Welcome to this week’s run down of physical releases shipping from the Kudos warehouse.
Dr. Dre and Jay-Z sampled, legendary cinematic funk combo CALIBRO 35 announces the reissue of their fifth album S.P.A.C.E. on ltd edition Crystal Orange vinyl and digital deluxe edition with bonus tracks. Radio Trip‘s Music Heads is released for the first time on a very limited vinyl LP run. Flash‘s monstrous double-sided dynamite Country Side is reissued by Tramp.
Instrumental Hip Hop
Don Leisure is back on First Word with a meaty 25-tracker tapestry of flavours, from jazz to reggae, and from the soulful to the spiritual. 10 years after the release of his seminal 10” Stepping Stones Twit One returns to Melting Pot with another 10” titled Prelude To A Desaster.
Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks‘ latest Keep On Keepin’ On is a highly personal tale of empowerment and self-realization, served up without losing an ounce of grooviness. With original copies now changing hands for three figure sums Jazz Room Records are pleased to present the first re-issue from Funky Drummer Bernard Purdie’s short lived Encounter Label. Brooklyn-based musician, producer and DJ Peter Matson returns to Bastard Jazz with a dance-floor ready 12″ and digital EP, The Right Way.
Hania Rani’s Live from Studio 2 on Gondwana, gets a much-needed repress. Boogie Angst proudly presents Music Ruined My Life, the brand new instrumental LP from Rotterdam-based artist and producer Moods.
Athens of the North
We’ve got a ton of new AOTN releases this week! First up, an LP including tracks from the two 70s Soul 45s and the best tracks from the wonderful self titled, super rare LP from Melvin Miller and Finley Martin‘s band known as Premonitions. Gordon Banks is most well known as Marvin Gaye‘s tour bass player in the 70s and co-writer in the 80s, these two tracks were recorded between 86-88. Antonio Castro‘s rare and highly sought-after 45 is in great demand from both funksters after something a bit more heart rendering, and soulies who want something a bit more rhythmical.
Selma’s own Doctor T, a.k.a. Lenoah Presley Strong, a.k.a. Rick Strong, was a fierce Selma talent, he could pick up any instrument and play it and was always playing local clubs. His Love Is A Heartbreaker, is one of the best ballads and grittiest recordings ever laid to wax. Defected is a genuine two-sided 7″ of modern soul royalty. Lastly, the insanely rare first 45 from the band that became Brief Encounter, so rare in fact most people are not aware of existence.
The Ninth Wave‘s upcoming second album Heavy Like A Headache arrives off the back of a sold-out UK tour toward the end of 2021 and Scottish Album Of The Year nominations for their Faris Badwan (The Horrors)-produced EP Happy Days!. Doroth follow on from a 2019 self-released digi EP with this fresh 7″ for Research. Death Is Not The End follow up their early 2020 tape The Sun Is Setting on the World with a further collection of hardcore rebetika recordings from the 1930s through to late ’50s.
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