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Guts Presents: Straight From The Decks

    After his acclaimed Beach Diggin’ series, renowned French-DJ/producer/ digger Guts is back with a new compilation! The finest selection of “classics” from his famous DJ sets, those tried and tested tunes he reaches for time and time again. 17 tracks of Latin, soul, boogie, Afrobeat and zouk from Cape Verde, Brazil, Equatorial Guinea, France, Portugal and beyond!

    “The process of compiling started six or seven years ago, an itch that I scratched by putting out the Beach Diggin compilations. Exploring dusty crates for hours, unearthing those pearls and gluing them together with others of their kind. Bits of this, bits of that, looking back it’s what made me want to return to DJing, and so return to it I did. More recently, if I’m not on stage or in the studio, I spend my time crossing the world behind two turntables and a mixer, often dancing as much as those in the crowd. For most of my sets I’ll have around a hundred records with me, I’ll draw from them depending on the state of mind in that particular moment. Call it my immediate stock of music if you like. Things in my bag may only remain in there a short period of time before getting swapped out for something else. Others may make an appearances a little more often, then of course there are the loyal favourites that may stay in my bag for months on end and feature in all my sets. So for this compilation, “Straight From The Decks”, there are seventeen tunes that constitute the true essence of my DJ sets. To listen at home, or to remind you of the atmosphere you may have experienced at one of them. Or, perhaps to entice you to attend the next one...” - Guts

    French national, Ibiza resident and intrepid beach digger Guts, takes you on a deep journey from Brazil, via the Caribbean islands and Africa to create the tropical Afrobeat album ‘Philantropiques’. Afro trance, Brazilian jazz funk and frantic percussion are all explored over this 13 track offering.
    Lead singles “Kenke Corner” and “Mucagiami” step effortlessly between the dancefloor to ballad, the latter featuring a stunning vocal performance from Angolan vocalist, Vum Vum.
    Now five albums deep into his recording career, he’s built a loyal fanbase and following from his early days as a beatmaker. Guts’ initial spirit of sampling, sequencing and programming still remains but it has now morphed into something of a full-on musical opus.
    ’Philantropiques’ is an experimental yet sunny outing, comprising longer tracks that open up into carefully considered arrangements. One strong theme that runs throughout is the vibrations of the Southern Hemisphere, somewhere Guts has been so well associated with over the years. His compilation series, “Beach Diggin”, now in its fifth volume, brings together highly sought-after rarities, lovingly curated with long-time friend, collaborator and visual artist, Mambo.
    To help him realise this new musical plan, Guts set up a brand new live band featuring: Kenny Ruby on bass, Christiane Prince on drums, Cyril Atef on percussion, alongside Adelaide Songeons and Ben Abarbanel-Wolff on the horns. This was the musical base, around which all the other elements were to be composed by a whole host of other musicians, MCs, vocalists and creatives including saxophist Jowee Omicil, guitarist Lameck Macaba, Djeuhdjoah and Lieutenant Nicholson, storyteller Pat Kalla, Brazilian legend Pinduca, vocalists Nazaré Perera & Catia Wernec, and also French jazz virtuoso pianist, Mario Canonge.

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    Ethiopiques Box Vol. 2

      Reissue for the first time of original Ethiopian 7inch with the beautiful artwork. 6 different 7inch plus a poster and 6 stickers included in a boxset. Track Selection, by Francis Falceto (ethiopiques series founder and Ethiopian music specialist).

      Following the success of volume 1, sold out at the record store day 2017, Heavenly Sweetness decided with Francis Falceto to give a follow up to this boxset of Ethiopian singles. Francis plunged into his impressive collection of Ethiopian records to bring out colourful pearls.

      There are great names of the golden age of Ethiopian music such as Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete, Ali Mohamed Birra but also less known artists to be rediscovered as Muluquen Melesse, Alayew Mesfin or Seyoum Gebreyes. This box is a tribute to the Ethiopian music producer Ali Tango, who produced most of these EP’s.

      Edmony Krater

      An Ka Sonje

        Following the reissue of his cult 1988 album ‘Tijan Pou Velo’, Heavenly Sweetness decided to continue their collaboration with Guadeloupean musician Edmony Krater and record a new album together, his first one in 30 years!

        As an avant-gardist percussionist, singer and trumpet player, Edmony Krater has always worked to develop and promote the gwoka music of Guadeloupe and to feed it with different influences, from jazz to reggae. This approach is again evident on ‘An Ka Sonje ‘ as he merges these influences and sounds to mesmerising effect.

