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Horse Meat Disco Volume IV Coming In June

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The Souljazz Orchestra “One Life To Live” Video

The new music video  for Souljazz Orchestra’s “One Life To Live” captures the group’s impeccably tight live chemistry, as well [...] Read More…

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The Souljazz Orchestra – “Kingdom Come” (Music Video)

American soul, Nigerian-style Afrobeat, and of course jazz make up the foundations of The Souljazz Orchstra’s sound, but as prodigiously [...] Read More…

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Souljazz Orchestra European Tour Dates Spring 2014

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Haiti Direct: Out Now!

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Horse Meat Disco Volume IV Coming In June

'Hot milk'The globe trotting quartet of nightlife savants otherwise known as Horse Meat Disco has once again given the world an invaluable musical resource, in the form of the fourth installment in their compilation series. With more than two years having passed since the last collection, there’s been plenty of time to amass exciting tracks both new and old, and Horse Meat Disco Volume IV is brimming with quality.

Opal’s “Ain’t No Way” (streaming below) already has us dancing, and there’s a lot more to come. Horse Meat Disco Volume IV will be out June 16th, on 2xCD (one mixed disc, one unmixed), 2xLP with CD insert, and digital download. CD versions will include a fold-out poster featuring the distinctive jacket from the cover art.

As always, there will be no shortage of opportunities to catch the HMD gang in a club near you (tour dates here). You can also hear them every Sunday on Rinse.FM.

CD 1: Mixed by Horse Meat Disco

1. OPAL – AIN’T NO WAY (Special Club mix)
2. K.S.B. – MISALUBA
3. THE SUNBURST BAND – TASTE THE GROOVE (Hot Toddy remix)
4. VALERY ALLINGTON – STOP (Original version)
5. ISH – DON’T STOP
6. KING SPORTY & THE ROOT ROCKERS – GET ON DOWN
7. CLEAVAGE – BARAH (Sampled version)
8. L’AMOUR feat. KRYSTAL – LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT
9. PHREEK PLUS ONE – LA SPIRALE (J’s Loveboat mix)
10. SHAHID MUSTAF MC – GETTING TO KNOW MC (Funked Over mix)
11. J. BOOGIE’S DUBTRONIC SCIENCE feat. THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME – GO TO WORK (Hot Toddy mix)
12. WINNERS – GET READY FOR THE FUTURE
13. RENA – I LOVE YOUR BEAT (PLAY IT AGAIN SAM)
14. LAURA TAYLOR – SOME LOVE
15. JOEY NEGRO vs. HORSE MEAT DISCO – CANDIDATE FOR LOVE (Horse Meat Disco mix)
16. CAMOUFLAGE – BEE STING

CD 2: Unmixed

1. OPAL – AIN’T NO WAY (Special Club mix) 8.24
2. K.S.B. – MISALUBA 6.44
3. VALERY ALLINGTON – STOP (Original version) 4.30
4. SHAHID MUSTAF MC – GETTING TO KNOW MC (Funked Over mix)
5. KING SPORTY & THE ROOT ROCKERS – GET ON DOWN 6.51
6. L’AMOUR feat. KRYSTAL – LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT 5.17
7. ISH – DON’T STOP 9.23
8. JOEY NEGRO vs. HORSE MEAT DISCO – CANDIDATE FOR LOVE (Horse Meat Disco mix)
9. CLEAVAGE – BARAH (Sampled version) 7.15
10. RENA – I LOVE YOUR BEAT (PLAY IT AGAIN SAM) 6.35
11. LAURA TAYLOR – SOME LOVE 4.45
12. CAMOUFLAGE – BEE STING 7.28

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LP

A1 OPAL – AIN’T NO WAY (Special Club mix) 8.24
A2 ISH – DON’T STOP 9.23

B1 K.S.B. – MISALUBA 6.44
B2 KING SPORTY & THE ROOT ROCKERS – GET ON DOWN 6.51
B3 VALERY ALLINGTON – STOP (Original version) 4.30

