The Zuzu Club Recommends 19-11-2017

Martha High -Tribute to My Soul Sisters
Record Kicks

2017 release. The funky diva Martha High has been an integral part of James Brown's life and career for more than 30 years: she was his backing vocalist, hairdresser, payroll master and his always loyal and reliable confidant. The idea for this album was hatched back in 2014, whilst she was visiting the producer DJ Pari, head honcho of the Soulpower organization and tight collaborator of the soul legends Marva Whitney, The Impressions, Lyn Collins and many more. They reminisced about tours with her fellow James Brown show veterans and Martha decided that she wanted to record a tribute to JB's female vocalists. Following DJ Pari's advice, she flew to Tokyo to partner with one of the hottest name of the new funk renaissance: Osaka Monaurail. The Japanese premiere funk orchestra has hitting stages around the world for more than two decades, and it is considered to be one of the world's leading groups in the genre. Martha could not have chosen a better band for her last LP: the band replicated the sound and feel of James Brown's music with unmatched dedication, authenticity and respect; their shading is at times almost hair raising, putting the spotlight solely on Martha and her mission. This legendary collaboration has given new life to 13 soulful hits, interpreted as only a real Soul Sister can do.

released November 17, 2017

Performed by Martha High with Osaka Monaurail

The Du-Rites - Greasy Listening

The Du-Rites are an NYC-based instrumental funk combo of J-Zone (drums, organ, bass guitar + turntables) and Pablo Martin(guitar, bass guitar, synth, Fender Rhodes). Debut album drops late fall 2016. The Du-Rites are here to put a neckbone in your kale salad!

Less than a year after their out-of-nowhere debut LP, J-Zone and Pablo Martin (aka The Du-Rites) return with their sophomore effort, Greasy Listening. The positive response to their 2016 self-titled offering inspired the NYC funk duo to become winter-spring studio rats and churn out 13 new tracks that both pick up where the initial offering left off and explore some uncharted territory. J-Zone (drums, organ, percussion, turntables) continues to deliver funky rhythms and chunky drum sounds, while Pablo (guitar, bass, synthesizer, electric piano) returns with plenty greasy guitar moves and addictive melodies. But where Greasy Listening differs from its predecessor is in its composition and theme.

Where their almost entirely instrumental debut often built upon jams and vamps, the tunes on Greasy Listening are composed and arranged with more attention to detail, feature some vocal narrations and rely less on soloing. Undermanned as a duo, the J-Zone and Pablo realize they would they need to tighten up the areas beyond their main instruments (drums and guitar, respectively) to prevent rehashing their debut. These limitations birthed raw (but charming) organ solos, electric piano riffs, greasy bass solos and commentary, all of which were almost absent on the first LP. This go round is also an opportunity to be tongue-in-cheek about being forced to multi-track everything as a two-man band. Greasy Listening is a “live” concert staged at a fictitious hole-in-the-wall chitlin circuit venue fittingly dubbed: The Collard Green Lounge.
The aforementioned limitations have aided The Du-Rites in creating their own sound, which nods to both Pablo’s tenure as guitarist in new wave band, Tom Tom Club, and J-Zone’s former path as a hip-hop producer/artist, but somehow remains its own entity.

released September 19, 2017

The Zuzu Club Recommends 18-11-2017

Honeyfeet - Sinner 45 s
Wah Wah Records

This autumn, Wah Wah 45s are very proud to present their latest signing, an outfit who've garnered huge praise from Jools Holland, are darlings of The Guardian's music reviews pages, and have set festivals alight up and down the country with their unique melange of sounds.
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.

Martha High - A little taste of Soul /Unwind Yourself 45 s

Record Kicks

Record Kicks presents James Brown's original funky diva Martha High with Japan's funk ambassadors Osaka Monaurail. The 45 vinyl is limited to 500 copies worldwide and anticipates Martha High's forthcoming album "Tribute to My Soul Sisters" out on Record Kicks on November 17.
"A little taste of Soul" / Unwind Yourself" is a little appetizer of the much awaited new album by James Brown's protégée Martha High produced and recorded in Tokyo by mighty Osaka Monaurail. The "funky diva" Martha High has been an integral part of James Brown's life and career for more than 30 years. After a lifetime spent shoulder to shoulder with the Godfather of Soul, she flew to Tokyo and teamed up with Japanese funk ambassadors Osaka Monaurail to pay homage to the great Soul Sisters of the JB Revue.

