Saturday, July 07, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist July 7



Chaka Khan - Whatcha gonna do for me
Chakachas - Jungle fever (Greg Wilson edit)
Little Beaver - Funkadelic sound
Helene Smith - You got to be a man
Gwen Mcrae - 90% of me is you
Hawk - Don't judge a book by a cover
War  - Galaxy
Art of Noise - Moments in love
Human League - Being boiled
Boot & Tax  -Good Fela
Mala - Como Como (Theo Parrish remix)
Recloose - Why I otta
Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - Look-a-py-py
Dub Traffik Control - Fresh prince of Babylon
New Age Steppers - Love forever
Augustus Pablo -Skateland rock
Gregory Issacs - Give a hand
Junior Murvin - Roots train
Steel n Skin - Afro punk reggae dub
Clarence Reid - Nobody but you
James Brown - Soul power pt1
Barbara Lynn - Don't be cruel
Marv Johnson - Why do you want to let me go
Mel Davis - Just another smile
Larry Laster - Go for yourself
Bobby Womack - Find me somebody
Tina Turner - Whole lotta love
Gianmarco Liguori - Beat instrumental
Oliver Sain - London express
Incredible Bongo Band - Okey dokey pt2
Flying Stars of Brooklyn - My god has a telephone

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist June 30



Grant Phabao, Lone Ranger, Carlton Livingston - Message to you Rudie
Overproof Sound System - Get with it
Noiseshaper - All a dem a do (Adrian Sherwood remix)
Rhythm and Sound with Willi Williams  -See mi yah
Beat Pharmacy with Spaceape - Ghostship
Cesaria Evora - Angola (Get down dub by Pepe Bradock)
Tall Black Guy  -The motor is running
Khruangbin - Two fish and an elephant
Sly and the Family Stone - You caught me smilin'
Bobby Womack - Nobody knows you when you're down and out
Sun Ra - Where pathways meet
Johnny Hammond  -Tell me what to do
Mike Nock Underground - Space boogaloo
Robert Glasper - Black radio (Pete Rock remix)
Little Dragon - Constant surprises
Brockaflower - Simply
Eru Dangerspiel - Coq au vin
Ikebe Shakedown - Hard steppin'
Ray Charles  -You're just about to lose your clown
Supremes - Love is like an itching in my heart
Jackie Wilson - The who who song
Lee Fields -Problems
Dapkings - Casella walk
Ramsey Lewis Trio - Wade in the water
Durand Jones and the Indications - You and me

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Kaidi Tatham new album ‘It’s A World Before You’ out June 29



Tasty new album from Kaidi Tatham, out on vinyl/cd/digital soon...

"First Word Records is very proud to present a brand new full-length album from Kaidi Tatham, ‘It’s A World Before You’.

Following on from two EPs released on First Word last year (‘Changing Times’ and ‘Hard Times’), Kaidi has delivered us thirteen tracks that deftly illustrate his various talents as a multi-instrumentalist.

Kaidi is probably best known for his work with Bugz In The Attic, though his musical contributions over the years have also included Amy Winehouse, Slum Village, Mulatu Astatke, Soul II Soul, Moonchild, Leroy Burgess, Amp Fiddler, Chris Dave, Macy Gray, King Britt, DJ Spinna, Mr Scruff and IG Culture to name but a few!

In recent times, he’s worked with DJ Jazzy Jeff on a variety of projects, including his most recent album ‘M3’, touring Europe for Jeff and Will Smith’s reunion shows, and on the PLAYlist album 'Chasing Goosebumps', with Glenn Lewis, Stro Elliot (The Roots), Masego, Maimouna Youssef, Rich Medina, Daniel Crawford and more.

All this in addition to heating up dances around Europe with his inimitable DJ sets, and working heavily with First Word label-mate, Eric Lau (who also mixed this album) on a variety of projects, and adding releases to his already impressive catalogue on 2000 Black, Eglo and Theo Parrish's Sound Signature, with regular compadre, Dego (who features on the album’s title track).

This album personifies Kaidi’s diverse palette of sounds – bar Eric & Dego’s features, every piece of music is played by himself. Largely flowing on a broken beat rhythm section, Kaidi effortlessly incorporates washes of afro, latin and funk throughout."

