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Rob Thomsett – Yaraandoo/Hara

Now-Again are back with another rare re-issue, this time from Australian guitarist Rob Thomsett. Originally released as a private press LP in the mid 70’s, “Yaraandoo” and “Hara” are a blend of jazz and progressive rock both brought together on this excellent new re-issue.
Jazz rock is by no means an unheard combination, however Thomsett’s music has a unique sound, never fair from jazz and prog and even a library music feel (especially on the upbeat title track “Hara”), but there is also an underlying darker feel, giving great appeal to the modern beat lover. The short yet perfectly crafted, “Moulding of Red Earth” is a perfect example of this, sounding not dissimilar to something the Heliocentric’s might produce.Available now from Now-Again on LP and CD.

The Beta Club – Earth 2​.​2 : The Golden Age Of Man

Fans of library music, jazz, beat heavy funk with a tinge of psych, then the new album from The Beta Club is without a doubt for you! “Earth 2.2 – The Golden Age Of Man” is released in March but for now you can wet your appetite with 3 killer tracks and pre-order the album. You know it makes sense!

Peter Thomas & Mocambo Astronautic Sound Orchestra – Space Patrol

SPACE PATROspace-patrolL (“Raumpatrouille – Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion”) was the first German science fiction television series. Its seven episodes were broadcast by ARD TV, the first episode being aired on September 17th of 1966. Being a huge success with audience ratings up to 56%, the series acquired a distinct cult status in Germany and worldwide.
Peter Thomas composed and recorded the original score, which has become a soundtrack classic and collector’s item among rare groove afficionados since its original release on Philips. The music, floating between avantgarde jazz, big band beat and spaced-out psychedelia, set a new benchmark in the history of film music and science fiction scores and became one of Thomas’ best known works. The title theme is the first known piece of music in pop history to feature a vocoder, a device that until then had exclusively been used for voice encoding in military warfare. Peter Thomas borrowed a device from the Siemens factory to process his voice for the recording of the countdown.
The composer remembers: “When producing the score, I had complete creative freedom. No one had ever been into space, so no one would dare to tell me how the music should sound like.”
Now, 50 years on, The Mighty Mocambos teamed up with the legendary musical mastermind a recorded an up to date, truly global and funky 2016 version in tribute of the original theme. “Space Patrol (Raumpatrouille)” is the only official recording of the track released for this anniversary and authorized by Peter Thomas, who even plays on it himself. To give this 50 years version a new twist, the specially formed Mocambo Astronautic Sound Orchestra adds steel band orchestration to the massive brass and funky rhythm section.
Orion 2016 is available as a 7inch single in a deluxe picture sleeve on Mocambo Records and as a digital download on Légère Recordings.

Giallo Point – Vito Ferro

Check out the awesoferrome new album from Giallo Point, “Vito Ferro”. These are super funky hip hop beats of the highest order. Imagine all your favourite library records, films scores and 70’s cop shows all rolled nicely together to create some super smooth, head nodding hip hop. That’s Giallo Points sound to a tee.
He’s got breaks for all occasions and crates for days and any other crate digging phrase you’d like to mention.
This album is a must for all beats, instrumental hip hop, library, funk fans and it will only cost you £3!

Markey Funk – Instinct: A Study on Tension, Fear and Anxiety

Markey Funk markeyreturns with his first solo album in 7 years. “Instinct: A Study on Tension, Fear and Anxiety” is an excellent mix of of dark, cinematic, psychedelic, library influenced music, keeping some funk in the mix, as DJ Food puts it, “it’s the sinister kind of Miles’ electric period or Morricone’s Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.”
This is a must for any fans of horror soundtracks, or just dark brooding, experimental beats.
Released on Dec 17th pre-order the album on vinyl, CD and digital along with an exclusive mixtape now!

The Sorcerers – The Sorcerers

The Sorcererssorc have released their excellent self-titled debut album on ATA Records. Taking influences from Ethiopiques ethiojazz as well as the soundtracks to the European horror films of the 60s and 70s, The Sorcerers seamlessly blend these disparate elements into one cohesive package.
This is raw, heavy instrumental funk music, on a par with the likes of The Heliocentrics, The Natural Yoghurt Band and so on. Their sound is more introspective than full on party, but this doesn’t mean they don’t know how to let loose.
“The Sorcerers” is definitely one of the best modern funk albums we have heard this year and urge you all to check it out. It is available now on limited LP, CD and digital along with a limited edition silk screen poster.

Funk, Soul & Afro Rareities : An Introduction To ATA Records

funkHere & Now Records have just unleashed this steaming hot collection of rare funk and soul collated from the ATA Records faults.
ATA Records was a label and studio active in the 60’s and 70’s working out of Leeds, yep that’s right, Leeds! If you played me any of the 12 tracks featured on this excellent compilation, Leeds is the last place that would come to mind.
As the title suggests, the album is a fantastic mix of raw funk, soul and afro music, with a hint of library music and some slightly more freaked out moments too. Some personal highlights include the sitar driven, “Thought Forms” by Ivan Von Engelberger’s Astroid, the slow slung funk of the Yorkshire Film and Television Orchestra’s “Hawshaw Philly” and both the Lamplighters tracks.
Good to hear there’s still unknown classics out there, coming from the most surprising places. Grab it now on MP3, CD and of course LP!

