Having explored some of the amazing house music coming out of the UK in the mid-80s on This Ain't Chicago it's a pleasure to come back to the city that originated the house music style, and to some of it's most notable practitioners. Only 4 U (out October 30th on double CD, double LP & digital download) collects two decades of music on Chicago's Cajual Records, including indisputable classics such as label founder (later to be known as Green Velvet) Cajmere's "Percolator" & "Brighter Days," all the up to fantastic music the label is still releasing today. The collection brings together the many shades of Cajual for the first time in a definitive label overview presented with rare photos from the Cajual Records archive and liner notes by Bill Brewster of DJ History.
1. CAJMERE - PERCOLATOR (Remastered Original mix) 4.44
2. CAJMERE - CONFLICT 7.17
3. CAJMERE - CHIT CHAT (Clubhouse remix) 4.33
4. CAJMERE feat. DAJAE - BRIGHTER DAYS (Louie’s Masters At Work mix) 10.41
5. CAJMERE feat. DERRICK CARTER - DREAM STATES 7.06
6. CAJMERE feat. TERENCE FM - FEELIN’ KINDA HIGH (Vocal mix) 5.21
7. DAJAE – GET UP OFF ME (Cajmere’s mix) 5.39
8. GEMINI – IF YOU GOT TO BELIEVE IN SOMETHING 5.26
9. DAJAE - DAY BY DAY (Chez ‘N’ Trent vocal mix) 6.04
10. CAJMERE - HOUSE-WERK (Original mix) 7.54
11. CAJMERE feat. WALTER PHILIPS – MIDNIGHT (Original mix) 4.44
12. DAJAE – U GOT ME UP (Danny Tenaglia’s Club version) 8.05
1. GLENN UNDERGROUND – BEYOND 10.00 – UK jazz dude
2. GEMINI – LE FUSION 6.17
3. JOHNNY FIASCO – TAURUS 6.49
4. BRAXTON HOLMES presents JOHN REDMAN – PEOPLE EVERYDAY (12” mix Basement Boys Style) 10.32
5. ADAM – MOMENTS IN TIME 8.00
6. G.U. – THE WHEEL 7.31
7. DEEP SENSATION – GET TOGETHER (Deep Vocal mix) 6.41
8. ANDRE HARRIS – I CAN’T TAKE IT (Andre’s Original) 10.45
9. CAJMERE - SAY U WILL (Original mix) 5.29
10. GREEN VELVET presents JAMIE PRINCIPAL – LALALALALA (NSIDE MY MIND) 7.45
11. CAJMERE & RUSSOUL – LET’S DANCE 7.11
Even though the first volume of our celebration of Factory Records' dance catalog was a full double album worth of music, we couldn't help feeling that the legendary label's dance-leaning output was still fertile ground for exploration. One look at the track list for Fac. Dance 02 should show that there is still plenty A-list material to be collected. In addition to indisputable classics from groups like ESG and A Certain Ratio, we've also gathered some wonderful oddities, including Cheba Fadela’s Algerian rai blast, “N’Sel Fik”and the heavy dub and reggae stylings of The Wake, X-O-Dus and ACR alter ego Sir Horatio. Fac. Dance 02 will be out September 18th, with detailed track notes by Factory biographer James Nice, together with rare photos. The digital version of the album features five tracks not featured on the physical formats.
