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In The Orbit Of Ra
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In The Orbit Of Ra (gatefold 2xLP + 2xCD)
Cat: STRUT 109LP. Rel: 22 Sep 14
Jazz
  1. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Somewhere In Space"
  2. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra - "The Lady With The Golden Stockings"
  3. Sun Ra & His Afro Infinity Arkestra - "Somebody Else's World"
  4. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra - "Plutonian Nights"
  5. The Sun Ra Arkestra - "Angels & Demons At Play"
  6. Sun Ra - "Island In The Sun"
  7. Sun Ra - "Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus"
  8. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Afro Black"
  9. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "Have You Heard The Latest News From Neptune"
  10. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "We Travel The Spaceways"
  11. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 1 previously unreleased)
  12. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 2)
  13. Sun Ra - "Ancient Ethiopia"
  14. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Somewhere In Space"
  15. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra - "The Lady With The Golden Stockings"
  16. Sun Ra & His Afro Infinity Arkestra - "Somebody Else's World"
  17. Sun Ra - "Spontaneous Simplicity"
  18. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra - "Plutonian Nights"
  19. The Sun Ra Arkestra - "Angels & Demons At Play"
  20. Sun Ra - "Island In The Sun"
  21. Sun Ra - "Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus"
  22. Sun Ra - "Solar Differentials"
  23. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Afro Black"
  24. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "Have You Heard The Latest News From Neptune"
  25. Sun Ra - "Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens"
  26. Sun Ra - "Trying To Put The Blame On Me" (live in Rome 1977, previously unreleased)
  27. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Planet Earth"
  28. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "The Nile"
  29. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 1 previously unreleased)
  30. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 2)
  31. Sun Ra - "Ancient Ethiopia"
  32. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Interplanetary Music"
  33. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "We Travel The Spaceways"
Review: There have been plenty of retrospectives on the absolutely essential work of Sun Ra and his Arkestra over the years, but trust Strut to go that bit deeper when they elected to focus on the Sun God himself. As the extensive title suggests, this collection places the focus on proceedings in the hands of Marshall Allen, the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current band leader. The results mean In The Orbit Of Ra feels a whole lot more personal and indepth, with over 25 years worth of Sun Ra-lead music documented. It's all been fully remastered from the original tapes and is pretty much the most conclusive introduction to the work of this pioneer one could hope for. In addition to the 13 track double vinyl set, this release also includes the double CD edition which includes a further 7 Ra gems!
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Arthur's Landing
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Arthur's Landing (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: STRUT 061LP. Rel: 31 Jan 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Your Motion Says
  2. You Can't Go Back
  3. Singing Tractors 64
  4. Miracle 2
  5. This Is How We Walk On The Moon: The Way Things Happen
  6. Bobby
  7. Love Dancing
  8. Singing Tractors 12
  9. It's A Boy
  10. I'll Be Fencing
  11. I Want To Change My Life
  12. Singing Tractors 323
Review: Arthur Russell's legacy has remained strong long after his untimely death in 1992, most notably in recent times with the highly respected music critic Tim Lawrence unveiling his must read biography last year; this follows a documentary Wild Combination and a collection of cover versions released by Electric Minds. It is perhaps this latest musical project presented by the good people at Strut Records that will be of most interest to fans of Russell's work. Arthur's Landing is a collective of musicians who worked with the producer and cellist throughout his varied musical career. Led by guitarist Steve Hall, the ever morphing group of musicians have made a commitment to sustaining Russell's musical legacy and have spent the last few years touring and performing new arrangements of tracks from the Russell canon and they present twelve of them here on this enlightening album which has been produced by contemporary NYC icon Brennan Green. The album lovingly presents unique takes on both well known and unheard Russell tracks - witness the shimmering beauty of their take on "Is It All Over My Face" for just one example. Strut surround themselves with so many great music projects you'd have to wonder what a gaping hole would be left if they weren't around.
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New York Addis London: The Story Of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975
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  1. Yekermo Sew
  2. I Faram Gami I Faram
  3. Shagu
  4. Emnete
  5. Mulatu
  6. Yegelle Tezeta
  7. Asiyo Bellema
  8. Ebo Lala (with Seifu Yohannes)
  9. Fikratchin (with Menelik Wossenatchew)
  10. Yefikir Tizita
  11. Dewel
  12. Yekatit
  13. Girl From Addis Ababa
  14. Mascaram Setaba
  15. Ene Alantchie Alnorem
  16. Netsanet
  17. Kasalefut Hulu
  18. Wubit (with Muluken Melesse)
  19. Lanchi Biye (with Tiahoun Gessesse)
  20. Tezeta
The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1987
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Bob BLANK/VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 053CD. Rel: 08 Feb 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Debby Blackwell - "Once You Got Me Going"
  2. Charanga 76 - "Music Trance"
  3. Milton Hamilton - "Crystalized"
  4. Sun Ra - "Where Pathways Meet" (unreleased Acetate mix)
  5. The Necessaries - "State-Of-The-Art"
  6. Lydia Lunch - "A Cruise To The Moon"
  7. James Blood Ulmer - "Jazz Is The Teacher, Funk Is The Preacher"
  8. Bumblebee Unlimited - "I Got A Big Bee" (John Morales mix)
  9. Mikki - "Itching For Love" (M+M mix/John Morales re-edit)
  10. Fonda Rae - "Over Like A Fat Rat"
  11. Gladys Knight - "It's A Better Than Good Time" (Walter Gibbons mix)
  12. Lola - "Wax The Van" (Jon's dub)
  13. Aural Exciters - "Emile (Night Rate)"
Black Rio 2: Original Samba Soul 1968-1981
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DJ CLIFFY/VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 045LP. Rel: 29 Jun 09
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Zeca Do Trombone & Roberto Sax - "Coluna Do Meio"
  2. Renata Lu - "Faz Tanto Tempo"
  3. Balanca Povo - "Novo Dia"
  4. Guimaraes E O Grupo Som Sagrado - "Our Sound"
  5. Rubinho E Mauro Assumpcao - "Ta Tudo Ai"
  6. Emilio Santiago - "Banaeira"
  7. Wausi - "Oio Gere"
  8. Os Diagonais - "Nao Vou Chorar"
  9. Som Nosso - "Pra Swingar"
  10. Super Som Lord - "Br Samba"
  11. Pete Dunaway - "Supermarket"
  12. Marilene - "Sinal Vermelho"
  13. Avan Samba - "Ibere"
  14. Azambuja & Cia - "Tema Do Azambuja"
  15. Cry Babies - "It's My Thing"
