Friday, January 30, 2015

Emergency

Ok some new music... 'Mark E has a vivid imagination, and everyone knows it. This is his first offering for the ESP Institute'. That's what it says on the center of his new 12" for the label. Well everyone knows Mark E, that is certainly true; for awhile, in the early days of the Edit scene, he was king of the land. Later he stepped things up and took to creating fantastic original material and then just recently he's been turning out major heat (again!) with his E-Versions series for his own Merc label. That's the short story, he's a prolific beast and keeping up with him requires sharp eyes. ESP Institute also have a vivid imagination and by now you already know the label for some of the finest, genre bending, experimental, original and mesmerizingly beautiful new 'dance' music in the last few years. (eeeeu!! sorry the term 'Dance Music' gives me the creeps). Thus it is very exciting to hear Mark putting fresh beats through the esteemed ESP, and he's clearly channeling bespoke and frankly mezmerizingly beautiful new music with them. It's not like his other stuff, is what i'm saying... Well i mean it is and it isn't... Never mind, you're going to feel lifted and enchanted and entranced (careful! ed.) and blissed out by at least one of the tracks off this 12" on a dancefloor pretty shortly... The snippets below are really a tiny taste of the almost mathematical rapture present in both these beauties... keep an eye out girls and boys and don't say i didnt warn you... (mid Feb release date)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

crystal love

Ok let's dig a little bit deeper. I don't know how familiar you are with Japanese Jazz genius Yuji Ohno. He's probably most well known for providing the score to the Anime TV Series 'Lupin The Third', as well as many other Japanese films and television shows. While doing some research on the man, i discover that almost every biography on Ohno mentions a Trio he was in with Miroslav Vitous... and yet no one names the band... anyone?? I would seriously like to hear that collaboration. Anyway, Yuji has produced well over 25 albums, from the mid 70's to around 2008, or so. I've only heard 2 or 3 of his records and of what i have heard, 'Space Kid' from 1978 is the only one i've managed to collect so far. I'm no expert on the man, but it seems he's tackled all kinds of styles and subjects and given the Manga nature of a great many of his works there is a kind of hybrid blending style to them (certainly with what i have heard), nearly all of it dripping in a future/retro nostalgia. Check out 'Prologue - Crystal Love' from the album 'Space Kid'... more from Yuji coming up. So from crystals of one kind to crystal love of another...

yuji ohno - prologue - crystal love

Thursday, January 22, 2015

crystals

American re-issue label Love n' Haight put out a wonderful repress of Thom Janusz' heavily sought after 'Ron Forella's... Moves', a few years back. An original pressing will cost you up to $6K or thereabouts, fortunately the repress makes this pretty special collaboration between musician and dancer a lot more affordable. Beat junkies love this record, the drums are clean, crisp and ripe for sampling, while for the rest of us, it's funk and soul instrumental workouts are beautiful, clever and mesmerizing. It surprises me greatly that this is the only record from Thom Janusz (unless i'm wrong), clearly the man had quiet a talent. Anyway it's not easy picking just the one track from this beast, though i believe 'Crystals' is the reason the original record caused multiple cold sweats for diggers... What a track it is too... placed somewhere between Bluesy Jazz Funk and Yacht Rock, 'Crystals' is a classic warm and drifting gem!

thom janusz - crystals

Thursday, January 15, 2015

sunburn

Last year Josh Cheon and his label Dark Entries put out the absolutely brilliant Patrick Cowley/School Daze compilation. The record received a great deal of attention from all sorts of quarters; it crossed over a bunch of niche or specialist markets, as it were, and was a resounding success as a result. There is some talk that there may well be a follow up. Whether you're a Disco fanatic, into 70's gay porn, a synth head, a goth or a library music fan, i'm sure you'll agree that that would be rather nice. I'm loving this slo mo, drifting, head music gem, thought to be produced by Cowley around the same time as School Daze. Ripped straight from a skin flick, the track has no known title and sounds as if it's cut short, but ...

