Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lady Wray - Queen Alone album out soon

Lady Wray LP cover

Big Crown Records is proud to present the debut solo album from Lady Wray, "Queen Alone". Produced by Leon Michels (El Michels Affair) & Thomas Brenneck (Menahan St Band, Dapkings). Out 23 Sept.

"...In 2013, Nicole paired up with London vocalist Terri Walker and released the album Lady. On Truth & Soul Records, Nicole and Terri had a backdrop supplied by the same musicians that helped make Aloe Blacc a global smash and Lee Fields a household name. Pitchfork said of the LP: “The singers clearly relish the opportunity to indulge in a little comfort food soul, resulting in an infectiously fun set with broad, cross-generational appeal.”

Once again, Nicole was tested. Terri parted ways with the group to pursue her own projects shortly after the album’s release–despite rave reviews and upcoming travel dates. Nicole could’ve stopped as well. Instead, she carried the Lady project herself, show to show, town to town. In the face of frustration and decisions beyond her control, Nicole stepped up and took charge. She knew that she could make this happen.

The Lady project allowed Nicole to showcase her impeccably strong and unique voice as well as her succinct poetic prowess for song writing. She found herself renewed and in a realer place, a place where success and frustration honed her talent and drive. She wasn’t just a singer anymore—she was tapping into something altogether different..."

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Olympians debut LP, out Oct 28

The Olympians, led by vibes/keyboardist Toby Pazner, drop their debut soon on Daptone, sounds sweet. 

Their early couple of singles came out back in 2008/09 on Truth and Soul: "Toby Pazner, long time keyboard/vibe player on many T&S releases, has come into his own and delivered a sweet little 45 under the band name, The Olympians. The 45 represents Pazner's musical aesthetic and features El Michels on horns and other members of the NY funk elite from bands such as The Dap Kings, Antibalas and Menahan Street Band...  Recorded in his bedroom on a Tascam 388, The Olympians give us that gritty yet sweet sound that can only from NY. Pazner has been hard at work cranking out a plethora of goodness and this is just a taste of what is coming from The Olympians." 

The Olympians self-titled debut album, featuring members of The Dap-Kings, Lee Fields & the Expressions, and Menahan Street Band, is out on October 28th. Pre-order now:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mark de Clive Lowe: Bluenote remixed

Fresh biz from expat Mark de Clive Lowe: "Armed with a crateful of classics from Blue Note Records’ genre-defining years, Mark de Clive-Lowe has created a live-remix mixtape weaving from jazz to hip hop classics, to underground house and broken beat. 

Recorded and improvised live in one take, MdCL deploys his drum machine, sample pads, Rhodes and keyboards on-the-fly bringing unique perspective to moments created decades earlier by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Duke Ellington, and Donald Byrd. 

From reminiscing samples that we fell in love with through A Tribe Called Quest and J Dilla, to reimagining sax great Joe Henderson riding a broken-afro electronic frenzy, MdCL paints his own vision of what Blue Note means to him.

With guest cameos from rappers Bambu, John Robinson and Illa J, Inglewood CA- singer Nia Andrews, bass master Pino Palladino and rare collaborations with infamously elusive saxophonist Nomad Pendergrass."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, September 17

Bajka - Invisible joy
Gene Dudley Group - Tiger Jaw (Wrongtom dub)
Black harmony - Don't let it go to your head
Tommy McCook - KT88
Augustus Pablo - Dub organiser
Winston King Cole - Black magic woman
The Tennors - Ride your donkey
Lord Echo feat Mara TK - Put it in my head
Sola Rosa - Promise (Scratch 22 remix)
Boyz II Men - Thank you (Untouchable mix)
Dam Native - Behold my kool style
Lalo Schifrin - Enter the dragon theme
JDs and the Evils dynamite band - Haaa-sheesh
Eddy Mitchell - Hard to handle
The Mar-keys - Honey pot
Jimmy Hughes - What side of the door
The Shaladons - We can do it
The Ringleaders - Grin and bare it
Lily Fields - Changes
The Playboys - Bumpin bus stop pt1
Bill Withers - You got the stuff
New Mastersounds - Witness
Pepe Braddock - Peer pressure
Calibro35 - Across 111th sun
Mr Chop - TROY
Billy Karaitiana - Cool jerk
Howard Morrison - Keep on running
Massive Attack - Spying glass
Coldcut - Man in a garage (King Jammy mix)
Dele Sosimi - Na my turn (Prince Fatty and Nostaliga77 dub)
Prince Buster - Sit and wonder
The Jamaicans - Ba ba boom time
Jackie Mittoo - Earthquake