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist June 23



Prof Oz- Waves and sun (Grant Phabao remix)
Nightmares on wax - 70s/80s (Scientist remix 1)
Freddie Cruger - Running from love
Ballistic Bros - Prophecy reveal (James)
Fat Freddy's Drop - Hope (3 generations walking remix)
Luke Vibert - Officer's club
Eddy Senay - Cameo
Billy Preston - Can't she tell
A.A.B.B. - Pick up the pieces one by one
Lyn Collins - Mama feelgood
Leroy and the Drivers - The sad chicken
Nadine Brown - Leave me alone
Patti Jo  - Make me believe in you
Holland Dozier - Don't leave me (inst)
Rufus Thomas - Down ta my house
Sam & Dave - Said I wasn't gonna tell nobody
Stevie Wonder - You met your match
Howard Tate - That's what happens
Monica -I don't know nothing else to tell you but I love you
Deee-Lite - Deee-Lite theme (global village mix)
Janet Jackson - Young love
TS Monk - Bon bon vie
Kid Creole and the Coconuts - I'm a wonderful thing baby
Futura 2000 with The Clash - Escapades of Futura 2000
Kaidi Tatham feat Uhmeer - Cupid
Pharaoh Sanders - Astral travelling (Boozoo Bajou remix)
Pitch Black - Flex (SonSine remix)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist June 16

Philadelphia Allstars - Let's clean up the ghetto (Mr K edit)
O'Jays - Message in our music (Jimmy the twin re-edit)
Issac Hayes - Zeke the freak (Todd Terje edit)
Nina Simone - Seeline woman
Teremoana - Four women (DLT remix)
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd st rhythm band  - Can't get no satisfaction
Laura Lee - If you can beat me rocking you can have my chair
Gene Chandler - No peace, no satisfaction
Barbara Acklin - Just aint no love
Marv Johnson - I'm not a plaything
Durand Jones and the Indications - You and me
The Delphonics - Down is up, up is down
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels - Little Latin Lupe Lu
The McCoys - Fever
 Detroit Emeralds - Baby let me take you in my arms
Thomas Newman - Six Feet Under theme (Rae and Christian remix)
Piero Umiliani - Mah na mah na (Gak Sato tiki mix)
Funkadelic - Undisco kidd (Gay Marvine edit)
Chuck Higgins and the Wild Bunch  - Funkyfied
Collision - You can dance
Mara TK - Run
Hollie Smith and Mara TK - Autumn rain
Sheelahroc -If I gave u th' mic (Phat beats down mix)
Morningsteppa - Lesson one
Lord Jackson - One two ting
Salmonella Dub - Problems (Son sine remix)
Beat Pharmacy feat Paul St Hilaire - Sunshine

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist June 9



Pointer sisters -Yes we can can (Bobby Busnach edit)
Gwen McCrae - 90& hanging out (Jim Sharp edit)
Willie Mitchell - The champion
Mel and Tim - Backfield in motion
Shirley Ellis - Soul time
Ben Aiken - Satisfied
Bobby Womack - Find me somebody
Esther Phillips - Catch me I'm falling
Patti La Belle and the Bluebelles -You forgot how to love
94 East  - If you feel like dancin
Prince - Girls and boys
Millie Scott - Prisoner of love
Peaches and Herb - Freeway
Ladi6 - Royal blue (Silent Jay, Sensible J and Leigh Fisher remix)
Jonny Drop - The looking glass (Julien Dyne remix)
Benny Tones feat Joe Dukie - Home
Che Fu - Machine talk
Sharon Jones & the Dapkings - Giving up
Watts 103rd - 65 bars and a taste of soul
Lyn Collins - Put it on the line
Melodians steel orchestra - Voodoo Ray
Stephen Encinas - Lypso illusion
Guest set from Dirty Hairy, of Yugoslav/Croatian breaks
Boki Milosevic  -Signal, Suton Na Jugu
Soul Sound Band - Ja Te Uzalud Ljubim (I'm your vehicle)
Leo Martin - Ima Vremena
Radmila Karaklajic - Volecu I Sutra
Elipse - Za One Sto Na Licu Nose Bore
Darko Domijan - Zlatokosa
Korni Grupa  - Bube
Safet Isovic - Nujo Kuje Konja

Friday, June 08, 2018

Hampshire and Foat - Nightshade library music vol1



"Athens Of The North released Nightshade on June 5th, another chapter in Greg Foat and Warren Hampshire prolific collaboration. Drawing inspirations from the library sound of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Nightshade is a testament to the artists deep passion for that era

This new Hampshire and Foat project should not come as too much of a surprise to those familiar with Greg and Warren's music, influenced heavily by not just jazz but the library sound of the ‘60s and ‘70s along with film soundtracks from the same golden era.

Greg and Warren are avid collectors of this music, with Greg sending me links night and day to LPs he has picked up digging on his travels. This constant search sends him down new musical pathways and often sparks whole new concepts for projects. .

We had talked for a long time about doing a library style LP (something Greg is very passionate about) so during different recording sessions Greg and Warren started laying down various tracks, which eventually were selected for Nightshade Side one is 5 tracks in very distinct styles, musical paintings for the big screen. The vast sound of the Japanese influenced ‘Jasmine’, The Spaghetti Western melancholy of ‘Mariposa Lily’, The call to action that is ‘Antonio's Theme’, the breezy vintage sports car in the sun that ‘Coastal Drive’ portrays, and ‘Lost in Nostalgia’, a late night Poirot-esque piece.