patrick cowley - unknown

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

this is not a christmas song

Some people think it's a Christmas song, while others feel it on a whole other level. Either way it is a seriously uplifting beauty, designed to raise the spirits of even the most jaded individual. Chuck Mangione's 'Land Of Make Believe' featuring Esther Satterfield is a serious groover that got rolled out regularly at David Mancuso's Loft parties. Makes you feel like anything is possible... maybe it was the acid...  Edit: i got a message from a regular at Mancuso's Loft who says that while the man has definitely played the track, he'd never actually heard it played at the original Loft... there is a mythical story that he opened a set in Japan with the track while appearing in a cloud of smoke... the legend continues....

chuck mangione - land of make believe

Monday, January 12, 2015

Dom B Sensi

Jupiter Tuning Center have featured a great deal on these here pages in the past, Frank is one of my favourite remix, re-edit, cut n paste, and all round messin' with the blessin' Kings of sound. Of course he also runs a very fine digging spot in Berlin for those in the know. As a New Years pressie the man, under his Dom G Sensi guise, dropped this killer slice of deepness, a re-fiddle of Astral Travel's homage to Harry Whitaker... Grab it!!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

beat around the bush

It's no secret i'm a huge fan of library records. I often find myself in a cold sweat when i think about particular labels and particular artists who frequently appeared on these sorts of records. That said i dont own nearly as many as some of the guys i've seen on Crate Diggers.. that also gets me in a cold sweat. A n y w a y... one i've been after for sometime is by Roots on the Music de Wolfe label from 1982, an album that goes by the name of 'Pussyfooting'. The record is a very Funky Disco type affair with lots of Piano and Brass all over it (not usually my favourites). Being that the music here was designed for TV use, the band visit a bunch of typically cliched scenarios; Spain, a casino, the cliff's edge and of course a nightclub. A lot of it sounds like a proto Shakatack and is pretty damned cheesy. As is often the case though, the record conceals a couple of moments (3 in fact) that transcend it's original purpose and is the reason desire to own and play it occurs in the first place... Disco on a Saturday night then...

roots - party people

Friday, January 09, 2015

aicelis

Roland Haynes' only solo album '2nd Wave', came out on Black Jazz Records in 1975. The competition for keyboardists was heavy; Bob James had released his second album and Herbie Hancock produced 4 albums in the same year. Joe Zawinul, Ramsey Lewis and Chic Corea were all on the scene too. It explains to some degree why he is lesser known. Though the album confirms his formidable talent, it lacks the kind of easy radio friendly hooks that James brought to play, or the innovation that Herbie has in abundance. '2nd Wave' is mostly fast paced Jazz and Funk played out with lush organic Rhodes keys, it's dense and warm production lend it a spiritual feel that's common on all Black Jazz releases... that said, i usually only play the one track from the album, here's why... more late night bliss for your soul...

roland haynes - aicelis

Thursday, January 08, 2015

blue time

Anyone with a spare copy of German fusion band Ex Ovo Pro's album 'Dance Lunatic', please feel free to send it to anoe headquarters when u have a moment... If you've heard their first album and not had a chance to hear this their second, you'll find they hardly sound like the same band. According to a reviewer on Discogs, the late 70's Fusion scene in Germany was all about finding the latest hybrids and sounds, and in their search to remain amongst the avant garde Ex Ovo moved away from their Krautrock roots and changed up to some easy listening, spacey library record styled maneuvers. I'm sure many of their fans struggled to take their new direction seriously at the time; the same reviewer offers that 'many will find this record a hoot', because of it's 'funky grooves and wonky moog synth leads'. For me that just makes it special and definitely one to find. While a lot of the album falls deeply into fusion noodle soup, the Disco tinged title track, as well as the album closer 'Blue Time' get right under my skin. so... some very late nite lovin' for your ears...

ex ovo pro - blue time

new ears...

