Announcing: Now-Again 7″ Sure Shots – Round One. Download a free MP3 now…

Now-Again | Oct. 17, 2014 | News |

A series of four, limited edition 7”s ranging from Deep American Funk and Soul, Zimbabwean Fuzz Funk, Zambian Proto-Punk, and Rare Disco. 500 copies of each 7” produced: not to be repressed. Download card for entire series included with each 7”.

This series is now available to our subscribers at Now-Again Deluxe at Drip.fm. We will offer a bundle option via our webstore at Rappcats later this month. and the 7″s will be released to stores throughout November and December.

They are:

NA 7027 Richard Marks “I’m The Man For You”/Buddy Cantrell “You Ain’t No Good:” two of America’s most sought after deep funk/soul sides available on a 7” single for the first time. Originally issued on the tiny Atlanta imprint Tuska at the turn of 1970, both of these singles will appear on our forthcoming Richard Marks anthology Never Satisfied.

NA 7028 Stars of Liberty “Power To The People”/Eye Q “I Am Selfish:” two tracks from the 1970s Zimbabwean black rock scene. Stars of Liberty and Eye Q are two of the most fiery ensembles to release fuzzy singles in funky protest of Ian Smith’s oppressive Rhodesian regime. Now-Again will be delving head first into this pivotal part of the African rock and funk story with anthologies dedicated to the scene and its key players in 2015.

NA 7034 Chissy Zebby Tembo “I’m Not Made Of Iron/Fisherman:” two proto-punk Zamrock tracks from the drummer behind
Paul Ngozi’s Ngozi Family Band whose work is focus of ongoing investigation and reissue on Now-Again.. “Fisherman” was originally issued on Zebby Tembo’s lauded My Ancestors album. “I’m Not Made Of Iron,” from his untitled third LP, has never been released in any form.

NA 7035 Split Decision Band “Watching Out (45 Version)/Watching Out (Alternate Take):” one of the best independent disco songs ever released, out of the unlikely locale of Des Moines, Iowa, in the late 1970s. A reissue of the original 45 version of this song is paired here with an unreleased version, taken from an album that the band recorded but never released. We will issue it at Now-Again in full in 2015.

Download: Split Decision Band “Watching Out (45 Version)”

Out Now: Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles “The Last Transmission”

Now-Again | Oct. 1, 2014 | News | ,

In and shipping now via Rappcats and at all good record stores worldwide! 2 CD – Instrumentals included on bonus second disc; vocal LP; ltd. deluxe LP edition contains instrumentals on bonus disc. Download a free mp3 now!

Buy NOW at our webstore at rappcats.com!

It’s been a while – six years in fact! – since we first mentioned the collaboration between maverick filmmaker/songwriter/author and all around baadasssss Melvin Van Peebles and Malcolm Catto and Jake Ferguson’s Heliocentrics ensemble. We’re happy to finally set a street date and offer a sample of the madness to come.

The Last Transmission is an interplanetary space/love odyssey told in twelve chapters; it comes nearly ten years after Van Peebles’ appearance as the third member of Quasimoto on Stones Throw Records’ 2005 release The Further Adventure of Lord Quas. For the Heliocentrics, The Last Transmission represents their third Now-Again album, following Out There in 2007 and 13 Degrees of Reality in 2013.

Van Peebles makes for the Heliocentrics’ ideal foil: he did graduate work in astronomy in Holland in the 1950s and maintains an avid interest in cosmology. The Heliocentrics, as their name conveys, draw inspiration from both the philosophic leanings of the likes of Stephen Hawkings and interstellar mysteries, like those surrounding the Malian Dogon tribe’s knowledge of the Sirius B star hundreds of years before it was discovered. Their music is as indebted to Sun Ra’s interstellar jazz as it is inspired by psychedelia’s spiritual expanse.

The Last Transmission, presented as a vocal album and an expanded instrumental selection on a bonus disc, can be taken as both the band’s interpretation of Van Peebles’ poem and a musical voyage inspired by Van Peebles’ vivid imagery. The band considers it their defining work, the result of more than a decade of playing and recording together. They’ve found a voice as a band, one that meshes with Van Peebles,’ as he weaves an intergalactic “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

In between producer/drummer Malcolm Catto’s thunderous syncopation and producer/bassist Jake Ferguson’s bellowing bass lines, amidst the analog electronics and atmospheric interference naturally accorded by their organic analogue process, Van Peebles’ voice floats in and out, spectral in its tone, complete in its conviction in the unfathomable sense that life’s eruption in the cosmic expanse made, and in love’s ability to transform and transcend death.

