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NOVEMBER RELEASES

François N'gwa - Ogoué (Into The Deep Treasury / 180g vinyl LP / November 25th 2019 / ITDT01)

Since the early 80's, Gabonese musician François N'Gwa has been jamming with instruments, synthesizers and, later on, production software exploring multiple music aesthetics from his Paris based home studio. Over the years, N'Gwa has written and produced incredible and timeless music, melting together his African music heritage with his favorite influences. New French label Into The Deep Treasury is delighted to present Ogooué as a tribute to N'Gwa's homeland, compiling some of his finest pieces, carefully restored and remastered, pressed on 180g vinyl in a hand painted cover artwork for the most enjoyable listening experience possible.

 

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Sauce Combo - Crash Test (My Bags / vinyl LP w/ Poster / November 25th 2019 / MBLP06)

Sauce Combo is a powerful and dynamic jazz trio lead by Marcjean, saxophonist from Bestown (Besançon), sided by the mercenary drummer Tom Moretti and the melodious Victor Pierrel on bass. The trio's music takes place in the modern jazz renewing coming especially from England and the USA. France has now a champion. Crash Test came to light in one day during a single 7 hours recording session at the Honey For Bear laboratories. Arnaud Bataillard, the sound's engineer, wanted to try several new tubes and audio gears added in his studio set up. The trio went to test it in a crash test session. All the recordings could have been compromise somewhere but... What was before planned as a try ended into a fantastic album.

 

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Gülistan - Oriental Groove (Hot Mule / Deluxe vinyl LP in Tip-On sleeve / November 15th 2019 / HTML004)

In 1986, inspired by gypsies from Turkey and the Balkan region, a Kurdish immigrant and six Austrians locked themselves in a rehearsal room in Vienna's 5th district. What came out of these sessions sounded rather unusual for the local music scene. Mostly sold in venues during legendary performances, Oriental Groove fatally faded from memory since the group disbanded a few months after its release. Hot Mule Records is proud to bring this groundbreaking record back to life with an official reissue, carefully remastered from the original source. Limited Deluxe Edition of 500 copies in tip-on sleeve, including extensive liner notes by Donna Leake, with exclusive photos handpicked in the band's archives.

 

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Mikey Melody - Soldier In Town (Jamwax / vinyl 12inch / November 15th 2019 / JAMWAXMAXI22)

Michael Edgehill aka Mikey Melody was born in the parish of Portland, Jamaica. As a youth he constantly raised his voice in song and performing with sound system in the neighborhood community. Known by his sweet voice, his friends gave him the nickname «Mikey Melody». After a solid career for various Jamaican labels, he moved on to Dennis Star Label which he did songs like “Mona Lisa”, “Maranda” and the hit song “Soldier In Town”. Released in 1988 on Dennis Star International records, ‘’Soldier In Town’’ by Mikey Melody is a pure late 80’s dancehall vocal over heavy digital rhythm by Firehouse Crew.

 

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R.Zee Jackson - Ina South Africa (Jamwax / vinyl 12inch / November 15th 2019 / JAMWAXMAXI21)

R.Zee Jackson, a born Jamaican spent his early childhood in Clarendon and later in Old Harbour,  St. Catherine, Jamaica, West Indies. In 1975, as a student, he moved to Canada with his Mom. There he met Oswald Creary of Half Moon label and studio. In 1980 he released the album Trodding, produced by Mike Brooks (Teams / Coptic Lion). Few years later, he released "Ina South Africa", a heavyweight digital reggae to fight against Apartheid and also "At The Reggae Party", a pure dancehall anthem to mash up the dance. The songs were recorded at Utopia studio (London, UK) in 1985.

 

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Al Sunny - Planets (Favorite Recordings / Deluxe LP & CD / November 12th 2019 / FVR159LP & CD)

Two years after an acclaimed first album, Al Sunny and Favorite Recordings proudly present Planets, carrying on their collaboration and bringing it to another level. Built on the same influences, Planets is made of 8 new compositions (including a CD and digital bonus), and is clearly a continuation of its cadet, asserting Al Sunny’s talent and singing skills. Fully recorded live and analogic in Paris, this new album also stands out by an impressive level of production, faithful to some classics of the genre. Mixing catchy melodies, soulful vocals, warm and heavy bass, strong beat and beautiful guitars and keyboards harmonies, Planets just perfectly meets the AOR and Modern-Soul golden era standards.

 

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Saigon Soul Revival - Họa Âm Xưa (Saigon Supersound (a division of INFRACom! / 2LP & CD / November 8th 2019 / SSS03 & SSS03-2)

In the 1960s and ‘70s, unbeknownst to most, Saigon (today named “Ho Chi Minh City”) had become a fertile environment for a flourishing music industry which produced countless recordings of beautifully crafted songs. Ho Chi Minh City based band, Saigon Soul Revival has been bringing alternative pre 1975 music from Saigon back to the stage since 2016 with their live performances. While spending the last three years studying and playing this music, Saigon Soul Revival teamed up with producer Jan Hagenkötter (Saigon Supersound / INFRACom!) and finally in January 2019, they started to create own compositions in the same vein for their debut album Họa Âm Xưa.

 

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Clara Capri - Maudit DJ (Discomatin / vinyl 12inch / November 4th 2019 / DISCOMAT006)

For its new release, the Parisian crew Discomatin picked a lesser known banger of the boogie era, Maudit DJ by Clara Capri. Produced in Belgium by Jay Alansky with lyrics written by his sidekick Jacques Duvall, this EP brings together an Italo discoesque bassline surrounded by shiny synths and irresistible guitar licks. On top of that, Clara Capri sings with a high-pitched voice. Maudit DJ is a real celebration of the nightlife.

 

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The Selenites Band - Ethio Jazz Groove Project (Stereophonk / vinyl LP / November 4th 2019 / ST015)

After releasing their first EP in 2019 with Sandal label, the French label Stereophonk put out 6 recorded live tracks by The Selenites Band which consist of classic Ethiopian tracks composed by Mulatu Astatke and Girma Beyene. Some of them have been made famous internationally being sampled by popular artists like Damian Marley, Nas, Jay Z … who helped the recognizing of this regional culture and gift. Stereophonk is a French label headed by Dj Marrrtin, releasing records that they love: from Estonian jazz-funk (Estrada Orchestra), somtoe funk breaks played in every breakdance events (Funky Bijou) and trips music inspired by Indian Grooves (Lord Paramour).

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OCTOBER RELEASES

Joutro Mundo - Brazilian Edits (Mister T. Records / vinyl 12inch / October 28th 2019 / MTT002)

Less than a year after the release of their first EP with brilliant Parisian editor Chevals, Mister T. Records are back with a new 12” EP showcasing Brazilian Edits by Joutro Mundo, one of Rio’s hottest producers. Famous for revisiting Brazilian hidden jewels, Joutro Mundo has become a reference in the electronic music scene of Rio. He has recorded several reworks on his own label, Outra, and released EPs on Mareh Music and Midnight Riot. This record perfectly reflects Joutro’s digging / producing skills and the EP’s summery vibes will delight Brazilian music lovers and DJs!

 

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London Afrobeat Collective - Humans (London Afrobeat Productions / vinyl LP & CD / October 28th 2019 / LAP193LP & CD)

Humans is the new album from sought after international touring band the London Afrobeat Collective. From Europe to Africa, Glastonbury to Nigeria’s annual ‘Felabration’ festival, LAC deliver party music born of their truly global DNA. The nine-strong collective from England, Congo, Italy, France, Argentina and New Zealand combine diverse influences such as Fela, Parliament Funkadelic and Frank Zappa to create an eclectic sound drawing on funk, jazz, rock, and dub to create something addictive and unique.

