Saturday, September 15, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist September 15

Love Unlimited Orchestra - Theme from King Kong (Danny Krivit's breakdown edit)
Philadelphia Allstars - Let's clean up the ghetto (Mr K edit)
Ralph McDonald - The path pt1
Mr Chop - Vitamin C
DLT - Black panthers
Bob James - Angela (theme from Taxi)
Quincy Conserve - Superstrut
BB King - The BB Jones
Little Stevie Wonder - Workout Stevie, workout
Willie Mitchell - Bad eye
Donnie Elbert - Sweet baby
Bob Wilson and the San Remo Quartet - All turned on
Bar-Kays - Copy cat
Wood Brass and Steel - Welcome to the party
Gary Davis - The pop
ESG - Moody (spaced out)
Hunrosa - We know (Danvers radio edit)
Kawuku Sound - Lost in sound
The M-Tet - Express yourself
Rick James - Bustin' out
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Who is she and what is she to you
Laura Lee - Crumbs off the table
DJ Day - Gone bad
Pat Rhoden - Living for the city
Lloyd Williams - Reggae feet
Jo Jo Bennett - Canteloupe rock
Prince Francis - Beat down Babylon
The Sharks - Music answer
Cedric IM Brooks - Shaft
Big Bud - Runaway

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Charles Bradley's upcoming album Black Velvet, out Nov 9

"Off of Charles Bradley's upcoming album Black Velvet, “I Feel a Change” was originally recorded as part of the Victim Of Love sessions.

November 5, 2018 would have been Charles Bradley’s 70th birthday. In celebration of his extraordinary life, Daptone imprint Dunham Records will release his fourth and final album on November 9. 

Black Velvet will feature ten studio recordings never before included on any album. Black Velvet is a celebration of Charles Bradley, lovingly assembled by his friends and family at Dunham/Daptone Records. 

Though chronologically the material spans Charles' entire career, this is no anthology, greatest hits or other shallow rehashing of the songs that already made him famous. 

Rather, this album is a profound exploration through the less-travelled corners of the soulful universe that Charles and his longtime producer, co-writer and friend Tommy "TNT" Brenneck created in the studio together over their decade-long partnership."

Friday, September 07, 2018

Kawuku Sound

"Kawuku Sound is the coming together of UK producers Contours & Cervo and Ugandan percussion troupe Fonkodelis Arkestra. This is the culmination of a month-long creative process that was born out of the Nyege Nyege affiliated Boutiq Studio in Kawuku, Kampala, Uganda.

The music was written and recorded in this shared residency space, home to musicians and visual artists from all over East Africa and beyond and a hub for Kampala’s underground electronic music scene. Boutiq Studio’s DIY mentality provided the perfect environment for experimentation, allowing the fusion of these disparate sounds.

Kawuku Sound is a reflection of this, merging the hypnotic and trance-inducing percussion of Buganda drumming with elements of contemporary electronics and traditional instrumentation.

This the first album release to come out on Manchester imprint Banana Hill as they continue to push the boundaries of afro-electronic sounds."

Out October 8, 201, vinyl/digital

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Dengue Dengue Dengue

What it sez on the label... "Dengue Dengue Dengue are the Peruvian duo known for raising a tropical storm. Their electronic psychedelia and bass flows from their roots in Lima, PerĂº upstream to global dancefloors. In this 6-tracker Dengue Dengue Dengue team-up with label mates Penya.

The band feature on the first track ‘Pua’ that sets a rich scene for the sonic journey ahead. The flip is stormed with title track ‘Semillero' whilst hearts, minds and imaginations are set to be inspired with their versioning of ‘Habu Raminibu’ which is a healing chant of the Huni Kuin people whose ancient home is located deep in the Amazon where the borders of Peru and Brazil meet. ’Semillero' is music that moves souls, allows imaginations to flourish and the feet to follow."

Out 21st September on vinyl/digital from On The Corner Records

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Aeshim and his Juno 6

"South London producer Aeshim is returning with another four-pack of beats and sounds created on his treasured Juno 6 synthesiser.

As with the debut One Week Peak, released in April of this year, each track was allowed a limited amount of hours to find itself, over just a couple of weeks. Now, from another eight pieces completed, he has selected four to represent his music, at this moment in 2018.