Side B is a classic library suite, which Greg describes as a “Detective's theme with different variations on the motifs”.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist June 2



Amerie - One thing (Mr K organ mix
Donald Byrd - Love has come around (Combo re-edit)
Stro Elliot - Feel 4 Chaka
Fred Wesley and the JBs - You can have Watergate....
Sly & the Family Stone - Thank you for talkin' to me Africa
Sharon Jones & the Dap-kings - Better things
Johnny Osbourne - Budy bye Kenny Dope remix (extended)
Sly n Robbie - Make em move
Shinehead - Raggamuffin dub

Tribute mix to Bobbylon (listen above):
Hallelujah Picassos - Rewind
2R2S - Homegirl
Trip To The Moon - I can change (DLT remix)
3 The Hard Way feat Bobbylon - Hiphop holiday
2R2s - Take you home
Unitone Hifi feat Bobbylon - Turn around
Halleujah Picassos - Yardy

Reggie Stepper - Cuh oonu
Super Beagle - Dust a soundboy
Jr Reid - Bubblers
Horace Andy - Just say who
Gregory Issac - All I have is love
Barrington Levy/Beenieman - Murderation
Nextmen - Blood fire
Rebel MC - Champion DJ (Shy FX mix)
Rebel MC - Comin on strong
Jazmine Sullivan Need u bad (Moody Boyz remix)
The Equals - Black skin blue eyed boys
The Clash - Revolution rock

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Soul Sugar + Sly n Robbie



Man, this is sweet. Out on digital/12" vinyl plus Sly n Robbie in there too.

"Soul Sugar drop their own reggae version of Marvin Gaye’s "I Want You" French outfit Soul Sugar – the brainchild of Guillaume “Gee” Metenier – deliver yet another soulful reggae 12”, this time a cover version of Marvin Gaye’s 1976 classic "I Want You". Jamaicain native Leonardo Carmichael sings lead vocals and legendary drums and bass duo Sly & Robbie add their flavor to the mix, with two versions on side B."

Sunday, May 20, 2018

New Sola Rosa EP drops



Features guest vocals from LA Mitchell, Kevin Mark Trail and Noah Slee.

“This EP I feel is like a bridge between our 2015 album MAGNETICS, which was quite synth and beats focused compared to where we are headed with the next album, which is more live instrument based. I felt these tracks needed to be released separately as they have their own voice in the Sola Rosa timeline,” says Soa Rosa main man Andrew Spraggon.

“I also love the remixes on this EP. Flytones are from Istanbul. I had been following them for a little while on Instagram. They post some really inspiring clips of their Dilla-esque, neo soul jams. I am also a huge fan of Canadian duo Potatohead People and their underground hit album BIG LUXURY on Bastard Jazz. It’s great to be able to reach out to producers I love and respect and collaborate”.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Blundetto new album out May 25



"A calm atmosphere that has enabled Blundetto to approach Slow Dance in a more solitary manner — very differently from preceding outings in which friends, family, and inspired collaborators all came to sing, to blow, to play keyboards... Always happy to let improvisation and happenstance make the difference, Blundetto focused his ears and spirit on what is a constant in his whole discography: the echo that one hears rather clearly in the musical mosaics that were Bad Bad Things (2009), Warm My Soul (2012), and World Of (2015), that is to say the Kingston sound responsible for so many of his emotions — reggae.

Rough up the roots, harden the vibe, digitalize dancehall, and fall headlong into soulful rocksteady beats driven by the perfect diction and inalterable voice of the legendary Ken Boothe — jolted all the while by super-fat bass lines and jungle dubs. The samplers stayed in their cases; this party was for instruments only, with Blundetto playing them all.

This fourth Blundetto album features guests like Biga Ranx, Dame, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Cornell Campbell, Little Harry, Biga, and Blackjoy.

With sounds that are rounder than usual, this album’s slow tempos don’t budge though everybody is running around all over the place like maniacs. Also, despite its apparent minimalism, rich detail is revealed to those who listen closely."

Out May 25, LP/CD/Digital

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Magnificent Tape Band debut with "The Subtle Art Of Distraction"

The Magnificent Tape Band - The Subtle Art Of Distraction album cover


Sweeping orchestral soul with wonderful vocals... "Released on the 25th of May on Leeds Jazz & Soul label ATA Records, the debut LP from The Magnificent Tape Band "The Subtle Art Of Distraction"takes the blueprint laid out on their debut single"Patterns In My Mind"and builds on it, developing their sound into something richer and with more depth.