        After introducing the wider world to the DIY electronics and sunkissed rhythms of the French West Indies via their first volume, Heavenly Sweetness wow us once again with the mighty Digital Zandoli compilation. Compiled by world renowned French diggers Julien Achard (Diggers Digest) and Nicolas Skliris (Superfly Records) Volume 2 contains twelve new musical weapons for the dancefloor from the French West Indies Zouk scene.
        This second instalment kicks off in wall shaking style with the tough beats, sound system bass and zouk/dancehall hybrid of "Ban Di Fwan" by Coco / Fabert, before cooling down via an instrumental of Wach' Da's "Confrontation", a sultry poolside roller with fat synth bass and airy flute riffs. Michel Alibo brings the tonalities of US RnB to his tropical rhythm on the A3, before the B-side brings the soulful sound of Osmose, Juliane's synth-zouk stepper and a loved up romp from Champagn'. Onto the second disc and we get a synth-disco stomper from Jo Star (killer!), Alex Rosa's "Sistern" (file next to your Tabuley Rochereau "Hafi Deo") and the body bending banger "Pou Qui A" by Patrick Nuissier. There's no let up on the heat as we hit the D-side, riding the digitally flipped tradional rhythm of Vik'In's "Tension La Ka Mont", chanting along to the gruff vocals of Joyeaux De Cocotier's funk bomb, a skanking with a smile to Djeminay's dubwise "Sun Plash".
        Once again it's an all killer, no filler affair, shining a well deserved spotlight on a forgotten corner of the global music map. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: I was over in Paris recently on a digging mission, and the flea markets, pound bins and second hand stores are swamped with shit zouk records. It's with this in mind that I give Julien and Nicolas my utmost respect for wading through the wasteland to find only the finest cuts from the French West Indies. Volume One was amazing, but this is better! Bon chance!

        Classic sounding but contemporary hip-hop here from beatmakers Tagi & Steven Beatberg who, after previously producing instrumentals finally get round to presenting a comprehensive, multi-voice album with a wealth of collaborators. Falling in the same vein as the conscious, chilled and weed-friendly styles of DJ Food, Mr. Scuff, Dilated People's, Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, The Roots etc. The album features rapper Big Pooh, former member of the Little Brother group, the contemporary soul star Lisa Spada, alongside, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Tiemoko from Paris and many many more. Boom-bap beats; dusty, sample heavy grooves and smooth-ass vocal deliveries that encourage the listener to pay attention and explore the lyrical content. I really like this, it brings back fond memories of days spent skateboard and smoking weed, late afternoons catching the bus home as the sun sets on an industrial landscape. Of hanging out in small terrace house bedrooms and backyards. There's a real emotion, spirit and flavour to nearly every track. 

        After the success of ‘Kouté Jazz’, Heavenly Sweetness comes back with a dancefloor compilation, something keep your feet moving through the whole summer! 13 disco, boogie and zouk tracks recorded in the 80's in the West Indies.

        This is a dancefloor album compiled by Digger’s Digest and is a great project for fans of the Tropical music movement and electronic music with 12 tracks that have never compiled before.

        The advantage of this selection is that it reveals a broader spectrum to the Zouk music style that is poorly defined. Consider the tracks hidden gems, despite previously being interpreted by some big names in Caribbean music (Pierre-Edouard Decimus / Patrick St. Eloi / Eddy La Viny). These Tracks reveal this will of singularity, this merger between traditional and other rhythms genres (funk, disco, afro-beat, Latin Brazilian), with the addition of new instruments such as synthesizers and drums machine in the creative process.

        In many Zouk's albums, this period often included one or even several tracks that were qualified as "proto-zouk" and "funky-zouk" or the "boogie-zouk" to emphasize the fusion of genres. But these tracks have remained unknown to the general public...

        "Infini" is a beautiful CD recorded recently in France, but done with the same spiritual undercurrents of 70s independent jazz vocal work from the USA. Anne Wirz sings in both English and French, and she's drawing here on some great inspirations -- material from Sathima Bea Benjamin ("Music"), Herbie Hancock and Mark Murphy ("Maiden Voyage"), Michel Legrand, and Carlos Garnett ("Mother Of The Future") as well as some of her own great compositions too! Backing is by a small combo that includes the mighty John Betsch on drums, plus piano, Fender Rhodes, bass, and a bit of harp, all recorded with a nice sense of warmth and soul, in the manner of other recent contemporary classics on the Heavenly Sweetness label.


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