Introducing: Johnny! Ghanaian Afro-Rock from German producer/composer JJ Whitefield and an international cast of top shelf musicians.
Limited edition of 1000. Not to be repressed. Each 7″ comes with a download card for wav files. Die-cut dress jacket and resealable “Japanese-style” sleeve. Specially priced bundle available at our webstore at Rappcats
Whitefield, who in the early ‘90s revived the gritty, analogue Funk sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s with his Poets Of Rhythm, has been working with Now-Again Records for almost a decade, releasing a flock of acclaimed projects with Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Whitefield Brothers, Rodinia and the Original Raw Soul III anthology.
He first started exploring African rhythms with the Whitefield Brothers in the late ‘90s, continuing in the ‘00s with Karl Hector & The Malcouns. He’s been instrumental in launching Ghanaian Afro Beat/Funk legend Ebo Taylor´s international career, decades after the maestro recorded the landmark albums that have inspired thousands. Whitefield recorded two new studio albums with Taylor and toured in his band between 2009 and 2013, where he met Taylor’s son Henry and percussionist/Singer Eric Owusu.
The trio now front the Johnny! band and find inspiration not only in Ghana’s hypnotic grooves, but also the full frontal fuzz guitar assault heard on the legion of 70s Zambian Zamrock albums recently reissued by Now-Again. Indeed, Whitefield credits his tours with Zamrock godfathers Rikki Ililonga and WITCH’s Jagari Chanda as instrumental in creating the Johnny’s sonic backdrop. The band is rounded out by Turkish drummer Bernd Oezsevim (Woima Collective, Rodinia) and Indonesian bassist/multi instrumentalist Tomi Simatupang (Whitefield Brothers).
This is Dance Rock at the core with the possibilities to stretch out and go into psychedelic realms. The results, spread out over three 7” singles and pressed in a run of 1000 units each, speak for themselves. Every record comes with a download card for WAV files of all six tracks (vocals and instrumentals from each release) and point at a new direction for the music inspired by the Great Continent. One that takes a direction once mocked as derivative and asserts its importance on the globe’s current musical stage.
Following their deft handling of musics from Eastern and Northern Africa alongside Western psychedelia, jazz and funk on the Unstraight Ahead album, Karl Hector & The Malcouns combine the previously available only on vinyl tracks from four EP’s – Tamanrasset, Ngugna Yeti Fofa, Coomassi and their latest, Ka Rica Tar – into an album as Krautrock as Afro Beat, as Multi-Culti-Psychedelic as Deep Funk.
Can’t Stand The Pressure is available as a CD that contains the entirety of Ka Rica Tar, and all of the other EP tracks that haven’t come out on CD. And if you missed those limited edition EP’s, don’t trip: we’re issuing a made-to-order set that will contain all four EP’s in their entirety, packaged in a hand silk-screened, chipboard sleeve.
Ka Rica Tar and the Can’t Stand The Pressure CD ship immediately.
Can’t Stand The Pressure 4LP set will be tallied in a month and put into production. Expect your set to ship early March 2016. Anyone who orders the box set will receive a download link for all 4 EP’s shortly after placing their order. We know you don’t want to wait for your funk.
1. Roads Of Otumpa (Vocal) feat. Vovotinha (J. Whitefield, Z. Curulija, T. Myland, N. Greffel)
2. Leealeh (J. Whitefield, B. Schiefer)
3. Ngunga Yeti Fofa feat. Nicolas Tounga (N. Tounga, J. Whitefield)
4. Kingdom Of D´mt (J. Whitefield, J. Schleiermacher)
5. Shangold (T. Myland, Z. Curulija, J. Whitefield)
6. Circles (Z. Curulija)
7. Chess Break (J. Whitefield)
8. Ka Rica-Tar (Z. Curulija)
9. Transition X (J. Whitefield, Z. Curulija)
10. Orange (Z. Curulija, J. Whitefield)
11. The Cave (J. Whitefield)
12. Irtijal feat. Mocine Ramdan (J. Whitefield, B. Baral, Z. Curulija, M. Ramdan)
13. Tamanrasset (J. Whitefield, Z. Curulija, T. Myland)
14. J.B. RIP (J. Whitefield, Z. Curulija, T. Myland)
15. Transition G (Z. Curulija)
16. Can´t Stand The Pressure (B. Baral)
17. M´hammath (Live – T. Myland)
18. Coomassi (Z. Curulija)
19. Dege Dub (J. Whitefield, Z. Curulija)
20. Transition F (J. Whitefield, Z. Curulija, T. Myland)
21. Medium Rare Pt. 1 (B. Baral)
22. The Funk (Happysad – J. Whitefield)
23. Beyond Squares (Z. Curulija)
24. Roads Of Otumpa (Instrumental – J. Whitefield, Z. Curulija, T. Myland)
Produced By: JJ Whitefield/Zdenko Curulija/Bo Baral/Thomas Myland
Executive Producer: JJ Whitefield
Mastered by Dave Cooley and Kelly Hibbert for Elysian Masters.
Artwork by Jason Jagel. Art direction by Errol Richardson.
A1 Kingdom Of D´mt (J. Whitefield, J. Schleiermacher)
A2 Leealeh (J. Whitefield, B. Schiefer)
A3 Transition X (J. Whitefield, Z. Curulija)
A4 Shangold (J. Whitefield, Z. Curulija, T. Myland)
A5 Ka Rica-Tar (Z. Curulija)
B1 Transition F (J. Whitefield, Z. Curulija, T. Myland)
B2 Dege Dub (J. Whitefield, Z. Curulija)
B3 Transition G (Z. Curulija)
B4 The Funk (Happysad) (J. Whitefield)
B5 Orange (J. Whitefield, Z. Curulija)
Produced by: Whitefield/Curulija
Executive Producer: JJ Whitefield
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 firstname.lastname@example.org we will email you a download link to the entire album and the bonus 7″.