C1 L’AMOUR feat. KRYSTAL – LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT (Remix version) 5.17
C2 WINNERS – GET READY FOR THE FUTURE 5.25
C3 RENA – I LOVE YOUR BEAT (PLAY IT AGAIN SAM) 6.35

D1 LAURA TAYLOR – SOME LOVE 4.45
D2 CLEAVAGE – BARAH (Sampled version) 7.15
D3 CAMOUFLAGE – BEE STING 7.28

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DIGITAL

1. OPAL – AIN’T NO WAY (Special Club mix)
2. K.S.B. – MISALUBA
3. THE SUNBURST BAND – TASTE THE GROOVE (Hot Toddy remix)
4. VALERY ALLINGTON – STOP (Original version)
5. ISH – DON’T STOP
6. KING SPORTY & THE ROOT ROCKERS – GET ON DOWN
7. CLEAVAGE – BARAH (Sampled version)
8. L’AMOUR feat. KRYSTAL – LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT
9. PHREEK PLUS ONE – LA SPIRALE (J’s Loveboat mix)
10. SHAHID MUSTAF MC – GETTING TO KNOW MC (Funked Over mix)
11. J. BOOGIE’S DUBTRONIC SCIENCE feat. THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME – GO TO WORK (Hot Toddy mix)
12. WINNERS – GET READY FOR THE FUTURE
13. RENA – I LOVE YOUR BEAT (PLAY IT AGAIN SAM)
14. LAURA TAYLOR – SOME LOVE
15. JOEY NEGRO vs. HORSE MEAT DISCO – CANDIDATE FOR LOVE (Horse Meat Disco mix)
16. CAMOUFLAGE – BEE STING

The Souljazz Orchestra “One Life To Live” Video

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 1.20.47 PM The new music video  for Souljazz Orchestra’s “One Life To Live” captures the group’s impeccably tight live chemistry, as well as their analog aesthetic. Shot in their basement studio in Ottawa, the clip translates the intensity of the live show into a more intimate environment. With pyrotechnics like this happening like this on the regular, let’s hope the studio is well equipped for fire safety!

Inner Fire is available in record stores now, as well as on iTunes, Amazon and the Strut Store (where there are still a few 180 gram vinyl copies left!).

The Souljazz Orchestra – “Kingdom Come” (Music Video)

souljazz_orchestra4_med_crop (photo by Alex Mattar)American soul, Nigerian-style Afrobeat, and of course jazz make up the foundations of The Souljazz Orchstra’s sound, but as prodigiously skilled musicians and prolific listeners, the Orchestra regularly incorporates other sonic reference points into their compositions. On “Kingdom Come,” one of the many highlights from their new album Inner Fire, there’s a distinct flavor of Ethio Jazz, as popularized by Mulatu Astatke. But the music, as typified by up an front raw recording style, a razor sharp rhythm section, and the prominent baritone saxophone work, is immediately recognizable as a Souljazz creation.

Watch the new video for “Kingdom Come,” comprised of public domain images of Egyptian art, below. Inner Fire is available in record stores now, as well as on iTunes, Amazon and the Strut Store (where, as always, LP orders will be shipped on limited 180 G vinyl while supplies last).

William Onyeabor “Fantastic Man” Documentary, Featuring Strut’s Quinton Scott & Duncan Brooker

The music of Nigeria’s reclusive synth funk innovator William Onyeabor has reached a new level of exposure via Luaka Bop’s excellent Who Is William Onyeabor? compilation last year, yet many hard facts about Onyeabor’s biography remain elusive. In their new documentary “Fantastic Man,” Noisey speaks with musicians and champions of Onyeabor’s music, including our own Quinton Scott and Duncan Brooker who included the sublime “Better Change Your Mind” on the first Nigeria 70 compilation, about their appreciation for his music, and the search for the facts about his life.

