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Blaxploitation Classic 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' Has Been Reissued On Vinyl

Blaxploitation Classic 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' Has Been Reissued On Vinyl

As part of Memphis record label Stax Records, massive 60th anniversary reissue campaign they have reissued the soundtrack to blaxploitation film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

Written, produced, directed and even starring Melvin Van Peebles himself in 1971. The film's soundtrack featured a then unknown Earth, Wind and Fire who had worked alongside Van Peebles to compose the soundtrack together. The soundtrack had also foreshadowed the use of sampling in hip hop through alternating hymn-based vocalization and jazz rhythms.

The film was ahead of its time in that Van Peebles had considered the soundtrack as an integral part of the film as quoted, "Most filmmakers look at a feature in terms of image and story or vice versa. Effects and music [...] are strictly secondary considerations. Very few look at film with sound considered as a creative third dimension. So I calculate the scenario in such a way that sound can be used as an integral part of the film."

Check out the full soundtrack below.

Return To The 37th Chamber With El Michels Affair's Latest Wu-Tang Tribute

Return To The 37th Chamber With El Michels Affair's Latest Wu-Tang Tribute

El Michels Affair will be paying tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan once more with the follow up to their underground cult classic Enter The 37th Chamber. Recorded completely analog, Return To The 37th Chamber will cover more Wu classics reinterpreted for the live band.

They'll be taking on classic tracks like '4th Chamber' and 'Wu-Tang Aint Nuthin to Fuck Wit', even deeper cuts like Ol Dirty Bastard’s 'Snakes', Raekwon’s 'Verbal Intercourse', and 'Shaolin Brew', from Wu-Tang's 1994 St. Ide’s Hip Hop endorsement campaign.

Several Big Crown labelmates will be featured such as Lee Fields providing vocals on 'Snakes' and Shannon Wise of The Shacks for their version of 'Tearz'. Also making an appearance on their cover of the Method Man joint 'All I Need' is Lady Wray. Original interludes will be interspersed throughout the record to tie the album together giving it a proper cinematic narrative as all El Michels Affair records do.

The vinyl edition of the album will feature 4 different hand painted covers. Originally painted on two sewn together flour sacks in Accra, Ghana by two of Ghanaian Mobile Cinema scene's legendary artists and regular contributors to the Deadly Prey Gallery in Chicago, Heavy J and Stoger.

The album will drop on 14th April. Check out 'Verbal Intercourse' off the album below.

 

New Compilation of Helena Hauff's Early Works Has Been Pressed On Vinyl

New Compilation of Helena Hauff's Early Works Has Been Pressed On Vinyl

DJ, producer and ex-resident of Hamburg's Golden Pudel Club, Helena Hauff has released a compilation of her earliest recordings from 2011 and 2014 via Dark Entries Records.

The compilation titled, A Tape, was originally released on limited run cassette tape by  Handmade Birds in 2015. The collection spans Hauff’s musical universe, from jacking acid-techno to krautish zone-outs and scuzzy feedback interludes. Featuring deep, sinister analog synth sequences, industrial dissonance, and heavy percussion.

All tracks on the vinyl was mastered by James Plotkin with vinyl EQ and lacquer cut by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Housed in a custom made jacket designed by Eloise Leigh, featuring a checkered graphic and black lines, highlighted by yellow and green for maximum visual tension. Also included is a double-sided postcard with notes.

Check out samples of the tracks below.

Ella Fitzgerald's Gershwin Songbooks To Be Reissued For Her 100th Birthday

Ella Fitzgerald's Gershwin Songbooks To Be Reissued For Her 100th Birthday

In honour of her centennial celebrations, Ella Fitzgerald's 1959 album with the Nelson Riddle OrchestraElla Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Books, will be reissued in a spectacular 6 LP box set.

Born on 25th April 1917, Ella Fitzgerald is often regarded as one of the most important and influential jazz vocalists of all time, becoming highly synonymous with countless jazz standards.

Remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios in Hollywood where the album was originally recorded in 1959 under the supervision of Verve Records founder Norman Granz. The box set will consist of the original 5 LP album with a new 10-inch instrumental EP. Which includes orchestra tracks and additional session material, one of which is a mono alternate take of "Oh! Lady Be Good!" on vinyl for the first time ever. 

The set also includes replicas of the five lithographs by French impressionist painter Bernard Buffet and a hardcover book, Words And Music, which has been updated with additional historical information and an afterword by noted author David Ritz.

The box set will be released on 21st April.

Listen to the original album below.

New Album 'Motor City' Features Unreleased J Dilla Instrumentals

New Album 'Motor City' Features Unreleased J Dilla Instrumentals

Motor City curated by J Dilla's mom Maureen 'Ma Dukes' Yancey will feature unreleased Dilla instrumentals. Conceived as a 'letter' to her son, it collects 19 tracks inspired by Dilla's native Detroit.

Both CD and vinyl editions of the album are packaged in a limited-edition mailing envelope, complete with a handwritten message from Ma Dukes to Dilla inside. While in the deluxe package, CD, LP, T-Shirt, Cassette Tape (featuring an alternate mix by J Rocc), Slipmat, Flexi (with J Rocc blends) are to be included.

Due to drop on the 21st of April.

Check out ‘Motor City J. Rocc Blend #1’ below.

Arrested Development's 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life Of... To Be Reissued

Arrested Development's 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life Of... To Be Reissued

For its 25th year anniversary, Music On Vinyl will be reissuing Southern Hip Hop group Arrested Development's debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life Of...

