Monday, January 16, 2017

Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam gets reissued

From Jazzman Records: "Originally released in small numbers as a custom pressing in 1973, the compelling “Dini Safarrar” by Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam has gained cult status around the world amongst enthusiasts of jazz, funk, hip hop & African music, and grail status among LP collectors.

Here is the first official reproduction of this album, faithful to the original and made with the blessing and cooperation of Mor Thiam himself, as well as his son Aliaume Thiam, otherwise known as hip hop and R&B superstar Akon.

Mor Dogo Thiam (pronounced ‘Chahm’) is a cultural historian, dedicated philanthropist and genius on the djembe. He began his career as a drummer while a young boy in his native Senegal, before moving to St. Louis, Missouri in the early 1970s, where his unique musical skills earned him the respect of the local jazz community. 

A fusion of the traditions of his Senegalese upbringing and the funk & jazz sounds of his new environs, “Dini Safarrar” was entirely self-funded and was also conceived as a benefit album, with all the proceeds donated to famine relief in Africa. Indeed, proceeds generated by the sale of this reissue will go directly into a fund to assist a school in Senegal set up by Mor himself." 

Dropped late last year, out on LP/CD/digital. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, January 14

George Benson - The world is a ghetto
Johnny Hammond - Los Conquistadores Chocolates
Budamunky - Wednesday (dub)
Miguel De Deus - Black soul brother
Nick Waterhouse -This is a game
Saun and Starr - Look closer
Lee Fields - Honey dove
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Letter full of tears
Otis Brown and the Delights - Southside of Chicago
Ollie and the Nightingales - Don't do what I did
Staple Singers - My main man
Gary Davis  -The pop
Grand Wizard Theodore - Can I get a soul clap
Big Daddy Kane - Aint no half stepping
Team dynamite feat Che Fu - Coconut lime
Skatalites - Coconut rock
The Ethiopians - I'm gonna take over now
Jackie Mittoo - El bang bang
DJ Shinya - Nigerian reggae edit
Brass roots - Good life
Jack Costanzo - Green onions
Mongo Santamaria - Watermelon man
Linda Lyndell - What a man
Donny Hathaway - The ghetto pt1
Syl Johnson - Different strokes
Hot source - Oz bump (soul thing)
D'Angelo - Devils pie (DJ Premier's raw remix)
House of Pain - Boom shalock lock boom
Pigalle connection - Paris breakdown
Soul scratch - Pacified
Joe Tex - I'm going and get it
Jah Wobble - Get Carter
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Iron bar dub

Friday, January 13, 2017

Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids new single

New single from Philophon Records crew (Poets of rhythm, Whitefiled Bros):

"2016 was the year for Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: their album "We Be All Africans" (produced by Philophon and released on Strut Rec.) vaulted them among the global top acts of the current Spiritual Jazz renaissance. The strengh of the group is its deep connection to Africa: not just that their music is inspired by the spirit of Africa, they actually founded themselves on an extended trip to the Motherland in 1972.

On that trip Idris Ackamoor visited the tiny town Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana to play with local Frafra musicians - an experiance which changed his life. Now, after 45 years, Idris dives once more into the magical music of the Frafra people by teaming up with master musician Guy One, the no. 1 Kologo artist of the vital music scene of Bolgatanga. 

On "Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba" Guy One sings about the power of unity - a unity you hear clearly on this Afro-Euro-American cooperation: a driving rhythm, an eulogising saxophone, a gripping voice and in total a journey into another dimension.

releases January 20, 2017 on digital/7" vinyl

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, January 7

Collen and Webb - Golden
Pama International - Heatwave
David Walters - Mesy bon dye (Bigga Bush remix)
Nitin Sawhney - Dead man (Fink dub)
Frightnrs -Trouble in here
Foxy Brown -Fast car
Voice of East Harlem - Cashing in
Chaka Khan  -I'm every woman
Lyn Collins- Rock me again and again and again
Booker T & the MG's - Can't be still
Carla Thomas - A dime a dozen
March wind  - All the way down
Ollie and the nightingales - Girl you have my heart singing
Mar-keys - Morning after
The Newcomers - Pin the tail on the donkey
Isley Bros - I know who you been socking it to
Mr Clean - What's going on
Wood brass and steel - Welcome to the party
Black haze express - Won't nobody listen
Parlet - Ridin' high
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Was dog a doughnut
Sonsine - Believ'n
Medium sound - Occupation dub
Recloose - Mana's bounce
Theo Parrish & Tony Allen - Feel loved
Theo Parrish - Hope 4 tomorrow

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Pama International - rocksteady take on Heatwave

Gorgeous rocksteady take on a Motown classic... " After a 7 year hiatus Pama International are back with a brand new Single that anticipates their much awaited new album "Love & Austerity" which is set for a spring 2017 release on Record Kicks. The first single is a rework of Martha Reeves & The Vandella's soul classic Heatwaveand and stars the beautiful lead vocal harmonies of Jewels Vass and Anna Uhuru. The result is a splendid Rock Steady-Soul cut that has already been supported amongs the others by Reggae ambassadors Don Letts and David Rodigan and Funk&Soul minister Craig Charles on their radio shows."

