Starkiller - Fire For Effect

Fire For Effect is a Psychedelic, progressive, beat driven set from California based band Starkiller. 

www.myspace.com/starkiller2008

Download: Starkiller - Fire For Effect

Via: Vinyl4Giants


Video for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I Learned The Hard Way taken from the new album of the same name.

www.sharonjonesandthedapkings.com | MySpace


Video for You Ain't No Good, which is the second single from Australian funk / soul outfit, The Bammo's latest album.

www.thebamboos.com


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Video for The Hawk Feat Little Hannah Collins - "Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover" which drops on www.recordkicks.net (today I think).

Hannah was keyboard player / vocalist with UK band The Heavy and Scott Milsom aka The Hawk, bass player for funk band Big Boss Man. It's a little more Northern soul / Motown-eqsue than my personal taste normally runs to, but it's a happy little dity.

www.myspace.com/thehawkmyspace


Video for The Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra's Shot Me In the Heart, a fantastic slice of heavy soul this.

Vocalist Loren Oden dilvers a master-class in conveying passion and emotion on this track. If you've not picked up the album and you have even just a passing interest heavy funk and soul I strongly recommend you do.

I quite want that "Venice Dawn Theme" that plays over the video titles as well.

Props to C.E. Garcia of vinyl4giants for keeping me in the know.

Via: Wax Poetics x Converse 45 Series Presents


Black Dynamite (Original Motion Picture Score)

In 1971 African American film director Melvin Van Peebles had a Richard Pryor moment. Fed up with presenting an acceptable version of blackness for The Man he figured it was time for something more confrontational. Something that would have the early 70's audience leaving the theatre thinking 'fuck yeah'. Essentially, a film that would stick it to The Man. Studios however where unlikely to want to fund such an outing. Having convinced a then relativity unknown group called Earth, Wind and Fire to record a soundtrack, Melvin took the innovative move of releasing the soundtrack in advance of the movie. Not only did this raise capital, it also promoted the movie in a way his non existent marketing budget would not have allowed. The film was Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. While arguably not Blaxsploitation as such itself, it paved the way for the birth of the genre. There was a market for confrontational, strong black characters kicking ass to funky beats. The Man may not have been too keen on the rising black radicalism of the late 60's and early 70's, but just like his fictional representation in the Blaxploitation films he did like money. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song's had in simple terms made a boat load of cash from a very small outlay. The Soundtrack had been a smash hit and tied funk and the fledging movie genre together in a way that had not happend before and has never really happened since. Cult classics like Shaft and Superfly where to follow, with soundtracks by Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield respectively.

So when Scott Sanders and Michael Jai White decided to create Black Dynamite, their loving homage to the genre , they knew it had to have a soundtrack to match. Scott called on friend and fellow DJ Adrian Younge, who set about writing and recording the music in his spare time. The self taught multi-instrumentalist playing around 15 different instruments across the album. Utilising analogue equipment has enabled Younge to produce a sound more akin to classic pre-80's recordings. However while there's no denying the ghosts of funk legends living and dead alike can be heard clearly in the musics influences there's also something distinctly modern and fresh about this set. I think that comes from Adrian being a beat digger. 30 years or more has passed since many original funk recordings where made. At least 20 since Hip Hops beatdigging late 80's golden age. This gives a modern musician a lot of insight into not just what works, but what really works. Its pretty likely everyone you have ever met has heard the Amen Break in some form or another, but almost no one could tell you anything about the track it comes from. Essentially this means the Black Dynamite score sounds like a record one would dream of unearthing in a lost dusty corner somewhere. Also while 70's deep funk is the primary influence there's a distinctly Euro-funk / library music influence which would not have been present at the time. Drawing influences particularly from Morricone and his lesser known compardres, men who created some of the best soundtrack music you've probably never heard. Primarily a funk set there's a hint heavy soul here, but thankfully the jazz influence is kept at a minimum and the dreaded disco-funk does not rear it's ugly head.

