Saturday, December 07, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, December 7

Alessandro Alessandroni - Afro Discoteca (Jolly Mare Lifting remix)
Nuyorican Soul - Runaway
Kid Creole and the Coconuts - Annie I'm not your daddy (Soul Mechanik edit)
Christoph El Truento - Raindance
Cave Circles - Beagle tender
Hollie Smith and Mara TK - The spirit racing the mind
Biggabush - NPG (Romanowski remix)
Tony Allen - No discrimination
Chrise de Wise Shepherd - Nera wo'o soke
The Barons Unlimited - My word
Jeanie Dee - Shake a hand
The Dap-Kings - Nervous like me
Fred Wesley and the JBs - Damn right, I'm somebody
The TSU Tornadoes - Getting the corners
Jackie Shane - Stand up straight and tall
Della Reese - Compared to what
Shirley Ellis - Soul time
Gloria Jones - Tainted love
Dusty Springfield - Stay a while
Erma Franklin - Sweetest feeling
Aretha Franklin - (Sweet sweet baby) since you've been gone
Mable John - Running out
Alice Clark -Don't you care
Etta James - Seven day fool
Baby Jean - If you wanna
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Aint no chimneys in the projects
Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Celestial blues
Teremoana - Four women (Deez mix by DLT)
Paul Weller - Kosmos (Lynch Mob bonus beats)
Clock DVA - Four hours

Friday, December 06, 2019

Alessandro Alessandroni - Afro Discoteca (Reworked and Reloved)

"March 2017: Alessandro Alessandroni’s ‘Afro Discoteca’ is released on a blasting 12’’ containing 4 cosmic/disco tracks drawing influences from African music - never published before these incredibly powerful and evocative recordings were rescued from an old dusty tape found in the Maestro’s vaults.

The EP became an instant classic for diggers and worldwide tastemakers, bringing the name of Alessandroni to new audiences, far beyond the circle of film scores and library music aficionados .

March 2019: Four Flies asks to a rock band (CALIBRO 35) and three amongst the most brilliant and visionary Italian DJs and producers (Jolly Mare, L.U.C.A., pAd) to rework the original tracks, giving them new life for refined modern dancefloors.

The result is a stunning collection of electronic/cosmic/balearic reworks, which respects the spirit of Alessandroni’s compositions, projecting them into our present."

Alessandro Alessandroni - Afro Discoteca (Reworked and Reloved), Out Dec 6 2019 on 12"/digital on Four Flies.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, November 30

Keni Burke - Rising to the top (Aliooft edit)
Donna Summer - State of independence (Ed Zone edit)
Bohannon - Bohannon's beat
Evelyn King - Love come down
Sly and the Family Stone - Loose booty
War - Me and baby brother
Rick James - Busting out
Chuck Jackson - Candy
Eddie Floyd - Big bird
The Impressions - Fool for you
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Letter full of tears
Delphonics - Down is up, up is down
Sunny and the Sunliners - Get down
Cannibal and the Headhunters - Land of a thousand dances
The 100 Noble Knights Orchestra - Soul fugue
Mophono - The edge (skip on beat remix)
Ardijah - Which way is up
Ladi6 - Royal blue (Silent Jay, Sensible J and Leigh Fisher remix)
Lewis McCallum feat Mara TK - The almanac
Isaac Aesili feat Aaradhna - With you in my bed
Gregory Isaacs - The ruler
Lightning head - Steelsation
Brassroots - Good life
Masok - Right up your alley

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, November 23

Col Nolan and Soul Syndicate - Ode to Bobby Joe
Bob James - Nautilus
Herbie Hancock - Wiggle waggle
Ghetto Kitty - Stand up and be counted
Tami Lynn - Mo Jo Hanna
Freddi Hench & Soul Setters - Funky to the bone
Billy TK and Powerhouse - Move on up pts1&2
Leonard Charles - Neil's rainbow
Alphabethead - Mic fiddler
Rockers Hifi  -What a life
Ruts DC meets Mad Professor - Whatever we do
RSD - Speeka box
Lee Scratch Perry - International broadcaster (Moody Boyz remix)
Prince Fari  -Weatherman tam
The Kingites - Whistling in the dark
King Everand - Kill ole pan
Sweetie Irie - Slim body girl
Conroy Smith - Original sound
Screechy Dan - Bandits
AceTones - Rolling like a Trojan
Misha Panfilov Sound Combo - Offbeat comet
Scone Cash Players - Canned champagne (inst)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Col Nolan & The Soul Syndicate - Aussie soul jazz cracker gets a reissue

Press blurb for Col Nolan reissue, on Lance Ferguson's (Bamboos, Lanu) new reissue label Pacific Theatre Encore, out Nov 29 on CD/LP. The album has some great versions of popular songs like Angel of the morning, and Sunny, to name but a few:

"Col Nolan is recognised as one of (if not the) most important keyboard players in Australian jazz, his career spanning almost sixty years and moving through easily the styles of jazz dominant in each decade, but it’s his Hammond organ playing that he’s most well known for, which easily rivalled US greats such like Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff.

