: Black Musical Expression in the UK 1973-2006’, focuses on the most important Black British musical styles to emerge out of the distinctly Caribbean world of sound systems. The album features an all-star line-up including Dennis Bovell, Shut Up and Dance, Cymande, Digital Mystikz, Brown Sugar, Funk Masters, Janet Kay, Ragga Twins and more.

                          The album is a lightning-rod journey across Roots Reggae, Jungle , Jazz- Funk, Lovers Rock, Jazz, Dubstep and more. Much of Soul Jazz Records’ catalogue comes out of these genres and this album is partly an overview of some of Soul Jazz’s earlier releases (including Digital Mystikz’ long-deleted groundbreaking and now highly collectible single ‘Misty Winter’) alongside some choice rare and classic tunes that span over 30 years of sound system culture.

                          Many of the tracks represent how Black British artists defined their own identity, with songs such as Brown Sugar’s righteous ‘Black Pride’, ‘I’m In Love with A Dreadlocks’ and Tabby Cat Kelly’s powerful ‘Don’t Call Us Immigrants’. Aside from being musically rooted in the distinctly Jamaican-born phenomenon of the sound system, much of this identity is also shaped by the triangular relationship of being British-born, of Caribbean heritage, and with an equal love of African-American Jazz, Funk and Soul, as evidenced with many Lovers Rock reggae covers of American soul tunes (such as those of Jean Carn, William de Vaughan and Rose Royce featured here). This stateside influence can also be heard in groups such as the Funk Masters, a group formed by reggae radio DJ Tony Williams, whose jazz-funk music successfully crossed over into New York’s clubland, as well as the great Cymande, whose unique street-funk became staple material for numerous US hip-hop artists in the years that followed.

                          In the early 1990s, jungle and drum and bass artists took the essence of reggae’s soundsystem culture - MCs, dubplates, crews - and applied them to their own music, applying heavy reggae bass lines to intense double-speed drum breakbeats. At the forefront of this new movement were the duo Shut Up and Dance, working closely with The Ragga Twins, aka Deman Rocker and Flinty Badman, both MCs for North London’s infamous Unity reggae soundsytem. In the early 2000s, dubstep, spearheaded by Digital Mystikz, became the latest instalment in this ever evolving soundsystem culture.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: Dang this is good! Skilfully joining the dots of sound system culture from its very beginning till now would seem like a daunting task for anyone. But guided by the Black identity of the majority of Sounds, Soul Jazz offer up a catch-all release that takes us from roots reggae and soul to jungle and dubstep without ever losing sight of the subwoofer. A phenomenal collection which, by way of a few choicely licensed joints ("Misty Winter", "RK1" especially), should be a instant-buy for anyone with a penchant for UK dance music.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Black Slate - Sticks Man
                          Dee Sharp - Rising To The Top
                          Asher Senator - One Bible 
                          Cymande - Fug
                          Digital Mystikz - Misty Winter
                          Winston Curtis - Be Thankful For What You’ve Got
                          Trevor Hartley - It Must Be Love
                          Shut Up And Dance featuring The Ragga Twins - Java Bass
                          Brown Sugar - Black Pride
                          The Terrorist - RK1
                          Black Harmony - Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
                          Pebbles - Positive Vibrations
                          The Ragga Twins - Ragga Trip
                          Janet Kay And Alton Ellis - Still In Love
                          Funk Masters - Love Money
                          Cosmic Idren - Compelled
                          Harry Beckett - No Time For Hello
                          Sandra Reid - Ooh Boy
                          Tabby Cat Kelly - Don’t Call Us Immigrants
                          Brown Sugar - I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks

                          Born in 1932 in Tokyo, Kiyoshi Yamaya started his musical career in 1953 when he played in various jazz bands in town. In 1957, Yamaya joined Nobuo Hara's famous jazz big band Sharps & Flats as a baritone saxophone player and started composing, arranging, and recording for them and other big bands. He became a key jazz figure in Japan in the sixties together with Norio Maeda and Keitaro Miho, both jazz pianists, composers and arrangers, by forming the Modern Jazz Three Association – which aimed at improving the level of Japanese jazz composition and arrangement. In the mid-seventies, his Contemporary Sound Orchestra explored jazz funk fusions with traditional Japanese melodies and instruments such as the shakuhachi, koto, biwa, and shamisen. These works were recorded for a series of panoramic Japanese albums released domestically on Denon and Nippon Columbia, from which the tracks on this compilation are taken from.

                          Toshiko Yonekawa, born 1913 in the city of Himeji, not so far from Osaka, is the eldest daughter of koto and shamisen master Kin'o Yonekawa. She started studying both instruments with her talented father from the age of 3, played in her first concert at 8, and was only 12 years old when she first appeared on national radio. Her unique style of koto playing is widely recognized due to the extreme accuracy of the intonation and rhythm, as well as the unequaled beauty of the instrument's sonority. After a life decorated with awards and prizes, Toshiko Yonekawa was named a Living National Treasure in 1996.

                          Born in Tokyo in 1950, Kifu Mitsuhashi is a great master of Koto style shakuhachi. After completing the NHK Hōgaku Training Program in 1972, Mitsuhashi became a member of Pro Musica Nipponia, a group of leading composers and top-ranking musicians devoted to performing a wide-ranging repertoire of classical and contemporary compositions from both Japan and the West – in which all music is performed by traditional Japanese musical instruments. Mitsuhashi has toured the world for hundreds of recitals, also as a soloist, and has performed his art with the greatest ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 2020, Kifu Mitsuhashi was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Nanbu Ushioi-Uta (feat. Kifu Mitsuhashi)
                          2. Isohama Bon-Uta (feat. Toshiko Yonekawa)
                          3. Hohai-Bushi (feat. Kifu Mitsuhashi)
                          4. Otemoyan (feat. Toshiko Yonekawa)
                          5. Aizu Bandaisan (feat. Kifu Mitsuhashi)
                          6. Saitaro-Bushi (feat. Toshiko Yonekawa)
                          7. Soma Nagareyama (feat. Kifu Mitsuhashi)
                          8. Yagi-Bushi (feat. Toshiko Yonekawa)
                          9. Asadoya Yunta (feat. Kifu Mitsuhashi)
                          10. Konpira Fune Fune (feat. Toshiko Yonekawa)


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