Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sir Frank Karikari & The Polyversal Souls new 7

New from Philphon, on 7": "Sir Frank Karikari is the son of legendary highlife musician Ralph Karikari who played bass on countless classic albums such as "Sikyi Highlife" by Dr. K. Gyasi & His Noble Kings. Frank grew up surrounded 24/7 with high class highlife music plus he has inherited the natural talent of his father. Now he teamed up with the Polyversal Souls to keep the spirit of highlife alive.

'Siakwaa / Nana Agyei' are two songs taken from above mentioned album 'Sikyi Highlife'. Frank gets here some vocal support from the original court singers of the Ashanti king, which fits perfectly, as both songs are praise songs to the king.

'Odo Agye Gye Me' is composed by legendary Kumasi based singer Baffour Kyei, who sang for groups such as Kyeremateng Stars or B.B. Collins & His Powerful Believers. Besides creating this song, he is part of the choir on this future highlife classic." Out Sept 20 2019.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, September 14

Quantic - Te pico el yaibi
Bongmaster - Brothers and sisters
Lee Oskar - Haunted house (Leftside wobble edit)
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Just to settle my nerves
Sir Joe Quarterman and Free Soul - I got so much trouble on my mind
DLT  -Liquid skies (ultra neon mix)
Staff Benda Billi  - Sala mosala
Opotopo - Belema
Moodswingers - Recede to flourish
Eru Dangerspiel - Sambaskool dropout
Gene Faith - Family man
Marvin Gaye  -You're a wonderful one
Five Stairsteps and Cubie - Little young lover
Jackie Wilson - Somebody up there likes you
Della Reese - If it feels good, do it
The Hueys - You aint no hippie
Edwin Starr - Don't tell me I'm crazy
Marion Jarvis - Get it
Betty Harris - Cry to me
Dottye Fultz - Jesus is a soul man
Bobby Moore - Hey Mr DJ
Uncle Louie - Full tilt boogie
Mantronix - Scream
Che Fu - Misty frequencies (Submariner remix)
Merata Mita and Diatribe - Treaty song (long version)
Ballistic Brothers - Prophecy reveal

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, September 7

Reble - Sweetest taboo (soca)
Gichy Dans Beachwood No 9 - On a day like this (Todd Terje edit)
Kid Creole and the Coconuts - I'm a wonderful thing baby
Grayship Daviz - Get up get down and let your body pop
P-Crew - Nasty rock
Beside with Bernard Fowler  - Odeon (dance mix)
Beat Pharmacy - Drifter (dub mix)
Fat Freddy's Drop - Shiverman
Mala - Como como (Theo Parrish remix)
Shogun Orchestra - Shadow clan
Julien Dyne - Incredulous
Lou Courtney - Skate now
Delfonics - Down is up, up is down
Eddie Floyd - Big bird
Bobby McClure - Doing it rite on time
Family Daptone - Hey brother
Dizzy Gillespie - Soul kiss pt1
James Brown - Get up offa that thing
Cold Blood - Kissing my love
Ann Winley - Watchdog
Black Heat - Love the life you live

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, August 31

Herbie Hancock - Dont hold it
Sir Joe Quarterman and Free Soul - Thanks Dad
The Rebirth - Talking me down (Domu remix)
Lewis McCallum feat Tama Waipara - New someone
Willie Colon and Reuben Blades - Plastico  (Bugz in the Attic remix)
Maxwell Implosion - Grasshopper
Manasseh - Skenga 12" mix
Sound Dimension - Real rock
Lone Ranger - Noah in the ark
Xternals - Queen of the minstrels
Jackie Mittoo - Fancy pants
Rhythm and Sound with Bobbo Shanti - Poor people must work
African Head Charge - Somebody touch I
Bobby Bland - I'm so tired
Four Tops - Something about you
Alice Clark - You hit me right where it hurt me
Shirley Ellis - Puzzle song
Durand Jones and the Indications -You and me
ZZ Hill - I keep on loving you
Gene Chandler - Check yourself
Impressions -Fool for you
Lou Courtney - I've got just the thing
St Etienne - Only love can break your heart
Primal Scream - Higher than the sun
African Vibration - Hinde (Julien Dyne rework)
Mark de Clive Lowe - Ghaziya
AceTones - Rolling like a Trojan
Wild Bill Ricketts - Riki