He has shared the stage with such international greats as The Modern Jazz Quartet, Benny Goodman, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Roland Kirk, Carmen Macrae, Les McCann, plus many more along the way.

In the early and mid 1960s he was a fixture as both a leader and sideman at pivotal Sydney jazz clubs The Trocadero and El Rocco Jazz Cellar.

In 1966 he formed the Soul Syndicate and released his first album Crazy Crochet in 1966. But the Soul Syndicate he formed and recorded Whatever It’s Worth with in ’68 would be one of the greatest ever Australian jazz combos, with John Sangster on drums, John Allan on bass, “Diamond” Jimmy Doyle on guitar and Col Loughnan on tenor sax.

That album has since been regarded as not just one of Australia’s funkiest jazz albums, but comparable to the best soul jazz albums of the era on labels like Prestige and Blue Note.

The band honed their breakbeat heavy soul jazz sound at Sydney’s premiere nightclub at the time, Whiskey A Go Go (pictured below), in the heart of Kings Cross, the city’s bustling red light district, which is now sadly a shadow of its former self thanks to the crushing lock out laws put on licensed venues in the area in 2015.


John Sangster released three highly prized albums on Festival in the late ‘60s, performed in the local production of ‘Hair’, where he met and later collaborated with Prog Rock greats, Tully. His more avant leaning Lord Of The Rings inspired albums in the ‘70s have also become highly collectable.

Col Loughnan and Jimmy Doyle joined the internationally lauded jazz rock group Ayers Rock in 1973, who went on to become one of the first Australian bands to perform in large stadiums in the U.S. Subsequent Soul Syndicate releases, such as their early ‘70s tunes “Buckingham Palace”, “What’s The Use” and the album Live At Jason’s have become highly-sought after vinyl artifacts for DJs, sample hunters and collectors after appearing on compilations of Australian jazz, funk and soul such as the seminal Heading In The Right Direction, released by the Luv N’ Haight label in 1995.

In the ‘70s Nolan was a founding member of The Daly Wilson Big Band, whose tracks such as “Dirty Feet” have been heavily sampled, by the likes of Mobb Deep, Cypress Hill, Pete Rock, DJ Krush, DJ Shadow and Large Professor. He was something of a pioneer of electric keyboards with fusion pioneers Galapagos Duck in the later seventies and into the eighties.

His version of the “Theme from Picnic at Hanging Rock” recorded in 1977 was one of the few Australian jazz recordings to ever reach the top 40.

Nolan kept playing well into the twenty first century, and passed away in 2019, but not before happy knowing that Whatever It’s Worth was going to be reissued and be widely available for the first time."

Resident Music says "The album is lead by some cracking originals written by Nolan, Loughnan and Sangster including the two Mod dancefloor burners, "Shades Of McSoul", the title track and the breakbeat monster "Rivera Mountain".

But their versions of popular soings of the time are more like re-inventions, such as the drum heavy, low slung take on Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe" and a superlative rendition of Jimmy Webb's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", which builds to a frantic, swirling psychedelic crescendo to close the album.

"Pacific Theatre Encore will be reissuing music from across the globe, but it was important to me for the first release to shine a light on the important legacy of our own scene" says Ferguson, who meticulously restored the audio himself, which was then remastered.

Col Nolan


Col Nolan & The Soul Syndicate
Crazy Crochet (1966 CBS)
Whatever It's Worth (1968 CBS / 2019 Pacific Theatre Encore)
Live At Jason's (1973 Avan-Guard)
"Buckingham Palace"/"What's The Use" (1973 Avan-Guard)

Col Nolan Quartet
"Love In Spring"/"Dry Country" (1977 M7)
Arangements (1976 M7)

The Nolan-Buddle Quartet
"My Machine"/"Killing Me Softly With His Love" (1975 M7)
"Picnic At Hanging Rock" (1976 M7)
The Odd Couple (1976 M7)

Col Nolan
The Main Stream (1990 2MBS-FM)
Nolan's Groove (1997La Brava)

Monday, November 18, 2019

Lokalophon debuts with two singles from Ghana

"Lokalophon is the newly established sub-label of Philophon, aiming to release and showcase local talent from potentially all around the world.

The first 7" is by Ghanaian Frafra-gospel singer Chris De Wise Shepherd. Born in Bolgatanga, he moved as a young man from the rural north of Ghana to its coastal capital Accra.

