DJ Ian Head – Summer Madness / Travel Jazz

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After years of digging deeply into crates and crafting original and eclectic mixtapes for listeners worldwide, DJ Ian Head delivers his own limited edition vinyl release. The a-side covers the slow funk classic “Summer Madness” while the b-side is a more upbeat and soulful composition, “Travel Jazz.”

Limited to 200 copies, the record is pressed on clear vinyl with a unique hand-stamped cover.

Buy this Limited Edition 7″ Vinyl now on DJ Ian Head’s Bandcamp Page

Muhsinah – M

Muhsinah is back with a new 4 track ep, sounding very nice.
Check it out and get a free download link by signing up to the newsletter.

www.muhsinah.com

I am so happy to return with a brand new set of songs I like to call simply, M.
M is a sonic mood-ring, made in 5 days of solitude in my Virginia home. My birthday was coming so I wanted to celebrate and express every part of myself by writing some new songs, and making artwork to accompany it.

Everything you see and hear was made by me, with love.
It’s personal, it’s true, it’s me. I hope you enjoy it as much I do.

From my heart to yours,
Muhsinah

Kid Dyno – Frantic 45s

After his fantastic guest post a few weeks ago, Kid Dyno of the Daily Diggers is back with a new mix. Frantic 45s… Check it out.

Another 45 minute selection of funky 45s. I called this one Frantic 45s because of the nature in which these records were pulled from the 7″ crates one evening whilst doing a million other things at the same time. Who says men cannot multitask eh? There’s a real mixture of artists and genres here, and it’s not the usual break heavy stuff I tend to play. But it’s all good music so please enjoy.

Submerse – Slow Waves

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Slow Waves is a collection of multi-layered memories, stacked like grainy polaroids in an old box in the closet or under the bed while the colours fade. A young Rob at the beach or on his first day of grammar school. Images of travels across Europe and Japan, moments slipping in trains or planes while landscapes pass by. Memories so unique to his life, yet so similar to the fading memories of youth and adolescence we all have…
After a series of well acclaimed EP’s, each of them created at very specific moments in the artists life, Submerse took the time and sat down to reflect and convert all these memories into his first full length album on Project: Mooncircle.

Slow Waves will be available worldwide on July 27. on limited double vinyl, limited handmade and handpainted cassette edition (both including download code) as well as a limited edition CD including a bonus track via flau records in Japan.

You can pre-order the album now on the Project Mooncircle Bandcamp

The Story of Lenis Guess

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One of the most celebrated musicians who contributed to “The Norfolk Sound” was multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and label owner Lenis Guess. Born on February 27th, 1940, Lenis was entertaining his family at an early age. By the time he was seventeen he joined a vocal group called the Blue Beards and started entering talent shows. Inspired by his talent show success, he decided to pursue a recording career.

In 1966 he signed a contract to record his first release with Frank Guida. The single, “Working For My Baby” b/w “Just Ask Me” (SPQR 1002) would become the record that really launched the long career of Lenis. He would oversee Guida’s operation for the following three years and continued releasing 45s on Guida’s many labels. In 1969 he founded D.P.G. Records along with Kenneth Deal, a recording artist and George Perkins, a club owner. Tragically, Kenneth Deal was killed in a car accident shortly after releasing “What Have You Heard” b/w “Clown Suit” (D.P.G. 1006) under his stage name Terry Sinclair. Guess and Perkins continued releasing 45s of local talent though, most notably Sir Guy & his Rocking Cavaliers.

In 1970, after Perkins and Guess parted over artistic differences, Lenis and gifted engineer Dorsey “Brock” Brockington opened up their own recording studio, Brockington & Guess, in Norfolk, Virginia. They had an in-house band called Raw Soul which consisted of Barry Saunders (guitar), Maurice Glass (bass) and Grover “Groove” Everett (drums). All three were still teenagers at the time the group was assembled. The three matured into a tight unit and started backing some of Virginia’s finest vocalists including Barbara Stant, Lee Fields, Debbie Taylor, Shirley Johnson, and many more.

The partnership of Brock and Guess ended in 1978. Lenis ran the studio on his own through its final years and eventually signed for a few releases with two major record companies, Polydor Records and Brunswick Records. Feeling he had done about all he could do in Virginia, Lenis then moved to New York to continue his professional career there. Having learned from Frank Guida and Dorsey Brockington, Lenis was ready to start his own studio in New York City, which he still operates today.

This compilation will be available on double-gatefold vinyl (incl. full album download code), cd and digital through Tramp Records

Listen to snippets below.

