Sunday, October 21, 2018

Chicago's Out Of The Past Records

Via Nostalgia King: "For close to 50 years, Out of The Past Records has been going strong as a Chicago institution. The Vinyl Factory recently caught up with the owners for a spotlight of why they’re still in business.'

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist October 20

Melodians Steel Orchestra - Voodoo Ray
Misha Panfilov Sound Combo  -Who's in love
Chairmen of the Board - Pay to the piper
Supremes - Love is like an itching in my heart
Four Tops - You keep running away
Jr Waker and the Allstars - Shake and fingerpop
Marvin Gaye - Can I get a witness
Five Stairsteps and Cubie  -Little young lover
Chaka Khan - What you did
Undisputed Truth - You + me = love
Isley Bros - It's alright with me
Love Unlimited Orchestra - Theme from King Kong pt2
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Rumours
Charles Bradley - Aint it a sin
Charles Wright  - You are the one for me
The JBs - Giving up food for funk
War - Me and baby brother
Chico Hamilton - El toro (Mark de Clive Lowe remix)
Charles Mingus - II B. S. (RZA remix)
Johnny Osbourne - Budy bye (Kenny Dope mix)
Sister Nancy - Transport connection
Phyllis Dillon - Woman of the ghetto
Tenor Saw and Buju Banton - Ring the alarm quick
Jackie Mittoo - Disco Jack
The Frightnrs - I would rather go blind
Luiz Bonfa - Jacaranda
Dionne Warwick - I'm just being myself
Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose - Treat her like a lady
Lou Donaldson - Say it loud, I'm black and I'm proud
ZZ Hill - Clean up America

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Abstract Orchestra on Madvillainy....

From the crew who did a cool reworking of Dilla last year, now onto Madvillainy... free download of a song off it too, on Bandcamp...

"Abstract Orchestra, the Leeds based heavily touring hiphop big band inspired by the live performances of The Roots and Jay-Z and the production of J Dilla and Madlib.

Abstract Orchestra’s MADVILLAIN Vol 1. explores the jazz, TV soundtrack and film score aspect of the original work, combining it with classic big band writing and a focus on improvisation. There is a strong influence of Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin and David Shire (composer of the soundtrack to The Taking of Pelham 123) on the album, and the arranger Rob Mitchell crafts his own sound that inhabits the space between Madlib’s production and Quincy Jones’ writing.

Bandleader and arranger Rob Mitchell says of the record: “MADVILLAINY was a jazz album as much as it is a hiphop album and I wanted to explore this reciprocal territory there has always been between jazz and hip-hop. 70’s cop show soundtracks have always captured my interest and imagination, and I discovered so much amazing music through TV themes, Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin in particular.

"They explored sounds that were menacing, angular, dissonant, frantic and yet captivating. They were also able to write music that was the flip side of all that dark chaos, and write lush and beautiful music. Arranging and scoring up MADVILLAIN Vol 1. Has allowed me to explore these sounds that I’ve always loved, yet keeping a strong hip-hop identity as the core of its sound.”

Out on ATA Records, 2 November, LP/CD/Digital

Electric Rhythm: The History of the Drum Machine

A cool short doco on the history of the drum machine and the technology as it evolved, running from Leon Theremin to Sly Stone and Roger Linn... watch out for the original tv ad for the TR 808.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Real Groovy on the move? Current site being redeveloped as apartments report that the current site for Real Groovy, at 369 Queen St, has been listed as an apartment development by Conrad Properties.

"Conrad Properties Group is the company developing the apartments, the same group that built the apartments at the 438 Queen St site [Real Groovy's former home]. 

"Conrad Properties Group says on its website Queens Park Residences will have 111 units, 69 of which are pre-sold. One bedroom units would sell for at least $1 million .... Details about the development are limited but it appears the existing building will be retrofitted with apartments."

Real Groovy shifted out of 438 Queen St, at the end of 2015, to make way for a 226 unit apartment building. 

