Release Date- 22nd February 2019
Essential double-A sided twelve inch release that sees the welcome return of Casbah 73 in exultant, soul-charged form.
Early support from Red Greg, Danny Krivit, Rahaan, Craig Charles, Mad Mats, and many more.
Recorded live in the studio with an excellent cast of musicians, it kicks off with 'To Be Free', a joyful disco number that oozes raw authenticity. The very talented Angela Gooden's sultry vocals ride a rich groove, anchored by a heavyweight rhythm section and featuring a sparkling string section.
Over on the flip-side, 'Doing Our Own Thing' is an exuberant instrumental jazz-funk boogie cut showing off a killer horn section to full effect. Nine minutes of peak-time euphoria that is over way too soon.
Classic in spirit yet modern in feel, this release is guaranteed to set any dance floor alight and is a more than worthy successor to last year's 'Love Saves The Day'. One of last year's hottest disco joints, well, it turns out that Casbah 73 was just warming up!
01. To Be Free
02. Doing Our Own Thing
Released 15th March
The record compiles six slightly edited or ‘fixed’ late 80’s / early 90’s Brazilian pop songs that touch all basic elements of old school hip hop, new beat and electro: drum computers, heavy use of funky (guitar) samples, rapping and scratching, except for that last track which is a sexy melancholic Portugese tune that felt so good to end with. As usual in a white discobag hand-stamped with a little drawing by Frank Koedood.
a3. Santa Clara Poltergeist
b1. Break é Emoção
b2. Rap 16 Toneladas
b3. Excesso, Aqui
Release Date 22nd February 2019
Gratitude's rare Canadian disco 12" is well know to the heads, there is also a VERY rare 7" with a slightly alternate mix that is almost entirely unknown (not even listed on Discogs).
'We Are Here To Party' is a driving Deepfunk disco banger in the vein of King Tut. On the flip 'Loving You' is a Chic influenced disco production as strong as the A-side, always good when its a solid flip as well. We have taken the 12" Versions and put it on to 45, the forthcoming David Haffner compilation will have the even rarer 7" Version on it.
Back into disco turf, loads more on the way.
a. We Are Here to Party
b. Loving You
Release Date 22nd February 2019
It's rare to come across a debut album that delights and surprises in equal measure, but that's exactly what you can expect from Human Call, the first full-length excursion from daydreaming dancefloor fusionists Earthboogie.
The East London-based duo of Izaak Gray and Nicola Robinson has previous form when it comes to creating beautiful, funk-fuelled fusions of soundsystem-ready rhythms, humid instrumentation and intergalactic audio explorations. To date, they've released a pair of fine EPs on Leng, both of which did a splendid job in showcasing their unique musical vision.
Even so, this vision has never been clearer than it is on Human Call, a vibrant eight-track missive that fixes the sticky tropical cheeriness of African and South American dance music – be it Afro-disco, Afro-funk or samba – with a wide range of complimentary sounds, styles and influences, from spacey analogue electronics, sun-kissed Balearica and hazy West Coast jazz-rock, to chunky dub disco, snappy retro-futurist house and bouncy, dub-fuelled club workouts.
Throughout, Gray and Robinson showcase an impressive level of musicianship, variously combining crunchy drum machine hits and dusty old synthesizers with razor-sharp electric and acoustic guitars, rich bass, cascading saxophone solos and hazy, life-affirming vocal harmonies.
The result is a string of memorable highlights, from the sticky tropical-house-meets-dub disco futurism of "Human Call" and fuzzy disco-funk righteousness of opener "Overground", to the post-punk disco jauntiness of "Stargazing" and samba-infused dancefloor bliss of Nina Miranda collaboration "Silken Moon". Cheery, absorbing, imaginative and hugely entertaining, Human Call offers a perfect snapshot of Earthboogie's distinctive musical world.
02. High Minded Man
03. Silken Moon (feat. Nina Miranda)
04. The Getaway
05. Human Call
06. Northern Light
07. Stargazin' (feat. Nina Miranda)
08. Broken Rules Arrangement
Release Date: 15th March 2018
LP 2x12″ MUNK presents: TEUTONIK DISASTER (Compilation) German New Wave Funk 1979 - 1983 Compilation originally released 2003 on Gomma records. A very special compilation. 8 edits and reworks of rare German New Wave Funk and Disco Punk. Toy Tonics label heads Mathias Munk Modica and Kapote present Teutonik Disaster, a very special compilation with 8 edits and reworks of rare German New Wave Funk and Disco Punk from 1979 to 1983.