1. A CERTAIN RATIO – THE FOX 3.47
2. ESG – MOODY 2.46
3. MINNY POPS – BLUE ROSES 2.33
4. THICK PIGEON – BABCOCK + WILCOX 3.44
5. BITING TONGUES – MEAT MASK SEPARATIST 4.57
6. SIR HORATIO – SOMMADUB 7.18
7. X-O-DUS – SOCIETY 4.20
8. THE DURUTTI COLUMN – SELF PORTRAIT 4.40
9. SECTION 25 – KNEW NOISE 4.43
10. SHARK VEGAS – YOU HURT ME 6.59
11. FADELA – N’SEL FIK 7.06
12. KALIMA – LAND OF DREAMS 6.47
1. 52nd STREET – CAN’T AFFORD (Unorganised mix) 10.02
2. NYAM NYAM – FATE 8.06
3. A CERTAIN RATIO – LUCINDA 3.53
4. ESG – YOU’RE NO GOOD 3.09
5. SWAMP CHILDREN – SOFTLY SAYING GOODBYE 4.09
6. QUANDO QUANGO – GO EXCITING (12” mix) 5.57
7. SURPRIZE – IN MOVIMENTO 5.33
8. ANNA DOMINO – TAKE THAT 4.13
9. THE WAKE – HOST 7.57
10. ROYAL FAMILY AND THE POOR – VANEIGEM MIX 6.22
11. SECTION 25 – SAKURA 3.58
12. AD INFINITUM – TELSTAR 3.13
Canada’s hardest working super-group, The Souljazz Orchestra, are back! Since our last project together, 2010's Rising Sun, the band has been refining its sound on the road, and it shows on Solidarity which boasts a muscular, plugged-in sound that positively commands dancing. The album showcases a diverse set of influences, buoyed by the many featured vocalists, all of whom are connected to the group through the Canadian music scene, yet hail from a variety of backgrounds, from Senegal to Brazil to Jamaica and beyond. Recorded on vintage gear, the music packs a punch which is often lacking on contemporary recordings. Solidarity comes out September 18th, but we'll make sure to share some new music before that. The band will be touring internationally around the release, so look for them soon near you!
2. KELEN ATI LEEN
3. CARTAO POSTAL
4. YA BASTA
6. SERVE & PROTECT
7. CONQUERING LION
9. TANBOU LOU
We're going straight to the dance floor with this one! The midwestern American origins of House music have been widely celebrated, but there's something about the period when UK producers first started responding to the sounds making their way over from American shores that we find very special. On This Ain't Chicago, Richard Sen (of Bronx Dogs and Padded Cell fame) collects key tracks from the early rave days when acid house was starting to be heard clubs like Shoom, Spectrum, The Hacienda, The Jungle and others. Classics and should-be classics are featured on this two disc collection (due for international release on June 25th, July 10th in the US), which will also feature extensive liner notes, and a deeper look at some of the clubs, DJs and producers that pushed the UK deep into Acid territory.
1. BANG THE PARTY - BANG BANG YOU'RE MINE (Full Vocal remix)
2. WINDOW SMASHERS - FREE TO BE
3. JULIAN JONAH - JEALOUSY AND LIES
4. BABY FORD - CRASHING
5. MAN WITH NO NAME - FROM WITHIN THE MIND OF MY 909
6. RIO RHYTHM BAND - CUBA JAKKIN'
7. PLAYTIME TOONS - SHAKER SONG
8. JAIL BREAK - MENTALITY
9. EXOCET - SAFETY ZONE
10. RETURN OF THE LIVING ACID - TWIN TUB
11. CXX - THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS (Mix by Rhythm Doctor – Richard Sen Edit)
12. JULIE STAPLETON - WHERE'S THE LOVE GONE (remix)
13. ROHAN DELANO - INFLIGHT
1. SLY AND LOVECHILD - THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SLY & LOVECHILD (Andrew Weatherall Soul Of Europe mix)
2. ABILITY II - PRESSURE DUB
3. STATIC - IRON ORBIT (J. Saul Kane mix)
4. M. D. EMM - 1666 (Pyro-Maniac mix)
5. COLM III - TAKE ME HIGH (Mansion mix)
6. S.L.F. - SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT
7. PAUL RUTHERFORD - GET REAL (Happy House mix)
8. BIZZARE INC - TECHNOLOGICAL
9. US - BORN IN THE NORTH
10. ANNETTE - DREAM 17
A GUY CALLED GERALD – SPECIFIC HATE
THIS AIN’T CHICAGO – RIDE THE RHYTHM
What more could there possibly be to say about Fela Kuti? For many of us, Kuti’s music has been the primary entry point to the incredibly fertile terrain of hybrid African music. But aside from the obvious honor of having the privilege of releasing some of the first unheard Fela recordings in over twenty years, the fact that these recordings even exist in the first place is something of a marvel.
