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Running The Voodoo Down Vol.2 - Explorations In Psych-rock-funk-soul-jazz 1965-77

Carefully assembled by Dean Rudland and Tony Harlow the set looks at a decade when African-American music was exploring myriad new directions against a backdrop of incredible and explosive social change and features the likes of John Coltrane, MC5, Shuggie Otis, Sonnie Sharrock, Dr. John, Isaac Hayes, Joe Zawinul and Melvin Van Peebles. Whilst not all of this music was commercially successful at the time, its importance and its influence on subsequent generations of artists – both black and white – has continued to grow over the years. A compilation for the heads, not a playlist.

As the blissed out 60s turned dark and political, music led the way and it became important to have a message to deliver whatever the medium. Coltrane’s fierce energy revitalised jazz which was languishing in the doldrums of hard bop and organ trios, and inspired a new generation of politically active and motivated creators, but it also inspired a new generation of rock musicians who used his modal experiments as a launching pad for a spacier more underground music. The Byrds stuck within the “pop single” format but melded the energy of Coltrane’s “perfect” modal exploration My Favourite Things with their attempts to capture the mood of the Ravi Shankar pieces that had influenced Coltrane.” Eight Miles High combined the contemporary excitement of space travel with clear hidden references to the growing drug culture and captured lift off perfectly.

The music of a new generation of jazz players influenced deeply by the rock explorations of Eddie Hazel and Jimi Hendrix, and by the new afrocentric politics, but wanting to reach out in a voice their community could understand was another part of this. Alumni and friends of the various Miles Davis bands formed solo projects on every side, especially after the surprise success of Bitches Brew (it sold a million copies).

As music expanded its palatte so too did Black Art, Poetry and film. The brilliant recent exhibition Soul Of A Man [Tate London 2017] captured the explosion in politically motivated art led by creators like Emory Douglas. Isaac “Black Moses” Hayes was in the forefront as his starring role in Shaft pioneered the new genre of Blaxploitation. But the genre was really started by less remembered Black entrepreneur Melvin Van Peebles. Van Peebles was a bohemian Renaissance man, who acted, wrote novels (in French) and poetry, and from the late 1960s made a series of low budget and self funded films.

Van Peebles poetic streak also spilt over into recordings – always heavily politicised and representative of the the new African American militancy. Van Peebles classic Brer Soul represents a milestone of the genre, whilst his album Serious as a Heart Attack shared its name with Val Wilmer’s awesome book on her life amongst the world of free and loft jazz and featured Van Peebles on the cover in a slogan shirt stating “Rated X by an All White Jury”.

This was psychedelic music, liked by rock fans and the counterculture, but grounded deeply in jazz and constantly referencing the fact in its lyrics. 


77:78, the new project from Aaron Fletcher & Tim Parkin, card carrying members of the musical kaleidoscope that is The Bees.

Set to pick up where the Bees left off, the album was recorded at Studio Humbug on the Isle of Wight and musically picks it way from sublime west coast harmonies that recall the frayed beauty of the Beach Boys Smiley Smile , to the ramshackle dub of King Tubby via the playfulness of early Syd Barret. The album will be available on coloured orange vinyl.

“Some musicians and bands definitely have their sound and stick to it, which is fair enough, but that’s just not us. Whenever we’re in the studio we’re constantly inspired to go down different musical paths, which I suppose is why the record we’ve made sounds so diverse. “

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Perfect hazy summer psychedelia, with echoes of 60's classics, imbued with the preceding decades of production knowledge and influences make this ex-Bees side-project more than the sum of it's considerable parts. Brimming with musicality and oozing vibes, this is a summer stormer.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Coloured LP Info: Limited edition orange jelly coloured vinyl.

Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

LP includes MP3 Download Code.

77:78

Chilli - Inc. Dubwood Allstars Remix

    77:78, the new project from Aaron Fletcher & Tim Parkin, card-carrying members of the musical kaleidoscope that is The Bees, release Chilli, the latest track to be taken from their debut album, Jellies, which is released on Heavenly Recordings on Friday 6th July.

    There's just 150 copies of this life affirming 7” featuring the original version of Chilli on the A side and on the flip a brilliantly nuts (and soon to be in-demand) remix by Dubwood Allstars. 

    Talking about the track, Aaron said:
    "Chilli is just us being the sort of 70’s dirty ol’ roadhouse blues band that we always wanted to be....dressed in double denim and playing in a desert bar where the chilli is hot as rockets."

