Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist November 18

William De Vaughn - Be thankful for what you've got (DJ Day edit)
Undisputed Truth - You + Me = Love (Inst)
Patrice Rushen - Forget me nots
Isley Brothers - Fight the power pt1
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Heard it thru the grapevine
Margie Joseph - One more chance
The Checkmates Ltd - Do you love your baby
Four Tops - Don't let him take your love from me
Jackie Wilson  -Somebody up there likes you
Sidney Barnes -You'll always be in style
Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters - Prove it to me
Dusty Springfield - Spooky
Tina Turner - Whole lotta love
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Matter of time
Martha High  - Answer to Mother Popcorn
Percy Sledge - Baby help me
Jackie Shane - Money (that's what I want)
Hot Cold Sweat - Move like that
Tom Browne - Funkin' for Jamaica
Strange Parcels - Hearts desire
Coldcut x On U Sound feat Lee Scratch Perry - Divide and rule
Bim Sherman - Can't be free (from crying)
Sister Nancy - Only woman DJ with degree (playing live at Galatos AKLD tonight 18 Nov)
Yami Bolo - When a man is in love
Phyllis Dillon - Woman of the ghetto
The Yoots - Tutira mai
Herbs - Meteli
The Sharpees - Take me to your leader
The Ringleaders - Grin and bare it
Chuck Wood - Seven days is too long
Jerry Butler - I'm telling you
William Bell - Happy
Ray Mang - Walking on moonshine

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist November 11

Etta James - In the basement (Theo Parrish re-edit)
Hot 8 Brass Band - Sexual healing (Me&You re-edit)
Jean Carn - Was that all it was (Morning Star re-edit)
The Jones Girls -You gonna make me love somebody else
Executive Suite - You've got that kind of love
Freddie Scott  - Run Joe
Lynne Randell - Stranger in my arms
Marvin Gaye - One more heartache
Undisputed Truth - Papa was a rolling stone
Soul Scratch - Look how far we've come
Betty Harris - Cry to me
The Frightnrs - I'd rather go blind
Lord Echo feat Lisa Tomlins - Thinking of you
Roots Radics - I'm a man
King Tubby - Morpheus special
Skatalites - Beardsman ska
The Wailers - I'm gonna put it on
Manasseh - I-wah
Ragga Twins - Spliffhead (original)
Lee Scratch Perry - Jungle youth (Congo Natty remix)
The JBs - The grunt
Maceo and the Macks - Across the tracks
The Afros Band - Right on right off
Darrell Banks - I'm the one who loves you
Carlene and the Soul Serenades - Can you win
The Montclairs - Hey you! Don't fight it
Joni Wilson - (Let hurt put you) in the loser's seat
Gary John Williams - The whole damn world is going crazy
Rafael Cameron - Funtown USA

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Heed the Call! Aotearoa funk n soul from 1973 to 1983

Heed the Call! - Whakarongo, Nga Tamariki! 17 Prime Soul, Funk and Disco Cuts from Aotearoa 1973 to 1983...

Blurb via Rough Trade, out Dec 1st on CD/2xLP: "Stunning compilation of 17 Prime Soul, Funk and Disco Cuts. Heed the Call! collects the best New Zealand material from the afrotastic days of 1973 to 1983. Artists like Mark Williams whose House For Sale became a sought after Northern Soul single, The (three) Yandall Sisters (two of whom are pictured behind Mark WiIlliams on the cover), a teenage Tina Cross, Dalvanius and Prince Tui Teka, all became household names in NZ.

The collection mines some overlooked nuggets from their respective catalogues alongside lesser known boogie cuzzins The Pink Family with their non-secular floor sizzler Don't Give Your Life Away, the gritty gospel soul of Sonia and Skee, The Johnny Rocco Band, Inbetweens, and The Totals.