 

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The Vibe Drops - Higher Frequency (Trad Vibe Records / vinyl LP / October 28th 2019 / TVLP19)

The Vibe Drops (Emcee G Roc Gayle & Moar) presents Higher Frequency vinyl LP. The album features guest vocals from Rita J and Finsta (Finsta Bundy). Also live instrumentation from Remi Schnell on guitar and Jean Louis Potin on the Flute. The Vibe Drops explore with various sound vibrations, live instrumentation, turntablism, records, sampling and advance lyrical content: rhymes, word-play and poetry, blended to perfection with the beats. The Vibe Drops drops first musical offering Higher Frequency will have the listener fulfilled, hoping the message comes across and resonates to move, elevate, in order to cope and defeat the everyday stressors of life. Higher Frequency delivers boom bap, jazz hop and soulful Hip-Hop stimulation for the mind, body and soul.

 

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Leroy Burgess & Saving Coco - Work It Out / Til I Found You (Favorite Recordings / vinyl 12inch / October 21st 2019 / FVR161)

For many Disco and House music producers and listeners, Leroy Burgess might be one of the most important figures and inspiration, however being clearly quite unknown to the mass. Inner Life, Dazzle, Logg, Change, Rick James, Ben E. King, Eddie Kendricks, or Narada Michael Walden are just a few of the acts he's contributed to.  Since 2016 and a special gig at the festival “Nuits Sonores” in Lyon (France), where he was invited by MCDE, Leroy Burgess started touring Europe, backed by a band composed of musicians from the French city. He says himself that it’s part of “the best musicians he had the honor to play with live”. Today Favorite Recordings is thrilled to present Work It Out / Til I Found You, new 2 tracks single by Leroy Burgess & Saving Coco, produced and composed by The Bernard Brothers and Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart.

 

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Akagera - Serpente (Prado Records / CD / October 11th 2019 / PR002)

The Akagera Trio is a skilled and exciting new trio.  With their completely original and instrumental sounds, we are taken on a musical stroll into a world of fierce but playful jazz with innovative orchestrations. The trio was conceived as a tribute to the album AKAGERA, which was released in 1980 by the Humair-Jeanneau-Texier trio.  Like their illustrious predecessors, the Akagera Trio draws its influences from African music as well as Jazz and contemporary music. A drum, a vibraphone and a marimba, and a trombone are at the heart of this project created by David Georgelet, Benoit Lavollée and Stéphane Montigny.

 

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The Vibe Drops - S/T (Trad Vibe / vinyl 7inch / October 7th 2019 / TV014)

The brand new Hip-Hop Boom Bap duet The Vibe Drops (Emcee G Roc Gayle & Moar) first 7" release. Vinyl release "Higher Frequency" featuring from Chi-Town Rita J on the mic and the b side "Breaking It Down" featuring from France, Jean Louis Potin on the Flute. Both tracks are taken from The Vibe Drops soon to be released forthcoming album Higher Frequency LP.

 

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SEPTEMBER RELEASES

Dwight Druick - Tanger (Favorite Recordings / vinyl LP & CD / September 30th 2019 / FVR158LP & CD)

Dwight Druick’s born in Montreal to a professional gambler and an ex-Radio City Rockette. Dwight fully embraced both music and risk by traveling to London, where he signed a contract with Pye Records and Joe Cocker’s management company. The ensuing record, Druick & Lorange was released to critical acclaim and relative success. After returning to Canada, he recorded two albums with Phil Vyvial: Midnight and Minuit, and subsequently released his first French language solo album, Tanger, released in 1980. Today quite hard to find in its original version, Tanger is first of all an incredibly solid album, clearly underrated and deserving more credit. In fact, with its brilliant mix of Modern-Soul, Disco and AOR styles, the whole album is already considered by many connoisseurs as a classic, and clearly a must have for anyone enjoying this musical blend.

 

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Nef - Mais Alors !!?... C'est à l'envers (Ici Bientôt / Deluxe vinyl LP / September 23rd 2019 / IBLP01)

Here's the first release of new French Label ICI BIENTÔT (Here Soon ...), launched by Paris Fleamarket’s Record Shop, Geminicricket. In 1983, NEF released their first and only album, Mais Alors !!?... c’est à l’envers. At that point, the band already had a long history, interwoven with that of various musical trends and alternative movements from the late sixties to the early eighties. That’s certainly what makes this record so special and able to conciliate such different worlds as Electronic Prog, Film Score, New Wave … Pressed the day a figure of French Chanson died, NEF’s pressing is botched up, a good part of the records came out totally warped. Then, at the end of the eighties the small stock of remaining records is lost in the sadly famous flood of Nîmes. All the more reason to reissue Mais Alors !!?... c’est à l’envers, an unsung record, free and multifaceted, a quirky and daring musical ovni, transcending eras and genres, between synthetic Krautrock and Film Score, reminiscent of NEU! (with a red nose), François de Roubaix and Pascal Comelade.

 

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Chief Udoh Essiet - Afrobeat Highlife Crossing (Uwem Music / vinyl LP / September 23rd 2019 / UW5459403)

Chief Udoh Essiet believes in rhythm. He serves it Hot-and-Spicy on his new album Afrobeat Highlife Crossing. Chief Udoh is a veteran artist, singer, songwriter and virtuoso percussionist. His musical journey took him from the traditional rhythms of his village to Swinging Lagos in the 70s, where Udoh apprenticed with Dr. Victor Olaiya’s Highlife Band. He's worked alongside the biggest artists from Nigeria, including the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Afrobeat Highlife Crossing has all the elements of these Old School styles, effortlessly blending the essence of Afrobeat and Highlife grooves, resulting in a sound that’s purely original. His lyrics speak the cold-blooded truth, telling us to look inside ourselves and fight against corrupt governments that keep getting us into corporate-sponsored wars, leaving innocent civilians to live with the consequences.

 

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Luc Ferrari - Photophonie (Transversales Disques / Deluxe vinyl LP / September 20th 2019 / TRS14)

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Luc Ferrari's birth Transversales Disques is very glad to announce the release of Photophonie, unpublished archives, spanning 1973-1992, revelatory collection of commercial, commission and secret music by electroacoustic music pioneer Luc Ferrari. Affiliated with French Radio’s Groupe de Musique Concrète, co-founder of the GRM with Pierre Schaeffer in 1958, Luc Ferrari (1929-2005), major figure of musique concrète and electroacoustic music, broke away to pave his own path of individualistic expressions of minimalist music, musical theater, field recordings, orchestral music and soundtracks…

 

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Bruno Nicolai - Défense de savoir (Transversales Disques / Deluxe vinyl LP / September 20th 2019 / TRS13)

Transversales Disques proudly presents the first LP reissue of Défense de savoir (L’uomo a destra basso nella fotografia) original soundtrack written by italian composer Bruno Nicolai. During the Giallo boom of the early 70’s, a lot of French film directors started working with maestro  Ennio Morricone. French director Nadine Trintignant decided to hire the maestro’s musical orchestrator and collaborator Bruno Nicolai to compose the score of her fourth movie, a political thriller starring her husband Jean-Louis Trintigant. Recorded at Morricone’s Ortophonic studio in Rome, this OST is undoubtedly the most underrated Bruno Nicolai’s soundtrack, probably because it was only released in France at the time. Presented here with previously unreleased tracks as an alternative to the rare original french pressing. Limited Edition. Remastered from the original master tapes.