  16. Edson Frederico E A Transa - "Bobeira"
  17. Bebeto - "Princesa Negra De Angola"
  18. Sonia Santos - "Poema Ritmico Do Malandro"
We Be All Africans
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We Be All Africans (180 gram vinyl LP + CD + insert)
Cat: STRUT 144LP. Rel: 30 May 16
Jazz
  1. We Be All Africans (6:11)
  2. Epiphany (7:16)
  3. Silent Days (6:02)
  4. Rhapsody In Berlin (6:22)
  5. Clarion Call (5:40)
  6. Traponga (2:18)
  7. Whispering Tenderness (3:49)
  8. We Be All Africans
  9. Epiphany
  10. Silent Days
  11. Rhapsody In Berlin
  12. Clarion Call
  13. Traponga
  14. Whispering Tenderness
FORTHCOMING
Metal Dance Industrial Post Punk EBM: Classic & Rarities 80-88
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Cat: STRUT 91LP. Rel: 30 Nov 15
 
Punk/Hardcore
Metal Dance 2: Industrial New Wave EBM Classics & Rarities 79-88
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Cat: STRUT 107CD. Rel: 14 Oct 13
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Tuxedomoon - "59 To 1"
  2. Logic System - "Unit"
  3. Psyche - "Te Saint Became A Lush"
  4. Skinny Puppy - "Deadlines" (400 Blows remix)
  5. Propaganda - "(The Echo Of) Frozen Faces"
  6. Visage - "Der Amboss" (instrumental)
  7. Rusty Egan - "The Twilight Zone" (Trevor Jackson edit)
  8. Material - "Secret Life"
  9. Rene Bandaly Family - "Tanki Tanki" (Rabih Beaini edit)
  10. Experimental Products - "Work That Beat"
  11. Crash Course In Science - "Jump Over Barrels"
  12. Liaisons Dangereuses - "Etre Assis Ou Danset"
  13. Esplendor Geometrico - "Necrosis En La Poya"
  14. Ministry - "Over The Shoulder" (12" version)
  15. Test Dept - "The Unaccepatable Face Of Freedom: Face 3"
  16. Mile High Club - "Walking Backwards"
  17. Chbb - "Ima Iki-Mashoo"
  18. Front 242 - "Body 2 Body (2Trax)"
  19. Visa Versa - "Riot Squad"
  20. Chris & Cosey - "Driving Computer"
  21. Doris Norton - "Personal Computer"
  22. Plus Instruments - "Vom Ertrunkenen Madchen"
  23. Conrad Schnitzler - "Das Tier"
  24. Neon - "Lobotomy"
  25. Arthur Brown & Craig Leon - "The Conversation"
  26. Haruomi Hosono - "Platonic"
  27. Godley & Creme - "Babies"
Review: Strut and Trevor Jackson do the right thing and collude on a second edition of Metal Dance, with a veritable feast of 80's industrial and primitive electronics to sink into. Some 27 tracks deep, Metal Dance 2 widens the remit of the first compilation by a year, collating material from the period 1979 to 1988 and features artists and bands that should be familiar to your eyes in Skinny Puppy, Chris & Cosey, Crash Course In Science and Liaisons Dangereuses along with many lesser known acts. Jackson himself contributes an edit of iconic Blitz DJ Rusty Egan whilst Morphine Records boss Rabih Beaini highlights Lebanon's history with primitive electronics on an edit of Rene Bandaly Family's eighties curio "Tanki Tanki". Impressively, the compilation also features a track by CHBB, a band whose members went on to form DAF and Liaisons Dangereuses and whose small discography was limited to four rare cassettes.
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Metal Dance: Industrial/Post Punk/EBM: Classics & Rarities 80-88
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Cat: STRUT 091LP. Rel: 20 Feb 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Cabaret Voltaire - "Seconds Too Late"
  2. Neon - "Voices"
  3. Diseno Corbusier - "Golpe De Amistad"
  4. Analysis - "Surface Tension"
  5. Hard Corps - "Je Suis Passee" (dub)
  6. Nitzer Ebb - "Countrol I'm Here" (Clouston Controlled edit)
  7. DAF - "Brothers" (Mix Gabi)
  8. Jah Wobble & The Invaders Of The Heart - "Invaders Of The Heart" (Exotic Decadent disco mix)
  9. Yello - "You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess" (UK promo 12" version)
  10. Naked Lunch - "Slipping Again"
  11. SPK - "Metal Dance"
Review: Having recently mined the post-punk/new wave vaults of Factory Records' 12" releases, it's little surprise that the latest Strut Records release shines more light on the clanking, far-sighted world of the 1980s' most revolutionary genres - namely industrial, post-punk and EBM. This time, former Output boss, Playgroup man and all-round hipster Trevor Jackson is at the helm. His two-disc selection touches on many different strands, from bleak synthesizer jams and crunchy punk-funk to twisted industrial disco, mutant electrofunk (Nitzer Ebb's "I've Lost Control") and almighty percussive workouts (SPK's thrilling "Metal Dance"). Highly recommended.
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FORTHCOMING
Metal Dance 2
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Cat: STRUT 107LP. Rel: 14 Oct 13
 
Funky/Club House
Played by: Manu•Archeo
Jaiyede Afro
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Jaiyede Afro (gatefold 2xLP + CD)
Cat: STRUT 112LP. Rel: 08 Sep 14
Funk
  1. Buje Buje
  2. Love The Neighbour
  3. Aseni
  4. Sangodele
  5. Jaiyede Afro
  6. Omo Oba Blues
  7. In The Middle
  8. Be Counted
  9. Alafia
  10. Buje Buje (CD)
  11. Love The Neighbour
  12. Aseni
  13. Sangodele
  14. Jaiyede Afro
  15. Omo Oba Blues
  16. In The Middle
  17. Be Counted
  18. Alafia
Review: This is what happens when one of the leading modern bands who excel in international music team up with a bona fide Afrofunk legend... Together with Orlando Julius, The Heliocentrics have explored the Nigerian pioneer's earliest ideas and never-before-recorded songs to result in an emphatic homage to Africa's rich funk heritage while celebrating modern production techniques and dynamics. Progressive, often cosmic and galvanised with a natural jazzy character (thanks to the awesome horn work) and sturdy funk backbone (thanks to the dense drums and tight guitar work), this is a one-off collaboration that needs both attention and celebration.
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Quema Quema Quema
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Cat: STRUT 130LP. Rel: 15 Jun 15
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. Quema Quema Quema (2:49)
  2. Nunca Me Perdi (3:47)
  3. Pulpos (feat Leonor Watling) (2:52)
  4. Quien Se Queda Quien Se Va (3:23)
  5. Si Te Mueres Manana (3:52)
  6. Bubucelas (3:47)
  7. 10 Anos (3:51)
  8. Hacerte Venir (feat Pamela Rodriguez) (3:00)
  9. Burn Burn Burn (feat Sergio Saba) (3:05)
  10. Fin (3:25)
  11. Quema Quema Quema
  12. Nunca Me Perdi
  13. Pulpos (eat Leonor Watling)
  14. Quien Se Queda Quien Se Va
  15. Si Te Mueres Manana
  16. Bubucelas
  17. 10 Anos
  18. Hacerte Venir (feat Pamela Rodriguez)
  19. Burn Burn Burn (feat Sergio Saba)
  20. Fin
Belle Wahallah
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Cat: STRUT 143EP. Rel: 30 May 16
International
  1. Belle Wahallah (5:30)
  2. Belle Wahallah (Hagan remix) (6:23)
  3. Yeanoh (Powe Handa Bingabe) (5:29)
  4. Belle Wahallah (Boddhi Satva remix) (5:27)
Review: There's a beautiful story behind this project... US artist Chief Boima found videos of blind Sierra Leon musician Sorie on YouTube. A successful remix and an even more fortuitous Kickstarter campaign later and Sorie finds himself on a US tour and in the studio making a body of work with Boima that Strut are about to release. It starts right here with the low end pulsations and trembling marimba and heartfelt vocals of "Belle Wahallah" and the softer, slower, steadier early morning cries of "Yeanoh". Complete with remixes from Boddhi Satva and Hagan, this is a stunning package.
