nothing leaves the house

On a Saturday morning at the start of November 2013, First Word Records took 3 of our favourite producers out of London to spend the day browsing through the vinyl shelves of the biggest record nerd we know – the incomparable Mr Thing. This was the culmination of an idea that first manifested itself on Record Store Day 2012. Like most ideas it was a natural conclusion to a conversation about records and music – kidkanevil had expressed a desire to dig through Mr Thing’s sizeable collection for some inspiration. Chatting to Mr Thing it seemed unfair to limit this to only one producer – Tall Black Guy and Eric Lau were top of our wish list. So – a double 7″ (Mr Thing would make a beat too – they are his records after all) in time for Record Store Day 2013 (yes, we’re a year late). There was however one stipulation about the records from the usually mild-mannered Mr Thing:

‘The guys can sample anything they like, but Nothing Leaves The House….’
And who were we to argue…..

The result is four tracks that celebrate our love for record digging, sample chopping and the simple love of a dope beat.

Check the video here:

Check the result here:

dust and grooves – adventures in record collecting book

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I was in NYC the past two weeks, playing 6 gigs, buying records and I also had the chance to pick up a copy of Eilon Paz’s amazing book from the man himself:

Eilon Paz’s 416-page coffee-table book illuminates over 130 vinyl collectors and their collections in the most intimate of environments—their record rooms. With a foreword by the RZA, compelling photographic essays are paired with in-depth interviews to illustrate what motivates record collectors to keep digging for more records.

Readers get an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions as well as a glimpse into the collections of known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. The book is divided into two main parts: the first features 250 full-page photos framed by captions and select quotes, while the second consists of 12 full-length interviews that delve deeper into collectors’ personal histories and vinyl troves.

US Street Date: Record Store Day, April 19, 2014
Worldwide Street Date: May 20, 2014

Check out http://www.dustandgrooves.com/book/ for more info

rock it, don’t stop it compiled by sean p.

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Hip hop and rap are now a dominant force in contemporary music and have constantly adapted to stay relevant, drawing on and absorbing all around them. ‘Rock It… Don’t Stop It!’ goes back over 30 years to their collective big bang moment.

‘Rock It… Don’t Stop It!’ features a selection of forgotten or relatively obscure rap singles from the ’79-‘83 period, universally known as ‘old school’, compiled by Sean P.

Available on Monday on Vinyl, CD and Digital on BBE Music

chris read – small steps

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Yesterday saw the release of Chris Read’s new album ‘Small Steps’ on Breakin Bread records. Info from Breakin Bread:

‘Small Steps’ rounds up the best tracks from Chris’s many popular 7-inch releases for the label, placing them alongside new alternate versions and previously unreleased tracks. Not one to be held back by the restraints of genre classification, Chris’s productions cover a lot of ground, drawing from a palette of found sounds born out of the Hip Hop traditions of hunting for the unusual among the cast aside and forgotten. The resulting album is a gloriously mixed bag of authentic sounding cuts influenced by groove led music from across the globe.

available now on Breakin Bread Records

listen to the preview on Bandcamp

buy the CD here

listen to the Small Steps Promo Mix on Mixcloud

Chris was also a guest on the HBS MUSIC ARCHAEOLOGY Show which you can check out below

lady daisey – in my headphones

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Lady Daisey is set to release her second album, In My Headphones on BBE Music.
Featuring Batsauce on production and George Clinton among others, this album offers the same ingredients that made her debut a worldwide success.

Since the 2010 release of In My Pocket, Lady Daisey’s powerhouse, yet sultry, vocals continue to mesmerize listeners and capture hearts, while Batsauce’s beats and production have become a trademark sound in underground soul / hiphop scenes around the globe. The dynamic duo has continued their musical journey, like a pendulum, swinging between Europe and the United States: touring, traveling, meandering through life planting seeds of positivity and funky vibes.
In My Headphones is Lady Daisey’s latest collection of songs, co-written and produced by Batsauce, channeled directly from their hearts to your headphones.