The Kaukau brothers were four fifths of Golden Harvest who hit the national charts with the number one I Need Your Love in 1978 which featured new addition 17 year old Karl Gordon fronting the band. Local 60s beat pioneer Larry Morris fresh out of the big house after a public LSD misdemeanour finds his groove on Who Do We Think We're Fooling.

Funk dynamos Collision hail from Tokoroa, and in an earlier incarnation were known as The Shriek Machine, move to Australia on Dalvanius's insistence to record the showstopper You Can Dance.

Early 70s Acid Rockers Ticket flaunt their funky flare(s) with their Vertigo single only release Mr Music (later covered by Collision) , and the windy city jazzmen The 1860 Band take form fitting self promoting t-shirts to the next level while re- interpreting Rita Jean Bodine's Thats The Kind Of Love."

From Flying Out  - "Compiled by Alan Perrott and John Baker.  Double LP, with illustrated inner sleeves showcasing the sleeves of all the original LP releases. Liner notes by co compiler Alan Perrott based on interviews with actual participants in the recordings in black & white booklet with tasty pics and ephemera."

Pre-order now from Flying Out here.  

  2. COLLISION You Can Dance
  3. MARK WILLIAMS Disco Queen
  4. THE JOHNNY ROCCO BAND She’s Knocking at My Door
  5. THE 1860 BAND That’s the Kind of Love I’ve Got for You
  6. INBETWEENS Mr. Funky
  7. TINA CROSS You Can Do It
  8. GOLDEN HARVEST I Need Your Love
  9. MARK WILLIAMS A House for Sale
  10. THE PINK FAMILY Don't Give Your Life Away
  11. PRINCE TUI TEKA Heed the Call
  12. THE YANDALL SISTERS Sweet Inspiration
  13. SONIA & SKEE There’s a River Somewhere
  14. TICKET Mr. Music
  15. LARRY MORRIS Who Do We Think We’re Fooling
  16. HERB MCQUAY Night People
  17. THE TOTALS Total Man

Monday, November 06, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist November 4

Randys Allstars - Guns in the ghetto
Jennifer Lara - I'm in love
Johnny Osbourne - Lend me the sixteen
Jackie Mittoo - Hang em high
The Winstons - Amen, brother
TSU Toronadoes - Getting the corners
Lunar Funk - Mr Penguin pt1
Earth Wind and Fire- Bad tune
Lyn Collins and James Brown - What my baby needs now is a little more loving
Laura Lee - If you can beat me rockin' (you can have my chair)
The 8th Day - You've got to crawl (before you walk)
Mighty Lovers - Aint gonna run no more
The Dynamics - The love that I need
Cliff Nobles - Judge baby, I'm back
The Fantastic Johnny C - Boogaloo down Broadway
Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson - Soulshake
Bunny Sigler - Let the good times roll
Aretha Franklin with the Ray Bryant Combo - Won't be long
Four Tops - Sad souvenirs
El Michels -Bumpy's lament
EL Fields Gospel Wonders feat Sharon Jones - Heaven bound
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Matter of time
Willie West - I'm still a man
Martha High - Put it on the line
George Benson - World is a ghetto
Candido - Soul limbo
Jack Costanzo - Latin fever
Pete Rodriguez - I like it like that
Latin Blues Band feat Luis Aviles - Lay an oz on me baby
Harlem river drive - Idle hands
Patato and Totico - Mas que nada

Friday, November 03, 2017

Sharon Jones wrote “Call on God” in the late 1970s....

This story is freaking cool... via Daptone: "Sharon Jones wrote “Call on God” in the late 1970’s for E.L. Fields' Gospel Wonders, a choir she sang with throughout most of her life at the Universal Church of God in New York City.

This original recording with the Dap-Kings dates to early 2007 during sessions for the album '100 Days, 100 Nights'. Just like on the song "Answer Me" from that album, Sharon played all the piano and sang her parts live with the band, providing very specific direction of exactly how she wanted the music to sound.

