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Little Sunflower

THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

It's our lucky day, here we have a beautiful official repress of this soul classic by Freddie Hubbard, plucked out of the furthest reaches of the Columbia vaults. Lifted from Hubbard's lauded 1979 LP 'The Love Connection', this sublime piece of melodic, deep, Soul / Jazz will have ears and minds open with its instantly recognisable opening string sequence. Used to devastating effect on Pepe Bradock's all-time 1999 deep-House classic 'Deep Burnt', those sweeping strings capture us and lead us into a epic journey with the wondrous vocal stylings of the legendary singer Al Jarreau. This is prime early morning music, pushing all the right buttons and spreading light wherever it is played, a beautiful beautiful record indeed. What is essentially an extended and rearranged version of Hubbard's 1967 original, the '79 version of 'Little Sunflower' boasts a sumptuous arrangement and production from the mighty Claus Ogerman (Ben E King, Mel Torme, Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim & more). A truly wondrous piece of music, reissued on a single side in its full 12" length of 9+ minutes from the source archive audio. 

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Patrick says: On the off chance you've never been to a nightclub, I'll inform you that this was the jazz cut which Pepe Bradock flipped for the seminal deep house anthem “Deep Burnt”. Thing is, even though it spawned the essential deep house track, it's actually better in its original form...

"Some Rap Songs" is the follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed "I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside". In the New Year of 2018, Earl promised the release of new music on Twitter, which would bring an end to his close to 4 year absence from the rap game.

After performing multiple unreleased tracks during live shows, and following a personally rough year for the rapper, including the death of his father, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Earl indicated on social media that new music was imminent as we neared the closure of 2018.

During the first week of November, Earl’s social media pages released three daily videos, each featuring complex visuals and snippets of forthcoming audio, strongly believed to be linked to the forthcoming album, with the final video confirming an upcoming single titled “Nowhere2go.”

The album was finally announced on Earl’s Instagram account, after having released the second single for the album, “The Mint.” Fans will not be disappointed: his distinctive, effortless drawl winding through suffocated, sweltering beats; taking cues from the stop-start, cut-n-paste ethic of Madlib and with a similar, trunk-boppin' weight in the low end. Infact, it's this attention to the low end that I guess sets it apart from the two albums which precede it, which tended to be lo-fi in nature and somewhat tailored towards headphone listening. This new album is gonna BANG in the jeep or the club, while his lyrical content is as on point and as poignant as ever; immediately introspective, cryptic and littered with observation. In short, there's no one quite like Earl, and "Some Rap Songs" sees the troubled rapper working through his trials and tribulations with an honest, analytical and at times heartfelt methodology. A masterpiece!


Collaborating once again with legendary producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Tom Petty), "Home Before Dark" is a vivid 12 track masterclass in compelling songwriting and the follow up to 2005's highly acclaimed "12 Songs". "Home Before Dark" features twelve original songs written by Neil Diamond and was recorded in Los Angeles with guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench (from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), along with bassist/acoustic guitarist Smokey Hormel and guitarist Matt Sweeney. Highlights on the album are many, including the stunning lead single "Pretty Amazing Grace" and a striking duet with the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines on "Another Day (That Time Forgot)".


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