Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Alogte Oho & His Sounds of Joy - new 45

Brand new 45 from German label Philphon: "Alogte Oho is the number one Frafra gospel artist from within the explosive music scene of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana. His international debut was the 2014 single "Zota Yinne" (Philophon PH45002), which has already become a collectors' item.

Alogte Oho is, as always, accompanied by his powerful female choir, the Sounds of Joy, comprised of Lizy, Patricia and Florence - all fantastic gospel performers in their own rights.

The A-side, Mam Yinne Wa, is pure future gospel: a swinging rhythm with pumping synth bass and playful horns that weave around the eulogising choir of the group. As a highlight, the chasing flute solo of Free Jazz great Sabir Mateen (Cecile Taylor, Sunny Murray, Hamid Drake) catapults you into another dimension! 

On the B-side, Yu Ya Yumma, the rhythm section is driven by reggae master Josie Coppola on drums and gives a solid foundation for the brilliant performance of the singers. The title means: let's sing a song. And that is exactly what the group is doing."

Out Nov 11. Their Bandcamp page notes that if you buy the single early, 'THE FIRST 25 COPIES ARE BLESSED WITH HOLY WATER FROM BOLGATANGA/NORTHERN GHANA' - holy water pictured below....

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Womad 2017 lineup announced

Hot 8 Brass Band
Hot 8 Brass Band

In addition to their headline announcement with The Specials returning to NZ for the 3rd time (for anyone who hasn't seen them already on their two previous reunion tours), Womad has dropped a cool lineup for next year.

Bebel Gilberto, Oumou Sangaré, Hanoi Masters, Brushy one string, Archie Roach, Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra, Hot 8 Brass Band, and locals Lord Echo, Mt Eden, Sons of Zion, Rob Ruha, Swamp Thing and The Swan Sisters, to name but a few.

WOMAD 2017 in New Plymouth, from Friday 17th - Sunday 19 March 2017. More info and tickets at

"With much excitement UK 2 Tone and Ska legends The Specials were the first announced to play WOMAD NZ 2017.

Now, WOMAD NZ is over the moon to announce that joining them are: from Brazil, Grammy-nominee Bebel Gilberto, daughter of renowned singer João Gilberto performing her own laidback style of bossa nova; the French-Chilean musician, Ana Tijoux, whose sound captures where the street meets tradition; Vietnamese musicians Hanoi Masterswho use half-forgotten traditional instruments to convey deep, personal connections to the upheavals of the Vietnam War; the New Orleans brass group Hot 8 Brass Band (USA), who will bring their signature blend of hip-hop, jazz and funk; "The Songbird of Wassoulou" Oumou Sangare (Mali) who is known for her seamless mix of old and new sounds that create a haunting backdrop for political lyrics, making her passion clear in any language and Sudha Ragunathan (India) who will take you to the heart of Carnatic music with her voice of gold.

Local artists include Wellington producer and multi instrumentalist Lord Echo who blends boogie-laced Funk, disco-primed Reggae, futuristic Soul, and timeless African rhythms. Hailing from Auckland is Mt Eden, expect them to fire up their trademark extended build-ups, drum solos, double and triple drops and Auckland based Sons Of Zion whose fusion of reggae, heavy rock, dub and funk will get you dancing."

Monday, October 17, 2016

Auckland Vinyl Fair on Oct 29

Auckland Vinyl Fair, on at Freeman's Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn Rd, Freemans Bay, Auckland
Saturday 29 October 2016 9:30am – 2:00pm, $5 entry. Earlybirds can get in for $10 at 9am.

"Klaus and the team look forward to seeing you. There will be refreshments, continuous demonstration of the Knosti record cleaning machine, music from vinyl sources only on the day, and of course show bag giveaways for lucky members of the public.

Early birds will operate from 9am, a 30-minute window for a $10 premium fee for people who need to be just that bit earlier, or who are under time pressure.

Check this event for updates, and contact Klaus or Peter - to be put on the regular mailing list for vinyl afficionados.

If you have specific technical queries about vinyl and turntable health, we can help."