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To Those Of Earth & Other Worlds
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Cat: STRUT 125LP. Rel: 02 Nov 15
Jazz
  1. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "Love In Outer Space" (vocal) (3:48)
  2. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "On Jupiter" (3:58)
  3. Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra - "Spontaneous Simplicity" (stereo version) (2:58)
  4. The Cosmic Rays - "Dreaming" (with Sun Ra & Arkestra) (2:42)
  5. Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra - "Black Sky & Blue Moon" (3:00)
  6. Sun Ra - "Enlightenment" (2:57)
  7. The Sun Ra Arkestra - "The World Of Africa" (2:58)
  8. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "They Plan To Leave" (5:55)
  9. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Children Of The Sun" (4:28)
  10. Sun Ra & His Blue Universe Arkestra - "Blackman" (7:40)
  11. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "India" (4:48)
  12. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Mystery, Mr Ra" (3:05)
  13. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "The All Of Everything" (4:22)
  14. Sun Ra Quartet - "When There Is No Sun" (feat John Gilmore) (4:34)
  15. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra - "Sleeping Beauty" (11:48)
  16. Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra - "We Travel The Spaceways" (3:25)
  17. Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra - "Calling Planet Earth"
  18. Sun Ra - "Sun Song"
  19. The Cosmic Rays - "Dreaming" (with Sun Ra & The Arkestra)
  20. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "India"
  21. Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra - "Space Loneliness" (vocal)
  22. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "Love In Outer Space"
  23. Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra - "Adventure-equation"
  24. Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra - "Spontaneous Simplicity"
  25. Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra - "Brazilian Sun"
  26. Sun Ra Quartet - "When There Is No Sun" (feat John Gilmore)
  27. Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra - "My Brother the Wind"
  28. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Mystery, Mr. Ra"
  29. Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra - "Black Sky & Blue Moon"
  30. Science Arkestra - "Watusa"
  31. The Sun Ra Arkestra - "The World of Africa"
  32. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Cluster of Galaxies"
  33. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Strange Worlds"
  34. Sun Ra & His Blue Universe Arkestra - "Blackman"
  35. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "Love In Outer Space" (vocal)
  36. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "On Jupiter"
  37. Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra - "Spontaneous Simplicity" (stereo version)
  38. The Cosmic Rays - "Dreaming" (with Sun Ra & Arkestra)
  39. Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra - "Black Sky & Blue Moon"
  40. Sun Ra - "Enlightenment"
  41. The Sun Ra Arkestra - "The World Of Africa"
  42. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "They Plan To Leave"
  43. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Children Of The Sun"
  44. Sun Ra & His Blue Universe Arkestra - "Blackman"
  45. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "India"
  46. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Mystery, Mr. Ra"
  47. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "The All Of Everything"
  48. Sun Ra Quartet - "When There Is No Sun"
  49. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra - "Sleeping Beauty"
  50. Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Arkestra - "We Travel The Spaceways"
Review: Given the sheer amount of material released by spiritual jazz maestro Sun Ra over the years - 120-odd albums and counting - it can be hard for new listeners to know where to start. Gilles Peterson and Strut have come up with an answer: a two-LP Sun Ra primer, which casts a critical eye over his whole career in order to gather together some stone cold aural gold. Peterson has long been a Sun Ra obsessive, and does a superb job in representing the different sides of his career. Check, for example, the doo-wop sweetness of "Dreaming" (a 1955 collaboration with The Cosmic Rays), the African influenced weirdness of "Adventure Equation", and the outer-space brilliance of "Cluster of Galaxies". (CD edition included for free too)
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To Those Of Earth & Other Worlds
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Cat: STRUT 125CD. Rel: 02 Nov 15
Jazz
  1. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Calling Planet Earth"
  2. Sun Ra - "Sun Song"
  3. The Cosmic Rays/Sun Ra & The Arkestra - "Dreaming"
  4. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "India"
  5. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Space Loneliness"
  6. Sun Ra & Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "Love In Outer Space" (vocal)
  7. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Adventure-Equation"
  8. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Spontaneous Simplicity" (stereo version)
  9. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Brazilian Sun"
  10. Sun Ra Quartet - "When There Is No Sun"
  11. Sun Ra & Infinity Arkestra - "My Brother The Wind"
  12. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Mystery, Mr Ra"
  13. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Black Sky & Blue Moon"
  14. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Watusa"
  15. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "The World Of Africa"
  16. Sun Ra & Solar Arkestra - "Cluster Of Galaxies"
  17. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Strange Worlds" (live In France)
  18. Sun Ra & Blue Universe Arkestra - "Blackman"
  19. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Twilight"
  20. Sun Ra & Inter Galactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra - "Sleeping Beauty"
  21. Sun Ra - "Moog Solo" (live In France)
  22. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "They Plan To Leave"
  23. Sun Ra & Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 1)
  24. Sun Ra & Arkestra - "Children Of The Sun"
  25. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "We Travel The Spaceways"
  26. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Astro Black" (live In Zurich)
  27. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Somebody Else's Idea" (live In Paris)
  28. Sun Ra & Solar Arkestra - "I Roam The Cosmos"
  29. Sun Ra & Solar Arkestra - "On Jupiter"
  30. Sun Ra - "There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)"
  31. Sun Ra & Infinity Arkestra - "The All Of Everything"
  32. Sun Ra - "Enlightenmen"
  33. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Make Another Mistake"
  34. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Space Is The Place" (live In France)
Review: Given the sheer amount of material released by spiritual jazz maestro Sun Ra over the years - 120-odd albums and counting - it can be hard for new listeners to know where to start. Gilles Peterson and Strut have come up with an answer: a two-disc Sun Ra primer, which casts a critical eye over his whole career in order to gather together some stone cold aural gold. Peterson has long been a Sun Ra obsessive, and does a superb job in representing the different sides of his career. Check, for example, the doo-wop sweetness of "Dreaming" (a 1955 collaboration with The Cosmic Rays), the African influenced weirdness of "Adventure Equation", and the outer-space brilliance of "Cluster of Galaxies".
