We released some great music and film in 2013. Here is the full round-up:
Runaway Orchestra - Runaway Orchestra - CD / download
Taking a slight turn from our regular output we released Runaway Orchestra’s self-titled debut album; a collection of ten cover songs that feature the beautiful vocals of Sophie Madeleine and the folk arrangements of Runaway Orchestra.
Ebo Taylor - Ebo Taylor - LP / CD / download
Originally released in 1977, Ebo Taylorʼs self-titled album is a rarity that truly exposes the genius of the Ghanaian producer and arranger. The six songs that make up the album exemplify Taylorʼs desire to experiment and move beyond the constraints of colonial influences on Highlife and African musical traditions.
Ebo Taylor - Conflict - LP / CD / download
One of Ghanaʼs finest producer and arrangers, Ebo Taylor was involved in a lot of the afro-funk to emerge from the country in the 70s working with bands such as Apagya Show Band and fellow musicians such as C.K. Mann and Pat Thomas. Conflict was originally released in 1980 and is finally seeing a long overdue reissue.
Nico Gomez & His Latin Percussion Inc. - Ritual - LP / CD
Belgium, not the first place you’d think of when it comes to Latin or Afro funk. Yet one of the greatest records to blend both styles came from the small northern European country, masterminded by Nico Gomez and his Afro Percussion Inc. Ritual was originally released in 1971 on the Dutch label Omega International.
Peter King - Shango - LP / CD
Shango by Peter King is an album loaded with history. Originally recorded in 1974 in a Camden studio session funded by money from a TV soundtrack recorded by King a few years earlier, it remained unreleased for close to 30 years despite King releasing five albums in the years that followed, the band touring America, Europe and Japan and King establishing himself in the West as one of Nigeriaʼs finest multiinstrumentalist. It finally saw release in 2002 by which point King had returned to his homeland to found the Peter King College of Music and continue his lifelong dedication to seeing “how far I can go with Highlife fusion.”
Nico Gomez & His Latin Percussion Inc. - La Lupita / Baila Chibiquiban - 7" vinyl
Killer 7" taken from Gomez' LP, above.
Various Artists - Funk Globo: The Sound of Neo Baile - CD / 12" / download
A compilation, featuring 14 unreleased and exclusive tracks from worldwide producers that reinterpret the love-it-or-hate-it Brazilian Baile Funk sound. The compilation was put together by two of the movement’s most knowledgeable players: Sao Paulo-based Funk na Caixa aka Renato Martins and London-based Sean Casey aka Bumps, founder of Club Popozuda.
Peter King - Miliki Sound - LP / CD
Originally released in 1975 via Sonny Robertsʼ Orbitone label, Miliki Sound is an album by Peter King, one of Nigeriaʼs most talented multi-instrumentalist, highlighting his unique blend of Afrobeat, Highlife, jazz and funk.
Blo - Chapter One - LP / CD
African rock pioneer, Blo’s debut album, ‘Chapter One,’ was originally released by EMI in 1973. ‘Chapter One’ is one of the most sought after African albums, despite the fact that it performed poorly upon release, which lead to the band switching labels to focus on a funkier sound. However, this album remains to be a rare piece of African psychedelic funk, which can reach up to $4000 for an original copy. Blo’s ‘Time To Face The Sun’ returned to the limelight when it was was sampled by legendary LA based hip hop producer Madlib on his hit 'Face The Sun'.
Various Artists - Brazilian Beats 7 - CD / download
Following on from six volumes, a detour to Brooklyn and a cut-up megamix – all as collected in a special 8-CD boxset – our famed Brazilian Beats compilation series finally returned. Brazilian Beats 7 continues to shine a light on the country’s wealthy musical heritage, both past and present, while acting as an honest guide for listeners seeking exciting and different musical pastures.
Junip - Oba, La Vem Ela / Zapattta - A Mesa Santa - 7" vinyl
Super obscure pysch-rock monster 'A Mesa Santa' by Zapattta, originally released on Odeon Brazil in 1971, b/w Junip, aka José González, Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn, who cover Jorge Ben's classic 'Oba, Lá Vem Ela', originally recorded for the film 'The Fourth State'. Both tracks feature on our Brazilian Beats 7 compilation.
Marcelo Machado - Tropicalia - BluRay / DVD
Marcelo Machado takes the audience on a tour through powerful sounds and images and into the history of one of Brazil’s most iconic cultural movements, 'Tropicalia'. Featuring the ground-breaking sounds of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes, Tom Ze and more.