The Zuzu Club Recommends 17-11-2017

Crowd Company -  a.side Fever  &  b.side Getting The Groove
Vintage Music League

Willwork4funk and Vintage League Music are proud to present "Fever" / "Getting The Groove", the second double-sider 45 by London funk band Crowd Company, taken from their new album produced by Alan Evans (Soulive)

Vintage soul funk with a modern take from acclaimed London band Crowd Company. Produced by Alan Evans (Soulive), who also guests on Side A, this limited run colored Vinyl single has 2 epic songs taken from their new album"Stone & Sky".
Side A's “Fever” is a groovy, sophisticated soul track with an infectious dancefloor chorus. “Getting the Groove” is a monster funk groove with a massive bassline, featuring 3 voices carrying infectious vocal hooks.
Both tracks feature virtuoso musicianship in every department and three outstanding vocalists often blending soulful harmonies over a bedrock of tight grooves, Hammond organ and horn section. It has a rich, distinct vibe, aided by an outstanding analog production feel.

Agogo Records

After releasing his 'Moyo Wangu' album in late 2016 where David Hanke connected to the time he spent in his early childhood in Arusha/Tanzania, it's now time for 'Moyo Zaidi', the remixed version of the original album. While 'Moyo Wangu' was translated as 'My Heart', 'Moyo Zaidi' can be translated as 'Heart Returned'.
The original songs have been reworked by twelve producers and DJs from all across the scene and continents. From America over Europe to Australia and from Funk over Cumbia and Dub to Deep House and Downbeat this remix album is a bounty stack of styles and directions.
Funk versions from Moscow, Lisboa and London, some Cumbia from Brisbane, a Dub treatment from Los Angeles, Afrodisco comes from Bogotá, soulful Downbeat from the Black Forest and London, a slow mover from Hamburg and twisted Deep House from Amsterdam, Belgrad and London.

release date: 15. December 2017

The Zuzu Club Recommends 15-11-2017

The Tibbs - Lies
Record Kicks

Based around Amsterdam and founded in 2012 by a bunch of deep funk and heavy soul disciples, The Tibbs made their debut on Record Kicks in 2015 with their acclaimed debut LP "Takin' Over". Take notice, because The Tibbs is the new name to watch!

A brand new single from The Tibbs taken and the forthcoming studio album of the Dutch combo, expected in 2018. The new single "Lies" is an afro-soul-funk stormer, able to set every dancefloors on fire. On the flip-side the equally explosive instrumental-soul version. 45 is limited to 500 copies worldwide and is an essential purchase for every Budos Band and Sharon Jones fans.

releases December 1, 2017

Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo

Khruangbin is a three-piece band from Texas, formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Johnson on drums. Taking influence from 1960's Thai funk - their name literally translates to "Engine Fly" in Thai - Khruangbin is steeped in the bass heavy, psychedelic sound of their inspiration, Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool.

Formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums; Khruangbin’s sounds are rooted in the deepest waters of world music infused with classic soul, dub and psychedelia. Their 2015 debut album ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ was heavily influenced by 60’s and 70’s Thai cassettes the band listened to on their long car journeys to rehearsal in the Texan countryside. ‘Con Todo El Mundo’ takes inspiration not just from South East Asia but similarly underdiscovered funk and soul of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, particularly Iran.
‘Con Todo El Mundo’ is in part dedicated to Laura Lee’s Mexican-American grandfather, a formative influence on the bassist. She says, "My grandpa would always ask me 'Cómo me quieres?' (how much do you love me?) And he'd only ever accept one response: 'Con todo el mundo' (with all the world). He created his own world to live in. Khruangbin is the world we’ve created.”

Opener ‘Cómo Me Quieres’ sets the tone with its exotic, spacious, slow-motion funk while in antithesis the album’s first single ‘Maria También’ is filled with urgency and attitude. ‘August 10’ is a classic Khruangbin track, infused with their signature bass-heavy sound, while also introducing new elements to their chemistry. There’s time for solid disco-funk in the form of ‘Evan Finds The Third Room’ and the band even finds space to nod to P-Funk with a chant towards the end of the evolving jam ‘Lady and Man’. Closing the album, ‘Friday Morning’ - “a song about jumping into love” - skips between laid back Isley Brothers-esque vibes via delicate tempo changes into gentle hymnal passages.

