New ‘Original Masters’ Full-Album Re-Issue Series Kicks Off With A Lost Nigerian Disco Funk Classic

This year sees an exciting new undertaking from the Strut camp. We’re launching ‘Original Masters,’ a series of essential original LP reissues exploring rare and under-rated African, Latin and Caribbean music classics, curated by leading collector and DJ, Duncan Brooker.

If that right there is enough to let you know that you’ll be needing each of these classic LPs, we’re offering a subscription option which guarantees a copy of each of the four 1LP Original Masters releases we have planned for 2017. Each one is a new pressing of an extremely rare crate essential, so a subscription means you’ll have some great music to look forward to!
*Note, if you’ve already pre-ordered the Joe King Kologbo album and would like to subscribe to the full series, please email bandcamp@k7.com

The first release in the Original Masters series arrives February 10th 2017, in the form of an experimental highlife / disco outing by Nigerian highlife guitarist Joe King Kologbo.

Forced to flee Nigeria when the Biafran War broke out in 1967, Kologbo spent the late 60s performing with various outfits in Ghana before returning to Lagos in 1971 and playing with Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and Fela’s wider circle of musicians. By the time he recorded the ‘Sugar Daddy’ LP for the tiny Electromat label in 1980, he was one of the older musicians on the circuit.

“Since he was based in the East during his early days, he was not as well known nationally as some of the other highlife players of the time,” says Oghene Kologbo, “so it’s nice that this album is coming out again. It brings back good memories. That Range Rover on the cover – that is Fela’s!”

Joe King Kologbo’s Sugar Daddy is released 10th February 2017 in its original artwork and features new interviews with Oghene Kologbo and Sonny Akpan of The Funkees. Pre-orders are available now. An edited version of the 15-minute title track is streaming below.

A Snapshot Of Hawaii In The 1970s

The intoxicating sounds on Roger Bong’s Aloha Got Soul collection create a vivid mental picture of Hawaii in the 1970s, conjuring images of pristine waves, big hair, and life at an unhurried pace. It’s a place we want to be so badly that we cobbled together some vintage footage of the island, set to the lovely “Kona Winds” which appears on the album. Go get your board, we’ll go out and grab a tube.

Aloha Got Soul is out now on CD, 2LP (w. CD included) and digital formats.

Roger Bong’s ‘Aloha Got Soul’ Preview Mix

Aloha Got Soul final front coverRoger Bong’s ‘Aloha Got Soul’ blog, label and brand has been a driving force behind the newfound recognition for Hawaii’s incredible sun-drenched funk, disco, soul, and rock of the 1970s and 80s. Roger’s efforts to unearth and present underheard sounds from the islands have resulted in some incredible music receiving national attention for the first time.

With his expertly-curated Aloha Got Soul collection out this Friday, Roger has assembled a short DJ mix to give a taste of some of the sounds you’ve been missing out on. It’s not quite a ticket to Hawaii in the 1970’s, but it’s the next best thing.

Aloha Got Soul is available 18th March on CD, 2xLP (w. CD included) and digital formats.

Hear The Laid-Back Funk Monster “Kona Winds” From Aloha Got Soul

Aloha Got Soul final front coverFunkier than most yacht-rock, and beachier than most funk, “Kona Winds” is three and a half perfect minutes of aural relaxation. The track originally appeared on the “Homegrown” compilation series in 1978, showcasing local Hawaiian artists. Today, the track fits comfortably in Balearic DJ sets and left-field funk mixes.

“I was out in Venice with DJ Harvey,” says Mark Barrott, “and “Kona Winds” came on the radio whilst we were sat by the beach having breakfast, looking at the early-morning surfers. I actually rang US directory assistance for the first and last time in my life to get the number of the station to get a track ID. I NEVER get bored of the spoken intro; last summer I was a little worse for wear in the middle of a DJ set by Es Vedra and I just looped the spoken intro and left it running for 30 mins… it sounded fine to me.”

“Kona Winds” appears on Aloha Got Soul, a new compilation assembled by Roger Bong, documenting the vibrant soul, AOR, jazz funk and disco scene across Hawaii in 1979-1985. Aloha Got Soul is released 18th February on CD, 2xLP & digital formats. Pre-orders are available now.