Though the film is a comedy homage, a loving parody if you like, this is a serious soundtrack. Sure the opening song in particular "Black Dynamites Themes" does contain some wildly funny exaggeration, but that's just channelling the spirit of Rudy Ray Moore. All the vocals are spot on really evoking the kind of emotion you hear in tracks from the period. I've listened to this album a lot since I got it and some of the highest praise I can give it as a complete set is I've never skipped a track once. It really is to quote the oft used phrase 'all killer, no filler'. For me the highlights being Jimmy's Dead and Chicago Wind, but with the love that went into creating this its a close run thing.

Much like Van Peeble's movie all those years ago Black Dynamite has found itself given an exceedingly limited release (Though I'm sure it will be popular on DVD). So chances are unless you've bittorented it (which is bound to happen when studios treat anticipated films like this) you have not seen the movie. Don't let that stop you picking up the soundtrack in advance however, after all that's what they did with Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. Impress your friends and stick it to The Man with one simple purchase.

Adrian "AJ" Younge - "Shot Me In The Heart" (Black Dynamite OST)

Black Dynamite - Posters

Black Dynamite - Trailer

Check out the official site at www.blackdynamite.com

Listen to Chicago Wind below:


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Trailer for Melvin Van Peebles seminal independantly produced feature Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.


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Nate Harrison narrates the history of the "Amen Break" a 6 second drum loop taken from The Winstones - Amen Brother.


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www.myspace.com/busybodyfilms


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Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra Performs "Tears I Cried When Love Has Died" Live.

Black Dynamite - Posters

Black Dynamite - Trailer

Check out the official site at www.blackdynamite.com

vinyl4giants posted the mp3 "Shot Me In The Heart" which you can listen to below or download.

Adrian "AJ" Younge - "Shot Me In The Heart" (Black Dynamite OST)

 

Via: vinyl4giants - Twitter


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Video for Australian funk outfit The Bamboos song "On The Sly". The track features as a double A single with 'Turn It Up' (feat Lyrics Born).

www.thebamboos.com | www.myspace.com/thebamboos


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That most notoriously prolific of shock rock procreators, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, has had another baby. No, not the cambion offspring of some incubus tryst, but rather this track by the insurmountably gratifying Brit Indie / funk rockers, The Heavy. Taken from their recently released second album, The House That Dirt Built (Ninja Tune,) Sixteen, with its "pure vintage voodoo soul," conjures the magic with some beautifully reverent overtures towards the late Screamin' Jay's I Put A Spell On You.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, I present the inimitable Screamin' Jay Hawkins performing his aforementioned and oft-covered hit. Take it away, Screamin' Jay...

www.myspace.com/theheavy73

www.theheavy.co.uk


Black Dynamite [Soundtrack]

vinyl4giants has a quick interview with composer of the Black Dynamite OST Adrian "AJ" Younge. The film directed by Scott Sanders and starring Michael Jai White is a homage to classic 70's Blaxploitation flicks and needed a homage soundtrack to suit. Those familiar to the genre will know that it's one where the music is hugely integral. Often the soundtracks were works of a far higher calibre than the films themselves. Legends of funk and soul contributed to and created albums, some of which are amongst the greatest recorded works of all time. You just have to listen to Curtis Mayfield's sublime Superfly OST once and you'll see what I mean. Isaac Hayes, Bobby Womack and the Godfather Himself James Brown were all to create sonic backdrops for these black action flicks. Brown even made an album for a film that didn't exist, The Payback (Rejected by Larry Cohen as the soundtrack to Hell Up in Harlem), Brown himself felt his Black Caesar OST was sub-par.

Understanding homage is not the same as copy, Adrian "AJ" Younge has taken inspiration and developed the score he would have made had he been working at the time.

You can buy the Black Dynamite OST using the amazon links below this post or from waxpoetics.com (comes with bonus track  Tears I Cry).

Black Dynamite - Posters

Black Dynamite - Trailer

Check out the official site at www.blackdynamite.com

vinyl4giants posted the mp3 "Shot Me In The Heart" which you can listen to below or download.