Lady Daisey – In My Headphones will be out in the coming weeks on BBE Music

patchworks – dedications ep

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Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart is definitely a name to remember if you’re interested in today’s groove Music scene. After playing as a bassist and guitarist for various bands, he started producing in the mid-nineties and has kept on mixing today’s technologies with the raw spirits of House, Electronic, Disco, Funk, Soul & Jazz music’s golden years since then.
Following the trail of success left by his various projects as Patchworks, and under many aliases such as Mr President, Uptown Funk Empire, The Dynamics, Metropolitan Jazz Affair, or Taggy Matcher, he’s proved his musical ubiquity album after album and unexpectedly stroke in various genres. Thus, over the past 15 years, he’s collaborated, amongst others, with labels like Q-Tape, Rotax Disques, Big Single, or Favorite Recordings.
For this new EP, he’s back under the EDR Records’ umbrella, following up to his recent acclaimed EP called “Give My Love” (EDR019) and meanwhile pursuing a comeback to his early love for House music. Many House music diggers over the world would indeed remember that before Favorite Recordings was launched in 2005, Pascal Rioux and Patchworks were famous for their various club hits on the Rotax Disques imprint.
This 4 tracks EP is obviously armed again for killing any dancefloor!! And the entire EP package is clearly infected by some of the best early producers of the genre, such as Chez Damier, Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Kerri Chandler, etc …

check out www.favoriterec.com/artists/mr-president/ for more and / or buy the vinyl 12″ here

the quick brown fox presents: come together with the beatles and friends

ok, forget every single beatles mash-up album you’ve ever heard. this is amazing. but here’s the story:

Fifty years ago today the British invaded the US and changed the course of rock history. In celebration I’ve been working on a musical art project called, “Come Together with The Beatles and Friends” It’s a remix/mashup album that combines the Beatles original vocals with a multitude of cover versions from fellow artists spanning the last 50 years. Basically, I sat down and hit play on everything at once. With a little editing and finesse this is what popped out. Listen to what’s old in a new way, sing along, and share it with your parents. Sincerely, Jeff Drew (The Quick Brown Fox)

The Incredible Bongo Band – Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition 180 Gram Vinyl

Mr. Bongo are set to re-release the two classic albums by The Incredible Bongo Band, as Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition 180 Gram Vinyl.

For the first time since its release in 1973: a genuine, bona fide reissue of the classic record which became a foundation of rap and popular music, packaged as it would have been seen on the shelves in 1973. Reproduced on heavyweight 180g vinyl and in top-quality Japanese sleeves.

Re-released for the first time since 1974, this is the sequel to the classic 1973 ‘Bongo Rock’, which became a foundation of rap and popular music, up to the present day. This LP has been sampled by Bentley Rhythm Ace, Fatboy Slim, Macy Gray, Group Home and Koushik. Reproduced on heavyweight 180g vinyl and in top-quality Japanese sleeves.

Buy both albums, on 180 gram Vinyl here:
Bongo Rock
The Return Of

dj ian head – winter

new mix by dj ian head now up on soundcloud and on his excellent site:
everydaybeats.net

Took me a second to get to this one. This winter has been a little hectic, but in a good way: the collision of work with school with travel to see family and friends. In-between, digging and stumbling between crates continues to be a constant. Besides my usual NYC adventures I was back in Portland for a couple weeks, and a quick day of almost getting caught by the polar vortex in Chicago – but still somehow managed to make it to the record store for an hour despite 2 feet of snow and freezing temperatures. This chaos the past couple months, combined with the ice-cold temperatures, has worked to create a bit of a bizarre tape, with more of a “rock” style edge. I tried to keep it eclectic as usual, and give a broad sampling of a few things I’ve dug up these last few weeks. All vinyl. No tracklisting, just holler if you need that science.

I’d also like to say RIP to Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger. Both had a profound effect on the ways I view and listen to music and politics.

I hope everyone is staying warm.

- DJ Ian Head

grap luva – neva done

grap luva is the most underrated producer ever.

With or without purchase of the actual cassette, we invite you to stream / download a full rip of this tape for free (courtesy of Grap Luva & Redefinition Records), ripped via a classic SONY Stereo Cassette Deck, 1986 Model TC-FX420R
The legendary Grap Luva’s Highly sought after and critically acclaimed “Neva Done” is available on cassette for the first time ever!
Buy this cassette tape and many more at www.redefinitionrecords.com/tapes

breakaway – breakaway / straight on to the top

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I’ve never heard of Breakaway before, but most of these songs should work fine on any Dancefloor, even today.

