Sunday, January 20, 2019

Vula Viel new album



This sounds like 80s NYC punk-funk transplanted to Ghana. Very wild, very cool.

"Forward-thinking UK trio Vula Viel release their sophomore album, ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ on 25th January 2019, continuing their unique musical journey centred around the Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone).

The band’s new set confidently weaves sparse polyrhythms and intricate rhythm structures around bandleader Bex Burch’s Gyil lines and take the instrument’s sound into new territory, with bassist Ruth Goller (Acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down, Rokia Traore) and drummer Jim Hart (Cloudmakers, Ralph Alessi, Electric Biddle) introducing a rough, post-punk edge to the band’s sound.

Vula Viel was formed in 2013 by Bex Burch. After studying at Guildhall and training as a classical percussionist, she embarked on a life-changing three-year period living, farming and studying with xylophone master Thomas Segura in Upper West Ghana; the band’s name means ‘Good is Good’ in the Dagaare language.

After being mentored in the deep traditions around the Gyil, a large African xylophone made of sacred lliga wood, Burch began the journey to bring the instrument into her own music. The acclaimed debut Vula Viel album in 2015, ‘Good is Good’, was the first realisation of her vision and ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ is the first set of Burch originals,written on traditional Dagaare forms.

Described as “Ghanaian minimalism”, with the unassuming ability to blur the lines between atmospheres – Vula Viel’s sound may nod to Steve Reichian jazz, but influences don’t stop there: one can hear echoes of Bill Laswell and the irresistible energy of Arthur Russell."

Out Jan 25 on vinyl/CD/digital

New Jimi Tenor 7 coming



Bouncy bit of brilliance from Mr Tenor: " Jimi Tenor delivers another 7" on Philophon. This time he teamed up with the two glorious gospel queens Florence Adooni and Lizzy Amaliyenga from Bolgatanga/Northern Ghana.

This release is a first insight into the next album by Jimi on Philophon, which will be released later the year.

Vocalize My Luv is a charmingly presented lure for love. The secret of the song is that
 drummer Ekow Alabi Savage's upfront high-life beat is triggering a Jimi-operated Korg MS-20 bass synth. Man and machine are melting down into a light and sportive groove, which irresistibly invites you to do some frisky aerobic moves on the 3am dancefloor.

Ki'igba is a classic Frafra gospel song by Alogte Oho, completed with some jubilating flute by master Jimi.

7"/digital  out Jan 25 2019 on Philophon.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist January 19

Alphabethead - They're not hot
Ladi6 - Bang bang
Amin Payne - Give me the inside love
Lance Ferguson - Oblighetto
Preston Love - Pot likker
Shirlene King - Super stuff
Erma Franklin  - Light my fire
Dionne Warwick - Just being myself
Isaac Aesili - Stranjah
Sound Foundation  - Ram dancehall
DLT - Liquid skies (Kava mix by Soane)
Fat Freddy's Drop - Roady (Nextmen burger edit mix)
Yami Bolo - When a man's in love
Ragga Twins - Love talk
Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express (Mr K edit pt2)
Art of Noise - Beatbox diversion 10
Vanity 6 - Drive me wild
Stone City Band - Strut your stuff
Marvin Gaye - You're a wonderful one
Shirley Ellis - The puzzle song
Aaron Neville -Why worry
125th St Candy Store - Is it love
Patti Jo - Make me believe in you
Bobby McClure - Doing it rite on time
Durand Jones and the Indications - You and me
Betty Harris - Cry to me
Lulu - Sweep round your own back door
Timmy Thomas - Opportunity
DNA with Susan Vega - Tom's diner
Troy Kingi - Time lapsium gangtasium
Paper Tiger with Steve Spacek - The cycle
Dur Dur Band - Heelo

