Surprise Chef All News Is Good News

    Mr Bongo
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    • Surprise Chef – Drinking From The Cup Of Bob Knob
    • Surprise Chef – Mario's Lament
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                ‘Space Funk’ is a lovingly compiled collection of superb, rare and off-the-wall space funk and electro releases mostly released on small independent labels in the late 1970s and 1980s.

                Reactors are reacting, boosters are boosting, pack your funk and shake your booty! Computer funk … makes you jump! This is the space funk program!

                The album comes in deluxe artwork and three formats – digipack + slipcase CD, a very limited deluxe 2xLP + bonus 7” single + download vinyl version, and a standard 2xLP + download standard vinyl version.

                Features music by Jamie Jupitor, Solaris, Robotron 4, Juju & the Space Rangers and many more intergalactic space warriors!

                The shuttle program has been altered – there is no Star Wars only electro funk jam joyriders in Space – hold tight!


                • L E O – Fee Fi Fo Fum
                • The Sonarphonic – Super Breaker
                • Santiago – Bionic Funk
                • Frank Cornilius – Computer Games
                • JUJU & The Space Rangers – Plastic
                • Jamie Jupitor – Computer Power
                • Solaris – Space Invaders
                • Copperfield – Make It Good To Me Baby
                • Robotron 4 – Electro-?
                • Ernest Flippin II – Supersonic Space Lady
                • Funk Machine – Funk Machine
                • Ramsey 2C-3D – Fly Guy and The Unemployed
                • Osé – Computer Funk
                • 7 Below Zero Band – Seven (We Are)
                • Rodney Stepp – Break-Out
                Theon Cross / PokusCandace of Meroe / Pokus OneSoul Jazz Records

                This is a one-time only pressing of this 12" single and will be deleted on release. Two killer tracks that are not on the vinyl version of the Kaleidoscope album. Theon Cross's superb Candace of Meroe and Pokus' equally striking Pokus One

                • Theon Cross – Candace of Meroe
                • Pokus – Pokus One
                • Limited-edition one-off 12" single£12.99
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                PleasureDust Yourself Off (1975)Fantasy

                All time classic rare groove album originally released on Fantasy in 1975 now reissued

                • – dust yourself off
                • New LP £10.99
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                • CD£7.99
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                IG Culture presents LCSM (Likwid Continual Space Motion)EarthboundSuper-Sonic Jazz

                **Back in stock!**

                IG Culture returns with the epic, 'Earthbound' album, putting the wheels of his afrofuturist project, Likwid Continual Space Motion, back in motion! HEAVY on the jazz and broken beat vibes!

                • – More Brilliant Centre
                • – The Box
                • – World Order Is Chaos (Future Wave)
                • – Weapon X (More Gems)
                • – Earthbound
                • – Ma'at Life
                • – Frequency
                • – Alien Spere
                • – The Way
                • – Piece Of Mind
                • – For The People
                • – Anuunaki
                • – 12th Planet
                • – Soul In Yo Mind
                • – Unreal Rock
                • – Bubbler
                • – Time
                • – Let Me
                • 3×LP£25.00
                  Gatefold sleeve
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                Black Man's Pride 2 (Studio One)Soul Jazz Records

                This is the second installment of deep roots Rastafarian reggae at Studio One and features classic music from some of the most important figures in reggae music – Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Gladiators – alongside a host of rarities and little-known recordings, such as a truly rare Mystic Revelation of Rastafari seven-inch single, Willie William’s first ever recording ‘Calling’ and Horace Andy’s righteous (and equally rare) masterpiece ‘Illiteracy.’

                Black Man’s Pride 2 extends the legacy of Studio One’s ground-breaking path in roots reggae which began at the end of the 1960s and continued throughout the 1970s. The album tells the story of how the rise of Studio One Records and the Rastafari movement were interconnected, through the adoption of the Rastafari faith by key reggae artists – everyone from the Skatalites and Wailers in the 1960s, major singers such as Alton Ellis and Horace Andy at the end of the decade, through to major roots artists such as The Gladiators in the 1970s – and how Clement Dodd consistently recorded this heavyweight roots music throughout Studio One’s history.

