Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 21

Bohannon - Do the everybody get down
Flame and the sons of darkness - Solid funk
World wonders - Funky washing machine
Scott Davis and the movements - New York apple jack
Third guitar - Baby don't cry
Mark Holder and the positives -Whatever's fair
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Jungle fever
The Tibbs - Next time
Diamond Joe - Gossip gossip
Major Lance - Monkey time
Barkays - Sang and dance
Carlton Basco - Dont chain my soul
James Brown - World (part 1)
Chilites - Stoned out of my mind
Don Owen - Determination
Conquest - Action
Dennis Edwards - Dont look any further (Bobby Busnach edit)
Roy Ayers - Get on up get on down
Gwen Guthrie  -Seventh heaven
Newcleus - Jam on revenge (dub version)
Double Dee and Steinski - Lesson two (pt1)
Soul II soul - Back to life
IQU feat Betty Anne Monga - Witchcraft
Patea Maori Club - Poi-e (Peter Mac disco drums edit)
Tubbs - Five day night (Fat Freddys Drop remix)
Black seeds - Make a move (Downtown Brown remix)
Salmonella dub - Johnny (Dubmariner remix)
DLT feat Teremoana - Beautiful remix
Jahlicious - Something (Beatlicks remix)
Lewis McCallum feat Francis Kora - First date
Sulata - Never
Dub asylum - My sneaker collection weighs a ton

Friday, May 20, 2016

Soulful debut delights from The Tibbs

Check out these awesomely soulful cats from Holland: "Record Kicks are extremely proud to present one of the hottest new names on the retro soul scene; The Tibbs! This combo is one of the most fascinating retro soul acts to ever come out of the Netherlands.

From the Motown’ish opener ‘Dog Days’ and floor-shaking tracks ‘Get Back Tuesday’ and ‘Next Time’, to the deep soul of ‘Wild Way’ and funk stormer ‘Suffocated’, singer Elsa Bekman - supported by a super tight big band - will impress everybody with her unique raw, gritty vocals.

Their debut album 'Takin Over' was produced by Paul Willemsen (Lefties Soul Connection), recorded at the Electric Monkey Studio in Amsterdam and mastered in Nashville by soul veteran Bob Ohlsson. 

The Tibbs started in 2012 taking inspiration from the golden age of soul music. In 2014 they self-released a demo EP and also released a 45 on German funk label Tramp Records. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Help NZ Musician magazine’s online future

"NZ Musician is celebrating this NZ Music Month with a crowdfunding campaign to help fund the magazine’s new website.

NZM editor Richard Thorne describes it as the 27-year old magazine’s most important re-invention yet – developing an exciting new online presence in combination with ensuring future accessibility to the mag’s valuable archive of our music industry’s recent history. first went online in the mid 1990s. The last major website build included uploading most of NZM’s artist features and wider industry news dating back to 2000, an ever-growing archive that’s a rich resource for research into pretty much any aspect of Aotearoa’s popular music industry.

“After close on three decades in print, and two decades online, we are completely reshaping, redesigning and reinventing in a way that will propel the magazine/website into the future.

"Some of the aspects that particularly excite us are the opportunities to include lots more music and video content, and to work more closely in the future with others passionate about championing local music, organisations like IMNZ and the various student radio stations.”

The NZ Musician website crowdfunding goal is just $10,000 – and halfway through the campaign half of that figure has already been pledged.

“The new site will provide a much enhanced, responsive version of the support for budding and established local musicians always has. Information, artist features, industry news, interviews, reviews, opinions, music, videos, education, instruments, directories, podcasts, apps, blogs, discussions, playlists…”

The bi-monthly magazine will this year reach issue number 170. Multiply that by the ten or more acts featured in each issue and NZM hopes that it shouldn’t be too hard for their $10,000 crowdfunding target to be reached by May 31, the end of NZ Music Month.

If you want to help them out, go to

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 14

Cherelle - Saturday love
Prime time - Make your mind up
Inner life and Jocelyn Brown - Aint no mountain high enough
Issac Hayes - Music to make love by
Sylvester - Over and over
Incognito - Fearless
Nicola Conte - Bossa per due
Maxwell implosion  - Follow my riddim
Suizen - Cartesian space (4D mix)
Charles Bradley - Aint it a sin
Jimmy Hughes - What side of the door
Muddy Waters - Tomcat
The Uptights - How long must I wait for you
The Originals - Goodnight Irene
The Four Tops - I got a feeling
Martha and the Vandellas - One way out
Gene Chandler - A song called soul
Isley Bros - I know who you been socking it to
Oliver Sain - London express
Elder Statesman - Montreaux sunrise
Grace Jones - She's lost control (dub version)
Johnnie Osbourne - African wake
The Wailers - Black progress/say it loud
Quantic  - Make dub not war
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Police in  helicopter
Definition of sound - Wear your love like heaven
3rd Bass - Ace in the hole
La Toya Jackson - If you feel the funk
Ramsey Lewis - Living for the city

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Brassy Bob James styles

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Henri-Pierre Noel x the Reflex remix

"Wah Wah 45s return to the 12” format to bring you three incredible re-works from French disco don The Reflex, for our very own legendary Canadian/Haitian keyboard wiz Henri-Pierre Noel, plus an additional remix exclusively on the digital version.