Like most of the Music released in the late 70s, these two lost and forgotten gems have a certain Disco feel, but sometimes you can hear the Rock and Fusion influences shining through.
After the release of Straight On To The Top!, the band entered negotiations with Bang Records in the US, but the A&R department fell apart, and the hopes of a record deal faded…
Remastered from original master tapes by original producer Bill Schulenburg, these two rare sought-after albums, privately pressed and released in 1977 and 1979, will be available again on January 24 through BBE Music on Vinyl, CD and Digital
This exclusive release comes with extensive sleeve notes by Jesper Christiansen – Doctor of Music archaeology; the package also features a wealth of original photos alongside artwork and press cuttings of the period.

jigmastas – the resurge

After a 5 year hiatus from releasing music the Jigmastas are back and ready for a RESURGENCE! The recording has been ongoing over the last decade and an ep entitled “Resurgence” is soon to be released followed by a full length in the fall. The Beyond Real heroes are back!

lack of afro – recipe for love

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A Wide ranging, eclectic and progressive musical outlook has always been the Lack of Afro approach. His latest material follows suit as he harnesses disparate musical styles ranging from funk, soul and hip-hop to create a contemporary yet vintage musical escapade of superb songs.
In 2014 Lack Of Afro comes back super-strong with this brand new single, Recipe For Love (taken from the forthcoming long player Music For Adverts) – his fourth studio album for Freestyle Records.
Featuring Jack Tyson-Charles on vocals, the crisp, foot stomping beat echoes the thrill of all night Northern Soul sessions back in the day, but couples that with an upbeat, hand clapping, feel good melody that is guaranteed to stay playing in your head long after.
The flip side is an instrumental version of Recipe For Love which is 100% exclusive to this single.
Soon the Lack Of Afro 5-piece live band will be touring throughout the UK & Europe. Comprised entirely of multi-instrumentalists, expect a fully interchangeable line-up with the band swapping instruments, sometimes mid-song… a spectacle not to be missed!

Available on Freestyle Records on February 3.

strata records owner and masters in jeopardy

Amir, owner of http://180-proof.com/ and Barbara Cox need your help:

I am writing you to ask for your help, urgently, with something that is very important to me. As many of you know, I recently started a record label http://180-proof.com/ that is gradually releasing the entire catalog of Strata Records, a Jazz label, broadly speaking, founded in Detroit in the late 60s, and active through the 70s. This catalog contains many (mostly, in fact) unreleased gems. And the few titles that were originally released were not done so in great quantity or quality, due to lack of funds. My mission is to give this great music the meticulous and respectful treatment it deserves.

This journey began when I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Cox, the woman who owns Strata records, and the widow of its founder, Kenny Cox, in her home in Detroit in 2011. She agreed to give me the exclusive rights to release the Strata catalog. But now, sadly, Barbara is in imminent danger of losing her home (and unreleased Strata catalog master tapes, which she still owns, with it) if she doesn’t come up with $6700 in real estate taxes by January 20th. She’s 75 years old and living on Social Security. If she loses her house it would be not only a personal tragedy for her, but a great loss for music and the cultural history of Black America.

Strata was much more than a record label. It was a grassroots culture and education collective in Detroit that has a rich legacy. Artists like Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Weather Report and Chick Corea, all worked with Strata in some capacity. For more information on Strata see http://www.scioniqproject.com/guided-tours/strata

I have released three Strata titles on my label so far. But the money I have been able to raise from that for Barbara is not sufficient to cover these expenses. So I am reaching out to you, my friends, fellow lovers of Jazz, record collectors, musicians, djs, and good people in general who I hope can help me to help a friend in need, and preserve important music and history at the same time.

All money raised will go to Barbara Cox. Any amount over the goal of $6700 will be used to protect her (and the Strata masters) from this happening again in the future. Please give whatever you can afford. No amount is too small (or too big!).