                The extensive sleeve-notes to this album also discuss the links between Rastafari and Studio One in time and place, noting how both the religion and Clement Dodd’s musical empire had their roots in the intense period of pre-independence Jamaica in Kingston, expanded in the 1960s following the visit of Haile Selassie in 1966, and how roots music then came to dominate reggae music in the early 1970s. Also discussed is how the outsider stance of both reggae music and the Rastafari movement relate back many hundreds of years to the original rebel stance of the Maroons, escaped slaves who set up self-sufficient enclaves in the hills of the Jamaican countryside.

                There is also a track-by-track history by the noted Studio One writer Rob Chapman (Never Grow Old). This new album comes as heavyweight gatefold double vinyl (+ download code), deluxe CD and digital album.

                REVIEWS of Black Man's Pride:

                "Soul Jazz’s albums are different: not only have they encouraged a new, younger audience, parallel to the one that enjoys rare funk and spiritual jazz, to appreciate this music, their records are coherent. They’re not just a heap of tunes that happen to be sharing a black vinyl apartment. They’re themed and meld musically. They have a reason to exist.
                In this instance, that reason is an exploration of 70s vocal roots reggae with a theme of black pride and dignity." Record Collector

                • Horace Andy – Illiteracy
                • The Heptones – Be A Man
                • The Manchesters – Natty Gone
                • The Gladiators – Down Town Rebel
                • Willie Williams – Calling
                • Roland Alphonso & Brentford All Stars – Sir D Special
                • Keith Wilson – God I God I Say
                • Alton Ellis – Almost Anything
                • Bobby Kalphat & The New Establishment – Adis A Wa Wa
                • Peter Broggs – Sing A New Song
                • Mystic Revelations Of Rastafari – Let Freedom Reign
                • Larry & Alvin – Free I Lord
                • Ernest Wilson & The Sound Dimension – Freedom Fighter
                • Jackie Mittoo – Happy People
                • Prince Lincoln – Daughters Of Zion
                • High Charles – Zion
                • Winston Jarrett – Love Jah Jah
                DiscodorQuattro E.P.Wonderfulsound

                DISCODOR Returns with a 4 track EP proving they are not a one trick pony. 4 tracks of Sunshine Balearic Library music.!!!!

                • – Quattro
                • – Spring In Rome
                • – Adventures
                • – Orange
                • 7"£8.00
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                Marlena ShawThe Spice Of Life (1969)Cadet

                All-time seminal album from Marlena Shaw recorded for Chess in 1969, arranged and produced by the great Charles Stepney and Richard Evans, featuring the 100% essential tunes 'Woman of The Ghetto', 'California Soul' and much more.

                • – Woman of the ghetto
                • CD£7.99
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                Sugar MinottSugar Minott At Studio OneSoul Jazz Records

                Long-out-of-print re-release of this classic Sugar Minott album on Soul Jazz Records bringing together the best of his classic material recorded at Studio One in the 1970s.

                Lincoln Sugar Minott was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1956. He grew up in a poor area of West Kingston and from an early age developed a love of Reggae music and the music of Studio One in particular. As a teenager, he became selector for Sound of Silence Keystone and Gathering of Youth local sound-systems. By the late 1970s Minott had risen to become one of the biggest stars in Jamaican music.

                Sugar Minott began his career at Studio One. After auditioning in front of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd in the early 1970s, he became the first artist to record new songs over classic rhythms, singing over original Studio One tapes – the significance of which led directly to the birth of dancehall, as Channel One, Joe Gibbs and hundreds of other Jamaican producers quickly began releasing their own material based on these same classic Studio One rhythms replayed by Sly and Robbie, The Aggrovators, Soul Syndicate, Roots Radics and many others.

                “I knew Studio One spiritually before I knew Studio One physically. You know I grew up beside a dancehall and Sir Coxsone’s sound used to play there from when I was a boy. So from that influence you know I used to love Studio One sound so much, I became a sound selector. So that was my first involvement with getting to know Studio One music like The Heptones, Alton Ellis, Ken Booth, the whole works and that was my life from a youth.”

