Thursday, June 10, 2021

Kamo Mphela’s “Nkulunkulu”

Via SFJ's newsletter: "The [northern] summer listening has made itself clear. Kamo Mphela’s “Nkulunkulu” is one of the bigger hits of 2021 in amapiano, a new(-ish) extrusion of house in South Africa. Mphela’s dancers and the wordless chorus will meet your needs. Is this song about the ancient creator God of Zulu? Possibly!"

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 5 June

Recloose - Aint changin'
Fat Freddys Drop - The raft (Jet Jaguar remix)
Pat Kalla and Le Super Mojo - Hymne a la vie
Scrimshie feat Omar - Loving is loving (Photay remix)
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Big man still standing (Woolford and Hazel mix)
Auf Togo meets Becker Mukai - Inside the human mind
Doris Troy - Just one look
Barbara Mason - Come to me
Inez Foxx - Hurt by love
Little Sonny - You can be replaced
The Impressions - Meeting over yonder
Peaches and Herb  - I need your love so desperately
The Elgins - Heaven must have sent you from above
Frank Wilson - Do I love you (indeed I do)
Jamie and the Numbers - If this is love
Jo Ann Hamilton - I love without a love
The Chi-lites - I like your loving (do you like mine)
Johnny Pate - You're starting too fast
Erma Franklin - Hold on I'm coming
Eliza Keil - Evil ways
Bobby Byrd - If you got a love you better (hold on to it)
Marva Whitney - Unwind yourself
Lyn Collins - Mama Feelgood
Parlet - Play me or trade me
Kid Creole and the Coconuts - Annie, I'm not your daddy (Soul Mechanik edit)
Fulgeance - Sour socca
Ray Barretto - Mercy mercy baby
La Lupe - Fever
Dave Pike - Sandunga
Mara TK - Colours

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 22 May

Fat Freddys Drop - Hope (3 Generations Walking remix)
Pitch Black - 1000 mile drift (Simon Flower remix)
Shogun Orchestra - Falko
Conray - Flower fair
Ladi6 - Dark brown
LostTribe - Summer in the winter
AP & Kamahumble - Hecka horcy
Urban Disturbance feat Danny D and Hame - Relay
Salmonella Dub - Loop 7 (DLT version)
Collision - Love is forever
Dalvanius - Who said that
IQU - Witchcraft
Strawpeople - One good reason
Rhythm and Business - Deep groove (love theme)
Fuemana - Cool calm
Sulata - Never
Unitone Hifi - Sitting by the telephone
Ermehn - Stranded in the city
Moizna - Just another day
Submariner - Tha natural
Jahlicious - Something (Beatlicks remix)
DJ Vee feat Mighty Asterix - Best in me
Bongmaster - Brothers and sisters
Phase5 - Realistic biscuit
Karl Steven and friends - Pokekare ana

Monday, May 17, 2021

Jeb Loy Nicholas: from Wyoming to Wales, then Finland...

Great soul groover from Timmion: "Straight out from the green hills of the Welsh countryside comes Jeb Loy Nichols, the newest sensation in Timmion's growing roster of soul-fuelled vocalists.

And we certainly have a double sider of the highest calibre on offer. A seasoned and versatile music scene veteran with a major label past, Jeb has everything it takes to polish Cold Diamond & Mink's rough grooves into shining gems.

The A side gives us a rolling southern-style soul banger, which the Wyoming-born singer attacks effortlessly with his praise for an honest dance. Jeb's talent for clever song writing shines through in the lyrics which connect to our current reality, where truth has become an endangered species.

The slower flip side kicks off with a Sunday afternoon worthy duo of organ and acoustic guitar before Jeb shows us how a story is weaved from minimalistic ingredients. From the rural beginnings to pastoral hardships, he lays it all bare for the listener.

In addition to this single, Jeb and Cold Diamond & Mink have a whole album of soulful gold dropping later this year. Make sure to be there to catch it when it drops." (7" single out 30 April, album out 12 June)

Nicols also did a country/reggae album with On-U-Sound, in 2010. The story behind that goes back to the beginnings of that label in the early 80s...