a1. Die Heteros - Monogamie, Kannibalismus unserer Zeit (Kapote Rework)
a2. Camilla Motor - Gefahr Im Tivoli (Kapote Rework)
b1. Exkurs - Fakten Sind Terror (Kapote Rework)
b2. Carmen - Schlaraffenland (Kapote Rework)
c1. Explorer - Yellow Power (Kapote Rework)
c2. BBB - Alltag (Kapote Rework)
d1. Roter Mund - Mit Dir Allein (Kapote Rework)
d2. Die Chefs - Frauenkörper (Kapote Rework)
Release Date: 1st March 2018
Mystic Jungle is back with 4 killer tunes!! Four slabs of stylish and edgy electronic Italo-Disco cuts by the head honcho of Periodica Records and Futuribile Record Club. Four essential exotic tunes coming straight from his West Hill Studio in Italy. Recommended!!!
b1. Tropics Of Capricorn
Release Date: 15th February 2019
It’s a new year and what better way to celebrate it than with a new release and a new artist. As Liluzu, Lachlan McGeehan debuts on Kalahari Oyster Cult with What’s Your Star Sign. Part of Australia’s growing pool of musical talent, McGeehan combines a wide spread of influences and styles to arrive at his own unique sonic personality.
“I Think That…” opens the 12”. Classic breakbeat percussion is countered by chanting samples and silken chords as western grooves collide with the exoticism of the east. Tribal toms are cut by a rasping drum for the Bubble Mix of “Arreca.” Delicate notes flutter next to squelchy basslines and aquatic flows in this dreamy and imaginative work. BPMs rise as “Scale Libra” makes itself known on the flip. Shapeshifting melodies glow from the outset, bright notes dawn and shine in this track of new age optimism and old-school class. The I Love You Mix of “Scale Libra” muscles up rhythm patterns, sourcing extra pound through thick kicks while adding height to the ascending lines of the Liluzu’s version. A provocative dust-mask remake by Sentiments that captures all the enthusiasm and grace of the original as it nods to the verve of the 1990s dance scene.
a1. I Think That...
a2. Arecca (Bubble Mix)
b1. Scale Libra
b2. Scale Libra (Sentiments I Love You Mix)
Release Date: TBA 2019
Following the reissue of Model Citizen, here is another seminal cut, out of the stellar Interactive Test's catalogue, this time by the visionary mind of Franco Falsini with one of his artist names Open Spaces, as well as the owner and mentor behind the label. Dreamy and progressive house at its best, composed at the dawn of the 90s Open Spaces is definitely another much deserved reissue, not only for the expensive price of the original 12" but because its contemporaneity and the absolutely stunning sound and deep soul.
a1. Open Spaces - Worldbit Generation
a2. Open Spaces - Speaking In Tongues
a3. Open Spaces - Envelope Of Soul
b1. Open Spaces - Artist In Wonderland
b2. Open Spaces - X In The Underground
b3. Open Spaces - Spinners Of Faith
Release Date - 21st December 2018
Wahever Records in association with Alex Dayo Drumming School proudly presents Gùndo Fara, the debut EP by Zantogola.
Inspired by the West African heritage of popular rhythms and songs, Zantogola are at the same time masters and explorers of the plenguedey music: a fusion between elements of mandingue, highlife and afrobeat with hip hop, reggae and jazz.
The band mixes traditional African-percussions rhythms with brass, voices, guitars, balafons and ngonis to create contemporary, reflective, joyous and highly danceable songs.
The Zantogola project was born in 2016 with the meeting of Alex Dayo and Matteo Boyero, and has grown up into a full scale band and human adventure. Among the members of the band there are musicians like Alai Sanfo, Hien Narcisse Moustique Piqué, Robert Goldsmith, David Kemp, Nick Onley, James MacPhail, Owain Arthur, Moussa Dembele and Shreya Rai.
Alex Dayo is a drummer/percussionist from Burkina Faso, former musician of the Kouledafourou National Ballet and leader of Wountey, the band who initiated Plenguedey music. Alex moved to London in 2008 where he set up a drumming school.
Shreya Rai is a 25 year old singer from Nepal. She is the main female singer for Zantogola, and also performs with other bands such as Namlo and Makindu (WAHEVER 004). She is a highly creative and dedicated artist, and a composer in her own right: look up her name for future releases.
This EP also features some special guests: violinist John Garner, Rafael Anker on EVI (electro valve instrument), Togo Clément Palé on bass, Sophia Mogapi on snare/cymbals, Marta Badia Marin on background doundoun and Dabaiyah Fidel on backing vocal.