Download a free MP3 from the album – the instrumental version of “The Cavern” – below.

Download: “Chapter 5 – The Cavern (Instrumental)”

Announcing/Pre-Sale: the lost James Brown/Bootsy Collins album “These Are The J.B.’s”

Now-Again | Sep. 9, 2014 | News | ,

Previously unreleased and unheard 1970 album by James Brown’s backing band the JB’s, led by Bootsy Collins. Release date: “Black Friday,” 11.28. 
Limited to 3000 pieces – vinyl only. Preorder now!

Exclusive preorder NOW at our webstore at rappcats.com!

In 1970 James Brown perfectly captured a definitive moment in modern music when he called Bootsy Collins into the studio to record the tracks that would be These Are The J.B.’s, a title given to a King Records test-press LP that was never released, and only rumored to exist.

This album is the epitome of funk music, Brown’s innovation that influenced everything that came after it, from Afro-beat to disco to hip-hop. And if there is any funk ensemble as influential as Brown’s in the post-“Cold Sweat” musical landscape, it’s the Bootsy Collins/Parliament/Funkadelic contingent. Those two streams, as Grammy-winning James Brown historian Alan Leeds details in this album’s liner notes, converged for the first time here, making this a Rosetta Stone of funk’s dominant idioms.

This link between Brown’s funk and all that followed features Bootsy and his young band running through twelve-minute instrumental take of Marva Whitney’s “It’s My Thing,” replete with blues chord changes, alongside interpretations of the Meters, Kool and the Gang and none other than Jimi Hendrix. This is a young band’s James Brown-turned-on-his-head style of funk that they nail in a one-minute vamp – available to hear now on our Soundcloud – that embodies the essence of the psychedelic-flavored music that would propel them into the orbit of George Clinton’s mothership.

This is the first commercial issue of this album, overseen by Now-Again’s Eothen “Egon” Alapatt alongside Leeds and Universal Music Group’s James Brown expert Harry Weinger. It was mastered specifically for vinyl by Elysian Master’s Dave Cooley, from the original two-track stereo master that James Brown and his engineer Ron Lenhoff delivered to production forty-four years ago. It’s packaged in a thick, “tip-on” Stoughton jacket, with a booklet with liner notes by Leeds and Alapatt and unpublished photographs.

Out now: Karl Hector & The Malcouns “Sahara Swing” LP reissue w/ bonus 7.”

Now-Again | Aug. 19, 2014 | News | ,

Long out of print, Karl Hector’s Afrodelic debut LP out again on vinyl, with a bonus 7″ containing two new songs. Available at Rappcats now!

Karl Hector & The Malcouns’ debut album Sahara Swing was out of print on vinyl for about a year and a half leading up to our issue of their sophomore album, Unstraight Ahead. We couldn’t stand to part with the dog-eared copies we still had at the office, and felt bad every time we saw a dealer get $40 for a copy on Discogs. So we decided to repress – and the band added two new tracks, both vocal and instrumental versions of “Roads of Otumpa,” as a bonus 7″.

They will only be available as part of this LP reissue, which comes with a download card, and as a digital exclusive to our subscribers at Now-Again Deluxe at Drip.fm. Stream the vocal version at our Soundcloud, now.

A note to those who purchased the first version of this album: if you send us proof of your purchase to thefunk@nowagainrecords.com we will email you a download link to the entire album and the bonus 7″.

Buy: Karl Hector & The Malcouns Sahara Swing at Rappcats.

In And Shipping: Ngozi Family “Day of Judgement”

Now-Again | Aug. 6, 2014 | News |

In and shipping at our webstore at Rappcats: Ngozi Family’s Day of Judgement proto-punk and garage Zamrock! Hardbound casebook CD and digital out now, ltd. deluxe LP edition w/ bonus disc with rare 7″ tracks shipping later this month. Out worldwide 08.26 – download a free mp3 below!

Day of Judgement, as detailed in an earlier post, will see release as a hardbound casebook CD, digital album and in LP form. A limited deluxe edition of the LP – limited to 1000 copies – will contain a bonus disc which collects four songs from rare Ngozi Family 7″ singles, issued contemporaneously with Day of Judgement.

Day of Judgement will be available to our subscribers at Now-Again Deluxe two weeks prior to the album’s release date. Download a free MP3 from the album – the devastating “Hi Babe” – below and see more images of our CD package.

Download: “Hi Babe”
Buy: Ngozi Family Day of Judgement at Rappcats.

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