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)

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

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

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Essential oddball West African disco set.

 

GraceJonesGrace Jones – Nightclubbing (Deluxe Edition) (Island)

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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)

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

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

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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)

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Superb previously unreleased ambient pieces from US artist Kerry Leimer.

cybotron-enterCybotron – Enter (Fantasy)

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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)

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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)

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

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

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

10 New Albums

ToddTerje_AlbumTimeTodd Terje – It’s Album Time (Olsen)

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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)

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Surreal soundscapes from Colombia. Future music genius.

AndyStottAndy Stott – Faith In Strangers (Modern Love)

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Brilliantly bleak and blown out electro / drone soundscapes.

FumacaPretaFumaca Preta – Fumaca Preta (Soundway)

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

CaribouCaribou – Our Love (Merge)

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Expertly crafted lush synth-meets-falsetto set.

 

nilsfrahmNils Frahm – Spaces (Erased Tapes)

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

ClapClapClap! Clap! – Tayi Bebba (Black Acre)

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

fhloston_paradigm_-_the_phoenix_535_535_c1Fhlostom Paradigm – The Phoenix (Hyperdub)

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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)

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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)

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

 

 

Watch Part Two Of Our Celluloid Records Documentary Series

Here’s the second half of our video documentary on Celluloid Records. Bill Laswell and Grandmixer DXT, part of Celluloid’s production brain trust, speak on some of their production work together outside of the label, including Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking song “Rockit,” and PiL’s Album with Ginger Baker. Label founder Jean Karakos also speaks about signing Fela Kuti to Celluloid. Hearing info on these projects and more from the mouths of their creators is one of the reasons we love what we do! Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story is out now on double CD, double LP (w/ CD insert) and digital download.

Part One of Celluloid Records Documentary Series With Bill Laswell, DXT & Jean Karakos

The story of Celluloid Records is a complicated one, and one that goes deeper than the music. Vivien Goldman did a fantastic job of outlining some of the label’s history and context in her liner notes for Change The Beat, and now we have the pleasure of learning even more from some of the key players in the label’s storied history. Filmed in Paris and New York City, this two part series features producers and musicians Bill Laswell and DXT (formerly Grand Mixer DST) and founder / owner Jean Karakos. Part two in the series will be posted shortly. Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story is out now on double CD, double vinyl w/ CD insert, and digital download.

Celluloid Records Retrospective Coming 2013


We’ve had the good fortune to be able to closely examine some incredible, seminal labels retrospective form, but we’re hard-pressed to think of a label whose output so closely mirrors the full spectrum of what we love than Celluloid records. Touching on everything from breakdance classics and early hip-hop singles to experimental disco and no wave, and even some classic soul and funk and world music fusions, Celluloid’s output is an unparalleled representation of the no-rules musical landscape of the early 80s, in New York City and beyond. CHANGE THE BEAT: THE CELLULOID RECORDS STORY 1980 – 1987 will be released February 19th on Strut.

Celluloid Records was formed in Paris during the late ‘70s by Jean Georgakarakos (often referred to by the shorter name Jean Karakos), who had spent the previous decade co-running French record shops and the spiritual jazz label BYG. The label gathered steam following Karakos’ fateful trips to New York in the early ‘80s. It was there that he met Bill Laswell, who had himself landed fresh in the Big Apple from Michigan, Karakos began releasing the full spectrum of Laswell’s early work, from the avant-rock cacophony of Massacre to his fluid, dance / post-punk production outfit, Material.
Karakos also became involved in the nascent hip-hop scene In New York, releasing Time Zone’s breakdance classic “Wildstyle,” featuring Afrika Bambaataa and French MC B Side. In 1983, both he and Laswell worked with Herbie Hancock on his electro smash, “Rockit.” From the resultant publishing income, Karakos and Laswell continued to explore early hip-hop culture and a slew of classics followed: successful 12’s by Hancock’s scratch DJ, Grandmixer D.ST, Fab 5 Freddy’s groundbreaking French / English slo-mo rap “Change The Beat” and graf artist Futura 2000 on the cult single “Escapades Of Futura 2000” backed by The Clash. Time Zone would also re-surface with Bambaataa and collaborator John Lydon (PiL / Sex Pistols) with the apocalyptic chart smash “World Destruction.”

By 1986, Laswell’s work for Celluloid became increasingly sparse as he was pulled onto major projects for Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, PiL and more. The label, meanwhile, continued its eclectic path with recordings by jazz legend Eric Dolphy, John McLaughlin and the Welcome To Dreamland compilation of out-there Japanese pop overseen by regular Laswell cohort, Fred Frith. African music also continued to feature heavily in the label’s later output through world pop stars like Kassav and Toure Kunda.