Consequentially, his style became more urban, as you can clearly hear on his 2012 release ’Nera Wo'o Soke’, which sounds in some ways as if Grandmaster Flash himself were operating the production knobs. ’Atune Anya’alima' on the other hand is pure Frafra-Gospel as it is traditionally performed in Northern Ghana.

’Ye Fre Yen' by Ahemaa Nwomkro consists instead of two new recordings, offering a glimpse into incredible new local talents. Ahemaa Nwomkro, which means queens of Nwomkro, are Victoria Osei and Theresa Owusuaa. Nwomkro is an old Ashanti musical style, which played an influential role in the origin of the typical more roots-like Highlife style of Kumasi, the cultural capital of Ghana."

Released: 22 November 'Nera Wo'o Soke' / 29 November 'Ye Fre Yen'
Format: 7" Single / Digital

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, November 16

John Gibbs and US Steel Orchestra - Jouvert (Lord Echo re-edit)
Mohjah - Zion gates (dub)
Bill Campbell - Body beat
Durutti Column - For Belgian friends
Khruangbin - People everywhere (still alive)
Julien Dyne - Follow you round
Moodymann - I can't kick this feelin' when it hits
Tiki - Past present future (Pitch Black remix)
Cave Circles - Azmoni
@Peace - Home
DLT - Black panthers
Aaradhna - Keep my cool
Buju Banton - Champion
Ackie - Call me Rambo
Jah Stitch - Raggamuffin style (Smith and Mighty remix)
Mad Lion - Girlzz
Wreck Allstars - Hit em like this
Shogun Orchestra - River of Sanzu
Melvin Jackson - Funky skull
Bill Withers - You've got the stuff (special disco version)
Lightning Head - NPG
Alogte Oho and his Sounds of Joy - Ma'algo

Monday, November 11, 2019

Nicole Wray BET interview

Via Big Crown, fascinating look into the career of Lady Wray, from starting out with getting signed by Missy Elliot, to working with Rockafella...

"BET caught up with Lady Wray for their Finding series. Here's a chance for Nicole to tell her story in her own words. Many of you may not know the half of it and will surprised to find out how much she has done.

Cole is in the studio right now with Leon Michels working on her next album due out in 2020."

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, November 9

Patti Jo - Make me believe in you (Black Science Orchestra Re-edit)
Seductive Souls - Dazz feat  Donald McCollum (a Tom Moulton mix)
Soul Mechanik - Wanna get wet  (Greg Wilson re-edit)
Lamont Dozier - Going back to my roots
Jackie Mittoo - El bang bang
Barrington Levy - It's not easy
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Brain smashing dub
Mr Reliable - Lucky dub
Unitone Hifi - Boomshot/son of Boomshot
Eru Dangerspiel - Chilli moules
DLT feat Ryad - Liquid skies
Bob James - Angela (theme from Taxi)
Billie Holiday - Miss Brown to you
Garnett Mimms and the Enchanters - Cry to me
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Heard it thru the grapevine
Marvin Gaye - Stubborn kind of fellow
Syreeta - I love every little thing about you
Carlos Garnett  - Mystery of the ages
Lady Wray - Come on in
The Mighty Mocambos - Concrete stardust
The Traffic - California love
Instant Funk - Merchant

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, November 2

Spiking - Liberation train
Block 16 - Morning sun (Pepe Bradock remix)
Fat Freddys Drop - Big BW (DJ Vadim remix)
George Duke - Tzania (Suba remix 2)
Mark de Clive Lowe - Heaven (Submariner remix)
Christoph El Truento - Water bearer
Biz Markie - Doo the doo
Johnny Osbourne - Budy bye - (Kenny Dope remix)
Mad Lion - Take it easy
Lightning Head - Me and me princess
Leon Dinero - Lover like me
The Yoots - Me he manu rere
Skatalites - Coconut rock
Dub Asylum - Jumping jack skank
Donnie Elbert - Sweet baby
Freddie Scott  -You got what I need
Jackie Wilson - Somebody up there likes you
The Demures - Raining teardrops
Barbara Lynn - Don't be cruel
The Harlem Gospel Travellers  -Yes he will
Lou Courtney - Skate now
Howard Morrison - Keep on running
Bill Withers - You
Nile Rodgers - Land of the good groove
Prince Charles and the City Beat Band - Cash (cash money)
South Side Coalition - (Dont cha wanna) Get down get down
Bill Campbell - Body beat
Alogte Oho and his Sounds of Joy - Mam yinne wa

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Body Beat: Soca​-​Dub and Electronic Calypso (1979​-​98)

Out now on Soundway... groovy electrnic soca bizzo... "Body Beat features 17 obscure soca B-side versions, dubs, instrumentals and edits as well as vocal tracks influenced by disco, boogie, house-music, soul and the more conscious lyrics of roots reggae. Owing as much to New York, Toronto and London as to the Caribbean cities of Port of Spain, Bridgetown and Kingstown - this compilation traces the genre from its explosion in the late 1970s to the period just before contemporary soca became established around the end of the 1990s.