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist January 12

Sulata - Never
Riot Jazz Brass Band - HudMo medley
Lance Ferguson - Smokey Joes La La
Preston Love - Omaha Bar-B-Que
Lou Pride - Phoney people
Patrizia and Jimmy - Trust your child
Wild Magnolias  -Soul soul soul
The Dap-Kings - Nervous like me
Dixie Cups - Iko Iko
Betty Harris - Mean man
James Brown - Take some, leave some
Geno Washington - Different strokes
Barbara Acklin - Aint no love
Aretha Franklin - Rough lover
Donnie Elbert - Sweet baby
Little Esther - Hound dog
Billy Stewart - Billy's blues pt1
Melvin Jackson - Funky skull
Oliver Sain - London express
Bernard Edwards  -Your love is good to me
Peaches & Herb - Roller skatin' mate pt1
Pointer Sisters - Thinking of you
Ardijah - Give me your number
Shannon - Give me tonight (dub version)
Audiosauce - Bee bo
Supergroove - Bloody shame (DLT remix)
Aaradhna - Keep my cool
Delroy Wilson - Get ready (12" mix)
Jo Jo Bennett - Canteloupe rock
Instigators - Five-o
Dub Connection - Mike quality
Ballistic Bros - Prophecy reveal
Lance Ferguson - Am I wrong

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Ring The Alarm playlist January 5

Massive Attack - Weather the storm
Freddie Cruger - Something good
Boozoo Bajou with Top Cat - Killer
Rae and Christian with The Congos - Hold us down (Groove Corp remix)
Roy Ayers - Running away (12" version)
Galaxy - Visions of tomorrow
Lonnie Givens - The heat is on
Beside with Bernard Fowler - Odeon (dance mix)
Pete Shelley - Homosapien (12" elongated dancepartydubmix)
Sheila E - Love Bizarre
Jill Jones - For love
Clarence Wheeler and the Enforcers - Hey Jude
Arlean Brown - Impeach me baby
Lonnie Mack - Memphis
Phil Upchurch Combo - You can't sit down pt1
Bo Diddley - She's fine, she's mine
Keil Isles - Monkey stomp
IQU - Witchcraft
King Kapisi - Subcranium feeling inst
Ladi6 - Royal blue (Silent Jay, Sensible J and Leigh Fisher remix)
Isaac Aesili with Aaradhna - With you in my bed
Julien Dyne - Design
Karl Hector and the Malcouns - Push na ya
Y-Bayani - We are the Band of enlightenment, reason and love
Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra - Crosstown traffic
Issa Bagayogo - Filaw (Senor Oz remix)

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Y-Bayani new single out Jan 11




From Philophon: "With his third single release, Y-Bayani (pronounced like Why-Bayani) shows clearly that he is the most intriguing roots-reggae sensation coming out of Ghana.

Here, he’s backed again by the lushly grooving Band of Enlightenment, Reason and Love.


‘Asembi Ara Amba’, sung in Fanti language, is an old Fanti story about having bad luck if you see a vulture up in the sky.

As Y-Bayani sees one suddenly and for no reason he gets in trouble with the police. Being held back in the police station he finally takes his chance to escape into freedom while the police men taking a nap.


On ‘We Are The Band of Enlightenment, Reason And Love’ the group presents their personal anthem. The song is a cinematic journey, taking off with a mighty horn theme, followed by a mantric chant. A bijou symphony for sure."


Out January 11th on 7" vinyl/digital.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist December 29

MAW - Zoe
Lukid - Fela
Diabolical Liberties - Beg friend
Lord Echo with Lisa Tomlins - Creator has a master plan
Ella Fitzgerald - Sunshine of your love (Groove Corp remix)
African Head Charge - Off the beaten track
Horace Andy - Cuss cuss (RSD dub)
Estere  - Cruel  Charlie
Troy Kingi - Golden shoes
Marvin Gaye - Praise
Breakstra - Show you the way
Idris Mohammed - Don't knock my love
Honeydrippers - Impeach the president
Chairmen of the Board - Pay to the piper
The Esquires - Get on up
Ann Sexton - Let's huddle up, let's cuddle up
Bobby McClure - Doing it rite on time
Barbara Lynn - Don't be cruel
Archie Bell and the Drells - Jammin' in Houston
Uncle Louie - Full tilt boogie
Cherelle with Alexander O'Neal - Saturday love
Kraftwerk - The telephone call remix
Heaven 17  -We don't need this fascist groove thang
Nona Hendryx - Keep it confidential
Solephonic - What's your style?
Opensouls - Stickmen inst
DJ Vee with Mighty Asterix - Neva mind
Cave Circles  - My heart is a beating drum

