Saturday, July 15, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, July 15



Chakachas - Jungle fever (Greg Wilson edit)
Jimmy Castor -Ham hocks espanol
Bar Kays - Sang and dance
A Different Bag - Lets put it together
Spanky Wilson - Nonstop flight
Gary Davis - The professor is here
Madd Rackett  - Get it
Ernie Hawks and the Soul Investigators - Scorpio man theme
Eric Boss - Closer to the spirit pt1
EL Fields Gospel Wonders - Heaven bound
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Inspiration information
Otis Redding  - Nobody's fault but mine
War - Why can't we be friends
Jr Walker and the Allstars - Hip city pt1
The Fantastic Johnny C - Boogaloo on Broadway
The Supremes - Love is like an itching in my heart
Marvin Gaye - One more heartache
James Brown - Let yourself go
Laura Lee - If I'm good enough to love, I'm good enough to marry
Johnny Hammond - Higher ground
Candido - Candido's funk
The 1860 Band  - Porky (Peter Mac edit)
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd st rhythm band - What can you bring me?
Betty Wright - Clean up woman
Cold blood - Kissing my love
Roy Ayers - Boogie back
Chuck Higgins & the wild bunch - Funkyfied
Johnny Harris - Odyssey pt1
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Bacao suave
Breakdown brass - Next episode

Friday, July 14, 2017

Eric Boss 45 bizz



Hot new 45: "Eric Boss (DJ E Da Boss, Myron & E, The Pendletons) needs little introduction. His 2nd outing with the German funk heavyweights anticipates their forthcoming collaborative album “ A Modern Love” with a raw uptempo funk track, oozing old school vibes, flipped live and uncut on tape with a fresh style that is all their own. Limited edition vinyl 45 includes instrumental for dedicated DJs." Out now, 45/digital

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, July 8



Ike and Tina Turner - I idolise you
Ruth Brown - Mama he treats your daughter mean
Titus Turner - Big Mary's
Otis Rush - Homework
Isaac Hayes - Do your thing
Bang Gang - Who said honky's aint got soul
Eddy Senay - Zambezi
Glass house - Crumbs off the table
Stephanie Mills - Sweet sensation
Sign of Four - Jumping beans
Ariya afrobeat arkestra - Crosstown traffic
Boozoo Bajou - Yoruba road
Tony Allen - Ole (Moritz von Oswald remix)
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope (Sonsine remix)
Howlin 21 - I got beat up by a 303
3 Titans - Life of a scholar
Pigalle connection - Paris breakdown
House of Pain - Boom shalock lock boom
Boogaloo combo - Hot pants road
Dexter Story - Wejene Aola
DJ C and Quality Diamond - Let it billie
Lee Scratch Perry - Jungle youth (Congo Natty remix)
Burro Banton -Who wha dis
Bunny General - Pon mi border
Conroy Smith - Dangerous
Johnny Osbourne - We need love
Risco Connection  - Aint no stopping us now

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Oté Maloya compilation out now


Some crazy goodness from Strut.... "Strut present a brand new compilation documenting the groundbreaking maloya scene on Réunion Island from the mid- ‘70s, as Western instrumentation joined traditional Malagasy, African and Indian acoustic instruments to spark a whole era of new fusions and creativity. Compiled by Réunionese DJ duo La Basse Tropicale, ‘Oté Maloya’ follows up last year’s acclaimed ‘Soul Sok Séga’ release on Strut."

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, July 1



Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes - Wake up everybody (DJ Apt One re-edit)
Marlena Shaw - California soul (Diplo edit)
Alice Clark - You hit me right where it hurt me
Sidney Barnes - You'll always be in style
Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters - Prove it to me
Jan Bradley - Mama didn't lie
Major Lance - Aint no use
Ollie and the Nightingales - Girl you have my heart singing
The Magic Tones - Together we shall overcome
James Brown - Aint it funky now pt1
Sonny Stitt - Heads or tails
Stevie Wonder - All day sucker
Crown Heights Affair - Galaxy of love
Koliphones - Voyage into the sun
Electric wire hustle - They don't want
Tokyo ska paradise orchestra - Big man still standing (Afro art remix)
Misa Negra - Hype me up
Noiseshaper - The only redeemer
Tiger feat Q-Tip - Who planned it
Julien Dyne - Fallin down (Mitsu the Beats remix)
Candy Staton - Do your duty (Pepe Bradock remix)
Undisputed Truth - Smiling faces sometimes
Millie Jackson - Love doctor
Diana Ross and The Supremes - Some things you never get used to
The Tams - I've been hurt
Baby Jean - If you wanna
Mo Horizons - Foto viva (Nicola Conte remix)
Horne singers - Flat foot
Frightnrs - I'd rather go blind
Jackie Mittoo - Hot milk
Mike Fabulous - Cosmic Echoes
Sly n Robbie - Softcore surge