 

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Esnard Boisdur - Mizik Bel (Favorite Recordings / vinyl 12inch / September 16th 2019 / FVR156)

Few years ago, I met my friend Pascal Rioux at one of the Tropical Discoteq night in Paris and told him about an unreleased track I received on a home-burned CD from ESNARD BOISDUR. When I started playing that track out, the crowds loved it and many DJs and labels wanted it. It became clear to me that it had to be released on vinyl, and I knew a remix version could only be created by getting the original stems. Pascal agreed to the idea, which resulted in an ongoing three-year quest that was crowned by the finding of the ADAT containing the original tracks. As AFRICAINE 808, Dirk Leyers and I spent considerable time trying to re-create the composition of the original, adding new instrumentation, and recording additional percussion with ERIC OWUSU (Pat Thomas/Ebo Taylor). We stretched it, adding a krauty synth part without losing the focus of Esnard’s beautiful voice and lyrics. With this in mind, I hope you can now enjoy the beauty of “MIZIK BEL” as much as we have so far.” – (DJ NOMAD, June 2019).

 

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Ismaïl & Sixu Touré - Mandinka Dong (Hot Mule-Secousse / Gatefold vinyl LP / September 16th 2019 / HTML003SEC007)

1977, Paris, France. Ismaïl and Sixu Touré, two brothers freshly arrived from Casamance (Sénégal), are living the tough immigrant life. Their plan: becoming pop stars. Overcoming the odds, they will reach stardom a few years later under the name Touré Kunda. A legendary 40-year career will follow: 16 albums released, millions of records sold, numerous world tours, and collaborations with the likes of Manu Dibango, Talking Heads, Carlos Santana, Bill Laswell, Alpha Blondy, Bernie Worrel amongst others. Secousse and Hot Mule proudly present the official reissue of Mandinka Dong, their debut album, fully restored and remastered. Released in 1979 and almost invisible for decades, it is the cornerstone of a movement and trademark of the band's unique sound.

 

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Ebo Taylor & Pat Thomas - Disco Highlife Reedit Series (Comet Records / vinyl 12inch / September 16th 2019 / COMET089)

Comet presents the 2nd release from its new Disco Highlife series, featuring originals by Ghanaian legends Ebo Taylor & Pat Thomas and disco re-edits by Monsieur Scott and 2 Paris Septembre. On Side A comes  “Peace On Earth” by Ebo Taylor, a  stunning  track from the album Twer Nyame, originally released in 1978. Monsieur Scott, the Paris based afrobeat scientist comes back with a deep and soulful  afro-house remix. On Side B is “We Are Coming Home” by Pat Thomas, a classic highlife anthem  originally released in 1980  on the LP Stage 2. 2 Paris Septembre is an electronic music group composed of two Parisian brothers, raised with the music of Fela Kuti. Their production is a mix of electronic music, afrobeat and hip-hop. Get funked with their debut rework on Comet and expect a lot more from the pair  in the coming months.

 

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Los Camaroes - A Journey Into Cameroonian Music (Nubiphone / vinyl LP w/ booklet / September 16th 2019 / NUBI003)

For its 3rd releases, Nubiphone is proud to present you a compilation of the best early 7inch releases of the mythical Cameroonian band  Los Camaroes. 10 raw tracks taken from various singles from 1968 to 1975, that present the musical diversity played by those seven young people: Bikutsi, Afro-Funk, Jerk, , Soukous, Rumba & Blues music. The band led by the charismatic lead vocal Messi Martin that managed to modernized Cameroonian music. Deluxe edition that includes an 8-pages booklet, with exclusive pictures, biography in both English and French languages, and a HQ digital download card.

 

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Liza Ngwa - Sunshine (Nubiphone / vinyl LP w/ poster + insert / September 16th 2019 / NUBI002)

For its second release, NUBIPHONE is proud to present you SUNSHINE, a privately pressed Afro-Jazz-Folk UFO album recorded in 1980 by the Cameroonian Singer, Musician, Actress, Seamstress & Poetess LIZA NGWA. Individually-numbered Official Deluxe Edition, limited to 500 copies! Comes with a beautiful exclusive poster, a handwritten insert from Liza Ngwa herself with the lyrics of the album and a download card.

 

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Eko Roosevelt - 1975- 1982 (Nubiphone / vinyl LP w/ insert / September 16th 2019 / NUBI001)

For its first release, NUBIPHONE is very proud to present the first ever official compilation dealing with the Cameroonian Maestro EKO ROOSEVELT, through a selection of 8 essential tracks (Afro-Funk, Soul, Disco), recorded from 1975 to 1982. A very detailed biography with exclusive pictures and unreleased documents for a better comprehension of the work of the musician. Available in LP vinyl recording and HD downloading format! Approved by the artist himself!

 

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Mauvais Oeil - Nuits de Velours EP (Les Disques Entreprise / vinyl 12inch / September 23rd 2019 / ENTRE63V)

Mauvais Oeil are set to release their debut EP Nuits de velours, a magical melting pot of musical shibboleths and contemporary grooves. Having met in the arty northern faubourgs of Paris, Sarah and Alexis soon developed a musical telepathy and a shared sonic agenda, mining their own histories for the profound cultural roots that underscore Mauvais Oeil, while absorbing the ubiquitous sounds of the suburbs, where Turkish, Armenian and Ethiopian music ring out. The band’s moving and melancholic chansons are delivered with a delightful French pop sensibility, making Mauvais Oeil one of the most exciting and musically diverse prospects in 2019.

 

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Ivan Jullien - Live at Nancy Jazz Pulsations (Mimétik Records / vinyl LP / September 16th 2019 / MMTK01)

It was in 1973, on the 14th of October, under the Big Top in the heart of the “Parc de la Pépinière”, in Nancy; it was the “premiere”, the world first hearing, and it has so far remained the only one commissioned by composer and trumpet player lvan Jullien, for the first international Nancy Jazz Pulsations festival. In order to complete this work of composition and orchestration, Ivan asked the great Eddie Louiss on organ. The only melodist with Louiss was the English John Surman (born in 1944) here on soprano saxophone, discharging torrents of incandescent lava.

 

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JULY RELEASES

World Series - Try It out / Head Over Heels (Chuwanaga / vinyl 7inch / July 1st 2019 / CHUWANAGA006)

Reissue of an almost forgotten 7" by Britfunk band World Series, bringing together jazz-funk, AOR and a really funky vibe. Like a good recipe, this little beauty actually got all great ingredients: great Rhodes parts, catchy vocals, solid basslines and lovely Moog-esque synthesizer melodies. "Try It Out" brings together a classy AOR-Funk/Soul vibe with a solide funky groove. On the other side, "Head Over Heels" looks more towards proper british Jazz-Funk territories with its uptempo beat and slapped bass. Thanks to the original crew, Chuwanaga is proud to present you this single with a great artwork from William James Thurman, including also an insert with lyrics and pictures from the band. One not to miss!

 

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Moar - S/t (45 Loves / vinyl 7inch / July 1st 2019 / 45L-B)

The 2nd release on 45 Loves sees a killer live disco joint with a super upfront 'Good Times' bass line driving the track along, add in sparse vocal snippets, subtle horns and spacy synths and we have an 80's jazz/funk/disco flavored jam brought right up to date. Dancefloors were made for this, quality stuff. The flip is another fusion cut, dropping the tempo and creating an electro/disco/rap affair. Very limited stamped records & hand numbered to 200 copies, loud kraft cover stamped to!!