Out on Record Kicks on Jan 20 7" vinyl/digital.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, December 31

Donald Byrd - Love has come around (Combo re-edit)
Idris Mohammed - Could heaven ever be like this (Leftside wobble edit)
Sir Joe Quarterman and Free Soul -I got so much trouble on my mind
Fred Wesley and the JBs - You can have Watergate....
Charles Wright - Doing what comes naturally
Durand Jones and the Indications - Smile
Misha Panfilov sound combo - Oliver robotron
Peter Thomas and Mocambo astronautic sound orchestra - Space patrol
Lord Echo feat Mara TK - Just do you
Rockers delight - Moments in dub
Prof Oz -Waves and skank (Grant Phabao remix)
Chaka Demus and Pliers - Murder she wrote
Tiger feat Q-Tip - Who planned it
Kid Creole and the coconuts - I'm a wonderful thing baby
Kraftwerk  - The model
Jermaine Jackson - Let's get serious
Gene Anderson  -The gigilo
Billy Stewart - Summertime
Monica - I don't know nothing else to tell you but I love you
Joe Tex - I'm going and get it
Bobby Womack - Looking for a love
Howard Tate - Look at Granny run run
Bob Wilson - All turned on
Andrea Henry - I need you like a baby
Beverly rd allstars - Don Dada
Donovan Carless - Be thankful

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sufyvn beats from Sudan

I've been reading thru Best of 2106 lists from around the place, and came upon this goody via OkayAfrica....

"2016 was the year in which we found out that vintage Sudanese tapes can make some of the best hip-hop beats we’ve heard.

Khartoum-based producer Sufyvn caught our attention with his hypnotic productions in Pseudarhythm, Vol. 2. His tracks play like a hazy, mind-bending exploration of classic Sudanese soundscapes through a hip-hop lens. Thoughout the release, and in standout track “Fragment,” Sufyvn chops up several traditional Sudanese folk melodies, masterfully laying them over kicks and snares to create some buttery beat work."

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Goodies from First Word

Some cool tunes from First Word Records, name your price on Bandcamp. Tall Black Guy, Ross McHenry, NZ's own Myele Manzanza, and more. Also a very cool edit from Souleance.

Dem Juju Poets 45

Check Watusi Fever, some cool flute bizz...

"Dem Juju Poets is the new alias of prolific German DJ and producer David Hanke aka Renegades Of Jazz and will henceforth be the primary outlet for his afro-driven music.

As a taste of what’s to come Dem Juju Poets has released two irresistible singles on French label Krimi Records, combining his various influences into a unique and original blend of irresistible afro-funk. 

“Voodoo Jazz” begins with an uptempo beat and raw guitar riff, later moving towards a jazzier mood with voodoo influences, a touch of electronics and additional scat. B-side “Watusi Fever” is a slice of magnetic afro-jazz enriched by superb drum lines and Hugo Kant's unmistakable flute skills. Watch out as Dem Juju Poets claims his rightful place in the afro-funk stratosphere!"

Out now on vinyl/ditial

Ring The Alarm playlist, December 24

Bootsy Collins -Ah the name is Bootsy, baby
Nina Simone - Funkier than a mosquito's tweeter
Betty Davis -Anti love song
Major Lance  - Um um um um um
Gene Chandler - No peace no satisfaction
Chuck Wood - Seven days is too long
Mel and Tim - Backfield in motion
The JBs - Giving up food for funk
Sly and the Family Stone - Loose booty
Naomi Davis and the Knights of 41st st - Catapult
Lee Dorsey - Yes we can can
Betty Harris - Break in the road
Hannah Williams and the Affirmations - Aint enough
Ambassa feat Nichola Richards - After laughter comes dub
Blundetto - Nautilus dub
Frightnrs - Purple
Super mystic brakes - Beri dub
Yabby You - Conquering lion (Smith and Mighty remix)
Ragga twins -Love talk
Charles Bradley - Aint it a sin
Trinidad steel drummers - Cissy strut
Incognito - Wild and peaceful (Kenny Dope mix)
Recloose live band - Racetrack in France
Monophonics - Sound of sinning
Esther Phillips - All the way down
Erykah Badu  -Honey (DJ Day remix)
Candi Staton - When you wake up tomorrow
Edwin Birdsong - Rapper dapper snapper
Stone Roses - Fools gold