Though she always provided input on all her songs, it wasn’t common for Sharon to take full charge of the arrangements like she did on these two gospel tracks. It was so inspiring for the band that they made a pact to record an entire gospel album with her at the helm. “Call on God” was put aside to be included on that eventual gospel album - but sadly, the project was never completed.

On December 18th, 2016, Pastor Margot Fields, E.L.’s widow, presided over Sharon's memorial service in Brooklyn which was attended by several of the original members of the Gospel Wonders who had come in from different parts of the country to help celebrate Sharon’s life. Together again, they performed a moving tribute to Sharon as part of the service.

After the service, Bosco Mann and the Dap-Kings invited the singers, all great friends of Sharon's, back to the Daptone House of Soul studios in Bushwick to finish "Call on God" with them. At the studio, the members of the choir put on headphones and heard Sharon’s voice singing the song she wrote for them three decades earlier.

Sharon always wanted to add background vocals to the song and she would have been happy to know that her old friends had come through to sing with her one final time.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' final studio album, Soul of a Woman is available November 17th, 2017.
Pre-order now

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Sister Sina (OMC) debut album drops soon

photo of Sina

Sister Sina is the one singing backing vocals on OMC's hit How Bizarre, and featured on other songs by them. She released her debut solo single Don't Be Shy (on Huh!) back in August 1998 (hit #2 on the charts and went gold), and recorded an album with Alan Jansson producing and co-writing, and featuring Manuel Bundy on the cuts.

Sadly the album got lost in the chaos of the Polygram takeover by Universal that year (although an advance copy got bootlegged in Thailand, apparently).

Now Simon Grigg of Huh! reports the album will finally get an official release in the next month or so, after 19 years. Titled 'Sina', the album will be the 1998 US mastered version - the original plan back then was to release it on Huh! in NZ and Motown in the US.

More -Sina Saipaia profiled at Audioculture

Dapkings talk about new album Matter Of Time

Some cool videos from The Dapkings, talking about their final album and their memories of Miss Sharon Jones.... guitarist Binky Griptite talking about his famous intro spiel, and Cochemea Gastelum (sax) on the time Sharon broke up a fight.... album out Nov 17 on Daptone.

"Matter of Time" from the upcoming final Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings studio album, Soul of a Woman, available November 17th, 2017. Pre-order and/or stream:

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, October 28

OJays - The big gangster
Staple Singers - We the people
Philadelphia Intl Allstars - Let's clean up the ghetto
Oriental Express - Sexy Bus stop
Phil Upchurch Combo - I Can't sit down pt1
Johnnie Taylor - I am somebody
The Emotions - Boss love maker
Glass House - Crumbs off the table
Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure - Don't mess up a good thing
Freddie Scott - The Slide
Jackie Mittoo  - Stereo freeze
Lennie Hibbert - Village soul
Skatalites - Coconut rock
Andy and Joey - You're wondering now
Delroy Wilson - I want justice 
Joe Dukie and DJ Fitchie - Midnight marauders (El Head version)
Overwash vs Megalon - Apopo
Coldcut x On U Sound - Divide and rule
AMJ meets RSD - Serious signs
The Simonsound - It's 1984 on Mars
LL Cool J - Goin back to Cali
EU - Da Butt (b-boy dub mix)
Bill Withers - You
Como Mamas - Move upstairs
Bobby Womack - Looking for a love
The Triads - If you're looking for love
Marvin Gaye - Trouble man
Manu Dibango - Africadelic
Manasseh  - Skenga (12" mix)
Mala - Revolution

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Kind & Kinky Zoo - "Released!" debut album

Via Legere Recordings: "In 2005, a new zoo opened in Lausanne, Switzerland. Its wild animals have been going bananas in their quest to create a more dancefloor-friendly world. Now released, the zoo residents can be tracked by their heavy funk smells. Follow their scent past retro-psychedelia and turn left after organic garage.

