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Medaho

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"Mèdaho" is the debut album from Brooklyn based afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band. Fronted by Afrobeat and Juju veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta—a native of Benin Republic—Mèdaho draws on the group’s shared reverence for the raw, psychedelic afro-funk sound that captivated Kaleta as a music loving kid in 1970s Benin. Mèdaho means "big brother," "elder" or "teacher" and is dedicated to Kaleta's late brother Ligan-Ozavino Pascal who introduced him to funk and soul music at a very early age. Kaleta's guitar chops would later earn him decades of recording and international touring with Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and more recently Lauryn Hill. Now based in New York City, Kaleta has taken the reins and become the frontman for Super Yamba Band, a group known for their sweaty Brooklyn dance parties and original Afro-Funk influenced compositions. Mèdaho explores some of the rarest grooves and psychedelic sounds from classic era Benin and Nigeria and brings the highly danceable music back to life!

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1. Gogo Rock
2. Mr Diva
3. Hungry Man, Angry Man
4. Medaho
5. Goyito
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1. Jibiti
2. Super Yamba Theme
3. Adjoto
4. La Gueule

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Summer Madness Pt.1 & 2

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More hot stuff from The Soul Surfers who continue their recent run of covers with their homage to The J.B.'s on their single "Tribute To J.B.s". Kool and the Gang's classic "Summer Madness", now gets the heavy funk treatment from the coldest crew in the North. The signature and instantly recognizable synth line lays down the foundation of Pt.1 while Pt.2 starts off proper with a tasty drumbreak.

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1. Summer Madness (part 1)
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1. Summer Madness (part 2)

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Theme From Movietown Sound/The Unforgiven

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Scorpio and His People remains a mystery with the only possible clue that the band hailed from Los Angeles or Long Beach California. Originally released in 1972 on a private label, this double A side is a heavy slab of psychedelic and gritty funk complete with female vocals in a similar style and vein as Dee Edwards or Little Ann. One of the heaviest and rarest funk 45's in existence with original copies going for thousands of dollars.

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1. The Unforgiven
Side 2
1. Theme From "The Movietown Sound"

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Love And Resistance

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Bosq's aptly titled third full-length effort "Love & Resistance" is a collection of songs that reflect a producer's continuing emergence by diving deeper into his influences. The strains of Afro and Latin flavors are interwoven and still heavily permeate but the underlying groove and rhythms have taken on a more modern, jazz-funk and disco-soul vibe with nods to Bobby Caldwell, Roy Ayers, the Mizell brothers and Nile Rodgers' Chic.Originally based out of Boston, MA but now calling Medellin, Colombia home, Bosq's new surroundings have inspired him to create his most diverse and creative album to date. Already featuring the top tune "Can't Seem To Hide" with Megan Doherty that made a splash off the gates as the first single from the album (10/10 rating from Mixmag), the whole album is soldered together with each track being a single-worthy release in it's own right. Featuring guest vocalists on all but one of the tunes including frequent collaborators Kaleta, and Nicole Willis, along with Ray Lugo who's known for his work in Kokolo and Boogaloo Destroyers. LA based singer Induce and new duo Lucid Paradise (E da Boss & Ishtar) along with vocalist Bruno Morais whose classic Brazilian voice is reminiscent of Jorge Ben round out the cast of Bosq's most vocally varied album work to date, reflecting both his growth as an artist and his willingness to push his own sonic boundaries.A relentless work ethic fused with a broad and varied music palette all attuned to the groove and a focus on making folks move has led to numerous remix projects, most recently with legendary Benin-based Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou. With a steadily growing fan base and reputation amongst fellow artists and musicians, Bosq's immediate future is already laden with releases lined up for Fania and his collaborative effort Body Music alongside The Rapture's Vito Roccoforte.

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1. Com Forca (feat Bruno Morals)
2. Alode (feat Kaleta)
Side 2
1. Can't Seem To Hide (feat Megan Doherty)
2. Feel It
3. In Orbit (feat monolog)
Side 3
1. Pegate Pa'Ca (feat Ray Lugo & Brownout)
2. Gatekeeper (feat Kaleta)
3. Take Me There (feat Nicole Willis)
Side 4
1. The Love (feat Lucid Paradise)
2. Tonight (feat Nicole Willis)
3. Step Into Midnight (feat Induce)

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Shy As A Butterfly

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Long overdue for a vinyl pressing, Kenny Dope’s extended mix of “Shy As A Butterfly” by The Mighty Sceptres is now available on a proper 7in. The B-side features a killer dance floor-ready cumbia rework of “Nothing Seems To Work Right” by Spark Arrester.With a well-received debut album under their belt and notable song placements in shows such as Ray Donovan on Showtime, The Mighty Sceptres drop a new 7in single featuring Kenny Dope’s extended mix of “Shy As A Butterfly”, previously only available as a bonus on their digital album. With collectors, record shops, and fans alike clamoring for a vinyl version, the 7in was hands down the preferred format of choice. Hailing from Blacksburg VA where he’s been a mainstay of the local music scene and purveyor of all things funky, Spark Arrester’s cumbia rework is a perfect fit on the B-side rounding out a single that’s sure to keep bodies moving on the dance floor all summer long and beyond.