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Misuinea Spatiala Delta (Delta Space Mission) (Record Store Day 2014)
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Cat: STRUT 117LP. Rel: 12 May 14
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Generic (Credits)
  2. Bau-Bau
  3. Printre Meteoriti/Deriva/Atractie (Among Meteorites/Drift/Attraction)
  4. Planeta Misterioasa
  5. Studiu/Semnal/Dor (Study/Signal/Longing For Home)
  6. Destindere (Relaxation)
Review: More RSD 2014 gear incoming! This year was a real deluge but the surprises never seem to be over given the arrival of one of the most obscure records we know. Strut completists will know all about Rodion GA from that excellent retrospective of the'80s era Romanian experimental outfit, but Delta Space Mission is near impossible to find in its original pressing. Thankfully, we can always count on Strut to release something totally bonkers and sought-after! This record is basically a dream for anyone whose into synths and anything space-age-related, with tracks such as "Bau-Bau" and "Planeta Misterioasa" really sounding like something out of a far, unknown and unexplored corner of the universe. "Study/Signal/Longing For Home" is another sublime slice of extraterrestrial funk, where odd bleeps and computer-game melodies collide for a battle to the death. Terrific.
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This Ain't Chicago
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Cat: STRUT 085EP. Rel: 23 Jul 12
Deep House
  1. Bang The Party - "Bang Bang You're Mine" (Tom Moulton edit)
  2. May - "Love Me Baby"
  3. KCC - "Future III" (Richard Sen edit)
Review: Generous applause has rightly headed the way of Strut and Richard Sen for the recently released compilation This Ain't Chicago, which brilliantly documents the nascent acid house sounds that appeared on UK shores in reaction to the spread of the Chicago house sound. A further addendum of applause should be afforded to this 12" accoutrement, which instead of merely picking three tracks from the compilation goes that little bit further. A previously unreleased edit of Bang The Party from Mr Tom Moulton lines the A Side (Tom being the man that invented the remix) whilst the flip has the divatastic "Love Me Baby" from May and a new Richard Sen edit of K.C.C.'s "Future III."
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This Ain't Chicago: The Underground Sound Of UK House & Acid 1987-1991
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Richard SEN/VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 085LP. Rel: 25 Jun 12
Deep House
  1. Colm III - "Take Me High" (Mansion remix)
  2. SLF - "Show Me What You Got" (Acid mix - part 1)
  3. Julian Jonah - "Jealousy & Lies"
  4. Julie Stapleton - "Where's The Love Gone" (remix)
  5. Exocet - "Safety Zone"
  6. Ability II - "Pressure Dub"
  7. MD Emm - "1666" (Pyro maniac mix)
  8. Window Smashers - "Free To Be"
  9. Return Of The Living Acid - "Twin Tub"
  10. Baby Ford - "Crashing"
Review: It's a commonly held belief that, bar a few exceptions, early UK house wasn't very good. Here, Richard Sen sets out to prove otherwise, digging through the archives to unearth a string of dusty gems. Eschewing the usual hits ("Carino", "Voodoo Ray" etc), Sen proves conclusively that British producers were every bit as talented as their Chicago and New York counterparts "back in the day". Interestingly, many of the cuts here are deeper and more musically well-rounded than their US equivalents - hell, Baby Ford's "Crashing" could easily pass for Dream 2 Science or Mr Fingers - while the more aggressive acid cuts (see the contributions from Man With No Name and Return Of The Living Acid) are every bit as raw as you'd expect.
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FORTHCOMING
International Soundclash
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Cat: STRUT 079S. Rel: 03 Sep 12
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Played by: Mop Mop
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Tropical Discotheque: Debut Compilation From The Sofrito Collective
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SOFRITO/VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT070LP. Rel: 01 Jul 16
International
  1. Banda Los Hijos De La Nina Luz - "Quiero Amanacer"
  2. Les Ya Toupas Du Zaire - "Je Ne Bois Pas Beaucoup"
  3. Victor Uwaifo - "Ohue" (Frankie Francis & Simbad edit)
  4. Fair Nick Stars - "Arrete Mal Parle"
  5. Adolfo Echeverria - "Sabroso Bacalao"
  6. El Timba - "Descarga Bontempi"
  7. Ti Celeste - "Popilation Basse-Terriene Au Abois"
  8. Mighty Shadow - "Dat Soca Boat"
  9. Kyerematen Stars - "Maye Obi Den"
  10. Dany Play - "Fa'Waka" (part 1)
  11. Frente Cumbiero - "Pitchito"
  12. Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmo - "Cumbia De Mochilla"
  13. Roaring Lion - "Carnival Long Ago"
  14. Safohene Djeni - "Mahu Wo Asie" (edit)
  15. Gnonnas Pedro - "Yiri Yiri Boum"
Resistance
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Cat: STRUT 136CD. Rel: 07 Sep 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Greet The Dawn
  2. Shock & Awe
  3. Courage
  4. As The World Turns
  5. Life Is What You Make It
  6. Bull's Eye
  7. Soleil Couchant
  8. Ware Wa
  9. Kossa Kossa
  10. It's Gonna Rain
Review: Afro/Latin/tropical fusionists The Souljazz Orchestra have long established themselves as one of the most incendiary live acts on the circuits, reinforcing this rising reputation with a string of fine albums. Here, they deliver their seventh full-length, adding notable French Caribbean and Francophone West African into their already distinctive musical melting pot. Predictably, the results are impressive, with the Ottawa-based sextet effortlessly flitting between humid, Afro-Cuban workouts ("Ware Wa"), Hammond-heavy dancefloor freak-outs ("Bull's Eye"), slick soul sing-alongs ("As The World Turns"), and highly politicized Afrobeat jams ("Greet The Dawn", "Shock & Awe"). As usual, it's all impeccably played and produced, resulting in another killer dose of cross-cultural dancefloor fusion.
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Planets Of Life Or Death: Amiens '73 (remastered)
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Cat: STRUT 123CD. Rel: 18 May 15
Jazz
  1. Enlightenment
  2. Love In Outer Space
  3. Lights On A Satellite
  4. Discipline 27-II/What Planet Is This
In Some Far Place Roma '77 (Record Store Day 2016)
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In Some Far Place Roma '77 (Record Store Day 2016) (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP + 2xCD)
Cat: STRUT 122LP. Rel: 02 May 16
Jazz
  1. Introduction (0:18)
  2. Untitled (1) (3:47)
  3. Spontaneous Simplicity (10:02)
  4. Space Is The Place (6:56)
  5. Outer Spaceways Incorporated (6:48)
  6. Untitled (2) (8:08)
  7. Trying To Put The Blame On Me (5:11)
  8. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (4:54)
