Out Now: Pazazz – The Kenny Dope Remixes

Now-Again | Jun. 10, 2015 | News |

Late ‘70s Deep Miami Disco Remixed by Kenny Dope. Includes Download Card For Remixes AND Original Versions. Out now!

Buy it at our webstore at rappcats.com – ships immediately!

This is the first official reissue of Pazazz’s deep disco two sider, originally released as an obscure, promotional-only 7” single in South Florida circa 1980. And, while it took nearly two years, this 12” contains the excellent Kenny Dope’s remixes of both tracks. Naturally, Kenny brought the funkiest parts of each track to the fore and, while they’re DJ friendly, they’re now our preferred way to listen to these tunes.
 – check out his take on “So Hard To Find,” below.

We’re using this as an excuse to relaunch our Soul Cal series (though fans of our physical releases will note that there was a Soul Cal logo on the Split Decision Band 7″ we recently issued). Hopefully we’ll have more of these types of records to reissue in the future.

More info on Pazazz here.

Out Now – 4 New Philophon 7″s, Ethio-jazz, Ghanaian-funk, more.

Now-Again | Jun. 4, 2015 | News |

Four limited edition 7s on Max Whitefield’s Philophon imprint now available at our Rappcats webstore, including Ethio-jazz legend Hailu Mergia’s first recordings in decades!

Ethiopian jazz/funk legend Hailu Mergia’s “Musical Silt” was one of the pinnacles of 70s Ethiopian music, a cornerstone in the Ethiopiques series and was recently reissued on its original album by Awesome Tapes From Africa. But it’s creator hasn’t released new music in thirty years – until now. This, his first set of new recordings in three decades, find that he hasn’t missed a beat since leaving the recording sphere. The pair of he and Philophon’s Max Whitefield (drums/producer) couldn’t be better and this 45 reflects Philophon’s overarching philosophy: to put on vinyl something precious that it makes you forget time and space and leaves you alone with the only thing that matters: awesome music. Buy here.

The Pyramids and their multi-instrumentalist leader Idris Ackamoor have revived the burning fire behind three lauded privately pressed 1970s albums and the movement that followed. The Pyramids’ honest love for music, their firm belief in its social impact have shaped their story and style: after studying with free-jazz icon Cecil Taylor, the Pyramids left for a journey through Africa in 1972 where they connected with their cultural roots and developed their own musical vision. On “Rhapsody in Berlin” their vision is still bright and unclouded: a melodic horn theme interplays with a Pygmy flute, driving guitar riffs and heavy funk rhythms. Co-produced by Ackamoor and drummer Max Whitefield. Buy here.

Roy X (ne Jimmy Taylor) is the youngest son of Ghanaian Highlife/Afrobeat legend Ebo Taylor. His inherited rhythm spills into his rapping and on this 7″ he raps over music created by Philophon label boss/producer Max Whitefield. On “Oduyewu” he pays respect to the timeless sound his father created; on “Sakawa” he meanders through dream-time, helped along by a Whitefield Brothers sample interwoven into the live music bed. Buy here.

Guy One, the most famous voice of the Frafra people in northern Ghana, is a super star among his people. He sings while playing the Kologo, an ancient two stringed banjo, mostly for traditional occasions. His words always have a strong meaning which gives him the attribute of a singing philosopher. For his Philophon debut, he teamed up with drummer/producer Max Weissenfeldt, to meld Max’s deep grooves with a haunting choir of Frafra soul. Buy here.

Soul Spectrum: Deep 70s/80s Disco/Soul/Boogie

Now-Again | May. 30, 2015 | News |

Jazzman Records stellar Soul Spectrum anthology contains some of the finest rare 70s and 80s disco, soul and boogie – culled from records so rare they were once only heard when played on the original thousands-of-dollars-wax when choice DJs spun them out. We have a long-standing partnership with Jazzman and their excellent catalog of funk, soul, jazz and latin. As with all of their titles, with Soul Spectrum we offer one stop clearance.

Download: Soul Spectrum

Bola Johnson: 60s and 70s Afro Sounds

Now-Again | May. 28, 2015 | News |

The late Nigerian trumpeter Bola Johnson touched on all the parts of the 60s and 70s Lagos scene that we love so much – Afro Beat, heavy funk, highlife and traditional blues. Everyone from Henry Rollins to Madlib is a fan nowadays, and of course, we are too. We are proud to rep his catalog directly with his Estate. One stop clearance.

Download: Bola Johnson

Baby Grandmothers: Late 60s Psychedelic Rock

Now-Again | | News |

Hard to imagine that this music came from late 60s Sweden, and only two tracks were released prior to the late 2000s! The Baby Grandmothers gigged with Hendrix, later became the rather famous Mecki Mark Men and now are lauded as one of the great, late 60s world-psych-rock ensembles. We rep this in association with Stockholm’s Subliminal Sounds. One stop clearance.

Download: Baby Grandmothers

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