Breezy Hawai’ian Disco, Funk & AOR on ‘Aloha Got Soul’

Aloha Got Soul final front coverThis February, an inspired collection of funk, disco, jazz and AOR recorded in Hawai’i shines a whole new light on the islands’ music culture. Aloha Got Soul encompasses a vibrant and varied era of recordings made during the 1970s and early 1980s, many of which never received attention on the mainland, despite brilliantly talented musicians, regular gigs and full album releases. Thanks largely to collector and DJ Roger Bong of Aloha Got Soul, a new interest in this fertile era of Hawaiian music has steadily grown in recent years, culminating in this new compilation of overlooked gems.

The influence of Western music in Hawai’i dates back as far as the ragtime era with the creation of hapa haole music (“half Hawaiian, half Caucasian”), but from the early 1960s with the island’s new American statehood status and the influx of rock’n’roll, a proliferation of new bands, night clubs and influential radio DJs like Tom Moffatt ushered in a boom in hybrid sounds. By the late ‘70s, the influence of bands like Earth Wind & Fire and Tower of Power had sparked a rich, close-knit soul scene on the islands led by jazz-funk innovators Seawind (CTI Records). Artists like Aura, Nohelani Cypriano and Mike Lundy shone brightly but relatively briefly through to the mid’-80s.

Hear a track below from Aura (pictured on the album cover), a family band consisting of eight siblings and featuring two female singers and an incredibly tight horn section.

Aloha Got Soul, out March 18th 2016, is compiled and annotated by Roger Bong and features rare photos and original artwork. Pre-orders are available now. All orders from Strut’s online store and bandcamp page will be discounted 10% in advance of the release date.

Strut’s Favorite Releases Of 2014

StrutBestof2014To mark the end of the year, we thought it would be worth asking Strut’s Quinton Scott to pull out a few of the albums that have been on repeat at the label HQ during 2014. Hope you enjoy this round-up of archive African gems, soul stompers, DIY electronics and more.

For more updates on our favorite music, make sure to follow our Original World Funk and Death Disco & Jacking House Spotify playlists.

Big thanks to everyone who has supported the label this year and wishing everyone a really happy and peaceful Christmas.

10 COMPILATIONS / REISSUES

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V/A – Haiti Direct (Strut)

Stream on Spotify

Hugo Mendez collects together stunning set of compass and twoubadou rarities.

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Nana Love – Disco Documentary: Full of Funk (BBE)

Stream on Spotify

Essential oddball West African disco set.

 

GraceJonesGrace Jones – Nightclubbing (Deluxe Edition) (Island)

Stream on Spotify

Well curated deluxe version of classic album with massive previously unreleased cover of ‘Me! I Disconnect From You.’

LesAmbassadeurs_600Les Ambassadeurs – Les Ambassadeurs De Motel De Bamaco (Sterns)

Stream on Spotify

‘70s Malian legends celebrated in a superb Stern’s deluxe package.

tabu-boxV/A – The Tabu Records Box Set (Tabu)

Buy from Dusty Groove

Early Jam & Lewis slick soul genius from Brainstorm, SOS Band and more.

K-Leimer_A-Period-Of-ReviewK. Leimer – A Period of Review (Rvng Intl)

Buy from Rvng Intl

Superb previously unreleased ambient pieces from US artist Kerry Leimer.

cybotron-enterCybotron – Enter (Fantasy)

Stream on Spotify

Juan Atkins and Richard Davis with their seminal ‘human life meets technology’ opus from ‘83.

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V/A – Suburban Base Records: The History Of Hardcore, Jungle, Drum & Bass 1991-1997 (New State)

Buy from Piccadilly

Always a favourite rave label during the original days. Brilliant, raw, DIY dancefloor bombs and long overdue comp.

NorthernSoulV/A – Northern Soul: The Film Soundtrack (Harmless)

Buy from Juno

Fantastic collection of gems soundtracking Elaine Constantine’s film. Great for connoisseurs and newcomers alike.

