We’re pleased to present – in association with Five Day Weekend – Mr. Chops’s Switched On over the course of a 9” single and a 2×10” LP. By now you know all about the man – but, in case you need a primer: Chop is a producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist and the proprietor of Cheshire, UK based Ape Recording Studios, one of the finest analog studios in the world…. and a repository for vintage synthesizers, guitars, drums and gear sourced from the world over.
Thus, Switched On is a natural album: Chop’s homage to the great Moog-lead albums that proliferated in the wake of the synthesizer’s invention in the late 60s and early 70s. Unlike those records – like Dick Hyman’s Age of Electronicus, which contained one great synth-funk track amidst a series of soft pop hits – this album is all killer, and no filler. Mr. Chop tackles songs by the likes of Can, the JBs, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Smith via a still-futuristic blend of heavy drums by The Heliocentrics’ Malcolm Catto and his own fuzzy guitars and cosmic keys.
LP and CD presented in a thick cardboard “tip-on” sleeve. Colored-vinyl 9” presented in a clear, heavy vinyl jacket.
Buy the album: Mr. Chop Switched On.
Download: Mr. Chop “Happy Birthday.”
Buy it here.
Produced by Dimlite
Art direction by Anneka Beatty.
Mastered by Bo Kondren at Calyx Mastering, Berlin.
1. You Very Rich Believer.
2. Pour Some Blood, We Got This.
3. Blur, Blur, Blur, Blur.
4. Healing A Random Tyrant.
5. New, Better Pain
6. Yes, Welcome
8. Through The Grimms/Stars Down
9. Than Them
10. Fridge Note
11. One Of Uh Infinity’s Uh Countless Uh Tiny Cycles
12. Heroine Roof
3×10 LP Box Set/CD. 2011. NA5086.
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If you were at the last Now-Again/Palate record release party/BBQ throwdown – in celebration of our True Soul: Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax anthologies – then you know that we throw the best free party in LA this side of the Do-Over. And, now that the Do-Over is done for the season, you really don’t have anything better that you could possibly do on a Sunday afternoon than to come kick it with us. So join us as we celebrate the launch of our deluxe edition of the Kashmere Stage Band’s Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974 and the release of Mark Landsman’s excellent Thunder Soul documentary.
Free, as usual. Surprise special guests that you’d normally pay good money to see, of course. Funky, you betcha.
This compilation produced by Christophe Lemaire and Eothen “Egon” Alapatt.
Original sessions produced by the respective artists.
Additional production and coordination by Sarah-Linh Tran.
Liner notes by Christophe Lemaire.
Art direction by Sanghon Kim.
Restoration and remastering by Dave Cooley.
Satwa: Allegro Piradissimo 2:58
Kourosh Yaghamaei: Gole Yakh 5:11
MRR-ADM: 4our 3:12
Galt MacDermot: American Express 1:47
Rikki Ililonga: Sheebeen Queen 4:53
Koushik: Roller Combat 1:42
Mazhar ve Fuat: Adimiz Miskindir Bizim 5:26
Karl Hector & The Malcouns: Sahara Swing 3:29
Karl Hector & The Malcouns: Transition >I< 0:16
Gary Wilson: Forgotten Lovers 2:06
Rikki Ililonga: Sunshine Love 3:15
Panbers: Haai 3:31
Damon: Don't You Feel Me 2:34
Rasela: Pemain Bola 2:04
Rikki Ililonga: Musamuseka 3:01
Dan Lambert: Charley Town 3:15
CD. 2011. NA5073.
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We’re proud to present the deluxe edition of the Texas Thunder Soul 1968- 1974 anthology – to be released in conjunction with the Jamie Foxx-produced, award-winning documentary Thunder Soul: The True Story of Conrad Johnson and the Kashmere Stage Band. Texas Thunder Soul 1968- 1974 is presented both as a 3LP/DVD and a 2CD/DVD package; both packages include the short-films “Texas Jewels: The Making of Texas Thunder Soul” (by B+ and Flying Lotus) and “Prof. and his Band: A Documentary by Charles Porter” alongside a performance of the Kashmere Stage Band on the 1972 special “Jazz: Yesterday, Today, Forever.”
We’ve been saying it since the release of The Funky 16 Corners back in 2001 but, after Thunder Soul captured the audience award at festivals like SXSW and the Los Angeles Film Festival, the word is out: Kashmere was the greatest high school band – ever. Their story is tucked in between slabs of hard 70s funk, soul, and jazz; Conrad Johnson transformed a bunch of rough-hewn high schoolers into a band that could compete with any in the nation – professional, or otherwise. Forget high school bands, we’re talking about sixteen year old kids who would give the JBs a run for their money.
The Kashmere Stage Band released a total of eight albums and three 45s on Johnson’s Kram label. The band’s best tracks are collected here alongside producer Eothen “Egon” Alapatt’s expanded booklet, with updated liner notes and essays, more rare photos and ephemera.
Worldwide release date is 09.27.11.
Buy: Kashmere Stage Band Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974 (Deluxe Edition) at Rappcats.
Download: Kashmere Stage Band “Super Bad” (Egon’s Extended Edit)
Watch: Thunder Soul: The True Story of Conrad Johnson and the Kashmere Stage Band Official Trailer.