A 4-piece instrumental funk band from Lausanne, Switzerland, Kind & Kinky Zoo has been gaining global exposure from radio DJs, club DJs and record labels since 2005. Armed with drums, a bass, a flute and a Fender Rhodes, the band has battled its way into the funkiest b-boy cyphers and dance-floors worldwide.

"Released!" is the Kind & Kinky Zoo's debut album and is a collection of brand new tracks, early singles as well as remixes and features a guest appearance by rapper Afu-Ra."

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Soul of a Woman LP out Nov 17

After Sharon Jones passed away last year, I was watching some of her fantastic live shows on Youtube, including one from early in 2016, at a benefit for radio station KEXP. During that set, Jones introduced a new song that they were recording. I remember watching that and wondering if that recording would ever see the light of day. The answer is yes. Saw this email today from Daptone....

"We are proud to announce Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' final studio album, Soul of a Woman - a lush, orchestral masterpiece. A true testament to the life and career of Daptone's fearless leader and one of the world's greatest performers.

In the year prior to her death from pancreatic cancer in 2016, Sharon Jones toured and performed tirelessly, and was also the subject of Miss Sharon Jones!, an acclaimed documentary by Oscar-Winning director Barbara Kopple.

Yet somehow, the beloved and heroic soul singer found time to complete a studio album. Soul of a Woman features eleven songs which reveal that the emotion, dynamics, and drama of Jones' voice remained at full power until her final days."

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Soul of a Woman LP out Nov 17, preorder at Daptone store

Pre-order options include:
  • Limited Turquoise color vinyl LP
  • Turquoise Color Vinyl LP with choice of slipmat (single)
  • Men's Grey and Navy Blue T-shirts w/Standard Black Color Vinyl LP
  • Soul of a Woman Slipmat (Single / Pair)
  • Sharon Jones High School Portrait Slipmat (Single / Pair)
  • Soul of a Woman + It's A Holiday Soul Party Album Bundles

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, October 7

Tall Black Guy - Tale of two
The Headhunters - God made me funky
Gil Scott Heron - Inner city blues
Amerigo Gazaway/Fela Brown - Funky black president
Willie Mitchell - Percolatin'
Cliff Nobles - Judge baby, I'm back
The Supremes - Love is like an itching in my heart
Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure - Don't mess up a good thing
Detroit Emeralds - Showtime
The Esquires  -You've got the power
The Impressions - Rhythm
Menahan st band - The contender
Antibalas - Che che cole makossa
Woima Collective - Woima
Segun Bucknor - La la la
Sahara All Stars of Jos - Take your soul
Puzzle People - French fried boogie
Recloose - Why I otta
Nextmen vs Joe Dukie - Blow wind blow
Benny Tones feat Mara TK - Firefly
Shogun Orchestra - Mifune
Quincy Jones - Hummin'
Eartha Kitt - I want to be evil
Brute force and his drum  - Weird and wonderful
Blackfeather  -The rat suite (main title)
The ID - Feel awright
Chi-lites - Stoned out of my mind

Friday, October 06, 2017

Martha High x Osaka Monaurail - album drops November 17

"Martha High has been an integral part of James Brown’s life and career for more than 30 years. After a lifetime spent shoulder to shoulder with the Godfather of Soul, she flew to Tokyo and teamed up with Japanese funk ambassadors Osaka Monaurail to record her new album “Tribute to My Soul Sisters” that hits the streets worldwide next November 17 on Record Kicks.

You can now listen to the first single from the album “A Little Taste Of Soul”, originally recorded in 1962 by her soul sister Sugar Pie, available on digital download and limited edition 45 vinyl on October 20.

“Tribute to My Soul Sisters” was hatched back in 2014, when Martha High was visiting the producer Dj Pari, head honcho of the Soulpower organization and tight collaborator of soul legends like The Impressions, Lyn Collins and Marva Whitney.