Producer Adrian Sherwood on Long Time Traveller:

"In early 1981, as we were preparing to release the first On-U Sound album, I was living in a squat in Battersea, South London with Ari Up, Glenmore "Junior" Williams, and a 16 year old Neneh Cherry.

One day Jeb Loy Nichols knocked at the door. He had just arrived from the United States and was looking for Neneh. Jeb had been living in the same New York apartment block as her and her family (Don, Moki and Eagle Eye Cherry, as well as members of Talking Heads) and had come to see how she was doing staying in London with us lot.

Jeb came originally from Austin, Texas, but as a 17 year old had got a scholarship to a prestigious art school in New York and had moved there. Jeb was now 20 and making his first trip to London, a short visit during a break from studies. I really liked Jeb’s voice and took him on his first venture into a recording studio where we recorded two tracks, "Hostage In Iran" and "Things that made U.S.”.

On his last night in London, in the kitchen of our squat, we talked all night with Junior Williams and Ari’s ‘father-in-law', John Lydon. Early next morning Jeb headed off to the airport in a tired/wired state. Jeb must have had a really good time as he returned to London some eight months later and started making plans to resettle in the UK, which he duly did.

In the following years Jeb continued with his art, and while based in London established himself as a great singer/songwriter, releasing to date some ten albums. Although I remixed the track "As The Rain" for him, and even though we remained friends and often talked of working together again, it would be 30 years before I got him back in a studio. The result is this album.

I had "baked" lots of the old On-U master tapes of Roots Radics/Dub Syndicate recordings and also recorded a batch of brand new recordings with "Style" Scott, Franklyn "Bubbler" Waugh, George Oban and Vince Black. Jeb chose the rhythms he most liked, voiced all the tracks in one day and we overdubbed and mixed the whole album in three, old school style and most enjoyable…so enjoy."

And he also did artwork for reggae reissue label Pressure Sounds. Clever chap!

New album coming from Pat Kalla

New from Heavenly Sweetness: "Hymne à la Vie' , Pat Kalla's second full-length LP forthcoming on Heavenly Sweetness is not only as the title has it, a hymn to life, it's also a fine showcase of his band, the Lyon-based groovers Le Super Mojo and a select group of guests from West Africa (DjeuhDoah, Doctor Lass).

Parisian singer Lieutenant Nicholson joins Djeuh Doah to perform a touching duet on the closer and West Indies singer/songwriter - and fellow Heavenly Sweetness artist - David Walters shines on the LP in a lilting pop-funk number drenched in a luxurious groove.​

Add to this the delicate, sophisticated production pallette of Guts - another Heavenly Sweetness label mate - and you have a release of subtle, satisfying power.

Throughout his multi-decade musical career, the singer/songwriter and MC born Patrice Kalla N'Galle (his Cameroonian father named him after the assassinated Congolese political leader, Patrice Lumumba) has created music that responds to his African heritage in strikingly creative and innovative ways.​

Pat Kalla's music is a unique mix of African groove and ‘Chanson Française’ with a naïve poetry you can find in African tales. He is also a vessel to convey the musical culture of his ancestors: the Cameroonian musician, Manu Dibango's ‘Soul Makossa’ is a strong influence for the artist. In 1996, Kalla was taught how to play West African percussion instruments - the dun dun, djembé in traditional, polyrhythmic styles - using this knowledge to his recordings with his first group, Boulfalé.​

Indeed, there is a lightness to much of Hymne à la Vie - both in terms of instrumentation, the light picking guitar and punctured drums - that resembles movement of a dance; moreover, this music is made for the stage, and a dancing crowd before it."

