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Friday, 6 August 2010

Summer Purchases since I've been back........

Here are some items i've grabbed since coming back off holiday......

Bobby Jackson - The Café Extra-Ordinaire Story (2010)(JMANLP.035)

"You won’t find the name Bobby Jackson in the jazz books. Yet here is a remarkable man who did more than anyone to promote live jazz in his hometown of Minneapolis, risking everything to open a venue for jazz lovers and putting on such luminaries as Freddie Hubbard, Roland Kirk and Elvin Jones. In so doing he rode the wave of financial insecurity, dealt with problems involving drugs, the law and the police, not to mention the issues and temperaments of the musicians themselves. Yet he still managed to keep things together enough to record a truly deep and inspired album with his band - although it took another 8 years before it was finally released, albeit in minimal quantities and with zero distribution!

And so the seventh release in our HOLY GRAIL series tells the story of Bobby Jackson and his Café Extra-Ordinaire. The music is deep, modal and progressive jazz. The story is one of bearded coffee-drinking jazz heads, Elvin Jones shedding tears, silver foil backdrops, and we also reveal what happened when a young man named Prince ventured into the café one day with the intention to sit in on a jam session!
The LP is a reproduction of the original, pressed on 180g virgin vinyl. The CD also contains a 12 page colour booklet with previously unpublished pictures provided by Bobby Jackson himself. Interviews with Jackson and his band help to make up the extensive liner notes, telling the engaging story of the Café Extra-Ordinaire and all who took part in it."
(Jazzman Records)


A1 Paul's Ark 3:20
A2 Ya Kum Ba 3:25
A3 Bobby's Blues 5:50
A4 Understanding 2:30
A5 Peepin 4:20
B1 Fluck Flick 7:35
B2 Ebonite 5:30

The NATURAL YOGURT BAND - Eastern Promise / Psalm 7" (JM.076)

".....continuing where they left off the NYB don’t disappoint with another glimpse into their extensive archive of ethereal, esoteric and otherworldly sounds! Percussive polyphonics, transient pulsations and phonosynthetic oscillations massage your brain and ease your senses into a floating world of physiodelic cosmic space throb…

Nothing much has changed since ‘Away with the Melancholy’, the first album recorded by NYB. It sold out everywhere, quickly, and much was said about the band, much of it rumour and conjecture. They have yet to perform live, and they still refuse to do interviews. We put out their records and we still haven’t even met face to face!

Of course what really matters is whether or not they make good music. Here’s a single that’s taken from their new album, ‘Tuck in with the Natural Yogurt Band’, which will be out in the autumn. Let your ears decide!"


Side A - Eastern Promise
Side B - Psalm

Marga Benitez - Geechie Goomie/ Winos on Parade (JBJ 1007 - Marga/Jukebox Jam) 7"

"It’s our 7th release on the Jukebox Jam label, so we thought it was about time to throw you a curve ball with something truly interesting and unique…Back to back on one 45 are the 2 best sides from the 2 super hard to find singles accredited to the mysterious Marga Benitez, a calypso singing ‘exotic dancer’ originally from the Caribbean who first made her way to a studio in 1954 with vocal group the Mello Tones. The label artwork for this reissue, incidentally, features an illustration of the lady herself, in full shake ’n’ maraca mode!

The top side here features the potent and intoxicating concoction that is ‘Geechie Goomie’, a record unlike any other we’ve ever heard like of. The slinky, seductive tones of Ms Benitez and her whacked out lyrics sit alongside an almost clunky exotic piano-led accompaniment and some oddly sinister backing vocals from the Mello-Tones to create a wonderful record which was perhaps always destined to find its audience in another time and place.

The B-side features the prize of the earlier session for Decca Records, ‘Wino’s on Parade’, a curious one-off oddity which should definitely appeal further to fans of the weird and wonderful with its unique blend of calypso vocals, quirky story-telling lyrics and doo-wop backing vox. Both singles dually flopped on original release and whilst ‘Geechie Goomie’ has had a small but dedicated following on the Belgian popcorn scene for a while, we anticipate that with this limited run 45rpm reissue the time and place for Marga Benitez’s indisputably unique charms has finally arrived!"


Side A - Geechie Goomie
SIde B - Winos on Parade

Madlib - 'Medicine Show No. 7: High Jazz (Yesterday's New Quintet) (DELUXE EDITION with BONUS LP) (3xLP)

"Madlib follows Brain Wreck Show with the seventh installment in his Madlib Medicine Show, a jazz album with his Yesterdays New Quintet called High Jazz.

Madlib's been busy this year. And while his recorded output always spans the gamut, he often returns to recurrent themes, spread across the genres that serve as home base – or bases, as it were. Jazz is one such base. This year, he's already released two albums from "spin off bands" that he introduced on the 2007 Yesterdays New Quintet Yesterdays Universe album. And, with High Jazz, Madlib begins anew – offering familiar jazz sounds from a series of "new" groups from his ever-augmenting cosmos. Call it "Yesterdays Galaxy."