Change The Beat is released in conjunction with Jean Karakos and Celluloid Records. Formats include 2CD, 2LP and digital. All physical formats feature rare photos from the Celluloid Records archive and extended interviews with label owner Jean Karakos, Bill Laswell, Afrika Bambaataa, John Lydon, Rusty Egan (Time Zone) and more. The digital version of the album features five extra tracks not featured on the physical formats.

CD 1

1. SHOCKABILLY – DAY TRIPPER 3.43
2. MASSACRE – KILLING TIME 2.54
3. FERDINAND – TELE, APRES LA METEO 3.36
4. MATHEMATIQUES MODERNES – DISCO ROUGH (Long version) 4.45
5. THOMAS LEER & ROBERT RENTAL – DAY BREAKS, NIGHT HEALS 3.58
6. SNAKEFINGER – LIVING IN VAIN 3.43
7. WINSTON EDWARDS & BLACKBEARD – DOWNING STREET ROCK 4.54
8. LIGHTNIN’ ROD – SPORT 2.35
9. FUTURA 2000 (ft THE CLASH) – THE ESCAPADES OF FUTURA 2000 6.57
10. TIMEZONE – WILDSTYLE (12″ Vocal) 9.14
11. DEADLINE – MAKOSSA ROCK 11.03
12. BOBONGO STARS – KOTEJA 7.39
13. TOURE KUNDA – AMADOU TILO 2.46

CD 2

1. NINI RAVIOLETTE – SUIS-JE NORMALE 6.34
2. RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS – DESTINY STREET 4.41
3. SAPHO – CARMEL (12“ mix) 6.34
4. GINGER BAKER – DUST TO DUST 5.32
5. LAST EXIT – BIG BOSS MAN 1.03
6. MANDINGO – HARIMA 6.05
7. MANU DIBANGO – ABELE DANCE (’85 remix) 7.00
8. TIMEZONE – WORLD DESTRUCTION (Original 12″ mix) 5.37
9. MATERIAL, MICHAEL BEINHORN, BERNARD FOWLER, BILL LASWELL & NILE . RODGERS – I’M THE ONE (Dance version) 7.31
10. GRANDMIXER D.ST – HOME OF HIP HOP 7.12
11. B SIDE with BERNARD FOWLER – ODEON (Dance mix) 5.46
12. FAB 5 FREDDY – CHANGE THE BEAT (Male version) 7.37
13. THE LAST POETS – MEAN MACHINE CHANT / MEAN MACHINE 4.02

DIGITAL ONLY:
JIMI HENDRIX, BUDDY MILES & LIGHTNIN’ ROD – DORIELLA DU FONTAINE (Single Edit) 4.46
GRANDMIXER D.ST – CRAZY CUTS
SHANGO – SHANGO MESSAGE
MODERN GUY – ELECTRIQUE SYLVIE 7.38 (Full length version)
B SIDE – SO HOT (feat. Tony Allen) 4.05

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

Norman Jay MBE & the History of Good Times


As we celebrate the anniversary of one of our favorite, and certainly one of the most influential sound systems, it’s nice to be able to take a look back at the development of Norman Jay’s Good Times, and his shaping of popular tastes. Through conversations with Norman himself, and those close to him, we get to see some of the many things that made (and make) Good Times so special. Hats off to Norman, and to the parties which have brought so many people together.

Dennis Coffey Remix EP: Free D/L!

A couple of weeks ago we posted Shigeto’s fantastic remix of Dennis Coffey & Mayer Hawthorne’s “All Your Goodies Are Gone” to get you psyched for the upcoming remix EP. We hope it worked too, because the EP is here, and it’s amazing! We assembled some of the most talented artists from the Detroit area, all influenced by Coffey’s work, for a collection of re-interpretations and remixes of his new tracks. With mixes from Dabrye, 14KT, Recloose, Nick Speed & more, you know it’s going to be something special. And what’s more, it’s totally FREE. Grab the EP in its entirety below, and if you haven’t checked out Dennis’ full solo album yet, get on that!

http://www.denniscoffey-thealbum.com/Re-Worked/

Dennis Coffey Remixes On The Way: Hear Shigeto’s Mix Now

One thing about working with Dennis Coffey: the man likes to keep things Detroit-centric as much as possible. Which is great. The sheer amount of talent coming out of the D is incredible, and his latest album was heavily enriched by contributions from some of the city’s finest performers, including Mayer Hawthorne, Mick Collins of The Dirtbombs, Rachel Nagy of The Detroit Cobras and more. So it came as no surprise that when we started the discussions about putting together a remix compilation, the plan was to pull from Detroit’s extremely rich electronic community.