Well there goes 2014. And though I'm happy to see the back of it, this was a very fine year for music... across the board. It was also one of the most frustrating years ever, in terms of local Post Office strikes here in SA. I lost multiple packages with Records in them which cost me pride and pounds and a few bills from a local psyche dr who couldnt help me with recurring day and night mares. Loosing records is a particular kind of angst, a kind of cloying black hole of confusion and loss. 

Also Another Night On Earth has been shoddier than ever... resulting in perpetual boomerang questions colliding in my late night minds... like Do people even visit these kinds of sites anymore ? Grabbing a single song or an edit from a download is antiquated no ? No one has time for this shit anymore, right ? And the truth is there are really decent sites like Test Pressing and LWE and and and, that do an excellent job of spreading the word about quality sounds both new and old. Better than i could if i had the time.

So anyway, I resolve to continue digging for beats and occasionally dropping some here, I resolve to continue bugging dj's of consequence to record mixes for the site and i resolve to never forget the once heady days of anoe.... a site i love... Happy New Ears men and woman of the night....

teisco - white gladiator

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Paqua - Akaliko

Paul 'Mudd' Murphy's Claremont 56 is such a class act, equally forward as it is backward looking, equally referential as it is original, and equally eclectic as it is precisely modern and sleek. It's a veritable haven for aging ravers, diggers and trainspotters, surfers and travellers, Harvey fans, bikers, Balearic dreamers, sunset aficionados and beards. The box set of tracks from their seminal 'Originals' series is one of the most exciting and desireable vinyl collections of overlooked gems in recent years, or ever... and it's a perfect example of the label's meticulous approach to substance and quality. The label is also, as i'm sure most of you already know, home to a host of exceptional music makers that include Bison, Alumnia, Torn Sail, Paqua and even a recent Hulger Czukay project... amongst others. But ok, this post isn't really about Claremont 56, instead it's about the first full length from Paqua entitled 'Akaliko', a Budhist word that means 'timeless', released on the label some weeks back. Being well late on this review has given me time to really live with the record, to hear it in a number of situations and settings and i can honestly say it's a classic in every sense of the word.

For those that don't already know, Paqua is a cross continental collaboration between Paul Murphy (Akwaaba, Mudd, Bison, Claremont 56), Phenomenal Handclap Band's Quine Luke (aka Bing Ji Ling), Alex Searle, Groove Armada's percussionist Patrick Dawes and Patrick Wood, also from the Phenomenal Handclap Band. Joining them on a few of the albums tracks also is celloist Robin Lee, one half of Faze Action. That's practically some kind of underground supergroup right there... and the album is a testament to the combined talents present on the record.

'Akaliko' is a beast of a thing! 8 superb tracks that remind one of any number of Adult Oriented West Coast Yacht Rock golden moments from back in yer mum's day, familiar...  and yet fresh with the ocean spray of recent summers on the Dalmation coast. You could say it's the revivified sound of The Hollies Folk Disco on 'Draggin' My Heels' meets The Doors, CSN, Brian Auger, Batteaux... only it's made by young men who've undoubtedly lived through Acid House, Madchester and Balearica. The beats are funky and modern, the crisp and free jangle of their guitars reverberate with the sound of heady holidays on exotic shores, and with hot spots of psychedelic shimmering beauty liberally scattered about, 'Akaliko' is far less than a sum of it's inspirations and far more the fresh beginings of a well travelled, savvy, attuned and cosmically inclined crew. Everything about this album is deeply pleasing and as such is essential to own.


A limited edition 10" called 'The Dubs' also hit the stores a couple of weeks after the album came out. Ray Mang and the Idjut Boys take on 'The Visitor', my current favourite track from the LP, and both deliver extra warm and now also essential beauties. The Idjut's version just barely takes first prize with it's dubbed out extended play, a bit like staring at the sun.