 

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JUNE RELEASES

Ariel Kalma - Nuits Blanches au Studio 116 (Transversales Disques / Deluxe vinyl LP / June 28th 2019 / TRS12)

Transversales Disques is very glad to announce the release of Nuits Blanches au Studio 116, unreleased rarities from Ariel Kalma’s personal archives recorded in the legendary GRM’s Studio 116 during the 70’s. Born and raised in Paris, Ariel Kalma started playing the recorder and saxophone as a youth. After successive studies of Computer Science, Music and Art in Paris he performed in various concerts from middle-age music to free jazz duo. In France during the mid-1970s, Kalma was staffed as a recording assistant at legendary Groupe de Recherches Musicales (INA GRM) studios, where Ariel recorded some of his compositions in the Studio 116; the same music “concrete” laboratory that spawned masterpieces by members Luc Ferrari, Bernard Parmegiani…

 

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Zoe's Shanghai - A Mirage (Meant to Last Forever) (Zoe's Shangai Records / vinyl LP / June 28th 2019 / ZS001)

Zoe’s Shanghai does not want you to know what’s coming. With their debut EP A Mirage (Meant To Last Forever) and its kaleidoscopic textures, rich melodies, fizzing percussions and soulful vocals, they effortlessly lead your imagination and sense of rhythm, to places you did not expect, feeling things you did not know were there. A Mirage (Meant To Last Forever) is the record of Zoe’s Shanghai’s thrilling, joyful, mysterious, groovy and shared process of music making. The loving extension of what Zoé has been discovering in music since she can remember.

 

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Camarão Orkestra - Nação Africa (Favorite Recordings / vinyl 12inch / June 17th 2019 / FVR154)

The turntable’s tonearm waves and indicates the West direction, as if it wanted to tear and take off for Brazil? It’s alright; it's just playing Nação África, new single by Camarão Orkestra. Sinewy bass and battery pulsating, it’s stitched to the dancefloor that "Nação África" spreads its groove. And it's with a variety of keyboards and synthesizers that the tight production maintains a level of constant motion, surrounded by the burning riffs of the brass section and Amanda Roldand's refreshing vocals. Anywhere close to a good record, you’d usually find Patchworks hanging around. He satiates here his compulsive remix addiction. Nação África announces the return of Camarão Orkestra in the crates, just an appetizer before a new album… Or two…

 

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Ebo Taylor & Pat Thomas - Disco Highlife Reedit Series (Comet Records / vinyl 12inch / June 17th 2019 / COMET087)

Comet presents the first release from its new Disco Highlife series, featuring remastered originals by Ghanaian legends Ebo Taylor & Pat Thomas and disco reedits by LeonxLeon and Leo Nanjo. On side A, comes “Enye Woa” by Pat Thomas, a killer disco cut. Paris-based producer LeonxLeon has been cooking up songs in his Parisian home-studio since 2013. His remix of “Enye Woa” is a classy modern disco cut with funky bass and spacey synths. On side B is “Atwer Abroba” by Ebo Taylor, a stand out up-tempo track. Tokyo-based multi-instrumentalist/producer/arranger Leo Nanjo formed the first Japanese afrobeat group, Kingdom Afrorocks. This is a trippy afro-futurist, broken-beat reedit with highlife grooves flying to deep space.

 

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Aldorande - Aldorande (Favorite Recordings / Deluxe tip-on gatefold 2LP & CD / June 14th 2019 / FVR152LP & CD)

Ready for an adventure running parallel to their lives in common units, the quartet boarded a starship to set off on an astral expedition. Commander Virgile Raffaëlli's bass lines guided their journey. Like a compass, the bass indicated the direction and traced a groove that the loyal, valued crew could follow. Mathieu Edouard's drums solidly locked down the rhythm to avoid any sudden jolts, working in tandem with Erwan Loeffel's jet-propelled percussion. On the keyboards, Florian Pellissier drew harmonies and riffs from the synthesizers and electric pianos to oil the machinery.  The crew's almost telepathic cohesion was key to their success, allowing them to express interior emotions with just a few notes. Dreamlike, mysterious, enigmatic yet familiar, we will call it Aldorande.

 

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Manu Dibango - African Voodoo (Hot Casa Records / Deluxe tip-on 180g LP / June 14th 2019 / HC63)

Fantastic and rare album by Manu Dibango, the Afro Soul Maestro! These files were recorded in 1971 for professional sound illustration intended for the cinema, television and advertising. The jazzman experimenting with all genres was then beginning to convert solely to what soon to be called “Rare Groove” somewhere between Soul, Jazz and Afro-Funk, with a hint of Latin clave. These recordings were not supposed to reach the club or radio audience, it was more free sessions, a moment during they can open their imagination and test their “Afro something”, like Manu Dibango call it. This album is a wonderful return to the future and should satisfy the need of the Afro-Soul aficionados! Vinyl only / Limited press / Mastering by The Carvery / Interview by Jacques Denis

 

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Soul Sugar (Feat. Leonardo Carmichael) - Never Too Much (Gee Recordings / vinyl 12inch / June 14th 2019 / GEE12003)

Soul Sugar (a.k.a. Guillaume 'Gee' Metenier) is back with another massive Soul-Reggae version, this time taking on Luther Vandross' "Never Too Much". Fearlessly taking on such timeless classics is serious business, and Leo Carmichael delivers, once again, with a maximum dosage of finesse and feeling. Recorded in Paris, Kingston, Miami and London, the resulting blend of Soul and Reggae riddims has rarely felt so natural. On the A-side, Gee's "Discomix" dubs a generous dose of the sultry backing vocals over a minimal, bassy groove that dips, dives and flows on into the sunset. UK producer Adam Prescott lets loose with an infectious 90's dancehall rerub, aiming straight for the dancefloor... ladies' choice! Finally rhythm legends Sly & Robbie drop the BASS with a heavy dancehall treatment, taking it low, letting it ride, while the vocals float on... Never Too Much!

 

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Neba Solo - CAN 2002 (Secousse Records / vinyl 12inch / June 10th 2019 / SEC006)

In 1999, a friend of the young musician Neba Solo informed him that his country, Mali, would host the world-famous football event Africa Cup of Nations in 2002. The balafon virtuoso immediately decided to seize the opportunity and create a national anthem for the competition. More power to him: what happened after is nothing short of legendary. Twenty years later, Can 2002 is still a hit, often heard in African nightclubs, radios, and professional football team training sessions. Neba has to play the song every time he’s on stage, and people stop him in the street to talk about it all over the world. Secousse proudly presents the remastered classic, pressed for the first time on vinyl, right in time for the Africa Cup of Nations 2019.

 

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Rubba - In Motion (Farfalla Records / vinyl LP / June 10th 2019 / FR03LP)

L’Illustration Musicale, Sonimage, Montparnasse 2000 in France but also De Wolfe and Chappell in England, every of these labels have in common to bring out as a legendary spectre the name of Jacky Giordano and his aliases. For his enthronement on the mythical English label De Wolfe, it's under the name of the Rubba collective  that Jacky Giordano aka Joachim Sherylee sneaked in the londonian studios with the companionship of British colleagues. Published in 1980, this record became cult over time; it will have taken that the Hip-Hop world seizes it in order to dig out from the disregarded and underestimated musical gems graveyard. Nearly 40 years after, the Farfalla Records label, after publishing Timing Archives, presents another aspect of the multi-faceted composer Jacky Giordano by fully reissuing at last this coveted, mysterious and mesmerizing "Rubba".

 

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V/A - Mizik Soley Sa Bon (Atangana Records / Vinyl 12inch / June 3rd 2019 / ATGN004)

Atangana Records presents its 4th releases, beginning a new collaboration with Henri Debs & Fils imprint. This record is a first tribute that Atangana Records and Henri Debs & Fils wanted to give back to the great Guadeloupean producer Henri Debs. With this compilation EP, gathering rare and unpublished titles, Déni Shain and his team aim to dust off the archives of the label and allow as many people as possible to discover the pearls of the French Caribbean Islands.