High Jazz, the name itself a tribute to the landmark jazz-fusion album released by Stanton Davis's Ghetto Mysticism in 1976, shows a marked development in Madlib's craft. Every element of jazz is there. Is that tune modal-funk? Was that song psych-fusion? Was that a bossa-tinged run or another kind of latin-affair? Where did that sitar come from? Madlib's Yesterdays-excursions are never easy to categorize and that's the point – while experiencing chops like these, the desire to rigidly define takes a back seat to aural pleasure.

The Madlib Medicine Show series is a combination of Madlib's new hip-hop productions, remixes, beat tapes, and jazz, as well as mixtapes of funk, soul, Brazilian, psych, jazz and other undefined forms of music from the Beat Konducta's 4-ton stack of vinyl.

Limited edition 3-disc vinyl: Madlib has collected an additional 30 minutes of music for the limited edition vinyl release of High Jazz. These tracks are not available on the CD or digital release. Album covers will be hand screened by Hit+Run with a design by Jeff Jank, and individually numbered".


1. The Jackson Conti Band - 'Steppin' Into Tomorrow (Prelude)' (Produced By: Madlib)
2. Generation Match - 'Electronic Dimensions' (Produced By: Madlib)
3. Jahari Massamba Unit - 'Pretty Eyes' (Produced By: Madlib)
4. The Kenny Cook Octet - 'High Jazz' (Produced By: Madlib)
5. Yesterdays New Quintet - 'Medley: Don't You Worry Bout A Thing (Live At Spear For The Moondog)' (Produced By: Madlib)
6. Interlude (Produced By: Madlib)
7. The Big Black Foot Band feat. The Black Spirits - 'Reality Or Dream' (Produced By: Madlib)
8. Russell Jenkins Jazz Express - 'Drunk Again' (Produced By: Madlib)
9. Poyser, Riggins & Jackson - 'Funky Butt, Part 1' (Produced By: Madlib)
10. Jahari Massamba Unit - 'Wonderin'/Nightime' (Produced By: Madlib)
11. R.M.C. - 'Space & Time' (Produced By: Madlib)
12. Yesterdays New Quintet - 'Conquistador' (Produced By: Madlib)
13. The Big Black Foot Band feat. The Black Spirits - 'Tarzan's Theme' (Produced By: Madlib)
14. Interlude (Produced By: Madlib)
15. Joe McDuphrey Experience - 'Kimo' (Produced By: Madlib)

17. Jahari Masamba Unit - 'Falling' (Produced By: Madlib)
18. Yesterdays New Quintet - 'Runnin' Fast (On The Run)' (Produced By: Madlib)
19. Sound Directions feat. Malcolm Catto - 'Shady Cops' (Produced By: Madlib)
20. The Eddie Prince Fusion Band - 'The Struggle Is Over/Next Chapter' (Produced By: Madlib)
21. O.D. - 'Wasted (Themes Variations)' (Produced By: Madlib)

James Blake - CMYK EP 12" (Limited Yellow Vinyl) (R&S 1003Y)

"This is the debut single for the hugely tipped young London based producer on R&S.
James Blake is making some of the most startlingly original music to have emerged from London in 2010 and is a real star in the making. In between studying Popular Music at Goldsmiths and writing a debut album that will take a lot of people by surprise, he has released amazing singles on Hemlock & Hessle, pushing the boundaries of what is expected of ‘dubstep’ music.

This underground introduction has made him a star on influential blogs and websites and has now pricked up the ears of more mainstream press


1. James Blake - CMYK
2. James Blake - Footnotes
3. James Blake - I'll Stay
4. James Blake - Postpone

Pariah – Safehouses EP 2x12" (TEST PRESSING) [RS1005]

"The recently refreshed and newly vibrant R&S Records – they who released James Blake’s breakout ‘CMYK’ recently – are housing the second release from London based Scot, Pariah. Having been vocal fans and supporters since we first heard ‘Detroit Falls’ b/w ‘Orpheus’ at the tail end of last year the new EP is a welcome listen as Pariah displays the breadth of his tastes, flexing his production muscles in all directions from tribal roll outs and deep house textures to tweaked hip hop and ambience.

Percussive roller ‘The Slump’ drops hard from tribal accented beats into an almighty bass pulse that would make Untold and Ramadanman proud. Eski-like beats stomp under the building layers of percussion and bass weight until a release comes in the form of melodic soulful vocal samples and twilight pads. Like a garage cousin of Rishi Romero’s 'African Forest' in a head on collision with Pulse-X and a healthy does of melancholic melody; it’s a big one. With its deep and housey vibes ‘Prism’ is a welcome addition to the front end of the EP, where the dance floor is more of an obvious target. It’s a subtle number mind, keeping it close with a tight and bumpy percussive roll; synth’s refract and spin off in different directions over building wide screen pads.