Get either or both records here and here, or hunt them down in your favourite spot. Oh and keep a look out for a further remix double pack with Emperor Machine versions of 'Late Train'

Friday, June 13, 2014

Press Play #80 - Mad'r

Rogier Keller aka Mad'r is a Rotterdam based dj and music connoissieur, he's a heavy- weight digger with an ear for Disco not Disco, slept on left field Euro Dance, No Wave, Afro beats, deep burnt Electro, forgotten soft Rock grooves, off kilter space wonkiness and things that'll make you dance like an extra in a Twyla Tharpe production... in a good way of course. Sometimes i think Mad'r is Rotterdam's answer to Loud E, well kind of, but different? What i do know for sure, from following Rogier on facebook, is that he is often out in the field digging for exotic finds. Check his 'Excess Baggage' slo mo mix on Soundcloud for proof; it's a seriously fine head nodding journey, like some photocopied memory of hot vhs neon love blasting out of my mom's Ford Capri way back in time.... for real!

And so we reach number 80 in the Press Play series, we celebrate this grand feat in the company of Rogier 'Mad'r' Keller. According to Mad'r his 'Monopoly on Suffering' mix for us meditates on 'how different cultures cope with suffering'. The journey takes in Africa, Spain, Western Europe, the U.S. and American Indian territories in the search for answers. He says 'don't identify yourself with your culture, race or sex', but rather 'identify yourself (if u must) with a human cause', after all this is what we are most. I love this mix, it's packed with unusual dusty grooves; varied and meaningful but also just groovy. It's the kind of mix that will make a road trip feel... life altering... even epochal... Sadly there is no track list, but Rogier send me a photograph that gives a few clues to those who need 'em (you'll find it in the comments below). Thanks so much Rogier for dropping this wonderful mix on us, it's been an education... everyone else you know what to do.... 
 
press play #80 - mad'r - monopoly on suffering

Friday, May 30, 2014

Press Play #79 - Marcel Vogel

The Vogel drops in for his annual visit to a.n.o.e. with an absolute stunner; 'Down By The River' is the perfect mixtape for those sunset hours, when the shadows get long and deep, when dancing is free form and sexy and the music shines like the sun from inside. Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Disco flavours, organic Slo Mo bits, rare stuff, all tweaked 'n mixed up and exuding high emotion from an inspired man; having met and played alongside Danny Krivit at a recent gig in Amsterdam, Marcel seems to be on fire. But then he's always on fire, the way i hear it....

Massive thanks Marcel, we love having you stop on by. This one's a keeper folks... 
 
press play #79 - marcel vogel - down by the river

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

inner circles

On a recent'ish dig i found two Ian Carr's Nucleus albums ('Solar Plexus' & 'In Flagrante Delicto'), both of which are really superb Jazz Fusion records. They are the first Nucleus albums in my collection and they sparked a bit of a research frenzy into the band's members and other records that might surround it's core. New Zealand born, keyboardist Dave Macrae was a member of Nucleus for some years but ultimately left the band to work on his own project with his wife Joy Yates. Together they created Pacific Eardrum. From what i gather there were 3 different albums during their 2 or 3 year run. Later Dave would work with Robert Wyatt, Richard Sinclair and many others, even later he joined a re-united Soft Machine. There's a fair bit of gold to be found on Pacific Eardrum records, but tonight i'm playing 'Inner Circles' from their second lp 'Beyond Panic' over and over and over ... Latin flavoured Fusion heaven for ya then.

Pacific Eardrum - Inner Circles

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Press Play #78 - Mannmademusic

Iain Mann aka MannMade - Music makes Moodyman - esque House bombs from deep Disco originals (for the most part); his tracks have featured on Lumberjacks In Hell, ISM, Glenview, Welcome To The Underground, Diner City Sounds and Audio Parallax amongst others; he's got a new one on Lumberjacks Boogie and an ep on the very excellent Shadeleaf Music, both of which will be in stores shortly. He's also dropped in on a.n.o.e. with a smouldering blend of Detroit feelin' Housey Disco called 'Northern Excursion'. Included in this fine ride are a couple of exclusives too. Damn!! ... what a catch ...