Out May 28 on CD/LP/digital

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 15 May

Scratch 22 - Shivani strut
Julien Dyne - Rice and beans
Manuel Bundy - Jazzy bizz
Illphonics  - One of those days (edit)
Sola Rosa - Promises (Tall Black Guy remix inst)
Lewis McCallum feat Deva Mahal - Take a step back
Fredericks Brown - Betrayal
Aaradhna - Wake up
Jamie and the Numbers - If this is love (I'd rather be lonely)
Billy Karitiana - Cool jerk
Howard Morrison - Keep on running
Eliza Keil - Evil ways
The Keil Isles - Monkey stomp
Maori Hi-Five - Poi poi
Patea Maori Club - Poi E
Ardijah - Watchin' U
Snap  -Sidewalk city (dub)
Upper Hutt Posse - Do it like this
Teremoana - Four women (Deez remix by DLT)
Joint Force - Burntime (Iraia Ignition mix inst)
Sound Foundation - Ram dancehall (dub mix)
DLT feat Mighty Asterix - One love
Ladi6 - Bang bang
Eru Dangerspeil - Coq au vin
Shogun Orchestra - Rivers of Sanzu
Che Fu - Scene III (Mull of Empire remix by Submariner)
Mara TK - Colours
Unitone Hifi feat Bobbylon - Turn around
Dub Asylum - French letter
Stinky Jim - Strictly love explosion

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 8 May

Mara TK - Bad meditation
Fat Freddy's Drop - Midnight marauders (DJ Vadim remix) Peter Mac edit
Scrimshire - Love is loving (Photay remix)
Prince - Love sign (Shock G's silky remix)
DJ Format - The light
Ike and Tina Turner - Can't chance a breakup
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - What have you done for me lately?
Erma Franklin - Hold on, I'm comin'
Barbara Mason - Come to me
Inez Foxx - Hurt by love
Lou Courtney - Skate now
Four Tops  -7 rooms of gloom
The Elgins - Heaven must have sent you from above
Bull and the Matadors - Funky judge
Johnnie Taylor - Love bones
Eddie Floyd - Baby lay your head down
The Yoots - Tutira mai
Lennie Hibbert - Real hot
Overnight Players - Shaka the great
Freddie McGregor - Bobby Bobbylon
Mara TK feat Troy Kingi - Every Hori is a star
Nicola Cruz - Individuality riddim
Sunken Cages - Intezaar
Rebel MC - Jahovia
Myele Manzanza - Big deal (Mark de Clive Lowe remix)
Build an Ark - Door of the cosmos (take 1)
The Clash - Idle in kangaroo court 
Kokolo - Magnificent seven
Mulatu Astatke - Yegelle tezeta
Staff Benda Bilili - Sala mosala
Mara TK - Colours

Friday, May 07, 2021

Debut solo album from Mara TK out today

"In the five years since the last Electric Wire Hustle album, Mara TK has been on a journey of musical self-discovery, as he says; “writing this album has been a form of therapy over the last few years trying to figure out what kind of music I wanted to make next”. The result, ‘Bad Meditation’, is his thirteen-track magnum opus, written and produced by Mara himself.

Speaking of the process of making the album he says; “I was offered what was basically a whole studio worth of gear from a friend who was moving overseas. I took a gamble and bought that gear and have spent the last five years learning how to use it. I had to bet on my own ability to learn new things so it was scary, but also keep in mind that music, like any other creative form doesn’t have to be perfect - the brush strokes don’t have to be exactly straight”.

‘Bad Meditation’ is an account of love, loss, healing and the story of Mara’s Māori heritage. As he explains; “Growing up poor, everything goes through our indigenous lens. Here in Aotearoa we have our own Gods, our own values our own ways of speaking that are different to the colonial/capitalist culture”.

An alumnus of Red Music Academy in Toronto, Mara TK’s work beyond Electric Wire Hustle has seen him collaborate with critically lauded names including Om’Mas Keith of Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Detroit producer and J Dilla collaborator Waajeed, and Steve Spacek."
Out on Digitial/LP. 