    Here’s a quote from Dubwood Allstars:
    "Looking forward to seeing 77:78 ...hope they're as good as when I saw them at The Fillmore in '75, managed to capture this stomping version of Chilli on my Nagra, been in the loft ever since…”

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd 7" Info: The labels are stamped, the sleeves are wraparound risograph prints, individually numbered and poly-bagged.

    Various Artists

    Panama! 2 - Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk On The Isthmus, 1967-77

      Soundway records bring us "Panama! 2", showcasing the unique tropical music created in Panama during the fertile decades of the 1960s and 70s. If you think salsa is the sum total of Latin American music, then think again – the hot sound of Panamanian musica tipica and Calypso Español throws everything into the mix for a non-stop journey through Afro rhythms, carnival sounds, tipica soul and cumbia madness! Listen to the heavy tamborito rhythm of Los Silvertones and you'll hear where the instantly recognizable syncopated beat of modern-day reggaeton was born. Check the country-fied re-versioning of Willie Colon's classic "La Murga" – a perfect repost to those that think Latin music begins and ends with Shakira. Listen to "La Escoba" by Alfredo y su Salsa and see that the currently in-vogue sound of cumbia owes as much to Panama as it does Colombia. Writer and compiler Roberto Ernesto Gyemant trawled the length and breadth of the country in search of elusive records and reclusive musicians. Two years of digging through warehouses and old radio stations in search of crackly records and dusty photos has led to an exhaustive look at the musical culture of this fascinating country.

      Lost LP from 1977, rebuilt from original tapes, by the creator of Black Devil Disco Club. The French electronic music pioneer behind Black Devil Disco Club, released three seminal library albums in the seventies: Suspense (1975), Cosmos 2043 (1977) and The Strange World of Bernard Fevre (1977). A fourth album called Orbit Ceremony, produced just a few months after remained in his home studio and never saw the light; sentenced to almost 40 years in the devil’s vault. By chance, while working on the re-issues, Bernard Fevre recently found the original lost tapes of Orbit Ceremony, including the multi-tracks, which he remixed and remastered himself. Spacy moogs, weird clavinet, and cosmic analog drum machines: it’s all here. The quirky, cosmic library music found on this long deleted 70′s science-fiction-themed album if full of burbling synths and off-kilter melodies. There’s only one man on this planet able to produce such a crazy sound.
      As soon as you press play you know you’ve embarked on a special and unique ‘back to the future’ trip. Don’t worry, fasten your seat belt and relax. Captain Fevre is taking care of everything.


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: * Presented on high quality 180 gram “mustard” coloured vinyl
      * Includes download card
      * Limited Edition

      Talking Heads first LP "77" introduced the New York band perfectly. A mish mash of art-punk-funk, with heavy doses of bubblegum and a splash of the Caribbean. 11 tracks which show off the bands varying influences, David Byrne's weird vocal delivery, and the constant tempo changes and twists in their style. You can hear hints of the moody side of their sound on tracks such as "New Feeling" and "Who Is It?", contrasting with the jolly funk of "Pulled Up" and "Uh Oh Love Has Come To Town" all of this is augmented by the albums standout "Psycho Killer", a brooding slice of paranoid punk that still sounds fresh today.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd LP Info: Re-issue complete with original artwork and re-mastered audio, pressed on high-quality 180 gram vinyl.

      Nostalgia 77

      Quiet Dawn - Inc. Bonobo Remix / Wildflower - Povo Remix

      "Quiet Dawn" is the second single to be taken from Nostalgia 77's highly acclaimed song-based album, "Everything Under The Sun", with featured vocals from Beth Rowley. This 12" boasts an exclusive remix of "Quiet Dawn" by Bonobo (Ninja Tune / Tru Thoughts), clocking in at seven minutes, and guiding the ear in a distinctly deep direction but with an eye on the dancefloor, calling to mind sun-drenched vibes somewhere between Roisin Murphy and Bjork. the second track on the single is the playful Povo reworking of the evocative "Wildflower", from the same album, featuring rich velvety vocals from Lizzy Parks, channelling the classic 50s chanteuses. Club and radio play comes from Gilles Peterson, Annie Mac, Mr Scruff, Snowboy, DJ Food, Kev Beadle, Barry Michael Rutten, Mark Robertson (Spiritual South), Paul Murphy (Afro Art), Adrian Gibson (Jazz Cafe), Simon Lee (Faze Action), Mad Mats, Domu, and many more.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      12" Info: Limited 180g pressing.


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