Via: vinyl4giants


Can You Dig It? Music & Politics of Black Action Films: 1968-1975

In the early 1970s, Black Action Films exploded into the cinema with three extremely successful films – Shaft, Super Fly and Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song. The most profound statement of these films was their actual existence – black actors and black directors entering the previously closed Hollywood film industry.

'Can You Dig It?' charts the rise of 'Black Action Films' from 1970-75. As well as featuring a double-CD collection of the stunning music from these films, 'Can You Dig It?' comes with a 100-page booklet, limited-edition mini-film poster cards and stickers. The vinyl is on two monster loud separate double albums.

If your a fan of funk music and the blaxploitation genre, theres a good chance you own the majority if not all of the music featured in this collection. However with the buzz around Scott Sanders's homage movie Black Dynamite (Trailer). There should bea rise in interest in the genre and the music which makes up such a fundamental element of it. 'Can You Dig It?' would certainly put some essential music into your collection.

www.souljazzrecords.co.uk

Via: amazon.co.uk


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Video for How You Like Me Now? from West Country funksters The Heavy. Featured on their new album The House That Dirt Built which drops tomorrow (5th October). Arctic Monkeys producer Jim Abbiss and members of The Noisettes where involved in the Album, which blends Cinematic elements (Spaghetti Western) with indie rock, soulful vocals and pure heavy funk.

www.myspace.com/theheavy73

www.theheavy.co.uk


Zaire '74 / Soul Power T-shirt

This "Zaire '74" design is the original, official artwork created for the 3 day festival.Worn by crew members and performers like James Brown, Bill Withers, sister Sledge and The Spinners throughout the festival, this shirt is featured prominently 35 years later in the documentary Soul Power and it's predecessor the 1997 academy award winning documentary When We Where Kings.

Soul Power - UK Trailer

www.soulpowerfilm.co.uk | twitter.com/soulpowerfilm

www.misswit.net/soulpowerfilm


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Soul power premiers at  is released theatrically in the UK on the 10th July 209 Glastonbury festival 2:30am Friday (Saterday morning)

"In 1974, the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time came together with the most renowned musical groups in Southern Africa for a 12-hour, three-night long concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire. The pipe dream of musician Hugh Masekela and producer Stewart Levine, this music festival became a reality when they convinced boxing promoter Don King to combine the event with “The Rumble in the Jungle,” the epic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, previously chronicled in the Academy Award winning documentary “When We Were Kings.”

Soul Power is a verité documentary, entirely composed of footage shot in 1974 at the legendary music festival (dubbed “Zaire ’74”). It shows the experiences and performances of such musical luminaries as James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz, Miriam Makeba, among a host of others. At the peak of their talents and the height of their careers, these artists were inspired by this return to their African roots, as well as the enthusiasm of the Zairian audience, to give the performances of their lives. The concert has achieved mythological significance as the definitive Africa(n)-American musical event of the 20th Century.

Soul Power has been crafted from the extensive footage which remained after the making of When We Were Kings, which famously documented the epic title fight, but only briefly touched upon the Zaire ’74 music festival. This footage has remained vaulted for the past 35 years, unused, unseen, until now. Lensed primarily by celebrated cinematographers Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), Paul Goldsmith (Rust Never Sleeps), Kevin Keating (Harlan County USA), and Roderick Young (Wattstax), Soul Power finally provides today’s audience the opportunity to experience this historic musical event in all of its magnificent, filmed glory, restored in HD and with incredible sound quality. An unbridled musical journey for the ages."

www.soulpowerfilm.co.uk | twitter.com/soulpowerfilm


Finders Keepers Records

Manc-based vinyl-vulture, recording artist and record producer Andy Votel enlists the skills of fellow B-Music DJ and designer Dominic Thomas and Delay 68's Rare Disc Detective Doug Shipton to form a team of psychedelic librarians and cosmic-pop-quiz-elitists to run their new Twisted Nerve distant sister-label, leaving no progressive pebble unturned or record collection un-rifled.

