Ayalew Mesfin – A Life In Ethio-Groove – 5LP Set/Short Film

Ayalew Mesfin stands aside the likes of Mulatu Astake, Mahmoud Ahmed, Hailu Mergia and Alemayehu Eshete as a legend 1970s Ethiopia. The music he created with his Black Lion Band is amongst the funkiest to arise from Addis Ababa.

His life in Ethio-groove is now collected in a five album series – each album is sold individually and as part of value-priced OBI-wrapped “box set.”

ON SALE VIA RAPPCATS: AYALEW MESFIN – THE COMPLETE WORKS (5LP SET). SHIPPING IMMEDIATELY. MORE

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Music Makers Band – You Can Be – LP #18 in Now-AgaIn Reserve

Previously unreleased disco-soul-funk album with mixes by Kenny Dope.

After myriad Coronavirus-related delays, we have restarted our deluxe vinyl subscription. You Can Be will ship in mid-October 2020.

SUBSCRIBE: NOW-AGAIN RESERVE – there are a limited amount of “Catch Me Up” subscriptions still available to get you the entire run of NOW-AGAIN RESERVE releases.

Tucked in the back corner of a linen closet in Macon, Georgia since 1979 sat a box that very few people knew existed. Lost and presumed forgotten, this box contained reel-to-reel tapes of the lost album by the band that issued the lauded Black Gold as The Mighty Chevelles in 1977. By 1979, while transitioning to the name Music Makers Band, the band entered Capricorn Studios and recorded this previously-unreleased disco funk opus, finally issued as You Can Be as part of the Now-Again Reserve series. MORE

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An Introduction To World Psych – A Live Mix By Egon

If you’re looking for something to take up 45 minutes of your time and you’re tired of watching quasi-celebrities troll people on Twitter, then you can immerse yourself in the deep dive that is World Psych, with Egon’s mix, now up at Spotify. It’s a live mix of psychedelic and progressive rock tracks from the all over the world, as the title hints, and it includes selections from bands we’ve reissued – including German Oak and Paternoster. Like Egon’s previous mixes, it includes a lot of tracks that haven’t yet made it to digital distribution services.

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Now-Again Radio – Egon takes over Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM

Gilles Peterson is on a break from his regular radio show at Worldwide FM. He asked Egon to put together a two hour show delving into 18 years of the Now-Again catalog. Listen to the mix here. The music ranges from sweet soul to deep disco to psychedelic rock to Spiritual Jazz. If you’re a long time fan of this label, you’ll hear some of your favorites – if you’re a new convert, you’ll probably hear some music you’ll find transcendent.

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