 

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MAY RELEASES

Cotonete & Di Melo - Atemporal (Favorite Recordings / Deluxe tip-on gatefold 2LP & CD / May 27th 2019 / FVR148LP & CD)

Roberto De Melo Santos, despite a very light discography, is among the true icons of the Brazilian Soul music under his artist alias, Di Melo. He’s indeed only needed an eponymous album, released in 1975 on Odeon, to assert himself as a star in his native country, but also as a legend for all collectors and connoisseurs of the world. More than 40 years after its release, came in 2017 a meeting with the French group Cotonete, which immediately ended on a common will to work together. Florian Pellissier, founding member and keyboard within Cotonete tells: “This album is the summary of this moment, of these 5 days of madness spent together between “the best band in the world” and the legend Roberto Di Melo… Simple, beautiful, Brazilian-French, human music…” Today, Atemporal found its final version in collaboration with Favorite Recordings and is proudly presented as what we believe will become the genuine long-awaited follow-up to the classic Di Melo’s LP.

 

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Voilaaa - Tu Mens Devant Moi (Favorite Recordings / vinyl 12inch / May 27th 2019 / FVR153)

Voilaaa’s now presenting a new 4 tracks EP, which will be followed later this year by a new LP. Another killer package where Patchworks teams up again with longtime partner Pat Kalla, but also with newcomers to the project, like here Ramatou Traore and Ayuune Sule, both bringing great African languages vocals to “Tu mens devant moi” and “Woman Can Do”.

 

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Gianni Marchetti - Il Magnifico Tony Carrera (Transversales Disques / Deluxe vinyl LP / May 27th 2019 / TRS11)

First ever LP reissue of this ultra-rare Italian soundtrack originaly released on cult CAM label. Gianni Marchetti wrote this beautiful score for the Eurospy filmI Il Magnifico Tony Carrera as he was more of a songwritter than a film composer. The score includes lots of different atmospheres and arrangements: from fuzzy dark psychedelic themes with harpsichord and haunted choirs (performed by the famous  4 + 4 di Nora O²rlandi) to angelic and dreamy vocal themes. Also contains some tense climax sitar tunes with beautiful bass sound. Compared to the original CAM LP, this reissue dropped some carnivalesque tracks in order to include some nice unreleased variations of the themes, plus all the suspense cues that were largely removed from the original tracklisting.

 

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Medline & Stéphane Carricondo - A Quest Called Tribe (My Bags / vinyl LP w/ poster / May 20th 2019 / MBLP05)

A Quest Called Tribe begins with a series of portraits drawn by Stéphane Carricondo in 2017 dedicated to Hip-Hop legends. As close partner in art Medline proposed to create a soundtrack for them, and first interpreting ATCQ's classics with elements of the past, present and future. The best way to materialize this multidimensional tribute was obviously a vinyl. And it's the one we unveil today.

 

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V/A - House of Riviera (Mona Musique / Gatefold vinyl 2LP / May 20th 2019 / MMLP01)

Over 25 years of digging, and more than 2 years in curation. Nick V’s debut compilation pays homage to forgotten gems of the classic Italian House scene, circa 1991-1993. In the early 1990s, Italy hosted one of the most flourishing scenes in the burgeoning world of House music. Whilst the majority of Europe was only just beginning to digest the arrival of this new musical genre, Italian clubs, DJs and labels were hot on the heels of their counterparts in the already established scenes of New York and London. By the early 90s, Italian House music was regularly exported around the world with labels such as UMM, Zippy, D-Vision, MBG, Flying, Palmares, DFC and Irma. House of Riviera compilation on Mona Musique brings together 8 iconic tracks from this specific period, covering the whole spectrum of the riviera sound. The compilation comes in a double gatefold sleeve with liner notes by Nick V illustrated by flyers and photos from the original Riviera days. This is a DJ friendly 45 RPM vinyl only release, all tracks have been remastered with the sound staying true to the dynamics of early 90s production.  

 

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Jay Airiness & Venice Beach - S/T (F45 Loves / vinyl 7inch (Ltd.) / May 77th 2019 / 45L-A)

45 LOVES is a brand new label dedicated to DJ party tools on 7inch! ”A” track is produced by Jay Airiness, a strong vibe with a sizzling funky clavinet attack, leads the charge with back up from a 5 minute flute n' guitar riffola! “AA” track produced by Parisian disco duo Venice Beach refers to a classic rock converted into a disco tunes! Very limited stamped records & hand numbered to 200 copies, cover hand designed by French artist Didier Clain!

 

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APRIL RELEASES

Torbjörn Langborn & The Feel Life Orchestra - Feel Life (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (Pardonnez-Nous / vinyl 12inch / April 29th 2019 / PN002)

Mexico, Peru, Surinam, and of course Sweden: in 1986, musicians from around the world responded to the Swedish composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Torbjörn Langborn’s invitation. The cocktail was explosive: after several days recording, Torbjörn Langborn & the Feel Life Orchestra produced an eponymous album, combining. The B side was a three-part gem nearly seven minutes long titled “Feel Life”, where he gives free rein to his talent as a jazz pianist. Thirty years later, we asked the famous remixer Dimitri from Paris to express is talent to produce a new version of this classic music track. "Pardonnez-nous", here it is.

 

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Cotonete & Di Melo - A.E.I.O.U. (Dimitri From Paris Remix) (Favorite Recordings / vinyl 12inch / April 22nd 2019 / FVR151)

Released in summer 2018, “A.E.I.O.U.” is the first single from upcoming album by legendary Brazilian singer DI MELO, 40 years after his classic self-titled Samba-Soul LP. Performed and produced by French brilliant combo COTONETE, it has received great support from DJs and media internationally, with amongst them DIMITRI FROM PARIS, who also honored us with a banging remix!! Cotonete & Di Melo new album titled Atemporal, will soon follow up!!

 

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Sammy Massamba - Propriété Privée (Secousse Records / vinyl 12inch / April 22nd 2019 / SEC005)

Propriété Privée is the pinnacle of Congolese musician Sammy Massamba’s style: a successful fusion of African and American music heritage. Home made in Paris, self-released in 1987, with only 1000 copies hand distributed, the 4 tracks EP features the nastiest funk, boogie, soukous, rumba and electro pop soundclash the Eighties could offer. Carefully restored, remastered and repackaged in total respect with its original release. The vinyl lacquer reissue was even made by its original author, the legendary André ‘Dédé’ Perriat. Sammy Massamba’s life story is printed together with photos and liner notes on the inner sleeve of the 12".

 

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Margino - Happy People (Jamwax / vinyl LP / April 22nd 2019 / JAMWAXLP06)

Margino (real name Kim Kallie) is a South African artist. She sang with the reggae group Kariba and jazz rock outfit Turbo in the early 80's, and later did backing vocals for Future and others. She first shot to fame as a solo star with a version of ''Holiday'', which was released at the same time as Madonna's version. Recorded at RPM Recording Studios (Johannesburg, South Africa) in 1985, Happy People is a flawless album with dancefloor hits such as ''Happy People'', ''I'm Getting Out'' and ''One Hot Night'' and downtempo tunes such as ''You Turn Me On'', ''You Need A Woman'' and ''You''. For this reissue, Jamwax took the pleasure to remaster the sound from the original tape. The artwork was also remake with Andy Warhol ''Marilyn Monroe'' pop art style, for your eyes pleasure.