"I looked up to these ladies of soul" says Martha, "Given the opportunity and the pleasure to perform their songs, is my way of saying: thank you, you're not forgotten. To record the music of the Funky Divas would mean a lot to Mr Brown. He always wanted the world to know he had powerful women on stage that could hold his crowd while he was off the stage; they were just as powerful and funky as he was."

Without further ado, following DJ Pari’s advice, she partnered up with one of the hottest name of the new funk renaissance: Japan’s Osaka Monaurail. Deeply influenced by the work of James Brown, Bobby Byrd, Curtis Mayfield and with nine albums under the belt, Osaka Monaurail have been leading the international funk scene for more than two decades, appearing at festivals such as Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and Womads, as well as recording and touring with funk legends like Marva Whitney and Fred Wesley.

Born in Victoria, Virginia and discovered by Rock & Roll pioneer Bo Diddley, Martha took off her career with the soulful, legendary doo-wop group "The Four Jewels”, with whom she scored the national hit "Opportunity" in 1964. Soon, The Jewels caught the attention of James Brown and joined the “James Brown Revue” in 1966.

The Godfather of Soul recorded and released several songs featuring The Jewels until the group disbanded. Nevertheless, Martha stayed with James Brown and continued to work with him as his personal vocalist for 32 years.

She was with him at the Boston Garden during the iconic 1968 gig after Martin Luther King’s assassination, she was by his side when he performed at renowned ‘Rumble in The Jungle’ event in Zaire."

Remembering Charles Bradley

Shot and cut by Living On Soul filmmakers Jeff Broadway and Cory Bailey.

"Cory and I arrived in London in late June 2014 to meet up with the Daptone Super Soul Revue. We'd just recently met Neal Sugarman in New York, and knew almost no one on the tour. Upon touchdown, we were told we'd be riding with Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires for the next 10 days on their tour bus. Some of the guys in the band were a bit skeptical, and understandably so. We were a couple of unknowns with cameras, eager to use them. Charles was not one of the skeptical ones, though. He immediately embraced us and made us feel welcomed on his bus.

We shared some long rides together over that week and a half. The longest of which was Paris to Vienna - a 12-hour cruise that took us through France, Germany and eventually into Austria. It was on that bus ride that Cory and I played the most epic card game of our lives against Charles and his Spades partner, Extraordinaires saxophonist Freddy DeBoe.

Charles and Freddy won the first game handily and Charles quickly challenged us to a rematch. This time, though, he wanted to raise the stakes (and play to 1,000). He'd been trying to get Cory to stop smoking cigarettes, so he said: 'Cory - if we beat you this game, no more cigarettes on tour. And Jeff - well you don't smoke cigarettes, but no more Buddha (marijuana) for you if Freddy and I win.' We took that bet, but told Charles that if he and Freddy lost, that he'd have to sing a song in Vienna at a location of our choosing, a cappella. He agreed. The stakes were high.

Fortunately, Charles and Freddy lost that marathon game of Spades; and on July 1, 2014, Cory and I took Charles to St. Stephen's Cathedral in the heart of Vienna. We walked the church together; Charles marveled at its beauty and antiquity. You could just tell that no matter where he was in the world, Charles felt at home inside a house of worship.

We walked back outside and could tell he was a bit nervous. We gave him an out, telling him if he needed to save his voice for the gig that night, that we understood. But he wasn't interested. A bet was a bet and he'd lost. He was singing in that cathedral plaza. So we set up our cameras in front of St. Stephen's and gave him a cue to begin.

'I'm a victim, of loving you,' he belted out. People began stopping dead in their tracks. 'I'm a victim, of wanting you,' he continued. A crowd gathered. His voice must have carried a square mile. He concluded his a cappella performance with a signature scream. Applause filled the cathedral plaza. We hugged Charles, thanked him for such a special performance, and took him for a glass of white wine before returning to the hotel."

