Chick Corea – Now He Sings, Now He Sobs

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Although Chick Corea’s long career has garnered many stellar recordings, one of the best of the best is the phenomenal Now He Sings, Now He Sobs. A trio session with bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Roy Haynes, this is the disc that cemented Corea’s place in the jazz firmament as a pianist of incomparable skill. His percussive touch, fluid lines, and uniquely inventive approach to improvisation are all in full display.

Corea, Vitous, and Haynes greatly expand the scope of the piano trio as they pull and stretch the concept of group interaction to an entirely new plateau. From the bouncing excitement of Corea’s “Matrix” to the dark blaze of the burning “Step-What Was,” the trio moves as one, constantly arcing into new directions at every turn. Haynes, the elder of the three, is in particularly energetic form, providing a constant fire underneath the churning piano of Corea. Standout cuts include a mesmerizing interpretation of the classic “My One and Only Love,” Corea’s waltzing “Windows,” and the free-form Corea/Vitous duet “Gemini.”

Personnel: Chick Corea (piano); Miroslav Vitous (bass); Roy Haynes (drums).

Tracklist

01. Steps-What Was
02. Matrix
03. Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
04. Now He Beats The Drum-Now He Stops
05. The Law Of Falling And Catching Up
06. Samba Yantra
07. Bossa
08. I Don’t Know
09. Fragments
10. Windows
11. Gemini
12. Pannonica
13. My One and Only Love

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Ron Carter – Uptown Conversation

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Ron Carter’s Uptown Conversation may very well be the most intriguing, challenging, and resonant statement of many he has made over the years as a leader. Originally on the Embryo imprint of Atlantic Records, Wounded Bird now reissues it with two alternate takes. As a prelude to his funkier electric efforts for CTI and the wonderful dates for Milestone Records where he emphasized the piccolo bass, these selections showcase Carter with unlikely partners in early creative improvised settings, a hint of R&B, and some of the hard-charging straight-ahead music that he is most well known for. Flute master Hubert Laws takes a prominent role on several tracks, including the title cut with its funky but not outdated style, where he works in tandem with Carter’s basslines. On “R.J.,” the short hard bop phrasings of Laws and Carter are peppy and brisk, but not clipped. The first rendering of “Little Waltz” apart from the Miles Davis repertoire to which Carter contributed is more pensive and delicate, with Laws at the helm rather than Davis’ trumpet. Carter’s trio recordings with pianist Herbie Hancock and drummer Billy Cobham are cast in a different light, as the lengthy “Half a Row” (referring to six of a twelve-tone row) is at once free, spacy, loose, and very atypical for these soon-to-be fusion pioneers. The three stay in a similar dynamic range during “Einbahnstrasse,” but move to some hard bop changes informed by the brilliant chordal vamping and extrapolating of Hancock, while “Doom” is another 3/4 waltz with chiming piano offsetting Carter’s skittering bass. There’s also a free-and-easy duet with guitarist Sam Brown, and this reissued CD also includes alternate takes of both “Doom” and “Einbahnstrasse” as bonus tracks, the latter piece omitting the dark foreboding intro. Considering the music Ron Carter played preceding and following this effort, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more diverse, intellectually stimulating, enlivened, and especially unrestricted musical statement in his long and enduring career.

Personnel includes: Ron Carter (bass); Hubert Laws (flute); Herbie Hancock (piano); Billy Cobham, Grady Tate (drums).

Tracklist

01. Uptown
02. Ten Strings
03. Half a Row
04. R.J.
05. Little Waltz
06. Einbahnstrasse
07. Doom
08. Einbahnstrasse (Alternate Take)
09. Doom (Alternate Take)

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Ebo Taylor – Life Stories

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Following his recent studio album with Afrobeat Academy, ’Love And Death’, his first international release, Ghanaian highlife guitar legend Ebo Taylor teams up again with Strut for a long overdue definitive compilation of his seminal 1970s recordings, ‘Life Stories’.

This compilation revisits this heyday of Taylor’s work, focusing on his solo albums and some of his lesser known side projects including the dynamite Apagya Show Band and short-lived Taylor-led combos Assase Ase, Super Sounds Namba and The Pelikans. The selection also touches on his writing and production work for C.K. Mann and a collaboration recording with fellow member of early ‘70s nightclub band Blue Monks, Pat Thomas.

