Arthur Baker / Lazara Casanova Shir Khan Presents Black Jukebox 28 Shir Khan Presents Black Jukebox 28 featuring legendary producer Arthur Baker. Highly limited as usual. First come - first serve. Arthur and Laz met at MURKs famed Monday residency at Coyo Tacos Wynnwood Miami where Casanova is a resident and Baker a guest resident. Baker was inspired by the music that Laz and the MURK boys played with collaborations with MURK on the tracks “MIAMI” and “COYO” following. Laz and ABs first joint collab is the eps opener “MAKOSSA”. It started off from a few 80s loops out of Bakers vast catalogue, with Casanova whipping them in shape. It’s been battle tested over the last few years and finely tuned to Bomb like results. “CALE!” features the vocal and production skills of MURKs legendary Oscar. He added the hook and a few nudges in a late night session at Casanova little Havana studio. There’s an original mix and the stripped down drum and vocal take. “BTS HAPPINESS” started its life as a loop from a Baker cassette rough mix circa 78. It reminded him of an old Booker T and the MG groove, this the name. He brought his old friend (& ex wife) Tina b ( of Rockers Revenge, Tripping on Sunshine and Jazzy Sensation fame amongst others) to do some disco vocalizing. Casanova added the tight final mix. Exploited 12" Pre-Order
Lord Echo Curiosities New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and producer. Originally released in 2013, ‘Curiosities’ is now available as a DJ friendly double LP for the first time. The entirely self-produced album blends jazz with disco-tinged neo-soul, reggae and classic afro-beat in effortless manner - and joins the dots between the more downtempo first album ‘Melodies’ and the disco, electronic, club-ready of his third album ‘Harmonies’. The album also features a dub-funk cover of Pharoah Sanders’ “The Creator Has A Master Plan”, with vocals from Lisa Tomlins. SOUNDWAY LP
Tropical Disco Records Vol 11 Various Artists London's Tropical Disco are back with their eleventh edition of superb edits. All re-spliced and remixed with precision and above all - respectf! First up is label boss Tim Burnett aka Moodena who reuses a rather familiar hook on the funked-up brass section of "The Chase", followed by the lo-slung and sultry late night business of "Addicted To You" by Alex Satrorial on the A side. On the flip, we have got Parisian Chevals (Masterworks/Hotwax) going deep on the sensual boogie-down groove of "Saturn In Tropical" followed by an oldie but a goodie in the form of Gledd & The Funk District's "Late At Night". Tropical Disco Records 12"
Tropical Disco Records, Vol. 12 Various Artists By Tropical Disco 012, Sartorial and Moodena's imprint has become a buy-on-sight label for discerning house and disco lovers around the world to devour. Sartorial kicks off proceedings with 'Fat Freddy's Party', centred around an ear worm bassline which rolls throughout, dipping amongst soaring strings, ritualistic vocal chants and a titillating Spanish guitar. Hot shot Moodena takes charge of the second track, bringing a softer sound palette, with '80s energy, blessed keysand Moodena's signature feisty horns. Imagine Yellow Magic Orchestrajamming with Kerri Chandler and you have something a little like 'No More Sushi'. Returning to the label for the second time,Phazed Groove offer up two expertly executed slugs of disco fire for the flip.'Sweet Talker' is routed around a divinely whimsical vocal, accompanied by a ballsy bass and cascading fluteselevating the piece to higher states of ecstasy as it glides onwards. Like any good disco track, this will have you weeping while ferociously dancing. 'Sunshine' closes the EP poignantly, as one of our brightest British summers comes to finish. Straight up, soulful and delicate house grooves succinctly round off the EP, filling you with a sense of wide eyed optimism and unquenchable thirst for more. As usual, heavyweight wax, sleep and it's gone. Tropical Disco Records 12"
Made In USA / Theo Parrish Never Gonna To Let You Go (Theo Parrish Ugly Edit) The first in a new collaborative series between Theo Parrish & Prime Direct Distribution unearthing some of Theo’s most sought-after edits, backed with thefully licensed original, both remasteredand cut loud on either side of a 12 inch. Kicking things off we have one of Theo’s most treasured cuts, his ‘Ugly Edit’ of Made In USA - Never Gonna Let You Go, bootlegged endlessly in the past andracking up prices of up to £144 on Discogs it’s a high time an official reissue came around. As iconic an edit as they get, ‘Never Gonna Let You Go’ encompasses everything great about Theo’s energybehind the decks - extending grooves for longer than anyone else even dare,working the EQ’s like a god and throwing in a bit of that raw magic that only he knows how. Taking the original’s sumptuous breakdown, Theo works it into a spirited, high energy disco workout looped into a near 10-minute stomper, big on the bass and brass fire whilst keeping the vocals to short and sweet snippets. On the B side the original ’77 Made In USA version is laid out in all it’s glory.Funk powered, horn-laden disco goodness with breath-taking vocals from the Stateside troupe. De-Lite 12" Pre-Order
Tommy Guerrero Archaic Days Originally released in 2015 on Japanese label RUSH! PRODUCTION, the indie hipster favorite got a smooth yacht rock disco remix from DJ HARVEY of "ARCHAIC DAYS". Flip to the B-side for a remix of "BY FIST & FURY" from Japanese electronic producer KAORU INOUE. Limited repress! Rush! Production 12" Pre-Order
Ziad Rahbani Abu Ali Ziad Rahbani is a cultural icon in Lebanon. The musician, pianist and producer is also a renowned playwright and a political activist, one of the most important exponent of the lebanese left-wing counterculture to emerge from the 70s. Coming out of an illustrious artistic dynasty (his father is the famous composer and musician Assi Rahbani, member of group The Rahbani Brothers and his mother is the legendary Middle East Diva, Fairuz), Ziad Rahbani started his music career during his late teens, composing music for his mother. Rahbani quickly spread his wings further. He started producing his own music during the early 70s and released records under his own name at 17. Among these was “Abu Ali” recorded in Greece at the EMI Studios in Athens in 1978 with a full orchestra (there he also recorded his mother’s album “Wahdon”) and released it as a limited run EP for the lebanese market. Legend has it that the album was only pressed at 500 unit hence its rarity. The result is a fabulous New York-meets-Beyrouth Disco exctasy developing over two 13-min tracks and one of the most collectible albums on the international dance and disco scene which Wewantsounds is happy to finally make available. We Want Sounds 12"