In 1984, Fela Kuti had planned to leave Nigeria to tour abroad, but was arrested and imprisoned on dubious charges of “currency trafficking,” preventing him from leaving the country. It took two years, and efforts from Amnesty International before Fela once again was able to share his music with the world. The music featured on this album was recorded the year of his release, live at the Fox Theater in Detroit.
The songs featured here, the shortest clocking in at 29 minutes and 35 seconds, aren’t among Fela’s best known compositions, though they did feature on studio albums with the Egypt 80 band. It’s in these unbridled live performances though that the material truly comes alive, complete with audience interaction, the incredible musicianship of the band, and Kuti’s inimitable vocal stylings. It’s evident that the audience as completely entranced.
Fela Kuti – Live In Detroit is a document of one of the greatest performers of the 20th Century, and we’re honored to be able to share it with you. The album will be released on Strut on May 8th on Strut Records internationally, and via our friends at Knitting Factory in the US. The Strut release will be a double CD / four vinyl / digital format.
01. JUST LIKE THAT 29.35
02. CONFUSION BREAK BONES 40.54
01. TEACHER DON'T TEACH ME NONSENSE 34.04
02. BEASTS OF NO NATION 38.49
Ebo Taylor is a towering figure in the field of African music. The fact that, well into his 70s, he continues to tour and record speaks loudly to his dedication to his craft, and to the worldwide excitement over his music. Appia Kwa Bridge will be the second new studio album of his since 2010, recorded again with Berlin's Afrobeat Academy.
On the new record, Ebo takes a personal approach, both in the subject matter, and the musical inspiration. “I wanted to go back to a highlife feeling with this album,” he explains. “The songs are very personal and it is an important part of my music to keep alive many traditional Fante songs, war chants and children’s rhymes.”
We're honored to be able to share new music with you from a man and musician of Ebo's stature. Appia Kwa Bridge will be released in April, and Mr. Taylor will be performing internationally this Spring.
With his two-disc collection of alternative dance music (which he claims could be called "Trevor's Teenage Years") coming soon, the man behind Output Recordings, Playgroup, and too many excellent record sleeve designs to count sits down to tell us a little bit more about the aforementioned teenaged years. His discussion of exposure to London club life as a fourteen-year-old make us nostalgic for one of the golden eras of nightlife. The music on Metal Dance just makes the the feeling hit that much harder...
Here at Strut, we're pretty huge fans of Factory Records, which should come as no surprise. Factory staples such as Quando Quango's "Love Tempo" have been compiled on our 'Disco Not Disco' series, and music from Factory's vast catalog has long been heavily featured in our DJ sets and general listening. For 'Fac. Dance' we decided to focus on some of the label's early output, narrowing in on some key dance floor cuts that comprise some of our favorite 12 inches and late night classics. We were lucky enough to have involvement from some of the label's key participants, including iconic designer and cover artist Peter Saville. Our friend Bill Brewster of DJHistory.com assembled the compilation and contributes the liner notes. Check the track list below, & look for the album at the end of October.
