Stream “Panno Caye Nan Bois Chêne” From Haiti Direct

Strut0009.pdfThe Caribbean is responsible for so much incredible music, it can be difficult to stay on top of it all. Haitian music in particular seems to have been broadly overlooked on a global scale. Our collection Haiti Direct (compiled by Hugo Mendez of Sofrito and out in January 2014) aims to offer an entry point to Haiti’s musical output of the 1960’s and 70’s, covering a variety of musical styles and interesting fusions. “Panno Caye Nan Bois Chêne,” by Les Fantaisistes de Carrefour, offers a glimpse at some of the music included in the collection.

From the album’s liner notes:

Founded by saxophonist Carmin Bichotte in the summer of 1967 in the Carrefour suburb of Port au Prince, Les Fantaisistes celebrated their more egalitarian roots and promoted themselves in opposition to the more uptown milieu of groups like Les Shleu Shleu, scoring numerous hits with lead singer Ricot Mazarin. The spaced-out “Panno Caye Nan Bois Chêne” – with vocals by Haitian singer and poet Ansy Derose – is taken from an album recorded whilst on tour in Guadeloupe in the early 70s and riffs on the local biguine rhythm to haunting effect.

Listen To A Sweet And Soulful New Tune From Cornell Campell & Soothsayers

Cornell Campbell is a peerless vocalist, not only in the field of reggae music, but on the broader musical landscape as whole. His collaboration with London’s Soothsayers (part of our Inspiration Information series) is something special, and should be a delight to fellow fans who have followed Campbell’s career over the decades that he’s been putting out quality music. “With You My Heart Belongs” features a great vocal performance, and tight dubby backing from Soothsayers.

The new album Nothing Can Stop Us comes out July 9th on CD, LP (w. CD insert) and digital download.

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.

Download A Track From Rodion G.A.’s Lost Tapes

We’ve already shared the incredible story behind the creation of Rodion G.A.’s recordings, and their discovery nearly 30 years after their initial creation. Of course, the story only means so much if the music itself doesn’t transport the listener to a place they’ve never been before. With that in mind, we’ve posted a standout track from our collection of previously unreleased material to our Soundcloud for free download. We’re pretty sure you’ve never heard anything quite like it.

The Lost Tapes, which collects material recorded in Romania in the early 80s that has never had an official release, will be available on May 28th on CD, Vinyl, and digital download.

Sleaze to Please: 10 Sleazed-out Jams Selected by Dennis Citizen Kane

The term “sleaze” as applied to disco goes back to the mid-70s, and was used to describe the slower, often vocal-lead tracks that DJs would spin toward the end of a party, in many cases in the early hours of the morning. The always informative Horse Meat Disco guys used the sub-genre as an inspiration for one of the discs on their third compilation with us, and there is of course an ongoing and healthy debate taking place online as to what technically is and isn’t bona fide “sleaze.”

As Dennis Citizen Kane (the man behind the Disques Sinthomme / Ghost Town labels, one of our favorite DJs in New York, and another great source for disco history and information) is launching a new club night at the Soho Grand this Friday featuring some authentic sleaze sounds, we thought we’d take the opportunity to have him share some of his favorites.

Says Kane: “These songs are not ranked in any specific way, they are just 10 great sleazy jams, they all have tremendous atmosphere and great sonic palettes. All of them convey such an intense mood and intimacy, elegant, erotic, exotic, and modern.”

Kane’s newest release is a remix for Liz Torres out this week on Luxor records, and we highly recommend checking out his Disques Town podcast.

Sleaze to Please – 10 sleazed-out jams selected by Dennis Citizen Kane

10 Pino Presti – Disco Shitan

9. Shock Taktix ~ Morocko

8. Puccio Roelens – Northern Lights

7. Jo Dassin – Le Jardin Du Luxembourg ( TeeTwo Mariani Edit )

6. Night Creatures – That’s the night

5. Crystal Bird – Tunnel

4. Francis Lai – #1

3. Marti Cane – Love the way you love me

2. Bob Chance – Jungle Talk

1. Double Fantasy – Food for fantasy

Hear a Heavy Library Funk Classic: John Cameron’s “Swamp Fever”

Why do we love library music so much? Take a listen to John Cameron’s “Swamp Fever” for an idea. Air-tight musicianship, out-front back-beat, sparse arrangement, crisp recording, effortlessly funky. It’s as if it were made with the beat lovers of the future in-mind.