  9. How Am I To Know? (4:59)
  10. I Cover The Waterfront (5:14)
  11. Love In Outer Space (2:24)
  12. Calling Planet Earth (5:54)
  13. St Louis Blues (7:59)
  14. Lady Bird/Half Nelson (4:41)
  15. Willow Weep For Me (7:14)
  16. Take The 'A' Train (3:58)
  17. Introduction
  18. Untitled (1)
  19. Spontaneous Simplicity
  20. Space Is The Place
  21. Calling Planet Earth
  22. Outer Spaceways Incorporated
  23. Penthouse Serenade
  24. Untitled (2)
  25. Trying To Put The Blame On Me
  26. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
  27. How Am I To Know?
  28. I Cover The Waterfront
  29. Love In Outer Space
  30. Calling Planet Earth
  31. St Louis Blues
  32. Lady Bird/Half Nelson
  33. Willow Weep For Me
  34. Take The 'A' Train
Planets Of Life Or Death: Amiens '73 (Record Store Day 2015)
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  1. Enlightenment (2:25)
  2. Love In Outer Space (21:10)
  3. Lights On A Satellite (18:57)
  4. Discipline/What Planet Is This (4:47)
Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection Vol 1:1952-1961
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SUN RA/VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 148LP. Rel: 28 Nov 16
Jazz
  1. I Am An Instrument (1:35)
  2. I Am Strange (3:12)
  3. Sun Ra - "Chicago USA" (with Nu Sounds) (2:55)
  4. Sun Ra & The Nu Sounds - "Spaceship Lullaby" (2:17)
  5. The Cosmic Rays - "Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie" (with Sun Ra & Arkestra) (3:07)
  6. The Nu Sounds - "A Foggy Day" (with Sun Ra & Arkestra) (1:03)
  7. Billie Hawkins - "I'm Coming Home" (with Sun-Ra & His Orchestra) (2:02)
  8. Billie Hawkins - "Last Call For Love" (with Sun-Ra & His Orchestra) (2:25)
  9. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Soft Talk" (2:43)
  10. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Super Blonde" (2:37)
  11. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Saturn" (2:56)
  12. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Call For All Demons" (4:20)
  13. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Demon's Lullaby" (2:40)
  14. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Supersonic Jazz" (2:37)
  15. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Medicine For A Nightmare" (2:37)
  16. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Urnack" (3:49)
  17. The Qualities - "It's Christmas Time" (2:44)
  18. The Qualities - "Happy New Year To You!" (1:47)
  19. Yochanan (The Space Age Vocalist) - "M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt)" (2:54)
  20. Yochanan (The Space Age Vocalist) - "Hot Skillet Moma" (3:08)
  21. Sun Ra & His Arkestra & The Cosmic Rays - "Bye Bye" (2:46)
  22. Sun Ra & His Arkestra & The Cosmic Rays - "Somebody's In Love" (1:46)
  23. The Cosmic Rays - "Dreaming" (with Sun Ra & Arkestra) (2:44)
  24. Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays - "Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie" (3:03)
  25. Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity - "October" (4:42)
  26. Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity - "Adventure In Space" (2:36)
  27. Sun Ra & His Arkestra & The Cosmic Rays - "Hours After" (2:48)
  28. Sun Ra & His Arkestra & The Cosmic Rays - "Great Balls Of Fire" (5:31)
  29. Hattye Randolph - "Round Midnight" (with Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra) (3:52)
  30. Hattye Randolph - "Back In Your Own Back Yard" (with Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra) (2:05)
  31. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Saturn" (3:42)
  32. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Velvet" (3:32)
  33. Yochanan with Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "The Sun One" (2:22)
  34. Yochanan with Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Message To Earthman" (2:26)
  35. Yochanan with Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "The Sun Man Speaks" (4:38)
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Ave Africa
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Ave Africa (2xCD + booklet)
Cat: STRUT 128CD. Rel: 27 Jun 16
International
  1. Kitoto Sound (Ave Africa LP 1976)
  2. Ukuti Ukuti
  3. Ba Motoka Na Castle
  4. Kamungulwe
  5. Your Day Will Come
  6. Ani Uni
  7. Wakulu Wa Kuno
  8. We Need Each Other
  9. Alhamdullilah
  10. Ntambwa
  11. How Can I Get To You
  12. Ave Africa
  13. Simba Anguruma (TFC & Moto Moto 45s 1973-1976)
  14. Kipato Sina
  15. Vijana
  16. Banchikicha
  17. Black Is Beautiful
  18. Mai Wetu Mai
  19. Enzi Za Utumwani
  20. Let's Live Together
  21. Matatizo Nyumbani
  22. K.K. Of Zambia
  23. Instrumental (unreleased radio sessions 1973)
  24. Simba Anguruma
  25. Enzi Za Utumwani
  26. Black Is Beautiful
  27. Wakulu Wa Kuno
  28. Get A Little Older
  29. Kosa Langu Mpenzi
Review: For hardcore fans of lesser-known African music, Sunburst has always been a under-appreciated outfit. Formed in Tanzania in 1970, the band released a handful of 7" singles and a lone album, Ave Africa, developing a sound that blended Afro-rock, Zamrock, and the Caribbean-influenced fusion style, Kitoto. This Afro-Western-Caribbean fusion is explored extensively on this first career retrospective. While the set also includes tracks from a previously unissued radio session, it mostly mines their officially released output. Spiritual, inventive, intoxicating and entertaining, the music showcased on Ave Africa seems to inhabit a sound space all of its' own, but is rarely less than superb.
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Ave Africa
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Ave Africa (180 gram 2xLP + 2xCD + insert)
Cat: STRUT 128LP. Rel: 27 Jun 16
International
  1. Kitoto Sound (Ave Africa LP) (3:10)
  2. Ukuti Ukuti (2:30)
  3. Ba Motoka Na Castle (3:27)
  4. Kamungulwe (3:15)
  5. Your Day Will Come (3:00)
  6. Ani Uni (4:55)
  7. Wakulu Wa Kuno (3:37)
  8. We Need Each Other (3:30)
  9. Alhamdullilah (3:58)
  10. Ntambwa (2:28)
  11. How Can I Get To You (3:25)
  12. Ave Africa (3:56)
  13. Simba Anguruma (TFC & Moto Moto singles) (4:27)
  14. Kipato Sina (2:39)
  15. Vijana (4:30)
  16. Enzi Za Utumwani (4:02)
  17. Black Is Beautiful (4:22)
  18. Instrumental (Unreleased Radio Sessions) (4:04)
  19. Simba Anguruma (4:03)
  20. Black Is Beautiful (4:24)
  21. Wakulu Wa Kuno (3:03)
  22. Kosa Langu Mpenzi (4:21)
  23. Kitoto Sound (Ave Africa LP 1976)
  24. Ukuti Ukuti
  25. Ba Motoka Na Castle
  26. Kamungulwe
  27. Your Day Will Come
  28. Ani Uni
  29. Wakulu Wa Kuno
  30. We Need Each Other
  31. Alhamdullilah
  32. Ntambwa
  33. How Can I Get To You
  34. Ave Africa
  35. Simba Anguruma (TFC & Moto Moto 45s 1973-1976)
  36. Kipato Sina
  37. Vijana
  38. Enzi Za Utumwani
  39. Mai Wetu Mai
  40. Enzi Za Utumwani
  41. Let's Live Together
  42. Matatizo Nyumbani
  43. K.K. Of Zambia
  44. Instrumental (Unreleased Radio Sessions 1973)
  45. Simba Anguruma
  46. Enzi Za Utumwani
  47. Black Is Beautiful
  48. Wakulu Wa Kuno
  49. Get a Little Older
  50. Kosa Langu Mpenzi
  51. Black Is Beautiful
Review: Another superb and intricately detailed document from Strut's dedicated archivists, Sunburst's short but hugely prolific activity between '73 and '76 is captured here in all its melting pot glory. Not just their one and only album but all 45s and unreleased recordings too. With six members from across the continent, the fusion, ideas and energy is palpable... Especially on full-screen tracks such as "Kamungulwe" where blues, rock and Tanzanian folk bubble and pop to a climax and "Alhamdullilah" stomps with a sweaty theatrical rock while "Ave Africa" finds the perfect merging point between Afrobeat and jazz. The band's live pedigree is also full screen with that rawness to the recordings that feels like they're in the same room. Addictively rich.