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, December 17

Syd Jones and the Troubadours - Cardova
All the people - Cramp your style
Oliver Sain - London express
Black Heat   Love the life you live
Simonsound - Tour de mars
David Byrne and Brian Eno - Jezebel spirit
Primal scream - Trainspotting
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope (Sonsine remix)
The Frightnrs - Gotta find a way
Lord Echo - Just do dub
Gilberto sextet - Good lovin
Gene Chandler - A song called soul
Mar-keys - Honey pot
Jimmy Hughes -What side of the door
Roy Lee Johnson and the Villagers - The dryer Pt1
Bernie Hayes  - Cool strut pt1
Jean Knight - Carry on
Barkays - Sang and dance
Staple singers  -We the people
Booker T and the MGs - Can't be still
Mable John - Running out
Willie West - I'm still a man
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Aint no chimneys in the projects
Dele Sosimi - Na my turn (dub)
Kode9 and the Spaceape - Love is the drug feat Chacha
Kerbside collection - Walk the talk (Street Rat remix)
The Traffic - White lines
Sunlightsquare - Taj Mahal feat Josue Ferreira
James Brown - Night train
Hannah Williams and the Affirmations - Fighting your shadow
Diana Ross and the Supremes - Some things you never get used to
Roy Ayers  -We live in Brooklyn baby

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Wellington's Death Ray Records facing closure

Via "A Wellington record store has put out a desperate plea for secondhand vinyl in an effort to stay afloat.

Death Ray Records in Newtown has been stung by a ballooning tax bill, competition from online sellers, and low stock volumes.

Now owner Apa Hutt fears he may not make it through Christmas unless people bring in used vinyl as trades, for sale, or as donations.

Death Ray Records owner Apa Hutt fears he may have to shut up shop if he can't get more secondhand records in the Newtown vinyl emporium.

"It's all up in the air," he said. "This is a really important cultural hub for Newtown, but it could close and that will be a really difficult decision to make."

The latest from Death Ray's Facebook page says " What a week. Real damn busy. Boss man say's he's very humbled by the way everyone has supported the shop. People buying records or bringing their old records in and not to forget all the people online through social media or people who have come in to wish the store good luck for the future.

So many of you people want to help. It's been amazing! He also says liberate your collection of all the records you don't listen to anymore and bring them in for donation, trade or even some cash." 

If you can get down there and help them out, please do. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Avalanche City vs Matt Coleman

The Spinoff have published a fascinating story on musician Dave Baxter (Avalanche City) getting ripped off by his manager, Matt Coleman, including claiming Recorded Music NZ royalties that were intended for the artist and then not telling the artist.

Read "Exclusive: Avalanche City’s former manager ripped him off for over $300,000, according to High Court judgment"

snip: "About a month ago, Matthew Coleman, one of New Zealand’s leading music managers (and 2010 New Zealand Music Manager of the Year), was ordered to pay $307,287.27 to Dave Baxter, a musician better known as the one-man band Avalanche City.

How did Coleman not pay Baxter what he was due? Let High Court judge Justice Susan Thomas count the ways. She found Coleman had withheld more than $240,000 owed to Baxter through various means including:

– Under-reporting Avalanche City’s income, and keeping more than the 20% share he was owed as the band’s manager.

– Under-stating funding given to the band

– Charging for disputed expenses

– Overstating his commissions on merchandise sales

But none of those actions were as on-the-nose as this one…
Coleman siphoned nearly $85,000 of Baxter’s royalties into his family bank accounts

Some of Coleman’s actions could be explained by incompetence. In her judgment, Justice Thomas was careful to point out that one incident couldn’t be interpreted so charitably.

The judgment states that Coleman signed Let The People Speak – which represented several artists including Dane Rumble, Ezra Vine and Jupiter Project – up to receive Recorded Music NZ royalties earned by Avalanche City without Baxter’s knowledge. All the royalties collected on the band’s behalf were then paid directly into a joint bank account Coleman held with his wife, or, in one case, his wife’s personal account. Coleman never reported the income to Baxter, the judgment shows.

Coleman argued he was entitled to collect the royalties as the band’s label. Justice Thomas ruled several things:

1. He wasn’t the band’s label
2. Even if he was, he’d only be entitled to 50% of the royalties he took
3. He should’ve reported the income to Baxter no matter his role
4. Under no circumstances should income have been paid into Coleman’s personal account

She decided Baxter was owed nearly $85,000 and issued this precisely worded legal burn:

“A generous interpretation of Mr Coleman’s dealings with Mr Baxter would conclude that he had not deliberately siphoned off money due to Mr Baxter but rather displayed an inexcusably lax attitude towards accounting practices…

“The Recorded Music situation however falls into a different category. It is difficult to accept any innocent explanation of the non-disclosure of those sums.”

