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Song Of Innocence

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David Axelrod delivered one of the great psychedelic albums with 1968’s Song of Innocence, based around the poetry of William Blake. It is considered by many his masterpiece.Song of Innocence is this weird hybrid that no one, not even Axelrod himself, could ever really describe. The listener is pulled in by his melodies, simplistic at first blush, but colored by odd chord progressions and turn arounds, grounded by the drummer Earl Palmer and Carol Kaye’s funk, torn between the juxtaposition of musical elements – a jazz vibraphone solo here, a fuzz guitar tear here, a nod to the baroque in Don Randi’s clavichord comps – and put at ease, always, by Axe’s arrangements, which utilize brass and strings in a way that no 1960s arranger did.It’s worth noting that there are really count-on-your-hand examples of anything that might even be compared to Song of Innocence. Perhaps Arthur Verocai’s self-titled and only artist album, issued on the Brasilian Continental label in 1972, or the collaborations between Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Claude Vannier, which found their epitome in 1971’s Histoire de Melody Nelson. But even these albums, superb, in any thinking music fan’s canon of the best from this era, perhaps in their lives - and perhaps in line with Song of Innocence - are one-offs. Axelrod’s Song of Innocence set in path a series of artist albums on Capitol and other labels and influenced the world countless times over, from The Verve to DJ Shadow to Madlib to J.Dilla.Remastered from the original tapes in a new transfer, with extensive liner notes and unpublished photos.

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1. Urizen
2. Holy Thursday
3. The Smile
4. A Dream
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1. Song Of Innocence
2. Merlin's Prophecy
3. The Mental Traveler

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Muslims And Christians

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Songs about the unity of Sudan, peace between Muslims and Christians and the fate of war orphans, backed by grooves equally taking influence from Arabic sounds, American funk as well as neighboring Ethiopia.Kamal Keila was among the first artist we met in Sudan during our two trips to Khartoum and Omdurman last year. He is one of the key figures of the Sudanese jazz scene that was a vital part of the musical culture in Sudan from the mid 1960s until the islamist revolution in the late 1980s. When we meet Kamal he luckily presented us with two mold covered studio reels.Each tape included five tracks. One with English lyrics and another with Arabic ones. Musically you can hear the influence of neighboring Ethiopia much more than on other Sudanese recordings of the time, as well as references to Fela and American funk and soul. His lyrics, at least when he sings in English which gave him more freedom from censorship, are very political. A brave statement in the political climate of Sudan of the last decades, preaching for the unity of Sudan, peace between Muslims and Christians and singing the blues about the fate of war orphans called „Shmasha“.A note inside one of the boxes specified the track titles, durations and the fact that the sessions were recorded on the 12th of august 1992. Both sessions stand as a hearable testament how Kamal Keila stuck to a sound aesthetic from decades ago, while incorporating current events into his lyrics.Kamal Keila’s album is the first in a series of releases covering the Sudanese jazz scene on Habibi Funk. Be on the lookout for albums by The Scorpions and Sharhabeel coming soon.2LP + Download Code + 8 Page Booklet

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1. Shmasha
2. Muslims and Christians
3. Agricultural Revolution
4. African Untity
5. Sudan in the heart of Africa
6. Taban Ahwak
7. Ghali Ghali Ya Jinub
8. Alsafir
9. Ya Shaifni
10. Ajmal Alyam

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Hunchin' All Night

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2LP version Hunee presents a collection of his favorite dance floor cuts.Going from afro to disco to techno, "Hunchin' All Night" holds a wide spectrum of songs, tracks by the wonderful Boncana Maïga, Black Beat Niks, Larry Heard, Mappa Mundi and many more.Hunee, aka Hun Choi, is a Korean Berliner who has been drawn in music since a very young age. After working in record stores and studying musicology he resided in Amsterdam, where he released his debut album Hunch Music. As a DJ he has always followed ‘a hunch’, which gave him wings to communicate the music he loves with crowds all over the world. With Hunchin’ All Night, Hunee expresses his relationship with the dance floor.

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1. Carlos Maria Trindade & Nuno Canavarro - Blu Terra
2. Aby Ngana Diop - Liital (Michael Ozone Liital Rhythm)
3. Boncana Maiga - Koyma Hondo
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1. Stanislas Tohon - Owhaaou! (Raphael Top-Secret edit)
2. Don Laka - Stages
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1. Blak Beat Niks - Ritual Of Love (Ron's vocal Beat Down mix)
2. Larry Heard - Burning 4 You
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1. Villa Abo - Made On Coffee & Wine
2. Mappa Mundi - Trance Fusion (Hunee faster edit)

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Groove On Down

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1. Groove On Down (short version) 
Side 2 
1. Groove On Down (long version) 

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The Rahaan LDF Remixes

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In cahoots with the annual (not to mention excellent) Liverpool Disco Festival, celebrated editor and remixer Rahaan has been let loose on the West End Records catalogue. Happily, his new versions are rightfully respectful to the chosen disco and boogie classics with the Chicagoan simply adding choice effects here and there as well as some cranky old drum machine beats and occasional synthesizer flourishes. This is particularly evident on his raw but deep and slightly dubby take on Brenda Taylor's "You Can Have You Cake It Too", but also comes to the fore on the standout remix of Mahogany's spacey boogie jam "Ride on The Rhythm". String-laden disco bliss is provided via a bass-heavy re-arrangement of the Chuck Davis Orchestra's "Spirit of Sunshine", while Rahaan's Billy Nicholls rub is a high-octane, shirts-off treat.