Souljazz Orchestra European Tour Dates Spring 2014

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. The Souljazz Orchestra is one of the best live bands one could hope to see. And after tearing up Canadian clubs in February, they’re crossing the ocean to take their six-person wrecking crew to Europe for a generous run of shows in March and April. By that point there will have been plenty of opportunity to get to know the new material from Inner Fire, which comes out February 24th (and is streaming this week on Pandora).

Add these dates to your calendar, and get full details and ticketing links at the Souljazz Orchestra site.

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Mar 21 – Pfarrkirchen, DE – Bogaloo
Mar 22 – Cologne, DE – Bhf Ehrenfeld
Mar 26 – Brétigny-sur-Orge, FR – Le Rack’Am
Mar 28 – Ivry, FR – Le Hangar 94
Mar 29 – Montpellier, FR – Rockstore
Mar 30 – Rambouillet, FR – L’Usine à Chapeaux
Apr 01 – London, UK – The Jazz Cafe
Apr 02 – Bern, CH – Turnhalle
Apr 03 – Bern, CH – Turnhalle (Matinee)
Apr 03 – Basel, CH – Kaserne Basel (Evening)
Apr 04 – Brussels, BE – Espace Senghor
Apr 05 – Paris, FR – New Morning
Apr 09 – Istanbul, TK – Salon ÌKSV

Dance Mania European Tour February 2014

With our Hardcore Traxx retrospective of the legendary Dance Mania Records out this week, here’s a chance to catch some of the original Dance Mania DJs on the road in Europe during the coming weeks. DJ Funk and Parris Mitchell hit Studio 80 in Amsterdam and Concrete in Paris (in a soundclash with Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S.) this weekend and one of the original ghetto house legends, Jammin’ Gerald, echoes his legendary sets at The Factory with his first appearance anywhere outside of the USA on 21st February at Ääniwalli in Helsinki. Finally, Parris Mitchell joins another 4/4 legend, Jovonn, for an exclusive session at London’s Corsica Studios.

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14th February: Studio 80, Amsterdam. (DJs: Parris Mitchell, DJ Funk)
15th February: Concrète, Paris. (Dance Mania vs. L.I.E.S. DJs: Parris Mitchell, DJ Funk, Ron Morelli, Svengalisghost)
21st February: Ääniwalli, Helsinki: (DJs: Jammin’ Gerald, Parris Mitchell(
22nd February: Corsica Studios, London: (Find Me In The Dark x Body Hammer. DJs: Parris Mitchell, Jovonn & more)

Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997 is out now on 2CD / 2LP / digital

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Dance Mania Gets Best New Reissue On Pitchfork!

dancemania_vis6 Our Hardcore Traxx collection of Chicago house and ghetto anthems is out this week, and we’re thrilled to see that, along side many other stellar reviews in the press, Pitchfork as given it their prestigious “Best New Reissue” designation.

With Ray Barney and Parris Mitchell having recently re-launched the label, it’s fantastic to see their work, and that of all of the artists who contributed to the project, receiving its due acclaim.

“Like garage rock or blues or any art that’s trying to accomplish a lot with very little, a surprising amount of weirdness ensued… Dance Mania’s tracks [are] among the catchiest and most brazen of their kind, alternately hypnotic and disruptive.”

Read the full review here, and stream Paul Johnson’s anthem “Feel My M.F. Bass” below. Hardcore Traxx is available at fine retailers worldwide, as well as online stores including iTunes, Amazon & our own Strut Store.

Haiti Direct: Out Now!

STRUT093_cover sm Literally years in the making, our Haiti Direct collection, compiled by Hugo Mendez of Sofrito, is out and available in stores. The two disc collection celebrates the overlooked musical legacy of Haiti, going beyond Ra-ra and voodoo stereotypes to trace the development of a unique sound that echoed across the Caribbean, yet remains relatively under the radar outside of the region.

Support from fans, press, and radio has been amazing, with BBC Radio 6 Music playlisting regularly, and the Sunday Times calling the collection “essential listening.”