The trio continue to play live around the world throughout 2018 starting with a UK tour to follow the album release. A vibe-synchronous soul-unit travelling the planet, honing their craft, absorbing the sights, sounds and feels from cultures across the globe, processing them through the Khruangbin filter and gifting the result back...with all the world.

releases January 26, 2018

Folamour - Unami
The Classic Music Company

One of France’s most intriguing new artists. It’s business as usual for the fast-rising French producer, who is yet to put a foot wrong this year. Co-founder of Moonrise Hill Material and founder of FHUO Records (For Heaven Use Only), Folamour’s take on house music is exquisite, poetic and meticulously executed.

On ‘Umami’ Folamour continues to explore his signature blissed-out sounds, mixing sample-heavy house with intricate percussion and life-affirming pads, all dripping with decadent jazz and disco influences; pure hazy lushness. Each track tells a unique story, engaging narrative threads that pulse and dwindle on hypnotic frequencies. High points include the energetic workout that is ‘Devoted To U’, Hip-Hop infused ‘Kickflippin’ That Stuff’ and the endearing warmth of ‘Look At Me Or I’ll Steal Your Eyes’. ‘Umami’ is a stunning work of art from a very thoughtful producer; prepare to be very impressed.

released November 10, 2017

The Zuzu Club Recommends 10-11-2017

Black Mantra -  dynamic show

Black Mantra releases their first self-titled album and features dynamic show.
Produced by the band itself and mixed in the legendary North American studio NRG, the homonymous disc features 11 unpublished tracks, which mix since the 70's funk until afrobeat influences, jazz, rock and experimental psychedelia.

After two years of repertoire of classic versions of the funk, the Black Mantra now finds its own sonority, which adds to the funk and minimalist groove influences of afrobeat, jazz, rock and experimental psychedelia that are clear during the show that presents the new album.
With a collective composition and production signed by the band itself and by Guilherme Chiappetta, the album was recorded in December 2016 in São Paulo, and mixed by Daniel Pampuri and Leonardo Marques (group drummer) in the legendary NRG (Los Angeles, USA) , where artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind and Fire and Esperanza Spalding passed by. Finally, back to São Paulo, the mastering was in charge of Fernando Sanchez, in the studio El Rocha.

Black Mantra appeared in 2014 at the Ekord studio in São Paulo, when Caio Leite and Leonardo Marques dedicated themselves to the soundtrack of a short film, Muito, Além do Nada (2014). The duo searched for songs from the Blaxploitation era, a North American motion picture movement that emerged in the early 1970s - the word is a fusion of black and explotaition. "After the track was finished, we decided to put together a band to play what we had researched," says the bassist. The following year, the group went on stage with repertoire of versions for funk classics, especially James Brown - which culminated in the recording of their first album, titled Old Mantras. In 2016, the band released their first two songs in an LP format, with two previously unreleased tracks: Ronco do Cacuí and Tranca Rua, as a way to instigate the public for the work that was to come. Now, with the release of the album Black Mantra, the band is dedicated to playing repertoire of copyright songs.

The Zuzu Club Recommends 9-11-2017

Lack of Afro - Back In Business (feat. Wax & Herbal T)

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Adam Gibbons (aka Lack of Afro) first saw Wax & Herbal T back in 2009 after being sent a video of them in their car freestyling over his cover of the Arctic Monkeys track ‘When The Sun Goes Down’. Blown away by their incredible wordplay & lyrical dexterity, he immediately contacted the brothers about guesting on his next album, ‘My Groove Your Move’, released in 2009. Luckily for him they said yes…

Fast forward 8 years and collectively they have appeared on 6 Lack of Afro originals including the monster hit‘P.A.R.T.Y’ (licensed by Adidas, Miller Lite, ABC and Fox to name but a few), whilst Adam has returned the favour by producing 6 originals for their own solo projects, with combined YouTube views totalling in excess of10 million.
Wax & Herbal T are twin brothers that rap and write/produce music. In 2006 they released their breakthrough album, ‘Grizzly Season’.
As a solo artist, Wax has released 3 solo albums, 2 mixtapes and several collaborative projects with other musicians. He was signed to Def Jam Records for a stint between 2010 & 2012 and now releases his music through his own label Scrublife. Herbal T released his solo album ‘Lo-Fi Blow Dry’ in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim.

