Saturday, December 09, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist December 9

Dalvanius and the Fascinations - Voodoo lady (extended version)
Elder Statesmen - Montreaux sunrise
Boozoo Bajou - Night over Manaus
Frente Cumbiero - Pitchito
Bobby Marin - Cisco kid
Dexter Story - Eastern prayer
Mulatu - Yegelle tezeta
Janet Jackson - Got til it's gone (Ummah Jay Dee's revenge mix)
Dam Native feat Che Fu - The son
The Parliaments - I wanna testify
Otis and Carla - Knock on wood
The Emotions - Boss love maker
Syl Johnson - Back for a taste of your love
Sunlight square combo - I believe in miracles
Willie Bobo - Spanish grease
Eddie Billups - I need someone
Reginald Milton and the Soul Jets - Clap your hands
James Brown - Santa Claus goes straight to the ghetto
Thee Enchantments - I'm in love with your daughter
Gloria Jones - Tainted love
Patti Labelle and the Bluebells -You forgot how to love
Barbara Lynn - This is the thanks I get
Billy Butler - Right track
Bobby Wilson - Feels good
The Impressions - We're a winner
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Rumours
Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - I can't get no satisfaction
O'Donel Levy - Bad bad Simba
Bob James - Nautilus
Mark de Clive Lowe - Melodious funk
Che Fu - Fade away (Solephonic remix)

Sunday, December 03, 2017

New single from The Tibbs

"Record Kicks is proud to present “Lies”, the brand new single by one of the hottest name in the soul scene The Tibbs, which hits the streets worldwide Dec 1st on a limited edition 45 vinyl and digital download.

The new single "Lies" is a sneak preview of the forthcoming studio album of the Dutch combo expected in 2018 and is accompanied by an official video directed by The Tibbs’ vocalist Elsa Bekman. In the visuals we find the singer in a theatrical atmosphere, stuck in the role of a disheartened wife realizing it is time to give her life a twist and to fight back. As Elsa stated, “the video depicts the lyrics I wrote for the song: a woman breaking out her oppressive and frustrating routine of life”.

Based around Amsterdam and founded in 2012 by a bunch of deep funk and heavy soul disciples, The Tibbs made their debut on Record Kicks in 2015 with their acclaimed debut LP "Takin' Over".

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist December 2

Holland Dozier - Don't leave me
Isley Bros - Fight the power pt1
Johnny Harris - Odyssey
Greedy Band - Slam dunk pt 1
James Fountain - Seven day lover
Gene Chandler - She's such a pretty thing
The C.O.D.s - Michael
Chubby Checker  -You better believe it baby
Della Reese - It was a very good year
Lonnie Mack - Memphis
The Champs - Tequila
Tommy James and the Shondells - Hanky panky
Cannibal and the Headhunters - Land of a thousand dances
The Supremes - Love is like an itching in my heart
Patti Jo - Make me believe in you
Luis Bonfa - Jacaranda
Sonny Knight and the Lakers - Sugarman
The Impressions - It's all right
Darondo - Luscious lady
Jr Walker and the Allstars - Hip city pt1
Dalvanius and the Fascinations - Voodoo lady (disco mix)
Prince Tui Teka - Heed the call
Collision - You can dance
Mala - Como como (Theo Parrish remix)
Fat Freddys Drop  - Hope (sonsine remix)
45nm - Rider
Misa Negra - Hype me up
Fitchee - Bambam vs junglist
Barrington Levy - Under mi sensi (junglespliff)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Breaks Co-op vs Kid Rock

So this is pretty much the strangest story in NZ music this year (but there's still a month to go so hey...)

Kid Rock slides down a Youtube wormhole, as you do (while reportedly smoking a cigar and drinking whatever), and ends up watching a video by Breaks Co-op, for their song The Other Side, a local hit from 2005.

Rock says his reaction was "I was like, 'Oh my gosh! Their harmonies are as good as Crosby, Stills & Nash or anything I've ever heard'," he told Billboard.

 From NZ Herald: "It was a surprise," admits Andy Lovegrove, one of Breaks Co-Op's three members alongside Zane Lowe and Hamish Clark.

"He loved the tune and loved the Crosby, Stills & Nash reference. I guess he and his team started putting their version together and a little time after that his team contacted our management with a request to use the song."

The record label sent Rock's team the masters and the result is Back to the Otherside, a reimagining of Breaks Co-Op's original which features the same guitar hook and Lovegrove's chorus.
But there are some crucial differences, like the addition of Rock's rap-rock snarl, the inclusion of swear words and lines like: "It ain't easy growing up ... All the rage and stride for your dreams could seem handcuffed."

Rock says "I actually took their vocals and then used a drum machine for a little bit, but for the most part it's a live Nashville band in there playing to my rap and then flying in this chorus from this other band in New Zealand." 

Kid Rock last made news when he was rumoured to be playing at Trump's inauguration, as he had come out as a supporter of him. This didn't happen, but instead he released a line of merchandise endorsing Trump. He did play Obama's inauguration in 08.

Happy listening.

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