Haiti Direct is available on 2xCD, 2xLP (with CD included), and digital download, and can be purchased from local music retailers, as well as iTunes, Amazon, and the Strut Store.

Preview three of the tracks from Haiti Direct below.

Record Store Day 2014 Releases From Rodion G.A. & Dance Mania

RSD2014We have no shortage of reasons to love the Springtime: the long awaited thaw, blooming plant life, young love (or in some cases not so young…). But high on our list of favorite things about the Spring is Record Store Day, which this year falls on Saturday April 19th. Any occasion to celebrate independent music retailers, to create special vinyl-only treasures, and of course to get out there and hit the record bins is aces in our book!

This year we have two very special pieces for the Record Store Day faithful. First we have a never-before-released science-fiction soundtrack from the enigmatic Rodion G.A. We’re also following up our Hardcore Traxx collection with three more rare treats from one of Chicago’s great house music labels, Dance Mania.

For a full list of participating Record Store Day stores and info on Record Store Day releases, head to http://www.recordstoreday.com/

Rodion G.A. – Misiunea Spatiala Delta (Delta Space Mission)

Rodion DSM cover medFor listeners who found our 2013 release of mostly unheard psychedelic / electronic compositions from obscure Romanian outfit Rodion G.A. to be a revelation, we have a treat for you. In the early 80s, Rodion was approached to create an electronic score for a science fiction feature based on a Romanian animated TV series. Rodion’s 15-minute prototype score was unfortunately shelved at a late stage and replaced with more accessible cues from composer Adrian Enescu, but the recordings survived, and it’s our pleasure to present the previously unreleased music on vinyl for Record Store Day 2014. Misiunea Spatiala Delta (Delta Space Mission) is mastered from the original reel-to-reel tapes and is limited to 1000 copies worldwide.

Dance Mania - Revival Traxx EP

Dance Mania EP cover medAmidst the overwhelmingly positive feedback for our Hardcore Traxx collection of classics from Chicago’s Dance Mania label, several keen listeners expressed regret that even more music wasn’t included. We completely agree, which is why we’ve teamed up once again with Dance Mania for an EP that mines the deeper parts of the revered archive for three bona fide dancefloor burners.

The A-side is made up of two key cuts from 1994: Drewsky’s ‘Wigged Out’ (produced by DJ Deeon and mixed by DJ Milton) and Club Style’s ‘Spirit’ (recorded by Paul Johnson and Robert Armani).  On the flip, we feature a previously unreleased cut from Parris Mitchell’s Rhythm II Rhythm moniker. Recorded at the same time as the classic ‘A Touch of Jazz’ in ’92, ‘Mellow Magic’ is another melodic, subtle house gem but was shelved due solely to a packed 12” release schedule on Dance Mania. Vinyl on this one is limited to 500 copies worldwide, available exclusively from participating Record Store Day retailers.

Enjoy supporting your local record shop for Record Store Day, and we’ll see you in the bins!

 

 

Psychedelic Haitian Soul from Le Loups Noirs

LoupsNoirsOne of the most interesting aspects of the music and time period covered on our Haiti Direct release is the sheer number of stylistic fusions that characterize Haiti’s music of the 60′s and 70′s. “Pile Ou Face,” by Les Loups Noirs, stands out with the notable influence of American soul music, and the lightly psychedelic elements of the guitar and organ make it especially unique.

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Led by charismatic singer Gardner Lalanne, Les Loups Noirs (The Black Wolves) were extremely popular in the ’70s, touring extensively and recording across the Caribbean and in New York and Paris. “Pile Ou Face” (heads or tails) is an uncharacteristically experimental instrumental that layers saxophones and swirling organ over a rolling compas beat – a great demonstration of the way that the timbales and percussion sections of the big bands were being replaced by stripped-back cowbell and kick drum at the beginning of the ‘70s.

Haiti Direct, compiled by Hugo Mendez of Sofrito, is out today (tomorrow in the US). Pick it up at fine music stores worldwide, or via the links below:

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