Mulatu Astatke Tours Australia & New Zealand

Mulatu Astatke has had a fairly breakneck touring schedule of late, and that shows no sign of letting up too soon. This November he’ll be heading south of the Equator with his band for a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand. The legendary Ethiopian composer and vibraphone player will be joined on each date by the Black Jesus Experience.

19/11/2011: Melbourne – The Arts Centre
20/11/2011: Perth – Freemantle Festival, Freemantle Town Hall
25/11/2011: Auckland -The Power Station
02/12/2011: Sydney – The Factory Theatre

Strut Boat Party In London

It’s been some time, more than eight years, since we got the Strut crew together in London for an evening of fine music and revelry. The time has come once again, and we’re going to do it up in proper style! We’ll be taking to the decks on the deck of the Tamesis Dock, moored at Albert Embankment, with a crew of label friends and family, and some special guests. This will our grand re-entrance into the London nightlife, so look for more events on the horizon. Come raise a glass and give summer a final hurrah to the finest sounds in disco, soul, afro-funk, and everything in between!

STRUT RECORDS BOAT PARTY
The Tamesis Boat Dock, Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP
(between Lambeth Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge)
Sunday 25th September 2011
DJs Duncan Brooker, Toni Rossano, Christine Indigo, & special guest Bill Brewster
4.00pm to 12.00am
Tickets: £5 all night – on the door. Book online at www.ticketweb.co.uk

Dennis Coffey To Be Honored At Detroit Music Awards, Performance With Mayer Hawthorne

It feels really great to see deserving people get their due, and it’s difficult to think of many people more deserving of recognition when it comes to Detroit music than Dennis Coffey. On April 15th, the day before Record Store Day, The Detroit Music Awards will be honoring Dennis with a Distinguished Achievement Award.  He’ll be joined on stage by Mayer Hawthorne, to perform the track “All Your Goodies Are Gone,” which appears on the new album.  Dennis is also nominated for the video for his cover of Cee-Lo’s “F**k You,” which features a host of notable Detroit folks.  If you’re in the area, you can catch the show at The Fillmore Theater.

Breakestra European Summer Tour Dates

Breakestra returned in 2009 with their long-awaited sophomore set exploring all colours of the funk spectrum. Built around the vision of “Music Man” Miles and Mixmaster Wolf (as well as producing, recording and writing the tracks, Miles performs bass, drums, guitars, cello, keys, percussion and vocals on the record), the trademark Breakestra touche remained intact: Wolf fronted tough breakbeat jams ‘Dark Clouds Rain Soul’ and Stones Throw single ‘Low Down Stank’; Miles himself brought his soulful vocals to ‘Need A Little Love’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Wait’ and amazing new female vocalist Afrodyete recalled the heyday of JB’s Funky People on the terrific ‘Come On Over’.

Now you can join Breakestra on their Summer Tour 2010!

Horse Meat Disco Are Baaaaaack!!

We had so much fun on the last Horse Meat Disco mix that you know we had to do it again! If you can’t make it to their legendary weekly London gig (and we highly suggest you make it a priority) this is the closest you can get to the balls out disco insanity you’re guaranteed to encounter there. These guys have the record knowledge to put many disco obsessives to shame, yet manage to sidestep the dry and joyless collector scene in favor of a party that gets to the heart of the original disco spirit. Check out a short promo mix and the tracklist for the album below. Horse Meat Disco II will be out June 22nd.

Horse Meat Disco – Volume 2 – Mini Promo Mix by warmhq

Horse Meat Disco II Tracklist

1. EL COCO – AFRODESIA
2. LEONORE O’MALLEY – FIRST TO BE A WOMAN
3. STEPHANIE MILLS – YOU CAN GET OVER
4. TEMPEST TRIO – DO YOU LIKE THE WAY IT FEELS
5. SCHERRIE PAYNE – I’M NOT IN LOVE (GIRL, YOU’RE IN LOVE)
6. KASSO – WALKMAN
7. CYCLADES – FIRE TO DESIRE
8. FIRST LOVE – DON’T SAY GOODNIGHT
9. MADLEEN KANE – CHERCHEZ PAS
10. LAURETT RUSSELL GRANT – HOT TO TROT
11. ELECTRA feat. TARA BUTLER – FEELS GOOD
12. BRAVO – TOUCH ME NOW
13. NIGHTFALL – NIGHTIME BOOGIE

Black Rio Vol. 2 launch party


Friday 24th July – Batmacumba: Black Rio 2 Launch Party
Live on-stage: London School Of Samba + guest deejays + exclusive early evening film showing Notting Hill Arts Club /21 Notting Hill Gate/ 7-2am / free before 8pm
This is our big summer party as Batmacumba hosts the launch party for Black Rio 2 the new compilation by DJ Cliffy. In the 7 years since DJ Cliffy compliled the first instalment of Black Rio he has dug even deeper in record shops and flea markets across Brazil to put together the second instalment – 18 seriously funky and obscure tropical soul and funk tracks. Apart from showcasing some of the music on the night their will be a chance to win copies of the album.
To celebrate the launch of the album Strut Records and Batmacumba have joined forces to put on a riotous launch party with live music from London School of Samba, the UK’s premiere samba school featuring over a dozen drummers and dancers, creating carnival chaos live on-stage. DJ Cliffy is joined on the decks by Strut Records head-honcho Quinton Scott with a sensational summer mix of tropical Brazilian sounds.
Early in the evening (7-9pm) there will be an exclusive presentation of the new documentary about the life of Wilson Simonal entitled ‘Ninguém Sabe o Duro que Dei’. During the 1960’s Wilson Simonal was Brazilian most successful singer, his weekly tv show commanded huge audiences and record sales to match; he was also black. In the late Sixties a whispering campagin linked him to the then dictatorship and his career came to a sudden halt. This new film explores the controversy surrounding his demise.