Rare Psych, Moogs & Brass

buriedBuried Treasure records have truly outdone themselves with the release of this brand new compilation, “Rare Psych, Moogs & Brass : Music From Sonoton Library 1969 -1981”.
As you will have guessed from the titled, this is a compilation of unreleased library music from the Sonoton Records archives. 18 short but funky tracks, some horn and brass lead, some more psyched out offerings, even some dubbed out disco. This is one for all library music fans, breaks fans and people who just dig quirky, funky music.
Out on the 30th of June, you can preview and pre-order the compilation on the Buried Treasure bandcamp page.

Forever Pavot – Le passeur d’armes

pavotForever Pavot have a brand new 7″ single out now. “Le Passeur D’armes” is a strictly limited 7″, only 350 pressed, and is another great slice of modern psychedelic, library influenced music.
3 tracks long, this is the perfect follow-up to their last 7″ single, “Miguel El Salam”. Buy it now via bandcamp!

Solomon Caine – Podcast & Interview

caineWith his new album out now, Solomon Caine has kindly taken time out to be the guest selector for our latest podcast and answer a few of our questions…read on!

Please introduce yourself and let everyone know who you are and what you do.
My name is Solomon Caine; I am a visual philosopher, sorcerer of sound and surrealist. The name ‘Solomon’ equals wisdom and ‘Caine’ slew ‘Abel’. Together it equates to a balance of light and dark.

When did you start making music?
I studied Fine Art at University and translated the visual art forms into sound in the year 2000. That’s when it all begun.

What were your early influences?
To be honest my early influences is 90s hip hop, the golden era. Which is inspired by soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, funk and reggae. Understanding the principles of music is a journey, a journey which I still travel along to this very day.

Has it always been hip hop, or have you ever made or considered making any other forms of music?
It has always been hip hop, but roots reggae is a music that I would love to make. The knowledge, consciousness and wisdom that I have absorbed from roots reggae is something that I respect greatly.

You have a new album out, “Guerilla Godz…Unmasked The Phantom”, can you describe the album and explain the concept behind the music.
The album is classic 1990s, Wu-Tang inspired, concept based hip hop. The concept of the album is the reverse of evolution. Where science believes we descend from apes, the Guerilla Godz prophecy is that we evolve into apes, with a higher state of consciousness and a god like understanding of the principals of the universe. The MC’s on the album are human beings that are in touch with future Godz. This manifests itself through rhymes and music.

There is a large cinematic influence in your music. Has this had an effected on your music and sound?
Absolutely, movie soundtracks are the foundations of what I do.

On that note, what’s your favourite kung-fu film?
The Shoguns Assassin, everything you need to know about 70’s movies is contained in that film.

What’s your favourite Sci-fi film?
My favourite has to be The Omega Man, it’s a post-apocalyptic masterpiece.

For you, what makes a truly great track or record?
A song that is timeless.

Do you have plans to work with any MC’s in the future?
Yeah, I see and hear new things everyday, the way I see things is the possibilities are endless.

Is it hard finding the right MC’s to fit your sound?
Yeah it is, because I like to work with MC’s that are intelligent and articulate, with an open mind and a voice that tonally compliments what I do. In return I want to compliment what they bring, it’s a two-way thing. It’s like ingredient’s in a kitchen, use the right ingredients and you can create a tasty dish.

You are signed to Canadian label Make Believe Records, how did that come about?
I remixed a couple of joints for a group that are on the label, called Dragon Fli Empire. They approached me about joining the label and I thought it would be a great idea. They said I’m allowed full artistic freedom with whatever I do.

Do you try to make music that fits into the modern vision of hip hop, or are you happy just doing your thing and not caring about the rest of the world?
I’ve never felt the need to fit in to anything that is going on, because all the music I truly respect was innovative in the time of which it was produced. My philosophy is why try to be someone else when you can be yourself.

(I asked this to the last person I interviewed, but I like the question so) Which cartoon , old or new, would you like to provide the soundtrack for?
That’s a phat question, Afro Samurai.

What’s next for Solomon Caine? What can we expect to hear in the future?
I’m going to make a series of short films, an instrumental album and a lot more collaborations with talented artist.

Finally, any shout out or final thoughts?
Can I give a shout out to anyone who is doing their own thing for the right reasons. My final thought is to follow your dreams, if you believe enough they will become a reality.

“Guerilla Godz…Unmask The Phantom” is out now for name your price release on bandcamp, and listen to the excellent podcast mix here.

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