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1. Mahogany - Ride The Rhythm (Rahaan LDF remix) 
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1. The Chuck Davis Orchestra - Spirit Of Sunshine (Rahaan LDF remix) 
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1. Billy Nichols - Give Your Body Up To The Music (Rahaan LDF remix) 
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1. Brenda Taylor - You Can't Have Your Cake & Eat It Too (Rahaan LDF remix) 

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Les Sourdes Oreilles

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Repress of 300 hand numbered copy on yellow vinyl.Come with:Black inner sleeveA2 Poster (59,4X42cm) of the original artwork by Jerk 452 stickers

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1. Pourparles
2. Les Sourdes Oreilles
3. Camille 3000
4. Point De Bascule
5. Petite Fleur Industrielle
6. Al Mushtari
7. Apres Vous
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1. Demi Lune
2. Sol Sur Sol
3. Resilience
4. A La Derive
5. En Faction (feat Medline)
6. Le Dernier Mot

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Afro Beat/Afro Flower

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7'' Limited Edition400 copiesBoth tracks are previously unreleasedFour Flies Records continues its 7” line-up with another de rigueur repechage that will have your dancefloor jump frantically up and down. Two freaky afro-flavoured tracks, written by Giuliano Sorgini and his partner in musical delices Alessandro Alessandroni. Recorded during a non-specified session which may be traced back to the recording of Sorgini’s UNDER POMPELMO and PAWNSHOP's first 7”. The sound and the ideas behind the music are exactly the same, even though there’s more rhythmic and percussive emphasis on both tracks. Two little precious gems, unreleased to this day, brought back to light and finally available for DJs and fans all over the world. Afrodelic breaks for your pleasure!

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1. Afro Beat
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1. Afro Flower

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The Pawnshop

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The finest Italian stuff exclusively for DJs, producers & worldwide music lovers Choose your sleeve: - 300 white cover - 300 black cover

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1. Please Don't Say No
2. Telegraphy Is Callin'
3. My Shade
4. Laura What You Do
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1. Carol
2. Telegraph Is Calling' (instrumental)
3. My Shade (instrumental)
4. Laura What You Do (instrumental)

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Evans Pyramid

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Reissue! Cultures of Soul Records is proud to bring to you an anthology of the music of Evans Pyramid. This album features all of the officially released singles plus four previously unreleased tracks. Andre Evans was the mastermind behind Evans Pyramid, a seasoned performer and session player in Boston throughout the '70s. Full of unique disco and boogie stylings, the LP includes all of the rare singles such as “Never Gonna Leave You,” “Dip Drop,” “No I Won’t” and “I Want Your Body,” as well as a recently discovered 45 that featured two top-notch disco tracks - “Dance A Thon” and “Rubber Band.” The album also includes a download card to four unissued tracks from the original demo tapes.Thanks to praise and adulation from Gilles Peterson, DJ Kon, the Noble brothers and Joey Negro, as well as other respected DJs and collectors around the world, Evans Pyramid is the undisputed king of Boston boogie.LP is a limited edition, individually hand-numbered pressing of 1,000

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1. Never Gonna Leave You
2. Dip Drop
3. No, I Won't
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1. Soul Petrol
2. I Want Your Body
3. Simply Say I Love You
4. Rubber Band
5. Dance A Thon

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(Where Is The) Sunshine

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For its third release, Chuwanaga goes back in the past with the reissue of “(Where Is The) Sunshine” by Kalima, a rare 7” originally released in 1981 and produced in Baltimore by Afro-American pianist and producer Derrick Amin. Part I on the A side and part II on the B side form a real journey, a beauty in its own style fusing jazz, soul and spirituality as well as political values.Back in the mid-seventies Derrick Amin brought together young musicians from his Afro-American Muslim community in Baltimore. He tells us: “all black music in America is a response to racism and slavery” and “(Where Is The) Sunshine” was their own answer, “a plaintiff query of one immerse in darkness. The darkness of lies, lies that deny the humanity, justice, and equality of people.It’s the impetus of this song”. He adds: “Kalima means “Word” or “Langage” in Arabic. The name was inspired by a quote from Imam W.D. Mohammad (the late Muslim American leader and erstwhile successor to Nation of Islam founder, Elijah Muhammad) who once said: “Words make people””.With its splendid vocal parts (thanks to vocalist Sabreen Shareef), a unique major-to-minor chord progression, subtle synthesizer melodies in the chorus and amazing electric piano and sax solos, it really is a very special release. It’s been discovered in a Motor City Drum Ensemble’s jazz set with Gilles Peterson at the J.A.W. Family Reunion in Berlin back in 2016. Still, one must not forget its yet poetic still political message now shared once again with the world. The question asked by Kalima sadly still remains as relevant in 2018: Where is the sunshine?

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1. (Where Is The) Sunshine (part I)
Side 2
1. (Where Is The) Sunshine (part II)

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