1. SECTION 25 – LOOKING FROM A HILLTOP (Megamix)
2. A CERTAIN RATIO – WILD PARTY
3. QUANDO QUANGO – LOVE TEMPO
4. 52nd STREET – EXPRESS
5. SWAMP CHILDREN – LITTLE VOICES
6. BITING TONGUES – BOSS TOYOTA TROUBLE
7. THE DURUTTI COLUMN – FOR BELGIAN FRIENDS
8. ROYAL FAMILY AND THE POOR – ART ON 45
9. A CERTAIN RATIO – KNIFE SLITS WATER (12” mix)
10. SECTION 25 – DIRTY DISCO
11. BLURT – PUPPETEER
12. X-O-DUS – SEE THEM A’COME
01. SHARK VEGAS – PRETENDERS OF LOVE
02. 52nd STREET – COOL AS ICE (Restructured by John “Jellybean” Benitez)
03. STREETLIFE – ACT ON INSTINCT (Hot Swedish mix)
04. THE HOOD – SALVATION! (Nitromix)
05. ABECEDARIANS – SMILING MONARCHS
06. MINNY POPS – TIME
07. QUANDO QUANGO – ATOM ROCK (New York remix)
08. MARCEL KING – REACH FOR LOVE (New York remix)
09. 52nd STREET – LOOK INTO MY EYES
10. QUANDO QUANGO – GENIUS
11. SWAMP CHILDREN – YOU’VE GOT ME BEAT
12. THE DURUTTI COLUMN – MADELEINE
A1: SECTION 25 – LOOKING FROM A HILLTOP (Megamix)
A2: A CERTAIN RATIO – WILD PARTY
A3: ROYAL FAMILY AND THE POOR – ART ON 45
B1: QUANDO QUANGO – ATOM ROCK (New York remix)
B2: 52nd STREET – COOL AS ICE (Restructured by John “Jellybean” Benitez)
B3: BLURT – PUPPETEER
C1: SWAMP CHILDREN – YOU’VE GOT ME BEAT
C2: X-O-DUS – SEE THEM A’COME
C3: THE DURUTTI COLUMN – FOR BELGIAN FRIENDS
D1: SHARK VEGAS – PRETENDERS OF LOVE
D2: MARCEL KING – REACH FOR LOVE (New York remix)
D3: ABECEDARIANS – SMILING MONARCHS
Minny Pops – Time
Kalima – Black Water
Royal Family & The Poor – Motherland
The Tropical Gangster is back! August Darnell a.k.a. Kid Creole returns with I Wake Up Screaming, his first studio album in over 10 years. The album finds Creole in top form, delivering the sort of clever commentary and intricately constructed grooves we've come to rely on him for. Mixed by Brennan Green (Chinatown Records, New York) and Lars Nissen (Denmark), the album features co-compositions and co-productions with Andy Butler of Hercules & Love Affair, which is a pretty amazing talent pool if we do say so ourselves! The first single, "I Do Believe," is due in July, with mixes by Brennan Green, Faze Action, 40 Thieves and Emperor Machine. Make sure to have a dance floor handy...
Our favorite rowdy disco experts are back with a new mix project, with a couple of twists. For one thing, this is the first time they've included contemporary productions and edits in their mix albums. So look forward to amazing music from the likes of Harvey, Yam Who?, Todd Terje, the boys themselves & others on the 1st disc, which represents their 'peak time' selections. The 2nd disc features a long-overdue exploration of the after hours 'sleaze' disco sub-genre, featuring mid-tempo master cuts from the likes of Sylvester, Two Tons of Fun, Idris Muhammad & more. Liner notes this time come courtesy of Daniel Wang, so expect something special. Horse Meat Disco III will be out early July, and of course the crew will be up to their usual globe trotting, so make sure the catch them when they come through your down. Full tracklist below!