                After Sugar Minott’s debut many other artists followed suit at the label such as Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Lone Ranger and Michigan & Smiley leading to one of the most creative periods for the label. This is the first retrospective of Sugar Minott at the label and most of these recordings have never been widely available outside Jamaica.

                • Sugar Minott – Vanity
                • Sugar Minott – Please Be True
                • Sugar Minott – Hang On Natty
                • Sugar Minott – Never Give Up
                • Sugar Minott – Jahovia
                • Sugar Minott – Give A Hand
                • Sugar Minott – Try Love
                • Sugar Minott – Roof Over My Head
                • Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Lead Us
                • Sugar Minott – Is It True
                • Sugar Minott – Love Gonna Pack Up
                • Sugar Minott – Give Me Jah Jah
                • Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Children
                • Sugar Minott – Party Time
                • Sugar Minott – Change Your Ways
                • Sugar Minott – Jah Almighty
                Nubya GarciaSourceConcord

                Hugely talented saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, releases her anticipated album debut via iconic US jazz imprint, Concord! on 'Source' she "digs deep to present an album with a global outlook: from London to Bogota, Caura to Georgetown, it's a record drawing inspiration from the many places Garcia calls home." Essential release!

                • – Pace
                • – Source
                Black Man's PrideSoul Jazz Records

                While the righteousness of blackness is at the heart of the Rastafarian faith, this collection illustrates how black pride remained a central theme, if not the defining essence, at the very core of all the music created at Studio One Records.

                Black Man’s Pride is the striking new Studio One collection of deep heavyweight reggae featuring Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, The Gladiators, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Freddie McGregor, Cedric Brooks & more.

                In order to understand the centrality of black identity in the music created at Studio One, we need look no further than Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd who, who created the first black-owned record company in Jamaica.

                In similar fashion Alton Ellis’s defining ‘Black Man’s Pride’ brings up emotions that are at the heart of many of these uplifting songs. Alton Ellis’ birthplace was the Trench Town ghetto of Kingston, also the birthplace of The Wailers, Ken Boothe and many other Studio One luminaries.

                Clement Dodd established a musical empire firmly rooted by the core musicians working at Studio One many of whom came out of the Alpha School for Wayward Boys, run by Roman Catholic nuns, whose luminaries include Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Tommy McCook & more.

                Many of the songs featured here come from the transitory phase in reggae at the start of the 1970s. After the exhilaration of Ska and following the cooling down of Rocksteady. While reggae awaited the arrival of roots, Studio One’s vocalists were already producing some of the moodiest music imaginable! Here are 18 heavyweight tunes, both classic cuts and super-rare tunes!

                This new album is released as a heavyweight gatefold double-LP edition (+ download code), CD and digital with full text.

                REVIEW

                "The bottomless pit that is Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label(s) yields more gems. Soul Jazz and before it, Heartbeat in the US, United Artists, Bamboo and various other labels in the UK have released numerous collections, yet the catalogue remains largely under-exploited, despite the late Mr Dodd’s tireless efforts to wring every last cent from it in unlikely ways. Little wonder that some reggae fans, spoilt by knowledge and racks of original vinyl, can be inclined to shrug when another comp emerges: there have been so many. However, Soul Jazz’s albums are different: not only have they encouraged a new, younger audience, parallel to the one that enjoys rare funk and spiritual jazz, to appreciate this music, their records are coherent. They’re not just a heap of tunes that happen to be sharing a black vinyl apartment. They’re themed and meld musically. They have a reason to exist.

                In this instance, that reason is an exploration of (mostly) 70s vocal roots reggae with a theme of black pride and dignity. This music was recorded as a cultural statement, if not a cry, from the roots; strong stuff, deep, dark and heavy. But don’t mistake that for leaden. It may have bass frequencies that drive your neighbour’s dog under the sofa, thinking it’s 5 November all over again, but this is no gloomy exercise in musical storm clouds. Right from Alton Ellis’s title-donating opening tune, there are aspects of Black Man’s Pride that will have you skipping around the room, literally or mentally, and thanking Jah that you didn’t spend the money it cost you on a pizza, dough balls and Diet Coke meal deal. This is not musical junk food, it’s a keeper fit to lift the heart whenever needed.