The first track to see light of day is Try Love, pure sunshine sounds to open up this summer endeavor. The tropical bounce of percussion and kalimba-like melodies is woven through with the wistful vocals of Manchester-newcomer Alice Higgins – a regular collaborator with Wah Wah 45s artist Hunrosa."

The Man from Mo Wax - doco film screening and party

British Council in association with Curious present...

Exclusive Auckland screening and after party, September 15th

Not your average night out at the movies...

An exclusive Auckland cinema screening for NZ fans and new converts of the legendary Mo'Wax Record Label, followed by an after party within the actual movie theatre! Taking care of deck duties on the night will be heavy hitting DJ's Manuel Bundy, Stinky Jim, Dylan C, Cian & Vee, all of whom were inspired by and collected releases from this label throughout its history.

Not one to snooze on, this is your only chance to check out the documentary on the big screen in AK and get to party in one of New Zealand's most iconic movie theatres.

Get your tickets now from Under The Radar.


The Man From Mo’Wax tells the remarkable story of one of the most influential musical figures in contemporary British club culture. As the head of the stylish Mo’Wax imprint, that came to recognition for being at the forefront of trip hop, turntablism and alternative hip hop during the mid-1990’s, James Lavelle was the coolest kid on the block - a one man British retort to the Beastie Boys.

Lavelle almost single-handedly built up Mo’Wax in his late teens and was a millionaire by the age of 21. Unearthed from over 700 hours of footage including exclusive personal archive spanning three decades, we get the rare opportunity to watch a boy become a man in the world of music. His phenomenally rapid rise seemed limitless, but it’s only when you’re going so fast that the wheels fall off.

He brought us landmark records from DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, Air, Innerzone Orchestra, Rob D, Money Mark, Tommy Guerrero and Blackalicious; proved a catalyst in the ongoing renaissance of punk funk by reissuing key Liquid Liquid releases and eased the enigmatic genius of producer David Axelrod into the spotlight once more. His way with aesthetics made record packaging and artwork interesting again with the help of Swifty and Futura 2000.


Starring: DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, 3D of Massive Attack, Futura, Ian Brown, Grandmaster Flash and Joshua Homme.

DJ's: Manuel Bundy, Stinky Jim, Dylan C, Cian & Vee

Thanks to Hallertau & Red Bull

Also screening in Wellington on Sept 8 at The Roxy, details here

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist September 1

Richard Rome - Ghost a go go
Total Experience - Contradiction
The Soul Generals - Grandma's funky popcorn pt1
Third Guitar - Baby don't cry
Soul Drifter - Funcky brother (Ian Wright edit)
The Simonsound  - Tour De Mars
Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists  - Detroit
Detriot Emreralds - Baby let me take you in my arms
Dusty Springfield - Spooky
Bill Withers - You
Frantique - Strut your funky stuff
Skyy  -No music
Reva De Vito - Candy (inst)
DJ Krush - A whim (check 'The Man From Mo Wax' film screening coming to AK sept 15)
Gil Scott Heron - The revolution... (Tahira Abayomy afrobeat version)
Ikebe Shakedown - Hard steppin'
MAW - Zoe (tribute to Fela)
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings  -Tear it down
Thee Lakesiders - Lonely blue nights
The Impressions - It's alright
Chubby Checker  -You better believe it baby
Barbara Lynn - You're losing me
James Barnett - Keep on talking
Soul Brothers Six - I'll be loving you
Mystic Moods Orchestra - Astral trip
Collision - You can dance
Dalvanius - Voodoo lady
Mike Young - Si si no no (Bobby Duprea's mix)
Hairy Diamond - Givin' up
52nd Street - Cool as ice

