Monday, February 20, 2017

Cave Circles (Riki Gooch) new vinyl 12" out Feb 24

Cave circles 12 inch EP  cover art

Out soon on Welli label Rough Peel Records, check the individually hand painted covers: "Cave Circles is the main production name for musician, Riki Gooch (ex Trinity Roots, Fly My Pretties, Eru Dangerspiel).

After 20 years of performing music here and abroad, Gooch has always had a strong love of making music with machines. His latest release - My Heart Is A Beating Drum, is a 4 track, 12" release that sees Gooch explore the realms of techno with a faulty Drumtrax, some borrowed synths and the SP-404.

Drawing on musical influences as varied as soft-rock, jazz, country and dance, Gooch has presented his new work in the hope that people will dance with each other.

The release comes in the traditional 180gm 12" Vinyl format, with handmade artwork for each sleeve cover. Limited to 200 copies."

Preview the audio on Bandcamp (also name your price for digital)

Experience Roy Roberts

Roy Roberts album cover

From Perfect Toy Records, very cool reissue: "Critics and concertgoers love his live performances and call him a living blues legend. Record collectors of soul and funk 45s consider many of his early recordings on wax as a “must have”, some even as “holy grails”. No matter what Roy Roberts means to you, an album which collects his sought after 45rpm single tracks was long overdue.

Roy Roberts grew up in a small town in Tennessee, listening to blues and R&B on WLAC out of Nashville. When he turned 18 he moved to North Carolina. Roy played in makeshift bands until he landed a job with local hero Guitar Kimbers’ Untouchables.

Before long, Solomon Burke, took young Roy under his wing after letting him sit in as a bass player during a local gig. He was soon handling the guitar chores behind the future soul legend on tour. Roberts subsequently picked up touring gigs with such luminaries as Eddie Floyd, “Little” Stevie Wonder, and Otis Redding, while fronting his own band, The Roy Roberts Experience.

Roy began to cut records in the mid-60s, mostly as a session man. The death of Otis Redding inspired him to step up to the mic with a song dedicated to the late crooner. The record was released on Nina Simone’s label and backed by an ace studio band. Roy followed this effort with a string of 45s that carried him well into the 70s.

During the disco years, Roy turned to country music. After a brief hiatus from the scene, Roberts got the blues fever once again in the early 90s. Besides recording his own material Roy continues to record and produce records for his label, and tours the U.S. and Europe regularly."

Out 24 February, LP/CD/digital.

HMV Canada closng, 100 stores shutting

Via Music Bus Worldwide from late Jan: "HMV's Canadian operation has fallen into receivership, with more than 100 stores set to close by April 30.

The news could have a devastating effect on the physical music business in Canada - the world's seventh biggest recorded music territory.

According to IFPI data, Canada generated US$335.8m (CAD$429.8m) for labels and artists in 2015. 35% of this revenue (US$118.9m) came from physical format sales - actually up 5% on the US$113.2m generated in 2014. HMV Canada Inc. was placed into receivership in Ontario Superior Court on Jan 27th.

"The company and major suppliers were unable to reach an agreement, on mutually acceptable terms to sustain HMV's operations and support a recovery," revealed court filings.

HMV Canada apparently owed its major suppliers, including music labels and movie studios, CAN$56m (US$42.6m) at the end of 2016.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, February 11

Pointer sisters - Yes we can can (Bobby Busnach edit)
Paul Humphrey and his cool aid chemists - Detroit
Ernie Hawks and the Soul investigators - Scorpio man theme
Staple singers - Heavy makes you happy
Booker T and the MGs - Tic tac toe
Dottye Fultz - Jesus is a soul man
Nick Waterhouse - It#3
El Michels Affairs & the Shacks - No surprise
VV Brown - Crying blood (Andrew Weatherall remix)
Wreck allstars - Keep me dancin'
Roxanne Shante - Have a nice day
Mad Lion - Take it easy
Ermehn -Walls of steel
Ladi6 - Give me the light
Smashproof - Ordinary life (Moody Boyz remix)
The Specials - Ghost town (DJG bootleg)
The Orb feat Lee Scratch Perry - Hold me upsetter
Pitch Black - Speech (International observer remix)
Ambassa feat Nichola Richards - After laughter comes tears
Nextmen feat Cutty Ranking - Boy weapon
Frightnrs - Purple
The Fun Company - Zambesi
Bar-kays - Knucklehead
Herman Hitson - Aint no other way
Sam and Dave -You don't know like I know
Isaac Hayes - Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedelimistic
Jerry Butler - Hey Western Union man
Charles Bradley - No time for dreaming
The Impressions - Keep on pushing
Brenda and the Tabulations - California soul

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Tanika Charles - Soul Run single drops

Via Record Kicks: "Rising star of Canadian soul music Tanika Charles presents her first single “Soul Run” produced by Slakah The Beatchild (Drake).

