For more than two decades, Joe Davis’ Far Out Recordings introduced the world to some of the most beautiful music to ever come out of Brazil. Among their early releases was the first CD release of José Mauro’s 1970 album “Obnóxious”, a record that’s rightfully been called “A holy grail” by Gilles Peterson. Unfortunately, little is know about Mauro’s life, it’s all rumours and speculation. What is known though, is that unlike many other rebellious musicians of his generation, he decided against fleeing the country during the military repression that lasted for two decades, a fact that serves as basis for more dramatic theories.
Despite all this sadness, there’s good news for fans of his music – and fans of Brazilian music in general. 22 years after the release of the CD version, Far Out announced the another reissue on vinyl and various digital formats (including CD) for September 23, 2016. If you need one reason to pre-order the album, listen to the touching “Exaltacão E Lamento Do Último Rei” below.
While dub techno is often, almost synonymously, associated with the many aliases of Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, there are many other players active in the genre. One of them is Canadian-born and Berlin resident Scott Monteith, better known under his Deadbeat moniker. He recently set up an Indiegogo campaign to reissue three out of print albums released on ~scape between 2002 and 2005. The idea is to raise half of the money required to cover the cost for the remaster and the re-release of the albums Wild Life Documentaries, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and New World Observer. There are several perks to choose from, starting with digital versions and a six record vinyl box set, up to a personal remix or a private show. For the next four weeks, you can stream all the full albums via his SoundCloud page and make up your mind whether you want to support him.
November 10, 2014 The box set is out now and you get it from selected record stores such as Bleep!
Apart from the Planet E Classics 12″ and those recent remixes for the label’s 20th anniversary, Carl Craig’s output as as Psyche and BFC is relatively difficult to come by – at least when polyvinyl chloride is your preferred music storage. Carl released his very firstrecords under those monikers on Derrick May’s labels (I think Psyche came first, but I think it’s mentioned here.) Since then, the best option to get hold of the music was a digital release. Planet E has reissued some of Carl’s albums in recent years, including 69 and Paperclip People, now it’s time for some of his oldest material to shine again.A1. Psyche – Elements
B1. Psyche – From Beyond
B2. Psyche – Neurotic Behavior
C1. BFC – Chicken Noodle Soup
D1. BFC – Galaxy
D2. BFC – D. Funk
E1. Psyche – Crackdown
F1. Psyche – Andromeda
F2. BFC – Evolution
The remastered version of Elements 1989-1990 is a vinyl-exclusive, limited to only 1,000 copies. You can get your copy from Boomkat or Rush Hour.
Three “incredibly rare” 7-inches, originally released on Sun Ra‘s own Saturn label in super-low quantities, are now getting reissued in a special box-set from Jazzman Records.
“We’ve selected six otherworldly songs from Sun Ra’s back catalogue of incredibly rare singles. Originally issued in tiny runs of as few as fifty copies on his own Saturn label, these 45s were often hand distributed by Ra and his legendary Arkestra, meaning that only the most seasoned collectors have ever laid hands on an original Saturn 45.”
The box-set itself will be limited to 999 hand-numbered copies, each pressed on glow-in-the-dark vinyl. I haven’t seen this offer anywhere but on the Jazzman website, so you better be quick with your order!