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hannah Williams single, plus new album coming

"Hannah Williams announces the new album "Late Nights & Heartbreak" and the first single "Tame in the Water".

Record Kicks proudly presents "Tame in the Water" the first single taken from the new album "Late Nights & Heartbreak" by UK's soul hurricane Hannah Williams that is available from today for streaming on Bandcamp.

Recorded at Quatermass Studio in London - the HQ of the British cult band The Heliocentrics, -"Late Nights & Heartbreak" has been produced by legendary UK drummer and producer Malcolm Catto.

So a new producer and a new life for Hannah; who is also now backed by the Affirmations, her new super tight band from Bristol - who will be touring the record too. The musicianship has ramped up several gears since Hannah's first album; bringing a welcome flare of excellence which punctuates Hannah's heartbreaking vocals and embraces Malcolm's tight and unique touch. A vivid example is the first extract "Tame in the Water", a percussive psychedelic stormer that is just a small appetizer of what to expect."

 "Tame in the Water"  single out 23 September. "Late Nights & Heartbreak" album out 11 November (2LP | CD | DIGITAL) on Record Kicks

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, September 10

Rusty Bryant - Fire eater
Nicole Willis and the soul investigators - One in a million
The Originals - Goodnight Irene
Little Tommy - Baby can't you see
Durand Jones and the Indications - Smile
Alice Clark - Never did I stop loving you
Anthony Joseph - Neckbone
Sound dimension - Real rock
The Frightnrs - Nothing more to say
Hortense Ellis - Woman of the ghetto
Patti Labelle - Most likely you go your way...
Dillard and Boyce - Back on the block
Smokey Robinson - Big time theme
Oliver Sain - London express
Misha Panfilov Sound Combo - Oliver robotron
The JBs - Gimme some more
Penny and the quarters - You and me
John Edwards Singers - New burying ground
Frightnrs - Hey Brother
Heptones - Give me the right
Butch Cassidy sound system - Cissy strut
Phillis Dillion - Rocksteady
Amnesty - Trouble will remain (Truth and soul remix)\
Aaradhna - Drunken heart, smokey mind
Opensouls - Stickmen
Quincy Conserve - That same feeling (Peter Mac edit)
Prince Tui Teka - Let's stay together
Ether - Biera
Dele Sosimi - You no fit touch am (dub)

Friday, September 09, 2016

RIP Prince Buster

From The Guardian:

"It was boxing ability as much as musical talent that helped Prince Buster become a key figure in the birth of Jamaican ska music. During the mid-1950s Buster, who has died aged 78, sang in a number of small-time bands in the island’s capital, Kingston.

But he also had a promising career as a street fighting boxer, and it was his reputation as a quick-witted and assertive gang leader that brought him to the attention of the legendary Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, operator of the famous Downbeat sound system that travelled the country playing the latest dance records from the United States.

Coxsone took Buster on as a security guard-cum-personal helper, and the young man used the experience to learn all he could about the fledgling Jamaican music business...

He was the first Jamaican to have a top 20 hit in Britain – with Al Capone in 1965 – toured the country regularly to sell-out crowds, and appeared on Ready Steady Go in 1964. It was also in Britain that he converted to Islam and changed his name to Mohammed Yusef Ali after a meeting with the boxer Muhammad Ali..."

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Electric Wire Hustle album release live shows....

"We're excited to announce the release of our new album, The 11th Sky, on September 30th. You can preorder the album now and each preorder will also receive new single 'Go Slow' instantly.