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist August 25

Sly & the Family Stone - Thankful and thoughtful
Chaka Khan - What cha gonna do for me
Lee Dorsey - Little baby
The Dap-Kings - Nervous like me
Nite-liters - Afro-strut
Bar-Kays - In the hole
Willie Mitchell - Bad eye
Five Stairsteps - Aint gonna rest til I get you
Curtis Mayfield - We got to have peace
Timmy Thomas - Opportunity
Little Sister - Somebody's watching you
Dave Baby Cortez  -Happy feet
Jr Walker and the Allstars - Hip city pt1
The Originals - Goodnight Irene
Stevie Wonder - You met your match
The Up Tights - A better day is gonna come
The Stovall Sisters - Hang on in there
Flying Stars of Brooklyn - My god has a telephone
The Imports - I'm not ashamed of loving you
Ralph MacDonald - The Path pt1
Lever Brothers Gay Flamingoes steel band  - Black man's cry
ESG - Dance
James White and the Blacks - Contort yourself (August Darnell remix)
Tom Browne - Funkin' for Jamaica
Patrcie Rushen - Haven't you heard
Collision - You can dance
Dub Terminator - Can't beat a  trumpet
Charles Bradley and the Inversions - Whatcha doing to me
Herbs - French Letter dub
Katchafire - Sensemilla (Pitch Black remix)

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thee Lakesiders

Great dreamy soul from Big Crown Records, straight outta LA.... check Thee Lakesiders...

"Thee Lakesiders are a duo out of Los Angeles comprised of Marie and Necalli who we were introduced to by our friend El Oms. He thought it would be great to get them out here to NY and into the the studio with El Michels. Turns out, he was very right. They spent two days in The Diamond Mine with The Shacks as their backing band and Leon producing and writing with them and cut three songs. Two of which are here on this nice two sider of a 45."

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist August 18

Aretha Franklin - Won't be long
Freddie Scott - Am I grooving you
Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure - Don't mess up a good thing
Aretha Franklin - (Sweet sweet baby) Since you've been gone
Donnie Ebert - Sweet baby
The Demures - Raining teardrops
Gloria Jones - Tainted love
Four Tops - Sad souvenirs
The Superbs - Wind in my sails
Aretha Franklin - Rocksteady (Danny Krivit re-edit)
Dalvanius and the Fascinations - Who said that
Luther Vandross - She loves me back
Millie Scott -Prisoner of love
Whodini - Magic's wand
Sly & Robbie - Boops
Manasseh and Natty P - Skenga
Bjorn Torkse - Dub vendors
Kolab - Sideways (Dub Asylum remix)
Dele Sosimi - Me no fit touch am dub
Karl Hector and the Malcouns - Sahara swing
Lee Dodou and the Polyversal Souls - Basa basa
Concept Neuf - The path (Sofrito edit)
Anthony Joseph - On the move
Brassroots - Good life
Teremoana - Four women (DLT remix)
DA - Sunshine of your love
Universal Robot Band - Dance and shake your tambourine
Kid Creole and the Coconuts - Annie Im not your daddy (Soul Mekanik edit)
Aretha Franklin -  Get it right

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist August 11

Don Pullen - Asseko
Joe Torres - Soul cha
Jimmy Smith - Fungii mama
Ananda Shankar - Dancing drums
Ted Taylor - Rambling Rose
Candido - Soul limbo
Howard Tate - That's what happens
Percy Sledge - Baby, help me
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - Beggin' (Pilooski edit)
Doris Troy - Just one look
Garnet Mimms -and the Enchanters - Cry baby
The Blossoms - Good good loving
The Jamaicans - Chain gang
Jackie Mittoo - Put it on
Donovan Carless - Be thankful for what you've got
Lennie Hibbert - Real hot
Bigga Bush - Deep Eastwood (DJ Fitchie remix)
Sampology feat Jordan Rakei - My place
Nicola Conte and Gianluca Petrella - Nigeria
Bronx River Parkway - La valla
Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Can't get no satisfaction
Soul Brothers Six - You better check yourself
Family Tree - Family tree
Nolan Thomas - Yo little brother (vocal/dub mix)
L.T.D. - Back in love again
Skipworth and Turner - Thinking about your love
Peaches and Herb - Freeway
Five Star - Let me be the one
Aretha Franklin - Touch me up
Shirekback - All lined up