The tracks that we will play tomorrow  on our Radioshow 10-11-2017 is : 

Kicking things off here is the irresistibly catchy title track ‘Back In Business’ – a funk-soaked tour de force of live musicianship, huge drums and a chorus that will stay in your head for weeks!

‘Ride’ is reminiscent of hazy 70’s west coast radio – underpinned with a groove to make your head snap and combined with Wax’s wistful vocals, it’s the obvious soundtrack for your next road trip.

‘Cold Blooded’ ends on a high note and sees the borthers go in hard from the outset - their ferociously quick & aggressive wordplay perfectly complimenting Lack of Afro’s savagely funky instrumental. To call it ‘big’ would be an understatement!

releases November 17, 2017 

Dalindeo - One more Devil
Helsinki, Finland
Dalindèo is a Finnish jazz-sextet founded and led by composer/guitarist Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen in
2003. Their music is a cinematic jazz creation reminiscient of the ambience of movies by Finnish great Aki Kaurismäki mixed with a Tarantinoesque vibe of danger and suspense.

Our favourite Finnish jazz sextet Dalindèo are back with “One More Devil”, a fiery five track EP released on BBE Music. Referencing and providing a sequel for “Another Devil”, a track that appeared on their 2010 album ‘Soundtrack for the Sound Eye’, “One More Devil” captures a well-rehearsed and highly original live band in full flow. As bandleader and guitarist Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen puts it: “During the last years we’ve been focusing heavily on the live-energy and jazz mayhem we can create and here is a spontaneous studio-rendition of that energy.”

With both the EP’s potent title track and its smooth closer ‘Daydreaming’ written only days before being committed live to tape, “One More Devil” has a palpable sense of freshness throughout. Originally performed by Olavi Virta, the “King of Finnish Tango”, Dalindèo’s distinctive version of ‘Oh What You Do To Me’ really wouldn’t go amiss in a classic Tarantino movie. Sitting at the EP’s mid-point, ‘Sicilian March’ is both dramatic and teasingly short, getting its cinematic, soldierly point across in under two minutes. ‘Funeral Party’ is a fast-paced and frenetic retro jazz workout in which all six exceptional players get a chance to shine.

Containing the band’s first foray into the world of the cover version and with founder Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen’s composing, arranging and guitar playing skills sharper than ever before, Dalindèo make the prospect of entertaining “One More Devil” a compelling one.
released October 27, 2017

Easy Now Recordings
Melbourne, Australia

Forged in the fire of the legendary Easy Now Sessions where Hip Hop and Roots meet, comes a record label focused onsizzling Reggae Mashups. Releasing small batches of limited edition 45s through an exclusive mailing list and giving away digital downloads between pressings

The Fyah Starter 3 Pack!! A very limited number of our first run of releases put together as a 3 pack. Hand stamped, hand numbered and strictly limited to 30 copies... once they're gone, they're gone!!
Forged in the fire of the legendary Easy Now Sessions where Hip Hop and Roots meet, comes a record label focused on sizzling Reggae Mashups...


MustBeat is a group of DJs, musicians, and party promoters from Budapest. Having started their mission in 2000, they run their label since 2011... They have been working with artists all around the globe from Australia through Europe to Canada in the last six years, and have managed put out nearly 50 releases so far

Freethinker Funk Essence - The Traveler (LP)

As simply as it is: lean back, put your legs on the table and just take a ride, enjoying the journey while you'll be travelling through funk and soul music in 10 tracks. Listening to this album during the day is being considered just as a wise thing to do than play it out loud during DJ-sets.

The Zuzu Club Recommends 6-11-2017

Emma Galanaki - Pure

Fantastic Voice 
New hope!!

This song is a moment's inspiration. Specifically, it was done when Emma heard a orchestral track, written by Yanni Markopoulioti. Based on that she wrote the Lyrics and the Melody.
The Song was recorded at Artracks recording studios.
The Video clip was filmed in Thissio, Athens and the main subject of the video is " The unknow " we face in life. 
Emma told me that She's been singing ever since she remembers herself! At the age of 14 she started to write her firdt lyrics.Then music lessons at 15 and a little bit later piano, jazz theoretical and stage performance. 
At the age of 19, Emma  got her degree in modern music and theoretical song. 
At this time she is continuing her studies in music, in the Netherlands and at the same time she is recording her new album in Greece.