Henri's "Funky Spider Dance" is a percussion heavy bomb that The Reflex has turned into an even more dance-friendly destroyer. His rework of "A Fifth of Beethoven" takes its time to build into another heavy hitter. Last, but not least,The Reflex’s Revision of "Back Home… Sweet Home" is a modern Island Funk masterpiece with organ and tropical guitar riffs making way for sunny brass stabs all underpinned by foot friendly beats.

The original versions of "Funky Spider Dance" and "Back Home… Sweet Home" can be found on Henri’s "One More Step" LP, and his take of "A Fifth of Beethoven" was recently available on 7-inches of wax – all on Wah Wah 45s of course. "The Reflex Revisions" all appear here together on vinyl, in fact anywhere, for the very first time!"

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 7

Skull snaps - Its a new day (Shoes edit)
El Michels Affair - 4th chamber
Lee Fields and the Expressions - My world
The Noteables - Funky frog
Sly and the family stone - Dance to the music
Eric B and Rakim - Don't sweat the technique
Marc Rapson - The kalimba
Ronny Jordan - The jackal (illest mix)
Shateish - I'm leaving
Major Lance - Hey little girl
Ted Taylor - Ramblin Rose
Bill Doggett - Pimento
Esther Phillips - Just say goodbye
Markeys - Honey pot
Sheila E - Love Bizarre Pt 1&2
Janet Jackson - What have you done for me lately?
George Kranz - Trommeltanz (din daa daa)
Grace Jones - Feel up (extended version)
Arken - Step off
Jean Jacques Perrey and Luke Vibert - White knight (black in the day)
Block 16 - Electrokution (Daniel Wang and Brennan Green evolusive mix)
African Head Charge - Some bizarre
Manu Chao - A cosa (Prince Fatty remix)
Alice Russell - Humankind (Grant Phabao remix)
Smashproof - Ordinary life (Moody boyz dub)
MAW - Zoe
Moneyman and the super 5 international - Life
Lightning head - NPG

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, April 30

Wajeed - Jeedo Suave
Madhouse - Six
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Was dog a doughnut
Charles Bradley - The world is going up in flames
Bobby Moore - Hey Mr DJ
Sam and Kitty  -I've got something good
The Tams - I've been hurt
Ted Taylor - You give me nothing in return
Paul Humphrey and his coolaid chemists - Detroit
Henry Mancini - A shot in the dark
Pigalle connection - Paris breakdown
Quincy Jones - Hummin
Jamaica playboys - Makosa reggae
Jennifer Lara - I'm in love
Soul sugar feat Courtney John - All I know
Adrian Sherwood -Zoo time
Big Bud - Runaway
Superspirit - We belong in the cosmos (Jugoe remix)
Extra T's - ET boogie
Herbie Hancock - Rockit
Heaven 17 - At the height of the fighting
Manu Dibango - Electric Africa
Shirley Murdock - Be free
Isley Bros - Aint giving up no love
Anthony Joseph feat Sly Johnson - Neckbone
Mavis Staples - Chocolate city
Boogaloo combo - Hotpants road
Manzel - Evil, wicked, mean and nasty (Dopebrother mix)
Respect - Soul entertainer
Billy Karaitiana - Cool jerk
El Michels affair feat Lee Fields - Snakes
Shateish - I'm leaving

Friday, April 29, 2016

Shateish - "I’m Leavin"

Big Crown Records (the new label from the folk behind Truth and Soul, which now appears to be on hiatus - most of its acts are listed on the Big Crown website), launched early in 2016, and have been dropping goodies left right and centre.. there's the debut album from Bacao Rhythm and Steel, and brand new El Michels Affair single, and this gem...

"I'm Leavin" is a tribute to Etta James, produced by the one and only Nottz (Busta Rhymes, G Unit, Pusha T, Dilla). Shateish flips the Etta classic into a updated tale of catching a cheater and the pain that comes along with it. Out on 7"vinyl/digital.

Monday, April 25, 2016

New pressing plant opening in Adelaide

Roundabout's cutting lathe. Photo: CityMag

Adelaide studio Roundabout has managed to score an ex HMV NZ cutting lathe... shame it didn't get to stay in NZ...

Via CityMag: "... The Roundabout recording studio is home to a 1950’s Neumann AM-32 cutting lathe from New Zealand’s old HMV Studios. The last surviving device of its kind, it’s basically the unicorn of record cutting. Vinyl revivalists went into a spin the minute it hit The Secret Society of Lathe Trolls last year. Due purely to proximity, Colin came up trumps.

“I was the first one to get to Auckland,” he says. “A guy jumped on a plane in Germany that night, and a guy jumped on a plane in America that night, and just because I got there first, I was pretty lucky.”

Roundabout are getting ready to set up shop pressing runs of 100-1000 records for local artists, with recording and mastering also offered in-house.

ADDED: From the NZ owner: " I own a Neumann AM32 (circa 1957) cutting lathe that I inherited from my father. It has been in the family since the mid-60's and has been very well cared for.

