Announcing: Karl Hector & The Malcouns “Coomassi” EP

Now-Again | Mar. 26, 2014 | News | ,

Coming 05.06 – Third and final limited edition vinyl EP by the world-psych-funk ensemble; original artwork by Kevin Lyons, screenprinted by Anti Designs. Download a free MP3 now!

For all intents and purposes, Karl Hector might as well be another nom-de-plume of Jay Whitefield (producer and guitarist for the Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers) who, along with Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija, founded Karl Hector and The Malcouns in the early 2000s. Alongside Bo Baral, other members of the Poets of Rhythm and crack Munich-based session musicians, Whitefield, Myland and Curlija crafted nearly twenty tracks for their debut, Sahara Swing, an album that swung with influences from across the African diaspora.

The trio has since released two vinyl-only EPs – Tamanrasset was the first; Ngunga Yeti Fofa was the second. Coomassi will be the last, and is the opening volley of their Unstraight Ahead album, which will see release in Summer 2014. These seven songs demonstrate The Malcouns’ deft handling of musics from Eastern and Northern Africa alongside Western psychedelia, jazz and funk, as evidenced by “Irtijal,” which you can download below – something that wouldn’t sound out of place in Morocco or Turkey, Ethiopia or Azerbaijan.

Coomassi will be available to our subscribers at Now-Again Deluxe two weeks prior to the EP’s release date.

Download: “Irtijal”

Out Now: Karl Hector “Ngunga Yeti Fofa” EP

Now-Again | Jul. 12, 2013 | News | ,

Limited edition vinyl EP by the world-psych-funk ensemble; original artwork by Kevin Lyons, screenprinted by Anti Designs. Download a free MP3 now or buy the EP on Itunes.

For all intents and purposes, Karl Hector might as well be another nom-de-plume of Jay Whitefield (producer and guitarist for the Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers) who, along with Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija, founded Karl Hector and The Malcouns in the early 2000s. Alongside Bo Baral, other members of the Poets of Rhythm and crack Munich-based session musicians, Whitefield, Myland and Curlija crafted nearly twenty tracks for their debut, Sahara Swing, an album that swung with influences from across the African diaspora.

The trio are releasing a series of vinyl-only EPs – Tamanrasset was the first; Ngunga Yeti Fofa is the second – that will culminate in their second album. Ngunga Yeti Fofa’s five songs demonstrate The Malcouns’ deft handling of musics from both Eastern and Western Africa alongside Western psychedelia, jazz and funk; the title track- a swinging horn-lead highlife jam that would sound perfect next to the Ghanaian classics by the likes of K.Frimpong and Ebo Taylor- is a great representation. If you don’t believe us, download it for free, below.

Download: “Ngunga Yeti Fofa”
Buy: Ngunga Yeti Fofa EP on Itunes

Karl Hector & The Malcouns – Ngunga Yeti Fofa

Now-Again | Apr. 15, 2013 | Catalog |

Buy it here.

Produced by: Whitefield/Curulija/Myland
Recorded by: Curulija/Whitefield at 45 Studios
Additional Recording by: Jochen Ströh at Lovelite
Executive Producer: Jay Whitefield

Mastered by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters, Los Angeles, CA.
Artwork by Kevin Lyons. Screenprinting by Anti Designs.

A1: SEmai Thaqil
A2: Transition >A<
B1: Circles
B2: Ngunga Yeti Fofa
B3. Can’t Stand The Pressure

12″ EP. 2013. NA 5101.

Photos/Audio: Zamrock Rehearsals – Jagari Chanda, Rikki Ililonga, Karl Hector & The Malcouns (Free MP3 Downloads!)

Late last year we mentioned that WITCH’s Emmanuel “Jagari” Chanda and Musi-O-Tunya founder Rikki Ililonga were readying to journey from Lusaka to Rennes to perform Zamrock live with Karl HEctor & The Malcouns at France’s Transmusicales Festival. Well the show went off – and it went off well. So well, in fact, that Jagari and Rikki are again traveling to France to perform at Espace Fraternite – Magic Mirror (Aubervilliers) – again with Karl Hector and crew.

So we’re showing you some rehearsal photos, shot by Denis Pernath at the Hector rehearsal space in Munich, and offering two downloads from the Transmusicales Festival below.

Download: Rikki Ililonga with Karl Hector & The Malcouns: Dark Sunrise (Live at Transmusicales 2013)
Download: Rikki Ililonga with Karl Hector & The Malcouns: Munzi Wa Kangwanda (Live at Transmusicales 2013)

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By Popular Demand – “Original Raw Soul III” In A Deluxe Vinyl Package!

Original Raw Soul III, previously only available on CD, is now available as a limited edition 2LP and bonus 7″ packaged in a hand silk-screened chipboard sleeve. Limited to 500 pieces.

So many people asked us why Original Raw Soul III - the compendium featuring the collected recordings of the Poets of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers/Karl Hector & The Malcouns collective and their multitude of side-projects – wasn’t available on vinyl that we took the remaining 500 copies of our Transgressors 7″, got our man Lewis Heriz to do some new artwork, and made 500 hand silkscreened jackets for the newly cut double album.

Get ‘em while they last!

And, if you need a reminder of how great the music is on this album, remember – we gave away the TRansgressors’ “Money For Born Money For Die” earlier this year – we’ve reactivated that link, below.

Download: Transgressors “Money For Born Money For Die.”

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