The Zuzu Club Recommends 4-11-2017

Colemine Records

The Flying Stars Of Brooklyn NY - My God Has A Telephone

Debut solo single from Aaron Frazer of Durand Jones & The Indications. Aaron’s super sweet, silvery falsetto was featured on “Is It Any Wonder?” on The Indications’ debut LP, but Aaron steps out here with some lowdown gospel soul with some help from friends including Eli Paperboy Reed.

Release Date 20-10-2017

Timmion RecordsHelsinki,

Timmion Records, located in Helsinki, Finland, is an independent music enterprise, which is fueled with an uniquely understated passion for raw soul and funk music.
In over fifteen years its operation has grown to include one main record label and various sublabels, a recording studio and a facility for cutting vinyl masters

Jonny Benavidez and Cold Diamond & Mink -Tell Me That You Love Me

This next chapter of Timmion's talent scouting in the US will land home with the Purple Heart of Soul, and turn even the coldest of us to the love side. No prisoners taken. It's time for Jonny Benavidez to lay his falsetto over the ever smooth backing of Cold Diamond & Mink. With the sweet as candy mid-pacer "Tell Me That You Love Me" he should go the whole mile. 

Those, who have an insatiable thirst for crossover soul sounds by groups such as The Commands and TSU Toronadoes, should snatch up this piece of wax without haste. Texas made and California raised, Jonny has polished his teeth for years in doo wop groups and sung backing harmonies for big names such as Archie Bell and Eugene Pitt from The Jive Five. Currently residing in Austin, Texas he's forming and coating even more sweet treats for Timmion.
It might not break the charts, but for some with the proper ear for beauty, this will undoubtedly be the new soul record of the year. Have a listen, if you are one of those privileged people.

Release Date 10-11-2017

Munster Vampisoul
Various Artist "Czech Up! Vol 1: Chain Of Fools".

Munster Records

"Czech Up! Vol 1: Chain Of Fools", the first installment of random gems from the Supraphon vaults.
The Supraphon label was established in the former Czechoslovakia and has continuously been active since the early 1950s. While it has always been highly esteemed by music connoisseurs for its excellent classical music releases, Supraphon's pop, rock and jazz music catalogue is internationally less known, although it's in fact even larger, comprising around 60,000 unique tracks. Today it also incorporates the complete back catalogue of Panton, also a Czechoslovak label launched in 1967 that existed independently until the late 1990s.

"Czech Up! Vol 1" highlights a collection of tracks that were originally released in Czechoslovakia between 1966 and 1978 on the Supraphon and Panton labels. Several psychedelic freakbeat favourites were chosen by Vampisoul's Iñigo Munster, whereas the regular associate and expert on Czechoslovak music, Lukáš Machata of the "Funky Czech-in" website at, has selected a variety of grooving soul, jazz and pop nuggets. Lukáš Machata - a longtime sound engineer and graphic designer - is also responsible for the carefully processed digital remasters and for the retro-style cover artwork.

Miloš Reddy & Komety - Chain of Fools
Formed December 1959
at Praha,Czechia and Disbanded December 1977.

The Zuzu Club Recommends 3-11-2017

Favorite RecordingsParis, France

Every project undertaken by Favorite Recordings is done so with artistic integrity, high quality production and great music in mind. Favorite Recordings holds a strong tie to the traditional way of producing and making music.

Disco Reggae Vol​.​3

Following 2 acclaimed first editions, Stix Records presents the 3rd volume of its Disco Reggae compilation series.
Like previous one, the 9 tracks comp is made both from productions of the home labels now sold-out as vinyl, and from brand new exclusive music by the like of Taggy Matcher, Mato or newcomer Rosemary Martins, taking over classics titles from Donna Summer, Stephen Encinas, Roberta Flack, Herbie Hancock, Steve Parks, or Inner City.

The perfect soundtrack to extend the summer!!

released September 25, 2017

Alex Puddu From The Beginning
Copenhagen, Denmark

The mind behind "The Golden Age of Danish Pornography" Vol. 1 & 2, "Registrazioni al Buio", multi-instrumentalist, composer and funk addict hailing from Rome and based in Copenhagen.