Tracks include the anthemic ’Heaven’, sampled by Usher on his hit with Ludacris, ’She Don’t Know’, the original version of the poignant ’Love And Death’ and the rare 15-minute nugget, ’Aba Yaa’. The package features rare photos, original album artwork and sleeve notes by Soundway Records’ Miles Cleret.

For more info and buy check: www.strut-records.com

Tracklist

CD1
01. Heaven
02. Atwer Abroba
03. Victory
04. Ohiani Sua Efir
05. Kwaku Ananse
06. Peace On Earth
07. Aba Yaa
08. Ene Nyame Nam ‘A’ Mensuro
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01. Tamfo Nyi Ekyir
02. Love and Death
03. Ohye Atar Gyan
04. Yes Indeed
05. Mumude
06. What Is Life
07. Etuei
08. Egya Edue

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The Root Source – Fire Walker

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The Root Source have returned, with a quality and timeless follow up to their self titled debut album released in 2007 (FSRCD019). Upon its release, the London based septet were lauded by the likes of Nicola Conte, Snowboy and Gilles Peterson and discerning dance floors around the world took a real heel bashing whenever any of these top DJs played the tracks from the album in their club sets!
This brand new collection has been nurtured lovingly, earnestly, soulfully and truthfully by Hammond Organist/Pianist Andrew Fairclough. Drawing on influences from Deep jazz, Funk and Samba Fusion of 60s and early 70s origin yet wholeheartedly retaining contemporary originality.

For more info and buy check: www.freestylerecords.co.uk

Tracklist

01. Firewalker
02. Soul Space
03. Dervish Whirl
04. Moon Juice
05. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Suite: Pt.1 Oompa Loompa Song/Pt.2
06. Echoes of Your Past
07. Streams

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fLako – The Mesektet

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‘The Mesektet’, in ancient egyptian mythology, is one of the two solar boats used by the sun god ‘Ra’ to travel through the cycle of night and day and carry the moon across the sky. It is told that he died every dusk, had to fight the dark forces of the underworld and bring light to the dead souls as he passed through – just to be reborn in the morning. Just like the sun god, uprising producer fLako uses ‘The Mesektet’ to end the cycle of darkness and prepare for his own rebirth, marking the end of an era in his style of production and move forward into new musical directions, which he already started to explore on his ‘Mini Toolbooth EP’. This release includes a collection of previously unreleased or only digitally available works from the time up until 2008.

For more info check: www.projectmooncircle.com

The tracks are 128kbps quality so you can buy this album HERE

Tracklist

01. Irukandji
02. Sun Ba
03. YeahYeahYeah
04. Sluggish Thing
05. Moving Molecules
06. Knots
07. Crying On The In
08. Drops
09. Druff
10. The Wrong Guy
11. With You
12. Welcome
13. Dwarf Dance
14. Eluma Horns
15. Lullaby
16. Humming
17. One Quarter
18. Lords Of Chaos
19. Thats Right
20. Poeten
21. Chapter 4
22. Sp405
23. Mirror Box
24. Wedjit
25. Passage
26. Colors Of Love
27. Dwarf Spell
28. Hotsh
29. Peter and the Wale
30. Shake It Harder
31. BONUS: Casita
32. BONUS: Trujana
33. BONUS: Loose Bells
34. BONUS: Amigo
35. BONUS: Royal
36. BONUS: Butcher You

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Mndsgn “Birches”

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a sketchbook of sounds ive recorded into the 404. (ideas, records, textures, etc.)
…most of that sht is from my time in LA last yr
diggin thru homies’ crates + recording ideas from homies’ computers when my sht was down & out


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All City Records LA Series

“LA Series” is a series of ten 10’s from L.A. based producers. Simple premise of 2 producers on each record every month starting from January 2010.

for more info and buy check: www.allcityrecordlabel.com

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ACLA10x10x1 – DIBIASE & P.U.D.G.E. – LA Series #1
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Dublin’s All City crew return in force with with an immense split 10″ from LA’s Dibiase and P.U.D.G.E. housed in a B+ designed picture sleeve. Ahead of an equally heavyweight Fat City 12″, South LA’s Dibiase sprawls his sun-drunk boogie wonk all over the A-side, conjuring five short-but-sweet tracks loaded with film samples, neon electroid synthlines and beats that fall somewhere between Ras G and Dilla. On his side, P.U.D.G.E. adds a further six short cuts, building his beats in a wickedly sloppy-jallopy style lifted from Dilla and smudged with a dope smoker’s sense of hazy psychedelia. A fine draw for all the downbeat connoisseurs!