Continuing on with the surreal storytelling first seen on the Aeons EP, The 11th Sky shows an act further pushing the boundaries of conventional genres, and their own sound. Electronic beats, smooth vocals, and driving synths are punctuated throughout a release which features Mara TK at his strongest.

Expanding on their psychedelic/soul-sound, the album is best described as “David Lynch meets Motown”. Across nine tracks, the album shows a new evolution to Electric Wire Hustle’s sound, while maintaining the hallmarks which have garnered them critical acclaim and fans across the globe – unique production, and the inimitable voice of Mara TK.

To celebrate the relase, we'll be doing two intimate shows in Auckland and Wellington, and we'd love to see you there. Supported by The Turnaround (AK) and Troy Kingi (WEL), the shows will be our only headlining shows in each city showcasing the album.

Saturday October 1 - Neck of the Woods, Auckland
w/ The Turnaround
Tickets from Non Stop Tix

Friday October 7 - San Fran, Wellington
w/ Troy Kingi
Tickets from Eventfinda

New Nick Waterhouse biz

New album out Sept 30 from Nick Waterhouse, listen to this cut featuring Leon Bridges... via The Fader:

"Los Angeles singer-songwriter Nick Waterhouse got up with Grammy-nominated soul man Leon Bridges for a burning new cut, "Katchi." It will show up on Waterhouse's forthcoming album Never Twice that's due September 30 on Innovative Leisure. The track was birthed while the pair were enjoying massages in Bridges' hometown of Forth Worth..

Waterhouse told Fader "Leon and I were in Fort Worth hanging out at a friend's place getting massages. He was laying on the table while I strummed the chords, bare chested, he shouted out "she give me KATCHI!"... His mother's old Louisiana Indian term for 'loving touch'. We rode it out and next thing we know we had a straight cruiser."

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Bombathon Record Fair at Southbound Records

A selection of interesting record collectors, selling vinyl! BFM broadcasting live in store with DJ's Pennie Black & Tina Turntables. Coffee & Baking - gold coin donation to the bFM Bombathon Fundraiser.

Come & enjoy - support bFM! 95bFM Bombathon 

Mini Record Fair - Southbound RecordsSaturday - Sept 10th 9am-12 noon

Orchestra Of Spheres new video

"Following the recent release of 'Brothers And Sisters Of The Black Lagoon' on Fire Records. Orchestra Of Spheres reveal new video for 'Trapdoors'.

Teaming up with local Wellington based artists Georgette Brown and Dan Harris, they have produced an entrancing and kaleidoscopic video that captures the surreal and energetic nature of the band."

Brothers And Sisters Of The Black Lagoon on Bandcamp

Monday, September 05, 2016

RIP Stephen O'Hoy

Stephen O'Hoy
Stephen O'Hoy. Photo: Ecostore

I heard the very sad news that Stephen O'Hoy, formerly involved with nz music site Amplifier (from 2004-2013) and DRM NZ, passed away suddenly last Friday, from a brain aneurysm. He was a top bloke and gentleman who loved music. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

O'HOY, Stephen (Choppy). On 2nd September 2016, the world lost a beautiful man before his time. Wife to Rosalind, father to Meelan (5) and Ada (3), son to Win and Dennis, brother to Su and Gary, uncle to many, and friend to 100s. We will miss you forever.

Service details: Tuesday 6th, 1:30pm, All Saints Chapel, Purewa Cemetery, 100 St Johns Road, Meadowbank. Wake to follow at 3:30pm, Grey Lynn RSC, Frances Street. State of Grace 08007647222 Published in The New Zealand Herald on Sept. 5, 2016

ADDED 12 Sept 2016, via IMNZ newsletter:

IMNZ was very saddened to hear of the loss of one of the champions of the NZ music industry recently. At one time a band manager, Australian-born Stephen O'Hoy had been instrumental in the development of digital music in New Zealand, working for and music aggregator Digital Rights Management (DRM). Stephen was a much-loved board member of Independent Music NZ and was integral in the development of our key projects.