From The Beginning A heartbreaking soul album that takes you back to the early ‘70s’ classic song writing. Featuring Lonnie Jordan – founding member, musician, and vocalist from the band War – as vocalist and co-writer together with Alex Puddu on three songs on the album. “Runaway Boys”, ”Nobody” and the sweet groove ballad “Stormy Weather” are all reminiscent of a soundtrack to a West coast blaxploitation film .
From The Beginning is halfway between the city and the jungle; a catchy conga-fuelled adventure that takes you on a latin flavored “Ocean Drive” in the vein of Gil Scot Heron & Timmy Thomas featuring vocalist Duane Hobson who also does the vocal on the groovy “Don’t Stop Moving” Also featuring on vocal Adrian Wilding on the irresistible R&B/easy mood tune “Here to Stay” On the bass is one of Italy’s finest session players from the Italian music scene from the seventies Dino Kappa – known for his collaborations with artists such as Morricone, Trovaioli, Bacalov, Alan Sorrenti. Renato Zero and prog. band Libra Massimo Fiorentino on piano and organ,Morten Grønvad on vibraphone and percussion, Mikael Fleron on sax, Hendrik Jørgensen on trumpet,
Gavino Congiatta on Bass Alex Puddu plays drums, guitars, bass, and additional keys.

released November 3, 2017

Curtis Harding Face Your Fear

Curtis Harding's new album Face Your Fear is out October 27 on Anti-. New York Magazine already named the forthcoming album one of their most anticipated fall releases lauding Harding’s “scorching voice” while Clash UK hails recent new track “On and On” as “a blistering slice of dancefloor soul that recalls prime Curtis Mayfield and late 60s Motown.” The new album follows 2014’s Soul Power, on which Rolling Stone called Harding an “artist you need to know.”

Harding fuels his psychedelic sound with the essence of Soul but isn’t bound by it. Instead, the 12 songs on the new album convey an eclectic blend of genres leaping from the many musical lives he has lived from following his evangelical Gospel-singing mother on tour as a child in Michigan to rapping in Atlanta, forming a garage band with The Black Lips’ Cole Alexander to singing back-up for Cee Lo Green. Through these experiences he fully embraces life’s darkest intricacies conjuring dynamic, addictive melodies.

Face Your Fear features production by Harding, Sam Cohen, and Danger Mouse and was recorded in New York at Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Studio.

released October 27, 2017

The Zuzu Club Recommends 2-11-2017

Timmion Records

Timmion Records, located in Helsinki, Finland, is an independent music enterprise, which is fueled with an uniquely understated passion for raw soul and funk music.
In over fifteen years its operation has grown to include one main record label and various sublabels, a recording studio and a facility for cutting vinyl masters.

Jonny Benavidez and Cold Diamond & MinkThis next chapter of Timmion's talent scouting in the US will land home with the Purple Heart of Soul, and turn even the coldest of us to the love side. No prisoners taken. It's time for Jonny Benavidez to lay his falsetto over the ever smooth backing of Cold Diamond & Mink. With the sweet as candy mid-pacer "Tell Me That You Love Me" he should go the whole mile.

Those, who have an insatiable thirst for crossover soul sounds by groups such as The Commands and TSU Toronadoes, should snatch up this piece of wax without haste. Texas made and California raised, Jonny has polished his teeth for years in doo wop groups and sung backing harmonies for big names such as Archie Bell and Eugene Pitt from The Jive Five. Currently residing in Austin, Texas he's forming and coating even more sweet treats for Timmion.

Resleas Date 10-11-2017

Colemine Records

Debut 45 from Leroi Conroy on Colemine Records. Featuring members of The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, Jungle Fire, and The Jive Turkeys. Both sides have some nice breaks

Leroi Conroy's first 45 has been out of print for a while, so in celebration of his recent 45 "Tiger Trot", Colemine figured thry should get his first one back in print, and they also did 100 copies on yellow wax, so snap 'em up while they last. Dirty drums, breakbeats, and cinematic funk are the order of the day for this little cooker!

The Zuzu Club Recommends 31-10-2017

Funkallisto - Saturday Night Dogs

Willwork4funk and Express Yourself Productions are proud to present "Saturday Night Dogs", the new album by kings of Roman funk Funkallisto

Undisputed kings of Roman funk Funkallisto have been active on the scene since 2004. What started as a jam band quickly collected a growing following thanks to their energetic live shows in the streets of Rome, and now a decade later they have 4 self-produced albums under their belt.
With their forthcoming fifth album, "Saturday Night Dogs", the band is finally ready to conquer new territories and extend their empire beyond the Italian peninsula.