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 1 May

Meditation Singers - A change is gonna come
Lou Rawls  - Fa fa fa fa (sad song)
Etta James - I got the will
Irma Thomas - Security
King Floyd - Think about it
Barbara Lynn - Money
Chis Clark - Do I love you
Bobby Marchan - Shake your tambourine
Billy Preston feat Sly Stone - Can't she tell
James Brown - There was a time
Sam and Dave - Said I wasn't gonna tell nobody
Otis Redding - That's a good idea
Inez Foxx - Confusion
The Sapphires  -Who do yuo love
Isley Brothers - Spill the wine
Chairmen of the Board - Pay the piper
Senor Soul - It's your thing
Aaron Frazer - Can't leave it alone
Boogaloo Assassins - No no no
Ray Barretto - O elephante
Dave Pike - Aphrodite
Nicola Conte - Missione a Bombay
Magic Circle Express - Magic fever
Grace Jones  -My Jamaican guy
Fonda Rae - Over like a fat rat
Patti LaBelle - The spirit's in it
Style Council - Everybody's on the run
Hector Plimmer  -Step (Daz I Kue remix)
Prince - When will we B paid?
Stanley Pedigree - Groove (inst)
DLT - Black Panthers

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 24 April

Prince - Love sign (Shock G's silky remix)
Prince - Hot thing (dub version)
Sheila E - Love bizarre pts 1&2
Madhouse - 6
Parliament - Up on the downstroke
George Clinton - Nubian nut
Digital Underground - The humpty dance
Ardijah - Watchin' U (extended version)
OMC - Right on (off 25th anniversary vinyl edition, sounds amazing)
Love & Bass - In the deep of the night
Che Fu - Fade away (Solephonic remix)
K-Saba - Clapparatus
Issac Hayes - Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic
Ike and Tina Turner - Can't chance a breakup
Little Cesar and the Empire - Everybody dance now (inst)
Bill Coday - High on your love
Wilson Pickett - Hey Joe
Andre Williams and Velvert Hammer - Happy (is my life)
Carleen and the Groovers - Right on
Joyce Jones - Help me make up my mind
Baby Washington - Carefree
Betty Harris - Ride your pony
Slyvia - Sweet stuff
Eddie Senay - Cameo
ZZ Hill - Clean up America
Prince - Kiss (extended version)

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 17 April

Stevie Wonder - I wish
Aaron Neville - Hercules
Myron and E with the Soul Investigators - Broadway
Naomi Davis and the Knights - Talking about a good thing
Barbara Lynn - I'm a good woman
Shirley Wahls - Tell the truth
Wendy Rene - Bar B Q
Booker T and the MGs - Hip hug her
Jeanne and the Darlings - Soul girl
Leroy Sibbles - Express yourself
Karime Kendra - 90% of me is you
Jackie Mittoo - Earthquake
Pauline Morgan and the Consummates - Give me a chance
African Head Charge - Animal law (remix)
Big Youth - Jim Screechy (Smith and Mighty remix)
Dillinger - Cocaine in my brain (Groove Corp remix)
Tha Feelstyle - Leave it at that
AP and Kamahumble - Heka horcy
Herbs - Meteli
Roy Ayers - Funk in the hole (Platinum Pied Pipers remix)
Masok - Right up your alley
Sampology feat Jordan Rakei - My place
Nicola Cruz - Barretto (tienes algo)
Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca
Sun Ra - Where pathways meet
Erma Franklin - I'm just not ready for love
The Dells - I want my momma

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 10 April

Nina Simone - I put a spell on you
Esther Phillips - Home is where the hatred is
Cannonball Adderley -Walk tall (live)
Marlena Shaw - Woman of the ghetto (live)
Ike and Tina Turner  - I idolise you
Dionne Warwick - You can have him
Brenda & the Tabulations - Stop sneaking around
Rufus Thomas - Little Sally Walker
Otis Redding - Don't mes with cupid
Underground Vegetables - Melting pot
Karime Kendra - 90% of me is you
Dry & Heavy - Night flight pt2
Black Uhuru - Solidarity
Reggie Steppa - Drum pan sound
Angie Stone meets the Viceroys - My man
James Brown - Papa don't take no mess
Clarence Wheeler and the Enforcers - Right on
War - Cisco kid
Labelle - Moon shadow
Spanky Wilson - Kissing my love
Ella Hamilton - I'm gonna fool
Sparkles - Trying to get over
Jean Carn - Time waits for no one
The Bamboos - Right on time
Sola Rosa - Lady love (Bigga Bush version)
Joe Dukie & DJ Fitchie - Midnight marauders (El Head version)

Friday, April 09, 2021

New DJ Format album 'Devil's workshop' out 30 April

New bizz from DJ Format:

‘DEVIL'S WORKSHOP’is an instrumental album that sees DJ Format going in a slightly different direction to what you might have expected. Continuing the blueprint laid down in DJ Shadow's groundbreaking early work that made it possible for a hip hop producer to create genre-defying new compositions from old records, everything you hear is painstakingly pieced together from 100% samples – creating the illusion you're listening to a band assembled by David Axelrod. 