Tracklist

01. P.U.D.G.E. – Awn My Dawn
02. P.U.D.G.E. – Blips Ahoy Mate
03. P.U.D.G.E. – Intro
04. P.U.D.G.E. – Satta Marijuana
05. P.U.D.G.E. & Mr.Dibiase – Smoke It Over
06. Mr.Dibiase – Axel Bop
07. Mr.Dibiase – I Pity The Fool
08. Mr.Dibiase – Spacely Sprocketts
09. Mr.Dibiase – Thrilla Time Slime
10. Mr.Dibiase – WTF
11. P.U.D.G.E. – Afrilude
12. P.U.D.G.E. – Arab Incense

AACLA10x10x2- Take & Matthewdavid – LA Series #2
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2nd 10 of the series comes from Take (Alpha Pup/Eat Concrete/Poobah) and matthewdavid (Dublab/Brainfeeder/Leaving Records) who combine to give us 7 tracks in all again packaged in a B+ sleeve. Take, born and bred in LA, has recorded for Poobah, Eat Concrete, Plug Research and is about to drop his full length on Alpha Pup this year.. With his three tracks, TAKE continues to push the boundaries of left filed experimental Beat music into new directions. The influence of vintage electronic records, 1980’s soul, and hard crunchy beats is apparent as they all get crushed and melted down into fine gold. On the other side Dublab’s matthewdavid gives us his unique brand of beat based warped psychedelia with 4 tracks blending seamlessly into one!

Tracklist

01. Take – Soul Particles
02. Take – I Miss My Brains
03. Take – Warm Ruin
04. Matthewdavid – Sunrise Luminescence
05. Matthewdavid – Late Nite Lo Fi For Dark
06. Matthewdavid – We Helped Pioneer This
07. Matthewdavid – Know You’re Not Alone

ACLA10x10x3 – Ras G & Samiyam – LA Series #3
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3rd 10 of the series comes from Ras_G (Poobah/Brainfeeder) and Samiyam (Poobah/Hyperdub) who give us 3 tracks each. B+ comes correct on the sleeveart once again. Ras needs no introduction – a fixture on the underground hiphop scene in LA since the early 90s and a proud South Central LA resident. One of the founders of the Poo-Bah Label he comes with three bass heavy speaker smashers! On the other side we get three tracks from Samiyam with his signature synth sound, melancholy melodies and off-centre post-Dilla funk.

Tracklist

01. Ras G – Flight Delay
02. Ras G – Ourtrillianted
03. Ras G – Breakfast Blunts
04. Samiyam – Fishsticks
05. Samiyam – Brad
06. Samiyam – Space

ACLA10x10x4 – HouseShoes & Jordan Rockwell – LA Series #4
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4th 10 of the series sees us take a trip to the West Coast via Detroit, Michigan. 2 expats from the Midwest Houseshoes and Jordan Rockswell (formerly Snowman) come with some heavy hip-hop based instrumentals. Houseshoes, known as the ambassador of Detroit hip hop, relocated to Los Angeles in 2006 and we don’t need to go over his credentials here – pressed the classic Jay Dee – Unreleased EP” back in 1996 plus the Phat Kat – Dedication To The Suckers 12” in 99, and as a producer has worked with some of Detroit’s elite emcees – from Dilla and Big Proof, to Elzhi (Slum Village), Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Ty & Kory , Ta’Raach etc – to help contribute to the soundtrack of his city. He comes with 2 slammin tracks here – firstly a nod to his favourite cigarette brand with Newports and then a flip of the classic 60s groover on ‘The Look’. Over on the other side it’s the second run out on All City for Detroit native Jordan Rockswell. He released Street Corner Music with us as Snowman a few years back and he has 3 tracks here – ‘Winter Warfare’, ‘The Groove’ and a great flip of JB on ‘Mr Dynomite’. Usual B+ sleeveart once again – collect the set!