We’re partnering up with Fat Beats to give away the whole collection soon, which includes contributions from Dabrye, 14KT, Recloose, Nick Speed & more, but to kick things off we wanted to share with you this excellent remix from Ghostly’s Shigeto. The Michigan beat maker puts a distinctive bounce underneath “All Your Goodies Are Gone,” somewhere in between garage house and the signature Motor City hip-hop sound characterized by innovators like Jay Dilla. The remix collection, titled Outer Galaxies: Dennis Coffey Reinterpreted will be out soon. Dennis Coffey’s Dennis Coffey album and Shigeto’s Full Circle are out now.

All Your Goodies Are Gone feat. Mayer Hawthorne (Shigeto remix) by Strut

Norman Jay MBE Celebrates 30 Years Of Good Times With A New Compilation

Norman Jay walks his own path as a DJ, a regrettably rare trait these days. His Good Times sound system is a festival mainstay, and an institution at Notting Hill Carnival, where Jay was instrumental in introducing a range of gritty, soulful styles to complement the predominantly reggae-based sound systems. Jay helped spread an appreciation for deep crates and eclectic selections during the rise of Acid Jazz, and was a force behind Shake ‘N’ Fingerpop, High On Hope and the seminal Talkin’ Loud label alongside Gilles Peterson, all of which built his reputation for open-minded soulful selections spanning soul, funk, disco, early house, reggae and hip hop. He is also the first DJ to be presented with the MBE honor. For you non-Brits, that’s Member of the Order of the British Empire. Other honorees include, say, The Beatles.

Now, the maestro returns with a special 30th Anniversary collection for Strut, another bumper set of genre-hopping classics and rare Good Times favourites. Tracks include boogie rarity ‘Dreamin’ by short-lived band Zalmac and Fries & Bridges’ ‘Forever This’, a 4×4 belter featuring an early vocal by chart superstar Cee-Lo Green. Jay touches on independent hip hop with Basement Chemist, jazz grooves courtesy of Kira Neris and Attic Tree, skanking reggae from Jacob Miller and doo-wop soul courtesy of Little Anthony & The Imperials. The album is an incredible collection of music from a man whose one-of-a-kind selections have pleased crowds the world over. Look for it in July on CD, LP + digital download, featuring a new interview between Jay and journalist Lloyd Bradley, as well as career-spanning photos.

Tracklist:
1. MARK CAPANNI – I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES
2. AVERY SUNSHINE – I GOT SUNSHINE
3. TED TAYLOR – GHETTO DISCO (Edit)
4. ZALMAC – DREAMIN’
5. TERRI WELLS – WHO’S THAT STRANGER
6. LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS – I DON’T HAVE TIME TO WORRY
7. MARIO BIONDI – MY GIRL
8. JACOB MILLER & INNER CIRCLE – TIRED FE LICK WEED IN A BUSH
9. THE BASEMENT KHEMIST – EVERYBODY (L I F E)
10. J BOOGIE’S DUBTRONIC SCIENCE feat. GOAPELE and CAPITOL A – TRY ME (People Under The Stairs Remix)
11. ATTIC TREE – VOAR
12. CURTIS MAYFIELD – VICTORY
13. DANTE – FREAK IN ME
14. FRIES & BRIDGES – FOREVER THIS
15. THE DETROIT EXPERIMENT – THINK TWICE (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
16. ASHLEY SLATER – PRIVATE SUNSHINE

DENNIS COFFEY TO RELEASE RECORD STORE DAY 7″ W/ STEINSKI REMIX

We love Record Store Day. Any excuse to go get our hands dirty is a welcome one, and when you add a bunch of limited edition vinyl from quality artists, plus in-store performances and all sorts of other fun, we’re all about it. But until now, we’ve been missing out on one key part of the action, which is putting together a limited release of our own, and we thought the Dennis Coffey release would be perfect. So for this year’s celebration, we’re putting together a super limited 7″ featuring a digital-only instrumental bonus track from the album, plus an exclusive mix by legendary cut-n-paste producer and serious vinyl head Steinski (if you’re not up on the Lesson series get familiar).  Dennis will even by stopping by UHF in Detroit for a special home town in-store performance.  It all goes down April 12th, so get excited!  Dennis’ self titled album will be out two weeks later on April 26th.