1. JIMMY BRISCOE AND THE BEAVERS – INTO THE MILKY WAY (Felix Dickinson Edit)
2. LEFTSIDE WOBBLE – GRAPEVINE BOOGIE (Leftside Wobble Edit)
3. CLAUDJA BARRY – SWEET DYNAMITE (Todd Terje Edit)
4. FUZZ AGAINST JUNK – BORN UNDER PUNCHES (Harvey remix)
5. MUNGOLIAN JETSET – MOON JOCKS ‘N’ PROG ROCKS (Full Length version)
6. DIMITRI FROM PARIS & DJ ROCCA present ERODISCOTIQUE - DOWNTOWN
7. SUZY Q – I CAN’T GIVE YOU MORE (DC Edit)
8. BILLIE RAY MARTIN – SWEET SUBURBAN DISCO (Severino Dub remix)
9. AVA CHERRY – YOU NEVER LOVED ME
10. FIRST CLASS – LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER (Ron Hardy ‘Baby, Baby, Baby Aw Shucks’ Edit)
11. WILD GEESE – MACHO DISCO MASTER
12. TOM TRAGO – SHUTTERS (Extended 12” mix)
13. YAM WHO? – I’M IN LOVE
14. RAPHAEL CAMERON – TOGETHER (Stupid Human Edit)
1. IDRIS MUHAMMAD – FOR YOUR LOVE
2. SYLVESTER – GIVE IT UP
3. FEVER – TOLD YOU NOT TO MESS WITH HIM
4. SALSOUL ORCHESTRA feat. LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY - SECONDS
5. TAMBI – YOU DON’T KNOW
6. MARCEL KING – REACH FOR LOVE (Mark Kamins remix)
7. BAISER – SUMMER BREEZE
8. MIQUEL BROWN – CLOSE TO PERFECTION
9. WHAM - LOVEMAKER
10. T.S. MONK – CANDIDATE FOR LOVE
11. ROSE LAURENS – AMERICAN LOVE
12. B.L.T. – TIGHTEN IT UP
13. GENE CHANDLER – I’LL MAKE THE LIVING IF YOU MAKE THE LOVING
14. TWO TONS OF FUN – JUST US
One of our longest running series returns in May with an edition that digs ever deeper into the seemingly endless field of stunning West African cross pollinations of funk, jazz, rock, soul, and traditional African music. The latter, in the form of Highlife and Juju, is perhaps represented here even more than on previous volumes. But of course there's plenty of heavy funk, lest you think we could ever leave that behind. Nigeria 70 - Sweet Times: Afro-Funk, Highlife & Juju from 1970s Lagos is compiled by Duncan Brooker, as always, and he's truly come up with some gems here, none of which have ever been issued outside of Nigeria. You can preview three of the tunes and plenty of the album art in the video above. Look for Nigeria 70 - Sweet Times on May 10th featuring liner notes by John Collins, author of ‘West African Pop Roots,’ out May 10th on CD, LP & digital download.
Not long ago, in a wrap up of his favorite reissues for NPR, Now Again's Egon Alapatt expressed regret that a long awaited retrospective of Ghanaian music legend and possible candidate for coolest man alive, Ebo Taylor, didn't see a 2010 release. He's right that a comprehensive collection is long overdue, but we think you'll agree that "Life Stories" is worth the wait.
We dug deep to assemble not only solo material, but also side projects like The Apagya Show Band and short-lived Taylor-led combos Assase Ase, Super Sounds Namba and The Pelikans. We're also including a real gem in the form of CK Mann's "Etui," which Taylor wrote and produced. Liner notes come courtesy of the ever knowledgeable Miles Cleret, whose Ghana Soundz compilation deserves much credit for introducing Ebo Taylor's music to an international audience. And of course you can expect rare photos and original album art.
"Life Stories" will be out April 12th, with tour dates backed by Afrobeat Academy scheduled in select (and lucky!) of the globe. We'll have some music and video footage for you soon!
It is with great pleasure that we have the opportunity to announce that legendary guitarist Dennis Coffey will be releasing his new album on Strut. We've been working really closely with Dennis on the project, and can safely say that fans of his wah-wah and breakbeat laden solo material, as well as his pioneering work backing folks like The Temptations, Parliament, Edwin Starr & more will be delighted with what they hear.
One of the really fun things about the project from a record collector's standpoint is that about half of the material reaches back to classic soul songs on which Dennis first appeared, with guest vocal duties handled by a truly amazing array of musicians. Mayer Hawthorne croons over Parliament's "All Your Goodies Are Gone" from their Up For The Down Stroke LP. Two more Detroit belters, The Dirtbombs' Mick Collins and Rachel Nagy of The Detroit Cobras, join the party with another George Clinton related tune, Funkadelic's "I'll Bet You." Paolo Nutini delivers a great adaption of "Only Good For Conversation," from Rodriguez's much loved Cold Fact album. Fanny Franklin from killer Hollywood funk combo Orgone voices a new version of Wilson Pickett’s psych-soul jam "Don’t Knock My Love" and Lisa Kekaula from California garage-soul band The Bellrays takes on the 100 Proof Aged In Soul stomper "Somebody’s Been Sleeping."