Tracklist

01. HouseShoes – Newports
02. HouseShoes – The Look
03. Jordan Rockswell – Mr.Dynomite
04. Jordan Rockswell – The Groove
05. Jordan Rockswell – Winter Warfare

ACLA10x10x5 – Carlos y Gaby GB (Gifted and Blessed) – LA Series #5
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Reaching the halfway point in the series we take it down a notch to usher in the summer with Carlos Nino, Gaby Hernadez & GB. Carlos Nino is one of LA’s musical driving forces – organizer, producer, arranger, composer, radio dj – spanning the whole musical gamut from hip hop, modern classical to folk and ambient. He has worked with Dwight Trible, seminal jazz group Build an Ark, MC John Robinson (Lil Sic) and released records via Ninja, Kindred Spirits, Alpha Pup amongst others. The three tracks here are an expansive collaboration between himself and vocalist/keyboard player Gaby Hernandez. Three tracks forming as one, the pair describe it as a soundtrack to a sci-fi fantasy that existed in conversations and thoughts between them. Keeping it otherworldly on the flip side GB gives us Sketches of Crop Circles a breathtaking three part track spanning 9 minutes. Involved in the seminal LA/Long Beach Sound in Color label GB has worked with Steve Spacek, Daz I Kue, King Britt amongst others. His recent reinterpretations EP showed, like Nino, he’s a master of many styles and he is without doubt one of the LA underground’s best kept secrets. Super Sharp Snapper B+ comes correct on the cover of course!

Tracklist

01. Carlos y Gaby – Happy Summer Solstice
02. Carlos y Gaby – In The Whirl Emote
03. Carlos y Gaby – Sugar Flowers
04. GB (Gifted & Blessed) – Sketches Of Crop Circles

ACLA10x10x6 – Daedelus & Teebs – LA Series #6
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For the sixth 10 of the series we have lined up one of LA’s old guard and one of the hardest working – Daedelus (Plug Research/Brainfeeder) alongside new comer Teebs (Brainfeeder/Poobah). A founding member of LA’s Dublab internet radio station and with a discography spanning over 10 years not to mention multiple genres, Daedelus’s rep as one of the godfathers of the current beat scene is well earned. His side here reads as one continuous stream of music in six parts. Seamlessly flowing the best it builds right to the last track – Vous Ites Stereo – a fantastic Stereolab flip. On the other side Teebs, who already designed the Knxwledge cover for us earlier this year, comes with 4 lush tracks. One of the privileged few who can post fix his name with the word ‘Brainfeeder’ expect to hear more from him in the future.

Tracklist

01. Daedelus – Fates Say
02. Daedelus – You’ve Heard
03. Daedelus – Old Hears
04. Daedelus – You’ve Know
05. Daedelus – Strange Days
06. Daedelus – Vous Ites Stereo
07. Teebs – Archipelago
08. Teebs – Flower Drum Song
09. Teebs – Anchor Steam
10. Teebs – Untitled 4

ACLA10x10x7 – Dam Funk Vs Computer Jay – LA Series #7
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Number 7 in the series showcasing the sound of two thirds of the MasterBlaster group – Dam Funk & ComputerJay. The ubiquitious Dam Funk needs little introduction. He’s definitely played at a town near you on multiple occasions in the last few years and still has time for his weekly throwdown – Funkmosphere- in Culver City keeping his hood pass most definitely intact. He gives us two tracks here – the first a delicious groover ‘Night Stroll’ and the second a more frenetic workout – ‘3012 Luv Affair’. Flipping over Computer Jay kicks off in an almost ESG-esque vein with ‘Phantom’ following with two further tracks of heavy drums and an array of analog sounds. In keeping with much of the series Jay’s side blends as one packing in a whole heap to his ten minutes.

Tracklist

01. Dam Funk – Fates Say
02. Dam Funk – You’ve Heard
03. Computer Jay – Old Hearts
04. Computer Jay – You’ve Know
05. Computer Jay – Strange Days

ACLA10x10x8 – Mike Gao and Tokimonsta – LA Series #8
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Last of the series for 2010 featuring Tokimonsta (Brainfeeder) and newcomer Mike Gao. Brainfeeder’s First Lady Tokimonsta has had a busy year with releases on Ramp plus a LP for Art Union and she ends 2010 on a strong note with three tracks from the dreamy textures of the opener “Alive” to the loud snap of “Park Walks”. Mixing live instruments, percussion, digital manipulation, and dusty vinyl she has been getting props from Mary Anne Hobbs, Gilles Peterson etc Flip over for experimental Gear Head Mike Gao, a music technology researcher with potentially game-changing iPhone/iPad apps and producer with multiple beat battle wins. A LA beat scene secret down with the Low End Theory since playing in the early days he comes with an impressive hip-hop and music technology resume he gives us 5 soulful tracks with a nod to his home on “California” and beat battles with “Hubris Produca”.

