A while back we came across a Honolulu-based record label, called Aloha Got Soul, that specializes in Hawaiian Funk, Soul and beyond. Their debut release was a reissue of Mike Lundy’s holy grail “The Rhythm Of Life” and “Tropic Lightning” on the flip side.
One of the main reasons why Roger Bong decided to start Aloha Got Soul, is so that people don’t have to pay a few hundred dollars to enjoy obscure, sun-soaked island-tinted rare grooves. We record collectors are purists, but not everyone has the money to pick up the original pressing of Mike’s album on Secor. If any copies are even still out there.
Back in 1979 Mike Lundy and his producer had made plans to record only one single and not a full-length album. Mike had forgotten all about their original idea to do a single, but in an old planner he discovered that Mike’s producer scrapped the idea. They wanted to release the exact same two songs AGS picked to be on the AGS-7001 release. As once intended the two gems are now available on 7” vinyl and sold so incredibly well that they had to press up a second batch.
June 22th a new 7″ single will release on Aloha Got Soul with on the A-side the space-funk anthem “Nothin Like Dat Funky Funky Music“. This song was originally unearthed by DJ Muro as the opening track to his 2009 mixtape, Hawaiian Breaks. And on the B-side we find the sweet Soul duet “Round And Around”.
Instead of releasing a single in 1980 the two decided to record a full-length album instead since they had plenty of material. Mike Lundy’s last remaining copy of the LP hung on display in his living room for years. The master tapes were lost in a fire years ago, so the seal was broken on Mike’s personal copy as the album was meticulously remastered for this Aloha Got Soul reissue series. Watch out for this big release to come out November this year.
We at Moovmnt would like to say…mahalo!
Today I woke up and remembered Dego‘s latest adventure was sitting there, waiting for me to discover it in full. Upon listening to this beautiful assortment of Soul, it became clear that “The More Things Stay The Same” deserves a second mention. So I thought why not write a nice follow-up post?
One of the most memorable songs on here is without a doubt “Own It” featuring Sharlene Hector and most likely Kaidi Tatham as well. His sophomore album sounds fresh, soulful and broken to bits in the jazziest way imaginable. Another straight killer is the Nu Jazz cut “We’ve Been Here Before” and on “Star Track 7″ the rhythm switches completely with some modern funk vibes.
I know the album has been out for a minute, but we think it’s never too late to support 2000black and Dego. New orders for vinyl copies will be taken once delivery dates are clear.
Encapsulating the WotNot ethos perfectly, London-based producer SRE‘s (also know as Sex Rules Everything) music is fun and soulful. It presents its own fresh take on House, with a Hip-Hop soul burning beneath the choppy 4×4 beats.
So far only appearing on WotNot’s Dancefloor Sweets Vol.1 compilation (which also features IMYRMIND, K15 and Glenn Kelly) and the annual WotNot Advent calendar, SRE’s low-slung, sexy house rhythms are perfect for deep club vibes or Sunday afternoon headphone sessions. This release serves as further foreplay, with a longer, nastier session set for release in 2016.
Stay tuned for the “Purple Cotton” EP to drop June 19th.
One of Belgian’s best-kept secrets is producer/musician TITLE, who in everyday life he goes by the name of Toon Janssens (cat out of the bag).
Like many he grew up in a musical family and learned how to play instruments at an early age. Around 2010 the one-man project TITLE was founded with the sole purpose of making uptempo and synth based music for the dance floor. Over the paste few years TITLE has played at Tomorrowland, Big Chill London, ADE and supported Bonobo, Cinematic Orchestra, Bilal and more.
Monday TITLE drops the latest chapter entitled “Memories” on Cosmonostro. The album fuses Hip-Hop vibes with funky synths and electronic beats. The ‘title’ track is definitely the one for us so enjoy a stream and pre-order the rest of the album.
The fellas from Create & Explore came together with Street Dreams Magazine & the Soulection crew and announced a series, titled CESOULSD, of pop up photowalks across the United States. Before each walk only 24 hours notice was given and the response and attendance was quite massive. Lots of like-minded individuals came out for one purpose. To inspire and create with one another.