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist August 4

Rufus Thomas - Funkiest man alive, Tutti fruitti
Booker T and the MGs - Melting pot
Meters - Chug chg chug a lug pt1
Fred Wesley and the JBs -Watermelon man
Incredible bongo band - Ohkey dokey pt2
Sly and the Family Stone - Runnin' away
War - Me and baby brother
Biologia - Too bad
Cameo - Rigor mortis
Collision - Run run run
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope (Sonsine remix)
Sly n Mo - Sensisms
Bob and Gene and the Inversions - I can be cool
The Lions  -Think
Dizzy Gillespie - Soul kiss pt1
Billy Vera and Judy Clay - Really together
Delphonics - Down is up, up is down
Edwin Starr - He who picks a rose
Gladys Knigth and the Pips - Everybody needs love
Dottye Fultz - Jesus is a soul man
Inez Andrews - I hear music
Betty Harris - Cry to me
The Cookies - Stranger in my arms
Durand Jones and The Indications -You and me
The Hesitations - Nobody knows you when you're down and out
Phil Upchurch Combo - You can't sit down pt1
Mongo Santamaria - Louie louie
Cal Tjader - Fried bananas
Latin blues band - Lay an oz on my baby
Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers - Canteloupe island
Willie Bobo - La descarga del Bobo  (MAW remix)

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Bacao east west

New album coming soon from Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band, here's the first single...

"Side A is a cover of the Dr Dre hit “XXplosive” done up in proper BRSB fashion, smashing drums and steel pans playing the lead and bass lines. They take this one into new territory by adding synth parts and dubbed out horn lines playing Nate Dogg’s infamous vocal hook melodies.

Side B takes on one of NYC’s grimiest Hip Hop club anthems, Mobb Deep’s “Burn”. We decided to do this tune and demoed it out long before the unfortunate passing of Prodigy. Unfortunately, he will never get to hear this cover, and that has been one of the nicest things in covering some of these more current Hip Hop tunes. Rest In Peace P."

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist July 28

Bobby and Valerie Capers - West 4th St
Cliff Nobles - My love is getting stronger
Sister Sledge -  Love don't go thru no changes on me
Jimmy Hughes - Slipping around with you
Ike and Tina Turner - Somebody somewhere needs you
Major Lance - Investigate
Eloise Laws - Love factory
Erma Franklin - I get the sweetest feeling
Detroit Emeralds - Baby let me take you in my arms
Clarence Wheeler and the Enforcers - Hey Jude
Wood Brass and Steel - Welcome to the party
Jocelyn Brown - Hands off
Booker Newberry III - Love town (short version)
Hipster Wonkas - Jupiter jam
Bootsy Collins - The Pinocchio theory
Lord Echo - Just do dub
Cave Circles - Azmoni
Opensouls - Hold you close dub
Foxy Brown - Fast car
Dillinger - Cocaine in my brain (Groove Corp remix)
Cutty Ranks - Retreat
Ninja Man - Murder dem
Vin Gordon - Steady beat
Marcia Griffiths - Feel like jumping
Migs and Jelly - Dub selecta
BB King  -The BB Jones
Barbara Lynn - Don't be cruel
Len Barry - Like a baby
Tommy James and the Shondells - Hanky panky
The McCoys - Fever
Billy Karaitiana - Cool jerk

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist July 21

Ramsey Lewis -  Living for the city
Clarence Wheeler and the Enforcers - Right on
Rufus Thomas - The funkiest man alive
Mavis Staples and William Bell - Love's sweet sensation
Barkays - Sang and dance
Five Stairsteps - Change of pace
Harvey Averne Dozen - Think it over
The Astors - Twilight zone
Bill Deal and the Rhondels - What kind of fool do you think I am
Barbara Lynn - I remember that feeling
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - I tried
Temptations - Ball of confusion
Freda Payne - Unhooked generation
Leonard Charles - Neil's rainbow
Benny Tones feat Mara TK - On my way
Mephisto Jones - Chocolate hot sauce
Kaidi Tatham feat Dego) - It's a world before you
Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids - Tinoge ya ta'a ba
Tony Allen - Moyege (Mark Ernestus dub)
Shogun Orchestra - Mifune
Herbs - French letter dub
International Observer - London dub
Derrick Morgan - I'm the ruler
African Head Charge - Dobbyn joins the Head Charge
Tackhead - Ticking timebomb dub
Mandrill - Mango meat
Executive Suite - You've got that kind of love
Charles Wright - Doin' what cums naturally pt2
Bunny Sigler - Let the good times roll