Tracklist

01. Mike Gao – California
02. Mike Gao – Babylon Child
03. Mike Gao – Don’t Tell Me
04. Mike Gao – Hubris Produca
05. Mike Gao – Loving Night
06. Tokimonsta – Alive
07. Tokimonsta – Last Nights Blurry Memories
08. Tokimonsta – Park Walks

ACLA10x10x9 – Coleman and Ta’Raach – LA Series #9
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Up to the penultimate 10 of the series featuring LA photographer Coleman and Motor City native – producer/MC -Ta’Raach. One half of the music/art collective – Mochilla – Coleman has been photographing the city and beyond since he was 12 years old. The man behind the Madvillain cover photos, he has had tracks on Keep In Time & the seminal LA with Love comp but steps up here for his first release proper. 4 tracks in all including the first vocal of the series recorded with Eglo records Fatima on a recent Westside trip. Flipping over for Ta’raach’s side where his 6 tracks blend as one. Having previously released on Sound In Color and Poobah this is his first solo material in a couple of years and he sticks to the beats template here doffing his cap to Guru along the way!

Tracklist

01. Coleman – Earthquake
02. Coleman – Black Bush
03. Coleman – Travles (For My Mother)
04. Coleman – Write Thing feat. Fatim
05. Ta’Raach – A Minor Mishap
06. Ta’Raach – Lemonade (Guru Mix)
07. Ta’Raach – A BC Date
08. Ta’Raach – #4 Band Aid in B Minor – Curled
09. Ta’Raach – #4 Band Aid in B Minor – Turled
10. Ta’Raach – Xxplain In F Minor

ACLA10x10x10 – Exile and Free The Robots – LA Series #10
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Number 10 of 10 comes from Exile (Plug Research) backed with Free the Robots (Alpha Pup). Exiles side is one track broken into four parts, continuing on from his Radio LP, with a myriad of vocal samples and an ever-changing beat this is a fittingly individualistic piece of music to the end the series with. Flipping over for Santa Ana producer Free the Robots who follows on from his recent “Ctrl Alt Delete” LP with three tracks here – the heavy organ vibes of “Young and Yet Too Old”, the MF Doom-esque sound of “Destroy” and ending the series, appropriately enough, with a shout to percussion on “To the Drum”!

Tracklist

01. Exile – Distopian Utopia
02. Exile – PCP Laced Beedies
03. Exile – Love for sell/Bots have feelings
04. Exile – Dawn Of The Nothing
05. Free The Robots – Young & Yet Too Old
06. Free The Robots – Destroy
07. Free The Robots – With The Drum

V/A – STROKE.MUSIC

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STROKE.ARTFAIR is teaming up with PROJECT MOONCIRCLE to present an incredible selection of sounds and artworks.

The STROKE.ARTFAIR is the worlds first art fair with a main focus on all developements concerning the worldwide movement of the so called Urban Art. The fair was planned as a wandering-concept to justice the demands of this international art movement. The STROKE.ARTFAIR took already place twice in Munich (October ’09 and Mai ’10) and once in Berlin (October ’10). The next issue of the fair – STROKE.ARTFAIR – will take place once again in Munich (may 26 – 29). Additional shows will be presented throughout Germany next year.
Project: Mooncircle – founded in 2002 and presently one of the most creative german Music-labels – have teamed up to present STROKE.MUSIC, their first joint cooperation; a “soundtrack to art”. The Berlin based label, with its unconventional and genre-crossing mixture between Hip Hop, Electronica, Downbeat, Soul, and Dubstep, and the first worldwide Urban Art Fair share a great set of ideals and, therefore, promise to be the perfect partners for STROKE.MUSIC. To bring STROKE.MUSIC into being, the artists of the STROKE.ARTFAIR galleries were asked to choose their personal favorite song out of the vast musical label-archive and use it as inspiration to create a new piece of art. The results of this venture will be presented in Munich during the STROKE.ARTFAIR in a special exhibition. Every interested visitor will be able to listen to the music while looking at the art in order to blend the impressions into a complete audio-visual experience. The STROKE.MUSIC compilation will be available as a free download for the first thousand interested listeners. Afterwards, every art- and music-aficionado can acquire the compilation for the price they believe to be appropriate.