During this initiative the crew also visited the Red Bull Studios and sir IAMNOBODI and Chris McClenney got together on this dope production. Our guess is that the title of this track is ‘So Hard’, but the name of the project is CESOULSD. Watch the video here and soak up the good vibes.
DEFLOn is a young beatmaker straight from north cakalak and let me tell you he is bustin’ out some serious beats.
No doubt about it that this guy has skills and a passion for experimental Hip-Hop beats. Back in 2012 DEFLOn dropped his “Darker Than Black” album on Circuitree Records and “A Ghostly Apparition” released a year later. The producer returns, this time on Laruche Records, with his latest project titled “Vibrate“. It is perhaps best described as a colorful palette of instrumentals tinted with Electronic, Jazz, House and Hip-Hop influences.
Pat van Dyke blew us away with his single “Science Fiction“, followed by his impressive “Right On Time” album earlier this year released on Jakarta Records. What some of you might not know is that late 2013 the producer from New York released “Technicolor HI-FI” on Cotter Records. This one got massive props from cats such as Bobbito Garcia and Gilles Peterson.
Pat van Dyke returns to Cotter Records with a new 7-inch which contains a remix from DJ Spinna, who according to us, is one of the most original producers in Hip-Hop music and beyond. It is such an honor for us to premiere Spinna’s rework of “Two Sides” and we’d like to thank PVD for the opportunity. Oh and for the record, on the b-side of this limited edition (300 copies) 45, Pat van Dyke treats his own track “Frequency” to a Rhythm Ace Remix.
The record is accompanied by a simultaneous digital release of a 10-track compilation featuring contributions from all over the globe. On it you will find remixes from Moods (Rotterdam), Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble (Atlanta), John Robinson and many others. If you pre-order the limited edition vinyl you will receive an immediate download of the DJ Spinna remix now and the entire digital release upon release date. In case you’re not picking up the record, head over to your favorite digital retailer on June 30th to get those MP3’s.
Grillz grew up in a musical family with his father being a jazz pianist and a guitarist as well.
Back in 2001 Grillz started a studdy in classical guitar at the conservatory of Lyon. Music has always been a big part of his life and one of his earliest influences come from the primitive style of Hip-Hop. Eventually the French producer started drawing influences from Jazz, Funk and Soul music. In 2005 Grillz invested in an electric guitar and started playing in Gypsy, Rock and Jazz bands. He instantly fell in love with producing his own electronic music, bought an MPD and stole his father’s MIDI keyboard to get serious in 2011.
Fast-forward to today, which marks the release date of his “Architect” EP and the exclusive premiere of the track “Skylines” on our Soundcloud page. The entire EP is available on Cosmonostro (name your price).
For our fifth Werk Space edition we invited veteran producer Wantigga. Who we have always known as simply Wan. He thought it would be a good idea to invite fellow Soulection producer Jarreau Vandal for a collaboration at the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam. Now we’re not exaggerating when we say the outcome of last months Werk Space adventure is truly phenomenal.
As a starting point the two Dutch producers used the infamous ‘So Flute’ sample. They completely switch it up with Jarreau going buck wild on the drums. At this moment the track is not entirely finished yet, but Wantigga suplied us with an exclusive Werk Space preview right here!
November last year I wrote a piece titled ‘A Rise To Power‘ explaining how artists these days form alliances.
We welcome a brand new collective that goes by the name of 1234 Creations. They are full of ambition and consist of a bunch of talented music makers such as Daniel D’Artiste, Jahkoy, Johnny Yukon and Crystal Mec. Why don’t you get acquainted and take a peek at the collective’s Soundcloud page?!
FYI 1234 Creations was formed in 2015 and has 17 members from across the globe. For the first four days of June Pigeons & Planes will be sharing their first four releases. On June 1st Jahkoy, Lean Ghost, and Mecca kicked things off and at this point most of the release is online. We picked “Round/Sleep” (free download) produced by Daniel D’artiste, Soft Glas & Kleber Jones and the organic version of “Nature” with vocals by Jahkoy, Mecca Kalani & Willow Smith (produced by The Johnny Frost Band).
Keep your ear out for this talented group of young music makers, they will grow and surprise you in the future!