They took a 3 year lease (with a 6 month development clause) on the space formerly occupied in and office block by the Salvation army church. No official comment as yet from Real Groovy.

ADDED 19 Oct - Real Groovy have posted a survey on Facebook, saying "Hey dudes - we AREN'T closing btw. We might shift though! (next year). Can you let us know where you'd like us to shift - in this quick survey? Chur x"

Previous:Real Groovy on the move, premises to be demolished (June 2015)
Real Groovy moves a hop, skip and a jump from current spot (Dec 2015)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist October 13

Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - 1 thing
US Steel Orchestra - Jouvert (Lord Echo re-edit)
Trinidad Steel Drummers - Cissy strut
Khurangbin - Mr White
The M-Tet - Sweetheart
Martha High - Things got to get better
Dusty Springfield - Stay awhile
Betty Harris - Trouble with my lover
Kova and Miles - Clap clap
Kinny - Forgetting to remember
Kariem Riggins  -Summer madness SA
Sonzeira - Um toque (Tahira rework)
Gil Scot Heron - The revolution will not be televise ((Tahira abayomy afrobeat version)
Seu Jorge - Carolina
James Brown - Get up, get into it, get involved
Sunny and the Sunliners - Get down
Five Stairsteps - Change of pace
Shack - Too many lovers
Sly and the Family Stone -Stand
The Impressions -Turn on to me
Vernon Burch - Fun city
Bohannon - Bohannon's beat
Rick James - Give it to me baby
Esso Trinidad Steel Band - I want you back
Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - Hoola hoop
Steel n Skin - Afro punk reggae dub
Joe Dukie and DJ Fitchie - Midnight marauders (El Head version)
Jahlicious - Something (Beatlicks remix)
Cooly G - Love dub

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist October 6

Nuyorican Soul feat George Benson - You can do it baby
Bob James - Nautilus
Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Celestial blues
Dizzy Gillespie - Matrix
The Blackbyrds - Do it fluid
Dr Tree - Eugino D
Tina Turner  -Whole lotta love
The Indications -Tuck n roll
Archie Bell and the Drells -Tighten up
Ollie and the Nightingales - I've got a feeling
BB King - Heartbreaker
Senor Soul  - Some got it, some don't
Lulu - Sweep around your own back door
Johnny Taylor - I am somebody pt1
Eddie Floyd - Don't tell your mama where you've been
Binky Griptite - The stroll pt1
Inez Andrews - I hear music
Harlem Gospel Travellers - He's on time
Coko and Misha Panfilov Sound Combo - Soul strut
Marvin Gaye - Got to give it up pt1
Jimmy Bo Horne -You get me hot
Marion Jervis - Get it
Ikebe Shakedown - Hard steppin'
Clifton Chenier - Black gals
Brassroots  - Good life
Calibro35 feat Elisa Zoot - Travelers, explorers
Che Fu - Without a doubt (DLT remix)
Hunrosa - We know (Danvers remix)
Kawuku Sound - Lost in sound

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist September 29

Syl Johnson - Back for a taste of your love
James Brown - Shades of brown
Pigalle Connection - Paris breakdown
Lunar Funk - Mr Penguin pt1
Nite liters - Afro strut
The Supremes - Love is like an itching in my heart
Little Stevie Wonder - Workout Stevie workout
Erma Franklin  -Sweetest feeling
Nick Waterhouse  -IT#3
Barbara Lynn - Don't be cruel
Shogun Orchestra - Sword of doom
Natural Yoghurt Band - Voodoo
Dennis Yost - Spooky
William Bell and Mavis Staples - Love's sweet sensation
Pointer Sisters - Send him back
Mary Wells - Can't you see you're losing me
Cliff Nobles - My love is getting stronger
Wendy Rene - Bar B Q
Isaac Hayes - Ike's mood 1
Terry Callier - Ordinary Joe
Blackbyrds - The runaway
Rusty Bryant - Fire eater
Pepe Bradock - Peer pressure
Jesse Futerman - Broken glass
OTA - Nuinui
Lewis McCallum feat Mara TK - The almanac

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