 

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V/A - House of Riviera Sampler EP (Mona Musique / vinyl 12inch / April 22nd 2019 / MM004)

Ahead of its forthcoming compilation House Of Riviera, Mona Musique releases a sampler EP that contains three tracks from the golden age of Italian House Music, two of which are exclusive to the EP. Side A is “I Have Got It” by Ricky Montanari and Davide Ruberto under the alias Riviera Traxx, a moniker shared with various other Riviera producers. On the B side are two cuts that are typical of the deep and emotional vibe of classic Riviera House productions of the early 90s. Firstly Ivan Iacobucci, Fabrizio Cini and Nicola Dragani deliver “Tribal Love” under the name of Anxious. Subway Ground Master complete the release with the superb “Queensway” taken from their only ever release in 1992 on Calypso, a sub-label of Irma records

 

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Nimbus - Children of the Earth (Providenciales Records / vinyl LP / April 22nd 2019 / PROVI001)

Providenciales Records proudly presents its first release, a reissue of Children of The Earth by the band Nimbus, independently released in 1980 in the USA. The band, made up of 4 friends, used to play jazz and soul music at bars in Detroit, when they decided, in 1979, to record an album gathering compositions of a couple of band members. They gave birth to Children of The Earth, a sophisticated and melodious album, with a pinch of AOR, a relish of modern-soul, but also some jazz and folk influences. With less than 1,000 copies pressed and sold locally, the band didn't have the chance to reach a broad audience until recently. In the past few years, Bill (bassist of Nimbus) received dozens of emails from collectors around the globe (Japan, USA, France, UK, Netherlands...) asking for a copy of it.

 

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V/A - In The Red Vol. 1 & 2 (Chuwanaga / CD with Insert / April 8th 2019 / CHUWANAGA001CD)

Parisian label Chuwanaga is really proud to announce the final volume of the In The Red compilation series with this CD bringing together Volume 1 & 2. In The Red Volume 1 & 2 is an in depth musical focus on the Britfunk genre - or British Jazz-Funk - mainly produced in London between the end of the seventies and the eighties.

 

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Henry Wenceslas Thenard - Ne Dis Pas Celà (Atangana Records / vinyl 12inch / April 1st 2019 / ATGN003)

After the success of the label first two releases, notably the Fedia Laguerre – Divizion, Atangana Records is back on the saddle and is re-editing the Guadeloupean gem from Henry Wenceslas Thenard, “Ne Dis Pas Cela”, originating in 1985 from LM PRODUCTION. After months of searching for the artist, Déni finally found Henry in his home in Saint-Anne in Guadeloupe. Meeting Henry was a moving moment, he unraveled the story on his title “Ne Dis Pas Cela” being the single of an album that never saw the light, and the version of the title engraved on the vinyl at the time was the not the final version of the song. The new maxi that Henry considered to be at the time “the new sound of Guadeloupe” will be accompanied by a remix from Mr. Bird, and an instrumental version comprising his additional production.

 

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Emma Baloka - Freedom (Kêtu Records / vinyl LP with Linernotes + Poster / April 1st 2019 / KETU002)

Kêtu Records is a new afrolabel based in afrika. We work with an ethic and Panafrican vision. We are proud to present you the official reissue of Emma Baloka's album Freedom, published in Nigeria in 1982, in coproduction with the artist himself. This exceptional guitarist born in Cameroon in 1959 was very interested in music at a very early age. Influenced by US and UK, his musical flame was born and moved him to the Funk. Emma Baloka adds his personal touch and re-enacts it in “Makossa Funk” and “Afro Funk” in the 1980’s. His first album at 21 was with the legendary band, Mighty Flames. After three albums he became a guitarist of Nigeria’s biggest disco-funk stars for more than 10 years: Kris Okotie, Eric Kol, Harry Mosco to name just a few.

 

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Atangana Pascal - Ye Mot Ai Kare Mot (Nanga Boko Records / Deluxe vinyl LP / April 1st 2019 / NBK002)

For its 2nd release, Nanga boko Records is very proud to present you Ye Mot Ai Kare Mot, the official 40 years anniversary reissue of the first album of the Cameroonian musician Atangana Pascal “Quelqu’un”. 7 raw Bikutsi & Soukous tracks (+ one exclusive bonus track !), recorded after midnight in a single recording session in a nightclub of Yaoundé. Deluxe hand-numbered edition, limited to 300, includes a bonus track never released on vinyl before! Each record comes with an insert that includes exclusive pictures and very detailed biographies in both English and French languages, an HQ Digital Download Card and a A2 format (40 x 60cm) poster! Approved by the artist himself, 100 % legit, all 8 tracks are under exclusive license of Nanga Boko Records.

 

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Nkotti François & The Black Styls 77 - De Bonaberi A Douala (Nanga Boko Records / Deluxe vinyl LP / April 1st 2019 / NBK001)

40 years after the original release, Nanga Boko Records is very proud to present you the official reissue of De Bonaberi A Douala, the first album from the Cameroonian musician Nkotti François and his band The Black Styls. Limited edition, high quality remastered sound, includes a very detailed biography in both English and French languages with exclusive pictures for a better comprehension of the work of the musician, and a voucher to download the album in a HQ digital format. Approved by the artist himself, 100 % legit, all 8 tracks are under exclusive license of Nanga Boko Records.

 

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MARCH RELEASES

Igor Wakhévitch - KSHATRYA (The Eye of The Bird) (Transversales Disques / Deluxe LP & CD / March 28th 2019 / TRS010LP & CD)

Transversales Disques presents KSHATRYA, (The Eye Of The Bird), never released before recording by french avant-garde electronic composer Igor Wakhevitch, who composed a bunch of major experimental albums in the 70’s such as Logos, Docteur Faust, Hathor, Les Fous d'Or,... During this 10 years period, Wakhevitch was close to Jean-Michel Jarre, the Pink Floyd, the Soft-Machine, and legendary choreographer Maurice Bejart having with him many conversations around dance and music, human body and soul, spiritual path, collective life, new society, human evolution. He's considered as one of the first French composer using synthesizers like Synthi AKS, ARP2600 or Moog modular systems. After spending almost 30 years in India, Igor Wakhevitch dug in his archives this unreleased work recorded in 1999. A must!

 

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V/A - Broke EP (Deep & Roll / vinyl 12inch / March 28th 2019 / DEEPR006)

Broke EP is the 6th release on the Deep & Roll imprint, and their first various release. The vinyl is Electro/Breaks oriented and features producers from all Europe. On the A side, the rising Sicilian producer Clafrica - based in Edinburgh - delivers 2 top notch bangers, that your mums will def move their heads on. On the B side, the established Parisian producer KM3 associates with Rob C. Trax and gets out of his comfort zone, offering a Rave gem that might blow your speakers. The B2 rounds off the vibe of this EP with acid flavors: the German producer Colkin composed this track while living in Paris. Def a wax to have on your shelves!

 

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The Bongo Hop - Satingarona Part.2 (Underdog / vinyl LP / March 25th 2019 / UR828221)

Two years after his first album, Etienne Sevet aka The Bongo Hop vows to fulfill the expectations born after Satinga-rona pt 1, in which he’d laid the foundations of his own afro caribbean “metissage”. This time again, with Satingarona pt 2, the trumpetist hailing from Bordeaux is joined by his friends, colombian singer Nidia Gongora (Quantic, Ondatropica, Canalon) and french producer Patchworks (Voilaaa, Taggy Matcher), alongside newly met collaborators, like parisian impromptu MC Greg Frite, Haitian singer Kephny Eliacin, Cindy Pooch and young talent Laurene Pierre-Magnani from his hometown’s underground Caribbean punk scene. New roads and new stories, to a same destination: the land of perpetual dance.

 

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Uptown Funk Empire - The Empire Strikes Back (Reissue) (Soulab / vinyl LP / March 18th 2019 / SOULABLP001RP)

Following successful projects such as Metropolitan Jazz Affair, The Dynamics and Mr. President, Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart originally released the Uptown Funk Empire’s album in 2009. Now sold-out for quite a while and still on demand, The Empire Strikes Back is finally reissued. Uptown Funk Empire is an exciting and ambitious project, worthy of its name. It’s like being back to the better days of Funk without a travel machine... the vibe is vintage but the sound is fresh... This album is huge and it covers all styles of the Groove music golden age: Boogaloo, Soul, Disco, Boogie, Funk... Beware, The Empire Strikes Back and is kicking... so get up & dance!

