Out Now – Richard Marks’ “Never Satisfied” Southern Soul/Funk Anthology on LP/Book/CD

Now-Again | May. 18, 2015 | News | ,

Legendary soul and funk singles from Atlanta guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Marks. Includes previously unreleased tracks. Book w/ CD, 2 LP w/ booklet. Out now!

Buy the album at our webstore at rappcats.com – ships immediately!

Above – a short film about our long-awaited Richard Marks anthology Never Satisfied, shot and edited by Bennett Piscitelli. More info on this important Southern soul/funk compendium in our earlier post here – but what Marks’ son Terrence says in the film says it all. This all-too-talented – yet criminally uncelebrated – musician was never satisfied, and left dozens of beautiful songs for us to rightfully place in America’s canon.


Announcing: Partnership with Max Whitefield’s Philophon, Polyversal Souls LP

Now-Again | May. 11, 2015 | News |

Now-Again partners with Max Whitefield (Poets of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers founder/drummer) and his Philophon imprint – 1st Polyversal Souls LP coming July 3rd. Read more/stream a track below.

Max Whitefield (née Weissenfeldt) may have taken his drums across the world, but he’s never lost sight of his first love, the starting point of a carrier that lead to phenomenal collaborations (take Dr. John and Lana Del Rey’s recent albums, produced by Max’s uber-fan, the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach). That passion has propelled albums as varied as Poets of Rhythm’s Discern/Define and Whitefield Brothers Earthology. It comes as a pulse: the raw, funky beat Max first heard on old 45s he and his compatriots traded and treasured in the early 90s, well before most anyone cared for the obscure wax they hoarded. Mind you – this was in his parents’ basement in Munich, Germany (though a fortuitous bus trip through the USA’s Eastern Seaboard had given him a head start in funky comeuppance).

Late ’60s funk and soul was the inspiration for Max’s and his brother Jan’s first band, the Poets of Rhythm. Barely teenagers, the brothers kickstarted a movement: without them, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Aloe Blacc and Mayer Hawthorne – to name their most recent converts – would not be the internationally recognized names they are.

In the early ’00s, Max and the Poets of Rhythm issued Discern/Define, which indicated a marked growth, and a sophisticated approach to funk music, meshed with Krautrock’s untempered experimentalism, and, as the Whitefield Brothers with his brother Jan, the album In The Raw, an Afro-psychedelic trip grounded by funk’s principles. Though the Poets of Rhythm would never record again, The Whitefield Brothers issued Earthology, the pinnacle of their worldly, musical explorations and then spun apart – Jan to Karl Hector and the Malcouns, and Max to his Philophon imprint, Auerbach and the Polyversal Souls.

During the mid to late ’00s, Max was in deep study: after spending five years with Krautrock legends and “world music” pioneers Embryo on a 500 concert European and African bus tour, he visited South East Asia, where he studied classical Burmese Saing Waing music. This trip was followed by a time in London, living and playing with fellow Now-Again artists the Heliocentrics. He studied with former Sun Ra Arkestra members in the USA before, in 2010, taking his first trip to Ghana, the deciding point to create the Philophon label. And to record all the music for his Ghanaian counterparts, Max formed a new Berlin-based band, The Polyversal Souls. The city’s vital music scene gave him the chance to bring together excellent musicians with a common passion and interest for sounds from all around the world. And now, Polyversal Souls’ debut album Invisible Joy – a manifest of what Max calls “21st century soul power.”

The album’s first track “Yelle Be Bobre” features Ghanaian griot Guy One on vocals the Kologo can be streamed below. The album – and more releases and information about Max’s musical journey – is to come.

Announcing: Pazazz – The Kenny Dope Remixes

Now-Again | Apr. 22, 2015 | News |

Late ‘70s Deep Miami Disco Remixed by Kenny Dope. Includes Download Card For Remixes AND Original Versions. May 2015 release date TBA.

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 – The Definitive Reissue Of Amanaz’s “Africa”

Now-Again | Apr. 13, 2015 | News | ,

Amanaz’s Zamrock masterpiece Africa: out NOW, download a free track below!

But via our webstore at rappcats.com.

Above – a short film about Amanaz’s Africa, shot and edited by Bennett Piscitelli. More info on the project in our earlier post here – but really, take a minute – if you don’t already know – to see what all the fuss is about.

Download: Amanaz “History of Man”

Announcing: Richard Marks “Never Satisfied”

Now-Again | Mar. 31, 2015 | News |

Legendary soul and funk singles from Atlanta guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Marks. Includes previously unreleased tracks. Book w/ CD, 2 LP w/ booklet. Out now!

Seven years in the making, Never Satisfied is our collection of legendary soul and funk singles by Atlanta Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Richard Marks. This 21 track anthology follows Marks’ stylistic development, from his earliest work for the legendary Tuska label, from 1968 until approximately 1972, through his more mature releases on the Shout label and smaller regional labels like Note, Free Spirit and RSC. It also includes two tracks never released in any form, found on reels Marks had maintained in his Atlanta home.

Marks’ story is that on an unsung soul and funk hero; a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter whose number was in Al Green’s, Barry White’s and Eddie Kendricks’ rolodexes, but whose talents have only been heard in sporadic bursts since his 45s were released and disappeared into Atlanta’s urban expanse. This is the story of a father and husband who managed to keep his family together as he gigged the third shift six nights a week. The story of a man who wished for more and whose talent is overdue for reassessment.

Marks and his music are unknown to the majority, but to an obsessive minority, he is a lightning rod, that singular point at which numerous Southern soul and funk musicians converged and exploded, spreading wondrous music in all directions. Marks’ impeccable run of 7” singles, released largely on tiny, local labels, are the stuff of legend, and are hen’s-teeth-rare.

Marks died of cancer in May of 2006, never having issued an album, either in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when many of his peers were able to find a way to issue an LP, or in anthology form in his later years. He never granted an interview. Given the caliber of his recordings and the near complete lack of information available about him before the issue of this anthology, Marks stands out as the most mysterious talent to originate from Atlanta, a city that birthed no shortage of genius, from acclaimed worldwide (the Mighty Hannibal), obscure yet celebrated (Lee Moses) and local, but well documented (Tommy Stewart). Never Satisfied aims to illuminate the life and career of this all-too-talented musician.

56 page perfect bound 9″ x 6″ book with CD and 2LP with 20 page booklet. Book/Booklet contains extensive essays on Marks’ career and is full of never-before-seen photos and ephemera from this crucial Southern soul and funk epoch. Download card included with LP version.

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