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, October 15

Nina Simone - Sinner man (MAW remix)
Pointer sisters - Yes we can can  (Bobby Busnach edit)
Fat Freddy's Drop - Flashback (Jazzanova mashed bag remix)
Mike Fabulous - There's something about Africa
The KutiMangoes - This ship will sink
Mulatu Astatke - Yekermo sew
The Gaturs - Cold bear
Bobby Byrd - Try it again
Tower of Power - Back on the streets again
Marvin Gaye - Can I get a witness
Four Tops - You keep running away
The Originals - Goodnight Irene
The Tams - I've been hurt
Major Lance -Hey little girl
Mighty Lovers - Aint gonna run no more
Little Walter - It's too late brother
Screaming Jay Hawkins - I put a spell on you (alt)
Penny and the quarters - You and me
Esther Phillips - Just say goodbye
Gladys Knight and the Pips - I heard it thru the grapevine
Madhouse - Six
Cameo - Shake your pants
Heaven 17 - We don't need this fascist groove thing
Reggie Stepper - Cu-oohuh
Tenor Saw - Ring the alarm
The Frightnrs - Hey brother
Butch Cassidy Sound System - Case on point
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Spottie
Electric wire hustle - I light a candle

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

COVER STORY - A vinyl exhibition by BASE FM DJs


Over 80 BASE FM DJs will feature their most precious record cover and share the story behind it.

We hold certain pieces of vinyl in higher regard than others. Is it the first record you bought, or is it your favourite LP with the gatefold cover? Which one never leaves your bag? Which one never leaves the house?
Which one took the longest to find? Which one did you inherit from you parents collection? Every record tells a story...

Bringing the community together, celebrating music and sharing personal stories.

OPENING: Wednesday 12th OCT, 5-7 pm. Runs from 12 OCT - 5 NOV, Studio One Gallery, 1 Ponsonby Rd, free.

Read more: Radio NZ interviews Basefm program director Dylan C about the show, and BaseFM's Givealittle campaign to raise funds for a new home - our current space is due for redevelopment at the end of the year. If you can donate some money, that would be much  appreciated. Thanks.

Monday, October 10, 2016

The KutiMangoes new album out Nov4

KutiMangoes - Made in Africa album

Via Tramp Records: "Three years ago, a group of renowned Danish jazz musicians showed up on the Copenhagen club scene. Their goal was to put together a band which would fuse the west African music of Fela Kuti with the inimitable style of jazz bassist Charlie Mingus. The two creative directors, Michael Blicher (sax) and Gustav Rasmussen (trombone / guitar), dubbed their project The KutiMangoes.

Their debut album “Afro-Fire” won the Danish Grammy award in 2014 for Best World Music Album and also was nominated in categories for Best Compositions as well as Best Alternative Jazz album. Following this success, the band appeared on worldwide festivals and had performances in Denmark and Germany.

Patrick Kabre, born and raised in Burkina Faso, was the featured singer on “Fire”. He accompanied the band on several concert dates and even joined them headlining a festival in West Africa. This experience convinced Kabre and TKM to record their second album in his homeland. It was generally regarded among the musicians that something really special would be created when the recording was done where the music has its origin: Africa."

Out Nov 4 on Tramp Records, on LP / CD / DIGITAL

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, October 8

Concept Neuf -The path (Sofrito edit)
Cos Ber Zam - Ne Noya (Daphni edit)
Gene Dudley Group - Minnie
Bacao rhythm and steel band - If dog was a doughnut
Wally Badarou - Chief inspector
Eugene Wilde - Gotta get you home tonight
Jocelyn Brown - Somebody else's guy
Brooklyn funk essentials - Creator has a master plan
Paper tiger - Irresistible (Debian Blak remix)
Colman Brothers - The chief (PTH Interpol Challenges mix)
Riot jazz brass band - HudMo medley
Hackney Colliery Band - No diggity
Saun and Starr - Blah blah blah blah
Charles Bradley - World is going up in flames
Pied piper players - Hold to my baby
Betty Harris - Mean man
Salt - Hung up
Misha Panfilov Sound Combo - Oliver robotron
Johnny Jones and the king casuals - Purple haze
Durand Jones and the Indications - Smile
The Stranglers - Walk on by
Blondie - Rapture
Grandmaster Flash - Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the wheels of steel
Dam Native - Behold my kool style
Extra T's - ET Boogie
Michael Jackson - Burn this disco out
Eddie Kendricks - Darling come back home
King Errison - Disco congo
Roxanne Shante - Have a nice day

Thursday, October 06, 2016

New record spots in Auckland

Retro City, K Rd
Retro City, K Rd

Up on K Rd, there's a new store called Retro City (161 K Rd), which, as you'd expect from the name, is a fab collection of cool old stuff, art deco, vintage etc.

In one corner of the shop is a section dedicated to second hand vinyl. The store is run by Heath Burgoyne, who some will remember form his previous K Rd record spots like Cyberculture. Great to see him making a return to the strip.