As always i'm well chuffed to have talent like Mann join the Press Play series, so thank you Iain. For the rest of ya, get downloading... (note: divshare is giving me stick, so for the moment the mix is downloadable from Box, i'll have it back on divshare shortly).

press play #78 - mannmademusic - northen excursion

Saturday, May 17, 2014

heaven is in your mind

Linda Tillery's second album came out in 1977 on the feminist leaning Olivia Records; it's a beautiful and warm Soul Funk set backed by an all-female band. The whole record is lush and atmospheric; it's easy to play and has quite a few standout tracks... perfect for late nights on earth. Linda sang for Coke Escovedo on his albums 'Coke' and 'Disco Fantasy', she worked with Santana, Boz Scaggs, and Lenny White, and much later there was her involvement on the He3 Project's Family Groove cd; her tracks have featured on Ubiquity's 'California Soul', Kenny Dope's 'Favourite Grooves' and Volcov has an edit of 'Markin Time' (also on this record) out on a Japanese cd compilation. Linda's eponymous lp is not hard to find and it isn't crazy expensive either (yet), should u wish to acquire it... and you do. 

My favourite track on the lp, doesn't feature a whole lot of Linda's vocal stylings, instead it's sparkling fusion highlights her backing band's serious skills. The thing is the whole record is pretty special, if you see it grab it, but for tonight... a little heaven in your mind...

Linda Tillery - Heaven is in Your Mind

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dance with me Ojala

Things found on soundcloud #1452: Mike Burns went off making edits quiet some time ago, but occasionally (read as very rarely) something new will make its way up on his page on SC. If you're not keeping an eye out for new mixes from the man, you're not likely to notice gems like this... previously undiscovered discovery on a Thursday evening then...

Monday, May 12, 2014

Press Play #77 - Norio Sato

Anyone who takes digging seriously knows Norio Sato and his Osaka based rarities store Rare Groove. Any time you see quality international heads playing in Japan, it won't be long before you also see Instagram posts of them in Norio's shop. Rare Groove has been open since 2007 and its stock primarily reflects an interest in music made for dancing; new, old and hard to find titles in any genre. Of course Norio is also a dj and he runs the expertly curated Metro club nights with Daisuke Kakimoto; their guests have included Cos/Mes, Tiago, Invisible City Dj's, Lexx, Altz, Mori Ra, Lovefingers, Land of Light, Basso, Chee Shimizu, Michael Kucyk a.k.a Noise In My Head, Michael Ozone, Steel Bonus, Roland Tings... the list goes on (it's a killer list if ever there was one). Norio has also played alongside Daniele Baldelli, Rahaan, Todd Terje, Joel Martin, Bepe Loda, Soft Rocks, and Mongolian Jet Set amongst others.

I feel incredibly lucky and deeply honoured to have Norio join the Press Play series, the mix is made entirely of Japanese records which makes it doubly special. It's a very fine thing too and as eclectic as you like; if you're anything like me there will be more than a few new additions to your wants/needs list.... Thank you very much Norio for this truly wonderful and uplifting beauty ... for the rest of ya, don't sleep!

press play #77 - norio sato - nippon no ongaku

Monday, April 28, 2014

turning you loose...

Landing on discerning shelves in a couple of weeks is this slice of wonderful mid tempo sweet soul; the label Psycho/Super Disco Edits is worth checking/ keeping an eye out for in general, and they have a nice website where u can do exactly that. Apparently the tracks not been heard by too many before and was sitting on some reel somewhere gathering dust (and value probably). Always surprises me that something this good can remain out of sight for so long...scorching!
 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

scapa flow

Shades of Emerson Lake & Palmer and Jethro Tull (sort of), on some golden pastoral folk trek... but played out by a Swedish (or Finnish), 80's band called Scapa Flow. Honestly this is not something i personally discovered, i dont even own the record... yet! In fact i saw this up on facebook or something, was curious and pursued it further. The Scapa Flow is a body of water where Vikings once harboured, somewhere in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Knowing this goes some way to explaining what an 80's band were doing traversing these particular waters at that particular time...kind of... Being one third hippy, i just love this.... the title track from their 1980 album.. prog not prog on a Monday night then.

Scapa Flow - Uuteen Aikan