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, June 24



Prof Oz -Waves and sun (Grant Phabao remix)
Grant Phabao, Lone Ranger, Carlton Livingston  - Message to you Rudie
Morwell Unlimited meets King Tubby - Morpheus special (Kid Loco remix)
Herbs - French letter dub
Manu Chao - Merry blues
Amadou and Mariam - Coulibaly
Johnnie Taylor - Strange things
Carla Thomas - Separation
Mad Lads  - Love is here today and gone tomorrow
Executive suite - You've got that kind of love
Chi-lites - (For god's sake) give more power to the people
Johnny Jones and the King Casuals - Purple haze
Vaughn Mason - Bounce, rock, skate, roll (pt1)
The Whispers - In the raw
Dynasty - I don't want to be a freak (but I can't help myself)
Indeep - Last night a DJ saved my life
MARRS - Pump up the volume
Stargard - Which way is up
SOS Band - Take your time (do it right)
Conquest - Action pt1
Fred Wesley and the JBs - Doing it to death
Sister Love - Give me your love
Lil Buck and the Top Cats - Monkey in a sack
Tony Alvon and the Belairs - Sexy coffee pot
Arthur Conley - A year, a month and a day
Salt  - Hung up
Dub traffik control - Fresh prince of Babylon
Bobb Deep - Got it twisted
Luciano - Police and thieves (State of Bengal remix)
Pitch Black - Unadrumma (Downtown Brown remix)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, June 17



Tomtom Club - Genius of love
Skyy - Skyzoo
Luther Vandross - She loves me back
Taka Boom - Middle of the night
Janet Jackson - What have you done for me lately?
Freez - I dub u
ESG  - Moody (spaced out)
The Vogues - Humpty dumpty
Gloria Jones - Tainted love
Four Tops - You keep running away
Little Tommy - Baby can't you see
Della Reese - If it feels good, do it
Booker T and the MGs - Sunday sermon
Otis Redding - Amen
Willie West - I'm still a man
James Brown - Get it together
Clarence Reid - Masterpiece (Kenny Dope edit)
Dapkings - Nervous like me
George Benson feat MAW - The ghetto
Primal Scream - Higher than the sun

Tunes for Big Matt (26-09-1964 to 15-06-2007)
Yush 2K - Fade away
Nextmen feat Dynamite MC - Bloodfire
Le peuple de l'herbe - Reggaematic
Love grocer - Sitting on a fence
Overproof - Get with it
Henry and the Revolutionaries - Skanking
Brentford allstars - Racetrack
Carlton Livingston  - 100 LBs collie weed
Courtney Melody  -Bad boy
PD Syndicate - Ruff like me
Ballistic bros - Prophecy reveal
Freddie Cruger - Running from love
Jackie Mittoo - Earthquake

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, June 10

James Bown - Time is running out
Lord Julien - Shades
Grover Washington Jr  -Masterpiece
Tina Turner -Whole lotta love
Barkays - Cant sit down
Otis and Carla -Lovey dovey
Jackie Wilson - Light my fire
Syl Johnson - Different strokes
Rufus Thomas - Sho gonna mess him up
 Lily Fields - Changes
Junior Walker - I'm a roadrunner
Shaladons  -We can do it
Barbara Lewis - I remember the feeling
The C.O.D.s - Michael
Ike Noble and the Uptights - That's what I get
Sidney Pinchback and the Schiller st gang - Soul strokes
Eddie Warner - Brutus drums
Sir Isaac and the Do-dads - The big dipper
Randy Maverick - Pure love
Joe Dukie & the Nextmen - Hold me now
Haggis Horns - Take it back (inst)
Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids - Tinoge ya ta'a ba
East New York Ensemble - Mevlana
Little Walter - It's too late brother
Bo Diddley - Gun slinger
Bacao rhythm and steel - Was dog a doughnut
Dexter Story - Wejene aola
Prince - Housequake

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Soul Sugar drop debut album


I copped the single All I Know from Soul Sugar back in late 2015, it;'s a gorgeous lilting slice of reggae/downtempo. Their album is out now.