Elsewhere she wrote:

“The payment of the money into various personal bank accounts of Mr and Mrs Coleman emphasises the concerns. Those circumstances are more suggestive of active dishonesty.”

The kicker is Coleman put his company into liquidation shortly after the decision came out, with the liquidators saying “The director identified that the company was unable to pay its debts as they were due”. One of the creditors listed is Dave Baxter.

Baxter told that "I know I'm not the only musician that has been taken advantage of by Coleman."

"Of all the artists he's taken advantage of, I was the only one really in a position to do this. It was a big part of my decision to take this to court and part way through the process we became aware we were unlikely to see any money but we felt like we needed to keep going to make sure he couldn't keep doing this to other artists."

ADDED Statement from MMF: "Matt Coleman is a former member of the Music Managers Forum (NZ), and we are shocked and disappointed to have learnt the details of the recent court case. The best music managers in the New Zealand music industry place an extremely high value on ethical conduct across all aspects of the role they undertake for their artists. The music industry cannot grow without its leaders conducting themselves with integrity and honesty.

The Music Managers Forum has a code of conduct that all members must adhere to in order to retain their membership. This ensures that not only the individual artists under the manager's care benefit, but ultimately the New Zealand music industry as a whole.

In light of the verdict and our members feedback the MMF (NZ) Executive Committee have met and decided to revoke Matt's 'Manager of the Year' and 'Regional Manager of the Year' awards given in 2010."

Statement from Independent Music NZ, the indie labels association: " ... As an organisation, IMNZ condemns the breach of trust illustrated by the court ruling and the disregard shown for the rights of the artist. It’s simply not how a New Zealand music business should operate. We are pleased that Dave has had his day in court, but saddened that this situation occurred in the first place..."

Lord Echo - Just Do You 12" out

Out now on Soundway/Wonderful Noise: "Just Do You is the first single from underground super-producer Lord Echo's hotly anticipated 3rd album 'Harmonies'.

He emerges from the darkness with a gleaming diamond in his hand - a slice of pure disco dub indulgence with all the rough trimmings that have made him a cult favourite from Tokyo to Trinidad.

With the real life concerns of the DJ always foremost in his mind, this 12" has something for every occasion with two different vocals and a radical excursion into the realm of left field disco dub that record collectors sweat over in feverish night dreams of cult record acquisition.

Both vocalists are long time Lord Echo collaborators : Mara TK (Electric Wire Hustle) and Toby Laing (Fat Freddy's Drop).

Mara's version sees the golden voiced visionary wax lyrical on a night time affair stemming from a tiresome diplomatic function in a sweaty, exotic location deep in the recess' of your mind. Toby's vocal was recorded in a hotel room in France on one of Fat Freddies Drop's sweeping European tours and features some of the most obtuse yet deeply penetrating lines in contemporary songbook narrative."

Lord Echo has also been added to the bill for next year's Womad Festival in New Plymouth.

RELATED: Ransom Note blog caught up with Lord Echo to talk influences.... from Elvis to Lee Perry

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ring The Alarm playlist, December 10

Talking Heads - Psycho killer live (Greg Wilson edit)
Churchill Stage Band - Superstition
Myron and E with the Soul Investigators - It's a shame
The Valdons -Stop wait a minute girl
The Bamboos - Tighten up
The Four Tops - I got a feeling
The Greedy Band - Slam dunk pt 1
Parlet - No rump to bump
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - How long do I have to wait for you
Michael Olatunji - Soul Makossa pt 1
Antibalas - Che che cole makossa
Kenny Dope - Supa
Eric B and Rakim - Don't sweat the technique
Lord Echo feat Mara TK - Just do you
Bacao rhythm and steel band  -Bacao suave
El Chicano feat Ersi Arvizu - I'm a good woman
Sunlightsquare combo - I believe in miracles
Nash Chase - Gimme a little sign
The Keil Isles - Monkey stomp
Bongmaster - Brothers and sisters
Che Fu - Misty frequencies (Submariner remix feat Danny D)
Definition of sound - Wear your love like heaven
Freestylers - B Boy Stance
Jackson 5 - Hum along and dance
Maceo and the Macks - Across the tracks
Roberta Flack - Go up Moses
Spanky Wilson  -Non stop flight
Eddie Kendricks - He's a friend