Our new series asks some of our favourite record shops to give us the 12"s that our doing it for them right now. First up comes legendary Amsterdam outlet Rush Hour, taste makers to half the DJ's 'cross the continent. The Rush Hour staff delve deep to give a selection of reissued classics, deep new house, reggae for heads, and afrobeat for the cosmos. Click on individual titles, or head over to the Rush Hour website for more details.
In the early 1970’s, the Mama Djombo underground orchestra played mostly for secret political rallies supporting the PAIGC, the major Independence Movement for Guiné and Cabo Verde. Adriano Atchutchi became the bandleader after independence, bringing a book full of his songs. Atchutchi recruited singer Dulce Neves, adding creole sweetness to its already heady mix of juvenile enthusiasm, candid melodies and touches of luso-tropicalism.
This is the electro-fried avant-garde side of On-U Sound. Whilst still containing the dub DNA that define Adrian Sherwood's productions, these tracks document a period when this sonic vision was realised through saturated sheets of electronics, reverberating drum machines and extreme chopped-up tape edits. 3LP edition with 20 tracks on the vinyl plus the additional 7 tracks from the CD as part of the download card.
After 30+ years of being on the shelf, (and going for £100+ on Discogs...) G.G. & Company‘s EP "Thinking About You" is going for World Wide Distribution. Check!
New LP by Levantis who previously released on TTT. Rumoured to be one of the UK's most prolific producers...
Few have developed as distinctive an identity as quickly as Young Marco. In two years, the Dutch vinyl obsessive has shot from relative obscurity to global notoriety, building his name through brilliant, vastly wide-reaching DJ sets and optimistic, rhythm-obsessed, simplistic-but-detailed production.
Soul singer Gloria Ann Taylor has no rags to riches tale to tell. Her story is one of personal sacrifice, failed relationships, and missed opportunity. She was leading a hard knock life before being swept-up by the flash and promise of a marriage and business partnership with a successful record producer. She would be nominated for a Grammy, rub shoulders with James Brown and Bootsy Collins, and turn heads from Motown. But in the end she rejected professional singing, the music business, and the lifestyle that came with it. Thankfully for music lovers, before Gloria closed the doors on her singing career, she left us with some amazing soul songs. Deeply shaded by gospel roots, her haunting sound clearly comes from the gut. Gloria did not fake the funk.
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