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Erik Tagg Rendez Vous
26.10.14

Erik Tagg’s obscure album “Rendez Vous” is one of those albums you don’t come across much. I guess at times I’m a lucky bastard, for I have found two copies of this wonderful LP. And get this at the same record shop.

One of my favorite record store is located just a few blocks from where I grew up and I remember visiting it first at the age of fifteen. As a youngster my knowledge of records was not what it is now…almost two decades later. The small shop is ran by a guy called Erik (is this a coincidence or what?), who has been the nicest guy for almost twenty years.
The shops basement once housed over twenty-thousand records, but throughout the years the numbers have decreased. A few years back Erik was cleaning up the basement and I helped him alphabetize a couple of thousand records. Of course I came up with more than a few great finds. A few being Erik Tagg or Eric Tagg’s albums.

Erik Tagg was born in Illinois and began his musical career in the Netherlands as band member of Beehive (1973-1974) and Rainbow Train (1975-1979). During the 1980′s he worked with Lee Ritenour. His Rendez Vous album on Poker is not only a rare find. It contains “Got To Be Lovin’ You”, which is one of my favorite AOR songs. His blue eyed soul was recognized worldwide and in 2001 Zafsmusic and Mark Goodvibes Taylor licensed the previously unreleased track “Living Off The Love” for the compilation album Americana: Rock Your Soul – Blue Eyed Soul And Sounds From The Land Of The Free.

Sorry it took me almost two years to do a follow up Random Record Rants post. I realize this is a great way for some of you to get to know me a little better and I truly hope you will dig the records I’m sharing here.

SIAM Paradise Faisal
23.10.14

Little miss SIAM from Ghent, Belgium heard our souls shout. It kept begging for more new music and our prayers have been finally answered.

SIAM, who goes by the name Isolde in every day life, is one of the most promising vocal artists out of Belgium to blessed our ears this year. She studies Jazz at the conservatory of Tilburg and amazed us with her debut solo release “Same Thing“. SIAM’s brand new sophomore single entitled “Paradise” was also produced by Faisal and has an electronic feel to it. Gotta mention Meindert Peirens for supplying the artwork and Emilio who was responsible for mixing and mastering.

Enjoy and don’t forget to show some love. Follow, share and repost at will.

Matt Martians I Kno U Kno Bobby Earth
22.10.14

Now you might be familiar with the name Matt Martians (yet). Perhaps you have heard of a band called The Internet. Does that ring a bell? Oh it does huh?!

Well Matt Martians is the genius behind their music and together with Bobby Earth on vocals, Jameel Bruner on keys and Steve Lacy on bass he dropped the outstanding track “I Kno U Kno“. Enjoy an amazing display of Future Soul music that will probably never see a release. Sadly the song is also kind of short with just under two minutes worth of deliciousness. Just put it on repeat, that’s what we did.

JNTHN Stein Brasstracks Laced Up
21.10.14

Many times I get the urge to hop on a plane to the old US of A. Simply because there is so much talent to be found there and sir JNTHN STEIN is one of those cats.

You may remember our favorite track, “Last Stop“, from L.A.’s Penthouse Penthouse featuring JNTHN STEIN. For his solo track “Laced Up” the Brooklyn-based producer teams up with fellow Brooklynite Brasstracks. Together they create some low down dirty and Jazzy instrumental, that blows (not only horns) but minds. We are looking forward to many more incredible collaborations like this in the future.

For now head over to JNTHN Stein’s Bandcamp page and peep some of his previous work.

flume george maple that look
20.10.14

Young Flume is a local Sydney producer that has been blowing out of proportions lately. His music has found my ears before, but thanks to his new track “That Look” featuring George Maple I concluded it was time for me to write a little something on here.

Flume got his first taste for producing at the early age of 13 thanks to a music production program that came with a box of cereal. It began Flume’s obsession with all things synthetic and started his addiction for plug-ins, sample packs & vintage analogue hardware.

He has done remixes and productions for Chet Faker, Ta-Ku and Seekae. Flume even asked rapper Freddie Gibbs to feature on the Flume Deluxe Edition.

PYRMDPLAZA Soulection
18.10.14

Not that long ago I talked to PYRMDPLAZA from Wales. On that particular occasion he told me Soulection had asked him to do a White Label release. What I did not know is that it would drop so damn fast as White Label 011.

PYRMDPLAZA is currently attending the University of Wales and is studying ‘Creative Sound and Music’. He started making music about 6-7 years ago with FLStudio, but now uses Ableton. Some of you might remember some of his previous releases on the French imprint Laruche Records.

As always this white label release is available for free download, so go ahead and grab this one!

Jasper Staal Duke Hugh Buttarolls
16.10.14

Another northman who goes by the name of Jasper Staal teams up with fellow Groninger Duke Hugh on the track “Buttarolls“.

While most of Jasper’s productions are Trap-oriented. With Buttarolls, we see a more soulful side with Don Blackman inspired slap bass. The homie Hugo is one of Holland’s best kept secrets. Fatherhood made him grow a belly, but when this guy teams up with Jasper Staal that’s the hook! I heard that Jasper and HughGo are working on a project together, so lets hope there’s more butter in the barrel waiting to be churned.

Shout out to the Darker Than Wax fam for making this one available for free download. Worldwide, we moov!

Gabriel Garzón-Montano Bishouné Alma del Huila
16.10.14

At times I hear music that’s a bit older, but so good I just have to mention it. Earlier this year singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano, from Brooklyn NY, released his debut EP on Sus Records.

Gabriel was born to a Colombian father and a French mother and spent his early years mastering the violin, guitar, and drums. He later turned to the piano and bass guitar to better complete his compositions. By the time he graduated from Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music, the foundations for his debut EP, “Bishouné: Alma del Huila“, were already laid. The EP collects six songs of the highest quality, all recorded directly to 2″ tape through a Helios console in real time.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s music is something you don’t hear very often. Personal, heartfelt, skillful and genre transcending. It’s hard to believe one man can write songs like “Everything Is Everything” and at the same time play every single instrument himself. Of course there are still plenty of musicians who have mastered the art of almost everything. They just don’t turn up very often. In a way Gabriel’s music reminds me of Diggs Duke and it comes as no surprise that he’ll be supporting Lenny Kravitz on 20 of his European tour dates.

The first pressing of his vinyl EP sold out quickly, but thankfully a repress is in stock. Just visit the Sus Records website and treat yourself to something wonderful.