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Coming Home: Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1964-1981
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Cat: STRUT 147CD. Rel: 03 Oct 16
International
  1. Broadway Dance Band - "Go Modern"
  2. Ogyatanaa Show Band & Pat Thomas - "(Super) Yaa Amponsah"
  3. Pat Thomas & The Black Berets - "Obra E Yebo Yi"
  4. Pat Thomas & The Big '7' - "Eye Colo"
  5. Pat Thomas - "Awurade Mpaebo"
  6. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - "Merebre"
  7. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - "Revolution"
  8. Pat Thomas & Marijata - "We Are Coming Home"
  9. Pat Thomas & Marijata - "Let's Think It Over"
  10. Pat Thomas & Marijata - "Brain Washing"
  11. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - "Set Me Free"
  12. Pat Thomas & Marijata - "I Can Say"
  13. Ebo Taylor - "No Money, No Love" (feat Pat Thomas - previously unreleased)
  14. Ebo Taylor - "Sack The Devils" (feat Pat Thomas - previously unreleased)
  15. Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor - "Ma Huno"
  16. Pat Thomas - "Gyae Su" (1)
  17. Pat Thomas - "Yamona"
  18. Pat Thomas - "Mewo Akoma"
  19. Pat Thomas - "Gyae Su" (2)
  20. Pat Thomas & Marijata - "I Need More"
  21. Super Sounds Namba - "Who's Free"
  22. Pat Thomas - "Mpaebo"
  23. Pat Thomas - "Can't You See"
Review: Last year, Strut released a surprise new album from Ghanaian highlife legend Pat Thomas. Here, they look to the legendary vocalist and musician's vast back catalogue, showcasing music he produced or featured on between 1964 - when he was a member of the Broadway Dance Band - and 1981. It's pretty much a whirlwind trip through Ghanaian dance music history, with Thomas as the central attraction. As well as killer solo material - see the glistening guitars, bold bass and fluid drums of the juju-influenced "Awurade Mpaebo", the Moog-laden Afrobeat strut of "Yamona", and the slow burning soul of "Can't You See" - and tracks laid down with his various backing bands, the collection also features two previously unreleased collaborations with guitarist Ebo Taylor.
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Coming Home: Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1964-1981
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Cat: STRUT 147LP. Rel: 03 Oct 16
International
  1. Ogyatanaa Show Band - "(Super) Yaa Amponsah" (with Pat Thomas) (5:03)
  2. Pat Thomas & The Black Berets - "Obra A Yebo Yi" (3:20)
  3. Pat Thomas & The Big '7' - "Eye Colo" (3:11)
  4. Pat Thomas - "Awurade Mpaebo" (3:26)
  5. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - "Merebre" (3:18)
  6. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - "Revolution" (4:17)
  7. Pat Thomas - "We Are Coming Home" (5:46)
  8. Pat Thomas - "Let's Think It Over" (3:55)
  9. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - "Set Me Free" (2:52)
  10. Ebo Taylor - "No Money, No Love" (feat Pat Thomas - previously unreleased) (6:21)
  11. Ebo Taylor - "Sack The Devils" (feat Pat Thomas - previously unreleased) (7:01)
  12. Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor - "Ma Huno" (5:42)
  13. Pat Thomas - "Mewo Akoma" (14:26)
  14. Pat Thomas - "Gyae Su" (5:21)
  15. Pat Thomas - "Yamona" (10:01)
  16. Pat Thomas & Marijata - "I Need More" (7:42)
  17. Super Sounds - "Who's Free" (5:32)
  18. Pat Thomas - "Mpaebo" (14:59)
  19. Broadway Dance Band - "Go Modern"
  20. Ogyatanaa Show Band - "(Super) Yaa Amponsah" (with Pat Thomas)
  21. Pat Thomas & The Black Berets - "Obra E Yebo Yi"
  22. Pat Thomas & The Big '7' - "Eye Colo"
  23. Pat Thomas - "Awurade Mpaebo"
  24. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - "Merebre"
  25. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - "Revolution"
  26. Pat Thomas & Marijata - "We Are Coming Home"
  27. Pat Thomas & Marijata - "Let's Think It Over"
  28. Pat Thomas & Marijata - "Brain Washing"
  29. Pat Thomas & The Sweet Beans - "Set Me Free"
  30. Pat Thomas & Marijata - "I Can Say"
  31. Ebo Taylor - "No Money, No Love" (feat Pat Thomas - previously unreleased)
  32. Ebo Taylor - "Sack The Devils" (feat Pat Thomas - previously unreleased)
  33. Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor - "Ma Huno"
  34. Pat Thomas - "Gyae Su" (1)
  35. Pat Thomas - "Yamona"
  36. Pat Thomas - "Mewo Akoma"
  37. Pat Thomas - "Gyae Su" (2)
  38. Pat Thomas & Marijata - "I Need More"
  39. Super Sounds Namba - "Who's Free"
  40. Pat Thomas - "Mpaebo"
  41. Pat Thomas - "Can't You See"
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band
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Cat: STRUT 126CD. Rel: 15 Jun 15
International
  1. Mewo Akoma
  2. Gyae Su
  3. Odoo Be Ba
  4. Me Ho Asem
  5. Oye Asem
  6. Odo Asaada
  7. Brebrebre
  8. Amaehu
Review: Few Ghanaian musicians are quite as celebrated as Pat Thomas, who recorded and released his first album way back in 1974. Understandably, his releases have become less frequent with the passing of time, and Pat Thomas & The Kwashibu Area Band is his first studio album since 1991. The supporting cast list is, unsurprisingly, impressive, and includes Fela Kuti collaborator Tony Allen, and legendary highlife guitarist Ebo Taylor. Musically, there are few surprises, just a killer collection of bright, breezy, sweet and addictive highlife and Afrobeat jams, all blessed with Thomas' wonderful voice, Taylor's glistening guitars, and some seriously punchy horns. It's a real treat for fans of African music.