Retro City, K Rd
Retro City, K Rd

Meanwhile downtown is  a new music venue/record store, called Rec, opening October 14. At 38 Custom St East, their opening weekend lineup is:

FRIDAY 14 OCT – Cut Off Your Hands w Yukon Era
SATURDAY 15 OCT – Scuba Diva, Purple Pilgrims, Eyes No Eyes
SUNDAY 16 OCT – Recreation Record Fair 10am

And the following weekend they have a solo show by Nai Palm (of Hiatus Kaiyote).

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

EKO - Funky Disco Music 12 reissue

EKO - Funky disco music reissue 12

Via FBN: "The latest vinyl slice from Fly By Night Music sees us head to the depths of central Africa via Paris to track down a feast of rare seventies afro funky jams from Cameroonian master musician EKO. FBNM favourite Riccio is along for the journey too, who has provided a fantastic rerub.

EKO's career has span over 40 years, his musical persuasion beginning humbly with his village’s local church before his formal education at the Senegal conservatoire and Paris’ École Normale de Musique. EKO made a number of jazz funk and disco records in the mid 70s during a stint recording and touring around France before returning to Cameroon to take over his grandfather’s tribal chieftaincy.

The tracks on this reissue are all taken from EKO’s third album, “Funky Disco Music”, recorded in Paris and released on his own Dragon Phenix imprint. Sung in a combination of English and EKO’s native tongue, FBNM have lined up a real excursion in feel good afro-jazz, funk and soul.

Officially licensed and lovingly remastered by Andreas (Lupo) Lubich (CALYX Berlin), and packaged alongside Riccio’s sympathetic work in the cutting room on 12” vinyl."

Out Oct 7, 12" vinyl/digital. Listen below:

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, October 1

Thievery corp - Coming from the top
Electric wire hustle - Go slow
Sola Rosa - Promise (Isaac Aesili remix inst)
Red Astaire - Follow me
Dele Sosimi - Na my turn dub (Prince Fatty and Nostalgia77 dub mix)
Gene Dudley group feat E - Pearl baby, pearl
Diana Ross and the Supremes - You've been so wonderful to me
Barbara and the Browns - I'm gonna start a war
Alice Clark - You hit me right where it hurt me
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Givin up
The Emotions - Blind alley
Soul scratch - Look how far we've come
Otis Brown - I've got another
William Bell - I forgot to be your lover
Frightnrs - Trouble in here
Derrick Morgan - I'm the ruler
Viceroys - Give it to him
Big Bud - Runaway
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope (Sonsine remix)
The Believers - Mr hot pants
James Brown - Funky President (People it's bad)
Vicki Anderson - Baby don't you know
Bill Withers - You
DJ Day - Land of a thousand chances (Lord Echo disco mix)
Goon squad - Eight arms to hold you
Gwen Guthrie - Peanut butter (12" version)
Cherelle - Artificial heart
Jackie Stoudemire - Invisible wind (Shoes re-edit)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kings Arms site up for sale, slim chance it may remain a venue

Stuff reports that Kings Arms site is up for sale, with owner Maureen Gordon saying there's a slim chance it may remain a venue. "We're very reluctant twalk way from the music scene but overheads and expenses are pretty high. Rates and all those things come into it. And it's very valuable land that's sitting there," says Gordon

When the Council announced it's SHAs (special housing areas) in March the Kings Arms site was included, causing some consternation among music fans.

At that time, Russell Brown at Public Address reported that ' an apparently knowledgeable source says: "Maureen has no intention to sell at this point. The council can’t do sh*t as she owns the land outright … Maureen’s furious at the council."

Gordon was the one who registered it with Council after being made aware of Council deadlines by agents, according to this story on Newshub

Gordon told Newshub ""You never say never, because some things could change direction and you're put in that position. But we're not willingly going out there and trying to sell the Kings Arms - at all."

Monday, September 26, 2016

David Nesselhauf drops Afrokraut LP

Via Legere Recordings: "In his upcoming new album "Afrokraut" German producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist David Nesselhauf revisits a time in the 70s when innovative bands like Can were working on a rhythmic and experimental fusion of African music and German rock, which was labelled afro-kraut.

Nesselhauf’s modern take on “Afrokraut” goes beyond the standards of contemporary electronic, jazz, pop or club music. The album's first single “Come Along Bintang Bolong” is an irresistible Afrobeat burner featuring Amadou Bah. 

David has behind him a diverse catalogue of albums ranging from electro to doom, was the bass player of funk celebrities Diazpora and collaborated on productions with Pee Wee Ellis, Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Flo Mega or Faust."

“Afrokraut” is released on LP, limited edition CD and digital download on Légère Recordings, out Sept 30th.

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."