Future compilations and re-issues will feature collaborative curators such as David Holmes, Cherrystones and Bob Stanley and further contributions from mystery A- / B+ pop-celebrity fanatics of outsider music and ultra-rare bakelite discs. Finders Keepers is an 'accidental world music label' with a punk aesthetic and DJ friendly ethos which allows the desperate listener to sit back while we deliver schizoid cultural channel-hopping compilations and rocking-horse-shit & hen's-teeth re-releases to the comfort of your psych-starved living room...


Diego Bernal - For Corners

"For Corners is the first full length album from Diego Bernal, a civil rights attorney and beatsmith, located in San Antonio, TX. For Corners is Diego Bernal's love letter to the music, cultures, era and people that nurtured him.

The music is dusty and layered with Latin soul, from the triumphant blasts of horns to the laid back groove of lowrider melodies. It is a call to return to the simplicity and integrity of hip-hop's best moment and an invitation to enjoy a slightly different kind of southern comfort. Not so much dirty south as directly south. The full album is a completely free download."

www.myspace.com/diegobernalmusic


vinyl4giants

Funk, rare grooves and library classics

Hatembargo

Hatembargo is a library music blog with top shelf appeal.

Head Full Of Snow

Head Full of Snow celebrates the music and styles that came about during the late 1960s and throughout the 70s.

MOG Music Network

Music blogs directory

Soul Sides

Oliver Wang's (formerly/occassionally known as DJ O-Dub) funk / soul / rare groove / hip hop audioblog

Analog Giant

Blog is on music (hip hop mainly, electronic, jazz, blends, dub and R&B)


Black Dynamite

Good news for those in the UK looking forward to seeing Scott Sanders' blaxploitation homage Black Dynamite. The film has been picked up by Icon Film Distribution.

Screen Daily also reports The film which stars martial artist Michael Jai White will get its first market screening at Cannes and is also scheduled to screen in the Spotlight programme at Tribeca. *Sony Pictures have already purchased the North American rights after its screening at Sundance.

Black Dynamite - Posters

Black Dynamite - Trailer

Check out the official site at www.blackdynamite.com

*and promptly ordered we take down the trailer, if you jump over to Cinemablend however you can see a clip being used for Tribeca promotion.

Via: Screen Daily - News


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"What you are about to see is a mix of unrelated YouTube Videos/Clips edited together to create ThruYou. In other words - what you see is what you hear."

I love this track, had I walked into a record store (Yeah I still sometimes visit real world independent vinyl stores ... those that are left) and this was playing, the last thought in my head would have been it sounds like a mash up / edit of YouTube music performances.

www.thru-you.com | www.myspace.com/kutiman

Via: www.sonicstate.com


Analog Giant

Analog Giant highlights new electronica, hip hop (mostly of the indie variety), reggae, funk and down-tempo tunes


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Here's a sideshow gallery of poster artwork from director Scott Sanders movie Black Dynamite. The film stars African American martial artist Michael Jai White who woud have been a huge star if the Spawn movie had not been so lame. The movie is a loving ode to the classic blaxploitation movies of the 1970's. 

While the movie itself and the artwork pull on many of the films of the genre, you can clearly see the influence of some of the best known ones in the posters. Namely the Gordon Parks Jr. directed, Curtis Mayfield scored Super Fly which starred Ron O'Neal. Gordon Parks snr (yes the father) 1971 classic and probably the genres best known film Shaft. Haft of course was scored by the legendary Isaac Hayes and starred probably the genres biggest star Richard Roundtree. And then of course there's the influence of Black Belt Jones, which starred Afro sporting martial arts legend Jim Kelly, a man probably most famous for co-starring the year before with Bruce Lee in the mighty Enter The Dragon.

Black Dynamite - Trailer

Check out the official site at www.blackdynamite.com


Trailer for director Scott Sanders movie Black Dynamite, which stars Michael Jai White.

When "The Man" murders his brother, pumps heroin into local orphanages, and floods the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor, Black Dynamite is the one hero willing to fight.