Zantogola means “the greatest in everyone” and it’s the name of a character in Burkina Faso’s folklore. There are many tales of his extraordinary powers. He plays his percussion louder than anybody in the country, so loud that you could hear him from all the other villages.
He can devour a whole village’s food supply for a year in a single day, but his appetite is matched by his generosity: he will farm all the fields for the whole village single-handed. He also sleeps for a whole season unless the village needs him.
Zantogola also inspires a message of humbleness. In these dark times, Zantogola stands against growing nationalism and the tightening of borders to create a spirit of common purpose and brotherhood.
Gùndo Fara means “secret revealed” in Bambara, one of the most widely spoken languages in French speaking West Africa.
This 45 rpm loud cut 12’’ EP is an introduction to an eleven track album to be released in spring 2019, it is limited to 300 copies and comes with B side drum mixes that will not be included on the spring album release.
Composed and arranged by Alexandre Yemaoua Dayo
Produced by Matteo Boyero and Alexandre Yemaoua Dayo
Recorded by Matteo Boyero at Wahever Records, except drums on “Tare” recorded at the Alex Dayo Drumming School, and bass and electro valve instrument on “Taré”, recorded at Dondoli Studio by Joseph Sangare
Mixed by Peter Soldan at Dada Studios
Mastered by Simon Davey at the Exchange
Artwork by Sandra von Hazelberg
Alexandre Yemaoua Dayo: lead and backing vocal, drum set (congas, djembe, cymbals, high hat and calebasse), bass bara, doundoun, kenkeni & top bell, sabar, tama, maracas
Shreya Rai: lead and backing vocal
Dabaiyah Fidel: backing vocal
Abdoulaye Sanfo: djembe solo
Moussa Dembele: balafon (xylophone)
Hien Narcisse Likite Moustique Piqué: medium bara
James MacPhail: bass
Owen Arthur: electric rhythm and lead guitar
Robert Goldsmith: baritone sax
David Kemp: alto sax
Nick Onley: tenor sax
Matteo Boyero: drum machine kick programming
Alexandre Yemaoua Dayo: lead and backing vocal, balafon, rhythm djembe 1, drum set (congas & djembe 2), bara, sabar, cowbell, shekere Abdoulaye Sanfo : djembe solo, rhythm djembe 3
Hien Narcisse Likite Moustique Piqué: kenkeni and top bell
Marta Badia Marin: background doundoun
Shreya Rai: lead and backing vocal
Pale Togo Clément: bass
Raphael Anker: EVI (electro valve instrument)
John Garner: violins
Robert Goldsmith: baritone sax
David Kemp: alto sax
Nick Onley: tenor sax
Matteo Boyero: drum machine kick programming
Sya drums (musicians present in the full version of the track not included):
Alexandre Yemaoua Dayo: rhythm djembe 1 & 2, djembe solo, drum set (congas & djembe 3), maracas, woodblock, doundoun, kenkeni & top bell, criquet Sophia Mogapi: drum kit (snare and cymbals)
Abdoulaye Sanfo: djembe snare
Matteo Boyero: drum machine kick programming
Special thanks to Peter Soldan at Dada Studios, Joseph Sangare at Dondoli Studio, Sandra Von Hazelberg for the artwork, Finsbury Park Art Club and all the students at the Alex Dayo Drumming School.
Notes by Alex Dayo:
Seli” means “pray”: whatever our beliefs as human beings, let’s pray to know ourselves so that we can gain a better awareness of humanity’s needs. “Taré” means “majesty”. How great is your mother’s love. How great is a lover’s love. It’s your choice to find the balance: as we cross many rivers, we encounter many mothers and loved ones. The greatest, they are in my heart majestically, I shall never forgot them. Not all women give birth to a majesty. I’m talking too and dedicating Tare to her Majesty, my mother Sita Sessouma, my mother by the river Kalpana from Nepal, and to all you great women from all over the planet.
I specially dedicate this EP to all my students.
a1. Zantogola - Seli
a2. Zantogola - Taré
b1. Zantogola - Seli Drums
b2. Zantogola - Sya Drums
Released 21st December
"Based in Flint, Michigan, USA the four young sons of an electrician welded together their debut album. This album, titled Elektroworld, is a personal tribute to the well known pioneers of the electro-disco-beat; Kraftwerk." Clone Classic Cuts reissue of the illustrious Elecktroids' one and only album from 1995.
