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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.

 

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.

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

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

Stones Throw's Latest Vinyl Compilation Curated By Boiler Room's Sofie Fatouretchi

Stones Throw's Latest Vinyl Compilation Curated By Boiler Room's Sofie Fatouretchi

Curated by the Boiler Room's Sofie Fatouretchi, Stones Throw's latest compilation, Sofie's SOS Tape, features the best underground hip hop and soul from across the US and abroad.

A double-LP set featuring 24 songs from 26 artists. A few highlights to note include space age rap "Ferrari" by ISSUE (E40's son, based in the San Francisco Bay Area), R&B tripper "Soon Never Comes" by Stimulator Jones and "Watching You" produced by Fred Fades, featuring vocals by Oslo musician Charlotte Dos Santos.

Also tying into her London-based radio show of the same name, Sofie brings to light an alluring mix of tracks from a wide selection of upcoming artists to look out for.

This release will released on the 16th of December.

Check out Stimulator Jones' "Soon Never Comes" below.

Source: Stones Throw Records

New Reissues For Soul Legends Willie Hutch and Edna Wright

New Reissues For Soul Legends Willie Hutch and Edna Wright

Recently announced by Be With Records, Willie Hutch's 1969 debut Soul Portrait, extremely rare 1970 sophomore album Season For Love and Edna Wright's iconic deep soul opus Oops! Here I Go Again will be set for a fall reissue.

More often known for his work on Blaxploitation soundtracks such as The Mack and Foxy Brown, Willie Hutch's solo work is pure southern soul, drawing much comparisons to predecessors Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.

While Edna Wright may be better remembered as the lead singer of soul all-girl group Honey Cone, her 1977 solo album is a deep soul classic which found much appeal as a rare groove dance floor hit.

All three reissues are set to be released on 11th November.

Listen to the albums below.

Source: The Vinyl Factory

RSD 2016 Black Friday: James Brown's 'Funky People Part 3' Set For Vinyl Release

RSD 2016 Black Friday: James Brown's 'Funky People Part 3' Set For Vinyl Release

Part of a series of compilations featuring talents from The Godfather of Soul, James Brown's People Records imprint. Artists such as Bobby Byrd, The J.B.'s, Lyn Collins and Sweet Charles were featured heavily in this series and will also be part of Funky People Part 3. Which will make it's first ever appearance on the vinyl format as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday releases this November.

Released via Get On Down, the album will contain tracks recorded between 1967 and 1975 and will also feature alternate takes of Brown's "Talkin' Loud and Saying Nothing" and Fred Wesley's "Blow Your Head".

Check out the full album below.

Source: Okayplayer

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