Tumi Mogorosi – Project Elo

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When Tumi Mogorosi composed this suite for jazz musicians and opera vocalists he had never heard the previous successful attempts by Donald Byrd, Max Roach or Mary Lou Williams to combine these seemingly ‘unfriendly’aesthetics. Tumi, born in 1987 and already an accomplished drummer on the Jo’Burg scene, was at the time studying music at the Tshwane University of Pretoria where he became close friends with opera singers working on the same campus. So unlike some of his US peers Tumi’s beliefs are not ‘religious’.

Surprisingly, Tumi’s suite wasn’t influenced by these great elders’ masterpieces, but anyone who listens to this album will agree that the suite encaptures the soaring spirituality that made these experiments of the ’60s the beloved classics that they are today. Tumi does not belong to any religious group. This album is neither a jazz mass like Mary Lou William’s Black Christ of the Andes, nor a compilation of devotional pieces like Donald Byrd’s Christo Redentor. Project Elo stands for Project Elohim, the angelic entities of the spiritual scriptures which are in the drummer’s philosophy, a symbol for accomplished human beings. The spirituality the album conveys is attuned to a 21st century syncretic, non dogmatic vision infused with esotericism. Recorded live with no overdubs in two days by a group of friends, this album captures a moment of Eternity and will defy any idea you may have of what South African jazz is. Tumi’s music transcends labels and styles. When composing or playing he is only concerned with being true to the primodial source of life, which cannot be confined to any genre.

Available on 30/06/2014 on Vinyl and CD through Jazzman Records

Rabbi Darkside – Prospect Avenue

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Rabbi Darkside’s Prospect Avenue Album available as a free download today! Here’s what he has to say:

Prospect Avenue turns 1 year old today and in honor of the anniversary I’m offering the digital version of the album for “Name Your Price” on Bandcamp today only! Anybody who hasn’t scooped it, here’s your chance. Yeah, you can drop $0.00 on it, and that’s cool cause if you’re seeing this message I want the album in your ears regardless. But remember the important value of that direct music consumer to artist dollar ($10 is what I make from about 10,000 Spotify plays…)

So go ahead, grab a free download or pay whatever you want. But be quick, this will only be a free download today!

Rabbi Darkside – Prospect Avenue

dust and grooves london book launch party

for those who couldn’t attend any of the dust and grooves record book launch parties like myself, here’s a live recording from the launch party in london.
a 5 hour dj set featuring: ollie teeba (the herbaliser), dj food (ninja tune), jonny trunk, colleen murphy (classic album sundays), dom servini (wah wah 45s), kid dyno (daily diggers) and sheila b. (cha cha charming)

drum breaks on 45: a guest post by kid dyno from daily diggers

www.dailydiggers.com has been one of my favourite blogs / sites from the day I stumbled upon it in 2007.
We all started our blogs around the same time, Fleamarket Funk, Daily Diggers, HeavySoulBrutha’s Put The Needle On The Record etc.
But sometime last year the posts stopped and I was disappointed to see another blog close it’s doors.
A few weeks ago I asked Dom aka Kid Dyno if he would be interested in doing a few guest posts on my site, since he wasn’t posting on Daily Diggers anymore.
We thought about a few things and since we both love our 45s, what better than doing a special Drum Breaks On 45s post !?
Thanks again to Dom for the guest post but more so for the great content on Daily Diggers through the years. Here we go:

It’s been just over a year since I posted up on my own website www.dailydiggers.com, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve no longer been knee deep in records since I went on that hiatus. Quite the opposite in fact – old habits die hard.
So when Mike at This Is Tomorrow asked me drop a guest post on here I was eager to get involved, and what better way than to drop a few of my drum breaks on 45. Here’s goes….

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THE FIREBIRDS – “Soul Sonata” on EXCELLO RECORDS

 

This is quite a sleeper of a record in my opinion. I don’t ever recall anyone playing it to me or even referring to it. But I’m sure many of the hardest diggers have got this in their stash already. If you were to walk in a record shop and catch the middle portion of this record you would assume it’s some lounge type groove or the kind of music you’d expect to hear in a hotel foyer. However, pull the needle back to the intro and KAPOWWW you got some super funky Pete Rock Mecca-esque drums! If you can bear with the melancholy verse then you are rewarded with a funky breakdown of drums and bass with guitar licks, dirty enough to make any self respecting b-boy or B-girl get down.

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THE SOUL ROCKERS – “Soul for Sale” on BUDDHA RECORDS

 

The title “soul for sale” has stuck in my mind for some years, and I think it may have been my old friend DJ SKYE who put me up on this record, but I cannot be certain. So on a fairly recent mission I spotted this record by THE SOUL ROCKERS with the very same title. I am not a Soul music buff by any means so I took a blind gamble and hoped this was the record I needed. I was handsomely rewarded when I returned home to find some chunky drums at the beginning. BINGO! This was the joint I was looking for. With that combination of artist name and song title this record had to be funky …. it just goes to show a title, label, or even message on the label is enough sometimes to give you the right clues.

