The all-star Mama Earth lineup of Joss Stone (vocals), Nitin Sawhney (guitar), Jonathan Joseph (drums), Étienne M'Bappé (bass/guitar) and Jonathan Shorten (keyboards) will release their debut EP "Mama Earth" on November 10, 2017 on Mascot/Provogue. The project started when British soul singer Joss Stone and her former musical director Jonathan Joseph hit on the Mama Earth concept of an album driven by the dynamic rhythms of Africa. A band was assembled from all corners of the music world. Jonathan's compadre Étienne M'Bappé, the dazzling Cameroon-born multi-instrumentalist whose résumé spans from John McLaughlin to Robben Ford; Jonathan Shorten, who had produced much of Stone's studio catalogue between penning some of the biggest hits for acts including Gabrielle and (again) Joss Stone. Finally, there was Nitin Sawhney: the genre-slipping wildcard and one-man musical tidal wave whose collaborations take in Sting, Paul McCartney and the London Symphony Orchestra. The 5 musicians convened at Stone's house, where the musical squad didn't take long to feel each other out. Music was spontaneously written on the spot, without any preparation. In the meantime, Stone purposefully kept her own creative process separate from the four musicians. "I left them to do their own thing with the music in the studio," she reflects, "while I was cooking dinner in the kitchen. I deliberately didn't have any input in the music, because I didn't want to affect it – or it'd all come out hip-hop and R&B! Then they'd come across into the house, give me the track and I'd sit in the kitchen writing lyrics and melodies with my mum. So it was, like, 'You guys do you, and I'll do me – then we'll put it together'. And that's the way it worked. I also went down to the river on my own with a pen and paper and write in the grass by the river. Which was a good way to do it, actually, The whole project is about Mother Nature. It's supposed to be from her perspective." Just ten days after they came together – and following a powerful co-production from all five band members – the Mama Earth sessions were over. And yet, you sense that the story of this fascinating band is only just beginning. Impulsive, dynamic and sometimes downright dangerous, this is an album unlike anything else in the five musicians' respective CVs, unprecedented in the clinical modern music scene – and sure to make waves upon its November 10th release. "I guess this album is essentially how I think of music," considers Sawhney. "It was all about being open to the moment. I think that's really what I loved about this project. To me, Mama Earth is what music should be about, really..."
On November 10th, legendary Grateful Dead drummer, solo artist and world music aficionado Mickey Hart will release his 14th solo album - RAMU - on Verve Forecast. RAMU was co-produced by Michal Menert, formerly of Pretty Lights, and features Avey Tare from Animal Collective, Tank from Tank and the Bangas as guest vocalists. In addition to their contributions, RAMU features the incredible Zakir Hussain on tabla, bassist Oteil Burbridge, talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju, guitarist Steve Kimock, multi-instrumentalist Charles Lloyd, and Jason Hann of String Cheese Incident. Recordings of the late Jerry Garcia, the late Babatunde Olatunji, and unreleased field recordings by Alan Lomax also appear on the album.
1 CD (Random) + 100P Photobook + 20p The Note of 'The Most Beautiful Moment In Life' + 1 Photocard (Random 1 out of 28 Photocard + 1 Special photocard in limited quantity) + Special Stickers // This is the official release and will be counted towards Billboard / Hanteo / Gaon Charts
French Touch brings together a delightful trove of sentimental pop favorites; all reimagined in Carla Bruni's intimate and moving acoustic style and chosen for their personal significance in her own words, songs that inspire the French term for love at first sight a coup de foudre. Coup de foudre more or less also describes what happened when Bruni met Grammy award winning producer, composer, and musician David Foster after an L.A. performance in 2014. Foster volunteered to produce Carla's next record on the spot, and the two began a transatlantic sharing of songs, which was then shaped during twin recording sessions in Paris and L.A.
French Touch is warm and familiar, and inimitably Carla. Richly melodic, warm yet minimal, and often slyly playful - all the arrangements in this collection have been given that French Touch, and still have all the universal appeal as their originals, albeit with a sultry flavor all their own.
Highly anticipated comeback by LE SSERAFIM has arrived! The five-member girl group is back with a brand new mini-album titled ANTIFRAGILE. This new release will be available in three versions: MIDNIGHT ONYX, IRIDESCENT OPAL and FROZEN AQUAMARINE. Contents of the mini-album include: CD, Outbox, Booklet (112 pgs), Postcard, Folding Poster, Photocard (random 1 of 15), Sticker, Antifragile Sticker. Box Dimensions: 194 x 260 x 18 mm.
Producer, arranger and musician Jake Savona (pka Mista Savona) brought together a stellar assortment of Cuban and Jamaican musicians to create this collection of re-interpreted classics and original songs as a soundtrack to an upcoming documentary of the same title. Havana Meets Kingston is a tour through these two historic island nations highlighting the common ground between the two, through rhythm and culture.
