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.

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