“Soul Run”, produced by Slakah the Beatchild (BBE Records), best known for being Drake’s producer and collaborator, is the first single by Tanika Charles and it's coming out next 10th of February on Record Kicks. The song anticipates the release of the self-titled album that will hit the streets worldwide next 7th of April.

Considered to be the “next big thing” among the Canadian soul community, in a few short years Tanika Charles has transformed from an emerging solo artist to a commanding performer and bandleader, a staple in the Canadian soul scene both on stage and off. Although her career is only at the beginning, Tanika has already collaborated with the likes of Estelle, Lauryn Hill and Macy Gray, along with regular appearances on TV and National Network (CTV, Global, CBC Radio).

Edmonton raised Charles presents an immutable charm, at times endearingly abrasive and honest in her vulnerabilities: if Tanika’s singing it, she’s lived it! In fact, "Soul Run" comes from a tragic part of Tanika's life: trapped in an emotionally abusive relationship in rural Canada, she decided to "borrow" her then fiancĂ©e’s car and ran away to Toronto to begin her singing career, never looking back. Now she is ready to tell her story to the world."

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Record fairs in AK

A couple of record fairs coming up soon...

Feb 25 Browns Bay record fair
St Anne's Hall, Corner of Glencoe Rd & Beach Rd, Browns Bay
Early Birds 9am -10am: $5 / 10am - 3pm: $2 / Kids under 13 - free

March 25 Freemans Bay record fair,
Freemans bay community hall, 52 Hepburn st
9am - 2pm. Adult or Adult and child under 12: $5.00

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, February 4

Four Tops -You keep running away
Booker T & the MGs - Soul limbo
Carla Thomas - Something good
Staple singers - Love is plentiful
Sam & Dave -Wrap it up
The Glass House - Crumbs off the table
Aretha Franklin - Won't be long
Barkin Soul - Babybababebe
Patrice Rushen - Haven't you heard
Rafael Cameron - Funtown USA
Lord Echo feat Mara TK - Just do you
Overproof sound system - Watch what you put inna (G Corp version)
Spacek - Eve (Jay Dee remix)
DJ Spinna - Dilla is the G.O.A.T.
J Dilla - Take notice inst
Whitefield Brothers - Yakuba
Karl Hector and the Malcouns - Sahara swing
Village callers - Hector
The Cals - Amazon bossa novea
The Meters - Come together
Roy Ayers - Everybody loves the sunshine (9th Wonder remix)
Gary Bartz - Celestial blues
Sun Ra - Drop me off in Harlem
Hot 8 Brass Band - Get up
Mr Chop - Vitamin C
Dramatics - Get up and get down
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings -  Better things
Pittsburgh Phil - Total electric
Daphne Walker & Bill Wolfgramm and his Islanders - Haere mai
Nick Nicholson and Neketini Brass - Tararua tramp

Friday, February 03, 2017

Walter Cornelius - debut EP Waco

From Cascade Records: "French born – London based, Walter Cornelius is a electronic-psychedelic bass producer/musician. Born in France, Walter has had a passion for drumming from the early age of 4, as well as a love for percussion, guitar and bass. At 18 he was accepted into the Lyon jazz Academy to further develop his skills as a drummer.

Within a group of friends, he is co-founder of the collective « l'Affect » created in 2014.Meanwhile, he develops his electronic productions Hip-hop, Trap & Dirty Beats, influenced by producers like Flying Lotus, EPROM, LTGL or The Great Dane.

Based in London for the past year, he is discovering a new city full of resources which obviously influences his style. He develops his producing skills by making multiple collaboration with artist from all over the world. Always improving his creativity, Walter's music is full of details - which makes every listen a new discovery.

His first Ep : WACO, is composed of 4 tracks. The work is full of influences and references Walter has developed in Lyon – while mixing them with a new UK style. The 4 tracks are then the result of Walter's artistic evolution in a new country.

They are nevertheless composed within an epic atmosphere made of powerful beats and strong ambience, which are Walter's own."  Out 27 January 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Bag of 45s - new mix

Here's a handful of 45s I've picked up recently (Discogs may be my new addiction, I think) - some old gems, some new biz... lots of Stax wax, modern soul, and some funk. Staple Singers, Impressions, Carla Thomas, Al Green, Willie West, Coko and the Soul Surfers, Ernie Hawks and the soul investigators, and more. Take a listen!