Since moving it to Auckland in 2002, we did a few test cuts on the machine to ensure it was all working.
I then had to move it into safe storage whilst my work took me overseas. Unfortunately I am never going to get the opportunity to use it again, so I am looking to sell it to a caring new owner.

It has a Grampian Mono cutter head powered by a Philips 80w amp.
I really don't know too many of the other spec's other than it is complete and was working well last time we fired it up." 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, April 23

Chaka Khan - I feel for you
Prince - U go the look
Prince - Mountains
Madhouse - Six
Prince - I wanna be your lover
Lord Julien - Tennis
Jazz not jazz - You dig
Lee Oskar - Haunted house
Blundetto - Nautilus
Michael Prophet - Been talking
Johnny Clarke - Crazy baldheads
African Head Charge - Beri version
The Orb feat Lee Scratch Perry - Hold me upsetter
Boozoo Bajou - Under mi sensi (Trio Eletrico remix)
Quantic - I just fell in love again
Charles Bradley - Aint it a sin
Watts 103rd st rhythm band - 65 bars and a taste of soul
Clarence Reid - If it was good enough for daddy
Oscar Brown Jr - Chicken heads
Earth wind and fire - Bad tune
Joyce Jones - Help me make up my mind
Don Covay & the Jefferson Lemon Blue - Sookie sookie
Fred Wesley and the JBs - You can have Watergate....
E - The turning point
Teen turbans - We need to be loved
Jean Knight -Carry on
Booker T and the MGs - Melting pot
Impressions - Woman's got soul
The Four Tops - I got the feeling
DLT feat Billy TK - Duel of the assassins
Prince - Housequake

Friday, April 22, 2016

RIP Prince

Prince has died suddenly aged 57. He played a show in Atlanta last week, similar to the one he did in Auckland just two months ago, just him, a mic and a piano, and was hospitalised after that show with the flu, but returned home.

"A representative told the celebrity news outlet that the singer had performed in Atlanta even though he was not feeling well and felt worse after boarding the plane for a flight back to Minnesota." (source: RNZ)

I was lucky enough to see him at one of his two his Auckland shows - his first visit to our shores. There was a lot of discussion amongst my music mates about the ticket prices, some folk saying they were too expensive. I just closed my eyes and whacked it on my credit card and figured I'd pay it off - this was a once in a lifetime chance. Who knows when Prince might come back? Now we know the answer, sadly.

I arrived late to Prince - sure,I knew about him, clocked Purple rain, but I didn't connect with his music til I heard 'Kiss' blasting out on a crowded dancefloor (think it was The Brat in Nelson st?) - goddamn, that ish was funky. Then I heard Sign O The Times in the same setting , and Housequake - man, that tune could rock a club. Phenomenal tunes, phenomenal musician and songwriter. Total genius.

Prince was always super quick at getting live clips taken down off the internet, but I still remember seeing a clip of Prince at Madison Square Gardens a few years back, and he had Sharon Jones and the Dapkings open, and Ms Jones and the Dapkings horns joined Prince for one of the encores, doing A Love Bizarre. Damn killed it.

Here's Prince playing and being interviewed by Arsenio Hall, from 2014.  

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, April 16

DNA and Suzanne Vega - Tom's diner remix
Wally Badarou - Chief inspector (precinct 13)
George Benson - World is a ghetto
Charles Bradley - Aint it a sin
Maceo and the Macks - Cross the track
Lyn Collins - Give it up or turn it loose
Mongo Santamaria - Cold sweat
Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca
Chico Hamilton - El toro (Mark de Clive Lowe remix)
The Mike Nock Underground - Space Bugaloo
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Stranded in your love (Cool Calm Pete remix)
Gene Chandler - No peace, no satisfaction
The Sharpees - Take me to your leader
The Ringleaders - Grin and bare it
Monica - I don't know nothing else to tell you but I love you
Hank Jacobs - Elijah rocking with soul
Tenor Saw - Pumpkin belly
Dennis Brown - Song my mother used to sing
Prince Jammy - BQE dub
Brentford disco set - Rebel disco
Freddie McGregor - Bobby Bobbylon
Vin Gordon - Steady beat
Juhani - Bigger vat
Sign of four - Jumping beans
Luke Vibert and Jean Jaques Perrey - Ye olde beatbox
Mephisto Jones - Chocolate hot sauce
Video kid - Dawn skate
Luiz Bonfa - Jacaranda
Dionne Warwick - Just being myself

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Charles Bradley drops album no 3

Brand new album from the screaming eagle of soul, Mr Charles Bradley.... great slice of modern soul...

E (of Myron and E) - new single 'The Turning Point'

"Mocambo Records proudly presents the first 45 with the unmistakable E (aka Eric 'E da Boss' Cooke, and one half of soul duo Myron & E out on Timmion Records and Stones Throw).

This new single, titled "The Turning Point" is a dramatic piece of soul with dope drums and a cinematic orchestration, which sees E and his female duet partner Ishtar ‘breaking up’, while the flipside features the instrumental version.

This is a vinyl only release, available in limited quantities and as a first taste of the collaboration between E and Mocambo Records."