Farewell Stephen - you were a diamond geezer and the world is an emptier place without you in it. Haere atu rā, ki te paepae o Matariki, o Rehua, Haere atu rā e hoa.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, September 3

Lonnie Liston Smith - Cosmic echoes
Dele Sosimi - Dance together (dub)
Lightning head - NPG
Zilla Mayes - Calypso blues
Erma Franklin - I get the sweetest feeling
Marvin Gaye - Can I get a witness
Thee Enchantments - I'm in love with your daughter
Johnny Jones and the king casuals - Purple haze
Big Maybelle - I got a feeling
El Michels affair feat The Shacks - No surprise
Massive Attack - Protection
Boozoo Bajou - Night over Manaus
Maxwell Implosion -Tic tac (Nicola Conte remix)
Nuyorican soul - It's alright (MAW remix)
Jocelyn Brown - Somebody else's guy
DLT feat Che Fu - Chains remix
House of Pain - Boom shlack boom
Bergendy - Tramp reszlet (Peter Mac edit)
Risco connection - Aint no stopping us now
Freestylers feat Navigator - Ruffneck
Adrian Sherwood - Moving house
Bajka - The world
Bacao rhythm and steel band - If dog was a doughnut
Charles Bradley - Aint it a sin
James Brown - Funky drummer (DJ Muro remix)
Third coast kings - Ice cream man (45 edit)

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Lee Fields and the Expressions drop Special Night single

Lee Fields.
Lee Fields. Photo by Sesse Lind

Lee Fields and the Expressions just dropped Special Night, the first single off his new album of the same name, out Nov 4 on Big Crown Records, the label now home to nearly all the acts that used to be on Truth and Soul (two of the founders of Big Crown are ex Truth and Soul).

Mr Fields did an interview with Noisey on it, read that here, excerpt below...

Are you excited to be getting new stuff out there again?

"Absolutely, man. Music is what I do and I try to do music that has some sort of value to it. You know, I learned a long time ago that if an artist is really true to their art, they try to do things that will be appreciated for a long period of time. So, I'm very selective of the things that I do so that, in the future, I have as few regrets as possible. Because I think artists must be responsible for what they say and what they do. You know, just chasing a dollar…

I can think of many songs that I think would have sold a lot more records that I ever sold, but I refused to cut them because it's not totally about money. Money has a great deal to do with it, but it's about how you're going to feel 15 years from now, how your family's going to feel about that stuff.

What we say is food for the brain for people. Like, you try to eat the right foods to keep your body healthy; if you eat bad food, chances are the body will become weakened. The same thing about the mind – if you put out things that aren't good for the mind, the mind will become damaged.

So I try to make sure that my words and the things that I say, I believe that it's of good quality. And I'd be hoping that there's a financial reward at the end of it, but I don't put the finance first, you know? It's about the quality of words and what I'm feeding people in their mental psyche.

But yes, I'm very excited about the new stuff. I'm very proud of what I said and I don't see where I would be having any regrets in the future."

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

New single from Bajka


Great new tunes from Bajka (she's as previously released music on Jazzman, Ubiquity, Rebirth and Chinchin Records and worked with Sola Rosa).

"Bajka and Max Weissenfeldt first met each other when they both attended the same school in Munich, Germany. Their first recordings - under the name Goldenes Zeitalter - took place in 1998 and have proven to be a homage to the nowadays beloved spiritual-jazz-vibe in the manner of Alice Coltrane and co. and were released in 2005 by Jazzman Records.

Now, Bajka has found her way back to her musical family and joined Philophon - the right environment for such a unique voice, joining a growing roster of talented artists including: The Polyversal Souls, Roy X, Guy One, Alogte Oho Jonas, Hailu Mergia, Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids, Jimi Tenor and Y-Bayani.

"The World" is driven by the heavyweight drumming of Max, counterpointed by the iridescent voice of Bajka. She reflects the glory of our world by showing the listener through her talent that she in person is for sure part of that glory. On the flip side, "Invisible Joy", Bajka gives her own interpretation of Philophon's own label anthem, which was previously the title track of The Polyversal Souls' celebrated debut album."

Out 9 Sept on Philophon, on 7"/digital