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Homeboy Sandman’s second album for Stones Throw, Hallways, is out now.
Sand’s one of my personal favourites out there and I was lucky enough to interview him a couple of times in written words and spoken words.
My bad I don’t give a shit when you try and show me your iPad…
Hallways sees him work with a range of producers including Spinna, Jonwayne, Oh No, Knx, and J57 to name a few. I love Sands prolific ways – he never lets up, his productivity yielding only quality results. First Of A Living Breed was only the opening salvo, with a rangeofEPs also seeing release under the nurturing gaze of Stones Throw.
A different kind of preview here, as this one isn’t made yet…
The story goes that three obsessive Scorzayzee fans are on a mission to release the debut album from one of the UK’s finest. Pledge £20 or more and get an exclusive-to-campaign vinyl album and your name in the credits!
It’s put fire in Scorz’s belly and he’s looking forward to laying it down, so go and support after watching the video below.
Only 24 hours in, and hip hop fans have stepped up 44% of the target… looks like we might be on to a winner!
Neil Bopperson (that’s him in the middle) is a mega talented chef, both in the kitchen and in the studio… here he’s been messing about with Jacko to produce a slowed down, synthy version of Dangerous-era smash Remember The Time, reimagined as a right fat little stomper.
This will be pressed up as a 7″ single in the autumn but for now, grab a free download here.
A perfect jumping on point for those unfamiliar with Sun Ra’s work and a fitting archive for longtime fans, In The Orbit Of Ra is released on double CD, double LP (including the CDs!) and digital on 22 September 2014.
Mastered from original tapes, this is the first internationally released compilation to provide an introduction to the music of Sun Ra – no easy feat considering his catalogue of over 100 albums. With an ancient Egyptian influence coalescing with a cosmic outlook and poetry, magic and ritual, I’ve never considered myself to know nearly enough about this guy – this will be an essential purchase for me!
1. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – SOMEWHERE IN SPACE 3.01
2. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – THE LADY WITH THE GOLDEN STOCKINGS 7.43
3. SUN RA AND HIS AFRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – SOMEBODY ELSE’S WORLD 3.59
4. SUN RA – SPONTANEOUS SIMPLICITY 7.54
5. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – PLUTONIAN NIGHTS 4.20
6. THE SUN RA ARKESTRA – ANGELS AND DEMONS AT PLAY 2.51
7. SUN RA – ISLAND IN THE SUN (Extended version – previously unreleased) 10.20
8. SUN RA – ROCKET NUMBER NINE TAKE OFF FOR PLANET VENUS 6.18
9. SUN RA – SOLAR DIFFERENTIALS 6.20
1. SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – ASTRO BLACK 10.51
2. SUN RA AND HIS INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST NEWS FROM NEPTUNE 5.51
3. SUN RA – DANCE OF THE COSMO ALIENS (Live In Milan, 1978) 11.00
4. SUN RA – TRYING TO PUT THE BLAME ON ME (Live In Rome, 1977 – previously unreleased) 3.37
5. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – PLANET EARTH 4.55
6. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – THE NILE 4.55
7. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 1 – previously unreleased) 3.21
8. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 2) 8.09
9. SUN RA – ANCIENT AIETHIOPIA 9.15
10. SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – INTERPLANETARY MUSIC 2.40
11. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – WE TRAVEL THE SPACEWAYS 3.21
LP (vinyl edition also includes both CD discs as free insert)
A1. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – SOMEWHERE IN SPACE 3.01 A2. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – THE LADY WITH THE GOLDEN STOCKINGS 7.43 A3. SUN RA AND HIS AFRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – SOMEBODY ELSE’S WORLD 3.59 A4. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – PLUTONIAN NIGHTS 4.20
B1. THE SUN RA ARKESTRA – ANGELS AND DEMONS AT PLAY 2.51
B2. SUN RA – ISLAND IN THE SUN (Extended version – previously unreleased) 10.20
B3. SUN RA – ROCKET NUMBER NINE TAKE OFF FOR PLANET VENUS 6.18
C1. SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – ASTRO BLACK 10.51
C2. SUN RA AND HIS INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST NEWS FROM NEPTUNE 5.51
C3. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – WE TRAVEL THE SPACEWAYS 3.21
D1. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 1 – previously unreleased) 3.21
D2. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 2) 8.09
D3. SUN RA – ANCIENT AIETHIOPIA 9.15
Antisocial Music have got their act together to release Broken Magic, a compilation of beats and raps which have been stroked by the fingers of label boss Fish. You can check the tracklist in the embed below but expect the likes of Doctor Zoots, Burgundy Blood, Bill Sykes (of The Bluntskins and The Natural Curriculum), Efeks, Elliot Fish, Kista and Dayse & Aver.
Fish has a knack for creating moods from serene, jazzy samples but keeps things non-wimpy with banging drum work. All the MCs here are on-point and non-generic, with a special shout going to some of the Manchester TNC fam, represented here.
Fish has a smashing radio show over on All FM, the archive of which you can lose yourself in over on Mixcloud.
Jeff and Stuart Parish have been staples on the Manchester music scene for years, holding down ‘soul, hip-hop, disco, house, funk, Northern, reggae and all the bits inbetween’. They’re also two of the soundest guys about, with a real passion for hearing and collecting good music, not just playing it. I’m well chuffed to have got them to do a 45s special for Groovement.
Sound experimentalist and all-round bad man Daisuke Tanabe has so far previewed two tracks from his new album – Pinebee is infused with jungle while Paper Planes is on some underwater kingdom vibe.
The album, Floating Underwater, will be out on @Ki-Records / @cat-eat-mosquito on 15 September 2014, on CD, 2×10″ vinyl and digital.
02 Paper Planes
04 Walking Muu
06 Sunny Tunnel
08 Shopping Mall Super Star
09 Fun Robbery
12 Blue Rats
13 Cloudy Water
14 Night Fishing