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist December 22

Paul McCartney - Check my machine
Orange Juice - Rip it dub (Dicky Trisco edit)
Futura 2000 with The Clash - The escapades of Futura
Eric B and Rakim - I know you got soul
Grand Wizard Theodore and the Fantastic Romantic 5 - Can I get a soul clapp
Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - 1 Thing
Dur Dur Band  -Yabaal
Dengue Dengue Dengue - Semillero
Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids - Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba
The Diabolical Liberties - Omar's deliverance
Troy Kingi - Time lapsium gangtasium
Khruangbin - People everywhere (still alive)
Julien Dyne with Ladi6 - Hours
Arthur Jackson  -The philosophy of chop funk pt2
Charles Wright - You are the one for me
Arelan Brown - Impeach me baby
Aretha Franklin - Won't be long
Look at my soul with Rueben Ramos - Boogaloo en Monterey
Inez Andrews - I hear music
Bobby Bland - Sad feeling
Five Stairsteps and Cubie - Little young lover
Shogun Orchestra - Sword of doom
Leonard Charles - Neil's rainbow
Lewis McCallum with Deva Mahal - Take a step back
DLT - Black panthers
Team Dynamite with Che Fu - Coconut lime
Katchafire - Rude girl (Macro and HSD jungle mix)

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist December 15

Grover Washington Jr - Masterpiece
Johnny Hammond  - Tell me what to do
Ramsey Lewis - African boogaloo twist
Dr Tree - Eugino D
O'Donel Levy - Marbles
Charles Mingus - II B S (RZA remix)
El Michels Affair - 4th chamber
Tina Turner - Whole lotta love
People's Choice - I likes to do it
Booker T and the MGs - Day tripper
Freddie Scott - You got what I need
Charles Bradley  -No time for dreaming
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Aint no chimneys in the projects
James Brown - Santa Claus goes straight to the ghetto
Funk Machine - Soul Santa pt1
Concept Neuf - The path (Sofrito edit)
Les Difficiles de petion vile - Fe'm comnfiance (Tropical treats edit)
Owiny Sigoma Band - Nabed nade ei piny ka f
Cesaria Evora - Angola (Pepe Braddock mix)
Mala - Como como
Rhythm and Sound with Sugar Minott - Let Jah love come
Beat Pharmacy with Spaceape - Ghostship
Fat Freddys Drop - Mother mother (Theo Parrish translation)
Moodymann - I can't kick this feelin' when it hits

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist December 1

Chaka Khan - I feel for you
Womack and Womack - Teardrops
Gwen Guthrie - Peanut butter (12" version)
Lizzie Mercier Desloux - Lady o'kpele
Magic Fever - Magic circle express
Eric Lau - Final chance
The PutBacks - In the dirt
Bill Doggett  -Pimento
Len Barry - Bullseye
Jr Walker - Shake and fingerpop
The Magic Tones - Together we shall overcome
O'Jays - 992 arguments
Ann Peebles - Beware
James Brown - Aint it funky now
The Delegates - Pygmy pt1
Idris Mohammed - Express yourself
The Meters - Chug chug chug-a-lug
Little Sister - Stanga
Paper Tiger with Steve Spacek - The cycle
Recloose - Solomon's alive
War - Cisco kid
Salmonella Dub - Platetechtonics (Groove Corp remix)
Unitone Hifi - Sneeze off
International Observer - We know
Beastie Boys - Don't play no game that I can't win
Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - Hoola hoop
iZem and K.O.G. - Change (inst)
Julien Dyne with Ladi6  - Hours
Avantdale Bowling Club - Quincy's march
Shogun Orchestra - Sato san
Mike Fabulous - There's something about Africa

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Paper Tiger x Steve Spacek




Having previously collaborated with the likes of Shafiq Husayn, Chester Watson and Foreign Beggars, electronic space funk outfit Paper Tiger return from an explorative journey to the dark edges of the cosmos with their long-awaited third album ‘Rogue Planet’.

‘The Cycle’ (the first single to be lifted from this new offering) features the unmistakeable vocal stylings of the legendary Steve Spacek.

The single officially arrives on November 30 via Wah Wah 45s, and backed up by b-side cut, "Quick Wash," and a remix of "The Cycle" by Shy One.