01. Future Tone
02. Perpetual Motion
03. Japanese Elektronics
04. Check Mate
05. Mystery World
06. Silicon Valley
07. Midnight Drive
08. Thermo Science
09. Stun Gun
11. Time Tunnel
Release Date: 14th December 2018
Kalahari Oyster Cult have been thumbing through their back catalogue and return to a past gem for some renewed attention. 2017 saw the release of Erell Ranson’s Hand in Hand, a quintet of beautifully crafted machine music. Two tracks have been chosen from the EP and remixed with stunning results.
First up is Dj Normal 4’s “Sealife Safari MixX” of “If We Never Try.” The sweet, shimmering melody of the original, the bubbling bass and subtle notes, are transformed in this remake. Silvery chords morph into bold and daring new forms under the tutelage of Tim Schumacher, neon streaked patterns coalescing with broken and cracked percussion for a superbly uplifting piece.
Pariah follows with his rework of “Hand in Hand.” A deep dreamscape intricately woven with heady notes, birdsong and endless possibilities.
The final odyssey comes care of SW (Stefan Wust) of SUED fame. The Berlin based musician delivers his reimagined idea of “If We Never Try” with Ranson’s version being washed over by lapping lines and gentle currents to create a smooth rounded finale. A trio of unique perspectives from three true talents of electronic music.
a1. Erell Ranson - If We Never Try (DJ Normal 4 Sealife Safari MixX)
a2. Erell Ranson - Hand In Hand (Pariah Remix)
b1. Erell Ranson - If We Never Try (SW. Amnesia Interpretation)
Release Date: TBA 2018
Started out as a reggae, lovers rock band in the late 70's, The Cool Notes consolidated their reputation in the 80s, after turning towards more soulful sounds and have signed different hits, all finished straight into the upper parts of the charts. "I Wanna Dance" and "Blown It" released for the Sour Grape label owned by Patrick Mulpeter and Danny Ryan, both former member of the band Gold, are two gems inexplicably left in the shadows, but as often happens, later appreciated as essential spins, in the selection of champion DJs.
a1. I Wanna Dance
b1. Blown It
Released 23rd November
Great collection of previously unreleased material written and produced by DJ Nature under his Nature Boy alias between 1991 and 1992. Yes the Ruff Disco years! So, expect that same hard hittin' cut-and-paste deep house feel and chunky, bass-heavy grooves that Nature Boy is known for. Classic stuff!
a1. Yeah (Main Version)
a2. Yeah (Groove Express)
a3. Yeah (Mellow Version)
b1. Hey Ho (Demo Mix)
b2. Players (Demo Mix)
b3. Strugglin' (Demo Mix)
Released 7th December
Two new disco-dub joints by Pascal inspired by the fresh breeze of an oceanic archipelago, plus an obscure cosmic-boogie reinterpretation of the previously released "Nero di Seppia" by label honcho Mystic Jungle and the Casio wizard Manny Whodamanny. A West Hill studio production.
b2. N.D.S (Disco Version - Mixed by Mystic Jungle & Whodamanny)
Release Date: 16th November 2018
De Lichting is back for their second double vinyl album titled; “Twee”. The collective showcases a genuinely sensitive and pure sound resulting in an emotionally charged album.
The A-side kicks off with Boris Acket & Kaap. The live and improvised performance “De Tuin” starts as a percussive soundscape and evolves into light footed ambiance, which resonates to a designated chill-out space, followed by “Verwar” of Eversines. A darker hedonistic cut thanks to its atonal pads and heavy but sensual low end. A polyrhythmic breakbeat is introduced, which releases the tension and clears all the grey clouds to its sonic spectrum.
Human Space Machine & queniv take over the B-side this time, working their way through an emotional techno journey with Human Space Machine’s “Feels” and the most apocalyptical techno banger we’ve heard from queniv so far called “U.I.C”.
Switching records to the second vinyl, we start on the C-side with Boris Acket’s “Humming”, a house anthem sure to jerk the tears of euphoric dancers. Continuing, three other cuts which are Nathan Surreal’s “Chaos In The Echoes”; a mental deep weapon, queniv’s museum inspired experiment “Kruller Muller” and “Onvoorwaardelijk” by RDS. C4 lives up to its number; blowing up clubs with a lovely sensitive yet dangerous electro bomb of a track.