                One reason for this is the sequencing. Glen Miller (not that one) may have a light, soulful voice but the rhythm track he’s riding on Love And Understanding is a minor chord churner, as sad as a wet Sunday. But it’s held up on either side by Sugar Minott (and an uncredited Gladiators) floating through Woman Shadow (as sung by The Meditations as Woman Is Like A Shadow), and The Nightingales’ gorgeously swinging Rasta Is Calling, a glorious take on Delroy Wilson’s Cool Operator rhythm that’s a sod to find on 45. The Heptones make a rational case for Equal Rights in a manner that ought to have been perky enough to win them at least an audition for a CBBC presenter’s role. Their lead singer Leroy Sibbles pops up uncredited on John Holt’s heart-lifting yet cool Let’s Build Our Dreams. Heavy 70s roots is gloomy? Nope. Jamaica’s ghettos were suffering; they didn’t need more misery.

                There’s also judicious joining up of vocals and their dubwise 45 flipsides: The Gladiators’ Roots Natty is one such. I heard the vocal, and immediately wished it was the devastatingly moving dub cut. Compiler Stuart Baker evidently thought likewise, so it extends to the version. For variety, there’s a lone sax instrumental to wreck things up too: Cedric Brooks’ melodic Why Can’t I.

                There’s room for the unique, deep and breathy voice of Larry Marshall. More “international” stars Horace Andy and Dennis Brown are here too, recorded as youths, as is a teenage Freddie McGregor on a rootsy rewrite of Cat Stevens’ Wild World – with what sounds like JS Bach on synth! The set shuts with Johnny Osbourne’s sophisticated and spiritually openhearted Forgive Them.

                With an informative, eminently enjoyable sleeve note about the growth of roots reggae and its place in Rastafarianism and black awareness, fittingly Black Man’s Pride lacks nothing." Ian McCann, RECORD COLLECTOR

                • Alton Ellis – Black Man's Pride
                • Horace Andy – Child Of The Ghetto
                • Dennis Brown – Created By The Father
                • The Gladiators – Roots Natty
                • The Classics – Got To Be Cool
                • The Nightingales – Rasta Is Calling
                • Glen Miller – Love & Understanding
                • Sugar Minott – Woman Shadow
                • Lloyd Jones & The Supernatural Six – Red In A Babylon
                • Dudley Sibley & The Soul Gang – Love In Our Nation
                • The Heptones – Equal Rights
                • Glen Miller – You Must Be Love
                • Winston Jarrett – Up Park No Mans Land
                • Cedric Im Brooks – Why Can't I
                • Larry Marshall – Let's Make It Up
                • Freddie McGregor – Children Listen To The Wise Words
                • John Holt – Build Our Dreams
                • Johnny Osbourne – Forgive Them
                • 2xLP + Download Code£23.00
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                • CD£12.00
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                • MP3 Release£7.99
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                Global CommunicationPentamerous Metamorphosis (Limited Coloured Vinyl Edition)Music On Vinyl

                Reissue of this sought-after ambient techno masterpiece from Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton under their Global Communication. Originally released in 1993 'Pentamerous Metamorphosis' is a companion/remix album of UK shoegaze/indie band Chapterhouse's 'Blood Music' album. Global Communication's version, however, pays little attention to the original material and, in fact, has become one a landmark of UK electronic and ambient music. Incredible album.

                • – Alpha Phase
                • – Beta Phase
                • – Gamma Phase
                • – Delta Phase
                • – Epsilon Phase
                • New 2×LP (Coloured Vinyl)£27.99
                  • 180g audiophile vinyl
                  • Deluxe gatefold sleeve with leather laminate finish + spot varnish
                  • Limited edition of 2500 individually numbered copies pressed on translucent blue marbled vinyl
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