 

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Yan Tregger - Unreleased Tracks (Parisian Soul Rework) (DeNote Records / vinyl 12inch / March 18th 2019 / PS03)

Ted Scotto began his musical life as a trumpet player, but got into production soundtracks when he composed the theme for French animated series “Les Shadoks”. Soon taking on the pseudonym Yan Tregger, Scotto wrote and recorded more than thirty library records, ranging from funk and R&B tunes to deep dives into the then-prevalent Italo-Disco sound. For this new 12inch release, Yan Tregger has done us the honor of reworking two unpublished tracks from the M.B.T project. You will have a bliss listening to two originals tracks, slightly transformed, and two reworks that will make you travel through Balearic and Dub atmospheres, preserving to the maximum the soul of the original grooves.

 

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V/A - In the Red Vol.2 (Chuwanaga / vinyl LP wirth Insert / March 11th 2019 / CHUWANAGA005LP)

Parisian label Chuwanaga is really proud to present In The Red Vol. 2 (A Britfunk Selection by Saint-James), almost a year and a half after the first compilation being released. This second volume still focus on the Britfunk genre - or British Jazz-Funk - mainly produced in London between the end of the seventies and the eighties. Parisian DJ, activist and producer Saint-James has again selected the most exciting, rare and powerful tracks from that era (1981-1988). Almost four decades later on these powerful tracks are again ready to burn up dancefloors. The compilation features an insert with pictures and a few more words about the selection. The compilation is also available as digital download and CD along with Volume 1.

 

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DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson - Aimez ces airs (Hot Casa / vinyl 2LP & CD / March 11th 2019 / HC61LP & CD)

DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson are French composers and afro-soul singers. Remets T’es qui ? was their first album released in 2016 and was result of an intense collaboration that has lasted many years, on stage and in the studio. They call their music “Afropean songs”, a collection of Jazzy-Pop melodies, Afro-Soul and Funk arrangements. This new album has 15 songs, and features a tribute to the famous poet Aimé Césaire on the title. It is a unique sound, an original recipe, using French wordplay with a universal message. Last summer, they presented the now critically acclaimed first single “El Nino”, an Afro-Funk gem about climate change. With massive support from national radios and prestigious international DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Aimez ces airs could be one of the Top funky albums of 2019! Limited press on a deluxe double vinyl cover designed by the artist Felix, mastered by Dj Vas.

 

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V/A - Pencak Killa Vol.3 (Gila Records / vinyl LP / March 11th 2019 / GRPK03LP)

PENCAK KILLA Compilations Series: Killer trip into unknown South-East Asian Melayu & Pinoy Funk - Rare Groove - Deep Soul - Disco & AOR!

 

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V/A - Pencak Killa Vol.2 (Gila Records / vinyl LP / March 11th 2019 / GRPK02LP)

PENCAK KILLA Compilations Series: Killer trip into unknown South-East Asian Melayu & Pinoy Funk - Rare Groove - Deep Soul - Disco & AOR!

 

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V/A - Pencak Killa Vol.1 (Gila Records / vinyl LP / March 11th 2019 / GRPK01LP)

PENCAK KILLA Compilations Series: Killer trip into unknown South-East Asian Melayu & Pinoy Funk - Rare Groove - Deep Soul - Disco & AOR!

 

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Véronique Sanson - On m'attend là-bas (Funky French League Remixes) (Warner-Funky French League / vinyl 12inch / March 11th 2019 / 5570712)

Véronique Sanson is one of the most famous French pop oriented female singer, songwriter, and composer of the 80s. She began her career in the 70s, and was the girlfriend of genius composer Michel Berger. Her world turnt upside down when she met Stephen Stills of Crossby Stills & Nash. One Day, during a recording session in Paris, she left the studio pretending to go buy cigarettes, but never came back... In LA, she records new music with superstar composers such as Ray Parker JR and Harvey Mason. "On m’attend là-bas", produced in 1974, was one of the single of the album Le Maudit. Funky French League is an intergenerational collective (based in Paris) formed by Young Pulse, Dabeull, Arthur Chaps, Woody Braun, Mr Willy, DJ Asko and Uncle T (Groove Deluxe).

 

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Véronique Sanson - Bernard's Song (Funky French League Remixes) (Warner-Funky French League / vinyl 12inch / March 11th 2019 / 5570699)

Véronique Sanson is one of the most famous French pop oriented female singer, songwriter, and composer of the 80s. She began her career in the 70s, and was the girlfriend of genius composer Michel Berger. Her world turnt upside down when she met Stephen Stills of Crossby Stills & Nash. One Day, during a recording session in Paris, she left the studio pretending to go buy cigarettes, but never came back... In LA, she records new music with superstar composers such as Ray Parker JR and Harvey Mason. "Bernard's Song", produced in 1976, was the first single of the double gold album Hollywood. Funky French League is an intergenerational collective (based in Paris) formed by Young Pulse, Dabeull, Arthur Chaps, Woody Braun, Mr Willy, DJ Asko and Uncle T (Groove Deluxe).

 

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FEBRUARY RELEASES

Philip Glass - Music In Twelve Parts (Live in Paris, 1975) (Transversales Disques / Deluxe vinyl 2LP / February 18th 2019 / TRS09)

The newly discovered and unreleased concert from 1975 recorded by the Philip Glass Sextet at La Maison de la Radio, Paris. The sextet is composed of Philip Glass, Jon Gibson, Dickie Landry, Michael Riesman, Joan La Barbara and Richard Peck. Music in Twelve Parts is a set of twelve pieces written between 1971 and 1974. This performance in France includes part 1, 2, 3, 11 and 12 on a double LP. Also included a very rare Philip Glass interview from 1974 in his NYC loft during the rehearsals of this piece, produced for the French radio by Daniel Caux - musicologist and co-founder of Shandar Records. A never before released –Philip GLASS (1975) live recordings, released in partnership with the National Audiovisual Institute – INA.

 

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Max Rambhojan - Présente (Hot Mule-Secousse / 45RPM vinyl 12inch / February 18th 2019 / HTML002SEC004)

Guadeloupe 1986. The football World Cup has all the Islanders' eyes riveted to their TV. At every half time, local channel RFO broadcasts a music video: ‘’Tou’t Jou Pa Min’m" by Max Rambhojan. The song will gain cult status from then on. Max self-releases his first solo album on vinyl in 1985, enrolling some of the best musicians the scene has to offer. In 1992 a new solo album follows. By then computers have arrived and the sound has gone full-on digital. In that album Max records an updated version of his “Tou’t Jou Pa Min’m” anthem to great effect. Reducing Max Rambhojan to a zouk artist would be a mistake. He’s first and foremost a master of Gwo-Ka, and was schooled as a kid by Gwo-Ka pioneer Guy Conquette. That sound is the root of his particular style, especially vibrant on two tracks in his repertoire: “Cecilia” and “On Jou Matin”, both featured on this release's b-side. Secousse and Hot Mule are proud to present those 4 lost gems on wax and digital, carefully restored and remastered.