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Nigeria 70: Sweet Times Afro Funk Highlife & Juju From 1970s Lagos
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VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 079LP. Rel: 16 May 11
International
  1. Moneyman & The Super 5 International - "Life"
  2. Ali Chukwumah & His Peace Makers International - "Henrietta"
  3. Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats - "E Ma S'eka"
  4. Dr Victor Olaiya's International All-Stars - "Kinrinjingbin"
  5. Zeal Onyia & His Music - "Idegbani"
  6. Sina Bakare - "Inu Mimo"
  7. Eji Oyewole - "Unity Of Africa"
  8. Tunde Mabadu - "Viva Disco" (instrumental)
  9. The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination - "Ire"
  10. Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes - "Ama Mbre Ewa"
  11. Soki Ohale's Uzzi - "Bisi's Beat"
  12. Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers - "Ajoyio"
Next Stop Soweto: Township Sounds From The Golden Age Of Mbaqanga
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VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 054L. Rel: 01 Feb 10
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Melotone Sisters with Amaqola Band - "I Sivenoe"
  2. The Mgababa Queens - "Maphuthi"
  3. S Piliso & His Super Seven - "Kuya Hanjwa"
  4. The Big Four - "Wenzani Umoya"
  5. Mahlathini & The Queens - "Umkhovu"
  6. Zed Nkabinde - "Inkonjane Jive"
  7. Intombi Zephepha - "Ingoina Nyathi"
  8. Tempo All Stars - "Take Off"
  9. Boy NZE Na Maqueens - "I'Smodeni"
  10. Mahotella Queens - "Zwe Kumusha"
  11. Africa Swingsters - "Emuva"
  12. Ubhekitshe Namajongosi - "Umaduna Omnyama"
  13. Lucky Strike Sisters - "Mr J S Mpanza"
  14. Aba Lilizeli - "Sikhwele"
  15. Reggie Msomi & His Hollywood Jazz Band - "Soul Chakari"
  16. Amaqawq Omculo - "Jabulani Balaleli" (part 2)
  17. Piston Mahlathini & The Queens - "Nomacala"
  18. Sammy Boy - "10 To 11"
  19. Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje - "Awufuni Ukulandela Na?"
  20. Happy Africa - "Iza Wena"
Next Stop Soweto Vol 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco & Mbaqanga 1975-1985
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Cat: STRUT 121LP. Rel: 23 Mar 15
International
  1. Kabasa - "Unga Pfula A Chi Pfalo" (4:39)
  2. Elias Maluleke & Mavambe Girls - "Khombo Ranga" (2:27)
  3. The Actions - "Kokro-Ko (Hide & Seek)" (6:06)
  4. TY Boys - "Lekopokopo Single Moqashoa" (3:06)
  5. Almon Memela - "The Things We Do In Soweto" (3:44)
  6. The Movers - "Soweto Disco" (4:04)
  7. Abafana Bama Soul - "Masisizwane" (3:25)
  8. Xoliso - "Manano" (5:27)
  9. Damara - "Mmamakhabtha" (6:38)
  10. Margaret Singane - "Ubukhwele" (4:06)
  11. Isaac & The Sakie Special Band - "Get Down" (5:46)
  12. Marumo - "Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?" (3:41)
  13. The Drive - "Ain't Sittin' Down Doin' Nothing" (6:02)
  14. Kabasa - "Unga Pfula A Chi Pfalo"
  15. Elias Maluleke & Mavambe Girls - "Khombo Ranga"
  16. The Actions - "Kokro-Ko (Hide & Seek)"
  17. TY Boys - "Lekopokopo Single Moqashoa"
  18. Almon Memela - "The Things We Do In Soweto"
  19. The Movers - "Soweto Disco"
  20. Abafana Bama Soul - "Masisizwane"
  21. Xoliso - "Manano"
  22. Damara - "Mmamakhabtha"
  23. Margaret Singane - "Ubukhwele"
  24. Isaac & The Sakie Special Band - "Get Down"
  25. Marumo - "Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?"
  26. The Drive - "Ain't Sittin' Down Doin' Nothing"
Review: For those interested in the development of black South African music during the height of the oppressive apartheid regime, Strut's excellent Next Stop Soweto series has always been essential listening. This fourth instalment is, unsurprisingly, another cracker, and is once again packed with high-grade material that perfectly showcases some of the best hybrids of Western rock, soul funk and disco with indigenous South African styles. Highlights are plentiful, and include the riotous dancefloor madness of The Movers' "Soweto Disco", the synthesizer-heavy wooziness of TY Boys, Xoliso's chunky stoner funk-rock, and the anthem-like, slap bass-propelled brilliance of Harari's "Give". ** Includes CD copy of the comp too **
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Next Stop Soweto Vol 1: Township Sounds From The Golden Age Of Mbaqanga.
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VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 54LP. Rel: 12 Dec 16
 
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Spirit Of Malombo: Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula & Jazz Afrika 1966-1984
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VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 119CD. Rel: 20 Oct 14
International
  1. Malombo Jazz Makers Plus 2 - "Bahula Dithabeng"
  2. Molombo Jazz Men - "Abie's Mood"
  3. Malombo Jazz Makers - "Hleziphi"
  4. Malombo - "Malombo Workshop"
  5. Malombo Jazz Makers - "Matshenyogo"
  6. Malombo Jazz Makers - "Bababelo"
  7. Malombo - "Bird Meets Elephant"
  8. Malombo Jazz Makers - "Abbey's Body"
  9. Malombo Jazz Makers Plus 2 - "Away From Malombo's"
  10. Malombo Jazz Makers - "Jikeleza"
  11. Malombo Jazz Makers - "Sefuralong"
  12. Malombo Jazz Makers - "Sibathatu"
  13. Jabula - "Sorrows" (extract)
  14. Jabula - "Let Us Be Free"
  15. Jabula - "Thunder In Our Hearts"
  16. Jabula - "Journey To Africa"
  17. Jabula - "Mathome"
  18. Jabula - "All For One"
  19. Julian Bahula's Jazz Afrika - "Woza Cindi"
  20. Jabula - "Siakala"
  21. Julian Bahula's Jazz Africa - "Tlhompho"
  22. Jabula - "Jabula Happiness"
  23. Jabula - "Ithumeleng Ba Mamelodi"
  24. Jabula - "Botlokwa"
  25. Julian Bahula - "Heita Cindi"
Review: It would be fair to say that drummer Julian Bahula holds a unique place in the history of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement. From the 1960s onwards, the acclaimed jazzman's afro-jazz fusion bands - Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula and Jazz Afrika amongst them - were amongst the most vociferous supporters of the ANC's fight against white supremacy. This excellent retrospective from Strut - a kind of off-shoot of their pioneering Next Stop Soweto series - tells the full story of Bahula's extraordinary career. It's packed with openly political jazz, inspired spoken word cuts and thrilling drum workouts (see Jabula's "Let Us Be Free"), all of which brilliantly join the dots between various styles of US jazz and indigenous African music.