With the recent passing of Rudy Ray Moore (Dolemite) other of the genres legends is gone, so its great to hear the voice over on the trailer. Black Dynamite just played at Sundance and the reviews have generally come back pretty positive, so I'm looking forward to seeing this one.

Black Dynamite - Posters

www.blackdynamite.com

 


Blaxploitation Pride

"An era of its own. A time when American was in a transition from separatism to civil rights. The 70's was a Golden Age on so many levels and the influence echoes around the world in present day. Blaxploitation is considered in my opinion to be the coolest of cool. Touching on the most sensitive material in America at its time and exploiting them on the big screen or the vinyls in your record player produced for a glorified genre that nobody will ever be able to duplicate."

Fans of "cult film" and / or funk music should really check this blog out as it's a brilliant resource.

www.blaxploitationpride.org


Dolemite

Rudy Ray Moore sadly passed away the other day at the age of 81, best known for his filthy rhyming banter and of course the character Dolemite.

He guessed on legendary old school rapper Big Daddy Kane's (A contender for G.O.A.T.) album Taste of Chocolate LP way back in 1990 at the age 63. The track called Big Daddy vs. Dolemite see's the old master steal the show.

Check it out below, but keep in mind 'ol Rudy really did have a potty mouth.

www.dolemite.com


Movie Grooves

UK-based mail order webstore, Movie Grooves, promises to bring you "the grooviest, jazziest, sleaziest, easiest, funkiest and scariest cult movie soundtracks and funky and groovy library music from the 60s & 70s." Well that's the mission and they duly deliver, but do they deliver?

As a sometimes customer myself, I can personally vouch that they do. Their "by fans, for fans" mentality really does pay off, with the result a glorious wealth of lesser-known and hard to find soundtracks plucked with a passion belied by their 1000+ titles. It really is a virtual world of musical loveliness and one which will doubtless take you into somewhat of a temporal black hole as you rifle through the titles and genres on offer here. They have rather thoughfully provided the addition of audio samples so you can have a snaffle of the delights for yourself before committing yourself to purchase.

I myself went a little Italiano on the soundtrack front, purchasing the following titles:

A Trip? Just A Little...Beat - "A taste of pure Psychedelia in the Italian 60's"

Beretta 70 - "Roaring Themes from Thrilling Italian Police Films (1971-1980)"

Cinecocktail : Calibro 3 - "Funky Energy From The Best Scores of Violent Italian Cop Thrillers"

Well, I can certainly say that customer satisfaction abounded as I was audibly furnished with a delicious array of goodies from the strange and the twee to a hefty dose of rare beats and cool synths. Undeniably a magnificent source for retro classics. Praise be!

Visit Movie Grooves online at www.moviegrooves.com


La Fine Equipe La Boulangerie

From French Beatmakers La Fine Equipe (Blanka, Oogo, Mr.Gib, Mattic and Chomsky) comes the album La Boulangerie, masters of the sampler one and all. Here they showcase their skills with the MPC over 37 tracks, whose titles seem to come from staring longingly at the scrumptious delights in the pâtisserie window. They cut up soul, funk, reggae, dioulouge, swing, dub, hip hop, arabic music, rocksteady and anything else they come across.

Most of La Fine Equipe seems to have some kind of affilation with the mighty Wax Taylor (The French equivilant of America's RJD2 or the UK's DJ Parker). So you know these guys have pedigree and as all are strong artists in their own right the 30 plus tracks are solid stuff with no padding and being instrumental there's no worries about languauge barriers. Hopefully artists in the US and UK will consider hooking up with these French beatmakers for production because their stuff is fantastic.

Fans of sampling and instrumental hip hop should make this a must purchase. It might be a bit of a search picking it up outside France, but I purchased the MP3 album from junodownload.com in the UK.

La Fine Equipe - Brioche (Video)

www.myspace.com/laboulangeriealbumwww.lafineequipe.com

Check out Chomsky's Pain Au Chocolat and Oogo's Space Cake below:


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Promo video for 'To Eternity' the album by Parker

www.myspace.com/djparker


Isaac Hayes

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