- Jeff Broadway

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, September 30

Bobby Hughes Combination - Kerma elastica
Maxwell Implosion - Tic tac (Nicola Conte remix)
Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca (Funky Lowlives remix)
Oscar Brown Jr - Brother where are you (Matthew Herbert remix)
Cinematic Orchestra feat Fontella Bass - All that you give
Neneh Cherry and The THing - Dream baby dream (Four Tet remix)
El Michels Affair feat The Shacks, Lee Fields - Tearz
El Michels Affair - Walk on by
Charles Bradley - The world is going up in flames
Charles Bradley - Aint it a sin
Charles Bradley - Why is it so hard?
Charles Bradley - Strictly reserved for you
Chubby Checker  -You better believe it baby
Barbara Acklin - Just aint no love
The Dynamics - The love that I need
Gene Chandler - Such a pretty thing
Otis Redding - Papa's got a brand new bag
Eddie Warner -Brutus drums
James Brown - Bring it up
Lunar Funk - Mr Penguin Pt 1
War - Me and baby brother
Prince Charles and the City Beat Band - Don't fake the funk
Digital Underground - Way we swing (remix)
A Tribe Called Quest - Find a way (inst)
Jurassic 5  - Monkey bars (inst)
DLT - Thoth 1.1
Sound Foundation - Ram dancehall
Dawn Penn - No no no
Laurel Atkin - Rise and fall of Laurel Atkin

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sunny and the Sunliners collection coming on Big Crown

Sunny and the Sunliners LP cover

"When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than soul vocalist and Mexican-American songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides, Sunny became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.

Among countless other honors and notable achievements, Sunny was the first Latino artist to appear on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” (in 1963). Songs like “Put Me In Jail,” “Talk To Me,” “Should I Take You Home,” “My Dream” and “Smile Now, Cry Later” still bring crowds to their feet throughout the Southwest and California and around the world at “oldies” and “lowrider soul” events. And after releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as a teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal.

This new compilation on Brooklyn’s acclaimed Big Crown label – home to Lee Fields, Lady Wray, The El Michels Affair and many more – is a lovingly curated selection of songs from the years 1966 to 1972. All compositions were originally released on Sunny’s Key-Loc label, formed after his national star had been established, so he could have control of his own musical destiny.

“For me the reason why Sunny is important is very simple,” says Big Crown’s Danny Akalepse. “He contributed all this great music to the world, but that is just scratching the surface. He’s a huge part of the Tejano music scene and one of its creators. And he started his own label in the ‘60s, they did everything inhouse. As an indie label ourselves, this hits home for us for obvious reasons.”

As Akalepse explains about the Ozuna-approved tracklist, “We chose our own Sunny favorites and laid everything out so the LP would be a great listen, first and foremost. There are several cuts on here that I have played out and loved – as a DJ and record fanatic – for many, many years. ‘Mr. Brown Eyed Soul’ is not necessarily a ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation, although it obviously has a bunch of them on here. In the end, this is our take on the crème-de-la-creme of Sunny’s English language soul tunes.”

With Sunny hits – a mix of originals and some great covers thrown in – ranging from ballads like “My Dream,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and “Outside Looking In”; to mid-tempo soul groovers “Should I Take You Home,” “Put Me In Jail” and “The One Who’s Hurting Is You”; and the ultra funky “Get Down”; Mr. Brown Eyed Soul is an excellent celebration of Ozuna’s amazing body of work, and a perfect introduction to Sunny for newcomers.

Lovingly chosen by the owners of Big Crown and in full collaboration and cooperation with Ozuna himself, the CD and LP packaging includes liner notes by Texas Music scholar and archivist Ramon Hernandez, and features dozens of rare photos provided by Sunny himself."

Out Friday  22 Sept, get it from Big Crown Records

READ: Great backgrounder that talks with Sunny and Danny about how the collection came together, from The Village Voice