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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

Nø Førmat’s Malian Acoustic Folk Albums To Be Collected In Box Set

Nø Førmat’s Malian Acoustic Folk Albums To Be Collected In Box Set

Independent Parisian label Nø Førmat will be releasing a box set, titled Nø Førmat! Mali, featuring four of their previously released Malian acoustic folk albums. The albums showcases music from the genuine griot tradition while exploring new paths by blending Mandinka and classical notes.

The set features two albums by Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal who are both performers and producers on the albums. Coming from different musical backgrounds they have managed to create delicate and intricate arrangements on their albums. Rounding off the set are traditional Malian singer Kassé Mady Diabaté's solo album Kiriké and Ballaké Sissoko’s solo kora album At Peace highlighting their individual effortless virtuoso-like performances.

The box set will be released on 10th March.

Check out Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal's Musique de Nuit below.

 

Soul Jazz Records To Reissue Reggae Disco Compilation

Soul Jazz Records To Reissue Reggae Disco Compilation

Hustle! Reggae Disco which was originally released in 2002 will be back in print with an expanded edition featuring five additional tracks across 3LPs. It features reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style and went on to be one of their best selling compilations, not to mention it was also featured heavily in early Grand Theft Auto games.

Some of its highlights include reggae disco covers of seminal classics by Anita Ward (‘Ring My Bell’), Chaka Khan (‘I’m Every Woman’), Michael Jackson ‘Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,’ Sugarhill Gang (‘Rappers Delight’).

Release date is set for 3rd March.

Check out Xanudu and Sweet Lady's cover of Sugarhill Gang's 'Rappers Delight' off the album below.

Tracklist:

01. Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
02. Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
03. Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
04. Black Harmony – Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
05. Latisha – I’m Every Woman
06. Ernest Ranglin – In The Rain
07. Family Choice – Reggae Beat Goes On
08. Risco Connection – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now
09. Xanadu and Sweet Lady – Rappers Delight
10. Sharon Forrester – Love Don’t Live Here Any More
11. Carol Cool – Upside Down
12. One Blood – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got
13. Charmaine Burnett – Am I The Same Girl

Soon To Be Reissued Is Jack Kerouac's Debut Album 'Poetry for the Beat Generation'

Soon To Be Reissued Is Jack Kerouac's Debut Album 'Poetry for the Beat Generation'

Famed beatnik writer Jack Kerouac's debut spoken word album Poetry for the Beat Generation will be reissued for the first time ever since its 1959 release via Real Gone Music.

The album will be pressed on black and white "beatnik smoke" vinyl limited to 900 copies. Featuring TV personality and musician Steve Allen on piano, the collaboration came about after Allen had rescued Kerouac from a disastrous first set at the Village Vanguard.

According to the label "the duo’s collaboration was so impressive that legendary engineer Bob Thiele brought them into the studio to record an album for Dot Records". With the entire album being recorded in just one session and one take for each song. However, Dot’s President Randy Wood rejected the album due to its then-daring language and subject matter. Leading Thiele to leave and start Hanover Records with Allen and subsequently release the record in 1959.

The album is set to be released on 7th April.

Check out the full album below:

Long Running Compilation 'Future Sounds Of Jazz' Gets Its 13th Volume

Long Running Compilation 'Future Sounds Of Jazz' Gets Its 13th Volume

Compost Records has released the 13th volume to its highly acclaimed compilation series, Future Sounds Of JazzThe compilation was released on 3rd February on vinyl, CD and digital media. 

As usual Compost Records head, Michael Reinboth has compiled an outstanding mix of exclusive and previously unreleased tracks ranging from a mixture of cinematic, balearic and leftfield tunes.

The compilation features tracks from artists such as Karim Sahraoui, Montezumas Rache, Marsmobil, Axel Boman and more.

Stream the full album below:

New Reissue For Ahmad Jamal's Masterpiece 'The Awakening'

New Reissue For Ahmad Jamal's Masterpiece 'The Awakening'

For the first time in 20 years, Ahmad Jamal's highly influential and heavily sampled 1970 album The Awakening will be reissued by Be With Records.

The deep trio session was recorded in NYC and originally released on Impulse!, featuring masterful Zen like playing from Jamal which influenced the likes of Miles Davis and Wynton Kelly in their own performance on another landmark jazz album, Kind of Blue.

The album has also left an indelible mark on hip hop, becoming a sampling goldmine for some of the best tracks from its golden era. Tracks such as Nas' "The World Is Yours", Gang Starr's "DJ Premier In Deep Concentration" and Common's "Resurrection" would have sounded different if not for this record. 

For this edition, Be With Records presents a gatefold release with the stunning original artwork and liner notes true to the original package. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl with mastering by Simon Francis.

Release date set for the 24th of March.

Stream the full album below:

Thundercat To Release Latest Album As Vinyl Box Set

Thundercat To Release Latest Album As Vinyl Box Set

Just announced is Thundercat's third album titled Drunk to be released through Flying Lotus' Brianfeeder label. This release follows 2015's The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam and will be released on CD, digital and a 4xLP deluxe vinyl box set.

The 23-track album features the grammy winning singer/bassist's friends Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Wiz Khalifa, Kamasi Washington and of course Flying Lotus. His first single Show You The Way also features yacht rock favorites Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald.

The vinyl box set comprises of four red LPs housed in psychedelic artwork inner sleeves. Set to be released on 10th March, while digital/CD release will be on 24th February.

Check out the first single Show You The Way below.

Back On Wax Is The Roots & John Legend's 'Wake Up!'

Back On Wax Is The Roots & John Legend's 'Wake Up!'

Heavily bootlegged but finally officially back on wax is The Roots & John Legend's, Wake Up!. Originally released in 2010, a symbolic album which was inspired by US President Obama's historic 2008 campaign. The album soundtracks black artistry and history in America by covering obscure songs from iconic artists like Bill Withers, Curtis MayfieldMarvin Gaye and Nina Simone. Encompassing the social themes of awareness, engagement, and consciousness.

Pressed on double vinyl and available in two colour options such as orange and ultra clear. Limited to 1,500 for the former and 1,000 copies for the latter option.

Slated to be released on 13th January. Listen to the album below.

Source: Okayplayer

First Time On Vinyl: Funkadelic's Live 1971 Performance

First Time On Vinyl: Funkadelic's Live 1971 Performance

Through Tidal Waves Music Funkadelic's live performance at Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan in 1971 will be released for the first ever on wax. This is the band's only official in-concert recording which features a star studded line up of George Clinton, Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, Grady Thomas, Ray Davis, Tyrone Lampkin, Eddie Hazel, Billy Bass Nelson, Bernie Worrell & former Isaac Hayes sideman Harold Beane.

Consisting of clear recordings taken from the soundboard master tapes, described as ‘Jimi Hendrix, James Brown & Sun Ra making a love-child live on stage’. The package will be on double LP, with an OBI strip limited to 1,000 copies.

Funkadelic's long out of print compilation album, Finest, will also be reissued. It comprises of 16 carefully selected tracks spanning from a six-year period between 1970 - 1976. Several often overlooked tracks will be featured alongside the band's more well known standards such as “Hit It and Quit It,” “You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks,” and “Cosmic Slop”. Pressed from the original analogue master tapes onto double vinyl.

Both releases are scheduled to drop on the 6th of January. Listen to both albums below.

Source: Light In The Attic