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1. Shy As A Butterfly (Kenny Dope extended mix)
Side 2
1. Nothing Seems To Work Right (Spark Arrester Cumbia rework)

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Celestial Strut

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Nearly two years after his debut album, Bosq Y Orquestra De Madera, burst onto the scene with its varied rhythms and moods, Bosq is unleashing another batch of music for the dancefloor. His new album Celestial Strut is extending summer well past the autumnal equinox.Not content to produce one style of music, Bosq takes you throughdisco ("Bad For Me". "Celestial Strut"), Latin rhythms ("Ella","Cumbia En Bahia"), and Afrobeat ("Bounce And Pull Up", "Take Over", "Pay The Price") with ease. Thinking of each album like a DJ set, he's always determined to inject many flavors but still keep a cohesive sound.Helping to craft the album, collaborators such as Nicole Willis,Jesus Pagan Y Conjunto Barrio, and Kaleta chipped in with lyric writing, vocal duties, and riveting soundscapes. Recalls Bosq,"Jesus and the Conjunto Barrio helped me to re-record all my parts into live ones which gives it a greater authenticity and better musicianship. I then took those parts to rework and modernize them." Bosq even co-wrote lyrics, a first for him, with his girlfriend on "Found Your Love." To add even more flair to the album,Caserta, someone Bosq greatly admires for being able to bring so much sonic depth, mixed several tracks on Celestial Strut.Having already received extensive coverage through outlets like WaxPoetics, OkayAfrica, Remezcla, and Sound Color Vibration as well as DJing around the country at nightclubs and even Boston's Museum Of Fine Arts, he's traveled extensively to locales such as South America and Puerto Rico since his last album to find new inspiration and perspective."Everything influences you consciously or subconsciously. So this album definitely has a sense of my travels and spending time in other cultures, whether on the road or with my girl and her family. All that Latin culture immersion has opened up my cold Northeast heart a lot!" he openly expresses. Celestial Strut is a confident record based on musical and lifeexperience that finds Bosq less constrained and focusing more on musical textures than genre conformity. Although he contends that there is so much more musically that he wants to learn, his love for creation and the learning process continues to push him to produce some of the most exciting dance and internationally-flavored wax dishes this decade.

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1. Cumbia En Bahia
2. Bounce & Pull Up
3. Ella
4. Take Over
5. Bad For Me
6. Found Your Love
7. Change
8. Pay The Price
9. Liars & Thieves Dub
10. Laughs On Me
11. Celestial Strut

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Full Moon Wizard

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"Full Moon Wizard” by Massive Suits Quartet (MSQ) is a personal journey by it’s creator Grégoire Marty (aka Dandy Teru) delving into his love of original movie soundtracks and various composers. Crafting a sonic and aural odyssey for a movie that exists only in his mind and imagination. Similar to his other projects such as his debut album Adventures as Dandy Teru or the Wonderland EP as MSQ, this new opus was roughly composed in a very short time, in about a week or so while also working on collaborations and releases with other artists. The busy schedule and loads of studio time provided the necessary inspiration and state of mind to construct the LP properly. The end goal was to pay tribute to the compositions of various soundtracks of both old and more recent movies, and to show the producer's love for composers such as Umiliani, Piccioni, Goraguer, Legrand, Cliff Martinez, H.Zimmer, Danny Elfman, and Alexandre Desplats to name a few. With sci-fi cinema as the main foundation, and using his fascination for astronomy along with personal existential queries about life's origins, one's purpose and our place and scale in the universe as building blocks, a story emerges sketched out of rough compositions and surreal mindscapes. In his own words: "Technically, I wanted it to sound dusty and ethereal. I like to say that I try to make MSQ's sound something in between Madlib and Portishead signatures... Full Moon Wizard is the story of the creation of a world from the largest scale of its complexity to its smallest. It's a route from the beginning of something we don't have the knowledge and skills to understand (yet) to things we are more familiar with today, trying to make the connections between the dots along the whole journey. Definitely an album for nightowls, for mood music and soundtrack lovers.” I like it, reminds me of other projects like 40winks in this vibe, but more jazzy. But it's more like vibes, rather than real tracks from start to end... Perfect midnight soundtrack. and the artwork is nice too. -Lefto

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1. Full Moon Wizard (Wizard's Theme)
2. The Lake
3. March From The Moon
4. The Oddissey (part 1)
5. In All Things
6. Long Ago
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1. Nymphs
2. Dancing With Her (Woman's Theme)
3. Pigeon & Swan
4. The Oddissey (part 2)
5. Grand Empty (The Awakening Theme)
6. Spaceship Jazz

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Take Over

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The second 12” off Bosq’s upcoming sophomore full-length takes on a darker and more agressive tone, enlisting the help of frequent collaborator Kaleta to get their powerful message across. The A-side features the familiar pairing of Bosq and Benin born & Nigerian raised singer Kaleta (formerly of Fela’s Egypt 80) on their heaviest collaboration to date. Kaleta laments the struggle of the common man on the first half of the song before both the music and the lyrics strike back urging a “take over” of those oppressive systems. The incessant rhythm and driving groove laying the perfect foundation, echoing Fela’s “Music Is The Weapon Of The Future” mantra. The B-side is another heavy slab of dense percussion and an afrobeat style horn section with a groove that falls somewhere between afro-latin, dancehall, and house. Horn genius Evan Laflamme handles the entirety of the section as well as ripping a Baritone solo that anchors the track in the middle and perfectly walks the line between musicality and groove. The 12” was envisioned and carried out during a time of immense frustration for the very politically minded Bosq and that emotion colors the sound of the record through both tracks.

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1. Take Over
2. Take Over (Less Patient edit)
Side 2
1. Bounce & Pull Up (feat Evan Laflamme)

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