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, August 24

Bomb The Bass - Bugpowder dust (La Funk Mob mix)
Tosca - Chocolate Elvis (Boozoo Bajou mix)
The Nomad - Look around
Otautahi Allstars - Shot
Freddie Cruger - Running from love
Phase 5 - Bag juice
Mo Kolours - Biddies (truth is light edit)
Myele Manzanza feat Charlie K and Ladi6 - City of Atlantis
Tuatara - The desert sky
Mulatu Astatque - Netsanet
Joe Quarterman and Freee Soul - You know it's true
Fred Wesley & the JBs - Everybody got soul
Breakestra  -Joyful noise
Soul Searchers - Ashley's roachclip
Rufus and Chaka Khan - Once you get started (Reflex edit)
Chuck Higgins -Funkyfied
D'Angelo -Spanish joint
Liquid Liquid - Cavern
Hugh Masekela - Don't go lose it baby (dub version)
New Order - Confusion
William Florelle and Bahia - Make it right
Electro Hafiz - Yarim Pansiyon
Khurangbin - Four of five

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, August 17

George Benson - World is a ghetto
Ghetto Kitty - Stand up and be counted
Patti Jo - Make me believe in you
Laura Lee - Crumbs off the table
James Brown - There it is pt1
Jr Walker Allstars - Shake and fingerpop
Bill Doggett - Honky tonk pt1
Aaron Neville - Why worry
Aretha Franklin - Jump
Cameo - Soul army
Peaches and Herb - Roller skatin' mate
Brides of Funkenstein - Disco to go
Bronx River Pkwy - La valla
La Lupe - Fever
International Observer - Friday afternoon dub
Salmonella Dub - Problems (SonSine mix)
Unitone Hifi - Juicy (Juicy NDS mix)
Adi Dick - Jah jah is coming
Diabolocal Liberties - Interplanetary children
Theo Parrish - Footwork
Brassroots - Good life
The M-Tet - Express yourself
Recloose - Dust
Soul Surfers and Shawn Lee - Jose Chicago
Clifton Chenier - Black gal
Leonard Charles - Neil's rainbow

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, August 10

Lord Shorty - Vibrations groove
Melodica Teens Band - Mwekuru muthao
Bell'a Njoh - Ebolo
Phoenix Foundation - Evolution did (Shes So Rad disco rework)
Opensouls - They don't even know
Julien Dyne - Scissorhands
Feelstyles - Su'amlie
Ermehn - Stranded in the city
The Lewis Express  -Stomp your feet
Eric Boss - Closer to the spirit
Marvin Gaye -You're the man (alternate version)
Jo Ann Garrett - Foolish me
Mitty Collier -Pain
Maurice McAllister - Baby hang on
The Knight Bros - City life
Terry Callier - Ordinary Joe
Amanda Love -You keep calling by her name
Brenton Wood  -Some got it, some don't
Cannibal and the Headhunters - Land of a thousand dances
Eddie Platt - Tequila
Guts - Senou Menm
Skatalites - Collie bud
E's E - Scratch's skank pt1
Buju Banton - Boom wha dis
Super Beagle - Dust a sound boy
Khruangbin - Four of five
Lennie Hibbert  - Village soul
Vin Gordon - Styler man
Jackie Mittoo - Hang em high
Eddie Kendricks - Keep on truckin'

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, August 3

Prince - Pop life (Fresh dance mix)
Chaka Khan - I feel for you
Stevie Wonder - I wish
Commodores - Machine gun
Funkadelic - Let's take it to the stage (Amp Fiddler mix)
Soul Sugar - Never too much (Sly n Robbie remix)
Love Grocer - Salute to Sam
Farm Fresh Sound System - Still lifted
Overproof Sound System - Got to be  a way
Damian Marley - Move!
Herbs - French letter dub
The Yoots  -Tutira mai
Fat Freddys Drop - The raft (Steppers dub)
Unitone Hifi - Juicy fruit
Khruangbin - Rules (Scientist dub)
Ramsey Lewis - Hey Mrs Jones
Manu Dibango - Out of score
Archie Bell and the Drells - Count the ways
Charles Wright - One two three four five six
Detroit Emeralds - Do me right
The Impressions - Rhythm
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Letter full of tears
Dionne Warwick - Just being myself
William Florelle and Bahia - Make it right
JJ Whitefield - Yellow sari
Mauskovic Dance Band - Foam nights
Ronin Arkestra - Stranger searching (radio edit)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

William Florelle & Bahia - Make It Right

That 2nd track Make It Right is some cool, swirling sonic soup...

