Peace – BLACK POWER (1975)

Zamrock — May 4, 2016 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: PEACE – BLACK POWER

Shipping now. This is the first official reissue of this essential Zamrock album.

Peace was one of of Zamrock’s best bands, kick-started by groups The Boyfriends and WITCH from Chamboli Mine Township, Kitwe, Zambia. Black Power was their sole release, recorded at Malachite Film Studio circa 1973-74 and issued circa 1975, sounds like nothing else in the Zamrock canon: a lost message drifting from the flower power era, imbued with a fiery Zambian voice.

The Mark III – Marvin Whoremonger

15-17 year old Las Vegas high school kids doing X-rated basement funk. This rare private press from 1976 is being reissued for the first time by Now-Again Records this fall as a part of Now-Again Reserve: a deluxe vinyl subscription.

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Here’s the story of one of funk’s most sought-after albums: Marvin Whoremonger is a concept-piece executed by a Vegas hustler, pairing the troubled musings of a transient vocalist (Marvin Neroes) with the exuberant funk of a teenage trio. Much of the album was recorded in a single take, then embellished by session musicians in Hollywood with synthesizers and a large horn section.

Producer Cholly Willians declared in the liner notes that the album would lead to international stardom for all involved. When Whoremonger was released in 1976, behind a garish, anonymous jacket, it failed immediately. Forty years later it has aged well, and stands as an immediately accessible – yet bizarre – exercise in late-period, real funk music.

Marvin Whoremonger will be the third release of Now-Again Reserve, set to ship September 18th, 2016.

Photos: Madlib at the Shrine, Los Angeles

Madlib — May 3, 2016 | Comments (0)

Just a couple photos of Madlib at Shrine Expo Hall with Four Tet, Ben UFO, Daphni, Floating Points. Photos by Daily Laurel. (Also see the remix.)


Mixtape: Egon on NTS Radio, May 3, 2016.

Egon is hosting a one month residency on NTS Radio – four (maybe five?) two hour shows of music from around the globe. Here’s an hour of the first show.

3:33 Rob Thomsett Entrance to Warrambool (Part I and II)
4:04 The Cyrkle Nicole
8:59 Eric Burdon Winds Of Change / Poem By The Sea
5:01 Mighty Ryeders Help Us Spead the Message
3:56 Ray Alexander Technique Special One
2:11 Dusko Goykovich Macedonian Fertility Dance
4:42 Dusko Goykovich Balkan Blue Modal Jazz
7:04 Sons & Daughters Of Lite A Real Thing
5:18 Southern University Jazz Ensemble Clean Air
2:52 Jose Pirates Imbarobo
3:26 Baden Powell Sarava
2:44 Orlann Divo Beleza No Vai Embora
4:03 Peter Lemer and Asilah 80 Invocation
8:38 Lightmen Plus One On The Road Home (Mono version)
3:09 Annexus Quam
3:18 Trubrot Eg Veit Ao Pukemur
2:25 Joao Bosco Quem Sera
2:11 Waltel Branco Tema De Abertura
2:48 Groep 1850 Friday I’m Free / Hunger
3:03 Illes Zenekar Mejez Az Ut
2:41 Träd Gräs Och Stenar Sanningens Silverflod
5:38 Steve Reid Lions of Judah
3:08 izvir Vibrolux
7:27 NO INFO
3:44 Erasmo Carlos E Presciso Dar Um Jeito Meu Amigo
3:31 Round Trip Ticket Captain Purple Rides Again (Down By The River)
4:02 Girma Beyene Ene Negne By Manesh
4:58 Totem
3:28 Manu Dibango Liberations Song
3:34 Odmenn It Takes Love

Video: J Dilla feat. Nas “The Sickness” (Produced by Madlib)

J Dilla — April 27, 2016 | Comments (13)

J Dilla’s “The Sickness,” produced by Madlib, a recording made in 2001 for Dilla’s The Diary, and completed in 2015 with a verse by Nas. This is a bonus track the iTunes release of the album.

Wake Up You – Vol. 2 – The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977

ON SALE: WAKE UP YOU – VOL. 2 – THE RISE AND FALL OF NIGERIAN ROCK, 1972-1977

Worldwide release date May 20, 2016.

Wake Up You! is presented in two 100+ page books full of never-seen photos and the story of the best Nigerian rock bands told in vivid detail by musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?).

Each volume is presented as both a hardbound book with CD in a resealable plastic sleeve, and as a double LP with a soft-cover book included in a custom-made 12″x 12″ book holder.

Read: ‘Wake Up You!’ Explores The Transitional, Post-War Rock ‘N’ Roll Of Nigeria – NPR’s All Things Considered.

Video: Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977

A short film about Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977. Produced by Uchenna Ikonne and Eothen Alapatt with narration by Uchenna Ikonne. This video was shot and edited by Bennett Piscitelli. Wake Up You Vol. 1 is out now. Wake Up You Vol. 2 comes out May 20, 2016

Tropicalia in Furs comes to Rappcats, May 21-22, 2016

Joel Stones is bringing record store Tropicalia in Furs, from NYC to Los Angeles for a 2-day popup shop at Rappcats

Sat & Sun, May 21-22
Noon-6PM
5636 York Blvd,
Los Angeles CA 90042

“I will bring tons of Brazilian records, 45s, LPs, some jazz, funk, soul, prog, psych, garage, boxes of 45s with good French, Turkish, African, Northern Soul, tons of crazy stuff.”

Tropicalia in Furs, housed in a small storefront in the LES, NYC, was a record store like no other: a spot to buy rarities, hear psychedelic sounds and engage in unparalleled chit chat with owner Joel Stones, a cadre of open minded individuals and celebrities from the Beastie Boys to Elijah Wood. The shop closed in 2013. We hosted a popup event with Tropicalia in Furs last summer and sold out of every record. Now Joel is bringing back the store for a second helping – and promises to fly to Brasil to bring fresh stock the week before the event.

“Bring yo weed, I got a story to tell…”

J Dilla — April 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

Available in DARK NAVY BLUE | WHITE | BLACK

“Bring yo weed, I got a story to tell” are lyrics from the title track of J Dilla’s The Diary. The shirts were design by Mason London, printed on Alstyle.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Cocaine Parties in L.A. – 12 inch single

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib — March 30, 2016 | Comments (5)

ON SALE HERE: FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – COCAINE PARTIES IN L.A.

Rappcats exclusive: 12-inch single, now shipping. “Cocaine Parties In L.A.” b/w “Cocaine Parties In L.A. (Instrumental)”

“Cocaine Parties In L.A.” is produced by Madlib with lyrics/vocals by Freddie Gibbs. All sleeves are screen-printed by hand, one-of-a-kind – 10 variations in all, but each slightly different. Illustration by Gustavo Eandi, design by Jeff Jank, screened by Hit N Run.