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MARK HOLDER – “Mixed Up Cup” on DERVIA RECORDS

 

I’ve owned the 45 of CLYDE McPHATTER’s “Mixed Up Cup” for some years now, and I have always been mesmerised by the sound of the pouring water over the sparse drum break. If you don’t know the track already then have a listen on youtube and you will understand where I am coming from. Anyway, I recently took a trip to ELDICA RECORD shop in Dalston run by Andy Westbury and whilst browsing a pile of freshly stocked 45s I spotte the title “mixed up cup”. This record however was a reggae 45 and my knowledge of reggae music is even less than my piss poor knowledge of soul music. I asked Andy if this cheapy record had the same water pouring noise over the drums and he confirmed. That’s good enough for me!

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SIMON PARK – “Barracuda” on BBC RECORDS

 

This track also features on a DE WOLFE LIBRARY record called “The Great Day” and is credited to PETER RENO. Although before I knew this I had found this BBC 45 in an East London record boutique for less than a fiver. That day I was sensible enough to have taken my portable, and I nearly blew my head gasket when I heard the intro on this little gem of a record. When the flute came in I quickly paid for the record with my spare change and disappeared into the night feeling like I had just stolen the crown jewels. This is pure library heat condensed onto the 45 format – a great record to play out, but surprisingly hard to find despite being on the very common BBC record label.

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JAMES SPENCER – “Take This Woman Off The Corner” on MEMPHIS RECORDS

 

A favourite drum break 45 of mine, these drums are thick and snappy with a subtle little bassline running underneath. I also have a version of this record by another group but I forget the artist right now. The latter version has been sampled by someone in the leftfield hip hop zone, but again the artist escapes me. I don’t know however if the JAMES SPENCER version has been sampled by anyone, so if anyone knows please get in touch. To make up for that, here’s a short video of me cutting up doubles a few year back…..

Enjoy!
peace

Dom

d.i.t.c. – the remix project

Slice Of Spice & DITC Ent. present a collaboration of ongoing vinyl releases, including the D.I.T.C. Crew, Showbiz & A.G., and MORE…
Get yourselves over to the new D.I.T.C. website, get registered, and download the full album FOR FREE! The CD & EXCLUSIVE Apparel Bundles are also available and NOW SHIPPING!! ditcent.com
For those seeking the vinyl, subscribe to the Slice Of Spice mailing list to receive pre-order info as soon as it goes live.

D.I.T.C. The Remix Project is now available as a free download

essa – the misadventures of a middle man

First Word Records proudly presents ‘The Misadventures Of A Middle Man’, the new album from Essa. Despite being a firm fixture in UK rap for over a decade, this will be Essa’s first full-length since 2006’s ‘Grown Man Business’ with DJ Mr Thing.

With an enviable roster of producers including Waajeed, Eric Lau, Tall Black Guy, Ta-Ku, Budgie and Flako, the musical backdrop reflects Essa’s broad outlook, with elements of neo-soul, latin, afro-beat, electronica, spoken word and of course hip-hop. Essa sums it up neatly on key track ‘The Middle Man':

“When you stand in the middle there’s a hell of a view, and all I want to do is share it with you”

Essa – The Misadventures Of A Middle Man will be released as limited vinyl, cd and digital and is available for pre-order here

lil dap & lewis parker – code of silence

New music from Lil Dap, member of the legendary Group Home along with the other half of the duo, Melachi the Nutcracker. Group Home came to prominence as members of the Gang Starr Foundation in the early 90’s. Lil’ Dap made his rhyming debut on Gang Starr’s classic Daily Operation on the song “I’m the Man”. Both members appeared on Gang Starr’s critically acclaimed effort Hard to Earn, on the tracks “Speak Ya Clout” and “Words from the Nutcracker”. In 1995, the group released its debut album, Livin’ Proof. The album was very well received and is entirely produced by DJ Premier. A second album, A Tear for the Ghetto was released in 1999.

Since then, little has been heard of the group. Lil’ Dap released a solo single, “Brooklyn Zone”, in 2001, and guested on several other releases. As of 2007, Lil’ Dap became an independent artist. Now Lil Dap is back with a 12” single on KingUnderground/World of Dusty Vinyl. It’s entirely produced by “The Man with the Golden Sound” Lewis Parker, and indeed it’s a golden sound. The record features 3 joints including a remix and instrumentals to all the songs and an accapella.

available for pre-order here

j. dilla x de la soul – smell the d.a.i.s.y. instrumentals

don’t get me wrong, i love records, record shops and everything about vinyl. but this is why i don’t like record store day. releasing something limited is cool, but when there’s people buying stuff only to sell it for ridiculous money on ebay later, i don’t get it…
i love de la soul, i love dilla, but this is plain wrong…
so for all the people here are the instrumentals

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