Marching with a legion of talented musicians among their ranks, the sound of

Funkallistois rooted in 70s blaxploitation funk & soul, but afrobeat, jazz, rock and latin are also thrown into the mix. The result is an explosive kaleidoscope of relentless, bass-heavy grooves and soulful, melodic interplay.

Titletrack "Saturday Night Dogs"and "Piamose Trastevere" both reference the sound of Italian police movies from the 70s, while "Darkalabro"and "Rhythm Feat. Trio Vermelho"reflect the band'safro influences. The album also ncludes 3 tracks recorded onto tape at the Blind Faith Studioof Italian soul man Luca Sapio,namely: "Mercelito el Tropicano","The Devil"and Fatebenefratelli".While uplifting groover "Take A Little Time" is the fruit of a collaboration with UK
vocalist Jess Roberts, who delivers powerful lyrics with a message.
With"Saturday Night Dogs"there's little doubt Funkallistoare a formation on a mission, simply summarized: "Veni Vidi Vici"

Resense 044

Andy Taylor

Kitschy Jungle - spiritual calypso gets layered up with live guitar, bass and keyboards to make a dancefloor ready, Nigerian style disco funk edit of a calypso classic.
on the flipside is Broken Flute - a fusion of prog rock and Afro funk with a mid speed rolling break to keep feet moving. All includes the usual live guitar, bass and keyboard performances from Andy Taylor himself.

Releases 8/12/2017

Los Terrificos - Go South / Vaya Pa'l Sur - 2xLP 45rpm

Terrificos is a brand new project led by soundtrack composer Jake Fader and the ever-funky Ray Lugo (Kokolo, Boogaloo Destroyers). Peace & Rhythm presents the brand new double 12” LP by Los Terrificos titled Go South/Vaya Pa'l Sur.

Taking inspiration from Latin, African, Caribbean, North and South American sources as diverse as the “narco corridos” of Mexico and afrobeat, not to mention Cowboy Western film soundtracks, surf, psychedelic Amazonian cumbia, dub, electronica, funk, Andean folk, even disco, this record is wide ranging yet cohesive. Evocative of wild landscapes, dramas big and small, it’s also a concept story album, perhaps unlike anything in Latin-oriented music today. Jake Fader, one of the two principal members of the band, says the record “is a soundtrack that has no film (yet). It is a diverse album that is not a traditional representation of any of the many genres it is influenced by. The only real rules were that the songs had to be a little freaky and mysterious.”

Go South spins an engaging if fanciful narrative through a series of musical vignettes and also via an extended story in the interior spread of the gatefold. According to the notes, the LP was made “in memory of victims of violence and greed, especially south of the border, and those that cross borders everywhere in order to pursue a better life.” As the other primary member of Los Terrificos, Ray Lugo (Kokolo, The Boogaloo Destroyers), explains it, “it’s full of reflections on life and the triumphs and struggles of the central figure in the album, ‘El Gordo’, a character not unlike many in the Latin world who makes choices that affect people near and far.” ‘El Gordo’ is a drug kingpin who goes on a vision quest to try and come to terms with the destruction he has wrought, and the question at the end of the record is: does he find redemption, or oblivion? It’s an open-ended conclusion that is as intriguing as the music, and will leave fans craving more (stay tuned!).

Go South has a unique, dynamic hybrid ‘narco-delic’ sound that leaps out of the speakers (having the vinyl on 45 RPM helps). Ray Lugo sums it up thusly: "We discussed how long the process of making an album can sometimes be and thought it would be fun to try to write, record and mix an album within 30 days. We chose the sounds of South America because we had been listening to a lot of super funky music from Peru, Colombia and Panama. Jake was working on the music score for [a] documentary...and this played a key role in the cinematic feel to the album. We wanted it to sound fresh, not over-planned and above all to share the fun we had making it with the listener."

The album is a double LP, 160g vinyl, 45rpm for extra boom. It features an original narrative story by Pablo Yglesias (in both Español and English) and a sturdy gatefold jacket with amazing artwork by Dr Jorge Alderete (Sonido Gallo Negro), as well as some interior art by Margot Glass

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