Recorded entirely on vintage analogue recording equipment packed into a disused garage in Leeds, the LP features the vocal talents of Gospel-inspired soul singer Rachel Modest who has provided vocals for several releases on the label including her own debut single"I Try".

The Magnificent Tape Band are the alter egos of ATA Records founders Neil Innes & Pete Williams, who were the creative driving force behind the debut album by The Sorcerers, for which they wrote and produced all the tracks as well as contributing bass and guitar performances.

Sheffield born, Rachel Modest developed her unique vocal ability within the churches and gospel choirs of her local community. Now based in Leeds she has developed a powerful and soulful vocal style that takes inspiration from artists such as Madeleine Bell, Dee Dee Warwick, Dusty Springfield and at times delivers a performance that resembles the falsetto of The Delfonics William Hart.

The Subtle Art Of Distraction" immediately brings to mind the more experimental psychedelic soul records of the late 60s/early seventies by incorporating driving clavinet, loping drums and swirling organ and Mellotron alongside Rachel Modest's ethereal vocals."


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist May 12



Roupe - Joe Baxil
Beats International - Invasion of the estate agents
Dutch Rhythm and Steel - Down by the river
Billy Preston - Advice
Luther Ingram - Baby don't you weep
Bobby Womack and the Valentinos - I found a true love
Sue Ann Jones  - I'll give you my love
The Shirelles - Boys
The Brownettes - Baby don't you know
Lyn Collins - Take me just as I am
Vicki Anderson - Don't throw your love in the garbage can
The Believers - Mr hot pants
The Sorcerers - In pursuit of Shai Hulud
Buttering Trio - Cacti juice
Khruangbin - Two fish and an elephant
Rae and Christian feat The Congos - Hold us down
Specials - Ghost town
Eddy Grant  - My turn to love you
Art of Noise - Moments in love
Tom Tom Club - Wordy rappinghood
Evelyn King - Love come down
Millie Scott - Prisoner of love
Peaches and Herb - Freeway
Bernard Edwards - Your love is good to me
Snap - Sidewalk city
IQU - Witchcraft
Collision - Mr music
Sola Rosa - Leave a light on

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Nick & Astro’s Guide To The Galaxy



Via Bastard Jazz: "Comprised of Vancouver producers and multi-instrumentalists Nick Wisdom and Astrological, Canadian duo Potatohead People boast a number of noteworthy accolades thanks to their signature sound, drawing influences from 90’s boom-bap, future soul, classic jazz, deep house and boogie/funk.

Supporters such as Soulection, Nightmares on Wax, Pomo, DJ Spinna, Big Boi, and Phife Dawg have also played formidable roles in championing the sound of Potatohead People worldwide.

Now with three years since their last release, 2015’s critically acclaimed debut album Big Luxury, Potatohead People are back their long awaited new album Nick & Astro’s Guide To The Galaxy.

The record picks up right where the pair left off, showcasing a leap forward in production chops, musicality, and songwriting. Nick & Astro’s Guide To The Galaxy will be out worldwide May 11th, 2018 via CD, Digital & LP".

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Sandy Mill ep out now



Local singer Sandy Mill recently dropped her debut ep, A Piece Of Me (vinyl/digital). I've had the pleasure of working with her on several Dub Asylum songs, she is an amazing vocalist.

It's a slinky, soulful bunch of tunes, take a listen....current fave is track two, Light Of Day.

Via UTR: "A Piece Of Me spans hook-packed groovy numbers, slow-burning balladry and two upbeat remixes from Misled Convoy and Dean Webb.

Originally hailing from Gisbourne and of Ngati Porou descent, Mill performed alongside Don McGlashan and Sean Donnelly (SJD) in The Bellbirds, and has worked with the likes of local groups New Telepathics, Dub Asylum, and with international heavy hitters Basement Jaxx, Gary Numan, and more.

Mill is celebrating both the record's release and International Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 4  with her live band at Auckland's Lula Inn, and will be performing at the annual Borderline Music Festival in early June.

The new collection features a tonne of special guest collaborators, including Jeremy Toy (She's So Rad), Milan Borich (Pluto), Dianne Swann (The Bads), Darryn Harkness (New Telepathics), and the aforementioned Donnelly."

"Coinciding with the release of her new EP “A Piece of Me”, legendary New Zealand vocalist Sandy Mill, who has worked with Basement Jaxx, Boy George, Gary Numan, Neil Finn and others, has been announced as opening act for another legend, the US/UK ‘60s soul icon PP Arnold, who performs at the Powerstation Sunday May 20.

The first single of Sandy’s EP, “Giftbox” is inspired by the great singers of the 60’s and blends the power of American soul and the honesty of UK pop, which very much makes Sandy perfect company for PP."