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Lucas Arruda - Onda Nova (Favorite Recordings / Gatefold 2LP & CD / February 11th 2019 / FVR143LP & CD)

Favorite Recordings proudly present Onda Nova, new and third album by Lucas Arruda. Mostly written, composed and arranged by himself, Lucas however teams up on a few tracks with his old mate Fabricio di Monaco (Modo Solar), his brother and musical partner Thiago Arruda, who recently joined Ed Motta’s live band, or Gaël Benyamin, also known as Geyster, who brings his longtime “savoir-faire” and skills for writing and composing AOR and WestCoast music genre, and who share this deep passion with Lucas. Onda Nova is therefore pursuing the music direction set with Solar (2015), mixing touch of Blue-Eyed-Soul, Pop, Soul and Brazilian styles together, and influenced by the path of legendary Brazilian producer Lincoln Olivetti, who recorded some of the biggest stars of Brazilian music (Marcos Valle, Jorge Ben, Tim Maia…).

 

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Raashan Ahmad - Soul Power (Trad Vibe Records / vinyl LP / February 11th 2019 / TVLP18)

“After touring the US to promote my first solo album The Push, I discovered that I wanted to add more bangin’ songs to my live set as well as speak on some more topics that I have been dealing with. Soul Power is the result. I’m talking about what gives my soul, my spirit power--which is music! This project was especially born out of all that I learned being on the road as well as teaming up with new friends I’ve met along the way which led to some dope collaborations! Peace. Raashan”

 

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DJ GSD & Lenski - Organic Feeling / Before Midnight (Sound Crack Records / vinyl 12inch / February 11th 2019 / SC0112)

First production of the label Sound Crack Records, “Organic Feeling (Tool Mix)” is a run through the jungle, savage, tribal, the raw nature animals of Mama earth bring the feeling of being in the middle of them.. A real tool for house and techno DJ's to pump the energy to the top. On the B side comes “Before Midnight (Evolution Mix)”. This techno track is a trip in the urban jungle, when the city sounds are coming out of nowhere, the melody of the steel tongue drum live played by DJ GSD is bringing the human vibration to heal the soul.

 

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La Compagnie Créole - A.I.E. (Larry Levan Remixes) (Pardonnez-Nous / vinyl 12inch / February 4th 2019 / PN001)

Since 2019 the collective of Parisian partygoers, Pardonnez-Nous, have decided to launch their own label. Just like their parties, their goal is to shine a light on dancing music. For its 1st release, the label strike hard and unearthed a quite surprising hidden track by one of the most famous band from the French Islands. La Compagnie Créole: born in 1975, this mythical band known by all the francophones will be remembered by future generations, thanks to all those super hits. Amongst all those classics one stands out: A.I.É. From then on, in 1988, a NY DJ, known by the name of Larry Levan, produced a remix of this track for the soundtrack of the film Sweet Lies. A mix not released, which remained relatively unknown up to this point. “Pardonnez-Nous” (Excuse us), but here it is.

 

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Adam Chini - Night Drive (Happy Milf Records / vinyl LP / February 4th 2019 / HMR008)

Night Drive encourages you to enjoy the ride with your car windows down, and volume & bass at the highest volume possible. Cruise the back roads during Sunset hours, or through some city lights, as the album titled track “Night Drive” gives you a warm & fuzzy funky feeling from head to toe.

 

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DJ Marrrtin - Tango Hustle / Arash1 / Kills (Stereophonk / vinyl 7inch / February 4th 2019 / ST014)

Marrrtin is back on vinyl with some new and some unreleased tracks on vinyl before. If you don't know "Tango Hustle", you have to know it!!! Marrrtin took time to totally replay it, cause it's one of his favorite funk track EVER !!!!! On B side 2 two b-boys tracks never released on vinyl.

 

 

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JANUARY RELEASES

V/A - AOR Global Sounds Vol.4 (1977-1986, selected by Charles Maurice) (Favorite Recordings / Gatefold 2LP & CD / January 21st 2019 / FVR145LP & CD)

Favorite Recordings and Charles Maurice proudly present the 4th edition of the AOR Global Sounds compilations series: 14 rare and hidden tracks, produced between 1977 and 1986 in various parts of the world. Started in 2015, the AOR Global Sounds series was born from the will of Charles Maurice (aka Pascal Rioux) to share his longtime love for the AOR and WestCoast movement and highlight its influence for many artists in the late 70s and early 80s. In this 4th volume, he selected again highly forgotten productions, deeply infused with Disco and Soul flavors. Half of the compilation’s tracklist is naturally coming from the US, homeland of this music style, but the other half is made of productions from all over the globe, from France, Belgium, Italy, to Mexico. And for most of these beautiful songs, it came from artists and bands rather unknown and often released as private press.

 

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Hugo LX - Slaying La Mona EP (Mona Musique / vinyl 12inch / January 21st 2019 / MM003)

Mona Musique is the imprint from Nick V, curator and resident DJ behind longstanding night Mona. First and foremost the vinyl-only label is an embodiment of the Parisian parties that have been bringing together Voguers, Waackers and club dancers for more than a decade. Calling once again on the production skills of Hugo LX - who featured on Mona Musique’s debut release – “NY Collage” reminds us why he is a firm favourite with label boss Nick V. A standout soulful bassline and trademark Hugo LX drum beat, makes this a sophisticated choice to lift up the dancefloor.

 

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Leon x Leon - Rokanbo EP (Cracki Records / vinyl 12inch / January 16th 2019 / CRACKI047)

A doctor by day and a musician by night, Leon x Leon has been producing songs in his Parisian home studio since 2013, where house, italo-disco and boogie are mixing. When he was younger, he was immersed in music by taking jazz drum lessons at the conservatory, and especially by seeing his father, a sound engineer, who had been building his own synthesizers since the 1970s. As a tribute, he used one of these unique synthesizers on a title of the disc. After a remarkable remix of Cerrone's "Funk Makossa" and several tracks on various from “Red Laser Disco”, he released his project My Solar Brass on the same English label in 2017. Organizer of many Parisian parties, he also participated in the founding of the publishing label “Good Plus". With the release of Rokanbo on Cracki Records, Leon x Leon signs a mature EP with the influence of different styles.

 

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Jacky Giordano - Timing Archives (Farfalla Records / vinyl LP / January 14th 2019 / FR02LP)

Timing is a collection of sixteen records intended for audiovisual and media professionals which came out between 1975 and 1977, and initiated by Jacky Giordano who took care of the first six albums. The ten others were developed by Pierre Arvay and nearly all published in partnership with Music De Wolfe. 14-tracks LP with plenty of funky breaks and hard grooves, including afro-cuban rhythms, wild jazzy sounds, fuzz guitar, strings, sax, clavinet, flute...

 

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The Schwinn - Dance / Never Too Late (Baccala Records / vinyl 12inch / January 14th 2019 / BACCA1002)

New vinyl single release including 2 rare Disco gems edited by Austrian DJ/Producer, The Schwinn..................................................................................................................................................

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Trad Vibe - BoomBap Breaks (Trad Vibe Records / vinyl 7inch / January 14th 2019 / TV013)

Trad Vibe Records releases the 1st DJ Scratch Tools of the label! Fully produced by DJ Moar, this white limited 7” got so many skills. On A Side: Beats, Vocals & Instruments sentences; and on B Side seven incredible combos on skip proof style! Perfect tool for portablist & turntables.

 

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Kings Aigbologa Bucknor - Katakata (Hot Casa Records / Deluxe vinyl LP / January 11th 2019 / HC62)

Amazing Afro-beat album from a Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s disciple. A sublime spiritual & political session recorded at Phonogram studio (Lagos, Nigeria) in 1979, on a 16 tracks. After the critically acclaimed second album we're very proud to present the first and really hard to find vinyl reissue of Kingsley Bucknor. Also know as "King Bucknor" the famous Nigerian producer, arranger and singer delivered two brilliant, hypnotic and long traditional afro-beat tracks .All the ingredients of the afro-beat definition are here, killer drums, straight riff guitars, hypnotic bass, heavy horns chorus, strong political lyrics with beautiful melodies. Ultra-Rare, unique, Essential!

 

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