"William Florelle’s debut Two & Three EP on WotNot caused an impressive stir for a newcomer. His collaboration with Lua was a thick soup of bumpy jazz and soul-inflected tracks that earned him a 9/10 in DJ Mag, airplay on BBC 6Music and 1Xtra, coverage on Stamp The Wax, Bolting Bits and Ransom Note, as well as Resident Advisor track features for both of the remixes.

This new release, written and recorded at The Docks Studios (nestled in the Total Refreshment Centre), continues where he left off. However, this time William Florelle includes his own vocals, and Swedish vocalist Bahia (Zed Bias, EVM 128, Elliphant) lends an irresistible, sensual R&B edge to the tracks, leaving them finely perched between the underground and mainstream.

One of the artist’s best abilities is to distill his featured artists to their very best, while maintaining his own strong sense of style. FSG, or Feels So Good, opens with a murky swirl of Rhodes-like chords and a wash of vocals, launching into a bumping, sexy, half-time R&B roller, allowing Bahia’s singing to recall Erykah Badu while remaining undeniably Florellistic.

Make It Right’s sleazy guitar fills and wobbling keys betray the influence of Steve Lacy, with a lurching drum loop performed by Joe Wood from psyche-poppers Mellow Gang, creating a counterpoint to Bahia and Will’s tender vocals." Out now on WotNot.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, July 20

DL Jones and DJ 2nd Nature  -Whoa Bobby
Bohannon - South African man
Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Do your thing
Darondo - My Momma and my Poppa
Preston Love - Cool ade
The Believers - Mr hot pants
Marva Whitney - I'm tired I'm tired I'm tired
Fred Wesley and the JBs - You can have Watergate but gimme some bucks and I'll be straight
Prince - Raspberry beret (12" version)
Man Parrish - Hip hop be bop
52nd Street - Cool as ice
Ballistic Bros - Prophecy reveal
George Faith - Turn back the hands of time
Joe Tex and U Black - Standardisation
Wrongtom meets Deemus J - Wa do dance
Jackie Mittoo - Stereo freeze
Dee Felice Trio - Nightingale
Music Inc - Abscretions
Bishop Norman Williams -  Billy's ballet
Mark de Clive Lowe and the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra - Money (Don't let it catch ya)
The 100 Knights Orchestra - Soul fugue (Daptone's 100th 45)
Donnie Elbert - Sweet baby
El Michels Affair - Tearz
The Imports - I'm not ashamed of loving you
The Family Daptone - Hey brother
Manu Dibango - African pop session
Nathan Haines - Epiphany (Julien Dyne remix)

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, July 13

The Parliaments - Sgt Peppers lonely club band inst take 3
Roger and the Gypsys - Pass the hatchet
Irma Thomas - Don't mess with my man
Wild Magnolias - Soul soul soul
James Brown - Shoot your shot
Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - The joker
The Impressions - Fool for you
Dusty Springfield - Stay awhile
Otis Redding - Hundreds and pounds
Mabel John - Running out
Staple Singers - Everyday people
Roy Ayers - Running away (12" version)
Gwen Guthrie - Getting hot (12" mix)
Sister Sledge - Thinking of you
Chaz Jankel - Whisper
Lee Scratch Perry - International broadcaster
Colm K - Dancing skulls
Farm Fresh Sound System - Roots once again (Max Rubadub mix)
Footsie - Cus cus (Footsie dub)
Junior Murvin - Cool out son
Toots and the Maytals -54-46 was my number
African Head Charge - Dobbyn joins the head charge
Trinity Roots - Just like you (Max Maxwell and Bluey version)
Salmonella Dub - Johnny (DLT remix feat Mighty Asterix)
Jules Issa - Dangerous game
Soul Sugar with Leo Carmichael - Never too much (discomix)
AceTones - Rolling like a trojan