K.O.G a.k.a Kweku of Ghana and Moroccan/French beatmaker iZem drop single




"Pura Vida Sounds, the brand new imprint set up by GUTS, presents Change, a collaboration between the Ghanaian singer K.O.G a.k.a Kweku of Ghana and the Moroccan/French beatmaker iZem a.k.a In Ze Early Morning. The meeting between the Ghanaian singer and the French beatmaker is not a story of acronyms but rather of a fruitful venture between two expatriates who, from their new found homes, capture perfectly their surrounding vibrations.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist, born in Accra (Ghana), resident in Sheffield (UK), K.O.G is constantly innovating. Leader of his own monstrous afro funk band K.O.G and The Zongo Brigade (see them at Transmusicales 2018 and album on Heavenly Sweetness March 2019) and lead vocalist for Onipa, K.O.G is a creative force, relentlessly touring and collaborating across a range of styles, from afro funk to house, dancehall and reggae to jungle, with forthcoming releases with Afriquoi (UK), Umoja (Netherlands), Jus Now (Trinidad/UK), Congo Natty (UK/Jamaica) and more.

Guitar-schooled in Spain, it is in Brazil and Argentina that iZem collaborated on multiple projects before landing in Dublin, behind two turntables and a mixer and finally ending up in Lisbon. After his first album, released by Soundway Records, the French and Moroccan beatmaker maintains his permanent connection with Portuguese-speaking music from South America and Africa. iZem and K.O.G are two connoisseurs of sound, experience and experimentation, that have previously collaborated with Nina Miranda (Smoke City), State of Mind, Riddimtion and Selekta Chestar."

Out now, on 7"/digital

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Conch vinyl popup on Dec 8th



The Conch Pop Up Record Shack returns in time for Xmas on Sat 8th Dec. New & 2nd hand vinyl from  Stinky Jim, Dusty Crates, The Other Crate & Cian. Kicks off 10am thru til 4pm...... Cash only.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist November 24



100% kiwi music today cos BaseFm is rocking out at Grey Lynn Park Festival with a cool local showcase...

Scratch22 - Shivani Strut
DLT with Billy TK - Duel of the assassins
Opensouls - Rise up pt 1
Isaac Aesili with Iva Lamkum - Chemistry
Alphabethead - Buzz
Mara TK - Run
Quincy Conserve - Same old feeling (Peter Mac edit)
Prince Tui Teka - Heed the call
Billy TK and Powerhouse - Move on up pts1&2
Lewis McCallum - Fly or die
Mark de Clive Lowe - Melodious funk
Nathan Haines with Sonny Sagala - Lady J (video mix)
Unification  -Guru
Salmonella Dub - Problems (Sonsine dat little thing dub)
Dam Native - Behold my kool style
Che Fu - Misty frequencies (Manuel Bundy remix)
Tha Feelstyle - Su'amalie
Bic Runga  - Something good (Submariner mix with Tha Feelstyle)
Julien Dyne - What you say
Tubbs with Dallas - Five day night (Fat Freddys Drop remix)
Unitone Hifi with Bobbylon - Turn around
The Yoots - Me he manu rere
Maori Hifive - Poi poi
Patea Maori Club -  Ngoi ngoi
Snap - Sidewalk city (dance mix)
Houseparty - Dangerous love (dance mix)
Sandy Mill - Light of day

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist November 17

William Onyeabor - Atomic bomb
Hugh Masekela - Don't go lose it baby
Kid Creole and the Coconuts - Mister Softee
Trouble Funk - Drop the bomb
Prince Charles and the City Beat Band - Rise
Lord Julien - Shades
Betty Davis - Anti love song
Timmy Thomas - Opportunity
The Emotions - I like it
Dusty Springfield - Stay awhile
Jimmy Hughes - Slippin' around with you
Barbara Lynn - You're losing me
Stovall Sisters - Yes to the Lord
Soul Brothers Six - Thank you baby for loving me
Larry Laster - Go for yourself
Esther Phillips - Just say goodbye
Roy Ayers - Boogie back
Gil Scott Heron - The revolution... (Tahira rework)
Nomo - Nova
Lee Dodou and the Polyversal Souls - Basa basa
Tony Allen - No discrimination
Oscar Sulleys Nzele Soundz - Bukom
Jimi Tenor - Mystery spot
Estelle and Joni Rewind - Uptown top ranking
General Levy - Champagne body
Freestylers and Navigator - Ruffneck
Ragga Twins - Spliffhead
Che Fu and the Krates - E Tu