When the concluding side is put on, we’re taken aback by Kaap’s “Hartzeer”, a heart aching combo of 707 drums, grungy textures and a rolling 16th bass, which goes right in the feels. RDS is featured a second time on D2 with “Haat & Liefde”, resulting in the most acoustic sounding track on the compilation before we end with Eversines’ “2Anticipate”. An ambient cut where the 303 acid synth has hardly ever sounded so soft, tender and more sincere than you’d expect. And so, the album is wrapped up and implies a feeling of a new start to the next compilation.
a1. Boris Acket & Kaap - De Tuin
a2. Eversines - Verwar
b1. Human Space Machine - Feels
b2. queniv - U.I.C.
c1. Boris Acket - Humming
c2. Nathan Surreal - Chaos In The Echoes
c3. queniv - Kruller Muller
c4. RDS - Onvoorwaardelijk
d1. Kaap - Hartzeer
d2. RDS - Haat & Liefde
d3. Eversines - 2Anticipate
Released 9th November
It’s not the fall that hurts, it’s when you hit the ground – that’s what „Failing Upwards“ is all about. On Lehult’s fourteenth release Lucky Charms breaks away from 4-to-the-floor territory to deliver a fun trip through skippy drum workouts and jazzy warmth. Spread out across the full A-Side is “Einbahnstraßen-Sound". Heard first on the Lehult Worldwide FM Special last year, this highly requested tune finally sees the light of day in all its trippy, warm, analogue glory. “Oase” takes things a notch deeper by layering lush synths, swarming melodies and ski field recordings over a laid back electro-groove. “Rex Dubius” translates the vibe of the first two tracks into a more straightforward, dubby groove - not without the skipping beats and the warm counterparts, though.
a1. Einbahnstraßen Sound
b2. Rex Dubius
Released 2nd November
1987... for those lucky enough visiting a decent import shop in that year could have seen a US import record with pink label showing a darts board with small text next to the picture saying "Target records" and "Joe R. Lewis". Pretty sure nobody at that time would be alarmed by this... reading further it said... 1. Love Of My Own... Written and produced by Joe R. Lewis... in even smaller text the label info continued; mixed by Larry Heard..! And even that, at that time that would not have rung a bell, except for maybe a couple of dj's who only just in the last couple months picked up copy of a Mr. Fingers record and memorised the writer credits. We're talking the very early days of House music, the pre-internet era where new music and info didn't spread all over the globe within a couple of seconds... Now more then 30 years later this is a holy grail for worldwide record collectors and house aficionados, and still not all info is clear. But like all good stories there is a cloud of mystery covering up the details! On the flip side there is one of the best tracks ever produced by Joe Lewis.., Life Immoreal... a track so elegant and beautiful that it hurts!!! Two of the best tracks Chicago House music has to offer in remastered versions taken from the original master tapes on this latest outing of Clone Classic Cuts!
a1. Love of My Own (Instrumental)
b1. Dub My Own (Remix)
b2. Life Immoreal
Released 19th October
Yes - this is a very special record: NYC‘s Phenomenal Handclap Band meets London’s Ray Mang - the psychedelic soul disciples meet the disco champ by way of remix. Ray Mang is a hero to fans of underground disco: remixer, collector, producer, DJ - he is part of that magic circle of London DJ connoisseurs around DJ Harvey. He has the magic disco touch, and has applied it to great effect to PHB’s “Judge Not". He did a fresh, new take on house-heavy gospel disco that is sure to fill any dancefloor. Try it! For those who don’t know New York’s almost legendary band: The Phenomenal Handclap Band is led by producer Daniel Collás, and consists of some of New York’s finest new soul & disco musicians. Some of them used to play in the Amy Winehouse band and others can be heard on some of Mark Ronson’s productions. Their biggest moment was when they released their single “15 to 20″ some years ago (on Gomma Records) and Paul McCartney wrote them a letter about how much he loved that song when he heard it on BBC Radio 1. On “Judge Not” they come up with dazzling piano lines, a deep rare funk rhythm section, and a street corner gospel choir that brings you to your feet. Ray Mang heard the original version of this song and was hyped to become involved in the remix, and the pairing is complementary to say the least. Many of you know PHB from their collaborations with such luminaries as Peaches or Marcos Valle or Bryan Ferry, a prime appearance at the Glastonbury Festival, and direct support on Bryan Ferry’s US tour. The group is currently finishing a new album.
a1. Judge Not (Ray Mang Special Mix)
b1. Judge Not (Ray Mang Instrumental Mix)
b2. Judge Not (Ray Mang Reprise)
Release Date: 2nd November 2018
NormCore emotions from two Bristol lovers and Dreamers that involves the deliberate choice of unremarkable or unfashionable casual electronic music. Odd Shy Guy & Rose Again after several Mango Juices..
a1. The Superstar
a2. E' Soltanto Un Numero
b1. Rinnovo Infinito Delle Cellule
b2. Ehi Spencer