There's no time for stagnant, repetitive loops that leave you wondering when a rapper is going to appear, instead each song keeps building in mood and intensity by the clever use of layer upon layer of carefully chosen samples. A rich tapestry of musical instruments from keyboards, horns & guitars through to vibes, bamboo flutes & sitars paint an exciting soundscape throughout the album. 

While it is primarily an instrumental album, Format utilises a variety of vocal samples from sources as wide ranging as '60s spoken word, '70s religious records, right up to '80s & '90s rap records, all used out of their original context to tell a new story. ‘DEVIL'S WORKSHOP’steers away from DJ Format’s past releases and from a typical hip hop record - an introspective journey for the open-minded, is an album that leaves the door open to personal reflection... as Format puts it “Everyone may have different ideas as to the meaning of certain songs but as long as they make you think....and feel something...that's all that really matters.” ‘The Light’ and ‘The Curse’ are the first tracks inviting us into the the world of ‘DEVIL'S WORKSHOP’

Out 30 April on digital/CD/LP

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 3 April

Johnnie Taylor - Testify (I wonna)
Cookie Jackson - Go shout it on the mountain
Eddie Floyd - Hey now
James Brown - Say it loud I'm black and I'm proud
Carlton Basco - Don't chain my soul
Freddie Wilson - In born soul
Betty Wright - Clean up woman
Patrizia and Jimmy - Trust your child (pt1)
Spanky Wilson - Sunshine of your love
Marie Queenie Lyons - Your thing aint no good without my thing
Betty Davis - Anti love song
Cymande - The message
Hugh Masekela - Languta
Fulgeance - Tribute to Masekela
Charles Mingus - II B. S. (RZA remix)
Dee Felice Trio - Nightingale
Bobbi Humphrey - Harlem river drive
Miles Davis & Robert Glasper feat Laura Mvula - Silence is the way
Erykah Badu - Turn me away (get munny)
Opensouls feat Ladi6 - Falling in
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - In the bush
Suzy Q - I can't give you more (DC edit)
Sylvester - Over and over
Dalvanius - Who said that?
Eliza Keil - Evil ways
The Dynatones - The fife piper 
James Brown - New breed (the boo-ga-loo)
Lulu - Sweep around your own back door
The Illusions - Just an illusion
Tubbs - It's love
Jonny Faith - Open my eyes

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 27 March

The Luvmenauts - Spice always flows
Raekwon and El Michels Affair - PJs (clean)
The Headhunters - God made me funky
Nuyorican Soul - Black gold of the sun (MAW remix feat Q-Tip)
The Ojays - For the love of money
Stevie Wonder - As
Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs - Back on the street again 
The Meters -  A mesage from the Meters
The Dixie Cups - Iko iko
Oliver Morgan - Roll call
Reginald Milton & the Soul Jets - Clap your hands
Lil Buck and the Top Cats - Monkey in a sack
Sugarman 3 - Turtle walk
Joyce Jones - Help me make up my mind
Claudia Lennear - Everything I do gonna be funky
Aretha Franklin - Get it right
Chaka Khan - I know you, I live you
Parliament - Testify
The James Brown Soul Train - Honky tonk pt1
James Brown - Love don't love nobody
Hank Jacobs - Elijah rockin' with soul
Jackie Lee - I love you
Jimmy Sabater  -Yroco
Ray Barretto - Acid
Mongo Santamaria - We got latin soul
Jazzanova feat Joe Dukie - What do you want (Don Philippe remix)
Julien Dyne feat Mara TK - Layer