Led by Guillaume "Gee" Metenier, Soul Sugar throw in some tasty covers from Timmy Thomas (Why cant we live together) and Augustus Pablo (East of the River Nile) on this full length Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub). Check it.

From Fleamarket Funk: " From the get go, Gee Recordings has developed their own sound. Whether it’s funk, soul, roots, or dub, or a combination of all four, it’s distinctive and infectious. It has all the great records we have fallen in love with from Gee: “East of The River Nile”, their ode to Augustus Pablo, Leonardo Carmichael doing a bang up version of Timmy Thomas’s “Why Can’t We Live Together”, Courtney John featured on “Take A Chance” and “All I Know”, as well as bangers such as “Melllow Mood”, the Jackie Mittoo heaters “Get Up And Get It” and “Big Car”. Primarily this record is reggae through and through, however it’s got all of those excursions in each, Soul Sugar wears their influences well as it comes out in their music..."

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, June 3

Q-Tip - Manwomanboogie
Nuyorican Soul  - I am the black gold of the sun
Boozoo Bajou - Night over Manaus
Gil Scott Heron - Lady Day and John Coltrane
Bei Bei and Shawn Lee - Year of the funky
Eddie Bo  -The Thang pt2
Betty Harris - Mean man
EL Fields  Gospel Wonders - Heaven bound
Bob Wilson and San Remo Quartet - All turned on
Rufus Thomas - 6-3-8
Booker T and the MGs - Soul clap 69
Executive suite - You go that kind of love
Spanky Wilson - Non stop flight
Bobby Womack - Everything's gonna be alright
Edwin Birdsong - Rapper dapper snapper
Roy Ayers - Running away
War - World is a ghetto (special US disco mix)
Quando Quango - Love tempo (remix)
Big Youth - Chucky no lucky (Disciples remix)
E's E - Scratch's skank pt1
Ms Thing - Get that money
Kenny Dope feat Shaggy - Gunshot
Johnny Osbourne - Budy bye (Kenny Dope remix)
Manasseh - Skenga
Beat Pharmacy feat Spaceape - Ghostship
Improvisators dub meets Iration Steppas - Ghetto dub
Keith le Blanc - Taxcider
Doug Wimbish - Life in the arena (vers 1)

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Haggis Horns brand new biz



New single from the forthcoming album from Haggis Horns: "We release our fourth studio album in September 2017 and as a little teaser, we're dropping a summer single worldwide on June 9th via Haggis Records.

A feel good bouncing hip-hop/funk jam featuring guest UK MC/rapper Doc Brown. Think back to the dawn of hip-hop in the early 1980s when the first rap singles featured the Sugarhill Records house band laying down heavy funk grooves for MCs like The Furious Five and Treacherous 3 and you get the flavour.

No- nonsense party hip-hop/funk for b-boys, soul sisters and funk brothers! And keeping with that old school flavour, it will come with a limited edition 7" vinyl pressing alongside the digital single and feature an instrumental version on the b-side."

Abstract Orchestra present “Dilla”

Dilla - Abstract Orchestra cover art


"Released on the 30th of June on Leeds Jazz & Soul label ATA Records, the debut from Abstract Orchestra “Dilla” takes the work of legendary Hip-Hop producer J Dilla and translates it to the jazz big band format, recorded entirely live at ATA Records very own studios in the heart of Leeds.

