The Zuzu Club Recommends 30-10-2017


Label: Vampisoul 
File under: Library music


Original Italian library music from the vaults of Nelson Records, recorded between 1970 and 1976.
All tracks performed by I Marc 4, one of the key acts in the birth and development of the New Italian LibrarySound, formed by Maurizio Majorana on bass, Antonello Vannucchi on Hammond organ and piano, Roberto Podio on drums and guitarist Carlo Pes.

Welcome to the second release of Vampisoul’s Psychout series.
In this album we dig into the record library of Nelson Records, founded in 1970 by the musicians Maurizio Majorana, Antonello Vannucchi and Roberto Podio after establishing the recording studio Telecinesound, right where the New Italian Library Sound was created. This is the sound that many collectors, musicians, record producers and film directors still like, look for, rediscover and re-use for their work. The New Italian Library Sound has the signature of I MARC 4, a quartet that recorded 20 albums from 1970 to 1980 but who also collaborated with the great masters of Italian soundtracks of the 60s and 70s, especially with Armando Trovajoli, bringing their own style into this new sound, mixing jazz, pop, rock and psychedelic music.

Maurizio Majorana on bass, Antonello Vannucchi on Hammond organ and piano, and Roberto Podio on drums, were the backbone of the quartet, but the real soul was the guitarist Carlo Pes. Although Pes played with the RAI (Italy’s public broadcaster) orchestra together with his three colleagues, he did so as an external musician. He was a virtuoso guitar player with international experience who wrote music for the pop singers of the great RCA Italy label. His biggest hits were ‘Il Mondo’, sung by Jimmy Fontana, and ‘Che Sarà’ by José Feliciano.

Thanks to their recording visits to Telecinesound, these four musicians were an experienced and very inspired studio band. Through their rhythmic experimentation they created a warm sound, sweet, most of the time sour-sweet, inspired by pop music of the period, filtered by their great technical execution. Their jazz roots did the rest to create the New Italian Library Sound. Any derivation of the pysch-groove genre is explored in this album. Despite having collaborated with the great artists of pop music, it is only in I Marc 4’s own records that we have the chance to hear a guitar so rough, aggressive and sometimes disturbing, as was required by the composers of the time.

RELEASE DATE:26/1/2018

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Label: Wah Wah Records
Honeyfeet - Sinner

For a good few years, Honeyfeet has been a conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture of Manchester based musicians. Jazz? Yes, some of that! Folk? Stick that in there! Hip-hop? I thought you'd never ask! Someone once called it Folk-Hop and Barrelhouse-pop, and that's just vague enough to make sense.
It helps that they are fronted by Ríoghnach Connolly, Real World's newest signing and "a remarkable singer and flautist who...can ease from Irish traditional influences to soul" (The Guardian).
This extraordinary band's debut single for Wah Wah 45s, Sinner, was originally affectionately known as Boingy Squelch, after the unconventional sounds trombonist Biff Roxby used in his early demos. Ríoghnach conveys the story of a woman who never intends on staying at home "chained to the sink" - "I may be a sinner, but I'm not a slave". In that way, the song is a rejection of outdated, traditional roles.
Since their previous album, 2013's It's a Good Job I Love You, keyboardist John Ellis jumped on board as full-time member, bringing his unique musical presence. This enabled the development of a more texturally adventurous style, as witnessed with the dual atonal solo between himself and guitarist Ellis Davies on Sinner.
Similarly, for their next LP, Orange Whip, engineer, bassist and spiritual guide Lorien Edwards makes his Honeyfeet recording debut, so completing the "kitchen" of this very special band.
Sinner is released on September 29th and comes complete with a woozy, low slung club-friendly mix from former Innocent Sorcerer, Polish DJ and producer Envee.
The album, Orange Whip, will be released on Wah Wah 45s in the summer of 2018.

Label: Colemine Records

Dave Hamilton - Marriage Is Only A State Of Vibes
UPC: 659123089814

This is the real sh*t right here. Two cuts that have never been on a 45 before coming out of Detroit. Dave Hamilton’s production style defines Detroit deep soul. O.C. Tolbert’s version of “(Marriage Is Only) A State Of Mind” has never been released in ANY format before, so we are proud to present this lost treasure for the first time along with the killer instrumental version by Dave Hamilton on the B-side. Not to be missed!

RELEASE DATE:30/6/2017

UPC: 659123094917

Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos return with their first single in two years since their critically acclaimed LP “Beware” (Truth & Soul Records). Staying true to the rough and tough sweet rocksteady vibes, these tunes are no different. Great songs, great harmonies, expertly recorded, and beautifully performed!

RELEASE DATE: 20/10/2017

Ikebe Sahakedown - The Way Home

CAT: CLMN-12017

Ikebe Shakedown's fourth album pulls from a wide range of influences including soul, afro, psych, and jazz, all coming together in a gritty, cinematic explosion! Over the past eight years, Ikebe Shakedown has cemented a reputation as one of New York City's boldest, most creative instrumental bands. Combining cinematic soul, Afro-funk, deep disco, and an irrepressible groove, Ikebe Shakedown has forged a style all it's own. The Way Home shows how the band's style has continued to evolve, with material that transports listeners beyond their living rooms into dance parties and spaces for introspection. Building on the success that has led to musical features in series such as Eastbound and Down, movies like Our Brand is Crisis, and commercials for brands including Mini Cooper, Vans' Off the Wall, and Surfline, the songs are at once richly familiar and incredibly fresh, paying homage to classic influences while pushing a brand new sound. Defying genre or classification, this album proves Ikebe Shakedown is helping define the next bold and soulful wave in instrumental music.

Recommend for fans of: BUDOS BAND, MENAHAN STREET BAND

RELEASE DATE: 20/10/17

Label: Légère Recordings

Kind & Kinky Zoo

"Released!", the debut album by Swiss funk group Kind & Kinky Zoo, with a track featuring rapper Afu-Ra.

In 2005, a new zoo opened in Lausanne, Switzerland. Its wild animals have been going bananas in their quest to create a more dancefloor-friendly world. Now released, the zoo residents can be tracked by their heavy funk smells. Follow their scent past retro-psychedelia and turn left after organic garage.
A 4-piece instrumental funk band from Lausanne, Switzerland, Kind & Kinky Zoo has been gaining global exposure from radio DJs, club DJs and record labels since 2005. Armed with drums, a bass, a flute and a Fender Rhodes, the band has battled its way into the funkiest b-boy cyphers and dance-floors worldwide. "Released!" is the Kind & Kinky Zoo's debut album and is a collection of brand new tracks, early singles as well as remixes and features a guest appearance by rapper Afu-Ra.

RELEASE DATE: 27/10/17

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