The compilation includes acts like Robot Koch, fLako, John Robinson, DZA, Comfort Fit, Mike Gao, Dday One, Numaads, Glen Porter, The Q4, Long Arm, Graciela Maria, Pavel Dovgal, Joe Kickass, Killing Skills, Ta Ku, Szenario, Nienvox and more…

Tracklist

01. Long Arm – Double Bass In Love
02. 40 Winks – The Day Breaks
03. Dday One – Look Again (Dday One Remix)
04. The Q4 – Lose Control
05. Nienvox – Left
06. Numaads – 5 Minutes (STROKE.EXCLUSIVE)
07. Graciela Maria – Through The Night
08. Pavel Dovgal – Andromeda
09. Killing Skills – Van Dijck Brown
10. Robot Koch – Water and Soultions
11. Numaads – Now (Robot Koch Remix)
12. Glen Porter – 5AM
13. Robot Koch and John Robinson – The Planet Is My Canvas
14. Comfort Fit – Bermuda
15. Ta Ku – Zine High (STROKE.EXCLUSIVE)
16. Joe Kickass – That Type Of Night (STROKE.EXCLUSIVE)
17. DZA – Pick a Star (STROKE.EXCLUSIVE)
18. fLako – Shake It Harder
19. Szenario – Another One ft. Jazuk Czep
20. Mike Gao – Melamine

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Mike Gao – Sun Shadows

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Sun Shadows is Mike Gao’s first solo release following his contribution to All City’s LA 10″ series. The heart of the album deals with the shadows of failed love, leading to a drive to change the production game itself through technological innovation, ultimately manifesting into a brighter, sunnier future. The aesthetics have been carefully selected to deliver his message, an album far from a soulless scientific demonstration: Sun Shadows is a direct pipeline into Mike Gao’s heart, bridged by self made technology to effortlessly improvise chords straight from the soul and write drums by beatboxing into an iPhone.

for more info and buy check: www.alphapuprecords.com

Tracklist

01. 10th Letter
02. BOVGVEREAV (Bouguereau’s YOUTH AND CUPID)
03. Don’t Fake the Funk (feat. Zackey Force Funk)
04. Straight Edge Girls (eLan sub mix)
05. The Ineffable
06. Worthy Unworthy
07. CRIME KILLZ x HUMANSUIT (Remix)
08. End Sequence (Glimpse)
09. Murasaki Kumo

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John Coltrane – Kulu Se Mama

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Kulu Se Mama is a somewhat neglected LP recorded by John Coltrane in 1965 during a key transitional stage in his career. Two of the album’s three lengthy tracks (“Vigil” and “Welcome”) feature the legendary saxophonist with his classic quartet (including bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones, and pianist McCoy Tyner). And these pieces have the open, exploratory, modal feel familiar to fans of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme period. “Kulu Se Mama” itself features an expanded line-up that includes saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, drummer Frank Butler, bassist and bass clarinetist Donald Garrett, and percussionist/singer Juno Lewis (who wrote the piece), with an African feel that includes layered polyrhythms and chanted vocals.

Personnel: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone, percussion, bells); Juno Lewis (vocals, conch shell, percussion); Donald Rafael Garrett (bass clarinet, percussion); Pharoah Sanders (tenor saxophone, kalimba, percussion); McCoy Tyner (piano); Frank Butler (drums, percussion, background vocals); Elvin Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. Kulu Se Mama (Juno Se Mama)
02. Vigil
03. Welcome
04. Selflessness
05. Dust Dawn
06. Dust Dawn (Alternate Take)

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Horace Parlan – Speakin’ My Piece

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Another fine jazz pianist from Pittsburgh, Horace Parlan has excelled in styles both straight-ahead (Stanley Turrentine) and edgy (Charles Mingus). He’s a swinging, melodious hard bop player with subtle shades of blues in his approach, which perfectly suits 1960′s Speakin’ My Piece. Piece is a mellow blues-tinged bop quartet session featuring the soulful, agile, massive-toned tenor sound of fellow Pittsburgh expatriate Turrentine. There’s nothing too rambunctious here, just some dandy earthy jazz to relax and unwind to.