Double vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release. Kiss, Cuddle & Torture Volume 1 is the debut album from London outfit The Hempolics. If variety is the spice of life then this album embodies it, taking a heavy reggae roots influence and mashing it with hip hop, electro, soul, rock and pop to provide an antidote to the attention-deficit generation. Some bands talk an 'all killer no filler' album, The Hempolics walk it. Over years of recording top international talent The Hempolics enigmatic leader, Grippa Laybourne, has been carefully honing his own masterpiece and selecting a gang armed and dangerous enough to execute it. Alongside mainstay vocalists Nubiya, Dandelion and Harry come other top talent including Maxi Jazz and Paolo Nutini. Singles off the album have already picked up massive support on BBC Radio. With a unique modern yet vintage sound and a serious punk DIY ethic this working class band is destined to have the rich kids and performance school drones dominating the industry quaking in their wake. This is the sound of the underdog coming to bite.
Normal version. 2022 release. Includes 80-page photo book, lyrics card, photo card + sticker.
NMIXX is a South Korean girl groups formed by SQU4D, a sub-label of JYP Entertainment. Consisting of LILY, HAEWON, SULLYOON, JINNI, BAE, JIWOO and KYUJIN, NMIXX debuted in February 2022 with the single AD MARE that featured the title track "O.O". The name NMIXX combines the letter "N", which stands for "now", "new", "next" and the unknown "n", and the word "mix", which symbolizes combination and diversity, altogether meaning "the best combination for a new era". NMIXX’s debut single AD MARE introduces a new genre called MIXX POP, packed with the confidence and ambition of a new group ready to take on the world. It blends in two or more genres into one flavorful song and represents the unusual experiment of NMIXX. “O.O” is a reinterpretation of baile funk and the track leads the listeners to the world of MIXX POP. After the start of promotions the MV of "O.O" surpassed 20 million views in the first 24 hours of its release. The song entered the Billboard Global Chart (excluding U.S.) at No. 71, and also ranked No. 138 on Billboard Global 200. Meanwhile AD MARE sold over 220K copies in the first week, recorded the highest debut album sales by a girl group ever in K-pop history.
(G)I-DLE is back and ready to show their global audience that they are stronger and more passionate than ever with a brand-new 5th mini album, I love. This new release is available in three versions: Act, Born and X-File. Contents of the package include a CD, Photo Book, Lyric Paper, Selfie Card (random 2 of 30), Bookmark (random 1 of 5), Sticker, Mini Poster (random 1 of 5) and Postage Stamp Sticker. Box Dimensions: 190 x 258 x 11 (mm). Online orders ship via random selection.
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Isokratisses (Greek for "women who sing the "iso" or "drone") is a vocal ensemble comprised of eight women who carry the ancient tradition of polyphonic songs from Epirus: a region in northern Greece and southern Albania. Born and reared in the Greek speaking villages around Deropoli and Politsani in Albania, the women of Isokratisses have sung these songs since childhood. The group ranges in age from 19 to 56 with some sisters in the group as well as an aunt. They were nurtured by this archaic music, listening and singing it with their family and friends. The songs were passed down from generation to generation. The group started its artistic activity in 2015, after the singer Anna Katsi took the initiative to encourage the younger members to perform regularly. The communal nature of polyphonic singing is a way of revitalizing an art that has declined in recent years and to reassert the primacy of female voices in the southern Balkans. Singing these songs builds an invisible bridge that connects the present with the past, the memories of childhood travel with the immediacy of daily life. On Oct 14, 2022, Third Man Records will release a full album of these solo polyphonic songs, with Grammy-winning producer Christopher King. "It is social music, woven into the fabric of poor, marginalized, and disenfranchised communities. Many of the songs are variations of mirologia (songs of fate, songs of morning) that used to be sung throughout the southern Balkans but have largely disappeared on an informal cultural level except for Epirus. Structurally, the songs are pentatonic (five notes with no semitones) and are composed of three or four distinct melodic voices that weave together in an organic yet unexpected way. The remaining members of the group provide the iso or “drone” that is the low tonic note of the melody." - Chris King
NCT 127 returns in a genre-bending album of 12 songs that combine brilliant performance with appealing vocals. Lead single, ‘2 Baddies’, is a powerful performance-based hip-hop dance track. A signature synth sound & members’ energetic vocals create a lyrical portrayal of positive mindset, racing through life with confidence to reach success. Random Cover (out of 9 members) with matching Folding Poster, Random Photo Card, and Random Exclusive Photo Card.