For his new compositions on the album, Coffey revisits the uncompromising instrumental style he is renowned for. Milwaukee funk sensations Kings Go Forth (Luaka Bop) mould an intense funk jam around some heavy Coffey licks on ’Miss Millie.’ Album opener ’7th Galaxy’ echoes the hard guitar ’n’ breaks of his Detroit Guitar Band recordings for Sussex, ’Knockabout’ whips up an epic funky soundtrack groove and ’Space Traveller’ simmers on a sleazy, guitar-drenched, slo mo workout.
Dennis will be touring internationally to support the record, kicking things off with several appearances at SXSW (including some special guest sets that we'll tell you about soon). We're also planning an exclusive 7" for Record Store Day, and some other fun celebrations for that event, so keep your eyes open for details.
"Dennis Coffey" will be out April 25th.
Keep up with Dennis at http://www.twitter.com/DennisCoffeyDET and http://www.denniscoffeysite.com/. Tracklist:
1. 7th Galaxy
2. Don't Knock My Love feat. Fanny Franklin
3. All Your Goodies Are Gone feat. Mayer Hawthorne
4. I Bet You feat. Mick Collins (Dirtbombs) and Rachel Nagy (Detroit Cobras)
5. Miss Millie feat. Kings Go Forth
6. Somebody's Been Sleeping feat. Lisa Kekaula
9. Only Good For Conversation feat. Paolo Nutini
10. Space Traveller
11. Don't Knock My Love (Part 2)
We're launching a new series called Disconnect, which encourages DJs to dig deep into their record stash and serve up some of their favorite rare tracks and personal favorites from the darker side of their collection. Maybe get in to some records that they love, but don't get to play out all that often. We can't think of a better way to launch the series than with Leo Zero's amazing mix. Covering everything from Disco to Kraut rock to Afro - Punk, it's an amazingly cohesive and dance-able mix considering how much ground it covers. Check out the tracklist below for an idea of where it's headed, and look for more info soon at http://www.leozero-disconnect.com/. Leo's mix will be out November 22nd.
1. DESMOND & THE TUTUS – KISS YOU ON THE CHEEK
2. RITUAL – SORE LIP
3. KABBALA – ASHEWO ARA
4. THE PIRANHAS – VI GELA GELA
5. ESSENTIAL LOGIC – BRUTE FURY
6. BASEMENT 5 – SILICON CHIP (Extended Edit)
7. THE DREAD FLIMSTONE SOUND – GHETTO LIFE
8. WUNMI – MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
9. CHRIS & COSEY – EXOTICA (1988 remix)
10. PROPAGANDA – FROZEN FACES (12” mix)
11. INDAMBINIGI – ZIMBA
12. THE UNKNOWN CASES – MASIMBA BELE
13. GEORGE G – HOT LOVERS
14. CAN - HALLELUWAH
15. RICHY B MELODIA – KEEP IT MOVING ON
16. BRIAN ENO & JOHN CALE – SPINNING AWAY
17. THE COUNTACH – MY OASIS
TRAKS – WILD SAFARI (digital only)
We couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to present the classic music of Fania on Strut. There really is no way to have a conversation about Afro-Cuban music without touching on what Fania have done, and it's an honor to be able to share their music with our listeners. Salsa Explosion serves as a great entry point to the Fania catalog, touching on many of the different sub-styles that make up what is referred to as Salsa. So many classic artists and tunes on here. We're also thrilled to be able to present the album with a series of unpublished photos, and new artwork, some of which you can see in this video. Look for Salsa Explosion at the end of the month!
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