"Dilla" by Abstract Orchestra is a tribute to the work of the highly acclaimed and influential producer. Opener"Welcome to Detroit/The Diary"takes the the vocal sample from Isaac Hayes's "Man's Temptation" and places it against lush brass and driving beats while"Workinonit" transplants the original 10cc guitar samples from the Dilla original onto biting trumpets and aggressive saxes, underpinned as always by Joost Hendrickx's on point drumming. On"Stop"vocalist Anna Uhuru handles the Dionne Warwick vocal with assurance while the band lay down an arrangement that is reminiscent of the work of David Axelrod and Don Sebeskey, both big sources of inspiration for Abstract Orchestra.

The middle of the album revolves around 2 Dilla medleys featuring versions and sections of"Airworks", "ULove", "Last Donut"and"Welcome To The Show"."Raw Shit"sees Farfisa organ underpinning the insistent brass figures with the bass taking on an almost bassoon-like quality while "Official/Fall In Love"sees Anna & Akin provide a stunning vocal performance, trading lines over the delicate horn arrangement. "Fantastic"features theRhodes intro of the original which is then taken up by the flutes and baritone sax. Inspired by the work of 20th century classical composers like Barber and Copeland the 2nd half of the arrangement takes on an almost orchestral feel with shades of Gil Evans.

"Love","So Far To Go","A.N.G.E.L.", and"Sun In My Face"provide interesting takes on these well known Dilla originals while album closer"Two Can Win"(recently championed by Gilles Peterson on his BBC6 Music show) acts as a showcase for the variety of Anna Uhuru's vocals, blending the style of the original Sylvers track with Minnie Ripperton style harmonies, 70's funk and Lalo Schiffrin/JJ Johnson film score vibes."

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 27

Pied piper players - Hold to my baby
Marvin Gaye - Can I get a witness
Joe Tex - I'm going and get it
Four Tops - I got a feeling
Ringleaders - Grin and bare it
Glass House - Crumbs off the table
The Illusions - It's just an illusion
Mystiques - Put out the fire
McGregor Brothers - Every time I wake up
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Letter full of tears
James Brown - Dead on it Pt 2
Sylvia and the Moments - Sho nuff boogie
Willie Henderson - Soulful football
S.O.U.L. - Burning spear
Aaron Neville - Hercules
Joe Bataan  -Subway Joe
Johnny Colon - You gotta love me
Ray Baretto  -Mercy mercy baby
Tanika Charles - Soul run
Yandall Sisters - Sweet inspiration (DiCE edit)
Frightnrs - Gotta find a way
Blackjob feat Suz - Queen in my empire vocal/inst
Coldcut x On-U-Sound - Divide and rule
Winston King Cole - Black magic woman
Lord Echo - Terabu
Booker T and the MGs - Outrage
Jeanne and the Darlings - Hang me now
Rance Allen Group - I got to be myself
Melvin van Peebles - Sweetback's theme
Isaac Hayes - Walk on by
Betty Everett - Take me
Freda Payne - Unhooked generation
Misha Panfilov sound combo - Planeterium

Friday, May 26, 2017

Coldcut x Adrian Sherwood (On-U-Sound)



Stonkingly good collaboration. Dub-heavy bizznizz, go give it a listen.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Vinyl comeback #272

Dom Nola with part of her vinyl record collection. Photo- Ted Baghurst

And here we have a story on the vinyl comeback that makes some sense. Finally. Nice one, Alan Perrott...

"Natalie plays CDs in her car, uses an iPod when she's out and about, then puts a record on when she gets home.

It's her hierarchy of convenience and perceived authenticity - running from downloads to expensive vinyl - and from what is being heard at the shop counter, this is how increasing numbers of us are engaging with music.

So, with fingers crossed, I'm going to suggest Natalie's approach as the future, even if that's more in hope than in any great faith in the youth of the day after tomorrow. The alternative - gulp - is that vinyl, the vestigial nipple of music formats, is well into its final comeback, and it has had more than its fair share already.

Yes, new record sales in the US increased by 26 per cent last year, but the highest-selling album, Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface sold only 49,004 copies, while the bulk of the increase was likely because of grief purchases following the deaths of David Bowie and Prince.

Of course, there will be no end to the wide-eyed "believe it or not" reporting of this growth, but it remains hard to take the trend's medium-term prospects too seriously....

....Vinyl's best hope will be when it stops being seen as a hip and fashionable accessory and replaces the crappy T-shirt as the top-end expression of true fandom."

NZ Herald:For the love of vinyl