Greg Foat Symphonie Pacifique Strut is proud to announce the new album by UK jazz pianist, Greg Foat, ‘Symphonie Pacifique’, released on 3rd July 2020. Foat has become a versatile mainstay in UK jazz through an acclaimed series of albums on Jazzman and Athens Of The North, moving from soul-jazz workouts to library music to cinematic, haunting compositions and pastoral acid folk. ‘Symphonie Pacifique’ goes expansive and widescreen, building a lush soundscape using choral textures, harp and tubular bells on the atmospheric ‘After The Storm’ alongside sensual groove-based tracks like the undulating ‘Anticipation’, the album title track and Groove Merchant-channelling 'Nikinakinu’, all driven by Phil Achille on bass, Eric Young on congas and Moses Boyd’s crisp, flowing breakbeats. Other tracks include a moving tribute to KPM library legend Duncan Lamont on the reflective ‘Lament For Lamont’ and the languid, simmering ‘Island Life’. The album is a truly international collaboration, recorded analogue and produced by Greg Foat at London’s Fish Factory studios with strings recorded in Edinburgh and choir in Gothenburg. The album was mixed by Mattias Glava at Kungsten Studios in Gothenburg. Cover artwork is based on a painting by early 20th Century Algerian / Parisian artist Henry Valensi. Strut CD | LP Pre-Order
Flamingo Pier Flamingo Pier EP Soundway Records presents the latest outing from Flamingo Pier, a music collective behind some of the finest dance parties in East London and New Zealand. Following their self-released debut EP, DJ residents Luke Walker, Dominic Jones and Bradley Craig have crafted 4 dancefloor-worthy tracks influenced by the boogie, disco, Afro and classic house that their parties are known for. Slick, rolling disco synths and punchy drum machines are woven in with Afrocentric percussion and dreamy vocal chants, for an exotic disco-boogie journey from start to finish. For fans of: Psychemagik, Earthboogie, Metro Area, Todd Terje Soundway 12"
Spiritual Jazz 11: SteepleChase Various Artists Founded in 1972, SteepleChase Records is one of the most significant and prolific European jazz record labels. With a catalogue running to well over 200 titles, the Copenhagen-based imprint has recorded and released music from some of the greatest names in jazz, including Dexter Gordon, Andrew Hill, Jackie McLean, Horace Parlan, Chet Baker and Stan Getz. Starting out by recording visiting Americans when they performed at the legendary Café Montmartre, founder Nils Winther was encouraged to start the label by none other than the great Jackie McLean, who was the first artist to release a record on the new imprint. From there, Steeplechase rapidly grew into one of the foremost labels to document European jazz with all its distinctive originality and style. With a particular emphasis on recording front rank American artists who had chosen the expatriate life in Europe, Steeplechase was first in line to document the sounds of the greats as they developed in exile. Featuring in-demand tracks from the likes of Billy Gault, Johnny Dyani and Khan Jamal, and unearthing deep cuts from greats like Jackie McLean and Mary Lou Williams, our Spiritual Jazz 11: Steeplechase pays tribute to one of Europe's most important jazz labels. Jazzman CD | LP Pre-Order
Nightports Nightports w/ Betamax Nightports w/ Betamax is the second in a series of albums from musician-producers Adam Martin and Mark Slater to be released on The Leaf Label, following 2018’s Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne. This time, Nightports have enlisted the formidable talents of drummer and percussionist Betamax, the beating rhythmic heart of sonic explorers The Comet Is Coming. Nightports w/ Betamax will be released on CD, digital and limited edition black vinyl LP. As with the previous album, the vinyl is packaged in an intricate die-cut sleeve, designed by Split. The Leaf Label CD | LP Pre-Order
The Kingstonians Hold Down / Nice Nice These two avidly sought after Early Reggae tracks have been extracted from the 1970 “SUFFERER” album... These 2 tracks are extremely rare on 7” vinyl and are sought after by literally thousands of collectors and Early Reggae fans alike. Price for a mint copy of HOLD DOWN will fetch over Euro 500, if you ever find one... Jamaican vocal trio, the Kingstonians were formed around 1966 by Cebert Bernard (aka Jackie Bernard) and his brother Lloyd "Footy" Bernard, along with mutual friend Lloyd Kerr. They began their recording career with producer J.J. Johnson, but had their greatest success between 1968 and 1970 with producer Derrick Harriott, who helped steer the singles "Singer Man" and "Sufferer" to the top of the Jamaican charts. Harlem Shuffle Records 7" Pre-Order
Nora Dean Peace Begins Within / Ay Ay Ay Ay Although one of the greatest Reggae female vocalists, little is known about Nora Dean. She recorded solo and also as a member of The Soulettes, The Ebony Sisters and The Soul Sisters. Nora Dean's most known song "Barbwire" was a number one hit in 1969. Her songs today are considered great classics among early Reggae fans. As both sides of this single shows, Nora Dean was without doubt one of the greatest Jamaican voices ever. "Peace begins within" is an beautiful uptempo early Reggae masterpiece where Nora's vocal ability really shows. It is an unusual song depicting in a few words the hard reality of life, on an uplifting early Reggae beat. Brilliant track! The original single is one of the most sought after Reggae 7" vinyl ever with a price tag of about 900 dollars a piece if you can ever find one... We wanted to do something very special for this release so we selected the 1969's "Ay Ay Ay Ay" for the B side. "Ay Ay Ay Ay" is an unusual track, a very Jamaican song although not quite Reggae, wonderfully weird where Nora sings, moans, laughs, shrieks, whistles, delivering one of her most compelling vocal performance on a background of tribal drums and hypnoctic guitar. Harlem Shuffle 7" Pre-Order