Thank you!
Amir

please support if you can, here

the jazz kid – 75 years of blue note

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the jazz kid celebrates blue note’s 75th anniversary with a great mix

Exactly 75 years ago, on January 6, 1939, Alfred Lion recorded two sessions by Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons, thereby building the foundations of Blue Note Records, the most important jazz label of the fifties and sixties, defining both the sound and image of modern jazz – www.bluenote.com

“My first Blue Note record was Horace Silver’s Serenade To A Soul Sister LP. I currently own 148 albums released on the Blue Note label and had a hard time selecting only one hour of music from their incredibly solid catalogue. I hope you’ll like it”

the jazz kid – 75 years of blue note

thanks for the music

Rest In Peace to all the wonderful Musicians that left us in 2013:

Yusef Lateef, Björn J:son Lindh, Herb Geller, Chick Willis, Rex Garvin, Oliver Cheatham, Lou Reed, Frank Wess, Prince Jazzbo, Paul Kuhn, Zulema, George Duke, Donna Hightower, Cedar Walton, JJ Cale, Darondo, Bobby Bland, Chris Kelly, Cedric Brooks, Romanthony, Peter Rauhofer, Ray Manzarek, Don Blackman, Alvin Lee, Phil Chevron, Clarence Burke Jr., Jeff Hanneman, Richie Havens, Chi Cheng, Bobby Smith, Clive Burr, Peter Banks, Bobby Rogers, Tony Sheridan, Donald Byrd, Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner, Cecil Womack, Bobby Bennett…
Tim Dog ?

Thanks for the Music.

I also wanted to thank all of you visiting and supporting my blog / site for the last 8 years!

de gulden snede vol.2

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so many great beat tapes / beat compilations available for free at the moment it’s hard to keep track
here’s another one from ini recordings

In the spirit of unity and art of sharing, we have curated this compilation with immense pleasure as a sound marker in time. With the sun setting on 2013, we invite you all to savor this aural treat. Gulden Snede Vol. II is INI Movement’s 14th release, out on all streaming platforms, downloadable on Bandcamp and Soundcloud for free as of 28th December 2013.

Free Download available on Bandcamp and Soundcloud
De Gulden Snede vol.2

the putbacks – in the dirt

In The Dirt is a teaser from The Putbacks, recorded from the same session where this upcoming 7″ was put down. The record will be The Putbacks featuring Nai Palm on the A with a slamming instrumental on the B!

In The Dirt will be a bonus track with the MP3 download you get with the 7″ when it’s released (a C side?), but it’s also available free from hopestreetrecordings.com and we’ll let you know when the vinyl’s in!

We’re pretty excited about this record.. Hope you are too.

Free Download Here

first word records – two syllables volume ten

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it’s christmas time, so here’s another present for you from the lovely people at first word records.
12 songs, for free, what’s more to say…

Those of you who have been following the label for a few years will know that it’s our tradition to give you, our loyal fans, a Christmas present every year to say thank you for your wonderful support over the preceding 12 months. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that 2013 is no different, and we’re delighted to offer you Two Syllables Volume Ten! We’ve put together 12 tracks that give you a snapshot of where we’re at right now – a mix of favourites from the last year and a couple of exclusive tracks to point you in the direction of where we’ll be going in 2014. Every artist who released something on the label this year is included, with tracks from Teotima, The Fontanelles, Tall Black Guy, Comfort Fit, Frameworks, Yosi Horikawa, Ross McHenry and Souleance. We also have a couple of new tracks from Essa and Riot Jazz Brass Band (look out for more music from both of them in 2014), and tracks from a couple of artists from our extended family in the shape of Sleepin’ Giant and Strangelove. Anyway, enough talking, you can get your hands on this beauty right here. Go on, get clicking!

first word records – two syllables volume ten

wax in wood – handmade record cases

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my friend roger has just started building and selling these amazing wooden 45 record boxes with a friend
if you care about your 45s and want / need a beautiful looking box, this is it
they are not cheap, starting at €140, but these boxes are handmade from scratch using only the finest material

check out www.waxinwood.com now and choose from 3 available sizes: molly – fits 110 records, sally – fits 180 records or big mama – fits 220 records

frank williams rocketeers – you got to be a man

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frank williams released a few sought after 45s including this one and was also known for his record label called saadia
saadia probably has the most awesome catalogue you will ever see, with highly collectible releases by pearl dowell, thunder lightning and rain, little beaver and robert moore just to name a few
you got to be a man was first released on the deep city record label, later released on the phil-la-of-soul label before being re-recorded and re-released on the phil-la-of-soul label with vocals by helene smith