Tracklist

01. Wadin’
02. Up In Cynthia’s Room
03. Borderline
04. Rastus
05. Oh So Blue
06. Speakin’ My Piece
07. Rastus (Alternate Take)
08. Oh So Blue (Alternate Take)

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Joe Henderson – In ‘N Out

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This progressive session from Joe Henderson is a quintessential mid-’60s Blue Note disc. Although a great deal of attention has been placed on the significance of the work of Miles Davis and John Coltrane at that time, Henderson was one of the leaders in the ’60s scene that forged new ground into adventurous areas of jazz. The saxophonist plays sharply with a highly rhythmic style that swings and strides through the modally oriented material of stellar tracks like the blazing title cut, “Punjab,” and the funky mambo “Short Story.” Joining Henderson on the session are Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Richard Davis, and Elvin Jones, the last of whom drives the proceedings like a madman in one of his best non-Coltrane performances. Also included is “Serenity,” one of Henderson’s best-crafted melodies and an additional take of the dynamic title track.

Personnel: Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Joe Henderson; Richard Davis (double bass); Kenny Dorham (trumpet); McCoy Tyner (piano); Elvin Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. In ‘N Out
02. Punjab
03. Serenity
04. Short Story
05. Brown’s Town

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McCoy Tyner – Asante

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The final McCoy Tyner Blue Note album found the innovative pianist during a low point in his career. His records were not selling that well, his mentor John Coltrane had passed away three years earlier, and it was not obvious that Tyner would be able to continue struggling successfully to make a living out of music. Fortunately, his fortunes would soon rise when he signed with Milestone in 1972 and the critics began to rediscover him. Asante is a bit unusual, for the emphasis is on group interplay rather than individual solos. The four originals feature Tyner with altoist Andrew White, guitarist Ted Dunbar, bassist Buster Williams, drummer Billy Hart, Mtume on congas, and two spots for the voice of Songai. Worth investigating.

Tracklist

01. Malika
02. Asante
03. Goin’ Home
04. Fulfillment
05. Forbidden Land (Bonus Track)
06. Asian Lullaby (Bonus Track)
07. Hope (Bonus Track)

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Kenny Dorham – Trompeta Toccata

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Trumpeter Kenny Dorham was one of a select few jazz musicians whose career spanned the big band era, the emergence of bebop (he played with Charlie Parker), the institution of hard bop, and the 1960s “New Thing” or avant-garde (on the Andrew Hill classic Point Of Departure). His trumpet sound was unparalleled, a melodious middle ground between Freddie Hubbard hot and Chet Baker cool. Trompeta Toccata, from 1964, presents him at the height of his powers as a player, composer (three of the four tunes here are originals), and bandleader (with Richard Davis, young Joe Henderson, and pianist-for-all-seasons Tommy Flanagan).

Tracklist

01. Trompet Toccata
02. Night Watch
03. Mamacita
04. The Fox

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Kev Brown – Classic Joints

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Kev Brown’s “Classic Joints” is compilation of selections, fan favorites and unreleased music from the Landover, Maryland Native’s VERY NOTABLE body of work.

If you know Kev, you know that he’s an extremely talented and humble producer/rapper, as well as a pretty generous dude. He’s sharing with us a selection of songs that he has made in the past 10 years including tracks with Busta Rhymes, Grap Luva as well as his Low Budget Crew.

For More Info on Kev Brown: kevbrown.bandcamp.comkevbrown.blogspot.comwww.redefinitionrecords.com

Tracklist

01. Marley Marl – Feat. Kev Brown & Grap Luva – “What Ruling Means”
02. Kev Brown – “Another Random Joint”
03. Busta Rhymes – “Packin’ Them Things”
04. Biz Markie – “Games”
05. Kev Brown – “Batida”
06. Grap Luva feat. Kev Brown – “Power Bars”
07. Kev Brown Ft. Asheru, Grap Luva & Hassan Mackey – “What You Got”
08. Kaimbr & Kev Brown – “Songs” (From The Alexander Green Project)
09. Jay-Z – “Threat” (Kev Brown Unofficial Remix)
10. Kev Brown – “Always” EP Version
11. Kev Brown – “Work In Progress” (Damu The Fudgemunk Remix)
12. Kev Brown – “The Crowd”