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, July 6

Lord Echo - Sweetest meditation
Julien Dyne - Incredulous
Pitch Black - Soliton (Borrower and Lender remix)
Bjorn Torske - Dub vendors
Sade - Soldier of love
Charles Wright - Doing what comes naturally
Darondo - How I got over
Barbara Lynn - Don't be cruel
Edwin Starr - Who is the leader of the people
Chi-lites - Stoned out of my mind
Mr Clean and the Soul Inc - What's going on
Ike and Tina Turner - Can't you hear me callin'
Donny Hathaway - Come little children
Nina Simone - Work song
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Sail on
Mabel John - Running out
Jean Knight - Do me
The Dramatics - Get up and get down
Staple Singers - We the people
Sly and the Family Stone - Dynamite!
Ann Winley - Watchdog
The Lewis Express - Stomp your feet
Eric Boss - Closer to the spirit
African Vibration - Hinde (Julien Dyne rework)
Dengue Dengue Dengue - Semillero (Nicola Cruz remix)
Nicola Conte and Gianluca Petrella feat Bridgette Amofah - Imani river
Miles Davis and Robert Glasper feat Stevie Wonder - Right on brotha
Dee Felice Trio - Nightingale

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, June 22

Stevie Wonder - As
Ray Barretto - Pastime paradise
El Chicano feat Ersi Arvizu  - I'm a good woman
Willie Bobo - Spanish grease (re-edit)
Bobby Valentin - Yo
Pete Rodriguez - I like it like that
Mongo Santamaria - We got latin soul
Curtis Mayfield - (Don't worry) If there's a hell below, we're all gonna go
Major Lance - Little young lover
Darondo - Legs
El Michels Affair - Detriot twice
Jr Walker and the Allstars - Shake and fingerpop
Fontella Bass abnd Bobby McClure - Don't mess up a good thing
Lonnie Mack - Memphis
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels - Little latin Lupe Lu
Gene Faith - Family man
The Mob - Give it to me
Tina Turner - Whole lotta love
Jackie Stoudemire - Invisible wind  (Shoes re-edit)
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble  - Sankofa
Ramsey Lewis - Fishbite
African Vibration - Hinde (Julien Dyne rework)
Neneh Cherry and The Thing - Dream baby dream (Four Tet remix)
ESG - Moody
Tom Tom Club - Genius of love (extended version)
Che Fu - Without a doubt (Chong Nee remix)
Lewis McCallum feat Mara TK - The almanac
Shogun Orchestra - Jacmel

Monday, June 17, 2019

Guts - Kenke Corner video

Been enjoying the latest album from French producer Guts (came out in March), this is the single off it, a mean slice of Ghana-inspired groove. Check Bandcamp fpor LP/CD/digital

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist, June 8

Howling Wolf - Smokestack lightning
Bob Diddley - Another sugar daddy
Willie Mitchell - Sugar T
Hank Ballard and the Midnighters - It's love baby (24 hours a day)
Chubby Checker - You better believe it baby
Freddie Scott -You got what I need
Ramsey Lewis - The in crowd
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Sankofa
Fuzz Against Junk - Latino (Nicola Conte remix)
Colman Brothers - El Nino (cha cha mix)
Cal Tjader - La bamba
Idris Muhammad - Hey pocky way
Aronas - Culture tunnels
Donald Byrd - Stepping into tomorrow
The Delegates - Pygmy pt1
Esquires Now - Think
Chris Williams and the Austral Funk Mac - The funky get down
King Leo and the Champions - Chicken scratch
Helene Smith - You got to be a man
Lyn Collins - Give it up or turn it loose
Betty Davis - Anti love song
Aretha Franklin - Rocksteady
Black Heat - Love the life you live
Elektro Hafiz - Mega Hafiza 2 (with Grup Ses)
Scrimshire feat Georgia Anne Muldrow - Thru you
Mauskovic Dance Band - Foam nights
Guts - Voyaging bird
LSK and Adrian Sherwood  - The way of the world
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope (Sonsine remix)
Tony Allen - Ole (Moritz von Oswald remix)