The late night vibes of ‘Railroad’ take things down to nice and blissful as Pariah excels at a slower more bump laden tempo. He merges that awkward hip hop vibe with a slinky garage bump with ease; its like you’re stuck on a bus mid summer, heavy with sweat with no hope of getting to where you got to go on time. Sweeping melodies with an emotional pull get pushed into shape by deep bass and junglist breaks before it all melts into field recordings and the next track ‘Crossed Out’ which takes off where ‘Prisim’ left but with a rattling garage bump more prominet.

The final two tracks see Pariah in atmospheric mode, first up is ‘C - Beams’ where he harnesses his inner Dilla, which he kets stutter out under field recordings, bittersweet soundtrack pianos and computer game lilted funk. Things go deeper still with atmospheric drones on the closing track ‘Safehouses’, its almost reminiscent of GAS in some ways, its layers of sound wrapping itself around your ears before it engulfs you in a bed of looping tones. ‘Safehouses’ is a varied and solid EP with enough range and scope to keep the dancefloor working; though its real strength lies in its diversity and range of flavours and styles on offer
". (Words: James Balf)


1. Pariah - The Slump
2. Pariah - Prism
3. Pariah - Railroad
4. Pariah - Crossed Out
5. Pariah - C-Beams
6. Pariah - Safehouses

Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band - Roforofo Fight (Louie Vega Remixes) 12" Vinyl Single (BWOOD055)

"This Fela Kuti cover was made about a year ago, when Gilles Peterson spent five days recording in Havana, Cuba with jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca and his band. The results –a blend of Latin- and Afro-jazz fusion teeming with prodigious efficacy–became Havana Cultura: New Cuban Sound, released last year on Peterson’s Brownswood label.

Massive Louie Vega remixes of a perfect tune for summer, Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band’s cover of Fela Kuti’s "Roforofo Fight
". (Picadilly Records)

1) Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band - Roforofo Fight (Louie Vega EOL Remix)
2) Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band - Roforofo Fight (Louie Vega Remix)
3) Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band - Roforofo Fight (Louie Vega Remix Instrumental)
4) Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band - Roforofo Fight (Bonus Beats)

Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band - Remixed 12" Vinyl Single (BWOOD048CD)

"This is the 12" sampler from the Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band REMIXED Project.....

The Gilles Peterson curated and produced Havana Cultura project is given the remix treatment by some of the worlds leading DJs and producers. The Album includes reworks by Louie Vega, Carl Cox, MJ Cole, Seiji, Michel Cleiss and 4Hero. With a list like that you know the musical scope is going to be wide, and the set takes in everything from house and techno to nu-jazz, UK funky and beats of varying styles
" (Piccadilly Records)

1) Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band feat. Roberto Fonseca - Rezando (Michel Cleis Remix)
2) Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band feat. Mayra Caridad Valdés - Chekere Son (Seiji Rerub)
3) Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band - La Revolución del Cuerpo Pt.1 (Skinner's Owiney Sigoma Mix).

Brownswood Electric Sampler - Eliphio/B Bravo - 12" Vinyl Single (BWOOD056)

"This sampler includes two tracks taken from the "Brownswood Electric" CD only album - Eliphino's "Let Me Love You Forever" and B Bravo's "Computa Love" - which highlights the amazing hybridism in today’s sound system culture. Both cuts aimed squarely at the dancefloor, with Eliphino flexing a mighty UKG / bruk shuffle, dubbed-out vocal and plenty of low end for your rump, and Red Bull Music Academy 2010 student B Bravo pitching headlong into classic boogie territory with half-time crunke........

Brownswood come correct with a fifteen track survey of the current beats scene, squaring off minimal D'n'B, Funky, Dubstep and garage from the likes of Rockwell, Pearson Sound, Mosca, 16 Bit and Mount Kimbie. To our knowledge this is the first time a lot of these tracks have appeared in unmixed form on a CD, so it's your first chance to cop thrillers like Mosca's 'Square One', Rockwell's slick twyster 'Underpass' and Pearson Sound's 'Wad'. The selector behind the disc obviously knows his beans, also drawing for exclusive freshness like Elephno's glowing house ride 'Let Me Love You Forever', the Joy Orb-alike 'Painted Jezebel' by George Fitzgerald and the fluttering bounce of Hypno's 'Over The Top', next to hiphop groovers like the Low Limit remix of Shlohmo's 'Antigravity' and Devonwho's 'Whispers'. Trust us, this is heavy
" (iccadilly Records)

Side 1- Eliphino - Let Me Love You Forever
Side 2 - B. Bravo - Computa Love