Ring The Alarm playlist, January 28

Lee Fields - Ladies
El Michels Affair  - Detroit twice
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Scorpio
Soul Children - Hold on I'm coming
Chi-lites - Stoned out of my mind
Sound experience - 40 acres and a mule
Mel and Tim - Do right baby
Clarence Reid - I'm your yes man
Mighty lovers - Aint gonna run no more
The Up Tights - How long must I wait for you
Durand Jones and the Indications -Tuck and roll
Dottye Fultz - Jesus is a soul man
Impressions - Long long winter
Al Green - Wait here
Roy Ayers - Get on up, get on down
Maxayn - Moonfunk
E's E -Scratch's skank pt2
Richie Phoe - Bumpy's lament
Frightnrs - Trouble in here
Nas  - Get down (QSO remix)
Darondo - Luscious lady
Rance Allen Group - Gonna make it alright
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - What if we all stopped paying taxes
Bar-kays - Don't do that
Ollie and the nightingales  - Don't do what I did
Jurassic 5 - Monkey bars inst
Paul McCartney - Check my machine
Talking heads - Psycho killer (Greg Wilson edit)
Ramsey Lewis - Sun goddess (Karim edit)
Chakachas - Jungle fever (Greg Wilson edit)
Ernie Hawks and the soul investigators - Scorpio man theme

Saturday, January 21, 2017

This Land Is Your Land

From Daptone Records:

"Though it has often been co-opted as a benignly patriotic campfire sing-a-long, "This Land Is Your Land" was actually written by Woody Guthrie in 1944 as a subversive protest song in biting response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America." At my sister Samra's urging, we recorded our version in 2004, during the George W. Bush presidency, in an effort to re-establish it as a song about social justice.

Ironically, when Woodie Guthrie resided in Coney Island in 1950, his landlord was none other than Donald Trump's father, the infamously racist real estate mogul Fred Trump, about whom Guthrie composed his poem "Old Man Trump," including the lines:

I suppose that Old Man Trump knows just how much racial hate 
He stirred up in that bloodpot of human hearts 
When he drawed that color line 
Here at his Beach Haven family project 

Using a dark re-harmonization of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" as an intro, the Dap-Kings re-arranged "This Land" as a rough blues-y march, setting the tone for Sharon to tear into the lyrics of the song with the fiery gusto of a revolutionary. However, it was the inclusion of Guthrie's rarely-heard original verses that really enabled Sharon to reclaim the song as an urgent and unambiguous demand for equality and human dignity in a nation rife with social injustice and patriotic hypocrisy.

Today, as we inaugurate a rapacious billionaire to the highest office in the land, those original verses resonate with us as loudly as the day they were written:

There was a big high wall there 
That tried to stop me 
The sign was painted 
Said 'Private Property' 
But on the backside 
It didn't say nothing 
This land was made for you and me
One bright sunny morning 
In the shadow of the steeple 
By the relief office 
I saw my people 
As they stood hungry I stood there wondering 
If God Blessed America for me

We are grateful to Woodie Guthrie and to Sharon Jones, two friends of the people and bitter foes of the Trumps, who have given us an essential soundtrack to our struggle. When times get dark, let us not crumble in fear and bigotry. Let us honor the unbreakable spirit of those tireless fighters who have fallen before us. Let us rise to the fight, and let us help each other never to forget this noble truth:
This land was made for you and me."

-Gabe Roth 

Ring The Alarm playlist, January 21

Ray Charles -Talking bout you
The Salem Travelers - Wade in the water
The Impressions - Keep on pushing
Otis Redding - Can't get no satisfaction
Rufus Thomas - Itch and scratch pt1
Jean Knight  - Carry on
Mad Lads - I'm so glad I fell in love with you
Emotions - From toys to boys
The JBs - The grunt
Public Enemy - Black steel in the hour of chaos
Eric B and Rakim - Eric B is president
Teremoana - Four women (DLT remix)
Massive Attack - Protection
Sulata - Never
Ardijah  -Watching U
Jimmy London - Cathy's clown
The Frightnrs - Gotta find a way
Hulamen - Working for a living
Jackie Mittoo - Fancy pants
The Equals - Baby come back
Jay Epae - The creep
The Tams - I've been hurt
Major Lance - Um um um um um
Bill Doggett  - Honky tonk pt1
Mophono - The edge
Stereo kings - Look around
Onra - The anthem
Paul McCartney - What's that you're doing
Conquest - Action
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings -This land is your land
Staple singers - We the people
Screaming Meemees  - Stars in my eyes pt1

Friday, January 20, 2017

Lucky Brown & The S.G.'s new 45

Some wicked funky biz via Tramp Tapes: "The mysterious Cecil Moses & The S.G.’s (Oliver Klomp - drums, Colin Higgins - guitar, Bob Heinemann - bass, and Marc Hager - keys) unite with deep funk pioneer Lucky Brown to interpret Lucky’s original “Mesquite Suite”, a collection of spiritual folk/jazz modal melodies fused with earthy and arcane rhythms composed in the summer of 2015 in an ashram in the Texas Hill Country.