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Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story 1980-1987
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Cat: STRUT 102LP. Rel: 25 Feb 13
Funk
  1. Shockabilly - "Day Tripper"
  2. Ferdinand - "Tele Apres La Meteo"
  3. Mathematiques Modernes - "Disco" (long version)
  4. Modern Guy - "Electrique Sylvie" (full length version)
  5. The Last Poets - "Mean Machine Chant/Mean Machine"
  6. Winston Edwards & Blackbeard - "Street Rock"
  7. Futura 2000 - "The Escapades Of Futura 2000"
  8. Material - "I'm The One"
  9. Timezone - "World Destruction" (12" vocal)
  10. Manu Dibango - "Abele Dance" ('85 remix)
  11. Fab 5 Freddy - "Change The Beat" (French & English rap)
  12. Shockabilly - "Day Tripper" (CD 1)
  13. Massacre - "Killing Time"
  14. Ferdinand - "Tele Apres La Meteo"
  15. Mathematiques Modernes - "Disco Rough" (long version)
  16. Thomas Leer & Robert Rental - "Day Breaks Night Heals"
  17. Snakefinger - "Living In Vain"
  18. Winston Edwards & Blackbeard - "Downing Street Rock"
  19. Lightnin' Rod - "Sport"
  20. Futura 2000 - "The Escapades Of Futura 2000" (feat The Clash)
  21. Timezone - "Wildstyle"
  22. Deadline - "Makossa Rock"
  23. Bobongo Stars - "Koteja"
  24. Toure Kunda - "Amadou Tilo"
  25. Nini Raviolette - "Suis Je Normale" (CD 2)
  26. Modern Guy - "Electrique Sylvie" (full length version)
  27. Spaho - "Carmel"
  28. Ginger Baker - "Dust To Dust"
  29. Last Exit - "Big Boss Man"
  30. Mandingo - "Harima" (feat Foday Musa Suso & Herbie Hancock)
  31. Manu Dibango - "Abele Dance" (85 remix)
  32. Timezone - "World Destruction" (original 12" mix)
  33. Material - "I'm The One"
  34. D St - "Home Of Hip Hop"
  35. B Side With Bernard Fowler - "Odeon" (dance mix)
  36. Fab 5 Freddy - "Change The Beat" (French & English rap)
  37. The Last Poets - "Mean Machine Chant/Mean Machine"
Review: The tireless Strut Records operation presents this excellent retrospective of Celluloid Records! This 80s NYC imprint is described by Strut as the "label whose output so closely mirrors the full spectrum of what we love" so the 26 track Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story 1980 - 1987 can be viewed as something of a personal coup. Typically for a Strut release, Change The Beat manages to superbly represent a label whose output includes a rather intimidating 100 plus albums that veered between no wave, nascent hip-hop, afro infused experimental disco and more, and neatly encapsulates New York's vivid music scene in this period. Bill Laswell was central to the Celluloid story and features prominently here in his Massacre and Material incarnations as well as other key productions. Celluloid's involvement with early forms of New York hip-hop is also a key narrative of this compilation yet there's room for so much more in the tracklisting. Rare photos from the Celluloid archives and extensive interviews with label boss Jean Karakos, Bill Laswell, Afrika Bambaataa, Time Zone's Rusty Egan, John Lydon make this a definitive retrospective!
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Black Rio (CD)
Cat: STRUT 082CD. Rel: 04 Mar 13
 
Funk
Soul Sok Sega: Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979
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Cat: STRUT 139CD. Rel: 08 Feb 16
International
  1. Ti L Afrique - "Soul Sock Sega"
  2. Jean Claude - "Mademoiselle"
  3. Georgie Joe - "Eliza"
  4. John Kenneth Nelson - "Manuel Bitor"
  5. Marie Josee & Roger Clency - "La Vie En Badinage"
  6. Claudio - "Bonom Chinois"
  7. Les Stardust - "Sega Lenoir"
  8. Coulouce - "L'Amour Artificiel (Soul Sega)"
  9. Claudio - "Bhai Aboo"
  10. Christophe - "Mo Parrain"
  11. Cyril Labonne - "Pop Soul Sega"
  12. Harold Berty - "Mone Lasser Dire Toi"
  13. Michel Legris - "Elida"
  14. Catherine Velienne - "Mo Mari Fini Alle"
  15. Jean Claude - "Sega Souval"
  16. Ramone - "Nouveau Venu Dans L'Endroit"
  17. John Kenneth Nelson - "Z'Enfant Misere"
  18. Georges Jean Louis - "Afro Mauricien"
  19. Yoyo - "Coco Mamzelle"
  20. Christian Tosse - "Madame Zean"
Review: Given the increased interest in indigenous tropical sounds of late, it's unsurprising to see Strut Records paying tribute to a lesser-known variant of the style. For the uninitiated, Sega Music is a style of goodtime dance music first developed in Mauritius. Soul Souk Sega focuses on the genre's most vibrant period during the 1970s, when electric instrumentation and early synthesizer sounds were adding greater vibrancy to the style's African and European influences. It makes for hugely enjoyable listening, with creole vocals rising over humid grooves and delightfully lo-fi production. As usual with Strut, the accompanying, in-depth sleeve notes tell the story of the style in delicious detail.
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Aloha Got Soul: Soul AOR Disco In Hawai'i 1979-1983
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Cat: STRUT 133CD. Rel: 21 Mar 16
Soul
  1. Tender Leaf - "Countryside Beauty"
  2. Aura - "Yesterday's Love"
  3. Aina - "Your Light"
  4. Lemuria - "Get That Happy Feeling"
  5. Roy & Roe - "Just Don't Come Back"
  6. Hawaii - "Lady Of My Heart"
  7. Hal Bradbury - "Call Me"
  8. Mike Lundy - "Love One Another"
  9. Nova - "I Feel Like Getting Down"
  10. Nohelani Cypriano - "O'Kailua"
  11. Brother Noland - "Kawaihae"
  12. Marvin Franklin - "Kona Winds" (with Kimo & The Guys)
  13. Greenwood - "Sparkle"
  14. Chucky Boy Chock & Mike Kaawa - "Papa'A Tita" (with Brown Co)
  15. Steve & Teresa - "Kaho'Olawe Song"
  16. Rockwell Fukino - "Coast To Coast"
Review: Strut's archival remit remains as international as ever, with their latest compilation squaring the focus on late '70s Hawaii on the delightful Aloha Got Soul: Soul AOR & Disco In Hawai'i 1979-1985. Across the backdrop of societal change on the island (statehood into America in '59 and the Vietnam War) Hawaiian youth found inspiration in the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and later Earth Wind & Fire leading to a truly vibrant scene by the mid-'70s. It's after this where Strut pick up the story, bringing together a glorious 16 track collection that spans the genres and suggests Hawaii to be a most fertile location for music during this era. Do take some time to check the detailed sleeve notes from Aloha Got Soul's Roger Bong which offer further context for the music!
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Disconnect
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Disconnect (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: STRUT 065LP. Rel: 29 Nov 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Ritual - "Sore Lip" (club mix)
  2. The Piranhas - "Vi Gela Gela"
  3. The Unknown Cases - "Masimba Bele"
  4. Essential Logic - "Brute Fury"
  5. Basement 5 - "Silicon Chip" (extended edit)
  6. Chris & Cosey - "Exotika" (12" remix)
  7. Indambinigi - "Zimba"
  8. The Countach - "My Oasis" (feat Rosenda - Dance club version)
  9. George G - "Hot Lovers"
  10. Richy B Melodia - "Keep It Moving On"
  11. Brian Eno & John Cale - "Spinning Away"
  12. Ritual - "Sore Lip" (club mix)
  13. The Piranhas - "Vi Gela Gela"
  14. The Unknown Cases - "Masimba Bele"
  15. Essential Logic - "Brute Fury"
  16. Basement 5 - "Silicon Chip" (extended edit)
  17. Chris & Cosey - "Exotika" (12" remix)
  18. Indambinigi - "Zimba"
  19. The Countach - "My Oasis" (feat Rosenda - Dance club version)
  20. George G - "Hot Lovers"
  21. Richy B Melodia - "Keep It Moving On"
  22. Brian Eno & John Cale - "Spinning Away"
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