“Swamp Fever” is featured on our Music For Dancefloors collection, and originally appears on one of the heaviest and most sought after of all KPM LPs, Afro Rock, recorded at Morgan Studios by John Cameron and Alan Parker in London in 1973. As well as being a library music veteran (with over a dozen different LPs recorded for KPM and Bruton Music since the ’70s), Cameron is a bona fide film composer whose credits include Kes from 1969 and 1973’s A Touch Of Class (starring Glenda Jackson and George Segal) for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

Music For Dancefloors: The KPM Music Library (Deluxe version) is released on April 2nd on 2xCD (original studio recordings and live concert), 2xLP featuring the original studio recordings and 2xCD insert of the full CD content, and digital (original studio recordings and live concert).

Download A Chicago House Classic From Cajmere

The dance floor has always served, at least in part, as an ideal location for a potential romantic conquest. On the classic yet somewhat overlook track “Chit Chat,” Cajmere goes slightly meta, showcasing his pick-up skills over classic house beat which likely provided the background to a number of real life conversations along the same lines. The Chicago producer (born Curtis Jones) recalls, “Chit Chat always makes me think of Tony Humphries because he showed that song so much love. It’s really because of him that the song became as popular as it did.” The track, along with two discs full of equally essential productions from the Cajual Records catalog, appears on Only 4 U: The Sound Of Cajmere And Cajual Records 1992 – 2012, out October 30th 2012.

Stream a Rare Tom Moulton edit of Bang The Party

Tom Moulton is a dance music legend and pioneer in the same realm as Walter Gibbons, whose work we explored on our Jungle Music collection a couple of years ago. When we found out that we had the opportunity to release for the first time on vinyl a rare Moulton edit of Bang The Party’s “Bang Bang You’re Mine” (which appears on Richard Sen’s This Ain’t Chicago collection), you can imagine our excitement. This is lovely slice of dance floor bliss, and a great example of the cross-polination of the nascent UK House scene with the American producers who helped inspire it. This version will be released on limited vinyl 12″ and digital single on July 23rd, along with May’s “Love Me Baby” and a new Richard Sen edit of K.C.C.’s “Future III.”

Bang The Party – Bang Bang You’re Mine (Tom Moulton Edit) by Strut

Hear Colm III’s “Take Me High” from This Ain’t Chicago

One of the joys of working with a connoisseur like Richard on putting together a collection like This Ain’t Chicago is being hipped to some great tracks that might have flown beneath the radar. Colm III’s “Take Me High” (Mansion Mix) didn’t make the biggest splash for the West Midlands production duo, but it’s a hell of a track, and we’re happy to share it with you. We’ll let one half of the group, Mike Evans of Ruby Red Records, contextualize it for you:

(from the album notes)
“Ruby Red was one of the best known shops in the West Midlands for many years – we did well with dance music and catered for whatever anyone wanted, really. We sold a lot of bootleg Northern soul records. Colm III was myself and a DJ called Malcolm Heath who also worked in the shop and ‘Take Me High’ was one of the first records we released. It was really only picked up by Midlands and Northern DJs at the time. The follow-up single which had a track called ‘Acid Cracker’ was picked up by a couple of shops in London.

“It was the early stages of that type of music. After that, we did score a chart hit with ‘Addicted To Love’ by Powerzone and I started Cleveland City Records (Ruby Red was in a road called Cleveland Street in Wolverhampton). We had some big records there – Tony Di Bart ‘The Real Thing’ was a national Number One and we scored dancefloor hits by Chubby Chunks, Direct 2 Disc and a few others.”

Colm III – Take Me High (Mansion Mix) by Strut

Hear A Rare Shark Vegas Track From FAC. DANCE

Originally available exclusively on Factory Records’ US-only 1987 compilation ‘Young, Popular And Sexy,’ Shark Vegas’ “Pretenders of Love” is something of a lost gem. With production that recalls New Order’s mid-80s output, it’s a satisfying slice of electronic pop from a Berlin group that has since slipped below the radar. This track along with many other choice bits from the Factory camp will appear on our FAC. DANCE compilation, a two disc collection of 12″ dance mixes and overlooked tracks from Factory Records’ early forays into dance music, out in October.

Shark Vegas- Pretenders Of Love (FAC. DANCE) by Strut

You can pre-order the full MP3 album on iTunes