The S.G.’s, who specialize in their own brand of great quartet instrumental soul ala Booker T. & The M.G.’s and The Meters, adapted quickly to Lucky’s experimental, rudimentary, vernacular, and minimalist approach. One thing you will notice in these tunes is that the vast space created by the musicians and the composition is what allows the FEEL to filter through, and for Lucky Brown, FEEL is what it is all about.

This first single presents the theme-song of their collection, a deep tribal shuffle, “Mesquite Beat”, upon which Jason Cressey - trombone, and Thomas Deakin - sax, offer their own explorations. The flip is an upbeat and minimal pentatonic anthem entitled “Justice”, featuring Lucky Brown himself on funk flute."

Out 3rd Feb on 7" vinyl/digital on Tramp Tapes a new imprint from Tramp Records 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Vinyl is making a comeback #267

OK, take your pick:

1: Vinyl forecast to ebb after hitting 2017 high note (Financial Times)

Signs of mainstream consumer interest in physical records waning, says Deloitte

"... Deloitte ... predicts vinyl sales will grow at a double-digit rate in 2017 for the seventh consecutive year. The format, which attracts an average selling price of $20 a record, has become a lucrative growth segment within the broader recorded music industry and is expected to generate between $800m and $900m in revenue in 2017.

It could be on the cusp of becoming a billion dollar industry for the first time since the 1980s when related products, such as turntables, are factored in.

Vinyl should account for almost a fifth of the sales of physical music products in 2017 and around 7 per cent of the $15bn that the global music industry is expected to take.

Yet Paul Lee, head of technology, media and telecoms research at Deloitte, warned against over-exuberance for the vinyl format, which he argued had been inflated by nostalgia and its fashionable image.

“In 1981, over 1bn albums were sold. In 2017 it will be around 40m. This is not the resurgence that is portrayed. It is a blip,” he said.

Mr Lee noted that the signs had looked good at the start of 2016, with UK vinyl sales up 61 per cent in the first quarter and new albums from heritage artists including David Bowie and Leonard Cohen selling particularly well on the physical format.

However, a 6 per cent fall in sales in the US, the world’s largest music market, in the first half of 2016, to $207m from $220m the previous year was evidence that the analogue revival may be fading, he said.

He argued that while hardcore music fans would continue to splurge on expensive vinyl reissues and deluxe repressings, less dedicated consumers buying records could fall away over the coming years.

He cited a BBC poll that showed that almost half of the people that purchased a vinyl record had not played it within a month and that 7 per cent of them did not even own a turntable. "

2. Sales of vinyl reach 25-year high: Do you own these valuable records?
"... More than 3.2 million LPs were sold last year, a rise of 53 per cent on 2015 and the highest number since 1991, when Simply Red's Stars topped the best-selling charts for the year, reports The Guardian.

Vanessa Higgins, chief executive of Regent Street and Gold Bar Records and an independent label member of BPI Council, said the reasons for the rise were twofold: "Older people are going back to vinyl, but I also think the younger generation are discovering it in a way they weren't before," she said.

3: and a local one... Why vinyl records have made a comeback (NZ Herald)

"... The University of Auckland's Dr Karen Fernandez teamed up with Professor Michael Beverland, of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, to investigate vinyl's continuing allure.

After interviewing 25 vinyl collectors from New Zealand, the United States and the UK, it became clear to the researchers that much of vinyl's appeal was tied up with the fact that records are material objects that can be held and displayed....
....Fernandez remembered one particularly poignant story told by a young woman who took part in the study. When the woman was buying a record, the seller told her it had a scratch caused by his young son, who had since died.

"Every time the needle jumped, he would remember his son. So the woman took on being the keeper of this scratch, every time she heard it she'd remember the man's son. That's been at the back of my mind for years: the power of a concrete thing."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam gets reissued

From Jazzman Records: "Originally released in small numbers as a custom pressing in 1973, the compelling “Dini Safarrar” by Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam has gained cult status around the world amongst enthusiasts of jazz, funk, hip hop & African music, and grail status among LP collectors.

Here is the first official reproduction of this album, faithful to the original and made with the blessing and cooperation of Mor Thiam himself, as well as his son Aliaume Thiam, otherwise known as hip hop and R&B superstar Akon.

Mor Dogo Thiam (pronounced ‘Chahm’) is a cultural historian, dedicated philanthropist and genius on the djembe. He began his career as a drummer while a young boy in his native Senegal, before moving to St. Louis, Missouri in the early 1970s, where his unique musical skills earned him the respect of the local jazz community. 

A fusion of the traditions of his Senegalese upbringing and the funk & jazz sounds of his new environs, “Dini Safarrar” was entirely self-funded and was also conceived as a benefit album, with all the proceeds donated to famine relief in Africa. Indeed, proceeds generated by the sale of this reissue will go directly into a fund to assist a school in Senegal set up by Mor himself." 

Dropped late last year, out on LP/CD/digital.