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Blu – Her Favorite Colo(u)r

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Initially available as a low-quality download from Blu’s myspace, HFC is finally mixed and mastered, With love-themed movie quotes drifting in and out and Blu’s heartbreak raps sitting atop his own mellow production, HFC is the most distinct and cohesive project Blu has released to date.

for more info and buy check: www.nature-sounds.net

Tracklist

01. Love
02. Amnesia
03. Since
04. Morning
05. Melo
06. Wind (Terlude One)
07. When (Terlude Two)
08. Silent
09. Pardon
10. Vanity
11. Beggars’ Black Gold
12. Cellin’ Ls
13. Untitled (Loved U)2
14. Peace

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VA – Ocean of Tears

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When there are no words to express the feelings-music always helps. It won’t cure the pain or heal the wounds and won’t bring the time back. But it could become the most closest and understanding friend. Especially in the right time-when almost all ships with your dreams are deeply sunk in the ocean of tears. And the only lighthouse in the middle of of this infinite ocean is music. This is a tribute compilation from russian instrumental hip-hop producers to the recent tragic events which are known by everyone and to which there is a place in everyone’s heart.

for more info check: www.ritmosportivo.com

Tracklist

01. I-Tone – Expectations
02. Pavel Dovgal – Orfeo ed Euridice
03. A.B.S.T.R.A. – Pain
04. Bitchpleaze – Cry For Mommy
05. Mag. T – Hold Me Tight
06. DJ Sasha – Deep Miracle
07. Cream Child – TV Boss
08. 813 – Neon Tomahawke
09. Funky Drmmer – Boom Bap
10. Feyorz – Lamento
11. Cardio Rhythm – Cosmic Gate
12. Oh!Dee – Funkin’ 4 Japan
13. Anatoly Ice – From Space
14. Foner – Follow My Whistle
15. Sumeo – Heaven

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0bhliv – Monoatomic EP

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Monoatomic Gold

For Personal Transformation: Monoatomic Gold allows subconsciously held beliefs and worries to surface and become understood; this process happens sequentially, bringing to light one issue at a time. Monoatomic Gold helps to develop keen insight and psychic abilities.

For Medicinal Purposes: Monoatomic Gold acts upon the pituitary gland, inducing an increase in hormonal production, and is thus a rejuvenation agent. Monoatomic Gold strengthens the heart, improves the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow and increases the production of semen

the tracks are 128kbps quality so you can buy the album on: Bandcamp

Tracklist

01. Allstoned
02. Amore
03. Don’t Do.mewrong
04. Fate fer breakfast
05. Kaptchaa
06. Vizionz(makemefeel)
07. Zonetroopas

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Kan Sano – Fantastic Farewell

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The debut album “Fantastic Farewell” from the Japanese Jazz Pianist Kan Sano, who graduated from Jazz composition major of Berklee college of music, whose band has been invited at Monterey Jazz Festival, and is now becoming the member of Hip Hop live group Mabanua Band and linking up to today’s Beats music.

for more info and buy check: www.kansano.web.infoseek.co.jp

Tracklist

01. New World
02. Dream In
03. Blank In The Sky
04. Bless
05. Wes
06. Morning
07. Ooops Hops feat. Repeat Pattern
08. In The Spiral Water
09. Worldwide Beauty
10. Sanctuary
11. Retro Polis
12. Music Overflow
13. Sketch Of Love
14. Awake
15. Wild Flowers
16. Brilliant Corners
17. Breath
18. Eternal Sunshine

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Knxwledge x the art of rəuse | KR∆PES

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With ĭn | tər | ĭm™ thrift store’s (http://bit.ly/fq8glM) one year anniversary around the corner, we couldn’t think of a better occasion to have Knxwledge bake us up some sonic goodness. Kr∆pes is our fifth thriftcast and this time, Knx knits a collection of his signature off kilter, wonky loops and undertone dialogues. On April 29th we launch a brand new theartofreuse.ca and our fourth store location opening this Fall in New York.

You can also download Kr∆pes SPCL EDTN which includes traklist + Japanese Krape recipe @ http://bit.ly/fsS6ta

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