The album consists of 12 songs across various genres including the lead single, ‘질주 (2 Baddies)’. The album presents fans around the globe an opportunity to meet NCT 127’s brilliant performance as well as their appealing vocals. The lead single is a powerful performance based hip-hop dance track with a catchy signature synth sound and members’ energetic vocals. The lyrics portray NCT 127’s positive mindset, racing through life with confidence to reach success. Globally renowned songwriters participated in this album’s production, including Dem Jointz, Andreas Öberg, Cutfather, and KENZIE, Paul Blanco, sokodomo.
Following their 4th World Tour "III,” TWICE is back with an 11th mini album BETWEEN 1&2. This new album is available in 4 versions: Archive, Cryptography, Pathfinder & Complete. Contents include CD, Photobook (80 pgs), Sleeve, Box, Photocard (random 5 of 45), Film Photo Sticker (random 1 of 9), Polaroid Photocard (random 1 of 9), Folded Poster (random 1 of 9), Message Photocard (random 1 of 9), Heart Glass, Crossword Postcard (random 1 of 9). NA Retail Exclusive: Photocard Set & Folded Poster.
Primed for a massive summer, multi-award-winning Billboard chart-topper Sean Paul heats up 2022 with Scorcha, his 8th full-length album and Island Records debut. The album is a collaborative celebration of his Jamaican heritage and dancehall roots in which Sean trades the mic with Buju Banton and Damian Marley. Dancehall can be stereotyped as a competitive, macho space where sound clashes are king, but 2021’s Live N Livin set out to emphasize what’s possible when unity is the goal.
Boxset including 3 different album covers, 1 folded lyrics poster, 1 folded group poster, 1 photobook, 1 sticker set, 1 ID card (1 of 8 randomly packed inside), 1 member photocard (1 of 16 randomly packed inside), 1 additional member photocard - U.S. exclusive (1 of 8 randomly packed inside). Global sensation ATEEZ is back to begin a new journey with the first album in a new series, [THE WORLD EP.1 : MOVEMENT]. Praised for high-octane performances and bold musical stylings, ATEEZ sold 1.86 million albums in 2021 to firmly plant their name on the charts. ATEEZ also went on their first arena world tour "THE FELLOWSHIP : BEGINNING OF THE END" in 2022, meeting 150,000 fans from their kick off in Seoul, followed by five American cities and finishing with dates in five European countries. ATEEZ made history by being the first K-pop act to start a European arena tour after the pandemic. Having just wrapped up their search for precious [TREASURE], and a feverish journey in [ZERO : FEVER], ATEEZ unveils a powerful new concept in their next release [THE WORLD EP.1 : MOVEMENT] calling for change in our conformist reality.
Vinyl: $31.98 Buy
Alhaji Waziri Oshomah — known to his fans in southern Nigeria as the Oyoyo King, the Godfather of Afemai Music, the Etsako Super Star — is the originator of a form of Muslim highlife that fuses local folk styles with pan-Nigerian highlife and Western pop. A devout Muslim and an exemplar of religious piety in his community, Waziri has recorded more than 100 albums over the course of his decades-long career. To this day, he continues to perform to adoring audiences who regard him as the greatest entertainer in Edo State. This September, Luaka Bop brings you the best of Waziri’s illustrious career as the third installment of their critically acclaimed World Spirituality series.
Los Angeles based Afro-Latin funk band Jungle Fire's debut full-length album Tropicoso. With influences ranging from James Brown to Fela Kuti, Jungle Fire is a melting pot of Afro-Cuban rhythms, classic break-beats, tropical cumbia, and 70’s inspired West African funk, all layered with a uniquely Los Angeles grit. Jungle Fire has earned a reputation as a vibrant, passionate live band, known across LA for notoriously powerful concerts.
Pepper's sophomore release, Kona Town, is the album that put the band on the map. Featuring classic songs such as "Give It Up", "Stone Love", "Stormtrooper" and "Too Much", Kona Town is 46 minutes of Pop/Rock/Reggae driven by the spirit of aloha and the inspiration of the Hawaiian islands.
This recording is the King of Latin Soul’s 1967 debut album featuring his classic swinging and vibrant sounds, led by the musical direction of Fania Records co-founder Johnny Pacheco. The title track is a nod to the 1961 The Impressions’ hit of the same name. Other highlights include the boogaloo jam “So Fine” and Bataan’s signature soulful tune “Ordinary Guy.” This reissue features all-analog mastering from the original tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and is pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
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Inspired by old western film scores and vintage Latin American sounds, Hermanos Gutiérrez's new Dan Auerbach-produced album El Bueno Y El Malo takes listeners on a hypnotic and sensual instrumental journey through a haunted landscape - where the haze of the desert meets the blue of a Kodachrome ocean. Born in Ecuador, raised in Switzerland, the brothers create a signature guitar sound forged by their rich cultures, a dialogue between worlds from musicians bound by blood into a singular soul.