Saturday, September 24, 2011

Will Sessions

Spied this via Stonesthrow, looks pretty cool...

"Eight-piece soul-funk ensemble Will Sessions began making a name for themselves by playing gigs with fellow Detroit natives Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, and Phat Kat, backing them with live interpretations of Madlib, Dilla and Black Milk beats. Now the group has dropped a free live album, Real Sessions, a compilation of live recordings with these MCs. Free download below, including album and digital booklet."


2. MIC CHECK 313 feat. Guilty Simpson
3. BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN feat. Guilty Simpson
4. NIGHTMARE feat. Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson
5. FRONT STREET feat. Phat Kat & DJ Dez
6. COLD STEEL feat. Phat Kat & Elzhi
7. GET RICHES feat. Guilty Simpson
8. SO GONE / NAUTILUS feat. Black Milk
9. PRESSURE feat. Black Milk
10. DANGER feat. Black Milk & Phat Kat
11. TAKE NOTICE feat. Guilty Simpson

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 24

Rare earth - Ma (excerpt)
20th century steel band - Papa was a rolling stone
Otis Redding - Hard to handle
Joanie Sommers - Dont pity me
Wendy Rene - BBQ
Menahan st band - Make the road by walking
DJ Spinna - Dilla is the G.O.A.T.
The JBs - You can have Watergate but gimme some bucks and I'll be straight
Karl Hector and the Malcouns - Toure samar
Israel Starr - Foundation
Unitone hifi - Up to eleven
The Yoots - Tutira mai
Mulatu Astatke - Yegelle tezeta (playing live at The Powerstation, Nov 25)
BT Express - If it dont turn you on, you ought to leave it alone
Cymande - The message
Bob James - Take me to Mardi gras
Bernard Wright - Master rocker
Lloyd Charmers - Look a py py
Tenor saw - Golden hen
Macro dubs -  No dubs til Brooklyn
Prince Jammy - Brooklyn dub
Fat freddys drop - Bohannon dub
Farm fresh sound system - Root once again - Max Rubadub remix
Lee Scratch Perry vs the Moody Boys - God smiled
Smith and Mighty - B line fi blow
Overwash vs megalon - Apopo
Apeanaut - Hardwired for Geisha

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Question marks


Here's the guff on this release... spot the New Zealand connection...

Now Again Records: Limited edition CD & digital-only African reissue.

"Nearly two years ago, Now-Again announced that it was assembling an anthology of the best Nigerian psych-fuzz-funk tracks from the country’s golden years of the early to mid 1970s in conjunction with Uchenna Ikonne and New-Zealand based psych-zealot Heavyfuzz [from Edendale, Southland]. There was a catch, though: After a series of missteps dealing with shady middle men and copyright “holding companies” who claimed to represent bands and artists that had no connection, Now-Again helped send Ikonne back to Nigeria to track down – and officially license – each track for their anthology from the bandmembers themsselves. That was, as far as we could tell, a first for a Nigerian comp of this sort.

The process took Ikonne the better part of a year, and, although he returned with stacks of licenses, records culled from radio stations tucked deep in Eastern Nigeria’s “psych-funk-belt,” never-before-published photos and scores of interviews, he wasn’t able to track down every artist he was after. Thus, the comp was delayed.

Back Stateside, though, Ikonne found one of the missing links: Question Mark’s bandleader Franklin Izuorah. Living in Texas, working as a family therapist, yet still playing music, Izuorah signed on. The timing was perfect – right around the release of Madlb’s Medicine Show #3, Beat Konducta In Africa. The Loop Digga drew from Question Mark’s “Love” for his “Endless Cold (Lovelost)” and Ikonne and Egon worked to put the finishing touches on their anthology.

Well, it’s nearly a year later – and their white-whale of an anthology is almost done.... But, in the interim, they teamed up with Germany’s Shadoks to reissue Question Mark’s album in full, packaged with an extensive interview that Ikonne conducted with Izuorah and percussionist Uzo Aguiefo."

Exclusively at Stones Throw: The latest in Now-Again's series of African funk reissues.

Monday, September 19, 2011

C is for Cookie

Cookie monster and the girls - C is for cookie, disco edit, Roy Thode mix. I've edited in the intro, taken from the song The Last Cookie Roundup, from the album C is for Cookie - Cookie's favourite songs.

This was reissued by Ninja Tune in 2003 with another mix of C is for Cookie, the first remix ever done by Larry Levan. Everyone has to start somewhere, and Sesame St was his start. The 3rd tune on the 12" reissue was a very clever edit of The Pinball Number Count, put together by DJ Food.