ScienceFictionParkV/A – Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublik (Finders Keepers)

Buy from Finders Keepers

Dark and strange DIY electronics from ‘80s West Germany.

10 New Albums

ToddTerje_AlbumTimeTodd Terje – It’s Album Time (Olsen)

Stream on Spotify

The master Terje flexes his production guns with a great mix of disco, exotica and soul on his full length debut.

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Meridian Brothers – Salvadora Robot (Soundway)

Stream On Spotify

Surreal soundscapes from Colombia. Future music genius.

AndyStottAndy Stott – Faith In Strangers (Modern Love)

Buy from Boomkat

Brilliantly bleak and blown out electro / drone soundscapes.

FumacaPretaFumaca Preta – Fumaca Preta (Soundway)

Stream on Spotify

Primal and bonkers album mixing Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms with properly wigged out psychedelics.

CaribouCaribou – Our Love (Merge)

Stream On Spotify

Expertly crafted lush synth-meets-falsetto set.

 

nilsfrahmNils Frahm – Spaces (Erased Tapes)

Buy from Erased Tapes

Completely obsessed with Frahm’s music and ‘Spaces’ is minimal, spiritual majesty from start to finish.

ClapClapClap! Clap! – Tayi Bebba (Black Acre)

Stream on Spotify

Futuristic Afro sketches touching on electro, juke and hip hop.

fhloston_paradigm_-_the_phoenix_535_535_c1Fhlostom Paradigm – The Phoenix (Hyperdub)

Stream on Spotify

Kept going back to this album in 2014. Quality atmospheric soundtracky house-scapes. Fantastic production.

Orlando_Jaiyede AfroOrlando Julius with The Heliocentrics – Jaiyede Afro (Strut)

Stream on Spotify

Massive honour to work with the Afro-soul legend this year. New album found him on top form, revisiting compositions from his youth.

freddie-gibbs-madlib-pinataFreddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata (Madlib Invasion)

Stream on Spotify

Forward thinking beats and hard-knock raps. Madlib still untouchable.

 

 

Orlando Julius Explains His Role In The Disco Classic ‘Back To My Roots’

4.1.1Lamont Dozier’s “Back To My Roots” (which would go on to be covered by Odyssey, Richie Havens and many others) is a classic of the disco era. The track’s message of returning “to the place of my birth” is accentuated by a chugging guitar line reminiscent of Afrobeat. As it turns out, that’s not an accident.

In the video below, Orlando Julius (pictured here with James Brown) explains how his impromptu session with Hugh Masekela resulted in Julius’ composition “Ashiko” appearing on Masekela’s new album. It’s the signature figure from “Ashiko” that appears in “Back To My Roots,” for which Masekela received a writing credit, while Julius’ contribution remains unacknowledged.

Orlando Julius has refused to become embittered by his experience, but it’s a good feeling to be able to share his story. His new collaborative album Jaiyede Afro, recorded with The Heliocentrics, is available now from your local record shop, on iTunes, Amazon, and the Strut Store.

 

Video: A Night At Horse Meat Disco

HMD dancers 2 squareHorse Meat Disco’s weekly residency at The Eagle is a London Sunday institution; a place for revelers to stave of the work week for a few more hours of dancing and debauchery. The party is a truly unique and affirming experience, and one of the reasons we connected with the crew for a series of compilations of top-notch disco treats. If a trip to London isn’t in your near future, this video takes you inside the club. Shot over Easter Weekend, it captures much of what we love about Horse Meat Disco.

HMD’s fourth collection with be out on June 16th. Orders are available via iTunes, Amazon, and the Strut Store. For more info, visit http://www.horsemeatdisco-thealbum.com/

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

Download A Re-Edit of a KPM Classic from Waiwan

It’s well known that the music libraries of the 60’s and 70’s have become serious sample fodder for hip-hop and electronic producers. But the music has also become a staple on adventurous dance floors a la carte, or in some cases after subtle tweaks from a gifted editor. That’s exactly what Manchester producer Waiwan has done with his expert take on the Keith Mansfield classic “Crash Course.” We’ve posted a download to our Soundcloud page, and the original version is available on Music For Dancefloors: The KPM Music Library, which is out now.