The album's title is a reference to the length of time it took Arrested Development to get a record contract. Choosing to focus on spirituality, peace and love. The album stood out in a time where gangsta rap was the most prevalent form of hip hop on the airwaves. The popularity of the album marked the beginning of Southern Hip Hop's rise in the mainstream.

Hit charting singles off this album are 'People Everyday', 'Mr. Wendal' and 'Tennessee'. With 'Tennessee' being listed on the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.

For this reissue, Music On Vinyl has pressed the album on 180 gram audiophile vinyl, with the first 2,000 pressings on white vinyl with remaining copies on black vinyl. An insert with song lyrics will also be included.

Set to drop on the 31st of March.

Check out the full album below.

Jazzman Records' Next Instalment In Spiritual Jazz Series Focuses On Islamic Jazz

Jazzman Records' Next Instalment In Spiritual Jazz Series Focuses On Islamic Jazz

The next instalment in Jazzman Records' deep and comprehensive Spiritual Jazz compilation series is set to feature jazz inspired by the Islamic faith during the era of 1957 - 1988.

Following the story of Islamic influence on notable public figures Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali who were strong proponents of African American liberation politics during the civil rights era. Which lead to many musicians converting to the spiritually charged Ahmadiyya school of Islam, which included several legendary jazz pioneers Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef (who is featured on this compilation). Subsequently the music that was recorded drew heavily from Middle Eastern music, invoking the spiritual and esoteric sounds of Islamic Africa.

The compilation features feature tracks that have never been reissued before and is pressed on double vinyl.

Check out Yusef Lateef's 'Morning' off the compilation and full tracklist below.

Tracklist:
01. Maurice McIntyre - "Humility In The Light Of Creator"
02. Ritual Trio - "Africanos/Latinos"
03. Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim - "Kalahari Suite"
04. Creative Arts Ensemble - "Uhuru"
05. East New York Ensemble De Music - "Mevlana"
06. Idrees Sulieman - "The Camel"
07. Yusef Lateef - "Morning"
08. Sabu & Sahib Shihab - "Nus"
09. Abdelrahman 'Abdo' Elkhatib/Solar Plexus - "Ah Ya Zen"
10. The Lightmen - "All Praises To Allah" (parts 1 & 2)
11. Ahmed Abdul-Malik - "Nadusilma"
12. Dawan Muhammad - "Taumbu"

Mayer Hawthorne And Jake One's Tuxedo Are Back With A New Album!

Mayer Hawthorne And Jake One's Tuxedo Are Back With A New Album!

Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One's brand of infectious boogie and G-funk inspired music will be back with the release of their sophomore album, Tuxedo II. With the debut of their lead single '2nd Time Around' off their latest album on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, the duo have announced the album will be available on 24th March via Stones Throw Records.

Check out their lead single below.

Alternative Hip Hop Favourite 'Dr. Octagonecologyst' Will Be Reissued For 20th Anniversary

Alternative Hip Hop Favourite 'Dr. Octagonecologyst' Will Be Reissued For 20th Anniversary

Described by Kool Keith as 'sci-fi, science and sex. And cannibalism, mixed. Space, sex and ‘Psycho,’ all at the same time.' Dr. Octagonecologyst is definitely one of the most unique alternative rap records of all time and for its 20th anniversary it will be getting a deluxe reissue treatment by Get On Down.

Dr. Octagonecologyst was the solo debut of Ultramagnetic MCs' Kool Keith under his Dr. Octagon persona. Featuring production work by Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and KutMasta Kurt, and not forgetting the fiery turntable acrobatics of DJ Qbert. The album is one of the most influential independent rap records, often cited as revitalising the alternative hip hop scene in the mid-90s. With critics praising for its abstract, avant-garde lyrics and clever blending of psychedelic, trip hop, horrorcore, and electronic music elements.

The album will be housed in a custom octagonal box featuring original cover artwork by Pushead, 40 page liner notes booklet and 5 additional unreleased songs only available for this reissue.

The reissue is set to drop in early May.

Check out the video to 'Blue Flowers' off the album.

 

Rare Alice Coltrane Recordings To Be Released On New Compilation

Rare Alice Coltrane Recordings To Be Released On New Compilation

In its first instalment to a planned series of spiritual music from around the globe, David Byrne's Luaka Bop label will be releasing rare largely unheard recordings of Alice Coltrane. Titled World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, the recordings were previously only available to her community on her 48-acre Sai Anantam Ashram just outside of Los Angeles.

Aided by Alice's children who retrieved the original master tapes from the Coltrane archives. The recordings were remastered by renowned jazz engineer Baker Bigsby (Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, John Coltrane), who was present at the original sessions in the 80s and 90s. The compilation showcases Alice’s first vocal work to solo performances on her harp, small ensembles, and a 24-piece vocal choir. Drawing inspiration from Indian and Nepalese Vedic devotional songs, while never forgetting her bebop, blues and old-time spiritual roots, she creates a moving fusion of Western sensibilities and Eastern classicism.

The album features two additional tracks on vinyl and will be available on 5th May.

Check out her track 'Om Shanti' off the compilation and full tracklist below.

Tracklist:
01. Om Rama
02. Om Shanti
03. Rama Rama
04. Rama Guru
05. Hari Narayan
06. Journey to Satchidananda
07. Er Ra
08. Keshnava Murahara
09. Krisha Japaye*
10. Rama Katha*
* Available only on vinyl release

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