Compiled by Soundway Records label founder Miles Cleret and DJ/collector Jeremy Spellacey, Body Beat, as with many compilations on the label, explores the fringes of this often maligned (by outsiders) genre. Boiled down to the bare bones of the matter though: soca is party music."

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, October 26

Shango - Shango message
Maxayn - Bail out
Lonnie Givens - The heat is on
Karate Boogaloo - Genius of love
Bobby Byrd - I know you got soul
Ramsey Lewis - Jungle strut
Nathan Haines feat Lyric L - Doot dude
Gil Scott Heron  -The revolution will not be televised (Tahira Abayomy afrobeat version)
Grupo Canalon - La zorra y el perol
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope (1998 version)
New Telepathics - Hope and nonsense
Liquid Crystal Project - Tribute to Dilla
Four Tet - As serious as your life
Erykah Badu - Bag lady (Cheeba sac mix)
Biggabush - Yunaa
Paul St Hilaire - One after one
Little John - Fade away
Cutty Ranks - The stopper
Leon Dinero - Lover like me
The Impressions - Rhythm
Barbara Howard - I don't want your love
Curtis Knight - Fancy meeting you here
The Freedom Affair - Rise up
Lee Fields and the Expressions - Do you love me
Lady Wray - Come on in
Misha Panfilov and Shawn Lee - Mic Wallace
79.5 - Terrorise my heart (Tall Black Guy bounce remix)
Scritti Politti - Wood beez (version)
Cherelle - Artificial heart

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Masok's debut offers up future soul bizzo

Via Raw Tapes: "Masok are a Tel Aviv-based future soul band consisting of Jenny Penkin, Nomok, Tal Kohavi and Omri Shani. ‘The Bigger The Risk’ is their debut album, 9 tracks of the most fresh, airy and dreamy soul. A confident debut, the LP shows the band’s love for their contemporary R&B and jazz roots, the perfect musical playground for Jenny Penkin’s soft yet determined voice and thoughtful lyrics.

Accompanying her is Nomok (Liquid Saloon, L.B.T.) who's in charge of production and keys, a sound with characterised by jazz influences, synthesisers and devotion for Stevie Wonder. Tal Kohavi's grooves, tight drums and crispy percussion contribute to the rawness of Masok's music.

Completing the puzzle, Omri Shani, coming from the indie rock scene, brings unique aesthetics and laid-back mentality to his bass lines. The four distilled 10 tracks (no fillers!) of the finest contemporary soul, graceful and catchy melodies on the smoothest groove.

‘The Bigger The Risk’ finds a natural home in Raw Tapes and will be released on November 29th – ‘Right Up Your Alley’ is the first single taken from the LP.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, October 19

Al Green - Love and happiness
Nightmares on Wax - The sweetest
Rae & Christian - Ready to roll
Freddy Cruger - The hustle
Sir Frank Karikai and the Polyversal Souls - Odo agye gye me
Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 - Kalakuta boy (Reflex edit)
Nomo - Last beat
Myele Manzanza - On the move
Wu Tang Clan - Gravel pit
The Real Roxanne - Roxanne's on a roll (extended version)
Whodini - Escape (I need a break)
Liquid Liquid - Cavern
ESG - Moody
James White and the Blacks - Contort yourself (August Darnell remix)
Gwen Guthrie - Padlock (Larry Levan mix)
The Mighty Mocambos - Concrete stardust
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Road of broken hearted men (live )
Speedometer - Soul safari
Betty Harris - Trouble with my lover
Village Crusaders - Akiwawa
Lil Buck and the Top Cats - Monkey in a sack
Labelle - Moon shadow
Aretha Franklin - I am in love (Cutec edit)
Neneh Cherry and The Thing - Dream baby dream (Four Tet remix)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Hannah Williams and the Affirmations new single, album

Great new single that starts out as a mellow soul groover, then blasts off two thirds of the way thru in spectacular fashion.

 Off the forthcoming album from Hannah Williams and the Affirmations, called '50 Foot Woman', produced by Shawn Lee, out on Record Kicks on Oct 18 2019.

"Hannah Williams, the British soul hurricane who sensationally became part of Jay-Z's chart-topping 4:44 album, is primed and ready for her own national and international breakthrough.

Williams turned heads worldwide when the hip-hop superstar sampled her heart-stopping vocals on 'Late Nights & Heartbreak' for the title track, ‘4.44’ on his 2017 album.

Now Hannah and her exemplary, Bristol-based band the Affirmations deliver a definitive career statement with the drop-dead soulful new album 50 Foot Woman which will be released October 18th on the Milan based imprint Record Kicks"